Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

After really enjoying my potted American Pie, I was eager to try the naked version too! I personally find that usually the naked versions last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, predominately because you aren’t using a great amount of the product with each use.

Upon first sniff, the two versions smell almost identical. Both are a very gentle recreation of the original American Cream scent but I actually really like it that way and you still get all the wonderful creamy notes of vanilla and strawberry. In the shower however, I do notice that the scent is somewhat stronger with the naked and actually I find that the Lavender is more easily noticeable, intertwining with the sweet Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the main component of the fragrance.

With a naked body container, you simply grab the whole thing and swipe it over your skin before putting it down and rinsing it off. The addition of the warm water allows the nourishing and moisturising ingredients to sink deeper and more quickly into the skin and I always find that I’m a lot more hydrated with a body conditioner than with a body lotion.

In terms of feeling, I’d actually say that I felt a lot more moisturised with this version. Perhaps it’s the addition of the Cocoa Butter, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax (which help to keep the product solid) but it felt a lot more oily, yet in no way greasy. It was easily absorbed into my skin and felt effectively hydrating. Another change between the varieties is that this version doesn’t include any fresh strawberry, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.

Because of the difference in format, I’d recommend stepping out of the shower stream when applying this product, else it’ll quickly melt with the hot water and you really don’t want to waste any, plus it only makes it more messy.

The only thing that’s difficult with a naked body conditioner, and a lot of Lush’s naked products in general, is that storing them can be a hassle. I personally use the lids from Lush’s large black pots (225g) to sit my naked body conditioners on, which are actually the perfect size. 

After towelling off, I found that my skin was radiating the comforting scent that I’m really starting to admire, which was a big step up from it’s potted sibling. Again, I could definitely smell more of the powdery floral notes at this point too.

As with the American Cream Shower Gel, I’m definitely preferring the naked version of this product! How about you? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Body Conditioner

American Pie was another American Cream scented product released alongside the namesake shower gel for Valentine’s Day and is a body conditioner, which if you didn’t know, is a body lotion that you use in the shower. I’m a big fan of body conditioners, and with my new found love for the American Cream scent, I was super excited to try this one.

With a super luxurious base of Shea, Cupuaçu and Murumuru Butters, alongside Almond Oil, you can already tell that you’re in for a treat. Lush’s body conditioners are usually a step up from their standard body lotions in terms of how soft and hydrated your skin feels and American Pie is no different. All these ingredients do wonders at sinking deeply into your skin with all their moisturising benefits.

In the shower, you can definitely feel the product get to work as soon as you start slathering it over your body. Body conditioners really go a long way so only a little is needed each time, even for your whole body! Upon contact with the warm water whilst rinsing it off, the American Cream fragrance lifted and filled my shower area.

It’s a mix of Vanilla, Clary Sage, Lavender and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the comforting scent which was designed to replicate the aroma coming from a fresh plate of strawberries and cream, and sweet and delicious milkshakes. Whilst American Pie does contain real Fresh Strawberry Infusion, strawberries themselves don’t really have a strong scent and so are mimicked with the help of the other ingredients creating a sweet vanillary and floral fragrance. It’s a gentle smell, especially in this format and I know some people would have liked it stronger but for me, I think it smells perfect.

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As mentioned, American Pie contains Fresh Strawberry Infusion, as well as Fresh Orange Infusion, which sweeten the scent but mainly, both fruits contain many antioxidants and cleansing enzymes which rejuvenate and cleanse the skin respectively. Furthermore the four ingredients that make up the forefront of the scent are also wonderfully soothing and calming.

Like I’ve said, I’m a big fan of body conditioners and this one certainly didn’t let me down, my skin felt so smooth afterwards and I could still smell the lovely aroma wafting off my skin for hours after using it, especially so when paired with the shower gel! I often use body conditioners as nighttime hand creams because they’re super effective at moisturising dry skin and you only need a really small amount! Do you have any other uses for them? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Fresh Orange Infusion, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cupuaçu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Perfume, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

Spinning Plates Bubble Spinner

Spinning Plates was released as part of the #LushMoods launch, which was a collection of new products designed to engage the senses and using the techniques of aromatherapy, alter the state of the mind. This bubble spinner is aimed at people who are juggling too many things at once or those who have a lot on their plate right now, so if that’s you simply grab Spinning Plates and settle into a warm, relaxing bubble bath.

Looking over the ingredients list you’ve got Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and a relatively new ingredient for Lush – Fire Tree Oil. Fire Tree Oil comes from a plant that grows in the southwest of Australia and has a fruity smell with smoky and woody notes. Whilst there’s definitely a woody note coming from the bubble spinner and something citrusy in the background, it’s really hard to pick the scent apart because sadly, Spinning Plates doesn’t smell strongly at all.

As a bubble spinner, the idea is to hold it under the running tap water and it’ll start spinning and producing bubbles until you’ve decided how much you want to use before putting it down to dry and be used again. Spinning Plates is by far the best spinner I’ve seen yet from Lush, they’ve finally delivered one that really spins well and fast! For my first bath, I guess I used about a third of the product so you can definitely get at least three good baths out of one!

