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, 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 Bombs

Perle De Sel Bath Bomb

Oh holy Jesus, this is my favourite product of this year’s Christmas range! Don’t be fooled by it’s boring exterior, Perle De Sel is truly beautiful in the water.

The name means ‘Salt Pearl’ in French and is what decorates the top of the bath bomb. Although featured here covered in golden lustre, African Salt Pearls are sparkling white balls of salt formed when wind blows across salted water. They really soften the water and give a touch of luxury to your bath.

Without knowing, you’d presume that Perle De Sel is mostly white, perhaps with a hint of gold, but you couldn’t be more wrong. When in the bath, the outer shell foams and fizzes away and releases beautiful streams of bright turquoise into the water. This bath bomb also features a heavy amount of glitter, which looks absolutely amazing as it glimmers and surges under the surface of the water, giving a velvet like appearance. I’m really a sucker for a bright blue bath and there was something icy and wintery about this one, perfect for bathing at this time of the year!

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For those in the know of Lush scents, Perle De Sel features the same scent as the Snowcake range, a typical scent of Lush Christmases which creates a cosy, warming aroma reminiscent of sugared almonds and marzipan.

The sweet, nutty resinous scent of Benzoin Resinoid is mainly what you can smell, but it’s put together with a slight floral hit from soothing and toning Rose Absolute. Cassie Absolute rounds it out by providing an uplifting odour that’s equally spicy and floral. Out of all your typical Christmas scents, it’s smells like this that I’m really enamoured by.

Whilst the scent was extremely subtle whilst I was in the bath, I could definitely smell the cosy, decadent aroma on my skin for a good few hours later and it left me feeling beautifully smooth and soft, like I had covered my body with dusting powder!

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I’m gonna need to stock up on lots of these beauties before the season is over because you never know whether Lush will bring it back next year or not! (Fingers crossed!)

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, African Salt Pearls, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cassie Absolute, Rose Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Cocoa Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 42053, Colour 59040, Colour 47005:1

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