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Olive Branch Bath Bomb

The Olive Branch has always been high on my list of favourite Shower Gels, thanks to it’s subtle, yet uplifting and warming scent, so naturally I was very pleased at the chance to experience it in a bath bomb format! Olive Branch Bath Bomb was released in December as part of the community favourites range and it soon made its way onto my Christmas list and therefore under my tree.

Upon first sniff, I instantly recognised the reassuring scent of Olive Branch, and I was happy to find it to be more strongly scented than the shower gel, as I feel the quiet and easily overpowered scent of the gel can be a downside. Although firmly citrus based with Lemon, Bergamot and Red Mandarin Oils making up the forefront of the scent, theres also a floral kick underneath from Orange Flower Absolute, which ties the scent together with fresh green notes. It’s a delicate, yet incredibly warming and soothing scent which is perfect for a tranquil moment to yourself.

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The actual bath bomb is stunningly designed and I feel the swirly orange and white pattern fits the scent family well. When placed in the water, it quickly dispels the orange and white patterns into the water surrounding it and the scent is elevated into the room. The water soon turned a shade of warm orange and invited me to take a dip.

The water itself was superbly soft, an element that I noticed on my skin after too. Olive Branch, like the shower gel, is also full of nourishing Olive Oil as expected, to moisturise and protect the skin. It’s not as oily as the likes of Butterball or other butter filled bombs but it does the job just as well.

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I was really pleased with this bath bomb, I think perhaps the best part of it is simply how strong the scent is, it even left an impression on my skin for a while after towelling off. Whilst I’m not sure it would be a best seller if it was launched in all stores but perhaps it would make a great Oxford Street exclusive? Either way, I do hope I have the chance to use it again.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

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Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb

Shoot For The Stars is yet another Christmas exclusive that feels like it’s been around forever. It first appeared for Christmas 2013, although it looked much different and didn’t sport this vibrant blue design with the three golden stars embedded into the surface until 2016. As the last of my Christmas bath products, I feel it was a great one to end on.

Shoot For The Stars shares it’s scent with the popular ‘Honey I Washed The Kids’ scent, which is a delicious, honey scented fragrance reminiscent of fudge and caramel sweets. Although mostly unnoticeable in the background of the scent, theres a citrus note which comes from the fruitiness of Orange and Bergamot Oils and is actually what makes up the biggest portion of the scent, surprisingly.

I actually think that this particular bath bomb has a much stronger scent than the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, so its perfect if you’re a big fan. Furthermore, a high amount of rich Cocoa Butter and Creamed Coconut add a buttery warmth that makes it ever so comforting.

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As you can imagine with such a vivid colour, once in the bath an explosion of blue jets into the water, colouring it with the same vivid pigment as the ballistic itself. It’s such a beautiful colour, it gets top marks for simply just that! As it dissolves, the golden stars detach and float off. Even though there’s only three visible stars, there’s often one or two hidden in the centre of the bomb which is a nice surprise! The stars act very much like bath melts, imbuing the water with the Cocoa Butter & Almond Oil goodness and adding specks of gold into the blue. You’ll definitely notice how oily and rich the water feels once they’ve fully melted and you’ll appreciate the silky smooth feeling on your skin. If you’re someone who suffers from drying winter skin, then this would be an excellent way of combating it.

The scent was just as prevalent in the water as it was to begin with and likewise on my skin after. I definitely feel no need to moisturise whenever I use a Shoot For The Stars but feel free to if you so wish.

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I can’t imagine that Lush have any plans to discontinue this fab product anytime soon, so I expect we’ll see it return for 2019’s range!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Gardenia Extract, Creamed Coconut, Almond Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140

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Melusine Bath Bomb

Melusine is a figure of European folklore and mythology, she is a female spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river and is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down, much like a mermaid. Melusine Bath Bomb clearly takes it’s inspiration from this myth as it features a scaly green and yellow exterior. Melusine has to be one of the most beautiful bath bombs I’ve ever seen and I’ve been so excited to use it!

This currently Harajuku exclusive bath bomb shares its scent with Avocado Co-Wash, a fragrance that is growing in popularity amongst the Lush Community, and rightly so, it’s gorgeous. It’s a zesty, juicy-sweet citrus based scent that’s made up of Bergamot, Litsea Cubeba and Olibanum. Not widely heard of but Litsea Cubeba Oil is extracted from the fruits of a small evergreen tree and has a sweet lemony aroma similar to Lemongrass. Skin-refreshing Bergamot has such an uplifting scent which encourages wellbeing and Olibanum adds a slightly deeper, smokey note compared to it’s zesty partners. It’s such a moreish, energising scent and I truly believe that Lush got it right in this format.

