Bath, Bath Bombs

Peng Bath Bomb

Peng is like the ultimate summer bath bomb. It’s literally designed to look like a beach ball which makes it really appealing, especially because we’ve not had much of a summer this year in the UK. I’m not sure on the name though, Peng is a terribly British slang word for something or someone attractive and it’s awful. I tried explaining it to an American friend and it’s just a no from me. As always, Lush love to feel like they’re really down with the kids.

Peng didn’t initially stand out to me but after looking at the ingredients list, I was quite excited when I first saw it whilst researching the 30th anniversary range of bath bombs. Containing Sandalwood, Rosewood, Styrax Resinoid and Litsea Cubeba, I imagined it to have a sweet woody fragrance, with simple lemony undertones. When I physically got my hands on it, I was a little disheartened as it isn’t quite what I expected.

The lemony fragrance of Litsea Cubeba is definitely the strongest aroma to come through and I found myself wondering if they’d perhaps fragranced it like a Dragon’s Egg by mistake as the two smell quite similar. Underneath the main note, there is a slight woodiness from both Sandalwood and Rosewood Oils but I’m afraid they’re nothing more than a delicate touch.  It’s a little less overtly citrusy and more fruity than Dragon’s Egg but honestly I don’t think they’re that different. I guess the cinnamon-like warmth from the Styrax offers a tad more distinction, but it’s nothing notable and not what I wanted, so I guess I’m a little disgruntled.

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I was hoping that Peng would make up for betraying my hopes with a nice show in the water and to be fair, it did. The three primary colours fizz out pretty quickly whist the white sections are a little slower at dissolving but it was much foamier than I thought it would be. Even though the blue was mostly outshined by the other two colours, it actually made for some pretty bath art before turning a warm shade of orange. Even that reminded me of Dragon’s Egg, just without the lustre!

Whilst I was bathing, the aroma filled my bathroom, which did bring out more of those woodier notes with the Litsea Cubeba drawing into the background slightly, which was nice to experience. The effect of the scent as a whole had an uplifting and energising effect on my mood which I really needed after a long few days. Afterwards my skin was feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and the scent lingered lightly on my skin up until I went to bed that evening.

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In conclusion, I didn’t dislike Peng as such, but I can’t say I liked it that much either, it really wasn’t what I though it was going to be and compared to some of the other bath bombs available, it’s nothing special.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Rosewood Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Litsea Cubeba Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1

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Shower, Shower Oils

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead. Rapeseed plants remove cesium from the soil and their seeds are turned into oil which is radiation free and safe to use. This way of naturally regenerating the land is truly incredible. Lush buy their Rapeseed Oil from this small city, giving a vital source of income to farmers who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Shower oils like Minamisoma provide a really mild cleanse, perfect for anyone who wants to cleanse without soap/lather and for gentle skin types. They can also be used like body conditioners as an in shower moisturiser. You simply stroke over the body and rinse away for clean and soft skin.

The Fukushima Rapeseed Oil is mixed with hydrating Cocoa Butter to form the product’s base. The design of this shower oil is actually meant to represent the fields of rapeseed plants (yellow half) growing in the hard hit land (white half). Containing more than 50% of omega 9 oleic acid, Rapeseed Oil is very moisturising and emollient on skin, and is said to have good antioxidant properties, which helps to firm the skin and boost its radiance. Included in this base is Sunflower Wax, which naturally thickens the formula and adds its own skin softening benefits.

Fresh Lemon Juice acts as the cleanser in this product as citrus fruits, especially lemons are high in enzymes that break down excess sebum, dirt and dead skin, paving the way for brighter and healthier looking skin. The large amounts of vitamin C occurring naturally inside the fruits are full of antioxidants and antibiotic properties. Turmeric Powder, which is responsible for creating the yellow colour on one side of the product also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as being soothing on the skin.

A strange new ingredient that I’ve not seen before is something called Kinako Powder, which is roasted organic soybean flour. When it is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will really soothe the skin and alleviate irritation and redness.

Minamisoma is scented with the same scent as Avocado Co-Wash and is a scent that I find absolutely beautiful. Comprised of Litsea Cubeba, Bergamot and Olibanum Oils, it’s a fresh, zesty aroma but incredibly sweet and delightful at the same time. For their effects on the skin, both Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot are refreshing and toning and Olibanum is soothing.

I am really loving this product. Its perfect for those showers when you don’t necessarily need a deep clean as it effectively cleanses for a quick freshen up. Though I am preferring to use it as an in shower body moisturiser as I come out feeling smoother than a baby! It’s so great at locking in hydration. What’s more, the scent is so beautiful under the water and is really great for energising and lifting your spirits on a dreary morning. It also leaves a trace of it lingering on your skin after, which makes me so happy. I’m so glad Lush have made this a permanent fixture in all stores!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Kinako Powder, Turmeric Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

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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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