Conga Shower Jelly from Lush

At the time of writing this review, the Conga Shower Jelly is a Lush product that is exclusively available only at Lush’s brand new, flagship-super-store in Liverpool, England. As a self confessed lover of anything pink, Conga was the first of the exclusive shower jellies to catch my eye.

As soon as I heard that ‘raspberry’ was one of the ingredients in Conga I instantly thought, could this be the next Mumkin bubble bar scented product that we’ve all been asking for, for years?

Sadly for Mumkin addicts, Conga has a brand new Lush scent, it’s fairly similar to the likes of the Raspberry Milkshake soap but has an extra sour element to it, something that excited me straight away, allowing me to easily put the Mumkin bubble bar to the back of my mind once again…

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Conga contains fresh raspberry juice and vanilla absolute giving it a fruity sweet fragrance, the sour element that comes through in its scent is the bergamot oil. On paper I wasn’t at all sure if this blend of ingredients would work, one sniff of Conga however wipes out any uncertainty. It’s delicious.

There are so many ways to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. This method is definitely best if you were planning on sharing the jelly (something I never do! 😉)

Most shower jellies I find are fairly robust. There are others such as the Ghost shower jelly that do not last well through use when left as a whole. Conga is however one of the most robust shower jellies I have used to date. Conga lathers quickly and easily.

As the lather of Conga gets going the steam of the hot water really helps carry its raspberry scent. In use it actually reminds me of the Plum Rain shower gel which funnily enough was another product that upon its release, I dared to dream could be Mumkin bubble bar scented too. It wasn’t Mumkin scented BUT I did fall hopelessly in love with it as like Conga it has a very unique berry-fruit sour scent.

After getting out of the shower, the Conga shower jellies scent lasts for a good few hours on your skin, it brightens dull skin up and leaves it feeling fresh. It isn’t hugely moisturising but isn’t so drying that it leaves me desperate to coat myself in body lotion.

Overall I am really impressed with the Conga shower jelly, I hope that Lush make it more readily available for all soon. It’s a fantastic addition to the Lush shower jelly family, I could see it selling very well if it was made a main line Lush product!



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Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs from Lush

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The Mouthwash tabs are still relatively new to Lush, they first made an appearance back in August 2016 and came in 3 different flavours.

For a long time the 3 original flavours were the only ones available but fast forward to now and several other mouthwash tabs have been created and some of them released. Sticking with their fruity theme, this years Valentine’s range included a brand new flavour of mouthwash tabs, Adam’s Apple.

When I first heard of the Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs I couldn’t help but wonder if its flavour and scent would be just like the fragrance of one of my all time favourite products the So White bath bomb. Although I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t the case Adam’s Apple did still have a very pleasant scent.

Directions on how to use a Lush mouthwash tab are as follows; ‘After brushing your teeth, pop one tab into the mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz. Nibble and swish before spitting out. They can also be used throughout the day whenever you fancy a bit of oral refreshment.’

All you need is one tab and a small swig of water to aid you in the quest of quick and easy oral refreshment. Freshening ones breath in-between morning and nightly brushing, has never been so easy. – I’d like to report that Adam’s Apple’s flavour was just as pleasant as its scent. There is something about its scents wetness that reminds me ever so slightly of the Once Upon A Time body lotion.

For me it tastes like super ripe, lemony, fresh and juicy pear; It actually contains spearmint, Sicilian lemon and lime oil too. Although in taste I cannot detect the spearmint I do pick it up in its scent somewhat. When I made my mum sniff it to help me describe it she however said that all she could smell was the spearmint… 🤷🏼‍♀️

It took me a little while to get my head around an oral product not being just minty as most toothpastes and mouthwashes available from companies such as Oral B or Colgate are either peppermint or spearmint only. I however warmed to Adam’s Apple after a few uses and it left my mouth fruity fresh.

While Adam’s Apple is not my favourite of the Lush mouthwash tabs flavour wise, they do, do a really good job at refreshing your mouth. It’s nice to have something so different from the masses on offer.

