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Lush Play Doze bubble bar slice 03/03/2015

Psychedelic Lush

Lush Play Doze bubble bar slice There was a time when Playdoze held a place in Lush's permanent line, but then it was axed. Don't ask me when it was axed, because I quite simply do not know, but it was and it was before I had the chance to try it. Then a few weeks back, Playdoze made an appearance in the Lush Kitchen, an area of the website which houses small, limited runs of exclusive or retired products and I jumped at the chance to try this retro classic. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for this rather psychedelic yellow bubble bar but it was more expensive than the average Lush Bubble Bar at around £4 for 100g. Originally targeted towards children, Playdoze is packed full of relaxing and sleep inducing ingredients designed to help little ones to drift off to the land of nod. When dry the strongest scent is most definitely lavender which is well known for it's relaxing and antibacterial properties, with a hint of something herbal. It's not the strongest scented bubble bar when dry, but strong enough to scent a drawer if left in there overnight. As with all Lush Bubble Bars using Playdoze is a piece of cake, break a piece off, crumble under a running tap and wait for the bubbles to carpet the water's surface. While I'm sure Lush would love me to use a whole bar in one go, that would be far too decadent, so I generally use around third of a bar per bath and in this case I used just one quarter of the bar (as it was so much more expensive). So I came to my first issue with this bubble bar, it ...

Lush Yummy Mummy Shower Gel 02/03/2015

Scrummy Yummy Mummy

The Rainy Day Box Taster LetterBox 28/02/2015

Fun On Rainy Days

Lush Mother Superior Bubble Bar 27/02/2015

Not So Heavenly Lush

Lush Sikkim Girls Solid Eau de Parfum 26/02/2015

Seductive Lush

The Rainy Day Box Letterbox Club Subscription Box 25/02/2015

Not Just For Rainy Days

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector 24/02/2015

Soothing Cannabis Without A High

Lush Bubblegrub Bubbleroon 23/02/2015

My New Bathing Buddy

Lush Bath Ballistic Sex Bomb 21/02/2015

Sensual Lush

Lush Bath Ballistic Sex Bomb Although I don't tend to buy Lush Bath Bombs for myself (finding the idea of spending £3+ on a bath just a little too decadent) but am always happy to receive them as gifts. The Sex Bomb was part of the Great Balls of Bicarb gift set my gorgeous partner bought me for my birthday and the little bit of decadence I decided to treat myself with this afternoon when I had the house to myself. What Lush Says When you’ve got that feeling - tired, stressed out and anxious - you need some sensual healing. The fragrant blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and Clary sage will soon have you relaxed and feeling in the mood... Jasmine is an ancient aphrodisiac, used as a sensual perfume in India for centuries and in aromatherapy to ease stress and anxiety. Clary sage clears the mind, while ylang ylang is renowned for soothing worries. What Sandemp Says Removing the Sex Bomb from the tin there's no denying that it's very pretty and very pink. In fact it is mainly a bubblegum pink in colour with a circle of blue housing a pink rose at the top. I really do think it looks pretty, especially the way the blue has bled in to the pink to create a tie dye effect purple ring. Before plonking it in the bath I allowed the Sex Bomb to sit on my bedside table to allow the scent to permeate my bedroom a little like an air freshener. Although Jasmine Absolute features high in ingredient list, while dry the strongest scent is Ylang Ylang with a touch of citrus and hint of Clary Sage, to be perfectly honest ...

Lush Gorilla Perfumes Lust 20/02/2015

Lustful Lush

Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic 19/02/2015

Disappointing Rose

Lush Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic Part of the Rosie Gift Box that my two youngest boys gave me for my birthday, Tisty Tosty hadn't managed to come anywhere near my “to try” list. I'm not sure why it had stayed under my rainbow, possibly because in a shop full of brightly coloured, highly scented bathing delights, it's a little nondescript, being a simple stark white heart decorated with dried rose buds, or maybe it's the dried rose petals and the thought that they might well clog my plug hole. While dry the Tisty Tosty does smell reasonably pleasant, I love the scent of Rose and that is the dominant scent, which is then combined with a more general floral with everything cut through with a citrus tang. While not the strongest scent, it was strong enough to transfer to some clothing when stored in a drawer overnight and as I say pleasant enough, but just not as exciting or complex as others in the Lush Bath Bomb range. While I could have thrown this in the bath while it was still running, I used my favoured method of filling the bath with the perfect temperature water and then chucking the bath bomb in before climbing in myself. Some Bath Bombs will fizz away for well over five minutes giving me time to get in the bath while they're still fizzing, but not the Tisty Tosty. I'm guesstimating that it had completely dissolved and fizzed away in around a minute, leaving me with a bath full of perfectly clear water complete with five floating rosebuds that looked a little pathetic as they floated across the ...

