Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Twilight Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars first appeared for Christmas 2017 when Lush released them in both Twilight and Snow Fairy versions. Although from experience of working in store last Christmas where they didn’t seem immensely popular, Lush didn’t give up and bought them both back for this years range.

A Sparkle Jar is basically a massage bar, with a hidden compartment of dusting powder inside it. The idea is to glide the bar across your skin, leaving a train of moisturising oils behind and then afterwards lightly dusting with the powder for a subtle shimmer and extra softness.

Sparkle Jars feature two little indents on their lids, which you need to prick with a pencil or any sharp object so they form holes and allow the powder to come out.

Aptly crescent moon-shaped Twilight Sparkle Jar, of course, features the heavenly lavender scent of the Twilight/Sleepy family, which is one of the most relaxing scents Lush have ever created. Lavender has been used for centuries in relaxation techniques and to ease the mind from worry and although slightly herbal in scent naturally, it’s sweetened here with the addition of Tonka and Ylang Ylang.

I find that the outside Cocoa Butter casing is a lot less oily than most of Lush’s massage bars and can take a little while to warm up and get going, especially on colder days. However, when it does it is expertly moisturising and nourishing. Lavender is also perfect for soothing any irritation you may have on the skin.

The inside dusting powder is Twilight scented too, in a more powdery form and oddly, somewhat less sweet. It’s a mix of mainly highly absorbent Tapioca Starch, Lavender Powder and Chamomile Powder so is also perfect for soothing and calming inflamed skin.

Both the case and the powder contain a large amount of glitter, leaving a faint purply-silver glow after use.

Obviously, because the Sparkle Jars are hollow inside and are comprised of a bottom part with a lid attached, they can be delicate, so just handle with care and don’t apply too much pressure when using because they contain a whole lot of messy powder and you don’t want it to break on you!

I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the Sparkle Jars, I think they are great as gifts and as Christmas novelty items but I doubt I’ll be coming back for more once I’ve finished mine up as I’d rather use both a massage bar and a dusting powder as separate items.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chamomile Powder, Perfume, Lavender Powder, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Body, Massage Bars

Therapy¿ Massage Bar

One of Lush’s most famous massage bars, Therapy¿ is a gentle classic. With a lovely short list of purely natural and organic ingredients it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.

To use a massage bar you simply glide it over the skin and the butters and oils melt with the body’s temperature and lay gently on the surface of the skin, then you simply massage it in (or preferably get someone else to do it for you!).

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With a base of aerated Cocoa and Shea butters, Therapy¿ is perfectly moisturising for your body, leaving your skin incredibly soft.

Did you know that one in four babies are born with an outie belly button? That’s where the design of Therapy¿ comes from. It features three little holes and one rounded lump on the top of it. The ingredients of Therapy¿ are perfect for helping reduce the appearance of stretch marks and a lot of new mum’s come in our store buying this massage bar for just that.

As already mentioned Cocoa and Shea Butters condition and soften the skin, Sweet Orange and Neroli Oils are great for their toning effects on the skin which helps improve it’s texture, and Lavender Oil is proven to be soothing and calming.

These essential oils combine into a sweet, floral scent which is cheerful and uplifting. Neroli has been proven to increase serotonin levels in the brain and Lavender is the perfect relaxant. Therapy not just for your skin but for your mind too!

Therapy¿ is a little less oily than some of Lush’s other massage bars, so she takes a little while longer to really get going but once she does, it’s a beautiful feeling. Once warmed up, this bar glides so smoothly over the skin leaving noticeable moisture and hydration which is then easily worked into the skin. On the top side you can use the extra little bump as a useful aid to a more sensual massage.

After use, you’re left with perfectly moisturised, soft and brighter skin. The scent also lasts for a long time and I can always smell it on my sheets or clothes after using it!

Like all of Lush’s products with a buttery base this massage bar does come with a melt warning, so make sure you aren’t storing yours somewhere where it’s going to get too warm!

Check out Therapy¿ and all other massage bars on the Lush UK website here.web_theorpy_massage_bar_ayr_2018.jpg

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Neroli Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb

(Koi-yarn-ee-scat-see) means ‘life out of balance’ or ‘chaotic life’ in the Hopi language. The Hopi are a Native American tribe primarily living in Arizona.

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As mentioned in my previous post Sleepy Shower Bomb, I was a little apprehensive to try the Shower Bombs at first. But I don’t think they are as bad as you think they’re going to be.

Koyaanisqatsi didn’t foam up so quickly or as much as Sleepy did, but it was just as soft in my opinion, thanks to the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate, which is derived from Seaweed. Both of these are what give the Shower Bombs their skin softening qualities.

I also didn’t find it as exfoliating as Sleepy. Koyaanisqatsi doesn’t have an exfoliant in it so it feels smoother when rubbing it in.

The scent is quite relaxing, according to the product description it’s intended to clear your mind, help you slow down and take control. The ample amount of Lavender and it’s cousin Lavandin sure does just that. Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years to settle nerves and relax the mind.

Although it sounds very similar, the addition of Violet Leaf and Ylang Ylang add a subtle floral hint which makes this shower bomb’s scent different to Sleepy/Twilight. It’s very similar to Ickle Baby Bot.

I noticed after a while, you couldn’t really seem to get much more out of it. It stopped foaming and just became hard and solid, which I ended up letting go down the plug hole, which was quite disappointing, considering I got so much out of Sleepy.

Here it is on the Lush UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Lavandin Absolute, Lavandin Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Sleepy Shower Bomb

What’s a shower bomb? How do you use them? Aren’t they just really grainy????????

Shower Bombs launched just under a week ago and believe me, we’ve had every question going and I too, was a little unsure.

The first one I tried was Sleepy to get that relaxing lavender fix. It looks quite cute, like a lil cloud, and has it’s name printed on the bottom!

The first thing I noticed when using it, is as soon as the water from the shower hits it, it really expands, creating a soft foam that you then use to wash yourself.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how soft it is, due to the Potato Starch and the Sodium Alginate (Seaweed, basically). It glides smoothly over the skin leaving a trail of beautifully soft foam, which in turn makes your skin just as soft afterwards! It’s in no way like rubbing a bath bomb all over you.

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Yes, there is a slight grain to it, but it’s in the form of Fine Oatmeal, which helps buff away any dead skin and dirt.

I was also surprised to see that you can actually use the Shower Bombs more than once if you chose to! According to Lush they are just the one use, and I did actually use mine in just the one shower, but it was more than enough so I could have easily popped it down and finished it the day after if I wanted to!

As being part of the Sleepy/Twilight family, there’s obviously Lavender as the main ingredient in the scent. Lavender is super relaxing, helping you chill out and unwind. It’s sweetened by the addition of Tonka, Benzoin Resinoid and Ylang Ylang which complete Sleepy’s popular smell.

Like Twilight, the scent really hits you strongly as you use the product, and I enjoyed a relaxing carefree shower with this Shower Bomb.

In conclusion, my mind was changed after using it. It is quite nice and it’s perfect for those without a bath (how do you live?) who want to treat themselves with a novelty product. Plus my skin feels super soft right now so bonus.

Check out Sleepy and the other Shower Bombs on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fine Oatmeal, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77742

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