The Sample: NEW Lush Spring Tin (Review & Photos)

3 Jun

««Press Sample»» 

I know I am always talking about how much I love the summer collections but it is still technically spring so, as a tribute to the season, I’ve decided to post my review of Lush’s Spring Tin, an adorable Roman Klonek-designed tin filled to the brim with spring-inspired bath goodies–just in time, too!

how cute is this tin?!! :)

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The Spring Tin includes 7 full-sized bath gems–4 from Lush’s permanent line and 3 limited edition items: The Brightside Bubble Bar (LE), Sugar Scrub, Secret Garden Bath Bomb (LE), Grass Shower Gel, Carrot Bubble Bar (LE), Bohemian Soap, and Avobath Bath Bomb. To avoid a horrendously long, rambling novel-esque review, I’ll try to limit my review to a paragraph for each product (this is going to be sooo hard!).

(1.) The Brightside Bubble Bar is a vibrant, energizing swirl of yellow, red and orange. It has a bright, punchy citrus scent which Lush describes as a “triple orange” scent. I can make out some of the bergamot but mainly is smells like a bundle–or crate–of zesty tangerines. The bar is pretty big and I recommend breaking it up into smaller pieces (I broke mine into 4 smaller chunks) so you can get more baths out of it. Breaking it up also helps tone down the smell. I can’t imagine how pungent a whole bar would be in a bath–I’d probably get a migraine from the strong scent! The bar is quite potent, though, so even using a fourth of it still creates quite a bit of suds and turns the bathwater a shocking orange hue. To use, just crumble the bar under running water and enjoy!

(2.) The Sugar Scrub is a light green, dome-shaped bar which consists of densely-packed, large sugar crystals. The bar does feel quite hard to the touch. I thought at first it felt too hard to possibly be used on my skin but once I was in the bath and used it on my wet skin, I was pleasantly surprised. It exfoliates nicely and has a pleasant, almost-lemony lavender scent–very fresh and light!  Be careful to get it too wet though, it will dissolve and crumble! For this reason, I recommend breaking it up into smaller pieces prior to getting in the bath/shower. If you use the whole bar all over your body, even if it doesn’t crumble mid-use, leaving all that water on it will eventually make it break down. Overall, really loved it though! My skin was so impossibly smooth and soft after using this just once! I also felt like it really helped with the small bumps I sometimes get on my upper arms and thighs.

(3.) The Secret Garden Bath Bomb contains beautiful notes of rose absolute, sweet wild orange, and rosewood oil. Once you drop it into the bath, it fizzes and swirls around the tub slowly, turning the bathwater a vibrant green and scattering real rose petals around, as well–so fun! Overall, I enjoyed using this (it was my very first Bath Bomb experience!). I do wish it offered more skincare benefits though, as I didn’t feel like it really conditioned my skin at all. I think these Bath Bombs are more for adding color and fragrance than for providing any skincare benefits, though.

(4.) Grass Shower Gel is a shower gel that smells like–you guessed it–grass. This was the product I was most excited to try. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and was hoping for a very similar, authentic fragrance. This shower gel smells mostly like neroli with just a touch of earthy bitterness, or what I’m assuming is the wheatgrass. It’s not quite what I had hoped for but it’s pleasant enough and I think it’s a great unisex shower gel. It has a nice gel consistency and foams up wonderfully in the shower. I like to get really sudsy when I bathe (even though I know sulfates are supposed to be bad–I can’t help it!), so this was definitely a plus for me.

(5.) Carrot Bubble Bar is a fun little bar that you hold by the “stem” (bits of green colored straw that is attached to the “carrot”) and swish around in the tub to create bubbles. The bar has a strong, orangey-lemon scent to it. It does fragrance the water but it doesn’t end up being unbearably strong like the Bath Bombs since you’re only swishing a little bit of the product into the bathwater and not dropping the whole thing in. The carrot does bubble up nicely, though I would recommend holding it under the running tap while the bath fills up to get even more bubbles–swirling it around in the stagnant water is not as effective and takes forever! The Carrot Bubble Bar is reusable–there are 7-10 uses in each one, so you’re really getting your money’s worth!

(6.) Bohemian Soap, again, smells like lemon, which as you can see by now is a prevalent theme in the Spring Tin. However the scent of this soap is the most true-lemon scent out of the bunch. It’s very light, bright, and cheery–it really smells like you’re holding a fresh lemon to your nose! This soap is palm-free and cleans/tones really well thanks to the lemon oil. It can be a tad bit drying, so those with drier skin beware! It’s perfect for my oily skin, though. I’ve also read on Lush’s website that this soap is perfect for “bacne”! The soap creates a light, thin lather–if you want to make it a bit more sudsy, I would recommend using a bath poufy with it.

