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15 August 2019

Silent White Bath Bomb


After my positive experience with the Snowdrops Ballistic, I thought I'd dig around in my Lush stash and find other 'boring looking' bath bombs to test out. Silent White was the first one I found, buried at the very bottom amongst my other ballistics of the same age. I feel I'm rather lucky to have found myself one of these, not only because of the wonderful scent it gives off, but because the bath bomb sold out very quickly when it was released some four years ago, and it's not been seen since. 

Sharing it's scent with Damp Squid, this is a fragrance you either love or hate, and I feel you have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy it. Made from a combination of ylang ylang and petitgrain oil, this bath bomb gives off a very subtle but equally unique scent. As others have said, it's definitely a very powdered smell, which reminds me a little of the talcum powder that people use on babies. It's floral based with just a slight sweetness from the patchouli - I happened to really like this smell although I can see why people would be dissappointed. 

When unleashed in the tub, this ballistic gets to work, albeit very slowly. It's not a loud fizzer and is best appreciated when you climb in the tub beforehand so you can watch and smell the bath bomb at work. Silent White releases mounds and mounds of beautiful, velvety-soft foam, which slowly spreads across the surface of the water and creates a blanket for you to tuck yourself under. 
Maybe it helped that I both researched this before I used it and was also in right frame of mind, as I can see why there was a lot of negativity surrounding this product. Aside from the foam, this ballistic doesn't do a lot else - there isn't any glitter or colour involved, and although the bath water feels a little bit softer once it's dissolved, it's nothing above what most other Lush bath bombs would do. 

About this bath bomb, Lush say that it's 'subtlety is its strength: no sparkles, no flowers, just scented sheer white beauty'. While I agree that it's scent is rather lovely, I felt it was a bit of a cop-out to have a product that not only has a weak fragrance, but also does very little in the bath tub. Furthermore, once I exited the tub, what little scent that the ballistic harvested, none of that stayed on my skin. Neither did my skin feel particularly moisturised, which would have at least been something.

I've awarded this bath bomb three out of six because I did enjoy it's fragrance, and I recognise the fact that sometimes you want something simple to accompany you in the bath; you don't always want an entire show every time you enter the tub. However, it's not a product I can imagine people running out to buy, and it's not one I'm that interested in trying again. 

Disclaimer: The video included here is not mine. Unfortunately, my phone was having a bad day one day and decided to delete a few of my video demos. Unfortunately, as this is a rare bath bomb, I haven't got another one I can film.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Petitgrain Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Patchouli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Coumarin, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool

Vegan?: Yes.




1 August 2019

Good Day Sunshine Soap




Whether it was because I'd only recently watched the film with my class, or because the movie has been such a huge hit over the last couple of years, but when I first saw the design of this soap, it immediately reminded me of the Disney classic, Moana. And yes, that song popped straight into my head from that moment onwards and remained there for the rest of the day.

Good Day Sunshine Soap is one of two brand new soaps to have been added to the regular line recently: initially exclusives for Liverpool but obviously popular enough to have made it into the mainstream. Both Good Day Sunshine and Michelle Ma Belle also happen to be half of a four-piece soap collection influenced by the Beatles, and I only hope that I can get my hands on the other variations in the near future.

What attracted me to this soap was not only its gorgeous bright orange colour, and the fact that the yellow sun design on the front looks like something out of a Mayan engraving, but the fact that it shares its scent with one of my all time favourite bath bombs: Cheer Up Buttercup. If there is one scent that will float your boat this summer, this fragrance is definitely it.
Containing a strong dosage of both lemon, lime and neroli, this gorgeous soap offers a bright, fruity and very refreshing citrusy smell. Yet strangely, the smell that comes out the most here is one of fresh orange juice, with the other elements sitting directly underneath and adding spritzy, uplifting fruity base-notes.

What I loved the most about the smell of this soap however, was the heavy dosage of neroli that came forth as soon as I began using this in the shower. Although far more subtle in the bath bomb format, the green notes of the neroli really bring out a sharp tang to the citrusy notes, and together these ingredients create something that isn't far off the smell of a freshly peeled orange, with the outer skin still attached. Good Day Sunshine is super fresh and fruity and perhaps the perfect scent for the warmer weather that we are experiencing right now.

What is unique about this piece of soap is that the yellow design on the surface has actually been dusted with sodium bicarbonate. This means that the first time you use this soap, the surface fizzes up like a bath bomb and the foam adds a slight tingle to your skin whilst you're washing your body. After the first time, there isn't much left to experience it again. However, it's a nice little touch that gives this soap something a little different to enjoy.  

