Soap

Poppy Soap

Although it’s been around for some while now, Poppy Soap has only recently been released to a wider audience in all UK stores. Designed after the Poppy Flower, commonly associated with remembrance and World War One, this soap features both a poppy design on the front of it as well as the little black seeds of the flowers themselves.

Poppy Seeds are often seen in breads, cakes and dishes across the world and are said to be full of essential minerals and nutrients. In this soap, Lush have added the tiny hard seeds to exfoliate the skin. Whilst you don’t really get the full effect of the seeds during the first few uses, as the soap gets smaller and the seeds reveal themselves, it’s actually pretty scrubby, great for removing stubborn dirt and dry skin.

Poppy slightly differers in Lush’s usual soap base of Coconut Oil and Rapeseed Oil and instead swaps out the latter ingredient for Castor Oil. It does seem like Lush is heading in this direction with the majority of their newer soap bars. Mixed into the base, Lush have added Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, to give moisture to the skin and a creaminess to the lather the soap produces. I do notice that Poppy produces a lather that’s a lot softer and thicker than some of Lush’s older soaps, which is a nice treat. Sadly, although not as much as some others do, I do still find it leaves my skin with that squeaky feeling that I’m really not keen on, but that’s easily fixed with a nice hand cream.

Adding to the softening benefits of this product we have Chia Seed Gel. Chia seeds are edible and resemble very tiny pebbles. They are highly mucilaginous: when in contact with warm water or any kind of liquid, they quickly start to swell and increase their size by four or five times. Chia is softening and calming on the skin and is thought to have fantastic antioxidant properties for bright, healthy skin.

In terms of scent, Poppy features a popular and iconic Lush scent, most commonly loved as The Comforter Bubble Bar. I feel like The Comforter is a scent that can vary, depending on the format but is generally a fruity blackcurrant aroma that reminds me of blackcurrant squash and children’s juice box drinks. Although usually The Comforter features Cassis instead of actual Blackcurrant Absolute, Poppy uses the real thing, which might explain the more prominent juicy and sharp note of the fruit which is fairly different when compared to the bubble bar. Alongside this, we have uplifting Bergamot Oil and a hint of fresh, woody Cypress Oil.

I’m usually not that crazy over anything from The Comforter scent family but I’m really enjoying this soap. I think it’s the shaper element that’s making me like it more, and I love how you can still smell it on your hands each time you use it.

Lush Soaps are often pretty good at lasting a long time and Poppy is no different, I’ve been using it for about a week now and I cannot notice any shrinkage whatsoever, which tells me I’ll be holding onto this for a while. It’s design also means that if you stand it up on the thin flat side, the air reaches a larger surface area, meaning it dries really easily! I’m loving having this as my first soap in my new bathroom.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Water, Chia Seed Gel, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Poppy Seeds, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Guardian Of The Forest Bath Bomb

Guardian Of The Forest has been around for quite some time now and I believe it debuted in 2015 as an Oxford Street exclusive product. Recently it became available in all stores year-round but sadly is about to be discontinued for good. This is a bath bomb I’ve used before but not for a while, not since I started this blog anyway. Of course I had to ensure I managed to use it one last time, both for blogging reasons and to say goodbye.

I love the design of this beautiful bath bomb as it’s got something really quite magical about it, especially with a name like Guardian Of The Forest. It conjures up ideas of woodland deities and enchanted forests you might hear about in fairytales and storybooks. It’s also scented rather beautifully too in my opinion.

Containing both Oakmoss, Cypress and Rosewood Oils, its no surprise that the scent is intensely green and earthy. Oakmoss has a deep, mossy aroma – adding the poignant earthy note to the fragrance. Woody Cypress Oil blends well with Oakmoss, adding greener, fresher notes and it’s really these two ingredients that made up the strongest portion of the scent. Aromatherapists believe Cypress to be calming during times of emotional stress and use it to stimulate feelings of joy and happiness. Rosewood Oil has a unique aroma that’s equally rosy, spicy and woody, adding something a little more complex but further mixing with the Oakmoss and Cypress well. Lastly, Guardian Of The Forest contains Lime Oil, giving subtle citrusy, zesty undertones.

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The resulting fragrance is deep and meditative, yet remaining bright, gentle and slightly sweet. Whenever I smell this perfume I can’t help but imagine walking through tall forests in the summertime, with lots of mossy undergrowth and basking in the nature around me. I really love scents that transport me elsewhere.

In the bath, Guardian Of The Forest is foamy and fizzy, colouring the water a luscious green colour almost immediately, with gorgeous patterns comprised of different shades of green and white on top. Before long, a stream of yellow revealed itself, intertwining with the green and resulting in some awesome bath art. It may not look it, but Guardian Of The Forest is filled with sparkling silver glitter too, which looked really beautiful floating through the water.

