24 October 2019

Let The Good Times Roll

It was almost seven years ago that I made the choice to dedicate my time and energy into creating the most definitive Lush blog that I possibly could. Little did I know just how much money and time would be needed to fulfil this dream, and create something that has grown and flourished as much as it has over the years. However, little did I also not realise how much the whole experience would mould, change and nurture me as a person as well.

Over the last seven years, I have spent numerous hours budgeting in my many hauls; weeks squatting in bath tubs just to get the best lighting; months spent editing and responding to the pictures that I post on Instagram; and years writing the most comprehensive reviews I could possibly manage. The feedback I have received from the Lush community, and indeed from within the company as well, have left me incredulous thinking about how much of an impact my words have impacted some of your lives as well. And I feel completely blessed that I have found a home within one of the best online communities in the world. 

This blog is my baby. And I am so incredibly proud of what I have managed to create; what this blog has allowed me to experience; and how these words have transcended into the real world, where I have met some of the most wonderful and inspiring people on the entire planet: many of whom I now consider to be some of my greatest friends.

However, change is inevitable and I have reached a stage in my life where I want to explore far more of this world, and in doing so dig far deeper into my own consciousness. This means that I need to let go of the things that are no longer serving me and begin to walk a new, exciting path, and see what life has to offer me when I do. 

For this reason, I will be stepping away from updating this blog completely and will no longer be reviewing Lush products on this platform. This blog will remain out there to hopefully inspire and inform new, wide-eyed Lush fans who are looking for a solid reference point to start from, as well as serve as a memory of my time over the last seven years.

I cannot thank you - the reader - enough for all of your support; your guidance; and your accolade over the years. It's been an absolute pleasure to be considered one of the key voices within the Lush community, and I am forever grateful for having the platform to learn and grow into that role, whilst having a strong sense of support from the community underneath.

I hope that many of you will continue to follow my new adventures on both my Instagram and Youtube platforms. In doing so, I do hope that I can ignite the adventure within you; inspire you to work towards your goals; and incite an excitement in you that will ultimately help you to make your dreams come true.  

I love you all.
And thank you.


1 October 2019

Rudolph Nose Shower Bomb

As part of my healing journey, I have been working very closely with the different fragrances and spices that I consume both internally and externally. With practice, I have been able to both soothe my moods at times, and completely ground myself, simply through the use of a particular essential oil, or a certain spice that I have incorporated into a recipe. It's amazing how simply being aware of what you consume can ultimately support or trigger your emotional and mental health.

When I first read the ingredients list of Rudolph Nose Shower Bomb, I was rather excited about how grounding and soothing the brand new seasonal product sounded on paper. Cedarwood and Ho Wood are two essential oils that I have been using to calm my mind during meditation, and they also both work as an aide to sleep, if you have a busy mind that needs settling.

Upon first sniff, I found that the fragrance of this limited edition happens to be fairly subtle overall, and would definitely get lost if you were trying to gage with the scent in a Lush store. My nose was able to recognise the woodiness of the two ingredients, but also the slightly resinous smokiness of the ho wood oil as well. 

Aside from the aforementioned components, Rudolph Nose also features lemon oil in the ingredients list. I happen to think that this is the key component here, because while the overall aroma has more of a sweet and delicately fruity note, the lemon works at elevating the other fragrances within the shower bomb and offers a fragrance that lasts for a long time on the skin. 

Despite its subtleness, I was able to smell the three ingredients for a good couple of hours after I had towelled myself down, and I can only imagine how much good that did at keeping me feeling calm and grounded throughout the day. 

Having said that, I do think that that this shower bomb would have been more impressive if the fragrance had been stronger in the shower. While the aroma left a lasting impression on my skin afterwards, the smell of the product when it was being used was far less interesting, especially when I was expecting much more of a wholesome scent when the shower bomb hit the hot water.

On the positive side, the shower bomb is super generous when it comes to how easy it is the lather up. In fact, I would highly suggest that you quarter the product beforehand, as you'll end up using far more than you need to if you use this in one go. Unlike some of Lush's other shower bombs, I found that Rudolph Nose didn't react so much to the water, and foam up like I was assuming would happen. Instead, what did come from the shower bomb was a thick, red 'gunk' that was easy to lather across the skin and did produce a little foam, much like a shower gel would offer.

