Shower, Shower Jellies

Whoosh Shower Jelly

I feel as though Whoosh has been around forever. I’m not sure when exactly it was first released but it’s been definitely been over ten years. I first came across Whoosh when I was much younger, my mum had been gifted it by somebody and it sat for a long while in our bathroom. That’s until I realised what it was and became obsessed with how it felt, realising how much fun I could have with it! I’m pretty sure I destroyed it before my mum even had a chance to use it…

Shower jellies were inspired by the popular British staple at a kid’s birthday party, the combo of jelly and ice cream! Furthermore, they were actually invented for the company’s own 10th birthday in 2005!

Mineral-rich carrageenan extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique solid base, therefore making the jellies actually pretty moisturising! It also is the perfect carrier for fruit juices and Whoosh features a triple threat of Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit, giving it a zesty uplifting fragrance that smells exactly like lemon and lime flavoured squash or sweets!

These citrus juices also make Whoosh very cleansing and toning for the skin. Large amounts of vitamin C in these fruits mean that they’re also very antioxidant, rejuvenating tired and dull skin.

Whoosh also contains a large quantity of Honey Water, amplifying the hydrating properties of the seaweed base and further protecting the skin. Rosemary Oil has also been added to balance and help with any tense muscular aches and pains!

I love using this energising jelly to wake me up on hot summer mornings, I grab it straight from the freezer so it’s extra refreshing! As someone who’s not a massive fan of citrus scents, I actually rather like this one, so would be pleased to see more of it in other formats some day. I always find my skin looks visibly brighter also, which gives me a boost of confidence as a nice added touch!

What are your thoughts on Whoosh? Let me know in the comments section and feel free to check out Whoosh for yourself, over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Tincture Of Benzoin, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Cleansers, Face

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

When it comes to the most popular and most well known Lush products, Ultrabland is definitely up there and is generally sold and known as an effective make up remover. Ignore the word ‘bland’ because this product definitely isn’t!

Ultrabland is based on an Ancient Greek formula for a cold cream. A cold cream is an emulsion of water and certain fats, usually including beeswax, designed to smooth skin and remove makeup. Although formulas for cold creams have massively changed since Ancient Greek times, the base is substantially the same – grease and water.

Lush’s version combines highly nourishing and hydrating ingredients to create an ever so gentle, yet amazingly effective cleanser that removes all traces of dirt and make up. Make up stays on because it’s generally made from oils and waxes, therefore to effectively remove it, you also need to use oils and waxes. Beeswax is such a gentle ingredient and is perfect for those with sensitive skins as it doesn’t strip any of your skin’s natural defences. It also has the same deeply moisturising qualities as Honey and creates a protective, waterproof barrier on the skin. Ultrabland also contains vitamin rich and highly nourishing Almond Oil to soften and hydrate!

Because of the high oil content, it’s not good to wash it off with water. To use, you just need to grab a smallish scoop of the product in your fingers and smooth over your face, paying attention to the contours and gently massaging the product all over. Be extra careful when rubbing it around your eye area and over your lashes. Then either grab a damp (but not wet) flannel or washcloth and glide over your face to remove the residue, and you can also use damp cotton pads to help with the removal. I often find that I don’t feel the need to moisturise whenever I’ve used a lot of Ultrabland, but feel free to if needed.

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This cleanser also contains super soothing Rose Water, Tincture of Benzoin and Iris Extract to help with any redness or irritation. It’s not only a fabulous make-up remover, it’s also a fabulously simple product to use when you need to bring your skin back to balance and calm breakouts. The pot even says when you’re dealing with really problematic skin, just use this for a month and it’ll sort you right out!

Personally I love Ultrabland, it’s my go-to make up removal method and even when I wear a lot, it really does the job quickly and without the need to spend ages scrubbing my face! Plus, it just feels so nice on my skin, I doubt I’ll ever stop using it!

Check out Ultrabland for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Almond Oil, Rose Water, Beeswax, Honey, Fresh Iris Extract, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Tender Is The Night Bath Bomb

Whenever Lush release a new exclusive product in one of your favourite scents, it can leave you a little anxious. Will they get the scent absolutely right? We’ve seen in the past that the same scent in different formats can end up very different, but nevertheless, when Lush gave me the opportunity to purchase Tender Is The Night in a bath bomb form, I jumped on it.

First things first, the design is wonderful. Both this and The Olive Branch Bath Bomb, that was also released at the same time, share this pretty swirly pattern which I really love. The ‘LUSH’ logo on the top gave it a very retro feeling and the colour scheme is also very much in keeping with the Tender Is The Night massage bar that first made me fall in love with the scent.

