Soap

Strawberry Santa Soap

Now let me tell you, when these lil guys were delivered into the stores, some of them looked so ugly it was a crime to sell them, so I’m sorry if you got one of the less cute ones. Luckily, the one I ended up with isn’t so bad.

Strawberry Santa is exactly like product from 2015’s Christmas Range called Peeping Santa, though that was a bubbleroon and this is a soap, both were comprised of two red halves separated by a white middle section with eyes. In this version, the red section is a harder soap, fused together with a softer white soap that has a creamier, almost whipped texture.

The white section actually contains a high amount of Cocoa Butter to moisturise your hands, meaning that Strawberry Santa doesn’t leave you with too much of that squeaky clean feeling.

Just be careful when you’re using it that the two halves don’t separate, as it doesn’t really fuse back together very well.

Like Peeping Santa, this soap also contains the delicious Yummy Mummy scent which is a moreish and comforting fragrance which reminds me of sweet juicy chocolate coated strawberries. Strawberry Santa does actually contain Fresh Strawberries along with their seeds to give a gentle exfoliation. Olibanum, Bergamot and Geranium Oils complete the scent and give it deeper sweet musky layers.

img_0428

Although fairly small, I feel like it’s going to last for a long while as it produces a generous lather with minimal effort each time I use it and leaves my hands gorgeously scented for a good while after. In the shower, I found that it easily soaped up my body and effectively cleansed. It also contains nourishing Peach Kernel Oil to replenish nutrients in the skin and left my skin looking visibly brighter!

I’m a big fan of this soap and I’m glad I could get my hands on it! Did you manage to get one? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water , Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Strawberry Seeds, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

Standard
Bath, Bath Bombs

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Golden Wonder is a Lush Christmas Classic and you can’t really call yourself a Lush superfan unless you’ve tried it. It truly is a wonder to behold, covered in a golden shimmer and topped with a beautiful cream bow, but the real treasure hidden in this present is the colour inside.

It features a fragrance that has appeared frequently in different formats and under different names over the years but is made up of Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil and Cognac Oil.

The scent is beautifully uplifting whilst remaining very light and not too heady. Being fruity, yet sharp its very reminiscent of champagne, sparkling wines and the very thing it’s meant to smell like – a glass of Buck’s Fizz. A perfect bathing companion for Christmas morning perhaps? Or maybe even New Year’s Eve!

img_0408

Immediately upon contact with the water, it starts to fizz and almost instantly reveals it’s hidden colour, a beautiful and vibrant blue. It’s quite the fast fizzer and soon creamy whites and yellows from the outer shell mix with the blue, resulting in a gorgeous turquoise colour that glimmers with all the golden lustre floating throughout, looking like velvet dancing in an ocean.

Golden Wonder also contains little tiny stars that remain even when the bath bomb doesn’t, these float around in the water only adding to the magic.

img_0411

The warming scent really remained throughout my bathing and also on my skin after, albeit very lightly. What was more prominently covering my body was the remains of the golden glitter, giving me a shimmer in the light which I personally love but can understand might not be for everyone. If that doesn’t appeal to you then all you need do is rinse yourself down with the shower head, like you might also have to do to your tub…

I’ve used a Golden Wonder each year for a number of years now and I love it every time, it’s a real iconic part of the Christmas collection and I think a lot of fans would be disappointed if it ever left!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 15510, Colour 45410, Colour 77491

Standard
Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars are kind of like marmite, either people are really intrigued by them and love them, or they straight up don’t want one and think it’s a pointless gimmick.

This year was the second year of Lush doing Sparkle Jars for Christmas and of course popular Snow Fairy has been made available both years.

Shaped like a star and coloured pink, you can definitely guess that the familiar sweet candy floss scent of Snow Fairy hides within. The powder that’s inside the ‘jar’ is also scented the same and is basically just Fairy Dust Dusting Powder.

The massage bar outer container is made up of Organic Cocoa Butter, making it super moisturising for the skin. Because Cocoa Butter tends to be a lot less melty than some other butters Lush use, it really needs to be warmed up against the skin before you start feeling the benefits. It’s perfect for when you’ve just stepped out of the shower and your skin is radiating that extra warmth.

