The Stagey Gift Guide - Don't Rain On My Parade Shower Gel (Lush)

For years I've struggled with what to buy my theatre fanatic friends for their birthdays...or when christmas rolls around... or really on any occasion where gifts need to be bought. 

Most stageys (that's what my theatre loving friends shall be known as henceforth) buy every new cast album they are interested in as soon as they are released, and already own every piece of merchandise from their favourite show. And as much as buying tickets is a wonderfully thoughtful gift, it's not exactly an inexpensive one! 

I'm sure this is a struggle which as lot of people with stagey friends face several times a year, and so for this reason I have decided to start a new series on my blog...

I'll update this series whenever I find fun, unique theatre-related gifts, and hopefully by the time secret santas get allocated in December, there'll be a long list of potential gift ideas to refer back to. 

And so, without further ado, here's the first ever installment of The Stagey Gift Guide!

Don't Rain On My Parade Shower Gel - Lush

In honour of Funny Girl opening on the West End, I popped into my local Lush store and purchased the aptly named Don't Rain On My Parade shower gel. 

In the bottle, the product is a gorgeous dark teal colour, but when I poured some into my bath it turned the water a lovely light blue, and filled the air with a gorgeous smell, reminiscent of palma violet sweets, but not as overbearingly sickly-sweet. This is probably due to the fact that the ingredients list includes a violet leaf and vanilla infusion, as well as blueberry juice, sandalwood and ylang ylang oil. 

The mixture of light floral scents, and sultry, earthy ones meant that the overall scent was gorgeously warm and woody, and rather sophisticated. It was the sort of scent you'd associate with getting ready for a big, glamourous party, and put me in a really lovely mood. What else could be expected though? When a product is named after one of the most uplifting musical theatre songs ever, it only makes sense that the product has an equally uplifting effect on the user! 

Don't Rain On My Parade also left my skin feeling soft, and the scent lingered for several hours afterwards. It'd be nice to see a body moisturiser with the same scent, as the smell of Don't Rain On My Parade was so lovely that I didn't want to mask it with one of the more citrusy moisturisers already in my possession. 

This luxurious Lush item is the perfect gift for that special stagey someone, and at £4.95 for a 100ml bottle, it'd make a perfect stocking filler (hey,  it's never too early to start thinking about xmas gifts!). 

The shower gel is also available in larger sizes (250g, 500g, 1kg), and an interesting looking  Don't Rain On My Parade 'wash sheet' is also available to buy, although I'm not 100% sure what it's supposed to do! Also as an added bonus, all Lush products are cruelty free. Totally fabulous! 

Have you tried Lush's Don't Rain On My Parade shower gel yet? Or maybe you've tried one of the other shower gels with musical theatre inspired names (Beautiful and Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair), both of which are on my to-try list! Or maybe you've got some other stagey gift ideas? Let me know...