Face, Face Masks

Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask

I’m one of those people who cannot survive without coffee. I have to have a cup as soon as I wake up otherwise I won’t make it through the morning, or rather everyone around me won’t. I love the taste, I love the smell, so it comes as no surprise that Cup O’ Coffee is one of my favourite products from Lush and my all-time favourite face mask.

As soon as you crack open the lid, you’re hit with a strong coffee aroma which can put you off if that’s not your cup of tea, or coffee rather. Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant to the brain, waking you up and giving you energy if you consume it. Likewise, it is also a stimulant for the skin. Cup O’ Coffee contains an infusion made from coffee beans which boosts circulation to the skin, reviving and brightening the complexion. Lush have also included Caffeine Powder to boost that effect.

Although Cup O’ Coffee is a mask, it contains Ground Coffee which acts as an effective exfoliant when you’re washing it off. It’s actually fairly scrubby on the skin which is perfect for deeply cleansing pores and removing dirt. Ground Coffee is one of the best eco-friendly alternatives to plastic microbeads. I will never understand why companies still continue to use highly damaging ingredients in their products when nature provides an alternative.

This mask actually has a fairly moist and sticky texture due to the addition of Agave Syrup. Like honey, this syrup is highly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory as well was being moisturising for the skin. This definitely makes the scrub a little less harsh and leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished once removed. Also added for their cleansing benefits are Kaolin, which draws out the impurities in the skin, and Bentone Gel which is great for absorbing excess sebum.

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Lastly a few other ingredients have been included mostly to enhance the mask’s scent, but each have their own individual properties too. Vanilla Absolute is soothing and antibacterial when applied to the skin. Vanilin, its main aromatic compound, is antioxidant and contributes to restoring skin’s brightness and softness. Coriander Oil and Vetivert Oil are warming and stimulating, contributing to the mask’s main benefits and lastly Roasted Cocoa Extract gives a rich aroma to the product whilst also being soothing.

I love the feeling after using this mask. My skin always feels so smooth and honestly looks noticeably brighter and healthier. Dull skin no more! Furthermore, I often get bored of products and I love changing up my routine but Cup O Coffee is definitely one of my desert island products that I doubt I’ll ever stop using. Do not stop making this product Lush!!

Ingredients

Organic Agave Syrup, Kaolin, Glycerine, Coffee Infusion, Talc, Ground Coffee, Bentone Gel, Perfume, Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Roasted Cocoa Extract, Coriander Oil, Caffeine Powder, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Coco Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we had a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version named Coco!

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. It can be so scratchy to start with!

Moreover, if you let the whole scrub get wet, it’s not going to last as long as it would if you keep it dry, using smaller pieces when needed. This way I found I got five good uses out of it.

Like Cocoa contains a fair amount of Cocoa Butter to add a hydrating quality, Coco similarly contains Coconut Oil, though in a smaller quantity. During use, I didn’t find that it felt as soft and as creamy as it’s chocolate cousin does but it exfoliated just as well. The protective and soothing Coconut Oil combines with Cream of Tartar and Potato Starch to ensure a creamier lather but it just wasn’t the same as Cocoa was.

This limited edition scrub further contains Coconut Flour as another, finer exfoliant. The Coconut Flour Lush use is produced by a project in Simeulue, an Indonesian island in Sumatra. Locals and activists here are fighting plans for a palm oil factory by showing that coconut harvesting is a more sustainable source of income in an area already threatened with deforestation. Coconut harvesting would not lead to further deforestation as the project only fell older trees that no longer bear fruit, replacing them with saplings for future generations.

Green Enterprise, who run the project, work across three neighbouring islands which they have leased for 25 years for coconut harvesting and re-planting trials. They are helping small-scale farmers to reach organic certification and also to trial intercropping plants like ginger, turmeric and pepper to make unproductive land productive once more and to help prevent deforestation in the area. In addition to these schemes, Green Enterprises also run and support a number of projects across the islands including schooling for local children, marine and turtle conservation and a plastic recycling initiative. They are also looking at the potential of training bird poachers as bird guides, offering an alternative income stream to them and encouraging conservation. These are just one of many ethical producers that Lush support by choosing to purchase from.

