Sultana Body Lotion from Lush

Anything that shares its scent with my beloved and very much discontinued Blackberry bath bomb is a must have product for me. I’m actually getting bored of hearing myself explain this in every Blackberry/Sultana scented product review that I do so I will be as brief as possible.

Before the Blackberry bath bomb was discontinued it was my go-to-product if my insomnia decided to pay me a visit. To this day products with the Blackberry/Sultana scent are the only non medicinal things in the world that actually help me fall and stay asleep, I therefore hold anything with its scent with very high regards, grabbing anything and everything Lush create, if and when I can.

Sultana Body Lotion was recently in the Lush Kitchen alongside several other body lotions made in the most popular Lush scents. At first I wasn’t going to order any Sultana body lotion as I have a huge bottle of the body conditioner equivalent in my bathroom. Of course I changed my mind, (stating the obvious) they are both completely different products… In hindsight I am so pleased that I did get the lotion as I actually really like the Blackberry scent in this format. Its scent is exactly like the Blackberry bath bomb.

Consistency wise I think the Sultana body lotion is perfect, it’s not too thick and it’s not too runny. It has a beautifully smooth texture that is a similar consistency to a petit filous yogurt. As with most Lush products, a little amount of it goes a very long way. With it not being too thick a formula the Sultana body lotion rubs in easily, something I love in a body lotion. There’s nothing worse than a body lotion that takes ages to rub in!

Once put on, Sultana body lotion leaves my skin feeling perfectly hydrated and appearance wise much brighter, even the dry patches of my skin such as my elbows look and feel smooth. Its scent is also still detectable on my skin hours after using it, this is of course a huge bonus for me. There’s just something so relaxing about Lush’s ‘Blackberry’ signature-blend-of bergamot and frankincense oils.

One thing I have noticed is that Sultana body lotion doesn’t soak in to your skin very quickly, as I said above a little does go a long way so this isn’t a huge issue. Less is more and all that! Overall I am really impressed with the Sultana body lotion, I hope that Lush decide to bring it out again as it’s the perfect product format for the Blackberry scent.



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Magic Crystals Shower Scrub from Lush

phontoAfter what feels like an eternity Lush have finally released another potted shower scrub. I have been wanting an alternative to Rub Rub Rub for longer than I can even remember, not because I dislike Rub Rub Rub, I in fact adore it… I just feel as if it would be nice to have more of a choice when it comes down to the potted shower scrubs, enter Lush’s brand new Magic Crystals Shower Scrub!

Magic Crystals is a brilliant shade of purple, upon seeing its colour I immediately had a soft spot for it as its the exact same colour I had my bridesmaids in when I got married in 2017.

When pictures of the Magic Crystals shower scrub first emerged on social media due to its magical name, many people guesstimated that it shared its scent with the Magic bath bomb, they were however very, very wrong.

Its ingredients include fresh mint, sage and spearmint oil as well as epsom and fine sea salt. Magic Crystals doesn’t share a scent with another Lush product it does however remind me of several of them.

When you first take the lid off of the Magic Crystals I am instantly reminded of one of my favourite Lush face masks the Mask of Magnaminty.

Once you start to use Magic Crystals in the shower I am then reminded of Christingle body conditioner, not only for its scent in the steamy hot shower but also for how it gently stimulates your skin making it tingle a little.

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

With any exfoliator I recommend that you pay particular attention to any dry patches you may have such as knees and elbows. The spearmint oils tingly properties breathe life into dull skin. A quick scrub down with Magic Crystals clears your pores of excess oil, dirt and yucky dead skin leaving your skin softer in appearance as well as to touch.

Consistency wise Magic Crystals isn’t as silky soft as Rub Rub Rub. The salt in it appears to be slightly more chunkier, it does however do an almost identical job, I’d go as far to say that my skin actually feels more hydrated after using Magic Crystals when compared to my skin after using Rub Rub Rub.

Overall I am very happy with the new Magic Crystals shower scrub, it’s nice that there is more of a choice of this particular type of product now. The variety certainly makes shower time a lot more exciting to say the least.

Once out of the shower its minty scent is still detectable on your skin hours after using it. Its scent on my skin actually reminds me of the Intergalactic bath bomb some what. Intergalactic is one of my favourites so this is a huge positive for me, I will imagine this is the case for many other Lush customers too as Intergalactic is one of (or possibly is, I need to check) their best selling product.



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The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb from Lush

The World's Smallest Disco Bath BombThe World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb is brand new to Lush this year. Although it isn’t obvious upon first glance, it is in fact a product from Lush’s Winter 2018 collection. I decided to start my Winter reviews with the, The World’s Smallest Disco bath bomb as it’s a product that doesn’t scream the C word; CHRISTMAS.

