Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Review - Lush Dirty Springwash shower gel

Dirty was probably my favourite fragrance from the Gorilla Perfumes range back when it was sold in B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful (Lush's sadly now defunct cosmetic arm). I was delighted to learn it was coming back in a new incarnation, sold through Lush stores. And while I preferred the old distinctive B Never packaging to the standard Lush white-on-black, I'm very pleased that the range has been diversified to include lots of new products, including this Dirty Springwash shower gel.

Marketed at men, but by no means aggressively masculine, Dirty Springwash brings the Dirty minty-toothpaste vibe in spades, but lacks some of the deep herbal complexity of the fragrance proper. That said, it's a cool and refreshing take on the minty shower gel idea that leaves the burning menthol out of the equation and keeps things fresh and minty without being aggressively decongestant-like (I'm thinking of the first Original Source shower gels and the copycats that followed back in the day).

Dirty Springwash boasts bicarbonate of soda as one of its ingredients, which apparently can help soften hard water. Like most Lush shower gels, it also contains SLS, so if that disagrees with your skin/buying preferences then be aware before you take the plunge.

Generally, I'm a fan of this - it's a light, refreshing spearmint shower experience that leaves skin clean, soft and delicately scented. I wish there was more of the depth of Dirty EDP to it (I can't help feeling this is just mint and not much else) but it's still worthy of the Dirty name and will layer well with the fragrance.

Dirty Springwash is available in 100g (£4.25), 250g (£8.50) and 500g (£14.95) sizes from Lush stores or at www.lush.co.uk


  1. I can't tell you how much I love the Dirty range. You know each element is supposed to be slightly different specifically for layering purposes. I'm easily impressed I know, I just love it, the shaving cream is to die for too, more lavendery, but doesn't clog my razor and leaves my legs sooo soft!

  2. Ohhh, I didn't know that! Perfect excuse to try out the rest of the range. Thanks Charlie.


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