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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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

Snowflake Bubble Spinner

Remember when everyone was obsessed with fidget spinners for approximately two months? Well as ever, Lush love to jump on a craze and thus, the Bubble Spinner was formed. The first one, just simply named ‘Bubble Spinner’ Bubble Spinner came and went (disconned) and Lush have continued to bring out similar ones since.

Snowflake is the bubble spinner themed for the holidays. With a white five pointed design and sparkly blue detailing, it’s one of Lush’s more icy themed products for this Christmas.

The fragrance is an odd one, it’s Orange Flower, Orange, Sicilian Lemon and Patchouli and to my nose, I detect more of the earthy, floral notes than the citrus undertones and whilst Lush describes the smell as uplifting, I personally find it more grounding and relaxing.

I quite like the scent when the product is still in it’s solid form. In the water, the scent is slightly more grassy in a way which, to me reminds me of damp gardens and soil, and whilst sometimes that’s totally a vibe, it wasn’t what I was after in a Snowflake shaped Christmas product. However, compared to a lot of the reusable bubble bars, the staying power of this scent is rather good, for both during and after the bath.

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To use a Bubble Spinner you simply hold it under the running tap water, and bubbles should start to form in the bath, the idea is that the pressure of the water turns the spinner and gets them to spin. Unlike some of the other spinners in the past (I’m looking at you, Mum In A Spin) Snowflake is quite a decent spinner providing you have it at the right angle.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can definitely get 3 or 4 decent baths out of one however, the further you stretch that, the less scent and bubbles you’ll get from it. Sadly I can’t say there was a noticeable difference in how my skin felt after my bath, other than just ‘clean’. Furthermore, I’m afraid with being a white coloured bath product, the colour of your water doesn’t change much, if at all.

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All in all, I’m not really a great fan of the bubble spinners and I don’t really see the longevity in them so I can’t imagine they’ll be something we see much more of, especially when Lush have much more exciting and innovative products on the way.

Check it out for yourself on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Cornstarch, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Holey Night Bath Bomb

Holey Night Bath Bomb is a new product for this year’s Winter seasonal range and features a new bath bomb design and a new fragrance too! It’s a classic spherical shape with holes/craters on the surface allowing you to see the yellow core of the product. For those like me who suffer from Trypophobia (a fear of clusters of small holes) it’s a little off putting but I enjoyed using mine nonetheless.

I wouldn’t say there’s anything that screams Christmas or the holiday season about this product. I feel like it’s somewhat space-like in design and I’m pretty sure it’s inspired by a moon or an asteroid which makes me wonder whether it’s more suited to the year round range, despite the name. The fragrance it sports isn’t exactly festive either. It’s a combination of Lemon, Rose and Sandalwood and offers a woody, bright floral aroma.

The Sandalwood is arguably the main component of the scent, however the woodiness is brightened by both the Lemon and the Rose and creates quite a deep and complex, yet still gentle fragrance, at least to my nose anyway. I’m actually rather glad that the Lemon isn’t overpowering because frankly, I’m fed up with all the predominately citrusy scents Lush keep bringing out.

A nice thing about Holey Night is that if you’re really steady when you’re placing it in the water, you can actually get it to float and stay upright rather than spinning like most ballistics do. Obviously the first colour to paint the bathwater is the blue, but you’ll be surprised to find that the yellow isn’t actually very noticeable, it gives way fairly quickly to a hidden red colour which spills out the holes. Patterns of blue and red cover the surface before mixing to a final turquoise colour that radiated the uplifting and meditative scent.

After the bath bomb had fully dissolved I noticed that the water was extremely soft due to Holey Night containing Soya Milk Powder which makes it seem more creamy and smoother than other bombs – along with the Rose it’s perfect for soothing and calming irritated or red skin. As with most of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Holey Night is filled with glitter, however it wasn’t as noticeable on my skin as it was in the bath.

As soon as I jumped out my skin felt so soft and there was a hint of a more powdery version of the scent on my skin for the remainder of my evening.

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This is definitely an overlooked Bath Bomb from the range this year, it’s surprisingly indulgent and really creates amazing bath art! Definitely a must try before they’re out of stock, so get your hands on one soon! Check it out and order one for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Cl45410:1

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Refresher Shower Jelly

Shower Jellies are a unique, versatile and fun alternative to soaps and shower gels. Mineral-rich Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique base.

How to use? Well that’s up to you! You can use the whole piece as one squishy bar of soap and lather it up all over your body, or you can cut it into chunks and use each piece separately. Personally I do the first option with mine!

Refresher is a beautifully zesty citrus scented jelly. With a bright, glimmering yellow colour it’s perfect for energising and brightening your mood. The seaweed base also means that the feel of a jelly gliding over your body is lovely, leaving wonderfully soft skin in it’s wake.

The scent reminds me of sugary lemon tarts, sweet lemon drops or the Refresher sweets which are probably what this shower jelly is named after.

When using, the scent literally engulfs your bathroom as it’s really quite strong. You can smell it everywhere once you’ve used it so it’s great for those who like a long lasting scent on the skin. The jellies lather up extremely well, especially this one, so it’s not hard to get these wobbly soaps going. It’s a very refreshing and uplifting experience, perfect for dreary mornings where all you wanna do is go back to sleep.

