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In Response To GwenInRealLife’s “LUSH COSMETICS: “Controversial” Changes” YouTube Video.

Hey guys!

Another rant here!

So, I just watched GwenInRealLife’s YouTube Video “LUSH COSMETICS: “Controversial “Changes” YouTube Video. I had so much to say that I decided to write a comment – only it ended up being really, really long, so I thought it would be much more appropriate to write in my blog!

So, here it is:


 

Okay, so I’m going to be super honest and be careful for what I wish for.

I genuinely and honestly wish that Lush was almost exactly how it was years ago. I’m talking about around 2015 when it was super chill but still super fun to visit your local Lush store to just try a few new fresh, exciting, pampering, luxury skin care products. That wasn’t even that long ago, but it really feels that way because of how much has changed since then.

In my local Lush store there used to be just a fairly small table with wooden crate baskets on with bath bombs, and another fairly small wooden table with crate baskets on it for the bubble bars and miscellaneous bath products like the cauldron bath melt thing. There was half a wall for the makeup, half a wall for the skin care, half a wall for the gift sets and half a wall for the hair care. The store was just 4 small walls – the other 2 walls being the entrance and the wall lined with a few cashiers. Besides this there were 2 more tables in the store – one with the fresh face masks on it, and one with the soaps on it, piled high. On the cashier counter was just a few little lip scrubs, lip balms and lip scrubs. THAT WAS IT.

And it was pretty close to perfection.

I never got the chance to try Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream. Little losses like that hurt my soul.

I hate all the new products they’re coming out with.

Okay, I don’t specifically hate them, but I hate that they’re releasing them.

Lush has become entirely overwhelming to me. Lush used to be a place where a lot of people with mental health problems could go to find some sort of sanctuary and peace and happiness and escape from the stress and crappiness they came across in life. Now Lush has become PART of my mental health problems! Seriously! My happy place has been turned into a money making factory. I still find some happiness in the company here and there, but I used to be excited by the feeling that I was slowly trying all of the products, and would have tried them all within a year or so of CASUALLY buying them if they hadn’t started chucking out so many products all the time like they do now. Now I know I’ll never try them all. I’ll never know what my favourite of each range is and IF I do, they’ll release new things in that range a month later or something.

I MISS THE OLD LUSH. I MISS IT SO MUCH.

The only things they could have done with experimenting more with back then was the makeup range. I remember how exciting it was when they released Outback Mate. It was like, wow, something new for the first time in a few months, and it was a GOOD THING. I liked it taking a few months for a handful of new permanent range products to be released.

I wish they would just be more decisive and EDIT their permanent line, and MAKE IT A PERMANENT LINE. i.e, DON’T MESS WITH IT. Don’t remove products that people LIKE, get rid of the ones people DON’T LIKE VERY MUCH. Don’t add new products constantly, just add a few new ones EVERY NOW AND THEN.

If you used to shop at Lush from around 2009-2016, you KNOW what I’m talking about. I miss it so much.

They need to get their shit together, maybe to a massive Kon Mari of their products. I literally feel like Lush is the equivalent to a hoarders messy stash right now. They just need to calm the heck down – I get that they’re a business and I get that they want people using their products because of how they have a much less negative effect on the environment, but sometimes more is less and I think they’ve taken it too far. They messed with a really, really good thing.

It isn’t even like they were doing bad business back then – they were doing really well! They just went sort of viral and yeah. I just hope they get the message and bring Lush back to its prior glory days.

It’s not that I think the innovating isn’t good sometimes – I think they’ve done really, really good things with the makeup range that 100% would have bettered the 2009-2015 stores (these naked highlighters, all the lipsticks). I also agree that them being more conscious of their affect on the environment is overall, a good thing, but I also wish they could implement what they’re doing in a better way. I liked all the shower gels being liquid (like they’re supposed to be), and think they could have a different system – maybe one where you have to bring your own bottle and have a pay by weight system or something. That way rather than making reusable packaging or no packaging at all, they’re actually utilising what people would otherwise throw away or attempt to recycle.

