30 November 2017

Polyamorous Bath oil

Polyamorous means the practice of intimacy with more then one partner, in which all involved are aware of, and consent to, the arrangement. With humans being far more open and accepting of different sexualities and practices these days, it is only fitting that Lush have decided to celebrate this freedom and highlight one such different outlook on life.

Polyamorous is a new contender for my favourite Bath Oil, as well as being a new addition to the impressive array of oils and melts already on offer from the company. While I cannot claim that I turn to bath oils all that often, I have definitely found myself craving this one a number of times this last month, and I have enjoyed every single experience.

Shaped like a heart with smaller hearts painted across the surface, this is perhaps the most beautifully designed oils of all the ones currently available. For such a small product - coming in about the 3cm in length and 1.5cm in height - this miniature masterpiece is warming, comforting, and perfect for those who perhaps wish for more company but only have a bath tub to explore. 

Containing a combination of orange, sandalwood and jojoba oils, you would expect Polyamorous to offer a fruity aroma. However, it is the inclusion of the violet leaf absolute that provides the strongest component overall.  

To me, this bath oil has a warm, sweet and slightly musky violet scent - nowhere near as sultry and potent as Tuca Tuca, yet equally not as grassy as Kerbside Violet. In fact, it smells very similar to how I remember Metropolis smelling. The inclusion of the sandalwood grounds the different notes again, and you can detect a very subtle uplifting element that I thinks comes from the orange oil. However, this Bath Oil is predominantly violet with a touch of wordiness to completely to compliment the floral components.

In the water, this bath oil sinks like the majority of Lush oils and melts. This is always disappointing to be because I usually like to indulge in a bath melt or bath bomb whilst I am already in the bath myself. Once submerged, I like to watch the product dissolve across the surface of the water and see the oils become absorbed into the skin. Unfortunately, Polyamorous simply sunk to the bottom of the tub and I ended up melting the product down between my fingers because I didn’t want to find myself sitting on it while I was bathing.

Once fully dissolved, the Bath Oil didn’t really do anything to the water, which was expectation anyway so it wasn’t as if I was disappointed by this. However, I would recommend that you use this along a bath bomb (Ylang Song, Ne Worry Pas) or Bubble Bar (Baa Bar, Bathos) as you’ll end up with a rather disappointing looking bath if you use it by itself.

Another aspect of Polyamorous that I was little disappointed with was the fact that the scent didn’t linger on my skin after I had towelled myself down. Although I expect a lot from my products, and the main purpose of this bath oil is to add extra oils and butter to soften, I would still have liked to have detected a slight musky sweetness on my body. While I can vouch that the scent does make an impression in the water, and I was rather impressed by how much it held itself against other cosmetics I was using at the time, I would have assumed that at least a small note could have made itself known afterwards.

Having said that, my skin did feel lovely and smooth afterwards, and Polyamorous is definitely a bath oil that makes a difference to the softness of the water when it’s fully dissolved. You could probably cut this in half, if you’re rather reserved about using your Lush products. However, I think using the whole product in a single bath will heed the best results, and help you to make the most of this softening little gem.

To conclude I will say that this is a fantastic edition to Lush’s extensive bath melts and oils. It’s wonderful to have a violet-scented Bath Oil available at all times, as I know a lot of consumers love the naturally sweet and floral components of violets. This is definitely one I would buy again - perhaps over most of the other variations currently on offer - and I am equally excited to try the other two new editions to see if they’re equally as impressive.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Sodium Bicarbonate, Laureth 4, Cream of Tartar, Perfume, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Organic Shea Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil,  Violet Leaf Absolute, Organic Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Titanium Dioxide, *Citral, *Limonene, Colour 17200, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £2.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Coming soon!

27 November 2017

Lord Of Misrule Body Spray

For most Lush fans, we all knew that this body spray was being released into the world - it was just a matter of when, and for how long. Furthermore, given the nature of this scent family, it was never a case of wondering whether it would be any good: the question was always, just how great was it actually going to be? The answer: superb!

Lord Of Misrule has established itself as not only my favourite fragrances from Lush, but one that is universally celebrated across the Lush globe. The initial release of the bath bomb, back in 2014, made an immediate rapport within the community, and is perhaps one of the most (if not the most) popular bath bomb to ever grace the Lush shelves each year. 

