Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Aubergine Bath Bomb

I think out of all of Lush’s cheeky products for this year’s Valentine’s range, Aubergine might be naughtiest! They even describe it as having a ‘fast fizzing tip’ and it’s honestly hilarious watching people read that in store. In case you didn’t know, it’s modelled after the aubergine emoji, which is often used as a symbol for… something else and I’ll leave you to work out what that is.

Aubergine features a beautiful scent. It’s the same scent as the Lush Poole exclusive perfume ’29 High Street’ which is designed to smell just like a lush store itself! The main note of this bath bomb’s scent comes from an ingredient called Ho Wood Oil, which is described as being irresistibly floral and woody with underlying hints of citrus and I think that’s a great way to describe the actual bath bomb too! Whilst that is the main aroma, you do get uplifting bright notes from Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba and there’s definitely an underlying sweetness from Tonka Absolute. It’s a very powdery smell, which almost makes the floral notes stronger. The whole scent is rather complex but is one you could smell for hours. I really hope that this sparks a new trend of 29 High Street scented bath products!

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Strangely enough and certainly not an ingredient you’d ever think a bath bomb would contain but Aubergine contains actual Fresh Aubergine! Lush simply say ‘Aubergines contain vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin, but frankly, we all know why they’re in here, don’t we? Would you have made an aubergine bath bomb without fresh aubergines?’ and I mean, fair enough I guess!

Once popped in the water, Aubergine floated for a little while before capsizing and turning upside down, I didn’t even manage to get a decent picture! The bath bomb is quite a slow and quiet fizzer, slowly releasing purple and green from the tip into the water. Before long, the inner section of the bath bomb revealed itself and produced a vibrant blue colour, which intertwined with the green and various shades of purple and created really pretty bath art!

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As Aubergine fizzed away, it’s scent was released into the room and I began to pick up more of the citrus side of the scent which really lifted my mood.

The colour that it resulted in was truly gorgeous, a deep shade of purple invited me to take a dip and I was greeted by an incredibly amount of glimmering silver lustre floating throughout. I’d happily say that the resulting water was one of the best I’ve seen in a long while! After spending a good 40 minutes soaking in the glorious water, I dried myself off and amazingly the scent remained on my skin up until I went to bed later that evening! I wouldn’t say Aubergine is massively moisturising but it certainly left me feeling soft.

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I’d definitely that Aubergine is my favourite product out of the entire 2019 Valentine’s Range! I’ll definitely be stocking up before they disappear! Bravo Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Tonka Absolute, Fresh Aubergine, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb

Another bath bomb that was voted for as part of the community favourites was one that is based on a discontinued fan-favourite shower gel, which in turn was based on a bubbleroon. Yuzu & Cocoa’s inspiration comes from a custom in Japan, where at winter solstice, they score the skin of a Yuzu fruit with a knife and drop one in the bath to release its oils and aroma. This is called ‘yuzuyu’ and Lush wanted to recreate this experience, with extra warmth and depth.

It’s been a long time since I smelled either the shower gel or the bubbleroon, so I was excited to recall the fragrance that I remember loving. As soon as I got my hands on it, the powerful heady perfume hit me and I fell in love once again. It’s definitely one of the strongest scented bath bombs I’ve come across in a while. I’ve had it in my room for two months now, sat with other products, but it continued to be the first and strongest aroma that hit my nose when I walk into my room. Also, the design is rather cute, as if it’s an actual Yuzu fruit with the Lush name engraved on the leaf.

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Like the bubbleroon, Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb doesn’t contain actual Yuzu Juice or the essential oil, but Lush replicate the citrus aroma with Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. The warming ‘cocoa’ side comes from the addition of Tonka Absolute and Cocoa Absolute, making the whole scent deliciously chocolate-orange like with creamy, comforting notes of sweet vanilla from the Tonka. I feel like it’s a scent that must be smelled to really understand what I’m talking about. Although some people have pointed out that theres less of a chocolatey aroma within this format, I can’t really remember any different.

Once popped into the water, Yuzu & Cocoa starts fizzing rapidly and loudly, turning the bath water a gorgeous deep shade of warming orange. I was sad that there wasn’t any hidden colour in the middle which meant that there wasn’t really much of a display and before long, the bath bomb had vanished. However there was a delicate sprinkling of lustre floating throughout which was a nice touch.

