Bath, Bath Bombs

Magic Bath Bomb

Magic is a bath bomb I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I believe it was initially released back in 2008 for Christmas and has since become a retro favourite among the Lush community. At long last, I can finally say I’ve used it.

 

Magic is pressed with the exact same mould as The Experimenter is and I love having a non-spherical Bath Bomb for a change. I guess you could say it looks somewhat boring with it’s simple blue design but it’s actually much more interesting than what meets the eye.

I heard through the grapevine that Lush asked a local witch in Poole to come and bless the ingredients that go into this bath bomb, though I’m not sure there’s actually any truth to that! Even still, with all its herbal ingredients, it’s basically a ready made potion.

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Magic contains a concoction of Majoram Oil, Basil Oil, Rose Absolute and Peppermint Oils and its scent is actually rather pungent. The Majoram and Basil definitely give the strongest aroma, offering a herbal, savoury top note. Majoram has a slightly eucalyptus-like smell with spicy undertones and Basil is well known for it’s fragrant and unique uplifting scent. I find the Rose Absolute compliments the herbal ingredients well and sweetens the overall scent with it’s floral touch. Lastly, the Peppermint Oil adds a refreshing note that sits under the main fragrance, but isn’t at all overpowering as mint can be. It’s so nice having a scent that’s so unlike what Lush usually produce.

The real wonder of this bath bomb is that it’s actually colour changing! As you can imagine, after you’ve just dropped it in, it starts by dispersing a cloud of the same blue that colours it into the water. But as it shrinks and fizzes away, the hidden core reveals itself and steams of magenta fizz out into the tub and the bathwater quickly changes into a deep dark purple. At the end, out pops a little parsley sprig as a physical representation of the herbal components in this product.

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It’s such an interesting bath bomb to watch, and although there’s not much in terms of pretty swirling bath art, it’s really cool to watch as the colour changes so quickly. The scent remains all powerful throughout your bathing experience too and I found it incredibly calming and relaxing whilst I was soaking.

Once I was out, not only was the scent still ever present on my skin but my body was feeling noticeably softer and visibly brighter. Peppermint has a great effect on the skin for increasing the blood flow, helping skin to look healthier and more radiant.

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In conclusion, I’m really pleased I got to try out Magic after only reading about it for years. It’s definitely a product to go for if you love a really unique and unusual scent, plus the story about the witch is pretty cool too! Fingers crossed it’s true and I’m now blessed by a witch myself too.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Majoram Oil, Rose Absolute, Basil Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Fresh Parsley Sprig

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Fairy Jasmine Bath Bomb

Jasmine is one of my favourite scents so a bath bomb with a name like ‘Fairy Jasmine’ was always going to get me excited to use it.

 

You could argue that Fairy Jasmine is one of the most boring looking bath bombs out of the entire 30th anniversary range. It’s got nothing on the likes of Pirates Of The Carrageenan or Groovy Kind Of Love, both of which feature really exciting and unusual designs. But this bath bomb stands out for one reason only, its gorgeous scent.

Featuring both fragrant Jasmine and sweet Ylang Ylang, the main note of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with both heady aromas intertwining nicely. Yet there’s a warming and earthy, almost-grassy, note to it, stemming from the addition of Vetivert Oil. Vetivert is a tall grass with the smoky oil being obtained from the dried roots of the plant. Fans of Silky Underwear Dusting Powder will certainly recognise this scent as both products share the same rich fragrance.

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I find the scent incredibly enamouring and soothing. Aromatherapists consider Vetivert to be grounding and restorative and it has often been called ‘the oil of tranquility’ for that reason. Both Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are also known for their relaxing and de-stressing qualities. It’s truly a beautifully gentle aroma and one that I feel would do well in more products.

In the water, Fairy Jasmine is a fast fizzer, dissolving fully in less than a couple of minutes. As it’s design is simply a (very) pale pink bath bomb with no hidden colours inside, there’s no bath art and the water changes very little. A couple of tiny wisps of purple fizzed out from inside, but when I say tiny, I mean it and they didn’t make any difference whatsoever.

