Bath, Bath Bombs

Harajuku Bath Bomb

Harajuku is one of many exclusive bath bombs that are currently only available in Lush’s bath bomb only store in Harajuku, Tokyo. The neighbourhood of Harajuku is known internationally as a centre of trendy Japanese youth culture and fashion and is filled with bright and colourful boutiques, clothing and cosplay. It’s only fitting that the colours of the bath bomb that’s named after the area reflect those seen in the streets.

At first look, Harajuku is wonderfully enticing with it’s colourful design but it’s the scent that really gets you excited. It’s a sweet, light scent that reminds me of pick and mix stands, sweet iced cakes and bubblegum. With that description, I’m sure you’re imagining something along the lines of Snow Fairy, but it’s very different. Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid work well together to give an almost almondy cake-like scent but the addition of Brazilian Orange gives a fruitier note and turns the fragrance into more of the aroma of sweets and candy.

No matter how hard I try and describe the scent, I feel like it’s one you really have to smell for yourself. It’s something that’s new and unique for Lush and I think they’d do well bringing it out in other formats.

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I’d thought that Harajuku would be a fast fizzer but I was completely wrong. Once placed in the tub it starts off by quickly shooting out clouds of yellows, pinks and blues, but after the initial fizz, it slows down till it’s almost unnoticeable. It didn’t fully dissolve a good twenty-five minutes into my bath, whilst the water gradually turned a peachy pink colour with sparkling lustre floating through it. The patterns it created on the water were pretty but to be honest, I was expecting and hoping for more.

With a relatively light scent, I wasn’t expecting it to be very powerful once the bath bomb had disappeared and unsurprisingly I was correct. Whilst there was still a hint of the sweet aroma, it was very much diluted. Afterwards my skin felt supple and soft and although didn’t strongly smell of the scent, it was still there in a far more subtle form which left me smelling my arms all evening.

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Overall, I quite enjoyed my time with Harajuku and would love to see more of this scent in the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Maltodextrin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350

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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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Princess Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Princess was one of three new two-in-one bath bombs this year. You have to buy the complete package when you’re purchasing a ‘bomb bomb’ and you can either use both parts at once or get two baths with a head and a body.

More often than not, fairy tales tell the story of a far off kingdom where a beautiful princess lives, who’s no doubt the fairest of them all. However there’s nothing beautiful and fair about this princess, she’s somewhat… scary.

The trouble is, although designed to look cute with long blonde hair, a pink dress and a crown, she’s really really delicate and easily damaged, leading to the princess looking more like an ugly step-sister.

Having said that, at least she smells nice. She wears a sweet and floral perfume of Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Bergamot and Benzoin Resinoid, which smells really unique amongst other floral smells Lush have at the moment. The main part of the scent is definitely the Ylang Ylang, which is naturally sweet and floral, with background notes of woody Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid giving a more muskier aroma. I can’t personally pick out the Bergamot in the fragrance but I’m guessing it ties everything together to finish the scent.

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Princess is a pure fizzer, rather than a foamer and quickly spreads the colour into the water. If you’re using both parts of the bomb bomb, the water turns a peachy colour as the pink and yellow mix. A thin layer of oils spread atop the water once she’d dissolved, gave me hope for a moisturising bath.

My suspicions were correct and surprisingly, my skin felt the effects as soon as I got submerged. Be careful the oils don’t get on the sides of the tub as I found myself having to wipe away a couple of light stains where the rim of the water had been.

The light and comforting scent stayed on my skin after I had towelled off, albeit in a subtle version, but I definitely found myself sniffing my arms for a nice recollection of the fragrance.

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I guess it’s true that beauty lies within as Princess Bomb Bomb turned out to be rather nice, I hope if Lush bring her back next year they perhaps tweak the appearance and make her a little less delicate as some we sold were kinda hideous.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Candy Eye.

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Bath, Bath Melts & Oils

Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt

Star Light Star Bright is another Christmas product that’s been around for a while now, I believe it was first released way back in 2013 before vanishing and returning again! As a bath melt, it’s super moisturising for the skin, it’s super sparkly and it smells like a popular fizzy drink!

If you managed to pick one up this Christmas or have used it before then you’ll know it can be really messy! It’s covered in shiny silver glitter that will get on your fingers and everything it touches, so make sure you’re careful with yours if you don’t want it to go everywhere!

Before you use a SLSB, I recommend that you make sure your water is nice and hot, as a bath melt (and a big one at that), it needs water that’s quite warm to really get going. The colder the water is, the slower it’ll take to dissolve.

When you’ve first dropped the melt in the water, the silver glitter that covers the melt’s surface floats off to reveal the melts true colour, a white buttery base of gorgously softening Cocoa and Murumuru Butters.

As the butters melt into the water and get to work at hydrating your skin, the inner bath bomb core starts to bubble and fizz, slowly sending out streams of blue and pink into the water, turning the bath into a pale lavender colour that’s filled with the silver glitter from the coating.

