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Lush Christmas Haul 2017 // Lucyy Writes

It wouldn't be right to return back to my little space on the Internet without a festive Lush Haul. This year I was a little late getting my Christmas fix of treats from the mothership. Thanks to minor surgery giving me a few weeks of nasty side effects - more on that soon, I kept on having to cancel plans to view the collection in-store rather than online. There was a time I'd happily order a selection of new additions online, on launch day. This year however I wanted to get to smell them in person before I made a commitment to buying some new treats to reward myself. Hopefully there's still plenty of Lush fanatics around despite my long absent from writing regular posts - again I've really struggled this year when it comes to sitting down and putting words to....shall we say keyboard, not to mention being so critical on my photography - 2018 goal will be to FINALLY update my camera to a fancy Canon at long last. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the 2017 Lush Christmas Collection - have you picked up any of the products I've featured? 
an image of Lush Christmas Haul and Gift Set 2017
an image of Lush Christmas Haul and Gift Set 2017
As usual, my Lush trips seem to always occur when I head to the next town over with my friend for a Nando's Lunch. The two places are next door to each other - lethal when you're both partial to chicken AND your friend has slowly, been getting into Lush a whole lot more than when we used to do our old Nando and Lush dates back in our teens. First up to hit the basket was one of this years new additions - I knew before even smelling this little guy that I'd be buying him and putting him on my Christmas List this year, having also been suffering with some seriously bad dry skin/eczema flare ups. The Snowman Bubbleroon £4.25, is actually classed as a Bubbleroon, after Lush discontinuing a couple of their regulars earlier this year. If you aren't quite as familiar as I am to Lush and their bubble bar/bubbleroons, you'll find the bubbleroons to be much softer, creamier and moisturising than a regular bubble bar, though the pair are both used in the same way - crumble under running water, give it a good swish and you've got yourself a mountain of bubbles to relax in. The Snowman is full of Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil to whisk you away to a summers day, instead of the frightfully chilly mornings as we have today, along with plenty of cocoa butter, shea butter and soya milk powder (vegans will be pleased to see Lush continuing to now use Soya Milk Powder, compared to regular dairy) to hydrate your skin, leaving it feeling smooth and nourished. Whilst I'm yet to use the little guy, he's sitting there eagerly awaiting me to crumble him or his accomplice - I made sure to pick two on this trip, one taking pride of place in what I'd say is Lush's best Gift Set for Christmas 2017. Sadly I managed to pick up The Snowman missing an eye - alas it just adds to his character - the second, sat in my gift set had his little nose broken off though perfectly fixable. You can bet after a chilly weekend and plenty of Christmas shopping next week I'll be breaking into my festive treats and reporting back on these little guys very soon.
an image of Lush The Snowman Bubbleroon 2017
an image of Lush Snow Fairy Jelly Bath Bomb 2017
The next item to hit my wicker basket was another new addition to this years collection, taking form as a Lush Jelly Bath Bomb - if you've not heard, Lush created Jelly Bath Bombs earlier this year - a little spin on their regular bath bombs and one I'm looking forward to using once I can stop myself from smelling the bath bomb every time I pass my Lush Stash. Having loved the sweet, candy scent of Snow Fairy for years - we're talking a good decade here - I couldn't resist combining the chance of purchasing the new format of bath bomb with the incredible scent we stock up on year after year. Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb £4.95, retails for a lot more than when I first started to shop in Lush all those years ago - who remembers when bath bombs didn't exceed £2.95? However with the new formula behind it I couldn't help but grab one once the strong,  bubblegum scent hit me. You'll either love Snow Fairy, or find it too sickly! Jelly Bath Bombs are used in the same way as regular, run a warm bath before chucking in your bath bomb & watching the star performance right in front of you - this time with rich, nourishing waters. If you don't fancy the candy shop scent of Snow Fairy, there are a few other Jelly Bombs to unwind with.
an image of Lush Buche De Noel Fresh Cleanser 2017
Before we get to sharing the gift set of 2017 that I'm smittened with, I still have a few products to share - I actually went into Lush twice. The first time before Nandos, the next after demolishing an Extra Hot Half Chicken, Mash & Fries. What can I say? Shopping is hard work guys. Year after year Lush thankfully bring back Buche de Noel, a cleanser that you mix with water in the palm of your hand before applying - cleansing away all the impurities of the day. If you've used Angels on Bare Skin you'll love Buche de Noel £7.50, the Christmas version of this cleanser & one that smells far nicer. I don't think I've actually reviewed the cleanser on LW - only when I guest posted years ago - so prepare for my introduction & review of my holy grail winter cleanser soon. If Lush ever stop whipping up batches of this I'll be heart broken - Let The Good Times Roll (which is actually a permanent member to the Lush skincare range, was originally Christmas) is great too, easier to mix and smells incredible but you can't beat the delicious scent of almonds and cranberries & nourishing benefits packed into this winter essential.
an image of Lush Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel 2017
an image of Lush Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel 2017
Heading back to the sweet scents, Lush this year have caused a little bit of controversy with their Shower Gels for Christmas 2017. Accompanying the bottled Shower Gels for Christmas 2017, Lush have whipped up Naked - yeah, you heard it Naked Shower Gels. I know what you're thinking, surely we already have solid soaps!? They've also decided to drop 100g bottles, along with 1kg bottles. 100g bottles are returning in the new year, once there's more shelf space however I'm kinda annoyed by the fact I always purchase their new shower gels in 100g form to sample before splurging on my favourite scents. After sampling the new fragrances, it turned out I'm not overly won over by the new additions this year and opted to grab a Naked Shower Gel in Snow Fairy. This actually spurred the second trip in after my Mum requested me to pick her one up. If you're thinking of giving the Solid Shower Gels a miss, I'd advise you to give them a chance - she's actually a huge fan of the new form and I have to admit - I can't wait to share our thoughts because they do differ to the regular soap form I tend to avoid and Snow Fairy Naked Shower Gel £8.25 seems excellent value for money.
