Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs

With Lush’s currently limited range of Mouthwash flavours, I’m always hoping that they’ll bring out a new and unique flavour that I’ll really love. I know we’ve just had the release of Brave, but I wanted more and was super excited when I saw the potential of apple-flavoured mouthwash for the Valentine’s range.

These new mouthwash tabs smell like sweet apple flavoured bubblegum, which really excited me to try them. The flavour is really unique, not particularly tasting of apples as such, but it’s definitely a fruity flavour with added minty freshness. It’s a mix of Lemon, Lime and Spearmint Oils as well as something called Malic Acid, found in many fruits including apples, which has a tart, juicy flavour. This is fundamentally the best tasting mouthwash Lush have ever done, theres nothing slightly odd or off putting about it, it’s sweet, zesty and just enjoyable. Even my partner likes Adam’s Apple and he hates the rest of the range.

You might be wondering how something so sweet can be good for your teeth? Well the sweeteners Lush use in their mouthwashes (Stevia, Xylitol, Sorbitol) have been proven to not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar, making them an excellent substitute in dental products. Stevia also has the added benefit of actually suppressing dental bacteria growth to help keep your gums and teeth clean.

Lush’s mouthwash tabs contain Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate and Silica to cleanse and remove and prevent plaque build up. Sodium Bicarb is noted for its cleansing and protective effects on the gums and teeth. In the mouth, when mixed with saliva, sodium bicarbonate creates a hostile environment for acidic bacteria as it increases the pH of the saliva. An ideal ingredient in mouthwash, as the gentle fizzing of the Sodium Bicarbonate with Citric Acid will cleanse and deodorise the mouth without the use of alcohol. Furthermore, Adam’s Apple also contains Aloe Vera Powder to soothe and protect the gums.

Once you pop one of the tabs in your mouth and mix it with water, it immediately foams up filling your mouth with the flavour instantly, leaving your breath fresh and a real feeling of cleanliness in your mouth.

Adam’s Apple is definitely my favourite mouthwash flavour to date and is far superior than the rest of the current range. I think it’s about time Lush do a whole new range of flavours with Adam’s Apple staying as a year round product! Nevertheless, I’ve stocked up so they’ll definitely last me a while!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Olive Branch Bath Bomb

The Olive Branch has always been high on my list of favourite Shower Gels, thanks to it’s subtle, yet uplifting and warming scent, so naturally I was very pleased at the chance to experience it in a bath bomb format! Olive Branch Bath Bomb was released in December as part of the community favourites range and it soon made its way onto my Christmas list and therefore under my tree.

Upon first sniff, I instantly recognised the reassuring scent of Olive Branch, and I was happy to find it to be more strongly scented than the shower gel, as I feel the quiet and easily overpowered scent of the gel can be a downside. Although firmly citrus based with Lemon, Bergamot and Red Mandarin Oils making up the forefront of the scent, theres also a floral kick underneath from Orange Flower Absolute, which ties the scent together with fresh green notes. It’s a delicate, yet incredibly warming and soothing scent which is perfect for a tranquil moment to yourself.

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The actual bath bomb is stunningly designed and I feel the swirly orange and white pattern fits the scent family well. When placed in the water, it quickly dispels the orange and white patterns into the water surrounding it and the scent is elevated into the room. The water soon turned a shade of warm orange and invited me to take a dip.

The water itself was superbly soft, an element that I noticed on my skin after too. Olive Branch, like the shower gel, is also full of nourishing Olive Oil as expected, to moisturise and protect the skin. It’s not as oily as the likes of Butterball or other butter filled bombs but it does the job just as well.

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I was really pleased with this bath bomb, I think perhaps the best part of it is simply how strong the scent is, it even left an impression on my skin for a while after towelling off. Whilst I’m not sure it would be a best seller if it was launched in all stores but perhaps it would make a great Oxford Street exclusive? Either way, I do hope I have the chance to use it again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Whoosh Shower Jelly

I feel as though Whoosh has been around forever. I’m not sure when exactly it was first released but it’s been definitely been over ten years. I first came across Whoosh when I was much younger, my mum had been gifted it by somebody and it sat for a long while in our bathroom. That’s until I realised what it was and became obsessed with how it felt, realising how much fun I could have with it! I’m pretty sure I destroyed it before my mum even had a chance to use it…

Shower jellies were inspired by the popular British staple at a kid’s birthday party, the combo of jelly and ice cream! Furthermore, they were actually invented for the company’s own 10th birthday in 2005!

