Bath, Bubble Bars

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Unicorn Horn was first released in 2015 and looked slightly different, the colours were brighter and featured a fourth bright blue colour. Nowadays although Unicorn Horn looks more shapely, I can’t help but miss the old colour scheme. Nevertheless this limited edition bubble bar has proven to be pretty popular and has made a return each year since it’s debut.

Although you might be expecting a sweet and sugary fragrance, it’s scent is unmistakably Lavender fronted and the familiar gentle, herbal aroma is what hits you at first sniff. Lavender Oil is perfect for calming the mind and helping you to relax. Hints of mood-brightening Neroli Oil and Ylang Ylang add a sweetness but like I said, it’s really the Lavender that takes the spotlight here. It’s definitely not as sweet as Twilight or Sleepy, it’s more of a natural and floral Lavender aroma, as if you were smelling the plant itself.

Although Lush suggest using a whole Unicorn Horn in one bath, you could definitely break it in half and use it twice. Me? Of course I used the whole product! As the water hit the crumbled bubble bar, it immediately produced heaps upon heaps of beautifully soft bubbles and by the time my tub was full, I couldn’t see the actual water! Although parting the blanket of bubbles showed me the lovely purply-pink colour it had become.

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Once I was in, the soothing smell of Lavender was still very prevalent and really helped me to unwind after my long day. Although it looks like this bubble bar could potentially be very glittery, I found that it wasn’t the case in the water. Once I was out my skin felt soft and thoroughly clean and as a bonus I could still smell the light aroma on my skin which played an important role in helping me get to sleep. Furthermore, I wouldn’t say Unicorn Horn is particularly moisturising as I definitely felt the need to use a body lotion after but that’s a personal preference.

To conclude, Unicorn Horn is a lovely product, it’s not something that really blows me away or gets me excited to use again but it’s not going to let you down if you’re looking for a happy and relaxing bubble bath. I wonder if we’ll see her back next year?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Neroli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Love Atmosphere

When I first saw a picture of the Atmospheres, way before their initial release which honestly feels like forever ago, I was certain that they were Lush trying to be on trend and they were going to be Lush’s version of Tide Pods! Perhaps for the bath, or maybe Lush were going to be venturing into the laundry detergent market? Surely not? Even still they certainly looked exciting and I was eager to try them!

Fast forward to now and the Atmospheres have been out for a good while but I’m only just trying them now after being gifted them! I choose Love as the first one I used because I really like the Love scent! If you don’t know anything about the Atmospheres, they were designed with the concept of packaging free shower gels in mind and that’s basically what they are! These colourful squishy spheres are a single dose of shower gel wrapped in an environmentally-friendly layer of seaweed that can be washed down the plughole or popped on the compost heap! They’re packaged in recycled and recyclable box where you get four in each pack. Each one is meant to represent a goal as each Atmosphere releases a specific concoction of scents that help to focus your mind to bring into reality the things you chiefly desire – Love, Joy, Money or to Let Go.

The Love scent is a fragrance of apple orchards and sweet cider, it’s a spicy and sugary concoction of zesty Lemongrass and Bergamot and sweet Ylang-Ylang, with seductive and flirty notes from Jasmine and Rose Oils. It’s ambient scent is meant to provoke amorous thoughts and by laws of attraction, hopefully you’ll gain new found love! Oddly, although Love Atmosphere sure smells exactly like the perfume, it replaces Bergamot for Orange Flower and the Jasmine seems to have been removed for reasons unknown.

Once you pop open the seaweed casing, the gel easily spurts out and to my surprise was actually rather thick, consistency wise half way between a gel and a jelly! It looked nice and sparkly so I quickly rubbed it all over my body. I did find that perhaps due to the thickness, it was hard to get it to lather up a lot but that wasn’t a massive issue. For the future I’m definitely going to be more careful when bursting the casing as I did end up holding too much and losing a decent amount down the plughole!

Lush say that each Atmosphere is for one use only, but I reckon with the amount of gel inside them you can definitely save some for at least one more shower, though you might have to decant it into another container. It’s probably for the best too as currently each box is priced at £12 so you’re probably going to want to make them last as long as possible!

