25 May 2019

#Gains Protein Spray

Out of every product that Lush have ever produced, this one spoke to me more than any other. When two worlds collide: #Gains not only appeals to me from the perspective of a consumer looking to improve the quality of my hair, but also in the sense that I'm an avid weight lifter and constantly focussed on getting in some 'gains' myself.

When the bottle arrived, I couldn't contain my excitement and began to use it right away. All I will say is that is didn't take me very long to recognise - and see with my very own eyes - the benefits that this purple beauty has to offer, and my hair has been grateful ever since. 

First made available in the Liverpool store a couple of months ago, this spray then made a reappearance last month as part of the Lush Labs release, and there's a reason that it sold out so quickly. With an impressive and equally intriguing list of ingredients that have gone into making the product, there's no wonder it's proving to be so popular. So where should I start...
To begin with, the scent of this is incredibly yummy and definitely what you'd describe as a 'foody' scent. While ultimately I don't think that a product's smell is all that important, unless it's a bath product, #Gains offers a rounded fruity aroma that smells a like bubble gum to my nose, albeit a little more sultry and rich.

For those who haven't been able to visit Asia and experience fresh jackfruit for themselves, you wouldn't really be able to compare it to the scent of this protein spray. However, the fragrance definitely has a sweet and rather interesting syrup-like fruity twist that reminds me of the taste of the fruit itself. The smell of this is unlike anything else that Lush have released before, so I cannot even compare it to anything to give you an idea of what to expect. 

To use, you need to spray on towelled dry hair and then comb through to allow for equal coverage. I have rather thin hair, although it sits roughly halfway over my boobs, and I found that 4-5 sprays was enough to coat my entire hair and experience some wonderful results. To be fair, I think it's worth trialing it out for yourself to see how much you need, but my above example should act as a rough guideline. To much of this and I found that my hair became flat and rather lifeless, so it's important you find the right balance for your own locks.

Once your hair has dried, you will immediately begin to notice the results. Firstly, I could both feel and see that my hair appeared thicker, especially towards the end where I had put on a little more of the spray after combing through my initial squirts. I was able to wear my hair down without it looking thin, and when I ran my hand through my hair, I could feel that the spray had added a little volume.
What impressed me the most however was how quickly the condition of my hair turned itself around. Within a week of using this, I found that there were less strands falling out of my hair whenever I brushed my locks. I could also see that my hair just looked healthier and shinier, and my split ends didn't feel as dry and brittle as they had done beforehand.

While immediately impressions might be that the 100g bottles that they come in might not very long, I have been using mine daily for the last three weeks, and have only just gone below the the label line towards the top of the bottle. If you're somebody whose hair isn't particularly dire, a few times a week is more than enough to add some goodness your locks, and your 100g bottle would diminish even slower than mine.

Ultimately, my only qualm with #Gains is that the aroma tends to fade after about 45 minutes, which is a shame as I love it when a product can double up as a hair perfume as well. However, I am really happy with how this product has improved my hair in such a short space of time, and I cannot imagine this leaving my daily routine now. A great little number from Lush.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), DRF Alcohol, Alfalfa Juice, Jackfruit Puree, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Limonene, Fresh Lemon Juice, Behentrimonium chloride, Clove Bud Oil, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, HCL, Leucine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, *Anise Alcohol, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Colour 60725.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £15 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

24 May 2019

Sunset FUN Bar

One of eleven exclusive FUN bars that are currently only available from the Liverpool store, Sunset was easily one of the products that I was most excited to get my hands on. While I'm still rather clueless as to what many of the exclusives smell like, this particular bar I had read about before, so I already knew that I was going to love it.

Sharing its scent with The Brightside Bubble Bar, this gorgeous vibrant orange beauty is as uplifting and as stunning as its name suggests. Packed full of mandarin and tangerine oils, this bar offers a juicy, fruity aroma with a sharp citrusy edge to finish. It's super bright and fresh and doesn't compromise the natural sweetness of any of the oils used.

