Body Scrubs, Shower

Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

Rub Rub Rub was one of the first products I ever used from Lush. I was gifted it by a friend once and it quickly became one of my favourite products. It still has a special place in my heart, but after falling deep into the Lush product well, it’s somewhat been replaced by other more exciting products.

It’s important to exfoliate your skin from time to time. Regular, gentle exfoliation will get your skin glowing all year round. That’s because pores can become clogged with dead skin cells and everyday grime, and unclogging them helps your skin to look brighter and feel cleaner. The skin continuously creates new skin cells and removes the dead ones, so by exfoliating, you’re encouraging this process and helping remove the dead skin.

Rub Rub Rub is an interesting scrub. It’s full of hand-harvested Sea Salt as the exfoliant, but it’s got a rather wet consistency too due to the amount of Water and Lemon Juice in it. Lemon Juice is amazingly beneficial for the skin; Lemons are an excellent source of citric acid and vitamin C which cleanse and brighten the skin and help strip away excess oils. Although it sounds like a lot, Rub Rub Rub is actually fairly gentle and leaves behind silky soft skin.

Because of it’s wet consistency, you could describe it as an exfoliating shower gel. It actually lathers up just like one too due to the lathering agents it contains and once it mixes with water, it turns ever so soft and feels really gorgeous on the skin. You don’t just have to use it on wet skin either, if you’ve got tougher skin, you may want to try applying it to dry skin for a stronger scrub before stepping in the shower.

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This vibrant blue shower scrub also features a bright and refreshing fragrance that’s made up of Lemon, Jasmine, Orange Flower and Mimosa. Although if you’d imagine what a mixture of lemon and salt would smell like, then that’s essentially the main smell with subtle fresh floral notes in the background. The main floral aroma comes from Jasmine and Mimosa Absolutes, the latter of which which has a sweet and energising fragrance. Mimosa flowers also contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate, soothe and firm the skin. The scent also remains on you for a good while after using it!

Rub Rub Rub is pretty versatile, and you can actually use it on your hair too. The Lemon Juice is great at removing excess oils and sebum, whilst the Sea Salt gently exfoliates the scalp and adds volume. If you’ve not tried it before, definitely give it a go!

Although I said my love for Rub Rub Rub is growing stale, in truth, it reignites every time I use it when I remember how great a product it is. It’s also a classic Lush product so if you’ve not tried it yet then you should really think about doing so!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon Oil, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Ro’s Argan Sparkly Naked Body Conditioner

Along with the Iceshoggles Soap I found in my cupboard the other day, I also found another product I still had from Christmas that I hadn’t used. Along with naked versions of Christingle, Buck’s Fizz and Snow Fairy, Lush released a naked version of the popular Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner too! Though this version was slightly different, as it’s full of glitter!

As a whole, this sparkly version of Ro’s Argan contains most of the same ingredients as the original. If you’ve never come across either version of this wonderful product before, it’s scented in the Rose Jam scent, which is a sweet combination of Lemon, Rose and Geranium. Whilst the original body conditioner is a perfect match to the scent, I find that it’s somewhat muted in this version, perhaps due to the extra butters it’s much softer, yet it’s still the scent we all know and love.

Although not containing the Almond or Brazil Nut Oils that feature in the original, Ro’s Argan Sparkly still contains Shea, Cupuaçu and Cocoa Butters, with the latter being in a much higher quantity, helping it retain it’s solid state, alongside Carnauba and Sunflower Waxes. It also obviously contains Argan Oil, which is traditionally used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin. The beneficial oil is also full of antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin E, promoting healthy cell regeneration.

Similarly, Goji Berry Juice is also antioxidant and helps to tone the skin along with Cypress Leaf Infusion. Whilst an infusion from Vanilla Pods give a warm sweetness to the scent as well as soothing the skin also.

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Other than the format, the main difference between this naked version and its potted counterpart is that this one is full of glitter. Although you can see it covering the product, you don’t actually realise just how much is in there until you’re actually using it on the skin. After one sweep of it over my body in the shower, and after rinsing and towelling off, I was covered in glimmering golden lustre, and I mean covered. The picture above doesn’t even do it justice. I personally don’t mind a bit of glitter, but I certainly wouldn’t like to use it every day and it’s probably something I’m going to keep for special occasions.

Other than that, it does the job it’s intended for and my skin did feel adequately moisturised. However, I think I’ll stick to the stronger smelling glitter-less liquid variety.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Carnauba Wax, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Argan Oil, Sunflower Wax, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Mouthwash Tabs

A Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is an alcoholic beverage invented by ex-President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox and is considered to be the best drink in existence. Its effects are similar to ‘having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.’ Well, this is what it is in the universe of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. To us, it’s another flavour of Lush’s Mouthwash Tabs.

Although only recently becoming more into Toothy Tabs, I’ve always been a fan of the Mouthwash Tabs. They’re so convenient for when you’re traveling, due to their small size and the fact they aren’t liquid so you don’t have to worry about when you’re at customs or about them leaking. I often use mine on the go as a breath freshener too!

