Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Magma Bath Bomb

The act of taking a bath can be very healing for our bodies. Warm water eases aches and pains, steam alleviates cold and flu symptoms and on a subconscious level, the floating sensation is comforting because it supposedly reminds us of being in the womb. Add in a bath bomb and depending which you’ve chosen, a whole host of other benefits await you too.

Magma Bath Bomb is based on Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, which was designed to really combat muscular aches and pains. Both contain Cinnamon Leaf and Peppermint Oils which help in different ways. Cinnamon, like the majority of spices, have a warming, stimulating effect on the skin. They stimulate the blood vessels under the skin which increases the blood flow to the area which in turn relaxes tight muscles. Peppermint creates a cooling sensation on the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings, further relaxing the muscles and it also dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow.

Magma does contain two ingredients that Wiccy Magic Muscles doesn’t, and that’s Mustard Powder and Ginger Powder. Like Cinnamon, both of these ingredients have stimulating and warming properties too, increasing the effects.

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Comparing the scents of both products, Magma is definitely a little spicier, which makes sense given the addition of the two new ingredients, whereas I can detect the minty element a lot more in the massage bar. Wiccy is also a lot more potent than Magma, which isn’t a bad thing because the scent of Wiccy can be really overpowering for a lot of people.

In the bath, Magma is a silent fizzer, slowing sending out waves of foamy red and yellow into the water, obviously designed to look like lava, rather than a ‘pizza bath’ as my friend described it as. After a while, the water had taken on a warm orange colour.

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Sadly I couldn’t really smell the fragrance very strongly once it had dissolved, but I felt the relaxing benefits of the bath as soon as I was in. My body easily succumbed to the warm water as I let the essential oils do their work.

I suffer with bad knee pain a lot, so I really rely on baths to help ease the tension and pain and I thought Magma worked wonders. After just five minutes soaking, I already felt a lot better. Once I was out I felt like a new person as my skin was soft and my body wasn’t aching. I couldn’t notice any scent remaining on my body but after a few swipes of the massage bar, there it was.

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In conclusion, Magma made for a really nice bath. It probably suits the colder months more than it does the heatwave we’re currently having but I’m sure I’ll be using this again during the winter. I’d definitely recommend this bath bomb to anyone with aches and pains!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Popping Candy, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45350.

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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

Birth Of Venus Jelly Face Mask

Each one of the five jelly masks have a unique name inspired by five women who work for the company. Lush co-founder Rowena Bird recently won the National Venus Award in the UK which recognises and celebrates British business women. Birth of Venus is dedicated to her.

As a whole, the jelly masks have a certain hydrating quality because of what they’re made from. Like with all of Lush’s jelly products, the soft and wobbly texture comes from the addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from a type of seaweed. Anything with seaweed in it is going to be great at adding moisture, softening the skin, and soothing any irritation.

Birth of Venus contains some other incredibly soothing ingredients too. Its main ingredient is actually Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, which has been chosen for not only its soothing effects but also for its toning and balancing effects. Similarly, Lavender Absolute also has wonderful soothing properties, as well as being balancing and antiseptic. I’d say that Birth of Venus is one of the most balancing products Lush currently have and it’s perfect for anyone who, like myself, struggles with ‘combination’ skin as it really helps to even out the oil production.

This jelly mask also contains soothing and calming Chamomile Blue Oil, cleansing Kaolin which draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, and Fresh Sea Water which is full of many different minerals. Minerals are vital for the skin. They help to maintain water balance and keep the pH of the blood and lymphatic systems stable, which is essential for healthy living.

Birth Of Venus has a gorgeously unique scent. You can detect the floral and herbal elements of the lavender, rose and chamomile but there are grounding resinous notes coming from the addition of Olibanum Oil and Myrrh Resinoid in there too. It’s a very relaxing and fresh ‘spa’ like scent, but I also imagine smoking incense sticks whenever I smell it. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense has toning and soothing properties on the skin and Myrrh also has soothing properties but is also antiseptic.

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If you’ve never used a jelly face mask before, you might want to give one a go. I was really unsure when they first came out but now I love them. They’re so easy to use, though they do take a little longer to apply and take off than a regular mask. To apply you need to squidge a grape sized amount into the palm of your hands before smoothing over your face and the best way to take one off is either with a flannel or a damp cotton round rather than just splashing your face with water. Unlike the fresh face masks, these jelly masks are self preserving, which means they last a lot longer and don’t have to be kept in the fridge where you could forget about them!

