Carrot Cake Lip Scrub from Lush

Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

Carrot Cake was yet another brand new lip scrub to Lush-this-year. After enjoying Eve’s Cherry lip scrub from Lush’s Valentine’s Day range so much, I was very excited to see yet another lip scrub in the Easter line. The Carrot Cake Lip Scrub comes in the standard glass pot and is jam packed with 25g of lip scrub heaven!

The main ingredient in 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 Lush lip scrubs almost every day and they are ridiculously underrated.

Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel flawless. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips while also softening and hydrating them at the same time. Exfoliating your lips has so many benefits and has never been easier thanks to Lush.

As well as caster sugar the Carrot Cake lip scrub also contains sea salt, cinnamon, ground almonds and a rather generous helping of carrot seed, toasted hazelnut and Brazilian orange oils. This carefully put together list of ingredients make Carrot Cake truly unique to any other previously released Lush lip scrub.

When you’ve been used to the likes of the Bubblegum lip scrub which has very little ingredients in other than just caster sugar, the newer lip scrubs with the ingredients lists as long as your arm are a lot more interesting and have both much more complex scents and flavours. The introduction of other ingredients including essential oils has enabled Lush to expand on what used to be quite a bland format of products.

Upon opening the Carrot Cake lip scrubs lid you are greeted with a bright orange sugar-scrub-formula. It smells delicious. The lip scrub is not quite how I think carrot cake actually smells but close enough for me to warrant giving it a go. The toasted hazelnut oil really shines through scent wise, it adds a really smokiness to its scent and flavour.

Like the other very recently released Cookie Dough lip scrub, the Carrot Cakes formula isn’t as chunky. It actually has a really soft sand-like-texture. At first I thought this would mean the lip scrub wouldn’t be as exfoliating as its lip scrub predecessors but I was left pleasantly surprised, the less-coarse formula actually works just as well, It’s almost as if the finer consistency helps the level of exfoliation go that little bit further.

A little amount of the Carrot Cake lip scrub goes a very, very long way. I would however recommend using a lip balm or gloss after using it just because it can be a little drying without. A quick coat of lip balm after using the Carrot Cake lip scrub will help keep your lips looking their best.

Overall I really did like the Carrot Cake lip scrub, it smells like gorgeous baked goodies, tastes ok and does a very good job. I’d still say that the aforementioned Eve’s Cherry lip scrub is my favourite though. I can’t wait to see what lip scrubs Lush come up with next…



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Crash Shower Jelly from Lush

Back in March 2019 I first got to experience the delightful Crash Shower Jelly on the opening day of Lush’s new flagship store in Liverpool. Sadly we could only admire it on that day as it was unavailable to purchase. I know a few lucky people however managed to get a pot or 2. I was bitterly jealous of course. 😉

Before now to be able to buy a pot you had to book an in store party. I finally managed to get hold of a large pot when I visited Lush Liverpool this July, it is still an in store party exclusive but as far as I am aware, Liverpool now sell it exclusively too.

Crash shower jelly shares its scent with all of the Lush products from the ‘Celebrate’ scent family. I throw the favourite word around a lot when it comes down to Lush but when it’s a product that is Celebrate scented I need every item available and in multiples.

I’d go as far as to say that the scent of the Crash shower jelly is my signature scent, I first experienced the Celebrate scent the first time I used the Golden Wonder bath bomb and I have been in love with the fragrance ever since.

You’ll be correct in saying that Lush have previously released a shower jelly in the same scent that Crash has, its name is Snowshowers. Apart from the obvious colour difference I didn’t immediately see any other differences between the 2 shower jellies. This has annoyed some long term customers but for me, seeing as it is a scent I love so much I don’t mind a reincarnation of it.

Crash isn’t the only shower jelly to have been rebranded this year either. Rumba shower jelly is another to have a new name and look. I’m not sure why Lush have rebranded them both but as a fan of both scent families, I am not complaining!

Crash’s ingredients list includes; sweet orange, lime and cognac oils. I personally can only really smell the sweet orange and lime from the pot, once in the shower the cognac oil does however reveal itself adding a warmth to the lather that I appreciate on a colder morning.

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. With the Crash shower jelly being slightly more fragile-a-jelly (something Snowshowers wasn’t) the chopping method is in my opinion the best way to get the most out of this particular shower jelly.