Lush's statement about this soap is: the dazzling orange, vegan aquafaba base offers notes of sparkling lemon myrtle, zesty lime and uplifting neroli to flip your mood sunny side up, while exfoliating chia seeds offer a delicate polish that leaves skin feeling soft and bright enough to rival the sun. While I wasn't able to see the chia seeds in action, my skin did feel really soft afterwards, so I assume that this was the work of the hidden ingredient. 

What I will say about Good Day Sunshine is that the soap tends to lather up really well the first time but then tends to only produce a sort of thin, orange liquid consecutive uses afterwards. This is not a soap that foams up all that easily. Having said that, I found that the orange 'lather' was very easy to spread across my body and I didn't need to massage the soap for more than a few seconds to produce enough 'soap' to apply to my entire body.
This meant that I was able to place Good Day Sunshine away from the water fairly quickly and preserve as much of the soap as I possibly could. As the soap dried in a fairly moderate amount of time, my piece barely shrunk after using it for a week straight and I can safely say that this should last as long as a regular piece of soap would. Despite this, if you're someone who is less conscious of how much you're using, you may find that this soap shrinks a lot quicker than regular soaps, and this is when the £7 price tag may seem a little excessive.

Once I had rinsed the suds from my skin and relished in the delicious fruity smell that had engulfed my entire bathroom, I was really impressed to discover that the fragrance of this soap also lingered on my skin quite heavily. After towelling myself down, I was able to detect both the fruity element and the green-like undertone quite strongly on my body and my hair, and this stayed with me for a good couple of hours afterwards. 

As if this wasn't enough, my skin also felt really soft and smooth and refreshed, and there was a radiance across my hands and legs that I associate with all of the wonderful citrus oils that are present in the ingredients. If anything, using Good Day Sunshine just reaffirmed why Cheer Up Buttercup is one of my all-time favourite bath bombs, and why I love this scent an awful lot.

While I am grateful that Lush have brought this out as a regular item, it does make me wish that the company would bring out a shower gel, body lotion or body spray in the same fragrance, as that would be simply sublime. Inspired by an iconic band, this soap had a lot to live up to and I honestly think that they have matched that expectation perfectly. This is a wonderful addition to any bathroom and I shall be using this all summer to match the sunshine outside.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Aquafaba, Citric Acid, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Silken Tofu, Chia Seeds, Cream of Tartar, Xanthan Gum, Agar Agar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 19140, Colour 15510, Colour 45410:1.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £7.00 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.


29 July 2019

Comfort Zone Shower Bomb




When Lush first introduced the term 'shower bomb', I was rather skeptical about whether or not this concept held any worth in the cosmetics industry. Was there any merits to using such a short-life product or would this be another temporary craze that disappeared into obscurity within a few months? As time have passed by and my experience with these little beauties has multiplied, it is safe to say that I am now completely on board with what Lush next have to offer.

Comfort Zone Shower Bomb is a cute little cylinder (that I believe is supposed to represent a blanket) with multiple meanings behind its name. Not only does the title reference how comforting the smell of the product is when in use, but both the ingredients and the name itself also hint at the more political issue of climate change. As Lush have stated on their website: Does the currant climate leave you feeling berry insecure? 

Sharing its scent with The Comforter range, this pretty little shower bomb first started out as a Liverpool exclusive, before being released quite recently as a regular product in stores and online. Featuring blackcurrant absolute and fresh raspberries in the ingredients list, there's no wonder that consumers are finding this berrylicious creation so gorgeous: I certainly have.
A classic scent that has been around for years, The Comforter is a warm, sweet and very fruity aroma. While I would describe the fragrance of this shower bomb to be very berry-like overall, it is the blackcurrant that makes the biggest impression here: creating a deliciously sultry and yet very playful aroma, while the cypress oil adds a layer of soothing sweetness to calm you down and round the fragrance off perfectly.

To my nose, Comfort Zone is perhaps a little lighter and fruitier than the original bubble bar and definitely appears to have a stronger scent as well. When using this in the shower, my senses were completely flooded with the aroma; the smell remained on my skin for hours; and the fragrance lingered quite heavily in the bathroom for a very long time.

