Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar from Lush

The very first sparkle jars, Twilight and Snow Fairy were released back in Winter 2017. When I heard that Lush were bringing them back for Winter 2018 as well as releasing a brand new one, I was over the moon.

The newest addition to the sparkle jar clan is, the Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar; It is easily the cutest looking of the 3 released so far – There is just something about Lush products with faces that are so hard to resist!

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Sparkle jars are hollow massage bars that have Lush dusting powder in. The were invented by Lush as a plastic free alternative to their bottled dusting powders, the plastic bottle that held the dusting powders has been replaced with a massage bar/dusting-powder-shaker instead.

The sparkle jars are designed to be used just as you would a salt or pepper pot. Each of the sparkle jars have 2 sealed holes in, the idea behind them is that you poke the holes through once the product is with you at home.

Lush massage bars are a brilliant way to hydrate your skin and when used for massage, are a great way to relax tired muscles and clear your mind of any stress. Dusting powder isn’t something I use every day but I find it particularly helpful in the Summer, I add it to anywhere I ordinarily sweat as it helps with the absorption of any perspiration with minimum effort.

Sparkle jars bring the massage bar and dusting powder products together. Once you have pierced both holes the sparkle jar is ready to use; To use them I gently rub the massage-bar-jar into my skin before carefully adding a pinch of the shimmer, obviously you have to keep the jar a certain way up so that you don’t accidentally lose any of the powder. This makes things a little difficult but not so difficult that I dislike the product.

Out of the 3 sparkle jars that have been released so far, I think that the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar is actually my favourite. It has the perfect Christmas scent and is a scent I wish Lush catered out to us more.

Containing ginger, clove and cinnamon the Gingerbread Man sparkle jar is the perfect spicy treat, it reminds me of some of my most favourite past Winter products such as the Christmas Sweater bath bombHot Toddy shower gel and Gingerbread House bubble bar. It’s not the exact same as any of those but  it has the same soothing and warming effects on my body.

As I said in previous sparkle jar reviews, the massage bar part of them aren’t quite as workable as the ordinary massage bars, they do not melt nearly as quickly in your hands and with them being hollow aren’t at all suitable if you are looking to use them for a deep tissue massage. If used carefully the sparkle jars are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your body as well as a gentle boost of hydration too. I think of them more as a super-fancy highlighting tool than anything else!

I am a little sad that Lush didn’t create a sparkle jar for their First Snow dusting powder as well as the Gingerbread Man. First Snow was always my favourite Winter-dusting-powder and I miss it dearly. I have however enjoyed the surprise of a brand new scented dusting powder, spicy, home-baked scented products are always very welcome in my house.



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Mr Sandman Dusting Powder from Lush

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Mr Sandman Dusting Powder is yet another brand new Twilight scented product that has been welcomed with open arms by the Lush community.

I am a little disappointed that it appears to have replaced my all time favourite festive dusting powder, First Snow. I am however always more than happy to try a new Lush product and even more so when it is Twilight scented!

If you have read any of my previous reviews on the other various Twilight scented products, you’d know that the Twilight bath bomb was the very first bath bomb that I tried from Lush. I of course became bath bomb bonkers on first use and just under four years later, here I still am raving about it.

When I first got into Lush I had no idea that their products even had scent families. I just thought that the Twilight bath bomb was lavender scented. I had no idea of the complexity of ingredients chosen to go into each and every single product that Lush have on offer.

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Mr Sandman’s scent family happens to be one of the biggest sellers for Lush. This is reflected in the huge amount of Twilight scented products that they have created.

This year in particular, Lush have well and truly spoilt the Twilight fans with lots of new, never before released items. We have had the Twilight Shower Jelly in the Lush Kitchen and right now the Twilight and Luxury Lush Pud bath bombs are available to purchase as are the Sleepy body lotion and the Mr Sandman dusting powder. They have even re-released the much loved Twilight shower gel for the festive period in their flagship store in London, Oxford Street.

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I’d say that the majority of newbie Lushies do not have any idea on the amount of products they actually do. When you say ‘Lush Cosmetics,’ the first thing that people say is ‘Oh the bath bomb shop?’ Once you’re hooked on the bath bombs that’s when you begin to explore what other products they have.

Mr Sandman is a dusting powder and is used in the same way as a talcum powder, it is applied all over the body after washing and/or moisturising or for a quick refresh in between.

Its purpose is to absorb your skin’s excess oils while also adding an extra layer of fragrance to your skin. After applying Mr Sandman my skin is not only fragranced with the Twilight scent but is also smooth to the touch. It makes your skin feel silky soft and works wonders in areas of your body that are prone to sometimes get excessively sweaty such as under your boobs. Although it’s not an antiperspirant it does help keep sweat away for a little longer than when you go without.

Some people may be put off by Mr Sandman as it does have a small amount of lustre in. Back when I first got in to Lush I was a lustre sceptic I however now know that it’s really nothing to worry about. It’s the same type of shimmer that you’d find in make up such as a highlighter or bronzer. It adds a slight gleam to your skin and I honestly don’t even notice if a product has it in or not anymore, either way it doesn’t bother me.

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Pairing Mr Sandman up with Lush’s other new Twilight scented product Sleepy Body Lotion is a force to be reckoned with, this simple Lush cocktail aids restful sleep that makes Maleficent’s sleeping curse look weak.

The carefully selected ingredients that lull you into a relaxed state of mind, which in turn aids restful sleep are lavender, chamomile, tonka absolute and ylang ylang. Although I can’t give Mr Sandman or Sleepy all of the credit, every time I have used them both together, I have been able to drop off to sleep much quicker and easier, which is a huge deal for me considering that I had previously struggled to fall asleep full stop.

Over all I am very impressed with the Mr Sandman dusting powder, I was a little shocked at its high price however now I have used it I know it is worth every penny.



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