Bath, Bath Bombs

Strawberries and Cream Bath Bomb

I feel like this is a very quintessential British bath bomb, it especially was over the summer what with Wimbledon going on anyhow. As you can see in the pictures, Strawberries and Cream is comprised of two bath bomb halves sandwiched together with a layer of soft butter. Lush suggest that you can actually twist and separate the two halves to share your bath bomb across two baths or with a loved one! I disagree, as Strawberries and Cream is a little smaller than your usual bath bomb, I’d prefer to keep the entire thing for myself. Which is exactly what I did.

Strawberries and Cream shares its scent with the ‘Yummy Mummy’ range and ever since I ran out of the shower gel of the same name I’ve been longing for something to fill the void. The Yummy Mummy scent is super fruity, with a sweet decadence about it. Bergamot and Geranium give uplifting and bright fragrance notes with the addition of Olibanum offering a deeper, creamy richness. Lush have also added a dash of Black Pepper, drawing on a culinary trick to bring out the fruitiness in desserts. I find it’s a very moreish aroma, but I do think it works best in a shower gel format rather than a bath bomb. There’s almost something chocolatey in the aforementioned gel, which I find is missing in this bomb.

Strawberries and Cream contains actual Strawberry Powder, although it’s not included for the scent as strawberries themselves don’t have much of a potent aroma. Instead the powder is for toning and brightening the skin with the heaps of antioxidant properties it has. Generally speaking, anything that’s super beneficial for you to consume is going to be good for your skin too! It’s why Lush’s products are often filled with fresh fruits and veg!

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In the water, this bath bomb puts on a real great show, sending out waves of bright red colours into the surrounding water, mixed with creamy white and a hint of green from the ‘stalk’. As the bath bomb is fairy quick to dissolve, you’re left with the Cocoa and Shea Butter centre that’ll begin to imbue the bath with its skin-softening benefits. I noticed just how silky and moisturising the water was almost immediately as I got in and whatsmore, the scent really amplified and filled my senses with the comforting aroma, perfect for a long relaxing soak on a crisp evening. Oddly, there was weird brown powdery globs floating throughout my bath, which I initially thought was cocoa powder, but I guess it’s the strawberry powder instead. The globs eventually disappeared into the water, it just wasn’t that pretty to start with.

After my bath was drained out and I had towelled myself off, the creamy sweet scent was still lingering over my skin and in my bathroom for the remainder of my evening, really making me happy each time I stepped back into the room. My skin felt incredibly soft and renewed as well as wonderfully hydrated, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed.

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All in all, Strawberries and Cream makes for a really great bath, I urge everyone to try it! I’m still holding out hope we’ll see the return of Yummy Mummy Shower Gel, maybe for Mother’s Day 2020? My fingers are crossed.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Cream of Tartar, Strawberry Powder, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

Rose Jam Bubbleroon was one of the first ever Lush products I truly fell in love with and it what started my love for the ‘rose jam’ scent when I was still fairly new to the world of Lush. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons.

The bubble bar’s design mimics that of a gorgeous rose flower, with glistening pink sparkles adorning the top. Naturally inside you’ll find Rose Absolute as well as Rose Oil which is what makes up the main component in the scent. Rose absolute is thought to be of a closer smell to fresh roses whereas the oil is said to be a little more delicate, but both come from the petals of the flower. Lush’s main source of rose comes from Turkey, where the flowers are handpicked at dawn, when they are the most fragrant.

Geranium Oil has a sweet floral fragrance that is very similar to Rose Oil and contains some of the same components, such as geraniol, linalool and citronellal, which means the two pair together well. Lastly, finishing off the iconic Rose Jam scent we have Lemon Oil which adds a subtle fruity kick, though not massively noticeable in the scent as a whole. Rose Jam is such a feel good fragrance, it really makes me happy!

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Although Rose Jam is definitely big enough to get two or three baths out of it, I have no control so I used the whole thing!

Once crumbled under the running water, Rose Jam Bubbleroon produces such soft bubbles which float delicately atop vibrant pink bath water. The water itself feels really creamy thanks to the Cocoa and Shea Butter disc in the middle of the two bubble bar halves and if you look really closely at the water, you’ll notice tiny glimmering specks of glitter dancing beneath the surface.

Throughout my bath I could still smell the beautiful scent in the air, which only helped me relax even more.

After I was done bathing I stepped out to wonderfully soft and nourished skin. Although I sadly didn’t really notice much of a scent lingering over me, which was strange compared to how potent it was before. All in all, Rose Jam Bubbleroon is a fab product that holds a special place in my heart. I hope Lush never discontinue it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Lemon Oil, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Colour 77891, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Goldrush Bath Bomb

Along with Hi Ho Silver, these bath bombs were based around gold and silver respectively and are among Lush’s most glittery creations ever. Goldrush is a smallish (about the size of a Butterball) blue bath bomb with a gold stamp featuring the letters ‘Au’ on it. Au is the symbol for gold on the periodic table which comes from its latin name – aurum.

