Bath, Bath Bombs

Peng Bath Bomb

Peng is like the ultimate summer bath bomb. It’s literally designed to look like a beach ball which makes it really appealing, especially because we’ve not had much of a summer this year in the UK. I’m not sure on the name though, Peng is a terribly British slang word for something or someone attractive and it’s awful. I tried explaining it to an American friend and it’s just a no from me. As always, Lush love to feel like they’re really down with the kids.

Peng didn’t initially stand out to me but after looking at the ingredients list, I was quite excited when I first saw it whilst researching the 30th anniversary range of bath bombs. Containing Sandalwood, Rosewood, Styrax Resinoid and Litsea Cubeba, I imagined it to have a sweet woody fragrance, with simple lemony undertones. When I physically got my hands on it, I was a little disheartened as it isn’t quite what I expected.

The lemony fragrance of Litsea Cubeba is definitely the strongest aroma to come through and I found myself wondering if they’d perhaps fragranced it like a Dragon’s Egg by mistake as the two smell quite similar. Underneath the main note, there is a slight woodiness from both Sandalwood and Rosewood Oils but I’m afraid they’re nothing more than a delicate touch.  It’s a little less overtly citrusy and more fruity than Dragon’s Egg but honestly I don’t think they’re that different. I guess the cinnamon-like warmth from the Styrax offers a tad more distinction, but it’s nothing notable and not what I wanted, so I guess I’m a little disgruntled.

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I was hoping that Peng would make up for betraying my hopes with a nice show in the water and to be fair, it did. The three primary colours fizz out pretty quickly whist the white sections are a little slower at dissolving but it was much foamier than I thought it would be. Even though the blue was mostly outshined by the other two colours, it actually made for some pretty bath art before turning a warm shade of orange. Even that reminded me of Dragon’s Egg, just without the lustre!

Whilst I was bathing, the aroma filled my bathroom, which did bring out more of those woodier notes with the Litsea Cubeba drawing into the background slightly, which was nice to experience. The effect of the scent as a whole had an uplifting and energising effect on my mood which I really needed after a long few days. Afterwards my skin was feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and the scent lingered lightly on my skin up until I went to bed that evening.

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In conclusion, I didn’t dislike Peng as such, but I can’t say I liked it that much either, it really wasn’t what I though it was going to be and compared to some of the other bath bombs available, it’s nothing special.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Rosewood Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Litsea Cubeba Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Trumpets Bath Bomb

Fairy Trumpets is a beautiful looking bath bomb and one I was really eager to try! Who am I kidding? I’m eager to try them all! I feel like it’s a bath bomb that really stands out and would have looked great among the other floral inspired bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day.

The scent of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with greener elements to it as well. Containing Chamomile, Orange Flower and Rosewood it’s not too far off the fragrance of Figs and Leaves Soap and Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb, with the Orange Flower coming through quite potently. It’s uplifting and bright and is a scent that really puts you in a good mood. The Chamomile gives a slight herbal note to the aroma, which is well known to relax and soothe the mind and the addition of Rosewood offers a gentle warming undertone to the scent. If you’re into your florals then you’ll surely love Fairy Trumpets.

Once popped in to your bath, Fairy Trumpets will put on a quick display that won’t win any awards for being the most exciting but it was nice to watch even still. There’s aways some excitement when you’re seeing a bath bomb fizz for the first time anyway. The yellow colouring fizzed away quite quickly, revealing pinky red colours underneath which also fizzed away rather fast, resulting in a deep orange shade with little patches of red oils floating on the surface. I should mention that these oils actually stained my skin (and my bath) a little, so perhaps its best to mix them in before you get in.

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After it had dissolved I could really notice the floral aroma filling my senses as it permeated throughout my flat. Fairy Trumpets also contains popping candy, which was a nice little surprise to hear. As I was soaking away I felt tranquil and at peace with the uplifting scent still sticking around.

Once I was out, my skin felt soft and renewed. Chamomile has excellent soothing properties so it’s great for any irritation you may have on your skin. The scent was still lingering over my body which I could smell for hours after, which I was really impressed with.

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To conclude, whilst I wouldn’t say Fairy Trumpets is anything to write home about, I am glad I crossed it off my list. I really want to be able to try each of the celebration bath bombs but I’m beginning to think that it may not be feasible, so apologies if I don’t get round to using them all!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Chamomile Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rosewood Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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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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