Saturday, 23 July 2022

Feeling My Elle Woods Graduation Fantasy | Masters Graduation - July 2022 - Leeds Beckett University | Outfit Of The Day

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently graduated from both my Undergraduate and Postgraduate Degrees including a MA in Media and Culture at Leeds Beckett University and I thought that today I would show you all what I wore. 

The photo in this post is before I grabbed my cap and gown as I had some time free before I needed to go grab them. If you want to see those photos then keep an eye on my social media channels. If you’re not sure where to go then just search thejamiesowden on all social media platforms. 

Before I go on about the outfit and show a photo where I look absolutely stunning if I say so myself. Id like to thank Abbey for not only coming to the graduation event, but for also, taking the photo that is featured in this post and helping me out in several ways during the day! 

A photo of someone slightly looking at the camera smiling with short black hair wearing silver rectangular glasses a white shirt with black floral pattern all over it a pink tie and metal silver clip with a black two piece suit consisting of a jacket and trousers and black and gold glitter loafer style shoes on a bright background

The Shirt is from Next. It was gifted to me from a friend so sadly I don’t know the name of the shirt but I absolutely love the design of this shirt! 

The tie and bar clip are from Primark. I bought them last year so again I can’t remember the price of them but they are amazing for just adding a little bit of pizazz to an outfit. 

Now onto the suit! 

The suit is from Slater Menswear. I have always been fascinated by the items that Slater’s stock and forever wanted to purchase something from them so I did. I decided to purchase the Charlton Gray Regular Fit Black Two Piece Suit. Slater’s also offer a free alterations service which I participated in to ensure that  my suit fitted me, The customer service at their Leeds store was impeccable! I received my altered suit in ten days and as you can see from the photo it looks amazing on me. 

The shoes are from BoohooMAN. I bought them in 2019 but I haven’t worn them in a while so I thought I’d bring them out for a special occasion. I love these loafer style shoes as they are smart but comfortable. I love the splash of glitter that is on them as it shows off a bit of my personality just like the shirt does. I forgot how much I loved these shoes and now that I’ve worn them out, I might wear them out more frequently in the next few months. 

What do you think of this out? Let me know down below. What are you wearing for special moments this year? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Preserving My Youthful Self In Some Uber Lush Products | Lush New Self-Preserving Products 2022 - Ultrabland, Mask Of Magnaminty & Enzymion

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recent6l was gifted some of the new Self Preserving products from the lovely PR team at Lush and I thought that today I would talk to you all about it.

Three cylindrical black pots all on their side with the lid showing, all with black labels and white font. One saying ultrabland self-preserving cleanser, one with mask of magnanimity face and body mask and one saying Enzymion self-preserving moisturiseron a long rectangular light brown shelf on a bright background

What is Self-Preserved?

Our skin is home to helpful microflora that defend against invading bacterial pathogens. At Lush we use minimal preservatives in our products when we have to, and over the decades have been working hard to remove preservatives from products wherever we can.

Made from butters, oils and essential oils without preservatives, the new self-preserving producrs have a slightly richer formula and are just as effective with all the goodness. They are best used fresh, within 6 months.’ - Lush UK.

Ultrabland Self-Preserving Cleanser

Almond Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Water (Aqua), Rose Water, Fresh Iris Extracted in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Glycerine, Glyceryl Stearate, Tincture of Benzoin, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Cinnamate 

This Cleanser is more of a balm texture that turns into a sort of hybrid of a cream and an oil to me. I have been using it recently as the first part of a double cleanser and a night time style cleanser. As I have quite dry skin, this cleanser works amazingly for me. It cleanses my skin but doesn’t strip it like a lot of other cleansers seem to do and leave my skin feeling soft and supple which honestly is always the goal. 

I did see Shea Coulee use this in a video and ever since I have been humming and ahhing about purchasing it and using it so I was more than ecstatic to be gifted it. Now that I know that my skin loves it I will definitely be using it more and more. If you have more normal skin then this would be a great cleanser to use during the colder months 

The scent and self-preserving factor mainly comes from the Honey and Rose Water. These two combine to create a slightly fresh and sweet scent which is great especially at night when you don’t want to use products with too much of a stimulating or awakening scent. 

Mask Of Magnaminty Self-Preserving Face & Body Mask

Honey, Kaolin, Bentone gel, Talc, Glycerine, Ground Organic Aduki Beans, Evening Primrose Seeds, Peppermint Oil, Tagetes Oil, Vanilla Absolute, *Limonene, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

Okay, I may be a little bit bias with this product as I have been using Mask Of Magnaminty for a fair few years now. 

The texture of the mask is everything. It combines all of the textures that you would want in a face mask into one. This mask starts out by vbeing slightly creamy due to the Honey and Glycerine then sets up into a form matte mask due to the talc and kaolin the longer you leave it on and then also has the scrubby texture due to the ground Aduki and Primrose Seeds. 

The scent of this product is quite an unusual one. Yes it is minty but it isn’t that sort of fresh mint that is in a lot of beauty products. This mint smell has a sort of backbone to it. It sort of smells like fresh mint that has been left to dry in the sun. This is probably due to the mixture of Peppermint Oil and Vanilla Absolute. 

I love how that this version is a little bit richer and more moisturising  than the non-preserving one as my skin loves anything that is buttery and nourishing. As I have lactose intolerance, I can end up having dry yet acne prone skin and this mask definitely does the trick due the mix of humectants and exfoliates. If you also get acne due to stress or hormones and want a mask that you can whack on and forget about for a while then I would definitely recommend this one. (It’s also green so if you want a mask to enjoy with a friend on a fun night in then I’d definitely recommend this one!) 

Enzymion Self-Preserving Moisturiser

Fresh Lemon Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Stearic Acid, Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Almond Oil, Water (Aqua), Wheatgerm oil, Triethanolamine, Tangerine Oil, Lime Oil, Fresh Aloe Gel, Freshly Juiced Lemon, Freshly Juiced Papaya, Cetearyl Alcohol, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Limonene, * 

Anyone that knows me will know that I love anything that Is full of butters when it comes to skincare and that I love Lemons. I mean I love Lemons a lot! 

The texture of this moisturiser to me is a bit of a weird one. It’s slightly creamy and quite liquid based in the tub but when you apply it to the skin, it becomes a bit more like a balm. I guess in essence it’s the opposite of Ultrabland to me. This may be due to the mixture of Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose, Wheatgwrm and Aloe. 

To me the scent was amazing. When I mixed it into my skin, I definitely got a freshly picked citrus vibe from it. I could definitely smell the mixture of Papaya, Lemon and Tangerine and honestly I loved it. I kind of wished that Lush did more products with this scent especially for the Summer. This is definitely a product that is meant for Summer. 

