Santa’s Grotto Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Santa’s Grotto Bath Bomb (aka the Santa’s Workshop Bath Bomb – Both Santa’s Workshop and Santa’s Grotto are the exact same product, the bath bomb just goes by a different name depending on where you are in the world) was definitely the one I was most interested in when Lush’s 2019 Winter-line-up first got leaked. Decorated with a handful of all of the most Christmassy colours; Green, gold and red, it sure is an eye catcher! As well as its good looks, it also happens to have popping candy inside of it making it the perfect Winter treat for ALL of your senses.

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The Santa’s Grotto bath bomb’s scent isn’t how I had imagined it to be at all, containing ylang ylang, tagetes and everlasting flower absolute oils its ingredients list doesn’t exactly scream Christmas… Its scent isn’t the easiest to describe either but in short, I’d say it is a floral-sweet, fresh and incredibly powerful fragrance. So strong that in a room full of Lush, my nose can pick Santa’s Grotto up straight away.

Although many people find that the stronger scented Lush products are more of an acquired ‘taste’, Santa’s Grotto is one of the stronger scents that I do personally enjoy. Out of all of the Winter bath bombs from this year, Santa’s Grotto is by far the prettiest with its decoration of red and gold sea salt and popping candy.

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As soon as the Santa’s Grotto bath bomb hits the water you are greeted with a fizzy explosion. As Santa’s grotto bobs around in the water, minty green and blue foam swirls out of it creating the most gorgeous of bath art. Once Santa’s Grotto was in the bath, based on its colours the bath art it created reminded me of that left behind by the Thundersnow bath bomb.


Santa’s Grotto is a very slow fizzer leaving plenty of time to admire the bath art it leaves behind. The popping candy in the Santa’s Grotto bath bomb doesn’t take long to get started once placed in the water either. I don’t think I have ever had such a ‘snappy, crackly and poppy’ bath bomb experience before. It really was like sitting in my own personal firework display!

Overall I am really impressed with the Santa’s Grotto bath bomb, the bath art was magnificent and it left my skin feeling luxurious and soft. Its scent on my skin lasted for the best part of the rest of the day too. Fortunately its scent on my skin was a lot more subtle than the bath bomb on its own, as much as I did enjoy its scent, I think being exposed to it while it’s super strong may have been a little overwhelming  for me. I will definitely be picking up a few of these before the Christmas line retires.



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Yog Nog Shower Gel from Lush

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After somewhat of a Yog Nog drought, Lush have suddenly decided to use the Yog Nog fragrance in every format you can possibly think of, prepare yourself for the oncoming onslaught of Yog Nog scented reviews over the next few weeks! This year (2019) Yog Nog seems to be just as popular (if not more) as the long-term staple Christmas-product-family, Snow Fairy.

Todays review will be on the Yog Nog Shower Gel, SPOILER ALERT it’s probably my favourite product format of the Yog Nog fragrance to date. My first experience with Yog Nog was back in 2015 when the Yog Nog bath bomb was a part of the Christmas line it wasn’t my favourite from that year but I didn’t dislike it.

Yog Nog scent has grown on me quite a considerable amount, its fragrance is in simple terms absolutely delicious. If you have a sweet tooth and love Christmassy scented baked goods then you’ll be a fan of anything Yog Nog for sure. The fragrance makes me think of hot-sticky-toffee, custard and cinnamon sugar. Yum.

2019 has been a very good year for new Lush shower gels; If you thought that the Intergalactic shower gel was sparkly then you’ll think that the Yog Nog shower gel is full of super-sparkly, microscopic diamonds! it’s so dazzling, photos do it no justice at all. You really have to experience it for yourselves to see just how visually beautiful a shower gel it is, it’s liquid gold!

Yog Nog shower gel contains Maple syrup water, carrageenan extract, jojoba, clove bud and ylang ylang oil. It is a truly luxurious shower gel, it’s warming, moisturising and lathers up quickly. A little of it also goes a very long way but if you’re anything like me you won’t be able to help yourself and use a lot just because it looks so pretty coming out of the bottle.

Once the shower gel is in your hands and exposed to the hot water and steam its fragrance becomes oh-so-biscuity, again a little goes a very long way but I find myself using more than I need just because it looks and smells so good. Consistency wise it’s a little runnier than I’d like but still very effective as a shower gel, it leaves my skin moisturised, soft and noticeably brighter.

