Body Scrubs, Shower

The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub

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Some like it rough, others like it smooth. But this body scrub definitely gives you both!

Exfoliating your body is definitely a good idea, and you should make sure you’re giving your body a good scrub at least twice a week. It’s important to clear your skin of dead skin cells, otherwise dirt and excess oils get clogged underneath causing spots, blackheads and dull looking skin. Scrubbing also allows moisturisers and other products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

Personally I’m not a massive fan of scrubs that are too abrasive. And when first used, The Rough With The Smooth is definitely a little too scratchy for me, especially on more sensitive areas over my body as the exfoliant, the Granulated Sugar, starts off being quite hard. However, after a couple of uses, the outside of the scrub does become slightly softer, giving a much more pleasant feeling as you glide it over your skin.

The ‘smooth’ comes from the Murumuru Butter and the Castor Oil in this product. Murumuru Butter comes from the seeds of the Murumuru Palm Tree, which is a very prevalent species in Brazil. It’s not only highly softening and moisturising for the skin, it leaves a protective film over the skins surface, locking in the moisture and the nourishment. Castor Oil also adds moisture, but is also antibacterial and incredibly soothing and calming, having been used around the world for over 4,000 years to treat eczema, psoriasis, burns and acne.

As someone who’s skin can get slightly irritated when using a strong body scrub, I’ve found that once the bar is softer and less scratchy, it hasn’t left me with any irritation, so I would definitely recommend this bar to all types of skin. Yes, there are definitely more moisturising scrubs that Lush have on offer such as Scrubee and Cherryish, but if you’re looking for something stronger, then this is definitely a good product to go for.

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The trio of Vanilla Absolute, Patchouli Oil and Black Pepper Oil mean that The Rough With The Smooth shares it’s scent with the Lord of Misrule family. Leaving a spicy, warming scent that lingers on your skin for a good while (of course I’m using mine paired with the Lord of Misrule Shower Cream for that double strength scent!).

Although these essential oils aren’t heavily featured in this scrub, they do bring added benefits. Black Pepper Oil is stimulating, getting the blood flowing and the circulation going, leaving a rejuvenated, bright appearance; and like the Castor Oil, the Vanilla Absolute and Patchouli Oil add to the calming and soothing effects.

Here it is on the Lush UK website for you to check out more and purchase!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Murumuru Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream of Tartar, Organic Castor Oil, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15850:1, Colour 77491

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Face, Toner Waters, Toners

Tea Tree Water Toner Water

Using a toner should be an important step in your daily routine, applying it between cleansing and moisturising. Toners add an extra cleansing step, removing traces of dirt and cleanser left behind, while typically restoring your skin’s PH balance and closing pores left open by cleansing – thus adding a layer of protection by not allowing any impurities to get in.

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A triple threat of Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water and Juniperberry Water, Tea Tree Water Toner is the perfect toner for someone with oily or blemish prone skin.

Tea Tree has been scientifically proven to be antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial AND antifungal so it’s perfect for clearing breakouts and spots.

Grapefruit is cleansing and enzymic, meaning it helps remove excess oils, and it’s also astringent – which means it helps the skin’s pores contract and close.

Juniperberry tops off the concoction by balancing out the skin’s sebum production and PH balance.

I use my toner twice a day, morning and night. Just lightly spritz some onto a cotton pad and wipe over the face, simple as! I even spray it on my chest and shoulders when I get the occasional spot there! It also makes for a lovely and refreshing cooling spray on a hot summer’s day. There’s a large size, and a smaller size that’s perfect for fitting into a handbag.

Check it out on the Lush website here.

Ingredients

Tea Tree Water, Grapefruit Water, Juniperberry Water, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben

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Face, Moisturisers

Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser

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The top dog of the moisturiser family. She’s expensive but she’s worth it. The creators didn’t hold back when creating Gorgeous, they added the best ingredients to create this beautiful face cream with no expense spared. Apparently, Lush co-founder Mark Constantine once met Princess Diana, and based his formula for this cream on her favourite moisturiser she had shown him!

This moisturiser is light, but highly effective. Freshly juiced Pineapple, Orange and Lemon juice mean this face cream is good for anyone with oily skin as fresh fruit tends to be enzymic, which means it helps break down the excess oils and dead skin cells and refine your pores, leaving you gorgeously matte. However, the addition of Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, nourishing Wheatgerm Oil and Orange Blossom Honey Water mean that Gorgeous doesn’t leave you feeling dry, just perfectly moisturised.

Avocado Oil, and also Evening Primrose Oil are a great combination to help reduce age spots and scarring. The oils from the cold-pressed avocados are full of vitamins and proteins meaning it’s the perfect restorative ingredient and the nutrient rich Evening Primrose Oil is good for soothing and calming any irritation and redness.

The smell is a tad strong, so for those who don’t like scented creams on their face then maybe that’s a con rather than a pro. But with all these lovely benefits, you could definitely look past it.

