Bath, Bath Bombs

Splash Bath Bomb

I remember when I first saw this bath bomb and after noticing the familiar colour scheme I was hoping and praying for it to be the return of my long lost love, Frozen Bath Bomb. Sadly it wasn’t, and we have Splash instead. Since then, I get this weird feeling of disappointment each time I look at it which honestly isn’t that fair on Splash because it’s actually a fairly lovely bath bomb of its own.

Splash has a reasonably unique design, but I think the scent far surpasses the appearance in how interesting this product is. Splash contains Lime and Neroli at the forefront of its aroma so it offers an uplifting and fresh smell perfect to lift your mood. The Neroli adds a certain element of ‘greenery’ alongside Elemi Oil which is described as spicy and citrusy and is said to instil a feeling of peace. Although it seems like an abundance of citrus, I wouldn’t say Splash is that zesty or sharp in smell. Lush have decided to add Tonka Absolute to the fragrance which I feel rounds the scent off with it’s sweet, subtle presence. All in all, its a fairly unique and bright fragrance which I find quite meditative and soothing.

In the water, Splash is a pure fizzer and fizzes away turning the water into a translucent aquamarine colour like that of a swimming pool. There’s no bath art, just little whisps of white fizzing out into the blue.

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I found the scent remained quite strongly even when the bath bomb had fully dissolved, which was nice and really relaxed me as I was soaking. It was still lingering on my skin once I was out and I could definitely smell it wafting off my arms a good few hours later which really helped me take it easy during my evening. Splash also left my skin feeling gorgeously soft.

Overall, I’d describe this bath bomb as being really nice, but nothing special. I’m glad I’ve tried it but I can’t say I’d ever be desperate to try it again. Perhaps if it created patterns on top of the water, I’d have enjoyed it more but for now it’s nothing to write home about.

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If you’re still wanting to get your hands on Splash you better hurry! Sadly it’s being discontinued along with quite a lot of the other 30th Anniversary bath bombs very soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Elemi Oil, Tonka Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Twilight Body Spray

I have trouble sleeping. I always have. It takes me roughly an hour to actually fall asleep, and that’s on a good night. Twilight Body Spray is a product that I am currently using every day and I keep it pride of place on my bedside table ready for me to spray over my bedsheets each evening to help me drift off quicker and more peacefully. Although this is clearly a body spray, there’s absolutely no harm in using it on clothes, sheets or as a room spray if you wish.

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Or course we’re talking about the scent family that’s one of Lush’s most well known and most talked about – the Sleepy family. Comprised of Twilight Bath Bomb, Sleepy Body Lotion and more, this is a scent that’s designed to be used before bedtime because of it’s mind-soothing ingredients. The sweet and relaxing scent is made up of Lavender, Tonka, Ylang Ylang and Benzoin Resinoid.

Lavender is arguably one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy for its calming effects. The 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 help aid sleep. Although it doesn’t directly affect the quality of sleep itself, it does ease worries and stress, thereby relaxing people enough to help them sleep better. Although Lavender has a distinct aroma you could describe as somewhere between herbal and floral, Twilight’s scent is much sweeter thanks to its other ingredients.

Tonka Absolute is obtained from the seeds of a tree that grows in South America. Lush buy their Tonka directly from the communities in Brazil that gather it. The beans are collected from the forest floor where they’ve fall from the tree canopy and are brought back to the villages where the beans are manually extracted from their shells. They are then laid out in the sun to dry – turning a rich brown colour during the process. The sweet beans, which smell like spicy vanilla, are then gathered together and sent to Lush in the UK. Tonka’s sweet, comforting aroma is definitely what gives this scent those creamy notes you detect.

Derived from the flowers of the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang Oil is rich, exotic and wonderfully fragrant. The oil is perhaps best known for its soothing and relaxing properties, and is frequently used to help alleviate stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. Its warm, custardy scent is said to promote inner peace and feelings of joyfulness, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests it’s a pretty effective aphrodisiac too. Lush use Ylang Ylang from a supplier in The Comoro Islands and from Ghana, where they own their own plantation, helping the ecosystem there flourish.

Benzoin comes from the Styrax tree, native to Sumatra but also found in other parts of southeast Asia. Lush source Benzoin from Laos, where it is extracted from the trees. The resin collects in small incisions made in the bark, which is hardened and stored in pieces or pressed into blocks. This gum is then refined further, through the method of solvent extraction, to produce a resinoid. The lingering, sweet balsamic scent of Benzoin is like a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla ice-cream and is said to be extremely relaxing, yet warming and comforting too.

