Bath, Bath Bombs

Brontosaurus Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. One amazing thing about both dinosaur Fun Eggs, is that they share their scent with an old favourite bath bomb, Space Girl!

I used to love Space Girl so I’m super delighted to see the scent being reused! It’s a fairly fruity scent, with uplifting and sherbety notes of Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils at the forefront, yet theres a thread of violety floral notes from underneath and a sweetness that comes from Almond Essential Oil. Lush describe the scent as being like peaches and strawberries with evolving violet notes and I can definitely see where this description is coming from. Comparing the bath bomb with the actual piece of fun, I would definitely say that the fun had the strongest smell, yet both were fairly strong!

As Brontosaurus Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily save it for three different baths and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. But of course I used the whole thing at once.

I delicately placed each half in the water, with the cute little Brontosaurus sitting in one like a boat. The one it was sat in fizzed a lot faster due to the weight of its passenger but both halves sent beautiful streams of purples and blues into the water which danced around each other, continuing even when both halves had almost fully dissolved. It was spectacular to watch, both colours looked so beautiful together, and the resulting opaque bluey-purple water was lovely. It felt rather luxurious too, and whilst there’s nothing in the ingredients list that tells me it’s particularly hydrating, the water certainly felt super soft.

Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud!

I decided to use the Brontosaurus as my body wash for this bath, which produced a fragrant lather wonderfully. If you’ve never experienced Lush’s Fun before, it feels very much like Play-Doh but it’s soap! You can wash your body with it, shave with it, use it as shampoo or you can even use it as a bubble bar and create bubbles from it by holding it under the running tap! I found that it felt so soft and creamy as I was lathering it up all over my body and whilst the scent from the actual bath bomb was relatively sticking around, I could smell it a lot stronger whilst I was using the fun.

Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and I could notice a faint, but distinct reminder of the lovely scent on my skin which I was very happy with! I also noticed a fair amount of glitter was covering my body too. Due to the cloudiness of the water, I didn’t really notice it in the tub so it was nice to see it after.

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In conclusion, I’m very impressed with this Fun Egg and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be! They make great easter gifts, especially for children as I know I would have been so excited to use one when I was younger! Stay tuned to see me use the other Fun Eggs!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77742, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Floating Flower Bath Bomb

This years Mother’s Day range has given us plenty of bath bombs to choose from. There’s the three butterflies, two returning favourites from last year, a teapot, four flower themed bombs that feature a note you can write on and then there’s Floating Flower, which is also flower themed but different to the others.

Floating Flower is a light blue bath bomb that actually features a real Chrysanthemum flower which has been dipped in Cocoa Butter before being attached to the top. The idea is that when the bomb dissolves, it leaves the flower floating around the tub!

Not only does it have such a cute and visually appealing design, but the scent is beautiful too. The initial almondy smell really reminded be of Cinders Shower Gel but it quickly became much more powdery and floral. Floating Flower contains Almond Essential Oil and Lavender Oil, along with the scent of the actual Chrysanthemum itself and it’s surprisingly strong! Whilst I don’t really think the floral notes are easily identifiable as Lavender, I’d definitely describe it as if freshly cut flowers met the sweet smell of almonds and marzipan and I really love it.

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In the water, it was a relatively fast fizzer and the water soon took on the gorgeous milky blue colour of the bomb itself. The best thing to do is to carefully place the bath bomb in the water so you can leave the delicate flower dry and it’ll gradually sink in once the bomb has dissolved. After a short while, the flower was all that remained and the cocoa butter started melting off of it, imbuing the water with its moisturising benefits.

Once I was in, I immediately felt how soft and luxurious the water felt. Not only does it contain Cocoa Butter, but also a generous amount of Almond Oil too, both of which are extremely nourishing. The scent had also lifted into the air and lingered for a short time which made it heavenly. I was really impressed at the flower’s ability to hold itself together without disintegrating and it looked beautiful bobbing on the surface of the blue water!

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After I was out and dried off, I felt no need to use a lotion or anything as my skin was so smooth and hydrated but sadly there wasn’t much of a strong reminder of the scent on my skin, just a faint version of the fragrance.

In conclusion, Floating Flower is such a beautiful product, I’m for sure going to buy one for my mum as I know she’ll love it and perhaps another one for me too! I’d love to see more products in the scent as well, so fingers crossed for the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Fresh Chrysanthemum, Lavender Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 42090

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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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