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30 June 2014

Calacas Shower Gel


One thing I've never understood when it comes to Lush, is how they decide which products are to be made permanent members of their range, and which products are released as 'one-off' specials. Obviously, I'm intelligent enough to recognise that it all boils down to sales and profit, that much I understand. However, when it comes to certain items, these two factors are somewhat blurred and confusing and don't correlate with the popularity of the product. 

Calacas Shower Gel was last released as a limited edition product back in the early part of 2011, and lasted for a single day before it had completely sold out. Prior to this, the shower gel has reared it's head during various other limited edition releases around the world but never been a member of the permanent family. This confuses me greatly. 

To me, this shower gel is the greatest invention that Lush have ever come up with; the best product on the planet; an opinion that seems to be echoed by hundreds, if not thousands of Lushies around the world. 

The shower gel possesses a beautiful uplifting lemon and lime scent - a zesty and slightly tart fragrance that reminds me of jelly beans and fruit pastille sweets. Featuring a blend of neroli essential oils and lime oil, Calacas is a sweet, fruity concoction unlike any other smell to come from Lush. No matter how many different citrus products you've tried in the past, I can guarantee that you've never smelt anything as beautiful as Calacas

Despite my bottle being almost three years old, the smell that hit me when opening the lid was stunning. Not only this but it's lime green appearance catches your eye immediately; a super-gorgeous and highly appealing colour that stands out above all other Lush shower gels. 


Fans who have purchased a bottle through the Lush Kitchen, will notice that although the consistency has stayed the same, the colour has changed. This new lighter, yellow-shaded shower gel is due to many fans complaining about the old design turning a funny colour and looking rather unappealing a few months after purchase. Lush have obviously reformulated the product so it won't do this - unfortunately losing the gorgeous colour that it was previously. 


Although initially released as a Halloween product, this shower gel is a perfect companion throughout the entire year. In winter - it's cheery smell awakens the senses and makes those early morning starts a little less painful; in summer, it's zesty aroma gives you a wonderful boost to start the day. 
Calacas is a thick shower gel, very similar in consistency to The Comforter or Ponche, although this one does feel slightly denser in consistency. It doesn't lather up as easily as the aforementioned, however that's not to say it doesn't work fantastically well in the shower. It lathers up nicely on a loofa, sponge or shower puff, so very little needs to be used each time, and leaves your skin feeling wonderfully soft.

Although not as strong as the jelly of the same name, this product is a wonderful addition to anyone's bathroom and should be made a permanent member of their range. I know that fans are lucky to be able to purchase this through the kitchen, I can only hope that Lush choose to release this shower gel again, at least so I can stock up on a handful of bottles to last me through the year. I cannot rate it high enough.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Vera Gel(Aloe barbadensis), Sodium LaurethSulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, LaurylBetaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Olibanum Oil (Boswelliacarterii), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantiumamara), Lactic Acid, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £10.25 for 250g.
2016 Price: £11.00 for 250g.
2017 Price: £11.25 for 250g.

Scent Family:
Calacas Shower Gel
Calacas Shower Jelly
Calacas/Day of The Dead Perfume
Calavera Ballistic
Lady Catrina Soap
Monsters' Ball Bath Bomb
Skullduggery Ballistic


Mrs Whippy Ballistic




Sometimes Lush will release a product where the mere mention if it's name conjures up memories so sensual that it'll inspire me to buy up as many of that item as I can, regardless of if I've even considered whether or not I'd like the product. Mrs Whippy is one such item.

Speaking as a vegan of six years, I have never disputed the fact that most meat and dairy tastes wonderful - it wasn't the flavour that inspired me to banish said items from my diet, it was my ethics. So I sometimes still find myself salivating over food that I used to eat and with it being summer, the topic of ice cream has come around many a-time.


Reminiscent of the popular soft-serve ice cream, Mrs Whippy Ballistic is a highly sensual and gorgeously designed bath product. Originally sharing its scent with Strawberry Feels Forever Massage BarYummy Yummy Yummy Shower Gel and all of the other products featured in the list below, I believe that Lush have stepped away from this fragrance somewhat in recent years. Made from a combination of soya milk powder, tonka absolute and buchu oil, this bath bomb is a sweet and powdery offering that is far richer and less sugary than the above products.

