Shower, Shower Bombs

Not Sleepy Shower Bomb

The third of the four original shower bombs is Not Sleepy. A citrus reamer shaped bomb with an explosion of citrus inside.

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To use a shower bomb you simply need to grab it one hand, let the shower rain over it and you’ll see it foam up, much like a bath bomb does. Then just grab the foam off of the bomb and lather it all over. You’ll be surprised to find out just how soft and creamy they go!

Firstly, I found that Not Sleepy had a pretty good foam to it! Much better than Koyaanisqatsi and around the same level as Sleepy. It was easy to scoop off and use, and kept foaming a good amount each time I held it some more under the water. Personally I didn’t think it felt just as nice and just as creamy as Sleepy does but it still made for a good shower!

The idea of Not Sleepy as part of the #LushMoods launch was for it to make you feel energised and invigorated and I must say that with the plethora of citrus oils inside her, she sure does the job. You’ve got Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Neroli, Lime, Petitgrain, Brazilian Orange and Lemongrass Oils, all of which are super cleansing, super antiseptic and super toning for the skin, not only waking up your mind but your skin too! Citric oils and juices are also well known for being enzymic too which means that they break down excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Not Sleepy also has a mild exfoliant in it too, in the form of Ground White Rice, helping to buff away any dirt and dead skin.

When I first used this particular shower bomb, I was definitely more awake than before. The essential oils massively played a part in this as it was all I could smell through my shower. I think it’s perfect for an early morning shower!

Stay tuned for a post on Karma Shower Bomb where I’ll be comparing all four bombs, but in the meantime, check out and purchase Not Sleepy for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lemongrass Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Ground White Rice, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 47005

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Body, Body Conditioners, Shower

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

Lush created this product in honour of Rowena Bird, one of Lush’s Co-Founders. Apparently she wanted both a skin conditioner to use after showering, and a product containing Argan Oil. Well Ro got both her wishes combined with this wonderful product.

A body conditioner is basically the same as a hair conditioner, but for your skin! You use it after you’ve already cleansed your body by smoothing it all over, massaging it into the skin and gently rinsing it off. Although it’s a quick process, you feel and smell the effects all damn day! It’s also the perfect product for people who don’t have the time or patience to put a body lotion on after the shower – just do it as part of the shower routine instead!

Ro’s Argan shares it’s scent with the Rose Jam range. The Rose Jam scent is made up of Rose, Geranium and Lemon. The sweet, floral rose is perfectly matched with the similar floral notes from the geranium, with a subtle zesty kick from the lemon oil, giving Rose Jam a surprisingly unique smell that leaves you feeling almost intoxicated and cheerful.

Much like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan contains antiseptic and stimulating Cypress Leaf Infusion, which reawakens skin. It also contains antioxidant Argan Oil and Goji Berry Juice to help promote healthy cell regeneration.

For the conditioning values, Ro’s Argan contains vitamin rich Almond and Brazil Nut Oils which give the skin added nourishment. It also contains skin-softening and moisturising Cocoa, Shea and Cupuaçu Butters which make the product feel buttery rich and luxurious. The Brazil Nut also gives Ro’s Argan a slightly nuttier scent as opposed to other members of the Rose Jam family.

I find this product to be incredibly soothing, it’s one of my go to’s if I’m ever sunburnt or suffering with skin irritation because it really works wonders. The majority of the ingredients here, including Rose, Almond and Vanilla, are perfect for soothing and restoring the skin.

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Although I do prefer to use my Ro’s Argan in the shower, I know a lot of people do use it after as just a body moisturiser instead. Personally I do think it works better as intended, just because it reacts well with the water which helps the cream sink in, but it really is just a personal preference.

Here‘s the link for Ro’s Argan on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Brazil Nut Oil, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Argan Oil, Cupuaçu Butter, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Dark Angels Fresh Cleanser

Angels On Bare Skin’s darker cousin, Dark Angels is the perfect cleanser for those who like a deeply cleansing and exfoliating scrub.

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Like all of Lush’s fresh cleansers, to use Dark Angels you just need to take a pinch of the product and add water, then mush it into your hands until it creates a paste and then use it to cleanse. Now I’m gonna say it’s best to use Dark Angels in the shower and in the shower only! All of Lush’s fresh cleansers can be messy but Dark Angels is for sure the most messy due to the fact that it’s literally jet black in colour and can stain light coloured carpets and towels.

