I have recently become enamored with Lush. Enamored enough that I am using their products rather obsessively. Thus, I feel the need to post reviews of the products, for your edification and (mostly) mine.
AVOBATH BATH BOMB
This was the first Lush product I used. It smells wonderful, if quite strongly citric/lemongrassy. It is pleasantly fizzy. It made my skin feel quite nice and was not drying. It's large enough to split into two or three pieces for seperate bathing experiences. I'll definitely buy it again.
HONEY BEE BATH BOMB
First, the good: this bath bomb smells amazing. It's sweet and honeylicious, but not cloying. I absolutely adored the smell. But the smell isn't strong enough to use 1/2 a bomb per bath, making it spendy. And it turns the bath water the color of urine. And it has unpleasant gritty stuff in it that doesn't totally dissolve in the bath water. So I don't think I will buy it again, but I'll definitely try other honey-scented Lush products.
KARMA BATH BOMB
This is another amazing-smelling bath bomb. Karma is one of Lush's "signature scents," wherein the ingredients they list and the smell that ensues do not seem to bear much relation to one another. It contains patchouli, orange, lavender, pine, lemongrass, and gardenia, but smells like none of those things. The smell is also quite strong, and 1/2 of one of these is enough for a bath, even though they're a bit smaller than the other bath bombs. I did find it a bit drying, though, so I'm not 100% sure I'll use it again.
This bath bomb is lovely, and turns the bath water a lovely shade of pink, but it didn't smell all that good and it definitely didn't make me want to get it on. The smell is provided by jasmine, clary sage, and ylang ylang, according to Lush's website, but it doesn't smell like much of anything to me. I even used the full bomb in my bath, and still didn't get much smell. There's also not much oil in this, so I found it drying. Finally, the lovely rice paper flower turns into a nasty gelatinous blob in the bath water, which isn't particuarly attractive. I won't get this one again.
BLACKBERRY BATH BOMB
This may well be my favorite bath bomb so far, or at least tied with the Avobath. The blackberry smell comes from perfume rather than essential oil or actual blackberries, which sucks, but it still smells great, and it wasn't drying. It also turns the bath water a very pretty purple, which is nice, has a surprise inside, and is plenty strong enough to cut in half. Excellent all the way around.
HOT JAVA BATH BOMB
This bath bomb is supposed to warm you up. It's spicy smelling, with cinammon, ginger, and juniper. And maybe in a colder climate I'd appreciate it more, but basically it made me feel like I was stewing, plus it has nasty bits of grit in it (cinammon sticks, maybe?). Plus I'm pretty sure it made me break out. Thumbs down.
LITTLE MONKEY BUBBLE BAR
Since this is the only bubble bar I've used, I don't have anything to compare it with. Other bubble bars may be much cooler. I found this one to be OK, but not breathtaking. It doesn't smell banana-y, or like much of anything, but it produces lots of mild bubbles and isn't drying. It turns the bath water yellow, which sucks, but it's otherwise nice. I used 1/2 in each bath this time, but will likely use the whole bar next time in an effort to get longer-lasting bubbles.
HAPPY HIPPY SHOWER GEL
I just started using this stuff this morning, and I love it. To be fair, I am biased in favor of anything that smells of grapefruit--hate the taste of grapefruits, but love the smell. This is really nice, though, because it smells like an actual grapefruit or glass of juice, rather than a grapefruit-scented product. I suspect this would have to do with them using actual grapefruit juice as a primary ingredient. I can't say for sure how it did with my skin yet, but so far so good. Also, I just used a very little bit on my shower sponge and it made a great lather, so I'm a happy girl so far.
That's the whole of what I've used so far, but there will definitely be more to come, as I have another big order currently on its way. And yes, before anyone berates me in the comments, I know I'm a horrible consumerist for spending money on this stuff. However, some people drink, some smoke, I take baths. I'm having a stressful period, and baths help me. Nice, high quality smelly stuff makes the process all the more destressing. Deal with it.
My second Lush order came last night, and I have already tried two more products! I can't help it, it's an addiction. And if you check out the forums on lush.com, you'll see that I don't have it nearly so bad as many people do. Anyways...
