Bath, Bath Bombs

Strawberries and Cream Bath Bomb

I feel like this is a very quintessential British bath bomb, it especially was over the summer what with Wimbledon going on anyhow. As you can see in the pictures, Strawberries and Cream is comprised of two bath bomb halves sandwiched together with a layer of soft butter. Lush suggest that you can actually twist and separate the two halves to share your bath bomb across two baths or with a loved one! I disagree, as Strawberries and Cream is a little smaller than your usual bath bomb, I’d prefer to keep the entire thing for myself. Which is exactly what I did.

Strawberries and Cream shares its scent with the ‘Yummy Mummy’ range and ever since I ran out of the shower gel of the same name I’ve been longing for something to fill the void. The Yummy Mummy scent is super fruity, with a sweet decadence about it. Bergamot and Geranium give uplifting and bright fragrance notes with the addition of Olibanum offering a deeper, creamy richness. Lush have also added a dash of Black Pepper, drawing on a culinary trick to bring out the fruitiness in desserts. I find it’s a very moreish aroma, but I do think it works best in a shower gel format rather than a bath bomb. There’s almost something chocolatey in the aforementioned gel, which I find is missing in this bomb.

Strawberries and Cream contains actual Strawberry Powder, although it’s not included for the scent as strawberries themselves don’t have much of a potent aroma. Instead the powder is for toning and brightening the skin with the heaps of antioxidant properties it has. Generally speaking, anything that’s super beneficial for you to consume is going to be good for your skin too! It’s why Lush’s products are often filled with fresh fruits and veg!

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In the water, this bath bomb puts on a real great show, sending out waves of bright red colours into the surrounding water, mixed with creamy white and a hint of green from the ‘stalk’. As the bath bomb is fairy quick to dissolve, you’re left with the Cocoa and Shea Butter centre that’ll begin to imbue the bath with its skin-softening benefits. I noticed just how silky and moisturising the water was almost immediately as I got in and whatsmore, the scent really amplified and filled my senses with the comforting aroma, perfect for a long relaxing soak on a crisp evening. Oddly, there was weird brown powdery globs floating throughout my bath, which I initially thought was cocoa powder, but I guess it’s the strawberry powder instead. The globs eventually disappeared into the water, it just wasn’t that pretty to start with.

After my bath was drained out and I had towelled myself off, the creamy sweet scent was still lingering over my skin and in my bathroom for the remainder of my evening, really making me happy each time I stepped back into the room. My skin felt incredibly soft and renewed as well as wonderfully hydrated, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed.

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All in all, Strawberries and Cream makes for a really great bath, I urge everyone to try it! I’m still holding out hope we’ll see the return of Yummy Mummy Shower Gel, maybe for Mother’s Day 2020? My fingers are crossed.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Cream of Tartar, Strawberry Powder, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

Rose Jam Bubbleroon was one of the first ever Lush products I truly fell in love with and it what started my love for the ‘rose jam’ scent when I was still fairly new to the world of Lush. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons.

The bubble bar’s design mimics that of a gorgeous rose flower, with glistening pink sparkles adorning the top. Naturally inside you’ll find Rose Absolute as well as Rose Oil which is what makes up the main component in the scent. Rose absolute is thought to be of a closer smell to fresh roses whereas the oil is said to be a little more delicate, but both come from the petals of the flower. Lush’s main source of rose comes from Turkey, where the flowers are handpicked at dawn, when they are the most fragrant.

Geranium Oil has a sweet floral fragrance that is very similar to Rose Oil and contains some of the same components, such as geraniol, linalool and citronellal, which means the two pair together well. Lastly, finishing off the iconic Rose Jam scent we have Lemon Oil which adds a subtle fruity kick, though not massively noticeable in the scent as a whole. Rose Jam is such a feel good fragrance, it really makes me happy!

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Although Rose Jam is definitely big enough to get two or three baths out of it, I have no control so I used the whole thing!

Once crumbled under the running water, Rose Jam Bubbleroon produces such soft bubbles which float delicately atop vibrant pink bath water. The water itself feels really creamy thanks to the Cocoa and Shea Butter disc in the middle of the two bubble bar halves and if you look really closely at the water, you’ll notice tiny glimmering specks of glitter dancing beneath the surface.

Throughout my bath I could still smell the beautiful scent in the air, which only helped me relax even more.

After I was done bathing I stepped out to wonderfully soft and nourished skin. Although I sadly didn’t really notice much of a scent lingering over me, which was strange compared to how potent it was before. All in all, Rose Jam Bubbleroon is a fab product that holds a special place in my heart. I hope Lush never discontinue it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Lemon Oil, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Colour 77891, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Goldrush Bath Bomb

Along with Hi Ho Silver, these bath bombs were based around gold and silver respectively and are among Lush’s most glittery creations ever. Goldrush is a smallish (about the size of a Butterball) blue bath bomb with a gold stamp featuring the letters ‘Au’ on it. Au is the symbol for gold on the periodic table which comes from its latin name – aurum.

