Thursday, 29 September 2022

Dreaming About A Bunch Of Mangoes This Diwali | Lush Diwali 2022 First impressions

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently popped into Lush and saw that their superb yet small Diwali range has dropped and I thought that I’d talk to you all about it today. 

Rangoli Dreams 

Dream a little dream this Diwali! Rangoli Dreams was out last year. This bomb contains Popping Candy, Coconut Milk Powder, Green Mandarin, Rose, Almond Essential and Cardamom Oils and Benzoin Resinoid. Not only does this bomb smell pretty as it  reminds me of picking roses in the rain but also looks pretty due to the bombs ornate design and glittery overlay. The glitter helps it stand out amongst a crowd of other brightly coloured bath products. I’d definitely recommend this to someone who wants a light bath to relax in. Priced at £6.50.

A circular puck like bath bomb with an ornate diamond pattern all over it filled with pink and orange colours coated in a gold glitter overlay in a bath full of blue water on a bright background


Mango Shower Gel 

Who doesn’t want to smell like a juicy ripe mango? 

This shower gel contains Cardamom Infusion, Coconut Milk, Fresh Mango Juice, Vanilla Absolute, Blackcurrant Absolute, Organic Sweet Wild Orange Oil and Tagetes Oil.Mango Shower Gel smells like a mixture of Blackcurrant and a blend of citrus fruits. Mango is at the forefront of this group of citrus fruits whilst the Orange helps to make the Mango a little bit more pronounced. If you have tried Monster Octopus Shower Jelly from Lush (a Halloween exclusive from 2021)  then imagine the scent of the jelly  mixed with a hint of fresh ripe Mango and that’s what you get. It’s light, refreshing and slightly zesty.  My only problem with this Shower Gel is that I wished that it had a touch more Mango to it  for myself especially with Mango being the products name. If you haven’t tried it then please do! I think that anyone who loves a good zesty gel compared to ones that are quite rich and earthy like Lord Of Misrule may like this. Priced at £8 for a small bottle. 

A oval orange ehaped puddle of shower gel on a bright background


Have you tried either of these products? Let me know down below. If you are celebrating Diwali then please have a great Diwali this year. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Photos are from Lush PR. All views are my own. 


Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Sinking My Teeth Into Tim's Bits | Tim Hortons Manchester Market Street First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I recently went to Manchester and whilst I was there, I decided to check out the new Tim Hortons as I haven't been to a Tim Hortons before.

I was staying in Manchester for a few days to celebrate Alex's birthday and we saw Tim Hortons in the distance so we decided to check it out. After wondering what to have for quite a while we decided on getting the Sherbet Lemon Coolers, Tims Smoky Maple Burger, Crispy Meatless Chicken Sandwich and Timbits. 

Sherbet Lemon Cooler 

Cool down this summer with our fruity ice cold Cooler

I'm not the biggest fan of slush based drinks but the drink contained Lemon and I have to try anything that contains Lemon. When Tim Hortons said Sherbet Lemon, they meant it and I liked that about them. The Lemon flavour in this drink made your mouth go ooh whilst still having a slightly sweet edge to it which to me is perfection. The weather was also quite warm which made for more reason to enjoy this drink. I loved it. If you want a good Lemon slushy sort of drink in the Summer then I would definitely recommend this drink. 

Tims® Smoky Maple Burger 

Everyone's new favourite burger. Made with beef, onions, shredded iceberg lettuce, cheese and maple & chorizo sauce ketchup inside a lightly toasted brioche bun. 

I was expecting so much from this burger and sadly it just didn't deliver. This burger was quite small to begin with for the price which was a little bit annoying. The burger patty was juicy and succulent but lacked a tiny bit off seasoning for my liking. The Onions provided a good amount of crunch which I adored. The sauce was great and sweet which complimented the meat. The only problem is that I didn't get Maple and Chorizo. I got more of a sweet and slightly curry powder based taste which I didn't mind but I was expecting the heat and the taste of Chorizo to kick me in the face a little bit. This burger satisfied my hunger but I think that I just wanted a little bit more oomph. 

A close up photo of a circular golden brown bun with a circular dark brown burger in it with red half circle moon shaped red onion pieces, a square piece of yellow cheese and a dark brown sauce on silver metal tin foil on a black rectangular tray on a light brown table on a bright background

Crispy Meatless Chicken Sandwich 

Made with a plant based meatless chicken patty, mayonnaise, green leaf lettuce and smokey tomato mayonnaise inside a toasted brioche bun. 

I love a good meatless burger so I had to try it. I quite enjoyed this burger. The flavour of the meatless patty itself was a bit muted but the texture was amazing and resembled meat which was amazing. The batter of the patty was crispy and had flavour running through it. I have had meatless burgers that have been dry as hell and some that have resembled a sponge soaked in Mayo. This one was neither of them which I adored. The Smoky Tomato Mayo added a sort of flame grilled flavour to the burger which I quite liked as not only did it add a bit of depth to the burger but added some sweetness to the burger too. If you're looking for a new meatless burger to try out then I would definitely recommend this one. Even Alex stated that they would come back and get this burger again. 

