Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly from Lush

The Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly is one of 9, limited edition shower jellies voted for, for release by the Lush community a few months ago. If you’re one of the thousands of people that miss the very much discontinued Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, then this shower jelly equivalent will most certainly fill the void it has left in your Lush-life.

To this day I am still completely taken aback at Lush’s decision to discontinue everything Yuzu and Cocoa, especially the gorgeous Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon. The loss of both the shower cream and the bubbleroon did however make the news of a shower jelly equivalent being released all the more exciting!

The Yuzu and Cocoa fragrance is one of my favourite Lush scents, the only way I can describe it is ‘wonderfully chocolatey’ and just like a fresh packet of Jaffa cakes. If you love to eat orange chocolate then I recommend trying ALL of the products that share the Yuzu and Cocoa scent.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly is a beautiful mix of yellow and honey shades. As you can see in the photo above it has a mix of yellow and warm amber tones in it, its mix of colours remind me of the Twilight shower jelly which is also made with a blend of swirling colours through it.

Sadly I find that the shower jellies that aren’t all one colour tend to break up / show wear and tear a lot quicker. After 3 uses my Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly had started to lose its shape and robusticity. Quite the opposite of the single-coloured shower jellies also chosen by the Lush Community like Yummy Mummy.

There are so many ways to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. With the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly being slightly more fragile-a-jelly than I am used to using as a whole, the chopping method is in my opinion the best way to get the most out of this particular shower jelly.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly lathers up quickly, its scent is just as good as I remember the shower cream being both in the pot and in use. The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is incredibly versatile, I am yet to come across a product format that it hasn’t worked in.

Apart from the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jellies delicacy, I really can’t fault the shower jelly. It’s just as creamy as its shower cream equivalent and its scent lasts on my skin through out the best part of the day after using it too.

Normally shower jellies can be quite drying on my skin, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly however leaves my skin soft and positively refreshed. It isn’t hugely moisturising but doesn’t leave me desperate to coat myself in body lotion either. Overall I believe that it is a wonderful addition to the Yuzu and Cocoa product family!



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Magma Bath Bomb from Lush

Magma Bath Bomb

The Magma Bath Bomb is one of the first products I grabbed when I visited Lush Liverpool on its opening day last month.

Originally it was an exclusive to the Lush Harajuku store in Japan but because it’s 30 years since the bath bomb was invented by Lush’s very own Mo Constantine, Lush have put all of the Harajuku exclusive bath bombs up online making them available to purchase everywhere.

Magma shares its scent with the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar which happens to be one of my favourites. Using it helps ease the back and rib pain that I suffer with due to my medical conditions.

Containing cinnamon, ginger and peppermint oil, Magma also shares most of the same ingredients as the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar.

Cinnamon and ginger are the perfect ingredients for warming up tired aching muscles as they stimulate your blood circulation melting all muscle tension away. Mixed in with the peppermint the Magma bath bomb is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to deep muscle relaxation.

Magma’s scent is quite the acquired taste, if you favour the spicier Lush scents such as those found in the Hot Toddy shower gel and Christmas Sweater bath bomb then you will most likely really enjoy the Magma bath bomb. It’s a very warm scent, so much so it almost tickles my nose.

Designed to look like a burning ball of lava the Magma bath bomb is quite unique to anything Lush have ever released before. Its orange shell has cracks in showing its yellow and gold interior, imitating flowing lava.

As soon as the Magma bath bomb hits the water a burst of thick orange foam spills out of it, slowly the orange foam thins out and yellow and paler orange streaks appear from it too.

What I wasn’t expecting from Magma was the amazing bath art it created; With it being such a slow fizzer I couldn’t help but enjoy the show it put on.

The scent of the Magma bath bomb lasts throughout the whole bath. There’s nothing quite like sinking yourself into the Magma bath bombs waters, it’s like an all over massage.

As I mentioned earlier, when soaking in its waters you can literally feel the tension of the day vacating your body.

