Seasonal Lush Mash-Up: Luxury Lush Pud, Golden Egg and Modfather Bubble Bar [Lush Cosmetics Bath Cocktail]

Introduction:

   Deviating from my usual therapeutic mindfulness centred Lush Cosmetics bath cocktails, I decided it would be fun to create ‘Seasonal Lush Mash-Up’[1] bath cocktail recipes. Each cocktail consists of a variety of individual products from Lush’s seasonal releases from the past five years. Plus, it is the perfect way for me to reduce my large bath bomb/bubble bar collection; which is currently in the 500+ region (at last count, that is).

   This sticky sweet ‘Seasonal Lush Mash-Up’ comprised of: 1 Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb (Christmas range); 1 Golden Egg bath bomb (Easter 2014/15) and ¼ Modfather bubble bar (Father’s Day 2016).

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   Of all the ‘Seasonal Lush Mash-Up’ recipes I have created to date, this one is definitely one of my favourites. It will be perfect for those who love indulgent, syrupy-sweet bath aromas that also have a slight tartness to them. Plus, the bath water feels velvety soft.

   I have included a link to one of my other posts with a ‘Mindfulness Recipe’ that would match this cocktail perfectly at the end of this Lush bath cocktail recipe. Instruction on how to recreate this recipe are provided below, alongside lots of pretty pictures.

Modfather Bubble Bar:

First, add a ¼ chunk of  Modfather bubble bar.

   With its one-dimensional soft and slightly sweet orange aroma, Modfather bubble bar is the perfect base ingredient (product) for this Lush bath cocktail. As Modfather’s citrus aroma is strong enough to add a slightly tart punch to the other ‘ingredients’ used in this cocktail, whilst at the same time not overpowering the fragrance properties of the other products.

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   Its complimentary (to the other ingredients) presence within this Lush cocktail adds a complex aromatic layer to fill the senses. By turning what would otherwise be a deliciously sweet and relaxing combination of scents into one that also offers a gentle energy ‘boost’ to tired minds and muscles.

   The aforementioned boost comes from Lush’s use of Brazilian Orange Oil as a core ingredient of Modfather bubble bar. As recognised benefits deriving from the warming properties of orange essential oils include: a gentle increase in physical energy and emotional positivity. According to research evaluated, the energy increase can be particularly beneficial to those suffering from CFS or depression.

   In sum, while easy to overlook and be unimpressed by its one-dimensional scent, Modfather is an all-round excellent product to use as a foundational ingredient for a variety of ‘Lush Cocktail Recipes’.

Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb:

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   Next, add a Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb to the cocktail mix. Either slowly lower it in to the tub for a magnificent display as the water slowly creeps up the bath bomb, dissolving it as it goes. Or plop it in from a (fairly) great height and watch the colourful display as the water envelopes the whole bath bomb. Either method will result in Luxury Lush Pud spewing a magnitude of vibrant colours.

   I opted to slowly lower this beauty into the bubbles created by Modfather. All the bright colours remind me of multi-coloured fairy lights nestled on a Christmas tree.

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   Sharing its scent with Lush’s beautifully creamy, somewhat caramelised lavender fragranced Twilight bath bomb, the addition of Luxury Lush Pud to this Lush recipe adds a rich depth of sweet lavender to Modfather’s base.

Golden Egg Bath Bomb:

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   Finally, add Golden Egg bath bomb to the mix. Unfortunately, the Golden Egg I used was rather old and as such, it provided very little in the ‘display’ department. However, it did add a higher level of visual beauty to the bath water with its gold lustre. This additional layer of visual luxury made me think of how baths may have been during the Tudor times, if Lush Cosmetics had been around. As back then Regal indulgence was expected of Kings, Queens and their offspring.

   Aside from the gold lustre adding lots of lovely sparkles to the bath water, the Golden Egg itself essentially turned to mush in my hand. This said, Golden Egg is not a bath bomb that has been designed to ‘wow’ its users with lots of colours and hidden innards that surprise its handler. Therefore, visually, it served its purpose by adding lots of shimmer to the bath water –  Just like a Princess’ bath water should be!

   Do you like the sound of this Lush cocktail? Have you tried it or is it too sweet for your personal taste?

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For some mindfulness exercises to take this deliciously luxurious Lush bath cocktail to a higher level of relaxing ‘me time’, see below under the mindfulness overview.

Mindfulness: Personal Overview

   Mindfulness can be used as a means of distraction during times of anxiety, intrusive thoughts, high emotional distress and for relaxation. As such, all mindfulness exercises discussed throughout this post and blog can be practiced exclusively for relaxation purposes; to enjoy some much needed ‘me time’ away from day-to-day routines and commitments.

  I have created these cocktails in the hope that they will be of use to others, by providing a mindfulness ‘recipe’. As discussed in my previous posts, Lush Cosmetics has been a firm part of my therapy and an important means for me to practice mindfulness. Hence, Lush products are the only ingredient of these mindfulness cocktails. Finally, I find the sensory skills practiced during difficult times far more effective than exercises such as a ‘body scan’.[2] Therefore, sensory style exercises are featured within each recipe, opposed to body scan category of exercises.

To learn more about mindfulness and its core concept please see this sticky.

NB: Most of the mindfulness exercise names/phrases discussed in each of my ‘Mindfulness Recipes’ I coined myself. Therefore, it is acknowledged that the exercises discussed are most likely well-known by their generic titles. I, personally, find the titles/phrases I have coined to be more explanatory and consequently their selection for use more tailorable to individual needs. As they are easy to skim through and choose what exercises you feel your inner self may be in need of for recovery.

Mindfulness Exercises:

   As there is lots of visual loveliness to this Lush cocktail, including vibrant colours topped with gold glitter, the mindfulness exercises to compliment this bath of indulgence are: Times Three’ and ‘Visual Breathing’.

[1] Phrase coined by me.

[2] See sticky for details of body scan exercise or for more about body scan and how to do it, see http://mindfulnessforstudents.co.uk/resources/the-body-scan/

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