NEW Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb from Lush

Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb 2018

For Valentine’s 2018 Lush have revamped an old favourite, the Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb. Instead of being all white, it is now half white and half hot-pink. Visually, it is a huge improvement (in my opinion anyway…) if in doubt, just add some pink and voila!

The standard white version of the Tisty Tosty bath bomb was put into retirement last year to make way for new bath bombs. I was a little sad at its loss as I love the story behind it. Tisty Tosty’s ingredients are inspired by a medieval love potion, everything about the Tisty Tosty bath bomb oozes love and romance, it’s a Valentine’s product through and through.

This version of the Tisty Tosty bath bomb doesn’t however have the paper insert that the other versions of it had, this takes away a lot of its charm and history. The paper insert with the previous versions of the Tisty Tosty had a verse on it, it explained how to cast the love spell with the Tisty Tosty being the magic potion.

Seeing as this version didn’t have the magic words, I decided to do a ‘Little Mermaid’ by picking out each rose bud saying, ‘he loves me, he loves me not…’ which I realise now was a bit pointless as each Tisty Tosty has 7 rose buds in. Spoiler alert, if you want it to end on he/she loves me then make sure you start with ‘he/she loves me’. It’s foolproof!

Tisty Tosty’s scent is all things rose. Sicilian lemon, geranium and jasmine oil are also in the mix adding a layer of musk to its already light and rosy fragrance. I like to pair Tisty Tosty with the Rose Jam shower gel to help carry the rose fragrance that little bit further. Upon hitting the bath water Tisty Tosty begins to hiss, bubbling away while rippling its fragrance through your bathroom. Tisty Tosty is an incredibly fast fizzer. It won’t win any prizes for bath art but the quicker the bath bomb dissolves, the quicker you can lie back into its relaxing waters.

I always end up using a product to help with dry skin alongside Tisty Tosty as it is quite a drying bath bomb. There are so many moisturising products you can pair it with. My favourites from this years Valentine’s line are the Tender is the Night naked shower cream and the Cherryish body scrub. Appearance wise I think 2018’s Tisty Tosty is a sight for sore eyes, it’s a great improvement. I however feel the lack of the paper note takes away a huge part of the Tisty Tosty’s character making it just another bath bomb.



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Cherryish Body Scrub from Lush

Cherryish Body Scrub

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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Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon from Lush

Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon

The Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon shares its scent with the much loved and recently retired Lush product, the Fizzbanger bath bomb. Every year Lush have to discontinue a certain amount of products to make way for new ones. As sad as it is to see some of your favourite products go, updating the product line with new products to try, keeps things fresh and interesting. When I heard that this new bubble bar shared its scent with Fizzbanger I couldn’t wait to buy one.

You wouldn’t be frowned upon for mistaking the Whole Lotta Love bubbleroon for a previous Valentine’s product. Looks wise it is very similar to another heart shaped bubbleroon called Heart Throb. Looks is however all it has in common, both are surprisingly different, especially when it comes down to scent.

Whole Lotta Love’s ingredients and scent is a feast for your nose as well as your skin. It contains bergamot and lemongrass oil as well as jasmine, rose and ylang ylang absolute. Whole Lotta Love’s scent is often described by people not so familiar with it as a citrus lemon scent, I can see why people immediately pick up on the lemongrass but if you take a second to really take in its scent you realise there is so much more to it than just lemon. The scents I always pick up from this bubbleroon reminds me of warm apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

The Whole Lotta Love bubbleroon consists of 2 heart shaped bubble bars stuck together just like a macaroon, its filling and binding-together-ingredient being yellow shea butter. This is how the bubbleroons got their ‘macaroon’  inspired names, they work no different from a standard bubble bar, they are just designed with macaroons in mind. The shea butter that sandwiches both of the heart shaped bubble bars together is (once set) decorated with a tiny paint brush like tool with finishing touches of golden lustre.

Copious amounts of bubbles can be made with just 1 half of this bubbleroon. It turns the bath water a beautiful, creamy shade of red, it is a very romantic bath time treat to say the least. Its scent lasts throughout the bath and also stays on your skin for several hours after getting out of the bath too. The shea butter in it also doesn’t go unnoticed. It adds a softness to the bath water that leaves your skin refreshed, hydrated and bright. In comparison to the Heart Throb bubbleroon, the Whole Lotta Love blows Heart Throb out of the water, or should I say, bath.

Since the discontinuation of the Fizzbanger bath bomb I know a lot of people have missed it, the Whole Lotta Love bubbleroon has definitely helped with the loss of such a high profile, Lush favourite. After a long hot soak in a Whole Lotta Love bath, I like to carry on its amazing scent by spritzing myself with some Love body spray. Which along with the Fizzbanger bath bomb also shares its heart-warming fragrance. I love that Lush allow us to explore the same scents through different formats of products, I still think that Fizzbanger is my favourite product created in its scent but Whole Lotta Love is a close second!



