28 February 2018

Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves Bubbleroon

When my eyes first glimpsed the new range of Bubbleroons with this year's Mother's Day range, I thought that the company had been overrun by someone who had next to no clue about the way that Lush conduct themselves with their products. Not one of the three limited edition goodies looked like something that had come from Lush: a testament to how unpredictable the company can be.

Out of three, Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves seemed like a good place to start. Not only was it the least interesting out of the three (and I like to save my favourite until last) but the vibrant shade of red it sported wasn't unlike many of the other bubble bars that have been released over the years. 

Packed full of oils and butters, this play on the popular Macaroon delicacy leaves your skin feeling silky-smooth within a matter of seconds. Both the cocoa butter and the murumuru butter ensured that my skin was well pampered in the bath tub, and despite bubbleroons usually being a little less moisturising than regular bubble bars, this one offered me everything I could possibly need to replenish my skin after a week of using soaps religiously. The inclusion of the shea butter centre only serves to make the experience even more velvety smooth in the tub, and I found that the bubbleroon was almost just as effective when only half of the product was crumbled under the running tap.    

Lemon, lemon myrtle, grapefruit and lime oils went into making CADIFT one of the fruitiest and most zesty bath products to make themselves known this year. If you're a fan of bright, zesty products such as Elsie The Giraffe Reusable Bubble Bar, you'll be pleased to know that this near enough shares its scent with the seasonal beauty, albeit stronger once it's combined with the heat of the water.

What surprised me quite a lot was the fact that the scent of the bubbleroon was fairly dull to my nose when I first had the opportunity to smell it. It was only when I crumbled this under the running water that the fragrance engulfed both me and my bathroom, and remained prominent for a good couple of hours after I had emptied the bath. Please don't be put off if you don't get much of an aroma from this to begin with: it more than redeems itself when in use. 

As a few British bloggers have already stated in their reviews, this bubbleroon has a strong connection to the green Starburst chew: a bright, refreshing and slightly fizzy lemon and lime concoction. If you're somebody who enjoys the scent of lemon sherbets or citrusy sorbet, you'll probably enjoy this product quite a lot. Having said that, you do get the delicate bitterness of the grapefruit at times in the water, although the lemon is by far the most dominant aspect.

My experience with most bubbleroons is that the inclusion of so many oils means that they don't produce as many bubbles as a regular bubble bar would. Surprisingly, Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves produced an impression array of bubbles across the surface of the water, and I was able to generate a lot more when swishing my hand around in the tub. The inclusion of so many oils and butters also meant that the bubbles that were created were far more moisturising and soft-to-the-touch than regular bubbles as well.  

As to be expected, the water turned a wonderful, vivid red colour (even when using only half go the product) and this stayed with me for the whole time I was in the tub. Furthermore, the fragrance was equally as long-lasting, and I was able to detect it on my skin and hair afterwards as well.

Upon stepping out of the bath tub, I felt really refreshed and super clean; my skin looked and felt incredibly vibrant; and my whole body, from head to toe, felt as soft as feather. I really felt as if this bubbleroon had been able to rectify a whole week of my skin losing moisture from using so many soaps, and for that reason I am incredibly grateful. 

While not the most interesting or complex of smells, I always find that I enjoy the citrusy releases that Lush unleash on the world. For this reason, I would definitely buy it again - probably to pair with the likes of Avobath or Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb, and I hope this makes a reappearance next year. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium Bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Lauryl Betaine, Laureth 4, Corn Starch (Zea mays), Fair Trade Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Lemon Myrtle Oil (Backhousia Citriodora), Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, *Limonene, Fragrance, Red 27 Lake Red 27 Orange 4 Yellow 5, Iron Oxides. *Occurs naturally in essential oils.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £4.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

27 February 2018

Chamomile Lawn Soap

Out of every single person that I have in my life, I am definitely the one that needs calming down the most. That's not to say that I haven't been making steps towards unburdening myself with the physical and mental trappings of a thirty-something year old. However, no matter how much meditation I incorporate into my life; or how I've left my career to relieve my body of stress, my mind simply refuses to gift me with a decent night's sleep.

