3 May 2015

Mermaid FUN Bar

The Lush FUN bar collection has grown quite considerably in the last year - so much so that I've almost forgotten the time when I could go into a Lush store and not see the array of colourful bars piled up on display, just waiting to be bought. In fact, these products have amassed such a dedicated following that the company have reserved a store-sized area in their Oxford Street shop, just to showcase their new and existing bars.  

Despite trying this one out first, Mermaid FUN Bar was actually the new addition I was least excited about. While it was beautiful to behold on display, the description and the scent that followed this was less than pleasing on my senses. After using it in the shower for a week following my purchase, my initial impressions didn't alter all that much. 

Fitting in with the sea-inspired theme that Lush seems to have gone with for their latest round of FUN, this blue, pink and yellow striped limited edition has been compared to the popular Big Blue Bath Bomb. While the ingredients would suggest this, I don't see much of a resemblance at all. 

Containing lime oil and seaweed absolute, this FUN bar has a very two-dimensional fragrance. To me, it gives off a scent reminiscent of the sweet but slightly bitter aroma you'd get when peeling back an under-ripe, soured lime. Aside from this, I couldn't really detect much else and this didn't improve when I tried it out in the shower.  

Much like every other of the FUN bars that have come out, Mermaid is really easy to use and can be used in a variety of ways. It can be broken into pieces and crumbled under the running tap - producing a bubble bath much like a bubble bar would do. It can also be lathered into the hair as a replacement for shampoo, although I've never tried this so I cannot vouch whether or not it actually works in this way. 

However, I like to use my FUN as an alternative to shower gel and this is how I chose to use this particular bar. To use, you simply massage a small grape-sized piece between your palms, allowing a little water to get involved, and the FUN bar produces a foam that you can then use to clean yourself with.

Unfortunately, when I tried to break off a small piece and lather it under the water, I found that it was rather dry and fiddly and I didn't get a great deal of foam to clean myself with. Furthermore, once I did manage to amass enough lather to massage over my body, I found that the product was quite drying on the skin and I had to use a shower gel afterwards to rectify this situation.  

Despite my initial interest, I was a little disappointed that the smell was rather weak in comparison to the other FUN bars that I had tried before. Once I had exited the shower and towelled myself down, I could not smell the aroma on me at all, which was disappointing. 

As with all of Lush's FUN bars, this one is ideal for children (or children disguised as adults) who want to instil a little more excitement into their bathing sessions. For those who aren't satisfied with a hot, bubbly bath, FUN allows you to model and craft shapes and figurines out of the product before it is used in the bathroom. This is particularly great for parents who find it difficult to entice their children into the bath - now they can extend their playing whilst getting clean at the same time. 

For this reason, I can see this bar being popular for children who want a colourful FUN bar to play with, and one that has a gentle, fruity scent to boot. Unfortunately, this one didn't do much for me at all and I would not be tempted to use this again. While I would always choose a shower gel over a FUN Bar, there have been some releases in the past such as Yog Nog and Lord Of Misrule, that have convinced me it is possible for these affordable bars to be very effective. This is not the case with Mermaid

UPDATE: A few weeks after Lush originally brought this out in the Oxford Street Store, they removed it from the shelves as they claimed it was too drying on the skin - a problem that I had flagged up in my original review above. 

They have since rereleased it in the same size and shape as the other FUN bars, and while it is still not my favourite of the bunch, it's definitely much softer on the skin and easier to lather up in the shower. The scent does seem to be a little stronger as well, and while it is still fairly boring to my senses, it's definitely an improvement on the original release. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Cornflour (Zea Mays), Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Yellow And Red Lustre, Linalool, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £5 for 200g.

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 


  1. How utterly disappointing. I love FUN and always have such high expectations, but think I might give this one a miss and buy another green as I love the lime scent in that one.

    The Vegan Taff | Cruelty-free beauty and lifestyle

  2. Thanks for the review, I was tempted to go back and get one of these in the future but last time I picked up a sea monster FUN bar and am really excited to use it because it's got a great lemon and lime scent so I'm thankful I haven't bought this one! I've used fun as shampoo before and, whilst it's a bit of a hassle if you use a chunk that's too small, it makes your hair soft and smells so goooooood! :D

  3. Have you tried the reformulated version yet? They took this longer version off the shelves, and it's now back in the classic, squat little "fun sausages". Apparently it was too dry/drying? If you do go back and pick up the new one, I'd love to see if anything has changed! :)

    1. I did actually notice the change last time I was in but I was unsure whether it was worth trying another. If indeed they have reformulated the product, I will pick one up next time I go and compare it to this one. I wonder whether this review influenced that decision at all...

  4. Great review, I was actually excited to try this one (and Monsters And Aliens) but after reading this, I may just pass it up! Thanks for the honest opinion Jen :)

  5. Thank you for such a great review. I am going to lush Oxford street next week and this blog is really helping me to decide what to go for!