Shower, Shower Bombs

Comfort Zone Shower Bomb

Lush know that their customers love The Comforter scent. When The Comforter Shower Cream was discontinued a while back, there was an outcry of disappointed fans feeling like Lush had just removed one of their best products from sale, and if you looked at how popular it was, you’d be surprised too. Since then, Lush haven’t really had anything for the shower scented with the same, blackcurrant scent, until now.

Designed to look like a paper ramekin, Comfort Zone is definitely a pretty product to look at. Like all shower bombs, it’s designed to be used just once, just like how a bath bomb is only designed for one bath. You simply hold it under the running water, and it’ll foam up with a soft and creamy mousse, which you then use to wash yourself with.

The foam that shower bombs produce is gorgeously soft due to both Potato Starch and seaweed-derived Sodium Alginate which really soften the skin. Also the black bits you can see embedded into this one are actually Chia Seeds, which produce a softening mucilage when soaked in water and offer a gentle and light exfoliation as well.

As I mentioned, Comfort Zone smells just like the scent family known as The Comforter which I often describe as being like sweet blackcurrant squash. I’d say it’s a little fruiter than The Comforter Bubble Bar but its very potent and The Comforter fans will definitely be rejoicing over it. The scent is made up of Cassis (Blackcurrant), along with Bergamot and Cypress and is a sweet and fruity fragrance. To be honest, I find the scent a little sickly but a great deal of people love how cosy it makes them feel. On the skin, both Blackcurrant and Bergamot are full of Vitamin C, brightening and refreshing the skin, whilst Cypress is topically soothing.

Comfort Zone further contains Fresh Raspberries, which isn’t usually something you’d find in a product bearing The Comforter scent but Lush have added it to help sweeten the aroma and to further refresh the skin.

Often after a shower bomb foams for the first time after coming into contact with the water, they don’t foam as much the next time, so I’ve started doing something slightly different and I actually crush them into my hands as they get wet. I’ve found you get a lot more of a lather doing it this way which obviously means more for you to use. Plus, it’s a lot easier, just be careful not to lose any down the plughole. I used to find that as the product got smaller, you’d be left with this hard lump, but not any longer! My skin felt so soft after using this and I’d say that that’s the best thing about a shower bomb really, they make you feel so smooth!

Although the shower bomb itself smells fairly strong, I can’t say it retains its strength on your skin after. It has lingered very subtly but nothing like I expected it to be which is a real shame. Nonetheless, Comfort Zone is a definite must try for all you fans of its fruity sweet scent out there.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Perfume, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Chia Seeds, Fresh Raspberries, Water, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 45410:1

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Twilight Shower Jelly

Call it whichever you want, but I feel like the Sleepy/Twilight scent has fast become the company’s most popular. Or one of them anyway. It’s no surprise they’ve finally released it in a shower jelly format across all stores, which is already receiving rave reviews.

The scent itself is incredibly relaxing. Lavender is one of the best ingredients around for it’s relaxing and stress-relieving effects on the mind and has been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy to aid restful sleep. Whereas the natural aroma of Lavender is somewhat herbal, the addition of Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Tonka Absolute to all Twilight-scented products gives it much more of a sweet and warm fragrance that envelops you in a cosy hug. It’s the perfect scent for before-bedtime washing.

As a shower jelly, I think the scent is quite strong and whilst you’re lathering it up over your body it definitely fills your senses and I find the fresher, herbal elements of the Lavender come out more. Lavender also has wonderful benefits for the skin too, it’s both antiseptic and soothing, not to mention its great balancing properties also. Although a shower jelly isn’t my usual go-to in the shower as I’m more of a bath time jelly user, they do leave you just as clean as a shower gel or a bar of soap does.

Each shower jelly contains a base made from something called Carrageenan Extract, a mucilage extracted from Irish Moss Seaweed, which is dried and powdered. When put in contact with liquids, it rehydrates and jellies, acting as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, while moisturising and soothing the skin as well.

I’m actually really loving this jelly. It looks absolutely beautiful out of it’s tub and the photos sadly don’t even do it justice. I love the swirly pattern that they give some of their shower jellies rather than just the one block colour. Whatsmore it’s scent stays on my skin after using it, allowing me to smell that wonderful scent for hours after and helping me really settle in for the evening.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Lavender Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Jellies

29 High Street Shower Jelly

29 High Street is the name of Lush’s most exclusive perfume, only available to customers shopping at 29 High Street, Poole- the place where it all started. I’m yet to get my hands on the perfume but I recently snapped up a 29 High Street Shower Jelly that shares the same scent.

