Shower, Shower Oils

Minamisoma Shower Oil

In 2011, Minamisoma, a small city in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and a tsunami, resulting in a nuclear disaster. Most of its residents were evacuated and over five years later, in 2016, the residents were allowed to move back. In place of their ruined rice crops, the locals began growing crops of rapeseed instead. Rapeseed plants remove cesium from the soil and their seeds are turned into oil which is radiation free and safe to use. This way of naturally regenerating the land is truly incredible. Lush buy their Rapeseed Oil from this small city, giving a vital source of income to farmers who lost their livelihoods in the disaster.

Shower oils like Minamisoma provide a really mild cleanse, perfect for anyone who wants to cleanse without soap/lather and for gentle skin types. They can also be used like body conditioners as an in shower moisturiser. You simply stroke over the body and rinse away for clean and soft skin.

The Fukushima Rapeseed Oil is mixed with hydrating Cocoa Butter to form the product’s base. The design of this shower oil is actually meant to represent the fields of rapeseed plants (yellow half) growing in the hard hit land (white half). Containing more than 50% of omega 9 oleic acid, Rapeseed Oil is very moisturising and emollient on skin, and is said to have good antioxidant properties, which helps to firm the skin and boost its radiance. Included in this base is Sunflower Wax, which naturally thickens the formula and adds its own skin softening benefits.

Fresh Lemon Juice acts as the cleanser in this product as citrus fruits, especially lemons are high in enzymes that break down excess sebum, dirt and dead skin, paving the way for brighter and healthier looking skin. The large amounts of vitamin C occurring naturally inside the fruits are full of antioxidants and antibiotic properties. Turmeric Powder, which is responsible for creating the yellow colour on one side of the product also has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, as well as being soothing on the skin.

A strange new ingredient that I’ve not seen before is something called Kinako Powder, which is roasted organic soybean flour. When it is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will really soothe the skin and alleviate irritation and redness.

Minamisoma is scented with the same scent as Avocado Co-Wash and is a scent that I find absolutely beautiful. Comprised of Litsea Cubeba, Bergamot and Olibanum Oils, it’s a fresh, zesty aroma but incredibly sweet and delightful at the same time. For their effects on the skin, both Litsea Cubeba and Bergamot are refreshing and toning and Olibanum is soothing.

I am really loving this product. Its perfect for those showers when you don’t necessarily need a deep clean as it effectively cleanses for a quick freshen up. Though I am preferring to use it as an in shower body moisturiser as I come out feeling smoother than a baby! It’s so great at locking in hydration. What’s more, the scent is so beautiful under the water and is really great for energising and lifting your spirits on a dreary morning. It also leaves a trace of it lingering on your skin after, which makes me so happy. I’m so glad Lush have made this a permanent fixture in all stores!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Rapeseed Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Kinako Powder, Turmeric Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Royalty Bath Bomb

Royalty made its debut last year at 2018’s Creative Showcase (which seems like forever ago now). It then became one of Lush Harajuku’s exclusive bath bombs before featuring as part of the 30th anniversary collection. I remember seeing it at the showcase and loving it’s scent and it’s design and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to actually use it!

The fragrance of this stunning crown-shaped bath bomb is a unique and unusual scent, but one I think deserves a whole range for itself because I really love it. Powdery floral notes of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang combine to create a sensual sweet scent but the addition of Vanilla and Sandalwood are really what makes Royalty different. Vanilla offers something warmer, creamier and decadent whereas Sandalwood, loved for its reassuringly warm woody aroma, rounds the scent off into something a lot more musky. It’s a fairly heady fragrance but in a gentle way, nothing at all overpowering.

Once popped into the water, Royalty begins its fairly quick fizz right away, creating a mass of tiny bubbles that made my trypophobia cringe slightly. The yellow colour quickly overtook the water, turning it milky and opaque. Toward the end of the display, Royalty reveals hidden colours on the inside, representing crown jewels, and small wisps of green, orange and pink decorated the warm yellow bath art.

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I could see on top of the water that there was a creamy residue floating around on the surface. Royalty contains Soybean Flour, which when put into contact with warm water, creates a softening milk that is great for soothing the skin. This definitely made the water feel a lot richer, which I noticed immediately as I got in the bath.

In terms of the scent, I found that at the beginning of the fizz, my nose was picking up the more floral and powdery notes in the scent yet as I was watching it go, a wave of deeper sandalwood came out which I found really interesting. Sadly, neither part of the scent stuck around for long.

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Once I had enjoyed my soak in my bright yellow bath, I towelled off to find myself feeling gorgeously smooth. I had hoped for a strong reminder of the fragrance on my skin but strong was not the right word. I could smell a small hint of jasmine still lingering but it quickly turned into a smokier aroma, which was also quite interesting. It would seem Royalty is definitely a scent that develops. Sadly again, it didn’t stick around.

I actually love everything about this bath bomb. if you know me or read my blog you’ll know I’m a sucker for jasmine scents and this is no exception. Though I’d love for the scent to have greater staying power. I’d also love more products smelling the same so hopefully Lush will listen to my prayers.

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Royalty is definitely a must try and who knows, maybe it’ll make it into the all year round range one day.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Soybean Flour, Water, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Propylene Glycol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

I’ve been eager to use my Lamb Bomb Bomb for a while now, because I just knew I was in for a real treat. Along with Bunny Bomb Bomb, this limited edition product was released for this year’s Easter range.

Looking like an adorable little sheep, Lamb Bomb Bomb is by far one of the cutest bath bombs Lush have ever designed. Like the others of its kind, it’s a two in one bath bomb comprised of a head and a body. For £9.95, you’re probably better off using it across two baths but I prefer to get the full experience!

It has a gentle fragrance that reminds me of warm vanilla ice cream and is honestly to die for. The creamy essence of Cocoa Absolute meets cooling Peppermint Oil and results in a white chocolatey fragrance that’s comforting and moreish. The mint isn’t at all overpowering, as minty fragrances can be, so don’t let that put you off, it’s a lot sweeter than you might think.

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Even though I chose to use both pieces of this product in the same bath, in all honestly the effects were enough to warrant splitting them up for sure! Each half fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out streams of white foam with a hint of blue amongst it. Once fully dissolved the water had turned a creamy shade of blue and was covered in layer of creamy white milk on the surface which then covered my skin once I was in.

The indulgent milky water is thanks to the addition of lots of protein-rich Soybean Flour. When Soybean Flour is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will soothe and hydrate the skin. It honestly makes the water feel so silky on your skin, making for a really luxurious bath.

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One thing that was slightly disappointing however, was that although initially when Lamb Bomb Bomb has started fizzing it sent out a great waft of the gorgeous scent, after it dissolved the fragrance vanished fairly quickly and left practically no lingering aroma on my skin after I was out.

Saying that, Lamb Bomb Bomb is still a winner for me as my skin feels so hydrated and silky smooth after my bath and I am truly impressed. I do wish the scent had more staying power but hopefully if Lush decide to release it in a bath bomb form again, it’ll be a little stronger. I think this is actually my favourite product from the entire Easter range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Cocoa Absolute, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2 Candy Eye.

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