Would I buy any of these again? Definitely. I mean I’ve bought MOM plenty of times and will carry on purchasing it. Once I have finished Ultrabland I may look into the other cleansers at Lush and come back to it in the colder months or when I’m feeling more confident (aka when I want to start getting a little bit into makeup again) and wanting a good cleanser to break down makeup and I can see Enzymion becoming a Summertime staple. All in all 8.6/10 for all three items combined as a routine. 

I love that these items are now self-preserving as not only will they help my skin that little bit more but will wlso keep for longer. 

Have you checked out these  new Self-Preserving products? Let me know down below 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

This post was in return for products that were gifted to me. All views and thoughts are my own. 

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Keeping My Skin Cool & Refreshed All Summer Long | The Body Shop Summer 2022 Range First Impressions| Refreshing Passionfruit & Cool Daisy

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I saw that the other week that The Body Shop released two new ranges for their Summer 2022 Collection and I thought that today, I would talk to you all about them.

DISCLAIMER: My blog has decided that it only wants to have photos on the left hand side compared to its usual centre position so all photos in this post will be on the left hand side. 

Refreshing Passionfruit:

A white hand holding a cylindrical bottle wifh a white square label that says refreshing Passionfruit shower gel the body shop in black font filled with purple liquid with a circular black lid on a light brown rectangular shelf on a bright background

Shower Gel:

‘Made with 92% ingredients of natural origin, including passionfruit extract and Community Fair Trade organic aloe vera, our vegan shower gel lathers up a treat, instantly transforming from a light gel texture into a rich bubbly foam. It leaves skin feeling cleansed and refreshed, so you can jump in the shower, rinse, jump out, towel dry and dive straight into summer.’ - The Body Shop.

The texture of this shower gel was amazing. Slightly gelatinous and lathered up in the hands in a way that I hadn’t seen before. The way that it lathered up was that the consistency stayed the complete same whilst the scent increased in power. Even though I’m particular with textures I actually didn’t mind that the lather was more of a serum texture as much as I thought I was going to. 

The scent of the Refreshing Passionfruit is to die for. If you have smelt the old Passionfruit range from The Body Shop that was out a fair few years ago then imagine that multiplied by ten with a touch of floral added to it. You can definitely detect the floral notes when smelling the product but it doesn’t take over the fruitiness of the Passionfruit which I’m quite glad about.

The rest of the range smells pretty much the same so I won’t be focusing on the scent for the rest of the range unless I need to. 

Body Yoghurt 

But you shouldn’t have to wait around for that full-body freshness. That’s why our Body Yogurt is made to absorb instantly (even on damp skin!), so you can jump straight out of the shower, moisturise and dive into summer.’ - The Body Shop. 

I love the texture of the Body Yoghurts. They’re lightweight but moisturising and the prefect thing to use in the Summer heat. I mean I want moisture but I don’t want to be waiting forever to let something to sink into my skin. I believe this also has menthol in which ensures that my whole body is cool which I really enjoyed as I have been getting into enjoying menthol in body care recently. Definitely something to get for those people who are impatient. My only problem is that with it being a big pot, I can see myself getting through this and wanting to go onto a different scented product. 

A zoomed in photo of an open u shaped yoghurt st type dark green and purple pot on a white bright background

Body Scrub

‘Made with ingredients of natural origin, including passionfruit oil, our vegan body exfoliator has an energizing scent and buffs away dead skin cells to leave your birthday suit feeling softer and smoother. It even leaves skin feeling instantly refreshed and gives all skin types a sunny-looking glow.’ - The Body Shop.

The scrub of this scrub is made up of Kiwi Seeds which gives a slightly gentle but still quite deep scrub to the skin which I really like. Due to the other ingredients it is scrubby but doesn’t strip the skin like some other abrasive scrubs. This means for anyone with dry skin like myself it won’t leave you feeling dry after which lets be honest is what we are trying to achieve at the end of the day. I have tried a fair few scrubs in my time and I really enjoyed this one. 

A zoomed in photo of a dark green and purple circular cylindrical pot with some scrub showing through the top  with a green and purple lid at the side of it with a photo of a Passionfruit on top with the body shop refreshing Passionfruit I’m body scrub in white font on a striped light grey rectangular shelf on a bright background

Body Mist 

Made with 95% ingredients of natural origin, including passionfruit oil and hyaluronic acid, our vegan body mist leaves summer skin feeling instantly hydrated, cooled and refreshed and smelling as tangy and summery as a passionfruit. It even leaves dry skin feeling soothed and quenched with moisture and gives all skin types a little radiance.

Who doesn’t love a body mist for when you need to refresh in the warm heat? I love TBS Body Mists as they not only add a bit of scent to the body when it is needed but also adds a bit of moisture and as someone who is forever referred to as a human lizard due to the dryness of my skin I am forever grateful for something that does more than one thing for me. I have been using this a lot lately and just like the Raspberry Mist from last year I wish that this became permanent at TBS. 

It does have a bit more of the floral notes that I have mentioned previously compared to the rest of the range but I can definitely cope with that. If you hate floral then just be wary. 

A naked person showing their side and back with long dark brown hair holding a cylindrical green and purple spray bottle with the body shop refreshing Passionfruit body most in black font on a white label on a bright background

Cool Daisy:

A photo of a cukdienixal clear bottle filled with purple liquid with a white label with cool daisy the body shop on black font next to a u shaped yoghurt pot in purple with white cream in it with cool daisy body yoghurt in black font next to a cylindrical plastic body mist bottle filled with clear liquid with a white label with cool daisy body mist the body shop on Blac font on a light brown rectangular shelf on a bright background

Shower Gel

Again, like the Passionfruit, this gel doesn’t lather up per se but does gel up more than anything which to me is the same consistency as when you squirt some out of the bottle. I think with this new formulation, it ensures that the moisturising ingredients in the product do what they need to whilst the scent becomes stronger more than anything when you rub it in between your hands.

The scent of this product is a quite interesting one. I was expecting it to be floral and honestly synthetically sweet but it wasn’t. It was floral which is to be expected due to it being Daisy scented but it had a bit of a fresh peppery underbite to it which cut through the sweetness of the floral notes in this scent beautifully. Definitely one that I would wear on Summer Picnics.

For the rest of this range I’ll be focusing on texture as the range share the same scent and do not smell severely different so I don’t see the point in repeating myself a lot.

  A cylindrical bottle with a. Cykdiencual small green lid filled with light liquid with the body shop cool daisy shower gel in black font with some daisy on a white label on a bright background

Body Yoghurt

‘Good for dry, thirsty skin in need of a drink, this body moisturiser gives you 48hr hydration and leaves skin feeling softer and smoother. You can even slather it on damp skin straight after the shower, leaving you smelling as fresh and floral as a meadow of daisies.’ - The Body Shop.

