Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar from Lush

 

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble BarWhen I first heard about the release of the Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar I was super happy as it shares its scent with the Yog Nog bath bomb. Lush’s Yog Nog scent is a classic Christmas fragrance that is perfect for the festive period.

The Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar is brand new to Lush this year and smells just like warm, gooey cinder toffee. Packed with warming cinnamon and nutmeg powders, it’s the perfect amounts of both sweet and spicy.

Designed and made in the same way as a Battenberg cake the Yog Nog Yule Log looks good enough to eat. Disclaimer, do not eat it, it’s a bath product. I just thought it was best that I clarify this as I wouldn’t want to mislead anyone. (it really does smell and look irresistibly delicious though…)

I managed to get 3 very well bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Yog Nog Yule Log bar. I could have probably stretched it out to more than 3 baths but I’m a greedy guts.

To use bubble bars like the Yog Nog Yule Log I either crumble, or break it up then stick it in a sieve and let the running bath-water trickle over it. I find this the most effective way to use the single use bubble bars, nothing gets wasted – making it the best way to maximise their true bubble potential.

Yog Nog Yule Logs scent remains just as delicious as it did at the start of your bath, right up until the last bit goes down the drain after pulling the plug. I found that this bubble bar left my skin exceptionally soft and perfectly hydrated, so much so that I didn’t need a body lotion afterwards.

Underneath the blanket of fluffy white bubbles is shimmery gold water, nowhere near on the sparkle-par as the waters after a Golden Slumbers bath (thankfully!) but it is equally as mesmerising. I prefer the Yog Nog Yule log bubble bar much more than the Yog Log Roulade from a few Christmas’ ago.

With this months release of the Yog Nog perfume in the Lush Kitchen, I can really go to town with layering up the Yog Nog scent. What pleased me the most about the Yog Nog Yule Log was how long its scent did last on my skin after using it in the bath (and I’m talking about without putting the perfume on too). It leaves me smelling like a scrumptious Christmas biscuit well into the next day, it truly is Christmas in bubble bar form.

I always find bubble bars quite tricky to review, I try to stick to small factors; their scent, design, bubble power etc. As difficult as I find reviewing them it’s safe to say that for me, the Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar gets a big tick for everything I like in a bubble bar. Thanks Lush, yet another Lush product I need to stock up on before Winter is through. As if I need anymore! 😉



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Holey Night Bath Bomb from Lush

holey night bath bombNew Lush bath bombs are the product I always get the most excited about. The Holey Night Bath Bomb is a brand new release and has proved a very popular product from 2018’s Winter range. Its unique design makes it stand out from the rest; Bright blue in colour with yellow moon-like multi sized craters, it’s like no other bath bomb Lush have ever made.

Holey Nights scent is one I haven’t come across before, containing lemon, rose absolute and sandalwood oil it makes for a warm and uplifting bath. Its scent isn’t at all what I expected. I ignorantly assumed that the lemon oil would completely mask the sandalwood. The ingredient my nose picks up on first is however the sandalwood, the lemon is barely detectable but does soften the woodiness of the sandalwood somewhat.

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Any product that is predominately sandalwood-scented always reminds me of visiting a spa, instantly relaxing me. Since we’ve said goodbye to the discontinued Yoga Bomb bath bomb I have really missed a bath bomb that has this effect on me. Although at this time of year I crave spicier bath bombs such as the Christmas Sweater bath bomb, Holey Nights has made a refreshing change.

Upon contact with the water the Holey Nights bath bomb foams up, dark blue and light green foam spreads across the water surface slowly turning the water underneath it blue too. As Holey Nights bobs around the bath its relaxing and subtle scent fills your bathroom. More colours then appear to fizzle out of the bath bomb which is another thing I didn’t expect at all. – Holey Nights has a hidden colourful centre!

