Bath, Bath Bombs

Guardian Of The Forest Bath Bomb

Guardian Of The Forest has been around for quite some time now and I believe it debuted in 2015 as an Oxford Street exclusive product. Recently it became available in all stores year-round but sadly is about to be discontinued for good. This is a bath bomb I’ve used before but not for a while, not since I started this blog anyway. Of course I had to ensure I managed to use it one last time, both for blogging reasons and to say goodbye.

I love the design of this beautiful bath bomb as it’s got something really quite magical about it, especially with a name like Guardian Of The Forest. It conjures up ideas of woodland deities and enchanted forests you might hear about in fairytales and storybooks. It’s also scented rather beautifully too in my opinion.

Containing both Oakmoss, Cypress and Rosewood Oils, its no surprise that the scent is intensely green and earthy. Oakmoss has a deep, mossy aroma – adding the poignant earthy note to the fragrance. Woody Cypress Oil blends well with Oakmoss, adding greener, fresher notes and it’s really these two ingredients that made up the strongest portion of the scent. Aromatherapists believe Cypress to be calming during times of emotional stress and use it to stimulate feelings of joy and happiness. Rosewood Oil has a unique aroma that’s equally rosy, spicy and woody, adding something a little more complex but further mixing with the Oakmoss and Cypress well. Lastly, Guardian Of The Forest contains Lime Oil, giving subtle citrusy, zesty undertones.

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The resulting fragrance is deep and meditative, yet remaining bright, gentle and slightly sweet. Whenever I smell this perfume I can’t help but imagine walking through tall forests in the summertime, with lots of mossy undergrowth and basking in the nature around me. I really love scents that transport me elsewhere.

In the bath, Guardian Of The Forest is foamy and fizzy, colouring the water a luscious green colour almost immediately, with gorgeous patterns comprised of different shades of green and white on top. Before long, a stream of yellow revealed itself, intertwining with the green and resulting in some awesome bath art. It may not look it, but Guardian Of The Forest is filled with sparkling silver glitter too, which looked really beautiful floating through the water.

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Even after the bath bomb had fully dissolved, I could still smell the grounding aroma in the air which really helped me relax into my bath, it was really quite potent and even after I was out and dry, I was still able to smell it on my body. Although there’s no ingredients that really stand out for their soothing and softening properties, my skin felt so baby smooth and silky after this bath, I was seriously impressed. The silver lustre also lightly coated me too, which is a great bonus in my eyes.

To conclude, I’m quite sad that Guardian of The Forest is leaving us, likely for a long while if not forever, but I’m glad that I managed to use it one last time before it went. If you’ve not already, you definitely want to give it a go, don’t miss out!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Rosewood Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 59040, Colour 42053, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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Bath, Fun

Flamingo Fun

Lush Liverpool currently have an immense amount of exclusive products, from perfumes to make up, from shower bombs to bath oils. They also have over ten exclusive bars of Fun! Flamingo Fun is based off of a long discontinued bubble bar called Pink Flamingo.

I never actually ever tried Pink Flamingo for myself at home but I’m instantly reminded of it’s fruity scent after smelling this neon pink Fun bar. Rosewood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang create a scent that’s reminiscent of juicy sweets and fizzy drinks. Rosewood has a unique woody aroma that’s equally rosy and spicy with a hint of citrus in the background. Ylang Ylang is known for its sweet floral aroma and lastly the Bergamot adds uplifting sherbety notes. It’s a pretty subtle scent but when it’s up close the almost orangey sweetness comes out and it’s really lovely.

You can use a bar of fun in many different ways. Essentially it’s a mouldable bar of soap so you can play with it, wash with it, use it as shampoo or use it like a bubble bar to create a bubble bath. I’ve also heard of people using its uniquely creamy lather to shave with though I’ve yet to experience that myself.

Whenever I use a bar of Fun, I tend to use half to create bubbles in my bath and then use the remainder as my soap. Flamingo turned the water a lovely shade of pink and created a decent amount soft and foamy bubbles though usually with Fun baths its best to create more by swishing your hands through the water. The water always feels really soft when you’re making a bath with Fun due to the high about of Glycerine and Cornflour leaving your skin silky and smooth. This same effect occurs when I’m lathering up the product over my body, it leaves behind such a soft and luxurious lather!

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Sadly, after I had washed by body and after my ‘soap’ bar had fully dissolved, the already subtle scent was becoming more and more unnoticeable and even after I was out and dry there’s wasn’t much of it lingering on my skin.