To use, you simply need to hold the shower bomb under the running water during your shower, where it will immediately begin to expand and create a fragrant foam in your hand within a matter of seconds. The heat of the water will then help to release the different essential oils that have gone into making the bomb, which is supposed to help alter your mood depending on the purpose of the shower bomb itself. 
In this case, Comfort Zone is designed to help calm your mind and bring you some peace during times when you perhaps feel a little overwhelmed with everything. This shower bomb will offer you the biggest cuddle in the shower and its fragrance will hold you tight for hours afterwards as well, which is the perfect remedy at the end of a long day.

Once the shower bomb has began creating its foam, the idea is that you can lather and massage this across the skin much like you would a shower gel. The inclusion of both the potato starch and the sodium alginate allow the bomb to soften and moisture the skin, while the different oils clean out the pores and leave your skin looking and smelling rather delicious. Furthermore, the inclusion of the chia seeds in Comfort Zone, which you can spot when the shower bomb begins to dissolve under the water, gives this product a soft, gel-like consistency that only serves to make your skin feel even softer when in use.   

If you're someone like me who was worried at first that the inclusion of the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid will irritate your skin, I can assure you that this is not the case at all. In fact, my only piece of advice when using this is to ensure that you haven't shaved after applying this to the skin, as some of Lush's shower bombs can sting a little because of the open pores. Having said that, I didn't experience this at all when using this shower bomb in particular, so it was another added bonus on top of everything else.

While the consistency of the foam is slightly scratchy and not at all like the silkiness of a regular Lush shower gel or jelly, my skin did feel really clean and soft after using the shower bomb. Furthermore, I was able to clean my entire body, from head to foot, and still have product left over afterwards. Because of this, it would be completely reasonable to cut one of these shower bombs in half and use them across two, perhaps even three showers.
As with all of Lush's recent shower bomb releases, Comfort Zone not only left my skin feeling really smooth and clean but the scent lingered for an impressive amount of time afterwards. Despite there not being much of a difference between the smell of this and other Comforter-scented products, I found myself appreciating the scent of this far more than I expected to. This is definitely a shower bomb I would purchase again and I am so glad it has made it into the regular line.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate, Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, Perfume, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Chia Seeds, Fresh Raspberries, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 45410:1.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £2.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.





28 July 2019

Retro Tree Bath Melt Tablet





After a scorching hot day out in the sun, it felt rather strange to be coming home to bathe with a Christmas tree. In fact, it's been so hot these last few days that it feels strange even running myself a bath when the weather is so sticky outside. Alas, I was determined to get myself on top of the reviews I had planned to do and the only bath product I had leftmost happened to be a seasonal one. 

In nearly every one of my reviews of these seasonal bath melt tablets, I have explained how little press they received, not to mention how little time they were made available on the website. For this reason, I am probably one of only a handful of lucky people who were able to get their hands on these limited editions, which is a real shame.

Retro Tree Bath Melt Tablet couldn't be any more festive-like if it tried. Sporting a cream base with an orange and green-striped Christmas tree on the front, this limited edition was designed as both a decoration to hang on your tree and a companion for the bath as well. About 9cm in width, 6cm wide and about 5mm thick, this seasonal special also offered a gentle scent that didn't exactly fill the room, but did make an impression if you were sitting close enough.

Sharing its scent with the Floating Island Bath Melt, this particular tablet offers a rich but very gentle aroma: one that presents both a creamy vanilla note and a warming, woody one as well. The tablet smells very much like a scoop of rich vanilla ice cream combined with a subtle woody twist that grounds the overall fragrance a little.

While Retro Tree is sold as a single product, there is not really any need to place the whole tablet into the bath in one go. Cutting the melt in half or even quarters will still offer a really moisturising bath for your skin and you'll still be able to smell the wonderful aroma throughout the whole experience. In fact, you actually run the risk of creating a mess around the tub if you include the whole tablet at once, as the oils and butters don't all tend to dissolve into the water and they stick to the sides instead. Furthermore, I would also recommend that if you're going to use the tablet across multiple baths, it is better to break it into pieces whilst its dry than having to hang and store the used tablet once it's been placed in the water. 

As with nearly all of Lush's bath melts, Retro Tree didn't exactly put on much of a show in the water. The bath melt floated on the surface whilst it slowly dissolved and sent out little splodges of beige-coloured oil into the water, which seemed to disappear fairly quickly and give the water a slightly creamy tinge. 

As with all of the bath melt tablets, Retro Tree presents an impressive range of essential butters and oils to nourish your skin and leave it feeling smooth and replenished. Every so often I found myself massaging the bar itself to release the oils into the water because they were quite thick and resistant to dissolve by themselves. I think if you simply waited for the bath tablet to melt by itself, you'd probably be in the tub for a matter of hours. 

