Soap

Poppy Soap

Although it’s been around for some while now, Poppy Soap has only recently been released to a wider audience in all UK stores. Designed after the Poppy Flower, commonly associated with remembrance and World War One, this soap features both a poppy design on the front of it as well as the little black seeds of the flowers themselves.

Poppy Seeds are often seen in breads, cakes and dishes across the world and are said to be full of essential minerals and nutrients. In this soap, Lush have added the tiny hard seeds to exfoliate the skin. Whilst you don’t really get the full effect of the seeds during the first few uses, as the soap gets smaller and the seeds reveal themselves, it’s actually pretty scrubby, great for removing stubborn dirt and dry skin.

Poppy slightly differers in Lush’s usual soap base of Coconut Oil and Rapeseed Oil and instead swaps out the latter ingredient for Castor Oil. It does seem like Lush is heading in this direction with the majority of their newer soap bars. Mixed into the base, Lush have added Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, to give moisture to the skin and a creaminess to the lather the soap produces. I do notice that Poppy produces a lather that’s a lot softer and thicker than some of Lush’s older soaps, which is a nice treat. Sadly, although not as much as some others do, I do still find it leaves my skin with that squeaky feeling that I’m really not keen on, but that’s easily fixed with a nice hand cream.

Adding to the softening benefits of this product we have Chia Seed Gel. Chia seeds are edible and resemble very tiny pebbles. They are highly mucilaginous: when in contact with warm water or any kind of liquid, they quickly start to swell and increase their size by four or five times. Chia is softening and calming on the skin and is thought to have fantastic antioxidant properties for bright, healthy skin.

In terms of scent, Poppy features a popular and iconic Lush scent, most commonly loved as The Comforter Bubble Bar. I feel like The Comforter is a scent that can vary, depending on the format but is generally a fruity blackcurrant aroma that reminds me of blackcurrant squash and children’s juice box drinks. Although usually The Comforter features Cassis instead of actual Blackcurrant Absolute, Poppy uses the real thing, which might explain the more prominent juicy and sharp note of the fruit which is fairly different when compared to the bubble bar. Alongside this, we have uplifting Bergamot Oil and a hint of fresh, woody Cypress Oil.

I’m usually not that crazy over anything from The Comforter scent family but I’m really enjoying this soap. I think it’s the shaper element that’s making me like it more, and I love how you can still smell it on your hands each time you use it.

Lush Soaps are often pretty good at lasting a long time and Poppy is no different, I’ve been using it for about a week now and I cannot notice any shrinkage whatsoever, which tells me I’ll be holding onto this for a while. It’s design also means that if you stand it up on the thin flat side, the air reaches a larger surface area, meaning it dries really easily! I’m loving having this as my first soap in my new bathroom.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Water, Chia Seed Gel, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Poppy Seeds, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

Dragon’s Egg has long been one of Lush’s most popular and most well known bath bombs. On the outside, I guess it looks relatively boring, except for a few flicks of colour. On the inside however, this egg contains a bright orange yolk, popping candy, colourful confetti and lots of golden shimmering glitter.

Dragon’s Egg doesn’t appeal to me personally all that much because of it’s predominantly citrusy aroma. Containing lots of Lemon Oil, it has a zesty and somewhat sharp scent that the fruit is well known for. Mix in some Bergamot Oil to lighten the scent with sunny and brighter notes and some Jasmine Absolute for a touch of floral warmth and you’ve got a fragrance that’s still fairly zesty and refreshing but with an uplifting and comforting side to it also. Although it’s not the scent for me, I can understand why people love it so much, it’s definitely a great bath bomb to energise your mind. Furthermore, these three essential oils are well known for their abilities to relieve fatigue and fight off depression and anxiety.