Its scent stays on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day, I have however heard that some people can’t smell it on their skin after an hour or 2.  I did a little research into this as I wanted to find out why and how this was possible; I discovered that there’s actually a scientific reason for this, it all depends on your skins pH levels. Mystery solved!

Overall I am really, really impressed with the Yog Nog shower gel, as I said above it’s my favourite product format in the Yog Nog scent and I am looking forward to reviewing some of the other Yog Nog goodies for you all very soon.



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Galaxy Lip Scrub from Lush

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Another season, another brand-new Lush lip scrub! This year Lush have spoilt us rotten with several brand new lip scrubs. Today my review is on their most recent release, the Galaxy Lip Scrub. Just like the Pop Art bath bomb, Galaxy is actually a part of this years (2019) Christmas line, which leads me to the first thing I love about it; It’s not an in-your-face Christmas product.

The main ingredient in Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a simple blend of natural ingredients can do such a great job. Lush lip scrubs are ridiculously underrated and more people need to try them; And I hope the influx of all of the new ones released this year have inspired people to do just that.

Using a Lush lip scrub requires minimum effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look their best. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry, 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 or tastier thanks to Lush!

As well as caster sugar the Galaxy lip scrub also contains organic jojoba oil, shea butter, cold pressed raspberry seed oil, buchu oil and lemon myrtle oil. You may be wondering why a raspberry scented lip scrub is called ‘Galaxy’ and I promise you there is method behind the madness. On Lush’s website it explains that ‘astronomers discovered the substance Ethyl Formate at the centre of the Milky Way, and it just so happens this sweet little compound also gives raspberries their fruity juicy sweetness.’

This makes the Galaxy lip scrub a true taste of space! Earlier on in the year I wrote in my review of the Pumpkin Spice lip scrub that it was the best tasting lip scrub that I had tried to date. Move over Pumpkin Spice, Galaxy lip scrub is now top of my list. OBVIOUSLY you’re technically not supposed to eat the lip scrubs but if you do end up swallowing a bit, you’ll live. 😉

I’m a huge fan of raspberries and the Galaxy lip scrub is just like the Slush Puppy ice drink I used to go mad for as a kid. I will warn you though, as tasty as Galaxy smells and tastes, less really is more. With it being so scrumptious I over indulged on my first few uses and unfortunately it gave my lips a slight blue tinge… Making it even more like the Slush Puppy ice drink, it came off easily enough but isn’t ideal if you’re in a hurry.

I have found if you only use a small amount (a small amount is more than sufficient too) there’s no risk of blue lips which I’m very thankful for as I do really, really like the Galaxy lip scrub and if this wasn’t the case I would have had to abandon it.

I have also found it to be a much more gentle formula (scrub wise) than other Lush lip scrubs. 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. I find Galaxy very hydrating too but again, don’t use to much or leave it on for too long because of the blue!

Overall I am head over heels in love with the Galaxy lip scrub, it smells amazing, tastes delicious and works a treat when used sensibly. 😉 I really do hope to see Lush try and make more Lush products with the same scent as the Galaxy lip scrub, now that they’ve mastered it in the lip scrub format I’d love to maybe see it in a bath bomb or body scrub.



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Carrot Cake Lip Scrub from Lush

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Carrot Cake was yet another brand new lip scrub to Lush-this-year. After enjoying Eve’s Cherry lip scrub from Lush’s Valentine’s Day range so much, I was very excited to see yet another lip scrub in the Easter line. The Carrot Cake Lip Scrub comes in the standard glass pot and is jam packed with 25g of lip scrub heaven!

The main ingredient in Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still lost for words that such a basic and natural formula can do such a good job. I use Lush lip scrubs almost every day and they are ridiculously underrated.

Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel flawless. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips while also 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 Carrot Cake lip scrub also contains sea salt, cinnamon, ground almonds and a rather generous helping of carrot seed, toasted hazelnut and Brazilian orange oils. This carefully put together list of ingredients make Carrot Cake truly unique to any other previously released Lush lip scrub.

When you’ve been used to the likes of the Bubblegum lip scrub which has very little ingredients in other than just caster sugar, the newer lip scrubs with the ingredients lists as long as your arm are a lot more interesting and have both much more complex scents and flavours. The introduction of other ingredients including essential oils has enabled Lush to expand on what used to be quite a bland format of products.

