Plum Rain Shower Gel from Lush

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When I very first see a photograph of the Plum Rain Shower Gel on Instagram, it took me by complete surprise. I hadn’t heard anything about it being released at all. This made it my new, number one must have Lush product.

As soon as I could, I texted my sister in law to let her know I would be sending her on a Lush Oxford Street errand at her earliest convenience. At the time of its debut (July 2016) it was an Oxford Street exclusive so could only be bought from that one store. Luckily for the rest of the world, it is now available exclusively online too.

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Plum Rain shower gel is a deep and sexy purple. As soon as the parcel that was sent up from London by my sister in law arrived I grabbed Plum Rain ready to sniff it. I had decided prior to sniffing it that it must share its scent with the Mumkin Bubble Bar. I was however, wrong. Very wrong!

Its scent is completely different from anything I have tried from Lush before. It’s a very sour fruity smell BUT not at all unpleasant. It didn’t take me very long to fall in love with it at all.

Plum Rain shower gel is quite a thick gel. It is very similar in consistency to the likes of Lush’s Bubbly and Hot Toddy shower gels. A little of the product goes a very long way, the smallest amount of shower gel lathers up effortlessly and it is as you work it in your hands in preparation to cleanse your body that the scent really hits you. creditedPRSG3

It is one of the most interesting scents Lush have on offer and I cannot wait for them to bring out more products that share its scent. The scent is refreshing, warm and so very inviting, I can never get enough of it.

Although the Plum Rain shower gels scent doesn’t stay on your skin for very long after getting out of the shower or bath, it does linger in your hair if used as a shampoo. In regards to my skin, Plum Rain is incredibly hydrating, after using it my skin feels silky smooth.

I am honestly so pleased with Plum Rain, it has taken pride of place in amongst my other much loved Lush shower gels and creams.



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Sleepy Head Massage Bar from Lush

Sleepy Head Massage Bar.pngThe Sleepy Head Massage Bar is unlike any other that I have had the pleasure of using before. Whenever it is a part of the Lush Kitchen menu I always jump at the chance to get hold of some.

When my very first Sleepy Head Massage Bar arrived I was amazed by how big it was. It’s called a massage bar but looking at it and feeling its weight in my hand makes me think that the term massage ‘brick’ would be a better and more fitting description.

As a diagnosed insomniac anything with the word ‘sleep’ in it catches my eye. Although (thanks to the help of my doctors) my sleeping abilities have improved somewhat, the whole getting enough sleep issue still sits at the back of my mind niggling away. I am very conscious that sleep is an essential part of life and that it is also the key to staying healthy. I used to go days and days without sleep, I don’t even know how I managed to get to work and then how I managed to last the day, week, month. You just do. No sleep however has a knock on effect and it is one that catches up on you all too late.

For people like me, sleeping isn’t a talent we have. Introducing essential oils and Lush Cosmetics into my daily routine has however been a game changer. I’m a huge fan of lavender oil simply because of its soothing properties. It is an extremely versatile essential oil and is useful for a number of things. Being both soothing and antiseptic it is marvellous for skin complaints such as sunburn and insect bites. It is also not just soothing for your skin, lavender is also my go-to-night-time essential oil because it helps clear and calm your body of negativities and stresses, slowly helping you to ease into the right frame of mind for a restful and good nights sleep.

The Sleepy Head Massage Bar lathers up very quickly, with its generous amount of cocoa and shea butter it makes for a real treat for thirsty, weather abused skin.

Its gentle lavender and ylang ylang scent stays with you hours after you have massaged it into your skin. Although as an insomniac I am not the best person to ask whether it made a difference to my sleep pattern, I do know that it helped me drop off to sleep quicker than I would have if I hadn’t have used it at  all. It pairs perfectly with the Lush Spa temple balm.

The lavender in it is useful in both winter and summer therefore making it a perfect massage bar no matter what time of the year it is!



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Magic Bath Bomb from Lush

Magic Bath BombThe Magic Bath Bomb had been on my desperately in search of list for quite some time. Every time it had previously appeared in the Lush Kitchen I had unfortunately not been able to get it. Too much month at the end of the money and all that…

My luck however changed in the last week of June 2016, the Magic bath bomb once again became available from the Lush Kitchen.

