Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

Snowflake Bubble Spinner

Remember when everyone was obsessed with fidget spinners for approximately two months? Well as ever, Lush love to jump on a craze and thus, the Bubble Spinner was formed. The first one, just simply named ‘Bubble Spinner’ Bubble Spinner came and went (disconned) and Lush have continued to bring out similar ones since.

Snowflake is the bubble spinner themed for the holidays. With a white five pointed design and sparkly blue detailing, it’s one of Lush’s more icy themed products for this Christmas.

The fragrance is an odd one, it’s Orange Flower, Orange, Sicilian Lemon and Patchouli and to my nose, I detect more of the earthy, floral notes than the citrus undertones and whilst Lush describes the smell as uplifting, I personally find it more grounding and relaxing.

I quite like the scent when the product is still in it’s solid form. In the water, the scent is slightly more grassy in a way which, to me reminds me of damp gardens and soil, and whilst sometimes that’s totally a vibe, it wasn’t what I was after in a Snowflake shaped Christmas product. However, compared to a lot of the reusable bubble bars, the staying power of this scent is rather good, for both during and after the bath.

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To use a Bubble Spinner you simply hold it under the running tap water, and bubbles should start to form in the bath, the idea is that the pressure of the water turns the spinner and gets them to spin. Unlike some of the other spinners in the past (I’m looking at you, Mum In A Spin) Snowflake is quite a decent spinner providing you have it at the right angle.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can definitely get 3 or 4 decent baths out of one however, the further you stretch that, the less scent and bubbles you’ll get from it. Sadly I can’t say there was a noticeable difference in how my skin felt after my bath, other than just ‘clean’. Furthermore, I’m afraid with being a white coloured bath product, the colour of your water doesn’t change much, if at all.

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All in all, I’m not really a great fan of the bubble spinners and I don’t really see the longevity in them so I can’t imagine they’ll be something we see much more of, especially when Lush have much more exciting and innovative products on the way.

Check it out for yourself on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Cornstarch, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Hair, Hair Treatments

Roots Hair Treatment

Healthy hair starts at the roots with a healthy scalp. Roots Hair Treatment was invented with those with ‘thine’ (thin and fine) hair in mind and is loaded with ingredients for your scalp’s health.

The first thing you notice with Roots is it’s minty fresh smell. In this product, Lush have used three types of mint to stimulate the hair follicles for growth and disrupt the hair fall cycle, allowing the scalp to retain the hair for much longer. It’s also what gives you the tingling sensation when you’ve applied it.

The best way to apply this product, is like it says on the side of the pot – grab a comb and divide the hair into sections, exposing the roots. Slather the thick treatment directly onto the roots and scalp, especially in areas prone to fallouts and thinning and give yourself a nice head massage for 10-15 minutes. Simply shampoo out and lightly condition if needed.

Although personally I do condition my hair lightly after using Roots, I know a lot of people who choose not to. It’s actually very nourishing anyway due to the Honey and Olive Oil inside it. Both are supremely nourishing ingredients for the hair and help to protect and strengthen.

Lush have also chosen to add Nettle Infusion to balance dry skin conditions, soothing Neroli Oil and antibacterial Grapefruit and Sweet Orange Oils to add shine.

From someone who actually suffers with ‘thine’ hair, I can safely say that Roots is an excellent product. It goes perfectly with New Shampoo Bar because of the similar ingredients and benefits. I use it almost every time I wash my hair and I’ve noticed a considerable difference in the amount my hair falls out since I’ve started using it, I really doubt I’ll ever stop buying it! The 225g pot lasts at least 5 or 6 uses if you’re just applying directly to the roots.

Check it out for yourself on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Fresh Mint Infusion, Water, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Honey, Peppermint Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Nettle Absolute, Neroli Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Twilight Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars first appeared for Christmas 2017 when Lush released them in both Twilight and Snow Fairy versions. Although from experience of working in store last Christmas where they didn’t seem immensely popular, Lush didn’t give up and bought them both back for this years range.

A Sparkle Jar is basically a massage bar, with a hidden compartment of dusting powder inside it. The idea is to glide the bar across your skin, leaving a train of moisturising oils behind and then afterwards lightly dusting with the powder for a subtle shimmer and extra softness.

Sparkle Jars feature two little indents on their lids, which you need to prick with a pencil or any sharp object so they form holes and allow the powder to come out.

Aptly crescent moon-shaped Twilight Sparkle Jar, of course, features the heavenly lavender scent of the Twilight/Sleepy family, which is one of the most relaxing scents Lush have ever created. Lavender has been used for centuries in relaxation techniques and to ease the mind from worry and although slightly herbal in scent naturally, it’s sweetened here with the addition of Tonka and Ylang Ylang.