Goldrush is supposedly scented with the same uplifting scent as Whoosh Shower Jelly and when I first heard it was so, I was rather excited as I’ve been hoping for other Whoosh scented products for a long time. Whoosh is a fairly potent fragrance, with the jelly exuding zesty Lemon and Lime along with background notes of Rosemary, Geranium and Grapefruit.

Although Goldrush features the three essential oils that I mentioned make up the background of Whoosh’s scent, it doesn’t contain any form of Lemon or Lime and therefore you can’t really consider it to be an exact replica of the zingy fragrance as they’re essentially the main notes. Instead, Goldrush offers a warmer perfume with the Grapefruit giving a fruitiness above herbal notes of Rosemary and floral hints of Geranium. Compared to the shower jelly, the scent isn’t very strong at all and I’m a little disappointed they didn’t try to recreate the scent exactly as it should be. I feel they should have included Lemon Oil at least! There is some likeness, but not enough for me.

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Once in the water, after a minute or so of simply expanding with blue foam, out poured the heaps of golden lustre from inside, which looked really striking against the vivid blue. Goldrush is actually over 15% glitter, which is more than any other bath bomb! The end result was stunning and I couldn’t stop watching the sparkling golden particles dance through the water. You have to be a real glitter fan to enjoy this bath bomb and luckily, I am!

The golden hallmark actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Goldrush to be quite moisturising thanks to this little inclusion. It’s also what helps the lustre stick to your skin and I came out covered. I couldn’t stop admiring my sparkling self!

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With the scent not really being particularly strong, naturally I didn’t find it at all that noticeable whilst I was bathing and whilst there was a slight remembrance left on my skin after it wasn’t anything compared to the reminder of all the glitter! My skin did feel incredibly soft and nourished though, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed!

I really loved Goldrush, though simply because of the colour and the glitter. I do wish they had got the Whoosh scent right and even without it, I’d have wanted the scent to be stronger. The glitter did end up covering my bath, my towel and my bath mat but that’s nothing a bit of cleaning won’t rectify and it’s well worth it! I’d definitely use Goldrush again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77491

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Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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Hair, Hair Treatments

Curl Power Curl Pudding

Okay real talk. My hair is straight, thin, flat and definitely not dry, so a product called ‘Curl Power’ definitely isn’t targeted to someone with my hair. I actually bought a pot of this for a friend whilst visiting the new spa store in Liverpool and in true reviewer spirit, I had to try it for myself too.

Curl Power is designed to help style afros and curls, whilst hydrating and protecting the hair at the same time. It features a gorgeous biscuity and caramel-like scent with a hint of coconut that strongly reminds me of coconut macaroons.!

The main two ingredients in Curl Power are Linseed Gel and Molasses. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils making it a great component in a haircare product. The gel Linseeds produce when boiled is highly protective and locks moisture into the hair. Molasses is a thick, black tar like substance which is a byproduct from a long process of making sugar. On the hair, it’s very similar to the effects of honey, helping to retain moisture and giving a gorgeous shine.

Where both of those ingredients are added to help lock moisture in, you obviously need ingredients that actually add the moisture too. Often curly and afro hair tends to be dryer so it’s fitting that Curl Power offers a lot of hydrating and moisturising effects. Cocoa Butter is combined with Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Soya Lecithin and Lanolin to really add hydration. Argan Oil has many benefits for the hair as it is naturally soothing, conditioning and full of antioxidant vitamins. The high levels of fatty acids it contains are wonderful at deeply hydrating the hair. Argan Oil is also known for its restoring and repairing qualities. Soya Lecithin is a fatty substance that occurs naturally in soybeans and Lanolin is known as ‘wool wax’ and is obtained by pressing shorn sheep’s wool. Both are highly emollient and protective, deeply locking in moisture.

We aren’t stopping there as Curl Power contains a number of other impressive ingredients too, it would seem Lush have really pushed the boat out with this one. Silken Tofu & Aquafaba are added for their softening effects and also because they are full of proteins, perfect for strengthening damaged hair. Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten is also full of proteins which will increase the tensile strength of the hair to make it less susceptible to breakage. It also adds volume, texture and condition to the hair, preventing it from drying out and helping to define those curls.