A close up shot of a golden brown circular bun with a golden brown crispy meatless chicken patty with green lettuce and white mayo on a silver tin foil bed on a black rectangular tray on a square golden brown table on a bright background

A close up shot of a golden brown circular bun with a golden brown crispy meatless chicken patty with green lettuce and white mayo on a silver tin foil bed on a black rectangular tray on a square golden brown table on a bright background

Timbits

A variety of fillings, sprinkled and powdered mini donut style cake balls

Who doesn't love top bite into a bit of Tim? I have heard so much hype about Timbits so when I saw them on the menu, it was fate. For anyone who hasn't tried Timbits. Imagine little doughnut balls filled with different flavoured fillings all shuffled up in a box to create a sort of surprise tasting experience. There was Churro, Birthday Cake, Apple, Chocolate and other flavoured little bits of beautiful goodness. I liked the Churro inspired one the most. I think it was Churro? I love Cinnamon so anything that was coated in Cinnamon is a good thing to me. I kind of expected a little bit more from the Birthday Cake one as it just tasted of a normal doughnut bite with some sprinkles on top. Overall though, they were amazing and definitely worth the hype! 

Would I go back again? Yeah! I would go back but I would want to try some of the other products that are on offer to try if I was to visit Tim Hortons again. I would definitely like to see what their breakfast menu is like and I would definitely like to try their hot drinks. Overall, Tim Hortons is definitely worth a try if you can get to one. 

Have you been to Tim Hortons before? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading!

Jamie x



Thursday, 15 September 2022

Becoming All Things Ooky & Spooky With The Lord of Misrule | Lush Halloween 2022 Range First Impressions - Everything Else

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. If you read my last post then you will know that I have split up my first impressions of the Lush Halloween 2022 range into two blog posts. 

Face: 

Mr. Pumpkin Fresh Face Mask 

Who’s this Mr Pumpkin you speak of? Who doesn't love a good face mask for those times when you need to just relax and have a little bit of me time. This mask contains Pumpkin Puree, Organic Pumpkin Seed Butter, Ground Pumpkin Seeds, Cinnamon Leaf, Lime, Sweet Wild Orange and Sicilian Red Mandarin Oils Yes that's right, this mask contains three different types of Pumpkin. The Butter gives the mask a very creamy texture to me whilst the Ground Pumpkin Seeds adds a bit of a gritty texture which helps to buff dead skin away. I normally need both of these in my skincare due to having dry yet acne prone skin due to lactose intolerance, stress and may other things. The scent of this product is delicious for me but I can also instantly get that it might be a bit overwhelming for some. I love spices and citrus so having a face mask that smells of both of them things is the best thing that I could have. If you have used Punkin Pumpkin then imagine that but in a face mask format. Priced at £10. 

A large oval orange splurge of face mask with bits of grounded light brown seeds in on a white background

Pumpkin Sheet Mask 

Who doesn't love a good Pumpkin shaped mask on their face? I'm surprised that this is the first time that Lush has released a Sheet Mask. This mask contains Pumpkin Puree and Brazilian Orange Oil. To me, I like the scent of this mask but I'm not the biggest fan of sheet masks in general. This one from Lush is more of a hydrogel sheet mask and to be frank I'm not the biggest fan of them either. Furthermore, when Luke got this out of the packet, it instantly ripped and caused a mess which I'm not a big fan of either. Priced at £6.

A round circular orange sheet mask with triangular cut outs to look like a pumpkin on a bright white background

Pumpkin Eye Pads 

The Pumpkins have eyes... These eye pads contain Pumpkin Puree, Carrageenan extract and Activated Charcoal. I like the concept of these and that you can use them with the sheet mask to create a Jack-O-Lantern on the face but the shape just isn't the best for eyes themselves and with them being able to hydrate the eyes, the corners make it a bit troublesomee for the product to actually hydrate. I like the concept and they would be great for a themed pamper party or a night in but they just aren't for me. Priced at £3.50. 

A pair of black triangular eye pads on a white background

Body Spray: 

Lord of Misrule* 

It's time for the Lord of Misrule to spray their madness all over you. Everyone has been asking for it and finally Lush have decided to give it to the masses. This Body Spray contains Dark Sumatran Patchouli Oil, Black Pepper Oil and Vanilla Absolute which creates the iconic LOM scent that everyone knows and loves. I love this Body Spray as it is the signature scent but in a new format. I have had a bit of a problem with this spray just due to the packaging as I travelled to see Alex with it and even when locked and in its own bag, the spray still managed to leak which shouldn't have happened but overall I love it. Priced at £25. 

