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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Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar from Lush

The very first sparkle jars, Twilight and Snow Fairy were released back in Winter 2017. When I heard that Lush were bringing them back for Winter 2018 as well as releasing a brand new one, I was over the moon.

The newest addition to the sparkle jar clan is, the Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar; It is easily the cutest looking of the 3 released so far – There is just something about Lush products with faces that are so hard to resist!

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Sparkle jars are hollow massage bars that have Lush dusting powder in. The were invented by Lush as a plastic free alternative to their bottled dusting powders, the plastic bottle that held the dusting powders has been replaced with a massage bar/dusting-powder-shaker instead.

The sparkle jars are designed to be used just as you would a salt or pepper pot. Each of the sparkle jars have 2 sealed holes in, the idea behind them is that you poke the holes through once the product is with you at home.

Lush massage bars are a brilliant way to hydrate your skin and when used for massage, are a great way to relax tired muscles and clear your mind of any stress. Dusting powder isn’t something I use every day but I find it particularly helpful in the Summer, I add it to anywhere I ordinarily sweat as it helps with the absorption of any perspiration with minimum effort.

Sparkle jars bring the massage bar and dusting powder products together. Once you have pierced both holes the sparkle jar is ready to use; To use them I gently rub the massage-bar-jar into my skin before carefully adding a pinch of the shimmer, obviously you have to keep the jar a certain way up so that you don’t accidentally lose any of the powder. This makes things a little difficult but not so difficult that I dislike the product.

Out of the 3 sparkle jars that have been released so far, I think that the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar is actually my favourite. It has the perfect Christmas scent and is a scent I wish Lush catered out to us more.

Containing ginger, clove and cinnamon the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar is the perfect spicy treat, it reminds me of some of my most favourite past Winter products such as the Christmas Sweater bath bombHot Toddy shower gel and Gingerbread House bubble bar. It’s not the exact same as any of those but  it has the same soothing and warming effects on my body.

As I said in previous sparkle jar reviews, the massage bar part of them aren’t quite as workable as the ordinary massage bars, they do not melt nearly as quickly in your hands and with them being hollow aren’t at all suitable if you are looking to use them for a deep tissue massage. If used carefully the sparkle jars are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your body as well as a gentle boost of hydration too. I think of them more as a super-fancy highlighting tool than anything else!

I am a little sad that Lush didn’t create a sparkle jar for their First Snow dusting powder as well as the Gingerbread Man. First Snow was always my favourite Winter-dusting-powder and I miss it dearly. I have however enjoyed the surprise of a brand new scented dusting powder, spicy, home-baked scented products are always very welcome in my house.



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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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Chamomile Lawn Soap from Lush

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The Chamomile Lawn Soap from Lush is 1 of 4, 3D printed soaps that were in the Mother’s Day 2018 collection. One reason it has taken me so long to get to the point of reviewing each of these soaps are because of how pretty they are. I simply just didn’t want to rub away at their beautiful and intricate designs. Never-the-less soap is meant to be used and eventually I got around to giving them a go.

The Chamomile Lawn soap has 3 perfect chamomile flowers etched into it. Each soap is a bold, grassy green colour and packed full of calming ingredients making it the perfect soap to use after a long, hard day. Containing lavender, chamomile and neroli, Chamomile Lawn helps you wind down, relax and sets you up for a restful evening and hopefully good night’s sleep.

Scent wise the Chamomile Lawn soap’s most noticeable ingredient has to be the neroli oil. With Chamomile Lawn containing both lavender and neroli oil it is easily mistaken as sharing its scent with the Unicorn Horn bubble bar. Both are indeed very similar, the Chamomile Lawn soaps inclusion of chamomile oil however gives the soap a much stronger more rounded scent than the Unicorn Horn, it’s an almost earthy scent in ways.

The unique shape of the 4 Mother’s Day, 3D printed soaps not only makes them easy to display but also helps when it comes down to gripping them during use. I was worried that its size would cause me to have problems keeping a hold of it in use, this however wasn’t at all a problem.

Normally I would rarely use a bar of soap for anything more than just washing my hands. I however found that Chamomile Lawn lathered up easily and had a really creamy consistency so I decided to use it in the shower. A little of Chamomile Lawn also appears to go a long way, this unfortunately wasn’t the case for all of the Mother’s Day 3D soaps, we will however save that for their own review!

Although I didn’t find using Chamomile Lawn in the shower a particularly moisturising experience, my skin did feel well cleansed and soothed after use. A quick splash of Lush’s Dream Cream once I was out of the shower, helped hydrate my skin where the Chamomile Lawn soap had left me needing a hydration boost. I like to pair Chamomile Lawn with the Dream Cream body lotion as their scents are fairly similar. Overall I really enjoyed this Mother’s Day soap, it’s as good in use as it is beautiful.



