Bath, Bath Bombs

Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb

Figaro Figaro is a bath bomb that’s supposedly great for unblocking your sinuses and your vocal cords with Lush suggesting it’s a great aromatic remedy to help you find your voice after losing it. It’s a little on the small side, but features a slightly lower than average price tag and contains a complex, grounding scent.

Figaro Figaro contains a long list of different essential oils, the majority of which you’d be likely to find in medicines and remedies for coughs, sore throats and blocked noses. I’d argue that the aromas that stand out the most are the Fennel, the Aniseed and the Eucalyptus, offering a warming liquorice note with a refreshing sharpness. Sage and Thyme add a more generic herbal layer to the product whist there’s delicate florals from Chamomile and Lavender. Lastly Brazilian Orange gives the whole fragrance a slight fruity note and there’s definitely that familiar touch of minty freshness too. It’s a complex scent for sure, but all the components work and compliment each other well, resulting in a scent not too dissimilar to herbal cough syrups and lozenges. Although a lovely smell, it’s a shame it isn’t a little stronger.

The other benefit of having all these ingredients inside a bath bomb is they’ll do wonders for the skin too. Aniseed, Fennel, Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great for easing your muscles thanks to their stimulating properties. Orange and Thyme have cleansing, antibacterial and toning qualities and Lavender, Chamomile and Sage soothe and clam the skin.

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In the water, Figaro Figaro erupts with vivid shades of deep reds and bright yellows. For a smaller-sized bath bomb it packs a punch with the colour and before long my bath had settled into warm red water. As an adorable little touch, inside the product is a paper scroll which pops out near the end of the fizz and unfurls to reveal lyrics from The Barber of Seville, an opera which is the source of inspiration for this bath bomb. It’s these little touches that really make Lush’s products seem as though a lot of thought has gone into them.

The only downside was the lack of scent. For something that’s supposedly to help with sore throats etc, the scent was pretty much non-existent once dissolved and I didn’t feel like it was doing anything it said it would, which was majorly disappointing as that’s what I was most excited about. Once I was out and dry, my skin did feel soft and refreshed and on a more mindful level, I felt calm and relaxed but as expected, little to no remnants of the fragrance was remaining on my skin.

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As a whole concept, I love Figaro Figaro. I think creating a bath bomb to really help with colds and blocked airways is a great idea and something I’d definitely be interested in. This just didn’t hit the mark and it seems silly that they released a product intended to do all of these things with such a gentle scent. I hate to say it but I’m really disappointed with this one.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Aniseed Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Fennel Oil, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sage Oil, Thyme Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 17200, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Sushi Bath Bomb

If I had to pick a favourite cuisine, Japanese would definitely be up there and I particularly love Sushi. So you’d be right if you were guessing I was rather interested in trying this bath bomb! Sushi’s rather unique in the fact that the orange centre is actually a piece of Lush Fun!

Surrounding the orange piece of fun is a plain white bath bomb disc of ‘rice’ which is coated on the side with sparkly black to represent the seaweed you see wrapped around some types of sushi. Throughout the whole product is a fairly simple scent of Brazilian Orange and Sicilian Red Mandarin. Whilst not being very pungent, the aroma is rather pleasant, being fruity with citrusy elements. What’s odd, and after reading other reviews on this bath bomb that tell me I’m not the only one who thinks so, is that Sushi has somewhat of a ‘savoury’ smell akin to soy sauce! I’m not sure if its our minds playing tricks on us because of the association of soy sauce and sushi but even still, it definitely has this strange savoury hint.

Sushi began to immediately fizz once it came into contact with the water, with the black outer layer quickly dispersing across the surface of the water. The white section fizzed away, sinking to the bottom as it couldn’t carry the weight of the fun inside it. As expected, there’s no colour and no bath art. Annoyingly, the black colouring did end up bunching together and staining the edges of my bath.

