Soap

Lavender Vida Loca Soap

If you think of lavender and Lush, I bet 99% of the time you’d automatically picture the likes of Sleepy Body Lotion and Twilight Bath Bomb or the rest of that scent range. Whilst incredibly popular and definitely lavender based, they don’t really offer a ‘true’ lavender scent. I think a lot of people forget that Lush do other lavender scented products outside of the iconic range, such as A French Kiss Bubble Bar and this soap, although sadly now discontinued.

When cut into discs, Lavender Vida Loca really looks gorgeous and is one that can make an entire room smell of its aroma. Containing an infusion made from Lavender Flowers, Lavender Absolute, French Lavender Oil, and actual Dried Lavender Flowers, this soap is obviously Lavender-scented through and through. Each sniff of the soap conjures up fields of purple bushes basking in the sunlight and I find this raw lavender smell really soothing. The soap also contains Chamomile Blue Oil, but it’s hard to notice it in the scent and I’d argue it’s simply there to compliment and strengthen the herbal aroma as a whole.

Lavender is well known in aromatherapy for its relaxing and calming fragrance. Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a ‘state of serenity’ whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to ease anxiety and worries and to promote a more restful sleep.

Lavender is also well known for it’s great benefits when used topically on the skin. It’s not only naturally antibacterial, it’s also balancing and very soothing too, which is why you’ll find it in the likes of Dream Cream Body Lotion to really calm irritated and sore skin.

As a soap, Lavender Vida Loca works perfectly at cleansing. Personally I find it leaves my skin a little too ‘squeaky clean’ to use on my body but for my hands it does just fine and it leaves its beautiful fragrance lingering on your skin for a good while after too, which is a nice bonus.

Did you know that this soap used to be called Serendipity? At first I hated the name change but it’s really grown on me!

As I mentioned, Lavender Vida Loca was recently discontinued to make room for the new Sleepy Soap. Don’t get me wrong, Sleepy Soap is gorgeous and I can’t wait to write a proper post about it but I feel it’s a real shame for fans of raw lavender scents like this one.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Lavender Flower Infusion, Water, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, French Lavender Oil, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Absolute, Dried Lavender Flowers, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47200, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410

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Soap

Poppy Soap

Although it’s been around for some while now, Poppy Soap has only recently been released to a wider audience in all UK stores. Designed after the Poppy Flower, commonly associated with remembrance and World War One, this soap features both a poppy design on the front of it as well as the little black seeds of the flowers themselves.

Poppy Seeds are often seen in breads, cakes and dishes across the world and are said to be full of essential minerals and nutrients. In this soap, Lush have added the tiny hard seeds to exfoliate the skin. Whilst you don’t really get the full effect of the seeds during the first few uses, as the soap gets smaller and the seeds reveal themselves, it’s actually pretty scrubby, great for removing stubborn dirt and dry skin.

Poppy slightly differers in Lush’s usual soap base of Coconut Oil and Rapeseed Oil and instead swaps out the latter ingredient for Castor Oil. It does seem like Lush is heading in this direction with the majority of their newer soap bars. Mixed into the base, Lush have added Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, to give moisture to the skin and a creaminess to the lather the soap produces. I do notice that Poppy produces a lather that’s a lot softer and thicker than some of Lush’s older soaps, which is a nice treat. Sadly, although not as much as some others do, I do still find it leaves my skin with that squeaky feeling that I’m really not keen on, but that’s easily fixed with a nice hand cream.

Adding to the softening benefits of this product we have Chia Seed Gel. Chia seeds are edible and resemble very tiny pebbles. They are highly mucilaginous: when in contact with warm water or any kind of liquid, they quickly start to swell and increase their size by four or five times. Chia is softening and calming on the skin and is thought to have fantastic antioxidant properties for bright, healthy skin.

In terms of scent, Poppy features a popular and iconic Lush scent, most commonly loved as The Comforter Bubble Bar. I feel like The Comforter is a scent that can vary, depending on the format but is generally a fruity blackcurrant aroma that reminds me of blackcurrant squash and children’s juice box drinks. Although usually The Comforter features Cassis instead of actual Blackcurrant Absolute, Poppy uses the real thing, which might explain the more prominent juicy and sharp note of the fruit which is fairly different when compared to the bubble bar. Alongside this, we have uplifting Bergamot Oil and a hint of fresh, woody Cypress Oil.

I’m usually not that crazy over anything from The Comforter scent family but I’m really enjoying this soap. I think it’s the shaper element that’s making me like it more, and I love how you can still smell it on your hands each time you use it.

Lush Soaps are often pretty good at lasting a long time and Poppy is no different, I’ve been using it for about a week now and I cannot notice any shrinkage whatsoever, which tells me I’ll be holding onto this for a while. It’s design also means that if you stand it up on the thin flat side, the air reaches a larger surface area, meaning it dries really easily! I’m loving having this as my first soap in my new bathroom.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Water, Chia Seed Gel, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Poppy Seeds, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Bath, Fun

Thunderbolt Fun

I don’t often use Lush’s fun so I wasn’t as excited about the exclusive fun bars at Lush Liverpool as I was about other products there, but as I was gifted a few varieties, I was looking forward to trying them. Thunderbolt is scented with the ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ scent.