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Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream from Lush

Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream

The Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream is a brand new release from Lush. It is currently the product every Lushie is talking about as it is the first of the packageless ‘naked’ products that Lush have dared to release in only a naked form. The fact that Tender is the Night has only been released in naked form has caused a bit of a storm in the Lush community.

When the first lot of naked products went on sale last year, Lush also had its packaged equivalent available, giving customers a choice of getting the products naked or packaged. Now that a choice with Tender is the Night shower cream hasn’t even been offered, some customers aren’t at all happy.

I honestly don’t mind either way. I’ve heard that Lush did create a bottled version but it worked out so expensive that they scrapped it, whether that’s true or not is another question. The collector in me is a little disappointed as from experience the naked products don’t last nearly as long as the bottled ones (in regards to best before dates etc) I do however understand from trying the other various naked products that plastic is actually just a luxury that does more bad than good. It isn’t actually needed and Lush are proving this through the exploration and inventing of packageless products. 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.

I feel as if Lush taking away the choice of bottled shower cream is a huge statement in itself. I also think this statement has been made consciously by Lush too. Do the fish in the sea get a choice when packaging waste is dumped in their home? no. Should we take more responsibility for ourselves and the plastic we make and use? YES. Whether you want to take responsibility or not, the lack of a bottled version of Tender is the Night shower cream has certainly got us all talking about an issue that we all need to wake up and face.

The Tender is the Night naked shower cream shares its scent with the very first Lush massage bar I ever got also named Tender is the Night. (pictured in the photo above). Its scent therefore has great sentimental value to me. When I very first took the naked shower cream out of my parcel I couldn’t smell it. This worried me a little, I’d been so looking forward to finally being able to experience the Tender is the Night scent in a different product format. The lack of a scent meant I wouldn’t be getting the experience I had hoped for.

Once I had it out and away from the other more dominantly scented Valentine’s products (that I will be reviewing over the next few weeks) I could finally detect the delicate scent that is Tender is the Night. Jam packed with vanilla, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang, its scent although light and airy reflects romance and love perfectly. It’s a beautiful and subtle floral-sweet blend.

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Even though I appreciate why Lush haven’t made a bottled version of this shower cream I am still not completely sold on the solid shower gels or creams. Some I get on with and others I don’t. The Tender is the Night naked shower cream has however seriously impressed me from very first use. So much so that I have used it every day since it arrived. It lathers easily and a little goes a very long way, both of these are 2 things that I always look for in a shower gel and cream.

Lush shower creams are meant to be a little more hydrating than the shower gels, although Tender is the Night isn’t quite as moisturising as the likes of the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream it does leave my skin feeling soft and looking refreshed. The scent of it during use is just as good as the massage bar, its subtle scent also lasts all day on my skin leaving me eager to use it again.

I’m going to be bold and say that the Tender is the Night naked shower cream is my favourite of the naked shower gel/creams that I have tried out so far. A selfish bit of me pines for a bottled version but the naked version has left me more than satisfied. I hope Lush decided to use this scent in other future product formats as it’s one of my all time favourites.



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Love Boat Bath Bomb from Lush

As soon as the 2018 Lush Valentine products were revealed I knew that the Love Boat Bath Bomb would be the first one I grabbed. As you can see from the above photo this bath bomb is designed in the shape of a dinky-little boat. Designed to be mostly blue and pink, it has blue edges and a blue roof. Staying true to the Valentine’s theme, its front is decorated with a bright pink love heart and underneath it, it has a yellow under belly that is decorated with love hearts that are very similar to the mini stars found within the Rocket Science and Golden Wonder bath bombs.

I have actually seen various prototypes of this bath bomb from its creator on Instagram, when you’re as obsessed as I am with Lush, seeing their product-thought-processes and their ideas slowly come to life is all a part of the Lush fun. From what I have seen from them, it appears that the Love Boat bath bomb much like the Mum bath bomb could have also been released in several different colours, it however wasn’t and although I know most people like a variety of colours, I think Lush made the right choice, the way the pink and blue clash together makes the boat design really stand out, the pink heart on the boats front is what makes it a Love Boat instead of just a bog standard one. I am unsure if another coloured heart would have had the same effect!

Above is a picture of the top and bottom of the Love Boat bath bomb. It shares its scent with the bath bomb I mentioned earlier on in this post, Mum. Containing Sicilian lemon, sweet orange and rose oil its scent is a zesty and floral affair. The Sicilian lemon and sweet orange oil dominate most of the other ingredients in the Love Boat, it does however still have a floral element to it which gives it a soft musky layer. I find its scent uplifting, refreshing and cheery.

