Sunday, 5 June 2016

Lush Superdad Bath Bomb Review

Good evening, dear readers!

Today I have another Lush product to review from the Father's Day 2016 lineup (which was kindly sent to me for review!).

This is for Superdad, a bath bomb that retails at $7.95 Can. for 150g..


From Lush:
"For real-life heroes
Not all superheroes wear capes—in fact, some of them prefer to hop in the tub to recharge their superpowers! Superdad’s sandalwood and olibanum oils release a woody, earthy scent the moment you drop it in the water. This subtly smoky-sweet aroma fills your bathroom, creating the perfect sanctuary for unwinding and relaxing. Pop this bomb into your bath water and lie back as its bright colors fizz and swirl around you, then emerge ready to take on the world." - Lush.ca



Here are the ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Fragrance , Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill) , Guaiacwood Oil (Bulnesia Sarmientoi) , Olibanum Oil (Boswella Carterii) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine , *Limonene , *Linalool , Coumarin , Hydroxycitronellal , Lilial , Rosie Red Lustre (Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7) , Corn Starch (Zea Mays) , Blue 1 Lake , Blue 1 , Red 4 , Yellow 10 . *Occurs naturally in essential oils




This bathbomb is nice!!  The fragrance (to me) is much lovelier once it's in the bath water, releasing more of the woody notes and it is earthy and relaxing.  I do like some woodsy earthy scents but I can be particular about them.  I wasn't as keen on the fragrance of this when it was dry (a part of that was probably because I kept the bath bomb in my bedroom for an evening and it's fragrance got a bit overwhelming to me after smelling it for a while) but in the water I enjoyed it much more!!  I also find it has a moderate throw so it isn't a quiet fragrance.  It's not super loud (it seems strange to me to describe a scent as I would a sound) but it's definitely noticeable.  However, I didn't notice it on my skin much after the bath.


(Right after I put it in the water, and it's upside-down here.  The lighting in the bathroom is more yellow and the tub we have is a cream colour, so the water looks kind of pink here even though it was clear.)



 Zoom!  It looks like an alien creature moving across the surface.


 The, uhh, only big unfortunate thing about this bath bomb is the middle part where the yellow and red portions start to dissolve and it looks particularly unsavory to me... but the blue part is lovely!! :D




I can't remember if this was still upside down at the beginning or if this was after the red and yellow portions dissolved.


Here was at around 5 minutes or so.


Here was at around 15 or so minutes of the bath bomb being in the tub (please excuse the nail polish!)


The water turned almost the same colour as Lush's Whoosh shower jelly, maybe a tad bit lighter.  I don't have photos of the water after the product fully dissolved, but it was a lovely colour and the water was more pigmented than I had expected.

One of the most surprising things to me about this product was the fact that in the slightly warm bathwater I used (not hot but not cold), it took around 15-20ish minutes (easily!!) for the entire bath bomb to dissolve!  That's unheard of to me.  I don't know if I've ever used a bath bomb that lasted that long and I didn't know any could last that long!  I wonder if the water temperature played a part in it, but it was quite the surprise!

This was a really nice product to use.  It made the water very smooth and soft to the touch and the fragrance blossomed once it was dissolving into the water.  I definitely think this could be broken into two pieces and used for two baths.  It was also raining today where I am, and I think this is a really lovely bath bomb to use for a rainy (literally!) day.  It definitely added to that calm feeling that I find rain gives me.

I'm glad that I was able to use this product!  If you get a chance to try this out, please feel free to let me know your thoughts on it in the comments below! : D

Have a wonderful and relaxing evening!

-Ashley



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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Lush Father's Day Collection

Good evening, dear readers!

Wow, it's been a long time since I've been on here.  A lot has been going on in my life lately and I have been focusing on other people and things than my blog.  I think I will get back into blogging some more later this year. :D

What brings me here this evening is that I was recently told about the Father's Day collection from Lush and was asked if I would like to sample something from the line.

YEEEEES PLEASE!  It's Lush, and if you have seen some of my previous posts in my blog you can probably tell that I've been a big fan of their products!

I also am a fan of woodsy, herbal, and citrus scents (especially orange!), and this line seems to focus on those.

As of right now there are 6 products in this line and three gift sets:



I was sent some Thanks Dad soap, a Modfather bubble bar and a Superdad bath bomb.



The Modfather bubble bar, which is ADORABLE!!  This retails at $5.95 Can. for 100 g..




