Sultana Body Lotion from Lush

Anything that shares its scent with my beloved and very much discontinued Blackberry bath bomb is a must have product for me. I’m actually getting bored of hearing myself explain this in every Blackberry/Sultana scented product review that I do so I will be as brief as possible.

Before the Blackberry bath bomb was discontinued it was my go-to-product if my insomnia decided to pay me a visit. To this day products with the Blackberry/Sultana scent are the only non medicinal things in the world that actually help me fall and stay asleep, I therefore hold anything with its scent with very high regards, grabbing anything and everything Lush create, if and when I can.

Sultana Body Lotion was recently in the Lush Kitchen alongside several other body lotions made in the most popular Lush scents. At first I wasn’t going to order any Sultana body lotion as I have a huge bottle of the body conditioner equivalent in my bathroom. Of course I changed my mind, (stating the obvious) they are both completely different products… In hindsight I am so pleased that I did get the lotion as I actually really like the Blackberry scent in this format. Its scent is exactly like the Blackberry bath bomb.

Consistency wise I think the Sultana body lotion is perfect, it’s not too thick and it’s not too runny. It has a beautifully smooth texture that is a similar consistency to a petit filous yogurt. As with most Lush products, a little amount of it goes a very long way. With it not being too thick a formula the Sultana body lotion rubs in easily, something I love in a body lotion. There’s nothing worse than a body lotion that takes ages to rub in!

Once put on, Sultana body lotion leaves my skin feeling perfectly hydrated and appearance wise much brighter, even the dry patches of my skin such as my elbows look and feel smooth. Its scent is also still detectable on my skin hours after using it, this is of course a huge bonus for me. There’s just something so relaxing about Lush’s ‘Blackberry’ signature-blend-of bergamot and frankincense oils.

One thing I have noticed is that Sultana body lotion doesn’t soak in to your skin very quickly, as I said above a little does go a long way so this isn’t a huge issue. Less is more and all that! Overall I am really impressed with the Sultana body lotion, I hope that Lush decide to bring it out again as it’s the perfect product format for the Blackberry scent.



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Sultana Shower Gel from Lush

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I have wanted to try Sultana Shower Gel ever since I heard the rumour that a prototype of it existed back in February 2017. I feel like I have waited an eternity to get hold of some and words cannot describe how happy I am to finally own a bottle of it!

The Sultana shower gel shares its scent with the discontinued Blackberry bath bomb which happens to be one of my favourite Lush products. Although visually the Blackberry bath bomb isn’t spectacular, it happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

Any Lush product that shares the Blackberry bath bombs scent/ingredients is therefore understandably a must have for me, even more so since the bath bomb was discontinued.

Sultana shower gels scent isn’t your typical Lush-fruity-fragrance. Its magic ingredients are frankincense (olibanum) and bergamot, this superb blend of essential oils are perfect for helping you wind down of an evening. The frankincense offers a sweet and gentle woody aroma while the bergamot gives it a delicate citrus-fruit edge. I know Lush make a lot of citrus based products but Sultana is so different that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t spring to mind upon first sniff.

The shower gel itself is quite runny, a small amount of it does however go a very long way. A ten-pence-piece-sized amount is more than enough to wash your whole body. I love Sultana so much that I always over indulge and use a lot more than necessary, whoopsy! Unfortunately with it being quite a runny consistency over indulging and using too much is very easy to do.

Although the consistency of the Sultana shower gel is quite runny it’s not on par with how the old Olive Branch shower gel used to be, it’s also quite creamy so I don’t see its runny consistency as a huge issue, I actually think some shower gels work better when they’re not super thick. I have even used Sultana shower gel in my hair, I always find that the thinner shower gels work great as shampoo too.

As you rub Sultana shower gel into your body it’s gentle and super relaxing scent fills the shower space, breathing it in with the hot steam helps to draw out any stress that you’ve held onto from your day. After using it my muscles always seem less tense and I always feel ready for bed as soon as I’ve stepped out of the shower.

