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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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Cloak Of Invisibility Bath Oil

When I’m looking for a product to accompany me into my bath, I rarely ever give the range of bath oils a chance. I’ve used a few in my time, but apart from my indisputable favourite Furze, none of them really spark joy to me. I love bath bombs and bubble bars because of the element of fun, something I kinda feel the bath oils lack. Nevertheless, I opted for one I hadn’t tried before for my bath tonight, mostly because it smells similar to one of my favourite perfumes. I chose Cloak Of Invisibility.

The idea behind this one is that it’s meant to make you feel invisible from all your worries, so you can have a relaxing bath in peace, and with a strong scent of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood, it allows you to have just that.

With the first two scent ingredients being Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, Cloak Of Invisibility is very similar to the heady scent of Lust Perfume. If you don’t know the perfume, Lust is mainly about the sexy and intoxicating scent of the Jasmine mixed with sweet and floral Ylang Ylang. In this bath oil, it’s somewhat subdued, perhaps dampened by the surrounding butters, and the addition of the Rosewood adds a resinous note that distinctly differs it from Lust. It’s much more subtle and floral, so if you prefer that side to the perfume then this might be a nice option for you.

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As a bath oil, it’s designed to melt in your warm bath water, imbuing it with the moisturising and hydrating benefits of the butters and oils that they’re made from. Cloak Of Invisibility is one of the more solid bath oils in the range and is predominately Cocoa Butter, with smaller amounts of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil too. Almond Oil is a wonder ingredient, as it’s packed with vitamin E with nourishes and deeply conditions the skin.

Once I had popped mine in the bath, it unfortunately sank to the bottom where it sat, slowly softening in the water. They’re usually known to float and I’m gutted not to get any better photos of my own, so I stole this one below from Lush!

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Bath oils take around ten minutes to fully melt and once this one had, it gave the water a slight orange hint that was moderately filled with glistening golden lustre. I was pleased to realise that the scent was staying with me throughout my soak, helping me relax and sink in to my meditative bath. Once I was out, my skin was gorgeously moisturised, yet not oily, and the scent remained in a subtler version on my skin for a good while after!

Check out this bath oil for yourself here over at Lush UK!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Organic Shea Butter, Jasmine Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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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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