The Olive Branch Shower Gel from Lush

The Olive Branch Shower GelFor the longest time I didn’t give any attention to the The Olive Branch Shower Gel at all. Stupidly I just turned my nose up without even giving it a sniff, I see the word Olive and that was that. It wasn’t until I used the Lava Lamp bath bomb that I realised I had a soft spot for the products with orange flower absolute in.

Back when Lava Lamp was very first released (2015) it was an Oxford Street exclusive, after a few weeks it was unfortunately discontinued as it needed reformulating and I was heart broken. I went on a Lush mission and searched for alternative Lush products that also contained orange flower absolute. The first product that came up on the Lush website was the Pop In The Bath bubble bar. I quickly fell in love with Pop In The Bath’s scent, it’s not the same as the Lava Lamp bath bomb but it has a beautiful, delicate citrus scent that always leaves me wanting more.

The Olive Branch shower gel shares its scent with the Pop In The Bath bubble bar, as soon as I found this out I grabbed a bottle and I am now never without one.

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Another thing that puts people off of the Olive Branch shower gel is the fact its ingredients separate in the bottle, this is not a sign of it going off, it’s just the olive oil in it collecting up at the top of the bottle, it’s simple science, all you have to do is give it a quick shake before use and it’s as good as new.

Once shaken the Olive Branch shower gel is a pastel orange colour, consistency wise the gel is quite runny, at first this annoyed me slightly but after I tried it a few times I realised that a little of it went a long way and that it lathered up a lot quicker than any other Lush shower gel that I have tried.

The olive oil in this shower gel is a real treat for your skin, the inclusion of it is why the shower gel is so watery. I can never get enough of it in the shower, especially in the Summer, it is perfect for this time of year. As described on Lush’s website using it really does make you feel like you’re chilling out and relaxing in the Mediterranean sunshine.

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The Olive Branch shower gel went from being a product I never gave much thought on, to one of my all time favourites from first use. It works fantastically well as a shampoo too, I have really fine hair and sometimes conditioning it is a lost cause as it just makes it heavy and greasy straight away. My hair always washes great when I use The Olive Branch as a shampoo, at the same time as cleansing my hair it also keeps it well hydrated and conditioned. There’s no need for a conditioner and my hair looks and feels fabulous. The same goes for my skin when I use it just as a shower gel.

The Olive Branch is one of my all time favourite Lush scents, I have collected many different products that share its scent since first falling in love with it in 2015. I have the body lotion, the solid perfume and the, The Christmas Penguin bubble bar just to name a few.

The moral of the story is don’t let a products name put you off of even giving it a sniff, you could be pleasantly surprised!



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Sex Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush

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Lush’s Sex Bomb Bath Bomb is quite the eye catcher, it is mostly pink but has a purple tiedye effect on its upper half. One rice paper flower also takes pride of place on its top, making the Sex Bomb stand out from all of the rest.

I actually discovered at the Lush Showcase back in 2016 that the rice paper flower that Lush use in the Sex Bomb is in fact edible. Myself and my friend Lizzi from Lizzi Speaks both tried one, lets just say they’re better off used in the bath…

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The main ingredients that stand out to me in the Sex Bomb bath bomb are jasmine and ylang ylang. Jasmine has been used for centuries as a natural aphrodisiac which I guess is why this bath bomb got its sexy name. The ylang ylang that is also used in Sex Bomb is very uplifting, it makes Sex Bomb an ideal product choice if you’re feeling stressed or down in the dumps.

I’d describe the Sex Bomb’s scent as very heady, it’s a floral fragrance with quite a musky undertone. I find its scent calming, sensual and soothing.

Much like the Blackberry and Avobath bath bomb, Sex Bomb is quite a fast fizzer. I know some people see this as a negative but for me it’s not a negative, sometimes I just want to get on with my bath, not all bath bombs have to create pretty patterns and works of art, sometimes all you need is a bath and those carefully selected essential oils.

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A Sex Bomb bath is a real treat for all of your senses, it turns your water into a bright and gorgeous shade of pink, pink is my favourite colour and I always feel ridiculously happy to be bathing in pink water, especially when it smells as good as the Sex Bomb does!

What pleases me the most is that its scent (once you’re out of the bath) stays with you for the rest of the day.

The last time I used a Sex Bomb was actually last night as I wanted a fresh perspective on it before I reviewed it, at the point of writing this I can still smell it on my skin almost 24 hours later. The fragrance at this point is much more subtle and I actually prefer the scent once it has gentled down somewhat.

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I very much enjoy using the Sex Bomb bath bomb, it however isn’t one of my favourites. I wouldn’t be particularly bothered if Lush ever discontinued it to make way for another product. I have of course said this about a bath bomb before and regretted it bitterly once it had been given the sack at a later date.

The only negative thing I’d say about Sex Bomb isn’t actually that much of a negative, it’s more of a funny story. It’s in regards to the rice paper flower, the very first time I ever used a Sex Bomb bath bomb I thought I was getting attacked by jellyfish that had been living in my bathrooms water pipes.

