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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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Naked Body Conditioner

After really enjoying my potted American Pie, I was eager to try the naked version too! I personally find that usually the naked versions last a lot longer than their liquid counterparts, predominately because you aren’t using a great amount of the product with each use.

Upon first sniff, the two versions smell almost identical. Both are a very gentle recreation of the original American Cream scent but I actually really like it that way and you still get all the wonderful creamy notes of vanilla and strawberry. In the shower however, I do notice that the scent is somewhat stronger with the naked and actually I find that the Lavender is more easily noticeable, intertwining with the sweet Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the main component of the fragrance.

With a naked body container, you simply grab the whole thing and swipe it over your skin before putting it down and rinsing it off. The addition of the warm water allows the nourishing and moisturising ingredients to sink deeper and more quickly into the skin and I always find that I’m a lot more hydrated with a body conditioner than with a body lotion.

In terms of feeling, I’d actually say that I felt a lot more moisturised with this version. Perhaps it’s the addition of the Cocoa Butter, Japan Wax and Carnauba Wax (which help to keep the product solid) but it felt a lot more oily, yet in no way greasy. It was easily absorbed into my skin and felt effectively hydrating. Another change between the varieties is that this version doesn’t include any fresh strawberry, though I’m not sure it makes much of a difference.

Because of the difference in format, I’d recommend stepping out of the shower stream when applying this product, else it’ll quickly melt with the hot water and you really don’t want to waste any, plus it only makes it more messy.

The only thing that’s difficult with a naked body conditioner, and a lot of Lush’s naked products in general, is that storing them can be a hassle. I personally use the lids from Lush’s large black pots (225g) to sit my naked body conditioners on, which are actually the perfect size. 

After towelling off, I found that my skin was radiating the comforting scent that I’m really starting to admire, which was a big step up from it’s potted sibling. Again, I could definitely smell more of the powdery floral notes at this point too.

As with the American Cream Shower Gel, I’m definitely preferring the naked version of this product! How about you? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Fresh Orange Puree, Almond Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 73360.

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Body Conditioners, Shower

American Pie Body Conditioner

American Pie was another American Cream scented product released alongside the namesake shower gel for Valentine’s Day and is a body conditioner, which if you didn’t know, is a body lotion that you use in the shower. I’m a big fan of body conditioners, and with my new found love for the American Cream scent, I was super excited to try this one.

With a super luxurious base of Shea, Cupuaçu and Murumuru Butters, alongside Almond Oil, you can already tell that you’re in for a treat. Lush’s body conditioners are usually a step up from their standard body lotions in terms of how soft and hydrated your skin feels and American Pie is no different. All these ingredients do wonders at sinking deeply into your skin with all their moisturising benefits.

In the shower, you can definitely feel the product get to work as soon as you start slathering it over your body. Body conditioners really go a long way so only a little is needed each time, even for your whole body! Upon contact with the warm water whilst rinsing it off, the American Cream fragrance lifted and filled my shower area.

It’s a mix of Vanilla, Clary Sage, Lavender and Benzoin Resinoid that make up the comforting scent which was designed to replicate the aroma coming from a fresh plate of strawberries and cream, and sweet and delicious milkshakes. Whilst American Pie does contain real Fresh Strawberry Infusion, strawberries themselves don’t really have a strong scent and so are mimicked with the help of the other ingredients creating a sweet vanillary and floral fragrance. It’s a gentle smell, especially in this format and I know some people would have liked it stronger but for me, I think it smells perfect.

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As mentioned, American Pie contains Fresh Strawberry Infusion, as well as Fresh Orange Infusion, which sweeten the scent but mainly, both fruits contain many antioxidants and cleansing enzymes which rejuvenate and cleanse the skin respectively. Furthermore the four ingredients that make up the forefront of the scent are also wonderfully soothing and calming.

