Shower, Shower Jellies

Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly

Originally available for Christmas 2015, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly is now a staple of Lush’s Christmas range. It’s rather unique because it’s not the usual shower jelly shape, it’s shaped to literally look like Santa’s round belly!

Like all jellies, the base is made from Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract, derived from Irish Moss Seaweed. This gives Shower Jellies their texture, and helps to moisturise and nourish your skin. This particular Jelly is a deep red colour, filled with gorgeous golden stars and sparkles!

Santa’s Belly boasts the crisp, vibrant scent of fresh apples, very similar to Once Upon A Time Body Lotion. It’s so refreshing to use in the shower and is really unlike a lot of other Lush scents. Usually when you think of ‘refreshing’ your mind takes you to either Mint or Citrus, so it’s nice to have another really fresh scent to choose.

The scent is mainly from the addition of Fresh Apple and Red Grape Juices. Fruit juices are often rich in antioxidants and vitamins which help to brighten and refresh the skin, they are also great to add to cleansers because they cleanse without stripping moisture. Uplifting oils such as Neroli and Bergamot also add to the cheery scent.

There’s also a slight warming note to the scent from Star Anise Infusion. Stimulating, antiseptic Star Anise is often used in festive products due to it’s appealing, spicy aroma.

This is one of my favourite jellies, I really like the scent in this format and it’s really rather unique amongst all the other jellies! It’s so lovely to use in shower, it lathers up so much and the scent really stays on your skin for a long while!

Grab it whilst you can in stores and online now!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Star Anise Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Apple Juice, Red Grape Juice, Bergamot Oil, Rose Absolute, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 77491

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask

The name of this Fresh Face Mask comes from when BBC presenters Anna Ryder Richardson and Charlie Dimmock came to the Lush factory to create a new product, and BB Seaweed was born.

BB Seaweed is a great mask for everyone as it has a multitude of benefits for all types of skin and is the perfect all rounder.

Don’t be put off by the colour or consistency, it’s grey, feels like wet clay and features little chunks of rose petals and seaweed in it but believe me it’s truly wonderful.

The first ingredient is Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, these plants are mucilaginous, which makes them soothing when applied topically. BB Seaweed contains lots of other soothing ingredients such as Rosemary Oil, toning Rose Absolute, revitalising, mineral rich Toothed Wrack Seaweed and Seaweed Absolute and Aloe Vera Gel, all helping to calm down any redness or inflammation.

Cleansing clay based Kaolin works with antiseptic Honey to deeply cleanse the face, drawing out any impurities. It also contains mild exfoliants in the form of both Ground Almonds and Millet Flakes, helping to gently buff away dead skin cells.

Honey also helps to moisturise and protect the skin along with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

For those looking for a good mask to tone and tighten then this might be a good one to go for. Rosemary, Patchouli, Violet Leaf and Rose are all astringent, helping the pores to contract.

Whenever I use BB Seaweed my face feels remarkably softer, it’s my go to when simply, I just want my skin to feel extra nice. It isn’t drying whatsoever, nor does it add to any excess oils, in fact Bentone Gel and Rose should help to balance out any excess sebum issues. Perfect for those with ‘combination’ skin.

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On the face, it is instantly soothing, especially when it’s taken straight from the fridge which is where it needs to be kept due to the completely fresh ingredients. It’s not particularly scented but it gets a natural scent from the earthy and herbal components.

I could go on and on talking about the benefits of this wonderful mask but you should definitely find out for yourself over on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Lime Tree Flower and Sweet Violet Leaf Decoction, Kaolin, Honey, Glycerine, Ground Almonds, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Millet Flakes, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bentone Gel, Fresh Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Patchouli Oil, Rosemary Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

The scent of Avocado Co-Wash has long been loved by Lushies and staff, but it’s only recently that Lush have actually started to notice and bring out other products with the same zingy sweet citrusy scent. The first of these was in the form of a shower gel called Avocado Wash.

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Ugh I am literally enamoured by this scent. It’s high-key one of my all time favourite scents from Lush and ever since smelling a lump of Avocado Co-Wash for the first time I’ve been desperate for other formats.

As already mentioned, it’s a zesty, juicy sweet citrus scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and protective Olibanum adds a slightly more fruity note compared to it’s zesty partners. I’d actually argue that the scent is slightly more powerful in this version than it’s predecessor. Which is only a bonus.

Although this bright green shower gel has quite a thin consistency you’d be mistaken if you didn’t think it had ample skin softening properties. Like it’s hair care counterpart it’s full of Avocado Oil and actual Fresh Avocado. Avocados are incredibly nutritious and are full of a beautiful unsaturated oil that’s perfect for rehydrating old, damaged and dry skins, not to mention that Avocados are full of vitamins to help improve the skin’s appearance. Carrageenan Extract, derived from Seaweed also gives Avocado Wash a more luxurious feeling despite how runny it is.

