Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar

Magic Wand is a product that has been a staple of the Christmas Range for a good few years now and will no doubt continue to be. It makes a great stocking filler as it looks so cute and the silver bell and ribbon tied around the wooden stick is a really nice touch. It proves to be popular year after year!

As you can imagine by the pink colour and glittery design, its Snow Fairy scented and is one of the main reasons for its popularity. Now I’m not a Snow Fairy superfan like some hardcore Lushies out there, but I can appreciate the sweet-smelling candy floss fragrance that it’s known for and was looking forward to my first bath with Magic Wand. If you didn’t know, the Snow Fairy range of products are scented with Synthetic Musk. Lush produce the sensual fragrance of Musk synthetically due to the incredibly cruel way in which natural musk is obtained from animals.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can potentially get around five or six decent baths out of a single wand so it’s really good for the money. You can either hold your Magic Wand under the running tap water, or swirl it around in the water of an already full bath until you’ve got enough bubbles. If you choose the latter option it’ll probably last longer!

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With the running tap method you get a lot more bubbles and this is the option I chose for my bath this evening, I used about a third of mine and managed to get a mountain of fluffy white bubbles with Snow Fairy pink water below.

Whilst both the water and the bubbles felt lovely and soft on my skin, I was a little disappointed with the lack of scent. Where was the powerful Snow Fairy smell I was after? Gone, quite frankly, as I couldn’t smell anything. Furthermore, I was expecting the glitter to be a bit more prevalent in the water, considering Snow Fairies are all about sparkles but sadly there wasn’t that much.

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On the whole, I think Magic Wand is a great novelty product to buy at Christmas and little boys and girls really love it, but I personally think it could be made so much better with a little tweaking! I guess we’ll see what next year’s version will bring.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Colour 45410

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Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar

I was really excited about this bubble bar when I first saw it, assuming it would be sweetly peppermint scented like actual candy canes! However, surprisingly it’s not. It’s still sweet, but it’s not peppermint and contains Bergamot and Lemon instead.

Saying that, it’s still a nice addition to the Christmas bubble bars and being reusable, it’s probably one of the bath products that are a bit better for your money, a bargain at £3.95.

For my first bath with it, I used about a third and got a decent amount of bubbles. Unlike most bubble bars, Candy Cane works much like Magic Wand or a bubble brush, you simply hold it under the running tap water until you’ve got enough bubbles, leave it somewhere to dry and you can use it again! I’d definitely say if you wanted to, you could get around four or five baths out of one. Me? I got two, using my remaining piece for a second, more indulgent bath.

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You could crumble it, but believe me when I say that it’s kinda difficult. Candy Cane isn’t meant to be crumbled, but feel free to give it a go! Maybe if you softened it in the water first it would crumble easier. Either way, you’re left with a tub full of bubbles and orangey-red waters below.

Usually, reusable bubble bars tend to lose their scent once in use, however Candy Cane’s fragrance remained throughout my bath. As previously mentioned, it’s a citrus combination of Lemon and Bergamot, yet nothing about the aroma gives you a clue to this. It’s more candy scented, like Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy yet a tad warmer and fruiter. I guess even if it’s not peppermint it’s still candy right?

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The bubbles it creates are super soft and light. Whilst nothing in the ingredients list alludes you to Candy Cane being at all moisturising, that’s indeed the feeling on my skin, leaving me baby smooth afterwards.

Overall, whilst I enjoyed my bath with this bubble bar, there’s nothing about it that would make me upset if it didn’t return for Christmas 2019, however it’s popularity tells me it’ll probably be back.

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Did you get a chance to use Candy Cane this holiday season?

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Limonene, Colour 14700.

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Snowflake Bubble Spinner

Remember when everyone was obsessed with fidget spinners for approximately two months? Well as ever, Lush love to jump on a craze and thus, the Bubble Spinner was formed. The first one, just simply named ‘Bubble Spinner’ Bubble Spinner came and went (disconned) and Lush have continued to bring out similar ones since.

Snowflake is the bubble spinner themed for the holidays. With a white five pointed design and sparkly blue detailing, it’s one of Lush’s more icy themed products for this Christmas.

The fragrance is an odd one, it’s Orange Flower, Orange, Sicilian Lemon and Patchouli and to my nose, I detect more of the earthy, floral notes than the citrus undertones and whilst Lush describes the smell as uplifting, I personally find it more grounding and relaxing.

