Bath, Bath Bombs

Lemon Butterfly Bath Bomb

Lemon Butterfly is the last of three limited edition bath bombs shaped like butterflies that Lush have released for Mothers Day 2019. Whilst the citrus scent doesn’t massively appeal to me, I loved both Rose Butterfly and Wild Butterfly a lot so I was still rather eager to use this one too!

So called Lemon Butterfly because, yep you guessed it, it’s because of what features in its ingredients list. It does indeed contain Lemon Oil, but also Sweet Wild Orange Oil too. It’s a very uplifting and bright fragrance that you might recognise from a now discontinued massage bar, From Dusk Til Dawn. I’ve always said I’m not a huge lover of citrus scents but I can appreciate how invigorating and energising they are and this was no different.

With my third butterfly bath bomb, I had now realised that all efforts to get them to float delicately on top of the water were futile so I simply placed it in and watched as the green and yellow colours fizzed out. Like the previous two, Lemon Butterfly was mesmerising to watch. The fact that different coloured bath bomb mixes are randomly sprinkled into the moulds, doesn’t only create the beautiful marble-effect patterns on the product but also allows the fizzing to look wonderful! Before long the butterfly had mostly broken up and I hopped in to a vibrant green bath,

Whilst I was in I did notice that the scent wasn’t as strong as it was before the product had dissolved but obviously that’s not a bad thing for me personally! The water was also filled with gorgeous sparkling lustre floating around, attaching itself to my skin.

A great thing about citrus fruits and their oils is that they’re amazingly cleansing for the skin due to the enzymes they contain, which meant I left my bath feeling super clean and fresh. The scent, although weakened, was still relatively present on my skin afterwards, as was a light dusting of glitter.

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Although I wouldn’t use this particular bath bomb again, I’m glad I have at least once because I’m so in love with the butterfly bath bombs, they really are spectacular and you must try at least one! In case you didn’t know, there’s actually a fourth called Shijimi Butterfly, which I hope to get my hands on very soon when I visit the newest Lush store in Liverpool! I’m buzzing, stay tuned!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 59040

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Bath, Hair, Hair Styling

Dirty Styling Cream

Growing up, I always had trouble finding hair styling products that suited my hair. Because my hair is pretty thin and gets greasy easily, something too heavy will cause it to look flat and something too wet will cause it to look too greasy, so naturally I’m always wary before trying a new styling product. However, I started using Dirty a good while ago now and I’m really happy with it.

Now I don’t use Dirty all the time, I change my hair length a lot and I prefer using Dirty when my hair is on the shorter side and Hair Custard for when it’s longer. The creamy consistency turns more into a paste when you’re rubbing it in your hands but still remains light on the hair and because of its matte finish, it goes completely unnoticed. Another major bonus is that a little goes a long way, so your tub will last you months for sure.

What causes the hair to retain it’s shape after using Dirty is Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life but just to be sure, in the long run, Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. Other than this, Dirty also contains Japan and Candelilla Waxes to further help with the hold. Lush describe it as having a medium hold that’s perfect for everyday hairstyling.

Furthermore, Dirty isn’t just a one trick pony as it also contains ingredients to nourish and protect the hair such as Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Cocoa Butter and Linseed Mucilage. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils and can be boiled to produce a gel like texture that is highly protective and gives hair extra shine. Because of these ingredients, Dirty leaves hair flexible and is actually very easily washed out or even simply brushed out without leaving any annoying residue that’s hard to remove.

In terms of scent, Dirty is obviously part of the Dirty range, yet doesn’t have any minty notes that the range is predominately known for. It’s got an earthy and woody smell of Sandalwood Oil, mixed with Pine and Oakmoss Absolute but there’s also grassy, lemony notes from an infusion of Balm Herb. Whilst I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite Lush smell that I’d desperately want in my hair, it’s refreshing and the scent remains in the hair a good couple of days after you last used it. What’s really unique about the Dirty range, is that even though not all of the products smell the same, apparently if you layer up each product, you get the true ‘Dirty’ scent.

Like I said, Dirty has been a staple of mine for a while now and continues to be one of the best styling products I’ve ever used, so I’d definitely recommend everyone at least trying it! You can check it out and purchase it for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Linseed Mucilage, Balm Herb Infusion, Japan Wax, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Propylene Glycol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sandalwood Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Ginger Bath Oil

I think that a simple Bath Oil is a great product to use when you’re just in the need of a gently relaxing soak. There’s nothing that’s incredibly exciting and thrilling about using one, but they’re still just nice. I predominately use them when I just want to have a quick hot bath to take a minute for myself.

Ginger is a squishy orange bath oil that’s adorned with a coating of bronze lustre. It was actually inspired by the glamorous Ginger Rodgers and the glitzy old Hollywood era she lived in!

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the smell and taste of actual ginger. Whilst I love gingerbread and ginger cakes and pickled ginger too, I absolutely hate the smell of fresh ginger and when it gets put in lemonade and other drinks, they’re quite frankly, ruined.  However, this is a ginger scent I can get behind!