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When in use the shower gel foams up nicely, creating a beautifully fragrant lather that’s so irresistibly moreish and leaves you so refreshed and feeling clean, and nourished skin that smells divine all day. I just want to bathe in it all day it’s really that nice! Though saying that you really don’t need to use much each time, a little really does go a long way.

After every use, the shower gel does have a tendency to separate due to the high oil content, but please don’t let that put you off using it, you just need to give it a good shake before you use it again and it’ll be as good as new.

Frankly I think this shower gel is one of the best Lush have ever done and it 100% deserves to be in their year round range. I’d also very much like other products featuring this marvellous scent please Lush.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fresh Avocado, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser

Aqua Marina is one of Lush’s fresh cleansers. This creamy product is full of fresh ingredients straight from the sea and is designed to calm sensitive and irritated skin.

Unlike the other Fresh Cleansers on offer, Aqua Marina has a very different consistency, it’s more creamy and has the texture of a soft clay, however you do use it in the same way as the others, by taking a pinch and adding water until you get a paste.

With a base of Glycerine, Kaolin and Calamine Powder, Aqua Marina is really cleansing, but in a gentle way. Kaolin is perfect for absorbing excess oils and sebum on the skin and helps give the product it’s texture. As well as being an effective cleanser, Calamine is also excellently absorbent and is one of the best ingredients for soothing irritated, red and delicate skin.

As you can see, Aqua Marina literally has whole chunks of seaweed in it. Seaweed is a fantastic mineral-rich ingredient with many different uses. It’s not only calming for any inflammation and redness, but is also great at nourishing and softening the skin. Lush use two types of seaweed in this product, Irish Moss (in gel and powdered form) and Nori. Similar to seaweed, added Aloe Vera also soothes, softens and moisturises.

Although it’s relatively undetectable, Aqua Marina does have Fine Sea Salt mixed in to it, creating a really gentle and small exfoliant. Because of this be weary when putting it on freshly shaved faces or legs because it can sting!

This fresh cleanser has a very ‘oceanic’ scent shall we say, due to the seaweed and calamine content. Although Orange and Patchouli seem to be added to combat the slightly fishy smell, they don’t seem to do much work. Luckily, both these essential oils aren’t totally useless, they also add to the antiseptic and toning qualities of this cleanser.

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I think Aqua Marina is one of the best products to use if you’re dealing with red, puffy, itchy skin, or any irritation or rashes just because it’s so effective at calming the skin down and has benefits for both oily and dry skin types. Personally I find Aqua Marina to be greatly mattefying but can be a tad drying, so be sure to use a good moisturiser afterwards if you’re someone with dryer skin. I use some whenever I get rashes due to the change in weather/temperature and it works like a charm!

Check out Aqua Marina on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Irish Moss Gel, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Fine Sea Salt, Nori Seaweed, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perfume

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Face, Moisturisers

Skin’s Shangri La Facial Moisturiser

With Tibetan origins, a Shangri-La is described as a paradise of complete bliss, delight and peace, especially one seen as an escape from ordinary life. This moisturiser definitely takes your skin to it’s happy place for a wholly rejuvenating experience.

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I first started using Skin’s Shangri La when I was looking for a night cream and it was excellent in that role. It’s a really rich moisturiser that’s perfect for someone with dry skin, mature skin, or skin that’s in need of some extra TLC.

The main ingredient is an odd one. It’s something called ‘Queen of Hungary Water’, which is a distilled product made up of rosemary and alcohol and is what ended up as the basis for the world’s first alcohol based perfume. The legend goes that this ‘tonic’ was made for Queen Elisabeth of Hungary (1305-1380), but there are some conflicting facts and legends about the exact date of invention, and even conflicts about whom the potion was originally made for.

For a youthful appearance, one was supposed to drink the tonic, rub it on the skin, inhale it and bathe in it. Rosemary is rich with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties whilst vodka is astringent and toning, minimising the appearance of pores. Lush included this interesting ingredient because this moisturiser is a step towards a healthy and youthful appearance.

Skin’s Shangri La is full of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are perfect for mature or damaged skin as they do a lot for the health and appearance of the skin, including reducing the signs of ageing. Fresh Wheatgrass is rich in nourishing vitamins and protein, great for promoting cell regeneration; Wheatgerm Oil to plump the skin and Almond Oil is another vitamin rich ingredient that is also incredibly hydrating .

We also have a great deal of moisturising ingredients such as the Almond Oil; conditioning Jojoba Oil, which is easily absorbed by the skin; highly nutritious Toothed Wrack Seaweed, which helps the skin to retain moisture; protective Beeswax and deeply conditioning Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil.

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Because it’s an incredibly rich cream, I’d personally prefer to use it in the evenings to rejuvenate my skin over night. Though dryer and mature skins could get away with using it as part of their morning routines. It’s also a great moisturiser to use during the Winter as it’s great for protecting the skin against the bitter cold!

After using, I not only feel intensely hydrated but incredibly soothed as well. Skin’s Shangri La also features Aloe Vera Gel and Evening Primrose Oils to help calm any irritation or redness.

