Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Dirty Toothy Tabs

I remember when I first tried these. Years and years ago, way before my love for the company was fully realised, my best friend bought me a gift set which included these so called ‘toothy tabs’. I remember thinking they were really weird and honestly, not really enjoying using them. Fast forward to when I first started working for Lush and I still carried that same opinion about all their toothy and mouthwash tabs. It wasn’t until I started trying other flavours and forcing myself to use these instead of regular toothpaste that comes in tubes and are bad for the environment, that I started enjoying them more. And now in full circle, here I am using Dirty for the first time since.

Dirty is an odd flavour, and an odd name for a toothpaste too, although Lush fans will know it just means it’s part of the expansive ‘Dirty’ range. Featuring Spearmint and Neroli, it’s predominantly a fresh minty smell and flavour, with slightly herbal notes. I’m a big fan of your bog-standard minty flavours like Miles Of Smiles, but the addition of the Neroli is slightly strange I do admit. Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree and is known for its intensely green and floral aroma, which isn’t really something you’d find in a toothpaste. Whilst the Spearmint does vastly overpower the subtle notes of the Neroli, it’s still just a little too strange for my palate. I guess even though I’ve grown to like the toothy tabs, this flavour just isn’t really for me.

Nonetheless I’m still using these tabs and in all fairness they do leave my mouth feeling super clean and fresh. Although Lush’s dental products don’t contain fluoride, they do contain other ingredients which are just as cleansing. Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous all have plaque removing properties and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth within the mouth.

When my friend bought these for me all that time ago, Lush sold their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes. Since they changed over to their plastic bottles there’s been some outcry from customers who think it’s a step back from being more eco-friendly. Whilst it’s true that obviously cardboard boxes are much better for the environment, Lush decided to make the change simply to ensure that the product stays fresher for longer. Plus, like everything else in their store, the bottles and lids can be fully recycled in your local community and if that’s not good enough you can bring them back to a Lush store to be recycled using their closed loop recycling scheme. I feel like if you’re really that passionate about being more eco-friendly then you’re gonna make the effort to recycle your containers properly.

Anyway, even though I’ll continue to use these tabs, I do think it would be nice if perhaps they were replaced as part of the range in all stores with one of the more exciting flavours currently only at Lush Liverpool Spa, such as Toothy Fruity! I do wonder if we’ll see a roll out of the newer flavours anytime soon. Not to mention the toothpaste jellies!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Spearmint Oil, Neroli Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Cream Egg Bubbleroon

For Easter 2018, Lush released three versions of this product. A blue and pink marbled effect variety, a yellow version with pink and blue spots and a variety that had a pink, yellow and orange circular design. 2019 saw the return of two of the three but who knows why the circular pattern didn’t return? If anything the spotted one is far less appealing to me anyway. Nevertheless I didn’t get a chance to try them last year so I’m glad for a second opportunity.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons. Usually Bubbleroons have a fairly moisturising quality which I can easily get behind.

Cream Egg is simply scented with Spearmint Oil and nothing else, which means that its fragrance is minty fresh and there’s not much more to say about it. Mint has invigorating effects on the mind and tones and brightens the skin. Using something mint-based in the bath has tension-relieving effects on muscular aches and pains.

Although I prefer the design of the pink and blue egg, I actually love the bright yellow water that the other one produced, though I’m not sure it’s a colour that is well suited to a minty fresh product like this one. Saying that, the deep purple colour was nice too. Each Cream Egg produced a mountain of super soft bubbles and although it was very faint, the cooling aroma wafted throughout the room.

Whilst in the bath, I was glad to feel that the water was imbued with the hydrating benefits of the Cocoa and Shea Butters. It’s nothing on that of Shoot For The Stars or Butterball but it softens the skin nonetheless. Both times I left my bath feeling revived and rejuvenated and my skin felt soft and hydrated.

I struggled to notice the minty aroma after being in the bath for a little while and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin either, but as someone who’s not a massive mint fan I didn’t really mind it.

I wonder if we’ll see the Cream Eggs back for a third year running? We’ll have to wait and see!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Spearmint Oil, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 15510

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dirty Springwash Shower Gel

Dirty Springwash is part of the big and iconic ‘Dirty’ range. Starting with the perfume, each product features elements of the refreshing and minty scent, usually featuring both Spearmint and Thyme. Each one adds something slightly different and the idea is that by layering up all the Dirty products, you get the true effect of the Dirty scent.

Much like the original perfume, Dirty Springwash Shower Gel is incredibly invigorating and refreshing. As soon as you open the lid you’re hit by a crisp mint aroma coming from Spearmint Oil and Menthol Crystals. If you’re a fan of minty fresh shower gels then this is probably a great option for you. On the skin mint and menthol have wonderfully cleansing and stimulating properties. The cooling sensation you feel on your skin is due to the menthol triggering cold receptors in the skin to feel sensitive and flare up, which in turn gets blood rushing to the area. This is also why anything minty is great at helping muscles to relax and to help soothe inflammation.

For the effects on the mind, the crisp smell of mint is great for waking you up and helping you feel more alert and focused. Mint has long been used to ease stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It’s also been proven to help fight headaches!

The Thyme Oil adds a herbal element to the shower gel which relives the mint of being too overpowering. Thyme Oil is well known for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Dirty Springwash has a relatively thin consistency but because of a little Sodium Bicarbonate in the mix, it feels silky smooth on the skin. It lathers up nicely and a little goes a long way. It also contains a helping of Fine Sea Salt which further cleanses and refreshes the skin.

