Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

What a time to be alive, especially if Lush’s notoriously sweet, Winter-popular ‘Snow Fairy‘ scent is one of your favourites. I honestly didn’t think there were any more products that Lush could give the Snow Fairy treatment to. However here we are with the Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar. – I must admit that I’m not a huge Snow Fairy fan BUT it’s a pink product so of course I had to give it a go.

The 3 bubble brushes that are currently available in pink, blue and yellow, are all reusable bubble bars BUT with a twist. You use them just as you would any other reusable bubble bar, once you have the desired amount of bubbles in your bath, you are then supposed to dip the bubble bar in the bath water just as you would a paint brush. Next you are meant to glide the bubble brush back and forth over the foamy bubbles to create colourful, bubbly-bath-art. (See below photo).

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Although my version of ‘Candy bubble brush bath art’ in the above photo isn’t art gallery worthy, if you do a quick search on Instagram almost immediately you will find copious amounts of photos that have done the most fantastic job of showcasing how wonderful and unique the bubble brushes can be.

Underneath the blanket of Candy scented bubbles is brilliant pink bath water. I often find that Lush reusable bubble bars aren’t as vibrant as the single use ones, the Candy bubble brush is however perfectly vibrant. Below is a photo of the Candy bubble brush being dipped into a small jar of water, obviously this isn’t anywhere near as much water as you’d have in your bath but all it took to create this bright pink water was 60 seconds of the bubble brush sat in it, just as pictured.

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Out of the 3 bubble brushes currently available, Candy has been the one I have used the most purely because of its colour. Not only does the Candy bubble brush leave your bath water bright pink but also silky smooth too. Bathing in it for just 10 minutes leaves my skin feeling soft and well nourished. I am surprised that the scent lasts throughout the whole of the bath. Its scent could also be detected on my skin hours after getting out of the bath too, this is something that rarely happens with a reusable bubble bar.

The only thing that irritates me about the bubble brushes is that they are so hard to store without making a huge mess. I leave them to dry on a plastic mat before storing them and that seems to be the easiest and cleanest way that I have found to handle them in between uses (so far anyway.)

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Much like the Snow Fairy body conditioner and Snow Fairy jelly bomb the Candy bubble brushes scent is sugar-sweet, anything Snow Fairy scented is always hugely popular with younger customers, however I am almost 30 and although it isn’t my favourite scent family, I do enjoy using the odd Snow Fairy fragranced product every now and again. After all, it wouldn’t be Winter without a bit of Snow Fairy something.

I don’t think that the bubble brushes target audience is specifically just children either, they have proven extremely popular with ALL ages, who doesn’t want to take 10 or 20 minutes out of their day to do something fun and relaxing? I love the bubble brushes because they get my creative juices flowing and also help me clock up those ‘me time’ minutes –  and we can all relate to needing more me time! If you’re looking for something a little different and quirky then the new bubble brushes are a must have, I look forward to reviewing the other 2 for you in the near future. Watch this space!



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Seven Deadly Spins Bubble Spinner from Lush

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The Seven Deadly Spins Bubble Spinner is yet another brand new release that was a part of Lush’s Easter 2018 line. When Lush first released the bubble bar equivalent of a fidget spinner I honestly had no idea what a fidget spinner was, I’m so uncool and proud… I have since learnt that a fidget spinner is a small toy comprising of two or three prongs arranged around a central bearing. They are designed to be spun by the fingers as a means of improving concentration and a reliever of stress.

The bubble bar equivalents of a fidget spinner, (like Seven Deadly Spins) do not work in quite the same way as the toy fidget spinners – (the water from the tap is what essentially makes the bubble spinner, spin). Getting in on the fidget spinner craze is a very clever move on Lush’s part, their original creation of a Bubble Spinner has sold very well and continues to do so.

Although I’ve seen quite a few people online getting a little bored of this new type of ‘novelty’ product. (Lush just won’t stop making new bubble spinners!) I can see how popular they are with the younger Lushie’s so understand why Lush keep making more.

I believe the Seven Deadly Spins bubble spinner to be the first of the bubble spinners to have just 2 prongs. Any Harry Potter fan will of course notice that Seven Deadly Spins beckons a huge resemblance to the mighty, wizarding worlds football equivalent, Quidditch’s golden snitch.

