Bath, Bath Bombs

Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb

Figaro Figaro is a bath bomb that’s supposedly great for unblocking your sinuses and your vocal cords with Lush suggesting it’s a great aromatic remedy to help you find your voice after losing it. It’s a little on the small side, but features a slightly lower than average price tag and contains a complex, grounding scent.

Figaro Figaro contains a long list of different essential oils, the majority of which you’d be likely to find in medicines and remedies for coughs, sore throats and blocked noses. I’d argue that the aromas that stand out the most are the Fennel, the Aniseed and the Eucalyptus, offering a warming liquorice note with a refreshing sharpness. Sage and Thyme add a more generic herbal layer to the product whist there’s delicate florals from Chamomile and Lavender. Lastly Brazilian Orange gives the whole fragrance a slight fruity note and there’s definitely that familiar touch of minty freshness too. It’s a complex scent for sure, but all the components work and compliment each other well, resulting in a scent not too dissimilar to herbal cough syrups and lozenges. Although a lovely smell, it’s a shame it isn’t a little stronger.

The other benefit of having all these ingredients inside a bath bomb is they’ll do wonders for the skin too. Aniseed, Fennel, Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great for easing your muscles thanks to their stimulating properties. Orange and Thyme have cleansing, antibacterial and toning qualities and Lavender, Chamomile and Sage soothe and clam the skin.

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In the water, Figaro Figaro erupts with vivid shades of deep reds and bright yellows. For a smaller-sized bath bomb it packs a punch with the colour and before long my bath had settled into warm red water. As an adorable little touch, inside the product is a paper scroll which pops out near the end of the fizz and unfurls to reveal lyrics from The Barber of Seville, an opera which is the source of inspiration for this bath bomb. It’s these little touches that really make Lush’s products seem as though a lot of thought has gone into them.

The only downside was the lack of scent. For something that’s supposedly to help with sore throats etc, the scent was pretty much non-existent once dissolved and I didn’t feel like it was doing anything it said it would, which was majorly disappointing as that’s what I was most excited about. Once I was out and dry, my skin did feel soft and refreshed and on a more mindful level, I felt calm and relaxed but as expected, little to no remnants of the fragrance was remaining on my skin.

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As a whole concept, I love Figaro Figaro. I think creating a bath bomb to really help with colds and blocked airways is a great idea and something I’d definitely be interested in. This just didn’t hit the mark and it seems silly that they released a product intended to do all of these things with such a gentle scent. I hate to say it but I’m really disappointed with this one.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Aniseed Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Fennel Oil, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sage Oil, Thyme Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 17200, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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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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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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