Bath, Bath Bombs

Goldrush Bath Bomb

Along with Hi Ho Silver, these bath bombs were based around gold and silver respectively and are among Lush’s most glittery creations ever. Goldrush is a smallish (about the size of a Butterball) blue bath bomb with a gold stamp featuring the letters ‘Au’ on it. Au is the symbol for gold on the periodic table which comes from its latin name – aurum.

Goldrush is supposedly scented with the same uplifting scent as Whoosh Shower Jelly and when I first heard it was so, I was rather excited as I’ve been hoping for other Whoosh scented products for a long time. Whoosh is a fairly potent fragrance, with the jelly exuding zesty Lemon and Lime along with background notes of Rosemary, Geranium and Grapefruit.

Although Goldrush features the three essential oils that I mentioned make up the background of Whoosh’s scent, it doesn’t contain any form of Lemon or Lime and therefore you can’t really consider it to be an exact replica of the zingy fragrance as they’re essentially the main notes. Instead, Goldrush offers a warmer perfume with the Grapefruit giving a fruitiness above herbal notes of Rosemary and floral hints of Geranium. Compared to the shower jelly, the scent isn’t very strong at all and I’m a little disappointed they didn’t try to recreate the scent exactly as it should be. I feel they should have included Lemon Oil at least! There is some likeness, but not enough for me.

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Once in the water, after a minute or so of simply expanding with blue foam, out poured the heaps of golden lustre from inside, which looked really striking against the vivid blue. Goldrush is actually over 15% glitter, which is more than any other bath bomb! The end result was stunning and I couldn’t stop watching the sparkling golden particles dance through the water. You have to be a real glitter fan to enjoy this bath bomb and luckily, I am!

The golden hallmark actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Goldrush to be quite moisturising thanks to this little inclusion. It’s also what helps the lustre stick to your skin and I came out covered. I couldn’t stop admiring my sparkling self!

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With the scent not really being particularly strong, naturally I didn’t find it at all that noticeable whilst I was bathing and whilst there was a slight remembrance left on my skin after it wasn’t anything compared to the reminder of all the glitter! My skin did feel incredibly soft and nourished though, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed!

I really loved Goldrush, though simply because of the colour and the glitter. I do wish they had got the Whoosh scent right and even without it, I’d have wanted the scent to be stronger. The glitter did end up covering my bath, my towel and my bath mat but that’s nothing a bit of cleaning won’t rectify and it’s well worth it! I’d definitely use Goldrush again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77491

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Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Party Balloon Gold Reusable Bubble Bar

Incase you weren’t aware, Lush do parties. They’ve been doing them in stores for a while now, but recently Lush Parties had a revamp – which included some exclusive products you can only get if you’re having a party! Luckily I managed to get my hands on a couple all for myself!

Along with two adorable bath bombs, a shower jelly and numbered bubble bars, Lush created five different coloured balloon shaped reusable bubble bars. I could have picked pink, purple, silver or green but I went for the gold coloured balloon! As a reusable bubble bar, there’s no crumbling involved, you just simply hold the balloon under the running tap water until you’re happy to put it down and save it for another use. I reckon you could definitely get at least 3 or 4 decent baths out of one of these!

You may be thinking that’s not many for a reasonably sized reusable bubble bar but I’m afraid I didn’t actually get that many bubbles out of mine, and I used approximately half! I’m not saying there wasn’t enough, there was, I just expected more. Saying that, a few swishes of the bar through the bath water itself managed to create a fair bit more.

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I also expected the gold glitter to be blended throughout the orange bar but it’s sadly just an outer coating, meaning you’ll be sparkle-less after the first bath. Luckily the water took on a bright orangey-yellow colour almost instantly after running over the product, which of course will feature in your remaining baths too.

Once I’d put the product down and prepared to jump in, I noticed that the scent was disappearing fast. The bubble bar itself is actually fairly potent with it’s zesty scent comprised of Lime and Grapefruit Oils. Both of these citrus aromas blends well with the other and although it’s not the most interesting and exciting of smells, it’s refreshing and uplifting.

After my bath, my skin looked fresh and radiant as Lime and Grapefruit Oils are known to be antiseptic and enzymically cleansing, breaking down any dirt and dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, but there was almost no sign of the scent on my skin.

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All in all, Party Balloon Gold is an okay bubble bar, but it’s really nothing special. I wish the scent was a little different, or at least stuck around a little longer and I kinda wish it was sparkling gold throughout! It is a gorgeous looking novelty product, but there are better party exclusives to choose.

Ingredients 

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Grapefruit Oil, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citral, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 77492

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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). 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 no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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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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