Not So Secret Santa Bath Bomb from Lush

Sharing its size with the Butterball bath bomb the Not So Secret Santa Bath Bomb is one of the smaller sized bath bombs that appeared in this years (2019) Winter line.

I have never had much luck when participating in ‘Secret Santa’ gift swaps so always opt out of doing them if I am now invited to take part. (Don’t ask 😬) Even with the Secret Santa gift-swap-curse hanging over my head I couldn’t help but purchase this bath bomb.

The Not So Secret Santa bath bomb is named and designed from a play on words of the tradition of ‘Secret Santa’ gift-giving. As you can see, inside the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb is a Santa shaped paper-insert. He seems to be half hidden until you finally use the bath bomb.

Lush have been hiding paper notes in some of their products for years, one of the most recently released products being the Figaro Figaro bath bomb. The paper notes add some what of a novelty factor to bath bombs and it can make using them that little bit more exciting, especially for children!

The Not So Secret Santa bath bomb may look (apart from its paper insert) quite plain but one thing I have learnt through my excessive use of Lush products is that you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or in bath bomb terms, you shouldn’t judge a bath bomb by its initial appearance! 😉

Containing essential oils from lemon myrtle, Sicilian lemon and litsea cubeba fruits/plants the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb might be Lush’s zestiest bath bomb yet. If I had to compare it to another bath bomb I’d say it’s fairly similar to the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

When you feel it is time to free Santa from the ‘snowball’ that he has got himself stuck in, place the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb into your bath water.

Upon hitting the water the Not So Secret Santa bath bombs scent begins to fill your bathroom almost immediately, just its scent alone leaves me feeling a lot brighter. Slowly but surely the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb dances around the waters surface, when suddenly a bust of red starts to trail out of it.

The trail of red soon becomes more apparent, pretty patterns begin to spurt out of the bath bomb until all that is coming out of it is red. It’s almost as if Santa has been accidentally put in a white wash! 😂 As the bath bomb dissolves, the Santa paper-insert reveals itself more and more, little by little.

For such a small bath bomb the Not So Secret Santa sure is powerful. Both bath art wise and by its scent. This bath bomb is lemony fresh through and through. Being a relatively fast fizzer it doesn’t take the freeing of Santa very long at all.

Unfortunately my Santa in the below photo appeared to have lost one hand while spinning around in my bath, I however found it stuck to my bum once I had got out of the bath, whoops! 🙊

With Santa finally being free, it’s the perfect time to lay back and relax in the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb’s waters… A soak in this bath water blasted away all of my winter blues. It’s the perfect mid-winter pick-me-up.

Once out of the bath the Not So Secret Santa bath bombs’ scent stays on your skin for the best part of the rest of the day. Its fragrance definitely added a little fuel to my ever declining Winter-energy-levels adding a spring to my step.

For such a small bath bomb I am surprised at how hydrated it left my skin, I didn’t just feel brighter mentally, my skin looked it too! Overall I am so, so impressed with the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb, it made for a nice change from the Butterbear bath bomb, I really do hope to see it making a return to the Winter line next year. 🤞



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Santa Reusable Bubble bar from Lush

Santa Reusable Bubble Bar

The Santa Reusable Bubble Bar was first released as a part of Lush’s exciting, 2019 Winter collection. Upon first glance I couldn’t quite believe just how intricate its design was; It is amazingly detailed, so-much-so that it makes it really hard to believe that it’s completely hand made.

Lush have most certainly used their 3D printer to the best degree when making the mould for this bubble bar. They have done a brilliant job in capturing the magic of Santa himself; His hat, his oversized slightly-red-from-the-cold nose, his beard and his moustache are absolutely true to how I envision Santa.

Containing lemon myrtle, lime and neroli oils the Santa reusable bubble bar is rich with awakening-super-zingy ingredients. It makes for a sharp, zesty and truly refreshing bath. I found myself using it mostly on the dark-December-mornings in a bid to wake myself up a bit; And wake me up it did!

Lush Reusable bubble bars have grown on me even more since giving the Santa reusable bubble bar a go. I often find with Lush’s reusable bubble bars that the colour they leave your water isn’t quite as bright as how the ordinary bubble bars (such as Brightside) leave your water.

