Bath, Fun

Volcano Fun

Recently, Lush have started doing their bars of Fun with a twist. Volcano features not only the Play Doh-like multi-use soap but also includes three miniature bath bombs. The idea is you’re meant to construct a volcano in your bath around the bath bombs, pour the water into a hole in the top and watch as the ‘lava’ fizzes down the sides of your creation.

The scent of Volcano is fairly pungent. It contains Lavender Oil, Fennel Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Tangerine Oil, although the overall resulting fragrance is mostly the aniseed/liquorice aroma of the Fennel. This main note definitely overpowers the rest of the ingredients in strength, but there’s noticeable Lavender notes in the background, which is likely why Volcano smells fairly similar to Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of such a scent I”m afraid.

I began constructing my volcano at the bottom of my bathtub. I stacked the three mini bath bombs on top of each other, and wrapped flat pieces of the grey coloured Fun around them, trying to create a mountainous shape. The trouble is, I found that actually there’s not enough grey to adequately cover the fizzers with it still looking like a volcano, so it was a little frustrating. Next I used some of the other colours to represent a lava flow down the sides. There was a lot more coloured Fun than I needed so I kept some behind to use as my soap. Please feel free to laugh at how bad it looks, I’m well aware my volcano isn’t going to win any awards!

I then filled a jug with water and slowly poured it into the hole at the top of my volcano. In all honestly the ‘lava’ fizzed out from underneath the volcano rather than from the top but I did manage to get a couple of photos of it working how it’s meant to. I then ran the bath as normal, watching my model get drowned underneath the water.

It’s all good and well having these exciting few moments of building the volcano and watching it erupt, but obviously you’re then left with a bunch of wet Fun to store. I decided I’m just gonna use it all in one go so I reached in and grabbed some from the bottom for more soap and the rest had already began to get to work at creating heaps of bubbles.

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The water had originally started off with a gorgeous fiery colour but as the bath filled up, the colour took on more of the grey and resulted in a murky orangey-brown which wasn’t the best, I won’t lie. Furthermore the scent itself began to take off and fill my entire flat which sadly because of the overpowering fennel, I didn’t love either.

Once the bath was full and I was in, I used some of the remaining Fun to wash myself. I love how creamy and soft Fun feels when you’re rubbing it over your body and this was no exception. I then decided to do something I’ve never done before and use Fun to wash my hair. I was hoping that because of the stimulating effects of the Fennel Oil it would have a similar effect to the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar. My hair actually feels pretty soft and clean now it’s dry, though I can’t say I’m going to make it a habit as I can imagine it has to potential to be somewhat drying. The scent wasn’t very long lasting on my skin afterwards, but in actual fact I think that’s a good thing.

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In conclusion, I can see how Volcano will appeal immensely to kids. But it’s a bit of a hassle to have to find some way of storing the wet fun if you don’t want to use it all up in one bath like I did. Furthermore, I just couldn’t get behind the scent. Perhaps something cinnamon scented would have been nicer.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Popping Candy, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fennel Oil, Tangerine Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Face, Moisturisers

Imperialis Facial Moisturiser

Imperialis is a facial moisturiser designed for skin that can’t make up its mind. It’s full of balancing ingredients to help sort out the skin’s oil production. My own skin is what I’d call relatively ‘normal’ yet occasionally I find myself with dryer sections and sometimes an excess oil problem, so Imperialis is ultimately my favourite daytime moisturiser.

Imperialis is a relatively light cream that I find is really easily absorbed by the skin with a hydrating base made from Olive Oil and Cocoa and Shea Butters. Because Imperialis is a great moisturiser for all, it doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t leave any excess oils on the skin.

The remaining ingredients are mostly all infusions and extracts from many different plants, some of which have been used for centuries to restore and revive skin.

The first two ingredients in this face cream are Lavender Flower Infusion and Mullein Leaf Infusion. Lavender is arguably one of the best ingredients to help balance out sebum production of the skin and is also amazing at soothing irritation. Mullein is considered a weed and grows on uncultivated land and is included thanks to its soothing and toning action.

