Bath, Bath Bombs

Fairy Jasmine Bath Bomb

Jasmine is one of my favourite scents so a bath bomb with a name like ‘Fairy Jasmine’ was always going to get me excited to use it.

 

You could argue that Fairy Jasmine is one of the most boring looking bath bombs out of the entire 30th anniversary range. It’s got nothing on the likes of Pirates Of The Carrageenan or Groovy Kind Of Love, both of which feature really exciting and unusual designs. But this bath bomb stands out for one reason only, its gorgeous scent.

Featuring both fragrant Jasmine and sweet Ylang Ylang, the main note of this bath bomb is unmistakably floral with both heady aromas intertwining nicely. Yet there’s a warming and earthy, almost-grassy, note to it, stemming from the addition of Vetivert Oil. Vetivert is a tall grass with the smoky oil being obtained from the dried roots of the plant. Fans of Silky Underwear Dusting Powder will certainly recognise this scent as both products share the same rich fragrance.

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I find the scent incredibly enamouring and soothing. Aromatherapists consider Vetivert to be grounding and restorative and it has often been called ‘the oil of tranquility’ for that reason. Both Ylang Ylang and Jasmine are also known for their relaxing and de-stressing qualities. It’s truly a beautifully gentle aroma and one that I feel would do well in more products.

In the water, Fairy Jasmine is a fast fizzer, dissolving fully in less than a couple of minutes. As it’s design is simply a (very) pale pink bath bomb with no hidden colours inside, there’s no bath art and the water changes very little. A couple of tiny wisps of purple fizzed out from inside, but when I say tiny, I mean it and they didn’t make any difference whatsoever.

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Despite this fairly uninteresting display, Fairy Jasmine does feature a huge amount of plastic-free glitter, which looks awesome fizzing out of the bath bomb and proceeding to dance through the water reflecting the light magnificently. The scent amazingly remained at strength for the entire time I was soaking in the bath, allowing me to sink into a fully content state of mind.

Afterwards, I stepped out and dried off revealing wonderfully soft skin that was pretty covered in the silver lustre. The shards of glitter are fairly chunky too, so it’s definitely something you’ll notice and perhaps hate. For me, I loved it. The glitter won’t just stick to your skin as it’ll remain coating the bottom of your tub when the water’s drained – but that’s nothing the shower can’t wash away. My skin still retained that wonderful aroma for hours after but I got a very different side to it. The muskier and earthier tones were far more present at this stage.

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To be honest, I would have loved this bath bomb to have had something a little more interesting about it, even if that was just a tad more pink to make more of an impact on my bathwater. However, I still enjoyed my experience with the beautifully smelling Fairy Jasmine and I’d love for another product with the scent to appear sometime soon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Hexyl Cinnamal, Colour 17200

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Magma Bath Bomb

The act of taking a bath can be very healing for our bodies. Warm water eases aches and pains, steam alleviates cold and flu symptoms and on a subconscious level, the floating sensation is comforting because it supposedly reminds us of being in the womb. Add in a bath bomb and depending which you’ve chosen, a whole host of other benefits await you too.

Magma Bath Bomb is based on Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar, which was designed to really combat muscular aches and pains. Both contain Cinnamon Leaf and Peppermint Oils which help in different ways. Cinnamon, like the majority of spices, have a warming, stimulating effect on the skin. They stimulate the blood vessels under the skin which increases the blood flow to the area which in turn relaxes tight muscles. Peppermint creates a cooling sensation on the skin as the menthol inside stimulates sensory nerve endings, further relaxing the muscles and it also dilates the blood vessels, allowing for more blood flow.

Magma does contain two ingredients that Wiccy Magic Muscles doesn’t, and that’s Mustard Powder and Ginger Powder. Like Cinnamon, both of these ingredients have stimulating and warming properties too, increasing the effects.

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Comparing the scents of both products, Magma is definitely a little spicier, which makes sense given the addition of the two new ingredients, whereas I can detect the minty element a lot more in the massage bar. Wiccy is also a lot more potent than Magma, which isn’t a bad thing because the scent of Wiccy can be really overpowering for a lot of people.

In the bath, Magma is a silent fizzer, slowing sending out waves of foamy red and yellow into the water, obviously designed to look like lava, rather than a ‘pizza bath’ as my friend described it as. After a while, the water had taken on a warm orange colour.