Firstly, this ballistic is one of the strongest scented ones I have come across in a while (aside Tennis Ball) and when left its aroma will dominate any room within a matter of hours.

As I touched upon above, Mrs Whippy is different from the other products in this fragrance line as I feel it's far more sophisticated and perhaps a little too potent to be a direct replica. Although they both have a strawberry scent, Strawberry Feels is more of a gentle, milkshake sort of smell, whereas this ballistic has quite a dominant musky aroma. In fact, its aroma is nothing like what I was expecting and it's far less girly than I had envisaged it would be, given its name.


I feel as if Lush have overdone it with the tonka absolute here and this gives it a strong vanilla fragrance as opposed to a fruity one. When the ballistic is dry, its sultry aroma, although very strong, is still really lovely. However, when Mrs Whippy hits the water, the tonka is intensified even more and it gives off a very heady burnt smell which is far less appealing to those with sensitive noses. This overpowering scent reminds me a little of the woody note that you find in both Lush's Breath of God and The Voice Of Reason perfumes. However, I should point out that this element dampens very quickly in the tub and the fruitiness of the buchu oil comes through stronger, once the bath bomb is frothing away in the water.

On a positive note, this bath bomb is a slow dissolving one - taking close to fifteen minutes to fully dissipate across the water. As it quietly fizzes on the surface, creamy waves of white and baby pink foam make their way into the water and this is thanks to the inclusion of both the soya milk and sodium bicarbonate. Both ingredients help to soften the water, which in turn softens the skin. The inclusion of cocoa absolute and almond oil help to make this a very moisturising bathing experience and my skin felt velvety-soft when I exited the bath.

In its defence, Mrs Whippy does retain its aroma for the duration of the bath and you can detect hints of the scent on your skin hours after bathing. However once dissolved, this ballistic leaves a rather murky looking bath water so it wouldn't win any awards for that.

Overall, it is an enjoyable ballistic to use and one that I would choose to buy again. To counteract how strong the scent is, you can leave the bath bombs to rest for a few months in a drawer and the tonka fragrance will have  dispersed slightly by this stage. For those who like quite dominating smells, this will be right up your alley. However, if you're expecting a sweet and gentle smell, you may be in for a shock.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Tapioca Flour, Perfume, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sugar, Cocoa Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Buchu Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.


2015 Price: £4.00 each.



Scent Family:
D'Fluff Shaving Soap
The Drummers Drumming Reusable Bubble Bar
Fairy Tail Sugar Scrub
Flutterby Bubble Bar
Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar
Mrs Whippy Ballistic
Peeping Santa Bubbleroon
Roller Bath Bomb
Strawberry Bombshell Lip Tint
Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar
Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner
Yummy Mummy Shower Gel
Yummy Yummy Yummy Shower Gel
Yummy Mummy Shower Cream





29 June 2014

Karma Bath Melt



Aside from The Comforter, Karma is my favourite Lush scent. It's a unique and very beautiful smell unlike anything else I have ever smelt before. It's both sophisticated and simplistic, sweet and citrusy, herbal and floral. As a lover of this scent, I appreciate the fact that there’s a bubble bar, a soap, a body lotion and a fragrance; all regular products I can invest in at anytime in any one of Lush's stores, as well as online. However, I would never argue against new renditions of the scent, which is why I was super excited when I first found out about the Karma Bath Melt. 

To look at, it's stunning; a petite glittery golden pyramid, about the same weight as a You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt. What I find odd about this product, is that there's quite a difference in the weight and size of these bath melts, depending on where you purchased them from. This is very noticeable when you place two next to each other; the picture illustrates how different the specifications of the product can be - with the product on the right weighing almost a third more than the pyramid on the left. Does anyone know why this is?

Aside from it's size, the Karma Melt contains cocoa butter and almond oil to moisturise, as well as patchouli, sweet orange, lemongrass and elemi oils to make up the distinctive Karma scent. To finish off, the bath product is coated with a layer of golden lustre to make it look luxurious and magical. 

