Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

As the name suggests, this Fresh Face Mask is very much Rose based. Roses aren’t just beautiful flowers, the oil that the petals produce has numerous benefits for the skin.

Rosy Cheeks is quite a simple face mask. A blend of Rose, Calamine and Kaolin are basically the only ingredients meaning this mask is perfect for sensitive skins.

Kaolin, or China clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulas that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself away from bacteria, yeasts or molds. It also absorbs the impurities from the skin making it an effective cleanser.

Calamine powder is mainly zinc oxide, a white powder, with a dash of iron oxide, combining to produce a pretty, light pink powder. It is a very gentle ingredient on the skin and has great cleansing and PH balancing qualities. However, it’s main benefit is that it’s incredibly (and gently) soothing and calming for the skin.

The main feature is of course the Rose. Rosy Cheeks contains Turkish rose in three forms. An oil, an infusion and in a clay. Roses are the Queen of Soothing and this is why this particular mask is perfect for anyone suffering with any irritation, any redness, sunburn or any sort of inflammation.

The scent of rose is used by aromatherapists to lift the mood and restore balance, Rosy Cheeks is gorgeously scented with a strong and almost powdery rose scent.

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Because of it’s really smooth clay-like texture it’s easily applied to the face and immediately starts the soothing action, especially when it’s taken directly from the fridge where it’s supposed to be stored. A great thing about Rosy Cheeks is that unlike most of Lush’s other masks, it doesn’t dry out that much or become flaky at all.

I really love this mask, it makes my skin feel so good after and is beautifully mattefying once washed off. It’s great for use in the summer to help with sunburn or when you’re feeling flushed.

Check it out on the website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Kaolin, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Calamine Powder, Rose Clay, Rose Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Holey Night Bath Bomb

Holey Night Bath Bomb is a new product for this year’s Winter seasonal range and features a new bath bomb design and a new fragrance too! It’s a classic spherical shape with holes/craters on the surface allowing you to see the yellow core of the product. For those like me who suffer from Trypophobia (a fear of clusters of small holes) it’s a little off putting but I enjoyed using mine nonetheless.

I wouldn’t say there’s anything that screams Christmas or the holiday season about this product. I feel like it’s somewhat space-like in design and I’m pretty sure it’s inspired by a moon or an asteroid which makes me wonder whether it’s more suited to the year round range, despite the name. The fragrance it sports isn’t exactly festive either. It’s a combination of Lemon, Rose and Sandalwood and offers a woody, bright floral aroma.

The Sandalwood is arguably the main component of the scent, however the woodiness is brightened by both the Lemon and the Rose and creates quite a deep and complex, yet still gentle fragrance, at least to my nose anyway. I’m actually rather glad that the Lemon isn’t overpowering because frankly, I’m fed up with all the predominately citrusy scents Lush keep bringing out.

A nice thing about Holey Night is that if you’re really steady when you’re placing it in the water, you can actually get it to float and stay upright rather than spinning like most ballistics do. Obviously the first colour to paint the bathwater is the blue, but you’ll be surprised to find that the yellow isn’t actually very noticeable, it gives way fairly quickly to a hidden red colour which spills out the holes. Patterns of blue and red cover the surface before mixing to a final turquoise colour that radiated the uplifting and meditative scent.

After the bath bomb had fully dissolved I noticed that the water was extremely soft due to Holey Night containing Soya Milk Powder which makes it seem more creamy and smoother than other bombs – along with the Rose it’s perfect for soothing and calming irritated or red skin. As with most of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Holey Night is filled with glitter, however it wasn’t as noticeable on my skin as it was in the bath.

As soon as I jumped out my skin felt so soft and there was a hint of a more powdery version of the scent on my skin for the remainder of my evening.

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This is definitely an overlooked Bath Bomb from the range this year, it’s surprisingly indulgent and really creates amazing bath art! Definitely a must try before they’re out of stock, so get your hands on one soon! Check it out and order one for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Cl45410:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Perle De Sel Bath Bomb

Oh holy Jesus, this is my favourite product of this year’s Christmas range! Don’t be fooled by it’s boring exterior, Perle De Sel is truly beautiful in the water.

The name means ‘Salt Pearl’ in French and is what decorates the top of the bath bomb. Although featured here covered in golden lustre, African Salt Pearls are sparkling white balls of salt formed when wind blows across salted water. They really soften the water and give a touch of luxury to your bath.

Without knowing, you’d presume that Perle De Sel is mostly white, perhaps with a hint of gold, but you couldn’t be more wrong. When in the bath, the outer shell foams and fizzes away and releases beautiful streams of bright turquoise into the water. This bath bomb also features a heavy amount of glitter, which looks absolutely amazing as it glimmers and surges under the surface of the water, giving a velvet like appearance. I’m really a sucker for a bright blue bath and there was something icy and wintery about this one, perfect for bathing at this time of the year!

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For those in the know of Lush scents, Perle De Sel features the same scent as the Snowcake range, a typical scent of Lush Christmases which creates a cosy, warming aroma reminiscent of sugared almonds and marzipan.

The sweet, nutty resinous scent of Benzoin Resinoid is mainly what you can smell, but it’s put together with a slight floral hit from soothing and toning Rose Absolute. Cassie Absolute rounds it out by providing an uplifting odour that’s equally spicy and floral. Out of all your typical Christmas scents, it’s smells like this that I’m really enamoured by.

