Monthly Archives: April 2016

30 Days Wild – 30th April

Another cloudscape for today – this one was a particularly dark cloud that was heading from the north west. No sooner had we spotted the cloud, there was a very bright flash of lightning and an incredibly loud rumble of thunder.

Thundersnow

The local nesting birds seemed to take it all in their stride, but we were completely confused by the thundersnow coming from this storm – we’d had hail in a previous storm, but this was definitely snow!

30th April - Thundersnow

The thunder rumbled on for quite a while, before the storm finally made its way south east, leaving us with eerily blue skies.

#30dayswild

Baked Alaska Soap

Another soap from the Christmas 2015 range, Baked Alaska was particularly eyecatching cut open in the store, with its frosted white exterior hiding a vibrant multicoloured interior.

Baked Alaska has a very strong lemony aroma, which is suitably refreshing to use as a bath soap – I think it would be a bit too overpowering as a hand soap, unless you wanted to lose the smell of onions or something similar from your skin!

It lathers up easily and although the soap itself has a very strong aroma, which intensifies when used in a hot steamy bath, the lemon scent doesn’t linger on your skin like a perfume, which is a welcome surprise.

Lush Review - Baked Alaska Soap

I purchased my block of Baked Alaska soap in the Boxing Day sale, but I’m hoping it will return for 2016.

30 Days Wild – day 3 (25/4)

#30dayswild has been organised by the Wildlife Trusts, to try and get as many people connecting with nature during the month of June. To get into the swing of things, I’ve decided to start early, and add in some Wild blogging in April and May.

25th April

I really love cloudscapes, and probably have hundreds of cloud photos I’ve taken over the years. But even though you could call them “storm clouds”, each photo looks different – this one was taken today (25th April), looking towards the East.

Cloudscape 25th April

Honey I Washed My Hair (original version)

Honey I Washed My Hair might not be the most creative name in the world, but the shampoo bar is fantastic! I was a little concerned that the honey might be inclined to make my hair greasy, but it doesn’t have that effect.

Smelling strongly of toffee and fudge, it’s a little more intense in aroma than Yog Nog, but it doesn’t linger in that strength on my hair, so you don’t get wafts of toffee fudge scent during the day.

Lush review - Honey I Washed My Hair

Priced at £5.95 like the other shampoo bars, it claims to last 60-80 washes. I can’t say my bar lasted 80 washes, but that was probably due to it falling in the bath water a couple of times, which no doubt increased the speed that the bar shrank! I did find it value for money though, given how many containers of my previous shampoo I’d have been likely to use in that time. It’s also easy to use just the right amount, so you aren’t left rinsing excess shampoo from your hair for ages.

Since I purchased this bar, a newer version has been released, which on first glance just looks like a newer appearance rather than a reformulation. As yet I haven’t tried the new bar, but once my current bar runs out, I might well do.

30 Days Wild – day 2 (15/4)

The weather wasn’t all that great today, drizzly rain, heavy rain, and lots of clouds. But that didn’t stop the local Buzzard from making an appearance. This time I wasn’t able to see the bird, but I did hear it – the unmistakable screeching call as it soars effortlessly over the fields.

There’s a pair of Buzzards that live in a field nearby, but the local seagulls and crows also know that, and try to ‘mob’ the Buzzard if it gets too close.

As I wasn’t able to see the Buzzard today, I’ve added in a photo I took last year on a much sunnier day.

Wild June - Buzzard

30 Days Wild – day 1 (14/4)

#30dayswild has been organised by the Wildlife Trusts, to try and get as many people connecting with nature during the month of June. To see if I can achieve blogging about that every day for a month, I decided to have a test run starting today!

14th April

I heard an bird outside that I didn’t recognise…. I think it might have been a woodpecker, but by the time I’d grabbed my camera and got back to the window, it’d flown off.

A few minutes later, however, a couple of Goldfinches landed in the tree, along with two Long-Tailed Tits that were hanging upside down from the twiggy branches. This particular Goldfinch seemed quite happy to sit and pose, so I could get a really good photo.

30 Days Wild - Goldfinch

Yog Nog Soap

Before I start, I will just point out that Yog Nog is a seasonal soap, and is currently not available for sale. However, it has been in the Christmas range for at least the last 2 years, and I hope it’ll be there for years to come too!

Yog Nog is a pretty strange name for a soap, but at least it’s one of the easier to pronounce names, unlike Ceridwen’s Cauldron! Yog Nog has a very treacly, almost fudge-like aroma which is a little sweeter than Honey I Washed my Hair. It’s not overpowering though, so you don’t feel you’ve washed with a block of fudge rather than soap!

Lush Review - Yog Nog Soap

The soap lathers up really well, and does leave my skin feeling clean, unlike some soaps which leave a kind of annoying sticky residue. I bought a 200g block in the Boxing Day sale last year, which I’m hoping will last me through part of the summer (I’m alternating that and Woosh shower jelly to make the soap last longer!), then I’ll be ready to buy another block when the Christmas 2016 range is released.

Lush Kitchen Facebook Contest

In the week of Good Friday, Lush Kitchen held a contest on their Facebook page – whoever spotted the What Came First? bath bomb that was hiding in the photos, and posted first, got a prize. Much to my amazement, I was one of the lucky prize winners, and my package arrived this morning!

The postman commented on how nice the box smelt – apparently he was enjoying carrying the box on his route, as he loved the smell so much.

I’ve never ordered from the Lush Kitchen before, so it’s interesting to see how they package their items compared to the regular online Lush store:

box-1

box-2

Each of the three items came with a photo of the person who made it – a nice personal touch, so you feel it was made just for you!

box-3

Unwrapping each item, I was amazed to see it was three items (I thought it’d just be a single one), but also three items I’ve never tried before, so it should result in some interesting baths.

Cupid's Love Soap - Lush Review

Cupid’s Love Soap

Roller Bath Bomb - Lush Review

Roller Bath Bomb

Heart Throb Bubbleroon - Lush Review

Heart Throb Bubbleroon

Of course I will be adding individual reviews of these when I’ve tried them out, so keep your eyes peeled for those!