2012 was the first Christmas that I really got involved in Lush in a big way, so I remember the seasonal range very well. Just like a lot of people discovering Lush for the first time, I focussed all of my attention on the most popular products available - Snow Fairy and Ponche Shower Gels, Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser and the numerous other big sellers that year. This meant that certain items, such as the one I'm about to review, were overshadowed and forgotten about by myself until recently.
Following the popularity of Magic Wand, Lush chose 2012 as the year to bring out two new reusable bubble bars - Rocket being one of them. What's great about this bubble bar, is that it can be used multiple times, which makes it exceedingly good value for money. In fact, I managed to get five good quality baths out of a single bar, and as long as you keep it stored somewhere dry in-between uses, there's no reason why you can't stretch this to ten baths, if not more.
As the name suggests, Rocket is in the shape of a rocket and is decorated with strips of yellow and orange that trail behind the bubble bar. These brightly coloured lengths of paper not only add flair to the overall look of the product but come in very handy when you want to swish the bar around in the water. What's good about this design is that the paper is threaded through most of the bar so you don't have to worry about the rocket falling off mid-use. To make it that little more appealing, Lush have also added a sprinkling of silver stars.
The Rocket is scented with a sweet and slightly spicy fragrance which is quite difficult to describe. With a combination of fire tree, clove bud and ginger oils, this bubble bar has a festive aroma that doesn't fit in with the usual humdrum of candy and cinnamon-scented products. There is a gentle violet smell present, which when mixed with the ginger, gives it more of a savoury scent than a sweet one. However, the clove gives it that festive edge that'll guarantee to warm up even the coldest of bodies, and there is a small sprinkling of citrus evident that compliments the floral element. This is definitely one of those smells that won't immediately appeal to everyone - it's not as versatile and instantly pleasing as the sugary-sweet scents. However, the combination of spice, citrus and floral will soon win you over.
What is refreshing about this bubble bar is that it's fragrance lasts throughout the entire bath. I sometimes find that the scent of Lush bathing products fade in the water but that wasn't the case with this one. Rocket promises a very sensual bathing experience and this it delivers. When I climbed into the tub, I couldn't help but notice that the water was wonderfully soft and the whole experience left me feeling refreshed while relaxed enough to fall asleep.
How you use the wand is simple; just run a bath and then swirl the bubble bar around in the water, like you would a wand in the air. You'll find that the water begins to turn a deep blue colour instantaneously and within a few seconds, large mounds of silky-soft bubbles begin to form. This part is probably the product's most appealing aspect; for one, it means you can choose how much to use each time, and secondly, the action of waving it like a wand, is a fun factor that kids will love.
This is a great stocking filler for children and can even be given as a pre-Christmas treat to help relax and ease them into sleep before the bed day. While it's not my favourite smell from Lush, it does offer consumers a product that doesn't smell like everything else available around this time. It's a shame that this didm't make a reappearance in 2013 but I'm hoping that Lush chose to bring it back again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Clove Bud Oil, Fire Tree Oil, Ginger Oil, Eugenol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyl IUonone, titanium Dioxide, Colour 43090, Golden Edible Stars.
Year Of Original Release: 2012.