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Overall I am very impressed with Crash. Yes, it is very similar to Snowshowers but as I mentioned earlier slightly more fragile, not a great characteristic but not bad enough to put me off of it completely, one pot has seen me through 14 showers so far and there’s still plenty left.

It is also a lot more hydrating on my skin than Snowshowers is. It lathers easier and the colour is just as bright as the likes of the Ectoplasm shower cream. I think it’s a wonderful addition to Lush’s shower jelly family and I am looking forward to further Celebrate scented product releases. 🤞 Lush if you’re reading this I really need a new Celebrate perfume to be released very soon, please and thank you! 😉



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Kappa Bath Bomb from Lush

Kappa Bath Bomb

The Kappa Bath Bomb was one of the first products that I grabbed back in March on the opening day of the new Lush flagship store in Liverpool. Any Lush product that has eyes is always a must have for me.

Alongside several other exclusive bath bombs such as the Peng and Magma, Kappa had previously only been available in one store in the world, a store that was a very long way away for me, in Harajuku, Japan!

At the time of writing this review the Kappa bath bomb is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores; This is however short lived as there are rumours currently circulating that now the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Kappa will be leaving alongside several other bath bombs into Lush-product-retirement. Whether or not Kappa will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku store has yet to be confirmed.

Another thing I love about Lush and their products is the thought that goes into each and every single product. Every last aspect of a Lush product is carefully picked, crafted and designed. Be that a Lush products scent, ingredients, shape or its colours, they think about EVERYTHING, nothing is ever just thrown together.

The Kappa bath bomb much like the Kitsune bath bomb was created by Lush seeking all inspiration from Japanese folklore. A Kappa in Japanese folklore is an amphibious water demon. while the Kappa bath bomb looks sweet and innocent its folklore history isn’t anywhere near as cute. Guard your shirikodama with your life when sharing a bath with this little monster from the deep! 😉

Another thing that Kappas are notorious for is their obsession with cucumbers. It therefore made perfect sense for the Kappa bath bomb to have cucumbers in its list of ingredients. I love cucumber, especially this time of year when it’s so hot in the UK. I was instantly drawn to the Kappa bath bomb, it just radiates refreshment, even down to its cool blue colour.

As well as cucumber the Kappa bath bomb also contains oakmoss absolute, Sicilian lemon and cistus oils. Its scent is quite different from what I normally go for in a Lush product, in ways it reminds me of the Magic bath bomb, that bath bombs scent is also refreshing and very herbal.

I could understand why some would say that the Kappa bath bomb is an acquired taste!

As soon as the Kappa bath bomb comes into contact with the bath water you are greeted with an immediate hiss of fizzing bubbles… Kappa is not a foamy bath bomb meaning once it has fully dissolved the water is fairly clear and a very inviting shade of blue. It is also quite a quick fizzer, reduced to just its 2 vegan candy eyes very quickly, leaving them floating on the waters surface keeping a beady eye on you. 👀

Kappas herbal scent soon fills your bathroom, even just sat on your bathroom side before putting it in the water its scent is fairly potent. As I said above, its scent is very much an acquired taste. I can see its scent being too much for some, I however find the blend of ingredients incredibly uplifting. Sitting back in its waters with my eyes closed, I can envision a slowly running river, mountains and trees decorating its landscape with a small rickety bridge, the perfect dwelling for a fearsome water demon!

Its scent stays on your skin for the best part of the day after getting out of a Kappa bath. The strength of its fragrance softens somewhat which I imagine will please most people as it is a strong one. A good soak in a Kappa bath leaves my skin feeling super refreshed but not quite as hydrated as I would like, it is however nothing a splash of body lotion can’t solve.

Overall I am really impressed with the Kappa bath bomb, the attention to detail and backstory of what a Kappa is all adds to the magic. I love how it’s a little monster and I will be sad to see this bath bomb go if the rumours of its forthcoming retirement are true. Kappa is well worth a go, even if you just try it the once. 😊



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Cookie Dough Body Scrub from Lush

Cookie Dough Body Scrub

The Cookie Dough Body Scrub was released by Lush back in June of this year (2019), previous to its release Lush had released a lip scrub of the same name, the Cookie Dough lip scrub. The lip scrub remains very popular amongst customers so it was only natural for Lush to expand the Cookie Dough line by creating a Cookie Dough body scrub.

