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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Soap

Golden Pear Soap

This beauty was first released as part of the Christmas range last year, was really popular and was definitely one of the stand outs to me and a lot of people I know. Luckily for us, Lush realised this and bought Golden Pear back for a second year.

I’m not sure what it is about a sparkly gold coloured pear that’s just so festive but it really is! It looks great sat in a soap dish and is a nice way to decorate your bathroom for the holiday season! The clove embedded on top to represent the stalk is a nice little touch.

The best thing about this soap however, is the smell. It smells so beautiful and decadent. The inclusion of Pear Puree gives a lot to the scent, like a freshly baked pear it’s really indulgent and comforting especially with the addition of warming notes from Cardamom Oil and Sandalwood Oil. Furthermore, with the inclusion of Orange Oil, the scent is like warm fruit tarts covered in Christmas spices, it’s syrupy sweet and also richly fruity; I urge you to go to a Lush store near you and smell it for yourself. If you don’t love it then something is possibly wrong with you.

Unlike most of Lush’s soaps which begin with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils, Golden Pear’s main ingredients are Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter creating a creamy base that feels so luxurious and creates a beautifully thick and rich lather. Castor Oil is an antiseptic and conditioning oil easily absorbed by the skin whilst Cocoa Butter helps your skin lock in well needed moisture at this time of the year.

As well as being delicately cleansing, I really believe the Pear Puree adds to the decadent feel of this soap. Nourishing and repairing Almond Oil and Agave Nectar also feature for their moisturising and conditioning benefits.

Golden Pear is definitely one of Lush’s more moisturising soaps. The two halves of the pear are sandwiched together with a layer of rich Murumuru Butter which you can really feel as you rub the soap between your hands or across your body. I’m not a fan of the soaps that can leave you with that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling so it’s a real positive for me.

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All in all, I love Golden Pear Soap. It really makes a perfect gift for my friends and for myself and I hope that Lush bring it back every year!

Did you know currently online they’ve got Golden Pear in a bath bomb format as well as a body spray? I’m gagged! Stay tuned for posts on both!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Pear Puree, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Murumuru Butter, Almond Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Fair Trade Whole Organic Clove

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Cinders Shower Gel

Cinders is one of two new shower gels for Lush’s 2018 Christmas Range. It was previously released in a Bath Bomb format way back in 2014 but my sources tell me that it’s a complex and much more fully developed scent than it’s previous incarnation.

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This vibrant orange shower gel is chock full of a multitude of ingredients and it’s scent is a warming and comforting fragrance that reminds me of marzipan, almond tarts and general festive happiness. To me, this is really what I look for and love in a festive scent!

The sweet Almond Essential Oil makes up the majority of the smell and is definitely what my nose picks out at first sniff. The product is also sweetened by the addition of Maple Syrup and Orange Oil. In the background, you get notes of a warmer, spiciness coming through from Cinnamon Leaf Oil as well as powdered forms of Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice and Clove. These five spices are greatly stimulating and brightening for your skin and help warm up tired muscles!

Maple Syrup is one of the ingredients that makes Cinders rather moisturising. It also contains soothing and hydrating Aloe Vera, Carrageenan Extract to nourish your skin as well as super conditioning Pumpkinseed Oil which has so many benefits it’s truly a wonderful ingredient. Name one vitamin or healthy fatty acid and nutritious pumpkin seeds will probably contain it. This wonder-oil soothes, moisturises, tones, brightens and rejuvenates all at the same time!

As you can imagine with these ingredients, the consistency of Cinders is quite gloopy and syrupy but a little goes a long way to create a soft lather that feels so luxurious on your skin and the scent is really boosted with the warmth of the shower, filling your senses and creating a real sense of warmth. The spices that are mixed in tend to separate and sink to the bottom of the gel so make sure you’re shaking your bottle often to mix it all back up again.

