Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Dirty Toothy Tabs

I remember when I first tried these. Years and years ago, way before my love for the company was fully realised, my best friend bought me a gift set which included these so called ‘toothy tabs’. I remember thinking they were really weird and honestly, not really enjoying using them. Fast forward to when I first started working for Lush and I still carried that same opinion about all their toothy and mouthwash tabs. It wasn’t until I started trying other flavours and forcing myself to use these instead of regular toothpaste that comes in tubes and are bad for the environment, that I started enjoying them more. And now in full circle, here I am using Dirty for the first time since.

Dirty is an odd flavour, and an odd name for a toothpaste too, although Lush fans will know it just means it’s part of the expansive ‘Dirty’ range. Featuring Spearmint and Neroli, it’s predominantly a fresh minty smell and flavour, with slightly herbal notes. I’m a big fan of your bog-standard minty flavours like Miles Of Smiles, but the addition of the Neroli is slightly strange I do admit. Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree and is known for its intensely green and floral aroma, which isn’t really something you’d find in a toothpaste. Whilst the Spearmint does vastly overpower the subtle notes of the Neroli, it’s still just a little too strange for my palate. I guess even though I’ve grown to like the toothy tabs, this flavour just isn’t really for me.

Nonetheless I’m still using these tabs and in all fairness they do leave my mouth feeling super clean and fresh. Although Lush’s dental products don’t contain fluoride, they do contain other ingredients which are just as cleansing. Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous all have plaque removing properties and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth within the mouth.

When my friend bought these for me all that time ago, Lush sold their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes. Since they changed over to their plastic bottles there’s been some outcry from customers who think it’s a step back from being more eco-friendly. Whilst it’s true that obviously cardboard boxes are much better for the environment, Lush decided to make the change simply to ensure that the product stays fresher for longer. Plus, like everything else in their store, the bottles and lids can be fully recycled in your local community and if that’s not good enough you can bring them back to a Lush store to be recycled using their closed loop recycling scheme. I feel like if you’re really that passionate about being more eco-friendly then you’re gonna make the effort to recycle your containers properly.

Anyway, even though I’ll continue to use these tabs, I do think it would be nice if perhaps they were replaced as part of the range in all stores with one of the more exciting flavours currently only at Lush Liverpool Spa, such as Toothy Fruity! I do wonder if we’ll see a roll out of the newer flavours anytime soon. Not to mention the toothpaste jellies!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Spearmint Oil, Neroli Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Splash Bath Bomb

I remember when I first saw this bath bomb and after noticing the familiar colour scheme I was hoping and praying for it to be the return of my long lost love, Frozen Bath Bomb. Sadly it wasn’t, and we have Splash instead. Since then, I get this weird feeling of disappointment each time I look at it which honestly isn’t that fair on Splash because it’s actually a fairly lovely bath bomb of its own.

Splash has a reasonably unique design, but I think the scent far surpasses the appearance in how interesting this product is. Splash contains Lime and Neroli at the forefront of its aroma so it offers an uplifting and fresh smell perfect to lift your mood. The Neroli adds a certain element of ‘greenery’ alongside Elemi Oil which is described as spicy and citrusy and is said to instil a feeling of peace. Although it seems like an abundance of citrus, I wouldn’t say Splash is that zesty or sharp in smell. Lush have decided to add Tonka Absolute to the fragrance which I feel rounds the scent off with it’s sweet, subtle presence. All in all, its a fairly unique and bright fragrance which I find quite meditative and soothing.

In the water, Splash is a pure fizzer and fizzes away turning the water into a translucent aquamarine colour like that of a swimming pool. There’s no bath art, just little whisps of white fizzing out into the blue.

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I found the scent remained quite strongly even when the bath bomb had fully dissolved, which was nice and really relaxed me as I was soaking. It was still lingering on my skin once I was out and I could definitely smell it wafting off my arms a good few hours later which really helped me take it easy during my evening. Splash also left my skin feeling gorgeously soft.

Overall, I’d describe this bath bomb as being really nice, but nothing special. I’m glad I’ve tried it but I can’t say I’d ever be desperate to try it again. Perhaps if it created patterns on top of the water, I’d have enjoyed it more but for now it’s nothing to write home about.

