Celebrate Body Spray from Lush

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When I first heard whispers saying that a Celebrate Body Spray was being released I had my fingers and toes crossed hoping it wasn’t more fake news.

Thankfully it wasn’t a lie and it really was released. I did not uncross my fingers until it was officially announced. I wanted a bottle or 3 that much!

For almost 5 years I had been begging Lush on social media to please, please, please release another round of Celebrate perfumes or even better, a Celebrate scented body spray…

Lush’s Celebrate scent-family is a firm favourite of mine. Luckily for me it features in several Lush products so I am never without it completely. The Golden Wonder bath bomb, Bubbly shower gel and Snowshowers shower jelly are names of just a few products that share the Celebrate scent.

I had run out of my Celebrate perfume about 3 years prior to this body sprays original release last Winter (2019) so I’ll admit I was getting very desperate for a new bottle. A lady should never be without her signature scent after all!

With Celebrate being such a popular scent, when the body spray was finally released it was very well received, not just by me but by the Lush Community too. The scent seems to work in whatever product format Lush make it into, it’s perfect.

Celebrate body spray contains cognac, Brazilian orange and lime oils. Its scent is a refreshingly-festive mix of warm, citrusy bubbles. Just one squirt of the Celebrate body spray leaves you smelling gorgeous all day.

It literally smells of happiness, even just a quick whiff of it always puts a smile on my face. I spray it all over myself, it works well on just my skin, sprayed on my clothes and even in my hair. Winter is never the same without it but the scent works perfectly for all seasons; I rock it all year through.

I’d go as far as to say that I actually prefer the Celebrate body spray over the perfume, The body spray has lasted much longer than the liquid perfume did. It has also gone a lot further making it much better value for money. I am so happy to have my signature scent back and will be grabbing another bottle this Winter!



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IRL Bath Bomb from Lush

 

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IRL is an abbreviation of the phrase, ‘In Real Life’. Famous YouTuber Zoe Sugg has collaborated with Lush to create a bespoke, limited edition, Digital Detox Day product – The IRL Bath Bomb. The idea behind the IRL bath bomb and Digital Detox Day is to raise awareness about the negative impact social media can have on our mental heath.

Digital Detox Day has been penciled in for the 5th of September. The idea is to take yourself away from your phone for 24 hours, in a bid to help people develop healthier relationships with their  devices.

Money from the sales of the IRL bath bomb will go towards a fund taking applications for grants from small, grassroots groups who work on mental health issues.

I will leave several links directing you to further information in regards to Digital Detox Day and the campaign at the end of this review as I am sure you are eager for me to get my actual review started so without further ado…

The IRL bath bomb is yet another Lush product that I judged too soon. When I first see it shared in photographs on Instagram I thought that its pale colours meant that it was going to be really wishy, washy in the bath, not giving off any colour or Bath art at all.

I have never been so wrong in my life! As soon as the IRL bath bomb hits the water white, orange, hot pink and blue sizzle out of it, slowly covering the waters surface with a blanket of pretty colours and fizzing bubbles.

 Like a little speedboat, the IRL bath bomb charges around your bath leaving a trail of the most beautiful blend of swirling colours on the waters surface. The photos I took and have put in this review, do the IRL bath bomb NO JUSTICE AT ALL.

Containing a long list of dominating floral-fragranced-ingredients; Orange flower, neroli, mimosa, gardenia & lavender oil I expected the IRL bath bombs scent to knock my socks off, its scent is however very light and not overpowering at all.

The IRL bath bombs scent is new to Lush and created specifically for this bath bomb. I can detect the rose absolute the most, the lavender and neroli oil are noticeable too, they blend really well together rounding the scent off, softening the rose absolute.

When asked to describe IRL’s scent, Zoe Sugg said “If escapism had a smell, this would be it.” I couldn’t have put it any better myself, it’s fresh, uplifting, mood-boosting and calming all at the same time.

As the IRL bath bomb fizzes away it fills your bathroom with its gentle, relaxing fragrance. IRL’s bath art is comparable to the likes of the bath art created by the Roller bath bomb, the colours and swirls it makes are just as mesmerising and bright.

Once the IRL bath bomb has dissolved the water is left a milky violet colour. I loved how my skin felt when I got out of the bath, IRL is really moisturising without being at all oily. After a good soak I’m left feeling fresh as a daisy.

