Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

Rose Jam Bubbleroon was one of the first ever Lush products I truly fell in love with and it what started my love for the ‘rose jam’ scent when I was still fairly new to the world of Lush. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons.

The bubble bar’s design mimics that of a gorgeous rose flower, with glistening pink sparkles adorning the top. Naturally inside you’ll find Rose Absolute as well as Rose Oil which is what makes up the main component in the scent. Rose absolute is thought to be of a closer smell to fresh roses whereas the oil is said to be a little more delicate, but both come from the petals of the flower. Lush’s main source of rose comes from Turkey, where the flowers are handpicked at dawn, when they are the most fragrant.

Geranium Oil has a sweet floral fragrance that is very similar to Rose Oil and contains some of the same components, such as geraniol, linalool and citronellal, which means the two pair together well. Lastly, finishing off the iconic Rose Jam scent we have Lemon Oil which adds a subtle fruity kick, though not massively noticeable in the scent as a whole. Rose Jam is such a feel good fragrance, it really makes me happy!

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Although Rose Jam is definitely big enough to get two or three baths out of it, I have no control so I used the whole thing!

Once crumbled under the running water, Rose Jam Bubbleroon produces such soft bubbles which float delicately atop vibrant pink bath water. The water itself feels really creamy thanks to the Cocoa and Shea Butter disc in the middle of the two bubble bar halves and if you look really closely at the water, you’ll notice tiny glimmering specks of glitter dancing beneath the surface.

Throughout my bath I could still smell the beautiful scent in the air, which only helped me relax even more.

After I was done bathing I stepped out to wonderfully soft and nourished skin. Although I sadly didn’t really notice much of a scent lingering over me, which was strange compared to how potent it was before. All in all, Rose Jam Bubbleroon is a fab product that holds a special place in my heart. I hope Lush never discontinue it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Lemon Oil, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Colour 77891, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Argan Naked Facial Oil

Argan is the last of the five naked facial oils for me to actually write about. It’s taken me this long to actually try it for myself at home as part of my everyday routine. I love how each of the naked oils is so unique and different and how Light Touch, Amazon Primer, Full of Grace and Banana Skin each have such different benefits for different skins with their incredibly diverse ingredients. With each one there’s so much to talk about and Argan definitely contains some of the best around.

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As the name suggests, Argan contains rich Argan Oil which has bountiful benefits for the skin. Argan Oil has traditionally been used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin as well as restore hydration. Because Argan Oil is full of vitamins and antioxidants also, it has massive replenishing and revitalising properties too.

Also for adding moisture to the skin, Argan contains a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as Date Syrup. This sugary, sticky syrup actually works a lot like honey, in how protective it is, really locking moisture into the skin.

You may have heard of Rose Hip Oil being used in skincare products, or being used as the pure oil itself in place of a moisturiser. Rose Hip Oil has a long list of benefits so its no surprise it’s used so often. It contains many antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids and it’s also proven to help the formation of collagen in the skin, which may help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and hyper pigmentation, even out the skin tone and keep the skin’s elasticity.

An ingredient you might not see too often in skincare is Prickly Pear Oil. A prickly pear is a fruit from a certain type of cactus and the oil its seeds contain is thought to be one of the best natural ways to maintain skin’s youthfulness. It has the most powerful antioxidant compounds and the most effective vitamins all in very high concentration levels whilst being soothing and moisturising too.

Argan is actually part of the Rose Jam family and smells just like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan Soap and the rest of the products in the scent family. A lot of people would say it’s a little too potent of a fragrance for a face moisturiser but it’s a scent I adore so I can’t say I share that same sentiment. I do however, find Argan to be a little more creamier, warmer and slightly less sweet than the standard Rose Jam smell, likely due to the format. Naturally this means that Argan contains Rose, Geranium and Lemon Oils for the aroma. Rose is well known for its soothing effects, Geranium has toning properties and Lemon gives the skin brightness. Argan lastly also contains Aloe Vera Extract to further soothe the skin.

I’m really enjoying using Argan each evening. I say evening as for me it’s a little too heavy to wear during the day, but it’s perfect as a night cream/oil. I’ve really noticed a visible difference in any redness that was beginning to appear on my face and although I’ve always been such a fan of Full of Grace, I think I may have found a new favourite! I’ll definitely be continuing to use Argan for a long while!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Date Syrup, Dried Dates, Organic Rose Hip Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Prickly Pear Oil, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Rose Bombshell Egg Bath Bomb

I was absolutely gutted when I heard that Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb wasn’t making a reappearance this year for Valentines Day. It was a normal sized, Rose Jam scented, pink bath bomb with a beautiful floral design and hidden rose petals inside, and one of my all time favourites. However, when I saw that instead they were bringing out a super sized egg version, I was beyond excited!

Rose Bombshell Egg is fairly impressively sized. It’s easily the largest bath bomb currently available and also one of the most expensive, priced at £14.95. Although that seems like a lot of money, it doesn’t seem as bad when you realise that you can get two good baths out of this product. The bath bomb is comprised of two hollow halves tied together with a string of raffia, and is filled with dried rose petals and large pearls of salt!