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Despite this fairly uninteresting display, Fairy Jasmine does feature a huge amount of plastic-free glitter, which looks awesome fizzing out of the bath bomb and proceeding to dance through the water reflecting the light magnificently. The scent amazingly remained at strength for the entire time I was soaking in the bath, allowing me to sink into a fully content state of mind.

Afterwards, I stepped out and dried off revealing wonderfully soft skin that was pretty covered in the silver lustre. The shards of glitter are fairly chunky too, so it’s definitely something you’ll notice and perhaps hate. For me, I loved it. The glitter won’t just stick to your skin as it’ll remain coating the bottom of your tub when the water’s drained – but that’s nothing the shower can’t wash away. My skin still retained that wonderful aroma for hours after but I got a very different side to it. The muskier and earthier tones were far more present at this stage.

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To be honest, I would have loved this bath bomb to have had something a little more interesting about it, even if that was just a tad more pink to make more of an impact on my bathwater. However, I still enjoyed my experience with the beautifully smelling Fairy Jasmine and I’d love for another product with the scent to appear sometime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Colour 17200

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Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb

Dragon’s Egg has long been one of Lush’s most popular and most well known bath bombs. On the outside, I guess it looks relatively boring, except for a few flicks of colour. On the inside however, this egg contains a bright orange yolk, popping candy, colourful confetti and lots of golden shimmering glitter.

Dragon’s Egg doesn’t appeal to me personally all that much because of it’s predominantly citrusy aroma. Containing lots of Lemon Oil, it has a zesty and somewhat sharp scent that the fruit is well known for. Mix in some Bergamot Oil to lighten the scent with sunny and brighter notes and some Jasmine Absolute for a touch of floral warmth and you’ve got a fragrance that’s still fairly zesty and refreshing but with an uplifting and comforting side to it also. Although it’s not the scent for me, I can understand why people love it so much, it’s definitely a great bath bomb to energise your mind. Furthermore, these three essential oils are well known for their abilities to relieve fatigue and fight off depression and anxiety.

In the water, Dragon’s Egg is one of the slower dissolving bath bombs. It immediately foams up a brilliant white colour and continues to bob around doing so for a good five minutes, with coloured circular confetti detaching every now and then and floating off. After a short while, its orange core reveals itself and the real display begins, changing the water to a bright golden orange colour. Mixed in with the orange centre is a tonne of golden glitter which dances below the surface and looks gorgeous glimmering in the light. If the impact on your nose isn’t enough, you’ll definitely be able to hear the crackling of the popping candy! It’s definitely worth the long wait for this bath bomb to dissolve because it creates some really pretty bath art.

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Dragon’s Egg would be a great bath bomb to use in the morning because the scent really wakes you up, especially because you can still smell it in the air long after the bomb has disappeared. Sat in the bath I felt really refreshed and renewed and my skin was already feeling great thanks to the cleansing and toning benefits of the Lemon Oil, I really noticed it looked visibly brighter once I was out, but that might just be the dusting of glitter left on my body! Naturally, being such a strong scent, it definitely lingers on you for quite some time after.

One thing I do find about Dragon’s Egg is that it’s not the best for sensitive skins. The citrus oils it contains are rather harsh on any delicate or damaged skin, including rashes and especially cuts, so do be careful with this one as it will sting. I also find it can be quite drying on my skin also, but that’s nothing a body lotion can’t rectify.

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In conclusion, Dragon’s Egg is a decent bath bomb and I’m sure I’d love it a lot more if I enjoyed the smell. Now I’ve got this post out of the way, I doubt I’ll be using it again for myself but with it remaining as one of Lush’s most popular bath bombs, I doubt we’ll be saying goodbye to it anytime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77491, Rice Paper

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Guardian Of The Forest Bath Bomb

Guardian Of The Forest has been around for quite some time now and I believe it debuted in 2015 as an Oxford Street exclusive product. Recently it became available in all stores year-round but sadly is about to be discontinued for good. This is a bath bomb I’ve used before but not for a while, not since I started this blog anyway. Of course I had to ensure I managed to use it one last time, both for blogging reasons and to say goodbye.

I love the design of this beautiful bath bomb as it’s got something really quite magical about it, especially with a name like Guardian Of The Forest. It conjures up ideas of woodland deities and enchanted forests you might hear about in fairytales and storybooks. It’s also scented rather beautifully too in my opinion.

