Saturday, 17 November 2012

Product Placement - Lush - Part 2

I might as well come clean and confess the truth - I am utterly obsessed with Lush products. 

I have known about Lush for many, many years, and I have always been delighted when a family member presents me with a beautifully wrapped bundle of goodies for Christmas. However, it is only recently that I've started to become a regular consumer and user of their entire range. 

Perhaps it is due to my financial freedom that I don't mind spending more money on such luxuries. However, I feel it is more likely that I find comfort and solace in their products as a form of escapism at the end of very long days at work.  

Whatever my excuse may be for spending £££s on beauty products, I know that there are people out there who cannot afford such luxuries, at least not to the extent that I have been able to as of late.

So this is why I want to start posting regular reviews on my favourite Lush products, so that those who may have limited experience/budgets, can make the best choices when faced with the overwhelming task of picking just one or two items from the extensive range. Plus it gives me an excuse to spend more money on products to test!

For those that may have missed my first part, please check it out here.

And now on to part two...

Cinders Bath Bomb

Almond essential oil, sweet orange oil and cinnamon leaf oil give a smooth fruity scent with a touch of spice. This is a bath bomb that lifts the mind and lingers on the skin. It encompasses everything I love about Christmas; the sound of a crackling fire, the smell of cinnamon and warming spices, the promise of relaxation and comfort.

If you love cinnamon, you'll love this bath bomb. It smells divine and really helps you to relax those sore muscles and frozen toes during the bitter winter months.  It also contains popping candy, meaning you can close your eyes and really visualise that crackling fire as you lay there. 

It is a Christmas special so it'll only be around for a couple of months. So if you love it and want to use it again, I suggest you stock up while you can. 

Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Fizzbanger is one of those Lush products that doesn't really sell itself on image alone. It's yellow and round - what's appealing about that? It's not as sexy looking as The Comforter, nor as interesting as Think Pink. Yet my curiosity grew when I realised that the bath bomb was inspired by Roald Dahl's The BFG.

The smell is absolutely divine; notes of apple and cinnamon immediately engulfed my senses and made me think of apple pie and long, hazy days during the summer. 

The creator of this bath bomb also wanted to create the effect of the spinning Catherine Wheel firework from the infamous Dahl novel, and he did this by creating a bath bomb that whirls around your bath spinning wheels of colour and froth with popping sound effects. Perhaps I am a lady of simple pleasures, but I found the whole experience both magical and exciting. It is little touches like this that make me fall in love with Lush a little more each time. This is one of my favourite bath bombs, and will go on my list of 'ones that I'll be buying again'.

One aspect of this bath bomb that I was looking forward to most, was the message that supposedly reveals itself once the bath bomb has fully dissolved. Unfortunately, either Lush have stopped doing this or someone simply forgot to add one to my bath bomb, for I didn't find that bit of paper I was looking for to complete my whole experience.   

Think Pink Bath Bomb

'Red is dead, blue is through, green’s obscene and brown’s taboo. We wouldn’t presume to tell a woman, what a woman ought to think, but tell her if she’s gotta think, Think Pink!'

This is the little ditty that accompanies this bomb, along with the message 'what you need is a tub of ice cream and a rom-com. So don’t cry on the stairs with a bottle of Absolut – instead lie in the bath and let our absolutes wrap you in a big pink hug.'

It's obvious that this bath bomb is aimed at the 'girly girl', the prim and proper beauty queen with the perfect complexion and never-ending beauty regime. This is far from anything I have ever tried or wanted to be, so I was a little sceptical at first. However, this bath bomb is exactly what I needed after a long day's slog at school.

As the bath bomb hits the water, it immediately begins to froth and fizz and fill the bath with a gorgeous pink colour. Straight away my senses were infused with a gorgeous vanilla, sweet smell that lingered throughout the whole bath experience, and on my skin for hours afterwards. 