Overall I really am impressed with the IRL bath bomb, it is by far the best bath bomb to come out of 2020 (a very bold statement although the year isn’t quite done with yet!)

I wouldn’t normally favour floral scents and would nearly always opt for something fruity instead but there is just something so calming about IRL’s fragrance. I’d love for Lush to make this a permanent product as it truly is a work of art.

As promised please find the following links, they will direct you to further information in regards to Digital Detox Day and the campaign.



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Sonic Death Monkey Shower Gel from Lush

My very first experience with the Sonic Death Monkey Shower Gel was at the Lush Creative Showcase back in September 2016. Previous to this event, I had always passed on getting Sonic Death Monkey shower gel whenever it had been on the Lush Kitchen menu because it has coffee in it.

After giving it a sniff back at the 2016 Showcase, I wanted to kick myself and vowed to never, ever miss it when it came up on  the Lush Kitchen menu again.

Since then the Kitchen has closed and then, as of May 2020, reopened BUT as a monthly subscription box. The Sonic Death Monkey shower gel thankfully made a return in the very first Lush Kitchen subscription box back in May of this year.

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Sonic Death Monkey has a very peculiar mixture of ingredients that against-all-odds actually work brilliantly together. Looking at its ingredients list I shouldn’t be interested in this shower gel at all, its scent is however one of my personal favourites from Lush.

Sonic Death Monkey shower gel contains coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla absolute, organic lime juice and sweet orange and tangerine oils. I don’t like to beat around the bush, I hate the taste and smell of coffee with a passion but there’s something about the Sonic Death Monkey shower gel that I can’t get enough of.

The coffee scent is apparent in this shower gel but the cocoa powder and vanilla absolute round it off giving it a very pleasant smell, it literally makes my mouth water. The added sweetness of the lime juice and other included citrusy essential oils add a softness to it too. All in all, even if you don’t like coffee, there’s a high chance that you may still like the Sonic Death Monkey shower gel.

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Sonic Death Monkey’s only sort-of negative is that it has a slightly watery consistency, this doesn’t however hinder its cleaning quality. Although it’s not the foamiest of shower gels it does leave my skin feeling clean, refreshed and beautifully scented after use.

As long as you’re careful at getting it out of its bottle its consistency isn’t much of a problem at all. The caffeine in it leaves my skin appearing brighter and it adds the right amount of hydration too.

Overall I have to admit that I love Sonic Death Monkey, I still can’t get my head around the fact that I happily use a product that contains coffee. I’d love a Sonic Death Monkey bath bomb or body lotion, hint, hint Lush!



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Tengri Bath Bomb from Lush

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Originally the Tengri Bath Bomb started out as a Harajuku store exclusive. It however became available from Lush’s UK website in early 2020. It has a brand new scent that reminds me of a mixture of the Dragon’s Egg and April Showers bath bombs, it’s beautifully uplifting.

I don’t know much on the inspiration or story behind the Tengri bath bomb but it represents a dragon. Although you have to look at it very close to make the dragon out; The blue bit is the dragon, spiralled around the white bit of the bath bomb. It almost looks like a boa constrictor getting ready for its lunch.

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The Tengri bath bomb contains a rather peculiar selection of ingredients; It’s a mixture of calming lavender, uplifting lemon myrtle, grassy and fiercely floral violet leaf absolute and super refreshing eucalyptus oil.

They oddly all work brilliantly together, I like that it’s a product with lavender oil in that doesn’t make you sleepy. Just one sniff of Tengri leaves you feeling refreshed and energised, something I’m not used to when lavender is involved!

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As soon as the Tengri bath bomb comes into contact with the bath water it begins to hiss away, sending white foam and light blue bubbles across the waters surface.

A burst of lemon-and-violet-fragrance starts to fill the room. The Tengri bath bomb begins to spin, fizzing away rather quickly. I’d have liked it to be around for a little longer but the quicker it dissolves, the quicker you can lay back, take a deep breath and relax.

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When I first used the Tengri bath bomb I had no idea that its insides were purple. What I thought was going to be a simple display of blue and white bubbles soon became blue, white and purple.

I personally wouldn’t have minded a little more bath art from the Tengri bath bomb although the scent and silky soft bath water that it left behind well made up for the lack of it. My skin felt just as soft when I got out of the bath and its light and refreshing scent stayed with me for the best part of the rest of the day too.

