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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Hair, Hair Treatments, Hot Oil Treatments

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment

Reminiscent of indulgent hot chocolate sticks, hot oil treatments are great for a cosy, pampering night in. Damaged is great for hair that is just that, whether it’s caused by heat, chemicals or bleach, this hot oil treatment is full of ingredients to replenish and restore.

If you’ve not used one of Lush’s hot oil treatments before, you fill a mug or empty black pot up with boiling water and stir the wooden stick in until the product has completely melted. Allow the treatment to cool for 20 minutes before applying to dry hair. Sit back and relax for another 20 minutes and shampoo and condition as normal. It’s very simple, it even has a little guide on the wooden stick should you get confused.

Damaged contains incredibly nourishing ingredients that deeply hydrate and moisturise the hair such as Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Almond Oil. Olive Oil is amazing at improving the tensile strength of the hair and protecting it; Almond Oil is conditioning as well as being full of vitamin E and lastly rich Avocado Oil is a wonderful ingredient which is protective, strengthening, conditioning and full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. These ingredients are also fab at boosting the hair’s shine.

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment further contains Guar Gum (like in most conditioners) to reduce static for sleeker, more manageable hair; Fine Sea Salt to add some texture and lift and lastly Vanilla Absolute, which is more for it’s fragrance but it is additionally soothing and antibacterial on the skin and scalp. The sugars in vanilla also act as a humectant, preventing moisture loss.

I think Damaged smells really great, like icing sugar and vanilla ice cream, but it’s a very subtle scent and sadly doesn’t linger in your hair after using it. But let’s face it, you shouldn’t be choosing a hair treatment based on smell anyway!

My hair is naturally more on the oily side of things rather that dry and as far as I know isn’t actually damaged at all, so in all honestly I probably didn’t need to use this product, but I’m glad I did. I tried it for the first time the other night and my hair felt so soft and rejuvenated afterwards, without being too greasy or heavy as it was easily washed out. With my medium length hair I only needed to use half a mug full of the treatment but it will last up to four weeks so I can use it another time soon!

In conclusion I’m super impressed and my hair is definitely thanking me for using this treatment. If you’re looking for a little pick me up, Damaged might be a great option to go for!

Ingredients

Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Guar Gum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Fine Sea Salt, Cream of Tartar, Perfume, Citric Acid, Vanilla Absolute

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Body, Body Lotions

Sleepy Body Lotion

Sleepy Body Lotion is arguably one of Lush’s most talked about and highly praised products. It was in the news fairly recently because a woman found it was the only thing that helped her young child sleep at night and has been known to help people struggling with anxiety. With a beautiful Lavender and Tonka scent it’s designed to help you drift off easily, and it’s also a simple yet nourishing body moisturiser too.

Lavender is known to help put the mind at rest. As one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, it’s widely used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. In this body lotion, the well known floral fragrance is mixed with Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Benzoin Resinoid for a sweeter, creamier scent. It’s kinda got a chocolatey note to it which I love and it’s a scent that really puts you in a good mood.

Sleepy contains Lavender Water, Lavender Flower Infusion and Lavender Oil because lavender is one of the best ingredients around to soothe inflamed or irritated skin. Coupled with the lavender, Sleepy’s base is actually made from Almond Oil and Oat Milk. Rich Oat Milk is another excellently soothing ingredient that has been used for thousands of years to calm and treat the skin topically. Almond Oil is a great moisturiser and it’s packed with vitamin E which is great for promoting cell regeneration.

Lush have also blended both Cocoa and Illipe Butters along with Jojoba Oil for extra creaminess and extra hydration. Jojoba Oil is very similar to our skin’s natural oils, allowing it to easily sink in, carrying those beneficial ingredients with it.

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Sleepy Body Lotion is fairly thick and rich and you really only need a small amount to cover your dry areas. It’s ideal to slather over any dry and/or cracked skin you may have to really nourish and soothe. Personally I pop it over my arms and my chest, so I can really get the aroma when I’m trying to sleep.

As someone who very often struggles to fall asleep, I’ve found that Sleepy definitely helps! It’s so nice to have a comforting scent to smell as you’re drifting off. I do find that my body gets used to it fairly quickly though and it only works for a week or so before I’m back to not being able to sleep again. However, if I stop using it, after time I guess my body forgets and it helps me sleep once more!

Ingredients

Oat Milk, Almond Oil, Lavender Water, Lavender Flower Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Sleepy Face Naked Cleansing Balm

Out of all the naked cleansing balms Lush released earlier this year, Sleepy Face was probably the one I wasn’t that excited about trying as it’s mainly designed for people with more sensitive skin in mind and to calm and soothe. My skin isn’t particular sensitive, nor does it get easily irritated so Sleepy Face isn’t something I’d usually go for, but nevertheless, I’ll give anything a go once.

