Shower, Shower Jellies

Twilight Shower Jelly

Call it whichever you want, but I feel like the Sleepy/Twilight scent has fast become the company’s most popular. Or one of them anyway. It’s no surprise they’ve finally released it in a shower jelly format across all stores, which is already receiving rave reviews.

The scent itself is incredibly relaxing. Lavender is one of the best ingredients around for it’s relaxing and stress-relieving effects on the mind and has been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy to aid restful sleep. Whereas the natural aroma of Lavender is somewhat herbal, the addition of Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Tonka Absolute to all Twilight-scented products gives it much more of a sweet and warm fragrance that envelops you in a cosy hug. It’s the perfect scent for before-bedtime washing.

As a shower jelly, I think the scent is quite strong and whilst you’re lathering it up over your body it definitely fills your senses and I find the fresher, herbal elements of the Lavender come out more. Lavender also has wonderful benefits for the skin too, it’s both antiseptic and soothing, not to mention its great balancing properties also. Although a shower jelly isn’t my usual go-to in the shower as I’m more of a bath time jelly user, they do leave you just as clean as a shower gel or a bar of soap does.

Each shower jelly contains a base made from something called Carrageenan Extract, a mucilage extracted from Irish Moss Seaweed, which is dried and powdered. When put in contact with liquids, it rehydrates and jellies, acting as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, while moisturising and soothing the skin as well.

I’m actually really loving this jelly. It looks absolutely beautiful out of it’s tub and the photos sadly don’t even do it justice. I love the swirly pattern that they give some of their shower jellies rather than just the one block colour. Whatsmore it’s scent stays on my skin after using it, allowing me to smell that wonderful scent for hours after and helping me really settle in for the evening.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Lavender Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Magic Bath Bomb

Magic is a bath bomb I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I believe it was initially released back in 2008 for Christmas and has since become a retro favourite among the Lush community. At long last, I can finally say I’ve used it.

 

Magic is pressed with the exact same mould as The Experimenter is and I love having a non-spherical Bath Bomb for a change. I guess you could say it looks somewhat boring with it’s simple blue design but it’s actually much more interesting than what meets the eye.

I heard through the grapevine that Lush asked a local witch in Poole to come and bless the ingredients that go into this bath bomb, though I’m not sure there’s actually any truth to that! Even still, with all its herbal ingredients, it’s basically a ready made potion.

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Magic contains a concoction of Majoram Oil, Basil Oil, Rose Absolute and Peppermint Oils and its scent is actually rather pungent. The Majoram and Basil definitely give the strongest aroma, offering a herbal, savoury top note. Majoram has a slightly eucalyptus-like smell with spicy undertones and Basil is well known for it’s fragrant and unique uplifting scent. I find the Rose Absolute compliments the herbal ingredients well and sweetens the overall scent with it’s floral touch. Lastly, the Peppermint Oil adds a refreshing note that sits under the main fragrance, but isn’t at all overpowering as mint can be. It’s so nice having a scent that’s so unlike what Lush usually produce.

The real wonder of this bath bomb is that it’s actually colour changing! As you can imagine, after you’ve just dropped it in, it starts by dispersing a cloud of the same blue that colours it into the water. But as it shrinks and fizzes away, the hidden core reveals itself and steams of magenta fizz out into the tub and the bathwater quickly changes into a deep dark purple. At the end, out pops a little parsley sprig as a physical representation of the herbal components in this product.

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It’s such an interesting bath bomb to watch, and although there’s not much in terms of pretty swirling bath art, it’s really cool to watch as the colour changes so quickly. The scent remains all powerful throughout your bathing experience too and I found it incredibly calming and relaxing whilst I was soaking.

Once I was out, not only was the scent still ever present on my skin but my body was feeling noticeably softer and visibly brighter. Peppermint has a great effect on the skin for increasing the blood flow, helping skin to look healthier and more radiant.

