Face, Moisturisers

Imperialis Facial Moisturiser

Imperialis is a facial moisturiser designed for skin that can’t make up its mind. It’s full of balancing ingredients to help sort out the skin’s oil production. My own skin is what I’d call relatively ‘normal’ yet occasionally I find myself with dryer sections and sometimes an excess oil problem, so Imperialis is ultimately my favourite daytime moisturiser.

Imperialis is a relatively light cream that I find is really easily absorbed by the skin with a hydrating base made from Olive Oil and Cocoa and Shea Butters. Because Imperialis is a great moisturiser for all, it doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t leave any excess oils on the skin.

The remaining ingredients are mostly all infusions and extracts from many different plants, some of which have been used for centuries to restore and revive skin.

The first two ingredients in this face cream are Lavender Flower Infusion and Mullein Leaf Infusion. Lavender is arguably one of the best ingredients to help balance out sebum production of the skin and is also amazing at soothing irritation. Mullein is considered a weed and grows on uncultivated land and is included thanks to its soothing and toning action.

Orange Flower is included in both an absolute form, and distilled in water. I’d say it’s one of the main ingredients that lends it’s natural scent to the cream and is refreshing and mattifying for the skin.

Brunello lilies are one of many lily hybrids and belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic, which is why the plant has a similar antimicrobial quality to garlic. Lush take fresh Brunello Lily Petals, chop them very finely, strain them, and add the liquid to the product. Lilies are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Lastly, extracts from St John’s Wort, Sunflower Petals, Alkanet, Elderflower and Sweet Violet have been included for their soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory qualities too.

Honestly I’ve used so many moisturisers in the past and it wasn’t until I tried Imperialis that I stopped looking. It not only hydrates my skin perfectly but it doesn’t leave my face looking too oily and for someone who prefers a matte look, it’s great. I find that any redness or irritation is completely gone the next day after wearing it too. Although sometimes I still get the occasional day where my ‘combination’ skin is back in full force, it’s gotten so much better since I started wearing this gorgeous cream.

Check out and purchase Imperialis for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion, Orange Flower Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract, Elderflower Extract, Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Alkanet Extract, DRF Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb

I love it when a bath bomb truly makes you feel a certain way, whether that’s uplifted, relaxed, grounded, it doesn’t matter. As long as it has a powerful effect on my mood, then it’s a winner with me. As you can imagine with a name like Cheer Up Buttercup, this bath bomb is designed to elevate your mood and help you feel happy and cheerful.

Cheer Up Buttercup is about the same size as a Butterball, but it really packs a punch. It’s bright yellow, with a sprinkling of Blue Cornflowers on the top and has a citrusy, energising smell. It contains Lemon Myrtle, Lime and Neroli in the forms of essential oils to give it its scent. Lemon Myrtle Oil has a sunny and herbal fragrance as well as having antibacterial properties. It contains over 90% Citral, which is a key characteristic component of Lemon Oil, making both oils quite similar. Lime Oil is astringent and has an enzymic effect which helps to remove dead skin cells to get the skin glowing and toned while boosting the mood with its sharp, fresh scent. Neroli has an intensely green and floral scent with citrus characteristics and is one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain, which makes us feel contented and cheerful. Cheer Up Buttercup is quite simply, very lemony and zesty.

Once in the water, Cheer Up Buttercup quickly fizzes away the yellow outer shell, revealing a hidden pink centre. It’s not very spectacular in terms of bath art, but the water had developed that same vibrant yellow colour within seconds, which even with the pink core, remained as bright even after the last remnants had dissolved. I’m someone who’s mood can be very affected and enhanced by colour, and whenever I bath with anything so bright and yellow, it instantly makes me feel happier.

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What you might not realise about this bath bomb until you’re actually in the water with it, is that it’s full of Cocoa Butter! You can see the oils on the surface of the water and you’re bound to feel it on your skin. It’s for sure one of Lush’s most moisturising bath bombs and it made my skin feel super soft and nourished once I was out.

What you also might not realise, is that Cheer Up Buttercup is full of glitter, which looks gorgeous in the bright water and leaves a light glimmer on your skin after too.

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There was also a lovely waft of the uplifting aroma coming from my skin for a good few hours after as a nice bonus! I loved how great I felt after my bath so I’d definitely recommend this powerful bath bomb if you’re ever feeling a little down in the dumps and in need of a pick me up!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre, Colour 19140, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Blue Cornflowers

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Floating Flower Bath Bomb

This years Mother’s Day range has given us plenty of bath bombs to choose from. There’s the three butterflies, two returning favourites from last year, a teapot, four flower themed bombs that feature a note you can write on and then there’s Floating Flower, which is also flower themed but different to the others.

Floating Flower is a light blue bath bomb that actually features a real Chrysanthemum flower which has been dipped in Cocoa Butter before being attached to the top. The idea is that when the bomb dissolves, it leaves the flower floating around the tub!

Not only does it have such a cute and visually appealing design, but the scent is beautiful too. The initial almondy smell really reminded be of Cinders Shower Gel but it quickly became much more powdery and floral. Floating Flower contains Almond Essential Oil and Lavender Oil, along with the scent of the actual Chrysanthemum itself and it’s surprisingly strong! Whilst I don’t really think the floral notes are easily identifiable as Lavender, I’d definitely describe it as if freshly cut flowers met the sweet smell of almonds and marzipan and I really love it.