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Even after the bath bomb had fully dissolved, I could still smell the grounding aroma in the air which really helped me relax into my bath, it was really quite potent and even after I was out and dry, I was still able to smell it on my body. Although there’s no ingredients that really stand out for their soothing and softening properties, my skin felt so baby smooth and silky after this bath, I was seriously impressed. The silver lustre also lightly coated me too, which is a great bonus in my eyes.

To conclude, I’m quite sad that Guardian of The Forest is leaving us, likely for a long while if not forever, but I’m glad that I managed to use it one last time before it went. If you’ve not already, you definitely want to give it a go, don’t miss out!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Rosewood Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 59040, Colour 42053, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Youki Hi Bath Bomb

Youki Hi was first created as a celebration of Chinese New Year. The red and gold colour scheme is representing the colours of the Chinese dragons which dance along the streets during new year parades. It’s also named after a legendary Chinese beauty, said to be one of the must beautiful women ever to have lived. It’s currently made a return as one of the Harajuku Exclusives/30th Anniversary Bath Bombs.

I’ve been longing to get my hands on this bath bomb because is shares the same scent as Flying Fox Shower Gel and Lust Perfume, both of which I absolutely adore. It looks beautiful, sharing a similar design as Sakura Bath Bath but is far more entrancing. The red pattern on top is actually sea salt, something that features throughout the bath bomb too.

The essential oils making up the scent are slightly different to Lust Perfume, but are exactly the same as Flying Fox. I think this slight change actually makes this bath bomb a little sweeter, something I noted with Flying Fox too, but it’s still the heady intoxicating aroma of Jasmine coupled with the sweetness of Ylang Ylang that’s easily the most prominent note in all three products. It’s a very potent aroma and storing this bath bomb in my room up until now has been glorious.

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I’e always found it difficult to really describe this scent because it’s so unique and you really have to experience it for yourself to understand it. I’ve seen some pretty strong reactions to this scent and it’s very marmite, you either love it or hate it, both with a passion. Both Jasmine and Ylang Ylang are known for their sensual and aromatic aromas and are commonly used as aphrodisiacs. Palmarosa Oil adds a similar note, with more rosy undertones and is also widely used in the cosmetics industry because of its firming and toning properties on the skin. Lastly, we have Cypress Oil, which adds subtle fresh and resinous notes. All of these essential oils are well known for their abilities to easy stress and anxiety too – bonus!

Once popped into the water if I’m honest there’s nothing that visually spectacular about it. Youki Hi foams up slightly, revealing chunks of dyed red Sea Salt embedded into it. It dissolves fairly quickly and produces a warm peachy coloured bath but not much bath art other than wisps of white foam on top. The sea salt made it more visually appealing but the main surprise was a hidden Amaranth Flower in the centre. Due to the high content of salt, the water was soft and luxurious, something I really noticed once I was in and when I was out and dry my skin felt beautifully silky and smooth.

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The Lust/Flying Fox scent is well known in Lush as being one of the most potent scents, and like I said, the bath bomb itself definitely shared that same quality. Even when the product had dissolved into the water, I could still smell the wonderful aroma in my bathroom. However, I was also expecting it to really linger on my skin, considering the perfume does for ages, but all I was left with was a really subtle and basic version of the true scent. I was actually fairly shocked! Luckily I have a bottle of Lust Perfume and doused myself in it to quell my disappointment.

All in all, I did really enjoy my experience with Youki Hi. I’m over the moon to have finally experienced this scent in a bath bomb form and whilst I do think it’s more suited to fragrances and shower products, I’m still a fan.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Yang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Amaranth Flowers

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Free Ranger Bath Bomb

Ah the Free Ranger, back again this year but only in the one colour as opposed to last year’s three. It’s no surprise as they were’t massively popular last year and the Pink/Purple colour scheme was clearly the best. As with every Lush product to feature eyes, you can come across some really hilarious expressions.

Free Ranger is actually two bath bombs in one, as the top half and bottom half separate for you to use in two separate baths if you wish. Each half of the free ranger is scented with Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute and Cypress Oil, which gives the bath bomb(s) a sweet and uplifting scent not too dissimilar to The Comforter. Blackcurrant has a fairly strong and fruity scent that reminds me of the squash I used to drink when I was a child, yet it also has a fresh and green note, which is highlighted by the Bergamot and Cypress Oils. All three of these ingredients are known to have mood-boosting affects on the mind, clearing anxiety and easing troubles.

I decided to use the whole Free Ranger in my bath and it’s an incredibly fast and loud fizzer. Without any Cream of Tartar in its mix, this one is a pure fizzer, without any of the foam the aforementioned ingredient creates. There wasn’t much in terms of bath art, but it was nice to watch the two halves quickly dissolve as they floated around the tub and before long the water had turned a vivid translucent pink colour. Almost immediately after the fizzing had began, the sweet fragrance filled the air around me.

