Bath, Fun

Thunderbolt Fun

I don’t often use Lush’s fun so I wasn’t as excited about the exclusive fun bars at Lush Liverpool as I was about other products there, but as I was gifted a few varieties, I was looking forward to trying them. Thunderbolt is scented with the ‘Never Mind The Ballistics’ scent.

If I’m honest, the neon yellow colour of this fun bar looks much more like a radioactive substance than a lightning bolt but is something that’ll really stand out sat in your bathroom either way.

As I mentioned, Thunderbolt shares it’s fragrance with that of the Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb which we’ve not seen in a while, I believe the last time this scent was used was in a limited edition fun bar from last Christmas called Festive Friends. It’s a sweet and bright scent that mixes zesty Lime Oil with the fruitiness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil and a little Olibanum Oil for warmer undertones. Having not smelled this fragrance in a while, I’m glad to experience it again as it’s a simple but really lovely scent.

Lush market their bars of fun as four-in-one products, but I’d actually say they have five uses. Their Cornflour, Talc and Glycerine base gives the fun a unique malleable texture and feels very much like Play-Doh or modelling clay meaning one use is that you can actually mould your own shapes and models; it’s a great way to get kids enjoying their baths more. Add a surfactant or lathering agent such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which cleanses dirt and grease effectively, then you have a mouldable soap, which can be used for gently washing your body and hair, giving you two more uses. The fourth use is that you can use a bar of fun in the same way you’d use a bubble bar and crumble under running water to fill your bath with soft bubbles. I mentioned a possible fifth use and that would be for shaving. Stroking a piece of fun across wet skin leaves behind a thick and creamy lather that actually works amazingly well as a shaving soap, so I know a great deal of people who use fun for this reason too.

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When I used Thunderbolt, I did what I usually do with fun and that’s using two thirds for a bubble bath and leaving the remainder to use as a piece of soap whilst I’m soaking. If you didn’t want to use the whole thing at once, no problem, you just break off as much as you need and store the rest away in it’s compostable wrapper.

Fun always produces super soft bath water and Thunderbolt was no exception. There wasn’t a huge amount of bubbles but definitely enough and they felt fluffy and light. The bath water was definitely more green rather than yellow but I’m just glad there was some colour at all as usually bright yellow products don’t fair too well in the water. Scent wise, I didn’t notice the scent too much in the water, apart from when I was washing my body with my remaining piece, nor could I smell it very strongly on my skin after.

Although Fun isn’t exactly moisturising, my skin was feeling soft and smooth, so that’s a good thing and all things considered, Thunderbolt is a nice option if you’re into fun, I do just wish it was scented a little more strongly.

Ingredients

Cornflour, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 59040

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Shower, Shower Bombs

Strawberry Hill Shower Bomb

Since the release of the first shower bombs way back last year, I’ve been wondering when (or if) Lush would be bringing out any other varieties. After no seasonal shower bombs were released for neither Christmas nor Valentines, I was starting to think maybe they had given up on that idea. But I guess not, as Strawberry Hill debuted as part of 2019’s Mothers Day range.

For anyone who hasn’t seen a shower bomb before, they’re basically like bath bombs that you use in the shower. They foam up under the running water just like a bath bomb would and you then use the foam to wash yourself with. If a bath bomb is for a luxury bath experience, then think of these as the shower’s counterpart.

Shower bombs are often slightly exfoliating due to the texture of the bath bomb-like lather they produce. Strawberry Hill also contains Soybean Flower, which gives an ever so gentle scrub. When Soybean Flour is put in contact with warm water it creates a rich, softening milk that will soothe the skin also. A mix of Potato Starch and Sodium Alginate means that the mousse shower bombs produce feels so luxurious and rich, and leaves your skin feeling beautifully soft after. Along with the Soybean Flour, Strawberry Hill is no exception and foams up wonderfully.

As you can imagine, given the name and the design, this shower bomb contains Fresh Strawberry Puree. Strawberries contain both malic and citric acids to cleanse and brighten the skin, and they are a natural source of powerful antioxidants which help to improve the skin’s elasticity. Although containing the fruit, it isn’t actually this that gives Strawberry Hill its strawberry-ish scent. Strawberries themselves don’t have much of an aroma so they’re often mimicked by other ingredients to give you the popular smell.

This product is actually scented with Vanilla Absolute, Brazilian Orange Oil and Rose Absolute for a gentle, fruity and sweet fragrance. It’s quite powdery, especially given the format but ultimately smells rather decadent when you’re using it in the shower and the hot water only elevates the scent, filling your senses. Sadly, there wasn’t much of the scent lingering on my skin after I was out, just a mild remembrance that was more floral than the original product.