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (try saying that after a few drinks!) contains Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil and Aniseed Oil. The most noticeable ingredient from the smell is definitely the menthol, but intertwined with the fresh scent of Lemon Oil and a spicy herbal hit from Aniseed, it doesn’t smell too dissimilar to cough syrup.

Saying that, the taste is rather medicinal too, and it’s mainly the Aniseed Oil that causes this. The oil is often used in medicines to take advantage of its many benefits; it’s antiseptic, it helps to sooth congestion in the respiratory tract and is useful for eliminating bacteria in mouth and throat. This is what links the flavour of common medicines to these mouthwash tabs. The added Lemon and Menthol, along with fresh tasting Quinine do help the tabs to taste less liquorice like, but I strongly dislike aniseed so it’s not a taste I can get behind using twice a day I’m afraid.

Other than Aniseed Oil, PGGB contains other ingredients to promote good oral hygiene. In all their toothy tabs and mouthwash tabs, Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol to prevent bacterial growth inside the mouth and in turn, preventing bad breath. Lush do not use alcohol in their mouthwash, unlike most brands out there.

If you aren’t sure how to use a mouth wash tab, simply pop one into the mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz, nibble and swish before spitting it out. You can also dissolve a mouthwash tab in a small amount of water and rinse the mouth that way. They’re a great final step in your oral routine but unlike using the toothy tabs, these don’t substitute brushing.

Whilst I don’t exactly hate the flavour of PGGB, I’m not overly keen on it’s medicinal taste so it’s unlikely I’ll be using these again anytime soon, but I will say that they are great at helping my mouth to feel fresher after brushing and that’s what they’re designed for I guess!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil, Aniseed Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sorbitol, Quinine, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lemon Butterfly Bath Bomb

Lemon Butterfly is the last of three limited edition bath bombs shaped like butterflies that Lush have released for Mothers Day 2019. Whilst the citrus scent doesn’t massively appeal to me, I loved both Rose Butterfly and Wild Butterfly a lot so I was still rather eager to use this one too!

So called Lemon Butterfly because, yep you guessed it, it’s because of what features in its ingredients list. It does indeed contain Lemon Oil, but also Sweet Wild Orange Oil too. It’s a very uplifting and bright fragrance that you might recognise from a now discontinued massage bar, From Dusk Til Dawn. I’ve always said I’m not a huge lover of citrus scents but I can appreciate how invigorating and energising they are and this was no different.

With my third butterfly bath bomb, I had now realised that all efforts to get them to float delicately on top of the water were futile so I simply placed it in and watched as the green and yellow colours fizzed out. Like the previous two, Lemon Butterfly was mesmerising to watch. The fact that different coloured bath bomb mixes are randomly sprinkled into the moulds, doesn’t only create the beautiful marble-effect patterns on the product but also allows the fizzing to look wonderful! Before long the butterfly had mostly broken up and I hopped in to a vibrant green bath,

Whilst I was in I did notice that the scent wasn’t as strong as it was before the product had dissolved but obviously that’s not a bad thing for me personally! The water was also filled with gorgeous sparkling lustre floating around, attaching itself to my skin.

A great thing about citrus fruits and their oils is that they’re amazingly cleansing for the skin due to the enzymes they contain, which meant I left my bath feeling super clean and fresh. The scent, although weakened, was still relatively present on my skin afterwards, as was a light dusting of glitter.

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Although I wouldn’t use this particular bath bomb again, I’m glad I have at least once because I’m so in love with the butterfly bath bombs, they really are spectacular and you must try at least one! In case you didn’t know, there’s actually a fourth called Shijimi Butterfly, which I hope to get my hands on very soon when I visit the newest Lush store in Liverpool! I’m buzzing, stay tuned!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 59040

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

I think that this year’s Mothers Day range is beyond incredible, I feel so overwhelmed with so many new and exciting things to try! Three of the new limited edition products are butterfly shaped bath bombs which are made with specially 3D printed moulds. There’s a Rose Butterfly, a Lemon Butterfly and a Wild Butterfly, and their beautiful marble effect patterns are created by sprinkling different coloured mixes into the moulds before pressing. They’re some of the most beautiful products I’ve seen in a long while!

I picked up Rose Butterfly first because both it’s colours and it’s scent really drew me towards it. This gorgeous bath bomb features a new fragrance that Lush are calling Road Rage apparently. It’s a musky floral perfume of Sicilian Lemon Oil and Rose Oil and is absolutely to die for. It’s really powdery and I don’t think that just comes from the format either. The bright notes from the Lemon really lift the sweet and floral Rose and it’s a beautiful balance between the two. I say it’s a new scent, but it strongly reminds me of Two More Hearts Perfume, which contains the two ingredients amongst others. The scent of the perfume is a lot deeper and more complex though, whereas this is like a light recreation; but I loved the perfume, so I’m in head over heels for this too.

Once popped in the bath, I was hoping I could get Rose Butterfly to float for some cute pictures, but sadly she half sank under the water. Still, I managed to get some lovely shots of the pretty blues and pinks that dispersed out of the bomb. Much like the patterns on the actual butterfly, it made some beautiful bath art. I was also very pleased at the fact that whilst it was fizzing away, Rose Butterfly released a heavy dose of it’s wonderful aroma into the room.