A black spray bottle filled with green tinted liquid with a black domed label with Lord of Misrule body spray in white font on a white background

Candle: 

Loed Of Misrule* 

The Lord of Misrule is shining bright tonight! Who doesn't love a candle that smells like LOM and goes well with a LOM bath? This candle contains the iconic scent of LOM (Dark Sumatran Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla Absolute) with a base of rapeseed wax, coconut oil, coconut wax and. castor wax. I love the candle but the scent is muted if you are a bit away from the candle itself even when its burning and honestly I'm not the biggest fan of the texture of the candle which has been created from the mixture of oils and waxes but I love it as a candle to use when I want something to burn whilst I'm having a bath. Priced at £12. 

A cylindrical short yet wide glass jar containing a green cylindrical candle with Lord of Misrule in white font on a white bright background

Lips: 

Vampire Kisses Lip Scrub 

Halloween is made for giving Vampire Kisses... This Lip Scrub contains a base of Caster Sugar and Organic Jojoba Oil and Juniperberry Oil and Sweet Wild Orange Oil. I love a good lip scrub to the point that I have far too many. This scrub kind of has a scent/flavour of sugary fizzy sour Grapes. If you've ever drank the Grape Fanta then imagine that but a little bit more tart. I like it but I feel like Lush have had better seasonal lip scrubs out. Priced at £6.50. 

A glass cylindrical jar containing purple lip scrub with a black circular lid with vampire kisses lip scrub lush in white font on a bright background

Massage Bar: 

Lord of Misrule* 

Let the Lord of Misrule massage you from head to toe. This Massage Bar has a base of Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter and Organic Shea Butter and contains Dark Sumatran Patchouli Oi, Black Pepper Oil and Vanilla Absolute I quite like this massage bar but in my opinion it takes a bit of a while to get the scent to come through. Maybe it was just the one that I tried in store. I was kind of expecting it to be stronger in scent like the Joints one is but it might have been an issue with the batch that I tried or something. Priced at £8.

A green oval shaped massage bar with a crown design engraved into it on a bright background

That's it for this years Lush Halloween range. There is the gifts and tin but I thought that I would just focus on the products this year. Let me know what your favourite product from the range is. 

Thanks for reading!

Jamie x

Products with an asterisk are available until Christmas. 

Photos were provided by Lush PR. All views and opinions are my own. 

Monday, 12 September 2022

Let's Get Ooky Spooky In The Bath Or The Shower | Lush Halloween 2022 First Impressions - Bath & Shower

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I know that it may be a bit too early but Lush released their Halloween Range for 2022 so I thought that I would talk to you all about it today! As there is a lot of products this year, I'm breaking it up into two posts. 'Bath and Shower' and 'Everything Else'. 

Bath

Bath Bombs:

Bat Art 

It is time to let the Bats fly! Fly my pretties! Bat Art is back and ready to make your baths dark and dangerously spooky. This bomb has been out in previous Halloween ranges but I absolutely adore it. Bat Art contains Rosemary, Sicilian Lemon, Red Mandarin and Sage Oils. This mixture of ingredients creates a sort of Blackcurrant and Menthol sort of scent. If you are a Lushie then you may know this scent as Junk which is sold all year round as a Solid and Liquid Perfume. This productt also contains glitter and creates some beautiful bath art hence the name. If you haven't tried or sniffed it yet then I definitely urge you too! Priced at £5. 

A purple and black bat shaped bath bomb with a silver glitter overlay on a bright background

Big Foot 

Y'know what they say, the bigger the foot, the bigger the monster. This bomb contains Coconut Milk Powder, Popping Candy, Epsom Salt, Himalayan Rock Salt, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil and Olibanum Resinoid. I can bet that this will be amazing in the bath due to the softening Coconut Milk, the Salts and the Popping Candy and thus be amazing for sore bodies which I seem to forever be at the moment. My main problem with Big Foot is that it just doesn't have a strong scent to it. This bomb seems to be the successor of Monsters Ball and sadly it doesn't live up to what Monsters Ball used to be like. I think that since the scent name has been changed to Zesty it has been toned down and thus when mixed with the bath bomb base mix it makes it severely hard to find the scent within the product. Priced at £4.50. 

A three toed clawed foot shaped pink and green bath bomb with flecks if white salt on a bright background

Ghostie 

Not all ghosts are mean, some are friendly! This bomb is returning for another year of spooktacular fun! Not only is this little Ghostie cute but they also have a rainbow design on them which makes the bath look beautiful and bright which we all definitely need when the doom and gloom hits us in the middle of Autumn. This bomb contains Lemongrass, Sicilian Lemon and Persian Lime Oils. To me this smells of citrus sherbet that you'd expect on top of an ice cream in the middle of Summer. This bomb is definitely a pick me up and if you are a Lushie then you may know the scent through the gone but never forgotten You've Been Mangoed Bath Oil. Great for when it’s hard to get up in the morning in the cold Autumn weather. Priced at £4.50.

A white ghost shaped bath bomb with a rainbow splatter design on the side of it on a bright background

I Want My Mummy 

Who doesn't want their Mummy to wrap them up in warm blankets and comfort them. I kind of adore this bomb. It's a new one but it reminds me of Scooby Doo and well I kind of love that Lush have gone that way with a product for Halloween. I'm probably wrong and its just a play on Mummies and their iconography towards Halloween but who knows? This bomb contains Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and Cupuaçu Butter. The mixture of Orange and Bergamot creates a rich toffee scent which most will know as the Honey I Washed The Kids scent whilst the butter makes the bath rich and creamy whilst it makes the skin feel super soft. I think that this bomb would be great for a sort of Halloween movie night or a pre-Halloween trick or treating sort of bath. Priced at £3.50. 

