7 October 2017

Sleepy Hand Cream

As I said in my previous review, the Lush Showcase has become an essential part of the community over the last eighteen months, and it's difficult to imagine what life was like before the sneaky teasers and such. Unfortunately, there are some products that make an appearance at the event, only to disappear into obscurity without any rhyme or reason. Sleepy Handcream is perhaps the most perplexing.

Not only does it share its scent with Twilight - perhaps the most sought after fragrance in Lush's catalogue - but it is also the first of its kind. Never before have the company offered a pocket- sized tube of this design, and I for one have revelled in the creative nature of the artist-inspired bottle, and how practical it is for carrying it around in a day bag. 

In all fairness, I was rather shocked when this didn't make an immediate appearance in the shops, if only because of how quickly it sold out at the showcase event. Not only did I witness an entire bucket having to be replaced in the few minutes I was standing by one of the stalls, but I was told that the product was sold out very early on into the event, which couldn't be said for any other exclusive.

While I have no doubt enticed you with the promise of a Twilight-scented handcream, I feel I need to state that this is not a direct replica. In fact, some fans may even be slightly disappointed with how this differs from the likes of the shower gel, body lotion and perfume. It is definitely of my favourite interpretation of the fragrance, but I appreciate that there is a clear difference between most of the scent family and this elusive product.

Although the handcream contains the familiar collaboration of Lavender and tonka absolute, there is something far more dry and almost grounded about the smell. It's almost as if the tonka has forgone some of its natural sweetness and the lavender has added in an extra herbal boost, which doesn't make this exclusive as rich or as sultry as the shower gel. I think the inclusion of the different nut butters gives this hand cream a subtle nutty aroma, which overrides the sweetness somewhat and makes it very slightly savoury.

Much like Handy Gurugu, this hand cream is very thick and comes out of the tube much like a typical acrylic paint would. This means that it's very easy to dispense the desired amount and won't leak if left unsealed. Because of its viscosity, you need very little to moisturise both hands, and I found that a blueberry-sized piece was more than enough for both hands.

Containing rose water as the key ingredient, this product is great for those with sensitive skin as the rose helps to soothe any irritation and prevent any possible reactions from occurring. The inclusion of evening primrose oil, which is a fairly new move for the company, contains lots of essential fatty acids that help to rebuild and repair skin. Not only this, but it is known for helping to alleviate firmness or rough areas that may come as a result of strenuous grafting with your hands. As someone who lifts weights, this handcream has helped to replenish the moisture I lose after my workout and soften the rough areas that come about through heavy lifting. 

What is good about Sleepy Handcream is that it does seem to replenish the skin within a matter of minutes after applying it. I was able to notice the suppleness of my hands right away and this stayed with me for a good couple of hours after application. For someone who develops dry areas of skin in-between my fingers during the colder months, this hand cream was amazing at banishing this immediately. 

Once on, the smell stays with you for a couple of hours as well, so you may need to be warned: sniffing your hands constantly in public may need some strange, and sometimes pitying, stares. Believe me.

Unfortunately, I found that this hand cream takes quite a while to absorb into the skin, and it's rather rigid when massaging it into the hands as well. Let's just say that it doesn't feel as pleasurable as a normal body lotion does to apply, and your hands will be left feeling rather 'clammy' and 'sticky' for a good 30+ minutes until the skin has fully absorbed the oils and butters. 

Another issue I found was that the hand cream didn't seem to make much of an impact on my hands over a period of many days. I was hoping that the daily application of the cream would ultimately resolve the dry and rough patches permanently, and I would notice an improvement in the condition of my skin. Instead, Sleepy is definitely more of a quick fix, and not something that is going to transform your life the way that the body lotion will. Perhaps this is why Lush opted to release the aforementioned lotion as opposed to the hand cream. 

