Love Spell Massage Bar from Lush

Last year (2016) I thought that the Valentine’s Day range was Lush’s best Valentine’s one yet. I honestly wasn’t expecting very much quantity wise. After all, the Christmas line that finished only a month before had spoilt us rotten.

Stating the very obvious, the Valentine’s line is always the first line to come out once the New Year is in full swing, after all of the busy Christmas work Lush has done over the last few months, you would expect them to calm things down a little. They however never do and the Valentine’s line of 2016 blew my mind!

My expectations would have been fulfilled with 2 or 3 limited edition, lovey-dovey themed products. I would have been perfectly satisfied with those 2 or 3 too.love-spell-massage-barAs for 2017 we are only in January and Lush Cosmetics have over excelled themselves again. 2017’s Lush Valentine’s line, blows the likes of 2016’s out of the water. Lush never fail to surprise me and this is why I have made them a part of my everyday life.

The Love Spell Massage Bar was first released as a part of 2016’s Valentine’s range as an Oxford Street exclusive. Imagine my delight when I found out that for Valentine’s 2017 it would be making a return and not just as an Oxford Street exclusive but in all stores and online too!

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Love Spell’s scent is a hard one to describe. It has a subtle and musky rose aspect to it. It is a very gentle scent, after using it I feel content, relaxed and carefree.

Though the design of this massage bar is very simple, it really stands out to me when it is in amongst the other Lush massage bars. Love Spell leaves my skin smooth, well hydrated and smelling gorgeous. Lush really need to make a dusting powder that shares its scent. Although Love Spell isn’t my favourite massage bar but it’s up high on the list of my must haves.

The beautiful shade of pink and its heart design will catch many peoples eye. As I mentioned in my review of the Tender is the Night massage bar, massage bars can be used as body lotion too. The sky really is your limit when it comes down to Lush products. I love how versatile they all are.

Love Spell is a fantastic addition to the Lush massage bar collection and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Lush decided to add it to the every day, all year through range.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 29th of January 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Lovestruck Bubble Bar from Lush

lovestruck-bubble-barThe Lovestruck Bubble Bar from Lush’s 2017 Valentine’s line is most certainly a head turner. Its design is inspired by the heart-eyed iPhone emoji, (Unless you have been living under a rock) I’m sure you knew that already though…

Out of the three Valentine bubble bars of 2017, Lovestruck, Unicorn Horn and Ladybird it is unquestionably the most vibrant in colour.

Before I had read what ingredients Lovestruck had, I imagined it would be a similar scent to one of the bubble bars that were an Easter release last year, Tweet. Described as a bubble bar that is ‘refreshing and citrusy,’ I couldn’t wait to get it in the bath!

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The first thing I noticed about the Lovestruck  bubble bar was its size. It’s not as big as a Brightside or Comforter, but it’s quite close. If you managed to get ahold of a Down the Rabbit bubble bar last year I’d say it’s a similar size to that although to me it feels more stocky.

The next thing that I noticed was that Lovestruck’s scent was the polar opposite of what I had expected it to be. The citrus element was barely noticeable, all I could really smell was the geranium oil in it.

In a way it reminded me of the Ladybird bubble bar a little but, with a splash of bitter lemon instead of the peppermint. I really wasn’t sure on its scent but I felt the same way about the Ladybird bubble bar last year so decided to give it a go.

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A little of this bubble bar goes a long way, the smallest amount created mounds and mounds of fluffy white bubbles, the water was also silky smooth. It left my skin soft and hydrated. Which is everything I love in a bubble bar.

The water underneath the blanket of bubbles was also a beautiful and summery yellow. Unfortunately the scent seemed to intensify as the bath ran, this is fairly normal for a bubble bar from Lush and it isn’t a bad thing, unless you do not like the bubble bars scent…

I really couldn’t get on with the scent. Everything else about the bubble bar was however, perfect. For me the scent of a Lush product is really important to me so I won’t be getting the Lovestruck bubble bar again.

I feel its scent is a lot like the Ladybird bubble bar purely because of the strength of the geranium oils scent in both. The peppermint in Ladybird seems to mask the geranium oil to a point that I can like it, the lemon in Lovestruck however doesn’t cut it in the same way for my nose.

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Personally I would have liked the Lovestruck bubble bar to not be packed with geranium oil as the Ladybird bubble bar has it in already, with them being in the same range I think I’d have preferred it if two products did not share such a dominantly scented ingredient. It’s a jackpot if you like the said scent. If you don’t however get on with it, it is quite the loss.

Geranium just isn’t a Valentine’s scent to me. By all means the Ladybird and Lovestruck bubble bars are totally different. Lovestruck has lemon in it while Ladybird has peppermint, it’s just the one mutual ingredient of geranium oil that trumps me.