Once Love Boat is in the water you are immediately greeted with a burst of colourful foam, blue and pink foam erupts from the Love Boat bath bomb, as does a light streak of yellow foam from its bottom, underwater layer. Although it didn’t charge around the bath quite like I had thought it would (with it being a boat) it did float the whole time and the scent stayed throughout the whole of my bath time too.

Once the Love Boat has fully dissolved you are left with soft, frosty pink bath water. The rose oil in it makes it a very soothing experience for Winter frazzled skin. After a good soak in a Love Boat bath I feel revived and refreshed. Although it was the product from the 2018, Valentine’s collection that I was most eager to try I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

Love Boat was most certainly a hit with me, it smells and looks beautiful and it also creates stunning bath art too. I will admit to being disappointed that the Cupid bath bomb didn’t make a return this year, Love Boat has however helped ease the disappointment. I just love the whole idea of it, a love boat is right where I’d like to be right now, (seeing as I’m not) the bath bomb alternative will more than suffice!



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Why I will never book a holiday as a wheelchair user with TUI ever again

This isn’t my normal type of post but I thought I needed to make the experience I had as a disabled person while travelling with TUI public knowledge. At the time of writing this post I have over 100,000 individual visitor counts on this blog, furthermore I have decided to use this platform to reach out to TUI for some answers.

I have worked very hard on building up this blog over several years and I’ve never used it for something like this before but I don’t know what else I can do. I’m sorry this isn’t a Lush review, that’s what you guys follow me for in the first place but I needed to do this post on here and I’d really appreciate my readers forgiveness on writing and posting this ‘non Lush’ post.

After getting nowhere with TUI via email, telephone or from going back into the store that we booked our holiday in, I have been left with no choice other than to do this. If doing this stops just one other disabled customer from going through the awful experience that I did in the care of TUI then the tears, stress and the time writing all of this will be more than worth it.

TUI refuse to reply to me on all platforms of social media now, I figure it’s because they hope I will just go away. I will not go away. All I want is an explanation, some acknowledgement that they made a huge mistake and a proper and sincere apology. Not only for the awful treatment I got from TUI while on my honeymoon but also for lying to me about their investigations into the incident and the treatment I have received thereafter.

I will try and keep this post brief but I have been battling to get some form of acknowledgement from TUI for over 4 months now and unfortunately their poor level of customer service gets more and more ludicrous as the weeks go by.

I booked my honeymoon in a TUI store, I went in, in my wheelchair to book it and I paid it in full on the same day. I even paid extra on my holiday insurance through them, with a list of all of my medical conditions. The lady who booked us in was really helpful, she made sure the hotel was wheelchair friendly and told me about TUI’s taxi transfer scheme for their disabled customers.

I had to take a form into my doctors surgery where my GP had to confirm in writing on it that I couldn’t get on a TUI coach that wasn’t wheelchair accessible. Once I had provided TUI with this evidence then they would pay and sort me a taxi transfer on both the arrival and departure of our trip.

I thought this was a bit over excessive, I asked if my blue badge would not be evidence enough, TUI said no. I then went to my doctors to enquire about getting this document sorted. There was a charge for the completion of this form (even though TUI said it would be free).

I feel that the GP charging for this document is perfectly understandable though, GP’s have much more important things to be doing with their already precious and over stretched time.

I got my GP to fill out the form and I handed it in to my local TUI store the same day. I was told that the taxi’s would now be organised by TUI’s welfare team and that I had nothing else to worry about.

We had an amazing honeymoon, the journey there was a little stressful but it always is travelling in the wheelchair. At either of the airports there wasn’t a high level of assistance like we had been promised but we managed.

Once we got off of the plane at our holiday destination we were given the appropriate taxi documents and got taken via a taxi to our hotel straight away. It was our journey home where it all went wrong.

We asked 2 different TUI reps during our honeymoon if we needed to do anything in regards to our taxi transfer on the day we flew home. We said that on the way here the TUI rep at the airport gave us a form to give to the taxi driver, we asked if we needed one for the return journey. We were told there was no need for a form because our names were on the taxi list and that everything was sorted.

On our last day we sat and waited for the taxi to come. It didn’t. No one in the hotel could help (you know what hotels are like once you’ve checked out) and there wasn’t any TUI reps there to go to for help either. There was no sign of a taxi and it was getting closer and closer to our flight time.

A TUI coach turned up for the passengers that were on the same flight as us. We was supposed to leave in the taxi before them so at this point panic had well and truly struck.

