Bath, Bath Bombs

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb

This bath bomb is name after the Shijimi Blue Butterfly, which is sadly an endangered species in Japan, due to a specific plant that its caterpillars feed on dying out. The Lush buying team in Japan are working on a conservation project that will hopefully restore these creatures back into abundance. Its also made using the same mould as the butterfly bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day!

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb features both Chamomile Blue and Lavender Oils, making it very similar to the likes of Ickle Baby Bot, Deep Sleep and Koyaanisqatsi. It’s a very herbal, yet gentle smelling bath bomb, with light floral notes. Although often in Lavender and Chamomile pairings, it’s the Lavender that claims the top note, with this product I find the Chamomile to be a little more evident. Both essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their abilities to deeply relax the mind and soothe worries and anxiety, making Shijimi Butterfly a great bath bomb to use in the evening.

In the water, this bath bomb produces gorgeous bath art right from the get go. It half floats on top of the water as it sends out marbled waves of blue, white and black into the bath. It sinks as it dissolves, producing larger waves of foam until both wings have separated, floating off on their own before disappearing completely. The resulting water is a serene shade of blue that compliments the relaxing scent well.

Once I was in, I noticed little black specks remaining in the water which latch onto your skin and the sides of the bath and annoyingly leave little black smears. This meant I had to wash off the marks both on my skin and on the bath but luckily it didn’t happen too much and it was fairly easy to clean. There was also a slightly noticeable amount of silver lustre dancing gracefully though the water.

Theres nothing in Shijimi Butterfly that’s really going to add moisture to the skin, but still the bath water felt wonderfully soft. Both Lavender and Chamomile are well known to have soothing effects, not just on the mind, but on the skin too.

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After I was out, I was pleased to notice a reminder of the scent still lingering on my skin, especially when it appeared to disappear into the air once the bath bomb had dissolved. My skin felt soft and renewed also, so all in all Shijimi Butterfly made for a lovely bath, I would have preferred less black though I reckon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090

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Bath, Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Honey Lip Scrub

Honey Lip Scrub is currently Lush’s only non-vegan lip scrub because it contains the very ingredient it’s named after. Honey is often mistaken as being a vegan-friendly product because there’s a common misconception that bees produce honey for no real reason, but it’s actually their main food source.

Now I’m not trying to turn anyone vegan with this post, I myself am not a vegan, although I follow a mainly vegan diet and strongly believe everyone should at least try and aim for the same. Honey is arguably one of the easiest things to swap out for vegan alternatives such as Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup. Luckily, Lush buy their honey from farmers and communities that they totally trust and are confident that they treat their animals with the utmost respect and care. To the point where if something slips out of place and they aren’t happy with the standards, they will cease manufacturing of products until another source becomes available. Personally I do think Lush is on its way to becoming a 100% vegan company, they’ve already removed eggs from their products and I’m sure will follow suit with honey and beeswax soon.

I find Honey Lip Scrub to be one of the more moisturising lip scrubs, because of this honey content. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it protects and retains moisture into the skin. This lip scrub also contains hydrating Jojoba Oil (as all lip scrubs do).

In terms of it’s scent and flavour, Honey has a sweet caramel-like smell with cool hints of mint. It contains Vegan White Chocolate and soothing Vanilla Absolute for a sweet and delicious taste with a subtle juiciness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil. The minty notes come from the inclusion of Spearmint Oil which acts as a stimulant. It’s a relatively nice taste, though far too sweet for continuous use in my opinion.

Because of that Spearmint Oil, Honey Lip Scrub is supposedly great for plumping up the lips, though I can’t say I notice too much of a difference after using it. All in all, Honey is a pretty decent lip scrub, though I reckon its lifetime is a lot shorter than some of the other ones in the range if Lush really are heading in the vegan direction.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegan White Chocolate, Flavour, Peppermint Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Honey, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene

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Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Crash Shower Jelly

Crash is currently one of a few ‘party exclusive’ products, which you can only get your hands on if you’re booking or attending a Lush Party. Luckily I managed to get one too!

Crash offers a classic and fan favourite scent that’ll really lift your spirits and get you in the celebratory mood. Of course, I’m talking about the Celebrate/Golden Wonder scent! Consisting of Sweet Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils, this fluorescent yellow jelly strongly emits a zesty and sweet aroma that hits you as soon as you twist off the lid.

The celebrate scent was originally designed to replicate the aroma of a glass of bubbly, and with fruity, bright, almost alcoholic notes, I can see why. Cognac Oil is extracted by steam distillation from dried, fermented grapes and that’s definitely where that ‘alcoholic’ aroma comes from. Lime and Orange add the zestier, more refreshing notes and come together wonderfully. I like to think of it as the scent of orange soda or a bucks fizz.