Again, the texture of this product to me is perfect. I love how it’s lightweight and sinks into the skin pretty much straightaway but is moisturising. As someone who is severely impatient I love this for when I need some moisture but don’t want to be waiting ages before getting ready and heading out. This will also help to keep you cool during the day as you can instantly top up where you need to during the day and in a quick second the skin will drink it up.

A photo of a u shaped white yoghurt pot style tin with a circular white lid with the body shop cool daisy body yoghurt in black font on a bright background

Body Mist

'When you’re feeling a bit hot and bothered, give your skin a few spritzes of our special edition Cool Daisy Hydrating Body Mist. It’s super refreshing and gives you an instant hit of hydration, leaving you feeling cool and smelling as fresh and floral as a field of daisies.' - The Body Shop.

Who doesn't love a good Body Mist? This one has a slightly fine spray which means that a little goes a long way. The spray has a cooling effect for me which means that you can spray yourself throughout the day to stay cool and hydrated. The Miist also comes in quite compact packaging which means that it is easy to just shove it in your bag and take it with you wherever you need to.

A whore small cylindrical bottle with a spray with a white label that says the body shop cool daisy in black font with white daisy’s on it on a bright background

Would I buy these products again? I think I would buy a couple of them but as some of them come in quite big pots such as the Scrub and Yoghurts I know that they would take me a while to get through and once I finished one of them I know that I would want to try something in a different scent due to using the same scent for so long. I give the Refreshing Passionfruit a 8.5/10 and the Cool Daisy a 8/10.

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Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below.

Thanks for reading!
Jamie xThe Body Shop

Sunday, 19 June 2022

Having A Lush Trip! | Lush Liverpool Spa Trip - May 2022

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. Today, I thought that I would talk to you all about the time I went to Lush Liverpool Spa a couple of weeks ago. 

Myself and Alex had decided to visit Liverpool to celebrate my 25th birthday. The main reason that we went was because well Liverpool has one of the biggest Lush's in the world and well we all know what I am like with Lush. The weather was quite warm and humid on the first day of visiting Liverpool which caused me some anxiety so we decided to spend the second day of our visit checking out Lush Liverpool Spa. 

We walked into the superstore and decided that it would be best to have a quick look around and then grab what we wanted due to there being a plethora of products on the ground floor alone. We walked up and down the ground floor nosing at all of the products. 

The first section that we wandered to was the Fresh section. The Fresh section is actually made at the Liverpool store itself hence the name. This section consists of exclusive fresh products to Liverpool Spa itself. This includes Fresh Cleanser and Scrub Rolls. A couple of these (Aloe Bamboo and Ilipe Of Faith) have made their way to most of the stores in the UK but Liverpool Spa had a few others. The one that most stood out to me was Oaty McOatface because well that name! This section also contains all of the Fresh Face Masks that are stored in their own little section on ice in most stores and some more. The Liverpool Spa had exclusive masks such as Matcha, Date Night, Brush Strokes & Prince Of Darkness (which contains Patchouli, Lavender and some other goodies). I still have a tiny bit of both Matcha and Date Night and well Prince Of Darkness was calling to my inner dark so I decided to grab it. I think with this post, instead of doing a haul, I'll do reviews of the products themselves when I can so keep an eye out for them. The Fresh section also has an Enfleurage section which Alex and I spent some time looking at. What is an enfleurage?, I hear you ask. Well, an enfleurage is a sheet of creamy goodness that gets cut, rolled and packaged right in front of your eyes. If you have tried a Massage Bar from Lush before then imagine that but a bit creamier and in one big sheet instead of bars. I realised that I still had some Wiccy Magic Muscles enfleurage and none of the sheets had a product card attached to it so we were unsure which was which. This was a bit of a shame as i was sure there was an exclusive one to Liverpool but couldn't tell due to the lack of product cards.

 When we decided to start walking again, we noticed the Peau-Paris Bath Bombshell. This bomb comes in two parts and can be personalised. The way this bomb can be personalised is through selecting what local flowers you want in the middle of it sourced by the wonderful staff and florists at Lush Liverpool Spa. This bomb shares the same scent as Rose Jam so if you're ever at the store and love that scent, definitely pick one up. As I knew that we were both travelling quite long distances back, neither of us decided to grab one just because we were not sure how it would hold up through a long train journey. It is priced at £15.

The next section that we scurried over to was the Hair section. I had heard that there were a few exclusive products in the hair section and even if I have sniffed or seen them before, I had to check them out again. The main three that stood out to me were Aga's, Valkyrie & Goddess Hair Treatment. I bought Valkyrie a few years ago when it was available online and I wanted to see if they had repackaged it at all. My reasoning for this is that, to me, Valkyrie is too thick to be stored in a bottle and in my opinion should be stored in a tub like some of the other hair products sold at Lush. This conditioner contains Hydrolized Wheat Potein to help repair and thicken the hair and has the iconic Rose Jam scent which consists of Rose, Lemon Oil and some other goodies. Alex has forever not been sold on the Rose Jam scented but adored it when they smelt Valkyrie... The next product that caught my eye was Aga's. For anyone who misses the Plum Rain Shower Gel or loves the Plum Rain Body Spray sold at Lush then this hair conditioner is definitely up your street. Aga’s shares the same scent with Plum Rain. To me, Plum Rain smells of Plums being rained on in a massive field. The scent is to die for. Aga’s again contains the Hydrolized Wheat Protein that is also in Valykrie but also is a purple conditioner. This means that it is perfect for anyone who bleaches their hair a lot as this conditioner will not only condition the hair but also tones it at the same time. I mean, who doesn't love a versatile product? The final product I loved the look of was the Goddess Hair Treatment. I kind of wished that I got the smaller size of Goddess perfume in the sale of 2021 as I am now finding that I quite like the scent notes of Goddess. I also should've got a sample of this product but I already asked for one of Aga's and was unsure if I could get a sample of it or not This shares the same scent and contains some amazing butters and oils to really nourish the hair.

A photo showing a row of cykdienuxao clear bottoes with black circular lids filled with light pink liquid with a black label that says Valkyrie conditioner lush in white font on a light brown shelf with a black card that says Valkyrie conditioner and a range of prices in white font on a bright background

A range of cylindrical clear bottles ranging in sizes filled with purple liquid with black labels that say agas conditioner lush in white font on a black background with black circular lids on a light brown rectangular shelf with a black card next to it saying agas conditioner and a range of prices in white font on a bright background

 The next part of the ground floor that we decided to discover was the Perfume Library. This contains every possible perfume that Lush has to offer. We sniffed ones that we had not sniffed in a while and decided to conquer a quest of all things perfume. Alex has had a very old solid perfume for a while. They weren't sure of what scent this solid product was so we decided to sniff a fair few fragrances and see which one it was. After some time, we figured out the it was Cocktail. 

Once we were done conquering this quest, we both decided to take the lift to the first floor. 