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Sadly I couldn’t really smell the fragrance very strongly once it had dissolved, but I felt the relaxing benefits of the bath as soon as I was in. My body easily succumbed to the warm water as I let the essential oils do their work.

I suffer with bad knee pain a lot, so I really rely on baths to help ease the tension and pain and I thought Magma worked wonders. After just five minutes soaking, I already felt a lot better. Once I was out I felt like a new person as my skin was soft and my body wasn’t aching. I couldn’t notice any scent remaining on my body but after a few swipes of the massage bar, there it was.

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In conclusion, Magma made for a really nice bath. It probably suits the colder months more than it does the heatwave we’re currently having but I’m sure I’ll be using this again during the winter. I’d definitely recommend this bath bomb to anyone with aches and pains!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Peppermint Oil, Water, Popping Candy, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Propylene Glycol, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 45430:1, Colour 45350.

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Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb

This bath bomb is name after the Shijimi Blue Butterfly, which is sadly an endangered species in Japan, due to a specific plant that its caterpillars feed on dying out. The Lush buying team in Japan are working on a conservation project that will hopefully restore these creatures back into abundance. Its also made using the same mould as the butterfly bath bombs we had earlier this year for Mother’s Day!

Shijimi Butterfly Bath Bomb features both Chamomile Blue and Lavender Oils, making it very similar to the likes of Ickle Baby Bot, Deep Sleep and Koyaanisqatsi. It’s a very herbal, yet gentle smelling bath bomb, with light floral notes. Although often in Lavender and Chamomile pairings, it’s the Lavender that claims the top note, with this product I find the Chamomile to be a little more evident. Both essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for their abilities to deeply relax the mind and soothe worries and anxiety, making Shijimi Butterfly a great bath bomb to use in the evening.

In the water, this bath bomb produces gorgeous bath art right from the get go. It half floats on top of the water as it sends out marbled waves of blue, white and black into the bath. It sinks as it dissolves, producing larger waves of foam until both wings have separated, floating off on their own before disappearing completely. The resulting water is a serene shade of blue that compliments the relaxing scent well.

Once I was in, I noticed little black specks remaining in the water which latch onto your skin and the sides of the bath and annoyingly leave little black smears. This meant I had to wash off the marks both on my skin and on the bath but luckily it didn’t happen too much and it was fairly easy to clean. There was also a slightly noticeable amount of silver lustre dancing gracefully though the water.

Theres nothing in Shijimi Butterfly that’s really going to add moisture to the skin, but still the bath water felt wonderfully soft. Both Lavender and Chamomile are well known to have soothing effects, not just on the mind, but on the skin too.

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After I was out, I was pleased to notice a reminder of the scent still lingering on my skin, especially when it appeared to disappear into the air once the bath bomb had dissolved. My skin felt soft and renewed also, so all in all Shijimi Butterfly made for a lovely bath, I would have preferred less black though I reckon.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Chamomile Blue Oil, Lavender Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 77266, Colour 42090

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Youki Hi Bath Bomb

Youki Hi was first created as a celebration of Chinese New Year. The red and gold colour scheme is representing the colours of the Chinese dragons which dance along the streets during new year parades. It’s also named after a legendary Chinese beauty, said to be one of the must beautiful women ever to have lived. It’s currently made a return as one of the Harajuku Exclusives/30th Anniversary Bath Bombs.

I’ve been longing to get my hands on this bath bomb because is shares the same scent as Flying Fox Shower Gel and Lust Perfume, both of which I absolutely adore. It looks beautiful, sharing a similar design as Sakura Bath Bath but is far more entrancing. The red pattern on top is actually sea salt, something that features throughout the bath bomb too.

The essential oils making up the scent are slightly different to Lust Perfume, but are exactly the same as Flying Fox. I think this slight change actually makes this bath bomb a little sweeter, something I noted with Flying Fox too, but it’s still the heady intoxicating aroma of Jasmine coupled with the sweetness of Ylang Ylang that’s easily the most prominent note in all three products. It’s a very potent aroma and storing this bath bomb in my room up until now has been glorious.

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I’e always found it difficult to really describe this scent because it’s so unique and you really have to experience it for yourself to understand it. I’ve seen some pretty strong reactions to this scent and it’s very marmite, you either love it or hate it, both with a passion. Both Jasmine and Ylang Ylang are known for their sensual and aromatic aromas and are commonly used as aphrodisiacs. Palmarosa Oil adds a similar note, with more rosy undertones and is also widely used in the cosmetics industry because of its firming and toning properties on the skin. Lastly, we have Cypress Oil, which adds subtle fresh and resinous notes. All of these essential oils are well known for their abilities to easy stress and anxiety too – bonus!