Orange Flower is included in both an absolute form, and distilled in water. I’d say it’s one of the main ingredients that lends it’s natural scent to the cream and is refreshing and mattifying for the skin.

Brunello lilies are one of many lily hybrids and belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic, which is why the plant has a similar antimicrobial quality to garlic. Lush take fresh Brunello Lily Petals, chop them very finely, strain them, and add the liquid to the product. Lilies are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Lastly, extracts from St John’s Wort, Sunflower Petals, Alkanet, Elderflower and Sweet Violet have been included for their soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory qualities too.

Honestly I’ve used so many moisturisers in the past and it wasn’t until I tried Imperialis that I stopped looking. It not only hydrates my skin perfectly but it doesn’t leave my face looking too oily and for someone who prefers a matte look, it’s great. I find that any redness or irritation is completely gone the next day after wearing it too. Although sometimes I still get the occasional day where my ‘combination’ skin is back in full force, it’s gotten so much better since I started wearing this gorgeous cream.

Check out and purchase Imperialis for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion, Orange Flower Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract, Elderflower Extract, Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Alkanet Extract, DRF Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chick Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s Easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for Easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. I loved the dinosaur themed eggs so I’ve been eager to try Chick Fun Egg and Bunny Fun Egg ever since.

Chick Fun Egg is comprised of a bottom yellow half, with an orange top half featuring a striped design and both halves are tied up together with a long string of raffia. Inside the Fun Egg sits a little piece of fun in the shape of an adorable chick. As each Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily get three different baths out of one and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going.

The scent of these easter themed Fun Eggs is a fairly unique fragrance. Containing both Geranium and Peppermint Oils, you’d be forgiven if you’re not liking the sound of such a pairing but actually they compliment each other nicely in a sweet, refreshing scent. Geranium has a similar smell to Roses and is often used to give sweeter undertones to other floral based essential oils, whilst the Peppermint in this product is very muted, and if you were to guess what it contained by simply smelling it, I very much doubt Peppermint would be anywhere near your top guesses. It’s very much in the background of the scent, offering a refreshing and cooling note, with slightly herbaceous undertones.

In my bath I opted to use the whole thing by placing each half of the fun egg in the water like little boats, one carrying the cute little chick. Immediately and loudly they began fizzing and sending out yellow and orange colour into the water. Although I was hoping for something a tad more spectacular in terms of bath art, it was a good display and before long the water had settled into a deep orange. Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was seriously on another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud! Whereas both Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus feature a fair amount of glitter, neither Bunny nor Chick do.

If you’ve used Lush’s fun before, you’ll know it’s a multi-use product. You can use it for soap, shampoo, shaving or even to make bubbles with, along with modelling it like Play-Doh. I used the Chick as my soap and it felt so soft and creamy as fun usually does on my body. I also found the piece of fun to be much stronger scented than the bath bomb itself. Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and there was a noticeable reminder of the scent lingering on my body.

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Whilst I definitely preferred the space girl scented dinosaur Fun Eggs, I still had a great bath with Chick. I’ve still got to use up my Bunny Fun Egg too, so stay tuned for a post on that coming soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Geranium Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Candy Eye

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Coco Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we had a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version named Coco!

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. It can be so scratchy to start with!

Moreover, if you let the whole scrub get wet, it’s not going to last as long as it would if you keep it dry, using smaller pieces when needed. This way I found I got five good uses out of it.

Like Cocoa contains a fair amount of Cocoa Butter to add a hydrating quality, Coco similarly contains Coconut Oil, though in a smaller quantity. During use, I didn’t find that it felt as soft and as creamy as it’s chocolate cousin does but it exfoliated just as well. The protective and soothing Coconut Oil combines with Cream of Tartar and Potato Starch to ensure a creamier lather but it just wasn’t the same as Cocoa was.

This limited edition scrub further contains Coconut Flour as another, finer exfoliant. The Coconut Flour Lush use is produced by a project in Simeulue, an Indonesian island in Sumatra. Locals and activists here are fighting plans for a palm oil factory by showing that coconut harvesting is a more sustainable source of income in an area already threatened with deforestation. Coconut harvesting would not lead to further deforestation as the project only fell older trees that no longer bear fruit, replacing them with saplings for future generations.