Another great thing about the Jellies is that they last an incredible amount of time so they’re great value for the money. After a while, they can end up falling apart but TOP TIP ALERT! If this happens to yours – just stick it in the microwave in it’s pot for around a minute or so and it’ll melt back into it’s original form! Just be careful not to burn yourself with molten jelly though…

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Unfortunately, Refresher Shower Jelly was discontinued a while back so it’s currently unavailable, but hopefully it’ll make a return some day as I believe it was one of the better jellies Lush have done!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Lemon Oil, Rosewood Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil, Perfume, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxide, Colour 19140:1)

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Gourmet Soaps, Soap

Ro’s Argan Gourmet Soap

Gourmet soaps are a little different from Lush’s regular soaps. Firstly they don’t have the standard base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, instead they have a base that’s unique to each soap. Gourmet soaps are a lot softer and creamier than the rest of the soap range meaning they are beautifully moisturising and conditioning.

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In Ro’s Argan we have a base made from antioxidant Argan Oil which is sourced from women’s co-operatives in Morocco, this is what gives this soap it’s soft and squidgy texture and produces a smooth, creamy lather that conditions the skin, leaving it revitalised and refreshed. There’s also a slight stickiness to the lather which comes from the addition of Granulated Sugar.

Making up the signature Rose Jam fragrance we have cleansing Lemon Oil, toning Geranium Oil and obviously Rose Oil and Rose Absolute which are great for soothing damaged skin. Just having a piece sat in your bathroom really lifts the room as it’s so fragrant!

I personally love this soap. It feels really luxurious when you’re using it due to how creamy and lovely it is to wash with; and not just for hands either, I love using it on my body in the shower too!

Ro’s Argan Soap is really pretty to look at, it comes sprinkled with red and yellow rose petals which just add to the ‘gourmet’ value. And fun fact – this soap is actually a creamy colour which you can see when you cut into it, it just so happens to have the reddish colour on the outside because it oxidises with the air!

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After using a piece of this beautiful soap you can feel the effects straight away and it leaves you with wonderfully smelling soft skin.

I really think the gourmet soaps are so worth it, they’re a little pricey compared to other soaps but they last a long time and you’re paying for the quality – something I’m more than happy to do.

This article here has a fab introduction to gourmet soaps and you can read more about Ro’s Argan specifically here.

Ingredients

Argan Oil, Water, Glycerine, Granulated Sugar, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Red Rose Petals, Yellow Rose Petals

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Not Sleepy Shower Bomb

The third of the four original shower bombs is Not Sleepy. A citrus reamer shaped bomb with an explosion of citrus inside.

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To use a shower bomb you simply need to grab it one hand, let the shower rain over it and you’ll see it foam up, much like a bath bomb does. Then just grab the foam off of the bomb and lather it all over. You’ll be surprised to find out just how soft and creamy they go!

Firstly, I found that Not Sleepy had a pretty good foam to it! Much better than Koyaanisqatsi and around the same level as Sleepy. It was easy to scoop off and use, and kept foaming a good amount each time I held it some more under the water. Personally I didn’t think it felt just as nice and just as creamy as Sleepy does but it still made for a good shower!

The idea of Not Sleepy as part of the #LushMoods launch was for it to make you feel energised and invigorated and I must say that with the plethora of citrus oils inside her, she sure does the job. You’ve got Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Neroli, Lime, Petitgrain, Brazilian Orange and Lemongrass Oils, all of which are super cleansing, super antiseptic and super toning for the skin, not only waking up your mind but your skin too! Citric oils and juices are also well known for being enzymic too which means that they break down excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Not Sleepy also has a mild exfoliant in it too, in the form of Ground White Rice, helping to buff away any dirt and dead skin.

When I first used this particular shower bomb, I was definitely more awake than before. The essential oils massively played a part in this as it was all I could smell through my shower. I think it’s perfect for an early morning shower!

Stay tuned for a post on Karma Shower Bomb where I’ll be comparing all four bombs, but in the meantime, check out and purchase Not Sleepy for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lemongrass Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Ground White Rice, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 47005

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb

Somedays there’s nothing you want more than some good old cyanide. But if you’re ever feeling down, try reaching for this bath bomb instead of a pill.

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A cyanide pill, otherwise known as a suicide pill is exactly that. Filled with deadly potassium cyanide, throughout history many people have met their end biting down on one of these bad boys.

Cyanide reportedly smells like bitter almonds, so maybe that’s where the scent of this Oxford Street exclusive product comes from. Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb contains Almond Essential Oil, giving off a sweet, marzipan note. Along with uplifting and cleansing Lemon Oil and toning, earthy Cedarwood and Rosewood Oils, the scent is something unique and grounding, in like, a sweet way…

Once popped into the water, clouds of acid yellow come off one half, whilst the white half fizzes away, engulfed in the strong colour. Then something happened that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I had read the ingredients list, so I knew that glitter (in this case we have Synthetic Fluorphlogophite) was going to make an appearance, I just didn’t know how much. Once the ballistic had completely dissolved, I noticed that almost covering the surface of the water, were silver sparkles, and a lot of it! I’m guessing it’s meant to represent the actual poison coming out of the pill.  Interestingly it all bunched up at first but once I wiggled my arms around, the whole bathtub was filled with it! Definitely one of the most glitter filled bath bombs I must say, I got out and was legit COVERED in sparkles and I was living tbh.

The addition of Popping Candy into the mix, just makes it cooler, hearing it pop away under you is really exciting.

I found that once I was out of the bath, although I didn’t have a strong scent left, and I was covered in glitter, I was feeling really cleansed and refreshed, thanks to the Lemon Oil in there. Cedarwood Oil is toning and balancing too so it’s good for those with oilier skins.

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The only disappointment was that the smell didn’t linger as long as I had hoped it would. Though the glitter remained for days, the scent was practically gone after an hour or so.

I would definitely buy again at some point in the future as it was a lovely bath bomb. You can check it out and purchase it at the store on Oxford Street or online here.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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