Therefore, any products Lush bring out that feature either lavender or frankincense, and I find myself all over them - hoping that they will at least relieve me of some of my pent-up tension and anxiety, and offer me a much calmer environment to conduct my day around.

When Chamomile Lawn Soap was unleashed into the world, the 'lover of smells' in me informed my brain that this wouldn't be a very interesting release overall; while the insomniac in me revered at the possibility of feeling far less tired once this was in my shower.    

This Mother's Day limited edition is one of four soaps that have been created using a 3D printer, which doesn't do anything for the productivity of the soap, but does offer something a little unique and different to indulge in. While not the prettiest of the four, there is something rather lovely (and old-fashioned) about the flowers etched into the beautiful green background. I can imagine this looking beautiful as an ornament on somebody's mantelpiece, and if I knew that soaps didn't dry and shrink over time, I probably would have kept mine to do just that.

As the ingredients list near enough spells out, this chamomile and lavender dominated soap smells of just that: a natural, herbal lavender note intertwined with the cooling presence of chamomile. While not a replica, the best product to compare the scent of this to is Dream Cream Body Lotion, which has a very relaxing, sensual herbal aroma. The difference however, is that this soap has more of a green thread throughout, especially when you use it in the shower - which reminds me of walking through a field rife with flowers, after a heavy bout of rain.

The inclusion of both lavender oil and lavender absolute means that this soap is amazing at calming irritated skin. After my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I found that the sun had caused small areas of heated skin across my body. Two days after using this in the shower with me, I found that these patches had all but disappeared.

Coupled with the chamomile infusion and oil, this soap is for those with more sensitive skin types. Everything you find here will help to reduce irritation - cleaning your skin without being too acidic, and clearing out your pores without being too invasive and tough. I would even say that you could successfully use this on your face as well.  

Given the nature of this product, this would be very suited as a hand soap as well. The ingredients would clean away anything unwanted whilst also working on softening and soothing your hands without irritating your pores alongside this. In fact, the nature of how pretty the soap looks on display convinced me to do just this as an initial couple of uses in the shower.

Chamomile Lawn is incredibly easy to lather up and produces light, fluffy soap suds to clean your skin with. Although it didn't dry my skin out at all (thanks to the inclusion of the cocoa butter for extra nourishment), I found that I did need to moisturise afterwards. This is where pairing the soap with Dream Cream would be the perfect combination.

Unlike some of the other Mother's Day soaps, I found that this one didn't shrink as quickly as I was expecting. While I'd still retain that you pat it dry between uses, and store it somewhere cool, I have much more faith that the longevity of this is on par with most average soaps. I've been using my piece for a good ten days now and it has only shrunk the tiniest of amounts.

While this is not a soap I would ever rave about, it is definitely am underdog in many ways. It cleans and soothes your skin; possesses a wonderfully calming scent to fall asleep to afterwards; and has a design that is worth celebrating on at least some scale. I am happy for the one piece I am currently using, and I would definitely buy another piece if the opportunity arose at some point in the future.

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene, Glycol, German Chamomile Infusion, Water (Aqua), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavender Oil, Lavender Absolute, Chamomile Blue Oil, Neroli Oil, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 47005, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

25 February 2018

Antiope Naked Shower Gel

Once in a blue moon, Lush bring out a product that incites quite a bit of negativity online, and this only spurs me into wanting to try said item as soon as possible. There have been releases in the past that people have sworn blindly are the worst smelling cosmetics on the planet, only for me to fall in love with the fragrance once I get my hands on one. The Lovestruck Bubble Bar from last year's Valentine's Day range is one such example.

As I was infatuated with the Tender Is The Night Naked Shower Cream from the Valentine's Day range, Antiope Naked Shower Gel sort of slipped under the radar for a bit - only to resurface when I had used up my beloved bottle of the pink variety and decided to find something new to accompany me in the shower.

