Bath, Fun

Apple Fun

When I last visited Lush Liverpool Spa, AKA the newest and biggest UK flagship store, I was gifted three of their exclusive bars of fun to try for myself. I had Flamingo, Thunderbolt and lastly, I had Apple. Although So White Bath Bomb has been around for some time now, I’ve never got to try it’s scent in a bath format and considering it’s so unique, I was really excited to experience it.

As I mentioned, Apple Fun shares it’s scent with the crisp apple-y fragrance of So White Bath Bomb, Once Upon A Time Body Lotion and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. Although Once Upon A Time changes up the ingredients slightly, usually this scent is comprised of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Orange Flower, Rose and Neroli. It’s a refreshing and uplifting aroma that really does remind you of biting into a crisp green apple and I feel like it really works in this ‘fun’ format. I really didn’t enjoy this scent at first but it grows on me more and more each time I encounter it.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. The base of Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like modelling clay, meaning the first use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body or your hair as shampoo, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles, which is usually how I use mine. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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I decided to do what I always do with fun and use about two thirds to create bubbles in my bath and use the remainder to actually wash myself with. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper. It can get quite messy if it gets wet so I’d make sure you definitely decide how much you’re going to use beforehand.

Apple produced super soft bath water although I didn’t seem to get many bubbles out of it, but that isn’t that unusual for fun. The water started off mimicking the same bright shade of green as the bar itself but as it got deeper, it naturally lost most of its pigment. Sadly, though the actual bar is pretty strongly scented, the aroma seemed to disappear into the water but it made a return to linger on my skin slightly once I was out.

Like fun always does, Apple left my skin feeling soft, nicely cleansed and smooth. All in all I’m really happy I got to use it and if you’re a fan of So White, you’re bound to love this too.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

When Lush created their Jelly Masks, each one was dedicated to and named after five of Lush’s most powerful women and this one is named after one of Lush’s co-founders, Helen Ambrosen. The phrase also comes from an Ancient Greek poem, The Iliad, in which Helen Of Troy was said to have had ‘a face that launched a thousand ships’ so a millihelen (which would be enough to launch a single ship) has become a humorous measurement for beauty. 1000 millihelens makes up one whole Helen.

Incase you’ve not come across jelly face masks before, they’re an interesting concept and much like Lush’s shower jellies, each one is created with a base of Carrageenan Extract which gives the masks their squidgy texture. Carrageenan Extract comes from Irish moss seaweed and seaweed is expertly hydrating for the skin, meaning that each one of these unique masks has a fairly moisturising element.

1000 Millihelens is the one that’s been designed to be cleansing, detoxifying and brightening, perfect for anyone trying to prevent breakouts due to its highly antibacterial ingredients.

The two main components of this face mask are a Green Tea Infusion and Fresh Apple Juice. Green tea is thought to be very antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for the skin and likewise apples are also rich in antioxidants to brighten and refresh the skin also. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the the skin’s top layers leaving it toned and glowing. The Green Tea, along with Chlorophyllin is what gives the product its green colour without the need for any colorants.

This jelly face mask further contains both Kaolin (or china clay) and Zeolite Clay, which are two natural clays that again detoxify the skin by drawing out the impurities, further paving the way for a clean and clear complexion.

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A couple of essential oils have been added to 1000 Millihelens which each have their own benefits as well as adding to the mask’s scent. Sicilian Lemon and Brazilian Orange Oils are also antiseptic and brightening for the skin, whilst Neroli Oil is toning and soothing. The scent of the mask is mostly dominated by the crisp appley scent with a herbal element from the unmistakable Green Tea Extract, though these essential oils somewhat add a slight fruity note of their own.

Lastly this face mask contains an ingredient that’s well known to those who have trouble fighting spots – Witch Hazel Extract. It’s a common ingredient in skincare because of its ideal ability to maintain clear and healthy skin. It is proven to be incredibly antiseptic, tightening and soothing.

Although they can be messy and annoying to use, I’m a big fan of the jelly face masks. Their self-preserving formula means they last a lot longer than the Fresh Face Masks and you don’t have to keep them in the fridge where they’re easily forgotten about. Also the seaweed content means they don’t really dry on the skin like other face masks can do, they remain the same soft texture all the while that they’re sat on your face.

1000 Millihelens always leaves me with noticeably brighter and softer skin and does wonders at keeping it clear. Check it out for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Green Tea Infusion, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Apple Juice, Zeolite Clay, Carrageenan Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Water, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs

With Lush’s currently limited range of Mouthwash flavours, I’m always hoping that they’ll bring out a new and unique flavour that I’ll really love. I know we’ve just had the release of Brave, but I wanted more and was super excited when I saw the potential of apple-flavoured mouthwash for the Valentine’s range.

These new mouthwash tabs smell like sweet apple flavoured bubblegum, which really excited me to try them. The flavour is really unique, not particularly tasting of apples as such, but it’s definitely a fruity flavour with added minty freshness. It’s a mix of Lemon, Lime and Spearmint Oils as well as something called Malic Acid, found in many fruits including apples, which has a tart, juicy flavour. This is fundamentally the best tasting mouthwash Lush have ever done, theres nothing slightly odd or off putting about it, it’s sweet, zesty and just enjoyable. Even my partner likes Adam’s Apple and he hates the rest of the range.

You might be wondering how something so sweet can be good for your teeth? Well the sweeteners Lush use in their mouthwashes (Stevia, Xylitol, Sorbitol) have been proven to not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar, making them an excellent substitute in dental products. Stevia also has the added benefit of actually suppressing dental bacteria growth to help keep your gums and teeth clean.

