Bath, Bath Bombs

Youki Hi Bath Bomb

Youki Hi was first created as a celebration of Chinese New Year. The red and gold colour scheme is representing the colours of the Chinese dragons which dance along the streets during new year parades. It’s also named after a legendary Chinese beauty, said to be one of the must beautiful women ever to have lived. It’s currently made a return as one of the Harajuku Exclusives/30th Anniversary Bath Bombs.

I’ve been longing to get my hands on this bath bomb because is shares the same scent as Flying Fox Shower Gel and Lust Perfume, both of which I absolutely adore. It looks beautiful, sharing a similar design as Sakura Bath Bath but is far more entrancing. The red pattern on top is actually sea salt, something that features throughout the bath bomb too.

The essential oils making up the scent are slightly different to Lust Perfume, but are exactly the same as Flying Fox. I think this slight change actually makes this bath bomb a little sweeter, something I noted with Flying Fox too, but it’s still the heady intoxicating aroma of Jasmine coupled with the sweetness of Ylang Ylang that’s easily the most prominent note in all three products. It’s a very potent aroma and storing this bath bomb in my room up until now has been glorious.

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I’e always found it difficult to really describe this scent because it’s so unique and you really have to experience it for yourself to understand it. I’ve seen some pretty strong reactions to this scent and it’s very marmite, you either love it or hate it, both with a passion. Both Jasmine and Ylang Ylang are known for their sensual and aromatic aromas and are commonly used as aphrodisiacs. Palmarosa Oil adds a similar note, with more rosy undertones and is also widely used in the cosmetics industry because of its firming and toning properties on the skin. Lastly, we have Cypress Oil, which adds subtle fresh and resinous notes. All of these essential oils are well known for their abilities to easy stress and anxiety too – bonus!

Once popped into the water if I’m honest there’s nothing that visually spectacular about it. Youki Hi foams up slightly, revealing chunks of dyed red Sea Salt embedded into it. It dissolves fairly quickly and produces a warm peachy coloured bath but not much bath art other than wisps of white foam on top. The sea salt made it more visually appealing but the main surprise was a hidden Amaranth Flower in the centre. Due to the high content of salt, the water was soft and luxurious, something I really noticed once I was in and when I was out and dry my skin felt beautifully silky and smooth.

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The Lust/Flying Fox scent is well known in Lush as being one of the most potent scents, and like I said, the bath bomb itself definitely shared that same quality. Even when the product had dissolved into the water, I could still smell the wonderful aroma in my bathroom. However, I was also expecting it to really linger on my skin, considering the perfume does for ages, but all I was left with was a really subtle and basic version of the true scent. I was actually fairly shocked! Luckily I have a bottle of Lust Perfume and doused myself in it to quell my disappointment.

All in all, I did really enjoy my experience with Youki Hi. I’m over the moon to have finally experienced this scent in a bath bomb form and whilst I do think it’s more suited to fragrances and shower products, I’m still a fan.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Yang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Amaranth Flowers

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Hair, Hair Treatments, Hot Oil Treatments

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment

Reminiscent of indulgent hot chocolate sticks, hot oil treatments are great for a cosy, pampering night in. Damaged is great for hair that is just that, whether it’s caused by heat, chemicals or bleach, this hot oil treatment is full of ingredients to replenish and restore.

If you’ve not used one of Lush’s hot oil treatments before, you fill a mug or empty black pot up with boiling water and stir the wooden stick in until the product has completely melted. Allow the treatment to cool for 20 minutes before applying to dry hair. Sit back and relax for another 20 minutes and shampoo and condition as normal. It’s very simple, it even has a little guide on the wooden stick should you get confused.

Damaged contains incredibly nourishing ingredients that deeply hydrate and moisturise the hair such as Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Almond Oil. Olive Oil is amazing at improving the tensile strength of the hair and protecting it; Almond Oil is conditioning as well as being full of vitamin E and lastly rich Avocado Oil is a wonderful ingredient which is protective, strengthening, conditioning and full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. These ingredients are also fab at boosting the hair’s shine.

