14 February 2019

Sexy Boy Massage Bar

As I begin to see the end to my excessive collection of massage bars, I am starting to discover some old beauties that I wish I had tried sooner. Unfortunately, given that they've been living in darkness for a good year, they are not as fresh as they could be. However, this one still really impressed me and has cemented itself amongst my favourites.

Sexy Boy Massage Bar is a seasonal bar - first released as a Christmas special in 2010. Since it's discontinuation a few months after it's initial appearance, it has not made itself available again, which I think is a shame as it's such a unique and beautiful product. 

What sets this product apart from other massage bars, is the wonderful shape it is presented as - a cute little gingerbread man that has clearly been cut from the same mould as Lush's Gingerman Soap. It's the same height as other massage bars, but due to it's width and length, you get slightly more product for your money. 

Made with both cocoa and shea butter, as well as coconut oil, this massage bar boasts a better array of butters and oils to moisturise and nourish your skin. The former two key ingredients are known for working with the natural oils of your skin to nourish, smoothen and repair over-tired and weathered skin. Sexy Boy also boasts the inclusion of coconut oil - a natural ingredient that helps make skin soft, radiant, and healthy. It's also been proven to improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin, which is perfect for those of us with dry skin.
This massage bar also contains a combination of lime oil, cocoa absolute and cananga oil, which not only helps to make this amazing for the skin, but gives this product a wonderful smell. Some Lush fans claim that it took them a while to appreciate the scent of this, but I fell in love with it from the word go. 

To me, this bar smells like a really rich, sugary vanillary white chocolate that has a gentle sprinkling of lime juice. It's a little like when lemon is added to a cake mix - you get the citrus flavour in the sponge but without the tartness of the fruit. This is what the lime does in this instance and it's wonderful.  

The bar melts easily on the skin and leaves behind a thin layer of oils which can then be massaged across the body. Unlike other massage bars, this one isn't at all sticky and the oils that rest on your skin don't stay there for long - instead sinking into the skin and leaving your feeling and smelling fantastic. 

I should warn you though that this bar tends to melt relatively quickly so you may find you have to be quick when applying it to the body. It should also be mentioned that the size and shape of this makes it a little trickier to use than other massage bars, and I got quite a bit of grease on my hands from holding it longer than I should have.
While it's not the easiest to use, it does leave you smelling gorgeous and your skin feels really soft and well-pampered afterwards. As the fragrance isn't all that Christmassy, I hope Lush release it through the kitchen and I look forward to stocking up on my favourite 'Sexy Boy'. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Perfume, Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Cocoa Absolute (Theobroma cacao), Cananga Oil (Cananga odorata), Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Citral, *Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

14 January 2019

Iron Harvest Bauble Bath Melt

What I'm finding with Lush at the moment is that you only have to blink and you'll miss a handful of products. While I praise the company for having so many new and innovative ideas, the empty bank accounts and total confusion of the consumers is starting to take a toll on the excitement that fans once had for the company.

Only two months ago did pictures of an interesting array of 'bauble bath melts' appear on Instagram, followed quickly by the naked stores in Germany and Japan. Sporting gorgeous colours and scents, consumers wondered if they'd ever be able to get their hands on the little gems. Fast forward to December 26th and they suddenly appear on the UK site, only to disappear the same day without anything said about them at all. Why these weren't celebrated a little more is absurd because they are simply beautiful.

Iron Harvest was the first of the bauble bath melts that I decided to try one evening when I was finding it hard to switch off after a long day's work, and in need of something to help me soothe my mind. Sharing its scent with the Dreamtime Bath Oil, this bath melt is as its name suggests: shaped like a bauble for a Christmas tree, albeit flat on the back, and far heavier.

With a circumference roughly 7cm wide, and with a thickness little under a centimetre, this is definitely one of the biggest bath melts that Lush have ever unleashed into the world. While it is definitely a very pretty experience to put the whole thing into the tub at once, I would suggest that you cut this into three or four pieces. 

