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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Rose Bombshell Egg Bath Bomb

I was absolutely gutted when I heard that Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb wasn’t making a reappearance this year for Valentines Day. It was a normal sized, Rose Jam scented, pink bath bomb with a beautiful floral design and hidden rose petals inside, and one of my all time favourites. However, when I saw that instead they were bringing out a super sized egg version, I was beyond excited!

Rose Bombshell Egg is fairly impressively sized. It’s easily the largest bath bomb currently available and also one of the most expensive, priced at £14.95. Although that seems like a lot of money, it doesn’t seem as bad when you realise that you can get two good baths out of this product. The bath bomb is comprised of two hollow halves tied together with a string of raffia, and is filled with dried rose petals and large pearls of salt!

As mentioned, it smells the same as the Rose Jam Shower Gel along with the rest of the scent family and contains Rose Oil and Absolute, Geranium Oil and Lemon Oil sourced from Sicily. It’s a very fragrant, powdery aroma of fresh flowers, with the Rose and the Geranium both having sweet and floral tones, and the Lemon Oil adding a delicate refreshing and uplifting undertone. It’s a unique and intoxicatingly sweet scent and was one of the first ever fragrances I fell in love with from Lush.

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For a full effect and to fulfil my Rose Jam heaven dream I used the whole entire egg in my bath. Each half started fizzing fairly loudly as soon as I popped them in, floating on the surface and sending out billows of pink foam across the water. Before long the whole bath had turned this vivid pink colour and the petals had dispersed throughout, looking gorgeous. The scent had really taken off by this point and filled my entire bathroom, a subtle one she is not.

I eagerly jumped in and immediately felt how soft and creamy the water felt. The dissolved Sea Salt and the vast amount of Sodium Bicarbonate from the giant bomb had obviously softened the water and imbued it with cleansing benefits. Rose Bombshell Egg also contains Soybean Flour which, when in contact with water, creates a rich softening milk. Furthermore, both Rose and Geranium are known to have soothing effects on the skin, so would help calm any irritation or redness you may have.

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After arguably one of the best and most fragrant baths I’ve ever had, I got out and dried myself off to find my skin gorgeously scented and ever so soft to the touch. I still felt the need to lightly moisturise after but I couldn’t stop feeling my silky smooth skin.

In conclusion, I know it’s a lot to pay for two baths (let alone one) but I honestly think it’s worth it. It felt so luxurious and special, looked so beautiful and I really didn’t want it to end! I’m going to HAVE to get a second one for a special occasion some time!

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Have you had a chance to try this wonderful limited edition yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Dried Red Rose Petals, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

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Shower, Shower Oils

Carrot Shower Oil

The concept of a Shower Oil is an interesting one. They’re designed for those who like to wash without foam, which is why you won’t find any sulfates (lathering agents) in them. Although they’ve been around a while now, with the majority being exclusive to naked stores, this Easter exclusive is the first to appear in all stores across the country.

To ensure an effective cleanse, but without a lather, Lush have included an ingredient called Cocamidopropyl Betaine, which sounds scary and unnatural but is actually just derived from the fatty acids of coconut oil. It’s a very mild cleanser but it lifts dirt away without creating a lot of foam. Lush have also included some other ingredients that are wonderfully cleansing alongside it. Carrot contains Fresh Orange Juice which helps to keep the skin clean and rejuvenated. Cleansing with products that have oranges in them means you benefit from their vitamin and mineral content, as well as their astringent, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that gives the skin a healthy glow.

Lush say that you can use Carrot instead of shower gel/soap or use it for extra hydration after. Carrot contains amazingly beneficial ingredients that moisturise and condition the skin. Firstly, Carrot contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and rich and protective Almond Butter. But Lush wouldn’t make a carrot-themed product without any actual carrot in it and this shower oil also contains Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil and Fresh Carrot that’s been extracted in Sunflower Oil. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and something called beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain the skin’s elasticity and brightness. Sunflower Oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E which make it ideal for dry and delicate skin as the oil is easily absorbed.

Carrot Shower Oil also has a wonderful scent. It’s a sherbety and fruity concoction of Sandalwood, Grapefruit and Geranium, as well as orangey notes from the aforementioned OJ. It’s nothing like what I though it would smell like, but I’m really liking it. Sandalwood is particularly beloved in skincare thanks to its soothing properties, and all three essential oils are known for being antiseptic. Geranium further helps to even out colour and oiliness by constricting the tissues to balance sebum production and circulation.

