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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Naked Shower Gel

As with all their new shower gel releases, Lush are also releasing naked versions alongside them to encourage customers to choose packaging free options and to cater for those already following a more eco-friendly living. All of Lush’s plastic is completely recyclable and you can even bring it back to us in stores where we’ll recycle it for you if you’d prefer but if you know you’re bad at recycling or you can’t where you’re living then perhaps you should give the naked versions a go!

Lush remove the water and add an ingredient called Sodium Stearate to their shower gel formulas to get them to become solid. Sodium Stearate is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of stearic acid. It’s the perfect thickener for soaps and other products. The only problem I have with the naked shower gels is they’re very soft and therefore very messy and you need to make sure to store them appropriately in a container or on something to ensure you don’t leave any marks in your bathroom.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and vanillary scent that’s very reminiscent of delicious strawberry sundaes. The reproduce the scent with the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. There’s definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. Whilst I found that the liquid version had a somewhat synthetic after-smell, I find this version to be a lot truer to the actual American Cream Conditioner and others in the scent family.

You can use the naked shower gels however you like. Personally I prefer to have a good rub into my hands first and then cover my body with the lather, but I know lots of people like to cut up theirs into single use chunks, some blend it up into more of a whipped shower gel and some grab the whole thing and rub it all over! It’s really up to you.

I actually found that this particular naked really lathers up nicely and feels really creamy in consistency. I also found it to be a tad more moisturising than it’s liquid counterpart too and it really left my skin feeling so soft! Furthermore, I complained that my liquid didn’t leave a trace of the scent on my skin but the naked does! It’s very faint but the naked wins again!

I think if I had to choose out of the two versions I’d probably choose this version! Has anyone else had a chance to try both? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

 

 

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Shower Gel

Whilst I know that the American Cream scent has a massive amount of love from Lushies old and new, I’ve never really had the chance to really experience it much myself as I don’t use the conditioner and because of that I was’t as overjoyed as some people were when Lush started to release more products in the same scent. I used Marshmallow World Bath Bomb and I really liked it but it’s not until I’ve started using this shower gel that I’ve really grown a new found love for the fragrance.

The scent itself is meant to replicate the aroma of delicious and creamy strawberry milkshakes and it definitely does just that. Although this gel does contain Fresh Strawberry Juice, it doesn’t do anything for the scent as the fruits don’t really have much of a fragrance. Instead the sweet strawberry illusion is from the richness of Vanilla and Benzoin Resinoid, with slight herbal and floral notes from Lavender and Clary Sage. It’s a very sweet and creamy scent and it makes you wanna cover yourself in it as the muskiness of the Vanilla and the Benzoin really envelops your senses with a feeling of comfort. I won’t lie, there’s a slight, almost synthetic after-note in this format, which I don’t really notice in the conditioner, nor did I notice with the bath bomb either but don’t let that put you off, it’s still good!

American Cream has a fairly standard consistency and was easily lathered into my hands and into my sponge in the shower, so I’m hoping that it’s going to mean it’ll last for a long time! The heat of the running water only boosted the scent which allowed me to have a really indulgent experience. This shower gel also contains a small amount of a seaweed extract which makes it really soft and nourishing.

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As already mentioned, Lush have added Fresh Strawberry Juice to this mix along with Fresh Orange Juice too. Both fruit juices contain malic and citric acids which cleanse and brighten the skin and they also contain vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to help nourish and improve the skin’s condition and elasticity. Furthermore, the Lavender Oil, along with Clary Sage is great for soothing any irritation.

Once I was out of my shower, I sadly found that the scent had pretty much disappeared, which was a real shame, but my skin was feeling super smooth and refreshed.

American Cream is staying in stores throughout spring up until the summer, so you’ve got plenty of time to stock up if you’re loving it!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Love Boat Bath Bomb

Love Boat debuted last year for 2018’s Valentine’s Range, and I’m really glad Lush bought it back again this year because I remember really liking it! The design is super cute, a blue and pink bath bomb in the shape of a boat with an embossed heart on the front that tells you this boat is setting sail for love!

