Face, Face And Body Masks, Face Masks

Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask

Brazened Honey is a great mask for a detox and for when you want to reawaken tired skin. It contains many ingredients designed to deeply cleanse, improve circulation and brighten the complexion.

This bright mustard coloured mask contains a multitude of Ayurvedic herbs and spices. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of the treatments are plant based, using herbs and spices.

Fresh Fennel is used for it’s antibacterial properties to cleanse the skin and is also very stimulating, getting the blood flowing to the skin, reawakening the complexion. Anti-inflammatory Ginger and soothing Clove Bud Oil are also effective stimulants.

Turmeric is added for it’s soothing and antioxidant qualities and Parsley, Coriander and Cardamom also feature to help purify the skin.

Other fantastic cleansing ingredients are Kaolin, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion and Fresh Lime Juice. Kaolin, which features in a lot of Lush’s fresh face masks makes up a majority of the base and draws out impurities. The infusion of the three botanicals is not only antiseptic but also help to balance the skin’s sebum production and refreshing Lime Juice brightens and eats away at any excess oils.

Brazened Honey also features Honey and Free-Range Eggs so sadly this product isn’t currently vegan. Honey is not only naturally anti-bacterial, it’s also incredibly moisturising, whilst protein rich Eggs contain lots of vitamin A which helps to maintain healthy skin by regulating sebum production.

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I love the feeling of my skin after using this face mask, it feels so smooth and polished due to it containing Ground Almond Shells to give a light exfoliation, but also because of the wonderful purifying ingredients. It really gives me a glow and is perfect for those sluggish mornings! Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the spicy, herbal scent but I can definitely look past if for the great benefits!

Take a look at Brazened Honey for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Organic Lime Juice, Sage; Rosemary and Juniperberry Infusion, Fresh Organic Free Range Eggs, Honey, Glycerine, Fresh Fennel, Ground Almond Shells, Almond Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Ginger Root, Fresh Organic Parsley, Fresh Organic Coriander, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cardamom, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Oil, Vetivert Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

A Lush Halloween classic.

Not gonna lie, this product isn’t the prettiest of bubble bars. Like pumpkins themselves, these come in all different sizes, some being almost spherical while others are flatter and kinda look like they’ve been squashed. I’ve got no idea if this is deliberate but I can tell you that no Sparkly Pumpkin is the same shape as another, so who knows?

The actual bubble bar is orange coloured and is covered in bright gold lustre and fun fact – the details on the top are added using whisks! Theres also a lil cinnamon stick poked in the top to resemble a stalk.

With a complex scent made up of Juniperberry, Lime and Grapefruit Oils it’s got an interesting smell. You’d expect the Grapefruit and the Lime to give a strong zesty scent but mixed with the Juniperberry it’s more of a woody, fruity aroma that’s really suitable for autumnal baths.

Depending on the size of your Sparkly Pumpkin, you can definitely get at least two baths out of it (even from the smaller ones). Though because I’m excessive I used the whole thing and created a mountain of fluffy bubbles!

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Once crumbled, Sparkly Pumpkin turns the water a warming orange colour that’s perfect on a crisp autumnal evening. Hints of glitter sparkle through the water but it’s nothing compared to the likes of Sunnyside and I can barely notice any left on my skin, so glitter-haters go wild! I literally had the best time using this, I felt so comforted and snug with my orange bubble mountain bath, my autumnal candles and an acoustic playlist. I love this season!

My skin feels somewhat softer than it was before, not as noticeable as with other bubble bars but it’s definitely a change and I can still smell the product a good few hours after which is a bonus for when you’re about to go to bed!

As such an iconic part of Lush Halloween, I really doubt they’ll discon it for next year’s release but you never know so get it while stocks last online! It’s the perfect product to get you feeling the season!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Juniperberry Oil, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45350, Colour 77492, Cinnamon Stick

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Calacas Shower Gel

A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton used for decoration in the Mexican Day of The Dead festival. Calacas are usually depicted as being happy even in death. Lush first released Calacas shower gel as a Halloween limited edition product, and have since bought it back for different occasions although never releasing as a year round product.

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I’ll start by saying that the unique Calacas scent is to die for. As soon as you pop the lid open you’re instantly hit with the refreshing smell. It reminds me of sugary sweets and fresh cut limes, the perfect mixture between sweet and citrusy. Obviously Lime Oil is in there, the ultimate zesty ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration. It’s cut with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil and protective Olibanum Oil, which adds a undertone of sweet, fruity, woodiness. In my opinion it’s the perfect awakening scent for a crisp Autumnal day.

Calacas shower gel has quite a thick consistency, not like a shower cream but still quite gloopy and honey-like. Once you’re lathering it up in your hands or sponge, the aroma fills the air and your senses are instantly lifted and awakened. The scent is so strong (definitely not a bad thing!) you can surely smell it for the rest of the day.

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Although I wouldn’t describe Calacas as being super moisturising, it certainly isn’t drying or stripping whatsoever either. In fact, due to the addition of lots of Aloe Vera Gel it’s actually incredibly soothing, great for any redness and/or irritation you may have on the skin!

I swear to Mark God that Calacas is a MUST try scent/product. Anything from the scent family is gorgeously great at lifting the spirits (get it?). Although Lush have many citrus scented products, this is nothing like anything that Lush have I can assure you, and although it’s not currently around, I am sure that Lush won’t stop making this popular product every now and then, so be sure to get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Lactic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb

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So this year I took a trip to the Oxford Street store just after the summit to get my hands on all the exclusive goodies that were showcased there.

IMG_6471One that definitely stood out was Agbogbloshie. The mobile phone design, the vibrant blue colour and the smell is divine – it shares its scent with the Calacas range – a mixture of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum oils give a zesty, uplifting scent.

A somewhat fast fizzer, once the phone had disappeared I was left with a strong deep blue colour with greenish oil slicks on the top of the water. I didn’t expect this bath bomb to be very sparkly but in actual fact I was surprised to see there was a great deal of lustre floating around, even after getting out my skin definitely had a slight shimmer.

The high concentration of the clearly visible oils meant that Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb not only left my skin smelling fresh for a long while afterwards, but also meant that my skin felt incredibly soft afterwards, something that again, I wasn’t expecting.

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If you didn’t know, Agbogbloshie is the nickname of an area in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.  And is home to the biggest toxic electronic waste dumping ground on the planet, where the air smells like ‘burnt plastic and car tyres’. The waste disposal methods in Agbogbloshie release harmful toxins into the environment and into the lungs of those who are scavenging for valuable raw materials.

Solutions to make Agbogbloshie a greener, cleaner place are already starting to get underway and by talking about this issue at the Summit and releasing this bath bomb hopefully increased attention will see some change in the near future.

Lush have a great article on their website about this very issue. Read here.

Hopefully Lush will bring back this bath bomb again in the future, as I would definitely buy again, and definitely recommend it.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:1, Colour 77499, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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