Orangutan Soap from Lush

Orangutan Soap

Whether you are or aren’t a fan of Lush, the one thing you can’t fault them for is the amount of charity work that they do. It’s so refreshing to see a company that doesn’t solely obsess over making profit just for themselves. Lush’s most recent charity-product is the Orangutan Soap. All proceeds (minus VAT) made on the sales of these soaps are going towards the Sumatran Orangutan Society. Their aim is to buy 50 hectares of old Indonesian palm plantation so that they can restore the land back into native forest. This will give the Orangutans a much needed extension on their dwindling home and habitat.

Currently there are only 14,600 wild orangutans left in Sumatra, the decline in forest space is slowly but surely working towards making the orangutan in Sumatra extinct. To help raise the money for this product Lush have made 14,600 orangutan shaped soaps to sell, this means that each soap made represents one of the remaining Sumatran orangutans. This  really hit home for me, it made me realise just how close we are getting to losing the Sumatran Orangutans forever.

The first thing I noticed about the Orangutan soap was its intricate design. It truly is a work of art, the attention Lush have given just on its detail alone is more than impressive. It resembles an orangutan so accurately, it even has delicate lines all over it to represent the orangutans fur. Lush have almost made the orangutan shaped soap too pretty to use, I bitterly regret not ordering 2 for myself now. One to use and one to leave on display.

The Orangutan soap contains patchouli and orange oil giving it a musky and smoky scent with a layer of orange sweetness. In some ways it reminds me of the Supertramp and Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar. The patchouli is definitely the most dominant ingredient within it, there is however just enough orange and coconut oil in it to soften the strength of the patchouli slightly.

When using the Orangutan soap I was surprised at how quickly it created a workable lather. Although the soap has quite a strong scent, after using it its scent doesn’t remain on your skin for very long. It is however more moisturising on your skin than I had expected, the addition of coconut oil has made a real difference to how the soap feels on the skin. I wouldn’t say the soaps scent was a favourite of mine but it isn’t at all unpleasant, I can imagine it working very well with the Lord of Misrule bath bomb. That isn’t a cocktail I could try myself though as that bath bomb triggers my migraines. If anyone does try the two together, I’d really love to hear your thoughts on the pairing.

Overall I really do like this soap, the scent doesn’t blow me away but it’s perfectly sculptured design does. A lot of time and effort was clearly put into the making of this product, I hope that the Sumatran Orangutan Society benefits from the sale of this soap even more than they had hoped.



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So White Body Spray from Lush

So White Body SprayThe So White Body Spray is currently an exclusive Lush product that can only be purchased through the Lush Kitchen online. If you have been thinking of getting a bottle I suggest placing your order sooner rather than later, they have proven very popular and even though the Lush Kitchen are making much bigger batches now, I can’t see them being around for very much longer. The So White body spray shares its scent with Santa’s Belly shower jelly, Once Upon A Time body lotion and of course the So White bath bomb and shower gel.

This deliciously-crisp, apple scented body spray is the perfect product to spritz yourself with to leave you feeling instantly refreshed, its scent is uplifting and gives you the boost of all boosts to help start your day with a clear state of mind. I can never resist its scent, there’s just something about it that makes me think of a far away, fairytale kingdom. Smelling just like a princess has never been so easy!

To use all you have to do is squirt the So White body spray over your body or clothes. Just 1 or 2 squirts is all you need, I’m amazed that such a small amount leaves you smelling absolutely gorgeous all day long. Now that I own a few, I can understand why so many people favour the body sprays over the perfumes. They have the same level of strength (scent-wise) and you get so much more for your money with them too.

As I said above, only one or two spritz of the So White body spray is needed to get the most out of it and its scent really does stay with you for the whole day. Upon the very first spritz I immediately ordered another bottle of it, it was still available and I thought, why not? I never, ever want to be without this beautiful, fairytale-dream-scented body spray. I am gutted that it was released after my wedding as it would have been the perfect scent for our special day. Not that my wedding wasn’t amazing but smelling just like a princess would have made the day glisten instead of just shine!

I honestly don’t know why Lush didn’t create more body sprays long before now as they really are such wonderful products. They are so cost effective and last for so much longer than any other Lush product ever has before. In my review of the Twilight body spray I said that it was the best body spray I had ever tried, well… Move over Twilight, So White is in the house.