Like I’ve said, I’m a big fan of body conditioners and this one certainly didn’t let me down, my skin felt so smooth afterwards and I could still smell the lovely aroma wafting off my skin for hours after using it, especially so when paired with the shower gel! I often use body conditioners as nighttime hand creams because they’re super effective at moisturising dry skin and you only need a really small amount! Do you have any other uses for them? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Almond Oil, Fresh Orange Infusion, Fresh Strawberry Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Cupuaçu Butter, Murumuru Butter, Triethanolamine, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Perfume, Colour 17200

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Aurora Borealis Body Scrub

Recently Lush opened up their first naked store in the UK after the success of the naked stores in Milan and Berlin. Lucky for me I got to go to Manchester for the opening day! You won’t find any plastic packaging at this store as every product is completely naked. They have all the shower gels in naked forms, naked deodorants, shampoo bars and a couple of exclusive items such as Aurora Borealis Body Scrub.

Aurora Borealis is another name for the Northern Lights and the bright colours of this particular scrub suggests that’s why it was named so. It’s relatively small, but the price reflects that and you can probably get around five or six uses I reckon. Aurora Borealis contains Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil and Pineapple Powder and all three of these ingredients are the perfect cleansers as they’re all antiseptic, antibacterial and rejuvenating. Lemon Oil contains alpha-hydroxy-acids which are enzymes that cleanse the skin by breaking down dirt, excess oil and dead skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Spearmint and invigorates the skin, boosting the blood flow beneath and Pineapples are naturally rich in vitamins and other enzymes that cleanse and reduce swelling.

The scent is fruity and sweet with a hint of freshness from the Spearmint. It doesn’t overly smell of fruit or of mint but it’s a nice combination, not at all strong but it’s a lovely scent nonetheless.

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The actual scrub is made from Sugar and Fine Sea Salt to exfoliate and remove dead skin.  It’s actually rather abrasive when in use, and especially when it’s dry so it might be best to add a little water to it and mix it up into your hands before scrubbing your skin if you’d prefer a gentler exfoliation. Like with all of Lush’s solid sugar scrubs, if Aurora Borealis gets too wet it can fall apart, so it’s a good idea to break off a piece each time you use it so you’re not wasting any. A real bonus is that it looks so pretty when you’re using it with all the colours that cover your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt so beautifully refreshed and polished and I was surprised to notice that the quiet scent was actually lingering on my skin for a while after! In conclusion, Aurora Borealis was a nice shower companion and I’d happily grab one again next time I’m in Manchester! Let me know if you’ve had a chance to use this exclusive product!

Ingredients 

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Pineapple Powder, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 42090:2

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Naked Shower Gel

As with all their new shower gel releases, Lush are also releasing naked versions alongside them to encourage customers to choose packaging free options and to cater for those already following a more eco-friendly living. All of Lush’s plastic is completely recyclable and you can even bring it back to us in stores where we’ll recycle it for you if you’d prefer but if you know you’re bad at recycling or you can’t where you’re living then perhaps you should give the naked versions a go!

Lush remove the water and add an ingredient called Sodium Stearate to their shower gel formulas to get them to become solid. Sodium Stearate is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of stearic acid. It’s the perfect thickener for soaps and other products. The only problem I have with the naked shower gels is they’re very soft and therefore very messy and you need to make sure to store them appropriately in a container or on something to ensure you don’t leave any marks in your bathroom.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and vanillary scent that’s very reminiscent of delicious strawberry sundaes. The reproduce the scent with the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. There’s definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. Whilst I found that the liquid version had a somewhat synthetic after-smell, I find this version to be a lot truer to the actual American Cream Conditioner and others in the scent family.

You can use the naked shower gels however you like. Personally I prefer to have a good rub into my hands first and then cover my body with the lather, but I know lots of people like to cut up theirs into single use chunks, some blend it up into more of a whipped shower gel and some grab the whole thing and rub it all over! It’s really up to you.

I actually found that this particular naked really lathers up nicely and feels really creamy in consistency. I also found it to be a tad more moisturising than it’s liquid counterpart too and it really left my skin feeling so soft! Furthermore, I complained that my liquid didn’t leave a trace of the scent on my skin but the naked does! It’s very faint but the naked wins again!

