Recently

23 May 2017

Sweet ASA Facial Moisturiser


It's human nature to make mistakes, and as a vegan I know only too well that you can slip up from time to time - even if you're always making a conscious effort to ensure that everything you use and consume is animal-free. I wasn't too hard on myself then, when I discovered that the moisturiser I had been smearing on my face all weekend contained animal derivatives  Taking a positive from a negative situation, I can at least offer another review to help aid those who are tempted to grab a pot themselves.

Sweet ASA Facial Moisturiser made its debut in the Lush Kitchen in May of 2017. Yet, this is far from the first time it has ever been made available to the public. Years ago, before I was even a fan myself, Lush's sister company, B Never Too Busy To B Beautiful, released this product as one of their own. Disappearing when the company disbanded, it has not seen the light of day until recently.

What I found most interesting about this moisturiser is just how subtle a smell it holds. While both Celestial and Imperialis pertain what I'd call a 'gentle' scent, this one is by far one of the softness smells that Lush have ever offered. Known for their robust and sometimes overpowering fragrances, this is a welcome change for those who dislike anything too potent. 

Made from a base of oat milk and safflower, it is these two components that make up most of the aroma. Light and creamy, you can just make out a sweet, nutty aroma, with a light drizzle of honey thrown in for good measure. This is not a smell that I can imagine anyone being opposed to, and would perfectly suit those consumers who want something a little more lightly fragranced.

Despite being vegan, I can recognise the many benefits that honey offers the body. It not only helps the skin to retain its moisture, but acts as an antiseptic as well. This means that when used to clean or hydrate the skin, it also removes dirty and debris that may cause irritation or blocked pores. In addition, it also happens to be incredibly gentle and soothing, making it a perfect remedy for those with any form of sensitivity.

The inclusion of the soothing oat milk makes Sweet ASA an all-rounded great facial moisturiser for those who have to be careful with what they put on their skin. While I am lucky enough that I only have to deal with a few spot breakouts from time to time, I was definitely able to notice how much more 'settled' my complexion felt after only a couple of uses.

Normally when I apply most lotions to my face, I notice that certain areas will become blotchy over time, and will often then develop into dry patches when I stop using the product. With this facial moisturiser, I noticed that my face didn't seem to react at all after using this consistently for three days. And while I can't say that my complexion improved vastly, it certainly didn't feel as if it was going to head in the same direction.

What I will say about Sweet ASA is that it was a little stubborn to apply, despite its apparent thinness in the tub. At first I was convinced that it was more suited to oilier skin than mine, as I found massaging it across my face heeded a thin layer of 'residue' that I had to ensure was fully absorbed before applying any make up. Once applied however, I only had to wait a couple of minutes before I felt like the moisturiser was no longer present on the surface.

What I was left with was a smooth and very plump complexion - one that didn't feel greasy, yet one that had a slight shine to it, which added some much needed radiance to my life. For this reason, I worry that those with oilier complexions may find that this may retain a little too much moisture for their liking.   

Overall, I will say that I enjoyed using this product for the few days that I did before discovering it wasn't vegan. It was definitely a moisturiser that I would have liked to have continued using, to see what other benefits I might have discovered through doing so. Having said this, it is definitely not up to the standard of Almond Kisses, and the results I heeded would not have convinced me that I needed to invest in another pot. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Oat Milk, Safflower Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Clear Honey, Tincture of Benzoin, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Cinnamate, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: No.

2017 Price: £8.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: ?


21 May 2017

Oaty Creamy Dreamy Oat Milk Shower Cream


When I first bought 101 Salvations at the Lush Summit, I genuinely thought that it was a body lotion: the colour in the bottle suggested so, and I was far too busy grabbing everything exclusive in sight, that I failed to notice my mistake. It wasn't until I got home from the event that I realised it was in fact a shower cream. 

Despite the popularity of both this and Sleepy Hand Cream at the event, I was surprised when months and months later it hadn't revealed itself in any Kitchen menu, or even made an appearance as an exclusive at Lush Oxford Street. However, when the Kitchen menu announced that it would be bringing out Oaty Creamy Dreamy Oat Milk Shower Cream, I just knew that the two had to be related in some way.

Supposedly another member of the Dream Cream family, this limited edition is designed for those with more sensitive skin and does indeed pertain near-on identical traits to that of the aforementioned Summit exclusive. Rumour has it that the name was changed due to the copyright issues surrounding the original release, although how and why the tongue-twisting alternative was decided, I do not know.

