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Lush Wonder Woohoo 11/08/2017

Wondrous bubble bar

Lush Wonder Woohoo (Apologies for posting this review so late. I found it in my ‘reviews’ Word document and thought it would be a shame to waste it!) The Wonder Woohoo bubble bar was introduced for Mothers’ Day. I loved the name, and loved the golden lustre it was covered in. I’m not a mother, nor would I ever consider buying Lush for my mam (who detests ‘smellies’), but I’ll happily buy these products for myself. This bubble bar was inspired by Wonder Woman, and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar. It also contains sodium laureth sulfate, which is what makes the bubbles. However, some people do experience skin irritaition when using this ingredient, so it’s worth being aware of. The bar contains mimosa absolute, sandalwood oil and Brazilian orange oil; it’s meant to smell like the Gorilla perfume The Sun. It contains gold lustre, but this is plastic-free and fine for the environment. The bar is suitable for vegans and is priced at £3.95. To use the bar, I break it in half and crumble it into running water. There are loads of bubbles produced and the water smells lovely. The bath is really relaxing and my skin feels soft afterwards. I definitely recommend this bubble bar. I’m not sure if it’s still available, but if it ever comes back, I’ll be sure to snap it up.

Lush Rose Bubble Bar 01/08/2017

Lovely bubble bar

Lush Rose Bubble Bar I thought this bubble bar looked beautiful when I first saw it. Pink and white, shaped like a rose, it went on to my shopping list immediately. Priced at £2.95, I thought it was good value for a bubble bar. Suitable for vegans, it was made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar for texture and to ensure it dissolved properly in the bath. It did contain sodium laureth sulfate: this ingredient is what makes the bubbles, and I personally don’t have a problem with it, but it does cause skin irritation in some people so it’s worth being aware of it. It contained cocoa butter to soften skin, and lemon oil, sweet orange oil and rose absolute for scent. It is meant to smell like the Amandopondo bubble bar which is a Lush classic and has been around for a while. To use, I took half of the bar and crumbled it under running water. The water turned pale pink and a good lot of bubbles were produced. The scent spread around the whole bathroom, a gorgeous grown-up floral rose scent. I really enjoyed my relaxing bath. When I got out I found my skin felt quite soft and I hardly had to use any body lotion, which is pretty good going. I was able to save the other half of the bar for next time. I would recommend this bubble bar. It only seems to come out on special occasions like Mothers’ Day and Easter, so I will be sure to stock up!

Lush Gorilla Perfume All Good Things Eau de Parfum 31/07/2017

A very good thing indeed

Lush Gorilla Perfume All Good Things Eau de Parfum Being a fan of Lush and their sister company Gorilla Perfume, I was interested to learn that they were bringing out a new range of perfumes. The Death, Decay and Renewal line is pretty unique even by Lush standards, designed to evoke a range of responses in customers. This particular perfume is meant to evoke bittersweet memories and has the theme of things changing and ending. It was also inspired by the founder of Lush’s discovery of, and then loss of, his long-lost father. *Packaging* The fragrance comes in glass bottles, which I like as they remind me of apothecary bottles. The label is very simple and is coloured yellow. I like it but it’s not outstanding. *Price* £25 (10ml) £75 (50ml) *The Fragrance* The scent is a combination of bitter and sweet – designed to evoke candyfloss and black pepper. It contains rose, cedar, tonka bean, juniper, star anise and citrus. The perfume is vegan, which is great. It’s designed as a unisex scent, like most (all?) of Lush’s perfumes. *My Experience* I really like this one. It starts off sweet but changes into a woody, more exotic scent. You can alos continue to detect the sweetness which makes it a truly ‘bittersweet’ frangrance and truly unique. It’s long-lasting and very unusual. *Conclusion* This is an unusual scent that I’d definitely use. It does stick around for a good few hours which I like. It’s a bit pricey, but it really is a very good perfume.

