Bath, Bath Bombs

Harajuku Bath Bomb

Harajuku is one of many exclusive bath bombs that are currently only available in Lush’s bath bomb only store in Harajuku, Tokyo. The neighbourhood of Harajuku is known internationally as a centre of trendy Japanese youth culture and fashion and is filled with bright and colourful boutiques, clothing and cosplay. It’s only fitting that the colours of the bath bomb that’s named after the area reflect those seen in the streets.

At first look, Harajuku is wonderfully enticing with it’s colourful design but it’s the scent that really gets you excited. It’s a sweet, light scent that reminds me of pick and mix stands, sweet iced cakes and bubblegum. With that description, I’m sure you’re imagining something along the lines of Snow Fairy, but it’s very different. Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid work well together to give an almost almondy cake-like scent but the addition of Brazilian Orange gives a fruitier note and turns the fragrance into more of the aroma of sweets and candy.

No matter how hard I try and describe the scent, I feel like it’s one you really have to smell for yourself. It’s something that’s new and unique for Lush and I think they’d do well bringing it out in other formats.

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I’d thought that Harajuku would be a fast fizzer but I was completely wrong. Once placed in the tub it starts off by quickly shooting out clouds of yellows, pinks and blues, but after the initial fizz, it slows down till it’s almost unnoticeable. It didn’t fully dissolve a good twenty-five minutes into my bath, whilst the water gradually turned a peachy pink colour with sparkling lustre floating through it. The patterns it created on the water were pretty but to be honest, I was expecting and hoping for more.

With a relatively light scent, I wasn’t expecting it to be very powerful once the bath bomb had disappeared and unsurprisingly I was correct. Whilst there was still a hint of the sweet aroma, it was very much diluted. Afterwards my skin felt supple and soft and although didn’t strongly smell of the scent, it was still there in a far more subtle form which left me smelling my arms all evening.

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Overall, I quite enjoyed my time with Harajuku and would love to see more of this scent in the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Maltodextrin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350

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Fragrance, Perfume

Lord Of Misrule Perfume

Just before Christmas, Lush launched a few fan favourite perfumes and luckily for me, Lord Of Misrule was one of them and I am so fricking glad!

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I’m always apprehensive when Lush bring out products (especially fragrances) that have familiar and iconic scents because you never know whether it’s going to smell exactly and undoubtably the same as what you want. However I’m pleased to tell you, that for me, Lord Of Misrule Perfume gets it spot on.

I love Lord Of Misrule for many reasons. I love Halloween and it’s usually featured as part of the Halloween collection each year, and the name comes from a pagan feast where a so called ‘Lord of Misrule’ presided over drunken parties and ridiculous festivities, which frankly sounds like a great job. I also love the beautiful green colour that is often associated with the scent, like the shower cream.

Lord Of Misrule is a heavenly trio of Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla which comes together in a spicy, yet comforting aroma, To me, the Patchouli is front and foremost, with earthy tones that invoke a feeling of deep meditation and calmness. Mix in the warming Black Pepper you get a delicate balance between soothing and stimulating before the whole thing is elevated and sweetened by the addition of the Vanilla Absolute.

Honestly I’m happy to wear it throughout the year but it’s probably more of a winter/auntum time perfume, perfect for spraying over a thick jumper or a scarf.

The staying power on your skin and clothing is one of the best I’ve seen and will definitely last from morning to evening, my coats still smell of it days later!

I’m so impressed with this perfume and forever thankful I managed to get one, it’s what I’ve really been wanting!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their Christmas range this year, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are two in one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body.

Alongside a Princess and a Snowman, a Santa Bomb Bomb was also released, apparently smelling of strawberries and cream.

Looking like a traditional Santa, his head bath bomb is mostly comprised of a big white beard with a small red hat, whereas his body is more traditionally spherical with a belt, buckle and arms.

The idea is you can use it as one giant bath bomb or in two baths, but of course, I did the former. Santa’s a really fast fizzer, immediately and quite loudly fizzing away turning the bath water into a vibrant red colour. There’s something I really enjoy about bathing in red baths as it’s a colour that’s not often featured in a bath bomb.

