Big Calm Shower Jelly from Lush

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Big Calm Shower Jelly was yet another Lush product I desperately wanted but always seemed to miss. My luck however changed for the better and this June just gone (2016) I managed to bag myself a pot!

Described by the Lush Kitchen team as a way to ‘take a dip into the Caribbean and enjoy year round sunshine,’ Big Calm shower jelly sounds like a bit of me.

Big Calm smells just like a piña colada. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at first, it smelt good enough to drink and it really reminded me of beach, pool and sunny holidays.

Which might I add is the only type of holiday I think is worth going on because I’m lazy and can never get enough time snoozing in the sun.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than basking in the sunshine, book in one hand, cold drink in the other. When I am on holiday I want to do the same things all day, every day. Breakfast, drink, book then pool. Lunch, drink, book then pool and on and on until bedtime. Bliss.

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A cold pool to cool down in makes hot weather so much more manageable, I am getting depressed writing this as I literally CRAVE a holiday right now… That’s where the Big Calm shower jelly comes in, although it isn’t a Caribbean holiday, if you shut your eyes in the shower it smells and feels pretty close to one.

Packed with several tropical ingredients; Pineapple, coconut infusion and sweet orange oil, this jelly really does smell like a dream holiday.

Big Calm also has vetivert oil in, I feel this adds a smoky depth to the jelly. In my imagination it makes me think of a beautiful beach BBQ, sand in between your toes, salt in the air, delicious food in your belly.

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Big Calm is a deep dark blue with flecks of white. The exact shade of blue matches the deep parts of the sea that you wouldn’t want to snorkel in on your own, just in case Jaws was out swimming at the same time and same place. We’ve all seen the movie…

When I very first used Big Calm I was sure that something that smelt so fruitylicious would be sticky. It wasn’t, it lathered up so quickly and left my skin soft and smooth.

The refreshing scent stayed with me throughout the day. It made me really crave a pineapple and coconut juice. As much as I’d love a jug of piña colada or 10 I no longer drink alcohol, by ‘no longer,’ I mean I don’t even have the one glass on special occasions any more, boring I know. A pineapple and coconut juice however suffices and if you add a Big Calm shower into the mix it’s basically the same thing as a piña colada anyway.



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Bar Humbug Bubble Bar from Lush

Anyone who knows me well, will know that I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. As a kid I was obsessed with it however now that I am rapidly approaching my thirties I would happily hibernate through out the whole of it.

Christmas lost all of its magic for me about 20 years ago, I really do miss how magical it used to feel… Although Christmas is never the same any more, the Winter Lush products makes the long, cold Winters a little bit easier to live through.

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of the winter products from 2015 – The Bar Humbug Bubble Bar.

Before I had got the chance to have a good look and sniff of this bubble bar I was almost certain that I wouldn’t like it because it had an ingredient in it that I had always despised, liquorice.

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Once the bubble bar was however in my hands my liquorice worries melted away. The Bar Humbug’s scent wasn’t at all displeasing, it smelt nothing like I had expected it to do.

I expected to be greeted by a bubble bar that had a strong, tart and ridiculously bitter-sweet scent. It was however in fact quite the opposite, sporting a rich yet soft and uplifting aroma.

I was totally surprised that I liked its scent so much. The liquorice ingredients scent is by all means apparent, the inclusion of bergamot oil however softens the tartness of the liquorice making the Bar Humbug bubble bar a gentle and refreshing scent instead.12321290_1724188914476996_6224259901288434372_n

In size the Bar Humbug bubble bar is one of the smallest Lush have released, for me this was a little disappointing.

When I first see a photo of the Bar Humbug I wrongly assumed that because of its swirling design, it was the same size as the larger bubble bars available all year through, The Comforter and Brightside.

Pushing my issues in regards to its size aside, I am really pleased to say that the Bar Humbug bubble bar made for a very enjoyable and relaxing bubble bath.

Its smaller size didn’t take anything away from how it performed (although a bigger sized version would still make me super-duper happy as I could split it over 6 or 7 baths instead of just the 3.)

The smallest amount of Bar Humbug however creates mounds and mounds of glorious, white and fluffy bubbles, although I split it into 3, it always feels like I have used a lot more than I have which is always an added bonus.

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Bar Humbug also holds nothing back with its beautiful colour. Underneath the blanket of bubbles the smallest chunk of bubble bar also transforms your bath water into a rich and luxurious purple. Your skin will thank you for a soak in a Bar Humbug bath, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

As I said above, I manage to get at least 3 baths out of just the one bar, I do however know of other customers that have used the whole thing for one big, over indulgent and magical bath.

There’s no right amount to use when it comes to bubble bars, I always break mine up in to chunks so that I can add as much or as little as I want. Whether you choose to break it up or use it whole I promise you won’t be disappointed!



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