I think these four ingredients pair together so well and I instantly feel mellowed and comforted whenever I smell this fragrance. As I said, I’m currently using it on my bedsheets each night and I’m definitely noticing a difference in how relaxed I am. I tend to try and focus on the aroma whilst I’m falling asleep and although it’s not going to instantly cure my sleeping woes, it’s definitely helping me de-stress and enter a more relaxed state of mind.

It’s a great alternative to Sleepy Body Lotion if slathering yourself in a cream is too much effort for you! Plus, I think this body spray is slightly stronger in scent!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Twilight Shower Jelly

Call it whichever you want, but I feel like the Sleepy/Twilight scent has fast become the company’s most popular. Or one of them anyway. It’s no surprise they’ve finally released it in a shower jelly format across all stores, which is already receiving rave reviews.

The scent itself is incredibly relaxing. Lavender is one of the best ingredients around for it’s relaxing and stress-relieving effects on the mind and has been used for thousands of years in aromatherapy to aid restful sleep. Whereas the natural aroma of Lavender is somewhat herbal, the addition of Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Tonka Absolute to all Twilight-scented products gives it much more of a sweet and warm fragrance that envelops you in a cosy hug. It’s the perfect scent for before-bedtime washing.

As a shower jelly, I think the scent is quite strong and whilst you’re lathering it up over your body it definitely fills your senses and I find the fresher, herbal elements of the Lavender come out more. Lavender also has wonderful benefits for the skin too, it’s both antiseptic and soothing, not to mention its great balancing properties also. Although a shower jelly isn’t my usual go-to in the shower as I’m more of a bath time jelly user, they do leave you just as clean as a shower gel or a bar of soap does.

Each shower jelly contains a base made from something called Carrageenan Extract, a mucilage extracted from Irish Moss Seaweed, which is dried and powdered. When put in contact with liquids, it rehydrates and jellies, acting as a thickening agent, emulsifier and stabiliser, while moisturising and soothing the skin as well.

I’m actually really loving this jelly. It looks absolutely beautiful out of it’s tub and the photos sadly don’t even do it justice. I love the swirly pattern that they give some of their shower jellies rather than just the one block colour. Whatsmore it’s scent stays on my skin after using it, allowing me to smell that wonderful scent for hours after and helping me really settle in for the evening.

Ingredients

Glycerine, Lavender Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Jellies

29 High Street Shower Jelly

29 High Street is the name of Lush’s most exclusive perfume, only available to customers shopping at 29 High Street, Poole- the place where it all started. I’m yet to get my hands on the perfume but I recently snapped up a 29 High Street Shower Jelly that shares the same scent.

The perfume was designed to recreate the generic ‘Lush aroma’ that spills out of shops and greets you powerfully when you walk inside. I’d argue somewhat that with countless new products and formulations over the years as well as the discontinuation of a few, the scent inside stores is very different to what it was all those years ago when the perfume was first developed.

When developing the scent, Lush chose ingredients that feature a great deal in their products, bearing in mind those that have strong scent profiles to really determine what the real ‘Lush scent’ could be. They came to the conclusion to use Jasmine, Lemon, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Tonka, and it really bloody works.

I find the first element I get from the fragrance is the sweet floral notes coming from the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang but they’re totally sharing the spotlight with a refreshing, fruity and slightly zesty note of Lemon and Lime. The creamy sweetness of Tonka Absolute and the warming woody tones of Sandalwood give the scent more complexity and deepness, whilst really rounding the smell off into something that I can only describe as being intoxicatingly and so moreish. It’s a mix that really shouldn’t work but it definitely does. I think you really have to experience this scent first hand and decide for yourself if you’re into it or not.

As a jelly, I think this scent works amazingly. It’s really quite potent when you’re lathering it up over your body meaning it leaves you smelling of the fragrance for hours after. Lush’s shower jellies all contain a base that’s derived from seaweed, so they’re incredibly nourishing and softening for the skin.

As well as the Jasmine Absolute, Lush have included Jasmine Flower Infusion as one of the main ingredients in this jelly to boost the sensual fragrant aroma that the flowers are well known for, but also for its skin-soothing properties. Lush have also included Fresh Lemon Juice for its multitude of benefits for the skin too. Lemons are full of antioxidants and vitamins, and their juice is cleansing, toning and antiseptic.