You literally use a shower oil like a bar of soap, by gliding it over your skin and rinsing away. It’s not going to give the deepest cleanse ever, but I personally found it nice for a quick freshen up in the shower and my skin was feeling soft and well-nourished after each use, not to mention it was smelling lovely. Although this product is great for someone who wants to stay away from sulfates and lather, I’m personally going to use it as more of a moisturiser predominately. But I’d definitely recommend trying it as a cleanser too to see if you like it.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Carrot Extracted in Sunflower Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil, Organic Almond Butter, Perfume, Fresh Orange Juice, Sandalwood Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Geranium Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Ro’s Argan Sparkly Naked Body Conditioner

Along with the Iceshoggles Soap I found in my cupboard the other day, I also found another product I still had from Christmas that I hadn’t used. Along with naked versions of Christingle, Buck’s Fizz and Snow Fairy, Lush released a naked version of the popular Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner too! Though this version was slightly different, as it’s full of glitter!

As a whole, this sparkly version of Ro’s Argan contains most of the same ingredients as the original. If you’ve never come across either version of this wonderful product before, it’s scented in the Rose Jam scent, which is a sweet combination of Lemon, Rose and Geranium. Whilst the original body conditioner is a perfect match to the scent, I find that it’s somewhat muted in this version, perhaps due to the extra butters it’s much softer, yet it’s still the scent we all know and love.

Although not containing the Almond or Brazil Nut Oils that feature in the original, Ro’s Argan Sparkly still contains Shea, Cupuaçu and Cocoa Butters, with the latter being in a much higher quantity, helping it retain it’s solid state, alongside Carnauba and Sunflower Waxes. It also obviously contains Argan Oil, which is traditionally 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. The beneficial oil is also full of antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin E, promoting healthy cell regeneration.

Similarly, Goji Berry Juice is also antioxidant and helps to tone the skin along with Cypress Leaf Infusion. Whilst an infusion from Vanilla Pods give a warm sweetness to the scent as well as soothing the skin also.

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Other than the format, the main difference between this naked version and its potted counterpart is that this one is full of glitter. Although you can see it covering the product, you don’t actually realise just how much is in there until you’re actually using it on the skin. After one sweep of it over my body in the shower, and after rinsing and towelling off, I was covered in glimmering golden lustre, and I mean covered. The picture above doesn’t even do it justice. I personally don’t mind a bit of glitter, but I certainly wouldn’t like to use it every day and it’s probably something I’m going to keep for special occasions.

Other than that, it does the job it’s intended for and my skin did feel adequately moisturised. However, I think I’ll stick to the stronger smelling glitter-less liquid variety.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Carnauba Wax, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Argan Oil, Sunflower Wax, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491

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Soap

Strawberry Whip Soap

Strawberry Whip was a new product for Valentine’s Day and isn’t it super cute? Lush were all about a ‘fruits of love’ theme for their 2019 Valentine’s Range and this soap definitely fits that brief!

This particular soap is interesting, because it’s actually three soaps in one! The red and green parts actually have separate formulas, although both use the same base of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Castor Oil, the red part is the only part that actually contains strawberries! Then there’s a softer ‘whipped’ soap mix inside the red part, which you can see in my photos!

The whipped soap has the addition of Aquafaba whipped up into a cream. Aquafaba is the name for chickpea water, which shares a lot of properties with egg whites allowing it to be whipped in the same way. It further contains Cream Of Tartar and Xanthan Gum to stabilise, add thickness and keep shape, Silken Tofu to add moisture and seaweed based Agar Agar Gel for softness. The inclusion of this whipped part is definitely what makes Strawberry Whip a lot more moisturising and nourishing for the skin than a lot of other soaps.

Like I said, the red part contains actual Fresh Strawberries which are full of antioxidants which help improve the condition of skin. The Strawberries add a slight touch to the scent but the fruit on its own doesn’t have a particular strong aroma, so Lush help boost and recreate it by using other essential oils and ingredients.

