Soap

Karma Soap

I am so glad Lush decided to create the beautiful individual pieces of soap, they’re so much prettier than big chunks that get cut up in store! Karma’s circular design looks lovely featuring the flower on the front of it.

Obviously, Karma Soap shares the same fragrance as the iconic Lush perfume. Karma Perfume was inspired by the scents of Kensington High Street in the 1960s, at the time of hippies and the love generation. It’s a complex perfume with grounding, earthy Patchouli, bright and sunny Brazilian Orange, relaxing and floral Lavendin, with smaller notes of fresh Pine Oil, Elemi Oil and Lemongrass Oil.

The soap is very true to the scent, though I think it’s a little deeper on the patchouli side of things, with more of an overall earthy and meditative aroma than the perfume. These ingredients that make up the perfume have great effects on the skin too.

Indonesian Patchouli Oil is both soothing and antibacterial. Brazilian Orange Oil is full of nutrients and vitamins and is enzymically cleansing, which means it helps break down excess oils. Lavendin is a hybrid of Lavender but it shares the same soothing, calming and balancing effects. Pine Oil and Lemongrass Oil are both antiseptic and deodorising and lastly Elemi Oil is toning, balancing and also antiseptic.

Karma suds up well into your hands and produces a really fragrant lather which lingers on your skin for hours after. I find that even with every day use, Karma Soap takes ages to noticeably shrink!

The only problem I have with the majority of Lush’s soaps is that they can leave a squeaky clean feeling on your hands once you’ve used them, whereas I like to feel more moisturised and soft (like the effect after a shower gel), so usually I opt for more creamier soaps Lush have else I ensure I use a moisturiser! Nevertheless Karma makes for a decent and effective soap and looks so pretty sat in my bathroom!

Ingredients

Water, Rapeseed; Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Geode Bath Bomb

Naturally forming geodes are hollow, vaguely circular rocks in which crystals and minerals are encased. I would tell you how they’re formed but this isn’t a science blog so you can google it. Geode Bath Bomb is one of the many new bath bombs for the 30th anniversary and is arguably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush have created to date.

Designed to look like a real life geode, this bath bomb has a beige rock shaped body with a stunning purple top created by using lustre and different grades of salt. It’s scent is very similar to that of Peachy Bath Bomb from this year’s Valentine’s range but if I’m remembering correctly, I believe Peachy was a tad more fruity and sweet. Even still, Geode contains different ingredients being Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Styrax Resinoid.

It’s a fairly grounding floral and woody aroma to me, with subtle hints of the three ingredients. Soothing Lavender gives the light florals, whist Bergamot adds a fresher uplifting note. Styrax Resinoid has a sweet cinnamon-like aroma and being a product not often used by Lush is likely what gives the bath bomb its unusual scent. Sadly, I wasn’t a massive fan of Peachy’s scent and I can’t say I’m overjoyed that Geode smells similar.

Once delicately placed into my bath, Geode began a beautiful display. It fizzed very slowly, beginning with not much more than a few wisps of creamy foam floating around it and the deep purple top colour seeping into the water.

As it went on, a trail of pink emerged from inside the bomb itself and slowly but surely the water took on a golden shade, which finally settled into a pinky, rose gold once it had all merged together. The golden lustre looked marvellous as it ebbed and flowed under the surface and the addition of Popping Candy created a crackling sound below. This more then made up for not liking the scent very much.

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Speaking of the scent, it was actually much more subdued in the water and I didn’t mind it as much. I was definitely getting slightly more floral notes at first but I couldn’t smell it anymore after a while. Didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was still marvelling at the stunning water which was beautifully soft thanks to all the Sea Salt!

Once I was out and dry whilst my skin felt great, again there was no sign of the scent lingering on my body. I was also surprised at the seemingly lacking glitter that was covering my body as I expected a whole lot more! Maybe this means Geode is a great bath bomb if you like glitter in your bath but don’t want to be covered after!

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In conclusion, I really enjoyed Geode. I think if it had a different scent, it would probably be up there with some of my favourites from recent times! It’s definitely a must try and I’m glad I got to try it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Silica, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090

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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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Conditioners, Hair

Veganese Hair Conditioner

Veganese was Lush’s first ever vegan conditioner, as all of the others at the time it was invented contained Lanolin, which is obtained by pressing sheared sheep’s wool.