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Although I expected the strong scent to remain throughout, it honestly wasn’t that powerful once the fizzing stopped and I was disappointed to find my bath was pretty fragrance-less, but I’m happy that theres a nice hint of the scent on my skin now I’m out. On top of that, my skin feels super soft and when you look closely, it’s covered in a dusting of beautiful fine glitter so overall I’m happy and I’m really glad I got to experience this unique scent once again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tonka Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 77491.

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Love Island Body Scrub

If you haven’t heard of the TV show ‘Love Island’ then you’ve probably been living under a rock as it has really surged in popularity, especially since the revival series started in 2015. It follows a group of single people who have to find love and stay with their partner in hopes of winning. It’s really the ultimate in trash TV but it’s kinda one you can’t not enjoy. As ever, Lush love to try and stay on trend with youth culture so it’s no surprise they named a product after the show.

Love Island is a body scrub that’s slightly on the small side but is pretty inexpensive too. You can either use the whole thing each time or pinch little pieces off and I think the latter is better for longevity. You definitely don’t want to hold the product directly under the water as once it becomes too wet, it easily breaks apart and you don’t want to waste any! You can do what I did, and cut it up into quarters before getting it anywhere near the shower.

It’s made up of a mixture of Sugar, Sea Salt and Sand, which provide a vigorous scrub to remove dead skin and dirt. If you’re in need of a rather abrasive scrub then this might be for you as it’s a lot more exfoliating than the likes of Scrubee or Rub Rub Rub. Even with light pressure, I still found it scratchy and coarse on my skin, which to be honest did the job extremely well and my skin felt super smooth and polished. The scrub also contains Aloe Vera Extract, Cocoa Powder and Potato Starch, all of which will soothe any irritation left behind.

Love Island is scented with the Love Perfume scent, a scent described as being like sweet spiced apples mixed with sensual florals. The scent of Jasmine Absolute is definitely one of the strongest in the scent and is what gives off the deep, seductive side to the fragrance, alongside sweeter floral notes from Ylang Ylang and Rose. Whereas Bergamot and Lemongrass add a brighter, uplifting side and give the citrusy notes which complete the scent. I’m a big fan of Love so I’m thrilled to have another product in the range.

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The scent is actually relatively strong as a whole product and it even grows in strength under the hot water as you get the product working, however sadly if you’re adding other scented products then it’s unlikely to stick around. Saying that, if you happen to have a Love Atmosphere waiting to be used, perhaps now is definitely the time to use it paired with this scrub.

Whilst you’re not going to get a great amount of uses out of one, I still think it’s a good product and its cheap enough that if you wanted more you can buy two or three at once. But if it’s something you’re really enjoying make sure you get back into a Lush store to grab some before stocks run out!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sand, Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Olive Branch Bath Bomb

The Olive Branch has always been high on my list of favourite Shower Gels, thanks to it’s subtle, yet uplifting and warming scent, so naturally I was very pleased at the chance to experience it in a bath bomb format! Olive Branch Bath Bomb was released in December as part of the community favourites range and it soon made its way onto my Christmas list and therefore under my tree.

Upon first sniff, I instantly recognised the reassuring scent of Olive Branch, and I was happy to find it to be more strongly scented than the shower gel, as I feel the quiet and easily overpowered scent of the gel can be a downside. Although firmly citrus based with Lemon, Bergamot and Red Mandarin Oils making up the forefront of the scent, theres also a floral kick underneath from Orange Flower Absolute, which ties the scent together with fresh green notes. It’s a delicate, yet incredibly warming and soothing scent which is perfect for a tranquil moment to yourself.

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The actual bath bomb is stunningly designed and I feel the swirly orange and white pattern fits the scent family well. When placed in the water, it quickly dispels the orange and white patterns into the water surrounding it and the scent is elevated into the room. The water soon turned a shade of warm orange and invited me to take a dip.

The water itself was superbly soft, an element that I noticed on my skin after too. Olive Branch, like the shower gel, is also full of nourishing Olive Oil as expected, to moisturise and protect the skin. It’s not as oily as the likes of Butterball or other butter filled bombs but it does the job just as well.

