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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: Lush Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb

Hi everyone,

Lush recently launched their Mother's Day collection. The collection has a mixture of bath bombs, bubble bars and cutely packaged gift boxes. I really wanted to get the Mum gift box but my sister convinced me not to. I picked up a few goodies from the collection. I'm really excited to try The Mum Re-usable Bubble Bar because it smells like Honey, I washed the kids and that scent smells yuuuuum!

Inhale Exhale Bath Bomb:
Inhale Exhale | R44.50
What Lush has to say about this bath bomb:
Breathe in, breathe out
A brand new Bath Bomb with two sides, each lightly scented with one of our exquisite Gorilla Perfumes. The pink half of this bomb is scented with the light, melon perfume of Inhale, which was inspired by air whistling across nomadic grasslands. Inhale fizzes up quickly, so when you sink into the tub and breathe in, you’ll first pick up on the uplifting fruity notes. The blue Exhale half of this bomb is heavy with amber and sandalwood, inspired by incense burned in Tibetan temples. This second, slow-fizzing half gives you a long-lasting, meditative soak.

Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) , Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) , Black Pepper Oil (Piper nigrum) , Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus) , Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides) , Cedarwood Oil (Cupressus funebris) , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi) , Cade Oil (Juniperus oxycedrus) , Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate) , Cornflour (Zea mays) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine , Coumarin , Hydroxycitronellal , Methyl Ionone , *Limonene , *Linalool , Fragrance , D&C Red No. 33 , FD&C Blue No. 1 , D&C Red No. 27 , FD&C Red No. 40 , Paper Slip
* Occurs naturally in essential oils

Featured Ingredient:
Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara)

As you can see the red half is bubbling up really fast compared to the blue half.
What The Jam Jar has to say about this bath bomb:
When I first smelt this bath bomb I was really unsure if I would like it but after reading many reviews about how amazing it is, I couldn't convince myself not to take it (yep, I'm one of "those" kind of shoppers)

Inhale (red half) is a fast fizzer that releases a yummy blend of neroli and rose oils which creates a wonderfully light and fruity scent and the Exhale (blue half) is scented a rich, manly smokey fragrance. The Breath of God fragrance is really over powering in this bath bomb, which I actually liked. It's a different scent compared to the common bath bomb that I usually buy. The scent is very musky and manly.

It was extremely interesting to watch this bath bomb perform in the bath because the Inhale half fizzes really quick while the Exhale half fizzes long and slow.  At first you see this amazing red bursting with bright streams of colour and then once the red half has dissolved, you're left with a slow fizzing blue foamy picture show that really calms your mind while watching it.

This bath bomb is filled with essential oils that helps relax and calm the mind while moisturizing the body. I found this bath bomb extremely relaxing compared to other bath bombs. I think it was mostly the scent that created this relaxing vibe in my bathroom. I was extremely please that this bath bomb didn't dry out my skin. However, I did use Angels Delight soap afterwards so that could have been the moisturizing factor but I highly doubt it because before I used the soap I didn't feel any tightness from this bath bomb so eh, who knows?

I love Lush goodies that has quirky surprises inside. This bath bomb has a special "hand written" note inside, which I thought was so adorable!

Overall, I really enjoyed this bath bomb.

Blue foam.
Blue half still fizzing away.
 'Inhale, lay back under the water, listen to your heartbeat, Exhale and relax.'
Would I purchase this again?

Have you tried Inhale Exhale before? What are your thoughts about it?
Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time..

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Lush Sunny Side Bubble Bar

Hi everyone,

A day ago I was asked by one of my fellow bloggers, The Sparkling Labyrinth, if I tried Sunny Side Bubble Bar. I received one when I purchased the Sweetie Pie gift box and last night, I finally tried Sunny Side Bubble Bar after having it for a few months already.

