Yog Nog Soap – Lush Review 


With the release of a Christmas range there is always the inclusion of lots of yummy smelling soaps. The Yog Nog soap was originally released in 2014 and then made its appearance again in 2015. 

This soap is absolutely amazing to look at, when you see it in store. The amount of detail that is included in this soap is incredible. The surface is covered in little Christmas trees, baubles and other christmasy themed items, creating the most wonderful spectacle to look at. 


The design of this soap is great to be part of a Christmas range and it looks good enough to eat, it is even topped with a good helping of cocoa powder and nutmeg powder making it look more like cake than soap.

The scent of this soap is just as yummy as its design. The soap shares its scent with the much loved Yog Nog bath bomb released in 2015. The Yog Nog scent is a mixture of sweet, fudge , buttery, cocoa goodness. It is a very warming scent rather than a sickly sweet scent and is perfect to indulge in over the cold winter months. 


I found the Yog Nog soap lathers up very well when mixed with water and creates a thick lather which leaves the skin feeling surprisingly moisturised. The soap scent lingers on the skin for a long time after use and leave a yummy scent in the bathroom for hours.


Overall to say I’m not the biggest soap fan I really enjoyed using the Yog Nog soap! It is defiantly in my top 5 soaps due to its gooey cake like scent which appeals to my very big sweet tooth. 

What’s you favourite Christmas soap? 

RATING: 5/5 

PRICE: £3.50 for 100g (2015 price) 

INGREDIENTS: Water , Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Soya yoghurt, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Eugenol, Linalool, Cocoa Powder, Nutmeg powder.

Decisive lipstick – Lush Review 


Since the opening of Lush Oxford street Lish have really exstend their make up range to include a large variety of beautiful products including lipsticks, eye shadows and powders. 

As I spend a large amount of my time on stage makeup plays a huge role in my life and I have found the lush makeup range to be superb. All of their make up products contain natural ingredients and are cruelty free meaning you don’t have to worry about what nasty products your putting onto your skin.

My favourite colour of lipstick that lush currently have to offer and also the first ever one that I tried is Decisive (as you can see by the much loved packaging). Decisive is desceibed as a deep cherry red colour and is designed to keep your lips both hydrated and coloured. 


Currently lush offer two different formats for most of their lipsticks. They come in a liquid format which can be found in most stores or in a more everyday solid stick format which can be found in lush Oxford street and occasionally on the lush kitchen. 


From trying both of these formats I have found there to be quite a difference between the two. The liquid format is much more glossy in finish and very hydrating. Colour wise I find it to be lighter and slightly brighter in colour. Where the solid format is more of a matte finish, slightly more drying on the lips and much more pigmented in colour, the colour is also slightly deeper and darker.


I personally much prefer the more matte finish solid lipstick format, however I prefer the application of the liquid lipstick as the bottle and applicator allowed for much more of a precision application, where I find I have to use a lipstick brush when using the other format.

Overall I adore this Decisive lipstick. Obviously colour of a lipstick is very much down to personal choice, but if you love your red lipsticks I’m pretty sure you will love this one.

Have you tried any of the lush lipsticks? 

Which on is your favourite? 

RATING: 5/5 

PRICE: Liquid format – £14.50, Solid Fornat – £13.50 (2015 prices) 

Please contact lush for a full, accurate and upto date ingredients list. 

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Snow Fairy Sparkle Massage Bar – Lush Review 


Massage bars are a lush product that I haven’t really fallen in love with yet. I find them great to use as an actual massage bar ( when I can twist my partners arm), but I find them a little to oily and greasy to use as part of my everyday skincare routine. Many people like to use the massage bars as a very moisturising replacement to a body lotion. However I tend to find then a little to messy and never really have the time to give my skin this luxurious treat. 

The Snow Fairy Sparkle massage bar was originally released in 2013 as part of the Christmas range and then made an appearance again in 2014. This very pink massage bar is shaped like a little fairy and shares its scent with the very much loved snow fairy scent. 


Snow fairy is a scent which is predominately featured at Christmas time (although it does pop up now and then at other times), it’s is a very sweet candy scent and is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. I absolutely adore the snow fairy scent as it was one of the first ever scents I tried from lush. So I was happy to put aside my judgment of the massage bar and give this little one a try. 

