Body, Body Lotions

Sleepy Body Lotion

Sleepy Body Lotion is arguably one of Lush’s most talked about and highly praised products. It was in the news fairly recently because a woman found it was the only thing that helped her young child sleep at night and has been known to help people struggling with anxiety. With a beautiful Lavender and Tonka scent it’s designed to help you drift off easily, and it’s also a simple yet nourishing body moisturiser too.

Lavender is known to help put the mind at rest. As one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, it’s widely used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. In this body lotion, the well known floral fragrance is mixed with Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Benzoin Resinoid for a sweeter, creamier scent. It’s kinda got a chocolatey note to it which I love and it’s a scent that really puts you in a good mood.

Sleepy contains Lavender Water, Lavender Flower Infusion and Lavender Oil because lavender is one of the best ingredients around to soothe inflamed or irritated skin. Coupled with the lavender, Sleepy’s base is actually made from Almond Oil and Oat Milk. Rich Oat Milk is another excellently soothing ingredient that has been used for thousands of years to calm and treat the skin topically. Almond Oil is a great moisturiser and it’s packed with vitamin E which is great for promoting cell regeneration.

Lush have also blended both Cocoa and Illipe Butters along with Jojoba Oil for extra creaminess and extra hydration. Jojoba Oil is very similar to our skin’s natural oils, allowing it to easily sink in, carrying those beneficial ingredients with it.

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Sleepy Body Lotion is fairly thick and rich and you really only need a small amount to cover your dry areas. It’s ideal to slather over any dry and/or cracked skin you may have to really nourish and soothe. Personally I pop it over my arms and my chest, so I can really get the aroma when I’m trying to sleep.

As someone who very often struggles to fall asleep, I’ve found that Sleepy definitely helps! It’s so nice to have a comforting scent to smell as you’re drifting off. I do find that my body gets used to it fairly quickly though and it only works for a week or so before I’m back to not being able to sleep again. However, if I stop using it, after time I guess my body forgets and it helps me sleep once more!

Ingredients

Oat Milk, Almond Oil, Lavender Water, Lavender Flower Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Triethanolamine, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lucky Cat Bath Bomb

Lucky Cats are common Japanese figurines which are believed to bring good luck to their owners. The figure depicts a cat with an upright paw and usually displayed at the entrances of shops and restaurants for good fortune. If the cat has its left paw raised, it supposedly brings more custom, whereas a cat with the right paw raised brings the owner money. Lush’s Lucky Cat Bath Bomb has its right paw raised so clearly they’re hoping for your money!

Lucky Cat reminds me of Think Pink Bath Bomb with generous coating of pink glitter but features a very different scent. It’s predominately floral based with Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Neroli making up the fairly potent fragrance. I was really excited about this one because I love Jasmine and floral scents. If you’re a fan of more traditionally floral and fresh smells then you might like this one too, it’s a calming smell yet there’s something that helps brighten your mood too.

When I first saw Lucky Cat I expected it to be pink and glittery throughout, so you can imagine my surprise when I realised that the pink and the glitter is only on the outside. Once popped into the water, Lucky Cat sheds its coat and reveals a dull yellow interior. As it fizzes, the pink colouring pools atop the water, which will latch onto the sides of your bath if you let it, so make sure you give it a mix up to avoid heavy staining whilst the yellow body dissolves quite quickly with little to no bath art. The resulting water was somewhat peach coloured, which wasn’t as filled with glitter as I expected or wanted it to be.

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Once I was out of my bath I was pleased that the scent has left a lingering reminder on my skin, which was nicely dusted with a little lustre. Yet I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed? Fair enough the little multi-coloured cellulose stars that trickled out from the bath bomb were a nice touch, as was the fact that the scent was still kinda present throughout my bath but I was expecting so much more? I think the fact that the product itself is yellow inside was a slight disappointment and sadly my bath did get stained even through I tried my hardest not to let it happen.

Saying all that, Lucky Cat is one of the cheaper bath bombs currently available so I’m not too mad it missed the mark for me. I can’t imagine buying it again though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Neroli Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, DRF Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 15510, Colour 16255, Colour 42090, Colour 77492

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Bath, Fun

Volcano Fun

Recently, Lush have started doing their bars of Fun with a twist. Volcano features not only the Play Doh-like multi-use soap but also includes three miniature bath bombs. The idea is you’re meant to construct a volcano in your bath around the bath bombs, pour the water into a hole in the top and watch as the ‘lava’ fizzes down the sides of your creation.

The scent of Volcano is fairly pungent. It contains Lavender Oil, Fennel Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil and Tangerine Oil, although the overall resulting fragrance is mostly the aniseed/liquorice aroma of the Fennel. This main note definitely overpowers the rest of the ingredients in strength, but there’s noticeable Lavender notes in the background, which is likely why Volcano smells fairly similar to Koyaanisqatsi Shower Bomb. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of such a scent I”m afraid.

