26 March 2017

Lush Destash 2017

Destash time! Please read everything below carefully - I WILL NOT be able to answer every question because I normally get a very high level of response with these things, so it's near on impossible for me to do so. It is not possible to leave a comment under this post so.... 

If you are interested in anything mentioned below, please post the list of items you'd like underneath my destash picture over on Instagram (@allthingslushuk) and I will contact you over the next 7 days to sort out payment.

DO NOT DM with offers as I will not be able to respond to those at all. I do ship internationally and I'll let you know shipping costs by using an online calculator. Boxes up to 2kg are normally priced at £19.70 for US buyers, so be aware of this before you request anything. 

If I do contact you, I would need you to pay by PayPal so that we're both protected and I will send you a tracking receipt once I have sent the parcel off. Prices are what I paid for the items with a few pence added on for PayPal fees etc... and it's a first come, first serve basis. 

A lot of the products for sale are not pictured hear so read my list carefully so you don't miss out on anything. 😉 Please be patient with me - I will have my work cut out to sell, wrap and post these goodies but rest assured I will take the upmost care to get your products sent to you asap. 

Shower gels: 

Ponche - £20
Yuzu - £10 (out of date)
Two Hearts Beating As One - £20
Twilight - £20
Bubbly - £20
Aura Suavis x 2 - £12
Calacas (out of date) - £8
Ol Blue Skies x2 - £12
Avoshower x 3 - £12
Uluru - £12
Celebrate - £18
Twilight x2 - £12 
Assassin x 2 - £12 
Blue Skies - £13
Lord Of Misrule - £4
Demon In The Dark - £12 
The Comforter x2 - £12
Sonic Death Monkey - £12
Butterball - £12
101 Salvations - £13
Snowcake - £12
Ginger - £12

Shower Jellies 
Calacas x3 - £5
G, F and B - £9
Happy Blooming - £9
Rose Jam - £9
Twilight - £9
Tramp - £9
American Pie - £9
Snowshowers - £5
Jungle - £9

Big Blue Body Conditioner - £20
Sultana Of Skin Body Conditioner - £20
Sleepy Body Lotion large - £13
Snow Fairy Body Conditioner - £20
Scrumptious Shower Smoothie - £13
Sleepy Body Lotion small - £5
Big Shampoo x2 - £4 each
Rehab - used a couple of times - £8
Staying Alive Perfume - £20
The President's Hat - £20 
Karma Dusting Powder - £9
Sleepy Massage Bar - £6
Black Magic Massage Bar - £6
Mr Sandman Dusting Powder - £6
Fever Massage Bar - £6
Reindeer And Robin Fun - £6
Elf On The Shelf Fun x2 - £6
Santa Fun x2 - £6
Funny Face Fun - £8
Snow Fairy FUN - £6
Sugar Plum Fairy Scrub - £6
Santa Baby Lip Tint - £6
Fairy Dusty Powder - £6
Mouthwash Tabs - £4 each
Eye Powders - Barely Used - £7 each.

250g+ Shooting For The Stars Soap - £7
250g+ Baked Alaska Soap - £7
240g Porridge Soap - £7
Scentenary Soap - £5
Hand Of Friendship Soap x3 - £5 
Love Soap - £5
Roses All The Way Soap - £5
Sunflower Soap - £5

Unused Gift sets:
Rudy Wrap - £6
Sprout Wrap - £5
Satsuma Wrap - £5
Reindeer Knot Wrap - £5
Butterbear Tin - £10
Super dad - £8
Jester - £15
Stardust - £20
Elf Gift Set - £15
Merry Xmas 2015 - £15
Merry xmas 2016 - £15
The Night Before Christmas - £10

Shoot For The Stars x4 - £4 each
Fox Bath Bomb x2 - £5 each
Lord Of Misrule x4 - £5
So White x 2 - £4 each 
Northern Lights x 4 - £4 each
World Piece x 2 - £5 each
Luxury Lush Pud - £4 each
Over And Over x2 - £4 each 
Abominaball x 2 - £5 each 
Holly Golightly Bubble Bar x 2 - £5 each
Bear Bath Bomb x4 - £5 each
Mistletoe x 4 - £4 each
Phoenix Rising - £4
Wizard Bubble Bar £4
Phuket x2 - £4 each
Never Mind The Ballistics x6 - £4 each 
Monsters Ball x3 - £4 each 
Christmas Penguin x2 £4 each
Melting Snowman Bath Melt x2 - £3 each
Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb x2 - £4 each
Starlight Star Bright Bath Melt - £4
Golden Wonder Bath Bomb - £4
Luxury Lush Pud - £4
Father Christmas - £3
Tennis Ball -£3
Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar x2 - £3 each

Empty Boxes: 
All empty boxes/tins are £5 each. Some are quite 'dirtied' inside from bath bombs but all are in good condition. A few have minor scruff marks but I'll happily take closer shots for you on request. 

