28 July 2018

Under The Umbrella Tree Bath Bomb

If I am given the chance, I will happily spend hours/days/weeks exploring the outside environment wherever I am. In fact, the whole purpose of me travelling this year was to explore as much of the outside world as I could: something I hope to do for the rest of my life. Forest, beach, mountain, lagoon: anything that nature has to offer and I am all over it like a rash. 

That's why I really appreciate when Lush release cosmetics that replicate the smells, feelings and experiences of being outdoors. As someone who lives in a flat in London, I don't often have the privilege or the time to enjoy as much of the wildlife as I would like. For this reason, bathing with a product that can bring the outdoors into my own home, is of big interest to me.

Under The Umbrella Tree is a brand new limited edition bath bomb that looks exactly as the name suggests. While a little on the small size compared to Lush's regular bath bombs, this one offers an experience equal to that of a normal sized product - in terms of both colour and scent. 

Sharing its scent with the critically acclaimed Breath Of God Liquid Perfume, this beauty is incredibly intoxicating from the word go, and it's not surprising given the number of different ingredients featured here. A combination of cedarwood, sandalwood, vertivert and cade oil givens UTUT a strong, deep-rooted woody smell, with an underlying resinous kick that will get right up your nose. This is a very pronounced and slightly overbearing aroma, so is not one for those with a sensitive nose.

Alongside this, the pine pollen offers up a gentle but equally present green, fern-like note that gives the smell of this a little extra warmth. Coupled with the neroli, the grapefruit and lemon oils elevate this scent whilst each bringing gentle citrus notes to round the fragrance off. This is one of those aromas that you need to experience time and time again so that you can make out each of the notes, the more your nose becomes accustomed to the fragrance.

Having said that, I found this bath bomb far more alluring than the liquid perfume, as I believe it's too strong for my palette, so this is a great way to enjoy the Breath Of God aroma without having to commit to the strength and overbearing nature of the perfume itself. 

Despite its size, Under The Umbrella Tree doesn't enjoy floating on the surface of the water and will sink the moment you let ago. However, the bath bomb will continue to offer up a beautiful spring green colour in the tub that stays prominent throughout your time in the bath. The smell is equally as robust so you'll be able to smell this long after you've pulled the plug.

While I didn't notice this bath bomb being particularly moisturising  my skin did feel rather soft altering bathing in its waters. Furthermore, I could detect the scent on my body for a short while after towelling myself down - which is a welcome bonus for those who enjoy the original liquid perfume. 

While its price and size may not initially seem to match, the outcome is equally as impressive as a regular sized bomb, and those who enjoy this scent will be left very happy with the experience they receive. I would definitely buy this again, and definitely may do so at the Lush Summit event next month. This is definitely on that I'd recommend you try for yourself.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Epsom Salts, Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rose Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vetivert Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cade Oil, Pine Pollen, Gardenia Extract, Water (Aqua), Cocoa Powder, Aloe Vera Extract, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 14700.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £3.95 each (80g).

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Breath of God Liquid Perfume
Breath of God Toothy Tabs
Inhale Exhale Ballistic

Under The Umbrella Tree Bath Bomb

8 July 2018

Sugar Plum Fairy Naked Lip Tint

As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of make up, and certainly doesn’t know how to apply it at a professional level, Lush’s make up range has never been something I’ve been overly bothered to explore. However, after the company brought out their Bamboozled Lip Stain a few years ago, which completely bowled me over, I have been a little more open to trying some of their newer creations - especially those geared towards the lips.

Sugar Plum Fairy Naked Lip Tint is exactly what it says on the (non-existent) tin. In a bid to eradicate a lot of unnecessary packaging, Lush have started to move away from using tubs and bottles, and have instead opted to release a vast number of products completely naked for this year’s Christmas release.

New to this year, this naked lip tint is simply stunning to look at, and it feels almost criminal using this and watching the design disappear slowly over time. While this particular lip tint was available to buy last year, Lush only released it in their usual tubed version, so I was interested to see this differed, and whether or not naked really is better.

To use this, Lush recommend that you either apply this directly to your lips and then use the movement of your mouth to apply across your whole lips, as you would a lipstick - or you can opt to use a make up brush if you’re worried about more even coverage. I found that applying it directly was far easier and less fiddly then trying to find a brush around my house, and while it took a few seconds to get used to the shape of this, I found it really easy to apply - without accidentally drawing on my face or applying too much.