As mentioned, it smells the same as the Rose Jam Shower Gel along with the rest of the scent family and contains Rose Oil and Absolute, Geranium Oil and Lemon Oil sourced from Sicily. It’s a very fragrant, powdery aroma of fresh flowers, with the Rose and the Geranium both having sweet and floral tones, and the Lemon Oil adding a delicate refreshing and uplifting undertone. It’s a unique and intoxicatingly sweet scent and was one of the first ever fragrances I fell in love with from Lush.

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For a full effect and to fulfil my Rose Jam heaven dream I used the whole entire egg in my bath. Each half started fizzing fairly loudly as soon as I popped them in, floating on the surface and sending out billows of pink foam across the water. Before long the whole bath had turned this vivid pink colour and the petals had dispersed throughout, looking gorgeous. The scent had really taken off by this point and filled my entire bathroom, a subtle one she is not.

I eagerly jumped in and immediately felt how soft and creamy the water felt. The dissolved Sea Salt and the vast amount of Sodium Bicarbonate from the giant bomb had obviously softened the water and imbued it with cleansing benefits. Rose Bombshell Egg also contains Soybean Flour which, when in contact with water, creates a rich softening milk. Furthermore, both Rose and Geranium are known to have soothing effects on the skin, so would help calm any irritation or redness you may have.

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After arguably one of the best and most fragrant baths I’ve ever had, I got out and dried myself off to find my skin gorgeously scented and ever so soft to the touch. I still felt the need to lightly moisturise after but I couldn’t stop feeling my silky smooth skin.

In conclusion, I know it’s a lot to pay for two baths (let alone one) but I honestly think it’s worth it. It felt so luxurious and special, looked so beautiful and I really didn’t want it to end! I’m going to HAVE to get a second one for a special occasion some time!

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Have you had a chance to try this wonderful limited edition yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Dried Red Rose Petals, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Ro’s Argan Sparkly Naked Body Conditioner

Along with the Iceshoggles Soap I found in my cupboard the other day, I also found another product I still had from Christmas that I hadn’t used. Along with naked versions of Christingle, Buck’s Fizz and Snow Fairy, Lush released a naked version of the popular Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner too! Though this version was slightly different, as it’s full of glitter!

As a whole, this sparkly version of Ro’s Argan contains most of the same ingredients as the original. If you’ve never come across either version of this wonderful product before, it’s scented in the Rose Jam scent, which is a sweet combination of Lemon, Rose and Geranium. Whilst the original body conditioner is a perfect match to the scent, I find that it’s somewhat muted in this version, perhaps due to the extra butters it’s much softer, yet it’s still the scent we all know and love.

Although not containing the Almond or Brazil Nut Oils that feature in the original, Ro’s Argan Sparkly still contains Shea, Cupuaçu and Cocoa Butters, with the latter being in a much higher quantity, helping it retain it’s solid state, alongside Carnauba and Sunflower Waxes. It also obviously contains Argan Oil, which is traditionally used as a treatment for skin conditions, including acne and eczema. It contains high levels of fatty acids including linoleic acid which is anti-inflammatory and therefore will soothe the skin, and oleic acid which will protect and condition skin. The beneficial oil is also full of antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin E, promoting healthy cell regeneration.

Similarly, Goji Berry Juice is also antioxidant and helps to tone the skin along with Cypress Leaf Infusion. Whilst an infusion from Vanilla Pods give a warm sweetness to the scent as well as soothing the skin also.

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Other than the format, the main difference between this naked version and its potted counterpart is that this one is full of glitter. Although you can see it covering the product, you don’t actually realise just how much is in there until you’re actually using it on the skin. After one sweep of it over my body in the shower, and after rinsing and towelling off, I was covered in glimmering golden lustre, and I mean covered. The picture above doesn’t even do it justice. I personally don’t mind a bit of glitter, but I certainly wouldn’t like to use it every day and it’s probably something I’m going to keep for special occasions.

Other than that, it does the job it’s intended for and my skin did feel adequately moisturised. However, I think I’ll stick to the stronger smelling glitter-less liquid variety.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cupuaçu Butter, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Carnauba Wax, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Argan Oil, Sunflower Wax, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491

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Gourmet Soaps, Soap

Ro’s Argan Gourmet Soap

Gourmet soaps are a little different from Lush’s regular soaps. Firstly they don’t have the standard base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, instead they have a base that’s unique to each soap. Gourmet soaps are a lot softer and creamier than the rest of the soap range meaning they are beautifully moisturising and conditioning.

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In Ro’s Argan we have a base made from antioxidant Argan Oil which is sourced from women’s co-operatives in Morocco, this is what gives this soap it’s soft and squidgy texture and produces a smooth, creamy lather that conditions the skin, leaving it revitalised and refreshed. There’s also a slight stickiness to the lather which comes from the addition of Granulated Sugar.

Making up the signature Rose Jam fragrance we have cleansing Lemon Oil, toning Geranium Oil and obviously Rose Oil and Rose Absolute which are great for soothing damaged skin. Just having a piece sat in your bathroom really lifts the room as it’s so fragrant!

