Kitsune Bath Bomb from Lush

Kitsune Bath Bomb

The Kitsune Bath Bomb was 1 of the 6 Lush Japan, exclusive bath bombs that were available to purchase in very limited amounts at the 2018 Lush Showcase; Each of the 6 bath bombs were sold for one hour only over the 2 day event.

Fortunately, Kitsune is now readily available online and in Lush stores that have chosen to stock it as a part of the 30 years-of-bath-bombs celebrations. For anyone out of the loop, thirty years ago the bath bomb was invented by Mrs Lush (AKA Mo Constantine) in her garden shed. A very happy 30th birthday to the bath bomb!

Containing Sicilian red Mandarin, patchouli and benzoin resinoid the Kitsune bath bomb has many great qualities. Its scent is packed full of energy, I’d describe it as a warmer version of the Avobath bath bomb. It seems to have the same citrus-punch as the aforementioned bath bomb it however has a much warmer fragrance-layer because of the benzoin resinoid.

This makes it a great bath bomb to use if you are like me and live with chronic pain, the benzoin resinoid mixed with the patchouli stimulates your blood flow which helps you wind down and relax, relieving any tired and achy muscles as you lay back and enjoy Kitsune’s waters.

When I first see the Kitsune bath bomb piled high at the 2018 Lush Showcase I thought it was a sea shell design, I was getting beach and mermaid vibes and it had me so, so excited. I was however wrong; Flip the Kitsune bath bomb the other way and it is actually a foxes head.

May I add without eyes – which isn’t a bad thing as I do find myself getting attached to all of the Lush products with eyes… Not ideal when you’re all waiting for a review!

I now know after 10 or so minutes of research, that ‘Kitsune’ is the Japanese word for Fox. The Kitsune in particular is a mythical, 9 tailed fox that commonly features in Japanese folklore. As soon as I realised the 2 pointy bits on the bomb were in fact fox ears I couldn’t wait to see how it performed in the bath.

As soon as the Kitsune bath bomb touches the water an explosion of foam bursts out of it. Shimmery gold, pastel reds, oranges and yellows erupts from within. Next, the Kitsune bath bombs magic truly begins. As most bath bombs do, Kitsune bobs around the waters surface slowly spinning. The photo below does this bath bomb no justice at all, you really have to try it to appreciate how much of a performance it puts on.

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As Kitsune spins in the water, gold and pastel yellow lines seem to appear, this is what Lush meant when they described Kitsune as a ‘shapeshifter’ (something the Kitsune from Japanese folklore can do.)

The magic of a Kitsune fox is displayed so cleverly in this bath bomb, I always say that the Lava Lamp bath bomb is the cleverest bath bomb design and concept but Kitsune is just as good! Who knew that a bath bomb could tell you a story and so vividly?

As Kitsune is quite the fast fizzer you don’t have to wait very long for its spectacular show to be over allowing you to lay back and relax in its even more spectacular waters. The Kitsune bath bomb leaves your skin silky smooth with a tiny splash of beautiful, natural shimmer.

The Lush website claims that you’ll rise out of a Kitsune bath ‘wiser and clearer of mind’  and I really, really believe that you do. Its scent is so zingy and warming and can still be detected on your skin hours and hours after using it. It’s a very hydrating bath bomb too. I’d love to see this scent feature in other product formats in the future.

Overall I would say that Kitsune was my favourite of the Showcase 2018 Japan exclusives. Lush were kind enough to send me one out as a random act of kindness earlier this week and I cannot wait to share another bath with it. Maybe I’ll get better photos of the Kitsune ‘shape shifting’ the next time I use it, watch this space! 👀



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Rumba Shower Jelly from Lush

Rumba Shower Jelly

At the time of writing this review, the Rumba Shower Jelly is a Lush product that is exclusively available only at Lush’s brand new, flagship-super-store in Liverpool, England. Sharing its scent with my all time favourite Lush product the So White bath bomb(the 2016 version with coloured insides being my favourite version) I almost screamed the shop down with excitement after just one sniff.

Yes, we do already get a So White scented shower jelly that never fails to be released year in year out for Lush’s Winter collection the Santa’s Belly shower jelly but Rumba seems to be a much sturdier jelly, plus I love its bright and bold colour.

Rumba is a beautiful shade of green, on its scent, colour and almost indestructible structure (in jelly terms) alone I was left very impressed before I’d even given it a proper go in the shower.

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Rumba contains apple juice, bergamot, neroli and orange oil. Scent wise Rumba smells just like freshly, sliced apple pieces. It’s a real fairytale fragrance, something that inspired the name of the body lotion that shares Rumbas scent the Once Upon A Time body lotion.