A white mummy shaped bath bomb with strips of white butter all over it to act as bandages on a bright background

Lord of Misrule*

The Lord is back better than ever and they're up for causing some mischievous   misruling! Lord Of Misrule is a staple for the Halloween range at Lush and as stated it is back better than ever. Last year, LOM came out in a sort of beachball/jester design last year and this ruffled some feathers but this year it is back as its very well known and beloved green on the outside, wine red on the inside bath bomb. This bomb contains Dark Simatran Patchouli Oil, Black Pepper Oil and Vanilla Absolute. LOM Bath Bomb also contains Popping Candy which will give off an amazing experience in the bath. If you haven't smelt Lord Of Misrule before then imagine a sort of slightly spicy, slightly incense like scent with a touch of creaminess which helps to soften it all and stop it from being too much. I am glad that it has gone back to the original design as I felt like last years had a very soft LOM scent to it whereas the original is strong and a little bit in your face which I adore. £5.50.

A green spherical bath bomb with a crown engraved into it on a bright background

Punkin Pumpkin 

Punk is not dead even if it's Halloween! This bath bomb is a staple at Lush when it comes to the Halloween. I mean it's a cute Pumpkin! This bath bomb contains Cinnamon Leaf, Lime, Sweet Wild Orange and Sicilian Red Mandarin Oils and Pumpkin Powder. To me, this smells of a slightly sweet yet still heavily spiced Pumpkin Pie and it is to die for. Think that if you want a great bomb to start the Halloween season off with then I would definitely suggest this one. I  always kind of pair this one with The Experimenter scent wise in my head. I'm not sure as to why. Priced at £5. 

Screamo 

Ahhh! The call is coming from inside the house! You better stop that bath from running and answer the call. This Bomb was out in 2021 as a Bubble Bar but they have had an upgrade and is out in 2022 as a beautiful Bath Bomb. This bomb contains Ylang Ylang, Almond Essential Oil and Benzoin Resinoid which creates a sort of light but creamy Cherry and Almond scent to me. If you have been a Lushie for a while then you will know this scent as Happy blooming. I am not the biggest fan of Cherry scents but I actually don't mind this one. I will definitely be pairing this bomb with the new Tarantula Shower Jelly. Priced at £5. 


UFO

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its an UFO! This bomb is a 3 in 1 bomb. This means that you can either use the three different parts of this bath bomb separately for three different baths or use the whole bomb as one for a magnificent and luxurious bath. This bath bomb contains Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Blackcurrant Absolute, Sicilian Lemon and Lemongrass Oils. To me, this reminds me of a sort of fruity cocktail. Whilst I was in store, I heard someone say that it reminded them of Puppy Love Bubble Bar and I kind of get what they mean as Puppy Love has that sort of quite sherbet like sweetness to it with a touch of fruit but I'd say that this is the Blackcurrant variety instead of the Raspberry version that Puppy Love is in. 

I love the concept of this bomb but I have a couple of problems with this product as a whole. The Lemongrass is separated from the main bomb itself and only comes through to me through the popping candy which is in the centre of this bomb that you can empty and use on its own which in essence means that unless you use the whole bomb as one you won't get the addition of Lemograss alongside the other oils in your bath. I also don't think that Popping Candy should be classed as a bath bomb on it's own/a part that should be used on it's own to create a bath out of the possible three from this bomb If the Popping Candy came with Bath Bomb or Bubble Bar powder like it has in products from previous ranges then I think that this would make more sense to me. All in all though, this would be a great product to give as a Halloween gift. I know some friends who prefer Halloween to Christmas so it would be good to give to them or to anyone who loves anything Space related. Priced at £8.50. 

A wide oval shaped green bath bomb with an orange top bath bomb with yellow pipes of popping candy in the middle on a bright background

Bubble Bars: 

Alien 

Aliens can't just phone home, they can run baths too! This product has been out in previous Lush Halloween ranges. This Bubble Bar contains Bergamot and Litsea Cubeba Oils and Benzoin Resinoid. To me, this creates a really intense citrusy Lime scent to me and honestly I'd associate this a little bit more with what I want Zesty to smell like rather than what Zesty does smell like but this is just my personal opinion. I'd definitely recommend this for someone again who is into Aliens or to use for a bath before going trick or treating. Priced at £5.50. 

A oval alien shaped green bubble bar on a bright background

Bubble Lugosi 

Sleeping in bubbles is the true dream. This bubble bar is a quirky one and contains Bergamot and Olibanum Oils which creates a Blackberry according to Lush. If you are a Lushie then you will know that this scent is the Soap Of Sultana/Blackberry scent and that this is a change up of the old beloved Bewitched Bubble Bar that was a Halloween staple. To me, when I smelt this in store, I mainly got Watermelon. It took me quite a while to get any form of creamy Blackberry from this product. This threw me off quite a bit. This bubble bar also glows in the dark like Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble does.  £6.50.

