Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Boom! Toothy Tabs

The idea of Boom! originally scared me a little. Reading the ingredients list, you’ve got Charcoal, Chilli, Gunpowder Tea and Black Pepper? Honestly it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to put in my mouth and especially not to clean my teeth? Nevertheless Boom! does seem to be pretty popular, and you do see rave reviews over other charcoal toothpastes.

Like the rest of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Boom! contains Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate for their plaque removing properties and their ability to increase the alkalinity inside the mouth, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth. However the Charcoal and Sea Salt content of Boom! gently polishes and cleanses the teeth also! Charcoal containing toothpastes are on the rise because of how great they are at removing stains and therefore whitening the teeth. Boom! further contains an odd sounding product called Gunpowder Tea, which is a type of green tea. The leaves from this plant are rich in antioxidants that are great for improving the health of the mouth and gums. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves because when rolled into tiny black pellets, they can be mistaken for gunpowder grains.

It’s the Charcoal that gives the product it’s black colour, and it’s a strange feeling when you see your mouth turn black when you’re using one of these tabs but there’s also a sense of fun too, so I reckon Boom would make a great product to get those young teens to brush their teeth!

Boom! is meant to taste like cola, and to be fair, it kinda does. Boom! contains zesty Persian Lime Oil, liquorice-tasting Aniseed Oil, spicy Black Pepper Oil, vanillary Benzoin Resinoid with a small amount of Ground Chilli and even simply reading those ingredients, you can see how they’d make up a similar taste to cola. It’s an odd taste, yet it’s really not bad at all, Lush have added Sorbitol as a sweetener and it’s actually pretty good once you get used to it. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup, but despite this it doesn’t have any harmful affects on the teeth.

The only problem with Boom! is that due to its colour, it can be a tad messy and can stain clothing and leave black marks on your sink. If it happens, don’t worry as its easily wiped away and washed out of fabrics but it can be annoying. Just be careful when you’re brushing your teeth I guess.

I’m actually enjoying using Boom! at the moment, I’m already starting to notice my teeth looking brighter with just a weeks worth of uses and it leaves my mouth and breath feeling clean and fresh. I’d happily purchase them again!

You can check out Boom! for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Fine Sea Salt, Flavour, Persian Lime Oil, Aniseed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Gunpowder Tea, Organic Ground Chilli, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene

 

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

The Kiss Lip Scrub

Recently I found that I still have pictures of last year’s Valentine’s lip scrub from before I even started this blog that I never got round to posting! I still have a good half of my pot left and I think it’s only appropriate to post about it on the same day as this year’s lip scrub!

The Kiss was first released for Valentine’s Day 2015 and proved to be pretty popular, allowing Lush to bring it back for the next two years after that, and after trying it for the first time, it’s undoubtedly my favourite lip scrub of all time.

First things first, The Kiss isn’t your generic lip scrub that’s made out of Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil. The Caster Sugar is still the main ingredient but the Jojoba has been replaced with Safflower Oil. Safflower Oil is considered as a great softener for the skin as it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils, and in actual fact I do consider The Kiss to be a little more hydrating than other Jojoba Oil containing lip scrubs. Cocoa Butter has also been blended into the mix, adding to the moisturising benefits.

Another difference with this lip scrub is the inclusion of Sea Salt which not only helps with the exfoliation but it adds a saltiness to the product which is actually a really nice change. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of overly sweet lip scrubs as they can be really sickly after a couple of uses, but you don’t get that with The Kiss and it’s actually really tasty with it’s sherbety flavour. To use a lip scrub, you simply use a finger to apply some of the product to your lips, gently buffing away the dead skin and then lick  it off to reveal soft and polished lips, so there’s absolutely no harm in ingesting the scrub, it’s why they’re so delicious! The Kiss also contains Sicilian Mandarin Oil as well as Almond Essential Oil to add a somewhat fruity aroma and flavour.

A cute little touch with this product is that the pot also contains these little red hearts mixed in with the scrub which is perfect for a Valentine’s exclusive. The hearts are completely edible so theres no harm in swallowing them too!

I’m a little gutted that The Kiss didn’t make a return this year but I guess Eve’s Cherry is a good replacement. I hope that perhaps we’ll see The Kiss again in the future because it’s going to be a real shame when my jar is empty.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Safflower Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Almond Essential oil, Cornflour, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Geraniol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 16255, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

 

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub

Alongside Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs, Lush also released a fruity lip scrub called Eve’s Cherry. I’m always slightly apprehensive with new lip scrub flavours because occasionally they have a weird after taste, but I’m a big fan of cherry flavoured things so I had high hopes.

This limited edition lip scrub smells rather fruity and not artificially, a lot like sweet cherry jam, or fizzy cherry flavoured candies which raised my hopes even more. I scooped a generous amount onto my finger and gave my lips a good scrub. The usual Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil base works wonders at removing dead skin, whilst softening and hydrating the lips. Eve’s Cherry further contains Shea Butter and highly moisturising Cherry Kernel Oil and I could definitely feel the benefits of these ingredients on my freshly polished lips.