Upon opening my Lush Kitchen order of the Magic bath bombs, I was taken aback by the strength of their scent. I had asked for the new catalogue to be included in this order too. To my surprise the new catalogue seemed to have absorbed Magic’s scent. Even almost 2 weeks after separating the catalogue and Magic bath bombs I can still detect the scent of the bath bombs on that catalogue!

As soon as the Magic bath bomb comes into contact with the bathwater it begins to fizz away ferociously, completely dissolving within a minute or two. It isn’t long after you place the bath bomb in your bath tub, that you realise why this bath bomb is called ‘Magic’.

The Magic bath bomb is an hexagonal prism shape which is identical to the, The Experimenter bath bomb.

As the external blue layer of the Magic bath bomb quickly dissolves away you catch a glimpse of its insides. A deep, dark purple makes an appearance adding depth to the colours of the bath water.

Once the Magic bath bomb is completely dissolved you are left with the most mesmerising bath water. The photo’s I took do it no justice at all. The Magic bath bomb is definitely one you need to see for yourself.

At first I wasn’t that impressed with the Magic bath bombs scent, it was however completely different once in the bath. It actually helped me wind down and relax after what turned out to be the most stressful week I have had for a very long time.

The most prominent ingredient in Magic is probably the peppermint oil. It however isn’t like any of the minty products I have used before as it also has a herbal and floral tone to it. It reminds me of the freshly prepared vegetables that my mum does whenever we go over to hers for a roast dinner. Which I get doesn’t sound like a very desirable or inviting bath BUT, whatever is in the Magic bath bomb, vegetables or not, it really, really works.

Once the Magic bath bomb has all fizzled away, you are left with a single piece of parsley.

This was a complete surprise for me and I think the ‘veg scent’ I speak about above is because of the parsley. I am however rubbish at identifying scents so I could be VERY wrong.

Overall I am very impressed with the Magic bath bomb which was a pleasant surprise for me as I honestly thought I’d hate it. Sometimes a Lush product takes a little time to grow on you. Magic was most certainly the best name that Lush could have given this bath bomb, it really is spectacular!



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Twilight Shower Gel from Lush

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Out of the never ending collection of Lush scents, I would say that Twilight is a firm favourite throughout the whole of the Lush community. So much so that it appears in a variety of different Lush products released all through the year.

The most common product with its scent at the time of writing this review is the all-year-round and much loved Twilight bath bomb.

The Twilight shower gel is overflowing with some of the world’s most soothing, natural ingredients. Tonka, lavender and benzoin essential oils have each been carefully selected to create a calming and relaxing shower gel. It’s the perfect partner for a night time shower or soak.

The first time I came across the Twilight scent was actually in its bath bomb format. When I very first got into Lush I had been slowly working my way through just the bubble bars. After a month or two of visiting my local store, I decided that it was about time I explored some of the other products too. That day I picked up the Twilight bath bomb and ever since I have been a hardcore fan.

Lavender as I am sure you will all know, is said to lull you into a relaxed state of mind, which in turn aids restful sleep. Although I can’t give the Twilight shower gel all of the credit, ever since using it I have been able to drop off much easier, which is a huge success considering I had previously struggled to fall asleep full stop!

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Whenever the Twilight shower gel is in the Lush Kitchen I try to get hold of at least one bottle. My boyfriend is (unfortunately for me) also a fan of the shower gel. It is a shower gel made to last, a little of it goes a very long way, the tiniest amount of product can easily wash your whole body, leaving your skin refreshed and hydrated.

My boyfriend however uses it by the gallon, I honestly cannot keep up with him and neither can the Lush Kitchen. He over indulges with nearly all of the Lush shower gels and shower creams but Twilight is one of his clear favourites as it never lasts long in our bathroom.

I get that his excess use of it is his luxury but it really gets my back up, it really isn’t necessary to use gallons and gallons of it as, as I said above a little really does go a long, long way. Plus it’s mine, go and get your own Joe!

