Turtle Jelly Bomb from Lush

Mama Turtle Jelly Bomb

The Turtle Jelly Bomb duo, previously only available at 2018’s Lush Summit (under different names) are now currently available for ALL to buy on Lush’s UK website. As far as I am aware, they are also available in most, if not all stores too. Both the Lush Summit and current versions of the Turtle jelly bomb come in 2 sizes. Directly below is a photo of the 2 sizes together.

The Lush Summit versions were called the Mama Turtle and Baby Turtle Jelly Bomb’s and the rebranded versions that are currently available, are called the Turtle Immersion and Turtle Jelly Bomb’s. Originally I was going to do seperate reviews for each, I now however know that the only real difference between the 2 is their size, therefore one review will suffice.

Sea Turtles are one of my favourite animals, I have always been fascinated by them. Be it for their gentle and graceful character, current lengthy life span, incredible size, and their majestic presence… I love everything about them. They’re one of the most peculiar yet precious creatures that planet Earth has been blessed with.

Each one of the Turtle jelly bombs were created by Lush to serve as a reminder of the threat and devastating impact that plastic pollution is having on our oceans. It scares me that if we don’t act now these amazing animals alongside many others will simply cease to exist.

Sharing its scent with the Geo Phyzz bath bomb (the bath bomb responsible for my discovery of the Lush Kitchen) it has a rich outdoorsy scent, its cypress and sandalwood ingredients help lull you into a relaxed state of mind. As soon as I lay back in a Turtle Jelly Bomb bath my muscles instantly begin to lose any tension that has built up in them during the day.

Seeing as this is the first jelly bomb I have reviewed this year I thought it would be wise to briefly explain what they are again. Jelly bombs look just like the average Lush bath bomb, they also work in the same way, the difference between a jelly bomb and a bath bomb is, instead of creating foam, jelly bombs produce a foam-like-jelly that floats on the surface of the water instead. Some of my favourite of the jelly bomb’s so far have been the Secret Arts, The Big Sleep and Snow Fairy.

The creative people behind Lush’s products are always known for making a point in the quirkiest of ways. It isn’t until you use one of the Turtle jelly bombs that you realise just how clever they have been when creating this product. Inside each of the jelly bomb’s is of course, shed loads of jelly BUT also hidden inside of them are small strands of agar agar (see photo below).

Agar agar is a mucilaginous substance extracted from agarophytes seaweed and is often used as an alternative to animal-derived gelatine. When the agar agar comes into contact with water it jellifies again. I hold my hands up… When I very first used the Turtle jelly bomb I had no idea what the little strands floating around my bath water were. I even found myself getting a little irritated.

What I didn’t know when I first used this jelly bomb was that the inclusion of the agar agar strands were not a mistake. Eventually they DID all dissolve alongside the other jelly which I was very pleased about. The agar agar was actually placed in the Turtle jelly bomb as a way to demonstrate to us what plastic waste is doing to our oceans – The sea turtles home.

Unlike the agar agar strands, man made plastic waste does not dissolve. The slight irritation I felt laying in my bath is nothing compared to what the sea turtles and all other sea life are having to endure every day in their natural habitat, through no fault of their own.

A Turtle jelly bomb bath left me with 2 things. Exceptionally silky-soft and hydrated skin and a whole new understanding and realisation of the effect plastic waste is having on the only planet Earth that we have.

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Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb from Lush

Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb

You may have noticed that this bath bombs name is a bit of a mouthful, it however isn’t a name created by Lush to annoy us, it is in fact the nickname of the largest electronic waste dump in the world. The Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb was yet another product showcased at the 2018 Lush Summit. I had actually watched a BBC documentary on Agbogbloshie prior to the Lush Summit so already knew a little bit on the cause and inspiration behind this product.

Situated in Ghana, Agbogbloshie is where most of the world’s electronic waste ends up. Burning the waste is a quick and easy way to strip anything from it that could be sold on for very small amounts of money. For so many people in Ghana this is their only source of income and how they survive.

The burning of this electronic waste puts toxic chemicals into the atmosphere affecting air, land and water. Exposure to these toxins are extremely hazardous and not just to humans but to the environment too. The toxins created from the burning of the electronic waste are said to inhibit the development of the reproductive system, the nervous system, and also the brain. Concerns about human health and the environment of Agbogbloshie continue to be raised and this bath bomb represents the issue. Despite of all of these frightening facts nothing in Agbogbloshie is yet to change.

