Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb from Lush

The Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb was the first of 2019’s brand-new Halloween bath bombs that I tried. I’ll admit that before Lush released this bath bomb I didn’t know anything about the Mercury Retrograde phenomenon. After a little research I discovered that it’s a very interesting part of astrology.

Three or four times a year the planet Mercury is said to go into retrograde; This means that Mercury appears to move in the opposite direction in which the planet Earth moves. It is however all an illusion, both planet Mercury and planet Earth travel in the same direction. Mercury just moves slower than Earth which (when in retrograde) looks as if it is moving in the opposite direction.

Astrologists believe that when Mercury is in retrograde it causes chaos for us on Earth. Has your car broken down? has your laptop crashed? did you sleep through your alarm? According to astrologists it’s all Mercury being in retrogrades fault!

Whether you believe in astrology or not, the Mercury Retrograde bath bomb is a bath bomb worth trying. The first thing I couldn’t help but notice was how brightly coloured it was. Resembling a planet I feel as if Lush have pulled inspiration for the Mercury Retrograde bath bomb from the Intergalactic bath bomb.

Colour wise Mercury Retrograde is orange, purple and green and decorated with a generous sprinkling of black sea salt. How the sea salt is placed on the bath bomb is very similar to the likes of the Lush Summit Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb.

The Mercury Retrograde bath bomb has a long list of stimulating and warming ingredients, blended together all of them will ease all tension and lift your mood (caused by Mercury being in retrograde or not!) – Its fragrance has appeared in another much loved (especially by me) retro-Lush-product the Gingerbread House bubble bar. Why Lush have only just brought back a product with its scent is beyond me, it’s beautiful!

Mercury Retrograde contains cinnamon, ginger, Sicilian lemon and buchu oils. As soon as the bath bomb hits the bath water its mouthwatering gingerbread-biscuit-fragrance fills your bathroom. Orange, green and purple foam fizzes out of it creating bath art that is very similar to the bath art left behind by the Yoga Bomb bath bomb.

Mercury Retrograde is quite a fast fizzer but it doesn’t disappoint bath-art-wise. Although fast to dissolve, it means you can lay back and soak in its waters much more quickly. The carefully selected combination of Mercury Retrogrades ingredients are great for lulling you into a more relaxed state of mind, while you lie back enjoying the relaxing scent, it also works wonders on tired and/or achy muscles.

After getting out of a Mercury Retrograde bath my skin is left feeling soft, hydrated and it really does appear brighter. Its scent stays with me for the best part of the rest of the day too. This scent would work wonderfully in a perfume format , hint, hint Lush…

Although Mercury Retrograde isn’t your average Halloween bath bomb I think it fits into the range perfectly. I’ll be sad to see it go once Halloween is over and I will be grabbing a few before it’s too late. If you’re into astrology you’ll know that planet Mercury is next in retrograde this Halloween, if that’s not reason enough to give this bath bomb a go I don’t know what is!



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Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub from Lush

Lush have recently spoilt us with yet another lip scrub. 2019’s Halloween range includes the never-before-been-released Pumpkin Spice Lip Scrub. I use Lush lip scrubs religiously so whenever a new one comes out I always try to grab a pot.

The main ingredient in Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a simple and natural mix of ingredients can do such a great job. It really does make me question why alternative companies ever actively chose to use micro-plastics in their exfoliation products in the first place. For this reason I am so happy that Lush have created so many new lip scrubs this year, they are ridiculously underrated and more people need to try them!

Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel gorgeous. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips and are also very good at softening and hydrating them at the same time. Exfoliating your lips has so many benefits and has never been easier thanks to Lush.

As well as caster sugar the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub also contains fine sea salt, cinnamon, shea butter, pumpkin seed butter, clove bud  oil and pumpkin seed oil. This blend of ingredients make (in my personal opinion) one of the best tasting lip scrubs that has ever been made. You’re technically not supposed to eat it but if you do end up swallowing a bit, you’ll live. 😉

As soon as I took the lid off of my pot of Pumpkin Spice lip scrub, I noticed that it looked almost identical to the Carrot Cake lip scrub from 2019’s Easter range. On first sniff I actually thought that it smelt very similar to the Carrot Cake lip scrub too. Once I had both of them in front of me I however realised they weren’t as similar as I had led myself to believe.

Pumpkin Spices scent is much warmer than the likes of Carrot Cake, if seasons had a signature scent I’m pretty sure Autumn’s would smell just like the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub. The cinnamon in the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub is the most apparent to me, I’m a huge fan of cinnamon so naturally go for the products that have it in it. It’s a strange fragrance considering it smells both sweet and spicy but I think that’s why it appeals to me so much.