We had a wander around and decided to head into the corner where we found some exclusive products. We found all of the perfume bubble bars that were on offer. After Alex's sniffing section at The Perfume Library, they decided to grab the Cocktail Perfume Bubble Bar which made sense. I decided to grab the Karma Perfume Bubble Bar. Anyone that knows me personally knows how much I love Patchouli and in turn how much I love the Karma, Lord of Misrule and all of the other scent families that include Patchouli such as the 4:20 range and the Tank Battle perfume, just to name a few. After this we noticed the particulary huge Party area that was cordoned off. In this party area, there is a wonderful wall of some of Lush's well known products. A staff member noticed us looking at the wall and asked if we wanted to go in and snap a few pictures. We said yes of course. 

A black large advertisement board that says FaMo? NuH NET BOK YouR FiMAIB AHES TRE4T MOURSELF AsL A NEMEER OS下iR MRE MMurer AND. PARTY, ON! In white font with a black rope barrier behind it and abs black banner above that says party on in white font with light brown tables and a white wall filled with spherical bath bombs on a bright background

A white wall fixture filled with a plethora of spherical different coloured bath bombs on a right background

Carrying on the first floor forage, we walked on and stopped in our paces when we noticed the cool conveyor belt that was zooming in circles and full of iconic bath bombs that are sold at Lush. We stood for a few minutes staring and getting lost in the laps that all of the products were taking. We then decided to go around the belt and look at some of the Shower Jellies that are sold at Liverpool Spa and the other anchor stores.  In a nutshell, the exclusive jellies are Crash (Celebrate scented, lime, orange and cognac), Bongo (Pineapple and Coconut scented), Beats (Maypole scemted - a sweet sort of mint candy cane like scent), Rumba (So White scented - a fresh green apple scent) and Gong (Golden Pear - cardamom and pear scented). We both sniffed them. Alex's favourites were Crash and Rumba. My favourites were Gong and Crash. I just love that sort of spicy kick to the fact that Gong gives especially on a cold morning. 

Alex then decided to gift me a personalised Sleepy Body Lotion as Liverpool Spa is one of the only stores in the UK that has a personalisation station. The personalisation station lets you personalise a label of a product that you are about to purchase. Due to multiple reasons, Lush only keep the personalisation to one scent family at a time. This time it was Sleepy/Twilight. Alex spent a good twenty minutes deciding on what design would be perfect for me and what font would represent me the most. After spending some superb time on this mini digital art project, we submitted it and then found out that they weren't doing the labels today and that it would be best to come back the week after to do it. The sad part though was that we wouldn't be able to come back the week after to do it all over again. I was kind of looking forward to a personalised pot of Sleepy Lotion. Not only that, but I also felt bad that Alex had spent their hard time on creating this label to then get nothing in return. Was quite sad actually. 

we decided that after this, we would stop off at the Cafe and grab a much needed coffee. I stuck to a Oat Latte. I'm not the biggest expert on Coffee but I really enjoyed the Coffee that was in this Latte. After some much needed rest, we decided to grab some more bath bombs such as the limited edition Orangutang Bomb that shared it scent with Lord of Misrule, a Dirty Bath Bomb due to it being out exclusively for Fathers Day and an Intergalactic Bomb due to well it just felt like a day where Intergalactic was needed. We had a look t the hair treatments that are exclusive to anchor stores and then made our way onto the Spa/third floor. 

When we got there, I noticed a board for the Take A Bath Spa Treatment. I think that Lush's Spa Treatments are definitely for a special occasion and I was a bit annoyed with myself that I didn't know about this exclusive treatment that was only happening at Liverpool Spa as the premises of it sounded amazing. A spa treatment where you get to take some time for yourself and have a bath with the Diamond Dust Bomb. Sounds amazing. If I had known before going, then I would've considered booking it. I really need to try out some of the treatments at some point. Gladly I live near Lush Leeds Spa so the option is always there. I decided to grab a Dreamtime Temple Balm for a friend of mine whilst I was on the third floor which contains Lavender and can be used to help you go to sleep. I mean who doesn't need that at the moment? Alex picked up a Whoosh Temple Balm which can be used as a pick me up. I have one and mainly use it when train journeys are just that little bit long and I'm that little bit drained of energy after a long hard day of doing things. 

After this, Alex picked up a solid T'eo Deodorant and then we decided to call it a day. Such an amazing time wandering around and getting to have a look at some of the exclusives that the Anchor Stores have such as the Get Closer Solid Deodorant. 

A photo of a row of hexagonal light blue solid deodorants on a black rectangular slate slab next to a black card that says t’eo solid deodorant in white font on a light brown shelf bright background

A row of hexagonal white solid deodorants on a black rectangular slab on a light brown rectangular shelf next to a black card that says get closer solid deodorant anchor store exclusive lush in white font on a right background

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Monday, 13 June 2022

Ritter Sport Buenos Dias & Hi There! (White, Mango & Passionfruit & Salted Caramel) Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently found two new flavours of the chocolate brand Ritter Sport and I thought that today I would talk to you all about them. 

A photo of two square packaged chocolate bars one with yellow golden wrapping with Ritter sport in black font and hi there salted caramel in dark gold font next to a bar in yellow wrapping with Ritter sport in black font with bueno Dias white mango and passion fruit in white and slightly pastel yellow font on a bright  background

‘Buenos dias or good morning from Costa Rica. Forget the morning, with this bar it's going to be a good DAY. Enjoy fruity mango and passion fruit wrapped in our creamy white chocolate. Deliciosa!’. - Ritter Sport UK. 

The first thing that hit my mouth was the texture of the chocolate. The White Chocolate has a creamy luscious texture to it that pretty much instantly melts in your mouth. After this, the thick mango and passion fruit cream hit my tongue which added to the smoothness of the white chocolate. after all this smoothness, the biscuit provided a much needed crunch which enabled me to go back for more and more due to that textural contrast. 

The taste of this bar was sublime. The first thing that hit my tongue and lingered on it until the end of me eating this bar was the White Chocolate. The White Chocolate provided a rich and creamy flavour that reminded me of quite sweet milk. White Chocolate is a little bit lost on me due to thinking that it always tastes like a mixture of milk and cocoa butter. After this, the mango bursted through and coated my tongue in a fresh yet quite sweet Mango flavour. I love anything that is Mango. Finally, the Passion Fruit came through mainly as an after taste. Sour yet very much needed due to the richness of the White Chocolate. Absolutely amazing. 

‘Hi There! from the south west! This bar is a must for any road trip not just route 66. Delicious salted caramel crisps & crunchy caramel pieces smothered in our creamy milk chocolate. Just make you ride SHOTGUN so you get your hands on it first!’ - Ritter Sport UK. 

