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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Stegosaurus Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s Easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur with either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus inside. After already trying Brontosaurus Fun Egg and loving it, I was excited to use my Stegosaurus Fun Egg too.

Brontosaurus Fun Egg is comprised of a bottom blue half, with a top pink half featuring a spotted design and a piece of green fun inside, in the shape of a Brontosaurus. The Stegosaurus version is is alternately coloured with the top blue half having a striped design, and the actual fun model is coloured blue also. Each Fun Egg is tied up with a string of raffia to keep it together. Personally, Stegosaurus is my favourite out of the two. From looking at the photos of each dinosaur egg, this one looks like it produced a darker colour, but I think it may have just been the lighting.

One amazing thing about both dinosaur Fun Eggs, is that they share their scent with an old favourite bath bomb, Space Girl! Lush describe the scent as being like peaches and strawberries with evolving violet notes and I can definitely see where this description is coming from, although I find it much more sherbety, rather that fruity. It has uplifting Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils at the forefront of the fragrance, with a sweetness underneath that comes from the addition of Almond Essential Oil and a thread of violety notes throughout. I loved Space Girl so I’m so happy to see the scent being used again!

As Stegosaurus Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily save it for three different baths and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. But of course I used the whole thing at once.

I placed both halves in my bath at the same time, with the cute little dino sitting inside one. Immediately both halves sent beautiful streams of purples and blues into the water which danced around each other, continuing even when both halves had almost fully dissolved. It was spectacular to watch, both colours looked so beautiful together, and the resulting opaque bluey-purple water was lovely. It felt rather luxurious too, and whilst there’s nothing in the ingredients list that tells me it’s particularly hydrating, the water certainly felt super soft.

Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was seriously on another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud! There was also a hefty amount of sparking lustre floating through the water.

If you’ve used Lush’s fun before, you’ll know it’s a multi-use product. You can use it for soap, shampoo, shaving or even to make bubbles with, along with modelling it like Play-Doh of course. I used the Stegosaurus as my soap and it felt so soft and creamy as fun usually does on my body. I also found the piece of fun to be much stronger scented than the bath bomb itself. Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and I could notice a faint, but distinct reminder of the lovely scent on my skin, along with a nice shimmer from the glitter.

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All in all, I loved both these Fun Eggs. I wish they were around when I was younger because I used to be fully obsessed with dinosaurs and used to hate baths believe it or not! I still have to try out the more traditionally Easter-themed fun eggs so stay tuned! I’m excited!

Ingredients 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77742, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Candy Eye

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Free Ranger Bath Bomb

Ah the Free Ranger, back again this year but only in the one colour as opposed to last year’s three. It’s no surprise as they were’t massively popular last year and the Pink/Purple colour scheme was clearly the best. As with every Lush product to feature eyes, you can come across some really hilarious expressions.

Free Ranger is actually two bath bombs in one, as the top half and bottom half separate for you to use in two separate baths if you wish. Each half of the free ranger is scented with Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute and Cypress Oil, which gives the bath bomb(s) a sweet and uplifting scent not too dissimilar to The Comforter. Blackcurrant has a fairly strong and fruity scent that reminds me of the squash I used to drink when I was a child, yet it also has a fresh and green note, which is highlighted by the Bergamot and Cypress Oils. All three of these ingredients are known to have mood-boosting affects on the mind, clearing anxiety and easing troubles.

I decided to use the whole Free Ranger in my bath and it’s an incredibly fast and loud fizzer. Without any Cream of Tartar in its mix, this one is a pure fizzer, without any of the foam the aforementioned ingredient creates. There wasn’t much in terms of bath art, but it was nice to watch the two halves quickly dissolve as they floated around the tub and before long the water had turned a vivid translucent pink colour. Almost immediately after the fizzing had began, the sweet fragrance filled the air around me.

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If you’re wondering what the eyes are made from, they’re candy! So if you really wanted to, you could actually eat them; though I wouldn’t recommend it, they have been attached to the bath bomb for some time. Otherwise they simply dissolve in the water too.

Once I was in, I could still smell the fruity Blackcurrant aroma although it was gradually dissipating. The longer I soaked in the water, the more I could feel my mood elevating and it invoked a sense of playfulness and carefreeness. Afterwards, my skin felt soft and cleansed and although there was a slight hint of the scent still covering my body, it wasn’t anywhere as near as heady as it once was. I’d say I noticed more woody tones of the Cypress Oil in the scent on my skin than before.