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I was really pleased with this bath bomb, I think perhaps the best part of it is simply how strong the scent is, it even left an impression on my skin for a while after towelling off. Whilst I’m not sure it would be a best seller if it was launched in all stores but perhaps it would make a great Oxford Street exclusive? Either way, I do hope I have the chance to use it again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Shoot For The Stars is yet another Christmas exclusive that feels like it’s been around forever. It first appeared for Christmas 2013, although it looked much different and didn’t sport this vibrant blue design with the three golden stars embedded into the surface until 2016. As the last of my Christmas bath products, I feel it was a great one to end on.

Shoot For The Stars shares it’s scent with the popular ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, which is a delicious, honey scented fragrance reminiscent of fudge and caramel sweets. Although mostly unnoticeable in the background of the scent, theres a citrus note which comes from the fruitiness of Orange and Bergamot Oils and is actually what makes up the biggest portion of the scent, surprisingly.

I actually think that this particular bath bomb has a much stronger scent than the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, so its perfect if you’re a big fan. Furthermore, a high amount of rich Cocoa Butter and Creamed Coconut add a buttery warmth that makes it ever so comforting.

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As you can imagine with such a vivid colour, once in the bath an explosion of blue jets into the water, colouring it with the same vivid pigment as the ballistic itself. It’s such a beautiful colour, it gets top marks for simply just that! As it dissolves, the golden stars detach and float off. Even though there’s only three visible stars, there’s often one or two hidden in the centre of the bomb which is a nice surprise! The stars act very much like bath melts, imbuing the water with the Cocoa Butter & Almond Oil goodness and adding specks of gold into the blue. You’ll definitely notice how oily and rich the water feels once they’ve fully melted and you’ll appreciate the silky smooth feeling on your skin. If you’re someone who suffers from drying winter skin, then this would be an excellent way of combating it.

The scent was just as prevalent in the water as it was to begin with and likewise on my skin after. I definitely feel no need to moisturise whenever I use a Shoot For The Stars but feel free to if you so wish.

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I can’t imagine that Lush have any plans to discontinue this fab product anytime soon, so I expect we’ll see it return for 2019’s range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Melusine Bath Bomb

Melusine is a figure of European folklore and mythology, she is a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river and is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down, much like a mermaid. Melusine Bath Bomb clearly takes it’s inspiration from this myth as it features a scaly green and yellow exterior. Melusine has to be one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen and I’ve been so excited to use it!

This currently Harajuku exclusive bath bomb shares its scent with Avocado Co-Wash, a fragrance that is growing in popularity amongst the Lush Community, and rightly so, it’s gorgeous. It’s a zesty, juicy-sweet citrus based scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and Olibanum adds a slightly deeper, smokey note compared to it’s zesty partners. It’s such a moreish, energising scent and I truly believe that Lush got it right in this format.

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Once in the water, Melusine immediately shoots out clouds of green and yellow into the water, before it started spinning, creating stunning patterns for my viewing pleasure. The different shades of yellows and greens slowly mixed into each other and finally ended in a deep green colour.

One thing you’ll definitely notice about Melusine is the amount of glitter that fills your bath tub. The actual ballistic is decorated with shards of green plastic-free glitter, but I never would have guessed at how much lay inside too! The water was really shimmering in the light and I really felt a sense of magic just gazing in awe at it, it’s definitely one of the most glittery bombs out there at the moment!

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The water itself felt incredibly soft due to the addition of Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract and Sarcocornia Powder. Sarcocornia, also known as samphire, is an umbrella name for more than thirty species of edible salt-tolerant plants. The sodium rich powder is greatly cleansing and is perfect for softening bath water. I was also very pleased at just how strong the scent remained, even towards the end of my bath.

Once I was out and dried off, I could still smell the perfume on my skin and for a good few hours later. I wish I could tell you the glitter simply drains down the plughole but I can’t. My body was covered in it; as was my towel, my bathroom floor, the clothes I put on afterward, my hair, literally everything and I’m still finding it a few days later. Thankfully I love glitter, but if you don’t then perhaps Melusine unfortunately isn’t for you.

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All in all, I can say without a doubt that Melusine is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. The glitter is SO worth it as it’s such a beautiful colour. The scent, the design, the bath art – everything is truly amazing! I hope to god that this sees a UK release in the future because I need it again and again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract, Bergamot Oil , Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Sarcocornia Powder, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 77491, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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