31 January 2019

Goddess Liquid Perfume

I remember when I first discovered Zen Soap at the bottom of my Oxford Street Haul, how excited I was about the brand new fragrance that greeted my nose. As a huge fan of patchouli aromas, the soap left a lasting impression on me and I couldn't wait to see what else Lush would bring out with the same scent. 

Fast forward almost five years and the Goddess Bath Bomb appeared on the scene like a hurricane - promising the same aroma but in a brand new format. While I appreciate the premise, I wasn't as bowled over with the fragrance as I had been with the original soap, and I certainly wasn't left as excited as I had been when it came to Zen. 

When the Goddess Liquid Perfume finally made its way to me, I honestly didn't know what to expect, and I'll be honest and say that it took me three weeks of travelling around India with my little bottle to truly appreciate what the perfume had to offer. While I'm still not completely bowled over by this release, I can definitely appreciate it a lot more than I did when I first gave it a sniff. 

What I will say is that this may not be a smell that you appreciate to begin with. From the bottle, Goddess is far from the fairly light and tame aroma that the bath bomb has to offer, and instead feeds your nose with a very strong, dark, woody aroma. The oudh oil is thick and resinous on the surface, combining with the sandalwood to create a strong, wholesome note of woodiness. In addition, there is almost a slight earthiness to the perfume as well, that saturates the smell and adds a thick note to the initial spray.

Given time, these key components settle down on the skin, and that's when you can begin to appreciate the other notes that are present. The rose oil and jasmine absolute brings a delicate natural sweetness, that takes some of the initial sting away from the oudh oil; the osmanthus adds a subtle fruitiness that adds a much needed uplift and helps to elevate the other notes a little more.

What I will say about this fragrance is that it is both exotic and alluring, and definitely not a delicate perfume in the slightest. A Goddess exerts dominance and strength to give her such a title, and this perfume does just that. If you want something pretty and simple, this is not the perfume for you as Goddess makes a statement for anyone choosing to wear it.

Having said that, I did find that the fragrance didn't last as long as I expected that it would, and I was no longer able to detect it on my own skin after a couple of hours of wear. However, I was able to prolong the life of this perfume a little by spraying it directly onto my clothes, where I could still smell remnants of it after a full working day.

While not a favourite perfume of mine, I do really appreciate how unique and interesting the smell of Goddess is. It's definitely a smell that will evoke a reaction of some kind, whether that be negative or positive, and the strength and depth of the key notes here only serve to empower all who choose to wear this - in true Goddess form.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol Perfume, *Linalool, *Limonene, Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oudh Oil, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £45 for 30ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

30 January 2019

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb

Maybe a bold statement to make but this is quite easily the greatest bath bomb design that Lush have ever created. More like a piece of art than a ball of sodium bicarbonate, all three of the limited edition Mother's Day products are simply stunning to look at, and if they're not brought back at a later date, Lush are doing their costumers a disservice.

Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb is one of three brand new bath bombs released in this shape for the seasonal range, and is perhaps my favourite when it comes to the colour combination. Blue, purple and pink speckles and splashes decorate the entire body of the butterfly, and no two bath bombs look alike, making these limited editions even more spectacular. 

Containing lemon and rose oils, my immediate reaction was to assume that this bath bomb would offer the Rose Jam scent, as I recognise just how popular this fragrance is across the Lush community. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this is a different aroma: one that isn't so far-removed from Rose Jam, but one that at least offers something a little different.

Far muskier, and equally a little more subtle with its helping of rose, this bath bomb showcases a very gentle, powdery floral aroma - one that has less lemon present overall. Fans who enjoy the Rose Jam fragrance will definitely find this one is to their liking. Yet those consumers who aren't so sure about this popular scent family, may also find that they can appreciate the smell of this bath bomb a little more than usual. While I don't think the word 'creamy' is the word I'm trying to think of when describing the smell of this, there is definitely something a little more warming and rounded about the smell of this.

As to be expected, the bath bomb colours the water a beautifully rich shade of violet, while the inclusion of a little silver lustre adds a sparkle to the water and that makes it even more beautiful. While a slow and rather quiet fizzer, there is nothing reserved about the swirls of colourful patterns that Rose Butterfly creates across the surface of the water.

