Monday, December 28, 2015

-Lush Perfumes Winter 2015-

-Lush Perfumes-




This winter all of the Lushies out there were given and extra special little treat when Lush released some of the most coveted scents available in their perfume forms. I'm lucky enough to live in London and thus have access to the mecca of Lush stores - Oxford Street. Oxford street proudly displayed all of these little beauties for a few weeks this December and The Kitchen did a few days run of them. Oxford Street also appears to have an ever growing gorilla perfumes section - so here's to the future!


The scents that they released are as follows: Snow Fairy, Honey I Washed The Kids, Celebrate, Lord Of Misrule and Tuca Tuca. There was one other, Tramp, although I cannot bear the smell so it doesn't make an appearance in my very own little line up.

-Snow Fairy-



Snow Fairy is sweet and subtle, it shares its scent with the most beloved Snow Fairy shower gel and replicates it perfectly in a perfume form. It smells like sweet candy floss and hard boiled sweets - on first sniff it's almost like you have walked into an old fashioned sweet shop and stumbled into a pot of candies. Although the scent is powerful at first I don't find it to be particularly lasting, one spitz may last a couple of hours but doesn't linger around beautifully until the end of the day. I suppose it's like a bag of sweets - a moment in your hand then gone in a flash.

-Honey I Washed The Kids-


Honey I Washed The Kids is another sweet and fresh smell, it has a rich honey like note matched with citrus twangs and a deep toffee like note that rounds it all off. It comes from the Honey I Washed The Kids smell family, so if you enjoy Shoot For The Stars, Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, It's Raining Men Shower Gel, Honey Bee Bath-bomb or even Gold Fun, then you're in for a treat with this one. As for the staying power I find that it lasts a good few hours on the skin, a little longer that Snow Fairy, however it would need a re-spritz if you're having a long day out and about. It does make me question the staying power of sweeter smelling perfumes - but this is just too gorgeous to pass up and I honestly don't mind reapplying from the delicate glass bottle it comes in.


-Celebrate-


Celebrate is often associated with Celebrate Body Lotion's festive appearance, making a lot of people smell the scent and think of Christmas. For me, however, this is really not true. I think that this is a scent that can be worn all year round, a fresh burst of citrusy goodness with a little boozy kick on the end. When you compare the scent of Celebrate perfume directly to the lotion I feel that the perfume has something more to it. It's less a citrus blast and has a more rounded scent with a slightly musky tinge on the end note. Although you get the full citrus blast of the orange and lime this is a more grown up citrus scent, it's definitely something that will be staying on my perfume shelf for a long time to come.
As for the lasting time of Celebrate I feel that this one does last a good while, it burns down from its powerful citrus wake up call to a somewhat musky citrus linger.

-Lord Of Misrule-


Lord Of Misrule is probably one of the most well known Lush scents right now - people are going mad for it! I even saw that someone had a bottle for sale on E-bay for a whopping £90 - sheer madness!
As for the scent of the perfume it matches the Lord Of Misrule scent perfectly, it's sweet and woody and slightly mysterious. The over-ruling smell is that of the patchouli but it is wonderfully softened from a somewhat hash smelling oil into a sweet yet robust fragrance. The pepper adds a little kick of a spicy note and brings both the patchouli and vanilla together wonderfully. This is also, by far, one of the longest lasting scents released this winter. Putting it on at the start of a day it's vibrant and strong, towards the end of the day it gently fades down to a softer version of it's starting self. I've never had the need to re-apply this and have found that it lingers in just the right ways - it catches people attention, but not because they're gagging!

-Tuca Tuca-


-Tuca Tuca-

Tuca Tuca  is a rich mesh of Violet, Vetivert and Sandalwood and for a long time didn't share its scent with many things - then along came Don't Rain On My Parade in the Oxford Street releases and BAM it was back on people's radars.
Let me start by saying Vetiver is one of my favourite smells, ever. To me it's like having a whiff of a fresh log fire and I seem to love anything that its included in - that includes Dear John the 'mens' fragrance that I regularly wear (don't start me on gendered fragrances). Tuca Tuca did not disappoint, when you first take a whiff you get whisked up in a mix of violet, sandalwood and vetiver and it almost takes you off to a forest glade to hang out with the fairies for a while. It's also very strong and very lasting, it doesn't give up on you all day and I noticed you could even smell it in the mornings if you forgo a night-time bath.

Overall these fragrances have been some of my favourite releases from Lush in a long time and I have to say they have made me really excited for things to come!