Solid Perfumes
All will have been used once or twice but you'd barely notice. All are £9 each.

Sealed Product Icons Tote - £6
Sealed Intergalactic Tote - £6
Sealed Art Of Bathing Tote - £6
New Bathing Is Fundamental shirt size Medium - £10
New - Serving Bath time realness Hoodie - medium - £25
New - Fresher Than You Shirt - Medium - £10
New Medium The Experimenter White Shirt - £10
New Throwing Shades Hoodies - Size Medium - £20
New Botanic Tote Bag - £6
New #lushhaul Tote - £6
Sealed Lush Black tea towel 'Just Can't Oven' x2 - £6 each
New Throwing Shades Shirt - Small £10
New Bathing Is Fundamental Tote - £6
New Throwing Shades Tote - £6
Sonic Death Monkey tshirt - £10 - Medium
New Serving Bathtime realness Shirt - Small - £10 
Black Lush Life Bag (see above with Forum members on the back) - £4.
Christmas-style Tote Back - Bottom Picture - £6

All knot wraps are priced up at £4 or you can buy 3 for £10. These do not include:

The Paris Map - £10
The two extra large 'tie-dye- designs - £10 each
The extra large funky yellow one - £10

Thanks for looking!

22 March 2017

Sexxx Bomb Bath Bomb

Lush are known for their novel ideas - from the wash cards, shower jellies and solid mouthwash tabs, to the weirdly-shaped bubble bars and bath bombs that adorn their shelves in any given store. In almost all of the above cases, the purpose of the product far outweighs any alluring factor that an item may possess, and even when it's not a favourite you can still appreciate its worth. 

However, if there is one product that seems to serve no extra purpose aside from being a novelty factor, it is their ever-growing collection of enlarged bath bombs. Magnified in size as well as price, these limited editions often appeal to both collectors and avid lovers of a particular ballistic - holding no extra merits aside from a physical difference, and the fact that it warrants you having an incredible expensive session in the tub.  

The Sexxx Bomb Bomb is one of two extra large bath bombs to have come out in the Lush Kitchen recently, and the first to make its debut this year. As the name and design suggest, this enormous bath bomb is modelled on one of Lush's biggest selling products, the Sex Bomb. Coming in at nearly four times the size and weight of the regular ballistic, this is good value for money in that sense. However, using it as a one-off will definitely make it one of the biggest investments you might make this year, on a bath bomb alone. 

Containing a collaboration of jasmine and ylang ylang, this limited edition is as sweet as it is floral. This is definitely one for the jasmine fans as the flower's naturally uplifting and rather euphoric aroma makes itself known immediately - creating an intoxicating blend of fresh but fruity floral notes. The ylang ylang extends the floral smell further by adding in a little muskiness to dampen and ground the resinous properties of the jasmine

Finally, the clary sage oil deepens the smell with its musty, earthy undertones. It is this element that makes it such a sensual-smelling bath bomb, and the  ingredient that I think prevents the jasmine from being as narcotic and as heady as it normally is by itself. Sexxx Bomb is definitely as sexy and as sensual as it's older sister, and  

Surprisingly, before this bath bomb was added to water, it didn't appear to be any stronger in scent than the smaller version. In order to prevent any users from developing a reaction to the surplus ingredients in the tub, Lush have to dilute the ingredients in all of their bigger bath bombs. This is to ensure that they're not too heavy in the way of smell, and also to prevent any irritation on the skin that could be caused from the prolonged contact with an excess amount of oils.   

On the positive side, once this bath bomb had dissolved in the tub, I found that the aroma was the perfect level; not too strong that it stifled your senses in any way, yet not as weak as the original Sex Bomb, which underwhelmed me quite a bit when I tried it out for myself.

While the colour of the water remained a pastel pink colour, I did notice that the effect was far more prominent: the colour was more opaque and appeared to be thicker in consistency, and this helped me to appreciate the experience a little more. Furthermore, while I wouldn't say the effect of the bath bomb was anywhere near as nourishing as a bubble bar, it was definitely more softening and more moisturising than a regular bath bomb. My legs and arms developed a glean within minutes of submerging myself in the water, and I could feel the effects of this long after I had exited the tub.

Despite the fact that all of the magnified bath bombs that I have tried so far have been fast-fizzers, I really appreciated the effect that Sexxx Bomb created while it was dissolving. As it projected waves of gorgeous pink across the surface, the bath bomb also generated thousands of little air pockets, which floated across the water and created a stunning array of miniature patterned bubbles. I've never seen this happen with any of Lush's other bath bombs before, and this was a welcome sight to observe.

After exiting the bath nearly two hours later, I appreciated the fact that I could still smell the bath bomb on my skin, and I found that was able to detect it on my hair the following day as well. Furthermore, the fragrance lingered around for a good couple of hours in the bathroom, which was a welcome bonus for my flatmates and I.

