Skin & Fragrance Blog by Thom Watson

Body Cleansers, LUSH Ltd

Birth of an Icon: Lush Posh Chocolate Body Wash Review

Lush Posh Chocolate with open lid on bath caddy

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Lush and I go way back, from using their products as a 15 year old in 2006; interviewing Jack Constantine in 2012; interviewing Simon Constantine in 2013; creating the first ever batch of Cup O’ Coffee at Lush Kitchen and interviewing Mark Constantine in 2014 and attending the launch of the brand’s flagship Oxford Street store in 2015 that Queen’s Brian May attended (for reasons). So what what I’m getting at is, I know Lush and I know Lush well.

Posh Chocolate Body Wash is, and I completely nail my colours to the mast on this one, the best Lush product they have ever made – by a lot; by a lot – a lot.

Ask yourself, if you wanted a chocolate body wash, what would you want? For me it would be: something that looks like chocolate in some way, shape or form; smells like chocolate both in the container and when working into the skin; lathers and gives great creamy foam and finally leaves skin smooth but not with residue. Does Posh Chocolate tick those boxes? Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes.

I mean for goodness sakes, the cat was trying to go after it when I was snapping away whilst sat in the empty bath.

Cat trying to grab Posh Chocolate Body Wash

What are the Posh Chocolate ingredients?

The full ingredients list is as follows: Glycerine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Hazelnut Milk, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocoa Powder, Perfume, Cocoa Absolute, Australian Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool.

As you’ll have seen in the photos, Posh Chocolate body wash is a ‘solid’ body wash. Now Lush have experimented with solid body washes before with the Naked Body Washes. I severely disliked them with a passion, they were slippery and mucked up your bath and were difficult to store in the shower.

However, I applauded the commitment to removing unnecessary water from a body wash. When you’re in a shower, covered in water, why does the key ingredient in your body wash need to be water that adds weight and has huge environmental impact as it’s transported all over the world?

This has been addressed and fixed with this balm/mousse textured body wash that contains zero water. The base is glycerine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate and aloe vera gel. The SCI is derived from coconut fatty acids and pretty natural; it’s also one of the mildest and most effective surfactant.

Then there’s hazelnut milk, cocoa powder and cocoa absolute as well as a killer Lush chocolate fragrance that makes this something that needs to be smelled to be believed. Think opening a new jar of Nutella or exceptionally posh chocolate mousse. This is not trying to be chocolate, it is chocolate.

Inside Pot of Lush Posh Chocolate Body Wash

How do I use Posh Chocolate?

I actually wish Lush would develop a sustainable aluminium tube packaging as it would make this a much more transportable and convenient product.

Being a more solid body wash, simply take a small scraping of Posh Chocolate into your hand and start rubbing like you would any normal soap or shower gel.

Within the first 2 seconds it does nothing; then all of a sudden the magic happens and it erupts into a creamy, lather as your nostrils fill with the smell of melted, pouring chocolate.

Just work it into your body and then rinse.

Does Posh Chocolate leave residue? Is it greasy or oily?

No, it does not and no it is not. So many richer body washes and body scrubs with oils leave that horrid oily film on your body that when you scrape with your finger nail, sits underneath it. I hate this, I hate feeling like I have moisturiser sat on my skin and I was expecting this with Posh Chocolate, I won’t lie.

But no, there is not a drop of residue left on the skin. The glycerine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate and aloe vera gel do an amazing job of effectively cleansing and leaving it soft, whilst not leaving a single drop of residue.

Inside Pot of Lush Posh Chocolate Body Wash
Lather on hand of Lush Posh Chocolate Body Wash

Does Posh Chocolate leave you smelling like chocolate?

1,000% yes. It’s really good chocolate too, not the artificial saccharine smelling junk you get in a lot of other supposed ‘chocolate’ smelling products. It lasts for a few hours and is very subtle, but it absolutely leaves you smelling creamy and chocolatey. Lush need to create a Posh Chocolate body mousse to go with this without a doubt.

Do Lush have any other products like Posh Chocolate?

Not at the moment, but the options with this phenomenal base they’ve created are endless. I would love to see a rice pudding or Crème Brûlée variation of Posh Chocolate that I think would blow the Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée range out of the water. I also think a Lemon Curd would work with a syrupy and zingy lemon scent enhanced with a little Sicilian lemon oil in there.

I am not talking in hyperbole when I say this is the “birth of an icon”, I think the fragrance, medium and formulation of this are a game changer for the brand and the industry.

I have not come across anything like this before, at least not this effective.

Estonian brand, Organic Shop, that I love buying in Spain, as particularly their body scrubs are very effective and very cheap (a few €) have a range called Body Deserts which are pretty good. But on a scale of 1-10, Body Deserts are sitting at a 5 whereas Lush Posh Chocolate is hitting a 9 or 10 easily.

Lush Posh Chocolate Overview

I’ve covered everything I can think of in this review, but in short, I love it and think you will too.

What I like:

  • Gorgeous, decadent Nutella smell
  • No residue but leaves skin smooth and soft
  • Little goes a very long way
  • Lathers and cleans effectively
  • Leaves skin smelling of chocolate
  • Incredible base formulation I want to see more products using

What I don’t like:

  • Would prefer an aluminium tube over a pot

Lush Posh Chocolate is £8 for a 100g tub or £15 for 225g (not an affiliate link).

Also as a side note, was lovely to see this site is still ranking in the top 5 of global male beauty bloggers on the Feedspot list.

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