Hair, Shampoo

Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo

Another product I was excited to get my hands on when I took a trip to see the exclusives at Lush Liverpool Spa was Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo. This shampoo is designed to promote hair growth and thicken the hair and that’s exactly what I look for. As a big fan of New Shampoo Bar, I knew I’d love this. Wasabi Shan Kui’s name literally means ‘Wasabi Wasabi’ as shan kui is the direct translation of wasabi in Mandarin Chinese.

Wasabi isn’t usually an ingredient you’d find in a shampoo but much like the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar, it has greatly stimulating effects on the hair follicles to promote growth. Anything that creates a warm or tingly sensation on the skin means it gets the blood flowing to the area and that encourages the hair follicles to get to work. Wasabi is no exception to that rule and if you’ve ever tasted it, you’ll understand why. Lush use both Fresh Wasabi and Wasabi Decoction in this shampoo. Wasabi belongs to the same family as Horseradish, so Lush have included it also for the same effects. Horseradish further produces a large amount of vitamin C which is beneficial to maintaining collagen production, an important protein found in the hair and skin.

Further boosting these stimulating effects, we have Caffeine Powder and Menthol Crystals. Just as caffeine is a stimulant for your brain, it’s stimulating for your hair too, whilst menthol has a unique effect on the scalp. It can disrupt the hair fall cycle, allowing the hair to be retained for longer. If all these ingredients don’t encourage your hair to grow then I don’t know what else will!

To thicken the texture and give volume, Wasabi Shan Kui contains both Sea Salt and Epsom Salts. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a volumised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

Obviously a good shampoo needs cleansing ingredients too, so Wasabi Shan Kui contains Fresh Lemon Juice and Agave Syrup, both of which have cleansing and antibacterial qualities. Agave Syrup is very much like honey in the way it adds moisture and soothes whilst Fresh Lemon Juice helps to enzymically break down excess oils, whist adding shine.

Furthermore, this new shampoo also contains Aquafaba and Olive Oil. Otherwise known as chickpea water, Aquafaba is full of proteins and other nutrients that strengthen and protect the hair. Olive Oil is mostly the same, but hydrates the hair too.

Although I don’t think I’ve been using this shampoo long enough to really notice a difference in the growth of my hair, especially seeing as I use other products to help with this issue too, I will say that it leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and looking healthy and thick. It kinda has a strange texture, the salt makes it slightly gritty, but that just helps get rid of buildup on the scalp and it doesn’t bother me too much.

I know everyone’s probably concerned about the scent of Wasabi Shan Kui but honestly it doesn’t actually smell that much of wasabi. Thanks to a mix of Orange, Lemon and Rose Oils it has a fairly uplifting fruity fragrance with just a hint of warmth in the background. So don’t let that put you off!

Wasabi Shan Kui is currently available online as part of this months Lush Labs release, so now’s a great chance to try it out for yourself! I’m really enjoying using it so I definitely recommend!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Wasabi Decoction, Epsom Salt, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Horseradish, Agave Syrup, Aquafaba , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fresh Wasabi, Caffeine Powder, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Menthol Crystals, Gardenia Extract, Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Colour 19140

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Hair, Hair Treatments

Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum

Arguably the best thing about Lush’s newest spa store in Liverpool is their wide range of exciting new haircare products and there were some that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. My hair is very thin and often looks limp and lifeless so Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum sounded like it would be great for me. The name is a play on will-o’-the-wisps, which are ghostly lights in folklore though I don’t know why Lush chose this name for it.

The main ingredients of Willow The Wisp is a heavy load of Silken Tofu and Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel. Tofu has a high protein content and heaps of vitamins which makes it fantastic for strenthening and thickening the hair. This, plus the high salt content is mainly what’s responsible for giving you that volumised feel. The seaweed gel is also full of nutrients and it also forms a protective barrier on the hair, giving it a shine and adding moisture.

