Sultana Shower Gel from Lush

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I have wanted to try Sultana Shower Gel ever since I heard the rumour that a prototype of it existed back in February 2017. I feel like I have waited an eternity to get hold of some and words cannot describe how happy I am to finally own a bottle of it!

The Sultana shower gel shares its scent with the discontinued Blackberry bath bomb which happens to be one of my favourite Lush products. Although visually the Blackberry bath bomb isn’t spectacular, it happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

Any Lush product that shares the Blackberry bath bombs scent/ingredients is therefore understandably a must have for me, even more so since the bath bomb was discontinued.

Sultana shower gels scent isn’t your typical Lush-fruity-fragrance. Its magic ingredients are frankincense (olibanum) and bergamot, this superb blend of essential oils are perfect for helping you wind down of an evening. The frankincense offers a sweet and gentle woody aroma while the bergamot gives it a delicate citrus-fruit edge. I know Lush make a lot of citrus based products but Sultana is so different that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t spring to mind upon first sniff.

The shower gel itself is quite runny, a small amount of it does however go a very long way. A ten-pence-piece-sized amount is more than enough to wash your whole body. I love Sultana so much that I always over indulge and use a lot more than necessary, whoopsy! Unfortunately with it being quite a runny consistency over indulging and using too much is very easy to do.

Although the consistency of the Sultana shower gel is quite runny it’s not on par with how the old Olive Branch shower gel used to be, it’s also quite creamy so I don’t see its runny consistency as a huge issue, I actually think some shower gels work better when they’re not super thick. I have even used Sultana shower gel in my hair, I always find that the thinner shower gels work great as shampoo too.

As you rub Sultana shower gel into your body it’s gentle and super relaxing scent fills the shower space, breathing it in with the hot steam helps to draw out any stress that you’ve held onto from your day. After using it my muscles always seem less tense and I always feel ready for bed as soon as I’ve stepped out of the shower.

In the Summer I grew quite fond of pairing the Sultana shower gel up with the Sultana of Skin body conditioner. Although I find that the Sultana shower gel is more than capable in keeping my skin perfectly hydrated ( which not many other shower gels do), with the super hot weather we’ve had here in England I just felt my skin needed a little bit more tender loving care. I am really sad that Sultana shower gel was only available for a short while as a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I think Lush should rethink and make it a store wide shower gel as it really is beautiful!



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Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

What a time to be alive, especially if Lush’s notoriously sweet, Winter-popular ‘Snow Fairy‘ scent is one of your favourites. I honestly didn’t think there were any more products that Lush could give the Snow Fairy treatment to. However here we are with the Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar. – I must admit that I’m not a huge Snow Fairy fan BUT it’s a pink product so of course I had to give it a go.

The 3 bubble brushes that are currently available in pink, blue and yellow, are all reusable bubble bars BUT with a twist. You use them just as you would any other reusable bubble bar, once you have the desired amount of bubbles in your bath, you are then supposed to dip the bubble bar in the bath water just as you would a paint brush. Next you are meant to glide the bubble brush back and forth over the foamy bubbles to create colourful, bubbly-bath-art. (See below photo).

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Although my version of ‘Candy bubble brush bath art’ in the above photo isn’t art gallery worthy, if you do a quick search on Instagram almost immediately you will find copious amounts of photos that have done the most fantastic job of showcasing how wonderful and unique the bubble brushes can be.

Underneath the blanket of Candy scented bubbles is brilliant pink bath water. I often find that Lush reusable bubble bars aren’t as vibrant as the single use ones, the Candy bubble brush is however perfectly vibrant. Below is a photo of the Candy bubble brush being dipped into a small jar of water, obviously this isn’t anywhere near as much water as you’d have in your bath but all it took to create this bright pink water was 60 seconds of the bubble brush sat in it, just as pictured.