In the water, Dragon’s Egg is one of the slower dissolving bath bombs. It immediately foams up a brilliant white colour and continues to bob around doing so for a good five minutes, with coloured circular confetti detaching every now and then and floating off. After a short while, its orange core reveals itself and the real display begins, changing the water to a bright golden orange colour. Mixed in with the orange centre is a tonne of golden glitter which dances below the surface and looks gorgeous glimmering in the light. If the impact on your nose isn’t enough, you’ll definitely be able to hear the crackling of the popping candy! It’s definitely worth the long wait for this bath bomb to dissolve because it creates some really pretty bath art.

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Dragon’s Egg would be a great bath bomb to use in the morning because the scent really wakes you up, especially because you can still smell it in the air long after the bomb has disappeared. Sat in the bath I felt really refreshed and renewed and my skin was already feeling great thanks to the cleansing and toning benefits of the Lemon Oil, I really noticed it looked visibly brighter once I was out, but that might just be the dusting of glitter left on my body! Naturally, being such a strong scent, it definitely lingers on you for quite some time after.

One thing I do find about Dragon’s Egg is that it’s not the best for sensitive skins. The citrus oils it contains are rather harsh on any delicate or damaged skin, including rashes and especially cuts, so do be careful with this one as it will sting. I also find it can be quite drying on my skin also, but that’s nothing a body lotion can’t rectify.

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In conclusion, Dragon’s Egg is a decent bath bomb and I’m sure I’d love it a lot more if I enjoyed the smell. Now I’ve got this post out of the way, I doubt I’ll be using it again for myself but with it remaining as one of Lush’s most popular bath bombs, I doubt we’ll be saying goodbye to it anytime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Rice Paper

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Shower, Shower Oils

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead. Rapeseed plants remove cesium from the soil and their seeds are turned into oil which is radiation free and safe to use. This way of naturally regenerating the land is truly incredible. Lush buy their Rapeseed Oil from this small city, giving a vital source of income to farmers who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Shower oils like Minamisoma provide a really mild cleanse, perfect for anyone who wants to cleanse without soap/lather and for gentle skin types. They can also be used like body conditioners as an in shower moisturiser. You simply stroke over the body and rinse away for clean and soft skin.

The Fukushima Rapeseed Oil is mixed with hydrating Cocoa Butter to form the product’s base. The design of this shower oil is actually meant to represent the fields of rapeseed plants (yellow half) growing in the hard hit land (white half). Containing more than 50% of omega 9 oleic acid, Rapeseed Oil is very moisturising and emollient on skin, and is said to have good antioxidant properties, which helps to firm the skin and boost its radiance. Included in this base is Sunflower Wax, which naturally thickens the formula and adds its own skin softening benefits.

Fresh Lemon Juice acts as the cleanser in this product as citrus fruits, especially lemons are high in enzymes that break down excess sebum, dirt and dead skin, paving the way for brighter and healthier looking skin. The large amounts of vitamin C occurring naturally inside the fruits are full of antioxidants and antibiotic properties. Turmeric Powder, which is responsible for creating the yellow colour on one side of the product also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as being soothing on the skin.

A strange new ingredient that I’ve not seen before is something called Kinako Powder, which is roasted organic soybean flour. When it is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will really soothe the skin and alleviate irritation and redness.

Minamisoma is scented with the same scent as Avocado Co-Wash and is a scent that I find absolutely beautiful. Comprised of Litsea Cubeba, Bergamot and Olibanum Oils, it’s a fresh, zesty aroma but incredibly sweet and delightful at the same time. For their effects on the skin, both Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot are refreshing and toning and Olibanum is soothing.

I am really loving this product. Its perfect for those showers when you don’t necessarily need a deep clean as it effectively cleanses for a quick freshen up. Though I am preferring to use it as an in shower body moisturiser as I come out feeling smoother than a baby! It’s so great at locking in hydration. What’s more, the scent is so beautiful under the water and is really great for energising and lifting your spirits on a dreary morning. It also leaves a trace of it lingering on your skin after, which makes me so happy. I’m so glad Lush have made this a permanent fixture in all stores!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Kinako Powder, Turmeric Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Fun

Flamingo Fun

Lush Liverpool currently have an immense amount of exclusive products, from perfumes to make up, from shower bombs to bath oils. They also have over ten exclusive bars of Fun! Flamingo Fun is based off of a long discontinued bubble bar called Pink Flamingo.