The perfume was designed to recreate the generic ‘Lush aroma’ that spills out of shops and greets you powerfully when you walk inside. I’d argue somewhat that with countless new products and formulations over the years as well as the discontinuation of a few, the scent inside stores is very different to what it was all those years ago when the perfume was first developed.

When developing the scent, Lush chose ingredients that feature a great deal in their products, bearing in mind those that have strong scent profiles to really determine what the real ‘Lush scent’ could be. They came to the conclusion to use Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Tonka, and it really bloody works.

I find the first element I get from the fragrance is the sweet floral notes coming from the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang but they’re totally sharing the spotlight with a refreshing, fruity and slightly zesty note of Lemon and Lime. The creamy sweetness of Tonka Absolute and the warming woody tones of Sandalwood give the scent more complexity and deepness, whilst really rounding the smell off into something that I can only describe as being intoxicatingly and so moreish. It’s a mix that really shouldn’t work but it definitely does. I think you really have to experience this scent first hand and decide for yourself if you’re into it or not.

As a jelly, I think this scent works amazingly. It’s really quite potent when you’re lathering it up over your body meaning it leaves you smelling of the fragrance for hours after. Lush’s shower jellies all contain a base that’s derived from seaweed, so they’re incredibly nourishing and softening for the skin.

As well as the Jasmine Absolute, Lush have included Jasmine Flower Infusion as one of the main ingredients in this jelly to boost the sensual fragrant aroma that the flowers are well known for, but also for its skin-soothing properties. Lush have also included Fresh Lemon Juice for its multitude of benefits for the skin too. Lemons are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and their juice is cleansing, toning and antiseptic.

This is hands down my favourite shower jelly I’ve ever used. I love how long the strength of the scent lasts and although I actually don’t often use my jellies (even though I have so many), I’m using this one a lot because I’m so in love and it makes my skin feel so soft too! I need to get my hands on that perfume ASAP!!!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Gardenia Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

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Shower, Shower Oils

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead. Rapeseed plants remove cesium from the soil and their seeds are turned into oil which is radiation free and safe to use. This way of naturally regenerating the land is truly incredible. Lush buy their Rapeseed Oil from this small city, giving a vital source of income to farmers who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Shower oils like Minamisoma provide a really mild cleanse, perfect for anyone who wants to cleanse without soap/lather and for gentle skin types. They can also be used like body conditioners as an in shower moisturiser. You simply stroke over the body and rinse away for clean and soft skin.

The Fukushima Rapeseed Oil is mixed with hydrating Cocoa Butter to form the product’s base. The design of this shower oil is actually meant to represent the fields of rapeseed plants (yellow half) growing in the hard hit land (white half). Containing more than 50% of omega 9 oleic acid, Rapeseed Oil is very moisturising and emollient on skin, and is said to have good antioxidant properties, which helps to firm the skin and boost its radiance. Included in this base is Sunflower Wax, which naturally thickens the formula and adds its own skin softening benefits.

Fresh Lemon Juice acts as the cleanser in this product as citrus fruits, especially lemons are high in enzymes that break down excess sebum, dirt and dead skin, paving the way for brighter and healthier looking skin. The large amounts of vitamin C occurring naturally inside the fruits are full of antioxidants and antibiotic properties. Turmeric Powder, which is responsible for creating the yellow colour on one side of the product also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as being soothing on the skin.

A strange new ingredient that I’ve not seen before is something called Kinako Powder, which is roasted organic soybean flour. When it is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will really soothe the skin and alleviate irritation and redness.

Minamisoma is scented with the same scent as Avocado Co-Wash and is a scent that I find absolutely beautiful. Comprised of Litsea Cubeba, Bergamot and Olibanum Oils, it’s a fresh, zesty aroma but incredibly sweet and delightful at the same time. For their effects on the skin, both Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot are refreshing and toning and Olibanum is soothing.

I am really loving this product. Its perfect for those showers when you don’t necessarily need a deep clean as it effectively cleanses for a quick freshen up. Though I am preferring to use it as an in shower body moisturiser as I come out feeling smoother than a baby! It’s so great at locking in hydration. What’s more, the scent is so beautiful under the water and is really great for energising and lifting your spirits on a dreary morning. It also leaves a trace of it lingering on your skin after, which makes me so happy. I’m so glad Lush have made this a permanent fixture in all stores!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Kinako Powder, Turmeric Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

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Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Crash Shower Jelly

Crash is currently one of a few ‘party exclusive’ products, which you can only get your hands on if you’re booking or attending a Lush Party. Luckily I managed to get one too!

