Shower, Shower Bombs

Meditation Shower Bomb

Another trip up to Liverpool last week saw me get my hands on another exclusive shower bomb they have in their store. This time I chose Meditation, fitting for someone who dabbles in meditation and mindfulness.

Shaped like an incense cone, Meditation is full of ingredients commonly and traditionally used in spiritual rituals, such as Guaiacwood, Sandalwood and Olibanum. These three essential oils are what make up Meditation’s scent.

Looking at the black design and the idea behind it, I assumed the scent of this shower bomb would be fairly smokey and earthy but it is surprisingly sweet. Sandalwood Oil is naturally very woody, but also has warmer and sweeter notes. Olibanum, otherwise known as frankincense, evokes the idea of walking through pine forests and has citrusy after tones. And lastly, Guaiacwood Oil, which comes from a tree commonly known as palo santo, has a scent which is described as sweet, spicy and exotic smelling. These fragrances combine into a sweet oaky aroma that’s de-stressing and meditative, yet with something quite invigorating about it.

All of Lush’s shower bombs contain both Sodium Alginate and Potato Starch which gives their lather a soft and fluffy texture, Meditation is no exception. I actually found this to be one of the longer lasting shower bombs, as it foamed only slightly each time it was held under the water, making it easier not to lose any down the plughole and get more on the body. Each time I covered myself with the foam it felt so soft and nourishing.

Obviously, containing Sodium Bicarbonate, shower bombs are all slightly exfoliating but they usually contain an extra exfoliant too. Meditation contains Activated Charcoal, offering a really gentle scrub – so gentle in fact, I actually didn’t notice it too much. ‘Activated’ charcoal is charcoal that has been heated to increase its adsorbent qualities, adsorbing microparticles such as dust, toxins and bacteria to the skin’s surface.

An interesting final ingredient that Meditation contains is Dragon’s Blood Powder. Dragon’s Blood is a bright red plant resin that is said to have fantastic powers at warding off evil and negativity. I’m all for spiritual healing so I’ll take anything that helps! Palo santo is also widely regarded as having this same power.

Sadly I feel like the scent was rather lost in the shower and once it had dissolved fully, I could no longer smell it, not even on my skin once I was out and dry. I do feel like this is an issue with a lot of the shower bombs and it’s a real shame when Lush are bringing out new exciting scents within them.

Anyhow, Mediation made for a nice shower, I definitely could have kept half for a second go but I ultimately choose to use it all in one as they’re designed to. Fingers crossed a lot of positivity is coming my way after using this!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sandalwood Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Olibanum Oil, Activated Charcoal, Water, Dragon’s Blood Powder, DRF Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77499

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’d hopefully have seen my post about Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar, which is one of my all time favourite bubble bars. Knowing this you’d have guessed that when I first saw the release of a bath bomb featuring the same name and scent, I was over the moon! I low key prefer a bath bomb over a bubble bar, just because of the chance to see some amazing bath art.

The scent and idea behind Blue Skies is that you’re supposed to feel like you’re as relaxed as if you were simply watching fluffy clouds serenely drift across a blue sky. With a relaxing scent comprised of Patchouli, Frankincense and Cinnamon Leaf, it does just that. I also love how the bomb looks like a fluffy cloud itself, with a light dusting of silver sparkles.

Pachouli has long been used in perfumery and aromatherapy because it’s earthy aroma is great at easing worries and allowing you to fall into a meditative state of mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli well. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I love the Blue Skies scent because it really grounds me and is perfect for when you just want to escape reality for a moment. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative. Comparing both bath products, I find that the Cinnamon Leaf is more obvious in the bath bomb’s scent.

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I had originally thought that Blue Skies would be a relatively fast fizzer in the water but I was wrong! It actually fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out steady steams of light blue and white foam into the water. The blue colour of the bath bomb is a lot lighter than the bubble bar, so I didn’t get to experience the usual vivid blue colour with this format, with the bath water turning a very pale pastel blue instead. In all honestly, the bath art wasn’t anything specatular but the glimmering silver lustre  looked gorgeous when it caught the light under the water.

Sadly although upon first entry to the water, the bath bomb released a strong hit of its fragrance, it quickly disappeared into the air which was a tad disappointing. Saying that, it reappeared on my skin once I was out and lasted for quite a while, completely opposite to the bubble bar which tends to remain in the air only. I also noticed that my skin had a dusting of the silver glitter left on it, which similarly glimmered in the light.

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Furthermore, it left my skin feeling really soft, smooth and well cleansed. I didn’t even feel the need to use a body lotion! Whilst I think I’d prefer it if the bath bomb had a slightly darker or more vibrant colour, I’m very glad to have got my hands on it. I imagine I’ll be stocking up soon! Maybe we’ll start seeing more Blue Skies scented products? Let’s hope the shower gel returns.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 42090

 

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar

I adore Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds. It’s one of my favourite bubble bars ever! It’s supposed to invoke feelings of floating away from your troubles and worries on a fluffy cloud to a place with bluer skies and tranquility.

Blue Skies is very much like The Comforter or Brightside in terms of the size and the design. It has a pretty blue and white swirly pattern which looks so inviting to me. The large size means that one could easily get you four or five decent baths, though I use these sized bars in halves across two baths.

The relaxing scent of Blue Skies is mainly the work of Patchouli Oil. Patchouli is widely used in perfumery for its warm, earthy aroma that really takes you on a meditative journey. I love the scent of Patchouli as it really allows me to unwind with a clear mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli with ‘cooler’ and fresher notes. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I find the Blue Skies scent so meditative and beautiful and it makes me feel so zen and peaceful, like a tree standing in the middle of a vast woodland after it rains. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative.

The bar I used in tonight’s bath was easily crumbled and I admired the vibrant blue colour the water became as soon as it hit the crumbs at the bottom of the tub. That blue colour remains with almost the same power when the tub is filled, though of course you have heaps of silky bubbles floating on the surface. It really does look like fluffy clouds floating through a clear blue sky. There’s something about the shade of blue that really puts you in a calm and peaceful mood.

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I won’t say that Blue Skies is the most luxurious bubble bar, I still feel the need to moisturise after bathing with it but it’s not really designed to have beautiful effects on the skin. Although Patchouli and Frankincense do both have soothing and protective properties, whilst Cinnamon Leaf is a stimulant.

The only thing I wish, is that the scent had stronger staying power on your skin. it remains for a good while during your time in the tub but it fades soon after you’ve towelled off, which is a real shame; though hopefully by then you’re already in the desired state of mind.

In conclusion, Lush please don’t ever stop doing this bubble bar. I’ll be so upset!

You can check out Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds here for yourself at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090

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