If you've made it this far - have a lovely day and see you soon! ;)

love,

Holly.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lush Hot Toddy Shower Gel Review

-Lush Hot Toddy Shower Gel Review-


If you're in need of something spicy that warms your soul then you've stumbled on the right thing for you. Hot Toddy comes packing a spicy cinnamon punch, with a sweet gold speckled after note and it's really not for the faint hearted.

I picked my bottle up during the Christmas season of 2014, this is the only one that remains and you can probably tell that its seen its fair share of love since. But what's so special? You ask. Well, let me tell you, it's a fiery burst of cinnamon with a sweet kick of lemon, lime and benzoin wrapped up in gold flecked fiery red luxury. 


The smell can be directly compared to Holly Go Lightly the green Christmas pudding bubble bar that a lot of people have become acquainted with over the 2014 and 2015 Christmas periods. It's hot and sweet and soul warmingly good, although if you don't like cinnamon... things could go badly for you here.



As for the actually gel, it's of a mid thickness, a lovely rich red colour (like cinnamon, again, so. much. cinnamon.) with flecks of gold running through it. Don't worry however, you won't be left looking like tinkerbell has thrust her dust all over you, it washes off fairly easily and leaves your skin strong smelling and deeply festive.



As you can see there's quite a hefty list of ingredients in this one!

Until next time, have an amazing day!

Love,

Holly.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Lush Happy 4 Sad Shower Gel Review

-Lush Happy 4 Sad Shower Gel Review-


Happy 4 Sad was originally designed to be uplifting during the darker times of the year, and, since I'm from the UK, it was a definite must have when I saw it in the kitchen back in April (yes - its been with me that long, what can I say, I'm a hoarder!). When you first pick up a bottle of Happy 4 Sad there is one major thing you notice - it's so darn runny. This is by far one of the most runny, watery shower gels that Lush makes, the top ingredient is a Dove Orchid Infusion followed by water and a little further down the list it makes its way to aloe vera - all of which are not the most gloopy of ingredients.


When you trickle it out of the bottle into your hand (yes it trickles, no it doesn't splooge) you are met with a light purple gel and the most gorgeous smell. In fact the scent of Happy 4 Sad is by far one of my favourite smells that Lush make - it's zesty and fresh, with a mix of grapefruit and mandarin oil it leans more towards the orangey scent line. The nice thing about this gel is that it is also undercut with a soft floral twinge, something very delicate that cuts through the harsh acidy smell that citrus can sometimes have and leaves you with a perfectly blended mix. 



Does it really make you happy is you have S.A.D? Well the smell certainly lifts my spirits, it doesn't feel like it weighs you down and lasts a few hours on the skin, giving you that citrusy lift when you really need it.

Here's the full list of ingredients for those of you who like to be nosey (like me!):


Have a lovely day and see you soon!

Love,

Holly.




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Lush Butterball Shower Gel Review


 -Lush Butterball Shower Gel Review-



Hello! Its been a while hasn't it? Today I thought I'd brush the dust off of my blog and bring you a review of the most coveted, most loved, most amazing smelling Butterball shower gel from Lush Cosmetics. Butterball was recently bought into the kitchen and, being in the same family of products as Butterball Bathbomb and Butterbear bathbomb, I just had to get my hands on it.


When you first twist the top off of Butterball you have a very definite waft of cocoa butter meeting your nostrils, the sweet chocolatey creamy fragrance that you'll be very familiar with if you've ever used a cocoa butter enriched product. The part I was really amazed by was that the smell was so perfectly cocoa butter, it wasn't chocolate, it was rich, sensational, unrefined cocoa butter. Now I say this as a user of raw cocoa butter, I make lotions, chocolates and hair masks, I'm very used to the smell of pure cocoa butter and I love it, so this was a perfect surprise for me. Although the top of the ingredients reveals it's set in a ylang ylang infusion I can't detect a floral note, maybe a hint of sweetness but nothing on the level of something like Rose Jam or Happy 4 Sad.


When you finally jump into your bottles and begin to lather it up you're met with an extremely thick gel, so thick that it's almost like a lotion. I must add at this point that a little goes a long way, it lathers really well (although I think my local water could lather a stone, I guess I'm just lucky!). The smell lasts on the skin for quite a while, just a soft powdery cocoa butter touch and nothing so overpowering that you couldn't wear another scent over it.

As for the ingredients:


The list is pretty simple, lots of cocoa butter and coconut oil along with a a lashing of shea butter make this a moisturising treat for sorry winter skin.

Overall this an amazing shower gel, the smell is a little bit of perfection and the feeling of your skin after use is just divine! What do you think to butterball?

Love,

Holly

(See you again soon ;) )