Just before Christmas lush brought out a new product a bit different from their others and that was the FUN range. It is available in green, pink, red, yellow and blue and is sold wrapped in plastic wrapped like a transparent cracker so pretty basic. For £5 you get 200g of FUN so it is not bad value for a FUN product really.
WHAT IS FUN?
Fun is a brand new 4 in 1 Lush creation. It works as a soap, a bubble bath, a shampoo and finally it is a play dough for in or out of the bath.
Not only is it a fun product but it is another of the many items that Lush donate a % to charity. In this case 10p from every bar goes to the FunD - more about that later.
Lush have a lot of customers in Japan and so after the Tsunami they donated a lot to help those who suffered . Today many children are still suffering and Lush donates 10p from every bar of FUN towards children’s projects in Japan. In many areas because of the danger of radiation poisoning many children cannot play outside and the money from FunD goes towards groups helping to create activities for these children so that they can run and play and mix with other children in safe environments.
Using it on the body as a soap you can either use a small piece as a soap or squish it with warm water to form a paste or bath cream and apply with a sponge or cloth as you would a bath/shower gel or cream.
In the bath break FUN up into small pieces or create a paste then add to the bath under the running tap as it is filling and enjoy a lovely scented bubbly bath.
When using it as a shampoo I find that it is best to squish a small amount into a soft solution and apply it like any shampoo then rinse out thoroughly.
Playing with it is obvious really just shape the dough like stuff as you would any play dough. You can play in or out of the bath but when playing in the bath the FUN does begin to disappear so beware of long playing wet sessions.
LUSH FUN BLUE
The blue one smells of gentle lavender but quite mild and it is mixed with Moroccan chamomile which makes it a more earthy aroma to me. It is designed to be calming and used in a before bedtime bath with children to relax them. This one has lavender essential oil, Moroccan chamomile oil and chamomile blue oil which are not only there for their scent but also for their relaxing qualities.
Sadly there is also sodium Laureth Sulphate which give the bubbles so if you are allergic to this beware.
The malleable quality comes from talc and cornflour mixed with glycerine which are all pretty harmless to anyone.
Well I have tried it in all ways . Sadly my creative efforts are a bit pathetic and would win no prizes. It works brilliantly as a soap and I have used it for hand washing and body washing and had no problems and the scent is really strong and it lathers quite well though it is best squished into a sort of paste I have found.
As a bubble bath you end up with lots of bubbles and a nice creamy gentle vanilla smelling bath with a sort of slightly yellowy tinge. You have to work quite hard to get the FUN into a paste of well broken up and then swirl the water around otherwise you get left with blue bits in the bottom of the bath which have not melted. The bath water does turn a nice blue colour too and it feels quite soft but not that moisturising though. The bath is not coloured after it has emptied and I just swill a bit of clean water around after and it is fine.
The scent is quite gentle and the lavender combined with the chamomile is relaxing but not overpowering at all. It does carry quite far into the room and around about and it does last quite well on my skin too after I have dried myself. It isn’t that moisturising so you may have to put some body lotion on if you have dry skin. I found a nice lavender one did the trick when i used this one.
As a shampoo it was okay but it is not something I would use every day. You could take a chunk away with you in your hand baggage and it would be fine for a few days but I found I really needed to make a paste first then use conditioner afterwards. I can’t say it is one I would buy to use just a a shampoo but if bathing children then it is handy to know you can wash them from top to toe with one item and they can play with it too.
WHAT DO CHILDREN THINK?
Obviously I am not the target audience for the play element so I tested it on my grandchildren. They loved the fact that they could play with it and squish it around. I have to say they creations were no better than mine but they enjoyed playing with it. They also loved the fact that the water turned a sort of bluey pink colour and liked this as much as the green and red ones and better than the yellow as this too is a more obvious a colour. They still enjoyed the fact that they could ‘paint’ themselves blue when it was wet.
I would say that it was a success FUN wise. I didn’t wash their hair as I wasn’t risking the stinging eyes possibility. I always use a baby shampoo on any of them even the eldest at aged 8 as I don’t want any sore eyes. They all smelled nice after their bath and really enjoyed playing with the FUN green. They are asking for different colours now so I said I would get some others to try!
Did it help them sleep? Well I am not convinced but it always quite exciting to stay over so they do take a bit of time to settle when they stay and it was no longer or shorter than usual.
Yes I think the children really loved it and anything that makes bath time FUN is a good thing. The colour is really strong and that was a plus with the kids. They loved squishing it and making shapes but it is a bit limited what you can shape it in to. The youngest liked using it to cut our pastry shapes on the table and once she had finished we washed her hands and she loved the fact that they made bubbles and were blue! She also discovered that it didn’t taste too great though!!!
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