Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb

Another bath bomb that was voted for as part of the community favourites was one that is based on a discontinued fan-favourite shower gel, which in turn was based on a bubbleroon. Yuzu & Cocoa’s inspiration comes from a custom in Japan, where at winter solstice, they score the skin of a Yuzu fruit with a knife and drop one in the bath to release its oils and aroma. This is called ‘yuzuyu’ and Lush wanted to recreate this experience, with extra warmth and depth.

It’s been a long time since I smelled either the shower gel or the bubbleroon, so I was excited to recall the fragrance that I remember loving. As soon as I got my hands on it, the powerful heady perfume hit me and I fell in love once again. It’s definitely one of the strongest scented bath bombs I’ve come across in a while. I’ve had it in my room for two months now, sat with other products, but it continued to be the first and strongest aroma that hit my nose when I walk into my room. Also, the design is rather cute, as if it’s an actual Yuzu fruit with the Lush name engraved on the leaf.

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Like the bubbleroon, Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb doesn’t contain actual Yuzu Juice or the essential oil, but Lush replicate the citrus aroma with Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. The warming ‘cocoa’ side comes from the addition of Tonka Absolute and Cocoa Absolute, making the whole scent deliciously chocolate-orange like with creamy, comforting notes of sweet vanilla from the Tonka. I feel like it’s a scent that must be smelled to really understand what I’m talking about. Although some people have pointed out that theres less of a chocolatey aroma within this format, I can’t really remember any different.

Once popped into the water, Yuzu & Cocoa starts fizzing rapidly and loudly, turning the bath water a gorgeous deep shade of warming orange. I was sad that there wasn’t any hidden colour in the middle which meant that there wasn’t really much of a display and before long, the bath bomb had vanished. However there was a delicate sprinkling of lustre floating throughout which was a nice touch.

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Although I expected the strong scent to remain throughout, it honestly wasn’t that powerful once the fizzing stopped and I was disappointed to find my bath was pretty fragrance-less, but I’m happy that theres a nice hint of the scent on my skin now I’m out. On top of that, my skin feels super soft and when you look closely, it’s covered in a dusting of beautiful fine glitter so overall I’m happy and I’m really glad I got to experience this unique scent once again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tonka Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 77491.

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs

With Lush’s currently limited range of Mouthwash flavours, I’m always hoping that they’ll bring out a new and unique flavour that I’ll really love. I know we’ve just had the release of Brave, but I wanted more and was super excited when I saw the potential of apple-flavoured mouthwash for the Valentine’s range.

These new mouthwash tabs smell like sweet apple flavoured bubblegum, which really excited me to try them. The flavour is really unique, not particularly tasting of apples as such, but it’s definitely a fruity flavour with added minty freshness. It’s a mix of Lemon, Lime and Spearmint Oils as well as something called Malic Acid, found in many fruits including apples, which has a tart, juicy flavour. This is fundamentally the best tasting mouthwash Lush have ever done, theres nothing slightly odd or off putting about it, it’s sweet, zesty and just enjoyable. Even my partner likes Adam’s Apple and he hates the rest of the range.

You might be wondering how something so sweet can be good for your teeth? Well the sweeteners Lush use in their mouthwashes (Stevia, Xylitol, Sorbitol) have been proven to not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar, making them an excellent substitute in dental products. Stevia also has the added benefit of actually suppressing dental bacteria growth to help keep your gums and teeth clean.

Lush’s mouthwash tabs contain Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate and Silica to cleanse and remove and prevent plaque build up. Sodium Bicarb is noted for its cleansing and protective effects on the gums and teeth. In the mouth, when mixed with saliva, sodium bicarbonate creates a hostile environment for acidic bacteria as it increases the pH of the saliva. An ideal ingredient in mouthwash, as the gentle fizzing of the Sodium Bicarbonate with Citric Acid will cleanse and deodorise the mouth without the use of alcohol. Furthermore, Adam’s Apple also contains Aloe Vera Powder to soothe and protect the gums.

Once you pop one of the tabs in your mouth and mix it with water, it immediately foams up filling your mouth with the flavour instantly, leaving your breath fresh and a real feeling of cleanliness in your mouth.

Adam’s Apple is definitely my favourite mouthwash flavour to date and is far superior than the rest of the current range. I think it’s about time Lush do a whole new range of flavours with Adam’s Apple staying as a year round product! Nevertheless, I’ve stocked up so they’ll definitely last me a while!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Magnificent Bath Oil

Magnificent is a relatively new bath oil, being released last year with two other exclusive bath oils and all three being exclusive to Lush Oxford Street, online and other bigger stores. Magnificent is supposed to really lift your spirits and make you feel well… magnificent!