As with all of Lush's naked range, the idea behind these products was to produce a package-less gel or cream that was far healthier for the environment as well as the consumer. Not only are these bottles easier to transport without the risk of spillages in your luggage, the condensed format means that they're supposed to last far longer than the liquid variation as well. At the moment I am fairly torn about this change from Lush - as although I agree that we need to step away from using plastic in as many forms as possible, there is still something so enticing about the liquid variations for me.

Having not researched about this product at all before it arrived, I was surprised to find that the bright yellow demeanour was not at all representative of the fragrance that the naked gel offered my senses. Thinking it might have smelt of lemons or limes, or similar to Yuzu And Cocoa Shower Cream (as they offer the same vibrant shade of yellow) I was surprised to find that it was so far away from this, it was almost unbelievable.       

Made from a base of Suma root infusion, this shower gel is a dry, earthy yet slightly sweet aroma: definitely one that is very unique, and probably something that the majority of people will dislike. The above ingredient is described as having a spicy vanilla fragrance, although I feel it is the former component that it offers up the most here. I don't really associate the warmth of vanilla with the smell of this shower gel at all, although it may form part of the padding underneath that makes this shower gel so thick and wholesome.

This product also features a combination of pequi and davana oil: the latter which brings a gentle, warm citrusy aroma to the experience; the former which compliments the davana oil with its own unique fruitiness. It is the inclusion of the kaolin that adds a strong, wet clay smell to the mix, and which gives this shower gel is very odd and much acquired smell to experience.

Interestingly, I found that the shower gel changed scent quite a bit when the presence of hot water was included. Although earthy and dry when out of water, these notes dimmed very slightly when being heated by the shower. It was then that I believe the pequi oil made its grand entrance and offered up a much stronger, fruitier smell than before. There was almost a tropical element to the shower gel, which I would compare to the smell of slightly overripe pineapples. Although it didn't wow me enough to become a favourite, there is definitely something far more desirable about Antiope when it is being used in the shower.    

Furthermore, this sweeter, fruiter smell dominated the scent on my skin after towelling myself down, and the dry, earthy elements supported this fragrance rather than thwarting it. The shower gel also left my skin feeling really clean and clear - something that the inclusion of the kaolin would have helped to produce. Additionally, I used this on my face and found that the redness surrounding a few spots that I had acquired seemed to noticeably reduce after only a single use.

Despite my reservations towards the fragrance, I was impressed by how quickly Antiope lathered up. With minimum effort, I was able to coat both of my hands, in less than a second, with enough product to wash and shave both of my legs with. Having said that, the lather is the same colour as the bottle, so you do need to be careful not to flick too much around your bathtub. While it wont stain your surfaces, it can seem a little messy when you're in the shower.

My only issue with this and all of Lush's naked shower gels is how to store them afterwards. As Antiope tends to paint the edge of the bath with yellow puddles, I had to pat the bottle down before I felt confident enough to store it in my bathroom. This proved quite difficult as tissue paper tends to stick to the naked gels and creams, and using a towel just meant that I had yellow stains that I needed to wash off right away.

If I'm going to be honest, this is probably my least favourite naked shower gel, and perhaps my least favourite shower gel overall. While I wouldn't describe it as being at all disgusting, it's just not an enjoyable smell for me, especially as it intensifies somewhat when you use it in the shower. I cannot imagine this making an appearance next year, and I doubt if other products will come out in this scent. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Suma Root Infusion (Pfaffia Paniculata), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Pequi Oil (Caryocar Brasiliense), Guar Gum (Cyanopsis Tetragonoloba), Brazilian Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis), *Limonene, Davana Oil (Artemisia Pallens), Galbanum Oil (Ferula Galbaniflua), White Amazonian Clay (Kaolin), Titanium Dioxide, *Citral, Fragrance Yellow 10 Lake, 

2018 Price: £9.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

23 February 2018

Mother Of Pearl Bubbleroon

There are times when being oblivious to Lush releases can reap the most amazing of benefits. Six months ago, I would have known about every product rumoured to be coming out; their scents and ingredients; and would probably have been able to get hold of the entire collection before most people had even realised they were coming out in the first place. Fast forward to the present day and I'm still trying to update my blog with Christmas reviews I have failed to keep on top of.

