Bath, Bath Bombs

Sushi Bath Bomb

If I had to pick a favourite cuisine, Japanese would definitely be up there and I particularly love Sushi. So you’d be right if you were guessing I was rather interested in trying this bath bomb! Sushi’s rather unique in the fact that the orange centre is actually a piece of Lush Fun!

Surrounding the orange piece of fun is a plain white bath bomb disc of ‘rice’ which is coated on the side with sparkly black to represent the seaweed you see wrapped around some types of sushi. Throughout the whole product is a fairly simple scent of Brazilian Orange and Sicilian Red Mandarin. Whilst not being very pungent, the aroma is rather pleasant, being fruity with citrusy elements. What’s odd, and after reading other reviews on this bath bomb that tell me I’m not the only one who thinks so, is that Sushi has somewhat of a ‘savoury’ smell akin to soy sauce! I’m not sure if its our minds playing tricks on us because of the association of soy sauce and sushi but even still, it definitely has this strange savoury hint.

Sushi began to immediately fizz once it came into contact with the water, with the black outer layer quickly dispersing across the surface of the water. The white section fizzed away, sinking to the bottom as it couldn’t carry the weight of the fun inside it. As expected, there’s no colour and no bath art. Annoyingly, the black colouring did end up bunching together and staining the edges of my bath.

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I can’t say the end result after the fizz was very pretty, but once I started using the fun to wash my body with, the murky grey became a sort of murky pink, which I guess is slightly better. Although I could have used the fun piece to add bubbles to my bath or to wash my hair with, I love the creamy soft lather fun produces when used as a soap so that’s how I used it! The fun was by far the most strongly scented part of the product.

As the scent wasn’t massively fragrant to start with, it’s no surprise that it didn’t hold it’s own whatsoever in the water, nor did it leave any remaining aroma on my skin once I was out which is a shame. My skin was very soft though, I’ll give it that.

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In conclusion, I don’t think I’ll want to use Sushi again, the lack of scent coupled with the staining made it a really naff experience in all honesty. It’s no surprise it’s getting discontinued.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Crazy Train Bath Bomb

Supposedly named after a song by Ozzy Osbourne, Crazy Train Bath Bomb was one of the only products released for this year’s Father’s Day that didn’t share the Dear John fragrance, and is instead Prince-scented.

Crazy Train is adorably designed, looking like as the name suggests, a train, which would definitely have appealed to me a lot more in my childhood years. The funnel of the train is actually a rolled up piece of paper, which you can use to write a message to the person you’re gifting it to. This is something Lush featured in some of their Mother’s Day bath bombs too and I think it’s a super cute idea.

The ‘Prince’ scent is an uplifting combination of Mandarin, Neroli, Vetivert and Orange Flower and whilst sounding fairly citrusy, it’s actually rather gentle in this format. The fragrance of Crazy Train is mainly a warm and fresh smell, with a slight hint of zest behind it. The Vetivert offers an earthy background note with the Orange Flower and Neroli giving green undertones. As the bath bomb itself, it’s not really that strongly scented, but this definitely changed once it hit the water.

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In the tub, the citrusy Mandarin was a lot more present, exuding a real uplifting and fruity note sitting above the rest. As the bath bomb fizzed, it strangely bobbed up and down in the water whilst creating stunning and vibrant bath art of intertwined blue and red. These two colours are rarely used in conjunction in a bath bomb so it was a nice change for once. Before long, the water underneath had turned into a deep dark violet colour and I eagerly jumped in.

Once I was soaking, I noticed that the water was lightly decorated with sparkling lustre and I really felt uplifted thanks to the scent that was sticking around. Mandarin and Neroli both have brightening and toning effects on the skin too, they aren’t just there for fragrance!

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Afterwards, I sadly didn’t notice much of the scent lingering on my skin, but it felt smooth and I definitely thought it looked visibly brighter! Crazy Train was a nice bath bomb, but I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it doesn’t make a return next year.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Vetivert Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 59040

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Plum Rain Shower Gel

Even though Plum Rain has been around for a good few years now, this is my first time trying it out at home in my shower would you believe. Like the name suggests, it contains plums, making for a very fruity purple shower gel!

Plum Rain contains an Umeboshi Plum Infusion as well as the juice of other plums. Umeboshi are small pickled plums with a fresh, fruity and acidic smell. Containing a high level of citric acid, the fruits cleanse the skin deeply and leave it softer and brighter. Plum Juice is full of vitamins that nourish and revive the skin too.

Naturally, containing those ingredients, Plum Rain has very fruity (and obviously plummy) scent. It also contains Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil for an extra juicy kick with a hint of sweet citrus and is great to brighten and cleanse the skin. Osmanthus Absolute comes from a flower which smells like ripe peaches and apricots, it’s highly sought after in perfumery and as well as strengthening the main fruity aroma of the shower gel, it gives subtle green undertones. Petitgrain Oil is also included for its fresh green and woody notes.

All in all, Plum Rain’s fragrance is arguably one of Lush’s most fruity, with those greener, fresher notes in the background.

In the shower, it lathers up nicely and you really only need to use a small amount for your whole body! The addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, makes it feel so soft on the skin. The fruity aroma is definitely at its strongest when it’s in use under the hot water and I found that the zesty Mandarin was more potent. It was wonderfully enlivening!

After I was out and dry I struggled to notice much (or any!) of the smell on my skin which I’d say was the only disappointment because other than that, I actually really enjoyed washing with it and my skin felt so smooth and fresh!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually try Plum Rain but I’m a fan!

