Ultraviolet Bubble Bar from Lush

ultra violet bubble barBack in 2015 I completely missed the opportunity to buy and try Lush’s newest bubble bar creation, Ultraviolet. After waiting with crossed fingers for a year I was of course ecstatic when I found out that they were temporarily bringing it back as part of their 2016 Spring line.

Like the Brightside bubble bar the Ultraviolet has size on its side. I always favour the larger bubble bars as I like a product that can be shared out to use over several different baths. The cost effective bit of my brain ding, ding, dings with happiness.

You can easily get 5 or 6 generously bubbled baths out of just one Ultraviolet bubble bar. I like to break mine up into several different pieces, I then grab a tea bag strainer, put one of the pieces in it and run it under the bath tap. I also recommend putting the plug in before doing this, the amount of bubble bars I have wasted because my boyfriend forgot to put the plug in is actually hilarious. 😉

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As soon as the tap water comes into contact with the Ultraviolet bubble bar, mounds and mounds of sweet violet scented, fluffy white bubbles are created.

Not only are you getting the benefits of its beautiful scent but it also turns your bath water the most enchanting shade of purple. The purple is very close if not the same as the colour I have picked for my bridesmaids to wear at my wedding next year. I love it!

The violet leaf absolute within the Ultraviolet bubble bar pairs with its other ingredient rosewood oil beautifully. You get just the right amount of sweetness, it’s not sickly at all. The sweetness in it is then rounded off by the rosewood oil’s musky, spicy and woody scent.

The Ultraviolet bubble bar makes for a very relaxing bath. Mixed with a Blackberry bath bomb it is the only non-medicinal product I have found that stops my migraines in their tracks. Obviously it’s not the cure and I continue to get migraines, I just find that they are easier to manage after using the above mentioned Lush products.

I came across the magic cocktail by complete accident. Now whenever a migraine is threatening to squat in my head I take the migraine tablet prescribed by my GP put a cold wet flannel on my head and then lay back in a relaxing Ultraviolet and Blackberry bath, the heat from the bath water, at the bottom of my neck helps a lot too.

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My only negative on the Ultraviolet bubble bar is that it didn’t hang around for very long.

After the Mother’s Day and Easter stock finished for 2016 it disappeared with them. I really, really hope that they bring it out again next year or even in the Lush Kitchen. I am running out of my stash already!

Has anyone else used Lush’s Ultraviolet bubble bar? what did you think of it?



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Brightside Bubble Bar from Lush

I can’t believe that I have only just reviewed the Brightside Bubble Bar from @Lushltd @LushCosmetics. Has anyone else used it? what did you think? check my review out here!

Brightside Bubble BarOut of all of the bubble bars that Lush have on offer, Brightside is the one that I could never, ever get bored of. It is my most used bubble bar to date and in my personal opinion, one of the best bubble bars Lush have ever created.

Its scent is fruitylicious, containing Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils it is a citrus junkies dream product.

Within seconds of first picking it up in my local Lush store I was well and truly hooked.

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A Brightside bath is both uplifting and refreshing. After a grueling hydrotherapy session I look forward to nothing more than getting home and getting into a beautifully scented, orange-coloured water filled bubble bath. For my tired out, overworked body it works wonders.

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What first attracted me to the larger bubble bars such as Brightside was that they can be used over more than one bath. Many people break their Brightside bubble bars in half. I however like to spread mine out over more than just the 2 baths. One Brightside bubble bar can easily be used in 6 to 8 baths. Running the tiniest amount under the hot tap (see photo below) gives you copious amounts of cheery, fluffy-white bubbles.

I have of course experimented using much bigger chunks of the Brightside bubble bar for just the one bath too. It made for a fantastic bath, I just felt as if it was a bit wasteful.

I found that using less gave me just as good as a result which makes it a no brainer, anything that can be made more cost effective without lowering its quality is a winner for me.

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A frequently asked question in regards to Lush bubble bars is, ‘How do you use them?‘ It is of course completely up to you.

Some people crumble bits off, followed by holding it in their hand under a running tap, rubbing it gently as the water rinses over it. I however can’t use that method as we currently only have 2 taps on our bath, scalding hot or whoops my hand’s turned to ice cold.