While my priorities might have changed, I am still very much interested in trying and reviewing every Lush product that ever gets released. However, this time around I have the surprise of not knowing what things smell like, and even some of their names, until they arrive at my front door. Not being able to read up on these new products before I have them in my hands has allowed for a certain level of excitement again, and some of the results have been spectacular.

Mother Of Pearl was the very first limited edition bubbleroon that I extracted from my bag of seasonal goodies, the day I arrived back from my trip abroad. Not knowing anything about it, I merely took the shots I needed for my blog and then began crumbling it under the running water. Bam! The fragrance hit me like a wave of sunshine on a rainy day: it was Rub Rub Rub!

Ever since the release of Mother Superior Bubble Bar, I had been forever hoping that Lush would bring out another bubble bar with the same scent. While I rarely use the classic body scrub, and I'm certainly not enamoured with Sakura Bath Bomb, I cannot deny that this scent is simply exquisite, and perhaps suits this format more than anything else I have tried with the same smell.

Containing jasmine, mimosa and orange flower absolute, light and very refreshing floral fragrance is exquisitely delicate, yet rich and slightly fruity as well. Imagine standing beneath a cherry blossom tree on a cool spring morning and this might give you some indication of how it smells - a very powerful and rather unique take on the floral genre, but one with such character and longevity. 

It's delicate and dainty - the orange flower offering a slightly sweet, slightly citrusy floral aroma, while the mimosa absolute brings a sweetness and a warmth that makes this fragrance so comforting. The jasmine absolute adds rich floral notes alongside these two ingredients but it's not in any way heady or dominating like it can be.

When held under the running water, this bubbleroon crumbled with ease and immediately began to produce a layer of bubbles across the surface. While Mother Of Pearl didn't produce as many bubbles as regular bubble bar would, it was far more moisturising, and my skin felt like it benefitted from being in the tub almost immediately.

The water turns a shade of pastel blue straight away and this stays prominent throughout the whole bath, including the scent - which wrapped itself around my body and cocooned for the full hour I was in the tub. Afterwards, I could feel how nourished and how silky-smooth my skin felt, and I went to bed smelling this wonder scent on my skin and hair all night. 

Using half will still heed an impressive amount of fragrance and moisture, so don't feel anxious if you decide to use only half at a time. In fact, coupling this with a Sakura Bath Bomb would probably be absolute bliss in the bath tub and I regret not buying more of these to see me through to the summer. 

This bubbleroon offers you everything you could possibly want in a bath product: it's highly replenishing for the skin and you don't need to moisturise afterwards; it produces a lovely, calming colour in the bath; and it smells divine and keeps up this robust scent for hours after your bath. Would I buy this again? I'd be silly not to.       

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Laureth 4, Cornflour, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Jasmine Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Citral, *Limonene, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410:2.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £4.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap
Mother Of Pearl Bubbleroon
Mother Superior Bubble bar
Rub Rub Rub Naked Shower Scrub
Rub Rub Rub Salt Scrub
Rub Rub Rub Solid Scrub
Sakura Bath Bomb
Sakura Perfume

Seanik Solid Shampoo

22 February 2018

Madame President Bath Bomb

Ugh! The urge to give this bath bomb a full rating of six bottles led me down a torturous road of self doubt for the hour or so it took me to write this review. While my heart told me to commit to the high standard that I give only the most perfect of products, my head convinced me that this little beauty was still not up to the same standards as the likes of Lord Of Misrule, Cheer Up Buttercup of The Enchanter. Having said that, it is close enough that five and a half bottles seems like a fairer rating.

With a name like Madame President, this bath bomb had a lot to live up to - and it did. Reminding me slightly of the original Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb, this limited edition is half pink, half blue and full of golden lustre to make you feel like royalty in the bath tub.