This product doesn’t just contain Sea Salt, but Epsom Salt too. Epsom salts were discovered in the town of Epsom in Surrey where they’re found naturally in springs but essentially have the same benefits as regular salts, just with a different mineral content. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a texturised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

As well as it’s thickening effects, Willow The Wisp is great at boosting shine and glossiness thanks to not only the seaweed, but also to Lemon and Lime Juices and Olive Oil too. As citrus juices are astringent, they add shine to the hair as their acidity causes the hair follicles to lie flat, meaning they reflect more light. Olive Oil is extremely beneficial to hair as it hydrates, protects and nourishes the hair as well as improving the tensile strength.

A couple of somewhat strange ingredients have also been included in this product and they’re Polyvinylpyrrolidone and Ethyl Macadamiate. Although they sound scary, each one is completely harmless and further benefits the hair. Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP is a polymer that thinly coats the hair and gives a gentle hold, to avoid you losing that volume right away. Ethyl Macadamiate is derived from macadamia nuts and also forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective from heat and humidity.

To use this serum you simply work a few pumps of the product through hair before drying and it’ll get to work. Lush suggest using it on washed damp hair but I don’t see why you couldn’t use it whenever you need a boost. It’s much like Sea Spray in that way but rather than simply spraying over, you actually need to work the liquid through the hair. I love the feeling of my hair after using this product, it definitely does what it says and I really notice a difference after using it!

The other thing I’m really loving is the scent! Willow The Wisp features a sweet fruity and rosy fragrance that you can really smell when it’s in your hair thanks to a mixture of Rose, Rosewood and Benzoin Resinoid. Whatsmore, Benzoin Resinoid is very protective for the hair, preventing it from losing moisture.

Lush are really taking great steps with so many great hair care products and I’m excited to try and write about more! I’d definitely recommend this fab product so grab one while you can as they’re currently online in this month’s Lush Labs release!

Ingredients

Silken Tofu, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel, Water, Propylene Glycol, Epsom Salt, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Ethyl Macadamiate, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Rosewood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

 

 

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Cookie Dough Lip Scrub

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products! Cookie Dough Lip Scrub is one of these new exclusives, and is currently the only lip scrub on their exclusive list.

I’m gonna come right out and say it, but Cookie Dough is the BEST lip scrub Lush have ever done. Period. It literally smells and tastes like the delicious treat that it’s named after. It’s rich and decadent, like gooey buttery caramel and I am super impressed.

For this sweet, indulgent flavour, Cookie Dough contains an intriguing blend of ingredients. First we have warming, familiar and sweet Vanilla Absolute, which Lush suggests makes up the main component of the scent along with Cocoa. Cocoa Powder has a silky texture which really helps to soften skin, and is what gives this lip scrub its rich taste and fragrance. Boosting that cocoa flavour, Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet chocolate-like taste; according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked’ flavour.

Furthermore there’s a distinct nutty taste to Cookie Dough which isn’t surprising considering it contains Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil and Almond Essential Oil too. Another ingredient has also been included for its nutty taste, and this is Balsam Fir Resin, which gives the lip scrub a somewhat woody note in its scent.

As a lip exfoliator, it contains two types of Sugar along with Fine Sea Salt which do the job well. However one thing that certainly makes Cookie Dough stand out is that it’s super moisturising too. I know that *all* lip scrubs are somewhat softening for the skin, but I’ve certainly not tried any like this one. It almost has a wetter texture to it, which leaves your skin feeling gorgeously hydrated thanks to Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and the Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils too. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E and oleic acid meaning they are easily absorbed and help to deeply moisturise, firm and protect the skin.