I admit I am not a huge fan of super sweet scents or flavours, but I got on ok with the Cookie Dough lip scrub, after hearing that the Cookie Dough body scrub was slightly thicker than the likes of the most recently released shower scrubs such as Mamma Mia and Scrub Scrub Scrub I wanted to give it a go.

Some people like gentle exfoliation products whilst I enjoy a rougher experience. As soon as I had a pot of the Cookie Dough body scrub in my hands I pulled off the lid excited to see what it was like. I’d actually describe it as very similar to the consistency of the Let the Good Times Roll fresh facial cleanser, it also looks very similar to actual cookie dough. I have however been reliably informed that it doesn’t taste like it… 😉

The Cookie Dough body scrub contains both fine sea salt and granulated sugar, this is the ingredients that act as the exfoliant, other included ingredients that add to its feel and fragrance are vanilla absolute and almond, pistachio and hazelnut oils.

Scent wise, I don’t think if I was going on a sniff test alone that I would say the Cookie Dough body scrub was exactly the same fragrance as the lip scrub. I find a lot sweeter, I can definitely detect the almond oil within it but sadly my nose doesn’t pick up on any of the hazelnut oil at all.

What surprised me the most was how thick the Cookie Dough body scrub was. I knew from what other people had said that it was going to be a chunkier formula than what we were used to from Lush BUT I just couldn’t quite believe how thick. At first I thought it was too thick to even get into a lather, after adding water to the mix of it in my hand it however became a lot easier to use, adopting a similar consistency to butter.

As body scrubs go I would say that Cookie Dough is one of the more gentle ones making it a good bet for those with sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying a sample of it before hand just to make sure though as everyone is different. A little of the body scrub does go a long way once blended with enough water. While my skin wasn’t left as exfoliated as I’d ordinarily like, it did leave my skin feeling soft.

After use its scent remains on my skin for an hour or 2. As I’m not a huge fan of the sweet scent that it boasts, this didn’t really effect my feelings towards it. I can imagine the Cookie Dough body scrub being a good product to use after a long day in the sun. The oils in it really do nourish and soften your skin.

Overall the Cookie Dough body scrub was a product I enjoyed using and it made a nice change from the shower scrubs. I will however be sticking with the Lush shower scrubs as I find their level of scrubbiness suits my skins needs much better. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try though!



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Groovy Kind of Love Shower Gel from Lush

While the Groovy Kind of Love Shower Gel wasn’t the shower gel I was most excited about in Lush’s latest community release, I did really enjoy the latest edition of its bath bomb equivalent so thought it was worth giving the shower gel a go too.

The newest version of the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb not only shares its scent with this brand new shower gel but also with the long ago, discontinued Pink Flamingo reusable bubble bar. Bright orange in colour, it wouldn’t be silly of you to mistake this shower gel for Easter 2017’s Wash Behind Your Ears shower gel.

While it looks similar to Wash Behind your Ears, the Groovy Kind of Love shower gel is that little bit brighter of an orange. It doesn’t glow quite in the same was as the Calacas shower gel but it does positively beam warm-orange-happiness and sweet-summer vibes!

One of my favourite of all ingredients that Lush frequently use in some of their products is bergamot oil, one of my favourite bergamot based products being the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb. Bergamots scent is much like an orange and lime combined and is often described as ‘sunshine in a bottle’. Making it fit right in with my visual interpretation of the shower gels sunshine-summery colour.

The Groovy Kind of Love shower gel contains bergamot, ylang ylang, rosewood oil and fresh orange juice. Its scent is sweet, fruity and oozes happiness.

Its scent is not quite as bergamoty as I’d have liked but it isn’t a scent that is at all unpleasant. For a citrusy scent it’s quite gentle and therefore may appeal to others that prefer the fruity scents that are less in-your-face and more subtle.

Consistency wise the Groovy Kind of Love shower gel is just how I like it, not so thick that you can hardly get it out of the bottle and not too thin that you lose it all at the slightest tip of the bottle. A little amount of the shower gel goes a VERY LONG way and it lathers up quickly and efficiently.

Its scent once in the shower does intensify ever so slightly but again it’s still a rather subtle scent. I find it quite hydrating on the skin too, it’s almost more of a shower cream than a shower gel in my personal opinion. I must admit its scent didn’t last that long on my skin once out of the shower but I was left feeling clean and fresh.

