Sultana of Skin Body Conditioner from Lush

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When I see that the Lush Kitchen had added never-before-been-released Body Conditioners to their menu I squealed with delight. With my impending wedding only a few months away I could only afford 1 out of the 6 available. Choosing which one was such a hard decision to make, I however decided on the Sultana of Skin Body Conditioner as it shares its scent with the Blackberry bath bomb.

The Blackberry bath bomb is my favourite night time product. Magic is real, no other bath bomb helps me to wind down after a hard day better than the Blackberry. For me, Blackberry really does have magical properties because every time I use it I almost fall asleep in the bath, as a diagnosed insomniac this is a revelation and a half!

Although the Sultana of Skin body conditioners name doesn’t sound or is in any way familiar to the Blackberry bath bomb, I can safely say, now that I have my gigantic pot of it that it does share its scent and it is heaven in a tub.15965351_1908166806079205_2884945557339576823_nI always grab a small amount of a Lush body conditioner and then begin to work it into my body in a similar way to how you would a shower gel. I however focus a little bit more on the dry patches of my skin such as my elbows.

The Sultana of Skin body conditioner has a beautifully smooth texture that is a similar consistency to not-bits yogurt. As with most Lush products, the smallest amount of Sultana of Skin body conditioner goes a very long way. For the first 2 uses I was still using the excess cream that was on the lid.

As much as I enjoy the Snow Fairy and Christingle body conditioners there’s just something that extra bit special about Sultana of Skin. The fact I love the Blackberry Lush scent so much obviously helps a lot but it’s how it feels on my skin that really impresses me.16142402_1908166819412537_5605533859635902812_n

The Snow Fairy body conditioner is a lot heavier than Sultana of Skin, both are however just as hydrating as the other. I like how light the Sultana of Skin feels on your skin and I feel out of all the body conditioners that I have tried it is the one that has left my skin in the best condition. My skin doesn’t feel greasy at all, it’s perfect.

I am so, so impressed with the Sultana of Skin body conditioner, if I wasn’t getting married in a few months I would definitely buy the Butterball and Big Blue too… Maybe even a cheeky Lemony Flutter as well because the cuticle butter equivalent is fantastic.

Hopefully they bring out smaller pots soon so that I can get them too, I don’t know how they will beat the quality of Sultana of Skin as it’s a pot full of heaven in my eyes. Lush are however very good at surprising me, they always go above and beyond with every new product release which is why I always get so excited!



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Love Spell Massage Bar from Lush

Last year (2016) I thought that the Valentine’s Day range was Lush’s best Valentine’s one yet. I honestly wasn’t expecting very much quantity wise. After all, the Christmas line that finished only a month before had spoilt us rotten.

Stating the very obvious, the Valentine’s line is always the first line to come out once the New Year is in full swing, after all of the busy Christmas work Lush has done over the last few months, you would expect them to calm things down a little. They however never do and the Valentine’s line of 2016 blew my mind!

My expectations would have been fulfilled with 2 or 3 limited edition, lovey-dovey themed products. I would have been perfectly satisfied with those 2 or 3 too.love-spell-massage-barAs for 2017 we are only in January and Lush Cosmetics have over excelled themselves again. 2017’s Lush Valentine’s line, blows the likes of 2016’s out of the water. Lush never fail to surprise me and this is why I have made them a part of my everyday life.

The Love Spell Massage Bar was first released as a part of 2016’s Valentine’s range as an Oxford Street exclusive. Imagine my delight when I found out that for Valentine’s 2017 it would be making a return and not just as an Oxford Street exclusive but in all stores and online too!

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Love Spell’s scent is a hard one to describe. It has a subtle and musky rose aspect to it. It is a very gentle scent, after using it I feel content, relaxed and carefree.

Though the design of this massage bar is very simple, it really stands out to me when it is in amongst the other Lush massage bars. Love Spell leaves my skin smooth, well hydrated and smelling gorgeous. Lush really need to make a dusting powder that shares its scent. Although Love Spell isn’t my favourite massage bar but it’s up high on the list of my must haves.

