26 May 2018

Tank Battle Liquid Perfume

As I have said in all of my Volume 4 reviews, there are some truly fantastic stories surrounding nearly all of Lush's most recent perfume releases. In fact, it is these very stories that have helped me to fall in love with many of the new fragrances - more so than I would have done if these memories hadn't been attached to the products to begin with. This particular perfume is perhaps my favourite of the lot, and there are many reasons why.

Tank Battle is an interesting name for a perfume - especially one so light and sweet on the senses. While most would probably envisage a dark, smoky and very heavy fragrance, the reality is very far from this. Instead, this perfume is wonderfully sweet and fresh - a breath of fresh air that keeps on giving throughout the day. 

Inspired by a bidding war between a man and his local government, Tank Battle tells the story of Tachowa Covington, and how his home was taken from him after the artist Banksy decided to use the tank Tachowa was living in as a canvas for his latest idea. Self-labelled as ‘self sufficient’, his home was taken from him after the famous artist decorated the side of the tank with his artwork, causing the government to seize the tank and evict Tachowa from his home. 

There is so much more to read about this story and I highly recommend that you do some research into this yourself. It definitely adds perspective to this perfume and will make you appreciate it far more when you wear it, and and is a conversation starter that'll spark some real interest. Which is more valuable? The home made of art or the art piece made from someone's home?

Having said that, I wouldn't say that the scent of this perfume really represents what I would have imagined it smelling like, had I learnt about the inspiration behind it beforehand. I definitely wouldn't describe it as being 'homely' as I was expecting; neither does it have the strong woody notes that I was assuming would represent the tank itself.

Instead, Tank Battle offers a sweet and very rather grassy aroma that grows and changes on your skin over time: to bring you an experience that you'll want to relive again and again. Strangely, the ingredients list don't give you any real indication as to what this fragrance actually smells like, so I'll give my best description.

From the bottle you get quite a dry combination of grass and wood. I'd say the former ingredient is slightly stronger to begin with, and offers a smell reminiscent of hay but without the sweetness present. Alongside this, the woody element intertwines with a subtle spiciness from the patchouli and the gentle warmth of the clove

Despite the ingredients being quite wintery smells, and the fact that it's definitely one of the more 'in your face' perfumes from Lush, the fragrance itself is still quite airy and not so heavy that you cannot wear this in the warmer months of the year as well. 

On the skin, the labdanum grows in strength and you can detect a rich and very sultry-sweet layer that reminds me a little bubblegum, albeit more sophisticated and mature (if that makes any senses!) Alongside this, you can smell - what I can only describe it as being - a note reminiscent of wet grass in the early morning. There is something very fresh and 'wet' about this component, which is part of the reason why this perfume doesn't feel too cloying or heavy on the skin.

Lush describe the scent of this as being like 'bubblegum and rain', and I would agree that this is a pretty solid description of what you get with Tank Battle. However, there is something far richer and more mature about this smell, so it's not in anyway as playful or as youthful as the likes of Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy.            

Despite this being my favourite perfume from Volume 4, Tank Battle is definitely one I have to be in the mood for using it: it doesn't suit every situation. It's not one of Lush's longer lasting perfumes: on clothes, I could still detect this around six hours after spraying it, and on the skin a good 2-3 hours. Having said that, it is one that turns heads and sparks conversations, as I've now experienced many times with passer bus and colleagues. 

This is one I would definitely recommend that you try. It's unique and original for sure and probably one of my favourite perfumes that Lush have ever created. 

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Water (Aqua), Labdanum Resinoid, Glycerine, Patchouli Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol, *Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £25 for 30ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

25 May 2018

31 States Bath Bomb

Earlier this year, Lush did something that always causes my stomach form a knot inside when they do: release a limited edition bath bomb outside of the UK, with no plans to bring it over for consumers in their home country. As a collector, and someone who likes to try and review everything that the company have to offer, this was a real problem for me. That was until a couple of wonderful Lush fans agreed to send me a handful over to try, and my pulse was able to revert back to a normal rate.

