Bath, Bath Bombs

More Tea And Sympathy Bath Bomb

More Tea And Sympathy is a new bath bomb for 2019’s Mother’s Day range and originally it was the one I was most looking forward to trying, however in my store it’s been so popular I’ve only just managed to get my hands on one!

More Tea And Sympathy is a beautiful pink teapot-shaped bath bomb that’s decorated with pretty Blue Cornflowers on either side, though arguably the most interesting thing is the long string coming out of it’s tip, which is actually attached to an Earl Grey teabag inside the bath bomb! A while ago, there was a bath bomb called just ‘Tea and Sympathy’ which was white and contained a Chamomile Tea Bag inside it, and now available at selected shops including Lush Liverpool Spa and Lush Harajuku. More Tea And Sympathy seems to be based on that idea, but just more.

Along with its attractive design, comes a beautiful scent that was created by Mark Constantine himself. He blended uplifting Bergamot and Neroli Oils with Green Tea Absolute and what was created was a powdery sweet and fruity fragrance that has a slight herbal hint and is incredibly moreish. I’d absolutely love to see more of this scent in the future! Dare I say a perfume? It really is that good!

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In the water, this teapot is rather a slow fizzer, maybe ten minutes or so had passed until all that remained was the teabag. But I loved watching it, the cloudy tones of pink slowly merged into one deep colour and with the Cornflowers floating throughout, it was so visually stunning. What you’re left with isn’t your everyday run-of-the-mill teabag either, the tea leaves are beautifully wrapped up in cute little muslin bag. Naturally the tea starts to infuse the water but because it’s only little, but doesn’t add anything to the colour, however pick it up and you’ll be able to smell the familiar aroma, it’s a real nice touch.

Once I was in, the water felt lovely and I enjoyed a good long soak with the heady scent staying throughout. Green Tea is thought to be very antioxidant, very soothing and very antibacterial so I was looking forward to a nice cleansed and refreshing feeling after, which is just what I got. My skin also felt heavenly soft and I was smelling my arms for hours after because they stayed smelling so good!

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In conclusion, I am so glad More Tea And Sympathy was as good as it is because sadly it’s a little on the expensive side at nearly £8, but I absolutely love it and I’m gonna say it’s worth it! I can’t wait to buy my mum, a massive tea drinker, one of these for Mothers Day, she’s going to love it! Grab yours soon because she’s proving to be pretty popular!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Water, Bergamot Oil, Green Tea Absolute, Neroli Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Blue Cornflowers, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 15850:1, Earl Grey Teabag

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Shower Gel

Whilst I know that the American Cream scent has a massive amount of love from Lushies old and new, I’ve never really had the chance to really experience it much myself as I don’t use the conditioner and because of that I was’t as overjoyed as some people were when Lush started to release more products in the same scent. I used Marshmallow World Bath Bomb and I really liked it but it’s not until I’ve started using this shower gel that I’ve really grown a new found love for the fragrance.

The scent itself is meant to replicate the aroma of delicious and creamy strawberry milkshakes and it definitely does just that. Although this gel does contain Fresh Strawberry Juice, it doesn’t do anything for the scent as the fruits don’t really have much of a fragrance. Instead the sweet strawberry illusion is from the richness of Vanilla and Benzoin Resinoid, with slight herbal and floral notes from Lavender and Clary Sage. It’s a very sweet and creamy scent and it makes you wanna cover yourself in it as the muskiness of the Vanilla and the Benzoin really envelops your senses with a feeling of comfort. I won’t lie, there’s a slight, almost synthetic after-note in this format, which I don’t really notice in the conditioner, nor did I notice with the bath bomb either but don’t let that put you off, it’s still good!

American Cream has a fairly standard consistency and was easily lathered into my hands and into my sponge in the shower, so I’m hoping that it’s going to mean it’ll last for a long time! The heat of the running water only boosted the scent which allowed me to have a really indulgent experience. This shower gel also contains a small amount of a seaweed extract which makes it really soft and nourishing.

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As already mentioned, Lush have added Fresh Strawberry Juice to this mix along with Fresh Orange Juice too. Both fruit juices contain malic and citric acids which cleanse and brighten the skin and they also contain vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to help nourish and improve the skin’s condition and elasticity. Furthermore, the Lavender Oil, along with Clary Sage is great for soothing any irritation.

Once I was out of my shower, I sadly found that the scent had pretty much disappeared, which was a real shame, but my skin was feeling super smooth and refreshed.