Dark Angels is perfect for a deep cleanse and to remove blackheads and help prevent spots. It contains Rhassoul Mud which is cleansing and softening and also combats excess oils and sebum on the skin’s surface meaning this cleanser is great for anyone with oily and blemish prone skin.

Black Sugar and Powdered Charcoal are the scrub in this product. The different sized exfoliants are really effective at removing dirt and dead skin cells. Charcoal and Sugar are excellent natural alternatives to plastic microbeads which are incredibly damaging to the environment.

Avocado Oil and Vegetable Glycerine help to keep the skin nourished after all the scrubbing, meaning Dark Angels doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry and raw. Avocado Oil is also full of vitamins which help the skin cells regenerate giving you a fresh and bright complexion.

The earthy scent is a mixture of calming, meditative Sandalwood and Rosewood Oils. it’s a little strong for some people but you can look past that for how effective the product itself is. Sandalwood and Rosewood are also effective at calming and soothing as well as balancing the skin’s sebum production out.

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Dark Angels is here for you to look at on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, Organic Avocado Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Black Sugar, Perfume, Linalool, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil

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Face, Moisturisers

Skin Drink Facial Moisturiser

Thirsty skin? Give it a protecting drink!

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Skin Drink does exactly what it says on the tin, or rather pot, it quenches thirsty and dry skin.

The main ingredients are all expertly moisturising, meaning this cream is packed with nourishment. Sesame Oil is rich in vitamin E which helps the skin to stay soft and firm, it also contains a natural preservative called sesamol, helping keep this product free from oxidising and going off. Fresh Avocado and Almond Oil are both full of vitamins too, giving the skin the nourishment it needs and helping with cell regeneration. Cocoa Butter tops off the list with it’s perfect softening properties.

Skin Drink also contains both Aloe Vera Extract and Aloe Vera Gel, meaning this moisturiser is very effective at helping soothe any irritation and redness on the skin. Rose Petal Infusion is also soothing and calming but is also toning, which is good for reducing the size of pores.

The scent is a very subtle floral trio of Neroli, Evening Primrose and Rose, meaning it’s not too strong for anyone with sensitive noses. Evening Primrose is also a wonderful ingredient helping to protect and lock in the skin’s moisture.

The consistency of Skin Drink is quite thick and quite buttery as opposed to greasy or oily so it glides on smoothly and get to work straight away. Due to the high content of Sesame Oil, after it sinks in, it leaves an almost unnoticible protective layer on top of the skin which is perfect for combating the elements or for skin that gets easily damaged from wind or the cold.

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Check it out on the UK website here!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Sesame Oil, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Fresh Avocado, Almond Oil, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aloe Vera Extract, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Triethanolamine, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Soap

Milky Bar Soap

Look at how adorable these little guys are!

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Yes, these are suitable for Vegans! They do contain milk, but it’s Soya Milk! With a soap base made from the usual Rapeseed and Coconut Oils, Soya Milk is one of the main ingredients and it makes this soap lovely and creamy. Soya Milk also contains lots of antioxidant Vitamin B and has soothing and calming properties. Milky Bar also contains extra Coconut Oil too, adding to the silky smooth lather and helping your skin feel ultra smooth.

I wouldn’t say this soap is amazingly moisturising, but it certainly isn’t drying either. It’s a nice balance in between and it’s perfect for helping sooth irritated hands and skin. Personally I’d prefer to use this particular soap as a hand soap only, but plenty do use it in the shower and I can see why.

You’d imagine that this soap smells like it sounds, something milky and powdery, and while you aren’t completely wrong, the main scent here is Brazilian Orange and Patchouli. This gives this soap a rather unique scent which is hard to describe, kinda like milky orange, which makes it sound gross but it’s not at all!

The scent is rather fresh and pleasant, almost like those candles that smell like fresh linen and whatnot, and it stays on your hands for a good while after.

Like most of Lush’s soaps, Milky Bar is a strong, solid soap that lasts a long time. A great thing about the individual pieces like those in the picture, is that they stand up nicely like cute lil milk bottles would, allowing them to dry faster after using. I think the individually made bars are much nicer than the chunks cut from the giant piece but that’s the same with nearly all the soaps on offer.

It’s not something I’d use often, though it is a nice soap, I do believe there are nicer, more exciting soaps to try and the bubble bar in the same scent, Milky Bath is a lot nicer in my opinion.

Here’s the link to the Lush UK website to check it out some more!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Soya Milk, Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Body, Deodorant, Solid Deodorants

Aromaco Solid Deodorant

Right, here’s the thing. Naked, solid, natural deodorant is the way to go. Stop the roll-ons, stop the aerosols and go packaging free.