The Snow Fairy Sparkle bar is pretty small in size compared to most massage bar, if you are lucky you will get between 4-5 full body uses out of it, as it does seem to disappear very quickly. 

This little bar glides across the skin very smoothly as your body heat melts all the butter and oils. The scent heightens as it dissolved leaving a gorgeous sweet scent on your skin.

I did find with this massage bar that the colour is particular strong and it does seem to leave a lot of colour on the skin, which in turn transfers on to clothes. Once you reach the white core of this bar you are also greeted with a lot of shimmer, I quite like shimmer, but I no a lot of people are not to keen on lots of glitter and looking like a disco ball. 


Overall I actually enjoyed using this product, although I wouldn’t make it a regular product it is quite nice to treat you skin with every know and then. The scent is Devine and the design of this bar makes it the perfect addition to a Christmas range. 

Whats your favourite massage bar?

 Which should I try next? 

TOP TIP:  if you pop a chunk of this massage bar in to a wax burner it will fill your room with a lovely snow fairy scent.(please not this is not advised by lush and I can not be held responsible for any damage caused from trying this sweet smelling top tip). 

RATING: 5/5

PRICE: £4.95 (2014 price) 

INGREDIENTS: Organic Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Almond Oil, Illipe Butter, Organic Agave Syrup, Perfume, Cupuacu Butter, Glycerine, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Methyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Colour 45410.

Please contact lush for a full, accurate and upto date ingredients list. 

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Celebrate Body Lotion – Lush Review 


The Celebrate body lotion was originally released as part of the 2013 Christmas collection. Since then it have reappeared every year in the Christmas range and is a firm favourite amongst many lushies. 

Containing Brazilian orange oil, cognac oil, lime oil and orange flower absolute this body lotion has an absolutely delightful aroma. The scent is very fresh and you can instantly pick up on the orange as its main ingredient. I feel the scent of the body lotion is perfect for Christmas and it reminds me of opening the orange that I always found at the bottom of my stocking on Christmas morning. The Celebrate body lotion shares its scent with several other products that lush have released including my all time favourite the Golden Wonder bath bomb.

When lush create a body lotion they tend to be quite neutral in colour, due to the fact they don’t add any unnecessary colours making the product very natural. I found the Celebrate body lotion to be slightly thicker and creamier than most lotions by lush. Lush have included cocoa butter and almond oil into this product making its super moisturising for the skin.

I found that although a little thicker than most lotions, Celebrate still absorbed into my skin quickly and didn’t leave my skin feeling sticky. After use my skin felt very soft and moisturised and the scent could be picked up for hours.

Overall I’m very impressed with the Celebrate body lotion. I have quite sensitive skin and find my skin disagrees with a lot of body lotions but the Celebrate lotion has caused me no problems and is very soothing on sore skin.

RATING: 5/5

PRICE: £12.95 for 225g (2015 price) 

INGREDIENTS: Almond Oil, Water, Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Perfume.

Please contact lush for a full, accurate and upto date ingredients list. 

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Santa FUN – Lush Review 


Is it me or did lush release an lot of FUN bars last Christmas? I absolutely love FUN, so was very pleased to see so much variety in the Christmas range and can only hope this years fun collection is just as great.

The Santa FUN was a brand new release for Christmas 2015 and one that I was very intrigued to try. This colourful bar is divided in to four colours (red, white, gold and black) which are designed to be all the colours you would be to make your own mini Santa model out of this multipurpose bar. 


FUN is such a brilliant invention. When I first tried out FUN I was a little unsure, but I soon fell in love with its multipurpose approach. FUN can be used in a whole host of ways including bubble bath, shampoo or shower gel. The bar is also designed so you can mould little figures, a little like playdough making bath times a little more fun for little ones (and big ones to). 


One thing I have found with FUN is when in store it is pretty much impossible to smell the scent of this bar without opening up the packaging, meaning it isn’t always possible to know the scent before you buy the product.

