31 March 2015

Mr Punch Soap

Since I went vegan, I have slowly moved away from drinking alcohol and I can probably count the number of times I've consumed an alcoholic beverage since then on a single hand. I have never particularly enjoyed the taste and I've had far too many negative experiences to claim it has done me any good. So when Lush bring out a product based on or containing alcohol, I'm never normally that thrilled about trying it. 

Mr Punch was one of the first soaps that I ever brought from Lush and it wasn't until I was cleaning out my soap drawer recently, that I discovered I had amassed quite a stash of this seasonal favourite. First released for the 2012 Christmas range, this soap claims to be the cosmetic equivalent of a Mexican punch bowl.

What first attracted me to this product was the inclusion of blackcurrant absolute in the ingredients list. Blackcurrant is my all-time favourite scent, and knowing how amazing The Comforter is, I was hoping this soap would offer me something new and slightly different to this. That it does.
There is a clear blackcurrant scent intertwined throughout the fragrance of this soap but it doesn't have the same sweetness that it projects in The Comforter. Instead it mixes with the lime oil, gin and juniper berries and gives off a far more complex and slightly more mature aroma. It's quite difficult to pick out a single smell from this soap as they all combine really well. However, you can still appreciate the main scents that have gone into making this product and you'd definitely describe this soap as being heavily fruity.

What is strange about this product - something I have spoken about with other Lush fans and read about in other reviews, is that this soap changes slightly when you begin to use it in the shower. I found that Mr Punch gives off an almost sweet-floral and slightly musky scent when in contact with the water. I think it is the inclusion of both the coconut oil and the generous helping of juniper berries that come through when the soap is combined with the heat of the water. It's still a rather pleasant smell but not as nice as it's initial aroma.

In the shower, Mr Punch does need a little coaxing to produce a good helping of lather but that's not to say that the soap doesn't work wonders in other ways. The foam it does produce is super soft and really helps to make your skin radiant and smooth. Lush have added gin to help tone your skin and I could really feel the difference it made on my body - I could feel that tightness on my face, arms and legs, but not the same feeling you get when a product dries your skin out. 

A 100g block lasted me a good couple of months as it didn't shrink much during use, even though I had to keep it under the water for a while to produce the lather. The soap also leaves a light scent on your skin, although it doesn't stay around for long so you'll need to top this up with a body lotion or perfume afterwards. Speaking of body lotions - I can imagine the fragrance of this soap would work wonderfully in this format and I'd love to see Lush bring this out in the near future. 
What is great about Mr Punch is that it's scent is versatile and it can be used at any point in the year - it's a great 'pick me up' in the winter but it's fruity goodness also compliments the warmer weather. While it may not be my favourite soap, it is one I will buy every Christmas and use in those moments when I need something a little fruity to perk me up. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Gin, Juniperberries - dried, Juniperberry Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Lime Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etridronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 15510, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

Year Of Original Release: 2012.

2017 Price: £4.50 for 100g.

Scent Family: 

Mr Punch Soap
Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

29 March 2015

Mandarin's Tea Party Soap

When I first got my hands on a slice of Mandarin's Tea Party Soap, I was very happy. Not because it was the first time I had owned a piece, although this was part of the excitement, but because I knew that it shared it's scent with the wonderful Orange Blossom Perfume. Unfortunately, this perfume is not vegan friendly, so although I can marvel it's scent in a store, my morals mean that I can never buy a bottle to cherish. Therefore, being able to bathe in this wonderful aroma through the use of the soap, was the next best thing.

Inspired by the traditional Christmas satsuma in a stocking, this beautiful and brightly decorated orange soap plays homage to my favourite part of the seasonal holiday. First released as a limited edition product, this soap has made a few reappearances in the retro range but has not been seen in quite a while.

Made using neroli and mandarin oils, as well as freshly squeezed orange juice, this soap is gorgeously refreshing and packed full of minerals, vitamins, and plenty of vitamin C. These act as antioxidants for the skin and will leave your skin toned, revived and resilient. Furthermore, this soap even contains fresh orange slices preserved within the product, which not only make this soap even more gorgeous to look at, but helps it to smell as fresh and zesty as possible.