Sadly, there wasn’t much in terms of any bath art other than a few wispy waves of white throughout the deep crimson.

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The strawberries and cream scent I was talking about is actually Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Bergamot Oil, which I never would have guessed from smelling it. To me, the scent is a lot fruitier than what I’d expect those three fragrances to make. It’s sweet and almost berryish, which is why I guess Lush say it smells of strawberries.

I actually really like the smell though, and I’d really enjoy other products featuring it. I think it would make a really nice massage bar or shower scrub so hopefully Lush decide to keep it around for the future!

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Sadly although the actual product smells quite potent, it doesn’t have much strength after dissolving and the only memory of it on my skin was just the generic clean feeling, which was kinda dissappointing.

In conclusion, the Bomb Bombs are cute (not you Princess), but I probably wouldn’t use each one again as other than the fact they come in pairs, there’s nothing that special about them.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 47005:1, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule is a scent that’s been around for years and started with this bath bomb. I’m sure you can guess, this product is one of my favourites!

In history, a ‘Lord of Misrule’ was someone who presided over mischief, drunken revelries and partying in between Halloween and Christmas and was often dressed up in fancy almost jester-like outfits. One would assume that Lush chose the design of this bath bomb to replicate this idea.

It’s a combination of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla that make up the scent, but the former two definitely give the biggest impression. The Patchouli and Black Pepper seem to merge almost perfectly, giving a spicy, yet grounding earthiness and Vanilla then wraps the two together with a comforting hint of sweetness. It’s a very charming and tempting scent to me.

In the water, the bomb first starts to froth and foam rather than fizz, and waves of colour from the bright green surface dance out. However it soon gives way to a fizzy core that’s a deep reddish purple colour. This utterly divine colour takes over the green water and turns it a beautiful red wine colour, which is very fitting for something relating to drunken festivities and very unlike any other bath bomb Lush have to offer!

If you listen out, when the product is near the end of it’s show you can hear the Popping Candy crackle and pop from the bottom of your tub!

The heady, intoxicating scent stays with you the entire time and with the snapping of the Popping Candy, you almost feel like your own mischievous Lord of Misrule. Your skin after will honestly feel so supple and soft and as a great bonus, you can smell the intoxicating scent on you for hours after!

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Please please please never discontinue (or change!) this bath bomb Lush! It’s one of my all-time favs! Make sure you get a chance to grab it whilst stocks last as it’s only ever a Halloween/Christmas exclusive! I’ll definitely be stocking up.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream Of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140

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Bath, Bubble Bars

Candy Mountain Yule Log Bubble Bar

Candy Mountain is a Christmas exclusive product that has been part of the Christmas range for years and has sported many different looks throughout it’s lifetime. For Christmas 2018, Lush chose to revamp it’s image again and this time called it a Yule Log Bubble Bar, inspired by the traditional Christmas dessert. You can sort of see from the background in the image below that the product is actually made as a long log and is then cut into slices.

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Candy Mountain is basically a Christmas version of the popular bubble bar, Creamy Candy and is why the latter gets discontinued throughout the Holiday season. They feature the same scent and very similar ingredients. This year’s version is more 2D than the cone shapes that came before it, it’s also capped with Cocoa/Shea Butter to look like snow, cute!

Candy Mountain, as the name suggests, smells of candy sweet goodness and is very similar to Snow Fairy. Whereas Synthetic Musk makes up the iconic Snow Fairy scent, Candy Mountain features Vanilla Absolute and I think is slightly more of a warmer smell and definitely more subtle.

The bubble bar is very easily crumbled, I think due to the addition of both Cocoa and Shea Butters in it’s mix. The end result is luxuriously soft bubbles and glistening bright pink waters due to the addition of glitter, which doesn’t feature in it’s year round counterpart. I’d also say that this version is slightly more pigmented.

The Cocoa and Shea Butters also mean that this product is very moisturising and leaves you with baby soft skin that smells real good for hours after!

