Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Gin & Tonic Mouthwash Tabs

I’ll just come right out and say it, but I bloody love a good Gin & Tonic. It’s my number one drink of choice and I like to think of myself as something of a gin connoisseur. Therefore, when I saw this amongst the exclusives at Lush’s new store in Liverpool, I just had to buy it.

Juniper Berries are what gives gin its distinctive flavour, so it’s no surprise to find it included on the ingredients list for the gin-like taste and aroma (yes it really does taste quite like gin!). Juniperberry Oil isn’t just used for the flavour as it also has soothing and antibacterial properties.

The rest of the essential oils are predominately all ingredients you’d commonly find as botanicals in different gins to enhance the flavour of the drink. Lime Oil offers a zesty and citrusy note to the flavour and cleanses the mouth effectively. Coriander has a sweet, spicy and woody aroma and taste, perfect for complimenting gin and also has antibacterial properties. Like the Juniperberry Oil, an Elderflower Infusion is also well known for its soothing properties and lastly Angelica Root Oil and Caraway Oil have also been included to enhance the taste of the iconic beverage. 

Along with the aforementioned antibacterial ingredients, you’ve still got the typical mouthwash ingredients such as Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarb which really polish the teeth, freshen the breath and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth, all without the use of fluoride or alcohol.

I truly believe that this product does actually taste of gin and I’m really rather impressed. Saying that, there is something that’s slightly off the mark and that’s the addition of Menthol Crystals. Mint isn’t usually a flavour you find in gin so it seems like an odd choice to go for, but  I assume Lush included it to help freshen the breath. With this inclusion it kinda tastes, and smells, like gin with a hint of mint, which is slightly weird. I can’t say I know what the product would be like without it but personally I would have left it out as I find it distracts from the flavour you want.

I was also surprised at the lack of quinine in this product. Quinine is what gives tonic water it’s bitter yet familiar taste, so I’m also wondering why Lush didn’t want to include it in this product, seeing as they’ve used it before in Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? I guess the Lime Oil kinda helps to give the same taste but even still it seems like it should be in it.

Even with all these questions, I still really really like these mouthwash tabs and if you’re somewhat of a gin fan then you definitely need to try them! Hopefully these along with the rest of the exclusive dental products at Lush Liverpool Spa will see a wider release sometime soon, I think the current storewide range is in need of some new exciting products.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Menthol Crystals, Juniperberry Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Lime Oil, Angelica Root Oil, Elderflower Infusion, Caraway Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour, Colour 42090

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs

Another amazing thing you’ll find at the newly opened store in Liverpool is a vast collection of new Toothy and Mouthwash Tabs. In general I think that the flavours and varieties across the current range that’s in all stores is in desperate need of a revamp, so I was excited to try a couple of these new flavours!

One that really stood out to me was the most colourful of the bunch, Toothy Fruity. These tabs come in three colours, yellow, pink and blue – although all three colours are the same flavour. When I unscrewed the lid for the first time in the store, I was greeted with a fruity sweet aroma of candy and bubblegum and I knew I had to take this one home for myself.

Toothy Fruity contains the regular Toothy Tab ingredients of Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate, which cleanse, prevent plaque, destroy odours and increase the alkalinity levels inside the mouth, creating an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth. A couple of sweeteners have also been added, but these are completely safe and don’t have any harmful effects on the teeth or gums.

In terms of the flavour, Toothy Fruity contains Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil and Almond Essential Oil which creates a sweet and fruity flavour that is actually rather enjoyable and tastes just like bubblegum! The addition of Sea Salt prevents the flavour from being too sweet and there’s a freshness that comes from Menthol Crystals too. I really like this flavour and I’d definitely say it’s my favourite flavour yet!

To use a Toothy Tab you simply pop one in your mouth, give it a little chew and brush your teeth with the foam it produces. It’s quite fun seeing the brightly coloured foam after spitting out depending on which colour you use. I find that my mouth feels adequately clean and fresh after using these, which is obviously the main thing they’re designed for.

I’d love to see this flavour have a wider release as I imagine it’s one of the more popular flavours amongst the exclusive range. Though I bought a couple of other tabs too so stay tuned for posts on those coming soon!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Flavour, Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fine Sea Salt, Stevia, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Cookie Dough Lip Scrub

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products! Cookie Dough Lip Scrub is one of these new exclusives, and is currently the only lip scrub on their exclusive list.

I’m gonna come right out and say it, but Cookie Dough is the BEST lip scrub Lush have ever done. Period. It literally smells and tastes like the delicious treat that it’s named after. It’s rich and decadent, like gooey buttery caramel and I am super impressed.

For this sweet, indulgent flavour, Cookie Dough contains an intriguing blend of ingredients. First we have warming, familiar and sweet Vanilla Absolute, which Lush suggests makes up the main component of the scent along with Cocoa. Cocoa Powder has a silky texture which really helps to soften skin, and is what gives this lip scrub its rich taste and fragrance. Boosting that cocoa flavour, Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet chocolate-like taste; according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked’ flavour.