Jam packed with a bunch of uplifting ingredients such as bergamot oil and benzoin resinoid the Seven Deadly Spins bubble spinner has a citrus-fruit, vanilla mix scent. These ingredients have been blended together to create a bubble bath that not only uplifts your spirit but also brightens the skin and helps lull you into a calm, super zingy and totally refreshed frame of mind. Its scent reminds me of the Cheer Up Buttercup bath bomb but a lot more subtle.

When the Seven Deadly Spins bubble spinner is held under running tap water, its scent doesn’t become any stronger, for me this was a little disappointing but not everyone is into strong citrus scents like me, therefore this could work very well for someone else.

As Seven Deadly Spins is run under the tap copious amounts of bubbles begin to form, the water also becomes an unusually bright, neon-yellow. I WAS NOT EXPECTING THE WATERS COLOUR TO BE SO UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL! it was almost impossible to take a photo of its true colour, you have to try it to believe it. None of the photographs that I took do it any justice at all.

Bubble wise I wasn’t blown away with Seven Deadly Spins, although the bubbles were thick and fluffy when the bath was first ran, they didn’t last very long. The colour it changed the water however well made up for the lack of bubble-staying-power.

Although Seven Deadly Spins (in my personal opinion) isn’t the best bubble spinner Lush have released thus far, it is a product that’s scent isn’t at all overpowering so for those people that tend to reach out for the products that are more delicate on the nose such as the Sakura bath bomb, this could be the right bubble bar for you. The colour it turns your bath water was what won Seven Deadly Spins over for me though, that and the Harry Potter reference! Seven Deadly Spins is well worth a try.

 



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Mum in a Spin Bubble Spinner from Lush

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The Mum in a Spin Bubble Spinner is yet another brand new release from Lush’s Mother’s Day line. Packed with a long list of relaxing ingredients including both lavender and tonka absolute, it’s a must try product for all, not just mum’s. When Lush first released the bubble bar equivalent of a fidget spinner I honestly had no idea what a fidget spinner was.

I have since learnt that a fidget spinner is a small toy comprising of two or three prongs arranged around a central bearing. They are designed to be spun by the fingers as a means of improving concentration and a reliever of stress.

Although the bubble bar equivalents of a fidget spinner do not work in quite the same way, (the water from the tap is what essentially makes the bubble spinner spin) I can see why they are so popular. Getting in on the fidget spinner craze is a very clever move on Lush’s part, their original creation of a Bubble Spinner sold very well which is why we have now been presented with a brand new bubble spinner product, the Mum in a Spin.

 

Mum in a Spin is a reusable bubble bar, much like the first bubble spinner that Lush created it has a wooden pin in its middle. This allows the bubble bar part of it to spin as the tap water hits it just like a water mill. It has 3 spokes, two of them are decorated with the letter ‘M’ and the third with a love heart spelling out Mum/Mom.

Reusable bubble bars are slightly different to the normal bubble bars, you don’t have to break a reusable bubble bar up to use it, you simply run it under the tap to create bubbles. Once you have the desired amount of bubbles you then put it somewhere it can dry off, ready for the next time you want to use it.

As Mum in a Spin is submerged under running tap water, its scent fills the room. It shares its scent with the much loved Twilight bath bomb, making it the perfect night-time-bath treat. As the bubble bar is run under the tap copious amounts of bubbles begin to form, the water also becomes a stunningly bright pink. Overflowing with ingredients that have been carefully put together to help you wind down, it didn’t take very long for me to feel the stresses of the day melting away as I let myself lay back underneath the blanket of fluffy white, Twilight scented bubbles.

Sometimes I find that the reusable bubble bars don’t create quite as many bubbles as the ordinary bubble bars do, I found that with Mum in a spin this wasn’t the case at all. You can get 3 very generously bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Mum in a Spin. Another trait that reusable bubble bars tend to have is that they don’t create as vividly colourful water as their ordinary counterparts, this wasn’t the case for Mum in a Spin either, I was very happy to be bathing in such a beautiful and bold shade of pink water.

Another thing that impressed me about the Mum in a Spin bubble spinner was that its scent lasted throughout the whole bath, it also lasted on my skin once I was out of the bath too. There is nothing better than stepping out of a Mum in a Spin bubble bath followed by slathering yourself up with Sleepy body lotion.

I know some people are eager for Lush to start creating new scents as they’re growing bored of the same scents coming back time and time again. There is however something quite special about revisiting much loved scents through a different product format, I don’t think I could ever get bored of the Twilight scent. Overall I am very impressed with the Mum in a Spin bubble spinner, it ticks every box for what I like in a bubble bar. I will therefore be stocking up on them before 2018’s Mother’s Day period is through.