The Santa reusable bubble bar has however broken that rule, it creates perfectly bright waters. I hope that in the future all of the reusable bubble bars are improved in this way too.

As soon as the Santa reusable bubble bar goes under the tap its cheery, pick-me-up scent engulfs your bathroom, bubbles then begin to build up very quickly. I had more than enough bubbles within minutes of placing this bubble bar under the running tap.

In total I got 4 generously bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar. I think I could have got a few more out of it had I not been so greedy. The fact that it does go so far makes me a lot happier when faced with Santa’s costly retail price.

Underneath the thick blanket of citrus-rich bubbles is smooth-as-silk bath water that is a bold and beautiful Christmas-red. The bubbles also hang around for the whole of my time in the bath too.

Laying back in a Santa reusable bubble bar bath has really helped me relax during this very hectic time of year. My skin although not as moisturised as I’d like did appear brighter and feel smoother once I got out of the bath. Overall I am really impressed.



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Boo! Shower Slime from Lush

Boo! Shower Slime

The first shower slimes were released in the Summer of 2019 so at the point of writing this review are still a relatively new product from Lush. The product type itself is without question quite a conversation starter.

I have heard mixed reviews on the concept of shower slimes but interestingly enough, I have yet to hear a negative review from anyone who has actually given one or all of the shower slimes a go.

With a new season comes new Lush products; This September the Lush Halloween line was unleashed on the world and what a spectacularly spooky line it is… Boo! Shower Slime is the 3rd shower slime to have been released by Lush and with it being jet black, it fits right in with all-things-Halloween.

Before I had, had a chance to see its ingredients list I had imagined the Boo! shower slime to possibly share its scent with one of the year-in, year-out Halloween bath bombs the Lord of Misrule or Monsters’ Ball. I was (as always) wrong, the Boo! shower slime in fact shares its scent with the Bubblegum lip scrub, something I don’t think any of the Lush community were expecting at all.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Bubblegum lip scrubs scent it’s very similar (maybe a little bit sweeter but close enough to be considered the same scent family) to the Snow Fairy shower gels scent. This products scent decision was made by the shower-slime-product-inventor himself as he wanted it to give homage to a Halloween trick or treat haul.

Think sickly-sweet and all things sugar and candy floss. I’ll admit it isn’t my favourite fragrance from Lush’s extensive-scent-library and is normally reserved for Lush’s Christmas products BUT I thought I’d give it a go nevertheless. If anything it would at the least help me to get into the spirit of Halloween!

Shower slime IS very slime-like BUT it’s not that much different to a shower gel. In fact, you pretty much use it just as you would a shower gel. A small amount goes a very long  way making it great value for money. Lush shower slimes have quite a lot of cornflour in them which is what gives them that slightly thicker, milky-dough-like-consistency.

With just a bit of water the slime soon lathers up into something that resembles shower gel. Fear not, shower slimes will definitely not clog up your drains. The horrified-by-slime-people will also be very pleased to hear that Lush shower slimes are also NOT at all sticky.

The shower slime is actually quite fun to play around with and when you finally want to use it for its body-cleansing-purposes, lathers up just as good and as quickly as a shower gel does. One thing I love about Boo! is that it is not only extremely hydrating on your skin but also ever so slightly scrubby (as in super-duper gentle scrubby) which leaves your skin cleansed and magnificently smooth too.

I have not really mentioned anything else about the colour of the Boo! shower slime as in use it’s just like any other shower product from Lush. I was a bit weirded out at the idea of using a jet black shower product back when the Scrub Scrub Scrub shower scrub first came out BUT I had a brilliant experience with it, it left me completely open minded about using the ever-growing list of strangely-popular black Lush products.

I have found that when it comes down to the black products, customers either get really excited about trying them or they freak out asking why you would use such a product in the bath or shower (a place you go in to get clean not dirtier). Boo! however does exactly what I would want any cleansing shower product to do. After using it I am clean and refreshed, no ‘black marks’ are left on me and there isn’t any clean up to do in the shower either.

