Sunday 19 February 2023

It's Time To Strengthen That Core & Massage It! | Lush New Core Massage Bars 2023 (True Romance & Turmeric Latte) First Impressions

Hey everyone!

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I saw recently that Lush had some new Massage Bars out so I decided to go into store and check them out and talk to you all about them today. 

Lush have recently updated their range of Massage Bars which included creating a new curated range for certain stores (which means that certain stores can curate a selection of massage bars from the range to be sold at their store. These include Karma, Celebrate, Junk, Sex Bomb and many others) and adding some new core massage bars to all stores. 

The two new massage bars that have been added to all stores are True Romance and Turmeric Latte. 

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True Romance: 


Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Neroli Oil, Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Oil, Argan Oil, Rose Clay, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral, Citronellol, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool.

If you have experienced The Comforter? Spa Treatment then you may recognise this scent from the scrub and massage that is offered within the treatment. To me, the main scent that comes through the most is the Rose. To me, the Jasmine and Neroli are background notes and maily help the Rose and Osmanthus to pop through more. Lush have a fair amount of Rose scents such as Rose Jam but to me this a sort of more fruity with a touch of powdery Rose than a sweet Rose (eg Rose Jam) which is probably due to the Osmanthus. The Cocoa and Shea Butters mixed with the Argan Oil help to create a nourishing oil that sinks into the skin quickly which I adore. This bar melts quite well onto the skin which makes for the best massage bar as it stops you from trying to warm the bar for ages to get any of the skin softening oils to come out. I think this product would be amazing for anyone who wants a at home spa experience or a body product to help them relax at night. It would also be a great additional gift for something like a birthday or Mothers Day. For example, pair it with a Rose Jam Shower Gel and a The Comforter Bubble Bar and you’ve got the perfect package for someone who needs a bit of me time. I think that I would give this a 8/10. I think that because I’ve experienced the scrub and massage aspect of the treatment through a Bloggers Event I just have some memories attached to that and thus think that I prefer that a tiny bit more to the massage bar as the scrub/massage bar is a bit more powerful in regards to scent but I still think that its an amazing Massage Bar. Priced at £11.

A photo of a bunch of oval shaped light pink massage bars with petals engraved on the top with a black card that says true romance lush massage bar in white font on a bright background

Turmeric Latte: 


Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, Perfume, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, *Anise Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Cinnamal, Coumarin, Eugenol, *Limonene.

If you have read my blog for a while then you will know that I absolutely adore Turmeric Latte from Lush. Am I annoyed that the Bath Bomb has been discontinued? Maybe. Did I get as many Turmeric Latte bombs through the Lush Boxing Day Sale as soon as I heard that this Massage Bar was being released? Maybe (including asking Alex to get me a couple at their local store in Sunderland). Am I  slightly ecstatic that this product has been released? Maybe. 

This Massage Bar is very true to its scent. Just the right balance of creamy, sweet and spicy without being too cloying. To me the smokiness that I believe is created from the Benzoin comes through straight away and then within seconds of this scent coming through the Vanilla and Tonka blast their way through onto the skin. To me, this scent of this massage bar lasts quite a long time on the skin compared to a couple of the others which blends into the skin a bit too quickly for my liking. Again, I think that Lush have perfected the base of the Massage Bars as the oil comes out quite quickly but also sinks into the skin quite quickly. I’ve been using this on a night recently when its been cold and I love it as it just warms me up but I think that I will mainly be using this bar as a sort of solid body lotion to go along with all of the other Turmeric Latte scented products that I own.  (I think the only one I don’t own is the Turmeric Latte scented Hair Conditioner). I think that this bar is quite universal and would be perfect as a gift for anyone who needs a little bit of moisture adding to their body. Okay, I may be bias but I am going to give this 10/10. I am trying out the Curated Massage Bars soon so I may regret giving it a 10/10 but ah well. Priced at £9. 

A group of oval shaped light golden baton massage bars with a black rectangular label that says turmeric latte massage bar lush I'm white font one a bright ba ground

Have you tried either of the new Core Massage Bars/ Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Monday 6 February 2023

Garnier Body Superfood Aloe Vera & Magnesium Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! Recently, I have been trying out the Body Superfood Aloe Vera and Magnesium from Garner. It was on offer at the time and I have been trying to get a little bit more into Magnesium lately so I thought that today I would talk to you all about this product and my thoughts on it after using it for the past two months. 

A zoomed in photo of a blue and white cylindrical tub filled with white liquid cream with a blue and white label that says garmoer body superfood magnesium in black font on a bright background

‘Garnier Body Superfood Aloe Vera & Magnesium is formulated for normal to dry skin and enriched with two powerful key ingredients! 

Aloe Vera is known for its powerful hydrating nutrients and cooling properties & Magnesium-PCA is a trending natural-origin mineral known for its soothing properties.
This powerful cream leaves the skin feeling instantly hydrated, up to 10 layers deep of the epidermis, for results you can feel and provides up to 48 hour moisturising. 

With ingredients of 96% 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.’ - Garner UK. 

List Of Ingredients:


The first thing that I noticed when I opened the tub up was the scent. Scent is an essential feature to any beauty product in the culture that we live in today. When I sniffed the small amount that I had scooped out of the tub to test, the first note that my nose picked up was a very fresh note with a slightly citrus based background. I guess that this was the Aloe as I have noticed that in the products that I have used in the past that feature natural Aloe normally have a sort of fresh but citrus note to them. After applying and sniffing my body, the best way to describe the overall scent was spa like. You know the sort of watery yet fresh scent that you get when you first walk into a spa? Well imagine that but a little bit stronger with a touch for citrus blending into the background just to help everything sing a little bit more. The scent lingers on the skin for quite some time but pairs beautifully with more scents. I love this as it means I can apply it on first thing, layer it with the scent that I’m feeling that day and be on my way. 

The texture of this product is amazing. Light but still moisturising which I adore as sometimes if I’m not feeling great or if I’m in a rush then sometimes I don’t want something super thick all over my body but as my skin is normally on the dry side I still want my body care products to be super nourishing to the point that I still want to feel soft and smooth the next day which this body cream definitely does. 

I know what you’re all thinking? Does the Magnesium work and actually do anything for the body and I’m here to answer that burning question. In my personal opinion after using this product that features Magnesium-PCA in quite regularly for the past two months, I can say that it does. I suffer from pain quite easily due to having existing back pain and tension pain from suffering with Anxiety and every time that I have used this whilst being in some form of pain, I have noticed some difference. Some may say that it might just be a placebo effect but to me if something helps me to not be in pain so much I am more than fine to use it religiously. I have normally noticed that within an hour of massaging this body product into my skin after a long day or when I’m in quite a lot of pain I notice a difference and am able to relax a little bit more. The best way to use this product personally is to massage a good amount of the cream into slightly damp skin post bath/shower and leave it to nourish the body for a couple of minutes at most. 

Would I buy it again? Definitely, I got it on offer for half price at Superdrug which meant that I got a big tub of this for under a fiver which to me is amazing value for money especially as you get 380ml. As a little bit goes a long way, this tub alone lasts for ages. I love how the scent is light enough to be layered with other fragrances and how quick it absorbs into the skin. I do also love the effects of the Magnesium used in this product as it helps to relax me when I need it and that it’s vegan which is always a plus point. My only problem with this product is the packaging. In my opinion, as it is a quite a heavy tub it makes it a bit clunky to travel with. I think that a travel size could be a good idea for Garner as it means that I could just whack it in my bag and take it on the go. I would give this product an 8.9/10.

Have you tried any of the products from the Body Superfood range? What are your favourite body care products at the moment? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x