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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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

With the name Don’t Look At Me, it’s rather ironic that this is one of Lush’s brightest face masks with it’s bright blue colouring! You can’t not look!

Arguably the best thing about Don’t Look At Me is just how exfoliating it is. Even though it’s a face mask first and foremost, it contains super scrubby around rice to remove dead skin cells when you’re taking it off, just like a face scrub.

Don’t Look At Me has quite a rich, yet wet texture, which means it’s really easy to apply and there aren’t any big chunks like in other face masks. Along with cleansing Kaolin and Glycerine, it actually features a lot of skin softening ingredients. Silken Tofu has a high protein content and lots of vitamins, meaning it’s fantastic for moisturising and improving the condition of skin. Murumuru Butter is also loaded with vitamins and has a high content of deeply moisturising oleic acid. Furthermore, Rice Syrup and Rice Milk have also been added for their soothing and softening properties.

Although I may have made it sound otherwise, I wouldn’t call Don’t Look At Me that moisturising. It’s softening, yes, but I do find it can be slightly drying on my combination skin. It actually features enzymically cleansing Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil and a high amount of Fresh Lemon Juice. When something is enzymically cleansing, it means it breaks down any dirt and excess sebum with the help of enzymes, therefore making certain ingredients great at helping break down excess oils on the skin. Lemon Juice is perfect at this as well as being toning and brightening on the skin. I’d definitely recommend this mask to anyone with oilier skin types but if you are using it on drier skin, just make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after.

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Whenever I use Don’t Look At Me, my skin always feels so smooth and refreshed. The exfoliant works so well, I literally feel like I’m wearing new skin and there’s always a noticeable glow as well, so I love to use Don’t Look At Me before a big event!

However, one thing I really dislike about this mask, is the scent. I think it’s just how sharp the overall citrus aroma is, and mixed with the other ingredients it just doesn’t sit well with my nose. It’s sadly a big reason why I don’t use Don’t Look At Me more often.

Take a look at this fresh face mask here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Glycerine, Rice Syrup, Ground White Rice, Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter, Bentone Gel, Rice Milk, Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb

Another bath bomb that was voted for as part of the community favourites was one that is based on a discontinued fan-favourite shower gel, which in turn was based on a bubbleroon. Yuzu & Cocoa’s inspiration comes from a custom in Japan, where at winter solstice, they score the skin of a Yuzu fruit with a knife and drop one in the bath to release its oils and aroma. This is called ‘yuzuyu’ and Lush wanted to recreate this experience, with extra warmth and depth.

It’s been a long time since I smelled either the shower gel or the bubbleroon, so I was excited to recall the fragrance that I remember loving. As soon as I got my hands on it, the powerful heady perfume hit me and I fell in love once again. It’s definitely one of the strongest scented bath bombs I’ve come across in a while. I’ve had it in my room for two months now, sat with other products, but it continued to be the first and strongest aroma that hit my nose when I walk into my room. Also, the design is rather cute, as if it’s an actual Yuzu fruit with the Lush name engraved on the leaf.

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Like the bubbleroon, Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb doesn’t contain actual Yuzu Juice or the essential oil, but Lush replicate the citrus aroma with Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. The warming ‘cocoa’ side comes from the addition of Tonka Absolute and Cocoa Absolute, making the whole scent deliciously chocolate-orange like with creamy, comforting notes of sweet vanilla from the Tonka. I feel like it’s a scent that must be smelled to really understand what I’m talking about. Although some people have pointed out that theres less of a chocolatey aroma within this format, I can’t really remember any different.

Once popped into the water, Yuzu & Cocoa starts fizzing rapidly and loudly, turning the bath water a gorgeous deep shade of warming orange. I was sad that there wasn’t any hidden colour in the middle which meant that there wasn’t really much of a display and before long, the bath bomb had vanished. However there was a delicate sprinkling of lustre floating throughout which was a nice touch.