After a relatively quick fizz, the end result was the most gorgeous vibrant shade of purply-blue, decorated with silvery lustre. I am actually blown away by how pretty both the bath art and the end result is from this bath bomb. I’ve not seen such a beautiful and exciting end colour from a Lush product in a long time and I couldn’t wait to jump in! Once I had taken the plunge with the warm water feeling so soft and the colour and the scent all around me, it was honestly heaven.

Even once I was towelled off and ready to snuggle up for the night,  I could still smell the light, yet powerful scent lingering on my skin. Although there’s no particularly moisturising ingredients in this product, my skin still felt lovely and soft and was decorated with a little amount of the shimmering lustre.

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In conclusion, Rose Butterfly is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. Honestly. I cannot express how much I love it! I strongly urge everyone to try it before it potentially disappears forever! If I were a rating sort of Lushie, it would definitely get top marks from me!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Recently Lush opened up their first naked store in the UK after the success of the naked stores in Milan and Berlin. Lucky for me I got to go to Manchester for the opening day! You won’t find any plastic packaging at this store as every product is completely naked. They have all the shower gels in naked forms, naked deodorants, shampoo bars and a couple of exclusive items such as Aurora Borealis Body Scrub.

Aurora Borealis is another name for the Northern Lights and the bright colours of this particular scrub suggests that’s why it was named so. It’s relatively small, but the price reflects that and you can probably get around five or six uses I reckon. Aurora Borealis contains Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil and Pineapple Powder and all three of these ingredients are the perfect cleansers as they’re all antiseptic, antibacterial and rejuvenating. Lemon Oil contains alpha-hydroxy-acids which are enzymes that cleanse the skin by breaking down dirt, excess oil and dead skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Spearmint and invigorates the skin, boosting the blood flow beneath and Pineapples are naturally rich in vitamins and other enzymes that cleanse and reduce swelling.

The scent is fruity and sweet with a hint of freshness from the Spearmint. It doesn’t overly smell of fruit or of mint but it’s a nice combination, not at all strong but it’s a lovely scent nonetheless.

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The actual scrub is made from Sugar and Fine Sea Salt to exfoliate and remove dead skin.  It’s actually rather abrasive when in use, and especially when it’s dry so it might be best to add a little water to it and mix it up into your hands before scrubbing your skin if you’d prefer a gentler exfoliation. Like with all of Lush’s solid sugar scrubs, if Aurora Borealis gets too wet it can fall apart, so it’s a good idea to break off a piece each time you use it so you’re not wasting any. A real bonus is that it looks so pretty when you’re using it with all the colours that cover your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt so beautifully refreshed and polished and I was surprised to notice that the quiet scent was actually lingering on my skin for a while after! In conclusion, Aurora Borealis was a nice shower companion and I’d happily grab one again next time I’m in Manchester! Let me know if you’ve had a chance to use this exclusive product!

Ingredients 

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Pineapple Powder, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

With the name Don’t Look At Me, it’s rather ironic that this is one of Lush’s brightest face masks with it’s bright blue colouring! You can’t not look!

Arguably the best thing about Don’t Look At Me is just how exfoliating it is. Even though it’s a face mask first and foremost, it contains super scrubby around rice to remove dead skin cells when you’re taking it off, just like a face scrub.

Don’t Look At Me has quite a rich, yet wet texture, which means it’s really easy to apply and there aren’t any big chunks like in other face masks. Along with cleansing Kaolin and Glycerine, it actually features a lot of skin softening ingredients. Silken Tofu has a high protein content and lots of vitamins, meaning it’s fantastic for moisturising and improving the condition of skin. Murumuru Butter is also loaded with vitamins and has a high content of deeply moisturising oleic acid. Furthermore, Rice Syrup and Rice Milk have also been added for their soothing and softening properties.

Although I may have made it sound otherwise, I wouldn’t call Don’t Look At Me that moisturising. It’s softening, yes, but I do find it can be slightly drying on my combination skin. It actually features enzymically cleansing Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil and a high amount of Fresh Lemon Juice. When something is enzymically cleansing, it means it breaks down any dirt and excess sebum with the help of enzymes, therefore making certain ingredients great at helping break down excess oils on the skin. Lemon Juice is perfect at this as well as being toning and brightening on the skin. I’d definitely recommend this mask to anyone with oilier skin types but if you are using it on drier skin, just make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after.

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Whenever I use Don’t Look At Me, my skin always feels so smooth and refreshed. The exfoliant works so well, I literally feel like I’m wearing new skin and there’s always a noticeable glow as well, so I love to use Don’t Look At Me before a big event!

However, one thing I really dislike about this mask, is the scent. I think it’s just how sharp the overall citrus aroma is, and mixed with the other ingredients it just doesn’t sit well with my nose. It’s sadly a big reason why I don’t use Don’t Look At Me more often.

Take a look at this fresh face mask here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Glycerine, Rice Syrup, Ground White Rice, Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter, Bentone Gel, Rice Milk, Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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