10 November 2017

Buy One Set One Free Bath Bomb

This is what Lush are all about: products that question and educate; that raise awareness and uncover the grit that others are trying to suppress. This is why I stand and support Lush, because not only do they educate me on political affairs that I might never have heard of otherwise, but primarily because they're the voice for the voiceless. They stand for causes worth fighting for, and do it because they genuinely care about having an impact.

Almost three years ago, British father of three, Andy Tsege was kidnapped and taken to Ethiopia, where he is currently being held on death row. He is not able to see his family, neither has he been granted access to a lawyer. His human rights have been stolen from him and all he can do is await his fate. March 20th 2017 will mark his 1000th day behind bars.

What is frustrating (but not exactly shocking) is the fact that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has the power to negotiate a possible safe return to the UK for Andy. Yet, so far, the British Government have failed in its duty to ensure that he is reunited with his family.

Every penny made from the sale of the Buy One Set One Free Bath Bombs (minus the VAT) will go towards Reprieve: an organisation that offers free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people: those facing execution, and those victimised by states’ abusive counter-terror policies – rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing. This includes Andy's case to be freed from execution, and brought home to his family.

On a far lighter note, this bath bomb is an exclusive opportunity for fans of The Smell Of Freedom perfume, to enjoy something else in this same scent. And what a marvel it is. Packed full of heady jasmine; sweet, woody orris oil; and fruity lemongrass, Buy One Set One Free Bath Bomb is a resinous, well-rounded, smoky aroma. 

Firstly, I must say that the fragrance is perfectly suited for this format: I'm surprised Lush haven't done something like this before. You can smell all of the different components in this ballistic, despite the format usually hindering fragrances from reaching their full potential. The jasmine offers a gentle floral sweetness, while the fir free oil wraps a light smokiness around the former. Together, these two components offer something both fresh and smokey - warming and exotic. Both the lemongrass and the neroli are fairly subtle in the mix, and although you can smell the presence of both, neither stand out as being overly strong or dominating.

Although I would usually slate bath bombs such as this, which are fairly boring to watch and look at in the water, I appreciate the reason why such a product has been released and this is enough for me to appreciate the gesture. In the water, Buy One Set One Free fizzes across the surface, releasing plumes of pastel peach colour into the water. 

While the fragrance isn't at all potent, it did manage to hold up during my experience in the water. I was able to smell this throughout, even when I was using other products to clean myself with. Furthermore, it left a very subtle sweet, woody scent on my skin as well, which I topped up with a dash of The Smell Of Freedom.

Overall, this bath bomb offers something that Lush have never done before, while also bringing to light a very serious and equally important cause. This bath bomb has not only educated me on a situation that needs to be addressed by those in power, but has also, on a more lighter note, helped me to fall in love with this fragrance all over again.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Orris Oil, Fire Tree Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Neroli Oil, *Citral, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl, ionone, Perfume, Colour 15510.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

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