22 June 2017

Mother Of Dragons Egg Bath Bomb

There was quite a stir when Lush unveiled some of their enlarged bath bombs at the original Summit event last year: I remember having my mind blown just thinking about the concept of one of my favourite ballistics being over quadruple the original size. While I had the opportunity to purchase one at the time, my financial situation meant that I had to choose between two products, and this led to invest in a Nebula instead. However, when the Lush Kitchen released Mother Of Dragons Bath Bomb in the Kitchen a few months back, I jumped at the opportunity of trying a 'Lush classic' in bigger proportions.

Sharing the same scent and concept as Dragons Egg, this limited edition is enlarged to the point of being over four times as heavy (and as big) as its original older sibling. Inspired by the popular TV series, Game of Thrones, this huge ballistic can be cut into multiple slices, and could probably last across 5-6 different baths. Having said that, it can also be used in a single go, and this is what I decided to do after a long, hard day at work.

Containing both lemon and bergamot oils at the forefront, this rather plain-looking bath bomb is scented with a beautiful, uplifting fruity aroma. Although not as 'in your face' as both Avobath or Cheer Up Buttercup, Mother Of Dragons offers a generous burst of playful, citrusy goodness - a smell that reminds me of lemon sherbet sweets with a subtle touch of grassiness. 

With jasmine absolute to add a slightly sweeter touch to the aroma, this bath bomb is great for the summer months - when you want something warming and comforting to bathe in; yet something equally as light and refreshing. Mother Of Dragons is light and spritzy - a magical but rather simplistic fragrance to comprehend. 

Much like the smaller Dragon's Egg, this one is decorated with colourful, circular discs of rice paper, that decorate the surface of the tub for a short while before melting away in the water. Alongside this is a generous dose of golden lustre, which spills out of the centre after a couple of minutes of it being in the water, and patterns the surface with swirls of magical, golden decoration. 

As with the original bath bomb, this one isn't much of a fizzer, and will instead bob on the surface whilst sending out thick blankets of white foam to soften the water. In fact, I was rather disappointed to find that Mother Of Dragons didn't really do much aside from fizzle away fairly quickly and leave a thin, cloudy coating on the surface.

After taking about 4-5 minutes to fully dissolve, I found that the water had turned into a haven of bright orange: the golden lustre floating underneath the surface and making the whole bath glisten in the light. Surprisingly, even though the bath bomb was huge to begin with, the water isn't any darker or more vivid in size, nor is the smell. While you can smell the wonderful uplifting elements of the ballistic throughout the whole experience, I wouldn't say it is any stronger than if you were to use a regular-sized alternative.

Although this bath bomb did leave my skin feeling really soft and moisturised, I don't feel as if it was any more effective than a normal bath bomb would. As a novelty, this is great for a single-use bath, and if you love Dragons Egg, I'm sure you'll appreciate having an extra large one to indulge in. However, I don't feel as if this offered much in the way of a show, or a particularly stronger scent to make it worth buying again.    

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Gardenia Extract, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, *Citral, *Limonene, Perfume, Gold Lustre, Radiant Gold Lustre, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 77491, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Rice Paper.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £12 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

20 June 2017

Rocket Science Bath Bomb

As a full-fledged kid at heart, I can honestly say that I became perhaps a little too excited when I heard about the release of Rocket Science Bath Bomb earlier last week. Although only a temporary release in the Lush Kitchen, this bath product will be making its way into most shops within a matter of weeks, and I can imagine it making a big impression on those who rush out to get it. 

No stranger to rockets, Lush have already graced the world with both Rocketeer Bath Bomb and a Rocket Reusable Bubble Bar, and it seems as if this might be their greatest space-travelling invention yet. Originally created to support this year's Father's Day range, this bath bomb has got Lush fans rather excited about a permanent release.

Priced up at £2.95, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the bath bomb is not as small as I envisaged it would be. Although a little lighter than the average 200g spherical bath bomb, this gorgeous ballistic packs a punch when it comes to how it interacts with the water, and for this reason I think it is great value for money.

Containing both bergamot and lemon oils, Rocket Science could be described as a powdery, fruity smell - very similar, in a way, to the popular Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb, albeit a little fresher and 'grassier'. There is also a rounded note that wraps itself around the citrus smell, that I can only describe as being like caramelised brown sugar. It's not particularly strong, and acts as more of a lasting thought, but it is still very much present.

