Soap

The North Polar Bear Left The Tap On For The Northern Lights And Let Two Years Out In One Go Soap

This soap wins the award for the longest name of a Lush product ever. For ease, I’m just going to refer to it as ‘The North Polar Bear’.

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It seems inspired by the stories involving Father Christmas and a magical polar bear called The North Polar Bear that are told in ‘The Father Christmas Letters’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally written for his children over many years, the collection of letters were published after his death.

The North Polar Bear was said to be lazy and foolish and noted for causing many accidents, which I guess is why he left the tap on…

The soap can come in two different varieties – one’s a mixture of red, yellow and orange colours and the other is blues, yellows and greens. The giant display soap that you see in stores is a mixture of all the colours, and is meant to represent the northern lights, specifically the illustration on the front cover of Tolkien’s book.

It’s a sizeable soap, one of the biggest out of all of the Christmas soaps and one that will definitely last you many, many months!

The North Polar Bear shares its scent with Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, which has a light floral and powdery aroma of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage. It shows a much gentler side to the Jasmine and is nothing like the heady seductive fragrance of Lust.

However, unlike Sex Bomb, this soap also features a Lingonberry Infusion. Not an ingredient seen often in Lush products, Lingonberry helps revive the skin with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

Although it can leave you with the squeaky clean feeling like soaps often do, The North Polar Bear actually contains a high amount of Organic Rice Milk which is not only hydrating, but also soothing and helps give the lather it produces a milky consistency. It also contains Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and conditioning Castor Oil.

I’m a big fan of this soap, there’s such a cute inspiration story behind it and it’s also about time Lush did another product in the Sex Bomb scent. A really nice new soap to add to the Christmas Range and I hope it makes a return next year.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Lingonberry Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water, Organic Rice Milk, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Gardenia Extract, Cornflour, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Naughty Elf Bubble Bar

A new product from this year’s Christmas range is Naughty Elf Bubble Bar. Now I know you’re thinking that it looks a lot more like actual Santa Claus than one of his elves but there we are.

If you had the opportunity to go to Lush’s 2018 Creative Showcase you would have seen elves designed to look like this product running about creating mischief!

Naughty Elf is a fairly large sized bubble bar, and is definitely meant to be used in (at least) halves, otherwise you get tonnes of bubbles like I did when I used the whole thing. It’s a pretty sturdy bar, you’ve really got to squeeze it hard to get it to crumble nicely.

Once the water has hit the crumbled bar it instantly turns bright red. Red’s not a colour you see often in a Lush bath product so I love it when there is one available. Although it’s very pigmented when the bath is shallow, as it fills it turns more into a shade of deep orange.

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Naughty Elf is very strongly scented. It’s really a rather unique combination of scents that really don’t sound like they go together, being Lemon Myrtle, Mango Leaf, Violet Leaf, Petitgrain and Jasmine and actually isn’t a very festive fragrance at all, despite the festive design.

At first sniff it’s a sharp citrus scent that hits you first from the Petitgrain and Lemon Myrtle Oils. Theres definitely a background hint of the easily recognisable Violet Leaf Absolute but I can’t as easily pick out the Mango or the Jasmine amongst the other smells. I guess there’s a slight tropical vibe from the Mango but it’s very overpowered by the rest.

It’s actually very fresh and uplifting aroma, almost a little too much for this time of the year, especially with the Violet Leaf, I can’t help but think this fragrance is more suited to Spring or Summer.

In the water the scent is arguably just as strong as the bar itself is, if not even stronger. It fills the bathroom and gets you feeling good and brightens your mood for sure. As you can imagine with a scent so strong, it’s staying power on your skin after is one of the best.

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After my bath I felt so cleansed and my skin really felt soft and smooth. Although Naughty Elf does contain a small amount of plastic-free glitter, it’s not noticeable on my skin after whatsoever.

Make sure you grab your hands on one before the end of the holiday season, as with all seasonal products, you never know when or if they’ll return.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Mango Leaf Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410

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Fragrance, Perfume

Two More Hearts Perfume

Two More Hearts is a remix of an old perfume from Lush’s original perfume and make up brand ‘B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful’. Simon Constantine reworked this fragrance from memory and created a fresh new take on it.

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One of these such perfumes is called Two More Hearts. After debating which one out of the six newest #LushLabs perfumes to choose, this was the one I went for and boy am I happy, it’s absolutely incredible!

A seductive and sweet trio of Jasmine, Rose and Ylang-Ylang, it’s a powdery floral scent that is unlike anything I’ve smelled before from Lush. The Rose and Jasmine seem to have stopped fighting for the top spot and have combined as one beautiful sexy floral top note, whilst Ylang Ylang and Lemon trickle in with a slight uplifting, almost Vanilla-like sweetness above a base note of resinous and woody Sandalwood.

