Bath, Bath Bombs

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Shoot For The Stars is yet another Christmas exclusive that feels like it’s been around forever. It first appeared for Christmas 2013, although it looked much different and didn’t sport this vibrant blue design with the three golden stars embedded into the surface until 2016. As the last of my Christmas bath products, I feel it was a great one to end on.

Shoot For The Stars shares it’s scent with the popular ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, which is a delicious, honey scented fragrance reminiscent of fudge and caramel sweets. Although mostly unnoticeable in the background of the scent, theres a citrus note which comes from the fruitiness of Orange and Bergamot Oils and is actually what makes up the biggest portion of the scent, surprisingly.

I actually think that this particular bath bomb has a much stronger scent than the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, so its perfect if you’re a big fan. Furthermore, a high amount of rich Cocoa Butter and Creamed Coconut add a buttery warmth that makes it ever so comforting.

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As you can imagine with such a vivid colour, once in the bath an explosion of blue jets into the water, colouring it with the same vivid pigment as the ballistic itself. It’s such a beautiful colour, it gets top marks for simply just that! As it dissolves, the golden stars detach and float off. Even though there’s only three visible stars, there’s often one or two hidden in the centre of the bomb which is a nice surprise! The stars act very much like bath melts, imbuing the water with the Cocoa Butter & Almond Oil goodness and adding specks of gold into the blue. You’ll definitely notice how oily and rich the water feels once they’ve fully melted and you’ll appreciate the silky smooth feeling on your skin. If you’re someone who suffers from drying winter skin, then this would be an excellent way of combating it.

The scent was just as prevalent in the water as it was to begin with and likewise on my skin after. I definitely feel no need to moisturise whenever I use a Shoot For The Stars but feel free to if you so wish.

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I can’t imagine that Lush have any plans to discontinue this fab product anytime soon, so I expect we’ll see it return for 2019’s range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Butterbear Bath Bomb

Each Christmas, Lush temporarily discontinue the popular Butterball Bath Bomb and replace it with a more festive version, the Butterbear!

Often customers get confused and/or believe that the two products are different but real talk, Butterball and Butterbear are the same thing. Facts are facts America, it’s just a different shape.

Butterbear still features the same sweet, reassuring scent as Butterball, which is a mix of sweet Ylang Ylang Oil with a vanilla-like Synthetic Musk. Ylang Ylang Oil is used in aromatherapy to relax the nervous system and relieve anger, panic and fear, giving you a leisurely bath tub experience. There is a slight amount of Cocoa Powder in the mix, the only difference in versions, but it’s mainly for the colouring around it’s nose and doesn’t add much to the scent.

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Once popped in the water, it quickly fizzes away, shooting out the mini chunks of brown Cocoa Butter into the water, ready to be absorbed by the skin. Once you’re in you can feel it almost straight away in the bath as well as a long time after you’ve left it, as it leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling sweet! Unfortunately the water doesn’t really change much in terms of colour, there’s just a slight pale yellow tint.

Both versions of this product are really great for younger skins and sensitive skins alike, due to the simple and gentle ingredients list.

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The different shape is a cute change for Christmas, and they actually prove to be pretty popular each year. But it is still just a plain old Butterball, which I do actually find quite boring unless it’s paired with something else!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Synthetic Musk, Cocoa Powder, Water

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Naked Body Conditioner

Going naked is always the way forward, although all plastic Lush currently use is recyclable, if you know you’re bad at bringing your pots back or not chucking certain plastics into your general waste bin, you should definitely attempt to choose naked products.

A naked body conditioner works in the same way as a liquid body conditioner, but instead of scooping out some of the product, you grab the whole thing and rub it on, like you would with a massage bar.

To make Christingle solid, Lush have added Cocoa Butter to the mix along with two waxes derived from vegetable sources – Carnauba and Japan Wax. I believe the extra butter is what makes this solid version a tad more moisturising than it’s predecessor.

Like the potted version, Christingle obviously still contains the trio of Peppermint, Spearmint and Menthol Crystals. You for sure still get the tingling sensation on your skin when using this version but I think it’s somewhat less potent than the other and is the biggest reason why I’d prefer using the solid. The Menthol Crystals are in a lesser quantity so maybe that’s the reason? Coupled with the addition of the extra ingredients perhaps. The minty smell is somewhat lessened in strength too.