Veganese is a fairly light and gentle conditioner so it’s great for all hair types. Its base is actually made from seaweed! Nutrient rich Agar Agar Gel is softening and moisturising as it coats each strand of hair, but because its so light, it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Veganese also contains both Rosemary Infusion and Lavender Flower Infusion. Lavender and Rosemary are both antibacterial, soothing and balancing, which will really help with controlling the oil production and alleviate any itchiness and irritation on the scalp.

The conditioner’s smell is a refreshing lemony scent. Veganese contains both Lemon Juice and Lemon Oil. Because Lush have added in Benzoin Resinoid, it provides a sweeter note to the product’s perfume and prevents the lemon from being too sharp. It’s a nice perfume and one that subtly stays in your hair after washing.

On the hair, the acidity from the Lemon causes the hair cuticles to lie flat, meaning your hair reflects more light and looks beautifully shiny. Lemons also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and are full of enzymes that help break down excess oils.

Benzoin Resinoid creates a thin protective film on the hair, preventing it from losing moisture and further enhancing shine.

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As I mentioned, Veganese is a relatively light conditioner so you might end up using a lot if you really like to nourish your hair with a lot of product, but it is easily washed out. I’m currently in the process of finding the best conditioner for my hair and I’m really agreeing with Veganese; my thin hair can be prone to greasiness and I’m not really someone who would use a rich conditioner anyway, so the consistency is perfect.

After drying, I definitely notice a nice vibrant shine in my hair and it feels bouncy and soft, without feeling heavy in the slightest. Maybe Veganese is the one for me!

Ingredients

Agar Agar Gel, Fresh Rosemary Infusion, Lavender Flower Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lemon Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Kappa Bath Bomb

Lush are really seeming to love their Asian folklore at the moment, with the releases of Lucky Cat, Kitsune and Kappa. I guess these bath bombs did start in Harajuku so it only makes sense. In Japanese folklore, a kappa is an amphibious demon who although are often portrayed in negative lights, have been known to help humans and befriend us. They’re usually depicted as green human-like beings but have a Turtle-like shell on their backs and a lily pad-shaped dish on their heads.

Kappa Bath Bomb features an odd scent. Soggy stale shortbread, overripe vegetables, damp woodland and pond water are all things I’ve heard people describe it as and honestly I can see where they’re all coming from. Strangely enough, Lush have decided to include Cucumber Powder in this bath bomb, as apparently cucumbers are a kappa’s favourite food. As well as that, it also contains Lemon Oil, Cistus Oil and Oakmoss Absolute.

The scent is fairly reminiscent of crisp and fresh cucumbers, with Lemon Oil adding something a little sharper. The other two ingredients are known for being deeper scents with more resinous and earthy undertones. Cistus Oil has a warm, amber, honey-like scent whereas Oakmoss Absolute is deeply earthy and mossy. Honestly, I’m not sure these types of scents pair together well and sadly my nose has to agree. It’s rare for Lush to produce something I don’t like the smell of, but I’m afraid this is it.

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In the water, after fizzing for a couple of seconds, Kappa sank to the bottom and from reading other reviews, it seems to happen a lot with this particular bath bomb. it’s a relatively slow fizzer but doesn’t foam up, nor does it create any bath art as such. Instead, it turns the water a rather lovely blue/green colour. The scent, whilst remaining throughout, actually became a lot subtler once the bath bomb had dissolved but I’m afraid all I could notice was the overarching ‘damp’ smell.

Furthermore, I could still notice the scent on my skin once I was out and dry but this time, it was even subtler so I didn’t mind it as such. My skin actually felt gorgeously soft and smooth, so that was a nice bonus. Whilst the water didn’t feel any different from a standard bath bomb, it’s likely the Cucumber Powder, which has a cooling and softening effect on the skin. Cucumbers are also packed with vitamins and minerals that really benefit and nourish the skin.

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In conclusion, I’m afraid I do not like the smell of this bath bomb, I just can’t agree with it. It kinda makes up for it with the beautiful water and how soft it makes you feel but alas, I won’t be using it again. Sorry Kappa.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cucumber Powder, Cistus Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 19140, Candy Eyes

 

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Turmeric Latte Shower Gel

Turmeric Latte is probably one of my favourite bath bombs currently available, so when I heard Lush were releasing a limited edition shower gel inspired by it, I think I audibly expressed my excitement. I love the warming, coffee-like smell of the scent so I was incredibly excited to try it again in a different form.