I don’t find Fun to be super moisturising but it definitely isn’t drying like some of Lush’s soaps can be. I did still find myself needing to lightly coat my body in a lotion though.

In conclusion, it’s been great experiencing this scent again in another format. Flamingo Fun is pretty decent but I can’t say I’m gagging to try it again.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 74491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 17200

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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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Hair, Hair Styling

Sea Spray Hair Mist

Sea Spray is the closest thing that Lush currently have in all stores to standard hair spray. It’s a great volumising mist that you spray all over the hair to give shine, body and hold.

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As you can imagine with a name like Sea Spray, this product is essentially a volumising salt spray. It contains Fine Sea Salt, along with mineral-rich Fresh Sea Water to increase volume. When salt dries on the hair it swells, giving a thicker feeling and appearance. Sea Spray also contains Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract which work together to hydrate the hair.

To keep that thicker effect lasting all day, Lush have added an ingredient called Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short, which forms a thin coating over the hair and helps to maintain it in the position you wish. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product.

The quantity of PVP isn’t as strong as it necessarily could be, so even after using Sea Spray, there’s room for movement. I find that it fixes hair nicely, but not too much that it leaves it feeling crisp or rough. Furthermore, because PVP is water soluble, it’s very easy to wash out.

You can use this product on both wet and dry hair, but I personally prefer to use it on damp hair before blow drying. I spray it at the roots and it leaves a nice textured effect that helps my generally thin hair appear fuller. On dry hair, it’s great for when you’re going for a messier look and it also leaves a glossy shine, thanks to Grapefruit Oil.

The Grapefruit Oil, along with Rosewood and Neroli Oils give Sea Spray an uplifting and refreshing scent, which I find lasts on the hair for most of the day. Each one of these essential oils is proven to be antibacterial and cleansing, paving the way for healthier hair too.

In conclusion, Sea Spray is a favourite product of mine to really help against my lack of volume. The only downside I have is it really doesn’t look good when your hair is on the greasier side in the day or so before you wash it. It would be great if perhaps Lush developed a similar product with less moisture perhaps?

Check out this wonderful hair mist here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Carrageenan Extract, Fresh Sea Water, Glycerine, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Limonene, Linalool, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Neroli Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Rosewood Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Citral, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Methylparaben

 

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Cloak Of Invisibility Bath Oil

When I’m looking for a product to accompany me into my bath, I rarely ever give the range of bath oils a chance. I’ve used a few in my time, but apart from my indisputable favourite Furze, none of them really spark joy to me. I love bath bombs and bubble bars because of the element of fun, something I kinda feel the bath oils lack. Nevertheless, I opted for one I hadn’t tried before for my bath tonight, mostly because it smells similar to one of my favourite perfumes. I chose Cloak Of Invisibility.

The idea behind this one is that it’s meant to make you feel invisible from all your worries, so you can have a relaxing bath in peace, and with a strong scent of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Rosewood, it allows you to have just that.

With the first two scent ingredients being Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, Cloak Of Invisibility is very similar to the heady scent of Lust Perfume. If you don’t know the perfume, Lust is mainly about the sexy and intoxicating scent of the Jasmine mixed with sweet and floral Ylang Ylang. In this bath oil, it’s somewhat subdued, perhaps dampened by the surrounding butters, and the addition of the Rosewood adds a resinous note that distinctly differs it from Lust. It’s much more subtle and floral, so if you prefer that side to the perfume then this might be a nice option for you.

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As a bath oil, it’s designed to melt in your warm bath water, imbuing it with the moisturising and hydrating benefits of the butters and oils that they’re made from. Cloak Of Invisibility is one of the more solid bath oils in the range and is predominately Cocoa Butter, with smaller amounts of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Almond Oil too. Almond Oil is a wonder ingredient, as it’s packed with vitamin E with nourishes and deeply conditions the skin.

Once I had popped mine in the bath, it unfortunately sank to the bottom where it sat, slowly softening in the water. They’re usually known to float and I’m gutted not to get any better photos of my own, so I stole this one below from Lush!

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Bath oils take around ten minutes to fully melt and once this one had, it gave the water a slight orange hint that was moderately filled with glistening golden lustre. I was pleased to realise that the scent was staying with me throughout my soak, helping me relax and sink in to my meditative bath. Once I was out, my skin was gorgeously moisturised, yet not oily, and the scent remained in a subtler version on my skin for a good while after!

Check out this bath oil for yourself here over at Lush UK!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Organic Shea Butter, Jasmine Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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