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29 November 2016

Magic Bubble Bar




Lush can get a little confusing at times, especially if you're fairly new to the company. There are so many items that share the same scent; products that have kept the same design but changed their fragrance after a number of years; products that have the same name as something else but are in no way related. Ultimately, with such a rich history of releases, it is overwhelming for even the most knowledgeable of fans, let alone someone with a new-found investment in the company.

It is for this reason that social media generated rather a lot of confusion when the Magic Bubble Bar first made an appearance in the pictures and discussions of those who attended the Creative Showcase this year. With mixed and sometimes confusing reviews, most people assumed that the exclusive bubble bar sported the same scent as the bath bomb and shower jelly of the same name. This turned out to be an incorrect assumption.

Sporting the same fragrance as a rumoured, soon-to-be-released, Volume 4 perfume Road To Damascus, this product is different to anything that Lush have released before. While it may look like you're typical, albeit really vibrantly-designed bubble bar, the magic is in the fact that this one supposedly produces coloured bubbles instead of the normal white ones that we're been used to up until this point.

Firstly, you will notice that the price of Magic is far higher than you would expect it to be, especially as its smaller than your average bubble bar. For those who have used Ma Bar in the past, I would say that this is perhaps the same thickness as this one but slightly smaller in diameter. Having said this, the bubble bar is generous enough that you can easily get 3-6 baths from a single one, depending on how you choose to use it. 

What I will say is that, while I wouldn't descrbe this bubble bar as being overly potent on the senses, the smell that it does offer, stays equally as strong once you've divided it into smaller pieces to use. Furthermore, the consistency is definitely very different to most Lush bubble bars - it's far softer once you begin holding it under the running water, and you almost have to manipulate the bar between your fingers as it doesn't crumble in the way that Lush bubble bars usually do. 

Addressing the price once more, I should point out that the inclusion of the amyris oil is part of the reason as to why it is more expensive than your average bubble bar. Derived from the Amyris balsamifera tree, this luxurious ingredient has a high oil count, which is the reason for its unique consistency. Referred to as an alternative to sandalwood, the ingredient is known for it's relaxing fragrance, and its ability to reduce and counteract stress.

Along with violet leaf absolute, Magic Bubble Bar has a very exquisite fragrance - like a deep, slightly damp, earthy violet smell with elements of what I can only describe as a note reminiscent of rose. Alongside this there is a sweet component, which reminds me of sap from the bark of a tree. It's a multi-layered fragrance that is both alluring and very seductive, and one that is definitely suited to being made into a perfume.

What is great about this bubble bar is that it turns the water into a deep, rich pool of purple, and the water is noticeably softer than your average bubble bar. The aroma is very much present throughout the whole experience, and I didn't notice any loss of this when it was transferred from the product to the water. I will say though that it's worth using this by itself, as I found even using a strong bath bomb didn't stop this bubble bar from thwarting the smell of anything I tried to pair it with. 

Unfortunately, I found that Magic wasn't as generous as I was expecting it to be with its bubbles - and this is with me both crumbling the bubble bar myself as well as holding pieces in a sieve. Furthermore, while there was evidence that some of the bubbles did have a slight blue and pink tinge to them, they were definitely not massively different from the normal bubbles. This was rather disappointing as that was the main appeal of this bubble bar to me. 

Overall, while I wouldn't say that I was blown away by this limited edition, it was definitely an enjoyable experience, and one that I will enjoy using in its many formats. This is definitely a scent that will prove popular in the Lush community, and I look forward to seeing what other inventions choose to bring out in the future. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Almond Oil, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Perfume, Violet Leaf Absolute, Geranium Oil, Amyris Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, Isoeugenol, Gold Sparkle Lustre, Colour 42090, Colour 73360.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £4.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2016.

