Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

Birth Of Venus Jelly Face Mask

Each one of the five jelly masks have a unique name inspired by five women who work for the company. Lush co-founder Rowena Bird recently won the National Venus Award in the UK which recognises and celebrates British business women. Birth of Venus is dedicated to her.

As a whole, the jelly masks have a certain hydrating quality because of what they’re made from. Like with all of Lush’s jelly products, the soft and wobbly texture comes from the addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from a type of seaweed. Anything with seaweed in it is going to be great at adding moisture, softening the skin, and soothing any irritation.

Birth of Venus contains some other incredibly soothing ingredients too. Its main ingredient is actually Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, which has been chosen for not only its soothing effects but also for its toning and balancing effects. Similarly, Lavender Absolute also has wonderful soothing properties, as well as being balancing and antiseptic. I’d say that Birth of Venus is one of the most balancing products Lush currently have and it’s perfect for anyone who, like myself, struggles with ‘combination’ skin as it really helps to even out the oil production.

This jelly mask also contains soothing and calming Chamomile Blue Oil, cleansing Kaolin which draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, and Fresh Sea Water which is full of many different minerals. Minerals are vital for the skin. They help to maintain water balance and keep the pH of the blood and lymphatic systems stable, which is essential for healthy living.

Birth Of Venus has a gorgeously unique scent. You can detect the floral and herbal elements of the lavender, rose and chamomile but there are grounding resinous notes coming from the addition of Olibanum Oil and Myrrh Resinoid in there too. It’s a very relaxing and fresh ‘spa’ like scent, but I also imagine smoking incense sticks whenever I smell it. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense has toning and soothing properties on the skin and Myrrh also has soothing properties but is also antiseptic.

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If you’ve never used a jelly face mask before, you might want to give one a go. I was really unsure when they first came out but now I love them. They’re so easy to use, though they do take a little longer to apply and take off than a regular mask. To apply you need to squidge a grape sized amount into the palm of your hands before smoothing over your face and the best way to take one off is either with a flannel or a damp cotton round rather than just splashing your face with water. Unlike the fresh face masks, these jelly masks are self preserving, which means they last a lot longer and don’t have to be kept in the fridge where you could forget about them!

I think Birth of Venus is my favourite out of the five currently in the all year round range, it leaves my face feeling so soft and matte, perfect for a morning before make up. I love this product!

Ingredients

Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Kaolin, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Sea Water, Talc, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Olibanum Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb

This bath bomb is name after the Shijimi Blue Butterfly, which is sadly an endangered species in Japan, due to a specific plant that its caterpillars feed on dying out. The Lush buying team in Japan are working on a conservation project that will hopefully restore these creatures back into abundance. Its also made using the same mould as the butterfly bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day!

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb features both Chamomile Blue and Lavender Oils, making it very similar to the likes of Ickle Baby Bot, Deep Sleep and Koyaanisqatsi. It’s a very herbal, yet gentle smelling bath bomb, with light floral notes. Although often in Lavender and Chamomile pairings, it’s the Lavender that claims the top note, with this product I find the Chamomile to be a little more evident. Both essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their abilities to deeply relax the mind and soothe worries and anxiety, making Shijimi Butterfly a great bath bomb to use in the evening.

In the water, this bath bomb produces gorgeous bath art right from the get go. It half floats on top of the water as it sends out marbled waves of blue, white and black into the bath. It sinks as it dissolves, producing larger waves of foam until both wings have separated, floating off on their own before disappearing completely. The resulting water is a serene shade of blue that compliments the relaxing scent well.

Once I was in, I noticed little black specks remaining in the water which latch onto your skin and the sides of the bath and annoyingly leave little black smears. This meant I had to wash off the marks both on my skin and on the bath but luckily it didn’t happen too much and it was fairly easy to clean. There was also a slightly noticeable amount of silver lustre dancing gracefully though the water.

Theres nothing in Shijimi Butterfly that’s really going to add moisture to the skin, but still the bath water felt wonderfully soft. Both Lavender and Chamomile are well known to have soothing effects, not just on the mind, but on the skin too.

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After I was out, I was pleased to notice a reminder of the scent still lingering on my skin, especially when it appeared to disappear into the air once the bath bomb had dissolved. My skin felt soft and renewed also, so all in all Shijimi Butterfly made for a lovely bath, I would have preferred less black though I reckon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Angels On Bare Skin Fresh Cleanser

I used to use Angels On Bare Skin all the time. It was one of the first Lush skincare products I really got into and I loved how it made my skin feel! I’ve since moved on to Herbalism as I find that it’s better suited towards my skin but I still love to use AOBS on occasion.

Angels On Bare Skin is actually inspired by an ancient medieval skincare recipe that was to be used by anyone wishing to be carried off by a knight in shining armour. Essential oils like Rose and Lavender were actually banned by the church because their effects on the mind were considered the devils work! Eventually, they discovered they had wonderful benefits for the skin too and were much more accepted.