I remember last year’s Love Boat not being particularly strongly scented but this year’s seems to be much stronger. It’s a sweet mixture of Sicilian Lemon Oil, Sweet Orange Oil and Rose Oil which gives the product a bright, sherbety scent reminiscent of fizzy sweets and candy, and to my nose it specifically reminds me of Haribo for some reason! The fruity fragrance is great for calming your mood and making you happy and content. Lemon and Orange Oils are also great for cleansing the skin, whereas Rose is balancing and restorative.

What I love about bath bombs like this is that you can actually get them to float on the surface of the water if you’re really careful when putting it in, you’ve just got to hold it on the surface for a few seconds to give it some stability. As you can see from my picture it annoyingly didn’t really work for this one but I’ve achieved it many times before!

Once it’s started fizzing, it immediately sends out streams of blue and pink into the water whilst the jelly hearts that cover the bottom of the boat float off and do their own thing,  which is a really cute touch. As it sinks, the colours get more and more intense and eventually mix into a deep pink colour. I think this bath bomb works best in a deep bath, as sometimes the resulting colour can end up looking brownish in shallower waters, but that’s not as bad as it was last year, they’ve definitely boosted the colour for this year’s release. Sadly I found that there wasn’t much in terms of the scent once Love Boat had fizzed away but the water was filled with beautiful sparkly lustre.

Once I was out, disappointingly there was no reminder of the scent on my skin but it did feel soft and smooth and was given a light shimmering from the glitter.

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All in all, I’m a big fan of Love Boat but it would be so much better if the great scent had better staying power! Hopefully we’ll see another revamped version next year!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Rose Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 16255, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb

Another bath bomb that was voted for as part of the community favourites was one that is based on a discontinued fan-favourite shower gel, which in turn was based on a bubbleroon. Yuzu & Cocoa’s inspiration comes from a custom in Japan, where at winter solstice, they score the skin of a Yuzu fruit with a knife and drop one in the bath to release its oils and aroma. This is called ‘yuzuyu’ and Lush wanted to recreate this experience, with extra warmth and depth.

It’s been a long time since I smelled either the shower gel or the bubbleroon, so I was excited to recall the fragrance that I remember loving. As soon as I got my hands on it, the powerful heady perfume hit me and I fell in love once again. It’s definitely one of the strongest scented bath bombs I’ve come across in a while. I’ve had it in my room for two months now, sat with other products, but it continued to be the first and strongest aroma that hit my nose when I walk into my room. Also, the design is rather cute, as if it’s an actual Yuzu fruit with the Lush name engraved on the leaf.

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Like the bubbleroon, Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb doesn’t contain actual Yuzu Juice or the essential oil, but Lush replicate the citrus aroma with Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. The warming ‘cocoa’ side comes from the addition of Tonka Absolute and Cocoa Absolute, making the whole scent deliciously chocolate-orange like with creamy, comforting notes of sweet vanilla from the Tonka. I feel like it’s a scent that must be smelled to really understand what I’m talking about. Although some people have pointed out that theres less of a chocolatey aroma within this format, I can’t really remember any different.

Once popped into the water, Yuzu & Cocoa starts fizzing rapidly and loudly, turning the bath water a gorgeous deep shade of warming orange. I was sad that there wasn’t any hidden colour in the middle which meant that there wasn’t really much of a display and before long, the bath bomb had vanished. However there was a delicate sprinkling of lustre floating throughout which was a nice touch.

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Although I expected the strong scent to remain throughout, it honestly wasn’t that powerful once the fizzing stopped and I was disappointed to find my bath was pretty fragrance-less, but I’m happy that theres a nice hint of the scent on my skin now I’m out. On top of that, my skin feels super soft and when you look closely, it’s covered in a dusting of beautiful fine glitter so overall I’m happy and I’m really glad I got to experience this unique scent once again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tonka Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 77491.

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Magnificent Bath Oil

Magnificent is a relatively new bath oil, being released last year with two other exclusive bath oils and all three being exclusive to Lush Oxford Street, online and other bigger stores. Magnificent is supposed to really lift your spirits and make you feel well… magnificent!

