Since the opening of the Oxford Street store, there has been a huge increase in the number of brand new bath oils and melts that have appeared in both the flagship shop, and released in limited batches as part of the weekly Lush Kitchen menu. Road From Damascus is one of the most recent offerings - boasting a brand new fragrance from the company, and one that looks set to be a big hit in 2017.
Although the bath oil has only made a fleeting visit in the Lush Kitchen so far, fans who were able to attend the Creative Showcase back in September, would have had the opportunity to witness the new fragrance as both a limited edition perfume, and in the form of a new bubble bar called Magic. Despite owning both of these beauties, it was this format that interested me the most.
Described by Lush as a smell intent on 'whisking you away momentarily from this ever changing world', Road From Damascus Bath Oil is a gorgeous, albeit rather small offering, with a rich and very intoxicating aroma to insnare the senses. If you ever wanted to use a melt without the aid of a bath bomb or bubble bar, but worried that it wouldn't fair well without company, this is a product that you need to try out for yourself.
Containing both rose petals and rose absolute, it is little wonder that this popular floral ingredient is one of the strongest notes upon first sniff. Musky and naturally sweet, this component brings about a note that reminds me of petals left to dry and wither between the pages of an old leather-bound book. There is somewhat of an old-fashioned smell about it - like a mature, sophisticated, more interesting version of Imogen Rose.
Alongside this, the violet leaf absolute adds a rich and very prominent floral element that gives this bath melt a very complex aroma to contend with. Much like Kerbside Violet Liquid Perfume, the violet adds subtle grassy tones to the mix, which not only elevates the floral notes, but gives Road From Damascus a very robust fragrance. In simple terms - imagine combining Rose Jam and Kerbside Violet Liquid Perfumes together, and you may get an idea of what this bath melt smells like.
Finally, you can definitely detect hints of the orange flower absolute alongside the other key components. However, I feel as if this ingredients works more at bringing the other elements together and thickening out the floral aroma, than making much of an impression by all by itself.
For a bath oil that weighs a minuscule 20g, there is definitely a lot of fragrance given off from the get-go. This is why I would say that the bath oil could easily be halved and used across two baths. For this reason, the £4 price tag doesn't seem as extortionate as it might originally seem, and I would recommend that you try it out for yourself.
As with all of Lush bath oils, this one works well as part of a cocktail, or by itself if you're looking for something a little simpler. All you have to do is drop it into the tub once your bath has finished running, and let the heat of the liquid melt and dissolve the bath oil into the water. Before climbing in, I would recommend that you swish the water around to help the oils absorb better and ensure that you don't incur a build up around the sides of the tub, which can cause a little staining if left for too long.
What impressed me about Road From Damascus is that I found the scent did not lose any of its potency when in use. Even when I added in a bath bomb afterwards, this bath oil was still very much present throughout, and it was the key component that stayed with me until the very end of my bathing experience.
Furthermore, the various butters and oils used to create this bath oil appeared to be the perfect amount needed. With some bath oils and melts, they can create quite a greasy bath - which can cause problems with certain skin types, and can also be a nuisance if you happen to wet your hair during the experience. However, this bath oil created water that was both velvety-soft and highly nourishing - I could instantly feel the difference on my skin, without it feeling as if I needed to scrub the excess off afterwards.
While it might have only made a fleeting visit so far, I predict that this brand new bath oil will be making many more appearances in the coming months. Fans of both rose and violet smells will definitely appreciate what I consider to be a successful collaboration, and I only hope that the liquid perfume variation is released to enable consumers to try out the fragrance for themselves.
Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Butter, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60, Almond Glycerides, Perfume, Lauryl Betaine, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Dried Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Farnesol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.
2016 Price: £4.00 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2016.