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Purples, reds, yellows and blues spiral out of the Holey Nights bath bomb creating the most beautiful bath art, my photos do NOT do it justice. With Holey Nights being a slow fizzer there are umpteen opportunities to capture bundles of bath art photographs. Or if you prefer to just lay back and watch the show, go for it! It really is all singing and dancing.

A soak in a Holey Nights bath leaves my skin soft and hydrated. Although once I am out of the bath its scent is even more subtle on my skin, I can still smell it on me well into the next day. This is when I feel the lemon part of this products scent shines through. It reminds me ever so slightly of the light scent left behind by the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

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Overall I am really impressed with the Holey Nights bath bomb, its scent is just as beautiful as the pretty bath art it creates. I also love the Holey Night bath bomb because it isn’t an in-your-face Christmas product.

I’m a bit of a Scrooge, if it wasn’t for Lush I don’t think I’d get excited about this time of year at all. The Holey Nights bath bomb has made Winter 2018 so much easier to endure. Thank you Lush! If you’re on the fence about trying this product I 100% recommend giving it a go, even if it is just the once, I feel it is worth every penny and hope to stock up on a few before the Winter is through.

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Sleepy Shower Gel from Lush

Sleepy Shower Gel

The Sleepy Shower Gel is yet another product that is a member of the Lush-Scent-Family, Twilight. The Twilight scent is one of Lush’s most popular and it has been adapted into so many product formats over the years that it’s hard to keep track of them all.

Just to confuse us, Lush sometimes bring out a product that shares a scent with another BUT names it something completely different. ‘Sleepy’ is another branch of Twilight scented products, alongside this new shower gel Lush also have a Sleepy body lotion and a Sleepy shower bomb too.

We already have Twilight shower gel so as happy as I was to see another adaptation of a Twilight scented product I did wonder if we actually needed it. The blame of my Lush addiction rests entirely on the shoulders of Twilight scented products (so no pressure Sleepy shower gel!)

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The Twilight bath bomb was my very first experience of the Twilight/Sleepy scent. Sleepy shower gel like all of the other Twilight scented products contain lavender and tonka absolute, making it one of the most relaxing blends of soothing ingredients currently available. It’s perfect to use just before bed, hence the name ‘Sleepy’. As an insomniac anything with ‘Sleep’ in its name will always appeal to me.

On scent alone, if I was blind folded and asked to identify which shower gel was which out of Twilight and Sleepy, I don’t think I would be able to tell the difference. Scent wise both formulas are both just as ‘Twilight’ as the other, what sets the 2 apart is the fact Sleepy shower gel has an additional ingredient of oat milk.

The oat milk is what gives Sleepy the creamy consistency and complexion. I suspect Lush didn’t name Sleepy a shower cream because people would have compared it to Oaty Creamy Dreamy too much. Even though Lush have called Sleepy a shower gel, in my eyes it’s more of a shower cream.

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Sleepy shower gel lathers up easily and a little of it goes a very long way too. This is something I always like in a shower gel, after all who doesn’t like getting more for their money?

Colour wise the gel is (according to Lush’s website) meant to be a very pale shade of purple, I think it looks more grey though. Once out of the bottle its shade does appear brighter with a slight hint of lilac, once lathered up it however goes back to appearing very grey. Not that its colour hinders its quality at all!

Is the Sleepy shower gel better on my skin in comparison to Twilight shower gel? Yes and no. If you look at it from a scent perspective then I can’t see a difference in the two, I would however say that Sleepy is much more soothing on the skin, the lavender and oat milk are a magical pairing of ingredients especially if you have very dry skin like me.



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Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream from Lush

Santa's Christmas Shower Cream

The only Lush shower creams that I have truly been head over heels in love with both got discontinued earlier this year, (2017). I was therefore in two minds when I heard about the Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream. Never before been released, Santa’s Christmas shower cream is a brand new Lush product made for 2017’s long awaited Winter line. The shower cream is bright and bold, it radiates ‘Christmas’ with its pillar-box-red colour.

