Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb from Lush

Have you tried the Cyanide Pill bath bomb from @LushOxfordStreet @LushOxfordSt? check out my review on it!

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The first thing that entered my head when I heard about Lush’s Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb was, what the hell, CYANIDE?!

I left school 10 years ago now but I do remember learning a little bit about cyanide poisoning in history. Please do not expect this post to be a recap of my knowledge on all things historical. I got a D in my history GCSE which was actually my lowest grade, I’m not at all confident delving into the who, what’s and where’s of the original cyanide pill but I feel a brief introduction is needed within my review of this strange but very alluring bath bomb.

A cyanide pill is more commonly know as the suicide pill. During World War II they where developed and given to agents who where entering enemy territory. There was unfortunately every chance that the agents would be captured and tortured for information. The suicide pill sat in their mouth and was cleverly disguised as a false tooth.

Someone wishing to activate the cyanide pill would only need to bite down on it. Filled with a highly toxic compound of concentrated potassium cyanide, death was supposedly very quick and a much better alternative for those that would have been put through the most despicable levels of torture.

Do not panic! The bath bomb equivalent of the cyanide pill is a lot more friendly than its original pill form.

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As soon as the Cyanide Pill bath bomb hits the water, yellow and white frothy bubbles appear. You are immediately hit with a strong scent of sweet almonds alongside a light but noticeable fragrance of lemon zest.

The Cyanide Pill bath bomb isn’t as big as other bath bombs, I have seen people online stating that they think it’s a lot bigger than they imagined, I however disagree. I find it very small in comparison to others. I have however learnt that size is not a characteristic that makes a Lush product any better than an other. Good things come in all shapes and sizes!

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The Cyanide Pill bath bomb was one of the Lush products that was exclusive to Lush Oxford Street when it first opened a little over a year ago. It is still an Oxford Street exclusive so is quite hard to get hold of.

When I very first used this bath bomb I was completely unaware of the silver and pink that is found inside of it.

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As seen in the above and below picture, the silver mixed with the yellow, left an abundance of beautifully decorated bubbles floating on top of my bath water.

Another surprise that the Cyanide Pill bath bomb has is the ingredients of popping candy!

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Despite the sad and rather disturbing story behind how the Cyanide Pill first come about, I can’t help but really like the concept that Lush have come up with in this bath bomb. It is not only a highly moisturising product that creates the most beautiful of baths, it also helps teach another generation things long forgotten about.

I love how each and every Lush product has a meaning. Someone doesn’t ever say ‘ooo let’s mix lemon and almond oil together, just because!’

Every last aspect of a Lush product is carefully picked and designed. Be that a Lush products scent, ingredients, shape or colours, they think about everything. Everything has a valid reason for being a part of that Lush product. Almond oil as a main ingredient wasn’t used within the Cyanide Pill bath bomb because it ‘smells nice,’ After a quick look online I actually learnt that the potassium cyanide within the suicide pill was said to have a bitter almond scent.

Every last detail is thought about within a Lush product. I am sad that the people behind all of the research and reasons of a Lush product do not get more credit, they do such an amazing job capturing and portraying an idea into an enjoyable and popular cosmetic product.

If you do ever get the chance to try a Cyanide Pill bath bomb I am positive that you’ll love it, grab a few while you can, Lush products have an awful habit of going into retirement… 😉

 



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Mumkin Bubble Bar from Lush

A review on the Mumkin Bubble Bar from Lush Cosmetics @LushKitchen @LushLtd

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The Mumkin Bubble Bar is hands down one of the cutest Lush products to date. It was last available in the Lush Kitchen back in March and before that December 2015. The Mumkin bubble bar pictured above is the one I ordered back in December last year. I am obviously very behind on my product reviews as it is now May 2016, Sorry! My excuse is that you can’t rush perfection. *wink, wink!*

To be completely honest with you all, I am literally so overwhelmed by all of the amazing Lush products that have been available over the last 18 or so months, I just simply can’t keep up.