Anyone who comes into the store asking for something to help with acne scars, I will definitely show them Gorgeous. At £42.50 it’s a steep price to pay but I definitely think it’s worth it, and the countless customers that come back for it time and time again can’t be wrong either!

Buy it online here.

Ingredients

Orange Blossom Honey Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Fresh Organic Orange Juice, Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

All You Need is Love (and Peace) Bath Bomb

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Another product I bought after the Summit this year was All You Need is Love (and Peace) Bath Bomb. Previously called ‘Groovy Kind of Love’ when it made it’s debut at 2017’s Summit, it was clearly popular enough to be bought back again!

After seeing the assortment of bright colours on this bomb, I knew I had to grab one. It reminded me of how colourful The Experimenter Bath Bomb is and I had hoped it would be just as stunning!

IMG_6463Not going to lie, but the smell didn’t grab my attention like I had hoped it would. I was expecting perhaps a sweet citrus vibe from this ballistic, but the scent is a uplifting Neroli, earthy, floral Tuberose mixed with spicy notes of Patchouli.

The three scents do mix well, it was just an unexpected combination. The spiciness, in my opinion does take over the sweetness leaving you with a strong note of Patchouli at the end. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it, in actual fact it was still a lovely scent, it just didn’t have the wow-factor I had hoped it would have, looking as appealing as it does.

The actual effect it had on the bath water was lovely, the colours do burst out, leaving ripples of blue and purple amongst bigger waves of yellow and orange. The disappointing thing was, that because it was quite the quick fizzer, the colours didn’t stay around for very long. Annoyingly I didn’t manage to get a photo of the colours seeping out as it happened too quickly!

Almost instantaneously the water turned a rich warming orange colour which did have an effect on my mood, filling me with good vibes as you’d expect from something looking so psychedelic.

I’m sure it’ll be back at some point in the near future, maybe at next year’s Summit, though I’m not sure I’ll purchase again. However I will definitely say it’s one you must try once!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Tuberose Absolute, Neroli Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb

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So this year I took a trip to the Oxford Street store just after the summit to get my hands on all the exclusive goodies that were showcased there.

IMG_6471One that definitely stood out was Agbogbloshie. The mobile phone design, the vibrant blue colour and the smell is divine – it shares its scent with the Calacas range – a mixture of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum oils give a zesty, uplifting scent.

A somewhat fast fizzer, once the phone had disappeared I was left with a strong deep blue colour with greenish oil slicks on the top of the water. I didn’t expect this bath bomb to be very sparkly but in actual fact I was surprised to see there was a great deal of lustre floating around, even after getting out my skin definitely had a slight shimmer.

The high concentration of the clearly visible oils meant that Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb not only left my skin smelling fresh for a long while afterwards, but also meant that my skin felt incredibly soft afterwards, something that again, I wasn’t expecting.

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If you didn’t know, Agbogbloshie is the nickname of an area in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.  And is home to the biggest toxic electronic waste dumping ground on the planet, where the air smells like ‘burnt plastic and car tyres’. The waste disposal methods in Agbogbloshie release harmful toxins into the environment and into the lungs of those who are scavenging for valuable raw materials.

Solutions to make Agbogbloshie a greener, cleaner place are already starting to get underway and by talking about this issue at the Summit and releasing this bath bomb hopefully increased attention will see some change in the near future.

Lush have a great article on their website about this very issue. Read here.

Hopefully Lush will bring back this bath bomb again in the future, as I would definitely buy again, and definitely recommend it.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:1, Colour 77499, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Lord of Misrule Shower Cream

It’s only fitting to be starting my blog with something LOM scented isn’t it?

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The name Lord of Misrule comes from the name of a specially appointed individual who was in charge of presiding over a feast day called The Feast Of Fools in the middle ages in Britain. His job included presiding over wild parties, drunkenness and other Christmastime revelries, which sounds like a great job IMO.

Originally appearing way back in 2013 as part of that year’s Halloween range, it has absolutely become a fan favourite, returning almost every Halloween since and you can now find it all year round at Oxford Street or online.

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Unlike some of the other shower creams Lush has created, I find the consistency of LOM perfect, it’s not too thick like a shower cream can be. The lather isn’t a lot but I’m not a massive fan of shower gels and creams that lather up too much so for me it’s just fine.

The spicy scent of the Patchouli and Black Pepper is sweetened by the addition of Vanilla Absolute, giving a comforting earthy aroma that stays on your skin for hours after using it. It’s a very different scent to a lot of other Lush products so it’s no wonder why it’s became a staple Lush scent.

The Black Pepper Oil stimulates the blood flow to the skin giving a brightness that you can definitely see after a wash with this brilliantly green cream, however I find that the best thing about this product is the excellent moisturising qualities of the Cocoa Butter and the Wheatgerm Oil. Wheatgerm Oil is incredibly nourishing due to the high protein and vitamin E content meaning this shower cream is perfect for combating dry patches in the skin or just if you want to feel incredibly soft!

Ingredients

Patchouli and Black Peppercorn Infusion, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19140:1

Check it out on the LUSH UK website where you can purchase it here.

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