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, Fun

Apple Fun

When I last visited Lush Liverpool Spa, AKA the newest and biggest UK flagship store, I was gifted three of their exclusive bars of fun to try for myself. I had Flamingo, Thunderbolt and lastly, I had Apple. Although So White Bath Bomb has been around for some time now, I’ve never got to try it’s scent in a bath format and considering it’s so unique, I was really excited to experience it.

As I mentioned, Apple Fun shares it’s scent with the crisp apple-y fragrance of So White Bath Bomb, Once Upon A Time Body Lotion and Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. Although Once Upon A Time changes up the ingredients slightly, usually this scent is comprised of Bergamot, Brazilian Orange, Orange Flower, Rose and Neroli. It’s a refreshing and uplifting aroma that really does remind you of biting into a crisp green apple and I feel like it really works in this ‘fun’ format. I really didn’t enjoy this scent at first but it grows on me more and more each time I encounter it.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. The base of Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like modelling clay, meaning the first use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body or your hair as shampoo, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles, which is usually how I use mine. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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I decided to do what I always do with fun and use about two thirds to create bubbles in my bath and use the remainder to actually wash myself with. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper. It can get quite messy if it gets wet so I’d make sure you definitely decide how much you’re going to use beforehand.

Apple produced super soft bath water although I didn’t seem to get many bubbles out of it, but that isn’t that unusual for fun. The water started off mimicking the same bright shade of green as the bar itself but as it got deeper, it naturally lost most of its pigment. Sadly, though the actual bar is pretty strongly scented, the aroma seemed to disappear into the water but it made a return to linger on my skin slightly once I was out.

Like fun always does, Apple left my skin feeling soft, nicely cleansed and smooth. All in all I’m really happy I got to use it and if you’re a fan of So White, you’re bound to love this too.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Magic Bath Bomb

Magic is a bath bomb I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I believe it was initially released back in 2008 for Christmas and has since become a retro favourite among the Lush community. At long last, I can finally say I’ve used it.

 

Magic is pressed with the exact same mould as The Experimenter is and I love having a non-spherical Bath Bomb for a change. I guess you could say it looks somewhat boring with it’s simple blue design but it’s actually much more interesting than what meets the eye.

I heard through the grapevine that Lush asked a local witch in Poole to come and bless the ingredients that go into this bath bomb, though I’m not sure there’s actually any truth to that! Even still, with all its herbal ingredients, it’s basically a ready made potion.

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Magic contains a concoction of Majoram Oil, Basil Oil, Rose Absolute and Peppermint Oils and its scent is actually rather pungent. The Majoram and Basil definitely give the strongest aroma, offering a herbal, savoury top note. Majoram has a slightly eucalyptus-like smell with spicy undertones and Basil is well known for it’s fragrant and unique uplifting scent. I find the Rose Absolute compliments the herbal ingredients well and sweetens the overall scent with it’s floral touch. Lastly, the Peppermint Oil adds a refreshing note that sits under the main fragrance, but isn’t at all overpowering as mint can be. It’s so nice having a scent that’s so unlike what Lush usually produce.

The real wonder of this bath bomb is that it’s actually colour changing! As you can imagine, after you’ve just dropped it in, it starts by dispersing a cloud of the same blue that colours it into the water. But as it shrinks and fizzes away, the hidden core reveals itself and steams of magenta fizz out into the tub and the bathwater quickly changes into a deep dark purple. At the end, out pops a little parsley sprig as a physical representation of the herbal components in this product.

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It’s such an interesting bath bomb to watch, and although there’s not much in terms of pretty swirling bath art, it’s really cool to watch as the colour changes so quickly. The scent remains all powerful throughout your bathing experience too and I found it incredibly calming and relaxing whilst I was soaking.

Once I was out, not only was the scent still ever present on my skin but my body was feeling noticeably softer and visibly brighter. Peppermint has a great effect on the skin for increasing the blood flow, helping skin to look healthier and more radiant.

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In conclusion, I’m really pleased I got to try out Magic after only reading about it for years. It’s definitely a product to go for if you love a really unique and unusual scent, plus the story about the witch is pretty cool too! Fingers crossed it’s true and I’m now blessed by a witch myself too.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Majoram Oil, Rose Absolute, Basil Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Fresh Parsley Sprig

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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

Birth Of Venus Jelly Face Mask

Each one of the five jelly masks have a unique name inspired by five women who work for the company. Lush co-founder Rowena Bird recently won the National Venus Award in the UK which recognises and celebrates British business women. Birth of Venus is dedicated to her.

As a whole, the jelly masks have a certain hydrating quality because of what they’re made from. Like with all of Lush’s jelly products, the soft and wobbly texture comes from the addition of Carrageenan Extract, derived from a type of seaweed. Anything with seaweed in it is going to be great at adding moisture, softening the skin, and soothing any irritation.

Birth of Venus contains some other incredibly soothing ingredients too. Its main ingredient is actually Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, which has been chosen for not only its soothing effects but also for its toning and balancing effects. Similarly, Lavender Absolute also has wonderful soothing properties, as well as being balancing and antiseptic. I’d say that Birth of Venus is one of the most balancing products Lush currently have and it’s perfect for anyone who, like myself, struggles with ‘combination’ skin as it really helps to even out the oil production.

This jelly mask also contains soothing and calming Chamomile Blue Oil, cleansing Kaolin which draws out toxins and impurities from the skin, and Fresh Sea Water which is full of many different minerals. Minerals are vital for the skin. They help to maintain water balance and keep the pH of the blood and lymphatic systems stable, which is essential for healthy living.