What I found most interesting about this berry-coloured tint is that Lush claim that it will give you a rich, purple finish, whereas I thought the colour that appeared and stayed on my lips could be described as more of a raspberry-pink shade. The colour you get is perhaps slightly lighter than the colour of the product itself, but it’s close enough that you don’t have to worry about ending up sporting a different colour.

Made using a base of Kalahari melon oil and jojoba oil, this lip tint is super moisturising - perhaps even more so than my beloved Bamboozled. After using Sugar Plum Fairy Naked Lip Scrub beforehand, my lips felt plump and well-moisturised after applying this, and I couldn’t help but marvel at how wonderfully smooth and supple my lips continued to be throughout the day. I didn’t need to apply any lip balm at all, which was a good thing as the product wouldn’t have stayed on as long as it did, if I’d done so.

What I found was that Sugar Plum Fairy stayed on for a good 3-4 hours before I needed to reapply, and this is more of a personal preference as there was still product left on my lips after this time. What I will say is that this product doesn’t set by itself, so you do need to be aware that if you use this by itself, it will come off when you eat or wipe a finger across your lips. For this reason, I did revert back to appreciating Bamboozled more as this one doesn’t do this.

While it’s not necessarily important for those serious about this Lip tints, but this one offers a beautiful, fruity blackcurrant scent to enjoy before and during application. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to smell this once it’s been applied, so in the great scheme of things, having this pleasant aroma is not particularly conducive to how the product works.

Overall, I found that the naked tint was equally as easy to apply as the tubed version and offered the same shade of colour, albeit perhaps very slightly lighter. However, this version was far more moisturising and had more of a sheen to it that made my lips appear a little plumper after application. As someone who doesn’t wear anything on my lips most of the time, this minuscule block would probably last me a few years. And even someone using this every day would probably find that they still have a good chunk left twelve months on, so there’s no doubt that this is good value for money.

While you’d need to take care of how you transport this around, as it can get a little dusty if exposed, and it will leave smudges against the surfaces it rubs shoulders with, Sugar Plum Naked Lip Tint is definitely in the right direction when it comes to the future of cosmetics.

Quantitative Ingredients: Kalahari Melon Oil (Citrullus lanatus), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Organic Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Orange Peel Wax (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax), Sunflower Wax (Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate Flavor (Fragrance), Rose Wax (Rosa damascena), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone), Tin Oxide (Tin oxide), *Citral, *Limonene, Manganese Violet Red 28 Lake.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £6.95 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

7 July 2018

Pink Petitgrain Bubble Spinner

I purposely left this little beauty until last because I just knew it would be my favourite out of the recent batch of Lush Labs exclusives. Not only is the design so beautifully appealing (and this is from someone who isn't a particularly 'pink person') but the smell gripped me from the very moment it arrived in the post.

For those who are unaware of this fact, Pink Petitgrain Bubble Spinner shares its scent with Madame President: a bath bomb that first made an appearance back in March as part of the Mother's Day range. It is rare for Lush to bring out a brand new fragrance that blows me away, but this one grappled with my senses almost immediately and I was bowled over more than I have been in a fair while. 

With all of the hum drum of citrus scents that get released, this reusable bubble bar stands out as being something very different and unique. Much like the aforementioned bath bomb, if you think the inclusion of grapefruit oil makes this a fruity collaboration, you are sorely mistaken. Instead, Pink Petitgrain offers a strong yet equally light and refreshing aroma. 

As the name suggests, the petitgrain is the most potent component on offer here. This alluring ingredients produces both a bitter and slightly greenish smell. It's like smelling a tangerine when it's out of season: you can make out a light citrusy element but it is neither citrusy, zesty or fruity. Instead, I would describe the scent as being rather dry and a little woody instead.

Furthermore, the grapefruit sits quietly in the background - producing a light, spritzy sort of scent that is subtly citrusy while also being a little sour. However, it is in no way as fruity as the likes of Happy Hippy Shower Gel or Apandapand Soap. As I said in my review of Madame President, the strength of this fragrance reminds me a little of the cloudy, overbearing scent you get when spraying a particularly intoxicating aftershave - but in a good way.

As if this wasn't already impressive, the bubble bar works beautifully at spinning under the running water and sending out waves of bright pink colour to decorate your bath with. In fact, I was amazed with how quickly the bath water changed its transparency, although you do need to be careful not to let this splash up the sides of the bath as it can get a little messy.

