Bath, Bath Bombs

Magma Bath Bomb

The act of taking a bath can be very healing for our bodies. Warm water eases aches and pains, steam alleviates cold and flu symptoms and on a subconscious level, the floating sensation is comforting because it supposedly reminds us of being in the womb. Add in a bath bomb and depending which you’ve chosen, a whole host of other benefits await you too.

Magma Bath Bomb is based on Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, which was designed to really combat muscular aches and pains. Both contain Cinnamon Leaf and Peppermint Oils which help in different ways. Cinnamon, like the majority of spices, have a warming, stimulating effect on the skin. They stimulate the blood vessels under the skin which increases the blood flow to the area which in turn relaxes tight muscles. Peppermint creates a cooling sensation on the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings, further relaxing the muscles and it also dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow.

Magma does contain two ingredients that Wiccy Magic Muscles doesn’t, and that’s Mustard Powder and Ginger Powder. Like Cinnamon, both of these ingredients have stimulating and warming properties too, increasing the effects.

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Comparing the scents of both products, Magma is definitely a little spicier, which makes sense given the addition of the two new ingredients, whereas I can detect the minty element a lot more in the massage bar. Wiccy is also a lot more potent than Magma, which isn’t a bad thing because the scent of Wiccy can be really overpowering for a lot of people.

In the bath, Magma is a silent fizzer, slowing sending out waves of foamy red and yellow into the water, obviously designed to look like lava, rather than a ‘pizza bath’ as my friend described it as. After a while, the water had taken on a warm orange colour.

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Sadly I couldn’t really smell the fragrance very strongly once it had dissolved, but I felt the relaxing benefits of the bath as soon as I was in. My body easily succumbed to the warm water as I let the essential oils do their work.

I suffer with bad knee pain a lot, so I really rely on baths to help ease the tension and pain and I thought Magma worked wonders. After just five minutes soaking, I already felt a lot better. Once I was out I felt like a new person as my skin was soft and my body wasn’t aching. I couldn’t notice any scent remaining on my body but after a few swipes of the massage bar, there it was.

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In conclusion, Magma made for a really nice bath. It probably suits the colder months more than it does the heatwave we’re currently having but I’m sure I’ll be using this again during the winter. I’d definitely recommend this bath bomb to anyone with aches and pains!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Popping Candy, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45350.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Pirates Of The Carrageenan Bath Bomb

Lush love a pun don’t they? Pirates of The Carrageenan is one of the many bath bombs originally starting off as a Harajuku store exclusive, but then made its way into the 30th anniversary selection too.

The scent isn’t actually a brand new one for Lush, as it’s been seen before in the Supertramp Bubble Bar and Shower Gel. I’ve not actually tried either of those products so I can’t exactly tell you how true to the OG scent it is. But it’s an earthy and mossy fragrance of Petitgrain, Pimento Berry, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Ginger.

The overarching note of the bath bomb is that of the earthy Patchouli, which is known for its meditative and grounding effects on the mind. Sandalwood and Petitgrain add woody and fresh green notes, enhancing the very ‘natural’ note that reminds me (pleasantly) of damp woodland. Ginger and Pimento Berry add an undertone of spice and a warmth to the scent that really round it off. It’s a scent that’s fairly unusual but is also very attractive.

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Ginger and Pimento Berry, due to their spicy nature have warming and stimulating effects on the skin, perfect for easing knots and tension. Pirates of The Carrageenan also contains Carrageenan Extract, as the name suggests, as well as Kombu Powder. Both of these ingredients are derived from different types of seaweeds and seaweed is one of the best ingredients to nourish, soothe, soften and hydrate the skin. The high content of both of these ingredients in this bath bomb really soften the water.