Carefully crafted from the best ingredients for healthy, well-pampered skin, this is a shower cream designed for those with more sensitive skin types, as well as for those who prefer the less 'in your face' fragrances from Lush. In fact, I am surprised that something like this has not been made available before, given how popular Dream Cream is.

Despite the absence of both colour and lustre, this product is far more about the soothing, healing properties that it possesses, than looking aesthetically pleasing. It's definitely not as attractive as any of the shower creams to have come before it, but then it doesn't have to be.

Containing a base of oat milk and rose water, this shower cream is perfect for those with sensitive skin. The oat milk has a very calming effect on the pores - cleaning them out without making them react to the acidity that is often found in other products designed for the skin. The rose water is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce prevalent irritation and redness. It's also a great cleanser - removing oil and dirt from the pores and leaving the skin feeling and looking far more radiant.

Alongside this, you have an accumulation of chamomile, lavender and rose absolute. These three components are very reserved in this format: the lavender taking centre stage with it's gentle, relaxing herbal scent, while the rose absolute intertwines itself around this note and offers a light, almost dampened rose smell. To finish it off, the chamomile adds a cool, delicate note of sweetness - giving this shower cream a perfect finish all around.

Despite the ingredients lists being almost identical, what sets Oaty Creamy Dreamy Oat Milk Shower Cream apart from 101 Salvations is the additional note of cocoa butter in the latter. What made me fall in love with the Summit exclusive, and elevate it above its body lotion counterpart, is that when I began using the cream in the shower, I could smell a layer of cocoa butter on my skin that gave 101 Salvations a slightly chocolately element to it. This isn't present in the newly-named version, which was slightly disappointing.

Much like the aforementioned cream, OCDOMSC is one of the thickest shower creams that Lush have ever produced: you could quite literally leave the bottle upside down and there would be no risk of it leaking out. Having said this, it does seem to be very slightly thinner than 101 Salvations, which is a good thing because it makes it a little easier to squeeze out of the bottle. I would say that you still have to put more of an effort into using it, when compared to a regular shower gel. However, this change is still a welcome one in my eyes.

Adding onto this, you do need to use quite a large quantity to produce any sort of lather to clean yourself with. When using a grape-sized amount, I found that it was difficult to manipulate enough of a foam to spread over more than just my arms. For this reason, I ended up using quite a bit more than I would any of the other shower creams, which meant that my 250g bottle went down a lot quicker than I was expecting. 

Despite using more, I still don't think this is a particularly generous shower cream at all, so I wouldn't expect to get almost any sort of lather going when you use this across your body. Yet, I do feel as if when you have rinsed off the thin layer of suds present, you can feel the difference the product has made to your skin.

While it was softening on my body and left a gentle combination of lavender and cocoa butter on the skin afterwards, I didn't feel as if it was as effective at cleaning as many of Lush's other creams and gels. Having said that, it worked wonders on my legs after they had been shaved, and even helped to reduced the redness on the back of neck after a rather gruelling session at the gym.

There is definitely a place for this within Lush's other far more colourful creams and gels. For those who want a cream that is not going to irritate or encourage their skin complaints, this would be the perfect shower companion. I do hope this makes an appearance very soon, because my single bottle is not going to be around for very long when the warmer months begin to make themselves known.     

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Oat Milk, Rose Water, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tincture Of. Benzoin, Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £11.95 for 250g, 



20 May 2017

101 Salvations Shower Cream


So overwhelming was the Lush Summit event in February, that after talking to many employees about the exclusive products that were on offer at the time, the next day proved how bad my memory was, as I had remembered next to nothing. In fact, it wasn't until nearly a week after the showcase that I discovered my bottle of 'body lotion' turned out to be a shower cream instead.

101 Salvations Shower Cream is as witty in name as the product is beautiful. Carefully crafted from the best ingredients for healthy, well-pampered skin, this is a shower cream that should have made itself known way before it did. Despite the absence of both colour and lustre, this product doesn't exactly jump off the shelf at you - it's definitely not as attractive as any of the shower creams to have come before it. However, you only need to sniff this once to realise that there is something very special about this product.   

Sharing its scent with the Dream Cream family, it's a wonder that Lush didn't bring this out years ago, as the market for products designed for more delicate skin types are always in demand. And despite the fact that this has currently only made itself known for the exclusive event last month, there is no way that this wont be making an appearance in the near future: it would be cruel not to.