I can’t wait for Lush to release even more mouthwash tabs. There were several at the 2018 showcase on display (but not available to purchase) that I’d really like to get my hands on in the not so distant future!



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Melusine Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Melusine Bath Bomb is probably my favourite out of the 12 community bath bombs that the Lush Kitchen released back in November 2018. Sharing its scent with one of my favourite releases that also came out last year the Avocado Wash shower gel, I was very excited to get a hold of its bath bomb equivalent.

Melusine is the French word for a fresh water mermaid, this caught my attention straight away as I have always been fascinated with mythology and mermaids in particular. When I first heard its name I thought it was going to be an adaptation of the Mermaid bath bomb, I was however very wrong!

Melusine has a very unique design, it is several different shades of green and yellow and has been made to look like it has fish scales.

Melusine also has a very generous helping of shimmering lustre that is made out of a mix of naturally-occurring minerals and seaweed (it’s not plastic!) the lustre in Melusine is a lot chunkier than what I’m used to from Lush too BUT it rinses away just as easily as the lustre in other shimmery products such as the Intergalactic bath bomb.

Containing bergamot, litsea cubeba, olibanum and sea salt Melusine is a treat for your skin, eyes, nose, mind and soul. If you normally grab an Avobath bath bomb for an energy boost then Melusine would really appeal to you.

Melusine’s blend of bergamot, olibanum and lemony litsea cubeba make for one of the most awakening bath bombs yet. Its scent is crazy refreshing, cheery and super-duper zesty. I just can’t get enough of it.

As soon as the Melusine bath bomb touches your bath water an eruption of green and yellow bubbles explode out of it. Its beautiful scent slowly fills your bathroom as it bobs around the waters surface.

Melusine’s presentation and scent aren’t the only things that impress me about this bath bomb either, the bath art it creates is exquisite, so much so that I couldn’t stop taking photos. Delicate swirls of green and yellow spiral out of it as it dances around, it really is mesmerising.

Inside the Melusine bath bomb, much like the Geo Phyzz and Big Blue bath bombs is a generous helping of sea salt. The sea salt makes the Melusine bath bomb particularly good at helping with any muscular pains you may have, all while also brightening the skin and boosting your blood circulation.

Normally the Lush bath bombs that contain sea salt often sink straight to the bottom of the bath tub slowly changing the waters colour from the bottom up. Melusine however surprised me by floating the whole time!

The Melusine bath bombs scent lasted through out the entire duration of my bath which really pleased my nose. Once I was out of the bath Melusines scent was also still detectable on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too.

Just a 15 minute soak in a Melusine bath leaves my skin feeling soft and leaves its appearance positively refreshed and hydrated.

The only thing I am unsure about in regards to the Melusine bath bomb is its hefty price, I understand ethically sourced ingredients cost a little more but for a single use product it is very expensive, for me this sadly makes Melusine a product I will only be using on special occasions.

Overall I am however very, very impressed with the Melusine bath bomb, I really do hope that Lush make it a permanent store product in the UK soon as it really is a brilliant bath bomb, I’d go as far as to say that it is actually high up on my list of favourite bath bombs!



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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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Princess Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush

For Christmas 2018 Lush created 3 different Bomb Bombs; The Snowman, Santa and the Princess Bomb Bomb. The idea behind the bomb bomb is that you get 2 bath bombs in one character. One of the bath bombs is its head the other is its body, hence the ‘bomb bomb’.

Being honest as always, I will just come out and say what everyone else is thinking, this bath bomb won’t be winning any prizes for its looks anytime soon. Out of the 3 bomb bombs from 2018, Princess is by far the strangest to look at. As I have said in my other bomb bomb reviews, I feel as if all 3 of them were thrown together at the very last minute and I stand by my statement that each of them are just novelty products.

The Princess Bomb Bomb has a pink dress, a green face, an orange crown, yellow hair and 2 big vegan candy eyes. I hate to sound like a broken-record but Lush really could have done so much better with this bomb bombs design. The bomb bomb is such a good idea and concept, the only problem I have is that all I see when I look at the Princess Bomb Bomb is a frog in fancy dress! – I normally find some sort of charm in this type of ‘ugly’ Lush product, Princess is however an entity.

