Thursday 13 May 2021

Lush Botanomancy Bubble Bar Review

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you all about a new product form Lush. I did go into a store to pick this up, but, when I got to the Lush White Rose store, a lovely staff member gifted it to me which I was shocked and thankful for. 

A dark green and pink swirled oval shaped bubble bar held by a white hand over a white oval bath tub on a bright background

List Of Ingredients: 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Ginger Oil, Sandalwood Oil,  Celery Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Dried Lavender Flowers, Dried Rose Petals, Dried Peppermint Leaf, Cannabidiol, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, *Eugenol, Isoeugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Chlorophyllin, Colour 77491.

Before I start the full review, its best to talk about the Cannabidiol.CBD Oil. Before knowing about this product, I honestly didn't know that much about CBD. I knew that it was slowly trickling its way into the beauty industry and that it comes in many forms and can be used in a plethora of ways. I still have a lot of research to do in regards to CBD but I now know that unlike stigma has crafted it to look like, it doesn't get you high even though its from the same green plant from something that can get you high and even though there is still being mass research put into finding out what CBD can do as a whole, it has been suggested that it can help those who suffer from pain and other things such as seizures. 

I love the rolls from Lush. I realise that may sound hyperbolic but honestly I really do. I currently have six of them in my possession right now of different scents. I just think that they are amazing. Not only are they full of superb scent but you can get at least six baths out of them and that's when I'm using a generous amount each time. Oh, they also create mounds and mounds of bubbles too! 

This texture pre and post crumbling it into the tub was amazing but interesting. When crumbling it into the tub, it took a bit of a while for me to have the strength to crumble it in. I have had rolls from Lush before but I don't remember them being extra hard which was something new. When I entered the waters, I didn't expect the waters to be so silky smooth. It reminded me more of a bath oil with bubbles rather than a bubble bath to me. I loved the silky sheen that appeared at the top of the wonderful waters. The second surprise in this bar was the flowers. Yes I had read online that it contained dried flowers, but honestly I had forgotten instantly about them due to the other amazing ingredients that are in this bar. When I eventually found a fabulous flower, I played with them and sniffed them to see if they still had their natural scent and they did. I loved them just on a textural spect as it kept me guessing of what was going to happen next but at the same time made me feel like I was relaxing in a gorgeous little sort of garden based bath. 

Time to get onto the scent! I may be a bit bias with my review when it comes to the scent but I love anything that is Patchouli based and I love sort of green based scents so put them together and I am in love. I used to adore the Grass scent when it was available to grab in stores! I think that's why I get along with my friend Alex when it comes to scents as they like the same sort of scents, even though they are nose blind after about three sniffs if I drag them into anywhere like Lush. 

The Patchoili, Pimento Berry (Allspice) and Ginger jumped on the scent train together when it came to instantly noticing what this bar smelt like. These three amazing ingredients blended together to give a sort of husky spicy note. Sadly, just like all three terrific trios, one of them stood out that little bit more and in this case it was the Patchouli which gave a sort of smoky herbal spice to the product which I instantly loved. The Patchouli sang its heart out till the end as I could still detect a very punchy hit of Patchouli circling my bathroom the day after. The next group to aboard the scent train were the Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Celery Seed. The main star from this group was the Petitgrain. The petit grain gave the bath a sweet yet a furious hit of floral which cut through some of the smoke and warmth from the other group. The best way that I could sum up the scent at the end of this tremendous train is a sort of spicy yet grassy floral mixture which makes you feel like you're in a spicy sort of garden like bath which is reinforced by the dried petals that surround you whilst bathing in aesthetic, scent and texture. 

Would I buy this again? Yes! I loved the scent, the texture was amazing and the CBD in this bar numbed my pain for a while. I get tension pain from suffering with severe anxiety and it can affect me quite badly and has done all throughout my Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic life so having something that I know can help it is amazing to me. The flowers as well were a great way to feel pampered but relaxed at the same time as I need all the relaxing at the moment with life being hectic and restrictions being lifted. The bath also felt like I was being massaged from all the oils, flowers and CBD which I adored. I do think that this is either a love or loathe sort of product for most though. I also love how you can get so many baths just from one beautiful bar. 