Made using a combination of patchouli, black pepper and tonka absolute, this scent is one both rich and spicy on the senses. The combination is incredibly warming and comforting from the moment the scent hits your skin: the patchouli adds a sweet and exotic; slightly spicy; slightly peppery note; while the black pepper brings a subtle heat to the aroma that creates a perfect, winter blanket to mask yourself behind. Moreover, the tonka offers a thick, musky note of vanilla - that not only creates a wholesome cloud of sweetness to envelop your senses in, but rounds the other notes off perfectly to create a combination so unique and so beautiful that it needs to be experienced to be believed.

When I first sprayed the body spray on my skin, I was amazed by how different it was to the liquid perfume. While the recognised 'Lord Of Misrule' essence was of course there, it was far-removed from the fragrance in many ways. In fact, Lord Of Misrule Body Spray smells very much like the original bath bomb. While the perfume has a strong thread of patchouli on top, with the tonka acting as a thick, sweet base note to round off the fragrance, the body spray sees all three components merging together far better, and the vanilla component is a little less sickly-sweet, and more powdery overall. 

You get more of the earthy side to the patchouli in the body spray; it's less heated and not as rich; the black pepper is not as fiery, and offers more of a gentle herbal note to pad out the scent. Overall, the aroma seems better suited for the fans of the original bath bomb, but may be a little disappointing for those who have developed a love for Rough With The Smooth and the limited edition body conditioner

On the skin, one spray is all it takes to offer a big burst of fragrance that will last you for a good few hours. I found that the body spray lasted a good 3-4 hours before I needed a top up, and even then I could still smell a faint presence of the smell still. While the liquid perfume lasts a good many hours more on the skin, this was something I was expecting, given how compact Lush perfumes normally are.

One thing that some may see as a negative about Lord Of Misrule Body Spray, is that the smell didn't really change or develop overtime on my skin or clothes. Instead, the scent just seemed to diminish slowly over time, with all three of the key components remaining interlocked together. Therefore, every burst of smell contained all three key notes: there was no dominating aspect here.

Overall, this body spray is a must have for Lord Of Misrule fans, and for £20, is an absolute steal. Whether you own the liquid perfume or not, this limited edition offers a much different experience, which means that no collection should be without either. If, like me, you fell in love with the bath bomb from day one, this is the perfect way to bask yourself in your infatuation, without having to hop into the bath every five minutes. I am completely and utterly smitten with this body spray, and only hope it makes another reappearance really soon. 

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Patchouli Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £20 for 200ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb
Lord Of Misrule Body Conditioner
Lord Of Misrule Body Lotion
Lord Of Misrule Body Spray
Lord Of Misrule FUN Bar
Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume
Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume
Lord Of Misrule Naked Shower Cream
Lord Of Misrule Perfume Oil
Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream
Lord Of Misrule Solid Perfume
Monsters and Aliens
Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub

Witches' Cauldron FUN Bar

25 November 2017

Plum Rain Naked Shower Gel

Having moved into my new flat two months ago, I have already established myself as the dictator of the bathroom. Within a matter of days I was already governing half of the ledge space with my cosmetics, and now I could probably boast that I take up more that eight per cent of the shelf. I don’t know whether my partner wants to laugh about the fact that he’s met possibly the cleanest person on the planet, or cry about the fact that he has to ask permission to put a single bottle of Shower Gel on HIS window ledge.

With so many solid versions of products released this year, there’s no wonder that I have a good eight to ten products on the go at any one time. Plum Rain Naked Shower Gel has been a prominent feature in my bathroom for a good six weeks now, yet it has taken me this long to finally sit down and write my thoughts on the product. 

Released as a one-off a month ago in the Lush Kitchen, Plum Rain is no doubt one that’ll come back as a permanent in the coming months. As the company are clearly trying to move away from unnecessary packaging, this is just one of many naked versions that’ll probably be dominating the shelves in the foreseeable future. It’s only fitting then that it’s currently dominating the bathroom that I reside in on a daily basis. 

One of the first aspects that impressed me about this naked version was how generous it was in the shower. While I have found that the naked gels are a mixed bag, the majority of the ones I have used have been a little more stubborn than their liquid counterparts. When it came to Plum Rain, I was surprised that this offered just as much of a lather as it’s liquid sibling.

While it has the same scent as the original shower gel, just like all of the other naked gels I have tried, this one is not a direct replica, and in fact that there is something rather lovely knowing that one of your favourite fragrances has multiple takes on it that you can enjoy. 