I quite like the scent when the product is still in it’s solid form. In the water, the scent is slightly more grassy in a way which, to me reminds me of damp gardens and soil, and whilst sometimes that’s totally a vibe, it wasn’t what I was after in a Snowflake shaped Christmas product. However, compared to a lot of the reusable bubble bars, the staying power of this scent is rather good, for both during and after the bath.

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To use a Bubble Spinner you simply hold it under the running tap water, and bubbles should start to form in the bath, the idea is that the pressure of the water turns the spinner and gets them to spin. Unlike some of the other spinners in the past (I’m looking at you, Mum In A Spin) Snowflake is quite a decent spinner providing you have it at the right angle.

As a reusable bubble bar, you can definitely get 3 or 4 decent baths out of one however, the further you stretch that, the less scent and bubbles you’ll get from it. Sadly I can’t say there was a noticeable difference in how my skin felt after my bath, other than just ‘clean’. Furthermore, I’m afraid with being a white coloured bath product, the colour of your water doesn’t change much, if at all.

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All in all, I’m not really a great fan of the bubble spinners and I don’t really see the longevity in them so I can’t imagine they’ll be something we see much more of, especially when Lush have much more exciting and innovative products on the way.

Check it out for yourself on the Lush UK website here!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Cornstarch, Titanium Dioxide, Maltodextrin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Naughty Elf Bubble Bar

A new product from this year’s Christmas range is Naughty Elf Bubble Bar. Now I know you’re thinking that it looks a lot more like actual Santa Claus than one of his elves but there we are.

If you had the opportunity to go to Lush’s 2018 Creative Showcase you would have seen elves designed to look like this product running about creating mischief!

Naughty Elf is a fairly large sized bubble bar, and is definitely meant to be used in (at least) halves, otherwise you get tonnes of bubbles like I did when I used the whole thing. It’s a pretty sturdy bar, you’ve really got to squeeze it hard to get it to crumble nicely.

Once the water has hit the crumbled bar it instantly turns bright red. Red’s not a colour you see often in a Lush bath product so I love it when there is one available. Although it’s very pigmented when the bath is shallow, as it fills it turns more into a shade of deep orange.

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Naughty Elf is very strongly scented. It’s really a rather unique combination of scents that really don’t sound like they go together, being Lemon Myrtle, Mango Leaf, Violet Leaf, Petitgrain and Jasmine and actually isn’t a very festive fragrance at all, despite the festive design.

At first sniff it’s a sharp citrus scent that hits you first from the Petitgrain and Lemon Myrtle Oils. Theres definitely a background hint of the easily recognisable Violet Leaf Absolute but I can’t as easily pick out the Mango or the Jasmine amongst the other smells. I guess there’s a slight tropical vibe from the Mango but it’s very overpowered by the rest.

It’s actually very fresh and uplifting aroma, almost a little too much for this time of the year, especially with the Violet Leaf, I can’t help but think this fragrance is more suited to Spring or Summer.

In the water the scent is arguably just as strong as the bar itself is, if not even stronger. It fills the bathroom and gets you feeling good and brightens your mood for sure. As you can imagine with a scent so strong, it’s staying power on your skin after is one of the best.

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After my bath I felt so cleansed and my skin really felt soft and smooth. Although Naughty Elf does contain a small amount of plastic-free glitter, it’s not noticeable on my skin after whatsoever.

Make sure you grab your hands on one before the end of the holiday season, as with all seasonal products, you never know when or if they’ll return.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Mango Leaf Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410

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Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar

Lush released two bubble bars this festive season that are made in manufacturing as long Yule Logs – Candy Mountain and Yog Nog. Yog Nog is made in a similar fashion to a Battenberg cake, with different layers being coated in ‘icing’ and assembled together to give a checkerboard design. The log is then cut into slices to be sold in stores.

The Yog Nog scent is arguably the most delicious scent Lush have ever done. Lush products often look like food, but when they smell like food too it only makes them more tempting to eat! The Yog Nog scent smells of sweet caramel and buttery toffee and really is mouth-wateringly comforting.

The scent is made up of spicy, stimulating Clove Bud Oil, mixed with sweet Ylang Ylang Oil and a hint of Gardenia. Whilst this trio doesn’t really sound like they’re going to create a indulgent toffee smell, when you add warming and spicy Cinnamon and Nutmeg powders you can see where it comes from!