In the shower, the minty aroma hits you marvellously when you’re using the vibrant blue gel and if you’re using a lot, you get that tingling sensation on your skin which is perfect for cooling you down on a hot summers day. To be honest, I only ever use Dirty Springwash on a hot day because I’m not actually a massive mint fan and I never understand why people would want to use minty products it when it’s cold?!

Nevertheless when I’ve stepped out the shower my skin feels soooo smooth and revitalised every time I use Dirty. Plus you get that fresh scent lingering on your skin for a good while after.

Check out this shower gel for yourself over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Spearmint Oil, Menthol Crystals, Thyme Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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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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Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs

With Lush’s currently limited range of Mouthwash flavours, I’m always hoping that they’ll bring out a new and unique flavour that I’ll really love. I know we’ve just had the release of Brave, but I wanted more and was super excited when I saw the potential of apple-flavoured mouthwash for the Valentine’s range.

These new mouthwash tabs smell like sweet apple flavoured bubblegum, which really excited me to try them. The flavour is really unique, not particularly tasting of apples as such, but it’s definitely a fruity flavour with added minty freshness. It’s a mix of Lemon, Lime and Spearmint Oils as well as something called Malic Acid, found in many fruits including apples, which has a tart, juicy flavour. This is fundamentally the best tasting mouthwash Lush have ever done, theres nothing slightly odd or off putting about it, it’s sweet, zesty and just enjoyable. Even my partner likes Adam’s Apple and he hates the rest of the range.

You might be wondering how something so sweet can be good for your teeth? Well the sweeteners Lush use in their mouthwashes (Stevia, Xylitol, Sorbitol) have been proven to not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar, making them an excellent substitute in dental products. Stevia also has the added benefit of actually suppressing dental bacteria growth to help keep your gums and teeth clean.

Lush’s mouthwash tabs contain Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate and Silica to cleanse and remove and prevent plaque build up. Sodium Bicarb is noted for its cleansing and protective effects on the gums and teeth. In the mouth, when mixed with saliva, sodium bicarbonate creates a hostile environment for acidic bacteria as it increases the pH of the saliva. An ideal ingredient in mouthwash, as the gentle fizzing of the Sodium Bicarbonate with Citric Acid will cleanse and deodorise the mouth without the use of alcohol. Furthermore, Adam’s Apple also contains Aloe Vera Powder to soothe and protect the gums.

Once you pop one of the tabs in your mouth and mix it with water, it immediately foams up filling your mouth with the flavour instantly, leaving your breath fresh and a real feeling of cleanliness in your mouth.

Adam’s Apple is definitely my favourite mouthwash flavour to date and is far superior than the rest of the current range. I think it’s about time Lush do a whole new range of flavours with Adam’s Apple staying as a year round product! Nevertheless, I’ve stocked up so they’ll definitely last me a while!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their 2018 Christmas Range, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are basically two-in-one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body. There was a Santa, a Princess and a Snowman.

Snowman is pretty generically designed with a round head, a round body and a blue hat and scarf. The only odd thing is the orange nose, which I guess is meant to represent a carrot but looks somewhat strange and more like a mouth, giving Snowman an odd shocked expression.

Snowman is scented with Spearmint Oil, which gives it an icy vibe and suits the product well. I feel like mint and ice/snow go well together, mostly because mint has a stimulating, yet cooling effect on the skin. Using it in a bath bomb results in a bath that’s great for relieving tired muscular pains and for cooling any redness such as sunburn.

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I opted to use both the head and body at the same time, though you could use each seperately. It started fizzing as soon as it made contact with the water, and shades of blue intertwined with cloudy white. Very quickly, the bombs had disappeared and I was left with a pale, baby blue colour.

I had hoped for more of the tingling sensation that often comes with mint-based products as my legs had been aching the whole day but it wasn’t as strong as I had wanted. Although the energising aroma of the mint stuck around throughout my bath, there was no memory of it on my skin after, sadly.

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I wonder if Snowman and the other Bomb Bombs will make a return next year? Would you miss them if they didn’t?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Spearmint Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Candy Eye

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Body Conditioners, Shower

Christingle Naked Body Conditioner

Going naked is always the way forward, although all plastic Lush currently use is recyclable, if you know you’re bad at bringing your pots back or not chucking certain plastics into your general waste bin, you should definitely attempt to choose naked products.

A naked body conditioner works in the same way as a liquid body conditioner, but instead of scooping out some of the product, you grab the whole thing and rub it on, like you would with a massage bar.

To make Christingle solid, Lush have added Cocoa Butter to the mix along with two waxes derived from vegetable sources – Carnauba and Japan Wax. I believe the extra butter is what makes this solid version a tad more moisturising than it’s predecessor.

Like the potted version, Christingle obviously still contains the trio of Peppermint, Spearmint and Menthol Crystals. You for sure still get the tingling sensation on your skin when using this version but I think it’s somewhat less potent than the other and is the biggest reason why I’d prefer using the solid. The Menthol Crystals are in a lesser quantity so maybe that’s the reason? Coupled with the addition of the extra ingredients perhaps. The minty smell is somewhat lessened in strength too.

As with all of Lush’s in shower naked products, you can end up wasting a lot of the product under the water, so be careful not to let it melt too much by stepping out of the rainfall to apply. Christingle also has a tendency to leave blue marks on surfaces where it’s been resting so it’s a good idea to make a little stand for it, a black pot lid is perfect!

I definitely prefer the less intense solid version of Christingle, let me know which you preferred in the comments section!

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Murumuru Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cassia Oil, Menthol Crystals, Lauryl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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