As the same suggests, Plum Rain smells like fresh, fruity stewed plums - with an emphasis on the inclusion of the mandarin oils. Much like the Body Spray, there is something deliciously mouth-watering about this Naked Gel, and the fruitiness is perhaps what makes it so appetising. Unlike the original, I find that the osmanthus is a little more prominent here, and I can smell a gentle but crisp note of green in the mix, which gives this product an extra layer that doesn’t feature so much in the liquid gel at all. 

What I especially loved about this naked version was that the hot water of the shower brings out a bright and very uplifting fruity component, which makes this the perfect accompaniment first thing in the morning - when you’re not feeling your best and would rather not by leaving the house to face the winter weather.

As with all of the naked gels so far, this one was just as moisturising as you’d expect a shower gel to be. It lathered up well across my skin - leaving it feeling radiant and smooth to the touch, and left a gentle scent that stayed for a brief whil on my body. While I know that these naked versions last longer when they’re not exposed to too much water, I have found that Plum Rain Naked Shower Gel lasts a long time, and doesn’t diminish as quickly as some of the other naked gels. In fact, after almost six weeks, I wouldn’t say that my is bottle has even shrunk to under half the size yet, making it great value for money. 

Ultimately, this does offer something a little different from the original Gel, but this should be celebrated. The scent is unique in its sweet but slightly green-like notes; the naked version is likely to last longer than a 250g bottle, making it better value for money; and your skin is still blessed with the softness that you would expect a normal gel to offer. If only Lush would release a body lotion with his fragrance: my life would be very much complete if they did.

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £11.25 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Hedgewitch Soap
Plum Pudding Bath Melt
Plum Rain Body Spray
Plum Rain Naked Shower Gel
Plum Rain Shower Gel
Plum Snow Bubble Bar
Ticket To Scrub Salt Scrub

24 November 2017

Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub

Despite it being a regular thing: my lips being chapped, I hardly ever use any of Lush's sugar scrubs to rectify the problem. There's a small part of me that almost forgets that the company even do such a thing, so if i own any they're usually buried away underneath the mountains of other products waiting to be used. 

When I first caught a glimpse of the three new naked lip scrubs for this year's Christmas and Halloween ranges, I was immediately bowled over by how pretty the designs were. Aside from the lack of packaging (hence the 'naked' part), the shape and etched surfaces made these limited editions so much more appealing than the boring tubed varieties.

Yet, my very next thought was: how exactly am I supposed to use this and not completely soil the bag/purse I'm carrying it around in? Ultimately, while I have been using the cardboard boxes that they were delivered in, I've still yet to find a more effective way of carrying these lip scrubs around: they certainly don't travel very well naked.

Having said this, all three variations of this year's naked scrubs are exceptional in what they do, and offer a much better experience than the old-style scrubs.

Firstly, the product is much easier to use and less of a hassle to clean up afterwards. Whereas the original lip scrubs would need to be applied with the use of a finger, and you'd often cover yourself in sugar while doing so, these naked versions can be applied in seconds, without the unnecessary mess. Simply massage the block across your lips, applying as much pressure as you want, before either licking away the sugar or rinsing it away with warm water.

Secondly, you can apply more pressure when using these blocks, so you'll find that these naked scrubs are far better at scrubbing away excess skin. Furthermore, you can focus on particular areas of the lips, so if you have a particular stubborn spot, this scrub will do wonders at removing the dried skin. 

Thirdly, there is less sugar to contend with, when it comes to the naked blocks. The condensed form means that there won't be as much sugar as there once was, but it also means that you can feel how nourished your lips feel after application, and this leaves your lips soft, smooth and plump. With the original lip scrubs, I sometimes found that you'd be massaging your lips for ages, unable to see exactly which areas needed a little extra buffering. Furthermore, there is an extra generous helping of butters and oils in the ingredients list, to make this a far more moisturising experience overall.

Obviously, the fact that these lip scrubs are naked means that there's zero wastage, which makes them much better for the environment. 

What I really liked about Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub was that it was rather robust, and so I found it far easier to buffer away without the fear of it crumbling away. As someone with quite naturally dry skin, I enjoy a coarse scrub to remove excess dried skin and clean out my pores before I moisturise. The strength of this block means that I can apply quite a bit of pressure when I'm scrubbing my lips, without worrying about using too much product, or breaking the lip scrub in the process. Having used this daily, for almost two weeks, I have barely dented the corner of the scrub, and I see this lasting a good 4-5 months before it'll need to be replaced. 

Scentwise, this beauty has a scent that reminds me a little of Yummy Mummy Shower Cream. While not identical at all, the combination of mandarin oils, along with the sultry and quite treacle-esque nature of the charcoal give off a fruity smell that is both as rich and as fruity as the aforementioned aroma.

