Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub

This holiday season, alongside Cranberry Fizz, Lush also decided to re-release a favourite lip scrub from last year’s range – Sugar Plum Fairy.

Although it’s called Sugar Plum Fairy, it doesn’t really relate to anything in the Plum Rain scent family, nor does it actually contain any plum whatsoever! Oddly enough, the flavouring and the scent mainly comes from the inclusion of Sweet Wild Orange Oil.

The Sweet Wild Orange Oil gives the product it’s sweet and tangy taste and if you didn’t know what it was, you might be inclined to think it to be Blackcurrant or Raspberry flavour.  Like always, the Lip Scrubs are basically just Jojoba Oil and Caster Sugar, so they’re completely safe to ingest, you simply apply to your lips and lick it off.

The scent reminds me of flavoured fizzy drinks but again, it’s more of a berry-like scent, rather than anything citrusy.

I’m afraid there’s nothing particularly special about this Lip Scrub, there’s no extra ingredient that makes it stand out amongst the others, but I guess it’s a nice alternative to Bubblegum for those who like extra sweet flavours.

If you think you’d like Sugar Plum Fairy, make sure you grab one for yourself while stocks last! You can purchase it over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77007

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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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Body Conditioners, Shower

Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner

As always, Lush are constantly trying to reduce plastic by developing their innovative ideas. Christmas 2017 saw the first release of Naked Body Conditioners alongside their potted counterparts to give people the choice to use a pot or not. I think it’s so cute how they’ve designed them to look like the pots.

A body conditioner is basically an in-shower moisturiser. And where you’d apply a scoop of the liquid variety, with this version, you pick up the whole thing and apply much like you would a massage bar, rubbing it all over and massaging the product in.

At first glance, the hot pink colour of Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner is a lot darker than the potted version‘s more light bubblegum pink colour. Nevertheless, they are basically the same product, the solid version simply has extra ingredients to keep it solid.

The amount of Cocoa Butter in this version is significantly more, and Lush have added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product along with two extra butters – Illipe and Shea. 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 once it’s on your skin and therefore I believe it to be the more moisturising of the two, but because of this it can take longer to sink in.

Furthermore, because of the extra waxes, it does seem to leave your skin feeling more protected and nourished than the potted version but just make sure you really are rubbing it all in otherwise you might be left with a pinky hue to your skin!

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Weirdly, the scent of this version doesn’t seem as sweet and I’m not entirely sure I can figure out why, but I imagine it to be because of the extra ingredients masking the sweet synthetic musk that makes up the Snow Fairy scent. Moreover, the scent actually lasts longer on your skin with the non-naked version.

In conclusion, its hard to decide which version I prefer but I might have to side with the naked. I really love a body conditioner and I love the oily rich, but not greasy effect they leave you skin with and I find this version gives slightly more of that.

If you’re not going naked this Christmas, make sure you’re holding on to your black pots to bring back to a local Lush to be recycled and reused! Hold on to five and you’ll be able to get a free Fresh Face Mask as a thank you!

Check out this naked body conditioner here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cherry Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Perfume, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Lauryl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Snow Fairy Body Conditioner

Snow Fairy, the iconic Lush Christmas Scent has just about been released in every format. However it wasn’t until 2016 when it made an appearance as a Body Conditioner.

For those who love Snow Fairy, I’m sure you would have tried this product already. It’s a bright, bubblegum pink, luxurious, buttery cream that is perfect for adding some moisture to your Snow Fairy skin.

I’d argue that in this format, the scent is at its strongest and you can immediately smell the deliciously sugary scent as soon as you open the lid and I’d even say that it’s stronger here than even the shower gel! If you’re not familiar with the scent, it’s the sweetest of sweet. Think of cotton candy and bubblegum and you’re on the right track.

Unlike most other versions of this scent, Snow Fairy Body Conditioner contains Cherry Infusion for the soothing and antioxidant properties. I’d assume that it’s also one of the reasons why the smell is so strong and almost sweeter than the other members of the Snow Fairy family, if that’s even possible!

Think of a body conditioner like an in-shower moisturiser. After you’ve washed your body, generously spread this lotion all over your skin, rub it in and simply rinse off to leave your skin feeling nourished and conditioned! It’s perfect for those who’d rather moisturise their skin in the shower rather than after they’ve dried off.

This body conditioner contains three immensely softening butters and two beautifully moisturising oils for your skin’s benefit. Avocado Butter, Mango Butter and Cocoa Butter gives a luxuriously creamy rich base to the product, whilst Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil easily penetrate the skin’s layers to deeply condition.

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I love a body conditioner, they leave your skin feeling so buttery and richly hydrated, the only downside I found to this one was that unfortunately, after towelling off, the scent was very subtle.

Stay tuned for a post about the Naked version of this body conditioner coming tomorrow! I’ll be highlighting differences and stating which version I prefer.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Almond Oil, Cherry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Butter, Stearic Acid, Mango Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Triethanolamine, Synthetic Musk, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Colour 45410

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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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Shower, Shower Jellies

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly

Originally available for Christmas 2015, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly is now a staple of Lush’s Christmas range. It’s rather unique because it’s not the usual shower jelly shape, it’s shaped to literally look like Santa’s round belly!

Like all jellies, the base is made from Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract, derived from Irish Moss Seaweed. This gives Shower Jellies their texture, and helps to moisturise and nourish your skin. This particular Jelly is a deep red colour, filled with gorgeous golden stars and sparkles!

Santa’s Belly boasts the crisp, vibrant scent of fresh apples, very similar to Once Upon A Time Body Lotion. It’s so refreshing to use in the shower and is really unlike a lot of other Lush scents. Usually when you think of ‘refreshing’ your mind takes you to either Mint or Citrus, so it’s nice to have another really fresh scent to choose.

The scent is mainly from the addition of Fresh Apple and Red Grape Juices. Fruit juices are often rich in antioxidants and vitamins which help to brighten and refresh the skin, they are also great to add to cleansers because they cleanse without stripping moisture. Uplifting oils such as Neroli and Bergamot also add to the cheery scent.

There’s also a slight warming note to the scent from Star Anise Infusion. Stimulating, antiseptic Star Anise is often used in festive products due to it’s appealing, spicy aroma.

This is one of my favourite jellies, I really like the scent in this format and it’s really rather unique amongst all the other jellies! It’s so lovely to use in shower, it lathers up so much and the scent really stays on your skin for a long while!

Grab it whilst you can in stores and online now!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Star Anise Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Apple Juice, Red Grape Juice, Bergamot Oil, Rose Absolute, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 77491

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