After rinsing away the product, I was impressed to find that my skin felt really smooth and soft, especially around my feet and legs. However, I also noticed that in places there was a slight hint of pink where I think the product may have stained my skin a little. Although it wasn't noticeable enough for anyone to make a comment, it was definitely something that I became wary of when I chose to use the product again the next day.

This latter point is perhaps the main reason why I have given this shower bomb a rating of 3/6, alongside the notion that the fragrance wasn't as powerful in the shower as I felt that it could have been. Having said that, the smell did linger afterwards; my skin was left feeling clean and smooth; and using it before heading to bed no doubt played a part in helping me to unwind a little.

While not a favourite of mine, I did enjoy using Rudolph Nose Shower Bomb and only hope that nobody else experiences the slight tinting that the seasonal product put me though: 'Jennifer the red-bodied human' doesn't quite have the same ring to it as the original Christmas song.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Sodium Alginate, DRF Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cedarwood Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Citronellol, Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £2.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

25 September 2019

The Guv'ner Solid Deodorant

As I've mentioned in previous deodorant reviews, it is very rare that I have anything bad to say about Lush. Unfortunately, when I do, it's normally to do with one of their less than effective deodorants that often seem to elevate and encourage the very problems they claim to eradicate. 

The Guv'ner is the second to last deodorant from Lush that I have left to review, and as previous experience goes, this product already starts off on uneven standing. Described by the company as a 'hardworking, absorbent deodorant powder that means business', I was expecting something a little more effective than their previous offerings.

This is one of Lush's powdered products and comes in an 80g bottle, which may make it sound rather expensive when priced at £6.25. However, you only need to use a minuscule amount each time, meaning this bottle would probably last you a good six or more months. I was using it twice a day, for almost a month, and the powder barely moved a centimetre away from the top of the bottle.  

The powder is made up of a combination of different ingredients, each bringing their unique scents and properties to the mix. This list includes charcoal, sodium bicarbonate, lavender powder and calamine powder to name just a few. 

The different powders used in this are supposed to absorb sweat and soothe skin while the essential oils keep you smelling good for the whole day. Firstly, there's charcoal powder, which absorbs moisturise and eradicates smells; the lycopodium powder helps to keep the deodorant gentle on your skin, also acting as a cooling element, alongside the patchouli, to keep you feeling fresh; the sage and patchouli are there for their wonderful aroma and also for their antiseptic and astringent qualities. These latter ingredients have been proven to shrink pores, aiding towards the ultimate goal of decreased sweating!
Much like The Greeench Powdered Deodorant, applying the deodorant proved a little difficult. I tend to pour a little on the tips of my fingers and then rub it immediately under my armpits. However, despite my best efforts, I always end up spilling excess powder on my clothes or floor, so it's a little fiddly to say the least. Furthermore, it left a dark powdery layer on my armpits, which although didn't transfer onto my clothes, did leave me feeling rather conscious; it wouldn't be a product I'd be able to wear with short sleeves.

Unlike a lot of synthetic deodorants available in shops, this one is far more natural, meaning it doesn't block off the sweat glands. Although this is definitely a positive attribute, I was also aware that The Guv' ner wouldn't protect me for as long as other anti-perspirants might have done. This fact became all the more apparent when I found myself sweating profusely at work one day and became paranoid that the sweat would permeate my top and show through. However, the deodorant does act as a great repellent of smells, and despite amassing a fair bit of sweat, I couldn't detect any bad smells coming from my body.

The Guv'ner is probably one of the better smelling deodorants, a subtle blend of vetivert, patchouli, sage and lavender. It is this latter ingredient that comes through the most here, although it's a gentle scent so won't overpower any body lotion or perfume that you wish to apply.

Overall, it's far from being a terrible product; I just don't think it's suited to me. As I said in a previous review, I know I look for Lush for solutions in all of my cosmetic needs, but as of yet, they have yet to convince me that I should move away from my regular bottle of Nivea.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Lycopodium Powder, Magnesium Trisilicate, Water (Aqua), Powdered Charcoal, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Calamine Powder, Lavender Powder, Rose Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Patchouli Powder, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £8 each (85g).

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

17 September 2019

Get Closer Solid Deodorant

When the Lush Oxford Street store first opened some five years ago, the company brought out so many new dusting powders: one of which was called Get Closer. While not strictly advertised as a deodorant, most of Lush's dusting powders are versatile enough that they can be used in this way, and this is perhaps the reason why this solid rendition appeared at the Showcase event last year.