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Out of the 3 bubble brushes currently available, Candy has been the one I have used the most purely because of its colour. Not only does the Candy bubble brush leave your bath water bright pink but also silky smooth too. Bathing in it for just 10 minutes leaves my skin feeling soft and well nourished. I am surprised that the scent lasts throughout the whole of the bath. Its scent could also be detected on my skin hours after getting out of the bath too, this is something that rarely happens with a reusable bubble bar.

The only thing that irritates me about the bubble brushes is that they are so hard to store without making a huge mess. I leave them to dry on a plastic mat before storing them and that seems to be the easiest and cleanest way that I have found to handle them in between uses (so far anyway.)

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Much like the Snow Fairy body conditioner and Snow Fairy jelly bomb the Candy bubble brushes scent is sugar-sweet, anything Snow Fairy scented is always hugely popular with younger customers, however I am almost 30 and although it isn’t my favourite scent family, I do enjoy using the odd Snow Fairy fragranced product every now and again. After all, it wouldn’t be Winter without a bit of Snow Fairy something.

I don’t think that the bubble brushes target audience is specifically just children either, they have proven extremely popular with ALL ages, who doesn’t want to take 10 or 20 minutes out of their day to do something fun and relaxing? I love the bubble brushes because they get my creative juices flowing and also help me clock up those ‘me time’ minutes –  and we can all relate to needing more me time! If you’re looking for something a little different and quirky then the new bubble brushes are a must have, I look forward to reviewing the other 2 for you in the near future. Watch this space!



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Turtle Jelly Bomb from Lush

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The Turtle Jelly Bomb duo, previously only available at 2018’s Lush Summit (under different names) are now currently available for ALL to buy on Lush’s UK website. As far as I am aware, they are also available in most, if not all stores too. Both the Lush Summit and current versions of the Turtle jelly bomb come in 2 sizes. Directly below is a photo of the 2 sizes together.

The Lush Summit versions were called the Mama Turtle and Baby Turtle Jelly Bomb’s and the rebranded versions that are currently available, are called the Turtle Immersion and Turtle Jelly Bomb’s. Originally I was going to do seperate reviews for each, I now however know that the only real difference between the 2 is their size, therefore one review will suffice.

Sea Turtles are one of my favourite animals, I have always been fascinated by them. Be it for their gentle and graceful character, current lengthy life span, incredible size, and their majestic presence… I love everything about them. They’re one of the most peculiar yet precious creatures that planet Earth has been blessed with.

Each one of the Turtle jelly bombs were created by Lush to serve as a reminder of the threat and devastating impact that plastic pollution is having on our oceans. It scares me that if we don’t act now these amazing animals alongside many others will simply cease to exist.

Sharing its scent with the Geo Phyzz bath bomb (the bath bomb responsible for my discovery of the Lush Kitchen) it has a rich outdoorsy scent, its cypress and sandalwood ingredients help lull you into a relaxed state of mind. As soon as I lay back in a Turtle Jelly Bomb bath my muscles instantly begin to lose any tension that has built up in them during the day.

Seeing as this is the first jelly bomb I have reviewed this year I thought it would be wise to briefly explain what they are again. Jelly bombs look just like the average Lush bath bomb, they also work in the same way, the difference between a jelly bomb and a bath bomb is, instead of creating foam, jelly bombs produce a foam-like-jelly that floats on the surface of the water instead. Some of my favourite of the jelly bomb’s so far have been the Secret Arts, The Big Sleep and Snow Fairy.

The creative people behind Lush’s products are always known for making a point in the quirkiest of ways. It isn’t until you use one of the Turtle jelly bombs that you realise just how clever they have been when creating this product. Inside each of the jelly bomb’s is of course, shed loads of jelly BUT also hidden inside of them are small strands of agar agar (see photo below).

Agar agar is a mucilaginous substance extracted from agarophytes seaweed and is often used as an alternative to animal-derived gelatine. When the agar agar comes into contact with water it jellifies again. I hold my hands up… When I very first used the Turtle jelly bomb I had no idea what the little strands floating around my bath water were. I even found myself getting a little irritated.