As with all of the other FUN bars that Lush offer, this one is versatile in how you use it and does a great job in each role. Firstly, this is a great replacement for either your shower jelly, soap or gel. Simply take a small piece (about the size of a grape), wet it under the shower hose and massage it directly across your body. The bar foams up a treat and produces an impressive amount of light, fluffy lather that can be distributed across your skin with ease.
Just like Lush's shower gels, this bar leaves your skin really clean and with a super fruity fragrance to accompany you for a short while after you've towelled yourself down. While it's not as moisturising as the gels and jellies, I don't find FUN bars to be as drying on the skin as soap can be, even though they don't offer the complex scents you'd expect with Lush soaps.  

Secondly, FUN can be used in much the same way as a bubble bar: crumbling a small piece under the running tap to produce some bubbles as part of a cocktail. What I will say is that you don't get much more than just a light shade of orange in the water when using this particular one, and it's definitely not as moisturising as an actual bubble bar. However, I did find that I could smell the Fun Bar alongside Groovy Kind Of Love Bath Bomb, which I added during one of my bath cocktails. Although it did produce some bubbles to go with the scent, these didn't seem to stick around for too long after I entered the bath. Having said all of this, Sunset definitely doesn't replicate the original bubble bar, and I would suggest using this in other ways and stick to The Brightside when you want those mounds of bubbles.   

Finally, FUN can be used as a replacement for a shampoo. While I haven't tried this (due to the number of new shampoos that Lush have unleashed on us recently) I can imagine it would lather up well and leave your hair smelling super gorgeous afterwards.
Much like I've stated in all of my reviews, you will need to consider how to store this product between uses, as it has a tendency to leave a sticky mess on any side it is left, if wet. While I love the fact that it's not in pot so it saves on packaging, you will need to keep this FUN Bar cool and dry in between showers. I would suggest breaking off a few pieces and storing them in a pot, away from any possible running water, as this will prolong the life of the bar. 

For £3.95, this little 100g bar isn't the most expensive of investments and I have thoroughly enjoyed using this in my morning showers as it is the perfect 'wake me up' before the gym. My only issue with Sunset is that it's now got me dreaming about a Brightside-scented shower gel, which at the moment isn't available to buy.

Quantitative Ingredients: Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Red Mandarin Oil, Tangerine Oil, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £3.95 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

23 May 2019

Pop Bubble Bar

As soon as I saw this bubble bar, I just knew it would become one of my firm favourites. For the last six years, Roy Lichtenstein has been my go-to artist when teaching art to my children and every single one of my classes have adored the project of creating their own pop art to finish the year. What better way of celebrating that summer is fast-approaching than by bathing in the concept as well. 

Pop Bubble Bar is not only inspired by the work of a male artist but the reference to the nickname 'pops' is probably how Lush have managed to link this product into the Father's Day range this year. However, while it may definitely pertain references that let it rest, it's definitely the odd one out when it comes to scent and design.
Sharing its scent with the likes of Snowman Shower Jelly and FUN Bar, not to mention the most recently released Star Spell Bath Bomb, this bubble bar offers a fragrance that is incredibly uplifting; bright and super refreshing. If you enjoy smells that are both fruity and zesty at the same time, you will want to grab one of these before they disappear from the shelves.

Featuring buchu, lemon and bergamot oils, this bubble bar has a strong - and what I would describe as being a - fizzy, fruity aroma: one that is best suited for those who enjoy uplifting, playful yet rather simplistic smells. As I have said in many reviews of other products featuring this scent, the main note I pick up from this smell is one of fresh tropical juice but with a sherberty twist. The buchu and lemon combine really well in this format, and the juicy combination offers up something a little different from just the normal citrus-scented creations. 

It's definitely not the worlds most complex aroma by any means. However, with the warmer months approaching fast, this is definitely one I can see myself using either when I want to wake myself up first thing in the morning, or when I want to freshen up after a long day under the sweltering heat. Having said that, the idea that England will offer anything close to sweltering temperatures is even a little too much of wishful thinking to begin with.
As with nearly all of Lush's bubble bars, this one crumbles with ease under the running tap, although I would suggest that you divide this into smaller pieces to conserve the product across two or three baths. Within seconds the water begins to feel softer between my hands; the red and yellow design helped to spread a wonderfully warming shade of orange throughout the water; and the fragrance engulfed the bathroom. There was also a generous amount of silky-soft bubbles to submerge myself beneath, although these tend to disperse within the first fifteen minutes of being in the bath.