31 States Bath Bomb is a political statement: a product designed to raise money and awareness for the fact that 31 States within the US still have the death penalty in place. Not only did Lush want to make the world aware of this fact, but 100% of the profits made from selling this limited edition would also go to to organizations like Witness to Innocence, Death Penalty Focus, and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty - in the hope that something is done about the current state of affairs. 

While it’s not been mentioned by many people, this bath bomb shares its scent with Cyanide Pill. Sporting near on identical ingredients lists, this peach-coloured special contains almond, rosewood and lemon oils as key ingredients. 

The former component is definitely the strongest note in the mix - offering a sweet, warming nuttiness that reminds me of freshly rolled marzipan, sprinkled with icing sugar. The inclusion of the lemon oil adds a delicate fruitless, that would almost be overlooked if it wasn’t listed in the ingredients list. Finally, the rosewood adds a warming, sweet wordiness - that rests behind the almond like a fragrant fluffy pillow. This is such a gentle but equally well-rounded aroma, and one that I would happy to enjoy time and time again.

In the water, the bath bomb begins to fizz gently, sending out beautiful waves of pastel peach colour that stretch across the surface and turns the water into a comforting blanket of colour and smell. While it’s not very exciting to watch, the smell is very much present in the tub, and this stays that way throughout the whole experience.

An alternative to lavender and frankincense, the scent of 31 States will calm you down and leave you feeling super relaxed. After using one of these, I found that I got a much-needed eight hours sleep, which is a rarity in my line of work. Furthermore, the aroma (although rather creamy and subtle) lingers on your skin after you’ve towelled yourself down, and stays with you for a good hour afterwards. 

What I really appreciated about this limited edition bath bomb was that it left my skin feeling really smooth and soft, and there was something about the way the water felt that made my skin feel really nourished and moisturised earlier. After applying a thin layer of body lotion, I was left with skin that felt sun-kissed and well-loved, and it elevated my mood very much.

While it’s not much to look at, and the premise behind the campaign was somewhat negative, 31 States is a great addition to the Lush Bath Bomb family, and certainly helps those out who were unable to grab the Hand Of Friendship Soap, or the Cyanide Pill Ballistic that is on offer in some places. I am very grateful that I was able to try this out for myself, and only ask that Lush make these release worldwide so that we can all enjoy a new reaction, whilst being educated on the vital events happening around us at the same time.

Quantitative Ingredients:?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: $6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family: 
Cyanide Liquid Perfume

coming soon!

24 May 2018

Love Soap (2017 Edition)

One of the aspects of Lush that I find the most confusing, is when they release a product under the same name as a previous product, yet it bares little or no resemblance to the original in any way. While I recognise the need to improve and redesign at times - to cater for the current market as well as infuse a little excitement back into a stale product (see the Bubbleroons for a good example), I feel almost cheated when I discover that an item is far-removed from what it once was.

Love Soap has appeared as many guises over the years - appearing in a few Valentine's Day releases as well as being produced in limited amounts to raise money for certain causes. Most recently, Love Soap made what I think was its greatest comeback: in 2015 it was sold using the hashtag 'gayisokay', to raise awareness and show appreciation for the LGBT community.

This time around it comes sporting the design that most people would probably say is the most obvious, and quite possibly the least inspired: a beautiful heart-shaped block with a brushing of golden lustre across the surface. And while I used the word 'block' to describe this limited edition, it is probably much like a 'piece' as the soap is rather on the small size. While my hands may be super large for the average female, Love Soap fits easily into the palm of my hand - where there is also plenty of room left.

Sharing its scent with Sex Bomb, this soap is certainly not in any way fruity,  despite the colour of the soap suggesting that this is the case. Containing a collaboration of jasmine and ylang ylang, this limited edition is as sweet as it is floral. This is definitely one for the jasmine fans as the flower's naturally uplifting and rather euphoric aroma makes itself known immediately - creating an intoxicating blend of floral notes that smell fresh and grounded at the same time. The ylang ylang extends the floral smell further by adding in a little muskiness to dampen and ground the resinous properties of the jasmine, so what you get is something that smells very gentle but equally very compact. 

