Bath, Bubble Bars

Pop Bubble Bar

Pop is a new product for this years Father’s Day and is a fairly sizeable bubble bar. It’s designed around the pop art style of Roy Litchenstein, features popping candy and is obviously in reference to a term used to call your father, pop.

Pop features a scent made from Buchu, Lemon and Bergamot Oils, and is bright, refreshing and fruity in nature. Fragrant Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty aroma which pairs with the more citrusy nature of the other two essential oils well. Sicilian Lemon Oil adds a more sherbety note with the Bergamot adding a fresh and green element. It’s a nice scent and one that Lush continue to bring back every now and then.

Obviously as a bigger sized bubble bar, you could definitely get at least four baths out of it if you wish but, being excessive as I am, I opted to crumble up the whole thing. Before long my bath was filled with a giant mountain of soft bubbles with a fiery orange water below which looked really nice. As I said, Pop features Popping Candy in the mix but unfortunately I didn’t get to hear any crackles or pops, probably because it happened as my bath was filling up. I guess that’s why you don’t see this ingredient in bubble bars that often.

Once I was in I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moisturising the water felt! I didn’t realise until I checked out the ingredients list but Lush have added Cocoa Butter to this bubble bar for extra skin softening quality! The fruitiness of the scent remained throughout my bath too!

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin was as soft as the bubbles in my bath and still carried that uplifting scent for a good few hours later.

All in all, Pop gives you a nice bath. I think the addition of Cocoa Butter is really nice and I wish Lush added it into more of their bubble mixtures as I find they can be slightly drying. The popping candy does seem kinda pointless though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Popping Candy, Perfume, Cornflour, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Calavera Bath Bomb

Calavera Bath Bomb and Calacas Shower Gel kinda go hand in hand. A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton that’s often used for decoration in the Mexican ‘Día de los Muertos’ or ‘Day of the Dead’ festival. A calavera is the term applied to the decorative skulls you often see around at the time of the festival. Both products also feature the same refreshing and vibrant scent.

The Calacas scent is one of my favourites from Lush and is so unique and moreish. It reminds me of sugary sweets mixed with fresh zesty lime juice, the perfect mix between sweet and citrusy sour. It’s actually a trio of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum which make up the iconic scent. Lime Oil is the ultimate zingy ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration with Neroli Oil adding a fresh green note yet still with citrus undertones. Olibanum Resinoid is also known as frankincense and has a woody, refreshing and meditative scent. It’s had an important role in religions throughout the centuries to ward off evil spirits, another ingredient that’s perfect for this bath bomb!

Lime and Neroli are perfect for cleansing, toning and refreshing the skin whilst Olibanum is protective and soothing.

I find that the scent of Calavera is much stronger than Monsters Ball from Halloween, or is that just me?

Marigold Flowers are often used as decorations around the Mexican festival to honour the dead and attract their souls, so Lush have included their petals inside Calavera too for that authentic feel.

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Once popped in the bath, I was surprised at how nothing seemed to happen. The bomb foamed up slightly but was eerily silent whilst it was doing so and I sat there for a good few minutes just watching the foam slowly expand. Before too long, the inner core was infiltrated and out shot a bright stream of neon yellow from the centre. It danced atop the water creating patterns and intertwined with a blue colour that had started to make itself known from inside. Once the silent display had finished, a vibrant green/yellow water was left behind, very reminiscent of the shower gel, with small petals floating throughout. I must say the smell of the scent during the fizz was incredibly strong!

I got in the bath and I felt instantly enlivened and energised. Calavera also contains Granulated Sugar which is great at softening the skin and helping to lock in moisture. Once I was out I was impressed and glad that the scent was remaining on my skin and I was noticing it there up until I went to bed a good 4/5 hours later.

