Bath, Bath Bombs

Lucky Cat Bath Bomb

Lucky Cats are common Japanese figurines which are believed to bring good luck to their owners. The figure depicts a cat with an upright paw and usually displayed at the entrances of shops and restaurants for good fortune. If the cat has its left paw raised, it supposedly brings more custom, whereas a cat with the right paw raised brings the owner money. Lush’s Lucky Cat Bath Bomb has its right paw raised so clearly they’re hoping for your money!

Lucky Cat reminds me of Think Pink Bath Bomb with generous coating of pink glitter but features a very different scent. It’s predominately floral based with Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Neroli making up the fairly potent fragrance. I was really excited about this one because I love Jasmine and floral scents. If you’re a fan of more traditionally floral and fresh smells then you might like this one too, it’s a calming smell yet there’s something that helps brighten your mood too.

When I first saw Lucky Cat I expected it to be pink and glittery throughout, so you can imagine my surprise when I realised that the pink and the glitter is only on the outside. Once popped into the water, Lucky Cat sheds its coat and reveals a dull yellow interior. As it fizzes, the pink colouring pools atop the water, which will latch onto the sides of your bath if you let it, so make sure you give it a mix up to avoid heavy staining whilst the yellow body dissolves quite quickly with little to no bath art. The resulting water was somewhat peach coloured, which wasn’t as filled with glitter as I expected or wanted it to be.

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Once I was out of my bath I was pleased that the scent has left a lingering reminder on my skin, which was nicely dusted with a little lustre. Yet I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed? Fair enough the little multi-coloured cellulose stars that trickled out from the bath bomb were a nice touch, as was the fact that the scent was still kinda present throughout my bath but I was expecting so much more? I think the fact that the product itself is yellow inside was a slight disappointment and sadly my bath did get stained even through I tried my hardest not to let it happen.

Saying all that, Lucky Cat is one of the cheaper bath bombs currently available so I’m not too mad it missed the mark for me. I can’t imagine buying it again though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Neroli Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, DRF Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 15510, Colour 16255, Colour 42090, Colour 77492

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

Rub Rub Rub was one of the first products I ever used from Lush. I was gifted it by a friend once and it quickly became one of my favourite products. It still has a special place in my heart, but after falling deep into the Lush product well, it’s somewhat been replaced by other more exciting products.

It’s important to exfoliate your skin from time to time. Regular, gentle exfoliation will get your skin glowing all year round. That’s because pores can become clogged with dead skin cells and everyday grime, and unclogging them helps your skin to look brighter and feel cleaner. The skin continuously creates new skin cells and removes the dead ones, so by exfoliating, you’re encouraging this process and helping remove the dead skin.

Rub Rub Rub is an interesting scrub. It’s full of hand-harvested Sea Salt as the exfoliant, but it’s got a rather wet consistency too due to the amount of Water and Lemon Juice in it. Lemon Juice is amazingly beneficial for the skin; Lemons are an excellent source of citric acid and vitamin C which cleanse and brighten the skin and help strip away excess oils. Although it sounds like a lot, Rub Rub Rub is actually fairly gentle and leaves behind silky soft skin.

Because of it’s wet consistency, you could describe it as an exfoliating shower gel. It actually lathers up just like one too due to the lathering agents it contains and once it mixes with water, it turns ever so soft and feels really gorgeous on the skin. You don’t just have to use it on wet skin either, if you’ve got tougher skin, you may want to try applying it to dry skin for a stronger scrub before stepping in the shower.

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This vibrant blue shower scrub also features a bright and refreshing fragrance that’s made up of Lemon, Jasmine, Orange Flower and Mimosa. Although if you’d imagine what a mixture of lemon and salt would smell like, then that’s essentially the main smell with subtle fresh floral notes in the background. The main floral aroma comes from Jasmine and Mimosa Absolutes, the latter of which which has a sweet and energising fragrance. Mimosa flowers also contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate, soothe and firm the skin. The scent also remains on you for a good while after using it!

