Bath, Bath Bombs

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

For their Christmas range this year, Lush released three new bath bombs called ‘Bomb Bombs’, which are two in one bath bombs comprised of a head and a body.

Alongside a Princess and a Snowman, a Santa Bomb Bomb was also released, apparently smelling of strawberries and cream.

Looking like a traditional Santa, his head bath bomb is mostly comprised of a big white beard with a small red hat, whereas his body is more traditionally spherical with a belt, buckle and arms.

The idea is you can use it as one giant bath bomb or in two baths, but of course, I did the former. Santa’s a really fast fizzer, immediately and quite loudly fizzing away turning the bath water into a vibrant red colour. There’s something I really enjoy about bathing in red baths as it’s a colour that’s not often featured in a bath bomb.

Sadly, there wasn’t much in terms of any bath art other than a few wispy waves of white throughout the deep crimson.

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The strawberries and cream scent I was talking about is actually Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute and Bergamot Oil, which I never would have guessed from smelling it. To me, the scent is a lot fruitier than what I’d expect those three fragrances to make. It’s sweet and almost berryish, which is why I guess Lush say it smells of strawberries.

I actually really like the smell though, and I’d really enjoy other products featuring it. I think it would make a really nice massage bar or shower scrub so hopefully Lush decide to keep it around for the future!

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Sadly although the actual product smells quite potent, it doesn’t have much strength after dissolving and the only memory of it on my skin was just the generic clean feeling, which was kinda dissappointing.

In conclusion, the Bomb Bombs are cute (not you Princess), but I probably wouldn’t use each one again as other than the fact they come in pairs, there’s nothing that special about them.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 47005:1, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Candy Eye

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Yog Nog Bath Bomb

Yog Nog Bath Bomb was originally released in 2015 for that year’s winter range and has since become available at Lush Harajuku, a bath bomb only concept store in Japan. Earlier this month, Lush released Yog Nog and a few other Harajuku exclusive bath bombs old and new online for a limited time only!

I must admit, until this year with the arrival of Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar, I had never before smelt this fan favourite scent before, and boy was I missing out. It’s arguably the yummiest scent Lush have ever done and it literally smells like it’s something you should be eating, rather than something for your bath.

I honestly can’t tell you how you can mix spicy, warming Clove Bud Oil with sweet, floral Ylang Ylang Oil and get a fragrance that smells of gooey caramel, warm melted butter and indulgent toffee but this really does. It’s so delicious and moreish and envelops you like a big hug upon first whiff.

The scent is super pronounced in this version, far stronger than the bubble bar and I can still smell it on my skin a good four hours after getting out the tub, not to mention how strong the aroma in my bathroom was at the time.

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Once placed in the bath, it immediately starts fizzing and frothing, sending out streams of yellows and pale whites into the water, before starting to release a thicker foam from the insides of the ballistic. Yog Nog contains Soy Bean Flour which gives the foam a wonderfully creamier consistency and makes it amazing for nourishing and soothing the skin!

The shade the water turns towards the end is an opaque, warm yellow tone very similar to the colour of melted butter!

A beautiful surprise hidden inside this bath bomb is a whole chunk of Cocoa and Shea Butters which acts in the same way as a bath oil. It floats around, well after the outer casing has fully dissolved, spreading its buttery richness into the water which in turn feels magnificent and leaves a light coating on the surface of your skin, much like the effects of Butterball or a Body Conditioner.

Honestly I think this is one of my favourite bath bombs of all time, I can’t stop smoothing and smelling my skin at the moment, it was truly a wonderful experience. Lush, please give me the opportunity to get my hands on one of these again soon!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 47005, Colour 45350

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Golden Pear Bath Bomb

For those that don’t know, Lush have recently opened up a new concept store in Harajuku, Tokyo dedicated entirely to Bath Bombs, with fifty-seven exclusives! Also for those that don’t know, currently available online for a limited time only, they’ve got some of those exclusives for sale!

One happens to be a bath bomb designed after the popular Golden Pear Soap and features a scent that has sparked excitement since it’s first release, and my life depended on me getting my hands on one.

The bath bomb is roughly the same size as the soap and is also two halves of a product stuck together with a layer of Cocoa Butter, much like a bubbleroon, something that’s rarely seen in a bath bomb’s design.

I’ve wanted something else in this scent since the soap was first released for Christmas 2017, it’s a heavenly comforting aroma of freshly baked pears and spiced fruit tarts. I was worried when I first saw the ingredients list that unlike the soap, the bath bomb doesn’t contain the Pear Puree – which I had assumed made up a great deal of the soap’s fragrance. However, the scent is replicated perfectly with the Orange, Cardamom and Sandalwood Oils leaving it just as decadent and indulgent as the first incarnation.

