Body, Massage Bars

The Big Banana Massage Bar

Another one of Lush’s rather cheeky Valentine’s products is a massage bar called The Big Banana and is shaped like well, obviously a banana. Like with Aubergine, Peachy and others in the range, The Big Banana fits into the ‘fruits of love’ theme well.

Along with a standard Cocoa & Shea Butter base and Sumatran Coconut Oil, The Big Banana actually contains a great amount of rich and nourishing Fresh Banana too! Bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and are highly moisturising on the skin.

I love using massage bars at this time of the year when the weather is changing because it’s when my skin tends to be the driest. I found that although when first applying this particular one it left a lot of residue, it was really easily absorbed by my skin after massaging it in and it left me feeling perfectly hydrated.

This product is beautifully scented and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelled it. The first thing you notice is definitely the spicy, herbal Clove Bud Oil, which gives a real feeling of warmth. It’s sweetened by Almond Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil and then there’s a somewhat fruity note in the background from Brazilian Orange but it’s very muted amongst the others. I feel like it’s a more spicy, more fragrant Yog Nog aroma and I absolutely love it.  Although these ingredients are more for their smells, they also have added benefits to the skin as well. Clove Bud Oil is stimulating, boosting circulation to the skin; Ylang Ylang and Orange are toning, refreshing and anti-inflammatory and lastly Almonds are known for their protective qualities.

I feel like it’s actually a perfect product for a Valentines range as it’s sensual and spicy and really lifts the mood when it’s in use, not to mention it’s also a massage bar which is always better used with someone else!

I’ll be sad to see it go once stocks have run out but I feel like I can make mine last a good while, especially when I have so many other massage bars too!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Sumatran Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fresh Organic Fair Trade Banana, Ylang Ylang Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Shoot For The Stars is yet another Christmas exclusive that feels like it’s been around forever. It first appeared for Christmas 2013, although it looked much different and didn’t sport this vibrant blue design with the three golden stars embedded into the surface until 2016. As the last of my Christmas bath products, I feel it was a great one to end on.

Shoot For The Stars shares it’s scent with the popular ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, which is a delicious, honey scented fragrance reminiscent of fudge and caramel sweets. Although mostly unnoticeable in the background of the scent, theres a citrus note which comes from the fruitiness of Orange and Bergamot Oils and is actually what makes up the biggest portion of the scent, surprisingly.

I actually think that this particular bath bomb has a much stronger scent than the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, so its perfect if you’re a big fan. Furthermore, a high amount of rich Cocoa Butter and Creamed Coconut add a buttery warmth that makes it ever so comforting.

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As you can imagine with such a vivid colour, once in the bath an explosion of blue jets into the water, colouring it with the same vivid pigment as the ballistic itself. It’s such a beautiful colour, it gets top marks for simply just that! As it dissolves, the golden stars detach and float off. Even though there’s only three visible stars, there’s often one or two hidden in the centre of the bomb which is a nice surprise! The stars act very much like bath melts, imbuing the water with the Cocoa Butter & Almond Oil goodness and adding specks of gold into the blue. You’ll definitely notice how oily and rich the water feels once they’ve fully melted and you’ll appreciate the silky smooth feeling on your skin. If you’re someone who suffers from drying winter skin, then this would be an excellent way of combating it.

The scent was just as prevalent in the water as it was to begin with and likewise on my skin after. I definitely feel no need to moisturise whenever I use a Shoot For The Stars but feel free to if you so wish.

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I can’t imagine that Lush have any plans to discontinue this fab product anytime soon, so I expect we’ll see it return for 2019’s range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Harajuku Bath Bomb

Harajuku is one of many exclusive bath bombs that are currently only available in Lush’s bath bomb only store in Harajuku, Tokyo. The neighbourhood of Harajuku is known internationally as a centre of trendy Japanese youth culture and fashion and is filled with bright and colourful boutiques, clothing and cosplay. It’s only fitting that the colours of the bath bomb that’s named after the area reflect those seen in the streets.

At first look, Harajuku is wonderfully enticing with it’s colourful design but it’s the scent that really gets you excited. It’s a sweet, light scent that reminds me of pick and mix stands, sweet iced cakes and bubblegum. With that description, I’m sure you’re imagining something along the lines of Snow Fairy, but it’s very different. Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid work well together to give an almost almondy cake-like scent but the addition of Brazilian Orange gives a fruitier note and turns the fragrance into more of the aroma of sweets and candy.

No matter how hard I try and describe the scent, I feel like it’s one you really have to smell for yourself. It’s something that’s new and unique for Lush and I think they’d do well bringing it out in other formats.