Whilst the Ginger Oil does give a noticeable warming note to the scent, its complexity comes from the addition of a range of floral aromas. Sweet flowery Mimosa Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Jasmine Absolute alleviate the sharpness of the Ginger and turn the whole aroma into a much more well rounded fragrance. I’d actually describe it as being very powdery and floral in a certain way, with just a spicy kick from the Ginger and an earthiness that comes from Juniperberry Oil too.

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Once popped into a nice hot bath, Ginger starts with a burst of glitter that shoots off into the water from the lustrous coating, revealing the actual orange melt beneath. It then slowly melts away, getting smaller and smaller as puddles of orange coloured oils float around it. After a while (and I like to help mine on a bit by breaking it into pieces) the bath water had a small hint of a light orangey colour. I did notice that some of the glitter was clustering around the edges of the bath so I found myself constantly having to wipe around the water’s rim to ensure that it wasn’t getting stuck to my tub, though even if it does, it’s always easily rinsed away.

As a bath oil, Ginger of course contains various butters and carrier oils to moisturise and soften the skin, being Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil, which you can definitely feel as soon as you’re in. The water isn’t as oily as it is with other bath melts but your skin will soon be feeling the benefits all the same.

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin felt heavenly soft and well-nourished. I was sad that I couldn’t smell much of the scent on my skin, but I don’t expect that too much with a bath oil. I did notice however, that my skin was glistening in the light from all the glitter it had picked up which was so pretty!

You can check out Ginger for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Organic Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Ginger Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15510, Colour 77491, Colour 77492

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Face Powders, Make Up

Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder

Lush have recently been redesigning their entire make up range and we’re seeing solid foundations, naked highlighters, naked lipsticks and many more amazing and innovative products on offer whilst most of their previous make up products have been discontinued. However one thing that made the cut into the new range is Emotional Brilliance Face Powder. Emotional Brilliance was also the name of the core make up range that has now been phased out.

As a face powder, Emotional Brilliance is to be used after make up for a flawless finish. Saying that, it works just as well on your skin when you aren’t wearing make up and you can apply straight to the skin for a matte effect and to help even out the skin tone.

Emotional Brilliance is made up of Talc, Synthetic Mica and Tapioca Starch, and because of these powders’ absorbent properties, these are what gives you the smooth matte effect as they absorb the excess oils on the skin. Lush use Synthetic Mica in their products as opposed to natural mica because of concerns over child labour in its mining. Synthetic Mica is also purer and brighter than natural mica, and has a more uniform finish without any sharp edges making it perfect for use in make up products. A particular issue with the commercial use of talc is that it supposedly causes cancer, as well as the chances that it might be contaminated with asbestos. However Lush’s talc supplier uses a set of strict techniques to ensure that their talc is safe for cosmetic use.

Other than that, this mineral powder also contains Jojoba Oil, which is why you’ll find that Emotional Brilliance doesn’t seem at all drying for the skin. Jojoba Oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum, allowing it to be readily absorbed into the skin without clogging the pores, and balances out the oil production also.

Although it’s translucent, Lush have ben called out for not being inclusive with this powder, so you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve recently released two extra powders for darker skin tones currently exclusive to the new Liverpool Spa store. Furthermore, you might not realise it, but the pot that Emotional Brilliance comes in can be traded in as part of Lush’s five black pot recycling scheme! So make sure you’re saving it for your free face mask!

I’m super impressed with this powder, I’ve been using it for a while now and it really suits my skin and looks great over the make up I wear. I know it’s slightly on the expensive side but you can always ask lush to give you a little sample so you can try it out for yourself!

Check it out here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tapioca Starch, Organic Jojoba Oil, Colour 77491, Colour 77499

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb

The second of the butterfly shaped Mother’s Day exclusive bath bombs I chose to use was Wild Butterfly, so called because of the Sweet Wild Orange Oil it contains!

Wild Butterfly has a scent that is very similar to Christmas 2017’s Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel but there’s a slight difference. Whilst still containing the Orange and the Olive Leaf Absolute, it features Petitgrain instead of Bergamot. It’s a strong, unique scent that can be slightly off putting at first, but if you really take it in, I find it really warming. The herbaceous Olive Leaf and Petitgrain give a strong woody note to the scent which is what I can first pick out in the fragrance, whereas the uplifting smell of the Sweet Wild Orange in the background is possibly what saves the scent from being too bitter. Like I said, if you don’t like it at first, give it another chance and see what you think. Petitgrain is thought to help reduce anxiety and mental fatigue, which after a couple of stressful days was really what I needed.

Once placed in the water, much like Rose Butterfly, this one didn’t float well either so I got the best pictures I could. Yet it still made for a really pretty show, vivid oranges and yellows were streaming out of it creating gorgeous patterns before settling into a warming sunset orange bath that had sparkly glitter floating throughout. Furthermore, as it fizzed, the aroma really lifted and filled the room. Unlike Rose Butterfly, I found that this one dissolved at a much slower rate and I found myself watching it for a good six minutes. 

I really like to meditate in the bath as I find it’s the perfect place for clearing my mind and I found that after my bath with Wild Butterfly, I was so calm and grounded. I usually am after a bath but there was something that made me feel even more so with this one. I really felt at peace and was ready to chill out for the rest of the evening.

