Monthly Archives: October 2015

Copperhead shampoo bar

Having purchased Copperhead for a friend’s birthday present, I was tempted to get one to try for myself. It’s recently become an online exclusive, but I was lucky enough to get one from the store before they sold out.

Lush Copperhead Review

At first glance, it’s a much drier format than shampoo bars like Montalbano or Honey I Washed my Hair, and it does seem to take a little longer to lather up. Rubbing the shampoo bar between my hands, a lot of small pieces came off (which I’m assuming are coffee). I did find this irritated my palms a little, although it didn’t affect my scalp.

Copperhead has henna included, and I was looking forward to seeing the effect on my blonde hair. Montalbano has enhanced my natural blonde, and even after one use, Copperhead has given my hair a slightly reddy shine. It’s nicely subtle, which is what I was hoping for.

Copperhead does seem to be a slightly drying shampoo – my scalp felt dry after the second use, so I would probably alternate this with another shampoo bar just to ensure my skin doesn’t get too dry. My hair, however, seems to have taken to this shampoo bar really well – after two uses, it’s looking great.

It’s a pity this is online only now, but as long as my hands don’t have too much of a problem when I use this, it might well be a shampoo bar I’ll buy again. Certainly if I can get 60 washes from it, that makes the £5.95 price tag seem really good value for money!

Dashing Santa

Dashing Santa was one of those impulse purchases in the Christmas sale last year. I brought it back home, put it into the cupboard, and forgot all about it…. seeing as it’s re-released in this year’s Christmas range, I thought it was about time I used mine.

Lush Dashing Santa Review

Even after being stored for 9 and a bit months, the orange aroma comes wafting out of the bag. To start with, I didn’t really see why a Christmas bath bomb would be citrus scented, but it finally dawned on me that it’s the orange in the bottom of the Christmas stocking!

Dashing Santa fizzed away quite quickly, leaving a pleasantly orangey aroma. It wasn’t overpowering, but when you agitate the water, the citrussy scent is more apparent. The water turned a lovely shade of orange, which was surprising considering that the bath bomb looked more red than orange, but it matched the scent nicely.

Lush Dashing Santa Review

At £2.95 this is one of the cheaper bath bombs, and although you don’t get much of a display while the bath bomb is fizzing away (there’s no colour changes like you get with Twilight), it does seem like one I would purchase again.

Golden Handshake

Having used my free (free when you return 5 empty black pots to a Lush store) fresh masks on my hands rather than on my face, I was eager to try the new Golden Handshake hot hand mask (recently released into other stores, after being an Oxford Street special initially).

Lush Golden Handshake Review

It’s a tiny product, weighing just 20 grams, but I was assured in store that a little goes a long way, and I would end up with loads of mask from this. It’s not the most expensive, at £2.95; and seeing as it’s sold “naked”, just wrapped in a cardboard sleeve, it doesn’t have the “I can’t get the last bits from the bottom of the pot” problem that some of the fresh masks do. It also doesn’t have to be kept in the fridge!

The instructions state:

  1. Stand your hand mask stick upright in a bowl which is large enough to fit both hands comfortably. Add enough hot water to cover the product and stir, allowing the treatment to develop and thicken.
  2. Plunge your hands into the resulting dreamy, creamy lotion and soak for around 15 minutes (or until the doorbell rings)
  3. Alternatively, the melted treatment can be massaged into hands before rinsing off.

Despite the sample in store being made in a tooth mug shaped container, I decided to follow the package instructions…. unfortunately, these instructions leave a lot to be desired. Using a container that I could put both hands into at the same time, I poured boiling water over the product, and stirred. And stirred, stirred and stirred some more.

30 minutes later, I had the consistency of water with lumpy greasy pieces in….

Lush Golden Handshake Review

Obviously something was wrong! Some of the reviewers on the Lush site say they put the product in the microwave to melt it…. but I don’t have that option, so I emailed Lush head office to ask how much water they recommend I use.

The person at Lush looked at the photo of my mask, gave me some advice on how he makes up the mask, and very kindly offered to send me a replacement….

….the replacement arrived a few days later, so I made sure to find a more suitable shaped container to melt it in. I used a Stewart Sealfresh Screw Top Beaker (£1.95 – not an affiliate link), which turned out to be just the right height to screw the lid on, with the stick still in the pot.

Lush Golden Handshake Review

Using the new “instructions”, it should read something like this:

  1. Stand your hand mask stick upright in a mug-shaped container. Add enough hot water to cover the product and stir, allowing the treatment to develop and thicken.
  2. Transfer the resulting dreamy, creamy lotion into a container you can comfortably fit both hands into.
  3. Plunge your hands into the lotion and soak for around 15 minutes (or until the doorbell rings)
  4. Alternatively, the melted treatment can be massaged into hands before rinsing off.

I used probably just over 100ml of boiling water to cover the product (to start with I hadn’t added enough, as there was still a lump of it on the stick that wouldn’t melt!).

Lush Golden Handshake Review

I chose to massage this into my hands rather than trying to scoop it out and place it in yet another container. Using the wooden stick to spoon some onto my hands, I probably used about a fifth of what was in the pot (screwing the lid on tight, has meant that I’ve been able to use it over the last week without it going off).

Rinsing it off was challenging – just holding my hands under a running tap didn’t seem to work too well, so I used the shower to rinse it off my hands instead. I can’t honestly say my hands felt super smooth after using this, but then my hands are prone to eczema, and as a result they can get very dry and cracked anyway.

This may well be a product I will try again – maybe next time I’ll try transferring it into another container so I can soak my hands in it (or maybe even wrapping my hands in clingfilm might work to keep the product warm while it’s on my skin?).


One of the newly released bath bombs, Intergalactic is quite quite strongly scented, although not as overpowering as Skydancer. At £3.95, it’s quite a pricey bath bomb, so I cut mine into half to make the bath seem a little more affordable!

Lush Intergalactic Review

The disadvantage of cutting it, meant that my hands turned blue where I was holding the bath bomb – that did come off (eventually), but it did mean the scent wasn’t quite so strong.

Using half of the bath bomb, I had a lovely minty smelling bath which wasn’t so strong it made me sneeze. The colour effects weren’t as spectacular as if I had used the entire thing as you’re meant to, but the water did turn a pleasing shade of blue (although it does clash with the penguin!).

Lush Intergalactic Review

Personally, I think I would prefer this bath bomb to be more the size of the butterball, but it does have a really nice scent, and the water turns a pleasant colour, so it might well be one I’ll purchase again 🙂