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All I Want For Christmas Is … A Lush Advent Calendar

With Christmas around the corner, now’s the time to start prepping gifts. My wish is simple this year. I want a Lush Advent Calendar.

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Have You Seen Their Gorgeous Box?

I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging — and the design of the Lush Advent Calendar can’t be prettier. Inspired by a magical midnight wonderland, London-based designer Sally Kelly has created a vibrant piece bursting with colourful florals and rich detail. The reusable trunk is also made from 100% recycled materials, so you can repurpose it for storage and even gifting. Definitely something I’d be proud to have in my room as both a decorative and practical piece of furniture.

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Lush Products, Duh

I love Lush products, not just for their quality and creative offerings, but their stance on sustainability. Each Lush Advent Calendar comes with 25 vegan products to discover, one for every day and night leading up to Christmas Day. It’s like celebrating Christmas, right up til Christmas! If you’re the impatient kind, you can always just open all of them at once. 😛

Take a trip down memory lane with four retro products from Lush Christmas past, like the Cinder Bath Bomb, Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar and Keep It Fluffy Perfume; or try out the six new products that are exclusively available in the Lush Advent Calendar, including Kris Mouse Bubble Bar, Merry Christmas Shower Gel, and Sleepy Bath Bomb.

The Lush Advent Calendar will be available online from 18th October at lush.my, and in-stores from 19th October, priced at RM1,299.

Now. Fingers crossed someone will fulfil my wish for me. 😛

*Photos courtesy of LUSH.

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Pamper Dad with These Father’s Day Gifts from Lush Malaysia

With Father’s Day just around the corner (June 21), ditch the usual ties and socks and get something a little special for dad this year. Men deserve a spot of pampering as well, and Lush has a come up with an exclusive selection for Father’s Day, so you can gift them to dads, dads-in-law, grandpas or just anyone whom you feel deserves it ! The new range will launch on lush.my in the 1st week of June 2020.

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DIRTY BATH BOMB
It’s time to get cool with invigorating spearmint, tarragon and sandalwood.Turn the bath into a
refreshing lagoon of crisp, muscle -soothing mint and soak away all your worries.

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DIRTY SHOWER SCRUB
For soft and tingly freshness, use this naked (packaging-free) body scrub in the shower. Spearmint and menthol crystals cools skin, leaving you feeling fresh and clean.

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SUPERDAD BATH BOMB
From deep, blue waters emerge the sweet and smoky powers of guaiacwood and sandalwood. Superdad is here to save the day!

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DIRTY DEODORANT POWDER
A quick pit stop with this deodorant powder will have you feeling as fresh as a daisy. Pop some of this
powder under the arms and breathe in the crisp, clean scent to keep them feeling in mint condition.

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DIRTY SHAMPOO BAR
Perfect for scalps that need a little stimulation, and hair that needs a deep clean, pick up this reusable solid shampoo bar for a refreshing, invigorating wash.

 

Photos courtesy of Lush PR Malaysia 

LUSH’s New Bubble Bar Collection Is Perfect for DIY Home Pampering

I love bubble baths. Although I don’t get to enjoy them very often since we don’t have a bathtub at home, they’re always something I look forward to whenever I get to stay in a nice hotel.

For those of you who do have bathtubs in your home (lucky you!), LUSH recently released their biggest bubble bar collection to date, featuring 24 new bubble bars that were previously only available at the Lush Labs shop in Harajuku, Tokyo. You can now order them online or for Malaysians, buy them at the LUSH stores at Pavilion KL and Sunway Pyramid (after the quarantine has been lifted, of course!)

I’ve always loved LUSH for its innovative offerings and colourful creations, and the bubble bars are no exception. Just take a look at these amazing bars (some of which are too pretty to even think of crumbling up):

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A French Kiss – This one’s for the lavender lovers. Soak into the bath with this just before bedtime and let the soothing herbal scent lull you to dreamland.

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Abracadabra – Cast a magic spell and wave away bad vibes with spicy scents of olibanum and bergamot.

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Akaname –  This bubble bar is inspired by an urban legend of the akaname, a Japanese bathroom spirit with a long tongue that is said to lick up the filth in public bathrooms and toilets (trust Japan to have the most peculiar tales…). Fret not though; this akaname slurps around the bath to leave it squeaky clean and smelling fresh and lemony.

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Big Bottle of Calm – I definitely need this in my life, lol. Sink into bubbly purple waters and drift away to the beautiful lavender fields of France, while a chamomile tide washes your worries away. Run this into the bath with running water, let dry and set aside for another use.

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Relax… Take A Bath – Hunched over a computer all day? Take a dip in this relaxing teal-coloured muscle soak and dissipate the tension in your very own hot spring of lavender oil and Sicilian lemon oil.

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Peach Crumble – This cheeky pink bath-roon releases juicy grapefruit, fresh peach juice and sweet Davana to gently cleanse and refresh. Swoon over blueh coloured bubbles and an elevating fragrance – the perfect sweet treat after a long day.