After about 40 seconds, I was able to remove Pink Petitgrain and leave it on the side of the bath to dry off. As with any of Lush's reusable bubble bars, I recommend that you use a wet wipe to cushion the product while it is drying as it does have a tendency to leave a mess if it is still damp. Given that these latest inventions are far more compact with colour, they will bleed all over any surface they're left on, and cause quite mess in the process. Leaving them on a wet wipe for about thirty minutes will ensure that you're not left with any stains or mess to deal with. 

While I've only used this bubble bar once so far, I can easily see this lasting me another 3-4 baths, which makes it good value for money. You'll be pleased to know as well that the scent is very much prominent in the water throughout the whole experience, and it does linger on your skin for a short time afterwards. While not as strong as Madame President, it is definitely a treat for those who are fans of the fragrance.

While these reusable bubble bars are never as moisturising as a regular bubble bar, I did find that my skin did feel smooth and soft after I had exited the bath. However, pairing this next time with a bath oil would definitely enhance the experience for me, and given that I have fairly dry skin I did need to use a body lotion to ensure my body was fully nourished.

Overall, I really enjoyed using this bubble bar and it has done nothing but excite me at possible future releases for products in this scent. A perfume with this fragrance would be exquisite, and definitely something incredibly unique and long lasting. I only hope that this isn't the last we see of this petitgrain-dominated aroma.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate,Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Petitgrain Oil, Grapefruit Oil, *Limonene, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 73360.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Madame President Bath Bomb

Pink Petitgrain Reusable Bubble Spinner

6 July 2018

Mint Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar

Out of the three new limited edition bubble brushes, Mint was easily the one that excited me the least. While I looked forward to seeing how vivid the shade of blue was in my bath tub, and it certainly matches the hot weather we've been having recently, I have never been a big fan of mint scents overall, especially ones that are quite basic as this bubble bar was.

Containing bergamot, orange and peppermint oils, Mint Bubble Brush offers a cooling, refreshing kick to add to your bathtime. Not as potent as the likes of Intergalatic Bath Bomb, this limited edition bubble bar shares it scent with the late Ice Blue Soap and Freeze Shower Gel - something that fans of the latter discontinued Lush Kitchen exclusive will probably be glad to learn.

As its name suggests, it is the peppermint that makes the strongest impression on the senses here, but it is not in any way what I'd describe as being particularly overwhelming. The fragrance you get it one that is very crisp and cooling - exactly as you'd expect peppermint to be. However, alongside this are a few other more subtle notes that change the overall smell a little bit.

The inclusion of the bergamot gives Mint Bubble Brush a gentle herbal, almost green-like element to it. Coupled with the orange oil, which elevates the scent a little and adds a very timid citrus kick to it, the smell of this reusable bubble bar is definitely not as simplistic as I previously expected it to be.    

Much like all of the products with this scent family, the inclusion of these particular oils make this bubble bar rather good at helping to soothe your skin and muscles after a hard day's graft in the heat. The peppermint oil stimulates the nerve endings in your body, which then helps your skin feel far more refreshed, and although you cannot really feel this happening in the water, I did feel a little less overheated after towelling myself down.

When compared to Freeze Shower Gel, this bubble bar is definitely far weaker in scent, and definitely creates less of a reaction when cooling the body down. Therefore, if you're thinking this could replicate the discontinued Eskimo Bubble Bar, you'll be left sorely disappointed.

As with all of the new bubble brushes, this one is designed to be held under the water to stimulate the bubbles and turn the water a vivid shade of blue. After a good thirty seconds, you can then opt to switch the brush throughout the water - which not only intensifies the colour of the water, but also allows more of the product to bleed into the water so that you can create more bubbles.

Once you have finished, you'll need to swish your hands around the tub to stimulate a mound of light, fragrant bubbles. These don't tend to stay around for much of the bath to be fair, but do give you a warming blanket to cocoon yourself beneath for a short while. Given that it's called a bubble brush, you can then run Mint across the bubbles to draw patterns and write words with the colour. This is the reason why all three of the limited edition bubble brush bars are so much more vibrant with the colours they offer in the water.

