Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

After really enjoying my potted American Pie, I was eager to try the naked version too! I personally find that usually the naked versions last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, predominately because you aren’t using a great amount of the product with each use.

Upon first sniff, the two versions smell almost identical. Both are a very gentle recreation of the original American Cream scent but I actually really like it that way and you still get all the wonderful creamy notes of vanilla and strawberry. In the shower however, I do notice that the scent is somewhat stronger with the naked and actually I find that the Lavender is more easily noticeable, intertwining with the sweet Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the main component of the fragrance.

With a naked body container, you simply grab the whole thing and swipe it over your skin before putting it down and rinsing it off. The addition of the warm water allows the nourishing and moisturising ingredients to sink deeper and more quickly into the skin and I always find that I’m a lot more hydrated with a body conditioner than with a body lotion.

In terms of feeling, I’d actually say that I felt a lot more moisturised with this version. Perhaps it’s the addition of the Cocoa Butter, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax (which help to keep the product solid) but it felt a lot more oily, yet in no way greasy. It was easily absorbed into my skin and felt effectively hydrating. Another change between the varieties is that this version doesn’t include any fresh strawberry, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.

Because of the difference in format, I’d recommend stepping out of the shower stream when applying this product, else it’ll quickly melt with the hot water and you really don’t want to waste any, plus it only makes it more messy.

The only thing that’s difficult with a naked body conditioner, and a lot of Lush’s naked products in general, is that storing them can be a hassle. I personally use the lids from Lush’s large black pots (225g) to sit my naked body conditioners on, which are actually the perfect size. 

After towelling off, I found that my skin was radiating the comforting scent that I’m really starting to admire, which was a big step up from it’s potted sibling. Again, I could definitely smell more of the powdery floral notes at this point too.

As with the American Cream Shower Gel, I’m definitely preferring the naked version of this product! How about you? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Recently Lush opened up their first naked store in the UK after the success of the naked stores in Milan and Berlin. Lucky for me I got to go to Manchester for the opening day! You won’t find any plastic packaging at this store as every product is completely naked. They have all the shower gels in naked forms, naked deodorants, shampoo bars and a couple of exclusive items such as Aurora Borealis Body Scrub.

Aurora Borealis is another name for the Northern Lights and the bright colours of this particular scrub suggests that’s why it was named so. It’s relatively small, but the price reflects that and you can probably get around five or six uses I reckon. Aurora Borealis contains Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil and Pineapple Powder and all three of these ingredients are the perfect cleansers as they’re all antiseptic, antibacterial and rejuvenating. Lemon Oil contains alpha-hydroxy-acids which are enzymes that cleanse the skin by breaking down dirt, excess oil and dead skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Spearmint and invigorates the skin, boosting the blood flow beneath and Pineapples are naturally rich in vitamins and other enzymes that cleanse and reduce swelling.

The scent is fruity and sweet with a hint of freshness from the Spearmint. It doesn’t overly smell of fruit or of mint but it’s a nice combination, not at all strong but it’s a lovely scent nonetheless.

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The actual scrub is made from Sugar and Fine Sea Salt to exfoliate and remove dead skin.  It’s actually rather abrasive when in use, and especially when it’s dry so it might be best to add a little water to it and mix it up into your hands before scrubbing your skin if you’d prefer a gentler exfoliation. Like with all of Lush’s solid sugar scrubs, if Aurora Borealis gets too wet it can fall apart, so it’s a good idea to break off a piece each time you use it so you’re not wasting any. A real bonus is that it looks so pretty when you’re using it with all the colours that cover your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt so beautifully refreshed and polished and I was surprised to notice that the quiet scent was actually lingering on my skin for a while after! In conclusion, Aurora Borealis was a nice shower companion and I’d happily grab one again next time I’m in Manchester! Let me know if you’ve had a chance to use this exclusive product!

Ingredients 

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Pineapple Powder, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Naked Shower Gel

As with all their new shower gel releases, Lush are also releasing naked versions alongside them to encourage customers to choose packaging free options and to cater for those already following a more eco-friendly living. All of Lush’s plastic is completely recyclable and you can even bring it back to us in stores where we’ll recycle it for you if you’d prefer but if you know you’re bad at recycling or you can’t where you’re living then perhaps you should give the naked versions a go!

Lush remove the water and add an ingredient called Sodium Stearate to their shower gel formulas to get them to become solid. Sodium Stearate is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of stearic acid. It’s the perfect thickener for soaps and other products. The only problem I have with the naked shower gels is they’re very soft and therefore very messy and you need to make sure to store them appropriately in a container or on something to ensure you don’t leave any marks in your bathroom.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and vanillary scent that’s very reminiscent of delicious strawberry sundaes. The reproduce the scent with the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. There’s definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. Whilst I found that the liquid version had a somewhat synthetic after-smell, I find this version to be a lot truer to the actual American Cream Conditioner and others in the scent family.