You certainly don't need to use the entire melt in one go, and it would be far less messy breaking off pieces whilst its dry than hanging or storing the tablet once it's already been in the water. Having said that, I found that the melt dried fairly quickly after I pulled it from the water, so I didn't have to worry too much about cleaning up afterwards.

Containing a combination of lavender, chamomile and jasmine, this beautiful limited edition is the perfect remedy for a relaxing bath before bed. The lavender offers a cooling, herbal note that sits a little higher than it does in the aforementioned bath oil; the chamomile offers a naturally sweet but floral aroma underneath.

Once in the water, Iron Harvest rests on the surface and slowly ebbs streams of rich purple oils under the surface. These oils and butters tend to linger around the product at first, so you have to swish it around with the piece of string to help it dissolve across the whole tub. After using half of one of these baubles, I found that the water had turned a wonderful shade of purple, and the texture of the water had changed into one more silky soft and nourishing.

If you're someone who wants to heed results quicker, you can opt to hold this under the running tap and the pressure will encourage the bauble to melt a lot quicker. However, I enjoyed how relaxing this was to watch in the tub, whilst I was submerged under the water.

What impressed me was that firstly my skin was left feeling incredible smooth and moisturised after bathing in the water for near on an hour. Secondly, I found that the fragrance stayed with me throughout my entire bath, and I was able to smell it on my skin afterwards as well. Finally, the fact that the water changed colour was enough to mean that I didn't feel the need to add a bath bomb in as well, making it an all-round better experience. 

Overall, this was a great choice to start with, as it revealed the potential that these seasonal special baubles and tablets have. Iron Harvest would definitely have looked amazing on my Christmas tree this year, had Lush brought it out in time. However, it looked and smelled easily as incredible once it was in my tub. I happen to love the name as well!    

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Bitartrate (Tartar), Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Seed Butter, Sunflower Wax, Lavender Oil, Zingiber Root Oil, Chamomilla Flower Oil, Jasmine Extract, Sandalwood Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorophlogopite, * Citral, * Farnesol, * Geraniol, * Limonene, * Linalool, Perfume, Cl 77491, Cl 60725.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Dream Time Bath Melt
Dream Time Bath Oil
Dream Time Temple Balm

Iron Harvest Bauble Bath Melt

13 January 2019

Open Your Heart Bubble Bra

Every so often, Lush releases a scent that impacts on the community so much that you can almost feel the buzz of the chatter behind the screen of your phone. When Golden Pear Soap first made an appearance, you could tell within a matter of days that something big was about to go down for the avid consumers. 

Since the release of that seasonal soap a couple of years ago, Lush have continued to bring out more and more products with the same fragrance. Some great, some not so great, but I can honestly say that Open Your Heart Bubble Bra is what Golden Pear Bath Bomb should have been, but better.

Containing orange, sandalwood and cardamon oil, this limited edition bubble bra is succulently fruity yet equally grounded as well. My nose picks up the smell of sweet stewed pears which is both warming and refreshing. Alongside this, there is a delicate note of the cardamom and sandalwood that gives the bubble bar a gentle woodiness as well. 

Given its design, Open Your Heart is definitely one that will make a mess if you don't store it properly, and as I suggest only using half of this for each bath, so you're going to have to place it somewhere carefully if you do the same.

In its favour, this limited edition is super easy to crumble, and the thick centre of butters that stick the two ends together, really help to give the water a boost of extra nourishment which you skin will thank you for. I found that the water was beautifully sultry throughout, and the impact it had on my skin was instantaneous. 

Having said that, I was rather disappointed to discover that you don't get a lot of bubbles for your money. Whether this is because of the generous helping of both cocoa and murumuru butters, or a predict default, Open Your Heart didn't heed that many bubbles, even when I swished my hands throughout the tub. The bubbles that I did manage to create didn't stick around for too long afterwards either, which was a shame.

Despite this, I was really impressed by the strength of the fragrance during my bath. While it was never going to be a scent that engulfed the entire room, I was able to sweet the note of sweet pear throughout the whole bath, and the smell even lingered on the ends of my hair for a short time afterwards. Compared to Golden Pear Bath Bomb, this bubble bra offered so much more, and was much closer to the original scent than both the bath bomb and the body spray that was released a couple of months ago.