When I first read the ingredients list for this soap, I was worried about the inclusion of crystallised ginger as I have always claimed that this is my least favourite scent. However, you can only really detect a very subtle inclusion of this in it's scent and it just helps to pad out the overall fragrance whilst giving a gentle layer of heat.

Looking at the ingredients in Mandarin's Tea Party and Orange Jelly Soap, there is actually not that much difference and I wonder whether or not they are supposed to share the same scent. While their scent is very similar, I do feel as if this soap has a slightly more sophisticated aroma - Orange Jelly just smells exactly like it's name to me, whereas this soap has more warmth and depth to it. 

The soap lathers up very easily and produces an impressive array of frothy foam that can then be lathered across the body. While I wouldn't say it's the most moisturising of soaps, it does leave you feeling very clean and refreshed, and I always enjoy a soap that doesn't parch my skin. 
Like many of the soaps I have been using recently, this one lasts for a fairly long time - a 100g chunk lasted me about 5-6 weeks, and this was with me using it once or twice daily. The only warning I would give in regards to Mandarin's Tea Party is that it'll bleed orange wherever it's left, so if you leave it on the side of the bath, you'll have to expect gooey trails of orange down the side of your tub. 

While it isn't the most amazing soap in the world, it does smell wonderful and leaves you feeling fresh and invigorated. While I won't rely on it to wash with all the time, I would definitely be tempted to grab a few chunks to see me through the summer months. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Crystallised Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Dried Orange Slices (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Neroli Oil (Citrus aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Glycerine, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

Scent Family: 
Elbow Grease Moisturising Bar
Mandarin's Tea Party Soap
Orange Blossom Candle 
Orange Blossom Liquid Perfume (non vegan)

2017 Price: £4.25 for 100g.

28 March 2015

Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Luxury Bath Melt

It wasn't until I was searching for my review of this product that I realised with horror that I had yet to write one at all. For a product that I buy almost monthly, I was both surprised and confused that I hadn't previously noticed its absence on my blog, and I set about rectifying this problem as soon as I could. 

Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melt is one of my staple Lush products - one of the few bath items that I still purchase from the regular range. With all of  the wonderful array of bath bombs and bubble bars that make an appearance in the Lush Kitchen, I have enough items to last me a good eighteen months. Because of this, I tend not to buy any of regular stuff in favour of using up what I already have. However, this is one product that I make an exception for, and with good reason. 

One of five bath melts, this one is aimed at those with a bit of a sweet tooth - a sweet, musky candy floss scented product that shares its scent with the popular Snow Fairy Shower Gel and Godmother Soap. While it doesn't mimic the scent of either of these products exactly, its close enough to appeal to fans of both while distinctive enough to attract a few new fans along for the ride.

Containing both marshmallow powder and synthetic musk, Mmmelting Marshmallow Melt has a wonderful soft and rather playful aroma - like raspberry bubblegum intertwined with a touch of vanilla and a little hint of fruit. While I love Snow Fairy, I find this bath melt to be far more wholesome and creamier than the shower gel. 

Both the cocoa butter and the almond oil not only make this really moisturising in the bath, but offer a really creamy experience in the tub. You only have to drop it into the water to watch it get to work immediately - spewing out thick waves of pastel-pink foam that coats the surface of the tub and creates what looks like a fluffy, cloud-like bath to submerge yourself in. 

While it's not as oily as the likes of You've Been Mangoed and Dreamtime, this bath melt instead makes the water feel really velvety-soft and you can definitely feel the difference that it makes to your skin afterwards. Using this regularly has really helped to heal my skin and leave it feeling beautifully soft for days on end. 

It's effective enough that you only need to use half (or maybe even a third) of this at a time so it's good value for money. Unlike all of the other bath melts, this one gives your water a slight pinkish tint which means it can be used by itself as well as alongside a bath bomb or bubble bar of your choice. 
While it's not the most exciting bath product from Lush, it does its job at revitalising and softening your skin - leaving a lovely gentle sweet smell on your body for a long time after bathing. Furthermore, if you place this under the running tap, the bath melt also produces a small amount of bubbles which makes the whole experience a little more enjoyable.

