Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Cream Egg Bubbleroon

For Easter 2018, Lush released three versions of this product. A blue and pink marbled effect variety, a yellow version with pink and blue spots and a variety that had a pink, yellow and orange circular design. 2019 saw the return of two of the three but who knows why the circular pattern didn’t return? If anything the spotted one is far less appealing to me anyway. Nevertheless I didn’t get a chance to try them last year so I’m glad for a second opportunity.

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. Usually Bubbleroons have a fairly moisturising quality which I can easily get behind.

Cream Egg is simply scented with Spearmint Oil and nothing else, which means that its fragrance is minty fresh and there’s not much more to say about it. Mint has invigorating effects on the mind and tones and brightens the skin. Using something mint-based in the bath has tension-relieving effects on muscular aches and pains.

Although I prefer the design of the pink and blue egg, I actually love the bright yellow water that the other one produced, though I’m not sure it’s a colour that is well suited to a minty fresh product like this one. Saying that, the deep purple colour was nice too. Each Cream Egg produced a mountain of super soft bubbles and although it was very faint, the cooling aroma wafted throughout the room.

Whilst in the bath, I was glad to feel that the water was imbued with the hydrating benefits of the Cocoa and Shea Butters. It’s nothing on that of Shoot For The Stars or Butterball but it softens the skin nonetheless. Both times I left my bath feeling revived and rejuvenated and my skin felt soft and hydrated.

I struggled to notice the minty aroma after being in the bath for a little while and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin either, but as someone who’s not a massive mint fan I didn’t really mind it.

I wonder if we’ll see the Cream Eggs back for a third year running? We’ll have to wait and see!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Spearmint Oil, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 15510

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

I’ve been eager to use my Lamb Bomb Bomb for a while now, because I just knew I was in for a real treat. Along with Bunny Bomb Bomb, this limited edition product was released for this year’s Easter range.

Looking like an adorable little sheep, Lamb Bomb Bomb is by far one of the cutest bath bombs Lush have ever designed. Like the others of its kind, it’s a two in one bath bomb comprised of a head and a body. For £9.95, you’re probably better off using it across two baths but I prefer to get the full experience!

It has a gentle fragrance that reminds me of warm vanilla ice cream and is honestly to die for. The creamy essence of Cocoa Absolute meets cooling Peppermint Oil and results in a white chocolatey fragrance that’s comforting and moreish. The mint isn’t at all overpowering, as minty fragrances can be, so don’t let that put you off, it’s a lot sweeter than you might think.

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Even though I chose to use both pieces of this product in the same bath, in all honestly the effects were enough to warrant splitting them up for sure! Each half fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out streams of white foam with a hint of blue amongst it. Once fully dissolved the water had turned a creamy shade of blue and was covered in layer of creamy white milk on the surface which then covered my skin once I was in.

The indulgent milky water is thanks to the addition of lots of protein-rich Soybean Flour. When Soybean Flour is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will soothe and hydrate the skin. It honestly makes the water feel so silky on your skin, making for a really luxurious bath.

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One thing that was slightly disappointing however, was that although initially when Lamb Bomb Bomb has started fizzing it sent out a great waft of the gorgeous scent, after it dissolved the fragrance vanished fairly quickly and left practically no lingering aroma on my skin after I was out.

Saying that, Lamb Bomb Bomb is still a winner for me as my skin feels so hydrated and silky smooth after my bath and I am truly impressed. I do wish the scent had more staying power but hopefully if Lush decide to release it in a bath bomb form again, it’ll be a little stronger. I think this is actually my favourite product from the entire Easter range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Cocoa Absolute, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2 Candy Eye.

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Bath, Fun

Volcano Fun

Recently, Lush have started doing their bars of Fun with a twist. Volcano features not only the Play Doh-like multi-use soap but also includes three miniature bath bombs. The idea is you’re meant to construct a volcano in your bath around the bath bombs, pour the water into a hole in the top and watch as the ‘lava’ fizzes down the sides of your creation.

The scent of Volcano is fairly pungent. It contains Lavender Oil, Fennel Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Tangerine Oil, although the overall resulting fragrance is mostly the aniseed/liquorice aroma of the Fennel. This main note definitely overpowers the rest of the ingredients in strength, but there’s noticeable Lavender notes in the background, which is likely why Volcano smells fairly similar to Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of such a scent I”m afraid.

I began constructing my volcano at the bottom of my bathtub. I stacked the three mini bath bombs on top of each other, and wrapped flat pieces of the grey coloured Fun around them, trying to create a mountainous shape. The trouble is, I found that actually there’s not enough grey to adequately cover the fizzers with it still looking like a volcano, so it was a little frustrating. Next I used some of the other colours to represent a lava flow down the sides. There was a lot more coloured Fun than I needed so I kept some behind to use as my soap. Please feel free to laugh at how bad it looks, I’m well aware my volcano isn’t going to win any awards!