The moment of truth soon came for me to smell it for the first time. Praying I wasn’t going to be disappointed I held it up to my nose and I slowly breathed in. NOW B*TCH IT IS FABULOUS, it’s all I could ever want! I even gave my massage bar a sniff just to make sure but girl, it’s basically the same! They got it right, praise Mark!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of revelling in this scent then let me tell you about it. It starts with Jasmine, the sensual flower that’s been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. We then have sweet and floral Ylang-Ylang which pairs well with Jasmine and finally, and what majorly changes it from other Jasmine scents like Lust Perfume, is the inclusion of Vanilla Absolute. The Vanilla adds a musky sweetness that lightens the Jasmine beautifully. I feel like it’s such a sensual, yet delicate aroma.

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As usual when it comes to bath bomb forms of other scents, it does come across a little more powdery than the massage bar but I reckon it suits this format to a T.

Once I placed it in the water, clouds of pink were released from under it and the ballistic started to spin, sending off further streams of pink and creamy white into the tub. I was really surprised at how long it took to fully dissolve which allowed me to watch and admire it’s beauty. Once all the remnants had disappeared, I was left with a cloudy light pink bath that was still giving off slight remembrances of the scent as I soaked. I can’t say there was any particular hydrating effects for my skin but I came out feeling wonderfully soft, with the scent lightly remaining for a good couple of hours after.

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Tender Is The Night is perhaps one of the best bath bombs I’ve used in a long while, and I’m so glad it lived up to my expectations. I think it would make an excellent addition to the year round range and I don’t want to have to travel to Lush Harajuku to get another!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Snow Fairy Body Spray

Now I can’t say that I’m a massive Snow Fairy fan. That’s not to say I dislike it at all, but I’ve never really seen the hype that a lot of other people see. Snow Fairy Body Spray was a late addition to 2018’s Christmas Range and many people were ecstatic to say the least, but I can’t say I shared the same excitement.

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For anyone who hasn’t experienced Snow Fairy before, the iconic Lush scent is made from a sweet Synthetic Musk which smells like candy floss, pear drops and bubble gum. To me, this body spray really is the best of Snow Fairy, even beating the shower gel! The description on the back says it will transport you to your favourite sweet shop and that’s exactly the feeling I had when I sprayed it over myself for the first time. I felt super playful, sickly delicious and like I was surrounded by sweets. I really get the impression of those foam banana sweets with this format, something I never usually notice.

Even though I said I don’t call myself a true Snow Fairy fan, I’m actually growing to love this body spray. Perhaps now the range has gone from stores and I’m not constantly smelling it and telling customers that we have none left, I’ve grown to appreciate it more. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

I love how long it lasts on my skin and my clothes, a scarf I was wearing the last time I wore it still retains the strong fragrance a good couple of weeks later!

I’m glad I got a chance to really fall in love with a Snow Fairy scented product, so I’m glad I can say that this bottle will last me a long while! It’s definitely something you need to try if you’re a fan of the range, I’m certain it’ll make a return next year!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Musk, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Cloak Of Invisibility Bath Oil

When I’m looking for a product to accompany me into my bath, I rarely ever give the range of bath oils a chance. I’ve used a few in my time, but apart from my indisputable favourite Furze, none of them really spark joy to me. I love bath bombs and bubble bars because of the element of fun, something I kinda feel the bath oils lack. Nevertheless, I opted for one I hadn’t tried before for my bath tonight, mostly because it smells similar to one of my favourite perfumes. I chose Cloak Of Invisibility.

The idea behind this one is that it’s meant to make you feel invisible from all your worries, so you can have a relaxing bath in peace, and with a strong scent of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood, it allows you to have just that.

With the first two scent ingredients being Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, Cloak Of Invisibility is very similar to the heady scent of Lust Perfume. If you don’t know the perfume, Lust is mainly about the sexy and intoxicating scent of the Jasmine mixed with sweet and floral Ylang Ylang. In this bath oil, it’s somewhat subdued, perhaps dampened by the surrounding butters, and the addition of the Rosewood adds a resinous note that distinctly differs it from Lust. It’s much more subtle and floral, so if you prefer that side to the perfume then this might be a nice option for you.

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As a bath oil, it’s designed to melt in your warm bath water, imbuing it with the moisturising and hydrating benefits of the butters and oils that they’re made from. Cloak Of Invisibility is one of the more solid bath oils in the range and is predominately Cocoa Butter, with smaller amounts of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil too. Almond Oil is a wonder ingredient, as it’s packed with vitamin E with nourishes and deeply conditions the skin.

