Bath, Fun

Thunderbolt Fun

I don’t often use Lush’s fun so I wasn’t as excited about the exclusive fun bars at Lush Liverpool as I was about other products there, but as I was gifted a few varieties, I was looking forward to trying them. Thunderbolt is scented with the ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ scent.

If I’m honest, the neon yellow colour of this fun bar looks much more like a radioactive substance than a lightning bolt but is something that’ll really stand out sat in your bathroom either way.

As I mentioned, Thunderbolt shares it’s fragrance with that of the Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb which we’ve not seen in a while, I believe the last time this scent was used was in a limited edition fun bar from last Christmas called Festive Friends. It’s a sweet and bright scent that mixes zesty Lime Oil with the fruitiness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil and a little Olibanum Oil for warmer undertones. Having not smelled this fragrance in a while, I’m glad to experience it again as it’s a simple but really lovely scent.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. Their Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine base gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like Play-Doh or modelling clay meaning one use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models; it’s a great way to get kids enjoying their baths more. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body and hair, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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When I used Thunderbolt, I did what I usually do with fun and that’s using two thirds for a bubble bath and leaving the remainder to use as a piece of soap whilst I’m soaking. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper.

Fun always produces super soft bath water and Thunderbolt was no exception. There wasn’t a huge amount of bubbles but definitely enough and they felt fluffy and light. The bath water was definitely more green rather than yellow but I’m just glad there was some colour at all as usually bright yellow products don’t fair too well in the water. Scent wise, I didn’t notice the scent too much in the water, apart from when I was washing my body with my remaining piece, nor could I smell it very strongly on my skin after.

Although Fun isn’t exactly moisturising, my skin was feeling soft and smooth, so that’s a good thing and all things considered, Thunderbolt is a nice option if you’re into fun, I do just wish it was scented a little more strongly.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Party Balloon Gold Reusable Bubble Bar

Incase you weren’t aware, Lush do parties. They’ve been doing them in stores for a while now, but recently Lush Parties had a revamp – which included some exclusive products you can only get if you’re having a party! Luckily I managed to get my hands on a couple all for myself!

Along with two adorable bath bombs, a shower jelly and numbered bubble bars, Lush created five different coloured balloon shaped reusable bubble bars. I could have picked pink, purple, silver or green but I went for the gold coloured balloon! As a reusable bubble bar, there’s no crumbling involved, you just simply hold the balloon under the running tap water until you’re happy to put it down and save it for another use. I reckon you could definitely get at least 3 or 4 decent baths out of one of these!

You may be thinking that’s not many for a reasonably sized reusable bubble bar but I’m afraid I didn’t actually get that many bubbles out of mine, and I used approximately half! I’m not saying there wasn’t enough, there was, I just expected more. Saying that, a few swishes of the bar through the bath water itself managed to create a fair bit more.

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I also expected the gold glitter to be blended throughout the orange bar but it’s sadly just an outer coating, meaning you’ll be sparkle-less after the first bath. Luckily the water took on a bright orangey-yellow colour almost instantly after running over the product, which of course will feature in your remaining baths too.

Once I’d put the product down and prepared to jump in, I noticed that the scent was disappearing fast. The bubble bar itself is actually fairly potent with it’s zesty scent comprised of Lime and Grapefruit Oils. Both of these citrus aromas blends well with the other and although it’s not the most interesting and exciting of smells, it’s refreshing and uplifting.

After my bath, my skin looked fresh and radiant as Lime and Grapefruit Oils are known to be antiseptic and enzymically cleansing, breaking down any dirt and dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, but there was almost no sign of the scent on my skin.

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All in all, Party Balloon Gold is an okay bubble bar, but it’s really nothing special. I wish the scent was a little different, or at least stuck around a little longer and I kinda wish it was sparkling gold throughout! It is a gorgeous looking novelty product, but there are better party exclusives to choose.