Like the other recently released Cookie Dough lip scrub, the Pumpkin Spices formula isn’t as chunky. It actually has a really soft sand-like-texture. At first I thought this would mean the lip scrub wouldn’t be as exfoliating as its lip scrub predecessors but I was left pleasantly surprised, the less-coarse formula actually works just as well, It’s almost as if the finer consistency helps the level of exfoliation go that little bit further.

A little amount of the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub goes a very, very long way. I normally always recommend using a lip balm or gloss after using a Lush lip scrub. This is because exfoliation can leave the lips a little dry but with the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub it’s so hydrating you do not need to. In simple terms the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub is the most hydrating lip scrub Lush have created yet. I am blown away!

Overall I am head over heels in love with the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub, it smells amazing, tastes delicious and works a treat, I am amazed at how hydrating it is too. Lush lip scrubs are normally only a little hydrating so Pumpkin Spice is a game changer. I’m so sad that it is only a Halloween exclusive as it really is the best lip scrub that Lush have made to date, it’s perfect.



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Open Your Heart Bubble Bra from Lush

Open Your Heart Bubble BraBack in 2017 Lush released the Golden Pear soap as a part of their Winter line. Ever since the Golden Pear soaps release the Lush community have gone wild for its scent, due to its popularity  Lush have gone on to create several more products that share its scent.

Lush’s 2019 Valentine’s Day line features the Golden Pear scented Open Your Heart Bubble Bra. No, that isn’t a typo… it really is called the Open Your Heart bubble bra!

Inspired by Madonna’s pointed 80’s bra this bubble ‘bar’ screams to be bought, if you’re looking for a bubble bar with a unique selling point then a bubble ‘bra’ comes top of the list for sure…

Just like the Love Token reusable bubble bar which is also a part of 2019’s Valentine’s Day line, Open Your Heart is covered in gold shimmer, underneath its sparkly coating is yellowy-orange bubble bar. Designed in the same way as the Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon, 2 edges are sandwiched together. These edges obviously being the cups of Madonna’s iconic and very peculiar shaped bra.

Lush instruct you to use one half or both pieces of bubble bar to ensure you have a ‘Valentine’s bath you won’t forget in a hurry’. I personally used the whole thing together. Usually I’d try and spread a bubble bar over at least 2 baths but with Open Your Heart being quite small I found it was best for me to use it all at once.

I found that using just one half of it didn’t leave me with very many bubbles at all. It does however depend on your baths water pressure though, by all means if you get enough bubbles with half then only use half, it’s all down to personal preference really.

The Open Your Heart bubble bar has a somewhat sour-pear fragrance, it’s not quite as strong as its soap equivalent but is close enough for me to consider both products as in the same scent family. It’s a scent that reminds me of cooked pears, slowly baked in a pie smothered in sugar; Delicious!

Although it’s not a scent I go mad for personally, I can see why so many people do like it so very much.

Placed under the tap, the Open Up Your Heart bubble bar fills your bath up with a shimmery golden-yellow water. Although it did create a lot of bubbles, they didn’t stay around for very long, completely disappearing long before I’d finished my bath. This is however a common occurrence with Lush’s bubbleroon bubble bars because of their buttery centre.

What bubbleroons such as Open Your Heart lack in bubble-longevity they well make up for with how silky-soft they turn your bath water. My skin felt amazing once I had left the bath, not only was my skin lightly fragranced with the scent of Open Your Heart but it also felt refreshed, silky smooth and perfectly hydrated too.

Overall I did enjoy using the Open Your Heart bubble bar, it’s not my favourite of the 2019 Valentine’s line and I feel it would have been better in a different colour, (we already had a gold sparkly bubble bar in this years collection with Love Token) but I did enjoy its ingredients and how relaxed it left me.



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Aubergine Bath Bomb from Lush

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Lush’s 2019 Valentine’s line is the cheekiest to date and with it being so fruit orientated, it’s not very difficult to attain your required 5 a day! 😉

Alongside the Peachy bath bomb is its unofficial side kick, the Aubergine Bath Bomb, aka the Eggplant Bath Bomb – Both Eggplant or Aubergine are the exact same product, the big purple fruit just goes by a different name depending on where you are in the world.

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This tongue in cheek product has caused quite a stir within the Lush community, not only for its phallic shape but because it’s actually a very good bath bomb. The attention to detail and its design makes it very hard to believe that it’s hand made.

Just like the aforementioned Peachy bath bomb I was pleasantly surprised at how big the Aubergine bath bomb was, just a little bit bigger than my hand Aubergine is very good value for money, I couldn’t wait to see how it performed in the bath.

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The Aubergine bath bombs scent smells just like a Lush shop, the scent is actually called 29 High Street and was purposely designed to emulate exactly how a Lush-shop-floor smells.

I have yet to review any of the other 29 High Street scented products but the Aubergine bath bomb is definitely my favourite product format of the scent so far.

