Bath, Bath Bombs

Strawberries and Cream Bath Bomb

I feel like this is a very quintessential British bath bomb, it especially was over the summer what with Wimbledon going on anyhow. As you can see in the pictures, Strawberries and Cream is comprised of two bath bomb halves sandwiched together with a layer of soft butter. Lush suggest that you can actually twist and separate the two halves to share your bath bomb across two baths or with a loved one! I disagree, as Strawberries and Cream is a little smaller than your usual bath bomb, I’d prefer to keep the entire thing for myself. Which is exactly what I did.

Strawberries and Cream shares its scent with the ‘Yummy Mummy’ range and ever since I ran out of the shower gel of the same name I’ve been longing for something to fill the void. The Yummy Mummy scent is super fruity, with a sweet decadence about it. Bergamot and Geranium give uplifting and bright fragrance notes with the addition of Olibanum offering a deeper, creamy richness. Lush have also added a dash of Black Pepper, drawing on a culinary trick to bring out the fruitiness in desserts. I find it’s a very moreish aroma, but I do think it works best in a shower gel format rather than a bath bomb. There’s almost something chocolatey in the aforementioned gel, which I find is missing in this bomb.

Strawberries and Cream contains actual Strawberry Powder, although it’s not included for the scent as strawberries themselves don’t have much of a potent aroma. Instead the powder is for toning and brightening the skin with the heaps of antioxidant properties it has. Generally speaking, anything that’s super beneficial for you to consume is going to be good for your skin too! It’s why Lush’s products are often filled with fresh fruits and veg!

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In the water, this bath bomb puts on a real great show, sending out waves of bright red colours into the surrounding water, mixed with creamy white and a hint of green from the ‘stalk’. As the bath bomb is fairy quick to dissolve, you’re left with the Cocoa and Shea Butter centre that’ll begin to imbue the bath with its skin-softening benefits. I noticed just how silky and moisturising the water was almost immediately as I got in and whatsmore, the scent really amplified and filled my senses with the comforting aroma, perfect for a long relaxing soak on a crisp evening. Oddly, there was weird brown powdery globs floating throughout my bath, which I initially thought was cocoa powder, but I guess it’s the strawberry powder instead. The globs eventually disappeared into the water, it just wasn’t that pretty to start with.

After my bath was drained out and I had towelled myself off, the creamy sweet scent was still lingering over my skin and in my bathroom for the remainder of my evening, really making me happy each time I stepped back into the room. My skin felt incredibly soft and renewed as well as wonderfully hydrated, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed.

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All in all, Strawberries and Cream makes for a really great bath, I urge everyone to try it! I’m still holding out hope we’ll see the return of Yummy Mummy Shower Gel, maybe for Mother’s Day 2020? My fingers are crossed.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Cream of Tartar, Strawberry Powder, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Rose Jam Bubbleroon

Rose Jam Bubbleroon was one of the first ever Lush products I truly fell in love with and it what started my love for the ‘rose jam’ scent when I was still fairly new to the world of Lush. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons.

The bubble bar’s design mimics that of a gorgeous rose flower, with glistening pink sparkles adorning the top. Naturally inside you’ll find Rose Absolute as well as Rose Oil which is what makes up the main component in the scent. Rose absolute is thought to be of a closer smell to fresh roses whereas the oil is said to be a little more delicate, but both come from the petals of the flower. Lush’s main source of rose comes from Turkey, where the flowers are handpicked at dawn, when they are the most fragrant.

Geranium Oil has a sweet floral fragrance that is very similar to Rose Oil and contains some of the same components, such as geraniol, linalool and citronellal, which means the two pair together well. Lastly, finishing off the iconic Rose Jam scent we have Lemon Oil which adds a subtle fruity kick, though not massively noticeable in the scent as a whole. Rose Jam is such a feel good fragrance, it really makes me happy!

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Although Rose Jam is definitely big enough to get two or three baths out of it, I have no control so I used the whole thing!