This is hands down my favourite shower jelly I’ve ever used. I love how long the strength of the scent lasts and although I actually don’t often use my jellies (even though I have so many), I’m using this one a lot because I’m so in love and it makes my skin feel so soft too! I need to get my hands on that perfume ASAP!!!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Jasmine Flower Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Gardenia Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool.

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Cilla The Caterpillar Bath Bomb

Along with some other products including party balloon bubble bars and a llama shaped bath bomb, Cilla The Caterpillar is one of the exclusive items only available as gifts when having, or being invited to a Lush Party.

Sharing it’s scent with the popular Vanillary Perfume, Cilla features a fragrance that’s comprised of Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute and Vanilla Absolute. The scent (in a previous bath bomb format) was originally inspired by extraordinary deserts at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, The Fat Duck. It’s a sweet and comforting, musky vanilla-led scent with touch of floral warmth and sensuality coming from the Jasmine. Although I often note the perfume to have powdery notes, in this format I notice it even more, yet it’s very true to the perfume even still.

Cilla is actually comprised of two halves, meaning you could opt to use it in two separate baths, but as always, I used the whole caterpillar at once.

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Once popped into the bath, Cilla immediately starts frothing and foaming sending out different streams of green and orange into the surrounding water. I feel like these two colours aren’t often used by Lush but they do look really pretty, vividly contrasting each other. After a few moments, Cilla The Caterpillar had already half dissolved and began to slow down her display, leaving chunks of each half of her body bobbing below the surface, silently fizzing away.

Once she’d finished dissolving, I was left looking at reasonably pretty bath art sat on top of mossy green water. I won’t lie, my bath slightly resembled swamp water, which in turn reminded me of Shrek and now I can’t shake the idea that this is a bath bomb for the ogre himself. I guess it suits the caterpillar concept!

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Even with this hilarious thought in mind, the scent really filled the room and made me feel at peace and comforted me like a warm hug. The water itself was super soft and soothing, making my skin noticeably silky smooth and renewed once I was out. Furthermore, the fragrance lightly lingered on my body, boosting the delicate perfume, should you choose to spray yourself after like I did.

Even with the idea of Shrek in my mind, I really enjoyed bathing with Cilla The Caterpillar and I can imagine anyone attending a party will love to receive one in their goody bags.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Chlorophyllin, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2, Candy Eye

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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Turmeric Latte Shower Gel

Turmeric Latte is probably one of my favourite bath bombs currently available, so when I heard Lush were releasing a limited edition shower gel inspired by it, I think I audibly expressed my excitement. I love the warming, coffee-like smell of the scent so I was incredibly excited to try it again in a different form.

The shower gel contains all the same ingredients as the bath bomb that make up its fine fragrance. Vanilla, Tonka and Benzoin make up the main potion of the scent, there’s Coconut too and of course, Turmeric. Though I wouldn’t say the scent is 100% the same. Whilst the bath bomb smells more deeply of coffee and is slightly smoky/spicy, I’d say the shower gel is a lot sweeter. Thanks to the addition of Agave Syrup and Cocoa Powder, there are sweet sugary notes which lighten the scent a fair bit. Though that’s not an issue, it’s still very close to the scent I fell in love with, so I’m incredibly happy!

The Turmeric and the Coconut are added as an infusion of both. On the skin Turmeric is stimulating, soothing and antioxidant, perfect for promoting healthy and bright skin. Coconuts are well known for being moisturising in all forms, as well as being amazingly soothing too.

This shower gel has a fairly runny consistency but feels so luxuriously soft on the skin. I didn’t have to work much to get it going and the lather it produces is rich and soft. For this reason you really don’t need to use a lot each time as a little surely goes a long way.

I loved how the scent filled my senses as I was lathering it up over my body, making me feel so content and comforted. It further contains Carrageenan Extract, which is derived from seaweed and a natural sugar called Xanthan Gum, both of which have skin softening properties that really lock in moisture. Along with the Agave Syrup and the Coconut, you’re actually in for a real hydrating treat, something I didn’t really expect from this shower gel in all honesty.

With all those wonderful ingredients, my skin felt supremely great after, I couldn’t stop stroking my arms as they were so soft! Amazingly, the scent really stuck around and lingered on my skin, allowing me to reap the benefits of such a cosy aroma long into my evening.

In conclusion, I’m over the moon with this gel and I’m definitely going to regret not buying more when it runs out. It’s still available online for now so make sure you grab one whilst there’s still a chance!

Ingredients

Coconut and Turmeric Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Organic Agave Syrup, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Carrageenan Extract, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Coumarin, Eugenol, Colour 19140:1

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