Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Boom! Toothy Tabs

The idea of Boom! originally scared me a little. Reading the ingredients list, you’ve got Charcoal, Chilli, Gunpowder Tea and Black Pepper? Honestly it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to put in my mouth and especially not to clean my teeth? Nevertheless Boom! does seem to be pretty popular, and you do see rave reviews over other charcoal toothpastes.

Like the rest of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Boom! contains Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate for their plaque removing properties and their ability to increase the alkalinity inside the mouth, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth. However the Charcoal and Sea Salt content of Boom! gently polishes and cleanses the teeth also! Charcoal containing toothpastes are on the rise because of how great they are at removing stains and therefore whitening the teeth. Boom! further contains an odd sounding product called Gunpowder Tea, which is a type of green tea. The leaves from this plant are rich in antioxidants that are great for improving the health of the mouth and gums. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves because when rolled into tiny black pellets, they can be mistaken for gunpowder grains.

It’s the Charcoal that gives the product it’s black colour, and it’s a strange feeling when you see your mouth turn black when you’re using one of these tabs but there’s also a sense of fun too, so I reckon Boom would make a great product to get those young teens to brush their teeth!

Boom! is meant to taste like cola, and to be fair, it kinda does. Boom! contains zesty Persian Lime Oil, liquorice-tasting Aniseed Oil, spicy Black Pepper Oil, vanillary Benzoin Resinoid with a small amount of Ground Chilli and even simply reading those ingredients, you can see how they’d make up a similar taste to cola. It’s an odd taste, yet it’s really not bad at all, Lush have added Sorbitol as a sweetener and it’s actually pretty good once you get used to it. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup, but despite this it doesn’t have any harmful affects on the teeth.

The only problem with Boom! is that due to its colour, it can be a tad messy and can stain clothing and leave black marks on your sink. If it happens, don’t worry as its easily wiped away and washed out of fabrics but it can be annoying. Just be careful when you’re brushing your teeth I guess.

I’m actually enjoying using Boom! at the moment, I’m already starting to notice my teeth looking brighter with just a weeks worth of uses and it leaves my mouth and breath feeling clean and fresh. I’d happily purchase them again!

You can check out Boom! for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Fine Sea Salt, Flavour, Persian Lime Oil, Aniseed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Gunpowder Tea, Organic Ground Chilli, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene

 

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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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Fragrance, Perfume

Lord Of Misrule Perfume

Just before Christmas, Lush launched a few fan favourite perfumes and luckily for me, Lord Of Misrule was one of them and I am so fricking glad!

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I’m always apprehensive when Lush bring out products (especially fragrances) that have familiar and iconic scents because you never know whether it’s going to smell exactly and undoubtably the same as what you want. However I’m pleased to tell you, that for me, Lord Of Misrule Perfume gets it spot on.

I love Lord Of Misrule for many reasons. I love Halloween and it’s usually featured as part of the Halloween collection each year, and the name comes from a pagan feast where a so called ‘Lord of Misrule’ presided over drunken parties and ridiculous festivities, which frankly sounds like a great job. I also love the beautiful green colour that is often associated with the scent, like the shower cream.

Lord Of Misrule is a heavenly trio of Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla which comes together in a spicy, yet comforting aroma, To me, the Patchouli is front and foremost, with earthy tones that invoke a feeling of deep meditation and calmness. Mix in the warming Black Pepper you get a delicate balance between soothing and stimulating before the whole thing is elevated and sweetened by the addition of the Vanilla Absolute.

Honestly I’m happy to wear it throughout the year but it’s probably more of a winter/auntum time perfume, perfect for spraying over a thick jumper or a scarf.

The staying power on your skin and clothing is one of the best I’ve seen and will definitely last from morning to evening, my coats still smell of it days later!

I’m so impressed with this perfume and forever thankful I managed to get one, it’s what I’ve really been wanting!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule is a scent that’s been around for years and started with this bath bomb. I’m sure you can guess, this product is one of my favourites!

In history, a ‘Lord of Misrule’ was someone who presided over mischief, drunken revelries and partying in between Halloween and Christmas and was often dressed up in fancy almost jester-like outfits. One would assume that Lush chose the design of this bath bomb to replicate this idea.

It’s a combination of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla that make up the scent, but the former two definitely give the biggest impression. The Patchouli and Black Pepper seem to merge almost perfectly, giving a spicy, yet grounding earthiness and Vanilla then wraps the two together with a comforting hint of sweetness. It’s a very charming and tempting scent to me.

In the water, the bomb first starts to froth and foam rather than fizz, and waves of colour from the bright green surface dance out. However it soon gives way to a fizzy core that’s a deep reddish purple colour. This utterly divine colour takes over the green water and turns it a beautiful red wine colour, which is very fitting for something relating to drunken festivities and very unlike any other bath bomb Lush have to offer!

