Bath, Bath Bombs

Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb

Figaro Figaro is a bath bomb that’s supposedly great for unblocking your sinuses and your vocal cords with Lush suggesting it’s a great aromatic remedy to help you find your voice after losing it. It’s a little on the small side, but features a slightly lower than average price tag and contains a complex, grounding scent.

Figaro Figaro contains a long list of different essential oils, the majority of which you’d be likely to find in medicines and remedies for coughs, sore throats and blocked noses. I’d argue that the aromas that stand out the most are the Fennel, the Aniseed and the Eucalyptus, offering a warming liquorice note with a refreshing sharpness. Sage and Thyme add a more generic herbal layer to the product whist there’s delicate florals from Chamomile and Lavender. Lastly Brazilian Orange gives the whole fragrance a slight fruity note and there’s definitely that familiar touch of minty freshness too. It’s a complex scent for sure, but all the components work and compliment each other well, resulting in a scent not too dissimilar to herbal cough syrups and lozenges. Although a lovely smell, it’s a shame it isn’t a little stronger.

The other benefit of having all these ingredients inside a bath bomb is they’ll do wonders for the skin too. Aniseed, Fennel, Peppermint and Eucalyptus are great for easing your muscles thanks to their stimulating properties. Orange and Thyme have cleansing, antibacterial and toning qualities and Lavender, Chamomile and Sage soothe and clam the skin.

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In the water, Figaro Figaro erupts with vivid shades of deep reds and bright yellows. For a smaller-sized bath bomb it packs a punch with the colour and before long my bath had settled into warm red water. As an adorable little touch, inside the product is a paper scroll which pops out near the end of the fizz and unfurls to reveal lyrics from The Barber of Seville, an opera which is the source of inspiration for this bath bomb. It’s these little touches that really make Lush’s products seem as though a lot of thought has gone into them.

The only downside was the lack of scent. For something that’s supposedly to help with sore throats etc, the scent was pretty much non-existent once dissolved and I didn’t feel like it was doing anything it said it would, which was majorly disappointing as that’s what I was most excited about. Once I was out and dry, my skin did feel soft and refreshed and on a more mindful level, I felt calm and relaxed but as expected, little to no remnants of the fragrance was remaining on my skin.

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As a whole concept, I love Figaro Figaro. I think creating a bath bomb to really help with colds and blocked airways is a great idea and something I’d definitely be interested in. This just didn’t hit the mark and it seems silly that they released a product intended to do all of these things with such a gentle scent. I hate to say it but I’m really disappointed with this one.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Aniseed Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Fennel Oil, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, Sage Oil, Thyme Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Cream of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Limonene, Colour 47005, Colour 17200, Colour 59040, Colour 42090

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Strawberries and Cream Bath Bomb

I feel like this is a very quintessential British bath bomb, it especially was over the summer what with Wimbledon going on anyhow. As you can see in the pictures, Strawberries and Cream is comprised of two bath bomb halves sandwiched together with a layer of soft butter. Lush suggest that you can actually twist and separate the two halves to share your bath bomb across two baths or with a loved one! I disagree, as Strawberries and Cream is a little smaller than your usual bath bomb, I’d prefer to keep the entire thing for myself. Which is exactly what I did.

Strawberries and Cream shares its scent with the ‘Yummy Mummy’ range and ever since I ran out of the shower gel of the same name I’ve been longing for something to fill the void. The Yummy Mummy scent is super fruity, with a sweet decadence about it. Bergamot and Geranium give uplifting and bright fragrance notes with the addition of Olibanum offering a deeper, creamy richness. Lush have also added a dash of Black Pepper, drawing on a culinary trick to bring out the fruitiness in desserts. I find it’s a very moreish aroma, but I do think it works best in a shower gel format rather than a bath bomb. There’s almost something chocolatey in the aforementioned gel, which I find is missing in this bomb.

Strawberries and Cream contains actual Strawberry Powder, although it’s not included for the scent as strawberries themselves don’t have much of a potent aroma. Instead the powder is for toning and brightening the skin with the heaps of antioxidant properties it has. Generally speaking, anything that’s super beneficial for you to consume is going to be good for your skin too! It’s why Lush’s products are often filled with fresh fruits and veg!

