Body, Body Tints

Black Stockings Body Tint

Black Stockings is an interesting product, usually seeing a rise in popularity during the warmer, sunnier months because essentially it’s a great way to boost a tan by giving your skin a gentle bronzed glow.

As a solid product, Black Stockings contains a blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters, which make it similar to a massage bar and you use it in the same way too. Unlike a standard massage bar however, Black Stockings is highly pigmented and contains a high amount of plastic free glitter which leaves behind a radiant bronze colour on your skin.

I was initially nervous to use this product the first time, as Lush note that it’s especially good for darker toned skin, my pale complexion was slightly worried I’d look like I’d had an awful fake tan job. I find that when rubbing it across the body, because it’s pretty solid, it’s a good idea to let it warm up slightly first, but when it gets going it leaves a strong golden glow behind it. You definitely want to make sure that you massage in the residue, just to maximise an even application.

To be honest, the difference on your skin after using one of these bars isn’t massively noticeable and even on my pale skin it doesn’t look at all much. I do much prefer to use Black Stockings when I’ve already got a slight tan just to make it look more even and to boost it’s radiance, but even without a tan it gives a shimmering, healthy glow. I also like to use Black Stockings on my face from time to time as a contour stick or a bronzer, again usually when I’m more tanned than usual. I find that it doesn’t irritate my skin whatsoever and actually it sits nicely on the skin and over other make up. It can feel heavy though, so try to use it sparingly.

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Although not it’s main feature at all, but Black Stockings contains Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Pimento Berry Oil and Sweet Orange Oil for a warming and slightly spicy scent. I don’t actually find the scent has much strength when applied to the skin but that’s probably a good thing if you were using it on the face.

In conclusion, since I first tried it, Black Stockings has become a summer staple because ashamedly I love to look more ‘sun-kissed’ and less pale. Sadly, it does rub off on clothing so it’s not really something you can wear with white and light colours but I do find that even after a dip in the pool it’s still fairly present!

You can check out Black Stockings over at the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Iron Oxides, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Body, Massage Bars

Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

As someone who considers themselves to be ~fairly~ active, I often get aches and pains from my muscles screaming at me for torturing them, so I’m always keen on trying products that will help relieve the tension and I’ve found that Wiccy Magic Muscles is one of the best!

As a massage bar, Wiccy is first and foremost a body moisturiser, being made with a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters, blended together along with Jojoba and Coconut Oils. I’ve definitely tried other massage bars that melt quicker and feel more moisturising than Wiccy, but it still gets that job done and leaves you with perfectly hydrated skin.

The main thing about this particular massage bar however, is its ability to help relieve muscular tension. As you can see from the pictures, Wiccy Magic Muscles is covered with embedded Aduki Beans on one side which act like firm fingertips when you’re smoothing  it over your skin, stimulating areas where the circulation is slow and reliving tension. The addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil and Peppermint Oil compliments this texture by providing a warming, tingling feeling on the skin. Both these essential oils have been proven to cause stimulating effects on the sensory nerve endings and the blood flow, relieving any uncomfortable pain.

Because of these ingredients, Wiccy has a rather potent aroma. It’s a spicy, minty, almost chocolatey mix of smells that I know some people really hate, but I don’t really have much an opinion of, it’s the benefits I’m after with this one. I do find the powerful fragrance is great at clearing my sinuses though!

I love to use Wiccy to moisturise my skin once I’ve stepped out of the bath or shower; I use the plain bottom side to do this before turning the bar over and using the Aduki Bean side for more of a massage. You should feel the tingling, cooling sensation almost immediately and it feels so good on tired legs! You’ve really got to be careful not to apply too much pressure otherwise the bar will end up breaking like mine has and the beans don’t really help with holding it together. Whatsmore is that towards the end of the bar’s life, they will fall out and it does get annoying. But if you’ve got green fingers, plant them! You can grow your very own aduki bean plant!

For the first time the other day, I actually used a piece of Wiccy Magic Muscles in a foot bath. I melted a chunk down in some water and sat my feet in it for a good thirty minutes and it did wonders at cooling and moisturising them! I’ll definitely be doing that again!

You can check out Wiccy for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Aduki Beans, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars are kind of like marmite, either people are really intrigued by them and love them, or they straight up don’t want one and think it’s a pointless gimmick.

This year was the second year of Lush doing Sparkle Jars for Christmas and of course popular Snow Fairy has been made available both years.