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Kiss Me Quick Wash Card from Lush

Kiss Me Quick Wash CardThe Kiss Me Quick Wash Card is a brand new product that is a part of the Lush 2018 Valentine’s range. If you remember last years line up, you’ll probably be familiar with the ‘Kiss Me Quick’ name. This Kiss Me Quick wash card is however not to be confused with last years Kiss Me Quick business wash card.

There are several of these ‘soap paper’ products available from Lush right now, you can find them in a variety of different colours and scents. That being said, the wash cards are relatively unexplored by myself. This is where I admit that I am fairly new to this type of product, I think this particular wash card is my 4th or 5th one to try? Even though I have got on really well with all of the ones I have tried previous to this, I still can’t shake away the thought that the wash cards are more of a novelty product than anything else.

Novelty product or not, the idea behind Lush’s wash cards is really clever. With it being a paper-like consistency, it weighs less than a shower gel and of course, it is ‘naked’. This in the world of Lush means a packageless product but I’m pretty sure if you are reading this, that you knew that already. Whether you think that the wash cards are a novelty or not they can prove to be a useful product when it comes down to travelling. They’re small, light and where they are not liquid, they can be taken on to planes etc.

The Kiss Me Quick wash card is roughly about the size of my hand making it a lot bigger than the Kiss me Quick business and Butterbear cards. To use the Kiss Me Quick wash card all you need to do is rip a tiny bit off of it, followed by you then getting it wet and then beginning to work it in your hands the same way as you would a soap. This creates a decent lather almost instantly, leaving it ready to use just like a liquid shower gel or hand wash.

This years Kiss Me Quick wash card has a brand new Lush scent that hasn’t featured in any other product before. When I very first opened the box full of the Valentine’s goodies it was by far the strongest scented product in the collection. Even when it was the other side of the room I could still smell it.

I always struggle to describe scents but the first word that springs to my mind to describe the Kiss Me Quick wash card is sweet. It is such an intense sweet too, it makes the likes of the Snow Fairy shower gel appear subtle.

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Ingredients wise the Kiss Me Quick wash card includes mimosa, clove bud oil and tonka absolute, the clove bud oil adds a light spicy layer to the sweetness of the tonka. During use the scent does become more subtle which is its saving grace for me. If its scent was just as strong or even stronger during use I know I wouldn’t like it, its scent fresh out of the box really is an intense one to say the least.

After use my skin feels super smooth and remarkably hydrated which I did not expect from a wash card at all. The scent lingers on your skin for a few hours after using but at a much more friendlier level (for my nose anyway). Although the wash cards won’t ever replace my shower gels or creams they are worth having a few around just in case. For example I always have one in my purse because you never know when you may need some soap to wash your hands etc. Obviously the whole of the Kiss Me Quick wash card doesn’t all fit into my purse but split in half, it’s perfect and keeps my purse smelling crazy-fresh.

I thought of doing something a little bit different for this review, the Kiss Me Quick wash cards have become the number 1 selfie-prop of the Valentine’s season. I wanted to share a few of them with you all so this explains the photos below. I’m still waiting on a few more people to send theirs over to me (I will add them to this post when they do) but for now, here are some of the ones that I have received. A big thank you to all that took part, I have linked all of their Instagram accounts at the end of this post, please go give all of them a follow!

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Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar returns back to Lush’s shelves year in, year out. I can’t actually remember a Lush Winter line without it being a fixture. It is yet another Lush product that is Snow Fairy scented, this is exciting for most of the Lush community but for the people that don’t particularly like the Snow Fairy scent, I can really appreciate your frustration in regards to yet another Snow Fairy product. Apart from the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar Magic Wand was the only other reusable bubble bar that returned this year (2017).

Winter 2016 brought us more reusable bubble bars than we have ever seen before in just one line. There was the Magic Wand, The Magic of Christmas, Santasaurus and Jester reusable bubble bars too. If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know that I’m normally not the biggest fan of the reusable bubble bars. I was therefore not surprised when only Magic Wand and the, The Magic of Christmas returned for 2017. I feel as though the majority of the reusable bubble bars are purely a novelty product more than than anything else. I also find that the majority of them just aren’t as colourful or vibrant in use as the ordinary bubble bars are.

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Lush clearly put a lot of effort into making the reusable bubble bars look beautiful and desirable but in my personal opinion, Lush tend to relax a little with them in regards to how well they work as an actual bubble bar. The Magic Wand reusable bubble bar alongside the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar are however the exceptions to this and I know this is why they both return every Winter without a doubt. The Magic Wand creates just as many bubbles and the brightest of pink water giving the, The Comforter bubble bar (an ordinary bubble bar) a serious amount of competition.