Upon opening the Carrot Cake lip scrubs lid you are greeted with a bright orange sugar-scrub-formula. It smells delicious. The lip scrub is not quite how I think carrot cake actually smells but close enough for me to warrant giving it a go. The toasted hazelnut oil really shines through scent wise, it adds a really smokiness to its scent and flavour.

Like the other very recently released Cookie Dough lip scrub, the Carrot Cakes 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 Carrot Cake lip scrub goes a very, very long way. I would however recommend using a lip balm or gloss after using it just because it can be a little drying without. A quick coat of lip balm after using the Carrot Cake lip scrub will help keep your lips looking their best.

Overall I really did like the Carrot Cake lip scrub, it smells like gorgeous baked goodies, tastes ok and does a very good job. I’d still say that the aforementioned Eve’s Cherry lip scrub is my favourite though. I can’t wait to see what lip scrubs Lush come up with next…



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Groovy Kind of Love Shower Gel from Lush

While the Groovy Kind of Love Shower Gel wasn’t the shower gel I was most excited about in Lush’s latest community release, I did really enjoy the latest edition of its bath bomb equivalent so thought it was worth giving the shower gel a go too.

The newest version of the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb not only shares its scent with this brand new shower gel but also with the long ago, discontinued Pink Flamingo reusable bubble bar. Bright orange in colour, it wouldn’t be silly of you to mistake this shower gel for Easter 2017’s Wash Behind Your Ears shower gel.

While it looks similar to Wash Behind your Ears, the Groovy Kind of Love shower gel is that little bit brighter of an orange. It doesn’t glow quite in the same was as the Calacas shower gel but it does positively beam warm-orange-happiness and sweet-summer vibes!

One of my favourite of all ingredients that Lush frequently use in some of their products is bergamot oil, one of my favourite bergamot based products being the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb. Bergamots scent is much like an orange and lime combined and is often described as ‘sunshine in a bottle’. Making it fit right in with my visual interpretation of the shower gels sunshine-summery colour.

The Groovy Kind of Love shower gel contains bergamot, ylang ylang, rosewood oil and fresh orange juice. Its scent is sweet, fruity and oozes happiness.

Its scent is not quite as bergamoty as I’d have liked but it isn’t a scent that is at all unpleasant. For a citrusy scent it’s quite gentle and therefore may appeal to others that prefer the fruity scents that are less in-your-face and more subtle.

Consistency wise the Groovy Kind of Love 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 and it lathers up quickly and efficiently.

Its scent once in the shower does intensify ever so slightly but again it’s still a rather subtle scent. I find it quite hydrating on the skin too, it’s almost more of a shower cream than a shower gel in my personal opinion. I must admit its scent didn’t last that long on my skin once out of the shower but I was left feeling clean and fresh.

Overall I can see why Lush decided to expand the Groovy Kind of Love scented products collection, while it’s not a scent I have fallen deeply in love with I can see it appealing to those that do enjoy the less intense scents.



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Dear John Bath Bomb from Lush

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The never-before-been-released Dear John Bath Bomb left a surprising impression on me, it was one of a few products that made up the small, 2019 Father’s Day collection.

When you have lost a parent or have become estranged from a parent, Father’s and Mother’s Day can be quite hard.

This year both of Lush’s Mothers and Fathers day collections were much more subtle than those from previous years, they weren’t so in-your-face-obvious Mother and Father’s Day products and for the reason mentioned above, I think this was a wise decision from Lush.

The Dear John bath bomb doesn’t turn heads in quite the same way as the more colourful Lush bath bombs do.

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Just like the original So White bath bomb Dear John has a crisp-white exterior. As you can see in the photos each Dear John bath bomb is decorated with several blue fountain-pen-like ink splatters.

The fragrance of the Dear John bath bomb was made by Mark Constantine (co founder of Lush) in relation to his estranged father. An estranged father is something that both Mark and I have in common, strangely enough both of ours also share the same first name.

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I’ve never really opened up about how not having a permanent father-figure in my life has affected me. Yes it has been hard and I am envious of people that have good relationships with their father.