Overall, I think this is a lovely edition to the Valentine's Day this year. A little more scent and a little more bubble action and I think I might have rated it much higher than I did. However, I can recognise that this will be a popular purchase this season. This will definitely be one that I buy again before they disappear.      

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Gardenia Extract, Water (Aqua), Silica, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, *Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

Scent Family:
Golden Pear Bath Bomb 
Golden Pear Body Spray
Golden Pear Soap

Open Your Heart Bubble Bar

12 January 2019

Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar

If there's one thing glitter does, it divides the Lush community very quickly, and can sway a consumer within seconds as to whether or not they want to invest in a product. Those who dislike glitter would have probably taken one look of this reusable bubble bar and run screaming from the shop. Although with reactions that adverse, we doubt these people would even have ventured into a Lush store to begin with.

Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar is a lovely idea in theory: a bubble bar with the words 'Thank You' etched onto the surface and coated in a beautiful layer of golden lustre. For all that they do for us, a partner or friend would be grateful to receive one of these as a token of our love for them - unless that person is the aforementioned glitter phob.

To be honest, I wasn't overly excited about the prospect of this bubble bar for the sheer fact that it supposedly shared its scent with the Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar from the Christmas range. While I really enjoyed the fragrance of said sparkle jar, ginger is one of my least favourite aromas to smear all over my body, and so the idea of bathing it didn't exactly spark my interest.

When I received Love Token, I was actually taken back by how much stronger the smell is to that of the sparkle jar. While the Christmas product was fairly mild and mellowed out on the skin, this Valentine's Day release is much spicer and stronger. 

The ginger is definitely the most prominent element of this smell - offering a dry, spicy and very strong ginger aroma. Combined with the clove bud and guaiacwood oil, the fragrance of this is very spicy with warm woody elements underneath. While this is a Valentine's Day release, this wouldn't go amiss as part of a Christmas release: it's definitely a very comforting smell. 

Despite its size, this little golden token will offer you three rather lovely baths. Simply hold Love Token under the running tap and it will begin to produce wonderful golden yellow water, as well as cover the surface with an array of light, fluffy bubbles. As a disclaimer: if you wish to preserve some of the glitter on the surface for future baths, you may opt to cut this bubble bar into smaller pieces, and just use a single piece at a time. 

While reusable bubble bars are never as moisturising as a regular bubble bar, I was impressed to find that the water felt very sultry and slightly 'thick' across my skin. Although I moisturised after exiting the bath, my skin felt really soft after I had towelled myself down, and it was definitely more nourishing than some of Lush's more recent variations. 

Scent-wise, this reusable bubble bar made a strong impression in the water, and I was able to detect the ginger throughout my whole time in the whole tub. Having said that, I wasn't able to detect any of the aroma on my skin afterwards, which is where Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar would have come in handy.

While very small and seemingly expensive for its size, Love Token produces the same number of baths as any other reusable bubble bar would. The scent is definitely different from most of Lush's more fruity, citrusy smells, so I did appreciate a change-up in the bath, and it certainly helped me to unwind after a long day at work. Having said that, the fragrance wasn't ever one that was going to blow me away to begin with, and the bath wasn't impressive enough for me to invest in another one.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth, Sulfate Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Ginger Oil, Pine Needle Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, *Citral, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

Scent Family:
Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar
Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar

11 January 2019

Love Island Body Scrub

As someone who watches television on average about once a month, I have never once been sucked into watching the Love Island series. Not only does it hold the same appeal as watching paint dry to me, but I just simply don't have time to commit to any sort of series to begin with. Having said that, I thought that Lush were once again pretty witty with the reference used for this brand new product.

About the size of one half of a bubbleroon, Love Island Body Scrub is initially an anticlimax, and may have some consumers worried about the longevity and usage of something so small. While not overly expensive, £3.50 does seem a stretch for something that looks as if it would fall down the plughole very quickly. However, I can safely say that this little trooper has an impressive amount of life in it, and will serve you a lot longer than you might think.