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Lush products may be a tad more expensive than the average drugstore product but taking into account that all Lush products have fresh, natural and cruelty free ingredients I think it’s worth splashing a little out on. That is unless you find yourself living with Joe, IF IT’S NOT NAILED DOWN HE WILL HAVE IT, get yourself a Lush safe decorated with barbed wire 😉

Older versions of the Twilight shower gel were quite runny. The more recently made ones from the last 3 or 4 times it has been in the Lush Kitchen have however been a thicker formula. This small change has made this already great shower gel so much better. It lathers up much easier and its scent stays with you for several hours after using it.

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My skin feels soft and hydrated after using Twilight shower gel. If you haven’t tried Twilight shower gel yet I strongly advise that you do. It features in the Lush Kitchen a lot so if you missed out on the batch sold earlier this week don’t panic, it’ll be back soon!

Northern Lights Bath Bomb from Lush

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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Tweet Bubble Bar from Lush

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I managed to get hold of this Oxford Street 2016 Easter exclusive thanks to my sis-in-law who is literally my Lush lifeline, she’s an amazing personal shopper to have, you should all be very, very jealous.  Sending her on all of my Oxford Street errands has accidentally got her hooked on Lush Cosmetics too, whoops! I can’t take full credit though as lets face it, every single product in Lush sells itself, going into the shop, picking things up to sniff, touch and learn more about it is all part of the wonderful and very addictive Lush experience.

This Easter (2016), Lush Oxford Street have a brand new, slightly odd looking yet perfectly charming store exclusive, the Tweet Bubble Bar.

All Lush products are handmade, it is however not until a product like the Tweet bubble bar is released that you get to really appreciate this. Although each Tweet bubble bar weighs the same, (meaning you get the same amount of product in each) no two look quite the same. For someone like me who has an overactive imagination this personal and individual touch gives each Tweet chick its very own personality. Although the lack of consistency look-wise will bother some, I feel it’s all part of Lush’s charm.

 
Tweet bubble bar like quite a few of the recent Lush releases is another citrus scented product. It is very similar to the Sunflower bubble Bar that was also an Oxford Street exclusive earlier this year.

Packed with plenty of tangerine oil, Tweet is a bubble bar that will refresh and lift your mood whatever the weather. Within aromatherapy tangerine oil is used to relieve stress and is also said to help with insomnia. As an ex(ish) insomniac I can honestly say that since using Lush products before bed I have noticed such a positive difference in my sleep pattern. Although I am not completely cured I now find it so much easier to drift off to sleep, getting that extra few hours of sleep in comparison to none at all is a god send.


I broke my first Tweet bubble bar into two. This amount made copious amount of soft, citrus-sweet bubbles. In hindsight I wish I would have spread the Tweet bar over 3 baths as it is more than capable of doing so.

Spread out over 2 baths Tweet more than adequately met my bathing needs. The only negative thought I have of it is that I just always get a little frustrated when a really good bubble bar isn’t the same size as for example the, The Comforter bubble bar. I’m just a greedy guts like that… This point is of course more of a reflection on me than Tweet!

My skin, dry and feeling a little more sensitive than normal due to the increase in amount of hydro sessions I have had to put my body through felt instantly soothed.

I spent a little bit longer in this Tweet bath than I would normally do, I was just so very relaxed.

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Several hours after getting out of a Tweet bath my skin is still beautifully hydrated and the scent of the Tweet bubble bar is still very prominent on my skin. I wish I had a few more of these in my personal Lush stash as they really are such a good Lush product.

I hope they come back for Easter 2017!



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The Enchanter Bath Bomb from Lush

I decided that today I’d dedicate a whole blog post to my new favourite bath bomb, The Enchanter. Prior to finally getting hold of it, I had been absolutely desperate to give it a try, I had however always missed it whenever it appeared on the Lush Kitchen menu.
 
Although I was absolutely gutted that its release day fell at the end of an expensive month, I did manage to get a hold of 3 which in comparison to not having any, is absolutely brilliant!

I don’t quite know where to begin as everything about the, The Enchanter Bath Bomb is in my opinion perfect. I know that, that is a bold statement but I honestly haven’t used a bath bomb quite like it ever before. Sorry Frozen, The Enchanter bath bomb has knocked you right off of my top spot.

