Bath, Bath Bombs

Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb

Figaro Figaro is a bath bomb that’s supposedly great for unblocking your sinuses and your vocal cords with Lush suggesting it’s a great aromatic remedy to help you find your voice after losing it. It’s a little on the small side, but features a slightly lower than average price tag and contains a complex, grounding scent.

Figaro Figaro contains a long list of different essential oils, the majority of which you’d be likely to find in medicines and remedies for coughs, sore throats and blocked noses. I’d argue that the aromas that stand out the most are the Fennel, the Aniseed and the Eucalyptus, offering a warming liquorice note with a refreshing sharpness. Sage and Thyme add a more generic herbal layer to the product whist there’s delicate florals from Chamomile and Lavender. Lastly Brazilian Orange gives the whole fragrance a slight fruity note and there’s definitely that familiar touch of minty freshness too. It’s a complex scent for sure, but all the components work and compliment each other well, resulting in a scent not too dissimilar to herbal cough syrups and lozenges. Although a lovely smell, it’s a shame it isn’t a little stronger.

The other benefit of having all these ingredients inside a bath bomb is they’ll do wonders for the skin too. Aniseed, Fennel, Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great for easing your muscles thanks to their stimulating properties. Orange and Thyme have cleansing, antibacterial and toning qualities and Lavender, Chamomile and Sage soothe and clam the skin.

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In the water, Figaro Figaro erupts with vivid shades of deep reds and bright yellows. For a smaller-sized bath bomb it packs a punch with the colour and before long my bath had settled into warm red water. As an adorable little touch, inside the product is a paper scroll which pops out near the end of the fizz and unfurls to reveal lyrics from The Barber of Seville, an opera which is the source of inspiration for this bath bomb. It’s these little touches that really make Lush’s products seem as though a lot of thought has gone into them.

The only downside was the lack of scent. For something that’s supposedly to help with sore throats etc, the scent was pretty much non-existent once dissolved and I didn’t feel like it was doing anything it said it would, which was majorly disappointing as that’s what I was most excited about. Once I was out and dry, my skin did feel soft and refreshed and on a more mindful level, I felt calm and relaxed but as expected, little to no remnants of the fragrance was remaining on my skin.

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As a whole concept, I love Figaro Figaro. I think creating a bath bomb to really help with colds and blocked airways is a great idea and something I’d definitely be interested in. This just didn’t hit the mark and it seems silly that they released a product intended to do all of these things with such a gentle scent. I hate to say it but I’m really disappointed with this one.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Aniseed Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Fennel Oil, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sage Oil, Thyme Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 17200, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Soap

Lavender Vida Loca Soap

If you think of lavender and Lush, I bet 99% of the time you’d automatically picture the likes of Sleepy Body Lotion and Twilight Bath Bomb or the rest of that scent range. Whilst incredibly popular and definitely lavender based, they don’t really offer a ‘true’ lavender scent. I think a lot of people forget that Lush do other lavender scented products outside of the iconic range, such as A French Kiss Bubble Bar and this soap, although sadly now discontinued.

When cut into discs, Lavender Vida Loca really looks gorgeous and is one that can make an entire room smell of its aroma. Containing an infusion made from Lavender Flowers, Lavender Absolute, French Lavender Oil, and actual Dried Lavender Flowers, this soap is obviously Lavender-scented through and through. Each sniff of the soap conjures up fields of purple bushes basking in the sunlight and I find this raw lavender smell really soothing. The soap also contains Chamomile Blue Oil, but it’s hard to notice it in the scent and I’d argue it’s simply there to compliment and strengthen the herbal aroma as a whole.

Lavender is well known in aromatherapy for its relaxing and calming fragrance. Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a ‘state of serenity’ whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to ease anxiety and worries and to promote a more restful sleep.

Lavender is also well known for it’s great benefits when used topically on the skin. It’s not only naturally antibacterial, it’s also balancing and very soothing too, which is why you’ll find it in the likes of Dream Cream Body Lotion to really calm irritated and sore skin.

