Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Plum Rain Shower Gel

Even though Plum Rain has been around for a good few years now, this is my first time trying it out at home in my shower would you believe. Like the name suggests, it contains plums, making for a very fruity purple shower gel!

Plum Rain contains an Umeboshi Plum Infusion as well as the juice of other plums. Umeboshi are small pickled plums with a fresh, fruity and acidic smell. Containing a high level of citric acid, the fruits cleanse the skin deeply and leave it softer and brighter. Plum Juice is full of vitamins that nourish and revive the skin too.

Naturally, containing those ingredients, Plum Rain has very fruity (and obviously plummy) scent. It also contains Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil for an extra juicy kick with a hint of sweet citrus and is great to brighten and cleanse the skin. Osmanthus Absolute comes from a flower which smells like ripe peaches and apricots, it’s highly sought after in perfumery and as well as strengthening the main fruity aroma of the shower gel, it gives subtle green undertones. Petitgrain Oil is also included for its fresh green and woody notes.

All in all, Plum Rain’s fragrance is arguably one of Lush’s most fruity, with those greener, fresher notes in the background.

In the shower, it lathers up nicely and you really only need to use a small amount for your whole body! The addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, makes it feel so soft on the skin. The fruity aroma is definitely at its strongest when it’s in use under the hot water and I found that the zesty Mandarin was more potent. It was wonderfully enlivening!

After I was out and dry I struggled to notice much (or any!) of the smell on my skin which I’d say was the only disappointment because other than that, I actually really enjoyed washing with it and my skin felt so smooth and fresh!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually try Plum Rain but I’m a fan!

Ingredients

Umeboshi Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Plum Juice, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Wake Up Call Shower Bomb

Lush’s new massive spa store in Liverpool features a great deal of exclusive products from perfumes to shower jellies and there’s a lot of exciting things on offer. When I went I told myself that although I was staying away from buying any bath products, I’d allow myself one shower bomb out of the ten exclusives. Being a lover of coffee, I just had to go for Wake Up Call.

Designed to look like a coffee capsule, Wake Up Call is perfect for sluggish mornings with its sweet coffee scent. Coffee doesn’t just give you energy when it’s consumed, but the aroma also has stimulating effects for the brain. The addition of Cocoa Powder means that the shower bomb’s fragrance is more like a mocha or a sweet coffee, with spicy and woody notes from Labdanum Resinoid, Guaiacwood Oil and Black Pepper Oil.

Once I got in the shower and held the little bomb under the water, I was slightly underwhelmed by the amount of foam it produced. As you can see in the picture it wasn’t actually that foamy at all and I actually had to crush it somewhat in my hands to really get it going, meaning sadly I lost some down the plughole. The lather that did reach my body however, had a beautifully soft texture. Most shower bombs contain Sodium Alginate derived from seaweed and Potato Starch, which is what makes them feel so silky. Wake Up Call goes a step further by including soothing Aloe Vera Extract too.

Alongside the Aloe Vera, the Cocoa Powder is also soothing, as well as having softening properties thanks to the residue cocoa butter it contains. Furthermore, warming Black Pepper Oil and the Ground Coffee itself both leave the skin looking brighter and healthier. Both the Cocoa Powder and the Ground Coffee give a gentle exfoliation too.

Although I love the scent of the shower bomb itself, it got lost slightly when I was using it which was a big disappointment, an even bigger disappointment being that I couldn’t detect any lingering smell at all on my skin once I was dry which was a real shame. It did however leave my skin feeling soft and looking bright, which I guess somewhat makes up for the lack of fragrance.

In conclusion, I was really excited to try this product but I felt somewhat let down. Considering the shower bombs are meant to give you a real sense of luxury in the shower, I was expecting more. If the scent had just lasted a little longer I would have been much happier! Lets hope the next one I try is a little better!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Cocoa Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Black Pepper Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Guaiacwood Oil, Ground Coffee, Aloe Vera Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Dirty Springwash is part of the big and iconic ‘Dirty’ range. Starting with the perfume, each product features elements of the refreshing and minty scent, usually featuring both Spearmint and Thyme. Each one adds something slightly different and the idea is that by layering up all the Dirty products, you get the true effect of the Dirty scent.

