Bath, Bath Bombs

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’d hopefully have seen my post about Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar, which is one of my all time favourite bubble bars. Knowing this you’d have guessed that when I first saw the release of a bath bomb featuring the same name and scent, I was over the moon! I low key prefer a bath bomb over a bubble bar, just because of the chance to see some amazing bath art.

The scent and idea behind Blue Skies is that you’re supposed to feel like you’re as relaxed as if you were simply watching fluffy clouds serenely drift across a blue sky. With a relaxing scent comprised of Patchouli, Frankincense and Cinnamon Leaf, it does just that. I also love how the bomb looks like a fluffy cloud itself, with a light dusting of silver sparkles.

Pachouli has long been used in perfumery and aromatherapy because it’s earthy aroma is great at easing worries and allowing you to fall into a meditative state of mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli well. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I love the Blue Skies scent because it really grounds me and is perfect for when you just want to escape reality for a moment. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative. Comparing both bath products, I find that the Cinnamon Leaf is more obvious in the bath bomb’s scent.

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I had originally thought that Blue Skies would be a relatively fast fizzer in the water but I was wrong! It actually fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out steady steams of light blue and white foam into the water. The blue colour of the bath bomb is a lot lighter than the bubble bar, so I didn’t get to experience the usual vivid blue colour with this format, with the bath water turning a very pale pastel blue instead. In all honestly, the bath art wasn’t anything specatular but the glimmering silver lustre  looked gorgeous when it caught the light under the water.

Sadly although upon first entry to the water, the bath bomb released a strong hit of its fragrance, it quickly disappeared into the air which was a tad disappointing. Saying that, it reappeared on my skin once I was out and lasted for quite a while, completely opposite to the bubble bar which tends to remain in the air only. I also noticed that my skin had a dusting of the silver glitter left on it, which similarly glimmered in the light.

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Furthermore, it left my skin feeling really soft, smooth and well cleansed. I didn’t even feel the need to use a body lotion! Whilst I think I’d prefer it if the bath bomb had a slightly darker or more vibrant colour, I’m very glad to have got my hands on it. I imagine I’ll be stocking up soon! Maybe we’ll start seeing more Blue Skies scented products? Let’s hope the shower gel returns.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 42090

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Dirty Springwash is part of the big and iconic ‘Dirty’ range. Starting with the perfume, each product features elements of the refreshing and minty scent, usually featuring both Spearmint and Thyme. Each one adds something slightly different and the idea is that by layering up all the Dirty products, you get the true effect of the Dirty scent.

Much like the original perfume, Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is incredibly invigorating and refreshing. As soon as you open the lid you’re hit by a crisp mint aroma coming from Spearmint Oil and Menthol Crystals. If you’re a fan of minty fresh shower gels then this is probably a great option for you. On the skin mint and menthol have wonderfully cleansing and stimulating properties. The cooling sensation you feel on your skin is due to the menthol triggering cold receptors in the skin to feel sensitive and flare up, which in turn gets blood rushing to the area. This is also why anything minty is great at helping muscles to relax and to help soothe inflammation.

For the effects on the mind, the crisp smell of mint is great for waking you up and helping you feel more alert and focused. Mint has long been used to ease stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It’s also been proven to help fight headaches!

The Thyme Oil adds a herbal element to the shower gel which relives the mint of being too overpowering. Thyme Oil is well known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Dirty Springwash has a relatively thin consistency but because of a little Sodium Bicarbonate in the mix, it feels silky smooth on the skin. It lathers up nicely and a little goes a long way. It also contains a helping of Fine Sea Salt which further cleanses and refreshes the skin.

In the shower, the minty aroma hits you marvellously when you’re using the vibrant blue gel and if you’re using a lot, you get that tingling sensation on your skin which is perfect for cooling you down on a hot summers day. To be honest, I only ever use Dirty Springwash on a hot day because I’m not actually a massive mint fan and I never understand why people would want to use minty products it when it’s cold?!

Nevertheless when I’ve stepped out the shower my skin feels soooo smooth and revitalised every time I use Dirty. Plus you get that fresh scent lingering on your skin for a good while after.

Check out this shower gel for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Gin & Tonic Mouthwash Tabs

I’ll just come right out and say it, but I bloody love a good Gin & Tonic. It’s my number one drink of choice and I like to think of myself as something of a gin connoisseur. Therefore, when I saw this amongst the exclusives at Lush’s new store in Liverpool, I just had to buy it.

Juniper Berries are what gives gin its distinctive flavour, so it’s no surprise to find it included on the ingredients list for the gin-like taste and aroma (yes it really does taste quite like gin!). Juniperberry Oil isn’t just used for the flavour as it also has soothing and antibacterial properties.

