You may have heard it on the grapevine that exactly a week ago today a brand new 'super Lush' launched in Oxford Street in London. With three floors, a Spa, a Hair Lab and over 200 brand new and exclusive products it's a Lush mecca! I can't wait to make the pilgrimage there.
Although I haven't been able to visit yet, some of my very lovely friends have dragged bags of stuff back on the train for me so I wanted to share them with you. I've been feverishly and obsessively looking at everyone's Instagram photos, watching YouTube videos etc. so if you have too, here's more to fuel the fire!
The first thing I NEEEEEEDED (yes, that's right, needed) was Lord of Misrule Shower Cream OH YEAH! The glorious limited edition Lord of Misrule bath bomb fragrance, in a beautiful, mid-green, shimmering, moisturising gel. It's smells incredible...a bit earthier than I found the bath bomb to be, you can really smell the patchouli and peppercorn infusion, but it does still have that sweet edge from the Fair Trade vanilla absolute. I wouldn't say it's the most moisturising shower gel I've ever used, but it is creamier than the usual Lush shower gels, and gives a good lather and wash without leaving my skin dry. Basically it's just the best thing since sliced bread, or indeed any bread, ever. Oh and it comes in litre bottles too. Litre. Bottles.
The next thing I was most excited about getting my paws on was the Tangled Hot Oil Treatment for hair. As my hair is really long, the ends get very dry, and I really want it to look silky and beautiful for our Handfasting next month. So I got two! Tangled is also one of my favourite Disney films, and I want to be Rapunzel. The hot oil is solid, with cardboard and wood packaging (easy to recycle which is important to me!), and it is also self-preserving. To use it you pour a little boiling water into a mug, stir the oil in so it melts into a delicious paste, then when it's not burning-your-scalp hot, plaster it into your hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing out. It smells AWESOME. It's got orange flower absolute and ylang ylang oil, which I usually hate, alongside rosewood oil, and they combine to make the most romantic, summery, floral fragrance in the world.
Keeping on the Disney theme, I am surprisingly excited to try Frozen bath bomb. I say surprisingly because, again, it contains my nemesis ingredient, Tunisian neroli, alongside uplifting grapefruit. Frozen is a beautiful cool-blue, shimmery bath bomb, that reminds me of Elsa's frozen fractals and icy blasts. But it doesn't smell cold and icy and minty like you would expect, no no, to me it smells like Olaf's dreams of summer, of Arrendelle before the big freeze, of a warm breeze drifting over a flowery meadow! It's such an addictive scent!
The next product I am obsessed with is Supertramp bubble bar. I think this is actually my favourite thing we bought. I can't stop smelling it. It's. Just. Ridiculous. It's a really pretty-looking light green and pink swirly bubble bar which belies it's deep, earthy, heavenly fragrance. It's minty and woody and herbal and smoky and mystical and smells like something from Harry Potter. My label doesn't have the ingredients but I would hazard a guess at peppermint, patchouli and maybe sandalwood or ginger...let me know if I'm right!
We also got a small 100g bottle of Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, which smells exactly the same as the bubbleroon of the same name but is a bright yellow moisturising shower gel for those folk who don't have a bath/prefer showers/just not in the mood for a bath right now/want to layer up the fragrance! It supposedly smells like chocolate orange, and it kind of does, but it reminds me more of summer holidays...it's coconut-y and tropical and smells like a cocktail. Apparently Yuzu is an East Asian citrus fruit that looks like a little orange, and that's what gives both the bubbleroon and shower gel their tart, fresh, tropical note!
The next product I can't wait to use is Super Daddyo / Sugar Daddyo. I'm not entirely sure of the name as the signage said 'Super' but my label says 'Sugar'! I hope it's 'Super', I don't like the idea of sugar daddies. But either way, I'm looking forward to it as it's a solid hair conditioner (so no packaging, great for the environment, yay!) and is full of violet leaf absolute which smells so lovely - like Parma Violet sweets - and argan oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and jojoba oil so it should be really smoothing and help to put moisture back into the ends of my hair (also as it's purple it's great for keeping blonde hair bright and cool-toned!)
