Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt from Lush

Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt

The very first thing I noticed about the Heart of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt had to be its rather long name. For the purpose of this review and to save me from losing my mind, I will furthermore refer to it as just the ‘Heart’. It’s a beautiful name but also a bit of a nightmare at the same time. I don’t think Lush have ever had such a complicated named product.

There’s something about its names length that sets my anxiety off, laughable I know but I just keep thinking ‘there needs to be a comma somewhere?!!’. It’s like a friend who has a double barreled first, middle and last name, quite a mouthful. Moving swiftly back on to an actual review on the product itself, here is the brand new bubble bar and bath melt brought out by Lush, as a part of their 2018 Valentine line…

The Heart bubble bar melt is a reasonably sized bubble bar topped with a light coating of cocoa butter (the melt). It’s big enough to sit snuggly in my hand. To look at it really reminds me of carrot cake, the cocoa butter obviously being the icing. Above is a photograph of a crate of them in my local store, they all have a light dusting of golden lustre, by the time I however got mine home most of my lustre had fallen off as you can see from the photograph below.

The Heart bubble bar melt shares its scent with the Two Hearts Beating as One bath melt that was on sale from Lush this time, last year.  It has a floral-sweet fragrance; Scent wise the ylang ylang, bergamot and rose oils are probably the most noticeable of its ingredients. All of this products ingredients blend perfectly together, if romance had its own scent, I think the Heart bubble bar melts fragrance would be it!

I can get 2 generously bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar melt. I imagine you could get more than 2 baths out of it if you really wanted, I do feel anything more than 2 wouldn’t give you an experience that shows its true potential though.

Although I find this products bubble-potential a huge selling point, (after all, it is part bubble bar) I find that because of the melt part of the bubble bar, the bubbles don’t hang around as long as I am used to with Lush bubble bars. Within 10 minutes all you are left with is orange water, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but is something I have noticed.

Unlike the bubbles, this products scent stays with you throughout your entire bath, its scent does weaken ever so slightly but it is still present until the last drop of water goes down the plug hole. Considering the Heart is both bubble bar and bath melt, I expected the water to be soft and super hydrating on my skin. By all means it wasn’t at all drying, I just expected it to be slightly more moisturising than it was.

I really hate writing anything negative in my Lush-product-reviews but I have and always will be honest in them. If I declared my undying love for every single Lush product I’d clearly be lying, you simply can’t love everything. I do not dislike this bubble bar melt, it just hasn’t got me all excited in quite the same way as some of the other new Valentine’s products have. I’d have really liked to have seen a bath bomb in this scent, one that resembles a Roller or Over and Over would be a dream come true! Maybe Lush will make one next year… *fingers crossed*.



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Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon from Lush

Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon

The Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon shares its scent with the much loved and recently retired Lush product, the Fizzbanger bath bomb. Every year Lush have to discontinue a certain amount of products to make way for new ones. As sad as it is to see some of your favourite products go, updating the product line with new products to try, keeps things fresh and interesting. When I heard that this new bubble bar shared its scent with Fizzbanger I couldn’t wait to buy one.

You wouldn’t be frowned upon for mistaking the Whole Lotta Love bubbleroon for a previous Valentine’s product. Looks wise it is very similar to another heart shaped bubbleroon called Heart Throb. Looks is however all it has in common, both are surprisingly different, especially when it comes down to scent.

Whole Lotta Love’s ingredients and scent is a feast for your nose as well as your skin. It contains bergamot and lemongrass oil as well as jasmine, rose and ylang ylang absolute. Whole Lotta Love’s scent is often described by people not so familiar with it as a citrus lemon scent, I can see why people immediately pick up on the lemongrass but if you take a second to really take in its scent you realise there is so much more to it than just lemon. The scents I always pick up from this bubbleroon reminds me of warm apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

The Whole Lotta Love bubbleroon consists of 2 heart shaped bubble bars stuck together just like a macaroon, its filling and binding-together-ingredient being yellow shea butter. This is how the bubbleroons got their ‘macaroon’  inspired names, they work no different from a standard bubble bar, they are just designed with macaroons in mind. The shea butter that sandwiches both of the heart shaped bubble bars together is (once set) decorated with a tiny paint brush like tool with finishing touches of golden lustre.

Copious amounts of bubbles can be made with just 1 half of this bubbleroon. It turns the bath water a beautiful, creamy shade of red, it is a very romantic bath time treat to say the least. Its scent lasts throughout the bath and also stays on your skin for several hours after getting out of the bath too. The shea butter in it also doesn’t go unnoticed. It adds a softness to the bath water that leaves your skin refreshed, hydrated and bright. In comparison to the Heart Throb bubbleroon, the Whole Lotta Love blows Heart Throb out of the water, or should I say, bath.

Since the discontinuation of the Fizzbanger bath bomb I know a lot of people have missed it, the Whole Lotta Love bubbleroon has definitely helped with the loss of such a high profile, Lush favourite. After a long hot soak in a Whole Lotta Love bath, I like to carry on its amazing scent by spritzing myself with some Love body spray. Which along with the Fizzbanger bath bomb also shares its heart-warming fragrance. I love that Lush allow us to explore the same scents through different formats of products, I still think that Fizzbanger is my favourite product created in its scent but Whole Lotta Love is a close second!