I obviously now know that it was just the rice paper flower separating itself as the bath bomb dissolved, the way it looks once it has got wet is just like a Jellyfish, my imagination has always been quite a challenge… Makes for very interesting bath times though! 😉



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Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar is yet another HUGE one! It shares the same shape, size and design as the  Brightside and the The Comforter bubble bar which makes me very, very happy. Everyone loves a bargain after all…

It was of course the Comforter bubble bar that first got me into a Lush store, I had no idea how to even use bubble bars back then. Just thinking of my first trip in to a Lush store gives me butterflies, I can remember how excited I was and how adamant I was to find a product that could be spread over several baths instead of just the one (i.e not a bath bomb) it was that day that I stumbled across Lush bubble bars.

The Comforter bubble bar was a huge success for me, it left me wanting to try all of the other bubble bars Lush have, after just one bath I was hooked. The Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar (which I am now going to name Blue Skies for the rest of this review otherwise we’re going to be here for a very long time 😂) wasn’t a scent I was immediately drawn to. At first I always went for the fruity products, curiosity however got the better of me and I picked up a Blue Skies so that I could try it at home.

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Just like the Brightside bubble bar, the smallest amount of Blue Skies goes a long way. I can easily get 6 generously bubbled bubble baths out of just the one bar. Often I break it up into 10 or 12 pieces before placing it all in a jar in my bathroom. I have several jars displayed with all different bubble bars in them, my husband calls it Lulu’s Bubble Bar, Bar… 😆

I like to break my bubble bars into lots of pieces so that I can easily mix products together. It is also a lot easier to add more of a product if you feel the bath needs it than it is to take it back out, I feel storing it like this makes me less wasteful.

Blue Skies bubble bar is described as having a scent that is, ‘an exotic, hypnotic fragrance that helps you relax.’ The patchouli and frankincense are probably the most noticeable of its ingredients to me. Patchouli and I don’t always get on as unfortunately in some products that contain it such as The Lord of Misrule bath bomb, it can trigger my migraines. I am however okay with Blue Skies, I think maybe the frankincense and cinnamon oil in it saves it for me.

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Blue Skies has a very musky, spicy almost peppery scent, I wish I could detect more cinnamon in it, I think I’d use it more often if the cinnamon in it was stronger. As said above, the smallest amount of Blue Skies makes copious amounts of soft and white fluffy bubbles. It’s not until you’re sat in a Blue Skies bath that you realise why it is named Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds.

Its scent although not one I’d normally go for to help me relax does do a great job of helping me clear my head and feel calm. I love the deep blue that it turns the water too, it really is reminiscent of a beautiful Summers day.

Blue skies isn’t my favourite of the BIG bubble bars, that crown still belongs to The Comforter for now, I do however recommend Blue Skies if you’re looking for something a little different. Throughout my use of Lush I feel my sense of smell has matured somewhat. Blue Skies was a product I had to use a few times before I really started to appreciate it, I am glad I gave it a chance as it’s a much loved product to me now.



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Avobath Bath Bomb from Lush

img_4046When I am completely zonked by fatigue or need a bit of a boost, my go-to Lush product is the Avobath Bath Bomb. I’ll admit that it’s not the most visually pleasing bath bomb that Lush have created, I would however advise you to look past this as there is so much more to a bath bomb than how it looks, beauty is not always about what you can visually see!

What the Avobath bath bomb lacks visually is well made up for with everything else about it. Its carefully selected ingredients make for one very hydrating, refreshing and uplifting bath. It not only awakens every single one of your senses but also leaves your skin feeling soft, well soothed and looking fabulous.

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The idea that baths are strictly a night time, just-before-bed activity is a myth. YES, that’s right, there’s no truth in it, if you want a bath first thing in the morning or even at 2 in the afternoon, GO FOR IT! Bath Bombs don’t all have the same ingredients in and not every ingredient in a bath bomb makes you sleepy. I am explaining this as there are so many people out there that don’t know about essential oils and what properties and benefits each one has on us when used.

The Avobath is a brilliant bath bomb to use if you’re feeling tired and want to wake yourself up. It has a fantastically zingy, citrus fruit scent which really helps me fight the fatigue. If you’re unable to drink caffeine like me, an Avobath soak is the next best thing!

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As I said above, you’re not going to get any bath art out of the Avobath bath bomb. It’s a very quick fizzer, which isn’t a bad thing if you just want to lie back basking in all of its glory without much delay!

As soon as Avobath hits the bath water you’re greeted with an awakening waft of lemon grass and bergamot. Avobath also has a considerable amount of crushed fresh avocado and olive oil in it which is what makes it so hydrating. It’s an excellent choice if you suffer with dry skin, I find that the moisture stays for at least 48 hours after using it too.

Once the bath bomb has completely dissolved you are left with beautiful, bright green bath water, I know you shouldn’t have hot, hot, hot baths but I love using the Avobath in a hot as I can stand it bath. There’s something so relaxing about all of the Avobath’s ingredients mixed together, it’s almost as if my stresses and worries dissolve away with the bath bomb.

