Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Trumpets Bath Bomb

Fairy Trumpets is a beautiful looking bath bomb and one I was really eager to try! Who am I kidding? I’m eager to try them all! I feel like it’s a bath bomb that really stands out and would have looked great among the other floral inspired bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day.

The scent of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with greener elements to it as well. Containing Chamomile, Orange Flower and Rosewood it’s not too far off the fragrance of Figs and Leaves Soap and Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb, with the Orange Flower coming through quite potently. It’s uplifting and bright and is a scent that really puts you in a good mood. The Chamomile gives a slight herbal note to the aroma, which is well known to relax and soothe the mind and the addition of Rosewood offers a gentle warming undertone to the scent. If you’re into your florals then you’ll surely love Fairy Trumpets.

Once popped in to your bath, Fairy Trumpets will put on a quick display that won’t win any awards for being the most exciting but it was nice to watch even still. There’s aways some excitement when you’re seeing a bath bomb fizz for the first time anyway. The yellow colouring fizzed away quite quickly, revealing pinky red colours underneath which also fizzed away rather fast, resulting in a deep orange shade with little patches of red oils floating on the surface. I should mention that these oils actually stained my skin (and my bath) a little, so perhaps its best to mix them in before you get in.

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After it had dissolved I could really notice the floral aroma filling my senses as it permeated throughout my flat. Fairy Trumpets also contains popping candy, which was a nice little surprise to hear. As I was soaking away I felt tranquil and at peace with the uplifting scent still sticking around.

Once I was out, my skin felt soft and renewed. Chamomile has excellent soothing properties so it’s great for any irritation you may have on your skin. The scent was still lingering over my body which I could smell for hours after, which I was really impressed with.

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To conclude, whilst I wouldn’t say Fairy Trumpets is anything to write home about, I am glad I crossed it off my list. I really want to be able to try each of the celebration bath bombs but I’m beginning to think that it may not be feasible, so apologies if I don’t get round to using them all!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Chamomile Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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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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Face, Moisturisers

Imperialis Facial Moisturiser

Imperialis is a facial moisturiser designed for skin that can’t make up its mind. It’s full of balancing ingredients to help sort out the skin’s oil production. My own skin is what I’d call relatively ‘normal’ yet occasionally I find myself with dryer sections and sometimes an excess oil problem, so Imperialis is ultimately my favourite daytime moisturiser.

Imperialis is a relatively light cream that I find is really easily absorbed by the skin with a hydrating base made from Olive Oil and Cocoa and Shea Butters. Because Imperialis is a great moisturiser for all, it doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t leave any excess oils on the skin.

The remaining ingredients are mostly all infusions and extracts from many different plants, some of which have been used for centuries to restore and revive skin.

The first two ingredients in this face cream are Lavender Flower Infusion and Mullein Leaf Infusion. Lavender is arguably one of the best ingredients to help balance out sebum production of the skin and is also amazing at soothing irritation. Mullein is considered a weed and grows on uncultivated land and is included thanks to its soothing and toning action.

Orange Flower is included in both an absolute form, and distilled in water. I’d say it’s one of the main ingredients that lends it’s natural scent to the cream and is refreshing and mattifying for the skin.

Brunello lilies are one of many lily hybrids and belong to the same family as onion, leeks and garlic, which is why the plant has a similar antimicrobial quality to garlic. Lush take fresh Brunello Lily Petals, chop them very finely, strain them, and add the liquid to the product. Lilies are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.

Lastly, extracts from St John’s Wort, Sunflower Petals, Alkanet, Elderflower and Sweet Violet have been included for their soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory qualities too.

Honestly I’ve used so many moisturisers in the past and it wasn’t until I tried Imperialis that I stopped looking. It not only hydrates my skin perfectly but it doesn’t leave my face looking too oily and for someone who prefers a matte look, it’s great. I find that any redness or irritation is completely gone the next day after wearing it too. Although sometimes I still get the occasional day where my ‘combination’ skin is back in full force, it’s gotten so much better since I started wearing this gorgeous cream.

Check out and purchase Imperialis for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Lavender Flower Infusion, Mullein Leaf Infusion, Orange Flower Water, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Flower Absolute, Brunello Lily Petals, St Johns Wort Extract, Elderflower Extract, Sweet Violet Extract, Sunflower Petal Extract, Alkanet Extract, DRF Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

The third bath bomb I tried out of the four secret note flower bath bombs I used was actually the one I was most looking forward to. Chamomile Flower features the same scent as one of my favourite soaps, Figs and Leaves.

Like the others, Chamomile Flower’s design is based around a real life Chamomile Flower. Chamomile plants resemble daisies and have white flowers with yellow buds in the centre. Chamomile is most famous for having relaxing properties, and the baby blue main colour suits that idea well.

Keeping the relaxing theme going, Chamomile Flower features a combination of Ylang Ylang Oil with Orange Flower Absolute, which make up the Figs and Leaves scent. It’s a fairly strong smelling aroma and one that conjures up thoughts of autumnal scenes, although that might be the name of the soap’s influence. It’s sweet, but in a natural and floral way which makes it soothing and calming for the mind. Although it’s probably just my keen sense of smell, but I find there’s something ever so slightly different about this version of the scent compared to the original, and it’s likely because of the addition of Chamomile Powder, or the change in format. There’s a slightly more powdery note but it’s near enough exactly the same. I love the Figs and Leaves scent and I’ve been wanting another product like it for ages!