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Nana – Climb into a softening bath of sunshine yellow, banana and creme brulee scented foam, for a dessert-inspired bath that smells good enough to eat.

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Milky Bar – Despite the name, the milky bar is actually dairy-free, featuring oat milk, sweet orange oil fragrance and a hint of patchouli.

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Mermaid Tail – Splash into a tub full of bubbles with this adorable bar, which combines silky-smooth bath oil and zesty, fruity scents.

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Lucky Cat – Cats are a symbol of good fortune in Japan, and this fuschia feline brings a plastic-free shimmer to your water along with a flurry of bubbles and a fresh, floral scent.

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Keep It Fluffy – The Doris Day of bubble baths. Lie back and dream of old school glamour. Powdery vanilla and uplifting lemongrass pair perfectly to create perfect pink bubbles.

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Goldfinger –  Luxuriate in dazzling gold plastic-free glitter and a heady mix of juicy Brazilian orange oil, bergamot, and delectable honey-scented waters. You don’t need a license to bathe for this one.

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Golden Pear – A fruit-shaped bubble bar to lift the spirits, smoothe and soften skin. Its pear-drop scent is reminiscent of spiced cakes and pastries.

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Figs in Honey – Another fruity number ripe for the picking. Benzoin resinoid offers a rich, balsamic sweetness, while myrrh offers a spiced undertone. A deeply moisturising cocoa-butter centre melts with the water, filling your bath with a dessert-like creaminess.

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Dirty – On the contrary, this bubble bottle provides a refreshing pink bath of spearmint and warming sandalwood, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.

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Crayon – Write your own bathtime story with uplifting grapefruit and bergamot waters, surrounded by blackcurrant-mint foam.

Order online at lush.my.

 

*photos courtesy of Lush Malaysia. 

 

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Lush’s Cheeky Valentine’s Day Series Includes Peach and Aubergine Soaps / Naked Shower Gels

‘Tis the season for love !

Even if you find Valentine’s Day overrated, there’s no harm in indulging in something nice for the occasion, whether it’s for yourself or as a gift for a s/o / loved one (hintcough*hint). Skip the flowers and chocolates, and go for these lovely bath time treats from Lush. If nothing else, they’re fun and pretty cheeky!

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Love Boat bath bomb

Set sail with the Love Boat, which promises something for everyone with the tangy sherbet scent of orange and Sicilian lemon. The bath bomb releases waves of vibrant colour and swathes of glittering hearts, taking you down the river on a scent-sational cruise.

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Peachy bath bomb

A slow-fizzling cheeky number that releases bursts of juicy grapefruit and sweet davana. Swoon over pink swirls of colour as you relax in the water: the perfect sweet treat after a fruity session.

Aubergine bath bomb

This steamy bath bomb emits scents of uplifting bergamot and fruity ho wood. Created with tongues planted firmly in cheeks, Aubergine will shoot green and blue foam from both ends. Give someone the gift of a fast fizzing tip filled with tonka and litsea.

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Unicorn Horn bubble bar

The rare Unicorn Horn bubble bar will make you believe in magic again with its enchanted pink waters, infused with relaxing lavender and sparkling with lustre – just like the magical lakes on the Isle of Lushland where unicorns bathe.

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Prince Charming shower gel

Once upon a time, a soapy saviour emerged to enchant the shower routine. This smooth operator packs a punch, but still manages to charm with a soft marshmallow root and vanilla pod decoction smile.

Prince Charming naked shower gel

What’s better than Prince Charming? Prince Charming, but naked. Take a peek beneath the coat of shining armour to discover sweet and juicy suds of fresh pomegranate and rich vanilla. A happy ever after is guaranteed with this nude noble.

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Love Locket amaze ball bath bomb

Unlock your heart’s true potential and release it in a spectacle of strawberry-scented swirls. Full to the brim with tiny bath bomb hearts, feel all aflutter in the bath, thanks to uplifting orange and cosy tonka.

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Aubergine soap

Bulging with fruity bergamot, zingy litsea cubeba and sweet tonka, this scent has stamina, lasting on the skin long into the night. For suds worthy of a swipe right, take a firm grip and lather up.

Peachy soap

Ripe and plump, this is soap you can get behind. Brand spanking new and dripping in peach, grapefruit and davana, a lather with this soap with leave you feeling sweet and cheeky.

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Naked Attractive massage bar

Get up close and personal with this massage bar, which promises a sensual scent of jasmine that surrounds you as you glide it over your (or someone else’s) skin for a seductively soft finish.

It’s what on the inside that counts, but you can also impress your recipient with a nice package, as Lush offers several quirky knot wraps:

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The Karmasutra

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Let’s Get Physical

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BRB gonna go get an aubergine soap from the nearest Lush. 😉 

 

*Photos courtesy of Lush PR Malaysia 

Review: Urban Retreat Onsen Spa – First Private Onsen In Malaysia!

