Bath, Bath Bombs

Calavera Bath Bomb

Calavera Bath Bomb and Calacas Shower Gel kinda go hand in hand. A calaca is the name of a figure of a skeleton that’s often used for decoration in the Mexican ‘Día de los Muertos’ or ‘Day of the Dead’ festival. A calavera is the term applied to the decorative skulls you often see around at the time of the festival. Both products also feature the same refreshing and vibrant scent.

The Calacas scent is one of my favourites from Lush and is so unique and moreish. It reminds me of sugary sweets mixed with fresh zesty lime juice, the perfect mix between sweet and citrusy sour. It’s actually a trio of Lime, Neroli and Olibanum which make up the iconic scent. Lime Oil is the ultimate zingy ingredient for a product with Mexican inspiration with Neroli Oil adding a fresh green note yet still with citrus undertones. Olibanum Resinoid is also known as frankincense and has a woody, refreshing and meditative scent. It’s had an important role in religions throughout the centuries to ward off evil spirits, another ingredient that’s perfect for this bath bomb!

Lime and Neroli are perfect for cleansing, toning and refreshing the skin whilst Olibanum is protective and soothing.

I find that the scent of Calavera is much stronger than Monsters Ball from Halloween, or is that just me?

Marigold Flowers are often used as decorations around the Mexican festival to honour the dead and attract their souls, so Lush have included their petals inside Calavera too for that authentic feel.

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Once popped in the bath, I was surprised at how nothing seemed to happen. The bomb foamed up slightly but was eerily silent whilst it was doing so and I sat there for a good few minutes just watching the foam slowly expand. Before too long, the inner core was infiltrated and out shot a bright stream of neon yellow from the centre. It danced atop the water creating patterns and intertwined with a blue colour that had started to make itself known from inside. Once the silent display had finished, a vibrant green/yellow water was left behind, very reminiscent of the shower gel, with small petals floating throughout. I must say the smell of the scent during the fizz was incredibly strong!

I got in the bath and I felt instantly enlivened and energised. Calavera also contains Granulated Sugar which is great at softening the skin and helping to lock in moisture. Once I was out I was impressed and glad that the scent was remaining on my skin and I was noticing it there up until I went to bed a good 4/5 hours later.

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In conclusion, I loved Calavera and I’d definitely use it again and again! My only wish would be that the petals were perhaps more vibrant in colour? Though I know that’s not really something easily changed. I’m happy my Calacas needs are fulfilled once more!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Marigold Petals, Granulated Sugar, Cream of Tartar, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 61570

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Big Blue Bath Bomb

Big Blue has been a classic Lush bath bomb for a long time. It was designed to mimic the relaxing experience of being in shallow ocean waters, complete with lots of sea salt and strands of seaweed too. Even the gorgeous scent evokes the feeling of a summer day at the seaside.

Big Blue’s fragrance is made up of Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil and Seaweed Absolute. I love this scent, it’s equally calming and refreshing and really puts you in a good headspace, whilst helping you unwind. It’s got a strong spa-like aroma so its no surprise that Lush use Big Blue as room fragrance in some of their spa treatments. The Lemon and the Lavender intertwine nicely into a fresh, somewhat citrusy, somewhat floral scent, whilst the addition of Seaweed Absolute gives the overall ‘oceanic’ note and ties it all together nicely.

Once popped into the water, there’s no foam or bath art whatsoever as Big Blue is a plain old fizzer, but it more than makes up for that. The whole thing is over fairly quickly but you’re left with a gorgeous turquoise blue water with lots and lots of Arame Seaweed strands floating in it. The Arame that Lush use comes from southeastern Japan, where it’s actually hand gathered by women known as ‘Ama’. The average age of the Ama is around 70 years old which is impressive because the women dive as deep as 20m without the use of any breathing apparatus in cold waters.

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Arame Seaweed is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals which are highly beneficial for the skin. Along with the Seaweed Absolute, it helps to soothe and soften the skin and infuse the water with its goodness.