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My skin feels super-soft and hydrated after using Tengri, it gives you just the right level of hydration too, I am not left feeling at all oily. It’s perfect.

My favourite thing about the Tengri bath bomb is that it’s a lavender product that puts a spring in your step instead of making you sleepy. I have really enjoyed Tengri’s scent and I hope that Lush decide to use it in other product formats in the future.


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Bathos Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Bathos Bubble Bar is a very popular, golden-oldie that Lush bring back every now and again. At the time of writing this review it most recently made a return for a limited time in celebration of the invention of bubble bars, 30 years ago.

If you’re a fan of all-things-violet then Bathos is perfect for you. Bathos contains violet leaf, ylang ylang, rose absolute, bergamot and clove bud oils… Roses are red, violets are blue.

On paper it’s a floral scent through and through however the inclusion of ylang ylang and bergamot oil adds an extra but very subtle fruity layer to Bathos’ fragrance. I personally find violet leaf really good at combating tension headaches making Bathos a must have product in my house.

Although the Bathos bubble bar is on the smaller size in comparison to the likes of the, The Comforter bubble bar it does hold its own, it is small but mighty. You can get 2 adequately bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar.

To use the non-reusable bubble bars like the Bathos bubble bar, I break it up then stick the bubble bar pieces (like the photo below) in to a sieve and let the running-tap trickle over it. This method is the best way to ensure none of the bubble bar gets accidentally wasted and through trial and error, I have come to the understanding that it is the sure way to get the most out of your bubble bar, bubble wise!

Just one half of the Bathos bubble bar creates copious amounts of fluffy white bubbles and turns the water underneath a tantalising shade of shimmery lilac.

Laying back in a Bathos bath, surrounded by the mind-soothing-scent of violets is an excellent way to unwind and destress. When I use a Bathos bubble bar just before bedtime I always find myself dropping off to sleep much easier. 

The shimmery lilac water is so very inviting, it leaves my skin looking and feeling so much brighter. Within minutes of soaking in its water I can feel all of my worries and stresses I’ve carried through out the day, melt away.

As bubble bars go, Bathos in my opinion is one of the best that Lush have on offer. Please Lush, I’d really love to see some new violet-based-products coming out in the near future!


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Dirty Bath Bomb from Lush

dirty bath bomb (1)The Dirty Bath Bomb is a brand new 2020 release and is a part of the small collection created for Father’s Day. Rumours are however circulating that the Dirty bath bomb will remain past Father’s Day, becoming a permanent fixture in all stores. 🤞

SPOILER ALERT – I have fallen in love with the Dirty bath bomb and am very excited just at the idea of it becoming a part of the permanent line. It is a great minty alternative to the Intergalactic bath bomb and I feel there is definitely a gap in the bath bomb collection for such a product. No other minty based bath bomb has impressed me more than both the Intergalactic and Dirty bath bombs.

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Although I am really sad to see that the Dear John bath bomb didn’t make its way back into the Fathers day line this year, the Dirty bath bomb has well and truly softened the blow of its absence.

Containing spearmint, neroli, tarragon and sandalwood oil, Dirty’s fragrance is a super-cool mix of herby-spearmint. Just one sniff of it leaves me feeling refreshed.

Upon getting my last Lush delivery the Dirty bath bombs scent was the most dominant in a box full of several other bath bombs. It’s a powerful fragrance to say the least and one I can’t get enough of.

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After picking up on its amazing scent the next thing I noticed about the Dirty bath bomb was how beautiful it was, like the Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb it has layers of several different colours; Dark blue, light blue, dark green, light green and yellow.

As soon as the Dirty bath bomb hits the water all of its cool and calming colours begin to fizzle out of it sending out thousands of tiny-hissing blue, green and yellow bubbles creating beautiful patterns on the water’s surface.

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Although the Dirty bath bomb is quite a fast fizzer it puts on such a spectacular show, the bath water it leaves behind is a deep-dark-green, very similar to the shade of water that the Guardian of the Forest bath bomb creates.

I found myself running my hands through the soft-water, watching the green swirls as they caught the sunlight.

Even in a hot, hot bath my skin is left feeling cool as a cucumber once out of the Dirty bath bombs waters. I feel fresh and energised and more than ready to take on the day.