I love to use mine as a body moisturiser, but the best part is the powder inside. If you think you’re already silky smooth after using the outside, you’re in for a treat. Poke holes with a pencil in the two indents and use the jar like a salt shaker, sprinkling the scented powder all over your skin.

Being mostly made up of Cornflour and other powders, it’s highly absorbent and effectively softens your skin even more! Like Fairy Dust, it’s also full of plastic free glitter so is perfect when you want that extra shimmer.

img_0292

Lush’s glitters and lustres are usually made up of Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, otherwise known as Synthetic Mica. Mica is one of the main compounds of granite and Lush produce it synthetically because of concerns over child labour in the mining of natural mica. Synthetic Mica is also brighter and purer than natural mica and has a more uniform finish which doesn’t contain any sharp edges, making it safer for use in cosmetics.

Obviously, because the Sparkle Jars are hollow inside and are comprised of a bottom part with a lid attached, they can be delicate, so just handle with care and don’t apply too much pressure when using because they contain more powder than you’d think and you don’t want to be cleaning that up!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Magnesium Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Citral, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1

Standard
Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar

I was really excited about this bubble bar when I first saw it, assuming it would be sweetly peppermint scented like actual candy canes! However, surprisingly it’s not. It’s still sweet, but it’s not peppermint and contains Bergamot and Lemon instead.

Saying that, it’s still a nice addition to the Christmas bubble bars and being reusable, it’s probably one of the bath products that are a bit better for your money, a bargain at £3.95.

For my first bath with it, I used about a third and got a decent amount of bubbles. Unlike most bubble bars, Candy Cane works much like Magic Wand or a bubble brush, you simply hold it under the running tap water until you’ve got enough bubbles, leave it somewhere to dry and you can use it again! I’d definitely say if you wanted to, you could get around four or five baths out of one. Me? I got two, using my remaining piece for a second, more indulgent bath.

img_0301

You could crumble it, but believe me when I say that it’s kinda difficult. Candy Cane isn’t meant to be crumbled, but feel free to give it a go! Maybe if you softened it in the water first it would crumble easier. Either way, you’re left with a tub full of bubbles and orangey-red waters below.

Usually, reusable bubble bars tend to lose their scent once in use, however Candy Cane’s fragrance remained throughout my bath. As previously mentioned, it’s a citrus combination of Lemon and Bergamot, yet nothing about the aroma gives you a clue to this. It’s more candy scented, like Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy yet a tad warmer and fruiter. I guess even if it’s not peppermint it’s still candy right?

img_0303

The bubbles it creates are super soft and light. Whilst nothing in the ingredients list alludes you to Candy Cane being at all moisturising, that’s indeed the feeling on my skin, leaving me baby smooth afterwards.

Overall, whilst I enjoyed my bath with this bubble bar, there’s nothing about it that would make me upset if it didn’t return for Christmas 2019, however it’s popularity tells me it’ll probably be back.

img_0313

Did you get a chance to use Candy Cane this holiday season?

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Limonene, Colour 14700.

Standard
Bath, Bath Bombs

The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb

When I first heard the name of this Christmas bath bomb, I expected it to be silver and designed to look like those mirrored disco balls, so when I first saw the black design I was a tad confused. However I soon realised that this exclusive is actually meant to look like one of those spinning disco balls with all the coloured circular lights!

Black bath bombs are on trend at the moment, I guess with DIY ones going viral because everyone loved how awesomely mysterious and magical they look, it was only a matter of time until Lush jumped on the hype with the likes of Secret Arts Jelly Bomb and now The World’s Smallest Disco.

Once you place this bath bomb in the tub, you’ll be amazed at the waves of jet black that appear, looking like smoke filling a room as it darkens the water. Dotted throughout the darkness were the coloured discs that feature on the bath bomb, which having floated away from the main ballistic, sent out vibrant streams of their own colours, creating beautiful patterns atop the water. The sheer contrast between the colours and the black made for really vibrant bath art.

img_0232

Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, you’re left with deep black waters that shimmer with a large amount of silver sparkles. I really love it when the colour of a bath is opaque enough so that you can’t see your body beneath it and this was no exception.