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Although I expected the strong scent to remain throughout, it honestly wasn’t that powerful once the fizzing stopped and I was disappointed to find my bath was pretty fragrance-less, but I’m happy that theres a nice hint of the scent on my skin now I’m out. On top of that, my skin feels super soft and when you look closely, it’s covered in a dusting of beautiful fine glitter so overall I’m happy and I’m really glad I got to experience this unique scent once again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tonka Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 77491.

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Magnificent Bath Oil

Magnificent is a relatively new bath oil, being released last year with two other exclusive bath oils and all three being exclusive to Lush Oxford Street, online and other bigger stores. Magnificent is supposed to really lift your spirits and make you feel well… magnificent!

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Magnificent is designed to look like vintage fireworks and is one of the harder bath oils in the range as the outer shell is made up of a more solid formula.

The scent is a citrus trio of Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba. The sweet Tangerine is the strongest of the three, which is definitely a great ingredient to give you an uplifted feeling, there’s something that’s just happy about the fruit’s juicy aroma. Grapefruit and restorative Litsea Cubeba add sharper and more complex citrus notes, but the whole scent is still pretty sweet and theres a slight creamy warmth from the butters that incase the fragrance. I think Magnificent would make a great pairing with the likes of Avobath or Brightside!

Generally, when using a bath oil, I love to make my bath super hot, add the bath oil and allow the water to cool whilst the product melts before stepping in, otherwise the bath oils can take a good while to fully melt. Magnificent was a steady melter but fizzed a little thanks to a small amount of bath bomb mix incorporated into it. There was also a little amount of lustre floating steadily through the water.

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Magnificent wouldn’t be a bath oil unless it contained moisturising ingredients to deeply nourish and soften the skin, so it contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. You can immediately feel these ingredients once you’re in the bath as they strongly imbue the water with their oily goodness.

Whilst the smell was pretty lost while I was actually in the bath, it surprisingly remained on my skin after, albeit it not for very long.

You can check out Magnificent over on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77492, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Peachy Bath Bomb

I know Valentine’s Day has passed but I’m actually only just starting to use my Valentine’s collection now! I had so much to get through before hand!

When I first saw that Lush were doing peach and aubergine bath bombs for Valentines Day I was gagged. This definitely has to be one of the cheekiest releases Lush have ever done, and that’s truly saying something! Peachy is based off of the peach emoji, which is often used to represent something else entirely. If you’re not sure, just look at the shape and you can probably guess. Likewise with the aubergine.

Containing Fresh Peach Juice as an ingredient, I hoped and expected Peachy to smell real juicy and fruity, but I was somewhat confused upon first sniff. Whilst there definitely are strong fruity notes in the scent, there’s also a strong woodiness that I’m not sure sits right with my nose. After looking into it, I believe that it’s the Davana Oil that is the problem. Davana Oil is obtained from the leaves of a small plant native to India and has a strong and unique aroma. It’s often described as very ripe fruit, with citrusy, woody and herbaceous undertones and I’m not sure I like it. It’s mixed with sharp citrusy Elemi Oil, fresh smelling Tagetes Oil and Grapefruit Oil (along with the aforementioned Peach Juice) but unfortunately all I can smell is the odd scent of the Davana. A lot of people actually really like the scent and have said that it’s the perfect recreation of a peach’s aroma but I just can’t agree.

Nevertheless, I hoped that perhaps the smell would soften once in the water and I dropped it in my tub. It’s a quiet and slow fizzer, decorating the water with it’s multiple colours. Greens flowed from the stalk, orange from the shell and a stream of bright pink directly from the centre of the ballistic, which made for some really pretty patterns. As you can imagine, once all the colours had mixed, you’re left with a peachy pink colour bath with a little hint of glitter floating throughout. It’s nowhere near as glittery as I thought it would be.

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My hopes were granted and the scent became much more subtle, which allowed me to enjoy it more, the herbaceous notes were dampened, allowing the fruitiness to come out more and it became much easier on my nose. The water felt soft and wonderfully cleansing due to all the essential oils and I definitely noticed a new brightness to my skin once I stepped out. The fragrance lingered on my skin for a short while after, but again it was much weaker than its former strength.

