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Lush Layer Cake Soap Review

I’ve had this soap since January last year, and only just used it up! Here is my review of it. I hope you enjoy! 🙂


Layer Cake Soap (100g):

Rating: 3/5*

Cons:

This soap never really lathered up very well. Like, never. The lather was always extremely mild – only just enough to wash the hands with. If you like a strong lather then steer clear from Layer Cake!

The scent of this soap is a little plain. It smells generally soapy, with a fruity scent mixed in to it. My piece consisted of a blueberry and a raspberry portion of soap, and it smelled… Well, generally fruity I guess!

This wasn’t the most moisturising of soaps – in fact, I found it to be somewhat drying to be honest. Not majorly, but definitely somewhat.

The colour of the soap seems to just disappear with the more you use it. With the last week or so of using the soap, the colour of it was an extremely mild, translucent blue-purple colour. It reminded me of when you suck on an ice lolly only to find that afterwards, the ice lolly is just an icy colour because you just consumed all the flavour and colourings from it!

The blueberry portion of the soap didn’t smell brilliant to me. It was okay, but it was quite a dry, powdery smell (if that makes any sense…) It reminded me of the smell of these blueberry flavoured vitamins I used to take as a kid. Not great!


Pros:

I think that in general, the colour of the soap is nice – especially originally. My piece was half raspberry pink and half a dark blue-purple colour. Dark magenta is my favourite colour, so anything pinky-purple wins my vote!

Although the lack of lather had my worrying, this soap did clean my hands very well.

Although the scent wasn’t necessarily anything special, I did really enjoy it. I love fruity scents, and the raspberry half of the soap smelt especially lovely. It smelled like delicious, sweet raspberry scented candy.

I think the idea of this soap is lovely. You never know what piece you’ll get if you get this soap in a gift set (like I did) or if you order online. I love how many differrent flavours the soap consists of, and the amount of combinations you could end up with! The original block of soap truly looks like one of those rocket ice lollies!

I received this as part of a gift, and it did make a really nice gift!

This soap suited the season really well – it smelled like summer berries, so it would be a great one to use in Spring and Summer (although honestly, berry scents go quite well in Winter and Autumn too!)


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I think this soap was nice, but not anything incredible. It didn’t lather well, was a little drying on my hands and became a washed out colour by the end of its days. I also wasn’t super keen on the scent of the blueberry scented portion of my soap. I did like the raspberry scent though, and the soap worked really well and looked beautiful. It was also exciting to almost have 2 soaps in one!

I’m going to rate this soap a 3/5* rating (a rating that my partner also suggested!) Before writing the review, I suspected the soap would get a 4/5* rating. I suppose writing out all the pros and cons changed my mind a little! It was a really nice soap, it just wasn’t amazing!

– Storm

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My Lush Ban…

Guys, this is getting serious.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was at the height of my Lush addiction, and had more Lush products in my stash than ever before.

This is getting ridiculous.

I would describe my Lush stash but that is for another post. All that is needed to be known is I own far too many products at the minute. My stash is going to take me absolutely ages to get through, seriously. I’m still working on reviewing products from HALLOWEEN. Genuinely, my last review was the Boo Bath Melt and my next review will probably be the Sparkling Pumpkin Bubble Bar. I’m trying to work my way through my products, from oldest to newest. I’m not doing a perfect job of this but I am doing the best I can do.

Regardless, this is going to take me a long time and seriously, nobody needs this many Lush products. I’m banning myself from obtaining new Lush products, unless gifted to me but even then, I’m banning myself from requesting Lush as a gift. Only until I have NO bath products left, will I lift this ban.

“That’s a bit extreme” I here you fellow Lushies exclaim. Extreme situations call for extreme measures to be taken. I haven’t even bought anything from the Mother’s Day collection, and will miss out on all the Easter range I’m sure. Hell, I might even end up missing out on the Halloween and Christmas exclusives for this year.