an image of Lush Baked Alaska Soap 2017
an image of Lush Shooting Stars Soap 2017
an image of Lush Shooting Stars Soap 2017
Another two items I picked up on my second trip into Lush were soap, but both to be put back for Christmas gifts or as little pick me ups along the way. Whilst my Dad isn't into the bath bombs and bubbles bars that you first associate with Lush, he does adore their soap. Earlier on in the week he'd ran out and was hoping I had some in for him. Luckily I had some leftover Reindeer Rock Soap laying around and could send him off to work with that....I swear he thinks I have a never ending cupboard. The first bar I picked up was Baked Alaska Soap £4.50 per 120g - a firm favourite of his and one I buy every Christmas it returns, to fill up his little stocking. Baked Alaska is a very citrusy soap, full of lemon myrtle oil, grapefruit and ylang ylang. Each slice is cut from a giant 'snow' covered bauble, with multiple colours running through it - making it exciting to see how much/what colour you end up with if Lush already have some pre-cut and wrapped in-store. Having purchased this over the years I can say this soap lathers up incredibly well - hence being such a firm favourite of his. The other bar of soap picked up for my Dad was Shooting Stars £4.95 per 120g - this one actually won me around too. Not being a bar of soap user I actually kinda want this slice for myself to use in the shower. Both myself and my friend left with chunks of this soap. It's such a pretty soap - just like Baked Alaska - with stars embossed into the design, bright colours and sparkle. What more could you want? Again, this soap is very citrusy with lemon and bergamot oils heavily featured.
an image of Lush Christmas Haul 2017 and gift sets
Now for my favourite part of the haul - the gift set that has won our entire household over with it's beautiful tin design and even more so beautifully smelling contents. As always I wanted to concentrate on new bath products from Lush - so long as they smelt delightful. Turns out Season's Greetings £32.50 actually contained everything I wanted to try from this years collection - including another The Snowman Bubbleroon & whilst you always pays a premium to have such beautifully wrapped gifts I decided having a tin was most definitely worth paying that bit more than having purchased the items individually or having a paper wrapped gift - plus the after surgery excuse was used - many times lately. I've also got a Gingerbread House tin from 2010, that comes out year after year and the memories come flooding back. When Lush create gift tins - they certainly make them well and Season's Greetings has got to be the best I've ever seen. The amount of time and thought into the design, you continually spot more detail each and every time you look at it.
an image of Lush Seasons Greetings Gift Set 2017
Now for the important bit - the contents which I want to go into more detail in a separate post, however the gift set houses three bath bombs and three bubble bars. All of which I haven't used as they're completely new to this years collection. First up we have Thundersnow Bath Bomb £4.50 - one of the larger bath bombs Lush sell, bright green & blue and carries a lovely Peppermint fragrance that I hope once away from the other products will be very similar to an old favourite Haagen Bath Ballistic or it's past Christmas form Christmas Angel. Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb £4.50, again is another larger bath bomb featuring two white reindeers on it's pink outer shell. You won't be able to resist the adorable design, let alone the Lemon, Clove, Ginger and Mustard fragrance - it may not be Cinders but it's a close one. The last bath bomb to appear in the gift set is Sherbet Dip Bath Bomb £3.75, a bright yellow bomb which as you've guessed smells like lemon sherbet. Moving away from bath bombs, the three bubble bars/bubbleroons featured are, The Snowman Bubbleroon - already mentioned above, along with Man in the Moon Bubble Bar £5.95 which carries a lime and neroli fragrance. This bubble bar is much larger than most on sale this Christmas, you'll get your moneys worth with this one. Lastly, My Two Front Teeth Bubble Bar £3.95 - a bubble bar I didn't expect to like fragrance wise however I was pleasantly surprised in-store and can't wait to use this one. Despite being smaller than Man in the Moon, it's still a decent size and will provide enough for 2-3 baths. With Lavender, Tonka and Vanilla this is just the scent for a long, relaxing soak after a manic day Christmas Shopping or wrapping presents.
an image of Lush Christmas Haul and gift set 2017
an image of Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask
Lastly, leaving Christmas behind, I finally remembered to de-clutter my bedroom and return five black pots to Lush in exchange for a Fresh Face Mask. Having had the majority of face masks from Lush over the years I hoped that the new Jelly Face Masks might have been included in the free return however they aren't. With plenty of choice still I decided to go back to one of the first products I ever purchased from Lush - Cupcake Fresh Face Mask £7.50. I first picked this up on my 13th Birthday, I'd gone in with friends to get a few treats to the store I was fairly new to still. Now whilst at 23 I wouldn't say I'm 'spot prone' and I'm definitely not a teenager anymore, however with my recent surgery I had a few spots pop back up - also not knowing how my skin will react as my new contraceptive method settles in I thought a little dose of nostalgia wouldn't go a miss. Whilst it's mainly aimed at oily skin, this mask is still packed with cocoa butter and essential oils.

Have you managed to pop to Lush yet? I'd love to hear what you've picked up, used or what you'd like reviewed first on LW? Don't forget to check out past Lush Christmas Posts here on LW for reviews & dupes of items that may and may not have appeared this year. Lucy xx 
Disclaimer: All items purchased with my own money, no affiliate links.

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