Mineral-rich carrageenan extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique solid base, therefore making the jellies actually pretty moisturising! It also is the perfect carrier for fruit juices and Whoosh features a triple threat of Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit, giving it a zesty uplifting fragrance that smells exactly like lemon and lime flavoured squash or sweets!

These citrus juices also make Whoosh very cleansing and toning for the skin. Large amounts of vitamin C in these fruits mean that they’re also very antioxidant, rejuvenating tired and dull skin.

Whoosh also contains a large quantity of Honey Water, amplifying the hydrating properties of the seaweed base and further protecting the skin. Rosemary Oil has also been added to balance and help with any tense muscular aches and pains!

I love using this energising jelly to wake me up on hot summer mornings, I grab it straight from the freezer so it’s extra refreshing! As someone who’s not a massive fan of citrus scents, I actually rather like this one, so would be pleased to see more of it in other formats some day. I always find my skin looks visibly brighter also, which gives me a boost of confidence as a nice added touch!

What are your thoughts on Whoosh? Let me know in the comments section and feel free to check out Whoosh for yourself, over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Tincture Of Benzoin, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Bath, Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Limelight Toothy Tabs

When you think of Lush products, their dental care is often overlooked and is rarely something that customers are massively interested in. I think for most people, having good oral hygiene is, understandably, immensely important so parting with their trusty toothpaste is somewhat scary, incase other options don’t work as well. I know this was definitely a massive obstacle I personally had to overcome before aiming to make the switch.

There are many pros to using one of Lush’s toothy tabs over a regular tube of toothpaste. Landfill sites are filled with billions of toothpaste tubes yearly and as conventional toothpaste is predominantly packaged in plastic-coated, aluminium-lined tubes, they are rarely recyclable. Although yes, Lush’s tabs are packaged in a plastic bottle, both that and the lid are 100% recyclable in your local recycling points. Lush received a lot of backlash when it decided to stop packaging their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes, however the cardboard packaging didn’t allow the tabs to stay as fresh as they can be in plastic.

Toothy tabs also give customers the option to choose a toothpaste alternative that is free from fluoride and instead they use ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate which increases the alkalinity levels inside our mouths, keeping the breath fresh and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, which is a natural salt, also in the toothy tabs for its polishing and plaque removing properties.

In terms of Limelight, it contains cleansing and antiseptic Lime, Lemon and Mint Oils which give it the taste of Lemon flavoured candies and hard boiled sweets. Although it sounds somewhat sour, it’s really isn’t and is simply a different, yet still refreshing alternative to standard minty toothpaste. Whenever I use it, my mouth feels really fresh and clean!

Limelight also contains something called Baobab Fruit Powder, which gives the tabs a slight fizzing, sherbet-like feel when in use and is a nice touch. Maybe it’s something that could help younger children start using them!

Check out Limelight for yourself over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Almond Oil, Baobab Fruit Powder, Gardenia Extract, Citric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Malic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

The name and the inspiration for The Olive Branch comes from the song ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen, specifically the line “Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove”. Lush want to make people feel uplifted and reassured with this shower gel and after all, an olive branch is one of the most famous signs of peace.

Usually when you’re using a product from Lush you expect to be blown away by a strong and heady fragrance, but The Olive Branch is rather subtle, especially compared to other shower gels such as Rose Jam and Dirty Springwash.

The scent is firmly citrus fronted, containing Lemon, Bergamot and Mandarin Oils, as well as the juice from the latter along with Orange Flower Absolute. This concoction of zesty and energising fruity aromas would make The Olive Branch smell a tad similar to typically citrus scented cleaning products you’d find under your kitchen sink if it wasn’t for something in there that’s a little more woody, and somewhat warming and reassuring; most likely from the addition of an infusion made from Vine Leaves. The Mandarin Juice also gives a delicate fruity note!

