Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel from Lush

Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel

The mad Christmas rush has officially frazzled my brain, today I have been sorting the mini mountain of Christmas cards. It was therefore no surprise when I accidently started this review with ‘Dear Berry Berry Christmas…’ *sigh*.

Back in September I decided to leave all of the reviews for the Lush products with ‘Christmas’ or ‘Santa’ in their name for December, I thought this was a great idea until I got to December and realised that a lot of the products I had left to review all share a scent. Please forgive me if my blog reviews are a bit repetitive over the next week or so!

The Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel is probably my favourite of the new shower gel/creams that are brand new to Lush this year (2017). There has been quite a few newbies but Berry Berry is the one that stands out the most to me. Consistency wise it reminds me of the Bubbly shower gel, thick yet silky smooth.

Decorated with a pinch of natural shimmer the Berry Berry shower gel is also super pretty to look at, I love when the sun catches it, it beams of Christmas magic. Its green colour and sparkly bits make me think of big, twinkling Christmas trees.

Containing cranberry, sweet wild orange and blueberry juice it’s not hard to see how Berry Berry got its name. If you have a fetish for berries, you need look no further…

Upon first sniff I thought that Berry Berry was very alike the Plum Rain shower gel, it however doesn’t share many ingredients with it at all, this left me very confused. Some people have agreed with me comparing it to Plum Rain whereas others have said it’s nothing alike. It’s so peculiar how the same scents can smell so different to others, I guess that is what makes Lush so moreish though!

Once you begin to lather the Berry Berry Christmas shower gel in your hands you are hit with a fragrance-wave of blueberry, it is at this point that you realise Berry Berry is a lot more crisp than the Plum Rain scent, a quick whiff wakes me up just as well as the avobath bath bomb does.

A little of the shower gel also goes a very long way which is always something I like in a Lush product. Since September I however have well and truly over indulged on Berry Berry, as has my husband. Just because a small amount of this shower gel goes a long way it doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a little bit more than needed in the shower! I find its scent and how it feels on my skin so refreshing that I can never resist squeezing out an extra blop.

It was the first of the Christmas shower gels to have an empty bottle in our house. Therefore I feel safe in saying that I think the Berry Berry Christmas shower gel is BERRY, BERRY good!



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Once Upon A Time Body Lotion from Lush

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I’m still heartbroken from finding out that Lush didn’t bring the So White Bath Bomb back for Winter this year. However when I heard that Lush had brought out a body lotion that shared its scent I softened towards them a little. The sweet scent of fresh, crisp apples will always be welcome in my bathroom, whatever the format. The So White scent gets me every time, I can never, ever resist using it once I’ve caught a whiff.

The brand new Once Upon A Time Body Lotion is pastel green in colour and is of the same consistency as the Celebrate body lotion. I was surprised of its colour as I expected it to be a lot like the So White shower gel, white. Its name also got me very, very excited for obvious reasons, it’s my dream Lush product!

I have noticed that the Once Upon A Time body lotion doesn’t have many of the same ingredients as the So White bath bomb and shower gel. This made me a little weary, I thought that maybe it being So White scented was a false claim. At the Lush Showcase I tracked it down before any other product and was relieved and excited upon finding it as it smelt just as good as the bath bomb.

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Even though the bath bomb didn’t make a return this year its shower jelly equivalent did, Santa’s Belly is yet another Winter product that shares the So White scent. As soon as I had bought Once Upon A Time all I wanted to do was go home and use everything I had in its scent, finishing off with the Once Upon A Time body lotion of course.

After using Santa’s Belly in the shower it does leave my skin a little dry, I feel clean and fresh but I just need a little bit of extra moisture. Once Upon A Time body lotion has solved this problem for me, I can now put the body lotion on after I have got out of the shower and the best thing about it is that I am just adding to the Santa’s Belly, So White scent instead of masking it with another completely different scented body lotion. I hate combining scents if I can help it so this small fact makes me very happy indeed.

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I have used the Once Upon A Time body lotion every day since I got my pot at the showcase back on the 5th of September and it’s incredibly hydrating. My normal go-to body lotions have always been Celebrate and as of last year (2016) Sleepy. It’s nice to have something that smells completely different to use, what makes it even better is that the quality of Once Upon A Time is just as high end as the aforementioned body lotions too!

A little amount of Once Upon A Time goes a long way, when people say this about a product that isn’t solid there is a common misconception that it is runny, I wouldn’t say the formula was runny though, it’s just the right consistency and is quick and easy to rub in. Its scent also stays on your skin for a good 5 to 6 hours after applying it which is a bonus when you love the scent as much as I do. I will most certainly be stocking up on this before Winter 2017 is through.



