Soap

Lavender Vida Loca Soap

If you think of lavender and Lush, I bet 99% of the time you’d automatically picture the likes of Sleepy Body Lotion and Twilight Bath Bomb or the rest of that scent range. Whilst incredibly popular and definitely lavender based, they don’t really offer a ‘true’ lavender scent. I think a lot of people forget that Lush do other lavender scented products outside of the iconic range, such as A French Kiss Bubble Bar and this soap, although sadly now discontinued.

When cut into discs, Lavender Vida Loca really looks gorgeous and is one that can make an entire room smell of its aroma. Containing an infusion made from Lavender Flowers, Lavender Absolute, French Lavender Oil, and actual Dried Lavender Flowers, this soap is obviously Lavender-scented through and through. Each sniff of the soap conjures up fields of purple bushes basking in the sunlight and I find this raw lavender smell really soothing. The soap also contains Chamomile Blue Oil, but it’s hard to notice it in the scent and I’d argue it’s simply there to compliment and strengthen the herbal aroma as a whole.

Lavender is well known in aromatherapy for its relaxing and calming fragrance. Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a ‘state of serenity’ whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to ease anxiety and worries and to promote a more restful sleep.

Lavender is also well known for it’s great benefits when used topically on the skin. It’s not only naturally antibacterial, it’s also balancing and very soothing too, which is why you’ll find it in the likes of Dream Cream Body Lotion to really calm irritated and sore skin.

As a soap, Lavender Vida Loca works perfectly at cleansing. Personally I find it leaves my skin a little too ‘squeaky clean’ to use on my body but for my hands it does just fine and it leaves its beautiful fragrance lingering on your skin for a good while after too, which is a nice bonus.

Did you know that this soap used to be called Serendipity? At first I hated the name change but it’s really grown on me!

As I mentioned, Lavender Vida Loca was recently discontinued to make room for the new Sleepy Soap. Don’t get me wrong, Sleepy Soap is gorgeous and I can’t wait to write a proper post about it but I feel it’s a real shame for fans of raw lavender scents like this one.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Flower Infusion, Water, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, French Lavender Oil, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Absolute, Dried Lavender Flowers, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47200, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Peng Bath Bomb

Peng is like the ultimate summer bath bomb. It’s literally designed to look like a beach ball which makes it really appealing, especially because we’ve not had much of a summer this year in the UK. I’m not sure on the name though, Peng is a terribly British slang word for something or someone attractive and it’s awful. I tried explaining it to an American friend and it’s just a no from me. As always, Lush love to feel like they’re really down with the kids.

Peng didn’t initially stand out to me but after looking at the ingredients list, I was quite excited when I first saw it whilst researching the 30th anniversary range of bath bombs. Containing Sandalwood, Rosewood, Styrax Resinoid and Litsea Cubeba, I imagined it to have a sweet woody fragrance, with simple lemony undertones. When I physically got my hands on it, I was a little disheartened as it isn’t quite what I expected.

The lemony fragrance of Litsea Cubeba is definitely the strongest aroma to come through and I found myself wondering if they’d perhaps fragranced it like a Dragon’s Egg by mistake as the two smell quite similar. Underneath the main note, there is a slight woodiness from both Sandalwood and Rosewood Oils but I’m afraid they’re nothing more than a delicate touch.  It’s a little less overtly citrusy and more fruity than Dragon’s Egg but honestly I don’t think they’re that different. I guess the cinnamon-like warmth from the Styrax offers a tad more distinction, but it’s nothing notable and not what I wanted, so I guess I’m a little disgruntled.

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I was hoping that Peng would make up for betraying my hopes with a nice show in the water and to be fair, it did. The three primary colours fizz out pretty quickly whist the white sections are a little slower at dissolving but it was much foamier than I thought it would be. Even though the blue was mostly outshined by the other two colours, it actually made for some pretty bath art before turning a warm shade of orange. Even that reminded me of Dragon’s Egg, just without the lustre!

Whilst I was bathing, the aroma filled my bathroom, which did bring out more of those woodier notes with the Litsea Cubeba drawing into the background slightly, which was nice to experience. The effect of the scent as a whole had an uplifting and energising effect on my mood which I really needed after a long few days. Afterwards my skin was feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and the scent lingered lightly on my skin up until I went to bed that evening.

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In conclusion, I didn’t dislike Peng as such, but I can’t say I liked it that much either, it really wasn’t what I though it was going to be and compared to some of the other bath bombs available, it’s nothing special.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Rosewood Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Litsea Cubeba Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Splash Bath Bomb

I remember when I first saw this bath bomb and after noticing the familiar colour scheme I was hoping and praying for it to be the return of my long lost love, Frozen Bath Bomb. Sadly it wasn’t, and we have Splash instead. Since then, I get this weird feeling of disappointment each time I look at it which honestly isn’t that fair on Splash because it’s actually a fairly lovely bath bomb of its own.

Splash has a reasonably unique design, but I think the scent far surpasses the appearance in how interesting this product is. Splash contains Lime and Neroli at the forefront of its aroma so it offers an uplifting and fresh smell perfect to lift your mood. The Neroli adds a certain element of ‘greenery’ alongside Elemi Oil which is described as spicy and citrusy and is said to instil a feeling of peace. Although it seems like an abundance of citrus, I wouldn’t say Splash is that zesty or sharp in smell. Lush have decided to add Tonka Absolute to the fragrance which I feel rounds the scent off with it’s sweet, subtle presence. All in all, its a fairly unique and bright fragrance which I find quite meditative and soothing.