Ingredients

Umeboshi Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Plum Juice, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

The Kiss Lip Scrub

Recently I found that I still have pictures of last year’s Valentine’s lip scrub from before I even started this blog that I never got round to posting! I still have a good half of my pot left and I think it’s only appropriate to post about it on the same day as this year’s lip scrub!

The Kiss was first released for Valentine’s Day 2015 and proved to be pretty popular, allowing Lush to bring it back for the next two years after that, and after trying it for the first time, it’s undoubtedly my favourite lip scrub of all time.

First things first, The Kiss isn’t your generic lip scrub that’s made out of Caster Sugar and Jojoba Oil. The Caster Sugar is still the main ingredient but the Jojoba has been replaced with Safflower Oil. Safflower Oil is considered as a great softener for the skin as it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils, and in actual fact I do consider The Kiss to be a little more hydrating than other Jojoba Oil containing lip scrubs. Cocoa Butter has also been blended into the mix, adding to the moisturising benefits.

Another difference with this lip scrub is the inclusion of Sea Salt which not only helps with the exfoliation but it adds a saltiness to the product which is actually a really nice change. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m really not a fan of overly sweet lip scrubs as they can be really sickly after a couple of uses, but you don’t get that with The Kiss and it’s actually really tasty with it’s sherbety flavour. To use a lip scrub, you simply use a finger to apply some of the product to your lips, gently buffing away the dead skin and then lick  it off to reveal soft and polished lips, so there’s absolutely no harm in ingesting the scrub, it’s why they’re so delicious! The Kiss also contains Sicilian Mandarin Oil as well as Almond Essential Oil to add a somewhat fruity aroma and flavour.

A cute little touch with this product is that the pot also contains these little red hearts mixed in with the scrub which is perfect for a Valentine’s exclusive. The hearts are completely edible so theres no harm in swallowing them too!

I’m a little gutted that The Kiss didn’t make a return this year but I guess Eve’s Cherry is a good replacement. I hope that perhaps we’ll see The Kiss again in the future because it’s going to be a real shame when my jar is empty.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Safflower Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Almond Essential oil, Cornflour, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Geraniol, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 16255, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Olive Branch Bath Bomb

The Olive Branch has always been high on my list of favourite Shower Gels, thanks to it’s subtle, yet uplifting and warming scent, so naturally I was very pleased at the chance to experience it in a bath bomb format! Olive Branch Bath Bomb was released in December as part of the community favourites range and it soon made its way onto my Christmas list and therefore under my tree.

Upon first sniff, I instantly recognised the reassuring scent of Olive Branch, and I was happy to find it to be more strongly scented than the shower gel, as I feel the quiet and easily overpowered scent of the gel can be a downside. Although firmly citrus based with Lemon, Bergamot and Red Mandarin Oils making up the forefront of the scent, theres also a floral kick underneath from Orange Flower Absolute, which ties the scent together with fresh green notes. It’s a delicate, yet incredibly warming and soothing scent which is perfect for a tranquil moment to yourself.

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The actual bath bomb is stunningly designed and I feel the swirly orange and white pattern fits the scent family well. When placed in the water, it quickly dispels the orange and white patterns into the water surrounding it and the scent is elevated into the room. The water soon turned a shade of warm orange and invited me to take a dip.

The water itself was superbly soft, an element that I noticed on my skin after too. Olive Branch, like the shower gel, is also full of nourishing Olive Oil as expected, to moisturise and protect the skin. It’s not as oily as the likes of Butterball or other butter filled bombs but it does the job just as well.

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I was really pleased with this bath bomb, I think perhaps the best part of it is simply how strong the scent is, it even left an impression on my skin for a while after towelling off. Whilst I’m not sure it would be a best seller if it was launched in all stores but perhaps it would make a great Oxford Street exclusive? Either way, I do hope I have the chance to use it again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

The name and the inspiration for The Olive Branch comes from the song ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen, specifically the line “Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove”. Lush want to make people feel uplifted and reassured with this shower gel and after all, an olive branch is one of the most famous signs of peace.

Usually when you’re using a product from Lush you expect to be blown away by a strong and heady fragrance, but The Olive Branch is rather subtle, especially compared to other shower gels such as Rose Jam and Dirty Springwash.

The scent is firmly citrus fronted, containing Lemon, Bergamot and Mandarin Oils, as well as the juice from the latter along with Orange Flower Absolute. This concoction of zesty and energising fruity aromas would make The Olive Branch smell a tad similar to typically citrus scented cleaning products you’d find under your kitchen sink if it wasn’t for something in there that’s a little more woody, and somewhat warming and reassuring; most likely from the addition of an infusion made from Vine Leaves. The Mandarin Juice also gives a delicate fruity note!

A big component of this product is the great amount of antioxidant Fair Trade Olive Oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin with essential vitamins. You can really feel it in the consistency and when it’s on your skin and I love using it during summer to battle any dryness from too much sun!

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The citrus oils it contains are expertly cleansing and the Fresh Mandarin Juice has a brightening effect for the skin, leaving it fresh and revitalised. The Olive Branch actually lathers up really well and ensures you are effortlessly clean. Furthermore, the Vine Leaf Infusion and the aforementioned Olive Oil have great soothing and conditioning properties, calming any inflammation or redness you may be suffering with.

I really love The Olive Branch and it’s potentially my favourite shower gel out of the current year round range. The scent, although simple is really lovely. I just wish it had more staying power after you’ve used it!

You can check out The Olive Branch for yourself here for more information!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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