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The Aubergine bath bomb contains as its name would suggest, fresh aubergine – if it didn’t I know I’d have been disappointed so good move Lush! the aubergine has an abundance of skin loving vitamins and minerals, my skin lapped it up. I’d actually like to see it in more products.

Fresh aubergine isn’t the only ingredient in the Aubergine bath bomb either, bergamot, ho wood and tonka absolute also add different aspects to its beautiful, uplifting and fruity fragrance.

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As soon as the Aubergine bath bomb touches the water it shoots out a burst of purple and then blue and green foam from both ends… Its colouring and the way it creates bath art reminds me of the very first version of the Northern Lights bath bomb.

The bath art was amazing, hence this review having so many photographs. I even managed to catch some footage of the slow popping bubbles.

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What really impressed me with the Aubergine bath bomb was the colour of the water it left once fully dissolved. It’s unlike any bath water I have had before, sure the Blackberry and Jingle Spells bath bomb create beautiful purple bath waters BUT neither are on par with the Aubergine bath bomb.

Not only is the bath water the most inviting shade of sparkly, Cadbury-purple but the water is super soft too. I could sit in an Aubergine bath for hours. Very rarely do I like every bath bomb in a Lush line but this year I adore every bath bomb in the Valentine’s Day line. Lush, I hope this is a sign that 2019 will be your best year for products yet!



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Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

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The first thing I noticed and admired about the Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar was that it’s not an in your face Valentine’s Day product. Even though I am happily married I’m not a huge fan of the day. My birthday falls on the week before Valentine’s so my husband and I don’t really celebrate it.

The only reason I even mention the ‘V’ word is because of Lush. It’s always so exciting to be introduced to a fresh line of products just after the new year, it’s when we’re all feeling the post Christmas blues and need some cheering up.

Love Token is a reusable bubble bar designed in the shape of a giant, shimmering-gold coin with the phrase, ‘Thank You’ engraved on its front. It’s the perfect gift for anyone you’d like to say thank you to, be that for your valentine (thank you for being my husband Joe) or maybe even giving it just as a ‘token’ of your appreciation to a great friend. It is the season of love, why not let everyone know they are loved and appreciated, whether you’re in a romantic relationship or not?

The Love Token shares its scent with the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar, if you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know I always favour the spicier products as I suffer with chronic pain. Love Token contains ginger and clove bud oil, both of those ingredients are great at relaxing and soothing aching joints and tense muscles.

In use, the spiciness of the Love Token creates a warming action on your skin, this warming action helps stimulate your blood circulation and it really does take the edge off of my pain while I’m laying in its waters, especially on my lower back, hips and shoulders.

Love Token is therefore such a luxury for me. I wish Lush did more products like this, I was very sad that the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar didn’t return for the Christmas just gone, that was hands down my favourite of the spicy bubble bars.

Decorated with golden lustre, the Love Token has a sparkly layer similar to the Star Light Star Bright bath melt. Obviously something this shimmery isn’t for everyone but in my personal opinion (and this is after being exposed to Lush’s lustre more times than I care to remember) is that you don’t have to be scared of it.

I used to be terrified of the glittery products that graced Lush’s shelves but after giving just one of them a go (accidentally might I add) I found out that they’re actually very enjoyable products. I’d envisioned death by glitter just like everyone else does when they first see sparkly Lush BUT after using the shimmery products such as Love Token, I’m still here and now believe the more glitter, the better!

A LOT of people who don’t bother to look up the ingredients of a sparkly Lush product go into a huge rant about how ‘Lush don’t really care about the planet’, otherwise they ‘wouldn’t be using micro plastics and plastic glitters in their products;’ LUSH DO NOT USE MICRO PLASTICS OR PLASTIC GLITTER. The golden lustre is in fact made with mica, seaweed and starch!

With Lush’s reusable bubble bars I find that the majority of them just aren’t as colourful or vibrant in use as the ordinary bubble bars are. This goes for the amount of bubbles you get out of a reusable bubble bar too. Lush have however upped their game when it comes to reusable bubble bars most recently, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles being a perfect example of reusable bubble bars that are just as vibrant and bubble inducing as their ordinary counterparts.

Unfortunately I was a little disappointed with the amount of bubbles Love Token created. As soon as you put Love Token under the running tap the golden lustre spills off of it,  spreading across your bath water sparkling like a clear nights sky. Underneath the layer of lustre is a beautifully bright yellow bubble bar. I got 2 baths out of the one Love Token. I would have liked to have seen more bubbles but I really did enjoy using it none the less.

It left my skin soft and hydrated and worked a treat on my aching muscles. I think it’s great that Lush have released another spicy product this time of year, normally they only release products like this at Christmas but Winter is still with us come January the 1st and I’m glad Lush have addressed that. It’s made my least favourite season of the year that little bit more bearable.