Sharing its scent with the Love fragrance, this Valentine’s Day special combines bergamot, jasmine, lemongrass and rose together to create a strange but alluring combination of floral, green and fruity properties. The jasmine is definitely the strongest component here: offering a rich, sultry and slightly intoxicating silky-sweet floral aroma.

Alongside this, the lemon and bergamot combine to create something that smells similar to that of soured apple syrup, while a touch of cinnamon laces these components together and adds a sprinkle of warmth underneath. In my opinion, this is definitely one of those fragrances that can inspire a very strong negative reaction. The jasmine is super potent especially, and there are many who cannot stand the aroma for this very reason.

What I will say about this scrub is that this potency remains on your skin long after you've towelled yourself down, and I found that I received a couple of compliments about my 'perfume' a couple of hours after I had used Love Island in the shower. If you enjoy this fragrance, using this is a great way of coating yourself in a blanket of your favourite smell.

What is special about Love Island is that it's made from a combination of sugar, salt and sand. So not only does the inclusion of these three prevent the scrub from being at all fickle or easily breakable, but it also offers more benefits for the skin as well.

If you decide to use this as a whole piece, I would highly recommend that you don't hold it directly under the water, otherwise you'll use a lot more than you probably planning to. Once wet, it will happily rest on a soap dish or in a tub without dismissing or crumbling, and I found that I was able to get four full-body uses out of it this way. Furthermore, using the product this way heeded a very coarse scrub on my skin, which was perfect for me as I love to apply a lot of pressure and really scratch my skin when I scrub. 

If you want something a little less intensive, the best idea is to cut the scrub into four pieces and then crumble each piece whilst your massaging it across your skin. This way you can reserve the rest without it getting wet, and you can be in more control of how hard you exfoliate your skin.

Either way, you'll need to rinse the bath tub briefly afterwards, as the sand tends to remain around the plug hole, and you'll definitely need to moisturise. Whilst Love Island features aloe vera to both cool and calm your skin, the sand, salt and sugar will leave your skin in need of some much needed moisture.

Long term, I would love to see the option of buying pots of this scrub, already crumbled - much like the Life's A Beach Scrub Lush released a few years ago. However, this is definitely a lovely inclusion in this year's Valentine's Day range, and Love fans will no doubt appreciate the sentiment.       

Quantitative Ingredients: Granulated Sugar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Fine Sea Salt, Potato Starch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sand, Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £3.50 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

Scent Family:
Fizzbanger Bath Bomb
Lonely Hearts Bubble Bar
Love Apple Bubble Bar
Love 'Atmosphere' Shower Gel
Love Island Body Scrub
Love Perfume
Love Potion Massage Bar
Love Soap

Whole Lotta Love Bubbleroon

10 January 2019

Avocado Wash Shower Gel (Valentine's 2019 edition)

Having used this every day since it arrived on my doorstep, I can honestly say that I have given the Valentine's Day edition of Avocado Wash Shower Gel a solid chance to prove itself to me. Despite what consumers have already written about this limited edition, I wanted to experience it fully for myself, so I could write a fair and accurate review. And if I'm truly honest: this shower gel is rather a let down.

Back in 2018, Lush released a whole array of limited edition shower gels, as one of their first introductions to the 'community favourites' section on their website. Avocado Wash was one of the fragrances chosen to be made into a shower gel, and the outcome was simply beautiful. Everybody would no doubt agree that the company did well at replicating the scent in the bottled format, and there was a reason why the shower gel sold out so quickly.

Fast forward to the beginning of this month, and fans were elated to find that their favourite shower gel was coming back as part of the Valentine's Day range. Not only would it be more accessible and available for longer, but Lush were also offering it in multiple sizes. A win win, right? 

The problem was that as soon as fans began to use the shower gel in the comfort of their own homes, they realised that the scent was 'off'. The company have since stated that because they've brought it out in greater quantities, they've had to alter the recipe slightly, and this has caused an uproar because it simply doesn't smell like the original Cowash or the original shower shower gel.   

