Bath, Bath Bombs

Aubergine Bath Bomb

I think out of all of Lush’s cheeky products for this year’s Valentine’s range, Aubergine might be naughtiest! They even describe it as having a ‘fast fizzing tip’ and it’s honestly hilarious watching people read that in store. In case you didn’t know, it’s modelled after the aubergine emoji, which is often used as a symbol for… something else and I’ll leave you to work out what that is.

Aubergine features a beautiful scent. It’s the same scent as the Lush Poole exclusive perfume ’29 High Street’ which is designed to smell just like a lush store itself! The main note of this bath bomb’s scent comes from an ingredient called Ho Wood Oil, which is described as being irresistibly floral and woody with underlying hints of citrus and I think that’s a great way to describe the actual bath bomb too! Whilst that is the main aroma, you do get uplifting bright notes from Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba and there’s definitely an underlying sweetness from Tonka Absolute. It’s a very powdery smell, which almost makes the floral notes stronger. The whole scent is rather complex but is one you could smell for hours. I really hope that this sparks a new trend of 29 High Street scented bath products!

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Strangely enough and certainly not an ingredient you’d ever think a bath bomb would contain but Aubergine contains actual Fresh Aubergine! Lush simply say ‘Aubergines contain vitamins and minerals that are good for the skin, but frankly, we all know why they’re in here, don’t we? Would you have made an aubergine bath bomb without fresh aubergines?’ and I mean, fair enough I guess!

Once popped in the water, Aubergine floated for a little while before capsizing and turning upside down, I didn’t even manage to get a decent picture! The bath bomb is quite a slow and quiet fizzer, slowly releasing purple and green from the tip into the water. Before long, the inner section of the bath bomb revealed itself and produced a vibrant blue colour, which intertwined with the green and various shades of purple and created really pretty bath art!

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As Aubergine fizzed away, it’s scent was released into the room and I began to pick up more of the citrus side of the scent which really lifted my mood.

The colour that it resulted in was truly gorgeous, a deep shade of purple invited me to take a dip and I was greeted by an incredibly amount of glimmering silver lustre floating throughout. I’d happily say that the resulting water was one of the best I’ve seen in a long while! After spending a good 40 minutes soaking in the glorious water, I dried myself off and amazingly the scent remained on my skin up until I went to bed later that evening! I wouldn’t say Aubergine is massively moisturising but it certainly left me feeling soft.

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I’d definitely that Aubergine is my favourite product out of the entire 2019 Valentine’s Range! I’ll definitely be stocking up before they disappear! Bravo Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Tonka Absolute, Fresh Aubergine, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Magnificent Bath Oil

Magnificent is a relatively new bath oil, being released last year with two other exclusive bath oils and all three being exclusive to Lush Oxford Street, online and other bigger stores. Magnificent is supposed to really lift your spirits and make you feel well… magnificent!

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Magnificent is designed to look like vintage fireworks and is one of the harder bath oils in the range as the outer shell is made up of a more solid formula.

The scent is a citrus trio of Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba. The sweet Tangerine is the strongest of the three, which is definitely a great ingredient to give you an uplifted feeling, there’s something that’s just happy about the fruit’s juicy aroma. Grapefruit and restorative Litsea Cubeba add sharper and more complex citrus notes, but the whole scent is still pretty sweet and theres a slight creamy warmth from the butters that incase the fragrance. I think Magnificent would make a great pairing with the likes of Avobath or Brightside!

Generally, when using a bath oil, I love to make my bath super hot, add the bath oil and allow the water to cool whilst the product melts before stepping in, otherwise the bath oils can take a good while to fully melt. Magnificent was a steady melter but fizzed a little thanks to a small amount of bath bomb mix incorporated into it. There was also a little amount of lustre floating steadily through the water.

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Magnificent wouldn’t be a bath oil unless it contained moisturising ingredients to deeply nourish and soften the skin, so it contains Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. You can immediately feel these ingredients once you’re in the bath as they strongly imbue the water with their oily goodness.

Whilst the smell was pretty lost while I was actually in the bath, it surprisingly remained on my skin after, albeit it not for very long.