Birth Of Venus has a gorgeously unique scent. You can detect the floral and herbal elements of the lavender, rose and chamomile but there are grounding resinous notes coming from the addition of Olibanum Oil and Myrrh Resinoid in there too. It’s a very relaxing and fresh ‘spa’ like scent, but I also imagine smoking incense sticks whenever I smell it. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense has toning and soothing properties on the skin and Myrrh also has soothing properties but is also antiseptic.

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If you’ve never used a jelly face mask before, you might want to give one a go. I was really unsure when they first came out but now I love them. They’re so easy to use, though they do take a little longer to apply and take off than a regular mask. To apply you need to squidge a grape sized amount into the palm of your hands before smoothing over your face and the best way to take one off is either with a flannel or a damp cotton round rather than just splashing your face with water. Unlike the fresh face masks, these jelly masks are self preserving, which means they last a lot longer and don’t have to be kept in the fridge where you could forget about them!

I think Birth of Venus is my favourite out of the five currently in the all year round range, it leaves my face feeling so soft and matte, perfect for a morning before make up. I love this product!

Ingredients

Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Kaolin, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Sea Water, Talc, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Olibanum Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Ylang Song Bombshell Bath Bomb

Recently, Lush decided to discontinue some of their Oxford Street exclusive bath products and we said goodbye to a few I had sadly yet to try. Ylang Song Bombshell isn’t being discontinued but I thought I better try it quick incase there’s another purge!

I didn’t know much about this bath bomb but the fact I knew it contained petals made me excited to try it! Although it looks fairly plain, I think there’s something quite elegant about it’s design, with just a single purple everlasting flower petal.

Ylang Song Bombshell is scented with Ylang Ylang Oil, as the name suggests. Ylang Ylang is great for brightening your mood with it’s fragrant and heady sweet smelling floral scent. It pairs beautifully with other aromas and Lush have mixed it with woody Rosewood, uplifting and fresh Neroli and the familiar smell of Rose resulting in a very fresh and natural sweet floral scent that evokes a real sense of nature and serenity. Its a fairly strong fragrance but delicate on the nose and mind too.

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In the water, a relatively fast fizzer, the bath bomb almost instantly reveals its hidden colour, a beautiful light green, which clouds the water fairly quickly. Halfway through the fizz, a handful of Rose, Peony and Everlasting Flower petals emerge, decorating the surface. There’s no bath art but the petals would only get lost if there was. I love having petals in my bath so it’s a winner for me already and it did look beautiful. Reminding me of a floral meadow, with the delicate scent still very much present, helping me picture that scene.

Once I was in I noticed how soft the water felt, I didn’t realise but Ylang Song Bombshell contains a generous amount of Fine Sea Salt which softens the water by removing impurities. I noticed my skin was particularly soft and smooth once I was dry too.

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In conclusion, I’m really glad I got my hands on this bath bomb and I really enjoyed using it. I can still smell the beautiful fragrance on my skin a good couple of hours later so that’s a bonus! This product is a definite must try if you’re unsure.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour, Peony Petals, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rosewood Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Absolute, Yellow Rose Petals, Purple Everlasting Flowers, Carissa Edulis, Water, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090

 

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Sex Bomb Shower Gel

When the six new bath bomb inspired shower gels were released online, I told myself I’m only allowed to get two. So I had a big decision to make. I definitely wanted Turmeric Latte and then it was a toss up between Sex Bomb and Goddess. I decided to go with Sex Bomb because Sex Bomb Bath Bomb was one of the first bath bombs I ever tried from Lush and I was eager to try the scent in another format.

I’m a huge fan of Jasmine so the Sex Bomb scent really speaks to me. I”d describe it as very powdery and floral yet sweet and seductive. The bath bomb contains three ingredients that make up its scent. Fragrant Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac and has been used as a richly sensual perfume for centuries and in aromatherapy to reduce anxiety. Clary Sage has a strong herbal and green smelling aroma and is widely used for its stimulating, sensuous and evocative qualities. Ylang Ylang Oil is sweet and floral and is also considered an aphrodisiac. This bunch of ingredients are perfect to get you in the mood.

The shower gel also contains these three ingredients as it’s main scent but there’s something slightly different about its aroma. With the first sniff, I will say I was a little unsure. I think the Clary Sage is slightly stronger in this format and in the bottle there’s almost a ‘synthetic’ aroma that was slightly off putting.

Sex Bomb Shower Gel contains a couple of new ingredients too. Lush have added Fresh Passion Fruit Juice for its reviving and brightening effects on the skin. Passion Fruits are rich in vitamins A and C that greatly benefit the skin. Although Jasmine is a staple of Sex Bomb products, it’s grouped with Rose and Ginseng in an infusion of the three ingredients. Roses are known for being one of the most soothing and calming ingredients on the skin whereas Ginseng brightens skin by stimulating the circulation and carries many antioxidants too. I could also be the inclusion of these new ingredients that’s slightly altering the scent.

Sex Bomb has a very thin and runny consistency but in the shower it lathers up wonderfully and feels so soft and smooth on the skin thanks to Lush using a seaweed extract in its formula. It’s also filled with sparkling lustre which, considering the bath bomb itself isn’t sparkly, I wasn’t really expecting. Very Snow Fairy-esque.

In the shower, I was relieved to find the true Sex Bomb scent really coming out which filled my bathroom with its dreamy aroma. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better version of the smell as it’s truly perfect. I must say that the scent suits this shower gel format really well!

After I was out and dry, my skin was looking visibly brighter and feeling smooth and softened. Bring a fairly subtle and lighter scent, I wasn’t expecting it to linger for too long afterwards but I could still smell it on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was amazing. All in all, I’m very happy with this shower gel!

Ingredients

Jasmine, Rose and Ginseng Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Passion Fruit Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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