A circular white black and red vampire inspired bubble bar on a bright background

Cyclops 

You can see so much with just one eye! Not only does this bubble bar smell amazing but also looks it too. This Bubble Bar contains Buchu, Litsea Cubeba and Sweet Wild Orange Oils which to me creates a sort bright and zesty Passionfruit scent with a slightly creamy undertone. I guess imagine those well known creamy Orang ice lollies but Passionfruit flavoured. This Bubble Bar definitely could definitely have a role in Monsters Inc! £5. 

A triangular cone orange shaped bubble bar with an white eye in the middle on a bright background

Labyrinth*

A bath filled with bubbles is best place to get lost in! This Bubble Bar looks the part due to having a maze design on it and pays homage to the legendary David Bowie film 'Labyrinth'. This bubble bar contains Black Pepper Oil, Dark Sumatran Patchouli Oil and Vanilla Absolute. This bubble bar shares its scent with the Lord of Misrule family of products. Definitely would recommend for when you need something grounding and relaxing. Priced at £6.

A circular orange and grey bubble bar with an ornate maze engraved on the top on a bright background

Shower 

Body Scrub: 

Toil & Trouble 

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Well in Lush's version, its for the shower so lets minus the bubbles! This scrub contains Fine Sea Salt, Lavender Flower Infusion, Peppermint Infusion, Labdanum Resinoid, Orris Oil, Patchouli Oil and Sage Oil. Scentwise, this scrub took me on a journey. When I smelt it in store, I mainly got the scent of slightly dirty fallen leaves which I know sounds weird but I got it somehow. When I smelt it out of the store, I instantly got the Peppermint Infusion and nothing else. When I smelt it when I got home from being out in Leeds, I got a mixture of Lavender, Mint, fallen leaves and Blackcurrant. To me, on this sniff the Blackcurrant was the most prominent of the oils. There is no Blackcurrant in this product which confused me and instantly reminded me of  Junk all at the same time as Junk smells of Blackcurrant without containing any form of Blackcurrant Oil. What do the two share in common, I hear you ask. Sage. This leads me to believe that Sage can make products smell of Blackcurrant which I am more than happy with. The scrub is fine and not too coarse for the body which is probably due to the Fine Sea Salt but this also means that it is great for that time of the week when you need to relax and just take care of your body whether this be in the form of a long shower or a bath that lasts far too long than it should do. If you can get to a store, I would definitely recommend trying this out! Priced at £12 for a 250g tub. 

A oval splurge of black shower scrub with purple bat shaped shower jellies on top on a bright background

Shower Gel: 

Blood Orange 

Halloween is the perfect time to get a little bit bloody. I love Blood Oranges to the point that once I walked around Leeds City Centre just eating one. I mean I do that with most citrus fruit including Limes and Lemons. This Gel contains Fresh Orange Peel Infusion, Fresh Orange Juice,  Organic Blood Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil and Davana Oil. Yes you read that right, three different types of Orange. To me, this gel is slightly sweeter than a typical Blood Orange but I think that this is due to the addition of Davana Oil. Saying this, this gel is uplifting, citrusy and severely orange and I love it! Do I associate this smell with Halloween? Not really but do I love it and will I use it during the Halloween period? Oh definitely! Personally I think that this could be one of those products that gets pushed into AYR. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on if! Prices start from £7 for 120g. 

A tall cylindrical plastic bottle filled with bright orange shower gel with a black rectangular table with blood orange shower gel lush in white font with a black cylindrical lid on a bright background

Lord of Misrule*

Lets cause some misruling in the shower! This Shower Gel contains Black Peppercorn Infusion, Dark Sumatran Patchouli Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Wheatgerm Oil and Carrageenan Extract. I do quite like the Black Peppercorn Infusion as it seems to add a little bit of an extra smokiness to LOM which makes the Gel stand out a little bit more compared to the rest of the products that share the same scent. The Carrageenan Extract adds a sort of nourishing thick texture texture to this gel which I quite enjoy. Prices start from £8 for a 100g bottle. 

A cylindrical plastic clear bottle filled with bright green liquid with a black rectangular table with Lord of Misrule shower gel lush in white font on a. bright background

Shower Jelly: 

Tarantula 

Creepy crawlies love Showers! Last year we saw the marvellous Monster Octopus make an appearance for Lush Halloween. This year it’s Tarantula’s  time to thrive. This cutie contains Cherry Infusion, Davana Oil, Lime Oil, Almond Essential Oil and Activated Charcoal. These ingredients create a strong sort of fresh Cherry mixed with Almond sort of scent. I sometimes find Cherry scents a bit too overpowering but this isn’t the case for Tarantula as the Almond cuts some of that sweetness that the Cherry Infusion and Oil provides.  Definitely worth sniffing if you can get to a store and if so give this terrific tarantula a good old wiggle. Priced at  £8 for a 180)g tub. 