I then filled a jug with water and slowly poured it into the hole at the top of my volcano. In all honestly the ‘lava’ fizzed out from underneath the volcano rather than from the top but I did manage to get a couple of photos of it working how it’s meant to. I then ran the bath as normal, watching my model get drowned underneath the water.

It’s all good and well having these exciting few moments of building the volcano and watching it erupt, but obviously you’re then left with a bunch of wet Fun to store. I decided I’m just gonna use it all in one go so I reached in and grabbed some from the bottom for more soap and the rest had already began to get to work at creating heaps of bubbles.

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The water had originally started off with a gorgeous fiery colour but as the bath filled up, the colour took on more of the grey and resulted in a murky orangey-brown which wasn’t the best, I won’t lie. Furthermore the scent itself began to take off and fill my entire flat which sadly because of the overpowering fennel, I didn’t love either.

Once the bath was full and I was in, I used some of the remaining Fun to wash myself. I love how creamy and soft Fun feels when you’re rubbing it over your body and this was no exception. I then decided to do something I’ve never done before and use Fun to wash my hair. I was hoping that because of the stimulating effects of the Fennel Oil it would have a similar effect to the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar. My hair actually feels pretty soft and clean now it’s dry, though I can’t say I’m going to make it a habit as I can imagine it has to potential to be somewhat drying. The scent wasn’t very long lasting on my skin afterwards, but in actual fact I think that’s a good thing.

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In conclusion, I can see how Volcano will appeal immensely to kids. But it’s a bit of a hassle to have to find some way of storing the wet fun if you don’t want to use it all up in one bath like I did. Furthermore, I just couldn’t get behind the scent. Perhaps something cinnamon scented would have been nicer.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Popping Candy, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fennel Oil, Tangerine Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chick Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s Easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for Easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. I loved the dinosaur themed eggs so I’ve been eager to try Chick Fun Egg and Bunny Fun Egg ever since.

Chick Fun Egg is comprised of a bottom yellow half, with an orange top half featuring a striped design and both halves are tied up together with a long string of raffia. Inside the Fun Egg sits a little piece of fun in the shape of an adorable chick. As each Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily get three different baths out of one and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going.

The scent of these easter themed Fun Eggs is a fairly unique fragrance. Containing both Geranium and Peppermint Oils, you’d be forgiven if you’re not liking the sound of such a pairing but actually they compliment each other nicely in a sweet, refreshing scent. Geranium has a similar smell to Roses and is often used to give sweeter undertones to other floral based essential oils, whilst the Peppermint in this product is very muted, and if you were to guess what it contained by simply smelling it, I very much doubt Peppermint would be anywhere near your top guesses. It’s very much in the background of the scent, offering a refreshing and cooling note, with slightly herbaceous undertones.

In my bath I opted to use the whole thing by placing each half of the fun egg in the water like little boats, one carrying the cute little chick. Immediately and loudly they began fizzing and sending out yellow and orange colour into the water. Although I was hoping for something a tad more spectacular in terms of bath art, it was a good display and before long the water had settled into a deep orange. Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was seriously on another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud! Whereas both Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus feature a fair amount of glitter, neither Bunny nor Chick do.

If you’ve used Lush’s fun before, you’ll know it’s a multi-use product. You can use it for soap, shampoo, shaving or even to make bubbles with, along with modelling it like Play-Doh. I used the Chick as my soap and it felt so soft and creamy as fun usually does on my body. I also found the piece of fun to be much stronger scented than the bath bomb itself. Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and there was a noticeable reminder of the scent lingering on my body.

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Whilst I definitely preferred the space girl scented dinosaur Fun Eggs, I still had a great bath with Chick. I’ve still got to use up my Bunny Fun Egg too, so stay tuned for a post on that coming soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Geranium Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Candy Eye

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Coco Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we had a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version named Coco!

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. It can be so scratchy to start with!

Moreover, if you let the whole scrub get wet, it’s not going to last as long as it would if you keep it dry, using smaller pieces when needed. This way I found I got five good uses out of it.

Like Cocoa contains a fair amount of Cocoa Butter to add a hydrating quality, Coco similarly contains Coconut Oil, though in a smaller quantity. During use, I didn’t find that it felt as soft and as creamy as it’s chocolate cousin does but it exfoliated just as well. The protective and soothing Coconut Oil combines with Cream of Tartar and Potato Starch to ensure a creamier lather but it just wasn’t the same as Cocoa was.

This limited edition scrub further contains Coconut Flour as another, finer exfoliant. The Coconut Flour Lush use is produced by a project in Simeulue, an Indonesian island in Sumatra. Locals and activists here are fighting plans for a palm oil factory by showing that coconut harvesting is a more sustainable source of income in an area already threatened with deforestation. Coconut harvesting would not lead to further deforestation as the project only fell older trees that no longer bear fruit, replacing them with saplings for future generations.

