Shower, Shower Bombs

Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb

(Koi-yarn-ee-scat-see) means ‘life out of balance’ or ‘chaotic life’ in the Hopi language. The Hopi are a Native American tribe primarily living in Arizona.

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As mentioned in my previous post Sleepy Shower Bomb, I was a little apprehensive to try the Shower Bombs at first. But I don’t think they are as bad as you think they’re going to be.

Koyaanisqatsi didn’t foam up so quickly or as much as Sleepy did, but it was just as soft in my opinion, thanks to the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate, which is derived from Seaweed. Both of these are what give the Shower Bombs their skin softening qualities.

I also didn’t find it as exfoliating as Sleepy. Koyaanisqatsi doesn’t have an exfoliant in it so it feels smoother when rubbing it in.

The scent is quite relaxing, according to the product description it’s intended to clear your mind, help you slow down and take control. The ample amount of Lavender and it’s cousin Lavandin sure does just that. Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years to settle nerves and relax the mind.

Although it sounds very similar, the addition of Violet Leaf and Ylang Ylang add a subtle floral hint which makes this shower bomb’s scent different to Sleepy/Twilight. It’s very similar to Ickle Baby Bot.

I noticed after a while, you couldn’t really seem to get much more out of it. It stopped foaming and just became hard and solid, which I ended up letting go down the plug hole, which was quite disappointing, considering I got so much out of Sleepy.

Here it is on the Lush UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Lavandin Absolute, Lavandin Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Sleepy Shower Bomb

What’s a shower bomb? How do you use them? Aren’t they just really grainy????????

Shower Bombs launched just under a week ago and believe me, we’ve had every question going and I too, was a little unsure.

The first one I tried was Sleepy to get that relaxing lavender fix. It looks quite cute, like a lil cloud, and has it’s name printed on the bottom!

The first thing I noticed when using it, is as soon as the water from the shower hits it, it really expands, creating a soft foam that you then use to wash yourself.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how soft it is, due to the Potato Starch and the Sodium Alginate (Seaweed, basically). It glides smoothly over the skin leaving a trail of beautifully soft foam, which in turn makes your skin just as soft afterwards! It’s in no way like rubbing a bath bomb all over you.

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Yes, there is a slight grain to it, but it’s in the form of Fine Oatmeal, which helps buff away any dead skin and dirt.

I was also surprised to see that you can actually use the Shower Bombs more than once if you chose to! According to Lush they are just the one use, and I did actually use mine in just the one shower, but it was more than enough so I could have easily popped it down and finished it the day after if I wanted to!

As being part of the Sleepy/Twilight family, there’s obviously Lavender as the main ingredient in the scent. Lavender is super relaxing, helping you chill out and unwind. It’s sweetened by the addition of Tonka, Benzoin Resinoid and Ylang Ylang which complete Sleepy’s popular smell.

Like Twilight, the scent really hits you strongly as you use the product, and I enjoyed a relaxing carefree shower with this Shower Bomb.

In conclusion, my mind was changed after using it. It is quite nice and it’s perfect for those without a bath (how do you live?) who want to treat themselves with a novelty product. Plus my skin feels super soft right now so bonus.

Check out Sleepy and the other Shower Bombs on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fine Oatmeal, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77742

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Flying Fox Shower Gel

Apparently the name Flying Fox originates from an argument Lush co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine had one day. He presented her with this jasmine scented new product and she screamed ‘I don’t give a flying f***’. Hilarious right? I’m debating asking Mark if it’s true or not but I don’t want to be fired.

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I love the scent of Jasmine. It’s definitely one of my favourite scents around. Lust Perfume is possibly in my top three (it’s a hard choice!) Lush perfumes so clearly I’m going to love a shower gel that smells basically the same! I picked up mine from the Lush Labs/Kitchen release earlier this year. It used to be widely available in stores but sadly, as with many other products, this one had to go.

The signature ‘Lust’ scent is a mix of Jasmine, Vanilla, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. However, Flying Fox swaps out the Vanilla, Sandalwood and Rose for Cypress and Palmarosa Oils. Though because the Jasmine is so strong, both products smell almost exactly the same.

Jasmine is a strong aphrodisiac, with its rich, sweet smell being warming and seductive. I find that Flying Fox makes for a really luxurious and sensual shower, perfect for some pampering ‘me’ time.

Adding to the luxury is this shower gel’s texture. Full of different types of honey, it feels as though you are literally coating yourself in sticky sweet syrup, only to lather up really effectively after.

Honey is an excellent natural moisturiser, it’s extremely nourishing and has strong antibacterial properties, making it also an effective cleanser. It’s protective qualities also mean it’s superb for more delicate and sensitive skin too, after one shower with Flying Fox you come out feeling super soft!

The inclusion of an infusion made from Angelica, Burdock and Jasmine just make this gel even better. Chinese Angelica is well known for it’s toning properties and Burdock is antibacterial and soothing. And we’ve already mentioned the beautiful fragrance that Jasmine releases.

I can only hope and pray for Flying Fox to make a triumphant return to stores sometime soon.

Ingredients

Honey, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Benzyl, Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Cherry Blossom Reusable Bubble Bar

Cherry Blossoms are my absolute favourite, there’s something about the trees that are so beautiful, so I had to try this exclusive to Oxford Street bubble bar as soon as I could.

I’m always a bit wary whenever Lush decide to call a product ‘reusable’, I know some people like to use a small amount of a bubble bar to make it last longer and get more out of it but I prefer to use more and get a stronger effect, so I got two baths out of mine, one with each ‘blossom’.

Sometimes the reusable bars aren’t really as reusable as they seem, either breaking off the stick or not getting much out of it until you’ve used the whole thing, but Cherry Blossom would definitely last you a good few baths if you’re more of a subtle and frugal bath taker.

The best thing about this bubble bar is definitely the rich sweetness, it’s absolutely gorgeous. We’ve got almond, lemon, cedarwood and sandalwood oils making up a fruity sweet scent which reminds me of marzipan, decedent sugared almonds and Bakewell tarts.

Unfortunately for someone who likes a strong smelling bath, once you’ve used your bar and are in the bath, the scent is a lot more subtle, which was still really nice but I would have liked it to continue with the same strength. Furthermore, once I was out of the bath the scent wasn’t really there at all! Definitely doesn’t linger on the skin as so many products to.

The colour that Cherry Blossom turns the water, however, was stunning. A cute pale pink, with little hints of glitter. And the bubbles were silky soft, which made my skin feel lovely.

I’d definitely like to use this bubble bar again, not sure when I’ll get around to it though as I don’t often get to go to Oxford Street and I find that there are a couple of nicer exclusives to go for over this one. Check Cherry Blossom out on the Lush UK website by clicking here.

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Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Rosewood Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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