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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Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar

As someone who uses stimulating shampoos and hair products such as New, Wasabi Shan Kui and Roots, I’ve often wondered why Lush don’t have a coffee-based shampoo bar as apparently caffeine is one of the best ingredients to promote hair growth and you so often see it used by other brands in their products. Cue the arrival of Dear John, a limited edition coffee-based shampoo bar.

The Dear John scent is an excellent fragrance to choose for a coffee shampoo as Lush actually describe it as having notes of coffee itself, without actually containing the ingredient; it’s actually Cedarwood, Clove, Vetivert and Coriander that make up the scent.

Why coffee is so often used in hair products is because of its caffeine content. It’s widely known that caffeine is an effective stimulant on the brain, but it has the same effect on the hair follicles too, increasing the blood flow to the area and encouraging hair growth. Caffeine also blocks the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a key player in causing male-pattern baldness. Lush have added both Caffeine Powder as well as Ground Coffee to this shampoo bar. The coffee grains actually act as an exfoliant on the scalp, removing buildup on the scalp and dead skin cells. Plus, every time you scrub away the dead skin, new cells will push out thicker, stronger hair.

As well as the coffee, the ingredients of the actual Dear John scent also have great effects on the hair. Cedarwood is antiseptic and balancing, helping control oil production whilst Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known to have stimulating effects too, boosting the overall desired effect of the product.

Other than its stimulating effects, Dear John is actually a great shampoo for adding shine  to the hair too. Coffee is more acidic than the hair’s natural oils which encourages the hair cuticles to remain flat, thereby reflecting more light than usual. Dear John also contains Molasses, which is very similar to honey in the way it helps to retain moisture into the hair and gives it a gorgeous glow and shine.  Lastly, Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar contains Aloe Vera Extract, which is soothing and calming. Perfect for any irritation you may be coping with on your scalp.

After using this shampoo bar in the shower, I’ve definitely noticed it’s slightly more hydrating than New Shampoo Bar and smells so good when it’s in use. The ground coffee can take a while to totally wash out but it’s not hugely annoying. I notice my hair is a lot more sleek and shiny each time I wash with it. Sadly I can’t really say if it’s really helping with my hair growth as I’m using so many products that all have that same benefit, so it’s too difficult to say. I am loving using it though, that’s for sure.

Ingredients

Sodium Coco Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Ground Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Whole Coffee Beans, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Molasses, Aloe Vera Extract, Caffeine Powder, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Cookie Dough Body Scrub

Alongside the six brand new and limited edition shower gels Lush released online this month, they also released a body scrub designed after the currently Liverpool exclusive lip scrub Cookie Dough. After absolutely living for the lip scrub, I just had to pick up Cookie Dough Body Scrub.

As soon as you pop open the lid, you’re immediately greeted by a warm, nutty aroma that to be honest, reminds me of marzipan, cherry bakewells and buttery caramel more than actual cookie dough. But it’s still a mouthwatering and indulgent scent that just makes me want to grab a spoon and eat it, it looks lust like chocolate ice cream too! Compared to the lip scrub, it replicates the scent well but I find the body scrub’s aroma is a lot deeper and stronger.

The scent is actually made from a number of different ingredients. Vanilla Absolute gives a strong sweet and comforting aroma with Almond Essential Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Pistachio Oil adding those nutty undertones. Balsam Fir Resin has a unique fresh and woody scent whilst Cocoa Powder and Carob Resinoid offer a rich and chocolatey ‘baked’ aroma.

Whilst Lush have chosen to call this product a body scrub, I’m tending to think of it as more of a body cleanser, as I don’t really think it’s exfoliating enough to warrant actually being named a body scrub. It contains a generous amount of Granulated Sugar and Fine Sea Salt but its consistency feels much more doughy, like that of a fresh facial cleanser rather than the likes of Rub Rub Rub.

Due to this unique texture, I did find that cookie dough took a while to get used to. I scooped out a piece but really had to press it into my skin under the water to get it going. I actually preferred to roughly work it between my hands before smoothing over my body. The lather it produces is one of the creamiest I’ve ever experienced from Lush and once it was really working it felt so velvety and luxurious on my skin.