Containing a base of oat milk and rose water, this shower cream is perfect for those with sensitive skin. The oat milk has a very calming effect on the pores - cleaning them out without making them react to the acidity that is often found in other products designed for the skin. The rose water is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce prevalent irritation and redness. It's also a great cleanser - removing oil and dirt from the pores and leaving the skin feeling and looking far more radiant.

Alongside this, you have an accumulation of chamomile, lavender and rose absolute. These three components are very reserved in this format: the lavender taking centre stage with it's gentle, relaxing herbal scent, while the rose absolute intertwines itself around this note and offers a light, almost dampened rose smell. To finish it off, the chamomile adds a cool, delicate note of sweetness - giving this shower cream a perfect finish all around.

What makes 101 Salvations Shower Cream so special is the inclusion of the cocoa butter. While it also features in Dream Cream Body Lotion, it acts as more of a base ingredient, so it's there to improve the condition of your skin rather than add to the aroma. In this exclusive beauty, you can clearly detect a creamy, chocolately layer while using it in the shower, which just adds to its appeal and makes it far sexier than any of its predecessors. 

In the bottle, this is one of the thickest shower creams that Lush have ever produced: you could quite literally leave the bottle upside down and there would be no risk of it leaking out. For this reason, it does prove a little tricky getting it out of the bottle, as you have to give it a good squeeze, and even then this only heeds a string-like consistency. 

Adding onto this, you do need to use quite a large quantity to produce any sort of lather to clean yourself with. When using a grape-sized amount, I found that it was difficult to manipulate enough of a foam to spread over more than just my arms. For this reason, I ended up using quite a bit more than I would any of the other shower creams, which meant that my 250g bottle went down a lot quicker than I was expecting. 

While it was softening on my body and left a gentle combination of lavender and cocoa butter on the skin afterwards, I didn't feel as if it was as effective at cleaning as many of Lush's other creams and gels. Having said that, it worked wonders on my legs after they had been shaved, and even helped to reduced the redness on the back of neck after a rather gruelling session at the gym.

There is definitely a place for this within Lush's other far more colourful creams and gels. For those who want a cream that is not going to irritate or encourage their skin complaints, this would be the perfect shower companion. I do hope this makes an appearance very soon, because my single bottle is not going to be around for very long when the warmer months begin to make themselves known.     

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Oat Milk, Rose Water, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Rose Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tincture Of. Benzoin, Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.95 for 100g, 

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
101 Salvations
Dream Cream Body Lotion
Dream Cream Self-Preserving Body Lotion
Dream On Bath Bomb
Dreamwash Shower Smoothie
Dreamwash Shower Smoothie Roulade
Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap
In The Nude Bath Melt

Oaty Creamy Dreamy Oat Milk Shower Cream


  

19 May 2017

Inhale Liquid Perfume


For anyone unfamiliar with Lush's award-winning perfume Breath of God, you'll probably not realise how the Inhale or Exhale perfumes link up with this critically acclaimed fragrance. Due to it's popularity, and the fact that Breath of God is an intense and highly sophisticated perfume, Lush decided to recreate certain elements of the original smell and release them as separate scents. Thus the twins were born.

Inhale is one of the two halves, a rather unique floral, fruity and rather unisex perfume that stands apart from everything else that Lush currently offer. Featuring neroli, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, melon, rose, black pepper and vetivert, this is one of the most interesting perfumes I've smelt in a while.

Initially, I was able to pick out both the melon and sandalwood, which creates an interesting mix of gentle sweetness and smokiness, two smells you wouldn't think work together but do. To pad this fragrance out, you also have elements of lemon, which adds a tartness to the overall smell. 

On your skin, the spiciness of the black pepper comes forward in the mix, combined with a light burst of lemon, creating a lovely warm smell. Once the heat of your skin begins to interact with the fragrance, the floral elements of rose begin to appear and add a warmth which lingers gently on your body. The addition of neroli not only adds an uplifting sweetness, but enhances the mood of the wearer.

Inhale is a light fragrance, despite the rather large list of ingredients that have been used to create it's smell. Lush describe it as an 'outdoorsy' sort of perfume, and I'd definitely agree with this. It pertains a freshness that is best suited when worn alongside the natural smells of the countryside, working especially well when used in the warmer months. 

The addition of jojoba oil helps the skin to retain the scent, so the longevity of Inhale is rather impressive. I applied this just before I left for an all-day picnic, and could still pick out elements of the fragrance when I arrived home some nine hours later. 

