Shower, Shower Bombs

Comfort Zone Shower Bomb

Lush know that their customers love The Comforter scent. When The Comforter Shower Cream was discontinued a while back, there was an outcry of disappointed fans feeling like Lush had just removed one of their best products from sale, and if you looked at how popular it was, you’d be surprised too. Since then, Lush haven’t really had anything for the shower scented with the same, blackcurrant scent, until now.

Designed to look like a paper ramekin, Comfort Zone is definitely a pretty product to look at. Like all shower bombs, it’s designed to be used just once, just like how a bath bomb is only designed for one bath. You simply hold it under the running water, and it’ll foam up with a soft and creamy mousse, which you then use to wash yourself with.

The foam that shower bombs produce is gorgeously soft due to both Potato Starch and seaweed-derived Sodium Alginate which really soften the skin. Also the black bits you can see embedded into this one are actually Chia Seeds, which produce a softening mucilage when soaked in water and offer a gentle and light exfoliation as well.

As I mentioned, Comfort Zone smells just like the scent family known as The Comforter which I often describe as being like sweet blackcurrant squash. I’d say it’s a little fruiter than The Comforter Bubble Bar but its very potent and The Comforter fans will definitely be rejoicing over it. The scent is made up of Cassis (Blackcurrant), along with Bergamot and Cypress and is a sweet and fruity fragrance. To be honest, I find the scent a little sickly but a great deal of people love how cosy it makes them feel. On the skin, both Blackcurrant and Bergamot are full of Vitamin C, brightening and refreshing the skin, whilst Cypress is topically soothing.

Comfort Zone further contains Fresh Raspberries, which isn’t usually something you’d find in a product bearing The Comforter scent but Lush have added it to help sweeten the aroma and to further refresh the skin.

Often after a shower bomb foams for the first time after coming into contact with the water, they don’t foam as much the next time, so I’ve started doing something slightly different and I actually crush them into my hands as they get wet. I’ve found you get a lot more of a lather doing it this way which obviously means more for you to use. Plus, it’s a lot easier, just be careful not to lose any down the plughole. I used to find that as the product got smaller, you’d be left with this hard lump, but not any longer! My skin felt so soft after using this and I’d say that that’s the best thing about a shower bomb really, they make you feel so smooth!

Although the shower bomb itself smells fairly strong, I can’t say it retains its strength on your skin after. It has lingered very subtly but nothing like I expected it to be which is a real shame. Nonetheless, Comfort Zone is a definite must try for all you fans of its fruity sweet scent out there.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Perfume, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Chia Seeds, Fresh Raspberries, Water, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 45410:1

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Meditation Shower Bomb

Another trip up to Liverpool last week saw me get my hands on another exclusive shower bomb they have in their store. This time I chose Meditation, fitting for someone who dabbles in meditation and mindfulness.

Shaped like an incense cone, Meditation is full of ingredients commonly and traditionally used in spiritual rituals, such as Guaiacwood, Sandalwood and Olibanum. These three essential oils are what make up Meditation’s scent.

Looking at the black design and the idea behind it, I assumed the scent of this shower bomb would be fairly smokey and earthy but it is surprisingly sweet. Sandalwood Oil is naturally very woody, but also has warmer and sweeter notes. Olibanum, otherwise known as frankincense, evokes the idea of walking through pine forests and has citrusy after tones. And lastly, Guaiacwood Oil, which comes from a tree commonly known as palo santo, has a scent which is described as sweet, spicy and exotic smelling. These fragrances combine into a sweet oaky aroma that’s de-stressing and meditative, yet with something quite invigorating about it.

All of Lush’s shower bombs contain both Sodium Alginate and Potato Starch which gives their lather a soft and fluffy texture, Meditation is no exception. I actually found this to be one of the longer lasting shower bombs, as it foamed only slightly each time it was held under the water, making it easier not to lose any down the plughole and get more on the body. Each time I covered myself with the foam it felt so soft and nourishing.

Obviously, containing Sodium Bicarbonate, shower bombs are all slightly exfoliating but they usually contain an extra exfoliant too. Meditation contains Activated Charcoal, offering a really gentle scrub – so gentle in fact, I actually didn’t notice it too much. ‘Activated’ charcoal is charcoal that has been heated to increase its adsorbent qualities, adsorbing microparticles such as dust, toxins and bacteria to the skin’s surface.

An interesting final ingredient that Meditation contains is Dragon’s Blood Powder. Dragon’s Blood is a bright red plant resin that is said to have fantastic powers at warding off evil and negativity. I’m all for spiritual healing so I’ll take anything that helps! Palo santo is also widely regarded as having this same power.

Sadly I feel like the scent was rather lost in the shower and once it had dissolved fully, I could no longer smell it, not even on my skin once I was out and dry. I do feel like this is an issue with a lot of the shower bombs and it’s a real shame when Lush are bringing out new exciting scents within them.