I did find that my skin was incredibly soft once I had used the product, likely due to the seaweed content, but a big negative was the fact that the scent had entirely disappeared once I had finished using it.

In conclusion, whilst the idea is great and I think that the Atmospheres are such a fantastic, innovative new product I really cannot justify spending £3 per shower, especially for something that didn’t really live up to the expectations so it seems unlikely I’ll be making a purchase again but stay tuned for posts on the other three Atmospheres soon!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Open Your Heart Bubble Bra

No, that’s not a spelling mistake. This product is literally called a bubble bra as it’s an homage to none other than Madonna and her famous cone bra. The name also comes from the name of one of her greatest songs too!

Open Your Heart shares it’s scent with the ever so popular Golden Pear Soap. Since the soap’s release for Christmas 2017 there’s been such a buzz surrounding it so it’s no surprise the scent continues to be used in other products. The Golden Pear scent is a fruity, yet warming fragrance of spiced pears, but is actually made up of Cardamom, Brazilian Orange and Sandalwood Oils. It’s a beautifully comforting scent and is perfectly replicated in this format.

The bubble bar is comprised of two cone shapes, separated by a layer of Cocoa and Murumuru Butters and was fairly easily crumbled into my tub. As soon as the warm water hit the product, soft bubbles were formed immediately and the gorgeous scent filled the room. I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying that Open Your Heart doesn’t create many bubbles but for me there were loads! Though I did use the whole thing!

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As the bath filled up, the original deep golden colour the water started with got more and more diluted until eventually it was a pale yellow. Looking at the actual bar, you’d expect Open Your Heart to run a fairly glittery bath but the lustre wasn’t very noticeable to me. One thing I can say is that for the whole time I was in the bath, the scent remained just as strong, which was heavenly. After a somewhat less pleasing experience with Golden Pear Bath Bomb and it’s rapidly dissipating scent, it was a real treat. The scent definitely suits the bubble bar format the best!

The Murumuru Butter and Cocoa Butter from the centre make the water feel really luxurious and soft, I didn’t however notice much hydration on my skin after but it definitely felt a lot softer. Sadly the heady scent disappeared completely after towelling off which was a big disappointment.

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To conclude, Open Your Heart is definitely a surefire step to creating the perfect Golden Pear scented bath product, but it still needed a couple of tweaks for it to be the one we’re all waiting for. If there had perhaps been a stronger colour and a lasting fragrance then it would have had the potential to be a fantastic bubble bar, not to mention a place in my list of all time favourite bubble bars!

Ingredients 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Gardenia Extract, Water, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

The Kiss Lip Scrub

Recently I found that I still have pictures of last year’s Valentine’s lip scrub from before I even started this blog that I never got round to posting! I still have a good half of my pot left and I think it’s only appropriate to post about it on the same day as this year’s lip scrub!

The Kiss was first released for Valentine’s Day 2015 and proved to be pretty popular, allowing Lush to bring it back for the next two years after that, and after trying it for the first time, it’s undoubtedly my favourite lip scrub of all time.

First things first, The Kiss isn’t your generic lip scrub that’s made out of Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil. The Caster Sugar is still the main ingredient but the Jojoba has been replaced with Safflower Oil. Safflower Oil is considered as a great softener for the skin as it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils, and in actual fact I do consider The Kiss to be a little more hydrating than other Jojoba Oil containing lip scrubs. Cocoa Butter has also been blended into the mix, adding to the moisturising benefits.

Another difference with this lip scrub is the inclusion of Sea Salt which not only helps with the exfoliation but it adds a saltiness to the product which is actually a really nice change. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of overly sweet lip scrubs as they can be really sickly after a couple of uses, but you don’t get that with The Kiss and it’s actually really tasty with it’s sherbety flavour. To use a lip scrub, you simply use a finger to apply some of the product to your lips, gently buffing away the dead skin and then lick  it off to reveal soft and polished lips, so there’s absolutely no harm in ingesting the scrub, it’s why they’re so delicious! The Kiss also contains Sicilian Mandarin Oil as well as Almond Essential Oil to add a somewhat fruity aroma and flavour.