One thing I will say about the Naked Lip Scrub is that the taste you get when licking your lips clean is definitely not the best flavour that Lush have offered, and I cannot imagine anyone wanting to nibble on this when they get a little peckish (which a lot of Lush fans do.) However, it functions incredibly well as a Lip Scrub and will easily last me another twelve months, before it makes a reappearance and I can buy another one. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Castor Sugar (Sucrose), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Spearmint Oil (Mentha Spicata), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Charcoal (Charcoal Powder), Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Flavour (Fragrance), Tin Oxide (Tin oxide) Iron Oxides.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

22 November 2017

Snowcloud Soap

Sometimes I get the impression that Lush put a great deal of effort into their releases; other times it seems almost as if they’ve not thought things through. When it comes to Snowcloud Soap, this beautiful little seasonal special is sure to be overlooked, when up against the likes of the stunning Golden Pear Soap, and the classic Baked Alaska, that is so potent in smell and colour. However, those that do venture into trying this soap out to size, will hopefully appreciate just how lovely the soap actually is. 

Shaped like a cloud and sporting a rather dull-looking white/grey design, Snowcloud offers a sweet and slightly fruity floral fragrance. Sharing its scent with the non-vegan Orange Blossom Liquid Perfume, I was extremely happy that I was finally able to enjoy this scent, although I would obviously have preferred it if I had a better format in which to do it with. While I was able to briefly appreciate it when I used Elbow Grease for the first time, my guilt at discovering it wasn’t vegan was enough to turn my experience bitter very quickly.

Made from a collaboration of rosewood, ylang ylang, orange flower, sandalwood and neroli, this soap sounded on paper like it was going to offer a very heavy fragrance. Yet, Lush have managed to balance out these components so that you experience something rich and robust; yet something that is also beautifully delicate and feminine. 

The rosewood, ylang ylang and orange flower create a dry, musky and very floral base for this soap - yet one that isn’t particularly heavy on the senses. I think the inclusion of the sandalwood helps these floral notes from being too aggressive, as there is a very subtle wordiness that rounds all four components off perfectly. Alongside this, the inclusion of the neroli adds a delicate sprinkling of citrus, which adds a slight bitterness, but helps to make the aroma slightly refreshing as well.

As with all of Lush’s gourmet soaps, this one features a base of cocoa butter - which means that it is a little more moisturising than their usual soaps. As with most of the seasonal range, I did find that this one was created a thick, slightly oily lather to clean myself with, and there was an abundance of it to use so I didn’t keep having to hold this under the shower to stimulate the ‘foam’. In fact, I would highly recommend that you keep this away from the running water as much as you can, as this soap shrunk really quickly for me, and definitely doesn’t work out good value for money when it’s dissolved away into nothing after only two weeks.

What sets this soap apart from the other seasonal releases, is that this one also features kaolin - an ingredient known for absorbing excess moisture, cleaning out pores and softening the skin. I found that Snowcloud was great to use on my hands after a day out in the freezing cold. Using this straight away helped to elevate the redness and soften my skin at the same time. Having said that, I wouldn’t only use this soap as a hand wash, as it does leave its scent on your skin afterwards, and it seems like a bit of a waste to use it on only one body part. 

Ultimately, Snowcloud is definitely a soap that most likely got overlooked in favour of some of the more vibrant-looking variations - which is a shame given how much this soap offers. I actually really enjoyed using my single piece of this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this appeared at some point in the near future. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Marshmallow Root Decoction (Althaea Officinalis) (Althaea Officinalis Root Extract), Kaolin, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Organic Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Talc, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara) (Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Flower Water) Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, *Linalool, *Limonene, *Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Blue 1, Red 4, Red 33.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.75 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

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

19 November 2017

Giant Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

If there’s one thing that most Lush fans have in common, it’s our love and excitement of colourful bath bombs. Most consumers make their way into the world of Lush through the Bath Bomb section first, and most human beings love a good show, while enjoying one of their favourite pastimes: bathing. 

While Lush are renowned for being superior than most other other brands, when it comes to their bath products, the company still enjoy designing new concepts and pushing even more boundaries when it comes to how a bath bomb can manipulate colour; unique features of product design; and different ways they can perform in the water. It is only natural then, that the company have decided to start integrating super-sized versions of favourite bath bombs into seasonal releases, because who doesn’t want their favourite product quadrupled in size?

