I knew I would have to start working my way through the Lush Christmas range early on in order to get the reviews ready for Blogmas but I had no idea that they would have such a huge range to work through this Christmas! I started using the Christmas products in early September and almost had to use a product a day to get through them in time to publish these blogs!
Here’s my first batch from this years exciting Lush Cosmetics range –
Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb
This came out earlier in the year as part of the Lush kitchen range and I missed out on it! I was stupid enough to think I could wait a couple of days after they were released to put in an order and of course they were all sold out! I looked for some on eBay and even considered buying two for £20! I’m glad I waited in the end as I managed to get my hands on loads at the beginning of September when Lush released its Halloween and Christmas range!
I’m pretty late to the party because the Snow Fairy scent has been around for a long time and major Lushie fans loved the scent and have since moved on to newer fragrances – however I may be “soooo last season” but I don’t care! I am ADDICTED to this scent and have bought multiples of each item this scent comes in!
The Snow Fairy jelly bomb has a lovely strong scent – it is really sweet, almost like candy floss but also has almost a “cupcake”essence to it – you really must find your nearest Lush shop and go in and sniff the nearest Snow Fairy product!
The scent from the Snow Fairy jelly bomb stays with you throughout your bath and on your skin for ages afterwards – and I could even still smell this amazing scent hours later!
Just the same as most of Lush’s jelly bombs, this one is a fast fizzer and as soon as it hits the water, large pink blobs of amazing smelling jelly start floating across the water. Although a fast fizzer, it does take a while to completely dissolve, and a further 15 to 20 minutes until all of the jelly has dissolved.
Although it feels really strange sitting in a bath of goo, give it time as in the end you are left with lovely smelling pink moisturising water!
The Snow Fairy jelly bomb left my skin feeling really smooth and soft, and the scent is so relaxing – this is definitely my favourite jelly bomb. I ordered a couple to try them out when the Christmas range was first released and as soon as I tried the first one, I ordered six more to stock up over the next few months!
Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb
I really liked the look and name of this bath bomb which is new for 2017 – I couldn’t wait to try it! As soon as Christmas Sweater went into the water, I knew I was going to love this bath bomb! It creates some of the best bath bomb art I’ve seen so far!
Christmas Sweater bath bomb has a red-pink outer shell and yellow core which makes the bath water a lovely red colour. It is a slow and foamy fizzer which fizzes bright red until the core cracks open and yellow foam starts spilling out.
The red coloured bath water goes really well with the scents in this winter warmer bath bomb which include cinnamon, ginger, clove bud oil and lemon oil. It also contains mustard powder and coriander seed oil to add that little bit of a kick!
The cinnamon smell is sweet but spicy and the lemon oil gives this bath bomb a sweet and fruity tinge. It really does smell (and look!) like all things Christmassy!
This bath bomb is amazingly relaxing, and one I can’t wait to have once I get home from a long day’s work in the cold, wet and dark winter months.
I will definitely be buying several of these in the run up to Christmas to stock up!
Plum Snow Bubble Bar
I love, love, love the look of this bubble bar! It is beautiful and really good value for money as it is HUGE! By far the biggest bubble bar out of Lush’s Christmas 2017 range!
Plum Rain has a lovely berry scent but is more of a “perfume” scent than a natural scent. Plum Rain contains Osmanthus Absolute for soothing and calming purposes, Petitgrain Oil which is refreshing and uplifting and Sicilian Mandarin oil which is one of my favourite scents.
As Plum Rain is a huge bubble bar I did use around a third of it in my bath. It creates mounds of lovely fluffy bubbles and makes the water a lovely silky violet colour.
Not only is the water incredibly moisturising but the scent was also really relaxing! I really didn’t want to get out of this bath and stayed in it as long as I could until the water started going cold!
This one is an absolute favourite – another product I’m going to stock up on before they stop producing them when the festive season ends!
Christmas Eve Bubble Bar
I have to admit I was a bit disappointed when this bubble bar showed up. I ordered three and they were all slightly damaged (nothing to do with the packaging as everything else in the box was fine so they must just be delicate) and the bubble bar itself (when compared to the likes of Plum Snow) was incredibly small.
It is slightly cheaper than some of the other bubble bars on offer (£3.95 compared to £5.95 for Plum Snow), but still, I expected something a bit bigger.
I’m not entirely sure why they call it Christmas Eve…. yes it smells lovely but I don’t think it smells at all Christmassy! Christmas Eve however does contain some lovely ingredients such as Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang oil and Gardenia Extract.
After chopping up my bubble bar and worrying about the size of it, I sprinkled half a bar of it under my running bath water. It does smell beautiful and the scent is really relaxing, and after a few minutes you have a bath full of lovely fluffy bubbles!
