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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Kitsune Bath Bomb

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore and are often depicted as intelligent beings that possess paranormal powers and the ability to shape shift into a human form. Kitsune is one of many bath bombs which will be exclusive to Lush’s bath bomb only concept store in Harajuku, Japan.

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I snapped up my Kitsune at the 2018 Lush Showcase where it premiered along with five other Harajuku exclusives and the elusive Ariana Grande bath bomb, Goddess. There was something really exciting to be using a new, super exclusive Bath Bomb!

The design is meant to resemble a fox’s head and ears which is quite clearly (and cutely!) represented. The almost croissant-like design is supposed to represent the many tails that Kitsune are said to have. Kitsune is also amazingly shimmery and is covered in gold glitter.

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It features a really relaxing, calming scent that’s equally as uplifting as it is grounding. It’s rather meditative and made me want to bathe in the waters for a long time. The scent is made up of Red Mandarin, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid. The Red Mandarin gives a top note of bright, citrusy juiciness but is cut with undertones of woody spiciness from the other components.

Once placed in the water, Kitsune’s a fast fizzer and practically immediately turns the water into rippling shades of gold and orange. It’s super sparkly, almost on the same level as Sunnyside or even Golden Egg and once fully dissolved I was left with a bright golden bath with a thin layer of creamy white oils on the surface of the water.

Yes, the glitter did stay on my skin the whole evening after but that’s only a bonus, right? Luckily for the tub at the hotel I was staying in, it easily washed away down the plughole!

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I appreciated the staying power the scent had both whilst I was in the bath, and on my skin after, albeit quite subtle. It made me feel uplifted and content, as I took quick sniffs of my arms every now and then where I could smell it the most. In terms of the physical feeling, I wouldn’t say Kitsune was particularly softening or moisturising, but it didn’t leave my skin irritated or dry either.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my bath experience with Kitsune, I do hope it’ll be available at some point again in the UK because I’d love to use it for a second time!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Red Manderin Oil, Patchouli Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, DRF Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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