Shower, Shower Jellies

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly

Deep Sleep Shower Jelly, like the name suggests is the perfect accompaniment to a shower before bed. The beautiful and relaxing scent is perfect to calm the mind and help you doze off.

Lush’s shower jellies all feature a base made from Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and is what gives it it’s jelly-like texture. This also gives all jellies a base level of hydrating effects.

Deep Sleep contains Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as an infusion from the seeds of sunflowers too. The petals create a soothing and calming infusion, whereas the seeds create an infusion that carries their moisturising fatty acids and antioxidants, great for hydrating and maintaining the skin’s suppleness and glow.

Along with the Sunflower Petal Infusion, the Lavender and Chamomile Oils that Deep Sleep contains are also well known in skincare for their soothing and calming qualities on inflamed and irritated skin. These two ingredients mix with uplifting and toning Neroli Oil to create the product’s scent.

The raw, natural smell of the Lavender is definitely the main note of the scent and to be honest it’s hard to pick out the other ingredients unless you really know what you’re looking for. Both Lavender and Chamomile have been used for centuries to aid relaxation, help with anxiety and allow for a more restful sleep. Neroli Oil’s intense green and floral scent is reputed to cheer up your mood and help you find inner peace.

Although it’s difficult to pick out in the scent, there’s a slight citrusy note in the background which likely comes from the inclusion of Fresh Orange Juice, which helps rejuvenate the skin. Oranges contain many antioxidants and their hight vitamin C content promotes collagen production. Anything citrus based is also great for cleansing the skin and tightening pores.

In the shower it’s great and the scent really lifts and becomes more powerful under the hot water. Sadly it doesn’t leave much of a lingering aroma once you’re dried off.

I love to pair Deep Sleep with a relaxing bath bomb or in an evening shower before whacking on some Sleepy Body Lotion to really put me in the mood for bed. Sadly though, Deep Sleep will be leaving us soon to make way for another jelly, so grab one while you still can!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Sunflower Seed Infusion, Fresh orange Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Lavender Oil, Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute, Neroli Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 77491

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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, Hair Treatments

Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum

Arguably the best thing about Lush’s newest spa store in Liverpool is their wide range of exciting new haircare products and there were some that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. My hair is very thin and often looks limp and lifeless so Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum sounded like it would be great for me. The name is a play on will-o’-the-wisps, which are ghostly lights in folklore though I don’t know why Lush chose this name for it.

The main ingredients of Willow The Wisp is a heavy load of Silken Tofu and Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel. Tofu has a high protein content and heaps of vitamins which makes it fantastic for strenthening and thickening the hair. This, plus the high salt content is mainly what’s responsible for giving you that volumised feel. The seaweed gel is also full of nutrients and it also forms a protective barrier on the hair, giving it a shine and adding moisture.

This product doesn’t just contain Sea Salt, but Epsom Salt too. Epsom salts were discovered in the town of Epsom in Surrey where they’re found naturally in springs but essentially have the same benefits as regular salts, just with a different mineral content. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a texturised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

As well as it’s thickening effects, Willow The Wisp is great at boosting shine and glossiness thanks to not only the seaweed, but also to Lemon and Lime Juices and Olive Oil too. As citrus juices are astringent, they add shine to the hair as their acidity causes the hair follicles to lie flat, meaning they reflect more light. Olive Oil is extremely beneficial to hair as it hydrates, protects and nourishes the hair as well as improving the tensile strength.

A couple of somewhat strange ingredients have also been included in this product and they’re Polyvinylpyrrolidone and Ethyl Macadamiate. Although they sound scary, each one is completely harmless and further benefits the hair. Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP is a polymer that thinly coats the hair and gives a gentle hold, to avoid you losing that volume right away. Ethyl Macadamiate is derived from macadamia nuts and also forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective from heat and humidity.

To use this serum you simply work a few pumps of the product through hair before drying and it’ll get to work. Lush suggest using it on washed damp hair but I don’t see why you couldn’t use it whenever you need a boost. It’s much like Sea Spray in that way but rather than simply spraying over, you actually need to work the liquid through the hair. I love the feeling of my hair after using this product, it definitely does what it says and I really notice a difference after using it!

The other thing I’m really loving is the scent! Willow The Wisp features a sweet fruity and rosy fragrance that you can really smell when it’s in your hair thanks to a mixture of Rose, Rosewood and Benzoin Resinoid. Whatsmore, Benzoin Resinoid is very protective for the hair, preventing it from losing moisture.

Lush are really taking great steps with so many great hair care products and I’m excited to try and write about more! I’d definitely recommend this fab product so grab one while you can as they’re currently online in this month’s Lush Labs release!

Ingredients

Silken Tofu, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel, Water, Propylene Glycol, Epsom Salt, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Ethyl Macadamiate, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Rosewood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

 

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Moon Spell Bath Bomb

Out of all the bath bombs Lush have released this year for their 30th Anniversary, a couple that really caught my eye were Moon Spell and Star Spell. These are two-in-one bath bombs that interlock with a star or a moon shape inside.

Looking at the colour scheme and the name, I originally guessed that Moon Spell would be Sleepy scented, or at least contain some form of relaxing lavender-based scent. However, it actually contains Brazilian Orange Oil and doesn’t feature much of a strong scent at all. The Orange Oil gives a somewhat fruity sweet vibe to the fragrance but that’s really all I get from it.

Moon Spell is actually half jelly bomb, with the pink half containing Carrageenan Extract. Carrageenan comes from dried and powdered Irish moss seaweed which rehydrates when it comes into contact with water and produces a jelly-like consistency. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the jelly bombs but as this is only half, I’ve been hoping I won’t mind it!

