Lush Twilight Shower Gel ~ scented body product review

England by Moonlight

One of the very first products I purchased during my first visit to a Lush shop (in Montréal, in 2002!) was a bottle of shower gel. It was called Happy for S.A.D., it was tinted dark blue, and it had a delightful neroli fragrance; it was unlike any shower gel I'd ever tried before. I'm still partial to Lush's shower gels, and the company's latest offering in this category is no exception. Twilight Shower Gel is a limited edition product for the holiday season. It's a follow-up to the popular Twilight bath bomb (which I've never tried) and it's inspired by "the magical moment betwixt day and night."

Twilight is tinted an appropriately night-sky, deep violet-blue shade, like India ink, so it was likely to win my heart and a place in my bathroom before I even opened the cap. Its fragrance is a blend of natural lavender flower infusion, lavender oil, benzoin, tonka absolute and ylang ylang absolute, as well as some synthetic fragrance ingredients. When I sniff the bottle, I notice the lavender more than anything else. In a steamy shower, when I pour some Twilight onto a mesh puff and work it into a lather, the other elements become much more evident. The benzoin is a rich ambery-resiny note, the ylang ylang is just a hint of exotic flowers, and the tonka is cozy and vanilla-like. There also seems to be some (synthetic?) patchouli curled under the other notes.

As a perfume, Twilight wouldn't be out of place among many mainstream "fruitchouli" and "fleurmand" fragrance offerings, although it smells fuller and more smoothly blended than the average celebrity perfume. (Anyway, I enjoy this kind of scent much more as a soap or shower gel than I do as an actual personal fragrance.) Twilight smells less overpoweringly sweet than some other Lush shower gels, like the honey-and-toffee-inspired It's Raining Men, although it may still be a bit too sweet for anyone who strongly prefers Grass or Dirty. I happen to love it, and I'm tempted to stockpile a reserve bottle or two for the rest of the winter.

Lush Twilight

Lush Twilight Shower Gel is available in 100 ml ($9.95), 250 ml ($18.95), and 500 ml ($27.95) sizes. For purchasing information, see the listing for Lush under Perfume Houses.

Note: top image is England by Moonlight by Sebastian Anthony at Flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. annemarie says:

    I’m trying to be VERY good and use up all my current shower gels before I buy a new one. And I have my eye on The Body Shop’s Fig and Rosemary after that. But Twilight does sound lovely. I’ll keep an eye out for it, tho’ I’m in Australia and am never sure what new releases and limited editions we will get.

    What is fun about LUSH is that it names its products after concepts (‘Twilight’) rather than notes or materials.

    • KateReed says:

      I’ve a friend down in Donnybrook who I sent some of thier original solid perfumes to some years ago. She loved them, her reaction was “how did I not know about this company?”

      • Jessica says:

        It feels good to spread the word, doesn’t it? ;)

      • annemarie says:

        The solids are great, and such a bargain.

    • Jessica says:

      It’s hard not to be tempted by new products! I agree—I’ve always liked Lush’s concepts, too.

  2. amarie121 says:

    I have a bottle sitting in my closet, awaiting my daughter’s Christmas stocking. Hauled it from Chicago to Texas, but it was worth it. I hope she will love it as you did. She is a Prada Candy-wearing teen, her signature fragrance, so I hope it won’t compete with that frag.

    • Jessica says:

      Amarie121, I think she’ll be thrilled! and the scent doesn’t linger long after the shower, so I don’t think there will be any clash.

  3. Subhuman says:

    I ADORE the Grass shower gel; if it weren’t so relatively expensive I’d buy a bottle every month. I find Lush products hit or miss, but that one is a huge hit in my book.

    • Jessica says:

      Subhuman, There are products that don’t interest me at all, and ones that I love and have bought over and over over — yes, kind of hit-or-miss! I do think the shower gels are well-done, overall. Grass is wonderful. Tramp was amazing, too.

  4. Merlin says:

    When I saw the title of the post I thought this was going to be part of a Twilight the movie collection!

    • Jessica says:

      Merlin, hah! Well, I’m sure Lush is able to sell more than a few bottles to Twilight-trilogy fans who like the name!

  5. poodle says:

    This sounds great. I don’t ever buy much at Lush for some reason. I may have to try this one though.

    • Jessica says:

      Poodle, I went through a phase of buying *everything* at Lush, almost — I don’t have an all-Lush regimen anymore, but I do love the shower gels, some of the soaps (they work better as hand-soaps than full-on body soaps, though), a few hair products (trial and error!), Dream Cream lotion, the hand creams… some categories just don’t work for me, and there are some scents that I don’t care for, but I still manage to find plenty to like! ;)

  6. Bela says:

    If I could bear to get near a Lush store, I would try the above-mentioned products, but I can’t. I give them all a wide berth. LOL!

    • Jessica says:

      Their scents are not subtle, that’s for certain!! Even in midtown Manhattan, the Lush aroma can be detected from a half-block away, which is quite a feat!

      • sinnerman says:

        That’s amazing !

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