I am so pleased that the Lush Kitchen expanded upon the line of products with the So White scent, I have been a huge fan of the scent family ever since using my very first So White scented Lush product, the original So White bath bomb. Apple scents aren’t a common ingredient in Lush products, the only other product with a hint of apple in that springs to mind right now is the Fizzbanger bath bomb. Fizzbanger smells just like hot, apple pie, it’s yet another Lush-applesque-scent that I adore, Fruity apple scents must be in demand though as Lush also do a Fizzbanger scented body spray called the Love body spray… Here’s hoping even more So White scented products get invented. I have my eyes peeled for that So White solid perfume that the Lush Kitchen promised us!



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Christingle Naked Body Conditioner from Lush

Christingle Naked Body Conditioner

As you may be aware Lush are currently inventing, making and selling ‘naked’ Lush products. For people not in the know, naked products are products that are completely packageless. This years winter line includes several brand new ‘naked’ products, I was intrigued with the Christingle Naked Body Conditioner as it’s potted equivalent (Christingle Body Conditioner) is one of my favourite products, in the summer anyway…

To quickly round up on what a body conditioner is, they are basically body lotions that can be used in the bath/shower. They are perfect if you’re lazy (like me) and can never be bothered to moisturise after getting out of the bath/shower.

To use them, all you need to do is work them into your skin just as you would a bar of soap. After massaging it into your body you are then meant to gently rinse yourself off followed by you then patting yourself dry with a towel. I advise that you do not go crazy with the rinsing off, leaving a small amount of it on is the same as leaving a body lotion on. When I have used just enough of it to do my whole body, I find it soaks into your skin very quickly leaving it looking and feeling healthy, hydrated and luxurious.

Christingle shares its scent with the most refreshing Lush bubble bar I have used to date, One Eskimo bubble bar. If you’ve never experienced Christingle before you’re probably wondering why I said that it is one of my favourite products to use but only in the summer. The Christingle body conditioner is the polar opposite of this years brand new Buck’s Fizz body conditioner, Buck’s Fizz has a boozy, citrus-fruit kick that leaves you feeling warm, content and snug as a bug. Where as the Christingle body conditioner leaves you feeling quite the opposite.

Packed with peppermint, spearmint and grapefruit oil Christingle awakens your senses and then some. The reason I only use it in the summer time is because it makes you feel so cold. Sometimes it is the only thing that can wake me up in the morning but because of my medical conditions I find it very difficult to regulate my own body temperature, when I get cold I am basically part snowflake. Reverse the situation to too hot and I’m basically part sun.

Luckily I went on a winter-sun-seeking holiday back in October and brought some of this naked body conditioner along. It was actually my honeymoon so we went all out to relax in the beautiful warm sunshine. The Christingle naked body conditioner was a life saver out there, it was so nice to come back to the honeymoon suite and be able to cool down and moisturise my skin all at the same time. Naturally when you are in the sun your skin needs some extra hydration and Christingle does the perfect job.

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Apart from the obvious there really isn’t much difference between the potted and naked Christingle body conditioners.  Just like the potted Christingle the naked Christingle goes a long way. I admit that storing the naked body conditioners is a little difficult due to it being packageless. It not being in a pot does however have its practical as well as ethical advantages too. Especially if you’re like me and have bad hands (therefore not being able to open lids easily).

To store my naked body conditioners, I keep them in an open Lush tin, left out of the water stream (if used in the shower) I find keeping it perched in one of the tins is the best way to make it last, letting it dry in between uses is key to making sure you get the most you can out of it.

Overall I am very impressed with this product, I’m still not quite sold on all of the naked products but I can see where Lush are trying to take the cosmetic industry, my only fear is that in the future they scrap potted products completely. I like that we currently have the choice of either the potted or naked products, storage wise the naked products can be a little awkward but I guess this means I am more likely to use it all, so often product gets forgotten about in a pot at the back of the cupboard.



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Christmas Eve Bubble Bar from Lush

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

Although the Christmas Eve Bubble Bar is a golden-oldie-Lush-product, I had never had the pleasure of trying it up until Lush made it a mainline bubble bar as a part their winter 2017 line. Much like the So White and Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, the Christmas Eve bubble bar has received a bit of a facelift since its original debut. Unfortunately I haven’t got a photograph of what it used to look like as, as I said earlier this bubble bar is a first for me! It is quite rare for an ‘old’ Lush product to be new to me so I was very excited when I first see a big pile of the Christmas Eve bubble bars…

The Christmas Eve bubble bar shares its scent with the Northern Lights bath bomb which happens to be one of my all time favourites as well as another product that received a facelift just last year, (2016). I was incredibly sad to see that the Northern Lights bath bomb hadn’t been included in the winter 2017 line, the inclusion of the Christmas Eve bubble bar has however made it a little easier to be without.