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Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils are highly nourishing and protective for the skin. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E to support the skin’s overall health and oleic acid, which is an effective emollient, locking in moisturise. Integrated with soothing Aloe Vera Extract and skin softening Cornflour and Cocoa Powder, it really feels sublime.

As if this wasn’t good enough already, I was practically salivating in my shower because the scent’s strength doesn’t falter whatsoever. It fact, the sweetness really fills your senses as you’re smoothing it over your body and it sticks to the skin unlike anything. I was honestly still smelling it hours after my shower. I’m so impressed and so happy.

In conclusion, Cookie Dough is a fabulous product. I wish it was a little more exfoliating as I don’t really notice a difference where that’s concerned but if you’re wanting a gentle and light scrub then it might really work for you. Other than that, I’m in love and I reckon it’d make a great addition to the year round range. There’s definitely space for it!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour, Talc, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Perfume

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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, Bath Bombs

Rose Bombshell Egg Bath Bomb

I was absolutely gutted when I heard that Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb wasn’t making a reappearance this year for Valentines Day. It was a normal sized, Rose Jam scented, pink bath bomb with a beautiful floral design and hidden rose petals inside, and one of my all time favourites. However, when I saw that instead they were bringing out a super sized egg version, I was beyond excited!

Rose Bombshell Egg is fairly impressively sized. It’s easily the largest bath bomb currently available and also one of the most expensive, priced at £14.95. Although that seems like a lot of money, it doesn’t seem as bad when you realise that you can get two good baths out of this product. The bath bomb is comprised of two hollow halves tied together with a string of raffia, and is filled with dried rose petals and large pearls of salt!

As mentioned, it smells the same as the Rose Jam Shower Gel along with the rest of the scent family and contains Rose Oil and Absolute, Geranium Oil and Lemon Oil sourced from Sicily. It’s a very fragrant, powdery aroma of fresh flowers, with the Rose and the Geranium both having sweet and floral tones, and the Lemon Oil adding a delicate refreshing and uplifting undertone. It’s a unique and intoxicatingly sweet scent and was one of the first ever fragrances I fell in love with from Lush.

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For a full effect and to fulfil my Rose Jam heaven dream I used the whole entire egg in my bath. Each half started fizzing fairly loudly as soon as I popped them in, floating on the surface and sending out billows of pink foam across the water. Before long the whole bath had turned this vivid pink colour and the petals had dispersed throughout, looking gorgeous. The scent had really taken off by this point and filled my entire bathroom, a subtle one she is not.

I eagerly jumped in and immediately felt how soft and creamy the water felt. The dissolved Sea Salt and the vast amount of Sodium Bicarbonate from the giant bomb had obviously softened the water and imbued it with cleansing benefits. Rose Bombshell Egg also contains Soybean Flour which, when in contact with water, creates a rich softening milk. Furthermore, both Rose and Geranium are known to have soothing effects on the skin, so would help calm any irritation or redness you may have.

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After arguably one of the best and most fragrant baths I’ve ever had, I got out and dried myself off to find my skin gorgeously scented and ever so soft to the touch. I still felt the need to lightly moisturise after but I couldn’t stop feeling my silky smooth skin.

In conclusion, I know it’s a lot to pay for two baths (let alone one) but I honestly think it’s worth it. It felt so luxurious and special, looked so beautiful and I really didn’t want it to end! I’m going to HAVE to get a second one for a special occasion some time!

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Have you had a chance to try this wonderful limited edition yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Dried Red Rose Petals, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Marigold Flower Bath Bomb

Lush’s Mothers Day 2019 saw the release of a lot of limited edition bath bombs, but four of them were relatively similar. Each of these flower-themed bath bombs comes with a rectangular piece of paper rolled up and inserted into a little hole on the top of the bath bomb. The idea is that you can write a note to your mum (or whoever!) and once the bath bomb has fizzed away, the note unfurls and they’ll find it! Honestly it’s one of the cutest ideas Lush have had in a long time!

