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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Soap

Ghost In The Dark Soap

Happy Halloween! It’s only fitting to post about this lil guy today right?

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Ghost In The Dark is a new release for this year’s range and features the heady uplifting scent of Avobath Bath Bomb which is a combination of Lemongrass and Bergamot. It’s a very refreshing, tangy scent which is perfect for sleepy mornings. For the skin, both these ingredients are antiseptic and toning, helping you to feel superbly clean.

When using it as a hand soap you do get the faintest whiff of the scent but it’s especially potent when using it in the shower! Because Ghost In The Dark, unlike the majority of Lush’s soaps, has Cocoa Butter incorporated into the soap base it’s a lot softer in texture, meaning it’s actually really nice when used as a body wash. It also lathers up creamy soft suds really easily and quickly too. The only downside to this difference is that the soap shrinks much faster.

Although Ghost In The Dark is cute, it kinda looks a little boring at first glance. But you once you turn the lights off you’ll find that this cute soap actually glows in the dark!

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Yep it really does! Now, you’re probably thinking that SURELY there’s some form of nasty, unsafe chemical in there to make that happen? Nope. There’s not.

It’s an ingredient called Luminescent Zinc Sulfide which makes this happen. I know that still sounds terrifying for your skin but it’s completely FDA-approved as being safe for use in cosmetics and is actually used a lot in concealers and highlighters. Even still, the amount used in this particular product is very small.

The photo above surprisingly isn’t edited. I ‘charged’ my Ghost directly under a lamp for hours to achieve a strong glow which really worked as you can see. Without doing this, it still glows, just not as effectively.

I think it’s amazing that Lush can create a soap that does this; with my limited knowledge of how things actually glow in the dark I didn’t think this could be possible so I am genuinely so impressed! Definitely make sure you get your hands on this Halloween novelty before stocks run out!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Bergamot Oil, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Eyeball Bath Bomb

A new product for this year’s Halloween range is Eyeball Bath Bomb.

It’s design is basically, like the name suggests, an eyeball. It looks kinda basic from the outside, but the real treat is on the inside and what this ballistic does in the water!

In all honesty, the scent is very un-Halloween and is surprisingly quite floral. The main scents you first notice are Ylang-Ylang and Lavender giving Eyeball a delicate powdery and pretty, yet slightly herbal note, which is quite unsuited to the product. Then a subtle hint of Brazilian Orange Oil turns the fragrance into a more uplifting and cheerful smell, while Rose Absolute gives a gentle, yet seductive layer.

Though it is a really nice smell and actually I’d love a year-round product with this scent, I’m just a tad confused as why they used such a scent for this particular product.

Once placed in the bath, Eyeball immediately foams up and spins over itself, releasing tiny ripples of black and red from the ‘pupil’  throughout the mainly white foam. It’s a slow fizzer, so it’s great to watch as the red starts to ‘bleed’ out into the bath leaving a trail behind the product as it floats around.

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The best thing about this product is what happens about half way through the show. If you pick it up out of the water it literally looks like a bleeding eyeball! Legit! Not gonna lie, there’s something that’s somewhat unsettling about watching it fizz and bleed and drip down the white coloured ball, but it’s super cool that Lush created something that can do this!  It’s like, the scariest product Lush have ever done!

The smell stays with you throughout the display right up until the bath bomb has fizzed away, when it mostly disappears and you’re just left with a subtle hint of the scent and diluted red/orangey waters.

My skin felt really good after my bath, super smooth and cleansed without feeling too dry, my only wish is that there was some reminder that I had even had a bath in the form of a smell.

Make sure you get a chance to use an Eyeball Bath Bomb before the Halloween period is over, although it could come back next year, I wouldn’t hold your breath!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb

I am in love with Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb. It not only features one of my favourite uplifting scents but also makes for incredibly pretty bath art!

This seasonal exclusive product first appeared during Halloween 2016 and has come back for Halloween’s both 2017 and 2018 because it proved to be so popular!

It’s such an adorable and unique bath bomb, it’s a pink ball-shaped monster who has blue horns and one big eye, what’s not to love?

It shares it’s scent with the Calacas range and if you’ve not had a chance to smell anything in this range then baby you are missing out! With a trio of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum Oils, it’s a zesty, refreshing and uplifting smell that is incredible at energising and boosting your mood.

I’d say that in this bath bomb format, the scent is slightly less powerful than something like Calacas Shower Gel, there seems to be less Lime Oil as Monster’s Ball smells less zesty compared to other Calacas products. It’s more of a powdery version of Calacas if that makes sense.

