Bath, Bath Bombs

Magma Bath Bomb

The act of taking a bath can be very healing for our bodies. Warm water eases aches and pains, steam alleviates cold and flu symptoms and on a subconscious level, the floating sensation is comforting because it supposedly reminds us of being in the womb. Add in a bath bomb and depending which you’ve chosen, a whole host of other benefits await you too.

Magma Bath Bomb is based on Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, which was designed to really combat muscular aches and pains. Both contain Cinnamon Leaf and Peppermint Oils which help in different ways. Cinnamon, like the majority of spices, have a warming, stimulating effect on the skin. They stimulate the blood vessels under the skin which increases the blood flow to the area which in turn relaxes tight muscles. Peppermint creates a cooling sensation on the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings, further relaxing the muscles and it also dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow.

Magma does contain two ingredients that Wiccy Magic Muscles doesn’t, and that’s Mustard Powder and Ginger Powder. Like Cinnamon, both of these ingredients have stimulating and warming properties too, increasing the effects.

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Comparing the scents of both products, Magma is definitely a little spicier, which makes sense given the addition of the two new ingredients, whereas I can detect the minty element a lot more in the massage bar. Wiccy is also a lot more potent than Magma, which isn’t a bad thing because the scent of Wiccy can be really overpowering for a lot of people.

In the bath, Magma is a silent fizzer, slowing sending out waves of foamy red and yellow into the water, obviously designed to look like lava, rather than a ‘pizza bath’ as my friend described it as. After a while, the water had taken on a warm orange colour.

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Sadly I couldn’t really smell the fragrance very strongly once it had dissolved, but I felt the relaxing benefits of the bath as soon as I was in. My body easily succumbed to the warm water as I let the essential oils do their work.

I suffer with bad knee pain a lot, so I really rely on baths to help ease the tension and pain and I thought Magma worked wonders. After just five minutes soaking, I already felt a lot better. Once I was out I felt like a new person as my skin was soft and my body wasn’t aching. I couldn’t notice any scent remaining on my body but after a few swipes of the massage bar, there it was.

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In conclusion, Magma made for a really nice bath. It probably suits the colder months more than it does the heatwave we’re currently having but I’m sure I’ll be using this again during the winter. I’d definitely recommend this bath bomb to anyone with aches and pains!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Popping Candy, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45350.

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Top Gum Toothy Tabs

After the success of the Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs I got from the exclusive range at Lush Liverpool, I was eager to try out another. A co-worker was heading up there so I asked her to surprise me with a flavour of her choice and she bought me back Top Gum. I assume it’s named after the 1986 action film ‘Top Gun’ staring Tom Cruise and is described as ‘the maverick of mouth care’.

As with all of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Top Gum doesn’t contain any fluoride but instead contains ingredients that work equally as well to freshen the breath and remove plaque and bacteria. Sodium Bicarbonate increases the alkalinity levels inside the mouth which creates an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth. Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous is a natural salt, which along with the Sodium Bicarbonate is great for removing plaque and polishing the teeth. Kaolin also contributes by gently polishing too.

As soon as you pop the lid off of these new toothy tabs, you’re greeted by a strong spicy aroma that’s unmistakably cinnamon-fronted and strongly reminds me of Goldschläger, you know, that cinnamon liqueur with gold flakes in it which people used to think made small cuts in your throat? Now I don’t mind the smell of cinnamon, but coupled with all the other spices that Top Gum contains, it’s very overpowering.

Along with Cinnamon Bark Oil and Cinnamon Powder, these spicy tabs contain Clove Bud Oil as well as Whole Clove, Pimento Berry Oil, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper and Grains Of Paradise. Cloves contain a high amount of eugenol, which is really effective at soothing the mouth and gums. Pimento and Allspice also contain a great amount of eugenol and have antiseptic effects too.

