Bath, Bath Bombs

Pirates Of The Carrageenan Bath Bomb

Lush love a pun don’t they? Pirates of The Carrageenan is one of the many bath bombs originally starting off as a Harajuku store exclusive, but then made its way into the 30th anniversary selection too.

The scent isn’t actually a brand new one for Lush, as it’s been seen before in the Supertramp Bubble Bar and Shower Gel. I’ve not actually tried either of those products so I can’t exactly tell you how true to the OG scent it is. But it’s an earthy and mossy fragrance of Petitgrain, Pimento Berry, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Ginger.

The overarching note of the bath bomb is that of the earthy Patchouli, which is known for its meditative and grounding effects on the mind. Sandalwood and Petitgrain add woody and fresh green notes, enhancing the very ‘natural’ note that reminds me (pleasantly) of damp woodland. Ginger and Pimento Berry add an undertone of spice and a warmth to the scent that really round it off. It’s a scent that’s fairly unusual but is also very attractive.

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Ginger and Pimento Berry, due to their spicy nature have warming and stimulating effects on the skin, perfect for easing knots and tension. Pirates of The Carrageenan also contains Carrageenan Extract, as the name suggests, as well as Kombu Powder. Both of these ingredients are derived from different types of seaweeds and seaweed is one of the best ingredients to nourish, soothe, soften and hydrate the skin. The high content of both of these ingredients in this bath bomb really soften the water.

Pirates of The Carrageenan is rather robust and fairly heavy, but still manages to float on the surface of the water. The bath bomb started off by foaming and frothing before settling into a steady and slow fizz whilst different shades of green created gorgeous patterns. Before long the yellow core revealed itself, much like gold within a treasure chest and intertwined with the green. The yellow insert is actually filled with a tonne of glitter and once the display had finished, the amount of golden lustre floating throughout the green looked stunning.

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As I got in, I immediately felt the sheer softness of the water. The 6% carrageenan and 1.5% kombu content really makes a difference and almost thickens the water, though nowhere near the same extent as a jelly bomb does. My skin was loving being nourished and I didn’t even need to wait until I was out to notice the effects.

Once I was out, indeed my skin did feel heavenly soft and smooth and remained that way for the rest of my evening. The scent however, due to it’s strength, lingered across my skin even until the next day when I could still notice it faintly on my arms! The golden glitter had also beautifully decorated my body, and also my bath, though it’s easily washed away down the plughole.

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In conclusion, Pirates of The Carrageenan is a wonderful bath bomb and a must try if you’re into earthy, meditative scents. Even if you’re just looking for a pamper, I’d urge you to try out this product just for how good it makes your skin feel.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Kombu Powder, Patchouli Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Ginger Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77491, Colour 42053, Colour 59040

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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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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’d hopefully have seen my post about Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar, which is one of my all time favourite bubble bars. Knowing this you’d have guessed that when I first saw the release of a bath bomb featuring the same name and scent, I was over the moon! I low key prefer a bath bomb over a bubble bar, just because of the chance to see some amazing bath art.

The scent and idea behind Blue Skies is that you’re supposed to feel like you’re as relaxed as if you were simply watching fluffy clouds serenely drift across a blue sky. With a relaxing scent comprised of Patchouli, Frankincense and Cinnamon Leaf, it does just that. I also love how the bomb looks like a fluffy cloud itself, with a light dusting of silver sparkles.

Pachouli has long been used in perfumery and aromatherapy because it’s earthy aroma is great at easing worries and allowing you to fall into a meditative state of mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli well. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I love the Blue Skies scent because it really grounds me and is perfect for when you just want to escape reality for a moment. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative. Comparing both bath products, I find that the Cinnamon Leaf is more obvious in the bath bomb’s scent.

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I had originally thought that Blue Skies would be a relatively fast fizzer in the water but I was wrong! It actually fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out steady steams of light blue and white foam into the water. The blue colour of the bath bomb is a lot lighter than the bubble bar, so I didn’t get to experience the usual vivid blue colour with this format, with the bath water turning a very pale pastel blue instead. In all honestly, the bath art wasn’t anything specatular but the glimmering silver lustre  looked gorgeous when it caught the light under the water.

Sadly although upon first entry to the water, the bath bomb released a strong hit of its fragrance, it quickly disappeared into the air which was a tad disappointing. Saying that, it reappeared on my skin once I was out and lasted for quite a while, completely opposite to the bubble bar which tends to remain in the air only. I also noticed that my skin had a dusting of the silver glitter left on it, which similarly glimmered in the light.