A black spider shaped shower jelly with rainbow sparkles running all the way through it on a white bright background

Shower Slime: 

Sparkly Pumpkin

Who doesn’t love some sparkly slime? This slime is a fun product for both children and adults to use in the shower. This slime contains  Grapefruit, Juniperberry and Lime Oils, Fresh Grapefruit and Orange Juices. The scent of this is amazing however it is slightly different to Sparkly Pumpkin to me due to the additional juices. Whereas Sparkly Pumpkin was spicy with citrus notes, this slime is the other way round. Definitely something to use when you need a perk me up during the Autumn months and fun to use. I haven’t used this year so I’m kind of excited to use it! Priced at £6.

Acircular pool of bright orange slime on a bright background

FUN: 

Monster Mash 

Let's do the Monster Mash! What is FUN? FUN is a multipurpose product from Lush that can be used as shampoo, bubble bar, soap, and much more. This particular FUN contains four different scents from Lush. Junk (Bat Art), Alien, Ghosty & Punkin Pumpkin (this is the main reason why I aren't including the ingredients on this product as I have already mentioned them all in this post). I love the concept of this but I wished that these were sold separately as I love some more than others. The scents are strong! I would definitely recommend giving this as a gift. Priced at £9.50 for 200g. 

Soap: 

Ghost In The Dark 

Ruh, roh! Let's go find those g-g-ghosts in the dark! Some people prefer soap over shower gel and Lush hasn't left those people out of the Halloween range this year. Ghost In The Dark is not only a lovely soap but it also glows in the dark! This soap contains Lemongrass and Bergamot Oils. This creates a bright and zesty scent If you are a Lushie then you will know this scent as Avobath. I love this scent but I think that it works slightly better in the bath bomb form but this will definitely wake you up and if you use it as a general hand soap then it will leave your hands feeling oh so smooth! Priced at £6 for a 100g slice. 

That's it for the Bath and Shower. Come back next time for the rest of the Lush Halloween 2022 Range. 

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

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Products indicated with an asterisk are to show that the product is around until Christmas. 

All photos in this post were provided by Lush PR. All views and opinions are my own. 

Monday, 29 August 2022

Having A Fiesta In My Nouth | McDonalds UK Taste Of Spain & Cyprus Menu Review | The Spicy Spanish Stack & The Chicken Fiesta

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I recently tried the burgers from the limited edition Tastes Of Spain & Cyprus Range from McDonalds UK and I thought that today I’d talk to you all about them. 

The Spicy Spanish Stack 

‘Delicious layers of two 100% beef patties, chilli cheddar, red onion, spicy tomato sauce and lettuce served up in a warm paprika flavoured bun.’ - McDonalds UK. 

A white square box with the spicy Spanish stack in red font on a bright background


The texture of this wasn’t the best. The Meat was a bit dry which wasn’t too bad but I’m picky with textures and prefer my burgers to not be dry but I do get that it can happen on a busy day at McDonalds. This was contrasted with soft texture of the Paprika Bun and the crisp crunch that came from the Lettuce and Red Onion. 

A photo of a burger consisting of dark brown circular patties green lettuce white cheese and purple red onions in a slightly stained red golden brown circular bun on a bright background


The first element of this burger that jumped onto my tongue was the meat of the patty. Slightly seasoned and savoury. After this, the spicy tomato sauce danced on my tongue. Alongside this, the Red Onion jumped onto my tongue and provided an extra element of sharpness and spice. The final sort of flavour that tantalised my taste buds was the slightly creamy cheese which was instantly contrasted with the slightly spicy Paprika Bun which left a very subtle stain on the inside of my mouth. To me, I think that this burger could’ve packed a lot more flavour. I know taste is subject but I think that the spiciest could have stood out a little bit more but I guess with McDonalds catering to a UK audience who are known for keeping things mild then it made sense to do so with this burger. 6.5/10.

The Chicken Fiesta 

‘A delicious crispy chicken fillet topped with chorizo, chilli cheddar, spicy tomato sauce, red onion and lettuce served up in a warm toasted chilli and paprika topped bun.’ - McDonalds UK. 

A square white box with the chicken fiesta in green font on a bright background


The texture of this burger was amazing. The crunchy chicken contrasted with the crunchy batter and red onions. The sauce added a smoothness to the Burger whilst the cheese added some creaminess which went against the slightly floury burger bun amazingly. 

A photo of a golden brown circular chicken burger with green lettuce, red sauce, white cheese with a slightly more stained red golden brown circular floured burger bun on a bright background


The taste of this burger was phenomenal in my opinion. The Chicken was succulent and had a very savoury taste to it. This contrasted with the slightly spicy Chorizo. These two were both contrasted with the refreshing Lettuce and Red Onion which added a bit of freshness. The Cheese cut through a bit of the savoury and spice even if it was meant to be Chilli Cheese…The Bun rounded everything out and have a lasting impression through its use of Chilli and Paprika. It’s obvious that the flavouring that I was missing in the firs burger was hiding in this second burger. 9/10.

