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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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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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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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Strawberry Hill Shower Bomb

Since the release of the first shower bombs way back last year, I’ve been wondering when (or if) Lush would be bringing out any other varieties. After no seasonal shower bombs were released for neither Christmas nor Valentines, I was starting to think maybe they had given up on that idea. But I guess not, as Strawberry Hill debuted as part of 2019’s Mothers Day range.

For anyone who hasn’t seen a shower bomb before, they’re basically like bath bombs that you use in the shower. They foam up under the running water just like a bath bomb would and you then use the foam to wash yourself with. If a bath bomb is for a luxury bath experience, then think of these as the shower’s counterpart.

Shower bombs are often slightly exfoliating due to the texture of the bath bomb-like lather they produce. Strawberry Hill also contains Soybean Flower, which gives an ever so gentle scrub. When Soybean Flour is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will soothe the skin also. A mix of Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate means that the mousse shower bombs produce feels so luxurious and rich, and leaves your skin feeling beautifully soft after. Along with the Soybean Flour, Strawberry Hill is no exception and foams up wonderfully.

As you can imagine, given the name and the design, this shower bomb contains Fresh Strawberry Puree. Strawberries contain both malic and citric acids to cleanse and brighten the skin, and they are a natural source of powerful antioxidants which help to improve the skin’s elasticity. Although containing the fruit, it isn’t actually this that gives Strawberry Hill its strawberry-ish scent. Strawberries themselves don’t have much of an aroma so they’re often mimicked by other ingredients to give you the popular smell.

This product is actually scented with Vanilla Absolute, Brazilian Orange Oil and Rose Absolute for a gentle, fruity and sweet fragrance. It’s quite powdery, especially given the format but ultimately smells rather decadent when you’re using it in the shower and the hot water only elevates the scent, filling your senses. Sadly, there wasn’t much of the scent lingering on my skin after I was out, just a mild remembrance that was more floral than the original product.

Some people argue that shower bombs aren’t worth it, due to the fact you only get one use out of each one, yes you can leave half to dry but I find they don’t work as well a second time. However saying this, bath bombs are only the one use too and you don’t see people complaining about that do you? I know it’s not the same, but for people who don’t have baths, it’s nice that they have a chance of some luxury too.

I’m really glad we’re starting to see more shower bombs and if future releases are as good as Strawberry Hill then I’ll be happy!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Soybean Flour, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Fresh Strawberry Puree, Water, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

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Karma Shower Bomb

The last of the four original shower bombs is Karma.

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If you haven’t already, check out my posts on the other original shower bombs: Sleepy, Koyaanisqatsi and Not Sleepy.

With one of Lush’s most popular and well known scents, Karma stands out along with Sleepy as the scents you already know and love. Like most products featuring the Karma scent, this shower bomb is really heady with the classic smell. The Karma scent is made predominantly of Patchouli, Brazilian Orange and Pine; and as you can imagine with a name like Karma, it’s quite a balancing and meditative scent. The spicy earthiness of the Patchouli is slightly sweetened by citrusy Orange, whilst the freshness of the Pine is more of a background note. Karma’s a scent that leaves you calm and collected, yet also ready to take on the world.

Like the other shower bombs, to use you first hold it under the shower water and you then use the foam it produces like a shower gel to wash yourself.

Whilst Karma has a decent foam, it wasn’t as much as Sleepy or Not Sleepy. Though I did find Karma to be the softest of the four, meaning I actually preferred to mash the rest of it into my hand to create the foam quicker and for ease.

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The resulting later was super soft, the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate make the shower bombs especially soft and creamy in texture once they get going. Sodium Alginate is actually derived from seaweed and seaweed is great for nourishing the skin.

Similar to Koyaanisqatsi, Karma doesn’t really contain an exfoliant. It features Turmeric Powder which I imagined would be exfoliating but it really isn’t that noticeable. Turmeric is, however, an antioxidant and is purifying for the skin.

After using it I can still smell the fragrance on my skin a good few hours later and my skin feels lovely and smooth.

Although I still believe Sleepy to be the best shower bomb, Karma comes in at second due to the amazing smell and the soft texture which was easily applied, closely followed by Not Sleepy and then Koyaanisqatsi.

I look forward to Lush bringing out more shower bombs in the future and I hope you do too!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Water, Turmeric Powder, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 47005, Colour 19140

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Not Sleepy Shower Bomb

The third of the four original shower bombs is Not Sleepy. A citrus reamer shaped bomb with an explosion of citrus inside.

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To use a shower bomb you simply need to grab it one hand, let the shower rain over it and you’ll see it foam up, much like a bath bomb does. Then just grab the foam off of the bomb and lather it all over. You’ll be surprised to find out just how soft and creamy they go!

Firstly, I found that Not Sleepy had a pretty good foam to it! Much better than Koyaanisqatsi and around the same level as Sleepy. It was easy to scoop off and use, and kept foaming a good amount each time I held it some more under the water. Personally I didn’t think it felt just as nice and just as creamy as Sleepy does but it still made for a good shower!

The idea of Not Sleepy as part of the #LushMoods launch was for it to make you feel energised and invigorated and I must say that with the plethora of citrus oils inside her, she sure does the job. You’ve got Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Neroli, Lime, Petitgrain, Brazilian Orange and Lemongrass Oils, all of which are super cleansing, super antiseptic and super toning for the skin, not only waking up your mind but your skin too! Citric oils and juices are also well known for being enzymic too which means that they break down excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Not Sleepy also has a mild exfoliant in it too, in the form of Ground White Rice, helping to buff away any dirt and dead skin.

When I first used this particular shower bomb, I was definitely more awake than before. The essential oils massively played a part in this as it was all I could smell through my shower. I think it’s perfect for an early morning shower!

Stay tuned for a post on Karma Shower Bomb where I’ll be comparing all four bombs, but in the meantime, check out and purchase Not Sleepy for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lemongrass Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Ground White Rice, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 47005

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Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb

(Koi-yarn-ee-scat-see) means ‘life out of balance’ or ‘chaotic life’ in the Hopi language. The Hopi are a Native American tribe primarily living in Arizona.

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As mentioned in my previous post Sleepy Shower Bomb, I was a little apprehensive to try the Shower Bombs at first. But I don’t think they are as bad as you think they’re going to be.

Koyaanisqatsi didn’t foam up so quickly or as much as Sleepy did, but it was just as soft in my opinion, thanks to the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate, which is derived from Seaweed. Both of these are what give the Shower Bombs their skin softening qualities.

I also didn’t find it as exfoliating as Sleepy. Koyaanisqatsi doesn’t have an exfoliant in it so it feels smoother when rubbing it in.

The scent is quite relaxing, according to the product description it’s intended to clear your mind, help you slow down and take control. The ample amount of Lavender and it’s cousin Lavandin sure does just that. Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years to settle nerves and relax the mind.

Although it sounds very similar, the addition of Violet Leaf and Ylang Ylang add a subtle floral hint which makes this shower bomb’s scent different to Sleepy/Twilight. It’s very similar to Ickle Baby Bot.

I noticed after a while, you couldn’t really seem to get much more out of it. It stopped foaming and just became hard and solid, which I ended up letting go down the plug hole, which was quite disappointing, considering I got so much out of Sleepy.

Here it is on the Lush UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Lavandin Absolute, Lavandin Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

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