31 May 2015

Lime Pastille Bath Oil

One of the main issues I have brought upon myself through buying too many products on my visits to the Oxford Street store, is that I forget what I have and what I've already used. Rather than sifting through my bags to find a specific product, I tend to pick something from the top and hope that it's what I'm looking for.

This means that certain products have been overlooked when they would have been my first choice, if only I'd remembered that I had bought them in the first place. Such is the case with the Lime Pastille Bath Oil

As with most of Lush's new bath oils, this one doesn't immediately jump out at you as being a product that can hold its own in the bath tub. However, just like all of the candy-inspired melts that I have tried so far, this one surpassed my expectations and yet again amazed me with just how powerful a grape-sized amount of ingredients can be. 

Presented in a beautiful, lustrous green colour, this dazzling fruity melt is covered in a thin layer of silver lustre that bleeds out into the water and gives the experience an extra special touch, which is very much appreciated. Having said this, if you're not one to appreciate the addition of lustre in your bath, I can assure you that it doesn't impact very much on the whole experience and certainly doesn't paint your skin or the tub during its use.     

Just like all of the other bath oils available, this one is packed full of essential butters and oils to nourish your skin and leave you feeling as soft as a baby. With shea butter and cocoa butter to moisture and condition; jojoba oil to soften the skin and neroli oil to tone and tighten the body, this little ball is a delight to bathe with, and exceptionally good value for money at just £2. 

Containing a generous helping of lemon and lime oils, Lime Pastille has a wonderful citrus smell that reminds me of both a gentler version of the green Starburst sweet and Five O'Clock Whistle Shaving Smoothie. Fans of Calacas will no doubt love this, but that's not to say that these two fragrances are alike - instead, this bath oil is much more along the lines of Key Lime Lip Balm and Avocado Co-Wash Conditioner, albeit much subtler in scent than both of these. 

In the tub, this ball of essential oils immediately began to bleed out into the water - releasing little puddles of green colour etched with silver glitter. Once the bath oil had completely dispersed, the whole water turned a lovely warm spring green colour and the smell radiated across the whole bathroom - creating a very refreshing experience for me to enjoy.

Much like with all of the other bath oils I have tried, this one didn't make the water as greasy as some of Lush's regular melts - instead softening the water so that it's enough to both moisturise your skin and leave it feeling well-conditioned and velvety-smooth afterwards.

While I did leave the tub with a very gentle aroma attached to my skin, it didn't stick around for too long and I found that I could no longer smell it within an hour of towelling myself down. Although some people may find this fact a let-down, I am more than happy with what Lime Pastille achieves for the bargain price of £2. 
As with all of the Lush's bath melts and oils, this one works well by itself but would also perform wonderfully as part of a cocktail. Paired with Dragon's Egg or Avobath, this little product would work wonders at adding to overall scent as well as infusing the bath with some much needed essential oils.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii butter), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Laureth 4, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glyceriders & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocoa nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Cassia Oil (Cinnamomum), Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 42990:2, Green Lustre (Cornstarch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Colour 19140).

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2015.

Comforter Shower Cream

It's hard to imagine that not only did I consider this to be my all-time favourite scent a year ago, but also how much of a struggle it was to acquire even a single bottle of the shower gel because of how few bottles were available across the globe. While this product is still somewhat of a rarity, it's strange to think that I can now waltz into the Oxford Street store and buy the stuff by the kilo.

Comforter Shower Cream is everything you'd imagine it to be and more - a sweet, fruity and very creamy concoction that smells like a summer pudding or a mixed berry coulee. Containing a blackberry and vanilla infusion, this exclusive shower companion not only sounds good enough to eat but will leave you smelling incredible to boot.

Much like the shower gel of the same name, this shower cream features a combination of cypress oil, cassis absolute and bergamot oil - a collaboration that produces the popular blackcurrant aroma that Lush fans around the world know as The Comforter. While I normally state that none of the products in this scent family replicate the smell of the bubble bar perfectly, this is one product that comes awfully close to doing so. 
While it smells on par with the shower gel, it differs in both consistency and productivity in the shower. While the gel is both translucent and quite thick in the bottle, the shower cream is surprisingly thinner and opaque in colour - presented as a vivid, pink liquid with lustre threaded throughout to give it a slight glittery shimmer.

As well as a physical difference, the product also performs slightly differently from your typical shower gel. While it lathers up under the running water and glides over your skin with ease, I found that it wasn't as generous with its lather as I would have expected it to be. In fact, it was a little like Twilight in the way that it was more of an oily gel than a foamy one.

Having said that, I was amazed to find that my skin felt instantly moisturised after rinsing the cream away and I was left with a body that not only smelt incredible, but felt as soft as silk to boot. I would say that while the shower gel is better for cleaning as it creates a soapy foam to wash with, Comforter Shower Cream works better at conditioning the skin and leaving it looking radiant and feeling incredible. Using both in succession would surely give you a perfect shower experience.   

