Category Archives: Spa Retreat

Lush Review: Cheer Up! Bath Cocktail

After a disappointing end result of Project Runway: Season 9 (and the elimination of my favored designer, Fallene Wells), I decided a Lush bath cocktail was in order though it was very late.  I’ve had the ingredients laid out since before vacation and boy did my feet need a good pumice scrub (which I saved for last)!  I would describe this as a slow to dissolve, very mild floral scented bath with sweetness reminiscent of white chrysanthemum tea with honey.  Also don’t be alarmed that the bath will look a little olivine murky; what it lacks in looks, it readily makes up in being moisturizing.

1 Happy Pill Bath Bomb: Sweet and citrusy. Slow fizz.  It’s one of Lush’s largest bath ballistics.  I could have used just half of it.

  • Olive Oil
  • Hemp Oil
  • Grapefruit Oil
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Orange Flower Absolute
  • Mandarin Oil
  • Gardenia Extract


1 Dorothy Bubble Bar: Very mild floral.  Made me think of chamomile and lightly scented florals in general.

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Orange flower
  • Gardenia extract

 


1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.  I’ve used this bath melt a few times already but now its scent reminds me of a Connecticut Muffin Angel Cake muffin =)

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

*Recommended Soap: Sandstone Soap (citrus scent, exfoliant)

I used Summer Pudding (exfoliant) soap since it was right in front of me.  Summer Pudding has a candy cherry scent.

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Ceylon Tea Bath Cocktail

A bubbly, frothy melon-colored bath.  This was a belated birthday treat to myself.  I was occupied in a good way with celebrations with family and the completion of a school course.  I didn’t get a chance to enjoy this bath cocktail until yesterday.

1 Luverly Bath Ballistic: A mild floral.  My first guess was chamomile; which is incorrect.

  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Gardenia extract
  • Straw flowers

1 Auntie Pamela Bubble Bar: A very spicy sweet fragrance; very cinnamon.  Judging from the ingredients, it must have been stored next to a bubble bar made of cinnamon or the like.  So don’t go solely by my account.  I love this bubble bar enough to re-purchase for a future bath cocktail.  I threw this into the bathwater and it melted in no time.  I didn’t even have to crumble it!  The bathwater was quite warm though; maybe this helped?

  • Chamomile powder
  • Rose absolute
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Rose petals
  • Red golden glitter
  • Gardenia extract

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt: Sweet floral scent.  Just in case you’re wondering, it’s very easily crumbled under running water.

  • almond oil
  • chamomile powder
  • marigold powder
  • synthetic musk

A Ring of Roses Buttercream Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

 

Lush Review: Perennial Garden Bath Cocktail

My Perennial Garden bath cocktail was a sweet white powdery floral citrus blend.  A perfect before sleep treat.  My mind is always busy with some mundane thought but all I could think of were the pop-pops of the bath bubbles for a change.  All I needed was a rubber ducky to sail on by.

1 Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb: Mild florals and citrusy.

  • Seven rosebuds
  • Rose absolute
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Jasmine absolute

1 Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar: Sweet citrusy.

  • Bergamot oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Orange flower absolute
  • Mandarin oil

1/2 Floating Island Bath Melt: Mildly sweet floral scent.  Made the bath very moisturizing.  I mean, what bath melt doesn’t?  This one is a slow froth.  I’ve used this bath melt a few times already but now its scent reminds me of a Connecticut Muffin Angel Cake muffin =)

  • Almond oil
  • Sandlewood oil
  • Lemon oil

A Ring of Roses Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap.  I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic).  I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent.  I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase.  RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized.  For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.

  • Larkspur
  • Honeysuckle
  • Marigold & cornflower infusion
  • Rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, & evening primrose oils
  • Lemon & sweet orange oils
  • Rose absolute
  • Rose petals

 

Lush Review: Walk of Fame Bath Cocktail

A really luscious milky pale lilac bath with sweet cinnamon and floral notes.  Very relaxing indeed!  At first it smelled very lavender but as I mixed all the ingredients together it became quite pleasing to my surprise.  I hope you will get a chance to try this cocktail.  Unfortunately, you may need to find a substitute for the bath ballistic I chose (Brandy Butter was limited edition).

