Bath, Bath Bombs

Eyeball Bath Bomb

A new product for this year’s Halloween range is Eyeball Bath Bomb.

It’s design is basically, like the name suggests, an eyeball. It looks kinda basic from the outside, but the real treat is on the inside and what this ballistic does in the water!

In all honesty, the scent is very un-Halloween and is surprisingly quite floral. The main scents you first notice are Ylang-Ylang and Lavender giving Eyeball a delicate powdery and pretty, yet slightly herbal note, which is quite unsuited to the product. Then a subtle hint of Brazilian Orange Oil turns the fragrance into a more uplifting and cheerful smell, while Rose Absolute gives a gentle, yet seductive layer.

Though it is a really nice smell and actually I’d love a year-round product with this scent, I’m just a tad confused as why they used such a scent for this particular product.

Once placed in the bath, Eyeball immediately foams up and spins over itself, releasing tiny ripples of black and red from the ‘pupil’  throughout the mainly white foam. It’s a slow fizzer, so it’s great to watch as the red starts to ‘bleed’ out into the bath leaving a trail behind the product as it floats around.

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The best thing about this product is what happens about half way through the show. If you pick it up out of the water it literally looks like a bleeding eyeball! Legit! Not gonna lie, there’s something that’s somewhat unsettling about watching it fizz and bleed and drip down the white coloured ball, but it’s super cool that Lush created something that can do this!  It’s like, the scariest product Lush have ever done!

The smell stays with you throughout the display right up until the bath bomb has fizzed away, when it mostly disappears and you’re just left with a subtle hint of the scent and diluted red/orangey waters.

My skin felt really good after my bath, super smooth and cleansed without feeling too dry, my only wish is that there was some reminder that I had even had a bath in the form of a smell.

Make sure you get a chance to use an Eyeball Bath Bomb before the Halloween period is over, although it could come back next year, I wouldn’t hold your breath!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt

Arguably one of Lush’s most glittery products ever. Let me tell you that Lush staff around the world fear the return of Golden Egg at Easter time because of the extreme amount of golden glitter that will inevitably cover them when they restock them, touch them or even move too closely to them. I’m serious.

First coming out in 2014’s Easter range, it’s since come back each year.

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Golden Egg is half bath bomb, and half melt. The outer layer is a bath melt, and the inner section is a bath bomb.

It has the same sent as the very popular Honey I Washed The Kids soap, and like the soap, this product is also incredibly moisturising due to the high content of Cocoa Butter surrounding the ‘bomb’ part. unlike

Once placed in the water, aside from the layer of golden lustre escaping the product into the water, Golden Egg doesn’t do much for a while. The cocoa butter shell is really thick, so it takes a rather long time to melt, slowly giving off pale yellow streams into the water. As it continues to shrink, the bath bomb centre starts to fizz and the product starts spreading creamy white foam throughout the yellow.

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Cocoa Butter isn’t the only moisturising ingredient in this product, it also features nourishing Almond Oil and protective Olive Oil to deeply penetrate and condition the skin.

At the end of the show you’re left with a golden yellow bath that shimmers with the lustre, although Golden Egg looks as though it has a massive glitter content, it doesn’t actually seem much more than the likes of Intergalactic and other sparkly bombs, and because of the high oil presence, the glitter doesn’t really stick to you too much either.

As already mentioned, this bath bomb melt features the Honey I Washed The Kids scent which is a delicious, uplifting toffee scent reminding me of childhood fudgy sweets, sticky caramel and is heavenly. It really leaves your skin smelling delightful long after your bath.

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My skin always feels super soft and well moisturised after a bath with one of these Easter exclusives, I reckon it’ll be a very sad day if Lush ever decide to discontinue this product because it’s such a staple of the Easter range.

If you like Golden Egg that much then keep telling Lush to bring it back each year on social media, believe me, they do listen!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Citric Acid, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Cornflour, Almond Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Amyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 77492, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005

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Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb

I am in love with Monster’s Ball Bath Bomb. It not only features one of my favourite uplifting scents but also makes for incredibly pretty bath art!

This seasonal exclusive product first appeared during Halloween 2016 and has come back for Halloween’s both 2017 and 2018 because it proved to be so popular!

It’s such an adorable and unique bath bomb, it’s a pink ball-shaped monster who has blue horns and one big eye, what’s not to love?

It shares it’s scent with the Calacas range and if you’ve not had a chance to smell anything in this range then baby you are missing out! With a trio of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum Oils, it’s a zesty, refreshing and uplifting smell that is incredible at energising and boosting your mood.

I’d say that in this bath bomb format, the scent is slightly less powerful than something like Calacas Shower Gel, there seems to be less Lime Oil as Monster’s Ball smells less zesty compared to other Calacas products. It’s more of a powdery version of Calacas if that makes sense.