Not only is the scent super strong - lingering on your skin, in the bathroom and around the whole house for hours after using it, but the fragrance itself is so unique and beautiful that Lush would silly if they limited this concoction to one single product. This would definitely suit being made into a perfume format, and I hope this becomes a reality at some point in the near future.

Containing both grapefruit and petitgrain oils, this bath bomb is incredibly heady: perhaps one of the strongest bath bombs to be released from Lush in a long while. Like Lovestruck Bubble Bar, from last year's Valentine's Day range, this is definitely an acquired taste.

If you're expecting Madame President to be fruity, you'd be sorely mistaken. Instead, the two notes produce a bitter and very overpowering scent. While the petitgrain is the strongest component here, the grapefruit still has a big impact on the overall aroma. 

To me, I can detect a layer of sourness from the grapefruit, which is slightly citrusy but not particularly fruity. Alongside this, the petitgrain oil produces a slight green, woody aroma which dominates the overall smell for the most part. The strength of this fragrance reminds me a little of the cloudy, overbearing scent you get when spraying a particularly intoxicating aftershave - but in a good way. 

In the water, this bath bomb produces a wonderful show and takes a good few minutes to dissolve. It's a fairly fast fizzer but you do get to enjoy a colourful show of colours as they swirl across the surface of the water. Once the ballistic has fully dissolved, you'll left with a small piece of condensed bath bomb that is filled with golden lustre.

Along with the beautiful deep purple water that you are left with, the golden lustre also ebbs and pulsates under the surface, which creates a stunning show to enjoy while you're bathing. You don't have to worry about being covered in glitter though, as I found that it washed away with ease afterwards and there didn't appear to be any left on my body.

What I loved about Madame President was that the smell was intoxicating in the water: it engulfed me throughout the whole experience and left me feeling really calm and relaxed. The water itself was also super softening on my skin and I didn't need to moisturise afterwards. This was a good thing because the fragrance stayed with me for hours afterwards, and I woke up the next morning with the scent still lingering on my pillows and bedsheets.

This is easily one of Lush's best inventions in a long time, and one that would suit becoming a permanent fixture in stores. I think the smell of this makes it so unique and a really big selling point for those who want a bath bomb with some character and colour, and one that's going to leave a lasting impression. I really wish I had picked up a few more of these before they disappeared.        

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Petitgrain Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Cream of Tartar (Potassium Bitartrate), Corn Starch (Zea mays), Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Fragrance, Red 27, Lake Red 27, Red 4, Blue 1, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 Lake. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Madame President Bath Bomb

Pink Petitgrain Reusable Bubble Spinner

20 February 2018

Melt My Heart Massage Bar

As a newfound traveller, I've developed a new perspective on the worthiness of certain cosmetics, and how you have to adapt your routines to match the places you visit and the lifestyle you lead. Having spent the last four months in very hot places, I have come to realise that body lotions are not the most effective way of replenishing your skin. Not only are they rather sticky in humid heat, and make you feel like you need a shower directly after using one, but they also pose the threat of leaking across the minimal clothing you're living in for the next few weeks. 

While you need to think about storage when you're somewhere hot, massage bars are the perfect travelling companions: fitting in the smallest spaces of your luggage and offering an intense moisturising session for your parched skin, after a day on the beach.

When I first sniffed Melt My Heart Massage Bar, I knew that this one would be coming with me on my next adventure - that is if the bar lasts from all of the times I've already used it so far! While not a direct replica, this Valentine's Day special shares its scent with the Jungle family - offering a strange, alluring and rather unique fragrance unlike anything else you've tried before.

All of the Jungle range can be described as possessing a strange, slightly soured fruity smell, coupled with an almost pine-like aroma alongside this. There is also a woody element underneath with a gentle earthy twang that grounds the soured fruity note a little and gives this fragrance slightly green-like qualities as well.  

In all fairness, this is probably the hardest scent to describe from Lush and it's one you have to experience for yourself, to decide whether or not you like it. This smell is definitely an acquired taste, and I find that people either love it or hate it. As I am in the former catergory, I couldn't wait to try this out on my skin. 