Once crumbled under the running water, Rose Jam Bubbleroon produces such soft bubbles which float delicately atop vibrant pink bath water. The water itself feels really creamy thanks to the Cocoa and Shea Butter disc in the middle of the two bubble bar halves and if you look really closely at the water, you’ll notice tiny glimmering specks of glitter dancing beneath the surface.

Throughout my bath I could still smell the beautiful scent in the air, which only helped me relax even more.

After I was done bathing I stepped out to wonderfully soft and nourished skin. Although I sadly didn’t really notice much of a scent lingering over me, which was strange compared to how potent it was before. All in all, Rose Jam Bubbleroon is a fab product that holds a special place in my heart. I hope Lush never discontinue it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Lemon Oil, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Colour 77891, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Hand Care

Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Lemony Flutter is probably Lush’s thickest, creamiest lotion available. It’s designed to soften and protect your cuticles and nourish your nails. I have AWFUL cuticles and whilst I’m really bad at remembering to use this product, it actually does wonders.

The cuticle plays an important role in the health of your nails. They provide a protective cover for the tissue that grows new cells that build the nails. As you know, your nails are constantly growing – that’s why you have to keep clipping them. Taking care of your cuticles is important because it can lead to stronger, healthier nails and if you neglect them, your cuticles can cause some problems, including painful infections.

For healthy cuticles and nails, you need to cleanse, moisturise and protect them. Luckily, Lemony Flutter does all three! It cleanses with the help of antibacterial and antiseptic Lemon Infusion and Lemon Oil which eats away dead skin cells (and also gives the product its gorgeously zingy scent).

For adding moisture and keeping the cuticles hydrated, Lemony Flutter contains a whole host of amazingly beneficial ingredients. Blended Shea and Mango Butters make the product feel luxuriously creamy. Shea is richly nourishing and Mango Butter is filled with antioxidants and vitamins with damage-repairing properties.

It further contains a bunch of rich carrier oils that contain high amounts of beneficial fatty acids. Soya Oil is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, whereas Castor Oil is high in ricinoleic acid, as well as oleic. These substances are proven to be highly moisturising and conditioning on the skin. Linoleic acid helps to maintain the structure of our skin and oleic acid is one of the most beneficial substances for our internal and external health. Ricinoleic acid is wonderfully soothing.

Wheatgerm Oil offers twice as much vitamin E as most other vegetable oils, which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic (pain reliving). Lemony Flutter also contains Coconut Oil, Linseed Oil and Avocado Oil too.

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Lastly, to ensure your clean and hydrated cuticles are protected, Lush have incorporated both Beeswax and Lanolin into this product. Lanolin (or wool wax) is highly emollient and really easily sinks into the skin. Both it, and Beeswax create a protective film over the skin.

As I mentioned, Lemony Flutter’s aroma is zesty and lemony. But if you smell deeper, you’ll notice some herbal and floral elements hiding behind the tart Lemon. These come from the addition of Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil and Tagetes Oil, all of which are well known to have soothing and calming effects too.

Although it was created as a ‘Cuticle Butter’ because of its amazingly moisturising properties it’s really great to use on dry elbows, knees, heels or anywhere you need it. This really is a miracle product. I just need to keep telling myself to use it!

Ingredients

Fresh Organic Lemon Infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Soya Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Linseed Oil, Mango Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Perfume, Organic Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool,, Methylparaben Propylparaben

 

 

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Body, Body Lotions

Little Pot Of Energy Naked Body Lotion

At the moment, Lush really are paving the way for packaging free cosmetics. Nearly every product you can think of, whether it’s shampoo or moisturiser, has a naked and packaging free alternative. Although you could argue that their massage bars are technically naked body moisturisers, Little Pot Of Energy is currently the only ‘naked body lotion’ you can find in all stores.

I love how Lush design their naked lotions to look like their pots. It not only makes the product look cute but allows for an easy grip when you’re stroking it over you body. Essentially, Little Pot Of Energy works in the same way as a massage bar, melting against the heat of the skin and leaving behind a layer of hydration ready to be massaged in.

