Tender is the Night Bath Bomb from Lush

Tender is the Night Bath Bomb

One of the very first products I bought from Lush was the Tender is the Night massage bar. Its scent has great sentimental value to me as it always reminds me of my first trip into a Lush shop. On that day, my addiction and journey with Lush began. – I mentioned in a previous review of the Harajuku bath bomb about the new Japanese superstore that opened earlier this month. The Tender is the Night Bath Bomb is just one of the products exclusively available from that store.

Luckily for everyone that can’t get to Tokyo, the Lush Kitchen released 12 of the bath bombs online giving the rest of the world access to purchase them too. As of the 13th of December each of the 12 bath bombs were also made available to purchase from a few of the Lush Spa stores too. Sadly these won’t be permanent fixtures to the stores, once they’ve sold out, they won’t be coming back.

When all of the new Harajuku store bath bombs were showcased on social media the Tender is the Night bath bomb was the one that I desired the most. Packed with all of the same ingredients as the aforementioned massage bar, the Tender is the Night bath bomb is a Lush-dream come true for me.

Its scent is a beautifully subtle, floral-sweet mix of vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang oil. I find it incredibly relaxing, I’d love to see this bath bomb become a part of Lush’s Valentine’s Day 2019 range as its scent reflects romance and love perfectly. Matched up with the massage bar and the Tender is the Night naked shower cream they would make the ultimate Valentine trio!

As soon as the Tender is the Night bath bomb touches the water an array of soft pink and creamy white bubbles fizzles out of it. As the bath bomb bobs around the waters surface it creates delicate swirls of pinks and whites while turning the bath water a most-welcoming shade of pink.

What pleased me the most about the Tender is the Night bath bomb was how its scent lasted both through out the bath and on my skin, I could still smell it on me well into the next day. The bath bomb made the water silky smooth too, my skin lapped it up. I got out of the bath not only smelling delicious but also with soft, well hydrated and bright skin.

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I thoroughly enjoyed using the Tender is the Night bath bomb, I’m going to be bold and say that it is probably one of my favourite bath bombs of all time. It wasn’t particularly good from a bath art perspective but wow does it smell and leave me feeling good.

I have fallen head over heels in love with the Tender is the Night scent all over again thanks to this beautiful bath bomb. I am at a loss as to why Lush hadn’t made this amazing bath bomb before now, it’s gorgeous. I admit that the price is a bit high but that’s because of its vanilla ingredient. I do however believe that it’s worth every penny and out of all of the exclusive bath bombs, Tender is the Night is the only bath bomb that I ordered more of, straight after using it. It’s a must have!



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Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar from Lush

 

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble BarWhen I first heard about the release of the Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar I was super happy as it shares its scent with the Yog Nog bath bomb. Lush’s Yog Nog scent is a classic Christmas fragrance that is perfect for the festive period.

The Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar is brand new to Lush this year and smells just like warm, gooey cinder toffee. Packed with warming cinnamon and nutmeg powders, it’s the perfect amounts of both sweet and spicy.

Designed and made in the same way as a Battenberg cake the Yog Nog Yule Log looks good enough to eat. Disclaimer, do not eat it, it’s a bath product. I just thought it was best that I clarify this as I wouldn’t want to mislead anyone. (it really does smell and look irresistibly delicious though…)

I managed to get 3 very well bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Yog Nog Yule Log bar. I could have probably stretched it out to more than 3 baths but I’m a greedy guts.

To use bubble bars like the Yog Nog Yule Log I either crumble, or break it up then stick it in a sieve and let the running bath-water trickle over it. I find this the most effective way to use the single use bubble bars, nothing gets wasted – making it the best way to maximise their true bubble potential.

Yog Nog Yule Logs scent remains just as delicious as it did at the start of your bath, right up until the last bit goes down the drain after pulling the plug. I found that this bubble bar left my skin exceptionally soft and perfectly hydrated, so much so that I didn’t need a body lotion afterwards.