Green Enterprise, who run the project, work across three neighbouring islands which they have leased for 25 years for coconut harvesting and re-planting trials. They are helping small-scale farmers to reach organic certification and also to trial intercropping plants like ginger, turmeric and pepper to make unproductive land productive once more and to help prevent deforestation in the area. In addition to these schemes, Green Enterprises also run and support a number of projects across the islands including schooling for local children, marine and turtle conservation and a plastic recycling initiative. They are also looking at the potential of training bird poachers as bird guides, offering an alternative income stream to them and encouraging conservation. These are just one of many ethical producers that Lush support by choosing to purchase from.

Coco has a rather coconutty scent as you’d imagine it to have, much like the Furze scent family, or more similarly like the scent of Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo, which features the same three essential oils. The creamy, familiar aroma of Vanilla Absolute meets sweet Benzoin Resinoid and warming, earthy Vetivert Oil which creates a coconut-esque scent quite nicely. Whilst I do like it, there is just something about it that seems a tad synthetic about the fragrance and therefore slightly off putting.

I found that during the shower, sadly the scent doesn’t have much staying power once’s it’s been washed off the skin, nor could I smell it on my body after stepping out. My skin was however, noticeably softer and smoother thanks to the ever so slightly painful scrub.

Which did you go for? Cocoa or Coco? Or if you went for both, which did you prefer? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Coconut Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Colour 45380:2

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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

When Lush created their Jelly Masks, each one was dedicated to and named after five of Lush’s most powerful women and this one is named after one of Lush’s co-founders, Helen Ambrosen. The phrase also comes from an Ancient Greek poem, The Iliad, in which Helen Of Troy was said to have had ‘a face that launched a thousand ships’ so a millihelen (which would be enough to launch a single ship) has become a humorous measurement for beauty. 1000 millihelens makes up one whole Helen.

Incase you’ve not come across jelly face masks before, they’re an interesting concept and much like Lush’s shower jellies, each one is created with a base of Carrageenan Extract which gives the masks their squidgy texture. Carrageenan Extract comes from Irish moss seaweed and seaweed is expertly hydrating for the skin, meaning that each one of these unique masks has a fairly moisturising element.

1000 Millihelens is the one that’s been designed to be cleansing, detoxifying and brightening, perfect for anyone trying to prevent breakouts due to its highly antibacterial ingredients.

The two main components of this face mask are a Green Tea Infusion and Fresh Apple Juice. Green tea is thought to be very antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for the skin and likewise apples are also rich in antioxidants to brighten and refresh the skin also. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the the skin’s top layers leaving it toned and glowing. The Green Tea, along with Chlorophyllin is what gives the product its green colour without the need for any colorants.

This jelly face mask further contains both Kaolin (or china clay) and Zeolite Clay, which are two natural clays that again detoxify the skin by drawing out the impurities, further paving the way for a clean and clear complexion.

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A couple of essential oils have been added to 1000 Millihelens which each have their own benefits as well as adding to the mask’s scent. Sicilian Lemon and Brazilian Orange Oils are also antiseptic and brightening for the skin, whilst Neroli Oil is toning and soothing. The scent of the mask is mostly dominated by the crisp appley scent with a herbal element from the unmistakable Green Tea Extract, though these essential oils somewhat add a slight fruity note of their own.

Lastly this face mask contains an ingredient that’s well known to those who have trouble fighting spots – Witch Hazel Extract. It’s a common ingredient in skincare because of its ideal ability to maintain clear and healthy skin. It is proven to be incredibly antiseptic, tightening and soothing.

Although they can be messy and annoying to use, I’m a big fan of the jelly face masks. Their self-preserving formula means they last a lot longer than the Fresh Face Masks and you don’t have to keep them in the fridge where they’re easily forgotten about. Also the seaweed content means they don’t really dry on the skin like other face masks can do, they remain the same soft texture all the while that they’re sat on your face.