Finally, the clary sage oil deepens the smell with its musty, earthy undertones. It is this element that makes it such a sensual-smelling soap, and the ingredient that I think prevents the jasmine from being as narcotic and as heady as it normally is by itself. 

Love Soap is definitely as sexy and as sensual as Sex Bomb Bath Bomb. However, I feel as if it has lost the powdery notes that give the bath bomb that delicate prettiness. While the bath bomb is certainly not one of my favourites, I like the way that the three key ingredients create an almost dusty fragrance that brings out the sensual nature of the jasmine and ylang ylang. This is somewhat missing in this format, and this is a shame.

Having said that, the soap lathers up really quickly and produces a generous amount of thick, fragrant foam to wash yourself with. In fact, it was the size of the soap that helped to make it so easy to lather up as I was able to grip it in my hand so much easier. Despite the amount of lather it produced, I was impressed to find that the soap didn't shrink very quickly at all and one piece lasted me a good three months with daily usage.

As with most soaps, it left my skin feeling super crisp and clean - especially in between my fingers for some strange reason. I did have to moisturise afterwards, as it's not the most nourishing of soaps, but this is be expected as it doesn't have the softening properties of a shower gel or cream.  

What I will say about the glitter is that it will come off within the first two uses, and you might find the odd sparkle on your skin but the majority washes away with the running water. If you're someone who is deterred because of the golden lustre, you can always rinse the soap under the tap to begin with and remove the lustre before you begin using this on your skin.

Overall, if you're a fan of sweet, floral smells, or you just want to extend your love of Sex Bomb, this is soap is for you. The scent is definitely on par with the bath bomb, there are just subtle differences, mostly due to the format change more than anything. This is not something that I would buy again, only because I'm not a huge fan of this fragrance, but I cannot fault the effectiveness of the soap at all. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Sodium Chloride, Synthetic Musk, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Colour 14700.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.50 for 75g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Bada Bing Bada Boom Shower Jelly
Joy Of Jelly Shower Jelly
Love Soap
The North Polar Left The Tap On Soap
Sex Bomb Bath Bomb
Sex Bomb Body Lotion
Sex Bomb Solid Perfume
Tulip Mum Reusable Bubble Bar

22 May 2018

Sherbet Dip Bath Bomb

When I first heard about this bath bomb, I was a little confused to say the least. As a British company, Lush usually base the names of some of their products on other items that have been available in the past. Therefore, the name 'Sherbet Dip' didn't seem appropriate for the design of the bath bomb that went by that title. 

The colour, shape and smell of this Christmas special is geared towards that of a Sherbet Lemon - a popular sweet originally from the twenties, that is still sold in sweet shops all across the country to this very day. A Sherbet Dip however, is a sachet of flavoured sherbet that comes with a liquorice stick to dip into it - a completely different product altogether but a yummy one nonetheless.

Simplistic in design and scent, Sherbet Dip Bath Bomb was a brand new addition to the Christmas 2017 range, and one of only three exclusive bath bombs that had never been released before. While I would normally be excited about the prospect of a new, citrusy bath bomb such as this, I found myself less enthused this year due to the fact that the company have already offer the incredible Cheer Up Buttercup, which has since become my joint favourite bath bomb of all time.  
Oval-shaped and coloured with a gentle shade of pastel yellow, this limited edition offers a simplistic but equally beautiful fruity scent. Definitely nothing with any character, I am a lover of anything with a fruit or citrus bite, so this satisfied something in me, despite its simplicity.