What I did find with Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb is that it wasn't as instantly moisturising as some of the other bombs from this year's Mother's Day range. It took a good while for my skin to start feeling moisturised whilst I was in the tub. That's not to say that this product was in any way drying, just that it's not as quick to nourish your skin as some of the other bath bombs are. 

Having said that, my skin did feel clear and clean after I had bathed for a good hour in its waters, and there was a delicate shine to my skin that I very much appreciated.

Despite this, I didn't find that the scent was a strong as I would have liked it to be in the water. Perhaps the very nature of the fragrance meant that it was never going to be a smell that resonated outside of the tub. However, I was a little disappointed to find that I didn't smell much on my skin after I had dried myself down, and I still felt the need to moisturise afterwards, so any remaining scent would have been lost after this. 

Overall, Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb is a stunning innovation from Lush, and I only hope its the start of much more beautiful bath bombs in different shapes. The design and the smell are simply gorgeous, and the bath art in the water is definitely worth the price tag that you pay for this. Once this disappears after Mother's Day, I only hope it makes a reappearance again in the future.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Water (Aqua), Titanium Dioxide, Cream of Tartar, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

29 January 2019

Bunny Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Last Christmas, three brand new bath bombs made an appearance that caused a bit of a stir amongst the community when they first arrived. Snowman, Princess and Santa Bomb Bombs caused a mild annoyance for some fans, because of the fact that the novelty 'two bath bomb design' meant that the only way you could try these three limited editions out, was if you paid the hefty £9.95 for the privilege of doing so. While many consumers often buy multiples of their favourite seasonal releases, those who have a tight budget were unable to justify spending so much on a bath bomb that they may not particularly enjoy twice.

This year's Easter range sees two more of these concepts being unleashed into the world, which suggest that perhaps the aforementioned three Christmas ones didn't sell too badly after all. Bunny Bomb Bomb is a brand new 'double' bath bomb that has, as the name clearly reveals, been shaped into a bright pink rabbit, with a couple of candy eyes to bring it to life. While not the cutest bunny I have ever come across, animal fans will no doubt love the chance to bathe with, what I would describe as being, a fragrant Roger Rabbit.

Sharing its scent with the Honey I Washed The Kids range, this bath bomb is definitely a sweet and decadent addition to your bath tub. Offering a warm, rounded note of honey, wrapped in a bouquet of orange oil, Bunny Bomb Bomb smells like something you'd want to eat. Alongside this, it has an almost toffee-like note to it, as well as there being a delicate musky scent that finishes it off.  

Although the HIWTK fragrance is noticeably a little more subtle in this format, the recognised key notes that make this scent family so special are definitely still there, and fans of other products with the same smell will no doubt appreciate this release very much. In fact, while one of my favourite bath bombs, I have sometimes found the aroma of Shoot For The Stars to be a little too overwhelming for my liking, so this offers me the same experience but at a more delicate level. 

As it comes in two pieces, it's recommended that you use each bath bomb in a separate bath, especially if you're trying to conserve your Lush products. Each bomb will offer you a wonderful display of pink in the bath tub, and the HIWTK scent will linger in and around your bathroom for the most part of the bath. What's also awesome about this bath bomb is that the fragrance stays on your skin and your hair, long after you towel yourself down.

In the bath, Bunny Bomb Bomb is a very fast fizzer - turning your water into a haven of pastel pink within a matter of seconds. The fact that this limited edition also contains a shed load of popping candy also means that a gentle soundtrack of crackling accompanies you throughout your experience. I found that this helped me to feel more relaxed, and I appreciated the little extra touch that Lush went to with this one. 

While the bombs tended to sink fairly quickly, in my experience, the fragrance and silky soft water meant that I left the bath feeling and smelling simply wonderful afterwards. My hands and face felt like velvet, and the rest of my body looked far healthier than it had done so beforehand. Although I'd have perhaps preferred the choice of buying a single bomb, this seasonal special is definitely a great choice for those who want to top up their Honey I Washed The Kids collection.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Ho Wood Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Citronellol, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Candy Eye.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £9.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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25 January 2019

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

There is something so beautiful about the colour blue in a bath tub. Like the sky on a clear blue day, this shade of colour inspires a feeling of calmness and freedom unlike any other that I've ever experienced. Matched with a light and sensual fragrance, this combination threatens to take you to heights that you've never experienced before in the tub, but it's very rare that all of these elements are ever present together to create that sort of climax.