Underneath the blanket of fluffy white bubbles is shimmery gold water, nowhere near on the sparkle-par as the waters after a Golden Slumbers bath (thankfully!) but it is equally as mesmerising. I prefer the Yog Nog Yule log bubble bar much more than the Yog Log Roulade from a few Christmas’ ago.

With this months release of the Yog Nog perfume in the Lush Kitchen, I can really go to town with layering up the Yog Nog scent. What pleased me the most about the Yog Nog Yule Log was how long its scent did last on my skin after using it in the bath (and I’m talking about without putting the perfume on too). It leaves me smelling like a scrumptious Christmas biscuit well into the next day, it truly is Christmas in bubble bar form.

I always find bubble bars quite tricky to review, I try to stick to small factors; their scent, design, bubble power etc. As difficult as I find reviewing them it’s safe to say that for me, the Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar gets a big tick for everything I like in a bubble bar. Thanks Lush, yet another Lush product I need to stock up on before Winter is through. As if I need anymore! 😉



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Sleepy Shower Gel from Lush

Sleepy Shower Gel

The Sleepy Shower Gel is yet another product that is a member of the Lush-Scent-Family, Twilight. The Twilight scent is one of Lush’s most popular and it has been adapted into so many product formats over the years that it’s hard to keep track of them all.

Just to confuse us, Lush sometimes bring out a product that shares a scent with another BUT names it something completely different. ‘Sleepy’ is another branch of Twilight scented products, alongside this new shower gel Lush also have a Sleepy body lotion and a Sleepy shower bomb too.

We already have Twilight shower gel so as happy as I was to see another adaptation of a Twilight scented product I did wonder if we actually needed it. The blame of my Lush addiction rests entirely on the shoulders of Twilight scented products (so no pressure Sleepy shower gel!)

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The Twilight bath bomb was my very first experience of the Twilight/Sleepy scent. Sleepy shower gel like all of the other Twilight scented products contain lavender and tonka absolute, making it one of the most relaxing blends of soothing ingredients currently available. It’s perfect to use just before bed, hence the name ‘Sleepy’. As an insomniac anything with ‘Sleep’ in its name will always appeal to me.

On scent alone, if I was blind folded and asked to identify which shower gel was which out of Twilight and Sleepy, I don’t think I would be able to tell the difference. Scent wise both formulas are both just as ‘Twilight’ as the other, what sets the 2 apart is the fact Sleepy shower gel has an additional ingredient of oat milk.

The oat milk is what gives Sleepy the creamy consistency and complexion. I suspect Lush didn’t name Sleepy a shower cream because people would have compared it to Oaty Creamy Dreamy too much. Even though Lush have called Sleepy a shower gel, in my eyes it’s more of a shower cream.

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Sleepy shower gel lathers up easily and a little of it goes a very long way too. This is something I always like in a shower gel, after all who doesn’t like getting more for their money?

Colour wise the gel is (according to Lush’s website) meant to be a very pale shade of purple, I think it looks more grey though. Once out of the bottle its shade does appear brighter with a slight hint of lilac, once lathered up it however goes back to appearing very grey. Not that its colour hinders its quality at all!

Is the Sleepy shower gel better on my skin in comparison to Twilight shower gel? Yes and no. If you look at it from a scent perspective then I can’t see a difference in the two, I would however say that Sleepy is much more soothing on the skin, the lavender and oat milk are a magical pairing of ingredients especially if you have very dry skin like me.



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Ghost in the Dark Soap from Lush

Ghost in the Dark Soap

When I found out that Lush were bringing out a Halloween soap that not only glows in the dark (see below photo) but also shares its scent with the Avobath bath bomb, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

When the Ghost in the Dark Soap arrived on my doorstep I was pleasantly surprised at how big it was, it fits more than snuggly in my hand. I was also very pleased with how much it mirrored the aforementioned bath bombs scent, Avobath. With my eyes closed I’m not sure I could tell them apart in a sniff test!

