Bath, Lip Balms, Mouth

Lip Service Lip Balm

Dry and sore lips are my worst fear, I hate it. I’ve honestly spent years trying to find a good lip balm that instantly repairs and rehydrates chapped lips and until I became more into Lush, I didn’t even realise the company did them. I tell you, Lush’s Lip Balms are among the best I’ve ever tried and I’m really not just saying that.

If you’re someone who just wants a bog standard Lip Balm then Lip Service is the one to go for, it has a lightly sweet citrusy fragrance and taste from the addition of rejuvenating Tangerine Oil but not much else in terms of flavour.

Lush’s lip balms are incredibly moisturising due to their bases being made with highly hydrating butters and oils. In this case, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter are blended with Beeswax, Olive Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil for velvety soft skin.

Apricot Kernel Oil is rich in vitamin A and softens and seals in moisture, helping protect your lips from further damage and Olive Oil is a powerful antioxidant.

Beeswax is the substance that forms the structure of a honeycomb and like the honey it houses, it has therapeutic properties that are of great use in cosmetics such as in lip balms. Not only is it deeply moisturising, creating a waterproof barrier on the skin, it’s also said to be particularly effective in healing bruises, inflammation and burns.

I’ve been using Lip Balms from Lush for a good few years now, and I’ve never had a bad case of dry and sore lips since. I really think they’re the best out there and will continue to buy them my whole life I am sure.

Check out Lip Service and the other range of lip care products here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tangerine Oil, Flavour, Limonene, Linalool

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub

This holiday season, alongside Cranberry Fizz, Lush also decided to re-release a favourite lip scrub from last year’s range – Sugar Plum Fairy.

Although it’s called Sugar Plum Fairy, it doesn’t really relate to anything in the Plum Rain scent family, nor does it actually contain any plum whatsoever! Oddly enough, the flavouring and the scent mainly comes from the inclusion of Sweet Wild Orange Oil.

The Sweet Wild Orange Oil gives the product it’s sweet and tangy taste and if you didn’t know what it was, you might be inclined to think it to be Blackcurrant or Raspberry flavour.  Like always, the Lip Scrubs are basically just Jojoba Oil and Caster Sugar, so they’re completely safe to ingest, you simply apply to your lips and lick it off.

The scent reminds me of flavoured fizzy drinks but again, it’s more of a berry-like scent, rather than anything citrusy.

I’m afraid there’s nothing particularly special about this Lip Scrub, there’s no extra ingredient that makes it stand out amongst the others, but I guess it’s a nice alternative to Bubblegum for those who like extra sweet flavours.

If you think you’d like Sugar Plum Fairy, make sure you grab one for yourself while stocks last! You can purchase it over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77007

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub

Christmas 2018 saw the return of Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub, but released alongside it was a new one called Cranberry Fizz.

At first, the scent isn’t the best I won’t lie. I can’t really describe it but it just doesn’t seem to smell particularly nice unfortunately. With Brazilian Orange, Lime and Ginger, you’d imagine it to smell kinda zesty and spicy, and I guess it does, but sadly it doesn’t do it for me.

The base of Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil is mixed with Shea Butter, Peach Kernel Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil which are all said to be extra conditioning and softening for your lips. Whilst I agree that my lips feel much softer and more moisturised after using this limited edition scrub, I can’t say it feels any different using this one over the likes of Chocolate or Bubblegum.

Saying that, there is one clear difference. Cranberry Fizz contains Citric Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate, both of which are usually added to Bath Bombs to make them fizz – and like the name suggests, they do the same here! You get a fizzing, tingling feeling on your lips and mouth when exfoliating and licking it off which is kinda cool. The Citric Acid also gives the lip scrub it’s sour flavouring which reminds me of sour candies you used to love, yet hate as a child.

In conclusion, there’s something about the taste of Cranberry Fizz that I do like, I’m not one for overly sweet flavours so I more than appreciate the difference, yet there’s also something that I really don’t like so I’m very much undecided on my feelings towards this Christmas product.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Citric Acid, Peach Kernel Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cranberry Seed Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Ginger Absolute, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

 

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Ugai Mouthwash Tabs

Ugai is the Japanese word for gargling and Ugai Mouthwash Tabs are inspired by the Japanese custom of gargling to maintain health and vitality. Hygiene routines are massive in Japanese culture as ancient customs suggest that millions of deities exist in everyday objects and these deities hate impurity, placing importance on personal hygiene in Japanese society. Gargling is at the heart of these customs. If you grew up in Japan, it is likely that your mother would say something like “When you come home, the first thing you must do is wash your hands and gargle!”

Offering a different alternative to standard minty mouthwashes, Ugai is herbal and somewhat salty in flavour and is great for a deeply cleansing.

Antiseptic Tea Tree cleanses the mouth, preventing bacterial growth and bad smells, whilst Sea Salt freshens the breath and prevents dryness by creating more saliva. Green Tea, which is popular in Japan as a gargling ingredient, is also antibacterial and gives the product it’s gentle flavour.

As with all of Lush’s dental products, you won’t find Fluoride in this mouthwash to give customers the option of choosing a product that’s free from this controversial chemical. Instead Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol as ingredients to help cleanse and remove plaque and to prevent bacterial growth in the mouth. These synthetics are completely safe and have no data suggesting that they are harmful in any way.

I find that whilst Ugai’s flavour isn’t really for me, it does effectively eradicate any form of bad breath from strong foods or coffee so I often take some out in a little sample tub to use throughout the day! All you need to do to use them is simply nibble one of the diamond shaped tabs, swish in your mouth with some water and then spit!