After using just under half of the bar, I was really impressed with how incredible my skin felt afterwards. Pop is one of those bath products that can make a huge difference to the quality of your skin, and my body felt so nourished and radiant after I had towelled myself down. Not only this but the smell stayed with me throughout the whole bath, as well as lingering on both my skin and around the bathroom for a good hour or so after the plug had been pulled.

The inclusion of the cocoa butter in this bubble bar meant that I didn't feel the need to moisturise afterwards, yet my skin remained beautify soft and, as I said above, radiant throughout the whole day. Furthermore, my mood was instantly uplifted and I felt able to face the day on minimal hours of sleep.
While it sticks out like a sore thumb in the Father's Day range, it's a very welcome release from me, and I will definitely be stocking up on a few more of these before they disappear from the shelves. Given how moisturising it is, I was even considering breaking this bubble bar into eight very small pieces and just using a little, along with a bath bomb, to infuse those extra butters into the water.

Pop Bubble Bar is a great addition to the Lush family and will certainly be very popular for those who enjoy fruity fragrances. Like the sunrise in the early morning, this limited edition offers you a beautiful, refreshing warming hug to either start your day, or chase away those cobwebs after a long one.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Popping Candy, Perfume, Cornflour, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 14700.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019. 

22 May 2019

Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum

There have been times when I’ve truly been tempted to shave off all of my hair and start again. My hair is super sensitive to any change that I put it through, so when a shampoo disagrees with me or a styling product dries my locks out, it’s as if someone has super-glued a bird’s nest to my head and it takes weeks to get it under control again.

Two of the worst traits that my hair possesses is the fact that it’s incredibly thin and it’s super frizzy. Combined, these two factors don’t make it easy to wear my hair down, at least not without a load of product to control the natural wispy nature of my hair. For this reason, when I heard that Lush were bringing out a thickening serum that also promised to control the frizz, I knew I needed it in my life no matter what the cost.

Willow The Wisp is one of Lush’s newest inventions: originally released exclusively for the Liverpool store but recently unveiled as one of May’s Lush Labs exclusives as well. Priced up at £14.95 for a miniature 100g bottle, my initial impression was that this was a rather expensive investment, even if it did exactly what it was supposed to do. Having used it religiously over the past couple of weeks however, and seeing how little of the serum I have actually extracted from the bottle, I can confidently say that this product goes a long long way and is worth every penny, in my opinion.

To use, Lush recommend that you apply a couple of pumps-worth to towel-dried hair and work it through with your fingers. As your hair dries, the high dosage of Epsom salts that have gone into making Willow The Wisp causes your hair to swell, hence giving it a thicker look and temporary volume for a day or two. As salt tends to dry your hair out, there is also a generous helping of extra virgin olive oil to bring that moisture back, along with a dash of lemon juice to add shine and softness.

Firstly, my experience with this thickening serum is that it’s better to brush your hair before applying this. I found that when working into my hair, I was able to create more volume by scrunching my ends and leaving them to dry this way. If I brushed my hair afterwards, it took away a little of this added volume, which is certainly not the look I was going for. 

Once my hair had fully dried, I noticed not only an improvement in the condition of my hair but that my locks appeared and felt noticeably thicker overall. Not only did my hair look and feel shiny, and was far more manageable to the point that I was able to wear it down without adding any other product, but the usual wispy bits at the top of my head had all but disappeared as well. Win win.

The only negative point I will say about this serum is that while my hair did feel softer and smoother overall, I wish there was something a little extra added in to make this super moisturising as well, because my ends still needed a large dose of coconut oil to keep them nourished. However, given the nature of what this product has been designed to do - and how well it does this - this qualm is more of a personal preference as opposed to a product fault.