On a positive note, it's wonderful to be able to enjoy a much simpler part of an intricate and rather overpowering fragrance. Although it's award winning, I find Breath of God far too potent for my liking, and I find it difficult to pick out more than 2 or 3 smells at a time. However, Inhale has allowed me to enjoy a part of this much more intricate perfume, without being too overwhelmed.

However, I wasn't overly enamoured with the overall smell that Inhale had to offer. I found it a little boring, if I'm being honest. Plus, I'm not a huge fan of melon-scented products, and this is definitely very heavy in the smell. Although I praise Lush were doing this for the fans, it's not one I'd be interested in using again.


Quantative Ingredients: Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Neroli Oil, Limonene, Rose Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, *Citral, Coumarin, Isoeugenol, Methyl Ionone, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

17 May 2017

Choccy Egg Bath Bomb





Call it greed, call it being a little compulsive: I don't like not being able to try out certain products. While my veganism is a personal choice, and I could opt to use any of the cosmetics that feature honey, beeswax etc... if I wanted to, my ethics are not something that I willing to sacrifice, just to use a bath bomb. For this reason, I usually have to wear a sad expression at times and just except that there will always be releases that I have to live without.

Choccy Egg Bath Bomb used to be vegetarian, which was why I didn't even consider logging into the Lush Kitchen website on the day of its recent release. It both surprised and frustrated me a few days later then, when I discovered that the ballistic had been altered slightly, and now seemed to be vegan. Luckily, a few kind individuals managed to cough up a couple of spares for me to use and review, and I was gifted with a rather wonderful smelling parcel a few days later.

For its price tag, I was surprised to discover just how small the bath bomb was to begin with. Weighing in at roughly 120g, this product is only slightly bigger than the original Think Pink Bath Bomb, which does make it a little more of an investment than to begin with. In its favour however, it does possess the  longevity to see you through an entire bath.
Made from a combination of vanilla, cocoa and mimosa absolute, Choccy Egg is a decadent offering from Lush, but perhaps one that isn't what you'd expect it to be. From the get-go, I was amazed to discover that the bath bomb was far more floral than I was expecting. In fact, it was also far less 'chocolately' than I had envisioned as well.

I would describe the fragrance of this as a very floral, cocoa aroma. There is something very musky and sweet about the fragrance, which is reference to both the cocoa and vanilla. However, there is a powdery component which I can very much relate to the inclusion of the mimosa. Despite the cocoa absolute and dark chocolate flakes on the outside, I wouldn't describe this as being foody at all, and in fact it is far more rich and decadent than I expected it to be.

In the water, this ballistic begins to dissolve immediately - demonstrating quite an impressively loud fizz for such a small bath bomb. Despite its size, it also happened to captivate the tub, and indeed the bathroom, as I found that the scent was strong enough to last a good fair while in the water. I would say that using any potent-smelling products would probably thwart the aroma of this quite a bit, but it's strong enough to linger vaguely on your skin afterwards.

Disappointingly, this bath bomb does not heed any colour in the water, and the inclusion of the chocolate flakes doesn't make this bath bomb very enticing in the water. I found that a lot of the flakes took a while to dissolve, so there were a good many splodges of chocolate on the base of the tub for the first half of the bath. Once they have dissolve, they create a sort of murky, brown water, which is probably the least attractive colour you could possibly ask for.
Despite this, I did find that the inclusion of the cocoa butter made this a little more moisturising than some of Lush's other bath bombs, and my skin did feel the better for it afterwards. Furthermore, the chocolate didn't stain the outside of the bath tub when the water was drained away, so it wasn't as messy as I initially thought it was going to be.

Overall, I feel as if the scent of this would be rather lovely in other formats, and I would be interested in trying it out in future products. However, the Choccy Egg didn't offer a very appealing bath, and the scent was lost as soon as I began using other products. For this reason, I would probably not purchase this product again, unless I was planning on cocktailing it alongside a bubble bar or bath melt.     

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Mimosa Absolute (Mimosa tenuiflora), Cocoa Absolute (Theobroma cacao), Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Coumarin, Isoeugenol, Perfume, Dark Chocolate Flakes.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £3.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2009.




