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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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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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

Youki Hi Bath Bomb

Youki Hi was first created as a celebration of Chinese New Year. The red and gold colour scheme is representing the colours of the Chinese dragons which dance along the streets during new year parades. It’s also named after a legendary Chinese beauty, said to be one of the must beautiful women ever to have lived. It’s currently made a return as one of the Harajuku Exclusives/30th Anniversary Bath Bombs.

I’ve been longing to get my hands on this bath bomb because is shares the same scent as Flying Fox Shower Gel and Lust Perfume, both of which I absolutely adore. It looks beautiful, sharing a similar design as Sakura Bath Bath but is far more entrancing. The red pattern on top is actually sea salt, something that features throughout the bath bomb too.

The essential oils making up the scent are slightly different to Lust Perfume, but are exactly the same as Flying Fox. I think this slight change actually makes this bath bomb a little sweeter, something I noted with Flying Fox too, but it’s still the heady intoxicating aroma of Jasmine coupled with the sweetness of Ylang Ylang that’s easily the most prominent note in all three products. It’s a very potent aroma and storing this bath bomb in my room up until now has been glorious.

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I’e always found it difficult to really describe this scent because it’s so unique and you really have to experience it for yourself to understand it. I’ve seen some pretty strong reactions to this scent and it’s very marmite, you either love it or hate it, both with a passion. Both Jasmine and Ylang Ylang are known for their sensual and aromatic aromas and are commonly used as aphrodisiacs. Palmarosa Oil adds a similar note, with more rosy undertones and is also widely used in the cosmetics industry because of its firming and toning properties on the skin. Lastly, we have Cypress Oil, which adds subtle fresh and resinous notes. All of these essential oils are well known for their abilities to easy stress and anxiety too – bonus!

Once popped into the water if I’m honest there’s nothing that visually spectacular about it. Youki Hi foams up slightly, revealing chunks of dyed red Sea Salt embedded into it. It dissolves fairly quickly and produces a warm peachy coloured bath but not much bath art other than wisps of white foam on top. The sea salt made it more visually appealing but the main surprise was a hidden Amaranth Flower in the centre. Due to the high content of salt, the water was soft and luxurious, something I really noticed once I was in and when I was out and dry my skin felt beautifully silky and smooth.

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The Lust/Flying Fox scent is well known in Lush as being one of the most potent scents, and like I said, the bath bomb itself definitely shared that same quality. Even when the product had dissolved into the water, I could still smell the wonderful aroma in my bathroom. However, I was also expecting it to really linger on my skin, considering the perfume does for ages, but all I was left with was a really subtle and basic version of the true scent. I was actually fairly shocked! Luckily I have a bottle of Lust Perfume and doused myself in it to quell my disappointment.

All in all, I did really enjoy my experience with Youki Hi. I’m over the moon to have finally experienced this scent in a bath bomb form and whilst I do think it’s more suited to fragrances and shower products, I’m still a fan.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Yang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Amaranth Flowers

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Bath, Fun

Flamingo Fun

Lush Liverpool currently have an immense amount of exclusive products, from perfumes to make up, from shower bombs to bath oils. They also have over ten exclusive bars of Fun! Flamingo Fun is based off of a long discontinued bubble bar called Pink Flamingo.

I never actually ever tried Pink Flamingo for myself at home but I’m instantly reminded of it’s fruity scent after smelling this neon pink Fun bar. Rosewood, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang create a scent that’s reminiscent of juicy sweets and fizzy drinks. Rosewood has a unique woody aroma that’s equally rosy and spicy with a hint of citrus in the background. Ylang Ylang is known for its sweet floral aroma and lastly the Bergamot adds uplifting sherbety notes. It’s a pretty subtle scent but when it’s up close the almost orangey sweetness comes out and it’s really lovely.

You can use a bar of fun in many different ways. Essentially it’s a mouldable bar of soap so you can play with it, wash with it, use it as shampoo or use it like a bubble bar to create a bubble bath. I’ve also heard of people using its uniquely creamy lather to shave with though I’ve yet to experience that myself.

Whenever I use a bar of Fun, I tend to use half to create bubbles in my bath and then use the remainder as my soap. Flamingo turned the water a lovely shade of pink and created a decent amount soft and foamy bubbles though usually with Fun baths its best to create more by swishing your hands through the water. The water always feels really soft when you’re making a bath with Fun due to the high about of Glycerine and Cornflour leaving your skin silky and smooth. This same effect occurs when I’m lathering up the product over my body, it leaves behind such a soft and luxurious lather!

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Sadly, after I had washed by body and after my ‘soap’ bar had fully dissolved, the already subtle scent was becoming more and more unnoticeable and even after I was out and dry there’s wasn’t much of it lingering on my skin.

I don’t find Fun to be super moisturising but it definitely isn’t drying like some of Lush’s soaps can be. I did still find myself needing to lightly coat my body in a lotion though.

In conclusion, it’s been great experiencing this scent again in another format. Flamingo Fun is pretty decent but I can’t say I’m gagging to try it again.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 74491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 17200

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Royalty Bath Bomb

Royalty made its debut last year at 2018’s Creative Showcase (which seems like forever ago now). It then became one of Lush Harajuku’s exclusive bath bombs before featuring as part of the 30th anniversary collection. I remember seeing it at the showcase and loving it’s scent and it’s design and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to actually use it!

The fragrance of this stunning crown-shaped bath bomb is a unique and unusual scent, but one I think deserves a whole range for itself because I really love it. Powdery floral notes of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang combine to create a sensual sweet scent but the addition of Vanilla and Sandalwood are really what makes Royalty different. Vanilla offers something warmer, creamier and decadent whereas Sandalwood, loved for its reassuringly warm woody aroma, rounds the scent off into something a lot more musky. It’s a fairly heady fragrance but in a gentle way, nothing at all overpowering.

Once popped into the water, Royalty begins its fairly quick fizz right away, creating a mass of tiny bubbles that made my trypophobia cringe slightly. The yellow colour quickly overtook the water, turning it milky and opaque. Toward the end of the display, Royalty reveals hidden colours on the inside, representing crown jewels, and small wisps of green, orange and pink decorated the warm yellow bath art.

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I could see on top of the water that there was a creamy residue floating around on the surface. Royalty contains Soybean Flour, which when put into contact with warm water, creates a softening milk that is great for soothing the skin. This definitely made the water feel a lot richer, which I noticed immediately as I got in the bath.

In terms of the scent, I found that at the beginning of the fizz, my nose was picking up the more floral and powdery notes in the scent yet as I was watching it go, a wave of deeper sandalwood came out which I found really interesting. Sadly, neither part of the scent stuck around for long.

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Once I had enjoyed my soak in my bright yellow bath, I towelled off to find myself feeling gorgeously smooth. I had hoped for a strong reminder of the fragrance on my skin but strong was not the right word. I could smell a small hint of jasmine still lingering but it quickly turned into a smokier aroma, which was also quite interesting. It would seem Royalty is definitely a scent that develops. Sadly again, it didn’t stick around.

I actually love everything about this bath bomb. if you know me or read my blog you’ll know I’m a sucker for jasmine scents and this is no exception. Though I’d love for the scent to have greater staying power. I’d also love more products smelling the same so hopefully Lush will listen to my prayers.

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Royalty is definitely a must try and who knows, maybe it’ll make it into the all year round range one day.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Soybean Flour, Water, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Propylene Glycol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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