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Once in the water, Melusine immediately shoots out clouds of green and yellow into the water, before it started spinning, creating stunning patterns for my viewing pleasure. The different shades of yellows and greens slowly mixed into each other and finally ended in a deep green colour.

One thing you’ll definitely notice about Melusine is the amount of glitter that fills your bath tub. The actual ballistic is decorated with shards of green plastic-free glitter, but I never would have guessed at how much lay inside too! The water was really shimmering in the light and I really felt a sense of magic just gazing in awe at it, it’s definitely one of the most glittery bombs out there at the moment!

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The water itself felt incredibly soft due to the addition of Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract and Sarcocornia Powder. Sarcocornia, also known as samphire, is an umbrella name for more than thirty species of edible salt-tolerant plants. The sodium rich powder is greatly cleansing and is perfect for softening bath water. I was also very pleased at just how strong the scent remained, even towards the end of my bath.

Once I was out and dried off, I could still smell the perfume on my skin and for a good few hours later. I wish I could tell you the glitter simply drains down the plughole but I can’t. My body was covered in it; as was my towel, my bathroom floor, the clothes I put on afterward, my hair, literally everything and I’m still finding it a few days later. Thankfully I love glitter, but if you don’t then perhaps Melusine unfortunately isn’t for you.

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All in all, I can say without a doubt that Melusine is one of the best bath bombs I’ve ever used. The glitter is SO worth it as it’s such a beautiful colour. The scent, the design, the bath art – everything is truly amazing! I hope to god that this sees a UK release in the future because I need it again and again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Carrageenan Extract, Bergamot Oil , Litsea Cubeba Oil, Olibanum Oil, Sarcocornia Powder, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Amyl Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 77491, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Marshmallow World Bath Bomb

Marshmallow World Bath Bomb was one of twelve bath bombs, dubbed ‘community favourites’ released in the UK in December and was arguably one of the most hyped over. The swirly design is absolutely beautiful, like a pink version of Intergalactic it sports the American Cream scent, which has definitely seen a rise in popularity recently.

The American Cream scent is a sweet and powdery scent that’s meant to mimic the aroma coming from a plate of fresh strawberries and cream. To strongly reproduce that fragrance, Lush have enlisted the help from Vanilla, Lavender Oil, Clary Sage Oil and Benzoin Resinoid. Theres definitely subtle floral notes in the background but it’s mainly the familiar Vanilla smell that’s at the forefront, with the sweet balsamic scent of the Benzoin Resinoid. With Granulated and Icing Sugar too, it’s like walking into a sweet shop, filled with sugary powdered confectionary and really indulges you with a comforting feeling.

Once you drop the bath bomb in the tub, Marshmallow World foams and fizzes spectacularly as it shoots layers of pink into the water. Little pools of yellow and white foam dance around until it’s finally dissolved into a light pink colour, with silky white layers on top. The scent is super strong as it’s released into the air whilst it’s fizzing away.

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I noticed that the water felt somewhat richer than usual and wasn’t until I checked the ingredients list that I realised why. The bath bomb feels really foamy and luxurious thanks to a combination of Cornflour, Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate. Added Marshmallow Powder has a soothing effect on the skin also!

Once I was out, I felt incredibly soft and content. I could still smell the sweet perfume on my skin after, which lasted for a long while.

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I really enjoyed my time with Marshmallow World and would love to use it again. I think it would make an excellent addition to stores and I’m sure would prove to be immensely popular. Take note Lush!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Granulated Sugar, Perfume, Potato Starch, Cream of Tartar, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Icing Sugar, Sodium Alginate, Water, Marshmallow Powder, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2.

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Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their 2018 Christmas Range, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are basically two-in-one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body. There was a Santa, a Princess and a Snowman.

Snowman is pretty generically designed with a round head, a round body and a blue hat and scarf. The only odd thing is the orange nose, which I guess is meant to represent a carrot but looks somewhat strange and more like a mouth, giving Snowman an odd shocked expression.