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In the water, it was a relatively fast fizzer and the water soon took on the gorgeous milky blue colour of the bomb itself. The best thing to do is to carefully place the bath bomb in the water so you can leave the delicate flower dry and it’ll gradually sink in once the bomb has dissolved. After a short while, the flower was all that remained and the cocoa butter started melting off of it, imbuing the water with its moisturising benefits.

Once I was in, I immediately felt how soft and luxurious the water felt. Not only does it contain Cocoa Butter, but also a generous amount of Almond Oil too, both of which are extremely nourishing. The scent had also lifted into the air and lingered for a short time which made it heavenly. I was really impressed at the flower’s ability to hold itself together without disintegrating and it looked beautiful bobbing on the surface of the blue water!

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After I was out and dried off, I felt no need to use a lotion or anything as my skin was so smooth and hydrated but sadly there wasn’t much of a strong reminder of the scent on my skin, just a faint version of the fragrance.

In conclusion, Floating Flower is such a beautiful product, I’m for sure going to buy one for my mum as I know she’ll love it and perhaps another one for me too! I’d love to see more products in the scent as well, so fingers crossed for the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Fresh Chrysanthemum, Lavender Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Ginger Bath Oil

I think that a simple Bath Oil is a great product to use when you’re just in the need of a gently relaxing soak. There’s nothing that’s incredibly exciting and thrilling about using one, but they’re still just nice. I predominately use them when I just want to have a quick hot bath to take a minute for myself.

Ginger is a squishy orange bath oil that’s adorned with a coating of bronze lustre. It was actually inspired by the glamorous Ginger Rodgers and the glitzy old Hollywood era she lived in!

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the smell and taste of actual ginger. Whilst I love gingerbread and ginger cakes and pickled ginger too, I absolutely hate the smell of fresh ginger and when it gets put in lemonade and other drinks, they’re quite frankly, ruined.  However, this is a ginger scent I can get behind!

Whilst the Ginger Oil does give a noticeable warming note to the scent, its complexity comes from the addition of a range of floral aromas. Sweet flowery Mimosa Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Jasmine Absolute alleviate the sharpness of the Ginger and turn the whole aroma into a much more well rounded fragrance. I’d actually describe it as being very powdery and floral in a certain way, with just a spicy kick from the Ginger and an earthiness that comes from Juniperberry Oil too.

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Once popped into a nice hot bath, Ginger starts with a burst of glitter that shoots off into the water from the lustrous coating, revealing the actual orange melt beneath. It then slowly melts away, getting smaller and smaller as puddles of orange coloured oils float around it. After a while (and I like to help mine on a bit by breaking it into pieces) the bath water had a small hint of a light orangey colour. I did notice that some of the glitter was clustering around the edges of the bath so I found myself constantly having to wipe around the water’s rim to ensure that it wasn’t getting stuck to my tub, though even if it does, it’s always easily rinsed away.

As a bath oil, Ginger of course contains various butters and carrier oils to moisturise and soften the skin, being Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil, which you can definitely feel as soon as you’re in. The water isn’t as oily as it is with other bath melts but your skin will soon be feeling the benefits all the same.

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin felt heavenly soft and well-nourished. I was sad that I couldn’t smell much of the scent on my skin, but I don’t expect that too much with a bath oil. I did notice however, that my skin was glistening in the light from all the glitter it had picked up which was so pretty!

You can check out Ginger for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Organic Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Ginger Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15510, Colour 77491, Colour 77492

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Over And Over Bath Bomb

Over and Over is a bath bomb that’s never really been on my radar, I’ve never actually used one until now and the only reason I have is because it’s actually being discontinued, which I can’t say I’m that sad about. Over and Over is a bright yellow bath bomb that’s been dipped in orange cocoa butter and features a zesty, vibrant scent.

The scent and the name are actually a reflection on a friendship turned sour. Mark has previously said that “Over and Over contains Lime, Fennel and Cypress because they’ve got a hell of a kick and savoury, repetitive and herbal coriander notes because this specific person repeats things over and over again and is very boring and so is coriander.” But he also says the trouble is, that it’s still a nice perfume at the end of the day. It seems like Mark has a lot of pent up feelings towards this person!

To me the scent is very complex, whist you do have the uplifting zesty Lime scent, the Cypress and Fennel give deeper base notes which is somewhat herbal, somewhat spicy and almost aniseed like. I’m really not a massive fan of anything too citrusy but this is surprisingly okay. I feel like the scent really gets you motivated in a way, it’s very stimulating and really energises you.

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Once popped in the water, yellow streams and blobs float away from the ballistic as it slowly fizzes whilst the cocoa butter top half slowly melts into the warmth. After a while, Over and Over slowly reveals a pink inner core and when it gets going, it creates stunning psychedelic bath art with pinks and yellows swirling across the water, which was beginning to turn a vibrant shade of orange underneath.

Once I was in the bath, I immediately felt the moisturising benefits of the Cocoa Butter which had imbued the water with it’s goodness and allowed for quite a luxurious bath. The scent remained still present in the room even when the bomb had disappeared albeit in a subtler version.

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Now I’m out and writing this post, my skin feels wonderfully hydrated and there’s still a faint zingy aroma on my skin which is nice. Turns out this bath bomb makes for a pretty alright bath and was visually so beautiful to watch! Now I’ve used it I’m slightly more sad she’s going but it really feels like it’s her time to go. See ya Over and Over.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 45410, Colour 47005

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