The shower gel contains all the same ingredients as the bath bomb that make up its fine fragrance. Vanilla, Tonka and Benzoin make up the main potion of the scent, there’s Coconut too and of course, Turmeric. Though I wouldn’t say the scent is 100% the same. Whilst the bath bomb smells more deeply of coffee and is slightly smoky/spicy, I’d say the shower gel is a lot sweeter. Thanks to the addition of Agave Syrup and Cocoa Powder, there are sweet sugary notes which lighten the scent a fair bit. Though that’s not an issue, it’s still very close to the scent I fell in love with, so I’m incredibly happy!

The Turmeric and the Coconut are added as an infusion of both. On the skin Turmeric is stimulating, soothing and antioxidant, perfect for promoting healthy and bright skin. Coconuts are well known for being moisturising in all forms, as well as being amazingly soothing too.

This shower gel has a fairly runny consistency but feels so luxuriously soft on the skin. I didn’t have to work much to get it going and the lather it produces is rich and soft. For this reason you really don’t need to use a lot each time as a little surely goes a long way.

I loved how the scent filled my senses as I was lathering it up over my body, making me feel so content and comforted. It further contains Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and a natural sugar called Xanthan Gum, both of which have skin softening properties that really lock in moisture. Along with the Agave Syrup and the Coconut, you’re actually in for a real hydrating treat, something I didn’t really expect from this shower gel in all honesty.

With all those wonderful ingredients, my skin felt supremely great after, I couldn’t stop stroking my arms as they were so soft! Amazingly, the scent really stuck around and lingered on my skin, allowing me to reap the benefits of such a cosy aroma long into my evening.

In conclusion, I’m over the moon with this gel and I’m definitely going to regret not buying more when it runs out. It’s still available online for now so make sure you grab one whilst there’s still a chance!

Ingredients

Coconut and Turmeric Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Organic Agave Syrup, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Eugenol, Colour 19140:1

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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Lush Hippy Cold Pressed Soap

One out of three current year-round cold pressed soaps, along with Lush Mechanic and Lush Gardener. This earthy scented soap is designed for hippies and lovers of grounding scents like Patchouli and Vetivert. It features an imprint, typical of Lush’s cold pressed soaps, and in this case it’s a golden lion.

As a cold pressed soap, Lush Hippy is produced without the use of heat to melt and bind the ingredients together and instead, little soap granules are pressed together when cold and allowed to bind together on their own. This process allows for a sturdy and long lasting bar of soap and the lack of heat allows the ingredients to retain their full benefits.

The soap has a number of ingredients to nourish the skin including a base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, a little Castor Oil and some hydrating Cocoa Butter. Wheatgerm Oil contains heaps of essential nutrients and vitamins that really benefit the skin and promote healthy cell regeneration. It’s enriching natural formula is particularly soothing and great for locking in moisture. Sunflower Oil is also high in antioxidants and vitamins for brighter and smoother skin. All of these ingredients along with a little Cornstarch give Lush Hippy a really thick and creamy lather.

Sunflower isn’t just included as an oil, but Lush have added a Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as the actual seeds to this soap. Sunflower Petals are for adding a natural yellow colour to a product as well as having calming and soothing effects on the skin. You can actually notice the black seeds in the soap which offer a gentle scrub.

The scent of Lush Hippy is very earthy and woody. Containing a high amount of earthy Patchouli Oil, musky Labdanum Resinoid and grassy and smoky Vetivert Oil, its a fairly natural smelling scent that reminds me of meadows and farmlands. There’s a slight zesty note of citrus in the background from Brazilian Orange Oil too, but it’s definitely not the main aroma. The fragrance is much stronger when in use and after you’ve used the soap it really sticks on your hands too!

If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap before you’ll know that they really do last a long time, even with continuous use in the shower and they don’t really give you that squeaky feeling that other soaps can. The only downside is that Lush Hippy runs its bright yellow colour, which can be a disaster if you’re not keeping it in a soap dish or if you’re using white towels (don’t worry it does come out in the wash). Other than that, it’s a really good and effective soap.

If you haven’t heard, Lush is actually discontinuing this soap sometime soon, so make sure you get a chance to try it before it vanishes into Lush history forever.

Ingredients

Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cornstarch, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Gardenia Extract, Sunflower Seeds, Labdanum Resinoid, Brazilian Orange Oil, Vetivert Oil, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Organic Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Limonene, Sodium Stearate, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45350 Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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