DREAMTIME BATH MELT
I am all for this product. It's basically a aolid bath oil bar, which melts when you add it to hot bath water. This one gets its scent from chamomile, sandalwood, lavender, jasmine, and ginger, but it doesn't really smell like any of those things specifically. I used 1/2 the bar in my bath and found it to be just the right amout of moisturizing and very light, calming, soothing scent. I didn't even put lotion on afterwards, which is heresy for me. And the bath definitely gave me the urge to go straight to bed, which is, I think, the idea. I'll use it again.
HONEY I WASHED THE KIDS SOAP
This is one of Lush's top 5 most popular products, and it is definitely the one that was recommended to me the most before I got into Lush. It smells amazing--like actual honey, not a cloyingly sweet fake honey bath product. It also produces a very reasonable lather for a bar soap. Unfortunately, it's very drying--my skin felt like it was on too tight as soon as I got out of the shower with it, and though moisturizer helped, I definitely have nicer skin when I used a moisturizing shower gel. So I think Mark, who prefers bar soap, is going to inherit this one. Which works for me, because then he'll smell like it! I'm also jazzed to see the scent has been moved to bath bomb form for Easter, as the Bunny I Washed the Kids bunny-shaped bath bomb. I'll probably be getting a few of those...
Broke into another new product this morning...
CREAMED ALMOND AND COCONUT SMOOTHIE SHOWER SOAP
This stuff smells great--less like almond or coconut and more like vanilla, but really nice and warm and sweet-but-not-cloying. It's also a wonderful thick, rich texture, like washing with conditioner, only latherable on the sponge. The smell is pretty subtle and doesn't stick around too long, but the skin softening does, which is great. It's probably too rich for even dry skinned me to use every day (which is fine, because it's spendy), but I think it would be great for the day after I shave. And actually, it might be nice to shave with as well.
And another one for my after-work bath...
LETTERS TO SANTA BATH BOMB
This bath bomb was one of my freebies from my last Lush order. It's a Christmas product, not available anymore, but don't get too upset. While it's cute, with the little candy letters stuck in it and all, it's not terribly practical or nice to bath in. The smell is fine--mostly clovey and fairly faint, even though I used the whole bath bomb in one bath. But the color is awful (reminds me of a cow patty) and it spreads brown grit (clove? cinammon?) all over, sticking to the bathtub and to you. So I had to take a post-bath shower, which some people seem to dig, but I don't. It also wasn't as moisturizing as I'd like. Definitely not something I'd buy. Oh, and the candy letters bob around in the bath and don't seem to dissolve, or at least mine didn't. It's kind of disconcerting.
BLUE SKIES BUBBLE BAR
This looks really cool, and it's bigger than the other bubble bars, which is cool. I only used about 1/3 of it in my bath, and I got significant bubbles and scent. The scent is a little odd--my friend S. said it reminds her of her Chinese herbalist's office. It's scented with patchouli, frankinsence, cinammon leaf, and some perfume. I found it nice, but not my favorite thing ever. The bath did leave me feeling pretty calm and invigorated and clear headed, after a day that was anything but, so I guess it works as promised? I look foward to using the other 2/3 of the bar.
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES BATH MELT
This is definitely one of my favorite products so far. The smell is fantastic--it's fairly light, and the website tells me its comprised of ginger and jasmine, but I couldn't have picked those out. Mostly it's just a subtle, sexy smell. It's super moisturizing, with cocoa butter and almond oil, and it turns the bath water smoky gray-violet. It also has fun colored cocoa butter chunks in it, so it's amusing to watch is dissolve. After getting out of the bath, I smell wonderful, I feel relaxed, and my skin is very soft and happy. I did use the whole bar for this bath, just because the scent seemed fairly mild otherwise, and I think that's probably the way to go with this one.
CHRISTMAS CAROL BATH BOMB
This is another one of the post-holiday freebies I got with my "BIG FREES" order. It smells amazing--jasmine and ylang ylang, in just the right proportions, and in just the right amount (if you use the whole thing). The downside, however, is that it's full of glitter. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the glitter in some Lush products, so I've not ordered any with glitter. Now I know--I hate it. It looks cool, but it's irritating, messy, itchy, and even though I showered and scrubbed after the bath (not exactly my idea of a good end to a relaxing soak), I still look like a candy raver. So no more glitter-laden products for me. If they start making this one sans glitter, however, I'm all over it.