Please Lush, edit and simplify your range. CUSTOMERS LIKE AND WANT SIMPLE. I’d rather give up all the new products that I enjoy (the lipsticks, highlighters, the Don’t Look At Me Face mask etc) if it meant having a much smaller, much more reliable permanent range of products, and a lot lower volume of dropping temporary line products for different occasions. Lower the stress of your store. Please.

Storm

 


 

 

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In Response To Emma Blackery’s “Why I Fell Out Of Love With Lush…” Video.

Hey guys,

I’m bored and just watched Emma Blackery’s video on why she has fallen out of love with Lush, and instead of commenting on her video I decided I’d make a post with my response on my blog.

So, here it is:


 

I still love Lush and really enjoy buying their products – but they have definitely changed a lot (over the past 3 years particularly).

It’s still an exciting store, but is just so insanely popular now – you’d have to turn up at 10am on a Wednesday or some similar time for the store to actually be remotely calm and comfortable to go shopping around in! The staff also drive me nuts (I know that isn’t their fault) and their approach to customers has always been a problem, but has definitely become a LOT more aggressive than before.

I do still like a lot of their old – school products – like Coalface for example, but don’t honestly go in to buy any of my old time favourites that they do still sell. As a customer, I feel like I’m just constantly being bombarded with new products, so the really high quality, older products take a back seat and aren’t really noticed so much, which is really sad!

I think everybody just went a bit nuts over Lush and all at the same time, and that “boom” has really changed the company and the customer’s experience of the company. I think they just need to cut back on their releases (e.g. releasing maybe 5 new lipsticks versus FORTY, under 10 releases for each season, maybe only 10 new permanent line items each year etc,) so that old products could be discontinued at a much less noticeable rate (and so that only old products that people don’t really care about would be discontinued).

I know Lush is supposed to be an innovative company but I don’t think there is anything boring about keeping around the products that people love and that work.

I am still interested in some of their products that they sell at the moment – I’d really like to find a nice lipstick from their new range for example, but beyond that I’m personally just trying to get through my stash and only purchase anything from there either on the rare occasion that they release something that does excite me, or on the rare occasion that I run out of one of my daily Lush essentials.

I think I *could* get back into the company more passionately once I work my way through my stash entirely, but with all the new products that they are constantly releasing I do feel that it would be difficult for me to do. I’m the type of person who likes to try a bit of everything to find their ultimate favourite product from each category (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel etc,) and then to stick to that product! That’s something that’s become almost impossible to do with Lush…

For example, I had ALMOST worked my way through all of their cleansers – and now they have 6 new solid ones?! You can’t even get samples of those things, and it’s hard to truly know how something works until you take it home and really trial it.

I think to really enjoy Lush you have to be using their products religiously every single day, because otherwise you will just become overloaded with products to use up and with new products to try.

Definitely isn’t the company for a customer who’s trying to find their perfect product through trial and error and is fairly bad at consistently using products.


So, that’s what I have to say about falling out of love with Lush!

Again, I DO still love Lush, and Lush is still my favourite store by far. I’d honestly be happy if they just reduced how many new products they release at a time, and if they cut back on their amount of products by maybe 50% or so. They just have WAY too much going on!

It’s hard for a customer to become loyal and in love with and attached to a product when the product lines keeps changing. That just sends customers a very confused message.

What do you guys think about Lush? Have any of you guys fallen out of love with the company? Feel free to leave a comment on your opinions below 🙂 

Storm

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Lush Love You, Love You Lots Soap Review

Yes yes yes, I’m very aware that this is a really old product from Lush (Valentines Exclusive 2017,) but I’ve only just used it up. Here’s my review – I hope you enjoy!


 

Love You, Love You Lots Soap (100g):

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Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

This was a Valentine’s Day Exclusive product in 2017 – it would be very difficult to get your hands on the soap now and would be even more difficult to stock up on should you happen to fall in love with it!

This is a very girly soap. It is pink, has the word “love” written in it with a heart for the ‘o’ (in translucent cherry red,) is super creamy and smells like soft, powdery roses. That’s not to say that a man couldn’t use and enjoy this soap of course! It just may not be the soap you want to purchase for a man or woman who doesn’t appreciate cute products very much.

The scent, although very soft, is still quite sweet and could become slightly sickly after a while!


