Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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Bath, Bath Bombs

The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb

When I first heard the name of this Christmas bath bomb, I expected it to be silver and designed to look like those mirrored disco balls, so when I first saw the black design I was a tad confused. However I soon realised that this exclusive is actually meant to look like one of those spinning disco balls with all the coloured circular lights!

Black bath bombs are on trend at the moment, I guess with DIY ones going viral because everyone loved how awesomely mysterious and magical they look, it was only a matter of time until Lush jumped on the hype with the likes of Secret Arts Jelly Bomb and now The World’s Smallest Disco.

Once you place this bath bomb in the tub, you’ll be amazed at the waves of jet black that appear, looking like smoke filling a room as it darkens the water. Dotted throughout the darkness were the coloured discs that feature on the bath bomb, which having floated away from the main ballistic, sent out vibrant streams of their own colours, creating beautiful patterns atop the water. The sheer contrast between the colours and the black made for really vibrant bath art.

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Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, you’re left with deep black waters that shimmer with a large amount of silver sparkles. I really love it when the colour of a bath is opaque enough so that you can’t see your body beneath it and this was no exception.

I found the scent had remarkable staying power throughout my bath filling my senses with uplifting citrus aromas. The World’s Smallest Disco contains Lime, Grapefruit and Cognac Oils making up the scent. The zesty and tangy notes of the two citrus fruits are what hits you first, until you notice the warming notes beneath it of the Cognac. Lush use Cognac Oil in a lot of their Christmas products due to often being drunk in winter tipples and it having a somewhat festive aroma.

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I know most of you are thinking that the colour of this product might stain your bath or even your skin, but believe me it doesn’t. The most mine did was leave a little colour around my tub and some glitter at the bottom but that’s nothing a wipe around and a rinse with the shower wouldn’t sort. There wasn’t that much on my skin either!

Although being one of the Christmas products that excited me the least this year, I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I loved the pretty artwork it created. Furthermore it left my skin feeling wonderfully clean and fresh scented so I’d definitely say I’m glad I could get one before stocks ran out, I hope you did too!

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Would you like to see The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb back next year? Let me know!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cognac Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Charcoal, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15510, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap

Although Lush already sells three other cold pressed soaps year round, for Christmas this year and last they’ve released one in the popular Snow Fairy scent.

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If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap, you’ll know they’re a lot firmer and last a lot longer than regular soaps. This is due to a difference in how they are made. They’re called cold pressed because the ingredients are literally pressed together in moulds when they are cold, as opposed to hot liquid soap being poured into moulds to harden.

When making the cold pressed soaps, Lush mix their soap bases with bought-in soap flakes, which are made from oil bases, therefore giving the bars a higher soap content, so they are much more solid and long-lasting.

Snow Fairy gets its iconic sweet scent from Synthetic Musk and is a scent that drives people crazy every Christmas. It’s been featured in almost every format so it’s no surprise that a cold pressed soap made it into the range for last year and I’m sure it’s here to stay. In this format, it’s somewhat subdued and to be honest, as you keep using your soap, the scent gets more and more subtle until you’re left with a bar that doesn’t really smell of much at all.

Like all cold pressed soaps, you really have to give Snow Fairy a chance to get going, because when it does, it effectively releases a really cleansing and creamy lather, probably due to the high amount of Cocoa Butter in its base. I wouldn’t call it massively moisturising, but it’s definitely not as drying as some soaps can be. There’s also something about the consistency that makes it feel somewhat exfoliating too.

Snow Fairy also contains Almond Oil and Castor Oil to nourish and repair damaged hands and even though its a solid sturdy bar, it’s really quite gentle.

What’s your experience with Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Propylene Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 45410, Colour 73360, Colour 45350

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their Christmas range this year, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are two in one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body.

Alongside a Princess and a Snowman, a Santa Bomb Bomb was also released, apparently smelling of strawberries and cream.

Looking like a traditional Santa, his head bath bomb is mostly comprised of a big white beard with a small red hat, whereas his body is more traditionally spherical with a belt, buckle and arms.

The idea is you can use it as one giant bath bomb or in two baths, but of course, I did the former. Santa’s a really fast fizzer, immediately and quite loudly fizzing away turning the bath water into a vibrant red colour. There’s something I really enjoy about bathing in red baths as it’s a colour that’s not often featured in a bath bomb.

Sadly, there wasn’t much in terms of any bath art other than a few wispy waves of white throughout the deep crimson.

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The strawberries and cream scent I was talking about is actually Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Bergamot Oil, which I never would have guessed from smelling it. To me, the scent is a lot fruitier than what I’d expect those three fragrances to make. It’s sweet and almost berryish, which is why I guess Lush say it smells of strawberries.

I actually really like the smell though, and I’d really enjoy other products featuring it. I think it would make a really nice massage bar or shower scrub so hopefully Lush decide to keep it around for the future!

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Sadly although the actual product smells quite potent, it doesn’t have much strength after dissolving and the only memory of it on my skin was just the generic clean feeling, which was kinda dissappointing.

In conclusion, the Bomb Bombs are cute (not you Princess), but I probably wouldn’t use each one again as other than the fact they come in pairs, there’s nothing that special about them.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 47005:1, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Sugar Plum Fairy Body Scrub

Another new product for Christmas 2018! They really treated us this year!

