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15 August 2017

Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb




My first impression of this year's Christmas range was that I was rather disappointed by the lack of new bath bombs. While there seemed to be enough bubble bars to bring down Santa's sleigh, the two bath bombs that featured amongst these did not do much to excite me about the range as a whole. Having said that, I should point out that the 2017 seasonal collection over all is perhaps far more impressive than it has been for years. 

Christmas Sweater confused me for two reasons. Firstly, as a British company, I assumed that they would have chosen the more appropriate term 'jumper', as that's what most of us Brits would have related to more. And secondly, the list of ingredients rang alarm bells for me because they seemed far too familiar.

As it turns out, this seasonal ballistic is very nearly a replica of my least favourite bath bomb ever: Fizzy O' Therapy, albeit far more attractive. In fact, the only difference between the two, scent wise, is that this latest edition features the inclusion of Sicilian lemon oil, which adds a subtle hint of fruitiness to the occasion.

For those not familiar with my terrible experiences of Fizzy O' Therapy, you should know that it is not the scent that deters me from using it. While the design might not be particularly attractive, it is the sewage-coloured water that sends alarm bells ringing, and the gritty consistency that has me running in the opposite direction.

When it comes to Christmas Sweater, neither of these two are relevant, and in fact I happen to think that this bath bomb heeds some of the most stunning bath art that I've seen in a long time from Lush. With a yellow core and red outer shell, this seasonal ballistic creates beautiful rainbows of colour that pattern the surface of the water, and the deep shade of red that the water transpires into afterwards is gorgeous. Having said that, the fragrance is very similar to the aforementioned bath bomb above, and the effect it has on you is equally familiar. 

Smell-wise, this bath bomb offers a gentle but very warming fragrance. From the start, you can smell the sweet, spicy layer of cinnamon. It is not anywhere near as 'hot' as it is in Cinders Bath Bomb - instead offering a gentle and very comforting herbal layer. Alongside this, the ginger gives the bath bomb a delicate note that is almost floral, while both the cloves and lemon oil round the fragrance off with a sweet and subtley fruity smell. 

Despite the bath bomb featuring many quite potent ingredients, I was surprised to find that the overall affect is quite a subtle one. This is not a bath bomb that will blow your socks off; this is one that will gently ease them from your feet and coax the warmth back into your bones. This is a wonderful remedy to enjoy after a long, hard day at work.

What is great about Christmas Sweater Bath Bomb is that not only does it smell like a winter wonderland, but that each ingredient has been added to stimulate the muscles, release the tension and banish the chills that you may be harvesting in this often unforgiving season. Although this bath bomb isn't the most nourishing one that I'd had from Lush, it does leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturised - enough to banish those dry areas brought on by the harsh conditions outside. While I'm not looking forward to the colder weather setting in, I do know that I'm now prepared for what to use, if and when that eventually happens.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Ginger Powder, Mustard Powder, Perfume, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Water (Aqua), Propylene, Glycol Cinnamyl, Alcohol *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15985:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 47005, Colour 45410, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.




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