Another product I'm excited about to get me Handfasting-ready is Rosy Cheeks fresh face mask. It's one of the super-fresh products that you have to keep in the fridge, which have extra-lovely ingredients. I love that there's no preservatives and I always feel like they're more effective as the ingredients are fresher. This mask is packed full of calamine, glycerine, rose clay, rose oil and rose petals so is very soothing and balancing. I've tried this one once already, and it smells beautiful and feels ridiculously smooth to apply, but I did find it a tiny bit drying on my extremely sensitive skin. It could be the kaolin. But everyone's skin is different... I think if you're dry and not sensitive, or oily and sensitive you'd be fine!
A really exciting bath bomb I got is called Yoga Bomb. It's a slow-fizzer, taking about 15-20 minutes to fully dissolve, and changes colour lots of times along the way. It has the most comforting, relaxing, almost spiritual scent of ho wood and olibanum. It's a little bit woody, a little bit incensey, very warm but quite hard to describe! I'm so happy there are so many completely new and original smells for the new products. I can't wait to use Yoga Bomb when I'm stressed and need a really long, contemplative soak.
There are lots of new bath melts at Oxford Street too! One I got is called Sun bath oil, and is the same fragrance as Sun perfume. I like that the bath oils are solid so have no packaging, and this one is covered in a bronze lustre so it's really pretty! They are smaller and less expensive than the current Lush bath melts. Sun is very orangey with Sicilian mandarin oil, Brazillian orange oil and tangerine oil, but I much prefer it to the perfume... it smells deeper, almost like pine needles in the background.
I also got Lime Pastille bath oil, which doesn't have a label on the bag so I don't know anything about it at all! It's a mid-green with a silvery lustre, and reminds me of eating chocolate limes sitting on our camp beds on Brownie pack holiday.
A bath bomb that Dan chose is called Guardians of the Forest and it is such a fresh, green, relaxing scent with lots of oakmoss and rosewood. It really does smell like the woods in the rain or a forest pool, like dryads and naids and nymphs. It's decorated with a really cool tree/leaf pattern.
Dan also got a Cyanide Pill bath bomb, which is a two-tone yellow and white, pill-shaped bath bomb that smells like almonds and marzipan, but with a bit of a twist. The fragrance was invented by Gorilla Perfumes and I loved it, but they that never made it into a perfume, so I'm really glad they've used it in a product now. The name and the smell tie together because bitter almonds contain hydrogen cyanide, and Gorilla's latest collection was based around death, decay and renewal. This bath bomb contains silver lustre which pools together on the surface of the water like mercury!
Another super-exciting product for Lord of Misrule fans is a new body scrub called Rough With the Smooth (I'm sorry there's no picture, I just couldn't wait to use it!). It's an orange, square-shaped solid scrub, which looks like the body butters, but feels like a cross between the body butters and Sugar Scrub. It has that amazing sweet but spicy Lord of Misrule fragrance and it is SUPER SCRUBBY! From the texture I thought it might be a one-use product like Sugar Scrub, and thought it would melt when I got it wet, so I broke a bit off to use, but actually it doesn't and stays intact and dries like the body butters.
Next out of my bag of joy is the Grass bubble bar. I'm a huge fan of the Grass shower gel and rumours of it's imminent discontinuation are very distressing, so it's good to know it will at least have it's legacy in this bubbly bar of bathtime happiness. It's a very bright, cheerful green bar with white daisy decoration, and smells like freshly mown grass.
My last product is Hair Custard Hair Dressing. I saw this on Instagram the day before the shop launch and wanted it straight away, but I didn't realise it wasn't vegan. It always surprises me when Lush make non-vegan things, as it's just not as ethical. But sadly, it's not vegan, I messed up, nobody is perfect. Seeing as I have already bought it, I will use it up rather than wasting it. It's a custard-scented, custard-textured, custard-coloured cream that adds moisture, reduces static and smells amazing. It makes my hair feel really smooth but with a tiny bit more grit and hold than usual so would be great before styling. You use in the same way as R&B...either on damp hair before air- or blow-drying or into dry hair to add moisture and style it.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the amazing new things. Let me know if you'd like to read more in-depth reviews once I've tried everything properly! Have you bought anything from Lush Oxford Street? Let me know your favourites in the comments or on my social media!