Ultimately, Sleepy Hand Cream has served me well the last couple of months. As a short- term fix, this will get your hands looking and feeling far more nourished, and you'll carry a wonderful scent with you without having to spray a perfume. However, if it's something more permanent you're after, you may wish to try the well-established Handy Gurugu, which heeds far better results. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Rose water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Organic Almond Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Evening Primrose Oil, Tincture Of Benzoin, Organic Peanut Butter, Organic Pumpkin Butter, Organic Cashew Butter,   Organic Almond Butter.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.95 for 35ml, £7.95 for 60ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

5 October 2017

Lush Puppy Lip Scrub

While Lush have only had three events to date, it's become a normal affair to look forward to their showcase events. Not only is it a way to connect with the companies, charities, people and places that go into making Lush what they are, it's a great opportunity to get involved with exclusive up-and-coming products before they hit the shops. Unfortunately, there are some products that make an appearance only to disappear into obscurity, for whatever reason the company decide makes it unworthy of a commercial release.

Lush Puppy Lip Scrub is one such example - a brilliant, vibrant sugar scrub that smells like the world's freshest bowl of sorbet. Sharing its scent with the now discontinued Passionfruit Lip Balm, this rare gem smells like a glass of rich, fruity passionfruit juice, with an abundance of sweetness that will have you salivating with each and every use.

Featuring sweet orange oil as the key ingredient, this scrub offers a warming burst of fruity goodness, which is far sweeter and more rounded than I was expecting. I definitely wouldn't describe Lush Puppy as being in any way citrusy or zesty. While I couldn't detect any rose in the overall aroma, I would say that it does bring a gentle syrup-like essence, which is what gives this scrub its passionfruit aroma. Finally, the vanilla adds a subtle, warming layer that again contributes to the overall smell, but doesn't exactly offer up much by itself. 

As with any of Lush's lip scrubs, the basic premise is that these remove excess skin or dry patches on your lips, and leave them super smooth and kissably soft. To use, simply scoop a little out with your finger and massage the product across your lips, in a circular motion. You can apply as much or as little pressure as you like, before either licking your lips of patting them dry with a damp cotton pad. You can then follow this up with a lip balm, lip stick etc...

The inclusion of the sugar and the carefully selected oils means that this product can be ingested. This means that you can apply this while you're out and about, and you don't have to worry about carrying tissues with you to clean up afterwards. You'll find that Lush Puppy has a very subtle fruity taste, which definitely made the whole experience more pleasant, and perhaps made me eat slightly more than is recommended in a single use.

Afterwards, I found that my lips were really soft, and the dry skin had all but disappeared. My lips also appeared to feel and look slightly plumper, which was a welcome reward, and a great boost before heading out for the night. Moreover, once I had applied my lip balm after, I discovered that my lips stayed feeling and looking refreshed for the rest day and into the next. For those who have quite parched lips, I would suggest that you should use this once in the morning and again, just before bed, to heed great results within a day or two. For those who just want softer lips, a few times a week would be more than enough to achieve this. 

My only grouch with Lush Puppy, as is with every other lip scrub, is that things can get a little messy when applying the product. Despite my best intentions, I always find that I get sugar on the clothes I'm wearing, and scattered across various crevices in my face as well. Maybe it's just my inability to use this product correctly that heeds these problems, but I feel I should still warn you that things can get a little messy at times. 

Overall, this is a wonderful addition to Lush's lip scrub collection, and it's a shame that the company haven't yet made it into a commercial release. I would definitely like to see it released at some point in the near future, and I hope other products in the same fragrance make it into the range at some point as well.

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Lush Puppy Lip Scrub

Passionfruit Lip Balm

3 October 2017

My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar

Lush have gone all out on their bubble bars this season, probably because we've been inundated with so many new jelly bombs across the year that those little bars of sodium bicarbonate have perhaps been feeling a little left out. While I seem to feign more excitement for the spherical kind online, I tend to opt for bubble bars a lot more than I actually give them credit for. 

My Two Front Teeth is not only a superbly designed specimen, but its a bubble bar with a difference. This is not a product covered in glitter, or marketed with puns about Santa and gifts and snowmen: this is a seasonal special focused around a little known character that often gets overlooked throughout the year: the tooth fairy. 