I think if I had to choose out of the two versions I’d probably choose this version! Has anyone else had a chance to try both? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

 

 

 

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

American Cream Shower Gel

Whilst I know that the American Cream scent has a massive amount of love from Lushies old and new, I’ve never really had the chance to really experience it much myself as I don’t use the conditioner and because of that I was’t as overjoyed as some people were when Lush started to release more products in the same scent. I used Marshmallow World Bath Bomb and I really liked it but it’s not until I’ve started using this shower gel that I’ve really grown a new found love for the fragrance.

The scent itself is meant to replicate the aroma of delicious and creamy strawberry milkshakes and it definitely does just that. Although this gel does contain Fresh Strawberry Juice, it doesn’t do anything for the scent as the fruits don’t really have much of a fragrance. Instead the sweet strawberry illusion is from the richness of Vanilla and Benzoin Resinoid, with slight herbal and floral notes from Lavender and Clary Sage. It’s a very sweet and creamy scent and it makes you wanna cover yourself in it as the muskiness of the Vanilla and the Benzoin really envelops your senses with a feeling of comfort. I won’t lie, there’s a slight, almost synthetic after-note in this format, which I don’t really notice in the conditioner, nor did I notice with the bath bomb either but don’t let that put you off, it’s still good!

American Cream has a fairly standard consistency and was easily lathered into my hands and into my sponge in the shower, so I’m hoping that it’s going to mean it’ll last for a long time! The heat of the running water only boosted the scent which allowed me to have a really indulgent experience. This shower gel also contains a small amount of a seaweed extract which makes it really soft and nourishing.

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As already mentioned, Lush have added Fresh Strawberry Juice to this mix along with Fresh Orange Juice too. Both fruit juices contain malic and citric acids which cleanse and brighten the skin and they also contain vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants to help nourish and improve the skin’s condition and elasticity. Furthermore, the Lavender Oil, along with Clary Sage is great for soothing any irritation.

Once I was out of my shower, I sadly found that the scent had pretty much disappeared, which was a real shame, but my skin was feeling super smooth and refreshed.

American Cream is staying in stores throughout spring up until the summer, so you’ve got plenty of time to stock up if you’re loving it!

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200

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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Money Atmosphere

The third Atmosphere I went for was the green one, Money. The Atmospheres are supposed to work with the laws of attraction, being that by thinking about something you’re going to attract it. Money is something I definitely could use more of, so I’m fully hoping for it to work and if not then I guess I’ll just sue Lush for false advertising. It’s a win either way right?

Money is scented with the same scent as Over And Over Bath Bomb, a mix of Lime, Cypress, Fennel and Orris. The zestiness of the Lime is at the front of this scent, with deeper, spicy and herbal notes in the background. Lush describe this particular Atmosphere as ‘bringing independence imagined in zingy lime, freedom in bittersweet fennel and adventure in exotic orris’ and they tell you to ‘draw on the laws of attraction to see yourself enjoying absolute control, becoming master, not servant, to the trappings of wealth’, so I guess it’s more about gaining liberation from money than actually gaining more wealth but oh well a girl can try.

Whereas I find Over and Over Bath Bomb to have a pretty strong sense of Lime in its scent, it’s a lot more muted in this format and the more herbal, woody notes come through a lot more which isn’t a complaint as it still smells nice and uplifting. One downside was that unfortunately once I had actually started using the product, the scent had pretty much vanished. This time I actually emptied the contents of the Atmosphere onto a sponge and rubbed it into it, therefore preventing me from losing any which worked a treat!

On the skin, Lime is very cleansing as well as being brightening and toning. Fennel is also toning but it’s slight spiciness means it’s stimulating too, getting the blood flowing to the skin. Along with the help of detoxifying Cypress Oil, Money has left my skin refreshed and bright and just as moisturised as the previous two.

Like I’ve said in my other posts on Love and Let Go, it’s really hard to justify spending £12 for just four showers, so if you’re thinking about trying them it might be better to decant the actual gel into pots so you can use it more sparingly. Hopefully if Lush decide that this is the way forward then they’ll find a way to make them cheaper.

I’d really like to hear about your experiences with the Atmospheres so please let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Lime Oil, Fennel Oil, Cypress Oil, Orris Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2

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