Once I was out, my skin was still emanating the earthy scent, it felt silky soft and also had a slight glimmer in the light from the lustre. If you really hate glitter, don’t worry too much, as it’s only a little and you can easily wash it off after your bath.

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To conclude, I’m loving these butterflies so far, I can’t wait to try out the last one even if it’s scent doesn’t appeal to me as much as the other two!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Petitgrain Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Boom! Toothy Tabs

The idea of Boom! originally scared me a little. Reading the ingredients list, you’ve got Charcoal, Chilli, Gunpowder Tea and Black Pepper? Honestly it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to put in my mouth and especially not to clean my teeth? Nevertheless Boom! does seem to be pretty popular, and you do see rave reviews over other charcoal toothpastes.

Like the rest of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Boom! contains Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate for their plaque removing properties and their ability to increase the alkalinity inside the mouth, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth. However the Charcoal and Sea Salt content of Boom! gently polishes and cleanses the teeth also! Charcoal containing toothpastes are on the rise because of how great they are at removing stains and therefore whitening the teeth. Boom! further contains an odd sounding product called Gunpowder Tea, which is a type of green tea. The leaves from this plant are rich in antioxidants that are great for improving the health of the mouth and gums. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves because when rolled into tiny black pellets, they can be mistaken for gunpowder grains.

It’s the Charcoal that gives the product it’s black colour, and it’s a strange feeling when you see your mouth turn black when you’re using one of these tabs but there’s also a sense of fun too, so I reckon Boom would make a great product to get those young teens to brush their teeth!

Boom! is meant to taste like cola, and to be fair, it kinda does. Boom! contains zesty Persian Lime Oil, liquorice-tasting Aniseed Oil, spicy Black Pepper Oil, vanillary Benzoin Resinoid with a small amount of Ground Chilli and even simply reading those ingredients, you can see how they’d make up a similar taste to cola. It’s an odd taste, yet it’s really not bad at all, Lush have added Sorbitol as a sweetener and it’s actually pretty good once you get used to it. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup, but despite this it doesn’t have any harmful affects on the teeth.

The only problem with Boom! is that due to its colour, it can be a tad messy and can stain clothing and leave black marks on your sink. If it happens, don’t worry as its easily wiped away and washed out of fabrics but it can be annoying. Just be careful when you’re brushing your teeth I guess.

I’m actually enjoying using Boom! at the moment, I’m already starting to notice my teeth looking brighter with just a weeks worth of uses and it leaves my mouth and breath feeling clean and fresh. I’d happily purchase them again!

You can check out Boom! for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Fine Sea Salt, Flavour, Persian Lime Oil, Aniseed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Gunpowder Tea, Organic Ground Chilli, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

I think that this year’s Mothers Day range is beyond incredible, I feel so overwhelmed with so many new and exciting things to try! Three of the new limited edition products are butterfly shaped bath bombs which are made with specially 3D printed moulds. There’s a Rose Butterfly, a Lemon Butterfly and a Wild Butterfly, and their beautiful marble effect patterns are created by sprinkling different coloured mixes into the moulds before pressing. They’re some of the most beautiful products I’ve seen in a long while!

I picked up Rose Butterfly first because both it’s colours and it’s scent really drew me towards it. This gorgeous bath bomb features a new fragrance that Lush are calling Road Rage apparently. It’s a musky floral perfume of Sicilian Lemon Oil and Rose Oil and is absolutely to die for. It’s really powdery and I don’t think that just comes from the format either. The bright notes from the Lemon really lift the sweet and floral Rose and it’s a beautiful balance between the two. I say it’s a new scent, but it strongly reminds me of Two More Hearts Perfume, which contains the two ingredients amongst others. The scent of the perfume is a lot deeper and more complex though, whereas this is like a light recreation; but I loved the perfume, so I’m in head over heels for this too.

Once popped in the bath, I was hoping I could get Rose Butterfly to float for some cute pictures, but sadly she half sank under the water. Still, I managed to get some lovely shots of the pretty blues and pinks that dispersed out of the bomb. Much like the patterns on the actual butterfly, it made some beautiful bath art. I was also very pleased at the fact that whilst it was fizzing away, Rose Butterfly released a heavy dose of it’s wonderful aroma into the room.

After a relatively quick fizz, the end result was the most gorgeous vibrant shade of purply-blue, decorated with silvery lustre. I am actually blown away by how pretty both the bath art and the end result is from this bath bomb. I’ve not seen such a beautiful and exciting end colour from a Lush product in a long time and I couldn’t wait to jump in! Once I had taken the plunge with the warm water feeling so soft and the colour and the scent all around me, it was honestly heaven.

Even once I was towelled off and ready to snuggle up for the night,  I could still smell the light, yet powerful scent lingering on my skin. Although there’s no particularly moisturising ingredients in this product, my skin still felt lovely and soft and was decorated with a little amount of the shimmering lustre.

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In conclusion, Rose Butterfly is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. Honestly. I cannot express how much I love it! I strongly urge everyone to try it before it potentially disappears forever! If I were a rating sort of Lushie, it would definitely get top marks from me!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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