If I’m honest, the neon yellow colour of this fun bar looks much more like a radioactive substance than a lightning bolt but is something that’ll really stand out sat in your bathroom either way.

As I mentioned, Thunderbolt shares it’s fragrance with that of the Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb which we’ve not seen in a while, I believe the last time this scent was used was in a limited edition fun bar from last Christmas called Festive Friends. It’s a sweet and bright scent that mixes zesty Lime Oil with the fruitiness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil and a little Olibanum Oil for warmer undertones. Having not smelled this fragrance in a while, I’m glad to experience it again as it’s a simple but really lovely scent.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. Their Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine base gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like Play-Doh or modelling clay meaning one use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models; it’s a great way to get kids enjoying their baths more. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body and hair, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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When I used Thunderbolt, I did what I usually do with fun and that’s using two thirds for a bubble bath and leaving the remainder to use as a piece of soap whilst I’m soaking. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper.

Fun always produces super soft bath water and Thunderbolt was no exception. There wasn’t a huge amount of bubbles but definitely enough and they felt fluffy and light. The bath water was definitely more green rather than yellow but I’m just glad there was some colour at all as usually bright yellow products don’t fair too well in the water. Scent wise, I didn’t notice the scent too much in the water, apart from when I was washing my body with my remaining piece, nor could I smell it very strongly on my skin after.

Although Fun isn’t exactly moisturising, my skin was feeling soft and smooth, so that’s a good thing and all things considered, Thunderbolt is a nice option if you’re into fun, I do just wish it was scented a little more strongly.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Bath, Fun

Flamingo Fun

Lush Liverpool currently have an immense amount of exclusive products, from perfumes to make up, from shower bombs to bath oils. They also have over ten exclusive bars of Fun! Flamingo Fun is based off of a long discontinued bubble bar called Pink Flamingo.

I never actually ever tried Pink Flamingo for myself at home but I’m instantly reminded of it’s fruity scent after smelling this neon pink Fun bar. Rosewood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang create a scent that’s reminiscent of juicy sweets and fizzy drinks. Rosewood has a unique woody aroma that’s equally rosy and spicy with a hint of citrus in the background. Ylang Ylang is known for its sweet floral aroma and lastly the Bergamot adds uplifting sherbety notes. It’s a pretty subtle scent but when it’s up close the almost orangey sweetness comes out and it’s really lovely.

You can use a bar of fun in many different ways. Essentially it’s a mouldable bar of soap so you can play with it, wash with it, use it as shampoo or use it like a bubble bar to create a bubble bath. I’ve also heard of people using its uniquely creamy lather to shave with though I’ve yet to experience that myself.

Whenever I use a bar of Fun, I tend to use half to create bubbles in my bath and then use the remainder as my soap. Flamingo turned the water a lovely shade of pink and created a decent amount soft and foamy bubbles though usually with Fun baths its best to create more by swishing your hands through the water. The water always feels really soft when you’re making a bath with Fun due to the high about of Glycerine and Cornflour leaving your skin silky and smooth. This same effect occurs when I’m lathering up the product over my body, it leaves behind such a soft and luxurious lather!

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Sadly, after I had washed by body and after my ‘soap’ bar had fully dissolved, the already subtle scent was becoming more and more unnoticeable and even after I was out and dry there’s wasn’t much of it lingering on my skin.

I don’t find Fun to be super moisturising but it definitely isn’t drying like some of Lush’s soaps can be. I did still find myself needing to lightly coat my body in a lotion though.

In conclusion, it’s been great experiencing this scent again in another format. Flamingo Fun is pretty decent but I can’t say I’m gagging to try it again.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 74491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 17200

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Soap

Karma Soap

I am so glad Lush decided to create the beautiful individual pieces of soap, they’re so much prettier than big chunks that get cut up in store! Karma’s circular design looks lovely featuring the flower on the front of it.

Obviously, Karma Soap shares the same fragrance as the iconic Lush perfume. Karma Perfume was inspired by the scents of Kensington High Street in the 1960s, at the time of hippies and the love generation. It’s a complex perfume with grounding, earthy Patchouli, bright and sunny Brazilian Orange, relaxing and floral Lavendin, with smaller notes of fresh Pine Oil, Elemi Oil and Lemongrass Oil.

The soap is very true to the scent, though I think it’s a little deeper on the patchouli side of things, with more of an overall earthy and meditative aroma than the perfume. These ingredients that make up the perfume have great effects on the skin too.

Indonesian Patchouli Oil is both soothing and antibacterial. Brazilian Orange Oil is full of nutrients and vitamins and is enzymically cleansing, which means it helps break down excess oils. Lavendin is a hybrid of Lavender but it shares the same soothing, calming and balancing effects. Pine Oil and Lemongrass Oil are both antiseptic and deodorising and lastly Elemi Oil is toning, balancing and also antiseptic.