Containing both Oakmoss, Cypress and Rosewood Oils, its no surprise that the scent is intensely green and earthy. Oakmoss has a deep, mossy aroma – adding the poignant earthy note to the fragrance. Woody Cypress Oil blends well with Oakmoss, adding greener, fresher notes and it’s really these two ingredients that made up the strongest portion of the scent. Aromatherapists believe Cypress to be calming during times of emotional stress and use it to stimulate feelings of joy and happiness. Rosewood Oil has a unique aroma that’s equally rosy, spicy and woody, adding something a little more complex but further mixing with the Oakmoss and Cypress well. Lastly, Guardian Of The Forest contains Lime Oil, giving subtle citrusy, zesty undertones.

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The resulting fragrance is deep and meditative, yet remaining bright, gentle and slightly sweet. Whenever I smell this perfume I can’t help but imagine walking through tall forests in the summertime, with lots of mossy undergrowth and basking in the nature around me. I really love scents that transport me elsewhere.

In the bath, Guardian Of The Forest is foamy and fizzy, colouring the water a luscious green colour almost immediately, with gorgeous patterns comprised of different shades of green and white on top. Before long, a stream of yellow revealed itself, intertwining with the green and resulting in some awesome bath art. It may not look it, but Guardian Of The Forest is filled with sparkling silver glitter too, which looked really beautiful floating through the water.

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Even after the bath bomb had fully dissolved, I could still smell the grounding aroma in the air which really helped me relax into my bath, it was really quite potent and even after I was out and dry, I was still able to smell it on my body. Although there’s no ingredients that really stand out for their soothing and softening properties, my skin felt so baby smooth and silky after this bath, I was seriously impressed. The silver lustre also lightly coated me too, which is a great bonus in my eyes.

To conclude, I’m quite sad that Guardian of The Forest is leaving us, likely for a long while if not forever, but I’m glad that I managed to use it one last time before it went. If you’ve not already, you definitely want to give it a go, don’t miss out!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cypress Oil, Lime Oil, Rosewood Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 59040, Colour 42053, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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Cilla The Caterpillar Bath Bomb

Along with some other products including party balloon bubble bars and a llama shaped bath bomb, Cilla The Caterpillar is one of the exclusive items only available as gifts when having, or being invited to a Lush Party.

Sharing it’s scent with the popular Vanillary Perfume, Cilla features a fragrance that’s comprised of Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute and Vanilla Absolute. The scent (in a previous bath bomb format) was originally inspired by extraordinary deserts at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, The Fat Duck. It’s a sweet and comforting, musky vanilla-led scent with touch of floral warmth and sensuality coming from the Jasmine. Although I often note the perfume to have powdery notes, in this format I notice it even more, yet it’s very true to the perfume even still.

Cilla is actually comprised of two halves, meaning you could opt to use it in two separate baths, but as always, I used the whole caterpillar at once.

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Once popped into the bath, Cilla immediately starts frothing and foaming sending out different streams of green and orange into the surrounding water. I feel like these two colours aren’t often used by Lush but they do look really pretty, vividly contrasting each other. After a few moments, Cilla The Caterpillar had already half dissolved and began to slow down her display, leaving chunks of each half of her body bobbing below the surface, silently fizzing away.

Once she’d finished dissolving, I was left looking at reasonably pretty bath art sat on top of mossy green water. I won’t lie, my bath slightly resembled swamp water, which in turn reminded me of Shrek and now I can’t shake the idea that this is a bath bomb for the ogre himself. I guess it suits the caterpillar concept!

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Even with this hilarious thought in mind, the scent really filled the room and made me feel at peace and comforted me like a warm hug. The water itself was super soft and soothing, making my skin noticeably silky smooth and renewed once I was out. Furthermore, the fragrance lightly lingered on my body, boosting the delicate perfume, should you choose to spray yourself after like I did.

Even with the idea of Shrek in my mind, I really enjoyed bathing with Cilla The Caterpillar and I can imagine anyone attending a party will love to receive one in their goody bags.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Chlorophyllin, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coumarin, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005, Colour 47005:1, Colour 42090:2, Candy Eye

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Magma Bath Bomb

The act of taking a bath can be very healing for our bodies. Warm water eases aches and pains, steam alleviates cold and flu symptoms and on a subconscious level, the floating sensation is comforting because it supposedly reminds us of being in the womb. Add in a bath bomb and depending which you’ve chosen, a whole host of other benefits await you too.