Rub Rub Rub is pretty versatile, and you can actually use it on your hair too. The Lemon Juice is great at removing excess oils and sebum, whilst the Sea Salt gently exfoliates the scalp and adds volume. If you’ve not tried it before, definitely give it a go!

Although I said my love for Rub Rub Rub is growing stale, in truth, it reignites every time I use it when I remember how great a product it is. It’s also a classic Lush product so if you’ve not tried it yet then you should really think about doing so!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon Oil, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Jasmine Flower Bath Bomb

Out of the four flower-themed, note-containing bath bombs that Lush released for this year’s Mother’s Day, the one that was calling my name the most was Jasmine Flower. I’m a big Jasmine fan so naturally, I was excited to use this one.

Like the other flower bath bombs, Jasmine Flower is designed around a real jasmine flower. Jasmine flowers range in shapes but are most commonly white and star-like, with green leaves surrounding them, explaining the colour choices in this product. Jasmines have a strong and sensual scent, and have long been considered an aphrodisiac and an anti-depressant due to its aroma.

Although Jasmine Flower contains Lavender, Chamomile, Tagetes and Tangerine Oils, it’s main fragrance note comes from the inclusion of Jasmine in a powdered form. It’s a strong, aromatic fragrance, yet there’s something delicate about it. It’s floral, it’s warming and it’s somewhat fruity, with green, herbaceous undertones. If like me, you’re a fan of Jasmine, then you’ll truly love this, but if you’re not, then perhaps it’s not for you. Jasmine is very much like marmite, people either love it, or they hate it. I found that it evoked feelings of serenity and calmness, and although yes Jasmine is known for it’s ability to promote sensual intimacy, it’s nothing like how sweet and seductive it is in Lust Perfume.

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Once placed in the water, it’s beautiful scent filled the entire room which was almost intoxicating. A fairly fast fizzer, the water quickly turned the same shade of green as the bath bomb’s base, with patterns of lighter greens and whites shooting away from the fizzing ballistic. Due to added Cream Of Tartar in the white flower section, it fizzes a lot slower than the green part, retaining it’s pretty shape a little longer. The end result in my bath tub was a cloudy green water that hid my hands when they were submerged. I’d say the colour suits the product and scent well and I found myself feeling mellow and grounded.

Sadly, after a while I found that the scent wore off slightly the longer I was soaking, but I was happy to find that it left a subtle, more powdery trace on my skin afterwards. A lot of the ingredients that Jasmine Flower contains are very soothing, including the Jasmine Powder, so if you were suffering from any skin irritations then this would make a good bathing companion. On another note, you can actually see the Jasmine Powder floating around your tub! Though that does mean you’ll have to give it a rinse down when you’re finished.

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I’d love to see more products in this scent, I think it would be lovely in a hair product specifically, perhaps maybe a conditioner? Anyhow, I loved Jasmine Flower and I definitely recommend picking one up!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Tangerine Oil, Jasmine Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Ginger Bath Oil

I think that a simple Bath Oil is a great product to use when you’re just in the need of a gently relaxing soak. There’s nothing that’s incredibly exciting and thrilling about using one, but they’re still just nice. I predominately use them when I just want to have a quick hot bath to take a minute for myself.

Ginger is a squishy orange bath oil that’s adorned with a coating of bronze lustre. It was actually inspired by the glamorous Ginger Rodgers and the glitzy old Hollywood era she lived in!

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the smell and taste of actual ginger. Whilst I love gingerbread and ginger cakes and pickled ginger too, I absolutely hate the smell of fresh ginger and when it gets put in lemonade and other drinks, they’re quite frankly, ruined.  However, this is a ginger scent I can get behind!

Whilst the Ginger Oil does give a noticeable warming note to the scent, its complexity comes from the addition of a range of floral aromas. Sweet flowery Mimosa Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Jasmine Absolute alleviate the sharpness of the Ginger and turn the whole aroma into a much more well rounded fragrance. I’d actually describe it as being very powdery and floral in a certain way, with just a spicy kick from the Ginger and an earthiness that comes from Juniperberry Oil too.