You can check out Magnificent over on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77492, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Melusine Bath Bomb

Melusine is a figure of European folklore and mythology, she is a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river and is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down, much like a mermaid. Melusine Bath Bomb clearly takes it’s inspiration from this myth as it features a scaly green and yellow exterior. Melusine has to be one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen and I’ve been so excited to use it!

This currently Harajuku exclusive bath bomb shares its scent with Avocado Co-Wash, a fragrance that is growing in popularity amongst the Lush Community, and rightly so, it’s gorgeous. It’s a zesty, juicy-sweet citrus based scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and Olibanum adds a slightly deeper, smokey note compared to it’s zesty partners. It’s such a moreish, energising scent and I truly believe that Lush got it right in this format.

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Once in the water, Melusine immediately shoots out clouds of green and yellow into the water, before it started spinning, creating stunning patterns for my viewing pleasure. The different shades of yellows and greens slowly mixed into each other and finally ended in a deep green colour.

One thing you’ll definitely notice about Melusine is the amount of glitter that fills your bath tub. The actual ballistic is decorated with shards of green plastic-free glitter, but I never would have guessed at how much lay inside too! The water was really shimmering in the light and I really felt a sense of magic just gazing in awe at it, it’s definitely one of the most glittery bombs out there at the moment!

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The water itself felt incredibly soft due to the addition of Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract and Sarcocornia Powder. Sarcocornia, also known as samphire, is an umbrella name for more than thirty species of edible salt-tolerant plants. The sodium rich powder is greatly cleansing and is perfect for softening bath water. I was also very pleased at just how strong the scent remained, even towards the end of my bath.

Once I was out and dried off, I could still smell the perfume on my skin and for a good few hours later. I wish I could tell you the glitter simply drains down the plughole but I can’t. My body was covered in it; as was my towel, my bathroom floor, the clothes I put on afterward, my hair, literally everything and I’m still finding it a few days later. Thankfully I love glitter, but if you don’t then perhaps Melusine unfortunately isn’t for you.

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All in all, I can say without a doubt that Melusine is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. The glitter is SO worth it as it’s such a beautiful colour. The scent, the design, the bath art – everything is truly amazing! I hope to god that this sees a UK release in the future because I need it again and again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract, Bergamot Oil , Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Sarcocornia Powder, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 77491, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Ectoplasm Naked Shower Scream

Alongside its liquid counterpart, Lush released Ectoplasm Shower Scream in a solid, packaging free version too, like it does with most of the seasonal gels and creams it launches.

To make a shower gel solid, all Lush do is take out the extra water and replace it with an ingredient called Sodium Stearate, which is the sodium salt of Stearic Acid. Completely harmless, it’s the perfect ingredient to turn liquid soaps and shower gels into solid versions, yet still retaining their ability to lather.

If you’ve got one at home I’m sure you’ve noticed that the solid shower gels are pretty soft. Lush want to keep the naked versions as close as possible in terms of feeling to actual shower gels so they’re not as hard as you expect them to be. Because of this Ectoplasm and the others can tend to be a tad messy so don’t leave it anywhere where it might run or stain. You should be keeping naked products in some form of pot or dish anyway.

The shower cream is scented with the same three ingredients (Tangerine, Grapefruit and Litsea Cubeba) as the Ectoplasm OG – the Jelly Bomb, but is rather different than the first incarnation. To me, the Jelly Bomb smells too strongly of orange peels and zest, the liquid and solid creams are a lot juicier and sweeter. The naked version is a lot more subdued than the bottled but that’s the reason why it’s my favourite format of the scent so far, it’s just the right amount of each unique aroma and not too overpowering.

Sadly both versions of this shower cream left no lingering scent on my skin. However, due to Cocoa Butter and Almond Oil being two of the main ingredients, my skin did feel adequately softened, though I did feel the need to moisturise after even still.

Because of the consistency, I found it easier to slice off chunks of the product and use smaller pieces in shower to avoid heavy shrinkage in the hot water. I found that because it’s a cream, neither version tended to lather up massively, but I preferred to use this version over the liquid as I didn’t feel like I was using a lot.