The rest of the essential oils are predominately all ingredients you’d commonly find as botanicals in different gins to enhance the flavour of the drink. Lime Oil offers a zesty and citrusy note to the flavour and cleanses the mouth effectively. Coriander has a sweet, spicy and woody aroma and taste, perfect for complimenting gin and also has antibacterial properties. Like the Juniperberry Oil, an Elderflower Infusion is also well known for its soothing properties and lastly Angelica Root Oil and Caraway Oil have also been included to enhance the taste of the iconic beverage. 

Along with the aforementioned antibacterial ingredients, you’ve still got the typical mouthwash ingredients such as Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarb which really polish the teeth, freshen the breath and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth, all without the use of fluoride or alcohol.

I truly believe that this product does actually taste of gin and I’m really rather impressed. Saying that, there is something that’s slightly off the mark and that’s the addition of Menthol Crystals. Mint isn’t usually a flavour you find in gin so it seems like an odd choice to go for, but  I assume Lush included it to help freshen the breath. With this inclusion it kinda tastes, and smells, like gin with a hint of mint, which is slightly weird. I can’t say I know what the product would be like without it but personally I would have left it out as I find it distracts from the flavour you want.

I was also surprised at the lack of quinine in this product. Quinine is what gives tonic water it’s bitter yet familiar taste, so I’m also wondering why Lush didn’t want to include it in this product, seeing as they’ve used it before in Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? I guess the Lime Oil kinda helps to give the same taste but even still it seems like it should be in it.

Even with all these questions, I still really really like these mouthwash tabs and if you’re somewhat of a gin fan then you definitely need to try them! Hopefully these along with the rest of the exclusive dental products at Lush Liverpool Spa will see a wider release sometime soon, I think the current storewide range is in need of some new exciting products.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Menthol Crystals, Juniperberry Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Lime Oil, Angelica Root Oil, Elderflower Infusion, Caraway Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

I’ve been eager to use my Lamb Bomb Bomb for a while now, because I just knew I was in for a real treat. Along with Bunny Bomb Bomb, this limited edition product was released for this year’s Easter range.

Looking like an adorable little sheep, Lamb Bomb Bomb is by far one of the cutest bath bombs Lush have ever designed. Like the others of its kind, it’s a two in one bath bomb comprised of a head and a body. For £9.95, you’re probably better off using it across two baths but I prefer to get the full experience!

It has a gentle fragrance that reminds me of warm vanilla ice cream and is honestly to die for. The creamy essence of Cocoa Absolute meets cooling Peppermint Oil and results in a white chocolatey fragrance that’s comforting and moreish. The mint isn’t at all overpowering, as minty fragrances can be, so don’t let that put you off, it’s a lot sweeter than you might think.

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Even though I chose to use both pieces of this product in the same bath, in all honestly the effects were enough to warrant splitting them up for sure! Each half fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out streams of white foam with a hint of blue amongst it. Once fully dissolved the water had turned a creamy shade of blue and was covered in layer of creamy white milk on the surface which then covered my skin once I was in.

The indulgent milky water is thanks to the addition of lots of protein-rich Soybean Flour. When Soybean Flour is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will soothe and hydrate the skin. It honestly makes the water feel so silky on your skin, making for a really luxurious bath.

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One thing that was slightly disappointing however, was that although initially when Lamb Bomb Bomb has started fizzing it sent out a great waft of the gorgeous scent, after it dissolved the fragrance vanished fairly quickly and left practically no lingering aroma on my skin after I was out.

Saying that, Lamb Bomb Bomb is still a winner for me as my skin feels so hydrated and silky smooth after my bath and I am truly impressed. I do wish the scent had more staying power but hopefully if Lush decide to release it in a bath bomb form again, it’ll be a little stronger. I think this is actually my favourite product from the entire Easter range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Cocoa Absolute, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2 Candy Eye.

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Face, Toner Waters, Toners

Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water

Out of the three toner waters Lush do, Breath Of Fresh Air is arguably the most refreshing and hydrating. I love to use it at work during the summer to instantly cool and refresh my skin (when I’m not wearing make-up of course!).

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Breath Of Fresh Air’s main two ingredients are Spring Water and Fresh Sea Water. Lush’s Spring Water comes from underground lakes in Dorset. The water there is recognised internationally for its purity and high levels of sodium, which preserves elasticity of blood vessels. Spring Water is also full of vital minerals that benefit the skin. The Sea Water Lush use comes from the crystal clear waters in Studland Bay on the south coast of England and is also full of sodium and other minerals that the skin craves.

This toner water is chock full of soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera Gel, which is excellent at calming redness and irritation, whilst softening the skin. Carrageenan Extract is derived from a type of seaweed and anything containing seaweed is great at hydrating and nourishing the skin.

In terms of scent, Breath Of Fresh Air has a fresh scent with floral and earthy notes and something very ‘oceanic’ about it. It contains essential oils from Rosemary and Patchouli along with Rose Absolute and Seaweed Absolute. Each one of these oils and absolutes have great soothing properties, with Rose and Rosemary being balancing and Seaweed Absolute being full of essential nutrients too.