I did like the scent, which is quite a potent flowery scent, but what I found really surprising about this bubble bar was how moisturising it was! It is probably one of the most moisturising bubble bars I have ever used. I wondered afterwards whether I should have actually split the crumbled contents into three rather than two, but it was lovely to have such a luxurious bath filled with blue silky bath water. The Jasmine scent stays with you throughout the entire bath and did stay on my skin for a couple of hours afterwards too.
Not an absolute favourite, and I think the design needs a bit of work so it isn’t so easily damaged, but I am glad I bought three and would consider buying a couple more before they stop producing them.
Santa’s Christmas Shower Cream
I was really looking forward to trying this bright red thick shower cream! It’s got coffee and cinnamon in – two of my favourite scents ever!
Santa’s Christmas also contains lime, black pepper and aniseed oils, although I did struggle to detect these individual scents when I opened the bottle.
With all these ingredients you would expect the scent to be quite overwhelming and complex but in fact I found the scent to be incredibly mild which, when it contains a lot of my favourite scents, was rather disappointing.
If I had to describe the smell to someone I would describe it as a cola flavour but with a hint of vanilla scent, which is surprising as it doesn’t contain vanilla! I’m thinking it may be the cocoa butter I can detect. You can also just detect the cinnamon in the scent, but again it isn’t as strong as I would have liked it to be.
I enjoyed using the shower cream and I am pleased that I stocked up on a couple – it contains cocoa butter and so left my skin feeling lovely and soft after use – I just didn’t find the smell strong enough for my liking. I couldn’t detect the coffee or aniseed scent at all when I used the shower cream which was pretty disappointing.
Be warned, as it is a cream rather than a shower gel, it doesn’t lather up as much as a shower gel or soap would, so you do find yourself using more than you would normally!
As I said, I’m pleased I bought a couple of bottles to last me, and I really do like the smell, I just hope that the recipe is altered slightly in the future to make the scent a bit stronger!
Snow Fairy Shower Gel
I couldn’t wait to try this after I fell in love with the Snow Fairy scent after using the Snow Fairy Jelly bomb! Without even trying it I stocked up on three of these to keep me going for the next few months!
This lovely bright pink gel contains little glittery sparkles (which I didn’t realise had all sunk to the bottom so make sure you give your bottle a good shake before you use it!)
Again it has a lovely candy-floss cross cupcake scent which is quite sickly sweet but absolutely addictive. Although it says shower gel on the bottle, Snow Fairy shower gel can be used as a shampoo as well!
This lovely gel lathers up really well and the scent gets even better once you are using it. I love the fact that the scent lasts a long time after you use it too! It leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft and the scent is really uplifting – I challenge you to use it and not feel in a relaxed and uplifted mood afterwards!
As expected, I highly, highly recommend it – go out and buy some to see for yourself!
Twilight Sparkle Bar
I wasn’t too sure what to make of these new “sparkle jars” Lush released as part of their Christmas range – I wasn’t sure what you were supposed to do with them really!
The website says to “massage this dreamily scented cocoa butter bar over warm skin for heavenly hydration. Press something pointy into the dimples and shake out the glimmering powder to help you get sleepy”.
The Twilight Sparkle Bar contains cocoa butter, chamomile powder, lavender powder, lavender oil, tonka absolute and ylang ylang oil – all the ingredients you need to help you have a good nights sleep!
I love the smell of the Twilight bath bomb so I thought I would give it a try and did exactly what the instructions said! I massaged the bar over my skin and then poked through one of the holes in the top and sprinkled the lovely scented powder onto my skin.
The bar itself was lovely and moisturising, the cocoa butter works really well. The only downside I’ve found with it (and other Lushie’s have noticed this too) is that it does tend to leave the purple colour of the bar on your skin, so probably not best to use it before you are about to go out – unless that’s the look you are going for of course!
I only poked through one of the holes to start with as I wasn’t sure how much of the powder would come out, and I found this to be enough. The powder has a lovely calming, relaxing lavender scent and is perfect to put on just before you go to bed to help you get a good nights sleep.
A really unusual product, but a great idea! I bought a couple of these and a couple of the Snow Fairy versions (of course!), and I’m looking forward to using them over the next few months!
Christmas Rocker Soap
I bought this soap purely for the way it looked without even checking the ingredients! God I’m so easily sold on gimmicks!
When it arrived I gave it a good sniff and to be honest I was pretty disappointed. The scent is hard to explain but isn’t citrusy at all… This really surprised me as Christmas Rocker contains dried apricots, tangerine oil, mandarin oil, bergamot oil, gardenia extract and both extra virgin coconut oil and organic cocoa butter… what an amazing sounding combination you would think? The scent almost smells chemically/like bleach which sounds bizarre, but if you pass by a Lush store, have a smell and see what you think!
