21 January 2019

Strawberry Hill Shower Bomb

It wasn't too long ago that the words 'shower bomb' would have incited a reaction of mild confusion from many Lush fans across the globe. Now these miniature blocks of bicarbonate are as regular as they come: cropping up in almost all of the seasonal ranges this year, and exploding in number with the recent opening of the Lush Liverpool store. 

Strawberry Hill Shower Bomb comes as part of this year's Mothers' Day range: a product small in size but large in statute. Sharing its scent with my favourite Lush fragrance, Yummy Mummy, this limited edition is definitely one that I'd like to see sit more permanently on the shelves. While not a huge fans of shower bombs in general, this is probably my favourite because of both its smell and how it performed in the shower. 

For those unfamiliar with the concept of a shower bomb, the idea is that you wet this under the running water of the shower and then massage it across your skin. The bath bomb-inspired ingredients mean that Strawberry Hill reacts to the water hitting it and produces a foam that you can then use to clean yourself with.

What makes the shower bombs interesting is that the consistency of the foam is usually slightly scratchy, so you get a gentle exfoliation at the same time you are cleaning your skin. In fact, my skin did feel really crisp and clean after using this, and I was pleased to find that the scent lingered on my skin for a good hour after towelling myself down.

The fact that this particular limited edition featured both soya milk and rose absolute, meant that my skin not only felt rather soft after rinsing away the foam, but the many mosquito bites I had acquired during my trip to India appeared instantly calmer and less red on the surface, and I found that they were less itchy afterwards as well.

Scent wise, Strawberry Hill replicates the Yummy Mummy scent really well: offering a wonderful powdery vanilla and strawberry scent, with a delicate layer of floral underneath to pad the aroma out. As the usual tonka has been replaced by vanilla instead, I do think the musky element of the fragrance is not as prominent as it is in the likes of the shower cream. However, the rich and creamy fruity element that many fans love in the Roller Bath Bomb format, is still very much still present.

Having said that, one of the main issues I have with Lush's shower bombs is that they're designed as single use items, and they're usually only good for one or two experiences at a push. While £2.75 isn't a far stretch by any means, it still works out more expensive than using a shower gel or jelly, and this will put many fans off trying it because of this reason alone. 

Yet despite this, the fact that you're getting an exfoliation out of it at the same time does warrant some of the extra price tag. And the fact that it happens to be a limited edition release means that many people will purchase one simply to say that they've tried it for themselves.

Ultimately, the fact that a Yummy Mummy scented shower bomb even exists is good enough to know that the company are including more products in my favourite fragrance family. As far as shower bombs go, this one does exactly what it's designed to do: cleans the skin; gently exfoliates; and leaves a gentle scent on your body afterwards.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Citric Acid, Potato Starch, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Lactate, Gluconate Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Soybean Flour, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Fresh Strawberry Puree, Water (Aqua), Benzyl Alcohol, *Eugenol Hexyl Cinnamal, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £2.75 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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