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14 April 2017

Yellow Submarine Bath Bomb




'We're all going on a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine...'. Let's be honest: there are probably very few people who found out about this bath bomb and didn't repeat the above ditty in their head at least once, just to prove that they could remember it. Many of you most likely went on to rekindle a memory or two of being in school; of having to either perform this repetitive and rather sickly-sweet song in front of your peers, or to endure another class reciting it, albeit out-of-tune, for your viewing pleasure.

This is what I think makes Yellow Submarine Bath Bomb so special to me. While I accept that the current generation of primary school children will probably never grow up to value it as we do - nor will many of them branch out to appreciate The Beatles for their musical worth. However, children of the eighties and nineties will at least be able to make the association between this product and their time at school.  

Made from a combination of orange, coriander and lemongrass, this limited edition bath bomb first made its appearance at the Lush Summit - an event that took place between the 8th and 9th of February, 2017. Exclusive to this event, this brand new product offers a bright, summery bath - giving you a glimpse into what glorious weather we can only hope for this summer.
What is strange about Yellow Submarine, is that while I can recognise each of three main components in the fragrance, the overall aroma is something very different when you first smell it. Initially, my immediate response was that it shared its scent with my favourite shower jelly, Big Calm. However, upon comparing the two, I found that the bath bomb was actually far richer, less pineapple-led, and dare I say it: more exquisite.

Having said that, I am still very adamant that this bath bomb is a tropical offering rather than simply a 'fruity' one. While there is nothing in the ingredients list to suggest why I can smell this, I can definitely make out a sweet, nutty layer of coconut, which makes this a well-rounded and rather creamy affair. 

Alongside this, the inclusion of both lemongrass and orange create an uplifting, fruity layer. This is the stronger of the two notes, and when combined seem to mimic the usual pineapple and passionfruit notes that you would normally expect to find in tropical aromas, albeit with less of a citrus edge.Having said this, I can recognise the inclusion of the coriander in this bath bomb as well. There is a very subtle, dry, herbal element present (that appears to intensify somewhat in the bath tub), that I associate with the ingredient.

What is great about Yellow Submarine is that the second it hits the water, it froths up and creates a mountainous amount of foam. The ballistic then nestles itself within this froth and floats on the surface for a short while, offering a wonderful display of yellow and pinks in the process. As the thick blanket disperses across the surface, the bath bomb capsizes and continues to ebb out waves of colour until the bath bomb has fully dissolved. 

This is one of those slow, quiet bath bombs that fizzles a little, but does produce too much noise in the tub. Furthermore, it's also one that produces a layer of creamy foam the submerge yourself beneath. For this reason, I would highly recommend that you climb into the tub and enjoy the sweet layers of fragrance as the bath ballistic floats on the surface and gently dissolves in front of you.

By the end, you're left with a warming, golden-honey coloured water, which is far more appealing than the simple yellow shade I was expecting. Furthermore, the water appears slightly thicker and moisturising than usual, although I wouldn't say that this bath bomb is particularly generous when it comes to its softening properties.

While the scent was present throughout the experience  I wouldn't say that it was as strong as it could have been, especially given how potent the bath bomb is to begin with. Furthermore, I wasn't really able to detect much of the fragrance on my skin afterwards, although the smell did stay around for a short while in the bathroom. 

Although I felt relaxed and more uplifted after I had experienced this bath bomb, it is definitely a fragrance that I think would work better in a different format: a shower gel, dusting powder or perfume would be a wonderful addition to the range, and would definitely satisfy my tropical cravings until Lush are kind enough to bring out the Big Calm Perfume I have been waiting for for years.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Perfume, Water, Brazilian Orange Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Fandango Lustre, Colour 45410, Colour 47005. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017 (Lush Summit Event Only)


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