Upon dropping this into the water, the bath bomb immediately began to send out thick, puffy waves of blue foam, and for a short time the bath bomb remained stagnant in its own blanket of foam. However, within thirty seconds these dispersed across the surface and the bath bomb began to move around as it was supposed to.

Within a very short space of time, the bath water had turned a wonderful shade of blue, and there was silver lustre swirling around underneath the surface: not enough that you need to be worried about being made to leave the bath looking like a disco ball. In fact, the colour and underlying lustre reminded me of my very much-loved Intergalactic Bath BombAfter a while, the yellow and pinks from inside begin to seep across the tub, and the water glistens in the light to create a very inviting, and very visually beautiful bath to submerge yourself in. 

Unfortunately, I did find that the smell tends to disperse quite a bit when it's in the water, and I wasn't able to detect much of the scent when I was using other products. Even when I had a short dose in the tub, and I submerged myself under for the most part, there was not much of a fragrance to enjoy. This was a shame as everything else about the bath bomb had worked so well up until this point.

As with most of Lush's bath bombs, this one left my skin feeling soft and nourished, although it was by no means one that goes above and beyond when it comes to your skin. In the future, I think I would pair this up with Star Light Star Bright to gage a little more scent from the experience. However, when it comes to the visual aspect of this bath bomb, I cannot fault it whatsoever. 

Overall, I definitely love the playful element to it, and I think this will be one that kids enjoy just as much as adults. The fragrance that it gives is sweet and refreshing, while also offering a little comforting blanket of muskiness at the same time.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cornflour, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Maltodextin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Perfume, Limonene, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 47005, Colour 19140, Colour 45410, Colour 77891, Colour 77019, Colour 75810, Colour 77492, Colour 16255. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £2.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.


18 June 2017

Love Apple Bubble Bar

In case you haven't picked up the subtle hints that I have been throwing out for a number of years now, I am very much in love with Lush. While I have been a collector of many things across the years, no other interest has held my attention for this length of time, and no other hobby has maintained the level of devotion that I have for this company. It is products such as this that reaffirm why I support and brandish Lush across social media on a daily basis, and why I am not even tempted to invest in other cosmetics outside of the brand.

Love Apple Bubble Bar is a product that hasn't seen the light of day in well over ten years - a bubble bar that I assumed would remain lost in the Lush vaults for eternity. An original B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful product, this limited edition gem has everything you could ask for: a strong, long-lasting fragrance; a wonderful, eye-catching design; and an ingredients list boasting enough oils to make this a perfectly moisturising experience.     
Sharing its scent with the Love family, including the popular Fizzbanger Bath Bomb, this Kitchen exclusive is a joy to behold from the word go. With lemongrass, jasmine, bergamot, rose and ylang ylang as  key notes, this is both a fruity and a floral experience - one that is as rich as it is refreshing, and definitely something that will satisfy those of you with a taste for something sweet.

At the forefront, my nose detects a robust, powerful burst of bergamot oil and lemongrass. These fresh and fruity ingredients offer a strong, almost 'tangy' thread of scent, while at the same time offering a burst of grassiness that makes this fragrance so special. It is not strictly a citrus smell at all - there is so much compacted into this aroma, that I can imagine some people might be a little overwhelmed with how much you get with each sniff.

Underneath this slightly tart aroma, both the jasmine and the rose absolute offer small, sweet bursts of floral - both of which round the scent of this together wonderfully, and create multiple layers to help build up the Love fragrance. There is definitely something quite heavy about this aroma, and it reminds me a little of the smell you get when peeling back the skin and rind of a citrus fruit, combined with subtle musky notes of floral to round the scent together. Finally, the inclusion of the cinnamon stick on top offers a very light sprinkle of warmth.
As if the smell isn't exquisite enough, Love Apple Bubble Bar works like a treat in the bath. You only have to squeeze it gently for it to crumble away, although this isn't to say that the product is going to fall apart in your hands if you don't want it to. While I chose to use the whole piece in a single bath, this could easily be divided across two or three baths, and it would still offer a scent strong enough to be detected for miles around.

Once crumbled under the running water, it doesn't take very long for the tub to fill up with light, fluffy, fragrant bubbles, and these bubbles tend to stick around for the most part of your bath. The water also turns a radiant pink colour, which elevates your mood somewhat and makes for an incredible experience. 