There are so many ways to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. This method is definitely best if you were planning on sharing the jelly (something I never do! 😉)

Most shower jellies I find are fairly robust. There are others such as the Ghost shower jelly that do not last well through use when left as a whole. Rumba is however one of the most robust shower jellies I have used to date. Something I have found is a running trait amongst the jellies that are exclusive to the Liverpool Lush store.

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Rumba lathers up quickly and easily, as you work it over your body the steam of the hot water really helps carry its crisp-apple-fragrance around your bathroom. People have asked me if Rumba is as good as the So White shower gel and I have to say it is actually better. As much as I love the So White shower gel and the Santa’s Belly shower jelly, after using Rumba it’s made me realise I prefer the thicker shower gels and/or the sturdier shower jellies.

I have used Rumba several times now and it’s not showing any signs of wear and tear at all, this is something that has really impressed me, with it being such an exclusive product it makes me feel a lot better about using it so frequently, I don’t have to ration it!

After getting out of the shower, the Rumba shower jellies scent lasts for a good few hours on your skin, it isn’t hugely moisturising but a quick splash of Once Upon A Time body lotion (as mentioned earlier it shares the So White scent) sorts out any dryness left without masking its scent with another Lush scent family.



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Cookie Dough Lip Scrub from Lush

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At the time of writing this review the Cookie Dough Lip Scrub is exclusively only available from the flagship Lush store in Liverpool, UK. There are rumours that it may however be a part of April’s Lush Labs release. I have my fingers crossed that it will be available as I know plenty of people that would like to get their hands on a pot or 2.

The main ingredient in all of Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a basic and natural formula can do such a good job. I use lip scrubs every other day so I am always very happy when Lush release brand new ones for me to try; With Cookie Dough being super-duper-exclusive too, it left me wanting to try it even more!

I have said it before and I will say it again, Lush’s lip scrubs are so underrated. Using them requires the minimum of effort AND they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel their best. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips.

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Exfoliating your lips has so many benefits, it improves the texture and lifts any build up of dead skin that may still be hanging around. Once you have tried a Lush lip scrub, you won’t be able to wear lipstick without using a Lush lip scrub beforehand ever again.

Cookie Dough was one of the first products that I picked up on the opening day of the new flagship super store in Liverpool. Piled high on a wooden-display-barrel they were just sat there screaming to be purchased, ‘BUY ME, BUY ME, BUY ME!’ so I did just that.

Ingredients wise Cookie Dough lip scrub contains bundles of caster sugar, jojoba, shea butter, sea salt and vanilla absolute. I’m not a huge fan of super sweet scents/flavours, Cookie Dough is however very pleasant and makes the likes of the Bubblegum lip scrub smell seem sickly-sweet.

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Consistency wise the Cookie Dough lip scrub isn’t as chunky as previously released lip scrubs. It actually has a really soft, almost sand like texture. At first I thought this would mean the lip scrub wouldn’t be as exfoliating as other lip scrubs such as Eve’s Cherry and Cranberry Fizz. I however found that Cookie Doughs less-coarse formula actually worked just as well, if not better for lip exfoliation.

I would recommend Cookie Dough to anyone who thought the older lip scrubs were a little harsh for them. Where the consistency isn’t as thick in Cookie Dough a little amount of the lip scrub goes a very long way, I would however recommend using a lip balm after using it just because it can be a little drying without (which is the complete opposite of what you want out of a lip scrub.) a quick coat of lip balm after using Cookie Dough will help keep your lips moisturised, soft and smooth.

Overall I am very impressed with the Cookie Dough lip scrub, it isn’t my favourite lip scrub, I don’t think anything will ever over take my favourites place (the Eve’s Cherry lip scrub) but it does an amazing job and makes for a nice change from using the others! 😊



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NEW Groovy Kind of Love Bath Bomb from Lush

Groovy Kind of Love 2019 Bath Bomb

Lush love to confuse us but I’m going to attempt to unscramble the ‘Groovy’ confusion…  You may recognise the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb from the Lush Summit event from a few years back.

The following year Lush decided to bring that Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb back but under a different name, All You Need is Love (and Peace). With the opening of the Harajuku store in Japan last year, we have however been presented with yet another rendition of this colourful bath bomb. It’s now back to its original name BUT has a brand new scent.

I haven’t got both products in front of me to compare as the latter was discontinued some time ago BUT the new Groovy Kind of Love bath bombs scent is supposedly similar, if not the same as the Pink Flamingo reusable bubble bar.