Have you checked out this product? Should I review the CBD Bath Bomb '4:20' from Lush next? What CBD based beauty products should I review? Let me know down below!

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

This post was in return of a product. All views, opinions and ramblings are my own. 

Friday 7 May 2021

Some New Products That I Recently Bought From Iceland

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you about some of the new things that I got from Iceland. 

I decided to order a Iceland delivery order due to ordering in the past with them for when I have needed things in the past for my university at home lunches. Iceland are amazing for home deliveries due to having delivery slots in the same week as ordering, which for someone who is, disabled and a student this is an absolute must. Iceland are always amazing when delivering my items! 

Butterkist Toffee and Popcorn Flavoured Ice Cream 

Oh my god, Butterkist has always been my favourite product to take to the cinema and now that I can have it in an ice cream form, I can enjoy it at home whenever I want a movie night! 

The texture of this product is amazing. Not only do you have smooth ice cream, but you have crunchy bits of honeycomb and sugar and then waves of flowing toffee sauce. All of these blended together create the greatest of mouth feels! 

The flavour of this product is phenomenal and has many dimensions to it. To start off with the popcorn flavoured ice cream hits your tongue like the main battle of a superhero movie. After this, the toffee flavour blended together with the popcorn flavour on my mouth, just like how a sidekick blends together with the protagonist of a movie to create the greatest team alive. Finally the sugar and honeycomb flavours blast on the mouth like a rocket going into space just to create the best ending to a great flavour adventure ever. If you love anything sweet or the original Toffee Butterkist then I urge you to try this. 

A red cylindrical tub filled with ice cream with a circular red lid with some golden brown popcorn with butterkist toffee and popcorn flavoured ice cream in gold font on a bright background

Fruit Salad Ice Lollies 

Who remembers unwrapping the wrapper of a Fruit Salad sweet knowing that the contents of it would bring you utter joy? These sweets were another part of my childhood. To be honest with you readers, most of items in this post remind me of my childhood and I think that's why I bought them. During this whacky new world that we are slowly coming to know, nostalgia is very much needed. 

These reminded me of Twister ice lollies. I love anything Pineapple so I was excited to delve into them. The mixture of Pineapple and Raspberry created a delicious sweet and sour contrast. The creaminess not only added a bit of texture but added a richness to the product which I adored as it cut back some of the sharpness of the fruit, which if left in its natural form, may be a bit too much for some. These to me tasted like the epitome of Summer. 

A square yellow and red striped box containing ice lollies with fruit salad ice lollies in black font on a bright background

Parma Violet Ice Lollies 

I remember always getting these at Halloween or when it came to a fellow schoolmates birthday when I was younger. 

I adored these. The lollies had a great texture to them which reminded me of a solid slushy. The taste of these reminded me instantly of Parma Violets. The best way to describe the taste of this product, is crushed up Parma Violet sweets steeped in water and frozen. I think that these would be great for a summer picnic in the garden or with a refreshing drink on the side. I should say though that if you're not the biggest fan of Violet then I don't think that you will enjoyy these that much. 

A light purple striped square box containing ice lollies with parma violet ice lollies in light purple font on a bright background

Space Invaders Potato Snacks 

Who doesn't love Space Invaders? Those surprisingly sour crisps were the epitome of my childhood! I saw these and I knew that I had to have them! 

'Potato shapes from rehydrated potato with pickled onion flavour, pre-fried in sunflower oil.' - Iceland Foods. 

When these amazing aliens were ready, I left them to cool before I tried them. These beauties were crunchy whilst the inside were as fluffy as your favourite blanket. I love the texture of potato shapes in general as they bring the best of both worlds to the plate. 

Sadly, I was expecting the Pickled Onion flavour to come out strongly when after cooking these aliens, the Pickled Onion note of them had been muted quite a bit by the heat of the oven. To me they tasted more of Cheese than Pickled Onion to me which was quite bizarre. I am tempted to get the BBQ Neef ones to see if the same happens. Even though the Pickled Onion isn't completely there, it will definitely not stop me from devouring the rest of the bag! 

A big black bag containing light golden brown alien shaped potato shapes with a green alien logo on and space invaders pickled onion potato shapes in green font on a bright background

e you been enjoying any new foods lately? What do you love from Iceland? Let me know down below. 

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Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x