Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Dirty Toothy Tabs

I remember when I first tried these. Years and years ago, way before my love for the company was fully realised, my best friend bought me a gift set which included these so called ‘toothy tabs’. I remember thinking they were really weird and honestly, not really enjoying using them. Fast forward to when I first started working for Lush and I still carried that same opinion about all their toothy and mouthwash tabs. It wasn’t until I started trying other flavours and forcing myself to use these instead of regular toothpaste that comes in tubes and are bad for the environment, that I started enjoying them more. And now in full circle, here I am using Dirty for the first time since.

Dirty is an odd flavour, and an odd name for a toothpaste too, although Lush fans will know it just means it’s part of the expansive ‘Dirty’ range. Featuring Spearmint and Neroli, it’s predominantly a fresh minty smell and flavour, with slightly herbal notes. I’m a big fan of your bog-standard minty flavours like Miles Of Smiles, but the addition of the Neroli is slightly strange I do admit. Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree and is known for its intensely green and floral aroma, which isn’t really something you’d find in a toothpaste. Whilst the Spearmint does vastly overpower the subtle notes of the Neroli, it’s still just a little too strange for my palate. I guess even though I’ve grown to like the toothy tabs, this flavour just isn’t really for me.

Nonetheless I’m still using these tabs and in all fairness they do leave my mouth feeling super clean and fresh. Although Lush’s dental products don’t contain fluoride, they do contain other ingredients which are just as cleansing. Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous all have plaque removing properties and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth within the mouth.

When my friend bought these for me all that time ago, Lush sold their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes. Since they changed over to their plastic bottles there’s been some outcry from customers who think it’s a step back from being more eco-friendly. Whilst it’s true that obviously cardboard boxes are much better for the environment, Lush decided to make the change simply to ensure that the product stays fresher for longer. Plus, like everything else in their store, the bottles and lids can be fully recycled in your local community and if that’s not good enough you can bring them back to a Lush store to be recycled using their closed loop recycling scheme. I feel like if you’re really that passionate about being more eco-friendly then you’re gonna make the effort to recycle your containers properly.

Anyway, even though I’ll continue to use these tabs, I do think it would be nice if perhaps they were replaced as part of the range in all stores with one of the more exciting flavours currently only at Lush Liverpool Spa, such as Toothy Fruity! I do wonder if we’ll see a roll out of the newer flavours anytime soon. Not to mention the toothpaste jellies!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Spearmint Oil, Neroli Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Shaving & Hair Removal

Dirty Shaving Cream

Whether you shave your face or your legs or anywhere else for that matter, Lush’s shaving products are among the best out there. I’ve been using Dirty Shaving Cream for years and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever stop.

Dirty is a rich, non-foaming shaving cream that really protects your skin from the blade you’re using. You apply it in circular motions against the grain of the hairs to boost circulation and lift the hairs ready for shaving.

Its creamy consistency is from a base of Oat Milk, Safflower Oil and Shea Butter. Lush steep oats in hot water to produce a milk that is very soothing on irritated and damaged skin. If your skin is prone to shaving rashes and is easily irritated when you shave, you might find that Dirty really works for you. Safflower Oil is considered a great smoother for the skin and has an incredibly high percentage of beneficial unsaturated fats, allowing for easy application and leaves behind hydrated skin with the help of the Shea Butter.

Dirty further contains Honey, which is full of nutrients. It has antiseptic, antioxidant and softening properties to ensure the product is leaving behind clean and smooth skin. As a natural humectant, Honey retains moisture by forming a protective layer on the skin.

Dirty is actually incredibly good for someone with sensitive skin but still features a delicate yet heady scent. As part of the ‘Dirty’ family, it contains some of the essential oils that the original perfume does (the idea being that each Dirty product gets layered up to reach the true ‘Dirty’ scent). It’s somewhat floral and somewhat woody containing Lavender, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Cedarwood and Tonka. Lavender is ideal in a product for soothing irritated and sensitive skin and it, along with Tincture of Benzoin, Tonka and Sandalwood have anti-inflammatory properties, whilst Cedarwood has balancing and astringent qualities.

Dirty also features an ingredient called Lanolin. This yellow, waxy substance is extracted from raw wool by squeezing it (obviously after shearing the sheep!) and is an excellent moisturiser as it emulsifies water on the skin and holds it there, whilst creating a protective film. This, along with the Honey means that Dirty isn’t currently vegan.