Sunny Side Bubble Bar:
Sunny Side Bubble Bar | R48.50
What Lush has to say about this bubble bar:
A ray of shimmering sunshine with festive tangerine oil.
Sparkly golden bar with citrus scents to bring you sunshine. If you've had a bad night full of disappointing dreams and wake up feeling a bit glum, pop one of these in the bath. Even as you crumble it under the running water, you’ll start to feel better. Maybe it’s because citrus fruits only grow in warm, sunny places that their scents make us feel like smiling again. Sunny Side’s orange, tangerine and lemon help to get us through the day, however badly it started. It’ll turn your life sunny side up.

Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium Bicarbonate), Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Sodium Laureth Sulfate), Golden Lustre Sparkle (Golden Lustre Sparkle), Lauryl Betaine (Lauryl Betaine), Cocamide DEA (Cocamide DEA), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), *Citral (*Citral), *Geraniol (*Geraniol), *Limonene (*Limonene), *Linalool (*Linalool), *Hydroxycitronellal (*Hydroxycitronellal), Perfume (Perfume), Red Golden Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate)
* Occurs naturally in essential oils

How pretty is that?
Featured Ingredient:
Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum)

What The Jam Jar has to say about this bubble bar:
I think this is the only bubble bar from Lush that I really like. The scent isn't that potent, I pick up a very subtle citrusy scent. The scent doesn't really affect the fragrance of the water because it's that subtle.

I cut my Sunny Side bubble bar in half because I just feel it's kind of a waste to use the entire thing. The half I cut is basically the same size I would break off when using The Comforter bubble bar. Like all Lush bubble bars, I'm always disappointed at the life span of the bubbles. It creates A LOT of bubbles but it just disappears way too quickly. The only way to keep the bubbles from not disappearing is to agitate the bubbles every now and then.

I got extremely excited when the bubbles started faded because then I saw this amazing visual of millions of gold lustres floating around in my bath. It looked almost holographic. I honestly just sat there in the corner of my bath watching the lustres float around for 20 minutes straight because it looks so pretty! It looked like a Unicorn threw up in my bath, you guys. The water looked amazing! But the aftermath was a real pain. Try getting millions of gold lustre out of your bath without trying to lose your composure.

The bubble bar doesn't really make the water soft but it does put on a pretty visual that's really calming to watch. I was really fascinated by this bubble bar because it looked so beautiful in my bath.

Splash, splash
I wish my camera could pick up exactly how my bath looked :(
Would I purchase this again?

Have you tried Sunny Side before? What are your thoughts about it?
Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time..

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: Lush Don't Knock It 'Til You've Tried It Gift Box

Hi everyone,

I absolutely LOVE Lush gift boxes and I made myself a promise that every month I would spoil myself with a Lush gift box just to congratulate myself for getting through the month without killing anyone.

My daily struggle.
This months box is the lunchbox inspired gift box that was illustrated by Sam Bevington. Honestly, I didn't even care about the products inside first, I was way too amused by the box!

Don't Knock It 'Til You've Tried It:
Inside Lush Cavendish
What Lush has to say about this gift box:
What do you mean you've never used Lush products before? 
A lunch box tin full of tropical treats just for you, fruity!
This special edition lunch box tin was designed by illustrator Sam Bevington. Ambassador of Fun Hannah was working on helping organising an art exhibition, and she loved Sam Bevington’s work so much that she showed it to all of us at Lush Design. We all loved it so much that we asked him to do something just for us!

This box contains:
♡ You’ve Been Mangoed luxury bath melt
♡ Each Peach massage bar
♡ 100g Miranda soap
♡ The Comforter bubble bar
♡ Blackberry bath bomb
♡ Sparkle toothy tabs
♡ Karma Komba shampoo bar (exlc. Lush Solid Shampoo Bar tin)

What The Jam Jar has to say about this gift box:
I like the fact that there is a mix between bath and shower products and the fact they threw in a massage bar and a box of toothy tabs as well. I've used most of the products in this gift box already so it was nice to restock my stash.

I feel that this is a good box to give to a friend that hasn't tried Lush products before because it gives them an idea about the different products that Lush has to offer.

