Soap

Golden Pear Soap

This beauty was first released as part of the Christmas range last year, was really popular and was definitely one of the stand outs to me and a lot of people I know. Luckily for us, Lush realised this and bought Golden Pear back for a second year.

I’m not sure what it is about a sparkly gold coloured pear that’s just so festive but it really is! It looks great sat in a soap dish and is a nice way to decorate your bathroom for the holiday season! The clove embedded on top to represent the stalk is a nice little touch.

The best thing about this soap however, is the smell. It smells so beautiful and decadent. The inclusion of Pear Puree gives a lot to the scent, like a freshly baked pear it’s really indulgent and comforting especially with the addition of warming notes from Cardamom Oil and Sandalwood Oil. Furthermore, with the inclusion of Orange Oil, the scent is like warm fruit tarts covered in Christmas spices, it’s syrupy sweet and also richly fruity; I urge you to go to a Lush store near you and smell it for yourself. If you don’t love it then something is possibly wrong with you.

Unlike most of Lush’s soaps which begin with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils, Golden Pear’s main ingredients are Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter creating a creamy base that feels so luxurious and creates a beautifully thick and rich lather. Castor Oil is an antiseptic and conditioning oil easily absorbed by the skin whilst Cocoa Butter helps your skin lock in well needed moisture at this time of the year.

As well as being delicately cleansing, I really believe the Pear Puree adds to the decadent feel of this soap. Nourishing and repairing Almond Oil and Agave Nectar also feature for their moisturising and conditioning benefits.

Golden Pear is definitely one of Lush’s more moisturising soaps. The two halves of the pear are sandwiched together with a layer of rich Murumuru Butter which you can really feel as you rub the soap between your hands or across your body. I’m not a fan of the soaps that can leave you with that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling so it’s a real positive for me.

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All in all, I love Golden Pear Soap. It really makes a perfect gift for my friends and for myself and I hope that Lush bring it back every year!

Did you know currently online they’ve got Golden Pear in a bath bomb format as well as a body spray? I’m gagged! Stay tuned for posts on both!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Pear Puree, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Murumuru Butter, Almond Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Fair Trade Whole Organic Clove

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

As the name suggests, this Fresh Face Mask is very much Rose based. Roses aren’t just beautiful flowers, the oil that the petals produce has numerous benefits for the skin.

Rosy Cheeks is quite a simple face mask. A blend of Rose, Calamine and Kaolin are basically the only ingredients meaning this mask is perfect for sensitive skins.

Kaolin, or China clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulas that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself away from bacteria, yeasts or molds. It also absorbs the impurities from the skin making it an effective cleanser.

Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, with a dash of iron oxide, combining to produce a pretty, light pink powder. It is a very gentle ingredient on the skin and has great cleansing and PH balancing qualities. However, it’s main benefit is that it’s incredibly (and gently) soothing and calming for the skin.

The main feature is of course the Rose. Rosy Cheeks contains Turkish rose in three forms. An oil, an infusion and in a clay. Roses are the Queen of Soothing and this is why this particular mask is perfect for anyone suffering with any irritation, any redness, sunburn or any sort of inflammation.

The scent of rose is used by aromatherapists to lift the mood and restore balance, Rosy Cheeks is gorgeously scented with a strong and almost powdery rose scent.

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Because of it’s really smooth clay-like texture it’s easily applied to the face and immediately starts the soothing action, especially when it’s taken directly from the fridge where it’s supposed to be stored. A great thing about Rosy Cheeks is that unlike most of Lush’s other masks, it doesn’t dry out that much or become flaky at all.

I really love this mask, it makes my skin feel so good after and is beautifully mattefying once washed off. It’s great for use in the summer to help with sunburn or when you’re feeling flushed.

Check it out on the website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Kaolin, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Calamine Powder, Rose Clay, Rose Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Holey Night Bath Bomb

Holey Night Bath Bomb is a new product for this year’s Winter seasonal range and features a new bath bomb design and a new fragrance too! It’s a classic spherical shape with holes/craters on the surface allowing you to see the yellow core of the product. For those like me who suffer from Trypophobia (a fear of clusters of small holes) it’s a little off putting but I enjoyed using mine nonetheless.

I wouldn’t say there’s anything that screams Christmas or the holiday season about this product. I feel like it’s somewhat space-like in design and I’m pretty sure it’s inspired by a moon or an asteroid which makes me wonder whether it’s more suited to the year round range, despite the name. The fragrance it sports isn’t exactly festive either. It’s a combination of Lemon, Rose and Sandalwood and offers a woody, bright floral aroma.