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Peachy Bath Bomb from Lush

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2019’s Valentine’s Day range has been released and the Lush community couldn’t be more excited. The Peachy Bath Bomb is brand new this year and has caused quite a stir. Especially when placed next to the other brand new Valentines product the Aubergine bath bomb… Cheeky!

When I first had the Peachy bath bomb in my hand I was surprised at how big it was, for some reason I had envisioned that it would be much smaller. I can confirm that it’s more or less the average bath bomb size, much closer to the size of the Twilight bath bomb than to the Butterball one.

Peachy contains as its name would suggest, bundles of sweet, skin-softening, fresh peach juice. Alongside the peach juice, Peachy also includes grapefruit, davana, elemi and tagetes oils. The grapefruit, davana, elemi and tagetes oil  make a very unique and awakening blend.

Peachy’s scent is delicate but uplifting, zesty and wonderfully refreshing. In ways it is very similar to the scent found in the Never Mind the Ballistics bath bomb, it however isn’t quite the same; Peachy’s scent is definitely not as citrus-orientated and sharp, The Peachy bath bomb also has a whole other layer of muskiness to it too, its scent is gentle as opposed to Never Mind the Ballistics scent being somewhat overwhelming.

Every time I look at the Peachy bath bomb I feel a little overwhelmed because of how pretty it is. The attention to detail in Peachy’s design hasn’t gone unnoticed by me, Lush have produced a long list of beautiful bath bombs prior to this one but Peachy bath bomb is special, it really does live up to its own hype as ‘peach perfect’.

I love how its peach colour isn’t all one shade of peach either. Although it’s clear to see that Peachy isn’t a real peach, the variation of its colour just adds to its charm, its detailing is so exquisite and it doesn’t look as if it was hand made at all.

As soon as the Peachy bath bomb hits the water there is a small explosion of foam, a small amount of green fizzes away from the bath bombs top as pinky-orange bubbles spill out from the rest of it.

Slowly it begins to spin, dancing around your bath water leaving pink swirls of colour as it goes. Another thing that surprised me with the Peachy bath bomb is that it was a really slow fizzer. I always love the slow fizzers, the pretty patterns they create in the bath seem to never end.

Once the bath bomb has fully dissolved you are left with peach coloured bath water. After I got out of the bath my skin felt fabulous, it was silky smooth to the touch and looked and felt as hydrated as if I’d just used a body lotion.

The scent remained on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too. Overall I am very impressed with the Peachy bath bomb, it has a beautiful and somewhat intricate design, the peachiest of scents and creates the prettiest bath art. I ordered several more straight after using one, I now can’t imagine a Lush Valentine’s Day line without it!


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Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub from Lush

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2019’s Valentine’s Day range has landed at Lush and what an amazing line up of products it has! It’s by far the best Valentine’s Day line to date. I hope that this is a sign of things to come through out this year and that Lush have started 2019 as they mean to go on.

 Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub is the first of this years brand new products that I am going to review. The main ingredient in Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a basic and natural formula can do such a good job. I use lip scrubs every other day so I am always very happy when Lush releases brand new ones for me to try.

Lush’s lip scrubs are ridiculously underrated. Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel their best. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips while also softening and hydrating them too. Exfoliating your lips has so many benefits, it improves the texture of your lips and lifts any build up of dead skin that may still be hanging around. I never put a lipstick on unless I have used a Lush lip scrub first.

Ingredients wise the Eve’s Cherry lip scrub just like the Cranberry Fizz lip scrub, has a little more to offer. Before Eve’s Cherry and Cranberry Fizz most Lush lip scrubs had very few ingredients in, for example the Bubblegum lip scrub only has caster sugar and jojoba oil in.

Along side the caster sugar, Eve’s Cherry also contains the following oils; jojoba, cherry kernel, buchu and lime to name just a few. I can’t get over the scent of Eve’s Cherry lip scrub, it’s beautiful. As soon as I take its lid off I am greeted with a mouthwatering fragrance of sweet cherries. It takes me right back to being at school eating Cherry Drop sweets all day long.

I thought all Lush lip scrubs were great at balancing both the tasks of exfoliation and hydration of the lips BUT alongside Cranberry Fizz, Eve’s Cherry is absolutely incredible at it. I think Eve’s Cherry is now my favourite Lush lip scrub to date. Sorry Cranberry Fizz. I know I said that about you only last month but Eve’s Cherry has stolen your short-lived-title of my favourite lip scrub of all time.

As well as smelling incredible Eve’s Cherry also tastes delicious too. I just can’t get enough of it. Lush lip scrubs are obviously not meant to be eaten but if a bit of it does end up in your mouth in the process of scrubbing your lips with it, don’t worry, you’re not going to die.

There’s not much more I can say about a lip scrub (even one as good as Eve’s Cherry.) As lip scrubs go, Eve’s Cherry does exactly what it’s supposed to do and does it very well too!


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