Kitsune Bath Bomb from Lush

Kitsune Bath Bomb

The Kitsune Bath Bomb was 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.

Fortunately, Kitsune is now readily available online and in Lush stores that have chosen to stock it as a part of the 30 years-of-bath-bombs celebrations. For anyone out of the loop, thirty years ago the bath bomb was invented by Mrs Lush (AKA Mo Constantine) in her garden shed. A very happy 30th birthday to the bath bomb!

Containing Sicilian red Mandarin, patchouli and benzoin resinoid the Kitsune bath bomb has many great qualities. Its scent is packed full of energy, I’d describe it as a warmer version of the Avobath bath bomb. It seems to have the same citrus-punch as the aforementioned bath bomb it however has a much warmer fragrance-layer because of the benzoin resinoid.

This makes it a great bath bomb to use if you are like me and live with chronic pain, the benzoin resinoid mixed with the patchouli stimulates your blood flow which helps you wind down and relax, relieving any tired and achy muscles as you lay back and enjoy Kitsune’s waters.

When I first see the Kitsune bath bomb piled high at the 2018 Lush Showcase I thought it was a sea shell design, I was getting beach and mermaid vibes and it had me so, so excited. I was however wrong; Flip the Kitsune bath bomb the other way and it is actually a foxes head.

May I add without eyes – which isn’t a bad thing as I do find myself getting attached to all of the Lush products with eyes… Not ideal when you’re all waiting for a review!

I now know after 10 or so minutes of research, that ‘Kitsune’ is the Japanese word for Fox. The Kitsune in particular is a mythical, 9 tailed fox that commonly features in Japanese folklore. As soon as I realised the 2 pointy bits on the bomb were in fact fox ears I couldn’t wait to see how it performed in the bath.

As soon as the Kitsune bath bomb touches the water an explosion of foam bursts out of it. Shimmery gold, pastel reds, oranges and yellows erupts from within. Next, the Kitsune bath bombs magic truly begins. As most bath bombs do, Kitsune bobs around the waters surface slowly spinning. The photo below does this bath bomb no justice at all, you really have to try it to appreciate how much of a performance it puts on.

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As Kitsune spins in the water, gold and pastel yellow lines seem to appear, this is what Lush meant when they described Kitsune as a ‘shapeshifter’ (something the Kitsune from Japanese folklore can do.)

The magic of a Kitsune fox is displayed so cleverly in this bath bomb, I always say that the Lava Lamp bath bomb is the cleverest bath bomb design and concept but Kitsune is just as good! Who knew that a bath bomb could tell you a story and so vividly?

As Kitsune is quite the fast fizzer you don’t have to wait very long for its spectacular show to be over allowing you to lay back and relax in its even more spectacular waters. The Kitsune bath bomb leaves your skin silky smooth with a tiny splash of beautiful, natural shimmer.

The Lush website claims that you’ll rise out of a Kitsune bath ‘wiser and clearer of mind’  and I really, really believe that you do. Its scent is so zingy and warming and can still be detected on your skin hours and hours after using it. It’s a very hydrating bath bomb too. I’d love to see this scent feature in other product formats in the future.

Overall I would say that Kitsune was my favourite of the Showcase 2018 Japan exclusives. Lush were kind enough to send me one out as a random act of kindness earlier this week and I cannot wait to share another bath with it. Maybe I’ll get better photos of the Kitsune ‘shape shifting’ the next time I use it, watch this space! 👀



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Rumba Shower Jelly from Lush

Rumba Shower Jelly

At the time of writing this review, the Rumba Shower Jelly is a Lush product that is exclusively available only at Lush’s brand new, flagship-super-store in Liverpool, England. Sharing its scent with my all time favourite Lush product the So White bath bomb(the 2016 version with coloured insides being my favourite version) I almost screamed the shop down with excitement after just one sniff.

Yes, we do already get a So White scented shower jelly that never fails to be released year in year out for Lush’s Winter collection the Santa’s Belly shower jelly but Rumba seems to be a much sturdier jelly, plus I love its bright and bold colour.

Rumba is a beautiful shade of green, on its scent, colour and almost indestructible structure (in jelly terms) alone I was left very impressed before I’d even given it a proper go in the shower.

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Rumba contains apple juice, bergamot, neroli and orange oil. Scent wise Rumba smells just like freshly, sliced apple pieces. It’s a real fairytale fragrance, something that inspired the name of the body lotion that shares Rumbas scent the Once Upon A Time body lotion.