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I’d thought that Harajuku would be a fast fizzer but I was completely wrong. Once placed in the tub it starts off by quickly shooting out clouds of yellows, pinks and blues, but after the initial fizz, it slows down till it’s almost unnoticeable. It didn’t fully dissolve a good twenty-five minutes into my bath, whilst the water gradually turned a peachy pink colour with sparkling lustre floating through it. The patterns it created on the water were pretty but to be honest, I was expecting and hoping for more.

With a relatively light scent, I wasn’t expecting it to be very powerful once the bath bomb had disappeared and unsurprisingly I was correct. Whilst there was still a hint of the sweet aroma, it was very much diluted. Afterwards my skin felt supple and soft and although didn’t strongly smell of the scent, it was still there in a far more subtle form which left me smelling my arms all evening.

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Overall, I quite enjoyed my time with Harajuku and would love to see more of this scent in the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Maltodextrin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Buck’s Fizz Naked Body Conditioner

Christmas 2017 was all about being naked and packaging free with naked shower gels, naked body lotions and naked body conditioners which went down a treat with customers wanting to be more eco-friendly and create less waste. Packaging really is so out at the moment.

Lush bought back these naked body conditioners for 2018’s range and Buck’s Fizz made a return.

Really the only difference between this version and the potted variety is a couple of extra ingredients that help it retain it’s solid state.

Although both versions contain a generous amount of softening Murumuru Butter, the naked’s base is comprised of Shea and Cocoa Butters as well. Lush have also added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product.

The addition of these ingredients of course changes how the product feels on your skin, I’d say that this version seems a lot more oily and thicker with the first rub on your skin, but once both versions have sinked in, there’s really no difference in feeling. I actually tried both versions on different parts of my body and without knowing, I wouldn’t have been able to tell which one was which. Buck’s Fizz is a case where they’ve got the naked version spot on.

In terms of scent, there is a slight difference. Whilst it still contains the trio of Lime, Cognac and Orange Oils that make up the fragrance, along with Pink Grapefruit Decoction and Orange Blossom Water, it doesn’t contain the Fresh Orange Juice like the potted version. Although a small change, I think it makes a significant difference as it doesn’t smell as juicy and stays truer to the original scent, in my opinion.

Because of this, I actually prefer this version to the other. For me, the liquid is just too strong and smells too much of juice, this subtler version makes my nose a lot happier.

Did you get a chance to try both? Let me know which you preferred!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Vine Leaf Infusion, Orange Blossom Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Limonene, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Almond Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Buck’s Fizz Body Conditioner

If you’re unfamiliar with this scent, it’s been released under a few different names in the past such as Celebrate, Bubbly and Snow Showers. Different fans will choose different versions of the scent to refer to it as but I personally call it Celebrate, so that’s what I’ll be referring to it as.

The Celebrate scent is mainly Brazilian Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils. Cognac Oil, derived from fermented grapes, has a very strong, alcoholic and fruity aroma, which is what gives the scent it’s likeness to champagne. What do you get when you mix champagne and orange? A Buck’s Fizz.

A body conditioner works much like a body lotion, but you use it whilst you’re still in the shower! After washing, scoop out some of the product and slather a generous helping over your body before rinsing off for beautifully moisturised skin. The Almond and Jojoba Oils in Buck’s Fizz deeply penetrate the skin’s layers carrying the benefits of the other ingredients with them. Murumuru Butter and Coconut Oil help give the product its velvety consistency and add to the moisturising effects.

Buck’s Fizz contains soothing Vine Leaf Infusion as one of its main ingredients for the calming and conditioning benefits which contains many essential vitamins to nourish the skin. It also contains oil from the seeds of the Kalahari Melon which is full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids to promote healthy, supple and moisturised skin.

Although being part of the Celebrate family, I’d argue that it smells a lot juicier, fruitier and somewhat sweeter than the likes of Golden Wonder. Whilst it does contain the trio of Brazilian Orange, Cognac and Lime, it further contains Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water and Fresh Orange Juice which I believe alter the aroma slightly.

It’s no doubt that Lush added these ingredients in for their antiseptic and antibacterial effects, and to boost the citrusy smell, but I’d prefer it more subtle.

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Nevertheless, Buck’s Fizz definitely makes a lovely body conditioner which effectively hydrates the skin. The uplifting and energising scent is perfect for a morning shower and it does stick around for a while provided you aren’t too vigorous when towelling down, you don’t want to rub it away!

Stay tuned for my next post on the naked version of this product! Personally, it’s my favourite of the two!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Almond Oil, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Kalahari Melon Oil, Murumuru Butter, Limonene, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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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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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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