As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the smell of Willow The Wisp is equally as beautiful, and lingers around for ages like a hair perfume as well. Containing rose absolute, rose oil, rosewood oil, and both lemon and lime oils, this gorgeous serum offers a strong, powdery floral aroma, with a refreshing citrusy after-kick. The rose and rosewood offer a scent not far off of geranium: a musky, naturally sweet and slightly woody cloud of floral; while the fruit ingredients elevate this fragrance and throw in their own uplifting blend of citrus notes.

Obviously, this is only a temporary fix for the condition of my hair and I need to do much more work at building the actual thickness of my locks. However, Willow The Wisp has now become my go-to product whenever I need a little added boost of volume, and I can rely on it to restore my hair as much as it can without the use of magic. This is worth every penny in my eyes and I hope it becomes a part of the permanent range.

Quantitative Ingredients: Silken Tofu, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Epsom Salts, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Ethyl Macadamiate, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Rosewood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Cinnamal, *Citral, Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090:2.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £15 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019. 

21 May 2019

Conga Shower Jelly

Many a time over the last couple of months I have found myself being swept into a conga around the room, wondering how my life has reached a point where I consider this to be a form of entertainment. Despite the masses of personal growth I have achieved over the last two years, it’s obvious that I haven’t lost my party pooper streak it seems.

One of a handful of exclusive shower jellies that Lush have brought out for the Liverpool store, Conga is perhaps the prettiest of the lost. Sporting a fluorescent pink colour, not to mention a brand new fragrance from the company, this jelly is like Pink Custard’s more vibrant younger sister. 

Before I describe the merits of this particular jelly, I should start by saying that I’ve come to appreciate these wobbly inventions far more over the last few years. As a shower gel connoisseur, I have always considered these solid jellies as more of a hindrance than their bottled counterparts. However, with experience and experimenting, I have now found so many ways that these products can be utilised, so I am far more open to receive these solid renditions than I once was.
The most obvious way is to use the whole jelly at once: massaging it either directly across your body or between your hands, before using the lather to clean you’re skin with. While smaller 100g jellies seem to work fairly well when stimulated with your palms, I find that the larger ones are quite difficult to hold for very long, and I usually find the product ends up on the floor more times than it does across my body. 

If this doesn’t work for you, cutting your jelly up into smaller pieces means that you have better control of creating a lather between your palms. Having said that, there is now the issue of the shower jelly being too small to handle, and the same frustrating game of handling it becomes an issue once again. There is also the factor that smaller pieces find it easier to slip down the drain before they’ve been used very much at all.

If you are choosing to use the jelly in either of these ways, please be mindful of the fact that you should avoid exposing them to the water too much. While Conga isn’t at all ‘crumbly’, I have had jellies fall apart on me in the past, not to mention the fact that the product will shrink a lot quicker with constant direct exposure to the running water.
If you find that shower jellies, in their wobbly format, don’t work for you at all, there is always the option of blending the jelly into more of a thick paste, or indeed that of a gel. Simply take half of your jelly (store the rest somewhere else) and throw it into the blender for a minute or so. If you want more of a gel-like consistency, you’ll need to add a little water as well. As a warning though, adding water reduces the shelf life of this shower jelly somewhat, as the product is now a breeding ground for bacteria. Without water, the blended jelly can last a good few years - as you would expect a jelly to do so; with water, a couple of months is probably the maximum amount of time I would continue using the mixture before I’d need to consider whether it’s healthy to be putting it onto my skin.

Finally, despite its name, if you don’t wish to use Conga in the shower, you could always cut a small chunk off and hold it under the running tap - along with the rest of your bath cocktail - to create a mound of wonderful bubbles and a beautiful smell to accompany you in the bath. A small piece, about the size of an acorn would be suffice for a generous bath, which makes a big tub of this shower jelly better value for money than buying multiple individual bubble bars.

What I will say is great about Conga Shower Jelly is that the fragrance is completely brand new, making its debut in a format that I think compliments the smell really well. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I don’t think this particular scent would work all that well as a shower gel or soap, which is a rarity. 