Brandy Butter Ballistic: Sweet cinnamon.  I adore it and wish it was part of the permanent bath bomb collection =(

  • brandy butter
  • cinnamon leaf oil
  • tangerine oil
  • brandy
  • pink sparkles

 

Hollywood Bubble Bar: Gritty like coconut, clay-like and chalky to the touch, mild baby powder scent.  Not a usual choice of mine but it’s a nice bubble bar for any floral scented bath.

  • Rose absolute
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Candy Star

Something Wicked This Way Comes Bath Melt: Strong lavender scent.  Not a favorite of mine but it is very moisturizing and prettily colorful with its swirls of blues and purples.

  • Almond oil
  • Ginger oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Oakmoss absolute

*Recommended soaps: Porridge (Exfoliating) Soap and Honey I Washed the Kids.  I went for the sweet scented soaps to compliment the cinnamon and to balance out the floral notes.

 

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Smurfette’s Bath Cocktail

I had a refreshing and enjoyable bath cocktail today.  Florally sweet and watermelon red.  This bath would have been a favorite of Smurfette…

1 Cinders Bath Ballistic: It does remind me of cinnamon, sweet orange, and apple juice.  Very quick fizz.  I only wish this bath bomb was bigger since bath ballistics normally aren’t cheap.  I’m glad they had a post-holiday sale recently and all of their limited edition products were 50% off woohoo!  Cinders was one of those bath bombs which had alluded me last year and I was thrilled to finally have a chance to try this year.

  • Fizzy candy
  • Gardenia Florida extract
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Orange oil
  • Cinnamomum cassia leaf oil

1 Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar: Slightly strawberry candy scented.  Really cute bubble bar.  So moisturizing!

  • Olibanum oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Tonka absolute

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil

I guess I was in a strawberry mood today and followed up with The Body Shop’s body butter in Strawberry =)

*Photocredits: Lush Cosmetics & The Body Shop

Alterna’s White Truffle

Alterna has been receiving such excellent reviews from so many people that I decided to give them a try.  I’ve been using Alterna’s White Truffle Private Reserve & Caviar products (shampoo, conditioner, and hair serum) for a couple of months now and give them the thumbs up.  I really like what they have done for my hair: soft, silky, shiny, and lightly fragranced with no signs of harsh drying to my hair or scalp =).  I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to splurge a little.  Shop around; you can definitely find White Truffle at better prices.  If anyone is wondering about the scent, I would definitely describe it as a sweet floral.  Below is an official description of their product…

“Alterna White Truffle Shampoo is a luxurious shampoo that combines Alterna’s enzymetherapy with rare ingredients such as European White Truffle Oil to provide the most effective natural cleansing system. Alterna White Truffle Shampoo’s phyto-organically derived surfactant system provides the most effective natural cleansing system.

Alterna White Truffle Shampoo features European truffle oil, the planet’s richest source of B vitamins. Nutrient-activating enzymes and an exclusive luxury blend infuse the scalp and hair with vital nutrients for added conditioning, moisture, elasticity and extraordinary shine. Full spectrum UV protection. Alterna White Truffle Shampoo is ideal for daily use and safe for chemically-treated hair.

Alterna White Truffle Conditioner contains an exclusive formula that provides the ultimate conditioning by combining Alterna’s enzymetherapy with rare ingredients from around the world. Alterna White Truffle Conditioner is a unique hydro-thermally activated conditioning system locks in moisture and nutrients to revitalize each hair follicle without weighing hair down.

Alterna Caviar Hair Elixir strengthens your hair beyond visible damage and protect its future health. This weightless, non-greasy spray can be used by itself or turned into an intensive reparative treatment without compromising product performance. The result is healthy hair that looks and feels silky, radiant, and simply beautiful.”