Shaped like a star and coloured pink, you can definitely guess that the familiar sweet candy floss scent of Snow Fairy hides within. The powder that’s inside the ‘jar’ is also scented the same and is basically just Fairy Dust Dusting Powder.

The massage bar outer container is made up of Organic Cocoa Butter, making it super moisturising for the skin. Because Cocoa Butter tends to be a lot less melty than some other butters Lush use, it really needs to be warmed up against the skin before you start feeling the benefits. It’s perfect for when you’ve just stepped out of the shower and your skin is radiating that extra warmth.

I love to use mine as a body moisturiser, but the best part is the powder inside. If you think you’re already silky smooth after using the outside, you’re in for a treat. Poke holes with a pencil in the two indents and use the jar like a salt shaker, sprinkling the scented powder all over your skin.

Being mostly made up of Cornflour and other powders, it’s highly absorbent and effectively softens your skin even more! Like Fairy Dust, it’s also full of plastic free glitter so is perfect when you want that extra shimmer.

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Lush’s glitters and lustres are usually made up of Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, otherwise known as Synthetic Mica. Mica is one of the main compounds of granite and Lush produce it synthetically because of concerns over child labour in the mining of natural mica. Synthetic Mica is also brighter and purer than natural mica and has a more uniform finish which doesn’t contain any sharp edges, making it safer for use in cosmetics.

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 more powder than you’d think and you don’t want to be cleaning that up!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Magnesium Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Citral, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1

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Body, Body Lotions

Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion

Along with the potted version, Lush also released Once Upon A Time Body Lotion in a packaging free, naked form!

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You use a Naked Body Lotion much like you would a massage bar, grabbing the whole product and gliding it over your skin, allowing the butters and oils to leave a rich trail of hydration behind it.

Both versions are basically the same product, the naked version just has a different formulation and a couple of extra ingredients to make it solid. Because of this, I’d say that this version is a lot richer and much more moisturising. It still contains the Murumuru and Illipe Butters like the potted variety but also Cocoa and Shea Butters too. Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax also help the product retain its state and protect the skin.

Because it’s richer, you don’t need to use as much with each application and I’d say that this version definitely lasts you longer than the other.

A downside to this version is that the scent is a lot more subtle. You get the more citrusy notes from the essential oils rather than the juicy freshness of the apples and for this reason I think I prefer the potted. I think because, weirdly (and I’m not entirely sure why), this version replaces the Apple Water for mineral rich Spring Water, that this might be the reason why it doesn’t smell as appley. I’d also say that the scent lasts a lot longer when using the non-naked version too.

Again, like with it’s potted brother, the small amount of glitter is barely noticeable, so don’t worry too much if that’s not your thing!

Do you prefer to go naked or keep the pot on? Let me know!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Apple Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Spring Water, Perfume, Limonene, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491

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Body, Body Lotions

Once Upon A Time Body Lotion

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘Once Upon A Time’? Fairy tales, far off lands and magical kingdoms? One of the most iconic images from a fairy tale is an apple, the poisoned one given to Snow White by the evil queen. It only makes sense that a body lotion named Once Upon A Time is full of apples (minus the poison).

Its rather nice having a scent that’s very different from the warming and spicy or candy sweet scents that make up the majority of the Christmas ranges. Once you’ve popped the lid open on a tub of this lotion you can instantly smell the familiar juicy scent of fresh green apples. It’s no surprise it smells so strongly because two of the top ingredients are Apple Infusion and Apple Water.

Apples are rich in antioxidants to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the skin’s top layers, leaving your skin toned and glowing. In combination with cleansing ingredients, the juice de-greases the skin with its gently astringent and acidic properties, making it a perfect lotion for someone who already has overly oily skin.

The crisp apple scent has seen a few incarnations before, notably So White Bath Bomb and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. However, due to the different ingredients making up the scent, it’s similar, but not the same.

Once applied to the skin, you somewhat lose the refreshing apple scent and citrus notes start to come through. Once Upon A Time also contains Grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon and Lime Oils for their uplifting scent and astringent, toning qualities.

This lotion is light, but effective. Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil are the perfect carrier oils which deeply penetrate and nourish the skin, allowing the antioxidant and conditioning  benefits of other ingredients, like richly hydrating and softening Murumuru and Illipe Butters, to reach further.

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Although the lotion contains a small amount of Synthetic Mica (a safe, plastic free glitter), its barely noticeable and I didn’t even realise it was there until I was reading the ingredients list!

Stay tuned for a post on the naked version of this exact product!

Ingredients

Apple Infusion, Almond Oil, Apple Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Murumuru Butter, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Limonene, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491

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