Being honest as always I was a little taken aback at the size of the Christmas Eve bubble bar. I think I have however been spoilt with the likes of The Comforter and Brightside bubble bars, both are huge and once you’ve had them that big it is only natural to be disappointed when presented with a product that is so much smaller. With it being only £1 less than the giant bubble bars too, I can see why some people have been put off of buying it.

Although the Christmas Eve bubble bar is small, it does pack some power. I can get 2 very generously bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar. One half of the bubble bar creates a copious amounts of fluffy white bubbles, whilst also turning your bath water into the most beautiful, silky-soft, light shade of blue.

In my personal opinion the scent of the Christmas Eve bubble bar is not particularly strong, those that are new to its scent may however say that it is, this is because the Northern Lights scent really is out-of-this-world unique. After reading its ingredients list you’d be forgiven for guessing that the Christmas Eve bubble bar would smell very similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although jasmine absolute is definitely in both Sakura and Christmas Eve, they really don’t have that much in common when it comes down to scent. I have heard many people refer to the Northern Lights scent as a lot like laundry detergent, I can see what they mean as its scent is so fresh and crisp.

As for its effect on your skin, I much prefer the bubble bar to the Northern Lights bath bomb. Its scent not only stays with you for the best part of the day but also leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is something that the bath bomb didn’t do for my skin so I was of course very happy to discover this. Overall I am very impressed with this bubble bar, the only thing that lets it down is its price, for its size I would expect it to be closer in price to the Lush bubbleroons. It however has the best, freshest and 100% ethically sourced ingredients so it will always be slightly high in price.



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Twilight Body Spray from Lush

Twilight Body SprayAt the Lush Summit back in February 2017 Lush revealed several brand new body sprays. Some were available to buy whilst others were prototypes that weren’t quite ready for release. Today I am reviewing the Twilight Body Spray, it shares its scent with Lush’s Sleepy body lotionLuxury Lush Pud bath bomb, Mr Sandman dusting powder and most obviously the shed load of other products that go by the same name.

Twilight body spray is rich with lavender and tonka-absolute making it the perfect product to help you relax and unwind. Be that at the end of a long, hard day or first thing in the morning to help yourself remain cool, calm and collected for the day ahead.

To use all you have to do is squirt the Twilight body spray over your body or clothes. Just 1 or 2 squirts is all you need, I’m amazed that such a small amount leaves you smelling absolutely gorgeous all day long. I can understand why so many people like the body sprays more than the perfumes. They have the same level of strength (scent-wise) and you get so much more for your money.

The Twilight body sprays fragrance is fairly gentle and not too in your face. It has a very soft-lavender tone to it, mixed in with the lavender is also a dash of tonka absolute. The inclusion of tonka adds a sweet and almost musky layer to its scent, it’s one of the most soothing, mind-clearing and calming fragrances that Lush have created to date.

I use the Twilight body spray 3 maybe 4 times a week and have been doing so since march/april this year and it’s still going strong. As I said above, only one or two spritz of the Twilight body spray is needed to get the most out of it and its scent really does stay with you for the whole day.

I have promised myself that I will buy another bottle just before my current one is finished, that way I’ll never be without… I honestly don’t know why Lush didn’t create body sprays long before now as they really are such wonderful products. The Twilight body spray is cost effective, smells exactly the same as the much loved Twilight bath bomb and has lasted me so much longer than any other Lush product ever has before. Without a doubt the Twilight body spray is in my opinion the best body spray I’ve ever owned.



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My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar from Lush

My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar

The My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar from Lush took me by complete surprise, it just looks so different from anything Lush have ever released before. I don’t like to use the word ‘ugly’ but it was the first word that popped into my head when I very first lay eyes on My Two Front Teeth. What I really meant (in my head) was that it didn’t have the same aww factor as previously released Winter bubble bars such as Snowie, Peeping Santa and the, The Christmas Penguin.

Compared to the bubble bars mentioned above, it’s fair to say that the My Two Front Teeth bubble bar is rather unsightly. I however never judge a book by its cover and can appreciate that not every Lush product has to have the cute and beautiful factor. Some may very well impress you in other ways, be that with its scent colours or even bubble-producing-power, the possibilities are endless when it comes down to Lush bubble bars.

