Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Sex Bomb Shower Gel

When the six new bath bomb inspired shower gels were released online, I told myself I’m only allowed to get two. So I had a big decision to make. I definitely wanted Turmeric Latte and then it was a toss up between Sex Bomb and Goddess. I decided to go with Sex Bomb because Sex Bomb Bath Bomb was one of the first bath bombs I ever tried from Lush and I was eager to try the scent in another format.

I’m a huge fan of Jasmine so the Sex Bomb scent really speaks to me. I”d describe it as very powdery and floral yet sweet and seductive. The bath bomb contains three ingredients that make up its scent. Fragrant Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac and has been used as a richly sensual perfume for centuries and in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. Clary Sage has a strong herbal and green smelling aroma and is widely used for its stimulating, sensuous and evocative qualities. Ylang Ylang Oil is sweet and floral and is also considered an aphrodisiac. This bunch of ingredients are perfect to get you in the mood.

The shower gel also contains these three ingredients as it’s main scent but there’s something slightly different about its aroma. With the first sniff, I will say I was a little unsure. I think the Clary Sage is slightly stronger in this format and in the bottle there’s almost a ‘synthetic’ aroma that was slightly off putting.

Sex Bomb Shower Gel contains a couple of new ingredients too. Lush have added Fresh Passion Fruit Juice for its reviving and brightening effects on the skin. Passion Fruits are rich in vitamins A and C that greatly benefit the skin. Although Jasmine is a staple of Sex Bomb products, it’s grouped with Rose and Ginseng in an infusion of the three ingredients. Roses are known for being one of the most soothing and calming ingredients on the skin whereas Ginseng brightens skin by stimulating the circulation and carries many antioxidants too. I could also be the inclusion of these new ingredients that’s slightly altering the scent.

Sex Bomb has a very thin and runny consistency but in the shower it lathers up wonderfully and feels so soft and smooth on the skin thanks to Lush using a seaweed extract in its formula. It’s also filled with sparkling lustre which, considering the bath bomb itself isn’t sparkly, I wasn’t really expecting. Very Snow Fairy-esque.

In the shower, I was relieved to find the true Sex Bomb scent really coming out which filled my bathroom with its dreamy aroma. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better version of the smell as it’s truly perfect. I must say that the scent suits this shower gel format really well!

After I was out and dry, my skin was looking visibly brighter and feeling smooth and softened. Bring a fairly subtle and lighter scent, I wasn’t expecting it to linger for too long afterwards but I could still smell it on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was amazing. All in all, I’m very happy with this shower gel!

Ingredients

Jasmine, Rose and Ginseng Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Passion Fruit Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

After really enjoying my potted American Pie, I was eager to try the naked version too! I personally find that usually the naked versions last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, predominately because you aren’t using a great amount of the product with each use.

Upon first sniff, the two versions smell almost identical. Both are a very gentle recreation of the original American Cream scent but I actually really like it that way and you still get all the wonderful creamy notes of vanilla and strawberry. In the shower however, I do notice that the scent is somewhat stronger with the naked and actually I find that the Lavender is more easily noticeable, intertwining with the sweet Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the main component of the fragrance.

With a naked body container, you simply grab the whole thing and swipe it over your skin before putting it down and rinsing it off. The addition of the warm water allows the nourishing and moisturising ingredients to sink deeper and more quickly into the skin and I always find that I’m a lot more hydrated with a body conditioner than with a body lotion.

In terms of feeling, I’d actually say that I felt a lot more moisturised with this version. Perhaps it’s the addition of the Cocoa Butter, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax (which help to keep the product solid) but it felt a lot more oily, yet in no way greasy. It was easily absorbed into my skin and felt effectively hydrating. Another change between the varieties is that this version doesn’t include any fresh strawberry, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.

Because of the difference in format, I’d recommend stepping out of the shower stream when applying this product, else it’ll quickly melt with the hot water and you really don’t want to waste any, plus it only makes it more messy.

The only thing that’s difficult with a naked body conditioner, and a lot of Lush’s naked products in general, is that storing them can be a hassle. I personally use the lids from Lush’s large black pots (225g) to sit my naked body conditioners on, which are actually the perfect size. 

After towelling off, I found that my skin was radiating the comforting scent that I’m really starting to admire, which was a big step up from it’s potted sibling. Again, I could definitely smell more of the powdery floral notes at this point too.

As with the American Cream Shower Gel, I’m definitely preferring the naked version of this product! How about you? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Body Conditioner

American Pie was another American Cream scented product released alongside the namesake shower gel for Valentine’s Day and is a body conditioner, which if you didn’t know, is a body lotion that you use in the shower. I’m a big fan of body conditioners, and with my new found love for the American Cream scent, I was super excited to try this one.