A great thing about Lime and Neroli Oils is that they are toning and brightening for the skin giving you a natural glow. Meanwhile sweet and woody Olibanum oil is great for protecting and softening the skin, and helps improve the skin’s natural firmness.

They’ve also added Himalayan Salt which softens the water and therefore gives you equally soft skin.

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Once popped into the bath, Monster’s Ball is a slow fizzer, great if you love to watch a bath bomb slowly dissolve and turn the water into magical layer upon layer of bath art. Because of the addition of Cream of Tartar, it also foams a lot while it fizzes. First of all, the water remains relatively pink as is the main colour of the ballistic. Then, once the water reaches the hidden blue centre, Monster’s Ball really puts on a show dispersing both pink and blue ribbons of colour into the newly purple water.

Where the scent is so strong, it fills your whole bathroom with the fab aroma, making for a happy mood-enhancing bath. It also stays with you for such a long time! I can literally still smell it subtly on my skin a day after!

Once all the colour has mixed together, you’re left with a deep purple coloured water that’s filled with silvery sparkles.

I absolutely love this Bath Bomb and it could potentially be one of my favourites ever. I’ll genuinely be gutted if they ever chose to replace it one Halloween.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Himalayan Salt, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Olibanum Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Calacas Shower Gel

A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton used for decoration in the Mexican Day of The Dead festival. Calacas are usually depicted as being happy even in death. Lush first released Calacas shower gel as a Halloween limited edition product, and have since bought it back for different occasions although never releasing as a year round product.

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I’ll start by saying that the unique Calacas scent is to die for. As soon as you pop the lid open you’re instantly hit with the refreshing smell. It reminds me of sugary sweets and fresh cut limes, the perfect mixture between sweet and citrusy. Obviously Lime Oil is in there, the ultimate zesty ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration. It’s cut with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil and protective Olibanum Oil, which adds a undertone of sweet, fruity, woodiness. In my opinion it’s the perfect awakening scent for a crisp Autumnal day.

Calacas shower gel has quite a thick consistency, not like a shower cream but still quite gloopy and honey-like. Once you’re lathering it up in your hands or sponge, the aroma fills the air and your senses are instantly lifted and awakened. The scent is so strong (definitely not a bad thing!) you can surely smell it for the rest of the day.

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Although I wouldn’t describe Calacas as being super moisturising, it certainly isn’t drying or stripping whatsoever either. In fact, due to the addition of lots of Aloe Vera Gel it’s actually incredibly soothing, great for any redness and/or irritation you may have on the skin!

I swear to Mark God that Calacas is a MUST try scent/product. Anything from the scent family is gorgeously great at lifting the spirits (get it?). Although Lush have many citrus scented products, this is nothing like anything that Lush have I can assure you, and although it’s not currently around, I am sure that Lush won’t stop making this popular product every now and then, so be sure to get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Lactic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Lord of Misrule Shower Cream

It’s only fitting to be starting my blog with something LOM scented isn’t it?

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The name Lord of Misrule comes from the name of a specially appointed individual who was in charge of presiding over a feast day called The Feast Of Fools in the middle ages in Britain. His job included presiding over wild parties, drunkenness and other Christmastime revelries, which sounds like a great job IMO.

Originally appearing way back in 2013 as part of that year’s Halloween range, it has absolutely become a fan favourite, returning almost every Halloween since and you can now find it all year round at Oxford Street or online.

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Unlike some of the other shower creams Lush has created, I find the consistency of LOM perfect, it’s not too thick like a shower cream can be. The lather isn’t a lot but I’m not a massive fan of shower gels and creams that lather up too much so for me it’s just fine.

The spicy scent of the Patchouli and Black Pepper is sweetened by the addition of Vanilla Absolute, giving a comforting earthy aroma that stays on your skin for hours after using it. It’s a very different scent to a lot of other Lush products so it’s no wonder why it’s became a staple Lush scent.

The Black Pepper Oil stimulates the blood flow to the skin giving a brightness that you can definitely see after a wash with this brilliantly green cream, however I find that the best thing about this product is the excellent moisturising qualities of the Cocoa Butter and the Wheatgerm Oil. Wheatgerm Oil is incredibly nourishing due to the high protein and vitamin E content meaning this shower cream is perfect for combating dry patches in the skin or just if you want to feel incredibly soft!

Ingredients

Patchouli and Black Peppercorn Infusion, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Wheatgerm Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19140:1

Check it out on the LUSH UK website where you can purchase it here.

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