What I will say about this solid deodorant is that it does a good job at replicating the scent of the original dusting powder, which features neroli oil, jasmine absolute and lemon oil. Alongside an extra dosage of jojoba oil, this naked block of deodorant is very close in scent to the wonderful Happy Happy Joy Joy Hair Conditioner and Frozen Bath Bomb, albeit slightly lighter and not as floral-dominated. Instead, imagine HHJJ with a heap of calamine and kaolin powders thrown on top, and you may begin to understand what this exclusive smells like.

On the skin, you can definitely detect the neroli - a light and slightly bitter citrusy aroma that intertwines with the lemon oil and intensifies the fruity element. To compliment this, the jasmine adds its own soulful floral aroma that gives the deodorant a slight sweetness, making it delectable and utterly refreshing on the senses.

Alongside these elements, Get Closer then offers a strong herbal note of calamine, coupled with a dry and slightly earthy note of the kaolin, which I happen to think is perhaps a little more prominent in this format: more so than it is in the dusting powder. Either way, the smell you get is definitely not as clinical as many of Lush's other deodorants but there is still something very clean-smelling about this fragrance that I think works well.

At risk of repeating myself, I was initially worried about the strength of this solid deodorant, as I imagined it would just crumble when I applied even the slightest amount of pressure: it is definitely not as resilient as the likes of Aromaco Solid Deodorant by any means. However, it is fairly straight forward to use and the product comes away really easily on the skin, so you don't need to apply much in the way of pressure at all.

What was great about this deodorant was the fact that it was far easier to apply as a block as opposed to bottled powder. Trying to apply a powder without spilling it all over the place is a rather tricky task. However, when it came to The Get Closer Solid Deodorant, I found that simply massaging it gently under my armpits was enough to get what I wanted out of the product. While my armpit was left slightly dusty afterwards, it certainly didn't cause me any problems and I certainly didn't develop any stains on my clothes from it being this way.

Like most of Lush's dusting powders and deodorants, this one has a great level of absorbency - thanks to the inclusion of the kaolin - so any sweat that develops on your skin across the day will be absorbed fairly quickly and your armpits will be left fairly dry.

As I have stated in other reviews, this deodorant is not an antiperspirant, so it will not prevent you from sweating at all. Instead, it just helps to absorb the sweat so it doesn't have time to go stale and develop an odour, and if you sweat quite profusely at times, reduce the amount of 'damp' that remains on your skin.

After using it for near on a month, I found that Get Closer definitely worked at eradicating smells that may have accumulated throughout the day, and it was very easy to reapply the product whenever I felt like I needed to. In a typical day, I felt I needed to reapply about 5-6 times, although this may just have been my desire to be super clean: you may be able to reduce this number by half and preserve the life of the deodorant for longer. 

However, what I should point out is that this solid deodorant wasn't very effective both before and after the gym. As I work out most days, I really noticed that I would start to smell my sweat a little more prominently if I used this deodorant over my usual Nivea variation. As I have found with some of Lush's deodorants, this solid product is not as effective when you're someone who sweats a great deal or when used during a time when you're perspiring a lot because of physical activity. In these moments, I had to reply on my regular shop-bought variation to see me through my workouts.

Ultimately, this solid deodorant is actually quite effective at what is does and offers a rather lovely floral aroma to boot. I honestly think that I just need to continue using this for a few more months and I should hopefully notice even more changes in the way that my body responds to this.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Cornflour, Magnesium Carbonate, Water (Aqua), Calamine Powder, Kaolin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Neroli Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lycopodium Powder, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Cinnamal. *Farnesol

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £8 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

10 September 2019

Warm Sock Bath Oil

While a bit of an odd reference, there has always been a bit of playful banter surrounding socks between myself and my sister. After watching Shoot 'Em Up years ago, and seeing Clive Owen use a warm sock in replacement of a woolly hat for a tiny baby, I have always thought of socks as being rather cute, despite their obvious lack of character. When I discovered that this Christmas Bath Melt was actually going to be a 'thing', I couldn't help but find comfort in the thought of sharing my bath with a tiny rendition of an item of clothing.

Warm Sock Bath Melt is exactly that: a tiny bundle of essential butters and oils, moulded into a golden-shaped sock. While not something that is going to blow you away with its outer design, this little beauty is the perfect s(t)ocking filler, with it's buttery goodness offering a delectable treat that'll benefit your skin without extending your waist line.