As you can probably tell, Yog Nog features a massive amount of Cocoa and Shea Butters to make it extra moisturising and softening. It’s also incredibly soothing due to the addition of both Soya Milk Powder and Soya Yoghurt which also help to give the product it’s creamy consistency.

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Because this particular bar is really soft, it’s easily crumbled into the tub but you might find it’s more of a smush than a crumble. Once the water starts running, it turns a creamy yellow colour as it mixes with the bubble bar. Because of the butter content, Yog Nog doesn’t actually bubble up that much but the bubbles it does produce are supremely soft. Once the bath is filled, the colour is very pale but the scent is very much still prevalent throughout, helping you enjoy a beautifully luxurious soak.

I feel no need to moisturise/use a body lotion after using this bar, as my skin is more than adequately conditioned, it’s so smooth and soft and the scent seems to stick around too!

I’m so thankful Lush have decided to revive this delightful scent and I hope that more Yog Nog products are released in the future! I’ll definitely be getting my hands on the Yog Nog Bath Bomb that’s currently available online as part of the Community Favourites and I cannot wait!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Gardenia Extract, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Nutmeg Powder, Soya Milk Powder, Soya Yoghurt, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 77491

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Candy Mountain Yule Log Bubble Bar

Candy Mountain is a Christmas exclusive product that has been part of the Christmas range for years and has sported many different looks throughout it’s lifetime. For Christmas 2018, Lush chose to revamp it’s image again and this time called it a Yule Log Bubble Bar, inspired by the traditional Christmas dessert. You can sort of see from the background in the image below that the product is actually made as a long log and is then cut into slices.

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Candy Mountain is basically a Christmas version of the popular bubble bar, Creamy Candy and is why the latter gets discontinued throughout the Holiday season. They feature the same scent and very similar ingredients. This year’s version is more 2D than the cone shapes that came before it, it’s also capped with Cocoa/Shea Butter to look like snow, cute!

Candy Mountain, as the name suggests, smells of candy sweet goodness and is very similar to Snow Fairy. Whereas Synthetic Musk makes up the iconic Snow Fairy scent, Candy Mountain features Vanilla Absolute and I think is slightly more of a warmer smell and definitely more subtle.

The bubble bar is very easily crumbled, I think due to the addition of both Cocoa and Shea Butters in it’s mix. The end result is luxuriously soft bubbles and glistening bright pink waters due to the addition of glitter, which doesn’t feature in it’s year round counterpart. I’d also say that this version is slightly more pigmented.

The Cocoa and Shea Butters also mean that this product is very moisturising and leaves you with baby soft skin that smells real good for hours after!

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Check it out on the Lush UK website here if you haven’t already!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Vanilla Absolute, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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Bewitched Bubble Bar

Originally released for 2017’s Halloween Range, this feline bubble bar came back again this year!

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Black cats have been a staple in Halloween traditions for years due to their links with witches and are also seen as bringers of good luck. Bewitched is so cute, yet kinda spooky with its piercing yellow eyes!

This bubble bar shares it’s scent with Sultana of Soap and the scent family. It contains Olibanum and Bergamot giving a sweet resinous and slightly warming scent. It’s rather comforting so it’s great for use on a cold evening to help you feel more cosy. Olibanum, otherwise known as Frankincense is lovely and soothing for the skin, whilst Bergamot is an all round cleanser. The idea of Frankincense makes it sound even more magical doesn’t it?

You can definitely get two baths out of a Bewitched, depending on how much you like to use and it’s easily crumbled, allowing for a quick rise of mountainous soft bubbles.

I think the best thing about Bewitched is the colour.  Lush don’t do many bath products that are coloured black so when they do it’s always exciting. Although it becomes more diluted as the bath fills up, you’re still bathing in mysterious dark waters which is super fun. The bar also contains silver lustre which is really noticeable in the water, adding to the spooky and magical vibe, though it’s not too much so it’s unlikely you’ll notice it on your skin after.

As the scent is quite subtle, it’s somewhat unnoticeable when you’re actually in the bath and sadly even less so on your skin after, but the faintest aroma is still there ever so slightly. Furthermore you’re left with beautifully softened skin once you’ve dried off.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1

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