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To me, Star Light Star Bright really smells like Coca-Cola! Or Cola Bottles at least! I honestly can’t tell you have Lush have recreated such a similar smell from a mix of Ginger, Lavender and Lime Oils but it really works. You can definitely pick out the subtle spiciness from the Ginger and when mixed with the zesty Lime, I guess it makes something similar to the familiar scent people love!

The scent remains relatively strong whilst you’re in the tub but diminishes slightly on your skin after, however you’ll definitely notice how soft and nourished you feel! The Cocoa and Mururmuru Butters, along with added Almond Oil really sink into the skin nicely so you aren’t left feeling too oily or greasy once you’re out, just adequately moisturised.

As you can imagine, the glitter is so evident on your skin but I’m sure if you didn’t love glitter you wouldn’t have picked this product up…

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Lets hope SLSB comes back next year as I feel like it’s now a Lush Christmas staple!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Laureth 4, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Ginger Oil, Lavender Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Almond Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 15510, Colour 45410, Colour 42053, Colour 17200, Colour 42090

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Golden Wonder Bath Bomb

Golden Wonder is a Lush Christmas Classic and you can’t really call yourself a Lush superfan unless you’ve tried it. It truly is a wonder to behold, covered in a golden shimmer and topped with a beautiful cream bow, but the real treasure hidden in this present is the colour inside.

It features a fragrance that has appeared frequently in different formats and under different names over the years but is made up of Sweet Orange Oil, Lime Oil and Cognac Oil.

The scent is beautifully uplifting whilst remaining very light and not too heady. Being fruity, yet sharp its very reminiscent of champagne, sparkling wines and the very thing it’s meant to smell like – a glass of Buck’s Fizz. A perfect bathing companion for Christmas morning perhaps? Or maybe even New Year’s Eve!

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Immediately upon contact with the water, it starts to fizz and almost instantly reveals it’s hidden colour, a beautiful and vibrant blue. It’s quite the fast fizzer and soon creamy whites and yellows from the outer shell mix with the blue, resulting in a gorgeous turquoise colour that glimmers with all the golden lustre floating throughout, looking like velvet dancing in an ocean.

Golden Wonder also contains little tiny stars that remain even when the bath bomb doesn’t, these float around in the water only adding to the magic.

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The warming scent really remained throughout my bathing and also on my skin after, albeit very lightly. What was more prominently covering my body was the remains of the golden glitter, giving me a shimmer in the light which I personally love but can understand might not be for everyone. If that doesn’t appeal to you then all you need do is rinse yourself down with the shower head, like you might also have to do to your tub…

I’ve used a Golden Wonder each year for a number of years now and I love it every time, it’s a real iconic part of the Christmas collection and I think a lot of fans would be disappointed if it ever left!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydroxy Propyl Methyl Cellulose, Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 15510, Colour 45410, Colour 77491

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

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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Bath, Bath Bombs

The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb

When I first heard the name of this Christmas bath bomb, I expected it to be silver and designed to look like those mirrored disco balls, so when I first saw the black design I was a tad confused. However I soon realised that this exclusive is actually meant to look like one of those spinning disco balls with all the coloured circular lights!

Black bath bombs are on trend at the moment, I guess with DIY ones going viral because everyone loved how awesomely mysterious and magical they look, it was only a matter of time until Lush jumped on the hype with the likes of Secret Arts Jelly Bomb and now The World’s Smallest Disco.

Once you place this bath bomb in the tub, you’ll be amazed at the waves of jet black that appear, looking like smoke filling a room as it darkens the water. Dotted throughout the darkness were the coloured discs that feature on the bath bomb, which having floated away from the main ballistic, sent out vibrant streams of their own colours, creating beautiful patterns atop the water. The sheer contrast between the colours and the black made for really vibrant bath art.

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Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, you’re left with deep black waters that shimmer with a large amount of silver sparkles. I really love it when the colour of a bath is opaque enough so that you can’t see your body beneath it and this was no exception.

I found the scent had remarkable staying power throughout my bath filling my senses with uplifting citrus aromas. The World’s Smallest Disco contains Lime, Grapefruit and Cognac Oils making up the scent. The zesty and tangy notes of the two citrus fruits are what hits you first, until you notice the warming notes beneath it of the Cognac. Lush use Cognac Oil in a lot of their Christmas products due to often being drunk in winter tipples and it having a somewhat festive aroma.

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I know most of you are thinking that the colour of this product might stain your bath or even your skin, but believe me it doesn’t. The most mine did was leave a little colour around my tub and some glitter at the bottom but that’s nothing a wipe around and a rinse with the shower wouldn’t sort. There wasn’t that much on my skin either!

Although being one of the Christmas products that excited me the least this year, I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I loved the pretty artwork it created. Furthermore it left my skin feeling wonderfully clean and fresh scented so I’d definitely say I’m glad I could get one before stocks ran out, I hope you did too!

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Would you like to see The World’s Smallest Disco Bath Bomb back next year? Let me know!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Lime Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Cognac Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Charcoal, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15510, Colour 42090, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

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