The taste definitely met my expectations. It’s sweet but not too sweet and also has a sharp, almost sour zing to it. The ingredients that make up the flavour of the scrub have been carefully chosen to mimic fruity tastes. Almond Essential Oil creates a subtle cherry flavour, Davana Oil tastes of peaches, whilst Buchu Oil gives a sultry blackberry hint. The subtle sourness comes from the inclusion of Lime Oil and prevents the scrub from being too sweet. I really really like this flavour, I think it potentially is almost on par with my favourite lip scrub of all time, The Kiss! It seems Lush really get them right for Valentines Day!

Eve’s Cherry is definitely one that I could use often, I’m really not a giant fan of overly sweet lip scrubs like Bubblegum or Sugar Plum Fairy so it’s nice to have something a little different that doesn’t get sickly after a couple of uses. I personally use a lip scrub every morning too, so obviously it’s important to use one I actually enjoy using, and I’m happy I’ve found a new fave!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Citric Acid, Almond Essential Oil, Davana Oil, Buchu Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 42090

 

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs

With Lush’s currently limited range of Mouthwash flavours, I’m always hoping that they’ll bring out a new and unique flavour that I’ll really love. I know we’ve just had the release of Brave, but I wanted more and was super excited when I saw the potential of apple-flavoured mouthwash for the Valentine’s range.

These new mouthwash tabs smell like sweet apple flavoured bubblegum, which really excited me to try them. The flavour is really unique, not particularly tasting of apples as such, but it’s definitely a fruity flavour with added minty freshness. It’s a mix of Lemon, Lime and Spearmint Oils as well as something called Malic Acid, found in many fruits including apples, which has a tart, juicy flavour. This is fundamentally the best tasting mouthwash Lush have ever done, theres nothing slightly odd or off putting about it, it’s sweet, zesty and just enjoyable. Even my partner likes Adam’s Apple and he hates the rest of the range.

You might be wondering how something so sweet can be good for your teeth? Well the sweeteners Lush use in their mouthwashes (Stevia, Xylitol, Sorbitol) have been proven to not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar, making them an excellent substitute in dental products. Stevia also has the added benefit of actually suppressing dental bacteria growth to help keep your gums and teeth clean.

Lush’s mouthwash tabs contain Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate and Silica to cleanse and remove and prevent plaque build up. Sodium Bicarb is noted for its cleansing and protective effects on the gums and teeth. In the mouth, when mixed with saliva, sodium bicarbonate creates a hostile environment for acidic bacteria as it increases the pH of the saliva. An ideal ingredient in mouthwash, as the gentle fizzing of the Sodium Bicarbonate with Citric Acid will cleanse and deodorise the mouth without the use of alcohol. Furthermore, Adam’s Apple also contains Aloe Vera Powder to soothe and protect the gums.

Once you pop one of the tabs in your mouth and mix it with water, it immediately foams up filling your mouth with the flavour instantly, leaving your breath fresh and a real feeling of cleanliness in your mouth.

Adam’s Apple is definitely my favourite mouthwash flavour to date and is far superior than the rest of the current range. I think it’s about time Lush do a whole new range of flavours with Adam’s Apple staying as a year round product! Nevertheless, I’ve stocked up so they’ll definitely last me a while!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

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Limelight Toothy Tabs

When you think of Lush products, their dental care is often overlooked and is rarely something that customers are massively interested in. I think for most people, having good oral hygiene is, understandably, immensely important so parting with their trusty toothpaste is somewhat scary, incase other options don’t work as well. I know this was definitely a massive obstacle I personally had to overcome before aiming to make the switch.

There are many pros to using one of Lush’s toothy tabs over a regular tube of toothpaste. Landfill sites are filled with billions of toothpaste tubes yearly and as conventional toothpaste is predominantly packaged in plastic-coated, aluminium-lined tubes, they are rarely recyclable. Although yes, Lush’s tabs are packaged in a plastic bottle, both that and the lid are 100% recyclable in your local recycling points. Lush received a lot of backlash when it decided to stop packaging their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes, however the cardboard packaging didn’t allow the tabs to stay as fresh as they can be in plastic.

Toothy tabs also give customers the option to choose a toothpaste alternative that is free from fluoride and instead they use ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate which increases the alkalinity levels inside our mouths, keeping the breath fresh and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, which is a natural salt, also in the toothy tabs for its polishing and plaque removing properties.

In terms of Limelight, it contains cleansing and antiseptic Lime, Lemon and Mint Oils which give it the taste of Lemon flavoured candies and hard boiled sweets. Although it sounds somewhat sour, it’s really isn’t and is simply a different, yet still refreshing alternative to standard minty toothpaste. Whenever I use it, my mouth feels really fresh and clean!

Limelight also contains something called Baobab Fruit Powder, which gives the tabs a slight fizzing, sherbet-like feel when in use and is a nice touch. Maybe it’s something that could help younger children start using them!

Check out Limelight for yourself over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Almond Oil, Baobab Fruit Powder, Gardenia Extract, Citric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Malic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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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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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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