Once popped into the water if I’m honest there’s nothing that visually spectacular about it. Youki Hi foams up slightly, revealing chunks of dyed red Sea Salt embedded into it. It dissolves fairly quickly and produces a warm peachy coloured bath but not much bath art other than wisps of white foam on top. The sea salt made it more visually appealing but the main surprise was a hidden Amaranth Flower in the centre. Due to the high content of salt, the water was soft and luxurious, something I really noticed once I was in and when I was out and dry my skin felt beautifully silky and smooth.

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The Lust/Flying Fox scent is well known in Lush as being one of the most potent scents, and like I said, the bath bomb itself definitely shared that same quality. Even when the product had dissolved into the water, I could still smell the wonderful aroma in my bathroom. However, I was also expecting it to really linger on my skin, considering the perfume does for ages, but all I was left with was a really subtle and basic version of the true scent. I was actually fairly shocked! Luckily I have a bottle of Lust Perfume and doused myself in it to quell my disappointment.

All in all, I did really enjoy my experience with Youki Hi. I’m over the moon to have finally experienced this scent in a bath bomb form and whilst I do think it’s more suited to fragrances and shower products, I’m still a fan.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Yang Ylang Oil, Cypress Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Amaranth Flowers

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Geode Bath Bomb

Naturally forming geodes are hollow, vaguely circular rocks in which crystals and minerals are encased. I would tell you how they’re formed but this isn’t a science blog so you can google it. Geode Bath Bomb is one of the many new bath bombs for the 30th anniversary and is arguably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush have created to date.

Designed to look like a real life geode, this bath bomb has a beige rock shaped body with a stunning purple top created by using lustre and different grades of salt. It’s scent is very similar to that of Peachy Bath Bomb from this year’s Valentine’s range but if I’m remembering correctly, I believe Peachy was a tad more fruity and sweet. Even still, Geode contains different ingredients being Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil and Styrax Resinoid.

It’s a fairly grounding floral and woody aroma to me, with subtle hints of the three ingredients. Soothing Lavender gives the light florals, whist Bergamot adds a fresher uplifting note. Styrax Resinoid has a sweet cinnamon-like aroma and being a product not often used by Lush is likely what gives the bath bomb its unusual scent. Sadly, I wasn’t a massive fan of Peachy’s scent and I can’t say I’m overjoyed that Geode smells similar.

Once delicately placed into my bath, Geode began a beautiful display. It fizzed very slowly, beginning with not much more than a few wisps of creamy foam floating around it and the deep purple top colour seeping into the water.

As it went on, a trail of pink emerged from inside the bomb itself and slowly but surely the water took on a golden shade, which finally settled into a pinky, rose gold once it had all merged together. The golden lustre looked marvellous as it ebbed and flowed under the surface and the addition of Popping Candy created a crackling sound below. This more then made up for not liking the scent very much.

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Speaking of the scent, it was actually much more subdued in the water and I didn’t mind it as much. I was definitely getting slightly more floral notes at first but I couldn’t smell it anymore after a while. Didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was still marvelling at the stunning water which was beautifully soft thanks to all the Sea Salt!

Once I was out and dry whilst my skin felt great, again there was no sign of the scent lingering on my body. I was also surprised at the seemingly lacking glitter that was covering my body as I expected a whole lot more! Maybe this means Geode is a great bath bomb if you like glitter in your bath but don’t want to be covered after!

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In conclusion, I really enjoyed Geode. I think if it had a different scent, it would probably be up there with some of my favourites from recent times! It’s definitely a must try and I’m glad I got to try it!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Lavender Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Styrax Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Silica, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45410, Colour 45410:1, Colour 42090

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Kappa Bath Bomb

Lush are really seeming to love their Asian folklore at the moment, with the releases of Lucky Cat, Kitsune and Kappa. I guess these bath bombs did start in Harajuku so it only makes sense. In Japanese folklore, a kappa is an amphibious demon who although are often portrayed in negative lights, have been known to help humans and befriend us. They’re usually depicted as green human-like beings but have a Turtle-like shell on their backs and a lily pad-shaped dish on their heads.