Goldrush is supposedly scented with the same uplifting scent as Whoosh Shower Jelly and when I first heard it was so, I was rather excited as I’ve been hoping for other Whoosh scented products for a long time. Whoosh is a fairly potent fragrance, with the jelly exuding zesty Lemon and Lime along with background notes of Rosemary, Geranium and Grapefruit.

Although Goldrush features the three essential oils that I mentioned make up the background of Whoosh’s scent, it doesn’t contain any form of Lemon or Lime and therefore you can’t really consider it to be an exact replica of the zingy fragrance as they’re essentially the main notes. Instead, Goldrush offers a warmer perfume with the Grapefruit giving a fruitiness above herbal notes of Rosemary and floral hints of Geranium. Compared to the shower jelly, the scent isn’t very strong at all and I’m a little disappointed they didn’t try to recreate the scent exactly as it should be. I feel they should have included Lemon Oil at least! There is some likeness, but not enough for me.

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Once in the water, after a minute or so of simply expanding with blue foam, out poured the heaps of golden lustre from inside, which looked really striking against the vivid blue. Goldrush is actually over 15% glitter, which is more than any other bath bomb! The end result was stunning and I couldn’t stop watching the sparkling golden particles dance through the water. You have to be a real glitter fan to enjoy this bath bomb and luckily, I am!

The golden hallmark actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Goldrush to be quite moisturising thanks to this little inclusion. It’s also what helps the lustre stick to your skin and I came out covered. I couldn’t stop admiring my sparkling self!

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With the scent not really being particularly strong, naturally I didn’t find it at all that noticeable whilst I was bathing and whilst there was a slight remembrance left on my skin after it wasn’t anything compared to the reminder of all the glitter! My skin did feel incredibly soft and nourished though, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed!

I really loved Goldrush, though simply because of the colour and the glitter. I do wish they had got the Whoosh scent right and even without it, I’d have wanted the scent to be stronger. The glitter did end up covering my bath, my towel and my bath mat but that’s nothing a bit of cleaning won’t rectify and it’s well worth it! I’d definitely use Goldrush again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77491

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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Hair, Hair Treatments

#Gains Protein Spray

If you’ve been reading my blog a lot, you’ll know that I have a lot of issues with my hair. It’s thin, it’s flat and it’s prone to fall outs, so I’ll try anything to give it more life and strength. #Gains is designed to do exactly that, it’s full of protein-rich ingredients to really replenish and add strength inside and out.

This product features a few new ingredients that Lush haven’t often used before. Fresh Wheatgrass Juice made up of almost 70% chlorophyl and is highly rich in nourishing vitamins, minerals and protein, and it’s also antioxidant and conditioning. Alfalfa is considered one of the most complete and nutrient-rich foods ever tested and is full of minerals, vitamins and many different essential amino acids, which form the building blocks of protein. As well as this, Alfalfa Juice is a great help to the hair’s brightness, elasticity and growth. Jackfruits are giant fruits native to India and Malaysia and their high protein content has actually given the fruit a reputation of being a miraculous food source that could help eradicate famine. All these ingredients are among the most protein-rich out there.

#Gains also contains protein derived substances such as Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, the essential amino acid Leucine and something called Arginine HCL which are used to protect and repair each individual hair strand. They are attracted to keratin (the hair’s protein) and cover the hairs, helping split ends come back together again.

Hair products aren’t really known for their amazing and unique scents but #Gains smells absolutely incredible. It’s fruity, sweet and intoxicating and if you were to blindfold me and hold it up to my nose, I’d be convinced it was candy. Jackfruit has a musky and unique aroma that often reminds people of fruit chews and juicy sweets so I imagine that’s where I’m getting the idea from, but we also have Clove Bud, Geranium, Lemon, Orange and Vanilla each adding something unique to the scent. It’s really unlike anything Lush have ever produced before and you can smell it in your hair for hours and hours after.

Of course, Lush don’t just use ingredients for their fragrance as each one has it’s own benefits for the hair too. Clove Bud, like most spices, has stimulating effects on the scalp, promoting hair growth. Geranium Oil is antiseptic and helps to balance out oil production. Vanilla is soothing and humectant, which means it forms a barrier preventing moisture loss and Lemon and Orange have wonderful cleansing properties. Citrus fruits are renowned for containing AHA’s which are enzymes that break down excess dirt and sebum. #Gains also contains Fresh Lemon Juice for this same effect and also because of it’s shine-enhancing abilities.