I don’t hate my father and have his phone number, I just wish things could be/could have been different growing up. I have always been a little ‘meh’ about the Lush Father’s Day range because of this, seeing it all is just a reminder of something I don’t really have.

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With the whole range being Dear John orientated it was however impossible to avoid this year! 😝 I also must admit that I am a recently converted fan of the Dear John scent.

The Dear John bath bomb contains cedarwood, coriander seed, clove bud and vetivert oils. A fine and smokey blend of ingredients that I wouldn’t ordinarily reach out for.

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Others say different but to me the Dear John bath bombs scent is very similar to the scent of the Big Blue bath bomb, to my nose it’s very alike but has an extra smokey layer to it. Some say it has elements of coffee in it too, I however can’t detect any coffee myself.

When Dear John is first placed into the bath water a small fizzle of white bubbly froth disperses out of it, when I first used it I thought that it was going to be an all white show until there was a sudden burst of blue bubbly froth!

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What I thought was going to be just a pleasantly scented, plain white bath bomb suddenly turned into a pleasantly scented explosion of beautiful deep blue too. I did not expect the Dear John bath bomb to contain such a delightful treasure!

As Dear John fizzled away, slowly turning the bath water a dark and very inviting shade of blue its scent softens somewhat becoming musky and warming, I couldn’t help but notice how soft my skin felt within seconds of immersing myself into its waters.

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Although it was a fairly quick fizzer this didn’t take away from the Dear John bath bomb experience. I’d normally reach for the Twilight or Blackberry bath bomb if I was looking for a relaxing bath and was pleasantly surprised with how relaxed the Dear John bath bomb left me feeling.

Overall I am really impressed with this bath bomb and am very sad to see it leave Lush stores now that Father’s Day is through. Thankfully Lush have released several other products with the exact same scent so I have a few to play with. I will of course be reviewing them all on here over the next few weeks!



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Calm A Llama Party Piñata Bath Bomb from Lush

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Today I’m very happy to be writing up my review on the Calm A Llama Party Piñata Bath Bomb. I have had my eye on this product ever since the opening day at Lush’s shiny new flagship store in Liverpool.

Up until very recently this bath bomb was only available as an in-store-party exclusive at the flagship Liverpool store. Now it’s available in every store as a part of an in-store-party.

More information on the in store parties can be found on the Lush website. I’ve never personally been to one but once I do, I will be sure to let you know all about them on here!

Last month, Lush actually released a very limited amount of the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bombs on their UK website.

For the customers who aren’t lucky enough to live near a store or those like me who haven’t had the time to book a party, this made quite a few Lush customers day.

Sadly the online party stock did sell out very quickly BUT if this bath bomb was easy to get, it wouldn’t be much of an exclusive would it?

The Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb shares its scent with one of my favourite shower gels, Calacas. Normally the Calacas scent dominates the Halloween period and doesn’t get much of a look in at any other time of the year.

Featuring in several Halloween products over the years (the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb being another personal favourite of mine) seeing (or should I say smelling) the Calacas scent outside of the Halloween period makes me a very happy Lushie.

The Calm A Llama Party Piñatas scent is both energising and uplifting. With its lime, frankincense and neroli mix the Calacas scent is a sharp and zesty mood-boosting-fragrance, making it perfect for a Lush party!

After its gorgeous scent the next things that I noticed about the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb was its huge size, you can see how big it is compared to my hand in a few photos above. After its size I then noticed its pretty pastel colouring. The Llamas head is yellow, its body orange and its legs pink.

As the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb hits the water an explosion of pastel yellow, orange and pink burst out of it. It’s a fairly slow fizzer and also contains popping candy although I hardly noticed it.

I did also expect much better bath art than I got, it was however a very pretty bath and the scent lasted through out and on my skin afterwards. The water left behind was a deep shade of orange.

Once out of the bath my skin was left feeling silky smooth as well as incredibly hydrated. Its scent was also still noticeable on my skin, it isn’t quite as strong a scent left behind by the likes of the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb, it’s much more subtle.

Overall I did really enjoy using the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb, I would have however been a lot happier if the bath bomb had featured all of the same colours as the ones displayed in the Liverpool store on their opening day. The ones that were available online are missing the colours blue and green.

The bath art I imagine would have been a bit more exciting had Lush decided to keep the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb as a 5 coloured bomb instead of changing it to just 3.



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