Shower, Shower Jellies

Crash Shower Jelly

Crash is currently one of a few ‘party exclusive’ products, which you can only get your hands on if you’re booking or attending a Lush Party. Luckily I managed to get one too!

Crash offers a classic and fan favourite scent that’ll really lift your spirits and get you in the celebratory mood. Of course, I’m talking about the Celebrate/Golden Wonder scent! Consisting of Sweet Orange, Lime and Cognac Oils, this fluorescent yellow jelly strongly emits a zesty and sweet aroma that hits you as soon as you twist off the lid.

The celebrate scent was originally designed to replicate the aroma of a glass of bubbly, and with fruity, bright, almost alcoholic notes, I can see why. Cognac Oil is extracted by steam distillation from dried, fermented grapes and that’s definitely where that ‘alcoholic’ aroma comes from. Lime and Orange add the zestier, more refreshing notes and come together wonderfully. I like to think of it as the scent of orange soda or a bucks fizz.

Lush’s shower jellies can be used in a multitude of ways, some people prefer to cut them up into smaller chunks for easier use, some people put them in a blender for a whipped like effect or if you’re like me you just use the whole thing as one big, wobbly bar of soap.

On the skin, citrus oils such as Orange and Lime have amazing cleansing, toning and antiseptic benefits. Citrus fruits usually contains enzymes which help breakdown excess oils and dead skin cells, leaving behind brighter, tighter skin. Crash also contains Fresh Orange Juice for this same effect. Cleansing with these fruit juices and oils means you also benefit from their antioxidant vitamin and mineral content too.

Crash further contains Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, which after spending a day absorbing light, will make it glow in the dark!

When I first used Crash, I was pleased to find that under the heat of the water, the juicy scent only amplified and really filled my senses, perfect for an uplifting morning shower.  The jelly itself, like always, was super moisturising and felt really lovely gliding over my skin. This is thanks to the very ingredient that causes these products to have their jelly-like consistency: Carrageenan Extract, derived from seaweed.

Although in its solid form and when in use, the aroma is very potent, I couldn’t really smell much of it on my skin after towelling dry surprisingly. Though I’m not a huge fan of orangey fragrances on my skin so I didn’t mind so much. My skin was soft and bright, so that more than made up for it. If you’re a fan of this scent, or any zesty scents in general, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on a Crash!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Cognac Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Body, Body Tints

Black Stockings Body Tint

Black Stockings is an interesting product, usually seeing a rise in popularity during the warmer, sunnier months because essentially it’s a great way to boost a tan by giving your skin a gentle bronzed glow.

As a solid product, Black Stockings contains a blend of Cocoa and Shea Butters, which make it similar to a massage bar and you use it in the same way too. Unlike a standard massage bar however, Black Stockings is highly pigmented and contains a high amount of plastic free glitter which leaves behind a radiant bronze colour on your skin.

I was initially nervous to use this product the first time, as Lush note that it’s especially good for darker toned skin, my pale complexion was slightly worried I’d look like I’d had an awful fake tan job. I find that when rubbing it across the body, because it’s pretty solid, it’s a good idea to let it warm up slightly first, but when it gets going it leaves a strong golden glow behind it. You definitely want to make sure that you massage in the residue, just to maximise an even application.

To be honest, the difference on your skin after using one of these bars isn’t massively noticeable and even on my pale skin it doesn’t look at all much. I do much prefer to use Black Stockings when I’ve already got a slight tan just to make it look more even and to boost it’s radiance, but even without a tan it gives a shimmering, healthy glow. I also like to use Black Stockings on my face from time to time as a contour stick or a bronzer, again usually when I’m more tanned than usual. I find that it doesn’t irritate my skin whatsoever and actually it sits nicely on the skin and over other make up. It can feel heavy though, so try to use it sparingly.

