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

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule is a scent that’s been around for years and started with this bath bomb. I’m sure you can guess, this product is one of my favourites!

In history, a ‘Lord of Misrule’ was someone who presided over mischief, drunken revelries and partying in between Halloween and Christmas and was often dressed up in fancy almost jester-like outfits. One would assume that Lush chose the design of this bath bomb to replicate this idea.

It’s a combination of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla that make up the scent, but the former two definitely give the biggest impression. The Patchouli and Black Pepper seem to merge almost perfectly, giving a spicy, yet grounding earthiness and Vanilla then wraps the two together with a comforting hint of sweetness. It’s a very charming and tempting scent to me.

In the water, the bomb first starts to froth and foam rather than fizz, and waves of colour from the bright green surface dance out. However it soon gives way to a fizzy core that’s a deep reddish purple colour. This utterly divine colour takes over the green water and turns it a beautiful red wine colour, which is very fitting for something relating to drunken festivities and very unlike any other bath bomb Lush have to offer!

If you listen out, when the product is near the end of it’s show you can hear the Popping Candy crackle and pop from the bottom of your tub!

The heady, intoxicating scent stays with you the entire time and with the snapping of the Popping Candy, you almost feel like your own mischievous Lord of Misrule. Your skin after will honestly feel so supple and soft and as a great bonus, you can smell the intoxicating scent on you for hours after!

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Please please please never discontinue (or change!) this bath bomb Lush! It’s one of my all-time favs! Make sure you get a chance to grab it whilst stocks last as it’s only ever a Halloween/Christmas exclusive! I’ll definitely be stocking up.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream Of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140

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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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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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