Furthermore there’s a distinct nutty taste to Cookie Dough which isn’t surprising considering it contains Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil and Almond Essential Oil too. Another ingredient has also been included for its nutty taste, and this is Balsam Fir Resin, which gives the lip scrub a somewhat woody note in its scent.

As a lip exfoliator, it contains two types of Sugar along with Fine Sea Salt which do the job well. However one thing that certainly makes Cookie Dough stand out is that it’s super moisturising too. I know that *all* lip scrubs are somewhat softening for the skin, but I’ve certainly not tried any like this one. It almost has a wetter texture to it, which leaves your skin feeling gorgeously hydrated thanks to Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and the Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils too. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E and oleic acid meaning they are easily absorbed and help to deeply moisturise, firm and protect the skin.

I’m honestly blown away by this product. Although I’ve loved lip scrubs like The Kiss before, I’ve never been quite as obsessed with one as I am with Cookie Dough. It’s effective and mouthwateringly moreish and I struggle to put it down without eating using more! It’s a MUST try from Liverpool and I’d be thrilled to see it have a wider release one day. For now though, it’s available as part of this month’s Lush Labs release so make sure you get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Granulated Sugar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Hazelnut Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Gardenia Extract, Pistachio Oil, Cocoa Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Flavour

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Bongo Shower Jelly

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products, including six new jellies and after smelling Bongo, I knew I had to take it home with me.

Except from Twilight Shower Jelly, the new exclusive jellies are all named rather musically – there’s Beats, Bongo, Gong, Rumba and Conga. I had a sniff of each, with some sporting familiar scents such as Golden Pear and So White, but the tropical fragrance of Bongo was really calling my name.

Bongo literally smells like a Pina Colada! It doesn’t contain Pineapple in any form but it contains sweet Fresh Mango Juice instead, alongside Coconut Milk. It’s such a tropical and juicy scent and I’ve been really craving something like this for ages, especially for the shower. It’s so energising and happy and I’m obsessed. I can’t stop myself from smelling it almost every time I step into my bathroom! It also contains Vanilla and Oakwood Absolutes too but I personally can’t notice them in the scent.

Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – calcium, potassium, vitamin A, E and C and several B vitamins. In fact, it’s one of the most nutritious foods in the world. When applied to the skin, the enzymes it contains help remove dirt and debris, clarifying and improving the texture of the skin.

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Incase you weren’t sure, Lush’s shower jellies are actually made from a seaweed extract and are completely environmentally friendly. Seaweed is immensely great at softening and nourishing the skin, making all jellies fairly moisturising. Bongo goes that extra mile with its Coconut Milk content, which is greatly soothing and hydrating.

I’m in love with Bongo. It’s potentially my favourite jelly Lush have ever released. I think it also looks really pretty with it’s peculiar appearance that almost makes it look like the mixture has separated. I’d love to see this scent being used elsewhere, it would make a lovely shower gel! I find the scent really stays on your body long after you’ve washed with it too!

This product is a must try! Hopefully it’ll become widely available soon!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Coconut Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Mango Juice, Oakwood Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Coumarin, Colour 15510

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Iris Flower Bath Bomb

So far I’ve used Marigold Flower, Jasmine Flower and Chamomile Flower Bath Bombs, and the last out of the four is Iris Flower. Like the others, this bath bomb is based around a real flower and features a note that fits into a little groove in the top. The idea was that you can write a little message to whoever you’re giving the bath bomb to, or even to yourself!

Irises are often purple coloured flowers that resemble orchids in the way that their different shaped petals flourish and have a fresh and earthy floral scent. Although Iris Flower contains powdered Orris Root (made from the dried stem of the iris plant), it also contains Bergamot Oil, Neroli Oil and Persian Lime Oil.

I find that the uplifting fragrances of the Bergamot and Neroli are the predominant aroma upon first smell, both are citrusy in nature but with gentle fresh green notes too. The deeper earthy and floral notes come from the Orris Root, which is naturally very aromatic and has a sweet, powdery and slightly green aroma, reminiscent of the scent of violets. There’s also an undercurrent of the Lime Oil which adds a subtle sharpness. It’s probably my least favourite scent out of the four flower bath bombs and possibly the entire Mothers Day range. I find theres an odd ‘bleach’ smell to it which I struggle to look past.

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As soon as I dropped it in the tub, the more pinky bottom half of Iris Flower starting fizzing loudly and forcefully, sending steams of pink into the water and began darting around the tub! Because the purple flower section contains a little bubble bar mixture, it foams up more rather than fizzing outright. It created beautiful patterns on the surface of the weather before the whites, pinks and purples settled into a cloudy pink that was lightly glistening with silver sparkles.