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In conclusion, I’m really pleased I got to try out Magic after only reading about it for years. It’s definitely a product to go for if you love a really unique and unusual scent, plus the story about the witch is pretty cool too! Fingers crossed it’s true and I’m now blessed by a witch myself too.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Majoram Oil, Rose Absolute, Basil Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Fresh Parsley Sprig

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Soap

Poppy Soap

Although it’s been around for some while now, Poppy Soap has only recently been released to a wider audience in all UK stores. Designed after the Poppy Flower, commonly associated with remembrance and World War One, this soap features both a poppy design on the front of it as well as the little black seeds of the flowers themselves.

Poppy Seeds are often seen in breads, cakes and dishes across the world and are said to be full of essential minerals and nutrients. In this soap, Lush have added the tiny hard seeds to exfoliate the skin. Whilst you don’t really get the full effect of the seeds during the first few uses, as the soap gets smaller and the seeds reveal themselves, it’s actually pretty scrubby, great for removing stubborn dirt and dry skin.

Poppy slightly differers in Lush’s usual soap base of Coconut Oil and Rapeseed Oil and instead swaps out the latter ingredient for Castor Oil. It does seem like Lush is heading in this direction with the majority of their newer soap bars. Mixed into the base, Lush have added Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, to give moisture to the skin and a creaminess to the lather the soap produces. I do notice that Poppy produces a lather that’s a lot softer and thicker than some of Lush’s older soaps, which is a nice treat. Sadly, although not as much as some others do, I do still find it leaves my skin with that squeaky feeling that I’m really not keen on, but that’s easily fixed with a nice hand cream.

Adding to the softening benefits of this product we have Chia Seed Gel. Chia seeds are edible and resemble very tiny pebbles. They are highly mucilaginous: when in contact with warm water or any kind of liquid, they quickly start to swell and increase their size by four or five times. Chia is softening and calming on the skin and is thought to have fantastic antioxidant properties for bright, healthy skin.

In terms of scent, Poppy features a popular and iconic Lush scent, most commonly loved as The Comforter Bubble Bar. I feel like The Comforter is a scent that can vary, depending on the format but is generally a fruity blackcurrant aroma that reminds me of blackcurrant squash and children’s juice box drinks. Although usually The Comforter features Cassis instead of actual Blackcurrant Absolute, Poppy uses the real thing, which might explain the more prominent juicy and sharp note of the fruit which is fairly different when compared to the bubble bar. Alongside this, we have uplifting Bergamot Oil and a hint of fresh, woody Cypress Oil.

I’m usually not that crazy over anything from The Comforter scent family but I’m really enjoying this soap. I think it’s the shaper element that’s making me like it more, and I love how you can still smell it on your hands each time you use it.

Lush Soaps are often pretty good at lasting a long time and Poppy is no different, I’ve been using it for about a week now and I cannot notice any shrinkage whatsoever, which tells me I’ll be holding onto this for a while. It’s design also means that if you stand it up on the thin flat side, the air reaches a larger surface area, meaning it dries really easily! I’m loving having this as my first soap in my new bathroom.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Water, Chia Seed Gel, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Poppy Seeds, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Jasmine Bath Bomb

Jasmine is one of my favourite scents so a bath bomb with a name like ‘Fairy Jasmine’ was always going to get me excited to use it.

 

You could argue that Fairy Jasmine is one of the most boring looking bath bombs out of the entire 30th anniversary range. It’s got nothing on the likes of Pirates Of The Carrageenan or Groovy Kind Of Love, both of which feature really exciting and unusual designs. But this bath bomb stands out for one reason only, its gorgeous scent.

Featuring both fragrant Jasmine and sweet Ylang Ylang, the main note of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with both heady aromas intertwining nicely. Yet there’s a warming and earthy, almost-grassy, note to it, stemming from the addition of Vetivert Oil. Vetivert is a tall grass with the smoky oil being obtained from the dried roots of the plant. Fans of Silky Underwear Dusting Powder will certainly recognise this scent as both products share the same rich fragrance.

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I find the scent incredibly enamouring and soothing. Aromatherapists consider Vetivert to be grounding and restorative and it has often been called ‘the oil of tranquility’ for that reason. Both Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are also known for their relaxing and de-stressing qualities. It’s truly a beautifully gentle aroma and one that I feel would do well in more products.

