Bath, Fun

Apple Fun

When I last visited Lush Liverpool Spa, AKA the newest and biggest UK flagship store, I was gifted three of their exclusive bars of fun to try for myself. I had Flamingo, Thunderbolt and lastly, I had Apple. Although So White Bath Bomb has been around for some time now, I’ve never got to try it’s scent in a bath format and considering it’s so unique, I was really excited to experience it.

As I mentioned, Apple Fun shares it’s scent with the crisp apple-y fragrance of So White Bath Bomb, Once Upon A Time Body Lotion and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. Although Once Upon A Time changes up the ingredients slightly, usually this scent is comprised of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Orange Flower, Rose and Neroli. It’s a refreshing and uplifting aroma that really does remind you of biting into a crisp green apple and I feel like it really works in this ‘fun’ format. I really didn’t enjoy this scent at first but it grows on me more and more each time I encounter it.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. The base of Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like modelling clay, meaning the first use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body or your hair as shampoo, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles, which is usually how I use mine. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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I decided to do what I always do with fun and use about two thirds to create bubbles in my bath and use the remainder to actually wash myself with. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper. It can get quite messy if it gets wet so I’d make sure you definitely decide how much you’re going to use beforehand.

Apple produced super soft bath water although I didn’t seem to get many bubbles out of it, but that isn’t that unusual for fun. The water started off mimicking the same bright shade of green as the bar itself but as it got deeper, it naturally lost most of its pigment. Sadly, though the actual bar is pretty strongly scented, the aroma seemed to disappear into the water but it made a return to linger on my skin slightly once I was out.

Like fun always does, Apple left my skin feeling soft, nicely cleansed and smooth. All in all I’m really happy I got to use it and if you’re a fan of So White, you’re bound to love this too.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

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Bath, Fun

Thunderbolt Fun

I don’t often use Lush’s fun so I wasn’t as excited about the exclusive fun bars at Lush Liverpool as I was about other products there, but as I was gifted a few varieties, I was looking forward to trying them. Thunderbolt is scented with the ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ scent.

If I’m honest, the neon yellow colour of this fun bar looks much more like a radioactive substance than a lightning bolt but is something that’ll really stand out sat in your bathroom either way.

As I mentioned, Thunderbolt shares it’s fragrance with that of the Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb which we’ve not seen in a while, I believe the last time this scent was used was in a limited edition fun bar from last Christmas called Festive Friends. It’s a sweet and bright scent that mixes zesty Lime Oil with the fruitiness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil and a little Olibanum Oil for warmer undertones. Having not smelled this fragrance in a while, I’m glad to experience it again as it’s a simple but really lovely scent.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. Their Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine base gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like Play-Doh or modelling clay meaning one use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models; it’s a great way to get kids enjoying their baths more. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body and hair, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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When I used Thunderbolt, I did what I usually do with fun and that’s using two thirds for a bubble bath and leaving the remainder to use as a piece of soap whilst I’m soaking. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper.

Fun always produces super soft bath water and Thunderbolt was no exception. There wasn’t a huge amount of bubbles but definitely enough and they felt fluffy and light. The bath water was definitely more green rather than yellow but I’m just glad there was some colour at all as usually bright yellow products don’t fair too well in the water. Scent wise, I didn’t notice the scent too much in the water, apart from when I was washing my body with my remaining piece, nor could I smell it very strongly on my skin after.

Although Fun isn’t exactly moisturising, my skin was feeling soft and smooth, so that’s a good thing and all things considered, Thunderbolt is a nice option if you’re into fun, I do just wish it was scented a little more strongly.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Body Masks, Shower

Oat Body Mask

When I first saw this product, I originally assumed it was a scrub. I then saw the description which called it a ‘body mask’ and I was confused. The fact is, this is a solid (although soft) product, so I was definitely intrigued as to how these body masks work. With the scent, and the ingredients, it would seem like Oat is based on Oatifix Fresh Face Mask.

To use one of these products, Lush say to ‘simply mix to a paste with some water before smoothing it all over your chest, arms or wherever skin needs a little TLC. Whether it’s a solo pamper session or you’re sharing with someone special, put your feet up for 15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.’ Well that seems easy enough!

To avoid losing any product, I opted to mix up my body mask in an empty large black pot. So I crumbled it up and added some hot water, after stirring the mixture with a spoon I was left with something that resembled a wetter version of Oatifix. Trying to avoid as much mess as possible, I sat myself down in my empty bath whilst I applied it (and I’m really glad I did). I managed to make enough product to use over my entire torso, including my arms and as much of my back as I could reach, leaving a little left for my legs and feet too. I then chilled out for fifteen minutes.

This product contains many ingredients that really soothe and add moisture to the skin, just as Oatifix does too. Oats have been used for thousands of years as way to soothe and treat the skin topically and they also contain polysaccharides which become gelatinous when mixed with water and leave a protective film on the skin. Oat Body Mask contains oats in the form of a flour, which not only has these benefits, but also gently buffs the skin when you’re washing the product off. Oat further contains Kaolin and Gold Kaolin, which are clays that also gently exfoliate and draw out impurities.

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To hydrate the skin, Oat contains rich Olive Oil, which is full of beneficial antioxidants that maintain the skin’s health and natural elasticity. It’s also protective, retaining the added moisture into the skin.