What are your thoughts on the naked shower gels? Let me know which version of Ectoplasm you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Water, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040.

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Ectoplasm Shower Scream

The Ectoplasm scent family first appeared for 2017’s Halloween launch when Lush bought out the Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb. Although it received generally mixed reviews, Lush bought out more Ectoplasm scented goods for Halloween 2018, including a shower cream, or ‘scream’.

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This bright shower cream really stands out amongst the others because of it’s fluorescent highlighter yellow colour, it’s so bright it’s almost luminous and apparently it even glows under UV light!

From first whiff as you pop open the bottle, you are instantly met with a triple threat of Tangerine Juice, Water and Oil. The Tangerine is definitely what drives the scent and gives it it’s freshly squeezed, fruity fragrance. Tangerines are full of vitamins, great for reviving, cleansing and brightening the skin and their sweet, yet zesty aroma is perfect for lifting your mood. Grapefruit Juice, Grapefruit Oil and sweet lemony Litsea Cubeba Oil round out the scent giving it secondary notes and enhancing the uplifting effects.

I’m not actually a massive fan of how the jelly bomb smells, and was a little disappointed when I first saw the scent being made again, but with this incarnation, I’m actually tolerating it. I think the extra juices have made it smell a little sweeter and like actual fruit juice, giving a much more pleasant aroma than the almost smokey, burnt orange notes from the bath bomb.

As a (s)cream, Ectoplasm is very thick due to the ingredients being blended with Cocoa Butter. Like most of Lush’s shower creams, it didn’t lather up at all that much but I found that a little bit does go a long way and feels luxuriously soft on your skin. Almond Oil also locks extra moisture into your skin and replenishes essential nutrients.

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I really like to use this shower cream in the morning as the scent only elevates in the hot water filling your senses, plus it makes my skin look extra radiant and bright. A downside of this exclusive product would be that the scent doesn’t linger as much after you’ve towelled down.

I’m glad that my opinion of the Ectoplasm range has changed but I can’t say it’s left me gagging for more. I’ll be posting about the naked version of this shower gel next so make sure you’re staying updated!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tangerine Water, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Tangerine Oil, Tangerine Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Grapefruit Oil, Litsea, Cubeba Oil, Citral, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

The scent of Avocado Co-Wash has long been loved by Lushies and staff, but it’s only recently that Lush have actually started to notice and bring out other products with the same zingy sweet citrusy scent. The first of these was in the form of a shower gel called Avocado Wash.

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Ugh I am literally enamoured by this scent. It’s high-key one of my all time favourite scents from Lush and ever since smelling a lump of Avocado Co-Wash for the first time I’ve been desperate for other formats.

As already mentioned, it’s a zesty, juicy sweet citrus scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and protective Olibanum adds a slightly more fruity note compared to it’s zesty partners. I’d actually argue that the scent is slightly more powerful in this version than it’s predecessor. Which is only a bonus.

Although this bright green shower gel has quite a thin consistency you’d be mistaken if you didn’t think it had ample skin softening properties. Like it’s hair care counterpart it’s full of Avocado Oil and actual Fresh Avocado. Avocados are incredibly nutritious and are full of a beautiful unsaturated oil that’s perfect for rehydrating old, damaged and dry skins, not to mention that Avocados are full of vitamins to help improve the skin’s appearance. Carrageenan Extract, derived from Seaweed also gives Avocado Wash a more luxurious feeling despite how runny it is.

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When in use the shower gel foams up nicely, creating a beautifully fragrant lather that’s so irresistibly moreish and leaves you so refreshed and feeling clean, and nourished skin that smells divine all day. I just want to bathe in it all day it’s really that nice! Though saying that you really don’t need to use much each time, a little really does go a long way.

After every use, the shower gel does have a tendency to separate due to the high oil content, but please don’t let that put you off using it, you just need to give it a good shake before you use it again and it’ll be as good as new.

Frankly I think this shower gel is one of the best Lush have ever done and it 100% deserves to be in their year round range. I’d also very much like other products featuring this marvellous scent please Lush.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fresh Avocado, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140

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