In the water, Fairy Jasmine is a fast fizzer, dissolving fully in less than a couple of minutes. As it’s design is simply a (very) pale pink bath bomb with no hidden colours inside, there’s no bath art and the water changes very little. A couple of tiny wisps of purple fizzed out from inside, but when I say tiny, I mean it and they didn’t make any difference whatsoever.

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Despite this fairly uninteresting display, Fairy Jasmine does feature a huge amount of plastic-free glitter, which looks awesome fizzing out of the bath bomb and proceeding to dance through the water reflecting the light magnificently. The scent amazingly remained at strength for the entire time I was soaking in the bath, allowing me to sink into a fully content state of mind.

Afterwards, I stepped out and dried off revealing wonderfully soft skin that was pretty covered in the silver lustre. The shards of glitter are fairly chunky too, so it’s definitely something you’ll notice and perhaps hate. For me, I loved it. The glitter won’t just stick to your skin as it’ll remain coating the bottom of your tub when the water’s drained – but that’s nothing the shower can’t wash away. My skin still retained that wonderful aroma for hours after but I got a very different side to it. The muskier and earthier tones were far more present at this stage.

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To be honest, I would have loved this bath bomb to have had something a little more interesting about it, even if that was just a tad more pink to make more of an impact on my bathwater. However, I still enjoyed my experience with the beautifully smelling Fairy Jasmine and I’d love for another product with the scent to appear sometime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Jellies

29 High Street Shower Jelly

29 High Street is the name of Lush’s most exclusive perfume, only available to customers shopping at 29 High Street, Poole- the place where it all started. I’m yet to get my hands on the perfume but I recently snapped up a 29 High Street Shower Jelly that shares the same scent.

The perfume was designed to recreate the generic ‘Lush aroma’ that spills out of shops and greets you powerfully when you walk inside. I’d argue somewhat that with countless new products and formulations over the years as well as the discontinuation of a few, the scent inside stores is very different to what it was all those years ago when the perfume was first developed.

When developing the scent, Lush chose ingredients that feature a great deal in their products, bearing in mind those that have strong scent profiles to really determine what the real ‘Lush scent’ could be. They came to the conclusion to use Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Tonka, and it really bloody works.

I find the first element I get from the fragrance is the sweet floral notes coming from the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang but they’re totally sharing the spotlight with a refreshing, fruity and slightly zesty note of Lemon and Lime. The creamy sweetness of Tonka Absolute and the warming woody tones of Sandalwood give the scent more complexity and deepness, whilst really rounding the smell off into something that I can only describe as being intoxicatingly and so moreish. It’s a mix that really shouldn’t work but it definitely does. I think you really have to experience this scent first hand and decide for yourself if you’re into it or not.

As a jelly, I think this scent works amazingly. It’s really quite potent when you’re lathering it up over your body meaning it leaves you smelling of the fragrance for hours after. Lush’s shower jellies all contain a base that’s derived from seaweed, so they’re incredibly nourishing and softening for the skin.

As well as the Jasmine Absolute, Lush have included Jasmine Flower Infusion as one of the main ingredients in this jelly to boost the sensual fragrant aroma that the flowers are well known for, but also for its skin-soothing properties. Lush have also included Fresh Lemon Juice for its multitude of benefits for the skin too. Lemons are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and their juice is cleansing, toning and antiseptic.

This is hands down my favourite shower jelly I’ve ever used. I love how long the strength of the scent lasts and although I actually don’t often use my jellies (even though I have so many), I’m using this one a lot because I’m so in love and it makes my skin feel so soft too! I need to get my hands on that perfume ASAP!!!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Gardenia Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

Dragon’s Egg has long been one of Lush’s most popular and most well known bath bombs. On the outside, I guess it looks relatively boring, except for a few flicks of colour. On the inside however, this egg contains a bright orange yolk, popping candy, colourful confetti and lots of golden shimmering glitter.