Scent Family:
Magic Bubble Bar
Road From Damascus Bath Oil

Road From Damascus Liquid Perfume






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28 November 2016

Error 404 Bath Bomb (2016 Edition)




The very existence of this blog is evidence enough to show that I am a consumer, perhaps even more so than a lot of people who browse or read this page. However, in recent years, the hysteria that seems to have centralised around America's 'first official Christmas shopping day' has become somewhat of a farce. 

For this reason, I cannot say that I was overjoyed when I heard that Lush were unleashing a campaign to coincide with Black Friday. Having said that, I had enough faith in the company to know that their involvement was not going to rely solely on consumerism, at least not without a worthy cause behind it. And I was right. 

Error 404 is an ecquisitely-designed bath bomb; a product that begs an audience, with its name carefully crafted and protruding from its own belly, and a fine layer of golden lustre coating the surface like a high-end, designer coat. It's a bath bomb that both wants and deserves the attention it gets, which is why Lush have chosen such a beauty to help them spread their latest message and collect some money for an amazing cause.

Using the hashtag #KeepItOn, the company have been raising awareness of a serious issue in which many governments around the world, have been blocking or limiting the use of internet service providers in their countries - in order to silence the public from sharing these issues with the rest of the world. Blocking internet access during protests, debates, elections and many other important events has been one way that authorities in particular regions have been able to manipulate and oppress what gets shared with the public outside of their countries. 

The digital organisation Access Now has documented over 50 internet shutdowns in 2016 alone, and the number is only increasing. That’s why on Black Friday 2016 (25th November), Lush and Access Now launched the global #KeepItOn campaign against internet shutdowns, and along with it, the limited edition Error 404 Bath Bomb. All the profits from this bath bomb go to the Digital Fund, supporting AccessNow and grassroots digital activism. In addition, social awareness has been a high priority surrounding this cause, in order to educate a large audience of a problem that many people are simply not aware of.

Aside from the political reason behind the release of this bomb, there is also the consumer side that recognises how well-constructed this new release is. Sporting a new scent, which I happen to think is even better than the original, Error 404 is such a beautiful ballistic to bathe with, and here's why.

While the ingredients list states that vanilla absolute and gardenia extract are the key components, describing it as vanilla-scented would be rather misleading. To me, this bath bomb smells like dark treacle - a rich, intoxicating, sticky, sugary smell with a very subtle spicy element to it. Despite it being a strong smell, I wouldn't describe it as being particularly heavy, and impressively it seems to maintain the aroma once it has dissolved in water. 

Much like the original design, this bomb sheds its golden shell very quickly when it hits the water - decorating the surface with swirls of lustre that pattern the water for the most part of the experience. Once the bath is being drained, the lustre washes away with ease, and I didn't notice any on my skin or across the edges of the bath afterwards. 

Error 404 is quite a quick fizzer, but it's a fairly quiet one, so I suggest that you submerge yourself and watch as the waves of blue and green colour the bath water a beautiful shade of turquoise. It is definitely one of the prettiest colours that I've seen come from a bath bomb. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water (Aqua), Laureth 4, DRF Alcohol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, Perfume, Antique Gold Lustre; Bronze Splendour Lustre; Glacier Blue Lustre, Colour 42053.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £4.04 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2016.




27 November 2016

Northern Lights Bath Ballistic (New Edition 2016)




When Lush revealed this bath bomb for the first time, back during their Halloween release of 2014, it wasn't one that initially stood out for me as being all that exciting. The description of the scent, the shape, the colour - I wasn't particularly impressed, and the end of the season came and went without me stocking up on more than a couple of extras.

It was only a few months later, when I had a really great experience with a Christmas Eve Bubble Bar (which shares the same scent), that I realised I liked the fragrance a little more than I had let on to begin with. Don't get me wrong -this is not a smell that I would ever rave about, but when used at the right moment, can be pretty spectacular.

Fast forward to 2016, and Lush have revamped this seasonal favourite - opting to change its shape so that it's far more robust than the original design, and altering the colours inside to give you a slightly different experience than you may have been expecting. Still laced with the same fragrance, you'd assume that my opinion of the bath bomb would be on par with that of the original. Wrong. 