Pirates of The Carrageenan is rather robust and fairly heavy, but still manages to float on the surface of the water. The bath bomb started off by foaming and frothing before settling into a steady and slow fizz whilst different shades of green created gorgeous patterns. Before long the yellow core revealed itself, much like gold within a treasure chest and intertwined with the green. The yellow insert is actually filled with a tonne of glitter and once the display had finished, the amount of golden lustre floating throughout the green looked stunning.

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As I got in, I immediately felt the sheer softness of the water. The 6% carrageenan and 1.5% kombu content really makes a difference and almost thickens the water, though nowhere near the same extent as a jelly bomb does. My skin was loving being nourished and I didn’t even need to wait until I was out to notice the effects.

Once I was out, indeed my skin did feel heavenly soft and smooth and remained that way for the rest of my evening. The scent however, due to it’s strength, lingered across my skin even until the next day when I could still notice it faintly on my arms! The golden glitter had also beautifully decorated my body, and also my bath, though it’s easily washed away down the plughole.

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In conclusion, Pirates of The Carrageenan is a wonderful bath bomb and a must try if you’re into earthy, meditative scents. Even if you’re just looking for a pamper, I’d urge you to try out this product just for how good it makes your skin feel.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Kombu Powder, Patchouli Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Ginger Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77491, Colour 42053, Colour 59040

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar

Love Token was initially released for this year’s Valentine’s Day range but much like American Cream Shower Gel, it’s staying for the summer season. The idea behind it is rather nice as often people come into Lush looking for a bath bomb or bubble bar to express their gratitude towards someone.

This limited edition is a circular bubble bar, with the words ‘Thank You’ embossed on the surface and is covered with golden glitter that gets everywhere, almost as much as Golden Egg does! I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the scent of Ginger, which is a shame because that’s undeniably Love Token’s main scent. I can appreciate the warmth it brings but I can’t say I’d choose it’s scent over any others. Underlying the Ginger, we have similar warming notes of Clove Bud Oil, Pine Needle Absolute and something called Guaiacwood Oil. Guaiacwood Oil comes from the bark of a small tree, commonly named Palo Santo and has a sweet and woody scent with spicy, exotic notes. Sadly I find the Ginger overpowers everything and it’s all I can really smell.

As a reusable bubble bar, instead of crumbling it up, you’re supposed to hold it under the running tap and then pop it down to dry when you’re done. The only issue I found was my hands were very close to the hot water and I kept getting splashed and burned, so I resorted to the sieve method instead. I reckon you could definitely get at least three or four decent baths out of it but the glitter is only covering the outside and isn’t present once it’s been washed off, which means the first bath will be the only glittery one you have. Considering this, I ended up using the whole thing oops…

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Before long a mountain of soft bubbles had appeared in my tub atop the water which had turned a golden yellow. Considering I used a whole bubble bar I expected more bubbles but there was still a considerable amount. The water felt soft and due to the stimulating nature of the essential oils present, helped ease my aching muscles too. What’smore, the heady ginger scent had remained just as strong and I could smell it in the air too.

After I was out and dry, I was expecting two things: the ginger aroma still present on my body and a heavy dusting of golden lustre on my skin. Yet neither of these things were there. Perhaps a slight hint of the scent had remained but had nothing of the power it once had and as for the glitter? Well there really wasn’t much at all.

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In conclusion, adding glitter throughout the bar would definitely have made more sense and a tone down on the Ginger would have made me personally happier anyway. But I can’t say I’ll miss it when it eventually disappears from stores. It’s still great idea though and perhaps it just needs a few tweaks.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Ginger Oil, Pine Needle Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510.

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Ginger Bath Oil

I think that a simple Bath Oil is a great product to use when you’re just in the need of a gently relaxing soak. There’s nothing that’s incredibly exciting and thrilling about using one, but they’re still just nice. I predominately use them when I just want to have a quick hot bath to take a minute for myself.

Ginger is a squishy orange bath oil that’s adorned with a coating of bronze lustre. It was actually inspired by the glamorous Ginger Rodgers and the glitzy old Hollywood era she lived in!