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Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream from Lush

Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream

The Tender is the Night Naked Shower Cream is a brand new release from Lush. It is currently the product every Lushie is talking about as it is the first of the packageless ‘naked’ products that Lush have dared to release in only a naked form. The fact that Tender is the Night has only been released in naked form has caused a bit of a storm in the Lush community.

When the first lot of naked products went on sale last year, Lush also had its packaged equivalent available, giving customers a choice of getting the products naked or packaged. Now that a choice with Tender is the Night shower cream hasn’t even been offered, some customers aren’t at all happy.

I honestly don’t mind either way. I’ve heard that Lush did create a bottled version but it worked out so expensive that they scrapped it, whether that’s true or not is another question. The collector in me is a little disappointed as from experience the naked products don’t last nearly as long as the bottled ones (in regards to best before dates etc) I do however understand from trying the other various naked products that plastic is actually just a luxury that does more bad than good. It isn’t actually needed and Lush are proving this through the exploration and inventing of packageless products. Whatever you believe in regards to the naked Lush products, we all know that they are a small yet positive step in the right direction of helping save the planet we live on.

I feel as if Lush taking away the choice of bottled shower cream is a huge statement in itself. I also think this statement has been made consciously by Lush too. Do the fish in the sea get a choice when packaging waste is dumped in their home? no. Should we take more responsibility for ourselves and the plastic we make and use? YES. Whether you want to take responsibility or not, the lack of a bottled version of Tender is the Night shower cream has certainly got us all talking about an issue that we all need to wake up and face.

The Tender is the Night naked shower cream shares its scent with the very first Lush massage bar I ever got also named Tender is the Night. (pictured in the photo above). Its scent therefore has great sentimental value to me. When I very first took the naked shower cream out of my parcel I couldn’t smell it. This worried me a little, I’d been so looking forward to finally being able to experience the Tender is the Night scent in a different product format. The lack of a scent meant I wouldn’t be getting the experience I had hoped for.

Once I had it out and away from the other more dominantly scented Valentine’s products (that I will be reviewing over the next few weeks) I could finally detect the delicate scent that is Tender is the Night. Jam packed with vanilla, jasmine absolute and ylang ylang, its scent although light and airy reflects romance and love perfectly. It’s a beautiful and subtle floral-sweet blend.

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Even though I appreciate why Lush haven’t made a bottled version of this shower cream I am still not completely sold on the solid shower gels or creams. Some I get on with and others I don’t. The Tender is the Night naked shower cream has however seriously impressed me from very first use. So much so that I have used it every day since it arrived. It lathers easily and a little goes a very long way, both of these are 2 things that I always look for in a shower gel and cream.

Lush shower creams are meant to be a little more hydrating than the shower gels, although Tender is the Night isn’t quite as moisturising as the likes of the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream it does leave my skin feeling soft and looking refreshed. The scent of it during use is just as good as the massage bar, its subtle scent also lasts all day on my skin leaving me eager to use it again.

I’m going to be bold and say that the Tender is the Night naked shower cream is my favourite of the naked shower gel/creams that I have tried out so far. A selfish bit of me pines for a bottled version but the naked version has left me more than satisfied. I hope Lush decided to use this scent in other future product formats as it’s one of my all time favourites.



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Frog Prince Bath Bomb from Lush

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I can never resist trying out the mini seasonal bath bombs like Frog Prince. The small, character shaped bath bombs are more of a novelty to me, I however like to stock up on them as they make for excellent ingredients for some great Lush-bath-cocktails.

Other great character bath bombs that are of a similar size are Ickle Baby Bot, Spring Bunny and Butterbear.

The Frog Prince bath bomb has a floral scent that epitomises Valentine’s Day perfectly. It’s rich with jasmine, rose and ylang ylang oil and although I am not always a fan of the floral products the Frog Prince is one that I do enjoy using.

Frog Prince is a very green, frog shaped product that flaunts bright red bath-melt lips. Once placed in the water, the Frog Prince bath bomb starts to fizzle away sending small jets of green fizz across the water.

Considering its smaller size, I was very surprised that the Frog Prince bath bomb took a lot longer to fully dissolve than I had expected. The bright red lips are visible throughout and with a pout that Angelina Jolie would be jealous of there’s no guessing why…

Once the frog has fully dissolved the lips begin to melt. As the lips slowly bob around the water they create pretty red swirls that stand out like a neon sign up against the green tinted water.

Again, for such a small bath bomb I was amazed at how moisturising it was on my skin. The smaller bath bombs aren’t normally as hydrating as the larger ones so this was an unexpected surprise.

The last surprise from this bath bomb is the hidden note you get in it. I found a note with a picture of Lush Kitchen’s Sam on it, it says ‘Princess Sam was made to kiss you,’  It is such a cute touch to a lovely bath bomb.