For me the Magic Wand reusable bubble bar ticks every box of the things I look for in a bubble bar. It looks princess-beautiful, smells fantastic, creates mounds and mounds of fluffy white bubbles, all while turning your bath water a sparkly and inviting shade of pink. Pink is my favourite colour so a Magic Wand bath is always a real treat for me.

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The Magic Wand reusable bubble bar creates a generous amounts of sugar-sweet scented, fluffy white bubbles in no time at all. I can easily get 6 baths out of just the one bubble bar which makes it incredible value for money. To use it all you have to do is hold it under the tap as you run your bath. Once you have the desired amount of bubbles you simply place it on the side so that it can dry, ready for you to use it again whenever you wish.

Magic Wand’s decoration is very basic but so, so cute. I love seeing a big pile of them all stacked up together in store. The bubble bar part is the pink star, the pink star is held up with a wooden lollipop stick, this makes the process of making bath bubbles so much easier as you don’t need to get your hands wet at all. The Lollipop stick is then finished off with one bell and a beautiful silver ribbon made into the perfect bow.

Although the Snow Fairy scent isn’t my favourite Lush scent, the colour of the water the Magic Wand creates well makes up for it. I say Snow Fairy isn’t my favourite but this by all means doesn’t mean I hate it, I just prefer the spicier or citrus scented Lush scents. The Snow Fairy scent however grows on me that little bit more with every Lush Christmas that passes. When it comes down to bubble quantity, the Magic Wand holds its own, I always get a copious amount of bubbles that last throughout my soak. The only negative is that it doesn’t leave my skin as soft or hydrated as I’d like.

Last year Lush however solved this negative for me with the release of the Snow Fairy body conditioner. Now all I have to do during a Magic Wand bath is slap a bit of body conditioner on my legs, knees and elbows. This leaves me feeling as soft as silk and because both products share a scent I don’t have to mix Lush scents either, I just smell of Snow Fairy through and through!



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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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Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar from Lush

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This year Lush have decided to change the cosmetics world forever by creating and releasing packageless ‘naked’ products. Yes, they already do bubble bars instead of liquid bubble bath etc but this year they’ve taken things even further, products that you’d never even consider as being without a plastic bottle or glass tub now actually exist. They’ve given us naked shower gels, naked body lotions and even naked lip scrubs too…

The word that is currently on everyone within the Lush communities lips is, NAKED. Although  the Lush community appear to be somewhat divided on whether they are for or against the ‘naked’ products, I always like to give everything a try at least once.

Today I’d like to introduce you all to the Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar. As a part of Lush’s 2017 Christmas range, Lush have released 2 sparkle jars, the Twilight sparkle jar and the Snow Fairy one. Lush sparkle jars are hollow massage bars that have dusting powder in. Gone are the plastic bottles of dusting powder, what we now have instead is a massage-bar dusting-powder-shaker instead.

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The sparkle jars are designed to be used as you would a salt and pepper pot, both have 2 sealed holes in, the idea behind it is that you poke the holes through once the product is with you and ready to use.

The Snow Fairy sparkle jar contains the best selling Fairy Dust dusting powder, once you have pierced both holes it is ready to use. To use the Snow Fairy sparkle jar, I gently rub the massage-bar-jar on where I am going to put the dust – obviously you have to keep the jar a certain way up so that you don’t lose any of the powder by accident.

This does make things a little difficult but not enough to make me disregard the product completely. With the recent discontinuation of so many of Lush’s massage bars I was ecstatic to hear of this wonderful new invention and wanted to give it a good try before I made up my mind on it.

When I refer to The Snow Fairy sparkle jar as a massage bar I don’t want to mislead you completely. The sparkle jar isn’t quite as soft or workable as an actual Lush massage bar, they are more robust and solid like the naked shower gels. They do not melt nearly as quickly in your hands and aren’t at all suitable if you are looking to use it for a deep tissue massage, I imagine the pressure required for a deep tissue massage would break the sparkle jar, spreading its dusting powder guts everywhere, (which no one wants!)

Regardless of this I am still a huge fan of the sparkle jars. Once you have finished rubbing the massage-bar-jar in to your skin, all that is left to do is sprinkle the powder out of it, lightly dusting your skin.

