Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Trumpets Bath Bomb

Fairy Trumpets is a beautiful looking bath bomb and one I was really eager to try! Who am I kidding? I’m eager to try them all! I feel like it’s a bath bomb that really stands out and would have looked great among the other floral inspired bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day.

The scent of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with greener elements to it as well. Containing Chamomile, Orange Flower and Rosewood it’s not too far off the fragrance of Figs and Leaves Soap and Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb, with the Orange Flower coming through quite potently. It’s uplifting and bright and is a scent that really puts you in a good mood. The Chamomile gives a slight herbal note to the aroma, which is well known to relax and soothe the mind and the addition of Rosewood offers a gentle warming undertone to the scent. If you’re into your florals then you’ll surely love Fairy Trumpets.

Once popped in to your bath, Fairy Trumpets will put on a quick display that won’t win any awards for being the most exciting but it was nice to watch even still. There’s aways some excitement when you’re seeing a bath bomb fizz for the first time anyway. The yellow colouring fizzed away quite quickly, revealing pinky red colours underneath which also fizzed away rather fast, resulting in a deep orange shade with little patches of red oils floating on the surface. I should mention that these oils actually stained my skin (and my bath) a little, so perhaps its best to mix them in before you get in.

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After it had dissolved I could really notice the floral aroma filling my senses as it permeated throughout my flat. Fairy Trumpets also contains popping candy, which was a nice little surprise to hear. As I was soaking away I felt tranquil and at peace with the uplifting scent still sticking around.

Once I was out, my skin felt soft and renewed. Chamomile has excellent soothing properties so it’s great for any irritation you may have on your skin. The scent was still lingering over my body which I could smell for hours after, which I was really impressed with.

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To conclude, whilst I wouldn’t say Fairy Trumpets is anything to write home about, I am glad I crossed it off my list. I really want to be able to try each of the celebration bath bombs but I’m beginning to think that it may not be feasible, so apologies if I don’t get round to using them all!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Chamomile Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Hand Care

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lemony Flutter is probably Lush’s thickest, creamiest lotion available. It’s designed to soften and protect your cuticles and nourish your nails. I have AWFUL cuticles and whilst I’m really bad at remembering to use this product, it actually does wonders.

The cuticle plays an important role in the health of your nails. They provide a protective cover for the tissue that grows new cells that build the nails. As you know, your nails are constantly growing – that’s why you have to keep clipping them. Taking care of your cuticles is important because it can lead to stronger, healthier nails and if you neglect them, your cuticles can cause some problems, including painful infections.

For healthy cuticles and nails, you need to cleanse, moisturise and protect them. Luckily, Lemony Flutter does all three! It cleanses with the help of antibacterial and antiseptic Lemon Infusion and Lemon Oil which eats away dead skin cells (and also gives the product its gorgeously zingy scent).

For adding moisture and keeping the cuticles hydrated, Lemony Flutter contains a whole host of amazingly beneficial ingredients. Blended Shea and Mango Butters make the product feel luxuriously creamy. Shea is richly nourishing and Mango Butter is filled with antioxidants and vitamins with damage-repairing properties.

It further contains a bunch of rich carrier oils that contain high amounts of beneficial fatty acids. Soya Oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, whereas Castor Oil is high in ricinoleic acid, as well as oleic. These substances are proven to be highly moisturising and conditioning on the skin. Linoleic acid helps to maintain the structure of our skin and oleic acid is one of the most beneficial substances for our internal and external health. Ricinoleic acid is wonderfully soothing.

Wheatgerm Oil offers twice as much vitamin E as most other vegetable oils, which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic (pain reliving). Lemony Flutter also contains Coconut Oil, Linseed Oil and Avocado Oil too.

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Lastly, to ensure your clean and hydrated cuticles are protected, Lush have incorporated both Beeswax and Lanolin into this product. Lanolin (or wool wax) is highly emollient and really easily sinks into the skin. Both it, and Beeswax create a protective film over the skin.

As I mentioned, Lemony Flutter’s aroma is zesty and lemony. But if you smell deeper, you’ll notice some herbal and floral elements hiding behind the tart Lemon. These come from the addition of Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil and Tagetes Oil, all of which are well known to have soothing and calming effects too.

Although it was created as a ‘Cuticle Butter’ because of its amazingly moisturising properties it’s really great to use on dry elbows, knees, heels or anywhere you need it. This really is a miracle product. I just need to keep telling myself to use it!

Ingredients

Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Soya Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Linseed Oil, Mango Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Perfume, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool,, Methylparaben Propylparaben

 

 

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Twilight Body Spray

I have trouble sleeping. I always have. It takes me roughly an hour to actually fall asleep, and that’s on a good night. Twilight Body Spray is a product that I am currently using every day and I keep it pride of place on my bedside table ready for me to spray over my bedsheets each evening to help me drift off quicker and more peacefully. Although this is clearly a body spray, there’s absolutely no harm in using it on clothes, sheets or as a room spray if you wish.

