Ghost in the Dark Soap from Lush

Ghost in the Dark Soap

When I found out that Lush were bringing out a Halloween soap that not only glows in the dark (see below photo) but also shares its scent with the Avobath bath bomb, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

When the Ghost in the Dark Soap arrived on my doorstep I was pleasantly surprised at how big it was, it fits more than snuggly in my hand. I was also very pleased with how much it mirrored the aforementioned bath bombs scent, Avobath. With my eyes closed I’m not sure I could tell them apart in a sniff test!

As Lush products go, I know the soaps aren’t always the most interesting items that Lush have to offer. With the Ghost in the Dark soap having the ability to glow in the dark, a whole new level of fun has come to a no-longer-simple bar of soap. The first question everyone asks when they realise that this bar of soap actually really does glow in the dark is, ‘HOW?!!’

The magic ingredient is called luminescent zinc sulfide. I was going to do a whole paragraph on it but then I remembered who I was and how bad I was at Chemistry at school, I have therefore linked up to Lush’s website (here) as I think it would be better all round to let the experts explain the science behind it.

Rich with mood and energy boosting ingredients such as lemongrass and bergamot oils, a quick wash with a bar of Ghost in the Dark will banish away any early morning fatigue you may be feeling; Sharpening your senses and leaving you alert and ready to face the day.

Although I have only used this soap on my hands so far, (I don’t normally use bars of soap anywhere else as my skin is notoriously fussy) it does lather very quickly and it’s really hydrating too, something I never expect from a bar of soap as they normally dry my skin out.

Overall I think the Ghost in the Dark soap is a fantastic addition to Lush’s Halloween line. It has certainly helped me get through the darker Winter mornings, I have also used it several times now and although it has shrunk a tiny bit, I can see it’s going to last for quite some time making it excellent value for money.

The fact it glows in the dark adds a novelty factor to it too,  I imagine this has helped it sell as it’s quite the unique selling point!

I have very much enjoyed exploring the Avobath scent in the soap format. I have my fingers crossed that Lush use this scent again very soon as it really is a life saver in the mornings when you’re feeling groggy.



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Eyeball Bath Bomb from Lush

I am always really excited to reacquaint myself with fresh limited edition, golden-oldie Lush products, particularly those from the Halloween line. There’s just something about this time of year that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

When the 2018 Halloween line was announced, I was utterly devastated when I found out that the Pumpkin bath bomb was no longer in the line up.

The brand new Eyeball Bath Bomb has taken its place. As sad as I was at the loss of one of my favourite smelling bath bombs, I kept an open mind. New products keep things fresh and although I adore the Pumpkin bath bomb, the Eyeball bath bomb looked as if it had a bit more bath-art-potential. A trait I always enjoy in a bath bomb.

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The first thing that I noticed about the Eyeball bath bomb was how hideous it looks. With it however being a Halloween product, its hideousness is of course all a part of its charm.

Mainly white, when it is upside down I have mistaken it for a Dragon’s Egg bath bomb more times than I can remember. When it is the right way up, you can see that it has been designed to look like a cartoonish eye ball; The bath bombs centre is a black pupil surrounded by an eerie-orange iris.

The Eyeball bath bombs scent is not at all what I imagined. Containing Brazilian orange, lavender, ylang ylang oil and rose absolute it should smell like your nan’s hand bag. It’s however nothing like your nan’s hand bag, if anything I feel it’s quite a youthful scent, one that ALL ages can enjoy.

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Reading the Eyeball bath bombs ingredients list I expected it to have a rich and super overpowering floral scent, it however has a very soft and delicate scent. The lavender and rose absolute give it a soft almost musky edge and the Brazilian orange rounds both of them off adding a subtle layer of sweetness.

By all means it’s not an unpleasant scent I just wouldn’t have ever associated the scent with the Halloween season.

As soon as the Eyeball bath bomb hits the water a burst of orange erupts into the water. Dotted around the bath, black and orange bubbly streaks appear. At first the bath art it created reminded me of the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb.

