Bath, Bath Bombs

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

The third bath bomb I tried out of the four secret note flower bath bombs I used was actually the one I was most looking forward to. Chamomile Flower features the same scent as one of my favourite soaps, Figs and Leaves.

Like the others, Chamomile Flower’s design is based around a real life Chamomile Flower. Chamomile plants resemble daisies and have white flowers with yellow buds in the centre. Chamomile is most famous for having relaxing properties, and the baby blue main colour suits that idea well.

Keeping the relaxing theme going, Chamomile Flower features a combination of Ylang Ylang Oil with Orange Flower Absolute, which make up the Figs and Leaves scent. It’s a fairly strong smelling aroma and one that conjures up thoughts of autumnal scenes, although that might be the name of the soap’s influence. It’s sweet, but in a natural and floral way which makes it soothing and calming for the mind. Although it’s probably just my keen sense of smell, but I find there’s something ever so slightly different about this version of the scent compared to the original, and it’s likely because of the addition of Chamomile Powder, or the change in format. There’s a slightly more powdery note but it’s near enough exactly the same. I love the Figs and Leaves scent and I’ve been wanting another product like it for ages!

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Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and conditions and soothes the skin. The powder works particularly well when added to solid bath products as it creates a soothing soak that comforts the skin and eases tension.

In that water it’s a fairly fast fizzer, and the bath water was soon overtaken with the pale blue colour, whilst the white flower section created pools on the surface. The white contains a little bubble bar mixture so it really foams and dissolves at a slower rate than the base. I was expecting a strong hit of the scent during the initial fizz, but sadly I was disappointed and it seemed to mostly disappear after that.

After my soak, my skin felt super smooth, even though I did still feel the need to moisturise, and the scent had left a decent impression on my body, although rather one-dimensional. Before I actually towelled off I also noticed that the chamomile powder within the bomb had remained on my skin slightly and had to be rinsed off, creating a milk-like substance which will likely benefit my skin so I had no qualms about that.

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In conclusion, I’m incredibly happy at the chance to experience the Figs and Leaves scent in another format, and I definitely think it’s one they should use more often. But I am a little disappointed with how weak the scent became after a while and would have liked it stronger to be honest.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Chamomile Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Jasmine Flower Bath Bomb

Out of the four flower-themed, note-containing bath bombs that Lush released for this year’s Mother’s Day, the one that was calling my name the most was Jasmine Flower. I’m a big Jasmine fan so naturally, I was excited to use this one.

Like the other flower bath bombs, Jasmine Flower is designed around a real jasmine flower. Jasmine flowers range in shapes but are most commonly white and star-like, with green leaves surrounding them, explaining the colour choices in this product. Jasmines have a strong and sensual scent, and have long been considered an aphrodisiac and an anti-depressant due to its aroma.

Although Jasmine Flower contains Lavender, Chamomile, Tagetes and Tangerine Oils, it’s main fragrance note comes from the inclusion of Jasmine in a powdered form. It’s a strong, aromatic fragrance, yet there’s something delicate about it. It’s floral, it’s warming and it’s somewhat fruity, with green, herbaceous undertones. If like me, you’re a fan of Jasmine, then you’ll truly love this, but if you’re not, then perhaps it’s not for you. Jasmine is very much like marmite, people either love it, or they hate it. I found that it evoked feelings of serenity and calmness, and although yes Jasmine is known for it’s ability to promote sensual intimacy, it’s nothing like how sweet and seductive it is in Lust Perfume.

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Once placed in the water, it’s beautiful scent filled the entire room which was almost intoxicating. A fairly fast fizzer, the water quickly turned the same shade of green as the bath bomb’s base, with patterns of lighter greens and whites shooting away from the fizzing ballistic. Due to added Cream Of Tartar in the white flower section, it fizzes a lot slower than the green part, retaining it’s pretty shape a little longer. The end result in my bath tub was a cloudy green water that hid my hands when they were submerged. I’d say the colour suits the product and scent well and I found myself feeling mellow and grounded.

Sadly, after a while I found that the scent wore off slightly the longer I was soaking, but I was happy to find that it left a subtle, more powdery trace on my skin afterwards. A lot of the ingredients that Jasmine Flower contains are very soothing, including the Jasmine Powder, so if you were suffering from any skin irritations then this would make a good bathing companion. On another note, you can actually see the Jasmine Powder floating around your tub! Though that does mean you’ll have to give it a rinse down when you’re finished.