Karma suds up well into your hands and produces a really fragrant lather which lingers on your skin for hours after. I find that even with every day use, Karma Soap takes ages to noticeably shrink!

The only problem I have with the majority of Lush’s soaps is that they can leave a squeaky clean feeling on your hands once you’ve used them, whereas I like to feel more moisturised and soft (like the effect after a shower gel), so usually I opt for more creamier soaps Lush have else I ensure I use a moisturiser! Nevertheless Karma makes for a decent and effective soap and looks so pretty sat in my bathroom!

Ingredients

Water, Rapeseed; Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 14700

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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Lush Hippy Cold Pressed Soap

One out of three current year-round cold pressed soaps, along with Lush Mechanic and Lush Gardener. This earthy scented soap is designed for hippies and lovers of grounding scents like Patchouli and Vetivert. It features an imprint, typical of Lush’s cold pressed soaps, and in this case it’s a golden lion.

As a cold pressed soap, Lush Hippy is produced without the use of heat to melt and bind the ingredients together and instead, little soap granules are pressed together when cold and allowed to bind together on their own. This process allows for a sturdy and long lasting bar of soap and the lack of heat allows the ingredients to retain their full benefits.

The soap has a number of ingredients to nourish the skin including a base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, a little Castor Oil and some hydrating Cocoa Butter. Wheatgerm Oil contains heaps of essential nutrients and vitamins that really benefit the skin and promote healthy cell regeneration. It’s enriching natural formula is particularly soothing and great for locking in moisture. Sunflower Oil is also high in antioxidants and vitamins for brighter and smoother skin. All of these ingredients along with a little Cornstarch give Lush Hippy a really thick and creamy lather.

Sunflower isn’t just included as an oil, but Lush have added a Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as the actual seeds to this soap. Sunflower Petals are for adding a natural yellow colour to a product as well as having calming and soothing effects on the skin. You can actually notice the black seeds in the soap which offer a gentle scrub.

The scent of Lush Hippy is very earthy and woody. Containing a high amount of earthy Patchouli Oil, musky Labdanum Resinoid and grassy and smoky Vetivert Oil, its a fairly natural smelling scent that reminds me of meadows and farmlands. There’s a slight zesty note of citrus in the background from Brazilian Orange Oil too, but it’s definitely not the main aroma. The fragrance is much stronger when in use and after you’ve used the soap it really sticks on your hands too!

If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap before you’ll know that they really do last a long time, even with continuous use in the shower and they don’t really give you that squeaky feeling that other soaps can. The only downside is that Lush Hippy runs its bright yellow colour, which can be a disaster if you’re not keeping it in a soap dish or if you’re using white towels (don’t worry it does come out in the wash). Other than that, it’s a really good and effective soap.

If you haven’t heard, Lush is actually discontinuing this soap sometime soon, so make sure you get a chance to try it before it vanishes into Lush history forever.

Ingredients

Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cornstarch, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Gardenia Extract, Sunflower Seeds, Labdanum Resinoid, Brazilian Orange Oil, Vetivert Oil, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Organic Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Limonene, Sodium Stearate, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45350 Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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Soap

Raspberry Milkshake Soap

Raspberry Milkshake was initially released last year in 2018 but sported a very different design. It was originally loaf shaped, which was then cut into slices depending on how much the customer wanted to buy. This year it looks stunning, following the same idea as Strawberry Whip from Valentine’s Day.

A couple of ingredients have changed in the formula from last year but to my nose the smell is pretty much exactly the same. I loved it last year and I’m so happy Lush decided to bring it back. It contains Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, along with Fresh Raspberry Juice which creates a sweet and rich jam-like aroma that smells exactly like Jammy Dodgers to me. Although the juice does lend its sweet aroma to the scent, its mainly the Davana that gives the soap its strong fruity fragrance. Davana Oil is often described as warm, sweet, slightly citrusy with herbaceous and woody undertones and very close to the smell of ripe apricots. As a whole, it’s truly a gorgeous scent and I find it remains on your skin long after you’ve used it.

I find that Raspberry Milkshake gives an incredibly creamy lather. The base of the soap has Cocoa Butter blended into it, which naturally makes it more hydrating than usual and also contains a great amount of Almond Milk too. Traditionally, Almond Milk was used as a drink to treat inflammation of the skin from the inside out and Lush use it for its softening, hydrating and soothing effects.

The ingredients that make up the scent aren’t just there to make the product smell good. In fact Tagetes Oil, Davana Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and the Fresh Raspberry Juice are known to be soothing and calming on the skin too. The juice is also astringent and nutrient rich, leaving skin clean, clear and bright.

I honestly love this soap, its so creamy and smells so good and is probably one of the only soaps I’d actually take into the shower with me to wash my whole body with, as that’s not usually my thing. I really hope that it remains a Mother’s Day staple because I’ll miss it when it’s gone!

Ingredients

Almond Milk, Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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