What I loved about this bubble bar was that the scent was strong enough to remain present for the full 50 minutes I was in the bath tub, as well as leave a gentle impression on the skin afterwards. It was strong enough that I could still detect it after using a variety of shower gels and scrubs. However, it wasn't so strong that it was smothering, like I find Fizzbanger can be at times.
Although the water wasn't as moisturising as the likes of The Brightside and Sunflower Bubble Bar, it was still really impressive. My skin felt soft and radiant after getting out of the bath, and I definitely noticed an improvement to what my skin was like before I got in. 

While I tend to take less baths in the summer months, merely because I rely on cold showers, this is definitely a product that I would use if I was going to have one. It's light and juicy in scent, and offers a radiant experience that mirrors the warmer weather outside. Another amazing release from the Lush Kitchen for sure. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, *Glycerine, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Farnesol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Oak Moss Extract, Coumarin, Chlorophyllin, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Cinnamon Stick, Kaffir Lime Leaf.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Fizzbanger Bath Bomb
Lonely Hearts Bubble Bar
Love Apple Bubble Bar
Love Perfume
Love Potion Massage Bar

16 June 2017

Big Calm Body Lotion

For most of my life, I have dreamt of travelling; of visiting new places and exploring new terrain; of creating lasting memories and discovering my full potential as a human being. Unfortunately, my career-driven head has meant that I have spent the majority of my time working, and have barely visited anywhere of note as of yet.

Big Calm Body Lotion is like the plane ride I have never been able to take: a feast of smells that engulf your senses and leave a lasting mark on the skin. If you're as much of a fan of the shower jelly as I am, you will be pleased to hear that this limited edition is the perfect partnership, and replicates the fragrance perfectly.

From the moment I removed the lid, the smell engulfed me like a tidal wave - a thick, sweet, nutty collaboration that'll have you salivating from the get-go. With the key ingredients being sweet orange and vetivert oil, this body lotion has both a fruity and a sultry side to it, and the two work in perfect unison to make this one of Lush's greatest body lotions to date.

On the one hand, the latter ingredient gives the lotion a thick, creamy coconut base: one that is both warming and comforting, while still managing to be cooling and crisp on the skin. There is a very subtle element of sweetness, which is what gives Big Calm its creamy fragrance. 

Alongside this coconut element is a note of orange, which offers tropical bursts reminiscent of juicy pineapple. Together both components create a fragrance not unlike that of a Pina Colada - one that is slightly musky and sultry, while also being rather uplifting, cooling and refreshing on the body.

What I loved about this body lotion was the strength of the overall smell, and just how long it lasted on the skin. After applying a generous amount all over my body, I was surprised to find that although the lotion was quite thick, it was absorbed into the skin fairly quickly. Within five minutes of massaging it across my body, I was able to reapply my clothes without any excess product transferring itself onto my attire. Furthermore, I was left with instantly smooth skin that not only lasted for the most part of the day, but had a wonderful glow about it.  

Despite my opposition at using body lotion in the warmer months, I was  impressed by just how light the lotion felt, and how long the aroma lasted, once it had been applied. I would be more than happy to use this in the summer because not only does the smell compliment the warmer weather, but the lotion doesn't leave you feeling at all sticky.

After settling on the skin for a matter of minutes, the coconutty element comes to the forefront and the fruitiness diminishes a little, and you are left with a sweet, musky fragrance that lasts a good couple of hours.

Unlike some of the body lotions that I have experienced recently, I found that Big Calm improved the condition of my skin from the very first use, and then maintained and continued to replenish even further with every application. Having used this lotion near on solidly for a week, I have noticed that my legs, which have sported small areas of dry skin due to the humid weather, now appear radiant and soft at all times.

Overall, this is perhaps my favourite body lotion that Lush have ever produced, which is a big statement to make given knowing that they've made a number of exceptional creations over the years. Not only am I glad that they have chosen this as a fragrance to explore in other formats, but that I have two tubs of this beautiful body lotion to see me through the summer months. This has definitely become a staple in my household, and I just hope this is not the last time it makes an appearance in the Lush Kitchen.   
Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Almond Oil,Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, *Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Sweet Orange Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, *Citral, Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £13.95 for 240g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Big Calm Body Lotion
Big Calm Shower Jelly

Big Calm Solid Perfume

14 June 2017

German Sausage Facial Cleanser

I cannot say that I've ever loved the smell of sausages enough to want to smother my face in them. Having said that, I feel the same way about coffee and yet I use Cup O' Coffee like my life depends on it, which it does on some occasions. 