It’s a trio of Benzoin Resinoid, Jasmine Absolute and Geranium Oil that help strengthen the strawberry scent and the result is a fragrance that’s floral, yet sweet and almost vanilla like, which mimics a true strawberry scent enough that you’ll definitely buy it, although it’s like strawberries mixed with roses. It’s the Jasmine and rose-like Geranium that add the floral notes to this product, whereas Benzoin Resinoid is easily what gives the more vanilla-esque sweeter notes. I really like the scent and it leaves my hands smelling great each time I use it.

I really love using my Strawberry Whip! It’s a great new soap and would do well if it stayed as a year round product I reckon! I really love the hidden whipped centre so let’s hope we see more of that in the future!

Oh, and although it was released for Valentine’s Day, it just so happens to be staying in stock up until the summer! So there’s still time to get one if you’re interested!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberry, Perfume, Aquafaba, Benzoin Resinoid, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Silken Tofu, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Agar Agar Gel, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citronellol, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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Soap

Strawberry Santa Soap

Now let me tell you, when these lil guys were delivered into the stores, some of them looked so ugly it was a crime to sell them, so I’m sorry if you got one of the less cute ones. Luckily, the one I ended up with isn’t so bad.

Strawberry Santa is exactly like product from 2015’s Christmas Range called Peeping Santa, though that was a bubbleroon and this is a soap, both were comprised of two red halves separated by a white middle section with eyes. In this version, the red section is a harder soap, fused together with a softer white soap that has a creamier, almost whipped texture.

The white section actually contains a high amount of Cocoa Butter to moisturise your hands, meaning that Strawberry Santa doesn’t leave you with too much of that squeaky clean feeling.

Just be careful when you’re using it that the two halves don’t separate, as it doesn’t really fuse back together very well.

Like Peeping Santa, this soap also contains the delicious Yummy Mummy scent which is a moreish and comforting fragrance which reminds me of sweet juicy chocolate coated strawberries. Strawberry Santa does actually contain Fresh Strawberries along with their seeds to give a gentle exfoliation. Olibanum, Bergamot and Geranium Oils complete the scent and give it deeper sweet musky layers.

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Although fairly small, I feel like it’s going to last for a long while as it produces a generous lather with minimal effort each time I use it and leaves my hands gorgeously scented for a good while after. In the shower, I found that it easily soaped up my body and effectively cleansed. It also contains nourishing Peach Kernel Oil to replenish nutrients in the skin and left my skin looking visibly brighter!

I’m a big fan of this soap and I’m glad I could get my hands on it! Did you manage to get one? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water , Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Strawberry Seeds, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Gourmet Soaps, Soap

Ro’s Argan Gourmet Soap

Gourmet soaps are a little different from Lush’s regular soaps. Firstly they don’t have the standard base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, instead they have a base that’s unique to each soap. Gourmet soaps are a lot softer and creamier than the rest of the soap range meaning they are beautifully moisturising and conditioning.

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In Ro’s Argan we have a base made from antioxidant Argan Oil which is sourced from women’s co-operatives in Morocco, this is what gives this soap it’s soft and squidgy texture and produces a smooth, creamy lather that conditions the skin, leaving it revitalised and refreshed. There’s also a slight stickiness to the lather which comes from the addition of Granulated Sugar.

Making up the signature Rose Jam fragrance we have cleansing Lemon Oil, toning Geranium Oil and obviously Rose Oil and Rose Absolute which are great for soothing damaged skin. Just having a piece sat in your bathroom really lifts the room as it’s so fragrant!

I personally love this soap. It feels really luxurious when you’re using it due to how creamy and lovely it is to wash with; and not just for hands either, I love using it on my body in the shower too!

Ro’s Argan Soap is really pretty to look at, it comes sprinkled with red and yellow rose petals which just add to the ‘gourmet’ value. And fun fact – this soap is actually a creamy colour which you can see when you cut into it, it just so happens to have the reddish colour on the outside because it oxidises with the air!

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After using a piece of this beautiful soap you can feel the effects straight away and it leaves you with wonderfully smelling soft skin.

I really think the gourmet soaps are so worth it, they’re a little pricey compared to other soaps but they last a long time and you’re paying for the quality – something I’m more than happy to do.

This article here has a fab introduction to gourmet soaps and you can read more about Ro’s Argan specifically here.

Ingredients

Argan Oil, Water, Glycerine, Granulated Sugar, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Red Rose Petals, Yellow Rose Petals

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