Lastly, #Gains also contains a silicone alternative called Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from nutrient rich macadamia nuts. This coats the hair and adds protection from heat and humidity, without weighing it down.

I am absolutely loving using this and I don’t just use it on freshly washed hair either, it’s great as a detangling spray and I’m honestly using it almost every other day and noticing great results. This coupled with Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum is doing wonders for my hair. A really impressive product I must say.

Ingredients

Water, DRF Alcohol, Alfalfa Juice, Jackfruit Puree, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Fresh Lemon Juice, Behentrimonium Chloride, Clove Bud Oil, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, HCL, Leucine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 60725.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Bunny Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s Easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for Easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. Although Bunny and Chick sport the same colours and scent, the perfectionist in me decides that I must write separate posts about each one.

Bunny Fun Egg is comprised of a bottom orange half, with an yellow top half featuring a spotted design and both halves are tied up together with a long string of raffia. Inside the Fun Egg sits a little piece of fun in the shape of a bunny. Well, it’s supposed to be a bunny but I can’t shake the idea it looks more like an unborn foetus….

The scent of these easter themed Fun Eggs is a fairly unique fragrance. Containing both Geranium and Peppermint Oils, you’d be forgiven if you’re not liking the sound of such a pairing but actually they compliment each other nicely in a sweet, refreshing scent. Geranium has a similar smell to Roses and is often used to give sweeter undertones to other floral based essential oils, whilst the Peppermint in this product is very muted, and if you were to guess what it contained by simply smelling it, I very much doubt Peppermint would be anywhere near your top guesses. It’s very much in the background of the scent, offering a refreshing and cooling note, with slightly herbaceous undertones.

As each Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily get three different baths out of one and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. In my bath I opted to use the whole thing by placing each half of the fun egg in the water like little boats, one carrying its leporine passenger. Immediately and loudly they began fizzing and sending out yellow and orange colours into the water. Although I was hoping for something a tad more spectacular in terms of bath art, it was a good display and before long the water had settled into a deep orange. Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was seriously on another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud! Whereas both Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus feature a fair amount of glitter, neither Bunny nor Chick do.

If you’ve used Lush’s fun before, you’ll know it’s a multi-use product. You can use it for soap, shampoo, shaving or even to make bubbles with, along with modelling it like Play-Doh. I used the rabbit as my soap and it felt so soft and creamy as fun usually does on my body. I also found the piece of fun to be much stronger scented than the bath bomb itself. Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and there was a noticeable reminder of the scent lingering on my body.

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I wonder if we’ll see the Fun Eggs make a return next year? Or even this year as part of the Halloween or Christmas ranges? I guess we’ll see!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Geranium Oil, Peppermint Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Candy Eye

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chick Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s Easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for Easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. I loved the dinosaur themed eggs so I’ve been eager to try Chick Fun Egg and Bunny Fun Egg ever since.

Chick Fun Egg is comprised of a bottom yellow half, with an orange top half featuring a striped design and both halves are tied up together with a long string of raffia. Inside the Fun Egg sits a little piece of fun in the shape of an adorable chick. As each Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily get three different baths out of one and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going.

The scent of these easter themed Fun Eggs is a fairly unique fragrance. Containing both Geranium and Peppermint Oils, you’d be forgiven if you’re not liking the sound of such a pairing but actually they compliment each other nicely in a sweet, refreshing scent. Geranium has a similar smell to Roses and is often used to give sweeter undertones to other floral based essential oils, whilst the Peppermint in this product is very muted, and if you were to guess what it contained by simply smelling it, I very much doubt Peppermint would be anywhere near your top guesses. It’s very much in the background of the scent, offering a refreshing and cooling note, with slightly herbaceous undertones.

In my bath I opted to use the whole thing by placing each half of the fun egg in the water like little boats, one carrying the cute little chick. Immediately and loudly they began fizzing and sending out yellow and orange colour into the water. Although I was hoping for something a tad more spectacular in terms of bath art, it was a good display and before long the water had settled into a deep orange. Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was seriously on another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud! Whereas both Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus feature a fair amount of glitter, neither Bunny nor Chick do.

If you’ve used Lush’s fun before, you’ll know it’s a multi-use product. You can use it for soap, shampoo, shaving or even to make bubbles with, along with modelling it like Play-Doh. I used the Chick as my soap and it felt so soft and creamy as fun usually does on my body. I also found the piece of fun to be much stronger scented than the bath bomb itself. Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and there was a noticeable reminder of the scent lingering on my body.

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Whilst I definitely preferred the space girl scented dinosaur Fun Eggs, I still had a great bath with Chick. I’ve still got to use up my Bunny Fun Egg too, so stay tuned for a post on that coming soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Geranium Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Candy Eye

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