I will say that after it had dissolved, the scent changed a fair bit and I was noticing a lot more of the powdery floral notes from the Orris Root and even more of a hint of Lime, which made me appreciate the scent a lot more. Sadly this nicer version of the scent didn’t stick around for long and I didn’t notice it whatsoever on my skin after getting out.

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My skin after wasn’t really feeling any noticeable benefits apart from being generally clean, and in actual fact I found my skin to be a little on the dryer side than usual. Overall, it’s safe to say that Iris Flower is probably my least favourite product from this year’s Mothers Day range which is a shame because the rest was all so good!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Persian Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Orris Root Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77742, Colour 77007, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

 

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Golden Pear Body Spray

I’ve actually had this bottle since Christmas but I’m only just writing about it now! I remember when I first heard they were releasing a body spray in this scent I was so excited, since the first release of the original soap in 2017, I’ve loved it and I’m so glad that it’s growing in popularity!

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The Golden Pear scent is a potent one, even if you just have the soap sitting on the side in your bathroom, the decadent aroma greets you every time you open the door and walk in. It’s a mixture of Cardamom Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Brazilian Orange Oil and is reminiscent of baked spiced pears and syrupy fruit tarts. Whilst the original soap contains heaps of Fresh Pear Puree, this body spray obviously doesn’t, so I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t be able to truly replicate the scent without it, but I was completely wrong! It’s a strong body spray and I’d even say it’s more Golden Pear than Golden Pear itself!

Now with the first spray, the overall smell is quite an alcoholic one, but don’t fret because it gradually settles into the scent you’ll know and love. A lot of Lush’s body sprays and perfumes can have this problem but it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with them, sometimes they just need to fully settle into the format.

When it’s settled, the first perfume notes that come through are sweet and richly fruity. Whilst there’s not really any noticeable Orange aromas, it’s the Brazilian Orange, mixed with warming Cardamom that gives you the illusion of platefuls of warm spiced pears dripping with syrup and you find yourself just wanting to sink into the aroma. After the warming notes, you start to notice the Sandalwood grounding you into a peaceful state of mind. I actually find this scent rather complex; it’s warming and reassuring, yet enlivening and energising at the same time.

I personally find it great for when you want to just take a moment for yourself and clear your mind. I actually use it mostly as a room spray, for when I’m meditating and to help invoke a real sense of comfort.

When I have worn it as a body spray and gone out, I’ve received many compliments about how good I smell and someone even said that with that scent, I’m giving off a warm and friendly aura and energy, which was a delight to hear. I find that it’s very long lasting as well, it remains on my clothes almost two days later.

I’m trying to use my Golden Pear Body Spray sparingly because you never know when or  even if Lush will bring an exclusive product out again. Luckily with such a heady fragrance, you only need to spray a little each time!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

 

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Recently Lush opened up their first naked store in the UK after the success of the naked stores in Milan and Berlin. Lucky for me I got to go to Manchester for the opening day! You won’t find any plastic packaging at this store as every product is completely naked. They have all the shower gels in naked forms, naked deodorants, shampoo bars and a couple of exclusive items such as Aurora Borealis Body Scrub.

Aurora Borealis is another name for the Northern Lights and the bright colours of this particular scrub suggests that’s why it was named so. It’s relatively small, but the price reflects that and you can probably get around five or six uses I reckon. Aurora Borealis contains Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil and Pineapple Powder and all three of these ingredients are the perfect cleansers as they’re all antiseptic, antibacterial and rejuvenating. Lemon Oil contains alpha-hydroxy-acids which are enzymes that cleanse the skin by breaking down dirt, excess oil and dead skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Spearmint and invigorates the skin, boosting the blood flow beneath and Pineapples are naturally rich in vitamins and other enzymes that cleanse and reduce swelling.

The scent is fruity and sweet with a hint of freshness from the Spearmint. It doesn’t overly smell of fruit or of mint but it’s a nice combination, not at all strong but it’s a lovely scent nonetheless.

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The actual scrub is made from Sugar and Fine Sea Salt to exfoliate and remove dead skin.  It’s actually rather abrasive when in use, and especially when it’s dry so it might be best to add a little water to it and mix it up into your hands before scrubbing your skin if you’d prefer a gentler exfoliation. Like with all of Lush’s solid sugar scrubs, if Aurora Borealis gets too wet it can fall apart, so it’s a good idea to break off a piece each time you use it so you’re not wasting any. A real bonus is that it looks so pretty when you’re using it with all the colours that cover your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt so beautifully refreshed and polished and I was surprised to notice that the quiet scent was actually lingering on my skin for a while after! In conclusion, Aurora Borealis was a nice shower companion and I’d happily grab one again next time I’m in Manchester! Let me know if you’ve had a chance to use this exclusive product!

Ingredients 

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Pineapple Powder, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2

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