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Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and conditions and soothes the skin. The powder works particularly well when added to solid bath products as it creates a soothing soak that comforts the skin and eases tension.

In that water it’s a fairly fast fizzer, and the bath water was soon overtaken with the pale blue colour, whilst the white flower section created pools on the surface. The white contains a little bubble bar mixture so it really foams and dissolves at a slower rate than the base. I was expecting a strong hit of the scent during the initial fizz, but sadly I was disappointed and it seemed to mostly disappear after that.

After my soak, my skin felt super smooth, even though I did still feel the need to moisturise, and the scent had left a decent impression on my body, although rather one-dimensional. Before I actually towelled off I also noticed that the chamomile powder within the bomb had remained on my skin slightly and had to be rinsed off, creating a milk-like substance which will likely benefit my skin so I had no qualms about that.

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In conclusion, I’m incredibly happy at the chance to experience the Figs and Leaves scent in another format, and I definitely think it’s one they should use more often. But I am a little disappointed with how weak the scent became after a while and would have liked it stronger to be honest.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Chamomile Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub

Rub Rub Rub was one of the first products I ever used from Lush. I was gifted it by a friend once and it quickly became one of my favourite products. It still has a special place in my heart, but after falling deep into the Lush product well, it’s somewhat been replaced by other more exciting products.

It’s important to exfoliate your skin from time to time. Regular, gentle exfoliation will get your skin glowing all year round. That’s because pores can become clogged with dead skin cells and everyday grime, and unclogging them helps your skin to look brighter and feel cleaner. The skin continuously creates new skin cells and removes the dead ones, so by exfoliating, you’re encouraging this process and helping remove the dead skin.

Rub Rub Rub is an interesting scrub. It’s full of hand-harvested Sea Salt as the exfoliant, but it’s got a rather wet consistency too due to the amount of Water and Lemon Juice in it. Lemon Juice is amazingly beneficial for the skin; Lemons are an excellent source of citric acid and vitamin C which cleanse and brighten the skin and help strip away excess oils. Although it sounds like a lot, Rub Rub Rub is actually fairly gentle and leaves behind silky soft skin.

Because of it’s wet consistency, you could describe it as an exfoliating shower gel. It actually lathers up just like one too due to the lathering agents it contains and once it mixes with water, it turns ever so soft and feels really gorgeous on the skin. You don’t just have to use it on wet skin either, if you’ve got tougher skin, you may want to try applying it to dry skin for a stronger scrub before stepping in the shower.

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This vibrant blue shower scrub also features a bright and refreshing fragrance that’s made up of Lemon, Jasmine, Orange Flower and Mimosa. Although if you’d imagine what a mixture of lemon and salt would smell like, then that’s essentially the main smell with subtle fresh floral notes in the background. The main floral aroma comes from Jasmine and Mimosa Absolutes, the latter of which which has a sweet and energising fragrance. Mimosa flowers also contain a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to hydrate, soothe and firm the skin. The scent also remains on you for a good while after using it!

Rub Rub Rub is pretty versatile, and you can actually use it on your hair too. The Lemon Juice is great at removing excess oils and sebum, whilst the Sea Salt gently exfoliates the scalp and adds volume. If you’ve not tried it before, definitely give it a go!

Although I said my love for Rub Rub Rub is growing stale, in truth, it reignites every time I use it when I remember how great a product it is. It’s also a classic Lush product so if you’ve not tried it yet then you should really think about doing so!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Lemon Oil, Lactic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

Incredible Mum was first released for last year’s Mother’s Day but I never actually got around to using it then, so I was glad to see it make a return this year. It’s a spherical bath bomb and mostly pink, with an orange stripe and a purple eye mask. It also features a paper cape attached to its back with the letter M on it. The perfect present for a Mum who’s a real superhero.

Incredible Mum contains Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and Ylang Ylang Oil which gives it a fairly uplifting aroma. The Bergamot and Orange Flower give subtle citrus notes, whilst the addition of the Ylang Ylang is what sweetens the scent and adds an overall floral note. It’s a gentle and light aroma yet there’s something almost energising about it.

In the bath, Incredible Mum is a fairly steady fizzer, not too slow but not fizzing away in a matter of seconds either. I found that as soon as it hit the water, the scent really strengthened and developed warmer notes in the air which was really nice. Vibrant colours immediately jetted out from the fizzing ballistic and created gorgeous patterns of orange, yellow and pink colours.

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After the fizzing had stopped, I was left with beautiful warm orange bathwater that felt really soft and I very much enjoyed my soak with the scent lingering throughout. Obviously the paper cape doesn’t dissolve, so you might want to remove it first before submerging the bath bomb in the water, if not it’ll just float around harmlessly. It gives you (or your mum) a cute little memento to keep too!

Once I was out I felt clean and refreshed, and although I was feeling tired still, I felt brighter and in a better mood than before. I was also happy to notice a fairly strong reminder of the scent on my skin too! Overall I’m glad I finally got to use Incredible Mum!

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The Mother’s Day range won’t be around for much longer, so make sure you stock up on your favourites soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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