Lush Lavender Hill Mob Incense 25/07/2017

Lovely relaxing incense

Lush Lavender Hill Mob Incense As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, I have made a few visits to the Gorilla Perfume pop-up shop in Shoreditch, London. Gorilla Perfume is the fragrance branch of my favourite store, Lush, and the shop was created alongside a gallery to showcase a bunch of new scents released towards the end of last year. These new scents were highly unusual, many inspired by British or world heritage or culture, and most of them completely different to the usual kinds of fragrance you can buy. Alongside the fragrances, two incense products were created. They are packaged in cylindrical tins with bright pictures on them. 20g each, they contain all vegan ingredients and cost £10 each – which is a tad pricey, but I hoped they would be worth it. One of the incense products is called Lavender Hill Mob. It was inspired by the actions of a community during the London riots who stood in solidarity against the looters. The name comes from the Ealing comedy. This incense contains organic lavender oil, sandalwood oil and incense. I really like the scent of this incense. Lavender is really relaxing and helps me wind down in the evening. It’s really good quality incense and it lasts ages too. Definitely recommended.

Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Soap 24/07/2017

Lovely soap

Lush Honey I Washed The Kids Soap Lush’s Honey I Washed the Kids Soap is one of their old favourites, and has been around for absolutely ages. It’s suitable for vegetarians and costs £3.50 for 100g. It’s light brown in colour with a ‘crust’ of honeycomb-like covering on top. The soap is scented with caramel and I absolutely adore it – I have a sweet tooth so I think this is lovely. It reminds me a bit of crème brulee. It contains sweet wild orange and bergamot oils, as well as honey and aloe vera. The honey does mean that it’s not suitable for vegans, unlike many other Lush products. Lush soap is made with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils: they no longer use palm oil as it is bad for the environment. I use this soap as both a hand soap and a body soap. It lasts for a pretty long time and doesn’t go down easily. It leaves a slight scent on my skin afterwards, and doesn’t dry my skin out, although it doesn’t actively moisturise it. I’d recommend this soap as a versatile product for anyone who loves sweet things!

Lush Stayin' Alive Eau de Parfum 14/07/2017

Ah, ah, ah, ah...

Lush Stayin' Alive Eau de Parfum Being a fan of Lush and their sister company Gorilla Perfume, I was interested to learn that they were bringing out a new range of perfumes. The Death, Decay and Renewal line is pretty unique even by Lush standards, designed to evoke a range of reponses in customers. The name of the perfume evokes the Bee Gees song and the famous film. It was inspired by the boyfriend of a colleague of Mark Constantine, Lush perfumer, who dressed like someone from the 1970s. Mark was inspired to create this perfume with nostalgic 70s scents. *Packaging* The fragrance comes in glass bottles, which I like as they remind me of apothecary bottles. The label has a cartoon-style drawing which resembles John Travolta, star of the movie which inspired this scent, which is good fun. *Price* £25 (10ml) £75 (50ml) *The Fragrance* This scent was inspired by the 70s and as such has several retro-style scents including frankincense and sandalwood – ‘hippy’ sort of scents which were apparently popular at the time. I wasn’t around in the 1970s so I’ll take their word for it! It also contains vetiver and vanilla to add sweetness. The perfume is vegan, which is great. The frankincense comes from a sustainable source in Somaliland, which is great to know. *My Experience* I really love this scent. Like many Lush fragrances it’s unique and special. It’s nostalgic and spicy, slightly woody, but also sweet, warm and comforting. Lovely for summer, but warm enough for winter too. (I know the warmth isn’t ...

Lush Princess Cottongrass Eau de Parfum 11/05/2017

A scent fit for royalty

Lush Princess Cottongrass Eau de Parfum Being a fan of Lush and their sister company Gorilla Perfume, I was interested to learn that they were bringing out a new range of perfumes. Volume 3 of the Gorilla Perfumes range contains many exciting scents, including the one I’m going to review today – Princess Cottongrass. The name of the perfume sounds really cheerful and interesting. It’s inspired by the Swedish tale of a princess lost in the forest, waiting by the lake. *Packaging* The fragrance comes in glass bottles, which I like as they remind me of apothecary bottles. The label has a pretty design with a flower on, which I really like. *Price* £18 (10ml) £36 (30ml) *The Fragrance* This scent is described as an “alien floral”, it contains neroli and pine for a refreshing floral scent that will evoke Scandinavia. There is also a hint of violet for sweetness. *My Experience* Like most Lush perfumes, this is quite unusual, the pine scent is fairly overpowering at first but it soon settles down to a refreshing floral scent. It’s perfect for summer because it isn’t too heavy. *Conclusion* This is a refreshing summer scent that I’d definitely use.