Like most Lush bath melts, you are supposed to drop it into a hot bath tub (the hotter, the better), and allow the product to melt away, filling your tub with essential oils to help relax, moisturise and soften your tired skin. When I first placed the Karma Bath Melt into my tub, I found that it didn't take anytime at all for the glitter to begin dispersing across the surface of the water. As you can see from my pictures, I chose to use a whole pyramid for my bath. However, in hindsight, I would suggest that you divide the melt into three and use it for three separate occasions. 

My reasoning for this is because firstly, there is a lot of glitter that comes with this product, and although it doesn't coat you as much as you think it would, it does tend to paint the bath quite a bit. Secondly, this bath melt releases a good amount of oils and butters into the water, so a third of this would still be enough to nourish and soften your skin.

The longer I left the bath melt in the tub, the more glitter began to disperse across the surface and stick itself to the edge of my bath tub. While this was going on, the oils began to mix in with the water and create silky-soft bathing water. In fact, there are enough oils in Karma Bath Melt to leave little beads on the surface, which can then be lathered directly into your skin. 

When I did get into the tub, I was initially hesitant because of the amount of glitter that decorated the water and sides of the tub. However, you're left surprisingly glitter free when you exit the bath so don't let that aspect of the bath melt put you off. In total, it took a good 5-10 minutes for the pyramid to fully melt so I was able to relax under the water and let the butters get to work on my skin.  

The water did turn a beautiful golden colour and the scent was definitely very present throughout the bathing experience. I could detect the wonderful fragrance on my hair and skin when I exited the bath and it remained with me for hours afterwards. However, to reiterate a previous point, I don't really understand why Lush have chosen to include so much golden glitter in one product. If you slice the melt open, you'll find that the whole bar is made up of glitter and this is just too much, especially as it would no doubt put off even the most avid of Karma fans. In it's defence, you won't end up looking like Ziggy Stardust after use. However, the gold glitter did decorate my scalp a little for some three weeks after I had initially used it, which didn't really bother me all that much, but which I'm sure would annoy many customers. Although it was only a few specks here and there, I know that some people would find this frustrating.

Ultimately, this product is good value for money and is gorgeously presented. The Karma scent is strong enough to see you through the entire bath, whilst not being too overwhelming. It leaves your skin feeling really hydrated and fully moisturised, whilst smelling beautiful at the same time. 

My only concerns lie in the shelf life of such a product. I was able to get my hands on a few of these a couple of years back and found that they lost their scent quite quickly and became quite stubborn in the bath. This picture is of one of these melts and I didn't find it anywhere near as moisturising as the new ones I have purchased from the Kitchen. For this reason, I would suggest that this is one product that shouldn't be stored for too long. 
I have enjoyed using this bath melt and as a novelty product, it's definitely worth investing in a couple. However, I would like Lush to consider removing some of the lustre and including more oils to make this product even more appealing to a wider range of people.

Quantitative Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Almond Oil, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Gardenia Extract.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £4.75 for 30g.
2016 Price: £4.75 for 30g.

Scent Family:
Karma Ballistic
Karma Bath Melt
Karma Bubble Bar
Karma Dusting Powder
Karma Komba Solid Shampoo Bar
Karma Kream
Karma Liquid Perfume
Karma Revamped Bubble Bar
Karma Shower Gel
Karma Shower Jelly
Karma Soap
Karma Solid Perfume
Karma Sutra Bath Bomb
Lush Bath Bomb


28 June 2014

Tennis Ball Bath Bomb


This is the first time since Lush announced that they would be bringing out American Cream, The Olive Branch and Tropical Jungle Body Lotion, that I have been as excited as I am about a product. Released back in 2006 as a forum special, this ballistic only made a fleeting visit and has never been seen again. That is, until now...

Tennis Ball Bath Bomb is probably not the most original of names and to look at, doesn't look any different from Lush's best-selling Avobath Ballistic. However, with it's bright green demeanour and gorgeously fruity aroma, this product is a perfect homage to the summer weather, and indeed Wimbledon. 

To me, the most exciting aspect about this bath bomb is it's scent; a vibrant and uplifting rich fruity smell that encompasses tangerine and orange oils to give it it's unique aroma. Sharing it's scent with the seasonal Angel's Delight Soap, Tennis Ball is a very sweet, youthful offering that reminds me a little of the blackcurrant Starburst chew, albeit a little more complex. The scent is very much like a tropical fruit punch - a combination of naturally sugary components that work well together to create a beautiful summery fragrance. 

