Sleepy Dust Dusting Powder from Lush

After the unbelievable success of Lush’s Sleepy body lotion, Sleepy scented products have slowly been making an appearance in all sorts of different product-formats. This review is about the brand new limited-edition, Sleepy Dust Dusting Powder. Sleepy Dust is a part of this years (2019) Winter collection and what a collection it is!

My first experience with the Sleepy scent was actually through the Twilight bath bomb a very long time ago. It was the first Lush scent family that I became familiar with and after just one use of the bath bomb I wanted every product available in its same scent. Back then all I could however get hold of that shared its scent was the Twilight shower gel and that was only available in a gift set!

Luckily Lush realised that the world needed more Sleepy and several more Twilight/Sleepy scented products were released; My favourite so far being the Sleepy shower gel.

Dusting Powders are used in the same way as you would talcum powder, I often add a little bit just on my arms and legs as it leaves your skin feeling silky soft. I also find it very helpful for under boob sweat when we are experiencing warmer weather (or on the very rare occasion that I exercise voluntarily… 😂)

Containing lavender, tonka and ylang ylang, Sleepy Dust is overflowing with some of the world’s most soothing, natural ingredients. Also containing kaolin and oat kernel oil it’s perfect for mattfying skin while also helping it to retain moisture. There isn’t anything else quite like its calming and relaxingly-warm lavender fragrance.

I know a lot of people associate anything lavender with ‘old ladies’, Sleepy Dust’s fragrance is however a scent that is popular to those of all ages, before I discovered Lush I didn’t think it was even possible to have a lavender fragrance that I’d actually enjoy as much as I do Sleepy.

It wasn’t until I tried a dusting powder that I realised how useful they were. A quick dusting on my chest, underarms and thighs really do make getting through the day that little bit easier.

I love how fragranced Sleepy Dust is too, its gentle lavender scent stays with you long after using it. I do of course prefer to use Sleepy at the end of the day, after a bath and just before bed for obvious reasons. I am always super happy when Lush bring out a new dusting powder as using the same ones day in, day out can get a little boring.

Sleepy Dust is very much like an old Winter dusting powder from a previous Lush Winter line, the Mr Sandman dusting powder. While both are Twilight/Sleepy scented I have found the Sleepy dusting powder to be better suited to my skin because of the oat kernel oil. Also, Sleepy doesn’t have nearly as much lustre as Mr Sandman does. So little that I in fact cannot even see it. This for some will also a bonus. Overall I really like Sleepy dusting powder. It’s a very welcome addition to my dusting powder collection!



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Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar from Lush

 

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble BarWhen I first heard about the release of the Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar I was super happy as it shares its scent with the Yog Nog bath bomb. Lush’s Yog Nog scent is a classic Christmas fragrance that is perfect for the festive period.

The Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar is brand new to Lush this year and smells just like warm, gooey cinder toffee. Packed with warming cinnamon and nutmeg powders, it’s the perfect amounts of both sweet and spicy.

Designed and made in the same way as a Battenberg cake the Yog Nog Yule Log looks good enough to eat. Disclaimer, do not eat it, it’s a bath product. I just thought it was best that I clarify this as I wouldn’t want to mislead anyone. (it really does smell and look irresistibly delicious though…)

I managed to get 3 very well bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Yog Nog Yule Log bar. I could have probably stretched it out to more than 3 baths but I’m a greedy guts.

To use bubble bars like the Yog Nog Yule Log I either crumble, or break it up then stick it in a sieve and let the running bath-water trickle over it. I find this the most effective way to use the single use bubble bars, nothing gets wasted – making it the best way to maximise their true bubble potential.

Yog Nog Yule Logs scent remains just as delicious as it did at the start of your bath, right up until the last bit goes down the drain after pulling the plug. I found that this bubble bar left my skin exceptionally soft and perfectly hydrated, so much so that I didn’t need a body lotion afterwards.