You can use the naked shower gels however you like. Personally I prefer to have a good rub into my hands first and then cover my body with the lather, but I know lots of people like to cut up theirs into single use chunks, some blend it up into more of a whipped shower gel and some grab the whole thing and rub it all over! It’s really up to you.

I actually found that this particular naked really lathers up nicely and feels really creamy in consistency. I also found it to be a tad more moisturising than it’s liquid counterpart too and it really left my skin feeling so soft! Furthermore, I complained that my liquid didn’t leave a trace of the scent on my skin but the naked does! It’s very faint but the naked wins again!

I think if I had to choose out of the two versions I’d probably choose this version! Has anyone else had a chance to try both? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

 

 

 

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Money Atmosphere

The third Atmosphere I went for was the green one, Money. The Atmospheres are supposed to work with the laws of attraction, being that by thinking about something you’re going to attract it. Money is something I definitely could use more of, so I’m fully hoping for it to work and if not then I guess I’ll just sue Lush for false advertising. It’s a win either way right?

Money is scented with the same scent as Over And Over Bath Bomb, a mix of Lime, Cypress, Fennel and Orris. The zestiness of the Lime is at the front of this scent, with deeper, spicy and herbal notes in the background. Lush describe this particular Atmosphere as ‘bringing independence imagined in zingy lime, freedom in bittersweet fennel and adventure in exotic orris’ and they tell you to ‘draw on the laws of attraction to see yourself enjoying absolute control, becoming master, not servant, to the trappings of wealth’, so I guess it’s more about gaining liberation from money than actually gaining more wealth but oh well a girl can try.

Whereas I find Over and Over Bath Bomb to have a pretty strong sense of Lime in its scent, it’s a lot more muted in this format and the more herbal, woody notes come through a lot more which isn’t a complaint as it still smells nice and uplifting. One downside was that unfortunately once I had actually started using the product, the scent had pretty much vanished. This time I actually emptied the contents of the Atmosphere onto a sponge and rubbed it into it, therefore preventing me from losing any which worked a treat!

On the skin, Lime is very cleansing as well as being brightening and toning. Fennel is also toning but it’s slight spiciness means it’s stimulating too, getting the blood flowing to the skin. Along with the help of detoxifying Cypress Oil, Money has left my skin refreshed and bright and just as moisturised as the previous two.

Like I’ve said in my other posts on Love and Let Go, it’s really hard to justify spending £12 for just four showers, so if you’re thinking about trying them it might be better to decant the actual gel into pots so you can use it more sparingly. Hopefully if Lush decide that this is the way forward then they’ll find a way to make them cheaper.

I’d really like to hear about your experiences with the Atmospheres so please let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2

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Let Go Atmosphere

Lush’s Atmospheres were designed with the philosophical belief in ‘the law of attraction’ in mind. The law of attraction is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and that through the process of energy attracting the same type of energy, a person can improve their own health, wealth, personal relationships etc. Each Atmosphere contains a specific concoction of scents that relate to four things you’re likely to desire – Love, Joy, Money or to Let Go. After a particularly stressful day, I chose Let Go to calm my mind and help me let go of my worries.

This particular Atmosphere is definitely the most simple of the four as scent-wise it contains nothing but Lavender Oil. Lavender’s floral and herbaceous scent has long been used in aromatherapy to relax and ease the mind and it’s also perfect for aiding a more restful sleep. The scent of Let Go is by far one of Lush’s purest Lavender scents and simply smells as though you were smelling a handful of actual lavender buds.

The Atmospheres are fantastically innovative, they’re actually doses of shower gel contained in a biodegradable seaweed casing and all you do is pop the casing and use the inside as a gel like normal. The consistency of the gel is a lot thicker than Lush’s generic shower gels and it can be hard to really get it to lather up, but I guess the thickness helps it stay in the casing easier. I do find that the two atmospheres I’ve used so far have both been very moisturising on my skin, leaving me feeling beautifully smooth after.

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Another benefit of Lavender Oil is that it’s naturally anti-septic and therefore it helps to gently cleanse your skin. The Atmospheres also contain cleansing Sea Salt so they aren’t just a pretty smell, they do a good job too! Just be careful when you’re popping the ball as you can end up losing some down the plughole.

I’m a real sucker for Lavender scents, they really work on me so I definitely felt a lot calmer once I was out of the shower. Although Lush say that each Atmosphere is for one use only, I reckon with the amount of gel inside them you can definitely save some for at least one more shower, but even still it’s hard to justify spending £12 on just four showers which is where the main problem lies. It’s a great idea but I believe Lush need to make a couple of changes if they want to increase the Atmospheres’ popularity.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Lavender Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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