This bath bomb smells utterly divine. It's a sweet, sugary essence that appeals to all of those inner children within us all. I really loved the floral, sweet smell of Think Pink, and it's definitely one I'll be buying again.

I also got a huge suprise when I saw the pink confetti hearts floating in the bath after it had completely dissolved. How amazing is that?

According to Lush, this bath bomb was once one of their non-vegan products, due to the ingredients they used to make the candy flower decorations. Despite the great news that I can now buy this product, the candy flowers are a bit of a nuisance if you're wanting to give this as a gift. I have not received one Think Pink bath bomb that hasn't shed it's candy decorations during transit. 

 Creamy Candy Bath Bomb

It wasn't until I began reading Lush's descriptions of their products, that I realised I seem to flock towards the slightly sexist amongst them. Creamy Candy comes with the tagline 'This one is a girly night in. Makes you want to put on your cutest jammies, bounce on the bed and have a pillow fight.' Because obviously, every girl spends their evenings doing such activities! 

Much like 'Think Pink', Creamy Candy was once a non-vegan product due to the candy flower decorations. However, it's great that Lush are making a conscious effort to remove the unwanted beeswax/honey/other nasty animal derivatives that they still use in some of their products. 

Creamy Candy does exactly what you would expect it to. It crumbles very easily in the bath, releasing a gorgeous scent reminiscent of vanilla candies and cotton candy. It fills the bath with gentle and soothing bubbles that make your skin feel silky smooth and repaired. 

The cocoa butter enriches your dried and rough skin and leaves you feeling replenished and sexy.  

Despite the lavish smells that this bar originally gives off as it melts into the bath water, this diminishes rather quickly and leaves you wondering why Lush couldn't make it just that little bit stronger.  However, this might have had something to do with the fact that I only used half a bar when I first tried it, and perhaps I'll feel differently when using a whole one. 

The Melting Snowman Bath Melt

I'm a sucker for a 'sad case', meaning I am drawn to anything that gives off an air of depression. I only have to look at the puppy-dog eyes of some unwanted animal for my heart to melt and my purse to open. So when I saw this rather sad looking snowman, I felt like I need to rescue him from the cruel, cruel hands of Lush and bring him home with me. I mean, what supposedly ethical and environmentally conscious company would let this poor guy melt whilst in their care?

On first inspection, I wasn't too impressed with this product. It didn't have a particularly strong scent and it reminded me a little of the overcooked pastry biscuits I used to make as a kid. All I kept thinking was, how is this rock-solid, colourless slab of sodium bicarbonate going to make my bath extravagant?

All I will say is this - I'm glad my fears were displaced.

This bath melt contains cinnamon, clove, patchouli, benzoin, lime and sweet wild orange oils. This mixture of scents gives a difficult to describe, but equally original smell. The addition of cocoa butter and shea butter means it leaves your skin ridiculously soft and moisturised. 

Much like Cinders Bath, this little man is only available for a short period of time around Christmas, so I suggest you stock up if it's a product you enjoy using. 

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar

So I've held out until the end of my blog to gush and fawn over my favourite product of the week; the Candy Mountain Bubble Bar.

Every year Lush give their best selling Creamy Candy Bar bubble bar a special outfit for Xmas.  Two years ago it was in the shape of a candy cane, last year they turned it into a little swirly pink mountain peak – this year it is a little pyramid of pink and green.

I am so glad I found it when I did; anything green and I'm all over it like a rash.

This gorgeous looking bar froths up a treat as it hits the hot water, and fills your bath with light, fluffy bubbles. The smells that are released are not overpowering; sugary scents of vanilla, candy floss and bubblegum. This is the ultimate bar for those of us with a sweet tooth. 

For some strange reason, and it's not something that has happened before with any of my Lush products, this bar refused to complete dissolve in the water, and I had to crumble the rest myself. However, this is only a minor problem and will not stop me from stocking up on this luxury in the near future.