German Sausage Facial Cleanser is a weird concept to say the least. Yet it is often those weird and wonderful inventions that make the biggest impact, and this particular product is definitely one that leaves a lasting impression. Made from base of rhassoul mud and potatoes, German Sausage is a very 'foody' smell, and one that may take a little getting used to before it can be fully appreciated. 

Although it may seem like an odd ingredient for a cosmetic, potato happens to be naturally rich in vitamin C, which is great for maintaining the skin's natural radiance. Furthermore, it is this component that helps to give the cleanser a slight gritty consistency, which works alongside the oatmeal to act as a gentle exfoliator as well. The rhassoul mud also plays a part at helping to soften and smoothen-out the complexion - acting as both a gentle exfoliator, while also absorbing excess oils that may be present on the skin. 

Alongside the above two ingredients, you also have the inclusion of both cocoa butter and almond oil. Both of these ingredients help to moisture and nourish the skin, and when the product is left on the face for a short while before being washed off, it can improve the condition of your complexion over a number of days.

In terms of the other key notes, the inclusion of sage, parsley, basil and rosemary are what gives this cleanser its distinctive and rather potent aroma. My nose detects the sage and rosemary at the forefront - both offering a heady but rather dry, herbal fragrance. On top of this, you can even smell the dry, starchy components of the potato - almost like a tray of overly roasted potatoes that have been left out overnight to dry. You can smell each of these ingredients quite easily, and I'd say that these are the components that give German Sausage its distinctive smell.  

To use, you simply take a small amount (perhaps the size of a small grape), and massage it across the face. For best results, I tend to leave this on while I continue my shower, and then rinse it off just before I get out. This allows the cocoa butter and rhassoul mud to work their magic and improve the condition of the skin. 

Luckily, this scent doesn't linger too much on your face after you've washed it off, so you don't have to worry about justifying to strangers why you smell a bit like a human hot dog.

Having used this daily for the last couple of weeks, I have found that this can, and perhaps should, be used daily to get the best results. I found that within 2-3 days of using this in the morning, my complexion seemed to look brighter and my skin felt noticeably smoother. 

Having said this, I didn't feel as if this was as effective either Buche De Noel or Angels On Bare Skin. Furthermore, the consistency, although not at all scratchy or rough, was not as easy-going on the face as the products mentioned above. For those with sensitive skin, I can imagine that this cleaner could have the potential to irritate the pores a little.

In terms of complexion types, I think that this cleanser would suit most consumers' needs. However, I think that perhaps it would work a little better for those with normal to oily skin, as the rhassoul mud and potato would definitely help to remove any excess grease.

Overall, this is an odd one to say the least. Not many other companies would be brace enough to bring out a facial product that both looks and smells like something you'd have in a cooked breakfast. Although not a fan of meat in any shape or form, I appreciated the uniqueness of this cleanser and will continue to use it daily until my tub finishes. This has opened even more possibilities for what this company might make, and I for one am excited to see what they do next.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Potatoes, Ground Almonds, Rhassoul Mud, Kaolin, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera Extract, Fine Sea Salt, Soya Milk Powder, Fresh Sage, Fresh Parsley, Sage Oil, Basil Oil, Rosemary Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl iphone, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £7.25 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

12 June 2017

Integgalactic Bath Bomb

It is most surprising that I have left it so long to indulge myself and use this bath bomb, given how much I gush over Intergalactic on an almost daily basis. Truth be told, the only reason I haven't used it before now is because of the time constraints my career has placed on my free time. Having finished writing my reports, I couldn't think of a better time to indulge in one of my favourite ballistics, and I was not disappointed. 

Sharing its scent with the original Intergalactic, the only difference between the two is down to their shape, size and price. Costing considerably more than the regular version, you might initially be a little put-off by the raised price tag. However, the extra 'product' you receive more than makes up for the extra pennies, and if anything I'd say Integgalatic Bath Bomb is even more superior when compared to its older sibling.

Released as part of Lush's 2017 Easter range, Integgalatic is a powerhouse of fragrance and colour - a bath bomb that guarantees you will feel as refreshed as you will relaxed. A product that is as cooling and uplifting as it is comforting: a bath bomb that offers a far more interesting and colourful experience than any other ballistic available to buy in a shop.

The first sniff revealed a lot of different layers, one of which was a slightly smoky/woody but also subtlety sweet aroma that ground the overall fragrance. While I have compared the scent of this bath bomb to Dirty Springwash in the past, I'd say that Integgalatic is far more potent, and has a dark, sultry layer of woodiness running through that makes it stand apart.  

