Bath, Bath Bombs

Guardian Of The Forest Bath Bomb

Guardian Of The Forest has been around for quite some time now and I believe it debuted in 2015 as an Oxford Street exclusive product. Recently it became available in all stores year-round but sadly is about to be discontinued for good. This is a bath bomb I’ve used before but not for a while, not since I started this blog anyway. Of course I had to ensure I managed to use it one last time, both for blogging reasons and to say goodbye.

I love the design of this beautiful bath bomb as it’s got something really quite magical about it, especially with a name like Guardian Of The Forest. It conjures up ideas of woodland deities and enchanted forests you might hear about in fairytales and storybooks. It’s also scented rather beautifully too in my opinion.

Containing both Oakmoss, Cypress and Rosewood Oils, its no surprise that the scent is intensely green and earthy. Oakmoss has a deep, mossy aroma – adding the poignant earthy note to the fragrance. Woody Cypress Oil blends well with Oakmoss, adding greener, fresher notes and it’s really these two ingredients that made up the strongest portion of the scent. Aromatherapists believe Cypress to be calming during times of emotional stress and use it to stimulate feelings of joy and happiness. Rosewood Oil has a unique aroma that’s equally rosy, spicy and woody, adding something a little more complex but further mixing with the Oakmoss and Cypress well. Lastly, Guardian Of The Forest contains Lime Oil, giving subtle citrusy, zesty undertones.

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The resulting fragrance is deep and meditative, yet remaining bright, gentle and slightly sweet. Whenever I smell this perfume I can’t help but imagine walking through tall forests in the summertime, with lots of mossy undergrowth and basking in the nature around me. I really love scents that transport me elsewhere.

In the bath, Guardian Of The Forest is foamy and fizzy, colouring the water a luscious green colour almost immediately, with gorgeous patterns comprised of different shades of green and white on top. Before long, a stream of yellow revealed itself, intertwining with the green and resulting in some awesome bath art. It may not look it, but Guardian Of The Forest is filled with sparkling silver glitter too, which looked really beautiful floating through the water.

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Even after the bath bomb had fully dissolved, I could still smell the grounding aroma in the air which really helped me relax into my bath, it was really quite potent and even after I was out and dry, I was still able to smell it on my body. Although there’s no ingredients that really stand out for their soothing and softening properties, my skin felt so baby smooth and silky after this bath, I was seriously impressed. The silver lustre also lightly coated me too, which is a great bonus in my eyes.

To conclude, I’m quite sad that Guardian of The Forest is leaving us, likely for a long while if not forever, but I’m glad that I managed to use it one last time before it went. If you’ve not already, you definitely want to give it a go, don’t miss out!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Rosewood Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 59040, Colour 42053, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cilla The Caterpillar Bath Bomb

Along with some other products including party balloon bubble bars and a llama shaped bath bomb, Cilla The Caterpillar is one of the exclusive items only available as gifts when having, or being invited to a Lush Party.

Sharing it’s scent with the popular Vanillary Perfume, Cilla features a fragrance that’s comprised of Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute and Vanilla Absolute. The scent (in a previous bath bomb format) was originally inspired by extraordinary deserts at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, The Fat Duck. It’s a sweet and comforting, musky vanilla-led scent with touch of floral warmth and sensuality coming from the Jasmine. Although I often note the perfume to have powdery notes, in this format I notice it even more, yet it’s very true to the perfume even still.

Cilla is actually comprised of two halves, meaning you could opt to use it in two separate baths, but as always, I used the whole caterpillar at once.

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Once popped into the bath, Cilla immediately starts frothing and foaming sending out different streams of green and orange into the surrounding water. I feel like these two colours aren’t often used by Lush but they do look really pretty, vividly contrasting each other. After a few moments, Cilla The Caterpillar had already half dissolved and began to slow down her display, leaving chunks of each half of her body bobbing below the surface, silently fizzing away.

Once she’d finished dissolving, I was left looking at reasonably pretty bath art sat on top of mossy green water. I won’t lie, my bath slightly resembled swamp water, which in turn reminded me of Shrek and now I can’t shake the idea that this is a bath bomb for the ogre himself. I guess it suits the caterpillar concept!

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Even with this hilarious thought in mind, the scent really filled the room and made me feel at peace and comforted me like a warm hug. The water itself was super soft and soothing, making my skin noticeably silky smooth and renewed once I was out. Furthermore, the fragrance lightly lingered on my body, boosting the delicate perfume, should you choose to spray yourself after like I did.

