Bath, Bath Bombs

Harajuku Bath Bomb

Harajuku is one of many exclusive bath bombs that are currently only available in Lush’s bath bomb only store in Harajuku, Tokyo. The neighbourhood of Harajuku is known internationally as a centre of trendy Japanese youth culture and fashion and is filled with bright and colourful boutiques, clothing and cosplay. It’s only fitting that the colours of the bath bomb that’s named after the area reflect those seen in the streets.

At first look, Harajuku is wonderfully enticing with it’s colourful design but it’s the scent that really gets you excited. It’s a sweet, light scent that reminds me of pick and mix stands, sweet iced cakes and bubblegum. With that description, I’m sure you’re imagining something along the lines of Snow Fairy, but it’s very different. Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid work well together to give an almost almondy cake-like scent but the addition of Brazilian Orange gives a fruitier note and turns the fragrance into more of the aroma of sweets and candy.

No matter how hard I try and describe the scent, I feel like it’s one you really have to smell for yourself. It’s something that’s new and unique for Lush and I think they’d do well bringing it out in other formats.

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I’d thought that Harajuku would be a fast fizzer but I was completely wrong. Once placed in the tub it starts off by quickly shooting out clouds of yellows, pinks and blues, but after the initial fizz, it slows down till it’s almost unnoticeable. It didn’t fully dissolve a good twenty-five minutes into my bath, whilst the water gradually turned a peachy pink colour with sparkling lustre floating through it. The patterns it created on the water were pretty but to be honest, I was expecting and hoping for more.

With a relatively light scent, I wasn’t expecting it to be very powerful once the bath bomb had disappeared and unsurprisingly I was correct. Whilst there was still a hint of the sweet aroma, it was very much diluted. Afterwards my skin felt supple and soft and although didn’t strongly smell of the scent, it was still there in a far more subtle form which left me smelling my arms all evening.

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Overall, I quite enjoyed my time with Harajuku and would love to see more of this scent in the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Maltodextrin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350

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Fragrance, Perfume

Lord Of Misrule Perfume

Just before Christmas, Lush launched a few fan favourite perfumes and luckily for me, Lord Of Misrule was one of them and I am so fricking glad!

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I’m always apprehensive when Lush bring out products (especially fragrances) that have familiar and iconic scents because you never know whether it’s going to smell exactly and undoubtably the same as what you want. However I’m pleased to tell you, that for me, Lord Of Misrule Perfume gets it spot on.

I love Lord Of Misrule for many reasons. I love Halloween and it’s usually featured as part of the Halloween collection each year, and the name comes from a pagan feast where a so called ‘Lord of Misrule’ presided over drunken parties and ridiculous festivities, which frankly sounds like a great job. I also love the beautiful green colour that is often associated with the scent, like the shower cream.

Lord Of Misrule is a heavenly trio of Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla which comes together in a spicy, yet comforting aroma, To me, the Patchouli is front and foremost, with earthy tones that invoke a feeling of deep meditation and calmness. Mix in the warming Black Pepper you get a delicate balance between soothing and stimulating before the whole thing is elevated and sweetened by the addition of the Vanilla Absolute.

Honestly I’m happy to wear it throughout the year but it’s probably more of a winter/auntum time perfume, perfect for spraying over a thick jumper or a scarf.

The staying power on your skin and clothing is one of the best I’ve seen and will definitely last from morning to evening, my coats still smell of it days later!

I’m so impressed with this perfume and forever thankful I managed to get one, it’s what I’ve really been wanting!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Ectoplasm Naked Shower Scream

Alongside its liquid counterpart, Lush released Ectoplasm Shower Scream in a solid, packaging free version too, like it does with most of the seasonal gels and creams it launches.

To make a shower gel solid, all Lush do is take out the extra water and replace it with an ingredient called Sodium Stearate, which is the sodium salt of Stearic Acid. Completely harmless, it’s the perfect ingredient to turn liquid soaps and shower gels into solid versions, yet still retaining their ability to lather.

If you’ve got one at home I’m sure you’ve noticed that the solid shower gels are pretty soft. Lush want to keep the naked versions as close as possible in terms of feeling to actual shower gels so they’re not as hard as you expect them to be. Because of this Ectoplasm and the others can tend to be a tad messy so don’t leave it anywhere where it might run or stain. You should be keeping naked products in some form of pot or dish anyway.