Green Enterprise, who run the project, work across three neighbouring islands which they have leased for 25 years for coconut harvesting and re-planting trials. They are helping small-scale farmers to reach organic certification and also to trial intercropping plants like ginger, turmeric and pepper to make unproductive land productive once more and to help prevent deforestation in the area. In addition to these schemes, Green Enterprises also run and support a number of projects across the islands including schooling for local children, marine and turtle conservation and a plastic recycling initiative. They are also looking at the potential of training bird poachers as bird guides, offering an alternative income stream to them and encouraging conservation. These are just one of many ethical producers that Lush support by choosing to purchase from.

Coco has a rather coconutty scent as you’d imagine it to have, much like the Furze scent family, or more similarly like the scent of Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo, which features the same three essential oils. The creamy, familiar aroma of Vanilla Absolute meets sweet Benzoin Resinoid and warming, earthy Vetivert Oil which creates a coconut-esque scent quite nicely. Whilst I do like it, there is just something about it that seems a tad synthetic about the fragrance and therefore slightly off putting.

I found that during the shower, sadly the scent doesn’t have much staying power once’s it’s been washed off the skin, nor could I smell it on my body after stepping out. My skin was however, noticeably softer and smoother thanks to the ever so slightly painful scrub.

Which did you go for? Cocoa or Coco? Or if you went for both, which did you prefer? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Coconut Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Colour 45380:2

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Bunny Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Over last Christmas, we were introduced to three limited edition products called ‘bomb bombs’. These were two-in-one character bath bombs that consisted of a head and a body; we had a Snowman, a Princess and a Santa Claus. For Easter we were introduced to two new members of the bomb bomb family, a Lamb and a Bunny.

Bunny Bomb Bomb is a deep pink coloured bath bomb with a hefty body and a smallish head. It shares it’s scent with the popular Honey I Washed The Kids fragrance, which is a creamy and warming scent reminiscent of butterscotch and honey. Uplifting and sunny scented Bergamot is what makes up a big portion of the scent and its sweet oil is said to smell like ‘sunshine in a bottle’. Brazilian Orange elevates that fruity note and adds a juiciness and although not usually appearing in HIWTK scented products, it also includes Ho Wood Oil. Ho Wood is floral and woody with sweet citrus undertones, so I imagine Lush included it in this product to strengthen the familliar fragrance. If you’ve not come across the HIWTK scent before then you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s generically citrusy and zesty, but that’s far from the buttery caramel truth.

Although you can use each piece of the bath bomb across separate baths, I opted to put the whole thing in for the full effect. The fizzing began immediately after lowering Bunny Bomb Bomb into the bath, dispersing clouds of pink into the water. It’s a fairly fast fizzer so before long, it had disappeared completely resulting in gorgeous pastel pink bathwater. The comforting scent was lifted into the room and lingered for a good while throughout my bath.

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I completely forgot that this limited edition was actually full of Popping Candy so I was surprised to hear it crackle under the water’s surface. There’s actually a really impressive amount and the popping lasted a good while.

Once I was out my skin felt remarkably soft and refreshed, not to mention it was exuding the heavenly scent for hours after my bath. I actually find this to be one of the strongest HIWTK scented products so if you’re a fan of that scent family then be sure to give it a try!

With Easter long gone, the range is slowly disappearing from stores so make sure you grab what you want before it goes. You never know what Lush might not bring back next year!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Candy Eye

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Cocoa Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we have a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version called Coco.

Cocoa has a smell not too dissimilar to that of Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. It’s a comforting fragrance of Cocoa Powder along with sweet Vanilla and Cocoa Absolutes, which makes it smell like chocolate cake mixture! Cocoa also features Mimosa Absolute, which gives the scrub a fresh and floral undertone.

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. Also on that note, you don’t really want to let the whole product get too wet so it’s best to keep it out of the shower else it’ll become soggy and fall apart.

After I got through the initial pain of using a piece that was much too solid for my skin, I found that Cocoa turned into a nice, effective scrub. The scrub actually felt really creamy and luxurious, much different to the solid sugar scrubs I’ve used recently such as Love Island and Aurora Borealis and this is likely due to the addition of Cocoa Butter in the mix. The Columbian Cocoa Butter in this product comes from the Communidad de Paz de San Jose de Apartado, which is a north-western Colombian community committed to peace amidst violent clashes between left-wing guerrilla fighters, right-wing paramilitary groups and the army. Just one of the many incredible places Lush source and buy their ingredients from.

Cocoa also contains Aloe Vera Extract which is one of the best ingredients to soothe irritation and calm redness on the skin. Likewise, the three absolutes the scrub contains are known to have soothing effects on the skin too. These ingredients help prevent the skin from getting too irritated by the scrub.

I found that during the shower the chocolatey scent was really powerful and was really filling my senses whilst I was scrubbing my body, but sadly it didn’t remain on my skin very much after. My skin was super smooth afterward though, a feeling that was still very much there the morning after my shower.

To conclude, I really like this scrub, I can tell it’s going to last me a good four or five uses after the initial one so it’s pretty good value for money in my opinion. Grab one whilst you still can because the Easter range won’t be around for much longer!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocoa Powder, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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