Much like Lemon Bubble Brush, I found that this one wasn't particular moisturising in the bath tub and I found myself having to use a body lotion direction afterwards to keep my skin looking radiant and feeling plump. This is definitely not something I would use again by itself, only because I didn't really feel the benefits of this bubble bar on my skin. I would much rather use a regular bubble bar or bath bomb to nourish my skin.

Surprisingly, I found that the scent of this bubble brush stayed for the most part throughout my experience, although it did seem to fade after a while, and certainly didn't linger around on my skin afterwards. Furthermore, it also made a little mess on the side of the bath tub, and I would highly suggest that you dry it carefully and properly in between uses to ensure little mess is created.  

Having said that, I will definitely be trying out colour combinations with all three of the limited edition bubble brushes in the future, and I will also be using them as part of more elaborate cocktails so I can enjoy their vivid colours whilst still getting a highly moisturising soak. This is a nice idea from Lush: I just hope they create something a little more moisturising and with a stronger scent. Not hard to please much, am I?   

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Peppermint Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Freeze Shower Gel
Ice Blue Shampoo
Ice Blue Soap

Mint Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar

5 July 2018

Lemon Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar

One of three limited edition bubble brushes, Lemon is perhaps not the most original of names. Sharing its scent with Lemslip Buttercream, this reusable bubble bar offers a simplistic combination of lime and orange oils to give off a sharp and rather zesty smell. Interestingly, the smell that hits you upon sniffing this for the first time is solely lemon, not either of the two aforementioned components, and I'm rather intrigued as to why lemon oils and absolutes weren't used instead.

As I described in my review of Lemslip, the smell on offer here does not particularly possess the 'wow' factor. The note of lemon is very basic and one-dimensional - not too far from the smell you get when squeezing a fresh lemon, albeit with a little twinge of lime thrown in there for good measure. The fragrance is rather tart and slightly sour - coming across as more of a 'toilet-cleaner' sort of smell than a warm, foody aroma.

As with all of the new bubble brushes, this one is designed to be held under the water to stimulate the bubbles and turn the water a vivid shade of fluorescent yellow. After a good thirty seconds, you can then opt to switch the brush throughout the water - which not only intensifies the colour of the water, but also allows more of the product to bleed into the water so that you can create more bubbles.

Once you have finished, you'll need to swish your hands around the tub to stimulate a mound of light, fragrant bubbles. These don't tend to stay around for much of the bath to be fair, but do give you a warming blanket to cocoon yourself beneath for a short while. Given that it's called a bubble brush, you can then run Lemon across the bubbles to draw patterns and write words with the colour. This is the reason why all three of the limited edition bubble brush bars are so much more vibrant with the colours they offer in the water.

As with Candy Bubble Brush, the downside of having such an intense amount of colour is that these reusable bubble bars are a nightmare when being stored in between uses. Until the bubble bar is completely dry, it will leave bright yellow trails all over your hands and bathroom, and it does take a little scrubbing to remove, especially around your finger nails. For this reason, be careful that you don't drip it anywhere, and I would suggest that you lay it on a wet wipe until it is completely dry as it will mark your bath otherwise.

Unlike Candy Bubble Brush, I found that this one didn't appear to be as moisturising on my skin. Whereas I found the aforementioned bar felt instantly silky when I climbed into the tub, the water felt rather 'hard' when bathing in Lemon's waters. For this reason, I would definitely need to pair this with another bath bomb or bath oil if I wanted to maintain my wonderful skin. 

Scentwise, I also found that this one seemed to disperse quite a bit when used in the water. Much like many citrusy-smelling Lush products, I could barely detect the scent of this after a few minutes, and the other products I was using overpowered what little smell remained. Furthermore, the fragrance didn't stay on my skin after towelling myself down and I didn't notice it was still around the bathroom afterwards.

Ultimately, this is a novel product that would appeal to children who like to make a mess, and parents who like contained mess. The vivid colour and generosity of bubbles means that this would keep fans entertained whilst they were relaxing in the bath. However, there is very little on offer here for those who like strong scents and moisturising baths. This is not one that I would buy again.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lime Oil, *Limonene, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, *Citral, Colour 45350, Colour 19140/

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family: 

4 July 2018

Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar

Yawn, yawn, Snow Fairy, yawn. I hate to admit this, especially with the scent family being one of the most popular ones that Lush have ever created, but I'm pretty sick and tired of any product that offers me this smell. The company have so many amazing fragrances to work with and this one just pales in comparison - in my opinion. Having said that, I needed to make this review helpful to others, and at least try not list off my dislikes so here goes...

