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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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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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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Intergalactic Shower Gel from Lush

I am not ashamed to admit that I screamed the house down when I first heard that Lush were releasing an Intergalactic scented limited edition shower gel. The Intergalactic bath bomb is one of my all time favourite Lush products and I have been hoping that Lush would create and release other Intergalactic scented products ever since I first tried the bath bomb back in 2015.

The Intergalactic Shower Gel is a beautiful shade of blue and is decorated with a generous sprinkling of lustre. Colour wise it’s a lighter blue than the bath bomb, it almost has an aqua-green tinge.

Below is a photo of a small blob of the shower gel on a white background. The photo does the shower gel no justice at all, you really, really have to see it in all its sparkly glory for yourself.

 

Containing peppermint, grapefruit, vetivert and cedar wood oil, the Intergalactic shower gels scent leaves you feeling positively refreshed. Just like the bath bomb the ingredient that stands out to me the most scent wise is the peppermint.

When I first smelt the shower gel straight from the bottle I must admit I was a little disappointed. It was similar to the Intergalactic bath bomb but not quite the same, the only way I can describe it is that it seemed to be a lot more peppery and dry.

Once I however got the chance to use the Intergalactic shower gel its scent mixed with the hot water and steam washed away all of the disappointment I had felt. Its scent during in use smells just like the bath bomb, it couldn’t be more alike.

Consistency wise the Intergalactic shower gel is just how I like it, 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 so is very good value for money,  I was also really pleased with how easily it lathered up.

Its scent didn’t last on my skin for as long as the bath bomb does but it was still there for a good few hours. It wasn’t particularly moistursing but it didn’t leave my skin dry either. An Intergalactic body lotion to use after it would be absolutely perfect. Hint, hint Lush… 😉

Over all I am really happy with the Intergalactic shower gel. The Intergalactic scent works so well in the shower gel format, I’m in shock that Lush hadn’t released it long before now. I have my fingers crossed that this limited edition shower gel becomes a permanent product at some point, it’s that good!



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Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly from Lush

The Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly is one of 9, limited edition shower jellies voted for, for release by the Lush community a few months ago. If you’re one of the thousands of people that miss the very much discontinued Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, then this shower jelly equivalent will most certainly fill the void it has left in your Lush-life.

To this day I am still completely taken aback at Lush’s decision to discontinue everything Yuzu and Cocoa, especially the gorgeous Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon. The loss of both the shower cream and the bubbleroon did however make the news of a shower jelly equivalent being released all the more exciting!

The Yuzu and Cocoa fragrance is one of my favourite Lush scents, the only way I can describe it is ‘wonderfully chocolatey’ and just like a fresh packet of Jaffa cakes. If you love to eat orange chocolate then I recommend trying ALL of the products that share the Yuzu and Cocoa scent.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly is a beautiful mix of yellow and honey shades. As you can see in the photo above it has a mix of yellow and warm amber tones in it, its mix of colours remind me of the Twilight shower jelly which is also made with a blend of swirling colours through it.

Sadly I find that the shower jellies that aren’t all one colour tend to break up / show wear and tear a lot quicker. After 3 uses my Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly had started to lose its shape and robusticity. Quite the opposite of the single-coloured shower jellies also chosen by the Lush Community like Yummy Mummy.

There are so many ways to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. With the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly being slightly more fragile-a-jelly than I am used to using as a whole, the chopping method is in my opinion the best way to get the most out of this particular shower jelly.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly lathers up quickly, its scent is just as good as I remember the shower cream being both in the pot and in use. The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is incredibly versatile, I am yet to come across a product format that it hasn’t worked in.

Apart from the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jellies delicacy, I really can’t fault the shower jelly. It’s just as creamy as its shower cream equivalent and its scent lasts on my skin through out the best part of the day after using it too.

Normally shower jellies can be quite drying on my skin, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly however leaves my skin soft and positively refreshed. It isn’t hugely moisturising but doesn’t leave me desperate to coat myself in body lotion either. Overall I believe that it is a wonderful addition to the Yuzu and Cocoa product family!



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Rumba Shower Jelly from Lush

Rumba Shower Jelly

At the time of writing this review, the Rumba Shower Jelly is a Lush product that is exclusively available only at Lush’s brand new, flagship-super-store in Liverpool, England. Sharing its scent with my all time favourite Lush product the So White bath bomb(the 2016 version with coloured insides being my favourite version) I almost screamed the shop down with excitement after just one sniff.