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Performance wise the Avobath is on par with the Blackberry bath bomb. Much like the Blackberry bath bomb, Avobath has secret magical powers because of the essential oils within it. I like that you may only be aware of these hidden powers if you have bothered to learn a little bit more about a Lush products ingredients…

Not everyone looks for bath bombs that only produce patterns and loads of colours so I can see why Avobath has thankfully remained so popular.

Although the Avobath bath bomb is plain to look at, I still hold it with high regard. I’d be very upset if Lush ever discontinued it. It’s high up in my list of bath bomb favourites.



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Celebrate Shower Gel from Lush

Celebrate Shower Gel
Celebrate Shower Gel was (and still is to some extent) one of the rarest, most sought after Lush shower gels ever made. When it was first released it was an exclusive product to Lush Japan. I’m not completely sure of the exact ins and outs but from what I understand, Lush UK didn’t have the rights to make it. With it only being available to buy within Japan the demand for it world wide was through the roof. Unless you could get someone in Japan to ship it to you directly it was near on impossible to get hold of.

Back in 2016 Lush UK released a shower gel as a part of their winter line called Bubbly. It’s not the same as Celebrate shower gel but it does come from the same scent family. As there are so many beautiful Lush scent families to choose from it is impossible for me to pick just the one favourite, anything Celebrate scented is however always a hit with me.

Lush Kitchen reached 3 years young back in March 2017 and to celebrate they brought out Celebrate shower gel as a surprise! It was a dream come true for me and I did not see it coming. For me, it was a sit down and fan yourself type of surprise, Lush is my life, don’t judge me. Just as I had come to terms with the fact that I would probably never get my hands on a bottle, I did! Thank you Lush Kitchen, you rock my world!
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As soon as you open the lid of Celebrate shower gel you are greeted with the comforting and refreshing scent of warming cognac, sweet orange and zesty lime. Much like the Bubbly shower gel, Celebrate is a fairly thick formula, to me it feels like more of a cream than a shower gel.

The smallest amount of Celebrate shower gel goes a very long way, this is a great trait to have in a product you love, especially when it is also a very rare product! it lathers up in your hands effortlessly and works even better with a shower pouf or washcloth. As you work it onto your body the scent really hits you. It’s a very delicate citrus fragrance that I can never, ever get enough of.

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My skin adores it, as does my nose. Using Celebrate shower gel is great anytime of day but I love to use it of an evening after a long, hard day. It not only lifts my mood but also eases me into a relaxed state of mind, helping me wind down for bed time. Its scent reminds me of happy times. The first time I experienced the Celebrate scent was when I used a Golden Wonder bath bomb, I fell in love with it within seconds of using it and have been desperate to try every Celebrate scented product since.

I am curious as to whether Celebrate shower gel will be making a return as a part of 2017’s Winter line now that Lush UK have got the okay to make it here. I honestly wouldn’t mind either Celebrate or Bubbly though, they are both very good shower gels that I find work just as good as a shampoo too.  I would however be really upset if neither came back this year.

I can clearly see and smell why the Celebrate shower gel is so sought after and I am so thankful to the Lush Kitchen for pulling so many strings and finally giving us UK Lushies a chance to experience it!



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Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub from Lush

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Ever since trying my very first Lush lip scrub I  have been hooked.

I don’t even bother looking at other brands anymore as no other lip scrub exfoliates, hydrates and softens my lips better.

I am a frequent user of Lush lip scrubs as I have an awful habit of biting my lips in my sleep. I like the Lush lip scrubs over others because they require minimum effort while covering everything your lips needs to look their best.

Being in a little tub, Lush lip scrubs can easily be slipped into your hand bag ready for you when you need it. They are a quick and easy way to exfoliate dry or chapped lips on the go.

The Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub is a part of 2016’s Lush Winter line and it is one of 2 releases. Unexpectedly to me, Sugar Plum shares its scent with The Comforter Bubble Bar.

I love the Comforter bubble bar I however am indecisive in regards to the shower cream equivalent because I find the scent too strong. Once I have however used it and the scent has dampened somewhat, I begin to warm to it. It’s definitely more desirable for me an hour or so after using it.

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The Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub like the shower cream is very strongly scented. This worried me a little as the thought of putting it near my mouth made me feel a little bit sick.

The smallest amount however goes a long way and I found that when it was on my lips its scent wasn’t nearly as strong as it is in the pot.

The main ingredient in Lush’s lip scrubs is caster sugar. To this day I am still amazed something so basic and natural can do such a good job at exfoliating.

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To use a lip scrub, place the smallest amount on to your finger then gently buff it on to your lips. The sugar helps smoothes and soothes any bits of your lips that don’t appear perfectly polished.

Once you have then finished buffing your lips you then add a dab of Lush lip balm.

Over all I am really impressed by the Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub, it is not as moisturising as others I have tried such a Bubblegum or Chocolate, it however still leaves my lips looking smooth and at their best.



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