Although I normally proclaim that this scent family can be a little too bland for my tastebuds nowadays, this bath melt is still to draw me in and offer me a bathing experience that I look forward to. For this reason, it will always be my go-to, candy-inspired cosmetic for when I'm looking for something sweet to perk me up in an evening. 
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Almond Oil, Water (Aqua), Chamomile Powder, Marshmallow Powder, Marigold Powder, Synthetic Musk, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £3.95 each. 

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Best Washes Wash Card
Bubblegum Lip Scrub
Candy Fluff Ballistic
Candy Fluff Perfume
Candy Fluff Dusting Powder
Fairy Dust Dusting Powder
Father Christmas Bath Bomb
Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb
Godmother Soap
Lush Mechanic Cold-Pressed Soap
Magic Wand Bubble Bar
Melting Marshmallow Moment Bath Oil
Mmmelting Marshmallow Bath Melt
Pink Easter Egg Ballistic
Snow Fairy Body Conditioner
Snow Fairy Body Spray
Snow Fairy Cold-Pressed Soap
Snow Fairy Jelly Bath Bomb
Snow Fairy Lip Tint
Snow Fairy Liquid Perfume
Snow Fairy Naked Body Conditioner
Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel
Snow Fairy Shower Gel
Snow Fairy Solid Perfume
Snow Fairy Sparkle Jar
Snow Fairy Sparkle Massage Bar

27 March 2015

Red Rooster Soap

I was feeling a little unwell at the weekend and decided to root around in my collection for a few new Lush products to help perk me up. Lush describe this soap as 'refreshing and warming' - two characteristics that I thought would help to banish my body of it's cold and get it back on track for work. 

With it's translucent orange body, Red Rooster is an alluring soap and definitely one that offers an air of comfort about it. To make it even more attractive, on the surface of this soap are pieces of dried cinnamon stick and slices of orange and lemon. These decorative additions give this soap a slightly retro feel about it and I find it one of the better looking soaps from the company.

Made from a combination of cinnamon leaf oil, orange oil and freshly squeezed orange juice, this soap gives off a spicy, fruity aroma that would appeal to fans of Hot Toddy, Glogg or Sexy Peel Soap. However, unlike these other products, I don't feel that Red Rooster is as well balanced or as pleasant to sniff.  

When I smell this soap, I get rather a harsh and slightly musty cinnamon scent at the forefront, which isn't as comforting as the spice normally is in cosmetics. Secondly, whereas I normally appreciate the fresh zesty smells that Lush create from their ingredients, the orange aroma I get from this product is rather astringent and has a nasty aftertaste which intensifies when coming in contact with hot water. 

Imagine trying to eat the pith from the outer shell of an orange - that bitter, pungent-smelling layer of white casing between the skin and the actual piece of fruit. Now imagine that taste becoming a smell and you'll begin to recognise what aroma this soap gives off.

The soap lathers up really well, and for those that like this scent, the smell does linger on your skin for many hours after use. It also tends to permeate the bathroom for a while after your shower. Furthermore, despite not enjoying the smell all that much, it did wake me up a little after I had used it and I found that I was far more alert after trying it out. However, I am unsure whether this is due to the fragrance or just the experience of being in the shower.

What is good about this soap is that the dried pieces of fruit work really well as an exfoliator, and unlike other soaps that tend to shed their decorations very quickly, the cinnamon sticks and fruit peel stay attached to the chunk for a long time. There is also a better ratio between the amount of soap and the excess pieces present, so there's enough here to clean yourself with as opposed to just using it as a scrub.
Furthermore, Red Rooster maintains a good consistency in the shower/bath so it doesn't become too slippery to hold, making it easier to use. A 100g block will last for a long time and it doesn't shrink at all when left to dry between uses, so it's also good value for money.  

