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 Bombs

Floating Flower Bath Bomb

This years Mother’s Day range has given us plenty of bath bombs to choose from. There’s the three butterflies, two returning favourites from last year, a teapot, four flower themed bombs that feature a note you can write on and then there’s Floating Flower, which is also flower themed but different to the others.

Floating Flower is a light blue bath bomb that actually features a real Chrysanthemum flower which has been dipped in Cocoa Butter before being attached to the top. The idea is that when the bomb dissolves, it leaves the flower floating around the tub!

Not only does it have such a cute and visually appealing design, but the scent is beautiful too. The initial almondy smell really reminded be of Cinders Shower Gel but it quickly became much more powdery and floral. Floating Flower contains Almond Essential Oil and Lavender Oil, along with the scent of the actual Chrysanthemum itself and it’s surprisingly strong! Whilst I don’t really think the floral notes are easily identifiable as Lavender, I’d definitely describe it as if freshly cut flowers met the sweet smell of almonds and marzipan and I really love it.

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In the water, it was a relatively fast fizzer and the water soon took on the gorgeous milky blue colour of the bomb itself. The best thing to do is to carefully place the bath bomb in the water so you can leave the delicate flower dry and it’ll gradually sink in once the bomb has dissolved. After a short while, the flower was all that remained and the cocoa butter started melting off of it, imbuing the water with its moisturising benefits.

Once I was in, I immediately felt how soft and luxurious the water felt. Not only does it contain Cocoa Butter, but also a generous amount of Almond Oil too, both of which are extremely nourishing. The scent had also lifted into the air and lingered for a short time which made it heavenly. I was really impressed at the flower’s ability to hold itself together without disintegrating and it looked beautiful bobbing on the surface of the blue water!

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After I was out and dried off, I felt no need to use a lotion or anything as my skin was so smooth and hydrated but sadly there wasn’t much of a strong reminder of the scent on my skin, just a faint version of the fragrance.

In conclusion, Floating Flower is such a beautiful product, I’m for sure going to buy one for my mum as I know she’ll love it and perhaps another one for me too! I’d love to see more products in the scent as well, so fingers crossed for the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Fresh Chrysanthemum, Lavender Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

After really enjoying my potted American Pie, I was eager to try the naked version too! I personally find that usually the naked versions last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, predominately because you aren’t using a great amount of the product with each use.

Upon first sniff, the two versions smell almost identical. Both are a very gentle recreation of the original American Cream scent but I actually really like it that way and you still get all the wonderful creamy notes of vanilla and strawberry. In the shower however, I do notice that the scent is somewhat stronger with the naked and actually I find that the Lavender is more easily noticeable, intertwining with the sweet Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the main component of the fragrance.

With a naked body container, you simply grab the whole thing and swipe it over your skin before putting it down and rinsing it off. The addition of the warm water allows the nourishing and moisturising ingredients to sink deeper and more quickly into the skin and I always find that I’m a lot more hydrated with a body conditioner than with a body lotion.

In terms of feeling, I’d actually say that I felt a lot more moisturised with this version. Perhaps it’s the addition of the Cocoa Butter, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax (which help to keep the product solid) but it felt a lot more oily, yet in no way greasy. It was easily absorbed into my skin and felt effectively hydrating. Another change between the varieties is that this version doesn’t include any fresh strawberry, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.

Because of the difference in format, I’d recommend stepping out of the shower stream when applying this product, else it’ll quickly melt with the hot water and you really don’t want to waste any, plus it only makes it more messy.

The only thing that’s difficult with a naked body conditioner, and a lot of Lush’s naked products in general, is that storing them can be a hassle. I personally use the lids from Lush’s large black pots (225g) to sit my naked body conditioners on, which are actually the perfect size. 

After towelling off, I found that my skin was radiating the comforting scent that I’m really starting to admire, which was a big step up from it’s potted sibling. Again, I could definitely smell more of the powdery floral notes at this point too.

