Bath, Bath Bombs

Princess Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Princess was one of three new two-in-one bath bombs this year. You have to buy the complete package when you’re purchasing a ‘bomb bomb’ and you can either use both parts at once or get two baths with a head and a body.

More often than not, fairy tales tell the story of a far off kingdom where a beautiful princess lives, who’s no doubt the fairest of them all. However there’s nothing beautiful and fair about this princess, she’s somewhat… scary.

The trouble is, although designed to look cute with long blonde hair, a pink dress and a crown, she’s really really delicate and easily damaged, leading to the princess looking more like an ugly step-sister.

Having said that, at least she smells nice. She wears a sweet and floral perfume of Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Bergamot and Benzoin Resinoid, which smells really unique amongst other floral smells Lush have at the moment. The main part of the scent is definitely the Ylang Ylang, which is naturally sweet and floral, with background notes of woody Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid giving a more muskier aroma. I can’t personally pick out the Bergamot in the fragrance but I’m guessing it ties everything together to finish the scent.

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Princess is a pure fizzer, rather than a foamer and quickly spreads the colour into the water. If you’re using both parts of the bomb bomb, the water turns a peachy colour as the pink and yellow mix. A thin layer of oils spread atop the water once she’d dissolved, gave me hope for a moisturising bath.

My suspicions were correct and surprisingly, my skin felt the effects as soon as I got submerged. Be careful the oils don’t get on the sides of the tub as I found myself having to wipe away a couple of light stains where the rim of the water had been.

The light and comforting scent stayed on my skin after I had towelled off, albeit in a subtle version, but I definitely found myself sniffing my arms for a nice recollection of the fragrance.

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I guess it’s true that beauty lies within as Princess Bomb Bomb turned out to be rather nice, I hope if Lush bring her back next year they perhaps tweak the appearance and make her a little less delicate as some we sold were kinda hideous.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Candy Eye.

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Soap

Strawberry Santa Soap

Now let me tell you, when these lil guys were delivered into the stores, some of them looked so ugly it was a crime to sell them, so I’m sorry if you got one of the less cute ones. Luckily, the one I ended up with isn’t so bad.

Strawberry Santa is exactly like product from 2015’s Christmas Range called Peeping Santa, though that was a bubbleroon and this is a soap, both were comprised of two red halves separated by a white middle section with eyes. In this version, the red section is a harder soap, fused together with a softer white soap that has a creamier, almost whipped texture.

The white section actually contains a high amount of Cocoa Butter to moisturise your hands, meaning that Strawberry Santa doesn’t leave you with too much of that squeaky clean feeling.

Just be careful when you’re using it that the two halves don’t separate, as it doesn’t really fuse back together very well.

Like Peeping Santa, this soap also contains the delicious Yummy Mummy scent which is a moreish and comforting fragrance which reminds me of sweet juicy chocolate coated strawberries. Strawberry Santa does actually contain Fresh Strawberries along with their seeds to give a gentle exfoliation. Olibanum, Bergamot and Geranium Oils complete the scent and give it deeper sweet musky layers.

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Although fairly small, I feel like it’s going to last for a long while as it produces a generous lather with minimal effort each time I use it and leaves my hands gorgeously scented for a good while after. In the shower, I found that it easily soaped up my body and effectively cleansed. It also contains nourishing Peach Kernel Oil to replenish nutrients in the skin and left my skin looking visibly brighter!

I’m a big fan of this soap and I’m glad I could get my hands on it! Did you manage to get one? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water , Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Strawberry Seeds, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar

I was really excited about this bubble bar when I first saw it, assuming it would be sweetly peppermint scented like actual candy canes! However, surprisingly it’s not. It’s still sweet, but it’s not peppermint and contains Bergamot and Lemon instead.

Saying that, it’s still a nice addition to the Christmas bubble bars and being reusable, it’s probably one of the bath products that are a bit better for your money, a bargain at £3.95.

