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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Brr! Shower Slime from Lush

Brr! Shower SlimeFirst released back in July 2019, the shower slimes are still a relatively new product from Lush. With a name like ‘shower slime’, the product is to-say-the-least quite a conversation starter. I have heard mixed reviews on the concept of this new and crazy-unique product format BUT interestingly enough, I have yet to hear a single negative review from anyone who has actually given one or all of the shower slimes a go.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock over the last few years, you’ll know that the world has gone a-tiny-bit-crazy for ‘slime’. Social media is full of slime videos and demos and almost everyone under the age of 12 has had a go at attempting to make their own slime, mostly without success.

I am unsure as to whether or not the slime-hype was the inspiration behind this new product format but whatever the answer, the shower slimes against all odds seem to have gone down a treat within the Lush Community.

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Above is a photograph of the 2 original  Shower Slimes released by Lush earlier this year (2019).

I have been dreading writing this review as I want to give the Brr! Shower Slime the justice it deserves. Brr! is the very first shower slime that I tried and also happens to be the first that I am attempting to review.

The Brr! Shower Slime is the most eye-catching of all of the shower slimes released so far, this is due to its fluorescent yellow colour. Before I had, had a chance to see its ingredients list I assumed because of its colour, that it was the shower-slime-equivalent of the citrus-rich Ectoplasm shower cream, I was as per normal, wrong. The only thing that both Ectoplasm and Brr! have in common with each other is their colour.

When I first heard that Lush were bringing out a shower slime I was very interested in it, I was however on the fence about whether it was something we actually needed. When you ask for the definition of slime on Google it says ‘an unpleasantly thick and slippery liquid substance‘. I have heard so many people ask in horror, ‘why would you want to wash yourself with SLIME?!!’ all I can say is read on to find out…

Shower slime IS very slime-like BUT it’s not that much different to a shower gel. In fact, you pretty much use it just as you would a shower gel. A small amount goes a very long  way making it very good value for money.

I’ve noticed that the Lush shower slimes have quite a lot of cornflour in them which is what gives them that slightly thicker, milky-dough-like-consistency. With just a bit of water the thickness of the slime soon lathers up into something that resembles shower gel so before you ask, no Lush shower slimes will definitely not clog up your drains!

The horrified-by-slime-people will also be very pleased to hear that Lush shower slimes are NOT at all sticky. The shower slime is actually quite fun to play around with and when you want to use it for its body-cleansing-purposes, it lathers up just as good and as quickly as a shower gel. One thing I love about Brr! in particular is how hydrating it is on your skin.

Brr! shower slimes scent is rich with spearmint oil through and through, I originally was led to believe that it shared its fragrance with the chocolate-mint-scented Christmas Angel/Haagen bath bomb, it’s however not chocolatey like the bath bombs at all. Instead Brr!’s fragrance is purely super-sweet-spearmint, not that you’d have ever guessed that based on its very un-minty neon yellow colour!

Overall I think that the Brr! shower slime is a brilliant shower product, not only is it fun to use, it also leaves me feeling clean and refreshed all while leaving my skin perfectly hydrated and looking brighter too.

I am genuinely very excited to see what other scents Lush decide to bring out in the shower-slime-format next. After just one use of Brr! I can safely say that I am hooked on Lush shower slimes, something I never thought I’d be saying when their release was first announced. I  promise that I will review the other 2 shower slimes that are currently available on here very soon. Watch this space! ☺️



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Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb from Lush

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

The Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb was first introduced to the Lush Community as one of the Harajuku, Japan store exclusives. It then went on to be an exclusive at Lush’s flagship store in Liverpool too. At the time of writing this review, it is now also available from Lush’s UK website and in selected UK stores.

Unfortunately, to make room for new products some have to eventually be discontinued. With Lush UK’s HQ now refusing to use their social media channels, it has made it very difficult to sort the fake news from the cold, hard facts BUT now that the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is one of the bath bombs rumoured to be leaving.

If true, whether or not the Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bath bomb will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku stores is another fact that has yet to be confirmed.

If you’re a frequent Lush customer you may recognise that there is also a Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar.

The bubble bar equivalent of the Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bath bomb (which for the purpose of this review I am now going to name just ‘Blue Skies’ to save us both a bit of time! 😉) is a staple Lush product. Available online and in stores all over the world, it is hugely popular. The introduction of a bath bomb that shares its same scent therefore sent a ripple of excitement through the Lush Community.

