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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Holey Night Bath Bomb from Lush

holey night bath bombNew Lush bath bombs are the product I always get the most excited about. The Holey Night Bath Bomb is a brand new release and has proved a very popular product from 2018’s Winter range. Its unique design makes it stand out from the rest; Bright blue in colour with yellow moon-like multi sized craters, it’s like no other bath bomb Lush have ever made.

Holey Nights scent is one I haven’t come across before, containing lemon, rose absolute and sandalwood oil it makes for a warm and uplifting bath. Its scent isn’t at all what I expected. I ignorantly assumed that the lemon oil would completely mask the sandalwood. The ingredient my nose picks up on first is however the sandalwood, the lemon is barely detectable but does soften the woodiness of the sandalwood somewhat.

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Any product that is predominately sandalwood-scented always reminds me of visiting a spa, instantly relaxing me. Since we’ve said goodbye to the discontinued Yoga Bomb bath bomb I have really missed a bath bomb that has this effect on me. Although at this time of year I crave spicier bath bombs such as the Christmas Sweater bath bomb, Holey Nights has made a refreshing change.

Upon contact with the water the Holey Nights bath bomb foams up, dark blue and light green foam spreads across the water surface slowly turning the water underneath it blue too. As Holey Nights bobs around the bath its relaxing and subtle scent fills your bathroom. More colours then appear to fizzle out of the bath bomb which is another thing I didn’t expect at all. – Holey Nights has a hidden colourful centre!

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Purples, reds, yellows and blues spiral out of the Holey Nights bath bomb creating the most beautiful bath art, my photos do NOT do it justice. With Holey Nights being a slow fizzer there are umpteen opportunities to capture bundles of bath art photographs. Or if you prefer to just lay back and watch the show, go for it! It really is all singing and dancing.

A soak in a Holey Nights bath leaves my skin soft and hydrated. Although once I am out of the bath its scent is even more subtle on my skin, I can still smell it on me well into the next day. This is when I feel the lemon part of this products scent shines through. It reminds me ever so slightly of the light scent left behind by the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

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Overall I am really impressed with the Holey Nights bath bomb, its scent is just as beautiful as the pretty bath art it creates. I also love the Holey Night bath bomb because it isn’t an in-your-face Christmas product.

I’m a bit of a Scrooge, if it wasn’t for Lush I don’t think I’d get excited about this time of year at all. The Holey Nights bath bomb has made Winter 2018 so much easier to endure. Thank you Lush! If you’re on the fence about trying this product I 100% recommend giving it a go, even if it is just the once, I feel it is worth every penny and hope to stock up on a few before the Winter is through.

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Harajuku Bath Bomb from Lush

The Harajuku Bath Bomb is 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. – A very stressful scenario for me and others that are hardcore Lush-product collectors.

I was over the moon to get a hold of one Harajuku bath bomb. I’d have loved a few more as it isn’t very easy to give a true review on a product you’ve only used the once BUT I promise to give it my best shot!

With its beautiful design and pretty pink, orange and white colouring I couldn’t wait to share a bath with it.

A few days ago, Lush link-dropped a secret website link for the Harajuku bath bomb via their Instagram account. As far as I am aware, 100 Harajuku bath bombs became available to buy via that link. Of course they sold out within minutes.

I missed out on this 2nd chance of getting a hold of one. I however am one of the few lucky ones that did get to try it from the showcase so I don’t feel too bad. I can only imagine how disappointed everyone who didn’t manage to get one through either avenue feels. I have my fingers crossed that ALL of the Japan exclusives become available for ALL very soon.

The Harajuku bath bomb has a lot resting on its shoulders as it shares its name with the location of the new super-store that is opening up in a few days time, located in Harajuku, Tokyo. All of the new bath bombs will be available from this one store in Japan. Sadly no news of any more stockists have been announced at the time of writing this review – making it super-duper exclusive.

Because of the name share, the Harajukubath bomb has been catapulted into a cloud of Lush-super-hype, everyone has such high expectations of it and as crazy as this sounds, the hype around it made me extremely nervous about using it, especially when I only had access to the one…

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Many people assumed that the Harajuku bath bomb would just share its scent with the likes of the Snow Fairy shower gel and jelly bomb as it is described as a ‘pick ‘n’ mix of bubble gum sweetness’. It however isn’t like Snow Fairy at all, a sweet shop is exactly what it smells like and although I’m not a huge fan of sweeter scents, I really adore this products youthful, bubblegum-inspired fragrance.

Ingredients wise, the Harajuku bath bomb contains vanilla absolute, orange oil and benzoin resinoid. This unique blend is the perfect bath time treat for those in search of a sweet and speedy energy boost!

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As soon as the Harajuku bath bomb comes into contact with your bath water a burst of candy colours erupt from it. Yellow, pink and white foam begins to create pretty swirls on the surface of your bath water while also tinting the water a captivating shade of bright pink.

Its scent remains the same throughout the bath, with it being a slow dissolver there were plenty of bath art opportunities too, so many that the battery on my phone actually died. I also really noticed a change in my skin after using it, There wasn’t a dry patch of skin on my body, the Harajuku bath bomb is wonderful if your skin is in need of a hydration boost.img_3711

Although its scent on your skin does become a lot more subtle once you are out of the bath, I could still detect its scent on me throughout the next day. Overall I am very impressed with this bath bomb, there isn’t a bath bomb I can even compare it to. It is truly unique with its brand new scent and its beautiful bath art potential, it uses a blend of colours that I’m also not used to seeing together in a Lush product.

The only thing that I don’t like about it is how hard it is to get a hold of for anyone who doesn’t live in Tokyo. I completely understand the frustrations that the community are feeling over this, it’s almost cruel to tease us with such wondrous products that we have hardly any hope of getting a go of. Lush, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make the Japanese exclusive products available for more people! *fingers crossed*.