Pros:

This soap was pretty creamy. If you have sensitive or dry skin, this soap would be a good one to try. I definitely found this soap to be more calming and soothing on my hands than a lot of other soaps I’ve tried.

‘Love You, Love You Lots’ lathered up really well.

This soap did a great job at cleaning my hands thoroughly.

This is an ADORABLE soap! It is a super cute bubblegum, pastel pink colour, with the word “love” on the top of it, with a heart for the ‘o’. The writing is in transclucent, cherry red. The whole product smells like powdery, soft roses (if that makes any sense!) It has a sweet, soft, floral, rosy scent. The name is really cute too. This is definitely a product for any girly girls who are into everything sweet scented and pink!

This product was gifted to me, and it made a really sweet gift as part of a gift box for Valentines Day!

Even as somebody who isn’t super girly, I think this soap looks really cute. The pink colour is different to any other soaps I’ve seen from Lush so far (or any other company for that matter.) This soap would even look lovely just being on display in the home!

The scent is quite inoffensive, because of how soft it is. It is definitely a feminine scent but it is so light and calming and pretty scented that I don’t think it is a scent that would bother anybody very much.


 

Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this soap was fine. The design was super cute, it smelled pleasant and at the end of the day, it did it’s job at cleaning my hands very well. The entire formulation of the product is inoffensive in general – the scent, the creaminess… I think this would be a really good gift for somebody you appreciates cute and feminine beauty products 🙂

Overall, I rate this soap a 4/5* rating. It was a really really lovely product, but wasn’t anything life changingly special to me. The best part about the soap was the concept – it’s just so flipping cute!

– Storm

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Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser Review

R&B Hair Moisturiser (100g:)

Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

This product will make your hair get greasy faster than it would do otherwise. I have really fine hair and also have a fringe, meaning this effect on me was really noticeable! I normally like to wash my hair daily as it is (or at least my fringe,) but when using this product my hair almost NEEDED to be washed daily.

A lot of people really hate the smell of R&B. To me it actually smells nice, but really, a LOT of people dislike its scent, so it’s definitely a product you should smell in store before purchasing.

The scent is really strong and clings to your hair. That means that if you happen to hate the scent of this product, even using the tiniest amount in your hair will cause you to smell of the stuff all day!

Although I personally do like the scent of R&B, just the fact that it is such a strong scent can make the product a little tedious to use. It’s like using the same perfume every single day for a REALLY long time! I mean, I’m not sure how noticeable the scent is to other people when it’s in my hair, but I personally can smell it very strongly throughout the day.

Using R&B correctly could be a struggle for some people. Everyone’s hair is different, so the amount you need to use in your hair wont be the same amount that somebody else needs in their hair. I personally used a really small amount at first, and kept adding more until I felt like there was enough product in my hair for it to have its full effect. After a while I learnt around how much product my hair needed. I also found it best to apply the hair moisturiser after washing and towel drying my hair. I’d begin at the tips, and work my way up to my roots, so that the least product would be on my roots and the most on my ends. I’d then brush my hair through, followed by using a hairdryer to dry my hair whilst running a brush through it. I’d brush one more time and voila! Learning how to use R&B to achieve the best effect for your hair might take some time!


Pros:

I personally love the scent of R&B, and really like the fact that the scent is strong and that it lingers in the hair (most of the time!) To me the scent is a very natural, sweet, buttery, herby floral scent. I REALLY like how it smells in fact, and so does my partner! I’m genuinely surprised by the amount of people that hate the way it smells.

Okay, so as I said before, my hair is SUPER fine. It’s also pretty long. R&B was a life saver for me when it comes to tangled hair. I could never imagine how easy it could be to comb my hair after towel drying it until I started using this product. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is dry, damp or completely wet, R&B makes it SO easy to comb your hair. Brushing my hair is a job that literally went from taking what seemed like 15 minutes to 15 seconds after using this product.

My hair has never felt so healthy and moisturised in my LIFE until using R&B.

R&B would also leave my hair feeling SUPER silky, smooth, soft and looking really shiny. It also helped my hair to look more bright and vibrant – it really helped my natural highlights to stand out! I always loved how my hair looked when I had used R&B.

This product would also help a lot with fighting static – I don’t remember hair static being a problem much at all during the time I used R&B, and it’s normally a pretty big problem for me and my fine hair!