I have heard some people say a lot of this years Winter line isn’t Christmassy enough, I’m afraid I’m on team Scrooge and disagree, Winter is about so much more than just Christmas, Autumn too. The less Christmassy the better for me, especially when it’s only just turned October… There’s plenty of time for all things Christmas once we reach December!

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Over the last few years Lush have designed and released several black coloured products, in 2017 we were introduced to the brand new Secret Arts jelly bomb and Bewitched bubble bar too. Back then myself and my very white bath were naturally wary about bathing in the darkest of black bath-water and this was the case for many others which is why I guess Lush hadn’t made many (if any), black-bathing products previously.

Regardless of my wariness, I did give both of the aforementioned black products a go and even though I thought I wouldn’t enjoy either, I in fact REALLY enjoyed both.

As you can see from the above photographs the, The World’s Smallest Disco bath bomb is yet another black product. Seeing as I had enjoyed both Secret Arts and Bewitched I had an open mind about the, The World’s Smallest Disco. It has a similar design to the Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb (the multicoloured bath bomb discs that decorate it). Designed to look just like a disco ball you can’t help but feel drawn to it.

The World’s Smallest Disco bath bomb contains several uplifting and feel-good ingredients. Persian lime and grapefruit oil leave not only your skin feeling refreshed but also your mind too. Just like the Golden Wonder bath bomb, The World’s Smallest Disco also contains cognac oil, this gives its bitter citrus scent a warming edge.

I don’t like to complain but I can’t help but mention the steep price of The World’s Smallest Disco, I don’t normally go into pricing in my reviews but it’s currently available at just over £5. For £5 I want the bath bomb to sing and dance, I assume this price is because of the cognac oil as Golden Wonder has gone up in price a huge amount too. I did say in previous reviews from 2017 that I’d begrudge spending anymore than £4.95 on a single use product, I am therefore a little disappointed that this bath bomb is so expensive.

I do however completely appreciate Lush’s ethics and the fact that cruelty free ingredients do cost more to source etc, I am just a little taken back as it’s a lot more than I had expected. To warrant me buying any more it really had to be an all singing, all dancing, bath time extravaganza.

As soon as the, The World’s Smallest Disco comes into contact with the bath water there is an explosion of silver/grey foam. As the bath bomb dances around your bath, spewing lime scented foam, the multicoloured bath bomb discs slowly come loose from the bath bomb, just as the ones in Luxury Lush Pud do. Once it’s fully dissolved you are left with pitch black bath water decorated with multicoloured dots. It reminds me of a starry nights sky on a clear night, (if stars were multicoloured anyway.)

The scent of the bath bomb diminishes somewhat after it’s dissolved and doesn’t last the whole bath. A soak in a World’s Smallest Disco bath does however leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed, which is a trait I really like a bath bomb to have. At the end of the bath it also all went down the plug hole with no fuss. There was no mess at all, as long as your bath is clean and doesn’t have any soap scum on it prior to using this bath bomb you’ll be fine, even with its dark colour.

Overall I did thoroughly enjoy using this bath bomb, the price does however put me off a little, it’s one I would like to use again but will be saving for special occasions only because of how expensive it is.



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I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles Reusable Bubble BarThe I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles Reusable Bubble Bar is the craziest bubble bar that Lush have created thus far, which is rather an absurd claim that I am about to explain. As well as working like an ordinary reusable bubble bar, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles can also be used to blow bubbles too. (Just in case its name didn’t give that fun-fact away.)

Designed in the shape of the bubble wand that you find in the kids bubble bottles, using it is like revisiting your childhood but so much better because its so much bigger!

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles comes in just the one colour, a bright green. I’d love to see more ‘bubble blowing wands’ coming out in  alternative colours and scents. That last statement from myself lets on very early into this review that I’m really impressed with I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, sorry to kill the suspense… 😉

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles started its life as a Lush Labs product, it however proved so popular that it is now available in both stores and online. Containing Sicilian lemon, lime and grapefruit oil the green water and fluffy white bubbles created by I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles is a zingy, super refreshing experience.

It doesn’t share its scent with another Lush product but after using it I feel the same as I do after a long soak in a Brightside bubble bath; Ready to take on the world.

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles isn’t just for kids BUT it is hugely popular with them. It’s an excellent way to get reluctant kids and adults into a bath tub. My husband does a very strenuous job and I am always telling him to have a bath to help with his back, now that I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles is a permanent fixture in Lush he’s been more than happy to swap the shower for a bath once a week. We’re all big kids at heart!

The above photo is of my husband trying out I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles for the first time. To use as a bubble blowing wand, simply dip it in and out of your bath water then blow through the hole. The last couple of Lush reusable bubble bars that I have reviewed have really upped their game when it comes down to colour vibrancy, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles included. The water it creates is a beautiful shade of green, shaming the likes of the Santasaurus reusable bubble bars’ icky, pond-water-green finale by miles.