Yes, we do already get a So White scented shower jelly that never fails to be released year in year out for Lush’s Winter collection the Santa’s Belly shower jelly but Rumba seems to be a much sturdier jelly, plus I love its bright and bold colour.

Rumba is a beautiful shade of green, on its scent, colour and almost indestructible structure (in jelly terms) alone I was left very impressed before I’d even given it a proper go in the shower.

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Rumba contains apple juice, bergamot, neroli and orange oil. Scent wise Rumba smells just like freshly, sliced apple pieces. It’s a real fairytale fragrance, something that inspired the name of the body lotion that shares Rumbas scent the Once Upon A Time body lotion.

There are so many ways to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. This method is definitely best if you were planning on sharing the jelly (something I never do! 😉)

Most shower jellies I find are fairly robust. There are others such as the Ghost shower jelly that do not last well through use when left as a whole. Rumba is however one of the most robust shower jellies I have used to date. Something I have found is a running trait amongst the jellies that are exclusive to the Liverpool Lush store.

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Rumba lathers up quickly and easily, as you work it over your body the steam of the hot water really helps carry its crisp-apple-fragrance around your bathroom. People have asked me if Rumba is as good as the So White shower gel and I have to say it is actually better. As much as I love the So White shower gel and the Santa’s Belly shower jelly, after using Rumba it’s made me realise I prefer the thicker shower gels and/or the sturdier shower jellies.

I have used Rumba several times now and it’s not showing any signs of wear and tear at all, this is something that has really impressed me, with it being such an exclusive product it makes me feel a lot better about using it so frequently, I don’t have to ration it!

After getting out of the shower, the Rumba shower jellies scent lasts for a good few hours on your skin, it isn’t hugely moisturising but a quick splash of Once Upon A Time body lotion (as mentioned earlier it shares the So White scent) sorts out any dryness left without masking its scent with another Lush scent family.



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Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb from Lush

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

The Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb is 1 of 3 butterfly shaped bath bombs from Lush’s 2019 mother’s day line. The butterfly shaped bath bombs are far from the likes of the standard round ones such as the Avobath and Sex Bomb.

With the use of 3D printers, Lush have been experimenting with their non-virgin plastic bath bomb moulds, making lots of different and super-intricate designs. Through the use of these 3D printers Lush product inventor Gary Shears created the beautiful Butterfly bath bombs!

With a name like ‘Rose Butterfly’ I had decided before I had even read the bath bombs ingredients list that it would share its scent or be similar to the scent of the Rose Jam shower gel, I was wrong, so, so wrong…

Once my Rose Butterfly bath bomb arrived I was shocked to discover that its scent was reminiscent of the Butterball bath bomb. Although its ingredients list says otherwise, I do not think I could tell the difference between the two if I was presented them both while blind folded.

Sure, Rose Butterflies scent has a little more of a floral-fruity tone to it but its scent is so alike to Butterball, even my husband connected the two on first sniff, unprompted. Containing Sicilian lemon and rose oil the Rose Butterfly doesn’t smell like I think it should at all.

It just goes to show what different quantity amounts of ingredients can do, if you’re not a huge fan of floral or rose scents, (as crazy as it sounds) the Rose Butterfly might be a good choice for you.

As soon as the Rose Butterfly bath bomb touches the water an array of blue, purple and pink foam bursts out of it. A thin layer of colourful, silky soft foam spreads across the waters surface as the Rose Butterfly bath bomb slowly bubbles away.

The blues, purples and pink colours work really well together. The clash of colours make for some very impressive bath art. I couldn’t help but ‘ooo!’ at it as it bobbed around my bath, slowly dissolving while turning the bath water a very impressive and bold, dark blue.

The Rose Butterfly bath bomb is a fairly slow fizzer, ensuring that you have plenty of time to snap some bath art shots if that’s your type of thing… I know most people like to just lay back and relax, watching the bath bomb dance around the water.

A good soak in a Rose Butterfly bath leaves your skin soft and refreshed. It is also incredibly hydrating which is something I love in a bath bomb. Overall I am very impressed with the Rose Butterfly and I am looking forward to reviewing the other butterfly bath bombs for you all on here in the not so distant future! 😊



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