As I said, Dirty has been a staple in my bathroom for a while now and I just love how easy and effective it is to shave with. I would say though, that it’s much more effective on shorter stubble rather than longer hairs. My skin feels so good after, very different from shaving rashes of the past!

Ingredients

Water, Oat Milk, Safflower Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Honey, Tincture of Benzoin, Cedarwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Lanolin, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Dirty Springwash is part of the big and iconic ‘Dirty’ range. Starting with the perfume, each product features elements of the refreshing and minty scent, usually featuring both Spearmint and Thyme. Each one adds something slightly different and the idea is that by layering up all the Dirty products, you get the true effect of the Dirty scent.

Much like the original perfume, Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is incredibly invigorating and refreshing. As soon as you open the lid you’re hit by a crisp mint aroma coming from Spearmint Oil and Menthol Crystals. If you’re a fan of minty fresh shower gels then this is probably a great option for you. On the skin mint and menthol have wonderfully cleansing and stimulating properties. The cooling sensation you feel on your skin is due to the menthol triggering cold receptors in the skin to feel sensitive and flare up, which in turn gets blood rushing to the area. This is also why anything minty is great at helping muscles to relax and to help soothe inflammation.

For the effects on the mind, the crisp smell of mint is great for waking you up and helping you feel more alert and focused. Mint has long been used to ease stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It’s also been proven to help fight headaches!

The Thyme Oil adds a herbal element to the shower gel which relives the mint of being too overpowering. Thyme Oil is well known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Dirty Springwash has a relatively thin consistency but because of a little Sodium Bicarbonate in the mix, it feels silky smooth on the skin. It lathers up nicely and a little goes a long way. It also contains a helping of Fine Sea Salt which further cleanses and refreshes the skin.

In the shower, the minty aroma hits you marvellously when you’re using the vibrant blue gel and if you’re using a lot, you get that tingling sensation on your skin which is perfect for cooling you down on a hot summers day. To be honest, I only ever use Dirty Springwash on a hot day because I’m not actually a massive mint fan and I never understand why people would want to use minty products it when it’s cold?!

Nevertheless when I’ve stepped out the shower my skin feels soooo smooth and revitalised every time I use Dirty. Plus you get that fresh scent lingering on your skin for a good while after.

Check out this shower gel for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Bath, Hair, Hair Styling

Dirty Styling Cream

Growing up, I always had trouble finding hair styling products that suited my hair. Because my hair is pretty thin and gets greasy easily, something too heavy will cause it to look flat and something too wet will cause it to look too greasy, so naturally I’m always wary before trying a new styling product. However, I started using Dirty a good while ago now and I’m really happy with it.

Now I don’t use Dirty all the time, I change my hair length a lot and I prefer using Dirty when my hair is on the shorter side and Hair Custard for when it’s longer. The creamy consistency turns more into a paste when you’re rubbing it in your hands but still remains light on the hair and because of its matte finish, it goes completely unnoticed. Another major bonus is that a little goes a long way, so your tub will last you months for sure.

What causes the hair to retain it’s shape after using Dirty is Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life but just to be sure, in the long run, Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. Other than this, Dirty also contains Japan and Candelilla Waxes to further help with the hold. Lush describe it as having a medium hold that’s perfect for everyday hairstyling.

Furthermore, Dirty isn’t just a one trick pony as it also contains ingredients to nourish and protect the hair such as Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Cocoa Butter and Linseed Mucilage. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils and can be boiled to produce a gel like texture that is highly protective and gives hair extra shine. Because of these ingredients, Dirty leaves hair flexible and is actually very easily washed out or even simply brushed out without leaving any annoying residue that’s hard to remove.

In terms of scent, Dirty is obviously part of the Dirty range, yet doesn’t have any minty notes that the range is predominately known for. It’s got an earthy and woody smell of Sandalwood Oil, mixed with Pine and Oakmoss Absolute but there’s also grassy, lemony notes from an infusion of Balm Herb. Whilst I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite Lush smell that I’d desperately want in my hair, it’s refreshing and the scent remains in the hair a good couple of days after you last used it. What’s really unique about the Dirty range, is that even though not all of the products smell the same, apparently if you layer up each product, you get the true ‘Dirty’ scent.

Like I said, Dirty has been a staple of mine for a while now and continues to be one of the best styling products I’ve ever used, so I’d definitely recommend everyone at least trying it! You can check it out and purchase it for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Linseed Mucilage, Balm Herb Infusion, Japan Wax, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Propylene Glycol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sandalwood Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben

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