The Sandalwood is arguably the main component of the scent, however the woodiness is brightened by both the Lemon and the Rose and creates quite a deep and complex, yet still gentle fragrance, at least to my nose anyway. I’m actually rather glad that the Lemon isn’t overpowering because frankly, I’m fed up with all the predominately citrusy scents Lush keep bringing out.

A nice thing about Holey Night is that if you’re really steady when you’re placing it in the water, you can actually get it to float and stay upright rather than spinning like most ballistics do. Obviously the first colour to paint the bathwater is the blue, but you’ll be surprised to find that the yellow isn’t actually very noticeable, it gives way fairly quickly to a hidden red colour which spills out the holes. Patterns of blue and red cover the surface before mixing to a final turquoise colour that radiated the uplifting and meditative scent.

After the bath bomb had fully dissolved I noticed that the water was extremely soft due to Holey Night containing Soya Milk Powder which makes it seem more creamy and smoother than other bombs – along with the Rose it’s perfect for soothing and calming irritated or red skin. As with most of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Holey Night is filled with glitter, however it wasn’t as noticeable on my skin as it was in the bath.

As soon as I jumped out my skin felt so soft and there was a hint of a more powdery version of the scent on my skin for the remainder of my evening.

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This is definitely an overlooked Bath Bomb from the range this year, it’s surprisingly indulgent and really creates amazing bath art! Definitely a must try before they’re out of stock, so get your hands on one soon! Check it out and order one for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Cl45410:1

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Cinders Shower Gel

Cinders is one of two new shower gels for Lush’s 2018 Christmas Range. It was previously released in a Bath Bomb format way back in 2014 but my sources tell me that it’s a complex and much more fully developed scent than it’s previous incarnation.

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This vibrant orange shower gel is chock full of a multitude of ingredients and it’s scent is a warming and comforting fragrance that reminds me of marzipan, almond tarts and general festive happiness. To me, this is really what I look for and love in a festive scent!

The sweet Almond Essential Oil makes up the majority of the smell and is definitely what my nose picks out at first sniff. The product is also sweetened by the addition of Maple Syrup and Orange Oil. In the background, you get notes of a warmer, spiciness coming through from Cinnamon Leaf Oil as well as powdered forms of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice and Clove. These five spices are greatly stimulating and brightening for your skin and help warm up tired muscles!

Maple Syrup is one of the ingredients that makes Cinders rather moisturising. It also contains soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera, Carrageenan Extract to nourish your skin as well as super conditioning Pumpkinseed Oil which has so many benefits it’s truly a wonderful ingredient. Name one vitamin or healthy fatty acid and nutritious pumpkin seeds will probably contain it. This wonder-oil soothes, moisturises, tones, brightens and rejuvenates all at the same time!

As you can imagine with these ingredients, the consistency of Cinders is quite gloopy and syrupy but a little goes a long way to create a soft lather that feels so luxurious on your skin and the scent is really boosted with the warmth of the shower, filling your senses and creating a real sense of warmth. The spices that are mixed in tend to separate and sink to the bottom of the gel so make sure you’re shaking your bottle often to mix it all back up again.

Cinders might be one of my favourite shower gels ever. I feel so great after using it and my skin does too! The scent doesn’t last for a great amount of time on the skin sadly but the scent of the actual gel more than makes up for it.

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Check out Cinders here on the Lush website up until the end of the Christmas period.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Organic Pumpkinseed Oil, Maple Syrup, Kaolin, Aloe Vera Extract, Paprika Oleoresin, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Allspice Powder, Clove Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb

Luxury Lush Pud had a scent change for this year’s release. Previously featuring the Twilight/Sleepy scent, this year it shares it’s scent with the Comforter scent family!

Luxury Lush Pud is mainly pink and resembles a traditional Christmas pudding, with the white ‘frosting’ design and the holly on top; though it also features multicoloured circles around the sides. It’s such a great design and it proves this by continuing to be one of the best sellers each Holiday season.

The pretty and colourful design of the bath bomb is only a taste of what’s to come in the water. Once submerged, it’s a real sensory performance as it quickly and loudly fizzes, releasing both the vibrant pink colour and the comforting familiar blackcurrant aroma.

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The water quickly turns a sort of orangey, purply-pink colour and each coloured circle lets off streams of it’s own colour into the bath, creating beautiful mixing patterns on top of the water.