In the water, Splash is a pure fizzer and fizzes away turning the water into a translucent aquamarine colour like that of a swimming pool. There’s no bath art, just little whisps of white fizzing out into the blue.

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I found the scent remained quite strongly even when the bath bomb had fully dissolved, which was nice and really relaxed me as I was soaking. It was still lingering on my skin once I was out and I could definitely smell it wafting off my arms a good few hours later which really helped me take it easy during my evening. Splash also left my skin feeling gorgeously soft.

Overall, I’d describe this bath bomb as being really nice, but nothing special. I’m glad I’ve tried it but I can’t say I’d ever be desperate to try it again. Perhaps if it created patterns on top of the water, I’d have enjoyed it more but for now it’s nothing to write home about.

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If you’re still wanting to get your hands on Splash you better hurry! Sadly it’s being discontinued along with quite a lot of the other 30th Anniversary bath bombs very soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Elemi Oil, Tonka Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Trumpets Bath Bomb

Fairy Trumpets is a beautiful looking bath bomb and one I was really eager to try! Who am I kidding? I’m eager to try them all! I feel like it’s a bath bomb that really stands out and would have looked great among the other floral inspired bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day.

The scent of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with greener elements to it as well. Containing Chamomile, Orange Flower and Rosewood it’s not too far off the fragrance of Figs and Leaves Soap and Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb, with the Orange Flower coming through quite potently. It’s uplifting and bright and is a scent that really puts you in a good mood. The Chamomile gives a slight herbal note to the aroma, which is well known to relax and soothe the mind and the addition of Rosewood offers a gentle warming undertone to the scent. If you’re into your florals then you’ll surely love Fairy Trumpets.

Once popped in to your bath, Fairy Trumpets will put on a quick display that won’t win any awards for being the most exciting but it was nice to watch even still. There’s aways some excitement when you’re seeing a bath bomb fizz for the first time anyway. The yellow colouring fizzed away quite quickly, revealing pinky red colours underneath which also fizzed away rather fast, resulting in a deep orange shade with little patches of red oils floating on the surface. I should mention that these oils actually stained my skin (and my bath) a little, so perhaps its best to mix them in before you get in.

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After it had dissolved I could really notice the floral aroma filling my senses as it permeated throughout my flat. Fairy Trumpets also contains popping candy, which was a nice little surprise to hear. As I was soaking away I felt tranquil and at peace with the uplifting scent still sticking around.

Once I was out, my skin felt soft and renewed. Chamomile has excellent soothing properties so it’s great for any irritation you may have on your skin. The scent was still lingering over my body which I could smell for hours after, which I was really impressed with.

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To conclude, whilst I wouldn’t say Fairy Trumpets is anything to write home about, I am glad I crossed it off my list. I really want to be able to try each of the celebration bath bombs but I’m beginning to think that it may not be feasible, so apologies if I don’t get round to using them all!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Chamomile Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Hand Care

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lemony Flutter is probably Lush’s thickest, creamiest lotion available. It’s designed to soften and protect your cuticles and nourish your nails. I have AWFUL cuticles and whilst I’m really bad at remembering to use this product, it actually does wonders.

The cuticle plays an important role in the health of your nails. They provide a protective cover for the tissue that grows new cells that build the nails. As you know, your nails are constantly growing – that’s why you have to keep clipping them. Taking care of your cuticles is important because it can lead to stronger, healthier nails and if you neglect them, your cuticles can cause some problems, including painful infections.

For healthy cuticles and nails, you need to cleanse, moisturise and protect them. Luckily, Lemony Flutter does all three! It cleanses with the help of antibacterial and antiseptic Lemon Infusion and Lemon Oil which eats away dead skin cells (and also gives the product its gorgeously zingy scent).

For adding moisture and keeping the cuticles hydrated, Lemony Flutter contains a whole host of amazingly beneficial ingredients. Blended Shea and Mango Butters make the product feel luxuriously creamy. Shea is richly nourishing and Mango Butter is filled with antioxidants and vitamins with damage-repairing properties.

It further contains a bunch of rich carrier oils that contain high amounts of beneficial fatty acids. Soya Oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, whereas Castor Oil is high in ricinoleic acid, as well as oleic. These substances are proven to be highly moisturising and conditioning on the skin. Linoleic acid helps to maintain the structure of our skin and oleic acid is one of the most beneficial substances for our internal and external health. Ricinoleic acid is wonderfully soothing.

Wheatgerm Oil offers twice as much vitamin E as most other vegetable oils, which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic (pain reliving). Lemony Flutter also contains Coconut Oil, Linseed Oil and Avocado Oil too.

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Lastly, to ensure your clean and hydrated cuticles are protected, Lush have incorporated both Beeswax and Lanolin into this product. Lanolin (or wool wax) is highly emollient and really easily sinks into the skin. Both it, and Beeswax create a protective film over the skin.

As I mentioned, Lemony Flutter’s aroma is zesty and lemony. But if you smell deeper, you’ll notice some herbal and floral elements hiding behind the tart Lemon. These come from the addition of Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil and Tagetes Oil, all of which are well known to have soothing and calming effects too.

Although it was created as a ‘Cuticle Butter’ because of its amazingly moisturising properties it’s really great to use on dry elbows, knees, heels or anywhere you need it. This really is a miracle product. I just need to keep telling myself to use it!

Ingredients

Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Soya Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Linseed Oil, Mango Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Perfume, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool,, Methylparaben Propylparaben

 

 

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