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In conclusion, I loved Calavera and I’d definitely use it again and again! My only wish would be that the petals were perhaps more vibrant in colour? Though I know that’s not really something easily changed. I’m happy my Calacas needs are fulfilled once more!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Marigold Petals, Granulated Sugar, Cream of Tartar, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 61570

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Top Gum Toothy Tabs

After the success of the Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs I got from the exclusive range at Lush Liverpool, I was eager to try out another. A co-worker was heading up there so I asked her to surprise me with a flavour of her choice and she bought me back Top Gum. I assume it’s named after the 1986 action film ‘Top Gun’ staring Tom Cruise and is described as ‘the maverick of mouth care’.

As with all of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Top Gum doesn’t contain any fluoride but instead contains ingredients that work equally as well to freshen the breath and remove plaque and bacteria. Sodium Bicarbonate increases the alkalinity levels inside the mouth which creates an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth. Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous is a natural salt, which along with the Sodium Bicarbonate is great for removing plaque and polishing the teeth. Kaolin also contributes by gently polishing too.

As soon as you pop the lid off of these new toothy tabs, you’re greeted by a strong spicy aroma that’s unmistakably cinnamon-fronted and strongly reminds me of Goldschläger, you know, that cinnamon liqueur with gold flakes in it which people used to think made small cuts in your throat? Now I don’t mind the smell of cinnamon, but coupled with all the other spices that Top Gum contains, it’s very overpowering.

Along with Cinnamon Bark Oil and Cinnamon Powder, these spicy tabs contain Clove Bud Oil as well as Whole Clove, Pimento Berry Oil, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper and Grains Of Paradise. Cloves contain a high amount of eugenol, which is really effective at soothing the mouth and gums. Pimento and Allspice also contain a great amount of eugenol and have antiseptic effects too.

As you can imagine the taste of Top Gum is also fairly spicy and with the first few seconds of it being in my mouth, the gold flecked alcohol was once again instantly brought to mind. However after I started brushing, the strong taste weakened and mellowed. With the addition of peppery Grains Of Paradise which are closely related to cardamom, along with Long Pepper giving notes of aniseed and liquorice, the taste isn’t wholly bad. Sicilian Lemon Oil is also somewhere in the mix but I really couldn’t notice it.

Now I’ve been using these tabs for a while, I’m starting to enjoy them more. I find that like it says on the bottle, my gums aren’t at all irritated and actually feel really good after brushing. The aftertaste is a little odd for a toothpaste but if you’re using a nice mouthwash tab then it just goes away! It also includes Menthol Crystals to help freshen the breath too.

Whilst I probably wouldn’t purchase these again, I’d definitely recommend them to anyone who loves the taste of cinnamon and who wants to move away from more minty and/or fresh toothpastes. They’d probably also be great if your teeth and gums are more sensitive and prone to irritation!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Clove Bud Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamon Powder, Stevia, Whole Clove, Grains Of Paradise, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper, Menthol Crystals, Talc, Colour 77491, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Plum Rain Shower Gel

Even though Plum Rain has been around for a good few years now, this is my first time trying it out at home in my shower would you believe. Like the name suggests, it contains plums, making for a very fruity purple shower gel!

Plum Rain contains an Umeboshi Plum Infusion as well as the juice of other plums. Umeboshi are small pickled plums with a fresh, fruity and acidic smell. Containing a high level of citric acid, the fruits cleanse the skin deeply and leave it softer and brighter. Plum Juice is full of vitamins that nourish and revive the skin too.

Naturally, containing those ingredients, Plum Rain has very fruity (and obviously plummy) scent. It also contains Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil for an extra juicy kick with a hint of sweet citrus and is great to brighten and cleanse the skin. Osmanthus Absolute comes from a flower which smells like ripe peaches and apricots, it’s highly sought after in perfumery and as well as strengthening the main fruity aroma of the shower gel, it gives subtle green undertones. Petitgrain Oil is also included for its fresh green and woody notes.

All in all, Plum Rain’s fragrance is arguably one of Lush’s most fruity, with those greener, fresher notes in the background.