Little Pot Of Energy contains a mixture between Cocoa and Shea Butters as it’s moisturising base. Both butters are well known in the cosmetics industry for their abilities to really hydrate the skin and as great emulsifiers in naked products. Two waxes from vegetable sources have also been included in the product’s base to help it retain it’s shape, whilst also having their own protective and skin-softening benefits. Lush have further included rich Almond Oil which is full of vitamins essential for maintaining and repairing healthy skin. Almond Oil is one of the best moisturising oils you’ll find, perfect for a body moisturiser.

If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know I’m not a massive lover of citrusy or orangey scents. And considering this product literally smells like orange-flavoured sweets, I can’t say I’m its biggest fan. Little Pot Of Energy contains Grapefruit Oil as well as Orange Puree and Pink Grapefruit Puree for an uplifting, energising scent, it’s called the way it is for a reason! Lush have chosen specifically Pink Grapefruit because it’s sweeter than the standard yellow variety, otherwise I would probably think the scent would be too sharp. The high vitamin C content of both oranges and grapefruits works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten.

The zesty refreshing scent is easily transferred onto the skin after using the product where it’ll stay for a good few hours. I find it to be really quite potent as it’s almost like wearing a whole perfume so I apply it sparingly. Although the scent might not appeal to me, how it makes my skin feel really does. It melts so easily onto the body and really leaves skin softer and well nourished, I can use this in the morning and well into the evening I’ll still be noticing how smooth my skin feels, which is really quite something.

In conclusion, whilst I don’t think I’ll be opting for Little Pot Of Energy again, I think it’s a great body lotion option for someone who wants to go naked, but doesn’t like the typical massage bar shape. Of course, if you’re a citrus fan that is!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Orange Puree, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Grapefruit Oil, Perfume, Citral, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1

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Shaving & Hair Removal

Dirty Shaving Cream

Whether you shave your face or your legs or anywhere else for that matter, Lush’s shaving products are among the best out there. I’ve been using Dirty Shaving Cream for years and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever stop.

Dirty is a rich, non-foaming shaving cream that really protects your skin from the blade you’re using. You apply it in circular motions against the grain of the hairs to boost circulation and lift the hairs ready for shaving.

Its creamy consistency is from a base of Oat Milk, Safflower Oil and Shea Butter. Lush steep oats in hot water to produce a milk that is very soothing on irritated and damaged skin. If your skin is prone to shaving rashes and is easily irritated when you shave, you might find that Dirty really works for you. Safflower Oil is considered a great smoother for the skin and has an incredibly high percentage of beneficial unsaturated fats, allowing for easy application and leaves behind hydrated skin with the help of the Shea Butter.

Dirty further contains Honey, which is full of nutrients. It has antiseptic, antioxidant and softening properties to ensure the product is leaving behind clean and smooth skin. As a natural humectant, Honey retains moisture by forming a protective layer on the skin.

Dirty is actually incredibly good for someone with sensitive skin but still features a delicate yet heady scent. As part of the ‘Dirty’ family, it contains some of the essential oils that the original perfume does (the idea being that each Dirty product gets layered up to reach the true ‘Dirty’ scent). It’s somewhat floral and somewhat woody containing Lavender, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Cedarwood and Tonka. Lavender is ideal in a product for soothing irritated and sensitive skin and it, along with Tincture of Benzoin, Tonka and Sandalwood have anti-inflammatory properties, whilst Cedarwood has balancing and astringent qualities.

Dirty also features an ingredient called Lanolin. This yellow, waxy substance is extracted from raw wool by squeezing it (obviously after shearing the sheep!) and is an excellent moisturiser as it emulsifies water on the skin and holds it there, whilst creating a protective film. This, along with the Honey means that Dirty isn’t currently vegan.

As I said, Dirty has been a staple in my bathroom for a while now and I just love how easy and effective it is to shave with. I would say though, that it’s much more effective on shorter stubble rather than longer hairs. My skin feels so good after, very different from shaving rashes of the past!