I never actually ever tried Pink Flamingo for myself at home but I’m instantly reminded of it’s fruity scent after smelling this neon pink Fun bar. Rosewood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang create a scent that’s reminiscent of juicy sweets and fizzy drinks. Rosewood has a unique woody aroma that’s equally rosy and spicy with a hint of citrus in the background. Ylang Ylang is known for its sweet floral aroma and lastly the Bergamot adds uplifting sherbety notes. It’s a pretty subtle scent but when it’s up close the almost orangey sweetness comes out and it’s really lovely.

You can use a bar of fun in many different ways. Essentially it’s a mouldable bar of soap so you can play with it, wash with it, use it as shampoo or use it like a bubble bar to create a bubble bath. I’ve also heard of people using its uniquely creamy lather to shave with though I’ve yet to experience that myself.

Whenever I use a bar of Fun, I tend to use half to create bubbles in my bath and then use the remainder as my soap. Flamingo turned the water a lovely shade of pink and created a decent amount soft and foamy bubbles though usually with Fun baths its best to create more by swishing your hands through the water. The water always feels really soft when you’re making a bath with Fun due to the high about of Glycerine and Cornflour leaving your skin silky and smooth. This same effect occurs when I’m lathering up the product over my body, it leaves behind such a soft and luxurious lather!

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Sadly, after I had washed by body and after my ‘soap’ bar had fully dissolved, the already subtle scent was becoming more and more unnoticeable and even after I was out and dry there’s wasn’t much of it lingering on my skin.

I don’t find Fun to be super moisturising but it definitely isn’t drying like some of Lush’s soaps can be. I did still find myself needing to lightly coat my body in a lotion though.

In conclusion, it’s been great experiencing this scent again in another format. Flamingo Fun is pretty decent but I can’t say I’m gagging to try it again.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 74491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Geode Bath Bomb

Naturally forming geodes are hollow, vaguely circular rocks in which crystals and minerals are encased. I would tell you how they’re formed but this isn’t a science blog so you can google it. Geode Bath Bomb is one of the many new bath bombs for the 30th anniversary and is arguably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush have created to date.

Designed to look like a real life geode, this bath bomb has a beige rock shaped body with a stunning purple top created by using lustre and different grades of salt. It’s scent is very similar to that of Peachy Bath Bomb from this year’s Valentine’s range but if I’m remembering correctly, I believe Peachy was a tad more fruity and sweet. Even still, Geode contains different ingredients being Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Styrax Resinoid.

It’s a fairly grounding floral and woody aroma to me, with subtle hints of the three ingredients. Soothing Lavender gives the light florals, whist Bergamot adds a fresher uplifting note. Styrax Resinoid has a sweet cinnamon-like aroma and being a product not often used by Lush is likely what gives the bath bomb its unusual scent. Sadly, I wasn’t a massive fan of Peachy’s scent and I can’t say I’m overjoyed that Geode smells similar.

Once delicately placed into my bath, Geode began a beautiful display. It fizzed very slowly, beginning with not much more than a few wisps of creamy foam floating around it and the deep purple top colour seeping into the water.

As it went on, a trail of pink emerged from inside the bomb itself and slowly but surely the water took on a golden shade, which finally settled into a pinky, rose gold once it had all merged together. The golden lustre looked marvellous as it ebbed and flowed under the surface and the addition of Popping Candy created a crackling sound below. This more then made up for not liking the scent very much.

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Speaking of the scent, it was actually much more subdued in the water and I didn’t mind it as much. I was definitely getting slightly more floral notes at first but I couldn’t smell it anymore after a while. Didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was still marvelling at the stunning water which was beautifully soft thanks to all the Sea Salt!