The water that Big Blue produces is incredibly soft. The amount of Sea Salt really makes the water feel so luxurious and you really can feel the difference. Like seaweed, Sea Salt is also full of minerals like sodium and magnesium. It doesn’t just soften the water, but your skin too. Both Lemon Oil and Lavender Oil have cleansing and antiseptic properties on the skin, so they’re not just there for the pretty smell either.

I could spend hours in a bath with a Big Blue, I find it so relaxing and calming. It’s also kinda fun to swish the water around and watch as the seaweed disperses itself around your bath. Each time I bathe with one my skin feels so good once I’m dry, it’s always super soft and I can never keep myself from stroking it. The scent has amazing longevity too and I still smell it on myself hours after my bath.

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I doubt Lush have no plans to get rid of this bath bomb anytime soon, but if they ever do I’ll honestly be so sad. I also think it’s about time we had, maybe a Big Blue Body Spray? I imagine it would be pretty popular! Yes please Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Arame Seaweed, Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Dipropylene Glycol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 19491

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Hi Ho Silver Bath Bomb

Hi Ho Silver is a bath bomb that’s currently available in select stores as part of the 30th Anniversary of the bath bomb. Along with Goldrush Bath Bomb, these were designed after silver and gold respectively and are among the most glittery bath bombs Lush have ever created. Hi Ho Silver is also the name of a song by Jim Diamond, Lush love to name their products after obscure bands and songs don’t they?

Hi Ho Silver is a smallish purple bath bomb, around the same size as a Butterball. It features a silver stamp with the letters Ag on it. Ag is the symbol for silver on the periodic table which comes from the Latin ‘argentum’.

It has an strange scent, which to my nose is fairly aromatic and smokey. The bath bomb contains Olibanum, Lime and Orange Oils yet there’s not much in the aroma to suggest the latter two are there. Olibanum Oil is otherwise known as Frankincense, which is meditative and resinous in scent and is definitely at the forefront of the fragrance, with subtle citrus notes in the background. It oddly recalls memories of being in a dusty attic or walking around an old Romani gypsy museum I went to once. I’m not completely convinced I like it quite frankly.

Once popped into the water I was impressed at how strong the waft of the scent was as it started fizzing; then the real show started. The bath bomb first sent out small foamy wisps of purple into the water but before long the centre was penetrated and out poured a river of bright silver lustre. It looked like molten metal as it gushed out and snaked along the purple water in sheets, looking mesmerising.

Hi Ho Silver is actually a whopping 15% glitter so you can only imagine just how much there was. Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, each speck of lustre looked stunning floating through the entire bath. If you’re a glitter fan then you’ll absolutely love this, if you’re not then you’ll hate it I’m afraid.

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The embedded stamp decoration actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Hi Ho Silver to be quite moisturising thanks to this! It’s also what helps the silver lustre stick to your skin.

Throughout my bath, the scent having started fairly potent, got weaker with time and actually grew on me a lot more when it wasn’t quite as strong. I could definitely pick out the more citrusy notes too. Before long though it had vanished completely.

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Once I was out of my shimmering bath I was honestly in awe of how much glitter was covering my skin. When I say covered, I mean covered. Especially in the folds and creases of my body, it was almost like a whole layer on top of my skin. Luckily I don’t mind glitter on my body but it’s a little annoying when it transfers onto your towel and then everything you ever touch again. To be honest though, I wouldn’t have expected anything less and I loved looking at my sparkling naked body in the mirror!

Along with the glitter, my skin was soft and well hydrated and there was also a gentle reminder of the scent still lingering over my body.

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In conclusion, Hi Ho Silver is a MUST have if you’re a glitter king or queen like me, but be prepared for the clean up of your bath and to find glitter in strange places over the next few days. Still not 100% convinced of the scent but I enjoyed my bath even still.

I can’t wait to get my hands on Goldrush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77742

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Lucky Cat Bath Bomb

Lucky Cats are common Japanese figurines which are believed to bring good luck to their owners. The figure depicts a cat with an upright paw and usually displayed at the entrances of shops and restaurants for good fortune. If the cat has its left paw raised, it supposedly brings more custom, whereas a cat with the right paw raised brings the owner money. Lush’s Lucky Cat Bath Bomb has its right paw raised so clearly they’re hoping for your money!