I was therefore really excited to find out what the scent of this colourful bar was. Containg jasmine absolute and ylang ylang oil this bar has a very floral but also sweet scent. If I was to compare it to a scent of another product I would say it is very similar to that of the Christmas Eve bubble bar from a few Christmas ago. The scent is very calming and relaxing but is also strong enough to leave a subtle scent on the skin after use.


As mentioned earlier FUN bars can be used in a huge range of different ways. I have however found that if the bar gets damp it goes very gooey and sticky. I therefore recommend slicing you bar into smaller chunks and keeping it in an air tight contained to prevent it from becoming damp. This will help to exstend the life of you FUN bar and help you to get the most out of your bar. 

Overall I was really impressed with the Santa FUN, this is defiantly one of my favourites out of the Christmas range and I am looking forward to see what FUN bars are released this year. 

RATING: 5/5

TOP TIP: If you put a small chunk into your washing machine with you clothes, it will give you washing a lovely scent.  (please note this is not advised by lush or your washing machine manufacture, as it may cause damage to your washing machine. I take no responsibility for any damage caused by trying this lovely smelling top tip out). 

PRICE:£5 for 200g (2015 price) 

INGREDIENTS: Cornflour, talc, glycerine, sodium laureth sulfate, jasmine absolute, ylang ylang oil, perfume, amyl cinnamal, Lilial , Hydroxycitronellal. 

Please contact lush for a full, accurate and upto date ingredients list. 

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Mouthwash Tabs – Lush Review 


I love how creative lush are with their products, I was therefor beyond excited when lush first announced they would be introducing a range of solid mouthwash tabs. Not only are all of the lush products extremely creative they are also highly practical and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new inventive product to find more about them. 

Mouthwash Is a regular product used by a lot of people as part of their daily routine. However I personally find that when I do a lot of traveling, packing and taking mouthwash with my is an absolute nightmare. With that in mind I was won over by the ingenious invention of a mouthwash in a solid form, as I new how much more easy it was going to be to take my mouthwash with me wherever I traveled. Lush have created a whole host of solid products from shampoo to toothpaste which make it so much easier when traveling, as you no longer have to worry about products leaking all over you bags, they are light and won’t get damaged and with the new airline regulation it makes taking products through airline security a lot more simple.


All you need to use these solid mouthwash tabs is a sip of water. I personally take a sip of water first and then pop one of the mouthwash tabs into my mouth. I then give the tab a little nibble to help it dissolve. Your will feel a slight fizz as this mini little bath bomb for you mouth sets to work. As you swish the water the tab will complete dissolve. Once you have finished swishing spit out the water and you will be left with a clean and fresh mouth. It is advised that you don’t eat or drink for 30 minutes after use as all the ingredients that are working on keeping your mouth clean will just be washed away. 

The solid mouthwash tabs are currently avaliable in three flavours Ugai, Creme De Menthe and Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Each flavour mouthwash is very different and it will depend a lot on you personal tastes which one you will like best but below are my views on these fabulous products. 


PAN GALACTIC GARGLE BLASTER:

When I first received my parcel containing the new solid mouthwash tabs the one I reached for first was the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Why did I pick this one first? Well mainly because of its incredible name. The name of this product was inspired by the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and I think it is perfect for this product. I wasn’t really sure what to exspect as this was my first experience of trying this new invention. As soon as I opened the little bottle I was very impressed with how strong the scent was and a little perplexed as to how I felt about the scent as it wasn’t that of which you would normally find in a mouthwash. 

The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster mouthwash tabs are a lemon yellow colour and contain menthol crystals, lemon oil and aniseed oil. I found the lemon to really stand out in this scent although I would say it has quite a medicine aroma similar to that of lemsip or cough sweets. 

After I had got over the initial strangeness of using a mouthwash in solid form I really enjoyed using this product. After using it I found my mouth felt extremely clean. I didn’t actually pick up on the aniseed until after I had used the product. If you don’t like how strong a lot of mouthwashes can be I would really recommend this one as it still has a slight kick but it isn’t as overpowering as a lot of mouthwashes can be. 