When Golden Pear is popped in the bath, it immediately releases a strong explosion of the reassuring scent, which I had hoped would fill my bathroom, but I was left somewhat disappointed as it disappeared quite quickly. As it fizzes, shades of gorgeous golden orange and pink spread throughout, creating beautiful and mesmerising bath art.

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What’s left after the bath bomb has completed it’s fizzing, and the shades of orange have developed into more of a salmon pink colour, is the disc of cocoa butter that connected the pear’s halves. Acting much like a bath melt, it slowly floats around the water, imbuing it with extra buttery moisture which leaves your skin perfectly softened and nourished.

Although the product is half covered in a sprinkling of glitter, it wasn’t noticeable in my bath, not was it apparent on my skin after, and as I had guessed, sadly the fragrance wasn’t either.

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Golden Pear has recently become one of Lush’s most wanted scents so I’m not surprised they’ve given it a bath bomb format. Though sadly, I think that like me, a lot of fans are going to be disappointed at the scent’s lack of staying power, something I think Lush should try and resolve because apart from that it’s a really beautiful product.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491

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Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule is a scent that’s been around for years and started with this bath bomb. I’m sure you can guess, this product is one of my favourites!

In history, a ‘Lord of Misrule’ was someone who presided over mischief, drunken revelries and partying in between Halloween and Christmas and was often dressed up in fancy almost jester-like outfits. One would assume that Lush chose the design of this bath bomb to replicate this idea.

It’s a combination of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla that make up the scent, but the former two definitely give the biggest impression. The Patchouli and Black Pepper seem to merge almost perfectly, giving a spicy, yet grounding earthiness and Vanilla then wraps the two together with a comforting hint of sweetness. It’s a very charming and tempting scent to me.

In the water, the bomb first starts to froth and foam rather than fizz, and waves of colour from the bright green surface dance out. However it soon gives way to a fizzy core that’s a deep reddish purple colour. This utterly divine colour takes over the green water and turns it a beautiful red wine colour, which is very fitting for something relating to drunken festivities and very unlike any other bath bomb Lush have to offer!

If you listen out, when the product is near the end of it’s show you can hear the Popping Candy crackle and pop from the bottom of your tub!

The heady, intoxicating scent stays with you the entire time and with the snapping of the Popping Candy, you almost feel like your own mischievous Lord of Misrule. Your skin after will honestly feel so supple and soft and as a great bonus, you can smell the intoxicating scent on you for hours after!

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Please please please never discontinue (or change!) this bath bomb Lush! It’s one of my all-time favs! Make sure you get a chance to grab it whilst stocks last as it’s only ever a Halloween/Christmas exclusive! I’ll definitely be stocking up.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream Of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140

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Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb

Another new bath bomb for 2018’s winter seasonal range is Cheery Christmas, released with a brand new fragrance of Buchu and Sicilian Lemon Oils.

This hexagonal shaped bath bomb is slightly smaller than most others, but is also cheaper too, meaning it’s great for an extra add on gift, stocking filler or for a non-expensive treat for yourself when you’re running low on Christmas savings.

The new scent Lush have paired with it is rather bright, uplifting and lives up to the cheery name. The fruity notes of Buchu Oil are very similar to Cassis, or Blackcurrant, giving it a smell not too far from The Comforter and the more citrusy notes from the Lemon are more of a background hit.

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Because this bath bomb’s underside is flat, you can get it to float really nicely if you’re careful. Just hold it on the surface of the water for a few seconds and wait until you feel ready to gently let go and it should stay afloat! If it works then it’ll stay that way for a good five or six minutes and look really pretty as it slowly dissolves. It’s also an amazingly quiet fizzer, which is really appreciated for a relaxing moment of simply watching the display, like a snowflake gently floating across a pink sky.

Once the water has reached the centre of the bath bomb, streams of blue start appearing and the water starts to take on a slightly more purply tinge, but it’s not a major change as the pink remains the dominant colour.

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Unfortunately the scent almost vanished once the product itself had disappeared and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin after either, apart from a slightly softer feeling and a light shimmer from the glittery water.

Whilst I love the design and the fragrance of the whole product, it’s not one of the standouts of the Christmas collection this year and I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it doesn’t make a return in coming years.

You can find out more information about Cheery Christmas here on the UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Buchu Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cornstarch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1

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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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