12 January 2018

Cocktail Liquid Perfume

When it comes to perfumes, I think it is incredible that a mere three years ago, I did not own one single perfume. I saw no reason to lather myself with wonderfully exotic smells, as I always felt clean enough just having a shower and rolling on some deodorant. However, it was on the fateful day I made the decision to invest in a bottle of Karma perfume, that I became hooked into buying as many as I could. Luckily, I've never had the ambition to collect perfumes outside of Lush, as I'd probably be living on the streets right about now; sleeping on a bed of empty bottles...

Lush describe Cocktail as a 'perfumed portrait of a Hollywood star's dressing table' - a strangely non-telling but equally descriptive review. Initially, I imagined this fragrance to be quite a crisp and almost clinical smell; in some ways similar to one of my favourite perfumes, Ponche. However, the more I thought about the above comment, the more I began imagining the Hollywood scene in the 20's and 30's, and I began to conjure up a scent that wasn't too far off of what this product actually smells like.

Described as a homage to Fresh perfumery, this fragrance gets it's smell from a combination of ylang ylang, cananga, jasmine, rose, orange blossom, oakmoss and sandalwood. Whenever Lush release a product featuring rose, I always expect it to dominate it's overall scent. However in Cocktail, it is the ylang ylang that overrides the other elements, which is surprising as it's fifth or sixth in the ingredients list. Ylang Ylang is very similar in smell to that of Jasmine, but I find it has a slightly more woody fragrance, which makes it that little bit more sophisticated. 
When I first smelled this perfume, it reminded me a little of 1000 Kisses Perfume, with both it's fresh floral and sweet aroma. Except, unlike the above perfume, this one matures on your skin throughout the day and moulds into a delicate, feminine scent. It is the Ylang Ylang and Orange Blossom that dominate this smell, both inside the bottle and on your skin. 

On first sniff, I could smell the aroma of ylang ylang with just a hint of lavender and the after scent of orange blossom. However, throughout the course of the day, I began to recognise the sweetness of the jasmine and the powdery rose fragrance coming through on my skin. A few hours into my day, the smell had almost faded aside from the gentle lingering smell of the sandalwood, which was a little disappointing.

Cocktail definitely doesn't have the staying power of other Lush perfumes, and it's definitely not the strongest one to begin with. For this reason, it might be suited for those people who dislike heavy, dominating smells. This smell could also be described as a unisex scent, as there's nothing in it that I would state as being overly feminine.

Overall, it's not my favourite perfume by a long shot, but it's definitely better than a lot of perfumes I've had the displeasure of trying over the last couple of years. What is great about Cocktail, as with most of Lush's other perfumes, is that it smells similar to a lot of commercially available perfumes, yet it doesn't possess that acidic and rather domineering alcoholic tone that weighs down these sorts of perfumes. 

I definitely won't be rushing out to buy another bottle of this, but I'm not opposed to picking up a small sampler to wear every so often when I'm looking for a change.

Quantative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Absolute, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Cinnamal, *Citral, Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Isoeugenol, *Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, *Limonene, Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.


11 January 2018

Turbo Bubble Bar

Back in 2012, whilst rooting around eBay for rarities, I stumbled upon a listing for two of these bubble bars. Without reading up on their scent, I made for the highest bid and ended up winning them for an amount I would rather not divulge. Unfortunately, when they arrived, I was rather underwhelmed with their scent and appearance, and hoped that they would win me over in the bath.

Turbo Bubble Bar is not much to look at. Sporting a very pale shade of pink - so pale in fact that it looks almost white, this bar is one of the least attractive bath products to come from Lush. To make it slightly prettier, Lush have decorated the surface with iridescent lavender glitter, but it does't make much of an improvement. 

This bubble bar shares it's scent with the Silky Underwear range, which includes a dusting powder, Fairy Jasmine Ballistic and Alkmaar Soap. All of these products sport a jasmine and vetivert scent, which gives an overall musky vanillary, floral scent. The vetivert has a very earthy, almost smoky aroma which is what I first detected on this product. The jasmine absolute offers a gentle and naturally sweet element to the fragrance, which when combined with the ylang ylang, gives off a musky, coconut fragrance.  
While the smell is not in any way bad, it's not a scent I would naturally gravitate towards. I like fragrances that have clear pronounced notes, whereas this scent is more for those who like very delicate, gentle aromas. It's definitely more of a feminine smell but it's not strong enough that it couldn't be used by men as well. 

To use any of Lush's bubble bars, you can either crumble it under running water, or as I sometimes do; hold it directly under the flow of the tap, which I find creates just as many bubbles. As soon as the water hits the bar, lots of bubbles start to form and disperse throughout the tub, creating mounds of beautiful, soft foam and turning the water a beautiful light purple colour. 

I found that Turbo produces quite an impressive amount of bubbles so I would suggest that you divide a bar into 3-4 pieces and spread it across as many baths. The bubbles that are produced are very light and soft and they seem to remain with you for quite a while.
Unfortunately, as the overall scent of this bubble bar is rather gentle to begin with, the smell that accompanies you in the bath follows suit. This product is perfect for those who don't enjoy overpowering fragrances and perhaps want something a little more subtle. The soothing musky, floral scent does have longevity in the bath - however, the scent wasn't strong enough to make much of an impression on me to begin with.

Despite the lustre decoration on top, you won't look like you've bathed in glitter - I only detected two pieces of the stuff on my body once I have dried myself down.    

As the smell was quite weak to begin with, I didn't detect any on my skin after I had left the bath. While the bubble bar did leave me feeling relaxed and I would say the whole experience was highly soothing, my skin didn't feel overly moisturised and there was nothing particularly spectacular about this bubble bar at all. For these reasons, it's not a bubble bar that I would invest in again, although I can see why fans of Silky Underwear would probably appreciate this a lot more. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Jasmine absolute (Jasminum officinale), Vetivert oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Ylang Ylang oil (Cananga odorata), Titanium dioxide, Colour 18050, Colour 61585, Iridescent sparkles. (Polyethylene terephthalate & Acrylates copolymer).

Vegan?: Yes.