I find that the outside Cocoa Butter casing is a lot less oily than most of Lush’s massage bars and can take a little while to warm up and get going, especially on colder days. However, when it does it is expertly moisturising and nourishing. Lavender is also perfect for soothing any irritation you may have on the skin.

The inside dusting powder is Twilight scented too, in a more powdery form and oddly, somewhat less sweet. It’s a mix of mainly highly absorbent Tapioca Starch, Lavender Powder and Chamomile Powder so is also perfect for soothing and calming inflamed skin.

Both the case and the powder contain a large amount of glitter, leaving a faint purply-silver glow after use.

Obviously, because the Sparkle Jars are hollow inside and are comprised of a bottom part with a lid attached, they can be delicate, so just handle with care and don’t apply too much pressure when using because they contain a whole lot of messy powder and you don’t want it to break on you!

I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the Sparkle Jars, I think they are great as gifts and as Christmas novelty items but I doubt I’ll be coming back for more once I’ve finished mine up as I’d rather use both a massage bar and a dusting powder as separate items.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chamomile Powder, Perfume, Lavender Powder, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Naughty Elf Bubble Bar

A new product from this year’s Christmas range is Naughty Elf Bubble Bar. Now I know you’re thinking that it looks a lot more like actual Santa Claus than one of his elves but there we are.

If you had the opportunity to go to Lush’s 2018 Creative Showcase you would have seen elves designed to look like this product running about creating mischief!

Naughty Elf is a fairly large sized bubble bar, and is definitely meant to be used in (at least) halves, otherwise you get tonnes of bubbles like I did when I used the whole thing. It’s a pretty sturdy bar, you’ve really got to squeeze it hard to get it to crumble nicely.

Once the water has hit the crumbled bar it instantly turns bright red. Red’s not a colour you see often in a Lush bath product so I love it when there is one available. Although it’s very pigmented when the bath is shallow, as it fills it turns more into a shade of deep orange.

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Naughty Elf is very strongly scented. It’s really a rather unique combination of scents that really don’t sound like they go together, being Lemon Myrtle, Mango Leaf, Violet Leaf, Petitgrain and Jasmine and actually isn’t a very festive fragrance at all, despite the festive design.

At first sniff it’s a sharp citrus scent that hits you first from the Petitgrain and Lemon Myrtle Oils. Theres definitely a background hint of the easily recognisable Violet Leaf Absolute but I can’t as easily pick out the Mango or the Jasmine amongst the other smells. I guess there’s a slight tropical vibe from the Mango but it’s very overpowered by the rest.

It’s actually very fresh and uplifting aroma, almost a little too much for this time of the year, especially with the Violet Leaf, I can’t help but think this fragrance is more suited to Spring or Summer.

In the water the scent is arguably just as strong as the bar itself is, if not even stronger. It fills the bathroom and gets you feeling good and brightens your mood for sure. As you can imagine with a scent so strong, it’s staying power on your skin after is one of the best.

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After my bath I felt so cleansed and my skin really felt soft and smooth. Although Naughty Elf does contain a small amount of plastic-free glitter, it’s not noticeable on my skin after whatsoever.

Make sure you grab your hands on one before the end of the holiday season, as with all seasonal products, you never know when or if they’ll return.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Mango Leaf Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410

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Soap

Golden Pear Soap

This beauty was first released as part of the Christmas range last year, was really popular and was definitely one of the stand outs to me and a lot of people I know. Luckily for us, Lush realised this and bought Golden Pear back for a second year.

I’m not sure what it is about a sparkly gold coloured pear that’s just so festive but it really is! It looks great sat in a soap dish and is a nice way to decorate your bathroom for the holiday season! The clove embedded on top to represent the stalk is a nice little touch.

The best thing about this soap however, is the smell. It smells so beautiful and decadent. The inclusion of Pear Puree gives a lot to the scent, like a freshly baked pear it’s really indulgent and comforting especially with the addition of warming notes from Cardamom Oil and Sandalwood Oil. Furthermore, with the inclusion of Orange Oil, the scent is like warm fruit tarts covered in Christmas spices, it’s syrupy sweet and also richly fruity; I urge you to go to a Lush store near you and smell it for yourself. If you don’t love it then something is possibly wrong with you.

Unlike most of Lush’s soaps which begin with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils, Golden Pear’s main ingredients are Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter creating a creamy base that feels so luxurious and creates a beautifully thick and rich lather. Castor Oil is an antiseptic and conditioning oil easily absorbed by the skin whilst Cocoa Butter helps your skin lock in well needed moisture at this time of the year.

