Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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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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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Body Conditioner

The word Christingle paints the picture of an orange with a candle stuck in it, like the kind that I’d carry at school, during an annual Christingle assembly back when I didn’t have a say in which religious activities I partook in. This idea makes you imagine a body conditioner with the same name would be warming and smelling of oranges, but that job falls to Buck’s Fizz. Christingle Body Conditioner is actually more literal with the word, as this minty fresh lotion definitely leaves a tingling feeling.

Like all of Lush’s body conditioners, Christingle starts with a base of nourishing oils and butters to add great moisture to the skin. Specifically, Jojoba Oil and Murumuru and Shea Butters. The addition of the butters gives the product a luxuriously buttery feel, much more than just a body lotion. The idea with a body conditioner, is to use it in the shower after you’ve washed and rinse it off. The heat from the water allows the product to melt deeper into the skin.

Christingle’s scent is purely minty, containing Peppermint and Spearmint Oils, along with Menthol Crystals as well. Menthol is the active component of mint and is revitalising, stimulating, cooling and soothing for skin. This trio of minty ingredients are what cause the tingling sensation on your skin when using this product which is effective against any skin inflammation or muscular aches and pains.

Be careful not to slather too much of the lotion on, one time I put so much on, the tingling got a bit too much and I felt like I was covered in ice, I couldn’t stop shivering! To be honest, it’s this reason why I believe this product is much more suited to summertime when you want to cool off. It’ll also be perfect for soothing sunburn.

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Christingle also contains Grapefruit and Cassia Oils. Cassia is a relative of cinnamon and has a similar stimulating effect on the skin, whereas antiseptic Grapefruit is great for brightening the skin.

After using it, my skin is always visibly brighter and I feel much more awake and energised, so I often use it in my morning showers. It’s also very useful to keep a pot of it around, I recently burnt my hand cooking and it was the perfect thing to stop the pain and redness on my skin.

My next post will be about the naked version of Christingle so stay tuned!

Ingredients

Water, Jojoba Oil, Murumuru Butter, Glycerine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

 

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Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars are kind of like marmite, either people are really intrigued by them and love them, or they straight up don’t want one and think it’s a pointless gimmick.

This year was the second year of Lush doing Sparkle Jars for Christmas and of course popular Snow Fairy has been made available both years.

Shaped like a star and coloured pink, you can definitely guess that the familiar sweet candy floss scent of Snow Fairy hides within. The powder that’s inside the ‘jar’ is also scented the same and is basically just Fairy Dust Dusting Powder.

The massage bar outer container is made up of Organic Cocoa Butter, making it super moisturising for the skin. Because Cocoa Butter tends to be a lot less melty than some other butters Lush use, it really needs to be warmed up against the skin before you start feeling the benefits. It’s perfect for when you’ve just stepped out of the shower and your skin is radiating that extra warmth.

I love to use mine as a body moisturiser, but the best part is the powder inside. If you think you’re already silky smooth after using the outside, you’re in for a treat. Poke holes with a pencil in the two indents and use the jar like a salt shaker, sprinkling the scented powder all over your skin.

Being mostly made up of Cornflour and other powders, it’s highly absorbent and effectively softens your skin even more! Like Fairy Dust, it’s also full of plastic free glitter so is perfect when you want that extra shimmer.

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Lush’s glitters and lustres are usually made up of Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, otherwise known as Synthetic Mica. Mica is one of the main compounds of granite and Lush produce it synthetically because of concerns over child labour in the mining of natural mica. Synthetic Mica is also brighter and purer than natural mica and has a more uniform finish which doesn’t contain any sharp edges, making it safer for use in cosmetics.

Obviously, because the Sparkle Jars are hollow inside and are comprised of a bottom part with a lid attached, they can be delicate, so just handle with care and don’t apply too much pressure when using because they contain more powder than you’d think and you don’t want to be cleaning that up!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Magnesium Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Citral, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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Body, Body Lotions

Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion

Along with the potted version, Lush also released Once Upon A Time Body Lotion in a packaging free, naked form!

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You use a Naked Body Lotion much like you would a massage bar, grabbing the whole product and gliding it over your skin, allowing the butters and oils to leave a rich trail of hydration behind it.

Both versions are basically the same product, the naked version just has a different formulation and a couple of extra ingredients to make it solid. Because of this, I’d say that this version is a lot richer and much more moisturising. It still contains the Murumuru and Illipe Butters like the potted variety but also Cocoa and Shea Butters too. Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax also help the product retain its state and protect the skin.

Because it’s richer, you don’t need to use as much with each application and I’d say that this version definitely lasts you longer than the other.

A downside to this version is that the scent is a lot more subtle. You get the more citrusy notes from the essential oils rather than the juicy freshness of the apples and for this reason I think I prefer the potted. I think because, weirdly (and I’m not entirely sure why), this version replaces the Apple Water for mineral rich Spring Water, that this might be the reason why it doesn’t smell as appley. I’d also say that the scent lasts a lot longer when using the non-naked version too.

Again, like with it’s potted brother, the small amount of glitter is barely noticeable, so don’t worry too much if that’s not your thing!

Do you prefer to go naked or keep the pot on? Let me know!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Apple Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Spring Water, Perfume, Limonene, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491

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Body, Body Lotions

Once Upon A Time Body Lotion

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words ‘Once Upon A Time’? Fairy tales, far off lands and magical kingdoms? One of the most iconic images from a fairy tale is an apple, the poisoned one given to Snow White by the evil queen. It only makes sense that a body lotion named Once Upon A Time is full of apples (minus the poison).

Its rather nice having a scent that’s very different from the warming and spicy or candy sweet scents that make up the majority of the Christmas ranges. Once you’ve popped the lid open on a tub of this lotion you can instantly smell the familiar juicy scent of fresh green apples. It’s no surprise it smells so strongly because two of the top ingredients are Apple Infusion and Apple Water.

Apples are rich in antioxidants to refresh and rejuvenate the skin. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the skin’s top layers, leaving your skin toned and glowing. In combination with cleansing ingredients, the juice de-greases the skin with its gently astringent and acidic properties, making it a perfect lotion for someone who already has overly oily skin.

The crisp apple scent has seen a few incarnations before, notably So White Bath Bomb and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. However, due to the different ingredients making up the scent, it’s similar, but not the same.

Once applied to the skin, you somewhat lose the refreshing apple scent and citrus notes start to come through. Once Upon A Time also contains Grapefruit, Sicilian Lemon and Lime Oils for their uplifting scent and astringent, toning qualities.

This lotion is light, but effective. Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil are the perfect carrier oils which deeply penetrate and nourish the skin, allowing the antioxidant and conditioning  benefits of other ingredients, like richly hydrating and softening Murumuru and Illipe Butters, to reach further.

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Although the lotion contains a small amount of Synthetic Mica (a safe, plastic free glitter), its barely noticeable and I didn’t even realise it was there until I was reading the ingredients list!

Stay tuned for a post on the naked version of this exact product!

Ingredients

Apple Infusion, Almond Oil, Apple Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Murumuru Butter, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Limonene, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491

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