As with the American Cream Shower Gel, I’m definitely preferring the naked version of this product! How about you? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Body Conditioner

American Pie was another American Cream scented product released alongside the namesake shower gel for Valentine’s Day and is a body conditioner, which if you didn’t know, is a body lotion that you use in the shower. I’m a big fan of body conditioners, and with my new found love for the American Cream scent, I was super excited to try this one.

With a super luxurious base of Shea, Cupuaçu and Murumuru Butters, alongside Almond Oil, you can already tell that you’re in for a treat. Lush’s body conditioners are usually a step up from their standard body lotions in terms of how soft and hydrated your skin feels and American Pie is no different. All these ingredients do wonders at sinking deeply into your skin with all their moisturising benefits.

In the shower, you can definitely feel the product get to work as soon as you start slathering it over your body. Body conditioners really go a long way so only a little is needed each time, even for your whole body! Upon contact with the warm water whilst rinsing it off, the American Cream fragrance lifted and filled my shower area.

It’s a mix of Vanilla, Clary Sage, Lavender and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the comforting scent which was designed to replicate the aroma coming from a fresh plate of strawberries and cream, and sweet and delicious milkshakes. Whilst American Pie does contain real Fresh Strawberry Infusion, strawberries themselves don’t really have a strong scent and so are mimicked with the help of the other ingredients creating a sweet vanillary and floral fragrance. It’s a gentle smell, especially in this format and I know some people would have liked it stronger but for me, I think it smells perfect.

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As mentioned, American Pie contains Fresh Strawberry Infusion, as well as Fresh Orange Infusion, which sweeten the scent but mainly, both fruits contain many antioxidants and cleansing enzymes which rejuvenate and cleanse the skin respectively. Furthermore the four ingredients that make up the forefront of the scent are also wonderfully soothing and calming.

Like I’ve said, I’m a big fan of body conditioners and this one certainly didn’t let me down, my skin felt so smooth afterwards and I could still smell the lovely aroma wafting off my skin for hours after using it, especially so when paired with the shower gel! I often use body conditioners as nighttime hand creams because they’re super effective at moisturising dry skin and you only need a really small amount! Do you have any other uses for them? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Fresh Orange Infusion, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cupuaçu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Perfume, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Naked Shower Gel

As with all their new shower gel releases, Lush are also releasing naked versions alongside them to encourage customers to choose packaging free options and to cater for those already following a more eco-friendly living. All of Lush’s plastic is completely recyclable and you can even bring it back to us in stores where we’ll recycle it for you if you’d prefer but if you know you’re bad at recycling or you can’t where you’re living then perhaps you should give the naked versions a go!

Lush remove the water and add an ingredient called Sodium Stearate to their shower gel formulas to get them to become solid. Sodium Stearate is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of stearic acid. It’s the perfect thickener for soaps and other products. The only problem I have with the naked shower gels is they’re very soft and therefore very messy and you need to make sure to store them appropriately in a container or on something to ensure you don’t leave any marks in your bathroom.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and vanillary scent that’s very reminiscent of delicious strawberry sundaes. The reproduce the scent with the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. There’s definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. Whilst I found that the liquid version had a somewhat synthetic after-smell, I find this version to be a lot truer to the actual American Cream Conditioner and others in the scent family.

You can use the naked shower gels however you like. Personally I prefer to have a good rub into my hands first and then cover my body with the lather, but I know lots of people like to cut up theirs into single use chunks, some blend it up into more of a whipped shower gel and some grab the whole thing and rub it all over! It’s really up to you.

I actually found that this particular naked really lathers up nicely and feels really creamy in consistency. I also found it to be a tad more moisturising than it’s liquid counterpart too and it really left my skin feeling so soft! Furthermore, I complained that my liquid didn’t leave a trace of the scent on my skin but the naked does! It’s very faint but the naked wins again!