Unfortunately, as well as it's smell, this soap didn't bode well with my skin and left it feeling rather taut after use. After testing this out for a few days in a row, I began to find dry patches of skin on my legs and it was then that I decided to stop using it. While it possesses a fantastic name and is appealing to look at, this soap didn't work well with my skin type or my sense of smell. For this reason, it's not a soap I would be interested in buying again. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water (Aqua), Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice (Citrus sinensis), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum cassia), Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Cloves (Eugenia caryophyllus), Cinnamon Sticks (Cinnamomum cassia), Orange or Lemon Slices (Citrus dulcis, Citrus limonum), Star Anise (Illicium verum), Sodium Chloride, Glycerine, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Perfume, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), FD&C Red No. 4.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £4.00 for 100g.
2017 Price: £4.25 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2005.

26 March 2015

Vit C Toner Tab

Although I was really happy that Lush brought out a range of these toner tabs in the Kitchen, a small part of me worried about how long it would take to get through them all. Despite their amazing properties, they're one of those products that I tend to forget I have, and I've been known to find stashes of them that surpass the two year mark in age. 

While I pride myself on how quickly I can test and review the products that Lush bring out in the kitchen, when it came to the Vit C Toner Tab, I just couldn't find the time to try it out. Currently, my work-life balance is non-existent, so after completing school work, eating and forcing myself through an often disjointed workout, the idea of even boiling a kettle seems like an impossible task. However, after a rather stressful day at work this week, I knew I needed to dig out the tab and give it a whirl. 

Lush claim that toner tabs help to soften and hydrate the skin, cleansing pores and leaving your skin feeling refreshed and moisturised. Using only a handful of ingredients, each toner tab has been manufactured to open and clear blocked pores and rid your face of any nasty dirt that may be lingering underneath the surface of your skin. Most toners are preserved water with added astringent ingredients to act on the pores, so if you're worried that this product might dry out your skin, Lush have assured consumers that this is not the case.

To use one of these toner tabs is very simple. Simply fill a medium-sized bowl with hot water, submerge your face and the bowl beneath a towel or sheet and drop the toner tab into the water. Lush state that once the tab has fully dissolved, you should remove the towel and pat your face dry. However, to get a full detox, I would recommend that you stay underneath the towel for a good five minutes. What is useful, is that the leftover water can be stored in the fridge for up to seven days after it's been used - using this to spritz your face if your skin needs that bit of extra refreshment throughout the week.

Lush's Vitamin C Toner Tab contains key ingredients to cleanse soften and regenerate tired and weathered skin. The rose absolute renews your complexion and gives it a youthful appearance; the olibanum oil softens and cleanses the pores - removing that tired, run-down appearance that we're all accustomed to. 

The inclusion of the sandalwood, cedarwood and rose absolute give the tab a rather powdery wood and floral aroma - very similar to Eau Roma Toner Water but much more defined and stronger in scent.

Much like most of the other toner tabs that I have tried out, my skin felt instantly smooth after using this and I could detect an instant softness, which was lovely. My face felt cleaner and clearer and it made a nice change from using a heavy cleanser to do the same tone. 

While I wouldn't say it has the strength to replace your usual facial routine, it's definitely something that could be used every couple of weeks to clear out your pores and give your complexion a new lease of life. I think these beautifies would be very useful in the summer months; when your skin may be a little parched or damaged from the sun's rays and you're looking for a five minute fix to give it back its vibrancy.  
Although I'll continue to get my vitamin C from the delicious food that I eat daily, I will enjoy using these toner tabs throughout the summer months and just hope that Lush bring them back again so I can buy a few more. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Vitamin C Powder, Sandalwood Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rose Absolute, Olibanum Resinoid, Organic Strawberry Flour, Water (Aqua), Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £1.25 each.
2016 Price: £1.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2008.

24 March 2015

Japanese Aid Soap

Japanese Aid Soap was released in 2011 to raise money for Peace Boat - an organisation that at the time were trying to aid Japan following a devastating earthquake. Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organisation that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment. It seems fitting then that Lush chose to promote and raise money for an organisation, who at the the time, were transporting foods and cooking hot meals for those most in need. 

Shaped like the Japanese flag, this soap shares it's scent with the much-loved I Should Coco Soap - a creamy coconut and vetivert offering that hasn't been seen in quite a long time. While the latter soap is crammed full of desiccated coconut, this soap is much smoother, although that's not to say it's any less creamier. 