The beautiful shade of pink and its heart design will catch many peoples eye. As I mentioned in my review of the Tender is the Night massage bar, massage bars can be used as body lotion too. The sky really is your limit when it comes down to Lush products. I love how versatile they all are.

Love Spell is a fantastic addition to the Lush massage bar collection and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Lush decided to add it to the every day, all year through range.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 29th of January 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


Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb From Lush

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb.pngLast year (2016) the Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb was revamped beyond recognition for Lush’s Mother’s Day range. With it being completely unrecognisable to versions previously released, I was very excited to get hold of a few. The newly designed Rose Bombshell was a tremendously positive and much needed face lift, I loved it. I was therefore super happy when I found out that Lush had decided to bring it back for this years Valentine’s day range!

Changing from a plain white coloured product resembling Lush Oxford Street’s Ylang Song bath bomb to an almost neon pink one is always a good move in my personal pink-mad opinion. Not that I don’t love the Ylang Song bath bomb, I just tend to gravitate towards the pink products more because I’m pink obsessed.

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Upon hitting the water the Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb immediately starts to fizz. It slowly changes your bath water to a crisp and pale pink.

As the Rose Bombshell slowly fizzes away its greenish blue interior begins to show. As this external layer of the bath bomb is gradually revealed the bath water becomes a deeper more vibrant pink.

Packed with rose absolute this bath bomb is a real treat for dull and tired skin. With the Rose Bombshell having both skin-soothing and moisturising properties, it is a bath bomb that you will want to use time and time again.

After getting out of this bath I could still smell the light floral and rose fragrance of Rose Bombshell on my skin. It wasn’t until I got out of the bath that I truly started to appreciate its fresh, beautiful and lingering scent.

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Once this fantastically zingy-floral bath bomb reaches its last layer a handful of soft yellow rose petals burst out floating to the water surface. Like the Lovestruck bubble bar, Rose Bombshell also contains geranium oil, I am not a fan of geranium at all, Rose Bombshell’s other ingredients seem to however compliment it well making it a fragrance I do enjoy.

The multicoloured bubbles that Rose Bombshell left on the surface of the bath were so, so pretty. I just had to take a few more photos before I got into full bath mode.

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Out of all of the seasonal, limited edition products that Lush threw at us last year (2016) this limited edition bath bomb was one of my favourites by far.

I have said several times in previous reviews that some of the limited edition products such as Rose Bombshell would make a fantastic addition to the staple, every day store products. A year on and I still feel that Rose Bombshell is worthy of that.

It really is a remarkably refreshing bath bomb that I feel I will never, ever get tired of.



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Green Green Bath of Foam Bubble Bar from Lush

green-green-bath-of-foam-bubble-barI love how the Lush Kitchen reintroduces us all to long forgotten products from Lush’s past.

When the Green Green Bath of Foam Bubble Bar appeared in the Lush Kitchen back in November 2016 I had never even heard of it before. Curiosity as always got the better of me and I decided to order a few.

I know you’re all sick of hearing of Christmas now, I can assure you I am too. Green Green Bath of Foam is however designed in the shape of Christmas tree so I may have to use the C word a couple more times in this review, sorry!

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Green Green Bath of Foam is primarily a Christmas bubble bar I however feel it would work well all year round. For me Lush Christmas products are ones like Hot Toddy shower gelChristmas Kisses bubble bar and the Gingerbread House bubble bar. There’s just something about the spicy and warming products that help me get in the Christmas mood.

The Green Green Bath of Foam bubble bar is decorated with fresh red peppercorns that I think vaguely resemble ladybirds in the photo above. I have even dreamt that they turn into ladybirds, rest assured they don’t, (I really need to get out more.)

It is a beautifully, bold and festive green. As far as it being Christmas themed goes, I feel that it certainly looks like a Christmas product, it is however very different from ones that we have got used to in the most recent Winter product lines.

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With a mix of bergamot, grapefruit and frankincense oil in it, the Green Green Bath of Foam scent is an uplifting one, it helps clear my mind of any stresses I have faced that day and helps me wind down and relax.

It pairs beautifully with the Blackberry bath bomb, together they make an excellent bath time cocktail that always ensures I get a much better nights sleep.