For my first bath with it, I used about a third and got a decent amount of bubbles. Unlike most bubble bars, Candy Cane works much like Magic Wand or a bubble brush, you simply hold it under the running tap water until you’ve got enough bubbles, leave it somewhere to dry and you can use it again! I’d definitely say if you wanted to, you could get around four or five baths out of one. Me? I got two, using my remaining piece for a second, more indulgent bath.

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You could crumble it, but believe me when I say that it’s kinda difficult. Candy Cane isn’t meant to be crumbled, but feel free to give it a go! Maybe if you softened it in the water first it would crumble easier. Either way, you’re left with a tub full of bubbles and orangey-red waters below.

Usually, reusable bubble bars tend to lose their scent once in use, however Candy Cane’s fragrance remained throughout my bath. As previously mentioned, it’s a citrus combination of Lemon and Bergamot, yet nothing about the aroma gives you a clue to this. It’s more candy scented, like Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy yet a tad warmer and fruiter. I guess even if it’s not peppermint it’s still candy right?

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The bubbles it creates are super soft and light. Whilst nothing in the ingredients list alludes you to Candy Cane being at all moisturising, that’s indeed the feeling on my skin, leaving me baby smooth afterwards.

Overall, whilst I enjoyed my bath with this bubble bar, there’s nothing about it that would make me upset if it didn’t return for Christmas 2019, however it’s popularity tells me it’ll probably be back.

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Did you get a chance to use Candy Cane this holiday season?

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Limonene, Colour 14700.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their Christmas range this year, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are two in one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body.

Alongside a Princess and a Snowman, a Santa Bomb Bomb was also released, apparently smelling of strawberries and cream.

Looking like a traditional Santa, his head bath bomb is mostly comprised of a big white beard with a small red hat, whereas his body is more traditionally spherical with a belt, buckle and arms.

The idea is you can use it as one giant bath bomb or in two baths, but of course, I did the former. Santa’s a really fast fizzer, immediately and quite loudly fizzing away turning the bath water into a vibrant red colour. There’s something I really enjoy about bathing in red baths as it’s a colour that’s not often featured in a bath bomb.

Sadly, there wasn’t much in terms of any bath art other than a few wispy waves of white throughout the deep crimson.

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The strawberries and cream scent I was talking about is actually Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Bergamot Oil, which I never would have guessed from smelling it. To me, the scent is a lot fruitier than what I’d expect those three fragrances to make. It’s sweet and almost berryish, which is why I guess Lush say it smells of strawberries.

I actually really like the smell though, and I’d really enjoy other products featuring it. I think it would make a really nice massage bar or shower scrub so hopefully Lush decide to keep it around for the future!

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Sadly although the actual product smells quite potent, it doesn’t have much strength after dissolving and the only memory of it on my skin was just the generic clean feeling, which was kinda dissappointing.

In conclusion, the Bomb Bombs are cute (not you Princess), but I probably wouldn’t use each one again as other than the fact they come in pairs, there’s nothing that special about them.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 47005:1, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb

Luxury Lush Pud had a scent change for this year’s release. Previously featuring the Twilight/Sleepy scent, this year it shares it’s scent with the Comforter scent family!

Luxury Lush Pud is mainly pink and resembles a traditional Christmas pudding, with the white ‘frosting’ design and the holly on top; though it also features multicoloured circles around the sides. It’s such a great design and it proves this by continuing to be one of the best sellers each Holiday season.

The pretty and colourful design of the bath bomb is only a taste of what’s to come in the water. Once submerged, it’s a real sensory performance as it quickly and loudly fizzes, releasing both the vibrant pink colour and the comforting familiar blackcurrant aroma.

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The water quickly turns a sort of orangey, purply-pink colour and each coloured circle lets off streams of it’s own colour into the bath, creating beautiful mixing patterns on top of the water.

The scent, made up of Bergamot, Cassis and Cypress Oils is a popular one amongst Lush fans and has be produced in many different products over the years. It reminds me of sweet blackcurrant squash or fruity sweets and as the name suggests, is very comforting and cosy.