1000 Millihelens always leaves me with noticeably brighter and softer skin and does wonders at keeping it clear. Check it out for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Green Tea Infusion, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Apple Juice, Zeolite Clay, Carrageenan Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Water, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Bunny Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Over last Christmas, we were introduced to three limited edition products called ‘bomb bombs’. These were two-in-one character bath bombs that consisted of a head and a body; we had a Snowman, a Princess and a Santa Claus. For Easter we were introduced to two new members of the bomb bomb family, a Lamb and a Bunny.

Bunny Bomb Bomb is a deep pink coloured bath bomb with a hefty body and a smallish head. It shares it’s scent with the popular Honey I Washed The Kids fragrance, which is a creamy and warming scent reminiscent of butterscotch and honey. Uplifting and sunny scented Bergamot is what makes up a big portion of the scent and its sweet oil is said to smell like ‘sunshine in a bottle’. Brazilian Orange elevates that fruity note and adds a juiciness and although not usually appearing in HIWTK scented products, it also includes Ho Wood Oil. Ho Wood is floral and woody with sweet citrus undertones, so I imagine Lush included it in this product to strengthen the familliar fragrance. If you’ve not come across the HIWTK scent before then you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s generically citrusy and zesty, but that’s far from the buttery caramel truth.

Although you can use each piece of the bath bomb across separate baths, I opted to put the whole thing in for the full effect. The fizzing began immediately after lowering Bunny Bomb Bomb into the bath, dispersing clouds of pink into the water. It’s a fairly fast fizzer so before long, it had disappeared completely resulting in gorgeous pastel pink bathwater. The comforting scent was lifted into the room and lingered for a good while throughout my bath.

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I completely forgot that this limited edition was actually full of Popping Candy so I was surprised to hear it crackle under the water’s surface. There’s actually a really impressive amount and the popping lasted a good while.

Once I was out my skin felt remarkably soft and refreshed, not to mention it was exuding the heavenly scent for hours after my bath. I actually find this to be one of the strongest HIWTK scented products so if you’re a fan of that scent family then be sure to give it a try!

With Easter long gone, the range is slowly disappearing from stores so make sure you grab what you want before it goes. You never know what Lush might not bring back next year!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Candy Eye

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Soap

Raspberry Milkshake Soap

Raspberry Milkshake was initially released last year in 2018 but sported a very different design. It was originally loaf shaped, which was then cut into slices depending on how much the customer wanted to buy. This year it looks stunning, following the same idea as Strawberry Whip from Valentine’s Day.

A couple of ingredients have changed in the formula from last year but to my nose the smell is pretty much exactly the same. I loved it last year and I’m so happy Lush decided to bring it back. It contains Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, along with Fresh Raspberry Juice which creates a sweet and rich jam-like aroma that smells exactly like Jammy Dodgers to me. Although the juice does lend its sweet aroma to the scent, its mainly the Davana that gives the soap its strong fruity fragrance. Davana Oil is often described as warm, sweet, slightly citrusy with herbaceous and woody undertones and very close to the smell of ripe apricots. As a whole, it’s truly a gorgeous scent and I find it remains on your skin long after you’ve used it.

I find that Raspberry Milkshake gives an incredibly creamy lather. The base of the soap has Cocoa Butter blended into it, which naturally makes it more hydrating than usual and also contains a great amount of Almond Milk too. Traditionally, Almond Milk was used as a drink to treat inflammation of the skin from the inside out and Lush use it for its softening, hydrating and soothing effects.

The ingredients that make up the scent aren’t just there to make the product smell good. In fact Tagetes Oil, Davana Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and the Fresh Raspberry Juice are known to be soothing and calming on the skin too. The juice is also astringent and nutrient rich, leaving skin clean, clear and bright.

I honestly love this soap, its so creamy and smells so good and is probably one of the only soaps I’d actually take into the shower with me to wash my whole body with, as that’s not usually my thing. I really hope that it remains a Mother’s Day staple because I’ll miss it when it’s gone!

Ingredients

Almond Milk, Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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