Giant Golden Wonder Ballistic is exactly what it sounds like: the Christmas best-selling bath bomb magnified for one hell of a festive soak. Almost six times the size of the original, this limited edition is surprisingly not as heavy as you would imagine - but works a dream at creating a haven of colours and smells to indulge yourself with.

Lush describe the original Golden Wonder as 'a pass the parcel gift – each layer has something different to offer. This is not for a quick bath because it takes its time, this bath bomb. Its layers of golden lustre, dazzling colours and soluble gold stars are a wonder to behold.' It really is a feast for the senses!

Designed to smell like an old Lush favourite, Snow Showers Shower Jelly, this ballistic contains a mixture of sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil – a delicious citrusy concoction guaranteed to perk up anyone suffering from the winter blues. For anyone who hasn’t used anything in this extended scent family, Golden Wonder offers a light, spritzy aroma that reminds me of white grape combined with a dash of sweet, orange juice. It’s a fruity scent that does have a fizzy quality to it, which is where the idea of smelling like a glass of Bucks Fizz comes from.

Much like the original Golden Wonders, this one Immediately starts to fizz upon contact with the water. Surprisingly, this one was able to float throughout the entire experience, although it did tend to balance on one of its corners as opposed to resting top side up. Much like its original brother, this Bath Bomb started out by sending waves of creamy white and yellow froth that dissipated slowly across the water. 

As the ballistic continued to work its magic, small parts of it broke away to reveal swirls of beautiful vivid blue that spread quickly across the tub and greater a wonderful shade of green. This ballistic also contains edible gold lustre and soluble paper stars, which gave the bath a magical sparkle that stayed until the end. Whilst I could see the lustre circling underneath the surface while I was bathing, very little remnants remained on my skin afterwards, and a simple spray from the shower hose was enough to wash away any excess left in the tub.

For £12.95, this is quite a hefty investment, and one I think is more suited to a one-off novelty factor than anything else. Despite its size, the Bath Bomb doesn’t offer a stronger scent, a more vivid bath or a more moisturising experience, so its more for super fans to indulge in a unique experience before the ballistic disappears for another year.

Overall, the bath water felt silky-soft and gentle on my skin, and the scent, though slightly fainter than when the ballistic was unused, was still zesty and warming. This fragrance stayed throughout the entire bath and left a hint of citrus on the skin afterwards, which is exactly what I needed to perk me up for the day. Having said that, you can get all of this after using a regular-sized Golden Wonder as well, so this is definitely more suited to super fans who want a one-off experience, or those looking to buy something different and unique for Christmas. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Water (Aqua), Cream of Tartar (Potassium Bitartrate), Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Sodium Laureth, Sulfate Lauryl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, DRF Alcohol, Mica Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Iron Oxides, Citronellol, *Limonene, *Citral, *Linalool, Fragrance, Blue 1, Yellow 8, Orange 4, Red 27.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £12.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Coming soon!

18 November 2017

Running Man Reusable Bubble Spinner

As my review of Lush's original bubble spinner stated a few months ago, I was not particularly enamoured with the concept or the scent that it offered. As a teacher, the fidget spinner (and all of the problems that came with it) was the bane of my existence for a few months at the start of the year. However, I recognise that Lush like to stay in-keeping with the latest trends, so I understand the demand for it. 

Designed around one of the Cosmetics To Go catalogue covers, Running Man is the second fidget spinner bubble bar to come from the company. For those unfamiliar with Cosmetics To Go, this was the name of Lush before they changed their name. Back when the internet was a fairly new concept for online shopping, Lush would sell their products in both their shops as well as send out mail order catalogues for people to purchase products. One such cover featured a design similar to this bubble bar.

Running Man features a combination of lemon, mandarin and bergamot oils, and orange flower absolute, which offers a scent that Lush state supposedly shares its scent with The Olive Branch fragrance. While I can see the similarly in the scents, I wouldn't say that this is a direct replica of the scent at all, I found the orange flower absolute was more prominent in this format that any other.

For those not familiar with this smell, The Olive Branch is a gentle floral scent with light citrusy notes that create a sort of perfumed aroma. The bergamot oil adds a very gentle green aroma as well, which normally merges with the inclusion of vine leaves to give the aroma a slight Mediterranean smell.

Much like the other bubble spinner, this reusable bubble bar should be held under the running tap, where the water supposedly stimulates the movement of a bubble spinner and turns the product. Unfortunately, while the inclusion of the wooden centre is a great, environmentally friendly idea from Lush, I didn't find that I could get my spinner to work at all. While not really much of a problem, I would have appreciated at least a little movement before my experience.