Although scent wise the Boo! shower slime isn’t my favourite, I enjoyed using it very much. As I mentioned above it left my skin clean, hydrated and unexpectedly smooth so I was more than satisfied in that respect. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try before it’s too late… Hurry! There’s only a few days left until Halloween! 👻💀🎃



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Punkin Pumpkin Bath Bomb from Lush

Punkin Pumpkin Bath Bomb

The 2019 Halloween range from Lush is one of their best Halloween line ups yet. Several spooky and very-much-loved Halloween products have made a re-appearance as well as 2 brand-new bath bombs; Mercury Retrograde and Punkin Pumpkin.

The Punkin Pumpkin is obviously the most in-your-face-Halloween out of the 2 and as its name suggests, it is a pumpkin-shaped bath bomb that is NOT to be confused with the Pumpkin bath bomb from previous years.

Punkin Pumpkin is quite a unique bath bomb to say the least, Lush have been crazy-clever and have managed to make this bath bombs eyes and mouth glow in the dark, just as if it was a real carved pumpkin with a lit candle inside! 😮

I’m a super geek who loves a day-time-bath. Bathing in the day means I get to take advantage of the natural lighting, it’s the perfect conditions for bath art photo opportunities. The only downside to this is that I never got to experience the glow-in-the-dark aspect of the Punkin Pumpkin while in the bath. 🙁

I did however shine a torch on it for a minute or two before turning the lights off just to see if it really did glow and GLOW IT DID! Although the glow wasn’t quite as bright as the Ghost in the Dark soap (which is available again this year) it did definitely glow.

Now to get on with the science behind this magical glowing product. The first question everyone asks when introduced to such a product is, ‘HOW?!!’ You’ll have to read on to find out…

The magic glowing ingredient in Punkin Pumpkin is luminescent zinc sulfide. I was going to do a whole paragraph on the ins-and-outs of it until I remembered how bad I am at Chemistry. Instead of embarrassing myself I have included a link that sends you directly  to Lush’s website where all of the ‘glowing’ information can be found *click here*.

Along side the luminescent zinc sulfide, Punkin Pumpkin also contains pumpkin powder and cinnamon-leaf, lime, orange and Sicilian-red-mandarin oils.

Its scent is very warming and a lot more limey than I had imagined prior to sniffing it. Smelling it now I want to say that it also has a slight peppery undertone to it. It’s not too in-your-face cinnamony either which is a bonus for some customers. I on the other hand would have liked it to have contained a bit more cinnamon as I can never get enough of cinnamon, especially at this time of year!

As soon as the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb touches the water a burst of orange and green erupts from it, spilling out into the bath while it floats on the waters-surface.

Size wise Punkin Pumpkin is actually quite a chunky bath bomb, I’d say that it is almost as thick as the likes of the larger Lush bubble bars such as the Brightside and The Comforter. With this in mind I was pleasantly surprised that the bath bomb floated the whole time it was in the bath.

Once the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb has fully dissolved it leaves your bath water a warm orange colour. The colour isn’t the only thing that makes a Punkin Pumpkin bath so wonderfully inviting either, the bath water is silky soft to the touch and just a 15 minute soak left my skin feeling much softer.

Once I was out of the bath I couldn’t help but notice how much brighter my skin appeared. As well as being brighter in appearance, it was also perfectly moisturised too.

Its fragrance although subtle, left me surprised as it remained on my skin for the best-part of the rest-of-the-day. Again in regards to its subtle scent, Punkin Pumpkin is definitely better suited to those customers who favour lighter more delicate fragrances.

Overall I am quite impressed with the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb, I’d have personally liked to have seen it with a slightly stronger scent though. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t share its scent with the aforementioned Pumpkin bath bomb too but that’s just me being super fussy! 😝 Regardless of this, I still believe Punkin Pumpkin to be an incredible new addition to the Lush Halloween, bath-bomb-family. 🎃



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Brr! Shower Slime from Lush

Brr! Shower SlimeFirst released back in July 2019, the shower slimes are still a relatively new product from Lush. With a name like ‘shower slime’, the product is to-say-the-least quite a conversation starter. I have heard mixed reviews on the concept of this new and crazy-unique product format BUT interestingly enough, I have yet to hear a single negative review from anyone who has actually given one or all of the shower slimes a go.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the last few years, you’ll know that the world has gone a-tiny-bit-crazy for ‘slime’. Social media is full of slime videos and demos and almost everyone under the age of 12 has had a go at attempting to make their own slime, mostly without success.

