8 October 2018

Tadaima Okaeri Bath Bomb

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread to come home to, or the delicate caramelised wisps of sweetness that drift around your nose as a batch of pastries simmer in the oven. Unfortunately, this is a fictional fantasy for me because I’m usually the one carrying out the baking in my home.

For this reason, I was super excited to try out Tadaima Okaeri Bath Bomb for myself. Not only does it sport the design of a golden bun - risen and plump - but the smell it gives off is just as delicious and equally as warming as the food itself.

One of eighty-nine supposed limited edition bath bombs making themselves available in the up and coming ‘bath only’ superstore in Japan, this delicious exclusive was made available for a single hour at the recent Showcase event in Manchester. Sporting a gentle shade of bronze, this bath bomb is designed to look like that of a freshly baked bun - with a yellow split across the top.   

The ingredients list states that it contains a combination of sandalwood, tonka and vanilla absolute. These three ingredients create a sweet, warming smell that  isn't as 'in your face' as the likes of the recently released Yog Nog Use Log Bubble Bar, but is definitely one of Lush's more foody smells. 

To my nose, I can smell a rich and slightly exotic blend of sandalwood and tonka. Delicately woody with an almost spicy edge to it, the sandalwood is beautiful here, and really is the star of the show. You can really detect the richness of the sandalwood in this bathbomb, which is refreshing as this ingredient normally sits underneath something else.

Alongside this, a sweet and very sultry wave of vanilla glides underneath, like a river of milky Creme Brûlée.There is something very rich about the vanilla here, yet it still compliments the sandalwood rather than overpowers it. Together, all three ingredients make a great team and create a smell unlike any other. This would be an incredible fragrance to use as a liquid perfume, so I'm hoping this is not the last we see (or smell) this scent. 

In the water, the bath bomb is a slow fizzer - bobbing on the surface quietly and sending out thick waves of bronze colour, etched with a generous amount of golden lustre. After a few minutes, the bath bomb fully submerges itself under the water and begins to decorate the surface with a bright, golden yellow - which bubbles and fizzes like a pastry in the oven.

Once fully dissolved, you're left with a pretty biege coloured water that twinkles with golden lustre. Although I would normally shy away from water of this nature - as it's not usually all that pretty or interesting - the fact that Tadaima Okaeri is trying to replicate a baked good means that you're a little more lenient about the shade of brown you're bathing in.

In the tub, I found that the scent of the wasn't as strong as I was expecting. In fairness to the bath bomb, it did retain the same level of fragrance as it did before I dropped it into the water. However, as it wasn't particularly powerful to begin with, I found that the smell was difficult to detect when using other products alongside this. 

However, the water itself was super moisturising and I could definitely feel the benefits on my skin afterwards. While the scent didn't linger past the bath tub, I did find that my skin retained its softness for the rest of the day, and I didn't need to apply a moisturiser at all. 

Ultimately, this is definitely a wonderful exclusive bath bomb, that I'm super grateful to have been able to try out for myself. While I would definitely buy this again, I cannot imagine this selling well as a regular product, as you have to be in the right frame of mind to want to use it. For this reason, I can see why Lush have chosen to keep this a Japanese exclusive.      

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream Of Tartar, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018. 


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