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Although not it’s main feature at all, but Black Stockings contains Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Pimento Berry Oil and Sweet Orange Oil for a warming and slightly spicy scent. I don’t actually find the scent has much strength when applied to the skin but that’s probably a good thing if you were using it on the face.

In conclusion, since I first tried it, Black Stockings has become a summer staple because ashamedly I love to look more ‘sun-kissed’ and less pale. Sadly, it does rub off on clothing so it’s not really something you can wear with white and light colours but I do find that even after a dip in the pool it’s still fairly present!

You can check out Black Stockings over at the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Iron Oxides, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Love Boat Bath Bomb

Love Boat debuted last year for 2018’s Valentine’s Range, and I’m really glad Lush bought it back again this year because I remember really liking it! The design is super cute, a blue and pink bath bomb in the shape of a boat with an embossed heart on the front that tells you this boat is setting sail for love!

I remember last year’s Love Boat not being particularly strongly scented but this year’s seems to be much stronger. It’s a sweet mixture of Sicilian Lemon Oil, Sweet Orange Oil and Rose Oil which gives the product a bright, sherbety scent reminiscent of fizzy sweets and candy, and to my nose it specifically reminds me of Haribo for some reason! The fruity fragrance is great for calming your mood and making you happy and content. Lemon and Orange Oils are also great for cleansing the skin, whereas Rose is balancing and restorative.

What I love about bath bombs like this is that you can actually get them to float on the surface of the water if you’re really careful when putting it in, you’ve just got to hold it on the surface for a few seconds to give it some stability. As you can see from my picture it annoyingly didn’t really work for this one but I’ve achieved it many times before!

Once it’s started fizzing, it immediately sends out streams of blue and pink into the water whilst the jelly hearts that cover the bottom of the boat float off and do their own thing,  which is a really cute touch. As it sinks, the colours get more and more intense and eventually mix into a deep pink colour. I think this bath bomb works best in a deep bath, as sometimes the resulting colour can end up looking brownish in shallower waters, but that’s not as bad as it was last year, they’ve definitely boosted the colour for this year’s release. Sadly I found that there wasn’t much in terms of the scent once Love Boat had fizzed away but the water was filled with beautiful sparkly lustre.

Once I was out, disappointingly there was no reminder of the scent on my skin but it did feel soft and smooth and was given a light shimmering from the glitter.

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All in all, I’m a big fan of Love Boat but it would be so much better if the great scent had better staying power! Hopefully we’ll see another revamped version next year!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Rose Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, PEG 400, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 16255, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Golden Wonder is a Lush Christmas Classic and you can’t really call yourself a Lush superfan unless you’ve tried it. It truly is a wonder to behold, covered in a golden shimmer and topped with a beautiful cream bow, but the real treasure hidden in this present is the colour inside.

It features a fragrance that has appeared frequently in different formats and under different names over the years but is made up of Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil and Cognac Oil.

The scent is beautifully uplifting whilst remaining very light and not too heady. Being fruity, yet sharp its very reminiscent of champagne, sparkling wines and the very thing it’s meant to smell like – a glass of Buck’s Fizz. A perfect bathing companion for Christmas morning perhaps? Or maybe even New Year’s Eve!

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Immediately upon contact with the water, it starts to fizz and almost instantly reveals it’s hidden colour, a beautiful and vibrant blue. It’s quite the fast fizzer and soon creamy whites and yellows from the outer shell mix with the blue, resulting in a gorgeous turquoise colour that glimmers with all the golden lustre floating throughout, looking like velvet dancing in an ocean.

Golden Wonder also contains little tiny stars that remain even when the bath bomb doesn’t, these float around in the water only adding to the magic.