Lucky Cat reminds me of Think Pink Bath Bomb with generous coating of pink glitter but features a very different scent. It’s predominately floral based with Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Neroli making up the fairly potent fragrance. I was really excited about this one because I love Jasmine and floral scents. If you’re a fan of more traditionally floral and fresh smells then you might like this one too, it’s a calming smell yet there’s something that helps brighten your mood too.

When I first saw Lucky Cat I expected it to be pink and glittery throughout, so you can imagine my surprise when I realised that the pink and the glitter is only on the outside. Once popped into the water, Lucky Cat sheds its coat and reveals a dull yellow interior. As it fizzes, the pink colouring pools atop the water, which will latch onto the sides of your bath if you let it, so make sure you give it a mix up to avoid heavy staining whilst the yellow body dissolves quite quickly with little to no bath art. The resulting water was somewhat peach coloured, which wasn’t as filled with glitter as I expected or wanted it to be.

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Once I was out of my bath I was pleased that the scent has left a lingering reminder on my skin, which was nicely dusted with a little lustre. Yet I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed? Fair enough the little multi-coloured cellulose stars that trickled out from the bath bomb were a nice touch, as was the fact that the scent was still kinda present throughout my bath but I was expecting so much more? I think the fact that the product itself is yellow inside was a slight disappointment and sadly my bath did get stained even through I tried my hardest not to let it happen.

Saying all that, Lucky Cat is one of the cheaper bath bombs currently available so I’m not too mad it missed the mark for me. I can’t imagine buying it again though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Neroli Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, DRF Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1, Colour 77491, Colour 15510, Colour 16255, Colour 42090, Colour 77492

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Moon Spell Bath Bomb

Out of all the bath bombs Lush have released this year for their 30th Anniversary, a couple that really caught my eye were Moon Spell and Star Spell. These are two-in-one bath bombs that interlock with a star or a moon shape inside.

Looking at the colour scheme and the name, I originally guessed that Moon Spell would be Sleepy scented, or at least contain some form of relaxing lavender-based scent. However, it actually contains Brazilian Orange Oil and doesn’t feature much of a strong scent at all. The Orange Oil gives a somewhat fruity sweet vibe to the fragrance but that’s really all I get from it.

Moon Spell is actually half jelly bomb, with the pink half containing Carrageenan Extract. Carrageenan comes from dried and powdered Irish moss seaweed which rehydrates when it comes into contact with water and produces a jelly-like consistency. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the jelly bombs but as this is only half, I’ve been hoping I won’t mind it!

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Once popped in the water, each half quickly begins fizzing but very differently. The blue half foamed up more, fizzing slowly and almost unnoticeably, whereas the pink half fizzed in the way a jelly bomb does, with thick clumps coming out from it. I did expect more in terms of bath art but before long each half had almost completed the fizz, leaving behind a light blue/purplish bath. Sadly the scent still hadn’t really made itself known to my nose.

The jelly wasn’t actually very prominent either, the only time I really felt it was when I was running my hands through the pinky goo that had appeared from the bath bomb. Once it had mixed into the water, it was pretty much gone and in fact it didn’t feel any different to a usual bath bomb. I did notice these adorable little pink cellulose stars floating under the water which is a nice touch.

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I will say that after my bath my skin did feel soft and hydrated so that’s a bonus but as I had guessed, the scent left no lingering reminder on my skin.

In conclusion, this bath bomb is a slight disappointment. The design is so cute but I feel as though they let it slide with everything else, but that’s just my opinion.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Carrageenan Extract, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

If you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’d hopefully have seen my post about Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar, which is one of my all time favourite bubble bars. Knowing this you’d have guessed that when I first saw the release of a bath bomb featuring the same name and scent, I was over the moon! I low key prefer a bath bomb over a bubble bar, just because of the chance to see some amazing bath art.

The scent and idea behind Blue Skies is that you’re supposed to feel like you’re as relaxed as if you were simply watching fluffy clouds serenely drift across a blue sky. With a relaxing scent comprised of Patchouli, Frankincense and Cinnamon Leaf, it does just that. I also love how the bomb looks like a fluffy cloud itself, with a light dusting of silver sparkles.