I began constructing my volcano at the bottom of my bathtub. I stacked the three mini bath bombs on top of each other, and wrapped flat pieces of the grey coloured Fun around them, trying to create a mountainous shape. The trouble is, I found that actually there’s not enough grey to adequately cover the fizzers with it still looking like a volcano, so it was a little frustrating. Next I used some of the other colours to represent a lava flow down the sides. There was a lot more coloured Fun than I needed so I kept some behind to use as my soap. Please feel free to laugh at how bad it looks, I’m well aware my volcano isn’t going to win any awards!

I then filled a jug with water and slowly poured it into the hole at the top of my volcano. In all honestly the ‘lava’ fizzed out from underneath the volcano rather than from the top but I did manage to get a couple of photos of it working how it’s meant to. I then ran the bath as normal, watching my model get drowned underneath the water.

It’s all good and well having these exciting few moments of building the volcano and watching it erupt, but obviously you’re then left with a bunch of wet Fun to store. I decided I’m just gonna use it all in one go so I reached in and grabbed some from the bottom for more soap and the rest had already began to get to work at creating heaps of bubbles.

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The water had originally started off with a gorgeous fiery colour but as the bath filled up, the colour took on more of the grey and resulted in a murky orangey-brown which wasn’t the best, I won’t lie. Furthermore the scent itself began to take off and fill my entire flat which sadly because of the overpowering fennel, I didn’t love either.

Once the bath was full and I was in, I used some of the remaining Fun to wash myself. I love how creamy and soft Fun feels when you’re rubbing it over your body and this was no exception. I then decided to do something I’ve never done before and use Fun to wash my hair. I was hoping that because of the stimulating effects of the Fennel Oil it would have a similar effect to the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar. My hair actually feels pretty soft and clean now it’s dry, though I can’t say I’m going to make it a habit as I can imagine it has to potential to be somewhat drying. The scent wasn’t very long lasting on my skin afterwards, but in actual fact I think that’s a good thing.

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In conclusion, I can see how Volcano will appeal immensely to kids. But it’s a bit of a hassle to have to find some way of storing the wet fun if you don’t want to use it all up in one bath like I did. Furthermore, I just couldn’t get behind the scent. Perhaps something cinnamon scented would have been nicer.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Popping Candy, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fennel Oil, Tangerine Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Bath, Bubble Bars

GRL PWR Bubble Bar

GRL PWR was the only bubble bar released for this year’s Mother’s Day and is obviously a shout out to the Spice Girls, because who doesn’t love them? Seriously GTFO If you don’t.

This limited edition is a fairly large circular bubble bar, with blue writing on a pink base.  Because of it’s size, you could definitely get a good four decent baths out of it, as with bubble bars you only need to use as much or as little as you want. GRL PWR also features a light, floral aroma of Ylang Ylang Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which we last saw over Christmas in Princess Bomb Bomb.

All of the different components of the scent blend together really well but there’s distinguishable notes from each. There’s a sweet and floral aroma coming from the heady Ylang Ylang, a hint of fresh and uplifting Bergamot Oil and grounding and earthy Cedarwood gives GRL PWR a somewhat smokey touch which complements the sweetness well. Finally Benzoin Resinous adds a vanillary, wooded note. I find it’s a really relaxing and meditative scent so I was looking forward to this bath.

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In the tub, GRL PWR was pretty easy to break into pieces. Because I’m extra I used the whole entire bar, which I will admit was perhaps a little much as my bath was overflowing with bubbles after a short while! The scent grew and grew with the hot water and steam in the room and filled my bathroom with the gorgeous fragrance. Parting the bubbles allowed me to see the colour the water had become, which was a light purply-pink.

Once I was in, I found that the scent was slowly but sadly becoming less and less potent, but the bubbles and the water felt wonderfully soft on my skin and I enjoyed a nice long soak. Afterwards, my skin felt smooth though I really did feel the need to use a body lotion and it felt somewhat dry. There was a strong reminder of the scent left lingering on my skin though, which I was happy about as I didn’t think there would be.

In conclusion, GRL PWR is a good bubble bar and definitely one to try, perhaps if it was more moisturising I would have liked it a lot more but that’s just my personal preference. I wonder if we’ll see it back next year?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cornstarch, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

The third bath bomb I tried out of the four secret note flower bath bombs I used was actually the one I was most looking forward to. Chamomile Flower features the same scent as one of my favourite soaps, Figs and Leaves.

Like the others, Chamomile Flower’s design is based around a real life Chamomile Flower. Chamomile plants resemble daisies and have white flowers with yellow buds in the centre. Chamomile is most famous for having relaxing properties, and the baby blue main colour suits that idea well.