Just as Lush shower creams are meant to be, Santa’s Christmas is a fantastically thick formula. When I read its ingredients list; cinnamon, black pepper, lime oil and coffee, I expected it be something in between the likes of the Hot Toddy and Sonic Death Monkey shower gel. The tradition of me predicting a new products scent fantastically wrong (after just reading its ingredients list) wasn’t broken. Its scent is like neither of the 2 aforementioned shower gels at all.

Santa’s Christmas shower cream smells just like the value cola you get in your local supermarket. I rarely drink cola but after taking off the lid of the Santa’s Christmas shower cream I detected the bitter-sweet and creamy cola scent straight away. It takes me straight back to my childhood and all of the parties where all we did was drink fizzy drinks, eat jelly and ice cream and just get more and more hyper, wreaking havoc wherever we were.

Upon use I find creating a decent lather very difficult when using Santa’s Christmas shower cream. I find it a little easier when the water is as hot as I can stand it (which isn’t ideal). I feel as if I have to use a lot more of the product than I am used to with Lush products just to get the desired effect of a shower cream. The scent also gets lost on me during use which leaves me pretty underwhelmed.

Although I was a little sceptical, I really did think that Santa’s Christmas shower cream was going to fill the void that the discontinuation of The Comforter and Yuzu and Cocoa shower creams had left in my life. In some aspects Santa’s Christmas is a good shower cream but I just feel the aforementioned original duo were so much better. They brightened, hydrated and soothed my skin, both of their gorgeous scents also lasted on my skin hours and hours after using them.

After using Santa’s Christmas, my skin is left feeling soft and definitely appears brighter it however doesn’t feel particularly hydrated. I don’t dislike Santa’s Christmas shower cream by any means, I just feel as if it’s not the best that Lush have created thus far. I will not be letting my one bottle of it get dusty on my shower cream shelf, I will carry on using it until it has all gone but I will not be buying a another bottle. If I did attain another bottle it would be from a Lush gift set that I hope to pick up in the boxing day sales on Tuesday.



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Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar returns back to Lush’s shelves year in, year out. I can’t actually remember a Lush Winter line without it being a fixture. It is yet another Lush product that is Snow Fairy scented, this is exciting for most of the Lush community but for the people that don’t particularly like the Snow Fairy scent, I can really appreciate your frustration in regards to yet another Snow Fairy product. Apart from the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar Magic Wand was the only other reusable bubble bar that returned this year (2017).

Winter 2016 brought us more reusable bubble bars than we have ever seen before in just one line. There was the Magic Wand, The Magic of Christmas, Santasaurus and Jester reusable bubble bars too. If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know that I’m normally not the biggest fan of the reusable bubble bars. I was therefore not surprised when only Magic Wand and the, The Magic of Christmas returned for 2017. I feel as though the majority of the reusable bubble bars are purely a novelty product more than than anything else. I also find that the majority of them just aren’t as colourful or vibrant in use as the ordinary bubble bars are.

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Lush clearly put a lot of effort into making the reusable bubble bars look beautiful and desirable but in my personal opinion, Lush tend to relax a little with them in regards to how well they work as an actual bubble bar. The Magic Wand reusable bubble bar alongside the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar are however the exceptions to this and I know this is why they both return every Winter without a doubt. The Magic Wand creates just as many bubbles and the brightest of pink water giving the, The Comforter bubble bar (an ordinary bubble bar) a serious amount of competition.

For me the Magic Wand reusable bubble bar ticks every box of the things I look for in a bubble bar. It looks princess-beautiful, smells fantastic, creates mounds and mounds of fluffy white bubbles, all while turning your bath water a sparkly and inviting shade of pink. Pink is my favourite colour so a Magic Wand bath is always a real treat for me.

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The Magic Wand reusable bubble bar creates a generous amounts of sugar-sweet scented, fluffy white bubbles in no time at all. I can easily get 6 baths out of just the one bubble bar which makes it incredible value for money. To use it all you have to do is hold it under the tap as you run your bath. Once you have the desired amount of bubbles you simply place it on the side so that it can dry, ready for you to use it again whenever you wish.

