Body, Massage Bars, Sparkle Jars

Twilight Sparkle Jar

Sparkle Jars first appeared for Christmas 2017 when Lush released them in both Twilight and Snow Fairy versions. Although from experience of working in store last Christmas where they didn’t seem immensely popular, Lush didn’t give up and bought them both back for this years range.

A Sparkle Jar is basically a massage bar, with a hidden compartment of dusting powder inside it. The idea is to glide the bar across your skin, leaving a train of moisturising oils behind and then afterwards lightly dusting with the powder for a subtle shimmer and extra softness.

Sparkle Jars feature two little indents on their lids, which you need to prick with a pencil or any sharp object so they form holes and allow the powder to come out.

Aptly crescent moon-shaped Twilight Sparkle Jar, of course, features the heavenly lavender scent of the Twilight/Sleepy family, which is one of the most relaxing scents Lush have ever created. Lavender has been used for centuries in relaxation techniques and to ease the mind from worry and although slightly herbal in scent naturally, it’s sweetened here with the addition of Tonka and Ylang Ylang.

I find that the outside Cocoa Butter casing is a lot less oily than most of Lush’s massage bars and can take a little while to warm up and get going, especially on colder days. However, when it does it is expertly moisturising and nourishing. Lavender is also perfect for soothing any irritation you may have on the skin.

The inside dusting powder is Twilight scented too, in a more powdery form and oddly, somewhat less sweet. It’s a mix of mainly highly absorbent Tapioca Starch, Lavender Powder and Chamomile Powder so is also perfect for soothing and calming inflamed skin.

Both the case and the powder contain a large amount of glitter, leaving a faint purply-silver glow after use.

Obviously, because the Sparkle Jars are hollow inside and are comprised of a bottom part with a lid attached, they can be delicate, so just handle with care and don’t apply too much pressure when using because they contain a whole lot of messy powder and you don’t want it to break on you!

I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the Sparkle Jars, I think they are great as gifts and as Christmas novelty items but I doubt I’ll be coming back for more once I’ve finished mine up as I’d rather use both a massage bar and a dusting powder as separate items.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Tapioca Starch, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Chamomile Powder, Perfume, Lavender Powder, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Sleepy Shower Bomb

What’s a shower bomb? How do you use them? Aren’t they just really grainy????????

Shower Bombs launched just under a week ago and believe me, we’ve had every question going and I too, was a little unsure.

The first one I tried was Sleepy to get that relaxing lavender fix. It looks quite cute, like a lil cloud, and has it’s name printed on the bottom!

The first thing I noticed when using it, is as soon as the water from the shower hits it, it really expands, creating a soft foam that you then use to wash yourself.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how soft it is, due to the Potato Starch and the Sodium Alginate (Seaweed, basically). It glides smoothly over the skin leaving a trail of beautifully soft foam, which in turn makes your skin just as soft afterwards! It’s in no way like rubbing a bath bomb all over you.

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Yes, there is a slight grain to it, but it’s in the form of Fine Oatmeal, which helps buff away any dead skin and dirt.

I was also surprised to see that you can actually use the Shower Bombs more than once if you chose to! According to Lush they are just the one use, and I did actually use mine in just the one shower, but it was more than enough so I could have easily popped it down and finished it the day after if I wanted to!

As being part of the Sleepy/Twilight family, there’s obviously Lavender as the main ingredient in the scent. Lavender is super relaxing, helping you chill out and unwind. It’s sweetened by the addition of Tonka, Benzoin Resinoid and Ylang Ylang which complete Sleepy’s popular smell.

Like Twilight, the scent really hits you strongly as you use the product, and I enjoyed a relaxing carefree shower with this Shower Bomb.

In conclusion, my mind was changed after using it. It is quite nice and it’s perfect for those without a bath (how do you live?) who want to treat themselves with a novelty product. Plus my skin feels super soft right now so bonus.

Check out Sleepy and the other Shower Bombs on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fine Oatmeal, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77742

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