Sleepy Face was designed around Lush’s best selling body lotion, Sleepy. It contains many of the same ingredients such as Illipe Butter, Lavender, Almond Oil and Oat Milk to name a few and therefore has the same incredibly soothing and calming effects as its predecessor.

Sleepy Face has a base comprised of three luxurious butters: Cocoa, Shea and Illipe. These gorgeously hydrating butters all have slightly different melting points which gives the cleanser a richly oily texture when in use, but allows it to retain its pretty solid shape. Each cleansing balm melts with the skin’s temperature so there’s no need to add water to get them going.

The pink colour of this product is completely natural, thanks to a herb called Alkanet, which has been extracted in organic Jojoba Oil. Alkanet itself has both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties whilst the Jojoba Oil sinks deep into the skin to add hydration and helps to balance out the skin’s sebum production.

Lavender is also incredibly balancing for the skin and is a wonderful ingredient to help soothe redness and irritation. It also has a soothing effect for the mind, which is why you see it feature in so many of Lush’s more ‘relaxing’ products, including Sleepy Body Lotion, which helps to promote a peaceful sleep.

Oat Milk is another ingredient used for its impressive soothing and calming effects. Oats have been used for thousands of years as a way to soothe and gently treat the skin topically. The milk they produce is rich and nourishing with highly protective qualities.

Lastly, Sleepy Face contains Almond Oil which is moisturising and packed with vitamin E to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

Oddly enough, Sleepy Face kinda smells like a rich dark chocolate with a hint of floral Lavender. It’s probably the Cocoa Butter along with the Oat Milk that give it this creamy aroma that I’m actually really loving.

On the skin it feels gentle, yet super nourishing. You use a cleansing balm by swiping it over your face until enough of the residue is covering your skin, massage it in and wipe off with a damp face cloth or cotton pad. The oils it leaves behind really do sink in easily and it left my skin feeling fairly hydrated and cleansed.

Although I’d probably not go for Sleepy Face again once mine has run out, I can appreciate why some people are raving over it because of how gentle and effective it is. I’ve actually noticed a spot on my cheek has reduced in size over the past few days since I’ve started using it, so that’s a fab bonus. I can also imagine it would be great in the summer to soothe red and sunburnt skin so if I really catch the sun one day, maybe I’ll give it another go!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Alkanet Extracted in Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Oat Milk, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Coumarin, Linalool

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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Hair, Shampoo

Rehab Shampoo

I struggle a lot with finding products that will benefit my hair, so even though I’m attempting to try each and every hair product Lush do, some work for me far better than others. Rehab is quite the all rounder when it comes to targeted shampoos so it’s pretty good for everyone to use as it’s effectively cleansing, and helps to get hair back into its natural, healthy state!

Rehab contains a fair few ingredients, all of which have different benefits. To cleanse and refresh the hair, Rehab contains freshly squeezed Pineapple, Papaya, Kiwi and Mango Juices. These fruits not only contain cleansing enzymes which break down dirt and oils but they’re also full of vitamins and minerals, giving the hair the essential nutrients it needs and leaving behind a healthy shine.

Next, Rehab contains a trio of moisturising and protecting oils. Vitamin E rich Almond Oil has a conditioning effect on the hair, adding shine and softening the entire hair shaft. Olive Oil deeply nourishes and adds tensile strength to the hair, helping it to survive brushing and combing, and lastly Jojoba Oil lightly coats the hair with moisture and helps with its manageability. Rehab further contains a lot of Carrageenan Extract, which softens hair and soothes the scalp. I wouldn’t say Rehab is particularly moisturising, but these ingredients prevent it from being too drying.

Lastly, Rehab contains a few essential oils for their scalp toning properties. Lavender and Rosemary Oils are used for their balancing and soothing effects, making them ideal for any irritation on the scalp and they add shine to the hair as well. Juniperberry Oil is a great ingredient to cleanse and calm the scalp thanks to its sebum balancing effects and is soothing and very antiseptic, and Peppermint Oil stimulates the hair follicles, promoting new and healthy hair growth. The menthol it contains causes a disrupt to the hair fall cycle, prolonging the process of hair loss thereby allowing the hair to be retained within the scalp for a longer period.

In my opinion, I think Rehab is a great shampoo. It’s effectively cleansing and I really feel like my hair is so clean and refreshed whenever I use it. Not to mention it’s bright, fruity and minty scent leaves the hair smelling so fresh as well! It’s great for anyone with damaged hair, especially those prone to greasiness and works amazingly well with Retread Conditioner. I find that it really lasts you a long time, although it’s quite a thin consistency, it lathers up so well so you only need a little each time you use it.

You can check out Rehab here on the Lush UK website where you can read more about it’s expertly chosen ingredients!

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Carrageenan Extract, water, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Perfume, Freshly Juiced Papaya, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Fresh Kiwi Juice, Fresh Mango Juice, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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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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