Ingredients 

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Limonene, Grapefruit Oil, Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citral, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 77492

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Pop Bubble Bar

Pop is a new product for this years Father’s Day and is a fairly sizeable bubble bar. It’s designed around the pop art style of Roy Litchenstein, features popping candy and is obviously in reference to a term used to call your father, pop.

Pop features a scent made from Buchu, Lemon and Bergamot Oils, and is bright, refreshing and fruity in nature. Fragrant Buchu Oil has a strong blackcurrant and minty aroma which pairs with the more citrusy nature of the other two essential oils well. Sicilian Lemon Oil adds a more sherbety note with the Bergamot adding a fresh and green element. It’s a nice scent and one that Lush continue to bring back every now and then.

Obviously as a bigger sized bubble bar, you could definitely get at least four baths out of it if you wish but, being excessive as I am, I opted to crumble up the whole thing. Before long my bath was filled with a giant mountain of soft bubbles with a fiery orange water below which looked really nice. As I said, Pop features Popping Candy in the mix but unfortunately I didn’t get to hear any crackles or pops, probably because it happened as my bath was filling up. I guess that’s why you don’t see this ingredient in bubble bars that often.

Once I was in I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moisturising the water felt! I didn’t realise until I checked out the ingredients list but Lush have added Cocoa Butter to this bubble bar for extra skin softening quality! The fruitiness of the scent remained throughout my bath too!

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Once I was out and dried off, my skin was as soft as the bubbles in my bath and still carried that uplifting scent for a good few hours later.

All in all, Pop gives you a nice bath. I think the addition of Cocoa Butter is really nice and I wish Lush added it into more of their bubble mixtures as I find they can be slightly drying. The popping candy does seem kinda pointless though.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Popping Candy, Perfume, Cornflour, Buchu Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 14700

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Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubbleroons

Cream Egg Bubbleroon

For Easter 2018, Lush released three versions of this product. A blue and pink marbled effect variety, a yellow version with pink and blue spots and a variety that had a pink, yellow and orange circular design. 2019 saw the return of two of the three but who knows why the circular pattern didn’t return? If anything the spotted one is far less appealing to me anyway. Nevertheless I didn’t get a chance to try them last year so I’m glad for a second opportunity.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a ‘Bubbleroon’, it’s a term that Lush use to describe a bubble bar that’s comprised of two halves sandwiched together with a layer of moisturising butter. With a lot of Lush’s product and shop designs being influenced by Parisian markets, it’s fairly obvious that these products are based around macaroons. Usually Bubbleroons have a fairly moisturising quality which I can easily get behind.

Cream Egg is simply scented with Spearmint Oil and nothing else, which means that its fragrance is minty fresh and there’s not much more to say about it. Mint has invigorating effects on the mind and tones and brightens the skin. Using something mint-based in the bath has tension-relieving effects on muscular aches and pains.

Although I prefer the design of the pink and blue egg, I actually love the bright yellow water that the other one produced, though I’m not sure it’s a colour that is well suited to a minty fresh product like this one. Saying that, the deep purple colour was nice too. Each Cream Egg produced a mountain of super soft bubbles and although it was very faint, the cooling aroma wafted throughout the room.

Whilst in the bath, I was glad to feel that the water was imbued with the hydrating benefits of the Cocoa and Shea Butters. It’s nothing on that of Shoot For The Stars or Butterball but it softens the skin nonetheless. Both times I left my bath feeling revived and rejuvenated and my skin felt soft and hydrated.

I struggled to notice the minty aroma after being in the bath for a little while and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin either, but as someone who’s not a massive mint fan I didn’t really mind it.

I wonder if we’ll see the Cream Eggs back for a third year running? We’ll have to wait and see!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Spearmint Oil, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 15510

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Love Token Reusable Bubble Bar

Love Token was initially released for this year’s Valentine’s Day range but much like American Cream Shower Gel, it’s staying for the summer season. The idea behind it is rather nice as often people come into Lush looking for a bath bomb or bubble bar to express their gratitude towards someone.

