I’ve been searching for non-edible chocolate products to write about and today I got a package from Lush, with some of their best selling chocolate products. Lush are known for producing handmade cosmetics with unusual names and natural ingredients (mostly) and I must admit, I am a fan of many of their products, although I’d never tried any of their chocolate things before.
The first two products I tried are a lip balm and a shower gel.
Whip Stick comes in a little silver pot. The first thing you notice about it is that it smells exactly like a Terry’s chocolate orange. In fact, it smelled so nice, I was tempted to actually taste it after I put some on my lips and while I can’t say it tasted quite as good as the real thing, it definitely tasted a lot nicer than other scented lip balms I’ve tried and made me want to keep putting it on my lips so I could have another taste. Unlike the others, it doesn’t taste like Vaseline, which is a big plus, but rather faintly of chocolate with a distinct orange overtone.
The balm goes on a bit heavy, which takes a bit of getting used to, but, thankfully, is free of the sticky feeling you get with some lip balms. It seems to have made my lips nice and soft. While I’m not usually a fan of smelling like food, I have to agree that having lips that smell and taste like chocolate is actually quite yummy. Apparently it’s also suitable for people who can’t use things with lanolin or cocoa butter in them.
The shower gel is amusingly named Sonic Death Monkey, which is apparently to do with the film High Fidelity (warning – strong language!). It’s brown and chocolaty-looking although I didn’t think it smelled particularly chocolaty at first, owing more of its scent to the coffee and lime juice listed on its ingredients list. Once I actually used it, though, the chocolate smell came through rather strongly and the look and feel of it made the experience comparable to showering with runny chocolate sauce (or gravy). It felt pretty luxurious and made my skin really soft with a smell that’s lovely, although not entirely chocolaty, so you won’t end up smelling like a chocolate sundae (which can be both good or bad, depending on what you like). It has a distinct sweetness to it, although the lime gives it freshness and the coffee balances it out nicely. I’d say this is a scent that is really quite unisex and would be quite at home on a man, as long as it’s not the kind of man who wants to smell like a pine forest all the time. The product’s name, plain packaging and the fact that you can use it on your hair as well, adds to its manliness and means even lads will be able to enjoy the experience of showering with it without having their mates laugh at them for being too girly. Be aware, though, that while the lime smell is quite strong to begin with, adding a sort of masculine zestiness, it does fade away after a while, leaving the faint sweeter undertone behind. Inoffensive to most male sensibilities, I’m sure, though not quite Paco Rabanne.
Lush products are not cheap: the Whip Stick costs over four pounds and the Sonic Death Monkey is about the same for a 100g and sold in bigger bottles. Still, if you’re looking for a touch of chocolate goodness that lasts longer than a bar of chocolate, then you could definitely do a lot worse than these.