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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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar

Magic Wand is a product that has been a staple of the Christmas Range for a good few years now and will no doubt continue to be. It makes a great stocking filler as it looks so cute and the silver bell and ribbon tied around the wooden stick is a really nice touch. It proves to be popular year after year!

As you can imagine by the pink colour and glittery design, its Snow Fairy scented and is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Now I’m not a Snow Fairy superfan like some hardcore Lushies out there, but I can appreciate the sweet-smelling candy floss fragrance that it’s known for and was looking forward to my first bath with Magic Wand. If you didn’t know, the Snow Fairy range of products are scented with Synthetic Musk. Lush produce the sensual fragrance of Musk synthetically due to the incredibly cruel way in which natural musk is obtained from animals.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can potentially get around five or six decent baths out of a single wand so it’s really good for the money. You can either hold your Magic Wand under the running tap water, or swirl it around in the water of an already full bath until you’ve got enough bubbles. If you choose the latter option it’ll probably last longer!

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With the running tap method you get a lot more bubbles and this is the option I chose for my bath this evening, I used about a third of mine and managed to get a mountain of fluffy white bubbles with Snow Fairy pink water below.

Whilst both the water and the bubbles felt lovely and soft on my skin, I was a little disappointed with the lack of scent. Where was the powerful Snow Fairy smell I was after? Gone, quite frankly, as I couldn’t smell anything. Furthermore, I was expecting the glitter to be a bit more prevalent in the water, considering Snow Fairies are all about sparkles but sadly there wasn’t that much.

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On the whole, I think Magic Wand is a great novelty product to buy at Christmas and little boys and girls really love it, but I personally think it could be made so much better with a little tweaking! I guess we’ll see what next year’s version will bring.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Golden Wonder is a Lush Christmas Classic and you can’t really call yourself a Lush superfan unless you’ve tried it. It truly is a wonder to behold, covered in a golden shimmer and topped with a beautiful cream bow, but the real treasure hidden in this present is the colour inside.

It features a fragrance that has appeared frequently in different formats and under different names over the years but is made up of Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil and Cognac Oil.

The scent is beautifully uplifting whilst remaining very light and not too heady. Being fruity, yet sharp its very reminiscent of champagne, sparkling wines and the very thing it’s meant to smell like – a glass of Buck’s Fizz. A perfect bathing companion for Christmas morning perhaps? Or maybe even New Year’s Eve!

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Immediately upon contact with the water, it starts to fizz and almost instantly reveals it’s hidden colour, a beautiful and vibrant blue. It’s quite the fast fizzer and soon creamy whites and yellows from the outer shell mix with the blue, resulting in a gorgeous turquoise colour that glimmers with all the golden lustre floating throughout, looking like velvet dancing in an ocean.

Golden Wonder also contains little tiny stars that remain even when the bath bomb doesn’t, these float around in the water only adding to the magic.

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The warming scent really remained throughout my bathing and also on my skin after, albeit very lightly. What was more prominently covering my body was the remains of the golden glitter, giving me a shimmer in the light which I personally love but can understand might not be for everyone. If that doesn’t appeal to you then all you need do is rinse yourself down with the shower head, like you might also have to do to your tub…

I’ve used a Golden Wonder each year for a number of years now and I love it every time, it’s a real iconic part of the Christmas collection and I think a lot of fans would be disappointed if it ever left!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 15510, Colour 45410, Colour 77491

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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, Dusting Powders

Fairy Dust Dusting Powder

Christmas 2015 saw the first release of this dusting powder with it’s current name, previously it had gone by the name of Candy Fluff and was a limited edition Lush Kitchen release. Obviously more suited to the Snow Fairy season, it’s been back a few times for Christmas since.

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To use a dusting powder, you simply shake the bottle over the desired area and then rub it across your skin, or if you prefer you can sprinkle it into your hands first. They’re an excellent way of helping you feel less ‘oily’ after using a body lotion or massage bar, or for helping you dry off after those warm days when you’re a little too moist, or for just when you want to add a little sparkly smoothness to your life!

Basically, a dusting powder is made from super absorbent powders such as Cornflour and Sodium Bicarbonate to absorb excess moisture on the skin. It feels really lovely on when you’ve covered your body and makes you feel so baby soft. It also features a heavy amount of lustre which really glimmers when the light hits your skin, but it’s not overbearingly glittery at all. I believe it to be the perfect amount!

I know a lot of people like to sprinkle it over their bedsheets to give a long lasting aroma which will 100% still be there by morning and for a good few days too!

As you can guess with the pink label, Fairy Dust has the popular Snow Fairy scent which is made from a sweet smelling Synthetic Musk and smells of candy floss and pear drops. For some it can be a little too sweet, but for most, they go crazy over this stuff. The scent’s actually really strong in this format, meaning a little really does go a long way.

I think it’s a great novelty for Snow Fairy fans and makes the perfect stocking filler, the small bottle will last months and months so it’s really actually quite good for the money.

Check out Fairy Dust right here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

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

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