Bath, Bath Bombs

Chamomile Flower Bath Bomb

The third bath bomb I tried out of the four secret note flower bath bombs I used was actually the one I was most looking forward to. Chamomile Flower features the same scent as one of my favourite soaps, Figs and Leaves.

Like the others, Chamomile Flower’s design is based around a real life Chamomile Flower. Chamomile plants resemble daisies and have white flowers with yellow buds in the centre. Chamomile is most famous for having relaxing properties, and the baby blue main colour suits that idea well.

Keeping the relaxing theme going, Chamomile Flower features a combination of Ylang Ylang Oil with Orange Flower Absolute, which make up the Figs and Leaves scent. It’s a fairly strong smelling aroma and one that conjures up thoughts of autumnal scenes, although that might be the name of the soap’s influence. It’s sweet, but in a natural and floral way which makes it soothing and calming for the mind. Although it’s probably just my keen sense of smell, but I find there’s something ever so slightly different about this version of the scent compared to the original, and it’s likely because of the addition of Chamomile Powder, or the change in format. There’s a slightly more powdery note but it’s near enough exactly the same. I love the Figs and Leaves scent and I’ve been wanting another product like it for ages!

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Chamomile is naturally anti-inflammatory and conditions and soothes the skin. The powder works particularly well when added to solid bath products as it creates a soothing soak that comforts the skin and eases tension.

In that water it’s a fairly fast fizzer, and the bath water was soon overtaken with the pale blue colour, whilst the white flower section created pools on the surface. The white contains a little bubble bar mixture so it really foams and dissolves at a slower rate than the base. I was expecting a strong hit of the scent during the initial fizz, but sadly I was disappointed and it seemed to mostly disappear after that.

After my soak, my skin felt super smooth, even though I did still feel the need to moisturise, and the scent had left a decent impression on my body, although rather one-dimensional. Before I actually towelled off I also noticed that the chamomile powder within the bomb had remained on my skin slightly and had to be rinsed off, creating a milk-like substance which will likely benefit my skin so I had no qualms about that.

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In conclusion, I’m incredibly happy at the chance to experience the Figs and Leaves scent in another format, and I definitely think it’s one they should use more often. But I am a little disappointed with how weak the scent became after a while and would have liked it stronger to be honest.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Chamomile Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Brontosaurus Fun Egg Bath Bomb

This year’s easter saw the release of some exciting new products. One interesting idea that Lush have had is their Fun Eggs, which are essentially two halves of an egg shaped bath bomb, with a piece of Fun inside them! You can opt for easter themed eggs with either a chick or a bunny inside them, or choose to hatch a dinosaur and get either a Brontosaurus or a Stegosaurus model. One amazing thing about both dinosaur Fun Eggs, is that they share their scent with an old favourite bath bomb, Space Girl!

I used to love Space Girl so I’m super delighted to see the scent being reused! It’s a fairly fruity scent, with uplifting and sherbety notes of Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils at the forefront, yet theres a thread of violety floral notes from underneath and a sweetness that comes from Almond Essential Oil. Lush describe the scent as being like peaches and strawberries with evolving violet notes and I can definitely see where this description is coming from. Comparing the bath bomb with the actual piece of fun, I would definitely say that the fun had the strongest smell, yet both were fairly strong!

As Brontosaurus Fun Egg contains three different parts, you could easily save it for three different baths and for only £8.95, that’s pretty good going. But of course I used the whole thing at once.

I delicately placed each half in the water, with the cute little Brontosaurus sitting in one like a boat. The one it was sat in fizzed a lot faster due to the weight of its passenger but both halves sent beautiful streams of purples and blues into the water which danced around each other, continuing even when both halves had almost fully dissolved. It was spectacular to watch, both colours looked so beautiful together, and the resulting opaque bluey-purple water was lovely. It felt rather luxurious too, and whilst there’s nothing in the ingredients list that tells me it’s particularly hydrating, the water certainly felt super soft.

Each Fun Egg contains a whopping amount of popping candy and whilst I’ve experienced bath bombs that feature it before, this was another level and certainly contained much more than the likes of The Experimenter, it was so loud!