Some people argue that shower bombs aren’t worth it, due to the fact you only get one use out of each one, yes you can leave half to dry but I find they don’t work as well a second time. However saying this, bath bombs are only the one use too and you don’t see people complaining about that do you? I know it’s not the same, but for people who don’t have baths, it’s nice that they have a chance of some luxury too.

I’m really glad we’re starting to see more shower bombs and if future releases are as good as Strawberry Hill then I’ll be happy!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Lactate Gluconate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Soybean Flour, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Fresh Strawberry Puree, Water, Benzyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410

 

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Lemon Butterfly Bath Bomb

Lemon Butterfly is the last of three limited edition bath bombs shaped like butterflies that Lush have released for Mothers Day 2019. Whilst the citrus scent doesn’t massively appeal to me, I loved both Rose Butterfly and Wild Butterfly a lot so I was still rather eager to use this one too!

So called Lemon Butterfly because, yep you guessed it, it’s because of what features in its ingredients list. It does indeed contain Lemon Oil, but also Sweet Wild Orange Oil too. It’s a very uplifting and bright fragrance that you might recognise from a now discontinued massage bar, From Dusk Til Dawn. I’ve always said I’m not a huge lover of citrus scents but I can appreciate how invigorating and energising they are and this was no different.

With my third butterfly bath bomb, I had now realised that all efforts to get them to float delicately on top of the water were futile so I simply placed it in and watched as the green and yellow colours fizzed out. Like the previous two, Lemon Butterfly was mesmerising to watch. The fact that different coloured bath bomb mixes are randomly sprinkled into the moulds, doesn’t only create the beautiful marble-effect patterns on the product but also allows the fizzing to look wonderful! Before long the butterfly had mostly broken up and I hopped in to a vibrant green bath,

Whilst I was in I did notice that the scent wasn’t as strong as it was before the product had dissolved but obviously that’s not a bad thing for me personally! The water was also filled with gorgeous sparkling lustre floating around, attaching itself to my skin.

A great thing about citrus fruits and their oils is that they’re amazingly cleansing for the skin due to the enzymes they contain, which meant I left my bath feeling super clean and fresh. The scent, although weakened, was still relatively present on my skin afterwards, as was a light dusting of glitter.

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Although I wouldn’t use this particular bath bomb again, I’m glad I have at least once because I’m so in love with the butterfly bath bombs, they really are spectacular and you must try at least one! In case you didn’t know, there’s actually a fourth called Shijimi Butterfly, which I hope to get my hands on very soon when I visit the newest Lush store in Liverpool! I’m buzzing, stay tuned!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Water, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77491, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 59040

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Bath, Bath Bombs

Wild Butterfly Bath Bomb

The second of the butterfly shaped Mother’s Day exclusive bath bombs I chose to use was Wild Butterfly, so called because of the Sweet Wild Orange Oil it contains!

Wild Butterfly has a scent that is very similar to Christmas 2017’s Berry Berry Christmas Shower Gel but there’s a slight difference. Whilst still containing the Orange and the Olive Leaf Absolute, it features Petitgrain instead of Bergamot. It’s a strong, unique scent that can be slightly off putting at first, but if you really take it in, I find it really warming. The herbaceous Olive Leaf and Petitgrain give a strong woody note to the scent which is what I can first pick out in the fragrance, whereas the uplifting smell of the Sweet Wild Orange in the background is possibly what saves the scent from being too bitter. Like I said, if you don’t like it at first, give it another chance and see what you think. Petitgrain is thought to help reduce anxiety and mental fatigue, which after a couple of stressful days was really what I needed.

Once placed in the water, much like Rose Butterfly, this one didn’t float well either so I got the best pictures I could. Yet it still made for a really pretty show, vivid oranges and yellows were streaming out of it creating gorgeous patterns before settling into a warming sunset orange bath that had sparkly glitter floating throughout. Furthermore, as it fizzed, the aroma really lifted and filled the room. Unlike Rose Butterfly, I found that this one dissolved at a much slower rate and I found myself watching it for a good six minutes. 

I really like to meditate in the bath as I find it’s the perfect place for clearing my mind and I found that after my bath with Wild Butterfly, I was so calm and grounded. I usually am after a bath but there was something that made me feel even more so with this one. I really felt at peace and was ready to chill out for the rest of the evening.

Once I was out, my skin was still emanating the earthy scent, it felt silky soft and also had a slight glimmer in the light from the lustre. If you really hate glitter, don’t worry too much, as it’s only a little and you can easily wash it off after your bath.

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To conclude, I’m loving these butterflies so far, I can’t wait to try out the last one even if it’s scent doesn’t appeal to me as much as the other two!

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Petitgrain Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cream Of Tartar, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 19140, Colour 15850:1

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