I prefer to have mine broken into chunks, I store them all in jars. When I want a Brightside bath I get a few of the chunks and put them in a tea bag strainer, I then run that under the hot tap, scaled free.

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It’s really awkward to try and get a photograph of the bubble bars once in the bath. For a review I want to showcase the water’s colour as well as the amount of bubbles it creates, getting a photo of both in one shot is however very tricky!

The above photo is the best I could get of Brightside in the bath. You’ll have to take my word for it, the mounds of soft white bubbles from the smallest bit of bubble bar fill up your bath effortlessly.

The orange water it creates is also surreal. The first time my boyfriend used a bit of it for his own bath he described it as, ‘having a bath in Fanta.’ I thought exactly the same. Its scent reminds me of orange ice lollies. I describe it as surreal because the first thought that crosses your mind when you’re about to get in it is, ‘it’s got to be sticky to smell this good?!‘ It however isn’t sticky and for me, ever since my first Brightside bath, bath time has never been the same again!

Overall I obviously really, really like this bubble bar. It not only revives my body but my mind too. It makes my skin feel soft and fresh, ready to take on the rest of the day.

It’s name is suited for it perfectly, if you could capture sunshine and happiness and then put it in a bath product you’d get the Brightside bubble bar every single time. It’s really worth a try.



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Northern Lights Bath Bomb from Lush

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Although the Northern Lights bath bomb is in my opinion, more fragile than glass. I can never pass up the chance to order them when they appear in the Lush Kitchen. Broken or whole, the Northern Lights bath bomb’s fragility does not effect its bath time performance levels. I can never get photographs of it in action that showcase its true potential. It makes for a beautiful bath and it’s one that you really do have to try at least once.

My last batch of Northern Lights bath bombs where from the Lush Kitchen a good few months ago. As soon as you unwrap it the scent really hits you. It’s incredibly strong and dominates anything else around it.

It actually took me a little while to get used to its scent, while my bath was running I was almost convinced that it was too strong a scent for me… By the end of my very first Northern Lights bath I was however a super fan, becoming desperate to use it again.

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Most bath bombs are sphere shaped, the Northern Lights bath bomb is however quite unique. It is a large, cylinder shaped bath bomb. Boasting the most gorgeous shade of purple as well as being decorated with a sprinkling of white stars. It looks just how I imagine a magic wand would.

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Containing Jasmine Absolute I always expected that when I first got my hands on a Northern Lights bath bomb that it would smell similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although I can detect the floral Jasmine Absolute in both bath bombs, they really don’t have that much in common scent-wise. I’d label Sakura as a refreshing scent and Northern Lights as calm and relaxing.

Summed up quickly it’s a musky, floral scent, I want to also say that it’s multi-tonal too but as I have said many times before, I am useless at describing scents. It’s nice and has depth, the more you focus on its scent, the more your nose picks up. A bit like when you look at the night sky for stars, more and more just seem to appear the longer you gaze.

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As soon as the Northern Lights bath bomb hits your bath water the most spectacular show begins. You are greeted with mounds of beautiful purple foam followed by blue and then a luminous yellow. Its scent is no longer over empowering and you will find yourself slowly slipping into relaxation, releasing any tension built up from your day.

The colours clash so well, the bath art it creates is ridiculously beautiful.

The only real negative I have in regards to the Northern Lights bath bomb is that it isn’t as moisturising as other bath bombs are. If you are looking for something to hydrate your skin Northern Lights on its own will not serve that purpose.

Lush, you really need to bring out a moisturiser/body lotion with the Northern Lights scent. I always feel so cheated when I have to add another scent to my skin, especially when I like the bath bombs scent so very much. If it wasn’t so drying I could maybe live without using a completely different scented body lotion once out of the bath.

Regardless of its low level of moisturisation and without using body lotion, the Northern Lights scent stays with you all day through. My skin is a little dry afterwards but it’s nothing unbearable.

Its scent on your skin isn’t as strong as when it first came out of its wrapper too.

This is a blessing as, as nice as the scent is, I think if I had to put up with it at maximum-fresh-out-of-the-packet strength for any longer than your average bath I’d be getting a very bad headache.

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Last but not least I feel I should mention a little about how fragile the Northern Lights bath bomb is. Whenever I have ordered them for myself, I have been really lucky. All have been fine apart from one that had broken during transit.