Cinders might be one of my favourite shower gels ever. I feel so great after using it and my skin does too! The scent doesn’t last for a great amount of time on the skin sadly but the scent of the actual gel more than makes up for it.

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Check out Cinders here on the Lush website up until the end of the Christmas period.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Organic Pumpkinseed Oil, Maple Syrup, Kaolin, Aloe Vera Extract, Paprika Oleoresin, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Allspice Powder, Clove Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Bling Crosby Bubble Bar

Named after the famous American star Bing Crosby, this bubble bar is proper retro! First coming out for Christmas of 2006! It was last released as a kitchen exclusive at the start of 2017 and I happened to come across one for myself!

With the classic Karma scent, this limited edition is basically just a Christmas version of the popular Karma Bubble Bar, with the orange being a throwback to the original colour of Karma. It’s a circular pudding shape with a singular clove sticking out the middle. It’s big enough so you could definitely get two or even three baths out of it.

I’d say that it doesn’t smell as potent as Karma Bubble Bar but you can clearly tell it’s part of the same family. This signature scent is made up of Brazilian Orange, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Pine, and Lavandin.

The strongest notes are the Orange and the Patchouli for sure, with the Orange giving a sweetness to the earthy, spicy Patchouli. Then there’s almost a woody, green note from the Lemongrass and Pine. Karma’s a very balancing and meditative scent, yet almost intoxicating like spice markets and shisha lounges.

Lemongrass and Orange have toning qualities when used on the skin, and Lavandin and Patchouli have calming and antibacterial effects.

When crumbling this bubble bar you can clearly see the strong orange colour that it has, and whilst the bathwater was still shallow it was very present, turning it a lovely golden shade of orange. However, as the water got deeper, it very much lost its shade, so for someone who likes a full bath like me, it was somewhat disappointing. I didn’t even manage to get a picture of the colour before it became too diluted.

Saying that, the scent was still there throughout my bath time which was beautifully relaxing and the golden lustre that covers Bling Crosby was still very present in the sparkling water. Afterwards I could still smell the scent on my skin but it was very subtle and didn’t last for very long.

I’m glad I got to try this limited edition product but I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it wasn’t available again. I much prefer the actual Karma Bubble Bar!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lavandin Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Pine Oil, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Gold Glimmer Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Colour 77492), Colour 14700, Whole Clove

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Body, Massage Bars

Therapy¿ Massage Bar

One of Lush’s most famous massage bars, Therapy¿ is a gentle classic. With a lovely short list of purely natural and organic ingredients it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.

To use a massage bar you simply glide it over the skin and the butters and oils melt with the body’s temperature and lay gently on the surface of the skin, then you simply massage it in (or preferably get someone else to do it for you!).

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With a base of aerated Cocoa and Shea butters, Therapy¿ is perfectly moisturising for your body, leaving your skin incredibly soft.

Did you know that one in four babies are born with an outie belly button? That’s where the design of Therapy¿ comes from. It features three little holes and one rounded lump on the top of it. The ingredients of Therapy¿ are perfect for helping reduce the appearance of stretch marks and a lot of new mum’s come in our store buying this massage bar for just that.

As already mentioned Cocoa and Shea Butters condition and soften the skin, Sweet Orange and Neroli Oils are great for their toning effects on the skin which helps improve it’s texture, and Lavender Oil is proven to be soothing and calming.

These essential oils combine into a sweet, floral scent which is cheerful and uplifting. Neroli has been proven to increase serotonin levels in the brain and Lavender is the perfect relaxant. Therapy not just for your skin but for your mind too!

Therapy¿ is a little less oily than some of Lush’s other massage bars, so she takes a little while longer to really get going but once she does, it’s a beautiful feeling. Once warmed up, this bar glides so smoothly over the skin leaving noticeable moisture and hydration which is then easily worked into the skin. On the top side you can use the extra little bump as a useful aid to a more sensual massage.