What I didn’t know when I first used this jelly bomb was that the inclusion of the agar agar strands were not a mistake. Eventually they DID all dissolve alongside the other jelly which I was very pleased about. The agar agar was actually placed in the Turtle jelly bomb as a way to demonstrate to us what plastic waste is doing to our oceans – The sea turtles home.

Unlike the agar agar strands, man made plastic waste does not dissolve. The slight irritation I felt laying in my bath is nothing compared to what the sea turtles and all other sea life are having to endure every day in their natural habitat, through no fault of their own.

A Turtle jelly bomb bath left me with 2 things. Exceptionally silky-soft and hydrated skin and a whole new understanding and realisation of the effect plastic waste is having on the only planet Earth that we have.



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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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Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb from Lush

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You may have noticed that this bath bombs name is a bit of a mouthful, it however isn’t a name created by Lush to annoy us, it is in fact the nickname of the largest electronic waste dump in the world. The Agbogbloshie Bath Bomb was yet another product showcased at the 2018 Lush Summit. I had actually watched a BBC documentary on Agbogbloshie prior to the Lush Summit so already knew a little bit on the cause and inspiration behind this product.

Situated in Ghana, Agbogbloshie is where most of the world’s electronic waste ends up. Burning the waste is a quick and easy way to strip anything from it that could be sold on for very small amounts of money. For so many people in Ghana this is their only source of income and how they survive.

The burning of this electronic waste puts toxic chemicals into the atmosphere affecting air, land and water. Exposure to these toxins are extremely hazardous and not just to humans but to the environment too. The toxins created from the burning of the electronic waste are said to inhibit the development of the reproductive system, the nervous system, and also the brain. Concerns about human health and the environment of Agbogbloshie continue to be raised and this bath bomb represents the issue. Despite of all of these frightening facts nothing in Agbogbloshie is yet to change.

The Agbogbloshie bath bomb is the same size and shape as an iPhone. In a world where we are obsessed with technology, (especially our phones) this bath bomb of course caught most people’s immediate attention. Apart from its shape, the first thing I noticed about the Agbogbloshie bath bomb was its royal-blue-colour. Colour Wise, it’s a shade of blue that is very similar to the blue in the Intergalactic bath bomb.

The best part of this bath bomb is however its scent. Luckily for us (the consumer), the Agbogbloshie bath bomb’s scent is far, far away from the toxic stench that the people of Agbogbloshie have to breathe in. It in fact, shares its scent with the Calacas shower gel (which happens to be one of my all time favourite Lush scents!) Calacas is a hugely popular Lush scent and has featured in several other bath bombs before now. The, The Enchanter, Monsters’ Ball and Skullduggery to name a few.

The Calacas scent is refreshing, uplifting and zingy. Lush have carefully combined oil of lime, neroli, cooling aloe vera and olibanum to make this gorgeous and energising bath time treat. Although the Agbogbloshie bath bomb was a super quick fizzer I managed to get a shot of it bubbling away.

Even after the Agbogbloshie bath bomb has fully dissolved its scent remains right up until the last drop goes down the plug hole. My skin was left delicately fragranced and well hydrated too. If you did want to spoil yourself, after using this bath bomb I’d recommend putting on some Calacas body lotion, that is if you have some hanging around!

My most favourite thing about Lush is being able to layer up certain scents with different product formats, the Calacas scent is just so incredibly moreish I don’t think I will ever get bored of it. Overall I think the Agbogbloshie bath bomb is a great new member of the Calacas scented product family. It was perfect in the bath and also taught me a great deal about Agbogbloshie and how things need to change.



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Plum Rain Body Spray from Lush

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The Plum Rain Body Spray shares its scent with Lush’s much loved Plum Rain shower gel. The scent is actually fairly new, it made its debut in its shower gel form at Lush Oxford Street back in July 2016, since then it has become a main line product and at the time of writing this, is available in all UK stores as well as online. Due to its skyrocketing popularity, Lush not only treated us with the creation and release of the Plum Rain body spray but over last year’s Winter period also treated us to 2 brand new, limited edition products that also shared the gorgeous Plum Rain scent. The Hedgewitch soap and Plum Snow bubble bar.

