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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Hi Ho Silver Bath Bomb

Hi Ho Silver is a bath bomb that’s currently available in select stores as part of the 30th Anniversary of the bath bomb. Along with Goldrush Bath Bomb, these were designed after silver and gold respectively and are among the most glittery bath bombs Lush have ever created. Hi Ho Silver is also the name of a song by Jim Diamond, Lush love to name their products after obscure bands and songs don’t they?

Hi Ho Silver is a smallish purple bath bomb, around the same size as a Butterball. It features a silver stamp with the letters Ag on it. Ag is the symbol for silver on the periodic table which comes from the Latin ‘argentum’.

It has an strange scent, which to my nose is fairly aromatic and smokey. The bath bomb contains Olibanum, Lime and Orange Oils yet there’s not much in the aroma to suggest the latter two are there. Olibanum Oil is otherwise known as Frankincense, which is meditative and resinous in scent and is definitely at the forefront of the fragrance, with subtle citrus notes in the background. It oddly recalls memories of being in a dusty attic or walking around an old Romani gypsy museum I went to once. I’m not completely convinced I like it quite frankly.

Once popped into the water I was impressed at how strong the waft of the scent was as it started fizzing; then the real show started. The bath bomb first sent out small foamy wisps of purple into the water but before long the centre was penetrated and out poured a river of bright silver lustre. It looked like molten metal as it gushed out and snaked along the purple water in sheets, looking mesmerising.

Hi Ho Silver is actually a whopping 15% glitter so you can only imagine just how much there was. Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, each speck of lustre looked stunning floating through the entire bath. If you’re a glitter fan then you’ll absolutely love this, if you’re not then you’ll hate it I’m afraid.

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The embedded stamp decoration actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Hi Ho Silver to be quite moisturising thanks to this! It’s also what helps the silver lustre stick to your skin.

Throughout my bath, the scent having started fairly potent, got weaker with time and actually grew on me a lot more when it wasn’t quite as strong. I could definitely pick out the more citrusy notes too. Before long though it had vanished completely.

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Once I was out of my shimmering bath I was honestly in awe of how much glitter was covering my skin. When I say covered, I mean covered. Especially in the folds and creases of my body, it was almost like a whole layer on top of my skin. Luckily I don’t mind glitter on my body but it’s a little annoying when it transfers onto your towel and then everything you ever touch again. To be honest though, I wouldn’t have expected anything less and I loved looking at my sparkling naked body in the mirror!

Along with the glitter, my skin was soft and well hydrated and there was also a gentle reminder of the scent still lingering over my body.

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In conclusion, Hi Ho Silver is a MUST have if you’re a glitter king or queen like me, but be prepared for the clean up of your bath and to find glitter in strange places over the next few days. Still not 100% convinced of the scent but I enjoyed my bath even still.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Goldrush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77742

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Melusine Bath Bomb

Melusine is a figure of European folklore and mythology, she is a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river and is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down, much like a mermaid. Melusine Bath Bomb clearly takes it’s inspiration from this myth as it features a scaly green and yellow exterior. Melusine has to be one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen and I’ve been so excited to use it!

This currently Harajuku exclusive bath bomb shares its scent with Avocado Co-Wash, a fragrance that is growing in popularity amongst the Lush Community, and rightly so, it’s gorgeous. It’s a zesty, juicy-sweet citrus based scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and Olibanum adds a slightly deeper, smokey note compared to it’s zesty partners. It’s such a moreish, energising scent and I truly believe that Lush got it right in this format.

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Once in the water, Melusine immediately shoots out clouds of green and yellow into the water, before it started spinning, creating stunning patterns for my viewing pleasure. The different shades of yellows and greens slowly mixed into each other and finally ended in a deep green colour.

One thing you’ll definitely notice about Melusine is the amount of glitter that fills your bath tub. The actual ballistic is decorated with shards of green plastic-free glitter, but I never would have guessed at how much lay inside too! The water was really shimmering in the light and I really felt a sense of magic just gazing in awe at it, it’s definitely one of the most glittery bombs out there at the moment!

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The water itself felt incredibly soft due to the addition of Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract and Sarcocornia Powder. Sarcocornia, also known as samphire, is an umbrella name for more than thirty species of edible salt-tolerant plants. The sodium rich powder is greatly cleansing and is perfect for softening bath water. I was also very pleased at just how strong the scent remained, even towards the end of my bath.

Once I was out and dried off, I could still smell the perfume on my skin and for a good few hours later. I wish I could tell you the glitter simply drains down the plughole but I can’t. My body was covered in it; as was my towel, my bathroom floor, the clothes I put on afterward, my hair, literally everything and I’m still finding it a few days later. Thankfully I love glitter, but if you don’t then perhaps Melusine unfortunately isn’t for you.