American Cream is staying in stores throughout spring up until the summer, so you’ve got plenty of time to stock up if you’re loving it!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb was one of twelve bath bombs, dubbed ‘community favourites’ released in the UK in December and was arguably one of the most hyped over. The swirly design is absolutely beautiful, like a pink version of Intergalactic it sports the American Cream scent, which has definitely seen a rise in popularity recently.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and powdery scent that’s meant to mimic the aroma coming from a plate of fresh strawberries and cream. To strongly reproduce that fragrance, Lush have enlisted the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. Theres definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. With Granulated and Icing Sugar too, it’s like walking into a sweet shop, filled with sugary powdered confectionary and really indulges you with a comforting feeling.

Once you drop the bath bomb in the tub, Marshmallow World foams and fizzes spectacularly as it shoots layers of pink into the water. Little pools of yellow and white foam dance around until it’s finally dissolved into a light pink colour, with silky white layers on top. The scent is super strong as it’s released into the air whilst it’s fizzing away.

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I noticed that the water felt somewhat richer than usual and wasn’t until I checked the ingredients list that I realised why. The bath bomb feels really foamy and luxurious thanks to a combination of Cornflour, Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate. Added Marshmallow Powder has a soothing effect on the skin also!

Once I was out, I felt incredibly soft and content. I could still smell the sweet perfume on my skin after, which lasted for a long while.

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I really enjoyed my time with Marshmallow World and would love to use it again. I think it would make an excellent addition to stores and I’m sure would prove to be immensely popular. Take note Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Granulated Sugar, Perfume, Potato Starch, Cream of Tartar, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Icing Sugar, Sodium Alginate, Water, Marshmallow Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2.

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar

Magic Wand is a product that has been a staple of the Christmas Range for a good few years now and will no doubt continue to be. It makes a great stocking filler as it looks so cute and the silver bell and ribbon tied around the wooden stick is a really nice touch. It proves to be popular year after year!

As you can imagine by the pink colour and glittery design, its Snow Fairy scented and is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Now I’m not a Snow Fairy superfan like some hardcore Lushies out there, but I can appreciate the sweet-smelling candy floss fragrance that it’s known for and was looking forward to my first bath with Magic Wand. If you didn’t know, the Snow Fairy range of products are scented with Synthetic Musk. Lush produce the sensual fragrance of Musk synthetically due to the incredibly cruel way in which natural musk is obtained from animals.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can potentially get around five or six decent baths out of a single wand so it’s really good for the money. You can either hold your Magic Wand under the running tap water, or swirl it around in the water of an already full bath until you’ve got enough bubbles. If you choose the latter option it’ll probably last longer!

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With the running tap method you get a lot more bubbles and this is the option I chose for my bath this evening, I used about a third of mine and managed to get a mountain of fluffy white bubbles with Snow Fairy pink water below.

Whilst both the water and the bubbles felt lovely and soft on my skin, I was a little disappointed with the lack of scent. Where was the powerful Snow Fairy smell I was after? Gone, quite frankly, as I couldn’t smell anything. Furthermore, I was expecting the glitter to be a bit more prevalent in the water, considering Snow Fairies are all about sparkles but sadly there wasn’t that much.

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On the whole, I think Magic Wand is a great novelty product to buy at Christmas and little boys and girls really love it, but I personally think it could be made so much better with a little tweaking! I guess we’ll see what next year’s version will bring.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Colour 45410

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Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars are kind of like marmite, either people are really intrigued by them and love them, or they straight up don’t want one and think it’s a pointless gimmick.

This year was the second year of Lush doing Sparkle Jars for Christmas and of course popular Snow Fairy has been made available both years.

Shaped like a star and coloured pink, you can definitely guess that the familiar sweet candy floss scent of Snow Fairy hides within. The powder that’s inside the ‘jar’ is also scented the same and is basically just Fairy Dust Dusting Powder.

The massage bar outer container is made up of Organic Cocoa Butter, making it super moisturising for the skin. Because Cocoa Butter tends to be a lot less melty than some other butters Lush use, it really needs to be warmed up against the skin before you start feeling the benefits. It’s perfect for when you’ve just stepped out of the shower and your skin is radiating that extra warmth.

I love to use mine as a body moisturiser, but the best part is the powder inside. If you think you’re already silky smooth after using the outside, you’re in for a treat. Poke holes with a pencil in the two indents and use the jar like a salt shaker, sprinkling the scented powder all over your skin.