As a soap, Lavender Vida Loca works perfectly at cleansing. Personally I find it leaves my skin a little too ‘squeaky clean’ to use on my body but for my hands it does just fine and it leaves its beautiful fragrance lingering on your skin for a good while after too, which is a nice bonus.

Did you know that this soap used to be called Serendipity? At first I hated the name change but it’s really grown on me!

As I mentioned, Lavender Vida Loca was recently discontinued to make room for the new Sleepy Soap. Don’t get me wrong, Sleepy Soap is gorgeous and I can’t wait to write a proper post about it but I feel it’s a real shame for fans of raw lavender scents like this one.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Flower Infusion, Water, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, French Lavender Oil, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Absolute, Dried Lavender Flowers, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47200, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410

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Hand Care

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lemony Flutter is probably Lush’s thickest, creamiest lotion available. It’s designed to soften and protect your cuticles and nourish your nails. I have AWFUL cuticles and whilst I’m really bad at remembering to use this product, it actually does wonders.

The cuticle plays an important role in the health of your nails. They provide a protective cover for the tissue that grows new cells that build the nails. As you know, your nails are constantly growing – that’s why you have to keep clipping them. Taking care of your cuticles is important because it can lead to stronger, healthier nails and if you neglect them, your cuticles can cause some problems, including painful infections.

For healthy cuticles and nails, you need to cleanse, moisturise and protect them. Luckily, Lemony Flutter does all three! It cleanses with the help of antibacterial and antiseptic Lemon Infusion and Lemon Oil which eats away dead skin cells (and also gives the product its gorgeously zingy scent).

For adding moisture and keeping the cuticles hydrated, Lemony Flutter contains a whole host of amazingly beneficial ingredients. Blended Shea and Mango Butters make the product feel luxuriously creamy. Shea is richly nourishing and Mango Butter is filled with antioxidants and vitamins with damage-repairing properties.

It further contains a bunch of rich carrier oils that contain high amounts of beneficial fatty acids. Soya Oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, whereas Castor Oil is high in ricinoleic acid, as well as oleic. These substances are proven to be highly moisturising and conditioning on the skin. Linoleic acid helps to maintain the structure of our skin and oleic acid is one of the most beneficial substances for our internal and external health. Ricinoleic acid is wonderfully soothing.

Wheatgerm Oil offers twice as much vitamin E as most other vegetable oils, which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic (pain reliving). Lemony Flutter also contains Coconut Oil, Linseed Oil and Avocado Oil too.

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Lastly, to ensure your clean and hydrated cuticles are protected, Lush have incorporated both Beeswax and Lanolin into this product. Lanolin (or wool wax) is highly emollient and really easily sinks into the skin. Both it, and Beeswax create a protective film over the skin.

As I mentioned, Lemony Flutter’s aroma is zesty and lemony. But if you smell deeper, you’ll notice some herbal and floral elements hiding behind the tart Lemon. These come from the addition of Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil and Tagetes Oil, all of which are well known to have soothing and calming effects too.

Although it was created as a ‘Cuticle Butter’ because of its amazingly moisturising properties it’s really great to use on dry elbows, knees, heels or anywhere you need it. This really is a miracle product. I just need to keep telling myself to use it!

Ingredients

Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Soya Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Linseed Oil, Mango Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Perfume, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool,, Methylparaben Propylparaben

 

 

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Twilight Body Spray

I have trouble sleeping. I always have. It takes me roughly an hour to actually fall asleep, and that’s on a good night. Twilight Body Spray is a product that I am currently using every day and I keep it pride of place on my bedside table ready for me to spray over my bedsheets each evening to help me drift off quicker and more peacefully. Although this is clearly a body spray, there’s absolutely no harm in using it on clothes, sheets or as a room spray if you wish.

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Or course we’re talking about the scent family that’s one of Lush’s most well known and most talked about – the Sleepy family. Comprised of Twilight Bath Bomb, Sleepy Body Lotion and more, this is a scent that’s designed to be used before bedtime because of it’s mind-soothing ingredients. The sweet and relaxing scent is made up of Lavender, Tonka, Ylang Ylang and Benzoin Resinoid.