As its name suggests, Northern Lights Bath Ballistic has been modelled on the Icelandic phenomena, and while it'll never be able to mimic the feeling of actually experiencing the event in person, it's as close as you're going to get with a handful of sodium bicarbonate.

Containing jasmine and ylang ylang, this is perhaps one of the most interesting choices for a Christmas release I have seen from Lush, smell-wise. This is definitely not one that is necessarily suited for the winter weather; nor is it one that is going to give you that thick, sultry aroma that a large percentage of bathers will probably be looking for at this time of the year. 

Instead what you get is a light, sweet, floral aroma, with a little natural muskiness thrown in for good measure. The jasmine offers a rich but very delicate floral fragrance, one that is not in any way heady or imposing. It's simple but pretty, and is easily one of Lush's most inoffensive floral smells. While I mentioned above that it wasn't very Christmassy-smelling, the inclusion of the jasmine, which is supposed to help reduce stress levels and elevate your mood, does work to counteract those winter blues.


Alongside this is ylang ylang oil, which normally works as an afterthought, but in this bath bomb helps to elevate the floral components of the jasmine and add some of its own. Together, these two ingredients create a delicate but very pronounced floral aroma, and would be a favourite for those who dislike heavy or overly complex aromas.

What is most impressive about this version of Northern Lights is how it functions in the water. Still a slow dissolver like its older sibling, it doesn't take the bath bomb more than a few seconds to foam up and create thick, vivid trails of purple, blue and yellows across the surface of the tub. Because of the way its been designed, the yellow and blue erupt out of the sides like a firework, while the purple branches out around the edges.

This year, Lush have reworked some of their colours, specifically the yellow, and the vividity of this bath bomb is evidence of their hard work. All three colours featured here are impressively bright - sprawling across the water and creating beautiful patterns that just have to be experienced firsthand. Once fully dissolved, you're left with a crisp shade of green, and an impressively fragrant bath that stays with you long past your bathing time.

Afterwards, I could still smell the deliciously sweet aroma on my skin, and it made me realise that this fragrance would work so well in other formats. A body lotion would be a credit to this floral fragrance, as would a dusting powder and a massage bar.

Whereas I wasn't overly enamoured with the original bath bomb, this new version seems to have been elevated to another level. While it appears that only the shape and design have been tweaked a little, I feel as if the fragrance is more pronounced and the colours more vibrant, making this a bath bomb I will definitely be stocking up on before the year is out.       

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Amyl Cinnamal, Lilial, Hydroxycitronellal, *Linalool, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 59040, Colour 45350, Colour 45410.


Vegan?: Yes.


2016 Price: £3.95 each.


Year Of Original Release: 2014 for the original, 2016 for this version.


Scent Family:
Northern Nights Ballistic
Updated Northern Lights Ballistic

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22 November 2016

Moon On A Stick Bath Bomb





When I consider my journey with Lush so far, I can't quite believe how much has changed, in regards to both my own preferences, and the company. A mere four years ago, there wasn't the vibrant, ever-expanding social platform that we have today, nor the level of communication and finesse that seems to have been harvested ever since the Lush Kitchen opened their doors and invited the world in.

Looking at my own personal transition, I almost cringe when I consider how limited my close-minded self was back in the beginning. Many scents that I love and cherish today wouldn't have even had a second look-in back then, which is why I am constantly reevaluating and updating my reviews to ensure that they reflect my current opinions. An example of this change is evident with this latest release from the Lush Kitchen.

Moon On A Stick Bath Bomb is perhaps the most literal name for a product, as it is indeed a moon-shaped bath bomb on a stick. Yet there is a double meaning behind the choice of title. Inspired by a mid 90s phrase coined by Stew Lee & Richard Herring, it basically means 'to want everything', including things that you can't have no matter what. In all honesty, it's an aptly named bath bomb for a community driven by their lust for products unavailable, and this is the very inspiration behind the creation.