In fairness it was a quite nice soap to use, the scent improved once it was used under the hot shower and my skin felt lovely and soft afterwards, but I just can’t get past the initial strange smell.
Maybe it will grow on me but until then, I don’t think I will be investing in another one…. such a shame.
Frozen Bath Bomb
Inspired by the Disney film of the same name – obviously!
A lovely pale blue/green bath bomb, this bomb contains grapefruit oil and neroil oil which gives off a lovely floral and fruity scent.
Frozen is a fast fizzer which spews out lovely thick white foam whilst the middle cracks open and releases a beautiful trail of blue foam with glitter, resulting in the bath water becoming a lovely shade of glistening blue, giving that frozen, “icy” effect. Despite not having much oil in this bath bomb, it leaves your skin silky smooth!
Frozen is one of my absolute favourite bath bombs, so I was gutted to find out earlier on this year that they have now discontinued it!! I have stocked up on as many as I can but they discontinued several other bath bombs which were my favourites at the same time so I had to get a big expensive order in quickly! What are you doing to me Lush???
Bye bye Frozen! Hopefully they will bring back limited edition versions in the Lush kitchen soon!
Christingle Body Conditioner
This lovely minty smelling body lotion contains jojoba oil and murumuru butter which makes it really moisturising – so moisturising that you only need to use a tiny bit each time, so don’t be out off by the price tag of this (and other body conditioners) which are currently available.
The body conditioner contains menthol crystals and peppermint which is really stimulating on the skin, leaving a tingling sensation after you use it! The peppermint and spearmint smell is quite strong, but incredibly refreshing.
To use the body conditioner, simply turn off the running shower water (so as to not wash it all down the plughole!) apply it and massage it into your skin and after a few minutes, wash the lotion off and gently pat your skin dry as you would normally.
You will find the body conditioner leaves your skin feeling slightly greasy for a while afterwards, so pat dry gently and then leave the conditioner to work it’s magic for about ten to fifteen minutes before you get dressed. After this time you will find your skin feeling really soft and smelling amazing!!
I really enjoyed using this product and have already invested in some other body conditioners in different scents, but a word of warning – it is really easy to use too much product at a time, so go steady, as you really don’t need much product to get the results you want! Can’t wait to try the amazing smelling Bucks Fizz body conditioner!
Snowshowers Shower Jelly
There are several ways that you can use shower jelly –
Firstly, you can rub the whole block, or a broken-off piece, directly onto your skin. This isn’t my preference as it is very difficult to keep hold of the slippery sucker, plus I don’t fancy rubbing it onto my skin and then popping it back into the pot (bacteria etc!).
Secondly, you break off a piece around the size of a ten pence piece and then rub it into your sponge to lather up before rubbing it into your skin. I tried it with one of those shower scrub things and it didn’t work too well so a sponge may be better!
Some Lushies get the block out of its pot and cut it into bite sized chunks and then store it back in the pot so it is ready to go when they next need it! The other thing I love about shower jelly is that you can keep it in the fridge or freezer, ideal for using in the showers on those hot sticky summer days!
Snow Showers shower jelly is a milky white jelly scented with oranges and cognac! Ideal for those Christmas months! It has a really lovely citrusy zesty scent and its ingredients are orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil, along with elderflower and seaweed gel!
The smell reminds me of Calpol medicine, but don’t let this put you off – it smells AMAZING!
It lathers up quite well and the jelly version of Lush’s shower gels seem to go a lot further than their liquids. The downside to shower jellies? They are difficult to keep hold of, whatever size you use which unfortunately can result in a lot of the product being washed down the plughole! Not good!
Ice Hotel Bubble bar
Ice Hotel is inspired by the famous ice sculpted hotel in Sweden and was re-released earlier this year as part of the Game of Thrones themed product week.
Ice Hotel contains lavender and mint, although I have to admit, I couldn’t detect the lavender when I was using it. Still, the scent of this bubble bar is incredibly uplifting and refreshing, due to the dominant minty scent.
The bar is a lovely white shimmery bar which is easy to cut up and crumble so you can use as much or as little as you like, I used a handful for my bath and would estimate that there’s probably two baths’ worth remaining. The handful I used created a huge amount of beautiful white fluffy bubbles which lasted for the duration of the bath, but don’t expect a colourful explosion – white bubbles is all you are going to get!
The water is really softening and I found that the effects were long lasting after I had got out of the bathtub and my skin felt really refreshed and cooled, in a similar way to the Christingle scent. Hubby loves this one!
So there you have it, my first of four blogs about Lush’s Christmas 2017 range! If you have enjoyed it – Part Two is out tomorrow!