Fresh out of its Lush Kitchen wrapper, I was greeted by a pastel yellow and orange ball of bicarbonate magic. It almost glows!

The Enchanter bath bomb is a part of the Calacas scent family. Apart from the Twilight shower gel, Calacas was the first Lush shower gel that I ever ordered from the Lush Kitchen.

I actually left my one bottle of it in the bathroom and Joe (the hubby-to-be) decided it was communal. By the time I had noticed my error, more than half of it had gone.

The Calacas-Lush-scent is actually one of my favourites, I know I have quite a few favourites but I generally really do LOVE Calacas. It’s definitely in my top three.

I am letting Lush Kitchen know here and now that they need to put a solid or liquid perfume form of it on the menu very soon.

The Enchanter Bath Bomb’s scent is refreshingly zingy.

The combination of its carefully selected ingredients, oil of lime, neroli and olibanum makes for an energising bath time treat said to ‘perk up the weariest of souls’ it reinvigorates both your mind and body.

When it comes to trying out new-to-me Lush products I find that the bath bombs are the ones that give the best surprises.

The Enchanters surprise is its luminous pink centre, I have never seen bath art as good as this from any bath bomb I have tried before!

Upon hitting the water The Enchanter bath bomb starts to ferociously fizzle away. Brilliant orange, striking yellow and fluorescent pink foam spreads out making little circular patterns on the surface of your bath water.

The only word that comes close to describing the, The Enchanter bath bombs’ array of colours is the word enchanting; Making The Enchanter a very fitting name for the bath bomb indeed!

The pink and the yellow spilling out of the spinning bath bomb are such bold and bright colours, I just couldn’t stop taking photos.

As well as being the prettiest bath bomb in action that I had ever seen, the scent took my opinions on this bath bomb to a whole new level.

When I am feeling depressed a quick wash with my Calacas shower gel always lifts my mood.

The scent reminds me of happiness, I need Calacas scented EVERYTHING! The shower gel and The Enchanter bath bomb just isn’t enough. I want body lotions, bubble bars and shampoo bars in its scent… Not providing the world with the Calacas scent in every product format is a crime against humanity.

Lush, why is this bath bomb not a main line product? It’s incredible and shouldn’t be only available through the Lush Kitchen, we need it in stores all over the world please!


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Please note that this post was originally posted on this website on the 5th of March 2016 with different photos. I have updated each post on this blog several times over the years as with time my photos have got better, as has my product knowledge. – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time ♥


Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb from Lush

 

Last week the Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb made a very pleasant and unexpected return to the Lush Kitchen. The Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb was sadly discontinued as a staple store product earlier this year (2015).  Its retirement however made way for a new product of the same name and scent, the Granny Takes A Dip bubble bar.

Although I am a fan of the new bubble bar equivalent of Granny Takes A Dip, it’s definitely not nearly as theatrical in the bath as the bath bomb ever was. Up until last night I had only one Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb left in my personal stock. I didn’t want to use it as, as any Lush junkie will know, it’s pretty much an extinct product now.

My very last one has been carefully wrapped in cellophane to keep it as fresh as possible. I was therefore ecstatic to see it pop up on the Lush Kitchen menu.


I think the main reason behind the discontinuation of this bath bomb was because of how easily it breaks, that and a lengthy production process. Much like the Sacred Lotus bath bomb, I have never actually managed to get an unbroken Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb from shop to home.

Granny Takes A Dip floats upon the surface of the water, as it slowly dissolves it creates a vast amount of  colourful foam. Every time I use the Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb I am reminded about how wonderful it not only smells but looks in the water too.

Back in the old, old, old Lush catalogue this bath bomb is described as ‘a sensory explosion in the tub. A ginger, pepper and lemon-scented bath time experience.’ The lemon, ginger and pepper oil within it blends perfectly together making the Granny Takes A Dip bath bomb a spicy, zingy and refreshing bath time treat that is very good for achy muscles.

I’m so glad that Lush brought this retro bath bomb back, even if it is for a short time. I decided that it was worth ordering a few while I could so thanks to the Lush Kitchen I now have 3 new ones on the way 🙂

I hope that Lush will one day make a new Granny Takes A Dip scented bath bomb as the scent is beautiful and I feel sad that it has been banished.



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