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Here Comes the Sun Naked Shower Cream from Lush

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The Here Comes the Sun Naked Shower Cream has followed in the footsteps of the Tender is the Night naked shower cream; It is the second packageless ‘naked’ shower cream, (third if you include the naked shower gel, Antiope) that Lush have dared to only release in a naked form. Finding an alternative to plastic bottled up shower gel is a brilliant idea, through the exploration and inventing of packageless products Lush are proving that plastic packaging for cosmetics isn’t the only manufacturing and distribution route we can follow now and in the future.

I have stated in all of my previous reviews of the naked shower products that I wholeheartedly miss the bottled seasonal gels and creams. I know in my heart that plastic is actually just a luxury and that making and using it in such huge quantities does more bad than good to the world BUT if Lush are going to take away the option of bottled shower creams and gels, then the naked equivalent should be just as good as the bottled type, if not better.

Whatever you believe in regards to the naked Lush products, we can all agree that this ‘naked’ step is a small yet positive step in the right direction of helping save the planet we live on. When it came down to the Tender is the Night naked shower cream from this years (2018) Valentine’s line, I found no faults in it whatsoever. At first I was apprehensive to try it, worrying that it wouldn’t work as well as the bottled shower creams, it however did. Even without a bottled equivalent to compare it with I was very happy with it. I therefore grabbed a Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream without any hesitation.

A part of 2018’s Easter line, the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream is a member of the Brightside scent family. Although I don’t think this naked shower cream smells just like the Brightside bubble bar it’s close enough to recognise. In the shops the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream appears red, once you start to use it, it however lightens up, the bright orange colour that I expected from a Brightside product soon shines through.

In use, I found that the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream lathered up fairly quickly. It however wasn’t the type of lather I like or look for in a shower cream. It was almost a gummy like consistency and very highly pigmented, my skin was a bright shade of carrot orange! although I didn’t panic (it rinsed off just as easily as it went on) I even tried it with warmer water. Again, it was lathering but not in the same way as the Tender is the Night naked shower cream had. Since then, I have tried it several more times and it just isn’t anywhere on par performance wise as the Tender is the Night is.

Scent wise during use I am however very impressed. Once you have it in the shower the Brightside element of the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream really comes through, its citrus fragrance is a warm and much needed reminder that Spring and Summer are very nearly here… All in all, I am sad to say I am very underwhelmed by the Here Comes the Sun naked shower cream, it was a product I couldn’t wait to use because of how well I had got on with the Tender is the Night naked shower cream.

I didn’t find that its scent stayed on my skin once out of the shower either, luckily I have some Brightside body lotion left over from before the Lush Kitchen closed so that helped carry the scent on further. Everything else aside, I found this naked shower cream really messy too. I hate to write a negative review but I always promise to be honest and unfortunately for a number of reasons I didn’t enjoy Here Comes the Sun, I’d be very interested in maybe trying a bottled, liquid version of it though… Hint, hint Lush!



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Antiope Naked Shower Gel from Lush

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The Antiope Naked Shower Gel has followed in the footsteps of the Tender is the Night naked shower cream; It is the second packageless ‘naked’ shower gel/cream that Lush have dared to only release in a naked form. Although I wholeheartedly miss the bottled seasonal gel and creams we have previously been spoilt rotten with, I know in my heart that plastic is actually just a luxury and that making and using it in such huge quantities does more bad than good to the world.

Through the exploration and inventing of packageless products Lush are proving that plastic packaging for cosmetics isn’t the only manufacturing and distribution route we can follow now and in the future. Whatever you believe in regards to the naked Lush products, we all know that they are a small yet positive step in the right direction of helping save the planet we live on. If the release of ‘naked’ products gets people talking and consciously being more responsible with plastic, then Lush have achieved a lot more than any other cosmetic companies thus far.

My first impression of the Antiope naked shower gel was how incredibly bright it was. After a long and dull Winter its brilliant and bold yellow colour sure was a sight for sore eyes. There’s just something about it that radiates the sunshine, out of all of the Mother’s Day 2018 stock it was the Antiope that I was immediately drawn to. That was until I smelt it.

I’ve heard a fair few crazy descriptions of the Antiope’s scent, it’s more than unique and definitely one of those scents that will forever be an interesting topic of conversation amongst Lushies. To me, with it being unused and just in my hands it smells of leaf compost in the Spring time; The Spring time being a dryer and slightly warmer time of year, by this I mean it isn’t a muddy scent but still has earthy, dry elements to it. This scent obviously wasn’t what I had expected at all and this expectation is reflected in a lot of other people’s reactions to first sniffing Antiope too.

Containing Amazonian clay, Brazilian orange oil and limonene you’d expect Antiope to be fruity-sweet upon first sniff. The collector in me still decided to buy some Antiope, with its scent not being my usual go-to, it did take a bit of persuading back and forth in my head to actually use it. One night I decided to just go for it and took it into the shower with me. We have just had a new shower fitted so I didn’t have any excuses to not try it at least once.