A cute little touch with this product is that the pot also contains these little red hearts mixed in with the scrub which is perfect for a Valentine’s exclusive. The hearts are completely edible so theres no harm in swallowing them too!

I’m a little gutted that The Kiss didn’t make a return this year but I guess Eve’s Cherry is a good replacement. I hope that perhaps we’ll see The Kiss again in the future because it’s going to be a real shame when my jar is empty.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Safflower Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Almond Essential oil, Cornflour, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Geraniol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 16255, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

 

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub

Alongside Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs, Lush also released a fruity lip scrub called Eve’s Cherry. I’m always slightly apprehensive with new lip scrub flavours because occasionally they have a weird after taste, but I’m a big fan of cherry flavoured things so I had high hopes.

This limited edition lip scrub smells rather fruity and not artificially, a lot like sweet cherry jam, or fizzy cherry flavoured candies which raised my hopes even more. I scooped a generous amount onto my finger and gave my lips a good scrub. The usual Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil base works wonders at removing dead skin, whilst softening and hydrating the lips. Eve’s Cherry further contains Shea Butter and highly moisturising Cherry Kernel Oil and I could definitely feel the benefits of these ingredients on my freshly polished lips.

The taste definitely met my expectations. It’s sweet but not too sweet and also has a sharp, almost sour zing to it. The ingredients that make up the flavour of the scrub have been carefully chosen to mimic fruity tastes. Almond Essential Oil creates a subtle cherry flavour, Davana Oil tastes of peaches, whilst Buchu Oil gives a sultry blackberry hint. The subtle sourness comes from the inclusion of Lime Oil and prevents the scrub from being too sweet. I really really like this flavour, I think it potentially is almost on par with my favourite lip scrub of all time, The Kiss! It seems Lush really get them right for Valentines Day!

Eve’s Cherry is definitely one that I could use often, I’m really not a giant fan of overly sweet lip scrubs like Bubblegum or Sugar Plum Fairy so it’s nice to have something a little different that doesn’t get sickly after a couple of uses. I personally use a lip scrub every morning too, so obviously it’s important to use one I actually enjoy using, and I’m happy I’ve found a new fave!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Citric Acid, Almond Essential Oil, Davana Oil, Buchu Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 42090

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Love Boat Bath Bomb

Love Boat debuted last year for 2018’s Valentine’s Range, and I’m really glad Lush bought it back again this year because I remember really liking it! The design is super cute, a blue and pink bath bomb in the shape of a boat with an embossed heart on the front that tells you this boat is setting sail for love!

I remember last year’s Love Boat not being particularly strongly scented but this year’s seems to be much stronger. It’s a sweet mixture of Sicilian Lemon Oil, Sweet Orange Oil and Rose Oil which gives the product a bright, sherbety scent reminiscent of fizzy sweets and candy, and to my nose it specifically reminds me of Haribo for some reason! The fruity fragrance is great for calming your mood and making you happy and content. Lemon and Orange Oils are also great for cleansing the skin, whereas Rose is balancing and restorative.

What I love about bath bombs like this is that you can actually get them to float on the surface of the water if you’re really careful when putting it in, you’ve just got to hold it on the surface for a few seconds to give it some stability. As you can see from my picture it annoyingly didn’t really work for this one but I’ve achieved it many times before!

Once it’s started fizzing, it immediately sends out streams of blue and pink into the water whilst the jelly hearts that cover the bottom of the boat float off and do their own thing,  which is a really cute touch. As it sinks, the colours get more and more intense and eventually mix into a deep pink colour. I think this bath bomb works best in a deep bath, as sometimes the resulting colour can end up looking brownish in shallower waters, but that’s not as bad as it was last year, they’ve definitely boosted the colour for this year’s release. Sadly I found that there wasn’t much in terms of the scent once Love Boat had fizzed away but the water was filled with beautiful sparkly lustre.

Once I was out, disappointingly there was no reminder of the scent on my skin but it did feel soft and smooth and was given a light shimmering from the glitter.

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All in all, I’m a big fan of Love Boat but it would be so much better if the great scent had better staying power! Hopefully we’ll see another revamped version next year!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Rose Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 16255, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1

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Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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