Once I had popped mine in the bath, it unfortunately sank to the bottom where it sat, slowly softening in the water. They’re usually known to float and I’m gutted not to get any better photos of my own, so I stole this one below from Lush!

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Bath oils take around ten minutes to fully melt and once this one had, it gave the water a slight orange hint that was moderately filled with glistening golden lustre. I was pleased to realise that the scent was staying with me throughout my soak, helping me relax and sink in to my meditative bath. Once I was out, my skin was gorgeously moisturised, yet not oily, and the scent remained in a subtler version on my skin for a good while after!

Check out this bath oil for yourself here over at Lush UK!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Organic Shea Butter, Jasmine Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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Bath, Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Limelight Toothy Tabs

When you think of Lush products, their dental care is often overlooked and is rarely something that customers are massively interested in. I think for most people, having good oral hygiene is, understandably, immensely important so parting with their trusty toothpaste is somewhat scary, incase other options don’t work as well. I know this was definitely a massive obstacle I personally had to overcome before aiming to make the switch.

There are many pros to using one of Lush’s toothy tabs over a regular tube of toothpaste. Landfill sites are filled with billions of toothpaste tubes yearly and as conventional toothpaste is predominantly packaged in plastic-coated, aluminium-lined tubes, they are rarely recyclable. Although yes, Lush’s tabs are packaged in a plastic bottle, both that and the lid are 100% recyclable in your local recycling points. Lush received a lot of backlash when it decided to stop packaging their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes, however the cardboard packaging didn’t allow the tabs to stay as fresh as they can be in plastic.

Toothy tabs also give customers the option to choose a toothpaste alternative that is free from fluoride and instead they use ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate which increases the alkalinity levels inside our mouths, keeping the breath fresh and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, which is a natural salt, also in the toothy tabs for its polishing and plaque removing properties.

In terms of Limelight, it contains cleansing and antiseptic Lime, Lemon and Mint Oils which give it the taste of Lemon flavoured candies and hard boiled sweets. Although it sounds somewhat sour, it’s really isn’t and is simply a different, yet still refreshing alternative to standard minty toothpaste. Whenever I use it, my mouth feels really fresh and clean!

Limelight also contains something called Baobab Fruit Powder, which gives the tabs a slight fizzing, sherbet-like feel when in use and is a nice touch. Maybe it’s something that could help younger children start using them!

Check out Limelight for yourself over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Almond Oil, Baobab Fruit Powder, Gardenia Extract, Citric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Malic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

There’s something strange about the idea of putting chocolate on your face. Even as someone who absolutely loves chocolate, I still don’t particularly want to cover myself in it so naturally I wasn’t overly keen on trying Cupcake Fresh Face Mask.

As soon as you pop open the lid and bring it to your nose, you’re hit with a scent that reminds me of brownie mixture, which to be honest, made me want to put it on my face even less and just eat it instead. Don’t try it, it really doesn’t taste nice.

Cupcake’s base is made from something called Rhassoul Mud, which should put you off eating it. This helps to soften skin and gives a deep cleanse, drawing out dirt and impurities, leaving skin soft and clear. As a natural clay, its super absorbent, drawing out excess sebum, minimising shine and preventing breakouts.

As you can imagine, Cupcake contain’s Cocoa Powder. Thanks to the residue of cocoa butter Cocoa Powder contains, it is really effective at softening the skin. It also contains a high amount of antioxidants, which are compounds made by plants to prevent premature breakdowns of their cells caused by exposure to atmospheric agents like air, heat and sunlight. These antioxidants benefit skin as well so they protect your skin from premature aging! Cupcake also contains a generous helping of actual Cocoa Butter also to hydrate your skin so it’s not left feeling too dry.

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When Cupcake is actually on your face, you can immediately feel your skin being nourished by its beneficial ingredients. Mint and Cedarwood are balancing for the skin, sorting out any excess oil issues and a soothing infusion from Linseed (Flaxseed) help with any redness or irritation. Although it’s the same texture as a brownie batter, you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s cleansing and clarifying your skin, not making breakouts worse!

Cupcake is actually perfect for hormonal, teenage skin, especially those prone to greasiness and breakouts due to the absorbent and purifying nature. Although I’m past that teenage stage, it still works for me when I do get the occasional spot, but I can’t say Cupcake is one of my go-to’s out of the fresh face mask range. I do find it can be a little drying, so make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after if you find you’re in the same boat!

Check out Cupcake for yourself here, or head into your local Lush for a free consultation on which mask would be better for you!

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Farnesol, Perfume

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