In the Summer I grew quite fond of pairing the Sultana shower gel up with the Sultana of Skin body conditioner. Although I find that the Sultana shower gel is more than capable in keeping my skin perfectly hydrated ( which not many other shower gels do), with the super hot weather we’ve had here in England I just felt my skin needed a little bit more tender loving care. I am really sad that Sultana shower gel was only available for a short while as a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I think Lush should rethink and make it a store wide shower gel as it really is beautiful!



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Bombardino Bath Bomb from Lush

I had always passed on ordering a Bombardino Bath Bomb when it was in the Lush Kitchen. When money is tight and you’re not sure what a product even smells like, it is safer to just save your money for something you know you’ll love. This attitude makes it very difficult to find and explore new products but sometimes it’s just not possible to do so. As much as we’d all like to buy everything Lush ever made it’s not very realistic. Unfortunately the Bombardino had fallen into the ‘maybe another time‘ category, every time it came up on the Lush Kitchen menu for me.

Now that the Lush Kitchen has however stopped being a weekly affair, I thought I’d try out the Bombardino as it was a part of the Lush Kitchen Winter exclusives this year (2017). Upon the bath bomb’s arrival I realised that what I had ignorantly regarded as a bit of a novelty product was actually one of my best Lush discoveries yet.

The Bombardino is a relatively small bath bomb and is not much bigger than the original Think Pink bath bomb. Its smaller size is reflected in the products price so I didn’t feel to hard done by. Everyone also knows that size doesn’t matter, especially when it comes down to Lush bath bombs! Although each Bombardino bath bomb is designed to look the same, where they are hand made each have their own unique quirks. I particularly like the Lush products that are designed as little creatures, the handmade variations of each individual item gives every single one their very own personality which is all a part of Lush’s charm.

I had never actually heard of a Bombardino until Lush made the bath bomb. I had to look it up on Google (how did we ever get by without it?) and apparently it is a hugely popular drink throughout Italy during the Winter season. For this odd but incredibly cute bath bomb Lush have taken inspiration from a best served hot, Winter drink which also happens to be just how I like to take my baths…

The Bombardino bath bomb has a unique blend of ingredients, it contains vanilla absolute and both lemon and bergamot oil. Its scent reminds me of vanilla custard, brown sugar and shortbread. A lot of people have compared it to the Yog Nog bath bomb, I can see what they mean however, the Bombardino has a scent all of its own. I am in shock that Lush haven’t tried to create more products with its scent as it’s beautifully moreish, even before you’ve plonked it in the bath.

Once the Bombardino bath bomb is in the water it starts to quickly fizzle away, it wasn’t until it was in the bath that I realised it shared some elements that were very similar to the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream. I think this was because of the cocoa butter that is in it. As soon as I detected the similarity between the two, I grabbed a bottle of the shower cream to use with it.

The Bombardino bath bomb is a very fast fizzer, this was what I had however expected considering its size. What really stood out for me with this product was how quickly it changed the bath water, within seconds of it entering the bath the water became so much softer and silky to the touch. It created the perfect environment for my dehydrated-Winter-beaten-skin. My skin lapped it up and felt and looked at its best for the next couple of days.

Overall I am really impressed with this bath bomb and very unimpressed with myself for not trying it a lot sooner. I have a million and one cocktail ideas spinning in my head right now, the Bombardino bath bomb is so versatile. I think it would pair nicely with Let the Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser, the Pumpkin bath bomb and of course the The Magic of Christmas bubble bar, I really, really wish that I had ordered more.



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Orangutan Soap from Lush

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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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Calacas Body Lotion from Lush

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When it comes to Lush I know I throw the love word around a lot, I just can’t help myself, especially when a product is Calacas scented… The Calacas scent has been released in a wide variety of product formats, my favourite so far being the, The Enchanter bath bomb. In my personal opinion the Calacas scent is the most refreshing, uplifting and zingy scent Lush have yet to create. Ever since I very first experienced the Calacas scent through the shower gel, I have been hooked and have since promised to try every Calacas scented product that I can get my hands on.

