Bath, Bath Bombs

Harajuku Bath Bomb

Harajuku is one of many exclusive bath bombs that are currently only available in Lush’s bath bomb only store in Harajuku, Tokyo. The neighbourhood of Harajuku is known internationally as a centre of trendy Japanese youth culture and fashion and is filled with bright and colourful boutiques, clothing and cosplay. It’s only fitting that the colours of the bath bomb that’s named after the area reflect those seen in the streets.

At first look, Harajuku is wonderfully enticing with it’s colourful design but it’s the scent that really gets you excited. It’s a sweet, light scent that reminds me of pick and mix stands, sweet iced cakes and bubblegum. With that description, I’m sure you’re imagining something along the lines of Snow Fairy, but it’s very different. Vanilla Absolute and Benzoin Resinoid work well together to give an almost almondy cake-like scent but the addition of Brazilian Orange gives a fruitier note and turns the fragrance into more of the aroma of sweets and candy.

No matter how hard I try and describe the scent, I feel like it’s one you really have to smell for yourself. It’s something that’s new and unique for Lush and I think they’d do well bringing it out in other formats.

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I’d thought that Harajuku would be a fast fizzer but I was completely wrong. Once placed in the tub it starts off by quickly shooting out clouds of yellows, pinks and blues, but after the initial fizz, it slows down till it’s almost unnoticeable. It didn’t fully dissolve a good twenty-five minutes into my bath, whilst the water gradually turned a peachy pink colour with sparkling lustre floating through it. The patterns it created on the water were pretty but to be honest, I was expecting and hoping for more.

With a relatively light scent, I wasn’t expecting it to be very powerful once the bath bomb had disappeared and unsurprisingly I was correct. Whilst there was still a hint of the sweet aroma, it was very much diluted. Afterwards my skin felt supple and soft and although didn’t strongly smell of the scent, it was still there in a far more subtle form which left me smelling my arms all evening.

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Overall, I quite enjoyed my time with Harajuku and would love to see more of this scent in the future!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartar, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Vanilla Absolute, Water, Cornstarch, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Maltodextrin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cinnamal, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350

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Yog Nog Bath Bomb

Yog Nog Bath Bomb was originally released in 2015 for that year’s winter range and has since become available at Lush Harajuku, a bath bomb only concept store in Japan. Earlier this month, Lush released Yog Nog and a few other Harajuku exclusive bath bombs old and new online for a limited time only!

I must admit, until this year with the arrival of Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar, I had never before smelt this fan favourite scent before, and boy was I missing out. It’s arguably the yummiest scent Lush have ever done and it literally smells like it’s something you should be eating, rather than something for your bath.

I honestly can’t tell you how you can mix spicy, warming Clove Bud Oil with sweet, floral Ylang Ylang Oil and get a fragrance that smells of gooey caramel, warm melted butter and indulgent toffee but this really does. It’s so delicious and moreish and envelops you like a big hug upon first whiff.

The scent is super pronounced in this version, far stronger than the bubble bar and I can still smell it on my skin a good four hours after getting out the tub, not to mention how strong the aroma in my bathroom was at the time.

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Once placed in the bath, it immediately starts fizzing and frothing, sending out streams of yellows and pale whites into the water, before starting to release a thicker foam from the insides of the ballistic. Yog Nog contains Soy Bean Flour which gives the foam a wonderfully creamier consistency and makes it amazing for nourishing and soothing the skin!

The shade the water turns towards the end is an opaque, warm yellow tone very similar to the colour of melted butter!

A beautiful surprise hidden inside this bath bomb is a whole chunk of Cocoa and Shea Butters which acts in the same way as a bath oil. It floats around, well after the outer casing has fully dissolved, spreading its buttery richness into the water which in turn feels magnificent and leaves a light coating on the surface of your skin, much like the effects of Butterball or a Body Conditioner.

Honestly I think this is one of my favourite bath bombs of all time, I can’t stop smoothing and smelling my skin at the moment, it was truly a wonderful experience. Lush, please give me the opportunity to get my hands on one of these again soon!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Laureth 4, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Clove Bud Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Soybean Flour, Titanium Dioxide, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Eugenol, Perfume, Colour 19140, Colour 47005, Colour 45350

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Golden Pear Bath Bomb

For those that don’t know, Lush have recently opened up a new concept store in Harajuku, Tokyo dedicated entirely to Bath Bombs, with fifty-seven exclusives! Also for those that don’t know, currently available online for a limited time only, they’ve got some of those exclusives for sale!

