Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Boom! Toothy Tabs

The idea of Boom! originally scared me a little. Reading the ingredients list, you’ve got Charcoal, Chilli, Gunpowder Tea and Black Pepper? Honestly it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to put in my mouth and especially not to clean my teeth? Nevertheless Boom! does seem to be pretty popular, and you do see rave reviews over other charcoal toothpastes.

Like the rest of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Boom! contains Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate for their plaque removing properties and their ability to increase the alkalinity inside the mouth, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth. However the Charcoal and Sea Salt content of Boom! gently polishes and cleanses the teeth also! Charcoal containing toothpastes are on the rise because of how great they are at removing stains and therefore whitening the teeth. Boom! further contains an odd sounding product called Gunpowder Tea, which is a type of green tea. The leaves from this plant are rich in antioxidants that are great for improving the health of the mouth and gums. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves because when rolled into tiny black pellets, they can be mistaken for gunpowder grains.

It’s the Charcoal that gives the product it’s black colour, and it’s a strange feeling when you see your mouth turn black when you’re using one of these tabs but there’s also a sense of fun too, so I reckon Boom would make a great product to get those young teens to brush their teeth!

Boom! is meant to taste like cola, and to be fair, it kinda does. Boom! contains zesty Persian Lime Oil, liquorice-tasting Aniseed Oil, spicy Black Pepper Oil, vanillary Benzoin Resinoid with a small amount of Ground Chilli and even simply reading those ingredients, you can see how they’d make up a similar taste to cola. It’s an odd taste, yet it’s really not bad at all, Lush have added Sorbitol as a sweetener and it’s actually pretty good once you get used to it. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup, but despite this it doesn’t have any harmful affects on the teeth.

The only problem with Boom! is that due to its colour, it can be a tad messy and can stain clothing and leave black marks on your sink. If it happens, don’t worry as its easily wiped away and washed out of fabrics but it can be annoying. Just be careful when you’re brushing your teeth I guess.

I’m actually enjoying using Boom! at the moment, I’m already starting to notice my teeth looking brighter with just a weeks worth of uses and it leaves my mouth and breath feeling clean and fresh. I’d happily purchase them again!

You can check out Boom! for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Fine Sea Salt, Flavour, Persian Lime Oil, Aniseed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Gunpowder Tea, Organic Ground Chilli, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene

 

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Money Atmosphere

The third Atmosphere I went for was the green one, Money. The Atmospheres are supposed to work with the laws of attraction, being that by thinking about something you’re going to attract it. Money is something I definitely could use more of, so I’m fully hoping for it to work and if not then I guess I’ll just sue Lush for false advertising. It’s a win either way right?

Money is scented with the same scent as Over And Over Bath Bomb, a mix of Lime, Cypress, Fennel and Orris. The zestiness of the Lime is at the front of this scent, with deeper, spicy and herbal notes in the background. Lush describe this particular Atmosphere as ‘bringing independence imagined in zingy lime, freedom in bittersweet fennel and adventure in exotic orris’ and they tell you to ‘draw on the laws of attraction to see yourself enjoying absolute control, becoming master, not servant, to the trappings of wealth’, so I guess it’s more about gaining liberation from money than actually gaining more wealth but oh well a girl can try.

Whereas I find Over and Over Bath Bomb to have a pretty strong sense of Lime in its scent, it’s a lot more muted in this format and the more herbal, woody notes come through a lot more which isn’t a complaint as it still smells nice and uplifting. One downside was that unfortunately once I had actually started using the product, the scent had pretty much vanished. This time I actually emptied the contents of the Atmosphere onto a sponge and rubbed it into it, therefore preventing me from losing any which worked a treat!

On the skin, Lime is very cleansing as well as being brightening and toning. Fennel is also toning but it’s slight spiciness means it’s stimulating too, getting the blood flowing to the skin. Along with the help of detoxifying Cypress Oil, Money has left my skin refreshed and bright and just as moisturised as the previous two.