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb may very well be one of only a handful of bath bombs to ever hit the spot in the way I described above. Not only was the bath bomb a stunning pastel blue - which then served to create a similar shade of colour in the water, but the fragrance that went alongside it was equally as beautiful in every way.

While not scent I originally recognised, I came to understand that the premise behind this Mother's Day special was that it was supposed to smell like the classic Figs And Leaves Soap. Once a regular soap in my house hold, I could recognise that both products contained the orange flower absolute and the ylang ylang that would suggest they would share the same fragrance. However, I think the inclusion of the chamomile powder gives it a very different note, and I wouldn't say it's a particular good replica, if you're a fan of the soap.

That's not to say this bath bomb isn't stunning though as the smell that greets you immediately is a fresh, uplifting and very beautiful floral aroma. The orange flower absolute is naturally sweet and very strong, yet delicate at the same time: there is nothing overwhelming about the smell of this at all. Alongside this, the inclusion of the chamomile powder creates a rich and slightly powdery herbal smell - one that grounds the other components while also thickening the layers present. 

In a way, Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb reminds me a little bit of Dad's Garden Chamomile And Honeysuckle Liquid Perfume, albeit with an extra helping of chamomile and without the sultry layer of jasmine underneath. While not all that alike, there are similarities that may help you to decide whether or not this may be a fragrance that you'd appreciate or not. 

In the water, this bath bomb spreads its arms across the surface, creating wave after wave of rich pastel blue colour to indulge in. Once fully dissolved, the tub offers that of a blue lagoon that you want to submerge yourself beneath: not to resurface until you feel like you have well and truly escaped the cloying hands of modern day responsibilities.

What I really appreciated about Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb was that the scent lingered for so long in the tub - reaching out across my bathroom and into my hallway, so that I could still smell it for a long time after I exited the tub. The fact that I could also smell remnants on both my hair and my body afterwards only served to make me appreciate how wonderful this limited edition really was.

While the bath bomb wasn't the most moisturising experience I have ever indulged in, my skin did look and feel rather soft and clean after towelling myself down, and I was able to fall asleep rather quickly after using one of these, which was an added bonus.

Ultimately, this is a bath bomb that I feel should be made a permanent feature of Lush's range. The fragrance is beautiful and very versatile: appealing to a large array of tastebuds; the colour of the water is super relaxing and definitely one of my favourite shades to bathe in; and the aroma leaves a lasting impression on both yourself and the setting around you.

Whether you're buying for yourself, or for a loved one, this is a great way of showing them how much you care in the form of an experience that they will cherish for a long time. Whether you write a personalised message on the scroll before presenting the gift, or leave it blank as you're using it yourself, the results will well and truly inspire you to buy another one before the season is out. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water (Aqua), Chamomile Powder, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

23 January 2019

Iris Flower Bath Bomb

There are probably not many Lush fans that saw this brand new bath bomb and didn't think of Sex Bomb, at least for a few seconds. The fact that the fragrance was also a little remnant of the classic bath bomb at first, didn't initially give this Mother's Day release much of a chance to branch out on it's own to begin with. However, it only took a matter of seconds for me to realise that the scent of this was more interesting, and definitely far more beautiful than the aforementioned bath bomb could ever be.

Iris Flower is one of four limited edition bath bombs featured in this year's Mother's Day range, that have been inspired and based upon a single floral component. While Marigold, Chamomile and Jasmine were pretty self explanatory in their titles, Iris Flower appeared as a bit of a mystery to me: if only because I wasn't at all familiar with the fragrance of the flower in question. 

Having said that, it didn't take any more than my initial sniff to realise that this was easily my favourite out of the lot. Don't get me wrong: all four of the Mother's Day exclusives are beautiful in their own way. However, there is something rich and sultry about the smell of this one that makes me want to bathe in its waters time and time again.

