18 July 2019

Cinnamon Orange Bath Melt Tablet

If there is one spice that reminds me of the winter months, it is cinnamon without any shade of a doubt. Ironically, this is the very same aroma that brings me the upmost comfort during the colder season as well. Whether it's sprinkled on top of my mince pies or the main ingredient in my hot drink, cinnamon is the very epitome of warmth and comfort.  

When I first learnt about Cinnamon Orange Bath Melt Tablet last Christmas, I was really excited to experience the Hot Toddy scent in another format. As one of my favourite shower gels from Lush, there is something so warming, spicy and sweet about the scent that comes across perfectly in this latest format. Unfortunately, along with the other tablets and baubles that came out at the same time, their shelf life was fleeting, and I was never able to grab more than the initial one I managed to secure.

About 9cm in width, 6cm wide and about 5mm thick, this seasonal special was designed to be hung up as a decoration during the festive period. Whether on your Christmas tree or placed somewhere around your home, this limited edition offered a scent that would fill the room for days on end, which is why I opted not to use mine until the scent had completely faded and the end of January was fast-approaching.

Made from an impressive range of butters and oils, this bath tablet is designed to infuse your bath water with enough nourishment to heal and restore winter-kissed skin. However, it also works well in the warmer months when your sun-kissed skin is feeling a little parched. No matter the season, Cinnamon Orange does exactly what it's supposed to do, and more.

Sporting an orange outer shell and decorated with a stick of cinnamon and a slice of dried orange on the surface, this tablet offers a sweet and spicy cinnamon scent, with a fruity orange layer to round off the aroma and add a beautiful sweetness to seal the deal. If you loved Hot Toddy Shower Gel, you'd definitely appreciate how well this tablet replicates the scent.

While Cinnamon Orange is sold as a single product, there is not really any need to place the whole tablet into the bath in one go. Cutting the melt in half or even quarters will still offer a really moisturising bath for your skin and you'll still be able to smell the wonderful aroma throughout the whole experience.In fact, you actually run the risk of creating a mess around the tub if you include the whole tablet at once, as the oils and butters don't all tend to dissolve into the water.

I would also recommend that if you're going to use the tablet across multiple baths, it is better to break it into pieces whilst its dry than having to hang and store the used tablet once it's been placed in the water. As Cinnamon Orange melts fairly messily in the water, you may find it difficult to time how long to keep the whole tablet in the water for, so cutting it up beforehand will enable you to control how much of the product is being used at any one time.

When it came to Cinnamon Orange Bath Melt Tablet, I found that it didn't tend to put on much of a show in the water. The bath melt floated on the surface whilst it slowly dissolved and then sent out little splodges of orange oils that seemed to disappear fairly quickly into the water. Every so often I found myself massaging the bar itself to release the oils into the water because they were quite thick and resistant to dissolve by themselves. I think if you simply waited for the bath tablet to melt by itself, you'd probably be in the tub for a matter of hours. 

Once the tablet had fully melted, I found that the water was left with just a faint orange tinge, which didn't exactly inspire the most exciting of reactions. There was also quite a few flecks of oils still left floating around in the water, although I found that these were great to rub directly into the skin whilst I was bathing.

Upon towelling myself down, I found that I could detect remnants of the cinnamon and orange notes on my skin afterwards, and this lingered for a couple of hours at least. Furthermore, my whole body felt super nourished and silky-soft, which is exactly what the bath melt had been set out to do.

Luckily, for fans of the aforementioned shower gel, Cinnamon Orange Bath Melt Tablet is set to make a return this Christmas, which is great news for myself and anyone who missed it last year. My only request is that Lush ensure that the release of Hot Toddy Shower Gel happens alongside this so that new and old fans can rekindle with, what is perhaps my favourite winter scent from the company. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Bitartrate (Tartar), Fair Trade Shea Butter, Cinnamon Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £4.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

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