I was very taken with the look of this one of the latest Christmas novelty bubble bars brought out for 2012 and bought it a few weeks ago. I have been using it the last few nights getting in the mood for the big day and thought I would share my experiences.
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.
Lush bubble bars usually do me more than one bath and this is no exception. I managed to have at least three baths from the outer ‘sack’ part of the bar and still have the parcels with a couple of baths ready used once each and still more uses to come.
This bar is not that big but is different from other bars in that it is a mix of ready to crumble bubble bar which is the sack and then two re usable bubble bars which are the gifts inside the sack. The price is £4.15 so even dividing the bar into three for the cack and then a couple each for the gifts means that each bath costs around 60p which is not cheap but luxury and treats never are cheap are they?
It is a really deep orange red colour and then there is a gold string around the sack. The two gifts sticking out are yellow/cream and a slightly darker reddish colour. Each one is slightly different as they are handmade. Some are darker and others are more squashed looking so they vary a bit so check out which you fancy when choosing from the pile on display.
Or the scent is a sweetly orange like scent combined with tonka which gives a vanilla sort of addition to the smell. According to Lush description:
“We’ve all been good enough to deserve a festive bath of softening bubbles with the scent of fizzy drinks. With tonka, neroli and tagetes this bubble bar is kind to the skin and a gift to the nose.
Even as an adult, there is nothing quite so exciting as Santa’s sack, bulging with mystery delights for us – so this bubble bar will appeal to everyone.”
It is certainly a lovely looking bubble bar and I can’t imagine anyone not finding this a really nice novelty gift.
INTO THE BATH THEN:
I crumbled a third of the ‘sack’ part 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 sweet mandarin sort of scent with a creamy note too. It is supposed to smell of cola but I really can’t agree with that it is really more of creamy orange/mandarin smell to me. The bath turned a glorious orange/pink colour, quite a deep colour and I got lots of bubbles from my third of a bar so in my opinion you don’t need to use a full bar in one bath to get a good bubble bath that smells really nice too.
Not only did my bath smell good and look welcoming but the room was filled with the lovely fruity aroma too.
I lowered myself through the layer of creamy bubbles and into the almost orange clear not cloudy water. I then laid back and just soaked for a few minutes absorbing the luscious fruity sort 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 coloured still. 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.
These are re usable bubble bath bars but I do find I get less bubbles from these. Although they are a different colour the entire bar smells the same. I just put the ‘present’ in the water and then swished it around until I felt I had enough bubbles and scent then took the bar out and put it on the soap dish to save for its second use. You could use the whole thing in one bath if you wanted a more bubbly bath but I just enjoy the soft fragrant water and the bubbles just enough to make it a bit different.
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. I never wash my face in any of the bubble bath water as I wash it with face wash out of the bath before getting into the bath.
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.
Tonka Absolute – from the seeds of the Tonka tree this oil at room temperature is solid, brown and has a sweet, vanilla-like aroma.. Aromatherapists use tonka as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. It is also thought to treat joint problems. In this bubble bar it is mainly for the vanillary scent.
Neroli Oil – Has a gentle mandarin orange scent and is known for its relaxing properties in aromatherapy.
Tagete oil – from a plant similar to a marigold in Mexico and it is used in cooking in Peru. It is said to taste like a mixture of mint, coriander and basil and is included here for scent and is also antimicrobial and antifungal so helping to preserve products with less need for artificial preservatives.
Gardenia extract – this has a wonderful strong floral scent but is also a fine deep red colour too. It is also good for headaches and to treat irritability as well as being an anti inflammatory.
Not so goodies:
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 further.
The Cocamide DEA is a viscosity, thickening and foam booster but once again there have been stories about links with cancer.
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.
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 WHAT DO I THINK?
So all in all what do I think? I love the smell of this rather unusual and very pretty colourful bubble bar. I do like the Lush bubble bars as they create lots of creamy bubbles that smell great and make me 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..I feel I got really good value from this with around six or seven baths and this works out at a lot less than £1 a bath which is 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.
Update I am going to have my ninth bath from this tonight so pretty good value in the end.
So I would recommend if you are looking for a stocking gift this would be a lovely novelty for almost anyone I would say.
I got this bubble bar as part of a gift set.
I found it quite easy to crumble into the bath where lots of bubbles were produced,i only use half a bubble bar at a time depending on size i can sometimes get even more use out of them.
This bar had little treats inside which took a lot longer to disolve which i didnt really understand.
The scent was lovely sweet but not overly so with a little scent of spice too.
overall it produces a good lather,smells nice and leaves skin soft but i would not particularly purchase another one.
i would recommend but there are better bubble bars in the lush range that also are cheaper too.
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