Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Let Go Atmosphere

Lush’s Atmospheres were designed with the philosophical belief in ‘the law of attraction’ in mind. The law of attraction is the belief that positive or negative thoughts bring positive or negative experiences into a person’s life. The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and that through the process of energy attracting the same type of energy, a person can improve their own health, wealth, personal relationships etc. Each Atmosphere contains a specific concoction of scents that relate to four things you’re likely to desire – Love, Joy, Money or to Let Go. After a particularly stressful day, I chose Let Go to calm my mind and help me let go of my worries.

This particular Atmosphere is definitely the most simple of the four as scent-wise it contains nothing but Lavender Oil. Lavender’s floral and herbaceous scent has long been used in aromatherapy to relax and ease the mind and it’s also perfect for aiding a more restful sleep. The scent of Let Go is by far one of Lush’s purest Lavender scents and simply smells as though you were smelling a handful of actual lavender buds.

The Atmospheres are fantastically innovative, they’re actually doses of shower gel contained in a biodegradable seaweed casing and all you do is pop the casing and use the inside as a gel like normal. The consistency of the gel is a lot thicker than Lush’s generic shower gels and it can be hard to really get it to lather up, but I guess the thickness helps it stay in the casing easier. I do find that the two atmospheres I’ve used so far have both been very moisturising on my skin, leaving me feeling beautifully smooth after.

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Another benefit of Lavender Oil is that it’s naturally anti-septic and therefore it helps to gently cleanse your skin. The Atmospheres also contain cleansing Sea Salt so they aren’t just a pretty smell, they do a good job too! Just be careful when you’re popping the ball as you can end up losing some down the plughole.

I’m a real sucker for Lavender scents, they really work on me so I definitely felt a lot calmer once I was out of the shower. Although Lush say that each Atmosphere is for one use only, I reckon with the amount of gel inside them you can definitely save some for at least one more shower, but even still it’s hard to justify spending £12 on just four showers which is where the main problem lies. It’s a great idea but I believe Lush need to make a couple of changes if they want to increase the Atmospheres’ popularity.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Lavender Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Love Atmosphere

When I first saw a picture of the Atmospheres, way before their initial release which honestly feels like forever ago, I was certain that they were Lush trying to be on trend and they were going to be Lush’s version of Tide Pods! Perhaps for the bath, or maybe Lush were going to be venturing into the laundry detergent market? Surely not? Even still they certainly looked exciting and I was eager to try them!

Fast forward to now and the Atmospheres have been out for a good while but I’m only just trying them now after being gifted them! I choose Love as the first one I used because I really like the Love scent! If you don’t know anything about the Atmospheres, they were designed with the concept of packaging free shower gels in mind and that’s basically what they are! These colourful squishy spheres are a single dose of shower gel wrapped in an environmentally-friendly layer of seaweed that can be washed down the plughole or popped on the compost heap! They’re packaged in recycled and recyclable box where you get four in each pack. Each one is meant to represent a goal as each Atmosphere releases a specific concoction of scents that help to focus your mind to bring into reality the things you chiefly desire – Love, Joy, Money or to Let Go.

The Love scent is a fragrance of apple orchards and sweet cider, it’s a spicy and sugary concoction of zesty Lemongrass and Bergamot and sweet Ylang-Ylang, with seductive and flirty notes from Jasmine and Rose Oils. It’s ambient scent is meant to provoke amorous thoughts and by laws of attraction, hopefully you’ll gain new found love! Oddly, although Love Atmosphere sure smells exactly like the perfume, it replaces Bergamot for Orange Flower and the Jasmine seems to have been removed for reasons unknown.

Once you pop open the seaweed casing, the gel easily spurts out and to my surprise was actually rather thick, consistency wise half way between a gel and a jelly! It looked nice and sparkly so I quickly rubbed it all over my body. I did find that perhaps due to the thickness, it was hard to get it to lather up a lot but that wasn’t a massive issue. For the future I’m definitely going to be more careful when bursting the casing as I did end up holding too much and losing a decent amount down the plughole!

Lush say that each Atmosphere is for one use only, but I reckon with the amount of gel inside them you can definitely save some for at least one more shower, though you might have to decant it into another container. It’s probably for the best too as currently each box is priced at £12 so you’re probably going to want to make them last as long as possible!

I did find that my skin was incredibly soft once I had used the product, likely due to the seaweed content, but a big negative was the fact that the scent had entirely disappeared once I had finished using it.