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Or course we’re talking about the scent family that’s one of Lush’s most well known and most talked about – the Sleepy family. Comprised of Twilight Bath Bomb, Sleepy Body Lotion and more, this is a scent that’s designed to be used before bedtime because of it’s mind-soothing ingredients. The sweet and relaxing scent is made up of Lavender, Tonka, Ylang Ylang and Benzoin Resinoid.

Lavender is arguably one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy for its calming effects. The Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a state of serenity whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to help aid sleep. Although it doesn’t directly affect the quality of sleep itself, it does ease worries and stress, thereby relaxing people enough to help them sleep better. Although Lavender has a distinct aroma you could describe as somewhere between herbal and floral, Twilight’s scent is much sweeter thanks to its other ingredients.

Tonka Absolute is obtained from the seeds of a tree that grows in South America. Lush buy their Tonka directly from the communities in Brazil that gather it. The beans are collected from the forest floor where they’ve fall from the tree canopy and are brought back to the villages where the beans are manually extracted from their shells. They are then laid out in the sun to dry – turning a rich brown colour during the process. The sweet beans, which smell like spicy vanilla, are then gathered together and sent to Lush in the UK. Tonka’s sweet, comforting aroma is definitely what gives this scent those creamy notes you detect.

Derived from the flowers of the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang Oil is rich, exotic and wonderfully fragrant. The oil is perhaps best known for its soothing and relaxing properties, and is frequently used to help alleviate stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. Its warm, custardy scent is said to promote inner peace and feelings of joyfulness, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests it’s a pretty effective aphrodisiac too. Lush use Ylang Ylang from a supplier in The Comoro Islands and from Ghana, where they own their own plantation, helping the ecosystem there flourish.

Benzoin comes from the Styrax tree, native to Sumatra but also found in other parts of southeast Asia. Lush source Benzoin from Laos, where it is extracted from the trees. The resin collects in small incisions made in the bark, which is hardened and stored in pieces or pressed into blocks. This gum is then refined further, through the method of solvent extraction, to produce a resinoid. The lingering, sweet balsamic scent of Benzoin is like a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla ice-cream and is said to be extremely relaxing, yet warming and comforting too.

I think these four ingredients pair together so well and I instantly feel mellowed and comforted whenever I smell this fragrance. As I said, I’m currently using it on my bedsheets each night and I’m definitely noticing a difference in how relaxed I am. I tend to try and focus on the aroma whilst I’m falling asleep and although it’s not going to instantly cure my sleeping woes, it’s definitely helping me de-stress and enter a more relaxed state of mind.

It’s a great alternative to Sleepy Body Lotion if slathering yourself in a cream is too much effort for you! Plus, I think this body spray is slightly stronger in scent!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Fun

Apple Fun

When I last visited Lush Liverpool Spa, AKA the newest and biggest UK flagship store, I was gifted three of their exclusive bars of fun to try for myself. I had Flamingo, Thunderbolt and lastly, I had Apple. Although So White Bath Bomb has been around for some time now, I’ve never got to try it’s scent in a bath format and considering it’s so unique, I was really excited to experience it.

As I mentioned, Apple Fun shares it’s scent with the crisp apple-y fragrance of So White Bath Bomb, Once Upon A Time Body Lotion and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. Although Once Upon A Time changes up the ingredients slightly, usually this scent is comprised of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Orange Flower, Rose and Neroli. It’s a refreshing and uplifting aroma that really does remind you of biting into a crisp green apple and I feel like it really works in this ‘fun’ format. I really didn’t enjoy this scent at first but it grows on me more and more each time I encounter it.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. The base of Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like modelling clay, meaning the first use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models. 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 or your hair as shampoo, 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, which is usually how I use mine. 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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I decided to do what I always do with fun and use about two thirds to create bubbles in my bath and use the remainder to actually wash myself with. 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. It can get quite messy if it gets wet so I’d make sure you definitely decide how much you’re going to use beforehand.

Apple produced super soft bath water although I didn’t seem to get many bubbles out of it, but that isn’t that unusual for fun. The water started off mimicking the same bright shade of green as the bar itself but as it got deeper, it naturally lost most of its pigment. Sadly, though the actual bar is pretty strongly scented, the aroma seemed to disappear into the water but it made a return to linger on my skin slightly once I was out.

Like fun always does, Apple left my skin feeling soft, nicely cleansed and smooth. All in all I’m really happy I got to use it and if you’re a fan of So White, you’re bound to love this too.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

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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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