But what’s the alternative? That I feel a constant pressure to use up as many bath bombs and bubble bars as I can in a given amount of time, just so that they don’t go bad? Is the alternative that I have 50 bath products at any given time? I don’t want to be that person guys! I love trying out new products, of course I do. Spending my money in Lush makes me extremely happy. But having this many products in my home in one go is just insane!

So, no more Lush until all my bath products  have been used up. Only then can I venture to a Lush store to stock up on some goodies.

Wish me luck, I’m gunna need it!

– Storm

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Lush Boo Bath Melt Review

Okay guys, so I only just finished using up this bath melt today… I know, pretty bad considering I received this as a gift from my partner on Halloween last year…

Anyways, I used it up so here is my review of the product! I hope you enjoy!

Side note: I used this bath melt more as a bubble bar… I’m not entirely sure why I had it in my head to use this product as a bubble bar, but I have a feeling the description on the Lush UK website said to use it as a bubble bar or something? I’ve searched everywhere for the UK description of this product and just cannot find it anywhere!

Photos below from left to right, top to bottom: First time I used Boo and the bubbles created before turning on jets, first time I used Boo and the bubbles after turning on the jets, second time I used Boo and the bubbles before turning on jets, second time using boo and the bubbles after turning on jets, Boo bath melt before first use. I was going to include an image of the bath melt before second use too, but it looked kinda gnarly if I’m going to be honest with you, so I thought it would be best not to do that…


Boo Bath Melt:

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

This was a Halloween exclusive product in 2016, so it isn’t available to purchase at the moment. This also means that IF it is released again, there’s not necessarily a good chance that you’ll be able to get your hands on it again once Halloween is over. It is a pretty exclusive product so if you end up falling in love with it, good luck trying to stock up!

The colour this bath melt leaves the water is pretty basic, and honestly, isn’t that appealing either. It turns the bath water a sort of milky pale green colour… I really don’t know what to think of that, but I think I’m not 100% keen!

The scent is very strong, and I’m not sure if everyone would like it to be honest. It smells very floral. Extremely so. I’m guessing this is mainly due to it containing Geranium oil, but it isn’t just that the scent is extremely floral. The scent is also sort of.. spicy almost, but in a bitter sort of way. I’m guessing that part of the scent is due to the inclusion of ginger oil. The scent definitely catches in your throat slightly. Anyways, if you really aren’t a fan of your florals, you’ve been warned!!!

I actually didn’t find this bath melt to be that moisturising. It was moisturising, don’t get me wrong. It just wasn’t anywhere near as moisturising as I had anticipated it to be I suppose. It is the first bath melt I have used from Lush, so I expected it to be more moisturing than any other Lush bath product I have used in the past, considering that is a bath melt’s main focus. Butterbear Bath Bomb was definitely more moisturising though, and I’m pretty sure Rose Jam Bubbleroon and Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb were too, and probably some other products! If you want to get this product purely for its moisturising factor, I’d not really recommend it for those purposes alone!

This bath melt does produce bubbles, however, those bubbles to disappear throughout one’s time in the bath faster than bubbles produces from other Lush bubble bar products.


Pros:

This product is super cute! Looooooook at how cute he is I mean, c’mon…

This bath melt was moisturising, even if only subtly! 100% more moisturising than normal bath water and than some other Lush bath products.

Some people might like the milky colour of the bath.

This bath melt creates BUBBLES!!! Like, it REALLY creates bubbles!!! Lovely, foamy, fluffy bubbles :3 They filled my entire bath and were just brilliant!

I got 2 uses out of this little guy. TWO USES!

I found the scent to be really nice actually. Very fresh, crisp and clean smelling. I liked it! The sort of scent you’d like your home to smell like.

I received this as part of a gift from my partner, and it made such a cute gift and surprise for halloween! This would make a great halloween gift for the ones you love 😀

The product itself is super creamy, and melts in your hands. This is due to its main ingredient, cocoa butter. Lovely!