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Furthermore, it left my skin feeling really soft, smooth and well cleansed. I didn’t even feel the need to use a body lotion! Whilst I think I’d prefer it if the bath bomb had a slightly darker or more vibrant colour, I’m very glad to have got my hands on it. I imagine I’ll be stocking up soon! Maybe we’ll start seeing more Blue Skies scented products? Let’s hope the shower gel returns.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 42090

 

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar

I adore Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds. It’s one of my favourite bubble bars ever! It’s supposed to invoke feelings of floating away from your troubles and worries on a fluffy cloud to a place with bluer skies and tranquility.

Blue Skies is very much like The Comforter or Brightside in terms of the size and the design. It has a pretty blue and white swirly pattern which looks so inviting to me. The large size means that one could easily get you four or five decent baths, though I use these sized bars in halves across two baths.

The relaxing scent of Blue Skies is mainly the work of Patchouli Oil. Patchouli is widely used in perfumery for its warm, earthy aroma that really takes you on a meditative journey. I love the scent of Patchouli as it really allows me to unwind with a clear mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli with ‘cooler’ and fresher notes. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I find the Blue Skies scent so meditative and beautiful and it makes me feel so zen and peaceful, like a tree standing in the middle of a vast woodland after it rains. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative.

The bar I used in tonight’s bath was easily crumbled and I admired the vibrant blue colour the water became as soon as it hit the crumbs at the bottom of the tub. That blue colour remains with almost the same power when the tub is filled, though of course you have heaps of silky bubbles floating on the surface. It really does look like fluffy clouds floating through a clear blue sky. There’s something about the shade of blue that really puts you in a calm and peaceful mood.

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I won’t say that Blue Skies is the most luxurious bubble bar, I still feel the need to moisturise after bathing with it but it’s not really designed to have beautiful effects on the skin. Although Patchouli and Frankincense do both have soothing and protective properties, whilst Cinnamon Leaf is a stimulant.

The only thing I wish, is that the scent had stronger staying power on your skin. it remains for a good while during your time in the tub but it fades soon after you’ve towelled off, which is a real shame; though hopefully by then you’re already in the desired state of mind.

In conclusion, Lush please don’t ever stop doing this bubble bar. I’ll be so upset!

You can check out Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds here for yourself at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Fun

Monsters And Aliens Fun

Lush’s Fun bars are arguably one of their most innovative and interesting ideas. Fun is basically like modelling clay, except you can use it as soap, amongst other things! Monsters And Aliens is scented with the Lord Of Misrule scent, so obviously I’m a big fan!

Lush create their Fun with a base of Glycerine, Cornflour and Talc, which creates a doughy texture, very similar to modelling clay. They then add Sodium Laureth Sulfate as the lathering agent. Contrary to popular belief, SLS is completely harmless and industry experts agree that it is safe and effective. To save me going on and on about this specific ingredient you can read more information about Lush’s use of SLS here. After the SLS, colorants and essential oils are added, else it would be a very boring piece of mouldable soap indeed.

Lush market their Fun bars as being 4-in-1 products. Due to the soft and squishy texture, you can roll it, squish it, press it and shape it into almost anything you like, which kids go wild for and it’s a great way to get them to wash and actually have baths! You can use it for soap and shampoo too, and also to create bubbles! When crumbled up under the running tap, Fun works in the exact same way as a bubble bar, creating mountains of fluffy bubbles. If I’m using just a Fun bar and nothing else in my bath, I’ll use some for my bubbles and a small piece like a bar of soap to wash with.

Monsters and Aliens comes as a small bar with three colours – green, purple and a magenta colour. Included in the compostable wrapping are three sets of eyes for you to add to the monstrous figures you create. Even when I was a child I never had good modelling skills so I opt to simply use my Fun as it comes.

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For my bubbles, I used about a third of the bar and if you’re using equal amounts of each colour, it’ll turn your bathwater a light purple colour. I find that using too much is very excessive (even for me) and this is the perfect size for a good amount of bubbles. I then used a little piece more for my soap, which as always, feels super creamy and gentle on the skin.

As already mentioned, this particular Fun bar shares it’s scent with Lord Of Misrule and the colours are also very reminiscent of the bath bomb itself. A concoction of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla, it’s a comforting and grounding scent that’s both earthy and spicy. I find the actual bar itself has a very strong scent, yet the bubbles it created didn’t retain the scent as much. I could however, still smell a hint of the fragrance on my soft and smooth skin after I was dried off though!

Even though personally I’d rather use a bubble bar or bath bomb, I really think that Fun is great. Its amazing value for money as it lasts such a long time and is such a unique and fun concept. You’ve definitely got to give it a try if you haven’t already.

Ingredents

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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