Using it as a gentle massage bar before applying the dusting powder leaves you with a subtle sparkly sheen while also adding an extra layer of fragrance to your skin too. After applying it, my skin is not only fragranced with the Snow Fairy scent but is also smooth to the touch. It makes your skin feel silky soft and works wonders in areas of your body that are prone to sometimes get excessively sweaty such as under your boobs, armpits etc.

Although it’s not an antiperspirant it does help keep sweat away for a little longer than when you go without. Overall I am really impressed with this new Lush invention and am eager for others to come out too, A First Snow one would be a Lush dream come true!



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Golden Pear Soap from Lush

Golden Pear SoapWhen it comes down to Lush Cosmetics I rarely review the soaps. This isn’t because I dislike them, I just get through them so slowly that I am currently still working through a long list of soaps from 2014! The fact that they can be used day in day out, while lasting so long is a real credit to Lush. At the 2017 Lush Creative Showcase I was instantly drawn towards the Golden Pear Soap. It looks just like a real pear and photographs beautifully, realising this, I couldn’t help but bump it to the top of my review list.

The Golden Pear has a very sophisticated scent, its ingredients include pear puree, cardamom oil, Brazilian orange oil, sandalwood and murumuru butter. What I like most about this soap is how its scent differs from when you first have it to when you use it. Straight off of the shelf the Golden Pear has a strong and very sour scent, it’s not sour in the same way as the Calacas shower gel is though. The use of actual pear seems to soften the zest of the orange oil in it while also giving it a sweeter edge. It reminds me of boiled sweets that you’d get from one of the old fashioned sweet shops, pear drops and pineapple cubes spring to mind.

Once in use the Golden Pears scent becomes less sour and a much warmer fragrance. The pear in it that smells so fresh at first quickly becomes more musky and super sweet. This extra layer of warmth reminds me ever so slightly of the Fizzbanger bath bomb. As I mentioned above, the Golden Pear soap looks just like a real pear. That is until you see that the soap is in fact divided into 2 pieces then stuck back together with a creamy center, much like one of Lush’s popular bubbleroons. Yuzu and Cocoa and Peeping Santa being 2 of my personal favourites from the bubbleroon family.

Sadly for bubbleroon fans Golden Pear is just a soap, sorry if I got your hopes up when making the comparison… It is however a very good soap so don’t feel too hard done by. It lathers up quickly while its pear like design also makes it the perfect shape for wet hands, there’s no slipping and sliding in your hands with this soap, it’s a very easy lather.

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It’s very normal for a bar of soap to dry out my hands, with the Golden Pear soap this doesn’t however happen. Alongside its truly unique scent, this is what made me really like the Golden Pear soap. The murumuru butter in it makes it so much more moisturising than other bars of soap, it leaves my skin feeling so soft. Its scent does however fade on me quite quickly, it doesn’t seem to last on my skin but I have heard others say it does on theirs so don’t just take my word for it.

As Lush soaps go, the Golden Pear is certainly one of the best to have come out this year. I like its scent but can see how some may find it a little over powering, its sweetness level is up there with the Snow Fairy fragrance.

The oddly shaped soaps that are famous from Lush are often a little difficult to handle. In my opinion a lot of them are more of a novelty product than anything else. Golden Pear however breaks the mold, it’s a work of art as well as a brilliant soap. The fact it doesn’t even look like a soap gives it that special edge. Thanks to the Golden Pear soap I have decided that I need to give Lush’s soap selection more credit, expect to see a lot more soap reviews here in the foreseeable future!



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Butterbear Wash Card from Lush

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Last year (2016) I decided that I did in fact quite like the Butterbear bath bomb, when I first got into Lush I was one of those ignorant shoppers that just went for the brightest and biggest product never giving products like the Butterbear or Butterball a chance. It wasn’t until I used the Butterball shower gel that I realised just how moreish the Butterball scent family was.

The Butterbear Wash Card is a brand new Lush product that is a part of their recently released Winter line. There are several of these ‘soap paper’ products available from Lush right now. Before I tried the Kiss Me Quick wash card earlier this year I had always thought of the soap paper products as a bit of a novelty, Kiss Me Quick however opened my eyes so I couldn’t wait to give the Butterbear wash card a go.


The idea behind soap paper is that it is solid. Having a paper consistency means it weighs less than a shower gel and of course, it is naked and doesn’t need packaging. It is also the perfect product to travel with, it’s small, light and because it’s not liquid it can be taken on to planes etc. To use the Butterbear wash card all you need to do is rip a tiny square off of it, you then work it in your hands the same way as you would soap. It lathers up easy peasy and is surprisingly hydrating for your skin.