After use, you’re left with perfectly moisturised, soft and brighter skin. The scent also lasts for a long time and I can always smell it on my sheets or clothes after using it!

Like all of Lush’s products with a buttery base this massage bar does come with a melt warning, so make sure you aren’t storing yours somewhere where it’s going to get too warm!

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Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Neroli Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Karma Shower Bomb

The last of the four original shower bombs is Karma.

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If you haven’t already, check out my posts on the other original shower bombs: Sleepy, Koyaanisqatsi and Not Sleepy.

With one of Lush’s most popular and well known scents, Karma stands out along with Sleepy as the scents you already know and love. Like most products featuring the Karma scent, this shower bomb is really heady with the classic smell. The Karma scent is made predominantly of Patchouli, Brazilian Orange and Pine; and as you can imagine with a name like Karma, it’s quite a balancing and meditative scent. The spicy earthiness of the Patchouli is slightly sweetened by citrusy Orange, whilst the freshness of the Pine is more of a background note. Karma’s a scent that leaves you calm and collected, yet also ready to take on the world.

Like the other shower bombs, to use you first hold it under the shower water and you then use the foam it produces like a shower gel to wash yourself.

Whilst Karma has a decent foam, it wasn’t as much as Sleepy or Not Sleepy. Though I did find Karma to be the softest of the four, meaning I actually preferred to mash the rest of it into my hand to create the foam quicker and for ease.

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The resulting later was super soft, the Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate make the shower bombs especially soft and creamy in texture once they get going. Sodium Alginate is actually derived from seaweed and seaweed is great for nourishing the skin.

Similar to Koyaanisqatsi, Karma doesn’t really contain an exfoliant. It features Turmeric Powder which I imagined would be exfoliating but it really isn’t that noticeable. Turmeric is, however, an antioxidant and is purifying for the skin.

After using it I can still smell the fragrance on my skin a good few hours later and my skin feels lovely and smooth.

Although I still believe Sleepy to be the best shower bomb, Karma comes in at second due to the amazing smell and the soft texture which was easily applied, closely followed by Not Sleepy and then Koyaanisqatsi.

I look forward to Lush bringing out more shower bombs in the future and I hope you do too!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Water, Turmeric Powder, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 47005, Colour 19140

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Not Sleepy Shower Bomb

The third of the four original shower bombs is Not Sleepy. A citrus reamer shaped bomb with an explosion of citrus inside.

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To use a shower bomb you simply need to grab it one hand, let the shower rain over it and you’ll see it foam up, much like a bath bomb does. Then just grab the foam off of the bomb and lather it all over. You’ll be surprised to find out just how soft and creamy they go!

Firstly, I found that Not Sleepy had a pretty good foam to it! Much better than Koyaanisqatsi and around the same level as Sleepy. It was easy to scoop off and use, and kept foaming a good amount each time I held it some more under the water. Personally I didn’t think it felt just as nice and just as creamy as Sleepy does but it still made for a good shower!

The idea of Not Sleepy as part of the #LushMoods launch was for it to make you feel energised and invigorated and I must say that with the plethora of citrus oils inside her, she sure does the job. You’ve got Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Neroli, Lime, Petitgrain, Brazilian Orange and Lemongrass Oils, all of which are super cleansing, super antiseptic and super toning for the skin, not only waking up your mind but your skin too! Citric oils and juices are also well known for being enzymic too which means that they break down excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Not Sleepy also has a mild exfoliant in it too, in the form of Ground White Rice, helping to buff away any dirt and dead skin.

When I first used this particular shower bomb, I was definitely more awake than before. The essential oils massively played a part in this as it was all I could smell through my shower. I think it’s perfect for an early morning shower!

Stay tuned for a post on Karma Shower Bomb where I’ll be comparing all four bombs, but in the meantime, check out and purchase Not Sleepy for yourself on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lemongrass Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Ground White Rice, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 47005

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