Dragon’s Egg doesn’t appeal to me personally all that much because of it’s predominantly citrusy aroma. Containing lots of Lemon Oil, it has a zesty and somewhat sharp scent that the fruit is well known for. Mix in some Bergamot Oil to lighten the scent with sunny and brighter notes and some Jasmine Absolute for a touch of floral warmth and you’ve got a fragrance that’s still fairly zesty and refreshing but with an uplifting and comforting side to it also. Although it’s not the scent for me, I can understand why people love it so much, it’s definitely a great bath bomb to energise your mind. Furthermore, these three essential oils are well known for their abilities to relieve fatigue and fight off depression and anxiety.

In the water, Dragon’s Egg is one of the slower dissolving bath bombs. It immediately foams up a brilliant white colour and continues to bob around doing so for a good five minutes, with coloured circular confetti detaching every now and then and floating off. After a short while, its orange core reveals itself and the real display begins, changing the water to a bright golden orange colour. Mixed in with the orange centre is a tonne of golden glitter which dances below the surface and looks gorgeous glimmering in the light. If the impact on your nose isn’t enough, you’ll definitely be able to hear the crackling of the popping candy! It’s definitely worth the long wait for this bath bomb to dissolve because it creates some really pretty bath art.

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Dragon’s Egg would be a great bath bomb to use in the morning because the scent really wakes you up, especially because you can still smell it in the air long after the bomb has disappeared. Sat in the bath I felt really refreshed and renewed and my skin was already feeling great thanks to the cleansing and toning benefits of the Lemon Oil, I really noticed it looked visibly brighter once I was out, but that might just be the dusting of glitter left on my body! Naturally, being such a strong scent, it definitely lingers on you for quite some time after.

One thing I do find about Dragon’s Egg is that it’s not the best for sensitive skins. The citrus oils it contains are rather harsh on any delicate or damaged skin, including rashes and especially cuts, so do be careful with this one as it will sting. I also find it can be quite drying on my skin also, but that’s nothing a body lotion can’t rectify.

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In conclusion, Dragon’s Egg is a decent bath bomb and I’m sure I’d love it a lot more if I enjoyed the smell. Now I’ve got this post out of the way, I doubt I’ll be using it again for myself but with it remaining as one of Lush’s most popular bath bombs, I doubt we’ll be saying goodbye to it anytime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Rice Paper

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Bath, Fun

Thunderbolt Fun

I don’t often use Lush’s fun so I wasn’t as excited about the exclusive fun bars at Lush Liverpool as I was about other products there, but as I was gifted a few varieties, I was looking forward to trying them. Thunderbolt is scented with the ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ scent.

If I’m honest, the neon yellow colour of this fun bar looks much more like a radioactive substance than a lightning bolt but is something that’ll really stand out sat in your bathroom either way.

As I mentioned, Thunderbolt shares it’s fragrance with that of the Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb which we’ve not seen in a while, I believe the last time this scent was used was in a limited edition fun bar from last Christmas called Festive Friends. It’s a sweet and bright scent that mixes zesty Lime Oil with the fruitiness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil and a little Olibanum Oil for warmer undertones. Having not smelled this fragrance in a while, I’m glad to experience it again as it’s a simple but really lovely scent.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. Their Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine base gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like Play-Doh or modelling clay meaning one use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models; it’s a great way to get kids enjoying their baths more. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body and hair, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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When I used Thunderbolt, I did what I usually do with fun and that’s using two thirds for a bubble bath and leaving the remainder to use as a piece of soap whilst I’m soaking. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper.

Fun always produces super soft bath water and Thunderbolt was no exception. There wasn’t a huge amount of bubbles but definitely enough and they felt fluffy and light. The bath water was definitely more green rather than yellow but I’m just glad there was some colour at all as usually bright yellow products don’t fair too well in the water. Scent wise, I didn’t notice the scent too much in the water, apart from when I was washing my body with my remaining piece, nor could I smell it very strongly on my skin after.

Although Fun isn’t exactly moisturising, my skin was feeling soft and smooth, so that’s a good thing and all things considered, Thunderbolt is a nice option if you’re into fun, I do just wish it was scented a little more strongly.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 59040

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