As with all of Lush's shower creams, this one leaves a wonderful long-lasting fragrance on the skin, which is great news for me because both The Comforter Body Lotion and the limited edition perfume doesn't do this very well. I found that I could still detect the remnants of this cream some 3-4 hours after I had initially left the shower, which was especially lovely as I experienced fruity bursts every time the heat of the sun hit my skin.  

While its my least favourite shower cream from the new Oxford Street Store, it's still a wonderful product and one that many Lush fans have been waiting for for a long time. If they were to make this a permanent feature in stores across the country, I think it would remain one of Lush's biggest sellers, and with good reason. This has now become a staple product in my bathroom and will do so for a long time to come.  
Quantitative Ingredients: Water (aqua), Sodium Laureth sulphate, Blackberry and Vanilla infusion (Rubus fruticosus; Vanilla planifolia), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Lactic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Limonene, Linalool, Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. 

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £4.75 for 100g, £9.50 for 250g, £15.95 for 500g, £27.50 for 1kg. 

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 

30 May 2015

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie Roulade

While they're not my favourite products in store, I have really enjoyed working my way through the smoothie roulades that are currently available from the Oxford Street store. While I'm still very much a shower gel fanatic at heart, there is something rather exciting about trying out something so vastly different and rather unique in the shower. 

Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie was definitely not at the top of my list of products to try. In fact, I would have forgotten to pick it up had it not been for a conversation I overheard between two employees about the shower section needing to be rearranged. While the other roulades each have something rather special about them - whether it be their colour or design, this one cannot boast being particularly interesting in either category. 

Nevertheless, although I have yet to review the Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie that is currently available as a regular product outside of the Oxford Street shop, it is very much one of my favourites from this range. For this reason, I was really hoping that this naked version would replicate this and perhaps even offer me something better.

Unfortunately, this smoothie is one of those products that just doesn't meet the expectations that I had laid out for it. While Lush are normally fairly good at creating unique and interesting smells, this one came across as rather boring and forgettable - a smell that mimics many of the average shower products you might find in your local pharmacy. 

I was expecting a rich, sweet and slightly powdery rose aroma that was similar in scent to the Turkish delicacy that the smoothie is named after. Instead, I discovered that the scent of this roulade was very 'soapy' and not much to write home about at all. This is quite disappointing as it does happen to be one of the more expensive ones in this format.  

This product has a very subtle smell - one that has elements of the rose absolute and rose oils that are featured in the ingredients list, but it's very faint and you can almost smell the coconut oil and cocoa butter as strongly as you can smell the floral aspect. Both the neroli oil and jasmine absolute also help t pad out the sweetness of this product, but neither are strong enough to make a real impression on the user.   

In the shower, the fragrance doesn't strengthen all that much and I found that I had to add a little Rose Jam Shower Gel into the mix to make things a tad more interesting. Despite this, I can imagine some consumers really appreciating the fact that this isn't very strong. While I enjoy cosmetics with very distinctive and rather potent aromas, I know that others prefer the 'quieter' ones. This would be a great purchase for those who wish to reap the benefits of a smoothie without being engulfed in an overpowering aroma.

To use any one of Lush's new roulade smoothies, I would recommend that you either break off a small chunk and use this to clean yourself with, or cut a thin slice and use this flat piece to lather across your skin. While you could use a whole piece at once, this product is far softer than most of Lush's soaps and I can imagine a 100g chunk would disintegrate and shrink very quickly if exposed to water and left damp in between uses.  

What I found with Turkish Delight was that it produced a very creamy lather that glided over my body with ease. While some of Lush's roulades create a waxy, rather oily lather, this one was more on par with how the company's usual smoothies react with water. 

Much like most of the Lush's other shower smoothies, this one really worked hard at cleaning my skin - clearing out unwanted dirt from my pores and leaving me feeling both radiant and smooth to the touch. However, as with most of their smoothies, I didn't find that this moisturised all that well and my skin was left feeling rather taut after using this one. 

While this isn't a product that needs to be kept in the fridge, I would suggest that you store this in a air-tight container between uses. In it's favour, a 100g chunk would last you a good month or so with daily use. However, it does tend to dry out quite quickly and this makes it more difficult to use in the shower when it gets to this stage.
As I have stated in previous reviews, I have really enjoyed trying out all of the different variations of naked smoothie that Lush currently offer. While they each have their merits and offer something slightly different from the others, this one is probably my least favourite to date and it's not something I would invest in on a regular basis. Despite this, I have actually really enjoyed using my last piece of this as a hand soap.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil: Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nuciferal), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rose Absolute, Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide,  Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £8.50 for 100g 

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 

Scent Family:
Turkish Delight
Turkish Delight Roulade

29 May 2015

Sea Salted Caramel Soap

Although I don't use soap regularly, I always get rather excited when Lush bring out a new product for me to try. During a recent trip to Oxford Street, I had to make the decision about which of the new soaps I wanted to try my hand at first, and although I purchased almost half of the new ones available, it was this one that I had my heart set on using first.