The last two or three times that it has however appeared in the Lush Kitchen, a lot of people have had parcels where every single one had broken.

I hope that Lush decide to rethink the Northern Lights bath bomb as it really is a good product albeit a few things they could easily tweak. Maybe they could change its shape slightly so that it is more robust? I am confident changing its shape won’t take too much out of its character.
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The Northern Lights bath bomb puts such an amazing bath-time show on, with its hypnotic colours and relaxing aroma. It’s a crime that Lush Cosmetics don’t have any more products sharing its scent!

 



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Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb from Lush

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‘HUMPTY DUMPTY FELT A SHARP WHACK, HUMPTY DUMPTY HEARD A GREAT CRACK. ALL THE KING’S HORSES AND ALL THE KING’S STAFF FOLLOWED SWEET HUMPTY STRAIGHT INTO THE BATH…’

The wording above isn’t quite the same as the nursery rhyme you will remember from your childhood BUT I think I might just like this Lush-version a little bit more. It could actually be written about me.

As a sufferer of EDS I’m always losing balance and getting ‘sharp whacks’, I also always hear ‘great cracks’… Which is mostly my joints moaning that I’ve moved them too fast or too far, ha, ha… As for always being in the bath, it’s no secret. I am a loud and proud bath addict, it’s how I keep productive 😉

With so much in common me and Humpty Dumpty where obviously meant to be!

The Humpty Dumpty bath bomb was a part of the 2016 Lush Easter range and was quite the size.

The idea behind the bigger Easter bath bombs is that you crack the egg (bath bomb) in half (just like you would an Easter egg) and inside is a surprise… A miniature bath bomb in the shape of a fried egg!

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Once you can get to the fried egg insert you should have 3 pieces of bath bomb that you can share between 3 baths. That is unless you are greedy like me and just end up chucking them all in together…

All pieces of the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb are Honey I Washed the Kids scented. Honey I Washed the Kids is one of Lush’s most famous scents. It can be found in a number of their products all year through. The Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar is probably my favourite out of all of the every day range products that share its scent.

The Honey I Washed the Kids scent is very sweet, I can pick out honey, toffee and hints of gooey caramel… It however isn’t at all sickly. When I first got into Lush I was really worried that I wouldn’t like anything from the Honey I Washed the Kids family, I could see so many products sharing the scent and was concerned as most sweet scents I just can’t hack.

I have never had much of a sweet tooth and my preferred tastes are the same as my preferred scents. The Honey I Washed the Kids scent is however one of my favourites as it’s sweet but not sickly. I now always jump to try any of the Lush products associated with it.

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Although the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb is huge, it doesn’t take long to fizz away once it comes in to contact with your bath water. This is the reason I always end up putting the 3 separate pieces in all at once.

Comparing the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb to other Honey I Washed the Kids scented bath bombs, I do favour the alternatives. The Shoot for the Stars bath bomb appeals to me more as it’s a slow fizzer and its scents has more throw.

Humpty Dumpty is a lovely Easter bath bomb, I however only had 2 from this years range as I found it more of a novelty product than anything else. If it does come back next year I think I will buy it again but not for myself, I’d get it for my nieces and nephews as an alternative to a chocolate Easter Egg. I like to get them something a little bit different than everyone else and they all love bath time so it’s perfect for them as a treat.



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Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub from Lush

Check out my review on the Rub Rub Rub @Lushltd’s @LushCosmetics shower scrub

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The exfoliation of your skin has a very long list of skin-perfecting benefits. I cannot believe the number of people that do not know how essential exfoliating is for the upkeep of beautiful skin. I never used to think that it was as a very important job myself, that is until I had a chocolate sauce massage followed by the most epic sea-salt body scrub.

It was a birthday treat booked by my boyfriend while we were on holiday in Egypt, we were in our early twenties at the time and ever since the experience, it has changed my skin for the better.

I couldn’t get over how beautiful my skin felt and looked, I was glowing. My sun tan was the best it had ever been and my skin tone was completely even. I have a number of dark and  light patches of skin all over my body. I have always been very self conscious of them and ashamed at how uneven and strange they make my skin appear. Description wise I would compare it to a very bad patchy, fake tan – which we can all appreciate is no fun at all.