Sharing its scent with both Elsie The Giraffe (You’re Having A Laugh) Reusable Bubble Bar, and the recently released Bubble Spinner, this Bath Bomb contains a collaboration of lime, lemon and grapefruit oils. As you would expect, the combination of all three create a bright, zesty fragrance. The lemon dominates the scent of this - offering a refreshing, tart burst of tangy lemony goodness; the grapefruit supports this with its own unique citrusy scent, albeit a little less potent. Moreover, the lime oils set about bringing both a fruity component, and a fizziness that helps to replicate the smell of the traditional sweet this Bath Bomb is trying to mimic.

Disappointingly, this Sherbet Dip is one of the fastest fizzers I have used in a long while. However, this is something I could have accepted, if it wasn’t for the fact that this product is also a sinker. As soon as the Bath Bomb hit the water, it plummeted to the bottom of the tub, where it created a murky yellow and blue cloud.
Once fully dissolved, you are left with a beautiful tub of green water, which happens to be noticeably soft when you submerge yourself beneath. In fact, I was surprised that this bath bomb moisturised my skin as much as it did, given how little impact it had on my senses in other ways.

Once fully dissolved (which takes about 60 seconds), Sherbet Dip appeared to lose most of its fragrance in the tub. It was one of those ballistics that doesn’t hold enough scent to begin with, so it ends up dissipating really quickly, and I was left with a bath that didn’t smell of very much at all.

With all of the Bubble bars in this year’s Christmas range being quite hefty in both price and size, Sherbet Dip is a good option for those who want something a little less taxing on their finances. However, you get what you pay for, as this Bath Bomb is nowhere near as good quality as anything else featured this season. 
The scent is lovely but doesn’t last at all - in the tub or on the skin; the bath bomb doesn’t do anything particularly exciting in the water; and all of the ones I bought, have ended up being sinkers. Although this latter point could be more to do with the water in my area of London, it still doesn’t make my experience with this any more interesting. While the fragrance may be reminiscent of of one of my favourite childhood sweets, this is not enough for me to want to invest in something that pales in comparison to everything else on offer. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Sicilian Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Water (Aqua), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Dipropylene, Glycol, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (Tin oxide) *Limonene, Citral, Yellow 10, Blue 1, Yellow 5.  

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £2.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Bubble Spinner Reusable Bubble Bar
Elsie The Giraffe (You're Havin' A Bath) Reusable Bubble Bar

Sherbet Dip Bath Bomb

21 May 2018

Yuzu And Cocoa Body Lotion

There are some products that surprise me when Lush first unleash them on the world - ones that I never envisaged would be even in consideration for a release because of their lack of popularity in other formats. However, there are also times when items come out and they seem very overdue. Such is the case with this body lotion. 

Originally released as a Japanese Kitchen special, Yuzu And Cocoa Body Lotion seems like a product that would fit in well with Lush's regular range. Sharing its scent with both the Bubbleroon and the Shower Cream - both of which have since been discontinued - this limited edition import seems like a very late introduction to what could have been a popular threesome in stores.

Much like its old siblings, this body lotion imitates the unique Yuzu And Cocoa fragrance really well. In fact, I would go as far as saying that this is perhaps my favourite product in the scent family - not only because the aroma is long-lasting and incredibly rounded, but because my skin has benefitted so much from using this lotion over the last couple of weeks.

For those unfamiliar with the scent, a yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that is a cross between a mandarin and a lime. It is extremely rich in essential oils and has often been compared to that of a grapefruit, a mandarin and many other citrus variations. By itself, it may not offer a scent that distant from the regular zesty fruits that the company use. However, when combined with the ingredients that Lush use to create this recognised smell, the results are rather magical.

Alongside organic cocoa butter and tonka absolute, this limited edition lotion offers a sweet, fruity and slightly chocolately aroma. You can smell the yuzu straight away, which gives off a warming, orangey note - one that is very robust and not citrusy at all. The other components then build upon this to create a thick, musky smell that is both chocolately and also slightly coconutty.