I am unsure as to whether or not the slime-hype was the inspiration behind this new product format but whatever the answer, the shower slimes against all odds seem to have gone down a treat within the Lush Community.

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Above is a photograph of the 2 original  Shower Slimes released by Lush earlier this year (2019).

I have been dreading writing this review as I want to give the Brr! Shower Slime the justice it deserves. Brr! is the very first shower slime that I tried and also happens to be the first that I am attempting to review.

The Brr! Shower Slime is the most eye-catching of all of the shower slimes released so far, this is due to its fluorescent yellow colour. Before I had, had a chance to see its ingredients list I assumed because of its colour, that it was the shower-slime-equivalent of the citrus-rich Ectoplasm shower cream, I was as per normal, wrong. The only thing that both Ectoplasm and Brr! have in common with each other is their colour.

When I first heard that Lush were bringing out a shower slime I was very interested in it, I was however on the fence about whether it was something we actually needed. When you ask for the definition of slime on Google it says ‘an unpleasantly thick and slippery liquid substance‘. I have heard so many people ask in horror, ‘why would you want to wash yourself with SLIME?!!’ all I can say is read on to find out…

Shower slime IS very slime-like BUT it’s not that much different to a shower gel. In fact, you pretty much use it just as you would a shower gel. A small amount goes a very long  way making it very good value for money.

I’ve noticed that the Lush shower slimes have quite a lot of cornflour in them which is what gives them that slightly thicker, milky-dough-like-consistency. With just a bit of water the thickness of the slime soon lathers up into something that resembles shower gel so before you ask, no Lush shower slimes will definitely not clog up your drains!

The horrified-by-slime-people will also be very pleased to hear that Lush shower slimes are NOT at all sticky. The shower slime is actually quite fun to play around with and when you want to use it for its body-cleansing-purposes, it lathers up just as good and as quickly as a shower gel. One thing I love about Brr! in particular is how hydrating it is on your skin.

Brr! shower slimes scent is rich with spearmint oil through and through, I originally was led to believe that it shared its fragrance with the chocolate-mint-scented Christmas Angel/Haagen bath bomb, it’s however not chocolatey like the bath bombs at all. Instead Brr!’s fragrance is purely super-sweet-spearmint, not that you’d have ever guessed that based on its very un-minty neon yellow colour!

Overall I think that the Brr! shower slime is a brilliant shower product, not only is it fun to use, it also leaves me feeling clean and refreshed all while leaving my skin perfectly hydrated and looking brighter too.

I am genuinely very excited to see what other scents Lush decide to bring out in the shower-slime-format next. After just one use of Brr! I can safely say that I am hooked on Lush shower slimes, something I never thought I’d be saying when their release was first announced. I  promise that I will review the other 2 shower slimes that are currently available on here very soon. Watch this space! ☺️



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Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush

Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

If like me you thought that we had seen the last of the ‘bomb bombs’ when 2018’s Winter line retired then you were wrong. Very, very wrong. 2 brand new bomb bombs have made an appearance for Lush’s Spring 2019’s line and being honest as always, I actually think that they are both much easier on the eye than the original three, dare I say the Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb is in fact quite cute…

The idea behind the Lush bomb bombs is that you get 2 bath bombs in one. One of the bath bombs is its head the other is its body, hence the ‘bomb bomb’. Ingredients wise the Lamb Bomb Bomb contains peppermint oil and chocolatey cocoa absolute, its scent is very similar if not the same as the Thundersnow bath bomb that came out a few Winters ago. A scent I have always enjoyed as it reminds me of a yummy mint chocolate desert!

I decided to use the head and body of the Lamb Bomb Bomb in just the one bath (see below photos) some people however spread their bomb bombs out over 2 baths, one day using the head and another day using its body. There’s no right or wrong way to use it, the choice is entirely yours.

As soon as the Lamb Bomb Bomb hits the bath water a burst of white and blue foam fizzles out of it. Much like the aforementioned bath bomb Thundersnow, Lamb Bomb Bomb creates quite a creamy-thick layer of foam that floats on the water surface. It actually reminds me of a jelly bath bomb ever so slightly, the foam doesn’t however last as long as jelly and slowly fizzles itself away into the bath water, it’s just like a squirt of cream that slowly melts into your cup of hot chocolate.

