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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Calacas Shower Gel

A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton used for decoration in the Mexican Day of The Dead festival. Calacas are usually depicted as being happy even in death. Lush first released Calacas shower gel as a Halloween limited edition product, and have since bought it back for different occasions although never releasing as a year round product.

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I’ll start by saying that the unique Calacas scent is to die for. As soon as you pop the lid open you’re instantly hit with the refreshing smell. It reminds me of sugary sweets and fresh cut limes, the perfect mixture between sweet and citrusy. Obviously Lime Oil is in there, the ultimate zesty ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration. It’s cut with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil and protective Olibanum Oil, which adds a undertone of sweet, fruity, woodiness. In my opinion it’s the perfect awakening scent for a crisp Autumnal day.

Calacas shower gel has quite a thick consistency, not like a shower cream but still quite gloopy and honey-like. Once you’re lathering it up in your hands or sponge, the aroma fills the air and your senses are instantly lifted and awakened. The scent is so strong (definitely not a bad thing!) you can surely smell it for the rest of the day.

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Although I wouldn’t describe Calacas as being super moisturising, it certainly isn’t drying or stripping whatsoever either. In fact, due to the addition of lots of Aloe Vera Gel it’s actually incredibly soothing, great for any redness and/or irritation you may have on the skin!

I swear to Mark God that Calacas is a MUST try scent/product. Anything from the scent family is gorgeously great at lifting the spirits (get it?). Although Lush have many citrus scented products, this is nothing like anything that Lush have I can assure you, and although it’s not currently around, I am sure that Lush won’t stop making this popular product every now and then, so be sure to get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Lactic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb

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So this year I took a trip to the Oxford Street store just after the summit to get my hands on all the exclusive goodies that were showcased there.

IMG_6471One that definitely stood out was Agbogbloshie. The mobile phone design, the vibrant blue colour and the smell is divine – it shares its scent with the Calacas range – a mixture of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum oils give a zesty, uplifting scent.

A somewhat fast fizzer, once the phone had disappeared I was left with a strong deep blue colour with greenish oil slicks on the top of the water. I didn’t expect this bath bomb to be very sparkly but in actual fact I was surprised to see there was a great deal of lustre floating around, even after getting out my skin definitely had a slight shimmer.

The high concentration of the clearly visible oils meant that Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb not only left my skin smelling fresh for a long while afterwards, but also meant that my skin felt incredibly soft afterwards, something that again, I wasn’t expecting.

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If you didn’t know, Agbogbloshie is the nickname of an area in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.  And is home to the biggest toxic electronic waste dumping ground on the planet, where the air smells like ‘burnt plastic and car tyres’. The waste disposal methods in Agbogbloshie release harmful toxins into the environment and into the lungs of those who are scavenging for valuable raw materials.

Solutions to make Agbogbloshie a greener, cleaner place are already starting to get underway and by talking about this issue at the Summit and releasing this bath bomb hopefully increased attention will see some change in the near future.

Lush have a great article on their website about this very issue. Read here.

Hopefully Lush will bring back this bath bomb again in the future, as I would definitely buy again, and definitely recommend it.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:1, Colour 77499, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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