On the positive side, as soon as Running Man comes into contact with the running water it creates lots of light, fluffy bubbles. However, the combination of blue and yellow turned the water a murky shade of green, which wasn't the most attractive of experiences. Having said this, the bubble is generous in the fact that this product could easily be used across at least two different baths, making it cheaper than a bath bomb for each use. 

As with all of Lush's reusable bars, I didn't find this one anywhere near as moisturising as a regular bubble bar. The water, when using these types of products, always feel slightly less nourishing than that of a bath bomb, and this was no exception. After using this, I either needed to add a bath oil into the water, to soften it a little more, or apply a body lotion afterwards to retain that moisture.

Overall, this is a fun, novelty product for those who have children - especially those that are hesitant to take a bath. However, the original bubble spinner is still the more endearing and most effective of the two, and I can imagine many people opting for that one over this one. Had The Olive Branch scent being more predominant in this product, I might have enjoyed this a little more, but I'll stick to my regular bubble bars from now on.

Quantitative Ingredients: Lemon Oil, Mandarin Oil, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2017 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

16 November 2017

So White Body Spray

So White is a scent that can steal my heart one moment, yet inspire next to no reaction from myself the next. In some formats it's like a dream to use, and I'll happily buy a handful to stash away for future months; yet there are other products in the scent family that I cannot wait to get rid of within moments of using them for the first time. Luckily, this body spray sits more with the former than the latter.

Lets be honest and say that this fragrance has been a long time coming. Having been lucky enough to score a bottle of the liquid perfume a few years back, I knew that this fragrance had to make a reappearance at some point. And with the Christmas range offering two brand new So White scented goodies this year, now is a good a time as any to introduce a portal spray to supplement and support the other products in the seasonal collection. 

Containing bergamot, Brazilian orange and neroli oils, not to mention orange flower and rose absolutes, this body spray does not read at all like the fragrance it produces from the bottle. As most fans will already know, So White is known for its sweet, crisp and very natural apple aroma, and this liquid spray continues to offer the same, compelling aroma.

Imagine biting into a Granny Smith apple: how light, fruity and fresh the smell is, and you may begin to understand how natural the scent of this is. It's a very natural and very refreshing smell, yet there is also a subtle element of floral underneath that gives the scent of this a little more weight behind it. The inclusion of the neroli offers a subtle note of green, which is what aids the natural, apple aroma; while the orange flower absolute brings about a gentle cloudy note to ground the fragrance and give it a little more depth than simply smelling like an apple.

What I didn't like about So White Body Spray is that the smell from the bottle, and the initial spray, has a rather potent note that almost appears to echo that of the inclusion of the alcohol. When I first used this on my skin, I was put off by this element, and although I was able to smell the So White scent alongside this, the aroma was a little acidic for my liking. However, once you've given it a few minutes to settle on the skin, and begin to work with the heat of your body, you'll find that this element disperses really quickly, and leaves you with a beautiful, refreshingly-fruity fragrance to enjoy. 

Surprisingly, So White lasted for a good 2-3 hours on the skin, which is impressive for a scent that is so uplifting and light. Furthermore, I found that the aroma lasted even longer when sprayed on clothes, although it did lose a little of its radiance as it clearly works better with the heat of your skin. 

When compared to the seasonal body lotion and naked lotion, this spray is probably a little fruiter on the senses and a little less sweeter overall. I found that it complimented the lotions perfectly, but I could clearly smell a difference between the two. Having said that, I think So White Body Spray is closer to the aforementioned products than the Bath bomb, and the ballistic is far more musky and if so fruity. 

Ultimately, I really enjoyed using this limited edition body spray. For those fans (new or old) who have fallen in love with the lotions or Santa's Belly Shower Jelly this year, or those old-schoolers who are trying to find a replacement for this year's absence of the bath bomb, So White Body Spray is a great way to fill that void. This is a great fragrance to use all year round: I can imagine a lot of people will be stocking up for the summer months, and rightly so. While it's not my favourite Lush fragrance, I can appreciate how and why this limited release will be popular, and I suggest you grab a bottle if you can.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Bergamot Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Neroli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £15 for 200ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Once Upon A Time Body Lotion
Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion
Santa's Belly Jelly
So White Bath Bomb
So White Body Spray
So White New 2016 Edition Bath Bomb
So White Liquid Perfume

So White Shower Gel