I’m honestly blown away by this product. Although I’ve loved lip scrubs like The Kiss before, I’ve never been quite as obsessed with one as I am with Cookie Dough. It’s effective and mouthwateringly moreish and I struggle to put it down without eating using more! It’s a MUST try from Liverpool and I’d be thrilled to see it have a wider release one day. For now though, it’s available as part of this month’s Lush Labs release so make sure you get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Granulated Sugar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Hazelnut Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Gardenia Extract, Pistachio Oil, Cocoa Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Flavour

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Fragrance, Perfume

Two More Hearts Perfume

Two More Hearts is a remix of an old perfume called ‘Two Hearts Beating As One’ from Lush’s original perfume and make up brand ‘B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful’. Simon Constantine apparently reworked this fragrance from memory, and created a fresh new take on it called Two More Hearts.

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After debating which one out of the six newest #LushLabs perfumes to choose, this was the one I went for as it’s ingredients really made me feel as though it’s something I’d like, plus I’m a sucker for Jasmine! Believe me, boy am I happy, it’s absolutely and truly incredible!

It’s a scent that’s very much unlike anything I’ve ever smelled from Lush before. Containing Rose, Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang, it’s a sweet floral note at the forefront that I’d describe as hugely powdery. The Rose and Jasmine seem to have intertwined at the top and created a sexy and beautiful fragrance. There’s deeper notes of uplifting, citrusy Lemon and a resinous, woody base note of Sandalwood that’s more noticeable upon first spray, but it blends in with the rest as the perfume develops.

Two More Hearts makes me feel regal and seductive, but in a different way to Lust Perfume. It’s much more complex and it’s almost as if Lust had an older sister who is perfectly sensible yet still likes to tempt the boys into her boudoir at night. Lust is dirty and primal, whereas Two More Hearts is classier and just makes me want to float around  a mansion in a silk dressing gown to be honest!

Whereas I like to wear Lust in the evening, I’d probably prefer to wear Two More Hearts during the day.

I find this perfume has incredible staying power, I can still smell it on scarves and coats I’ve worn a week ago and that’s when you know a perfume is a good one. It stands out amongst most others and I always get compliments whenever I wear it.

Although 30ml of a perfume will last me a good while, I’ll be incredibly sad if mine runs out without a chance to buy it again, this really deserves a place in the all year round range, or at least as an online exclusive!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Jade Roller Naked Cleansing Balm

This little cleanser debuted in the UK at the 2018 Creative Showcase where they also debuted many other cleansing balms like it. It then become available as part of the next month’s Lush Labs release where I quickly snapped one up.

A Jade Roller is a centuries old Chinese skincare tool which is made out of solid jade stone and shaped like a paint roller. The roller is said to help eliminate puffiness as it massages the lymphatic system and the cool and smooth surface helps to reduce muscular aches and redness with the right amount of pressure by improving circulation.

In their version, Lush have created a naked cleanser that tries to mimic the same outcome as when using the real thing.

The product is embedded with Mung Beans on one side to give a gentle massage as you apply it. To use you simply rub the product over your face and then massage in the remaining residue left afterwards. Whilst it does feel nice with the beans, I found that the product sadly melts too quickly with the skin’s temperature preventing you from using it for long enough each time to really feel the massage.

The product is mainly Murumuru and Shea Butters, and something called Marula Oil which is renowned for it’s elasticity boosting effects on the skin. Also in there we have astringent Hazelnut Oil and nourishing Rice Bran Wax making up the soft, luxurious base.

Once the product is applied you then wipe it off with a damp face cloth. As you wipe, the water reacts with antibacterial, soothing Chamomile Vinegar and calming Rose Water, entering a toning phase which tightens pores and soothes red and flushed skin, meaning Jade Roller is actually a lovely two in one product! The toning effects are also boosted by Geranium and Eucalyptus Oils.

As an actual cleanser, I do think this product is quite effective, because it’s mainly oil based it’s really good for taking off basic make up and removing any excess grime. The pepperminty herbal smell is also really great to help wake you up on a dreary morning.