A great thing about Lime and Neroli Oils is that they are toning and brightening for the skin giving you a natural glow. Meanwhile sweet and woody Olibanum oil is great for protecting and softening the skin, and helps improve the skin’s natural firmness.

They’ve also added Himalayan Salt which softens the water and therefore gives you equally soft skin.

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Once popped into the bath, Monster’s Ball is a slow fizzer, great if you love to watch a bath bomb slowly dissolve and turn the water into magical layer upon layer of bath art. Because of the addition of Cream of Tartar, it also foams a lot while it fizzes. First of all, the water remains relatively pink as is the main colour of the ballistic. Then, once the water reaches the hidden blue centre, Monster’s Ball really puts on a show dispersing both pink and blue ribbons of colour into the newly purple water.

Where the scent is so strong, it fills your whole bathroom with the fab aroma, making for a happy mood-enhancing bath. It also stays with you for such a long time! I can literally still smell it subtly on my skin a day after!

Once all the colour has mixed together, you’re left with a deep purple coloured water that’s filled with silvery sparkles.

I absolutely love this Bath Bomb and it could potentially be one of my favourites ever. I’ll genuinely be gutted if they ever chose to replace it one Halloween.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Himalayan Salt, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Olibanum Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Perfume, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

 

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Madame President Bath Bomb

This Bath Bomb was invented to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s win in the 2016 presidential election.

This is what I’d like to say but unfortunately we all know that’s not true.

Madame President was actually created as a new product for Mother’s Day 2018. I guess even if we don’t have an actual female president, we all have our own ones right at home.

Madame President is a beautiful bath bomb, with a very ‘American’ design, it’s half blue and half pink, adorned with stars and is full of golden lustre.

This bath bomb features a brand new scent made up of Grapefruit and Petitgrain Oils. The two oils combined give Madame President a really pungent smell. Petitgrain comes from the leaves of the bitter orange tree meaning it has a fresh green scent albeit somewhat sour smelling. The addition of uplifting, antiseptic Grapefruit Oil gives a slight citrusy hint and I feel like it’s a smell that’s rather odd but at the same time, you can’t help but carry on smelling.

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Once popped in the bath, the two main colours mix and she produces a vivid purple colour as you’d expect. The gold star on the pink half is full of gold lustre which fills the water with a lovely shimmer. The mixture of the purple with the gold glitter gives Madame President a really magical and enchanted vibe.

An interesting note is that the white stars on the blue half take longer to dissolve than the blue surrounding. As you can see in the picture below it looks really cool!

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Because the scent from Madame President is very strong, your whole bathroom is filled with it throughout your bath, helping you feel uplifted and energised; you can also smell it on your skin for a good while after drying off.

I think this particular bath bomb is one of the best in recent times, although it’s a Mother’s Day exclusive I can see it doing really well as an all year round product as it’s so unique and different from anything else. I really hope Lush bring her back for 2019 and they should 100% release it if we’re ever blessed with having a female president.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Grapefruit Oil, Petitgrain Oil, Cream of Tartar, Cornstarch, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410:2, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2

 

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Goddess Bath Bomb

Goddess was invented by Jack Constantine after he saw the music video for ‘God Is A Woman’ by Ariana Grande. In her incredible video Ari is often seen bathing in beautiful milky purple, blue and grey waters. Jack wanted to recreate this in a bath bomb form, allowing us mere peasants to feel like Ariana aka a goddess in our own bathtubs. If you haven’t seen her video yet, go watch now. Seriously.

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Lush describes this bath bomb as having precious ingredients fit for a true goddess. This is probably in relation to the Oudh Oil that makes up a big portion of the scent. Oudh Oil is derived from an agarwood tree being infected with a certain type of mould. The tree reacts by producing a resin called Oudh. However it’s not that simple, as not all agarwood trees get affected by the mould and not all affected trees actually produce the resin. This complicated process means that Oudh is one of the most expensive oils in the world and is actually more expensive than gold by weight!

The design of this bath bomb is really quite special, it’s so unique and has quite a magical vibe which suits the concept and scent well. The pastel tones on the lower half of the bath bomb are a good reflection of the waters from the music video and the silvery shimmer makes Goddess even more beautiful.

While the main scent here is sweet and floral with the top ingredients being Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute and Rose Oil, there’s a muskier note which adds a complex almost spiciness to the product from both Sandalwood and Oudh Oils. It gives an overall rich, elegant and seductive scent which is again, really unique and really well suited to this particular bath bomb.

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Once she got fizzing, I marvelled at how quick layers of cloudy white and deep purple waves dispersed over the water’s surface while a pastel lilaac colour overtook the bottom reminiscent of the music video. I honestly think Lush have done a great job of recreating Ariana’s beautiful bathwater.

