Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bath Bomb from Lush

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bath BombI finally got hold of the Lush Oxford Street exclusive, the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bath Bomb. A huge thank you to my sister-in-law Kelly for picking these up for me. I literally squealed with delight when this handsome little bath bomb arrived on my doorstep. When I very first see the sneak peaks of this bath bomb, I predicted that it would be similar to the Sacred Lotus bath bomb in terms of fragility. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is however the complete opposite of fragile. For its unusual shape, it is remarkably sturdy putting other oddly shaped bath bombs to shame.

I’m 100% positive that Somewhere Over the Rainbow shares its scent with another Lush product, I however can’t work it out and it’s driving me insane! – I wish that I could have them all in front of me to sniff so that I could work it out. I found a little bit of information about it online but seeing as it’s a very newly released bath bomb no one has had the chance to write a proper review on it just yet.

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Containing sicilian mandarin and neroli oil it is a relaxing, mood boosting and refreshing bath time treat. Many people think that bath bombs are only good for winding down before bed. WRONG! The Somewhere Over the Rainbow bath bomb breathes life into my tired body, helping me go on for that little bit longer.

As soon as Somewhere Over The Rainbow hits the water you’re greeted with a thick pastel coloured red and orange foam that is super moisturising and soft. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’d already know that the Somewhere Over The Rainbow bath bomb is inspired by the film The Wizard of Oz, It’s kaleidoscope of colours really does draw you into the magic that comes if you follow the yellow brick road.

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I always get an unbelievable amount of photos when I use this bath bomb. I thought that it would be a quick fizzer with the odd splash of colour, it was however so much more than that. It fizzed away very slowly, gracefully filling my bathroom with a soft citrus and calming neroli scent. This combination works a trick for shaking off any worries or stress you may be feeling.

I am devastated that I only have one more of these bath bombs left in my own personal stash, they were an Easter 2016 limited edition release so you can no longer get them. I feel that once Easter 2016 was over, the absence of the Somewhere Over the Rainbow bath bomb left a big empty hole in the Lush world. It’s a brilliant product and would make for a fantastic permanent edition, I’d love it even if Lush just decided to keep it on as a Lush Oxford Street exclusive.



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The Enchanter Bath Bomb from Lush

The Enchanter Bath Bomb

Wide awake at 6 on a Saturday morning I decided that today I’d dedicate a whole blog post to my new favourite bath bomb, The Enchanter. Prior to finally getting hold of it, I had been absolutely desperate to give it a try, I had however always missed it whenever it appeared on the Lush Kitchen menu. Although I was absolutely gutted that its release day fell at the end of an expensive month, I did manage to get hold of 3 which in comparison to not having any at all is absolutely brilliant!

I don’t even quite know where to begin as everything about The Enchanter Bath Bomb is in my opinion perfect.  I know that, that is a very bold statement but I honestly haven’t used a bath bomb quite like it ever before. Sorry Frozen, The Enchanter is my number 1 bath bomb now.

Fresh out of its Lush Kitchen wrapper I was greeted by a pastel yellow and orange ball of bicarbonate magic. The light, pastel colours who would disappoint some, didn’t deter me at all as good Lushies know to never judge a book bath bomb by its cover first appearance.

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The Enchanter Bath Bomb shares its scent with the Lush scent Calacas. Other than the Twilight shower gel, Calacas was the very first shower gel that I ever ordered. I actually left my one bottle of this in the bathroom and Joe (the hubby-to-be) decided it was communal, by the time I had noticed my error more than half of it had gone.

The Calacas Lush scent is actually one of my favourites, I know I have quite a few favourites but I generally really do LOVE Calacas. I am letting Lush Kitchen know here and now that they need to put a solid or liquid perfume form of it on the menu very soon.

The Enchanter Bath Bomb’s scent is refreshingly zingy. The combination of its carefully selected ingredients, oil of lime, neroli and olibanum makes for an energising bath time treat said to ‘perk up the weariest of souls’ it reinvigorates both mind and body.