One happens to be a bath bomb designed after the popular Golden Pear Soap and features a scent that has sparked excitement since it’s first release, and my life depended on me getting my hands on one.

The bath bomb is roughly the same size as the soap and is also two halves of a product stuck together with a layer of Cocoa Butter, much like a bubbleroon, something that’s rarely seen in a bath bomb’s design.

I’ve wanted something else in this scent since the soap was first released for Christmas 2017, it’s a heavenly comforting aroma of freshly baked pears and spiced fruit tarts. I was worried when I first saw the ingredients list that unlike the soap, the bath bomb doesn’t contain the Pear Puree – which I had assumed made up a great deal of the soap’s fragrance. However, the scent is replicated perfectly with the Orange, Cardamom and Sandalwood Oils leaving it just as decadent and indulgent as the first incarnation.

When Golden Pear is popped in the bath, it immediately releases a strong explosion of the reassuring scent, which I had hoped would fill my bathroom, but I was left somewhat disappointed as it disappeared quite quickly. As it fizzes, shades of gorgeous golden orange and pink spread throughout, creating beautiful and mesmerising bath art.

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What’s left after the bath bomb has completed it’s fizzing, and the shades of orange have developed into more of a salmon pink colour, is the disc of cocoa butter that connected the pear’s halves. Acting much like a bath melt, it slowly floats around the water, imbuing it with extra buttery moisture which leaves your skin perfectly softened and nourished.

Although the product is half covered in a sprinkling of glitter, it wasn’t noticeable in my bath, not was it apparent on my skin after, and as I had guessed, sadly the fragrance wasn’t either.

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Golden Pear has recently become one of Lush’s most wanted scents so I’m not surprised they’ve given it a bath bomb format. Though sadly, I think that like me, a lot of fans are going to be disappointed at the scent’s lack of staying power, something I think Lush should try and resolve because apart from that it’s a really beautiful product.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Tin Oxide, Coumarin, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45350, Colour 77491

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Kitsune Bath Bomb

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore and are often depicted as intelligent beings that possess paranormal powers and the ability to shape shift into a human form. Kitsune is one of many bath bombs which will be exclusive to Lush’s bath bomb only concept store in Harajuku, Japan.

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I snapped up my Kitsune at the 2018 Lush Showcase where it premiered along with five other Harajuku exclusives and the elusive Ariana Grande bath bomb, Goddess. There was something really exciting to be using a new, super exclusive Bath Bomb!

The design is meant to resemble a fox’s head and ears which is quite clearly (and cutely!) represented. The almost croissant-like design is supposed to represent the many tails that Kitsune are said to have. Kitsune is also amazingly shimmery and is covered in gold glitter.

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It features a really relaxing, calming scent that’s equally as uplifting as it is grounding. It’s rather meditative and made me want to bathe in the waters for a long time. The scent is made up of Red Mandarin, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid. The Red Mandarin gives a top note of bright, citrusy juiciness but is cut with undertones of woody spiciness from the other components.

Once placed in the water, Kitsune’s a fast fizzer and practically immediately turns the water into rippling shades of gold and orange. It’s super sparkly, almost on the same level as Sunnyside or even Golden Egg and once fully dissolved I was left with a bright golden bath with a thin layer of creamy white oils on the surface of the water.

Yes, the glitter did stay on my skin the whole evening after but that’s only a bonus, right? Luckily for the tub at the hotel I was staying in, it easily washed away down the plughole!

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I appreciated the staying power the scent had both whilst I was in the bath, and on my skin after, albeit quite subtle. It made me feel uplifted and content, as I took quick sniffs of my arms every now and then where I could smell it the most. In terms of the physical feeling, I wouldn’t say Kitsune was particularly softening or moisturising, but it didn’t leave my skin irritated or dry either.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my bath experience with Kitsune, I do hope it’ll be available at some point again in the UK because I’d love to use it for a second time!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Red Manderin Oil, Patchouli Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, DRF Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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