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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Ectoplasm Shower Scream

The Ectoplasm scent family first appeared for 2017’s Halloween launch when Lush bought out the Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb. Although it received generally mixed reviews, Lush bought out more Ectoplasm scented goods for Halloween 2018, including a shower cream, or ‘scream’.

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This bright shower cream really stands out amongst the others because of it’s fluorescent highlighter yellow colour, it’s so bright it’s almost luminous and apparently it even glows under UV light!

From first whiff as you pop open the bottle, you are instantly met with a triple threat of Tangerine Juice, Water and Oil. The Tangerine is definitely what drives the scent and gives it it’s freshly squeezed, fruity fragrance. Tangerines are full of vitamins, great for reviving, cleansing and brightening the skin and their sweet, yet zesty aroma is perfect for lifting your mood. Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil and sweet lemony Litsea Cubeba Oil round out the scent giving it secondary notes and enhancing the uplifting effects.

I’m not actually a massive fan of how the jelly bomb smells, and was a little disappointed when I first saw the scent being made again, but with this incarnation, I’m actually tolerating it. I think the extra juices have made it smell a little sweeter and like actual fruit juice, giving a much more pleasant aroma than the almost smokey, burnt orange notes from the bath bomb.

As a (s)cream, Ectoplasm is very thick due to the ingredients being blended with Cocoa Butter. Like most of Lush’s shower creams, it didn’t lather up at all that much but I found that a little bit does go a long way and feels luxuriously soft on your skin. Almond Oil also locks extra moisture into your skin and replenishes essential nutrients.

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I really like to use this shower cream in the morning as the scent only elevates in the hot water filling your senses, plus it makes my skin look extra radiant and bright. A downside of this exclusive product would be that the scent doesn’t linger as much after you’ve towelled down.

I’m glad that my opinion of the Ectoplasm range has changed but I can’t say it’s left me gagging for more. I’ll be posting about the naked version of this shower gel next so make sure you’re staying updated!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tangerine Water, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea, Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Bath, Bath Bombs

The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb

When I first heard the name of this Christmas bath bomb, I expected it to be silver and designed to look like those mirrored disco balls, so when I first saw the black design I was a tad confused. However I soon realised that this exclusive is actually meant to look like one of those spinning disco balls with all the coloured circular lights!

Black bath bombs are on trend at the moment, I guess with DIY ones going viral because everyone loved how awesomely mysterious and magical they look, it was only a matter of time until Lush jumped on the hype with the likes of Secret Arts Jelly Bomb and now The World’s Smallest Disco.

Once you place this bath bomb in the tub, you’ll be amazed at the waves of jet black that appear, looking like smoke filling a room as it darkens the water. Dotted throughout the darkness were the coloured discs that feature on the bath bomb, which having floated away from the main ballistic, sent out vibrant streams of their own colours, creating beautiful patterns atop the water. The sheer contrast between the colours and the black made for really vibrant bath art.

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Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, you’re left with deep black waters that shimmer with a large amount of silver sparkles. I really love it when the colour of a bath is opaque enough so that you can’t see your body beneath it and this was no exception.

I found the scent had remarkable staying power throughout my bath filling my senses with uplifting citrus aromas. The World’s Smallest Disco contains Lime, Grapefruit and Cognac Oils making up the scent. The zesty and tangy notes of the two citrus fruits are what hits you first, until you notice the warming notes beneath it of the Cognac. Lush use Cognac Oil in a lot of their Christmas products due to often being drunk in winter tipples and it having a somewhat festive aroma.

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I know most of you are thinking that the colour of this product might stain your bath or even your skin, but believe me it doesn’t. The most mine did was leave a little colour around my tub and some glitter at the bottom but that’s nothing a wipe around and a rinse with the shower wouldn’t sort. There wasn’t that much on my skin either!

Although being one of the Christmas products that excited me the least this year, I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I loved the pretty artwork it created. Furthermore it left my skin feeling wonderfully clean and fresh scented so I’d definitely say I’m glad I could get one before stocks ran out, I hope you did too!

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Would you like to see The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb back next year? Let me know!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cognac Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Charcoal, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15510, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

A Lush Halloween classic.

Not gonna lie, this product isn’t the prettiest of bubble bars. Like pumpkins themselves, these come in all different sizes, some being almost spherical while others are flatter and kinda look like they’ve been squashed. I’ve got no idea if this is deliberate but I can tell you that no Sparkly Pumpkin is the same shape as another, so who knows?

The actual bubble bar is orange coloured and is covered in bright gold lustre and fun fact – the details on the top are added using whisks! Theres also a lil cinnamon stick poked in the top to resemble a stalk.

With a complex scent made up of Juniperberry, Lime and Grapefruit Oils it’s got an interesting smell. You’d expect the Grapefruit and the Lime to give a strong zesty scent but mixed with the Juniperberry it’s more of a woody, fruity aroma that’s really suitable for autumnal baths.

Depending on the size of your Sparkly Pumpkin, you can definitely get at least two baths out of it (even from the smaller ones). Though because I’m excessive I used the whole thing and created a mountain of fluffy bubbles!

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Once crumbled, Sparkly Pumpkin turns the water a warming orange colour that’s perfect on a crisp autumnal evening. Hints of glitter sparkle through the water but it’s nothing compared to the likes of Sunnyside and I can barely notice any left on my skin, so glitter-haters go wild! I literally had the best time using this, I felt so comforted and snug with my orange bubble mountain bath, my autumnal candles and an acoustic playlist. I love this season!

My skin feels somewhat softer than it was before, not as noticeable as with other bubble bars but it’s definitely a change and I can still smell the product a good few hours after which is a bonus for when you’re about to go to bed!

As such an iconic part of Lush Halloween, I really doubt they’ll discon it for next year’s release but you never know so get it while stocks last online! It’s the perfect product to get you feeling the season!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Juniperberry Oil, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45350, Colour 77492, Cinnamon Stick

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Madame President Bath Bomb

This Bath Bomb was invented to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s win in the 2016 presidential election.

This is what I’d like to say but unfortunately we all know that’s not true.

Madame President was actually created as a new product for Mother’s Day 2018. I guess even if we don’t have an actual female president, we all have our own ones right at home.

Madame President is a beautiful bath bomb, with a very ‘American’ design, it’s half blue and half pink, adorned with stars and is full of golden lustre.

This bath bomb features a brand new scent made up of Grapefruit and Petitgrain Oils. The two oils combined give Madame President a really pungent smell. Petitgrain comes from the leaves of the bitter orange tree meaning it has a fresh green scent albeit somewhat sour smelling. The addition of uplifting, antiseptic Grapefruit Oil gives a slight citrusy hint and I feel like it’s a smell that’s rather odd but at the same time, you can’t help but carry on smelling.

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Once popped in the bath, the two main colours mix and she produces a vivid purple colour as you’d expect. The gold star on the pink half is full of gold lustre which fills the water with a lovely shimmer. The mixture of the purple with the gold glitter gives Madame President a really magical and enchanted vibe.

An interesting note is that the white stars on the blue half take longer to dissolve than the blue surrounding. As you can see in the picture below it looks really cool!

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Because the scent from Madame President is very strong, your whole bathroom is filled with it throughout your bath, helping you feel uplifted and energised; you can also smell it on your skin for a good while after drying off.

I think this particular bath bomb is one of the best in recent times, although it’s a Mother’s Day exclusive I can see it doing really well as an all year round product as it’s so unique and different from anything else. I really hope Lush bring her back for 2019 and they should 100% release it if we’re ever blessed with having a female president.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Cream of Tartar, Cornstarch, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410:2, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2

 

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