When it comes to trying out new-to-me Lush products I find that the bath bombs are the ones that give the best surprises. I was very surprised when I first had this bath bomb in front of me, its luminous pink centre was just, WOW.

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Upon hitting the water The Enchanter bath bomb starts to ferociously fizz away. Brilliant orange, striking yellow and fluorescent pink foam spreads out making little patterns in your bath water, the only word that comes close to describing its array of colours is Enchanting, which I guess is why and how it got its name.

The pink and the yellow fizzing out of the spinning bath bomb are such bold and bright colours, I couldn’t stop taking photos. As well as being the prettiest bath bomb in action that I had ever seen, the scent took my opinions on this bath bomb to a whole new level.

When I am feeling depressed a quick wash with my Calacas shower gel lifts my spirits, the scent always reminds me of happiness. Add that same scent into the most amazingly coloured bath bomb and pair the two together and you will have the perfect pick me up duo.



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Roses All The Way Soap from Lush

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We haven’t even finished the first quarter of 2016 and already Lush have brought out more new and exciting products than I can keep up with. We’ve had the Valentine’s Day range, the Mother’s Day range and of course the Easter range as well as everything else in-between.

In all honesty I am literally stuck in a state of disbelief that we have actually already entered March?! As the saying goes – time flies when you’re having fun and with all of the new Lush goodies on offer, by me, fun is most certainly being had!

Today I am reviewing the Roses All The Way Soap, never before been released – this beautiful heart shaped, rose detailed soap had me intrigued within seconds of stumbling across it.

The Roses All The Way Soap is a generous size that takes up the best part of my hand. Comparing it to the usual, rectangular soap slabs its unique design, size and shape make it a lot easier to grip when using it in the bath or shower. For me, as a disabled person my particular needs in a soap are catered for just on the fact that it is easier to grip. Until my Lush addiction hit me bad, I was never a fan of floral scents, I don’t know why but I had always associated rose, lavender and other flowery scents with getting old.

Slowly but surely the Rose Jam scent however grew on me, alongside that, a lot of other scents that I never thought I’d enjoy all of a sudden became desirable.  I’d go as far as to say that my sense of smell has matured since joining the Lush crowd. I am now recognising and appreciating scents I had never really taken much notice of before. Lush has opened my eyes and although I am still far from an expert when it comes to scents, I am getting better!

Roses All The Way Soap is of course primarily a rose scent. At first I thought it was the Rose Jam scent but after a while I realised it actually has a softer floral tone and is actually quite sweet, almost zesty.  The more I used it, the more prominent the lemon oil in it appeared to be.

The idea behind this soap was inspired by Alice In Wonderland’s ‘painting the roses red’ part of the book. The back of the soap is white, as you use it, its red side starts to turn a light pink, eventually fading to a bright white. Any one who is familiar with the Alice in Wonderland story will know that the Queen of Hearts angrily demands that all of the white roses in her court yard are to be painted red. Painting the white roses red is exactly what her pack-of-card guards set upon doing.

Several hours after my bath I can still smell this soaps soft and zingy fragrance on my skin. It lathered up well and didn’t dry out my skin which has amazed me as most bars of soap do, especially those that are primarily floral.

Overall I am really impressed with Roses All The Way, it’s a wonderful addition to the Lush Soap family. Since enjoying it so much I have made it my new Lush goal to try several more Lush soaps in the near future. Watch this space!



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Heart Throb Bubbleroon from Lush

Heart Throb BubbleroonI am always super excited at the prospect of adding another bubbleroon to my Lush collection.

Heart Throb’s size is in consistency with the other Lush bubbleroons, it does however stand out from the crowd because of its unique shape.  Made up of 2 deep-red hearts that are fused together with gold-glitter tinted cream, it is very easy on the eye.  Putting Heart Throb against all of the other bubble bar products I can totally see why Heart Throb has proven to be so popular.

I have read several reviews on this Valentine’s day bubbleroon and all say different things regarding how much of the bubble bar they advise you use per bath.