The scent of Oat Body Mask is a mix of Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, the same as Oatifix. Whilst Vanilla is widely known as having soothing properties, both Sandalwood and Benzoin do too.

After easily washing the body mask off, I could already feel how much it had benefited my skin before I was even dry. It felt utterly baby soft, well nourished and the yummy comforting scent was lingering too. In conclusion, whilst I can’t say I massively enjoyed using a ‘body mask’, Oat definitely has some lovely benefits and if you’re in need of something to soothe and hydrate your body fast, it might be a great option. Sadly you can currently only purchase it at Lush Liverpool or in the naked stores.

Ingredients

Oat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerine, Kaolin, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gold Clay, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Fun

Flamingo Fun

Lush Liverpool currently have an immense amount of exclusive products, from perfumes to make up, from shower bombs to bath oils. They also have over ten exclusive bars of Fun! Flamingo Fun is based off of a long discontinued bubble bar called Pink Flamingo.

I never actually ever tried Pink Flamingo for myself at home but I’m instantly reminded of it’s fruity scent after smelling this neon pink Fun bar. Rosewood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang create a scent that’s reminiscent of juicy sweets and fizzy drinks. Rosewood has a unique woody aroma that’s equally rosy and spicy with a hint of citrus in the background. Ylang Ylang is known for its sweet floral aroma and lastly the Bergamot adds uplifting sherbety notes. It’s a pretty subtle scent but when it’s up close the almost orangey sweetness comes out and it’s really lovely.

You can use a bar of fun in many different ways. Essentially it’s a mouldable bar of soap so you can play with it, wash with it, use it as shampoo or use it like a bubble bar to create a bubble bath. I’ve also heard of people using its uniquely creamy lather to shave with though I’ve yet to experience that myself.

Whenever I use a bar of Fun, I tend to use half to create bubbles in my bath and then use the remainder as my soap. Flamingo turned the water a lovely shade of pink and created a decent amount soft and foamy bubbles though usually with Fun baths its best to create more by swishing your hands through the water. The water always feels really soft when you’re making a bath with Fun due to the high about of Glycerine and Cornflour leaving your skin silky and smooth. This same effect occurs when I’m lathering up the product over my body, it leaves behind such a soft and luxurious lather!

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Sadly, after I had washed by body and after my ‘soap’ bar had fully dissolved, the already subtle scent was becoming more and more unnoticeable and even after I was out and dry there’s wasn’t much of it lingering on my skin.

I don’t find Fun to be super moisturising but it definitely isn’t drying like some of Lush’s soaps can be. I did still find myself needing to lightly coat my body in a lotion though.

In conclusion, it’s been great experiencing this scent again in another format. Flamingo Fun is pretty decent but I can’t say I’m gagging to try it again.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 74491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Meditation Shower Bomb

Another trip up to Liverpool last week saw me get my hands on another exclusive shower bomb they have in their store. This time I chose Meditation, fitting for someone who dabbles in meditation and mindfulness.

Shaped like an incense cone, Meditation is full of ingredients commonly and traditionally used in spiritual rituals, such as Guaiacwood, Sandalwood and Olibanum. These three essential oils are what make up Meditation’s scent.

Looking at the black design and the idea behind it, I assumed the scent of this shower bomb would be fairly smokey and earthy but it is surprisingly sweet. Sandalwood Oil is naturally very woody, but also has warmer and sweeter notes. Olibanum, otherwise known as frankincense, evokes the idea of walking through pine forests and has citrusy after tones. And lastly, Guaiacwood Oil, which comes from a tree commonly known as palo santo, has a scent which is described as sweet, spicy and exotic smelling. These fragrances combine into a sweet oaky aroma that’s de-stressing and meditative, yet with something quite invigorating about it.

All of Lush’s shower bombs contain both Sodium Alginate and Potato Starch which gives their lather a soft and fluffy texture, Meditation is no exception. I actually found this to be one of the longer lasting shower bombs, as it foamed only slightly each time it was held under the water, making it easier not to lose any down the plughole and get more on the body. Each time I covered myself with the foam it felt so soft and nourishing.

Obviously, containing Sodium Bicarbonate, shower bombs are all slightly exfoliating but they usually contain an extra exfoliant too. Meditation contains Activated Charcoal, offering a really gentle scrub – so gentle in fact, I actually didn’t notice it too much. ‘Activated’ charcoal is charcoal that has been heated to increase its adsorbent qualities, adsorbing microparticles such as dust, toxins and bacteria to the skin’s surface.

An interesting final ingredient that Meditation contains is Dragon’s Blood Powder. Dragon’s Blood is a bright red plant resin that is said to have fantastic powers at warding off evil and negativity. I’m all for spiritual healing so I’ll take anything that helps! Palo santo is also widely regarded as having this same power.

Sadly I feel like the scent was rather lost in the shower and once it had dissolved fully, I could no longer smell it, not even on my skin once I was out and dry. I do feel like this is an issue with a lot of the shower bombs and it’s a real shame when Lush are bringing out new exciting scents within them.

Anyhow, Mediation made for a nice shower, I definitely could have kept half for a second go but I ultimately choose to use it all in one as they’re designed to. Fingers crossed a lot of positivity is coming my way after using this!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sandalwood Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Olibanum Oil, Activated Charcoal, Water, Dragon’s Blood Powder, DRF Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77499

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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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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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