This retails for R435.00 and the Lush Solid Shampoo Bar tin retails for R15.00. Buying the products individually is actually cheaper but who wouldn't want such an adorable lunchbox?? I used my lunchbox to store my Lush products during my Easter getaway and it kept my Lush products moisture free and protected.

I will do individual reviews on the products featured in this gift box.

I love this saying!
Have you purchased or received a Lush gift box before?
Let me know in the comments below :)

Until next time..

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Lush Love Locket Bath Bomb

Hi everyone,

You must be thinking that I'm a bit silly to be reviewing this bath bomb now in APRIL and it's not available anymore in stores but I seriously didn't want to use this bath bomb because it's freaking gorgeous. Whenever I open my Lush box full of bath bombs, the Love Locket scent is dominant. I decided that I would use this bath bomb first before using my other big bath bomb (Immaculate Eggception Pink). 
Love Locket Bath Bomb:
Love Locket bath bomb | R95.00
Limited edition.
What Lush has to say about this bath bomb:
Set hearts aflutter!
What’s inside this locket? You’ll need to break this heart-shaped bomb in half to find out! Use each half and the center for three separate baths (each piece is big enough to stand on its own), or sink in with the whole thing all at once. The outside layer is speckled with paper hearts that will float out to the surface of the pink water, and the hidden center releases a smattering of shiny red agar seaweed hearts to create a spectacular bath time display. The sensual blend of vanilla, jasmine and neroli essential oils top off the luxurious and indulgent experience.

Sodium Bicarbonate , Citric Acid , Fragrance , Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) , Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla Planifolia) , Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara) , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , *Eugenol , Geraniol , Methyl Ionone , *Linalool , *Limonene , D&C Red No. 33 , D&C Red No. 27 , Pink Heart Confetti , Red Edible Hearts (Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC), Glycerine, Gum Arabic, Sodium carboxy methyl cellulose, FD&C Red 40)

Featured Ingredient:
Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)

What The Jam Jar has to say about this bath bomb:
This bath bomb is all kinds of awesomeness when it comes to design and quirkiness. I didn't love it all too much as I thought I would. The one downfall I found about this bath bomb is that it dried out my skin a bit. It's not like the bath bomb lost some of it's qualities because I store all my Lush bath products in individual ziplock bags, in a box and in a cool dry place in my room.

The Love Locket is a fast fizzing bath bomb so it doesn't really create a pretty visual show but the aftermath is pretty awesome. It turned the water a gorgeous, vibrant pink colour and the Pink Heart Confetti adds a cute touch as well. The confetti is biodegradable so it basically melts in the bath. I was pleased that the clean up was easy and it didn't stain my nails like some other bath bombs.

The smell is very powdery and floraly. I absolutely love Neroli-ness and I can clearly smell that scent in this bath bomb. I don't get the Vanilla scent really, just the Jasmine and Neroli. I know the price might seem a bit much for a bath bomb BUT it's massive! It can be broken into two pieces and it has a surprise center so basically you're paying for R31.00 per piece (Cheapest bath bomb is R32.50) which it almost like buying 3 bath bombs at Lush. So, I think it is worth it to buy this bath bomb.**
** Content from previous first-look review

Would I purchase this again?
Hmm, if I had some extra money to spend then I probably would. I would fix the dryness issue with a bath melt. The fact that it dried out my skin a bit really changed my mind about this bath bomb.

I divived my bath bomb is 3 section.
The heart I will probably mix with a similar smelling bath bomb.
Would you consider buying a bath bomb worth R95.00? 
I've see many complaints about how expensive these big bath bombs are so I would love to know your opinion :) 
Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time..

Friday, April 4, 2014

Feature: The Jam Jar's Fridays Favourite Five

Hi everyone,

So last week Friday, I featured Purple Sparkle on my blog with her post about her Fridays Favourite Five. And this week I featured on her blog :D

Make sure you check it out by clicking the image below.

Can you guess any of it? ;)
Until next time..