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These are my reviews for Lush natural products – all views are my own
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Butterbear bath bomb

Being a fan of the Butterball bath bomb, I was eager to try the seasonal variation, Butterbear. At £1.95, it’s 70p cheaper than the Butterball, so I wondered just how effective it would be.

Moulded into an attractive polar bear shape, there’s a small amount of cocoa powder on the muzzle, and you can tell just how much butter is in the bear, by all the splotches of colour against the white.

Lush Butterbear Review

When Butterbear hits the water, it dissolves rapidly – mine was fully dissolved in less than 30 seconds! The water turns slightly cloudy, with the small pieces of cocoa butter floating on the surface until they eventually melt into the water.

It’s not a bath bomb you would buy for it’s appearance in the water (there’s no colours or popping candy), and the scent of cocoa butter, while not unpleasant, really wouldn’t scream “buy me” in the shop. Where this bath bomb does excel, however, is in the effect on your skin – the cocoa butter moisturises your skin really well. In fact, I would say that despite Butterbear and Butterball being the same size, Butterbear seems to moisturise my skin better – it felt suitably moisturised, without feeling that my clothes would get greasy from it.

Overall, it’s a fantastic product (especially being cheaper than the Butterball), and I think I’ll be buying a few to store up so I can use them through the year!

Cinders

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot!

Yes it’s Bonfire Night again, and what better way to celebrate than using a Cinders bath bomb from Lush? ….ok, so standing around a bonfire watching fireworks might be better, but this is cheaper, and the big firework displays aren’t until the weekend anyway 😛

Lush Cinders Review

Costing £2.95 this is one of the cheaper bath bombs, and being a similar size to Butterball it’s also one of the smallest. Even so, the spicy cinnamon aroma was really strong, so I had high expectations for this one.

Carefully placing it on the bathwater the popping candy crackled away, sounding like the crackles of a bonfire, and the scent dispersed through the water to leave an aromatic bathtub which was a lot less potent than the smell of the bath bomb originally.

However, there was no real display from this bath bomb. As soon as it touched the water, it immediately sank to the bottom of the tub, which none of the other bath bombs I’ve used have done. While it turned the water a reasonably nice golden shade which was similar to Dragon’s Egg, there wasn’t any foam or multicoloured effects like the other bath bombs.

I knew that some bath bombs like Butterbear and Butterball don’t give any colours, but they’re designed to emit shea- and cocoa butters. This little bath bomb doesn’t contain anything like that, so I had at least expected it to bob about on the surface of the water, and have some red colouring to go with the gold.

Lush Cinders Review

Overall, this bath bomb was a let down for me – it’s not the most expensive out there, but I feel it was a total waste of money for the (lack of) effects it produced in the water

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?).

Intergalactic

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 🙂

Dragon’s Egg

With a name like Dragon’s Egg, how could I try anything but this bath bomb first?! It doesn’t look all that startling when you see it in the store, but I wanted to give it a go.

Lush Dragons Egg Review

It does look rather plain, with these strange coloured discs sunk into it. There’s a slight citrus scent to it, but nothing all that noticeable until it goes into the water.

Starting off with a white foam, the outer shell of the bath bomb soon dissolves, letting a vibrant orange foam emerge from the centre. As this swirls around the bath, the popping candy starts to crackle…. which is a bit unnerving if you haven’t ever experienced that before!

The aroma is more noticeable in the water, a nicely orange citrus scent, which complimented my Refresher shower jelly perfectly.

Lush Dragons Egg Review

Dragon’s Egg definitely is one of my favourite bath bombs, and at £3.35 it’s not one of the most expensive ones. It’s certainly great for a relaxing soak, although the citrus is likely to revive you a little, rather than relax you for bed.

Granny Takes a Dip

I’d never used the Granny Takes a Dip bath bomb, so when the new bubble bar appeared in store, I was keen to try it out. The first batch in the store had a very lime green colouring to the middle, but mine is a darker green which I prefer.