As well as being delicately cleansing, I really believe the Pear Puree adds to the decadent feel of this soap. Nourishing and repairing Almond Oil and Agave Nectar also feature for their moisturising and conditioning benefits.

Golden Pear is definitely one of Lush’s more moisturising soaps. The two halves of the pear are sandwiched together with a layer of rich Murumuru Butter which you can really feel as you rub the soap between your hands or across your body. I’m not a fan of the soaps that can leave you with that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling so it’s a real positive for me.

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All in all, I love Golden Pear Soap. It really makes a perfect gift for my friends and for myself and I hope that Lush bring it back every year!

Did you know currently online they’ve got Golden Pear in a bath bomb format as well as a body spray? I’m gagged! Stay tuned for posts on both!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Pear Puree, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Murumuru Butter, Almond Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Fair Trade Whole Organic Clove

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

As the name suggests, this Fresh Face Mask is very much Rose based. Roses aren’t just beautiful flowers, the oil that the petals produce has numerous benefits for the skin.

Rosy Cheeks is quite a simple face mask. A blend of Rose, Calamine and Kaolin are basically the only ingredients meaning this mask is perfect for sensitive skins.

Kaolin, or China clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulas that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself away from bacteria, yeasts or molds. It also absorbs the impurities from the skin making it an effective cleanser.

Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, with a dash of iron oxide, combining to produce a pretty, light pink powder. It is a very gentle ingredient on the skin and has great cleansing and PH balancing qualities. However, it’s main benefit is that it’s incredibly (and gently) soothing and calming for the skin.

The main feature is of course the Rose. Rosy Cheeks contains Turkish rose in three forms. An oil, an infusion and in a clay. Roses are the Queen of Soothing and this is why this particular mask is perfect for anyone suffering with any irritation, any redness, sunburn or any sort of inflammation.

The scent of rose is used by aromatherapists to lift the mood and restore balance, Rosy Cheeks is gorgeously scented with a strong and almost powdery rose scent.

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Because of it’s really smooth clay-like texture it’s easily applied to the face and immediately starts the soothing action, especially when it’s taken directly from the fridge where it’s supposed to be stored. A great thing about Rosy Cheeks is that unlike most of Lush’s other masks, it doesn’t dry out that much or become flaky at all.

I really love this mask, it makes my skin feel so good after and is beautifully mattefying once washed off. It’s great for use in the summer to help with sunburn or when you’re feeling flushed.

Check it out on the website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Kaolin, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Calamine Powder, Rose Clay, Rose Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Holey Night Bath Bomb

Holey Night Bath Bomb is a new product for this year’s Winter seasonal range and features a new bath bomb design and a new fragrance too! It’s a classic spherical shape with holes/craters on the surface allowing you to see the yellow core of the product. For those like me who suffer from Trypophobia (a fear of clusters of small holes) it’s a little off putting but I enjoyed using mine nonetheless.

I wouldn’t say there’s anything that screams Christmas or the holiday season about this product. I feel like it’s somewhat space-like in design and I’m pretty sure it’s inspired by a moon or an asteroid which makes me wonder whether it’s more suited to the year round range, despite the name. The fragrance it sports isn’t exactly festive either. It’s a combination of Lemon, Rose and Sandalwood and offers a woody, bright floral aroma.

The Sandalwood is arguably the main component of the scent, however the woodiness is brightened by both the Lemon and the Rose and creates quite a deep and complex, yet still gentle fragrance, at least to my nose anyway. I’m actually rather glad that the Lemon isn’t overpowering because frankly, I’m fed up with all the predominately citrusy scents Lush keep bringing out.

A nice thing about Holey Night is that if you’re really steady when you’re placing it in the water, you can actually get it to float and stay upright rather than spinning like most ballistics do. Obviously the first colour to paint the bathwater is the blue, but you’ll be surprised to find that the yellow isn’t actually very noticeable, it gives way fairly quickly to a hidden red colour which spills out the holes. Patterns of blue and red cover the surface before mixing to a final turquoise colour that radiated the uplifting and meditative scent.

After the bath bomb had fully dissolved I noticed that the water was extremely soft due to Holey Night containing Soya Milk Powder which makes it seem more creamy and smoother than other bombs – along with the Rose it’s perfect for soothing and calming irritated or red skin. As with most of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Holey Night is filled with glitter, however it wasn’t as noticeable on my skin as it was in the bath.

As soon as I jumped out my skin felt so soft and there was a hint of a more powdery version of the scent on my skin for the remainder of my evening.

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This is definitely an overlooked Bath Bomb from the range this year, it’s surprisingly indulgent and really creates amazing bath art! Definitely a must try before they’re out of stock, so get your hands on one soon! Check it out and order one for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Cl45410:1

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