When I first started my Lush journey I on instinct went straight for the bubble bars, not having much money for luxuries meant that the idea of a product that could be used on more than one occasion was ideal.

Many people use the whole of a bubbleroon for just one big, bubbly bath.  My personal preference is to however break them in half.  I have previously tried to break them into 3 or 4 pieces to spread out over several baths, this however made me feel like there just wasn’t enough product to go around.  After a lot of experimental-bath time trial and errors, I have come to the conclusion that using the whole bubbleroon for just one bath although fantastic scent wise, provides you with more bubbles than you actually need – that is if you don’t mind attending foam parties and being the only one invited…  Just half of a bubbleroon will guarantee you mounds and mounds of beautiful white bubbles and silky-smooth, tinted water that hydrates and soothes your skin.

 

The scent of the Heart Throb Bubbleroon is not one I am very familiar with, this is a completely new scent for me.  Dominated by vanilla, geranium and lemon oil it is a soft, fairly sweet, musky scent with a floral undertone, I am literally useless at describing scents so I won’t make a fool of myself by trying to put it into any more words.  Let’s just say that it is a very delicate and pleasant scent. 😉

Overall I think the Heart Throb Bubbleroon is a fantastic addition to the exclusive to Oxford Street, Lush Valentine’s line.

All though Heart Throb has well and truly impressed me, my favourite bubbleroon is still Yuzu and Cocoa. Never-the-less Heart Throb is a very welcome ingredient for some of the bath cocktails that I have planned in my future.



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Yummy Mummy Shower Cream from Lush

Yummy Mummy Shower Cream.pngI have finally found a moment to blog about one of the new Mother’s Day products from Lush. This year (2016) we have been treated to a brand new product, the Yummy Mummy Shower Cream. Previous to this, Yummy Mummy had only ever been released as a shower gel.

*Lush did also create a body conditioner with the same name but for the purpose of this review I am talking about the change from Yummy Mummy shower gel, to Yummy Mummy shower cream*

I guess turning the shower gel into a cream brings the best parts of the shower gel and body conditioner into one product. I know that not everyone is happy with the switch from gel to cream, I however love the change. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Yummy Mummy shower gel, I just always seem to favour the shower creams over the gels. For me, the shower creams feel just that little bit more luxurious in comparison to the gels.

Obviously the first thing that catches your eye with Yummy Mummy shower cream is its beautiful lustre-infused purple colour. The Yummy Mummy shower cream looks and feels like liquid velvet, it’s a real treat for dehydrated skin.

Once you have used the shower cream its sweet, fruity scent lingers on your skin long after getting out of the bath or shower. Yummy Mummy shower cream shares its scent with the 2015 winter ranges bubble bar, the Peeping Santa. I loved Peeping Santa and was very happy to see the Yummy Mummy scent making a return in yet another format for this years Mother’s Day line. What pleases me even more is that the Yummy Mummy shower cream is not the only product available in this years Mother’s day range that shares the scent, there is also the Roller bath bomb and Flutterby bubble bar too.

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Although I’d say this shower cream is primarily a fruity scented product, the added geranium oil within it, though not very strong, gives it a very unique and soft, almost musky edge. It reminds me of freshly chopped strawberries which makes a change as most of the other fruity products that I normally go for are citrus based.

I really do hope that they bring this wonderful shower cream back for next years Mother’s Day.  I am so tempted to buy several to keep in my Lush stock but I’m trying to be good. I will have to just use the shower cream sparingly, which might I add isn’t a negative at all as a little of this shower cream goes a very, very long way.



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Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb from Lush

Phoenix Rising Bath BombThe Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb was one of the very first that I tried from Lush. Back in the day when Lush Cosmetics wasn’t all that I ever thought/talked about, Phoenix Rising was readily available in every store as well as online. This was the case up until early 2015.

Since Phoenix Rising’s retirement this is the first time (to my belief) that they have been released as a Lush Kitchen product. Their scent is to die for, I missed it a hell of a lot since it was discontinued so I decided to order a few.