Sharing the same fragrance as the Lily Savon/Ghost range, which includes a soap, perfume, shower gel and jelly amongst other products, this limited edition bath bomb hasn't seen the light of day since its initial appearance back in 2011. Sporting one of Lush's most popular floral aromas, this ballistic features an array of ingredients to give this bomb a light but equally very potent floral aroma. 

To my nose, the predominant smell reminds me very much of freshly-dried, white lilies. Strangely there is nothing in the ingredients list to suggest that lilies have been used at all to create this aroma, yet the ylang ylang and jasmine both play a part in creating this overall fragrance. Described as being 'hauntingly beautiful', Moon On A Stick gives off a smell that has the sweetness of the jasmine, a subtle grassiness from the ylang ylang and the robust, headiness of the neroli.

When compared to other products in this scent family, I was impressed that the floral aroma was slightly sweeter than it's other counterparts. If there's one aspect of the shower gel and jelly that I dislike, it's that there is a slight underlying tang, that reminds me of flowers when they first begin to wilt. The bath bomb didn't seem to possess this at all, which I greatly appreciated.

While the bath bomb looks fairly average from the outside, you only have to add one to your tub to see that there is more than what meets the eye. To begin with, the bomb froths and fizzes - sending out thick, cream-coloured waves of white foam across the surface. However, a few seconds in and the magic begins to happen. This is when vivid waves of blue and purple begin to erupt out of the sides and pattern the water with beautiful swirls of colour. 

By the time the bath bomb has fully dissolved, you're left with a stunning deep purple-coloured water and the gentlest amount of silver lustre pulsating under the surface to give it that extra magical touch. This is definitely not what you'd expect from the bath bomb that mere minutes before had looked like the world's most boring lollipop.

What was surprising for me was just how well the scent lasted throughout the whole experience. Given how gentle it is, I was expecting the smell to dissipate within minutes of it coming into contact with the water. However, I was really  impressed to find that the fragrance remained present throughout the whole experience, and while I couldn't smell it that strongly on my skin after I had towelled myself down, there were elements present that mixed well with my Skin Sin Body Lotion.

While I will never love this scent as much as I know a lot of people do, this bath bomb has encouraged me to give my other Ghost products another chance, and I do have a slightly better understanding of why it is such a popular fragrance. Although I wouldn't claim to be won over completely, I would no doubt buy a couple of these again, if they were to appear in the Lush Kitchen.    

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid,Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium LaurethSulfate, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminumgrandiflorum), YlangYlang Oil (Canangaodorata), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantiumamara), Water (Aqua),LaurylBetaine, Cocamide DEA, Geraniol, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Silver Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate), Silver Stars, Silver Edible Lustre.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £3.95 each. 





19 November 2016

Yog Log Shower Smoothie



When Lush opted to replace their potted shower smoothies with a solid, package-free alternative, it was a step in the right direction - not just because of the environmental impact that it would have, but also because of the gateway that opened up for the company to bring out a greater range of variations for consumers to enjoy. 

Yog Log is one of two brand new roulades to make an appearance this season, and one of nearly ten releases in this format so far. It seems that Lush are onto a winning formula, as while these roulades seem to grace the shelves quietly and are barely the topic of conversation across social media, there must be quite a demand for them because they keep being brought back time and time again. 

Lush state that this product shares its scent with the Yog Nog family, which includes a bath bomb, soap, perfume and FUN bar. A fairly recent invention when you consider the length of time that the company have been producing products, this family of items have each made quite an impression on the community. It's a regular occurrence to see fans desperately searching for a spare perfume on both Instagram and Facebook, and the speed in which the bath bomb and the soap sold out in the Kitchen this month, demonstrates that there is quite a cult following behind the family.


While I would say that fans of all of the above would no doubt love and appreciate this seasonal smoothie, I will say that I don't think the scent mirrors that of any of the products mentioned above. There are definitely similarities here, that much is true, but this solid rendition sports many differences, which was a little disappointing at first.  

