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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Fragrance, Perfume

Dear John Perfume

Dear John has a touching story behind it. It was created by Lush co-founder Mark Constantine as an ode to his father, named John, whom he had never met because he had abandoned him as a baby. Mark developed this fragrance over a long time as a representative of the idea of how a man and a father smells. A ‘Dear John’ is typically a letter written from a woman to her lover who’s away at war to let him know she’s found somebody else.

Lush describe Dear John as a comforting, complex scent with notes of coffee, coriander, lime and tobacco – though it doesn’t actually feature all these ingredients. Mark himself describes it as better up close, like burying your face into clothing to get the smell of a person.

Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils are what give the perfume the tobacco-like notes. Cedarwood has a comforting balsamic aroma with earthy undertones which is often used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. Its definitely the note that my nose picks out first in the scent. Vetivert is a tall grass found growing in India and yields an oil with an earthy and smoky aroma. Vetivert is known as ‘the oil of tranquility’ because of its deeply relaxing effect on the mind and body.

Next we have Coriander Oil. Everyone knows the smell of coriander which is strong and fresh yet spicy and woody. Known for its warming and stimulating effects on the mind, it’s often used in conjunction with or in the place of coffee to give a similar aroma. Ancient Egyptians used to call coriander the spice of happiness because of its uplifting and energising effect on the mind. Coupled with the other ingredients I’d suggest it’s this which gives citrusy undertones like that of limes.

Lastly, Clove Bud Oil works in a similar way, also adding notes of spice and warmth and its perfect in a comforting perfume to envelop the wearer like a warm hug. Clove buds are put through a process of steam distillation producing an essential oil that is richly sweet and spicy.

Dear John is definitely a scent that grows on you. I didn’t actually like it at all to begin with, but after trying it out a couple of times I really began to love how comforting and unique it is. I can see why it means so much to Mark and how it can invoke old memories and nostalgia in some people. Although being designed around the typical fatherly scent, like all of Lush’s Gorilla Perfumes, its unisex!

Mark’s story actually has a fairly happy ending. He eventually reconciled with his father when Mark turned sixty, which you can read about in his biography that Lush are currently selling – Dear John: The Road To Pelindaba.

I definitely think Dear John is worth giving a go!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Limonene, Water, Glycerine, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar

Love Token was initially released for this year’s Valentine’s Day range but much like American Cream Shower Gel, it’s staying for the summer season. The idea behind it is rather nice as often people come into Lush looking for a bath bomb or bubble bar to express their gratitude towards someone.

This limited edition is a circular bubble bar, with the words ‘Thank You’ embossed on the surface and is covered with golden glitter that gets everywhere, almost as much as Golden Egg does! I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the scent of Ginger, which is a shame because that’s undeniably Love Token’s main scent. I can appreciate the warmth it brings but I can’t say I’d choose it’s scent over any others. Underlying the Ginger, we have similar warming notes of Clove Bud Oil, Pine Needle Absolute and something called Guaiacwood Oil. Guaiacwood Oil comes from the bark of a small tree, commonly named Palo Santo and has a sweet and woody scent with spicy, exotic notes. Sadly I find the Ginger overpowers everything and it’s all I can really smell.

As a reusable bubble bar, instead of crumbling it up, you’re supposed to hold it under the running tap and then pop it down to dry when you’re done. The only issue I found was my hands were very close to the hot water and I kept getting splashed and burned, so I resorted to the sieve method instead. I reckon you could definitely get at least three or four decent baths out of it but the glitter is only covering the outside and isn’t present once it’s been washed off, which means the first bath will be the only glittery one you have. Considering this, I ended up using the whole thing oops…

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Before long a mountain of soft bubbles had appeared in my tub atop the water which had turned a golden yellow. Considering I used a whole bubble bar I expected more bubbles but there was still a considerable amount. The water felt soft and due to the stimulating nature of the essential oils present, helped ease my aching muscles too. What’smore, the heady ginger scent had remained just as strong and I could smell it in the air too.

After I was out and dry, I was expecting two things: the ginger aroma still present on my body and a heavy dusting of golden lustre on my skin. Yet neither of these things were there. Perhaps a slight hint of the scent had remained but had nothing of the power it once had and as for the glitter? Well there really wasn’t much at all.

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In conclusion, adding glitter throughout the bar would definitely have made more sense and a tone down on the Ginger would have made me personally happier anyway. But I can’t say I’ll miss it when it eventually disappears from stores. It’s still great idea though and perhaps it just needs a few tweaks.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Ginger Oil, Pine Needle Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510.