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Magnificent is designed to look like vintage fireworks and is one of the harder bath oils in the range as the outer shell is made up of a more solid formula.

The scent is a citrus trio of Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba. The sweet Tangerine is the strongest of the three, which is definitely a great ingredient to give you an uplifted feeling, there’s something that’s just happy about the fruit’s juicy aroma. Grapefruit and restorative Litsea Cubeba add sharper and more complex citrus notes, but the whole scent is still pretty sweet and theres a slight creamy warmth from the butters that incase the fragrance. I think Magnificent would make a great pairing with the likes of Avobath or Brightside!

Generally, when using a bath oil, I love to make my bath super hot, add the bath oil and allow the water to cool whilst the product melts before stepping in, otherwise the bath oils can take a good while to fully melt. Magnificent was a steady melter but fizzed a little thanks to a small amount of bath bomb mix incorporated into it. There was also a little amount of lustre floating steadily through the water.

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Magnificent wouldn’t be a bath oil unless it contained moisturising ingredients to deeply nourish and soften the skin, so it contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. You can immediately feel these ingredients once you’re in the bath as they strongly imbue the water with their oily goodness.

Whilst the smell was pretty lost while I was actually in the bath, it surprisingly remained on my skin after, albeit it not for very long.

You can check out Magnificent over on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77492, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Peachy Bath Bomb

I know Valentine’s Day has passed but I’m actually only just starting to use my Valentine’s collection now! I had so much to get through before hand!

When I first saw that Lush were doing peach and aubergine bath bombs for Valentines Day I was gagged. This definitely has to be one of the cheekiest releases Lush have ever done, and that’s truly saying something! Peachy is based off of the peach emoji, which is often used to represent something else entirely. If you’re not sure, just look at the shape and you can probably guess. Likewise with the aubergine.

Containing Fresh Peach Juice as an ingredient, I hoped and expected Peachy to smell real juicy and fruity, but I was somewhat confused upon first sniff. Whilst there definitely are strong fruity notes in the scent, there’s also a strong woodiness that I’m not sure sits right with my nose. After looking into it, I believe that it’s the Davana Oil that is the problem. Davana Oil is obtained from the leaves of a small plant native to India and has a strong and unique aroma. It’s often described as very ripe fruit, with citrusy, woody and herbaceous undertones and I’m not sure I like it. It’s mixed with sharp citrusy Elemi Oil, fresh smelling Tagetes Oil and Grapefruit Oil (along with the aforementioned Peach Juice) but unfortunately all I can smell is the odd scent of the Davana. A lot of people actually really like the scent and have said that it’s the perfect recreation of a peach’s aroma but I just can’t agree.

Nevertheless, I hoped that perhaps the smell would soften once in the water and I dropped it in my tub. It’s a quiet and slow fizzer, decorating the water with it’s multiple colours. Greens flowed from the stalk, orange from the shell and a stream of bright pink directly from the centre of the ballistic, which made for some really pretty patterns. As you can imagine, once all the colours had mixed, you’re left with a peachy pink colour bath with a little hint of glitter floating throughout. It’s nowhere near as glittery as I thought it would be.

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My hopes were granted and the scent became much more subtle, which allowed me to enjoy it more, the herbaceous notes were dampened, allowing the fruitiness to come out more and it became much easier on my nose. The water felt soft and wonderfully cleansing due to all the essential oils and I definitely noticed a new brightness to my skin once I stepped out. The fragrance lingered on my skin for a short while after, but again it was much weaker than its former strength.

In conclusion, I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy Peachy as much as I thought I would because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get the scent to agree with me. Saying that though, I still love the idea and I’m happy that the colours and the fizzing display met my expectations.

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Even though Valentine’s Day has gone, Peachy will still be in stores for a little while longer so if you think you’ll like it, go grab one quickly!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil, Davana Oil, Elemi Oil, Tagetes Oil, Fresh Peach Juice, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, DRF Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 45410, Colour 19140, Colour 42090:2.

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