Coconut Vinegar is made by fermenting coconut sap and water for up to a year. This little-known culinary ingredient gives hair gloss, shine and a soft texture. It is also nutrient and amino acid rich – perfect for keeping the hair strong! Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from macadamia nuts, coats each hair strand and adds protection against heat and humidity, allowing your curls to stay bouncy and light. Lastly, Curl Power contains PVP to give some hold.

After trying a tiny amount in my own freshly washed, towel dried hair, it actually made it feel so soft and hydrated. There was a very slight hold but you don’t get any of that hard, crispy effect you can get with some hair styling products. It didn’t weigh my hair down that much either, something I’m always really concerned about when trying out new haircare, especially ones that are so rich with ingredients; it even gave it some volume surprisingly! What’s more, the scent really lingers and I could smell it around me all day!

Now I’m probably not the best person to really give an honest review of this product, just because it’s not designed for someone like me. But, I have heard some really good reviews from others with different hair types and coupled with my own experience, I reckon this is a really great product!

Ingredients

Linseed Gel, Water, Molasses, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Silken Tofu, Coconut Vinegar, Aquafaba, Argan Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Soya Lecithin, Lanolin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate

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Body, Body Lotions

Sleepy Body Lotion

Sleepy Body Lotion is arguably one of Lush’s most talked about and highly praised products. It was in the news fairly recently because a woman found it was the only thing that helped her young child sleep at night and has been known to help people struggling with anxiety. With a beautiful Lavender and Tonka scent it’s designed to help you drift off easily, and it’s also a simple yet nourishing body moisturiser too.

Lavender is known to help put the mind at rest. As one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, it’s widely used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. In this body lotion, the well known floral fragrance is mixed with Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Benzoin Resinoid for a sweeter, creamier scent. It’s kinda got a chocolatey note to it which I love and it’s a scent that really puts you in a good mood.

Sleepy contains Lavender Water, Lavender Flower Infusion and Lavender Oil because lavender is one of the best ingredients around to soothe inflamed or irritated skin. Coupled with the lavender, Sleepy’s base is actually made from Almond Oil and Oat Milk. Rich Oat Milk is another excellently soothing ingredient that has been used for thousands of years to calm and treat the skin topically. Almond Oil is a great moisturiser and it’s packed with vitamin E which is great for promoting cell regeneration.

Lush have also blended both Cocoa and Illipe Butters along with Jojoba Oil for extra creaminess and extra hydration. Jojoba Oil is very similar to our skin’s natural oils, allowing it to easily sink in, carrying those beneficial ingredients with it.

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Sleepy Body Lotion is fairly thick and rich and you really only need a small amount to cover your dry areas. It’s ideal to slather over any dry and/or cracked skin you may have to really nourish and soothe. Personally I pop it over my arms and my chest, so I can really get the aroma when I’m trying to sleep.

As someone who very often struggles to fall asleep, I’ve found that Sleepy definitely helps! It’s so nice to have a comforting scent to smell as you’re drifting off. I do find that my body gets used to it fairly quickly though and it only works for a week or so before I’m back to not being able to sleep again. However, if I stop using it, after time I guess my body forgets and it helps me sleep once more!

Ingredients

Oat Milk, Almond Oil, Lavender Water, Lavender Flower Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Pop Bubble Bar

Pop is a new product for this years Father’s Day and is a fairly sizeable bubble bar. It’s designed around the pop art style of Roy Litchenstein, features popping candy and is obviously in reference to a term used to call your father, pop.

Pop features a scent made from Buchu, Lemon and Bergamot Oils, and is bright, refreshing and fruity in nature. Fragrant Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty aroma which pairs with the more citrusy nature of the other two essential oils well. Sicilian Lemon Oil adds a more sherbety note with the Bergamot adding a fresh and green element. It’s a nice scent and one that Lush continue to bring back every now and then.

Obviously as a bigger sized bubble bar, you could definitely get at least four baths out of it if you wish but, being excessive as I am, I opted to crumble up the whole thing. Before long my bath was filled with a giant mountain of soft bubbles with a fiery orange water below which looked really nice. As I said, Pop features Popping Candy in the mix but unfortunately I didn’t get to hear any crackles or pops, probably because it happened as my bath was filling up. I guess that’s why you don’t see this ingredient in bubble bars that often.

Once I was in I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moisturising the water felt! I didn’t realise until I checked out the ingredients list but Lush have added Cocoa Butter to this bubble bar for extra skin softening quality! The fruitiness of the scent remained throughout my bath too!

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin was as soft as the bubbles in my bath and still carried that uplifting scent for a good few hours later.

All in all, Pop gives you a nice bath. I think the addition of Cocoa Butter is really nice and I wish Lush added it into more of their bubble mixtures as I find they can be slightly drying. The popping candy does seem kinda pointless though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Popping Candy, Perfume, Cornflour, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 14700

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