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The bath art was however very short lived, I have found every Eyeball bath bomb I have used thus far, to be exceptionally quick fizzers. The bath art appeared to end almost at the same moment it began. I have seen some people say the complete opposite though.

I’m not sure if I got a bad batch or whether the pressure and type of water (hard/soft) in different areas make a difference. My skin did feel revived and fresh once I’d got out of the bath, the scent didn’t last on my skin very long but with it being so subtle in the bath I was expecting this.

If you’re not into bath bombs for bath art and prefer the gentler colours and scents then the Eyeball bath bomb would be a very good choice for you. I wasn’t blown away by Eyeball but I did enjoy using it. Sadly I have decided that I won’t be stocking up on the Eyeball bath bomb before the Halloween season is over, as I was a little underwhelmed by it in comparison to the other Halloween bath bombs, sorry Eyeball the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb is still my favourite product from the Halloween range!



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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar from Lush

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble BarThe Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar is a product that never fails to make an appearance in Lush’s Halloween product line up. Year in, year out it comes back, ready and waiting to take on yet another Lush autumn. As its name suggests the Sparkly Pumpkin is a bright orange, pumpkin shaped bubble bar that has a generous coating of golden lustre with a single piece of cinnamon stick as its stalk. 

I think the first time I ever used Sparkly Pumpkin was back in 2015, it wasn’t a product that instantly stood out to me, visually I didn’t and still don’t find it the most eye catching of Lush products. Back then the only reason I originally gave it a chance was because it came in a gift set that my husband bought me.

Although the bubble bar doesn’t wow me as much as other Lush products do, I can still see that it has some amazing qualities and can also identify the reasons why it comes back to stores every autumn.

The Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar is relatively small, it fits snuggly in my ‘child-sized’ hand. I can see why some people are tempted to use the whole bubble bar for just one bath, I however use the one Sparkly Pumpkin over 2 baths without any compromise on quality or how many bubbles it creates.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubbles up very quickly, I recommend using it in a sieve as I find it is quite a crumbly bubble bar, many people don’t use a sieve for it though, some simply just crumble it in their hands under a running tap. I have tried both ways and because it is quite a soft product I’ve had the best results from the sieve, I find letting it just crumble doesn’t get the most out of it bubble wise, you tend to waste quite a bit, finding pieces of it at the bottom of your tub once you get in.

In regards to Sparkly Pumpkins scent, I expected it to be jam packed with all things pumpkin, it however isn’t. Strangely, the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar actually contains juniper berry, lime and grapefruit oils. This unique blend of essential oils makes the Sparkly Pumpkins scent a woody and gentle citrus blend, I find a soak in a Sparkly Pumpkin bath leaves me feeling both soothed and uplifted. If you favour the products with a more subtle scent then Sparkly Pumpkin would be a great one for you.

I know some people want to run a mile when they see a shimmery Lush product but being honest as always, the sparkling products really aren’t that troublesome. I get a little tired of explaining this in all of my sparkly product reviews but as someone who once too feared anything glittery, I can’t help but mention it. I have been converted and now love a sparkly Lush product. The shimmer just rinses away, I always describe it as cosmetic shimmer, kind of like what you get in make-up such as some bronzers and highlighters.

A Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bath leaves your skin silky-smooth and well nourished. Its scent unfortunately doesn’t hang around on your skin for very long but it does last throughout the bath.

Sparkly Pumpkin isn’t one of my favourite bubble bars purely because I find it a little boring, I do however like to pair it with a bath bomb. Last year my favourite Lush cocktail that contained Sparkly Pumpkin was it, mixed with the Pumpkin bath bomb. This year the Christmas Sweater bath bomb was however introduced to the winter line and  that works with Sparkly Pumpkin perfectly too.

 



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Pumpkin Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Pumpkin Bath Bomb was first released by Lush as a part of their 2016 Halloween line, when I heard the news that it would be making a return this year I was so pleased. Originally the Pumpkin bath bomb wasn’t the bath bomb I was most interested in from 2016’s Halloween range, its vanilla sweet and cinnamon spicy scent however won me over. I can never resist cinnamon!