Am I glad that I tried these burgers? Definitely. Would I want them to return to the menu at a later date? Probably the Chicken Fiesta as I loved the flavours of the burger. 

Have you tried these burgers? Let me know down below!

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x



Monday, 22 August 2022

Garnier Body Superfood Cocoa & Ceramide Body Cream Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I recently saw that Garnier had a new product out and that it was on offer at Boots so I went down to my local Boots and grabbed some. I thought that today I’d talk to you all about my thoughts on it. 

A long shot of an open white and blue cylindrical tub with garner skin food cocoa and ceramics in white with an circular lid of the same colours next to it on a bright background


‘Garnier Body Superfood Cocoa & Ceramide contains ingredients of 97% natural origin. This fast absorbing butter hydrates up to 10 layers deep and provides an up to 48h repairing effect. For very dry skin types. 

Garnier Body Superfood Cocoa & Ceramide is formulated for normal skin and enriched with two powerful key ingredients! Cocoa is known for its extra nourishing properties & Ceramide is a powerful skin supplement known for its repairing properties.

This powerful body butter leaves the skin feeling instantly hydrated, up to 10 layers deep*, for results you can feel and provides up to 48 hour hydrating repair. With ingredients of 97% Natural Origin - this product is a vegan formula. All Garnier products globally are officially approved by Cruelty Free International under the Leaping Bunny Programme, the leading organisation working to end animal testing worldwide, and the recognised Cruelty Free Gold Standard.’ - Garnier UK. 

List of ingredients: 

AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, CETYL ESTERS, THEOBROMA CACAO SEED BUTTER / COCOA SEED BUTTER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, 2-OLEAMIDO-1,3-OCTADECANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, CARAMEL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE

The scent of this product is quite clean and creamy. As the product states, this product consists of mainly Cocoa Butter and Ceramides. Due to this, the scent is pretty much just Cocoa Butter which I adore. Cocoa Butter to me always reminds me of cold Winter days and baking. I'm not sure why but it just does so the scent of this cream to me is very nostalgic and soothing which if I am applying this product at nighttime then I am more than fine with that. In the morning, this scent is a great creamy base for me to jump from in regards to the perfume that I want to wear that particular day. 

The texture of this product is quite an unusual one to me. When I scooped it out of the tub, it was quite thick which I expected due to it being for very dry skin which is definitely my skin type. (I am pretty sure I was a lizard in a past life with the dry skin that I have). When I massaged it into my skin, it stayed the same texture and took a while to sink in which again I expected due to the creams and oils and how my skin is. However, when it sank into my skin, I realised that it had set into a slightly matte finish which I wasn't expecting but I really liked it as it meant that I didn't have to be worried about the cream sticking to clothes or anything like that which I have definitely had before with other body creams. 

When I have left it on during the night, I have noticed a severe amount of difference in my skin! I think with how much you get in the tub as well, you can use this on a regular basis to ensure that your skin stays hydrated. I mean that is definitely what I have been doing and I have been loving it as I can tell how great my skin feels. I think that one of the reasons that my skin has felt so good when I have used this product is due to the addition of Ceramides as these help the skin massively and have done whether it be body or face when I have used a product that contains Ceramides. 

Will I buy this again? Oh definitely! A massive tub of creamy goodness that makes my skin feel gorgeous? Who would decide to skip on that? I am intrigued to try one of the other versions of this product once I am done with the Cocoa and Ceramides one just to see what they are like These are definitely worth a try to anyone who is a bit unsure on purchasing one. I even got mine on offer in Boots whilst I was just in to have a look at some other products. 9/10. 

Have you tried this product? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

Photos provided by Garnier UK. All views are my own. 

Thursday, 11 August 2022

Kin Thai - The Broadway Bradford Review

Hey everyone! 

I was recently invited to go check out Kin Thai at my hometown shopping centre The Broadway Bradford and I thought that today I would talk to you all about it. 

'With our solid background in restaurants , we are now creating a new healthy concept around Thai food in a mall kiosk. Modern Thai food to grab and go!' - The Broadway Bradford. 

Due to the heatwave that is going on at the minute I decided to stick to the bubble teas that Kin Thai have to offer.

Myself and Luke had decided to make a trip into Bradford City Centre. As it was a couple of days after Luke’s Birthday, we decided to grab a slice of Cake and Ice Cream from the wonderful Cake Ole that is located in the heart of Bradford City Centre. After this, we had a quick jaunt around the superb shopping centre itself. After this, we decided that it was time to go and check out the wonderful people over at Kin Thai. 

I got to see how the staff at Kin Thai create their wonderful Bubble Teas and you can instantly see the passion that they have for creating their products. After a brief conversation, I decided to try out their traditional Thai Milk Tea. Luke prefers the fruitier sort of Bubble Teas so the staff suggested that he tried their Miss Kin tea. 

Twi cylindrical clear cups, one filled with white liquid with some brown specks and black spherical balls and one filled with orange liquid and red orange spherical balls on a bright background with kin in black writing on the cups.