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The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb from Lush

The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb part 1For Easter 2017 Lush decided to turn some of their most popular regular shaped bath bombs into egg shaped ones. The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb is of course an adaptation of the more than colourful Experimenter bath bomb.

The Experimenter Egg bath bomb is probably the hardest to photograph out of the Easter line, no matter which way you try to put it down, it is impossible to get all of it in one shot. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on what it looks like so have added a photo below that shows it from every angle, this was not an easy task. (I hope my attention to detail and crazy high levels of Lush geekness pleases at least one other Lushie!)TEEBB All anglesThe Experimenter bath bomb was originally released and presented as an Oxford Street , London exclusive at the opening of Lush’s flagship store in 2015. The high level of demand for this colourful product grew at such an unbelievable rate that Lush decided to make them readily available both online and in all Lush stores.

Knowing this, I wasn’t at all surprised when I see that for the Easter period of 2017 they had decided to adapt it into an egg shape.

Sporting an array of 5 colours the Experimenter products both hexagonal or egg shaped, demands everyones attention and with very little effort. For the plainer coloured bath bombs I always tend to write in my reviews that they get overlooked because of other, more colourful bath bombs. The Experimenter is one of those bath bombs and seeing it in the shape of an egg got me very, very excited!

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As soon as the, The Experimenter Egg bath bomb hits the water a wave of its smoky, sweet scent hits you, it’s quite an acquired scent but is one I have grown to like from using the original Experimenter bath bomb. Back when I very first tried the, The Experimenter bath bomb its scent overwhelmed my senses, I now however really enjoy it. The best description I have heard of its scent is saying that it smells just like marshmallows cooked on an open fire. Smoky with a delicate kick of vanilla.

The colours and pretty bubbles that spurts out of this Egg bath bomb makes for a very entertaining bathing experience. I know people think I am bonkers when I get excited over things you just plonk in the bath but if you see this bath bomb in action you will understand why I love Lush Cosmetics so much.

Not only does it create beautiful and bright bath art but it also contains popping candy, I love how it charges around the bath leaving a trail of bath art while pop, pop, popping away.
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Is the, The Experimenter Egg bath bomb any different from the original The Experimenter bath bomb? not really. It was however interesting to see it in an alternative shape. With it also being a little bit bigger than the original it seemed to put on a much longer show.

I recommend using the, The Experimenter Egg bath bomb as fresh as possible. Lush products are very good at lasting well passed their shelf life dates I however think you get the most out of this one if used as soon as possible. It makes for a memorable and exciting bath!



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Flopsy Face Wash Jelly from Lush

Flopsy Face Wash JellyThe Flopsy Face Wash Jelly is the second of its kind. Prior to its Easter 2017 release, only one other face wash jelly had ever been available, the Papa Noël was the very first and it was available back in 2016’s Winter range. Although the Papa Noël had a few teething troubles at first, Lush quickly rectified them and a product that was first seen as just a novelty became very popular because of how well it actually worked as a face wash.

Last year (2016) I was more than apprehensive when I heard that Lush were bringing out a jelly face wash. Don’t get me wrong, I trust Lush and all of their ideas completely, it just took me a bit of time to get my head around. I had however had the very same feelings before I tried Lush’s shower jellies, with this at the back of my mind, I didn’t hesitate to pick up a pot. As you can see from my review of Papa Noël, I was very impressed with it. I was therefore really excited when Lush announced that as a part of their Easter 2017 line there would be a brand new one for us to try.

As you can see from the photograph below Flopsy is not just a face wash jelly but also a novelty mask of some sort, making it the perfect prop for a good selfie or two. Luckily for you I will not be modelling it on my face, the below photo will have to suffice!Flopsy Face Wash Jelly insertAlthough I’m a little mad at Lush for not bringing back last years (2016) Bouncy Bunny shower jelly my anger dampened somewhat when I learnt that their Flopsy face wash jelly shared its scent with the Snowman shower jelly and Bunch of Carrots reusable bubble bar.

Flopsy has a very uplifting and refreshing fragrance, packed with zesty lemon and bergamot oils it’s the perfect product to brighten up tired skin. Getting the whole thing out of the pot is quite the task. It’s easy enough but once it is out it’s really hard to control, after all it is jelly.. I decided that it would be easier to have my Flopsy broken up into smaller more manageable chunks.

Since breaking it up, the Flopsy face wash jelly has been much easier to use. It lathers up very quickly and the smallest amount is needed to wash your face. Each chunk of the jelly can be used several times making it excellent value for money.flopsylulu.pngDeclaring that my skin is the ‘combination’ type is the understatement of the century, it’s indecisive, annoying and a nightmare to keep on top of, therefore when it comes to face washes I am very, very fussy, so far Flopsy used alongside some Tea Tree Water Toner Water has however kept my face in check.