Underneath the blanket of fluffy white bubbles is shimmery gold water, nowhere near on the sparkle-par as the waters after a Golden Slumbers bath (thankfully!) but it is equally as mesmerising. I prefer the Yog Nog Yule log bubble bar much more than the Yog Log Roulade from a few Christmas’ ago.

With this months release of the Yog Nog perfume in the Lush Kitchen, I can really go to town with layering up the Yog Nog scent. What pleased me the most about the Yog Nog Yule Log was how long its scent did last on my skin after using it in the bath (and I’m talking about without putting the perfume on too). It leaves me smelling like a scrumptious Christmas biscuit well into the next day, it truly is Christmas in bubble bar form.

I always find bubble bars quite tricky to review, I try to stick to small factors; their scent, design, bubble power etc. As difficult as I find reviewing them it’s safe to say that for me, the Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar gets a big tick for everything I like in a bubble bar. Thanks Lush, yet another Lush product I need to stock up on before Winter is through. As if I need anymore! 😉



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Harajuku Bath Bomb from Lush

The Harajuku Bath Bomb is 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. – A very stressful scenario for me and others that are hardcore Lush-product collectors.

I was over the moon to get a hold of one Harajuku bath bomb. I’d have loved a few more as it isn’t very easy to give a true review on a product you’ve only used the once BUT I promise to give it my best shot!

With its beautiful design and pretty pink, orange and white colouring I couldn’t wait to share a bath with it.

A few days ago, Lush link-dropped a secret website link for the Harajuku bath bomb via their Instagram account. As far as I am aware, 100 Harajuku bath bombs became available to buy via that link. Of course they sold out within minutes.

I missed out on this 2nd chance of getting a hold of one. I however am one of the few lucky ones that did get to try it from the showcase so I don’t feel too bad. I can only imagine how disappointed everyone who didn’t manage to get one through either avenue feels. I have my fingers crossed that ALL of the Japan exclusives become available for ALL very soon.

The Harajuku bath bomb has a lot resting on its shoulders as it shares its name with the location of the new super-store that is opening up in a few days time, located in Harajuku, Tokyo. All of the new bath bombs will be available from this one store in Japan. Sadly no news of any more stockists have been announced at the time of writing this review – making it super-duper exclusive.

Because of the name share, the Harajukubath bomb has been catapulted into a cloud of Lush-super-hype, everyone has such high expectations of it and as crazy as this sounds, the hype around it made me extremely nervous about using it, especially when I only had access to the one…

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Many people assumed that the Harajuku bath bomb would just share its scent with the likes of the Snow Fairy shower gel and jelly bomb as it is described as a ‘pick ‘n’ mix of bubble gum sweetness’. It however isn’t like Snow Fairy at all, a sweet shop is exactly what it smells like and although I’m not a huge fan of sweeter scents, I really adore this products youthful, bubblegum-inspired fragrance.

Ingredients wise, the Harajuku bath bomb contains vanilla absolute, orange oil and benzoin resinoid. This unique blend is the perfect bath time treat for those in search of a sweet and speedy energy boost!

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As soon as the Harajuku bath bomb comes into contact with your bath water a burst of candy colours erupt from it. Yellow, pink and white foam begins to create pretty swirls on the surface of your bath water while also tinting the water a captivating shade of bright pink.

Its scent remains the same throughout the bath, with it being a slow dissolver there were plenty of bath art opportunities too, so many that the battery on my phone actually died. I also really noticed a change in my skin after using it, There wasn’t a dry patch of skin on my body, the Harajuku bath bomb is wonderful if your skin is in need of a hydration boost.img_3711

Although its scent on your skin does become a lot more subtle once you are out of the bath, I could still detect its scent on me throughout the next day. Overall I am very impressed with this bath bomb, there isn’t a bath bomb I can even compare it to. It is truly unique with its brand new scent and its beautiful bath art potential, it uses a blend of colours that I’m also not used to seeing together in a Lush product.

The only thing that I don’t like about it is how hard it is to get a hold of for anyone who doesn’t live in Tokyo. I completely understand the frustrations that the community are feeling over this, it’s almost cruel to tease us with such wondrous products that we have hardly any hope of getting a go of. Lush, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make the Japanese exclusive products available for more people! *fingers crossed*.



