Bath, Bubble Bars, Bubble Spinners, Reusable Bubble Bars

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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Bath, Bubble Bars

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

Unicorn Horn was first released in 2015 and looked slightly different, the colours were brighter and featured a fourth bright blue colour. Nowadays although Unicorn Horn looks more shapely, I can’t help but miss the old colour scheme. Nevertheless this limited edition bubble bar has proven to be pretty popular and has made a return each year since it’s debut.

Although you might be expecting a sweet and sugary fragrance, it’s scent is unmistakably Lavender fronted and the familiar gentle, herbal aroma is what hits you at first sniff. Lavender Oil is perfect for calming the mind and helping you to relax. Hints of mood-brightening Neroli Oil and Ylang Ylang add a sweetness but like I said, it’s really the Lavender that takes the spotlight here. It’s definitely not as sweet as Twilight or Sleepy, it’s more of a natural and floral Lavender aroma, as if you were smelling the plant itself.

Although Lush suggest using a whole Unicorn Horn in one bath, you could definitely break it in half and use it twice. Me? Of course I used the whole product! As the water hit the crumbled bubble bar, it immediately produced heaps upon heaps of beautifully soft bubbles and by the time my tub was full, I couldn’t see the actual water! Although parting the blanket of bubbles showed me the lovely purply-pink colour it had become.

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Once I was in, the soothing smell of Lavender was still very prevalent and really helped me to unwind after my long day. Although it looks like this bubble bar could potentially be very glittery, I found that it wasn’t the case in the water. Once I was out my skin felt soft and thoroughly clean and as a bonus I could still smell the light aroma on my skin which played an important role in helping me get to sleep. Furthermore, I wouldn’t say Unicorn Horn is particularly moisturising as I definitely felt the need to use a body lotion after but that’s a personal preference.

To conclude, Unicorn Horn is a lovely product, it’s not something that really blows me away or gets me excited to use again but it’s not going to let you down if you’re looking for a happy and relaxing bubble bath. I wonder if we’ll see her back next year?

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Neroli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1

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Open Your Heart Bubble Bra

No, that’s not a spelling mistake. This product is literally called a bubble bra as it’s an homage to none other than Madonna and her famous cone bra. The name also comes from the name of one of her greatest songs too!

Open Your Heart shares it’s scent with the ever so popular Golden Pear Soap. Since the soap’s release for Christmas 2017 there’s been such a buzz surrounding it so it’s no surprise the scent continues to be used in other products. The Golden Pear scent is a fruity, yet warming fragrance of spiced pears, but is actually made up of Cardamom, Brazilian Orange and Sandalwood Oils. It’s a beautifully comforting scent and is perfectly replicated in this format.

The bubble bar is comprised of two cone shapes, separated by a layer of Cocoa and Murumuru Butters and was fairly easily crumbled into my tub. As soon as the warm water hit the product, soft bubbles were formed immediately and the gorgeous scent filled the room. I’ve seen a lot of reviews saying that Open Your Heart doesn’t create many bubbles but for me there were loads! Though I did use the whole thing!

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As the bath filled up, the original deep golden colour the water started with got more and more diluted until eventually it was a pale yellow. Looking at the actual bar, you’d expect Open Your Heart to run a fairly glittery bath but the lustre wasn’t very noticeable to me. One thing I can say is that for the whole time I was in the bath, the scent remained just as strong, which was heavenly. After a somewhat less pleasing experience with Golden Pear Bath Bomb and it’s rapidly dissipating scent, it was a real treat. The scent definitely suits the bubble bar format the best!

The Murumuru Butter and Cocoa Butter from the centre make the water feel really luxurious and soft, I didn’t however notice much hydration on my skin after but it definitely felt a lot softer. Sadly the heady scent disappeared completely after towelling off which was a big disappointment.

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To conclude, Open Your Heart is definitely a surefire step to creating the perfect Golden Pear scented bath product, but it still needed a couple of tweaks for it to be the one we’re all waiting for. If there had perhaps been a stronger colour and a lasting fragrance then it would have had the potential to be a fantastic bubble bar, not to mention a place in my list of all time favourite bubble bars!

Ingredients 

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cornflour, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Gardenia Extract, Water, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 15510

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Puddy Holly Bubbleroon

As my collection of Christmas products gets smaller and smaller, the posts relating to each item in the festive range have almost come to a close. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to post about every single one but some that I thought would be left until the end were quickly sold out before I got a change to grab one for myself.

One product that I fell in love with almost straight away was Puddy Holly Bubbleroon. I ended up bathing with three different puds over the festive season but I’ve waited until now (and using my last one!) to write about it.

Puddy Holly divided staff and customers over how to pronounce it’s name. Is it puddy as in ‘pudding’ or is it puddy as in ‘Buddy Holly’? I never found out the right way but I chose to go with the former. One thing most people could agree on though, was how good it smelled!

It’s scented much like a marzipan pudding, with the sweet mix of Almond Essential Oil and Tonka Absolute at the forefront of the aroma. It’s very very similar to the ‘Snowcake’ scent family and therefore the gorgeous Perle De Sal Bath Bomb, also released this year, but I’d argue that Puddy Holly has pinpointed the pure almond scent and magnified it for our pleasure. Although it also contains Bergamot and Cedarwood Oils too, I can’t say my nose can detect them behind the almond.

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As a bubbleroon, it’s two halves of the product, sandwiched together with a layer of Cocoa and Shea Butters. It makes it very easily crumbled under the running water and once you’re in the bath, it makes it beautifully moisturising.

As the water fills your tub, it turns a bright and vivid green colour which stays just as pigmented as the water rises. Although I used the whole thing, it didn’t make as much bubbles as I’d hoped, but that’s probably due to the butter content. Nevertheless, it was just as inviting and I eagerly jumped in.

As soon as I was in, I felt the nourishing ingredients instantly get to work at hydrating my skin. As well as the two aforementioned butters, Puddy Holly also contains a generous amount of Almond Oil which is amazing at penetrating and nourishing the skin’s deeper layers. The scent also remained very prominent during my bath and for hours after on my skin!

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Although the actual water was filled with the sparkling silver lustre that decorates the outside of the whole product, it didn’t actually stick to my skin, so if that’s not your thing then don’t worry!

In conclusion, I can safely say that Puddy Holly was a stand out for me this year and I’m really going to miss it now it’s not in the store! If there’s any justice in the world then it’ll return to us next year but with Lush you never know, so keep your fingers crossed!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream Of Tartar, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Tonka Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cornflour, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Sodium Carbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 59040, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42053, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Colour 73360

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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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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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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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