For Your Shower and Bath
Each and every year Lush always tempts me with a wonderful array of yummie goodies for my bathing pleasure! This year, like any other year, is no different.
I’m eager to start making my Lush list and checking it twice!
I always end up purchasing a ton of Lush for myself and tons for friends and family members!
Lush always has a year end promotion with free goodies and such but I just can’t wait for that! I need my Lush RIGHT AWAY!
Here’s my Lush Wish List:
Christmas would simply not be Christmas if your Muse can’t have a nice big block of Snowcake under her tree!
Creamy, moisturizing, marzipan goodness! My love affair with Snowcake is known far and wide and I end up with quite a bit stashed into gifts from friends and of course, purchased for myself! This year the kind people at Lush UK have even offered up a yummie Snowcake Shower Gel to keep the Muse happy so I’ll be singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in my shower for the next several months with both my stash of soap and shower gel!
Head into your local Lush for a nice big chunk to hold you out till next year because sadly, my dear friends, when it’s gone, it’s gone and won’t make it’s reappearance until next year!
Now since we are on the most lovely topic of Snowcake might the Muse mention that she has added Lush Pud Bath Bomb to her wish list! If you happen to be new to Lush or this is your first Christmas with Lush than you probably don’t know that Lush Pud is scented with our most beloved scent of Snowcake! Mmmm!
This year we have two flavors of Pud to choose from. It’s regular Bath Bomb size and a Jumbo Bath Bomb which includes two Holiday soaps, Snowcake and Bob!
Jumbo Lush Pud Bath Bomb Gift Set
Lush never fails to come out with something jumbo in all the years I’ve been purchasing it. Last year they had a most wonderful large size Santa’s Hat bomb that was scented in the delightful Honey I Washed the Kids (It was so big I still have left over pieces from last year!) and the year before on Valentine’s Day they offered a heart shaped bomb that was scented in Creamy Candy Bath! Mmmm!
The moral of the story is that this is a great deal because you can get quite a few baths out of this LARGE bomb! I normally place mine in a large ziploc bag and drop the bag onto the floor once or twice and it’ll split into pieces big enough to plop in your bath! Of course, the Muse has seen a few people that are daring enough to just throw the entire thing into the tub and have a most expensive bath!
Something that always, always, have I said always? Always ends up in my cart come Christmas would be Snow Fairy. The best way to describe Snow Fairy is to call it crack in a bottle. Indeed, it’s that addicting. I get at least 5 large bottles (At one time it was 10) each year to keep me happy and sweetly scented until it’s reappearance next Christmas! Again, like Snowcake, when it’s gone, it’s gone and may or may not be back next year so the stashing and hoarding it away is a normal routine for your Muse!
Snow Fairy is a most difficult scent to describe but I shall do my best. It’s a fruity, cherryish, vanillish, with an underlay of the most gorgeous candy! It’s exactly what all girly girl’s need in their shower! I even wash my hair with it when I’m feeling quite frisky and daring! Oh my I imagine I’m breaking some sort of hair law by washing my locks with a shower gel but one whiff of Snow Fairy and I imagine I can convince even the snottiest stylish this is a must!
Shockingly enough Lush US is actually offering Cocktail Soap! Cocktail is a scent exclusive to Lush’s sister store Bnever and has never been available outside of the UK. Bnever shops are exclusive to the UK (although rumors abound that they may be headed to the US soon).
Now, Cocktail is quite a favorite scent of mine and difficult to explain. It reminds me of glamorous Old Hollywood! It’s quite floral and with so many notes that the actual blend is too complicated to pick apart. The good news is that if you adore sophiscated floral blends this would be the soap for you! The Muse normally picks up Cocktail soap from Bnever when she travels into London or she gets it packaged into her UK orders from Lush however she’s happy, very happy, to say that Lush US is offering Cocktail Soap for your pleasure this Holiday season! Could this be an omen of things to come? Your Muse hopes so!
Last year, the Muse’s beloved Bubble Bar was renamed and called “Holiday” bubble bar. The Muse is on strike and she REFUSES to call it that! It’s original name, and the name the Muse sticks to, is Ruby Red Slippers. Why the name change the Muse hasn’t a clue but the good news is that Ruby Red Slippers (aka Holiday) is back in stock and ready for my purchasing pleasure! Ruby Red Slippers are glittery red and sexy as sin! The scent is a warm, spicy smell of carnations with a touch of vanilla and 100% perfection! I stock up on as many of these as I possibly can to get me through the long, cold winter! The luxury of slipping into a tub full of red sparkly water with tons of bubbles and a warm, spicy scent is something the Muse adores spoiling herself with! So Ruby Red Slippers (aka Holiday) always make an appearance on my wish list!
Ruby Red Slippers aka Holiday Bubble Bar Slice
The sparkling, effervescent scent of Champagne Snow Showers is a favorite of mine but sadly the jelly just makes me cry in agony. Lush Jellies aren’t the most easiest thing in the world to use! Thankfully I don’t have to miss out on this gorgeous blend of sparkling citrus! I just load my cart with Christmas Party Bath Bombs and I have the same scent as Champange Snow Showers in my bath!