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Ectoplasm Shower Scream from Lush

Ectoplasm Shower Scream

After yet another Lush Halloween line without my beloved Calacas shower gel there was a lot riding on the shoulders of the brand new Ectoplasm Shower Cream ‘Scream’. Sharing its name with the Ectoplasm jelly bomb I was very excited to give it a try. The first thing anyone notices about the Ectoplasm shower cream is definitely its shade of colour, its fluorescent yellow formula demands to be seen.

The Ectoplasm shower cream is supposedly from the same scent family as the Ectoplasm jelly bomb, it however carries itself quite differently in the shower cream format. Much like its jelly bomb equivalent, the Ectoplasm shower cream contains tangerine, grapefruit and litsea cubeba oil.

When I smell the shower cream straight from the bottle, I feel as if its scent is more tropical than that of the jelly bomb, I feel like there’s almost a pineapple element to it. I’d actually go as far as to say that I prefer the Ectoplasm scent in the shower cream format, it’s a beautifully haunting fruity affair.

Consistency wise the Ectoplasm shower cream is gloriously creamy-thick. It is however very easy to get out of the bottle, while also not being so runny that you accidentally get out a little too much prior to its use.

Once the steam of the hot shower blends with the Ectoplasm shower cream its scent really takes hold. Its gentle zest packs a subtle sharpness, just the right amount of lemony-freshness to help lift and refresh your spirits.

Although I found that the Ectoplasm shower cream wasn’t great at making much of a lather it did still leave my skin feeling refreshed, clean and delicately scented. A little amount of it goes a long way and with its wonderfully inviting scent it’s very easy to over indulge on.

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As I expect from a shower cream as apposed to a shower gel, the Ectoplasm shower cream is super hydrating on my skin. It’s nice to have a product that doesn’t leave your skin bone-dry, it hydrates your skin while also not leaving it oily. This is a huge plus for me when using the Ectoplasm shower cream.

As said above, a small amount of the shower cream goes a very long way. I found a 2p-coin-sized amount more than enough to spread out and use on the whole of my body.

Overall I am very pleased to add the Ectoplasm shower cream to my shelf of Lush shower gel and creams, I wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I do which has come as a pleasant surprise. It’s actually the first seasonal shower gel that I’ve bought more than one bottle of in a very long time, I definitely recommend grabbing a bottle before the Halloween season is over.



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Turtle Jelly Bomb from Lush

Mama Turtle Jelly Bomb

The Turtle Jelly Bomb duo, previously only available at 2018’s Lush Summit (under different names) are now currently available for ALL to buy on Lush’s UK website. As far as I am aware, they are also available in most, if not all stores too. Both the Lush Summit and current versions of the Turtle jelly bomb come in 2 sizes. Directly below is a photo of the 2 sizes together.

The Lush Summit versions were called the Mama Turtle and Baby Turtle Jelly Bomb’s and the rebranded versions that are currently available, are called the Turtle Immersion and Turtle Jelly Bomb’s. Originally I was going to do seperate reviews for each, I now however know that the only real difference between the 2 is their size, therefore one review will suffice.

Sea Turtles are one of my favourite animals, I have always been fascinated by them. Be it for their gentle and graceful character, current lengthy life span, incredible size, and their majestic presence… I love everything about them. They’re one of the most peculiar yet precious creatures that planet Earth has been blessed with.

Each one of the Turtle jelly bombs were created by Lush to serve as a reminder of the threat and devastating impact that plastic pollution is having on our oceans. It scares me that if we don’t act now these amazing animals alongside many others will simply cease to exist.

Sharing its scent with the Geo Phyzz bath bomb (the bath bomb responsible for my discovery of the Lush Kitchen) it has a rich outdoorsy scent, its cypress and sandalwood ingredients help lull you into a relaxed state of mind. As soon as I lay back in a Turtle Jelly Bomb bath my muscles instantly begin to lose any tension that has built up in them during the day.