My skin appears brighter and it has also become a lot smoother since using Flopsy. Overall I am really impressed with the Flopsy face wash jelly. It is an excellent face wash and I am glad I tried it as I know if I hadn’t I’d still just think of it as a novelty product not giving it much attention at all.

Will I buy it again? possibly. It’s a good product, I find I however have to change up my skincare routine every few weeks as my skin becomes used to a product very quickly. Alternating between Flopsy, Let the Good Times Roll and Herbalism seems to be working really well for me at the moment, although I may not be buying it again very soon or stocking up before Easter is over, my Flopsy face wash jelly will be placed at the front of my shelf for easy access.



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Your Mother Should Know Bubble Bar from Lush

Lush’s Mother’s Day 2017 range contains 4 bubble bars, 3 of which are brand new, never before been released. The Your Mother Should Know Bubble Bar is the biggest of the 4 and anyone who has read my previous reviews on the larger sized bubble bars know that I like nothing better!

The first thing you notice about the Your Mother Should Know bubble bar is its bright, bold and beautiful colours. My inner 6 year old rejoices at the combination of pink, yellow and blue. Sharing its scent with the Frozen bath bomb I knew before I’d even got hold of one that it had great potential, no pressure Lush…

Size wise it’s just a little smaller than the giant bubble bars such as The Comforter or Brightside. I would actually love to see further giant bubble bars become staple store products as they are what originally got me hooked on Lush Cosmetics.

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I mentioned above that the Your Mother Should Know bubble bar was a part of the Frozen scent family. Lush Cosmetics master scents. Once a scent is mastered, over a very long period of time (sometimes years) they create an abundance of products that share that mastered scent. This is where the Lush term ‘scent family’ comes from, if a product shares the same scent as another new or old one, it’s a part of that scent family.

The Frozen scent has proved extremely popular over the last 3 or 4 years and there has been a handful of products produced with its scent, my favourites being the bath bomb and Snowie bubble bar.

Although products share a scent, some may differ ever so slightly. I am first to admit that my nose isn’t up to much, I however feel that the Your Mother Should Know bubble bar is more alike to the Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioning hair perfume than the Frozen bath bomb. To me, it smells slightly sharper. Less fruity and more floral.

The smallest amount of the Your Mother Should Know bubble bar goes a very long way, this is a common feature to most Lush bubble bars and the main reason why I love them so much. Copious amounts of bubbles are created with just a few chunks, I can easily get 6 to 8 baths out of just one bubble bar. If you want both bubbles and brighter coloured water I however recommend using a little bit more, the more bubble bar you use the greener your water will be.

There is no right or wrong way to use a bubble bar, if you want to use a whole half of one for one bath then go for it, I tend to use as little as possible as I like to spread out my baths because I have a lot… I find that 9 out of 10 of the bubble bars are more than capable of being spread out.

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A Your Mother Should Know bath leaves me feeling relaxed, refreshed and in better spirits. Even when you only use a small amount there are oodles of fluffy white bubbles, the bath water is also a great treat for your skin, it brightens, softens and makes it appear perfectly polished.

Overall I am very impressed with this bubble bar, it’s cost effective, has an uplifting fragrance and is more than pleasing on the eye with its bright colouring. I don’t think I love it in quite the same way as I do the Snowie bubble bar but I have thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the Frozen scent through yet another brand new Lush product.



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Mum Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Mum Bath Bomb is brand new to Lush Cosmetics. It has been created and released as a part of their limited edition Mother’s day range for 2017, it comes in 2 different colours, both however share the same scent.

When I see the Mum bath bombs smaller size I admit that I was a little disheartened, not because I was disappointed but because it wasn’t a Lush product that had me ‘Oooing’ on first glimpse. Sometimes a newly released product stops me in my tracks, the Mum bath bomb however didn’t. Regardless of this, I really liked the pastel colours each design had and decided to grab one of each.

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Decorated in pastel pink, yellow and green colours the Mum bath bomb suits this time of year perfectly. The colours are not too in your face but are bright enough to give off a Spring time vibe. Just big enough to fill the palm of my super-tiny hands, the Mum bath bomb although small made quite the impression on me once placed into the water. What really surprised me about the Mum bath bomb was how its scent changed once in the bath tub.

Before using it, the Mum bath bomb’s scent wasn’t one I got particularly excited about. Sometimes a bath bomb smells so good that you can’t wait to share a bath with it. Some others however don’t get my heart racing in quite the same way. Holding the Mum bath bomb in my hand I honestly wasn’t that sold on the scent. All I could really detect with my nose was a very peppery-sweet, floral fragrance.