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Once popped in the water, each half quickly begins fizzing but very differently. The blue half foamed up more, fizzing slowly and almost unnoticeably, whereas the pink half fizzed in the way a jelly bomb does, with thick clumps coming out from it. I did expect more in terms of bath art but before long each half had almost completed the fizz, leaving behind a light blue/purplish bath. Sadly the scent still hadn’t really made itself known to my nose.

The jelly wasn’t actually very prominent either, the only time I really felt it was when I was running my hands through the pinky goo that had appeared from the bath bomb. Once it had mixed into the water, it was pretty much gone and in fact it didn’t feel any different to a usual bath bomb. I did notice these adorable little pink cellulose stars floating under the water which is a nice touch.

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I will say that after my bath my skin did feel soft and hydrated so that’s a bonus but as I had guessed, the scent left no lingering reminder on my skin.

In conclusion, this bath bomb is a slight disappointment. The design is so cute but I feel as though they let it slide with everything else, but that’s just my opinion.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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Face, Toner Waters, Toners

Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water

Out of the three toner waters Lush do, Breath Of Fresh Air is arguably the most refreshing and hydrating. I love to use it at work during the summer to instantly cool and refresh my skin (when I’m not wearing make-up of course!).

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Breath Of Fresh Air’s main two ingredients are Spring Water and Fresh Sea Water. Lush’s Spring Water comes from underground lakes in Dorset. The water there is recognised internationally for its purity and high levels of sodium, which preserves elasticity of blood vessels. Spring Water is also full of vital minerals that benefit the skin. The Sea Water Lush use comes from the crystal clear waters in Studland Bay on the south coast of England and is also full of sodium and other minerals that the skin craves.

This toner water is chock full of soothing ingredients such as Aloe Vera Gel, which is excellent at calming redness and irritation, whilst softening the skin. Carrageenan Extract is derived from a type of seaweed and anything containing seaweed is great at hydrating and nourishing the skin.

In terms of scent, Breath Of Fresh Air has a fresh scent with floral and earthy notes and something very ‘oceanic’ about it. It contains essential oils from Rosemary and Patchouli along with Rose Absolute and Seaweed Absolute. Each one of these oils and absolutes have great soothing properties, with Rose and Rosemary being balancing and Seaweed Absolute being full of essential nutrients too.

Although Tea Tree Water is a staple in my skincare routine as my toner, during the summer I love to spritz Breath Of Fresh Air if I’m in need of a little pick me up on a hot day. On the side of the bottle it suggests taking it on long haul flights to combat cabin pressure skin, which sounds like a great use though I’ve not tried it myself.

You can find out more about this toner water here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Spring Water, Fresh Sea Water, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Perfume, Carrageenan Extract, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Limonene, Linalool, Methylparaben

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Face, Face Masks, Jelly Face Masks

1000 Millihelens Jelly Face Mask

When Lush created their Jelly Masks, each one was dedicated to and named after five of Lush’s most powerful women and this one is named after one of Lush’s co-founders, Helen Ambrosen. The phrase also comes from an Ancient Greek poem, The Iliad, in which Helen Of Troy was said to have had ‘a face that launched a thousand ships’ so a millihelen (which would be enough to launch a single ship) has become a humorous measurement for beauty. 1000 millihelens makes up one whole Helen.

Incase you’ve not come across jelly face masks before, they’re an interesting concept and much like Lush’s shower jellies, each one is created with a base of Carrageenan Extract which gives the masks their squidgy texture. Carrageenan Extract comes from Irish moss seaweed and seaweed is expertly hydrating for the skin, meaning that each one of these unique masks has a fairly moisturising element.

1000 Millihelens is the one that’s been designed to be cleansing, detoxifying and brightening, perfect for anyone trying to prevent breakouts due to its highly antibacterial ingredients.

The two main components of this face mask are a Green Tea Infusion and Fresh Apple Juice. Green tea is thought to be very antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for the skin and likewise apples are also rich in antioxidants to brighten and refresh the skin also. The malic acid contained in the fruit gently exfoliates the the skin’s top layers leaving it toned and glowing. The Green Tea, along with Chlorophyllin is what gives the product its green colour without the need for any colorants.

This jelly face mask further contains both Kaolin (or china clay) and Zeolite Clay, which are two natural clays that again detoxify the skin by drawing out the impurities, further paving the way for a clean and clear complexion.

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A couple of essential oils have been added to 1000 Millihelens which each have their own benefits as well as adding to the mask’s scent. Sicilian Lemon and Brazilian Orange Oils are also antiseptic and brightening for the skin, whilst Neroli Oil is toning and soothing. The scent of the mask is mostly dominated by the crisp appley scent with a herbal element from the unmistakable Green Tea Extract, though these essential oils somewhat add a slight fruity note of their own.

Lastly this face mask contains an ingredient that’s well known to those who have trouble fighting spots – Witch Hazel Extract. It’s a common ingredient in skincare because of its ideal ability to maintain clear and healthy skin. It is proven to be incredibly antiseptic, tightening and soothing.

Although they can be messy and annoying to use, I’m a big fan of the jelly face masks. Their self-preserving formula means they last a lot longer than the Fresh Face Masks and you don’t have to keep them in the fridge where they’re easily forgotten about. Also the seaweed content means they don’t really dry on the skin like other face masks can do, they remain the same soft texture all the while that they’re sat on your face.

1000 Millihelens always leaves me with noticeably brighter and softer skin and does wonders at keeping it clear. Check it out for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Green Tea Infusion, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Kaolin, Talc, Fresh Apple Juice, Zeolite Clay, Carrageenan Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Neroli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Water, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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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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