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment further contains Guar Gum (like in most conditioners) to reduce static for sleeker, more manageable hair; Fine Sea Salt to add some texture and lift and lastly Vanilla Absolute, which is more for it’s fragrance but it is additionally soothing and antibacterial on the skin and scalp. The sugars in vanilla also act as a humectant, preventing moisture loss.

I think Damaged smells really great, like icing sugar and vanilla ice cream, but it’s a very subtle scent and sadly doesn’t linger in your hair after using it. But let’s face it, you shouldn’t be choosing a hair treatment based on smell anyway!

My hair is naturally more on the oily side of things rather that dry and as far as I know isn’t actually damaged at all, so in all honestly I probably didn’t need to use this product, but I’m glad I did. I tried it for the first time the other night and my hair felt so soft and rejuvenated afterwards, without being too greasy or heavy as it was easily washed out. With my medium length hair I only needed to use half a mug full of the treatment but it will last up to four weeks so I can use it another time soon!

In conclusion I’m super impressed and my hair is definitely thanking me for using this treatment. If you’re looking for a little pick me up, Damaged might be a great option to go for!

Ingredients

Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Guar Gum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Fine Sea Salt, Cream of Tartar, Perfume, Citric Acid, Vanilla Absolute

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Cookie Dough Body Scrub

Alongside the six brand new and limited edition shower gels Lush released online this month, they also released a body scrub designed after the currently Liverpool exclusive lip scrub Cookie Dough. After absolutely living for the lip scrub, I just had to pick up Cookie Dough Body Scrub.

As soon as you pop open the lid, you’re immediately greeted by a warm, nutty aroma that to be honest, reminds me of marzipan, cherry bakewells and buttery caramel more than actual cookie dough. But it’s still a mouthwatering and indulgent scent that just makes me want to grab a spoon and eat it, it looks lust like chocolate ice cream too! Compared to the lip scrub, it replicates the scent well but I find the body scrub’s aroma is a lot deeper and stronger.

The scent is actually made from a number of different ingredients. Vanilla Absolute gives a strong sweet and comforting aroma with Almond Essential Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Pistachio Oil adding those nutty undertones. Balsam Fir Resin has a unique fresh and woody scent whilst Cocoa Powder and Carob Resinoid offer a rich and chocolatey ‘baked’ aroma.

Whilst Lush have chosen to call this product a body scrub, I’m tending to think of it as more of a body cleanser, as I don’t really think it’s exfoliating enough to warrant actually being named a body scrub. It contains a generous amount of Granulated Sugar and Fine Sea Salt but its consistency feels much more doughy, like that of a fresh facial cleanser rather than the likes of Rub Rub Rub.

Due to this unique texture, I did find that cookie dough took a while to get used to. I scooped out a piece but really had to press it into my skin under the water to get it going. I actually preferred to roughly work it between my hands before smoothing over my body. The lather it produces is one of the creamiest I’ve ever experienced from Lush and once it was really working it felt so velvety and luxurious on my skin.

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Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils are highly nourishing and protective for the skin. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E to support the skin’s overall health and oleic acid, which is an effective emollient, locking in moisturise. Integrated with soothing Aloe Vera Extract and skin softening Cornflour and Cocoa Powder, it really feels sublime.

As if this wasn’t good enough already, I was practically salivating in my shower because the scent’s strength doesn’t falter whatsoever. It fact, the sweetness really fills your senses as you’re smoothing it over your body and it sticks to the skin unlike anything. I was honestly still smelling it hours after my shower. I’m so impressed and so happy.

In conclusion, Cookie Dough is a fabulous product. I wish it was a little more exfoliating as I don’t really notice a difference where that’s concerned but if you’re wanting a gentle and light scrub then it might really work for you. Other than that, I’m in love and I reckon it’d make a great addition to the year round range. There’s definitely space for it!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour, Talc, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Perfume

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Geode Bath Bomb

Naturally forming geodes are hollow, vaguely circular rocks in which crystals and minerals are encased. I would tell you how they’re formed but this isn’t a science blog so you can google it. Geode Bath Bomb is one of the many new bath bombs for the 30th anniversary and is arguably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush have created to date.