(7.) Avobath Bath Bomb smells like lemongrass–it’s very fresh and invigorating. It is a bit lighter in scent than The Brightside Bubble Bar, Carrot Bubble Bar, or Secret Garden Bath Bomb but the smell is still quite strong. Still, I preferred this one to the Secret Garden Bath Bomb as I did feel it did a bit more for my skin, thanks to the avocado and olive oil in it. It might not be as colorful and fun to watch as the Secret Garden bomb but I like it a lot! It turns the bathwater a very light green. I ended up splitting this one in 2 so I could get more uses out of it–it still worked really well with even a half.

Even though Lush calls this the Spring Tin, I think it would work really, really well for summer too. The bright, effervescent scents really stimulate the senses and are peppy and uplifting, if not a little bit strong. Still, they’re sure to perk you up and leave you feeling awake and refreshed–and who wouldn’t want that in the dead of summer? I will say it again though, these products are most definitely not for the weak of heart…or nose, as the case may be. I don’t think of myself as being particularly sensitive to fragrance and even I struggled a bit with these.  There’s no denying that these are incredibly fun to use, though, and I definitely recommend this set to all Lush devotees and those who really enjoy taking long, leisurely baths. It’s a fun set to treat yourself with and when you’re done, the tin is really cute for storing makeup in! :)

»»Pricing: $56.95/7 products +reusable tin (The Brightside Bubble Bar=7 oz., Sugar Scrub=3.5 oz., Secret Garden Bath Bomb=3.5 oz., Grass Shower Gel=3.3 fl. oz., Carrot Bubble Bar=4.2 oz., Bohemian Soap=3.5 oz., and Avobath Bath Bomb=6.3 oz.)

»»Availability: Lush.com and Lush stores (this was a spring set so check the Lush location nearest you to see if they still have it!)

»»Recommended for: die-hard Lush fans; anyone that loves turning bathtime into play-time! :P; anyone that isn’t very sensitive to fragrance

»»Overall Rating: A- (The Brightside Bubble Bar=A-, Sugar Scrub=A-, Secret Garden Bath Bomb=B+, Grass Shower Gel=A-, Carrot Bubble Bar=A, Bohemian Soap=A-, Avobath Bath Bomb=A)

 


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

31 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Lush Spring Tin (Review & Photos)”

  1. Sunny June 4, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    The Sugar Scrub looks interesting! I am all about suds in the shower too, though I have learnt to avoid them on my face!

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 1:18 am #

      See I still haven’t learned to keep the suds away from my face–I love a good foaming face wash! Though I will say that I’m currently trying to use up a Shiseido foaming cleanser I got a while ago (the Purity one or whatever its called :P) and for the first time ever, I find it TOO foamy for my liking :P But definitely in the shower, I want bubbles bubbles bubbles!!! :P haha

  2. Jacqueline June 4, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    What beautiful goodies! I love Lush products, even though I don’t have a bath tub I try get bath bombs whenever I stay in a hotel that has a bath tub.

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Aw that’s a good idea :) What’s your favorite bath bomb that you’ve tried?? I love that there are SO many different variations available, you can really take your time to try each and every one :) I really want to try Honey Lumps, Golden Slumbers, Space Girl, Sakura, and Butterball!! :D

  3. Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty June 4, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    the tin stirred up some nostalgia in me, reminds me of childhood toys!

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Oh yes, you’re right! There’s just something about Lush…:) Have you tried anything from the brand, Jenni??

  4. Chris June 4, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I’m drooling over that LUSH tin. Testing out a sample of their BIG shampoo, but I really want to try out their solid shampoos.

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Ahhh you just reminded me that I have one of their solid shampoos still waiting to be tested!! Whoops :/ haha yes I have been curious about their solid shampoos for a while. I am a little scared it will be drying on my hair because I know they contain a lot of SLS but still, I’ve never used a solid shampoo bar before so I am intrigued and Lush’s just sound SO great and fun! :P

      Can’t wait to hear what you think about the BIG shampoo–I love a nice volumizing shampoo :)

  5. Taylor June 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    What a cute tin! I’m probably the only person that can’t get into lush, I find the fragrances too overwhelming, but everything is so cute!

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

      Oh I definitely found that the products in this particular set were very trying for my non-sensitive nose! I know that a lot of people do enjoy the products though and they did do what they were meant to, so I judged accordingly. But yes, I found that if I left the lid of the tin off for too long, I would start to get headache-y :/ I’ve never been in a Lush store before but I imagine it would be a bit overpowering!

  6. Lily June 4, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Ah! So so so cute! Sadly though, Lush store gives me a headache. I think it’s all the fragrance. If I were to pick one, I’d go for that Secret Garden Bath Bomb. Love flowery notes!