Packed full of rapeseed, coconut, sweet orange, vetivert and coriander oil, this soap is a highly moisturising and gorgeous smelling product. Although the natural sweetness of the coconut and orange are present in the smell, you can also make out the vetivert and coriander in Japanese Aid, which gives it a strange and unique aroma. 

The soap has a gentle but long-lasting fragrance - a sweet, warming scent that intensifies in the shower and makes for a very comforting experience. The addition of orange oil adds a slightly uplifting, citrus element to the scent, but it definitely doesn't upstage the coconut. There's also a hint of the coriander oil present as well, which I feel almost takes away from the creaminess of the coconut very slightly.   

With all of these oils present, this soap is super easy to lather up in the shower and produces a creamy lather that coats your skin and leaves you feeling and smelling gorgeous. Unlike I Should Coco, this soap cannot be used as an exfoliator but it does mean it cleans better and you get better usage out of this than it's older brother. 

Japanese Aid leaves your skin feeling well-pampered and radiant and the coconut essence stays with you and your bathroom for hours after you've used it in the shower. Although it looks like a soap that will diminish very quickly under water, I was surprised to find that it's quite sturdy. A 100g chunk of this soap will last you a good 3-4 weeks, but I would recommend that you pat it dry between uses.

I actually prefer this to I Should Coco and hope that Lush chose to bring it out in this format rather than it's older design. I find that the shredded coconut prevents I Should Coco from cleaning your skin properly whereas this one does wonders at making it feel smooth and look refreshed. If you love coconut, but are perhaps looking for something that's slightly different from your usual coconut-smelling cosmetics, this may be the soap for you.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Glycerine, Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

Year Of Original Release: 2011. 

Scent Family: 
I Should Coco Soap
Japanese Aid Flag

Frothy The Snowman Bubble Bar

One of the biggest allures of Lush as a company, is the fact that nothing is beyond their doing. Most of time they strive to be different - experimenting with different designs and unique fragrance combinations. In fact, their very principles rest outside of the 'norm', which is why they've been so successful over the years. It helps that they're also human enough to admit if something hasn't worked, and consumers forgive them because of this. 

Sometimes a product will come out that doesn't quite echo the effort that's been put into producing it. In these situations, the product will often make a fleeting exit soon after it's release, never to be seen again. This is the case with Frothy The Snowman Bubble Bar
Released as part of the 2007 limited edition Christmas range, this bubble bar looks a little like a cookie that's been fashioned by a child. Whereas products like Mumkin or Magic Mushroom are cute and appealing, this definitely doesn't look like it's been produced by a multi-million pound cosmetics company. However, there is something somewhat endearing about it's amateur appearance.  

Described as a liquorice and vanilla scented bubble bar, Frothy is a product with a difference. It's not often that you come across this collaboration of smells, so it makes a nice change. You only have to remove it from the wrapper, to detect a warm and rather rich vanilla smell intertwined with a nutty, coconut aroma which comes from the generous helping of desiccated coconut that decorates the surface. 

For those who dislike liquorice, you'll be pleased to know that the inclusion of this scent is in the form of sticks that garnish the face of this bubble bar. This decoration also includes a liquorice comfit - all of which can be removed if you dislike the fragrance. In the water, these sticks melt away and don't add enough to the overall scent to spoil the experience for those who dislike the aroma. 
The inclusion of sandalwood and orange oil add a slight fruitiness to the smell, which when combined with the vanilla and coconut, give off a wonderful, almost tropical aroma. This fragrance stays with you throughout the entire bathing experience and makes for a sensual experience. The vanilla and coconut linger on your skin as well, leaving you smelling good enough to eat.

To use, I divided this bubble bar in half and crumbled one piece under the running tap, which helped to fill my tub with wonderfully silky, soft bubbles. What's great about this bubble bar is that the bubbles have a slight coconut fragrance, which encases you and leaves you feeling beautifully pampered. Frothy also produces wonderfully soft water so you feel nourished and moisturised when you exit the bath. 
Overall, I was not expecting much from this bubble bar but I was surprised to find that it gave me a lovely, rather unique bathing experience. It made a difference from the usual similar-scented bathing products that Lush release, and I would buy this again if it became available. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Liquorice pieces (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Desiccated Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Liquorice Comfit, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellol.