Coco has a rather coconutty scent as you’d imagine it to have, much like the Furze scent family, or more similarly like the scent of Curly Wurly Coconut Shampoo, which features the same three essential oils. The creamy, familiar aroma of Vanilla Absolute meets sweet Benzoin Resinoid and warming, earthy Vetivert Oil which creates a coconut-esque scent quite nicely. Whilst I do like it, there is just something about it that seems a tad synthetic about the fragrance and therefore slightly off putting.

I found that during the shower, sadly the scent doesn’t have much staying power once’s it’s been washed off the skin, nor could I smell it on my body after stepping out. My skin was however, noticeably softer and smoother thanks to the ever so slightly painful scrub.

Which did you go for? Cocoa or Coco? Or if you went for both, which did you prefer? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Coconut Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Colour 45380:2

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Cocoa Sugar Scrub

Easter 2019 saw the release of two bunny shaped scrubs with deceptively similar names, we have a brown chocolatey one called Cocoa and a white coconutty version called Coco.

Cocoa has a smell not too dissimilar to that of Cupcake Fresh Face Mask. It’s a comforting fragrance of Cocoa Powder along with sweet Vanilla and Cocoa Absolutes, which makes it smell like chocolate cake mixture! Cocoa also features Mimosa Absolute, which gives the scrub a fresh and floral undertone.

Both limited edition scrubs are designed to be used in the shower and feature Granulated Sugar as the exfoliant. Sugar is a great ingredient to use in a scrub because it can either be rough when dry, or more gentle when wet. In the shower, I find it better to break off a piece at a time, crumbling it into your hands before using it, otherwise it’s simply too abrasive for me as a whole, hard product. Also on that note, you don’t really want to let the whole product get too wet so it’s best to keep it out of the shower else it’ll become soggy and fall apart.

After I got through the initial pain of using a piece that was much too solid for my skin, I found that Cocoa turned into a nice, effective scrub. The scrub actually felt really creamy and luxurious, much different to the solid sugar scrubs I’ve used recently such as Love Island and Aurora Borealis and this is likely due to the addition of Cocoa Butter in the mix. The Columbian Cocoa Butter in this product comes from the Communidad de Paz de San Jose de Apartado, which is a north-western Colombian community committed to peace amidst violent clashes between left-wing guerrilla fighters, right-wing paramilitary groups and the army. Just one of the many incredible places Lush source and buy their ingredients from.

Cocoa also contains Aloe Vera Extract which is one of the best ingredients to soothe irritation and calm redness on the skin. Likewise, the three absolutes the scrub contains are known to have soothing effects on the skin too. These ingredients help prevent the skin from getting too irritated by the scrub.

I found that during the shower the chocolatey scent was really powerful and was really filling my senses whilst I was scrubbing my body, but sadly it didn’t remain on my skin very much after. My skin was super smooth afterward though, a feeling that was still very much there the morning after my shower.

To conclude, I really like this scrub, I can tell it’s going to last me a good four or five uses after the initial one so it’s pretty good value for money in my opinion. Grab one whilst you still can because the Easter range won’t be around for much longer!

Ingredients

Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocoa Powder, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Cocoa Absolute, Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Cookie Dough Lip Scrub

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products! Cookie Dough Lip Scrub is one of these new exclusives, and is currently the only lip scrub on their exclusive list.

I’m gonna come right out and say it, but Cookie Dough is the BEST lip scrub Lush have ever done. Period. It literally smells and tastes like the delicious treat that it’s named after. It’s rich and decadent, like gooey buttery caramel and I am super impressed.

For this sweet, indulgent flavour, Cookie Dough contains an intriguing blend of ingredients. First we have warming, familiar and sweet Vanilla Absolute, which Lush suggests makes up the main component of the scent along with Cocoa. Cocoa Powder has a silky texture which really helps to soften skin, and is what gives this lip scrub its rich taste and fragrance. Boosting that cocoa flavour, Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet chocolate-like taste; according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked’ flavour.

Furthermore there’s a distinct nutty taste to Cookie Dough which isn’t surprising considering it contains Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil and Almond Essential Oil too. Another ingredient has also been included for its nutty taste, and this is Balsam Fir Resin, which gives the lip scrub a somewhat woody note in its scent.