Once the bomb had fully dissolved I was left with the opaque purple water from underneath which was filled with silver lustre which looked amazing itself. A lot of the time you can end up disappointed once a bath bomb has finished it’s ‘show’ but this was certainly not the case here. The water was also incredibly soft thanks to gorgeous nourishment from Cocoa and Shea Butters as well as rich Argan Oil.

Behind the Shea and the Argan are tales of women’s cooperatives in Ghana and Morocco where these ingredients are hand processed to be fairly traded for Lush, so it’s only right that a bath bomb named Goddess holds stories of strong women.

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A little negative is that sadly the smell doesn’t stay with you for too long, it’s practically non existent when you’re actually in the water and once you’re out it turns into a really subtle light fragrance on your skin. Personally I would have loved it if it had stayed as strong as it is to start with.

Overall I felt so strengthened and empowered after this experience, as if I was reborn into a better version of myself. Of course I listened to Ariana’s whole Sweetener album whilst I was bathing which definitely helped but it was truly one of the best baths I’ve had in a long time. Although currently Goddess only featured as an exclusive at the Lush 2018 Showcase, I am certain due to popularity that Lush won’t hesitate in releasing more in the future. Fingers crossed!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Osmanthus Absolute, Rose Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Oudh Oil, Cream of Tartar, Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Water, Cornstarch, Argan Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Maltodextrin, Laureth 4, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Colour 17200, Colour 45410

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Butterball Bath Bomb

A classic.

Butterball is a lovely bath bomb that’s perfect for when you’re looking for something that’s gentle on the skin and gentle on the nose. It’s full of moisturising cocoa butter to nourish dry and irritated skin. It’s also got very a very short list of ingredients meaning it’s perfect for anyone with sensitive skin (including little ones!).

Butterball is scented with Ylang Ylang and Synthetic Musk. Ylang Ylang Oil is used in aromatherapy to relax the nervous system and relieve anger, panic and fear. Synthetic Musk has a sweet and seductive scent. Natural Musk (from animals) has been used in Chinese medicine for years to help cure anxiety. Luckily, Lush found a way to make Musk cruelty free by producing it synthetically. Both of these combined give this bath bomb a sweet and delicious vanilla smell.

Once in the bath, Butterball fizzes away quite quickly, filling the water with rich buttery oils as the Cocoa Butter melts with the temperature. There’s a pale yellowish tint to the water but because of the bath bomb’s size and lack of strong colour, it doesn’t change the colour that much.

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The melted butter in the water quickly gets to work at deeply nourishing and moisturising your skin and you can feel it almost straight away in the bath as well as a long time after you’ve left it, as it leaves your skin feeling super soft and smelling sweet!

Personally, whilst I do see the appeal of a simple bath bomb, I wouldn’t use a Butterball ever on it’s own, I think it’s a great addition to another bath bomb or bubble bar such as The Experimenter or Karma and I love to use it with something else, but for me it is a little boring on its own.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Musk, Ylang Ylang Oil, Perfume

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The Experimenter Bath Bomb

Ah, The Experimenter. One of Lush’s most colourful bath products ever. I feel like it’s one of those products that you have to have tried at least once. Starting life as a piece of abstract audio and visual art created by the talented folk at Lush Digital. Click this link to watch it, it’s so cool! The Experimenter Bath Bomb was created as a way of customers experiencing said art in their own bathtubs! Originally an Oxford Street exclusive, it’s now one of the most popular products featuring in every store.

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Shaped like a hexagonal prism, although if we’re really being picky it’s accurately called a tetradecahedron with it’s fourteen sides, it really stands out amongst Lush’s spherical bombs. To date Lush have only created (to my knowledge) two bath bombs in this shape. The Experimenter, and a Christmas exclusive bath bomb called Magic.

The Experimenter has quite a smokey, almost spicy scent to it. The top note being grounding, comforting Vetivert Oil, mixed with uplifting sweetness from Tonka and Vanilla. It’s perfect for those days when you just want a warming, relaxing, yet still colourful and exciting bath.

A great thing about this particular bomb, is that when placed in the water, it’s always so unique and different depending on how it’s put in because of the five strong, bold colours. Once in the water, each colour disperses and swirls away, creating a bright visual display.

The colour you’re left with once all the colours have mixed is a murky blue/green colour, which is somewhat disappointing, but it’s definitely worth it to see the start of the fizz.

Adding to the visual experience, The Experimenter is also quite a fast and loud fizzer, especially with the addition of Popping Candy which snaps and crackles towards the end of the fizz. The scent also lasts throughout the duration, helping you unwind and relax too.

After your bath-time experience, you’re left with smokey and sweet smelling skin which lasts for a long while and a subtle shimmer from the glitter as well.

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Check it out on the Lush UK website, and definitely purchase if you’ve yet to try it, here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Vetivert Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Gold Glimmer Lustre, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

 

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