If I'm honest, I've left writing this until near the end of my Valentine's Day reviews, for the sheer fact that there were so many conflicting statements online, and I really wanted to experience this product for myself before I made any comments on how my experience with the limited edition went. 

What I will start by saying is that Avocado Wash Shower Gel does not smell like any of the aforementioned products in the same fragrance family. Yes, there are definitely links between the two, and I think if Lush had bought this out as a completely new product, there would have been a lot of comparisons made between the two. However, the smell of this is not true to the Avocado Cowash family that the community have grown to love.

From the bottle, my first experience was one of burnt caramel, which I was initially excited by. However, once this shower gel is in the palm of your hand and being lathered over your body, the smell has a very burnt note to it, which I don't think compliments the fruity element all that much. To my nose, there is clearly far too much olibanum in the mix here, and rather than offering a warming base underneath, instead takes over and is far too toxic. 

Avocado Wash is really thick so you don't need that much to clean your whole body with. It lathers up really easily; produces lots of fragrant foam to massage across your skin; and leaves a lasting impression on the body afterwards. As far as shower gels go, the consistency is one of the best that I have experienced in a while from Lush, and doesn't separate like the original bottle that came out late last year.

However, if you're a big fan of this aroma, there is a chance that the smell of this will disappoint you, as it's not true to the original scent at all. If you're trying to decide whether to go for the naked shower gel or this, the solid version definitely smells a lot better but this one is far more productive in the water. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Carrageenan Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fresh Avocado, Propylene Glycol, Amyl Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 for 100g, £11.95 for 250g, £19.95 for 500g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

9 January 2019

Avocado Wash Naked Shower Gel

Since the introduction of Lush's naked products, every new shower gel now seems to come with its solid counterpart - which is great for those consumers who want more options, but not so great for the humble bloggers who now have their workload doubled. With each and every one of the naked gels and creams that I have tried so far, not one of them has been better than their liquid sibling - that is until I tried this one out to size.

Avocado Wash Naked Shower Gel is one of a whole string of Avocado Cowash scented cosmetics to have come out over the last eight months. It seems as if this has become one of Lush's more sought after fragrances, and with good reason. The smell of this limited edition is simply gorgeous.

To my nose, this naked gel smells almost spot on to that of the original 'shampoo' that Lush brought out a few years ago. Drippings of litsea cubeba and  bergamot oils give this limited edition a wonderfully rounded fruity smell. It's like a warm, wholesome lime smell, with just a touch of green from the bergamot. 

Alongside this, the inclusion of the olibanum oil adds depth to the smell by infusing the fruity note with a rich but delicately resinous note. I wouldn't for one second say that the aroma is a smoky one, but there is almost a subtle burnt caramel note that just thickens out the fruity note a little, and makes the overall scent more wholesome.

When compared to the liquid shower gel that has been released alongside this, the naked version has definitely stayed true to the original scent, and holds a much better fragrance overall. In fact, many fans of the smell may choose this version over the other, for the sheer fact that this naked shower gel replicates the aroma far better.

Much like many of the recent naked gels that Lush have released, Avocado Wash is rather soft and slightly squidgy to the touch. Although it’s robust enough to last a few months with daily use, its consistency means it is prone to making a bit of a slimy mess on whatever surface it’s resting on. For this reason, I would highly suggest that you think carefully when considering how to store this in between uses. Having said that, the naked bottle does dry fairly quickly, so you don’t need to worry about patting it down after every shower. However, it needs to be stored somewhere dry otherwise it'll just remain a slippery mess for days on end.

Although this naked gel lathered up rather well, I did find that I needed quite a generous amount between my palms to do so, which meant that the bottle did look noticeably smaller after the first week. While I think that one of these would last a good 1-2 months with daily usage, I don't think it would outlast that of a 250g bottle of the liquid gel. 

Whereas some creams and soaps don't leave me feeling as clean as a shower gel would, this naked gel was easy enough to massage across my skin, and I did feel clean after rinsing it away. What impressed me even further was the fact that the scent did linger on my skin afterwards, for at least an hour, and there was almost a gleam about my skin that made it look radiant. 