I decided to use the Brontosaurus as my body wash for this bath, which produced a fragrant lather wonderfully. If you’ve never experienced Lush’s Fun before, it feels very much like Play-Doh but it’s soap! You can wash your body with it, shave with it, use it as shampoo or you can even use it as a bubble bar and create bubbles from it by holding it under the running tap! I found that it felt so soft and creamy as I was lathering it up all over my body and whilst the scent from the actual bath bomb was relatively sticking around, I could smell it a lot stronger whilst I was using the fun.

Once I was out, my skin felt silky and smooth and I could notice a faint, but distinct reminder of the lovely scent on my skin which I was very happy with! I also noticed a fair amount of glitter was covering my body too. Due to the cloudiness of the water, I didn’t really notice it in the tub so it was nice to see it after.

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In conclusion, I’m very impressed with this Fun Egg and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t be! They make great easter gifts, especially for children as I know I would have been so excited to use one when I was younger! Stay tuned to see me use the other Fun Eggs!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Popping Candy, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Grapefruit Oil, Bergamot Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77007, Colour 77742, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

Incredible Mum was first released for last year’s Mother’s Day but I never actually got around to using it then, so I was glad to see it make a return this year. It’s a spherical bath bomb and mostly pink, with an orange stripe and a purple eye mask. It also features a paper cape attached to its back with the letter M on it. The perfect present for a Mum who’s a real superhero.

Incredible Mum contains Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and Ylang Ylang Oil which gives it a fairly uplifting aroma. The Bergamot and Orange Flower give subtle citrus notes, whilst the addition of the Ylang Ylang is what sweetens the scent and adds an overall floral note. It’s a gentle and light aroma yet there’s something almost energising about it.

In the bath, Incredible Mum is a fairly steady fizzer, not too slow but not fizzing away in a matter of seconds either. I found that as soon as it hit the water, the scent really strengthened and developed warmer notes in the air which was really nice. Vibrant colours immediately jetted out from the fizzing ballistic and created gorgeous patterns of orange, yellow and pink colours.

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After the fizzing had stopped, I was left with beautiful warm orange bathwater that felt really soft and I very much enjoyed my soak with the scent lingering throughout. Obviously the paper cape doesn’t dissolve, so you might want to remove it first before submerging the bath bomb in the water, if not it’ll just float around harmlessly. It gives you (or your mum) a cute little memento to keep too!

Once I was out I felt clean and refreshed, and although I was feeling tired still, I felt brighter and in a better mood than before. I was also happy to notice a fairly strong reminder of the scent on my skin too! Overall I’m glad I finally got to use Incredible Mum!

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The Mother’s Day range won’t be around for much longer, so make sure you stock up on your favourites soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb

I love it when a bath bomb truly makes you feel a certain way, whether that’s uplifted, relaxed, grounded, it doesn’t matter. As long as it has a powerful effect on my mood, then it’s a winner with me. As you can imagine with a name like Cheer Up Buttercup, this bath bomb is designed to elevate your mood and help you feel happy and cheerful.

Cheer Up Buttercup is about the same size as a Butterball, but it really packs a punch. It’s bright yellow, with a sprinkling of Blue Cornflowers on the top and has a citrusy, energising smell. It contains Lemon Myrtle, Lime and Neroli in the forms of essential oils to give it its scent. Lemon Myrtle Oil has a sunny and herbal fragrance as well as having antibacterial properties. It contains over 90% Citral, which is a key characteristic component of Lemon Oil, making both oils quite similar. Lime Oil is astringent and has an enzymic effect which helps to remove dead skin cells to get the skin glowing and toned while boosting the mood with its sharp, fresh scent. Neroli has an intensely green and floral scent with citrus characteristics and is one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production in the brain, which makes us feel contented and cheerful. Cheer Up Buttercup is quite simply, very lemony and zesty.

Once in the water, Cheer Up Buttercup quickly fizzes away the yellow outer shell, revealing a hidden pink centre. It’s not very spectacular in terms of bath art, but the water had developed that same vibrant yellow colour within seconds, which even with the pink core, remained as bright even after the last remnants had dissolved. I’m someone who’s mood can be very affected and enhanced by colour, and whenever I bath with anything so bright and yellow, it instantly makes me feel happier.

