21 January 2018

Peace Pioneers Shower Oil

Sometimes simple is the best. While I probably crave Lush's more complex scents for the most part, there are times when all I want is something moorish and satisfying. Although I cannot claim that I have control over the amount of junk food I have eaten as of late, I would normally turn to a product such as this to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Peace Pioneers Shower Oil is easily my favourite in terms of design. Not only does this solid bar sport the beautiful peace sign, but the smell is enough to have your mouth salivating from the very start. If you're someone, who like me is tempted to sink my teeth into Lush products that smell good, you may wish to avoid this one like the plague. 

In as many words, this shower oil smells very much like Butterball. While I am not certain it is supposed to replicate the fragrance exactly, the ingredients list and the smell that it offers is near on exactly like most of the other products that are considered part of the scent family.

The inclusion of both cocoa powder and cocoa nibs gives this shower oil a musky and very buttery chocolate smell. Underneath this, the cocoa butter adds a rich, creamy base, that elevates these buttery notes and makes the block smell like an exquisite bar of chocolate. Alongside this, there is an element of sweetness that reminds me of vanilla very much, and I think this comes from the inclusion of the synthetic musk in the ingredients list. 

Together, these components create something that smells like a product you would eat, if you didn't know any better. These components also create something that you might choose to nibble on, if you were as crazy as I am and wanting so desperately to find a Lush product that tastes as good as it smells. Ahem...  

All of Lush's new shower oils contain sunflower wax, which is a sure fine to prevent the many butters and oils from melting too easily. This allows the blocks to dry super quickly after being used, and also stops them from melting too fast when exposed to hot water. In fact, the ingredients in all of the shower oils have served them well: making them not only really easy to use (and not at all greasy), but also prolonging their lifespan by making them super robust.  

How to use a shower oil is down to personal preference, although I have tried a few variations and have discovered the way that works best for me. Much like a body butter, I tend to find that these beauties work better at the end of your shower/bath, when your skin is clean and ready to be moisturised.

Ensure your skin is damp and then step out of the way of the running water. Massage the bar gently, in a circular motion, across the areas of your body that you wish to moisturise. Try not to apply too much pressure as the shower oils are very generous, and I just feel that you'd coat your skin with too much oil and use up the block far quicker this way. 

What you will find is that the shower oils will leave a light layer of oils on your skin, which you can then use you hands to massage even deeper into your skin. Unlike a body butter or a body conditioner, the oils are not at all greasy, nor do they feel at all heavy. Instead, it feels and looks as if you've applied a little baby oil to your skin.

Each one of the shower oils that I have tried so far have not only offered enough nourishment to keep my skin feeling plump and moisturised throughout the whole day, but they also ensure that there is a radiance to your skin that makes it look far healthier than it did beforehand. I didn't need to moisturise at all afterwards, yet I also didn't get the impression that I'd applied anything too heavy on my skin either. Those with sensitive skin; those who dislike using body lotions daily because of the irritation they can bring about; or those who are concerned with how saturated the pores can get from the product build up of using a lotion regularly, may be interested to learn that this little beauty replicates the same results, but is far more easy-going on the skin.  

Peace Pioneers not only left my skin feeling really velvety-smooth after use, but I was impressed to discover that the gentle scent of musky vanilla and chocolate  stayed on my skin for a good while after I had left the shower. Whether it is the smell itself or the shower oil, I found myself feeling really comforted after using this one, and I couldn't help but sniff my skin afterwards. 

As with all of Lush's shower oils so far, very little is used each time. So while the blocks seem relatively small for the price you pay, one of these can last a good month if you're using it daily. As I would only use this 3-4 times a week, instead of a body lotion, I can see this sticking around for a couple of months at least.    

Ultimately, Peace Pioneers is yet another one of Lush's new creations that has bowled me over, and one that I would buy again if they're ever made available in stores. This one will keep you smelling nice long after you've exited the shower, and your skin will remain soft and plump for the rest of the day. So even if the weather lets you down, you can guarantee to receive some warmth from this wonderful product.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Sunflower Wax, Cocoa Powder, Corn Oil, Ground Cocoa Nibs, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Corn Oil, Synthetic Musk.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Angel Hair Solid Shampoo Bar
Butterball Bath Bomb
Butterball Body Conditioner
Butterball Body Lotion
Butterball Liquid Perfume
Butterball Perfume Oil
Butterball Shower Gel
Butterbear Bath Ballistic
Butterbear Shower Jelly
The Ex Factor Bath Bomb
Gentle Lentil Solid Shampoo
Peace Pioneers Shower Oil

The Snowman Ballistic

20 January 2018

Nausicaa's Golden Flask Shower Oil

Insired by the mythological Nausicaa, who was known for anointing herself with olive oil after bathing, this shower oil is yet another example of Lush's impeccable solid skin care. While the design made it one of the least interesting in my eyes, I only had to smell the fragrance for the first time to know that it would become one of my favourites. 