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The first question that springs to mind when people first come across a Mumkin bubble bar is ‘What’s it supposed to be?’ I talk a lot in my sleep and last night I apparently told my fiancé that a ‘Mumkin is like a pumpkin but nice.’ .Hearing that, I couldn’t help but want to do my Mumkin bubble bar review today. It was obviously meant to be.

A Mumkin isn’t anything like what I described while asleep. Lush in fact describe it as an unknown, friendly, cute and curious creature. With its big brown, dairy-free chocolate chip eyes how can you resist? Decorated with a yellow star on its deep pink head, a green leaf and a marshmallow-like stalk, the Mumkin bubble bar is more than unique.

In a way I get a little sad when Lush make their products into little creatures, it’s easy to break up and work your way through a bubble bar such as the Brightside one. When the bubble bar has eyes however, my inner child wakes up and doesn’t want to mash him up at all, ‘Mum, can we keep him?’

My inner child soon disappeared when I first smelt the Mumkin bubble bar, I didn’t care that it had eyes I just had to get it into the bath!

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The Mumkin bubble bar has a floral bergamot and gentle raspberry scent. I can’t actually think of another Lush product that even has a similar scent. On paper the Mumkin bubble bar sounds as if it would be very similar to the Rose Jam scent, it is however nothing like Rose Jam. Mumkin has a soft zest that mixes perfectly with its ingredients. Bergamot, Sicilian lemon and violet leaf oils blend so beautifully together, I can only hope that Lush use the Mumkin’s scent in future alternative products such as a Mumkin shower gel, solid shampoo bar or even a bath bomb.

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The Mumkin bubble bar creates copious amounts of silky-smooth bubbles, its unique aroma gently, intensifies as the bubbles multiply. Buried underneath the canopy of the fluffy white bubbles you will find warming-orange-tinted water. I always use a sieve for my bubble bars as unfortunately I don’t have a mixed tap. I have the choice of a scolding hot tap or a freezing cold one.

In the sieve I like to run it under the hot tap as I feel that makes the most bubbles. I however find that not all bubble bars work in the same way. Some work best in a sieve if crumbled up (as above) where as others work better in a sieve in chunks. In regards to the Mumkin bubble bar, after much trial and error I’d probably advise you to sieve it in chunks. I found that crumbling it up weakened its beautiful scent somewhat.

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As for the Mumkin’s bubble bars ability to freshen up my tired and often dehydrated skin, I wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only is my skin soft and hydrated, it also feels refreshed and ready to face the rest of the day.

I really hope that Lush Cosmetics use the Mumkin’s scent in alternative future products, ever since I first tried the Mumkin bubble bar I haven’t been able to stop eating raspberries. I fear that if I don’t stop eating them soon I will turn into a Mumkin!



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Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream from Lush

When I first got into Lush I was so focused on the bath bombs and bubble bars that the other products didn’t really have much of a chance to impress me. Bath bombs, bubble bars and shower jellies are unique to Lush, there’s not many other cosmetic companies that specialise in them and it’s those 3 specific, quirky products that initially got me into their store in the first place.

After I had pretty much exhausted every choice of bubble bar and bath bomb currently available at Lush I decided to try some more of their products. – Enter the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream.

I knew of the Yuzu and Cocoa scent from the yellow bubbleroon that goes by the same name, I thought it had a beautiful scent but I always favoured the bigger bubble bars as I felt they were better value for money. When the flagship Lush store in Oxford Street opened their doors for the very first time one of its exclusive products was the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. 

As liquid shower products go, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream is slightly thicker in consistency to others I have tried before, a little however goes a very long way. The tiniest of drops can clean my whole body as well as keeping my skin soft and well hydrated – there is no need to moisturise after using this.

The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is amazing, it’s like swimming in a sea of Jaffa Cakes. It really is my idea of heaven. My mum was pushing me around Sainsbury’s once and I had used the shower cream earlier that day, I noticed that I could really smell the box of jaffa cakes on the shelf, it wasn’t until a little while later when we were in the freezer section that I thought to myself wow I can still smell the jaffa cakes, I then realised it was in fact me that smelt like jaffa cakes! The Yuzu and Cocoa scent stays with you ALL DAY, I haven’t come across another Lush scent that lasts so long, it truly is beautiful.