Plum Rain body spray has a long list of fruity ingredients, the osmanthus absolute, petitgrain oil and Sicilian mandarin mix is a little odd BUT upon first sniff incredibly moreish. Scent wise, I believe Plum Rain to be one of the most interesting fragrances Lush currently have on offer. The scent is refreshing and warm while also being very, very inviting, I can never get enough of it. Its scent is completely different from anything Lush has created before now. It’s a very sour fruity fragrance BUT not at all unpleasant.

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To use all you have to do is squirt the Plum Rain 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. Just a few refreshing squirts of Plum Rain is all that it takes to set you up for the whole day. I got married last year (2017) and I decided that Plum Rain would be my wedding scent. A decision I do not regret. Now its fruity fragrance will forever remind me of my wedding day.

Another great thing I have found with not just Plum Rain but all of the body sprays is how long they last. I honestly don’t know why Lush didn’t create more body sprays long before now as they really are such wonderful products. As I mentioned above they are so much more cost effective than the perfumes and all of them have such an amazing scent throw. I really hope Lush create some more body sprays soon as they are quickly becoming one of my favourite Lush products.



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Mermaid Bath Bomb from Lush

Mermaid Bath BombI have never been so excited and thrilled to get hold of a Lush product more than when I did the Mermaid Bath Bomb. Its name won me over from the get-go, anyone who knows me personally knows that I live in a world where mermaids, unicorns and all things magical are always very, very welcome.

If you didn’t know already, the Lush Summit is an annual charity event hosted by Lush, all proceeds made from the sales of the products that are there, go to that products chosen charity. The Mermaid bath bomb was raising money and awareness for a charity of the same name, Mermaids. Mermaids raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people while also providing support for both them and their family.

The first thing that I noticed about the Mermaid bath bomb was how similar it looked to one of my all time favourite Lush products, the Intergalactic bath bomb. Mermaid actually looks like it is the love child of the Intergalactic and Avobath bath bomb. It’s a pale, gentle green like Avobath and a mix of colours just like the Intergalactic, it’s so beautiful to look at, so much so that I think bath bombs should have babies together more often! 😉

Mermaid’s ingredients include lemon myrtle, ylang ylang and grapefruit oil which happens to be the exact same 3 essential oils that are found in Lush’s Baked Alaska soap. Scent wise, I’d say that the Mermaid bath bomb is almost identical to the Baked Alaska soap I however find it a lot crisper.

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The long list of fruity ingredients are perfectly suited to this light and airy looking bath bomb, once it hits the bath water waves of pastel shaded colour erupt from it. There are greens, pinks, oranges and bright yellows. The bath bomb dances around the water’s surface sending out swirls of bubbly, colourful patterns, I was left mesmerised by its beauty every time I tried it.

As much as I love the bold and bright colours that burst out of the, The Experimenter bath bomb, it’s nice to experience the Mermaid bath bomb’s less intense colours. Its citrusy scent intensifies some what once in the water too, it however like its colour isn’t at all overpowering. It’s gentle enough to lay back and relax in, yet refreshing and tangy enough to give you a boost, the grapefruit oil in it packs a subtle but very revitalizing punch.

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Although the Mermaid bath bomb is quite a fast fizzer it does create some very pretty bath art. A long soak in a Mermaid bath leaves your skin hydrated and refreshed. Even once out of the bath I could see a difference in my skin, it definitely appeared brighter and revived. I regret bitterly that I didn’t pick up several more of these bath bombs, not only are they in support of a great cause but are also a very enjoyable product.

Like the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb, I think it is a crime for Lush to not make more of these, please, please, please bring these out online Lush, to not only raise further awareness for the Mermaid charity but to also let the world have a chance of using this beautiful bath bomb.


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