Overall I can see why Lush decided to expand the Groovy Kind of Love scented products collection, while it’s not a scent I have fallen deeply in love with I can see it appealing to those that do enjoy the less intense scents.



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Intergalactic Shower Gel from Lush

I am not ashamed to admit that I screamed the house down when I first heard that Lush were releasing an Intergalactic scented limited edition shower gel. The Intergalactic bath bomb is one of my all time favourite Lush products and I have been hoping that Lush would create and release other Intergalactic scented products ever since I first tried the bath bomb back in 2015.

The Intergalactic Shower Gel is a beautiful shade of blue and is decorated with a generous sprinkling of lustre. Colour wise it’s a lighter blue than the bath bomb, it almost has an aqua-green tinge.

Below is a photo of a small blob of the shower gel on a white background. The photo does the shower gel no justice at all, you really, really have to see it in all its sparkly glory for yourself.

 

Containing peppermint, grapefruit, vetivert and cedar wood oil, the Intergalactic shower gels scent leaves you feeling positively refreshed. Just like the bath bomb the ingredient that stands out to me the most scent wise is the peppermint.

When I first smelt the shower gel straight from the bottle I must admit I was a little disappointed. It was similar to the Intergalactic bath bomb but not quite the same, the only way I can describe it is that it seemed to be a lot more peppery and dry.

Once I however got the chance to use the Intergalactic shower gel its scent mixed with the hot water and steam washed away all of the disappointment I had felt. Its scent during in use smells just like the bath bomb, it couldn’t be more alike.

Consistency wise the Intergalactic shower gel is just how I like it, not so thick that you can hardly get it out of the bottle and not too thin that you lose it all at the slightest tip of the bottle. A little amount of the shower gel goes a very long way so is very good value for money,  I was also really pleased with how easily it lathered up.

Its scent didn’t last on my skin for as long as the bath bomb does but it was still there for a good few hours. It wasn’t particularly moistursing but it didn’t leave my skin dry either. An Intergalactic body lotion to use after it would be absolutely perfect. Hint, hint Lush… 😉

Over all I am really happy with the Intergalactic shower gel. The Intergalactic scent works so well in the shower gel format, I’m in shock that Lush hadn’t released it long before now. I have my fingers crossed that this limited edition shower gel becomes a permanent product at some point, it’s that good!



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Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly from Lush

The Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly is one of 9, limited edition shower jellies voted for, for release by the Lush community a few months ago. If you’re one of the thousands of people that miss the very much discontinued Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, then this shower jelly equivalent will most certainly fill the void it has left in your Lush-life.

To this day I am still completely taken aback at Lush’s decision to discontinue everything Yuzu and Cocoa, especially the gorgeous Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon. The loss of both the shower cream and the bubbleroon did however make the news of a shower jelly equivalent being released all the more exciting!

The Yuzu and Cocoa fragrance is one of my favourite Lush scents, the only way I can describe it is ‘wonderfully chocolatey’ and just like a fresh packet of Jaffa cakes. If you love to eat orange chocolate then I recommend trying ALL of the products that share the Yuzu and Cocoa scent.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly is a beautiful mix of yellow and honey shades. As you can see in the photo above it has a mix of yellow and warm amber tones in it, its mix of colours remind me of the Twilight shower jelly which is also made with a blend of swirling colours through it.

Sadly I find that the shower jellies that aren’t all one colour tend to break up / show wear and tear a lot quicker. After 3 uses my Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly had started to lose its shape and robusticity. Quite the opposite of the single-coloured shower jellies also chosen by the Lush Community like Yummy Mummy.

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. With the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly being slightly more fragile-a-jelly than I am used to using as a whole, the chopping method is in my opinion the best way to get the most out of this particular shower jelly.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly lathers up quickly, its scent is just as good as I remember the shower cream being both in the pot and in use. The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is incredibly versatile, I am yet to come across a product format that it hasn’t worked in.

Apart from the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jellies delicacy, I really can’t fault the shower jelly. It’s just as creamy as its shower cream equivalent and its scent lasts on my skin through out the best part of the day after using it too.

Normally shower jellies can be quite drying on my skin, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly however leaves my skin soft and positively refreshed. It isn’t hugely moisturising but doesn’t leave me desperate to coat myself in body lotion either. Overall I believe that it is a wonderful addition to the Yuzu and Cocoa product family!



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