15 May 2017

Lemon Flutter Body Lotion



When I moved into my first flat in London, one of the people I resided with for a number of years was obsessed with lemon sherbets. Near on every day I would find him munching on the sweets at any given moment, and I would often discover handfuls of them down the back of the sofa, and in some of the oddest places around the house. While my sweet tooth led me to try a few myself, I would always regret that decision when the roof of my mouth became sore and my tongue began to bleed.

Fast forward a good number of years and a tub of Lemony Flutter Body Lotion is posted through my door. After the recent release of the body conditioner, which turned out to be stunning, I was excited to see if this variation was as refreshing and as delicious as its counterpart. As it turned out, it was equally as amazing...

When it comes to dessert, lemon has always been my number one choice: lemon fridge cake, lemon drizzle, lemon meringue pie. To me, this body lotion is the epitome of a rich, creamy lemon mousse or yoghurt - a bright, zesty creation that mimics the scent of the lemon and lime Starburst sweets that you can buy in shops, albeit richer. 

There is something slightly 'foody' about this lotion that may be initially off-putting to those who dislike smelling like something they might want to eat. Furthermore, the fruity, citrusy element is then elevated once the lotion has begun dissolving into the skin - giving off a smell not unlike a slice of lemon torte or a spoonful of buttercream frosting. 

What I loved about this lotion, aside from the fragrance, was that it is rather thin in consistency. Normally, I would be rather hesitant to use a lotion so light, as I tend to find that these types don't normally offer a very wholesome experience for the skin. However, I was really surprised to discover that Lemony Flutter Body Lotion was the complete inverse.

Containing only cocoa butter and almond oil as a base, I wasn't expecting this to be as highly nourishing or as effective as it turned out to be. Given how thin it was, I assumed that I would need to use quite a generous amount to achieve the desired effect. However, I discovered that it was very easy to manipulate and massage across the skin, and I had only to skim the surface of the lotion to collect enough for a good part of my body.


Once on the body, it doesn't take very long for the product to begin absorbing into the skin - leaving it feeling more plump and looking almost instantly radiant. Impressively, after a single use, I found that the dry patches I had on my hands and arms near on vanished, which was a welcome bonus. While the lotion doesn't leave you feeling sticky or greasy, it does take a good fifteen to twenty minutes to fully absorb, so you may wish to give yourself enough to time to let that happen before trying to put any clothes back on.

What was equally impressive was the fact that the beautiful smell stayed with me for a good couple of hours after application, and due to some residue getting on my clothes as well, I was able to detect notes of lemon when I put my cardigan back on at the end of the day. 

The only negative point that I would say about this body lotion is that the results do not tend to last that far past a day. Although I noticed that the dry areas across my arms were fading, they were not disappearing as quickly as they would normally do with some of Lush's other body lotions.

Having said that, this is definitely a body lotion that I will be using for the foreseeable future.The bright, uplifting lemony tones will make this the perfect company in this warmer summer months, and there is nothing sexier than knowing that you smell like a lemon cupcake.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Almond Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Linalool, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Citral, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £16.95 for 225g.

Year Of Original Release: 2011.

Scent Family:
Lemony Flutter Body Conditioner
Lemony Flutter Body Lotion
Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (non vegan)


    

7 May 2017

Plum Rain Body Spray


My heart almost skipped a beat when I learnt about the numerous body sprays that there making themselves available across various stores earlier last month, and this wasn't just because I have a real interest and passion in collecting 'Lush smells.' While many of the ones released were fragrances I already owned in perfume format, there was one that stood out as being a potential 'all-time favourite'...

Plum Rain made a huge impression on me when it first made itself known as a shower gel last year in the London Flagship store. Not only was the colour one of the most wonderful shades that Lush have ever created, but the smell was incredible. Fresh and wholesomely fruity, the release was a hit in my house - so much so that I went out the very next day and bought myself another 500g bottle.

Fans of the shower gel will be pleased to hear that the body spray is equally as beautiful, and lends itself well to this format so well. Containing osmanthus, pettigrain and mandarin oils, this is a fragrance that is perfectly suited for the warmer months, which is surprising because I feel as if the shower gel is better equipped for the colder months.

From the very first comforting spray, I was bowled over by how refreshing and how natural the scent presents itself as. On the one hand, it smells exactly like a freshly-squeezed mandarin, with the osmanthus oil offering notes of peach and apricot to pad out the smell and give it a little more depth and complexity. At the same time, the pettigrain offers a well-versed burst of 'greeness ', which doesn't constrict or alter the fruity components, but instead adds a subtle layer that gives this spray a very natural feel about it. Without trying to diminish how natural and delicious it is, there is a small part of me that would describe this spray as smelling a little like tropical Fanta.

