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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