Hair, Hair Styling

Sea Spray Hair Mist

Sea Spray is the closest thing that Lush currently have in all stores to standard hair spray. It’s a great volumising mist that you spray all over the hair to give shine, body and hold.

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As you can imagine with a name like Sea Spray, this product is essentially a volumising salt spray. It contains Fine Sea Salt, along with mineral-rich Fresh Sea Water to increase volume. When salt dries on the hair it swells, giving a thicker feeling and appearance. Sea Spray also contains Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract which work together to hydrate the hair.

To keep that thicker effect lasting all day, Lush have added an ingredient called Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short, which forms a thin coating over the hair and helps to maintain it in the position you wish. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product.

The quantity of PVP isn’t as strong as it necessarily could be, so even after using Sea Spray, there’s room for movement. I find that it fixes hair nicely, but not too much that it leaves it feeling crisp or rough. Furthermore, because PVP is water soluble, it’s very easy to wash out.

You can use this product on both wet and dry hair, but I personally prefer to use it on damp hair before blow drying. I spray it at the roots and it leaves a nice textured effect that helps my generally thin hair appear fuller. On dry hair, it’s great for when you’re going for a messier look and it also leaves a glossy shine, thanks to Grapefruit Oil.

The Grapefruit Oil, along with Rosewood and Neroli Oils give Sea Spray an uplifting and refreshing scent, which I find lasts on the hair for most of the day. Each one of these essential oils is proven to be antibacterial and cleansing, paving the way for healthier hair too.

In conclusion, Sea Spray is a favourite product of mine to really help against my lack of volume. The only downside I have is it really doesn’t look good when your hair is on the greasier side in the day or so before you wash it. It would be great if perhaps Lush developed a similar product with less moisture perhaps?

Check out this wonderful hair mist here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Carrageenan Extract, Fresh Sea Water, Glycerine, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Limonene, Linalool, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Neroli Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Rosewood Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Citral, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Methylparaben

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Stegosaurus 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 with either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus inside. After already trying Brontosaurus Fun Egg and loving it, I was excited to use my Stegosaurus Fun Egg too.

Brontosaurus Fun Egg is comprised of a bottom blue half, with a top pink half featuring a spotted design and a piece of green fun inside, in the shape of a Brontosaurus. The Stegosaurus version is is alternately coloured with the top blue half having a striped design, and the actual fun model is coloured blue also. Each Fun Egg is tied up with a string of raffia to keep it together. Personally, Stegosaurus is my favourite out of the two. From looking at the photos of each dinosaur egg, this one looks like it produced a darker colour, but I think it may have just been the lighting.

One amazing thing about both dinosaur Fun Eggs, is that they share their scent with an old favourite bath bomb, Space Girl! Lush describe the scent as being like peaches and strawberries with evolving violet notes and I can definitely see where this description is coming from, although I find it much more sherbety, rather that fruity. It has uplifting Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils at the forefront of the fragrance, with a sweetness underneath that comes from the addition of Almond Essential Oil and a thread of violety notes throughout. I loved Space Girl so I’m so happy to see the scent being used again!

As Stegosaurus Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily save it for three different baths and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. But of course I used the whole thing at once.

I placed both halves in my bath at the same time, with the cute little dino sitting inside one. Immediately both halves sent beautiful streams of purples and blues into the water which danced around each other, continuing even when both halves had almost fully dissolved. It was spectacular to watch, both colours looked so beautiful together, and the resulting opaque bluey-purple water was lovely. It felt rather luxurious too, and whilst there’s nothing in the ingredients list that tells me it’s particularly hydrating, the water certainly felt super soft.

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! There was also a hefty amount of sparking lustre floating through the water.

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 of course. I used the Stegosaurus 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 I could notice a faint, but distinct reminder of the lovely scent on my skin, along with a nice shimmer from the glitter.

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All in all, I loved both these Fun Eggs. I wish they were around when I was younger because I used to be fully obsessed with dinosaurs and used to hate baths believe it or not! I still have to try out the more traditionally Easter-themed fun eggs so stay tuned! I’m excited!

Ingredients 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77742, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Candy Eye

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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 Scrubs, Shower

Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Brontosaurus 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. One amazing thing about both dinosaur Fun Eggs, is that they share their scent with an old favourite bath bomb, Space Girl!

