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

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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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Roses All The Way Soap from Lush

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We haven’t even finished the first quarter of 2016 and already Lush have brought out more new and exciting products than I can keep up with. We’ve had the Valentine’s Day range, the Mother’s Day range and of course the Easter range as well as everything else in-between.

In all honesty I am literally stuck in a state of disbelief that we have actually already entered March?! As the saying goes – time flies when you’re having fun and with all of the new Lush goodies on offer, by me, fun is most certainly being had!

Today I am reviewing the Roses All The Way Soap, never before been released – this beautiful heart shaped, rose detailed soap had me intrigued within seconds of stumbling across it.

The Roses All The Way Soap is a generous size that takes up the best part of my hand. Comparing it to the usual, rectangular soap slabs its unique design, size and shape make it a lot easier to grip when using it in the bath or shower. For me, as a disabled person my particular needs in a soap are catered for just on the fact that it is easier to grip. Until my Lush addiction hit me bad, I was never a fan of floral scents, I don’t know why but I had always associated rose, lavender and other flowery scents with getting old.

Slowly but surely the Rose Jam scent however grew on me, alongside that, a lot of other scents that I never thought I’d enjoy all of a sudden became desirable.  I’d go as far as to say that my sense of smell has matured since joining the Lush crowd. I am now recognising and appreciating scents I had never really taken much notice of before. Lush has opened my eyes and although I am still far from an expert when it comes to scents, I am getting better!

Roses All The Way Soap is of course primarily a rose scent. At first I thought it was the Rose Jam scent but after a while I realised it actually has a softer floral tone and is actually quite sweet, almost zesty.  The more I used it, the more prominent the lemon oil in it appeared to be.

The idea behind this soap was inspired by Alice In Wonderland’s ‘painting the roses red’ part of the book. The back of the soap is white, as you use it, its red side starts to turn a light pink, eventually fading to a bright white. Any one who is familiar with the Alice in Wonderland story will know that the Queen of Hearts angrily demands that all of the white roses in her court yard are to be painted red. Painting the white roses red is exactly what her pack-of-card guards set upon doing.

Several hours after my bath I can still smell this soaps soft and zingy fragrance on my skin. It lathered up well and didn’t dry out my skin which has amazed me as most bars of soap do, especially those that are primarily floral.

Overall I am really impressed with Roses All The Way, it’s a wonderful addition to the Lush Soap family. Since enjoying it so much I have made it my new Lush goal to try several more Lush soaps in the near future. Watch this space!



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Heart Throb Bubbleroon from Lush

Heart Throb BubbleroonI am always super excited at the prospect of adding another bubbleroon to my Lush collection.

Heart Throb’s size is in consistency with the other Lush bubbleroons, it does however stand out from the crowd because of its unique shape.  Made up of 2 deep-red hearts that are fused together with gold-glitter tinted cream, it is very easy on the eye.  Putting Heart Throb against all of the other bubble bar products I can totally see why Heart Throb has proven to be so popular.

I have read several reviews on this Valentine’s day bubbleroon and all say different things regarding how much of the bubble bar they advise you use per bath.

When I first started my Lush journey I on instinct went straight for the bubble bars, not having much money for luxuries meant that the idea of a product that could be used on more than one occasion was ideal.

Many people use the whole of a bubbleroon for just one big, bubbly bath.  My personal preference is to however break them in half.  I have previously tried to break them into 3 or 4 pieces to spread out over several baths, this however made me feel like there just wasn’t enough product to go around.  After a lot of experimental-bath time trial and errors, I have come to the conclusion that using the whole bubbleroon for just one bath although fantastic scent wise, provides you with more bubbles than you actually need – that is if you don’t mind attending foam parties and being the only one invited…  Just half of a bubbleroon will guarantee you mounds and mounds of beautiful white bubbles and silky-smooth, tinted water that hydrates and soothes your skin.

 

The scent of the Heart Throb Bubbleroon is not one I am very familiar with, this is a completely new scent for me.  Dominated by vanilla, geranium and lemon oil it is a soft, fairly sweet, musky scent with a floral undertone, I am literally useless at describing scents so I won’t make a fool of myself by trying to put it into any more words.  Let’s just say that it is a very delicate and pleasant scent. 😉

Overall I think the Heart Throb Bubbleroon is a fantastic addition to the exclusive to Oxford Street, Lush Valentine’s line.

All though Heart Throb has well and truly impressed me, my favourite bubbleroon is still Yuzu and Cocoa. Never-the-less Heart Throb is a very welcome ingredient for some of the bath cocktails that I have planned in my future.



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Rose Lollipop Lip Balm from Lush

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up a tin of Rose Lollipop Lip Balm from my local Lush store in Harrogate.

As you’ll know Lush lip balm is often overshadowed by the more popular products such as the bath bombs and bubble bars. For the longest time lip balms where ignorantly not on my Lush radar.  When it comes to lip products I am extremely fussy, I prefer those with a gentle fragrance and taste.  As a sufferer of severe bouts of nausea and migraines I can never be too careful.