Like I’ve said in my other posts on Love and Let Go, it’s really hard to justify spending £12 for just four showers, so if you’re thinking about trying them it might be better to decant the actual gel into pots so you can use it more sparingly. Hopefully if Lush decide that this is the way forward then they’ll find a way to make them cheaper.

I’d really like to hear about your experiences with the Atmospheres so please let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Over And Over Bath Bomb

Over and Over is a bath bomb that’s never really been on my radar, I’ve never actually used one until now and the only reason I have is because it’s actually being discontinued, which I can’t say I’m that sad about. Over and Over is a bright yellow bath bomb that’s been dipped in orange cocoa butter and features a zesty, vibrant scent.

The scent and the name are actually a reflection on a friendship turned sour. Mark has previously said that “Over and Over contains Lime, Fennel and Cypress because they’ve got a hell of a kick and savoury, repetitive and herbal coriander notes because this specific person repeats things over and over again and is very boring and so is coriander.” But he also says the trouble is, that it’s still a nice perfume at the end of the day. It seems like Mark has a lot of pent up feelings towards this person!

To me the scent is very complex, whist you do have the uplifting zesty Lime scent, the Cypress and Fennel give deeper base notes which is somewhat herbal, somewhat spicy and almost aniseed like. I’m really not a massive fan of anything too citrusy but this is surprisingly okay. I feel like the scent really gets you motivated in a way, it’s very stimulating and really energises you.

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Once popped in the water, yellow streams and blobs float away from the ballistic as it slowly fizzes whilst the cocoa butter top half slowly melts into the warmth. After a while, Over and Over slowly reveals a pink inner core and when it gets going, it creates stunning psychedelic bath art with pinks and yellows swirling across the water, which was beginning to turn a vibrant shade of orange underneath.

Once I was in the bath, I immediately felt the moisturising benefits of the Cocoa Butter which had imbued the water with it’s goodness and allowed for quite a luxurious bath. The scent remained still present in the room even when the bomb had disappeared albeit in a subtler version.

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Now I’m out and writing this post, my skin feels wonderfully hydrated and there’s still a faint zingy aroma on my skin which is nice. Turns out this bath bomb makes for a pretty alright bath and was visually so beautiful to watch! Now I’ve used it I’m slightly more sad she’s going but it really feels like it’s her time to go. See ya Over and Over.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 45410, Colour 47005

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub

Alongside Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs, Lush also released a fruity lip scrub called Eve’s Cherry. I’m always slightly apprehensive with new lip scrub flavours because occasionally they have a weird after taste, but I’m a big fan of cherry flavoured things so I had high hopes.

This limited edition lip scrub smells rather fruity and not artificially, a lot like sweet cherry jam, or fizzy cherry flavoured candies which raised my hopes even more. I scooped a generous amount onto my finger and gave my lips a good scrub. The usual Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil base works wonders at removing dead skin, whilst softening and hydrating the lips. Eve’s Cherry further contains Shea Butter and highly moisturising Cherry Kernel Oil and I could definitely feel the benefits of these ingredients on my freshly polished lips.

The taste definitely met my expectations. It’s sweet but not too sweet and also has a sharp, almost sour zing to it. The ingredients that make up the flavour of the scrub have been carefully chosen to mimic fruity tastes. Almond Essential Oil creates a subtle cherry flavour, Davana Oil tastes of peaches, whilst Buchu Oil gives a sultry blackberry hint. The subtle sourness comes from the inclusion of Lime Oil and prevents the scrub from being too sweet. I really really like this flavour, I think it potentially is almost on par with my favourite lip scrub of all time, The Kiss! It seems Lush really get them right for Valentines Day!

Eve’s Cherry is definitely one that I could use often, I’m really not a giant fan of overly sweet lip scrubs like Bubblegum or Sugar Plum Fairy so it’s nice to have something a little different that doesn’t get sickly after a couple of uses. I personally use a lip scrub every morning too, so obviously it’s important to use one I actually enjoy using, and I’m happy I’ve found a new fave!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Fair Trade Organic Shea Butter, Citric Acid, Almond Essential Oil, Davana Oil, Buchu Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 42090

 

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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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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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