The texture of this bar was nice but not amazing for me. This bar delivered a lot of crunch but that was it for me. I think that I need to stop instantly associating caramel with being a runny liqud. The reason I say this is because when bars offer caramel in the crunchy format I get annoyed due to this instant association. The crunch was nice when I took a bite of this bar but there wasn’t much contrasting against all that crunch except the chocolate itself. 

The first thing that I tasted when I took a bite of this bar was the smooth and creamy chocolate . The taste of the exterior of the bar tasted crramy and rich but not sickly which I really enjoyed. The caramel had a sweet yet slightly smoky taste to it which I adored. I love it when a caramel is slightly scorched but not completely cremated. The final thing that I tasted from this bar was the salt. I mean, if anyone knows me I am forever screaming for more salt when a product states that it is salted and this was no different. Even if I did want more of a salty flavour, what I liked about the salt in this bar was that it was sprinkled throughout the bar which meant that I got pops of slightly subtle salty flavour. 

Would I buy these bars again? 

Yes, I would. I think that if I saw either of these bars I would instantly grab them. Maybe the mango one more than the Caramel one but if I see them both when I am next out shopping for food then I will definitely pick them up. I’d give the mango a 8.5/10 and the Salted Caramel a 7.85 out of 10. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Friday, 3 June 2022

Lush Candles (Orange Blossom, The Olive Branch & Sleepy) First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently saw that Lush had released candles and well I had to tell you all my thoughts about them so I thought that I would talk all about them to you today. 

A light white wooden rectangular table with three cylindrical small glass clear hars, one with orange blossom, one with the olive ranch and one with sleepy all in white font filled with orange green and purple wax on a bright background

Orange Blossom 

All of the candles featured in this blog post include a base of rapeseed, coconut and castor waxes and coconut oil. This base of waxes and oil ensures that the candles that Lush creates are paraffin, GM, soy and palm free. This candle contains Orange Flower Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Lebanese Neroli Oil. To me, the candles burn quite well. I had mine on for a duration of four hours to review them and after I left the candle to cool, I noticed that not a lot of oil had burnt which meant I could tell that I would get a good few 4 hour usages out of one candle. To me, this candle smells like when you walk into a spa that is filled with wood furnishings and bowls full of fresh oranges which contained some that are peeled and some that aren’t. I think that I will burn this one when I am using a citrus product in the bath or when I want a little citrus kick in the house by burning it in my hallway. 

The Olive Branch 

This candle contains Bergamot, Orange Flower Absolute and Galbanum Oils. To me, this combination creates a sort of citrus and green fragrance. Do I get olive trees? Not really as I think that this candle misses that sort of fresh woody note to it for me to counter it as a olive tree fragrance but I think that to me it reminds me more of sitting in a field full of olive trees with olives marinating through the  sun. I realise that this sounds bizarre but I think this is how I visualise the Galbanum Oil that provides that fresh green note. The burn was same for me as the one previously mentioned and I think that I would burn this along side a sort of fresh bath in the middle of Summer or in my front room. My only qualm with Lush releasing Orange Blossom and The Olive Branch is that they have similar ingredients and slightly similar notes (one focusing more on fresh and green and one focusing more on fresh and citrus). I wonder why they have brought these candles out that share similar scents and didn’t release one of these and something that doesn’t have similar scent notes such as maybe Breath Of God to replace one of the above but that’s just me. 


This candle contains Lavender and Yoang Ylng Oils. Again, barely any wax had burnt at the four hour mark which means that I know that I’ll be able to get a fair few uses out of this candle. To me, even though this shares it’s name with the well known range at Lush, this candle has a more herbal note to it from the lavender rather than the sort of floral note that Sleepy had. I quite liked it. I think that this candle would be best burnt alongside a night time bath or in the bedroom. I did use it in my bedroom before bed and not only did it make my room smell amazing but also settled me for the night. 

Would I buy them again? I think I would but I think that I would probably only buy two out of the three mentioned due to my previous comments about similar ingredients and scent notes. I really wish that Lush release more of these candles. I would love a Karma scented one as I love all things Karma, a Junk scented one and a Breath Of God scented one. I mean a Rose Jam scented one at Valentines would sell amazingly at Lush. I love the jars of these candles but I do wish that they were bigger. I’m not a size queen but at £12 I’d like a little bit more bang for my buck. I also would like to see if the base could be changed as someone who is sensory based I can give or take the rough texture on the top of the candles but I get why due to the waxes used. I can’t wait to see if Lush release more of these candles. 

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Jamie x

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Monday, 23 May 2022

Maryland Cookies Lemon Drizzle Cake Chunkies Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently saw on Instagram that Maryland had released some new cookies and I thought that today I would talk to you all about them. 

Taking inspiration from the beloved Lemon Drizzle Cake, Maryland Cookies have released a new product that contains all the zesty citrus flavouring of the cake mixed with wonderful white chocolate chunks. 

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The texture of this product was exactly what I was wanting and expecting. Crunchy with chunks of softness provided from the white chocolate . I know that this isn’t texture but I thought that it would be best to put it under this category. My one problem with these cookies were that they weren’t as chunky as some of the other products in this range which was a little bit disappointing. 

The taste of these on the other hand were amazing. I saw that some bloggers were annoyed with these cookies due to them not actually containing Lemon Drizzle Cake pieces but I wasn’t expecting that as it would mean you would either get crumbs of dried cake or you wouldn’t get much of the cookie itself. When I bit into one of these cookies, I was met with that well known citrus taste that I associate with Lemon Drizzle Cake. Citrusy but light. This taste blended well with the White Chocolate as the White Chocolate added that little bit of creaminess that maybe a good frosting on top of a cake would deliver. Such a marvellous mixture of flavours.  

Would I buy these again? Definitely? I think that these would go amazingly with a cup of tea or a glass of iced lemon tea in the middle of Summer and only at 79p a packet there is no reason not to get them again! If they sorted out the ‘chunky’ problem that I have mentioned I would buy them as much as possible. I’d give these a 8.6/10.

I found these at Poundland in case you are wanting to find them to try. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

Sunday, 15 May 2022

Lush Fathers Day 2022 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would tell you all about the new Lush Fathers Day Range. 