Although the wash cards won’t ever replace my shower gels or creams they are worth having a few around just in case, I always have one in my purse because you never know when you may need one.

In the Butterbear wash card Lush have captured the Butterball scent perfectly, it has the same soothing and warming, vanilla and cocoa-butter fragrance that I’ve loved ever since trying the Butterball shower gel. Apart from its scent, my favourite thing about the Butterbear wash card is how much use you got out of such a small amount of the product.

Pulling off his little leg wasn’t easy but he didn’t lose his leg in vain. I have seen a lot of people shocked by this wash cards smaller size, please don’t let this put you off of picking one up though. The Butterbear wash card is small but it runs rings around some of the larger products available at Lush, especially when it comes to how many uses you get out of just the one wash card, it’s a bargain!



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Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb from Lush

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The Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb was the last of the Summit 2017 products that I really wanted but have only just now got hold of. Since the Summit it has had a slight update, it now has a ghost shape on it much like all of the other brand new jelly bombs’ unique mascots, for example Snow Fairy has a star and Dark Arts has an eye.

As far as I am aware the Ectoplasm was the first of the jelly bombs to be finalised and released (albeit at the Summit). With it only being available for one day out of the 2 Lush-Summit-days, it meant that only a small handful of people had the privilege of trying it. Therefore when the aforementioned Dark Arts alongside the Marmalade, Green Coconut and The Big Sleep jelly bombs were released earlier this year the Lush world wondered where Ectoplasm had gone.

The second time Ectoplasm became available was via the Lush Kitchen a few weeks back, although nothing has been confirmed I suspect it will become available everywhere for Halloween 2017.

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The Ectoplasm jelly bomb is jam packed with uplifting citrus ingredients, fortunately its scent is nothing like that of the Marmalade jelly bomb, this pleased me immensely as sadly the Marmalade jelly bomb isn’t a product I enjoy purely on the grounds of its scent.

Ectoplasm contains tangerine, grapefruit and litsea cubeba oil (an ingredient that was unfamiliar to me), at first I was a little puzzled as when sniffing Ectoplasm I could only really make out a lemon scent, after having a quick look at its ingredients I worked out that this is because of the litsea cubeba oil.

Ectoplasm’s scent is a very gentle zest and packs a subtle sharpness, just the right amount of lemony-freshness to help lift and refresh your spirits.


Upon hitting the water the Ectoplasm jelly bomb begins to bob around hissing out a burst of fluorescent green colour, the bubbles fizzing out of it are at first purple tinted but slowly turn the same green. Its green and purple colouring reminds me of the old version of the Northern Lights bath bomb. The bubbles merge together on the surface of the water and slowly froth into a thin layer of jelly. I use the word ‘jelly’ loseley as it’s not gooey at all, it’s more of a silky luminous froth.

Upon first use I was a little disappointed that the Ectoplasm didn’t produce more ‘jelly’, after all it is a jelly bomb. I have since tried it again though and on the other occasions it did have more jelly, therefore I advise that it’s worth giving Ectoplasm a few goes before you decide if you like it or not.

I suspect the ghost motif was inspired by the colour of the jelly, if you’ve ever seen the 80’s movie Ghostbusters then you’d know exactly what I mean!

It much like the Snow Fairy jelly bomb took a while to dissolve. Some of it was in fact still floating around when I needed to get out. I recommend trying the jelly bombs with as hot as you can stand it water, just like the Butterball bath bomb it performs better the hotter the water.

Pushing the leftover lumps aide, everything else about this jelly bomb ticks my boxes for a good Lush product. Once you’re out of an Ectoplasm bath your skin feels fabulous, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the effect the seaweed based sodium alginate ingredient has on your skin (the ingredient that creates the jelly like substance) is like nothing I have experienced in a cosmetic product before. The Lush jelly bombs are a game changer in regards to skincare, even after a day has passed, your skin still feels soft, smooth and fabulous after sharing a bath with a jelly bomb.

Ectoplasm’s scent stays with you throughout your bath. Once you get out it remains on your skin for a few hours too. Before I forget, I want to point out that the jelly it creates dissolves into just bath water after a short time, I have mentioned it as this is a question everyone keeps asking me. Overall I am very impressed with this jelly bomb, I have my fingers crossed that it is a part of the Halloween range this year and that hopefully by then they may have improved the recipe in some way so that we don’t get as many lumps hanging around at the end.



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