Bath, Bath Bombs

Olive Branch Bath Bomb

The Olive Branch has always been high on my list of favourite Shower Gels, thanks to it’s subtle, yet uplifting and warming scent, so naturally I was very pleased at the chance to experience it in a bath bomb format! Olive Branch Bath Bomb was released in December as part of the community favourites range and it soon made its way onto my Christmas list and therefore under my tree.

Upon first sniff, I instantly recognised the reassuring scent of Olive Branch, and I was happy to find it to be more strongly scented than the shower gel, as I feel the quiet and easily overpowered scent of the gel can be a downside. Although firmly citrus based with Lemon, Bergamot and Red Mandarin Oils making up the forefront of the scent, theres also a floral kick underneath from Orange Flower Absolute, which ties the scent together with fresh green notes. It’s a delicate, yet incredibly warming and soothing scent which is perfect for a tranquil moment to yourself.

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The actual bath bomb is stunningly designed and I feel the swirly orange and white pattern fits the scent family well. When placed in the water, it quickly dispels the orange and white patterns into the water surrounding it and the scent is elevated into the room. The water soon turned a shade of warm orange and invited me to take a dip.

The water itself was superbly soft, an element that I noticed on my skin after too. Olive Branch, like the shower gel, is also full of nourishing Olive Oil as expected, to moisturise and protect the skin. It’s not as oily as the likes of Butterball or other butter filled bombs but it does the job just as well.

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I was really pleased with this bath bomb, I think perhaps the best part of it is simply how strong the scent is, it even left an impression on my skin for a while after towelling off. Whilst I’m not sure it would be a best seller if it was launched in all stores but perhaps it would make a great Oxford Street exclusive? Either way, I do hope I have the chance to use it again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Shoot For The Stars is yet another Christmas exclusive that feels like it’s been around forever. It first appeared for Christmas 2013, although it looked much different and didn’t sport this vibrant blue design with the three golden stars embedded into the surface until 2016. As the last of my Christmas bath products, I feel it was a great one to end on.

Shoot For The Stars shares it’s scent with the popular ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, which is a delicious, honey scented fragrance reminiscent of fudge and caramel sweets. Although mostly unnoticeable in the background of the scent, theres a citrus note which comes from the fruitiness of Orange and Bergamot Oils and is actually what makes up the biggest portion of the scent, surprisingly.

I actually think that this particular bath bomb has a much stronger scent than the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, so its perfect if you’re a big fan. Furthermore, a high amount of rich Cocoa Butter and Creamed Coconut add a buttery warmth that makes it ever so comforting.

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As you can imagine with such a vivid colour, once in the bath an explosion of blue jets into the water, colouring it with the same vivid pigment as the ballistic itself. It’s such a beautiful colour, it gets top marks for simply just that! As it dissolves, the golden stars detach and float off. Even though there’s only three visible stars, there’s often one or two hidden in the centre of the bomb which is a nice surprise! The stars act very much like bath melts, imbuing the water with the Cocoa Butter & Almond Oil goodness and adding specks of gold into the blue. You’ll definitely notice how oily and rich the water feels once they’ve fully melted and you’ll appreciate the silky smooth feeling on your skin. If you’re someone who suffers from drying winter skin, then this would be an excellent way of combating it.

The scent was just as prevalent in the water as it was to begin with and likewise on my skin after. I definitely feel no need to moisturise whenever I use a Shoot For The Stars but feel free to if you so wish.

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I can’t imagine that Lush have any plans to discontinue this fab product anytime soon, so I expect we’ll see it return for 2019’s range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Amazon Primer Naked Facial Oil

Lush have recently released a whole range of naked skincare, including four brand new naked facial oils. I’ve been using Full Of Grace for a long time now and I had been hoping  for alternatives to try out! Well it seems my prayers have been answered and I couldn’t wait to try them all. Amazon Primer is designed to hydrate your skin but leave it matte and primed, allowing easier and more effective make-up application.

Amazon Primer contains many ingredients from the Amazon (hence the name). To moisturise, we have creamy Cupuaçu Butter from a project in Brazil where the fruits are actually collected along the banks of the Amazon river, protective Murumuru Butter and calming Andiroba Oil, also from the Amazon. You apply it by either warming it up in your fingers first and wiping the residue over your face, or like I do by smoothing the whole thing over your face as it is.