Yog Log is described as smelling of 'comforting caramel' and for this part I agree. There is definitely something reminiscent of freshly made chunks of sticky caramel; of sweet, decadent butterscotch ice cream with ripples of nutty caramel threaded throughout; a hot, malted glass of milk infused with vanilla pods, a sprinkling of brown sugar and a generous helping of salted caramel.

To claim that this fragrance will leave you salivating, is very much an understatement. It will leave you raiding the biscuit drawer and demolishing a packet of Hob Nobs before you even realise what you're doing. It's an enabler of the senses, and if you're one for foody smells, this is right up there as being one of Lush's best achievements. 


What I would say is that it is a smell all by itself. Whereas the other products in this scent family have a very sweet, buttery aroma, Yog Log is much more grounded and far nuttier than its siblings. It takes on more of a fudge-like smell, as opposed to the bath bomb and soap that are far more sickly-sweet and syrup-like.

The inclusion of sesame seeds has definitely had an impact on the overall aroma. Although I wouldn't say that you can smell the seeds, there is definitely something about the smoothie that reflects the fact that they've been put in there to begin with.

To use, you can choose one of many different methods, depending on how you feel most comfortable. One way is to wet the piece and then massage the roulade straight across your body. This is the easiest way of ensuring you don't drop the product during use, and it's easy enough to pat down afterwards to retain its size and shape. With this method, I found that the smoothie wasn't very generous when it came to leaving lather on your skin, and I had to rigorously massage it in circular motions to ensure that the whole area was coated before rinsing away. 

As Lush have explained, the way it's intended to be used is to break off a small piece (roughly the size of a large grape), and then massage it in between your hands first. Squishing it and manipulating the piece in this way will allow the oils and butters to be released easier, which then means that it's more effective at cleaning and moisturising your body. This way might mean that more of the product is used each time, but it is definitely easier to stimulate a lather across your skin.

Despite the above comment, Yog Log doesn't produce much of a lather either way, and instead you will find that you'll get a thin, oily residue that coats the skin. This is rinsed off and will leave your skin feeling really soft and smooth. While it didn't leave my skin overly nourished, it was definitely more effective than a large majority of soaps.


What I found even more wonderful is that the fragrance was robust enough to stay on my skin for a short while after my shower. This means that, when I use this before bed, I can smell traces of caramel on my pillow and duvet while asleep, and the next day.

Overall, I will say that I definitely prefer the other variations of Yog Nog to this one. While I'd say that the bath bomb is probably the closest in smell to this smoothie, there is still quite a difference between the two, and I can imagine Yog Nog fanatics might even be a little disappointed at the noticeable difference between this and everything else.

However, this is still a lovely-smelling product, and I cannot imagine that anyone would be too disappointed if they discovered a generous chunk of it in their Christmas stockings. From the standpoint of a gym-buff, this is a great 'cheat meal' that you don't have to worry about overindulging in; as a lover of puddings and sweets, this is the enabler you don't want near you when you're trying to resist the cookie jar.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Glycerine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa, Butter Fair Trade Colombian Cocoa Butter, Fresh Honeydew Melon Pulp, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Citric Acid, Sesame Seeds, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, *Eugenol, *Linalool, Colour 19140:1.

Vegan?: Yes. 


2016 Price: £5.95 for 100g, £14.90 for 250g.


Year Of Original Release: 2016.






16 November 2016

Assassin Shower Gel


After you've come to terms with the fact that your entire existence is governed by the financial implications of a Lush Kitchen splurge, you begin to accept the fact that you'll probably always have a list as long as your arm, of products you want to see being released in the not so distant future. The next step is to then recognise that this list will no doubt accumulate new items on a regular basis, and that the likelihood of you ever being able to cross off everything, is virtually impossible. 

The worst part for me is knowing that, while I may have tried and tested far more products than the majority of the people I know, there are always releases that will catch me off guard. Before I know it, I have another name added to my ever-expanding inventory and I feel myself even further away from being able to discard the checklist altogether. Such was the case with this recent release.