Alongside this is a strong thread of peppermint oil, which intertwines with the grapefruit oil perfectly and creates a mint-dominated aroma with a very subtle thread of citrus running alongside this. This latter ingredient dampens the harsh kick that you would normally expect from a minty product and instead offers something invigorating and refreshingly beautiful, yet very rounded at the same time.

Just like its older sibling, this limited edition explodes into a cloud of colour as it hits the water - sending out waves of deep blues, pinks and yellows across the surface of the water. At the same time, the popping candy descends to the base of the tub and offers a background of noise reminiscent of a crackling fire. 

Once the bath bomb has fully dissolved, you are left with a beautiful tub of dark blue water that glistens as the lustre swirls around under the surface. Not only this but the water itself is so silky soft and inviting: one that is guaranteed to leave you feeling very moisturised and smooth afterwards. 

As if this wasn't enough, the fragrance also remains prominent throughout the entire experience and lingers on your skin for a while afterwards. The bath
water rinses away with ease, leaving you feeling nothing but refreshed, clean and ready to face the day. 

While the price tag is a little higher than a regular Intergalactic, this limited edition is definitely worth investing in, if only for a single indulgence one day when you really need it. Although I would rather have had a brand new bath bomb as opposed to a few regulars just spruced up a little this Easter, I cannot say anything negative about this ballistic whatsoever.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Peppermint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Snowflake, Lemon Ice and Gold Glimmer Lustre, Colour 42090, Colour 45410. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Intergalactic Bath Bomb

Intergalactic Bath Bomb

8 June 2017

Dear John Shower Gel

Dear John is a fragrance that I forget how much I appreciate, until I whip out the body spray and fall in love with it all over again. With so many different layers and such an interesting range of ingredients, this is a scent as unique as it is complex. 

When the Lush Kitchen announced that they would be making a shower gel version of this smell, I was equally intrigued and perplexed. On the one hand I was really excited to try a brand new shower gel, as those who follow this blog will know how much I love this format. However, there was a part of me that wondered if such a fragrance would actually work well outside of being a perfume.

Upon first inspection, I was rather pleased to notice the deep, forest green that Dear John Shower Gel sported. Given the design of the perfume bottles and body spray, I was expecting a cream-coloured liquid, so the actual product was definitely an upgrade of the colour I originally envisaged.  

Unfortunately, what I also noticed very quickly was that the shower gel was very thin - offering the same consistency as The Olive Branch. This meant that I found myself using far more than I would normally do so, as the product wasn't as compact in my hands as I would expect from most Lush gels. While the product lathered up really quickly and produced a generous amount of foam to wash myself with, I felt as if I used more that I usually would, just because of how runny it was and how freely it flowed from the bottle.

Supposedly a 'unisex' fragrance, this shower gel is quite complex: featuring layers of vetivert, cedar, clove, coriander, lime, coffee and pine. What I noticed about Dear John from the get-go was that it was the former three ingredients that made the biggest impression. From the bottle you can make out the sweet, smoky characteristics of the vetivert, blended with a gentle layer of woody cedar. Together, these two ingredients create an almost resinous smell, which when combined with a subtle hint of warming clove, makes for the most comforting of fragrances.

How this shower gel differed from other Dear John products, is the fact that the lime was not as noticeable as it is in other formats. While you can definitely detect its fruity presence, it was a little subtler than it is in other formats - meaning that I found this shower gel to be a little less refreshing than the body spray is.

What I also found a little disappointing was the fact that the shower gel was not as moisturising as most other variations available. I felt clean afterwards, and the fragrance lingered around for a short while on my body. However, my skin didn't feel as soft or as nourished as I was expecting it to be. For this reason, I can imagine those with very dry skin may benefit from using a body lotion afterwards to replenish the skin of moisture.  

Fans of Dear John will definitely appreciate this new addition to the family, and I have been enjoying having a bottle to indulge myself with on a daily basis. Having said that, those with a keen nose will notice that there are differences between this and the perfume, and some may not appreciate the subtle changes that have been made. The fact that I am half way through a bottle in just under three weeks, also suggests that this is not necessarily as good value for money as some of Lush's other shower gels. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Rosemary Infusion, Nettle Leaf Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Perfume, Proplyene Glycol, Fine Sea Salt, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Methylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £11.25 for 250g.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Copperhead Solid Shampoo
Dear John Bubble Bar
Dear John Body Spray
Dear John Liquid Perfume
Dear John Shower Gel
Dear John Solid Perfume

Dear John Soap