NEW Blackberry Bath Bomb from Lush

I was ridiculously happy to see that the Blackberry Bath Bomb had made a comeback, albeit a brand new design. Originally this newly designed Blackberry bath bomb was available in just one store in the world, in Harajuku, Japan.

Thankfully it was brought out as a community release on the UK website in late 2018 and has gone on to be one of the celebration bath bombs, making it available to buy from some Lush stores and online from Lush’s UK website.

The new Blackberry bath bomb is pressed in the same mould as the, The Comforter bath bomb. Some say it looks like a juicy berry, while others say a puff of fluffy cloud. I must admit, this new design of the Blackberry bath bomb is a lot more attractive than the old design Blackberry bath bomb.

I adore the old version but know that it was rather plain and not at all as exciting or nearly as pleasing on the eye as other bath bombs that were available then.

My favourite part of the old Blackberry bath bomb was always its scent. Thankfully this bath bombs recent face lift was purely cosmetic and it still has the exact same fragrance that I fell in love with, all that time ago.

Containing bergamot and frankincense, it is the perfect blend of ingredients when you need to wind down and chill out. The frankincense offers a sweet and gentle woody aroma while the bergamot gives it a delicate citrus-fruit edge.

I know Lush make a lot of citrus based products but the Blackberry scented products are very different from other citrus scents, so much so that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t even spring to mind upon first sniff. It’s a scent that works well in every season making it a great year-round bath bomb.

The blend of both bergamot and frankincense oil have in my personal opinion, magical properties. It happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

I always reach for it when I have restless legs, if I’m struggling to sleep or can’t relax. I’d go as far as to say that it works better than the Twilight bath bomb on this basis. A very bold statement but one I back wholeheartedly.

Just like the previous version of the Blackberry bath bomb, the new Blackberry bath bomb once in the bath water does dissolve very quickly, this means it isn’t one you’d want to use if you were after lots of bath art. Its scent however steals the show and has always been my favourite part about it.

As the Blackberry bath bomb fizzes away, it turns the bath water an inviting shade of purple while also adding some texture to it, the bath water feels just like silk once the bath bomb has fully dissolved.

My skin basks in its waters, I am always wowed by how incredibly hydrating the water of the Blackberry bath bomb is on my skin. Its beautiful and calming scent also stays on your skin for the best part of the next day after using it too.

The one thing that I do miss about the previous version of the Blackberry bath bomb is its hidden paper message. Although this didn’t add any real value to the product and served no purpose, it added a little fun twist to its end. I used to have a pot that I put all of mine in, it was quite the collection…

The Blackberry bath bomb was my most used product up until its discontinuation so having it back and readily available has been a real treat for me. It really is a miracle product in my eyes and one I never want to be without.

I’m hoping that this Halloween, Lush bring back the Bewitched bubble bar as it shares its scent with the Blackberry bath bomb and I’d love to be able to use both of them together again! 😊



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Groovy Kind of Love Shower Gel from Lush

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consistency wise the Groovy Kind of Love shower gel is just how I like it, not so thick that you can hardly get it out of the bottle and not too thin that you lose it all at the slightest tip of the bottle. A little amount of the shower gel goes a VERY LONG way and it lathers up quickly and efficiently.

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

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



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Intergalactic Shower Gel from Lush

I am not ashamed to admit that I screamed the house down when I first heard that Lush were releasing an Intergalactic scented limited edition shower gel. The Intergalactic bath bomb is one of my all time favourite Lush products and I have been hoping that Lush would create and release other Intergalactic scented products ever since I first tried the bath bomb back in 2015.

The Intergalactic Shower Gel is a beautiful shade of blue and is decorated with a generous sprinkling of lustre. Colour wise it’s a lighter blue than the bath bomb, it almost has an aqua-green tinge.

Below is a photo of a small blob of the shower gel on a white background. The photo does the shower gel no justice at all, you really, really have to see it in all its sparkly glory for yourself.

 

Containing peppermint, grapefruit, vetivert and cedar wood oil, the Intergalactic shower gels scent leaves you feeling positively refreshed. Just like the bath bomb the ingredient that stands out to me the most scent wise is the peppermint.