Priced up at £4.95, this is one of the cheapest massage bars on offer, and the size of it makes it one of the better value ones as well. Although a little thinner than some of Lush's regular bars, this is two thirds of the price, and therefore one that is worth stocking up on if you feel it works well for you.

As with all of my massage bars, I tend to use this as an intense moisturising session once or twice a week. Using this every day would probably make your skin rather greasy, and it would prove far more expensive than a lotion if you were to use it in this way. 

Simply massage the bar across the skin - I tend to do so in a circular motion - and then use the palms of your hands to spread the oils and butters across the whole area. As the weather is warming up a little in the UK, I would not recommend that you hold this for too long as I found that it began to melt within seconds of contacting the heat from my body. Furthermore, massaging it between your hands and then applying it onto your skin yourself actually ensures that you don't use too much, thus extending the life of the product. 

As with most of Lush's massage bars, your skin is left slightly oily for a short time afterwards and I would recommend leaving it for 5-10 minutes before putting any clothes over the top. However, after this time your skin will look bright and radiant, and feel super nourished and supple. After using this a single time, I found that it completely eradicated some of the dry areas I had developed through peeling.

As to be expected, the scent lingers on your skin for a good hour or more after application, and the effects of the massage bar will last you through the entire day and into the night as well.  

While you can use this in the same manner as I did, you also have the option of giving or receiving a massage from/for someone you love, and I'm sure Melt My Heart would be even more magical if used in this way. As my partner is away travelling for the next few weeks, I have to resign to using this on myself - which isn't the most romantic of options, but certainly leaves my skin feeling good enough to celebrate. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Safflower Oil, Perfume, Dried Rose Petals, Orris Root Powder, Cypress Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Styrax Resinoid, Olibanum Resinoid, Violet Leaf Absolute, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Jungle FUN Bar (2014)
Jungle Solid Conditioner
Jungle Liquid Perfume
Jungle Shower Jelly
Jungle Soap
Jungle Solid Perfume
Jungle/Tropical Jungle Body Lotion

Mr Dandy's Hair Candy Dressing 

18 February 2018

Kiss Me Quick Washcard

Nowadays, Lush are keen to bring out as many different scented wash cards as they can possibly get away with. Easy to make and inventive at the same time, these first made an appearance at Oxford Street for their opening day, and have since been featured in nearly all of the seasonal ranges since then.

Working in the same way as soap does, these little cards are to be used in the shower - foaming up to create a lather that cleans your skin and leaves you smelling wonderful. While they act like a soap, the ingredients act more like a shower gel, so these cards are far less drying and much more appealing to me.

Kiss Me Quick was the name of the 29 High Street-scented wash card that came out during last year's Valentine's Day range. This year the name has remained the same but the design and the fragrance is different. While last year's definitely smelt better in my mind, this year's is still lovely, and the new design is far better this time around. 

Containing clove, mimosa and tonka, Kiss Me Quick is surprisingly a rather subtle smelling product. While you might expect the clove to be domineering here, you'll instead find a gentle and mildly spicy note that is really warming when used in the shower. Alongside this, the mimosa adds a delicate floral note while the vanilla absolute sweetens all three components and merges them altogether. 

While I would have liked the scent of this to be a little stronger, as I found that it didn't stick around on my skin afterwards at all, I did appreciate the gentle sweet nature of the fragrance, and how it strengthened when in contact with the heat of the water.

So why bother investing in a wash card to begin with?

Firstly, the size of this card means that this will slip easily into a purse or a side pocket of a bag/suitcase - making it a great travelling companion that wont weigh you down. Due to their format not allowing for any sort of spillages whatsoever, this solid rendition of a shower gel also guarantees to be leakage-free, and suitable to take on board a plane as part of your hand luggage.

Secondly, the lack of any active moisture means that the sheets are preservative free, which means that they should have a much longer shelf life, and are also able to be utilised much further when it finally does come into contact with water. Furthermore, they don't contribute to package waste in the slightest, making it far more environmentally friendly than their other shower counterparts. 