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Magnificent is designed to look like vintage fireworks and is one of the harder bath oils in the range as the outer shell is made up of a more solid formula.

The scent is a citrus trio of Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba. The sweet Tangerine is the strongest of the three, which is definitely a great ingredient to give you an uplifted feeling, there’s something that’s just happy about the fruit’s juicy aroma. Grapefruit and restorative Litsea Cubeba add sharper and more complex citrus notes, but the whole scent is still pretty sweet and theres a slight creamy warmth from the butters that incase the fragrance. I think Magnificent would make a great pairing with the likes of Avobath or Brightside!

Generally, when using a bath oil, I love to make my bath super hot, add the bath oil and allow the water to cool whilst the product melts before stepping in, otherwise the bath oils can take a good while to fully melt. Magnificent was a steady melter but fizzed a little thanks to a small amount of bath bomb mix incorporated into it. There was also a little amount of lustre floating steadily through the water.

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Magnificent wouldn’t be a bath oil unless it contained moisturising ingredients to deeply nourish and soften the skin, so it contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. You can immediately feel these ingredients once you’re in the bath as they strongly imbue the water with their oily goodness.

Whilst the smell was pretty lost while I was actually in the bath, it surprisingly remained on my skin after, albeit it not for very long.

You can check out Magnificent over on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77492, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Love Island Body Scrub

If you haven’t heard of the TV show ‘Love Island’ then you’ve probably been living under a rock as it has really surged in popularity, especially since the revival series started in 2015. It follows a group of single people who have to find love and stay with their partner in hopes of winning. It’s really the ultimate in trash TV but it’s kinda one you can’t not enjoy. As ever, Lush love to try and stay on trend with youth culture so it’s no surprise they named a product after the show.

Love Island is a body scrub that’s slightly on the small side but is pretty inexpensive too. You can either use the whole thing each time or pinch little pieces off and I think the latter is better for longevity. You definitely don’t want to hold the product directly under the water as once it becomes too wet, it easily breaks apart and you don’t want to waste any! You can do what I did, and cut it up into quarters before getting it anywhere near the shower.

It’s made up of a mixture of Sugar, Sea Salt and Sand, which provide a vigorous scrub to remove dead skin and dirt. If you’re in need of a rather abrasive scrub then this might be for you as it’s a lot more exfoliating than the likes of Scrubee or Rub Rub Rub. Even with light pressure, I still found it scratchy and coarse on my skin, which to be honest did the job extremely well and my skin felt super smooth and polished. The scrub also contains Aloe Vera Extract, Cocoa Powder and Potato Starch, all of which will soothe any irritation left behind.

Love Island is scented with the Love Perfume scent, a scent described as being like sweet spiced apples mixed with sensual florals. The scent of Jasmine Absolute is definitely one of the strongest in the scent and is what gives off the deep, seductive side to the fragrance, alongside sweeter floral notes from Ylang Ylang and Rose. Whereas Bergamot and Lemongrass add a brighter, uplifting side and give the citrusy notes which complete the scent. I’m a big fan of Love so I’m thrilled to have another product in the range.

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The scent is actually relatively strong as a whole product and it even grows in strength under the hot water as you get the product working, however sadly if you’re adding other scented products then it’s unlikely to stick around. Saying that, if you happen to have a Love Atmosphere waiting to be used, perhaps now is definitely the time to use it paired with this scrub.

Whilst you’re not going to get a great amount of uses out of one, I still think it’s a good product and its cheap enough that if you wanted more you can buy two or three at once. But if it’s something you’re really enjoying make sure you get back into a Lush store to grab some before stocks run out!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sand, Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Peachy Bath Bomb

I know Valentine’s Day has passed but I’m actually only just starting to use my Valentine’s collection now! I had so much to get through before hand!

When I first saw that Lush were doing peach and aubergine bath bombs for Valentines Day I was gagged. This definitely has to be one of the cheekiest releases Lush have ever done, and that’s truly saying something! Peachy is based off of the peach emoji, which is often used to represent something else entirely. If you’re not sure, just look at the shape and you can probably guess. Likewise with the aubergine.

