Soap

Raspberry Milkshake Soap

Raspberry Milkshake was initially released last year in 2018 but sported a very different design. It was originally loaf shaped, which was then cut into slices depending on how much the customer wanted to buy. This year it looks stunning, following the same idea as Strawberry Whip from Valentine’s Day.

A couple of ingredients have changed in the formula from last year but to my nose the smell is pretty much exactly the same. I loved it last year and I’m so happy Lush decided to bring it back. It contains Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, along with Fresh Raspberry Juice which creates a sweet and rich jam-like aroma that smells exactly like Jammy Dodgers to me. Although the juice does lend its sweet aroma to the scent, its mainly the Davana that gives the soap its strong fruity fragrance. Davana Oil is often described as warm, sweet, slightly citrusy with herbaceous and woody undertones and very close to the smell of ripe apricots. As a whole, it’s truly a gorgeous scent and I find it remains on your skin long after you’ve used it.

I find that Raspberry Milkshake gives an incredibly creamy lather. The base of the soap has Cocoa Butter blended into it, which naturally makes it more hydrating than usual and also contains a great amount of Almond Milk too. Traditionally, Almond Milk was used as a drink to treat inflammation of the skin from the inside out and Lush use it for its softening, hydrating and soothing effects.

The ingredients that make up the scent aren’t just there to make the product smell good. In fact Tagetes Oil, Davana Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and the Fresh Raspberry Juice are known to be soothing and calming on the skin too. The juice is also astringent and nutrient rich, leaving skin clean, clear and bright.

I honestly love this soap, its so creamy and smells so good and is probably one of the only soaps I’d actually take into the shower with me to wash my whole body with, as that’s not usually my thing. I really hope that it remains a Mother’s Day staple because I’ll miss it when it’s gone!

Ingredients

Almond Milk, Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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Bath, Bubble Bars

GRL PWR Bubble Bar

GRL PWR was the only bubble bar released for this year’s Mother’s Day and is obviously a shout out to the Spice Girls, because who doesn’t love them? Seriously GTFO If you don’t.

This limited edition is a fairly large circular bubble bar, with blue writing on a pink base.  Because of it’s size, you could definitely get a good four decent baths out of it, as with bubble bars you only need to use as much or as little as you want. GRL PWR also features a light, floral aroma of Ylang Ylang Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which we last saw over Christmas in Princess Bomb Bomb.

All of the different components of the scent blend together really well but there’s distinguishable notes from each. There’s a sweet and floral aroma coming from the heady Ylang Ylang, a hint of fresh and uplifting Bergamot Oil and grounding and earthy Cedarwood gives GRL PWR a somewhat smokey touch which complements the sweetness well. Finally Benzoin Resinous adds a vanillary, wooded note. I find it’s a really relaxing and meditative scent so I was looking forward to this bath.

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In the tub, GRL PWR was pretty easy to break into pieces. Because I’m extra I used the whole entire bar, which I will admit was perhaps a little much as my bath was overflowing with bubbles after a short while! The scent grew and grew with the hot water and steam in the room and filled my bathroom with the gorgeous fragrance. Parting the bubbles allowed me to see the colour the water had become, which was a light purply-pink.

Once I was in, I found that the scent was slowly but sadly becoming less and less potent, but the bubbles and the water felt wonderfully soft on my skin and I enjoyed a nice long soak. Afterwards, my skin felt smooth though I really did feel the need to use a body lotion and it felt somewhat dry. There was a strong reminder of the scent left lingering on my skin though, which I was happy about as I didn’t think there would be.

In conclusion, GRL PWR is a good bubble bar and definitely one to try, perhaps if it was more moisturising I would have liked it a lot more but that’s just my personal preference. I wonder if we’ll see it back next year?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cornstarch, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Iris Flower Bath Bomb

So far I’ve used Marigold Flower, Jasmine Flower and Chamomile Flower Bath Bombs, and the last out of the four is Iris Flower. Like the others, this bath bomb is based around a real flower and features a note that fits into a little groove in the top. The idea was that you can write a little message to whoever you’re giving the bath bomb to, or even to yourself!

Irises are often purple coloured flowers that resemble orchids in the way that their different shaped petals flourish and have a fresh and earthy floral scent. Although Iris Flower contains powdered Orris Root (made from the dried stem of the iris plant), it also contains Bergamot Oil, Neroli Oil and Persian Lime Oil.

I find that the uplifting fragrances of the Bergamot and Neroli are the predominant aroma upon first smell, both are citrusy in nature but with gentle fresh green notes too. The deeper earthy and floral notes come from the Orris Root, which is naturally very aromatic and has a sweet, powdery and slightly green aroma, reminiscent of the scent of violets. There’s also an undercurrent of the Lime Oil which adds a subtle sharpness. It’s probably my least favourite scent out of the four flower bath bombs and possibly the entire Mothers Day range. I find theres an odd ‘bleach’ smell to it which I struggle to look past.