If you're a fan of the above soap or Lush's regular Miranda Soap, you'll love this bath bomb. Although it's description may make it sound just like the many citrus-scented products that have come out of the Lush Kitchen these last couple of months, I can assure you that this fragrance is something a little more special. 

In the tub, the ballistic is quick to dissolve - immediately beginning to fizz on contact with the water. It spews out threads of fluorescent green foam that disperses quickly across the surface and turns your bath into a beautiful haven of colour. The vibrancy of the water remains as bright throughout your entire bathing experience and helps to make this a very uplifting and enjoyable experience. 

What impressed me about Tennis Ball is that the scent had great staying power and was very much present throughout my entire bath (40+ minutes).  Normally you would expect it to weaken as your senses become accustomed to the fragrance, however I could still detect it on my skin, hair and in the water right up until I climbed out of the tub. Even better was the fact that the scent stayed on my skin for hours afterwards and it was the first thing I could smell when I woke up the next day. 

The inclusion of tangerine and orange oil means that this ballistic softens and moisturises your skin and I could see a slight accumulation of some of these oils on the surface of the water when I first got in. However, it's not any more nourishing than you would expect a Lush bath bomb to be.


Overall, this is definitely one of my favourite bath bombs from Lush and one of the best bathing products to come from the Lush Kitchen. It's colour and fragrance boosts your energy levels and would be a fantastic early morning treat before heading out for the day. I would have liked Tennis Ball to have done a little more in the tub in regards to the 'show' it put on, but it still a really enjoyable experience. To extend this fantastic experience, Lush need to bring out a body lotion with this scent as I can imagine it being incredible.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Tangerine Oil, Orange Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Gardenia Extract, Colour 59040, Colour 42090, Colour 45350.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £3.95 each.
Scent Family:
Angel's Delight Soap
Magic Wand
Tennis Ball Bath Bomb



27 June 2014

Potion Liquid Perfume


Looking back at Lush's Forum Special perfumes over the years, there are some incredible entries that leave me feeling very jealous that I wasn't around to grab myself a bottle or two. Potion was one of the fragrances that taunted me; being released for the first time as part of the 2005 collection, and never being brought out again. 

This ultra rare perfume was sold in a beautiful glass bottle and decorated with a golden ribbon around the neck; a gorgeous package that outshines all of Lush's incredibly boring black-bottle design that they use now. So you can imagine how I felt when I found one of these beautiful perfumes on eBay: I wasn't going to let it go.

Sharing it's scent with the Potion Body Lotion, Potion Liquid Perfume is a wonderful scent comprised from a combination of carnations, roses and tangerines; a rich and sensual floral fragrance with just a sprinkling of sweetness from those fruity oils. This is definitely not your typical floral smell, which is probably why I fell in love with it almost instantaneously. It's unique scent is definitely a modern smell, but it does feature sultry elements, making it appealing to both the younger and older markets. 

This scent is definitely very feminine and mature, but that's not to say that this fragrance would not appeal to consumers of all ages. Whereas a lot of floral and rose-scented cosmetics tend to appeal to a certain niche of perfume lovers, I think Potion's smell is a universal one, meaning that it would suit anyone from about 18 - 80.

The reason why it works so well for such a range of different people, is because it's a fresh and very modern smelling fragrance. The tangerine oil gives the perfume a zesty, uplifting twist that would appeal to the younger audience. However, it also has references to the classic smells of rose and carnation, which would suit an older market.

What I loved about Potion, was that it was one of my longest lasting perfumes I've tried from Lush. The scent stayed with me throughout the entire day, leaving my skin with a rather subtle but sexy light scent that mellowed as the evening progressed. 

Furthermore, I found that this product was ideal to use during both the day and night. Unlike a perfume such as Imogen Rose, the different floral elements are not cloying or overpowering, meaning that you can wear this down the beach without feeling like the scent is too heavy to match the environment. At the same time, the sophistication of both the carnation and rose petal infusions, make Potion a rich and rather indulgent perfume that holds it own on a night out. 