A starchy base of Arrowroot Powder keeps the skin matte and smooth and has been carefully chosen to give the best absorbency on the skin, and is what makes this product a good primer. Having used this with make up, I find it to be considerably better than Magical Moringa for the certain make up that I wear and actually suits Lush’s own Slapsticks rather well. It’s a lot more hydrating than Magical Moringa and although it does leave a somewhat dewy look behind, it does feel matte and allows your make up to go that little bit further.

The green colouring is completely naturally derived from Chlorophyllin and Gardenia Extract which also helps to counterbalance and neutralise any redness, as green and red are opposite on the colour wheel.

Amazon Primer furthermore contains a Lemongrass Infusion and an Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies to tighten and tone, leaving behind clear and bright skin. Electric Daisies are tingling, have anaesthetic properties and are commonly used to ease toothaches. The compound responsible for these effects in the mouth is also responsible for relaxing the muscles of the face and therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles when applied on the skin!

The fragrance is a little much for some people I’ve heard, but for me it’s just fine. A mix of Orange, Tonka and Rosewood give a woody citrus scent which you can definitely get used to! These three ingredients are from Brazil too.

I’ve been using Amazon Primer for a while now every morning in place of a moisturiser, even when I’m not wearing make-up. It’s effectively hydrating and a little really goes a long way so I believe I’ve found a new part of my skincare routine!

Check out Amazon Primer for yourself here!

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Lemongrass Infusion, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Cupuaçu Butter, Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies, Rosewood Oil, Andiroba Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Melusine Bath Bomb

Melusine is a figure of European folklore and mythology, she is a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river and is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down, much like a mermaid. Melusine Bath Bomb clearly takes it’s inspiration from this myth as it features a scaly green and yellow exterior. Melusine has to be one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen and I’ve been so excited to use it!

This currently Harajuku exclusive bath bomb shares its scent with Avocado Co-Wash, a fragrance that is growing in popularity amongst the Lush Community, and rightly so, it’s gorgeous. It’s a zesty, juicy-sweet citrus based scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and Olibanum adds a slightly deeper, smokey note compared to it’s zesty partners. It’s such a moreish, energising scent and I truly believe that Lush got it right in this format.

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Once in the water, Melusine immediately shoots out clouds of green and yellow into the water, before it started spinning, creating stunning patterns for my viewing pleasure. The different shades of yellows and greens slowly mixed into each other and finally ended in a deep green colour.

One thing you’ll definitely notice about Melusine is the amount of glitter that fills your bath tub. The actual ballistic is decorated with shards of green plastic-free glitter, but I never would have guessed at how much lay inside too! The water was really shimmering in the light and I really felt a sense of magic just gazing in awe at it, it’s definitely one of the most glittery bombs out there at the moment!

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The water itself felt incredibly soft due to the addition of Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract and Sarcocornia Powder. Sarcocornia, also known as samphire, is an umbrella name for more than thirty species of edible salt-tolerant plants. The sodium rich powder is greatly cleansing and is perfect for softening bath water. I was also very pleased at just how strong the scent remained, even towards the end of my bath.

Once I was out and dried off, I could still smell the perfume on my skin and for a good few hours later. I wish I could tell you the glitter simply drains down the plughole but I can’t. My body was covered in it; as was my towel, my bathroom floor, the clothes I put on afterward, my hair, literally everything and I’m still finding it a few days later. Thankfully I love glitter, but if you don’t then perhaps Melusine unfortunately isn’t for you.

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All in all, I can say without a doubt that Melusine is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. The glitter is SO worth it as it’s such a beautiful colour. The scent, the design, the bath art – everything is truly amazing! I hope to god that this sees a UK release in the future because I need it again and again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract, Bergamot Oil , Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Sarcocornia Powder, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 77491, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb was one of twelve bath bombs, dubbed ‘community favourites’ released in the UK in December and was arguably one of the most hyped over. The swirly design is absolutely beautiful, like a pink version of Intergalactic it sports the American Cream scent, which has definitely seen a rise in popularity recently.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and powdery scent that’s meant to mimic the aroma coming from a plate of fresh strawberries and cream. To strongly reproduce that fragrance, Lush have enlisted the help from Vanilla, Lavander Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. Theres a definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. With Granulated and Icing Sugar too, it’s like walking into a sweet shop, filled with sugary powdered confectionary and really indulges you with a comforting feeling.