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All in all, I can say without a doubt that Melusine is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. The glitter is SO worth it as it’s such a beautiful colour. The scent, the design, the bath art – everything is truly amazing! I hope to god that this sees a UK release in the future because I need it again and again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract, Bergamot Oil , Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Sarcocornia Powder, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 77491, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Soap

Strawberry Santa Soap

Now let me tell you, when these lil guys were delivered into the stores, some of them looked so ugly it was a crime to sell them, so I’m sorry if you got one of the less cute ones. Luckily, the one I ended up with isn’t so bad.

Strawberry Santa is exactly like product from 2015’s Christmas Range called Peeping Santa, though that was a bubbleroon and this is a soap, both were comprised of two red halves separated by a white middle section with eyes. In this version, the red section is a harder soap, fused together with a softer white soap that has a creamier, almost whipped texture.

The white section actually contains a high amount of Cocoa Butter to moisturise your hands, meaning that Strawberry Santa doesn’t leave you with too much of that squeaky clean feeling.

Just be careful when you’re using it that the two halves don’t separate, as it doesn’t really fuse back together very well.

Like Peeping Santa, this soap also contains the delicious Yummy Mummy scent which is a moreish and comforting fragrance which reminds me of sweet juicy chocolate coated strawberries. Strawberry Santa does actually contain Fresh Strawberries along with their seeds to give a gentle exfoliation. Olibanum, Bergamot and Geranium Oils complete the scent and give it deeper sweet musky layers.

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Although fairly small, I feel like it’s going to last for a long while as it produces a generous lather with minimal effort each time I use it and leaves my hands gorgeously scented for a good while after. In the shower, I found that it easily soaped up my body and effectively cleansed. It also contains nourishing Peach Kernel Oil to replenish nutrients in the skin and left my skin looking visibly brighter!

I’m a big fan of this soap and I’m glad I could get my hands on it! Did you manage to get one? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water , Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Strawberry Seeds, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Bewitched Bubble Bar

Originally released for 2017’s Halloween Range, this feline bubble bar came back again this year!

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Black cats have been a staple in Halloween traditions for years due to their links with witches and are also seen as bringers of good luck. Bewitched is so cute, yet kinda spooky with its piercing yellow eyes!

This bubble bar shares it’s scent with Sultana of Soap and the scent family. It contains Olibanum and Bergamot giving a sweet resinous and slightly warming scent. It’s rather comforting so it’s great for use on a cold evening to help you feel more cosy. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense is lovely and soothing for the skin, whilst Bergamot is an all round cleanser. The idea of Frankincense makes it sound even more magical doesn’t it?

You can definitely get two baths out of a Bewitched, depending on how much you like to use and it’s easily crumbled, allowing for a quick rise of mountainous soft bubbles.

I think the best thing about Bewitched is the colour.  Lush don’t do many bath products that are coloured black so when they do it’s always exciting. Although it becomes more diluted as the bath fills up, you’re still bathing in mysterious dark waters which is super fun. The bar also contains silver lustre which is really noticeable in the water, adding to the spooky and magical vibe, though it’s not too much so it’s unlikely you’ll notice it on your skin after.

As the scent is quite subtle, it’s somewhat unnoticeable when you’re actually in the bath and sadly even less so on your skin after, but the faintest aroma is still there ever so slightly. Furthermore you’re left with beautifully softened skin once you’ve dried off.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

The scent of Avocado Co-Wash has long been loved by Lushies and staff, but it’s only recently that Lush have actually started to notice and bring out other products with the same zingy sweet citrusy scent. The first of these was in the form of a shower gel called Avocado Wash.

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Ugh I am literally enamoured by this scent. It’s high-key one of my all time favourite scents from Lush and ever since smelling a lump of Avocado Co-Wash for the first time I’ve been desperate for other formats.

As already mentioned, it’s a zesty, juicy sweet citrus scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and protective Olibanum adds a slightly more fruity note compared to it’s zesty partners. I’d actually argue that the scent is slightly more powerful in this version than it’s predecessor. Which is only a bonus.

Although this bright green shower gel has quite a thin consistency you’d be mistaken if you didn’t think it had ample skin softening properties. Like it’s hair care counterpart it’s full of Avocado Oil and actual Fresh Avocado. Avocados are incredibly nutritious and are full of a beautiful unsaturated oil that’s perfect for rehydrating old, damaged and dry skins, not to mention that Avocados are full of vitamins to help improve the skin’s appearance. Carrageenan Extract, derived from Seaweed also gives Avocado Wash a more luxurious feeling despite how runny it is.

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When in use the shower gel foams up nicely, creating a beautifully fragrant lather that’s so irresistibly moreish and leaves you so refreshed and feeling clean, and nourished skin that smells divine all day. I just want to bathe in it all day it’s really that nice! Though saying that you really don’t need to use much each time, a little really does go a long way.

After every use, the shower gel does have a tendency to separate due to the high oil content, but please don’t let that put you off using it, you just need to give it a good shake before you use it again and it’ll be as good as new.

Frankly I think this shower gel is one of the best Lush have ever done and it 100% deserves to be in their year round range. I’d also very much like other products featuring this marvellous scent please Lush.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fresh Avocado, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140

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