Seeing as this is the first jelly bomb I have reviewed this year I thought it would be wise to briefly explain what they are again. Jelly bombs look just like the average Lush bath bomb, they also work in the same way, the difference between a jelly bomb and a bath bomb is, instead of creating foam, jelly bombs produce a foam-like-jelly that floats on the surface of the water instead. Some of my favourite of the jelly bomb’s so far have been the Secret Arts, The Big Sleep and Snow Fairy.

The creative people behind Lush’s products are always known for making a point in the quirkiest of ways. It isn’t until you use one of the Turtle jelly bombs that you realise just how clever they have been when creating this product. Inside each of the jelly bomb’s is of course, shed loads of jelly BUT also hidden inside of them are small strands of agar agar (see photo below).

Agar agar is a mucilaginous substance extracted from agarophytes seaweed and is often used as an alternative to animal-derived gelatine. When the agar agar comes into contact with water it jellifies again. I hold my hands up… When I very first used the Turtle jelly bomb I had no idea what the little strands floating around my bath water were. I even found myself getting a little irritated.

What I didn’t know when I first used this jelly bomb was that the inclusion of the agar agar strands were not a mistake. Eventually they DID all dissolve alongside the other jelly which I was very pleased about. The agar agar was actually placed in the Turtle jelly bomb as a way to demonstrate to us what plastic waste is doing to our oceans – The sea turtles home.

Unlike the agar agar strands, man made plastic waste does not dissolve. The slight irritation I felt laying in my bath is nothing compared to what the sea turtles and all other sea life are having to endure every day in their natural habitat, through no fault of their own.

A Turtle jelly bomb bath left me with 2 things. Exceptionally silky-soft and hydrated skin and a whole new understanding and realisation of the effect plastic waste is having on the only planet Earth that we have.



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Big Blue Bath Bomb from Lush

Big Blue Bath Bomb WMWhen I first started to go into Lush I wasn’t at all familiar with any of the products, I didn’t know anything about their ingredients or their uses. I spent a considerable amount of time examining, asking questions and sniffing all of the products that were on offer but was so overwhelmed that I just ended up jumping in head first.

The Big Blue bath bomb had always caught my eye in the shop, the visible seaweed within it however always made me change my mind at the very last minute, maybe next time I’d pick it up. I would always choose another one over it, always. Quite soon into my Lush journey I started to participate in online Lush forums etc, it was there that I heard about the Big Blue bath bomb, apparently it is great for muscle aches, muscle aches are the story of my life so after that much appreciated advice, I decided to finally pick one up, seaweed and all.

I am one of those women who are ridiculously squeamish, in the sea I am always the first to scream when something touches my leg. Putting a bath bomb with seaweed in my bath tub was therefore going to be a challenge.

As soon as I put the Big Blue bath bomb into the water its soothing scent filled my bathroom. Curiosity always gets the better of me and I always take the bath bomb out of the water mid-fizz just to have a look. Upon first use of the Big Blue bath bomb I instantly regretted taking it out of the water. All I could feel was solid, scratchy seaweed, my inner squirm erupted from me and I squealed so loud that my boyfriend (now husband) came running into the bathroom to see if I was okay.

Once I convinced myself that it really was JUST seaweed, I put it back into the bath, it was a little strange at first but I did get used to it. The warmth of the water slowly softens the seaweed so it isn’t scratchy and hard for very long. As the seaweed softens the sea salt in it dissolves too, together both ingredients make the bath water silky smooth, I was surprised at how relaxed I was considering I was surrounded by seaweed completely naked…

The question that everyone asks is, what happens to the seaweed? At the end of the bath I tried to be clever and catch all of the seaweed the same way as I do the flower petals in the Ylang Song or Rose Bombshell bath bomb, it didn’t work. There was however no blockage problems when it came to pulling the plug. In spite of this I would still advise people thinking of using Big Blue on a continuous basis to try to space the baths out.

