Lush Review: Miranda & Summer Pudding Soaps

September 3rd, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

These two soaps are very similar in scent and appearance (the pic of the Miranda below is a little different from mine in that my soap has contrast colored imbedded chunks as well).  Both bring back memories of lollipops that you would receive at the end of a doctor’s visit when you were a little kid; you know the ones I’m referring to (individually wrapped, the size of a half-dollar, typically green or red or orange) that were offered to you while your tears were drying.  Bad memories of being at the pediatrician won’t stop me from recommending both these lovely soaps, especially if you are a Lushie who adores mild candy scents.  Please note that Summer Pudding is better for exfoliation; it is non-abrasive and not messy to work with but will shred a bit when wet.

Miranda Soap:

  • Rapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh kiwi fruit
  • Ylang ylang petal oil
  • Myrrh resinoid
  • Juniperberry oil
  • Bergamot oil
  • Gardenia extract

Summer Pudding Soap:

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

*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

Daddy-O Shampoo & Another Mini Haul

March 4th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

Recently visited a Lush store in Danbury, Connecticut. I was relieved to see that the store wasn’t too packed so I had a chance to speak to both the sales reps there. I was looking for a solid conditioner to pair with my Trichomania Solid Shampoo and found Jungle to my liking. I was also searching for a facial cleanser since I was almost out and wanted to try something from Lush. The primary reasons for my visit was to take a look at the Soft Coeur (The Honeymooners) massage bar and The Flying Fox Shower Gel.

The Danbury Lush Store on the particular day I visited was giving away goody bags =). I received in my goody bag:
Daddy-O Liquid Shampoo (mini cup): I wasn’t too pleased with this product because it left light purple stains on my towel (hope it will wash out) and stung my eyes a little as I was trying to wash it out =(. The scent was okay. Not sure if my hair is that much more shiny than usual? I have a feeling that I will stick to my Trichomania instead of trying their liquid shampoos. My fave liquid shampoo is still Korres’ Sunflower Shampoo.

(Pink) Fair Trade Foot Lotion (mini pot): I really like it =). Sort of spearminty (love spearmint scents) and non-greasy. This is something I would purchase in the future. My feet are extremely dry and cracked during winter =(. My feet look and feel better today so I will use it again tonight.

Think Pink Bath Bomb (full-size): I haven’t tried this freebie yet so I can only comment on its scent. It smells very sweet like candy which is just the type of scent I go nuts for.

At the store I tried on Candy Fluff Dusting Powder; however, decided I liked my Booty Parlor Dust Up Kissable Body Shimmers more. I purchased these body shimmers from Victoria Secret and Hautelook.

I’m happy that I had the opportunity to visit a Lush store so I noted all the different products I liked and want to try someday.

*I will write more about my purchases in the near future and update this post…

*Photocredit: Lush Cosmetics

Mini Lush Haul Update, Part 1

February 19th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Lush Reviews, Toiletries | No Comments »

I just received my mini haul today and felt let down by the products I ordered. Took quite a while to be delivered too =(. I really wanted to like the brand for their creativity and uniqueness. I am willing to give them a second chance but I’m going to visit an actual store before I decide to splurge a little. There are some products that I will not be repurchasing because their scents don’t appeal to me. I call this my Part 1 review because to be fair, I have only tried 1 of their products (Smitten hand cream) so a Part 2 will be written (after use review). Below are my initial scent impressions…

Fairy Jasmine Bath Bomb: lightly sweet floral, okay scent, almost the size of a baseball

The Ex Factor Bath Bomb: sweet floral but not as floral as the fairy jasmine if that makes sense, okay scent, about 4.5 inches tall

*Shimmy Shimmy Sparkle Bar: light white chocolate scent, like this scent, love the glitter =)

*Glitterbug Sparkle Bar: delicate fresh herbal scent, nice scent, love the glitter =)

Marzibain Bubble Bar: fresh outdoorsy scent like evergreen or newly cut grass?, okay scent

*I Should Coco: light orange citrus scent- creamsicle, nice scent

Smitten Hand Cream: mild chamomile scent, i barely smell almond =(. You will love this if you love a gentle natural scent.

Rock Star Soap: taffy scent, sorry but I also think it reminds me of pungent moth balls too =(

Trichomania Solid Shampoo: very mild scent, not sure if it really smells like coconuts

We’ll see… I’m going to be using a few of the products in a couple of minutes so I will write again soon. If the products are moisturizing and all that other good stuff, Lush products will have somewhat redeemed themselves. Remember, this is only my opinion and what I like or dislike may not be the same as for you, so I urge you to go to a Lush store if you have been wanting to try their products. I also believe that since many of their scents are so mild/gentle that guys can use some of Lush’s products without fear of smelling girly.

Panier des Sens Soaps

August 18th, 2009 Posted in curiosities | No Comments »

On a recent trip to the NY Botanical Gardens, I found these beautiful soaps by Panier des Sens at the gift shop. Initially I bought their Fig set which came with the most precious blush colored clay dish (I’m crazy for little dishes). Soon after using the first bar, I ordered some more sets to be given as stocking stuffers later this year (yes, I generally start really early planning for this *blush*). Well, this time I’m actually ahead of myself…

DH and I stayed with friends two years ago in Cabris, France. They had a pretty little kitchen with shuttered windows opened for most of the day looking out to a gorgeous garden view, with a head of garlic resting on the sill. I always find myself thinking back to it- sheer bliss… I adore a window like that and could see my Panier soaps in clay dish sitting on the faucet counter… These soaps are so fragrant and a perfect compliment to such a lovely scene.

*Photocredit: Panier des Sens