Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Dirty Springwash is part of the big and iconic ‘Dirty’ range. Starting with the perfume, each product features elements of the refreshing and minty scent, usually featuring both Spearmint and Thyme. Each one adds something slightly different and the idea is that by layering up all the Dirty products, you get the true effect of the Dirty scent.

Much like the original perfume, Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is incredibly invigorating and refreshing. As soon as you open the lid you’re hit by a crisp mint aroma coming from Spearmint Oil and Menthol Crystals. If you’re a fan of minty fresh shower gels then this is probably a great option for you. On the skin mint and menthol have wonderfully cleansing and stimulating properties. The cooling sensation you feel on your skin is due to the menthol triggering cold receptors in the skin to feel sensitive and flare up, which in turn gets blood rushing to the area. This is also why anything minty is great at helping muscles to relax and to help soothe inflammation.

For the effects on the mind, the crisp smell of mint is great for waking you up and helping you feel more alert and focused. Mint has long been used to ease stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It’s also been proven to help fight headaches!

The Thyme Oil adds a herbal element to the shower gel which relives the mint of being too overpowering. Thyme Oil is well known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Dirty Springwash has a relatively thin consistency but because of a little Sodium Bicarbonate in the mix, it feels silky smooth on the skin. It lathers up nicely and a little goes a long way. It also contains a helping of Fine Sea Salt which further cleanses and refreshes the skin.

In the shower, the minty aroma hits you marvellously when you’re using the vibrant blue gel and if you’re using a lot, you get that tingling sensation on your skin which is perfect for cooling you down on a hot summers day. To be honest, I only ever use Dirty Springwash on a hot day because I’m not actually a massive mint fan and I never understand why people would want to use minty products it when it’s cold?!

Nevertheless when I’ve stepped out the shower my skin feels soooo smooth and revitalised every time I use Dirty. Plus you get that fresh scent lingering on your skin for a good while after.

Check out this shower gel for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Mouthwash Tabs

A Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is an alcoholic beverage invented by ex-President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox and is considered to be the best drink in existence. Its effects are similar to ‘having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.’ Well, this is what it is in the universe of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. To us, it’s another flavour of Lush’s Mouthwash Tabs.

Although only recently becoming more into Toothy Tabs, I’ve always been a fan of the Mouthwash Tabs. They’re so convenient for when you’re traveling, due to their small size and the fact they aren’t liquid so you don’t have to worry about when you’re at customs or about them leaking. I often use mine on the go as a breath freshener too!

Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (try saying that after a few drinks!) contains Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil and Aniseed Oil. The most noticeable ingredient from the smell is definitely the menthol, but intertwined with the fresh scent of Lemon Oil and a spicy herbal hit from Aniseed, it doesn’t smell too dissimilar to cough syrup.

Saying that, the taste is rather medicinal too, and it’s mainly the Aniseed Oil that causes this. The oil is often used in medicines to take advantage of its many benefits; it’s antiseptic, it helps to sooth congestion in the respiratory tract and is useful for eliminating bacteria in mouth and throat. This is what links the flavour of common medicines to these mouthwash tabs. The added Lemon and Menthol, along with fresh tasting Quinine do help the tabs to taste less liquorice like, but I strongly dislike aniseed so it’s not a taste I can get behind using twice a day I’m afraid.

Other than Aniseed Oil, PGGB contains other ingredients to promote good oral hygiene. In all their toothy tabs and mouthwash tabs, Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol to prevent bacterial growth inside the mouth and in turn, preventing bad breath. Lush do not use alcohol in their mouthwash, unlike most brands out there.

If you aren’t sure how to use a mouth wash tab, simply pop one into the mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz, nibble and swish before spitting it out. You can also dissolve a mouthwash tab in a small amount of water and rinse the mouth that way. They’re a great final step in your oral routine but unlike using the toothy tabs, these don’t substitute brushing.

Whilst I don’t exactly hate the flavour of PGGB, I’m not overly keen on it’s medicinal taste so it’s unlikely I’ll be using these again anytime soon, but I will say that they are great at helping my mouth to feel fresher after brushing and that’s what they’re designed for I guess!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil, Aniseed Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sorbitol, Quinine, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their 2018 Christmas Range, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are basically two-in-one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body. There was a Santa, a Princess and a Snowman.