As Lush products go, I know the soaps aren’t always the most interesting items that Lush have to offer. With the Ghost in the Dark soap having the ability to glow in the dark, a whole new level of fun has come to a no-longer-simple bar of soap. The first question everyone asks when they realise that this bar of soap actually really does glow in the dark is, ‘HOW?!!’

The magic ingredient is called luminescent zinc sulfide. I was going to do a whole paragraph on it but then I remembered who I was and how bad I was at Chemistry at school, I have therefore linked up to Lush’s website (here) as I think it would be better all round to let the experts explain the science behind it.

Rich with mood and energy boosting ingredients such as lemongrass and bergamot oils, a quick wash with a bar of Ghost in the Dark will banish away any early morning fatigue you may be feeling; Sharpening your senses and leaving you alert and ready to face the day.

Although I have only used this soap on my hands so far, (I don’t normally use bars of soap anywhere else as my skin is notoriously fussy) it does lather very quickly and it’s really hydrating too, something I never expect from a bar of soap as they normally dry my skin out.

Overall I think the Ghost in the Dark soap is a fantastic addition to Lush’s Halloween line. It has certainly helped me get through the darker Winter mornings, I have also used it several times now and although it has shrunk a tiny bit, I can see it’s going to last for quite some time making it excellent value for money.

The fact it glows in the dark adds a novelty factor to it too,  I imagine this has helped it sell as it’s quite the unique selling point!

I have very much enjoyed exploring the Avobath scent in the soap format. I have my fingers crossed that Lush use this scent again very soon as it really is a life saver in the mornings when you’re feeling groggy.



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Ectoplasm Shower Scream from Lush

Ectoplasm Shower Cream

After yet another Lush Halloween line without my beloved Calacas shower gel there was a lot riding on the shoulders of the brand new Ectoplasm Shower Cream ‘Scream’. Sharing its name with the Ectoplasm jelly bomb I was very excited to give it a try. The first thing anyone notices about the Ectoplasm shower cream is definitely its shade of colour, its fluorescent yellow formula demands to be seen.

The Ectoplasm shower cream is supposedly from the same scent family as the Ectoplasm jelly bomb, it however carries itself quite differently in the shower cream format. Much like its jelly bomb equivalent, the Ectoplasm shower cream contains tangerine, grapefruit and litsea cubeba oil.

When I smell the shower cream straight from the bottle, I feel as if its scent is more tropical than that of the jelly bomb, I feel like there’s almost a pineapple element to it. I’d actually go as far as to say that I prefer the Ectoplasm scent in the shower cream format, it’s a beautifully haunting fruity affair.

Consistency wise the Ectoplasm shower cream is gloriously creamy-thick. It is however very easy to get out of the bottle, while also not being so runny that you accidentally get out a little too much prior to its use.

Once the steam of the hot shower blends with the Ectoplasm shower cream its scent really takes hold. Its gentle zest packs a subtle sharpness, just the right amount of lemony-freshness to help lift and refresh your spirits.

Although I found that the Ectoplasm shower cream wasn’t great at making much of a lather it did still leave my skin feeling refreshed, clean and delicately scented. A little amount of it goes a long way and with its wonderfully inviting scent it’s very easy to over indulge on.

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As I expect from a shower cream as apposed to a shower gel, the Ectoplasm shower cream is super hydrating on my skin. It’s nice to have a product that doesn’t leave your skin bone-dry, it hydrates your skin while also not leaving it oily. This is a huge plus for me when using the Ectoplasm shower cream.

As said above, a small amount of the shower cream goes a very long way. I found a 2p-coin-sized amount more than enough to spread out and use on the whole of my body.

Overall I am very pleased to add the Ectoplasm shower cream to my shelf of Lush shower gel and creams, I wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I do which has come as a pleasant surprise. It’s actually the first seasonal shower gel that I’ve bought more than one bottle of in a very long time, I definitely recommend grabbing a bottle before the Halloween season is over.



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Sultana Body Lotion from Lush

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Sultana Shower Gel from Lush

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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