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Once popped into a nice hot bath, Ginger starts with a burst of glitter that shoots off into the water from the lustrous coating, revealing the actual orange melt beneath. It then slowly melts away, getting smaller and smaller as puddles of orange coloured oils float around it. After a while (and I like to help mine on a bit by breaking it into pieces) the bath water had a small hint of a light orangey colour. I did notice that some of the glitter was clustering around the edges of the bath so I found myself constantly having to wipe around the water’s rim to ensure that it wasn’t getting stuck to my tub, though even if it does, it’s always easily rinsed away.

As a bath oil, Ginger of course contains various butters and carrier oils to moisturise and soften the skin, being Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil, which you can definitely feel as soon as you’re in. The water isn’t as oily as it is with other bath melts but your skin will soon be feeling the benefits all the same.

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin felt heavenly soft and well-nourished. I was sad that I couldn’t smell much of the scent on my skin, but I don’t expect that too much with a bath oil. I did notice however, that my skin was glistening in the light from all the glitter it had picked up which was so pretty!

You can check out Ginger for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Organic Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Ginger Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Paprika Oleoresin, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15510, Colour 77491, Colour 77492

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Soap

Strawberry Whip Soap

Strawberry Whip was a new product for Valentine’s Day and isn’t it super cute? Lush were all about a ‘fruits of love’ theme for their 2019 Valentine’s Range and this soap definitely fits that brief!

This particular soap is interesting, because it’s actually three soaps in one! The red and green parts actually have separate formulas, although both use the same base of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Castor Oil, the red part is the only part that actually contains strawberries! Then there’s a softer ‘whipped’ soap mix inside the red part, which you can see in my photos!

The whipped soap has the addition of Aquafaba whipped up into a cream. Aquafaba is the name for chickpea water, which shares a lot of properties with egg whites allowing it to be whipped in the same way. It further contains Cream Of Tartar and Xanthan Gum to stabilise, add thickness and keep shape, Silken Tofu to add moisture and seaweed based Agar Agar Gel for softness. The inclusion of this whipped part is definitely what makes Strawberry Whip a lot more moisturising and nourishing for the skin than a lot of other soaps.

Like I said, the red part contains actual Fresh Strawberries which are full of antioxidants which help improve the condition of skin. The Strawberries add a slight touch to the scent but the fruit on its own doesn’t have a particular strong aroma, so Lush help boost and recreate it by using other essential oils and ingredients.

It’s a trio of Benzoin Resinoid, Jasmine Absolute and Geranium Oil that help strengthen the strawberry scent and the result is a fragrance that’s floral, yet sweet and almost vanilla like, which mimics a true strawberry scent enough that you’ll definitely buy it, although it’s like strawberries mixed with roses. It’s the Jasmine and rose-like Geranium that add the floral notes to this product, whereas Benzoin Resinoid is easily what gives the more vanilla-esque sweeter notes. I really like the scent and it leaves my hands smelling great each time I use it.

I really love using my Strawberry Whip! It’s a great new soap and would do well if it stayed as a year round product I reckon! I really love the hidden whipped centre so let’s hope we see more of that in the future!

Oh, and although it was released for Valentine’s Day, it just so happens to be staying in stock up until the summer! So there’s still time to get one if you’re interested!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberry, Perfume, Aquafaba, Benzoin Resinoid, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Silken Tofu, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Agar Agar Gel, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citronellol, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Love Island Body Scrub

If you haven’t heard of the TV show ‘Love Island’ then you’ve probably been living under a rock as it has really surged in popularity, especially since the revival series started in 2015. It follows a group of single people who have to find love and stay with their partner in hopes of winning. It’s really the ultimate in trash TV but it’s kinda one you can’t not enjoy. As ever, Lush love to try and stay on trend with youth culture so it’s no surprise they named a product after the show.