Snowman is pretty generically designed with a round head, a round body and a blue hat and scarf. The only odd thing is the orange nose, which I guess is meant to represent a carrot but looks somewhat strange and more like a mouth, giving Snowman an odd shocked expression.

Snowman is scented with Spearmint Oil, which gives it an icy vibe and suits the product well. I feel like mint and ice/snow go well together, mostly because mint has a stimulating, yet cooling effect on the skin. Using it in a bath bomb results in a bath that’s great for relieving tired muscular pains and for cooling any redness such as sunburn.

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I opted to use both the head and body at the same time, though you could use each seperately. It started fizzing as soon as it made contact with the water, and shades of blue intertwined with cloudy white. Very quickly, the bombs had disappeared and I was left with a pale, baby blue colour.

I had hoped for more of the tingling sensation that often comes with mint-based products as my legs had been aching the whole day but it wasn’t as strong as I had wanted. Although the energising aroma of the mint stuck around throughout my bath, there was no memory of it on my skin after, sadly.

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I wonder if Snowman and the other Bomb Bombs will make a return next year? Would you miss them if they didn’t?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Spearmint Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Candy Eye

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Bath, Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Limelight Toothy Tabs

When you think of Lush products, their dental care is often overlooked and is rarely something that customers are massively interested in. I think for most people, having good oral hygiene is, understandably, immensely important so parting with their trusty toothpaste is somewhat scary, incase other options don’t work as well. I know this was definitely a massive obstacle I personally had to overcome before aiming to make the switch.

There are many pros to using one of Lush’s toothy tabs over a regular tube of toothpaste. Landfill sites are filled with billions of toothpaste tubes yearly and as conventional toothpaste is predominantly packaged in plastic-coated, aluminium-lined tubes, they are rarely recyclable. Although yes, Lush’s tabs are packaged in a plastic bottle, both that and the lid are 100% recyclable in your local recycling points. Lush received a lot of backlash when it decided to stop packaging their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes, however the cardboard packaging didn’t allow the tabs to stay as fresh as they can be in plastic.

Toothy tabs also give customers the option to choose a toothpaste alternative that is free from fluoride and instead they use ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate which increases the alkalinity levels inside our mouths, keeping the breath fresh and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, which is a natural salt, also in the toothy tabs for its polishing and plaque removing properties.

In terms of Limelight, it contains cleansing and antiseptic Lime, Lemon and Mint Oils which give it the taste of Lemon flavoured candies and hard boiled sweets. Although it sounds somewhat sour, it’s really isn’t and is simply a different, yet still refreshing alternative to standard minty toothpaste. Whenever I use it, my mouth feels really fresh and clean!

Limelight also contains something called Baobab Fruit Powder, which gives the tabs a slight fizzing, sherbet-like feel when in use and is a nice touch. Maybe it’s something that could help younger children start using them!

Check out Limelight for yourself over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Almond Oil, Baobab Fruit Powder, Gardenia Extract, Citric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Malic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

There’s something strange about the idea of putting chocolate on your face. Even as someone who absolutely loves chocolate, I still don’t particularly want to cover myself in it so naturally I wasn’t overly keen on trying Cupcake Fresh Face Mask.

As soon as you pop open the lid and bring it to your nose, you’re hit with a scent that reminds me of brownie mixture, which to be honest, made me want to put it on my face even less and just eat it instead. Don’t try it, it really doesn’t taste nice.

Cupcake’s base is made from something called Rhassoul Mud, which should put you off eating it. This helps to soften skin and gives a deep cleanse, drawing out dirt and impurities, leaving skin soft and clear. As a natural clay, its super absorbent, drawing out excess sebum, minimising shine and preventing breakouts.

As you can imagine, Cupcake contain’s Cocoa Powder. Thanks to the residue of cocoa butter Cocoa Powder contains, it is really effective at softening the skin. It also contains a high amount of antioxidants, which are compounds made by plants to prevent premature breakdowns of their cells caused by exposure to atmospheric agents like air, heat and sunlight. These antioxidants benefit skin as well so they protect your skin from premature aging! Cupcake also contains a generous helping of actual Cocoa Butter also to hydrate your skin so it’s not left feeling too dry.

