Ren is one of those companies that’s I’ve had a few products in Beauty boxes and liked so when the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash I was happy to try something new from them. This is a 100ml bottle but the full size 300ml costs around £22 on the Marks and Spencer website. It’s definitely at the higher end price wise when it comes to body washes so I was interested to see how it would compare to cheaper products I use. This body wash is cruelty free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
The Sakura bath bomb is one of the older ones from Lush in the current range, I think they’ve been around for the past ten plus years I’ve been buying from them. It’s supposed to be a light blossom scent and has obvious salt crystals in it as you can see from the look of it on the outside. It’s a fair sized bath bomb, though I think it may be smaller than it used to be but that may be me remembering wrong. It costs £3.75 so standard for a Lush bath bomb, and it does actually work ok for two baths if you can separate it into two pieces.
I have to say I do love the colour mix in this with the turquoise and pink along with the white, it’s one of the more subtle bath bombs in the range but an old favourite so I was happy when my sister got it for me for my birthday as I haven’t had one for ages. It reminded me that I should probably go back and revisit some of the longer running products I used to love rather than just sticking with trying all the new things when they come out.
I may have ended up spending more than I originally planned in the Lush Boxing Day Sale. I only went into be one day but I’d originally planned on getting the 12 Days of Christmas gift box and decided against it when I saw it. I ended up regretting that decision and as my mum.and sister were going in the next day asked them to get it so here’s everything that came in that gift set.
The Twelve Days of Christmas hat box is always one of the big ones from Lush, they bring out a version every year, as it has twelve of their Christmas products in it. I think it was £35 in the half price sale and was one that there were quite a few left of so there may be some in some of the lush stores. This year it has a wide range of different product types as well as scents so could be a good introduction to Lush if it’s in your budget.
As some of these things may be still available in your local Lush I thought I’d do a bit of a mini review of each of them in case you manage to find any to pick up. They also sometimes seem to pop up in the kitchen throughout the year do if there’s something you’re interested in it may return at some point. Don’t quote me on that, I don’t know what’s coming or how Lush decides what’s going up, it’s just going by past experience.
I think I’m going to be a bit late posting any sale hauls, the few other things I’ve bought haven’t arrived yet and I just haven’t done all that much sale shopping this year! I did, however, manage to get into my local Lush a couple of days after Boxing Day and it wasn’t too manic so I had a look round and bought a couple of gift sets and some other bits I was planning on getting. The reason this is part one of two is because my mum and sister went back and I asked them to get another gift box in the sale for me which has quite a bit more in it so this post would have been very long.
As some of these things may still be available in your local Lush I thought I’d do a mini, one or two line, review for each of the things in the sets as a first impressions. A few I’ve used before so I’ll either link to a review I’ve done or it’ll be more on experience than first impression as I’ve actually used them. Anyway, onto the haul and I hope you enjoy.
It’s the last bath before Christmas for me so I wanted to use one of the Lush Christmas limited edition products to see if it was worth stashing if there’s any in the sale. The My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar (£3.95) is one of those I wasn’t sure of in my original post when I first bought it so I wanted to see which side it fell on. It’s definitely one of the more unusual scents of the ones I picked up this Christmas and more of an old style Lush smell with odd combinations and layers of scent.
This isn’t available online at the moment, I think they’ve taken all the Christmas stock down to redistribute between stores and the online store ready for the sales, so you can’t get it but I imagine there will be some in the sale when it starts. That is if you can get in, last year I was in the waiting list for hours. It’s a fairly small bubble bar but you could get two baths out of this going by the bubbles. The scent isn’t the strongest so it may be one you’d choose to use all in one, I did for a Christmas treat as I never use a whole bubble bar in one bath.
Todays post may turn out to be a bit shorter than normal as neither of the parts is as long as I thought they’d be. I originally planned on doing a whole post to review the Lush Tree D Bath Oil but I really couldn’t think of enough to say about it. It’s definitely disappointing so I wanted to get this post up before the sales start as it might be one people are tempted by. I’ll go into more detail in the post if you want the full review but the short version is it just isn’t worth the money. Unless I have a dud but the ones I’ve seen in store seemed the same.
The second part is more positive and it’s the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar gift for today; the Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream from Marks and Spencer’s Beauty. I haven’t really tried this one out properly, it’s a night cream and it’s today’s gift so no chance really, but also apparently I got this exact tube last year. It’s a 15ml tube as the mini and a full sized jar 50ml costs £22 so this tube is worth £6.60 I think. I will try it tonight and put my first impressions (or is that second given I did that last year too) in this post anyway.
Day three and the third tube. It does feel like these early ones could be travel products that it’s sort of giving you for if you go away over the holiday period. Maybe it’s just me but given the face mask, body shimmer and now a shower product it’s like it’s either for a weekend away or for preparing for a night out, an office party or a family get together. I’m probably giving it too much thought, it’s just a nice idea that they might have done it deliberately as a kit for a night out.
Anyway, the product itself is the Nuxe Prodigieux Huile de Douche, basically a fancy way of saying shower gel. The literal translation is shower oil but maybe that’s just me being overly literal and it’s the phrase used in France. I have to admit that, seeing shower oil in the name, I was expecting something more of an oil like an oil cleanser but scented and for your body. However, it’s a shower gel that lathers and is in the same scent as the other Pogidieux products, if I’m reading the website right. It also has a golden shimmer to it so it sort of goes well with the Rosie for Autograph body shimmer cream we got on the first day.
With the days getting colder it’s perfect bath weather and, having bought it in a recent haul, I decided to give the Plum Snow Bubble Bar from the limited edition Christmas range in Lush a go. This is a fair sized bubble bar, I used half for one bath but I can see it lasting for up to four if you’re careful with it. It costs £5.95 but is definitely bigger than the standard bubble bars Lush do.
Scent wise this is the same scent as the products in the Plum Rain scent range, just the solid bubble bar version rather than the shower gel that was available or the current body spray. I think it’s also the same scent as the sugar plum lip products, it definitely smells the same as the lip tint I got last year to me, but I’m not 100% sure on that one.
I’ve only just realised how close we are to Halloween and I still hadn’t tried a couple of the Lush Halloween limited edition products so I had my first ever Lush Jelly Bomb bath with the Ectoplasm Jelly Bomb (£4.95) which was interesting and didn’t turn out quite as I expected it to.
The Jelly Bombs are a recent product type for Lush, I think it’s only been a few months since the first ones were released, and they claim to give you a jelly layer in the bath bomb alongside the normal fizzing. This version is limited edition for Halloween and is a mix of a sort of pastel neon yellow and a pastel purple with a ghost on the front, which I think is rather cute. They’re very crumbly in the outside so need to be wrapped in something if you want to keep any as they do leave a trail of bath bomb dust everywhere they sit.
As the weather’s getting cooler it’s getting to be bath time of year, at least for me, so last month I stocked up on some bits from the Lush Halloween collection. The Monsters’ Ball Bath Bomb (£4.50) is a new shape for an old favourite scent. I say old favourite, it’s fairly recent compared to some but it does come back every year in some shape since it’s first release. It has the Day of the Dead, or Calacas, scent and seems to have an eye that’s a more moisturising solid bath oil formula. I like the fact it has something different and when they mix product types into one product and they do look cute with their one giant eye.
This is a fair sized bath bomb, which could be broken in two, and actually has a fairly obvious seem which used to mean they were easy to break, but it seems to be hard and may be more of a smash up and use the dust job rather than get two clean halves. As it does have layers it may mean you lose the effect if the pink and the blue swirling around but as they blend to become a deep purple in the end I don’t think it’ll make that much difference.