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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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Lush Hippy Cold Pressed Soap

One out of three current year-round cold pressed soaps, along with Lush Mechanic and Lush Gardener. This earthy scented soap is designed for hippies and lovers of grounding scents like Patchouli and Vetivert. It features an imprint, typical of Lush’s cold pressed soaps, and in this case it’s a golden lion.

As a cold pressed soap, Lush Hippy is produced without the use of heat to melt and bind the ingredients together and instead, little soap granules are pressed together when cold and allowed to bind together on their own. This process allows for a sturdy and long lasting bar of soap and the lack of heat allows the ingredients to retain their full benefits.

The soap has a number of ingredients to nourish the skin including a base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, a little Castor Oil and some hydrating Cocoa Butter. Wheatgerm Oil contains heaps of essential nutrients and vitamins that really benefit the skin and promote healthy cell regeneration. It’s enriching natural formula is particularly soothing and great for locking in moisture. Sunflower Oil is also high in antioxidants and vitamins for brighter and smoother skin. All of these ingredients along with a little Cornstarch give Lush Hippy a really thick and creamy lather.

Sunflower isn’t just included as an oil, but Lush have added a Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as the actual seeds to this soap. Sunflower Petals are for adding a natural yellow colour to a product as well as having calming and soothing effects on the skin. You can actually notice the black seeds in the soap which offer a gentle scrub.

The scent of Lush Hippy is very earthy and woody. Containing a high amount of earthy Patchouli Oil, musky Labdanum Resinoid and grassy and smoky Vetivert Oil, its a fairly natural smelling scent that reminds me of meadows and farmlands. There’s a slight zesty note of citrus in the background from Brazilian Orange Oil too, but it’s definitely not the main aroma. The fragrance is much stronger when in use and after you’ve used the soap it really sticks on your hands too!

If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap before you’ll know that they really do last a long time, even with continuous use in the shower and they don’t really give you that squeaky feeling that other soaps can. The only downside is that Lush Hippy runs its bright yellow colour, which can be a disaster if you’re not keeping it in a soap dish or if you’re using white towels (don’t worry it does come out in the wash). Other than that, it’s a really good and effective soap.

If you haven’t heard, Lush is actually discontinuing this soap sometime soon, so make sure you get a chance to try it before it vanishes into Lush history forever.

Ingredients

Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cornstarch, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Gardenia Extract, Sunflower Seeds, Labdanum Resinoid, Brazilian Orange Oil, Vetivert Oil, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Organic Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Limonene, Sodium Stearate, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45350 Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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Fragrance, Perfume

Karma Perfume

There’s no doubt about it. Karma is one of Lush’s most famous and most popular fragrances. Inspired by the scents of Kensington High Street in the 1960s it’s a unique and distinctive perfume with notes of oranges, spices and patchouli.

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The 1960’s were the time of hippies and something that’s well associated with stereotypically long haired, psychedelic print wearing, carefree hippies is Patchouli Oil. Why exactly? Well, there’s a few reasons.

Patchouli has a very earthy aroma and it was often used back then (and now) in meditation as a way of connecting deeper into nature and the earth. Also, hippies were nicknamed the love generation, and patchouli was endorsed for its ability to relieve stress and increase libido. Lastly, patchouli was often used to mask the smell of marijuana! It would seem patchouli is the ideal ingredient in a perfume designed to mimic that era.

The next ingredient in Karma is Brazilian Orange Oil, which has a bight and sunny smell, perfect for lifting the mood and adds citrusy middle notes to the fragrance.

We then have Lavendin Oil which comes from a lavender hybrid plant but features the same strong and herbal scent that’s well known to relax the mind. Next comes fresh and woody Pine Oil, crisp and aromatic Lemongrass, sharp citrusy Elemi Oil (reputed to cause a feeling of peace) and lastly Cassie Absolute, with its spicy and floral scent.

Karma is definitely a complex perfume but splitting it into three parts I find you have a top note of earthy and meditative patchouli, a hint of citrus and then warming, aromatic incense-like aromas in the background. It’s a sunny and cheerful scent, with the ability to calm and relax and really get you feeling those good vibes. It works well as a perfume and will definitely get someone asking about it!

I won’t say I’m a massive Karma fan, but that’s not to say I don’t like it; I can definitely appreciate it and each time I smell it I’m reminded how good it actually is. I find you can wear Karma day or night, in the summer or the winter and it doesn’t matter. It’s really for anyone and everyone who likes it and to wear whenever they want.

Karma is probably the most featured scent in all of Lush’s products but the people sure do love it!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Cassie Absolute, Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal

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