For the Calacas Body Lotion Lush have carefully combined oil of lime, neroli, cooling aloe vera and olibanum to make one of the most gorgeous, hydrating and energising body lotions I have ever used. If your skin is in need of a hydration boost you need look no further.

As soon as you pop open the lid of the Calacas body lotion you’re greeted with its sharp and zesty mood boosting scent. People often describe the Calacas scent as just like fruit pastilles, I agree to some extent I however believe its scent is so much better than just fruit pastilles.

A little amount of the Calacas body lotion goes a very long way. Once applied the scent stays on your skin for the best part of the day. It also leaves you with soft, smooth and gloriously hydrated skin. I am devastated that Lush didn’t decide to bring this body lotion out as a part of this years (2017) Halloween range, with the Lush Kitchen being in limbo at the moment I really don’t know if I’ll even be able to get hold of a pot of it ever again.

As said above, a very small amount of the Calacas body lotion does go a very long way, this means I at least have enough of it left to get me through the next 4 to 6 months (if used daily.) Overall I am a huge fan of the Calacas body lotion, it smells great, hydrates and soothes my skin perfectly and goes on to your skin, soaking in effortlessly. I really hope that Lush find a way to release this body lotion again as it really is such a good body lotion.



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Chameleon Bath Bomb from Lush

Chameleon Bath BombThe Chameleon Bath Bomb from Lush Cosmetics is a bath bomb that was created way before I became a fully fledged Lushie, all proceeds of its sale went towards a campaign that was raising awareness on the cruel reality of domesticating wild animals such as the Chameleon. I had personally not heard of the bath bomb before but when the Lush Kitchen added it as a bonus product to their weekly menu last week, I couldn’t resist buying a few.

Containing grapefruit, mandarin and ylang ylang oil the Chameleon is yet another citrus fruit scented product. I know some customers are growing tired of the citrus products as of late but they are perfect for this particular time of year. There isn’t much left of Summer now… Luckily I can never get enough citrus and after just one sniff I fell deeply in love with the Chameleon bath bomb’s bright and cheerful scent.

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Grapefruit, mandarin and ylang ylang oils are the perfect blend of essential oils to help uplift, recharge and brighten your mind, body and soul. As the Chameleon bath bomb dissolves in the water a wave of sweet orange scent dominates the room. After using it, I cannot express how much I enjoyed it just on scent alone. To date, the Chameleon bath bomb’s scent is my most favourite of all of the Lush products I have tried so far. A bold statement that I am more than happy to shout from the rooftops!

If you’re a fan of the recently discontinued Lava Lamp bath bomb‘s scent then the Chameleon bath bomb is right up your street, Lush appear to have taken the best parts of the Lava Lamp and Golden Wonder bath bombs scents and thrown it into the Chameleon bath bomb. Its scent is mouthwateringly good.

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Due to the Chameleon bath bomb’s size (similar to the Rocket Science bath bomb) I thought it would be a very quick fizzer, although it is quick, it took longer to fizzle away than I had expected. As the Chameleon comes into contact with the water, a purple splash of colour spills out of it. Its shimmery green coating adds a glistening effect to your bath water, underneath the shimmery green coating the Chameleon is a bright pink.

The way the water sits once the Chameleon bath bomb has fully dissolved reminds me of the multi tonal water you get with the Magic bath bomb. Chameleon isn’t much of a bath bomb if you’re looking for out of this world Experimenter style bath art, it is however very pretty and when you lay back in its waters you can feel your worries melting away.

Overall I am truly dazzled by this bath bomb, its scent is irresistible, the fact it moisturises your skin so well is a huge bonus. Its scent stays on the skin hours and hours after using it. I am blown away by its scent and the longevity of its scent too. Lush really need to bring out more products with this bath bomb’s scent.

A body lotion, shower gel, or even a shampoo bar, just the idea of other products with the Chameleon scent leaves me salivating!



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