Lush Granny Takes a Dip Review

Granny Takes a Dip hasn’t got a particularly strong scent – in fact I could barely make out any aroma at all from mine. Maybe that’s just down to my nose not being particular receptive, or maybe this came from a batch that just had less perfume to it. It’s meant to be ginger, pepper and lemon scented, and once crumbled into the water, I was able to pick out the lemon in there although it’s not anywhere near as lemony as Refresher!

I’d seen several reviews that say the bubble bar turns the water a murky grey / brown, but I certainly didn’t have that trouble:

I used a small piece off the side of the bubble bar (part pink and part blue), and the water didn’t change colour at all. For me, that’s not a disadvantage – I don’t always like the water to take on a vibrant shade when I have a bath. There were mountains of bubbles, even just from that small piece, so if I’d used half of the bar in one go, the bubbles would’ve been flowing out of the bath!

Even after I’d used the shower jelly and washed my hair, there were some bubbles remaining – these seemed to last much longer than those from the Comforter.

Using a small piece each time, this bar should last for a long time, so it makes the £3.65 price really good value. It’s not necessarily one you would want to go for if you like your bath water to gain a really colourful hue, but if you like mountains of bubbles then it’s definitely worth trying 🙂

Refresher

With a name like Refresher, I had high hopes for this shower jelly, and I wasn’t disappointed. The lemony scent catches your attention as you unscrew the lid, and leaves you with a delicate lemon aroma on your skin.

Lush Refresher Review

Whereas the Whoosh jelly seemed quite moist and seemed to melt a bit in the pot when it got near the end, Refresher was drier while still perfectly wobbly and jelly-like. I cut a slice from the top to use in the shower, and to ensure the rest of the jelly didn’t get wet, stored the remainder in a clean black Lush pot.

I haven’t tried putting the shower jelly into the fridge (or freezer), but even without that blast of cold, it seems nicely refreshing. It lathers up really well (even better than Whoosh), as seems quite gentle, as it hasn’t aggravated my skin at all.

Overall, this is a great shower jelly. Providing you don’t get the entire thing too wet (cutting a slice from it works better than using the whole thing each time, and makes it less likely to drop into the bath!), it should last a nice long time, so the £6.95 for 240g seems reasonably good value for money.

Dreamwash Roulade

I’d never used the previous incarnation of Dreamwash, but I was drawn towards the new Dreamwash Roulade display in the shop, and decided to buy a piece to try out.

Displayed as a large Swiss Roll style block, it’s cut into 100g chunks at the till. Mine was a little under 100g (more like 85g), but I was happy with that.

Lush Dreamwash Roulade Review

My first problem was where to store it – it was just wrapped in the paper bag and by the time I got home, it was starting to make the bag quite greasy. So I dug out an empty Helping Hands pot to store it in. Of course this meant I needed to cut the roulade to get it to fit (it’d need cutting to use a small piece anyway), and this is where my second problem occurred. It’s quite a creamy consistency, which is very nice, but a nightmare to cut! After getting most of it back off the knife, I finally had it stored in the pot and was looking forward to using it.

I’d seen a few reviews on other blogs where they claimed you didn’t need to use much at all to get a lather, so I took a small piece into the shower. Unfortunately my idea of “small” obviously didn’t match the other reviewers’ idea, as my marble-sized piece was only enough to wash one arm!

While it did produce a nice amount of creamy foam on my skin, I found it wasn’t quite enough to be able to use a body puff, and had to rub some more onto the puff to get any real effect. This meant I used rather a lot more than I had anticipated, and I don’t think this roulade would last as long as Whoosh. In fact this 85g block looks like it will last for a grand total of 6 baths….

This could be down to the “extra hard” water we have – certainly some products don’t bubble as easily in harder water.

On the positive side, I decided to use some Dreamwash roulade to wash my legs with, after using an epilator, as I find my legs end up rather red and splotchy afterwards. That seemed to work really well, and I only needed to use half the amount of cream in the evening to get splotch-free legs in the morning.

Personally, I wouldn’t buy the Roulade again – it was just too messy to use & store, and I didn’t feel it lasted across enough washes to justify purchasing it again. If Lush ever re-released the tub of Dreamwash though, I’d definitely buy one to test that out!