Once the Lamb Bomb Bomb has fully dissolved you are left with silky smooth, very light, creamy blue (almost white) bath water. I found the waters incredibly moisturising, it was nice to use a bath bomb that was this moisturising without chunks of oily butter in it like the Yog Nog bath bomb.

Lamb Bomb Bombs basic and very gentle list of ingredients left my skin fabulously hydrated and soft, I was very impressed and have since used another Lamb Bomb Bomb’s head and body separately (in 2 different baths) and my skin was left just as satisfyingly smooth to the touch.

Just like the Princess, Snowman and Santa Bomb Bomb‘s the vegan friendly, candy eyes are the last part of the bath bomb to melt away; Which might I add is just as creepy as it is charming. As a matter of fact, I actually really enjoyed using the Lamb Bomb Bomb bath bomb, I have warmed to the bomb bombs ever so slightly thanks to this ones design, it doesn’t look like it was all thrown together at the very last minute like the aforementioned bomb bombs released before it.

I am actually quite looking forward to reviewing the next bomb bomb after writing this review. It’s always double the pleasure when you love a bath bomb that you thought you wouldn’t like very much at all. Although we have the store-staple Intergalactic bath bomb when we fancy a bit of cooling peppermint, Lamb Bomb Bomb made a very nice minty infused change!



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Open Your Heart Bubble Bra from Lush

Open Your Heart Bubble BraBack in 2017 Lush released the Golden Pear soap as a part of their Winter line. Ever since the Golden Pear soaps release the Lush community have gone wild for its scent, due to its popularity  Lush have gone on to create several more products that share its scent.

Lush’s 2019 Valentine’s Day line features the Golden Pear scented Open Your Heart Bubble Bra. No, that isn’t a typo… it really is called the Open Your Heart bubble bra!

Inspired by Madonna’s pointed 80’s bra this bubble ‘bar’ screams to be bought, if you’re looking for a bubble bar with a unique selling point then a bubble ‘bra’ comes top of the list for sure…

Just like the Love Token reusable bubble bar which is also a part of 2019’s Valentine’s Day line, Open Your Heart is covered in gold shimmer, underneath its sparkly coating is yellowy-orange bubble bar. Designed in the same way as the Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon, 2 edges are sandwiched together. These edges obviously being the cups of Madonna’s iconic and very peculiar shaped bra.

Lush instruct you to use one half or both pieces of bubble bar to ensure you have a ‘Valentine’s bath you won’t forget in a hurry’. I personally used the whole thing together. Usually I’d try and spread a bubble bar over at least 2 baths but with Open Your Heart being quite small I found it was best for me to use it all at once.

I found that using just one half of it didn’t leave me with very many bubbles at all. It does however depend on your baths water pressure though, by all means if you get enough bubbles with half then only use half, it’s all down to personal preference really.

The Open Your Heart bubble bar has a somewhat sour-pear fragrance, it’s not quite as strong as its soap equivalent but is close enough for me to consider both products as in the same scent family. It’s a scent that reminds me of cooked pears, slowly baked in a pie smothered in sugar; Delicious!

Although it’s not a scent I go mad for personally, I can see why so many people do like it so very much.

Placed under the tap, the Open Up Your Heart bubble bar fills your bath up with a shimmery golden-yellow water. Although it did create a lot of bubbles, they didn’t stay around for very long, completely disappearing long before I’d finished my bath. This is however a common occurrence with Lush’s bubbleroon bubble bars because of their buttery centre.

What bubbleroons such as Open Your Heart lack in bubble-longevity they well make up for with how silky-soft they turn your bath water. My skin felt amazing once I had left the bath, not only was my skin lightly fragranced with the scent of Open Your Heart but it also felt refreshed, silky smooth and perfectly hydrated too.

Overall I did enjoy using the Open Your Heart bubble bar, it’s not my favourite of the 2019 Valentine’s line and I feel it would have been better in a different colour, (we already had a gold sparkly bubble bar in this years collection with Love Token) but I did enjoy its ingredients and how relaxed it left me.



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