So in a sense, I do actually recognise their true worth as a product, and can honestly see the merit of using them in replacement of other liquid alternatives. However, I'm still not convinced that these could or will ever be able to rival the jelly and gel variations that Lush already do so well.

What is different about this wash card, when compared to previous renditions, is the fact that the base ingredient featured here is fresh apple pulp as opposed to melon. Known to contain antioxidants and vitamins that both nourish and refresh the skin, apples are naturally full of malic acid, which gently removes any dead skin build that may be causing your skin to appear dull and uneven, and adds radiance almost immediately.

Kiss Me Quick is again another novelty product for this year's Valentine's Day range, but that's not to say that it doesn't have its merits. Despite its size, it does produce a thick, creamy and very generous lather, so you need a very small piece if you wish to conserve it for as long as possible. Secondly, the wash card is rather moisturising on the skin as well, which is always a bonus for me.

Overall, this is not a product I feel like raving about or one I feel the need to stock up on. However, it was lovely to try something different than the naked shower creams I've been inundated with, and the scent was enjoyable while it lasted. A cute little release for fans to indulge in during the season of love.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Apple Pulp, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Sodium polyacrylate, Clove Bud Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Tonka Absolute, DRF Alcohol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Cinnamyl, Alcohol, Coumarin, Colour 73360, Colour 77499.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

17 February 2018

Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

I'll be honest and say that it took me quite a while to adjust to the Mother's Day range this year, most notably because I was rather bitter that Yummy Mummy Shower Cream hadn't made a reappearance. Although I still have a 500g bottle left to indulge in, it is normally this seasonal range that offers the scents that I most desire out of the five major releases each year. This year however, there has been a complete turn around and it's thrown me out of my comfort zone a little.

For this reason, I didn't twig that I really loved the smell of Incredible Mum Bath Bomb until I was sitting in the bath, watching it dissolve away before my very eyes. Only then did I realise that there was perhaps something special about this brand new fragrance and that I wanted to experience more.

As far as ingredients lists go, this limited edition doesn't exactly jump off the page as being anything special. Bergamot and ylang ylang oils, as well as orange flower absolute, suggest that its going to be somewhat floral. And it is. But this scent has far more character than you would initially expect it to. 

To me, Incredible Mum has a smell that could almost be described as possessing a violet note. There is something rather sweet and musky about the floral components that give me that impression. In fact, I love that all three ingredients are so well combined that it's difficult to smell each note independently. This creates a bath bomb that possesses a rich, comforting and very warming smell - nothing like you would expect from a bath bomb labelled as floral.

Even if you're not a fan of floral fragrances, I would highly recommend that you try this one out, as it's not your typical floral smell, and instead reminds me a little of the sweetness of Tuca Tuca Liquid Perfume. Although I've referenced the violet element twice now, those who dislike violet scents should still consider using one of these for certain.

In the water, Incredible Mum gets to work by sending out waves of beautiful, vibrant foam across the surface of the tub. Gorgeous yellows and oranges and pinks form into swirls and patterns as the bath bomb slowly dissolves into a stunning peach-coloured water. This is a bath bomb that you can enjoy whilst submerged under the water, as I found it took almost fifteen minutes to fully dissolve.

What you are left with is a tub full of softening water that wraps itself around your body and leaves it feeling smooth and soft to the touch. The scent lingers around the bathroom as you bathe and it leaves you with a huge smile upon your face. Decadence is the word I would use to describe the experience you get with one of these limited editions. 

While I wouldn't day that this bath bomb was the strongest I've had, it did remain present throughout my bath and lingered in the air for a long time afterwards. I didn't notice any fragrance on my skin afterwards, but I know others have noted this so it may well have been my weakened senses after a cold.

Overall, this is a lovely bath bomb from Lush and I really appreciate yet another brand new fragrance to enjoy. Although I would definitely buy another one of these again in the future, I would much prefer the scent to be made into different products, as a shower gel, massage bar or perfume would be an absolute luxury.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene, Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol Lauryl Betaine *Limonene *Linalool Butylphenyl Methylpropional Coumarin Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.