Both the colour and the name would have you suspect that Sugar Plum Fairy was related to the Plum Rain range of products. And whilst it does share similar ingredients, it’s actually a very different smell. One that’s actually more like the blackcurrant vibes from The Comforter, than anything Plum Rain.

A mixture of Umeboshi Plum (a type of pickled plum, popular in China) gives fruity notes whereas Sweet Wild Orange Oil sweetens the deal and is responsible for giving it sickly fragrance that reminds me of grape soda and fizzy drinks from my childhood. It’s perfectly suited for those with a sweet tooth (or nostril) but much like with the lip scrub, it’s a bit too much for me.

Both the plum and the orange have antiseptic and toning qualities to cleanse and refresh your skin but the main feature of Sugar Plum Fairy is obviously the exfoliant.

Larger grains of Caster Sugar are mixed with smaller grains of Sea Salt to give your skin a perfect exfoliation all over. Once you’re in the shower and rubbing the product over your body you can really feel it doing it’s work. If you’re not a fan of harsher scrubs then you might want to soften the scrub in the water first before using. Because it is basically just sugar and salt it softens quite easily.

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However because of this, this scrub sadly doesn’t last very long. It does depend on how much you use of course, but I couldn’t really get more than two showers from it because it breaks down so easily. It might be better breaking it into smaller chunks first, rather than using the whole thing but personally, it’s not a very expensive product, so I don’t mind too much.

It’s an amazing scrub and it’s perfect for a good and deep exfoliation but although my skin does feel beautifully soft and polished after using it, sadly I’d much rather a different fragrance.

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Umeboshi Plum, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Yog Nog Bath Bomb

Yog Nog Bath Bomb was originally released in 2015 for that year’s winter range and has since become available at Lush Harajuku, a bath bomb only concept store in Japan. Earlier this month, Lush released Yog Nog and a few other Harajuku exclusive bath bombs old and new online for a limited time only!

I must admit, until this year with the arrival of Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar, I had never before smelt this fan favourite scent before, and boy was I missing out. It’s arguably the yummiest scent Lush have ever done and it literally smells like it’s something you should be eating, rather than something for your bath.

I honestly can’t tell you how you can mix spicy, warming Clove Bud Oil with sweet, floral Ylang Ylang Oil and get a fragrance that smells of gooey caramel, warm melted butter and indulgent toffee but this really does. It’s so delicious and moreish and envelops you like a big hug upon first whiff.

The scent is super pronounced in this version, far stronger than the bubble bar and I can still smell it on my skin a good four hours after getting out the tub, not to mention how strong the aroma in my bathroom was at the time.

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Once placed in the bath, it immediately starts fizzing and frothing, sending out streams of yellows and pale whites into the water, before starting to release a thicker foam from the insides of the ballistic. Yog Nog contains Soy Bean Flour which gives the foam a wonderfully creamier consistency and makes it amazing for nourishing and soothing the skin!

The shade the water turns towards the end is an opaque, warm yellow tone very similar to the colour of melted butter!

A beautiful surprise hidden inside this bath bomb is a whole chunk of Cocoa and Shea Butters which acts in the same way as a bath oil. It floats around, well after the outer casing has fully dissolved, spreading its buttery richness into the water which in turn feels magnificent and leaves a light coating on the surface of your skin, much like the effects of Butterball or a Body Conditioner.

Honestly I think this is one of my favourite bath bombs of all time, I can’t stop smoothing and smelling my skin at the moment, it was truly a wonderful experience. Lush, please give me the opportunity to get my hands on one of these again soon!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 47005, Colour 45350

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Soap

The North Polar Bear Left The Tap On For The Northern Lights And Let Two Years Out In One Go Soap

This soap wins the award for the longest name of a Lush product ever. For ease, I’m just going to refer to it as ‘The North Polar Bear’.

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It seems inspired by the stories involving Father Christmas and a magical polar bear called The North Polar Bear that are told in ‘The Father Christmas Letters’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally written for his children over many years, the collection of letters were published after his death.

The North Polar Bear was said to be lazy and foolish and noted for causing many accidents, which I guess is why he left the tap on…

The soap can come in two different varieties – one’s a mixture of red, yellow and orange colours and the other is blues, yellows and greens. The giant display soap that you see in stores is a mixture of all the colours, and is meant to represent the northern lights, specifically the illustration on the front cover of Tolkien’s book.

It’s a sizeable soap, one of the biggest out of all of the Christmas soaps and one that will definitely last you many, many months!

The North Polar Bear shares its scent with Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, which has a light floral and powdery aroma of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage. It shows a much gentler side to the Jasmine and is nothing like the heady seductive fragrance of Lust.

However, unlike Sex Bomb, this soap also features a Lingonberry Infusion. Not an ingredient seen often in Lush products, Lingonberry helps revive the skin with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

Although it can leave you with the squeaky clean feeling like soaps often do, The North Polar Bear actually contains a high amount of Organic Rice Milk which is not only hydrating, but also soothing and helps give the lather it produces a milky consistency. It also contains Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and conditioning Castor Oil.

I’m a big fan of this soap, there’s such a cute inspiration story behind it and it’s also about time Lush did another product in the Sex Bomb scent. A really nice new soap to add to the Christmas Range and I hope it makes a return next year.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Lingonberry Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water, Organic Rice Milk, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Gardenia Extract, Cornflour, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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