Love Island is a body scrub that’s slightly on the small side but is pretty inexpensive too. You can either use the whole thing each time or pinch little pieces off and I think the latter is better for longevity. You definitely don’t want to hold the product directly under the water as once it becomes too wet, it easily breaks apart and you don’t want to waste any! You can do what I did, and cut it up into quarters before getting it anywhere near the shower.

It’s made up of a mixture of Sugar, Sea Salt and Sand, which provide a vigorous scrub to remove dead skin and dirt. If you’re in need of a rather abrasive scrub then this might be for you as it’s a lot more exfoliating than the likes of Scrubee or Rub Rub Rub. Even with light pressure, I still found it scratchy and coarse on my skin, which to be honest did the job extremely well and my skin felt super smooth and polished. The scrub also contains Aloe Vera Extract, Cocoa Powder and Potato Starch, all of which will soothe any irritation left behind.

Love Island is scented with the Love Perfume scent, a scent described as being like sweet spiced apples mixed with sensual florals. The scent of Jasmine Absolute is definitely one of the strongest in the scent and is what gives off the deep, seductive side to the fragrance, alongside sweeter floral notes from Ylang Ylang and Rose. Whereas Bergamot and Lemongrass add a brighter, uplifting side and give the citrusy notes which complete the scent. I’m a big fan of Love so I’m thrilled to have another product in the range.

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The scent is actually relatively strong as a whole product and it even grows in strength under the hot water as you get the product working, however sadly if you’re adding other scented products then it’s unlikely to stick around. Saying that, if you happen to have a Love Atmosphere waiting to be used, perhaps now is definitely the time to use it paired with this scrub.

Whilst you’re not going to get a great amount of uses out of one, I still think it’s a good product and its cheap enough that if you wanted more you can buy two or three at once. But if it’s something you’re really enjoying make sure you get back into a Lush store to grab some before stocks run out!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sand, Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Tender Is The Night Bath Bomb

Whenever Lush release a new exclusive product in one of your favourite scents, it can leave you a little anxious. Will they get the scent absolutely right? We’ve seen in the past that the same scent in different formats can end up very different, but nevertheless, when Lush gave me the opportunity to purchase Tender Is The Night in a bath bomb form, I jumped on it.

First things first, the design is wonderful. Both this and The Olive Branch Bath Bomb, that was also released at the same time, share this pretty swirly pattern which I really love. The ‘LUSH’ logo on the top gave it a very retro feeling and the colour scheme is also very much in keeping with the Tender Is The Night massage bar that first made me fall in love with the scent.

The moment of truth soon came for me to smell it for the first time. Praying I wasn’t going to be disappointed I held it up to my nose and I slowly breathed in. NOW B*TCH IT IS FABULOUS, it’s all I could ever want! I even gave my massage bar a sniff just to make sure but girl, it’s basically the same! They got it right, praise Mark!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of revelling in this scent then let me tell you about it. It starts with Jasmine, the sensual flower that’s been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. We then have sweet and floral Ylang-Ylang which pairs well with Jasmine and finally, and what majorly changes it from other Jasmine scents like Lust Perfume, is the inclusion of Vanilla Absolute. The Vanilla adds a musky sweetness that lightens the Jasmine beautifully. I feel like it’s such a sensual, yet delicate aroma.

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As usual when it comes to bath bomb forms of other scents, it does come across a little more powdery than the massage bar but I reckon it suits this format to a T.

Once I placed it in the water, clouds of pink were released from under it and the ballistic started to spin, sending off further streams of pink and creamy white into the tub. I was really surprised at how long it took to fully dissolve which allowed me to watch and admire it’s beauty. Once all the remnants had disappeared, I was left with a cloudy light pink bath that was still giving off slight remembrances of the scent as I soaked. I can’t say there was any particular hydrating effects for my skin but I came out feeling wonderfully soft, with the scent lightly remaining for a good couple of hours after.

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Tender Is The Night is perhaps one of the best bath bombs I’ve used in a long while, and I’m so glad it lived up to my expectations. I think it would make an excellent addition to the year round range and I don’t want to have to travel to Lush Harajuku to get another!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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