As you can imagine the taste of Top Gum is also fairly spicy and with the first few seconds of it being in my mouth, the gold flecked alcohol was once again instantly brought to mind. However after I started brushing, the strong taste weakened and mellowed. With the addition of peppery Grains Of Paradise which are closely related to cardamom, along with Long Pepper giving notes of aniseed and liquorice, the taste isn’t wholly bad. Sicilian Lemon Oil is also somewhere in the mix but I really couldn’t notice it.

Now I’ve been using these tabs for a while, I’m starting to enjoy them more. I find that like it says on the bottle, my gums aren’t at all irritated and actually feel really good after brushing. The aftertaste is a little odd for a toothpaste but if you’re using a nice mouthwash tab then it just goes away! It also includes Menthol Crystals to help freshen the breath too.

Whilst I probably wouldn’t purchase these again, I’d definitely recommend them to anyone who loves the taste of cinnamon and who wants to move away from more minty and/or fresh toothpastes. They’d probably also be great if your teeth and gums are more sensitive and prone to irritation!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Clove Bud Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamon Powder, Stevia, Whole Clove, Grains Of Paradise, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper, Menthol Crystals, Talc, Colour 77491, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour

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Body, Body Tints

Black Stockings Body Tint

Black Stockings is an interesting product, usually seeing a rise in popularity during the warmer, sunnier months because essentially it’s a great way to boost a tan by giving your skin a gentle bronzed glow.

As a solid product, Black Stockings contains a blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters, which make it similar to a massage bar and you use it in the same way too. Unlike a standard massage bar however, Black Stockings is highly pigmented and contains a high amount of plastic free glitter which leaves behind a radiant bronze colour on your skin.

I was initially nervous to use this product the first time, as Lush note that it’s especially good for darker toned skin, my pale complexion was slightly worried I’d look like I’d had an awful fake tan job. I find that when rubbing it across the body, because it’s pretty solid, it’s a good idea to let it warm up slightly first, but when it gets going it leaves a strong golden glow behind it. You definitely want to make sure that you massage in the residue, just to maximise an even application.

To be honest, the difference on your skin after using one of these bars isn’t massively noticeable and even on my pale skin it doesn’t look at all much. I do much prefer to use Black Stockings when I’ve already got a slight tan just to make it look more even and to boost it’s radiance, but even without a tan it gives a shimmering, healthy glow. I also like to use Black Stockings on my face from time to time as a contour stick or a bronzer, again usually when I’m more tanned than usual. I find that it doesn’t irritate my skin whatsoever and actually it sits nicely on the skin and over other make up. It can feel heavy though, so try to use it sparingly.

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Although not it’s main feature at all, but Black Stockings contains Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Pimento Berry Oil and Sweet Orange Oil for a warming and slightly spicy scent. I don’t actually find the scent has much strength when applied to the skin but that’s probably a good thing if you were using it on the face.

In conclusion, since I first tried it, Black Stockings has become a summer staple because ashamedly I love to look more ‘sun-kissed’ and less pale. Sadly, it does rub off on clothing so it’s not really something you can wear with white and light colours but I do find that even after a dip in the pool it’s still fairly present!

You can check out Black Stockings over at the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Iron Oxides, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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Body, Massage Bars

Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

As someone who considers themselves to be ~fairly~ active, I often get aches and pains from my muscles screaming at me for torturing them, so I’m always keen on trying products that will help relieve the tension and I’ve found that Wiccy Magic Muscles is one of the best!

As a massage bar, Wiccy is first and foremost a body moisturiser, being made with a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters, blended together along with Jojoba and Coconut Oils. I’ve definitely tried other massage bars that melt quicker and feel more moisturising than Wiccy, but it still gets that job done and leaves you with perfectly hydrated skin.

The main thing about this particular massage bar however, is its ability to help relieve muscular tension. As you can see from the pictures, Wiccy Magic Muscles is covered with embedded Aduki Beans on one side which act like firm fingertips when you’re smoothing  it over your skin, stimulating areas where the circulation is slow and reliving tension. The addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil and Peppermint Oil compliments this texture by providing a warming, tingling feeling on the skin. Both these essential oils have been proven to cause stimulating effects on the sensory nerve endings and the blood flow, relieving any uncomfortable pain.

