Body Sprays, Fragrance

Twilight Body Spray

I have trouble sleeping. I always have. It takes me roughly an hour to actually fall asleep, and that’s on a good night. Twilight Body Spray is a product that I am currently using every day and I keep it pride of place on my bedside table ready for me to spray over my bedsheets each evening to help me drift off quicker and more peacefully. Although this is clearly a body spray, there’s absolutely no harm in using it on clothes, sheets or as a room spray if you wish.

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Or course we’re talking about the scent family that’s one of Lush’s most well known and most talked about – the Sleepy family. Comprised of Twilight Bath Bomb, Sleepy Body Lotion and more, this is a scent that’s designed to be used before bedtime because of it’s mind-soothing ingredients. The sweet and relaxing scent is made up of Lavender, Tonka, Ylang Ylang and Benzoin Resinoid.

Lavender is arguably one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy for its calming effects. The Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a state of serenity whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to help aid sleep. Although it doesn’t directly affect the quality of sleep itself, it does ease worries and stress, thereby relaxing people enough to help them sleep better. Although Lavender has a distinct aroma you could describe as somewhere between herbal and floral, Twilight’s scent is much sweeter thanks to its other ingredients.

Tonka Absolute is obtained from the seeds of a tree that grows in South America. Lush buy their Tonka directly from the communities in Brazil that gather it. The beans are collected from the forest floor where they’ve fall from the tree canopy and are brought back to the villages where the beans are manually extracted from their shells. They are then laid out in the sun to dry – turning a rich brown colour during the process. The sweet beans, which smell like spicy vanilla, are then gathered together and sent to Lush in the UK. Tonka’s sweet, comforting aroma is definitely what gives this scent those creamy notes you detect.

Derived from the flowers of the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang Oil is rich, exotic and wonderfully fragrant. The oil is perhaps best known for its soothing and relaxing properties, and is frequently used to help alleviate stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. Its warm, custardy scent is said to promote inner peace and feelings of joyfulness, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests it’s a pretty effective aphrodisiac too. Lush use Ylang Ylang from a supplier in The Comoro Islands and from Ghana, where they own their own plantation, helping the ecosystem there flourish.

Benzoin comes from the Styrax tree, native to Sumatra but also found in other parts of southeast Asia. Lush source Benzoin from Laos, where it is extracted from the trees. The resin collects in small incisions made in the bark, which is hardened and stored in pieces or pressed into blocks. This gum is then refined further, through the method of solvent extraction, to produce a resinoid. The lingering, sweet balsamic scent of Benzoin is like a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla ice-cream and is said to be extremely relaxing, yet warming and comforting too.

I think these four ingredients pair together so well and I instantly feel mellowed and comforted whenever I smell this fragrance. As I said, I’m currently using it on my bedsheets each night and I’m definitely noticing a difference in how relaxed I am. I tend to try and focus on the aroma whilst I’m falling asleep and although it’s not going to instantly cure my sleeping woes, it’s definitely helping me de-stress and enter a more relaxed state of mind.

It’s a great alternative to Sleepy Body Lotion if slathering yourself in a cream is too much effort for you! Plus, I think this body spray is slightly stronger in scent!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Twilight Shower Jelly

Call it whichever you want, but I feel like the Sleepy/Twilight scent has fast become the company’s most popular. Or one of them anyway. It’s no surprise they’ve finally released it in a shower jelly format across all stores, which is already receiving rave reviews.

The scent itself is incredibly relaxing. Lavender is one of the best ingredients around for it’s relaxing and stress-relieving effects on the mind and has been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy to aid restful sleep. Whereas the natural aroma of Lavender is somewhat herbal, the addition of Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Tonka Absolute to all Twilight-scented products gives it much more of a sweet and warm fragrance that envelops you in a cosy hug. It’s the perfect scent for before-bedtime washing.

As a shower jelly, I think the scent is quite strong and whilst you’re lathering it up over your body it definitely fills your senses and I find the fresher, herbal elements of the Lavender come out more. Lavender also has wonderful benefits for the skin too, it’s both antiseptic and soothing, not to mention its great balancing properties also. Although a shower jelly isn’t my usual go-to in the shower as I’m more of a bath time jelly user, they do leave you just as clean as a shower gel or a bar of soap does.

Each shower jelly contains a base made from something called Carrageenan Extract, a mucilage extracted from Irish Moss Seaweed, which is dried and powdered. When put in contact with liquids, it rehydrates and jellies, acting as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, while moisturising and soothing the skin as well.