According to Lush.ca:

"Just for Dad

This refreshing Brazilian orange oil bubbler is for the snappiest of dressers and the most discerning of bathers. With its bright colors and citrusy scent, The Modfather will revive the senses of hardworking Dads and give them a reason to relax. Crumble under running water for luxuriously fragrant bubbles, silky water and a fresh scent to perk up your mood. We suggest picking up two: one for Dad and one for you!" - Lush.ca


Here are the ingredients:

Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine , Corn Starch (Zea Mays) , Fragrance , Brazilian Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , *Limonene , Titanium Dioxide , Blue 1 Lake , Blue 1 , Red 4 . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

This smells really really good!  I find the Brightside bubble bar to have more of a candy-like orange fragrance (or more like vitamin c tablets, which my sister described the scent as and I agree with her), where I find this has a very fresh and ripe real orange fragrance.  (The Brightside uses bergamot, tangerine and mandarin oils where the Modfather uses brazilian orange oil and that's probably why there is that difference.)


I used 1/2 of the bar and I find it is perfectly sized for 2 baths.

Here's how much I used:



The water had that softer feel to it that I find happens when using Lush bubble bars, and while there was a lovely fragrance in the bathroom it was in no way overwhelming and I didn't find my skin to be very scented after using the bubble bar and the Thanks Dad soap together.

Here's the bath at around half full to show the colour that it would probably be at full if I had used the whole bar:


I agitate the water when I fill up the tub to produce more bubbles (I usually fill a milk jug type container with the water and pour it back into the tub repeatedly while it's filling up from the tap):




And I think this is how the colour turned out after finishing filling the tub:


It was such a lovely colour and it made a nice amount of bubbles!  I found they did dissipate pretty fast but that's okay.  It would be great if this was a product that could return in subsequent Father's Day collections because it is a really pleasant and lovely bubble bar.

Thanks Dad Soap


This retails for $5.95 Cad. for 120 g..

According to Lush.ca:

"Hip to be square

If this soap was a Dad, it would probably tell you: “You might not want to be seen with me; I’m pretty square.” Then you’d roll your eyes, because come on, dad jokes. Thankfully, this playful soap is one you’ll want to be seen with everywhere! Citrusy Brazilian orange oil and fresh orange make quick work of cleansing the skin, while softening coconut oil swoops in to add a touch of moisture."

Here are the ingredients:

Glycerine , Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera) , Water (Aqua) , Fresh Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) , Sorbitol , Fragrance , Brazilian Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , *Limonene , Sodium Stearate , Sodium Chloride , Titanium Dioxide , EDTA , Tetrasodium Editronate , Sodium Hydroxide , Yellow 8 , Red 4 , Red 33 .

This smells like orange juice!  It smells so delicious!!  It also doesn't dry out my skin very much which several soaps I've tried before can.  However I find that when using it without a washcloth or loofah (I haven't tried it with those), it almost completely did not lather for me at all!  Which was very surprising.  I've found that several Lush soaps I've tried don't lather as much as other brands like Dove or Ivory, but this one reaaaaally didn't lather much for me (I was questioning if it could at all).

It's a strange sensation using a bar of soap which doesn't lather and it felt like I was cleaning my skin with orange juice.  However it smells really, really good!



My sister could smell the scent of the bubble bar and the soap in the hallway afterwards and complimented it.  Both the soap and the bubble bar pair well together with their delicious orange goodness.

The bar kind of reminds me of the Honey I Washed the Kids soap with the translucent top layer (and both the top layer of this soap and HIWTK tends to separate from the bottom layer after several uses) and the opaque bottom layer.  With flash on the camera you can see more of the clarity of the top:



I'm glad that Lush has Father's Day products and I really enjoy the orange fragrances.  I find orange to be a very uplifting and refreshing scent.  I'm really glad that I was able to try these new products!

I haven't tried the bath bomb yet, but there will be another review up for that probably tomorrow!

Have a wonderful evening and thank you Lush for this lovely opportunity!!  That orange fragrance... yaaaay!

-Ashley

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Lush Stardust Review

Good afternoon, dear readers!

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! :D

Today I have a review of Lush's Stardust bath bomb to share with you.  This was kindly sent for review, and while there were several reasons for me not to have this review up before Christmas, I'm glad that I am able to post it today.



According to Lush.ca:

"Star of wonder
Follow this star all the way to the bathroom; it will bear exotic gifts of fair trade Ugandan vanilla from the Mountains of the Moon and precious, intoxicating rosewood. A twinkly dip in its starlit waters gives a bergamot-powered boost to the mind and body - ideal for a little post-party recovery." - Lush.ca




Here is the list of ingredients:
Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Fine Sea Salt , Corn Starch (Zea Mays) , Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide) , Titanium Dioxide , Fragrance , Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora) , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Water (Aqua) , *Limonene , *Linalool , Blue 1 , Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose , PEG 400 , Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose , Iron Oxides , Ultramarines , Mica , Yellow 5 , Propylene Glycol , Yellow 6 , Red 40 . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

I expected this to be matte white when I first saw it online but it is shimmery white.