Once the tablet had fully melted, I found that the water was left with next to no colour all, which didn't exactly inspire the most exciting of reactions from myself. However, I had to remind myself that it was indeed a bath melt as opposed to a bath bomb, so it shouldn't be tarnished for doing something it's not designed to do. It did however make an immediate impression on my skin.

Within seconds of submerging myself beneath the water, my skin felt super silky-soft and smooth: as if there was a thin protective layer that was coating my skin and replenishing my body in record speed. My hands and legs took on an almost shiny form during the experience and I could still feel ow supple velvety they felt after I had towelled myself down. This is definitely a bath tablet that goes above and beyond what it's supposed to do.

While the fragrance was present during my time in the bath, I wasn't really able to detect it that well, and whenever I used another product this tended to thwart the aroma altogether. Afterwards, I wasn't surprised to find that the scent barely lingered on my skin much at all and I wasn't able to smell it anymore some twenty minutes after I had exited the bathroom.

If you're looking for a product that is going to offer you a good show in the bath; present you with a strong aroma to enjoy whilst bathing; and linger on your skin afterwards, this bath melt is probably not the best choice to go for. However, if your skin is in need of some serious nourishment and you're happy to couple a chunk of this alongside another product, this is one you should seek out and try. It's definitely better value than the small bath oil you can buy as a regular item!

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, Sandalwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, *Farnesol, *Limonene.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.




27 July 2019

Zephyrus Mouthwash Tabs



Despite being in the house by myself, the urge to have a one-person party was incredibly tempting after I found myself close to finishing this review. After nearly a month of constantly blogging and twenty different tooth/mouthwash tabs to work my way through, to have finished them all was a feeling worth celebrating, in my eyes. While these weren't my favourite mouthwash tabs by any means, Zephyrus were definitely a good choice to end up with last. 

Having already experienced the intensity of Supherb Toothy Tabs, I mistakenly left these little mouthwash tabs to last, only because they were a similar colour and therefore (I thought) a similar flavour. As it turned out, these mouthwash tabs couldn't have been further from the taste of the aforementioned toothy tabs and what I was left to finish with was something super fresh and naturally very beautiful. 

Containing Sicilian lemon and basil oils, the little green diamonds give off a wonderfully rich herbal smell, with a big dosage of lemon that rounds the fragrance off with a big bang. To my nose, the smell reminds me of a fresh lemonade that's been packed full of fresh basil leaves: it's crisp, refreshing and utterly gorgeous!

When popping one of these into your mouth, it takes mere seconds for a very intense but equally beautiful flavour to engulf your senses. The lemon oil brings about a bright, fruity element to the taste, which for a second or so is slightly bitter before it sweetens and settles in your mouth. Alongside this, the fresh taste of basil wraps around your tongue and offers a very natural herbal taste that compliments the lemon perfectly. I would never have envisaged that these two components would work well together as a mouthwash but they do, and they leave your mouth feeling really clean and fresh on top of this.

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.

Sometimes Lush surprise me with their pairings and I honestly couldn't get enough of the Zephyrus Mouthwash Tabs. They clean your mouth out thoroughly, without burning your tongue or bringing about too much flavour; they leave your teeth feeling really shiny and clean; and they leave you with the cleanest breath I have experienced in a while.

Ultimately, these are definitely one of my favourite combinations from Lush and I would buy these again if I ever ran out. Perfect for the summer months, these little beauties would be great to slip in your bag when you're out enjoying a picnic. Not only would they leave your mouth and breath feeling super clean, but they wouldn't take away from the fresh feast you were enjoying at the time. Zephyrus are one of my favourite mouthwash tabs that Lush have ever created and they need to be made available for everybody.

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Glycerine, Fine Sea Salt, Water, Xylitol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stevia, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Basil Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Fresh Basil, Menthol Crystals, Chlorophyllin, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Perfume.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.


26 July 2019

Sleepy Pill Mouthwash Tabs



There are certain Lush scents that spark much more of an interest than others: products and fragrances that have somehow earned a level of status that automatically makes consumers more invested in them than some of their (often better) counterparts. The Twilight/Sleepy scent family is one of those royal bundles, and when these mouthwash tabs first made themselves known, there was a big demand for them to be made widely available as soon as possible.