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, this was a nice bath product. I definitely didn’t dislike it, in fact, I think I rather liked it! I feel a tad confused about it, because so many others who have used up and reviewed this product have said how they dislike it…

Anyways, I found it to be very fresh, bubbly, simple, somewhat moisturising and the product itself looked super cute before use! I’m going to rate this product a 4/5* rating. It was a really good product – not absolutely amazing, but it was really nice.

I hope you enjoyed my review!

– Storm

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The Lush products I won’t review no.4.

Hello readers! 🙂

I am back with another Lush post, so if Lush isn’t your cup of tea, this is your warning!

I thought I’d write a post on the products that I won’t be reviewing. 

This might seem a little bit random, but some of the reasons behind me not wanting to review these products I feel may be of some value to fellow Lushies. The products I have chosen to not review are generally items that are comedogenic.

This post will only be including Lush’s products under the Makeup, Perfume, Gifts and Spa categories, so that it will be a little shorter.


Products>Makeup>Face

For the colour essentials, unfortunately every product apart from ‘Eyes Right’ contain comedogenic ingredients. I have acne, so I like to avoid using pore-clogging ingredients on my facial area, so as not to make it any worse. This means that I won’t be using any of these colour essentials products. I will be giving ‘Eyes Right’ a go though!

All of the colour supplements from Lush are also comedogenic unfortunately, so I won’t be trying any of these anytime soon.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A



Products>Makeup>Eyes

For the liquid eyeliners, they are all vegan, and I will love to experiment with them all!

The cream eyeshadows are also all vegan, and I look forward to trying them out too!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Makeup>Lips

I am excited to say that all of Lush’s makeup products for the lips are vegan! I am really looking forward to trying all of these colours out.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A



Products>Perfume>Gorilla Perfume

‘Hellstone’ from Volume 2 and ‘The Smell Of Weather Turning’ from Volume 1 are both non-vegan, and are only vegetarian. This means that I won’t be giving these two a go unfortunately.

‘Karma Gift’ I feel should be covered in the next section (Gifts,) so I won’t be covering that now.

All the other products in this category are vegan-friendly, and I will love to start giving them a try.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A



Products>Gifts

I personally wouldn’t buy any of the items in this section for myself. I prefer to pick and buy individual products rather than pre-packaged items for myself. For this reason, I won’t be buying any of the gift boxes in this section. I also prefer products that can be used up rather than actual permanent items, so this means I won’t be buying anything in this category at all.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A



Products>Spa>Treatments

Again, I don’t think I’d ever spend my own money to treat myself to a spa experience. I’m sure they are wonderful, but if I’m going to buy myself something from Lush, I prefer for it to be an actual object that I can use up. Therefore, I won’t be reviewing any of the spa treatments or music CDs anytime soon.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A



That’s all for the Lush products I won’t be reviewing! Some of the products that I have written about might not be available to purchase anymore, due to them being Kitchen products. There will also be some products that I did not include, such as exclusive products not currently in the Kitchen, Oxford Street exclusive products, Spa products etc, that can be bought in other locations other than the Products section on the UK Lush website. 

I’m so excited for all of the Lush products out there for me to try!

– Storm 🙂

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The Lush products I won’t review no.3.

Hello readers! 🙂

I am back with another Lush post, so if Lush isn’t your cup of tea, this is your warning!

I thought I’d write a post on the products that I won’t be reviewing. 

This might seem a little bit random, but some of the reasons behind me not wanting to review these products I feel may be of some value to fellow Lushies. The products I have chosen to not review are generally items that aren’t vegan.

This post will only be including Lush’s products under the Hair category, so that it will be a little shorter.


Products>Hair>Treatments

For the hair treatments in Lush, ‘H’Suan Wen Hua’, ‘Kinky’, ‘Shine So Bright’ and ‘Roots’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan. This means that I will not be using these products.

