16 May 2019

Dear John Bath Bomb

If I was paid for every time I made a negative judgement based on the aesthetics of a product, only to retract my statement when I realised its true potential, I would not only have a lot of money in the bank, but I'd probably be in possession of one of the weirdest career choices on the planet. However, this is exactly what happened with this limited edition bath bomb and I have been eating my words ever since.

Let's be honest and say that Dear John doesn't exactly inspire much in the way of excitement when it comes to its design. Sporting a white shell decorated with five blue ink spots on the surface, there isn't anything colourful about it that promises to offer consumers the bath art they often look for. In fact, many people would have no doubt avoided this one because of how little they assumed the product would offer in the water. Big mistake!
What I love about this Father's Day limited edition is that it offers so much in the way of scent and colour, that it's almost a crime that some consumers will miss out on this because of their preconceived ideas about what it would or would not offer them in the bath tub. To put it simply: this is one of the best bath bombs I have had from Lush all year.

As it's name suggests, this seasonal special shares its fragrance with the Dear John range, which is a big feature in this year's Father's Day collection. While described by many as being more of a masculine aroma, I happen to think that this smell sits comfortably in the middle and offers something for anyone that enjoys complex and very unique scents. 

Featuring many components that go into building up the overall fragrance, it is the vetivert and cedarwood oils that grip you first. Together, these two ingredients create a warm, woody aroma, with a delicate burnt note that nestles itself underneath the sweet blanket that this aroma offers. Alongside this, there is a delicate touch of clove, that adds an element of spice without being too heavy.

There is something rather creamy and almost musky about the overall smell on offer here, yet this doesn't come from any inclusion of either vanilla and tonka. This element not only draws all of the other ingredients together to create the Dear John fragrance, but also compliments the delicate citrus note that finishes the whole experience off. As someone who has tried this smell in many formats, this bath bomb is definitely one of the better renditions for sure.
Once in the bath, Dear John will continue to float on the surface, sending out waves of deep blue colour that permeated the water very quickly. Within the space of a minute, the entire tub was full of colour: sporting a shade of blue that I feel really needs to be experienced on a firsthand basis, to truly appreciate how stunning your bath water becomes.

What is impressive about this bath bomb is how well it upholds the fragrance in the water and how it leaves you feeling as well. I was able to enjoy the beautiful scent for the whole hour I was submerged beneath the water, and it lingered on my skin afterwards like a delicate kiss from a 1960's romance novel. Paired with the naked shower gel that also features in this current range, my experience was nothing short of beautiful.

Although having a bath will usually help you to unwind, no matter what the product you use, I really felt 'settled' and relaxed more than I usually do after using this bath bomb. Maybe the accumulation of the woody, smoky and slightly earthy notes helped to ground my thoughts a little more noticeably than some of the other bath bombs. 
No matter what caused this feeling, I had perhaps the greatest night's rest after bathing with Dear John, and I'm going to have to seriously stock up on these babies before they make an exit in the coming weeks. Why this bath bomb isn't part of the permanent range, I will never understand.     

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Water (Aqua), Cream of Tartar, DRF Alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 17200, Colour 42090:2.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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