It is said that the first spa was invented by the Romans, consisting of a large public bath where people went to relax and recuperate – not unlike the modern spas of today. In Japan, where there is an abundance of hot springs or ‘onsen’, soaking in the mineral springs dates back to ancient times, as the water is believed to have curative properties to help cure or reduce various ailments.

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The good news is that you won’t have to travel all the way to Japan to experience an onsen – we have it right here in Kuala Lumpur! Newly opened in February this year, the Urban Retreat Onsen Spa at 163 Retail Park in Mont Kiara is the first in Malaysia to offer private onsen services, in addition to luxurious treatments such as body polish and wraps, as well as massages.

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Tucked in a quiet corner on the second floor of the mall, the spa is designed to provide a holistic, pampering experience, offering the ambience of a traditional Japanese onsen with a local touch.  Bamboo and wood accents, coupled with warm lighting, immediately puts visitors in a state of Zen, as the hustle and bustle of the city melts away.

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The experience begins immediately upon entering the premises, where there is a cosy waiting area with comfortable pouffes and seats. A menu of bath salts (for the onsen) and scrubs (for the body polish treatment) is displayed on one side of the wall. You can try some of the samples and rinse it off at the sink.

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All the salts are imported from Japan, each with specific properties. The Hinoki (Japanese cypress), for example, has a refreshing vibe and scent, while the Relaxing, which features lavender, is designed to calm and soothe. There are also salts for Smooth Skin and Shoulder and Back Pain. I went with this since I’m constantly hunched over a computer screen at work.

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Also picked out the scrub for my body polish – I went with Jasmine – but they also have variants such as Tropical Spice, Hinoki Mandarin and Coconut.

Once done, I was ushered into the locker room and changing area. Time for my 45-minute onsen session!

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There are separate facilities for men and women, with lockers to keep your valuables and an electronic bracelet that you can tap to lock and unlock your unit. Toiletries such as face wipes are provided, as are combs and hair dryers.

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A beautiful woven basket is provided for you to carry your clothes and towels into the changing room. These are made by local Penan women as part of a social enterprise – you can also buy them if you’d like to support the initiative!

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Stepping into my spacious but cosy private onsen, it felt like I was experiencing a tiny slice of Japan in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Smooth stones littered the base where the huge wooden tub was, and the shower area came complete with a wooden stool and bucket – just like how I’ve seen in Japanese films and TV shows! The tubs are specially crafted and imported from Japan and are made from 200 year old hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood, as it is believed that the wood has natural oils and a soothing fragrance which are released when in warm water.

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Iced water on the side, and there is a call button nearby for emergencies.

For those who have never tried onsen, it is recommended to have a cold shower for five minutes to clean the body, before going in the tub. My water temperature was at 40 degrees Celcius, but you can request for warmer temperatures if you prefer. Soak and relax for 10 to 15 minutes, then take another short shower before soaking again. Your 45 minutes will fly by!

The hot water is great for relaxing tired muscles – I could feel the tension easing from my legs, shoulder and back. The warm temperature makes you sweat, but once you’re out of the tub and after you’ve had a shower, your body feels super refreshed and loads lighter.

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The cosy ladies waiting room where you can chill and relax in your yukata with a drink, while waiting for your next treatment.

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For my Body Polish (45 minutes), I chose the Jasmine scrub, which had a nice, sweet scent that left me smelling like flowers. My skin also felt extremely smooth and soft after the session, especially since the therapist worked meticulously on areas that are usually hard to reach.

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The room had everything for a guest’s comfort – shower area, comb, mirror and even hairbands (a lot of people forget to bring hairbands when going for spa/massages). The bed had a heated blanket so I was warm and toasty throughout the session. It’s in these little details that I think Urban Retreat shines, because it shows how much thought they’ve put into ensuring a guest’s comfort.

The body polish session was followed by a 30-minute back massage to undo tired knots: we all need this once in awhile, since most of us are always hunched over our desks at the office. My Thai therapist, despite her small size, was extremely strong, delivering powerful strokes to reach deep into the tissue. Well, as they say, no pain no gain – but if you’re sensitive to pain, always communicate with your therapist. 😀

For those looking for luxurious and pampering treatments, Urban Retreat Onsen Spa comes highly recommended. Not only will you get to experiencing bathing in Malaysia’s first private Japanese onsen, their range of treatments are excellent as well, as is the warm and professional service.

URBAN RETREAT ONSEN SPA 

 Lot 2F-02, Second Floor, 163 Retail Park, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM (daily)

Bookings: 017-8814486

Website 

 

**erisgoesto was invited to Urban Retreat Onsen Spa in exchange for an honest review. Views here are entirely my own.

Bath Products Haul

When I was younger, I used to think it funny when my mum took some of the nice baths and soaps from hotels we stayed at. Now that I’m older… I find myself getting into ‘auntie’ mode. Catch is, I only kidnap the prettiest bath products. 😛

The soaps at the bottom are bought and not ‘stolen’ xD