With a super luxurious base of Shea, Cupuaçu and Murumuru Butters, alongside Almond Oil, you can already tell that you’re in for a treat. Lush’s body conditioners are usually a step up from their standard body lotions in terms of how soft and hydrated your skin feels and American Pie is no different. All these ingredients do wonders at sinking deeply into your skin with all their moisturising benefits.

In the shower, you can definitely feel the product get to work as soon as you start slathering it over your body. Body conditioners really go a long way so only a little is needed each time, even for your whole body! Upon contact with the warm water whilst rinsing it off, the American Cream fragrance lifted and filled my shower area.

It’s a mix of Vanilla, Clary Sage, Lavender and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the comforting scent which was designed to replicate the aroma coming from a fresh plate of strawberries and cream, and sweet and delicious milkshakes. Whilst American Pie does contain real Fresh Strawberry Infusion, strawberries themselves don’t really have a strong scent and so are mimicked with the help of the other ingredients creating a sweet vanillary and floral fragrance. It’s a gentle smell, especially in this format and I know some people would have liked it stronger but for me, I think it smells perfect.

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As mentioned, American Pie contains Fresh Strawberry Infusion, as well as Fresh Orange Infusion, which sweeten the scent but mainly, both fruits contain many antioxidants and cleansing enzymes which rejuvenate and cleanse the skin respectively. Furthermore the four ingredients that make up the forefront of the scent are also wonderfully soothing and calming.

Like I’ve said, I’m a big fan of body conditioners and this one certainly didn’t let me down, my skin felt so smooth afterwards and I could still smell the lovely aroma wafting off my skin for hours after using it, especially so when paired with the shower gel! I often use body conditioners as nighttime hand creams because they’re super effective at moisturising dry skin and you only need a really small amount! Do you have any other uses for them? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Fresh Orange Infusion, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cupuaçu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Perfume, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Naked Shower Gel

As with all their new shower gel releases, Lush are also releasing naked versions alongside them to encourage customers to choose packaging free options and to cater for those already following a more eco-friendly living. All of Lush’s plastic is completely recyclable and you can even bring it back to us in stores where we’ll recycle it for you if you’d prefer but if you know you’re bad at recycling or you can’t where you’re living then perhaps you should give the naked versions a go!

Lush remove the water and add an ingredient called Sodium Stearate to their shower gel formulas to get them to become solid. Sodium Stearate is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of stearic acid. It’s the perfect thickener for soaps and other products. The only problem I have with the naked shower gels is they’re very soft and therefore very messy and you need to make sure to store them appropriately in a container or on something to ensure you don’t leave any marks in your bathroom.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and vanillary scent that’s very reminiscent of delicious strawberry sundaes. The reproduce the scent with the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. There’s definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. Whilst I found that the liquid version had a somewhat synthetic after-smell, I find this version to be a lot truer to the actual American Cream Conditioner and others in the scent family.

You can use the naked shower gels however you like. Personally I prefer to have a good rub into my hands first and then cover my body with the lather, but I know lots of people like to cut up theirs into single use chunks, some blend it up into more of a whipped shower gel and some grab the whole thing and rub it all over! It’s really up to you.

I actually found that this particular naked really lathers up nicely and feels really creamy in consistency. I also found it to be a tad more moisturising than it’s liquid counterpart too and it really left my skin feeling so soft! Furthermore, I complained that my liquid didn’t leave a trace of the scent on my skin but the naked does! It’s very faint but the naked wins again!

I think if I had to choose out of the two versions I’d probably choose this version! Has anyone else had a chance to try both? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

 

 

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Shower Gel

Whilst I know that the American Cream scent has a massive amount of love from Lushies old and new, I’ve never really had the chance to really experience it much myself as I don’t use the conditioner and because of that I was’t as overjoyed as some people were when Lush started to release more products in the same scent. I used Marshmallow World Bath Bomb and I really liked it but it’s not until I’ve started using this shower gel that I’ve really grown a new found love for the fragrance.

The scent itself is meant to replicate the aroma of delicious and creamy strawberry milkshakes and it definitely does just that. Although this gel does contain Fresh Strawberry Juice, it doesn’t do anything for the scent as the fruits don’t really have much of a fragrance. Instead the sweet strawberry illusion is from the richness of Vanilla and Benzoin Resinoid, with slight herbal and floral notes from Lavender and Clary Sage. It’s a very sweet and creamy scent and it makes you wanna cover yourself in it as the muskiness of the Vanilla and the Benzoin really envelops your senses with a feeling of comfort. I won’t lie, there’s a slight, almost synthetic after-note in this format, which I don’t really notice in the conditioner, nor did I notice with the bath bomb either but don’t let that put you off, it’s still good!