Once I was out and dry whilst my skin felt great, again there was no sign of the scent lingering on my body. I was also surprised at the seemingly lacking glitter that was covering my body as I expected a whole lot more! Maybe this means Geode is a great bath bomb if you like glitter in your bath but don’t want to be covered after!

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In conclusion, I really enjoyed Geode. I think if it had a different scent, it would probably be up there with some of my favourites from recent times! It’s definitely a must try and I’m glad I got to try it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Silica, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Pop Bubble Bar

Pop is a new product for this years Father’s Day and is a fairly sizeable bubble bar. It’s designed around the pop art style of Roy Litchenstein, features popping candy and is obviously in reference to a term used to call your father, pop.

Pop features a scent made from Buchu, Lemon and Bergamot Oils, and is bright, refreshing and fruity in nature. Fragrant Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty aroma which pairs with the more citrusy nature of the other two essential oils well. Sicilian Lemon Oil adds a more sherbety note with the Bergamot adding a fresh and green element. It’s a nice scent and one that Lush continue to bring back every now and then.

Obviously as a bigger sized bubble bar, you could definitely get at least four baths out of it if you wish but, being excessive as I am, I opted to crumble up the whole thing. Before long my bath was filled with a giant mountain of soft bubbles with a fiery orange water below which looked really nice. As I said, Pop features Popping Candy in the mix but unfortunately I didn’t get to hear any crackles or pops, probably because it happened as my bath was filling up. I guess that’s why you don’t see this ingredient in bubble bars that often.

Once I was in I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moisturising the water felt! I didn’t realise until I checked out the ingredients list but Lush have added Cocoa Butter to this bubble bar for extra skin softening quality! The fruitiness of the scent remained throughout my bath too!

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin was as soft as the bubbles in my bath and still carried that uplifting scent for a good few hours later.

All in all, Pop gives you a nice bath. I think the addition of Cocoa Butter is really nice and I wish Lush added it into more of their bubble mixtures as I find they can be slightly drying. The popping candy does seem kinda pointless though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Popping Candy, Perfume, Cornflour, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Bunny Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Over last Christmas, we were introduced to three limited edition products called ‘bomb bombs’. These were two-in-one character bath bombs that consisted of a head and a body; we had a Snowman, a Princess and a Santa Claus. For Easter we were introduced to two new members of the bomb bomb family, a Lamb and a Bunny.

Bunny Bomb Bomb is a deep pink coloured bath bomb with a hefty body and a smallish head. It shares it’s scent with the popular Honey I Washed The Kids fragrance, which is a creamy and warming scent reminiscent of butterscotch and honey. Uplifting and sunny scented Bergamot is what makes up a big portion of the scent and its sweet oil is said to smell like ‘sunshine in a bottle’. Brazilian Orange elevates that fruity note and adds a juiciness and although not usually appearing in HIWTK scented products, it also includes Ho Wood Oil. Ho Wood is floral and woody with sweet citrus undertones, so I imagine Lush included it in this product to strengthen the familliar fragrance. If you’ve not come across the HIWTK scent before then you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s generically citrusy and zesty, but that’s far from the buttery caramel truth.

Although you can use each piece of the bath bomb across separate baths, I opted to put the whole thing in for the full effect. The fizzing began immediately after lowering Bunny Bomb Bomb into the bath, dispersing clouds of pink into the water. It’s a fairly fast fizzer so before long, it had disappeared completely resulting in gorgeous pastel pink bathwater. The comforting scent was lifted into the room and lingered for a good while throughout my bath.

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I completely forgot that this limited edition was actually full of Popping Candy so I was surprised to hear it crackle under the water’s surface. There’s actually a really impressive amount and the popping lasted a good while.

Once I was out my skin felt remarkably soft and refreshed, not to mention it was exuding the heavenly scent for hours after my bath. I actually find this to be one of the strongest HIWTK scented products so if you’re a fan of that scent family then be sure to give it a try!

With Easter long gone, the range is slowly disappearing from stores so make sure you grab what you want before it goes. You never know what Lush might not bring back next year!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Candy Eye

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