This limited edition is a circular bubble bar, with the words ‘Thank You’ embossed on the surface and is covered with golden glitter that gets everywhere, almost as much as Golden Egg does! I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the scent of Ginger, which is a shame because that’s undeniably Love Token’s main scent. I can appreciate the warmth it brings but I can’t say I’d choose it’s scent over any others. Underlying the Ginger, we have similar warming notes of Clove Bud Oil, Pine Needle Absolute and something called Guaiacwood Oil. Guaiacwood Oil comes from the bark of a small tree, commonly named Palo Santo and has a sweet and woody scent with spicy, exotic notes. Sadly I find the Ginger overpowers everything and it’s all I can really smell.

As a reusable bubble bar, instead of crumbling it up, you’re supposed to hold it under the running tap and then pop it down to dry when you’re done. The only issue I found was my hands were very close to the hot water and I kept getting splashed and burned, so I resorted to the sieve method instead. I reckon you could definitely get at least three or four decent baths out of it but the glitter is only covering the outside and isn’t present once it’s been washed off, which means the first bath will be the only glittery one you have. Considering this, I ended up using the whole thing oops…

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Before long a mountain of soft bubbles had appeared in my tub atop the water which had turned a golden yellow. Considering I used a whole bubble bar I expected more bubbles but there was still a considerable amount. The water felt soft and due to the stimulating nature of the essential oils present, helped ease my aching muscles too. What’smore, the heady ginger scent had remained just as strong and I could smell it in the air too.

After I was out and dry, I was expecting two things: the ginger aroma still present on my body and a heavy dusting of golden lustre on my skin. Yet neither of these things were there. Perhaps a slight hint of the scent had remained but had nothing of the power it once had and as for the glitter? Well there really wasn’t much at all.

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In conclusion, adding glitter throughout the bar would definitely have made more sense and a tone down on the Ginger would have made me personally happier anyway. But I can’t say I’ll miss it when it eventually disappears from stores. It’s still great idea though and perhaps it just needs a few tweaks.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Ginger Oil, Pine Needle Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Guaiacwood Oil, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510.

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Spinning Plates Bubble Spinner

Spinning Plates was released as part of the #LushMoods launch, which was a collection of new products designed to engage the senses and using the techniques of aromatherapy, alter the state of the mind. This bubble spinner is aimed at people who are juggling too many things at once or those who have a lot on their plate right now, so if that’s you simply grab Spinning Plates and settle into a warm, relaxing bubble bath.

Looking over the ingredients list you’ve got Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute and a relatively new ingredient for Lush – Fire Tree Oil. Fire Tree Oil comes from a plant that grows in the southwest of Australia and has a fruity smell with smoky and woody notes. Whilst there’s definitely a woody note coming from the bubble spinner and something citrusy in the background, it’s really hard to pick the scent apart because sadly, Spinning Plates doesn’t smell strongly at all.

As a bubble spinner, the idea is to hold it under the running tap water and it’ll start spinning and producing bubbles until you’ve decided how much you want to use before putting it down to dry and be used again. Spinning Plates is by far the best spinner I’ve seen yet from Lush, they’ve finally delivered one that really spins well and fast! For my first bath, I guess I used about a third of the product so you can definitely get at least three good baths out of one!

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As it spun and the tub filled, the water turned a warming shade of orange. I was hoping that upon contact with the warm water, the scent would develop more but I was very much disappointed and in actual fact, I couldn’t smell much at all. However, the bubbles it created were lovely and soft so I still jumped in eagerly for my soak.

Once I was out, although I felt fully clean and refreshed, there’s not much else I can say really. There was no sign of the scent remaining on my skin, nor did I notice a difference in how soft or hydrated my skin felt so it’s a real shame but I’m disappointed with Spinning Plates. For something that’s supposed to be aromatherapy based, Lush definitely need to find a way to strengthen that scent because it could be really nice.

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You can check out Spinning Plates for yourself over at the Lush UK website, here.

Ingredients

Sodium Carbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Fire Tree Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Citral, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 15510, Colour 19140

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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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