Hi everyone! I wanted to take a break from my Oxford Street reviews to mention a few items I picked up from Lush Kitchen. For those who aren't in the know, Lush Kitchen is a section of the website where small exclusive batches of products are made each day: you can read my post about it here.
To be honest, I've pretty much ignored the Kitchen since it started as I try to avoid ordering from Lush online due to the expensive postage. However, I've been feeling spendy recently and with some of the Oxford Street products now available online a few items have sneaked into my basket.
I have three Kitchen items to show you today - unfortunately they're no longer available at present, but the beauty of the Kitchen means that they will reappear again at some point. You can even request them by tweeting @LushKitchen! Hopefully my reviews will tide you over until they're online again.
Yummy Yummy Yummy Shower Gel
This caught my eye due to the scent description! Fresh strawberries infusion, honey water, almond, olibanum, bergamot, geranium and passionflower seed oils all combine to give this a sugary sweet strawberry scent. It smells just like Strawberry Feels Forever or like the inside of a strawberry cream chocolate! The name is similar to the Yummy Mummy Shower Gel brought out for Mother's Day this year and the scent is similar too, although I would say Yummy Yummy Yummy is fruitier. I believe this was originally released in 2008.
Lush Kitchen products often only come in one available size, and in this case it was the medium 250g bottle. It cost £10.50 when I bought it.
The gel itself is a pinky coral colour and has quite a thick and creamy texture. It lathers well and leaves me smelling like sugary strawberries!
Strawberry Twin Tub Shower Jelly
I love shower jellies so I almost got whiplash adding this to my online basket! I'd never even heard of Strawberry Twin Tub but it was originally released in 2005 before I'd even tried Lush so I think I can be forgiven. Containing glycerine, spring water, coconut and Fair Trade vanilla pod infusion, fresh strawberries, carageenan (seaweed) extract, benzoin resinoid, geranium oil and jasmine absolute, this shower jelly has a gorgeous floral strawberry scent. It's quite a fresh and natural scent to my nose with the floral notes stopping it becoming too sickly sweet. I got a 240g tub for £7.95.
The jelly itself is a bubbly red colour with quite a thick, jam-like consistency. Shower jellies are really fun to use as they're such a novelty format. My favourite way to use them is to pop some on each palm, slip on exfoliating gloves and lather up that way! You can also crumble them under the tap or rub them straight onto your body/hair. This jelly leaves my skin scented and soft.
13 Rabbits Bath Melt
I have to admit, I'm not entirely sure why I bought this as neither the look or the scent particularly appealed... I just found it intriguing for some reason! 13 Rabbits bath melt is designed to smell like Lush's previous 13 Rabbits Shower Gel which has a spicy chocolate scent. The melt itself looks like a large square of milk chocolate with '13 Rabbit' stamped into the top. I'm unsure when this was first created or when the original shower gel came out I'm afraid.
This melt contains a host of ingredients, including Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, walnut oil, peanut oil, cinnamon stick and clove infusion, cocoa powder, ginger oil and clove bud oil. These all combine to create a rich and spicy chocolate scent. The 30g melt cost £3.95.
With the colour of this melt, this was never going to end well... it slowly broke down in the bath, releasing oils that ended up tinting the water a yucky brown colour. There were small crumbs of cinnamon and clove in here that left bits in the water. I also found the rich scent watered down quite significantly when in the bath, leaving just a faint hint of chocolate and spice. The water was really soft, but that's the only benefit I got from this bath really!
Two hits and a miss from the recent Kitchen purchases I've made... I believe Yummy Yummy Yummy and Strawberry Twin Tub were part of the same batch of releases and 13 Rabbits was more recent. It's well worth keeping an eye on the Lush Kitchen to see if there's anything you fancy as the products change so often. As I've been making orders of the new Oxford Street stuff, I haven't been able to resist popping a few items in my basket!
Have you ever ordered from the Kitchen? Also, do you like it when I group my Lush reviews into one post, or do you prefer the one-by-one format? I'm trying to figure out if I should group my new Oxford Street reviews in this way too.