As a lip exfoliator, it contains two types of Sugar along with Fine Sea Salt which do the job well. However one thing that certainly makes Cookie Dough stand out is that it’s super moisturising too. I know that *all* lip scrubs are somewhat softening for the skin, but I’ve certainly not tried any like this one. It almost has a wetter texture to it, which leaves your skin feeling gorgeously hydrated thanks to Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and the Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils too. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E and oleic acid meaning they are easily absorbed and help to deeply moisturise, firm and protect the skin.

I’m honestly blown away by this product. Although I’ve loved lip scrubs like The Kiss before, I’ve never been quite as obsessed with one as I am with Cookie Dough. It’s effective and mouthwateringly moreish and I struggle to put it down without eating using more! It’s a MUST try from Liverpool and I’d be thrilled to see it have a wider release one day. For now though, it’s available as part of this month’s Lush Labs release so make sure you get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Granulated Sugar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Hazelnut Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Gardenia Extract, Pistachio Oil, Cocoa Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Flavour

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Bath, Fun

Monsters And Aliens Fun

Lush’s Fun bars are arguably one of their most innovative and interesting ideas. Fun is basically like modelling clay, except you can use it as soap, amongst other things! Monsters And Aliens is scented with the Lord Of Misrule scent, so obviously I’m a big fan!

Lush create their Fun with a base of Glycerine, Cornflour and Talc, which creates a doughy texture, very similar to modelling clay. They then add Sodium Laureth Sulfate as the lathering agent. Contrary to popular belief, SLS is completely harmless and industry experts agree that it is safe and effective. To save me going on and on about this specific ingredient you can read more information about Lush’s use of SLS here. After the SLS, colorants and essential oils are added, else it would be a very boring piece of mouldable soap indeed.

Lush market their Fun bars as being 4-in-1 products. Due to the soft and squishy texture, you can roll it, squish it, press it and shape it into almost anything you like, which kids go wild for and it’s a great way to get them to wash and actually have baths! You can use it for soap and shampoo too, and also to create bubbles! When crumbled up under the running tap, Fun works in the exact same way as a bubble bar, creating mountains of fluffy bubbles. If I’m using just a Fun bar and nothing else in my bath, I’ll use some for my bubbles and a small piece like a bar of soap to wash with.

Monsters and Aliens comes as a small bar with three colours – green, purple and a magenta colour. Included in the compostable wrapping are three sets of eyes for you to add to the monstrous figures you create. Even when I was a child I never had good modelling skills so I opt to simply use my Fun as it comes.

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For my bubbles, I used about a third of the bar and if you’re using equal amounts of each colour, it’ll turn your bathwater a light purple colour. I find that using too much is very excessive (even for me) and this is the perfect size for a good amount of bubbles. I then used a little piece more for my soap, which as always, feels super creamy and gentle on the skin.

As already mentioned, this particular Fun bar shares it’s scent with Lord Of Misrule and the colours are also very reminiscent of the bath bomb itself. A concoction of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla, it’s a comforting and grounding scent that’s both earthy and spicy. I find the actual bar itself has a very strong scent, yet the bubbles it created didn’t retain the scent as much. I could however, still smell a hint of the fragrance on my soft and smooth skin after I was dried off though!

Even though personally I’d rather use a bubble bar or bath bomb, I really think that Fun is great. Its amazing value for money as it lasts such a long time and is such a unique and fun concept. You’ve definitely got to give it a try if you haven’t already.

Ingredents

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Shower, Shower Jellies

Bongo Shower Jelly

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products, including six new jellies and after smelling Bongo, I knew I had to take it home with me.

Except from Twilight Shower Jelly, the new exclusive jellies are all named rather musically – there’s Beats, Bongo, Gong, Rumba and Conga. I had a sniff of each, with some sporting familiar scents such as Golden Pear and So White, but the tropical fragrance of Bongo was really calling my name.