A big component of this product is the great amount of antioxidant Fair Trade Olive Oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin with essential vitamins. You can really feel it in the consistency and when it’s on your skin and I love using it during summer to battle any dryness from too much sun!

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The citrus oils it contains are expertly cleansing and the Fresh Mandarin Juice has a brightening effect for the skin, leaving it fresh and revitalised. The Olive Branch actually lathers up really well and ensures you are effortlessly clean. Furthermore, the Vine Leaf Infusion and the aforementioned Olive Oil have great soothing and conditioning properties, calming any inflammation or redness you may be suffering with.

I really love The Olive Branch and it’s potentially my favourite shower gel out of the current year round range. The scent, although simple is really lovely. I just wish it had more staying power after you’ve used it!

You can check out The Olive Branch for yourself here for more information!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar

I was really excited about this bubble bar when I first saw it, assuming it would be sweetly peppermint scented like actual candy canes! However, surprisingly it’s not. It’s still sweet, but it’s not peppermint and contains Bergamot and Lemon instead.

Saying that, it’s still a nice addition to the Christmas bubble bars and being reusable, it’s probably one of the bath products that are a bit better for your money, a bargain at £3.95.

For my first bath with it, I used about a third and got a decent amount of bubbles. Unlike most bubble bars, Candy Cane works much like Magic Wand or a bubble brush, you simply hold it under the running tap water until you’ve got enough bubbles, leave it somewhere to dry and you can use it again! I’d definitely say if you wanted to, you could get around four or five baths out of one. Me? I got two, using my remaining piece for a second, more indulgent bath.

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You could crumble it, but believe me when I say that it’s kinda difficult. Candy Cane isn’t meant to be crumbled, but feel free to give it a go! Maybe if you softened it in the water first it would crumble easier. Either way, you’re left with a tub full of bubbles and orangey-red waters below.

Usually, reusable bubble bars tend to lose their scent once in use, however Candy Cane’s fragrance remained throughout my bath. As previously mentioned, it’s a citrus combination of Lemon and Bergamot, yet nothing about the aroma gives you a clue to this. It’s more candy scented, like Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy yet a tad warmer and fruiter. I guess even if it’s not peppermint it’s still candy right?

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The bubbles it creates are super soft and light. Whilst nothing in the ingredients list alludes you to Candy Cane being at all moisturising, that’s indeed the feeling on my skin, leaving me baby smooth afterwards.

Overall, whilst I enjoyed my bath with this bubble bar, there’s nothing about it that would make me upset if it didn’t return for Christmas 2019, however it’s popularity tells me it’ll probably be back.

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Did you get a chance to use Candy Cane this holiday season?

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Limonene, Colour 14700.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb

Another new bath bomb for 2018’s winter seasonal range is Cheery Christmas, released with a brand new fragrance of Buchu and Sicilian Lemon Oils.

This hexagonal shaped bath bomb is slightly smaller than most others, but is also cheaper too, meaning it’s great for an extra add on gift, stocking filler or for a non-expensive treat for yourself when you’re running low on Christmas savings.

The new scent Lush have paired with it is rather bright, uplifting and lives up to the cheery name. The fruity notes of Buchu Oil are very similar to Cassis, or Blackcurrant, giving it a smell not too far from The Comforter and the more citrusy notes from the Lemon are more of a background hit.

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Because this bath bomb’s underside is flat, you can get it to float really nicely if you’re careful. Just hold it on the surface of the water for a few seconds and wait until you feel ready to gently let go and it should stay afloat! If it works then it’ll stay that way for a good five or six minutes and look really pretty as it slowly dissolves. It’s also an amazingly quiet fizzer, which is really appreciated for a relaxing moment of simply watching the display, like a snowflake gently floating across a pink sky.

Once the water has reached the centre of the bath bomb, streams of blue start appearing and the water starts to take on a slightly more purply tinge, but it’s not a major change as the pink remains the dominant colour.

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Unfortunately the scent almost vanished once the product itself had disappeared and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin after either, apart from a slightly softer feeling and a light shimmer from the glittery water.

Whilst I love the design and the fragrance of the whole product, it’s not one of the standouts of the Christmas collection this year and I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it doesn’t make a return in coming years.

You can find out more information about Cheery Christmas here on the UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Buchu Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cornstarch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1

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