Assassin Shower Gel was not something that ever made itself known on my radar, despite claiming that shower gels are my shortcoming when it comes to Lush's impressive catalogue of products. For this reason, I was rather taken aback when it was first announced for release, and I even had to carry out a little research beforehand to brief myself on what exactly to expect.

Although multiple interpretations spread like wild fire on what everyone expected this product to smell like, it was the comparison between Tramp Shower Gel and Grass that seemed to be the general consensus among most fans. Upon experiencing it for the first time, I was quick to make that comparison as well. However, having spent the last few days sharing my bathroom with this wonderful product, I have come to realise that it has far more to offer, and I'd be selling it a little short if I simply jumped on this bandwagon. 

Firstly, I will say that I can see why the the aforementioned shower gels have been used to describe Assassin. In all fairness, there is a similarity to both of them, and it is a really effective way of helping others to gage an idea of what to expect when deciding whether or not to make a purchase. However, I happen to think that this shower gel is much BETTER than either of the two items, and doesn't seem so similar when you have all three gels in front of you to compare.

Containing pine, cypress, lemon and patchouli oils, not to mention oakmoss absolute, this shower gel is for fans of fresh, green, natural-smelling cosmetics. It is the former two ingredients that dominate the overall smell of this product - offering two very different sensory experiences. On the one hand, it reminds me of lazing around a freshly trimmed garden in the summer time, when the plants and shrubbery around you has been watered and the heat of the sun radiates notes of chlorophyll into the air, while you bathe. At the same time, it also reminds me of the smell you experience after setting up a freshly-cut Christmas tree in your lounge and allowing the green smell to permeate the room a little. 

While I would say that the pine and cypress oils are equally matched in this combination, my nose gravitates very slightly more towards the pine. This element gives Assassin a crisp, naturally-sweet resinous aroma; while the cypress oil rounds this off with a fresh, woody element that offers just the  slightest hint of evergreen to compliment the pine.


The oakmoss is not as robust as it is in Tramp Shower Gel - instead adding a dry, earthy quality to the shower gel. However, while it does ground the smell a little and give it a level of complexity, it's not as potent as it is in the aforementioned gel. Although you cannot really detect any of the tart, citrusy qualities of the lemon oil, you can appreciate its presence in helping to elevate the overall aroma. This also goes for the patchouli - where you can smell the subtle aromatic elements of the ingredient, but not the spicy components.

Assassin is a celebration of how Lush are able to mimic natural scents, as this truly does smell like they're captured the outdoors and bottled it in gel form. The beautiful shade of green its presented in makes it even more magical, and this would be a perfect accompaniment to a spring-time bath. At the same time, the pine makes it feel very Christmassy as well, and is certainly one of the products I will be taking home to enjoy on the days leading up to Christmas Day.

In the shower, the scent is robust and long-lasting - the heat elevates those individual notes and engulfs the room with a strong but equally light and refreshing aroma. I was not surprised to find that the fragrance stays with you for a good couple of hours after leaving the shower, and the very nature of the scent means that you feel thoroughly clean and uplifted. 

You only need to use a small amount and it goes a long way - lathering up with ease whether I massaged a little between my palms or stimulated the suds by coating my body first. While I wouldn't say it was overly moisturising, it still left my skin as smooth and as soft as most of the other Lush shower gels I have used. 

Overall, I wasn't expecting to be so enamoured with this shower gel, so I am pleasantly surprised to find that I would class it as being a firm favourite of mine, and one that I would buy again if I find myself with a shortage on my hands. Winter, spring or summer, this shower gel assassinates any of Lush's previous attempts to bottle nature, and I would highly recommend that you grab yourself a bottle when the opportunity next arises. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Agar Agar Gel, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Chicory Infusion, Rosemary Infusion, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Cypress Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Patchouli Oil, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Chlorophyllin, Methylparaben  Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £11.25 for 250g.
2017 Price: £11.50 for 250g

Year Of Original Release: 2005.





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