Given that I was a 'sweets fiend' when I was younger, I was visited far more frequently by the tooth fairy than I care to admit. Luckily, I have since realised the important of eating a healthy balanced diet, and my teeth are not at the risk of backing their bags and running away with the sunset. However, that does not mean that my sweet tooth doesn't flare up every now and again, and this bubble bar is a great way of satisfying these urges without ingesting too much sugar.

Sharing its scent with the new Think Pink Bath Bomb, and the now-discontinued Pink Custard Shower Jelly, My Two Front Teeth is a bubble bar for those who like sweet and playful floral aromas. While a lot of people disliked the fact that Lush changed the scent of the aforementioned bath bomb, I happen to really like the new and improved scent, and this bubble bar is the perfect accompaniment - offering the same fragrance, albeit a little less powdery and slightly more subtle overall.

The inclusion of the tonka and vanilla absolute gives this bubble bar a rich, creamy layer that reminds me of musk combined with decadent vanilla ice-cream made from vanilla pods. It's delicious and warming, yet not as heavy or as sickly as you might expect. This is because of the inclusion of the neroli, which uplifts the fragrance slightly in the mix and adds a very delicate sweet, green note. Finally, the lavender intertwines itself around these notes and gives the bubble bar a naturally sweet, herbal scent. You don't get the heavy, brash sort of lavender that you find in A French Kiss, and to some extent Big Blue Bath Bomb.          

When crumbling under the running tap, this bubble bar worked like a treat: almost melting in between my fingers as it made contact with the water. Immediately, an amass of bubble began to form across the surface, and it didn't take long for the whole tub to be filled with light, fluffy, fragrant bubbles. Futhermore, the water turned a wonderful shade of magenta and the water appeared visibly smoother.

Although I was disappointed to find that the scent is rather delicate in the water, so any products you use will thwart the fragrance very quickly, the water was still super soft and moisturising. My skin felt noticeably better within minutes and this continued long after I had exited the bath. Moreover, the inclusion of the lavender helped to decluttered some of the stressful thoughts I had at the time, and I genuinely felt so much more relaxed afterwards. 

As to be expected, I didn't find that the scent lingered on my skin much after towelling myself down. For this reason, I started thinking about how wonderful it would be to have a Think Pink perfume to go alongside these other products, and I am now convinced that this is one of my better ideas. I for one would advocate this release for certain. 

Overall, this is yet another impeccable bubble bar from Lush, and I will be buying a few more to see me through the coming months. My only grouch about My Two Front Teeth is that scent wasn't as strong in the water as I would like it to be, and I would probably use a Think Pink Bath Bomb alongside it to boost up that wonderful fragrance.       

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Neroli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Coumarin, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 16035.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017. 

Scent Family: 
My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar
Pink Custard Shower Jelly
Think Pink Bath Bomb

30 September 2017

Buck's Fizz Naked Body Conditioner

Recently, I moved house and into a much smaller place, which means that I've had to scale down on the amount of cosmetics I can fill up the bathroom with. With there being so many new releases this season, particularly the amount of soaps and solid products that need testing and reviewing, the other inhabitant has had to deal with piles of multi-coloured blocks and bottles all over the place. Needless to say, he has learnt the hard way about living with a Lush fanatic, and he is unlikely to make this mistake again. 

Buck's Fizz Naked Body Conditioner is one such block - a bright orange specimen with a gorgeous scent that immediately captivates your senses. A brand new product for the 2017 Christmas range, this wonderful limited edition didn't last particularly long in my bathroom, and helped me out on many a cold morning before work. 

With a base of cocoa, shea and murumuru butters, this naked product has everything you need to moisture your skin and bring back the vibrancy that is sometimes lost during the colder months of the year. With zero packaging being wasted on this exclusive, Buck's Fizz is a perfect stocking filler for those who trying to reduce the impact they have on the environment. 

As with all of the naked products I have tried and reviewed so far, this one is slightly different from the normal version, and it will depend on what you're looking for as to which one you decide to invest in. Furthermore, as my previous experience has already documented, the liquid edition outshines this version a little, although the lack of packaging makes this equally as appealing.