This made for a really lovely bath!!  The first scent I got was vanilla, then I noticed undertones of another fragrance, which may have been the mix of rosewood and bergamot.  I wouldn't have guessed it was bergamot, as the combination of scents melded together to make it more unrecognizable to me.

The colour of the bath was so lovely!!



At one point the bath bomb separated into two pieces and then they both dissolved.  It was a quick dissolving bath bomb, probably within 2 minutes it was gone.



The water reminded me of a lighter glacial lake, and the shimmery silver lustre was so beautiful!  I think it was more deeper in colour than shown here, it didn't show the colour as well as I would have liked in the photos.  Also there was some more blue that had settled at the bottom of the bath and it tinted the water more after I mixed it around.




What surprised me were the little stars that appeared after the bath bomb dissolved!  I really hadn't been expecting them, and they came in a range of colours.




My camera was having some problems where it kept going blurry, so I'm glad I was able to at least get these photos.

I scooped out some stars to take a photo to show the different colours of them I found, but because they dissolve they were blob shaped when I took the photo. XD

I really liked that some of them had lustre in them, and the light, icy blue stars were my favourite.  If you smeared them up against your skin they would leave some lustre there (but the weird thing is, it was oily and it wouldn't rub off in the bath just using my hands, so afterwards I towelled the lustre off and it rolled up into little pieces (either that or I rubbed too hard and rubbed off some skin by accident)).

There were also some tiny white balls that were floating in the water, but I was unable to get a photo of them.

The stars were scented as well, but I didn't get the initial vanilla fragrance I got with the entire bath bomb.


This was quite a lovely experience and I was so glad to be able to try this out!  Sadly my review was put up late and I don't know if these are in stock anymore (Lush has had their Christmas buy one get one free sale and the last time I checked the Canadian website, most of the Christmas stock was gone and I just checked the website again and it was sold out), but if you get the chance to pick one up and want to try it, I would definitely recommend it!  I think some store locations might still have some, but I would suggest calling first to make sure.  They retailed for $5.25 Cad. for 90 g..

Have a wonderful day and I hope that you have had a great holiday season and a wonderful start to 2016!

-Ashley
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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Lush Salt and Peppermint Bark Review

Good evening, dear readers!

Today I have another Christmas Lush product review (which was kindly sent to me).  This is of the Salt and Peppermint Bark shower scrub.


According to Lush.ca:

"Star-spangled scrubbing
Bark's now here, the angels sing! Sea salt will give soft, scrubbed skin. In tempting bark you should confide. Peppermint oil is packed inside! This take on a traditional American treat is packed full of fair trade organic cocoa and cupuaƧu butter to deliver star-spangled softening and scrubbing to your skin! It's made to soften with a delicious scent."

This smells REALLY GOOD!!!  I like mint, but this... this smells delicious!  It smells like minty candy.

It retails at $9.95 Can. for 130 g..

Here are the ingredients:

Fine Sea Salt , Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacao) , Sodium Bicarbonate , Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Fragrance , Lauryl Betaine , Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) , Rosie Red Lustre (Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7) , Apple Green Lustre (Yellow 5, Blue 1) . *Occurs naturally in essential oils



I don't use scrubs often for several reasons (not liking the fact that scrubs can cause micro-tears in the skin*, having sensitive skin, they can hurt, etc..) but I was really glad to try this one!

Despite containing cocoa and cupuacu butters, this doesn't leave a lot of film on the skin after use.  It seems almost water soluble, and that really surprised me considering the ingredients.  I'm used to more of a oily skin feel after using things like Lush's Buffy bar (a solid body butter scrub bar) and their King of Skin (a solid body butter bar).

I've used Sugar Scrub before and that left more oils on the skin as well.  I think Salt and Peppermint Bark could be a decent option for those who hate the feeling of products sitting on the skin but still want something softening.

This gives a cooling sensation on the skin while using it, and it feels that way a bit after use as well.

This scented my skin for a little while after use and I was happy about that, as it has an uplifting and delicious mint candy scent and I really like it.

I would suggest not holding this under running water as it will start disintegrating. (On that note I'd also like to suggest storing it after use in a way that lets air get to it, as if it is stored with a puddle under it the bottom of the product will start dissolving.  If you want to keep it in a Lush tin, flipping it after one side is dry would probably help a lot and or storing it so it is leaning against the side of the tin in a / way could help, along with keeping the lid off.)