Nausicaa's Golden Flask Shower Oil is a beautiful, tear-shaped block of fragrant butters and oils that you'll initially want to eat. Containing sweet orange oil and bergamot oil as the two main components, you'd be mistaken for thinking that this is just going to be 'another fruity fragrance.' 

On the surface, this shower oil reminded me a little of The Sun Liquid Perfume. The orange present here is very bright and almost slightly bitter: like you're peeling back the skin of the fruit and getting notes of both the fruit itself and the sourness of the pith alongside it. It's definitely a very natural smelling fragrance, and if you were to close your eyes, you'd probably think someone was offering you an orange as opposed to a cosmetic.

The inclusion of the bergamot oil definitely adds a gentle, green note to this product, which is what gives it its natural aroma. While I wouldn't say that the smell of this is in any way complex, it is very beautiful and natural, and it makes me mouth salivate each and every time I have the pleasure of using this in the shower.

Much like every other shower oil, the best way of using this is to ensure your skin in damp and then gently massage the block across the skin. The warmth will melt the bar and coat your skin with a thin layer of butter and oils, which can then be massaged with your fingers to spread them across a bigger surface area. I would avoid putting too much pressure on these bars as you will waste a lot of the product in doing so. Avoiding direct contact with the running water will also ensure that this bar shrinks at a far slower pace - which means you can stretch out their lifespan far longer.

Unlike a body butter or a body conditioner, the residue you get from all of Lush's shower oils are far more gentle on the skin, making them perfect for those who dislike the heaviness that you can sometimes get from using either of the above formats. Yet despite this, the shower oils are equally as effective at moisturising the skin, and perhaps work out better value for money.  

Much like Coco Loco Shower Oil, this shower oil produced more of a milky residue on the skin, although it was just as effective at nourishing my body and equally as light as the other shower oils I have tested out so far. Furthermore, the ease in which this worked on my skin meant that I needed very little to coat my entire body - meaning that I envisage this lasting a long time in my bathroom.

While I am lucky enough to be travelling somewhere hot in a matter of days, this has been the shower oil I have used the most during the colder weather here in England. This is very much like holding the sunshine in your pocket, and every time I use this in the shower I feel as if the bitterness outside is just a distant memory. 

As with all of Lush's new shower oils, Nausicaa's Golden Flask works well at nourishing my skin; adds a radiance to it that lasts for hours; creates a moisturising barrier without making your skin feel heavy; and leaves a lingering scent that wraps itself around you like a gentle blanket of warmth. 

I really do hope that all of these shower oils are released in stores across the UK, and indeed the rest of the globe, because they are great products to use on your skin; easy to transport around with you, without any spillages; and save on waste because of the lack of packaging. It's only a matter of time before these little gems make an appearance for sure.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sunflower Wax, Sweet Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Olive Leaf Absolute, Orange Peel Wax, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

19 January 2018

Here Comes The Sun Naked Shower Cream

As if Lush don't dominate my life enough as it is, I now have to contend with them choosing the songs that are stuck in my head for months on end. After reliving Bambi over and over again in the bath tub after using April Showers Bath Bomb, The Beatles have now become the soundtrack to my showers after taking this new naked cream in there with me.

Here Comes The Sun is rather a clever name for this limited edition shower cream. Not only does it give Lush fans hope that the warmer weather is lingering on the distant horizon, and that we wont be freezing our fingers and toes off for the rest of our days. But it also plays homage to the many wonderful bright and warming ingredients that have gone into making this product smell simply incredible.

Supposedly sharing its scent with the popular Brightside Bubble Bar, this Easter product is the savour I've been after for a while. After arriving back from Asia almost three weeks ago, I have had to contend with the bitterness of the European weather, and I cannot say that I have enjoyed it one single moment. While it's not a definite outcome, Here Comes The Sun has definitely helped to make my mornings just that little bit less depressing.

I say 'supposedly' when I describe it as replicating The Brightside fragrance, because it does to a certain degree, there is also a difference to this smell that I appreciate very much. As with any format chance, I was not expecting it to be exactly the same. However, there is enough of a difference here that I feel I should describe the changes as best as I can.

Containing mandarin, tangerine and orange as the key ingredients, fans of The Brightside Bubble Bar will recognise the strong, fruity aroma that we are contending with her. It's bright and uplifting and slightly zesty - everything to refresh your senses, radiate your skin and leave you smiling at the joy of smelling something so beautiful.