I will also probably not be using the ‘Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Ease’ treatment. This is because I have been trying for around 2 years now to grow out my natural hair, and this product contains the ingredient ‘Red Henna Infusion’. Now, although they claim that this product will not affect the colour of your hair, after some research online, some customers have said that the product has given their hair a very slight red tint after several uses. It’s not worth the risk to me!

The rest however, I am very excited to give a go! 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Hair>Shampoo

‘Fairly Traded Honey’, ‘Jersey Bounce’ and ‘Curly Wurly’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan, so I will not be trying any of those three shampoos from Lush.

All the other shampoos in this section, I am extremely excited to try out! I absolutely love the idea of Lush shampoos and definitely want to get my hands on some ASAP!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Blousey

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Hair>Shampoo Bars

The only non-vegan shampoo bar is ‘Honey I Washed My Hair’, which I will not be trying. I will also not be trying ‘Copperhead’, because it contains the ingredient ‘Red Henna’. I am growing out my natural hair and am enjoying the colour of it, so I am avoiding any hair colourants! Finally, I’ll not be reviewing the ‘Round Tin’, simply because I do not find products so fun when you can’t use them up!

The rest of the shampoo bars are completely vegan, and I look forward to trying them all out.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Montalbano, Karma Komba, Lullaby, Jumping Juniper

Products I have reviewed from this section: Seanik


Products>Hair>Conditioners

‘American Cream’, ‘The Plumps’ and ‘Retread’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan friendly, so I will not be using these products.

All of their other conditioners, I am very excited to give a good go!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Sugar Daddy-O Solid Conditioner

Products I have reviewed from this section: Big Solid Conditioner, Veganese



Products>Hair>Styling

‘Hair Custard’, ‘Sunny Day’ and ‘Queen Bee’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan. I will not be trying them in the future.

Also, ‘Veerappan’ is for dudes, so I won’t be using this!

I am excited to give all the other hair styling products a go – I never use any products in my hair, but seeing what is available in Lush is encouraging me to try it out.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Dirty Styling Cream

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


Products>Hair>Colour

Again, I have been going natural and have really been enjoying my hair colour. I am not looking to change the colour of it anytime soon, so I am most likely not going to try any of the products in this section. 

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A


That’s all for today! The next post will be on products in the ‘Makeup’ category that I won’t be using.

– Storm 🙂 

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The Lush products I won’t review no.2.

Hello readers! 🙂

I am back with another Lush post, so if Lush isn’t your cup of tea, this is your warning!

I thought I’d write a post on the products that I won’t be reviewing. 

This might seem a little bit random, but some of the reasons behind me not wanting to review these products I feel may be of some value to fellow Lushies. The products I have chosen to not review are generally either not too healthy for you or are not vegan.

This post will only be including Lush’s products under the Face category, so that it will be a little shorter.

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Products>Face>Cleansers

I personally will not be trying the ‘Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Wash’. It does sound like a lovely product, and maybe I will test it out sometime in the future, but I do think it is intended for a beard, which is something I do not have!

I also will not be trying ‘Ultrabland’, ‘Ocean Salt’ or ‘Ocean Salt Alcohol Free’, as none of them are vegan, so I feel it is unethical to purchase them.

Finally, I won’t be a lot of the cleansers in this category, due to them containing comedogenic, pore-clogging oils and butters. When I first learnt about comedogenic ingredients, I got up the list of ingredients for a random Lush product (it was actually Movis,) and searched every single ingredient – and whether they were comedogenic.

After I was done, I noticed that any ingredients that were comedogenic were either butters or oils, so now if I want to use a Lush product on my face, I first check if any of the oils or butters are comedogenic, and if they are, I will not use that product.

I have tried some of these comedogenic cleansers, and will continue to use them until they are finished so that I can give them a review. I don’t think I will choose to purchase any comedogenic products for my face in the future. I think all of Lush’s products are lovely, but I do not think they are worth using if it means increasing the risk of developing acne!