I was very happy to find that the Magma bath bombs scent also stayed on my skin long after I got out of the bath. Getting little whiffs of its scent throughout the rest of the day really helps drag out the relaxation side of this product.

The Magma bath bomb is a firm favourite for me, so much so that at the time of writing this review I already had 2 more ordered. The dark orange bath water it leaves you with is super soft too. It leaves my skin soothed, brighter and refreshed.

If you suffer with chronic pain or do a job that is physically demanding then I highly recommend trying this bath bomb. It took me a little while to get used to the ‘Wiccy Magic’ scent but now whenever I get a whiff of it I feel myself instantly relax.

Its warming effects lasts even once out of the bath and its because of this that I value the product so very much. The beautiful bath art it creates is just a very much appreciated added bonus. Great job Lush!



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American Cream Shower Gel from Lush

American Cream Shower Gel

The American Cream Shower Gel first became available as a limited edition, Lush Kitchen exclusive last year (2018).

I’m not a huge fan of the American Cream scent, I have tried the hair conditioner equivalent but it isn’t suited to my hair as it’s quite a heavy product. Apart from the conditioner I hadn’t really ever used anything else from its scent family until I got this shower gel.

Being honest as always, the  American Cream scent has always reminded me of one of those car-air-fresheners making it a fragrance that hasn’t ever really appealed to me. I decided to however give the American Cream shower gel a go as it’s ridiculously popular within the Lush community.

While I still believe that the American Cream scent is one of Lush’s most overrated scent families it isn’t unpleasant. As I said earlier, the American Cream scent is hugely popular within the Lush community and the shower gel went down a storm when it was first released by the Lush Kitchen in 2018. It was so well received by the community that Lush decided to bring it back as a part of their 2019 Valentine’s Day line.

The American Cream shower gel is a dusty shade of pink and as shower gels go is actually the perfect consistency, not to thick and not too thin. Containing vanilla, lavender and fresh strawberry juice American Cream has a gentle, fruity-fresh fragrance, many describe it as smelling just like fresh strawberries and cream. I can see what they mean but to me it’s still smells a little too artificial for my liking.

As I said above, I actually really like the consistency of the American Cream shower gel, it takes a little longer than I’m used to, to work up a good lather but once it gets going it’s an excellent shower gel. A little goes quite a long way and it leaves my skin clean, smooth and hydrated too.

At the time of writing this review the American Cream scent still isn’t a favourite of mine BUT it’s a light enough fragrance for me to use every now and again. That’s not to say that one day I could have a complete change of heart; Before now many Lush scents have grown on me overtime. The, The Comforter shower creams scent being one of them!

Although I wouldn’t personally go out of my way to get another bottle of the American Cream shower gel I can appreciate why it is so popular.

Now that the Mother’s Day and Easter 2019 ranges have been released I wanted to mention how disappointed I am to not see any other shower gels in either line. Not great if you’re on the fence about American Cream shower gel like me, I’d have loved a couple more shower gels to choose from.



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Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub from Lush

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2019’s Valentine’s Day range has landed at Lush and what an amazing line up of products it has! It’s by far the best Valentine’s Day line to date. I hope that this is a sign of things to come through out this year and that Lush have started 2019 as they mean to go on.

 Eve’s Cherry Lip Scrub is the first of this years brand new products that I am going to review. 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 lip scrubs every other day so I am always very happy when Lush releases brand new ones for me to try.

Lush’s lip scrubs are ridiculously underrated. Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel their best. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips while also softening and hydrating them too. Exfoliating your lips has so many benefits, it improves the texture of your lips and lifts any build up of dead skin that may still be hanging around. I never put a lipstick on unless I have used a Lush lip scrub first.

Ingredients wise the Eve’s Cherry lip scrub just like the Cranberry Fizz lip scrub, has a little more to offer. Before Eve’s Cherry and Cranberry Fizz most Lush lip scrubs had very few ingredients in, for example the Bubblegum lip scrub only has caster sugar and jojoba oil in.