On the body, Yuzu And Cocoa glides over the skin with ease. It's certainly not a thin lotion, but it is not much thicker than the likes of Karma Cream, which is one of Lush's thinnest lotions. The product is so easy to apply and absorbs very quickly into the skin. This means that you're not left with any stickiness or greasiness, and there won't be any excess residue to wipe onto your clothes either.

On the skin, the lotion appears a little more chocolately than it is in the tub, and I think in this way it is more like the Liquid Perfume than the Bubbleroon. Much like the perfume, the fragrance is also fairly long-lasting: I found that I could still detect hints of the product on my skin some two hours after initial application. The only negative aspect of the smell is that after a while the scent gives off a slight plasticky note, and I felt like I needed to apply more lotion to lose that.  

As with a lot of the new body lotions that Lush have brought out recently, I found that this one was really good at replenishing my skin straight away: I could really notice a difference to the vibrancy and feel of my skin immediately after application. My skin looked more radiant and felt more plump and moisturised. However, the lotion does need to be applied most days for your skin to maintain this wonderful feeling.    

While this has not yet made an appearance in the UK, I am sure it is only a matter of time before it does so. Fans of the bubbleroon, the perfume and the shower cream will definitely need to invest in a tub of this - it's a wonderful addition to the lotion family, and one that'll help keep my summer smelling wonderful, even when the sun is refusing to shine.

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £13.95 for 225g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Yuzu & Cocoa Bath Bomb
Yuzu & Cocoa Bubbleroon
Yuzu & Cocoa Liquid Perfume
Yuzu And Cocoa Shower Cream

Yuzu & Cocoa Solid Perfume

19 May 2018

Komorebi Soap

What is great about Lush is their ability to help you learn something new with almost every new product they release. Whether it's about a certain ingredient; an environmental campaign; or a political problem, there is always new information to be had alongside an exciting new cosmetic to try out. When it came to this #lushlabs exclusive, a little helping of culture was on offer whilst I was lathering it up in the shower.   

Translated as meaning 'sunlight streaming through the trees', Komorebi is a Japanese word with a beautiful meaning. In particular, it is seen as a light curtain which is more visible after the rain because of the reflecting light from the water vapour, which makes for some stunning pictures if you were to google the phenomenon. The fragrance of this limited edition soap compliments this concept perfectly, and anyone lucky enough to have snagged one from the last Lush Showcase, or indeed from the recent online release, will no doubt agree.

If I'm being honest, the smell of this soap was hard to place at first but it was the ingredients that finally helped me to find a match. Containing ho wood oil and labdanum resinoid, Komorebi shares the same alluring aroma as Hidden Mountain: a soap that made its debut release last Christmas but which unfortunately didn't bowl me over with how drying it was on my skin.

The notes on offer here produce a rather green floral smell with woody undertones that support and pad out of the overall fragrance. Labdanum has a very rich, resinous smell about it and I see this as the dominant note overall. Alongside this, the oakmoss adds an earthy layer with notes of green that give this fragrance something slightly uplifting about it. 

The ho wood adds a gentle, warming woody note as well, which I think helps to bring all of the elements together and round off the smell. While the lavender is definitely present in the overall aroma, it is by far the most gentlest of smells, and I think a part of me only detects the note because I know it is in there. I get the impression that it just helps to add a slight herbal note as well, which helps to thicken the overall scent.

To me, this soap really smells like walking through a forest after it has snowed - the ferns and woodland plants wet and bleeding that earthy, green phosphorus smell into the air; the shrubbery and fallen branches adding a cloudy and quite saturated woody smell. It's definitely not a scent for the faint-hearted, and when you use this you will find the aroma follows you around for hours later.

While the size and design of this suggests that it's closer to a wash card, this is definitely a soap when you begin using it in the shower. It appears a little more rigid than a regular washcard, and also looks and feels a little thicker, which means it lasts longer. 