To my nose, the fragrance this shower jelly offers is a strong, fruity berry aroma: one that reminds me of raspberry yoghurt with a dash of lemon zest to make it brighter and slightly less yoghurt-like. The inclusion of the bergamot adds almost a green, delicate floral element that pads the smell of this out a little,  and almost takes away the sharpness that you normally associate with the taste of raspberries.
This is a very playful, youthful smell and consumers who enjoy Lush’s more complex and intriguing aromas will probably not enjoy this all that much. However, for the warmer months that I hope to see during our British summer this year, Conga is a great shower jelly to have in your bathroom to complement the sunshine, and maybe perhaps even pre-frozen so you get a really refreshing boost when you next use it.

While this jelly works really well at lathering up; produces a beautiful foam to clean your skin with; and lingers on the skin and hair for a long time afterwards, the one thing I noticed about Conga was that it didn’t appear to be as moisturising as many of Lush’s previous jellies have been. Although there still appears to be the inclusion of carrageenan extract to make it nourishing for the body, my skin didn’t feel as smooth afterwards as I would normally expect. That’s not to say that it wasn’t softening at all; just that some of Lush’s recent jellies seem far more moisturising than this one.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed Conga as I really appreciated a brand new scent to sink my teeth into. While not the best fragrance that Lush have ever done, this is a wonderful summery jelly that’ll keep you uplifted and motivated during the warmer months of the year. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Almond Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Bergamot Oil, Davana Oil, Almond essential oil, Vanilla Absolute, Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, *Coumarin, *Limonene, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £11 for 240g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019. 

20 May 2019

Moon Spell Bath Bomb

There are times when I truly believe I have started to conquer the art of adulthood, only to come face-to-face with the reality that a.I really have no idea what I'm doing, and probably never will do; and b. That I wont ever be more than a twelve year old wrapped in an older shell. Having said this, the latter statement is something that I am truly happy to live with, so I shan't endeavour to change that about myself.  

When I heard consumers describing Moon Spell Bath Bomb as being candy-scented, and sweet; like sugar and spice and all things nice, the adolescent in me began to salivate at the thought of those teeth-rotting luxuries that sometimes find myself craving. The mere thought of being able to bathe in such a fragrance was enough to send my mind into overdrive.
Yet, when this bath bomb arrived on my doorstep, I found myself deeply disappointed by the lack of smell that it offered me from the get-go. If you enjoy candy that smells like they forgot to add most of the flavouring, this may well appeal to you. However, unless you're someone who prefers very gentle-scented baths, you may wish to avoid this one altogether.

While Brazilian orange oil appears to be the only key ingredient in this bath bomb, I found that the scent was far more delicate than I was expecting, and pertained a rather powdery sweetness as opposed to a fruitiness. In fact, Moon Spell almost smells like a bath bomb before a fragrance has been added: just a sweet, slightly musky smell.

What sets Moon Spell apart from most of the other bath bombs currently available over on Lush's website is that the design has two interlocking pieces that can be separated and used at two different times. While this is not mandatory by any means, consumers who wish to be more conservative with their bath bombs will no doubt appreciate how the design of this bomb lends itself in this way. However, because of how soft the scent was to begin with, I chose to use the whole thing in one go, and this was the result:
Firstly, I should point out that the blue piece of the bath bomb was an extremely slow fizzer: taking almost twenty minutes to fully dissolve in the water. If there was a record for the slowest-working bath bomb, this would be hailed as the clear winner. The smaller pink then is actually a jelly bomb, with carrageenan extract to add extra nourishment to the water.

If you're someone who is slightly hesitant to use this because of this latter fact, you'll be pleased to know that it doesn't create a sticky mess in and around your tub, and you won't be left covered in goo. In fact, this small piece offers the perfect amount of 'jelly' to add enough moisture without turning your bath into a swamp.

Once fully dissolved, Moon Spell offers a gentle shade of pale lilac in the water, which if my eyes weren't deceiving me, almost turned slightly grey throughout the duration of my bath. While not a colour that will inspire much of a reaction, it did make a change from the more vibrant baths I've been having as of late.
As to be expected, I found that the scent was almost nonexistent in the water and I certainly couldn't smell any traces of it on my skin afterwards. While my body did feel and look noticeably moisturised, my experience wasn't any different to what most of Lush's other bath bombs can offer.