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles immediately starts to tint your water as soon as it is placed under the running tap, fluffy white bubbles then follow suit. A little goes a long way with I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, I’ve used it 4 times so far and it’s still going strong, the colour has lightened somewhat in-between uses, rather than excessive use, I think it’s because where I leave my products to dry in-between uses has been a lot sunnier than normal due to our (now much missed) heatwave of Summer 2018.

the Sicilian lemon, lime and grapefruit oil are apparent through out the whole of your bath, the bubbles do start to melt away but after a good 20 minutes soak there were still plenty of them which is another surprise as most other reusable bubble bars have no bubble-staying-power at all.

I didn’t find I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ water to be quite as hydrating as I would like in a bubble bath, it did however revive and brighten my skin which is just what is needed now the weather is turning colder.

Overall I am very, very impressed with the I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles reusable bubble bar. It’s such a clever design and idea. It brings a little excitement and fun back into bathing, it’s one of Lush’s best inventions yet. Although it’s not a part of Lush’s Winter 2018 line it will be available for the foreseeable future so is the perfect Christmas gift for someone you want to give something a little different to.



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Sleepy Shower Bomb from Lush

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I am so in love with Lush’s brand new invention, the Lush Moods shower bomb. They are the exact type of product that first got me into Lush. They make the practice of aromatherapy at home so quick and easy. Each of them showcase essential oils at their best.

Essential oils have so many positive benefits on your body and I’m excited to see Lush getting back to its roots by reintroducing us to long-loved essential oils, stripping them back in an attempt to enjoy the powers they hold, in ways people before us thousands of years ago used to use them too. Great examples of essential oils and some of their benefits are lavender oil to soothe and lime oil to uplift and refresh.

The new shower bombs redefine aromatherapy with their ingredients by engaging your senses, transforming your mood and altering your state of mind, all from just simply taking one of the 4 new shower bombs in to the shower with you.

The first one I tried was the Sleepy Shower Bomb. Shaped like a cloud with the word ‘Sleepy’ engraved onto its bottom (see below photo) it got my attention straight away.

I am no stranger to sleepless nights so I always gravitate towards the Lush products that are going to help me relax and wind down of a night time. The desired result is that I hopefully drift off into a deep and restful sleep, long before I’ve had a chance to check my clock, stressing over how many hours of sleep I have missed and how many I could get if I could fall asleep at that precise moment.

If this sounds familiar to you I’m sure you feel the same way as me and are open to trying anything that you think could help. I felt exactly like this, lost, stressed and tired when I first got into Lush a good few years ago. After researching essential oils I went into my very first Lush store and asked if they could point me towards anything with lavender oil in it. I left with a Twilight and Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb.

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My first trip to a Lush store was obviously a success otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this now! Although Lush haven’t cured my insomnia I find that several of their products do make the process of falling asleep a lot easier. One of those products is the aforementioned Twilight bath bomb. I was therefore delighted to learn that the Sleepy shower bomb actually shares its scent with the Twilight bath bomb.

This technically makes the Sleepy shower bomb the Twilight bath bombs shower equivalent. Which is a huge deal for all Twilight bath bomb fans who don’t always have the time to take a bath.  Rich with essential oils such as soothing lavender and comforting tonka absolute, I knew that I’d like Sleepy just from reading its ingredients list.

To use a shower bomb all you do is take it into the shower with you and hold it under the water, it will instantly expand and foam up. Lush then advise that you take a deep breath, allow the essential oils to surround you and then begin to cleanse yourself with the foam, just as you would use a shower gel.

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The Sleepy shower bomb begins to foam within seconds, as soon as you put it in the stream of water the hot steam begins to spread its relaxing scent. Although the shower bombs aren’t as smooth as shower gels they pretty much work the same way. With the shower bombs being half foam half almost foam (solid) they are surprisingly good exfoliants too.

For the Sleepy shower bomb in particular I recommend breaking it in half and using it over 2 showers. By all means enjoy all of it in one shower if that’s what you want, I just found that there was way more product than what I actually needed in just the one shower.

I always use new Lush products with an open mind and if I am going to be honest I wasn’t very excited when I first see ‘shower bomb’s’ in the Lush Lab. I have however been swept away by the Sleepy shower bomb and I am pleased to announce that all 4 shower bombs are now available in all stores too!