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I can’t say the end result after the fizz was very pretty, but once I started using the fun to wash my body with, the murky grey became a sort of murky pink, which I guess is slightly better. Although I could have used the fun piece to add bubbles to my bath or to wash my hair with, I love the creamy soft lather fun produces when used as a soap so that’s how I used it! The fun was by far the most strongly scented part of the product.

As the scent wasn’t massively fragrant to start with, it’s no surprise that it didn’t hold it’s own whatsoever in the water, nor did it leave any remaining aroma on my skin once I was out which is a shame. My skin was very soft though, I’ll give it that.

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In conclusion, I don’t think I’ll want to use Sushi again, the lack of scent coupled with the staining made it a really naff experience in all honesty. It’s no surprise it’s getting discontinued.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 14700

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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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Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Crash Shower Jelly

Crash is currently one of a few ‘party exclusive’ products, which you can only get your hands on if you’re booking or attending a Lush Party. Luckily I managed to get one too!

Crash offers a classic and fan favourite scent that’ll really lift your spirits and get you in the celebratory mood. Of course, I’m talking about the Celebrate/Golden Wonder scent! Consisting of Sweet Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils, this fluorescent yellow jelly strongly emits a zesty and sweet aroma that hits you as soon as you twist off the lid.

The celebrate scent was originally designed to replicate the aroma of a glass of bubbly, and with fruity, bright, almost alcoholic notes, I can see why. Cognac Oil is extracted by steam distillation from dried, fermented grapes and that’s definitely where that ‘alcoholic’ aroma comes from. Lime and Orange add the zestier, more refreshing notes and come together wonderfully. I like to think of it as the scent of orange soda or a bucks fizz.

Lush’s shower jellies can be used in a multitude of ways, some people prefer to cut them up into smaller chunks for easier use, some people put them in a blender for a whipped like effect or if you’re like me you just use the whole thing as one big, wobbly bar of soap.

On the skin, citrus oils such as Orange and Lime have amazing cleansing, toning and antiseptic benefits. Citrus fruits usually contains enzymes which help breakdown excess oils and dead skin cells, leaving behind brighter, tighter skin. Crash also contains Fresh Orange Juice for this same effect. Cleansing with these fruit juices and oils means you also benefit from their antioxidant vitamin and mineral content too.

Crash further contains Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, which after spending a day absorbing light, will make it glow in the dark!

When I first used Crash, I was pleased to find that under the heat of the water, the juicy scent only amplified and really filled my senses, perfect for an uplifting morning shower.  The jelly itself, like always, was super moisturising and felt really lovely gliding over my skin. This is thanks to the very ingredient that causes these products to have their jelly-like consistency: Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed.

Although in its solid form and when in use, the aroma is very potent, I couldn’t really smell much of it on my skin after towelling dry surprisingly. Though I’m not a huge fan of orangey fragrances on my skin so I didn’t mind so much. My skin was soft and bright, so that more than made up for it. If you’re a fan of this scent, or any zesty scents in general, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on a Crash!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Hair, Hair Treatments

#Gains Protein Spray

If you’ve been reading my blog a lot, you’ll know that I have a lot of issues with my hair. It’s thin, it’s flat and it’s prone to fall outs, so I’ll try anything to give it more life and strength. #Gains is designed to do exactly that, it’s full of protein-rich ingredients to really replenish and add strength inside and out.

This product features a few new ingredients that Lush haven’t often used before. Fresh Wheatgrass Juice made up of almost 70% chlorophyl and is highly rich in nourishing vitamins, minerals and protein, and it’s also antioxidant and conditioning. Alfalfa is considered one of the most complete and nutrient-rich foods ever tested and is full of minerals, vitamins and many different essential amino acids, which form the building blocks of protein. As well as this, Alfalfa Juice is a great help to the hair’s brightness, elasticity and growth. Jackfruits are giant fruits native to India and Malaysia and their high protein content has actually given the fruit a reputation of being a miraculous food source that could help eradicate famine. All these ingredients are among the most protein-rich out there.