Once my Egyptian salt scrub was over I couldn’t quite believe what I was looking at in the mirror. For the first time ever I was confident about the look and feel of my skin. I felt amazing!

Lush’s Rub Rub Rub shower scrub is the closest formula out there to whatever Egyptian magic they used on me that day. Packed with skin reviving ingredients I always make sure I have a pot of this on my shelf to use at least once a week. I dread to think of what my skin would look like without it.

Sharing its scent with the Sakura Bath Bomb, Rub Rub Rub gives off a very refreshing and clean fragrance.

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The tiniest amount of this shower scrub goes a very long way, I have heard many positive reviews on Rub Rub Rub. For me, it evens out my skin tone, softens my skin and also helps keep any annoying black heads or breakouts at bay.

It is the perfect product to not only clean and clear your pores of excess oil, dirt and yucky dead skin but also to make your skin softer in appearance as well as to touch.

I’d also like to point out that the Rub Rub Rub scrub is a little more heavy duty than some of the alternative exfoliating products out there. For someone like me having an incredibly noticeable, uneven skin tone it is gold dust!

It’s a fairly gentle but effective formula, not so harsh that it makes my skin sore and not so soft that I can’t see or feel the difference after using it. It is worth every penny.

If your skin is sensitive I would maybe try something more gentle for your face. My go to face exfoliator is Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee. In the Winter I however stick to using Rub Rub Rub or the Ocean Salt and Face Body Scrub.

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The consistency of Rub Rub Rub to touch reminds me of a Slush Puppy, it however isn’t as cold, I do know of some people using it straight from the fridge though. I have yet to try it  fresh from the fridge but now the nights are getting warmer I’m leaning towards giving it a go.

As said above, a little goes a long way, I can scrub down the whole of my body with the equivalent of a table spoon worth of product.

Rub Rub Rub isn’t just a shower scrub either, I love when a product isn’t a one trick pony. It can also be used as a shampoo, the sea salt stimulates your roots and massages your scalp so well, it’s my idea of heaven. When I use it, it adds so much volume to my flat, dull and boring hair – another problem I have.

All in all I am very impressed with the Rub Rub Rub shower scrub. It also comes in a solid form but after trying both I find the potted form of it lasts longer and is better value for money.

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Sunflower Solid Deodorant from Lush

Check out my review on @LushOxfordStreet’s Sunflower Solid Deodorant, I think it might be a new favourite of mine!

Sunflower Solid Deodorant.pngAt the risk of sounding like a cocky know it all, there aren’t very many Lush products that I haven’t heard of. Even though I may not have tried a product, I have at the least heard of it.

Oxford Street’s Sunflower Solid Deodorant was a game changer of a product for me. It had been completely missed by my Lush radar.

The last time I visited the flagship store I came across it, after giving it a quick sniff, I picked up a 100g bar of it to buy. Finding it was a complete accident, I was actually looking for some Princess dusting powder.

Finding it made me ridiculously happy because although it is technically an old Lush product, it was completely new to me. This wow-factor, Lush revelation feeling normally only happens to me when a new seasonal range comes out, I was buzzing!

The Sunflower is probably my favourite smelling Lush solid deodorant out of the few I have tried. Although not as strong in scent, it reminds me of the (pictured below) Sunflower bubble bar. The Sunflower bubble bar was available earlier this year as a mother’s day Oxford Street exclusive, I’m hoping they decided to bring it back as it’s a beautiful product.

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I honestly hadn’t really ever got on with any Lush solid deodorants prior to trying the Sunflower version. I am still trying to persevere with T’eo solid deodorant which is why I haven’t completed my review on it yet. I am trying very hard to give it a fair chance however scratching my armpits to bits every time I try it, is not what I want out of a deodorant.

When I first picked up the sample piece of the Sunflower solid deodorant in Lush Oxford Street, I was surprised at how smooth it was in comparison to the T’eo deodorant bar.

It has a very similar consistency to a bar of soap. With the heat of my body it gradually melts, gliding easily on to my underarm area. When I say melt it is very, very gradual. It’s not the same ‘melt’ as a Lush massage bar.

