Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

Carrot Cake is one of my favourite cakes so I was pretty excited to see how a carrot cake flavoured lip scrub would turn out! I’m not one for stupidly sweet flavours so I was hoping I wouldn’t find it too sickly, like some others.

Most of Lush’s lip scrubs don’t really contain a lot of ingredients, but Carrot Cake has a pretty long list which tells me a lot of thought has gone into perfecting the formula. Once you open the lid and have a sniff, you’re greeted by a syrupy sweet aroma that’s actually very reminiscent of the cake it’s named after! I can definitely pick out a slightly orangey note in the smell alongside the sweet cakey aroma and it really makes you excited to try it.

Honestly and surprisingly when you taste it, it’s so easy to imagine you’re actually eating cake! It’s a sweet maple syrup-like flavour, again with orangey notes and a hint of warmth. It’s a nice taste but I can definitely imagine it getting sickly after too much.

It’s difficult to say what exact ingredients give the smell and the aroma but the orangey notes are definitely coming from the Brazilian Orange Oil present in the mix, although Carrot Cake also contains Orange Peel Wax too. The warmth likely comes from the addition of Ginger Oleoresin along with Cinnamon Powder and the slightly nutty flavour may come from Walnut Oil and/or Toasted Hazelnut Oil. Carrot Cake contains a couple of strange ingredients too – Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet cocoa-like taste, and according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked cake’ flavour. Fenugreek Absolute is another uncommon ingredient that has a maple syrup-like taste.

As a lip scrub, it contains the usual exfoliant of Caster Sugar which buffs away dead skin nicely, but Carrot Cake also contains Ground Almonds too, and a lesser amount of Fine Sea Salt. Lush suggest that the Cinnamon Powder also helps to gently polish the lips.

I found this lip scrub to be fairly moisturising on my lips too. From the ingredients list, it seems like a decent amount of the ingredients have moisturising qualities such as the Orange Peel Wax, the Walnut Oil and the Hazelnut Oil along with the Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter that are pretty standard ingredients in a lip scrub. Carrot Cake also contains Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil as the only carrot-based ingredient. This oil is both moisturising and softening on the skin and is rich in the antioxidant beta carotene to help keep the skin looking healthy and supple.

In conclusion, Carrot Cake is a great new lip scrub and hopefully is shaping the way for more exciting flavours to come. I can’t say it’s one of the best flavours I’ve tried but that’s probably just me and my dislike for anything too sugary. If you’re looking to try it for yourself make sure you get one soon before the Easter range disappears from stores!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Ground Almonds, Organic Shea Butter, Walnut Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Ginger Oleoresin, Carob Resinoid, Fenugreek Absolute, Fine Sea Salt, Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Toasted Hazelnut Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Paprika Oleoresin, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Shower, Shower Oils

Carrot Shower Oil

The concept of a Shower Oil is an interesting one. They’re designed for those who like to wash without foam, which is why you won’t find any sulfates (lathering agents) in them. Although they’ve been around a while now, with the majority being exclusive to naked stores, this Easter exclusive is the first to appear in all stores across the country.

To ensure an effective cleanse, but without a lather, Lush have included an ingredient called Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which sounds scary and unnatural but is actually just derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil. It’s a very mild cleanser but it lifts dirt away without creating a lot of foam. Lush have also included some other ingredients that are wonderfully cleansing alongside it. Carrot contains Fresh Orange Juice which helps to keep the skin clean and rejuvenated. Cleansing with products that have oranges in them means you benefit from their vitamin and mineral content, as well as their astringent, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that gives the skin a healthy glow.

Lush say that you can use Carrot instead of shower gel/soap or use it for extra hydration after. Carrot contains amazingly beneficial ingredients that moisturise and condition the skin. Firstly, Carrot contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and rich and protective Almond Butter. But Lush wouldn’t make a carrot-themed product without any actual carrot in it and this shower oil also contains Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil and Fresh Carrot that’s been extracted in Sunflower Oil. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and something called beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity and brightness. Sunflower Oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E which make it ideal for dry and delicate skin as the oil is easily absorbed.