Overall, Potion is a subtle perfume and doesn't come across as either strong or overpowering. It settles down well on your skin and has decent staying power; the wearer being able to smell it 6-8 hours after application. It still smells floral when it settles and that's when I can detect the natural rose oil that it's made with. The Rose Oil smells divine and it's gentle on the skin. 

It's a perfume with an edge of sophistication, yet a light refreshing twist as well. I thoroughly enjoyed using this and was rather gutted when my bottle finished. Having been 9 years since it was last released, I think Lush should consider putting it in for another appearance. I for one, will be stocking up if it happens.

Quantitative ingredients: Rose Petal Infusion (Rosa centifolia), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Fresh Tangerines (Citrus reticulata), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Carnation Absolute (Dianthus carophyllus), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata).

Vegan?: Yes.


26 June 2014

Karma Dusting Powder


When I found out that Lush were doing a 'Karma-themed' week in the Lush Kitchen, I felt my bank balance immediately buckle under the weight of all of the purchases I would be making. When they announced the shower gel and jelly, I was obviously keen to stock up. However, it wasn't until this product made a reappearance, that I really got myself worked up. 

Karma Dusting Powder is a product of legend. What I mean by this is that I have heard so many people talk about it over the last few years. And when I say 'talk', what I really mean is 'passionately babble on and on about it until they're red in the face'. This is a product that has not made many appearances over the years, yet one that has inspired avid followers all around the world. 

Blessed with the Karma scent, this perfumed powder is made using a combination of patchouli, orange, pine and lemongrass oils. These oils form a wonderfully sweet, complex and highly fruity fragrance. In my shower gel review, I described Karma as an ambient fragrance reminiscent of the sixties, and this it really is.

The orange and patchouli are definitely at the forefront of this smell. Together they offer a warm, spicy but equally zesty aroma. Although I love citrus scents, I often find that some can be very two-dimensional and boring. However, the combination of these smells gives Karma a mature but equally youthful smell. It's one of those products that you have to smell for yourself to really appreciate the beauty of it's scent. 

To use this product, simply shake into the palm of your hand and then rub into your skin. You can also apply it directly onto any areas you wish to, although I found that this can cause a lot of the powder to fall off and get onto your clothes and/or carpet. You only need a small amount to cover your whole body - I found a teaspoon amount was more than enough each time. 

The dusting powder sits beautifully on the body, immediately being absorbed into the skin so you don't have to worry about it rubbing off on any clothes you put on afterwards. The inclusion of cornflour and chickpea flour makes this powder beautifully soft and I was very surprised to discover how instantly smooth it makes your skin. I couldn't stop stroking my arms after I had used this for the first time and I found that the condition of my skin stayed like this for the entirety of the day. 

Unfortunately, the one aspect of this product that doesn't sit well with me, is that the Karma scent tends to fade after 20-30 minutes and I couldn't detect it on my skin at all. While I could top up the smell with my Karma Kream or my Karma Perfume, I was hoping for a little more longevity. Given how strongly the scent comes across in the bottle, I was expecting something with a little more 'bite'.

Despite this, Karma Dusting Powder is a great addition to anyone's handbag and works wonders on your skin when you find yourself a little hot and sweaty whilst outside. Simply apply this to your skin and some of that nasty moisture will be absorbed whilst leaving you feeling refreshed and smelling beautiful.

Although the £9.50 price tag may seem a little expensive for the 140g you receive, I can see a bottle of this lasting me a good 6 months to a year, which is great value for money. I'm glad I bought four bottles of this stuff as I plan to make it one of my summer must-haves.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Chick Pea Flour, Cornflour, Calamine Powder, Magnesium Carbonate, Perfume, Elemi Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Patchouli Oil, Orange Oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2014 Price: £8.95 for 140g.
2015 Price: £9.50 for 110g.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Karma Ballistic
Karma Bath Melt
Karma Bubble Bar
Karma Dusting Powder
Karma Komba Solid Shampoo Bar
Karma Kream
Karma Liquid Perfume
Karma Revamped Bubble Bar
Karma Shower Gel
Karma Shower Jelly
Karma Soap
Karma Solid Perfume
Karma Sutra Bath Bomb
Lush Bath Bomb



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