20 January 2014

The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar

The Christmas Penguin bubble bar epitomises why I love Lush so much. Nowhere else on the high street would you expect to find animal-shaped bathing products, besides those awful one-shaded soaps you find in independent shops that have little fragrance and even less character.

Modelled on a species of penguin called Little Penguins, which are found on Philip Island, Australia, and are considered the smallest penguins in the world, this bubble bar comes in many different shapes and sizes, making no two products alike. There is something rather child-like about the design of this bubble bar and I like that about it. 

Scented with the popular Olive Branch fragrance, this bubble bar has a slight citrusy scent intertwined with a gentle floral after-scent. But unlike the shower gel, there's no savoury element here, which could be due to the lack of vine leaves and olive oil in the ingredients list. However, the bar does smell very close to the shower gel and is almost identical to that of Pop In The Bath - a regular bubble bar that also shares this scent.

As with most Lush bubble bars, this bar can be used a number of ways and on more than one occasion. You could crumble or drop it under running water or, as many Lushies do, place it inside a sock or thin material and suspend it under the tap. This latter method prevents any undissolved pieces resting at the bottom of the bath tub and helps to create a haven of bubbly glaciers and silky-soft water. 

The bulk of the bar is made up of sodium carbonate and cream of tartar. It also contains sodium laureth sulfate, the ingredient used to stimulate bubble production in the tub. Although this is a key feature in a large percentage of bath products available on the market, it can irritate the skin of some people, so it's something to be aware of. 
In the bath, the water felt like velvet and the bubbles incredibly luxurious on the skin. I could pick up the fresh, uplifting scent of the mandarin oil throughout the whole bath, and this scent stayed with me long after I got out of the bath. My skin felt really soft once I was dried off- although I did have to apply a little moisturiser. 

For it's £2.95 price tag, The Christmas Penguin is good value for money. It creates a luxurious relaxing bath and works it magic to rejuvenate both tired skin and minds. Despite this, much like other bubble bars such as Dorothy, Sunnyside and Pumkin, I'd still consider it to be one of the less-appealing bath products available during the seasonal period, which is probably at the fault of Lush for bringing out so many amazing items. 

Those who like something a little different from the usual humdrum of floral and citrus scents, will no doubt love this bubble bar and will want to stock up. It's a very comforting scent without being all that Christmassy - so perfect for consumers who don't necessarily want a seasonal-smelling bath just because it's December. Although I really enjoy using this bubble bar, I hope that Lush choose to bring out a bath bomb with this fragrance instead next year.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Water, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PVP, Hydroxyethycellulose, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Colour 42090, Colour 42053, Colour 19140:1, Colour 77499, Cola Pip.

Vegan?: Yes.

Scent Family:
The Christmas Penguin bubble Bar
Happy Pill Ballistic 
The Olive Branch Body Lotion
The Olive Branch Body Spray
The Olive Branch Liquid Perfume
The Olive Branch Naked Shower Gel
The Olive Branch Shower Gel
Pop In The Bath Bubble Bar
Wash You Were Here Wash Card

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