Marigold Flower Bath Bomb is based around a real marigold flower, which are commonly yellow and orange, explaining the colour choice. Whenever I think of marigolds, I picture bright flowers with an uplifting smell that really make you happy. The smell of the bath bomb is similarly uplifting and it contains Buchu, Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant scent but I wouldn’t say Marigold Flower smells of blackcurrant as such, yet it’s still quite fruity. The Bergamot and Grapefruit add the more citrusy notes and give the bath bomb a sherbety aroma that’s fairly sweet. Furthermore, there’s gentle floral hints underneath the main notes from the addition of Marigold Powder. Marigolds aren’t just pretty flowers but they are also thought to have excellent soothing and antioxidant properties. The flower can be used entirely or grinded to make a fine powder that will disperse easily into water and oils.

Once I had popped it in the water, Marigold Flower began to fizz instantly. Although it dropped below the surface, picking it up again allowed me to notice that the orange and yellow parts were dissolving at different speeds to each other. The orange flower section actually contains a little bubble bar mixture to help it retain it’s shape longer than the bath bomb’s base.

As it fizzed, the fragrance filled the room and I was once again hit by a strong sherbet-like aroma which excited me to get in. As the orange section grew smaller and smaller, the tub had settled into a warm yellow colour which surprisingly was so pigmented that the water had turned completely opaque!

I very much enjoyed my bath with Marigold Flower! With the bright yellow colour and the uplifting and energising scent, I really felt so positive and happy! After I had dried off, I was pleased at the fact I could still smell a slight hint of the aroma on my skin. I was worried that with the water being so pigmented, I might have had to spend a few minutes wiping away the sides of my bathtub but actually there wasn’t anything to clear!

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Stay tuned for posts on the other three flower bath bombs. I wonder which I’ll use next, Jasmine, Chamomile or Iris?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Marigold Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

I think that this year’s Mothers Day range is beyond incredible, I feel so overwhelmed with so many new and exciting things to try! Three of the new limited edition products are butterfly shaped bath bombs which are made with specially 3D printed moulds. There’s a Rose Butterfly, a Lemon Butterfly and a Wild Butterfly, and their beautiful marble effect patterns are created by sprinkling different coloured mixes into the moulds before pressing. They’re some of the most beautiful products I’ve seen in a long while!

I picked up Rose Butterfly first because both it’s colours and it’s scent really drew me towards it. This gorgeous bath bomb features a new fragrance that Lush are calling Road Rage apparently. It’s a musky floral perfume of Sicilian Lemon Oil and Rose Oil and is absolutely to die for. It’s really powdery and I don’t think that just comes from the format either. The bright notes from the Lemon really lift the sweet and floral Rose and it’s a beautiful balance between the two. I say it’s a new scent, but it strongly reminds me of Two More Hearts Perfume, which contains the two ingredients amongst others. The scent of the perfume is a lot deeper and more complex though, whereas this is like a light recreation; but I loved the perfume, so I’m in head over heels for this too.

Once popped in the bath, I was hoping I could get Rose Butterfly to float for some cute pictures, but sadly she half sank under the water. Still, I managed to get some lovely shots of the pretty blues and pinks that dispersed out of the bomb. Much like the patterns on the actual butterfly, it made some beautiful bath art. I was also very pleased at the fact that whilst it was fizzing away, Rose Butterfly released a heavy dose of it’s wonderful aroma into the room.

After a relatively quick fizz, the end result was the most gorgeous vibrant shade of purply-blue, decorated with silvery lustre. I am actually blown away by how pretty both the bath art and the end result is from this bath bomb. I’ve not seen such a beautiful and exciting end colour from a Lush product in a long time and I couldn’t wait to jump in! Once I had taken the plunge with the warm water feeling so soft and the colour and the scent all around me, it was honestly heaven.

Even once I was towelled off and ready to snuggle up for the night,  I could still smell the light, yet powerful scent lingering on my skin. Although there’s no particularly moisturising ingredients in this product, my skin still felt lovely and soft and was decorated with a little amount of the shimmering lustre.

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In conclusion, Rose Butterfly is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. Honestly. I cannot express how much I love it! I strongly urge everyone to try it before it potentially disappears forever! If I were a rating sort of Lushie, it would definitely get top marks from me!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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