Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Snow Fairy Shower Gel

It’s only right to kick off the Christmas range with arguably Lush’s most iconic scent. Snow Fairy is so popular, Lush bring it back Christmas after Christmas and I really doubt they’ll ever stop, unless they want to face the wrath of hardcore Snow Fairy lovers that is.

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I first tried Snow Fairy years and years ago, before I even became that into Lush. I was showering at a friend’s house and she had a bottle in her bathroom and allowed me to use it. I must admit, I didn’t think much of the smell and didn’t really understand the hype that she said came with it, but I used it nonetheless. Now I work for Lush I can definitely see that there’s SUCH excitement surrounding this Christmas exclusive. Customers come in all year asking if it’s back yet, even in like, March.

This bright pink shower gel has been out for basically forever and delivers a powerfully sweet smelling scent of candy floss, bubblegum, pear drops and sugary sweets. It’s not just sweet. It’s ridiculously sweet, a little too sweet for me even, so I’m sorry to say that I’m not the biggest fan of Snow Fairy.

It’s actually scented with Synthetic Musk, which is a fragrance compound with an intoxicatingly sweet scent. Lush use synthetic musk as opposed to natural musk because natural musk is mainly extracted from the glands of a musk deer, an endangered animal living in upper regions of Eastern Asia, and also from other animals. The musk trade is incredibly cruel and rightly, Lush aren’t here for it and they produce it synthetically.

Although it’s no thicker than most of Lush’s shower gels, Snow Fairy really lathers up well and covers you in silky bubbles which do feel really lovely and sufficiently soften your skin.

When in use, the scent fills your bathroom and lingers in the air after. It really stays on your skin for a long time after too, leaving you smelling sugary sweet all day. This shower gel is also filled with shimmering blue lustre which looks really iridescent in the light. You just gotta shake it up every now and then as it tends to settle at the bottom.

Snow Fairy is something that I feel everyone should try once, just because it’s so iconic. You’ll probably love it. However, and maybe it’s because I’m so over the excitement, Snow Fairy is nothing more than a really standardbody wash to me. No tea, no shade, no Snow Fairy coloured lemonade.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Full Of Grace Facial Serum

Quite literally full of grace, this facial serum is basically a deeply nourishing solid moisturiser with a lot of other benefits and uses! Currently it’s the only one of it’s kind in stores and I truly believe Full Of Grace to be a wonder product.

It’s base is made up of Murumuru and Cupuaçu Butters, both of which are high in oleic acid which is deeply moisturising and conditioning for the skin. Cupuaçu Butter is also an effective antioxidant, meaning it destroys the atoms of any toxins that might occur on your skin due to pollution, cigarette smoke etc.

Another potent antioxidant in this serum bar is Fresh Portobello Mushroom. Again with skin conditioning properties, the mushrooms are packed with vitamins which help defend and protect skin.

Full of Grace is also incredibly soothing because one of the main ingredients is Calamine Powder, which is mainly zinc oxide combined with a dash of iron oxide. Sounds kinda scary for your skin but actually it’s one of the most soothing ingredients around and is totally safe. Chamomile and Rose are also effectively calming and give the serum it’s light floral, herbal smell.

Because of all these beautifully repairing and restorative ingredients, along with the addition of nourishing Almond Oil, Full Of Grace is perfect for those with acne scars and wrinkles as it really helps to promote cell regeneration. I find that even though I don’t particularly suffer with either of these issues, my complexion is brightened and my skin feels so rejuvenated since I started using it.

I personally use Full of Grace every evening as my night cream because of how rich it is. I’m not particularly dry so it can leave me looking a little oily, which is why I’d rather not wear it in the day. A lot of people use theirs as a primer and another excellent use for it is to use it before you apply a face mask. Almond Oil is a great carrier oil which deeply penetrates the skin and therefore pulls the mask deeper into the skin. The massage you give yourself when applying also boosts circulation and gets the skin ready to clear out all the toxins!

MELT WARNING – be careful where you store it! I left mine in a place where it got too warm once and sadly it melted, so I now keep mine in a little pot incase it happens again!

Check out Full of Grace for yourself here.

Ingredients 

Murumuru Butter, Calamine Powder, Cupuaçu Butter, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Organic Almond Oil, Perfume, Fresh Portobello Mushrooms, Chamomile Blue Oil, Rose Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask

The name of this Fresh Face Mask comes from when BBC presenters Anna Ryder Richardson and Charlie Dimmock came to the Lush factory to create a new product, and BB Seaweed was born.

BB Seaweed is a great mask for everyone as it has a multitude of benefits for all types of skin and is the perfect all rounder.

Don’t be put off by the colour or consistency, it’s grey, feels like wet clay and features little chunks of rose petals and seaweed in it but believe me it’s truly wonderful.