I think if I had to choose out of the two versions I’d probably choose this version! Has anyone else had a chance to try both? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

 

 

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Shower Gel

Whilst I know that the American Cream scent has a massive amount of love from Lushies old and new, I’ve never really had the chance to really experience it much myself as I don’t use the conditioner and because of that I was’t as overjoyed as some people were when Lush started to release more products in the same scent. I used Marshmallow World Bath Bomb and I really liked it but it’s not until I’ve started using this shower gel that I’ve really grown a new found love for the fragrance.

The scent itself is meant to replicate the aroma of delicious and creamy strawberry milkshakes and it definitely does just that. Although this gel does contain Fresh Strawberry Juice, it doesn’t do anything for the scent as the fruits don’t really have much of a fragrance. Instead the sweet strawberry illusion is from the richness of Vanilla and Benzoin Resinoid, with slight herbal and floral notes from Lavender and Clary Sage. It’s a very sweet and creamy scent and it makes you wanna cover yourself in it as the muskiness of the Vanilla and the Benzoin really envelops your senses with a feeling of comfort. I won’t lie, there’s a slight, almost synthetic after-note in this format, which I don’t really notice in the conditioner, nor did I notice with the bath bomb either but don’t let that put you off, it’s still good!

American Cream has a fairly standard consistency and was easily lathered into my hands and into my sponge in the shower, so I’m hoping that it’s going to mean it’ll last for a long time! The heat of the running water only boosted the scent which allowed me to have a really indulgent experience. This shower gel also contains a small amount of a seaweed extract which makes it really soft and nourishing.

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As already mentioned, Lush have added Fresh Strawberry Juice to this mix along with Fresh Orange Juice too. Both fruit juices contain malic and citric acids which cleanse and brighten the skin and they also contain vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to help nourish and improve the skin’s condition and elasticity. Furthermore, the Lavender Oil, along with Clary Sage is great for soothing any irritation.

Once I was out of my shower, I sadly found that the scent had pretty much disappeared, which was a real shame, but my skin was feeling super smooth and refreshed.

American Cream is staying in stores throughout spring up until the summer, so you’ve got plenty of time to stock up if you’re loving it!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Let Go Atmosphere

Lush’s Atmospheres were designed with the philosophical belief in ‘the law of attraction’ in mind. The law of attraction is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and that through the process of energy attracting the same type of energy, a person can improve their own health, wealth, personal relationships etc. Each Atmosphere contains a specific concoction of scents that relate to four things you’re likely to desire – Love, Joy, Money or to Let Go. After a particularly stressful day, I chose Let Go to calm my mind and help me let go of my worries.

This particular Atmosphere is definitely the most simple of the four as scent-wise it contains nothing but Lavender Oil. Lavender’s floral and herbaceous scent has long been used in aromatherapy to relax and ease the mind and it’s also perfect for aiding a more restful sleep. The scent of Let Go is by far one of Lush’s purest Lavender scents and simply smells as though you were smelling a handful of actual lavender buds.

The Atmospheres are fantastically innovative, they’re actually doses of shower gel contained in a biodegradable seaweed casing and all you do is pop the casing and use the inside as a gel like normal. The consistency of the gel is a lot thicker than Lush’s generic shower gels and it can be hard to really get it to lather up, but I guess the thickness helps it stay in the casing easier. I do find that the two atmospheres I’ve used so far have both been very moisturising on my skin, leaving me feeling beautifully smooth after.

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Another benefit of Lavender Oil is that it’s naturally anti-septic and therefore it helps to gently cleanse your skin. The Atmospheres also contain cleansing Sea Salt so they aren’t just a pretty smell, they do a good job too! Just be careful when you’re popping the ball as you can end up losing some down the plughole.

I’m a real sucker for Lavender scents, they really work on me so I definitely felt a lot calmer once I was out of the shower. Although Lush say that each Atmosphere is for one use only, I reckon with the amount of gel inside them you can definitely save some for at least one more shower, but even still it’s hard to justify spending £12 on just four showers which is where the main problem lies. It’s a great idea but I believe Lush need to make a couple of changes if they want to increase the Atmospheres’ popularity.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Lavender Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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