Review: Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel

Long time readers of my blog know that I love Lush products. The problem is that I have tried most of their soaps and shower gels, and there are times when I can’t find anything new to try! Fortunately, I found the Lush Yuzu and Cocoa shower gel on my last trip.

 

Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is native to Japan. It is used often in Japanese food and sweets, and has a fragrance which is not sweet but not as sharp as lemon.  But combined with cocoa? Although orange and chocolate is a great combination, I’ve never had anything that combines yuzu and cocoa, so I was very interested to see what this would be like.

 

What it does: (from the Lush website)

Enough cocoa and tonka to make Mr Wonka wish he’d invented something half as sweet. Citrusy fresh yuzu juice is blended with reassuring cocoa and tonka absolutes for a shower that smells like chocolate oranges. You might not be able to lick it, but with a scent this sumptuous your comfort eating cravings are sure to be satiated.

 

Price: 9.95 GBP, 20.95 USD, 2000 JPY for 250g.

 

What I thought:

First, the scent… I loved it! Cocoa seems to take an edge off of the scent of yuzu, making it citrusy without being sharp. This definitely isn’t the scent of your household cleaners!

As with most Lush shower gels, this is very liquidy. I like to apply it to a wash cloth to use it, but I still felt that it did not lather very well that way. The best way to get lather is to apply it directly, and ensuring that it does not get diluted with water.

The color is a bit off putting, though – it is florescent yellow!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I liked the product well enough, but I felt like I was using a lot of it at once, and I used it up pretty quickly.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

 

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Review: Bath and Body Works A Thousand Wishes shower gel

This is a review of the Bath and Body Works A Thousand Wishes shower gel.

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What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)

Warm your heart a thousand times over with a festive blend of sparkling champagne, crystal peonies & almond crème

  • Top Notes: Sparkling Champagne, Twinkling Star Fruit, Golden Quince
  • Mid Notes: Crystal Peonies, Purple Freesia
  • Dry Notes: Gilded Amber, Almond Crème, Sugared Sandalwood, Velvet Musk

 

Price: $12.50 for 10 fluid ounces

 

Scent: I thought this smelled of sweet, slightly sour notes. I picked up on the quince, sugar, and musk, but I don’t know what champagne is supposed to smell like in a shower gel

 

What I thought: This scent is significantly sweeter than what I usually purchase, but it was a nice change. The fruity scent is different enough so that it doesn’t feel generic.  As with other Bath and Body Works shower gels, I felt that it lathered very well and rinsed clean.

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe. I didn’t think it was a bad scent, but I am not sure it was a real hit with me.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Bath and Body Works French Lavender and Honey

This is a review of the Bath and Body Works French Lavender & Honey shower gel, which I picked up when I was in New York.

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What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)

Skin-loving formula is scented with a romantic bouquet of French lavender, nectarine de Provence & sun-kissed honey

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Melon de Cavaillon, Blackberries, Violet Leaves
  • Mid Notes: French Lavender, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Nectarine de Provence
  • Dry Notes: Honey, White Oak Musk

 

Price: $12.50 for 10 oz. Bath and Body Works usually has some promotion going on!

 

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at freestanding Bath and Body Works stores, as well as online.

 

Scent: This product smells of sweet herbs.  I smelled something fruity together with the lavender.

 

What I thought: I liked this scent.  It was sweet without being overly cloying, and I liked the herbal side of it as well.  This product lathered well and I enjoyed using it.

 

Would I repurchase? Yes, I liked it!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in White Tea and Ginger

This is a review of the Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in White Tea and Ginger.

This was a popular scent that was discontinued, and is brought back periodically.
Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in Tea and Ginger

 

What it does: (from the Bath and Body Works website)

Infused with luxuriously rich Shea Butter, our New Ultra Shea Body Cream provides 24 hours of nourishing moisture to soften even the driest skin. With soothing Aloe Butter, pampering Cocoa Butter and more Shea than ever before, our non-greasy formula melts into skin to provide beautiful fragrance and all day, all night hydration. Top Notes: White Tea Leaves, Sparkling Yuzu, Lemon  Mid Notes: Fresh Bergamot, Nutmeg, Tea Rose, Earl Grey Tea  Dry Notes: Geranium Petals, Hint of Ginger, White Musk, Woods

 

Price: $13

 

Availability: Bath and Body Works products are available at Bath and Body Works free standing stores

 

Scent: This product smells like sweet tea to me. After it dries down, it leaves behind a sweet scent which lasts for a while.

 

Pros:

  • This product moisturizes my skin better than the regular Bath and Body Works body lotions. I prefer this product in the cooler months
  • I like the scent!  It is not overpowering

 

Cons:

  • The scent lasts on my skin for quite some time. I usually prefer that the scent of my body lotion dissipates after a few hours.

 

Would I repurchase? Probably yes.  I liked this body cream better than the body lotions that I normally buy, and this is a nice scent!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo, K

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Review: Lush Rockstar Soap

Recently, I went into Lush to find a new shower gel to use… and I realized that I had already tried all of the shower gels that were available in Japan! I picked out the Rockstar soap to try instead.
Lush Rockstar Soap

What it does: (from the Lush US website)

Vanilla candy soap for rock stars. There’s nothing hard rock or heavy metal about this soap. We’re serious about soap, but not too serious not to love our pink sudser. It’s unabashedly a best-selling pop hit that everyone, boys and girls, can’t wait to get their hands on. While you may object otherwise, once you try our pink, vanilla-scented cream soap you’ll be singing a different tune. Scented with real vanilla (the gorgeous stuff that comes from pods, not labs), and decorated with soap stars embedded inside you’ll want to give Rock Star a regular rotation in the soap dish.

Lush Rockstar Soap

Price: $7.95 for 3.5 oz in the US, 3.50 GBP for 100g in the UK, and 550 JPY for 100g in Japan

 

Availability: Lush products are available at Lush stores. Lush UK ships globally as well.

 

Scent: Although this product says that it smells like vanilla candy, I felt that the scent was similar to berry scents.

 

Pros:

  • This product makes a good, thick lather
  • It’s pink! It smells sweet!

 

Cons:

  • I felt that this soap melted easily and did not last long
  • It is a bit too harsh for this time of the year. I needed to apply body lotion immediately after I got out of the shower.

 

Would I repurchase? No. While it’s not a bad soap, I felt that the scent was not unique enough. I also didn’t like that it seemed to melt easily in my shower compared to other soaps from Lush.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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