Whilst the scent was extremely subtle whilst I was in the bath, I could definitely smell the cosy, decadent aroma on my skin for a good few hours later and it left me feeling beautifully smooth and soft, like I had covered my body with dusting powder!

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I’m gonna need to stock up on lots of these beauties before the season is over because you never know whether Lush will bring it back next year or not! (Fingers crossed!)

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, African Salt Pearls, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cassie Absolute, Rose Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Cocoa Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 42053, Colour 59040, Colour 47005:1

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask

The name of this Fresh Face Mask comes from when BBC presenters Anna Ryder Richardson and Charlie Dimmock came to the Lush factory to create a new product, and BB Seaweed was born.

BB Seaweed is a great mask for everyone as it has a multitude of benefits for all types of skin and is the perfect all rounder.

Don’t be put off by the colour or consistency, it’s grey, feels like wet clay and features little chunks of rose petals and seaweed in it but believe me it’s truly wonderful.

The first ingredient is Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, these plants are mucilaginous, which makes them soothing when applied topically. BB Seaweed contains lots of other soothing ingredients such as Rosemary Oil, toning Rose Absolute, revitalising, mineral rich Toothed Wrack Seaweed and Seaweed Absolute and Aloe Vera Gel, all helping to calm down any redness or inflammation.

Cleansing clay based Kaolin works with antiseptic Honey to deeply cleanse the face, drawing out any impurities. It also contains mild exfoliants in the form of both Ground Almonds and Millet Flakes, helping to gently buff away dead skin cells.

Honey also helps to moisturise and protect the skin along with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

For those looking for a good mask to tone and tighten then this might be a good one to go for. Rosemary, Patchouli, Violet Leaf and Rose are all astringent, helping the pores to contract.

Whenever I use BB Seaweed my face feels remarkably softer, it’s my go to when simply, I just want my skin to feel extra nice. It isn’t drying whatsoever, nor does it add to any excess oils, in fact Bentone Gel and Rose should help to balance out any excess sebum issues. Perfect for those with ‘combination’ skin.

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On the face, it is instantly soothing, especially when it’s taken straight from the fridge which is where it needs to be kept due to the completely fresh ingredients. It’s not particularly scented but it gets a natural scent from the earthy and herbal components.

I could go on and on talking about the benefits of this wonderful mask but you should definitely find out for yourself over on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Millet Flakes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Fragrance, Perfume

Two More Hearts Perfume

Two More Hearts is a remix of an old perfume from Lush’s original perfume and make up brand ‘B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful’. Simon Constantine reworked this fragrance from memory and created a fresh new take on it.

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One of these such perfumes is called Two More Hearts. After debating which one out of the six newest #LushLabs perfumes to choose, this was the one I went for and boy am I happy, it’s absolutely incredible!

A seductive and sweet trio of Jasmine, Rose and Ylang-Ylang, it’s a powdery floral scent that is unlike anything I’ve smelled before from Lush. The Rose and Jasmine seem to have stopped fighting for the top spot and have combined as one beautiful sexy floral top note, whilst Ylang Ylang and Lemon trickle in with a slight uplifting, almost Vanilla-like sweetness above a base note of resinous and woody Sandalwood.

Two More Hearts make’s me feel regal and seductive, but in a different way to Lust Perfume. It’s much more complex and it’s like if Lust had a sister who is perfectly sweet and sensible yet still likes to tempt the boys into her boudoir at night. Whereas I like to wear Lust in the evening, I’d prefer to wear Two More Hearts during the day.

It also has incredible staying power, I can still smell it on scarves and coats I’ve worn a week ago and that’s when you know a perfume is a good one. It stands out amongst most others and I always get compliments whenever I wear it.

Although 30ml of a perfume will last me a good while, I’ll be incredibly sad if mine runs out without a chance to buy it again!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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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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Fragrance, Perfume

Lust Perfume

I think what you’re good at, is what you like to do. I do believe that I’m good at jasmine. I wanted to do a really, really sexy, dirty, lustful fragrance and that’s what I’ve done. I’m very happy with it! I’d done fragrances like that before, but I’d never had the nerve to let them be. British people have a problem with sexy fragrances; there’s always this feeling of having to dress the thing up in a frock and put a bonnet on it. This time, I just went all the way.

Mark Constantine

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Lust is a perfume that’s very much like Marmite. You either love it, or you hate it. It actually surprises me that people can’t stand the scent of Lust, or of jasmine itself because I absolutely adore it and Lust is one of my favourite perfumes Lush do.

The Jasmine is the main scent of this perfume. Jasmine has a very heady and sensual aroma which intoxicates your mind and also has aphrodisiac qualities. The Rose and Ylang Ylang add sweet floral notes whilst the Sandalwood gives the fragrance warmth and earthiness.

Wearing Lust makes me feel empowered and sexy, yet sophisticated, and because of this it really gives me a big confidence boost. Whenever I wear Lust I always get people asking me what it is or making comments about it. It’s said that if you go out wearing Lust you’ll be sure to gain an admirer or two!

It’s certainly not a perfume you can hide. It’s probably one of Lush’s strongest perfumes and it has great staying power perfect for long days as it will stay with you on your skin well into the night.

I’d say that this perfume is definitley wearable throughout the year, it works really well in Autumn and Winter for the pure richness of it, but also because of the floral side it works equally as well when the climate is warmer.

Because of the red colouring of Lust, try not to spritz it too close to light coloured clothing – especially whites as it does have a tendency to stain ever so slightly.

Check it out for yourself here!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Water, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol

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