Ingredients

Water, Oat Milk, Safflower Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Honey, Tincture of Benzoin, Cedarwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Lanolin, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Cream Egg Bubbleroon

For Easter 2018, Lush released three versions of this product. A blue and pink marbled effect variety, a yellow version with pink and blue spots and a variety that had a pink, yellow and orange circular design. 2019 saw the return of two of the three but who knows why the circular pattern didn’t return? If anything the spotted one is far less appealing to me anyway. Nevertheless I didn’t get a chance to try them last year so I’m glad for a second opportunity.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons. Usually Bubbleroons have a fairly moisturising quality which I can easily get behind.

Cream Egg is simply scented with Spearmint Oil and nothing else, which means that its fragrance is minty fresh and there’s not much more to say about it. Mint has invigorating effects on the mind and tones and brightens the skin. Using something mint-based in the bath has tension-relieving effects on muscular aches and pains.

Although I prefer the design of the pink and blue egg, I actually love the bright yellow water that the other one produced, though I’m not sure it’s a colour that is well suited to a minty fresh product like this one. Saying that, the deep purple colour was nice too. Each Cream Egg produced a mountain of super soft bubbles and although it was very faint, the cooling aroma wafted throughout the room.

Whilst in the bath, I was glad to feel that the water was imbued with the hydrating benefits of the Cocoa and Shea Butters. It’s nothing on that of Shoot For The Stars or Butterball but it softens the skin nonetheless. Both times I left my bath feeling revived and rejuvenated and my skin felt soft and hydrated.

I struggled to notice the minty aroma after being in the bath for a little while and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin either, but as someone who’s not a massive mint fan I didn’t really mind it.

I wonder if we’ll see the Cream Eggs back for a third year running? We’ll have to wait and see!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Spearmint Oil, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 15510

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Body, Massage Bars

Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar

As someone who considers themselves to be ~fairly~ active, I often get aches and pains from my muscles screaming at me for torturing them, so I’m always keen on trying products that will help relieve the tension and I’ve found that Wiccy Magic Muscles is one of the best!

As a massage bar, Wiccy is first and foremost a body moisturiser, being made with a base of Cocoa and Shea Butters, blended together along with Jojoba and Coconut Oils. I’ve definitely tried other massage bars that melt quicker and feel more moisturising than Wiccy, but it still gets that job done and leaves you with perfectly hydrated skin.

The main thing about this particular massage bar however, is its ability to help relieve muscular tension. As you can see from the pictures, Wiccy Magic Muscles is covered with embedded Aduki Beans on one side which act like firm fingertips when you’re smoothing  it over your skin, stimulating areas where the circulation is slow and reliving tension. The addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil and Peppermint Oil compliments this texture by providing a warming, tingling feeling on the skin. Both these essential oils have been proven to cause stimulating effects on the sensory nerve endings and the blood flow, relieving any uncomfortable pain.

Because of these ingredients, Wiccy has a rather potent aroma. It’s a spicy, minty, almost chocolatey mix of smells that I know some people really hate, but I don’t really have much an opinion of, it’s the benefits I’m after with this one. I do find the powerful fragrance is great at clearing my sinuses though!

I love to use Wiccy to moisturise my skin once I’ve stepped out of the bath or shower; I use the plain bottom side to do this before turning the bar over and using the Aduki Bean side for more of a massage. You should feel the tingling, cooling sensation almost immediately and it feels so good on tired legs! You’ve really got to be careful not to apply too much pressure otherwise the bar will end up breaking like mine has and the beans don’t really help with holding it together. Whatsmore is that towards the end of the bar’s life, they will fall out and it does get annoying. But if you’ve got green fingers, plant them! You can grow your very own aduki bean plant!

For the first time the other day, I actually used a piece of Wiccy Magic Muscles in a foot bath. I melted a chunk down in some water and sat my feet in it for a good thirty minutes and it did wonders at cooling and moisturising them! I’ll definitely be doing that again!

You can check out Wiccy for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Aduki Beans, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Eugenol, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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