I was totally blown away by this bubble bar. I honestly didn’t expect it to make much of an impression on me, it however did and I can’t believe why Lush Kitchen haven’t bought this retro Lush product back sooner?

The next time it pops up in the Kitchen I will most certainly be ordering some more. I don’t think it is a very Christmassy product but I could get used to it being one if I had to! 😉



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Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from Lush

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar.pngFirst and foremost I would like to point out that no unicorns were hurt in the making of this product! Now that, that has been cleared up…

The Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar is the Lush product that I get the most excited about purely because of its name alone. Over the years it has been released several times as a Valentine’s Day special. Once upon a time it was not only stripey but also decorated with a sprinkling of stars. The stars have now sadly gone BUT without the stars the Unicorn Horn bubble bar is still one of the prettiest products I have ever used from Lush.

I’m not sure what the connection of unicorns and Valentine’s day is but I’m not going to argue with it featuring in the annual Valentine’s Day range as I look forward to it after a long Winter, it reminds me that Spring is almost here.

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I am unicorn mad, I adore them and have done so ever since I was a little girl. The other half even lets us use unicorn bedding once in a while. He’s clearly a keeper.

I just can’t help myself when it comes to unicorns. I just love the idea of a mythical creature living undetected in a beautiful forest filled with wild flowers, a spring and blissful bird song.

Featuring lavender and neroli oil the Unicorn bubble bar has a cheery and relaxing scent.

The smallest amount of Unicorn Horn bubble bar creates mounds and mounds of soft, fluffy and fragrant bubbles.

A lot of people ask me how I use my bubble bars. Do I grate them? (picture above) do I crumble them in my hand under a running tap? do I use a sieve/tea strainer?

My answer is I do all of the above, using any of the methods I have mentioned above always creates a huge amount of silky smooth bubbles. My advice is to do whatever works best for you. There is no right or wrong way to use it, grate, crumble or sieve.


As a recovering(ish) insomniac I always seem to gravitate to the ‘night time’ products, most of the products that I class as night time ones are lavender based, the most iconic one for me being the Twilight bath bomb.

The Unicorn Horn bubble bar works with so many other Lush products, my favourite Unicorn Horn cocktail bath is Unicorn Horn either with the Frozen or Lover Lamp bath bomb.

Neroli oil has been scientifically proven to boost the level of serotonin in the brain a.k.a the happy hormone.  Not only is the Unicorn Horn product a night time must have, it is also very good to use if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps.  This bubble bar is the perfect mix of  floral and citrus-fruit scent.

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Beneath the thick, silky lavender and neroli scented bubbles is twinkling, soft-pink bath water. I never, ever use a whole bubble bar for just one bath as I don’t feel you need to, a little chunk of Unicorn Horn goes a very long way.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to help you wind down allowing you to drift off into an easier nights sleep, look no further.

I just love this bubble bar and I really wish it was permanent stock rather than just a Valentine special.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 4th of February 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


Blackberry Bath Bomb from Lush

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Sometimes the most simple of Lush products turn out to be some of Lush’s best kept secrets. Being honest, the Blackberry Bath Bomb doesn’t exactly turn heads, it’s all one colour and not at all as exciting or nearly as pleasing on the eye as Frozen or The Experimenter bath bomb.

When I first started to really get into Lush I wasn’t so sure about this bath bomb as it contained 2 ingredients I wasn’t very familiar with, bergamot and frankincense. I’m not sure how everyone’s first experience with a Lush shop quite goes but if it was anything like mine, you didn’t have a clue as to where you should even start.

If a newbie Lushie asks me what products I recommend they first try, I never give a name of a specific product. I always say go into the shop and go to the product that calls out to you. Next give it a sniff, if you like its scent too, buy it!

I first came across the Blackberry bath bomb several years ago, it was completely overshadowed by the product next to it, (the super bright Fizzbanger) I picked it up, although it wasn’t the prettiest bath bomb in the shop, it didn’t smell unpleasant so I decided to give it a go.

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Upon my very first use of the Blackberry bath bomb I discovered that it had magical properties and I now without question always have no less than 2 in my personal Lush stash.