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Packed with tonka, grapefruit and bergamot oils Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream is the perfect pick me up product, I always find using it lifts my mood. Since discovering Lush I have completely changed my mind set on grapefruit. Growing up I hated it but for some reason, every product that Lush creates with grapefruit in really, really impresses my nose. So there you go, Lush have persuaded me to break a habit of a lifetime, I now, thanks to this shower cream and the Frozen Bath Bomb, have a level of appreciation for grapefruit that I have never had before.

Lush Kitchen really need to make a whole load more Yuzu and Cocoa scented products as the bubbleroon and shower cream just isn’t enough for me any more, I NEED MORE! Imagine a Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly or body lotion, wow.

You have got to try the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream at least once, it is now also available in all Lush stores not just Oxford Street!  there really isn’t an excuse to not try it now, do it! you will not regret it.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 6th of July 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


Intergalactic Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Intergalactic Bath Bomb was first released as an Oxford Street exclusive back in 2015. A little over a year later it was made a permanent in store product. Originally only available in one shop in the world, Lush fans far and wide were naturally super excited to see it added to the everyday line. This was a very wise decision made by Lush as now the Intergalactic bath bomb is Lush’s best selling bath bomb EVER.

The Intergalactic bath bomb is a deep, dark blue with hot pink, yellow-gold and white patches. I would love to have a go of making my own one day. The colours used in this bath bomb clash so well, it’s a truly beautiful design, it’s almost too pretty to use.

 

Before I had tried the Intergalactic bath bomb my go to bath bombs when I needed a refreshing smack in the face was Avobath or Dragon’s Egg. Containing peppermint, grapefruit, vetivert and cedar wood oil the Intergalactic bath bombs scent more than stands out.

It’s primarily a peppermint scent, the grapefruit in it however adds a fruity and citrus sharpness to it, it’s a very hard scent to describe and really is one you have to experience to appreciate.

At first I was really unsure on the Intergalactic bath bombs scent, my friend Bella had kindly sent it in the post to me all the way froom Lush Oxford Street, alongside the Intergalactic I also got a Frozen and a The Experimenter bath bomb in that same parcel.

All 3 of these scents are some of Lush’s most powerful and I think I just got a little overwhelmed. Once I had the Intergalactic on its own that’s when I fell in love with everything about it.

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The Intergalactic bath bomb soon became one of my favourite products from Lush, with it being so rich with peppermint oil I often use it to help with a symptom of my long term illness, nausea. A quick dip in an Intergalactic bath really does help me manage it better.

When the Intergalactic bath bomb first hits the bath water, it instantly fizzes up with a  blue foamy hiss.  As it fizzes away yellow, white and pink streaks begin to spiral out of it. Once the outer foamy layer disappears it begins to dance around the waters surface.

Once in the water it doesn’t take very long for the Intergalactic bath bomb to introduce you to its secret ingredient, popping candy! The popping candy is hidden inside of the Intergalactic bath bomb, slow but loud pops last right up until the bath bomb is fully dissolved.

Even though I have been using the Intergalactic bath bombs since 2015 I often forget about the popping candy, it always seems to take me by surprise which in turn makes me smile. 😊

What appears on first glance to be a very dark and mainly blue bath bomb actually creates some seriously colourful and super impressive bath art.

It turns your bath water a beautiful and deep shade of blue, it’s is so shimmery that it reminds me of the night sky. Inspired by the Milky Way, I like nothing more than to sit back and relax in its waters, becoming the guardian of your very own, do it yourself, miniature galaxy.

An Intergalactic bath could really only be described as the bath equivalent of a deep space adventure, however on this occasion no astronaut suit is required. Your birthday suit will be more than adequate attire for this space age, bathing experience!



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Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar from Lush

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Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar is yet another Lush Oxford Street, Easter exclusive.

Some of you however may have been lucky enough to pick one or two of these up from the Lush Kitchen last week.  That particular batch sold out within minutes, if you managed to get just one I’d very much like to shake your hand as you’ve a good set of super, speedy fingers!