Two More Hearts make’s me feel regal and seductive, but in a different way to Lust Perfume. It’s much more complex and it’s like if Lust had a sister who is perfectly sweet and sensible yet still likes to tempt the boys into her boudoir at night. Whereas I like to wear Lust in the evening, I’d prefer to wear Two More Hearts during the day.

It also has incredible staying power, I can still smell it on scarves and coats I’ve worn a week ago and that’s when you know a perfume is a good one. It stands out amongst most others and I always get compliments whenever I wear it.

Although 30ml of a perfume will last me a good while, I’ll be incredibly sad if mine runs out without a chance to buy it again!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Lust Perfume

I think what you’re good at, is what you like to do. I do believe that I’m good at jasmine. I wanted to do a really, really sexy, dirty, lustful fragrance and that’s what I’ve done. I’m very happy with it! I’d done fragrances like that before, but I’d never had the nerve to let them be. British people have a problem with sexy fragrances; there’s always this feeling of having to dress the thing up in a frock and put a bonnet on it. This time, I just went all the way.

Mark Constantine

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Lust is a perfume that’s very much like Marmite. You either love it, or you hate it. It actually surprises me that people can’t stand the scent of Lust, or of jasmine itself because I absolutely adore it and Lust is one of my favourite perfumes Lush do.

The Jasmine is the main scent of this perfume. Jasmine has a very heady and sensual aroma which intoxicates your mind and also has aphrodisiac qualities. The Rose and Ylang Ylang add sweet floral notes whilst the Sandalwood gives the fragrance warmth and earthiness.

Wearing Lust makes me feel empowered and sexy, yet sophisticated, and because of this it really gives me a big confidence boost. Whenever I wear Lust I always get people asking me what it is or making comments about it. It’s said that if you go out wearing Lust you’ll be sure to gain an admirer or two!

It’s certainly not a perfume you can hide. It’s probably one of Lush’s strongest perfumes and it has great staying power perfect for long days as it will stay with you on your skin well into the night.

I’d say that this perfume is definitley wearable throughout the year, it works really well in Autumn and Winter for the pure richness of it, but also because of the floral side it works equally as well when the climate is warmer.

Because of the red colouring of Lust, try not to spritz it too close to light coloured clothing – especially whites as it does have a tendency to stain ever so slightly.

Check it out for yourself here!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Water, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Goddess Bath Bomb

Goddess was invented by Jack Constantine after he saw the music video for ‘God Is A Woman’ by Ariana Grande. In her incredible video Ari is often seen bathing in beautiful milky purple, blue and grey waters. Jack wanted to recreate this in a bath bomb form, allowing us mere peasants to feel like Ariana aka a goddess in our own bathtubs. If you haven’t seen her video yet, go watch now. Seriously.

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Lush describes this bath bomb as having precious ingredients fit for a true goddess. This is probably in relation to the Oudh Oil that makes up a big portion of the scent. Oudh Oil is derived from an agarwood tree being infected with a certain type of mould. The tree reacts by producing a resin called Oudh. However it’s not that simple, as not all agarwood trees get affected by the mould and not all affected trees actually produce the resin. This complicated process means that Oudh is one of the most expensive oils in the world and is actually more expensive than gold by weight!

The design of this bath bomb is really quite special, it’s so unique and has quite a magical vibe which suits the concept and scent well. The pastel tones on the lower half of the bath bomb are a good reflection of the waters from the music video and the silvery shimmer makes Goddess even more beautiful.

While the main scent here is sweet and floral with the top ingredients being Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute and Rose Oil, there’s a muskier note which adds a complex almost spiciness to the product from both Sandalwood and Oudh Oils. It gives an overall rich, elegant and seductive scent which is again, really unique and really well suited to this particular bath bomb.

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Once she got fizzing, I marvelled at how quick layers of cloudy white and deep purple waves dispersed over the water’s surface while a pastel lilaac colour overtook the bottom reminiscent of the music video. I honestly think Lush have done a great job of recreating Ariana’s beautiful bathwater.

Once the bomb had fully dissolved I was left with the opaque purple water from underneath which was filled with silver lustre which looked amazing itself. A lot of the time you can end up disappointed once a bath bomb has finished it’s ‘show’ but this was certainly not the case here. The water was also incredibly soft thanks to gorgeous nourishment from Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as rich Argan Oil.

Behind the Shea and the Argan are tales of women’s cooperatives in Ghana and Morocco where these ingredients are hand processed to be fairly traded for Lush, so it’s only right that a bath bomb named Goddess holds stories of strong women.

