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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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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Hair, Hair Treatments

#Gains Protein Spray

If you’ve been reading my blog a lot, you’ll know that I have a lot of issues with my hair. It’s thin, it’s flat and it’s prone to fall outs, so I’ll try anything to give it more life and strength. #Gains is designed to do exactly that, it’s full of protein-rich ingredients to really replenish and add strength inside and out.

This product features a few new ingredients that Lush haven’t often used before. Fresh Wheatgrass Juice made up of almost 70% chlorophyl and is highly rich in nourishing vitamins, minerals and protein, and it’s also antioxidant and conditioning. Alfalfa is considered one of the most complete and nutrient-rich foods ever tested and is full of minerals, vitamins and many different essential amino acids, which form the building blocks of protein. As well as this, Alfalfa Juice is a great help to the hair’s brightness, elasticity and growth. Jackfruits are giant fruits native to India and Malaysia and their high protein content has actually given the fruit a reputation of being a miraculous food source that could help eradicate famine. All these ingredients are among the most protein-rich out there.

#Gains also contains protein derived substances such as Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, the essential amino acid Leucine and something called Arginine HCL which are used to protect and repair each individual hair strand. They are attracted to keratin (the hair’s protein) and cover the hairs, helping split ends come back together again.

Hair products aren’t really known for their amazing and unique scents but #Gains smells absolutely incredible. It’s fruity, sweet and intoxicating and if you were to blindfold me and hold it up to my nose, I’d be convinced it was candy. Jackfruit has a musky and unique aroma that often reminds people of fruit chews and juicy sweets so I imagine that’s where I’m getting the idea from, but we also have Clove Bud, Geranium, Lemon, Orange and Vanilla each adding something unique to the scent. It’s really unlike anything Lush have ever produced before and you can smell it in your hair for hours and hours after.

Of course, Lush don’t just use ingredients for their fragrance as each one has it’s own benefits for the hair too. Clove Bud, like most spices, has stimulating effects on the scalp, promoting hair growth. Geranium Oil is antiseptic and helps to balance out oil production. Vanilla is soothing and humectant, which means it forms a barrier preventing moisture loss and Lemon and Orange have wonderful cleansing properties. Citrus fruits are renowned for containing AHA’s which are enzymes that break down excess dirt and sebum. #Gains also contains Fresh Lemon Juice for this same effect and also because of it’s shine-enhancing abilities.

Lastly, #Gains also contains a silicone alternative called Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from nutrient rich macadamia nuts. This coats the hair and adds protection from heat and humidity, without weighing it down.

I am absolutely loving using this and I don’t just use it on freshly washed hair either, it’s great as a detangling spray and I’m honestly using it almost every other day and noticing great results. This coupled with Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum is doing wonders for my hair. A really impressive product I must say.

Ingredients

Water, DRF Alcohol, Alfalfa Juice, Jackfruit Puree, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Fresh Lemon Juice, Behentrimonium Chloride, Clove Bud Oil, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, HCL, Leucine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 60725.

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Sex Bomb Shower Gel

When the six new bath bomb inspired shower gels were released online, I told myself I’m only allowed to get two. So I had a big decision to make. I definitely wanted Turmeric Latte and then it was a toss up between Sex Bomb and Goddess. I decided to go with Sex Bomb because Sex Bomb Bath Bomb was one of the first bath bombs I ever tried from Lush and I was eager to try the scent in another format.

I’m a huge fan of Jasmine so the Sex Bomb scent really speaks to me. I”d describe it as very powdery and floral yet sweet and seductive. The bath bomb contains three ingredients that make up its scent. Fragrant Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac and has been used as a richly sensual perfume for centuries and in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. Clary Sage has a strong herbal and green smelling aroma and is widely used for its stimulating, sensuous and evocative qualities. Ylang Ylang Oil is sweet and floral and is also considered an aphrodisiac. This bunch of ingredients are perfect to get you in the mood.

The shower gel also contains these three ingredients as it’s main scent but there’s something slightly different about its aroma. With the first sniff, I will say I was a little unsure. I think the Clary Sage is slightly stronger in this format and in the bottle there’s almost a ‘synthetic’ aroma that was slightly off putting.

Sex Bomb Shower Gel contains a couple of new ingredients too. Lush have added Fresh Passion Fruit Juice for its reviving and brightening effects on the skin. Passion Fruits are rich in vitamins A and C that greatly benefit the skin. Although Jasmine is a staple of Sex Bomb products, it’s grouped with Rose and Ginseng in an infusion of the three ingredients. Roses are known for being one of the most soothing and calming ingredients on the skin whereas Ginseng brightens skin by stimulating the circulation and carries many antioxidants too. I could also be the inclusion of these new ingredients that’s slightly altering the scent.

Sex Bomb has a very thin and runny consistency but in the shower it lathers up wonderfully and feels so soft and smooth on the skin thanks to Lush using a seaweed extract in its formula. It’s also filled with sparkling lustre which, considering the bath bomb itself isn’t sparkly, I wasn’t really expecting. Very Snow Fairy-esque.

In the shower, I was relieved to find the true Sex Bomb scent really coming out which filled my bathroom with its dreamy aroma. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better version of the smell as it’s truly perfect. I must say that the scent suits this shower gel format really well!

After I was out and dry, my skin was looking visibly brighter and feeling smooth and softened. Bring a fairly subtle and lighter scent, I wasn’t expecting it to linger for too long afterwards but I could still smell it on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was amazing. All in all, I’m very happy with this shower gel!

Ingredients

Jasmine, Rose and Ginseng Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Passion Fruit Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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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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