Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

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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Bath, Bubble Bars

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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Bath, Bubble Bars

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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Bling Crosby Bubble Bar

Named after the famous American star Bing Crosby, this bubble bar is proper retro! First coming out for Christmas of 2006! It was last released as a kitchen exclusive at the start of 2017 and I happened to come across one for myself!

With the classic Karma scent, this limited edition is basically just a Christmas version of the popular Karma Bubble Bar, with the orange being a throwback to the original colour of Karma. It’s a circular pudding shape with a singular clove sticking out the middle. It’s big enough so you could definitely get two or even three baths out of it.

I’d say that it doesn’t smell as potent as Karma Bubble Bar but you can clearly tell it’s part of the same family. This signature scent is made up of Brazilian Orange, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Pine, and Lavandin.

The strongest notes are the Orange and the Patchouli for sure, with the Orange giving a sweetness to the earthy, spicy Patchouli. Then there’s almost a woody, green note from the Lemongrass and Pine. Karma’s a very balancing and meditative scent, yet almost intoxicating like spice markets and shisha lounges.

Lemongrass and Orange have toning qualities when used on the skin, and Lavandin and Patchouli have calming and antibacterial effects.

When crumbling this bubble bar you can clearly see the strong orange colour that it has, and whilst the bathwater was still shallow it was very present, turning it a lovely golden shade of orange. However, as the water got deeper, it very much lost its shade, so for someone who likes a full bath like me, it was somewhat disappointing. I didn’t even manage to get a picture of the colour before it became too diluted.

Saying that, the scent was still there throughout my bath time which was beautifully relaxing and the golden lustre that covers Bling Crosby was still very present in the sparkling water. Afterwards I could still smell the scent on my skin but it was very subtle and didn’t last for very long.

I’m glad I got to try this limited edition product but I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it wasn’t available again. I much prefer the actual Karma Bubble Bar!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lavandin Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Pine Oil, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Gold Glimmer Lustre (Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Colour 77492), Colour 14700, Whole Clove

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Bubble Bars, Reusable Bubble Bars

Cherry Blossom Reusable Bubble Bar

Cherry Blossoms are my absolute favourite, there’s something about the trees that are so beautiful, so I had to try this exclusive to Oxford Street bubble bar as soon as I could.

I’m always a bit wary whenever Lush decide to call a product ‘reusable’, I know some people like to use a small amount of a bubble bar to make it last longer and get more out of it but I prefer to use more and get a stronger effect, so I got two baths out of mine, one with each ‘blossom’.

Sometimes the reusable bars aren’t really as reusable as they seem, either breaking off the stick or not getting much out of it until you’ve used the whole thing, but Cherry Blossom would definitely last you a good few baths if you’re more of a subtle and frugal bath taker.

The best thing about this bubble bar is definitely the rich sweetness, it’s absolutely gorgeous. We’ve got almond, lemon, cedarwood and sandalwood oils making up a fruity sweet scent which reminds me of marzipan, decedent sugared almonds and Bakewell tarts.

Unfortunately for someone who likes a strong smelling bath, once you’ve used your bar and are in the bath, the scent is a lot more subtle, which was still really nice but I would have liked it to continue with the same strength. Furthermore, once I was out of the bath the scent wasn’t really there at all! Definitely doesn’t linger on the skin as so many products to.

The colour that Cherry Blossom turns the water, however, was stunning. A cute pale pink, with little hints of glitter. And the bubbles were silky soft, which made my skin feel lovely.

I’d definitely like to use this bubble bar again, not sure when I’ll get around to it though as I don’t often get to go to Oxford Street and I find that there are a couple of nicer exclusives to go for over this one. Check Cherry Blossom out on the Lush UK website by clicking here.

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Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Rosewood Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200

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