When it comes to choosing between this and the liquid shower gel, there are definitely going to be some clear divides within the community. Whereas the liquid shower gel works better and lasts longer, the fragrance of the naked gel is replicated better and is far more beautiful than its bottled counterpart. It's a tough choice for sure, but I actually think I prefer the naked gel this time around.      

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Gardenia Extract, Water (Aqua), Organic Avocado Oil, Fresh Avocado, Amyl Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £8.95 for 200g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

8 January 2019

American Cream Naked Shower Gel

As far as the American Cream fragrance goes, I've always wanted the original conditioner to be veganised: the very idea of a conditioner that smells that good on my hair would be a dream. One of my all time favourite bubble bars, I Am 10, also happens to share that scent, and to bring this back would be one of the most exciting things that Lush have done in years.

So when I saw that Lush would be making this year's Valentine's Day range American Cream heavy, I was really excited about the prospect of showering myself in this delightful fragrance for a good many months. This is an aroma that I always get a craving for every few months, so to have these new products to indulge in is a real treat.

American Cream Naked Shower Gel is one of four products from the range that shares the same fragrance, and easily replicates the original smell far better than the two variations of body conditioner that have come out alongside it. It also happens to offer a scent far stronger than the body conditioners, and stands up next to the liquid shower gel in many regards.

For those unfamiliar with the scent, American Cream smells like a bouquet of strawberries and cream wrapped in a hazy floral bubble. To describe it as simply 'strawberry' would paint it in a bad light because there is far more going on in the fragrance for sure. 

My nose recognises the strawberry element straight away. However, at the same time there is a dry and very musky layer of vanilla absolute alongside this. At the same time, the lavender brings the floral element to the scent, without taking away from the 'strawberry milkshake' element that Lush were going from. It's a sophisticated and very beautiful scent that lasts on your skin for a long time after using any of the products with this smell. There is something about the nature of this fragrance that gives it longevity, no matter what format it's presented in.

Much like many of the recent naked gels that Lush have released, American Cream is rather soft and slightly squidgy to the touch. Although it’s robust enough to last a few months with daily use, its consistency means it is prone to making a bit of a slimy mess on whatever surface it’s resting on. For this reason, I would highly suggest that you think carefully when considering how to store this in between uses. Having said that, the naked bottle does dry fairly quickly, so you don’t need to worry about patting it down after every shower. However, it needs to be stored somewhere dry otherwise it'll just remain a slippery mess for days on end.

Much like Avocado Wash Naked Shower Gel, this naked gel lathered up rather well under the water. However, I did need quite a generous amount between my palms to clean my whole body, which meant that the bottle did look noticeably smaller after the first week. While I think that one of these would last a good 1-2 months with daily usage, I don't think it would outlast that of a 250g bottle of the liquid gel. 

Whereas some creams and soaps don't leave me feeling as clean as a shower gel would, this naked gel was easy enough to massage across my skin, and I did feel clean after rinsing it away. Interestingly enough, I found that this naked shower gel was actually a little more moisturising on the skin than the liquid version, which is probably because of the extra oils that feature in the product.

Ultimately, this is another naked shower gel that I have enjoyed using but one that I wouldn't invest in, in the long run. While I love the concept of naked products, I'm still a little too in love with my shower gels to make the full switch from liquid to solid just yet. As the liquid version is rather lovely, I will just continue to use this, and then use one of the body conditioners to moisturise afterwards. 

Quantitiative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £8.95 for 200g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

Scent Family:
American Cream Body Lotion
American Cream Conditioner
American Cream Liquid Perfume
American Cream Shower Gel
American Cream Solid Perfume
American Cream Naked Shower Gel
American Pie Body Conditioner
American Pie Naked Body Conditioner
American Pie Shower Jelly
Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar
I Am 10 Bubble Bar
Marshmallow World Bath Bomb
Twinkle Bath Ballistic

7 January 2019

Adam's Apple Solid Mouthwash Tabs

As someone who tries hundreds of new Lush products every single year, there are only a handful of times when something quite literally takes my breath away. It is not very often that I find myself feeling extremely excited to be writing a review but Adam's Apple Solid Mouthwash has me fighting against simply writing 'simply sublime' and posting the publish button.