The shower cream is scented with the same three ingredients (Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba) as the Ectoplasm OG – the Jelly Bomb, but is rather different than the first incarnation. To me, the Jelly Bomb smells too strongly of orange peels and zest, the liquid and solid creams are a lot juicier and sweeter. The naked version is a lot more subdued than the bottled but that’s the reason why it’s my favourite format of the scent so far, it’s just the right amount of each unique aroma and not too overpowering.

Sadly both versions of this shower cream left no lingering scent on my skin. However, due to Cocoa Butter and Almond Oil being two of the main ingredients, my skin did feel adequately softened, though I did feel the need to moisturise after even still.

Because of the consistency, I found it easier to slice off chunks of the product and use smaller pieces in shower to avoid heavy shrinkage in the hot water. I found that because it’s a cream, neither version tended to lather up massively, but I preferred to use this version over the liquid as I didn’t feel like I was using a lot.

What are your thoughts on the naked shower gels? Let me know which version of Ectoplasm you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Water, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Golden Pear Bath Bomb

For those that don’t know, Lush have recently opened up a new concept store in Harajuku, Tokyo dedicated entirely to Bath Bombs, with fifty-seven exclusives! Also for those that don’t know, currently available online for a limited time only, they’ve got some of those exclusives for sale!

One happens to be a bath bomb designed after the popular Golden Pear Soap and features a scent that has sparked excitement since it’s first release, and my life depended on me getting my hands on one.

The bath bomb is roughly the same size as the soap and is also two halves of a product stuck together with a layer of Cocoa Butter, much like a bubbleroon, something that’s rarely seen in a bath bomb’s design.

I’ve wanted something else in this scent since the soap was first released for Christmas 2017, it’s a heavenly comforting aroma of freshly baked pears and spiced fruit tarts. I was worried when I first saw the ingredients list that unlike the soap, the bath bomb doesn’t contain the Pear Puree – which I had assumed made up a great deal of the soap’s fragrance. However, the scent is replicated perfectly with the Orange, Cardamom and Sandalwood Oils leaving it just as decadent and indulgent as the first incarnation.

When Golden Pear is popped in the bath, it immediately releases a strong explosion of the reassuring scent, which I had hoped would fill my bathroom, but I was left somewhat disappointed as it disappeared quite quickly. As it fizzes, shades of gorgeous golden orange and pink spread throughout, creating beautiful and mesmerising bath art.

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What’s left after the bath bomb has completed it’s fizzing, and the shades of orange have developed into more of a salmon pink colour, is the disc of cocoa butter that connected the pear’s halves. Acting much like a bath melt, it slowly floats around the water, imbuing it with extra buttery moisture which leaves your skin perfectly softened and nourished.

Although the product is half covered in a sprinkling of glitter, it wasn’t noticeable in my bath, not was it apparent on my skin after, and as I had guessed, sadly the fragrance wasn’t either.

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Golden Pear has recently become one of Lush’s most wanted scents so I’m not surprised they’ve given it a bath bomb format. Though sadly, I think that like me, a lot of fans are going to be disappointed at the scent’s lack of staying power, something I think Lush should try and resolve because apart from that it’s a really beautiful product.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb

I am in love with Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb. It not only features one of my favourite uplifting scents but also makes for incredibly pretty bath art!

This seasonal exclusive product first appeared during Halloween 2016 and has come back for Halloween’s both 2017 and 2018 because it proved to be so popular!

It’s such an adorable and unique bath bomb, it’s a pink ball-shaped monster who has blue horns and one big eye, what’s not to love?

It shares it’s scent with the Calacas range and if you’ve not had a chance to smell anything in this range then baby you are missing out! With a trio of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum Oils, it’s a zesty, refreshing and uplifting smell that is incredible at energising and boosting your mood.

I’d say that in this bath bomb format, the scent is slightly less powerful than something like Calacas Shower Gel, there seems to be less Lime Oil as Monster’s Ball smells less zesty compared to other Calacas products. It’s more of a powdery version of Calacas if that makes sense.

A great thing about Lime and Neroli Oils is that they are toning and brightening for the skin giving you a natural glow. Meanwhile sweet and woody Olibanum oil is great for protecting and softening the skin, and helps improve the skin’s natural firmness.

They’ve also added Himalayan Salt which softens the water and therefore gives you equally soft skin.

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Once popped into the bath, Monster’s Ball is a slow fizzer, great if you love to watch a bath bomb slowly dissolve and turn the water into magical layer upon layer of bath art. Because of the addition of Cream of Tartar, it also foams a lot while it fizzes. First of all, the water remains relatively pink as is the main colour of the ballistic. Then, once the water reaches the hidden blue centre, Monster’s Ball really puts on a show dispersing both pink and blue ribbons of colour into the newly purple water.