When I very first used it I almost feel asleep in the bath, this wasn’t an odd chance thing either, it still happens every time I use it. I don’t know how I even make it out of the bath and into bed. As a diagnosed insomniac this product is quite simply a miracle. It has changed my life.

The scent of the Blackberry bath bomb stays with you throughout the next day too, if I know I have a stressful next day I always use it the night before.

I 100% recommend this bath bomb, it’s a life changer, I wish I had discovered it sooner than I did, I have however well made up for it since. Quite recently I have started to break the Blackberry bath bomb in half, it still has the same effect on me but now I can have 2 baths out of the one bath bomb.

There is also a little surprise at the end, I won’t spoil it for you, ENJOY!



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Yog Nog Bath Bomb from Lush

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Slowly but surely I have been working my way through all of the winter 2015 Lush products.

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Yog Nog Bath Bomb. As you can see from the above picture, Yog Nog is a very unique looking bath bomb. It really is like no other. It has the most beautiful exterior, instead of it just being the standard smooth bath bomb it has lots of little Christmas shapes all around it.

Lush have stated that Yog Nog is ‘sweeter than dipping into your biscuit tin,’ which I know has left a lot of people intrigued. If you’re a frequent reader of my blog you’ll know that the ‘sweet products’ although very popular, are not always my favourite. Curiosity however took over and as soon as the 2015 Winter line became available online I ordered myself one to try.

Upon first sniff I was surprised at how much I actually did like the scent of the Yog Nog bath bomb. Sweet things and I do not always have the best relationship. For this reason I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like it. Being honest, I can’t even eat sweet things, I struggle after just two bites of a Kit Kat Chunky.

Although the Yog Nog bath bomb is sweet, there is definitely a note of spiciness within it. I think that this is the Yog Nog bath bombs saving grace with me, without that small splash of spice I don’t think I’d have been as keen of it as I was.

The Yog Nog bath bomb’s scent is compared to cinder toffee which makes it a great choice for a Christmas present for anyone with a super, sweet tooth.

Upon coming in contact with  the water, the Yog Nog bath bomb fizzes yellow and white.

As Yog Nog’s solid shell dissolves away you start to notice that it has several lumps of soft, buttery, bath melt hidden inside.


A Yog Nog bath left my skin beautifully smooth, soft and moisturised. It hydrated my winter battered, dry skin perfectly. What made it really special was that the scent of it stayed with me on my skin, throughout the rest of the day.

I found this bath bomb very relaxing, the only thing I disliked about it was how much oil it left around my bath tub. Although it was amazing for hydrating my skin it made the tub very slippery which is a little dangerous for me in particular as I am not at all stable on my feet due to EDS. When getting in and out of the bath I had to be very careful but in all honesty I always do so in hindsight it wasn’t a bad trait.

Most Lush bath bomb products wash off of your bathtub with a quick splash of hot water from the shower head, Yog Nog however needed a little bit of help, a dab of fairy liquid followed by the shower head removed it just fine. When you use a Lush product that is a little more hydrating than others, fairy liquid is actually the perfect thing to remove the excess oil left behind as it cuts through grease etc. It doesn’t only just work on dishes and cutlery but is also a very handy bathroom cleaner too!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Yog Nog bath bomb and I put it in amongst my other favourites Stardust, So White and Luxury Lush Pud.

The good news is they actually have a Yog Nog Soap and after Lush sent me a sample I ordered a great big bar of it, it smells so, so good!



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So White Bath Bomb from Lush

So White Bath BombI will never fully understand why people walk straight past and ignore the plain Lush products such as the So White Bath Bomb. Yes it’s white and on first glance admittedly boring but how do you know what’s inside?  Never judge a book by its cover…

You’ll realise once you begin to take note of what ingredients each Lush product has that bath bombs have so much more going for them than just their colour or shape. Initially a bath bomb is a quick and easy way to practice aromatherapy at home, once you start to learn about all of the essential oils and fresh ingredients that Lush use, you start to understand all of the benefits to gain in using each and every individual product.

So White is a fantastically big and bulky sized bath bomb, I hadn’t used this particular one prior to 2015 but will admit to being really excited about trying it out as I believe the plainer bath bombs have hidden secrets!