Sharing its scent with Bubbly Shower Gel, this naked body conditioner has a bright, zesty fragrance that'll perk both yourself and your skin up in the early mornings. Containing lime, cognac and Brazilian orange oil as the key ingredients, Buck's Fizz smells like a zesty bowl of rich, succulent, fruity sorbet. Having said that, it is the grapefruit decoction that makes the biggest impression on my senses. 

Unlike the regular version, which reminds me of an intensified, orange Starburst sweet, the naked edition has a subtle bitterness to it, which makes it a little different. There is something about the grapefruit, and the lime I believe, that adds a gentle green-like note to the product. Whereas I would describe the potted version as being a simple zesty aroma, this format has an extra element which sets it apart slightly. Moreover, the smell of the naked conditioner is not as intense as its potted sibling, and this is where some consumers may fail to see the merits of this edition over the regular one. 

As with all of the naked conditioners, I have used them in multiple ways, and for multiple purposes. In terms of how to use the block, you can either embrace using the whole thing at once, and then just storing it somewhere to dry in between showers. Or you can cut the block into smaller chunks, and take a single one with you when you feel like pampering your skin. While the latter way makes for zero mess on your bathroom surfaces, as there won't be any wet products to contend with, I found that all of the naked conditioners were dry a couple of minutes after using them, so mess wasn't really am issue.

To use the naked conditioners, you should step out of the way of the running water and massage the bar across the skin. What is great about the solid edition is that you have much more control over how much you use, so the product as a whole lasts longer than a 100g tub. However, I did find that this bar was a little stubborn at first and so I had to apply a couple of layers to get the desired effect that I was hoping for.

Body conditioners, naked or not, can also be used in replacement of a shaving cream. After applying a layer of Buck's Fizz, I was able to achieve a close shave without any accidents with the razor. In fact, I found that this edition was far easier to rinse away, and didn't clog up the razor blade so much as it doesn't seem to be as thick as the other version.  

However, when compared to the normal edition, I found that this one didn't appear to be as moisturising. When I used both products at the same time on my legs, the regular edition had more of an immediate impact, and left my skin more radiant and softer overall. Moreover, the scent lingered on my skin for longer than the naked conditioner did, and the results lasted longer overall. Having said that, the naked product was still moisturising, and my hands in particular benefited a lot from me using this on a regular basis. 

Those who dislike products that are too heavy, or those whose skin perhaps reacts quite negatively to products that could potentially clog up the pores. will probably want to opt for this version out of the two. If you travel a lot, or are simply looking for some cosmetics to take with you during your Christmas visits, this naked conditioner would be a great companion in your travel bag.

Overall, this edition was a good replica of the regular version, although I think it pales in comparison in some ways. Bucks Fizz Naked Body Conditioner smells delicious, will moisturise your skin and is great for the environment. What more could you ask for in a product made for a celebration?

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Vine Leaf Infusion, Orange Blossom Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Almond Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £8.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Bridal Bouquet Ballistic 
Bubbly Shower Gel
Buck's Fizz Body Conditioner
Buck's Fizz Naked Body Conditioner

27 September 2017

Buck's Fizz Body Conditioner

Although I've never been much of a drinker, I do have fond memories as a teenager, of enjoying a glass of Buck's Fizz during my family's New Year's Eve's celebrations. The excitement of being allowed to digest alcohol while underage was enough to mask the fact that the drink itself tasted rather cheap and nasty. The same can definitely not be said about this brand new seasonal release. 

Buck's Fizz Body Conditioner is easily my favourite Christmas product this year. Not only does it have an exquisite fragrance that tantalises my senses and makes me salivate at the mere thought of using it, it also works like an absolute dream; and I only wish that it was a part of the regular range.
Sharing its scent with Bubbly Shower Gel, this limited edition is one of four body conditioners available in the seasonal range this year. While they all have their merits, this one definitely takes the crown as the best all-rounder, and here's why: 

Containing an abundance of fresh orange juice; a grapefruit decoction; and cognac, orange and lime oils, this limited edition is bursting with fragrance. In fact, I find it far more pleasing than the shower gel as it is sweeter, fruitier and slightly more zesty than its older sibling. From the tub you get a thick, vibrant burst of citrusy goodness, which reminds with very much of the orange Starburst sweets, albeit stronger. The orange is definitely the leading note here, but the lime and grapefruit offer bursts of zestiness that sit alongside this component and give this body conditioner a scent to want to get out of bed for. 