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I’d love to see more products in this scent, I think it would be lovely in a hair product specifically, perhaps maybe a conditioner? Anyhow, I loved Jasmine Flower and I definitely recommend picking one up!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Tangerine Oil, Jasmine Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 42090

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Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Twilight Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars first appeared for Christmas 2017 when Lush released them in both Twilight and Snow Fairy versions. Although from experience of working in store last Christmas where they didn’t seem immensely popular, Lush didn’t give up and bought them both back for this years range.

A Sparkle Jar is basically a massage bar, with a hidden compartment of dusting powder inside it. The idea is to glide the bar across your skin, leaving a train of moisturising oils behind and then afterwards lightly dusting with the powder for a subtle shimmer and extra softness.

Sparkle Jars feature two little indents on their lids, which you need to prick with a pencil or any sharp object so they form holes and allow the powder to come out.

Aptly crescent moon-shaped Twilight Sparkle Jar, of course, features the heavenly lavender scent of the Twilight/Sleepy family, which is one of the most relaxing scents Lush have ever created. Lavender has been used for centuries in relaxation techniques and to ease the mind from worry and although slightly herbal in scent naturally, it’s sweetened here with the addition of Tonka and Ylang Ylang.

I find that the outside Cocoa Butter casing is a lot less oily than most of Lush’s massage bars and can take a little while to warm up and get going, especially on colder days. However, when it does it is expertly moisturising and nourishing. Lavender is also perfect for soothing any irritation you may have on the skin.

The inside dusting powder is Twilight scented too, in a more powdery form and oddly, somewhat less sweet. It’s a mix of mainly highly absorbent Tapioca Starch, Lavender Powder and Chamomile Powder so is also perfect for soothing and calming inflamed skin.

Both the case and the powder contain a large amount of glitter, leaving a faint purply-silver glow after use.

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 a whole lot of messy powder and you don’t want it to break on you!

I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the Sparkle Jars, I think they are great as gifts and as Christmas novelty items but I doubt I’ll be coming back for more once I’ve finished mine up as I’d rather use both a massage bar and a dusting powder as separate items.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chamomile Powder, Perfume, Lavender Powder, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Herbalism Fresh Cleanser

On the outside world, Herbalism is the study of botany and the use of plants intended for medicinal purposes. Inside a Lush store, Herbalism is a natural face and body cleanser.

Herbalism has been part of my daily routine for a while now. I originally started with Angels On Bare Skin in its place and as wonderful as that is, after trying Herbalism out, this is definitely the cleanser for me. If you’re hoping for bright and beautifully cleansed skin, then it could be for you too!

Like all of Lush’s fresh cleansers, to use Herbalism you just need to take a pinch of the product and add water, mush it into your hands until it creates a paste and then use it to cleanse. The only trouble I find with the fresh cleansers, especially Herbalism as it’s so crumbly, is that it tends to be somewhat messy. If you aren’t careful you can end up wasting a lot of the product. So it’s always better to start with a smallish amount and add more.

Herbalism is very cleansing due to the antiseptic qualities of the Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar. These ingredients are particularly useful in helping spot prone skin as they are also anti-inflammatory and they are perfect to help brighten the complexion. Another cleansing ingredient is a type of clay called Kaolin, which also acts as the product’s natural preservative, as it’s so absorbent, it removes water therefore not allowing the reproduction of harmful bacterias.

This cleanser also has a mild exfoliant in the form of Ground Almonds and Rice Bran, removing dead skin cells and paving the way for the brighter, smoother skin below. The almonds also create a soft milk when the water is added, which is what makes Herbalism feel really nice and gentle.

Chlorophyllin, Rose and Camomile help balance skin tone. The Chlorophyllin Lush use is extracted from Alfalfa plants which are rich in vitamins and minerals great for revitalising the skin. Chlorophyllin is also the reason Herbalism has such a strong green colour.

This cleanser is great for purifying and detoxing the skin with all these lovely aforementioned ingredients. Whilst Herbalism is the one for me, make sure you check out the others as there might be another more suited to your skin.

The strong herbal, earthy smell of herbalism can put people off, and honestly I wasn’t a massive fan when I first started using it, however I can definitely say I’ve got used to it!

Take a look at it on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Chlorophyllin Water; Nettle, Rosemary and Rice Vinegar Extract, Rice Bran, Gardenia Extract, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Sage Oil, Perfume

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