I’m actually really loving this jelly. It looks absolutely beautiful out of it’s tub and the photos sadly don’t even do it justice. I love the swirly pattern that they give some of their shower jellies rather than just the one block colour. Whatsmore it’s scent stays on my skin after using it, allowing me to smell that wonderful scent for hours after and helping me really settle in for the evening.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Lavender Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Angels On Bare Skin Fresh Cleanser

I used to use Angels On Bare Skin all the time. It was one of the first Lush skincare products I really got into and I loved how it made my skin feel! I’ve since moved on to Herbalism as I find that it’s better suited towards my skin but I still love to use AOBS on occasion.

Angels On Bare Skin is actually inspired by an ancient medieval skincare recipe that was to be used by anyone wishing to be carried off by a knight in shining armour. Essential oils like Rose and Lavender were actually banned by the church because their effects on the mind were considered the devils work! Eventually, they discovered they had wonderful benefits for the skin too and were much more accepted.

Like almost all of Lush’s fresh cleaners, Angels On Bare Skin has a fairly crumbly texture, which you need to add water to, to turn it into more of a paste. AOBS contains Ground Almonds which creates a soothing milk when water is added and offers a lovely and gentle scrub. After adding water, work it into your palms to create the paste, then massage over the face and body before gently washing away. This cleanser also contains Kaolin for cleansing and drawing out the impurities in the skin.

Angels On Bare Skin smells strongly of Lavender, in its raw and natural state. On the skin, Lavender is a fantastic ingredient with many benefits. It’s soothing, balancing and antiseptic, making it one of the best ingredients for a cleanser suitable for sensitive skins.

Along with the Lavender, AOBS contains Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which have been hand picked to further calm and benefit the skin. Rose is another fantastic ingredient that’s perfect for this cleanser thanks to its rejuvenating and toning properties too; it’s been used for centuries to heal wounds and scarring. Not just anti-inflammatory and protective but Benzoin Resinoid is also believed to stimulate the blood flow.

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I find AOBS is the ultimate in balancing and resetting my skin. If I’m ever using too many products on my skin (which lets face it, I often am) and chopping and changing my routine, I’ll always go back to Angels On Bare Skin for a nice clean slate to soothe and repair. I find it makes my skin feel much more refreshed and calm and any spots I may be living with soon disappear.

If you’ve never given this cleanser ago you might want to. Because it’s so gentle, anyone can try it! It might be the perfect one for you.

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene, Linalool

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Conditioners, Hair

Veganese Hair Conditioner

Veganese was Lush’s first ever vegan conditioner, as all of the others at the time it was invented contained Lanolin, which is obtained by pressing sheared sheep’s wool.

Veganese is a fairly light and gentle conditioner so it’s great for all hair types. Its base is actually made from seaweed! Nutrient rich Agar Agar Gel is softening and moisturising as it coats each strand of hair, but because its so light, it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Veganese also contains both Rosemary Infusion and Lavender Flower Infusion. Lavender and Rosemary are both antibacterial, soothing and balancing, which will really help with controlling the oil production and alleviate any itchiness and irritation on the scalp.

The conditioner’s smell is a refreshing lemony scent. Veganese contains both Lemon Juice and Lemon Oil. Because Lush have added in Benzoin Resinoid, it provides a sweeter note to the product’s perfume and prevents the lemon from being too sharp. It’s a nice perfume and one that subtly stays in your hair after washing.

On the hair, the acidity from the Lemon causes the hair cuticles to lie flat, meaning your hair reflects more light and looks beautifully shiny. Lemons also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and are full of enzymes that help break down excess oils.

Benzoin Resinoid creates a thin protective film on the hair, preventing it from losing moisture and further enhancing shine.

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As I mentioned, Veganese is a relatively light conditioner so you might end up using a lot if you really like to nourish your hair with a lot of product, but it is easily washed out. I’m currently in the process of finding the best conditioner for my hair and I’m really agreeing with Veganese; my thin hair can be prone to greasiness and I’m not really someone who would use a rich conditioner anyway, so the consistency is perfect.

After drying, I definitely notice a nice vibrant shine in my hair and it feels bouncy and soft, without feeling heavy in the slightest. Maybe Veganese is the one for me!

Ingredients

Agar Agar Gel, Fresh Rosemary Infusion, Lavender Flower Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lemon Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Turmeric Latte Shower Gel

Turmeric Latte is probably one of my favourite bath bombs currently available, so when I heard Lush were releasing a limited edition shower gel inspired by it, I think I audibly expressed my excitement. I love the warming, coffee-like smell of the scent so I was incredibly excited to try it again in a different form.

