Saturday, December 19, 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

Thursday, December 17, 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


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lush Santa's Belly Shower Jelly Review

Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have a review of Lush's Santa's Belly shower jelly, which was kindly sent to me for review.


According to Lush:

"Crisp apple jelly

This deep red jelly is full of Christmas magic. Star anise infusion, and fresh apple and grape juices are blended into the soft seaweed base to brighten and cleanse skin, and for their sweet, fruity scents. Biodegradable golden stars are sprinkled throughout for a dash of happiness. Keep the whole jar in the freezer, then bring it into a hot shower for a stimulating and refreshing apple-scented lather!" - lush.ca



This retails for $6.95 Can. for 100g. or $11.95 Can. for 240 g..


This smells tasty!  Like juice! (Fruity with a hint of not fruit (floral?) that gets more noticeable in the shower.) It is a lovely deep red colour, and the golden stars in it are such a cute and lovely addition (I'm so glad they added them!).

Here is the list of ingredients:

Glycerine , Star Anise Infusion (Illicium Verum) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Propylene Glycol , Fresh Apple Juice (Pyrus malus) , Red Grape Juice , Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus) , Fragrance , Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , Organic Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium Amara) , Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara) , Golden Stars (Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Mica, Iron Oxide) , *Limonene , *Linalool , Lilial , Red 4 , Red 33 , Methylparaben , Propylparaben . *Occurs naturally in essential oils




This took a bit for me to figure out how to use it effectively.  I'm not as familiar with Lush shower jellies, as I've purchased Whoosh several times, Nightwing and Pines and Needles, but for other people.  I think I may have tried Whoosh once, but that was it.  I really like the idea of the shower jellies, and Christmas is my favourite time of the year, so a holiday inspired one makes me happy!


(I put the jelly on the container lid here)


I cut up the jelly into pieces and at first I didn't find the lather to be that great (with the first piece I used), but the second piece I smushed against the loofah was wonderfully lathery!  I'm thinking that maybe I didn't get a big enough piece the first time, or more than likely it fell out of the loofah before being completely dissolved.  I thought about that as I used the other pieces as it is squidgy, and slippery and I dropped the chunks I was using XD.  They don't dissolve super fast though, so I had more than enough time to pick the pieces back up and use them again before they could disintegrate.  It would be possible to have them slip down the drain though, so just be aware of that.

The bubbles are wonderful and I'm glad that the results from the first piece I use was user error and not the product itself, because then I would have been sad and I really wanted to like this.  Thankfully, I DO really like this!! :D

I really really like this product, and I think it is definitely worth the $6.95 + tax.  Despite the fact that it lathers so well it didn't dry out my skin.  I'm not sure exactly how soft this makes the skin or how long it scents it for (I can update this post later after using it again) as I was actually trying out another product afterwards that I will be reviewing later. :D

I kind of want to get another to stick in the freezer so I can take it out and use it later on in the year (I miss Christmas products when it's summer :().

I am very glad that I got to try this!  I want to collect more Lush shower jellies!

Have a wonderful day!

-Ash


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