Glitch Shower Gel

Ooh, there’s a glitch in the system! A good shower gel does the body and mind good for when you need to recharge!  Glitch is definitely the one to use when you need  to shut down the worries that the world brings and just focus on yourself for a bit. This shower gel contains Lemon Balm Infusion,  Lemongrass and Bergamot Oils, Fresh Lemon and Lime Juices, Carrageenan Extract and many other goodies. There’s so much goodness to unpack with Glitch and this is just coming from my one use of it yesterday. Let’s start off with the scent. Any of you that are Lushies may have heard that this is Avobath scented but this is not the case to me. To me, in Lush terms, it smells of a mixture of Avobath and Dads Garden Lemon Tree without that sort of creamy undertone that the Avocado brings to Avobath. To anyone who doesn’t know what I am on about, this shower gel predominantly smells of Fresh Lemongrass more than anything which I adore. The Lemon Balm and citrus juices amp up this sort of fresh and uplifting scent and just make it pop all round. To me, this gives me a sort of natural citrus drink you drink in the sun lots on holiday in the middle of Summer vibe. Let’s talk about the texture for an minute. With Glitch, Lush decided to up the glycerine level in the formula of the gel (I believe this is true, if I am wrong let me know) which helps to create a really sort of nourishing gel without it being too thick which I absolutely adore. Anyone else remember the old Lush Shower Creams that would take forever to come out of the lid due to being so thick? As my kin is on the dry side, m6 skin absolutely adores this sort of formula! Honestly, I recommend you all to sniff and buy some if you need a bit of that Summer goodness which I’ve definitely been needing lately! Priced from £7. 

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Dirty Bath Bomb 

Let’s get down and dirty. This bath bomb is amazing for a Spring afternoon or a Summers evening. This bath bomb contains Spearmint, Tarragon, Sandalwood and Neroli Oils and Lavender Thyme Absolute. I know what everyone is thinking, that the Mint or Lavender would overwhelm the nose and dominate the other ingredients of this product, but,  that is definitely not the case. The ingredients marry beautifully together to create a scent that reminds me of running through a field that is speckled with a selection of herbs in warm weather. Absolute perfection. This scent is definitely one to check and is more complex than what you may think on first glance. The bath bomb has been out in previous years for the Fathers Day range but it has come back with a slight glow up when it comes to aesthetics as the colours of the bomb are more vivid and the base of this bomb is now hexagonal. Even though this bomb may be screaming masc for masc vibes through the inclusion of Mint which is used a lot in male specific beauty ranges and blue colouring that is used to as a way to gender products in society, trust me when I say that his scent is for everyone. Definitely worth a try for the scent and bath art. Priced at £5. 

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No 1 Dad Bubble Bar 

I’m here to be your number one non-binary Dad? Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a Bubble Bar and why should Fathers Day 2022 be any different?  This bubble bar shares it scent with Dirty which includes Spearmint, Tarragon, Neroli and Sandalwood Oils and Lavender and Thyme Absolutes. To me, the Tarragon and Thyme come out more than the rest of the ingredients including the Mint which threw me off when I smelt it and moments ago when I smelt it again just to double check but the colour and lustre alone is making me excited for when I use it. I also think that a little bit of this crumbled in the bath before using the Dirty Bath Bomb would be amazing. I may do a full post on No 1 Dad letting you know my full thoughts but it will depend on spoons and the amount of posts that I have scheduled to create at the time. Priced at £6.

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Big Moustache Soap 

This is a brand new soap for Lush. For an)one who has a moustache, this will definitely be for you. This soap contains Old Man’s Beard Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Ho Wood, Dark Sumatran Patchouli, Ylang Ylang und Petitgrain Oils and Powdered Charcoal. If you have bought the Squid Games Shower Jelly from Lush then this shares the same scent as that. To me, even though I love the Squid Games Shower Jelly I don’t love the scent of this. I think for me, the Old Mens Beard Infusion just overpowers all of the other ingredients in this soap scent wise and just reminds me of a sort of herby leather scent which I’m not that sold on. Also side note, Old Man’s Beard Infusion sounds like well infusing a product with Beard Hair which instantly makes me wonder so many different things…. If you love a sort of clean yet slightly deep woody scent then I think that this is for you but for me it’s just not amazing. Priced at £6. 

A phot of a black moustache shaped soap on a bright background

Superdad Eye Pad

We all need something to help us when it comes to our eyes. This product contains Yerba Mate and Butterfly Pea Flower Infusion,  Saffron, Fresh Aloe Gel and some other great goodies. I love the concept of these but the execution not so much. The one big eye pad seems to rip and tear a lot easier than the two singular eye pad design that Lush has created in the past. I also think that these are pretty much the same as the Cucumber ones that are available all year round and I think for me I’d prefer to  just stick to the Cucumber ones. Definitely worth a  try if you can though. Priced at £6.

A mask shaped blue eye pad with dark blue piping and a gold star on it on a bright background

All in all a good mixture of products for a range. There are definitely some hits and misses for myself in this range but let me know what you think if you try and of the products down below or on social media which is thejamiesowden on all platforms. 

Thanks to the staff at Lush White Rose for creating an amazing shopping experience for myself and Luke when it came to purchasing the products from the Fathers Day 2022 range and for being so engaging and informative. I always leave the store with a big smile on my face. The staff honestly improved the day I was having. 

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Jamie x

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Cinnabon UK Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I finally went to Cinnabon in Manchester and I thought that today I would talk to you all about my thoughts on trying Cinnabon. 

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Now Cinnabon is known in the States for being that one place in a mall food court you can sniff out instantly and is the first place people think of when you say Cinnamon Rolls, but sadly that’s no5 the case in the UK. Sadly Cinnabon has been non-existent in the UK until now. 

That’s why when I found out that Cinnabon had opened up in Manchester Deangate, I knew that I had to go. 

Myself, Alex and a friend decided to find the location of this Cinnabon because well we obviously had to try them out! 

Once we had found the location, we all entered the store. Once that door had shut behind me, the smell of comforting Cinnamon enveloped me. I was in heaven just from the scent of this store and started to grasp why  the USA loved Cinnabon so much.

We decided to get four of tbe original Cinnabon. The Bun that started it all. I saw on the website and on the board that it was meant to be one price, but came out to a completely different price when we ordered them. I don’t know if this is because we went to the store quite late in the day or what but that confused me. I didn’t mind paying the price as I wanted to try them, obviously, but you know? I hate when stuffs confusing! 

A photo of a circular light brown cinnamon roll with brown sugar in the middle coated in a white thick icing on a bright background

The texture of the buns themselves was quite an unusual one. They were slightly dense rather than soft and light which I was expecting. I guess this allows the filling to hold together inside the bun better and that it doesn’t all fall apart when you take a bite but when all you’ve eaten in your life is soft and light cinnamon buns, it’s a bit of a weird experience. The icing was also thick which is how I like it so I was glad to see that some things still remain the same with Cinnamon buns no matter where you get them from. 

The dough tasted just how a cinnamon bun dough should taste. Subtle yet comforting with just a touch of Vanilla. The cinnamon filling itself was to die for. Sweet yet thoroughly spiced. Absolute heaven. I’m glad that these killed it when it came to the amount of a cinnamon in the filling because well not only is that the main point of getting a Cinnamon Bun but also because I adore Cinnamon. The icing complimented the cinnamon beautifully as it cut through all of the spice wonderfully with the Vanilla that is in the frosting. That mixture of Vanilla, Cinnamon and Sugar is sublime and it’s no different in Cinnabon’s Buns.

