Lush Review: Candy Fluff Bath Cocktail

July 29th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Spa Retreat, Toiletries | No Comments »

I wasn’t expecting to take another Lush bath so soon but since my pink Easter egg didn’t survive the shipping journey so well and was looking a bit sad, I thought it was a good time to draw another pink themed bath…

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

1 Creamy Candy Bubble Bar: Smells really candy yummy =)

  • Almond oil
  • Vanilla absolute
  • Candy flowers

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment: Sweet floral scent.  Creates white froth (though Lush says pink).  Easily crumbled under running water.  Slow dissolve on its own.

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

Rock Star Soap: Has a pink/cherry taffy scent which has really grown on me.  As an aside, it evokes for me happy memories of beach town summertime fun since taffy is a popularly sold candy in these places e.g. Wildwood NJ, Seaside Heights NJ- to name a couple.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla absolute

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

MapTotes

July 29th, 2010 Posted in accessories, Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

Looking for a new shopping or school/study tote?  Look no further.  Maptotes is a cute and affordable solution to every day needs.  I especially love their denim and organic cotton styles =).  I was just wondering the other day why companies like 7FAM or Rock & Republic haven’t released a collection of denim bags?….  It’s to my surprise since they specialize in denimwear.

*Photocredit: Gilt & Maptotes

Lush Review: A Sampling of Quinquereme of Nineveh, Temptation, 13th. (Unlucky for Dirt), Honey Waffle, The Godmother, & Tiptoe Through the Tulips Soaps

July 26th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

I hope I haven’t left anything out but I’m trying to catch up with the reviews I was suppose to do and am lagging far behind =(.  Please forgive me.  I was fortunate enough to get a chance to sample the following soaps and wanted to share my impressions of them.  Hopefully this small review will somehow help you decide whether or not to purchase these soaps, especially if you are not conveniently located near a Lush store and have to order online…

Quinquereme of Nineveh Soap: If you love Trichomania Solid Shampoo and Coolaulin Conditioner, than this soap maybe for you since it’s just as rich in coconut scent as the ones I’ve just named.  The texture is similar to I Should Coco soap; however, the pieces of coconut are not as large and shredded as in ISC.  Personally, I love this soap and wouldn’t hesitate to buy a full-size bar.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Creamed coconut
  • Orange oil
  • Vanilla absolute

Temptation Soap: There is a strong “green” botanical scent entwined with apple and mint.  For me this is what I would label as a so-so scent just because I have a proclivity to sweet candy scents.  I do love its glycerin texture.  I prefer Gavarnie much more but that’s just me.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh apple juice
  • Myrrh resinoid
  • Orange blossom absolute
  • Cinnamon leaf oil
  • Apple rings
  • Gardenia extract

13th. (Unlucky for Dirt) Soap: Fresh peppercorns immediately come to mind.  This is not my favorite soap but Lush gets an A+ for scent creativity.  You are going to laugh when I say this but this wouldn’t be a bad kitchen soap.

  • Oregano & rose petal infusion
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Honey
  • Manuka honey
  • Oregano oil
  • Rose absolute
  • Geranium oil

Honey Waffle Soap: A sweet, true honey/honeycomb scent unlike its cousin Honey I Washed The Kids soap (which has a more playful sweet vanilla scent).  HW also has a slight nutty scent to me.  I prefer HIWTK to HW for obvious reasons (you know me by now).

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Honeycomb
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Gardenia extract

The Godmother Soap: Has a spicy saltwater taffy scent.  Can easily be classified as a candy scent and is definitely a very popular Lush soap; a favorite to many though I prefer Rock Star soap to it.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Synthetic musk
  • Iris glitter

Tiptoe Through the Tulips Soap: Has a relatively strong cleaning detergent scent similar to brands like Ajax and Comet.  For me, it’s not a bad thing since it brings back childhood memories of watching my father wax the floors of his shop (in anticipation of returning home for family time).  The name Lush chose for this particular soap is not indicative of its scent- at least to me it’s not but maybe to someone else it is.

  • Sweet violet leaf infusion
  • Gardenia extract
  • Rose otto absolute
  • Geranium oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Kaffir lime leaf
  • Red rosebuds

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Lush Review: Absolute Delight Bath Cocktail

July 26th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Spa Retreat | No Comments »

A welcome break after fulfilling all my daily obligations.  Every once in a while we need to pamper ourselves- a small reward for getting things done, especially the mundane or challenging stuff of life.

1 Absolute Jasmine Bath Bomb: Sweet and mildly floral. Fast fizz like most other bath ballistics. All the elements mixed to create a sheer pink bath.

  • Rose absolute
  • Bergamot oil
  • Geranium bourbon oil
  • Jasmine absolute
  • Sandalwood oil

1 Turbo Bubble Bar: Pretty to look at like a glittery stone.  Sweet and musky at once.

  • Jasmine absolute
  • Vetivert oil
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Iridescent sparkles

1/2 MMM Melting Marshmallow Moment: Sweet floral scent.  Creates white froth (though Lush says pink).  Easily crumbled under running water.  Slow dissolve on its own.

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

Rock Star Soap: Has a pink/cherry taffy scent which has really grown on me.  As an aside, it evokes for me happy memories of beach town summertime fun since taffy is a popularly sold candy in these places e.g. Wildwood NJ, Seaside Heights NJ- to name a couple.

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla absolute

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Keep in Mind Lovely Soaps & Such for Your Kitchen…

July 24th, 2010 Posted in Kitchen, Toiletries | No Comments »

My recent trip to the NY Botanical Garden’s bookstore led me to a luscious table laden with prettily packaged kitchen and garden soaps by Horto Botanico with the most delicious scents.  As much as one’s pantry needs to be well-stocked with food and drink, so too are soaps and the like as important.  The kitchen is very much a second home to me in that I can be found here most evenings so I’m beginning to think of this room a bit differently and wanting to put in nice little touches (no different than a bedroom or an office).  The kitchen is a room most lived-in, well-loved, and may I dare say the heart of many homes so the choices we make in decor and detail should reflect this.

*Photocredit: NY Botanical Garden Store