I have been told by several reliable, pumpkin spice latte fans that the Pumpkin bath bomb is the fresh cosmetics product equivalent. Therefore if a cheeky cup of pumpkin spice isn’t quite hitting the spot for you anymore you may want to indulge yourself by using a Pumpkin bath bomb or two.

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The Pumpkin bath bomb was actually the first I tried from the rather large loot of products I bought from the very first Lush Creative Showcase back in September 2016.

Upon first sniff the Pumpkin bath bomb really reminded me of the Yog Nog bath bomb from previous years. I thought maybe this was its substitute however it really isn’t at all related. The spice in both had me confused. Both are very warming bath bombs and Pumpkin’s warming elements is what first caught my interest, which is why it was one of the first I tried.

Suffering with chronic pain I am always on the look out for warm and relaxing products. I am so pleased that Lush brought not only the Pumpkin bath bomb back this year but also spoiled us with another spicy bath bomb, the Christmas Sweater.

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The Pumpkin bath bomb is a very fast fizzer. I however did not mind this as the quicker it dissolves, the quicker I can lay back and soak up all of its relaxing and warm awesomeness. A lot of people have asked me on Instagram and on here about cutting up bath bombs to make them go further, for example halving the bomb so that you can get 2 baths out of it instead of 1.

For some bath bombs I think it would be a Lush crime to cut them up, the Pumpkin bath bomb is however one that I’d say you can split between 2 baths without taking anything away from how it performs, smells and how it affects you (essential oils wise) in the bath tub.

Overall I am very impressed with the Pumpkin bath bomb, it might not be as colourful as the other bath bombs currently available but the spiciness with in it has worked wonders on my aching muscles. I will without question be stocking up on these before Halloween has been and gone!



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 27th of September 2016. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


 

Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub from Lush

Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub

One of the very first products that I ever got from Lush was a pot of lip scrub, from the very first use I was hooked. Previous to this I had never used an exfoliator for my lips that worked better. I now only use Lush lip scrubs. Before the release of the Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub, Lush’s lip scrubs had always been sold in a glass 25g pot. Lush are however striving to change the cosmetic industry by creating packageless ‘naked’ products. Enter Lush’s NEW naked lip scrubs.

The main ingredient in all of Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. I was blown away that a product with such a basic ingredient list worked so much better than any other expensive exfoliators that I had tried and hated. Caster sugar is the perfect ingredient for gentle yet effective exfoliation. Making a naked and solid version of their much loved potted lip scrubs is quite literally the best idea Lush have ever had.

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The potted lip scrubs work like a dream but since trying the naked versions I doubt i’ll be buying the potted versions ever again. Lush have managed to improve what I already deemed as perfect, I honestly raved about the potted lip scrubs but they are nothing compared to the new naked versions. Black Rose is from the Yummy Yummy Yummy scent family and therefore shares its scent with the much loved Roller bath bomb. It has a beautiful and light fruity scent and one that I don’t mind using on my lips at all.

The difference between the naked and potted lip scrubs apart from the obvious is that the naked lip scrubs are solid, when I have been asked to describe how the new naked lip scrub feels I always compare it to a sugar cube.

With the lip scrub being solid you can apply so much more pressure on your lips during application, it makes buffing away the dry bits of skin so much easier than it was before. If you have long nails like me then you’ll be pleased to know that there is also no more trouble fishing the product out of the pot. In the photo above I have already used the lip scrub 6 times. A little goes more than a long way and it works quickly and with minimum effort.

All you have to do is rub it on your lips in a similar way you would put lipstick on. Once you feel satisfied you then just wipe the sugar away to reveal smooth and lovely looking lips, some even just lick it off! it’s perfectly safe to do so too.

Another thing I noticed is how moisturising the Black Rose lip scrub was I wasn’t expecting that at all, especially considering that it’s a solid product. I am over the moon with the Black Rose naked lip scrub, I don’t think I have ever been more satisfied in a product before. I am so excited to try and review the others too.