Designed to look like a real life geode, this bath bomb has a beige rock shaped body with a stunning purple top created by using lustre and different grades of salt. It’s scent is very similar to that of Peachy Bath Bomb from this year’s Valentine’s range but if I’m remembering correctly, I believe Peachy was a tad more fruity and sweet. Even still, Geode contains different ingredients being Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Styrax Resinoid.

It’s a fairly grounding floral and woody aroma to me, with subtle hints of the three ingredients. Soothing Lavender gives the light florals, whist Bergamot adds a fresher uplifting note. Styrax Resinoid has a sweet cinnamon-like aroma and being a product not often used by Lush is likely what gives the bath bomb its unusual scent. Sadly, I wasn’t a massive fan of Peachy’s scent and I can’t say I’m overjoyed that Geode smells similar.

Once delicately placed into my bath, Geode began a beautiful display. It fizzed very slowly, beginning with not much more than a few wisps of creamy foam floating around it and the deep purple top colour seeping into the water.

As it went on, a trail of pink emerged from inside the bomb itself and slowly but surely the water took on a golden shade, which finally settled into a pinky, rose gold once it had all merged together. The golden lustre looked marvellous as it ebbed and flowed under the surface and the addition of Popping Candy created a crackling sound below. This more then made up for not liking the scent very much.

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Speaking of the scent, it was actually much more subdued in the water and I didn’t mind it as much. I was definitely getting slightly more floral notes at first but I couldn’t smell it anymore after a while. Didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was still marvelling at the stunning water which was beautifully soft thanks to all the Sea Salt!

Once I was out and dry whilst my skin felt great, again there was no sign of the scent lingering on my body. I was also surprised at the seemingly lacking glitter that was covering my body as I expected a whole lot more! Maybe this means Geode is a great bath bomb if you like glitter in your bath but don’t want to be covered after!

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In conclusion, I really enjoyed Geode. I think if it had a different scent, it would probably be up there with some of my favourites from recent times! It’s definitely a must try and I’m glad I got to try it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Silica, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Big Blue Bath Bomb

Big Blue has been a classic Lush bath bomb for a long time. It was designed to mimic the relaxing experience of being in shallow ocean waters, complete with lots of sea salt and strands of seaweed too. Even the gorgeous scent evokes the feeling of a summer day at the seaside.

Big Blue’s fragrance is made up of Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil and Seaweed Absolute. I love this scent, it’s equally calming and refreshing and really puts you in a good headspace, whilst helping you unwind. It’s got a strong spa-like aroma so its no surprise that Lush use Big Blue as room fragrance in some of their spa treatments. The Lemon and the Lavender intertwine nicely into a fresh, somewhat citrusy, somewhat floral scent, whilst the addition of Seaweed Absolute gives the overall ‘oceanic’ note and ties it all together nicely.

Once popped into the water, there’s no foam or bath art whatsoever as Big Blue is a plain old fizzer, but it more than makes up for that. The whole thing is over fairly quickly but you’re left with a gorgeous turquoise blue water with lots and lots of Arame Seaweed strands floating in it. The Arame that Lush use comes from southeastern Japan, where it’s actually hand gathered by women known as ‘Ama’. The average age of the Ama is around 70 years old which is impressive because the women dive as deep as 20m without the use of any breathing apparatus in cold waters.

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Arame Seaweed is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals which are highly beneficial for the skin. Along with the Seaweed Absolute, it helps to soothe and soften the skin and infuse the water with its goodness.

The water that Big Blue produces is incredibly soft. The amount of Sea Salt really makes the water feel so luxurious and you really can feel the difference. Like seaweed, Sea Salt is also full of minerals like sodium and magnesium. It doesn’t just soften the water, but your skin too. Both Lemon Oil and Lavender Oil have cleansing and antiseptic properties on the skin, so they’re not just there for the pretty smell either.