Bongo literally smells like a Pina Colada! It doesn’t contain Pineapple in any form but it contains sweet Fresh Mango Juice instead, alongside Coconut Milk. It’s such a tropical and juicy scent and I’ve been really craving something like this for ages, especially for the shower. It’s so energising and happy and I’m obsessed. I can’t stop myself from smelling it almost every time I step into my bathroom! It also contains Vanilla and Oakwood Absolutes too but I personally can’t notice them in the scent.

Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – calcium, potassium, vitamin A, E and C and several B vitamins. In fact, it’s one of the most nutritious foods in the world. When applied to the skin, the enzymes it contains help remove dirt and debris, clarifying and improving the texture of the skin.

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Incase you weren’t sure, Lush’s shower jellies are actually made from a seaweed extract and are completely environmentally friendly. Seaweed is immensely great at softening and nourishing the skin, making all jellies fairly moisturising. Bongo goes that extra mile with its Coconut Milk content, which is greatly soothing and hydrating.

I’m in love with Bongo. It’s potentially my favourite jelly Lush have ever released. I think it also looks really pretty with it’s peculiar appearance that almost makes it look like the mixture has separated. I’d love to see this scent being used elsewhere, it would make a lovely shower gel! I find the scent really stays on your body long after you’ve washed with it too!

This product is a must try! Hopefully it’ll become widely available soon!

Ingredients

Glycerine, Coconut Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Mango Juice, Oakwood Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Coumarin, Colour 15510

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Mamma Mia Shower Scrub

Whilst Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub has been around forever, we’ve never really had any other varieties of a salt based scrub that have the same unique properties as it. Until recently that is, with the releases of Magic Crystals, Scrub Scrub Scrub and now a limited edition Mothers Day exclusive, Mamma Mia!

As a shower scrub, Mamma Mia contains a hefty amount of Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which acts as the exfoliants. Also known as rock salt, Himalayan Salt is mined from the earth in the Himalayan region. It’s not so different from ordinary salt, except for its beautiful streaked pink hues painted by natural minerals and metal elements like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. Mamma Mia then features Water, Pink Grapefruit Puree and a Pink Grapefruit Peel Decoction which gives the product its wet texture, like Rub Rub Rub.

Grapefruit is an amazing ingredient for cleansing and refreshing the skin due to the enzymes that are present in the fruit’s natural acids. A grapefruit’s high vitamin C content also works wonders for the skin, helping to firm, smooth and brighten. Mamma Mia also contains Rose Clay in the mix for its natural cleansing power. 

Grapefruits have a sweet citrus aroma, which is popular for lifting the mood and has been used extensively to clear the mind and help with stress. But Mamma Mia doesn’t exactly smell like grapefruit, it’s actually sweetly scented with Vanilla, Rosewood and Bergamot.

Honestly, I cannot express how much I love the scent of this scrub. It’s a moreish decadent scent and I plead for more products like it! The sweet, creamy Vanilla is the main note you get from the aroma, whist the deeper notes of the Rosewood give hints of wood and rose and in the background you can detect a subtle fresh, citrusy hint of the Grapefruit and Bergamot. It’s truly a rich and luxurious delight and one of the best scents Lush have released in recent times in my opinion.

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You can either use this scrub when you’re already wet in the shower, or apply to dry skin for a tougher scrub before rinsing away. But either way, once it mixes with the water, it lathers up a little, like a shower gel would and feels amazingly soft on your skin. I found Mamma Mia actually rather gentle and didn’t feel as abrasive as I was expecting, but still, my skin felt just as smooth. Under the hot water, the gorgeous scent is lifted and filled the shower area which made me just want to pour the whole tub all over me and relish in it! Thankfully there was still a hint of the sweet perfume on my skin a good couple of hours later, which was actually giving me more hints of grapefruit.

Overall, I’m super impressed with this shower scrub. I love the smell, I love the bright pink colour and it’s easily one of the stand outs of the Mother’s Day release. I’m going to be absolutely gutted when it leaves the shelves. I’m really hoping Lush decide to bring it back next year as it’s simply, beautiful. Or you know, it could always stay for good? I’d even take it over Rub Rub Rub and that’s saying something. Top marks!

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Pink Grapefruit Puree, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Water, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Himalayan Salt, Bergamot Oil, Rosewood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Lactic Acid, Rose Clay, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

 

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