Snowman is scented with Spearmint Oil, which gives it an icy vibe and suits the product well. I feel like mint and ice/snow go well together, mostly because mint has a stimulating, yet cooling effect on the skin. Using it in a bath bomb results in a bath that’s great for relieving tired muscular pains and for cooling any redness such as sunburn.

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I opted to use both the head and body at the same time, though you could use each seperately. It started fizzing as soon as it made contact with the water, and shades of blue intertwined with cloudy white. Very quickly, the bombs had disappeared and I was left with a pale, baby blue colour.

I had hoped for more of the tingling sensation that often comes with mint-based products as my legs had been aching the whole day but it wasn’t as strong as I had wanted. Although the energising aroma of the mint stuck around throughout my bath, there was no memory of it on my skin after, sadly.

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I wonder if Snowman and the other Bomb Bombs will make a return next year? Would you miss them if they didn’t?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Spearmint Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Candy Eye

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Butterbear Bath Bomb

Each Christmas, Lush temporarily discontinue the popular Butterball Bath Bomb and replace it with a more festive version, the Butterbear!

Often customers get confused and/or believe that the two products are different but real talk, Butterball and Butterbear are the same thing. Facts are facts America, it’s just a different shape.

Butterbear still features the same sweet, reassuring scent as Butterball, which is a mix of sweet Ylang Ylang Oil with a vanilla-like Synthetic Musk. Ylang Ylang Oil is used in aromatherapy to relax the nervous system and relieve anger, panic and fear, giving you a leisurely bath tub experience. There is a slight amount of Cocoa Powder in the mix, the only difference in versions, but it’s mainly for the colouring around it’s nose and doesn’t add much to the scent.

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Once popped in the water, it quickly fizzes away, shooting out the mini chunks of brown Cocoa Butter into the water, ready to be absorbed by the skin. Once you’re in 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! Unfortunately the water doesn’t really change much in terms of colour, there’s just a slight pale yellow tint.

Both versions of this product are really great for younger skins and sensitive skins alike, due to the simple and gentle ingredients list.

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The different shape is a cute change for Christmas, and they actually prove to be pretty popular each year. But it is still just a plain old Butterball, which I do actually find quite boring unless it’s paired with something else!

Ingredients

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

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Tender Is The Night Bath Bomb

Whenever Lush release a new exclusive product in one of your favourite scents, it can leave you a little anxious. Will they get the scent absolutely right? We’ve seen in the past that the same scent in different formats can end up very different, but nevertheless, when Lush gave me the opportunity to purchase Tender Is The Night in a bath bomb form, I jumped on it.

First things first, the design is wonderful. Both this and The Olive Branch Bath Bomb, that was also released at the same time, share this pretty swirly pattern which I really love. The ‘LUSH’ logo on the top gave it a very retro feeling and the colour scheme is also very much in keeping with the Tender Is The Night massage bar that first made me fall in love with the scent.

The moment of truth soon came for me to smell it for the first time. Praying I wasn’t going to be disappointed I held it up to my nose and I slowly breathed in. NOW B*TCH IT IS FABULOUS, it’s all I could ever want! I even gave my massage bar a sniff just to make sure but girl, it’s basically the same! They got it right, praise Mark!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of revelling in this scent then let me tell you about it. It starts with Jasmine, the sensual flower that’s been used as an aphrodisiac for centuries. We then have sweet and floral Ylang-Ylang which pairs well with Jasmine and finally, and what majorly changes it from other Jasmine scents like Lust Perfume, is the inclusion of Vanilla Absolute. The Vanilla adds a musky sweetness that lightens the Jasmine beautifully. I feel like it’s such a sensual, yet delicate aroma.

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As usual when it comes to bath bomb forms of other scents, it does come across a little more powdery than the massage bar but I reckon it suits this format to a T.

Once I placed it in the water, clouds of pink were released from under it and the ballistic started to spin, sending off further streams of pink and creamy white into the tub. I was really surprised at how long it took to fully dissolve which allowed me to watch and admire it’s beauty. Once all the remnants had disappeared, I was left with a cloudy light pink bath that was still giving off slight remembrances of the scent as I soaked. I can’t say there was any particular hydrating effects for my skin but I came out feeling wonderfully soft, with the scent lightly remaining for a good couple of hours after.

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Tender Is The Night is perhaps one of the best bath bombs I’ve used in a long while, and I’m so glad it lived up to my expectations. I think it would make an excellent addition to the year round range and I don’t want to have to travel to Lush Harajuku to get another!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200

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