Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Jasmine Bath Bomb

Jasmine is one of my favourite scents so a bath bomb with a name like ‘Fairy Jasmine’ was always going to get me excited to use it.

 

You could argue that Fairy Jasmine is one of the most boring looking bath bombs out of the entire 30th anniversary range. It’s got nothing on the likes of Pirates Of The Carrageenan or Groovy Kind Of Love, both of which feature really exciting and unusual designs. But this bath bomb stands out for one reason only, its gorgeous scent.

Featuring both fragrant Jasmine and sweet Ylang Ylang, the main note of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with both heady aromas intertwining nicely. Yet there’s a warming and earthy, almost-grassy, note to it, stemming from the addition of Vetivert Oil. Vetivert is a tall grass with the smoky oil being obtained from the dried roots of the plant. Fans of Silky Underwear Dusting Powder will certainly recognise this scent as both products share the same rich fragrance.

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I find the scent incredibly enamouring and soothing. Aromatherapists consider Vetivert to be grounding and restorative and it has often been called ‘the oil of tranquility’ for that reason. Both Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are also known for their relaxing and de-stressing qualities. It’s truly a beautifully gentle aroma and one that I feel would do well in more products.

In the water, Fairy Jasmine is a fast fizzer, dissolving fully in less than a couple of minutes. As it’s design is simply a (very) pale pink bath bomb with no hidden colours inside, there’s no bath art and the water changes very little. A couple of tiny wisps of purple fizzed out from inside, but when I say tiny, I mean it and they didn’t make any difference whatsoever.

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Despite this fairly uninteresting display, Fairy Jasmine does feature a huge amount of plastic-free glitter, which looks awesome fizzing out of the bath bomb and proceeding to dance through the water reflecting the light magnificently. The scent amazingly remained at strength for the entire time I was soaking in the bath, allowing me to sink into a fully content state of mind.

Afterwards, I stepped out and dried off revealing wonderfully soft skin that was pretty covered in the silver lustre. The shards of glitter are fairly chunky too, so it’s definitely something you’ll notice and perhaps hate. For me, I loved it. The glitter won’t just stick to your skin as it’ll remain coating the bottom of your tub when the water’s drained – but that’s nothing the shower can’t wash away. My skin still retained that wonderful aroma for hours after but I got a very different side to it. The muskier and earthier tones were far more present at this stage.

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To be honest, I would have loved this bath bomb to have had something a little more interesting about it, even if that was just a tad more pink to make more of an impact on my bathwater. However, I still enjoyed my experience with the beautifully smelling Fairy Jasmine and I’d love for another product with the scent to appear sometime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Colour 17200

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Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar

As someone who uses stimulating shampoos and hair products such as New, Wasabi Shan Kui and Roots, I’ve often wondered why Lush don’t have a coffee-based shampoo bar as apparently caffeine is one of the best ingredients to promote hair growth and you so often see it used by other brands in their products. Cue the arrival of Dear John, a limited edition coffee-based shampoo bar.

The Dear John scent is an excellent fragrance to choose for a coffee shampoo as Lush actually describe it as having notes of coffee itself, without actually containing the ingredient; it’s actually Cedarwood, Clove, Vetivert and Coriander that make up the scent.

Why coffee is so often used in hair products is because of its caffeine content. It’s widely known that caffeine is an effective stimulant on the brain, but it has the same effect on the hair follicles too, increasing the blood flow to the area and encouraging hair growth. Caffeine also blocks the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a key player in causing male-pattern baldness. Lush have added both Caffeine Powder as well as Ground Coffee to this shampoo bar. The coffee grains actually act as an exfoliant on the scalp, removing buildup on the scalp and dead skin cells. Plus, every time you scrub away the dead skin, new cells will push out thicker, stronger hair.

As well as the coffee, the ingredients of the actual Dear John scent also have great effects on the hair. Cedarwood is antiseptic and balancing, helping control oil production whilst Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known to have stimulating effects too, boosting the overall desired effect of the product.