The scent, made up of Bergamot, Cassis and Cypress Oils is a popular one amongst Lush fans and has be produced in many different products over the years. It reminds me of sweet blackcurrant squash or fruity sweets and as the name suggests, is very comforting and cosy.

Personally, and I know a lot of people disagree, I prefer this product in this scent than it’s previous incarnation. As much as I love it, I think the Twilight scent is far too relaxing for a bath bomb with so many colours and the pink just seems to suit the Comforter scent so much more!

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Sadly I did find that the scent wasn’t immensely powerful once the initial fizz had happened, and I was just left with a subtle smelling magenta bath. Somewhat surprising in all honestly because usually The Comforter is such a prominent scent! I was however, still able to smell it on my skin after which was still nice.

A word of warning for all you glitter haters, Luxury Lush Pud is full of it. I was literally sparkling from head to toe once I got out of the tub and continued to stay that way long after I towelled off! Good thing I don’t mind it then!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Candy Holly Leaf

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Body, Dusting Powders

Fairy Dust Dusting Powder

Christmas 2015 saw the first release of this dusting powder with it’s current name, previously it had gone by the name of Candy Fluff and was a limited edition Lush Kitchen release. Obviously more suited to the Snow Fairy season, it’s been back a few times for Christmas since.

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To use a dusting powder, you simply shake the bottle over the desired area and then rub it across your skin, or if you prefer you can sprinkle it into your hands first. They’re an excellent way of helping you feel less ‘oily’ after using a body lotion or massage bar, or for helping you dry off after those warm days when you’re a little too moist, or for just when you want to add a little sparkly smoothness to your life!

Basically, a dusting powder is made from super absorbent powders such as Cornflour and Sodium Bicarbonate to absorb excess moisture on the skin. It feels really lovely on when you’ve covered your body and makes you feel so baby soft. It also features a heavy amount of lustre which really glimmers when the light hits your skin, but it’s not overbearingly glittery at all. I believe it to be the perfect amount!

I know a lot of people like to sprinkle it over their bedsheets to give a long lasting aroma which will 100% still be there by morning and for a good few days too!

As you can guess with the pink label, Fairy Dust has the popular Snow Fairy scent which is made from a sweet smelling Synthetic Musk and smells of candy floss and pear drops. For some it can be a little too sweet, but for most, they go crazy over this stuff. The scent’s actually really strong in this format, meaning a little really does go a long way.

I think it’s a great novelty for Snow Fairy fans and makes the perfect stocking filler, the small bottle will last months and months so it’s really actually quite good for the money.

Check out Fairy Dust right here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Perfume, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Citral, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar

Lush released two bubble bars this festive season that are made in manufacturing as long Yule Logs – Candy Mountain and Yog Nog. Yog Nog is made in a similar fashion to a Battenberg cake, with different layers being coated in ‘icing’ and assembled together to give a checkerboard design. The log is then cut into slices to be sold in stores.

The Yog Nog scent is arguably the most delicious scent Lush have ever done. Lush products often look like food, but when they smell like food too it only makes them more tempting to eat! The Yog Nog scent smells of sweet caramel and buttery toffee and really is mouth-wateringly comforting.

The scent is made up of spicy, stimulating Clove Bud Oil, mixed with sweet Ylang Ylang Oil and a hint of Gardenia. Whilst this trio doesn’t really sound like they’re going to create a indulgent toffee smell, when you add warming and spicy Cinnamon and Nutmeg powders you can see where it comes from!

As you can probably tell, Yog Nog features a massive amount of Cocoa and Shea Butters to make it extra moisturising and softening. It’s also incredibly soothing due to the addition of both Soya Milk Powder and Soya Yoghurt which also help to give the product it’s creamy consistency.

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Because this particular bar is really soft, it’s easily crumbled into the tub but you might find it’s more of a smush than a crumble. Once the water starts running, it turns a creamy yellow colour as it mixes with the bubble bar. Because of the butter content, Yog Nog doesn’t actually bubble up that much but the bubbles it does produce are supremely soft. Once the bath is filled, the colour is very pale but the scent is very much still prevalent throughout, helping you enjoy a beautifully luxurious soak.

I feel no need to moisturise/use a body lotion after using this bar, as my skin is more than adequately conditioned, it’s so smooth and soft and the scent seems to stick around too!

I’m so thankful Lush have decided to revive this delightful scent and I hope that more Yog Nog products are released in the future! I’ll definitely be getting my hands on the Yog Nog Bath Bomb that’s currently available online as part of the Community Favourites and I cannot wait!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Soya Milk Powder, Soya Yoghurt, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 77491

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