Although Tea Tree Water is a staple in my skincare routine as my toner, during the summer I love to spritz Breath Of Fresh Air if I’m in need of a little pick me up on a hot day. On the side of the bottle it suggests taking it on long haul flights to combat cabin pressure skin, which sounds like a great use though I’ve not tried it myself.

You can find out more about this toner water here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Sleepy Face Naked Cleansing Balm

Out of all the naked cleansing balms Lush released earlier this year, Sleepy Face was probably the one I wasn’t that excited about trying as it’s mainly designed for people with more sensitive skin in mind and to calm and soothe. My skin isn’t particular sensitive, nor does it get easily irritated so Sleepy Face isn’t something I’d usually go for, but nevertheless, I’ll give anything a go once.

Sleepy Face was designed around Lush’s best selling body lotion, Sleepy. It contains many of the same ingredients such as Illipe Butter, Lavender, Almond Oil and Oat Milk to name a few and therefore has the same incredibly soothing and calming effects as its predecessor.

Sleepy Face has a base comprised of three luxurious butters: Cocoa, Shea and Illipe. These gorgeously hydrating butters all have slightly different melting points which gives the cleanser a richly oily texture when in use, but allows it to retain its pretty solid shape. Each cleansing balm melts with the skin’s temperature so there’s no need to add water to get them going.

The pink colour of this product is completely natural, thanks to a herb called Alkanet, which has been extracted in organic Jojoba Oil. Alkanet itself has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties whilst the Jojoba Oil sinks deep into the skin to add hydration and helps to balance out the skin’s sebum production.

Lavender is also incredibly balancing for the skin and is a wonderful ingredient to help soothe redness and irritation. It also has a soothing effect for the mind, which is why you see it feature in so many of Lush’s more ‘relaxing’ products, including Sleepy Body Lotion, which helps to promote a peaceful sleep.

Oat Milk is another ingredient used for its impressive soothing and calming effects. Oats have been used for thousands of years as a way to soothe and gently treat the skin topically. The milk they produce is rich and nourishing with highly protective qualities.

Lastly, Sleepy Face contains Almond Oil which is moisturising and packed with vitamin E to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

Oddly enough, Sleepy Face kinda smells like a rich dark chocolate with a hint of floral Lavender. It’s probably the Cocoa Butter along with the Oat Milk that give it this creamy aroma that I’m actually really loving.

On the skin it feels gentle, yet super nourishing. You use a cleansing balm by swiping it over your face until enough of the residue is covering your skin, massage it in and wipe off with a damp face cloth or cotton pad. The oils it leaves behind really do sink in easily and it left my skin feeling fairly hydrated and cleansed.

Although I’d probably not go for Sleepy Face again once mine has run out, I can appreciate why some people are raving over it because of how gentle and effective it is. I’ve actually noticed a spot on my cheek has reduced in size over the past few days since I’ve started using it, so that’s a fab bonus. I can also imagine it would be great in the summer to soothe red and sunburnt skin so if I really catch the sun one day, maybe I’ll give it another go!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Alkanet Extracted in Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Oat Milk, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Coumarin, Linalool

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar

I adore Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds. It’s one of my favourite bubble bars ever! It’s supposed to invoke feelings of floating away from your troubles and worries on a fluffy cloud to a place with bluer skies and tranquility.

Blue Skies is very much like The Comforter or Brightside in terms of the size and the design. It has a pretty blue and white swirly pattern which looks so inviting to me. The large size means that one could easily get you four or five decent baths, though I use these sized bars in halves across two baths.

The relaxing scent of Blue Skies is mainly the work of Patchouli Oil. Patchouli is widely used in perfumery for its warm, earthy aroma that really takes you on a meditative journey. I love the scent of Patchouli as it really allows me to unwind with a clear mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli with ‘cooler’ and fresher notes. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I find the Blue Skies scent so meditative and beautiful and it makes me feel so zen and peaceful, like a tree standing in the middle of a vast woodland after it rains. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative.

The bar I used in tonight’s bath was easily crumbled and I admired the vibrant blue colour the water became as soon as it hit the crumbs at the bottom of the tub. That blue colour remains with almost the same power when the tub is filled, though of course you have heaps of silky bubbles floating on the surface. It really does look like fluffy clouds floating through a clear blue sky. There’s something about the shade of blue that really puts you in a calm and peaceful mood.

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I won’t say that Blue Skies is the most luxurious bubble bar, I still feel the need to moisturise after bathing with it but it’s not really designed to have beautiful effects on the skin. Although Patchouli and Frankincense do both have soothing and protective properties, whilst Cinnamon Leaf is a stimulant.

The only thing I wish, is that the scent had stronger staying power on your skin. it remains for a good while during your time in the tub but it fades soon after you’ve towelled off, which is a real shame; though hopefully by then you’re already in the desired state of mind.

In conclusion, Lush please don’t ever stop doing this bubble bar. I’ll be so upset!

You can check out Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds here for yourself at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090

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