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My skin laps up all of the goodness from the Dirty bath bombs ingredients, it feels soft, hydrated and appears brighter once I am out of the bath. Its awakening scent stays on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too.

Overall I am really, really impressed with the Dirty bath bomb, there is not a single thing I would change about it. Its fragrance, the way it looks and performs in the bath and literally everything about it makes me so happy, what more can you need in a bath bomb? It’s perfect and has really helped me get out of my self-pitying quarantine slump, I really do hope it does become a main line product. Lush would be mad to not keep it around. 🤞


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Mermaid Tail Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Mermaid Tail Bubble Bar started its Lush life as a Harajuku, Japan store exclusive. It is however at the time of writing this review currently available from Lush’s UK website alongside a mountain of other bubble bars released in celebration of 30 years since the bubble bar was invented.

I’m always honest in my reviews and my first thought upon receiving the Mermaid Tail bubble bar was that it was quite small for its price. At the point of ordering, I was completely unaware that the Mermaid Tail bubble bar also had a bath-melt part. The blue detailed fin is in fact a bath melt, learning this made me a little happier about this products higher price.

The Mermaid Tail bubble bar shares its scent with the Baked Alaska soap and the Mermaid bath bomb, it contains lemon myrtle, ylang ylang and grapefruit oils so has quite an in-your-face citrus fragrance, if you’re looking for a product to wake you up, SEARCH NO MORE.

To my nose, the grapefruit oil is the most noticeable ingredient in Mermaids Tail, its scent is incredibly sharp, demanding your full attention.

Ordinarily I’d use a bubble bar this small all in one bath however after taking its scent-strength into consideration, I decided to break the bubble bar up, spreading it over 2 baths. I’m so glad I did this as I think my eyes would have started watering had I used it all together!

The first time I used the Mermaid Tail bubble bar I took the bath melt out of it, putting it to one side. Using just half of the bubble-bar-part of Mermaid Tail turned the bath water a beautiful shade of light purple, copious amounts of bubbles floated upon the waters surface too.

When it came round to using the other half of the Mermaid Tail, I decided to use the rest of the bubble-bar-part and the bath-melt-fin. The light purple water I experienced before was now a calming, pastel blue. I thought using the bath melt would stop there from being so many bubbles, I was wrong. I was extremely surprised that such a small amount of bubble bar could create so many bubbles.

I’d definitely say that the bath melt part of this bubble bar was the strongest scented part of it; Its scent lasted right up until the last drop of water went down the plug hole and then lingered in the air for a few hours after. The water was smooth and pearlescent, leaving my skin feeling soft and hydrated.

Once I had got out of the bath I felt full of energy, its refreshing fragrance stayed on my skin for the best part of the rest of the day too, putting a spring in my step.

Overall I am quite impressed with the Mermaid Tail bubble bar, even though it’s small it served me 2 perfectly bubbled baths. Something I wasn’t expecting upon seeing its size. I also love the addition of the bath melt, I never normally have time to use bath melts but have made a mental note to try use more now as I really enjoyed the one included in the Mermaid Tail bubble bar.


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Snowman Dreaming Bath Bomb from Lush

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I’ll start this review off with a quick apology for not having this review out sooner, I’d written it and had completely forgotten to publish it. Hence the talk of Christmas during a pre-summer English heatwave! Sorry! 😋

The Snowman Dreaming Bath Bomb was one of my favourites from all of the brand new bath bombs released last year (2019). Considering how many new bath bombs were actually released last year (because of the 30 years of the bath bomb celebration) – This is a very bold statement indeed!

Borrowing its shape from the Snowman shower jelly, many long-term-Lush-fans were hit with a wave of Christmas nostalgia upon first sight of this bath bomb. Containing a delicate blend of cedarwood and lavender oils, Snowman Dreaming has a calm and gentle fragrance. It’s the perfect product to use just before bed, especially if you’re looking for a little help with dropping off.

Snowman Dreaming’s scent has been a popular topic amongst the Lush Community. When all of the Winter products were first delivered to me I had them all out ready to take photos. My nose kept telling my brain that one of the products smelt like the aforementioned Snowman shower jelly. Turns out my nose was actually picking up the Snowman Dreaming bath bomb.