Reference: Haircare USA & Ulta


Lush Review: The Baker’s Bath Cocktail

How can I describe this???  I sweet scented peanut buttery bath which turned from a gorgeous teal to a milky tan after I added the Happy Blooming Bath Melt.  I have more Fizzbanger and will probably try it with my leftover half of

1 Fizzbanger Bath Ballistic: Candy sweet, mildly floral. Not sure if it reminded me of anything in particular.  I’m sorry I can’t be more specific about the scent at this time.  Overall it’s a great bath ballistic which could be used in combination with many Lush bubble bars and bath melts.

  • Fizzy candy
  • Cinnamon leaf oil
  • Petigrain oil
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Gardenia extract

1 Auntie Pamela Massage Bar: The scent reminded me of peanut butter brittle but not exactly.  It’s not what I really expected but that’s not a bad thing =).

  • Chamomile powder
  • Rose absolute
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Rose petals
  • Red golden glitter
  • Gardenia extract

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil

*Recommended soap bars: Honey I Washed the Kids or Porridge Soap.  I used Miranda Soap only because it was the only one in my bath room.  I keep my Lush (in a plastic container) in another room now to keep them better preserved.

Lush Review: Pop in the Bath Cocktail

I’ve been staring at my Lush goodies for weeks now wondering when there would be some free time for a bath cocktail.  At the end of the day, there’s always something to do- a task of the day that wasn’t quite finished…  Guilt of not getting to certain chores that I had set off to do at the beginning of the day and became so side-tracked by other unforeseen obstacles.  This time I set my foot down for a little treat.  If Venus had bodies of water, they should be as salmon pink as this bath and just as florally sweet.  I created a rejuvenating bath cocktail which Aphrodite would envy and I was surprised at how well the ingredients mingled.

1/3 Easter Egg (Pink) Bath Bomb: Sweet Candy Fluff scent reminding me of pink Peeps marshmallows.

1 Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar: Floral citrus scent, strong but not overwhelmingly so like certain perfumes.  If you love florals, do give this a try. I thought I had sensed a little citrus in this; sure enough it was a correct guess.

  • Bergamot oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Orange flower
  • Mandarin oil

1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Sweet scent which does remind me of candy cherries.

  • Passionflower
  • Dried cherries
  • Fresh passion fruit
  • Ylang ylang oil


Summer Pudding Soap: Love it almost as much as Sandstone Soap.  I really wish this could be part of Lush’s permanent line somehow, though I doubt it since it has such a seasonal name. As an aside, I did make English summer pudding last month (I was inspired by this Lush soap).  The dessert made an excellent end-of-summer delight.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Ground almonds
  • Glace cherries
  • Almond oil
  • Buchu oil
  • Juniperberry oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Gardenia Extract

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

A True Luxury Gift: Hammam Collection by Red Flower

Several years ago I ventured into Soho’s Bloomingdales for a little retail therapy and picked up the Hamman Bath Set and Lemon Coffee- Blossom Olive Stone Scrub as early Christmas presents from moi to moi.  I still believe the Lemon Coffee scrub was the best I’ve ever used.  It truly smelled of the most aromatic gourmet coffee imaginable- a perfect morning pick-me-up =)!

*Photocredit: Garnet Hill

Pressed Leaves Aromatherapy Diffuser

I missed out on this pretty Gaiam aromatherapy diffuser =(.  I believe at one point it was part of a lovely tea set and then was sold separately.  Just waited too long and forgot all about it.  Such is the mind that’s filled with so many trivial preoccupations.  Below is a product description as was seen on the Gaiam website…

“A product that gives back…  Handmade ivory celadon pottery from Thailand’s Chiang Mai region is gently shaped into an aromatherapy diffuser. Decorated with a raintree leaf under crackled, lead-free glaze.  Thailand.”

*Photocredit: Gaiam