Failing that, there is in fact an easy way to solve the danger of a potential seaweed and plug hole problem. Some people place the bath bomb in a stocking before putting it in the bath.

This way you still get the benefit of the bath bombs ingredients while also stopping the risk of loose seaweed going down your plug hole.

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In regards to Big Blue helping with aching muscles I am sad to say that it is not as good as the Geo Phyzz bath bomb. It is however a good substitute to the very rare Geo Phyzz bath bomb.

Big Blue is well worth a try, I do however always now use it in a stocking, just in case.

I also recommend trying (if you’re using Big Blue in the stocking) using the stocking like a sponge once all of the bath bomb has dissolved. The seaweed in it is fantastically moisturising as well as super soothing for dry skin. This trick only really works once though, chuck it out at the same time as you empty your bath, as tempting as it is to use it again and again it’s not nearly as good once it has gone cold and I imagine it gets a little smelly after a few hours…



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 30th of May 2015. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Mother Earth Bath Bomb from Lush

The Mother Earth Bath Bomb is the first of the recent, larger sized seasonal exclusives that I have actually bought. At the Lush Showcase 2016, I demoed the larger versions of Dragon’s Egg and Intergalactic, the Mother of Dragons Egg and Nebula bath bomb.

Although both were fantastic (videos and photos can be found if you scroll through to September 2016 on my Instagram feed) I didn’t really see the point of getting them as they were exactly the same except for their size. Limited edition yes, however, I had a wedding to save for back then so decided against getting them, which I of course regret.

At the Lush Summit 2017, Lush introduced us to yet another giant sized product, the Mother Earth bath bomb. Scent and appearance wise, Mother Earth is just a larger version of the World Piece bath bomb. (A play on the words piece and peace, not a grammatical error!) Unlike the previous larger bath bombs released, Mother Earth is actually slightly different to its smaller version, how it differs remains a secret until it is placed in the water…

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After seeing photographs on Instagram of the amazing bath art that the Mother Earth bath bomb creates, I knew I needed to get hold of at least one to use myself. When describing Mother Earth’s scent, the first word that springs to mind is refreshing. Its primary scent is mostly peppermint based, it however has a zingy, citrus fruit element to it, this unique blend of ingredients dampens the peppermint aspect in Mother Earth ever so slightly, although it still has a fantastically refreshing scent, the mint in it isn’t as sharp, making it more gentle on the nose.

At first I wasn’t sure if I liked its blend of unique ingredients, before Lush I’d never experienced anything minty that wasn’t on its own or at a push, mixed with chocolate. I however felt exactly the same when I first tried another minty bath bomb, the Abombinaball, which happens to now be one of my favourite Lush products.

Discovering that mint goes with so much more than just chocolate is another thing I have to thank Lush for.

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With the Mother Earth bath bomb being so big it’s a very, very slow fizzer. I didn’t time mine but at a guess I’d say it took just over 20 minutes to fully dissolve. Being a slow burner, Mother Earth gives you more than enough time to appreciate the bath art it creates. The device I use to take photos of bath art actually ran out of power as I couldn’t stop snapping away at all of the beautiful colours and patterns it created.

I haven’t included all of the shots I got as we’d be here all day… What makes Mother Earth different from its smaller version World Piece is that it has a pink middle. This is probably why I fell in love with it so much. If in doubt, just add pink!

The pretty colours; Pink, blue and green that spurt out of this bath bomb more than entertained me, I love a bath bomb that I don’t get bored of half way through, especially one that lasts so very long! No other bath bomb has ever held my attention span quite like this one.

It wasn’t until I got out of the bath that I realised how this product benefited my skin. My skin has never looked or felt better, I’m not sure whether this is down to its huge size, many bath bombs make my skin feel fabulous none however have topped the effects of Mother Earth. This bath bomb has to be one of my favourites from the list of new for 2017 products. The purple bath water it leaves you with is such a beautiful shade, unfortunately Mother Earth was a part of this years (2017) Mothers Day line so isn’t available anymore. I am really upset with myself for not picking up a few more of these while I could!



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