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In the water, this bath bomb puts on a real great show, sending out waves of bright red colours into the surrounding water, mixed with creamy white and a hint of green from the ‘stalk’. As the bath bomb is fairy quick to dissolve, you’re left with the Cocoa and Shea Butter centre that’ll begin to imbue the bath with its skin-softening benefits. I noticed just how silky and moisturising the water was almost immediately as I got in and whatsmore, the scent really amplified and filled my senses with the comforting aroma, perfect for a long relaxing soak on a crisp evening. Oddly, there was weird brown powdery globs floating throughout my bath, which I initially thought was cocoa powder, but I guess it’s the strawberry powder instead. The globs eventually disappeared into the water, it just wasn’t that pretty to start with.

After my bath was drained out and I had towelled myself off, the creamy sweet scent was still lingering over my skin and in my bathroom for the remainder of my evening, really making me happy each time I stepped back into the room. My skin felt incredibly soft and renewed as well as wonderfully hydrated, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed.

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All in all, Strawberries and Cream makes for a really great bath, I urge everyone to try it! I’m still holding out hope we’ll see the return of Yummy Mummy Shower Gel, maybe for Mother’s Day 2020? My fingers are crossed.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Water, Olibanum Oil, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Cream of Tartar, Strawberry Powder, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 42090

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Sushi Bath Bomb

If I had to pick a favourite cuisine, Japanese would definitely be up there and I particularly love Sushi. So you’d be right if you were guessing I was rather interested in trying this bath bomb! Sushi’s rather unique in the fact that the orange centre is actually a piece of Lush Fun!

Surrounding the orange piece of fun is a plain white bath bomb disc of ‘rice’ which is coated on the side with sparkly black to represent the seaweed you see wrapped around some types of sushi. Throughout the whole product is a fairly simple scent of Brazilian Orange and Sicilian Red Mandarin. Whilst not being very pungent, the aroma is rather pleasant, being fruity with citrusy elements. What’s odd, and after reading other reviews on this bath bomb that tell me I’m not the only one who thinks so, is that Sushi has somewhat of a ‘savoury’ smell akin to soy sauce! I’m not sure if its our minds playing tricks on us because of the association of soy sauce and sushi but even still, it definitely has this strange savoury hint.

Sushi began to immediately fizz once it came into contact with the water, with the black outer layer quickly dispersing across the surface of the water. The white section fizzed away, sinking to the bottom as it couldn’t carry the weight of the fun inside it. As expected, there’s no colour and no bath art. Annoyingly, the black colouring did end up bunching together and staining the edges of my bath.

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I can’t say the end result after the fizz was very pretty, but once I started using the fun to wash my body with, the murky grey became a sort of murky pink, which I guess is slightly better. Although I could have used the fun piece to add bubbles to my bath or to wash my hair with, I love the creamy soft lather fun produces when used as a soap so that’s how I used it! The fun was by far the most strongly scented part of the product.

As the scent wasn’t massively fragrant to start with, it’s no surprise that it didn’t hold it’s own whatsoever in the water, nor did it leave any remaining aroma on my skin once I was out which is a shame. My skin was very soft though, I’ll give it that.

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In conclusion, I don’t think I’ll want to use Sushi again, the lack of scent coupled with the staining made it a really naff experience in all honesty. It’s no surprise it’s getting discontinued.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Red Mandarin Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, DRF Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 14700

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Goldrush Bath Bomb

Along with Hi Ho Silver, these bath bombs were based around gold and silver respectively and are among Lush’s most glittery creations ever. Goldrush is a smallish (about the size of a Butterball) blue bath bomb with a gold stamp featuring the letters ‘Au’ on it. Au is the symbol for gold on the periodic table which comes from its latin name – aurum.

Goldrush is supposedly scented with the same uplifting scent as Whoosh Shower Jelly and when I first heard it was so, I was rather excited as I’ve been hoping for other Whoosh scented products for a long time. Whoosh is a fairly potent fragrance, with the jelly exuding zesty Lemon and Lime along with background notes of Rosemary, Geranium and Grapefruit.