Being mostly made up of Cornflour and other powders, it’s highly absorbent and effectively softens your skin even more! Like Fairy Dust, it’s also full of plastic free glitter so is perfect when you want that extra shimmer.

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Lush’s glitters and lustres are usually made up of Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, otherwise known as Synthetic Mica. Mica is one of the main compounds of granite and Lush produce it synthetically because of concerns over child labour in the mining of natural mica. Synthetic Mica is also brighter and purer than natural mica and has a more uniform finish which doesn’t contain any sharp edges, making it safer for use in cosmetics.

Obviously, because the Sparkle Jars are hollow inside and are comprised of a bottom part with a lid attached, they can be delicate, so just handle with care and don’t apply too much pressure when using because they contain more powder than you’d think and you don’t want to be cleaning that up!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cornflour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Magnesium Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Citral, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1

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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap

Although Lush already sells three other cold pressed soaps year round, for Christmas this year and last they’ve released one in the popular Snow Fairy scent.

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If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap, you’ll know they’re a lot firmer and last a lot longer than regular soaps. This is due to a difference in how they are made. They’re called cold pressed because the ingredients are literally pressed together in moulds when they are cold, as opposed to hot liquid soap being poured into moulds to harden.

When making the cold pressed soaps, Lush mix their soap bases with bought-in soap flakes, which are made from oil bases, therefore giving the bars a higher soap content, so they are much more solid and long-lasting.

Snow Fairy gets its iconic sweet scent from Synthetic Musk and is a scent that drives people crazy every Christmas. It’s been featured in almost every format so it’s no surprise that a cold pressed soap made it into the range for last year and I’m sure it’s here to stay. In this format, it’s somewhat subdued and to be honest, as you keep using your soap, the scent gets more and more subtle until you’re left with a bar that doesn’t really smell of much at all.

Like all cold pressed soaps, you really have to give Snow Fairy a chance to get going, because when it does, it effectively releases a really cleansing and creamy lather, probably due to the high amount of Cocoa Butter in its base. I wouldn’t call it massively moisturising, but it’s definitely not as drying as some soaps can be. There’s also something about the consistency that makes it feel somewhat exfoliating too.

Snow Fairy also contains Almond Oil and Castor Oil to nourish and repair damaged hands and even though its a solid sturdy bar, it’s really quite gentle.

What’s your experience with Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Propylene Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 45410, Colour 73360, Colour 45350

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner

As always, Lush are constantly trying to reduce plastic by developing their innovative ideas. Christmas 2017 saw the first release of Naked Body Conditioners alongside their potted counterparts to give people the choice to use a pot or not. I think it’s so cute how they’ve designed them to look like the pots.

A body conditioner is basically an in-shower moisturiser. And where you’d apply a scoop of the liquid variety, with this version, you pick up the whole thing and apply much like you would a massage bar, rubbing it all over and massaging the product in.

At first glance, the hot pink colour of Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner is a lot darker than the potted version‘s more light bubblegum pink colour. Nevertheless, they are basically the same product, the solid version simply has extra ingredients to keep it solid.

The amount of Cocoa Butter in this version is significantly more, and Lush have added two waxes from vegetable sources, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax, to help solidify the product along with two extra butters – Illipe and Shea. The addition of these ingredients of course changes how the product feels on your skin, I’d say that this version seems a lot more oily and thicker once it’s on your skin and therefore I believe it to be the more moisturising of the two, but because of this it can take longer to sink in.

Furthermore, because of the extra waxes, it does seem to leave your skin feeling more protected and nourished than the potted version but just make sure you really are rubbing it all in otherwise you might be left with a pinky hue to your skin!

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Weirdly, the scent of this version doesn’t seem as sweet and I’m not entirely sure I can figure out why, but I imagine it to be because of the extra ingredients masking the sweet synthetic musk that makes up the Snow Fairy scent. Moreover, the scent actually lasts longer on your skin with the non-naked version.

In conclusion, its hard to decide which version I prefer but I might have to side with the naked. I really love a body conditioner and I love the oily rich, but not greasy effect they leave you skin with and I find this version gives slightly more of that.

If you’re not going naked this Christmas, make sure you’re holding on to your black pots to bring back to a local Lush to be recycled and reused! Hold on to five and you’ll be able to get a free Fresh Face Mask as a thank you!

Check out this naked body conditioner here!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cherry Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Perfume, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Lauryl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3

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