Yet while the bubble bar possesses an almost powdery, sherbet-like fragrance, this shower cream is far creamier and more wholesome than its older sibling. There is something about this smell that reminds me of smoothies - a thickness that suggests pulped fruit or compote. There's a natural, rich, sweetness of fruit here that serves this format well. 

As with most of lush's naked gels/creams, this one doesn't offer much in the way of a scent until it meets the running water. Only then does all of the fruity goodness make itself known and you can enjoy the aroma at a much stronger level. Yet despite this last comment, I wouldn't go as far as describing the scent of Here Comes The Sun as being particularly potent. If you like subtle but robust, this might be a product for you.       

Much like you would expect a cream to behave, this one doesn't stimulate much of a lather. If you want something soapy and foam-like, you may wish to opt out of trying this one. Instead, you'll find that you produce more of a thin, oily lather that coats your skin and moisturises while it is cleaning. The shade of red that it produces will not taint your skin, so don't feel alarmed when the cream begins rubbing off onto your skin.

As with all of Lush's new naked gels and creams, you can opt to slice this one into pieces and use in the shower, or use the whole bottle as I do. While I have not had any problems with these naked products being particularly fiddly to use, some people complain that they end up dropping the bottle and choose to slice this into small segments. 

What I liked about this shower cream was that the smell lingered very slightly on my skin afterwards, and I did notice that I felt slightly smoother after I had towelled myself down. Unlike other gels/creams I have used, I didn't find that my hands felt parched or dry, which suggests that the generous amount of cocoa butter and avocado oil present here are enough to leave your skin feeling moisturised.

Having said this, I think I prefer to use a gel to clean myself with, and then a cream to add a little moisture, as I don't always feel like a naked cream cleans my skin as much as a gel does.

Overall, fans of this scent family will no doubt appreciate the release of this, and I for one have throughly appreciated being able to enjoy this scent without having to divulge in a bath. However, I would have preferred a naked gel over a cream, and I would have much preferred a liquid gel to either of the above.

Quantitative Ingredients: Propylene Glycol, St Johns Wort Infusion, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Stearate, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Organic Avocado Oil, *Limonene, Guar Gum, Water (Aqua), Cup Mushroom, Mandarin Oil, Tangerine Oil, Bergamot Oil, Fresh Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, *Citral, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380:3.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £9.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Brightside Body Lotion
Brightside Bubble Bar
Brightside Solid Perfume
Here Comes The Sun Naked Shower Cream
The Jester Reusable Bubble Bar
Sunrise Soap

18 January 2018

Wash Behind The Ears Solid Shampoo Bar

Despite its name, Wash Behind The Ears Solid Shampoo does not share its scent with last year’s Shower Gel of the same name, which is a shame as there was something rather unique and interesting about the fragrance of the gel that would have suited other formats. Having said that, this seasonal shampoo does have a lovely citrusy smell to contend with, so it’s not all bad.

Sporting two rice paper ears and a red Pom Pom made from recycled cotton, this bar didn’t immediately gage me on its merits as a shampoo. While I see the purpose and appeal of gimmicky bath bombs and bubble bars, hair care is a more serious matter in my eyes, and I’d rather go for nondescript over novelty to ensure that I don’t damage my hair. In fact, I wish Lush had forgone the silly decorations altogether to save on resources and reduce waste as they serve no other purpose than to look pretty.

Containing both lemon and carrot oil, it is clear that the intentions of this shampoo bar are to take your tired locks and add a much-needed shine to it. Lemon is known for its ability to not only remove unwanted grease and cleanse the hair thoroughly, but to add a radiance that'll make your hair feel lighter as well as potentially look a little brighter as well. 

Carrot oil has many benefits for the skin and hair, hence why Lush have used it in a number of their products - including the Carrot Soap that also features in this year's Easter range. First and foremost, carrot oil has the ability to help stimulate new hair growth - a bonus for me as I struggle with thin, whispy hair. Secondly, it's a natural source of many vitamins (A and E in particular) so your hair is both nourished and replenished when applied. Finally, carrot oil is also know to provide moisture to dry scalps, so if you suffer from dandruff, this might help you to alleviate the problem. 

While my focus is more on how the product works, I was a little disappointed that the scent of this is rather basic. In as many words, I would describe this as having a strong, bright zesty lemon smell: it's as simple as that. While the carrot oil no doubt elevates the smell even more, and the cider vinegar probably adds to its slight sourness, there is nothing particularly outstanding about the fragrance alone. 