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Yeah, I was just mentioning to Taylor that I would get headachy if I left the lif of the tin off for too long–they’re just SO heavily fragranced! I’ve never been in an actual Lush store but now I’m kinda scared after that experience :/ haha

  7. Catherine @ bcrueltyfree June 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I’m not really into lush, but I have to say, that carrot is pretty adorable

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      Very cute, isn’t it? I’ve seen reviews of it for a long time and I was always wanting to try it just because of the shape. I was REALLY hoping it’d smell like carrot (I love carrots and carrot juice, etc. :P) but to no avail–almost everything in this set had the same super-strong orangey-lemon scent :/

  8. Tracy@Beauty Reflections June 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    I love that carrot thingy haha! I used mine up and it’s great! They should have it all year long I say!

    • becca June 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

      Yay! Yeah it is too bad–it seems like a lot of people love it! I thought it was very cute and definitely enjoyed it more than The Brightside Bubble Bar (more strongly fragranced :/)

  9. Krystle(Baking Beauty) June 5, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I’m not a fan of greeny/citrus scents. Nothing in this box says BUY me except the sugar scrub. Would be perfect for smooth summer legs!

    • becca June 5, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

      Aw too bad :/ Yeah I am usually not such a big citrus person either, especially lemon. Most the products’ scents are super strong but I actually really like the Bohemian Soap. I guess that says something if the girl that doesn’t like lemony scents really likes this soap! :P

  10. Liz June 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Gah, I went to LUSH recently and forgot about these already. (Got a toner instead.) Want to sniff so badly whenever I read a review! Your pictures are so cheerful and cute!

    • becca June 5, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Thanks sweetie! :D

      I actually have never been into a Lush store before! I want to because their products are so fun and there are so many different things I’ve seen on their site that I want to check out in person but I’m also kinda of scared; when I was writing this review, I kept leaving the lid of the tin open accidentally and the smell all those 7 products all together were really a bit overwhelming. I can only imagine how strong the scent is in the actual store! :P But I will eventually–I have to go repurchase my beloved Dream Cream! They’re building a new Lush store very close to my house so I’ll just wait til then cuz I’m lazy :P haha

  11. Shivani June 6, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    umm LUSH = nom nom. I just got some stuff from Lush too and glad to see some stuff overlap from this. Definitely want the sugar scrub now.

    • becca June 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      OOooh yay! What did you get what did you get?? :P The sugar scrub is nice! It smells great and I like that it’s not oily at all like so many other sugar scrubs are, ya know?

  12. Popblush June 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I love Lush bath bombs! The Secret Garden looks like a lovely one to relax in the bath with. I purchased the christmas gift tin in 2011 and loved everything in it =)

    • becca June 7, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      It is really nice–I had a lot of fun using my very first bath bomb :D Do you remember what products were in the Christmas tin? I bet I would have LOVED that one!

      On a side note, how have you been dearie?? It’s been forever since we last talked!

  13. lola June 8, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Seriously yummy– this makes me want to take a bath!!! The tin is beyond cute and whimsical!!! LOVE IT!!!

    • becca June 8, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      I know I LOVE the tin–probably more than the products haha! That’s not to say the products aren’t good though–they’re a lot of fun :) I had never tried a bath bomb before so it was really fun to just play in the bath for once :P Have you tried many Lush products, Helen?

      • lola June 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

        Believe it or not, I have only tried a few of their products over the years- mostly soaps, a bath bomb or two, and I think a body lotion. It has been a really long time since I have used anything from them– and you review and pictures really makes me want to try their products again! Have a lovely weekend, Becca!!! <3

        • becca June 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

          Yeah I tried my first Lush product only last year but I know sooooo many people rave about them, that’s why I was so eager to try it! I have really enjoyed mostly everything from them, though some items are a bit overrated I think. It’s weird, Lush has SUCH a cult following–people who love Lush REALLY love Lush!! :P But I love love love their Dream Cream–it’s fabulous for very dry, itchy skin and it smells sooo natural and nice! The soaps are really great too. I want to try some more of their skincare products though!

          Anyway, I hope you have a really nice weekend too, dear Helen! Enjoy the sunny weather :D

  14. Joyce (bronzerbunny) June 16, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    i haven’t tried grass and don’t really want to lol. I love avobath, it is one of my favorite bombs, and I want to try bohemian soap. I like the carrot and sugar scrub too :) The tin is way cute!!

    • Joyce (bronzerbunny) June 16, 2013 at 1:09 am #

      and duh, i LOVE LOVE LOVE brightside bubble bar :)

    • Becca June 17, 2013 at 2:30 am #

      Really? I was super excited to try the Grass shower gel. I didn’t end up liking the scent as much as I’d hoped so I passed it on to my dad. It really is a great unisex scent! As for the Bohemian Soap, DEF give that a try sometime. Goodness it smells SO friggin fresh and zesty! I don’t like lemony scents usually and even I dig it!

      And the Brightside Bubble Bar? So fun! A bit too strong in scent, in my opinion, but definitely fun and great to treat yourself with every once in a while! I really want to try Amandopondo, Rose Jam, and The Comforter next–their scents sound so lovely! Also strangely curious about The Wuss…:P

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