The first ingredient is Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, these plants are mucilaginous, which makes them soothing when applied topically. BB Seaweed contains lots of other soothing ingredients such as Rosemary Oil, toning Rose Absolute, revitalising, mineral rich Toothed Wrack Seaweed and Seaweed Absolute and Aloe Vera Gel, all helping to calm down any redness or inflammation.

Cleansing clay based Kaolin works with antiseptic Honey to deeply cleanse the face, drawing out any impurities. It also contains mild exfoliants in the form of both Ground Almonds and Millet Flakes, helping to gently buff away dead skin cells.

Honey also helps to moisturise and protect the skin along with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

For those looking for a good mask to tone and tighten then this might be a good one to go for. Rosemary, Patchouli, Violet Leaf and Rose are all astringent, helping the pores to contract.

Whenever I use BB Seaweed my face feels remarkably softer, it’s my go to when simply, I just want my skin to feel extra nice. It isn’t drying whatsoever, nor does it add to any excess oils, in fact Bentone Gel and Rose should help to balance out any excess sebum issues. Perfect for those with ‘combination’ skin.

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On the face, it is instantly soothing, especially when it’s taken straight from the fridge which is where it needs to be kept due to the completely fresh ingredients. It’s not particularly scented but it gets a natural scent from the earthy and herbal components.

I could go on and on talking about the benefits of this wonderful mask but you should definitely find out for yourself over on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Millet Flakes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Ugai Mouthwash Tabs

Ugai is the Japanese word for gargling and Ugai Mouthwash Tabs are inspired by the Japanese custom of gargling to maintain health and vitality. Hygiene routines are massive in Japanese culture as ancient customs suggest that millions of deities exist in everyday objects and these deities hate impurity, placing importance on personal hygiene in Japanese society. Gargling is at the heart of these customs. If you grew up in Japan, it is likely that your mother would say something like “When you come home, the first thing you must do is wash your hands and gargle!”

Offering a different alternative to standard minty mouthwashes, Ugai is herbal and somewhat salty in flavour and is great for a deeply cleansing.

Antiseptic Tea Tree cleanses the mouth, preventing bacterial growth and bad smells, whilst Sea Salt freshens the breath and prevents dryness by creating more saliva. Green Tea, which is popular in Japan as a gargling ingredient, is also antibacterial and gives the product it’s gentle flavour.

As with all of Lush’s dental products, you won’t find Fluoride in this mouthwash to give customers the option of choosing a product that’s free from this controversial chemical. Instead Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol as ingredients to help cleanse and remove plaque and to prevent bacterial growth in the mouth. These synthetics are completely safe and have no data suggesting that they are harmful in any way.

I find that whilst Ugai’s flavour isn’t really for me, it does effectively eradicate any form of bad breath from strong foods or coffee so I often take some out in a little sample tub to use throughout the day! All you need to do to use them is simply nibble one of the diamond shaped tabs, swish in your mouth with some water and then spit!

One thing I will say is be careful if you have any sores or cuts in your mouth, as because of the salt content it can sting slightly!

Check out Ugai for yourself here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Fine Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Powder, Xylitol

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Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

New Shampoo Bar

Shampoo Bars have been around for a while now. Yet their popularity has soared since a change in the way we view plastic packaging and a post went viral on Facebook about Lush’s bars. Using a shampoo bar has so many benefits compared to using bottled varieties. Reduced plastic consumption, the ability to easily take them travelling, smaller carbon footprints to name but a few.

Like with all solid shampoo bars, to use you simply get them wet in the shower, lather them into your hands like you would with a bar of soap, and apply the silky soft lather to your hair like you would with normal shampoo.

This particular bar is great for those suffering with hair thinning, hair loss or bald patches and those prone to fall outs. Spicy scented ‘New’ gets its name from it’s ability to promote hair growth, giving you ‘new’ hair.

It contains a lot of ingredients that are considered stimulating. This means that they boost the blood flow in the applied area which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. New contains spicy Cinnamon Leaf, antiseptic Clove Bud and Peppermint, which gives the shampoo bar a slightly tingly sensation when using, which is when you know it’s working. Not only is Peppermint great for hair growth but the menthol content disrupts the hair fall cycle, allowing hair to be retained by the scalp for much longer.

New Shampoo Bar also contains Nettle and Rosemary in it’s formula. Nettle is also a stimulant but can be used to balance dry skin and help improve the condition of the scalp and hair as it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Rosemary is super cleansing and antiseptic but also has lovely calming properties to protect and soothe.

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New bar was the first shampoo bar I tried and it helped massively. Personally I was having trouble with my already thin hair prone to falling out, but now my hair feels a lot stronger and thicker due to regular use of this wonder shampoo!

A lot of people may be put off by the scent when you hear that it’s mainly a warming, cinnamon kinda smell but it’s so gentle and subtle you can definitely look past it for all it’s benefits! Plus once it’s washed out, you really can’t smell it at all.