I found the scent had remarkable staying power throughout my bath filling my senses with uplifting citrus aromas. The World’s Smallest Disco contains Lime, Grapefruit and Cognac Oils making up the scent. The zesty and tangy notes of the two citrus fruits are what hits you first, until you notice the warming notes beneath it of the Cognac. Lush use Cognac Oil in a lot of their Christmas products due to often being drunk in winter tipples and it having a somewhat festive aroma.

img_0246

I know most of you are thinking that the colour of this product might stain your bath or even your skin, but believe me it doesn’t. The most mine did was leave a little colour around my tub and some glitter at the bottom but that’s nothing a wipe around and a rinse with the shower wouldn’t sort. There wasn’t that much on my skin either!

Although being one of the Christmas products that excited me the least this year, I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I loved the pretty artwork it created. Furthermore it left my skin feeling wonderfully clean and fresh scented so I’d definitely say I’m glad I could get one before stocks ran out, I hope you did too!

img_0251

Would you like to see The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb back next year? Let me know!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cognac Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Charcoal, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15510, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

Standard
Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap

Although Lush already sells three other cold pressed soaps year round, for Christmas this year and last they’ve released one in the popular Snow Fairy scent.

img_1656

If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap, you’ll know they’re a lot firmer and last a lot longer than regular soaps. This is due to a difference in how they are made. They’re called cold pressed because the ingredients are literally pressed together in moulds when they are cold, as opposed to hot liquid soap being poured into moulds to harden.

When making the cold pressed soaps, Lush mix their soap bases with bought-in soap flakes, which are made from oil bases, therefore giving the bars a higher soap content, so they are much more solid and long-lasting.

Snow Fairy gets its iconic sweet scent from Synthetic Musk and is a scent that drives people crazy every Christmas. It’s been featured in almost every format so it’s no surprise that a cold pressed soap made it into the range for last year and I’m sure it’s here to stay. In this format, it’s somewhat subdued and to be honest, as you keep using your soap, the scent gets more and more subtle until you’re left with a bar that doesn’t really smell of much at all.

Like all cold pressed soaps, you really have to give Snow Fairy a chance to get going, because when it does, it effectively releases a really cleansing and creamy lather, probably due to the high amount of Cocoa Butter in its base. I wouldn’t call it massively moisturising, but it’s definitely not as drying as some soaps can be. There’s also something about the consistency that makes it feel somewhat exfoliating too.

Snow Fairy also contains Almond Oil and Castor Oil to nourish and repair damaged hands and even though its a solid sturdy bar, it’s really quite gentle.

What’s your experience with Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Propylene Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 45410, Colour 73360, Colour 45350

Standard
Bath, Bath Bombs

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their Christmas range this year, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are two in one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body.

Alongside a Princess and a Snowman, a Santa Bomb Bomb was also released, apparently smelling of strawberries and cream.

Looking like a traditional Santa, his head bath bomb is mostly comprised of a big white beard with a small red hat, whereas his body is more traditionally spherical with a belt, buckle and arms.

The idea is you can use it as one giant bath bomb or in two baths, but of course, I did the former. Santa’s a really fast fizzer, immediately and quite loudly fizzing away turning the bath water into a vibrant red colour. There’s something I really enjoy about bathing in red baths as it’s a colour that’s not often featured in a bath bomb.

Sadly, there wasn’t much in terms of any bath art other than a few wispy waves of white throughout the deep crimson.

img_0145

The strawberries and cream scent I was talking about is actually Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Bergamot Oil, which I never would have guessed from smelling it. To me, the scent is a lot fruitier than what I’d expect those three fragrances to make. It’s sweet and almost berryish, which is why I guess Lush say it smells of strawberries.

I actually really like the smell though, and I’d really enjoy other products featuring it. I think it would make a really nice massage bar or shower scrub so hopefully Lush decide to keep it around for the future!

img_0151-1

Sadly although the actual product smells quite potent, it doesn’t have much strength after dissolving and the only memory of it on my skin was just the generic clean feeling, which was kinda dissappointing.

In conclusion, the Bomb Bombs are cute (not you Princess), but I probably wouldn’t use each one again as other than the fact they come in pairs, there’s nothing that special about them.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 47005:1, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

Standard