Although I enjoyed using this bath bomb, and I am happy that I made the decision to purchase a couple of these when they were available, this wouldn't be one that I would be interested in buying again. As a novelty gift for a loved one, a special treat for an avid fan of the regular-sized Sex Bomb, or a one-off purchase for collectors who need to try everything once, this bath bomb works well, and offers users something a little different from the norm. However, its price tag does not justify this being used very often, and for that reason, I'll reserve my one remaining bomb for when a very special occasion arises.   

Quantitative Ingredients: 
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Sesquicarbonate, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Soya Milk, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Propylene Glycol, *Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Rice Paper Flower.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £10.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

20 March 2017

Karma Wash Card

Back when the flagship store on Oxford Street first opened, the 'Shower Sheet' was a brand new product that excited Lush fans around the world. For those not content with shower gels and shower jellies and shower smoothies and buttercreams, here was a brand new, innovative design that challenged the concept of 'normal showering' once again. 

Yet, after recognising their many merits, there was still a part of me that felt as if I wasn't getting as much value from a £13.95 sheet as I was for a similarly priced bottle. Therefore, once I had tried all of the sheets to review on my blog, I settled back into the routine of using my favourite gels and jellies once more.

However, after the Kiss Me Quick Business Card made an appearance earlier this year as part of the Valentine's Day range, I began to recognise other purposes that this format was able to offer, and I found a newfound appreciation of the product. So when Karma Wash Card was one of many new cards to showcase themselves at the Lush Summit event on February 8th, 2017, I was far more optimistic about picking myself up a handful.  
Firstly, the size of this card means that this will slip easily into a purse or a side pocket of a bag/suitcase - making it a great travelling companion that wont weigh you down. Due to this format not being able to create any unwanted spillages whatsoever, this solid rendition of a shower gel also guarantees to be leakage-free, and suitable to take on board a plane as part of your hand luggage.

Secondly, the lack of any active moisture means that the sheets are preservative free - meaning that they should have a much longer shelf life than their liquid counterparts. In addition, the lack of moisture means that they are far more densely packed with ingredients. For this reason, when used in the shower, the theory is that they'll be able to create much more of a lather from far less of the product because of this. Furthermore, they don't contribute to package waste in the slightest, making it far more environmentally friendly than their other shower counterparts.

Seeing the cards placed next to their perfume partner made me also realise that these are a great way of trying out a fragrance before you invest in a jul-size bottle. While £2 initially seems rather expensive for what roughly equates to about 6-10 showers worth of product, I feel as if this is worth doing rather than spending £30+ on a bottle of perfume that you realise you are not so keen on a few weeks later. 

While Karma Shower Gel and Karma Shower Jelly are both available fairly often in the Lush Kitchen, these are not products that are accessible to every Lush fan at any given moment. Once these cards make a permanent feature in stores, it'll mean that fans of certain fragrances will be able to have full time access to shower products in their favourite scents.

Sharing its scent with the popular Karma range, Karma Wash Card is exactly what you'd expect. Probably being closest in smell to the shower jelly format, this patchouli, pine, lemongrass and orange-scented aroma is beautiful in every way.

Karma is an ambient fragrance reminiscent of the sixties. Spicy orange oil is definitely the heart and soul of this fragrance - with warm, earthy and slightly spicy hints of patchouli to compliment the main scent. An occasional burst of lavender gives it a herbal touch and pine oil seals the deal, making this a multi-layered festivity of smells. The scent is both sweet and citrusy, and reminds me of those old-fashioned cola bottle sweets you used to get when you were little; or summer days where the smell of burning incense can be found wafting out of shop windows.   

What is great about this wash card is that it can also be used as a shampoo, which helps to lighten your load even more when you're travelling. Having only tried this out once, I can honestly say that it left my hair feeling silky-smooth and incredibly clean - not to mention the fact that the scent radiated from my locks for hours afterwards. 
While it lathered up quickly, and was equally as generous as a regular shower gel in terms of the amount of 'foam' it produced, I was a little disappointed to discover that the sheet near-on disintegrated when coming into contact with the running water. This is definitely not a product you should use in one go. Instead, to get the most out of it, I would recommend that you break off a small piece (1cm), add a little water away from the direct flow of the shower, and then massage it across your skin in a circular motion. 

The wash card produces a light, fluffy and very fragrant lather, and you can easily clean your entire body with the recommended size piece. In that sense it is equally as effective, if not more so than the shower gel variation, and works as a great top up for those who love the scent but don't have the privilege of owning the shower gel or jelly.  

As a gift, or as a product to store for future travel plans, this is a lovely limited edition to invest in. Although I won't be replacing my shower gels anytime soon, this business card has definitely sparked my interest in the shower sheets a little more, and I would definitely consider carrying these with me on trips rather than storing the usual bottle of gel. While a part of me considers £2 to be a little expensive for the size of the item, I can also see how its price tag makes it easily accessible for those on a budget, and who perhaps don't wish to invest the amount it costs for a full-sized version.

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.