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If you’re wondering what the eyes are made from, they’re candy! So if you really wanted to, you could actually eat them; though I wouldn’t recommend it, they have been attached to the bath bomb for some time. Otherwise they simply dissolve in the water too.

Once I was in, I could still smell the fruity Blackcurrant aroma although it was gradually dissipating. The longer I soaked in the water, the more I could feel my mood elevating and it invoked a sense of playfulness and carefreeness. Afterwards, my skin felt soft and cleansed and although there was a slight hint of the scent still covering my body, it wasn’t anywhere as near as heady as it once was. I’d say I noticed more woody tones of the Cypress Oil in the scent on my skin than before.

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In conclusion, Free Ranger is a fairly simple bath bomb but with a lovely fruity sweet scent. It makes a great little Easter gift for a child especially if you’re trying to stay away from chocolate! Like all Easter products, Free Ranger will be disappearing from shops before long so make sure you get your hands on one before the season is out.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Candy Eye

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Money Atmosphere

The third Atmosphere I went for was the green one, Money. The Atmospheres are supposed to work with the laws of attraction, being that by thinking about something you’re going to attract it. Money is something I definitely could use more of, so I’m fully hoping for it to work and if not then I guess I’ll just sue Lush for false advertising. It’s a win either way right?

Money is scented with the same scent as Over And Over Bath Bomb, a mix of Lime, Cypress, Fennel and Orris. The zestiness of the Lime is at the front of this scent, with deeper, spicy and herbal notes in the background. Lush describe this particular Atmosphere as ‘bringing independence imagined in zingy lime, freedom in bittersweet fennel and adventure in exotic orris’ and they tell you to ‘draw on the laws of attraction to see yourself enjoying absolute control, becoming master, not servant, to the trappings of wealth’, so I guess it’s more about gaining liberation from money than actually gaining more wealth but oh well a girl can try.

Whereas I find Over and Over Bath Bomb to have a pretty strong sense of Lime in its scent, it’s a lot more muted in this format and the more herbal, woody notes come through a lot more which isn’t a complaint as it still smells nice and uplifting. One downside was that unfortunately once I had actually started using the product, the scent had pretty much vanished. This time I actually emptied the contents of the Atmosphere onto a sponge and rubbed it into it, therefore preventing me from losing any which worked a treat!

On the skin, Lime is very cleansing as well as being brightening and toning. Fennel is also toning but it’s slight spiciness means it’s stimulating too, getting the blood flowing to the skin. Along with the help of detoxifying Cypress Oil, Money has left my skin refreshed and bright and just as moisturised as the previous two.

Like I’ve said in my other posts on Love and Let Go, it’s really hard to justify spending £12 for just four showers, so if you’re thinking about trying them it might be better to decant the actual gel into pots so you can use it more sparingly. Hopefully if Lush decide that this is the way forward then they’ll find a way to make them cheaper.

I’d really like to hear about your experiences with the Atmospheres so please let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb

Luxury Lush Pud had a scent change for this year’s release. Previously featuring the Twilight/Sleepy scent, this year it shares it’s scent with the Comforter scent family!

Luxury Lush Pud is mainly pink and resembles a traditional Christmas pudding, with the white ‘frosting’ design and the holly on top; though it also features multicoloured circles around the sides. It’s such a great design and it proves this by continuing to be one of the best sellers each Holiday season.

The pretty and colourful design of the bath bomb is only a taste of what’s to come in the water. Once submerged, it’s a real sensory performance as it quickly and loudly fizzes, releasing both the vibrant pink colour and the comforting familiar blackcurrant aroma.

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The water quickly turns a sort of orangey, purply-pink colour and each coloured circle lets off streams of it’s own colour into the bath, creating beautiful mixing patterns on top of the water.

The scent, made up of Bergamot, Cassis and Cypress Oils is a popular one amongst Lush fans and has be produced in many different products over the years. It reminds me of sweet blackcurrant squash or fruity sweets and as the name suggests, is very comforting and cosy.

Personally, and I know a lot of people disagree, I prefer this product in this scent than it’s previous incarnation. As much as I love it, I think the Twilight scent is far too relaxing for a bath bomb with so many colours and the pink just seems to suit the Comforter scent so much more!

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Sadly I did find that the scent wasn’t immensely powerful once the initial fizz had happened, and I was just left with a subtle smelling magenta bath. Somewhat surprising in all honestly because usually The Comforter is such a prominent scent! I was however, still able to smell it on my skin after which was still nice.

A word of warning for all you glitter haters, Luxury Lush Pud is full of it. I was literally sparkling from head to toe once I got out of the tub and continued to stay that way long after I towelled off! Good thing I don’t mind it then!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Candy Holly Leaf

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