Fragrance, Perfume

Dear John Perfume

Dear John has a touching story behind it. It was created by Lush co-founder Mark Constantine as an ode to his father, named John, whom he had never met because he had abandoned him as a baby. Mark developed this fragrance over a long time as a representative of the idea of how a man and a father smells. A ‘Dear John’ is typically a letter written from a woman to her lover who’s away at war to let him know she’s found somebody else.

Lush describe Dear John as a comforting, complex scent with notes of coffee, coriander, lime and tobacco – though it doesn’t actually feature all these ingredients. Mark himself describes it as better up close, like burying your face into clothing to get the smell of a person.

Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils are what give the perfume the tobacco-like notes. Cedarwood has a comforting balsamic aroma with earthy undertones which is often used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. Its definitely the note that my nose picks out first in the scent. Vetivert is a tall grass found growing in India and yields an oil with an earthy and smoky aroma. Vetivert is known as ‘the oil of tranquility’ because of its deeply relaxing effect on the mind and body.

Next we have Coriander Oil. Everyone knows the smell of coriander which is strong and fresh yet spicy and woody. Known for its warming and stimulating effects on the mind, it’s often used in conjunction with or in the place of coffee to give a similar aroma. Ancient Egyptians used to call coriander the spice of happiness because of its uplifting and energising effect on the mind. Coupled with the other ingredients I’d suggest it’s this which gives citrusy undertones like that of limes.

Lastly, Clove Bud Oil works in a similar way, also adding notes of spice and warmth and its perfect in a comforting perfume to envelop the wearer like a warm hug. Clove buds are put through a process of steam distillation producing an essential oil that is richly sweet and spicy.

Dear John is definitely a scent that grows on you. I didn’t actually like it at all to begin with, but after trying it out a couple of times I really began to love how comforting and unique it is. I can see why it means so much to Mark and how it can invoke old memories and nostalgia in some people. Although being designed around the typical fatherly scent, like all of Lush’s Gorilla Perfumes, its unisex!

Mark’s story actually has a fairly happy ending. He eventually reconciled with his father when Mark turned sixty, which you can read about in his biography that Lush are currently selling – Dear John: The Road To Pelindaba.

I definitely think Dear John is worth giving a go!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Limonene, Water, Glycerine, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Body, Massage Bars

Hunny Bear Massage Bar

This bear shaped massage bar was initially released for Mothers Day last year and had the slightly different name of Honey Bear. This year, it was veganised, removing the honey it once contained and replacing it with Agave Syrup. To mark the difference, Lush also changed it’s name to Hunny Bear.

Agave Syrup comes from several species of plant, but most commonly blue agave and the blue agave plant is known as the Mexican tree of life and abundance. Like honey, the Aztecs used the agave nectar as a dressing for wounds because of its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also like honey, Agave Syrup is hydrating for the skin.

Although massage bars are designed for use in massage, people often use them simply as body moisturisers and because it’s very difficult to convince my partner to give me a massage, this is generally how I use them too. Containing Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil, along with the Agave Syrup, Hunny Bear has everything you need to ensure soft and deeply moisturised skin.

In terms of scent, Hunny Bear has a warming, sweet fragrance that reminds me of baked caramel sponge and sticky toffee pudding. It contains Clove Leaf Oil, which has a spicy aroma, mixed with sweet Tonka and Vanilla Absolutes. It also features background notes of Vetivert Oil, which naturally has a smokey and grounding smell. I notice the earthiness of the Vetivert a lot more when I’ve just applied it to the skin interestingly, however after time it develops into the more well-rounded sweeter scent. Both Vetivert and Clove Leaf Oils are noted as having stimulating and warming effects on the skin, helping with muscular aches and pains.

I’m glad I got the chance to post about this product with it being back this year and it’s nice to see it being suitable for vegans! It just goes to show how easy it is to replace honey in a product and I’m sure we’ll see other products follow suit soon.

Ingredients

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Vetivert Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Organic Agave Syrup, Vegan Dark Chocolate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77499

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Cleansers, Face, Fresh Cleansers

Bûche De Noël Fresh Cleanser

What you might not know about Lush’s fresh cleansers, is that they come to us in store in giant wrapped logs, much like a Swiss roll, before being weighed and potted by staff. In the factory, manufacturers make the cleanser, spread it out onto sheets and roll it up, adding extra ingredients to the middle – such as Black Sugar in Dark Angels, or Lavender in Angels On Bare Skin.

Bûche De Noël is the French name for a Christmas or Yule log and is probably named after how the cleansers are made. Like a good Christmas dessert, this cleanser is full of indulgent festive ingredients for your face.

To use a fresh cleanser, you simply grab a pinch of the product and add some water to it in your hand, before working into a paste that you then use to wash your face with.

It’s a reasonably chunky texture with all the ingredients being blended together. Kaolin, Fresh Mandarin and Glycerine give the product it’s cleansing quality whilst Ground Almonds give a gentle exfoliation that feels really lovely. The Almonds also help to give the cleanser a milky consistency that’s nice and soothing.

Dried Cranberries and Brandy have also been added to give a nice festive touch, the latter, much like other types of alcohol, is astringent and good for shrinking pores.

Bûche De Noël smells like a delicious almond dessert, with Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil and Cedarwood Oil mixing with the other ingredients and giving a warming and moreish festive scent.

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I love the way my skin feels after using this limited edition cleanser, instantly softer due to Organic Cocoa Butter softening my gently exfoliated skin. It’s one of the products I always look forward to at Christmas and I really do hope they never get rid.

Make sure you get your hands on it before it goes as the Christmas season is almost over!

Ingredients

Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Mandarin, Dried Cranberries, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Essential Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Perfume, Nori Seaweed, Gold Leaf

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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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