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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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Money Atmosphere

The third Atmosphere I went for was the green one, Money. The Atmospheres are supposed to work with the laws of attraction, being that by thinking about something you’re going to attract it. Money is something I definitely could use more of, so I’m fully hoping for it to work and if not then I guess I’ll just sue Lush for false advertising. It’s a win either way right?

Money is scented with the same scent as Over And Over Bath Bomb, a mix of Lime, Cypress, Fennel and Orris. The zestiness of the Lime is at the front of this scent, with deeper, spicy and herbal notes in the background. Lush describe this particular Atmosphere as ‘bringing independence imagined in zingy lime, freedom in bittersweet fennel and adventure in exotic orris’ and they tell you to ‘draw on the laws of attraction to see yourself enjoying absolute control, becoming master, not servant, to the trappings of wealth’, so I guess it’s more about gaining liberation from money than actually gaining more wealth but oh well a girl can try.

Whereas I find Over and Over Bath Bomb to have a pretty strong sense of Lime in its scent, it’s a lot more muted in this format and the more herbal, woody notes come through a lot more which isn’t a complaint as it still smells nice and uplifting. One downside was that unfortunately once I had actually started using the product, the scent had pretty much vanished. This time I actually emptied the contents of the Atmosphere onto a sponge and rubbed it into it, therefore preventing me from losing any which worked a treat!

On the skin, Lime is very cleansing as well as being brightening and toning. Fennel is also toning but it’s slight spiciness means it’s stimulating too, getting the blood flowing to the skin. Along with the help of detoxifying Cypress Oil, Money has left my skin refreshed and bright and just as moisturised as the previous two.

Like I’ve said in my other posts on Love and Let Go, it’s really hard to justify spending £12 for just four showers, so if you’re thinking about trying them it might be better to decant the actual gel into pots so you can use it more sparingly. Hopefully if Lush decide that this is the way forward then they’ll find a way to make them cheaper.

I’d really like to hear about your experiences with the Atmospheres so please let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Over And Over Bath Bomb

Over and Over is a bath bomb that’s never really been on my radar, I’ve never actually used one until now and the only reason I have is because it’s actually being discontinued, which I can’t say I’m that sad about. Over and Over is a bright yellow bath bomb that’s been dipped in orange cocoa butter and features a zesty, vibrant scent.

The scent and the name are actually a reflection on a friendship turned sour. Mark has previously said that “Over and Over contains Lime, Fennel and Cypress because they’ve got a hell of a kick and savoury, repetitive and herbal coriander notes because this specific person repeats things over and over again and is very boring and so is coriander.” But he also says the trouble is, that it’s still a nice perfume at the end of the day. It seems like Mark has a lot of pent up feelings towards this person!

To me the scent is very complex, whist you do have the uplifting zesty Lime scent, the Cypress and Fennel give deeper base notes which is somewhat herbal, somewhat spicy and almost aniseed like. I’m really not a massive fan of anything too citrusy but this is surprisingly okay. I feel like the scent really gets you motivated in a way, it’s very stimulating and really energises you.

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Once popped in the water, yellow streams and blobs float away from the ballistic as it slowly fizzes whilst the cocoa butter top half slowly melts into the warmth. After a while, Over and Over slowly reveals a pink inner core and when it gets going, it creates stunning psychedelic bath art with pinks and yellows swirling across the water, which was beginning to turn a vibrant shade of orange underneath.

Once I was in the bath, I immediately felt the moisturising benefits of the Cocoa Butter which had imbued the water with it’s goodness and allowed for quite a luxurious bath. The scent remained still present in the room even when the bomb had disappeared albeit in a subtler version.

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Now I’m out and writing this post, my skin feels wonderfully hydrated and there’s still a faint zingy aroma on my skin which is nice. Turns out this bath bomb makes for a pretty alright bath and was visually so beautiful to watch! Now I’ve used it I’m slightly more sad she’s going but it really feels like it’s her time to go. See ya Over and Over.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 45410, Colour 47005

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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