Pachouli has long been used in perfumery and aromatherapy because it’s earthy aroma is great at easing worries and allowing you to fall into a meditative state of mind. Frankincense, otherwise known as Olibanum is a very typical ‘incense’ fragrance. It’s citrusy, woody and refreshing and compliments the Patchouli well. Lastly, theres a warming hint of spiciness that comes from the addition of Cinnamon Leaf Oil. I love the Blue Skies scent because it really grounds me and is perfect for when you just want to escape reality for a moment. If you’re not a fan of the typical relaxing scent of Lavender, this might be a good alternative. Comparing both bath products, I find that the Cinnamon Leaf is more obvious in the bath bomb’s scent.

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I had originally thought that Blue Skies would be a relatively fast fizzer in the water but I was wrong! It actually fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out steady steams of light blue and white foam into the water. The blue colour of the bath bomb is a lot lighter than the bubble bar, so I didn’t get to experience the usual vivid blue colour with this format, with the bath water turning a very pale pastel blue instead. In all honestly, the bath art wasn’t anything specatular but the glimmering silver lustre  looked gorgeous when it caught the light under the water.

Sadly although upon first entry to the water, the bath bomb released a strong hit of its fragrance, it quickly disappeared into the air which was a tad disappointing. Saying that, it reappeared on my skin once I was out and lasted for quite a while, completely opposite to the bubble bar which tends to remain in the air only. I also noticed that my skin had a dusting of the silver glitter left on it, which similarly glimmered in the light.

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Furthermore, it left my skin feeling really soft, smooth and well cleansed. I didn’t even feel the need to use a body lotion! Whilst I think I’d prefer it if the bath bomb had a slightly darker or more vibrant colour, I’m very glad to have got my hands on it. I imagine I’ll be stocking up soon! Maybe we’ll start seeing more Blue Skies scented products? Let’s hope the shower gel returns.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 42090

 

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Lamb Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

I’ve been eager to use my Lamb Bomb Bomb for a while now, because I just knew I was in for a real treat. Along with Bunny Bomb Bomb, this limited edition product was released for this year’s Easter range.

Looking like an adorable little sheep, Lamb Bomb Bomb is by far one of the cutest bath bombs Lush have ever designed. Like the others of its kind, it’s a two in one bath bomb comprised of a head and a body. For £9.95, you’re probably better off using it across two baths but I prefer to get the full experience!

It has a gentle fragrance that reminds me of warm vanilla ice cream and is honestly to die for. The creamy essence of Cocoa Absolute meets cooling Peppermint Oil and results in a white chocolatey fragrance that’s comforting and moreish. The mint isn’t at all overpowering, as minty fragrances can be, so don’t let that put you off, it’s a lot sweeter than you might think.

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Even though I chose to use both pieces of this product in the same bath, in all honestly the effects were enough to warrant splitting them up for sure! Each half fizzed away fairly slowly, sending out streams of white foam with a hint of blue amongst it. Once fully dissolved the water had turned a creamy shade of blue and was covered in layer of creamy white milk on the surface which then covered my skin once I was in.

The indulgent milky water is thanks to the addition of lots of protein-rich Soybean Flour. When Soybean Flour is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will soothe and hydrate the skin. It honestly makes the water feel so silky on your skin, making for a really luxurious bath.

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One thing that was slightly disappointing however, was that although initially when Lamb Bomb Bomb has started fizzing it sent out a great waft of the gorgeous scent, after it dissolved the fragrance vanished fairly quickly and left practically no lingering aroma on my skin after I was out.

Saying that, Lamb Bomb Bomb is still a winner for me as my skin feels so hydrated and silky smooth after my bath and I am truly impressed. I do wish the scent had more staying power but hopefully if Lush decide to release it in a bath bomb form again, it’ll be a little stronger. I think this is actually my favourite product from the entire Easter range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Cocoa Absolute, Peppermint Oil, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 42090:2 Candy Eye.

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