Lush’s mouthwash tabs contain Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate and Silica to cleanse and remove and prevent plaque build up. Sodium Bicarb is noted for its cleansing and protective effects on the gums and teeth. In the mouth, when mixed with saliva, sodium bicarbonate creates a hostile environment for acidic bacteria as it increases the pH of the saliva. An ideal ingredient in mouthwash, as the gentle fizzing of the Sodium Bicarbonate with Citric Acid will cleanse and deodorise the mouth without the use of alcohol. Furthermore, Adam’s Apple also contains Aloe Vera Powder to soothe and protect the gums.

Once you pop one of the tabs in your mouth and mix it with water, it immediately foams up filling your mouth with the flavour instantly, leaving your breath fresh and a real feeling of cleanliness in your mouth.

Adam’s Apple is definitely my favourite mouthwash flavour to date and is far superior than the rest of the current range. I think it’s about time Lush do a whole new range of flavours with Adam’s Apple staying as a year round product! Nevertheless, I’ve stocked up so they’ll definitely last me a while!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

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Body, Body Lotions

Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion

Along with the potted version, Lush also released Once Upon A Time Body Lotion in a packaging free, naked form!

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You use a Naked Body Lotion much like you would a massage bar, grabbing the whole product and gliding it over your skin, allowing the butters and oils to leave a rich trail of hydration behind it.

Both versions are basically the same product, the naked version just has a different formulation and a couple of extra ingredients to make it solid. Because of this, I’d say that this version is a lot richer and much more moisturising. It still contains the Murumuru and Illipe Butters like the potted variety but also Cocoa and Shea Butters too. Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax also help the product retain its state and protect the skin.

Because it’s richer, you don’t need to use as much with each application and I’d say that this version definitely lasts you longer than the other.

A downside to this version is that the scent is a lot more subtle. You get the more citrusy notes from the essential oils rather than the juicy freshness of the apples and for this reason I think I prefer the potted. I think because, weirdly (and I’m not entirely sure why), this version replaces the Apple Water for mineral rich Spring Water, that this might be the reason why it doesn’t smell as appley. I’d also say that the scent lasts a lot longer when using the non-naked version too.

Again, like with it’s potted brother, the small amount of glitter is barely noticeable, so don’t worry too much if that’s not your thing!

Do you prefer to go naked or keep the pot on? Let me know!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Apple Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Spring Water, Perfume, Limonene, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491

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Body, Body Lotions

Once Upon A Time Body Lotion

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘Once Upon A Time’? Fairy tales, far off lands and magical kingdoms? One of the most iconic images from a fairy tale is an apple, the poisoned one given to Snow White by the evil queen. It only makes sense that a body lotion named Once Upon A Time is full of apples (minus the poison).

Its rather nice having a scent that’s very different from the warming and spicy or candy sweet scents that make up the majority of the Christmas ranges. Once you’ve popped the lid open on a tub of this lotion you can instantly smell the familiar juicy scent of fresh green apples. It’s no surprise it smells so strongly because two of the top ingredients are Apple Infusion and Apple Water.

Apples are rich in antioxidants to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the skin’s top layers, leaving your skin toned and glowing. In combination with cleansing ingredients, the juice de-greases the skin with its gently astringent and acidic properties, making it a perfect lotion for someone who already has overly oily skin.

The crisp apple scent has seen a few incarnations before, notably So White Bath Bomb and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. However, due to the different ingredients making up the scent, it’s similar, but not the same.

Once applied to the skin, you somewhat lose the refreshing apple scent and citrus notes start to come through. Once Upon A Time also contains Grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon and Lime Oils for their uplifting scent and astringent, toning qualities.

This lotion is light, but effective. Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil are the perfect carrier oils which deeply penetrate and nourish the skin, allowing the antioxidant and conditioning  benefits of other ingredients, like richly hydrating and softening Murumuru and Illipe Butters, to reach further.

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Although the lotion contains a small amount of Synthetic Mica (a safe, plastic free glitter), its barely noticeable and I didn’t even realise it was there until I was reading the ingredients list!

Stay tuned for a post on the naked version of this exact product!

Ingredients

Apple Infusion, Almond Oil, Apple Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Murumuru Butter, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Limonene, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly

Originally available for Christmas 2015, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly is now a staple of Lush’s Christmas range. It’s rather unique because it’s not the usual shower jelly shape, it’s shaped to literally look like Santa’s round belly!

Like all jellies, the base is made from Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract, derived from Irish Moss Seaweed. This gives Shower Jellies their texture, and helps to moisturise and nourish your skin. This particular Jelly is a deep red colour, filled with gorgeous golden stars and sparkles!

Santa’s Belly boasts the crisp, vibrant scent of fresh apples, very similar to Once Upon A Time Body Lotion. It’s so refreshing to use in the shower and is really unlike a lot of other Lush scents. Usually when you think of ‘refreshing’ your mind takes you to either Mint or Citrus, so it’s nice to have another really fresh scent to choose.

The scent is mainly from the addition of Fresh Apple and Red Grape Juices. Fruit juices are often rich in antioxidants and vitamins which help to brighten and refresh the skin, they are also great to add to cleansers because they cleanse without stripping moisture. Uplifting oils such as Neroli and Bergamot also add to the cheery scent.

There’s also a slight warming note to the scent from Star Anise Infusion. Stimulating, antiseptic Star Anise is often used in festive products due to it’s appealing, spicy aroma.

This is one of my favourite jellies, I really like the scent in this format and it’s really rather unique amongst all the other jellies! It’s so lovely to use in shower, it lathers up so much and the scent really stays on your skin for a long while!

Grab it whilst you can in stores and online now!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Star Anise Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Apple Juice, Red Grape Juice, Bergamot Oil, Rose Absolute, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 77491

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