However, from the very second I opened my bottle of Sleepy Pill, I realised that something was terribly wrong: these mouthwash tabs didn't share the scent of Twilight or Sleepy, and they certainly didn't taste anything like they did either. Under the assumption that they were the same fragrance as the popular body lotion and shower gel, Lush fans had been scrambling after an item that didn't even hold their favourite scent.   

What I will say about Sleepy Pill is that the intensity of flavours here is definitely potent enough that the tabs will do the very opposite of putting you to sleep. In fact, the very first time I used one of these, I almost had to spit the tab out into the sink: the flavour was far stronger than I had initially envisaged it to be and it took me by surprise.

Containing lavender and fennel oil as the leading ingredients, the smell of these mouthwash tabs are a strong and very robust herbal aroma. Imagine having a fresh bundle of lavender tied tightly around your nose and you may begin to understand what Sleepy Pill smells like. It's naturally sweet and floral, yet there is also an underlying sharpness from the fennel oil that plays on these components and intensifies the smell.

When popping one of these into your mouth, it takes mere seconds for a very intense taste to develop and you may need to brace yourself for this. Imagine being made to bite down on some fresh lavender and what that would taste like, and you have now probably understood exactly what these tabs have to offer. Along with the fennel oil, which serves to intensify the taste and add a cool, refreshing twist, Sleepy Pill uses nature's finest to completely clean and overhaul your mouth.

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.

The intensity of Sleepy Pill Mouthwash Tabs immediately cleared my palette, cleaned my tongue and left my whole mouth feeling squeaky clean. The dinner I had finished eating mere minutes before had been completely banished from my tastebuds and instead it had been replaced with a herbal combination of both lavender and fennel, which was strangely comforting.

While not a flavour I would initially been all that excited about, I actually enjoyed how natural they tasted and how clean my mouth felt after using one of these tabs. I can imagine that Sleepy Pill Mouthwash Tabs will still be super popular, even though they don't pertain the same aroma as the best selling body lotion. In fact, I'll be honest and say that I think these work better than what I imagine an actual Twilight-tasting mouthwash tab would do. I guess Lush do know best after all? 

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Xylitol, Flavour, Stevia, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fennel Oil, Lavender Flowers, Menthol Crystals, Anethole, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77007.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.


25 July 2019

Golden Pear Mouthwash Tabs



Ever since Golden Pear appeared a few Christmases ago, the Lush community have become obsessed with anything and everything that shares the same scent. Bath bombs, shower jellies and body sprays are just three of the wonderful creations that have been brought about because of the popularity of this fragrance. So it was only natural that the company would incorporate this excitement into one of their latest mouthwash tabs.  

Perhaps the prettiest of the lot, Golden Pear Mouthwash Tabs present themselves as little golden diamonds dusted with golden lustre, a feature that I should probably mention doesn't leave your mouth or teeth in the slightest bit glittery. Apologies for any readers that may have wanted their mouths to mimic a handful of golden nuggets: you're going to have to take up that issue with Lush themselves! 

Lush's description reads: Pairing detoxifying cardamom with soothing sandalwood, these little sparkly gems offer a warm and comforting bite of freshness, perfect for your next encounter. The words 'warm' and comforting are the perfect adjectives to describe these little beauties because they offer exactly that...and more!  

From the bottle, the familiar scent of Golden Pear Shower Jelly can be recognised immediately. A blend of orange oil, cardamom and sandalwood, the fragrance is a rich and very wholesome fruity aroma with the sandalwood wrapping itself around the orange like a warming blanket. The inclusion of both cardamom powder and oil also makes a huge impression on the scent: you can smell that intoxifying and very unique spice alongside the other elements, which mimics the fragrance of other Golden Pear scented products perfectly.

While this may not be helpful, I want to state that these mouthwash tabs taste exactly as you would expect them to. Fans of Golden Pear have no doubt fantasied about an edible rendition of their favourite scent and these mouthwash tabs do the perfect job at making this possible.

Slightly fruity, slightly woody and with a twist of warming cardamom, these mouthwash tabs taste like adult candy. The sandalwood really pairs well with the orange here, grounding it a little and removing some of the 'tang' that it possesses, and instead offers a taste that is very wholesome and comforting. Furthermore, the different complexities of these tabs overload your tastebuds with a beautifully rich, multi-dimensional flavour that sticks around for a long time after you've swished.

While there is nothing in the ingredients list to suggest why, there is also something very slightly Turkish delight-tasting about these tabs, which I happened to really appreciate and didn't think took away from the Golden Pear smell/taste at all. Ultimately, they're both rich and exquisite when being used, and everything you would hope them to be if you're a fan of this scent family.