American Cream has a fairly standard consistency and was easily lathered into my hands and into my sponge in the shower, so I’m hoping that it’s going to mean it’ll last for a long time! The heat of the running water only boosted the scent which allowed me to have a really indulgent experience. This shower gel also contains a small amount of a seaweed extract which makes it really soft and nourishing.

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As already mentioned, Lush have added Fresh Strawberry Juice to this mix along with Fresh Orange Juice too. Both fruit juices contain malic and citric acids which cleanse and brighten the skin and they also contain vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to help nourish and improve the skin’s condition and elasticity. Furthermore, the Lavender Oil, along with Clary Sage is great for soothing any irritation.

Once I was out of my shower, I sadly found that the scent had pretty much disappeared, which was a real shame, but my skin was feeling super smooth and refreshed.

American Cream is staying in stores throughout spring up until the summer, so you’ve got plenty of time to stock up if you’re loving it!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb was one of twelve bath bombs, dubbed ‘community favourites’ released in the UK in December and was arguably one of the most hyped over. The swirly design is absolutely beautiful, like a pink version of Intergalactic it sports the American Cream scent, which has definitely seen a rise in popularity recently.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and powdery scent that’s meant to mimic the aroma coming from a plate of fresh strawberries and cream. To strongly reproduce that fragrance, Lush have enlisted the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. Theres definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. With Granulated and Icing Sugar too, it’s like walking into a sweet shop, filled with sugary powdered confectionary and really indulges you with a comforting feeling.

Once you drop the bath bomb in the tub, Marshmallow World foams and fizzes spectacularly as it shoots layers of pink into the water. Little pools of yellow and white foam dance around until it’s finally dissolved into a light pink colour, with silky white layers on top. The scent is super strong as it’s released into the air whilst it’s fizzing away.

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I noticed that the water felt somewhat richer than usual and wasn’t until I checked the ingredients list that I realised why. The bath bomb feels really foamy and luxurious thanks to a combination of Cornflour, Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate. Added Marshmallow Powder has a soothing effect on the skin also!

Once I was out, I felt incredibly soft and content. I could still smell the sweet perfume on my skin after, which lasted for a long while.

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I really enjoyed my time with Marshmallow World and would love to use it again. I think it would make an excellent addition to stores and I’m sure would prove to be immensely popular. Take note Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Granulated Sugar, Perfume, Potato Starch, Cream of Tartar, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Icing Sugar, Sodium Alginate, Water, Marshmallow Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2.

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Soap

The North Polar Bear Left The Tap On For The Northern Lights And Let Two Years Out In One Go Soap

This soap wins the award for the longest name of a Lush product ever. For ease, I’m just going to refer to it as ‘The North Polar Bear’.

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It seems inspired by the stories involving Father Christmas and a magical polar bear called The North Polar Bear that are told in ‘The Father Christmas Letters’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally written for his children over many years, the collection of letters were published after his death.

The North Polar Bear was said to be lazy and foolish and noted for causing many accidents, which I guess is why he left the tap on…

The soap can come in two different varieties – one’s a mixture of red, yellow and orange colours and the other is blues, yellows and greens. The giant display soap that you see in stores is a mixture of all the colours, and is meant to represent the northern lights, specifically the illustration on the front cover of Tolkien’s book.

It’s a sizeable soap, one of the biggest out of all of the Christmas soaps and one that will definitely last you many, many months!

The North Polar Bear shares its scent with Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, which has a light floral and powdery aroma of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage. It shows a much gentler side to the Jasmine and is nothing like the heady seductive fragrance of Lust.

However, unlike Sex Bomb, this soap also features a Lingonberry Infusion. Not an ingredient seen often in Lush products, Lingonberry helps revive the skin with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

Although it can leave you with the squeaky clean feeling like soaps often do, The North Polar Bear actually contains a high amount of Organic Rice Milk which is not only hydrating, but also soothing and helps give the lather it produces a milky consistency. It also contains Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and conditioning Castor Oil.

I’m a big fan of this soap, there’s such a cute inspiration story behind it and it’s also about time Lush did another product in the Sex Bomb scent. A really nice new soap to add to the Christmas Range and I hope it makes a return next year.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Lingonberry Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water, Organic Rice Milk, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Gardenia Extract, Cornflour, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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