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What you might not realise about this bath bomb until you’re actually in the water with it, is that it’s full of Cocoa Butter! You can see the oils on the surface of the water and you’re bound to feel it on your skin. It’s for sure one of Lush’s most moisturising bath bombs and it made my skin feel super soft and nourished once I was out.

What you also might not realise, is that Cheer Up Buttercup is full of glitter, which looks gorgeous in the bright water and leaves a light glimmer on your skin after too.

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There was also a lovely waft of the uplifting aroma coming from my skin for a good few hours after as a nice bonus! I loved how great I felt after my bath so I’d definitely recommend this powerful bath bomb if you’re ever feeling a little down in the dumps and in need of a pick me up!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Yoshi Yellow Lustre, Colour 19140, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Blue Cornflowers

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Jasmine Flower Bath Bomb

Out of the four flower-themed, note-containing bath bombs that Lush released for this year’s Mother’s Day, the one that was calling my name the most was Jasmine Flower. I’m a big Jasmine fan so naturally, I was excited to use this one.

Like the other flower bath bombs, Jasmine Flower is designed around a real jasmine flower. Jasmine flowers range in shapes but are most commonly white and star-like, with green leaves surrounding them, explaining the colour choices in this product. Jasmines have a strong and sensual scent, and have long been considered an aphrodisiac and an anti-depressant due to its aroma.

Although Jasmine Flower contains Lavender, Chamomile, Tagetes and Tangerine Oils, it’s main fragrance note comes from the inclusion of Jasmine in a powdered form. It’s a strong, aromatic fragrance, yet there’s something delicate about it. It’s floral, it’s warming and it’s somewhat fruity, with green, herbaceous undertones. If like me, you’re a fan of Jasmine, then you’ll truly love this, but if you’re not, then perhaps it’s not for you. Jasmine is very much like marmite, people either love it, or they hate it. I found that it evoked feelings of serenity and calmness, and although yes Jasmine is known for it’s ability to promote sensual intimacy, it’s nothing like how sweet and seductive it is in Lust Perfume.

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Once placed in the water, it’s beautiful scent filled the entire room which was almost intoxicating. A fairly fast fizzer, the water quickly turned the same shade of green as the bath bomb’s base, with patterns of lighter greens and whites shooting away from the fizzing ballistic. Due to added Cream Of Tartar in the white flower section, it fizzes a lot slower than the green part, retaining it’s pretty shape a little longer. The end result in my bath tub was a cloudy green water that hid my hands when they were submerged. I’d say the colour suits the product and scent well and I found myself feeling mellow and grounded.

Sadly, after a while I found that the scent wore off slightly the longer I was soaking, but I was happy to find that it left a subtle, more powdery trace on my skin afterwards. A lot of the ingredients that Jasmine Flower contains are very soothing, including the Jasmine Powder, so if you were suffering from any skin irritations then this would make a good bathing companion. On another note, you can actually see the Jasmine Powder floating around your tub! Though that does mean you’ll have to give it a rinse down when you’re finished.

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I’d love to see more products in this scent, I think it would be lovely in a hair product specifically, perhaps maybe a conditioner? Anyhow, I loved Jasmine Flower and I definitely recommend picking one up!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Tagetes Oil, Tangerine Oil, Jasmine Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 42090

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Marigold Flower Bath Bomb

Lush’s Mothers Day 2019 saw the release of a lot of limited edition bath bombs, but four of them were relatively similar. Each of these flower-themed bath bombs comes with a rectangular piece of paper rolled up and inserted into a little hole on the top of the bath bomb. The idea is that you can write a note to your mum (or whoever!) and once the bath bomb has fizzed away, the note unfurls and they’ll find it! Honestly it’s one of the cutest ideas Lush have had in a long time!