Because of these ingredients, Wiccy has a rather potent aroma. It’s a spicy, minty, almost chocolatey mix of smells that I know some people really hate, but I don’t really have much an opinion of, it’s the benefits I’m after with this one. I do find the powerful fragrance is great at clearing my sinuses though!

I love to use Wiccy to moisturise my skin once I’ve stepped out of the bath or shower; I use the plain bottom side to do this before turning the bar over and using the Aduki Bean side for more of a massage. You should feel the tingling, cooling sensation almost immediately and it feels so good on tired legs! You’ve really got to be careful not to apply too much pressure otherwise the bar will end up breaking like mine has and the beans don’t really help with holding it together. Whatsmore is that towards the end of the bar’s life, they will fall out and it does get annoying. But if you’ve got green fingers, plant them! You can grow your very own aduki bean plant!

For the first time the other day, I actually used a piece of Wiccy Magic Muscles in a foot bath. I melted a chunk down in some water and sat my feet in it for a good thirty minutes and it did wonders at cooling and moisturising them! I’ll definitely be doing that again!

You can check out Wiccy for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Aduki Beans, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Cinders Shower Gel

Cinders is one of two new shower gels for Lush’s 2018 Christmas Range. It was previously released in a Bath Bomb format way back in 2014 but my sources tell me that it’s a complex and much more fully developed scent than it’s previous incarnation.

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This vibrant orange shower gel is chock full of a multitude of ingredients and it’s scent is a warming and comforting fragrance that reminds me of marzipan, almond tarts and general festive happiness. To me, this is really what I look for and love in a festive scent!

The sweet Almond Essential Oil makes up the majority of the smell and is definitely what my nose picks out at first sniff. The product is also sweetened by the addition of Maple Syrup and Orange Oil. In the background, you get notes of a warmer, spiciness coming through from Cinnamon Leaf Oil as well as powdered forms of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice and Clove. These five spices are greatly stimulating and brightening for your skin and help warm up tired muscles!

Maple Syrup is one of the ingredients that makes Cinders rather moisturising. It also contains soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera, Carrageenan Extract to nourish your skin as well as super conditioning Pumpkinseed Oil which has so many benefits it’s truly a wonderful ingredient. Name one vitamin or healthy fatty acid and nutritious pumpkin seeds will probably contain it. This wonder-oil soothes, moisturises, tones, brightens and rejuvenates all at the same time!

As you can imagine with these ingredients, the consistency of Cinders is quite gloopy and syrupy but a little goes a long way to create a soft lather that feels so luxurious on your skin and the scent is really boosted with the warmth of the shower, filling your senses and creating a real sense of warmth. The spices that are mixed in tend to separate and sink to the bottom of the gel so make sure you’re shaking your bottle often to mix it all back up again.

Cinders might be one of my favourite shower gels ever. I feel so great after using it and my skin does too! The scent doesn’t last for a great amount of time on the skin sadly but the scent of the actual gel more than makes up for it.

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Check out Cinders here on the Lush website up until the end of the Christmas period.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Organic Pumpkinseed Oil, Maple Syrup, Kaolin, Aloe Vera Extract, Paprika Oleoresin, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Allspice Powder, Clove Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar

Lush released two bubble bars this festive season that are made in manufacturing as long Yule Logs – Candy Mountain and Yog Nog. Yog Nog is made in a similar fashion to a Battenberg cake, with different layers being coated in ‘icing’ and assembled together to give a checkerboard design. The log is then cut into slices to be sold in stores.

The Yog Nog scent is arguably the most delicious scent Lush have ever done. Lush products often look like food, but when they smell like food too it only makes them more tempting to eat! The Yog Nog scent smells of sweet caramel and buttery toffee and really is mouth-wateringly comforting.

The scent is made up of spicy, stimulating Clove Bud Oil, mixed with sweet Ylang Ylang Oil and a hint of Gardenia. Whilst this trio doesn’t really sound like they’re going to create a indulgent toffee smell, when you add warming and spicy Cinnamon and Nutmeg powders you can see where it comes from!