Magic Wand’s decoration is very basic but so, so cute. I love seeing a big pile of them all stacked up together in store. The bubble bar part is the pink star, the pink star is held up with a wooden lollipop stick, this makes the process of making bath bubbles so much easier as you don’t need to get your hands wet at all. The Lollipop stick is then finished off with one bell and a beautiful silver ribbon made into the perfect bow.

Although the Snow Fairy scent isn’t my favourite Lush scent, the colour of the water the Magic Wand creates well makes up for it. I say Snow Fairy isn’t my favourite but this by all means doesn’t mean I hate it, I just prefer the spicier or citrus scented Lush scents. The Snow Fairy scent however grows on me that little bit more with every Lush Christmas that passes. When it comes down to bubble quantity, the Magic Wand holds its own, I always get a copious amount of bubbles that last throughout my soak. The only negative is that it doesn’t leave my skin as soft or hydrated as I’d like.

Last year Lush however solved this negative for me with the release of the Snow Fairy body conditioner. Now all I have to do during a Magic Wand bath is slap a bit of body conditioner on my legs, knees and elbows. This leaves me feeling as soft as silk and because both products share a scent I don’t have to mix Lush scents either, I just smell of Snow Fairy through and through!



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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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Christmas Eve Bubble Bar from Lush

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

Although the Christmas Eve Bubble Bar is a golden-oldie-Lush-product, I had never had the pleasure of trying it up until Lush made it a mainline bubble bar as a part their winter 2017 line. Much like the So White and Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, the Christmas Eve bubble bar has received a bit of a facelift since its original debut. Unfortunately I haven’t got a photograph of what it used to look like as, as I said earlier this bubble bar is a first for me! It is quite rare for an ‘old’ Lush product to be new to me so I was very excited when I first see a big pile of the Christmas Eve bubble bars…

The Christmas Eve bubble bar shares its scent with the Northern Lights bath bomb which happens to be one of my all time favourites as well as another product that received a facelift just last year, (2016). I was incredibly sad to see that the Northern Lights bath bomb hadn’t been included in the winter 2017 line, the inclusion of the Christmas Eve bubble bar has however made it a little easier to be without.

Being honest as always I was a little taken aback at the size of the Christmas Eve bubble bar. I think I have however been spoilt with the likes of The Comforter and Brightside bubble bars, both are huge and once you’ve had them that big it is only natural to be disappointed when presented with a product that is so much smaller. With it being only £1 less than the giant bubble bars too, I can see why some people have been put off of buying it.

Although the Christmas Eve bubble bar is small, it does pack some power. I can get 2 very generously bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar. One half of the bubble bar creates a copious amounts of fluffy white bubbles, whilst also turning your bath water into the most beautiful, silky-soft, light shade of blue.

In my personal opinion the scent of the Christmas Eve bubble bar is not particularly strong, those that are new to its scent may however say that it is, this is because the Northern Lights scent really is out-of-this-world unique. After reading its ingredients list you’d be forgiven for guessing that the Christmas Eve bubble bar would smell very similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although jasmine absolute is definitely in both Sakura and Christmas Eve, they really don’t have that much in common when it comes down to scent. I have heard many people refer to the Northern Lights scent as a lot like laundry detergent, I can see what they mean as its scent is so fresh and crisp.

As for its effect on your skin, I much prefer the bubble bar to the Northern Lights bath bomb. Its scent not only stays with you for the best part of the day but also leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is something that the bath bomb didn’t do for my skin so I was of course very happy to discover this. Overall I am very impressed with this bubble bar, the only thing that lets it down is its price, for its size I would expect it to be closer in price to the Lush bubbleroons. It however has the best, freshest and 100% ethically sourced ingredients so it will always be slightly high in price.



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