This is one of Lush’s more scented moisturisers so for someone who dislikes too much of a smell for their face then perhaps this isn’t for you. Though saying that, it is a lovely scent of nutty vanillary goodness.

For more information on all of the beneficial ingredients Skin’s Shangri La boasts, check it out on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Queen of Hungary Water, Fair Trade Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Toothed Wrack Seaweed, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Beeswax, Vanilla Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Lanolin, Triethanolamine, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Face, Under Eye Masks

Mortal Kombu Under Eye Mask

As someone who suffers with v bad dark circles, I’m always on the look out for something to combat this. When Lush unveiled this product for the first time for the UK at their Manchester Lush Showcase I had to get my hands on one.

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The best thing about Mortal Kombu is how simple it is. It literally is just a piece of seaweed. No packaging. No hassle. Honestly what can’t seaweed do?

This innovative product is cut from 100% sustainable, mineral rich Kombu Seaweed which is sourced in Japan. The growers and harvesters know the importance of maintaining the environment of their kelp forests to keep their business sustainable, this is why they work on numerous marine conservation projects and do regular beach and seabed cleaning. Kombu Seaweed, like all seaweed, is perfect for its toning and calming effects on the skin.

To use you simply soak the mask in warm water (such as in the bath) for a few minutes to allow the seaweed to moisten and thicken, then separate along the perforation into two halves which fit neatly under the eyes. Leave on for around ten minutes then remove and massage in the soothing seaweed gel left behind.

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The mask really feels super nice on the skin once applied, I left mine on for more like twenty minutes because it felt so good! A great thing about this mask is that unlike some eye masks, Mortal Kombu gives you the option of keeping your eyes open!

Infused into the seaweed we also have Witch Hazel Extract and Green Tea Infusion and Extract. Witch Hazel is ideal to maintain healthy skin as it prevents bacteria growth and is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. And like when you drink Green Tea for it’s antioxidant quality, it has the same effect on the skin, leaving it soothed, clear and firm.

As already mentioned, once you remove the masks you’re left with a lovely gel on your skin that is great to rub all into your under eye area and because it produces quite a lot, you can do your whole face too! My eyes feel so rejuvenated after this mask and the skin there feels noticeably healthier and stronger.

Although you can purchase this product at the Naked Shops in Milan and now recently opened Berlin, it’s not a staple of UK stores just yet, but I hope it will be in the future as I’d really love to use this product again!

Ingredients

Kombu Seaweed, Green Tea Infusion, Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel Extract

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Bath, Bath Bombs, Jelly Bombs

Secret Arts Jelly Bomb

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Formally known as ‘Dark Arts’ Jelly Bomb,  I’m sure you can guess, Secret Arts Jelly Bomb is inspired by the fictional world of Harry Potter and due to the jet black colour it leaves the water after dissolving, it was definitely the one I was most excited about when the Jelly Bombs were first released last year.

All of Lush’s Jelly Bombs contain an ingredient called Sodium Alginate, which is what creates the jelly-like texture in the water. Sodium Alginate is extracted from mineral rich seaweed and is actually a fine white powder until it expands and thickens in the water. Like most ingredients derived from seaweed, Sodium Alginate is beautifully softening for the skin, which is by far the biggest pro of the Jelly Bombs in my opinion. You literally feel like a newborn baby after stepping out of the bath, a feeling which really does last.

Another pro is definitely the smell, Secret Arts has a lovely unique scent to it, which isn’t too strong or overpowering. A mixture of uplifting Brazilian Orange Oil, stimulating Cinnamon Leaf Oil and sweet Almond Essential Oil, it leaves behind a warming, almost chocolatey/cakey sort of smell.

I always recommend anyone who uses the jelly bombs to add them in whilst the bath water is still running, so by the time you get in yourself, the jelly bomb should have completely dissolved, as she’s a very slow fizzer. You also need to make sure the water is quite hot to really get the jelly going, as it doesn’t fare well in colder waters – the jelly has a tendency to clump together around the ‘fizzer’ parts of the bomb, meaning you’re left with lumps of non-fizzing bath bomb bobbing about which you have to smush with your hands.

Secret Arts starts off with black streams fizzing and oozing out but hidden away inside is a section of pink which looks really pretty against the deep jet black.

The only thing I don’t like about Secret Arts Jelly Bomb, and all Jelly Bombs in actual fact is that you don’t feel totally ‘clean’ after using it. I’m someone who loves the feeling of being clean and refreshed and unfortunately the slime-like jelly does have a tendency to stick in body hair, meaning I had to shower after having a bath to remove it all. Furthermore, especially with the dark colour of this particular Jelly Bomb, it does stain a rim around your bath meaning you will have to give it a good scrub down afterwards. A relaxing bathing experience it wasn’t.

All in all, I think the idea is great as it’s something really different and kids sure do love it. I would definitely recommend trying each Jelly Bomb once but I won’t be using the same one twice anytime soon.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Alginate, Cornflour, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 17200, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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