One thing I will say is be careful if you have any sores or cuts in your mouth, as because of the salt content it can sting slightly!

Check out Ugai for yourself here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Fine Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Powder, Xylitol

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Crème De Menthe Mouthwash Tabs

Although Toothy Tabs have been around a lot longer, Lush have only been doing Mouthwash Tabs since 2016 when they released a whole range of them. Where Miles of Smiles is the closest Toothy Tab to standard toothpaste in terms of flavour, Crème De Menthe is the most similar alternative to standard minty mouthwash, as you’d expect from the name.

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They come as little diamond shaped tablets, in a recyclable bottle. The idea is you take one tablet, pop it in your mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz. Then you nibble and swish before spitting the water out like you would with normal mouthwash.

When using liquid mouthwash, the amount of product you take into your mouth can vary, and so mouthwash tabs have been carefully formulated and tested to be the perfect concentration of ingredients when taken with a sip of water, whether big or small.

Lush don’t feel comfortable with adding fluoride to their products, unlike other mouthwash brands. The use of this chemical has always been controversial and there’s no evidence to suggest that fluoride is essential for having healthy teeth and gums.

Instead Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol as ingredients to help prevent bacterial growth (bad smells) in the mouth. These ingredients are completely safe and have no data suggesting that they are harmful in any way.

Crème De Menthe gets the minty flavour from Menthol Crystals and Peppermint. Crème De Menthe is quite strong in flavour and for those looking for alternatives to generic mouthwash because of the strong flavour then maybe this isn’t for you. Personally, I love the strong, cooling and refreshing feeling of big minty flavours so this mouthwash works well for me. It leaves a tingly feeling on your tongue so you know for sure its working!

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I find that this mouthwash freshens the breath almost instantly, very much like chewing gum or mint candies. I often take a bottle of mine out with me in my bag in case of bad breath emergencies! The small bottle is so compact so it’s much easier than taking out a whole bottle of standard mouthwash.

I really like the mouthwash tabs, Lush recently showcased some really great new flavours at their 2018 Creative Showcase so I’m hoping that these become part of the range soon as I feel new and exciting flavours are definitely needed!

Check out Crème De Menthe on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Glycerine, Stevia, Xylitol, Flavour, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Peppermint Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Miles Of Smiles Toothy Tabs

Toothy Tabs are probably one of the last things that you think about when it comes to Lush Products and are often overlooked by people not willing to part with their Aquafresh at home. They’re a little different, and at first I was really put off by the thought of using something other than standard toothpaste but I’ll try anything once.

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Unlike most standard toothpastes, Lush don’t use fluoride in their alternatives. The talk about fluoride is a complicated discussion with some people saying it’s harmless and others suggesting that data has proven high amounts of fluoride to be potentially toxic. Really, it’s a personal decision what you want to put in your body and Lush are simply giving customers more choice when it comes to finding their perfect dental products.

To use you simply pop one of the appropriately sized tabs between your front teeth and chew it up slightly. Then run your toothbrush through the water from the tap and brush your teeth with the foam the tabs produce!

In their toothy tabs, Lush have chosen to use other ingredients to help clean teeth and prevent tooth decay such as Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin and something called Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous.

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous is a natural salt which is widely used in toothpastes for its polishing and plaque removing properties, it’s also often used a supplement for calcium. Sodium Bicarbonate and Kaolin are also very cleansing and help the product foam up.

Sodium Bicarbonate also raises the alkaline levels in the saliva, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth.

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Miles of Smiles is probably the closest in flavour to actual Toothpaste. It’s a triple whammy of mint flavours, leaving your mouth smelling and feeling fresh and the oils produced from the Peppermint plant are very antibacterial for a strong clean. It’s definitely the best one to try first, especially if you aren’t keen on trying different flavours of dental care. I’m sure they’re not as bad as you think!

Check out Lush’s current range of Toothy Tabs on the UK website here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, English Peppermint Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Wild Mint Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Chocolate Lip Scrub

A lip scrub is basically just a lip exfoliator to polish and scrub away any bits of dry skin. As a bonus, Lush have made their Lip Scrubs extra tasty and you’ll want to be applying it all day long!

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Chocolate Lip Scrub originally appeared as an exclusive via the Lush Kitchen, however it proved to be so popular, Lush added it to their main Lip Scrub collection.

Chocolate smells like, you guessed it, chocolate! The typical Lip Scrub blend of Jojoba Oil and Caster Sugar is this time mixed with Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Cocoa Powder and actual Dark Chocolate to give it it’s colour and flavour.

Saying this though, it’s actually supposed to be more of a sweet Chocolate Orange scent and taste as it also contains Tangerine Oil and Sweet Orange Oil which gives it a nice juicy kick and leaves your lips refreshed.

To me it kinda tastes more like, shall we say a sweet ‘standard dark chocolate flavouring’ than actual chocolate but it’s still something I’m happy to indulge in occasionally, though whilst it’s not as sweet as Bubblegum Lip Scrub, personally I find it can be a little sickly. Though I do find the actual scrub itself effective and quite moisturising and buttery which is definitely a good thing.

Jojoba Oil is the perfect ingredient for this type of product as because of it’s close structure to the skin’s own sebum, it’s easily and quickly absorbed by the skin.

Check out Chocolate and Lush’s other lip care products available here!

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Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Dark Chocolate, Flavour, Tangerine Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Limonene, Linalool

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