Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Puddy Holly Bubbleroon

As my collection of Christmas products gets smaller and smaller, the posts relating to each item in the festive range have almost come to a close. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post about every single one but some that I thought would be left until the end were quickly sold out before I got a change to grab one for myself.

One product that I fell in love with almost straight away was Puddy Holly Bubbleroon. I ended up bathing with three different puds over the festive season but I’ve waited until now (and using my last one!) to write about it.

Puddy Holly divided staff and customers over how to pronounce it’s name. Is it puddy as in ‘pudding’ or is it puddy as in ‘Buddy Holly’? I never found out the right way but I chose to go with the former. One thing most people could agree on though, was how good it smelled!

It’s scented much like a marzipan pudding, with the sweet mix of Almond Essential Oil and Tonka Absolute at the forefront of the aroma. It’s very very similar to the ‘Snowcake’ scent family and therefore the gorgeous Perle De Sal Bath Bomb, also released this year, but I’d argue that Puddy Holly has pinpointed the pure almond scent and magnified it for our pleasure. Although it also contains Bergamot and Cedarwood Oils too, I can’t say my nose can detect them behind the almond.

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As a bubbleroon, it’s two halves of the product, sandwiched together with a layer of Cocoa and Shea Butters. It makes it very easily crumbled under the running water and once you’re in the bath, it makes it beautifully moisturising.

As the water fills your tub, it turns a bright and vivid green colour which stays just as pigmented as the water rises. Although I used the whole thing, it didn’t make as much bubbles as I’d hoped, but that’s probably due to the butter content. Nevertheless, it was just as inviting and I eagerly jumped in.

As soon as I was in, I felt the nourishing ingredients instantly get to work at hydrating my skin. As well as the two aforementioned butters, Puddy Holly also contains a generous amount of Almond Oil which is amazing at penetrating and nourishing the skin’s deeper layers. The scent also remained very prominent during my bath and for hours after on my skin!

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Although the actual water was filled with the sparkling silver lustre that decorates the outside of the whole product, it didn’t actually stick to my skin, so if that’s not your thing then don’t worry!

In conclusion, I can safely say that Puddy Holly was a stand out for me this year and I’m really going to miss it now it’s not in the store! If there’s any justice in the world then it’ll return to us next year but with Lush you never know, so keep your fingers crossed!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Tonka Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cornflour, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 59040, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42053, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Colour 73360

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Cinders Shower Gel

Cinders is one of two new shower gels for Lush’s 2018 Christmas Range. It was previously released in a Bath Bomb format way back in 2014 but my sources tell me that it’s a complex and much more fully developed scent than it’s previous incarnation.

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This vibrant orange shower gel is chock full of a multitude of ingredients and it’s scent is a warming and comforting fragrance that reminds me of marzipan, almond tarts and general festive happiness. To me, this is really what I look for and love in a festive scent!

The sweet Almond Essential Oil makes up the majority of the smell and is definitely what my nose picks out at first sniff. The product is also sweetened by the addition of Maple Syrup and Orange Oil. In the background, you get notes of a warmer, spiciness coming through from Cinnamon Leaf Oil as well as powdered forms of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice and Clove. These five spices are greatly stimulating and brightening for your skin and help warm up tired muscles!

Maple Syrup is one of the ingredients that makes Cinders rather moisturising. It also contains soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera, Carrageenan Extract to nourish your skin as well as super conditioning Pumpkinseed Oil which has so many benefits it’s truly a wonderful ingredient. Name one vitamin or healthy fatty acid and nutritious pumpkin seeds will probably contain it. This wonder-oil soothes, moisturises, tones, brightens and rejuvenates all at the same time!

As you can imagine with these ingredients, the consistency of Cinders is quite gloopy and syrupy but a little goes a long way to create a soft lather that feels so luxurious on your skin and the scent is really boosted with the warmth of the shower, filling your senses and creating a real sense of warmth. The spices that are mixed in tend to separate and sink to the bottom of the gel so make sure you’re shaking your bottle often to mix it all back up again.

Cinders might be one of my favourite shower gels ever. I feel so great after using it and my skin does too! The scent doesn’t last for a great amount of time on the skin sadly but the scent of the actual gel more than makes up for it.

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Check out Cinders here on the Lush website up until the end of the Christmas period.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Organic Pumpkinseed Oil, Maple Syrup, Kaolin, Aloe Vera Extract, Paprika Oleoresin, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Allspice Powder, Clove Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 19140

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Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Cherry Blossom Reusable Bubble Bar

Cherry Blossoms are my absolute favourite, there’s something about the trees that are so beautiful, so I had to try this exclusive to Oxford Street bubble bar as soon as I could.

I’m always a bit wary whenever Lush decide to call a product ‘reusable’, I know some people like to use a small amount of a bubble bar to make it last longer and get more out of it but I prefer to use more and get a stronger effect, so I got two baths out of mine, one with each ‘blossom’.

Sometimes the reusable bars aren’t really as reusable as they seem, either breaking off the stick or not getting much out of it until you’ve used the whole thing, but Cherry Blossom would definitely last you a good few baths if you’re more of a subtle and frugal bath taker.

The best thing about this bubble bar is definitely the rich sweetness, it’s absolutely gorgeous. We’ve got almond, lemon, cedarwood and sandalwood oils making up a fruity sweet scent which reminds me of marzipan, decedent sugared almonds and Bakewell tarts.