Where the scent is so strong, it fills your whole bathroom with the fab aroma, making for a happy mood-enhancing bath. It also stays with you for such a long time! I can literally still smell it subtly on my skin a day after!

Once all the colour has mixed together, you’re left with a deep purple coloured water that’s filled with silvery sparkles.

I absolutely love this Bath Bomb and it could potentially be one of my favourites ever. I’ll genuinely be gutted if they ever chose to replace it one Halloween.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Himalayan Salt, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Olibanum Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

 

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Bling Crosby Bubble Bar

Named after the famous American star Bing Crosby, this bubble bar is proper retro! First coming out for Christmas of 2006! It was last released as a kitchen exclusive at the start of 2017 and I happened to come across one for myself!

With the classic Karma scent, this limited edition is basically just a Christmas version of the popular Karma Bubble Bar, with the orange being a throwback to the original colour of Karma. It’s a circular pudding shape with a singular clove sticking out the middle. It’s big enough so you could definitely get two or even three baths out of it.

I’d say that it doesn’t smell as potent as Karma Bubble Bar but you can clearly tell it’s part of the same family. This signature scent is made up of Brazilian Orange, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Pine, and Lavandin.

The strongest notes are the Orange and the Patchouli for sure, with the Orange giving a sweetness to the earthy, spicy Patchouli. Then there’s almost a woody, green note from the Lemongrass and Pine. Karma’s a very balancing and meditative scent, yet almost intoxicating like spice markets and shisha lounges.

Lemongrass and Orange have toning qualities when used on the skin, and Lavandin and Patchouli have calming and antibacterial effects.

When crumbling this bubble bar you can clearly see the strong orange colour that it has, and whilst the bathwater was still shallow it was very present, turning it a lovely golden shade of orange. However, as the water got deeper, it very much lost its shade, so for someone who likes a full bath like me, it was somewhat disappointing. I didn’t even manage to get a picture of the colour before it became too diluted.

Saying that, the scent was still there throughout my bath time which was beautifully relaxing and the golden lustre that covers Bling Crosby was still very present in the sparkling water. Afterwards I could still smell the scent on my skin but it was very subtle and didn’t last for very long.

I’m glad I got to try this limited edition product but I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it wasn’t available again. I much prefer the actual Karma Bubble Bar!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lavandin Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Pine Oil, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Gold Glimmer Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Colour 77492), Colour 14700, Whole Clove

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

No Trouble (For Beards And Stubble) Naked Beard Oil

To my knowledge, this product was the first of it’s kind. Before the release of the Fathers Day 2018 range, Lush had never attempted a beard oil.

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Although this product is specifically a beard oil, there is no reason why it couldn’t be used as simply a facial oil for those without beards, and in this post I’ll be explaining how the different ingredients work on the hairs and also the skin.

No Trouble is made with a base of Illipe Butter which has been used for centuries to nourish and restore skin’s vitality, and guess what? It does the same for your hair too! The nuts of the illipe tree are 50% fat, which makes the butter they produce one of the most nourishing.

The next ingredient is mineral and vitamin rich Apricot Kernel Oil, obtained by cold pressing the stones of apricots which releases a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture for both the skin and the hair. Along with moisturising Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil, No Trouble is perfect for giving you fabulously soft skin and a beard to match! With daily use the fears of a spiky beard are long gone.

Because of the Illipe base, this beard oil has no trouble melting against the skin’s temperature. To use you either melt it between your fingers and smooth the lovely oils over your skin or you glide the whole product straight on your face. Personally I think the latter works better as it allows you to use the right amount. Even doing this, the little bottle shaped product will surely last you half a year at least.

No Trouble (For Beards And Stubble) also has a really nice scent to it. It’s a mixture of Neroli, Sandalwood and Cedarwood so it’s a rather earthy and woody smell. I guess for a product that’s more targeted to the ∼male∼ population, it suits it very well. Sandalwood and Neroli are also known for their skin soothing effects and Cedarwood is great for sorting the excess sebum (oil) production out for both skin and hair.

I personally loved this product so much, I gifted it to all the males in my life and kept a couple for me too as I know, like a lot of seasonal exclusive products you never know whether they’ll come back the year after or not. I really hope this one does and actually I think it would be a great year-rounder, even if it’s just online.

Ingredients

Organic Illipe Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Neroli Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde

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