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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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Plum Rain Shower Gel

Even though Plum Rain has been around for a good few years now, this is my first time trying it out at home in my shower would you believe. Like the name suggests, it contains plums, making for a very fruity purple shower gel!

Plum Rain contains an Umeboshi Plum Infusion as well as the juice of other plums. Umeboshi are small pickled plums with a fresh, fruity and acidic smell. Containing a high level of citric acid, the fruits cleanse the skin deeply and leave it softer and brighter. Plum Juice is full of vitamins that nourish and revive the skin too.

Naturally, containing those ingredients, Plum Rain has very fruity (and obviously plummy) scent. It also contains Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil for an extra juicy kick with a hint of sweet citrus and is great to brighten and cleanse the skin. Osmanthus Absolute comes from a flower which smells like ripe peaches and apricots, it’s highly sought after in perfumery and as well as strengthening the main fruity aroma of the shower gel, it gives subtle green undertones. Petitgrain Oil is also included for its fresh green and woody notes.

All in all, Plum Rain’s fragrance is arguably one of Lush’s most fruity, with those greener, fresher notes in the background.

In the shower, it lathers up nicely and you really only need to use a small amount for your whole body! The addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed, makes it feel so soft on the skin. The fruity aroma is definitely at its strongest when it’s in use under the hot water and I found that the zesty Mandarin was more potent. It was wonderfully enlivening!

After I was out and dry I struggled to notice much (or any!) of the smell on my skin which I’d say was the only disappointment because other than that, I actually really enjoyed washing with it and my skin felt so smooth and fresh!

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to actually try Plum Rain but I’m a fan!

Ingredients

Umeboshi Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fresh Plum Juice, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Lactic Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb

The second of the butterfly shaped Mother’s Day exclusive bath bombs I chose to use was Wild Butterfly, so called because of the Sweet Wild Orange Oil it contains!

Wild Butterfly has a scent that is very similar to Christmas 2017’s Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel but there’s a slight difference. Whilst still containing the Orange and the Olive Leaf Absolute, it features Petitgrain instead of Bergamot. It’s a strong, unique scent that can be slightly off putting at first, but if you really take it in, I find it really warming. The herbaceous Olive Leaf and Petitgrain give a strong woody note to the scent which is what I can first pick out in the fragrance, whereas the uplifting smell of the Sweet Wild Orange in the background is possibly what saves the scent from being too bitter. Like I said, if you don’t like it at first, give it another chance and see what you think. Petitgrain is thought to help reduce anxiety and mental fatigue, which after a couple of stressful days was really what I needed.

Once placed in the water, much like Rose Butterfly, this one didn’t float well either so I got the best pictures I could. Yet it still made for a really pretty show, vivid oranges and yellows were streaming out of it creating gorgeous patterns before settling into a warming sunset orange bath that had sparkly glitter floating throughout. Furthermore, as it fizzed, the aroma really lifted and filled the room. Unlike Rose Butterfly, I found that this one dissolved at a much slower rate and I found myself watching it for a good six minutes. 

I really like to meditate in the bath as I find it’s the perfect place for clearing my mind and I found that after my bath with Wild Butterfly, I was so calm and grounded. I usually am after a bath but there was something that made me feel even more so with this one. I really felt at peace and was ready to chill out for the rest of the evening.

Once I was out, my skin was still emanating the earthy scent, it felt silky soft and also had a slight glimmer in the light from the lustre. If you really hate glitter, don’t worry too much, as it’s only a little and you can easily wash it off after your bath.

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To conclude, I’m loving these butterflies so far, I can’t wait to try out the last one even if it’s scent doesn’t appeal to me as much as the other two!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Petitgrain Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Madame President Bath Bomb

This Bath Bomb was invented to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s win in the 2016 presidential election.

This is what I’d like to say but unfortunately we all know that’s not true.

Madame President was actually created as a new product for Mother’s Day 2018. I guess even if we don’t have an actual female president, we all have our own ones right at home.

Madame President is a beautiful bath bomb, with a very ‘American’ design, it’s half blue and half pink, adorned with stars and is full of golden lustre.

This bath bomb features a brand new scent made up of Grapefruit and Petitgrain Oils. The two oils combined give Madame President a really pungent smell. Petitgrain comes from the leaves of the bitter orange tree meaning it has a fresh green scent albeit somewhat sour smelling. The addition of uplifting, antiseptic Grapefruit Oil gives a slight citrusy hint and I feel like it’s a smell that’s rather odd but at the same time, you can’t help but carry on smelling. If you don’t like it at first, give it another try and see what you think.

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Once popped in the bath, the two main colours mix and she produces a vivid purple colour as you’d expect. The gold star on the pink half is full of gold lustre which fills the water with a lovely shimmer. The mixture of the purple with the gold glitter gives Madame President a really magical and enchanted vibe.

An interesting note is that the white stars on the blue half take longer to dissolve than the blue surrounding. As you can see in the picture below it looks really cool!

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Because the scent from Madame President is very strong, your whole bathroom is filled with it throughout your bath, helping you feel uplifted and energised; you can also smell it on your skin for a good while after drying off.

I think this particular bath bomb is one of the best in recent times, although it’s a Mother’s Day exclusive I can see it doing really well as an all year round product as it’s so unique and different from anything else. I really hope Lush bring her back for 2019 and they should 100% release it if we’re ever blessed with having a female president.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Cornstarch, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410:2, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2

 

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