The following Lush cleansers all contain comedogenic ingredients: Movis, Ocean Salt – Self Preserving, Ocean Salt – Self Preserving and Alcohol Free, Let The Good Times Roll, Fresh Farmacy, Coalface, Dark Angels and 9 To 5. This actually means that I will only be purchasing the following in the future: ‘Grease Lightning’, ‘Angels on Bare Skin’, ‘Herbalism’ and ‘Aqua Marina’.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Coalface, Herbalism

Products I have reviewed from this section: Aqua Marina, Ocean Salt – Self Preserving, Grease Lightning



Products>Face>Toners

None of these are comedogenic, and they are all vegan, so I look forward to trying these all out!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: Tea Tree Toner Tab, Dream Steam Steamer Tab



Products>Face>Moisturisers

This is a very disappointing selection of Lush products for me.

‘Skin’s Shangri La’, ‘Gorgeous’, ‘Cosmetic Lad’, ‘Vanishing Cream’, ‘Enchanted Eye Cream’ and ‘Million Dollar Moisturiser’ are all only vegetarian and not vegan, so I will not be purchasing any of these in the future.

Incredibly, every single other moisturiser in this section, besides the ‘Full Of Grace Serum Bar’, contains cocoa butter – an extremely comedogenic (pore clogging) ingredient. This means that I will not be purchasing any of these in the future either. Unfortunately, the ‘Full of Grace Serum Bar’ also contains slightly comedogenic ingredients, so I won’t be purchasing this either!

I am so disappointed with this category from Lush – I’d really love to buy all my skin care from them. Hopefully they will come up with a moisturiser that contains non-comedogenic butters and/or oils, or maybe a water based moisturiser.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: N/A

Products I have reviewed from this section: Imperialis Moisturiser


Products>Face>Masks

‘Mask of Magnaminty’, ‘Ayesha’, ‘BB Seaweed’, ‘Cosmetic Warrior’, ‘Love Lettuce’, ‘Brazened Honey’, and the ‘Mask of Magnaminty – Self Preserving’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan, so I will not be purchasing any of these.

‘Oatifix’, ‘Cupcake’, ‘Catastrophe Cosmetic’ and ‘Rosy Cheeks’ all unfortunately contain comedogenic ingredients, so I will not be purchasing them.

This leaves just ‘Cup O’ Coffee’ and ‘Don’t Look At Me’, both of which I will be reviewing in the future.

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Cup O’ Coffee

Products I have reviewed from this section: N/A



Products>Face>Teeth

Okay, so none of the teeth products from Lush contain fluoride, which for some people might be great! For me however, I like to follow dentist’s recommendations and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. I have tried Lush’s teeth products, and they do seem to clean my teeth very well. I just feel like dentist’s probably know best, and they recommend I use fluoride toothpaste.

This means that I will not be purchasing any more teeth products from Lush in the future!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Limelight Toothy Tabs

Products I have reviewed from this section: Chou Chou I Love You… Toothy Tabs


Products>Face>Shaving

I don’t really have any significant facial hair… so I do not plan to buy any of these products to be used on my face!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: (N/A because I wouldn’t use shaving products on my face)

Products I have reviewed from this section: (N/A because I wouldn’t use shaving products on my face)


Products>Face>Lips

‘Orange Flower’, ‘Sunkissed’, ‘Whipstick’, ‘Honey Trap’, ‘Lip Service’, and ‘It Started With A Kiss’ are all only vegetarian and are not vegan, so I will not be purchasing these in the future. 

I am however excited to try out the rest of the lip products in this section!

Products I have purchased and am currently reviewing from this section: Buttered Brazils Lip Balm

Products I have reviewed from this section: Popcorn Lip Scrub



That’s all for Lush’s Face products that I won’t be reviewing! The next post will be on Lush’s hair products that I will not be reviewing in the future. 

Have a wonderful day!

– Storm 🙂