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As it spun and the tub filled, the water turned a warming shade of orange. I was hoping that upon contact with the warm water, the scent would develop more but I was very much disappointed and in actual fact, I couldn’t smell much at all. However, the bubbles it created were lovely and soft so I still jumped in eagerly for my soak.

Once I was out, although I felt fully clean and refreshed, there’s not much else I can say really. There was no sign of the scent remaining on my skin, nor did I notice a difference in how soft or hydrated my skin felt so it’s a real shame but I’m disappointed with Spinning Plates. For something that’s supposed to be aromatherapy based, Lush definitely need to find a way to strengthen that scent because it could be really nice.

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You can check out Spinning Plates for yourself over at the Lush UK website, here.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fire Tree Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Six Reusable Bubble Bar

When I first saw pictures of this product along with the rest of the range, I wondered what on earth the number six could possibly have to do with Valentine’s Day? I know Lush were thinking of doing numbered bubble bars, but was there a joke I was missing out on? Seems a bit random just to do the number six? Then it finally hit me. Take two sixes and turn the second upside down… jesus this really is the dirtiest V-day range yet isn’t it.

Six comes in either a yellow and red version, or a yellow and blue version but both smell exactly the same. Scented with Clove Bud Oil and Ylang-Ylang they share the same aroma with the Yog Nog Family. For those unfamiliar with Yog Nog, it’s a buttery and rich aroma of caramel, toffee and butterscotch and is really decedent and heavenly. Slightly spicy, thanks to the Clove Bud but the Ylang Ylang really sweetens the deal. There’s a slight difference between this and the recent release over Christmas, Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar, as I feel like Six smells a little less sweet but it’s still mostly the same scent we all know and love.

As a reusable bubble bar, you don’t crumble it but you just hold it under the running tap water until you feel like you’ve used an adequate amount. The shape of Six made it slightly inconvenient as your hands end up being so close to the stream and I ended up getting splashed by the hot water but perhaps with a less forceful tap it’ll be okay. As we all know by now I’m excessive when it comes to bubble bars and I used about half each time I bathed with Six, but you can easily get around 5 decent baths out of each one.

Each Six created a mountain of bubbles that filled my bath and covered the water. The red and yellow six created a warm orange colour whereas the blue and yellow turned the water a pale green. If I had to choose I think I preferred the warm orange as it suits the comforting scent more.

Whilst I was holding the bubble bars under the running tap, the scent really took off and filled my bathroom, which gave me high hopes for it to stick around, however sadly by the time I had jumped in it had vanished.

The water actually felt really luxuriously soft and almost oily, so I was expecting my skin to be really moisturised once I was out, and whilst I wasn’t exactly moisturised, my skin did feel really smooth afterward. Sadly again, the scent didn’t remain on my skin either, which was a real disappointment.

In conclusion, I felt a bit underwhelmed by this bubble bar, I was expecting Yog Nog heaven but that wasn’t the case. Yog Nog is a scent that deserves to be strong and powerful! I just want more!

Ingredients (Yellow and Blue) 

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Cornstarch, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 42090:2, Colour 59040

Ingredients (Yellow and Red)

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Colour 45410, Colour 47005, Colour 59040, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Recently Lush opened up their first naked store in the UK after the success of the naked stores in Milan and Berlin. Lucky for me I got to go to Manchester for the opening day! You won’t find any plastic packaging at this store as every product is completely naked. They have all the shower gels in naked forms, naked deodorants, shampoo bars and a couple of exclusive items such as Aurora Borealis Body Scrub.

Aurora Borealis is another name for the Northern Lights and the bright colours of this particular scrub suggests that’s why it was named so. It’s relatively small, but the price reflects that and you can probably get around five or six uses I reckon. Aurora Borealis contains Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil and Pineapple Powder and all three of these ingredients are the perfect cleansers as they’re all antiseptic, antibacterial and rejuvenating. Lemon Oil contains alpha-hydroxy-acids which are enzymes that cleanse the skin by breaking down dirt, excess oil and dead skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Spearmint and invigorates the skin, boosting the blood flow beneath and Pineapples are naturally rich in vitamins and other enzymes that cleanse and reduce swelling.

The scent is fruity and sweet with a hint of freshness from the Spearmint. It doesn’t overly smell of fruit or of mint but it’s a nice combination, not at all strong but it’s a lovely scent nonetheless.

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The actual scrub is made from Sugar and Fine Sea Salt to exfoliate and remove dead skin.  It’s actually rather abrasive when in use, and especially when it’s dry so it might be best to add a little water to it and mix it up into your hands before scrubbing your skin if you’d prefer a gentler exfoliation. Like with all of Lush’s solid sugar scrubs, if Aurora Borealis gets too wet it can fall apart, so it’s a good idea to break off a piece each time you use it so you’re not wasting any. A real bonus is that it looks so pretty when you’re using it with all the colours that cover your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt so beautifully refreshed and polished and I was surprised to notice that the quiet scent was actually lingering on my skin for a while after! In conclusion, Aurora Borealis was a nice shower companion and I’d happily grab one again next time I’m in Manchester! Let me know if you’ve had a chance to use this exclusive product!

Ingredients 

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Pineapple Powder, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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