Lush Gorilla Perfumes Imogen Rose 18/02/2015

Introducing Beautiful Imogen Rose

Lush Gorilla Perfumes Imogen Rose Unashamedly Rose, this has to be my favourite perfume ever, heady, sensual, long lasting, there's just something about it that I adore. I can't say that I in anyway imagined this turn of events when Imogen Rose was first released, in fact I was in two minds whether or not to even try it. For some reason I thought Rose belonged firmly in the realm of blue rinses and nowhere near my skin. But seeing as my local Lush were selling sample bottles at what I now know is a ridiculously low price of £1 for 2ml, I picked up a sample along with the other scents in the range. (This was a few years back when it was first released). After the first time of trying it, I had changed my mind and then came the shock of finding out how much a bottle cost. What They Say A true rose fragrance, delicate and full of love. Amber and vetivert add a touch of baby powder but little else complicates this romantic and exquisite love letter to the rose. On the skin, there’s a green, truly floral first breath of crushed petals, drying down to a sweetly powdered and utterly natural rose. Notes: rose oil, rose absolute, basil, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, orris The Range Imogen Rose is available in three sizes, a larger 30ml bottle for an eye-watering £40, a mini 10ml bottle for £20 and a 12g solid perfume tin for £12. Now this is really beyond my purse, I like to treat myself but baulk at the idea of £40 for a bottle of perfume, but it does have to be remembered that not only is this ...

Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon 17/02/2015

Everything's Coming Up Roses

Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Ballistic 15/02/2015

Here Be Dragon's (Egg)

Lush Dragon's Egg Bath Ballistic Although I love to use Lush Bath Bombs, I rarely buy them for myself, I just can't justify forking out over £3 for just one bath, no matter how luxurious. But I have a lovely partner, who knows how much I love these decadent balls of fizz and he surprised me with the Great Balls of Bicarb Gift Set, which contained not one but five Bath Bombs including this, the Dragon's Egg. First Impressions Slightly larger than a tennis ball, The Dragon's Egg is somewhat nondescript when out of the bath. It's a very pale peach colour with a fewer slightly darker patches and the edge of what looks like a piece of pink rice paper poking out of the seam. It certainly doesn't look very exciting or luxurious, but looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to Lush. While dry the scent is also quite subdued, nowhere nearly as intense as the Avobath it was sharing the tube with, but still it's a pleasant, uplifting aroma. Mainly citrus in the form of a sweet, sherbet lemon, with just a hint of seductive florals, I have to admit that it is an inviting aroma and I was looking forward to using it in the bath. The Dragon's Egg Bathing Experience Although technically you could bung this in the bath while it's running, I find with Lush Bath Bombs it's better to fill the bath and then add the bomb so that you get the full sensory experience. As the Dragon's Egg hit the water it immediately began gently meandering across the surface, fizzing away and leaving a trail of soft white foam. A minute ...

The Body Shop Strawberry Eau de Toilette 13/02/2015

Bleugh!

The Body Shop Strawberry Eau de Toilette I'm very lucky to have a lovely partner who is only too happy to let me choose my own presents, he knows that I can be really fussy and that I don't like surprises. This means I can take advantage of any sales or offers and get more for his money and usually get the presents a little early too. With both Valentines Day and my Birthday coming up, an offer at The Body Shop (online) giving a discount of £25 off when you spend £50 was timed perfectly for me to order a selection of perfumes for him to give to me. Amongst this selection was the Strawberry Eau de Toilette, which has a standard price of £8.50 for 30ml but effectively cost him a bargain basement £4.25. The Bottle In line with the majority of full sizing Eau de Toilette bottles from The Body Shop, the bottle holding the Strawberry Eau de Perfume is nothing special to look at. Made of clear glass, vaguely cylindrical and tapering towards the bottom, the only things that differentiate it from several other scents is the label on the front depicting a strawberry housed within The Body Shop logo and the translucent red liquid held within. Now you may think this a bad thing, perhaps you like quirky bottles of perfume adorning your dressing table (do people still have dressing tables?) but I rather like the simplicity of the bottle and the way it's at home with the rest of my rapidly growing collection of eau de toilette from The Body Shop. The Scent Removing the silver effect lid reveals a standard pump action spray ...
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