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Six Reusable Bubble Bar

When I first saw pictures of this product along with the rest of the range, I wondered what on earth the number six could possibly have to do with Valentine’s Day? I know Lush were thinking of doing numbered bubble bars, but was there a joke I was missing out on? Seems a bit random just to do the number six? Then it finally hit me. Take two sixes and turn the second upside down… jesus this really is the dirtiest V-day range yet isn’t it.

Six comes in either a yellow and red version, or a yellow and blue version but both smell exactly the same. Scented with Clove Bud Oil and Ylang-Ylang they share the same aroma with the Yog Nog Family. For those unfamiliar with Yog Nog, it’s a buttery and rich aroma of caramel, toffee and butterscotch and is really decedent and heavenly. Slightly spicy, thanks to the Clove Bud but the Ylang Ylang really sweetens the deal. There’s a slight difference between this and the recent release over Christmas, Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar, as I feel like Six smells a little less sweet but it’s still mostly the same scent we all know and love.

As a reusable bubble bar, you don’t crumble it but you just hold it under the running tap water until you feel like you’ve used an adequate amount. The shape of Six made it slightly inconvenient as your hands end up being so close to the stream and I ended up getting splashed by the hot water but perhaps with a less forceful tap it’ll be okay. As we all know by now I’m excessive when it comes to bubble bars and I used about half each time I bathed with Six, but you can easily get around 5 decent baths out of each one.

Each Six created a mountain of bubbles that filled my bath and covered the water. The red and yellow six created a warm orange colour whereas the blue and yellow turned the water a pale green. If I had to choose I think I preferred the warm orange as it suits the comforting scent more.

Whilst I was holding the bubble bars under the running tap, the scent really took off and filled my bathroom, which gave me high hopes for it to stick around, however sadly by the time I had jumped in it had vanished.

The water actually felt really luxuriously soft and almost oily, so I was expecting my skin to be really moisturised once I was out, and whilst I wasn’t exactly moisturised, my skin did feel really smooth afterward. Sadly again, the scent didn’t remain on my skin either, which was a real disappointment.

In conclusion, I felt a bit underwhelmed by this bubble bar, I was expecting Yog Nog heaven but that wasn’t the case. Yog Nog is a scent that deserves to be strong and powerful! I just want more!

Ingredients (Yellow and Blue) 

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Cornstarch, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 42090:2, Colour 59040

Ingredients (Yellow and Red)

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Colour 45410, Colour 47005, Colour 59040, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2

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Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Yog Nog Bath Bomb

Yog Nog Bath Bomb was originally released in 2015 for that year’s winter range and has since become available at Lush Harajuku, a bath bomb only concept store in Japan. Earlier this month, Lush released Yog Nog and a few other Harajuku exclusive bath bombs old and new online for a limited time only!

I must admit, until this year with the arrival of Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar, I had never before smelt this fan favourite scent before, and boy was I missing out. It’s arguably the yummiest scent Lush have ever done and it literally smells like it’s something you should be eating, rather than something for your bath.

I honestly can’t tell you how you can mix spicy, warming Clove Bud Oil with sweet, floral Ylang Ylang Oil and get a fragrance that smells of gooey caramel, warm melted butter and indulgent toffee but this really does. It’s so delicious and moreish and envelops you like a big hug upon first whiff.

The scent is super pronounced in this version, far stronger than the bubble bar and I can still smell it on my skin a good four hours after getting out the tub, not to mention how strong the aroma in my bathroom was at the time.

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Once placed in the bath, it immediately starts fizzing and frothing, sending out streams of yellows and pale whites into the water, before starting to release a thicker foam from the insides of the ballistic. Yog Nog contains Soy Bean Flour which gives the foam a wonderfully creamier consistency and makes it amazing for nourishing and soothing the skin!

The shade the water turns towards the end is an opaque, warm yellow tone very similar to the colour of melted butter!

A beautiful surprise hidden inside this bath bomb is a whole chunk of Cocoa and Shea Butters which acts in the same way as a bath oil. It floats around, well after the outer casing has fully dissolved, spreading its buttery richness into the water which in turn feels magnificent and leaves a light coating on the surface of your skin, much like the effects of Butterball or a Body Conditioner.

Honestly I think this is one of my favourite bath bombs of all time, I can’t stop smoothing and smelling my skin at the moment, it was truly a wonderful experience. Lush, please give me the opportunity to get my hands on one of these again soon!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 47005, Colour 45350

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