When I first smelt the shower gel straight from the bottle I must admit I was a little disappointed. It was similar to the Intergalactic bath bomb but not quite the same, the only way I can describe it is that it seemed to be a lot more peppery and dry.

Once I however got the chance to use the Intergalactic shower gel its scent mixed with the hot water and steam washed away all of the disappointment I had felt. Its scent during in use smells just like the bath bomb, it couldn’t be more alike.

Consistency wise the Intergalactic shower gel is just how I like it, not so thick that you can hardly get it out of the bottle and not too thin that you lose it all at the slightest tip of the bottle. A little amount of the shower gel goes a very long way so is very good value for money,  I was also really pleased with how easily it lathered up.

Its scent didn’t last on my skin for as long as the bath bomb does but it was still there for a good few hours. It wasn’t particularly moistursing but it didn’t leave my skin dry either. An Intergalactic body lotion to use after it would be absolutely perfect. Hint, hint Lush… 😉

Over all I am really happy with the Intergalactic shower gel. The Intergalactic scent works so well in the shower gel format, I’m in shock that Lush hadn’t released it long before now. I have my fingers crossed that this limited edition shower gel becomes a permanent product at some point, it’s that good!



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Kitsune Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Kitsune Bath Bomb was 1 of the 6 Lush Japan, exclusive bath bombs that were available to purchase in very limited amounts at the 2018 Lush Showcase; Each of the 6 bath bombs were sold for one hour only over the 2 day event.

Fortunately, Kitsune is now readily available online and in Lush stores that have chosen to stock it as a part of the 30 years-of-bath-bombs celebrations. For anyone out of the loop, thirty years ago the bath bomb was invented by Mrs Lush (AKA Mo Constantine) in her garden shed. A very happy 30th birthday to the bath bomb!

Containing Sicilian red Mandarin, patchouli and benzoin resinoid the Kitsune bath bomb has many great qualities. Its scent is packed full of energy, I’d describe it as a warmer version of the Avobath bath bomb. It seems to have the same citrus-punch as the aforementioned bath bomb it however has a much warmer fragrance-layer because of the benzoin resinoid.

This makes it a great bath bomb to use if you are like me and live with chronic pain, the benzoin resinoid mixed with the patchouli stimulates your blood flow which helps you wind down and relax, relieving any tired and achy muscles as you lay back and enjoy Kitsune’s waters.

When I first see the Kitsune bath bomb piled high at the 2018 Lush Showcase I thought it was a sea shell design, I was getting beach and mermaid vibes and it had me so, so excited. I was however wrong; Flip the Kitsune bath bomb the other way and it is actually a foxes head.

May I add without eyes – which isn’t a bad thing as I do find myself getting attached to all of the Lush products with eyes… Not ideal when you’re all waiting for a review!

I now know after 10 or so minutes of research, that ‘Kitsune’ is the Japanese word for Fox. The Kitsune in particular is a mythical, 9 tailed fox that commonly features in Japanese folklore. As soon as I realised the 2 pointy bits on the bomb were in fact fox ears I couldn’t wait to see how it performed in the bath.

As soon as the Kitsune bath bomb touches the water an explosion of foam bursts out of it. Shimmery gold, pastel reds, oranges and yellows erupts from within. Next, the Kitsune bath bombs magic truly begins. As most bath bombs do, Kitsune bobs around the waters surface slowly spinning. The photo below does this bath bomb no justice at all, you really have to try it to appreciate how much of a performance it puts on.

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As Kitsune spins in the water, gold and pastel yellow lines seem to appear, this is what Lush meant when they described Kitsune as a ‘shapeshifter’ (something the Kitsune from Japanese folklore can do.)

The magic of a Kitsune fox is displayed so cleverly in this bath bomb, I always say that the Lava Lamp bath bomb is the cleverest bath bomb design and concept but Kitsune is just as good! Who knew that a bath bomb could tell you a story and so vividly?

As Kitsune is quite the fast fizzer you don’t have to wait very long for its spectacular show to be over allowing you to lay back and relax in its even more spectacular waters. The Kitsune bath bomb leaves your skin silky smooth with a tiny splash of beautiful, natural shimmer.