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.

Golden Pear Mouthwash Tabs immediately cleared my palette when I began to swish it around my mouth, and my teeth, tongue and gums were left feeling really smooth and clean afterwards. Even though they have a lot to offer in the way of flavour, they're definitely not the strongest mouthwash tabs available on the market. Yet, after using one, I felt confident that the smells of the food I had just eaten had been fully removed and the taste of the tab remained with me for an impressive amount of time afterwards.

To really test how powerful Golden Pear Mouthwash Tabs were, I used one of them straight after eating a meal that was absolutely saturated in a garlic dressing. Not only did the garlic all but vanish from my mouth within the first minute of swishing but the odd grimy feeling that I had on my teeth beforehand disappeared as well.

These are definitely a mouthwash tab that I would buy again in the future; that's if I ever manage to get through my impressive stash of ten bottles that I currently own. Fans of Golden Pear will not be able to fault these at all, and those who like interesting tastes will no doubt appreciate how wonderfully rich and exquisite these little golden diamonds are. Well done Lush!

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Gardenia Extract, Glycerine, Stevia, Xylitol, Flavour, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cardamom Powder, Sandalwood Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.


24 July 2019

Gospels Mouthwash Tabs



Over the last couple of years, Lush have branched out their ideas for new products, with a key focus being to create more naked cosmetics that will not only to reduce the carbon footprint of their customers, but do the same for themselves as a company as well. Their introduction of the solid mouthwash tabs was easily one of their most innovative concepts, and these little beauties have definitely made other companies think about the future of their brand as well. 

Gospels is one of a handful of Lush Showcase exclusive mouthwash tabs that have yet to hit the stores: still under the guise of prototype until the company decide what to do with them. Thanks to a wonderful member of the Lush community, I have managed to get my hands on a few of each to try, and I'm excited to say that these are just as delicious and effective as the releases we have seen so far.

While I'm yet to learn everything about this pastel pink gem, what I do know is that Gospels is made from a combination of rose, myrrh and geranium, which would automatically make you assume that the scent and taste of this one is going to be highly floral. What makes this limited edition so wonderful is that this is not the case at all. 

Smell wise, this mouthwash tab is actually fairly reserved and warming: the inclusion of the myrrh definitely adds a sweet, rounded base with a gentle resinous twinge. Both the geranium and the rose feature as well in fragrance, giving the tabs a slightly powdery floral aroma. From the bottle, I can see why these tabs might come across as quite intimidating as the fragrance is rather potent, and you'd be correct if you assumed this would also mean the taste was quite overwhelming.

As soon as I bit into one of these tabs, my mouth immediately flooded with a taste that somewhere between being really sweet and heavily floral. Both the davana and rose oils work in perfect unison here because had either ingredient been unbalanced, I can only imagine how disgusting these mouthwash tabs would have been.

Imagine the powdery, sweet rose taste of freshly made Turkish delight, with a sultry resinous flavour from the myrrh and yo may begin to understand what Gospels taste like. These are definitely a very acquired taste and one that many consumers may have to 'get used to' before they actually really enjoy these. I know that it took me multiple uses before I truly understood and appreciated the complexity and taste of these mouthwash tabs, and I can imagine that many other people will be the same.

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.


Gospels Mouthwash Tabs immediately foamed up in my mouth and the results I experienced was a mouth that felt wonderfully clean and a tongue left without a single bad smell. No matter what you've eaten before using one, these limited editions will remove any unwanted smells and tastes immediately from your palette. However, you will need to be someone who'll appreciate the odd but rather sweet floral fragrance that remains in your mouth for a good couple of hours afterwards, otherwise the outcome of these tabs is pointless.

Ultimately, these mouthwash tabs do exactly what you'd expect them to and are the perfect accompaniment for short excursions and long trips away. They'll slip into a pocket or just about any space you have and can offer a quick solution for those moments when you feel like refreshing your oral health.  

As far as tastes go, I did eventually enjoy the flavour of these mouthwash tabs, although they were never one of my favourite tastes overall. While they worked wonders at cleansing my palette and leaving my teeth feeling super clean and shiny, there are far better tasting alternatives that I think I'd rather choose over Gospels, and for that reason I cannot imagine buying these again when there are so many other flavours on offer. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Glycerine, Organic Cold-pressed Grapeseed Oil, Stevia, Xylitol, Anthocyanin, Menthol Crystals, Rose Oil, Davana Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Citronellal, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.




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