Lush’s shower jellies can be used in a multitude of ways, some people prefer to cut them up into smaller chunks for easier use, some people put them in a blender for a whipped like effect or if you’re like me you just use the whole thing as one big, wobbly bar of soap.

On the skin, citrus oils such as Orange and Lime have amazing cleansing, toning and antiseptic benefits. Citrus fruits usually contains enzymes which help breakdown excess oils and dead skin cells, leaving behind brighter, tighter skin. Crash also contains Fresh Orange Juice for this same effect. Cleansing with these fruit juices and oils means you also benefit from their antioxidant vitamin and mineral content too.

Crash further contains Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, which after spending a day absorbing light, will make it glow in the dark!

When I first used Crash, I was pleased to find that under the heat of the water, the juicy scent only amplified and really filled my senses, perfect for an uplifting morning shower.  The jelly itself, like always, was super moisturising and felt really lovely gliding over my skin. This is thanks to the very ingredient that causes these products to have their jelly-like consistency: Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed.

Although in its solid form and when in use, the aroma is very potent, I couldn’t really smell much of it on my skin after towelling dry surprisingly. Though I’m not a huge fan of orangey fragrances on my skin so I didn’t mind so much. My skin was soft and bright, so that more than made up for it. If you’re a fan of this scent, or any zesty scents in general, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on a Crash!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Youki Hi Bath Bomb

Youki Hi was first created as a celebration of Chinese New Year. The red and gold colour scheme is representing the colours of the Chinese dragons which dance along the streets during new year parades. It’s also named after a legendary Chinese beauty, said to be one of the must beautiful women ever to have lived. It’s currently made a return as one of the Harajuku Exclusives/30th Anniversary Bath Bombs.

I’ve been longing to get my hands on this bath bomb because is shares the same scent as Flying Fox Shower Gel and Lust Perfume, both of which I absolutely adore. It looks beautiful, sharing a similar design as Sakura Bath Bath but is far more entrancing. The red pattern on top is actually sea salt, something that features throughout the bath bomb too.

The essential oils making up the scent are slightly different to Lust Perfume, but are exactly the same as Flying Fox. I think this slight change actually makes this bath bomb a little sweeter, something I noted with Flying Fox too, but it’s still the heady intoxicating aroma of Jasmine coupled with the sweetness of Ylang Ylang that’s easily the most prominent note in all three products. It’s a very potent aroma and storing this bath bomb in my room up until now has been glorious.

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I’e always found it difficult to really describe this scent because it’s so unique and you really have to experience it for yourself to understand it. I’ve seen some pretty strong reactions to this scent and it’s very marmite, you either love it or hate it, both with a passion. Both Jasmine and Ylang Ylang are known for their sensual and aromatic aromas and are commonly used as aphrodisiacs. Palmarosa Oil adds a similar note, with more rosy undertones and is also widely used in the cosmetics industry because of its firming and toning properties on the skin. Lastly, we have Cypress Oil, which adds subtle fresh and resinous notes. All of these essential oils are well known for their abilities to easy stress and anxiety too – bonus!

Once popped into the water if I’m honest there’s nothing that visually spectacular about it. Youki Hi foams up slightly, revealing chunks of dyed red Sea Salt embedded into it. It dissolves fairly quickly and produces a warm peachy coloured bath but not much bath art other than wisps of white foam on top. The sea salt made it more visually appealing but the main surprise was a hidden Amaranth Flower in the centre. Due to the high content of salt, the water was soft and luxurious, something I really noticed once I was in and when I was out and dry my skin felt beautifully silky and smooth.

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The Lust/Flying Fox scent is well known in Lush as being one of the most potent scents, and like I said, the bath bomb itself definitely shared that same quality. Even when the product had dissolved into the water, I could still smell the wonderful aroma in my bathroom. However, I was also expecting it to really linger on my skin, considering the perfume does for ages, but all I was left with was a really subtle and basic version of the true scent. I was actually fairly shocked! Luckily I have a bottle of Lust Perfume and doused myself in it to quell my disappointment.

All in all, I did really enjoy my experience with Youki Hi. I’m over the moon to have finally experienced this scent in a bath bomb form and whilst I do think it’s more suited to fragrances and shower products, I’m still a fan.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Yang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Amaranth Flowers

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Hair, Hair Treatments

Curl Power Curl Pudding

Okay real talk. My hair is straight, thin, flat and definitely not dry, so a product called ‘Curl Power’ definitely isn’t targeted to someone with my hair. I actually bought a pot of this for a friend whilst visiting the new spa store in Liverpool and in true reviewer spirit, I had to try it for myself too.

Curl Power is designed to help style afros and curls, whilst hydrating and protecting the hair at the same time. It features a gorgeous biscuity and caramel-like scent with a hint of coconut that strongly reminds me of coconut macaroons.!