With a wonderful combination of orange and cinnamon leaf oil, this beautiful little product happens to share its scent with the Cinders range, which in my mind is the perfect winter smell for frozen bodies. The warming, fruity note of orange offers a perfect balance of sweetness and citrusy goodness, whilst the cinnamon wraps its spicy arms around this and thickens the aroma like a comforting mug of chai tea.

There is something rather delicate about the scent of this, so although it pertains the same smell as the Fireball Bath Bomb, there is definitely something more wholesome and creamy about the overall fragrance. The fact that Warm Sock has an abundance of cocoa and shea butter, not to mention a gentle nutty shout out with its inclusion of almond oil as well, means that the scent of this is richer and far more decadent than the aforementioned bath bomb. 

This delicacy does mean that the smell of the bath oil isn't as prominent as the bath bomb offers in the water, but then the purpose of this limited edition is different, so you wouldn't exactly assume that it would work in the same way. In fact, I chose to use both the bath bomb and the bath oil together, and found that they both complimented each other, and offered something different at the same time.

In the tub, Warm Sock doesn't take very long to start dissolving into the water. In fact, it was only a matter of seconds before I began to notice a thin film of shimmery oils floating above the melt, and slowly dispersing themselves across the surface of the water. Within 5-10 minutes of placing the bath oil into the water, I found that it had become the size of a raisin, which I then squished between my fingers before indulging in a nice long soak.

What I will say is that by itself, this bath oil will not give you a colourful display to indulge in; neither will it offer you a fragrance strong enough to engulf your entire bathroom. However, the inclusion of the lustre does create a beautiful, pulsating shimmer underneath the surface of the water, which when combined with a colourful bath bomb or bubble bar, looks truly beautiful in the tub.

By itself, the shimmer is still very wonderful to look at, so don't feel that you need to combine it with anything to get a lovely experience. Furthermore, you can definitely smell the warming notes of orange and cinnamon in the tub, although they do tend to get thwarted by the scents of other products you use at the same time. 

After bathing in the waters of Warm Sock, I did notice how smooth and moisturised my skin felt afterwards, especially my hands and the chipped areas around my cuticles. I was also pleased to discover that the lustre didn't decorate my skin or the tub after the water had rinsed away. Having said that, I didn't notice much in the way of a fragrance on my skin afterwards, but then it's rare that a bath oil can leave that much of an impression when it's rather small to begin with.

Overall, this wonderful little bath oil is like a creamy, buttery truffle for the skin, and will definitely appeal to those who appreciate cute little cosmetics. Having said that, I do feel that the price tag is slightly over what I would be willing to pay for such an experience. Perhaps a Cinders-scented massage bar would be a better option for those who wish to experience nourished skin whilst also enjoying the wonderful fragrance on offer.         

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Corn Oil,Titanium Dioxide, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Tin Oxide ,*Cinnamal, Eugenol, *Limonene, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

coming soon!

5 September 2019

Penguin Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

During the colder months of the year, I often find myself gravitating towards the bright, vibrant-coloured bath products, which help to stimulate my psychological understanding that certain colours represent heat and warmth more than others do. To choose a bath bomb that produces a tub full of blue water would probably be one of the last on my list, even if the scent is uplifting and wholesome. 

Yet that's exactly what I did when I decided to use the limited edition Penguin Bomb Bomb for the first time earlier this week. While not exactly what I'd call a complete novelty, this seasonal special does come as two separate bath bombs, so the proviso is that you need to be willing to spend almost £10 on the pair of them if you wish to indulge in them separately, or indeed as one. 

As I have already said in my reviews of the bomb bombs from last year, I can completely understand the consumer demand for products such as this. There is probably a big market for these bath bombs for those looking for a unique (and sometimes adorable) stocking filler. However, it also happens to be quite an investment for someone who doesn't necessarily know whether or not they're really going to enjoy the scent or the experience, that these bath bombs have to offer.

When it comes to Penguin, this little chap offers up a rather subtle smell of orange, and little else. While I would describe the scent as being slightly fruity, delicately powdery, and gently sweet, there is nothing particularly special or outstanding about the fragrance on offer here. This really is a bath bomb for somebody more interested in the 'cuteness' of the penguin, or the vividity of the blue that it creates in the tub. If you're looking for a bath bomb that is going to offer you a strong scent, I would perhaps avoid this one - as the smell disperses pretty quickly, and I wasn't really able to detect much of this bomb bomb when I was in the tub.