Other than its stimulating effects, Dear John is actually a great shampoo for adding shine  to the hair too. Coffee is more acidic than the hair’s natural oils which encourages the hair cuticles to remain flat, thereby reflecting more light than usual. Dear John also contains Molasses, which is very similar to honey in the way it helps to retain moisture into the hair and gives it a gorgeous glow and shine.  Lastly, Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar contains Aloe Vera Extract, which is soothing and calming. Perfect for any irritation you may be coping with on your scalp.

After using this shampoo bar in the shower, I’ve definitely noticed it’s slightly more hydrating than New Shampoo Bar and smells so good when it’s in use. The ground coffee can take a while to totally wash out but it’s not hugely annoying. I notice my hair is a lot more sleek and shiny each time I wash with it. Sadly I can’t really say if it’s really helping with my hair growth as I’m using so many products that all have that same benefit, so it’s too difficult to say. I am loving using it though, that’s for sure.

Ingredients

Sodium Coco Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Ground Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Whole Coffee Beans, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Molasses, Aloe Vera Extract, Caffeine Powder, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dear John Naked Shower Gel

Like with most of Lush’s limited edition shower gels, when they bought out Dear John Shower Gel for this year’s Father’s Day, they released a naked and packaging free version alongside it.

To create a naked shower gel, Lush make a few changes to their liquid formulas to create a solid version. The main change is the addition of an ingredient called Sodium Stearate which is a fine, white powder and the sodium salt of vegetable-derived stearic acid, an emulsifier. It stabilises and thickens the mixture, allowing it to retain its solid state. I do find that unlike a lot of soaps, naked shower gels offer a much creamier lather that doesn’t leave you feeling squeaky clean.

Like the liquid variety and all Dear John scented products, the naked shower gel contains Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cedarwood Oil and Vetivert Oil to make up the cosy and warm scent that’s inspired by Lush co-founder Mark’s idea of what a father smells like. To my nose, both versions of this shower gel are slightly different. With the liquid there’s sharper, citrusy undertones but I find that in the naked version, that side of the scent is quite muted in comparison. Nevertheless, at it’s heart it’s still the same scent I’ve really grown to love. Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known for their warming and stimulating effects on the skin, and Cedarwood is great for balancing and toning.

When it comes to actually using a naked shower gel, essentially it works like a bar of soap does. However, due to its size and the fact it lasts forever, I prefer to cut mine up into smaller chunks to make it easier to use in the shower. That way you can avoid creating a mess by keeping a piece in a black pot in your shower and storing the rest away until needed. Dear John Naked Shower Gel lathers up nicely and produces fairly creamy and soft lather.

In comparison to the liquid variety, I definitely find that this naked version is truer to the deep and complex scent of the perfume, especially under the heat of the water. I think I prefer that side of the scent rather than the citrusy notes the liquid gives so I’m often opting for this version over the other.  I definitely notice that the naked shower gel leaves me feeling softer and slightly more hydrated once I’m out and dry but in terms of scent staying power, the liquid shower gel wins.

It’s a hard decision to choose which variety is my favourite but I think I’m going to have to say I’m actually liking the naked more. What does everyone else think?

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Fresh Coriander and Fair Trade Organic Clove Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200

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Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Dear John Shower Gel

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the new Dear John range for this year’s Fathers Day had really helped me fall in love with the scent. I can’t believe I didn’t used to like it! Along with a bath bomb and a shampoo bar, Lush also released both a bottled and a naked shower gel.

Dear John Shower Gel obviously contains the four ingredients that make up the warm and comforting scent. Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils are what give earthy and tobacco-like notes to the fragrance. Cedarwood has a comforting balsamic aroma with earthy undertones which is often used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. This ancient, antiseptic and astringent oil tones the skin and helps to balance sebum production. 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. In skincare, it’s recommended for weak and tired skin and to warm muscular tension.

