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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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

Spinning Plates Bubble Spinner

Spinning Plates was released as part of the #LushMoods launch, which was a collection of new products designed to engage the senses and using the techniques of aromatherapy, alter the state of the mind. This bubble spinner is aimed at people who are juggling too many things at once or those who have a lot on their plate right now, so if that’s you simply grab Spinning Plates and settle into a warm, relaxing bubble bath.

Looking over the ingredients list you’ve got Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and a relatively new ingredient for Lush – Fire Tree Oil. Fire Tree Oil comes from a plant that grows in the southwest of Australia and has a fruity smell with smoky and woody notes. Whilst there’s definitely a woody note coming from the bubble spinner and something citrusy in the background, it’s really hard to pick the scent apart because sadly, Spinning Plates doesn’t smell strongly at all.

As a bubble spinner, the idea is to hold it under the running tap water and it’ll start spinning and producing bubbles until you’ve decided how much you want to use before putting it down to dry and be used again. Spinning Plates is by far the best spinner I’ve seen yet from Lush, they’ve finally delivered one that really spins well and fast! For my first bath, I guess I used about a third of the product so you can definitely get at least three good baths out of one!

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As it spun and the tub filled, the water turned a warming shade of orange. I was hoping that upon contact with the warm water, the scent would develop more but I was very much disappointed and in actual fact, I couldn’t smell much at all. However, the bubbles it created were lovely and soft so I still jumped in eagerly for my soak.

Once I was out, although I felt fully clean and refreshed, there’s not much else I can say really. There was no sign of the scent remaining on my skin, nor did I notice a difference in how soft or hydrated my skin felt so it’s a real shame but I’m disappointed with Spinning Plates. For something that’s supposed to be aromatherapy based, Lush definitely need to find a way to strengthen that scent because it could be really nice.

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You can check out Spinning Plates for yourself over at the Lush UK website, here.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fire Tree Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Love Atmosphere

When I first saw a picture of the Atmospheres, way before their initial release which honestly feels like forever ago, I was certain that they were Lush trying to be on trend and they were going to be Lush’s version of Tide Pods! Perhaps for the bath, or maybe Lush were going to be venturing into the laundry detergent market? Surely not? Even still they certainly looked exciting and I was eager to try them!

Fast forward to now and the Atmospheres have been out for a good while but I’m only just trying them now after being gifted them! I choose Love as the first one I used because I really like the Love scent! If you don’t know anything about the Atmospheres, they were designed with the concept of packaging free shower gels in mind and that’s basically what they are! These colourful squishy spheres are a single dose of shower gel wrapped in an environmentally-friendly layer of seaweed that can be washed down the plughole or popped on the compost heap! They’re packaged in recycled and recyclable box where you get four in each pack. Each one is meant to represent a goal as each Atmosphere releases a specific concoction of scents that help to focus your mind to bring into reality the things you chiefly desire – Love, Joy, Money or to Let Go.

The Love scent is a fragrance of apple orchards and sweet cider, it’s a spicy and sugary concoction of zesty Lemongrass and Bergamot and sweet Ylang-Ylang, with seductive and flirty notes from Jasmine and Rose Oils. It’s ambient scent is meant to provoke amorous thoughts and by laws of attraction, hopefully you’ll gain new found love! Oddly, although Love Atmosphere sure smells exactly like the perfume, it replaces Bergamot for Orange Flower and the Jasmine seems to have been removed for reasons unknown.

Once you pop open the seaweed casing, the gel easily spurts out and to my surprise was actually rather thick, consistency wise half way between a gel and a jelly! It looked nice and sparkly so I quickly rubbed it all over my body. I did find that perhaps due to the thickness, it was hard to get it to lather up a lot but that wasn’t a massive issue. For the future I’m definitely going to be more careful when bursting the casing as I did end up holding too much and losing a decent amount down the plughole!

Lush say that each Atmosphere is for one use only, but I reckon with the amount of gel inside them you can definitely save some for at least one more shower, though you might have to decant it into another container. It’s probably for the best too as currently each box is priced at £12 so you’re probably going to want to make them last as long as possible!

I did find that my skin was incredibly soft once I had used the product, likely due to the seaweed content, but a big negative was the fact that the scent had entirely disappeared once I had finished using it.

In conclusion, whilst the idea is great and I think that the Atmospheres are such a fantastic, innovative new product I really cannot justify spending £3 per shower, especially for something that didn’t really live up to the expectations so it seems unlikely I’ll be making a purchase again but stay tuned for posts on the other three Atmospheres soon!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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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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