What makes Buck's Fizz even more spectacular is how well works, and how many different functions I have found that it caters for. First and foremost, it works as an excellent moisturiser. For those unfamiliar with how a body conditioner works, it's designed to function much like a body lotion - although for wet skin as opposed to dry. When in the shower, step outside of the running water and massage this conditioner across the areas that you wish to moisturise. Rinse your skin gently to remove any excess cream and then pat your skin down. What you'll be left with is a layer of butters and oils that will slowly get absorbed into your skin over the next 20 minutes and leave you with kissably-soft skin. 

Bucks Fizz made an immediate impression on me - leaving my skin noticeably softer, smoother and more supple. I could feel how replenished my entire body felt after using this, and the results this heeded stayed with me for the entire day. This is an amazing product to use if you suffer from parched skin because of the harsher weather outside: it will keep your skin's elasticity intact, banish dry areas and give your body a beautiful, radiant glow that will be very much appreciated in the colder months. 

As I've stated in other reviews, I like to double my body conditioners up as shaving creams. Applying a small amount across both legs will afford you a really close shave, without irritating the pores with your blade, and will leave you feeling super smooth afterwards. Furthermore, the inclusion of the excess butters and oils means that your skin will be fully lubricated before you shave yourself, which should hopefully prevent you from cutting yourself very easily - a fact that I appreciate during those three minute, early morning 'rushathons'. 

You need very little with each use: I found that an amount equating to that of a heaped dessertspoon will coat most of your body, so a 240g tub will easily last you 3-4 months, even if you're using it twice or three times a week. 

Finally, I have also experimented using this as deep facial moisturiser and find that it works to improve the condition of really weathered skin. I understand that the face is more sensitive than most of your body, and a lotion too viscous or too heavy could clog up the pores or irritate the complexion. However, I found that using the smallest amount across the face, once a week, helped my face to feel and look really plump and radiant. Even on the days when I looked and felt unbelievably tired, I found that Bucks Fizz brought a little life back into my skin and gave me the confidence to face the day ahead.
What is great about this seasonal conditioner is that the scent remains with you for a while after you've towelled yourself down, so the radiance of those fruity ingredients will keep you company during the morning commute. This is definitely a product that I would invest in again, and it makes for a perfect addition to the Bubbly family. Given the scent of this, I believe this will work equally - if not better - in the warmer months as well, which is why I plan on stocking up on a few tubs before the season is out. If you're looking for something to celebrate this season, make it Bucks Fizz Body Conditioner.

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Vine Leaf Infusion, Almond Oil, Fresh Pink Grapefruit Decoction, Orange Blossom Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Kalahari Melon Oil, Murumuru Butter, Perfume, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Citronellol, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £8.95 for 100g, £16.95 for 250g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Bridal Bouquet Ballistic 
Bubbly Shower Gel
Buck's Fizz Body Conditioner
Buck's Fizz Naked Body Conditioner

22 September 2017

Hidden Mountain Soap

At the risk of repeating myself, most of my readers know that I am not a huge fans of soap at all. Despite Lush creating some incredible scents in this format, they just don't get on with my skin. As someone with quite a dry complexion, I have found that most of the company's soaps leave my body feeling parched, and then I need to moisturise heavily afterwards, which brings about problems of its own.

For this reason, I was not particularly enamoured to see so many new variations in this year's seasonal range. As someone who feels the need to try and review every vegan product Lush offer to consumers, I knew that I would need to work my way through every single one of them - which wasn't going to be the best news for my already winter-touched skin.
Hidden Mountain was the first one I reached for - not because I was overly excited with the scent, but because the premise and design grabbed my attention immediately. If there is one (only) thing I love about the cold weather, it's the brisk through the local woodlands, while wrapped in a million layers to keep myself from freezing to death. I am definitely a country person at heart, and the cold weather brings about a romanticism when I think about exploring woods and forests.