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If you’re still wanting to get your hands on Splash you better hurry! Sadly it’s being discontinued along with quite a lot of the other 30th Anniversary bath bombs very soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Elemi Oil, Tonka Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Fun

Apple Fun

When I last visited Lush Liverpool Spa, AKA the newest and biggest UK flagship store, I was gifted three of their exclusive bars of fun to try for myself. I had Flamingo, Thunderbolt and lastly, I had Apple. Although So White Bath Bomb has been around for some time now, I’ve never got to try it’s scent in a bath format and considering it’s so unique, I was really excited to experience it.

As I mentioned, Apple Fun shares it’s scent with the crisp apple-y fragrance of So White Bath Bomb, Once Upon A Time Body Lotion and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. Although Once Upon A Time changes up the ingredients slightly, usually this scent is comprised of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Orange Flower, Rose and Neroli. It’s a refreshing and uplifting aroma that really does remind you of biting into a crisp green apple and I feel like it really works in this ‘fun’ format. I really didn’t enjoy this scent at first but it grows on me more and more each time I encounter it.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. The base of Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like modelling clay, meaning the first use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body or your hair as shampoo, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles, which is usually how I use mine. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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I decided to do what I always do with fun and use about two thirds to create bubbles in my bath and use the remainder to actually wash myself with. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper. It can get quite messy if it gets wet so I’d make sure you definitely decide how much you’re going to use beforehand.

Apple produced super soft bath water although I didn’t seem to get many bubbles out of it, but that isn’t that unusual for fun. The water started off mimicking the same bright shade of green as the bar itself but as it got deeper, it naturally lost most of its pigment. Sadly, though the actual bar is pretty strongly scented, the aroma seemed to disappear into the water but it made a return to linger on my skin slightly once I was out.

Like fun always does, Apple left my skin feeling soft, nicely cleansed and smooth. All in all I’m really happy I got to use it and if you’re a fan of So White, you’re bound to love this too.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Ylang Song Bombshell Bath Bomb

Recently, Lush decided to discontinue some of their Oxford Street exclusive bath products and we said goodbye to a few I had sadly yet to try. Ylang Song Bombshell isn’t being discontinued but I thought I better try it quick incase there’s another purge!

I didn’t know much about this bath bomb but the fact I knew it contained petals made me excited to try it! Although it looks fairly plain, I think there’s something quite elegant about it’s design, with just a single purple everlasting flower petal.

Ylang Song Bombshell is scented with Ylang Ylang Oil, as the name suggests. Ylang Ylang is great for brightening your mood with it’s fragrant and heady sweet smelling floral scent. It pairs beautifully with other aromas and Lush have mixed it with woody Rosewood, uplifting and fresh Neroli and the familiar smell of Rose resulting in a very fresh and natural sweet floral scent that evokes a real sense of nature and serenity. Its a fairly strong fragrance but delicate on the nose and mind too.

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In the water, a relatively fast fizzer, the bath bomb almost instantly reveals its hidden colour, a beautiful light green, which clouds the water fairly quickly. Halfway through the fizz, a handful of Rose, Peony and Everlasting Flower petals emerge, decorating the surface. There’s no bath art but the petals would only get lost if there was. I love having petals in my bath so it’s a winner for me already and it did look beautiful. Reminding me of a floral meadow, with the delicate scent still very much present, helping me picture that scene.

Once I was in I noticed how soft the water felt, I didn’t realise but Ylang Song Bombshell contains a generous amount of Fine Sea Salt which softens the water by removing impurities. I noticed my skin was particularly soft and smooth once I was dry too.

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In conclusion, I’m really glad I got my hands on this bath bomb and I really enjoyed using it. I can still smell the beautiful fragrance on my skin a good couple of hours later so that’s a bonus! This product is a definite must try if you’re unsure.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour, Peony Petals, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rosewood Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Yellow Rose Petals, Purple Everlasting Flowers, Carissa Edulis, Water, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

 

 

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly, like the name suggests is the perfect accompaniment to a shower before bed. The beautiful and relaxing scent is perfect to calm the mind and help you doze off.