It’s very rare for me to dislike a Lush product but Lovestruck sadly just wasn’t for me. I am however glad I tried it as it left my skin feeling fabulous and it is a really cute bubble bar.

I’m a top Lush geek and really enjoyed getting photos of it, it photographs brilliantly and with its cute and wacky, bold colours I can still see it being very popular for those that don’t mind its scent.



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Cupid Bath Bomb from Lush

Cupid Bath Bomb.pngAs soon as I heard about Lush’s new Cupid Bath Bomb I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Nothing gets me more excited than when Lush Cosmetics bring out a brand new bath bomb!

The Cupid Bath Bomb is 2 shades of pink, reflecting the Valentine’s period perfectly. Designed as an arrowed heart, Cupid is the first word that comes to mind when you see it.

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The arrow is a beautiful hot pink while the heart is a lighter pink. Yes the Cupid bath bomb is quite a small bath bomb in comparison to the Fizzbanger or Intergalactic but bath bombs don’t have to be big to be good.

Lush products are full of surprises so I always have an open mind, especially with the bath bombs. Just look how people reacted to the Metamorphosis bath bomb, everyone changed their mind on it once they see what it could do once in the water…

The Cupid bath bomb shares its scent with the Razzle Dazzle bath oil. It contains bergamot, rose and violet leaf absolute.

The ingredient that got me most excited however was the fresh raspberry juice. The raspberry scent in Cupid is the most prominent of the ingredients, it reminds me of the petits filous yoghurts that I used to have in my lunchbox when I was a kid.

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As soon as the Cupid bath bomb hits the water pink fizz shoots out of it, at this point I could really smell the violet leaf absolute as well as the raspberry, anything violet like helps me unwind so I can never, ever get enough of it. I find violet leaf particularly helpful for tension, it is also my go to ingredient when I have a migraine brewing. I just can’t get enough of this bath bombs scent!

Cupid is a very slow fizzer and creates the most beautiful light pink, white and ever so slightly darker pink swirls on the top of your bath water. I wasn’t expecting much bath art from it but it did create a small amount that was worthy of a photograph or two.

I couldn’t believe how such a small bath bomb had, had such an effect on how the bath water felt on my skin. Once Cupid has fully dissolved you are left with silky smooth, light pink bath water.

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The bath bombs scent stayed with me through out the bath. Once you’re out, the scent is very subtle on your skin, I could still detect it long after getting out of the tub.

I will most certainly be stocking up on the Cupid bath bomb before Valentine’s 2017 is over.

So far I have tried it with Lush’s Tender is the Night massage bar . This combination was so much better than I expected. Another product I can’t wait to pair Cupid with is the Mumkin bubble bar.

Hello raspberry heaven!



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Prince Charming Shower Cream from Lush

Shower Creams are still relatively new to Lush, the first one I ever tried was Yuzu and Cocoa. I think it was just under 3 years ago, I loved it and upon first use I was very keen to try others.

I was delighted to see that for Lush’s 2016 Valentine range, Lush were bringing out a never before been released shower cream called Prince Charming.

In previous years it had only ever been released as a shower gel. At the time I hadn’t actually come across the Prince Charming scent before, not even in the shower gel format, the scent was therefore brand new to me.

Arguably I could just read what ingredients it had on the website, doing that normally doesn’t help me much at all though. I have found that most of the time the scent of a Lush product is never quite how you had envisioned it while reading it’s ingredients list. Similar based products can be so different in so many ways which is why you really do have to try everything that Lush has on offer at least once.

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Looking at Prince Charming the first thing you notice is of course how strikingly pink it is.

Upon first glance it reminded me of the Comforter shower cream, I really, really wanted to like it and had heard several people raving about it so took the plunge and ordered a 100g bottle to get me started. Let’s just say I was very happy upon first sniff and was kicking myself that I hadn’t ordered a bigger bottle.

Unlike the Lord of Misrule and Comforter shower cream I didn’t find Prince Charmings scent at all offensive, it was sweet but not so sweet that too much could make me feel sick.

More is definitely good with Prince Charming, take it from me!

While snooping online I noticed that a lot of people were saying that the Prince Charming shower cream smelt very similar to the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream.

At first I rolled my eyes, I thought what madness is this?! BUT the next time I was in the bath and I had another sniff I realised that they weren’t mad at all, there was a huge similarity between the two. I really don’t know how I had missed it.

Prince Charming isn’t as sharp as Yuzu and Cocoa, it’s a lot more mellow and in my opinion better for a night time bath or shower as it has less zing. It is yet another perfect ly scented Lush product that works beautifully if you’re looking to wind down after a long day.