The Body Shop Dewberry Body Lotion 07/03/2017

A nostalgic body lotion

The Body Shop Dewberry Body Lotion A while ago I went through a phase of buying loads of stuff from The Body Shop. They always seemed to be having sales, and I took the opportunity to stock up on products. One of the items I bought was a bottle of the Dewberry Body Lotion. This is part of a “retro” range called Anita’s Favourites (Anita Roddick being the original founder of The Body Shop) and is packaged slightly differently to the other products. It still comes in the same clear plastic bottle with flip-top lid, but the bottle cap is black instead of clear, and the label has a picture of an old Body Shop store. The Dewberry products were really popular in the 1990s, and it brought back memories for me to find them again! The lotion has that familiar fruity Dewberry smell, hard to describe unless you remember it from the first time round. It is a pale lilac colour and is quite a light lotion, not runny exactly but not far off. I’ve been using this alongside the Dewberry Bath and Shower Gel, and layering the scent makes it last a good few hours on the skin. The lotion is reasonably moisturising and tends to keep my skin soft the whole day. I’ve been using it in the summer, however – I don’t think it would be effective enough to keep skin soft during the cold winter. At full price the body lotion cost £4 which is normal for The Body Shop but expensive for mostly everywhere else. However, I’ve never paid full price for anything here, I estimate it cost me around £2-£2.50 as I used a discount code. I don’t ...

Lush Summer Pudding Soap 06/03/2017

Summer pudding soap

Lush Summer Pudding Soap The Summer Pudding soap originally appeared as part of Lush’s 2010 summer collection. I loved the sound of the soap immediately: it contains almonds, coconut, glace cherries and lemon oil. The ground almonds help the soap to be exfoliating while lemon oil helps to cleanse and almond oil softens the skin. It is suitable for vegans and costs £4 for 100ml. The appearance of the soap is lovely: it is both pink and white, a lovely summery combination of colours that makes it look a bit like ice cream. It has an amazing sweet scent, nutty and fruity, a bit like bakewell tart. The soap can be quite tricky to lather up in the shower, but it does scrub well. For this reason I particularly enjoy using it as a hand soap: the scrubbiness means that my hands feel completely clean afterwards. The smell lasts on my hands all day, too. This is a lovely soap: definitely recommended.

Lush Jasmine Revolution Incense 19/01/2017

Lovely incense

Lush Jasmine Revolution Incense As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, I have made a few visits to the Gorilla Perfume pop-up shop in Shoreditch, London. Gorilla Perfume is the fragrance branch of my favourite store, Lush, and the shop was created alongside a gallery to showcase a bunch of new scents released towards the end of last year. These new scents were highly unusual, many inspired by British or world heritage or culture, and most of them completely different to the usual kinds of fragrance you can buy. Alongside the fragrances, two incense products were created. They are packaged in cylindrical tins with bright pictures on them. 20g each, they contain all vegan ingredients and cost £10 each – which is a tad pricey, but I hoped they would be worth it. Jasmine Revolution was inspired by the Arab Spring, in which jasmine became a potent form of signifying protest. The company of Gorilla Perfume was affected when their suppliers were caught up in the protest. This incense contains jasmine and ylang ylang absolutes. Using the incense is easy, just put the charcoal on a heatproof surface, add some incense, and light. The scent lasts for ages, and it’s reviving and comforting. I still think the price is a bit expensive, but at least it lasts for ages.

Lush Reindeer Rock Soap 06/12/2016

Rocking Reindeer

Lush Reindeer Rock Soap This is another soap that I picked up at Christmas, when my favourite store, Lush, released their limited edition products. I always try to sample everything that they do, and this was no exception. ***What is Lush?*** Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany. Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans. Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud. "We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again." ***The Soap*** The soap, which is suitable for vegans, is made with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils. Lush no longer make their soaps with palm oil owing to environmental concerns. The soap lathers up well and doesn’t irritate my skin. It is very refreshing and, while I do have to ...