Once I’d let the shower gel run under the hot water for a few seconds it was ready to start lathering up. You use a naked shower gel just as you would a normal shower gel. Instead of fiddling with a lid and then squidiging the product out of the bottle you now just have to lather the naked shower gel similar to how you would a bar of soap. Antiope lathered up quickly and with minimum effort, its lather was highly pigmented in colour and a little of it went a long way too, even when it was well and truly rubbed into my body it remained a bright yellow, the brightness of it was just as bold as the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream.

As soon as the hot water came into contact with the Antiope its scent completely changed. The earthy tone it had when dry was still noticeable (albeit much more subtle) but it also suddenly become very sweet, I’d describe it as almost pineappley. At first I thought my nose was playing tricks on me so I lathered up some more, my nose wasn’t however paying tricks on me! its scent had suddenly became very, very desirable.

When first lathering it up I did get a little scared at the intensity of its colour, I felt like I was turning myself into a character from the Simpsons. It however rinsed off just like any other Lush shower gel does and I was pleasantly surprised with how cleansed and smooth it left my skin. Once out of the shower I couldn’t smell the earthy tone of the shower gel on my skin anymore, there was a very gentle scent of sweet pineapple left behind and that lasted for a few hours after.

The only problem I really had with it was storing it after use. The Lush naked shower gel and creams are double the concentrate of the liquid shower gels and for the Antiope in particular with it being such a bright yellow it caused a little problem. For all of the other naked products I have, after use I leave them out on a metal rack to dry out as instructed. I found that Antiope was a bit of a dripper though.

My husband walked into the bathroom about 20 minutes after I had left. Where the Antiope had dripped so much he thought that I had, had a wee in our shower and not washed it away! *cringe*. I made him smell it to prove my innocence and luckily he believed me… It’s not ideal for drying it out but leaving it in a metal Lush tray instead saves any mess or unwanted shower-wee-wee accusations. All in all I did like Antiope, it’s one of the best examples of why you should always give a Lush product a try even if not impressed at first sight, or for Antiopes sake, first sniff!



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Cherryish Body Scrub from Lush

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The Cherryish Body Scrub is a brand new Lush product from the 2018 Valentine’s range. Although it has been labeled up as a body scrub, it is in fact the perfect mix of both a body scrub and a moisturising body butter. It does a brilliant job at both hydrating and exfoliating your skin ALL at the same time. Containing a long list of skin loving ingredients, Cherryish has gone down a storm within the Lush Community.

Last year Lush released a similar product to Cherryish called the Scrubee body butter. Scrubee was a hugely successful product, I can see exactly why Lush decided to create more just like it.

I admit that when I first see the Cherryish I wasn’t sure on it but once I had tried it, I knew it was going to be yet another best seller. Currently there is a rumour bouncing around that the Cherryish body scrub won’t be retiring once the Valentine period ends, instead it will stay on as a permanent product just as Scrubee did last year. I have my fingers crossed that it does stay!

Cherryish is jam packed full of skin soothingly fabulous ingredients. When I say jam packed I really do mean jam packed. it’s hard to believe that so many ingredients are in this gorgeous body scrub. The main ingredient is the fair trade cocoa butter and alongside that, Cherryish also includes, almond oil, coconut oil, fresh apple pulp, vegan white chocolate, sea salt, dried cherries and ground cherry stones too. It really is a ‘chocolate and cherry delight’, the cocoa butter soothes the skin while the ground cherry stones exfoliate the skin.

I love how gentle Cherryish is on your skin, its level of gentleness doesn’t compromise on how well it scrubs and buffs your skin either. This is a huge bonus for those, like me, who have sensitive skin. Every ingredient that is in Cherryish has been chosen for a reason and this shows during use.

Cherryish fits into your hand perfectly, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it got to work too. With minimum effort I was moisturising and exfoliating my skin in no time at all. I didn’t have to lather it up, it just started working as soon as I started to rub it onto my wet skin.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like Cherryish at first purely because it was a ‘cherry’ product, I’m not a huge fan of cherries but the Cherryish body scrub has changed my perspective. (That and the cherry drop sweets!). I have never got on with any other cherry based Lush product so Cherryish was a more than welcome surprise. I would go as far as to say that I like the Cherryish body scrub much more than I do the Scrubee body butter. This, I did not expect at all.

My most favourite thing about Cherryish is that it isn’t anywhere near as greasy as other body scrubs and butters that I have used before now. Cherryish soaks in to your skin very quickly while also keeping your skin looking and feeling healthy, hydrated and not at all clammy. Clean up after using Cherryish is also effortless. A quick rinse and all of the debris (not that you get much) rinses away.

After use, my skin looked and felt velvet like and did so for the next 3 to 4 days. Cherryish has a soft cherry fragrance, with a hint of sugar sweetness which I am guessing is the white chocolate. The chocolate element of it wasn’t at all apparent to me until I started using it, wow is the first word that sprang to my mind. Its scent is subtle but lasts, I could still identify it on my skin the next day which is rare for a Lush product that has such a gentle scent. I totally recommend Cherryish, for newbie Lushies or long-time Lushies, it’s sure to impress everyone!



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