Although Goldrush features the three essential oils that I mentioned make up the background of Whoosh’s scent, it doesn’t contain any form of Lemon or Lime and therefore you can’t really consider it to be an exact replica of the zingy fragrance as they’re essentially the main notes. Instead, Goldrush offers a warmer perfume with the Grapefruit giving a fruitiness above herbal notes of Rosemary and floral hints of Geranium. Compared to the shower jelly, the scent isn’t very strong at all and I’m a little disappointed they didn’t try to recreate the scent exactly as it should be. I feel they should have included Lemon Oil at least! There is some likeness, but not enough for me.

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Once in the water, after a minute or so of simply expanding with blue foam, out poured the heaps of golden lustre from inside, which looked really striking against the vivid blue. Goldrush is actually over 15% glitter, which is more than any other bath bomb! The end result was stunning and I couldn’t stop watching the sparkling golden particles dance through the water. You have to be a real glitter fan to enjoy this bath bomb and luckily, I am!

The golden hallmark actually works much like a bath melt. It’s comprised of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Almond Oil which melts into the water and hydrates your skin. I actually surprisingly found Goldrush to be quite moisturising thanks to this little inclusion. It’s also what helps the lustre stick to your skin and I came out covered. I couldn’t stop admiring my sparkling self!

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With the scent not really being particularly strong, naturally I didn’t find it at all that noticeable whilst I was bathing and whilst there was a slight remembrance left on my skin after it wasn’t anything compared to the reminder of all the glitter! My skin did feel incredibly soft and nourished though, meaning I didn’t feel the need to moisturise before bed!

I really loved Goldrush, though simply because of the colour and the glitter. I do wish they had got the Whoosh scent right and even without it, I’d have wanted the scent to be stronger. The glitter did end up covering my bath, my towel and my bath mat but that’s nothing a bit of cleaning won’t rectify and it’s well worth it! I’d definitely use Goldrush again!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Rosemary Oil, Geranium Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth 4, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 77491

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Peng Bath Bomb

Peng is like the ultimate summer bath bomb. It’s literally designed to look like a beach ball which makes it really appealing, especially because we’ve not had much of a summer this year in the UK. I’m not sure on the name though, Peng is a terribly British slang word for something or someone attractive and it’s awful. I tried explaining it to an American friend and it’s just a no from me. As always, Lush love to feel like they’re really down with the kids.

Peng didn’t initially stand out to me but after looking at the ingredients list, I was quite excited when I first saw it whilst researching the 30th anniversary range of bath bombs. Containing Sandalwood, Rosewood, Styrax Resinoid and Litsea Cubeba, I imagined it to have a sweet woody fragrance, with simple lemony undertones. When I physically got my hands on it, I was a little disheartened as it isn’t quite what I expected.

The lemony fragrance of Litsea Cubeba is definitely the strongest aroma to come through and I found myself wondering if they’d perhaps fragranced it like a Dragon’s Egg by mistake as the two smell quite similar. Underneath the main note, there is a slight woodiness from both Sandalwood and Rosewood Oils but I’m afraid they’re nothing more than a delicate touch.  It’s a little less overtly citrusy and more fruity than Dragon’s Egg but honestly I don’t think they’re that different. I guess the cinnamon-like warmth from the Styrax offers a tad more distinction, but it’s nothing notable and not what I wanted, so I guess I’m a little disgruntled.

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I was hoping that Peng would make up for betraying my hopes with a nice show in the water and to be fair, it did. The three primary colours fizz out pretty quickly whist the white sections are a little slower at dissolving but it was much foamier than I thought it would be. Even though the blue was mostly outshined by the other two colours, it actually made for some pretty bath art before turning a warm shade of orange. Even that reminded me of Dragon’s Egg, just without the lustre!

Whilst I was bathing, the aroma filled my bathroom, which did bring out more of those woodier notes with the Litsea Cubeba drawing into the background slightly, which was nice to experience. The effect of the scent as a whole had an uplifting and energising effect on my mood which I really needed after a long few days. Afterwards my skin was feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and the scent lingered lightly on my skin up until I went to bed that evening.

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In conclusion, I didn’t dislike Peng as such, but I can’t say I liked it that much either, it really wasn’t what I though it was going to be and compared to some of the other bath bombs available, it’s nothing special.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Rosewood Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Litsea Cubeba Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Citral Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45410:1

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Splash Bath Bomb

I remember when I first saw this bath bomb and after noticing the familiar colour scheme I was hoping and praying for it to be the return of my long lost love, Frozen Bath Bomb. Sadly it wasn’t, and we have Splash instead. Since then, I get this weird feeling of disappointment each time I look at it which honestly isn’t that fair on Splash because it’s actually a fairly lovely bath bomb of its own.