Much like the original perfume, Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is incredibly invigorating and refreshing. As soon as you open the lid you’re hit by a crisp mint aroma coming from Spearmint Oil and Menthol Crystals. If you’re a fan of minty fresh shower gels then this is probably a great option for you. On the skin mint and menthol have wonderfully cleansing and stimulating properties. The cooling sensation you feel on your skin is due to the menthol triggering cold receptors in the skin to feel sensitive and flare up, which in turn gets blood rushing to the area. This is also why anything minty is great at helping muscles to relax and to help soothe inflammation.

For the effects on the mind, the crisp smell of mint is great for waking you up and helping you feel more alert and focused. Mint has long been used to ease stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It’s also been proven to help fight headaches!

The Thyme Oil adds a herbal element to the shower gel which relives the mint of being too overpowering. Thyme Oil is well known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Dirty Springwash has a relatively thin consistency but because of a little Sodium Bicarbonate in the mix, it feels silky smooth on the skin. It lathers up nicely and a little goes a long way. It also contains a helping of Fine Sea Salt which further cleanses and refreshes the skin.

In the shower, the minty aroma hits you marvellously when you’re using the vibrant blue gel and if you’re using a lot, you get that tingling sensation on your skin which is perfect for cooling you down on a hot summers day. To be honest, I only ever use Dirty Springwash on a hot day because I’m not actually a massive mint fan and I never understand why people would want to use minty products it when it’s cold?!

Nevertheless when I’ve stepped out the shower my skin feels soooo smooth and revitalised every time I use Dirty. Plus you get that fresh scent lingering on your skin for a good while after.

Check out this shower gel for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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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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Body Scrubs, Shower

Cocoa Sugar Scrub

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

Cocoa has a smell not too dissimilar to that of Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. It’s a comforting fragrance of Cocoa Powder along with sweet Vanilla and Cocoa Absolutes, which makes it smell like chocolate cake mixture! Cocoa also features Mimosa Absolute, which gives the scrub a fresh and floral undertone.

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. Also on that note, you don’t really want to let the whole product get too wet so it’s best to keep it out of the shower else it’ll become soggy and fall apart.

After I got through the initial pain of using a piece that was much too solid for my skin, I found that Cocoa turned into a nice, effective scrub. The scrub actually felt really creamy and luxurious, much different to the solid sugar scrubs I’ve used recently such as Love Island and Aurora Borealis and this is likely due to the addition of Cocoa Butter in the mix. The Columbian Cocoa Butter in this product comes from the Communidad de Paz de San Jose de Apartado, which is a north-western Colombian community committed to peace amidst violent clashes between left-wing guerrilla fighters, right-wing paramilitary groups and the army. Just one of the many incredible places Lush source and buy their ingredients from.

Cocoa also contains Aloe Vera Extract which is one of the best ingredients to soothe irritation and calm redness on the skin. Likewise, the three absolutes the scrub contains are known to have soothing effects on the skin too. These ingredients help prevent the skin from getting too irritated by the scrub.

I found that during the shower the chocolatey scent was really powerful and was really filling my senses whilst I was scrubbing my body, but sadly it didn’t remain on my skin very much after. My skin was super smooth afterward though, a feeling that was still very much there the morning after my shower.

To conclude, I really like this scrub, I can tell it’s going to last me a good four or five uses after the initial one so it’s pretty good value for money in my opinion. Grab one whilst you still can because the Easter range won’t be around for much longer!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocoa Powder, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Beak Street Shower Bomb

This shower bomb is named after a road in Soho, London which just so happens to be where Lush have one of their studios. They have a couple of offices there and occasionally hold pop up exhibitions, but it’s such a beautiful building inside, it’s everything you’d expect a Lush office to be, bright and clean and happy. Beak Street is also in the shape of a beak, because why not?