Candy Bubble Brush is one of three brand new reusable bubble bars that were released from the #lushlabs department last week. While they initially just look and sound like any other of Lush's many reusable wands, albeit a different shape, there is a slight difference that needs to be mentioned in this review.

Whether intentional or not, one of the first things I noticed about many of the bubble bars that have come from the #lushlabs release this month, is that the amount of colouring that the bubble bars offer are very intense - much more so than previous variations. It only took a couple of seconds for a vivid shade of pink to bleed into the water and this intensified quite a bit by the time I had finished running my bath.

The downside to this is that Candy Brush is a nightmare when being stored in between uses. Until the bubble bar is completely dry, it will leave pink trails all over your hands and bathroom, and it does take a little scrubbing to remove, especially around your finger nails. For this reason, be careful that you don't drip it anywhere, and I would suggest that you lay it on a wet wipe until it is completely dry as it will mark your bath otherwise. 

Having said that, this reusable bubble bar was super effective at making bubbles. While you need to stimulate them with your hands rather than being naturally made under the running tap, the bubbles you do create are super fragrant and beautifully soft. Alongside the silky soft water, this bubble bar makes for a really impressive bath. 

As I mentioned above, Candy Brush shares its scent with the Snow Fairy family, so you can expect a light, sweet and slightly musky candy smell. The scent is a sugary-sweet candy floss scented bubble bar, with hints of bubblegum and pear drops thrown in there for good measure. Unfortunately, it is one of Lush's most synthetic-smelling products, so don't expect anything interesting on that front.

Despite this, I found this product to be much stronger in scent than the likes of the Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar that comes out every Christmas, and I'd say it did a good job at mimicking the liquid perfume rather well. Given its format, it's naturally much lighter in scent than the body conditioner or shower gel but the Snow Fairy fragrance is definitely in full play here.

Although I was never going to be bowled over by this product, I was rather pleased to see how well it worked, and given another scent family I probably would have found it even more appealing. It creates a wonderfully vivd bath, with lots of soft, beautiful bubbles, and the scent remains present throughout the experience. Furthermore, I could smell slight remnants of the scent on my skin afterwards, and coupled with the body spray would make Snow Fairy fans very satisfied.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Synthetic Musk, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

2 July 2018

American Cream Shower Gel

After my initial excitement of Avocado Wash Shower Gel, I was a little more reserved when it came to the other limited edition gels that I had left to try. While I was super excited for all of the brand new shower products, I felt as if I had started with the best gel. However, it only took a single use for me to realise that American Cream was well up there as being almost equally as perfect. 

Sharing its scent with my all time favourite bubble bar, I Am 10, and the readily available conditioner of the same name, this limited edition shower gel was everything I could have asked for. For those who haven't heard me speak out about my early experiences with Lush, American Cream was one of the first scents that I discovered when visiting a store for the first time. 

I was bowled over with the beauty and subtlety of the fragrance right there and then, so was incredibly disappointed when I found out that it wasn't vegan. Fast forward a few years and Lush bring out American Pie Shower Jelly, which satisfied my craving for the scent but didn't exactly win me over with the format. So when I found out that the company were finally bringing out a liquid gel, I knew it was going to be something special.

What stole my heart immediately was discovering that it was the closest match to the original conditioner, which was the initial reason why I fell in love with the scent to begin with. The creaminess; the roundedness; and the equal balance of musk, floral and fruity really sealed the deal for me straight away, and pushed all thoughts of the other shower gels out of the window for a few days.

All of the ingredients are so pronounced here. You can smell the creamy, musky vanilla absolute, with a gentle layer of sweet strawberry to give this a mildly fruity smell. Yet the clary sage oil brings a gentle, rounded herbal element that brings warmth and depth to the scent. Alongside this there is a delicate thread of lavender laced throughout that elevates that herbal layer even further and adds an extra dose of natural sweetness. 

Lush describe the American Cream fragrance as being like strawberry milkshake topped with whipped cream. While I can make the link between that description and the smell, I feel as if this is selling the product very short. There is far more depth, more beauty and more sophistication about this aroma that can only be appreciated once you have the product in front of you.

What surprised me was that when I began using this in the shower, I found that it was thicker than both Avocado Wash and Sultana shower gels. It is still fairly on the thinner side (think Uluru) but it's not as runny as the aforementioned releases. 