Like almost all of Lush’s fresh cleaners, Angels On Bare Skin has a fairly crumbly texture, which you need to add water to, to turn it into more of a paste. AOBS contains Ground Almonds which creates a soothing milk when water is added and offers a lovely and gentle scrub. After adding water, work it into your palms to create the paste, then massage over the face and body before gently washing away. This cleanser also contains Kaolin for cleansing and drawing out the impurities in the skin.

Angels On Bare Skin smells strongly of Lavender, in its raw and natural state. On the skin, Lavender is a fantastic ingredient with many benefits. It’s soothing, balancing and antiseptic, making it one of the best ingredients for a cleanser suitable for sensitive skins.

Along with the Lavender, AOBS contains Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which have been hand picked to further calm and benefit the skin. Rose is another fantastic ingredient that’s perfect for this cleanser thanks to its rejuvenating and toning properties too; it’s been used for centuries to heal wounds and scarring. Not just anti-inflammatory and protective but Benzoin Resinoid is also believed to stimulate the blood flow.

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I find AOBS is the ultimate in balancing and resetting my skin. If I’m ever using too many products on my skin (which lets face it, I often am) and chopping and changing my routine, I’ll always go back to Angels On Bare Skin for a nice clean slate to soothe and repair. I find it makes my skin feel much more refreshed and calm and any spots I may be living with soon disappear.

If you’ve never given this cleanser ago you might want to. Because it’s so gentle, anyone can try it! It might be the perfect one for you.

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Glycerine, Kaolin, Water, Lavender Oil, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Flowers, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Geode Bath Bomb

Naturally forming geodes are hollow, vaguely circular rocks in which crystals and minerals are encased. I would tell you how they’re formed but this isn’t a science blog so you can google it. Geode Bath Bomb is one of the many new bath bombs for the 30th anniversary and is arguably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush have created to date.

Designed to look like a real life geode, this bath bomb has a beige rock shaped body with a stunning purple top created by using lustre and different grades of salt. It’s scent is very similar to that of Peachy Bath Bomb from this year’s Valentine’s range but if I’m remembering correctly, I believe Peachy was a tad more fruity and sweet. Even still, Geode contains different ingredients being Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Styrax Resinoid.

It’s a fairly grounding floral and woody aroma to me, with subtle hints of the three ingredients. Soothing Lavender gives the light florals, whist Bergamot adds a fresher uplifting note. Styrax Resinoid has a sweet cinnamon-like aroma and being a product not often used by Lush is likely what gives the bath bomb its unusual scent. Sadly, I wasn’t a massive fan of Peachy’s scent and I can’t say I’m overjoyed that Geode smells similar.

Once delicately placed into my bath, Geode began a beautiful display. It fizzed very slowly, beginning with not much more than a few wisps of creamy foam floating around it and the deep purple top colour seeping into the water.

As it went on, a trail of pink emerged from inside the bomb itself and slowly but surely the water took on a golden shade, which finally settled into a pinky, rose gold once it had all merged together. The golden lustre looked marvellous as it ebbed and flowed under the surface and the addition of Popping Candy created a crackling sound below. This more then made up for not liking the scent very much.

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Speaking of the scent, it was actually much more subdued in the water and I didn’t mind it as much. I was definitely getting slightly more floral notes at first but I couldn’t smell it anymore after a while. Didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was still marvelling at the stunning water which was beautifully soft thanks to all the Sea Salt!

Once I was out and dry whilst my skin felt great, again there was no sign of the scent lingering on my body. I was also surprised at the seemingly lacking glitter that was covering my body as I expected a whole lot more! Maybe this means Geode is a great bath bomb if you like glitter in your bath but don’t want to be covered after!

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In conclusion, I really enjoyed Geode. I think if it had a different scent, it would probably be up there with some of my favourites from recent times! It’s definitely a must try and I’m glad I got to try it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Silica, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090

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Conditioners, Hair

Veganese Hair Conditioner

Veganese was Lush’s first ever vegan conditioner, as all of the others at the time it was invented contained Lanolin, which is obtained by pressing sheared sheep’s wool.

Veganese is a fairly light and gentle conditioner so it’s great for all hair types. Its base is actually made from seaweed! Nutrient rich Agar Agar Gel is softening and moisturising as it coats each strand of hair, but because its so light, it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Veganese also contains both Rosemary Infusion and Lavender Flower Infusion. Lavender and Rosemary are both antibacterial, soothing and balancing, which will really help with controlling the oil production and alleviate any itchiness and irritation on the scalp.

The conditioner’s smell is a refreshing lemony scent. Veganese contains both Lemon Juice and Lemon Oil. Because Lush have added in Benzoin Resinoid, it provides a sweeter note to the product’s perfume and prevents the lemon from being too sharp. It’s a nice perfume and one that subtly stays in your hair after washing.