Marigold Flower Bath Bomb is based around a real marigold flower, which are commonly yellow and orange, explaining the colour choice. Whenever I think of marigolds, I picture bright flowers with an uplifting smell that really make you happy. The smell of the bath bomb is similarly uplifting and it contains Buchu, Grapefruit and Bergamot Oils. Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant scent but I wouldn’t say Marigold Flower smells of blackcurrant as such, yet it’s still quite fruity. The Bergamot and Grapefruit add the more citrusy notes and give the bath bomb a sherbety aroma that’s fairly sweet. Furthermore, there’s gentle floral hints underneath the main notes from the addition of Marigold Powder. Marigolds aren’t just pretty flowers but they are also thought to have excellent soothing and antioxidant properties. The flower can be used entirely or grinded to make a fine powder that will disperse easily into water and oils.

Once I had popped it in the water, Marigold Flower began to fizz instantly. Although it dropped below the surface, picking it up again allowed me to notice that the orange and yellow parts were dissolving at different speeds to each other. The orange flower section actually contains a little bubble bar mixture to help it retain it’s shape longer than the bath bomb’s base.

As it fizzed, the fragrance filled the room and I was once again hit by a strong sherbet-like aroma which excited me to get in. As the orange section grew smaller and smaller, the tub had settled into a warm yellow colour which surprisingly was so pigmented that the water had turned completely opaque!

I very much enjoyed my bath with Marigold Flower! With the bright yellow colour and the uplifting and energising scent, I really felt so positive and happy! After I had dried off, I was pleased at the fact I could still smell a slight hint of the aroma on my skin. I was worried that with the water being so pigmented, I might have had to spend a few minutes wiping away the sides of my bathtub but actually there wasn’t anything to clear!

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Stay tuned for posts on the other three flower bath bombs. I wonder which I’ll use next, Jasmine, Chamomile or Iris?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Bergamot Oil, Buchu Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Marigold Powder, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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More Tea And Sympathy Bath Bomb

More Tea And Sympathy is a new bath bomb for 2019’s Mother’s Day range and originally it was the one I was most looking forward to trying, however in my store it’s been so popular I’ve only just managed to get my hands on one!

More Tea And Sympathy is a beautiful pink teapot-shaped bath bomb that’s decorated with pretty Blue Cornflowers on either side, though arguably the most interesting thing is the long string coming out of it’s tip, which is actually attached to an Earl Grey teabag inside the bath bomb! A while ago, there was a bath bomb called just ‘Tea and Sympathy’ which was white and contained a Chamomile Tea Bag inside it, and now available at selected shops including Lush Liverpool Spa and Lush Harajuku. More Tea And Sympathy seems to be based on that idea, but just more.

Along with its attractive design, comes a beautiful scent that was created by Mark Constantine himself. He blended uplifting Bergamot and Neroli Oils with Green Tea Absolute and what was created was a powdery sweet and fruity fragrance that has a slight herbal hint and is incredibly moreish. I’d absolutely love to see more of this scent in the future! Dare I say a perfume? It really is that good!

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In the water, this teapot is rather a slow fizzer, maybe ten minutes or so had passed until all that remained was the teabag. But I loved watching it, the cloudy tones of pink slowly merged into one deep colour and with the Cornflowers floating throughout, it was so visually stunning. What you’re left with isn’t your everyday run-of-the-mill teabag either, the tea leaves are beautifully wrapped up in cute little muslin bag. Naturally the tea starts to infuse the water but because it’s only little, but doesn’t add anything to the colour, however pick it up and you’ll be able to smell the familiar aroma, it’s a real nice touch.

Once I was in, the water felt lovely and I enjoyed a good long soak with the heady scent staying throughout. Green Tea is thought to be very antioxidant, very soothing and very antibacterial so I was looking forward to a nice cleansed and refreshing feeling after, which is just what I got. My skin also felt heavenly soft and I was smelling my arms for hours after because they stayed smelling so good!

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In conclusion, I am so glad More Tea And Sympathy was as good as it is because sadly it’s a little on the expensive side at nearly £8, but I absolutely love it and I’m gonna say it’s worth it! I can’t wait to buy my mum, a massive tea drinker, one of these for Mothers Day, she’s going to love it! Grab yours soon because she’s proving to be pretty popular!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Water, Bergamot Oil, Green Tea Absolute, Neroli Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Blue Cornflowers, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 15850:1, Earl Grey Teabag

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