Not only is this one of the strongest bath bombs that Lush have released across the entire Mother's Day and Easter ranges, Iris Flower sports a wonderful combination of floral and sweet that wraps around your senses like a much-needed summer hug. Iris root offers a beautifully rich and powdery floral aroma, while the neroli adds a delicate sweetness that smells natural and very comforting.

Although the fruity note of the lime is present underneath from the get-go, this component intensifies somewhat in the what and offers another warming layer that only serves to warm your heart from the inside out. Imagine scents such as Rose Jam and Tender Is The Night: fragrances that have been combined both the playfully sweet, and the naturally fresh floral components, and you may begin to get a sense of just how beautiful this particular bath bomb actually is.

As expected, this bath bomb fizzes fairly quickly on the surface of the water: sending out waves of bubbly pink to taint the colour of the water with. While fairly quiet in the tub, I found it rather entertaining that Iris Flower tends to whizz around the tub with super speed. In fact, it's been a long time since I've seen a bath bomb move around quite so much as I did with this one.

Once fully dissolved, the water is predictably a shade of pastel pink, and the piece of card tucked into the top of the bath bomb is left to float across the surface as a form of decoration. Consumers who buy this bath bomb as a gift can choose to personalise someone's experience by writing a short message on the yellow scroll of paper before presenting it to them. Or fans, such as myself, can opt to leave it blank and remove it before adding the bath bomb to the water.

My only qualms with this limited edition was that I found the fragrance didn't stick around for too long in the water, and I found that it had completely dissipated within the first twenty minutes of being in the tub. Furthermore, there was no trace of the scent on my skin afterwards, which would have rounded off my experience nicely if there had have been.

Overall, Iris Flower Bath Bomb is definitely one that I'd recommend that you try before it disappears, possibly for good. While consumers who aren't particularly fond of floral scents may try to steer away from investing in this one, I will say that it definitely sports a more modern scent than some of the other limited edition Mother's Day bombs this year. While a brand new scent to come from the company, fans of Tender Is The Night might appreciate the sweetness of this one quite a lot, and I only hope a perfume makes itself known in the future.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Persian Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Orris Root Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Dipropylene, Glycol Propylene, Glycol Sodium, Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Citral, Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77742, Colour 77007, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

22 January 2019

Marigold Flower Bath Bomb

Over the last year, I have found it increasingly difficult to keep up with all of the new products that Lush have been releasing. Part of this is because the company have been going well and truly overboard with the number of exclusive items that keep appearing online and in selected stores: bringing out new limited editions on what seems like a weekly basis. The other reason for my lack of proficiency is because I have been taking time to work on both my mental health and my ambitions to travel.

It was for all of these very reasons reasons that it took me actually using the Marigold Flower Bath Bomb in the tub to realise that the fragrance was not only familiar to me, but was a creation that I’d been asking for for years. 

Sharing its scent with Iced Wine Shower Jelly, this beautiful bath bomb is a brand new addition to the Mothers’ Day range this year. Containing bergamot, buchu and grapefruit oils, laced with a thread of marigold powder underneath, this gorgeous exclusive offers a warm, fruity smell with a gentle floral remnant alongside this.

To my nose, the fragrance of this bath bomb reminds me very much of freshly white grape juice combined with a subtle sultry note from the buchu to round off the fruity element. Unlike the aforementioned shower jelly, this bath bomb is definitely not as spritzy, as light, or as sweet: the gentle muskiness of the format itself, as well as the natural sweetness of the marigold powder, definitely changes the dynamics of this scent, and enhances it as well. However, that’s not to say that you can’t distinctively recognise the Iced Wine aroma present before and during use: it's just a little different in this bath bomb. 

As someone who loves the fragrance of Iced Wine, I happen to love this variation very much. Those that perhaps find the shower jelly a little too simplistic for their tastebuds, might find that this bath bomb will inspire you to appreciate the scent a little more. 

In the water, Marigold Flower Bath Bomb begins to fizz right away: sending waves of bright yellow and orange colour across the surface of the water. While there doesn’t appear to be any soya milk in the ingredients list, the bath bomb left little bubbles of colour that created a blanket of moisture on the surface, and the water was silky smooth against my skin throughout my whole experience.