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. This method is definitely best if you were planning on sharing the jelly (something I never do! 😉)

Most shower jellies I find are fairly robust. There are others such as the Ghost shower jelly that do not last well through use when left as a whole. Rumba is however one of the most robust shower jellies I have used to date. Something I have found is a running trait amongst the jellies that are exclusive to the Liverpool Lush store.

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Rumba lathers up quickly and easily, as you work it over your body the steam of the hot water really helps carry its crisp-apple-fragrance around your bathroom. People have asked me if Rumba is as good as the So White shower gel and I have to say it is actually better. As much as I love the So White shower gel and the Santa’s Belly shower jelly, after using Rumba it’s made me realise I prefer the thicker shower gels and/or the sturdier shower jellies.

I have used Rumba several times now and it’s not showing any signs of wear and tear at all, this is something that has really impressed me, with it being such an exclusive product it makes me feel a lot better about using it so frequently, I don’t have to ration it!

After getting out of the shower, the Rumba shower jellies scent lasts for a good few hours on your skin, it isn’t hugely moisturising but a quick splash of Once Upon A Time body lotion (as mentioned earlier it shares the So White scent) sorts out any dryness left without masking its scent with another Lush scent family.



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Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb from Lush

Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb
The Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb is 1 of 3 butterfly shaped bath bombs from Lush’s 2019 Mother’s day line. The carefully crafted, butterfly shaped bath bombs are far from the likes of the standard round ones such as the Dragon’s Egg or Intergalactic.

With the use of 3D printers, Lush have been experimenting with their bath-bomb-moulds, trying out lots of different and super-intricate designs. Through the use of these 3D printers Lush created the beautiful Butterfly bath bombs.

The butterfly bath bombs have proven very popular because of their beautiful and clever design, Lush were very wise when they made the decision to make and release 4 different butterfly bath bombs. (I’ll talk about the 4th butterfly bath bomb that isn’t a part of the Mothers day line in its own review very soon.)

Like the Rose Butterfly bath bomb, Wild Butterflies name doesn’t give much away when it comes down to guessing its ingredients; Containing sweet wild orange, petitgrain and olive leaf absolute its scent is a cocktail of sweet-citrus-fruit blended with subtle warming and earthy tones.

It’s sunshine-yellow and shimmery-orange design makes for some super sunny bath art.

As soon as the Wild Butterfly bath bomb touches the water an array of orange and yellow foam bursts out of it. A thin layer of colourful, silky soft foam slowly spreads across the waters surface as it slowly bubbles away.

The Wild Butterfly bath bombs supposedly shares its scent with the Berry Berry Christmas shower gel, until the bath bomb came in contact with the water this wasn’t at all apparent to me.

Once wet, my nose could finally detect the products’ familiarities, I however still don’t believe it is the exact same scent, Wild Butterflies scent hasn’t got the same sourness as the aforementioned shower gels.

The Wild Butterfly bath bomb is a fairly slow fizzer, ensuring that you have plenty of time to snap some bath art shots if that’s your type of thing. I know most people like to just lay back and relax, watching the bath bomb put on its show.

As the Wild Butterly bath bomb dissolves, it slowly turns your bath water a bright and very warm orange colour. The shade of orange reminds me of the bath water left behind by the Brightside bubble bar. I have yet to try both Brightside and Wild Butterfly together but I imagine they would work very well together.

A good soak in a Wild Butterfly bath leaves your skin brighter and super-refreshed. Its subtle scent also remains on your skin long after leaving your bath tub.

Overall I am very impressed with the Wild Butterfly bath bomb. Unfortunately for me the UK’s Mother’s Day has been and gone but I know some other countries still haven’t had their Mother’s Day yet. Please make sure that you try this bath bomb at least once while you still can, I promise you won’t regret it!



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Mamma Mia Shower Scrub from Lush

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The Mamma Mia Shower Scrub is the latest of the shower scrubs to be released. Up until last year, Lush for as long as I can remember only had the one potted shower scrub on offer; The Rub Rub Rub. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Rub Rub Rub but when it was the only potted shower scrub available I did begin to grow a little bored of it.

Just as I’d noticed the lack of variety when it came down to the potted shower scrubs Lush must have read my mind. The Magic Crystal shower scrub was randomly released closely followed by another called Scrub Scrub Scrub.