Keeping the relaxing theme going, Chamomile Flower features a combination of Ylang Ylang Oil with Orange Flower Absolute, which make up the Figs and Leaves scent. It’s a fairly strong smelling aroma and one that conjures up thoughts of autumnal scenes, although that might be the name of the soap’s influence. It’s sweet, but in a natural and floral way which makes it soothing and calming for the mind. Although it’s probably just my keen sense of smell, but I find there’s something ever so slightly different about this version of the scent compared to the original, and it’s likely because of the addition of Chamomile Powder, or the change in format. There’s a slightly more powdery note but it’s near enough exactly the same. I love the Figs and Leaves scent and I’ve been wanting another product like it for ages!

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Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and conditions and soothes the skin. The powder works particularly well when added to solid bath products as it creates a soothing soak that comforts the skin and eases tension.

In that water it’s a fairly fast fizzer, and the bath water was soon overtaken with the pale blue colour, whilst the white flower section created pools on the surface. The white contains a little bubble bar mixture so it really foams and dissolves at a slower rate than the base. I was expecting a strong hit of the scent during the initial fizz, but sadly I was disappointed and it seemed to mostly disappear after that.

After my soak, my skin felt super smooth, even though I did still feel the need to moisturise, and the scent had left a decent impression on my body, although rather one-dimensional. Before I actually towelled off I also noticed that the chamomile powder within the bomb had remained on my skin slightly and had to be rinsed off, creating a milk-like substance which will likely benefit my skin so I had no qualms about that.

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In conclusion, I’m incredibly happy at the chance to experience the Figs and Leaves scent in another format, and I definitely think it’s one they should use more often. But I am a little disappointed with how weak the scent became after a while and would have liked it stronger to be honest.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Chamomile Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

Incredible Mum was first released for last year’s Mother’s Day but I never actually got around to using it then, so I was glad to see it make a return this year. It’s a spherical bath bomb and mostly pink, with an orange stripe and a purple eye mask. It also features a paper cape attached to its back with the letter M on it. The perfect present for a Mum who’s a real superhero.

Incredible Mum contains Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and Ylang Ylang Oil which gives it a fairly uplifting aroma. The Bergamot and Orange Flower give subtle citrus notes, whilst the addition of the Ylang Ylang is what sweetens the scent and adds an overall floral note. It’s a gentle and light aroma yet there’s something almost energising about it.

In the bath, Incredible Mum is a fairly steady fizzer, not too slow but not fizzing away in a matter of seconds either. I found that as soon as it hit the water, the scent really strengthened and developed warmer notes in the air which was really nice. Vibrant colours immediately jetted out from the fizzing ballistic and created gorgeous patterns of orange, yellow and pink colours.

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After the fizzing had stopped, I was left with beautiful warm orange bathwater that felt really soft and I very much enjoyed my soak with the scent lingering throughout. Obviously the paper cape doesn’t dissolve, so you might want to remove it first before submerging the bath bomb in the water, if not it’ll just float around harmlessly. It gives you (or your mum) a cute little memento to keep too!

Once I was out I felt clean and refreshed, and although I was feeling tired still, I felt brighter and in a better mood than before. I was also happy to notice a fairly strong reminder of the scent on my skin too! Overall I’m glad I finally got to use Incredible Mum!

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The Mother’s Day range won’t be around for much longer, so make sure you stock up on your favourites soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Soap

Iceshoggles Soap

I completely forgot I actually had this soap still sat in my cupboard, it wasn’t until I was deciding which soap to put out in my bathroom that I found it again! Luckily, it’s scent was definitely still there! Iceshoggles was a new soap for last Christmas and is named after the Scottish word for icicles, explaining its design.

It’s a green soap, with a white inner centre and originally when the soap was available, I didn’t think much of its design but it actually looks pretty cute standing up in it’s soap dish in my bathroom.

I didn’t originally think much of the scent either. It’s got a fresh, grassy scent that I originally mistook to be Violet Leaf, but in actual fact, it was Patchouli and Bergamot I was smelling. Patchouli is sweet and earthy, and is known for its grounding and mediative effects on the mind and is antibacterial too. Bergamot has a fresh, green and uplifting aroma and is also naturally cleansing. Furthermore Iceshoggles contains sweet and musky Labdanum Resinoid, sweet Ylang-Ylang Oil and sharp smelling Hop Oil and all these ingredients combine to create a scent that you could describe as green and slightly spicy.

The soap’s base is made up of Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter and I think the change in Lush’s traditional Coconut & Rapeseed Oil base allows for a much smoother, less squeaky lather. I actually surprisingly found the lather from Iceshoggles to be quite creamy in consistency and although I don’t often take soaps into my shower, I’d be happy to with this one.

Each time I use it, it leaves it’s scent on my hands and skin which is a welcome bonus. For something I never thought I’d like, I’m definitely enjoying using it and thankful I got to give it a go. Unfortunately it wasn’t very popular when it was in stores, so it’s pretty unlikely to make a return this Christmas.

Did you ever get a chance to use Iceshoggles? What did you think?

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Bergamot Oil, Hop Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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