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As soon as I dropped it in the tub, the more pinky bottom half of Iris Flower starting fizzing loudly and forcefully, sending steams of pink into the water and began darting around the tub! Because the purple flower section contains a little bubble bar mixture, it foams up more rather than fizzing outright. It created beautiful patterns on the surface of the weather before the whites, pinks and purples settled into a cloudy pink that was lightly glistening with silver sparkles.

I will say that after it had dissolved, the scent changed a fair bit and I was noticing a lot more of the powdery floral notes from the Orris Root and even more of a hint of Lime, which made me appreciate the scent a lot more. Sadly this nicer version of the scent didn’t stick around for long and I didn’t notice it whatsoever on my skin after getting out.

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My skin after wasn’t really feeling any noticeable benefits apart from being generally clean, and in actual fact I found my skin to be a little on the dryer side than usual. Overall, it’s safe to say that Iris Flower is probably my least favourite product from this year’s Mothers Day range which is a shame because the rest was all so good!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Persian Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Orris Root Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77742, Colour 77007, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

The third bath bomb I tried out of the four secret note flower bath bombs I used was actually the one I was most looking forward to. Chamomile Flower features the same scent as one of my favourite soaps, Figs and Leaves.

Like the others, Chamomile Flower’s design is based around a real life Chamomile Flower. Chamomile plants resemble daisies and have white flowers with yellow buds in the centre. Chamomile is most famous for having relaxing properties, and the baby blue main colour suits that idea well.

Keeping the relaxing theme going, Chamomile Flower features a combination of Ylang Ylang Oil with Orange Flower Absolute, which make up the Figs and Leaves scent. It’s a fairly strong smelling aroma and one that conjures up thoughts of autumnal scenes, although that might be the name of the soap’s influence. It’s sweet, but in a natural and floral way which makes it soothing and calming for the mind. Although it’s probably just my keen sense of smell, but I find there’s something ever so slightly different about this version of the scent compared to the original, and it’s likely because of the addition of Chamomile Powder, or the change in format. There’s a slightly more powdery note but it’s near enough exactly the same. I love the Figs and Leaves scent and I’ve been wanting another product like it for ages!

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Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and conditions and soothes the skin. The powder works particularly well when added to solid bath products as it creates a soothing soak that comforts the skin and eases tension.

In that water it’s a fairly fast fizzer, and the bath water was soon overtaken with the pale blue colour, whilst the white flower section created pools on the surface. The white contains a little bubble bar mixture so it really foams and dissolves at a slower rate than the base. I was expecting a strong hit of the scent during the initial fizz, but sadly I was disappointed and it seemed to mostly disappear after that.

After my soak, my skin felt super smooth, even though I did still feel the need to moisturise, and the scent had left a decent impression on my body, although rather one-dimensional. Before I actually towelled off I also noticed that the chamomile powder within the bomb had remained on my skin slightly and had to be rinsed off, creating a milk-like substance which will likely benefit my skin so I had no qualms about that.

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In conclusion, I’m incredibly happy at the chance to experience the Figs and Leaves scent in another format, and I definitely think it’s one they should use more often. But I am a little disappointed with how weak the scent became after a while and would have liked it stronger to be honest.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Chamomile Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

Incredible Mum was first released for last year’s Mother’s Day but I never actually got around to using it then, so I was glad to see it make a return this year. It’s a spherical bath bomb and mostly pink, with an orange stripe and a purple eye mask. It also features a paper cape attached to its back with the letter M on it. The perfect present for a Mum who’s a real superhero.

Incredible Mum contains Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and Ylang Ylang Oil which gives it a fairly uplifting aroma. The Bergamot and Orange Flower give subtle citrus notes, whilst the addition of the Ylang Ylang is what sweetens the scent and adds an overall floral note. It’s a gentle and light aroma yet there’s something almost energising about it.

In the bath, Incredible Mum is a fairly steady fizzer, not too slow but not fizzing away in a matter of seconds either. I found that as soon as it hit the water, the scent really strengthened and developed warmer notes in the air which was really nice. Vibrant colours immediately jetted out from the fizzing ballistic and created gorgeous patterns of orange, yellow and pink colours.

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After the fizzing had stopped, I was left with beautiful warm orange bathwater that felt really soft and I very much enjoyed my soak with the scent lingering throughout. Obviously the paper cape doesn’t dissolve, so you might want to remove it first before submerging the bath bomb in the water, if not it’ll just float around harmlessly. It gives you (or your mum) a cute little memento to keep too!

Once I was out I felt clean and refreshed, and although I was feeling tired still, I felt brighter and in a better mood than before. I was also happy to notice a fairly strong reminder of the scent on my skin too! Overall I’m glad I finally got to use Incredible Mum!

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The Mother’s Day range won’t be around for much longer, so make sure you stock up on your favourites soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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