After shaking the Bubble Tea up, I punched my straw through the lid and took a sip. If anyone knows me then they will know that I am notoriously bad at punching Boba straws through the lid of a Bubble Tea so I was surprised when I didn’t make a mess of doing it for once. I took a sip of the Thai Milk Tea and oh god it was gorgeous. Milky but not cloyingly sweet. The Tea flavour itself still had room to shine which I really liked as it cut through some of the sweetness of the Milk. Dwfinitely a drink worth getting again. The Pearls themselves were slightly chewy and bouncy but not too chewy which is my perfect pearl consistency personally. The Pearls themselves seemed to add a slight nutty taste to the drink which again helped to cut through the milk. I love anything nutty so I really liked this flavour combination. I can definitely see myself getting again and again! 

Like most Bubble Tea vendors, you can choose the amount of sugar and ice that you want in your drink which I really like as I have sweet tooth and normally don't like too much ice in my drinks. The price for the Thai Milk Tea for a regular is £4 and a large is £5. 

Luke got the Miss Kin Tea. This tea consists of Jasmine Tea,Passionfruit & Strawberry and what I believe is Passionfruit Popping Boba if I remember correctly. (I could be completely wrong and my memory could be deceiving me but I am pretty sure that it was Passionfruit Popping Boba. I loved this drink. It was so refreshing! The Strawberry added a bit of sweetness whereas the Passionfruit added a bit of tang which created an amazing flavour combination. The Jasmine added a slight light floral note which didn't overwhelm the flavours of the drink at all. The Popping Boba added a textural aspect which was to die for. I always love how the balls just pop in your mouth! (I know that Popping Boba are a love or loathe type of food, let me know your opinion in the comments below). The price of this drink started at £4.50 for a regular and costs £5 for a large. 

I loved both of them and before I give them a severely high high rating, I need to go and try some of the other flavours such as the Ube and Mango flavours. It's been hard to find Luke a good Bubble Tea when I grab so Many of them and well Luke adored Kin Thai so that should scream how good their Bubble Teas are. I think once I have tried the other flavours and some of their food then I can give them a accurate rating but for now its a 9.5/10. 

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Have you tried Kin Thai? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading!

Jamie x

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Lush Biomic Body Cream First Impressions

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I popped into Lush recently and saw that there was a new product so I knew that I had to tell you guys all about it. 

A white hand holding a cylindrical black tub with a black circular lid with bionic body cream lush in white font on a bright background


Ingredients: 

Meadowsweet Infusion, Glycerine, Organic Almond Oil, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Organic Jojoba Oil, Stearic Acid, Tiger Lily Extract, Organic Avocado Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Evening Primrose Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Orange Blossom Honey, Triethanolamine, Lemongrass Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Beeswax, Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume

If you are a fan of Lush then you may remember this product being out years ago under the name ‘Lovely Jubblies’. 

The texture of this product is a fun one to me. It’s thick to the point of if you tip the tub upside down nothing comes out but as soon as you scoop some out of the product it’s slightly more of a creamy consistency rather than thicker than egg whites whipped to thick peaks. When massaging this product into the skin it stays that sort of same slightly thick but not too thick cream and takes a while to sink into the skin due to well being a thick consistency and full of oils, butters and infusions. If you apply it straight after a shower or bath then obviously this cream loosens up a bit due to mixing with the residue of water left on the skin from said shower or bath so if you like body products that are little bit thinner then apply then. I’ve been mainly applying it both ways and honestly it depends on my mood and time of day on which way I’m applying it. When it is applied to the skin, I did notice that it does leave the skin with a slightly firming and sort of taut feeling to it which I quite liked but I have only been trying this for a week so I want to try this out for a little bit longer before I claim that this product does ‘firm’ the skin like I do with most beauty products when I’m reviewing them. (Just to reiterate the sinking in note, I applied a tiny bit before typing this paragraph around fifteen minutes ago and I’m still waiting for it to sink in). 

The scent of Biomic is a slightly peculiar one. I did try to compare the scent of this product with its former version but I don't fully remember what Lovely Jibblies smells like due to it being a fair amount of time since LJ was discontinued from Lush. When I first apply this to my skin, the main scent that comes through is a peppery floral sent. I believe that this is from the mixture of Meadowsweet, Tiger Lily and Rose Petals. Once the product has sinked into the skin, Biomic turns into a slightly light citrus scent. I think that this is mainly from the Lemongrass and Orange Blossom that is in the product. The two mix together to create a very peppery floral scent with a slight hint of citrus. I wish that there was a little bit more citrus in this product as depending when you smell it you can't really smell any of the citrus. 

Once I have finished this sample, I might buy the product in its full size pot. As a little goes a long way I know that it would take me a while to get through it. However, I think that this is an amazing product with some good firming properties so if I did buy I would be using it as much as possible. Prices start from £11 for Biomic. 

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Have you tried Biomic? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

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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Thanks for reading!
Jamie xThe Body Shop