The second time I used this on my arms I had weird red bumps but I don't know if they were caused by my scrubbing roughly, from being irritated, or from another product I used.  I didn't notice the bumps the first time I used it, but I also had a warm bath the second time and scrubbed the scrub harder on my skin so that could have maybe caused the bumps.  I had also used a mask on my arms earlier which also could have been the cause of the bumps, or maybe it was just a combination of several things.  I wanted to mention it just in case.  I read a review I think on Lush.ca or .com where someone said that they used this on their keratosis pilaris and it ended up causing a burning feeling, so if you have sensitive skin and try this out, I would suggest giving it a patch test instead of slathering it all over the arms/legs right away.

I did scrub a lot harder with it on my arms the second or third time using it to the point of it hurting, so I would suggest maybe being a bit less aggressive with it if you have sensitive skin (which I do... whoops!).  Also I find with products like this, the first impression of how scrubby it is may not be the same after multiple uses, as in this case there was more coarse salt the further the bar wore down and it got scrubbier.

I really do like this product, and I am so glad that I got the chance to try it out.  I want more of these! It would be great if they made this a more permanent addition to their stores.

Are you a fan of Lush scrubs?

Have a lovely night!

-Ash

*I feel the need to tell people of that scrubs can cause micro tears in the skin, it's a obsessive compulsion of mine when I write about them in blog posts
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Lush The Magic of Christmas Review

Good morning dear readers!

Today I have a review of Lush's The Magic of Christmas bubble bar.  This was kindly sent to me for review.




This retails for $9.95 for 100 g..

According to Lush:

"Christmas Spice

Foam alone?  Stir up a whole lot of Christmas magic with this warming cinnamon stick.  It's packed with punchy cinnamon leaf and fair trade organic clove to warm up the skin while fast forwarding you straight into the festive season!  Treat Grinch-like moments by holding this spicy bubble  wand under running water and slipping into a blanket of hot, almond bubbles." - Lush.ca

I had really been hoping to try this!!  It looks wonderful, and the list of ingredients had me intrigued! What I didn't realize until smelling the product, was the almond!  It's mentioned in the description, but somehow I missed it and focused more on the cinnamon and clove.  The scent reminds me of marzipan, but it's not a bad marzipan.  I actually really like marzipan but some marzipan scented products I am not a fan of, but that's not the case with this.




Here is the list of ingredients:

Sodium Carbonate , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Glycerine , Lauryl Betaine , Fragrance , Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Amara) , Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis) , Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) , *Cinnamal , *Eugenol , *Limonene , Gold Glimmer and Tangerine Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogite, Silica, Iron Oxides, Yellow 6, Yellow 5) , Orange 4 , Yellow 10 , Star Anise (Illicium verum) , Fair Trade Organic Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) , Cinnamon Stick (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) . *Occurs naturally in essential oils

I really really like how they made this product.  It looks so cute!


Shortly after placing it in the stream of water, the cloves popped out and fell into the bath.  So far the star anise is still planted in the middle.



 This is how much I have left over after that one bath.  I didn't keep the MOC under the running tap for the entire time I filled the bath as it would probably have completely dissolved and I wouldn't get another use out of it.  But you don't need to use the whole thing; it makes a lovely bath and will make at least 1 more (possibly 2) and the water was soft and the bubbles were plentiful.

I would suggest keeping the bubble bar on the stick and using the water itself to disperse it, as I broke off a chunk and crumbled it and it was really roughly textured.  Plus it's more fun swishing the wand or holding it under the running water :D.


(Close up of texture)



I did agitate the water with my hands as well as with a water jug (like I do with my other Lush bubble baths) but it will produce a nice amount of foam even without the added agitation.  


 The water took on an orange colour:



This made for a lovely bath!  The water felt very smooth and soft, like it does when I use other Lush bubble baths.

I can't say how much the product scents the skin, as I also used Santa's Belly shower jelly and then Salt and Peppermint Bark body scrub and my skin was fragranced with the scrub more afterwards.

The bath doesn't have an overwhelming fragrance.  It does waft through the air and I would catch whiffs of it in the bath, but it's not as strong as some of Lush's other bath products.

The almond scent was toned down significantly more when the product was being used than when I had first smelled it dry.  Other notes popped up when I was using it, with the cinnamon and clove and  I think maybe orange oil.  I didn't think it smelled strongly of orange oil, as another reviewer noticed, and I don't know how much I would have noticed if I hadn't heard it was in it.  While it definitely has orange oil in it, I think I noticed it more because the product is orange and I heard read about someone talking about noticing it.

The fragrances all blended together and made for a comforting soak.

I am very glad that I got to try this (this is one of the products I wanted to try most out of this line!!) and I do think it would make a lovely gift.  I think that despite it being called The Magic of Christmas, that it would be a perfect product for fall along with winter.

-Ash


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