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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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Top Gum Toothy Tabs

After the success of the Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs I got from the exclusive range at Lush Liverpool, I was eager to try out another. A co-worker was heading up there so I asked her to surprise me with a flavour of her choice and she bought me back Top Gum. I assume it’s named after the 1986 action film ‘Top Gun’ staring Tom Cruise and is described as ‘the maverick of mouth care’.

As with all of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Top Gum doesn’t contain any fluoride but instead contains ingredients that work equally as well to freshen the breath and remove plaque and bacteria. Sodium Bicarbonate increases the alkalinity levels inside the mouth which creates an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth. Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous is a natural salt, which along with the Sodium Bicarbonate is great for removing plaque and polishing the teeth. Kaolin also contributes by gently polishing too.

As soon as you pop the lid off of these new toothy tabs, you’re greeted by a strong spicy aroma that’s unmistakably cinnamon-fronted and strongly reminds me of Goldschläger, you know, that cinnamon liqueur with gold flakes in it which people used to think made small cuts in your throat? Now I don’t mind the smell of cinnamon, but coupled with all the other spices that Top Gum contains, it’s very overpowering.

Along with Cinnamon Bark Oil and Cinnamon Powder, these spicy tabs contain Clove Bud Oil as well as Whole Clove, Pimento Berry Oil, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper and Grains Of Paradise. Cloves contain a high amount of eugenol, which is really effective at soothing the mouth and gums. Pimento and Allspice also contain a great amount of eugenol and have antiseptic effects too.

As you can imagine the taste of Top Gum is also fairly spicy and with the first few seconds of it being in my mouth, the gold flecked alcohol was once again instantly brought to mind. However after I started brushing, the strong taste weakened and mellowed. With the addition of peppery Grains Of Paradise which are closely related to cardamom, along with Long Pepper giving notes of aniseed and liquorice, the taste isn’t wholly bad. Sicilian Lemon Oil is also somewhere in the mix but I really couldn’t notice it.

Now I’ve been using these tabs for a while, I’m starting to enjoy them more. I find that like it says on the bottle, my gums aren’t at all irritated and actually feel really good after brushing. The aftertaste is a little odd for a toothpaste but if you’re using a nice mouthwash tab then it just goes away! It also includes Menthol Crystals to help freshen the breath too.

Whilst I probably wouldn’t purchase these again, I’d definitely recommend them to anyone who loves the taste of cinnamon and who wants to move away from more minty and/or fresh toothpastes. They’d probably also be great if your teeth and gums are more sensitive and prone to irritation!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Clove Bud Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamon Powder, Stevia, Whole Clove, Grains Of Paradise, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper, Menthol Crystals, Talc, Colour 77491, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour

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Body, Body Tints

Black Stockings Body Tint

Black Stockings is an interesting product, usually seeing a rise in popularity during the warmer, sunnier months because essentially it’s a great way to boost a tan by giving your skin a gentle bronzed glow.

As a solid product, Black Stockings contains a blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters, which make it similar to a massage bar and you use it in the same way too. Unlike a standard massage bar however, Black Stockings is highly pigmented and contains a high amount of plastic free glitter which leaves behind a radiant bronze colour on your skin.

I was initially nervous to use this product the first time, as Lush note that it’s especially good for darker toned skin, my pale complexion was slightly worried I’d look like I’d had an awful fake tan job. I find that when rubbing it across the body, because it’s pretty solid, it’s a good idea to let it warm up slightly first, but when it gets going it leaves a strong golden glow behind it. You definitely want to make sure that you massage in the residue, just to maximise an even application.

To be honest, the difference on your skin after using one of these bars isn’t massively noticeable and even on my pale skin it doesn’t look at all much. I do much prefer to use Black Stockings when I’ve already got a slight tan just to make it look more even and to boost it’s radiance, but even without a tan it gives a shimmering, healthy glow. I also like to use Black Stockings on my face from time to time as a contour stick or a bronzer, again usually when I’m more tanned than usual. I find that it doesn’t irritate my skin whatsoever and actually it sits nicely on the skin and over other make up. It can feel heavy though, so try to use it sparingly.

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Although not it’s main feature at all, but Black Stockings contains Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Pimento Berry Oil and Sweet Orange Oil for a warming and slightly spicy scent. I don’t actually find the scent has much strength when applied to the skin but that’s probably a good thing if you were using it on the face.

In conclusion, since I first tried it, Black Stockings has become a summer staple because ashamedly I love to look more ‘sun-kissed’ and less pale. Sadly, it does rub off on clothing so it’s not really something you can wear with white and light colours but I do find that even after a dip in the pool it’s still fairly present!

You can check out Black Stockings over at the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Iron Oxides, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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