Would I buy these again? Probably. Before I buy more of the original though, I would definitely want to try the other flavours especially after seeing a Lemon  flavoured one. 8.8:10 overall. 

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Jamie x

Monday, 2 May 2022

Lush Joints CBD Massage Bar Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about the Joints Massage Bar from Lush. 

A light green oval massage bar with CBD 25mg engraved into it with a white piece of paper with black bunnies on it on a bright background

List of Ingredients: 

Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Ginger Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Celery Seed Oil, Cannabidiol in Hemp Seed Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool 

The scent of this bar is amazing to me. The main scent that comes out of this bar the most predominantly is Patchouli. I absolutely love Patchouli as it just smells so comforting to me. Sort of warming yet herbal at the same time. The other two oils that come out the most scent wise are the Ginger and Celery Seed Oils to me. The Ginger adds more of a spicy yet warning undertone which pushes the slightly warning properties of Patchouli (as just mentioned) that further bit more. The Celery Seed Oil added a touch of sort of herbal grassiness to the bar which cut through all the richness of the Patchouli, Pimento Berry and Ginger Oils to ensure that it’s not too cloying. 

The best way to use a massage bar is to warm it up in your hands and then spread the warmed up residue onto your skin and massage that in. The Cocoa and Shea Butters melt beautifully and helps my skin feel a lot less dry and well like leather on those bad days… 

Does this bar work? I think it does! Not only does it soften the skin but for myself the CBD oil has definitely helped my anxiety and aching joints. I’ve been trying this from the beginning of  the year and it has  definitely helped to ensure that my body is relaxed. Do I think that CBD may work differently for everyone especially when it’s in products such as this massage bar? Definitely! For this reason alone, I believe that it’s best to try this in store before buying if you can! I give this a 8.7/10.

Priced at £10. 

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Jamie x

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Friday, 29 April 2022

Lush Eid Range 2022 First Impressions

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about the Eid range from Lush. 

Sticky Dates Shower Gel

Who doesn’t love to get sticky? I love a good shower gel so I was excited to see what this gel was going to be like. This Gel contains Organic Date Syrup, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fresh Orange Juice, Carob and Benzoin Resinoids and Sandalwood Oil. To me, this pretty much smells of a slightly sort of burnt caramel and sticky toffee pudding hybrid which I absolutely love. I’m a massive fan of anything sweet that has a slightly smoky/burnt/complex hint to it. This gel also boasts a low lather formula but to me it is more of a foam texture when lathered up more than anything else. Definitely worth going in and sniffing! Priced from £8. 

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Light The Night Bath Bomb 

Let’s turn off the light tonight. This bath bomb contains Jasmine and Vanilla Absolutes, Labdanum and Olibanum Resinoids, Rose Syrup and Pomegranate Molasses. To me, it’s not the most amazing bath bomb. It’s very Jasmine heavy and if you love that then definitely get it but to me it smells of cheap Conditioner and I really wished that you could detect more of Rose and Pomegranate but sadly it’s just Jasmine, Jasmine and more Jasmine to me. Priced at £6.

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Jamie x 

Monday, 25 April 2022

Let's Get Down & Gritty! | Lush Face & Body Scrubs 2022

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I recently grabbed the three new scrubs from Lush and I thought that today I would talk to you all about it. 

Bright & Beautiful

Who doesn’t want their skin to look all things bright and beautiful? This scrub contains Vitamin C Powder, Grapefruit Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Rose Absolute, Champaca Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Powdered Charcoal. This scrub can be used both without water for a grittier scrub, or with water for a softer feel. It’s entirely up to you. I went for the grittier feel and I really enjoyed the texture and scent of this scrub. This product contains 10% Vitamin C and Lush state that it may tingle but for me it didn’t. I really like this for when I want a good deep scrub but I want something to wake me up at the same time. Priced at £ 14.

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Co-Mingle Body Scrub 

You know it’s been a good night out when you’ve had a good co-mingle… This scrub contains Cypress Leaf Infusion, Bamboo Stem Extract, Tagus Nit Powder, Almond Oil, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Lavender Oil, Goji Berry Juice, Carrageenan Extract and Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter. I love the concept of this. A 3 in 1 product which I could use when my spoons are low. Sounds amazing! However the scent could do with being changed. I get the reasoning on making this scent  mellow but I would’ve loved it if it was in a citrus scent or something that isn’t Lavender centric. The scrub itself is amazing and does its job of scrubbing, cleansing and moisturising and will definitely be used when I want something quick and simple. My dry rough skin loved this. Priced at £18.

A long and large black cylindrical tub with co-mingle body scrub lush in white font in font of some purple long lavender plants on a bright background

Happy Skin Enzymic Face Exfoliator

Let’s scrub until we’re happy. This scrub contains Shea Butter, Sesame Seed, Vanilla and Tonka Absolutes, Fresh Pineapple and Jackfruit Juices, Bamboo Stem Extract and Tagua Nut Powder. To start off with, when me and Luke smelt this, we both agreed that it smells of Cherry Yoghurt. Sounds weird I know but trust me. I love the texture of this product as it’s a little bit more creamier than the others which I really like when it comes to cleansers and scrubs. I love Pineapple so when I saw that this contained Pineapple, I was excited as my skin seems to love Pineapple. Definitely one that I whack on in a morning and know that it’ll do good for my skin without worrying about leaving it on for a certain amount of time or scrubbing in so much. Just a good all rounder. Priced at £14. 

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Jamie x

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Sunday, 10 April 2022

Lush Easter 2022 First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently went out to Lush as I saw that they had released their Easter range so I thought that today I’d tell you all what I thought about the range. 

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Bath Bombs: 

Disco Duck 

Who doesn’t love a good disco? This bomb is a great way for anyone to celebrate Easter. Not only does this bath bomb look amazing but it also smells amazing! This bomb contains Juniperberry, Persian Lime and Rosemary Oils and Guarana Seed Powder which helps to wake you up due to its caffeine amount. The mixture of ingredients creates a sort of uplifting scent to me. This is furthered by the inclusion of popping candy and menthol crystals which help to wake you up/keep you energised through the sound of the popping candy and the invigorating properties of menthol. To me, it reminds me of a more fresh version of Vapor Rub. Yes I know that sounds weird but I urge you to sniff it and tell me different. This scent also shares it scent with an old product called Patty On which was a shower jelly designed to help you stay alive and alert for the all night party, to help you with the hangover the morning after or both! Even if it does smell like Vapor Rub, I really like this product. Priced at £4,

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The Flying Carrot 

Let’s go fly a kite! This is one of the most adorable bath bombs ever! Who doesn’t love a bunny flying across the world in a carrot? This bomb contains Sicilian Lemon, Lemon Myrtle and Rosewood Oils and Carrot Powder. There are many fun surprises with this product, from the popping candy hidden beneath the surface of this product to this product actually being two different bath bombs. That’s right! The little bunny in this product can be used as a separate bath bomb. This product also shares its scent with the old Refresher Shower Jelly which I adored when it was out in stores! If you’re looking to give someone a gift this Easter, I would really recommend this product! Priced at  £6.50.