It lathers up really easily and produces a light but slightly oily lather to wash yourself with. As I was careful to preserve Komorebi for as long as possible, I tended to wet this soap quickly and then remove it immediately from the running water. I found that I was then able to easily massage this between my palms and create a generous amount of foam to clean myself with. Using it this way as opposed to massaging it directly onto the skin meant that I had more control over how much I used, and it also meant that I was able to protect the delicate soap even better.

Impressively, the fragrance present here was the same strength as a regular soap, and the heat of the water brought out all of the key components a little more, which was lovely. I also enjoyed the fact that the smell stayed on my skin afterwards for an hour or so and this really complimented the warmer weather when I was out and about.

Despite its size meaning that it doesn't have a long shelf life (mine lasted about nine days with daily use), the price tag is not too bad when you consider how versatile this little soap can be. If you're travelling for a short holiday, this would be perfect to take with you rather than a bottle of shower gel. And while it isn't as moisturising, it will leave you feeling clean and refreshed for the day/night ahead. 

I actually hope that Lush bring out more soaps in this manner as I much prefer them to the bigger blocks. While not quote as good value for money, these are a fun way to enjoy your showers in the morning, without you having to invest a number of pounds more for a bigger block. I may not be the most responsive person in the mornings but Komorebi brings a little sunshine to my day.       

Quantitative Ingredients: Maple Water,  Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water (Aqua), Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Ho Wood Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, *Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 45350.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £1.50 for 5g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Hidden Mountain Soap

Komorebi Soap

16 May 2018

Poppy Soap

There is something very alluring about the poppy flower: something quite poignant that comes from its association with the battlefields of World War One. The idea of Lush meadows full of vibrant red flowers with their little black centres - swaying in the breeze - is such a calming image. Unfortunately, it is very rare that I ever get to experience these beautiful species in person myself, so I often have to rely on the less interesting poppy seeds being sprinkled on my breakfast.

Having said that, these crunchy little black pellets have amazing qualities that boost the condition of your nails, hair and skin. Aside from the extensive list of health benefits, these little gems are known for not only helping to treat and reduce inflammation, but also to clean and moisturise the body so that the natural vibrance is returned to your skin.

In the case of Poppy Soap, these beauties do both of these through a gentle form of exfoliation. As the soap is being lathered over your body, you'll feel the gentle scratching of these seeds, which clean out the pores without irritating the skin and then helps to moisturise the body so that it feels and looks soft to the touch.

While I am a huge fan of The Comforter, I'll be honest and say that I don't always feign much enthusiasm for new products coming out with the same scent. Most of the time I end up really enjoying them but I think it's down to the format as to whether a product blows me away or not. The fact that Poppy is a soap was a little off-putting at first. However, I cannot deny that the design of this limited edition is perhaps the most beautiful piece of soap that Lush have released in years. 

With blackcurrant, bergamot and cypress oils, I was expecting the usual creamy combination that I've found with most products in the Comforter range. What makes the smell of Poppy stand aside from a lot of Comforter scents is that there is something rather decadent and delicate about the way the blackcurrant aroma intertwines with the creamy, powdery elements alongside it. There is something very light but creamy about the smell of this soap, and I was  amazed that I could detect almost an element of sweet cherries about the product in the shower. 

Lush fans have always wondered what the difference was between Sweetie Pie and The Comforter Shower Jellies, and while I tried my best to differentiate between the two, I definitely think this soap has components that link it more to the former than the latter. While not as strong in scent as either jelly, there is something rather 'comforting' about the delicate nature of this soap,   

The smell of this product is super sweet while also having a slight sugary element to it as well. There is almost something vanilla-like about the afterthought of this fragrance, which as I said in my review of the body conditioner, gives it a smell reminiscent of a blackcurrant compote on top of a cheesecake base. It's quite simply delicious!

wouldn't say that Poppy Soap is the most generous of latherers and it actually works better when stimulated between between your palms first. However,  because of the inclusion of the seeds for exfoliation, you'll probably want to massage it directly onto the area of skin that you're wanting to clean. This will generate a light and very fruity foam that you can clean yourself with with ease.