The Agbogbloshie bath bomb is the same size and shape as an iPhone. In a world where we are obsessed with technology, (especially our phones) this bath bomb of course caught most people’s immediate attention. Apart from its shape, the first thing I noticed about the Agbogbloshie bath bomb was its royal-blue-colour. Colour Wise, it’s a shade of blue that is very similar to the blue in the Intergalactic bath bomb.

The best part of this bath bomb is however its scent. Luckily for us (the consumer), the Agbogbloshie bath bomb’s scent is far, far away from the toxic stench that the people of Agbogbloshie have to breathe in. It in fact, shares its scent with the Calacas shower gel (which happens to be one of my all time favourite Lush scents!) Calacas is a hugely popular Lush scent and has featured in several other bath bombs before now. The, The Enchanter, Monsters’ Ball and Skullduggery to name a few.

The Calacas scent is refreshing, uplifting and zingy. Lush have carefully combined oil of lime, neroli, cooling aloe vera and olibanum to make this gorgeous and energising bath time treat. Although the Agbogbloshie bath bomb was a super quick fizzer I managed to get a shot of it bubbling away.

Even after the Agbogbloshie bath bomb has fully dissolved its scent remains right up until the last drop goes down the plug hole. My skin was left delicately fragranced and well hydrated too. If you did want to spoil yourself, after using this bath bomb I’d recommend putting on some Calacas body lotion, that is if you have some hanging around!

My most favourite thing about Lush is being able to layer up certain scents with different product formats, the Calacas scent is just so incredibly moreish I don’t think I will ever get bored of it. Overall I think the Agbogbloshie bath bomb is a great new member of the Calacas scented product family. It was perfect in the bath and also taught me a great deal about Agbogbloshie and how things need to change.

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Mermaid Bath Bomb from Lush

Mermaid Bath BombI have never been so excited and thrilled to get hold of a Lush product more than when I did the Mermaid Bath Bomb. Its name won me over from the get-go, anyone who knows me personally knows that I live in a world where mermaids, unicorns and all things magical are always very, very welcome.

If you didn’t know already, the Lush Summit is an annual charity event hosted by Lush, all proceeds made from the sales of the products that are there, go to that products chosen charity. The Mermaid bath bomb was raising money and awareness for a charity of the same name, Mermaids. Mermaids raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people while also providing support for both them and their family.

The first thing that I noticed about the Mermaid bath bomb was how similar it looked to one of my all time favourite Lush products, the Intergalactic bath bomb. Mermaid actually looks like it is the love child of the Intergalactic and Avobath bath bomb. It’s a pale, gentle green like Avobath and a mix of colours just like the Intergalactic, it’s so beautiful to look at, so much so that I think bath bombs should have babies together more often! 😉

Mermaid’s ingredients include lemon myrtle, ylang ylang and grapefruit oil which happens to be the exact same 3 essential oils that are found in Lush’s Baked Alaska soap. Scent wise, I’d say that the Mermaid bath bomb is almost identical to the Baked Alaska soap I however find it a lot crisper.

The long list of fruity ingredients are perfectly suited to this light and airy looking bath bomb, once it hits the bath water waves of pastel shaded colour erupt from it. There are greens, pinks, oranges and bright yellows. The bath bomb dances around the water’s surface sending out swirls of bubbly, colourful patterns, I was left mesmerised by its beauty every time I tried it.

As much as I love the bold and bright colours that burst out of the, The Experimenter bath bomb, it’s nice to experience the Mermaid bath bomb’s less intense colours. Its citrusy scent intensifies some what once in the water too, it however like its colour isn’t at all overpowering. It’s gentle enough to lay back and relax in, yet refreshing and tangy enough to give you a boost, the grapefruit oil in it packs a subtle but very revitalizing punch.

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Although the Mermaid bath bomb is quite a fast fizzer it does create some very pretty bath art. A long soak in a Mermaid bath leaves your skin hydrated and refreshed. Even once out of the bath I could see a difference in my skin, it definitely appeared brighter and revived. I regret bitterly that I didn’t pick up several more of these bath bombs, not only are they in support of a great cause but are also a very enjoyable product.

Like the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb, I think it is a crime for Lush to not make more of these, please, please, please bring these out online Lush, to not only raise further awareness for the Mermaid charity but to also let the world have a chance of using this beautiful bath bomb.

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Tiger Tiger Burning Bright Bath Bomb from Lush

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright Bath Bomb

At the time of writing this review the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright Bath Bomb has only been available to purchase at the 2018, Lush Summit event, once the 2018 Summit was over, all of the stock that hadn’t sold was delivered to Lush Oxford Street.

I was lucky enough to have been in London at the time and therefore managed to grab a few of the beautiful exclusives. I was very pleased with myself as luck hasn’t been on my side as of late.