I personally love this soap. It feels really luxurious when you’re using it due to how creamy and lovely it is to wash with; and not just for hands either, I love using it on my body in the shower too!

Ro’s Argan Soap is really pretty to look at, it comes sprinkled with red and yellow rose petals which just add to the ‘gourmet’ value. And fun fact – this soap is actually a creamy colour which you can see when you cut into it, it just so happens to have the reddish colour on the outside because it oxidises with the air!

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After using a piece of this beautiful soap you can feel the effects straight away and it leaves you with wonderfully smelling soft skin.

I really think the gourmet soaps are so worth it, they’re a little pricey compared to other soaps but they last a long time and you’re paying for the quality – something I’m more than happy to do.

This article here has a fab introduction to gourmet soaps and you can read more about Ro’s Argan specifically here.

Ingredients

Argan Oil, Water, Glycerine, Granulated Sugar, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Red Rose Petals, Yellow Rose Petals

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Body, Body Conditioners, Shower

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

Lush created this product in honour of Rowena Bird, one of Lush’s Co-Founders. Apparently she wanted both a skin conditioner to use after showering, and a product containing Argan Oil. Well Ro got both her wishes combined with this wonderful product.

A body conditioner is basically the same as a hair conditioner, but for your skin! You use it after you’ve already cleansed your body by smoothing it all over, massaging it into the skin and gently rinsing it off. Although it’s a quick process, you feel and smell the effects all damn day! It’s also the perfect product for people who don’t have the time or patience to put a body lotion on after the shower – just do it as part of the shower routine instead!

Ro’s Argan shares it’s scent with the Rose Jam range. The Rose Jam scent is made up of Rose, Geranium and Lemon. The sweet, floral rose is perfectly matched with the similar floral notes from the geranium, with a subtle zesty kick from the lemon oil, giving Rose Jam a surprisingly unique smell that leaves you feeling almost intoxicated and cheerful.

Much like Rose Jam Shower Gel, Ro’s Argan contains antiseptic and stimulating Cypress Leaf Infusion, which reawakens skin. It also contains antioxidant Argan Oil and Goji Berry Juice to help promote healthy cell regeneration.

For the conditioning values, Ro’s Argan contains vitamin rich Almond and Brazil Nut Oils which give the skin added nourishment. It also contains skin-softening and moisturising Cocoa, Shea and Cupuaçu Butters which make the product feel buttery rich and luxurious. The Brazil Nut also gives Ro’s Argan a slightly nuttier scent as opposed to other members of the Rose Jam family.

I find this product to be incredibly soothing, it’s one of my go to’s if I’m ever sunburnt or suffering with skin irritation because it really works wonders. The majority of the ingredients here, including Rose, Almond and Vanilla, are perfect for soothing and restoring the skin.

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Although I do prefer to use my Ro’s Argan in the shower, I know a lot of people do use it after as just a body moisturiser instead. Personally I do think it works better as intended, just because it reacts well with the water which helps the cream sink in, but it really is just a personal preference.

Here‘s the link for Ro’s Argan on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Brazil Nut Oil, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Argan Oil, Cupuaçu Butter, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemon Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Rose Jam Shower Gel

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Isn’t the colour just stunning??????

Rose Jam holds a special place in my heart. The scent family was the first Lush ‘scent’ that I truly fell in love with. I remember the first time I smelt and used a Rose Jam Bubbleroon I was hooked; and although my top choices have moved on to lesser known scent families, Rose Jam will always be up there.

In terms of the shower gel, for the past few years Rose Jam was only around each year as part of the Christmas range, but starting this year, Lush decided to make the popular shower gel an all year round product, making so many people (including me!) happy.

Inspired by a Turkish delicacy which goes by the same name, it’s only fitting that the Rose Oil and Rose Absolute is made from petals which are hand picked from Turkish roses at dawn, when the flowers are apparently at their most fragrant. Along with Geranium Oil and Sicilian Lemon Oil, this is what makes up the iconic scent. The strong, sweetness of the rose is complimented beautifully by the floral notes from the geranium, with a subtle zesty kick from the lemon oil, giving Rose Jam a surprisingly unique smell that leaves you feeling almost intoxicated and cheerful. It’s almost undetectable, but there’s also added Vanilla Pod Infusion, which just adds to the decedent sweetness.

The scent really stays with you, even a good half a day after your shower you can still detect the lingering fragrance on your skin, I rarely wear a perfume or body spray after using this gel as there’s no need! And why would you want to mask such a delicious smell anyway?

With Goji Berry Juice and Cypress Leaf Infusion, Rose Jam is also efficient at cleansing your body thoroughly. And with added Argan Oil, it’s equally as good at hydrating and conditioning too. I also find that in terms of lathering up, it’s just right – not too much that it’s all foam, but still enough to really feel clean.

I will be forever buying this shower gel, I’m so sure of that, and I’d also like to take this moment to sincerely thank Lush for allowing everyone to be able to experience it all year round!

Thank you, Lush!!!!!!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Goji Berry Juice, Lactic Acid, Argan Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Colour 17200

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