An interesting thing about Beak Street is that (to my knowledge) it’s the only other product to share it’s scent with the Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser. It’s a ‘tasty’ fragrance, if you could describe a smell in such a way, smelling of buttered popcorn and sweet caramel and custard. It’s really nice to see it in another format and it’s surprising Lush don’t use it more often as I reckon it would do well as a bath bomb or bubble bar, or even a body spray!

It’s difficult to say what creates this fragrance because it falls under the category of products that are scented with a ‘perfume’ and nothing else. Perfume features in most of Lush’s products because sometimes along with the essential oils, you need to add synthetic fragrances to boost smells and recreate others. It’s usually only in a tiny amount so Lush simply mark it as ‘perfume’ so you don’t discover their secret scent formulas. You can read more about this here.

As a whole product, I find that Beak Street has a fairly strong smell, and once you’re getting it going under the shower it bolsters and smells even more delicious. Beak Street also foamed up wonderfully and the lather it created was so creamy and soft.

All of Lush’s shower bombs contain both Sodium Alginate and Potato Starch which gives their lather a soft and fluffy texture. Although there’s nothing in the ingredients to suggest why, I actually found Beak Street to be a lot softer than the likes of Koyaanisqatsi and Not Sleepy. Like most of the other shower bombs, this one also features a mild exfoliant in the form of Maize Flour. Maize Flour also features in Let The Good Times Roll and scrubs away excess dirt leaving skin soft to the touch. It’s a rather gentle scrub so it wouldn’t irritate sensitive skins but does the job well.

I found that the whole product was more than enough to cover and clean my whole body, so if you wanted to save half for another shower, that’s definitely a viable option. Although my skin felt supremely soft after, I was massively disappointed to find there was little to no trace of the scent on my skin. If Lush decide to bring it back in the future, I hope they’re able to find away to make the scent last.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Water, Maize Flour, Propylene Glycol, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Bongo Shower Jelly

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products, including six new jellies and after smelling Bongo, I knew I had to take it home with me.

Except from Twilight Shower Jelly, the new exclusive jellies are all named rather musically – there’s Beats, Bongo, Gong, Rumba and Conga. I had a sniff of each, with some sporting familiar scents such as Golden Pear and So White, but the tropical fragrance of Bongo was really calling my name.

Bongo literally smells like a Pina Colada! It doesn’t contain Pineapple in any form but it contains sweet Fresh Mango Juice instead, alongside Coconut Milk. It’s such a tropical and juicy scent and I’ve been really craving something like this for ages, especially for the shower. It’s so energising and happy and I’m obsessed. I can’t stop myself from smelling it almost every time I step into my bathroom! It also contains Vanilla and Oakwood Absolutes too but I personally can’t notice them in the scent.

Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – calcium, potassium, vitamin A, E and C and several B vitamins. In fact, it’s one of the most nutritious foods in the world. When applied to the skin, the enzymes it contains help remove dirt and debris, clarifying and improving the texture of the skin.

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Incase you weren’t sure, Lush’s shower jellies are actually made from a seaweed extract and are completely environmentally friendly. Seaweed is immensely great at softening and nourishing the skin, making all jellies fairly moisturising. Bongo goes that extra mile with its Coconut Milk content, which is greatly soothing and hydrating.

I’m in love with Bongo. It’s potentially my favourite jelly Lush have ever released. I think it also looks really pretty with it’s peculiar appearance that almost makes it look like the mixture has separated. I’d love to see this scent being used elsewhere, it would make a lovely shower gel! I find the scent really stays on your body long after you’ve washed with it too!

This product is a must try! Hopefully it’ll become widely available soon!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Coconut Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Mango Juice, Oakwood Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Coumarin, Colour 15510

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