Sea Salted Caramel Soap is as beautiful as it sounds - a rich, creamy and very decadent toffee-esque aroma that reminds me of caramel sauce and homemade sticky toffee pudding. Described as having a scent 'somewhere between a hot pudding, dripping in caramel, and crunchy cinder toffee', this soap will have you salivating from the moment you remove it from the wrapper.

While I don't think it smells like any of the sea salted caramel that I've tried in the past (vegan and non-vegan), it does offer a very 'foody' fragrance - one that is very similar to both the Yog Nog Soap that made an appearance during the Christmas range last year, and the Yog Nog FUN Bar that was sent out as gesture for the perfume issue in November. 

How the soap differs from the aforementioned products is that it has a far richer and more pronounced fragrance to enjoy. My nose detects a slight element of cinnamon present here - which when combined with the other ingredients, makes this soap smell almost like buttery, toasted hot cross buns. To say it is a gorgeous smell would be an understatement. 

Containing a generous helping of agave syrup, this gorgeous soap will leave you feeling and smelling incredible - while the inclusion of both cocoa butter and coconut oil helps to soften and moisturise the body and give it a lovely natural glow to make your skin look radiant throughout the day. 

Not only does it leave your skin looking and smelling yummy, but Sea Salted Caramel Soap also features a layer of salt near the surface of each chunk. This not only gives the soap a sort of honeycombed appearance but offers a gentle exfoliation that helps to rid the skin of unwanted dirt and debris.   

In the shower, this soap produces a thick, creamy lather that glides over the skin with ease. I chose to massage this between my hands and then smother across my body, and I found that I didn't need to use the bar that long before I had a surplus amount of soapy suds to clean myself with. The effectiveness of the soap meant that this bar lasted me a long time - as long as five weeks, and this was with me using a 100g chunk an average of 1-2 times daily.

The only downside I found with this was that the soap dried my skin out a little bit and I had to apply shower gel on top to moisturise at times. However, I'm beginning to wonder whether this latter problem is down to my skin type as a lot of soaps seem to cause a similar reaction for me, so I wouldn't be put off with this factor. 

Sea Salted Caramel Soap does a great job at cleaning your skin and leaving it feeling soft and well-pampered. It's such a comforting smell and would be perfect for those colder months - when you want something highly decadent to indulge in to warm up those cold body parts. This is one I would buy again - if only to spend hours sniffing it and wishing it was edible!

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Coarse Sea Salt, Rapeseed Oil: Coconut Oil (Brassica napus: Cocos nucifera), Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Organic Agave Nectar (Agave tequilana), Perfume, Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryopyllus), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Madagascan Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Ttanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Radiant Gold Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides). 

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £4.10 per 100g. 

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 

Astronomical Gift Set

In all fairness, I really don't have the room for anymore gift boxes but I couldn't resist picking up this limited edition collection from the Oxford Street Store. Not only does it contain a wonderful selection of products that show the full extent of what's available in the company's biggest shop, but it's also presented in such a stunning way that it stands out a mile when sitting alongside some of the other collections available. 

Astronomical will set you back £21.95, which although is more expensive than buying all five of these products individually, is worth it due to the beautiful wrapping and reusable box that they all come in. Featuring five limited edition beauties, this box set is for those who like the sweeter things in life.

This gift set features: 
100g bar of Purple FUN
100g bottle of Comforter Shower Cream
I Am A Radiant Being Bath Oil

Aside from bath bomb, all of the featured products follow a specific theme; the shower cream offers consumers the very popular blackcurrant and cassis absolute fragrance; the Purple FUN offers a scent that is reminiscent of The Comforter Shower Gel but has its own smell not unlike summer fruits squash; the bath oil is a sweet and citrusy delight; and the soap gives off an incredible fruity smell that makes it one of the best soaps that Lush have ever created. While the bath bomb stands out like a sore thumb with it's mint aroma, it does compliment the theme of this set because of both its name and its colour. 

This is a perfect little gift for those that want to sample some of Lush's best-selling limited edition products. It features enough here for a couple of incredible baths as well as a good month worth of showering supplies to see you through until your next visit.  

For those who don't live close enough to indulge in shopping regularly at the Oxford Street store, this is a gift set that'll bring the magic home to you. I would happily buy this for any one of my friends around the globe and it'll give them a wonderful slice of what the flagship store has on offer for those fortunate enough to grace the shop. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £21.95 each. 