Once the So White bath bomb hits the water it begins to fizz away, slowly revealing its not ‘so white’ innards. Small streaks of pink start to fill your bathtub, the pink streaks getting more and more noticeable as time goes by.

I am a huge fan of the colour pink and was therefore very, very happy that this bath bomb, just like the Luxury Lush Pud left you with pretty, pink bath water.

The gorgeous apple scent of this slow dissolving bath bomb lets ones imagination run wild.  It fills my bathroom with the sweet scent of fresh, crisp apples and I can never help but think of the scene in Snow White where the Evil Queen tricks poor Snow into taking a bite from the cursed apple…

I can still smell the scent of the So White bath bomb on my skin once I have got out of the bath, the very first time that I tried it I could not stop sniffing myself which is always a good sign!

A So White bath always leaves me calm, uplifted and eager to drag out my Disney DVD’s.

I will most certainly be stocking up on this beautiful bath bomb before the end of winter this year (2015) as it’s one of my favourite Winter products of all time. Try it yourself, you won’t regret it!



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Love Soap from Lush #GayIsOk 

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I was so pleased to get my hands on Lush’s Love Soap, its creation was to support equal rights for all.

It isn’t hard to see what it’s all about, the hashtag #GayIsOk cannot be ignored while looking and using this product as it is literally written all over it. I couldn’t think of a better more prominent and eye-catching way of designing it.

Did you know that at the point of writing this post it is still a crime to be gay in 76 countries? I thought everyone in the world was protected by the human rights act so I am really confused that people in this day and age are still being told who they can and can’t love? Really?! sadly this is a lot of peoples reality.

Although this soap is primarily supporting equal rights for same sex couples across the globe, it also sends out a message of hope to anyone who has ever been told who they can and can’t be in love with.

It isn’t just same sex couples that are in the firing line. You could be criticised because the person you love is older than you, younger than you, a different race from you, a different religion from you or even because the person you love has a disability or mental health issue. It’s not fair on anyone.

People in life will always express their disapproval of things that have nothing to do with them. Being gay does not make you a bad person, no one should be made to feel ashamed of who they are.

I’ve never publicly spoke about it but I went through hell as a teenager all because of someone that was too scared to come out. I would have had a much better childhood if being gay wasn’t ‘frowned upon’. Even in the countries that it is perfectly legal in, people don’t come out as they’re too scared of people’s reactions.

The person who put me through hell as a kid is gay. I’m sad that they couldn’t be comfortable being themselves back then. They instead told everyone that would listen that I was a lesbian, not her, me. It was almost like they were testing the waters to find out what their peers thought of gay girls. Rumours were started and just like that I became ‘Lesbo Lu’. The stories were constant, they never stopped, never took a break. It felt like everything she said was about me being a lesbian. No other topic was ever brought up. My ‘friends’ would sit in a corner sniggering to everything she said, never once standing up for me because they were too scared of associating with a ‘lesbian’.

It got to the point where I thought maybe I was a lesbian and I hadn’t realised it yet? everyone thought I was gay, everyone said I was gay, why did I not feel gay? – simple answer is because I’m not.

It’s very easy to fall into a trap of doubting yourself because of other people’s opinions, this isn’t fair. If only we lived in a world that allowed us to be comfortable in our own skin no matter what.

The way I was treated by most people (because of these rumours) was disgusting and I haven’t forgiven the person who caused it neither have I forgiven the people that thought it was a thing to dislike/laugh at me for.

In adulthood I actually found out on my way to work that the person who had started and fueled the rumours had come out as gay. I finally understood why she had done it.

I can’t forgive what went on but I do now understand.

At the time I didn’t have any reason to think she was, I would never have suspected it and I guess that was all a part of the plan to protect herself. I know now that she was also going through her own hell because she was to frightened to be her true self. The softie in me wishes that I had known, maybe I could have helped her and saved us both a whole lot of heartache.

Not being able to have the courage to be yourself is a lonely position to be in.

This is why we all need to stand together to spread the message that who we fall in love with should be our choice, no one else’s. It should not be against the law and people should not have to fear for their life just because of who they are.

Let’s take the fear out of being ourselves,

#GayIsOk let’s tell the world!



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