Prior to last weeks Kitchen release Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar was only ever available from the Oxford Street store.  I guess the sheer exclusiveness of this product was the catalyst that made the Kitchen batch sell out so very quickly.

On paper the Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar sounds amazing, being a HUGE fan of anything remotely citrusy I just had to check this bubble bar out before Easter 2016 came to an end.

Down the Rabbit Hole’s main ingredient is Brazilian sweet orange oil, this essential oil is very popular within Lush products.  Not only does it smell delicious, it also has skin brightening properties.  Its sweet tangy scent is the perfect pick-me-up should you find yourself down in the dumps.

The first thing that you notice about Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar besides its uplifting scent is how very pleasing it is on the eye.  The deep pink, summer orange and dazzling yellows that this product consists of all blend together beautifully.  each swirl of colour compliments each other making it that little bit more eye catching than other products.

Based on Lewis Carroll’s much loved Alice in Wonderland stories, the rabbit hole is where Alice fell to end up in ‘Wonderland.’ When you look at it, the gentle swirl-design of this bubble bar does have a very hypnotic and wacky look about it…

Lush make so many attractive products that sometimes you can get a little overwhelmed.  The thought of breaking up this gorgeous bubble bar made me a little sad, I very nearly didn’t.  I however know that Lush pride themselves on the fact that their products are fresh so wanted to use this exclusive bubble bar in its prime.

In diameter the Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar is similar to the super chunky bubble bar The Comforter.  It however isn’t as thick, I’d say it’s probably about half of its size in depth.

Down the Rabbit Hole’s thinness in comparison to the chunky bubble bars that Lush have on offer mean that this bubble bar won’t stretch over as many baths as I had grown accustom to with the likes of Brightside and The comforter.

The Comforter bubble bar would make me 8 maybe 9 generously bubbled-bubble-baths.

After experimenting a couple of times with the Down the Rabbit Hole Bubble Bar I recommend that you use at least half of it per bath. Using a quarter of it left me with only a light blanket of bubbles and hardly any scent at all.

Included in Down the Rabbit Hole’s ingredients are various types of lustre making the bath water underneath the canopy of bubbles sparkle away.

I know some people think lustre is glitter, the mere mention of it being an ingredient within a cosmetic product makes some literally run for their lives.  I am not sure how many times I have actually addressed this in my blog as people ask me about it all the time.  ‘Lush glitter’ isn’t scary at all, it actually makes for a very pleasant, bathing experience.  I feel as though I need to dedicate a paragraph like this to all of my lustre-infused-product reviews.

In my own words I would describe ‘lustre’ as cosmetic shimmer, it is very similar if not the same ingredient that you can find in various make up products such as bronzer.

I was so excited to try this product and by all means I enjoyed the bubble bath it created, I just wish its scent was a little more apparent.  Looks wise this bubble bar is one of the prettiest that Lush have provided us.  I however wouldn’t go out of my way to get more as I prefer the products with stronger scents.

What did you guys make of this bubble bar?



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Spring Bunny Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Spring Bunny Bath Bomb is only available to buy as a single product in one place in the world, Lush’s flagship store in Oxford Street, London. (There are several Easter gift sets that it features in too!)

It is no secret that the citrus scented products are the ones I favour. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a lot of the new Easter stuff this year as so many of the products in this years line are citrus based.

Packed with Sicilian lemon oil, the Spring Bunny bath bomb makes for an excellent bath time product to use if you need to get up and go. Most Lush bath bombs are tennis ball shaped and lack the same intricate detail that Spring Bunny does. Shaped as an Easter bunny, it has a face, ears and little feet making it almost too cute to let go down the plug hole.

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In size I’d compare it to the Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb.

Packed with uplifting and cleansing Sicilian lemon oil, Spring Bunny is the perfect Easter pick-me-up. A lot of people think that baths are a part of a night time ritual that helps you get off to sleep. This isn’t the case at all, the rich and zingy scent of Spring Bunny gives me such an energy and mood boost that I’d actually feel silly using it of a night.