Once in the bath the bath bomb’s scent however comes alive. The Sicilian lemon and sweet orange oil take over the floral tones making it have a zesty-sweet fragrance. It is at this point that I decided that I had totally underestimated the Mum bath bomb.

As I had expected, this bath bomb was a very quick fizzer. Some people however prefer the quicker ones so this could be a positive or negative trait, above and below are 3 pictures of the 2 bath bombs in action. Up top is the green one with pink writing and down below is the green one with yellow writing.

Like many of the smaller bath bombs, Mum doesn’t leave my skin as silky smooth and hydrated as I have grown used to while using others such as, the Blackberry or Fizzbanger. The scent of it however stays with you long after getting out of the bath, leaving your skin lightly fragranced for hours and hours.

My skin isn’t too dry so the fact that this bath bomb isn’t super hydrating isn’t much of a problem for me, I could maybe see it being a problem for someone with dryer skin though. For those with dry skin, or even those that just want a more hydrating experience I recommend using the Mum bath bomb alongside a bubble bar. There’s a long list of them to choose from, right now I am however enjoying the Mum bath bomb paired with the Baa Bar bubble bar.

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This next sentence is going to leave me at risk of sounding like a complete kill-joy but I feel I have to mention it. With the Mum bath bomb it is crystal clear that this product is for Mother’s day. Although I love and celebrate the day myself, I can’t help but miss last year’s products as they weren’t so in your face with MUM, MUM, MUM. By all means it has an excellent design and it isn’t exclusive to just mums, absolutely anyone can use it, I just feel as if something not so obviously ‘mum orientated’ would have sold better. Regardless of this I still stand by it being a really good bath bomb.

Once it has all dissolved a yellow and pink note floats to the surface, it reads, ‘Thanks MUM’. This is a very sweet touch that I wasn’t expecting at all. Overall the Mum bath bomb has really impressed me, I wasn’t expecting much but once in the bath it well and truly out-did what I had expected of it.

For such a small bath bomb it sure has some go and although it’s not a bath art type of product, its scent is beautifully fresh and it has got me more than ready for the Spring time.



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Baa Bar Bubble Bar from Lush

I can never resist grabbing the products that Lush make into little creatures, when the 2017 Mother’s Day range was released my eyes fell instantly upon the Baa Bar Bubble Bar. These miniature sheep are undeniably cute and when faced with a huge pile of them at Lush Oxford Street, I couldn’t help but take a photograph before grabbing myself one.

The Baa Bar is a slightly smaller size than the Ladybird bubble bar. I was so disappointed at the fact that the Ultraviolet bubble bar wasn’t re released this year, it was such good value for money and it was also a product that sometimes helped me manage my migraines.

After one sniff of the Baa Bar bubble bar I was however a lot happier with Lush’s decision to retire Ultraviolet. Baa Bar is by no means the same as the Ultraviolet bubble bar but it does have enough violet leaf absolute in it to pacify me. With it being a little bit smaller than the already small Ladybird bubble bar, Baa Bar had to really impress me to remain in my list of must have Lush products…

In regards to price, I will admit that at first I felt a little cheated because the Baa Bar is so very small. Baa Bar has however still made it onto my list of favourite Mother’s day products because the smallest amount of it really does go a very, very long way.

You could easily get 3 or 4 generously bubbled baths out of the one Baa Bar bubble bar, leaving it on a level par with the bigger bubble bars such as Brightside. The first time I tried the Baa Bar bubble bar, I actually used half of one without even thinking.

It made for a glorious bath, I had honestly never seen so many bubbles and as fun as the foam party for one was, I couldn’t help but feel using a huge amount like it was a waste, therefore I now stick to using just one-quarter of chunk of Baa Bar per bath.

The fact that the Baa Bar is purple on the inside has pleased a lot of people too. There’s nothing at all wrong with the plainer coloured products the more colourful ones however seem to sell a bit better so I thought this not very apparent point  was worth a mention.

As I said above, a little of the Baa Bar bubble bar goes a very long way, just a quarter of it creates copious amounts of fluffy-white, violet, lavender and bergamot scented bubbles. Underneath this beautiful and fragrant blanket of bubbles lays a bath full of silky-soft, purple water that brightens, refreshes and soothes tired and dull skin.

Any product with violet leaf absolute in is always welcome in my house because I find that particular ingredient very soothing. If caught in time, a product with violet leaf in can stop one of my migraines in its tracks. Which means (that to me) Baa Bar is worth its weight in gold.

Being honest as always, I’m still not completely sold on this years Mother’s day range (2017). I still have to use some of the other products a few more times before I make my final decision on them as a whole though. Out of all of the new products, the Baa Bar bubble bar is the one that has made the biggest and most positive impression on me. It is one I will most certainly be stocking up on before the Mother’s  day period is through.



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