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A little negative is that sadly the smell doesn’t stay with you for too long, it’s practically non existent when you’re actually in the water and once you’re out it turns into a really subtle light fragrance on your skin. Personally I would have loved it if it had stayed as strong as it is to start with.

Overall I felt so strengthened and empowered after this experience, as if I was reborn into a better version of myself. Of course I listened to Ariana’s whole Sweetener album whilst I was bathing which definitely helped but it was truly one of the best baths I’ve had in a long time. Although currently Goddess only featured as an exclusive at the Lush 2018 Showcase, I am certain due to popularity that Lush won’t hesitate in releasing more in the future. Fingers crossed!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oudh Oil, Cream of Tartar, Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Water, Cornstarch, Argan Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Maltodextrin, Laureth 4, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Flying Fox Shower Gel

Apparently the name Flying Fox originates from an argument Lush co-founders Mark and Mo Constantine had one day. He presented her with this jasmine scented new product and she screamed ‘I don’t give a flying f***’. Hilarious right? I’m debating asking Mark if it’s true or not but I don’t want to be fired.

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I love the scent of Jasmine. It’s definitely one of my favourite scents around. Lust Perfume is possibly in my top three (it’s a hard choice!) Lush perfumes so clearly I’m going to love a shower gel that smells basically the same! I picked up mine from the Lush Labs/Kitchen release earlier this year. It used to be widely available in stores but sadly, as with many other products, this one had to go.

The signature ‘Lust’ scent is a mix of Jasmine, Vanilla, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood. However, Flying Fox swaps out the Vanilla, Sandalwood and Rose for Cypress and Palmarosa Oils. Though because the Jasmine is so strong, both products smell almost exactly the same.

Jasmine is a strong aphrodisiac, with its rich, sweet smell being warming and seductive. I find that Flying Fox makes for a really luxurious and sensual shower, perfect for some pampering ‘me’ time.

Adding to the luxury is this shower gel’s texture. Full of different types of honey, it feels as though you are literally coating yourself in sticky sweet syrup, only to lather up really effectively after.

Honey is an excellent natural moisturiser, it’s extremely nourishing and has strong antibacterial properties, making it also an effective cleanser. It’s protective qualities also mean it’s superb for more delicate and sensitive skin too, after one shower with Flying Fox you come out feeling super soft!

The inclusion of an infusion made from Angelica, Burdock and Jasmine just make this gel even better. Chinese Angelica is well known for it’s toning properties and Burdock is antibacterial and soothing. And we’ve already mentioned the beautiful fragrance that Jasmine releases.

I can only hope and pray for Flying Fox to make a triumphant return to stores sometime soon.

Ingredients

Honey, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Angelica; Burdock Root and Jasmine Flower Infusion, Hungarian Honey, Greek Honey, English Honey, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Benzyl, Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb

Sex Bomb, Sex Bomb, you’re my sex bomb.

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Sex Bomb is a relaxing, sensual bath bomb with a concoction of Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang and Clary Sage, which is great for getting you in the mood…

Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, has been used in India for centuries as a sensual perfume and also in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Ylang-Ylang gives a sweet, floral uplifting smell and Clary Sage is soothing, yet evocative and stimulating, adding to the aphrodisiac qualities of this bath bomb.

Although Jasmine is a big feature of this bath bomb, it’s really nothing like the far more heady Lust Perfume as the Sex Bomb fragrance is a lot more powdery and gentle, yet still being sexy and beguiling.

Fun fact about Clary Sage Oil is that it actually can induce labour! It has oestrogen-regulating properties because of it’s similar structure to the hormone and many overdue women come in store just to purchase Sex Bomb to help their little one come into the world! However, because of the extremely stimulating properties, it is important that pregnant woman stay away from using Sex Bomb or other products with Clary Sage Oil until their due date.

Sex Bomb Bath Bomb also contains Soya Milk Powder which has soothing and conditioning qualities.

When Sex Bomb is in the bath, it slowly turns the bath water into a lovely cloudy pink colour and the rice paper flower on top floats around the bath once it’s released. In all honesty I do think this bath bomb would be made better by using a real flower, as the rice paper just goes all soggy and loses its shape almost instantly.

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The smell isn’t strong, it’s rather subtle once the ballistic has dissolved but it’s still nice nonetheless, every time I use Sex Bomb I definitely feel calmer and more relaxed. It also leaves the skin feeling rather smooth too which is definitely an added bonus! Perfect for the start of a romantic evening ahead…

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Sesquicarbonate, Perfume, Soya Milk Powder, Synthetic Musk, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Rice Paper Flower

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