Shower, Shower Jellies

29 High Street Shower Jelly

29 High Street is the name of Lush’s most exclusive perfume, only available to customers shopping at 29 High Street, Poole- the place where it all started. I’m yet to get my hands on the perfume but I recently snapped up a 29 High Street Shower Jelly that shares the same scent.

The perfume was designed to recreate the generic ‘Lush aroma’ that spills out of shops and greets you powerfully when you walk inside. I’d argue somewhat that with countless new products and formulations over the years as well as the discontinuation of a few, the scent inside stores is very different to what it was all those years ago when the perfume was first developed.

When developing the scent, Lush chose ingredients that feature a great deal in their products, bearing in mind those that have strong scent profiles to really determine what the real ‘Lush scent’ could be. They came to the conclusion to use Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Tonka, and it really bloody works.

I find the first element I get from the fragrance is the sweet floral notes coming from the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang but they’re totally sharing the spotlight with a refreshing, fruity and slightly zesty note of Lemon and Lime. The creamy sweetness of Tonka Absolute and the warming woody tones of Sandalwood give the scent more complexity and deepness, whilst really rounding the smell off into something that I can only describe as being intoxicatingly and so moreish. It’s a mix that really shouldn’t work but it definitely does. I think you really have to experience this scent first hand and decide for yourself if you’re into it or not.

As a jelly, I think this scent works amazingly. It’s really quite potent when you’re lathering it up over your body meaning it leaves you smelling of the fragrance for hours after. Lush’s shower jellies all contain a base that’s derived from seaweed, so they’re incredibly nourishing and softening for the skin.

As well as the Jasmine Absolute, Lush have included Jasmine Flower Infusion as one of the main ingredients in this jelly to boost the sensual fragrant aroma that the flowers are well known for, but also for its skin-soothing properties. Lush have also included Fresh Lemon Juice for its multitude of benefits for the skin too. Lemons are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and their juice is cleansing, toning and antiseptic.

This is hands down my favourite shower jelly I’ve ever used. I love how long the strength of the scent lasts and although I actually don’t often use my jellies (even though I have so many), I’m using this one a lot because I’m so in love and it makes my skin feel so soft too! I need to get my hands on that perfume ASAP!!!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Gardenia Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

Dragon’s Egg has long been one of Lush’s most popular and most well known bath bombs. On the outside, I guess it looks relatively boring, except for a few flicks of colour. On the inside however, this egg contains a bright orange yolk, popping candy, colourful confetti and lots of golden shimmering glitter.

Dragon’s Egg doesn’t appeal to me personally all that much because of it’s predominantly citrusy aroma. Containing lots of Lemon Oil, it has a zesty and somewhat sharp scent that the fruit is well known for. Mix in some Bergamot Oil to lighten the scent with sunny and brighter notes and some Jasmine Absolute for a touch of floral warmth and you’ve got a fragrance that’s still fairly zesty and refreshing but with an uplifting and comforting side to it also. Although it’s not the scent for me, I can understand why people love it so much, it’s definitely a great bath bomb to energise your mind. Furthermore, these three essential oils are well known for their abilities to relieve fatigue and fight off depression and anxiety.

In the water, Dragon’s Egg is one of the slower dissolving bath bombs. It immediately foams up a brilliant white colour and continues to bob around doing so for a good five minutes, with coloured circular confetti detaching every now and then and floating off. After a short while, its orange core reveals itself and the real display begins, changing the water to a bright golden orange colour. Mixed in with the orange centre is a tonne of golden glitter which dances below the surface and looks gorgeous glimmering in the light. If the impact on your nose isn’t enough, you’ll definitely be able to hear the crackling of the popping candy! It’s definitely worth the long wait for this bath bomb to dissolve because it creates some really pretty bath art.

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Dragon’s Egg would be a great bath bomb to use in the morning because the scent really wakes you up, especially because you can still smell it in the air long after the bomb has disappeared. Sat in the bath I felt really refreshed and renewed and my skin was already feeling great thanks to the cleansing and toning benefits of the Lemon Oil, I really noticed it looked visibly brighter once I was out, but that might just be the dusting of glitter left on my body! Naturally, being such a strong scent, it definitely lingers on you for quite some time after.

One thing I do find about Dragon’s Egg is that it’s not the best for sensitive skins. The citrus oils it contains are rather harsh on any delicate or damaged skin, including rashes and especially cuts, so do be careful with this one as it will sting. I also find it can be quite drying on my skin also, but that’s nothing a body lotion can’t rectify.