Some girls hate her because she contains a ton of glitter and bits and pieces to SURPRISE you in your bath! I personally love her and she’s right properly deemed a Christmas Party as once she hits the water she fizzes, spins, and whirls around my tub showering it with tiny stars, sparkles, and other fun bits and pieces (if you really can’t stand the though of these bits in your tub the Muse suggests placing her in a knee high before lowering her into the tub and all the bits will be trapped within the knee high and not your tub!)
Christmas Party Bath Bomb
Butterball is quite a favorite bomb of mine but I’ll tell you a secret shhhhhh….I really like when he converts himself to MR BUTTERBALL for the Holiday season! I’m not sure why he becomes so proper during the Holiday season but I do enjoy the look of him during Christmas! He turns from an ordinary little Butterball into a cute, chubby Snowman during the Holidays and the Muse delights in what a wonderful little extra gift he makes for friends or family! He doesn’t last in this cute size for long so if you love him get a few before he disappears and makes his reappearance as plain old Butterball!
That’s Mr Butterball to YOU!
If you happen to love Snow Fairy as much as this girl does then you might just want to get your hands on a few Candy Cane bubble bar slices. The name is quite deceiving so don’t go around thinking that this might smell of mint because that it does not. Candy Cane bubble bar slice is another product, like our Butterball, that transforms itself from Creamy Candy Bar to Candy Cane come the Holidays! It smells much the same as Snow Fairy with a bit more vanilla and less fruity but it’s all quite candy and creamy to me! And fear not it won’t disappear when Christmas is over! It’ll just go back to being Creamy Candy Bubble Bar instead and available for your purchasing pleasure year round!
Candy Cane Bubble Bar
Finally my list would not be complete without including some Christmas Angels into my shopping cart! These fine bombs are scented in a minty chocolate combo that will have you feeling quite the refined lady whilst soaking away in your tub! Christmas Angel is quite ready and available for your shopping needs after Christmas so don’t go to crazy in ordering tons of these guys! As cute as they are you can get your share after Christmas by simply buying it without it’s Holiday clothes in simple Haagen Bath form!
Christmas Angel Bath Bomb
I do believe that pretty much wraps up what I want from Lush this year! How about you? New to Lush? Love Lush? What are you getting for yourself or friends and family?
Tell the Muse!
In continuing with my Bath on a Budget hot topic of the moment today I present to you some nice goodies from Skindazzles!
Two bath products that I adore from Skindazzles are the Bath Bombs and the Shea Boom Candy!
The Bath Bombs and Shea Boom Candy are rotated in scent as seasons and holidays change so check back often for new scents on both! At the moment my little eye spies scents like Candy Cane Cake and Gingerbread in celebration of Christmas, which will soon be upon us!
Bath Bombs are your standard bath fizzies that fizz, pop and swirl around in your tub making your bath water soft and beautifully scented! I find the scents in the bombs quite strong and lasting! I have many places I buy bath bombs from and Skindazzles makes some of my favorites!
Skindazzles Bath Bomb
Shea Boom Candy is a treat for your body! If you like your bath water moisturizing and soft these wonderful candies are what you seek! They are soft and squishy and melt away happily in your tub as you bath scenting the water and making your skin soft and sweet! I normally crumble this under running water but you can float it in your bath water and laze while it melts away! Upon exiting your bath you’ll see how gorgeously smooth your skin will feel!
Skindazzles Shea Boom Candies
Bath Bombs and Shea Boom Candy at Skindazzles are most definately fitting for bathers on a budget, bombs are $3.70 and candies are $3.
Please keep in mind prior to ordering from Skindazzles that airmail shipping applies as it’s a business located within Canada however shipping prices are fairly reasonable if you get a few items!
Stuff the Muse’s stocking full of Bath Fizzies that smell like Twisted Peppermint and she’ll be quite happy this Holiday Season!
$3.50 nabs you a cute little Bath Fizzy scented in Twisted Peppermint from Bath and Body Works!
I want a few of these to make my bathing experience festive and minty!
After telling you all about the virtues of Philosophy’s Sugar Plum Fairy in a previous post I’m excited to tell you that the line has been extended to a salt scrub!
Philosophy Sugar Plum Fairy Body Scrub
This scurb is a Nordstrom Exclusive and available for purchase now! The scrub is $25 which is a good deal as they are heavy duty jars full of yummie scrub to make your rough bits nice and soft!
I just purchased Senorita Margarita scrub for a dear friend as a gift and this I believe would make a very nice Christmas pressie if she ends up loving the scrub!
You can purchase your Sugar Plum Fairy by clicking your way over to Nordies! It’s in the Muse’s cart already!
As you can probably tell from my past blog entries I’m really loving the Temptations line at Bath and Body Works!
I can’t help it I have that “collect ‘em all” disease when it comes to these fabulous Three in One Shower Gels.
I used to be a true Philosophy Girl and adored the Three in One’s but I find that the Temptation line is better in quality, cheaper, and has a larger scent selection so as of the past few months Bath and Body Works has my money in the shower gel department sorry Philosophy!