The Mamma Mia shower scrub is a part of the 2019 Mother’s day line and shares its scent with one of the most underrated (in my personal opinion) bath bombs created by Lush, Stardust. Its mixture is also bright pink which happens to be my favourite colour. Including ingredients such as pink grapefruit, vanilla, rosewood and bergamot, Mamma Mia smells just like creamy vanilla ice cream.

To use Mamma Mia shower scrub all you have to do is scoop out a small amount from the pot and work it into your skin just like you would a shower gel. A little amount does go a long way but please feel free to over indulge while using it, I won’t tell anyone if you don’t! 😉

With any exfoliator I recommend that you pay particular attention to any dry patches you may have such as your knees and elbows.

Other ingredients that are also in the Mamma Mia shower scrub are Himalayan salt and rose clay, these 2 ingredients are Mamma Mia’s secret weapon when it comes down to perfect skin exfoliation and hydration all in one product.

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It’s rare to find a product that aids both skin hydration and exfoliation so well, Lush have mastered the art and formula in all of their potted shower scrubs for both of these aspects. All in all, I have however found Mamma Mia to be the most moisturising out of all of the shower scrubs I have mentioned in this review.

I will be taking a pot of this with me on my next holiday as well as sun lotion, I do not have a holiday booked right now but if I ever do get the chance to get away, a sun, sea, sand and reading my book by the pool holiday is my idea of heaven. The Himalayan salt in Mamma Mia will help get rid of any dead skin making way for a nice sun tan and the rose clay will help soothe your skin after a day in the sun too. It’s a perfect sunny holiday product. 👌

I’m really sad to know that the Mamma Mia shower scrub will be gone with the rest of the Mother’s day stock soon. Its scent is light and unique, I liked Mamma Mia so much upon first use that I immediately ordered another pot of it as soon as I stepped out of the shower. Not just a small pot either, I am now the proud owner of a 600g pot and my husband isn’t allowed to touch it!



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NEW Groovy Kind of Love Bath Bomb from Lush

Groovy Kind of Love 2019 Bath Bomb

Lush love to confuse us but I’m going to attempt to unscramble the ‘Groovy’ confusion…  You may recognise the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb from the Lush Summit event from a few years back.

The following year Lush decided to bring that Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb back but under a different name, All You Need is Love (and Peace). With the opening of the Harajuku store in Japan last year, we have however been presented with yet another rendition of this colourful bath bomb. It’s now back to its original name BUT has a brand new scent.

I haven’t got both products in front of me to compare as the latter was discontinued some time ago BUT the new Groovy Kind of Love bath bombs scent is supposedly similar, if not the same as the Pink Flamingo reusable bubble bar.

While I remember the Pink Flamingo having a fruity and oh-so-moreish scent, I don’t remember it being quite as good as the latest (and which I hope is the last) version of the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb. Containing rosewood, bergamot and ylang ylang, chucking a Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb into your bath is said to be the perfect way of filling your bath tub with peace, love and positivity.

What first attracted me to the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb was its beautiful, rainbow of colours. Piled high in the Lush Liverpool store last week, I couldn’t resist picking 2 up. There’s just something about rainbows and bright colours that cannot be ignored.

As soon as the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb hits the water an explosion of colour fizzles out of it. I have to point out that although some people are disappointed with the bath bombs scent change, I believe the new fragrance suits it much better. It’s light, fruity and happy!

Another thing I have noticed about the newer bath bomb is the strength and boldness of its colours. The newest version of this bath bombs colours don’t wash each other out in the same way as the older versions did. I wasn’t expecting bath art nearly as good as this and couldn’t stop taking photographs.

The fruity bergamot scent of Groovy Kind of Love fills your bathroom as the bath bomb slowly dances around, I was completely mesmerised by both the scent and the pretty patterns it created.

Once fully dissolved the bath water is left a dark shade of orange, I am glad it didn’t turn the water a slushy grey like the The Experimenter bath bomb does. Often when so many colours feature in one product, the end result is quite dark, unrecognisable bath water. I always refer to it as an artists paint pallet after a long day of painting.

The orange water is also gloriously soft to touch, its scent and how it feels on my skin makes me think that this bath bomb is perfect for this time of year. Its scent has a gentle zestiness to it that stays on your skin for a good few hours after you’ve got out of the bath too.

Overall I think this is the best version of Groovy Kind of Love that Lush have created. I hope they never change it again as I’m sure I will soon grow tired of reviewing it, this blog post is post number 3 after all…

I definitely recommend giving the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb a go, it has so much charm and the bath art it creates is incredible!