You don't need to keep massaging this to create surplus soap as the lather it does create is really easy to massage across a large area of space. For this reason, Poppy Soap has lasted me a good while, and I can easily see it lasting between 2-3 months with daily use. In between showers, you'll need to pat this down and store it somewhere dry as it has a tendency to leave red puddles wherever it's been sitting.

Overall, this is a wonderfully designed soap with a gorgeous scent and a little exfoliation as an added bonus. This would no doubt sell really well in Lush stores across the country, and indeed the globe, and I cannot imagine #lushlabs being  the last time this will make an appearance for the company.    

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua), Chia Seed Gel, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Poppy Seeds, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.95 for 120g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

14 May 2018

Mum In A Spin Bubble Spinner

While I wouldn't go as far as to say that I mourned after using this bubble spinner for the first time, I definitely felt like scolding myself for leaving it untouched in my Lush package for so long. Not only because I realised the scent immediately upon sniffing it and wished I had a million more to indulge in, but because it turned out to be one of the most incredible bubble spinners I have tried from Lush so far.

Another product to add itself to the Twilight family, this limited edition Mother's Day edition made its debut earlier this year - adding to the impressive (but equally rather uninspiring) range of bubble spinners that Lush have 'gifted' us with this year so far. Yet there was something about this one which suggested the company were upping their game when it came to their reusable bubble bars, and this has definitely been proven with the recent release of Fun For All The Family. 

Containing a combination of tonka, lavender and ylang ylang, this bubble spinner offers a rich, sultry and very rounded lavender smell: one that celebrates all of the natural herbal elements of the plant itself whilst indulging the senses in a thick layer of tonka to sweeten the deal. There is something slightly caramel-like about the Twilight aroma that I love, and this format holds the fragrance so well.

While not sporting the usual purple attire that other Twilight products tend to do, I was initially a little unsure as to whether I appreciated the pink and white design. However, as soon as I submerged myself under the surface of the silky-soft water and took in my surroundings, I realised the beautiful baby pink colour was just what this scent needed to emphasis the sweeter note a little more.

As with all of Lush's reusable bubble bars, this one needs to be held under the running tap to create both the colour and an array of bubbles. Once you feel you have enough of the product in the water, you can pat the bubble spinner down and leave it somewhere to use again and again. I found that I was able to get four really good quality baths out of Mum In A Spin and each experience was vibrant and ladened with bubbles. 

I would just warn you that you should ensure the bubble spinner is definitely dry before leaving it anywhere in between uses.Although I don't for one second think that the colour would stain anything, the pink does tend to drip on surfaces it i left on, and I'm sure most people would like to avoid creating a mess if they can help it.

What was great about Mum In A Spin was that the water was as vibrant as a bubble bar usually offers, which is not something you'd expect from most of Lush's reusables. In addition, the scent was strong enough to remain present throughout the entire experience, and even left a little note of sweetness on my skin afterwards. 

Finally, I was really impressed by how soft and moisturising the water was on my skin. Normally I would choose to add a bath melt to create some much-needed moisture for my skin, and even then I often have to use a body lotion afterwards. After using Mum In A Spin, I felt that my skin was smooth enough to go without a cream, and I went the entire day without applying another to replenish my body.

Ultimately, both this and Fun For All The Family have made me realise the merits of reusable bubble bars, and I am definitely less pessimistic about what the future holds for others with this design. I would definitely buy this one again and only hope it makes an appearance next year.    

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Titanium Dioxide, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Cinnamal, *Coumarin, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
FUN With A Twist
Luxury Pud Bath Bomb
Mum In A Spin Bubble Spinner
Sleepy Body Lotion
Sleepy Hand Cream
Sleepy Naked Shower Gel
Sleepy Shower Bomb
Sleepy Shower Gel
Twilight Bath Bomb
Twilight Liquid Perfume
Twilight Shower Gel
Twilight Shower Jelly
Twilight Solid Perfume

Twilight Sparkle Jar