Kappa Bath Bomb features an odd scent. Soggy stale shortbread, overripe vegetables, damp woodland and pond water are all things I’ve heard people describe it as and honestly I can see where they’re all coming from. Strangely enough, Lush have decided to include Cucumber Powder in this bath bomb, as apparently cucumbers are a kappa’s favourite food. As well as that, it also contains Lemon Oil, Cistus Oil and Oakmoss Absolute.

The scent is fairly reminiscent of crisp and fresh cucumbers, with Lemon Oil adding something a little sharper. The other two ingredients are known for being deeper scents with more resinous and earthy undertones. Cistus Oil has a warm, amber, honey-like scent whereas Oakmoss Absolute is deeply earthy and mossy. Honestly, I’m not sure these types of scents pair together well and sadly my nose has to agree. It’s rare for Lush to produce something I don’t like the smell of, but I’m afraid this is it.

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In the water, after fizzing for a couple of seconds, Kappa sank to the bottom and from reading other reviews, it seems to happen a lot with this particular bath bomb. it’s a relatively slow fizzer but doesn’t foam up, nor does it create any bath art as such. Instead, it turns the water a rather lovely blue/green colour. The scent, whilst remaining throughout, actually became a lot subtler once the bath bomb had dissolved but I’m afraid all I could notice was the overarching ‘damp’ smell.

Furthermore, I could still notice the scent on my skin once I was out and dry but this time, it was even subtler so I didn’t mind it as such. My skin actually felt gorgeously soft and smooth, so that was a nice bonus. Whilst the water didn’t feel any different from a standard bath bomb, it’s likely the Cucumber Powder, which has a cooling and softening effect on the skin. Cucumbers are also packed with vitamins and minerals that really benefit and nourish the skin.

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In conclusion, I’m afraid I do not like the smell of this bath bomb, I just can’t agree with it. It kinda makes up for it with the beautiful water and how soft it makes you feel but alas, I won’t be using it again. Sorry Kappa.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cucumber Powder, Cistus Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl 2-Octynoate, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 47005, Colour 19140, Candy Eyes

 

 

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Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb

Speciality drinks such as Charcoal Lattes, Matcha Lattes and Turmeric Lattes are massively on trend at the moment. Turmeric is said to have huge benefits for the body and actually makes for a surprisingly nice hot beverage.

Lush’s Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb is one of my favourites from the 30th anniversary collection for sure. It’s a gorgeous design with a light tan colour that turmeric lattes usually are, an exterior inspired by latte art and a heavy dusting of sparkling golden glitter. Featuring well blended notes of coffee, cocoa and spice, it’s such a comforting and beautiful scent.

It very much reminds me of the scent of Cup O’ Coffee, which happens to be one of my favourite products.  However, Turmeric Latte doesn’t actually feature coffee as an ingredient, and the drink rarely does either. This bath bomb contains a mixture of sweet Vanilla, with further vanillary notes from Tonka and Benzoin with a warmth coming from the Turmeric content as well as a creaminess from Coconut Milk Powder. The resulting fragrance is like that of a sweet chai. Rich and sweet, yet deep and spicy and ultimately very warming.

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On the skin, Tonka, Vanilla and Benzoin are known for their soothing and calming effects. Turmeric contains many antioxidants and is also antibacterial, promoting bright, clear and healthy looking skin. Adding highly nutritious coconut milk in a powder form is ideal for soothing the skin and locking in moisture.

Once popped into the bath, Turmeric Latte erupts thick creamy white and gold streams onto the surface of the water, decorated with golden sparkles. It creates beautiful bath art and looks very much like you’d expect (and want!) your turmeric latte to look like from a coffee shop. After a while it mixed into a brownish tan colour, but the amount of visible golden lustre floating around below the water was enough to keep you from thinking the water was boring and dull. It was a fairly slow fizzer, allowing you to really marvel at the beauty and the strong aroma exuding from it.

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The water itself felt fairly soft but I felt so comforted by the fragrance, that warm and snug feeling was all I was focusing on. I did notice that my skin was gorgeously soft once I was towelled off, thanks to that Coconut Milk Powder and was coated with an impressive, but not extreme amount of glitter. Turmeric Latte left me feeling energised and content and I was happily smelling my arms for the rest of my evening.

In conclusion, I love this bath bomb and I really think it deserves a place in the year round range once the 30th anniversary is over. I used it with my new Turmeric Latte Shower Gel for that double dosage and you can look forward to my post on that very soon!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cornflour, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Tonka Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Coconut Milk Powder, Turmeric Powder, Cream of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Silica, Tin Oxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 77491.

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