Vegan?: Yes. 

Year Of Original Release: 2007. 

23 March 2015

Lush DIY: Mumkin Shower Gel

It was only a matter of time before I found new ways to enjoy my Lush products. Now that I have tried pretty much everything that Lush are currently offering in their shops and I'm on top of my Lush Kitchen orders, I have a little spare time to experiment and convert my favourite Lush products into other formats.

While I may possess one of the largest Lush shower gel collections in England, I obviously don't have enough to satisfy my cravings and I'm always on the lookout for more fragrances to take with me into the shower. After receiving a fresh Mumkin Bubble Bar from the Lush Kitchen last week, I fell in love with the wonder aroma all over again and just knew I had to have this in shower gel format. 



What you'll need:

-A bowl 
-A Spoon
-A rolling pin or something strong enough to crush the bubble bar
-An empty plastic bottle (preferably 250g)
-A funnel 

-1 whole Mumkin Bubbleroon 
-200g of unscented Shower Gel

Begin by measuring out the amount of shower gel that you'll need for this project. This time around I used an empty 250g Lush bottle so I roughly filled 4/5ths of the bottle. As per usual, I used the unscented shower gel from Calmer Solutions as I find that this has always worked perfectly in my DIY projects and results in amazing shower gel.   

Place the bubble bar into the bowl and use the rolling pin to crush the product as much as you can. You could probably grate this if you wanted to, but I found this method much easier and quicker - and much more satisfying! Don't worry too much if the bubbleroon is not completely crushed - you can easily wizz it through a blender if you're worried. However, the composition of Lush's bubble bars and bubbleroons means that when they're mixed with the wet ingredients, they react and breakdown so there isn't any lumps to worry about. 

Pour the measured out shower gel into the bowl with the bubble bar and give it a good stir until all of the lumps are visibly gone. While bath bombs will react to the mixture at this point - rising and frothing in the bowl until you're left with what looks like mousse, the bubble bar won't do this. However, it is important that you leave it to sit for a good 30-40 minutes. 

The DIY gel will create rather a lot of bubbles when you're combining the two ingredients. If you try transferring it to a bottle straight away, the mixture will foam up and explode out of the bottle. Believe me - I found out the hard way!

Once you have left the mixture to set and develop, you will need to pour the mixture into the plastic bottle for storage. If you have a funnel, I would highly recommend that you use it as it'll make things far easier. If you don't have one of these handy, you can craft a makeshift funnel using a piece of greaseproof paper and some sellotape  Make sure that if you're using the latter, you support it whilst the liquid is being transferred as it can make a large mess if the paper falls out midway through. 

Once it's in the bottle, it's ready to use. By this stage, the product smells beautiful and the bright shade of red only adds to the allure. Once it has been bottled, you should find you'll have roughly 250g worth of shower gel to enjoy, As there is not preservatives in this shower gel, I would say that this bottle will last roughly 2 months, depending on how it's stored. The shower gel shouldn't separate but you may need to give it a little shake from time to time. 

If you want to conserve your Lush products, you might want to halve both of the ingredients here and make a smaller batch to try out. What is appealing is that Mumkin Shower Gel smells as beautiful, as strong and as refreshing as the original bubble bar - you won't dilute the scent doing this and you certainly won't lose any of the moisturising properties of the bubble bar as it's super soft in the shower and will leave you feeling amazing. Furthermore, you'll also be able to smell remnants of it's beautiful fragrance on your skin when you exit the bathroom. 

While I love the Mumkin Bubble Bar, I love the fact that this bottle will last me so much longer than the two-three baths I would have gotten out of the solid form. As it's a limited edition product, this means I can still enjoy it's light, fruity and very refreshing smell into the summer months. 

This is yet another successful project - lathering up in the shower and giving off a wonderfully strong and beautiful fragrance. The combination of a good quality shower gel and the moisturising properties of all of those wonderful oils in the bubbleroon, leaves your skin feeling really silky soft and clean. I would highly recommend that you give this a try yourself.