Once on your skin it feels just like a roll on deodorant does. It’s both deodorising and hydrating, with a light but refreshing lemon scent I really, really like it. Some deodorants are so over powering, this one is however a soft but zingy citrus scent.sunflower solid deodrant wrapped

I have been using the Sunflower solid deodorant almost every day since I got it back in March/April. I cannot believe how long it is lasting, I can see it lasting another 6 or so months at the least.

If you do get hold of some Sunflower solid deodorant I recommend keeping it in its paper packaging or getting a Lush tin for it. I find this keeps it from drying out like my Aromaco solid deodorant did.

A sceptics first question on solid deodorants is, does it work? In regards to the Sunflower solid deodorant I say yes. It’s the perfect product for deodorising your under arms. It however isn’t an antiperspirant, if you’re looking for something to stop sweat too then you’ll need to combine the Sunflower solid deodorant with something else.

A lot of people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing but they aren’t. One stops you from sweating as much, while the other deodorises unpleasant under arm odours. A good Lush product to pair the Sunflower solid deodorant with is one of their dusting powders. This works the same as talc and once you start using it you’ll wonder how you ever coped without it.

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Sakura Bath Bomb from Lush

Check out my review on the gorgeous Sakura bath bomb from @Lushltd @LushCosmetics what an amazing bath time treat!

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When you first walk into a Lush shop I will admit that the Sakura bath bomb isn’t the first one you see, overshadowed by other much brighter and bolder products people tend to miss it completely.

When I first got into Lush Sakura was a bath bomb that I initially ignored, I didn’t dislike it I was just drawn to the other bath bombs on offer such as Twilight and Phoenix Rising first.

It didn’t take me very long at all to get bitten by the Lush bug, I think out of all of the Lush products on offer bath bombs are probably still my favourite.

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As you cans see from the photo above no Sakura bath bomb is quite the same. Yes they are all similar as they each have the same ingredients but they are all unique at the same time.

Some are white all over with a few splashes of pink, some have a small sprinkling of salt on, others are even heavily speckled with pink and/or green!

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The Sakura bath bomb is Japanese inspired, based on the beautiful cherry blossom trees it is, ‘..designed to evoke the burst of optimism that the first sign of spring brings,

When I was little we had the most beautiful cherry blossom tree in our garden, when I learnt the back story of the Sakura bath bomb I couldn’t resist picking a few up, I now always have at least one in my Lush stock.

I used to love seeing our cherry blossom tree bloom with beautiful light pink flowers. I distinctly remember being beside myself with anger and sadness when a tree surgeon came over to ‘trim’ our cherry blossom tree.

I guestimate that I was about four as my paternal nan was present. I did not like anyone touching my tree, I thought he was killing it, TREE MURDERER!!!

What has my tree ever done to you? it has feelings!‘ I screamed at him through the window, hiccups, snot and sobs galore… My family OF COURSE thinks it was hilarious to this day.

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The Sakura bath bomb has calming properties. If you have a scary day ahead it makes for a fantastic morning bath-time treat. It helps clear your head of stress and worries leaving you in a better state of mind and more able to face the next 24 hours.

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The Sakura bath bomb is quite a fast fizzer in comparison to others of its size like the Fizzbanger or the Frozen bath bomb. As soon as it hits the water the sea salt starts to soften the water as the beautiful Sakura scent hits you.

When looking at Sakura’s ingredients list I imagined it to be quite a fruity product, the mimosa and jasmine within it however dominates the lemon oil and orange flower absolute.

Once out of the bath the scent stays with you for the whole day. It has a very light and refreshing floral scent. Despite this I would still class the Sakura as a citrusy product – Although, if you’re looking for a dominantly strong citrus bath bomb, you are probably better off grabbing a Fizzbanger.

The lemon oil and orange flower absolute may not be easily detectable by scent within the Sakura, their magical properties however shine through. After a Sakura bath I feel relaxed and ready to face any challenges ahead, my skin is soft and hydrated and any mood I find myself in lifts, making me feel more human again.

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If you prefer the more gentle bath bombs, Sakura is a good one to go for.

Once it has fully dissolved you are left with a small amount of soft pink and white bubbles, perfect for dry and tired skin.

I know quite a lot of people go for a bath bomb purely for a colourful and artistic bath, although Sakura is rather dull in comparison to other more colourful bath bombs, I still think it’s worthy of its staple product status, I cannot recommend it enough!

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