Bath, Bath Bombs

Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb

Another bath bomb that was voted for as part of the community favourites was one that is based on a discontinued fan-favourite shower gel, which in turn was based on a bubbleroon. Yuzu & Cocoa’s inspiration comes from a custom in Japan, where at winter solstice, they score the skin of a Yuzu fruit with a knife and drop one in the bath to release its oils and aroma. This is called ‘yuzuyu’ and Lush wanted to recreate this experience, with extra warmth and depth.

It’s been a long time since I smelled either the shower gel or the bubbleroon, so I was excited to recall the fragrance that I remember loving. As soon as I got my hands on it, the powerful heady perfume hit me and I fell in love once again. It’s definitely one of the strongest scented bath bombs I’ve come across in a while. I’ve had it in my room for two months now, sat with other products, but it continued to be the first and strongest aroma that hit my nose when I walk into my room. Also, the design is rather cute, as if it’s an actual Yuzu fruit with the Lush name engraved on the leaf.

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Like the bubbleroon, Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb doesn’t contain actual Yuzu Juice or the essential oil, but Lush replicate the citrus aroma with Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. The warming ‘cocoa’ side comes from the addition of Tonka Absolute and Cocoa Absolute, making the whole scent deliciously chocolate-orange like with creamy, comforting notes of sweet vanilla from the Tonka. I feel like it’s a scent that must be smelled to really understand what I’m talking about. Although some people have pointed out that theres less of a chocolatey aroma within this format, I can’t really remember any different.

Once popped into the water, Yuzu & Cocoa starts fizzing rapidly and loudly, turning the bath water a gorgeous deep shade of warming orange. I was sad that there wasn’t any hidden colour in the middle which meant that there wasn’t really much of a display and before long, the bath bomb had vanished. However there was a delicate sprinkling of lustre floating throughout which was a nice touch.

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Although I expected the strong scent to remain throughout, it honestly wasn’t that powerful once the fizzing stopped and I was disappointed to find my bath was pretty fragrance-less, but I’m happy that theres a nice hint of the scent on my skin now I’m out. On top of that, my skin feels super soft and when you look closely, it’s covered in a dusting of beautiful fine glitter so overall I’m happy and I’m really glad I got to experience this unique scent once again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tonka Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 77491.

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

There’s something strange about the idea of putting chocolate on your face. Even as someone who absolutely loves chocolate, I still don’t particularly want to cover myself in it so naturally I wasn’t overly keen on trying Cupcake Fresh Face Mask.

As soon as you pop open the lid and bring it to your nose, you’re hit with a scent that reminds me of brownie mixture, which to be honest, made me want to put it on my face even less and just eat it instead. Don’t try it, it really doesn’t taste nice.

Cupcake’s base is made from something called Rhassoul Mud, which should put you off eating it. This helps to soften skin and gives a deep cleanse, drawing out dirt and impurities, leaving skin soft and clear. As a natural clay, its super absorbent, drawing out excess sebum, minimising shine and preventing breakouts.

As you can imagine, Cupcake contain’s Cocoa Powder. Thanks to the residue of cocoa butter Cocoa Powder contains, it is really effective at softening the skin. It also contains a high amount of antioxidants, which are compounds made by plants to prevent premature breakdowns of their cells caused by exposure to atmospheric agents like air, heat and sunlight. These antioxidants benefit skin as well so they protect your skin from premature aging! Cupcake also contains a generous helping of actual Cocoa Butter also to hydrate your skin so it’s not left feeling too dry.

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When Cupcake is actually on your face, you can immediately feel your skin being nourished by its beneficial ingredients. Mint and Cedarwood are balancing for the skin, sorting out any excess oil issues and a soothing infusion from Linseed (Flaxseed) help with any redness or irritation. Although it’s the same texture as a brownie batter, you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s cleansing and clarifying your skin, not making breakouts worse!

Cupcake is actually perfect for hormonal, teenage skin, especially those prone to greasiness and breakouts due to the absorbent and purifying nature. Although I’m past that teenage stage, it still works for me when I do get the occasional spot, but I can’t say Cupcake is one of my go-to’s out of the fresh face mask range. I do find it can be a little drying, so make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after if you find you’re in the same boat!

Check out Cupcake for yourself here, or head into your local Lush for a free consultation on which mask would be better for you!

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Farnesol, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their Christmas range this year, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are two in one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body.

Alongside a Princess and a Snowman, a Santa Bomb Bomb was also released, apparently smelling of strawberries and cream.

Looking like a traditional Santa, his head bath bomb is mostly comprised of a big white beard with a small red hat, whereas his body is more traditionally spherical with a belt, buckle and arms.

The idea is you can use it as one giant bath bomb or in two baths, but of course, I did the former. Santa’s a really fast fizzer, immediately and quite loudly fizzing away turning the bath water into a vibrant red colour. There’s something I really enjoy about bathing in red baths as it’s a colour that’s not often featured in a bath bomb.

Sadly, there wasn’t much in terms of any bath art other than a few wispy waves of white throughout the deep crimson.

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The strawberries and cream scent I was talking about is actually Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Bergamot Oil, which I never would have guessed from smelling it. To me, the scent is a lot fruitier than what I’d expect those three fragrances to make. It’s sweet and almost berryish, which is why I guess Lush say it smells of strawberries.

I actually really like the smell though, and I’d really enjoy other products featuring it. I think it would make a really nice massage bar or shower scrub so hopefully Lush decide to keep it around for the future!

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Sadly although the actual product smells quite potent, it doesn’t have much strength after dissolving and the only memory of it on my skin was just the generic clean feeling, which was kinda dissappointing.

In conclusion, the Bomb Bombs are cute (not you Princess), but I probably wouldn’t use each one again as other than the fact they come in pairs, there’s nothing that special about them.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 47005:1, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Chocolate Lip Scrub

A lip scrub is basically just a lip exfoliator to polish and scrub away any bits of dry skin. As a bonus, Lush have made their Lip Scrubs extra tasty and you’ll want to be applying it all day long!

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Chocolate Lip Scrub originally appeared as an exclusive via the Lush Kitchen, however it proved to be so popular, Lush added it to their main Lip Scrub collection.

Chocolate smells like, you guessed it, chocolate! The typical Lip Scrub blend of Jojoba Oil and Caster Sugar is this time mixed with Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Cocoa Powder and actual Dark Chocolate to give it it’s colour and flavour.

Saying this though, it’s actually supposed to be more of a sweet Chocolate Orange scent and taste as it also contains Tangerine Oil and Sweet Orange Oil which gives it a nice juicy kick and leaves your lips refreshed.

To me it kinda tastes more like, shall we say a sweet ‘standard dark chocolate flavouring’ than actual chocolate but it’s still something I’m happy to indulge in occasionally, though whilst it’s not as sweet as Bubblegum Lip Scrub, personally I find it can be a little sickly. Though I do find the actual scrub itself effective and quite moisturising and buttery which is definitely a good thing.

Jojoba Oil is the perfect ingredient for this type of product as because of it’s close structure to the skin’s own sebum, it’s easily and quickly absorbed by the skin.

Check out Chocolate and Lush’s other lip care products available here!

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Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Dark Chocolate, Flavour, Tangerine Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Limonene, Linalool

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