Containing Fresh Peach Juice as an ingredient, I hoped and expected Peachy to smell real juicy and fruity, but I was somewhat confused upon first sniff. Whilst there definitely are strong fruity notes in the scent, there’s also a strong woodiness that I’m not sure sits right with my nose. After looking into it, I believe that it’s the Davana Oil that is the problem. Davana Oil is obtained from the leaves of a small plant native to India and has a strong and unique aroma. It’s often described as very ripe fruit, with citrusy, woody and herbaceous undertones and I’m not sure I like it. It’s mixed with sharp citrusy Elemi Oil, fresh smelling Tagetes Oil and Grapefruit Oil (along with the aforementioned Peach Juice) but unfortunately all I can smell is the odd scent of the Davana. A lot of people actually really like the scent and have said that it’s the perfect recreation of a peach’s aroma but I just can’t agree.

Nevertheless, I hoped that perhaps the smell would soften once in the water and I dropped it in my tub. It’s a quiet and slow fizzer, decorating the water with it’s multiple colours. Greens flowed from the stalk, orange from the shell and a stream of bright pink directly from the centre of the ballistic, which made for some really pretty patterns. As you can imagine, once all the colours had mixed, you’re left with a peachy pink colour bath with a little hint of glitter floating throughout. It’s nowhere near as glittery as I thought it would be.

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My hopes were granted and the scent became much more subtle, which allowed me to enjoy it more, the herbaceous notes were dampened, allowing the fruitiness to come out more and it became much easier on my nose. The water felt soft and wonderfully cleansing due to all the essential oils and I definitely noticed a new brightness to my skin once I stepped out. The fragrance lingered on my skin for a short while after, but again it was much weaker than its former strength.

In conclusion, I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy Peachy as much as I thought I would because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get the scent to agree with me. Saying that though, I still love the idea and I’m happy that the colours and the fizzing display met my expectations.

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Even though Valentine’s Day has gone, Peachy will still be in stores for a little while longer so if you think you’ll like it, go grab one quickly!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil, Davana Oil, Elemi Oil, Tagetes Oil, Fresh Peach Juice, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, DRF Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 45410, Colour 19140, Colour 42090:2.

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Cleansers, Face

7 To 3 Cleansing Wipe

When I first saw the prototype for these unique wipes at the 2018 Showcase, I was bowled over by them in all honesty. Lush really are paving the way to a future where packaging and cosmetic waste is a thing of the past. These alternatives to make-up wipes are reusable, biodegradable and packaging free and I’m gagged that Lush have managed to create such an innovative product.

Now I’m not gonna lie, the wipes themselves look a little like slices of turkey, or some other deli meat, but don’t let it put you off! They’re actually made from a base of Carrageenan Extract, which is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. Because of the hydrating and soothing seaweed base, these little wipes are excellent for sensitive skins.

The name 7 to 3 comes from the fact that 7-3 is the Lush manufacturing hours, and the product incorporates the same ingredients as the 9 to 5 liquid cleanser: Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Fresh Dove Orchid. Clarifying Dove Orchid is known for gently cleansing and purifying the skin, removing toxins and fighting spots. It’s also a great ingredient to use for its soothing qualities, along with Everlasting Flower. Ylang Ylang is toning and balancing, restoring the skin’s natural pH balance for a clear and healthy complexion. To further help the cleansing action, 7 to 3 contains finely ground Cannellini Beans and Talc which act as gentle and mild exfoliators.

Most people use facial wipes for convenience and their quick and easy use, but Lush’s version does take a little more time and effort, and you also do need water. You start by wetting your face and also approximately half of the wipe, which you then glide over your skin, working it into the eyes and into places where make up is heavy. Put the wipe down and continue to massage the creamy residue into the face before rinsing clean. I know that it’s not exactly the same as using wipes and believe me, Lush have had a lot of feedback about it BUT here’s something to think about. Facial wipes make up 93% of material found in sewer blockages. That’s a whopping amount and the majority of those are not biodegradable as they contain synthetics and plastics. Personally, I’d rather put a little more effort into cleansing my face than contribute to ruining the environment, but that’s just me.

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From using them myself since the UK launch, it’s true that if you’re wearing heavy lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, or the like then you’re going to need a little more help to get rid of it. But neither make up wipes, nor 7 to 3 are designed to tackle heavy make up anyway. I’ve found that it’s perfectly capable of taking off your everyday light make up and is a great first step in a two-part cleansing routine.

The wipes are supposed to last for about a weeks worth of uses, and you can definitely make that happen by not getting them too wet with each use, and letting them dry out after.

Whilst I think that these incredibly unique wipes are an excellent invention, I’m probably going to stick to my Ultrabland as a make-up remover but I’ve never been a user of wipes anyway. However, if you are someone who uses make-up wipes regularly, then please give a thought to the environment and opt for a switch.

You can check out 7 to 3 here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fresh Dove Orchid Infusion, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Ground Cannellini Beans, Carrageenan Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume

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