It's no secret that I'm a rose-lover, as well as a longtime Lush shopper, so there was little chance that I'd be able to ignore Lush's limited edition Rose Jam Shower Gel. Rose Jam's fragrance is an "indulgent blend of rose, vanilla and lemon leaves," the same blend that shows up in Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (cleverly named for Rowena, one of Lush's product inventors) and Rose Jam Bubbleroon (a solid, dissolvable bubble-bath treat). The ingredients for Rose Jam in its shower gel format include real rose absolute, Egyptian geranium oil, Sicilian lemon oil and vanilla pod infusion.
I've sampled Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, but somehow never got around to purchasing a full tub — the "body conditioner" idea just doesn't work for me, somehow. I've sniffed the Rose Jam Bubbleroon in stores, but never brought one home, because I don't take baths all that often and anyway, the per-bath cost of Lush's bubble bars is a bit prohibitive. On the other hand, I scooped up a medium-size bottle of Rose Jam Shower Gel and I'm trying to restrain myself from a return visit to Lush to grab more, more more.
If you've ever read or heard about Lush's system of purchasing rose by-products for its perfumes and lotions and bath potions, you already know that the company really puts a lot of thought and effort into obtaining these precious oils and waxes. (You can watch a seven-minute video explaining the whole process here.) If you're a rose-lover like myself, you really should try to get your hands on some Rose Jam, if only to sniff it. The rosa damascena at the heart of its scent is true and lush, and it seems far richer and headier here than it does in Ro's Argan or the Rose Jam bubble bar. In addition to the rose, the geranium and lemon, and the vanilla infusion, there are probably some synthetics to round out the composition. However, the final blend really does make me feel as though I'm diving into a sea of rose petals. This is a deep, wine-y rose fragrance, with hints of berries and spice. It also has an under-layer of sweetness, although it's not a gourmand fragrance; it would probably feel a touch too syrupy for hot-weather use, but for fall and winter, it's heaven.
This morning I went a bit crazy and washed my hair with Rose Jam in addition to using it all over my body. I probably wouldn't advise doing this every day (it could be drying to hair, despite the argan oil), but as an occasional treat, it works just fine (followed by conditioner). My hair is soft and clean and is giving off occasional whiffs of plummy rose. I know that Lush doesn't typically release full lines of "matching" products, but if they ever create a Rose Jam lotion and perfume (besides the one that came and went online as a one-time "forum release"), I'd be first in line. Of course, they'd also have to make Rose Jam Shower Gel into a full-time product.
Like many of Lush's body products, Rose Jam isn't exactly cheap. On the other hand, some other high-end niche toiletry company would put a product like this in a fancy bottle with a gilt label and charge twice as much — that is, if any other company went to the trouble to make anything similar, which they don't.
Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel is available in 100g ($10.95), 250g ($19.95) and 500g ($29.95) bottles. For purchasing information, see the listing for Lush under perfume houses.