Monthly Archives: June 2015

Montalbano

I don’t know about you, but whenever I use a liquid shampoo I always seem to use too much! It then takes forever to rinse out, or even worse, feels like it’s still stuck in your hair after rinsing. And of course then you also get through it a lot faster as well.

With the promise of 60 – 80 washes for my short hair, the Montalbano Shampoo Bar seems surprisingly good value for £5.75, lasting much longer than the liquid shampoo I was using previously, and containing more natural ingredients too. It has a very lemony scent, which you can smell on your hair after a while although it’s not overpowering. There’s piece of green olives in the shampoo bar as well, which I did think might be inclined to make my hair greasy, but thankfully they didn’t have that effect.

Lush Montalbano Review

My hair is naturally blonde, but it tends to look more brown in the winter before the sunlight lightens it in the spring and summer. The inclusion of lemon oil in Montalbano helps to lighten my hair without the need for sunshine, which is fantastic for a typically British summer!

The bar lathers up easily when rubbed between your hands, but works equally well just streaked over hair before rubbing it in with your hands, which can help to get those awkward strands of hair that always lurk behind the ear. Because it lathers so easily, there’s no risk of using more than you need, which means it should definitely last a nice long time. It’s a bit annoying to have to leave it out to dry off for a while before putting it away, but that aside, it’s definitely good value for money for the amount of washes you get.

Whoosh Shower Jelly

You know those days when nothing seems to go right? You pick up the packet of cereal from the cupboard and knock three things off the shelf in the process, or go to pick up the bar of soap and keep dropping it into the sink? Well after one of those days, I decided I wanted to treat myself to something from Lush just to try and turn things round a little. But what to pick? I’ve already got several bath bombs, and none of the bubble bars caught my eye. One thing that did sound interesting however, was Whoosh. Not any ordinary product, Whoosh is a shower jelly.

Yep, you read that right, shower jelly. On the Lush website, Whoosh looks a dark green colour, but in reality it’s actually quite a nice shade of blue. Lush have perfected the jelly consistency, with Whoosh having a satisfying wobble as it flops out of the pot. The aroma hits you as you unscrew the lid, and intensifies as you remove Whoosh from the container. You can smell this on your skin after you’ve had your shower, but it’s not so overpowering that you feel you’ve used it as perfume!

The overriding scent is seaweed, which I will admit isn’t something I would normally pick, but it’s not an unpleasant “harbour at low tide” smell. Instead, if feels quite a summery aroma, as if you were sitting on a nice sunny beach.

Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly

At £3.50 for the small 100g pot, it seems like a good price – after one use, there’s hardly any difference to the shape of Whoosh, and as long as it isn’t too damp when it goes back in the container, I think it should last for a nice number of showers.

I used it straight on my skin the first time, but it works even better if you carefully rub a body mitt over it to get more lather.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron

Chatting to a friend about my latest Lush purchase, it transpired that she is also hooked on Lush products. She recommended I had a look at Ceridwens Cauldron next time I was in the store, but my first thought was “how on earth do I pronounce that to ask for it?!”
When the staff member asked if there was anything in particular I was looking for, I just showed them the name written on a piece of paper to save the embarrassment of pronouncing it incorrectly …. I’m sure I can’t be the first person to do that.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron comes wrapped in a muslin cloth, and is designed to use whole. You drop it into the bath, and once it’s dissolved you use the cloth as a wash mitt. However, at £4.35 I felt that was a bit pricey to use in just one bath, especially if my skin didn’t approve of it, so I asked the very helpful staff member on the tills if she could cut it into quarters for me.

Lush Ceridwen's Cauldron Review

The top layer is packed with oats, while the base layer holds the cocoa butter. I chose to drop it straight into the bath and store the other three quarters in the muslin cloth. The only disadvantage to that being the mass of oats and daisies in the base of the bath after I’ve drained the water away. As long as you have a strainer on the plug to stop it clogging up the drain, and don’t mind wiping the bits from the bath afterwards, I can recommend using the melt like that!

As my hands and wrists don’t always approve of a long soak in the bath, I rub the base layer directly onto my skin, which seems to work a treat. My hands weren’t bright red when I got out of the bath, and they definitely seemed less dry as well.

It also was surprisingly good to use in that way on my legs after shaving – I didn’t feel I had to use any moisturiser afterwards, which is very unusual.

Although it’s not the cheapest of the bath melts, I would still recommend it; I found that a quarter was plenty for one bath, so that’s four baths for the price of one melt and £1.09 a bath sounds much better!

Update 2016: Lush policy states that they cannot cut these bath melts into quarters / half for you in the shop – they can only sell it in the form it’s designed (so the same goes for bath bombs). However, I’ve been able to cut Ceridwen’s Cauldron quite easily using a plastic knife.

Lush Charity Pot

My skin can be terrible at times, the backs of my hands all red raw, then cracked split and bleeding. After an unfortunate experience with a recommended over-the-counter cream which made my skin feel like it was burning, I’ve been understandably wary of trying a new hand cream.

I spotted the Charity Pot on the counter in my local Lush store, and decided that I’d give it a try. If I didn’t get on with it, it’s only a 10g pot so it wouldn’t be a waste if I had to scrap it, and with the proceeds from the sale of the cream going to “good causes” I felt it was worth a try.

charity-pot

The cream is surprisingly thick so the tiny pot lasts ages, although trying to screw the lid back on with creamy hands is a little challenging! Lush products tend to make me think of overpowering scents, but the cream doesn’t seem overpowering at all. It’s certainly nicer than the chemically scents of some creams I’ve tried before!

Although it’s not currently my go-to cream for every day use (a review for that one will come later in the month), I would definitely recommend it. Even if you just were to get the small pot and put it in your bag for those days when your skin needs a little something while you’re out and about.

Update March 2016  – it looks like the £1 small tins are no longer available, and have been replaced with a £3.50 45g pot instead.