Even with the idea of Shrek in my mind, I really enjoyed bathing with Cilla The Caterpillar and I can imagine anyone attending a party will love to receive one in their goody bags.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Chlorophyllin, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2, Candy Eye

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Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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Shower, Shower Oils

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead. Rapeseed plants remove cesium from the soil and their seeds are turned into oil which is radiation free and safe to use. This way of naturally regenerating the land is truly incredible. Lush buy their Rapeseed Oil from this small city, giving a vital source of income to farmers who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Shower oils like Minamisoma provide a really mild cleanse, perfect for anyone who wants to cleanse without soap/lather and for gentle skin types. They can also be used like body conditioners as an in shower moisturiser. You simply stroke over the body and rinse away for clean and soft skin.

The Fukushima Rapeseed Oil is mixed with hydrating Cocoa Butter to form the product’s base. The design of this shower oil is actually meant to represent the fields of rapeseed plants (yellow half) growing in the hard hit land (white half). Containing more than 50% of omega 9 oleic acid, Rapeseed Oil is very moisturising and emollient on skin, and is said to have good antioxidant properties, which helps to firm the skin and boost its radiance. Included in this base is Sunflower Wax, which naturally thickens the formula and adds its own skin softening benefits.

Fresh Lemon Juice acts as the cleanser in this product as citrus fruits, especially lemons are high in enzymes that break down excess sebum, dirt and dead skin, paving the way for brighter and healthier looking skin. The large amounts of vitamin C occurring naturally inside the fruits are full of antioxidants and antibiotic properties. Turmeric Powder, which is responsible for creating the yellow colour on one side of the product also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as being soothing on the skin.

A strange new ingredient that I’ve not seen before is something called Kinako Powder, which is roasted organic soybean flour. When it is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will really soothe the skin and alleviate irritation and redness.

Minamisoma is scented with the same scent as Avocado Co-Wash and is a scent that I find absolutely beautiful. Comprised of Litsea Cubeba, Bergamot and Olibanum Oils, it’s a fresh, zesty aroma but incredibly sweet and delightful at the same time. For their effects on the skin, both Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot are refreshing and toning and Olibanum is soothing.

I am really loving this product. Its perfect for those showers when you don’t necessarily need a deep clean as it effectively cleanses for a quick freshen up. Though I am preferring to use it as an in shower body moisturiser as I come out feeling smoother than a baby! It’s so great at locking in hydration. What’s more, the scent is so beautiful under the water and is really great for energising and lifting your spirits on a dreary morning. It also leaves a trace of it lingering on your skin after, which makes me so happy. I’m so glad Lush have made this a permanent fixture in all stores!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Kinako Powder, Turmeric Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Magma Bath Bomb

The act of taking a bath can be very healing for our bodies. Warm water eases aches and pains, steam alleviates cold and flu symptoms and on a subconscious level, the floating sensation is comforting because it supposedly reminds us of being in the womb. Add in a bath bomb and depending which you’ve chosen, a whole host of other benefits await you too.

Magma Bath Bomb is based on Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, which was designed to really combat muscular aches and pains. Both contain Cinnamon Leaf and Peppermint Oils which help in different ways. Cinnamon, like the majority of spices, have a warming, stimulating effect on the skin. They stimulate the blood vessels under the skin which increases the blood flow to the area which in turn relaxes tight muscles. Peppermint creates a cooling sensation on the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings, further relaxing the muscles and it also dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow.

Magma does contain two ingredients that Wiccy Magic Muscles doesn’t, and that’s Mustard Powder and Ginger Powder. Like Cinnamon, both of these ingredients have stimulating and warming properties too, increasing the effects.

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Comparing the scents of both products, Magma is definitely a little spicier, which makes sense given the addition of the two new ingredients, whereas I can detect the minty element a lot more in the massage bar. Wiccy is also a lot more potent than Magma, which isn’t a bad thing because the scent of Wiccy can be really overpowering for a lot of people.

In the bath, Magma is a silent fizzer, slowing sending out waves of foamy red and yellow into the water, obviously designed to look like lava, rather than a ‘pizza bath’ as my friend described it as. After a while, the water had taken on a warm orange colour.

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Sadly I couldn’t really smell the fragrance very strongly once it had dissolved, but I felt the relaxing benefits of the bath as soon as I was in. My body easily succumbed to the warm water as I let the essential oils do their work.

I suffer with bad knee pain a lot, so I really rely on baths to help ease the tension and pain and I thought Magma worked wonders. After just five minutes soaking, I already felt a lot better. Once I was out I felt like a new person as my skin was soft and my body wasn’t aching. I couldn’t notice any scent remaining on my body but after a few swipes of the massage bar, there it was.