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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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Perle De Sel Bath Bomb from Lush

Perle De Sel Bath Bomb

The Perle De Sel Bath Bomb is brand new to Lush this year, it’s a part of the limited edition, Winter 2018 line and I can report form hear-say that it has been widely enjoyed throughout the community so far. Perle De Sel is a member of the Snow Cake scent-family sharing its fragrance with the very popular but as of this Winter, discontinued Snow Angel bath melt.

I’m not a huge fan of Lush’s Snow Cake fragrance, the easiest way to describe it is marzipan-sweet. Although I knew the scent of Perle De Sel wouldn’t blow me away, I still wanted to try it because there is nothing quite like a brand new Lush bath bomb. I didn’t need much persuasion visually either, as you can see from the photos it’s a product that is very easy on the eye.

Perle De Sel contains benzoin resinoid, cassie and rose absolute. Alongside those is also a copious amount of skin-softening sea salt. Perle De Sel translates from French into English as ‘Salt Pearl’. Once I learnt this, Perle De Sels design and all of its ingredients made sense. What I like most about Perle De Sel is its unique, shimmery-gold decorated top – the pearls!

Perle De Sel is the standard, round bath-bomb-shape. It’s an offish-white colour and could easily be mistaken as the Dragon’s Egg or original So White bath bomb by those not very familiar with Lush products. Described on Lush’s website as ‘not just any Christmas bath bomb’ and the ‘epitome of decadence and class’ Perle De Sel radiates everything I associate pearls with. Royalty, Luxury and Glamour galore.

Once Perle De Sel hits the bath water its sickly-sweet marzipan scent softens somewhat. As someone who isn’t a lover of marzipan this pleased me a great deal. I can imagine this not being ideal for anyone who is a Snow Cake super fan though. Its scent is by all means still present, it is however a much more subtle fragrance and is no where near as strong as the scent given by the aforementioned Snow Angel bath melt.

Slowly but surely Perle De Sel fizzles away, bobbing around in your bath water leaving a stream of tiny bubbles. Its shimmery gold top spreads a burst of sparkle into the water and is shortly followed by an explosion of turquoise blue. I wasn’t expecting such pretty bath art from what I thought was going to be a fairly colourless bath bomb.

Once dissolved Perle De Sel leaves your water a pearlescent blue. It is very similar to the waters left behind by the Frozen bath bomb but it is a much more subtle, pastel shade of blue.

Part way through the bath bombs performance it did unfortunately sink, this was however expected by me as all products with sea salt in are much heavier. The likes of Big Blue and the Geo Phyzz bath bombs both do the same. The excess sea salt is however so good for your skin as it not only softens your skin but cleanses your pores deeply too.

Even though the Perle De Sel bath bomb did sink I did manage to get a couple of colourful photographs. What it doesn’t give us in bath art it well makes up for with its skin nourishing properties.

Its scent although hard to detect, did stay on my skin for a good few hours after using it. I’d go as far as to say I actually really like the subtle scent it left. Something I never imagined, considering I despise marzipan and all of the other Snow Cake scented Lush products (that I have tried so far anyway). It just goes to show that some products are worth giving a go, even if you’re not sure on it, you may just end up with a new favourite!



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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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Goddess Bath Bomb from Lush

Allow me to introduce you to the unique and captivatingly beautiful Goddess Bath Bomb. Inspired by the singer, songwriter and actress Ariana Grande, Goddess has been one of the most sought after Lush products of 2018.

Originally Goddess was only available to buy at the September 2018 Lush Showcase BUT as of a few days ago, it is at the time of writing this review now available to purchase from the London based, Lush Oxford Street store and also through Lush’s UK website.

There hasn’t been hype behind a bath bomb quite like this since the release of 2016’s limited edition Roller bath bomb. When it comes down to the Goddess bath bombs shape, unique is the first word that comes to mind. There has never been a bath bomb of its shape before. I don’t even know where to begin when describing its shape.

Goddess is a round bath bomb, one side of it has a slight flat edge allowing it to sit as it is in the photo below. On its other side is a huge, round crater. I am not quite sure why Goddess is made in this strange shape, I do however get out-of-space vibes from it which I guess ties in with its Goddess name.

Goddess’s ingredients include jasmine, sandalwood, rose and oudh oil. Even with its long and varied list of ingredients the Goddess bath bombs scent is one of Lush’s most gentle fragrances yet. Although very subtle, Goddess’s scent is primarily floral; The sandalwood and oudh add a sweet yet woody layer to the jasmine giving its scent a warm and comforting edge.

The Goddess bath bomb is a very quick fizzer, so quick that I didn’t manage to capture any of its bath art on my camera. There were gushes of purple, silver and plenty of fizzing bubbles. Its scent once in the water still remained subtle, if you’d like to get more out of it fragrance-wise I’d suggest using it in shallow bath water.

Once Goddess has completely dissolved you are left with sparkling, silky-soft, milky-purple bath water. For those that really enjoy its scent you may be a little disappointed as the scent seems to fade fairly soon after it has dissolved, it didn’t last the bath for me. With me not being a huge fan of the floral scents this however was not a negative finding for me.

Its magical bath-water left my skin feeling exceptionally hydrated, so much so that I didn’t have to use a body lotion once out of the tub. Visually the Goddess bath bomb is a stunning work of art. The only thing that bugs me in regards to it is its steep price. I don’t like to go into price with my reviews but for almost £6 a bath bomb I believe it should be something I mention. It’s certainly a luxury product with a luxury price. I’d recommend trying it even if its just the once as it does make for a very relaxing bath.



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