One of a handful of brand new products for this year's Valentine's Day range, these mouthwash tabs are hands down the best ones that Lush have produced to date. Everything about these little blue tabs are perfect - from how they work, to the smell and taste, Adam's Apple Mouthwash Tabs need to be made a permanent feature in all stores, and here's why...

A problem I find with some of Lush's mouthwash tabs is that they're quite difficult to break down inside your mouth, and I've often ended up with bits of the tabs still sticking to my gums or hidden in my teeth. This means I then have to rinse my mouth out for a second time, which then removes a lot more of the product that's supposed to remain there to keep my mouth cleaner for longer. When it comes to these limited editions, you won't have to worry about an of this palaver.

To use a solid mouth wash tab, you simply crunch the tab between your teeth, take a slurp of water and begin swishing. Once you've finished, you then spit the water into the sink and your whole mouth should feel super clean and refreshed: ready to brace the rest of the day without worrying about smelly breath or food from your lunch remaining stuck between your teeth. It's recommended that you keep the mouthwash in your mouth for a good minute. This allows the ingredients to get to work at cleaning the mouth and deodorising the tongue so you get the maximum results possible.  

As you would expect from Lush, the ingredients that have gone into making all three of the mouthwash varieties have also been carefully crafted and serve a purpose. Firstly, they all contain sodium bicarbonate, which is a natural softening ingredient that is also known for its ability to clean and deodorise at the same time. This is a key component that will help to clean your tongue, gums and teeth when you're swishing, and will help to rid your mouth of any strong odours that might be present at the time, freshening your breath in the process.

Each of the mouthwashes also contains xylitol - a natural substance that is found in certain fruits and vegetables and is used in foods and cosmetics as a refined sweetener. This ingredient has been proven to cause none of the harmful effects that sugar can have on the teeth, is perfect for diabetics as it doesn't effect blood sugar levels at all, yet offers the sweetness to help give these tabs their interesting but enjoyable flavours.

What I loved about Adam's Apple is that firstly the consistency of these tabs meant that they dissolved in my mouth immediately. Even my partner, who has tried his fair share of mouthwash tabs with little interest, came rushing out of the bathroom just to tell me how amazed he was at how well these ones work. They are definitely a step above the rest.

Secondly, the taste of these is simply wonderful. Featuring lemon, lime and spearmint oil, these mouthwash tabs offer a fruity flavour along with a crisp, refreshing note of mint. Some consumers have described these tabs as having a 'bubblegum' feel about them and I can definitely understand where that comparison comes from. However, I wouldn't say that they taste of bubblegum: they are far more interesting and tasty than that.

Finally, Adam's Apple Solid Mouthwash Tabs immediately foam up in your mouth and the results you get is a mouth that feels so amazingly clean and sparkly. No matter what you've eaten before using one, these limited editions will remove any unwanted smells and tastes immediately, and your mouth will feel clean for hours afterwards.

Whether you're popping out for a day at the beach; making a weekend trip to see the family; or jet-setting off to somewhere exciting, these 45g bottles can be tucked away with the assurance that you wont arrive at your destination with either soggy luggage, or with the lingering smells of your breakfast still festering on your tongue. Furthermore, they're also alcohol-free so these beauties wont cause you any issues when you're going through customs. No matter the length of your journey, these are handy to use at any time of the day: before you head out on your adventure; after a meal; or anytime you feel you need a little freshen up.

Before the season is out, I will be buying many bottles of these to keep me going. As I said at the start of my review, these are the best mouthwash tabs that Lush have produced so far, and I actually get enjoyment out of using one of these nearly every day. They're a Lush product that I carry around with me every day, and would recommend to anybody wanting to keep their oral health in tip top shape.

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil,  Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.