The shower gel contains all the same ingredients as the bath bomb that make up its fine fragrance. Vanilla, Tonka and Benzoin make up the main potion of the scent, there’s Coconut too and of course, Turmeric. Though I wouldn’t say the scent is 100% the same. Whilst the bath bomb smells more deeply of coffee and is slightly smoky/spicy, I’d say the shower gel is a lot sweeter. Thanks to the addition of Agave Syrup and Cocoa Powder, there are sweet sugary notes which lighten the scent a fair bit. Though that’s not an issue, it’s still very close to the scent I fell in love with, so I’m incredibly happy!

The Turmeric and the Coconut are added as an infusion of both. On the skin Turmeric is stimulating, soothing and antioxidant, perfect for promoting healthy and bright skin. Coconuts are well known for being moisturising in all forms, as well as being amazingly soothing too.

This shower gel has a fairly runny consistency but feels so luxuriously soft on the skin. I didn’t have to work much to get it going and the lather it produces is rich and soft. For this reason you really don’t need to use a lot each time as a little surely goes a long way.

I loved how the scent filled my senses as I was lathering it up over my body, making me feel so content and comforted. It further contains Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and a natural sugar called Xanthan Gum, both of which have skin softening properties that really lock in moisture. Along with the Agave Syrup and the Coconut, you’re actually in for a real hydrating treat, something I didn’t really expect from this shower gel in all honesty.

With all those wonderful ingredients, my skin felt supremely great after, I couldn’t stop stroking my arms as they were so soft! Amazingly, the scent really stuck around and lingered on my skin, allowing me to reap the benefits of such a cosy aroma long into my evening.

In conclusion, I’m over the moon with this gel and I’m definitely going to regret not buying more when it runs out. It’s still available online for now so make sure you grab one whilst there’s still a chance!

Ingredients

Coconut and Turmeric Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Organic Agave Syrup, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Eugenol, Colour 19140:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb

Speciality drinks such as Charcoal Lattes, Matcha Lattes and Turmeric Lattes are massively on trend at the moment. Turmeric is said to have huge benefits for the body and actually makes for a surprisingly nice hot beverage.

Lush’s Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb is one of my favourites from the 30th anniversary collection for sure. It’s a gorgeous design with a light tan colour that turmeric lattes usually are, an exterior inspired by latte art and a heavy dusting of sparkling golden glitter. Featuring well blended notes of coffee, cocoa and spice, it’s such a comforting and beautiful scent.

It very much reminds me of the scent of Cup O’ Coffee, which happens to be one of my favourite products.  However, Turmeric Latte doesn’t actually feature coffee as an ingredient, and the drink rarely does either. This bath bomb contains a mixture of sweet Vanilla, with further vanillary notes from Tonka and Benzoin with a warmth coming from the Turmeric content as well as a creaminess from Coconut Milk Powder. The resulting fragrance is like that of a sweet chai. Rich and sweet, yet deep and spicy and ultimately very warming.

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On the skin, Tonka, Vanilla and Benzoin are known for their soothing and calming effects. Turmeric contains many antioxidants and is also antibacterial, promoting bright, clear and healthy looking skin. Adding highly nutritious coconut milk in a powder form is ideal for soothing the skin and locking in moisture.

Once popped into the bath, Turmeric Latte erupts thick creamy white and gold streams onto the surface of the water, decorated with golden sparkles. It creates beautiful bath art and looks very much like you’d expect (and want!) your turmeric latte to look like from a coffee shop. After a while it mixed into a brownish tan colour, but the amount of visible golden lustre floating around below the water was enough to keep you from thinking the water was boring and dull. It was a fairly slow fizzer, allowing you to really marvel at the beauty and the strong aroma exuding from it.

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The water itself felt fairly soft but I felt so comforted by the fragrance, that warm and snug feeling was all I was focusing on. I did notice that my skin was gorgeously soft once I was towelled off, thanks to that Coconut Milk Powder and was coated with an impressive, but not extreme amount of glitter. Turmeric Latte left me feeling energised and content and I was happily smelling my arms for the rest of my evening.

In conclusion, I love this bath bomb and I really think it deserves a place in the year round range once the 30th anniversary is over. I used it with my new Turmeric Latte Shower Gel for that double dosage and you can look forward to my post on that very soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Coconut Milk Powder, Turmeric Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 77491.

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