The Lush website claims that you’ll rise out of a Kitsune bath ‘wiser and clearer of mind’  and I really, really believe that you do. Its scent is so zingy and warming and can still be detected on your skin hours and hours after using it. It’s a very hydrating bath bomb too. I’d love to see this scent feature in other product formats in the future.

Overall I would say that Kitsune was my favourite of the Showcase 2018 Japan exclusives. Lush were kind enough to send me one out as a random act of kindness earlier this week and I cannot wait to share another bath with it. Maybe I’ll get better photos of the Kitsune ‘shape shifting’ the next time I use it, watch this space! 👀



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Mamma Mia Shower Scrub from Lush

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The Mamma Mia Shower Scrub is the latest of the shower scrubs to be released. Up until last year, Lush for as long as I can remember only had the one potted shower scrub on offer; The Rub Rub Rub. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Rub Rub Rub but when it was the only potted shower scrub available I did begin to grow a little bored of it.

Just as I’d noticed the lack of variety when it came down to the potted shower scrubs Lush must have read my mind. The Magic Crystal shower scrub was randomly released closely followed by another called Scrub Scrub Scrub.

The Mamma Mia shower scrub is a part of the 2019 Mother’s day line and shares its scent with one of the most underrated (in my personal opinion) bath bombs created by Lush, Stardust. Its mixture is also bright pink which happens to be my favourite colour. Including ingredients such as pink grapefruit, vanilla, rosewood and bergamot, Mamma Mia smells just like creamy vanilla ice cream.

To use Mamma Mia shower scrub all you have to do is scoop out a small amount from the pot and work it into your skin just like you would a shower gel. A little amount does go a long way but please feel free to over indulge while using it, I won’t tell anyone if you don’t! 😉

With any exfoliator I recommend that you pay particular attention to any dry patches you may have such as your knees and elbows.

Other ingredients that are also in the Mamma Mia shower scrub are Himalayan salt and rose clay, these 2 ingredients are Mamma Mia’s secret weapon when it comes down to perfect skin exfoliation and hydration all in one product.

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It’s rare to find a product that aids both skin hydration and exfoliation so well, Lush have mastered the art and formula in all of their potted shower scrubs for both of these aspects. All in all, I have however found Mamma Mia to be the most moisturising out of all of the shower scrubs I have mentioned in this review.

I will be taking a pot of this with me on my next holiday as well as sun lotion, I do not have a holiday booked right now but if I ever do get the chance to get away, a sun, sea, sand and reading my book by the pool holiday is my idea of heaven. The Himalayan salt in Mamma Mia will help get rid of any dead skin making way for a nice sun tan and the rose clay will help soothe your skin after a day in the sun too. It’s a perfect sunny holiday product. 👌

I’m really sad to know that the Mamma Mia shower scrub will be gone with the rest of the Mother’s day stock soon. Its scent is light and unique, I liked Mamma Mia so much upon first use that I immediately ordered another pot of it as soon as I stepped out of the shower. Not just a small pot either, I am now the proud owner of a 600g pot and my husband isn’t allowed to touch it!



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Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs from Lush

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The Mouthwash tabs are still relatively new to Lush, they first made an appearance back in August 2016 and came in 3 different flavours.

For a long time the 3 original flavours were the only ones available but fast forward to now and several other mouthwash tabs have been created and some of them released. Sticking with their fruity theme, this years Valentine’s range included a brand new flavour of mouthwash tabs, Adam’s Apple.

When I first heard of the Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs I couldn’t help but wonder if its flavour and scent would be just like the fragrance of one of my all time favourite products the So White bath bomb. Although I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t the case Adam’s Apple did still have a very pleasant scent.

Directions on how to use a Lush mouthwash tab are as follows; ‘After brushing your teeth, pop one tab into the mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz. Nibble and swish before spitting out. They can also be used throughout the day whenever you fancy a bit of oral refreshment.’