Magma Bath Bomb is based on Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, which was designed to really combat muscular aches and pains. Both contain Cinnamon Leaf and Peppermint Oils which help in different ways. Cinnamon, like the majority of spices, have a warming, stimulating effect on the skin. They stimulate the blood vessels under the skin which increases the blood flow to the area which in turn relaxes tight muscles. Peppermint creates a cooling sensation on the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings, further relaxing the muscles and it also dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow.

Magma does contain two ingredients that Wiccy Magic Muscles doesn’t, and that’s Mustard Powder and Ginger Powder. Like Cinnamon, both of these ingredients have stimulating and warming properties too, increasing the effects.

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Comparing the scents of both products, Magma is definitely a little spicier, which makes sense given the addition of the two new ingredients, whereas I can detect the minty element a lot more in the massage bar. Wiccy is also a lot more potent than Magma, which isn’t a bad thing because the scent of Wiccy can be really overpowering for a lot of people.

In the bath, Magma is a silent fizzer, slowing sending out waves of foamy red and yellow into the water, obviously designed to look like lava, rather than a ‘pizza bath’ as my friend described it as. After a while, the water had taken on a warm orange colour.

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Sadly I couldn’t really smell the fragrance very strongly once it had dissolved, but I felt the relaxing benefits of the bath as soon as I was in. My body easily succumbed to the warm water as I let the essential oils do their work.

I suffer with bad knee pain a lot, so I really rely on baths to help ease the tension and pain and I thought Magma worked wonders. After just five minutes soaking, I already felt a lot better. Once I was out I felt like a new person as my skin was soft and my body wasn’t aching. I couldn’t notice any scent remaining on my body but after a few swipes of the massage bar, there it was.

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In conclusion, Magma made for a really nice bath. It probably suits the colder months more than it does the heatwave we’re currently having but I’m sure I’ll be using this again during the winter. I’d definitely recommend this bath bomb to anyone with aches and pains!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Popping Candy, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45350.

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Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb

This bath bomb is name after the Shijimi Blue Butterfly, which is sadly an endangered species in Japan, due to a specific plant that its caterpillars feed on dying out. The Lush buying team in Japan are working on a conservation project that will hopefully restore these creatures back into abundance. Its also made using the same mould as the butterfly bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day!

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb features both Chamomile Blue and Lavender Oils, making it very similar to the likes of Ickle Baby Bot, Deep Sleep and Koyaanisqatsi. It’s a very herbal, yet gentle smelling bath bomb, with light floral notes. Although often in Lavender and Chamomile pairings, it’s the Lavender that claims the top note, with this product I find the Chamomile to be a little more evident. Both essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their abilities to deeply relax the mind and soothe worries and anxiety, making Shijimi Butterfly a great bath bomb to use in the evening.

In the water, this bath bomb produces gorgeous bath art right from the get go. It half floats on top of the water as it sends out marbled waves of blue, white and black into the bath. It sinks as it dissolves, producing larger waves of foam until both wings have separated, floating off on their own before disappearing completely. The resulting water is a serene shade of blue that compliments the relaxing scent well.

Once I was in, I noticed little black specks remaining in the water which latch onto your skin and the sides of the bath and annoyingly leave little black smears. This meant I had to wash off the marks both on my skin and on the bath but luckily it didn’t happen too much and it was fairly easy to clean. There was also a slightly noticeable amount of silver lustre dancing gracefully though the water.

Theres nothing in Shijimi Butterfly that’s really going to add moisture to the skin, but still the bath water felt wonderfully soft. Both Lavender and Chamomile are well known to have soothing effects, not just on the mind, but on the skin too.

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After I was out, I was pleased to notice a reminder of the scent still lingering on my skin, especially when it appeared to disappear into the air once the bath bomb had dissolved. My skin felt soft and renewed also, so all in all Shijimi Butterfly made for a lovely bath, I would have preferred less black though I reckon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090

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