Check out the new Holiday line up and try to convince me you don’t absolutely want some of these!
Oh my the Muse does like the idea of Sassy Strawberry! This new shower gel from Bath and Body works is scented in Strawberry and Mint! A Marriage most divine in the Muse’s opinion!
If you’re on a bit of a mint kick check out the Dreamy Chocolate Mint! My mouth is watering!
Since you’re feeding your sweet tooth I’d say that the Glittery Gumdrop sounds just sweet enough to bring a sugar and sweet to your shower!
It’s been said that the Muse is made up of Sugar and Spice and all things Nice (you can add cheeky into the mix too if you so please!)! So why shouldn’t she have those things in her shower! Sugar and Spice sounds just the shower gel for me!
The line up looks amazing and you know that these most definitely will end up stuffed in my stocking this year just don’t think the Muse too cheap if she waits for Boxing Day to purchase them so she might nab them at $3-$6 instead of the original $12 price tag! She highly recommends ordering these Christmas Eve Night (or the day after Christmas) when she knows they’ll most definitely be on sale!
I know sometimes Musings has many posh, high end cosmetics and body products so lately I’ve been slowly incorporating cheaper options into my entries! Items that I use and have found effective that are high quality and inexpensive!
The Muse loves a good deal. When it’s a good deal and works well she likes to share it with the world!
I know of one lovely reader in particular who was looking for options aside from Lush for bath bombs!
The weather is getting colder now and nothing feels better to me then sinking into some hot water at the end of a hard day with a gorgeous bath bomb fizzing away while I indulge in reading some good book or magazine!
As much as I adore Lush bath bombs I have to admit that they are expensive at $6 and upwards per a bath! I give my utmost approval and recommendation when it comes to Lush and I can’t say enough good things about the high quality bombs they sell however when you’re ready to venture into something a bit more unusual and inexpensive you can wander over to Fantasy Bath and you can stock up on some wonderful bombs for half the price as some other shops!
Now Fantasy Bath has an array of products but I’m going to be concentrating on the Bath Bombs as I’ve tried those and find them fantastic!
Now as much as I love bombs it deserves to be mentioned that they also sell fizzing bath powder which works in the same fashion as a bomb but it’s in powder form! I’ve tried the bath powder and I must say I really enjoy it! They sell it in 1lb and 3lb bags which gives you plenty of powder in a ziploc baggie that you can use as little or much as your heart desires!
These bombs are highly moisturizing and when you step out of the tub and dry off your skin will be quite happy! I normally don’t have to moisturize after my bath with one of these as they leave my skin feeling quite dewy and slick.
A majority of the bombs are 9oz in size at around $4.25-$4.95 per bomb that’s quite a nice deal because if you’re being frugal you can get two baths out of one bomb. Lush bombs are 6.3oz in size and run about $5.50-6.95 and upwards. You can see you’re getting a larger bomb for a little less of the price which is, as Martha Stewart would say, a good thing!
One of my favs in the lineup at Fantasy Bath is Snow Wonder! Yum this is so good! The bomb is a combo of Cranberry, Apple, Yuzu, Mint, and Amber. For me I just get tart, fruity yum! This is something I’d normally not pick for myself because I’m not a fan of amber however when I sink into a tub full of Snow Wonder all I smell is a cocktail of tart fruits and almost a hint of some sort of floral! This is a strong, lingering bomb that will leave your hair (if you’re a dunker) and body beautifully scented for hours (even a day) after your bath!
Wake Up Sleepy Head is another of favorite of mine and the perfect bath experience if you’re looking for an exhilarating, wake up bath! Sometimes you’ve had a long day at work on a Friday and you really want to go out but your body is protesting! This be the perfect bath bomb to wake you up, refresh you, and ready you for a late night of Friday fun! This bomb is scented with grapefruit, lemons, lime, tangerines and a hint of vanilla! I don’t quite get the vanilla when I sink into the tub but I most definitely get the eye opening tart citrus combo that jolts me in the face when I’m lazing in the tub! This is a delightful bomb that the Muse fully enjoys and recommends!
These are just two of my favorites from Fantasy Bath but do look out for some others that are fantastic as well such as Peaches n’ Cream, Margaritaville, and Key Lime Pie!
As fantastic as Lush is you won’t ever find something as foody as Key Lime Pie in a bath bomb from them
The Muse likes to spoil you so she kindly asked the owner of Fantasy Bath if she’d be so kind as to extend some sort of discount to readers of Musings and she’s granted the Muse’s request! Yay for you guys! If you purchase something from Fantasy Bath they will kindly gift you with a Holiday Bath Bomb, of their choice, FREE of charge! Just enter into the comment box at checkout that you heard about them from my blog and they’ll gift you with your free bomb! You can also receive free shipping on orders of $50 and up!
Fantasy Bath Bombs Nice and Neat in their boxes!
Snow Wonder Bath Bomb $4.25
Stocking Stuffer Bath Bomb $4.25
Wake Up Sleepyhead Bath Bomb $4.25