When lathering up, I found that I needed very little this create a surplus of lather between the palms of my hands. An amount equalling that of a small raisin would easily be enough to clean your whole body with, which meant that although the other two gels were equally as generous, this one went down slower because I was able to use slightly less. 

Out of the bottle, American Cream Shower Gel never once lost its beautiful smell and coated my body with a layer of sweet, herbal goodness that cocooned me like a summer blanket. The heat from the shower retained the scent throughout the whole experience, and echoes of the fragrance stayed in the bathroom and on my skin for a couple of hours afterwards. 

Not only that but the inclusion of both the orange and strawberry juices meant that my body felt super clean afterwards and my skin looked really rejuvenated and radiant. While I wouldn't say that this is particular refreshing in the hotter months of the year, it definitely leaves your skin ready to face the heat and bare all in the sunshine. 

Although I knew I would love this shower gel, I didn't think it would rival Avocado Wash, and I didn't expect to love it quite as much as I did. My only gripe is that I have no more of my much-loved I Am 10 Bubble Bars to use alongside this for the ultimate experience. Would I buy this again? Most definitely.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Strawberry Juice, Carrageenan Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Coumarin, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £12.95 for 275g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
American Cream Body Lotion
American Cream Conditioner
American Cream Liquid Perfume
American Cream Shower Gel
American Cream Solid Perfume
American Pie Shower Jelly
Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar
I Am 10 Bubble Bar
Marshmallow World Bath Bomb
Twinkle Bath Ballistic

1 July 2018

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles Reusable Bubble Bar

It appears as if Lush go through phases when it comes to the different products that they bring out every month. Some times they offer a splurge of shower gels, naked products or soaps, and this month it seems as if they're all about the reusable bubble bars. There have even been a number of the spinners featured throughout the year in some of their seasonal ranges.

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles Reusable Bubble Bar was definitely the one that first caught my eye when I saw the array of new reusables coming out as part of the #Lushlabs monthly offering last week. Not only was it bright green to the point of being fluorescent in my eyes, but it also supposedly doubled up as a way to blow bubbles as well. Who was I to argue with such a genius idea.

Containing lemon, lime and grapefruit oils, I was expecting this to smell identical to many of the bath products that Lush churn out on a regular with these three ingredients. However, I was surprised to find that these three have been combined differently so that the scent it gives off mildly varies from the other humdrum of citrusy scents. 

To my nose I could detect the lemon and lime very strongly. Both components offered something slightly sharp and zesty, with a citrusy kick. When it wasn't being used, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles also gave off a slight dryness in its fragrance, which almost gave it a bitter element.

While both ingredients were almost equally matched, I felt as it the lime came through very slightly more, and I think the grapefruit oil helped to give this note a little extra bit of zing. Overall, it was definitely a very natural smelling bubble bar: like the lemon and lime Starburst sweet but without the synthetic nature of the candy.

To use this bubble bar, as with any of Lush's reusable wands, you simply hold it under the running water and it will begin to create fragrant bubbles to decorate your bath with. Like most of Lush's reusable bars, this one immediately began to bleed a bright colour into the tub and it didn't take long for the water to turn a vivd shade of green. As expected, I found that IFBB produced a good amount of light, fluffy bubbles, but not to the same extent as a regular bubble bar normally does.

Unfortunately, I found that the scent dissipated a little in the water so I wasn't able to make out the strong scent as much as I was when the bubble bar was dry. Furthermore, the delicate fruity notes tended to get lost even more when I began to use other products alongside it. Having said this, I found it strange that I could still detect delicate notes of lemon and lime on my hands and hair after towelling myself down. 

Although I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles wasn't as moisturising as some of Lush's more recent reusable bubble bars (Fun For All The Family springs to mind), it did leave my skin feeling really radiant, slightly shiny and very smooth. A little splash of Calacas Liquid Perfume after this bath would have been a royal treat.

While this is not something I would run out and purchase again any time soon, it is a great novelty item and would appeal to both children and children disguised as adults. It would easily last a good four baths before you may have to crumble the rest under the tap, and I will definitely be using this to cocktail with the likes of Turtle Jelly Bomb and Avobath Bath Bomb.

Quantitative Ingredients:Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycerine, *Limonene, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Lime Oil, Perfume, Grapefruit Oil, *Citral, Colour 59040, Colour 42090:2.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.