While similar, I do feel as if Plum Rain Body Spray is not a direct replica of the shower gel. There is something a little less constricted about the spray: something that makes it lighter and more appealing in my eyes. Like a fresh glass of freshly-squeezed juice, this spray is deliciously fruity and will have you salivating from the start. Although it may be nondescript for those who prefer heavy, complex smells, I for one believe that this one excels because of its simplicity.

Retailing at £20, this spray is less of an investment than a 30ml bottle of perfume, making it outstanding value for money and one I am not afraid to use over and over and over again. Having used it multiple times a day for the past few weeks, I can honestly say that this 200ml spray will outlast any bottle of perfume you may have, and then some. Furthermore, the longevity I experienced whilst wearing this was equally as impressive. Two sprays will easily heed a good three to four hours worth of fragrance, and I would often be able to smell it on my coat and scarf after a full day at work - meaning it has the potential to linger for seven to eight hours at time. This is surprising given how little fragrances of the fruity kind usually tend to last on the skin. 

Plum Rain has certainly secured itself as my number one summer scent this year, and I shall be wearing this most days between now and the end of the warmer months. Refreshing, delectably fruity and wonderfully crisp, this is the perfect fragrance to compliment the warmer weather, and you'll feel delicious each and every time you choose to indulge. An incredible release from Lush.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Water (Aqua), Perfume, *Limonene, Glycerine, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2017 Price: £20 for 200ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Plum Rain Body Spray
Plum Rain Shower Gel


6 May 2017

Flopsy Face Wash Jelly



'Jen, why are you smothering your face in a rabbit-shaped jelly mask and pretending to be Thumper from Bambi?' An odd question perhaps, but one that gives you a little insight into what I was doing the other evening, when I thought no one was around to witness such an odd scenario being played out with my thirty-one year old self.

Needless to say, the face wash jellies seem to be something that Lush are steering towards as a possible regular feature within their range. I say this because not only were we gifted with Papa Noel last Christmas, but the Lush Summit event a few months back also heeded a further five possible jelly-based products that are potentially making an appearance at some point in the near future, all of which were aimed solely for the complexion.

Flopsy Face Wash Jelly is the second official release of its kind, and while it seems to have gone largely undetected on social media - in favour of the more colourful bath bombs, I for one believe it is a step up from Papa Noel in many ways. Never would I have imagined that one day I would be relying on a rabbit-shaped piece of jelly to brighten my complexion, but the world works in mysterious ways.

Firstly, I happen to think that it is incredible value for money. Each mask would easily heed over a hundred washes, and this is only a lose estimate based on how little mine has shrunk compared to how many times I have used it so far. I have complete faith that a single tub would last me well over a year, and this is with constant, daily use.


Linked to the above point, Flopsy is also incredibly generous with its softening abilities, yet it seems rather reserved when it comes to generating lather. Normally I would slate a product that was stubborn when in use. However, I found that this facial jelly didn't need to coat my face in a thick layer of soap because, after rinsing away the minuscule amount of 'foam' it did create, I discovered that my face felt both silky-soft and smooth. My complexion also looked far more radiant than it had done so beforehand, without leaving it looking particularly greasy or feeling at all oily.

While it is a little fiddly to handle, and the design is a novelty that doesn't last much longer than the initial couple of uses, the principle behind the product is sound. To use, I would recommend that you ensure your face is damp, and if possible, exposed to the heat of a warm shower to open the pores beforehand. You can then either massage a piece (or the whole thing!) across your face a couple of times, and then use your fingers to massage the light coating of suds across your complexion.For great results, I found that leaving Flopsy on for a few minutes just allowed the oils to soften and smoothen out my skin a little more, before I held my face under the running shower and rinsed away the product.


What I found was that my face felt immediately clean, cleansed and radiant. My skin felt smooth to the touch, without feeling greasy, and I didn't need to apply any moisturiser or toner on afterwards because the product left my complexion incredibly soft.as well. Furthermore, the fragrance lingered around long enough to make me feel really uplifted and happy, which should be deemed as a miracle first thing in the morning. 


Smell wise, this seasonal special contains lemon, bergamot and buchu oil, and shares its scent with both the Snowman FUN and Snowman Shower Jelly. The former two ingredients give this jelly a bright, spritzy fruity smell, which as I've mentioned in other reviews, creates a scent much like the outer layer of a Solero ice-cream, with an added note of tartness that makes this almost sour.

