11 July 2014

Romance In The Stone Bath Bomb

Every so often, a product comes along that sparks an interest in me far greater than most other products usually do. Sometimes it's the look; whether it be its unique shape, colour scheme or attention to detail with the decoration. Other times it might be the promise of an exciting scent or its performance in the bath, shower or on your skin. Whether it's that high expectation that you set upon hearing about the product, or whether that product just isn't as good as it could be, there are always those moments when you feel royally let down by an unfulfilled promise. 

When I first tried Romance In The Stone some two years ago, it was  probably the first product in a long while that left me feeling confused, saddened and a little annoyed. Released during one of Lush's 2013 retro releases, it looked and sounded like something I could easily fall in love with. But my experience was the very inverse of what I was expecting.

Fast forward to 2016, and I decide to try the bath bomb once again - intent on finding out what it was about my first experience that made me rate the product so low. 
Confusingly, I found that I loved the bath bomb the second time around and cannot for the life of me figure out what made me dislike it so much all those years ago.

This is one of Lush's smaller bath bombs; a light, cream in colour with real dried rosebuds arranged and decorating each end of the product. Out of the bag, it has a wonderful fresh floral scent intertwined with a refreshing burst of citrus; created using a blend of rose and orange fragrance. This addition of the orange sets it apart from most of Lush's rose-scented ballistics, giving it a unique kick that makes it different from the likes of Rose Queen and Tisty Tosty. First impressions were good.

In the water, the rose petals and dried buds broke away from the product while it was fizzing and floated across the surface before sinking to the bottom of the tub. For those of you who dislike your baths containing any unwanted 'debris', it is easy enough to let this ballistic dissolve whilst sat in a strainer, or placed in a thin sock to stop the pieces of flower getting in your way. However, doing this will stop you from being able to collect and enjoy the sonnet that Lush have snuck inside this bath bomb - supposedly to make this bathing experience just that little bit more romantic.

My only problem with this bath bomb is that it doesn't seem to want to float on the surface while it is fizzing. Even when I used one the same day it arrived, the bath bomb still plummeted to the bottom of the tub and as you can see from my video, would only stay 'afloat' if I propped it up with my hand. This happened when I ordered them from the 2013 retro range, and then again when I ordered it from the Kitchen last week. It dissolved really fast,  and aside from the floating petals, left little to no change to the bath water. It didn't feel softer or change the colour of the water - all I can say it did was leave a rather lovely bright, uplifting and unique blend of citrus and floral smells.

On the positive side, the scent is strong enough to see you through the entire experience, although not enough to settle on your skin very much afterwards. Furthermore, for a bath bomb of that size, it's impressive to know that it's very moisturising - leaving your skin feeling really clean, crisp and soft after you've indulged yourself in the bath.

Overall, I really appreciated how light Romance In The Stone felt in the tub. The water wasnt at all cloying, yet it nourished my skin without leaving it feeling at all greasy. It was also fairly easy to wash the debris away afterwards - although I would recommend that you try and clear as much before pulling the plug as i found a lot was sucked down the plughole and could end up causing a blockage in the future.

If Lush were to release a shower gel or soap with this scent, I would be rather excited to try it and would no doubt stock up on the former product. Let's hope this comes out after my ban has been lifted - I would quite like a couple of fresh ones to enjoy.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Red rosebud, Aloe Vera Extract, Orange blossom, Red rose petals, Tangerine Oil, Citral, Limonene, Sonnet scroll.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: £3.25 each.


  1. You're actually kidding me?! Did they REALLY include a quote from To His Coy Mistress???? lmao that's like the least romantic poem ever it's about a guy trying to convince a girl to have sex with him so she doesn't die a virgin. There's actually a bit in it about how it would be better to lose your virginity to him rather than maggots when you're dead and rotting.

    I cannot believe somebody thought this was genuinely romantic!! lol!!

    1. haha! Really? That's really interesting - I'm intrigued to go away and read the poem now. I vaguely remember reading it when I was in High School but that's as far as my memory takes me.