As soon as they arrived I was greeted with their wonderful scent, it took me right back to when I very first got into Lush.

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I always liked this bath bomb as it wasn’t like any of the others. Anything with bergamot oil in, is a winner for me but when it is mixed with cinnamon it becomes a dream. Its purple exterior and gold lustre soon fill the bath, a beautiful deep pink foam froths off of it as it glides around in the shimmering, deep purple water.

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Phoenix Rising then sinks to the bottom. Still bubbling away, whilst filling my bathroom with an uplifting and energising bergamot and cinnamon scent. The cinnamon stick then becomes unattached to the bath bomb as the ‘phoenix rises!’ right back to the top.

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There is something so incredibly warming about cinnamon, I wish Lush did more of them as there’s nothing like a good old soak in a cinnamon infused bath.

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Sometimes I find that bath bombs dissolve too quickly. When this happens it leaves me with no time to appreciate what a very clever invention they are.

The Phoenix Rising bath bomb is however a very slow fizzer. Its colour, scent and presence soothes the soul.

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The scent from this enchanting bath bomb lingers on your skin for the best part of the next day if used just before bed, I also love how it pampers my skin. It feels silky smooth when I get out of the bath, there is no need for me to moisturise at all.

I’m still very sad that this bath bomb was put into retirement, I would however like to thank Lush Kitchen for making up a small batch last week so that we could get the chance to relive it once more.



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Bar Humbug Bubble Bar from Lush

Anyone who knows me well, will know that I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. As a kid I was obsessed with it however now that I am rapidly approaching my thirties I would happily hibernate through out the whole of it.

Christmas lost all of its magic for me about 20 years ago, I really do miss how magical it used to feel… Although Christmas is never the same any more, the Winter Lush products makes the long, cold Winters a little bit easier to live through.

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of the winter products from 2015 – The Bar Humbug Bubble Bar.

Before I had got the chance to have a good look and sniff of this bubble bar I was almost certain that I wouldn’t like it because it had an ingredient in it that I had always despised, liquorice.

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Once the bubble bar was however in my hands my liquorice worries melted away. The Bar Humbug’s scent wasn’t at all displeasing, it smelt nothing like I had expected it to do.

I expected to be greeted by a bubble bar that had a strong, tart and ridiculously bitter-sweet scent. It was however in fact quite the opposite, sporting a rich yet soft and uplifting aroma.

I was totally surprised that I liked its scent so much. The liquorice ingredients scent is by all means apparent, the inclusion of bergamot oil however softens the tartness of the liquorice making the Bar Humbug bubble bar a gentle and refreshing scent instead.12321290_1724188914476996_6224259901288434372_n

In size the Bar Humbug bubble bar is one of the smallest Lush have released, for me this was a little disappointing.

When I first see a photo of the Bar Humbug I wrongly assumed that because of its swirling design, it was the same size as the larger bubble bars available all year through, The Comforter and Brightside.

Pushing my issues in regards to its size aside, I am really pleased to say that the Bar Humbug bubble bar made for a very enjoyable and relaxing bubble bath.

Its smaller size didn’t take anything away from how it performed (although a bigger sized version would still make me super-duper happy as I could split it over 6 or 7 baths instead of just the 3.)

The smallest amount of Bar Humbug however creates mounds and mounds of glorious, white and fluffy bubbles, although I split it into 3, it always feels like I have used a lot more than I have which is always an added bonus.

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Bar Humbug also holds nothing back with its beautiful colour. Underneath the blanket of bubbles the smallest chunk of bubble bar also transforms your bath water into a rich and luxurious purple. Your skin will thank you for a soak in a Bar Humbug bath, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

As I said above, I manage to get at least 3 baths out of just the one bar, I do however know of other customers that have used the whole thing for one big, over indulgent and magical bath.

There’s no right amount to use when it comes to bubble bars, I always break mine up in to chunks so that I can add as much or as little as I want. Whether you choose to break it up or use it whole I promise you won’t be disappointed!



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