Putting its garish appearance to one side what I also noticed when I first see the My Two Front Teeth bubble bar was how big it was, ​​ever so slightly smaller in size to the Plum Snow bubble bar (which is notoriously large) you get a huge amount of product for your money. Its cheaper than I expected price was also a very pleasant surprise. After all, everyone is pleased when they get more for their money.

The My Two Front Teeth bubble bar was rumoured to be Twilight scented. Although the Twilight scent much like the Snow Fairy scent is ‘done to death’ this time of year, I was a little deflated when I learnt the truth, My Two Front Teeth actually shares its scent with 2 other brand new, newly released products from this year, the new Think Pink bath bomb and Pink Custard shower jelly.

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The Think Pink scent isn’t one of my favourites, hence this being a product I left at the bottom of the pile while I tried all of the other new Winter stuff first. Once I did however get round to using it I was blown away with how much I enjoyed using it, I actually stayed in the bath for a good hour on first use!

The My Two Front Teeth bubble bar crumbles up easily, a little of it also goes a very long way. Not only is My Two Front Teeth cheap in comparison to other bubble bars but also fantastic value for money! The smallest amount creates bright pink water topped with a thick canopy of fluffy white bubbles.

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A soak in a My Two Front Teeth bubble bath leaves your skin as soft as silk, its scent doesn’t hang around on your skin for very long but it is present throughout the whole of your bath. I didn’t think I’d like this bubble bar as much as I do, I love it when a Lush product takes me by surprise like this, it is why I always try a product at least once.

Now, all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth! 😉

The Lush bubble bars from this years Winter range are one of the best line ups they’ve had yet, we have been well and truly spoilt for choice this Winter.



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Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar from Lush

Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar

This year Lush have decided to change the cosmetics world forever by creating and releasing packageless ‘naked’ products. Yes, they already do bubble bars instead of liquid bubble bath etc but this year they’ve taken things even further, products that you’d never even consider as being without a plastic bottle or glass tub now actually exist. They’ve given us naked shower gels, naked body lotions and even naked lip scrubs too…

The word that is currently on everyone within the Lush communities lips is, NAKED. Although  the Lush community appear to be somewhat divided on whether they are for or against the ‘naked’ products, I always like to give everything a try at least once.

Today I’d like to introduce you all to the Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar. As a part of Lush’s 2017 Christmas range, Lush have released 2 sparkle jars, the Twilight sparkle jar and the Snow Fairy one. Lush sparkle jars are hollow massage bars that have dusting powder in. Gone are the plastic bottles of dusting powder, what we now have instead is a massage-bar dusting-powder-shaker instead.

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The sparkle jars are designed to be used as you would a salt and pepper pot, both have 2 sealed holes in, the idea behind it is that you poke the holes through once the product is with you and ready to use.

The Snow Fairy sparkle jar contains the best selling Fairy Dust dusting powder, once you have pierced both holes it is ready to use. To use the Snow Fairy sparkle jar, I gently rub the massage-bar-jar on where I am going to put the dust – obviously you have to keep the jar a certain way up so that you don’t lose any of the powder by accident.

This does make things a little difficult but not enough to make me disregard the product completely. With the recent discontinuation of so many of Lush’s massage bars I was ecstatic to hear of this wonderful new invention and wanted to give it a good try before I made up my mind on it.

When I refer to The Snow Fairy sparkle jar as a massage bar I don’t want to mislead you completely. The sparkle jar isn’t quite as soft or workable as an actual Lush massage bar, they are more robust and solid like the naked shower gels. They do not melt nearly as quickly in your hands and aren’t at all suitable if you are looking to use it for a deep tissue massage, I imagine the pressure required for a deep tissue massage would break the sparkle jar, spreading its dusting powder guts everywhere, (which no one wants!)

Regardless of this I am still a huge fan of the sparkle jars. Once you have finished rubbing the massage-bar-jar in to your skin, all that is left to do is sprinkle the powder out of it, lightly dusting your skin.

Using it as a gentle massage bar before applying the dusting powder leaves you with a subtle sparkly sheen while also adding an extra layer of fragrance to your skin too. After applying it, my skin is not only fragranced with the Snow Fairy scent but is also smooth to the touch. It makes your skin feel silky soft and works wonders in areas of your body that are prone to sometimes get excessively sweaty such as under your boobs, armpits etc.

Although it’s not an antiperspirant it does help keep sweat away for a little longer than when you go without. Overall I am really impressed with this new Lush invention and am eager for others to come out too, A First Snow one would be a Lush dream come true!



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