16 June 2017

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar

Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar proclaims to 'make nights out sparkle, pep up pale skin and show off tans.' On paper, this sounds like a godsend - especially for those of us who'll use whatever we can to accentuate the non-existent colour present in our ghost-like complexions. While it didn't look like something that could perform miracles, I was willing to give it a shot. 

Weighing in at 30g, this is considerably smaller than any of Lush's massage bars that they offer online and in store. The reason for this is because firstly, it's not a massage bar so isn't designed to moisturise and coat the entire body with each use; secondly, the bar is a handy size to slip into a purse or bag on a night out, and thirdly, because this shimmer bar lasts a really long time so doesn't need to be any bigger. 

Looking at the ingredients list, Shimmy Shimmy reads like a massage bar. With shea and cocoa butters to nourish, heal and moisturise the skin, it at least plays it's part at helping to keep your skin feeling and looking soft. Clary sage oil is known to be packed-full of antioxidants and works wonders on sensitive skin, while lavender oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, deodorising and relaxing - offering a soothing and calming experience for both the skin and mind. 
Despite the herbal and floral properties of these latter two ingredients, I was rather disappointed to find that this shimmer bar doesn't have a lot to offer the consumer in the way of scent. In other reviews, users have described it's smell as chocolately and vanillary. However, I don't detect this at all. 

To me, the bar smells of very little - there's almost a synthetic, plastic-like aroma - one you get when Lush body lotions have surpassed their sell-by date and have completely lost their scent altogether. It's not the world's worst smell, but it's not one that would be very appealing to me if I was surrounded by the hundreds of other beautiful-smelling cosmetics in a Lush store. Given that the bar is designed to highlight and accentuate your features rather than make you smell nice, I'm willing to look over this aspect of the product.

You use this is the same way as you would use any of Lush's other solid products - gently massage in a circular motion over the areas you wish to highlight and then use your fingers to distribute and even out the product afterwards. 

Unlike Lush's massage bars, Shimmy is a little less generous when it comes to how much product it releases onto your skin and you really have to massage for a good 30 seconds to a minute to get enough that it's noticeable. This is probably why a small bar will last you upwards of six months. 

What you're left with is skin that has a gentle gleam and is gently decorate with tiny flecks of golden lustre. Surprisingly, having used this while I was building up my tan in Spain last year, I did find that it accentuated my colour a little and gave me slightly more of a glow - which is pretty impressive given that it's only really glitter I'm adding to my skin. 

Despite having built up a slight phobia of glitter, I really enjoyed using Shimmy Shimmy. What is really great is that because the glitter is minuscule and iridescent, you don't look like a human disco ball after use. Instead, the decoration is fairly unnoticeable until the light bounces off of your skin and gives you a beautiful glow. While it's not a product I will use regularly (this could be to do with my non-existent social life), it is one I can see being very popular with those who want that 'wow factor' on a night out. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate and Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Coumarin.

Vegan?: Yes.

9 June 2017

Sexy Boy Massage Bar

As I begin to see the end to my excessive collection of massage bars, I am starting to discover some old beauties that I wish I had tried sooner. Unfortunately, given that they've been living in darkness for a good year, they are not as fresh as they could be. However, this one still really impressed me and has cemented itself amongst my favourites.

Sexy Boy Massage Bar is a seasonal bar - first released as a Christmas special in 2010. Since it's discontinuation a few months after it's initial appearance, it has not made itself available again, which I think is a shame as it's such a unique and beautiful product. 

What sets this product apart from other massage bars, is the wonderful shape it is presented as - a cute little gingerbread man that has clearly been cut from the same mould as Lush's Gingerman Soap. It's the same height as other massage bars, but due to it's width and length, you get slightly more product for your money. 

Made with both cocoa and shea butter, as well as coconut oil, this massage bar boasts a better array of butters and oils to moisturise and nourish your skin. The former two key ingredients are known for working with the natural oils of your skin to nourish, smoothen and repair over-tired and weathered skin. Sexy Boy also boasts the inclusion of coconut oil - a natural ingredient that helps make skin soft, radiant, and healthy. It's also been proven to improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin, which is perfect for those of us with dry skin.
This massage bar also contains a combination of lime oil, cocoa absolute and cananga oil, which not only helps to make this amazing for the skin, but gives this product a wonderful smell. Some Lush fans claim that it took them a while to appreciate the scent of this, but I fell in love with it from the word go. 

