Bath, Bath Bombs

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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Bath, Bath Bombs

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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Atmospheres, Shower, Shower Gels & Creams

Joy Atmosphere

The last of my Atmospheres to use was Joy. I think of myself as a relatively happy person, or at least someone who can pick themselves up in times of adversity so Joy wasn’t top of my list of things I most needed. Incase you didn’t know, Atmospheres are little bubbles of single use shower gel, which were designed with the laws of attraction in mind. Each essential oil blend was hand picked to help you obtain four things you may desire – Joy, Money, Love and to Let Go.

Joy contains a number of different essential oils but the main two categories are citrusy and spicy. You’ve got zesty bright notes from Grapefruit, Lemon Myrtle, Brazilian Orange and Bergamot Oils and a warming spiciness from Black Pepper and Clove Bud Oils, along with Ginger Absolute. The mix of the two contrasting notes really reminds me of spiced fruits and spiced beverages you get at Christmas time. It’s a very reassuring scent, uplifting but ever so comforting at the same time and honestly, it truly does give you a good sense of joy. I reckon it would make a great scent for a new Christmas product later this year?

The idea behind this essential oil blend is just how I’ve described it. Citrus scents are known for having an uplifting effect on your mood and spices are often used in aromatherapy to ground and comfort. Lush hope that you realise that you are the creator of your own life experiences.

To use these innovative products you simply pinch the atmosphere between your fingers and tear open as you focus your mind on your goal, tipping the gel into your hand and washing all over. The casing that the Atmospheres come in is completely plastic free as it’s actually completely made out of seaweed! How great is that! This means that when you’re finished in the shower, you can toss it, flush it, compost it or whatever you want without the guilt of having to dispose of yet another single use plastic.

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The gel inside an Atmosphere is actually rather thick, so takes a little longer to really get lathering than a regular shower gel. Nevertheless when it eventually gets going, I find that they feel wonderful on your skin, cleanse effectively and are fairly moisturising too! Just be careful when first popping open that casing because you don’t want to waste any (they do currently cost £12 for four!).

In conclusion, I actually think Joy might be my favourite Atmosphere, even though I’m a sucker for the Love scent! It even left a hint of the scent on my skin after, with even more of the spiciness coming through. As a whole, I think the current price point is far too much, especially with Lush marketing them as single use. Whilst a fantastic idea, I think they’d get a lot more interest if the price were lower, or perhaps they were sold individually. Perhaps we’ll see in the future.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Fine Sea Salt, Bergamot Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Ginger Absolute, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Styrax Oil, Olibanum Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate, Citral, Eugenol, Linalool, Colour 19140

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