In conclusion, whilst the idea is great and I think that the Atmospheres are such a fantastic, innovative new product I really cannot justify spending £3 per shower, especially for something that didn’t really live up to the expectations so it seems unlikely I’ll be making a purchase again but stay tuned for posts on the other three Atmospheres soon!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Cleansers, Face

7 To 3 Cleansing Wipe

When I first saw the prototype for these unique wipes at the 2018 Showcase, I was bowled over by them in all honesty. Lush really are paving the way to a future where packaging and cosmetic waste is a thing of the past. These alternatives to make-up wipes are reusable, biodegradable and packaging free and I’m gagged that Lush have managed to create such an innovative product.

Now I’m not gonna lie, the wipes themselves look a little like slices of turkey, or some other deli meat, but don’t let it put you off! They’re actually made from a base of Carrageenan Extract, which is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. Because of the hydrating and soothing seaweed base, these little wipes are excellent for sensitive skins.

The name 7 to 3 comes from the fact that 7-3 is the Lush manufacturing hours, and the product incorporates the same ingredients as the 9 to 5 liquid cleanser: Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Fresh Dove Orchid. Clarifying Dove Orchid is known for gently cleansing and purifying the skin, removing toxins and fighting spots. It’s also a great ingredient to use for its soothing qualities, along with Everlasting Flower. Ylang Ylang is toning and balancing, restoring the skin’s natural pH balance for a clear and healthy complexion. To further help the cleansing action, 7 to 3 contains finely ground Cannellini Beans and Talc which act as gentle and mild exfoliators.

Most people use facial wipes for convenience and their quick and easy use, but Lush’s version does take a little more time and effort, and you also do need water. You start by wetting your face and also approximately half of the wipe, which you then glide over your skin, working it into the eyes and into places where make up is heavy. Put the wipe down and continue to massage the creamy residue into the face before rinsing clean. I know that it’s not exactly the same as using wipes and believe me, Lush have had a lot of feedback about it BUT here’s something to think about. Facial wipes make up 93% of material found in sewer blockages. That’s a whopping amount and the majority of those are not biodegradable as they contain synthetics and plastics. Personally, I’d rather put a little more effort into cleansing my face than contribute to ruining the environment, but that’s just me.

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From using them myself since the UK launch, it’s true that if you’re wearing heavy lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, or the like then you’re going to need a little more help to get rid of it. But neither make up wipes, nor 7 to 3 are designed to tackle heavy make up anyway. I’ve found that it’s perfectly capable of taking off your everyday light make up and is a great first step in a two-part cleansing routine.

The wipes are supposed to last for about a weeks worth of uses, and you can definitely make that happen by not getting them too wet with each use, and letting them dry out after.

Whilst I think that these incredibly unique wipes are an excellent invention, I’m probably going to stick to my Ultrabland as a make-up remover but I’ve never been a user of wipes anyway. However, if you are someone who uses make-up wipes regularly, then please give a thought to the environment and opt for a switch.

You can check out 7 to 3 here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fresh Dove Orchid Infusion, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Ground Cannellini Beans, Carrageenan Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Whoosh Shower Jelly

I feel as though Whoosh has been around forever. I’m not sure when exactly it was first released but it’s been definitely been over ten years. I first came across Whoosh when I was much younger, my mum had been gifted it by somebody and it sat for a long while in our bathroom. That’s until I realised what it was and became obsessed with how it felt, realising how much fun I could have with it! I’m pretty sure I destroyed it before my mum even had a chance to use it…

Shower jellies were inspired by the popular British staple at a kid’s birthday party, the combo of jelly and ice cream! Furthermore, they were actually invented for the company’s own 10th birthday in 2005!

Mineral-rich carrageenan extract, derived from seaweed, forms the unique solid base, therefore making the jellies actually pretty moisturising! It also is the perfect carrier for fruit juices and Whoosh features a triple threat of Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit, giving it a zesty uplifting fragrance that smells exactly like lemon and lime flavoured squash or sweets!

These citrus juices also make Whoosh very cleansing and toning for the skin. Large amounts of vitamin C in these fruits mean that they’re also very antioxidant, rejuvenating tired and dull skin.

Whoosh also contains a large quantity of Honey Water, amplifying the hydrating properties of the seaweed base and further protecting the skin. Rosemary Oil has also been added to balance and help with any tense muscular aches and pains!

I love using this energising jelly to wake me up on hot summer mornings, I grab it straight from the freezer so it’s extra refreshing! As someone who’s not a massive fan of citrus scents, I actually rather like this one, so would be pleased to see more of it in other formats some day. I always find my skin looks visibly brighter also, which gives me a boost of confidence as a nice added touch!

What are your thoughts on Whoosh? Let me know in the comments section and feel free to check out Whoosh for yourself, over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Honey Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Tincture Of Benzoin, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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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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