Once you drop the bath bomb in the tub, Marshmallow World foams and fizzes spectacularly as it shoots layers of pink into the water. Little pools of yellow and white foam dance around until it’s finally dissolved into a light pink colour, with silky white layers on top. The scent is super strong as it’s released into the air whilst it’s fizzing away.

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I noticed that the water felt somewhat richer than usual and wasn’t until I checked the ingredients list that I realised why. The bath bomb feels really foamy and luxurious thanks to a combination of Cornflour, Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate. Added Marshmallow Powder has a soothing effect on the skin also!

Once I was out, I felt incredibly soft and content. I could still smell the sweet perfume on my skin after, which lasted for a long while.

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I really enjoyed my time with Marshmallow World and would love to use it again. I think it would make an excellent addition to stores and I’m sure would prove to be immensely popular. Take note Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Granulated Sugar, Perfume, Potato Starch, Cream of Tartar, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Icing Sugar, Sodium Alginate, Water, Marshmallow Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2.

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Face, Cleansers

Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash

Kalamazoo is a pretty popular item and makes a great product to get those with beards starting their Lush journey. Although it’s a beard wash, that doesn’t mean you have to have one to be able to use it, it’s also a lovely and creamy facial wash. The word Kalamazoo comes from the city of the same name in Michigan. The name Kalamazoo, which sounds unusual to English-speaking ears, has become a metaphor for exotic, far away places, much like Timbuktu.

Speaking of the exotic, Kalamazoo contains Fresh Pineapple Juice which is naturally rich in vitamins and enzymes which deeply cleanse the skin (and hair) by breaking down surface skin cells leaving it looking bright and fresh. Kalamazoo also contains Lime Oil and Orange Oil to add to the cleansing effects and these three ingredients are mainly what gives the product its fruity scent.

However, the main benefit of using Kalamazoo is how soft it makes your skin and beard (if you have one!) afterwards. Almond Oil is used for its conditioning effect on the skin and hair. It is moisturising and packed with vitamin E, giving the skin a gorgeous glow. Rich in vitamin A and minerals, apricot kernels produce a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture. Jojoba Oil is an excellent moisturiser and due to it’s similarity with our own sebum, it is more readily absorbed by the top layer of the skin and helps to balance sebum production. It also conditions the hair by lightly coating it, adding shine and manageability. Lastly, Cupuaçu Butter is full of beneficial fatty acids, deeply hydrating the skin.

To use you simply scoop some of the thick lotion out the pot and massage it onto your face and into your beard before washing off with warm water. I find that although it can be a little much for sensitive skin, especially after shaving, it does deeply lock moisture into facial hair and everyone says there’s a big difference after using Kalamazoo! My boyfriend’s been using it for a while now and it’s really helped to soften his beard, much to my happiness!

Check out Kalamazoo for yourself here.

Ingredients

Water, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Methylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their 2018 Christmas Range, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are basically two-in-one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body. There was a Santa, a Princess and a Snowman.

Snowman is pretty generically designed with a round head, a round body and a blue hat and scarf. The only odd thing is the orange nose, which I guess is meant to represent a carrot but looks somewhat strange and more like a mouth, giving Snowman an odd shocked expression.

Snowman is scented with Spearmint Oil, which gives it an icy vibe and suits the product well. I feel like mint and ice/snow go well together, mostly because mint has a stimulating, yet cooling effect on the skin. Using it in a bath bomb results in a bath that’s great for relieving tired muscular pains and for cooling any redness such as sunburn.

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I opted to use both the head and body at the same time, though you could use each seperately. It started fizzing as soon as it made contact with the water, and shades of blue intertwined with cloudy white. Very quickly, the bombs had disappeared and I was left with a pale, baby blue colour.

I had hoped for more of the tingling sensation that often comes with mint-based products as my legs had been aching the whole day but it wasn’t as strong as I had wanted. Although the energising aroma of the mint stuck around throughout my bath, there was no memory of it on my skin after, sadly.

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I wonder if Snowman and the other Bomb Bombs will make a return next year? Would you miss them if they didn’t?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Spearmint Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Candy Eye

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