My individual strands would look a lot thicker once I had applied this stuff, which is something I really enjoyed!

I’d find that my hair was stronger, healthier and would break a lot less when I had used R&B. The frequency of finding split ends reduced a LOT.

My 100g pot lasted me quite a long time. I asked my partner to run to Oxford Street after work to grab me a pot of the stuff on the 6th January 2017. I’m not 100% sure when I used it all up but I know it was very recently, so I’m going to go ahead and say that 100g pot lasted me around a year. Not bad!

The feel of the actual product by itself is really lovely. It feels super buttery and soothing.

R&B is a pale creamy yellow colour by itself – it even LOOKS buttery!

Despite what a lot of other people say, this product never made my hair feel greasy in a bad way. It would leave my hair feeling moisturised and healthy, and my hair would only begin to feel and look greasy if I didn’t wash it for over 24 hours. Even then, the greasiness was only really noticeable in my fringe so sometimes I’d just wash my fringe quickly in the morning – and tie my hair up if I was a bit paranoid about the rest of my hair looking greasy.

I didn’t have a conditioner to use in my hair for the longest time, so I relied on using R&B after washing my hair to keep it moisturised. It worked SO well, and a little really did go a long way. When I used it after having conditioned my hair, I’d need such a teeny bit to get the best effect from the product.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I absolutely loved this product and am really upset that it’s all gone now! I could hardly flaw it at all. In fact, I don’t really think I can really find a genuine flaw in the product personally.

I 100% recommend that everyone try a sample of this, or purchase a small pot of it. It isn’t recommended for my hair type but dayum, it worked wonders! I didn’t even think my hair was dry until I started using R&B and realised how healthy my hair could be!

Overall, I rate R&B a solid 5/5* rating.

– Storm

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Lush Buy One, Set One Free Bath Bomb Review.

Okay guys, I know, this is a bath bomb from back in March, and I’ve done an absolutely terrible job by having not used it until just a couple of weeks ago. Hey, at least I bought the bath bomb to help support a good cause!

Anyway, this was a bath bomb created to help raise money for the charity Reprieve, who were working hard to help bring Andy Tsege home – an innocent man who had been kidnapped and imprisoned in Ethiopia for 1,000 days on the 20th March of this year.

Before I review ‘Buy One, Set One Free’, I must mention that this bath bomb did become damp while in storage, and I used it as soon as I noticed. This means the bath bomb didn’t perform how it was originally intended to – so bare that in mind when reading this review!

Here is my review for the bath bomb 🙂


Buy One, Set One Free Bath Bomb:

 

Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

I didn’t find the scent of this bath bomb to be very distinctive. It had sort of a mix of different scent families combined into one, which made it smell a bit confusing to me! If you like very distinctive scents in your bath products, you may not be too fond of the scent of this one.

This bath bomb doesn’t look very exciting. It’s just a very inoffensive, pale orange spherical bath bomb, with a little trip of paper sticking out of the side with information about Andy Tsege and the Reprieve charity on it.

This was an exclusive bath bomb released by Lush around March of this year (2017.) If you really like this bath product, it’s going to be very difficult to stock up on!

I personally wasn’t very keen on the scent of ‘Buy One, Set One Free’ itself. It had a very very sweet, spicy and heady scent to it. It also smelled somewhat smoky and earthy to me. To me the scent was quite strong and again, quite confusing!

This bath bomb left my bath water a yellow colour. I know a LOT of people aren’t keen when a bath bomb turns their bath water yellow – you lot have been warned!

The bit of paper in the bath bomb is a bit of a pain. I only remembered about it last minute when draining my bath water, and it almost got stuck in my drain! It was obviously also wet, so I felt like I couldn’t put it in the recycling and had to throw it away, which I feel is something that goes against Lush’s ethics.


Pros:

Bottom line, this bath bomb was created to support a noble cause, and I think that is more important than how much a person is going to like the product itself honestly. I personally bought this bath bomb purely because it would feel wrong to have not done so! I mean, you get to contribute money toward a good cause, all the while getting a bath bomb as a reward for doing so. Can’t complain with that really!