In the shower, it lathers up nicely and you really only need to use a small amount for your whole body! The addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, makes it feel so soft on the skin. The fruity aroma is definitely at its strongest when it’s in use under the hot water and I found that the zesty Mandarin was more potent. It was wonderfully enlivening!

After I was out and dry I struggled to notice much (or any!) of the smell on my skin which I’d say was the only disappointment because other than that, I actually really enjoyed washing with it and my skin felt so smooth and fresh!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually try Plum Rain but I’m a fan!

Ingredients

Umeboshi Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Plum Juice, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Big Blue Bath Bomb

Big Blue has been a classic Lush bath bomb for a long time. It was designed to mimic the relaxing experience of being in shallow ocean waters, complete with lots of sea salt and strands of seaweed too. Even the gorgeous scent evokes the feeling of a summer day at the seaside.

Big Blue’s fragrance is made up of Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil and Seaweed Absolute. I love this scent, it’s equally calming and refreshing and really puts you in a good headspace, whilst helping you unwind. It’s got a strong spa-like aroma so its no surprise that Lush use Big Blue as room fragrance in some of their spa treatments. The Lemon and the Lavender intertwine nicely into a fresh, somewhat citrusy, somewhat floral scent, whilst the addition of Seaweed Absolute gives the overall ‘oceanic’ note and ties it all together nicely.

Once popped into the water, there’s no foam or bath art whatsoever as Big Blue is a plain old fizzer, but it more than makes up for that. The whole thing is over fairly quickly but you’re left with a gorgeous turquoise blue water with lots and lots of Arame Seaweed strands floating in it. The Arame that Lush use comes from southeastern Japan, where it’s actually hand gathered by women known as ‘Ama’. The average age of the Ama is around 70 years old which is impressive because the women dive as deep as 20m without the use of any breathing apparatus in cold waters.

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Arame Seaweed is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals which are highly beneficial for the skin. Along with the Seaweed Absolute, it helps to soothe and soften the skin and infuse the water with its goodness.

The water that Big Blue produces is incredibly soft. The amount of Sea Salt really makes the water feel so luxurious and you really can feel the difference. Like seaweed, Sea Salt is also full of minerals like sodium and magnesium. It doesn’t just soften the water, but your skin too. Both Lemon Oil and Lavender Oil have cleansing and antiseptic properties on the skin, so they’re not just there for the pretty smell either.

I could spend hours in a bath with a Big Blue, I find it so relaxing and calming. It’s also kinda fun to swish the water around and watch as the seaweed disperses itself around your bath. Each time I bathe with one my skin feels so good once I’m dry, it’s always super soft and I can never keep myself from stroking it. The scent has amazing longevity too and I still smell it on myself hours after my bath.

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I doubt Lush have no plans to get rid of this bath bomb anytime soon, but if they ever do I’ll honestly be so sad. I also think it’s about time we had, maybe a Big Blue Body Spray? I imagine it would be pretty popular! Yes please Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Arame Seaweed, Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Dipropylene Glycol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19491

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Fragrance, Perfume

Dear John Perfume

Dear John has a touching story behind it. It was created by Lush co-founder Mark Constantine as an ode to his father, named John, whom he had never met because he had abandoned him as a baby. Mark developed this fragrance over a long time as a representative of the idea of how a man and a father smells. A ‘Dear John’ is typically a letter written from a woman to her lover who’s away at war to let him know she’s found somebody else.

Lush describe Dear John as a comforting, complex scent with notes of coffee, coriander, lime and tobacco – though it doesn’t actually feature all these ingredients. Mark himself describes it as better up close, like burying your face into clothing to get the smell of a person.

Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils are what give the perfume the tobacco-like notes. Cedarwood has a comforting balsamic aroma with earthy undertones which is often used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. Its definitely the note that my nose picks out first in the scent. Vetivert is a tall grass found growing in India and yields an oil with an earthy and smoky aroma. Vetivert is known as ‘the oil of tranquility’ because of its deeply relaxing effect on the mind and body.

