I'd say that the majority of Lush fans are initially attracted to Lush because of the bright colours and contrasting smells that throw themselves at you when you first walk past the shop. While there are no doubt some consumers who initially went into a store with the intent of picking up something that wasn't a multi-coloured bath bomb or bubble bar, it's unlikely that a lot of new fans would go in there with the intent of picking up a box of toothy tabs or trying out a hair treatment - at least not without a ballistic or two.
Once you have found yourself familiar with Lush, it is normally then that you begin to discover the hundreds of other products that don't necessarily have the vividity that makes the bathing section so popular, but do have the productivity that makes them equally effective. Ylang Song Bath Bomb is one of those items.
Sporting a simple white demeanour and decorated with a simple violet-coloured flower on top, this bath bomb isn't one you would naturally gravitate towards if you're looking for a colourful experience in the tub. However, this ballistic is a real gem as not only does it offer an incredibly beautiful aroma but also offers up something a little surprising in the water.
Containing neroli, rosewood and ylang ylang, I was expecting a very heady floral aroma - one with lots of grassy elements present and a little wood. Instead, I was surprised to find that this bath bomb actually offered a very sweet, powdery and somewhat honeyed fragrance with prominent reference to the spice facets of the neroli and the gentle floral elements of the ylang ylang.
The rosewood adds a distinctive woody element but it's more of an afterthought so it compliments the other ingredients perfectly - offering up a bath bomb that would appeal even to those who would normally dispel floral aromas. It's a very pleasant fragrance - one that is playful, refreshing and very different from any of the current bath bombs available from the Lush stores.
In the bath, Ylang Song is quite a fast fizzer - bubbling and frothing the second it hits the water and releasing trails of white foam across the surface of the tub. What is surprising is that halfway through, the bath bomb splits open and releases a wave of colour that paints the water green and releases a small handful of beautiful yellow rose petals and purple everlasting flowers across the surface.
For those put off by the inclusion of the flower pieces, I can assure you that there are so few of them present that they can be scooped out with ease in a single go. What impressed me the most with this bath bomb is how incredibly soft and nourishing it made the water. While the ingredients list doesn't hint at this product being particularly moisturising, I was only in the bath for a minute or two before I could feel how soft and hydrated my sink had become.
While it unfortunately didn't leave much in the way of scent on my skin afterwards, the smell of the bomb did linger for the most part of the bath, and offered me a much-needed sensual experience after a long day at work. While the scents are very different, this one did remind me of Rose Bombshell, due in most part to it's design and gentle sweet, floral aroma.
While Ylang Song doesn't offer the most attractive display in the tub, it does have a wonderful fragrance that would be well-suited as a perfume and indeed a soap to boot. I would happily buy this again and hope that Lush use this scent to create other products for me to try.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fine Sea Salt, Cornflour (Zea mays), Peony Petals (Paeonia Albiflora), Ylang Ghana Oil (Cananga odorata), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Yellow Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia), Purple Everlasting Flowers (Gnaphalium uliginosum), Carissa Edulis, Water (Aqua), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090.
2015 Price: £3.35 each in store/£3.95 in Kitchen.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.