This soap immediately offered a rapport that reminded me of both Needles And Pine Shower Jelly and Tramp Shower Gel. In fact, I have heard rumours that the soap is supposed to be a combination of the latter and Grass, and I can definitely relate to that description as well. Either way, this product is definitely one for those who like grassy, earthy smells.

Containing ho wood oil and labdanum resinoid, Hidden Mountain offers a green floral smell with woody undertones that support and pad out of the overall fragrance. Labdanum has a very rich, resinous smell about it and I see this as the dominant note overall. Despite it being low in the mix, the lavender can be detected, and offers a subtle dry, floral component as well. 

To me, this soap really is like walking through a forest after it has snowed - the ferns and woodland plants wet and bleeding that earthy, green phosphorus smell into the air; the shrubbery and fallen branches adding a cloudy and quite saturated woody smell. It's definitely not a scent for the faint-hearted, and when you use this you will find the aroma follows you around for hours later.

What I enjoyed about Hidden Mountain was that the inclusion of cocoa butter meant that this soap was a little gentler on my skin. While I would never claim that it was moisturising for me, I did use it for successive weeks as a hand soap, and I never once suffered from dry or damaged skin. In fact, the soap brought about a slight clarity to my hands - meaning that there was almost a radiance to my skin after using it. Furthermore, the scent clung to my skin like an icicle on a tree branch, and I was once complimented on my 'perfume' some three hours later, which was impressive. 

For those who appreciate soaps more than I do, and love the fragrance of this one, I should warn you that this shrunk at an alarming rate. After using it around 3-4 times in the shower, the 100g piece I had bought had almost halved in size. For this reason, you need to make sure that it does not come into contact with the running water very often, and that you pat the piece down once you have finished bathing. 

Ultimately, this was never going to be a product I would rave about; neither was it ever going to be one that I bought multiple pieces of. However, I did really appreciate the smell of Hidden Mountain and I can see how someone with skin that's a little less drier than mine might benefit from using this.  

Quantittaive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Kaolin, Ho Wood Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.40 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017. 

20 September 2017

Rose Jam Naked Shower Gel

No one was at all surprised when Rose Jam made a reappearance for this year's Christmas range: I doubt if there was one person that would bat an eyelid at the notion that it's probably the only shower gel that rivals the popularity of Twilight. There are some things that just simply go hand-in-hand: salt and pepper; black and white; Lush and Rose Jam.

What I find particularly strange about this fragrance family is that, while the products all share similarities when it comes to scent, there are some very distinct differences between the items in the shower range. In order for me to gage a full understanding of any contrasts, and offer a well-rounded review of this product, I have had to use the shower gel, naked gel and jelly in succession - across multiple days, to spot those differences.

As you would expect from any Rose Jam product, this naked shower gel contains lots of rose and argan oils, geranium and lemon oils, and a vanilla infusion. Straight away, you can make out each of these components, although it is the rose and lemon oils that govern the overall aroma. 
To me, this naked shower gel is one of the sweetest Rose Jam products. The lemon is fairly predominant in the mix so the gel has an element of fruitiness, that comes alive when the product is in contact with warm water. You can also detect the strong and very natural floral sweetness of the rose, which creates a sort of 'sticky' smell overall. Together, the limited edition really does mimic what you would imagine a batch of rose-flavoured jam to smell like.

As with the other naked gels and creams I have tried so far, I was initially hesitant that this was little more than another gimmick: a glorified soap but with a different name. However, I have found that all of the gels and creams are far more moisturising than soaps, and they actually perfume like shower gels, just as much as the bottled versions do. 

This gel is perhaps one of the most generous naked versions, as I found that the lather was very easy to create - I only had to massage the bottle between my hands for a thick, slightly oil-like foam to form. While I found that massaging it between my hands and then applying it across my body was far easier, I did notice that the product shrunk quicker than when I massaged the bottle directly onto the areas I was cleaning. 

After using this across multiple days, I was pleased to discover that the fragrance was strong enough to remain on my skin for a good couple of hours after my shower. Furthermore, my body felt soft and smooth, just like a normal shower gel would leave it feeling and I didn't always need to moisturise, even on some of the coldest days. 