What is also special about this limited edition, along with a few of the other bombs from this year’s range, is that at the top Lush have included a little scroll of blank card in which you can write a short message to a loved one. This only serves to make the whole experience a little more personal, unless like myself you only buy bath bombs for yourself - in which case the piece of card will probably get unused.

Once the bath bomb has fully dissolved, you’re left with a gentle, yellow-coloured water that continues to moisturise the entire time you are in the tub. While not the greatest colour to be bathing in, I was surprised and very impressed to find that I could detect the scent of this throughout my whole experience, although I will say that it definitely wasn't as strong as I would have liked it to have been.

Furthermore, I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the fragrance of this lingered for a significant amount of time on my hair afterwards, although I wasn't really able to detect it on my skin. This only served to convince me that Lush need to bring out a body lotion in this particular aroma, and I hope this isn't the last of new products being released in this scent.

Beautiful in design; in colour; and in fragrance, Marigold Flower is very much like Lush have been able to capture a little dosage of summer and mould it into a bath bomb. I will definitely be buying a few more of these before the seasonal is finished, and I only hope that this is not the last appearance of this bath bomb.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Marigold Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol Sodium, Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Geraniol, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45350.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

21 January 2019

Strawberry Hill Shower Bomb

It wasn't too long ago that the words 'shower bomb' would have incited a reaction of mild confusion from many Lush fans across the globe. Now these miniature blocks of bicarbonate are as regular as they come: cropping up in almost all of the seasonal ranges this year, and exploding in number with the recent opening of the Lush Liverpool store. 

Strawberry Hill Shower Bomb comes as part of this year's Mothers' Day range: a product small in size but large in statute. Sharing its scent with my favourite Lush fragrance, Yummy Mummy, this limited edition is definitely one that I'd like to see sit more permanently on the shelves. While not a huge fans of shower bombs in general, this is probably my favourite because of both its smell and how it performed in the shower. 

For those unfamiliar with the concept of a shower bomb, the idea is that you wet this under the running water of the shower and then massage it across your skin. The bath bomb-inspired ingredients mean that Strawberry Hill reacts to the water hitting it and produces a foam that you can then use to clean yourself with.

What makes the shower bombs interesting is that the consistency of the foam is usually slightly scratchy, so you get a gentle exfoliation at the same time you are cleaning your skin. In fact, my skin did feel really crisp and clean after using this, and I was pleased to find that the scent lingered on my skin for a good hour after towelling myself down.

The fact that this particular limited edition featured both soya milk and rose absolute, meant that my skin not only felt rather soft after rinsing away the foam, but the many mosquito bites I had acquired during my trip to India appeared instantly calmer and less red on the surface, and I found that they were less itchy afterwards as well.

Scent wise, Strawberry Hill replicates the Yummy Mummy scent really well: offering a wonderful powdery vanilla and strawberry scent, with a delicate layer of floral underneath to pad the aroma out. As the usual tonka has been replaced by vanilla instead, I do think the musky element of the fragrance is not as prominent as it is in the likes of the shower cream. However, the rich and creamy fruity element that many fans love in the Roller Bath Bomb format, is still very much still present.

Having said that, one of the main issues I have with Lush's shower bombs is that they're designed as single use items, and they're usually only good for one or two experiences at a push. While £2.75 isn't a far stretch by any means, it still works out more expensive than using a shower gel or jelly, and this will put many fans off trying it because of this reason alone. 

Yet despite this, the fact that you're getting an exfoliation out of it at the same time does warrant some of the extra price tag. And the fact that it happens to be a limited edition release means that many people will purchase one simply to say that they've tried it for themselves.

Ultimately, the fact that a Yummy Mummy scented shower bomb even exists is good enough to know that the company are including more products in my favourite fragrance family. As far as shower bombs go, this one does exactly what it's designed to do: cleans the skin; gently exfoliates; and leaves a gentle scent on your body afterwards.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Lactate, Gluconate Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Soybean Flour, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Fresh Strawberry Puree, Water (Aqua), Benzyl Alcohol, *Eugenol Hexyl Cinnamal, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £2.75 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2019.