The main two ingredients in Curl Power are Linseed Gel and Molasses. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils making it a great component in a haircare product. The gel Linseeds produce when boiled is highly protective and locks moisture into the hair. Molasses is a thick, black tar like substance which is a byproduct from a long process of making sugar. On the hair, it’s very similar to the effects of honey, helping to retain moisture and giving a gorgeous shine.

Where both of those ingredients are added to help lock moisture in, you obviously need ingredients that actually add the moisture too. Often curly and afro hair tends to be dryer so it’s fitting that Curl Power offers a lot of hydrating and moisturising effects. Cocoa Butter is combined with Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Soya Lecithin and Lanolin to really add hydration. Argan Oil has many benefits for the hair as it is naturally soothing, conditioning and full of antioxidant vitamins. The high levels of fatty acids it contains are wonderful at deeply hydrating the hair. Argan Oil is also known for its restoring and repairing qualities. Soya Lecithin is a fatty substance that occurs naturally in soybeans and Lanolin is known as ‘wool wax’ and is obtained by pressing shorn sheep’s wool. Both are highly emollient and protective, deeply locking in moisture.

We aren’t stopping there as Curl Power contains a number of other impressive ingredients too, it would seem Lush have really pushed the boat out with this one. Silken Tofu & Aquafaba are added for their softening effects and also because they are full of proteins, perfect for strengthening damaged hair. Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten is also full of proteins which will increase the tensile strength of the hair to make it less susceptible to breakage. It also adds volume, texture and condition to the hair, preventing it from drying out and helping to define those curls.

Coconut Vinegar is made by fermenting coconut sap and water for up to a year. This little-known culinary ingredient gives hair gloss, shine and a soft texture. It is also nutrient and amino acid rich – perfect for keeping the hair strong! Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from macadamia nuts, coats each hair strand and adds protection against heat and humidity, allowing your curls to stay bouncy and light. Lastly, Curl Power contains PVP to give some hold.

After trying a tiny amount in my own freshly washed, towel dried hair, it actually made it feel so soft and hydrated. There was a very slight hold but you don’t get any of that hard, crispy effect you can get with some hair styling products. It didn’t weigh my hair down that much either, something I’m always really concerned about when trying out new haircare, especially ones that are so rich with ingredients; it even gave it some volume surprisingly! What’s more, the scent really lingers and I could smell it around me all day!

Now I’m probably not the best person to really give an honest review of this product, just because it’s not designed for someone like me. But, I have heard some really good reviews from others with different hair types and coupled with my own experience, I reckon this is a really great product!

Ingredients

Linseed Gel, Water, Molasses, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Silken Tofu, Coconut Vinegar, Aquafaba, Argan Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Soya Lecithin, Lanolin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate

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Bath, Fun

Flamingo Fun

Lush Liverpool currently have an immense amount of exclusive products, from perfumes to make up, from shower bombs to bath oils. They also have over ten exclusive bars of Fun! Flamingo Fun is based off of a long discontinued bubble bar called Pink Flamingo.

I never actually ever tried Pink Flamingo for myself at home but I’m instantly reminded of it’s fruity scent after smelling this neon pink Fun bar. Rosewood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang create a scent that’s reminiscent of juicy sweets and fizzy drinks. Rosewood has a unique woody aroma that’s equally rosy and spicy with a hint of citrus in the background. Ylang Ylang is known for its sweet floral aroma and lastly the Bergamot adds uplifting sherbety notes. It’s a pretty subtle scent but when it’s up close the almost orangey sweetness comes out and it’s really lovely.

You can use a bar of fun in many different ways. Essentially it’s a mouldable bar of soap so you can play with it, wash with it, use it as shampoo or use it like a bubble bar to create a bubble bath. I’ve also heard of people using its uniquely creamy lather to shave with though I’ve yet to experience that myself.

Whenever I use a bar of Fun, I tend to use half to create bubbles in my bath and then use the remainder as my soap. Flamingo turned the water a lovely shade of pink and created a decent amount soft and foamy bubbles though usually with Fun baths its best to create more by swishing your hands through the water. The water always feels really soft when you’re making a bath with Fun due to the high about of Glycerine and Cornflour leaving your skin silky and smooth. This same effect occurs when I’m lathering up the product over my body, it leaves behind such a soft and luxurious lather!

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Sadly, after I had washed by body and after my ‘soap’ bar had fully dissolved, the already subtle scent was becoming more and more unnoticeable and even after I was out and dry there’s wasn’t much of it lingering on my skin.

I don’t find Fun to be super moisturising but it definitely isn’t drying like some of Lush’s soaps can be. I did still find myself needing to lightly coat my body in a lotion though.

In conclusion, it’s been great experiencing this scent again in another format. Flamingo Fun is pretty decent but I can’t say I’m gagging to try it again.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 74491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 17200

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