A group of orange rocket shaped bath bombs with a white small bunny shaped bath bomb in the middle on a light brown rectangular box next to black card that says the flying carrot in white font on a bright background

Follow The White Rabbit 

Let’s follow the white rabbit and see what they’re up to! This bath bomb was out last year so I am going to keep this one short. This bomb contains Bergamot, Buchu and Sicilian Lemon Oil. This product also contains a plethora of colours and a pinch of Popping Candy. If you used to like the Snowman Shower Jelly/Bunch Of Carrots Bubble Bar then you’ll love this bomb as much as I do. Priced at £4. 

A range of white bunny shaped bath bombs with different colours splashed all over them in a rectangular light brown box with a black card saying follow the white rabbit in white font on a bright background

Flamingo Egg 

Let’s go-go-flamingo! I’ve talked about this product before too. This product contains Sicilian Lemon and Vetivert Oils and Labdanum Resinoid which to me creates a sort of sweet coconut scent. This bomb also contains Coarse Sea Salt to add a bit of fun to bath time. Priced at £5.

A group of big pink oval shaped egg shaped bath bombs with yellow pieces in the middle of it in a rectangular light brown box next to a black portrait card with flamingo egg in white font on a bright background

The Golden Egg 

I want my geese to lay gold eggs for Easter! 

 I have talked about this a lot on the blog. This bomb not only looks the part but smells the part too! This product contains Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils. I have loved this product for years but no more. Sadly this product has been reformed too much for my liking. It’s a lot smaller, muted in scent and doesn’t have the oil layer that made it one of the best bombs ever. I wish that Lush would change it back. If you do want a great oil based bath bomb from lush I would definitely recommend Turmeric Latte. Priced at £4.50.

A row of small egg shaped bath bombs coated in gold glitter in a rectangular light brown box next to a black portrait rectangular card that says golden egg bath bomb in white font on a bright background

Bubble Bars: 

The Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny had arrived and they are ready to hop into your bath! This bubble bar contains Grapefruit, Lime and Juniperberry Oils which creates a sort of spicy yet fruity scent to me. This shares the same scent as Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar that has been a Halloween exclusive in the past. To me, this scent is more spicy with a touch of spritz to me which is weird as you’d expect it to be the other way around due to the mixture of Lime and Grapefruit.  This one definitely is eye catching in store due to the amount of glitter that this beautiful bunny is encased in. Absolutely adorable. Priced at £6.

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Shower Gel: 

What’s Up Doc? Shower Gel 

I mean, is Easter truly Easter without a nod to the cartoon classic? This shower gel contains Fresh Carrot Infusion, Bergamot, Lime and Cold Pressed Carrot Oils, Violet Leaf Absolute and Carrot Juice. I wasn’t sure what to think when I saw this list of ingredients but this concoction creates a sort of slightly sort of zippy berry scent which I absolutely love as it’s deep but has a little bit of lightness to it which makes it the most superb shower gel to use in Spring. Definitely would recommend as a purchase before it disappears after Easter. Priced from £7 per 100g.

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Gummy Bear Shower Jelly 

I love sharing a shower with a good bear… Grr… Is it bad I instantly had Ginger Minj’s song about Gummy Bears in my head when I saw this product? This bear isn’t just divine to look at but also smells it too. This Shower Jelly contains Fresh Mango Juice, Buchu, Cardamom, Litsea Cubebba and Sweet Wild Orange Oils and Coconut Milk. The main scent that I Get from this is Mango but a sort of complex Mango. Not too sweet, not too tart with a slight herbal grassy note to it which just makes me love it even more. The addition of coconut milk means that I know that it is going to be severely nourishing which I love due to having severely dry skin. Priced at £5.50.


Flowering Carrot 

Flowering for Spring? Groundbreaking. I love Lush’s Soaps and well Spring is normally full of touching things so Lush releasing  a cute Spring/Easter soap just makes sense. This soap contains Bergamot, Buchu, Sicilian Lemon, Fair Trade Olive Oil, and Extra Virgin Coconut Oils and Carrot Powder. This mixture creates a lovely bright and uplifting soap. The Lemon and Bergamot make this soap super zesty. If you have used anything with the Carrots scent then you will love this. This also reminds me of the original Carrot Soap that contained a engraved white rabbit in each slice. Prices at £6.

A shot of a bunch of petal shaped orange coloured pieces of soap that look like a carrot slowly blooming out joined together in a circle to look like a flower with a whole in the middle in front of a light brown table on a bright background


Down The Rabbit Hole Scrub 

Who doesn’t want to go down the rabbit hole? I love a good scrub! This scrub contains ground rice which helps to scrub away all that dead skin, Cocoa, Shea and Illipe Butters to help keep skin super smooth. This scrub also contains  Bergamot, Buchu, Grapefruit, Sweet Wild Orange  and Cold Pressed Raspberry Seed Oils. To me, the Raspberry Seed comes out the most. The mixture of everything else creates a bubblegum sort of scent to me and mixes with the Raspberry to create a sort of Blue Raspberry scent. I can’t wait to use this when the weather gets warmer. Priced at £8.50.

A wide shot of a light brown rectangular box containing a group of white and slightly pink rabbit backside shaped body scrubs with red bits running through it with a black card saying down the rabbit hole body scrub in white font on a light brown table on a bright background


Funfetti Cake Lip Scrub 

Let them eat cake! Who doesn’t love a good lip scrub and well who doesn’t love cake? This scrub contains Caster Sugar, Extra Fine Sugar, Peach Kernel and Sicilian Lemon Oils and Vanilla Absolute. To me the Vanilla Absolute comes out a lot more than anything else and I wished that the Lemon came out more than the Vanilla. This is also a party exclusive at Lush so I’m still a bit confused on why they’ve released as to me it defeats the point of it being a party exclusive but that’s just me. Priced at £6.50.

A wide shot photo of a selection of cylindrical glass tubs containing white and pink product with a metallic pink silver label with funfetti cake in white font on a rectangular light brown shelf on a bright background

Carrot Lip Oil 

Who doesn’t want their lips to be juicy at Easter? I love a good lip oil so I was excited to see what Lush’s was going to be like when I saw the leaked spoilers for the Easter range. This contains Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Parsley Seed and Cold Pressed Carrot Seed OIls. To me this reminds me sort of a slightly spiced sort of Carrot Cake without all of the sweetness which I really adore. I hope that this comes back out next Easter. Priced at £5.

A photo of a standing light brown wooden box containing a row of cylindrical orange and black lipstick style containers containing orange solid oil with an orange label with carrot in white font on a bright background

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Jamie x