I could spend hours in a bath with a Big Blue, I find it so relaxing and calming. It’s also kinda fun to swish the water around and watch as the seaweed disperses itself around your bath. Each time I bathe with one my skin feels so good once I’m dry, it’s always super soft and I can never keep myself from stroking it. The scent has amazing longevity too and I still smell it on myself hours after my bath.

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I doubt Lush have no plans to get rid of this bath bomb anytime soon, but if they ever do I’ll honestly be so sad. I also think it’s about time we had, maybe a Big Blue Body Spray? I imagine it would be pretty popular! Yes please Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Arame Seaweed, Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Dipropylene Glycol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19491

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Hair, Shampoo

Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo

Another product I was excited to get my hands on when I took a trip to see the exclusives at Lush Liverpool Spa was Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo. This shampoo is designed to promote hair growth and thicken the hair and that’s exactly what I look for. As a big fan of New Shampoo Bar, I knew I’d love this. Wasabi Shan Kui’s name literally means ‘Wasabi Wasabi’ as shan kui is the direct translation of wasabi in Mandarin Chinese.

Wasabi isn’t usually an ingredient you’d find in a shampoo but much like the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar, it has greatly stimulating effects on the hair follicles to promote growth. Anything that creates a warm or tingly sensation on the skin means it gets the blood flowing to the area and that encourages the hair follicles to get to work. Wasabi is no exception to that rule and if you’ve ever tasted it, you’ll understand why. Lush use both Fresh Wasabi and Wasabi Decoction in this shampoo. Wasabi belongs to the same family as Horseradish, so Lush have included it also for the same effects. Horseradish further produces a large amount of vitamin C which is beneficial to maintaining collagen production, an important protein found in the hair and skin.

Further boosting these stimulating effects, we have Caffeine Powder and Menthol Crystals. Just as caffeine is a stimulant for your brain, it’s stimulating for your hair too, whilst menthol has a unique effect on the scalp. It can disrupt the hair fall cycle, allowing the hair to be retained for longer. If all these ingredients don’t encourage your hair to grow then I don’t know what else will!

To thicken the texture and give volume, Wasabi Shan Kui contains both Sea Salt and Epsom Salts. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a volumised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

Obviously a good shampoo needs cleansing ingredients too, so Wasabi Shan Kui contains Fresh Lemon Juice and Agave Syrup, both of which have cleansing and antibacterial qualities. Agave Syrup is very much like honey in the way it adds moisture and soothes whilst Fresh Lemon Juice helps to enzymically break down excess oils, whist adding shine.

Furthermore, this new shampoo also contains Aquafaba and Olive Oil. Otherwise known as chickpea water, Aquafaba is full of proteins and other nutrients that strengthen and protect the hair. Olive Oil is mostly the same, but hydrates the hair too.

Although I don’t think I’ve been using this shampoo long enough to really notice a difference in the growth of my hair, especially seeing as I use other products to help with this issue too, I will say that it leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and looking healthy and thick. It kinda has a strange texture, the salt makes it slightly gritty, but that just helps get rid of buildup on the scalp and it doesn’t bother me too much.

I know everyone’s probably concerned about the scent of Wasabi Shan Kui but honestly it doesn’t actually smell that much of wasabi. Thanks to a mix of Orange, Lemon and Rose Oils it has a fairly uplifting fruity fragrance with just a hint of warmth in the background. So don’t let that put you off!

Wasabi Shan Kui is currently available online as part of this months Lush Labs release, so now’s a great chance to try it out for yourself! I’m really enjoying using it so I definitely recommend!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Wasabi Decoction, Epsom Salt, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Horseradish, Agave Syrup, Aquafaba , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fresh Wasabi, Caffeine Powder, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Menthol Crystals, Gardenia Extract, Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Colour 19140

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