Lush’s shower jellies all feature a base made from Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and is what gives it it’s jelly-like texture. This also gives all jellies a base level of hydrating effects.

Deep Sleep contains Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as an infusion from the seeds of sunflowers too. The petals create a soothing and calming infusion, whereas the seeds create an infusion that carries their moisturising fatty acids and antioxidants, great for hydrating and maintaining the skin’s suppleness and glow.

Along with the Sunflower Petal Infusion, the Lavender and Chamomile Oils that Deep Sleep contains are also well known in skincare for their soothing and calming qualities on inflamed and irritated skin. These two ingredients mix with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil to create the product’s scent.

The raw, natural smell of the Lavender is definitely the main note of the scent and to be honest it’s hard to pick out the other ingredients unless you really know what you’re looking for. Both Lavender and Chamomile have been used for centuries to aid relaxation, help with anxiety and allow for a more restful sleep. Neroli Oil’s intense green and floral scent is reputed to cheer up your mood and help you find inner peace.

Although it’s difficult to pick out in the scent, there’s a slight citrusy note in the background which likely comes from the inclusion of Fresh Orange Juice, which helps rejuvenate the skin. Oranges contain many antioxidants and their hight vitamin C content promotes collagen production. Anything citrus based is also great for cleansing the skin and tightening pores.

In the shower it’s great and the scent really lifts and becomes more powerful under the hot water. Sadly it doesn’t leave much of a lingering aroma once you’re dried off.

I love to pair Deep Sleep with a relaxing bath bomb or in an evening shower before whacking on some Sleepy Body Lotion to really put me in the mood for bed. Sadly though, Deep Sleep will be leaving us soon to make way for another jelly, so grab one while you still can!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Sunflower Seed Infusion, Fresh orange Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute, Neroli Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Calavera Bath Bomb

Calavera Bath Bomb and Calacas Shower Gel kinda go hand in hand. A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton that’s often used for decoration in the Mexican ‘Día de los Muertos’ or ‘Day of the Dead’ festival. A calavera is the term applied to the decorative skulls you often see around at the time of the festival. Both products also feature the same refreshing and vibrant scent.

The Calacas scent is one of my favourites from Lush and is so unique and moreish. It reminds me of sugary sweets mixed with fresh zesty lime juice, the perfect mix between sweet and citrusy sour. It’s actually a trio of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum which make up the iconic scent. Lime Oil is the ultimate zingy ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration with Neroli Oil adding a fresh green note yet still with citrus undertones. Olibanum Resinoid is also known as frankincense and has a woody, refreshing and meditative scent. It’s had an important role in religions throughout the centuries to ward off evil spirits, another ingredient that’s perfect for this bath bomb!

Lime and Neroli are perfect for cleansing, toning and refreshing the skin whilst Olibanum is protective and soothing.

I find that the scent of Calavera is much stronger than Monsters Ball from Halloween, or is that just me?

Marigold Flowers are often used as decorations around the Mexican festival to honour the dead and attract their souls, so Lush have included their petals inside Calavera too for that authentic feel.

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Once popped in the bath, I was surprised at how nothing seemed to happen. The bomb foamed up slightly but was eerily silent whilst it was doing so and I sat there for a good few minutes just watching the foam slowly expand. Before too long, the inner core was infiltrated and out shot a bright stream of neon yellow from the centre. It danced atop the water creating patterns and intertwined with a blue colour that had started to make itself known from inside. Once the silent display had finished, a vibrant green/yellow water was left behind, very reminiscent of the shower gel, with small petals floating throughout. I must say the smell of the scent during the fizz was incredibly strong!

I got in the bath and I felt instantly enlivened and energised. Calavera also contains Granulated Sugar which is great at softening the skin and helping to lock in moisture. Once I was out I was impressed and glad that the scent was remaining on my skin and I was noticing it there up until I went to bed a good 4/5 hours later.

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In conclusion, I loved Calavera and I’d definitely use it again and again! My only wish would be that the petals were perhaps more vibrant in colour? Though I know that’s not really something easily changed. I’m happy my Calacas needs are fulfilled once more!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Marigold Petals, Granulated Sugar, Cream of Tartar, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 61570

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