Roll-on deodorants are often packaged in plastic, and, because they are usually made up of a thicker outer layer and a thinner inner layer, they are hard to recycle. Recycling two types of plastic in one item is not yet a cost or carbon efficient process, meaning it would cost more to recycle a roll-on than it would to simply make another.

In terms of aerosols, yes they can be recycled. But it’s difficult to do so; to be recycled they must be completely clean, dry and empty, and more often than not they end up in landfill. Furthermore, the compressed gases used in aerosols have a harmful effect on CO2 emissions.

Naked, packaging free products like Aromaco are a far better option.

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Furthermore, sweat doesn’t actually smell. It’s the bacteria on the skin that smells. Most antiperspirants actually use ingredients that plug up your sweat pores, leading to bacteria getting trapped and decomposing, which is what makes the smell 10x worse.

Lush deodorants are designed so they don’t do this. They let your body do its thing, yet still keeping you fresh and dry.

Aromaco contains sodium bicarbonate which absorbs excess sweat and reduces the acidity of the skin to create an environment hostile to bacterial growth. It also contains astringent Witch Hazel (meaning it causes pore contraction, preventing excess sweat), and anti-bacterial chamomile vinegar which also has a cooling effect. Lastly, Patchouli Oil is added as the main scent, leaving you smelling sweet.

It applies exactly like you would use a roll on, you just grab the whole chunk and glide it up and down your armpit or wherever you should want it. It glides so easily because it’s so smooth!

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I find that Aromaco is the best of the best. It’s one of my ‘desert island’ products for sure! It has such a lovely cooling feeling and the patchouli makes your underarms smell fresh all day.

I honestly tell you it really works. I find it so much better than using antiperspirants and other generic deodorants, and because of the negative impact they have on the environment I don’t really see why you wouldn’t make the switch!

A word of warning though – there is a small adjustment period if you decide to make the switch to a natural deodorant. I had about a week where I was sweating more than usual and smelling bad, but actually, that’s a good thing as it means your body is sweating out all the toxins and bad stuff from your old deodorant. Once your body gets used to a gentler product, you’ll be absolutely fine.

It’s a good idea to keep your chunk of Aromaco either in the fridge or in a little pot, or at least wrapped up in greeseproof paper as it can dry out if left for too long. If that happens all you need to do it add a little bit of water to your pot and it should be as good as new.

Here‘s a really good article on why you should be using natural deodorants, and here you can check out Aromaco for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate. Chamomile Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

The Experimenter Bath Bomb

Ah, The Experimenter. One of Lush’s most colourful bath products ever. I feel like it’s one of those products that you have to have tried at least once. Starting life as a piece of abstract audio and visual art created by the talented folk at Lush Digital. Click this link to watch it, it’s so cool! The Experimenter Bath Bomb was created as a way of customers experiencing said art in their own bathtubs! Originally an Oxford Street exclusive, it’s now one of the most popular products featuring in every store.

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Shaped like a hexagonal prism, although if we’re really being picky it’s accurately called a tetradecahedron with it’s fourteen sides, it really stands out amongst Lush’s spherical bombs. To date Lush have only created (to my knowledge) two bath bombs in this shape. The Experimenter, and a Christmas exclusive bath bomb called Magic.

The Experimenter has quite a smokey, almost spicy scent to it. The top note being grounding, comforting Vetivert Oil, mixed with uplifting sweetness from Tonka and Vanilla. It’s perfect for those days when you just want a warming, relaxing, yet still colourful and exciting bath.

A great thing about this particular bomb, is that when placed in the water, it’s always so unique and different depending on how it’s put in because of the five strong, bold colours. Once in the water, each colour disperses and swirls away, creating a bright visual display.

The colour you’re left with once all the colours have mixed is a murky blue/green colour, which is somewhat disappointing, but it’s definitely worth it to see the start of the fizz.

Adding to the visual experience, The Experimenter is also quite a fast and loud fizzer, especially with the addition of Popping Candy which snaps and crackles towards the end of the fizz. The scent also lasts throughout the duration, helping you unwind and relax too.

After your bath-time experience, you’re left with smokey and sweet smelling skin which lasts for a long while and a subtle shimmer from the glitter as well.

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Check it out on the Lush UK website, and definitely purchase if you’ve yet to try it, here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Vetivert Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Gold Glimmer Lustre, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

 

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