The Princess Bomb Bomb contains bergamot, cedarwood and ylang ylang oil. I was taken by surprise with this line up of ingredients. Due to its bright and mainly pink colouring I automatically assumed that the Princess Bomb Bomb would share its scent with the Snow Fairy shower gel. Yet again I was wrong.

Its scent is so far from what myself and the rest of the Lush community were expecting when the 3 bomb bombs were announced. It has sweet, subtle and musky floral elements to it and in my opinion is definitely a scent that would appeal to the older members of the Lush community in particular.

As soon as the Princess Bomb Bomb comes into contact with the bath water it begins to hiss. Yellow and pink bubbles fizzle out of it and spread across the waters surface. Just like the other bomb bombs, Princess dissolves fast, so fast that I didn’t manage to get any half -decent photographs of it in action.

What the Princess Bomb Bomb lacked in bath art was well made up for with how moisturised it left my skin. I did use both the head and body together (see photo above) some people have however spread their Princess Bomb Bomb over 2 baths, one day using the head and another day using its body.

I didn’t fall head over heels in love with the Princess Bomb Bomb for all of the reasons I have mentioned above. I do however hope that Lush use its scent in a future product as it is one that my nose rather enjoyed!



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Avocado Wash Shower Gel from Lush

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As soon as I heard that the Avocado Wash Shower Gel was a part of this years Lush Valentine’s Day range I ordered the biggest bottle available. I hate to give the game away so early on in a review but this shower gel is quite simply, gorgeous! When the shower gel first came out as a Kitchen exclusive last year (2018) I only ordered one bottle and after first use I instantly regretted not ordering several more.

I left my one and only bottle of Avocado Wash shower gel on my bathroom shelf; BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. The second time I grabbed it ready to use I was horrified to discover that the shower gel bottle was half empty. I had only used it once so knew exactly who to blame for its sudden and rapid disappearance – my husband. He is a glass half full kind of person whereas I am a glass half empty one.

I was not impressed. Luckily a few days later more of the shower gels became available on the Lush website, my husband ordered 3 more bottles to say sorry for being so selfish and greedy. I forgave him but am still a little bit mad that he’d used up half of a bottle over just 3 showers, it’s such a waste of product. I’m known to over indulge with Lush but my husband took it to the next level!

I want to warn everyone about this shower gels addictiveness, a little of this shower gel does in fact go a very long way and there really is no reason other than being driven completely crazy by its irresistible scent, to use as much as my husband did in such a short space of time.

The Avocado Wash shower gel shares its scent with the Avocado Co-Wash shampoo and conditioner. Its scent has always been one that I have liked but unfortunately the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t suit my hair so I only ever tried it the one time. I was therefore over the moon at the prospect of a shower gel equivalent.

The Avocado Wash shower gel contains copious amounts of fresh avocado, uplifting bergamot, refreshing litsea cubeba and the comforting olibanum oil too. It’s the perfect blend of ingredients if you’re running a little low on energy or sass, there is just something so rejuvenating about it. Its scent is one of the most refreshing and awakening fruity scents Lush have made and I’m so excited that they’ve recently released several more Avocado Wash scented products that I will be reviewing very soon.

Consistency wise the Avocado Wash shower gel is a little runny but this isn’t a negative aspect at all, I actually prefer the runnier shower gels in comparison to the thicker ones. As I mentioned earlier, a little of this shower gel does go a very long way. This makes it excellent value for money (unless you live with my husband of course).

The one thing I do recommend that you do before using the Avocado Wash shower gel is giving it a good shake, like the, The Olive Branch shower gel its ingredients separate when left for too long. This is completely normal but is often mistaken as a sign of the product being out of date. In fact Avocado Wash shower gel is self-preserving so quite the opposite!

I find Avocado Wash shower gel incredibly hydrating, it leaves my skin silky smooth, bright and revitalised. Its scent can also be smelt on my skin long after using it which is a huge plus for me. It would have been a crime to leave this shower gel as only a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I’m so glad that it’s become available again even if it is only for  Valentine’s.



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