Crash offers a classic and fan favourite scent that’ll really lift your spirits and get you in the celebratory mood. Of course, I’m talking about the Celebrate/Golden Wonder scent! Consisting of Sweet Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils, this fluorescent yellow jelly strongly emits a zesty and sweet aroma that hits you as soon as you twist off the lid.

The celebrate scent was originally designed to replicate the aroma of a glass of bubbly, and with fruity, bright, almost alcoholic notes, I can see why. Cognac Oil is extracted by steam distillation from dried, fermented grapes and that’s definitely where that ‘alcoholic’ aroma comes from. Lime and Orange add the zestier, more refreshing notes and come together wonderfully. I like to think of it as the scent of orange soda or a bucks fizz.

Lush’s shower jellies can be used in a multitude of ways, some people prefer to cut them up into smaller chunks for easier use, some people put them in a blender for a whipped like effect or if you’re like me you just use the whole thing as one big, wobbly bar of soap.

On the skin, citrus oils such as Orange and Lime have amazing cleansing, toning and antiseptic benefits. Citrus fruits usually contains enzymes which help breakdown excess oils and dead skin cells, leaving behind brighter, tighter skin. Crash also contains Fresh Orange Juice for this same effect. Cleansing with these fruit juices and oils means you also benefit from their antioxidant vitamin and mineral content too.

Crash further contains Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, which after spending a day absorbing light, will make it glow in the dark!

When I first used Crash, I was pleased to find that under the heat of the water, the juicy scent only amplified and really filled my senses, perfect for an uplifting morning shower.  The jelly itself, like always, was super moisturising and felt really lovely gliding over my skin. This is thanks to the very ingredient that causes these products to have their jelly-like consistency: Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed.

Although in its solid form and when in use, the aroma is very potent, I couldn’t really smell much of it on my skin after towelling dry surprisingly. Though I’m not a huge fan of orangey fragrances on my skin so I didn’t mind so much. My skin was soft and bright, so that more than made up for it. If you’re a fan of this scent, or any zesty scents in general, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on a Crash!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Meditation Shower Bomb

Another trip up to Liverpool last week saw me get my hands on another exclusive shower bomb they have in their store. This time I chose Meditation, fitting for someone who dabbles in meditation and mindfulness.

Shaped like an incense cone, Meditation is full of ingredients commonly and traditionally used in spiritual rituals, such as Guaiacwood, Sandalwood and Olibanum. These three essential oils are what make up Meditation’s scent.

Looking at the black design and the idea behind it, I assumed the scent of this shower bomb would be fairly smokey and earthy but it is surprisingly sweet. Sandalwood Oil is naturally very woody, but also has warmer and sweeter notes. Olibanum, otherwise known as frankincense, evokes the idea of walking through pine forests and has citrusy after tones. And lastly, Guaiacwood Oil, which comes from a tree commonly known as palo santo, has a scent which is described as sweet, spicy and exotic smelling. These fragrances combine into a sweet oaky aroma that’s de-stressing and meditative, yet with something quite invigorating about it.

All of Lush’s shower bombs contain both Sodium Alginate and Potato Starch which gives their lather a soft and fluffy texture, Meditation is no exception. I actually found this to be one of the longer lasting shower bombs, as it foamed only slightly each time it was held under the water, making it easier not to lose any down the plughole and get more on the body. Each time I covered myself with the foam it felt so soft and nourishing.

Obviously, containing Sodium Bicarbonate, shower bombs are all slightly exfoliating but they usually contain an extra exfoliant too. Meditation contains Activated Charcoal, offering a really gentle scrub – so gentle in fact, I actually didn’t notice it too much. ‘Activated’ charcoal is charcoal that has been heated to increase its adsorbent qualities, adsorbing microparticles such as dust, toxins and bacteria to the skin’s surface.

An interesting final ingredient that Meditation contains is Dragon’s Blood Powder. Dragon’s Blood is a bright red plant resin that is said to have fantastic powers at warding off evil and negativity. I’m all for spiritual healing so I’ll take anything that helps! Palo santo is also widely regarded as having this same power.

Sadly I feel like the scent was rather lost in the shower and once it had dissolved fully, I could no longer smell it, not even on my skin once I was out and dry. I do feel like this is an issue with a lot of the shower bombs and it’s a real shame when Lush are bringing out new exciting scents within them.

Anyhow, Mediation made for a nice shower, I definitely could have kept half for a second go but I ultimately choose to use it all in one as they’re designed to. Fingers crossed a lot of positivity is coming my way after using this!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sandalwood Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Olibanum Oil, Activated Charcoal, Water, Dragon’s Blood Powder, DRF Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77499

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