Although I used both halves in my bath, I don't think it would necessarily make much of a difference if you only used one of the bombs at a time. In fact, I found that one half of this bomb bomb actually sunk while it was dissolving, and one half floated. This meant that I didn't really get much more of an exciting show from using both pieces at once.

As to be expected, as soon as Penguin hit the water, the bath bombs began to fizz and dissolve immediately - sending out waves of rich, blue colour that painted the water very quickly. Alongside this, little puddles of both white and yellow colour were also formed on the surface, although these dissolved very quickly and didn't leave much of a lasting impression overall. In addition, the abundance of popping candy featured within the bath bomb meant that a loud, crackling orchestra created a wonderful soundtrack to enjoy for a good many minutes whilst the bath bomb was dissolving and beyond that point as well.

What I will say is that the deep shade of blue that this bomb bomb leaves your water is truly stunning. And it is this quality that I believe gives Penguin Bomb Bomb a relevant place within this year's Christmas range. However, the scent of this seasonal special is very average, and it certainly doesn't last a long time past adding these bath bombs to the water. 

Overall, I did find that my skin felt really clean and smooth after exiting the tub, and I didn't need to moisturise heavily afterwards either. However, I wouldn't say that this bath bomb was as nourishing as some of Lush's other bath bombs can be, and I don't feel as if it did anything extra special to improve the condition of my skin. 

If you're looking for a fragrance that will last in the tub, on your skin and beyond, Penguin Bomb Bomb is probably not the bath bomb you'll be wanting to invest in this year. However, if you want to bathe in one of the most beautiful shades of blue, or you just find the bath bomb cute and are not overly worried about the lack of scent, this is one you may wish to try before the year is out.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Brazilian Orange Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 47005:1 Candy Eyes.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £9.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

coming soon!

2 September 2019

Silver Bells Shower Jelly

Sometimes it's nice to shake things up at bit and be faced with a product that doesn't follow any trend, and certainly doesn't sit right with you during the initial few uses. Silver Bells Shower Jelly definitely set me back quite a bit when I first caught a sniff of the brand new seasonal offering, and I cannot say I have quite mastered whether or not I really like it just yet.

As its name suggests, this Christmas special is a silver-coloured jelly that has been carefully crafted to form the shape of a bell. Given the very nature of its design, it does come in a little smaller than the usual 100g shower jellies, and there is something slightly more delicate about this one that I haven't found with the normal jellies.

What I found with Silver Bells is that the base part does tend to 'shred' a little during usage, so you may find that little bits of the jelly fall off during your shower. However, there isn't enough loss to worry about this factor too much, and I would suggest just being a little more gentle with the shower jelly will heed much better results.

On the positive side, this shower jelly is incredibly easy to lather up, and I was most impressed with the amount of fragrant foam that I was able to get from minimal massaging between my palms. When rubbing this across the skin, the shower jelly works magic at cleaning your body and leaving a lasting scent on your skin. In fact, this is perhaps one of the most effective jellies that I have used in a while.

Scent-wise, Silver Bells is definitely an acquired taste. Containing olibanum, lime and orange oils, you might assume that this shower jelly would offer a bright, fruity aroma - like many of the other Christmas goodies available from this year's range. However, the fragrance of this one is supposed to replicate the aroma of the Inhale Perfume Oil, which is an aroma that many might find difficult to adjust to.

To my nose, the smell that greets me from the pot is a fresh, crisp smell, that like for many other people, reminds me of a snowy winter morning out in the forest. The olibanum brings about an almost woody but slightly resinous note, whilst the lime and orange offer a very dry and slightly green-like citrusy note alongside this. I would go ahead and say that there is something delicately herbal about this aroma as well, although I cannot pinpoint exactly where this note might be coming from. 

There is no way that I would describe the smell of this as being at all fruity or warming. It's a very grounded, natural aroma that has a cooling note that you could almost describe as being like the smell of a Galia melon. It's sweet in the way that the aforementioned fruit is, so nothing like any of the citrus smells that the company are offering in multiple other products.

What I will say about Silver Bells is that is works wonderfully as a shower jelly: lathering up with ease and produce super softening foam to massage across your skin. The inclusion of the black sesame seed milk is perhaps what makes it so moisturising, as you can really feel as smooth and shiny it leaves your skin after you've rinsed the suds away. 