Coriander has a spicy, woody yet somewhat sweet aroma and this shower gel contains both Coriander Seed Oil and Fresh Coriander Infusion. Coriander is great for its stimulating and warming effect on the mind and on the blood flow. It has also an analgesic effect on the muscles, as well as antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Similarly, Dear John contains both Clove Bud Oil and a Clove Infusion to add spice and warmth. Clove also has stimulating effects to boost circulation.

In the shower, Dear John lathers up well and I find that it feels rather silky on the skin. I can definitely smell more of the zesty citrus notes whilst it’s under the hot water, adding an interesting new level to the fragrance. It’s actually a fairly powerful scent when it’s in use! I also love how vibrant the blue colour is once you’ve got it out of the bottle, a lot lighter than you’d originally think.

After my shower was over, I was glad to still be smelling the scent on my skin a good few hours later and my skin was feeling smooth and well cleansed. I’m loving using this shower gel in conjunction with the Dear John Shampoo Bar and Perfume to layer up the scent and really cover myself in the gorgeous aroma. If you’ve not got your hands on this gel yet, I’d definitely recommend doing so!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Fresh Coriander Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Lactic Acid, Water, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Crazy Train Bath Bomb

Supposedly named after a song by Ozzy Osbourne, Crazy Train Bath Bomb was one of the only products released for this year’s Father’s Day that didn’t share the Dear John fragrance, and is instead Prince-scented.

Crazy Train is adorably designed, looking like as the name suggests, a train, which would definitely have appealed to me a lot more in my childhood years. The funnel of the train is actually a rolled up piece of paper, which you can use to write a message to the person you’re gifting it to. This is something Lush featured in some of their Mother’s Day bath bombs too and I think it’s a super cute idea.

The ‘Prince’ scent is an uplifting combination of Mandarin, Neroli, Vetivert and Orange Flower and whilst sounding fairly citrusy, it’s actually rather gentle in this format. The fragrance of Crazy Train is mainly a warm and fresh smell, with a slight hint of zest behind it. The Vetivert offers an earthy background note with the Orange Flower and Neroli giving green undertones. As the bath bomb itself, it’s not really that strongly scented, but this definitely changed once it hit the water.

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In the tub, the citrusy Mandarin was a lot more present, exuding a real uplifting and fruity note sitting above the rest. As the bath bomb fizzed, it strangely bobbed up and down in the water whilst creating stunning and vibrant bath art of intertwined blue and red. These two colours are rarely used in conjunction in a bath bomb so it was a nice change for once. Before long, the water underneath had turned into a deep dark violet colour and I eagerly jumped in.

Once I was soaking, I noticed that the water was lightly decorated with sparkling lustre and I really felt uplifted thanks to the scent that was sticking around. Mandarin and Neroli both have brightening and toning effects on the skin too, they aren’t just there for fragrance!

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Afterwards, I sadly didn’t notice much of the scent lingering on my skin, but it felt smooth and I definitely thought it looked visibly brighter! Crazy Train was a nice bath bomb, but I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it doesn’t make a return next year.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Vetivert Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dipropylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 59040

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Dear John Bath Bomb

Dear John Bath Bomb is one of many products released for this year’s Father’s Day that as the name suggests, share the beautiful Dear John scent. Although it looks fairly dull, it features a deep blue centre and the ink splodges on top are reminiscent of the pattern covering the cover of Mark Constantine’s autobiography, Dear John: The Road To Pelindaba and the pattern on the old style perfume bottles.

The Dear John scent has a touching story behind it, which you can read more about over at my post for the Dear John Perfume. The scent is a comforting and complex scent that Lush describe as having notes of coffee, coriander, lime and tobacco inspired by warm hugs of a typical fatherly figure. Tobacco-like notes come from earthy and woody Cedarwood Oil and smoky, meditative Vetivert Oil. Coriander Oil and Clove Bud Oil add sharp, spicy and warmer notes to round the fragrance off. I wasn’t sure of the scent at first but I’ve really fallen in love with how snug and warm it makes me feel.