Although this is an Easter release, I feel as if this product would compliment the summer months really well. The light, fruity scent would give that refreshing, invigorated feeling in the morning, while the warmth would elevate the fragrance and help to coax you out of your morning slumber.


I can genuinely imagine using this as part of my regular routine, and have been doing so since its release a number of weeks back. If this is a sign of things to come from Lush, I am excited to see what the future has in store. 


Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Carrot Infusion, Glycerine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate Propylene, Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Kaolin, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Limonene.


Vegan?: Yes.


2017 Price: £7.95 for 200g.


Year Of Original Release: 2017.




4 May 2017

Lava Lamp Egg Bath bomb




If we excuse the fact that this limited edition looks like the extended head of an alien creature, we can still appreciate the craftsmanship that went into designing and creating both this season special, and the original Lava Lamp Bath Bomb that first made an appearance back in 2015. 

Appearing as one of the exclusive, limited editions on the opening day of the flagship store on Oxford Street, this gorgeous looking bath bomb was one of the most exciting purchases of the day. That was until I tested it out in the bath for the first time and was horrified to discover that it painted both my skin and my entire tub, and it took a good hour of scrubbing to remove the purple debris that was left behind. 

After a short disappearance, it was back for sale the next year - staining visibly reduced, and in 2017 was tweaked so that it could play a starring role in the Easter egg collection that the company chose to go with for their seasonal range. 
Sporting both the same concept and the same fragrance, this bath bomb is only different in shape, and is also a little heftier in size. Just like the original, Lava Lamp Egg sports an orange facade with three circular, purple discs plotted across the surface. As the name suggests, this bath bomb is designed to replicate a lava lamp, and does so when these blue discs begin to melt in the water and create tiny threads of oils across the surface of the water.

Whereas these oils would once linger around the edges and on your skin - staining near on everything in sight, the oils in this bath bomb don't seem to have the potency anymore, and can sit on your skin before being washed away with ease. However, I will say that if you have any limescale around the outside of your tub, these oils may still cause unwanted smears if precaution isn't taken.

Made from a combination of orange flower absolute, tangerine and mandarin oils, Lava Lamp Egg is a bright, refreshing and highly fruity creation. Immediately upon removing it from its bag, I could smell a beautiful and very sweet orangey aroma. In fact, the fragrance it gives off is almost identical to that of Brazilliant Solid Shampoo - a strong but not overly zesty citrus smell that is reminiscent of the orange starburst sweet.

As soon as you pop this bath bom into the bath, it begins to fizz noisily and sends out a tide of orange colour across the tub. As the bath bomb dissolves, the three purple discs that have been held in place, break away and begin to release streams of oil that writhes and dances on the surface of the water. It doesn't take long for the tub to be filled with a deep orange water that seems instantly warming and inviting. 

Whereas a lot of fruity fragrances can dispel quite quickly once the product has dissolved, I found that Lava Lamp Egg Bath Bomb had much more longevity than I was expecting. Whether the size of the other components used to create this product, I felt as if the water appeared thicker and far more robust, and there was a rounded feel about the scent that I thoroughly enjoyed.
As to be expected with the excess oils used to create the 'lava lamp effect', the bath bomb was extremely moisturising. Yet it was not at a level that I would describe as being too greasy or too oily for most people. Put it this way: I would have happily washed my hair in its waters, and I don't think I would have had any problems in doing this. 

Once in the bath, the fragrance of Lava Lamp Egg remained prominent throughout the entire experience. In fact, I was really impressed with how strong the aroma was and would definitely say that it's one of Lush's longer-lasting bath bombs. Furthermore, the scent remained on my skin for hours after I had left the tub and I could smell the wonderful orange scent every time I walked past the bathroom.

Despite its price, I do think this is worth an investment - if only to try out once before they've been discontinued. For fans of Lava Lamp, you are going to love the fact that this is a bigger, weightier version of your favourite bath bomb. Ultimately, while I wont be rushing out to buy too many more of these any time soon, I will be getting a couple more of these before the season is over. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Orange Flower Absolute, Tangerine Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Water (Aqua), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Castor Oil, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60, Almond Glycerides, *Limonene, Colour 15985, Colour 60725.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Lava Lamp Bath Bomb
Lava Lamp Egg Bath Bomb






UP