Shower, Shower Bombs

Comfort Zone Shower Bomb

Lush know that their customers love The Comforter scent. When The Comforter Shower Cream was discontinued a while back, there was an outcry of disappointed fans feeling like Lush had just removed one of their best products from sale, and if you looked at how popular it was, you’d be surprised too. Since then, Lush haven’t really had anything for the shower scented with the same, blackcurrant scent, until now.

Designed to look like a paper ramekin, Comfort Zone is definitely a pretty product to look at. Like all shower bombs, it’s designed to be used just once, just like how a bath bomb is only designed for one bath. You simply hold it under the running water, and it’ll foam up with a soft and creamy mousse, which you then use to wash yourself with.

The foam that shower bombs produce is gorgeously soft due to both Potato Starch and seaweed-derived Sodium Alginate which really soften the skin. Also the black bits you can see embedded into this one are actually Chia Seeds, which produce a softening mucilage when soaked in water and offer a gentle and light exfoliation as well.

As I mentioned, Comfort Zone smells just like the scent family known as The Comforter which I often describe as being like sweet blackcurrant squash. I’d say it’s a little fruiter than The Comforter Bubble Bar but its very potent and The Comforter fans will definitely be rejoicing over it. The scent is made up of Cassis (Blackcurrant), along with Bergamot and Cypress and is a sweet and fruity fragrance. To be honest, I find the scent a little sickly but a great deal of people love how cosy it makes them feel. On the skin, both Blackcurrant and Bergamot are full of Vitamin C, brightening and refreshing the skin, whilst Cypress is topically soothing.

Comfort Zone further contains Fresh Raspberries, which isn’t usually something you’d find in a product bearing The Comforter scent but Lush have added it to help sweeten the aroma and to further refresh the skin.

Often after a shower bomb foams for the first time after coming into contact with the water, they don’t foam as much the next time, so I’ve started doing something slightly different and I actually crush them into my hands as they get wet. I’ve found you get a lot more of a lather doing it this way which obviously means more for you to use. Plus, it’s a lot easier, just be careful not to lose any down the plughole. I used to find that as the product got smaller, you’d be left with this hard lump, but not any longer! My skin felt so soft after using this and I’d say that that’s the best thing about a shower bomb really, they make you feel so smooth!

Although the shower bomb itself smells fairly strong, I can’t say it retains its strength on your skin after. It has lingered very subtly but nothing like I expected it to be which is a real shame. Nonetheless, Comfort Zone is a definite must try for all you fans of its fruity sweet scent out there.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Perfume, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Chia Seeds, Fresh Raspberries, Water, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 45410:1

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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

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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Shower Gels & Creams

The Comforter Shower Cream

RIP to yet another much loved popular product. The Comforter Shower Cream was discontinued at the end of 2017.

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As the name suggests, this pinky-purple Shower Cream was exactly the same scent as The Comforter Bubble Bar which has a fruity, juicy sweet scent of blackcurrants and fruit tea. It really reminds me of when I used to drink warm blackcurrant squash when I was much younger and it’s meant to invoke the sense of being hugged by a warm blanket and I think it does just that. It really is comforting.

The scent is actually made up of Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil and Bergamot Oil but really the only smell I can detect is the Cassis, it seems the other oils just enhance the sweetness.

Mixed in with these ingredients we have nourishing Murumuru and Cocoa Butters which leave your skin feeling luxuriously soft and conditioned. Along with Almond Oil which is a wonderful ingredient with many benefits for the skin, these are what give The Comforter it’s thick, creamy consistency.

Lush have also added both Vanilla and Blackberry Infusions to this cream, mainly to add to the delicious fruity aroma but Vanilla also contributes to restoring the skin’s brightness and softness, whilst Blackberry Infusion helps tone and tighten.

Because it’s such a strong and powerful scent, it stays with you on your skin for ages after, I can even smell it the morning after a bedtime shower! It also leaves you with superbly soft skin. I do agree somewhat with those who say that they don’t feel completely fully clean after using The Comforter due to it’s sticky sweet scent and because it doesn’t lather as much as other creams and gels, but I think it’s worth it to smell like fruit parfait all day!

Lushies around the world went absolutely ape when it was discontinued and honestly I was just as shocked as they were. But Lush love to bring back a discon product every now and then so keep your fingers crossed and make do with the bubble bar in the meantime!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Almond Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Blackberry Infusion, Vanilla Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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