The TUI coach driver was carrying a list, on it was a list of his passengers names, he was doing a headcount over and over, he had 2 missing passengers. My husband ran straight up to him as he was the first and only TUI contact we had seen anywhere near our hotel that evening.

Low and behold, we were the 2 missing passengers, our names were there on his list. We were booked to go back to the airport on the coach and not in a taxi. The TUI coach driver said that he had to leave with or without us. Seeing as I couldn’t get on the coach we said he could go. He then left and by this point I was sobbing.

Hysterical, I demanded that the hotel manager helped us, that if he didn’t we were going to miss our flight. To cut the story short, the hotel sorted us out with a taxi in the end, we were however running dangerously late by the time it had been ‘sorted’.

We got in to the taxi and then had to argue with the driver that our journey had already been paid for by TUI, (with a language barrier this wasn’t easy) but in the end the taxi driver understood and took us to the airport with no charge to us. He was so kind to do that as TUI clearly hadn’t paid for, or ordered the taxi as promised.

We made it onto the plane within seconds of the gates closing, by this point we were shattered and so traumatised that we joked we needed another holiday.

When we got home we went in to our local store to find out what had gone wrong. The TUI shop staff told us to email in via the TUI website so we did.

We finally got a response after chasing it several times, they said they had investigated our complaint and that they had concluded that it was the taxi firms fault. They also added that as the taxi firm were a third party company they weren’t responsible for the taxi firms actions.

We immediately emailed them back to say that this couldn’t be the case as our names were on the TUI coach drivers list, TUI then took another month to respond back to this email. They still didn’t accept any liability for our ordeal and avoided answering the question as to why we were on the coach drivers list.

TUI’s response basically said that different customers have different levels of expectations and that they can’t please them all. This was the last we have heard from them in writing.

My husband did however receive a call from TUI’s ‘executive team’ at the back end of last year, he was unfortunately at work and missed the phone call. He called back and the lady who took the call said she’d pass on the message and get someone to call us back. This was back in November/early December and we haven’t heard anything since that last call.

I am disgusted with how TUI have treated my husband and I, the holiday was not a cheap one. Travelling in a wheelchair is not easy and the stress of the whole situation made me very ill. We went above and beyond to ensure the journey was straight forward but TUI failed us to the highest degree.

If it wasn’t for the kind taxi driver we would have missed our flight. I am outraged that TUI passed the blame on to the taxi firm, especially as it was the taxi firm who sorted and dealt with TUI’s incompetence off of their own back for us.

I urge anyone who uses a wheelchair who is thinking of using TUI to travel with to avoid doing so.

I have received such a high level of disrespect from TUI, we were thrown into a very inappropriate situation after paying a huge amount of money. TUI’s lack of any type of compassion or a true and thorough investigation as to why this even happened speaks volumes about the company itself.

I will never, ever be travelling with TUI again.

Love Body Spray from Lush

Love Body Spray

Seeing as the season of love is hurtling towards us at a thousand miles per hour I thought it would be a good idea to complete and publish my review on the Love Body Spray. At the Lush Summit back in February 2017 Lush revealed several brand new body sprays. Some were available to buy whilst others were prototypes that weren’t quite ready for release. The Love body spray shares its scent with the perfume of the same name, the Love Apple bubble bar and one of my all time favourite bath bombs, the Fizzbanger.

Love body spray is rich with lemongrass and bergamot oil making it the perfect product to help lift your mood and start your day the right way.

To use all you have to do is squirt the Love body spray over your body or clothes. Just 1 or 2 squirts is all you need, I’m amazed that such a small amount leaves you smelling absolutely gorgeous all day long. I can understand why so many people like the body sprays more than the perfumes. They have the same level of strength (scent-wise) and you get so much more for your money.

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The Love body sprays fragrance is quite a strong one. It however quickly settles to a much more gentle, sweet yet spicy, musky scent. When I smell it, all I can think of is hot apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, the lemongrass and bergamot are also noticeable giving the spray an extra layer of fruitiness. It is one of Lush’s warmest yet super refreshing scents and one I can never resist.

As I said above, only one or two spritz of the Love body spray is needed to get the most out of it, its scent really does stay with you for the whole day too. The fact you need to use so little of it also means it never seems to run out. I use my body sprays daily and have had Love for almost a year now and it’s still going strong.

I honestly don’t know why Lush didn’t create more body sprays long before now as they really are such wonderful products. They are cost effective and have such an amazing scent throw. The fact they help long term lushie’s reunite with a golden-oldie-scent from Lush’s past makes it even better. Even the newbie lushies can appreciate the body sprays, discovering scents they never had the chance to try makes exploring Lush’s products even more fun and worthwhile!



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