The scent may not have been entirely to my liking, however it was definitely at least a strong scent! I know a lot of people dislike when Lush products smell weak.

Despite the bath bomb becoming damp in my storage, it held up pretty well honestly, so it’s a well made bath bomb.

I think the colour of the bath bomb is cute – probably because orange has always been one of my favourite colours!

I also actually liked the colour this bath bomb turned my bath water. The colour reminded me of a mix between pineapple and apple juice, or maybe a tropical juice… I found it refreshing!

‘Buy One, Set One Free’ is a vegan bath bomb! 🙂


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I wasn’t objectively be that fond of this bath bomb, however I was subjectively. If you just care about a bath bomb for the bath bomb, and ethics don’t really concern you too much, then you could very well not like this bath product all that much. If however a good cause and ethics are something that you’re very conscientious about those things, then you’re going to love this bath bomb.

Overall, I’m going to rate Buy One, Set One Free Bath Bomb a 5/5* rating. Personally, the fact that purchasing this bath bomb donates money to a good charity that aims to help other people, and the fact that you get rewarded a Lush bath bomb for doing so are the main factors about this product to me.

Sorry for the ridiculously late review and I’m sorry that I didn’t bring this review to you guys while the bath bomb was still on sale! I hope you enjoyed the review regardless 🙂

– Storm

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Lush Magic Bubbles Bubble Bar Review

Okay guys, so this is a bubble bar I actually purchased back in late October / early November in 2016. It was a very exclusive item at the time, and I got hold of it by visiting the Oxford Street Lush store and asking a sales assistant which of their products were the most new and exclusive. I remember her saying that the Magic Bubbles bubble bar was a Kitchen item, and they they had only brought it into the store that same day. Sorry that I left it so long to write the review – it actually took forever to use up!


Magic Bubbles Bubble Bar:

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Rating: 4/5*



Cons:

Bath 1 using ‘Magic Bubbles’.

This bubble bar takes a while to use up! I got 3 uses out of mine. This is probably more likely to be considered a pro to most people, but for me it was actually a bit of a pain! I have so many bath products to use up as it is, so one product lasting a long time just makes needing to use up so many products seem even more overwhelming! If you’re not a patient person, maybe this isn’t the bubble bar for you!

The bubbles that this bubble bar produces are pretty bubbly, but not extremely so. The bubbles also seem to pretty quickly whilst in the bath. If you like super bubbly baths, try a different bubble bar!

This is a bit of a girly bubble bar! The reason the product is called ‘Magic Bubbles’ is because the bubbles begin to turn pink whilst in the bath. I’m not sure how this happens, but it really does! Regardless, some less feminine people may find this product to be slightly too feminine for their tastes.

This is a SUPER exclusive product! I don’t think it has ever been a permanent line product, and I personally have never seen it released in the Lush Kitchen. I’ve only ever seen it once – which was the time I purchased it in the Oxford Street store last October / November. This means that if you get your hands on one of these bubble bars and happen to really, really enjoy it, you’re going to have a difficult time stocking up on them!

The scent of this product is a soft, sweet, musky, green, floral, violet scent. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then I’d steer clear of this one!


Pros:

Bath 2 using ‘Magic Bubbles’.

I think this bubble bar smelled absolutely lovely! The scent is primarily that of violets, and reminded me a lot of the Parma Violet sweets. It also has a grassy sort-of scent to it, perhaps because of the geranium oil in the product. Either way, I thought this bubble bar smelled really, really good!

Although the bubbles never seemed to hang around for too long, they bubbles produced were generally quite fluffy. Remember, this is quite a small bubble bar and I did manage to get 3 baths out of it, so the bubbles it produces must be fairly decent!

I really like the colour that the bath water is left after using this bubble bar. It is slightly different each time – I personally ended up with 2 light indigo baths, and one violet. If you quite enjoy bluey-purple colours baths, this is one for you to try!

The bubbles turning pink was very pretty!

I found that when I used this bubble bar, the bath water would always feel pretty moisturising. I definitely enjoy moisturising baths myself!


Overall Conclusion:

Bath 3 using ‘Magic Bubbles’

Overall, I did really enjoy this bubble bar. It left the water feeling and looking lovely, and each use provided plenty of bubbles. The bubbles would disappear pretty quickly, but that’s not something I personally mind too much – actually, it is something I think I quite enjoy! It certainly makes it easier for me to wash my hair and body in the bath when I’m not surrounded by bubbles!