Along side the caster sugar, Eve’s Cherry also contains the following oils; jojoba, cherry kernel, buchu and lime to name just a few. I can’t get over the scent of Eve’s Cherry lip scrub, it’s beautiful. As soon as I take its lid off I am greeted with a mouthwatering fragrance of sweet cherries. It takes me right back to being at school eating Cherry Drop sweets all day long.

I thought all Lush lip scrubs were great at balancing both the tasks of exfoliation and hydration of the lips BUT alongside Cranberry Fizz, Eve’s Cherry is absolutely incredible at it. I think Eve’s Cherry is now my favourite Lush lip scrub to date. Sorry Cranberry Fizz. I know I said that about you only last month but Eve’s Cherry has stolen your short-lived-title of my favourite lip scrub of all time.

As well as smelling incredible Eve’s Cherry also tastes delicious too. I just can’t get enough of it. Lush lip scrubs are obviously not meant to be eaten but if a bit of it does end up in your mouth in the process of scrubbing your lips with it, don’t worry, you’re not going to die.

There’s not much more I can say about a lip scrub (even one as good as Eve’s Cherry.) As lip scrubs go, Eve’s Cherry does exactly what it’s supposed to do and does it very well too!


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Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub from Lush

Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub (1)The Cranberry Fizz Lip Scrub was brand new to Lush at the back end of 2018. It was a part of their Winter 2018 line and what an impression it has made on me. 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 lip scrubs almost every day so new flavours always get me very excited. A change is as good as a holiday, after all!

Lush’s lip scrubs are ridiculously underrated. Using them requires the minimum of effort and they cover everything your lips need to always look and feel their best. They are the perfect product to exfoliate dry or chapped lips while also softening and hydrating them too.

Ingredients wise the Cranberry Fizz lip scrub has a little more in it than the others I have used from Lush before. For example the Bubblegum lip scrub only has caster sugar and jojoba oil in.

Along side the caster sugar, Cranberry Fizz also contains the following oils; Peach kernel, cranberry seed, Brazilian orange and lime. This is what gives Cranberry Fizz its super hydrating edge; I thought all of the other Lush lip scrubs were great at balancing both exfoliation and hydration but Cranberry Fizz is absolutely incredible at it.

Cranberry Fizz also smells and tastes incredible. Super sour and fruity, I just can’t get enough. It’s obviously not meant to be eaten but if a bit does end up in your mouth in the process of scrubbing your lips with it, don’t worry, you’re not going to die. – I’m not quite sure how Lush have done it but the Cranberry Fizz lip scrub really does smell fizzy.

Taking its lid off and having a sniff feels just like the very first swig of a fizzy glass of lemonade, it even tickles your nose!

There’s not much more I can really mention for this scrub, it does its job perfectly and has become my favourite of the Lush lip scrubs so far. Lush have released another new one for Valentine’s 2019 and I can’t wait to try it, especially if it’s as good as Cranberry Fizz!



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Avocado Wash Shower Gel from Lush

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

As soon as I heard that the Avocado Wash Shower Gel was a part of this years Lush Valentine’s Day range I ordered the biggest bottle available. I hate to give the game away so early on in a review but this shower gel is quite simply, gorgeous! When the shower gel first came out as a Kitchen exclusive last year (2018) I only ordered one bottle and after first use I instantly regretted not ordering several more.

I left my one and only bottle of Avocado Wash shower gel on my bathroom shelf; BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. The second time I grabbed it ready to use I was horrified to discover that the shower gel bottle was half empty. I had only used it once so knew exactly who to blame for its sudden and rapid disappearance – my husband. He is a glass half full kind of person whereas I am a glass half empty one.

I was not impressed. Luckily a few days later more of the shower gels became available on the Lush website, my husband ordered 3 more bottles to say sorry for being so selfish and greedy. I forgave him but am still a little bit mad that he’d used up half of a bottle over just 3 showers, it’s such a waste of product. I’m known to over indulge with Lush but my husband took it to the next level!