The Blue Skies bath bomb shares its cloud/berry-like shape with the, The Comforter and the updated version of the Blackberry bath bombs. Containing patchouli, frankincense and cinnamon leaf oil the Blue Skies bath bomb is described on Lush’s website as ‘peace-inducing’.

I find it really difficult to describe scents, the most prominent ingredient in the Blue Skies bath bomb just like its bubble bar equivalent is the patchouli. As a huge fan of both frankincense and cinnamon I am a little disappointed that my nose can’t detect either ingredient, if I had to describe the bath bombs scent with just one word I would choose peppery.

As soon as the Blue Skies bath bomb hits the water you are greeted with a gentle hiss, blue and white froth bursts out of the bath bomb as its peppery scent fills your bathroom.

Blue Skies much like the aforementioned The Comforter bath bomb is a very slow fizzer. Although the bath art wasn’t anything to write home about, I did get a few photos of the pretty bubbles that the bath bomb created as it slinked around my bath.

Even once Blue Skies is in the water my nose still cannot detect the frankincense and cinnamon leaf oil, my body does however feel the cinnamons skin warming properties. A good long soak in a Blue Skies bath left me feeling chilled out and my muscles completely relaxed.

I didn’t find the Blue Skies bath bomb particularly moisturising but my skin did appear brighter once I was out of the bath.

Overall I do enjoy using the Blue Skies bath bomb, its scent family just isn’t a favourite of mine. Patchouli is always a Russian-roulette-ingredient for me as sometimes it does trigger my migraines. Blue Skies bath bomb however didn’t!

Pushing its scent aside, I do always feel completely relaxed after a Blue Skies bath. If you love the peppery Lush fragrances then I’d definitely recommend giving this bath bomb ago.



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Goddess Shower Gel from Lush

I can’t quite believe how quickly the last 12 months have flown by. A year a go this month, Lush introduced us to what was one of 2018’s most popular products, the Goddess bath bomb. Earlier this year (2019) Lush decided to create a Goddess bath bomb shower-gel-equivalent, the Goddess Shower Gel!

Containing jasmine, sandalwood, rose and oudh oil you’d think that the Goddess shower gel would have quite a hefty-floral-scent, it is in fact one of Lush’s most gentle fragrances yet. Although very subtle, Goddess’s scent is as I predicted, VERY floral; The sandalwood and oudh however add a sweet-woody-layer to the jasmine giving its floral scent a warm and comforting edge.

I’d say that the Goddess shower gels scent is pretty-true to the bath bomb, I can however detect a small difference, the woody-scent-layer seems to have a peppery twist in it giving it a little more clout than the bath bomb.

To look at, the Goddess shower gel is a similar shade to the very much loved, Twilight shower gel. It however is a lot more shimmery. In the photo above I have tried my hardest to capture just how beautiful the lustre in it is, the photo does it no justice at all.

Consistency wise Goddess shower gel is a lot creamier than I had expected, this is by no means a negative. It is not so thick that you can hardly get it out of the bottle and not too thin that you lose it all at the slightest tip of the bottle. A little amount of the shower gel goes a VERY LONG way. It lathers up quickly and is oh-so-creamy.

Its scent once in the shower does intensify ever so slightly but again it’s still a rather subtle scent. I find it quite hydrating on the skin too. The fact it is so creamy and hydrating leads me to see it as more of a shower cream than a shower gel.

Just like the Goddess bath bomb I found that  the Goddess shower gels scent didn’t last on my skin for very long. While I am not a huge fan of floral scents, this isn’t a negative factor for me, I can however see the customers who are head-over-heels-in-love with the Goddess-scent-family maybe being a little disappointed with this.

Although I haven’t fallen in love with the Goddess shower gel in quite the same way as I have the Intergalactic shower gel (another shower gel that was released on the same day) I am glad I have tried it.

It seems to be one of the most popular of the latest limited-edition shower-gel-releases and while I’ve not heard anything about it becoming a main line product in the future, I wouldn’t be surprised if it did! ☺️



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Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb from Lush

The Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb was originally one of the 54 Harajuku, Japan store exclusives. At the time of writing this review, it is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores. I picked mine up back in March from the new flagship store in Liverpool, UK.

Unfortunately there are rumours currently circulating within the Lush Community that say that now the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Figaro Figaro alongside several other bath bombs will be leaving and being put into Lush-product-retirement.

Whether or not the Figaro Figaro bath bomb will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku stores exclusively has yet to be confirmed.

The Figaro Figaro bath bomb is a smaller sized bath bomb, roughly the same size as a Butterball  it fits snuggly in your hand.