A nice added touch with New is that it features a little wooden stick embedded into it on one side with the hashtag #BeCrueltyFree and a web address for Humane Society International’s global Be Cruelty Free campaign: EndAnimalTesting.org

The hashtag and address are also in simplified Chinese as it and English are the two most used languages on social media. New Shampoo Bar also happens to be one of Lush’s most popular products with it’s Chinese customers and sadly Animal Testing is actually still a legal requirement in their home country for most types of beauty products.

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Keep an eye out for posts on other solid shampoo bars because there’s a lot to talk about with them so I’ll be sharing some more details as I eventually post about each one but in the meantime, check out New and the rest of the range on the Lush UK Website. You’ll also be able to find lots of helpful and interesting articles on them!

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettle and Peppermint Infusion, Perfume, Eugenol, Glycerine, Nettle Absolute, Rosemary Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 73360, Wooden Stick

 

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser

Aqua Marina is one of Lush’s fresh cleansers. This creamy product is full of fresh ingredients straight from the sea and is designed to calm sensitive and irritated skin.

Unlike the other Fresh Cleansers on offer, Aqua Marina has a very different consistency, it’s more creamy and has the texture of a soft clay, however you do use it in the same way as the others, by taking a pinch and adding water until you get a paste.

With a base of Glycerine, Kaolin and Calamine Powder, Aqua Marina is really cleansing, but in a gentle way. Kaolin is perfect for absorbing excess oils and sebum on the skin and helps give the product it’s texture. As well as being an effective cleanser, Calamine is also excellently absorbent and is one of the best ingredients for soothing irritated, red and delicate skin.

As you can see, Aqua Marina literally has whole chunks of seaweed in it. Seaweed is a fantastic mineral-rich ingredient with many different uses. It’s not only calming for any inflammation and redness, but is also great at nourishing and softening the skin. Lush use two types of seaweed in this product, Irish Moss (in gel and powdered form) and Nori. Similar to seaweed, added Aloe Vera also soothes, softens and moisturises.

Although it’s relatively undetectable, Aqua Marina does have Fine Sea Salt mixed in to it, creating a really gentle and small exfoliant. Because of this be weary when putting it on freshly shaved faces or legs because it can sting!

This fresh cleanser has a very ‘oceanic’ scent shall we say, due to the seaweed and calamine content. Although Orange and Patchouli seem to be added to combat the slightly fishy smell, they don’t seem to do much work. Luckily, both these essential oils aren’t totally useless, they also add to the antiseptic and toning qualities of this cleanser.

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I think Aqua Marina is one of the best products to use if you’re dealing with red, puffy, itchy skin, or any irritation or rashes just because it’s so effective at calming the skin down and has benefits for both oily and dry skin types. Personally I find Aqua Marina to be greatly mattefying but can be a tad drying, so be sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards if you’re someone with dryer skin. I use some whenever I get rashes due to the change in weather/temperature and it works like a charm!

Check out Aqua Marina on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss Gel, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Fine Sea Salt, Nori Seaweed, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Eyeball Bath Bomb

A new product for this year’s Halloween range is Eyeball Bath Bomb.

It’s design is basically, like the name suggests, an eyeball. It looks kinda basic from the outside, but the real treat is on the inside and what this ballistic does in the water!

In all honesty, the scent is very un-Halloween and is surprisingly quite floral. The main scents you first notice are Ylang-Ylang and Lavender giving Eyeball a delicate powdery and pretty, yet slightly herbal note, which is quite unsuited to the product. Then a subtle hint of Brazilian Orange Oil turns the fragrance into a more uplifting and cheerful smell, while Rose Absolute gives a gentle, yet seductive layer.

Though it is a really nice smell and actually I’d love a year-round product with this scent, I’m just a tad confused as why they used such a scent for this particular product.

Once placed in the bath, Eyeball immediately foams up and spins over itself, releasing tiny ripples of black and red from the ‘pupil’  throughout the mainly white foam. It’s a slow fizzer, so it’s great to watch as the red starts to ‘bleed’ out into the bath leaving a trail behind the product as it floats around.

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The best thing about this product is what happens about half way through the show. If you pick it up out of the water it literally looks like a bleeding eyeball! Legit! Not gonna lie, there’s something that’s somewhat unsettling about watching it fizz and bleed and drip down the white coloured ball, but it’s super cool that Lush created something that can do this!  It’s like, the scariest product Lush have ever done!

The smell stays with you throughout the display right up until the bath bomb has fizzed away, when it mostly disappears and you’re just left with a subtle hint of the scent and diluted red/orangey waters.

My skin felt really good after my bath, super smooth and cleansed without feeling too dry, my only wish is that there was some reminder that I had even had a bath in the form of a smell.

Make sure you get a chance to use an Eyeball Bath Bomb before the Halloween period is over, although it could come back next year, I wouldn’t hold your breath!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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