On the hair, the acidity from the Lemon causes the hair cuticles to lie flat, meaning your hair reflects more light and looks beautifully shiny. Lemons also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and are full of enzymes that help break down excess oils.

Benzoin Resinoid creates a thin protective film on the hair, preventing it from losing moisture and further enhancing shine.

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As I mentioned, Veganese is a relatively light conditioner so you might end up using a lot if you really like to nourish your hair with a lot of product, but it is easily washed out. I’m currently in the process of finding the best conditioner for my hair and I’m really agreeing with Veganese; my thin hair can be prone to greasiness and I’m not really someone who would use a rich conditioner anyway, so the consistency is perfect.

After drying, I definitely notice a nice vibrant shine in my hair and it feels bouncy and soft, without feeling heavy in the slightest. Maybe Veganese is the one for me!

Ingredients

Agar Agar Gel, Fresh Rosemary Infusion, Lavender Flower Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lemon Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

 

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Fragrance, Perfume

Karma Perfume

There’s no doubt about it. Karma is one of Lush’s most famous and most popular fragrances. Inspired by the scents of Kensington High Street in the 1960s it’s a unique and distinctive perfume with notes of oranges, spices and patchouli.

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The 1960’s were the time of hippies and something that’s well associated with stereotypically long haired, psychedelic print wearing, carefree hippies is Patchouli Oil. Why exactly? Well, there’s a few reasons.

Patchouli has a very earthy aroma and it was often used back then (and now) in meditation as a way of connecting deeper into nature and the earth. Also, hippies were nicknamed the love generation, and patchouli was endorsed for its ability to relieve stress and increase libido. Lastly, patchouli was often used to mask the smell of marijuana! It would seem patchouli is the ideal ingredient in a perfume designed to mimic that era.

The next ingredient in Karma is Brazilian Orange Oil, which has a bight and sunny smell, perfect for lifting the mood and adds citrusy middle notes to the fragrance.

We then have Lavendin Oil which comes from a lavender hybrid plant but features the same strong and herbal scent that’s well known to relax the mind. Next comes fresh and woody Pine Oil, crisp and aromatic Lemongrass, sharp citrusy Elemi Oil (reputed to cause a feeling of peace) and lastly Cassie Absolute, with its spicy and floral scent.

Karma is definitely a complex perfume but splitting it into three parts I find you have a top note of earthy and meditative patchouli, a hint of citrus and then warming, aromatic incense-like aromas in the background. It’s a sunny and cheerful scent, with the ability to calm and relax and really get you feeling those good vibes. It works well as a perfume and will definitely get someone asking about it!

I won’t say I’m a massive Karma fan, but that’s not to say I don’t like it; I can definitely appreciate it and each time I smell it I’m reminded how good it actually is. I find you can wear Karma day or night, in the summer or the winter and it doesn’t matter. It’s really for anyone and everyone who likes it and to wear whenever they want.

Karma is probably the most featured scent in all of Lush’s products but the people sure do love it!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Cassie Absolute, Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly, like the name suggests is the perfect accompaniment to a shower before bed. The beautiful and relaxing scent is perfect to calm the mind and help you doze off.

Lush’s shower jellies all feature a base made from Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and is what gives it it’s jelly-like texture. This also gives all jellies a base level of hydrating effects.

Deep Sleep contains Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as an infusion from the seeds of sunflowers too. The petals create a soothing and calming infusion, whereas the seeds create an infusion that carries their moisturising fatty acids and antioxidants, great for hydrating and maintaining the skin’s suppleness and glow.

Along with the Sunflower Petal Infusion, the Lavender and Chamomile Oils that Deep Sleep contains are also well known in skincare for their soothing and calming qualities on inflamed and irritated skin. These two ingredients mix with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil to create the product’s scent.

The raw, natural smell of the Lavender is definitely the main note of the scent and to be honest it’s hard to pick out the other ingredients unless you really know what you’re looking for. Both Lavender and Chamomile have been used for centuries to aid relaxation, help with anxiety and allow for a more restful sleep. Neroli Oil’s intense green and floral scent is reputed to cheer up your mood and help you find inner peace.

Although it’s difficult to pick out in the scent, there’s a slight citrusy note in the background which likely comes from the inclusion of Fresh Orange Juice, which helps rejuvenate the skin. Oranges contain many antioxidants and their hight vitamin C content promotes collagen production. Anything citrus based is also great for cleansing the skin and tightening pores.

In the shower it’s great and the scent really lifts and becomes more powerful under the hot water. Sadly it doesn’t leave much of a lingering aroma once you’re dried off.

I love to pair Deep Sleep with a relaxing bath bomb or in an evening shower before whacking on some Sleepy Body Lotion to really put me in the mood for bed. Sadly though, Deep Sleep will be leaving us soon to make way for another jelly, so grab one while you still can!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Sunflower Seed Infusion, Fresh orange Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute, Neroli Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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