The Lush Summit is one big charity event, all proceeds made from the sales of the products that are there, go to that products chosen charity. I would have loved to have written a lot more on each of the products chosen charities, this years Summit was however only open to Lush staff so anything I do mention here in regards to proceeds etc is what I have heard via hearsay.

It’s more than obvious that the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb is ‘Tiger’ related. It’s design captures all of the beauty of a tiger and more. It’s mostly orange and has a splodge of white at its top. Its black stripes are what I believe to be salt, exactly the same as the Calavera bath bomb (another review I still haven’t completed -doh!)

As far as I am aware this bath bombs cause was to raise awareness and funds for tigers in the wild, the threat of their extinction has never been so dangerously close to becoming a reality.

The tiger is such a beautiful, majestic almost magical looking creature. If mankind end up stripping the earth of this incredible animal the world will never be the same. I pray that Lush make this bath bomb available on a global scale as it’s for such an important cause.

The Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb shares its scent with the Prince Charming shower cream. This news filled me with delight as the Prince Charming scent is a Lush-scent-family I have been waiting to try in a different format for a very, very long time. It suits the bath bomb format so well, I’d go as far as to say that I favour it over the shower cream equivalent.

As soon as the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb hits the water a burst of orange erupts from it, slowly but surely it dances around the water’s surface. After about 20 or 30 seconds red foam appears alongside the orange creating swirls of brilliant orange and bold red. The scent is detectable throughout the whole bath, it’s a very mellow fragrance. Warming and sweet, I see what people mean when they say it is similar to the Yuzu and Cocoa scent, it isn’t however zingy, I’d describe its scent as quite similar to marshmellows.

A good, long soak in a Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath leaves your skin perfectly hydrated. Even once out of the bath I could see a difference in my skin, it definitely appeared brighter and also felt incredibly smooth too. I regret bitterly that I didn’t pick up several more of these bath bombs, not only are they in support of a great cause but are also a very enjoyable product.

It would be a crime for Lush to not bring out more of these incredible bath bombs, please, please, please bring these out online Lush, to not only raise further awareness for the wild tiger but to also let the world have a chance of using this unbelievably perfect bath bomb!

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All You Need is Love (and Peace) Bath Bomb from Lush

The All You Need is Love (and Peace) Bath Bomb formerly known as Groovy Kind of Love, made a return at the Lush Summit this year (2018). At the time of writing this review, this bath bomb (with the exception of the left over Summit products that were sent to Lush Oxford Street) have only ever been available to buy at the 2017 and 2018 Summit.

Last year it was one of the first products at the Lush Summit to catch my eye. With it being so very colourful I don’t think many people could resist picking at least one up for themselves. On appearance alone, the All You Need is Love (and Peace) bath bomb is easily on par with more colourful bath bomb’s such as; Granny Takes A Dip, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and The Experimenter bath bomb.

Scent wise the All You Need is Love (and Peace) bath bomb is not what I had expected when I first see it. Containing a mixture of patchouli and neroli oil the All You Need is Love (and Peace) bath bomb has a very peppery and grounding aroma, the addition of the neroli oil makes it a little less spicy than other patchouli products that I have tried such as, the Lord of Misrule bath bomb. Its twang of neroli-sweetness up against the patchouli is what makes All You Need is Love (and Peace) really stand out to me.

As soon as the All You Need is Love (and Peace) bath bomb hits the water there is of course an explosion of colours. Blue, pink, purple, orange and yellow froth spill out of the bath bomb creating mounds of colourful bubbles. All You Need is Love (and Peace) spins and spins, spurting out patches of different coloured bubbles, you find yourself under what looks like a blanket of patch work bubbles. All You Need is Love (and Peace) is however a very quick fizzer so capturing any ‘bath art’ isn’t easy for someone slow like me.

Many people thought this bath bomb would leave the water a dull grey colour just like the, The Experimenter bath bomb does. its pastel colours however save the day. The water turns a warm and inviting shade of orange, far more desirable than the grey and murky water left behind  by the, The Experimenter bath bomb.

There was a rumour that the All You Need is Love (and Peace) would be a part of Lush’s 2018 Valentine’s range, it however never made an appearance which I know disappointed quite a few people.

An All You Need is Love (and Peace) bath leaves me feeling relaxed and toasty. Its slight spiciness really helps soothe tired and aching muscles and although products with patchouli oil in aren’t usually my favourite, I can make an exception for this rainbow of a product. It’s not my favourite from the Lush Summit exclusives but I do still recommend trying it at least once.

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