The first thing I noticed about the Figaro Figaro bath bomb other than its smaller size was its peculiar shape. Some have described it as a tear drop while others a pear. While I am not sure as to why the Figaro Figaro bath bomb isn’t just the standard bath bomb shape, I do like that it stands out.

The Figaro Figaro bath bomb has quite the ingredients list, a list that is so long that when looking at it written down on paper it’s virtually impossible to predict its scent. Containing aniseed, chamomile blue, eucalyptus, fennel, lavender, Brazilian orange, peppermint, sage and thyme oils you’d think Figaro Figaro would have a scent strong enough to blow your head off, its scent is however quite the opposite of a head-blower-offer!

I was expecting a highly intoxicating scent from Figaro Figaro but its fragrance is actually a very subtle herbal one. I have seen that not everyone within the Lush community are mad on Figaro Figaro scent, I do however like the more subtle scented products sometimes and for me Figaro Figaro made a nice change.

Upon hitting the water the Figaro Figaro bath bomb hisses away, deep red bubbles spill out of it as well as a smaller amount of purple, yellow and green. Its herbal scent remains subtle but the show it puts on in the water puts many other Lush bath bombs to shame.

Figaro Figaro is definitely a bath bomb to go for if you’re a fan of bath art like myself. I was left mesmerised by the bright colours coming out of it. Considering how small Figaro Figaro is I was not expecting anything like this from it at all!

While I have no knowledge at all when it comes down to anything opera I recognised Figaro Figaro’s connection to it straight away.

Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved the water was left a bright and inviting shade-of-ruby-red. It wasn’t until it had all dissolved that I noticed it had a hidden paper note inside of it. I opened it up and found the below song lyrics on it! (see below photo)

When I read these words out to my mum while talking about me reviewing the Figaro Figaro bath bomb she knew exactly which opera song the song lyrics were from, ‘LA, LA, LA, LA’ing’ the tune back at me straight away.

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For such a small bath bomb I was surprised at how silky it left the bath water. My skin lapped up the ingredients and what I thought was going to be a calm and relaxing bath actually turned out to be rather energising. While I was definitely feeling more relaxed in its waters I did feel a spring in my step upon getting out of the tub.

I really enjoyed the Figaro Figaro bath bomb, the hidden note inside of it made it all the more interesting and I actually learnt a thing or two about the opera because of it. Lush used to have hidden notes like this inside of their Fizzbanger and original Blackberry bath bombs and I must say I miss them. They just seem to add something to the experience that I love.

I will be sad to see this bath bomb retire but understand that some have to eventually leave to make way for exciting newbies!


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Carrot Cake Lip Scrub from Lush

Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

Carrot Cake was yet another brand new lip scrub to Lush-this-year. After enjoying Eve’s Cherry lip scrub from Lush’s Valentine’s Day range so much, I was very excited to see yet another lip scrub in the Easter line. The Carrot Cake Lip Scrub comes in the standard glass pot and is jam packed with 25g of lip scrub heaven!

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 Lush lip scrubs almost every day and they are ridiculously underrated.

Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel flawless. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips while also 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 Carrot Cake lip scrub also contains sea salt, cinnamon, ground almonds and a rather generous helping of carrot seed, toasted hazelnut and Brazilian orange oils. This carefully put together list of ingredients make Carrot Cake truly unique to any other previously released Lush lip scrub.

When you’ve been used to the likes of the Bubblegum lip scrub which has very little ingredients in other than just caster sugar, the newer lip scrubs with the ingredients lists as long as your arm are a lot more interesting and have both much more complex scents and flavours. The introduction of other ingredients including essential oils has enabled Lush to expand on what used to be quite a bland format of products.

Upon opening the Carrot Cake lip scrubs lid you are greeted with a bright orange sugar-scrub-formula. It smells delicious. The lip scrub is not quite how I think carrot cake actually smells but close enough for me to warrant giving it a go. The toasted hazelnut oil really shines through scent wise, it adds a really smokiness to its scent and flavour.

Like the other very recently released Cookie Dough lip scrub, the Carrot Cakes 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 Carrot Cake lip scrub goes a very, very long way. I would however recommend using a lip balm or gloss after using it just because it can be a little drying without. A quick coat of lip balm after using the Carrot Cake lip scrub will help keep your lips looking their best.

Overall I really did like the Carrot Cake lip scrub, it smells like gorgeous baked goodies, tastes ok and does a very good job. I’d still say that the aforementioned Eve’s Cherry lip scrub is my favourite though. I can’t wait to see what lip scrubs Lush come up with next…



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