So far, I’ve not seen much of a massive difference in terms of my complexion, perhaps my eyes aren’t as puffy but I couldn’t say if this was due to me using Jade Roller or not. Although I do think this product would be a lot more effective if its base wasn’t so quick to melt on the skin, I would probably purchase it again, and I’m hoping that the range of cleansing balms become available in the future as I think they are great new skincare products for Lush.

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Organic Mung Beans, Marula Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rice Bran Wax, Chamomile Vinegar, Rose Water, Peppermint Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Face, Under Eye Masks

Mortal Kombu Under Eye Mask

As someone who suffers with v bad dark circles, I’m always on the look out for something to combat this. When Lush unveiled this product for the first time for the UK at their Manchester Lush Showcase I had to get my hands on one.

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The best thing about Mortal Kombu is how simple it is. It literally is just a piece of seaweed. No packaging. No hassle. Honestly what can’t seaweed do?

This innovative product is cut from 100% sustainable, mineral rich Kombu Seaweed which is sourced in Japan. The growers and harvesters know the importance of maintaining the environment of their kelp forests to keep their business sustainable, this is why they work on numerous marine conservation projects and do regular beach and seabed cleaning. Kombu Seaweed, like all seaweed, is perfect for its toning and calming effects on the skin.

To use you simply soak the mask in warm water (such as in the bath) for a few minutes to allow the seaweed to moisten and thicken, then separate along the perforation into two halves which fit neatly under the eyes. Leave on for around ten minutes then remove and massage in the soothing seaweed gel left behind.

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The mask really feels super nice on the skin once applied, I left mine on for more like twenty minutes because it felt so good! A great thing about this mask is that unlike some eye masks, Mortal Kombu gives you the option of keeping your eyes open!

Infused into the seaweed we also have Witch Hazel Extract and Green Tea Infusion and Extract. Witch Hazel is ideal to maintain healthy skin as it prevents bacteria growth and is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. And like when you drink Green Tea for it’s antioxidant quality, it has the same effect on the skin, leaving it soothed, clear and firm.

As already mentioned, once you remove the masks you’re left with a lovely gel on your skin that is great to rub all into your under eye area and because it produces quite a lot, you can do your whole face too! My eyes feel so rejuvenated after this mask and the skin there feels noticeably healthier and stronger.

Although you can purchase this product at the Naked Shops in Milan and now recently opened Berlin, it’s not a staple of UK stores just yet, but I hope it will be in the future as I’d really love to use this product again!

Ingredients

Kombu Seaweed, Green Tea Infusion, Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel Extract

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb

(Koi-yarn-ee-scat-see) means ‘life out of balance’ or ‘chaotic life’ in the Hopi language. The Hopi are a Native American tribe primarily living in Arizona.

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As mentioned in my previous post Sleepy Shower Bomb, I was a little apprehensive to try the Shower Bombs at first. But I don’t think they are as bad as you think they’re going to be.

Koyaanisqatsi didn’t foam up so quickly or as much as Sleepy did, but it was just as soft in my opinion, thanks to the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate, which is derived from Seaweed. Both of these are what give the Shower Bombs their skin softening qualities.

I also didn’t find it as exfoliating as Sleepy. Koyaanisqatsi doesn’t have an exfoliant in it so it feels smoother when rubbing it in.

The scent is quite relaxing, according to the product description it’s intended to clear your mind, help you slow down and take control. The ample amount of Lavender and it’s cousin Lavandin sure does just that. Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for thousands of years to settle nerves and relax the mind.

Although it sounds very similar, the addition of Violet Leaf and Ylang Ylang add a subtle floral hint which makes this shower bomb’s scent different to Sleepy/Twilight. It’s very similar to Ickle Baby Bot.

I noticed after a while, you couldn’t really seem to get much more out of it. It stopped foaming and just became hard and solid, which I ended up letting go down the plug hole, which was quite disappointing, considering I got so much out of Sleepy.

Here it is on the Lush UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Lavandin Absolute, Lavandin Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

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