Bath, Bath Bombs

Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb

I love it when a bath bomb truly makes you feel a certain way, whether that’s uplifted, relaxed, grounded, it doesn’t matter. As long as it has a powerful effect on my mood, then it’s a winner with me. As you can imagine with a name like Cheer Up Buttercup, this bath bomb is designed to elevate your mood and help you feel happy and cheerful.

Cheer Up Buttercup is about the same size as a Butterball, but it really packs a punch. It’s bright yellow, with a sprinkling of Blue Cornflowers on the top and has a citrusy, energising smell. It contains Lemon Myrtle, Lime and Neroli in the forms of essential oils to give it its scent. Lemon Myrtle Oil has a sunny and herbal fragrance as well as having antibacterial properties. It contains over 90% Citral, which is a key characteristic component of Lemon Oil, making both oils quite similar. Lime Oil is astringent and has an enzymic effect which helps to remove dead skin cells to get the skin glowing and toned while boosting the mood with its sharp, fresh scent. Neroli has an intensely green and floral scent with citrus characteristics and is one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain, which makes us feel contented and cheerful. Cheer Up Buttercup is quite simply, very lemony and zesty.

Once in the water, Cheer Up Buttercup quickly fizzes away the yellow outer shell, revealing a hidden pink centre. It’s not very spectacular in terms of bath art, but the water had developed that same vibrant yellow colour within seconds, which even with the pink core, remained as bright even after the last remnants had dissolved. I’m someone who’s mood can be very affected and enhanced by colour, and whenever I bath with anything so bright and yellow, it instantly makes me feel happier.

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What you might not realise about this bath bomb until you’re actually in the water with it, is that it’s full of Cocoa Butter! You can see the oils on the surface of the water and you’re bound to feel it on your skin. It’s for sure one of Lush’s most moisturising bath bombs and it made my skin feel super soft and nourished once I was out.

What you also might not realise, is that Cheer Up Buttercup is full of glitter, which looks gorgeous in the bright water and leaves a light glimmer on your skin after too.

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There was also a lovely waft of the uplifting aroma coming from my skin for a good few hours after as a nice bonus! I loved how great I felt after my bath so I’d definitely recommend this powerful bath bomb if you’re ever feeling a little down in the dumps and in need of a pick me up!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre, Colour 19140, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Blue Cornflowers

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

Spinning Plates Bubble Spinner

Spinning Plates was released as part of the #LushMoods launch, which was a collection of new products designed to engage the senses and using the techniques of aromatherapy, alter the state of the mind. This bubble spinner is aimed at people who are juggling too many things at once or those who have a lot on their plate right now, so if that’s you simply grab Spinning Plates and settle into a warm, relaxing bubble bath.

Looking over the ingredients list you’ve got Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and a relatively new ingredient for Lush – Fire Tree Oil. Fire Tree Oil comes from a plant that grows in the southwest of Australia and has a fruity smell with smoky and woody notes. Whilst there’s definitely a woody note coming from the bubble spinner and something citrusy in the background, it’s really hard to pick the scent apart because sadly, Spinning Plates doesn’t smell strongly at all.

As a bubble spinner, the idea is to hold it under the running tap water and it’ll start spinning and producing bubbles until you’ve decided how much you want to use before putting it down to dry and be used again. Spinning Plates is by far the best spinner I’ve seen yet from Lush, they’ve finally delivered one that really spins well and fast! For my first bath, I guess I used about a third of the product so you can definitely get at least three good baths out of one!

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As it spun and the tub filled, the water turned a warming shade of orange. I was hoping that upon contact with the warm water, the scent would develop more but I was very much disappointed and in actual fact, I couldn’t smell much at all. However, the bubbles it created were lovely and soft so I still jumped in eagerly for my soak.

Once I was out, although I felt fully clean and refreshed, there’s not much else I can say really. There was no sign of the scent remaining on my skin, nor did I notice a difference in how soft or hydrated my skin felt so it’s a real shame but I’m disappointed with Spinning Plates. For something that’s supposed to be aromatherapy based, Lush definitely need to find a way to strengthen that scent because it could be really nice.

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You can check out Spinning Plates for yourself over at the Lush UK website, here.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fire Tree Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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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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