This isn’t called the Comforter for nothing. This fruity bubble bar gives the feeling of being hugged by a jolly blackcurrant. When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for purple water and creamy bubbles. It was created to bring a real sense of comfort to people, just like a real comforter (or scarf) would. To give maximum comfort, it's twice as big as the other bubble bars, to give you lots of nurturing baths.
By using a solid bubble bath, you are eliminating the need for packaging. Liquid products need preservatives, but solid products like this don't. Better for you and better for the environment; what a comforting thought!
Crumble under running warm water as you fill the tub. The amount you need to use will vary but this bar usually yields one or two baths. The stronger your water pressure, the more bubbles you will make; experiment for best results. To get the most out of your bubble bars, keep them in a cool, dry place.
This is one of my favourite of the Lush bubble bars partly because it is a good size that easily cuts into four really bubbly moisturising baths and partly because it has such a yummy blackcurrant smell.
Lush create many animal friendly, eco friendly and fun bath and skin products which smell wonderful. I just love my local shop in the Westfield centre in Derby as the staff are just so friendly and desperate to share their products with everyone. No one is ever made to feel unwelcome in fact quite the opposite they love to chat to you about Lush stuff or other things such as my recent holiday.
Or to put it more poshly the scent is strongly blackcurrant and creamy. Imagine you have a bowl of stewed blackcurrants mixed with cream, this smells as that tastes. According to Lush description:
“This fruity bubble bar gives the feeling of being hugged by a jolly blackcurrant. When life is getting you down, crumble The Comforter under hot, running water for purple water and creamy bubbles. The warm aroma of cassis absolute is relaxing so relaxing that you'll go to bed feeling happier and the world will seem brighter the next day.”
I’m not sure about the happiness factor but is is a really lovely comforting smell, perhaps because it reminds me of Ribena that I used have for ‘elevenses’ when I was young!
INTO THE BATH THEN:
I crumble a quarter of the bar under the running hot tap as the bath is filling as that way you get a good number of creamy bubbles and the bar dissolves more quickly. As the bath is filling I can smell the sweet fruity blackcurrant waves filling the room and welcoming me into my bath.
I lower myself through the layer of creamy bubbles and into the almost champagne pink water. It is a bit darker than champagne but a really true dark pink. Lie back and just soak for a few minutes absorbing the luscious fruity smell and the luxuriating in the wonderfully soft and creamy bath water.
Okay that’s enough relaxing so now I smooth the bubbles all over me and then lie back again. As I have a bath or shower in the morning and have not done anything too strenuous I am not that dirty so only use a little soap on my armpits and leg pits as my husband would say to the children when they were younger. This is my night time relaxation bath and I am in here for enjoyment rather than to get clean.
After about ten minutes soaking I get out reluctantly and wrap myself in my cosy towel. The bath still has bubbles and the water is very pink. As I let the water out I swish around the bath with clean water just to make sure the bath doesn’t get stained and to make it less slippery for the next person following me, especially as our bath is also our shower.
HOW DO I FEEL?
I feel lovely and warm and sweet smelling. I can still smell the fruity sweetness on me well after I am dry and in bed. My skin feels soft and quite moist but I do still put some lotion on my elbows, knees , hands and feet besides dealing with my face of course.
WHAT IS IN THIS LITTLE BAR?
Sodium Bicarbonate and Cream of tartar, no problem here as we put these in food and they are added as they make the water nice and soft and so it feels creamy when you are in the bath
Bergamot oil – great for anxiety and depression hence the bar being uplifting and comforting. It is also good for skin conditions such as psoriasis in small quanities. Has a lovely lemony scent which goes with the blackcurrant fruitiness
Cassis absolute – a great addition and this is blackcurrant so gives the scent and presumably the benefits that blackcurrants have like vitamin C
Cypress oil - used for calming the mind and creating a feeling of well being all essential oils that give the aroma and benefits.
This bar is bigger than the flat of my hand and weighs in at 200g so each bath I use about 50g. The price is £4.95 so even dividing the bar into four means that each bath costs a pound which is not cheap but luxury and treats never are cheap are they?
It is a really dark pink colour, like blackcurrants surprisingly, and swirled through with white. Each one is slightly different as they are handmade. Some are darker and others are very distinctly pink and white swirls so it varies quite a lot so you can often pick which you prefer from the pile on display.
These are less desirable sodium laureth sulfate is there to make the bubbles. This has been linked to cancer so if this bothers you then I suggest you have a look at this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate
The Cocamide DEA is a viscosity, thickening and foam booster but once again there have been stories about links with cancer. The storage and handling precautions are also a little worrying.
See http://www.useful-chemicals.com/?p=39 .
Furthermore Cocamide Dea should not be used in products with nitrosating agents or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives as then nitrosamines can be formed which are carcinogenic.
Lauryl betaine is a high foaming surfactant and seems to be a better one as it is biodegradable and apparently has a modest conditioning action.
Titanium Dioxide seems to be a bit controversial so I leave that to you to read. Not even sure what it is there for myself .http://www.organicmakeup.ca/ca/titaniumdioxide.asp
Anyway the bar is a mixture of lovely and some questionable ingredients chiefly the surfactants which are deemed safe by the government but could cause you problems so just be aware. My step daughter cannot use these as they make her eczema really bad.
So all in all what do I think? I love the smell of this rather fruity bubble bar and I always smell good afterwards. My skin which is a little sensitive to some things feels nice and soft after this and I haven’t had any adverse effects from using this one at all. This is my one of my favourite bubble bars as it smells wonderful fruity and fresh.I feel I get really good value from this with four baths this works out at £1 a bath which is far from cheap but okay for a treat. It makes me smell good and also fills the bathroom and also our bedroom next door with the same lovely aroma.
So I would recommend if you like fruity smells but if you don’t then you will not be so keen on this one as the smell is very sweet and fruity.
I prefer the candy smell products from Lush. I felt this product was not good value for my money, because I used quiet a lot to make a lot of bubble. The smell was like blackcurrant and it was nice once, but I just stick with my bubblegum, candy smell.