Carrot Shower Oil also has a wonderful scent. It’s a sherbety and fruity concoction of Sandalwood, Grapefruit and Geranium, as well as orangey notes from the aforementioned OJ. It’s nothing like what I though it would smell like, but I’m really liking it. Sandalwood is particularly beloved in skincare thanks to its soothing properties, and all three essential oils are known for being antiseptic. Geranium further helps to even out colour and oiliness by constricting the tissues to balance sebum production and circulation.

You literally use a shower oil like a bar of soap, by gliding it over your skin and rinsing away. It’s not going to give the deepest cleanse ever, but I personally found it nice for a quick freshen up in the shower and my skin was feeling soft and well-nourished after each use, not to mention it was smelling lovely. Although this product is great for someone who wants to stay away from sulfates and lather, I’m personally going to use it as more of a moisturiser predominately. But I’d definitely recommend trying it as a cleanser too to see if you like it.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Carrot Extracted in Sunflower Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil, Organic Almond Butter, Perfume, Fresh Orange Juice, Sandalwood Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Geranium Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

The third bath bomb I tried out of the four secret note flower bath bombs I used was actually the one I was most looking forward to. Chamomile Flower features the same scent as one of my favourite soaps, Figs and Leaves.

Like the others, Chamomile Flower’s design is based around a real life Chamomile Flower. Chamomile plants resemble daisies and have white flowers with yellow buds in the centre. Chamomile is most famous for having relaxing properties, and the baby blue main colour suits that idea well.

Keeping the relaxing theme going, Chamomile Flower features a combination of Ylang Ylang Oil with Orange Flower Absolute, which make up the Figs and Leaves scent. It’s a fairly strong smelling aroma and one that conjures up thoughts of autumnal scenes, although that might be the name of the soap’s influence. It’s sweet, but in a natural and floral way which makes it soothing and calming for the mind. Although it’s probably just my keen sense of smell, but I find there’s something ever so slightly different about this version of the scent compared to the original, and it’s likely because of the addition of Chamomile Powder, or the change in format. There’s a slightly more powdery note but it’s near enough exactly the same. I love the Figs and Leaves scent and I’ve been wanting another product like it for ages!

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Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and conditions and soothes the skin. The powder works particularly well when added to solid bath products as it creates a soothing soak that comforts the skin and eases tension.

In that water it’s a fairly fast fizzer, and the bath water was soon overtaken with the pale blue colour, whilst the white flower section created pools on the surface. The white contains a little bubble bar mixture so it really foams and dissolves at a slower rate than the base. I was expecting a strong hit of the scent during the initial fizz, but sadly I was disappointed and it seemed to mostly disappear after that.

After my soak, my skin felt super smooth, even though I did still feel the need to moisturise, and the scent had left a decent impression on my body, although rather one-dimensional. Before I actually towelled off I also noticed that the chamomile powder within the bomb had remained on my skin slightly and had to be rinsed off, creating a milk-like substance which will likely benefit my skin so I had no qualms about that.

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In conclusion, I’m incredibly happy at the chance to experience the Figs and Leaves scent in another format, and I definitely think it’s one they should use more often. But I am a little disappointed with how weak the scent became after a while and would have liked it stronger to be honest.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Chamomile Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Brontosaurus Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. One amazing thing about both dinosaur Fun Eggs, is that they share their scent with an old favourite bath bomb, Space Girl!

I used to love Space Girl so I’m super delighted to see the scent being reused! It’s a fairly fruity scent, with uplifting and sherbety notes of Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils at the forefront, yet theres a thread of violety floral notes from underneath and a sweetness that comes from Almond Essential Oil. Lush describe the scent as being like peaches and strawberries with evolving violet notes and I can definitely see where this description is coming from. Comparing the bath bomb with the actual piece of fun, I would definitely say that the fun had the strongest smell, yet both were fairly strong!