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Before I got my hands on the Spring Bunny bath bomb I expected it to be a very quick fizzer, I was very surprised as it lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. I am unsure of how long it actually takes to fully dissolve but comparing it to other bath bombs of a similar size it definitely puts on a ever so slightly longer show.

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For design I give the Spring Bunny bath bomb top marks, simply because it’s so detailed.

I know of several people that haven’t been able to use their Spring Bunny bath bomb yet because it is so sweet to look at. Giving it a little nose, eyes, ears and dinky feet has made it so much more impressionable than the normal type of bath bomb, as said above, you just don’t want to let it all go down your plug hole never to be seen again.

Some have even said that the Spring Bunny bath bomb is like having a pet rabbit BUT a lot better as it smells like lemons, doesn’t need feeding and also doesn’t poop…

I however never get too attached to my bath bombs and threw this little guy in my bath as soon as I could.

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What the Spring Bunny bath bomb lacks in size and variety of colours is well made up for with its uplifting and refreshing scent. As soon as I got into the bath I could feel the bath bombs cocoa butter, soothing and hydrating my tired, dry, winter skin. The Lemon scent stayed with me for the rest of the day too.

I have a few of this bath bomb in my personal Lush stock and I foresee some very energising baths in my very near future. For such a little bath bomb, Spring Bunny has quite the kick!



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Tweet Bubble Bar from Lush

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I managed to get hold of this Oxford Street 2016 Easter exclusive thanks to my sis-in-law who is literally my Lush lifeline, she’s an amazing personal shopper to have, you should all be very, very jealous.  Sending her on all of my Oxford Street errands has accidentally got her hooked on Lush Cosmetics too, whoops! I can’t take full credit though as lets face it, every single product in Lush sells itself, going into the shop, picking things up to sniff, touch and learn more about it is all part of the wonderful and very addictive Lush experience.

This Easter (2016), Lush Oxford Street have a brand new, slightly odd looking yet perfectly charming store exclusive, the Tweet Bubble Bar.

All Lush products are handmade, it is however not until a product like the Tweet bubble bar is released that you get to really appreciate this. Although each Tweet bubble bar weighs the same, (meaning you get the same amount of product in each) no two look quite the same. For someone like me who has an overactive imagination this personal and individual touch gives each Tweet chick its very own personality. Although the lack of consistency look-wise will bother some, I feel it’s all part of Lush’s charm.

 
Tweet bubble bar like quite a few of the recent Lush releases is another citrus scented product. It is very similar to the Sunflower bubble Bar that was also an Oxford Street exclusive earlier this year.

Packed with plenty of tangerine oil, Tweet is a bubble bar that will refresh and lift your mood whatever the weather. Within aromatherapy tangerine oil is used to relieve stress and is also said to help with insomnia. As an ex(ish) insomniac I can honestly say that since using Lush products before bed I have noticed such a positive difference in my sleep pattern. Although I am not completely cured I now find it so much easier to drift off to sleep, getting that extra few hours of sleep in comparison to none at all is a god send.


I broke my first Tweet bubble bar into two. This amount made copious amount of soft, citrus-sweet bubbles. In hindsight I wish I would have spread the Tweet bar over 3 baths as it is more than capable of doing so.

Spread out over 2 baths Tweet more than adequately met my bathing needs. The only negative thought I have of it is that I just always get a little frustrated when a really good bubble bar isn’t the same size as for example the, The Comforter bubble bar. I’m just a greedy guts like that… This point is of course more of a reflection on me than Tweet!

My skin, dry and feeling a little more sensitive than normal due to the increase in amount of hydro sessions I have had to put my body through felt instantly soothed.

I spent a little bit longer in this Tweet bath than I would normally do, I was just so very relaxed.

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Several hours after getting out of a Tweet bath my skin is still beautifully hydrated and the scent of the Tweet bubble bar is still very prominent on my skin. I wish I had a few more of these in my personal Lush stash as they really are such a good Lush product.

I hope they come back for Easter 2017!



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