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Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb from Lush

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

The Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb is 1 of 3 butterfly shaped bath bombs from Lush’s 2019 mother’s day line. The butterfly shaped bath bombs are far from the likes of the standard round ones such as the Avobath and Sex Bomb.

With the use of 3D printers, Lush have been experimenting with their non-virgin plastic bath bomb moulds, making lots of different and super-intricate designs. Through the use of these 3D printers Lush product inventor Gary Shears created the beautiful Butterfly bath bombs!

With a name like ‘Rose Butterfly’ I had decided before I had even read the bath bombs ingredients list that it would share its scent or be similar to the scent of the Rose Jam shower gel, I was wrong, so, so wrong…

Once my Rose Butterfly bath bomb arrived I was shocked to discover that its scent was reminiscent of the Butterball bath bomb. Although its ingredients list says otherwise, I do not think I could tell the difference between the two if I was presented them both while blind folded.

Sure, Rose Butterflies scent has a little more of a floral-fruity tone to it but its scent is so alike to Butterball, even my husband connected the two on first sniff, unprompted. Containing Sicilian lemon and rose oil the Rose Butterfly doesn’t smell like I think it should at all.

It just goes to show what different quantity amounts of ingredients can do, if you’re not a huge fan of floral or rose scents, (as crazy as it sounds) the Rose Butterfly might be a good choice for you.

As soon as the Rose Butterfly bath bomb touches the water an array of blue, purple and pink foam bursts out of it. A thin layer of colourful, silky soft foam spreads across the waters surface as the Rose Butterfly bath bomb slowly bubbles away.

The blues, purples and pink colours work really well together. The clash of colours make for some very impressive bath art. I couldn’t help but ‘ooo!’ at it as it bobbed around my bath, slowly dissolving while turning the bath water a very impressive and bold, dark blue.

The Rose Butterfly bath bomb is a fairly slow fizzer, ensuring that you have plenty of time to snap some bath art shots if that’s your type of thing… I know most people like to just lay back and relax, watching the bath bomb dance around the water.

A good soak in a Rose Butterfly bath leaves your skin soft and refreshed. It is also incredibly hydrating which is something I love in a bath bomb. Overall I am very impressed with the Rose Butterfly and I am looking forward to reviewing the other butterfly bath bombs for you all on here in the not so distant future! 😊



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Conga Shower Jelly from Lush

At the time of writing this review, the Conga Shower Jelly is a Lush product that is exclusively available only at Lush’s brand new, flagship-super-store in Liverpool, England. As a self confessed lover of anything pink, Conga was the first of the exclusive shower jellies to catch my eye.

As soon as I heard that ‘raspberry’ was one of the ingredients in Conga I instantly thought, could this be the next Mumkin bubble bar scented product that we’ve all been asking for, for years?

Sadly for Mumkin addicts, Conga has a brand new Lush scent, it’s fairly similar to the likes of the Raspberry Milkshake soap but has an extra sour element to it, something that excited me straight away, allowing me to easily put the Mumkin bubble bar to the back of my mind once again…

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Conga contains fresh raspberry juice and vanilla absolute giving it a fruity sweet fragrance, the sour element that comes through in its scent is the bergamot oil. On paper I wasn’t at all sure if this blend of ingredients would work, one sniff of Conga however wipes out any uncertainty. It’s delicious.

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. This method is definitely best if you were planning on sharing the jelly (something I never do! 😉)

Most shower jellies I find are fairly robust. There are others such as the Ghost shower jelly that do not last well through use when left as a whole. Conga is however one of the most robust shower jellies I have used to date. Conga lathers quickly and easily.

As the lather of Conga gets going the steam of the hot water really helps carry its raspberry scent. In use it actually reminds me of the Plum Rain shower gel which funnily enough was another product that upon its release, I dared to dream could be Mumkin bubble bar scented too. It wasn’t Mumkin scented BUT I did fall hopelessly in love with it as like Conga it has a very unique berry-fruit sour scent.

After getting out of the shower, the Conga shower jellies scent lasts for a good few hours on your skin, it brightens dull skin up and leaves it feeling fresh. It isn’t hugely moisturising but isn’t so drying that it leaves me desperate to coat myself in body lotion.

Overall I am really impressed with the Conga shower jelly, I hope that Lush make it more readily available for all soon. It’s a fantastic addition to the Lush shower jelly family, I could see it selling very well if it was made a main line Lush product!



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