Despite its captivating description, pretty design and skin-softening properties, Moon Spell didn't cast that much of a reaction over me, and I can see this disappearing through lack of sales in the near future. As you would expect, this is definitely not one that interests me enough to buy again, especially given how many other incredible bath bombs are available to buy at any given time.      

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene, Glycol Disodium, Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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19 May 2019

Star Spell Bath Bomb

As I come to the end of reviewing all of the products released by Lush to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the 'bath bomb', I am finding a few surprises along the way, which always adds a little extra treat to the experience of using each bath bomb to begin with.

When I first gave Star Spell a sniff, squeezed as it was between two of the forty other bath bombs that had arrived on my doorstep that day, I can honestly say that I didn't smell very much at all. In fact, it took a good matter of weeks before the potent fragrance of my order settled enough for me to appreciate them all on an individual basis. This is when I discovered that this beautiful little treat shares its scent with the likes of Snowman Shower Jelly, A Bunch Of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bars and Aster La Vista Soap.

Featuring buchu, lemon and bergamot oils, this bath bomb has a strong - and what I would describe as being a - fizzy, fruity aroma: one that is best suited for those who enjoy uplifting, playful yet rather simplistic smells. Much like how I described the aforementioned products above, this lovely bath bomb offers a fragrance that reminds me of fresh tropical juice with a sherberty twist. 
Yet unlike Aster La Vista and both the Snowman FUN and Jelly, Star Spell is slightly more reserved with its fragrance, and instead has more of a powdery note instead of the zesty top note, which the bath bomb format naturally lends itself to creating. While the aroma is still recognisably from the same scent family, there are some differences between this and the other products in the range.

What sets Star Spell apart from most of the other bath bombs currently available over on Lush's website is that the design has two interlocking pieces that can be separated and used at two different times. While this is not mandatory by any means, consumers who wish to be more conservative with their bath bombs will no doubt appreciate how the design of this bomb lends itself in this way. However, like the greedy minx that I am, I chose to use the whole thing in one go, and this was the result:

Firstly, I should warn you (perhaps a little too excitedly) that I have never heard a louder bath bomb than this one. Packed full of enough popping candy to keep a whole class crackling for a month, Star Spell spits and pops aggressively while the bath bomb is dissolving in the water, and then it continues to crackle gently as you submerge yourself beneath the beautiful orange water.
Once the bath bomb has fully dissolved, the wonderful orange water also offers up a silver sparkle underneath the surface, which doesn't transfer onto your skin at all during your bathing, and washes away with ease after the plug has been pulled. Aside from merely looking pretty, the lustre does also offer a lovely shimmer in the water, which looks absolutely stunning when the sun is shining directly into the bath.

What is great about Star Spell is that it is really moisturising on the skin, even though there is nothing in the ingredients list to suggest what makes it so. The inclusion of the bergamot, buchu and lemon oils also helps to clean out your pores and leaves your skin with a radiant glow afterwards. I was really impressed by how vibrant and beautiful my complexion looked and felt after using this bath bomb.

Interestingly enough, Lush have also included a helping of xanthan gum which supposedly 'makes Star Spell feel cold to the touch.' While the effects of this weren't anywhere near as crisp and cooling as menthol crystals tend to be, there was something rather refreshing about bathing with this one, which made it perfect for the warmer weather at the time.
Unfortunately, the scent of this bath bomb doesn't really make it that far outside of the bath tub and I wasn't able to smell more than the faintest of smells on my skin afterwards. However, it did remain prominent during my time spent in the tub, and it definitely set my mood into a positive one that stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Although not a show-stopper by any means, this bath bomb has 'star' qualities that will make it a popular choice amongst Lushies. Children and adults alike can enjoy this little beauty at any time of the year and this is one that I would definitely consider buying again, at some point in the future.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Dipropylene Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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