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In conclusion, Magma made for a really nice bath. It probably suits the colder months more than it does the heatwave we’re currently having but I’m sure I’ll be using this again during the winter. I’d definitely recommend this bath bomb to anyone with aches and pains!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Popping Candy, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45350.

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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

Birth Of Venus Jelly Face Mask

Each one of the five jelly masks have a unique name inspired by five women who work for the company. Lush co-founder Rowena Bird recently won the National Venus Award in the UK which recognises and celebrates British business women. Birth of Venus is dedicated to her.

As a whole, the jelly masks have a certain hydrating quality because of what they’re made from. Like with all of Lush’s jelly products, the soft and wobbly texture comes from the addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from a type of seaweed. Anything with seaweed in it is going to be great at adding moisture, softening the skin, and soothing any irritation.

Birth of Venus contains some other incredibly soothing ingredients too. Its main ingredient is actually Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, which has been chosen for not only its soothing effects but also for its toning and balancing effects. Similarly, Lavender Absolute also has wonderful soothing properties, as well as being balancing and antiseptic. I’d say that Birth of Venus is one of the most balancing products Lush currently have and it’s perfect for anyone who, like myself, struggles with ‘combination’ skin as it really helps to even out the oil production.

This jelly mask also contains soothing and calming Chamomile Blue Oil, cleansing Kaolin which draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, and Fresh Sea Water which is full of many different minerals. Minerals are vital for the skin. They help to maintain water balance and keep the pH of the blood and lymphatic systems stable, which is essential for healthy living.

Birth Of Venus has a gorgeously unique scent. You can detect the floral and herbal elements of the lavender, rose and chamomile but there are grounding resinous notes coming from the addition of Olibanum Oil and Myrrh Resinoid in there too. It’s a very relaxing and fresh ‘spa’ like scent, but I also imagine smoking incense sticks whenever I smell it. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense has toning and soothing properties on the skin and Myrrh also has soothing properties but is also antiseptic.

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If you’ve never used a jelly face mask before, you might want to give one a go. I was really unsure when they first came out but now I love them. They’re so easy to use, though they do take a little longer to apply and take off than a regular mask. To apply you need to squidge a grape sized amount into the palm of your hands before smoothing over your face and the best way to take one off is either with a flannel or a damp cotton round rather than just splashing your face with water. Unlike the fresh face masks, these jelly masks are self preserving, which means they last a lot longer and don’t have to be kept in the fridge where you could forget about them!

I think Birth of Venus is my favourite out of the five currently in the all year round range, it leaves my face feeling so soft and matte, perfect for a morning before make up. I love this product!

Ingredients

Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Kaolin, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Sea Water, Talc, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Olibanum Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb

This bath bomb is name after the Shijimi Blue Butterfly, which is sadly an endangered species in Japan, due to a specific plant that its caterpillars feed on dying out. The Lush buying team in Japan are working on a conservation project that will hopefully restore these creatures back into abundance. Its also made using the same mould as the butterfly bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day!

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb features both Chamomile Blue and Lavender Oils, making it very similar to the likes of Ickle Baby Bot, Deep Sleep and Koyaanisqatsi. It’s a very herbal, yet gentle smelling bath bomb, with light floral notes. Although often in Lavender and Chamomile pairings, it’s the Lavender that claims the top note, with this product I find the Chamomile to be a little more evident. Both essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their abilities to deeply relax the mind and soothe worries and anxiety, making Shijimi Butterfly a great bath bomb to use in the evening.

In the water, this bath bomb produces gorgeous bath art right from the get go. It half floats on top of the water as it sends out marbled waves of blue, white and black into the bath. It sinks as it dissolves, producing larger waves of foam until both wings have separated, floating off on their own before disappearing completely. The resulting water is a serene shade of blue that compliments the relaxing scent well.

Once I was in, I noticed little black specks remaining in the water which latch onto your skin and the sides of the bath and annoyingly leave little black smears. This meant I had to wash off the marks both on my skin and on the bath but luckily it didn’t happen too much and it was fairly easy to clean. There was also a slightly noticeable amount of silver lustre dancing gracefully though the water.

Theres nothing in Shijimi Butterfly that’s really going to add moisture to the skin, but still the bath water felt wonderfully soft. Both Lavender and Chamomile are well known to have soothing effects, not just on the mind, but on the skin too.

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After I was out, I was pleased to notice a reminder of the scent still lingering on my skin, especially when it appeared to disappear into the air once the bath bomb had dissolved. My skin felt soft and renewed also, so all in all Shijimi Butterfly made for a lovely bath, I would have preferred less black though I reckon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090

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