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Check it out on the Lush UK website here if you haven’t already!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Body Scrubs, Shower

Life’s A Beach! Body Scrub Powder

Life’s A Beach was a relatively forgettable product that started out as an exclusive product for Australia and New Zealand. It then became available at Oxford Street and online before being released in all stores across the country.

It was discontinued earlier this year and honestly I don’t think many people are too sad about it.

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Unlike most of Lush’s products, Life’s A Beach came packaged in a cardboard box, much like the ‘Showders’, this made it easier to pour the product out of the little slot, rather than scoop it out of a black pot. Whilst it’s great that obviously this packaging is fully and easily recyclable, the trouble with it is that you can’t really get it wet without the risk of it causing damage to the box, and obviously for something that you use in the shower, this isn’t ideal.

Like the name suggests, a main part of this scrub is Sand and it’s the most visible ingredient. There’s also Sea Salt in there too, but yes this product is mainly just fragranced sand. These two natural exfoliators are a great way of scrubbing the skin without the use of microbeads which are incredibly damaging to the environment.

A great thing about this product is that because the scrub is dry, you can use it straight away as it is or add it to water depending on how abrasive you want a scrub to be. Personally I really love to add some of it to a shower gel or cream such as Oaty Creamy Dreamy or It’s Raining Men for a more luxurious moisturising scrub.

The scent is rather sweet as Life’s A Beach is fragranced with Gardenia, Jasmine, Tonka and Vanilla. The Tonka and the Vanilla are the strongest notes, reminding me of sweet ice cream at the beach which is very fitting.

If you’re just using this scrub on it’s own the scent actually lingers with you for quite a while, however it’s easily over powered by stronger smells when used in conjunction with another product.

My skin always feels so soft after using this product, like I said it’s just perfect for turning your favourite shower gel into a scrub!

I can’t say I’ll miss this product that much when mine has ran out, there are a multitude of scrubs I enjoy much more and frankly it was about time for this particular one to go, customers hardly ever purchased or were even intrigued by it. May she rest in piece.

Ingredients

Fine Sea Salt, Sand, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Gardenia Extract, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Farnesol, Perfume

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Bath, Bath Bombs

The Experimenter Bath Bomb

Ah, The Experimenter. One of Lush’s most colourful bath products ever. I feel like it’s one of those products that you have to have tried at least once. Starting life as a piece of abstract audio and visual art created by the talented folk at Lush Digital. Click this link to watch it, it’s so cool! The Experimenter Bath Bomb was created as a way of customers experiencing said art in their own bathtubs! Originally an Oxford Street exclusive, it’s now one of the most popular products featuring in every store.

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Shaped like a hexagonal prism, although if we’re really being picky it’s accurately called a tetradecahedron with it’s fourteen sides, it really stands out amongst Lush’s spherical bombs. To date Lush have only created (to my knowledge) two bath bombs in this shape. The Experimenter, and a Christmas exclusive bath bomb called Magic.

The Experimenter has quite a smokey, almost spicy scent to it. The top note being grounding, comforting Vetivert Oil, mixed with uplifting sweetness from Tonka and Vanilla. It’s perfect for those days when you just want a warming, relaxing, yet still colourful and exciting bath.

A great thing about this particular bomb, is that when placed in the water, it’s always so unique and different depending on how it’s put in because of the five strong, bold colours. Once in the water, each colour disperses and swirls away, creating a bright visual display.

The colour you’re left with once all the colours have mixed is a murky blue/green colour, which is somewhat disappointing, but it’s definitely worth it to see the start of the fizz.

Adding to the visual experience, The Experimenter is also quite a fast and loud fizzer, especially with the addition of Popping Candy which snaps and crackles towards the end of the fizz. The scent also lasts throughout the duration, helping you unwind and relax too.

After your bath-time experience, you’re left with smokey and sweet smelling skin which lasts for a long while and a subtle shimmer from the glitter as well.

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Check it out on the Lush UK website, and definitely purchase if you’ve yet to try it, here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Vetivert Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Gold Glimmer Lustre, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

 

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