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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Soap

Iceshoggles Soap

I completely forgot I actually had this soap still sat in my cupboard, it wasn’t until I was deciding which soap to put out in my bathroom that I found it again! Luckily, it’s scent was definitely still there! Iceshoggles was a new soap for last Christmas and is named after the Scottish word for icicles, explaining its design.

It’s a green soap, with a white inner centre and originally when the soap was available, I didn’t think much of its design but it actually looks pretty cute standing up in it’s soap dish in my bathroom.

I didn’t originally think much of the scent either. It’s got a fresh, grassy scent that I originally mistook to be Violet Leaf, but in actual fact, it was Patchouli and Bergamot I was smelling. Patchouli is sweet and earthy, and is known for its grounding and mediative effects on the mind and is antibacterial too. Bergamot has a fresh, green and uplifting aroma and is also naturally cleansing. Furthermore Iceshoggles contains sweet and musky Labdanum Resinoid, sweet Ylang-Ylang Oil and sharp smelling Hop Oil and all these ingredients combine to create a scent that you could describe as green and slightly spicy.

The soap’s base is made up of Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter and I think the change in Lush’s traditional Coconut & Rapeseed Oil base allows for a much smoother, less squeaky lather. I actually surprisingly found the lather from Iceshoggles to be quite creamy in consistency and although I don’t often take soaps into my shower, I’d be happy to with this one.

Each time I use it, it leaves it’s scent on my hands and skin which is a welcome bonus. For something I never thought I’d like, I’m definitely enjoying using it and thankful I got to give it a go. Unfortunately it wasn’t very popular when it was in stores, so it’s pretty unlikely to make a return this Christmas.

Did you ever get a chance to use Iceshoggles? What did you think?

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Bergamot Oil, Hop Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Fragrance, Perfume

Lord Of Misrule Perfume

Just before Christmas, Lush launched a few fan favourite perfumes and luckily for me, Lord Of Misrule was one of them and I am so fricking glad!

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I’m always apprehensive when Lush bring out products (especially fragrances) that have familiar and iconic scents because you never know whether it’s going to smell exactly and undoubtably the same as what you want. However I’m pleased to tell you, that for me, Lord Of Misrule Perfume gets it spot on.

I love Lord Of Misrule for many reasons. I love Halloween and it’s usually featured as part of the Halloween collection each year, and the name comes from a pagan feast where a so called ‘Lord of Misrule’ presided over drunken parties and ridiculous festivities, which frankly sounds like a great job. I also love the beautiful green colour that is often associated with the scent, like the shower cream.

Lord Of Misrule is a heavenly trio of Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla which comes together in a spicy, yet comforting aroma, To me, the Patchouli is front and foremost, with earthy tones that invoke a feeling of deep meditation and calmness. Mix in the warming Black Pepper you get a delicate balance between soothing and stimulating before the whole thing is elevated and sweetened by the addition of the Vanilla Absolute.

Honestly I’m happy to wear it throughout the year but it’s probably more of a winter/auntum time perfume, perfect for spraying over a thick jumper or a scarf.

The staying power on your skin and clothing is one of the best I’ve seen and will definitely last from morning to evening, my coats still smell of it days later!

I’m so impressed with this perfume and forever thankful I managed to get one, it’s what I’ve really been wanting!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule is a scent that’s been around for years and started with this bath bomb. I’m sure you can guess, this product is one of my favourites!

In history, a ‘Lord of Misrule’ was someone who presided over mischief, drunken revelries and partying in between Halloween and Christmas and was often dressed up in fancy almost jester-like outfits. One would assume that Lush chose the design of this bath bomb to replicate this idea.

It’s a combination of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla that make up the scent, but the former two definitely give the biggest impression. The Patchouli and Black Pepper seem to merge almost perfectly, giving a spicy, yet grounding earthiness and Vanilla then wraps the two together with a comforting hint of sweetness. It’s a very charming and tempting scent to me.

In the water, the bomb first starts to froth and foam rather than fizz, and waves of colour from the bright green surface dance out. However it soon gives way to a fizzy core that’s a deep reddish purple colour. This utterly divine colour takes over the green water and turns it a beautiful red wine colour, which is very fitting for something relating to drunken festivities and very unlike any other bath bomb Lush have to offer!

If you listen out, when the product is near the end of it’s show you can hear the Popping Candy crackle and pop from the bottom of your tub!

The heady, intoxicating scent stays with you the entire time and with the snapping of the Popping Candy, you almost feel like your own mischievous Lord of Misrule. Your skin after will honestly feel so supple and soft and as a great bonus, you can smell the intoxicating scent on you for hours after!

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Please please please never discontinue (or change!) this bath bomb Lush! It’s one of my all-time favs! Make sure you get a chance to grab it whilst stocks last as it’s only ever a Halloween/Christmas exclusive! I’ll definitely be stocking up.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream Of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140

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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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