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When Cupcake is actually on your face, you can immediately feel your skin being nourished by its beneficial ingredients. Mint and Cedarwood are balancing for the skin, sorting out any excess oil issues and a soothing infusion from Linseed (Flaxseed) help with any redness or irritation. Although it’s the same texture as a brownie batter, you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s cleansing and clarifying your skin, not making breakouts worse!

Cupcake is actually perfect for hormonal, teenage skin, especially those prone to greasiness and breakouts due to the absorbent and purifying nature. Although I’m past that teenage stage, it still works for me when I do get the occasional spot, but I can’t say Cupcake is one of my go-to’s out of the fresh face mask range. I do find it can be a little drying, so make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after if you find you’re in the same boat!

Check out Cupcake for yourself here, or head into your local Lush for a free consultation on which mask would be better for you!

Ingredients

Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc, Cocoa Powder, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, Farnesol, Perfume

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Naked Body Conditioner

Going naked is always the way forward, although all plastic Lush currently use is recyclable, if you know you’re bad at bringing your pots back or not chucking certain plastics into your general waste bin, you should definitely attempt to choose naked products.

A naked body conditioner works in the same way as a liquid body conditioner, but instead of scooping out some of the product, you grab the whole thing and rub it on, like you would with a massage bar.

To make Christingle solid, Lush have added Cocoa Butter to the mix along with two waxes derived from vegetable sources – Carnauba and Japan Wax. I believe the extra butter is what makes this solid version a tad more moisturising than it’s predecessor.

Like the potted version, Christingle obviously still contains the trio of Peppermint, Spearmint and Menthol Crystals. You for sure still get the tingling sensation on your skin when using this version but I think it’s somewhat less potent than the other and is the biggest reason why I’d prefer using the solid. The Menthol Crystals are in a lesser quantity so maybe that’s the reason? Coupled with the addition of the extra ingredients perhaps. The minty smell is somewhat lessened in strength too.

As with all of Lush’s in shower naked products, you can end up wasting a lot of the product under the water, so be careful not to let it melt too much by stepping out of the rainfall to apply. Christingle also has a tendency to leave blue marks on surfaces where it’s been resting so it’s a good idea to make a little stand for it, a black pot lid is perfect!

I definitely prefer the less intense solid version of Christingle, let me know which you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Murumuru Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Menthol Crystals, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Body Conditioner

The word Christingle paints the picture of an orange with a candle stuck in it, like the kind that I’d carry at school, during an annual Christingle assembly back when I didn’t have a say in which religious activities I partook in. This idea makes you imagine a body conditioner with the same name would be warming and smelling of oranges, but that job falls to Buck’s Fizz. Christingle Body Conditioner is actually more literal with the word, as this minty fresh lotion definitely leaves a tingling feeling.

Like all of Lush’s body conditioners, Christingle starts with a base of nourishing oils and butters to add great moisture to the skin. Specifically, Jojoba Oil and Murumuru and Shea Butters. The addition of the butters gives the product a luxuriously buttery feel, much more than just a body lotion. The idea with a body conditioner, is to use it in the shower after you’ve washed and rinse it off. The heat from the water allows the product to melt deeper into the skin.

Christingle’s scent is purely minty, containing Peppermint and Spearmint Oils, along with Menthol Crystals as well. Menthol is the active component of mint and is revitalising, stimulating, cooling and soothing for skin. This trio of minty ingredients are what cause the tingling sensation on your skin when using this product which is effective against any skin inflammation or muscular aches and pains.

Be careful not to slather too much of the lotion on, one time I put so much on, the tingling got a bit too much and I felt like I was covered in ice, I couldn’t stop shivering! To be honest, it’s this reason why I believe this product is much more suited to summertime when you want to cool off. It’ll also be perfect for soothing sunburn.

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Christingle also contains Grapefruit and Cassia Oils. Cassia is a relative of cinnamon and has a similar stimulating effect on the skin, whereas antiseptic Grapefruit is great for brightening the skin.

After using it, my skin is always visibly brighter and I feel much more awake and energised, so I often use it in my morning showers. It’s also very useful to keep a pot of it around, I recently burnt my hand cooking and it was the perfect thing to stop the pain and redness on my skin.

My next post will be about the naked version of Christingle so stay tuned!

Ingredients

Water, Jojoba Oil, Murumuru Butter, Glycerine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

 

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