As with all of Lush’s in shower naked products, you can end up wasting a lot of the product under the water, so be careful not to let it melt too much by stepping out of the rainfall to apply. Christingle also has a tendency to leave blue marks on surfaces where it’s been resting so it’s a good idea to make a little stand for it, a black pot lid is perfect!

I definitely prefer the less intense solid version of Christingle, let me know which you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Murumuru Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Menthol Crystals, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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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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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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Buck’s Fizz Naked Body Conditioner

Christmas 2017 was all about being naked and packaging free with naked shower gels, naked body lotions and naked body conditioners which went down a treat with customers wanting to be more eco-friendly and create less waste. Packaging really is so out at the moment.

Lush bought back these naked body conditioners for 2018’s range and Buck’s Fizz made a return.

Really the only difference between this version and the potted variety is a couple of extra ingredients that help it retain it’s solid state.

Although both versions contain a generous amount of softening Murumuru Butter, the naked’s base is comprised of Shea and Cocoa Butters as well. Lush have also added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product.

The addition of these ingredients of course changes how the product feels on your skin, I’d say that this version seems a lot more oily and thicker with the first rub on your skin, but once both versions have sinked in, there’s really no difference in feeling. I actually tried both versions on different parts of my body and without knowing, I wouldn’t have been able to tell which one was which. Buck’s Fizz is a case where they’ve got the naked version spot on.

In terms of scent, there is a slight difference. Whilst it still contains the trio of Lime, Cognac and Orange Oils that make up the fragrance, along with Pink Grapefruit Decoction and Orange Blossom Water, it doesn’t contain the Fresh Orange Juice like the potted version. Although a small change, I think it makes a significant difference as it doesn’t smell as juicy and stays truer to the original scent, in my opinion.

Because of this, I actually prefer this version to the other. For me, the liquid is just too strong and smells too much of juice, this subtler version makes my nose a lot happier.

Did you get a chance to try both? Let me know which you preferred!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Vine Leaf Infusion, Orange Blossom Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Limonene, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Almond Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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Buck’s Fizz Body Conditioner

If you’re unfamiliar with this scent, it’s been released under a few different names in the past such as Celebrate, Bubbly and Snow Showers. Different fans will choose different versions of the scent to refer to it as but I personally call it Celebrate, so that’s what I’ll be referring to it as.

The Celebrate scent is mainly Brazilian Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils. Cognac Oil, derived from fermented grapes, has a very strong, alcoholic and fruity aroma, which is what gives the scent it’s likeness to champagne. What do you get when you mix champagne and orange? A Buck’s Fizz.

A body conditioner works much like a body lotion, but you use it whilst you’re still in the shower! After washing, scoop out some of the product and slather a generous helping over your body before rinsing off for beautifully moisturised skin. The Almond and Jojoba Oils in Buck’s Fizz deeply penetrate the skin’s layers carrying the benefits of the other ingredients with them. Murumuru Butter and Coconut Oil help give the product its velvety consistency and add to the moisturising effects.

Buck’s Fizz contains soothing Vine Leaf Infusion as one of its main ingredients for the calming and conditioning benefits which contains many essential vitamins to nourish the skin. It also contains oil from the seeds of the Kalahari Melon which is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to promote healthy, supple and moisturised skin.

Although being part of the Celebrate family, I’d argue that it smells a lot juicier, fruitier and somewhat sweeter than the likes of Golden Wonder. Whilst it does contain the trio of Brazilian Orange, Cognac and Lime, it further contains Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water and Fresh Orange Juice which I believe alter the aroma slightly.

It’s no doubt that Lush added these ingredients in for their antiseptic and antibacterial effects, and to boost the citrusy smell, but I’d prefer it more subtle.

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Nevertheless, Buck’s Fizz definitely makes a lovely body conditioner which effectively hydrates the skin. The uplifting and energising scent is perfect for a morning shower and it does stick around for a while provided you aren’t too vigorous when towelling down, you don’t want to rub it away!

Stay tuned for my next post on the naked version of this product! Personally, it’s my favourite of the two!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Almond Oil, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Kalahari Melon Oil, Murumuru Butter, Limonene, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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