Overall, I’m going to rate this bubble bar a 4/5* rating. It did its job (to produce bubbles) very well, and I think it smelled really lovely! The fact that this bubble bar is so difficult to get hold of is what made me give it a 4/5* rating rather than a 5/5* rating.

– Storm

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Lush Twilight Bath Bomb Review

Twilight Bath Bomb:

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Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

This is quite a feminine bath bomb, in the sense that it leaves the bath water a light purple colour. The bath water left behind by the bath bomb is also filled with lustre, and the colour of the bath bomb itself is a light, pinky purple colour, with an adorable design of a cartoony moon and cartoony stars on it. The scent of the bath bomb is lavender, with a sweet and buttery toffee note to it. Some men and women may not feel uncomfortable bathing with a bath bomb with aspects that are typically perceived as being feminine, so this may not be for everyone!

To me, every product with the Twilight scent that I have smelled so far smell differently from one another. The bath bomb when in it’s solid form does smell typically like the Twilight scent – it smells like both the shower gel and like the Mr Sandman Dusting Powder. However, once in the water, the lavender scent becomes much more prominent than the sweet, toffee scent, which becomes slightly more buttery smelling and much more subdued. If you’re not actually keen on naturey scents and mainly like the Twilight scent for it’s sweetness, perhaps you wouldn’t like the bath bomb!

I had this bath bomb in my collection for around 25 days before using it. In this time, the bath bomb had already become much more soft and powdery. This resulted in the bath bomb sinking in my bath tub, leaving little bath art on the surface of the water. This wasn’t a big deal, and I still really enjoyed what bath art the bath bomb did provide! This bath bomb doesn’t seem to last well in storage though, so if you want to give it a try, try not to hoard it!

The bath water left behind by the bath bomb was a very translucent, pale purple colour – sort of like a much more pale and translucent version of the colour of the bath water that the Blackberry Bath Bomb provides. I honestly expected the bath water to be left more opaque and saturated than it was – this doesn’t leave your bath water super colourful!


Pros:

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This bath bomb is adorable! It is the cutest little bath bomb I think I’ve ever seen! The design is just absolutely adorable, and is also really comforting and reminds me of the design I had on some of my bed sheets when I was a child. The colour is super cute, the bath water the bath bomb leaves behind is super cute, the concept of the bath bomb is super cute, the scent is super cute… Just everything about this bath bomb makes me really happy! I also received this as a gift from my partner, and I can tell you that this would be an amazing bath bomb to gift someone you care about!

My favourite colour is dark magenta, and I love purpley hues in general. I think the colour of the bath water that Twilight Bath Bomb leaves behind is really pretty, even if I do wish it was more opaque! I also really enjoy the lustre left behind in the bath water 🙂

I think the scent of this product is absolutely amazing! The scent of lavender is quickly becoming a favourite of mine, and with the added hints of sweetness in this product, Twilight Bath Bomb smells very close to perfection to me at the moment! If you enjoy sweet foody scents and also enjoy the scent of lavender, I’d give this product a try!

The bath water left behind by this bath bomb was SUPER moisturising! I was really surprised, because it wasn’t something I expected at all. Twilight Bath Bomb makes for an excellent, nourishing bathing experience 🙂


Overall Conclusion:

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Overall, I REALLY enjoyed this product! I had such high expectations for this bath bomb as I absolutely adore the Twilight scent and concept, so it was really exciting to finally get to try it out yesterday. I love how adorable and comforting it is, I love the scent of it, I love how nourishing it is, I love how it looks… Sure, it isn’t absolute perfection, but it is really, really close!

Overall, I’m going to rate Twilight Bath Bomb a 5/5* rating. Perhaps it wasn’t a perfect product but it was close enough for me to rate it a 5 star rating 🙂 I HIGHLY recommend giving this product a try and to gift it to your loved ones – any hype around it is for GOOD REASON!


Thank you for reading my review!

What Lush products have you tried recently – what did you think of them?

I’d love to hear from you all in the comments down below!

– Storm