22 June 2018

Winter Bath Bomb

Recently, I've been making a conscious effort to pull out some of my more ancient bath bombs and use them up. I've realised that although it's fun to collect and stash Lush stuff, it does mean that by the time I get around to using these products, they've often both lost some or all of their scent, and don't necessarily work as well as they would have done when fresh. The Winter Bath Bomb is one such product.

I was lucky enough to pick up two of these in a trade-off last year, and having rediscovered them recently, I decided that I couldn't wait until the winter to test them out. Already three years old when I first received them, I was rather intrigued to see how they would perform some four years after they were originally made.

Initially, I was convinced that I wouldn't enjoy Winter Bath. The general consensus is that it smelt strongly of ginger, with elements of the cloves and lemongrass being suppressed behind this fragrance. Those of you who read this blog regularly, will know that ginger is my least favourite herb, so the ballistic wasn't off to a good start.
Lush chose to add the spicy ginger oils and cloves to reenergise the user as well as help support blood circulation around the body; perfect in the winter months when you're struggling to keep yourself warm. To add depth to the overall fragrance, sandalwood and cedarwood were also included to give the bath bomb a subtle earthy and smoky undertone. 
When removing this ballistic from it's wrapper, I found that although the ginger was at the forefront, it was a sweet and slightly powdery smell, supported by the fruitiness of the lemongrass and the natural caramel-ly aroma of the cocoa butter. It wasn't as potent or as harsh as I was expecting. Furthermore, when this bath bomb was added to the water, the ginger scent became a little more prominent, but even then, it wasn't at all overpowering.

The most impressive part of Winter Bath is the addition of cocoa butter, which not only turns the bath water into a luxurious haven of velvety-softness, but like you would expect from a bath melt, leaves little pearls of oils on the surface. These can then be used to moisturise into your skin, leaving it silky- soft and refreshed. I really was not expecting this at all. 

Unfortunately, the scent does not hang around for long, and once I had exited the bath, it had all but vanished. This meant that the smell didn't linger at all on my skin either, although this could be to do with the age of the product and not a manufacturing fault. However, your skin does remain really smooth for hours, and I found that I didn't have to moisturise afterwards. 

As you can see from my video, this is a slow dissolving bath bomb, but again this could be due to it's age. The inclusion of soya milk in the ingredients list helps to create a beautiful creamy and highly indulgent looking bath, but it wouldn't win any awards for the show it puts on beforehand. However, for such a small ballistic, I was surprised to find that it was just as powerful and effective as a bigger bath bomb, delivering a relaxing, fragrance filled bath that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

Although it's not a bath bomb I would run out and purchase again immediately, it did offer me a lovely experience in the bath and changed my opinion of ginger-scented products. I would be interested in trying a fresh version, just to see if the scent was any stronger. But overall, this ballistic worked fairly well as it was.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Laureth 4, Soya Milk Powder (Glycine soja), Perfume, Rice Bran Oil (Oryza sativa), Titanium Dioxide, Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Ginger Absolute (Zingiber officinale), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Cedarwood Oil (Juniperus virginiana), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.