I had heard that this lip balm in particular was good and most importantly, had all of the qualities I favour.  It was therefore only a matter of time before I let my nose inspect it.

Rose Lollipop Lip Balm has a very delicate fruity, floral-rose scent. I was at first a little taken aback, it was better than I had expected.  I had initially thought it was going to be very similar to Lush’s much-loved winter scent, Rose Jam.  I love the Rose Jam scent and always have several products that have its scent at hand, I however wasn’t sure Rose Jam would be as likeable on my lips.  By all means, Rose Lollipop is a rose-scent that is quite similar to Rose Jam, it however has a slight citrus-fruit undertone making it quite a unique and desirable scent for me in particular.


Rose Lollipop Lip Balm not only satisfied my lip balm needs with its soft and likeable scent, it also hydrated and moisturised my notoriously dry, chapped lips perfectly.

Out of all of the Lush lip balms I have tried Rose Lollipop is by far the best suited one for me.  A little goes a very long way, its dinky size also means that I can always have it with me whether that is in my bag or pocket.

Although lip balms aren’t the most exciting or popular Lush products, I totally recommend trying out a few of their alternative products, Lush Cosmetics has so much more than bath bombs to offer, don’t miss out!



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Yummy Mummy Shower Cream from Lush

Yummy Mummy Shower Cream.pngI have finally found a moment to blog about one of the new Mother’s Day products from Lush. This year (2016) we have been treated to a brand new product, the Yummy Mummy Shower Cream. Previous to this, Yummy Mummy had only ever been released as a shower gel.

*Lush did also create a body conditioner with the same name but for the purpose of this review I am talking about the change from Yummy Mummy shower gel, to Yummy Mummy shower cream*

I guess turning the shower gel into a cream brings the best parts of the shower gel and body conditioner into one product. I know that not everyone is happy with the switch from gel to cream, I however love the change. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Yummy Mummy shower gel, I just always seem to favour the shower creams over the gels. For me, the shower creams feel just that little bit more luxurious in comparison to the gels.

Obviously the first thing that catches your eye with Yummy Mummy shower cream is its beautiful lustre-infused purple colour. The Yummy Mummy shower cream looks and feels like liquid velvet, it’s a real treat for dehydrated skin.

Once you have used the shower cream its sweet, fruity scent lingers on your skin long after getting out of the bath or shower. Yummy Mummy shower cream shares its scent with the 2015 winter ranges bubble bar, the Peeping Santa. I loved Peeping Santa and was very happy to see the Yummy Mummy scent making a return in yet another format for this years Mother’s Day line. What pleases me even more is that the Yummy Mummy shower cream is not the only product available in this years Mother’s day range that shares the scent, there is also the Roller bath bomb and Flutterby bubble bar too.

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Although I’d say this shower cream is primarily a fruity scented product, the added geranium oil within it, though not very strong, gives it a very unique and soft, almost musky edge. It reminds me of freshly chopped strawberries which makes a change as most of the other fruity products that I normally go for are citrus based.

I really do hope that they bring this wonderful shower cream back for next years Mother’s Day.  I am so tempted to buy several to keep in my Lush stock but I’m trying to be good. I will have to just use the shower cream sparingly, which might I add isn’t a negative at all as a little of this shower cream goes a very, very long way.



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Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb from Lush

Phoenix Rising Bath BombThe Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb was one of the very first that I tried from Lush. Back in the day when Lush Cosmetics wasn’t all that I ever thought/talked about, Phoenix Rising was readily available in every store as well as online. This was the case up until early 2015.

Since Phoenix Rising’s retirement this is the first time (to my belief) that they have been released as a Lush Kitchen product. Their scent is to die for, I missed it a hell of a lot since it was discontinued so I decided to order a few.

As soon as they arrived I was greeted with their wonderful scent, it took me right back to when I very first got into Lush.

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I always liked this bath bomb as it wasn’t like any of the others. Anything with bergamot oil in, is a winner for me but when it is mixed with cinnamon it becomes a dream. Its purple exterior and gold lustre soon fill the bath, a beautiful deep pink foam froths off of it as it glides around in the shimmering, deep purple water.

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Phoenix Rising then sinks to the bottom. Still bubbling away, whilst filling my bathroom with an uplifting and energising bergamot and cinnamon scent. The cinnamon stick then becomes unattached to the bath bomb as the ‘phoenix rises!’ right back to the top.

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There is something so incredibly warming about cinnamon, I wish Lush did more of them as there’s nothing like a good old soak in a cinnamon infused bath.

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Sometimes I find that bath bombs dissolve too quickly. When this happens it leaves me with no time to appreciate what a very clever invention they are.

The Phoenix Rising bath bomb is however a very slow fizzer. Its colour, scent and presence soothes the soul.

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The scent from this enchanting bath bomb lingers on your skin for the best part of the next day if used just before bed, I also love how it pampers my skin. It feels silky smooth when I get out of the bath, there is no need for me to moisturise at all.

I’m still very sad that this bath bomb was put into retirement, I would however like to thank Lush Kitchen for making up a small batch last week so that we could get the chance to relive it once more.



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