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In conclusion, Dragon’s Egg is a decent bath bomb and I’m sure I’d love it a lot more if I enjoyed the smell. Now I’ve got this post out of the way, I doubt I’ll be using it again for myself but with it remaining as one of Lush’s most popular bath bombs, I doubt we’ll be saying goodbye to it anytime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Rice Paper

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Hair, Hair Treatments

#Gains Protein Spray

If you’ve been reading my blog a lot, you’ll know that I have a lot of issues with my hair. It’s thin, it’s flat and it’s prone to fall outs, so I’ll try anything to give it more life and strength. #Gains is designed to do exactly that, it’s full of protein-rich ingredients to really replenish and add strength inside and out.

This product features a few new ingredients that Lush haven’t often used before. Fresh Wheatgrass Juice made up of almost 70% chlorophyl and is highly rich in nourishing vitamins, minerals and protein, and it’s also antioxidant and conditioning. Alfalfa is considered one of the most complete and nutrient-rich foods ever tested and is full of minerals, vitamins and many different essential amino acids, which form the building blocks of protein. As well as this, Alfalfa Juice is a great help to the hair’s brightness, elasticity and growth. Jackfruits are giant fruits native to India and Malaysia and their high protein content has actually given the fruit a reputation of being a miraculous food source that could help eradicate famine. All these ingredients are among the most protein-rich out there.

#Gains also contains protein derived substances such as Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, the essential amino acid Leucine and something called Arginine HCL which are used to protect and repair each individual hair strand. They are attracted to keratin (the hair’s protein) and cover the hairs, helping split ends come back together again.

Hair products aren’t really known for their amazing and unique scents but #Gains smells absolutely incredible. It’s fruity, sweet and intoxicating and if you were to blindfold me and hold it up to my nose, I’d be convinced it was candy. Jackfruit has a musky and unique aroma that often reminds people of fruit chews and juicy sweets so I imagine that’s where I’m getting the idea from, but we also have Clove Bud, Geranium, Lemon, Orange and Vanilla each adding something unique to the scent. It’s really unlike anything Lush have ever produced before and you can smell it in your hair for hours and hours after.

Of course, Lush don’t just use ingredients for their fragrance as each one has it’s own benefits for the hair too. Clove Bud, like most spices, has stimulating effects on the scalp, promoting hair growth. Geranium Oil is antiseptic and helps to balance out oil production. Vanilla is soothing and humectant, which means it forms a barrier preventing moisture loss and Lemon and Orange have wonderful cleansing properties. Citrus fruits are renowned for containing AHA’s which are enzymes that break down excess dirt and sebum. #Gains also contains Fresh Lemon Juice for this same effect and also because of it’s shine-enhancing abilities.

Lastly, #Gains also contains a silicone alternative called Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from nutrient rich macadamia nuts. This coats the hair and adds protection from heat and humidity, without weighing it down.

I am absolutely loving using this and I don’t just use it on freshly washed hair either, it’s great as a detangling spray and I’m honestly using it almost every other day and noticing great results. This coupled with Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum is doing wonders for my hair. A really impressive product I must say.

Ingredients

Water, DRF Alcohol, Alfalfa Juice, Jackfruit Puree, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Fresh Lemon Juice, Behentrimonium Chloride, Clove Bud Oil, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, HCL, Leucine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 60725.

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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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Conditioners, Hair

Veganese Hair Conditioner

Veganese was Lush’s first ever vegan conditioner, as all of the others at the time it was invented contained Lanolin, which is obtained by pressing sheared sheep’s wool.

Veganese is a fairly light and gentle conditioner so it’s great for all hair types. Its base is actually made from seaweed! Nutrient rich Agar Agar Gel is softening and moisturising as it coats each strand of hair, but because its so light, it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Veganese also contains both Rosemary Infusion and Lavender Flower Infusion. Lavender and Rosemary are both antibacterial, soothing and balancing, which will really help with controlling the oil production and alleviate any itchiness and irritation on the scalp.

The conditioner’s smell is a refreshing lemony scent. Veganese contains both Lemon Juice and Lemon Oil. Because Lush have added in Benzoin Resinoid, it provides a sweeter note to the product’s perfume and prevents the lemon from being too sharp. It’s a nice perfume and one that subtly stays in your hair after washing.

On the hair, the acidity from the Lemon causes the hair cuticles to lie flat, meaning your hair reflects more light and looks beautifully shiny. Lemons also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and are full of enzymes that help break down excess oils.

Benzoin Resinoid creates a thin protective film on the hair, preventing it from losing moisture and further enhancing shine.