As with all of Lush's shampoo bars, this one lathers with ease and produces a frothy, fragrant lather to massage into your hair. With every shampoo bar, I always recommend that you wet it and then massage it away from the running water as this may cause it to shrink at a lot quicker rate. Then simply pat down and leave somewhere to dry.

As I mentioned above, the pom pom and ears don't do anything to the hair so I would recommend that you remove these before you use the bar. While the pom pom hasn't disintegrated for me yet, so I haven't had to pick out pieces from my hair, I wonder whether this will occur once the bar has been used a few more times. 

Once I had rinsed Wash Behind The Ears out, I found that my hair felt rather dry and parched, so I did need to use a conditioner afterwards. Unlike SOS, I would recommend that you use this in conjunction with a conditioner, as it's not particularly moisturising on the hair. However, I did find that my hair felt a little lighter and appeared more radiant after even a single wash.

I would say that this shampoo bar would suit those with greasier hair, as mine suffered a little when using this by itself. Although a conditioner rectified the situation, I like to know that my shampoo at least plays a small part in nourishing my hair during the process. Those with drier locks may wish to give this one a miss or perhaps use it alongside another shampoo to get the full experience before conditioning. 

Overall, I would say this is another nice shampoo bar from Lush, but not one I would be able to use long term. As a one-off to add a little radiance to your locks, this works really well and is effective immediately. However, if like me you have dry or damaged hair, you may wish to avoid this or pair it with something a little more nourishing.

Quantiative Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl, Sulfate Alfalfa infusion, Lemon Oil, *Limonene, Carrot Oil, Cider vinegar, Rosewood Oil, Organic Lemon Myrtle Oil, *Citral, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 47005, Wafer Paper Ears, Pom Pom Tail.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

17 January 2018

Poisson D-Avril Bubble Bar

As I’ve been away from the community for a matter of weeks, I’ve missed out on learning about all of the products in the latest seasonal ranges. This has definitely come with many merits, most notably the fact that I have been able to appreciate each and every fragrance and format without any preconceptions, which has also created an extra element of excitement to the process of trying and reviewing everything.

When I first set my eyes of Poisson D-Avril, I not only fell in love with the design immediately but I told myself that I already knew what the bubble bar would smell like. Without even looking at the ingredients list, I conjured up a sweet, fruity, floral fragrance that I just 'knew' would be the scent of this seasonal exclusive. Upon finally being able to sniff the bubble bar when I got home, I was immediately taken back by how far away from the mark I had been.

What happened upon first sniff of Poisson D’Avril Bubble Bar is two things. Firstly, the smell hit my nose and immediately conjured up feelings of familiarly that I just couldn’t shake off. Almost three days later and I was still trying to establish why I knew the scent, without relying on the internet to tell me the answer. Secondly, the confusion I felt at being so wrong about what the product would smell like took me by surprise, and it was a while before I was able to adjust to the actual fragrance on offer.

Harvesting a combination of cinnamon, oakmoss and neroli, this bubble bar shares its scent with Spank Me With Sapling Shower Jelly - a rare, retro release that made a single appearance towards the end of the Lush Kitchen's reign. While not familiar to many, this product was very much a favourite amongst old-school Lush fans, and I'm surprised that more products haven't been released in their fragrance before. 

What is interesting is that this product does not contain lemongrass - a fact that I found hard to contend with as this was my first reaction to smelling the aforementioned shower jelly, and indeed this bubble bar as well. What I will say is that, much like the retro jelly, Poisson D-Avril offers a bright and slightly sharp citrusy aroma. Yet what sets this apart from a lot of the many products that Lush bring out with similar smells, is that this one has both herbal and  earthy notes as well. 

In fact, it is the neroli that offers that slightly soured, citrusy smell - one that gives off subtle elements of grassiness and adds delicate green-like properties to the overall aroma. Alongside this, the oakmoss brings an earthy note that sits underneath the neroli, while the black pepper and the cinnamon bring subtle threads of spice that intertwine with the other components.

Despite the different layers of scent here, it is definitely the neroli that dominates overall. For this reason, I always describe it as being predominantly citrusy, but with various other layers that makes it much more interesting, and perhaps far more natural than other citrus-type smells. 

Given its size, this bubble bar would easily stretch across two to three baths - each one heeding a generous amount of scent and bubbles. Given the greedy minx that I am, I chose to use the whole thing in one go and this gave me a really amazing experience of the product firsthand.