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Fun for all the Family Bubble Spinner from Lush

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The Fun for all the Family Bubble Spinner is a limited edition bubble bar that was a part of Lush’s 2018 Father’s Day line. When Lush first released the bubble bar equivalent of a fidget spinner last year (the Bubble Spinner) I had no idea what a fidget spinner even was. Just in case you’re new to fidget and bubble spinners I’ll briefly explain the ins and outs below. A fidget spinner is a small toy that usually has two or three prongs arranged around a central bearing. They are designed to be spun by the fingers as a means of improving concentration and a reliever of stress.

The bubble bar equivalents of a fidget spinner, like Fun for all the Family do not however work in quite the same way as the toy fidget spinners – (the water from the tap is what essentially makes the bubble spinner, spin). Getting in on the fidget spinner craze has been a very clever move on Lush’s part and one that seems to have made a great impression on the bubble bath industry. Fun for all the Family is just one of the many bubble spinners Lush have created since the original bubble spinner was released back in August 2017. They just keep getting better and better.

What makes the Fun for all the Family bubble spinner unique to all of the others that have been released prior to it, is the fact that it has five prongs. This not only gives the bubble spinner a new star-like-shape but it also ensures that upon contact with the water running out of the tap, the bubble spinner will ALWAYS spin. Which is something that not all the others have been guaranteed to do (without a little help anyway.)

Jam packed with plentiful feel-good ingredients such as sweet orange and lime oils, the Fun for all the Family bubble spinner is the perfect pick-me-up product. Sharing its scent with the hugely popular limited edition bath bomb, Never Mind the Ballistics I couldn’t resist grabbing one to try. As soon as the Fun for all the Family bubble spinner is held under running tap water its cheerful scent fills your bathroom, it’s like fizzy sherbet sweets but so much better. Bubbles also start to appear very quickly while the bath water underneath them turns the most beautiful shade of blue.

What really impressed me about Fun for all the Family is how quickly it created copious amounts of fluffy, white bubbles, I didn’t need to hold it under the tap for very long at all. More than 60 seconds felt wasteful to me and I got at least 10 baths out of just one bubble spinner making it worth every single penny. Its scent lasts throughout your bath and my skin always felt well hydrated after getting out of the bath whenever I used it, this is very rare on my sensitive skin when it comes down to reusable bubble bars.

Another thing I noticed is how it has held its colour, every other Lush product that I have owned that is largely blue, are always the first to fade in colour. Examples of blue bubble bars that have lost their colour within a month or so are The Christmas Penguin and Bubbling Under. Fun for all the Family is however still very blue and I think my last one was purchased mid-June-time. Its scent although subtle, stays on your skin a good few hours after getting out of the bath too. For a reusable bubble bar Fun for all the Family really blew me away. Lush’s bubble spinners just keep getting better and better!



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Sultana Shower Gel from Lush

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I have wanted to try Sultana Shower Gel ever since I heard the rumour that a prototype of it existed back in February 2017. I feel like I have waited an eternity to get hold of some and words cannot describe how happy I am to finally own a bottle of it!

The Sultana shower gel shares its scent with the discontinued Blackberry bath bomb which happens to be one of my favourite Lush products. Although visually the Blackberry bath bomb isn’t spectacular, it happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

Any Lush product that shares the Blackberry bath bombs scent/ingredients is therefore understandably a must have for me, even more so since the bath bomb was discontinued.

Sultana shower gels scent isn’t your typical Lush-fruity-fragrance. Its magic ingredients are frankincense (olibanum) and bergamot, this superb blend of essential oils are perfect for helping you wind down of an evening. 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 Sultana is so different that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t spring to mind upon first sniff.

The shower gel itself is quite runny, a small amount of it does however go a very long way. A ten-pence-piece-sized amount is more than enough to wash your whole body. I love Sultana so much that I always over indulge and use a lot more than necessary, whoopsy! Unfortunately with it being quite a runny consistency over indulging and using too much is very easy to do.

Although the consistency of the Sultana shower gel is quite runny it’s not on par with how the old Olive Branch shower gel used to be, it’s also quite creamy so I don’t see its runny consistency as a huge issue, I actually think some shower gels work better when they’re not super thick. I have even used Sultana shower gel in my hair, I always find that the thinner shower gels work great as shampoo too.

As you rub Sultana shower gel into your body it’s gentle and super relaxing scent fills the shower space, breathing it in with the hot steam helps to draw out any stress that you’ve held onto from your day. After using it my muscles always seem less tense and I always feel ready for bed as soon as I’ve stepped out of the shower.

In the Summer I grew quite fond of pairing the Sultana shower gel up with the Sultana of Skin body conditioner. Although I find that the Sultana shower gel is more than capable in keeping my skin perfectly hydrated ( which not many other shower gels do), with the super hot weather we’ve had here in England I just felt my skin needed a little bit more tender loving care. I am really sad that Sultana shower gel was only available for a short while as a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I think Lush should rethink and make it a store wide shower gel as it really is beautiful!



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