I want to warn everyone about this shower gels addictiveness, a little of this shower gel does in fact go a very long way and there really is no reason other than being driven completely crazy by its irresistible scent, to use as much as my husband did in such a short space of time.

The Avocado Wash shower gel shares its scent with the Avocado Co-Wash shampoo and conditioner. Its scent has always been one that I have liked but unfortunately the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t suit my hair so I only ever tried it the one time. I was therefore over the moon at the prospect of a shower gel equivalent.

The Avocado Wash shower gel contains copious amounts of fresh avocado, uplifting bergamot, refreshing litsea cubeba and the comforting olibanum oil too. It’s the perfect blend of ingredients if you’re running a little low on energy or sass, there is just something so rejuvenating about it. Its scent is one of the most refreshing and awakening fruity scents Lush have made and I’m so excited that they’ve recently released several more Avocado Wash scented products that I will be reviewing very soon.

Consistency wise the Avocado Wash shower gel is a little runny but this isn’t a negative aspect at all, I actually prefer the runnier shower gels in comparison to the thicker ones. As I mentioned earlier, a little of this shower gel does go a very long way. This makes it excellent value for money (unless you live with my husband of course).

The one thing I do recommend that you do before using the Avocado Wash shower gel is giving it a good shake, like the, The Olive Branch shower gel its ingredients separate when left for too long. This is completely normal but is often mistaken as a sign of the product being out of date. In fact Avocado Wash shower gel is self-preserving so quite the opposite!

I find Avocado Wash shower gel incredibly hydrating, it leaves my skin silky smooth, bright and revitalised. Its scent can also be smelt on my skin long after using it which is a huge plus for me. It would have been a crime to leave this shower gel as only a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I’m so glad that it’s become available again even if it is only for  Valentine’s.



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Cinders Shower Gel from Lush

Cinders Shower Gel

Lush’s brand new Cinders Shower Gel had me very excited as it supposedly shares its scent with a product of the same name, the Cinders bath bomb. Although I feel it isn’t exactly the same, their scents are close enough to each other to satisfy my nose. The Cinders bath bomb hasn’t been a part of Lush’s Winter line for a good few years now but I haven’t ever forgotten it.

The Cinders shower gel is a gloriously bright orange, it’s a little runnier than I expected but its scent is super similar to the bath bomb. Thanks to its magical cinnamon ingredient, showering with it is like having thousands of tiny hands deeply massaging your tired and aching muscles.

As I said earlier, Cinders shower gel is a little runny, this isn’t a negative point at all. A small amount goes a very long way and I find it also lathers up quickly and with ease, especially when compared to  super-thick shower gel and creams such as Bubbly or Ectoplasm.

My skin feels very clean after using it. Cinnamon isn’t Cinders only magical ingredient either, packed with a generous helping of aloe vera, it is also incredibly hydrating for your skin. Cinders also contains a long list of other warming ingredients such as paprika, ginger powder and nutmeg. Its scent is not as in your face Christmas as the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar but it’s equally as yummy!

Pumpkin seed oil is also found in Cinders, all of these carefully selected ingredients make for an amazingly stimulating and hydrating shower gel.

Any Lush product with cinnamon in always has a lasting effect on me. Cinnamon is a wonderful spice, I suffer with chronic pain and it is really good at soothing aching muscles, its warming effects stimulate blood circulation too. Cinders shower gel is a game changer for me. I miss the bath bomb equivalent terribly BUT the shower gel is so much better as it’s not a one trick pony and is incredibly versatile.

I’ve used it on my body in the shower and have also dribbled some into a running bath for some musky-sweet and spicy bubbles. As if we needed yet another Lush product that smells good enough to eat!

Cinders is definitely my favourite of the shower gels this year, there wasn’t a huge collection to choose from which was a little disappointing but both Sleepy and Cinders have impressed me enough to warrant buying an extra bottle for my shower gel stash.



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