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The warming scent really remained throughout my bathing and also on my skin after, albeit very lightly. What was more prominently covering my body was the remains of the golden glitter, giving me a shimmer in the light which I personally love but can understand might not be for everyone. If that doesn’t appeal to you then all you need do is rinse yourself down with the shower head, like you might also have to do to your tub…

I’ve used a Golden Wonder each year for a number of years now and I love it every time, it’s a real iconic part of the Christmas collection and I think a lot of fans would be disappointed if it ever left!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 15510, Colour 45410, Colour 77491

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Sugar Plum Fairy Body Scrub

Another new product for Christmas 2018! They really treated us this year!

Both the colour and the name would have you suspect that Sugar Plum Fairy was related to the Plum Rain range of products. And whilst it does share similar ingredients, it’s actually a very different smell. One that’s actually more like the blackcurrant vibes from The Comforter, than anything Plum Rain.

A mixture of Umeboshi Plum (a type of pickled plum, popular in China) gives fruity notes whereas Sweet Wild Orange Oil sweetens the deal and is responsible for giving it sickly fragrance that reminds me of grape soda and fizzy drinks from my childhood. It’s perfectly suited for those with a sweet tooth (or nostril) but much like with the lip scrub, it’s a bit too much for me.

Both the plum and the orange have antiseptic and toning qualities to cleanse and refresh your skin but the main feature of Sugar Plum Fairy is obviously the exfoliant.

Larger grains of Caster Sugar are mixed with smaller grains of Sea Salt to give your skin a perfect exfoliation all over. Once you’re in the shower and rubbing the product over your body you can really feel it doing it’s work. If you’re not a fan of harsher scrubs then you might want to soften the scrub in the water first before using. Because it is basically just sugar and salt it softens quite easily.

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However because of this, this scrub sadly doesn’t last very long. It does depend on how much you use of course, but I couldn’t really get more than two showers from it because it breaks down so easily. It might be better breaking it into smaller chunks first, rather than using the whole thing but personally, it’s not a very expensive product, so I don’t mind too much.

It’s an amazing scrub and it’s perfect for a good and deep exfoliation but although my skin does feel beautifully soft and polished after using it, sadly I’d much rather a different fragrance.

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Umeboshi Plum, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Body, Massage Bars

Therapy¿ Massage Bar

One of Lush’s most famous massage bars, Therapy¿ is a gentle classic. With a lovely short list of purely natural and organic ingredients it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin.

To use a massage bar you simply glide it over the skin and the butters and oils melt with the body’s temperature and lay gently on the surface of the skin, then you simply massage it in (or preferably get someone else to do it for you!).

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With a base of aerated Cocoa and Shea butters, Therapy¿ is perfectly moisturising for your body, leaving your skin incredibly soft.

Did you know that one in four babies are born with an outie belly button? That’s where the design of Therapy¿ comes from. It features three little holes and one rounded lump on the top of it. The ingredients of Therapy¿ are perfect for helping reduce the appearance of stretch marks and a lot of new mum’s come in our store buying this massage bar for just that.

As already mentioned Cocoa and Shea Butters condition and soften the skin, Sweet Orange and Neroli Oils are great for their toning effects on the skin which helps improve it’s texture, and Lavender Oil is proven to be soothing and calming.

These essential oils combine into a sweet, floral scent which is cheerful and uplifting. Neroli has been proven to increase serotonin levels in the brain and Lavender is the perfect relaxant. Therapy not just for your skin but for your mind too!

Therapy¿ is a little less oily than some of Lush’s other massage bars, so she takes a little while longer to really get going but once she does, it’s a beautiful feeling. Once warmed up, this bar glides so smoothly over the skin leaving noticeable moisture and hydration which is then easily worked into the skin. On the top side you can use the extra little bump as a useful aid to a more sensual massage.

After use, you’re left with perfectly moisturised, soft and brighter skin. The scent also lasts for a long time and I can always smell it on my sheets or clothes after using it!

Like all of Lush’s products with a buttery base this massage bar does come with a melt warning, so make sure you aren’t storing yours somewhere where it’s going to get too warm!

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Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Organic Lavender Oil, Organic Neroli Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

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