While I remember the Pink Flamingo having a fruity and oh-so-moreish scent, I don’t remember it being quite as good as the latest (and which I hope is the last) version of the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb. Containing rosewood, bergamot and ylang ylang, chucking a Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb into your bath is said to be the perfect way of filling your bath tub with peace, love and positivity.

What first attracted me to the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb was its beautiful, rainbow of colours. Piled high in the Lush Liverpool store last week, I couldn’t resist picking 2 up. There’s just something about rainbows and bright colours that cannot be ignored.

As soon as the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb hits the water an explosion of colour fizzles out of it. I have to point out that although some people are disappointed with the bath bombs scent change, I believe the new fragrance suits it much better. It’s light, fruity and happy!

Another thing I have noticed about the newer bath bomb is the strength and boldness of its colours. The newest version of this bath bombs colours don’t wash each other out in the same way as the older versions did. I wasn’t expecting bath art nearly as good as this and couldn’t stop taking photographs.

The fruity bergamot scent of Groovy Kind of Love fills your bathroom as the bath bomb slowly dances around, I was completely mesmerised by both the scent and the pretty patterns it created.

Once fully dissolved the bath water is left a dark shade of orange, I am glad it didn’t turn the water a slushy grey like the The Experimenter bath bomb does. Often when so many colours feature in one product, the end result is quite dark, unrecognisable bath water. I always refer to it as an artists paint pallet after a long day of painting.

The orange water is also gloriously soft to touch, its scent and how it feels on my skin makes me think that this bath bomb is perfect for this time of year. Its scent has a gentle zestiness to it that stays on your skin for a good few hours after you’ve got out of the bath too.

Overall I think this is the best version of Groovy Kind of Love that Lush have created. I hope they never change it again as I’m sure I will soon grow tired of reviewing it, this blog post is post number 3 after all…

I definitely recommend giving the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb a go, it has so much charm and the bath art it creates is incredible!



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Magma Bath Bomb from Lush

Magma Bath Bomb

The Magma Bath Bomb is one of the first products I grabbed when I visited Lush Liverpool on its opening day last month.

Originally it was an exclusive to the Lush Harajuku store in Japan but because it’s 30 years since the bath bomb was invented by Lush’s very own Mo Constantine, Lush have put all of the Harajuku exclusive bath bombs up online making them available to purchase everywhere.

Magma shares its scent with the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar which happens to be one of my favourites. Using it helps ease the back and rib pain that I suffer with due to my medical conditions.

Containing cinnamon, ginger and peppermint oil, Magma also shares most of the same ingredients as the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar.

Cinnamon and ginger are the perfect ingredients for warming up tired aching muscles as they stimulate your blood circulation melting all muscle tension away. Mixed in with the peppermint the Magma bath bomb is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to deep muscle relaxation.

Magma’s scent is quite the acquired taste, if you favour the spicier Lush scents such as those found in the Hot Toddy shower gel and Christmas Sweater bath bomb then you will most likely really enjoy the Magma bath bomb. It’s a very warm scent, so much so it almost tickles my nose.

Designed to look like a burning ball of lava the Magma bath bomb is quite unique to anything Lush have ever released before. Its orange shell has cracks in showing its yellow and gold interior, imitating flowing lava.

As soon as the Magma bath bomb hits the water a burst of thick orange foam spills out of it, slowly the orange foam thins out and yellow and paler orange streaks appear from it too.

What I wasn’t expecting from Magma was the amazing bath art it created; With it being such a slow fizzer I couldn’t help but enjoy the show it put on.

The scent of the Magma bath bomb lasts throughout the whole bath. There’s nothing quite like sinking yourself into the Magma bath bombs waters, it’s like an all over massage.

As I mentioned earlier, when soaking in its waters you can literally feel the tension of the day vacating your body.

I was very happy to find that the Magma bath bombs scent also stayed on my skin long after I got out of the bath. Getting little whiffs of its scent throughout the rest of the day really helps drag out the relaxation side of this product.

The Magma bath bomb is a firm favourite for me, so much so that at the time of writing this review I already had 2 more ordered. The dark orange bath water it leaves you with is super soft too. It leaves my skin soothed, brighter and refreshed.

If you suffer with chronic pain or do a job that is physically demanding then I highly recommend trying this bath bomb. It took me a little while to get used to the ‘Wiccy Magic’ scent but now whenever I get a whiff of it I feel myself instantly relax.

Its warming effects lasts even once out of the bath and its because of this that I value the product so very much. The beautiful bath art it creates is just a very much appreciated added bonus. Great job Lush!



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