12 November 2017

Beanie Bubble Bar

Sometimes, unbeknownst to the consumer, Lush will design, advertise or sell a product, only to withdraw it from circulation with no apparent explanation. It could be that the product wasn't formulated correctly so it was unsuitable for commercial release; it might be because of an issue with sourcing ingredients in the quantities needed to meet demand; it could even be because the company simply make a decision that the item doesn't fit in with the direction they are going in.

Beanie Bubble Bar was unfortunately one of the unlucky prototypes that just never got to see the light of day. Obviously made as a trial batch, the product never made it out of the factory, aside from in the bags of a few lucky workers who were allowed to take the bubble bar home and use it at their own discretion. A month or so later, I was fortunate enough to make contact with one such employee, and before I knew it, a mountain of these cookie-like bath products were making their way into my bathroom. 

Scented with the Blue Skies And Fluffy White Clouds fragrance family, this would-have-been limited edition Christmas product shares its scent with a liquid bath melt, a shower gel and the original bubble bar. While it may not have its own unique aroma, Lush are known for utilising the same scent in some of their seasonal releases, so this wouldn't have been the reason that the company decided to scrap the idea before it made the shops. 
At first glance, this cute seasonal special appears quite menacing, decorated with six coffee beans that are used to form a slight smile/slight grimace across the surface of the product. Designed to look like a snowman, Lush's rendition gives off an almost Nightmare Before Christmas vibe about it, which I think makes it even more endearing.

Featuring patchouli, olibanum and cinnamon, Beanie is a perfect collaboration of warming smells, that would have banished the cold from anyone's frost-bitten fingertips. Dominated by the patchouli, this bubble bar possesses a spicy, exotic and deeply relaxing fragrance. 

The patchouli gives its overall smell a slightly floral and woody scent, which helps to unwind and relax your mind and body; cinnamon oil adds that warm, spicy edge that compliments the other ingredients perfectly. It also works with the patchouli to aide calmness. Finally, the frankincense oil has been added to not only rejuvenate and condition the skin, but add its unique exotic fragrance to round this off beautifully. 

In the water, the bubble bar crumbles with ease and turns the water a translucent shade of blue. While not as exciting as Blue Skies, the water is super moisturising - perhaps even more so than the aforementioned bubble bar, and it heeds almost as many bubbles as well. 
What I loved about this rare beauty is that the inclusion of the coffee beans gave me a sense of clarity while I was bathing. While the coffee smell wasn't present almost at all in the water, I think the beans did have an impact on my senses, and helped me to wake up a little before my long and busy day. Furthermore, I was able to detect the patchouli on my skin afterwards, which is always a bonus. 

Although this bubble bar will probably never do more than nestle in the bedrooms of the lucky few who have been able to get their hands on one, this was a wonderful gesture from Lush, and I only hope it makes an appearance at least once in the Kitchen or as part of the Christmas range. As with a smile that endearing, who wouldn't want to share a bath with a Beanie Bubble Bar?

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: Not for sale.

Year Of Original Release: n/a.

Scent Family:
Beanie Bubble Bar
Blues Skies And Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar
Blue Skies Liquid Bubble Bath
Ol' Blue Skies Is Back Shower Gel

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