As you can probably tell, Yog Nog features a massive amount of Cocoa and Shea Butters to make it extra moisturising and softening. It’s also incredibly soothing due to the addition of both Soya Milk Powder and Soya Yoghurt which also help to give the product it’s creamy consistency.

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Because this particular bar is really soft, it’s easily crumbled into the tub but you might find it’s more of a smush than a crumble. Once the water starts running, it turns a creamy yellow colour as it mixes with the bubble bar. Because of the butter content, Yog Nog doesn’t actually bubble up that much but the bubbles it does produce are supremely soft. Once the bath is filled, the colour is very pale but the scent is very much still prevalent throughout, helping you enjoy a beautifully luxurious soak.

I feel no need to moisturise/use a body lotion after using this bar, as my skin is more than adequately conditioned, it’s so smooth and soft and the scent seems to stick around too!

I’m so thankful Lush have decided to revive this delightful scent and I hope that more Yog Nog products are released in the future! I’ll definitely be getting my hands on the Yog Nog Bath Bomb that’s currently available online as part of the Community Favourites and I cannot wait!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Soya Milk Powder, Soya Yoghurt, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 77491

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Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

New Shampoo Bar

Shampoo Bars have been around for a while now. Yet their popularity has soared since a change in the way we view plastic packaging and a post went viral on Facebook about Lush’s bars. Using a shampoo bar has so many benefits compared to using bottled varieties. Reduced plastic consumption, the ability to easily take them travelling, smaller carbon footprints to name but a few.

Like with all solid shampoo bars, to use you simply get them wet in the shower, lather them into your hands like you would with a bar of soap, and apply the silky soft lather to your hair like you would with normal shampoo.

This particular bar is great for those suffering with hair thinning, hair loss or bald patches and those prone to fall outs. Spicy scented ‘New’ gets its name from it’s ability to promote hair growth, giving you ‘new’ hair.

It contains a lot of ingredients that are considered stimulating. This means that they boost the blood flow in the applied area which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. New contains spicy Cinnamon Leaf, antiseptic Clove Bud and Peppermint, which gives the shampoo bar a slightly tingly sensation when using, which is when you know it’s working. Not only is Peppermint great for hair growth but the menthol content disrupts the hair fall cycle, allowing hair to be retained by the scalp for much longer.

New Shampoo Bar also contains Nettle and Rosemary in it’s formula. Nettle is also a stimulant but can be used to balance dry skin and help improve the condition of the scalp and hair as it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Rosemary is super cleansing and antiseptic but also has lovely calming properties to protect and soothe.

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New bar was the first shampoo bar I tried and it helped massively. Personally I was having trouble with my already thin hair prone to falling out, but now my hair feels a lot stronger and thicker due to regular use of this wonder shampoo!

A lot of people may be put off by the scent when you hear that it’s mainly a warming, cinnamon kinda smell but it’s so gentle and subtle you can definitely look past it for all it’s benefits! Plus once it’s washed out, you really can’t smell it at all.

A nice added touch with New is that it features a little wooden stick embedded into it on one side with the hashtag #BeCrueltyFree and a web address for Humane Society International’s global Be Cruelty Free campaign: EndAnimalTesting.org

The hashtag and address are also in simplified Chinese as it and English are the two most used languages on social media. New Shampoo Bar also happens to be one of Lush’s most popular products with it’s Chinese customers and sadly Animal Testing is actually still a legal requirement in their home country for most types of beauty products.

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Keep an eye out for posts on other solid shampoo bars because there’s a lot to talk about with them so I’ll be sharing some more details as I eventually post about each one but in the meantime, check out New and the rest of the range on the Lush UK Website. You’ll also be able to find lots of helpful and interesting articles on them!

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettle and Peppermint Infusion, Perfume, Eugenol, Glycerine, Nettle Absolute, Rosemary Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 73360, Wooden Stick

 

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