Personally, and I know a lot of people disagree, I prefer this product in this scent than it’s previous incarnation. As much as I love it, I think the Twilight scent is far too relaxing for a bath bomb with so many colours and the pink just seems to suit the Comforter scent so much more!

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Sadly I did find that the scent wasn’t immensely powerful once the initial fizz had happened, and I was just left with a subtle smelling magenta bath. Somewhat surprising in all honestly because usually The Comforter is such a prominent scent! I was however, still able to smell it on my skin after which was still nice.

A word of warning for all you glitter haters, Luxury Lush Pud is full of it. I was literally sparkling from head to toe once I got out of the tub and continued to stay that way long after I towelled off! Good thing I don’t mind it then!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Candy Holly Leaf

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Body, Massage Bars

Holly Berry Massage Bar

New for the 2018 Holiday Season, Holly Berry is a beautifully skin softening massage bar decorated with holly leaves and berries, a very typical and festive Christmas image.

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As soon as you pick up this particular bar, you can immediately tell just how moisturising it’s going to be. It’s almost slippery to the touch, and in fact, when I first came across it I genuinely believed it was going to be a bath oil because of just how oily it felt!

The base is made up of a whole lot of butters. Specifically Cocoa Butter, Illipe Butter, Murumuru Butter and Mango Butter; also Coconut Oil, making Holly Berry incredibly conditioning and softening. Mangoes make a luxurious butter that has damage-repairing properties due to the fruit being filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Particularly useful on scarring, stretch marks and sun damaged skins.

It glides on so smoothly and leaves behind a noticeable trail of silky soft oils on your skin which you can then rub and massage into your body. Or even better, get someone else to do it for you! The oils in this particular bar are so easily absorbed by the skin it’s perfect for a deep tissue massage.

Holly Berry also features a bright, uplifting scent of Bergamot, Buchu and Tangerine Oils with the sweet aroma of the Mango Butter too. To me, it’s rejuvenating Tangerine that hits you before the others, providing a sweet, citrus fragrance that the fruit is known for. Buchu, which is similar to blackcurrant is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and gives a fruity vibe to the product. Antiseptic Bergamot rounds the scent off by adding to the uplifting and brightening smell.

Though I’m not a massive fan of citrus scents, I can really get behind this one due to it being more fruity and sweet than overly citrusy. Though the feeling on my skin after, is undoubtably the biggest pro and I actually think this is one of the more underrated products of this year’s Christmas range and is one you should definitely try before they go!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Illipe Butter, Murumuru Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Mango Butter, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Tangerine Oil, Cornflour, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Chlorophyllin, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Bewitched Bubble Bar

Originally released for 2017’s Halloween Range, this feline bubble bar came back again this year!

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Black cats have been a staple in Halloween traditions for years due to their links with witches and are also seen as bringers of good luck. Bewitched is so cute, yet kinda spooky with its piercing yellow eyes!

This bubble bar shares it’s scent with Sultana of Soap and the scent family. It contains Olibanum and Bergamot giving a sweet resinous and slightly warming scent. It’s rather comforting so it’s great for use on a cold evening to help you feel more cosy. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense is lovely and soothing for the skin, whilst Bergamot is an all round cleanser. The idea of Frankincense makes it sound even more magical doesn’t it?

You can definitely get two baths out of a Bewitched, depending on how much you like to use and it’s easily crumbled, allowing for a quick rise of mountainous soft bubbles.

I think the best thing about Bewitched is the colour.  Lush don’t do many bath products that are coloured black so when they do it’s always exciting. Although it becomes more diluted as the bath fills up, you’re still bathing in mysterious dark waters which is super fun. The bar also contains silver lustre which is really noticeable in the water, adding to the spooky and magical vibe, though it’s not too much so it’s unlikely you’ll notice it on your skin after.

As the scent is quite subtle, it’s somewhat unnoticeable when you’re actually in the bath and sadly even less so on your skin after, but the faintest aroma is still there ever so slightly. Furthermore you’re left with beautifully softened skin once you’ve dried off.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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