RATING – 4/5 


UGAI: 

The second solid mouthwash that I decided to try was the Ugai . Lush describe this mouthwash as an oasis of cooling green tea and cleansing sea salt, inspired by the Japanese custom of gargling. When I first opened this bottle and took my first wiff of the scent I was a little unsure as to what I thought. It personally reminded me a lot of a foot treatment or face mask and I could instantly pick up on the tea tree, which is not normally something I would want to put in my mouth. 

However I put this though to one side and tried out the little grey coloured mouthwash tab. I found Ugai to be a very peculiar taste. I wouldn’t say I didn’t like it but as the same time I defiantly didn’t love it. As well as tea tree oil this mouthwash also contains green tea powder and sea salt. I think the main aspect of this product I was not keen on was the sea salt. I have a real issue on salt in mouth care product as I really don’t like the taste. After using this product I did feel like my mouth was very clean and it had a very light and fresh feel to it. 

Have you tried this one yet? How did you did you find the taste? 

RATING: 3/5


CREME DE MENTHE: 

The last of the three products that I tried was the Creme De Menthe mouthwash tab. Green in colour with a hint of shimmer I found my self instantly favouring this bottle out of the three. I do think it’s a slight psychological thing, but I find it very hard to use a mouth care product that isn’t mint flavoured. Containing menthol crystals, peppermint oil and peppermint powder this mouthwash tab is defiantly the colsest to a conventional mouthwash in terms of taste. 

As soon as you open the bottle of this mouthwash you are hit by its fresh peppermint scent, lush even describe this product as your double shot of peppermint freshness. During use I would defiantly say this is the strongest of the mouthwash tabs and have a very strong mint taste. After use my mouth was left feeling very clean and very fresh. I could still feel the effects of the cold menthol for quite some time after use and would say this mouthwash is the best for keeping your breath fresh. 

RATING: 5/5


Overall I am very impressed with this new solid mouthwash invention from lush. As soon as I got over the strange feeling of using a solid mouthwash I really enjoyed using this products. I think they are great for use at home, for popping in your bag on a trip out or for taking with you on longer journeys. I have one bottle in my travel wash bag and one that I keep in my handbag as they are so quick and easy to use. 

I do feel the tastes and scents of these products are very different and will depend on what you like. Personally I love the Creme De Menthe best. 

Which is your favourite? 

These solid mouthwash tabs are currently only available at the lush Oxford street store and on the lush kitchen for a limited time. I do however look forward to them hopefully making in appearance in every store soon. 

Price- £5.95 for 45g (2016 price) 

Please contact lush for a full, accurate and upto date ingredients list. 

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Baked Alaska Soap – Lush Review 


When it come to soap I never really seem to be a fan, they just don’t seem to excite me as much as the other products that lush have to offer. But every now and then I come across a soap that I really enjoy using and the Baked Alaska soap is one of these such soaps.

Released as part of the Christmas range, this soap is named after and also designed to look a little like the yummy Baked Alaska pudding. What first draw me to this soap was it array of bright colours! One thing I really do love about the soaps from lush is when you see them in store before they have been cut into smaller pieces, that they always look very impressive! So much thought is put into them and lush really do make a statement soap. The Baked Alaska soap contains a mixture of blues, pinks, yellows and greens with an outer covering of white, making this soap look like a giant snowball and defiantly looking good enough to eat! 


After how pretty this soap is, I was then won over by its wonderful scent. Although I do love a good old Christmas scent, it is refreshing to find that lush release there products in a range of scents at Christmas time. Containing lemon myrtle oil, ylang ylang oil and grapefruit oil the Baked Alaska soap is a very refreshing and crisp citrus scent. I found the aroma of this soap to be very strong and not only did it leave a lovely scent on my skin it also filled the bathroom with its scent even when not in use. 


The main reason why I tend to not like soap all that much is that I usually find it to be very drying on the skin. However although I wouldn’t say that this soap is particular moisturising, it didn’t dry my skin out as much as I was exspecting. I found the soap lathered very well and found a 100g bar lasted rather well.

Overall I really enjoyed this soap and am hoping it will make an appearance again this Christmas! 

What soap would you recommend I try next? 

Rating – 5/5 

Price – £3.25 for 100g (2015 price) 

Ingredients – Water, Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Perfume, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Methyl Ionone, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 14700.

Please contact lush for a full, accurate and upto date ingredients list. 

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