Splash has a reasonably unique design, but I think the scent far surpasses the appearance in how interesting this product is. Splash contains Lime and Neroli at the forefront of its aroma so it offers an uplifting and fresh smell perfect to lift your mood. The Neroli adds a certain element of ‘greenery’ alongside Elemi Oil which is described as spicy and citrusy and is said to instil a feeling of peace. Although it seems like an abundance of citrus, I wouldn’t say Splash is that zesty or sharp in smell. Lush have decided to add Tonka Absolute to the fragrance which I feel rounds the scent off with it’s sweet, subtle presence. All in all, its a fairly unique and bright fragrance which I find quite meditative and soothing.

In the water, Splash is a pure fizzer and fizzes away turning the water into a translucent aquamarine colour like that of a swimming pool. There’s no bath art, just little whisps of white fizzing out into the blue.

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I found the scent remained quite strongly even when the bath bomb had fully dissolved, which was nice and really relaxed me as I was soaking. It was still lingering on my skin once I was out and I could definitely smell it wafting off my arms a good few hours later which really helped me take it easy during my evening. Splash also left my skin feeling gorgeously soft.

Overall, I’d describe this bath bomb as being really nice, but nothing special. I’m glad I’ve tried it but I can’t say I’d ever be desperate to try it again. Perhaps if it created patterns on top of the water, I’d have enjoyed it more but for now it’s nothing to write home about.

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If you’re still wanting to get your hands on Splash you better hurry! Sadly it’s being discontinued along with quite a lot of the other 30th Anniversary bath bombs very soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lime Oil, Neroli Oil, Elemi Oil, Tonka Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Magic Bath Bomb

Magic is a bath bomb I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I believe it was initially released back in 2008 for Christmas and has since become a retro favourite among the Lush community. At long last, I can finally say I’ve used it.

 

Magic is pressed with the exact same mould as The Experimenter is and I love having a non-spherical Bath Bomb for a change. I guess you could say it looks somewhat boring with it’s simple blue design but it’s actually much more interesting than what meets the eye.

I heard through the grapevine that Lush asked a local witch in Poole to come and bless the ingredients that go into this bath bomb, though I’m not sure there’s actually any truth to that! Even still, with all its herbal ingredients, it’s basically a ready made potion.

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Magic contains a concoction of Majoram Oil, Basil Oil, Rose Absolute and Peppermint Oils and its scent is actually rather pungent. The Majoram and Basil definitely give the strongest aroma, offering a herbal, savoury top note. Majoram has a slightly eucalyptus-like smell with spicy undertones and Basil is well known for it’s fragrant and unique uplifting scent. I find the Rose Absolute compliments the herbal ingredients well and sweetens the overall scent with it’s floral touch. Lastly, the Peppermint Oil adds a refreshing note that sits under the main fragrance, but isn’t at all overpowering as mint can be. It’s so nice having a scent that’s so unlike what Lush usually produce.

The real wonder of this bath bomb is that it’s actually colour changing! As you can imagine, after you’ve just dropped it in, it starts by dispersing a cloud of the same blue that colours it into the water. But as it shrinks and fizzes away, the hidden core reveals itself and steams of magenta fizz out into the tub and the bathwater quickly changes into a deep dark purple. At the end, out pops a little parsley sprig as a physical representation of the herbal components in this product.

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It’s such an interesting bath bomb to watch, and although there’s not much in terms of pretty swirling bath art, it’s really cool to watch as the colour changes so quickly. The scent remains all powerful throughout your bathing experience too and I found it incredibly calming and relaxing whilst I was soaking.

Once I was out, not only was the scent still ever present on my skin but my body was feeling noticeably softer and visibly brighter. Peppermint has a great effect on the skin for increasing the blood flow, helping skin to look healthier and more radiant.

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In conclusion, I’m really pleased I got to try out Magic after only reading about it for years. It’s definitely a product to go for if you love a really unique and unusual scent, plus the story about the witch is pretty cool too! Fingers crossed it’s true and I’m now blessed by a witch myself too.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Majoram Oil, Rose Absolute, Basil Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Fresh Parsley Sprig

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