Unfortunately for someone who likes a strong smelling bath, once you’ve used your bar and are in the bath, the scent is a lot more subtle, which was still really nice but I would have liked it to continue with the same strength. Furthermore, once I was out of the bath the scent wasn’t really there at all! Definitely doesn’t linger on the skin as so many products to.

The colour that Cherry Blossom turns the water, however, was stunning. A cute pale pink, with little hints of glitter. And the bubbles were silky soft, which made my skin feel lovely.

I’d definitely like to use this bubble bar again, not sure when I’ll get around to it though as I don’t often get to go to Oxford Street and I find that there are a couple of nicer exclusives to go for over this one. Check Cherry Blossom out on the Lush UK website by clicking here.

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Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Rosewood Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb

Somedays there’s nothing you want more than some good old cyanide. But if you’re ever feeling down, try reaching for this bath bomb instead of a pill.

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A cyanide pill, otherwise known as a suicide pill is exactly that. Filled with deadly potassium cyanide, throughout history many people have met their end biting down on one of these bad boys.

Cyanide reportedly smells like bitter almonds, so maybe that’s where the scent of this Oxford Street exclusive product comes from. Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb contains Almond Essential Oil, giving off a sweet, marzipan note. Along with uplifting and cleansing Lemon Oil and toning, earthy Cedarwood and Rosewood Oils, the scent is something unique and grounding, in like, a sweet way…

Once popped into the water, clouds of acid yellow come off one half, whilst the white half fizzes away, engulfed in the strong colour. Then something happened that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I had read the ingredients list, so I knew that glitter (in this case we have Synthetic Fluorphlogophite) was going to make an appearance, I just didn’t know how much. Once the ballistic had completely dissolved, I noticed that almost covering the surface of the water, were silver sparkles, and a lot of it! I’m guessing it’s meant to represent the actual poison coming out of the pill.  Interestingly it all bunched up at first but once I wiggled my arms around, the whole bathtub was filled with it! Definitely one of the most glitter filled bath bombs I must say, I got out and was legit COVERED in sparkles and I was living tbh.

The addition of Popping Candy into the mix, just makes it cooler, hearing it pop away under you is really exciting.

I found that once I was out of the bath, although I didn’t have a strong scent left, and I was covered in glitter, I was feeling really cleansed and refreshed, thanks to the Lemon Oil in there. Cedarwood Oil is toning and balancing too so it’s good for those with oilier skins.

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The only disappointment was that the smell didn’t linger as long as I had hoped it would. Though the glitter remained for days, the scent was practically gone after an hour or so.

I would definitely buy again at some point in the future as it was a lovely bath bomb. You can check it out and purchase it at the store on Oxford Street or online here.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bath Bombs, Jelly Bombs

Secret Arts Jelly Bomb

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Formally known as ‘Dark Arts’ Jelly Bomb, I’m sure you can guess, Secret Arts Jelly Bomb is inspired by the fictional world of Harry Potter, and due to the jet black colour it leaves the water after dissolving, it was definitely the one I was most excited about when the Jelly Bombs were first released last year.

All of Lush’s Jelly Bombs contain an ingredient called Sodium Alginate, which is what creates the jelly-like texture in the water. Sodium Alginate is extracted from mineral rich seaweed and is actually a fine white powder until it expands and thickens in the water. Like most ingredients derived from seaweed, Sodium Alginate is beautifully softening for the skin, which is by far the biggest pro of the Jelly Bombs in my opinion. You literally feel like a newborn baby after stepping out of the bath, a feeling which really does last.

Another pro is definitely the smell, Secret Arts has a lovely unique scent to it, which isn’t too strong or overpowering. A mixture of uplifting Brazilian Orange Oil, stimulating Cinnamon Leaf Oil and sweet Almond Essential Oil, it leaves behind a warming, almost chocolatey/cakey sort of smell.

I always recommend anyone who uses the jelly bombs to add them in whilst the bath water is still running, so by the time you get in yourself, the jelly bomb should have completely dissolved, as she’s a very slow fizzer. You also need to make sure the water is quite hot to really get the jelly going, as it doesn’t fare well in colder waters – the jelly has a tendency to clump together around the ‘fizzer’ parts of the bomb, meaning you’re left with lumps of non-fizzing bath bomb bobbing about which you have to smush with your hands.

Secret Arts starts off with black streams fizzing and oozing out but hidden away inside is a section of pink which looks really pretty against the deep jet black.

The only thing I don’t like about Secret Arts Jelly Bomb, and all Jelly Bombs in actual fact is that you don’t feel totally ‘clean’ after using it. I’m someone who loves the feeling of being clean and refreshed and unfortunately the slime-like jelly does have a tendency to stick in body hair, meaning I had to shower after having a bath to remove it all. Furthermore, especially with the dark colour of this particular Jelly Bomb, it does stain a rim around your bath meaning you will have to give it a good scrub down afterwards. A relaxing bathing experience it wasn’t.

All in all, I think the idea is great as it’s something really different and kids sure do love it. I would definitely recommend trying each Jelly Bomb once but I won’t be using the same one twice anytime soon.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Alginate, Cornflour, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 17200, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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