In conclusion, I’m sad that I didn’t enjoy Peachy as much as I thought I would because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t get the scent to agree with me. Saying that though, I still love the idea and I’m happy that the colours and the fizzing display met my expectations.

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Even though Valentine’s Day has gone, Peachy will still be in stores for a little while longer so if you think you’ll like it, go grab one quickly!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil, Davana Oil, Elemi Oil, Tagetes Oil, Fresh Peach Juice, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, DRF Alcohol, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 45410, Colour 19140, Colour 42090:2.

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Whoosh Shower Jelly

I feel as though Whoosh has been around forever. I’m not sure when exactly it was first released but it’s been definitely been over ten years. I first came across Whoosh when I was much younger, my mum had been gifted it by somebody and it sat for a long while in our bathroom. That’s until I realised what it was and became obsessed with how it felt, realising how much fun I could have with it! I’m pretty sure I destroyed it before my mum even had a chance to use it…

Shower jellies were inspired by the popular British staple at a kid’s birthday party, the combo of jelly and ice cream! Furthermore, they were actually invented for the company’s own 10th birthday in 2005!

Mineral-rich carrageenan extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique solid base, therefore making the jellies actually pretty moisturising! It also is the perfect carrier for fruit juices and Whoosh features a triple threat of Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit, giving it a zesty uplifting fragrance that smells exactly like lemon and lime flavoured squash or sweets!

These citrus juices also make Whoosh very cleansing and toning for the skin. Large amounts of vitamin C in these fruits mean that they’re also very antioxidant, rejuvenating tired and dull skin.

Whoosh also contains a large quantity of Honey Water, amplifying the hydrating properties of the seaweed base and further protecting the skin. Rosemary Oil has also been added to balance and help with any tense muscular aches and pains!

I love using this energising jelly to wake me up on hot summer mornings, I grab it straight from the freezer so it’s extra refreshing! As someone who’s not a massive fan of citrus scents, I actually rather like this one, so would be pleased to see more of it in other formats some day. I always find my skin looks visibly brighter also, which gives me a boost of confidence as a nice added touch!

What are your thoughts on Whoosh? Let me know in the comments section and feel free to check out Whoosh for yourself, over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Tincture Of Benzoin, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Ectoplasm Naked Shower Scream

Alongside its liquid counterpart, Lush released Ectoplasm Shower Scream in a solid, packaging free version too, like it does with most of the seasonal gels and creams it launches.

To make a shower gel solid, all Lush do is take out the extra water and replace it with an ingredient called Sodium Stearate, which is the sodium salt of Stearic Acid. Completely harmless, it’s the perfect ingredient to turn liquid soaps and shower gels into solid versions, yet still retaining their ability to lather.

If you’ve got one at home I’m sure you’ve noticed that the solid shower gels are pretty soft. Lush want to keep the naked versions as close as possible in terms of feeling to actual shower gels so they’re not as hard as you expect them to be. Because of this Ectoplasm and the others can tend to be a tad messy so don’t leave it anywhere where it might run or stain. You should be keeping naked products in some form of pot or dish anyway.

The shower cream is scented with the same three ingredients (Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba) as the Ectoplasm OG – the Jelly Bomb, but is rather different than the first incarnation. To me, the Jelly Bomb smells too strongly of orange peels and zest, the liquid and solid creams are a lot juicier and sweeter. The naked version is a lot more subdued than the bottled but that’s the reason why it’s my favourite format of the scent so far, it’s just the right amount of each unique aroma and not too overpowering.

Sadly both versions of this shower cream left no lingering scent on my skin. However, due to Cocoa Butter and Almond Oil being two of the main ingredients, my skin did feel adequately softened, though I did feel the need to moisturise after even still.

Because of the consistency, I found it easier to slice off chunks of the product and use smaller pieces in shower to avoid heavy shrinkage in the hot water. I found that because it’s a cream, neither version tended to lather up massively, but I preferred to use this version over the liquid as I didn’t feel like I was using a lot.

What are your thoughts on the naked shower gels? Let me know which version of Ectoplasm you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Water, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040.

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