Although I am finding myself using a bit more product than I normally would to get it to lather, I really don’t mind as it is such a gentle and smooth formula that soothes and moisturises my skin perfectly. Like Yuzu and Cocoa I can smell it on my skin for the rest of the day after using it which is always the signs of a brilliant Lush product.

In regards to the shower creams in general, I know that the bright colours can put people off. The first time I used Yuzu and Cocoa it was so yellow when putting it on my body that I felt like I was Homer Simpson. I felt exactly the same when first applying Prince Charming, the pinkness of it took me back a little but it lathered up nicely enough and rinsed off just fine. I actually quite liked being covered in pink loveliness even if it was only briefly…

I am so glad that Lush have decided to bring Prince Charming shower cream back as a part of their 2017 Valentine’s day range. Prince Charming can get in the bath with me any day, any time!



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 27th of February 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from Lush

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar.pngFirst and foremost I would like to point out that no unicorns were hurt in the making of this product! Now that, that has been cleared up…

The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar is the Lush product that I get the most excited about purely because of its name alone. Over the years it has been released several times as a Valentine’s Day special. Once upon a time it was not only stripey but also decorated with a sprinkling of stars. The stars have now sadly gone BUT without the stars the Unicorn Horn bubble bar is still one of the prettiest products I have ever used from Lush.

I’m not sure what the connection of unicorns and Valentine’s day is but I’m not going to argue with it featuring in the annual Valentine’s Day range as I look forward to it after a long Winter, it reminds me that Spring is almost here.

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I am unicorn mad, I adore them and have done so ever since I was a little girl. The other half even lets us use unicorn bedding once in a while. He’s clearly a keeper.

I just can’t help myself when it comes to unicorns. I just love the idea of a mythical creature living undetected in a beautiful forest filled with wild flowers, a spring and blissful bird song.

Featuring lavender and neroli oil the Unicorn bubble bar has a cheery and relaxing scent.

The smallest amount of Unicorn Horn bubble bar creates mounds and mounds of soft, fluffy and fragrant bubbles.

A lot of people ask me how I use my bubble bars. Do I grate them? (picture above) do I crumble them in my hand under a running tap? do I use a sieve/tea strainer?

My answer is I do all of the above, using any of the methods I have mentioned above always creates a huge amount of silky smooth bubbles. My advice is to do whatever works best for you. There is no right or wrong way to use it, grate, crumble or sieve.


As a recovering(ish) insomniac I always seem to gravitate to the ‘night time’ products, most of the products that I class as night time ones are lavender based, the most iconic one for me being the Twilight bath bomb.

The Unicorn Horn bubble bar works with so many other Lush products, my favourite Unicorn Horn cocktail bath is Unicorn Horn either with the Frozen or Lover Lamp bath bomb.

Neroli oil has been scientifically proven to boost the level of serotonin in the brain a.k.a the happy hormone.  Not only is the Unicorn Horn product a night time must have, it is also very good to use if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps.  This bubble bar is the perfect mix of  floral and citrus-fruit scent.

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Beneath the thick, silky lavender and neroli scented bubbles is twinkling, soft-pink bath water. I never, ever use a whole bubble bar for just one bath as I don’t feel you need to, a little chunk of Unicorn Horn goes a very long way.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to help you wind down allowing you to drift off into an easier nights sleep, look no further.

I just love this bubble bar and I really wish it was permanent stock rather than just a Valentine special.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 4th of February 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Lover Lamp Bath Bomb from Lush

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Last year (2016) Lush’s Valentine’s line was packed full of the most amazing, lovey-dovey products.

The first one that caught my attention was the Lover Lamp Bath Bomb. I’m always honest in my reviews and I will admit that in comparison to the wonderfully coloured bath bombs that we had been spoilt with throughout the Winter range, it does appear to be rather dull.

The name Lover Lamp however had me intrigued. That and the fact that you should never judge a bath bomb without using it first. Lush products have an awful habit of doing the complete opposite of what you are expecting…

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Lover Lamp has a very similar name to the newly reformulated and re released bath bomb the Lava Lamp.

When Lover Lamp first went up for sale (January 2016) the Lava Lamp bath bomb was still at the time a recalled product. (It’s a long story that I’ve written about in its review.)

As the Lava Lamp bath bomb had at the time been banished into the recalled Lush cupboard, many people just presumed that the Lover Lamp was the new Lava Lamp.

Thankfully they were wrong!

Now I have used the Lover Lamp several times I can say with confidence that the Lover Lamp bath bomb is completely different to Lava Lamp. Lover Lamp does have a mild citrus air about it, it is however a very subtle citrus which is the complete opposite of the super zesty Lava Lamp.

As soon as I realised how unalike they were to each other I was over the moon. Lush had yet again managed to come up with another completely unique bath bomb, when you think they surely must have done it all, another amazing and new design comes along and surprises us.