Lush Superbalm 15/11/2016

Effective, but greasy on hair

Lush Superbalm Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Superbalm! Lush Superbalm has been described as a “super hero blend of ingredients to rescue scalps from scale build up”. Sadly I do sometimes suffer from a dry or flaky scalp, so I thought I would give this a try. It was expensive at £12.45 for 45g, but only a relativel4y small amount would be needed at any one time, so I thought I would give it a try. The balm is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of extra virgin coconut oil and candelilla wax, with lavender oil, chamomile blue oil and rose absolute to add scent. I thought it still smelled a bit strange: not horrible, but not amazing either! It was quite strong, I thought, but otherwise hard to describe. The balm was quite thick and was a pale green colour. As instructed, I scooped some out of the pot and rubbed it on my scalp. As I was doing this I felt a gentle tingling sensation. I liked that the balm was thick, as it meant that it didn’t run down my face as I was applying it! It was a bit of a hassle to get it all on my head without getting my hair too greasy. However, the massaging sensation was pleasant. I left the balm on my head for about twenty minutes before rinsing it off. I did find it tricky to get it all out, even after shampooing twice. I couldn’t help but notice that my roots still seemed a bit greasy even for a couple of days afterwards. I did notice that my scalp felt soothed and cared for after using this product. However, I wouldn’t use it again simply ...

Lush The Icing on the Cake Roulade 12/10/2016

This roulade is the icing on the cake

Lush The Icing on the Cake Roulade Last Christmas I tried this Icing on the Cake Roulade from Lush. Suitable for vegans, it smelled good enough to eat (but don’t!) and cost £5 for 100g. Roulades are relatively new to Lush and are designed as moisturising, luxurious alternatives to soap and shower gel. This particular roulade is made, like soap, from a base of rapeseed oil and coconut oil – it has no palm oil, which is good as the production of palm oil has been associated with environmental destruction. It contains almond milk and chestnut puree, which help to moisturise skin, as does the organic cocoa butter. Orange, lime and lemon peel help to create a lovely refreshing sweet scent. The roulade feels lovely on the skin, and produces a slight lather. It feels luxurious to wash with, more so than a soap. It’s important to keep it dry in between uses as it might go a bit soggy otherwise. I kept it in a soap dish, but made sure that it wasn’t full of water! I still needed to use moisturiser after this, but not too much – my skin did feel more cared for after using this, and it also left a slight scent on my skin. I don’t think this has made it to Lush’s Christmas range this year, but you never know, it might come back as part of the Kitchen!

Lush Old Father Time Soap 06/09/2016

Time to use this soap

Lush Old Father Time Soap I actually bought this soap from Lush last Christmas, but it’s nearly Christmas again (where does the time go?!) so there’s every chance this product might make it onto the shelves again! The soap was a new release last Christmas. It’s vegan, and cost £3.50 for 100g although if it comes back next year it may well cost more. It is made with a base of rapeseed oil and coconut oil, rather than palm oil which has led to deforestation and environmental problems around the world – the base Lush use is much more environmentally friendly. The soap contains a fresh sage and thyme infusion, which helped to inspire the ‘time’ name and gives the soap an earthy, herbal scent. Myrrh resinoid is festive and the redcurrants and rosewood oil add sweetness. The soap has a lovely evocative scent. It looks pretty too, a rich reddish-orange with added lustre to make it shimmer. The pattern is of cogs which goes well with the name and also strikes me as rather steampunk. The soap lathers well and doesn't dry out or irritate my skin. It's not particularly moisturising but it is gentle on the skin and leaves a light scent. If this soap comes back this year, it’s well worth trying.

Lush Cranberry Festive Face Mask 15/08/2016

Lovely face mask

Lush Cranberry Festive Face Mask I got this face mask last Christmas, as it was part of Lush’s limited edition festive range and I really wanted to sample it. It cost £6.75, but I was able to get it for free by taking 5 clean black pots into my local Lush store – an offer that works on all fresh face masks. This one was suitable for vegans and contained antioxidant cranberries, as well as organic silken tofu, fennel seed infusion to cleanse, argan oil to condition and rose clay to draw out impurities. I thought it smelled amazing, very festive. To apply the mask, you should first cleanse your skin then apply a thin layer over your face. I did this and found the feel of the mask on my skin to be gentle and refreshing. I left it for the requisite 15 minutes then washed off the mask. It was slightly gritty and provided a gentle scrub. My skin wasn’t irritated at all by using the mask. It felt fresh and clean and looked brighter after use. Regular use of the mask – twice a week over the Christmas period – helped to keep my skin looking healthy and reasonably bright during a season in which my skin often appears dull. I hope that the Cranberry Festive Face Mask makes another appearance during Christmas 2016. I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out!
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