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the smell and taste of actual ginger. Whilst I love gingerbread and ginger cakes and pickled ginger too, I absolutely hate the smell of fresh ginger and when it gets put in lemonade and other drinks, they’re quite frankly, ruined.  However, this is a ginger scent I can get behind!

Whilst the Ginger Oil does give a noticeable warming note to the scent, its complexity comes from the addition of a range of floral aromas. Sweet flowery Mimosa Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Jasmine Absolute alleviate the sharpness of the Ginger and turn the whole aroma into a much more well rounded fragrance. I’d actually describe it as being very powdery and floral in a certain way, with just a spicy kick from the Ginger and an earthiness that comes from Juniperberry Oil too.

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Once popped into a nice hot bath, Ginger starts with a burst of glitter that shoots off into the water from the lustrous coating, revealing the actual orange melt beneath. It then slowly melts away, getting smaller and smaller as puddles of orange coloured oils float around it. After a while (and I like to help mine on a bit by breaking it into pieces) the bath water had a small hint of a light orangey colour. I did notice that some of the glitter was clustering around the edges of the bath so I found myself constantly having to wipe around the water’s rim to ensure that it wasn’t getting stuck to my tub, though even if it does, it’s always easily rinsed away.

As a bath oil, Ginger of course contains various butters and carrier oils to moisturise and soften the skin, being Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil, which you can definitely feel as soon as you’re in. The water isn’t as oily as it is with other bath melts but your skin will soon be feeling the benefits all the same.

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin felt heavenly soft and well-nourished. I was sad that I couldn’t smell much of the scent on my skin, but I don’t expect that too much with a bath oil. I did notice however, that my skin was glistening in the light from all the glitter it had picked up which was so pretty!

You can check out Ginger for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Organic Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Ginger Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15510, Colour 77491, Colour 77492

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt

Star Light Star Bright is another Christmas product that’s been around for a while now, I believe it was first released way back in 2013 before vanishing and returning again! As a bath melt, it’s super moisturising for the skin, it’s super sparkly and it smells like a popular fizzy drink!

If you managed to pick one up this Christmas or have used it before then you’ll know it can be really messy! It’s covered in shiny silver glitter that will get on your fingers and everything it touches, so make sure you’re careful with yours if you don’t want it to go everywhere!

Before you use a SLSB, I recommend that you make sure your water is nice and hot, as a bath melt (and a big one at that), it needs water that’s quite warm to really get going. The colder the water is, the slower it’ll take to dissolve.

When you’ve first dropped the melt in the water, the silver glitter that covers the melt’s surface floats off to reveal the melts true colour, a white buttery base of gorgously softening Cocoa and Murumuru Butters.

As the butters melt into the water and get to work at hydrating your skin, the inner bath bomb core starts to bubble and fizz, slowly sending out streams of blue and pink into the water, turning the bath into a pale lavender colour that’s filled with the silver glitter from the coating.

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To me, Star Light Star Bright really smells like Coca-Cola! Or Cola Bottles at least! I honestly can’t tell you have Lush have recreated such a similar smell from a mix of Ginger, Lavender and Lime Oils but it really works. You can definitely pick out the subtle spiciness from the Ginger and when mixed with the zesty Lime, I guess it makes something similar to the familiar scent people love!

The scent remains relatively strong whilst you’re in the tub but diminishes slightly on your skin after, however you’ll definitely notice how soft and nourished you feel! The Cocoa and Mururmuru Butters, along with added Almond Oil really sink into the skin nicely so you aren’t left feeling too oily or greasy once you’re out, just adequately moisturised.

As you can imagine, the glitter is so evident on your skin but I’m sure if you didn’t love glitter you wouldn’t have picked this product up…

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Lets hope SLSB comes back next year as I feel like it’s now a Lush Christmas staple!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Ginger Oil, Lavender Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Almond Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45410, Colour 42053, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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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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