28 May 2015

You've Been Mangoed Bath Oil

I didn't quite know how I felt about the fact that this bath oil was supposed to be replacing the You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt that had been a staple in my life for as far back as I could remember. While change is normally always a positive thing, in this case I was rather worried that my baths would no longer be the same without my reliable orange block of oils and butters. 

As it happened, You've Been Mangoed Bath Oil was everything I could have asked for and more - a product that surprised me with just how much of an impact it had on the water, despite it being almost two-thirds smaller than the original melt. 

As with all of Lush's new bath oils, I was really worried that for such a small melt, I might have to use multiple balls to get the desired effect on my skin and senses. However, this bath oil went above and beyond what I was expecting, and not only produced a really nourishing experience but one that blew me away in terms of how strong its fragrance was and how smooth it left my body feeling afterwards. 
Much like its older sibling, this bath oil smells nothing like mango. Instead it possesses a strong citrus, almost sour zesty scent. This is not surprising as Lush have packed it full of lemon, lime and lemongrass to give it that sweet and rather sharp fragrance. 

You've Been Mangoed also contains avocado, mango and cocoa butters - all rich in antioxidants which help to heal and condition skin; mango butter softens the skin without leaving it greasy, helping to moisturise, lubricate and repair damaged skin without clogging the pores; avocado butter helps to rehydrate the skin, soothing the upper layers of skin and healing dry, cracked, ageing and peeling skin. Alongside cocoa butter, which soothes itchy and irritated skin, this bath oil is a powerhouse of ingredients and packs a real punch in the tub. 

When dropped into a hot bath, this small bug-like oil immediately begins to melt - distributing thick, green puddles of fragrant oil across the surface of the water. At the same time, the bronze lustre that decorates the product bleeds into the bath as well - creating a very subtle but rather lovely glimmer of colour in the water. 
This is rather a slow melting bath oil so it may be worth you climbing into the tub while it's working its magic, and while it may not look like much once the product has completely dissolved, you can definitely feel the softness of the water on your skin. I was amazed at how instantly moisturised I felt after submerging myself under the water - it's incredibly powerful for something that weighs a mere 10g. 

What I loved about this bath oil is that you didn't have to cut it into pieces or use more than one to get the desired result. Lush have obviously spent quite a bit of time experimenting with the size of these melts in order to find to offer the perfect amount of product to match your bathing needs. Unlike the original Luxury Bath Melt, this one doesn't leave doesn't feel greasy in the tub and won't leave you with excess oils that stain the bath or coat your skin necessarily. 

As you soak, these oils are moisturising and repairing your body, leaving your skin feeling velvety soft and refreshed. When you exit the bath,you can really feel how smooth and silky your skin is; I love the way that this oil makes my skin feel! 

Although I do feel as if it's not as good value for money as the original melt, You've Been Mangoed Bath Oil is a wonderful addition to the bath oil family and makes the perfect accompaniment for those who want a fresh and uplifting bathing experience to not only invigorate the senses but to improve the condition of their skin at the same time. I will definitely stock up on these when I make my next visit to the store.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Laureth 4, Perfume, Almond Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Avocado Butter, Mango Butter, Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Paprika Extract.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2015.

Scent Family:
You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt

Let's Get Ready To Crumble Gift Set

Despite being up to my eyeballs in Lush products that I need to test out and review, I couldn't help myself when Lush announced that they were bringing out a selection of limited edition gift sets to coincide with some of the exclusive releases in their Oxford Street store. This particular gift set was one of the first to grab my attention, and with good reason. 

Priced up at £17.95, this gift set is not only really affordable but a great gateway into the wonderful world of Lush's bubble bars. Containing four completely different products, this selection of bathing goodies works out a little more expensive then what it cost to buy them individually. However, as a gift for someone who wants to dip their toes into the wonderful world of Lush, this is a perfect example of what is on offer in the shop.

This gift set contains:
1 Karma Bubble Bar
1 Big Bang Bubble Bar
1 Grass Bubble Bar

All four of these bubble bars are full-sized examples, so each one is big enough to see you through at least two baths. Furthermore, as each of the bars presents a fragrance unlike any of the other three, this gift set is great for someone who doesn't visit the shop often and wants something that'll last them a good many weeks/months. 

What makes Let's Get Ready To Crumble even more special is that it contains Big Bang Bubble Bar - a brand new product that is supposed to be available to buy individually, but that which always seems to sell out far too quickly so can never be found aside from this particular gift set. In fact, this is the very reason I chose to invest in this gift set in the first place. 

Overall, the presentation, wrapping and selection of products available inside this set make it a lovely gift that can be presented to both a long-standing Lush fan as well as a complete newbie. I for one loved this collection as the selection of colours and fragrances available suited such a range of moods - I always able to find something to compliment whatever day I had had at school.   

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £17.95.