Anyhow, Mediation made for a nice shower, I definitely could have kept half for a second go but I ultimately choose to use it all in one as they’re designed to. Fingers crossed a lot of positivity is coming my way after using this!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sandalwood Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Olibanum Oil, Activated Charcoal, Water, Dragon’s Blood Powder, DRF Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77499

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Wake Up Call Shower Bomb

Lush’s new massive spa store in Liverpool features a great deal of exclusive products from perfumes to shower jellies and there’s a lot of exciting things on offer. When I went I told myself that although I was staying away from buying any bath products, I’d allow myself one shower bomb out of the ten exclusives. Being a lover of coffee, I just had to go for Wake Up Call.

Designed to look like a coffee capsule, Wake Up Call is perfect for sluggish mornings with its sweet coffee scent. Coffee doesn’t just give you energy when it’s consumed, but the aroma also has stimulating effects for the brain. The addition of Cocoa Powder means that the shower bomb’s fragrance is more like a mocha or a sweet coffee, with spicy and woody notes from Labdanum Resinoid, Guaiacwood Oil and Black Pepper Oil.

Once I got in the shower and held the little bomb under the water, I was slightly underwhelmed by the amount of foam it produced. As you can see in the picture it wasn’t actually that foamy at all and I actually had to crush it somewhat in my hands to really get it going, meaning sadly I lost some down the plughole. The lather that did reach my body however, had a beautifully soft texture. Most shower bombs contain Sodium Alginate derived from seaweed and Potato Starch, which is what makes them feel so silky. Wake Up Call goes a step further by including soothing Aloe Vera Extract too.

Alongside the Aloe Vera, the Cocoa Powder is also soothing, as well as having softening properties thanks to the residue cocoa butter it contains. Furthermore, warming Black Pepper Oil and the Ground Coffee itself both leave the skin looking brighter and healthier. Both the Cocoa Powder and the Ground Coffee give a gentle exfoliation too.

Although I love the scent of the shower bomb itself, it got lost slightly when I was using it which was a big disappointment, an even bigger disappointment being that I couldn’t detect any lingering smell at all on my skin once I was dry which was a real shame. It did however leave my skin feeling soft and looking bright, which I guess somewhat makes up for the lack of fragrance.

In conclusion, I was really excited to try this product but I felt somewhat let down. Considering the shower bombs are meant to give you a real sense of luxury in the shower, I was expecting more. If the scent had just lasted a little longer I would have been much happier! Lets hope the next one I try is a little better!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Cocoa Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Black Pepper Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Guaiacwood Oil, Ground Coffee, Aloe Vera Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs, Jelly Bombs

Secret Arts Jelly Bomb

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Formally known as ‘Dark Arts’ Jelly Bomb, I’m sure you can guess, Secret Arts Jelly Bomb is inspired by the fictional world of Harry Potter, and due to the jet black colour it leaves the water after dissolving, it was definitely the one I was most excited about when the Jelly Bombs were first released last year.

All of Lush’s Jelly Bombs contain an ingredient called Sodium Alginate, which is what creates the jelly-like texture in the water. Sodium Alginate is extracted from mineral rich seaweed and is actually a fine white powder until it expands and thickens in the water. Like most ingredients derived from seaweed, Sodium Alginate is beautifully softening for the skin, which is by far the biggest pro of the Jelly Bombs in my opinion. You literally feel like a newborn baby after stepping out of the bath, a feeling which really does last.

Another pro is definitely the smell, Secret Arts has a lovely unique scent to it, which isn’t too strong or overpowering. A mixture of uplifting Brazilian Orange Oil, stimulating Cinnamon Leaf Oil and sweet Almond Essential Oil, it leaves behind a warming, almost chocolatey/cakey sort of smell.

I always recommend anyone who uses the jelly bombs to add them in whilst the bath water is still running, so by the time you get in yourself, the jelly bomb should have completely dissolved, as she’s a very slow fizzer. You also need to make sure the water is quite hot to really get the jelly going, as it doesn’t fare well in colder waters – the jelly has a tendency to clump together around the ‘fizzer’ parts of the bomb, meaning you’re left with lumps of non-fizzing bath bomb bobbing about which you have to smush with your hands.

Secret Arts starts off with black streams fizzing and oozing out but hidden away inside is a section of pink which looks really pretty against the deep jet black.

The only thing I don’t like about Secret Arts Jelly Bomb, and all Jelly Bombs in actual fact is that you don’t feel totally ‘clean’ after using it. I’m someone who loves the feeling of being clean and refreshed and unfortunately the slime-like jelly does have a tendency to stick in body hair, meaning I had to shower after having a bath to remove it all. Furthermore, especially with the dark colour of this particular Jelly Bomb, it does stain a rim around your bath meaning you will have to give it a good scrub down afterwards. A relaxing bathing experience it wasn’t.

All in all, I think the idea is great as it’s something really different and kids sure do love it. I would definitely recommend trying each Jelly Bomb once but I won’t be using the same one twice anytime soon.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Alginate, Cornflour, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Cinnamal, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 17200, Colour 16035, Colour 60725

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