Despite it's slightly delicate nature, and the fact that it is minutely smaller than the regular 100g jellies, this product has barely shrunk across the two weeks I have been using it, which makes the price tag seem a little more reasonable than I originally thought.

Ultimately, this is one of those rare products that is either going to inspire you to buy the shop out of tubs before the season is over, or to hold your nose and run a million miles in the opposite direction. It stands out in the Christmas range this year and I feel very privileged that I have had the opportunity to try one out for size. 

I will definitely continue to use this regularly over the winter season. However, I also intend to save it for the summer months so I can appreciate how its cool, crisp nature will refresh my skin after a hot day out in the sun. Silver Bells is a much welcomed new product to the seasonal range this year.

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Black Sesame Seed Milk, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Carrageenan Extract, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, Colour 77499.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

29 August 2019

Fireball Bath Bomb

As part of my healing and transformation, I've recently began to engage in lots of research about the Ayurvedic way of living. In its simplest terms, this ancient lifestyle follows the theory that there are three different energies that a body can harvest, and depending on the one you most associate with, there are certain choices you can make regarding the foods you eat and the way you conduct your life. 

While it's far more complex than that, my research has led me to the understanding that I can relate to the energy Vata. This not only means that I need to eat wholesome, hearty meals to sustain and nourish my body, but that the spices I should be focused on are the more warming varieties. This means that an abundance of cinnamon is considered extremely beneficial to sustain and improve my mood and a natural balance within my body.

On paper, Fireball Bath Bomb appears to be the perfect remedy after a long day of work. Sharing its scent with the Cinders range, this warm, spice collaboration of cinnamon and orange oil make this one of the most Christmasy fragrances available from the range this year. After a rather frosty day at work, I couldn't wait to share the bath tub with this exclusive beauty.

What I will say is that both the orange and the cinnamon work in perfect unison, with neither one of them stealing the limelight over the other. The former ingredients brings about a warm, fruity note to the mix; whilst the latter adds a little spice to bring back the feeling in those frozen toes. Although not as complex as Cinders Shower Gel from last year's range, this bath bomb is extremely beautiful and a perfect balance of warmth and spice.

Making its debut in the 2019 Christmas range, this bath bomb is simply adorable to look at, and reminds me a little of the classic Mario game I used to play when I was a child. Not only do the vivid shades of yellow, orange and red make it stand out in the rather comprehensive collection this year, but the smell itself is exactly on par with the original Cinder Bath Bomb, which happened to be available during the very first Christmas that I got into Lush. This only served to intensify how excited I was about using this for the first time in the bath.

While a little smaller than the average sized bath bomb, Fireball does exactly as you would expect it to do. Upon contact with the water, the array of fiery colours shoots out across the surface of the tub, as the crackle of the popping candy can be heard alongside this. As the yellows and oranges and reds bubble and swirl around the water, a wonderful shade of orange begins to form underneath - which ultimately represents the colour you are left with. 

Although a little on the smaller side than other bath bombs (but not by much) this bath bomb performed for just as long as a regular version would - probably lasting close to a little under two minutes before it simmered away to nothing. Having said that, the wonderful fragrance didn't dissipate much at all, and I was able to smell the wonderful warming smell of cinnamon and orange throughout the whole experience. 

What I will say is that I wasn't then able to smell the product on my skin once I had towelled myself down. However, what it lacked in lasting smell, it more than made up for in how it left the condition of my skin. As I tend to take less baths now than I once did, I really notice when a bath bomb moisturises my skin more than most, and Fireball certainly did this: leaving my body feeling really soft and smooth to the touch.

As a word of warning, I should point out that there may be a small chance that the bath bomb will stain your tub, but this is only if you allow the water to drain away and forget to give the bath a little rinse down afterwards. I found that some of the yellow colour remained on the base of my tub afterwards, and had I not noticed it, would probably have left a lasting mark for me to scrub the following day. However, a quick rinse and wipe down afterwards and it wasn't a problem at all. 

Overall, this is a wonderful release from Lush and definitely a step up from the already beautiful Cinders, which still holds a place in my heart to this day. This is definitely one you should invest in if you're looking for warming smells, and I can only hope that I manage to get my hands on another one or two before the season is out. This will definitely ignite the fire after a day braving the cold.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Almond Essential Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Zeolite Clay, Popping Candy, Water (Aqua), Cream of Tartar, Mustard Powder, Cornstarch, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005:1, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 14700, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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