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Goth Fairy Shimmer Bar from Lush

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This precious little formation of melt is called the Goth Fairy Shimmer Bar, it was first released for Halloween 2016 and must have made quite the impression as it has made a return for Halloween 2017 too. There were so many brand new products last year that unfortunately some of the smaller less in-your-face products such as the Goth Fairy were overshadowed. This is why I had left reviewing it for so long. Now I have seen that it has made a return for a second year I guess I should spill how I feel about it…

Lush shimmer bars are basically massage bars but with shimmer. A bit like a body moisturiser you apply it to your arm legs and possibly chest, working it into your skin just as you would a massage bar. I have also heard of some using it on their face as highlighter. The Goth Fairies purpose is to adorn your skin in shimmer as well as decorate it with a light and fruity scent.

The Goth Fairy shimmer bar shares its scent with the discontinued and very much missed, Space Girl bath bomb. It glides on to your skin effortlessly and leaves your skin  looking and feeling well nourished with a subtle sparkle which is perfect for a night out.

The only negative I have on the Goth Fairy is its small size, I remember being presented with it last year and thinking, ‘oh… is that all of it?’. A little however does go a long way and it is a product you do use sparingly, that is unless you really do want to look like a real life fairy!

Overall I do like this product, it works brilliantly on your arms and legs and I feel it gives the illusion of your limbs being thinner and longer. This is obviously not something everyone will want out of it but for this purpose I will be taking a Goth Fairy with me on my honeymoon at the end of the month. Originally I thought that the Goth Fairy shimmer bar was a bit of a novelty product but after using it I can see myself always reaching for it for a night out. It wouldn’t be an everyday product for me but on the rare occasion that I do go out, I would definitely use it.



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Bewitched Bubble Bar from Lush

Bewitched Bubble Bar

I am still in mourning for Lush’s Blackberry bath bomb, it was unfortunately discontinued earlier this year and I am still very upset with Lush for taking this product away. It was the only non medicinal product in the whole world that had helped me kick insomnias butt. When I heard that Lush were bringing out a Blackberry scented bubble bar for the Halloween period, my heart thawed just a little at the thought. I knew at this point that the Bewitched Bubble Bar would either be a huge hit or a huge miss for me.

This relatively small bubble bar has been shaped into a black cat’s face, with big, bright yellow eyes Bewitched looks like a witches perfect sidekick. Once I had the Bewitched bubble bar in my hands I admit that I was disappointed by its smaller size. Everything however seems small when you have been spoilt rotten with the likes of the Comforter and Brightside bubble bar. What saved the day for me when it came down to Bewitch’s size was that a very little amount of it went a very long way bubble-wise.

I expected to get (at a push) 2 baths out of just the one Bewitched bubble bar, the first time I used it I broke it into 2 pieces with the thought of just adding the other half of it if I felt it was needed. I was pleasantly surprised that 1 half of the Bewitched bubble bar was more than enough, in fact it was too much, unless you are after a super over indulgent bath there is really no need to use any more than one third of it.

Once the hot water hits the bubble bar the Blackberry scent fills your bathroom. Just like the Blackberry bath bomb Bewitched is jam packed with bergamot and frankincense oils, this combination has to be one of the most relaxing blend of essential oils I have ever come across.

The smallest amount of the Bewitched bubble bar makes mounds and mounds of fluffy white bubbles, what had me mesmerised was however the colour of the water underneath the blanket of bubbles. It creates a similar coloured water to what the Secret Arts jelly bomb does. It leaves the water magnificently hydrating and silky smooth on your skin, my skin soaks it all up and its scent stays with me hours and hours after getting out of the bath.

Paired with the Sultana of Skin body conditioner the Bewitched bubble bar is almost as good as the Blackberry bath bomb. I am still in a state of disbelief that Lush ever let the bath bomb equivalent of the Bewitched bubble bar go, I am hoping that Lush actually bring the Blackberry bath bomb back once the Halloween and Christmas stock sells out after New Year… Although nothing has been announced so don’t hold your breath.

I can’t see Bewitched being carried on as a staple-store-product past Halloween and because of this I don’t want to become too attached to it. It really is a great product though, I can see it being a very popular Halloween product for years and years to come.



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