While I found the bubble bar a little stubborn at crumbling, it didn't take too much effort to crumble it under the running tap. As the water filled the tub, so did the number of bubbles multiply, and by the end I was impressed to discover that my whole tub was filled with soft, fragrant bubbles to blanket me during the chilly evening. I would even go as far as saying that choosing to use less than a whole one would be far more conducive and a lot less excessive.

As you would expect, the bubble bar turned the water a wonderful shade of red - very much as intense and as beautiful as the bubble bar to begin with. Given how robust the scent was before use, I was not surprised to find that Poisson D'Avril was just as intense throughout my experience, and I was able to smell it lingering on my skin just slightly after I had towelled myself down. 

As far as bubble bars go, this was equally as moisturising, although not as nourishing as I have found some of the more recent ones to be. Having said that, my skin did feel really soft and smooth afterwards, and I didn't need to moisturise before heading to bed. In the morning, I was surprised to find that I could still smell traces of this on my pillow, which was a nice present to begin the day with.

Ultimately, this bubble bar sports a great design; has a unique fragrance to indulge in; and is great value for money, given that you can get at last two uses out of a single bar. This is definitely one I would buy again, and I'd like to see Lush release a bath bomb in this scent, in the near future. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Black Pepper Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Neroli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, *Citral, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Cinnamyl, Alcohol, Geraniol, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 77491, Candy Eye.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Poisson D-Avril Bubble Bar
Spank Me With Sapling Shower Jelly

Coming soon!

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! 

15 January 2018

Free Rangers Bath Bomb

More often than not, I find myself reserving any judgement of a new concept or product until I have fully engaged with it. It is only when I have figured out its merits and downfalls that I allow myself to state my opinion. Often with certain releases - the naked shower gels and jelly bombs for example, many fans tend to dismiss them before even trying them out. When it came to this seasonal release, I couldn't help but react in a negative way. That was until I realised that my absence from the Lush community had clearly dented my knowledge of Lush's back catalogue, and that what we had here was actually something rather special.

Free Rangers Bath Bomb is an Easter release with a wonderful fragrance and a whole bunch of character to boot. Obviously an upgrade from last year's Chick 'N' Mix, this one sports a new smell; three different coloured designs to choose from; and a candy eye to snack on if you get rather peckish in the tub. No really, you can actually nibble on it - I've tried!

Why I initially moaned about this bath bomb was because I discovered that it shared its scent with the popular Comforter range. Although I am a big fan of this scent family, I had had a discussion only the day before about wanting Lush to bring out products with new aromas, and here they were producing something with a scent that has been used time and time again. 

However, in retrospect I realised that despite the many products sharing this smell, the company have never previously released a bath bomb with the same fragrance. Once I realised my mistake, I began to feel a little guilty and decided I needed to enjoy a bath with this limited edition to rekindle our friendship.

Containing both bergamot oil and blackcurrant absolute, Free Rangers is as beautiful as bath bombs come. The blackcurrant absolute produces a rich, fruity but slightly sherbety note while the bergamot adds a gentle, uplifting thread that elevates the fruitiness even further. Together they produce something very light and sweet: not a scent that's going to win any awards for complexity, but one that fans of Lush's more playful smells will no doubt enjoy.

When compared to other Comforter products, I would say that the smell of this is closest to either the liquid perfume or the original bubble bar, as I find the fragrance more uplifting and slightly powdery, rather than the wholesome, sultry smell that you find in the other formats.     

What is great about this bath bomb is that they're already divided into two generous pieces, so you can easily use this beauty across two separate baths if you so choose. If like me you're a little greedy, you can also opt to use the whole thing in one go, and lay back for some much deserved 'roost' in its beautiful waters.       

Despite its size, Free Rangers is a fairly fast fizzer, and you'll find it fully dissolved within about two minutes. The bath bomb rests on the surface while it fizzes loudly and sends out wave after wave of colour across the bath bomb. Given the colour variation that I chose, streams of orange and purple painted the water until I was left with a warm, peach-coloured bath.

While there's nothing spectacular in the ingredients list that would suggest this bath bomb would be overly moisturising, I was impressed by how soft the water felt as I bathed, and my skin did appear more moisturised when I exited the tub. Although I didn't find that the scent was strong enough to linger on my skin afterwards, it was with me throughout the whole experience, even when I used other more potent cosmetics alongside it.

Despite the vibrancy of the product, Free Rangers did not stain my bath tub or leave any glittery mess that I had to clean up afterwards. Given the weather in the UK at the moment, this bath bomb was a much welcome break from the cold and I look forward to trying out the other colour variations before they're discontinued.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Blackcurrant Absolute, Cypress Oil, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, *Limonene, Perfume, Candy Eye, Colour 47005, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 45350, Colour 77891.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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