Lavender is arguably one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy for its calming effects. The Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a state of serenity whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to help aid sleep. Although it doesn’t directly affect the quality of sleep itself, it does ease worries and stress, thereby relaxing people enough to help them sleep better. Although Lavender has a distinct aroma you could describe as somewhere between herbal and floral, Twilight’s scent is much sweeter thanks to its other ingredients.

Tonka Absolute is obtained from the seeds of a tree that grows in South America. Lush buy their Tonka directly from the communities in Brazil that gather it. The beans are collected from the forest floor where they’ve fall from the tree canopy and are brought back to the villages where the beans are manually extracted from their shells. They are then laid out in the sun to dry – turning a rich brown colour during the process. The sweet beans, which smell like spicy vanilla, are then gathered together and sent to Lush in the UK. Tonka’s sweet, comforting aroma is definitely what gives this scent those creamy notes you detect.

Derived from the flowers of the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang Oil is rich, exotic and wonderfully fragrant. The oil is perhaps best known for its soothing and relaxing properties, and is frequently used to help alleviate stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. Its warm, custardy scent is said to promote inner peace and feelings of joyfulness, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests it’s a pretty effective aphrodisiac too. Lush use Ylang Ylang from a supplier in The Comoro Islands and from Ghana, where they own their own plantation, helping the ecosystem there flourish.

Benzoin comes from the Styrax tree, native to Sumatra but also found in other parts of southeast Asia. Lush source Benzoin from Laos, where it is extracted from the trees. The resin collects in small incisions made in the bark, which is hardened and stored in pieces or pressed into blocks. This gum is then refined further, through the method of solvent extraction, to produce a resinoid. The lingering, sweet balsamic scent of Benzoin is like a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla ice-cream and is said to be extremely relaxing, yet warming and comforting too.

I think these four ingredients pair together so well and I instantly feel mellowed and comforted whenever I smell this fragrance. As I said, I’m currently using it on my bedsheets each night and I’m definitely noticing a difference in how relaxed I am. I tend to try and focus on the aroma whilst I’m falling asleep and although it’s not going to instantly cure my sleeping woes, it’s definitely helping me de-stress and enter a more relaxed state of mind.

It’s a great alternative to Sleepy Body Lotion if slathering yourself in a cream is too much effort for you! Plus, I think this body spray is slightly stronger in scent!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Twilight Shower Jelly

Call it whichever you want, but I feel like the Sleepy/Twilight scent has fast become the company’s most popular. Or one of them anyway. It’s no surprise they’ve finally released it in a shower jelly format across all stores, which is already receiving rave reviews.

The scent itself is incredibly relaxing. Lavender is one of the best ingredients around for it’s relaxing and stress-relieving effects on the mind and has been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy to aid restful sleep. Whereas the natural aroma of Lavender is somewhat herbal, the addition of Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Tonka Absolute to all Twilight-scented products gives it much more of a sweet and warm fragrance that envelops you in a cosy hug. It’s the perfect scent for before-bedtime washing.

As a shower jelly, I think the scent is quite strong and whilst you’re lathering it up over your body it definitely fills your senses and I find the fresher, herbal elements of the Lavender come out more. Lavender also has wonderful benefits for the skin too, it’s both antiseptic and soothing, not to mention its great balancing properties also. Although a shower jelly isn’t my usual go-to in the shower as I’m more of a bath time jelly user, they do leave you just as clean as a shower gel or a bar of soap does.

Each shower jelly contains a base made from something called Carrageenan Extract, a mucilage extracted from Irish Moss Seaweed, which is dried and powdered. When put in contact with liquids, it rehydrates and jellies, acting as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, while moisturising and soothing the skin as well.

I’m actually really loving this jelly. It looks absolutely beautiful out of it’s tub and the photos sadly don’t even do it justice. I love the swirly pattern that they give some of their shower jellies rather than just the one block colour. Whatsmore it’s scent stays on my skin after using it, allowing me to smell that wonderful scent for hours after and helping me really settle in for the evening.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Lavender Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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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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