16 January 2018

April Showers Bath Bomb

Drip, drip, drop little April shower,
Beating a tune as you fall all around
Drip, drip, drop little April shower
What can compare to your beautiful sound?

Oh come on, you didn't think I was going to start this review with anything but this lovely little ditty, now did you? The one which is now probably stuck in your head for the next few hours or days, or possibly weeks. Let's not even think about associating it with the gut-wrenching movie that traumatised a good many people's childhoods either, shall we? Opps, too late...

April Showers is one of those bath bombs that looks as if it's going to dissolve into nothing, and leave your bath water looking as if nothing has been added. While some of Lush's plainer bath bombs have wonderful scents accompanying them, there is nothing more dissatisfying than sitting in a bath of clear water and wondering how much you paid for the pleasure.

What surprised me about this Easter release was that it produced something far more exciting than I had encompassed, and this made the results even more pleasing. Upon contact with the water, April Showers immediately began to fizz loudly - sending out trails of creamy white residue that coated the surface of the water and stayed there for a good fifteen to twenty minutes after the bath bomb had dispersed. 

I'm going to be honest and say that I'm surprised to see that soya milk powder is not one of the ingredients listed in the product's formula. This is because it acted in much the same way as many of Lush's other bath bombs, that contain this very component,do. The creamy white coating must have been created from the various oils mixing with the cornflour.

Alongside the white residue, the speckles of pink and purple rain drops on the surface of the bath bomb also have an impact in the water. While dissolving, these send out waves of colour across the surface of the tub as well - creating colourful swirls that dance across the surface, creating beautiful patterns to observe. After about fifteen minutes, these dissolve and help to create the gentle, pastel-purple coloured water that you're left with to bathe in. 

What is fantastic about this bath bomb is that, while the colour of the water is not the most vibrant or exciting, the smell that accompanies it is impressively strong, and lasts with you throughout the whole experience. Furthermore, I could smell it on my skin and hair afterwards, and it stunk about the bathroom for a good couple of hours as well. 

Containing tonka, cypress, violet and cedarwood, I would describe this fragrance as being a sweet, musky and slightly woody violet scent. Fans of Kerbside Violet would enjoy this as it's quite a dry violet smell - it doesn't contain any of the sultriness that Tuca Tuca possesses. However, the smell of April Showers doesn't have the grassy element that the perfume does either so it's not a replica by any means. 

On the other hand, there is something about this bath bomb that reminds me a little of Ne Worry Pas Bath Bomb, although again this does not replicate the aroma exactly. Both the cedarwood and the cypress oils not only ground the product slightly but bring about a certain element of woodiness to it. For those new to Lush's violet scents, I would describe this bath bomb as smelling like Parma Violet sweets with a little sweet, woodiness thrown in for good measure.

Overall, this bath bomb is not only very moisturising - you can feel the difference it makes your skin feel, but the scent is very prominent throughout the experience and long afterwards as well. Although I would have hoped for a better colour in the water, my experience was good enough that I would definitely invest in one of these again. 

My only grouch was that this had a tendency to stain my bath tub if there was any sign of grime beforehand. Having said that, perhaps the light scrub I had to carry out afterwards was a gentle reminder about ensuring that my bath tub stays clean at all times.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Cornflour, Cedarwood Oil, Violet Leaf Absolute, Cypress Oil, Tonka Absolute, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Water (Aqua), Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Coumarin, Eugenol, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 60725.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £4 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

coming soon! 


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