I think Birth of Venus is my favourite out of the five currently in the all year round range, it leaves my face feeling so soft and matte, perfect for a morning before make up. I love this product!

Ingredients

Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Kaolin, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Sea Water, Talc, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Olibanum Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb

This bath bomb is name after the Shijimi Blue Butterfly, which is sadly an endangered species in Japan, due to a specific plant that its caterpillars feed on dying out. The Lush buying team in Japan are working on a conservation project that will hopefully restore these creatures back into abundance. Its also made using the same mould as the butterfly bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day!

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb features both Chamomile Blue and Lavender Oils, making it very similar to the likes of Ickle Baby Bot, Deep Sleep and Koyaanisqatsi. It’s a very herbal, yet gentle smelling bath bomb, with light floral notes. Although often in Lavender and Chamomile pairings, it’s the Lavender that claims the top note, with this product I find the Chamomile to be a little more evident. Both essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their abilities to deeply relax the mind and soothe worries and anxiety, making Shijimi Butterfly a great bath bomb to use in the evening.

In the water, this bath bomb produces gorgeous bath art right from the get go. It half floats on top of the water as it sends out marbled waves of blue, white and black into the bath. It sinks as it dissolves, producing larger waves of foam until both wings have separated, floating off on their own before disappearing completely. The resulting water is a serene shade of blue that compliments the relaxing scent well.

Once I was in, I noticed little black specks remaining in the water which latch onto your skin and the sides of the bath and annoyingly leave little black smears. This meant I had to wash off the marks both on my skin and on the bath but luckily it didn’t happen too much and it was fairly easy to clean. There was also a slightly noticeable amount of silver lustre dancing gracefully though the water.

Theres nothing in Shijimi Butterfly that’s really going to add moisture to the skin, but still the bath water felt wonderfully soft. Both Lavender and Chamomile are well known to have soothing effects, not just on the mind, but on the skin too.

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After I was out, I was pleased to notice a reminder of the scent still lingering on my skin, especially when it appeared to disappear into the air once the bath bomb had dissolved. My skin felt soft and renewed also, so all in all Shijimi Butterfly made for a lovely bath, I would have preferred less black though I reckon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090

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Bath, Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Honey Lip Scrub

Honey Lip Scrub is currently Lush’s only non-vegan lip scrub because it contains the very ingredient it’s named after. Honey is often mistaken as being a vegan-friendly product because there’s a common misconception that bees produce honey for no real reason, but it’s actually their main food source.

Now I’m not trying to turn anyone vegan with this post, I myself am not a vegan, although I follow a mainly vegan diet and strongly believe everyone should at least try and aim for the same. Honey is arguably one of the easiest things to swap out for vegan alternatives such as Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup. Luckily, Lush buy their honey from farmers and communities that they totally trust and are confident that they treat their animals with the utmost respect and care. To the point where if something slips out of place and they aren’t happy with the standards, they will cease manufacturing of products until another source becomes available. Personally I do think Lush is on its way to becoming a 100% vegan company, they’ve already removed eggs from their products and I’m sure will follow suit with honey and beeswax soon.

I find Honey Lip Scrub to be one of the more moisturising lip scrubs, because of this honey content. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it protects and retains moisture into the skin. This lip scrub also contains hydrating Jojoba Oil (as all lip scrubs do).

In terms of it’s scent and flavour, Honey has a sweet caramel-like smell with cool hints of mint. It contains Vegan White Chocolate and soothing Vanilla Absolute for a sweet and delicious taste with a subtle juiciness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil. The minty notes come from the inclusion of Spearmint Oil which acts as a stimulant. It’s a relatively nice taste, though far too sweet for continuous use in my opinion.

Because of that Spearmint Oil, Honey Lip Scrub is supposedly great for plumping up the lips, though I can’t say I notice too much of a difference after using it. All in all, Honey is a pretty decent lip scrub, though I reckon its lifetime is a lot shorter than some of the other ones in the range if Lush really are heading in the vegan direction.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegan White Chocolate, Flavour, Peppermint Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Honey, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene

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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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