I used to love Space Girl so I’m super delighted to see the scent being reused! It’s a fairly fruity scent, with uplifting and sherbety notes of Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils at the forefront, yet theres a thread of violety floral notes from underneath and a sweetness that comes from Almond Essential Oil. Lush describe the scent as being like peaches and strawberries with evolving violet notes and I can definitely see where this description is coming from. Comparing the bath bomb with the actual piece of fun, I would definitely say that the fun had the strongest smell, yet both were fairly strong!

As Brontosaurus Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily save it for three different baths and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. But of course I used the whole thing at once.

I delicately placed each half in the water, with the cute little Brontosaurus sitting in one like a boat. The one it was sat in fizzed a lot faster due to the weight of its passenger but both halves sent beautiful streams of purples and blues into the water which danced around each other, continuing even when both halves had almost fully dissolved. It was spectacular to watch, both colours looked so beautiful together, and the resulting opaque bluey-purple water was lovely. It felt rather luxurious too, and whilst there’s nothing in the ingredients list that tells me it’s particularly hydrating, the water certainly felt super soft.

Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud!

I decided to use the Brontosaurus as my body wash for this bath, which produced a fragrant lather wonderfully. If you’ve never experienced Lush’s Fun before, it feels very much like Play-Doh but it’s soap! You can wash your body with it, shave with it, use it as shampoo or you can even use it as a bubble bar and create bubbles from it by holding it under the running tap! I found that it felt so soft and creamy as I was lathering it up all over my body and whilst the scent from the actual bath bomb was relatively sticking around, I could smell it a lot stronger whilst I was using the fun.

Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and I could notice a faint, but distinct reminder of the lovely scent on my skin which I was very happy with! I also noticed a fair amount of glitter was covering my body too. Due to the cloudiness of the water, I didn’t really notice it in the tub so it was nice to see it after.

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In conclusion, I’m very impressed with this Fun Egg and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be! They make great easter gifts, especially for children as I know I would have been so excited to use one when I was younger! Stay tuned to see me use the other Fun Eggs!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77742, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Marigold Flower Bath Bomb

Lush’s Mothers Day 2019 saw the release of a lot of limited edition bath bombs, but four of them were relatively similar. Each of these flower-themed bath bombs comes with a rectangular piece of paper rolled up and inserted into a little hole on the top of the bath bomb. The idea is that you can write a note to your mum (or whoever!) and once the bath bomb has fizzed away, the note unfurls and they’ll find it! Honestly it’s one of the cutest ideas Lush have had in a long time!

Marigold Flower Bath Bomb is based around a real marigold flower, which are commonly yellow and orange, explaining the colour choice. Whenever I think of marigolds, I picture bright flowers with an uplifting smell that really make you happy. The smell of the bath bomb is similarly uplifting and it contains Buchu, Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant scent but I wouldn’t say Marigold Flower smells of blackcurrant as such, yet it’s still quite fruity. The Bergamot and Grapefruit add the more citrusy notes and give the bath bomb a sherbety aroma that’s fairly sweet. Furthermore, there’s gentle floral hints underneath the main notes from the addition of Marigold Powder. Marigolds aren’t just pretty flowers but they are also thought to have excellent soothing and antioxidant properties. The flower can be used entirely or grinded to make a fine powder that will disperse easily into water and oils.

Once I had popped it in the water, Marigold Flower began to fizz instantly. Although it dropped below the surface, picking it up again allowed me to notice that the orange and yellow parts were dissolving at different speeds to each other. The orange flower section actually contains a little bubble bar mixture to help it retain it’s shape longer than the bath bomb’s base.

As it fizzed, the fragrance filled the room and I was once again hit by a strong sherbet-like aroma which excited me to get in. As the orange section grew smaller and smaller, the tub had settled into a warm yellow colour which surprisingly was so pigmented that the water had turned completely opaque!

I very much enjoyed my bath with Marigold Flower! With the bright yellow colour and the uplifting and energising scent, I really felt so positive and happy! After I had dried off, I was pleased at the fact I could still smell a slight hint of the aroma on my skin. I was worried that with the water being so pigmented, I might have had to spend a few minutes wiping away the sides of my bathtub but actually there wasn’t anything to clear!

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Stay tuned for posts on the other three flower bath bombs. I wonder which I’ll use next, Jasmine, Chamomile or Iris?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Marigold Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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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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