Bath, Bath Bombs

Olive Branch Bath Bomb

The Olive Branch has always been high on my list of favourite Shower Gels, thanks to it’s subtle, yet uplifting and warming scent, so naturally I was very pleased at the chance to experience it in a bath bomb format! Olive Branch Bath Bomb was released in December as part of the community favourites range and it soon made its way onto my Christmas list and therefore under my tree.

Upon first sniff, I instantly recognised the reassuring scent of Olive Branch, and I was happy to find it to be more strongly scented than the shower gel, as I feel the quiet and easily overpowered scent of the gel can be a downside. Although firmly citrus based with Lemon, Bergamot and Red Mandarin Oils making up the forefront of the scent, theres also a floral kick underneath from Orange Flower Absolute, which ties the scent together with fresh green notes. It’s a delicate, yet incredibly warming and soothing scent which is perfect for a tranquil moment to yourself.

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The actual bath bomb is stunningly designed and I feel the swirly orange and white pattern fits the scent family well. When placed in the water, it quickly dispels the orange and white patterns into the water surrounding it and the scent is elevated into the room. The water soon turned a shade of warm orange and invited me to take a dip.

The water itself was superbly soft, an element that I noticed on my skin after too. Olive Branch, like the shower gel, is also full of nourishing Olive Oil as expected, to moisturise and protect the skin. It’s not as oily as the likes of Butterball or other butter filled bombs but it does the job just as well.

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I was really pleased with this bath bomb, I think perhaps the best part of it is simply how strong the scent is, it even left an impression on my skin for a while after towelling off. Whilst I’m not sure it would be a best seller if it was launched in all stores but perhaps it would make a great Oxford Street exclusive? Either way, I do hope I have the chance to use it again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

The Olive Branch Shower Gel

The name and the inspiration for The Olive Branch comes from the song ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ by Leonard Cohen, specifically the line “Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove”. Lush want to make people feel uplifted and reassured with this shower gel and after all, an olive branch is one of the most famous signs of peace.

Usually when you’re using a product from Lush you expect to be blown away by a strong and heady fragrance, but The Olive Branch is rather subtle, especially compared to other shower gels such as Rose Jam and Dirty Springwash.

The scent is firmly citrus fronted, containing Lemon, Bergamot and Mandarin Oils, as well as the juice from the latter along with Orange Flower Absolute. This concoction of zesty and energising fruity aromas would make The Olive Branch smell a tad similar to typically citrus scented cleaning products you’d find under your kitchen sink if it wasn’t for something in there that’s a little more woody, and somewhat warming and reassuring; most likely from the addition of an infusion made from Vine Leaves. The Mandarin Juice also gives a delicate fruity note!

A big component of this product is the great amount of antioxidant Fair Trade Olive Oil which moisturises and nourishes the skin with essential vitamins. You can really feel it in the consistency and when it’s on your skin and I love using it during summer to battle any dryness from too much sun!

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The citrus oils it contains are expertly cleansing and the Fresh Mandarin Juice has a brightening effect for the skin, leaving it fresh and revitalised. The Olive Branch actually lathers up really well and ensures you are effortlessly clean. Furthermore, the Vine Leaf Infusion and the aforementioned Olive Oil have great soothing and conditioning properties, calming any inflammation or redness you may be suffering with.

I really love The Olive Branch and it’s potentially my favourite shower gel out of the current year round range. The scent, although simple is really lovely. I just wish it had more staying power after you’ve used it!

You can check out The Olive Branch for yourself here for more information!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Fresh Mandarin Juice, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

Snowflake Bubble Spinner

Remember when everyone was obsessed with fidget spinners for approximately two months? Well as ever, Lush love to jump on a craze and thus, the Bubble Spinner was formed. The first one, just simply named ‘Bubble Spinner’ Bubble Spinner came and went (disconned) and Lush have continued to bring out similar ones since.

Snowflake is the bubble spinner themed for the holidays. With a white five pointed design and sparkly blue detailing, it’s one of Lush’s more icy themed products for this Christmas.

The fragrance is an odd one, it’s Orange Flower, Orange, Sicilian Lemon and Patchouli and to my nose, I detect more of the earthy, floral notes than the citrus undertones and whilst Lush describes the smell as uplifting, I personally find it more grounding and relaxing.

I quite like the scent when the product is still in it’s solid form. In the water, the scent is slightly more grassy in a way which, to me reminds me of damp gardens and soil, and whilst sometimes that’s totally a vibe, it wasn’t what I was after in a Snowflake shaped Christmas product. However, compared to a lot of the reusable bubble bars, the staying power of this scent is rather good, for both during and after the bath.

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To use a Bubble Spinner you simply hold it under the running tap water, and bubbles should start to form in the bath, the idea is that the pressure of the water turns the spinner and gets them to spin. Unlike some of the other spinners in the past (I’m looking at you, Mum In A Spin) Snowflake is quite a decent spinner providing you have it at the right angle.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can definitely get 3 or 4 decent baths out of one however, the further you stretch that, the less scent and bubbles you’ll get from it. Sadly I can’t say there was a noticeable difference in how my skin felt after my bath, other than just ‘clean’. Furthermore, I’m afraid with being a white coloured bath product, the colour of your water doesn’t change much, if at all.

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All in all, I’m not really a great fan of the bubble spinners and I don’t really see the longevity in them so I can’t imagine they’ll be something we see much more of, especially when Lush have much more exciting and innovative products on the way.

Check it out for yourself on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Cornstarch, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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