I know I said at the start of this review that I like to get the smaller bath bombs such as the Frog Prince because I like to use them in Lush cocktails, Frog Prince however does work really well on its own. For such a small bath bomb it really is very, very impressive!



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Love You, Love You Lots Soap from Lush

Love You, Love You Lots Soap.pngIf you was lucky enough to use last years Roses All the Way soap then you’d recognise that it and the Love You, Love You Lots Soap share a scent. In all honesty I was a little disappointed that they had dropped Roses All the Way, I loved the Alice in Wonderland theme around it BUT I also enjoy new products so welcomed the new soap with open arms.

I am not a huge user of bars of soap. I just prefer using shower gel/cream on my body as I find bars of soap can leave my skin really dry. Not all of them do though so I thought it was worth giving the Love You, Love You Lots soap a try.

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When I first experienced this soap’s scent I was instantly reminded of the Rose Jam shower gel. It isn’t quite the same though, Love You, Love You Lots soap has a much softer floral tone to it. Alongside the floral tone there is a subtle, sweet and zingy aspect too. The more I use it, the more prominent the lemon oil in it appears to be. The scent compliments the time of year perfectly. The only negative point I feel I have to share about this soap is that I needed to work a lot harder to get a workable lather.

The Love You, Love You Lots soap did dry out my skin but I had expected that. The Sultana of Skin body conditioner however came to the rescue and all was well.

Sadly I don’t think its a soap I will want to stock up on before the season is over but, I am very glad that I tried it as I love revisiting Lush’s library of beautiful and unique scents through new products in all types of different formats.



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The Kiss Lip Gloss from Lush

The Kiss Lip Gloss has yet again made a return as a part of Lush’s Valentine’s Day range. Sharing its scent with my favourite of the Lush lip scrubs, The Kiss I can never help but pick one up.

When I very first ordered this lip gloss I wasn’t at all aware that it was a lip gloss, I thought it was either a lip balm or a lip tint. It wasn’t until I had it in front of me that I realised what it was. Stupid I know, after all it’s not like it is labelled as ‘The Kiss Lip Gloss’ in an inconspicuous way.

I’m not a huge fan of lip gloss purely because it’s a nightmare to have on when you have long hair. The wind just has to blow a little bit for your hair to get stuck to your mouth, it’s easy enough to unstick, lip gloss is however not very flattering in your hair. There’s only so much it can take before people start to think you missed a bit of gunk the last time you washed it.the-kiss-lip-glossWith this in mind I was pretty positive that I wouldn’t get on with the, The Kiss lip gloss I am however pleased to let you know that I actually quite like it.

First of all it smells exactly the same as the Lip Scrub, secondly it isn’t as glossy as I had feared. I would describe it as more of a lip butter, Although it is not quite as moisturising as a lip butter, just very similar in consistency. It’s packed with natural ingredients that are all very good for lips. Shea butter and coconut oil are great at moisturising the lips while a mix of mandarin oil and almond oil softens and brightens them.

The Kiss glides onto your lips very easily and you can layer it up to add to its subtle, light pink colour. If you’re like me and don’t like too much product, you can just dab on the one coat to add a light shine to your lips.

This lip gloss is not my favourite from the Valentine’s range however when it is paired with the lip scrub it’s brilliant. The only thing I’m not sure about is the taste of it. I know you’re not supposed to eat it but it does go on your lips so naturally I’d prefer it to taste a little bit better than it does.



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The Kiss Lip Scrub from Lush

the-kiss-lip-scrubI am an everyday user of Lush lip scrubs because I have an awful habit of biting my lips in my sleep. I choose Lush lip scrubs over all others not only because of Lush’s ethical buying policies but because they give instant results and with minimum effort.

The 25g jars of Lush lip scrubs can easily slip into your handbag with all of your other daily essentials. They are the quickest and easiest way to exfoliate dry or chapped lips whenever and wherever.

The Kiss Lip Scrub is a part of 2017’s Lush Valentine’s line, my first experience with it was Valentine’s 2016. Scent wise, I think The Kiss is probably my favourite of the Lush lip scrubs, it has a wonderfully sweet sherbet scent and it tastes really good too. Although Lush lip scrubs aren’t made to be eaten, it won’t hurt if you end up accidentally swallowing a bit.

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What sets the, The Kiss lip scrub apart from the rest is the inclusion of red edible hearts. Although from an exfoliation perspective they are purely decorational I think they add a little romance to the scrub, this product not only exfoliates and softens your lips but looks cute and fun too.

Colour wise it’s very similar to Lush’s Bubblegum lip scrub. Bubblegum shares its scent with the Snow Fairy shower gel so is immensely popular, I however prefer The Kiss because it’s a much softer formula. Although it contains near on the same ingredients, I just find The Kiss to be slightly more gentle which is better for me considering I like to use a lip scrub daily.

The only negative thing about it is that it doesn’t seem to last as long as the other Lush lip scrubs. After 5 or 6 months the scent starts to fade a little which doesn’t match up with their use by date which is labelled as lasting just over 12 months. Overall I however really do like this product, a little goes a long way and I plan on buying another pot before Valentine’s 2017 is over.



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