All you need is one tab and a small swig of water to aid you in the quest of quick and easy oral refreshment. Freshening ones breath in-between morning and nightly brushing, has never been so easy. – I’d like to report that Adam’s Apple’s flavour was just as pleasant as its scent. There is something about its scents wetness that reminds me ever so slightly of the Once Upon A Time body lotion.

For me it tastes like super ripe, lemony, fresh and juicy pear; It actually contains spearmint, Sicilian lemon and lime oil too. Although in taste I cannot detect the spearmint I do pick it up in its scent somewhat. When I made my mum sniff it to help me describe it she however said that all she could smell was the spearmint… 🤷🏼‍♀️

It took me a little while to get my head around an oral product not being just minty as most toothpastes and mouthwashes available from companies such as Oral B or Colgate are either peppermint or spearmint only. I however warmed to Adam’s Apple after a few uses and it left my mouth fruity fresh.

While Adam’s Apple is not my favourite of the Lush mouthwash tabs flavour wise, they do, do a really good job at refreshing your mouth. It’s nice to have something so different from the masses on offer.

I can’t wait for Lush to release even more mouthwash tabs. There were several at the 2018 showcase on display (but not available to purchase) that I’d really like to get my hands on in the not so distant future!



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Melusine Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Melusine Bath Bomb is probably my favourite out of the 12 community bath bombs that the Lush Kitchen released back in November 2018. Sharing its scent with one of my favourite releases that also came out last year the Avocado Wash shower gel, I was very excited to get a hold of its bath bomb equivalent.

Melusine is the French word for a fresh water mermaid, this caught my attention straight away as I have always been fascinated with mythology and mermaids in particular. When I first heard its name I thought it was going to be an adaptation of the Mermaid bath bomb, I was however very wrong!

Melusine has a very unique design, it is several different shades of green and yellow and has been made to look like it has fish scales.

Melusine also has a very generous helping of shimmering lustre that is made out of a mix of naturally-occurring minerals and seaweed (it’s not plastic!) the lustre in Melusine is a lot chunkier than what I’m used to from Lush too BUT it rinses away just as easily as the lustre in other shimmery products such as the Intergalactic bath bomb.

Containing bergamot, litsea cubeba, olibanum and sea salt Melusine is a treat for your skin, eyes, nose, mind and soul. If you normally grab an Avobath bath bomb for an energy boost then Melusine would really appeal to you.

Melusine’s blend of bergamot, olibanum and lemony litsea cubeba make for one of the most awakening bath bombs yet. Its scent is crazy refreshing, cheery and super-duper zesty. I just can’t get enough of it.

As soon as the Melusine bath bomb touches your bath water an eruption of green and yellow bubbles explode out of it. Its beautiful scent slowly fills your bathroom as it bobs around the waters surface.

Melusine’s presentation and scent aren’t the only things that impress me about this bath bomb either, the bath art it creates is exquisite, so much so that I couldn’t stop taking photos. Delicate swirls of green and yellow spiral out of it as it dances around, it really is mesmerising.

Inside the Melusine bath bomb, much like the Geo Phyzz and Big Blue bath bombs is a generous helping of sea salt. The sea salt makes the Melusine bath bomb particularly good at helping with any muscular pains you may have, all while also brightening the skin and boosting your blood circulation.

Normally the Lush bath bombs that contain sea salt often sink straight to the bottom of the bath tub slowly changing the waters colour from the bottom up. Melusine however surprised me by floating the whole time!

The Melusine bath bombs scent lasted through out the entire duration of my bath which really pleased my nose. Once I was out of the bath Melusines scent was also still detectable on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too.

Just a 15 minute soak in a Melusine bath leaves my skin feeling soft and leaves its appearance positively refreshed and hydrated.

The only thing I am unsure about in regards to the Melusine bath bomb is its hefty price, I understand ethically sourced ingredients cost a little more but for a single use product it is very expensive, for me this sadly makes Melusine a product I will only be using on special occasions.

Overall I am however very, very impressed with the Melusine bath bomb, I really do hope that Lush make it a permanent store product in the UK soon as it really is a brilliant bath bomb, I’d go as far as to say that it is actually high up on my list of favourite bath bombs!



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