My only grudge with this product, and this goes for all of the naked gels and creams, is that once it shrinks to a certain size it does become difficult to hold it when you're washing yourself. Much like a shower jelly, it can be a little fiddly to create the lather without dropping it continuously. For this reason, I decided to use this as a replacement for a bubble bar, once it reached a size I found difficult to use. 
When compared to the shower gel and shower jelly, I found that this was definitely the sweetest and the most 'lemony'. The shower gel was much richer and had a more prominent thread of vanilla throughout; and the shower jelly had a stronger note of rose than its two siblings. For this reason, I actually found myself enjoying this one a little more than the latter jelly. 

Overall, I will not be buying this product again - simply because I have enough of the gel and jelly to last me another year. However, it is definitely a product that I would consider buying multiples of, once my shower gel stash has been drastically reduced, and I can see it being a very popular seller throughout this year's seasonal sales. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene, Glycol, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Sodium Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Argan Oil, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, *Limonene, Colour 17200, Black Specerit Wax.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £10.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family: 
Jason And The Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar
Madame Butterfly Reusable Bubble Bar
Pearl Massage Bar
Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
Ro's Argan Gourmet Soap
Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
Rose Jam Bubbleroon 
Rose Jam Liquid Perfume
Rose Jam Naked Shower Gel
Rose Jam Solid Perfume
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19 September 2017

Plum Snow Bubble Bar

If I'm going to be honest, I was a little bit disappointed when I first saw the Christmas range this year, and noticed how few new bath bombs there were on offer. While I love bubble bars and seem to have collected far more of them than their spherical friends, most of my highest-rated bath bombs are the seasonal ones, and I was hoping to discover a few more favourites this year.

Yet, it only took me a matter of minutes after my order arrived to discover that the bubble bars on offer this season are impeccable, and easily the best range that Lush have offered in a good many years. Not only does this gorgeous looking specimen share its scent with the popular Plum Rain Shower Gel, but it also happens to be even bigger than the rather huge Man In The Moon Bubble Bar.

While this is one of two bubble bars priced up at a hefty £5.95, Plum Snow is definitely worth an investment. Containing a combination of petigrain, mandarin and osmanthus, this bubble bar offers a sweet, fruity collaboration - one that may initially appear rather subtle, but definitely makes an impression in the water. 
Much like the shower gel, this bubble bars smells to me like stewed plums and mandarins. It's a very warming, comforting blanket of aroma that makes your senses salivate immediately. After using this product, I just fancied making myself a traditional English crumble, which isn't particularly great if you're trying to watch your waistline. However, this bubble bar should serve as a healthy alternative.

When compared to the shower gel and spray, I would say that it is more like the latter out of the two. While not exactly alike, it does have more of a bright, citrusy element and is less grounded than the shower gel. Having said that, it is definitely not as 'spritzy' as said former spray - although together they are a sublime pairing.  

Despite its size, it's a big old softy, and you'll find that this bubble bar will crumble with ease between your fingers. In fact, if like me you sometimes crumble what you want to use from the whole bar and then put the rest aside, you may wish to cut your slice beforehand, as you'll find that you may use more than you bargained for. 

Once crumbled under the tap, Plum Snow gets to work at producing lots of light, fluffy fruity bubbles that stay with you for the whole experience. Furthermore, the water turns a brilliant, vivid shade of purple and the water is exceptionally soft to boot.
After bathing with this bubble bar, I found that my skin was not only velvety-soft to the touch, but had a radiance about it that stayed with me for a good many hours. While the scent might have diminished only a short while after I had towelled myself, my Plum Rain Body Spray allowed me to enjoy this scent for the remainder of the day.

As I probably know by now, I tend to use an entire bubble bar when I have a bath. Even with the size of this one, I still indulged in my greedy tradition. Having said that, this bubble bar could easily offer 4-6 separate bathing experiences - making it great value for money. For fans of this fragrance, all we need now is a bath bomb to pair this seasonal bubble bar with and we'll be one happy family. Lush: take note.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Plum Rain Body Spray
Plum Rain Shower Gel
Plum Snow Bubble Bar