#Gains also contains protein derived substances such as Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, the essential amino acid Leucine and something called Arginine HCL which are used to protect and repair each individual hair strand. They are attracted to keratin (the hair’s protein) and cover the hairs, helping split ends come back together again.

Hair products aren’t really known for their amazing and unique scents but #Gains smells absolutely incredible. It’s fruity, sweet and intoxicating and if you were to blindfold me and hold it up to my nose, I’d be convinced it was candy. Jackfruit has a musky and unique aroma that often reminds people of fruit chews and juicy sweets so I imagine that’s where I’m getting the idea from, but we also have Clove Bud, Geranium, Lemon, Orange and Vanilla each adding something unique to the scent. It’s really unlike anything Lush have ever produced before and you can smell it in your hair for hours and hours after.

Of course, Lush don’t just use ingredients for their fragrance as each one has it’s own benefits for the hair too. Clove Bud, like most spices, has stimulating effects on the scalp, promoting hair growth. Geranium Oil is antiseptic and helps to balance out oil production. Vanilla is soothing and humectant, which means it forms a barrier preventing moisture loss and Lemon and Orange have wonderful cleansing properties. Citrus fruits are renowned for containing AHA’s which are enzymes that break down excess dirt and sebum. #Gains also contains Fresh Lemon Juice for this same effect and also because of it’s shine-enhancing abilities.

Lastly, #Gains also contains a silicone alternative called Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from nutrient rich macadamia nuts. This coats the hair and adds protection from heat and humidity, without weighing it down.

I am absolutely loving using this and I don’t just use it on freshly washed hair either, it’s great as a detangling spray and I’m honestly using it almost every other day and noticing great results. This coupled with Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum is doing wonders for my hair. A really impressive product I must say.

Ingredients

Water, DRF Alcohol, Alfalfa Juice, Jackfruit Puree, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Fresh Lemon Juice, Behentrimonium Chloride, Clove Bud Oil, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, HCL, Leucine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 60725.

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Soap

Karma Soap

I am so glad Lush decided to create the beautiful individual pieces of soap, they’re so much prettier than big chunks that get cut up in store! Karma’s circular design looks lovely featuring the flower on the front of it.

Obviously, Karma Soap shares the same fragrance as the iconic Lush perfume. Karma Perfume was inspired by the scents of Kensington High Street in the 1960s, at the time of hippies and the love generation. It’s a complex perfume with grounding, earthy Patchouli, bright and sunny Brazilian Orange, relaxing and floral Lavendin, with smaller notes of fresh Pine Oil, Elemi Oil and Lemongrass Oil.

The soap is very true to the scent, though I think it’s a little deeper on the patchouli side of things, with more of an overall earthy and meditative aroma than the perfume. These ingredients that make up the perfume have great effects on the skin too.

Indonesian Patchouli Oil is both soothing and antibacterial. Brazilian Orange Oil is full of nutrients and vitamins and is enzymically cleansing, which means it helps break down excess oils. Lavendin is a hybrid of Lavender but it shares the same soothing, calming and balancing effects. Pine Oil and Lemongrass Oil are both antiseptic and deodorising and lastly Elemi Oil is toning, balancing and also antiseptic.

Karma suds up well into your hands and produces a really fragrant lather which lingers on your skin for hours after. I find that even with every day use, Karma Soap takes ages to noticeably shrink!

The only problem I have with the majority of Lush’s soaps is that they can leave a squeaky clean feeling on your hands once you’ve used them, whereas I like to feel more moisturised and soft (like the effect after a shower gel), so usually I opt for more creamier soaps Lush have else I ensure I use a moisturiser! Nevertheless Karma makes for a decent and effective soap and looks so pretty sat in my bathroom!

Ingredients

Water, Rapeseed; Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 14700

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