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Lover Lamp is a crisp white bath bomb decorated with 3 jelly hearts, it turns your bath water a very creamy milk colour and happens to be one of the gentlest bath bombs I have used, both for the skin and its scent.

Its scent is not overpowering at all, it reminds me somewhat of the Christmas time bath bomb Stardust. It has a very creamy vanilla scent mixed with a delicate layer of sweet orange.

I know the scent of Lush products can come across very strong for some. If you’re trying to turn a difficult-to-please person into a full blown Lushie Lover Lamp might just be the bath bomb to win them over…

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As soon as Lover Lamp hits the water it starts to fizz, not just any type of fizz either, I’d actually describe its level of fizzyness as FIERCE.

Every time I use it I am surprised by how fizzy it is. It’s incredibly satisfying to watch fizz away, as soon as it hits the water you feel a wave of refreshment. The scent, the way it dances in the water and the fierce fizzing creates such a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, there is honestly no other bath bomb like it.

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I didn’t watch any demos prior to first trying out this bath bomb as I wanted it to be a surprise. As Lover Lamp ferociously fizzes away a small handful of red confetti hearts appear, scattering themselves upon the waters surface.

I am truly awful at taking photos the pictures in this post DO NOT do this bath bomb any justice, NONE AT ALL.

Nearer the end of the Lover Lamps reaction to the bath water, the 3 jelly hearts float up to the top of the water too, surrounded by all of the small red, confetti hearts.

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To someone familiar with Lush bath bombs I would describe Lover Lamp as a mixture of the May Day, Sex Bomb and Think Pink bath bombs.

May Day for its soft and gentle aroma and colouring, Sex Bomb for the jelly hearts, (they are similar to the jelly rose found on the Sex Bomb bath bomb) and lastly the Think Pink bath bomb because of the heart confetti.

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Lover Lamp is the perfect bath bomb if you’re looking for something that’s gentle and relaxing.

Nothing has been officially confirmed yet but Lover Lamp may be returning as a product in Lush’s Valentine’s 2017 line. We will know for sure next Friday… *fingers crossed*

I really hope it does come back to the UK this year as it really is a remarkable bath product that I fall in love with that little bit more with every single use.

I think it would also make a great permanent exclusive-to-Oxford-Street bath bomb too, just putting the idea out there Lush HQ 😉



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 15th of January 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Roses All The Way Soap from Lush

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We haven’t even finished the first quarter of 2016 and already Lush have brought out more new and exciting products than I can keep up with. We’ve had the Valentine’s Day range, the Mother’s Day range and of course the Easter range as well as everything else in-between.

In all honesty I am literally stuck in a state of disbelief that we have actually already entered March?! As the saying goes – time flies when you’re having fun and with all of the new Lush goodies on offer, by me, fun is most certainly being had!

Today I am reviewing the Roses All The Way Soap, never before been released – this beautiful heart shaped, rose detailed soap had me intrigued within seconds of stumbling across it.

The Roses All The Way Soap is a generous size that takes up the best part of my hand. Comparing it to the usual, rectangular soap slabs its unique design, size and shape make it a lot easier to grip when using it in the bath or shower. For me, as a disabled person my particular needs in a soap are catered for just on the fact that it is easier to grip. Until my Lush addiction hit me bad, I was never a fan of floral scents, I don’t know why but I had always associated rose, lavender and other flowery scents with getting old.

Slowly but surely the Rose Jam scent however grew on me, alongside that, a lot of other scents that I never thought I’d enjoy all of a sudden became desirable.  I’d go as far as to say that my sense of smell has matured since joining the Lush crowd. I am now recognising and appreciating scents I had never really taken much notice of before. Lush has opened my eyes and although I am still far from an expert when it comes to scents, I am getting better!

Roses All The Way Soap is of course primarily a rose scent. At first I thought it was the Rose Jam scent but after a while I realised it actually has a softer floral tone and is actually quite sweet, almost zesty.  The more I used it, the more prominent the lemon oil in it appeared to be.

The idea behind this soap was inspired by Alice In Wonderland’s ‘painting the roses red’ part of the book. The back of the soap is white, as you use it, its red side starts to turn a light pink, eventually fading to a bright white. Any one who is familiar with the Alice in Wonderland story will know that the Queen of Hearts angrily demands that all of the white roses in her court yard are to be painted red. Painting the white roses red is exactly what her pack-of-card guards set upon doing.

Several hours after my bath I can still smell this soaps soft and zingy fragrance on my skin. It lathered up well and didn’t dry out my skin which has amazed me as most bars of soap do, especially those that are primarily floral.

Overall I am really impressed with Roses All The Way, it’s a wonderful addition to the Lush Soap family. Since enjoying it so much I have made it my new Lush goal to try several more Lush soaps in the near future. Watch this space!



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