Most of these ingredients are thought to have stimulating effects on the skin, so Dear John is great for relaxing tired muscles.

Whilst the bath bomb itself smells exactly like the perfume, I found in the water the earthy undertones almost took over, which definitely wasn’t a bad thing, I was just impressed at how strong the scent remained throughout my bath!

Once dropped into the tub, there’s a few seconds of pure white foam before the inky blue colour started seeping out into the water. Dear John isn’t exactly a slow fizzer and doesn’t create an immense amount of bath art but the display it put on was still nice to watch. Something about the contrast between the deep blue and the white was really calming. After it’s fully dissolved you’re left with that gorgeous deep blue colour filling the whole bath.

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After I was out, although I found Dear John was in no way drying, I did feel the urge to lightly moisturise my body. The scent was lingering on my skin for hours after, just as if I had dowsed myself in the perfume, which was wonderful. I felt so relaxed and mellow and so ready for a cosy night in. I really really enjoyed this bath. Might have to stock up on some more of these before they disappear.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, DRF Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 42090:2

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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

Lush Hippy Cold Pressed Soap

One out of three current year-round cold pressed soaps, along with Lush Mechanic and Lush Gardener. This earthy scented soap is designed for hippies and lovers of grounding scents like Patchouli and Vetivert. It features an imprint, typical of Lush’s cold pressed soaps, and in this case it’s a golden lion.

As a cold pressed soap, Lush Hippy is produced without the use of heat to melt and bind the ingredients together and instead, little soap granules are pressed together when cold and allowed to bind together on their own. This process allows for a sturdy and long lasting bar of soap and the lack of heat allows the ingredients to retain their full benefits.

The soap has a number of ingredients to nourish the skin including a base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, a little Castor Oil and some hydrating Cocoa Butter. Wheatgerm Oil contains heaps of essential nutrients and vitamins that really benefit the skin and promote healthy cell regeneration. It’s enriching natural formula is particularly soothing and great for locking in moisture. Sunflower Oil is also high in antioxidants and vitamins for brighter and smoother skin. All of these ingredients along with a little Cornstarch give Lush Hippy a really thick and creamy lather.

Sunflower isn’t just included as an oil, but Lush have added a Sunflower Petal Infusion as well as the actual seeds to this soap. Sunflower Petals are for adding a natural yellow colour to a product as well as having calming and soothing effects on the skin. You can actually notice the black seeds in the soap which offer a gentle scrub.

The scent of Lush Hippy is very earthy and woody. Containing a high amount of earthy Patchouli Oil, musky Labdanum Resinoid and grassy and smoky Vetivert Oil, its a fairly natural smelling scent that reminds me of meadows and farmlands. There’s a slight zesty note of citrus in the background from Brazilian Orange Oil too, but it’s definitely not the main aroma. The fragrance is much stronger when in use and after you’ve used the soap it really sticks on your hands too!

If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap before you’ll know that they really do last a long time, even with continuous use in the shower and they don’t really give you that squeaky feeling that other soaps can. The only downside is that Lush Hippy runs its bright yellow colour, which can be a disaster if you’re not keeping it in a soap dish or if you’re using white towels (don’t worry it does come out in the wash). Other than that, it’s a really good and effective soap.

If you haven’t heard, Lush is actually discontinuing this soap sometime soon, so make sure you get a chance to try it before it vanishes into Lush history forever.

Ingredients

Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Sunflower Petal Infusion, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cornstarch, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Gardenia Extract, Sunflower Seeds, Labdanum Resinoid, Brazilian Orange Oil, Vetivert Oil, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Organic Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Limonene, Sodium Stearate, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45350 Colour 15510, Colour 77491

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