As Brontosaurus Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily save it for three different baths and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. But of course I used the whole thing at once.

I delicately placed each half in the water, with the cute little Brontosaurus sitting in one like a boat. The one it was sat in fizzed a lot faster due to the weight of its passenger but both halves sent beautiful streams of purples and blues into the water which danced around each other, continuing even when both halves had almost fully dissolved. It was spectacular to watch, both colours looked so beautiful together, and the resulting opaque bluey-purple water was lovely. It felt rather luxurious too, and whilst there’s nothing in the ingredients list that tells me it’s particularly hydrating, the water certainly felt super soft.

Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud!

I decided to use the Brontosaurus as my body wash for this bath, which produced a fragrant lather wonderfully. If you’ve never experienced Lush’s Fun before, it feels very much like Play-Doh but it’s soap! You can wash your body with it, shave with it, use it as shampoo or you can even use it as a bubble bar and create bubbles from it by holding it under the running tap! I found that it felt so soft and creamy as I was lathering it up all over my body and whilst the scent from the actual bath bomb was relatively sticking around, I could smell it a lot stronger whilst I was using the fun.

Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and I could notice a faint, but distinct reminder of the lovely scent on my skin which I was very happy with! I also noticed a fair amount of glitter was covering my body too. Due to the cloudiness of the water, I didn’t really notice it in the tub so it was nice to see it after.

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In conclusion, I’m very impressed with this Fun Egg and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be! They make great easter gifts, especially for children as I know I would have been so excited to use one when I was younger! Stay tuned to see me use the other Fun Eggs!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77742, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

Rub Rub Rub was one of the first products I ever used from Lush. I was gifted it by a friend once and it quickly became one of my favourite products. It still has a special place in my heart, but after falling deep into the Lush product well, it’s somewhat been replaced by other more exciting products.

It’s important to exfoliate your skin from time to time. Regular, gentle exfoliation will get your skin glowing all year round. That’s because pores can become clogged with dead skin cells and everyday grime, and unclogging them helps your skin to look brighter and feel cleaner. The skin continuously creates new skin cells and removes the dead ones, so by exfoliating, you’re encouraging this process and helping remove the dead skin.

Rub Rub Rub is an interesting scrub. It’s full of hand-harvested Sea Salt as the exfoliant, but it’s got a rather wet consistency too due to the amount of Water and Lemon Juice in it. Lemon Juice is amazingly beneficial for the skin; Lemons are an excellent source of citric acid and vitamin C which cleanse and brighten the skin and help strip away excess oils. Although it sounds like a lot, Rub Rub Rub is actually fairly gentle and leaves behind silky soft skin.

Because of it’s wet consistency, you could describe it as an exfoliating shower gel. It actually lathers up just like one too due to the lathering agents it contains and once it mixes with water, it turns ever so soft and feels really gorgeous on the skin. You don’t just have to use it on wet skin either, if you’ve got tougher skin, you may want to try applying it to dry skin for a stronger scrub before stepping in the shower.

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This vibrant blue shower scrub also features a bright and refreshing fragrance that’s made up of Lemon, Jasmine, Orange Flower and Mimosa. Although if you’d imagine what a mixture of lemon and salt would smell like, then that’s essentially the main smell with subtle fresh floral notes in the background. The main floral aroma comes from Jasmine and Mimosa Absolutes, the latter of which which has a sweet and energising fragrance. Mimosa flowers also contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate, soothe and firm the skin. The scent also remains on you for a good while after using it!

Rub Rub Rub is pretty versatile, and you can actually use it on your hair too. The Lemon Juice is great at removing excess oils and sebum, whilst the Sea Salt gently exfoliates the scalp and adds volume. If you’ve not tried it before, definitely give it a go!

Although I said my love for Rub Rub Rub is growing stale, in truth, it reignites every time I use it when I remember how great a product it is. It’s also a classic Lush product so if you’ve not tried it yet then you should really think about doing so!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon Oil, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410

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