To me, this bar smells like a really rich, sugary vanillary white chocolate that has a gentle sprinkling of lime juice. It's a little like when lemon is added to a cake mix - you get the citrus flavour in the sponge but without the tartness of the fruit. This is what the lime does in this instance and it's wonderful.  

The bar melts easily on the skin and leaves behind a thin layer of oils which can then be massaged across the body. Unlike other massage bars, this one isn't at all sticky and the oils that rest on your skin don't stay there for long - instead sinking into the skin and leaving your feeling and smelling fantastic. 

I should warn you though that this bar tends to melt relatively quickly so you may find you have to be quick when applying it to the body. It should also be mentioned that the size and shape of this makes it a little trickier to use than other massage bars, and I got quite a bit of grease on my hands from holding it longer than I should have.
While it's not the easiest to use, it does leave you smelling gorgeous and your skin feels really soft and well-pampered afterwards. As the fragrance isn't all that Christmassy, I hope Lush release it through the kitchen and I look forward to stocking up on my favourite 'Sexy Boy'. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Perfume, Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Cocoa Absolute (Theobroma cacao), Cananga Oil (Cananga odorata), Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Citral, *Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

1 June 2017

Sex Bomb Solid Perfume

Not a favourite scent of mine, Sex Bomb is only really used in my house when I find one in a gift set I have purchased, and then I only really use it to change things up a little. While I wouldn't say that I find the fragrance at all bad, it doesn't insight any sort of reaction from me either, which is why I wasn't all that excited about it being one of the winning smells in the recent Kitchen voting week.

Although I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the Sex Bomb Body Lotion I think this was because it was a little different from the bath bomb. What I will say is that this limited edition solid perfume is far closer in scent to the original bath bomb, and I can imagine fans would appreciate this gesture very much.

To begin with, given the nature of this scent family, I was expecting Sex Bomb Solid Perfume to be one of the weaker-smelling variations. With some solid perfumes, the smell of the base waxes seep through into the actual fragrance, and it can often be rather off-putting for those who want to enjoy their favourite aromas.

Surprisingly, I found that although the fragrance was far subtler than the likes of Grass and Brightside Solid Perfumes, there was still enough strength present, that prevented me from being able to detect any of the castor oil or candelilla wax in the process. This was true both in the tub and while I was wearing it on my skin.

I believe it is the sweet, floral nature of the jasmine that enables this fragrance to work effectively in this format. From the initial sniff, you can make out the gentle nature of the jasmine - intertwined with the clary sage oil to bring you a slight earthy note, with a bitter twinge at the end. The ylang ylang adds its playful, slightly grassy floral layer; while the synthetic musk rounds all of the notes together with its sweet, almost chalky scent. 

While all of these ingredients make their presence known in this perfume, the overall fragrance is a very subtle one. In fact, this is probably one of Lush's most subtlest floral aromas to date. There is nothing offensive about this scent at all, and I cannot imagine anyone being opposed to it.

On the skin, the smell settles wonderfully and you lose that bitterness that you first detect in the tub. In addition, the musk comes through a little more through the warmth of your body, so it's a little sweeter than it initially seems in the tin. Unfortunately, due to the lightness of the smell, I found that this perfume didn't last much past an hour on my body, and it wasn't a fragrance that I could detect much, past pressing my nose to my wrists.

Having said that, I did find that the aroma was a little more present on the ends of my hair - where I massaged it into the tips to carry around with me throughout the day. When used in this way, the scent can still be detected a couple of hours after application, and this is probably how I'll continue to use this product from now on.

For those who love the Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, you'll really enjoy the smell in this format, as it is true to the original ballistic in almost every way. Although slightly less musky, this is due to the base waxes and oils only, and the fact that it's not made up of powdery substances that no doubt add to the aroma of the bath bomb.

While it's not a solid perfume that I would rave about, this is only because I am not very fond of the Sex Bomb scent overall. However, if you enjoy this fragrance, or gentle floral aromas in general, you will probably love this solid perfume and I would recommend that you try it out for yourself.

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Perfume (synthetic), Synthetic Musk, Ylang Ylang Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £9 for 12g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Bada Bing Bada Boom Shower Jelly
Sex Bomb Bath Bomb
Sex Bomb Body Lotion
Sex Bomb Solid Perfume

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