Next we have Coriander Oil. Everyone knows the smell of coriander which is strong and fresh yet spicy and woody. Known for its warming and stimulating effects on the mind, it’s often used in conjunction with or in the place of coffee to give a similar aroma. Ancient Egyptians used to call coriander the spice of happiness because of its uplifting and energising effect on the mind. Coupled with the other ingredients I’d suggest it’s this which gives citrusy undertones like that of limes.

Lastly, Clove Bud Oil works in a similar way, also adding notes of spice and warmth and its perfect in a comforting perfume to envelop the wearer like a warm hug. Clove buds are put through a process of steam distillation producing an essential oil that is richly sweet and spicy.

Dear John is definitely a scent that grows on you. I didn’t actually like it at all to begin with, but after trying it out a couple of times I really began to love how comforting and unique it is. I can see why it means so much to Mark and how it can invoke old memories and nostalgia in some people. Although being designed around the typical fatherly scent, like all of Lush’s Gorilla Perfumes, its unisex!

Mark’s story actually has a fairly happy ending. He eventually reconciled with his father when Mark turned sixty, which you can read about in his biography that Lush are currently selling – Dear John: The Road To Pelindaba.

I definitely think Dear John is worth giving a go!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Limonene, Water, Glycerine, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Hi Ho Silver Bath Bomb

Hi Ho Silver is a bath bomb that’s currently available in select stores as part of the 30th Anniversary of the bath bomb. Along with Goldrush Bath Bomb, these were designed after silver and gold respectively and are among the most glittery bath bombs Lush have ever created. Hi Ho Silver is also the name of a song by Jim Diamond, Lush love to name their products after obscure bands and songs don’t they?

Hi Ho Silver is a smallish purple bath bomb, around the same size as a Butterball. It features a silver stamp with the letters Ag on it. Ag is the symbol for silver on the periodic table which comes from the Latin ‘argentum’.

It has an strange scent, which to my nose is fairly aromatic and smokey. The bath bomb contains Olibanum, Lime and Orange Oils yet there’s not much in the aroma to suggest the latter two are there. Olibanum Oil is otherwise known as Frankincense, which is meditative and resinous in scent and is definitely at the forefront of the fragrance, with subtle citrus notes in the background. It oddly recalls memories of being in a dusty attic or walking around an old Romani gypsy museum I went to once. I’m not completely convinced I like it quite frankly.

Once popped into the water I was impressed at how strong the waft of the scent was as it started fizzing; then the real show started. The bath bomb first sent out small foamy wisps of purple into the water but before long the centre was penetrated and out poured a river of bright silver lustre. It looked like molten metal as it gushed out and snaked along the purple water in sheets, looking mesmerising.

Hi Ho Silver is actually a whopping 15% glitter so you can only imagine just how much there was. Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, each speck of lustre looked stunning floating through the entire bath. If you’re a glitter fan then you’ll absolutely love this, if you’re not then you’ll hate it I’m afraid.

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The embedded stamp decoration actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Hi Ho Silver to be quite moisturising thanks to this! It’s also what helps the silver lustre stick to your skin.

Throughout my bath, the scent having started fairly potent, got weaker with time and actually grew on me a lot more when it wasn’t quite as strong. I could definitely pick out the more citrusy notes too. Before long though it had vanished completely.

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Once I was out of my shimmering bath I was honestly in awe of how much glitter was covering my skin. When I say covered, I mean covered. Especially in the folds and creases of my body, it was almost like a whole layer on top of my skin. Luckily I don’t mind glitter on my body but it’s a little annoying when it transfers onto your towel and then everything you ever touch again. To be honest though, I wouldn’t have expected anything less and I loved looking at my sparkling naked body in the mirror!

Along with the glitter, my skin was soft and well hydrated and there was also a gentle reminder of the scent still lingering over my body.

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In conclusion, Hi Ho Silver is a MUST have if you’re a glitter king or queen like me, but be prepared for the clean up of your bath and to find glitter in strange places over the next few days. Still not 100% convinced of the scent but I enjoyed my bath even still.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Goldrush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77742

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