If you listen out, when the product is near the end of it’s show you can hear the Popping Candy crackle and pop from the bottom of your tub!

The heady, intoxicating scent stays with you the entire time and with the snapping of the Popping Candy, you almost feel like your own mischievous Lord of Misrule. Your skin after will honestly feel so supple and soft and as a great bonus, you can smell the intoxicating scent on you for hours after!

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Please please please never discontinue (or change!) this bath bomb Lush! It’s one of my all-time favs! Make sure you get a chance to grab it whilst stocks last as it’s only ever a Halloween/Christmas exclusive! I’ll definitely be stocking up.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream Of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140

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Body Scrubs, Shower

The Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub

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Some like it rough, others like it smooth. But this body scrub definitely gives you both!

Exfoliating your body is definitely a good idea, and you should make sure you’re giving your body a good scrub at least twice a week. It’s important to clear your skin of dead skin cells, otherwise dirt and excess oils get clogged underneath causing spots, blackheads and dull looking skin. Scrubbing also allows moisturisers and other products to penetrate deeper into the skin.

Personally I’m not a massive fan of scrubs that are too abrasive. And when first used, The Rough With The Smooth is definitely a little too scratchy for me, especially on more sensitive areas over my body as the exfoliant, the Granulated Sugar, starts off being quite hard. However, after a couple of uses, the outside of the scrub does become slightly softer, giving a much more pleasant feeling as you glide it over your skin.

The ‘smooth’ comes from the Murumuru Butter and the Castor Oil in this product. Murumuru Butter comes from the seeds of the Murumuru Palm Tree, which is a very prevalent species in Brazil. It’s not only highly softening and moisturising for the skin, it leaves a protective film over the skins surface, locking in the moisture and the nourishment. Castor Oil also adds moisture, but is also antibacterial and incredibly soothing and calming, having been used around the world for over 4,000 years to treat eczema, psoriasis, burns and acne.

As someone who’s skin can get slightly irritated when using a strong body scrub, I’ve found that once the bar is softer and less scratchy, it hasn’t left me with any irritation, so I would definitely recommend this bar to all types of skin. Yes, there are definitely more moisturising scrubs that Lush have on offer such as Scrubee and Cherryish, but if you’re looking for something stronger, then this is definitely a good product to go for.

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The trio of Vanilla Absolute, Patchouli Oil and Black Pepper Oil mean that The Rough With The Smooth shares it’s scent with the Lord of Misrule family. Leaving a spicy, warming scent that lingers on your skin for a good while (of course I’m using mine paired with the Lord of Misrule Shower Cream for that double strength scent!).

Although these essential oils aren’t heavily featured in this scrub, they do bring added benefits. Black Pepper Oil is stimulating, getting the blood flowing and the circulation going, leaving a rejuvenated, bright appearance; and like the Castor Oil, the Vanilla Absolute and Patchouli Oil add to the calming and soothing effects.

Here it is on the Lush UK website for you to check out more and purchase!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Murumuru Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream of Tartar, Organic Castor Oil, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15850:1, Colour 77491

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Lord of Misrule Shower Cream

It’s only fitting to be starting my blog with something LOM scented isn’t it?

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The name Lord of Misrule comes from the name of a specially appointed individual who was in charge of presiding over a feast day called The Feast Of Fools in the middle ages in Britain. His job included presiding over wild parties, drunkenness and other Christmastime revelries, which sounds like a great job IMO.

Originally appearing way back in 2013 as part of that year’s Halloween range, it has absolutely become a fan favourite, returning almost every Halloween since and you can now find it all year round at Oxford Street or online.

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Unlike some of the other shower creams Lush has created, I find the consistency of LOM perfect, it’s not too thick like a shower cream can be. The lather isn’t a lot but I’m not a massive fan of shower gels and creams that lather up too much so for me it’s just fine.

The spicy scent of the Patchouli and Black Pepper is sweetened by the addition of Vanilla Absolute, giving a comforting earthy aroma that stays on your skin for hours after using it. It’s a very different scent to a lot of other Lush products so it’s no wonder why it’s became a staple Lush scent.

The Black Pepper Oil stimulates the blood flow to the skin giving a brightness that you can definitely see after a wash with this brilliantly green cream, however I find that the best thing about this product is the excellent moisturising qualities of the Cocoa Butter and the Wheatgerm Oil. Wheatgerm Oil is incredibly nourishing due to the high protein and vitamin E content meaning this shower cream is perfect for combating dry patches in the skin or just if you want to feel incredibly soft!

I love using my Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream and it’s a staple of my bathroom so I can use it when I’m in need of a LOM pick me up!

Check it out on the LUSH UK website where you can purchase it here.

Ingredients

Patchouli and Black Peppercorn Infusion, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19140:1

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