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In conclusion, Free Ranger is a fairly simple bath bomb but with a lovely fruity sweet scent. It makes a great little Easter gift for a child especially if you’re trying to stay away from chocolate! Like all Easter products, Free Ranger will be disappearing from shops before long so make sure you get your hands on one before the season is out.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Candy Eye

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Bath, Bubble Bars

GRL PWR Bubble Bar

GRL PWR was the only bubble bar released for this year’s Mother’s Day and is obviously a shout out to the Spice Girls, because who doesn’t love them? Seriously GTFO If you don’t.

This limited edition is a fairly large circular bubble bar, with blue writing on a pink base.  Because of it’s size, you could definitely get a good four decent baths out of it, as with bubble bars you only need to use as much or as little as you want. GRL PWR also features a light, floral aroma of Ylang Ylang Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which we last saw over Christmas in Princess Bomb Bomb.

All of the different components of the scent blend together really well but there’s distinguishable notes from each. There’s a sweet and floral aroma coming from the heady Ylang Ylang, a hint of fresh and uplifting Bergamot Oil and grounding and earthy Cedarwood gives GRL PWR a somewhat smokey touch which complements the sweetness well. Finally Benzoin Resinous adds a vanillary, wooded note. I find it’s a really relaxing and meditative scent so I was looking forward to this bath.

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In the tub, GRL PWR was pretty easy to break into pieces. Because I’m extra I used the whole entire bar, which I will admit was perhaps a little much as my bath was overflowing with bubbles after a short while! The scent grew and grew with the hot water and steam in the room and filled my bathroom with the gorgeous fragrance. Parting the bubbles allowed me to see the colour the water had become, which was a light purply-pink.

Once I was in, I found that the scent was slowly but sadly becoming less and less potent, but the bubbles and the water felt wonderfully soft on my skin and I enjoyed a nice long soak. Afterwards, my skin felt smooth though I really did feel the need to use a body lotion and it felt somewhat dry. There was a strong reminder of the scent left lingering on my skin though, which I was happy about as I didn’t think there would be.

In conclusion, GRL PWR is a good bubble bar and definitely one to try, perhaps if it was more moisturising I would have liked it a lot more but that’s just my personal preference. I wonder if we’ll see it back next year?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cornstarch, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Iris Flower Bath Bomb

So far I’ve used Marigold Flower, Jasmine Flower and Chamomile Flower Bath Bombs, and the last out of the four is Iris Flower. Like the others, this bath bomb is based around a real flower and features a note that fits into a little groove in the top. The idea was that you can write a little message to whoever you’re giving the bath bomb to, or even to yourself!

Irises are often purple coloured flowers that resemble orchids in the way that their different shaped petals flourish and have a fresh and earthy floral scent. Although Iris Flower contains powdered Orris Root (made from the dried stem of the iris plant), it also contains Bergamot Oil, Neroli Oil and Persian Lime Oil.

I find that the uplifting fragrances of the Bergamot and Neroli are the predominant aroma upon first smell, both are citrusy in nature but with gentle fresh green notes too. The deeper earthy and floral notes come from the Orris Root, which is naturally very aromatic and has a sweet, powdery and slightly green aroma, reminiscent of the scent of violets. There’s also an undercurrent of the Lime Oil which adds a subtle sharpness. It’s probably my least favourite scent out of the four flower bath bombs and possibly the entire Mothers Day range. I find theres an odd ‘bleach’ smell to it which I struggle to look past.

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As soon as I dropped it in the tub, the more pinky bottom half of Iris Flower starting fizzing loudly and forcefully, sending steams of pink into the water and began darting around the tub! Because the purple flower section contains a little bubble bar mixture, it foams up more rather than fizzing outright. It created beautiful patterns on the surface of the weather before the whites, pinks and purples settled into a cloudy pink that was lightly glistening with silver sparkles.

I will say that after it had dissolved, the scent changed a fair bit and I was noticing a lot more of the powdery floral notes from the Orris Root and even more of a hint of Lime, which made me appreciate the scent a lot more. Sadly this nicer version of the scent didn’t stick around for long and I didn’t notice it whatsoever on my skin after getting out.

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My skin after wasn’t really feeling any noticeable benefits apart from being generally clean, and in actual fact I found my skin to be a little on the dryer side than usual. Overall, it’s safe to say that Iris Flower is probably my least favourite product from this year’s Mothers Day range which is a shame because the rest was all so good!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Persian Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Orris Root Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77742, Colour 77007, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

 

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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