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As I mentioned, Veganese is a relatively light conditioner so you might end up using a lot if you really like to nourish your hair with a lot of product, but it is easily washed out. I’m currently in the process of finding the best conditioner for my hair and I’m really agreeing with Veganese; my thin hair can be prone to greasiness and I’m not really someone who would use a rich conditioner anyway, so the consistency is perfect.

After drying, I definitely notice a nice vibrant shine in my hair and it feels bouncy and soft, without feeling heavy in the slightest. Maybe Veganese is the one for me!

Ingredients

Agar Agar Gel, Fresh Rosemary Infusion, Lavender Flower Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lemon Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Kappa Bath Bomb

Lush are really seeming to love their Asian folklore at the moment, with the releases of Lucky Cat, Kitsune and Kappa. I guess these bath bombs did start in Harajuku so it only makes sense. In Japanese folklore, a kappa is an amphibious demon who although are often portrayed in negative lights, have been known to help humans and befriend us. They’re usually depicted as green human-like beings but have a Turtle-like shell on their backs and a lily pad-shaped dish on their heads.

Kappa Bath Bomb features an odd scent. Soggy stale shortbread, overripe vegetables, damp woodland and pond water are all things I’ve heard people describe it as and honestly I can see where they’re all coming from. Strangely enough, Lush have decided to include Cucumber Powder in this bath bomb, as apparently cucumbers are a kappa’s favourite food. As well as that, it also contains Lemon Oil, Cistus Oil and Oakmoss Absolute.

The scent is fairly reminiscent of crisp and fresh cucumbers, with Lemon Oil adding something a little sharper. The other two ingredients are known for being deeper scents with more resinous and earthy undertones. Cistus Oil has a warm, amber, honey-like scent whereas Oakmoss Absolute is deeply earthy and mossy. Honestly, I’m not sure these types of scents pair together well and sadly my nose has to agree. It’s rare for Lush to produce something I don’t like the smell of, but I’m afraid this is it.

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In the water, after fizzing for a couple of seconds, Kappa sank to the bottom and from reading other reviews, it seems to happen a lot with this particular bath bomb. it’s a relatively slow fizzer but doesn’t foam up, nor does it create any bath art as such. Instead, it turns the water a rather lovely blue/green colour. The scent, whilst remaining throughout, actually became a lot subtler once the bath bomb had dissolved but I’m afraid all I could notice was the overarching ‘damp’ smell.

Furthermore, I could still notice the scent on my skin once I was out and dry but this time, it was even subtler so I didn’t mind it as such. My skin actually felt gorgeously soft and smooth, so that was a nice bonus. Whilst the water didn’t feel any different from a standard bath bomb, it’s likely the Cucumber Powder, which has a cooling and softening effect on the skin. Cucumbers are also packed with vitamins and minerals that really benefit and nourish the skin.

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In conclusion, I’m afraid I do not like the smell of this bath bomb, I just can’t agree with it. It kinda makes up for it with the beautiful water and how soft it makes you feel but alas, I won’t be using it again. Sorry Kappa.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cucumber Powder, Cistus Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 19140, Candy Eyes

 

 

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Pop Bubble Bar

Pop is a new product for this years Father’s Day and is a fairly sizeable bubble bar. It’s designed around the pop art style of Roy Litchenstein, features popping candy and is obviously in reference to a term used to call your father, pop.

Pop features a scent made from Buchu, Lemon and Bergamot Oils, and is bright, refreshing and fruity in nature. Fragrant Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty aroma which pairs with the more citrusy nature of the other two essential oils well. Sicilian Lemon Oil adds a more sherbety note with the Bergamot adding a fresh and green element. It’s a nice scent and one that Lush continue to bring back every now and then.

Obviously as a bigger sized bubble bar, you could definitely get at least four baths out of it if you wish but, being excessive as I am, I opted to crumble up the whole thing. Before long my bath was filled with a giant mountain of soft bubbles with a fiery orange water below which looked really nice. As I said, Pop features Popping Candy in the mix but unfortunately I didn’t get to hear any crackles or pops, probably because it happened as my bath was filling up. I guess that’s why you don’t see this ingredient in bubble bars that often.

Once I was in I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moisturising the water felt! I didn’t realise until I checked out the ingredients list but Lush have added Cocoa Butter to this bubble bar for extra skin softening quality! The fruitiness of the scent remained throughout my bath too!

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin was as soft as the bubbles in my bath and still carried that uplifting scent for a good few hours later.

All in all, Pop gives you a nice bath. I think the addition of Cocoa Butter is really nice and I wish Lush added it into more of their bubble mixtures as I find they can be slightly drying. The popping candy does seem kinda pointless though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Popping Candy, Perfume, Cornflour, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 14700

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