It’s not the same scent by any means BUT I definitely get a hint of the shower jellies scent buried underneath all of that cedarwood. Its ingredients list does not back up my beliefs but my nose just won’t give up the ghost.

I thought I was going mad until I see on Instagram that several other people have said the same. There were also people who disagreed wholeheartedly too BUT there must be something about it for some of us to think the same unprompted?!

The Snowman Dreaming bath bomb is relatively small, I’d say that it is a very similar size to the retired Christmas-time, Butterbear bath bomb. Once placed in the bath water the Snowman Dreaming bath bomb explodes with colour. Pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues shoot out of its left side leaving behind a rainbow-stream of bath bomb foam.

Even though it is a small bath bomb it’s a very slow fizzer giving you more than enough time to appreciate the bath art it creates. The colours that come out of it are like none I have seen from a bath Bomb before, suddenly I don’t miss the, The Experimenter bath bomb as much anymore!

After I used the Snowman Dreaming bath bomb for the very first time, I put an order in for 2 more before my bath had even had time to drain. I then went on to pick up 2 more when I visited Lush’s Liverpool store in December.

They are visually irresistible, there is just something about the fresh, crisp-white-colour of it against the clash of all the colours of the rainbow at its side. It almost radiates happiness and really helped lift my spirits during the dull and dreary Winter.

Snowman Dreaming’s scent is subtle before, during and after use. I couldn’t smell it on my skin once I was out of the bath which is strange for Lush bath bombs. My skin was however left feeling smooth and looked noticeably brighter. I have my fingers crossed that this bath bomb comes back again as a part of the 2020 Winter collection, simple yet amazing! 🤞

 


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Sleepy Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Sleepy Bubble Bar started its Lush life as a Harajuku, Japan store exclusive. It is however at the time of writing this review currently available from Lush’s UK website. Released alongside a mountain of other bubble bars in celebration of 30 years since the bubble bar was invented, Sleepy has been one of the most popular sellers of them all.

The Sleepy (aka Twilight) fragrance is one of Lush’s most popular so this bubble bar being a best seller was no surprise to me at all.

Sleepy’s bath bomb equivalent Twilight was actually my first ever Lush bath bomb so its scent will always mean a lot to me. A few years ago the Mum in a Spin bubble spinner was released, it too shared a scent with the Sleepy bubble bar. If you enjoyed the bubble spinner then you’ll adore the Sleepy bubble bar as it’s on par size-wise with the, The Comforter bubble bar. It’s HUGE making it excellent value for money.

This cloud shaped bubble bar contains benzoin resinoid, tonka-absolute and both lavender and ylang ylang oils making it perfect to use just before bed. A very small amount of the Sleepy bubble bar goes a very long way too, with it being so big I cannot express how happy the fact that a little goes a long way makes me!

I normally break my bubble bars up and throw a few of the pieces (see above photo) into a sieve, I then run the contents of the sieve under the baths tap, remembering of course to put the plug in first! 😉

As soon as the water comes into contact with the bubble-bar-pieces its sweet-lavender-scent fills the room. At the same time, the bath-water starts to turn a beautiful shade of purple and lots of fluffy white bubbles also begin to appear; It doesn’t take very long at all for the bubbles to form into a blanket-like-layer upon the waters surface.

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You can easily get 4 generously bubbled baths out of just the one Sleepy bubble bar with no hindrance to its quality. I will be very surprised if Lush do not make this bubble bar a part of their permanent line once the 30 years of the bubble bar celebrations are over.

I am over-the-moon impressed with the Sleepy bubble bar, its scent remains on your skin even the morning after using it and it really does help me wind down of a night time. I love the Sleepy scent and totally recommend using the Sleepy shower gel and Sleepy body lotion alongside the Sleepy bubble bar.

If you’re looking to have a luxurious and relaxing bath then Sleepy bubble bar needs to be top of your list of things to chuck in the tub with you!



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Magic Rabbit Bath Bomb from Lush

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First released in 2020, the Magic Rabbit Bath Bomb was a limited edition Easter product. We’re normally used to egg shaped bath bombs for Easter so this bath bomb was quite the surprise. Based on its looks alone, the bath bomb is truly unique to anything Lush have ever released for the Easter period before. It’s uniqueness left me even more curious to try it.

The Magic Rabbit bath bomb is designed to look just like a magicians hat. Out of the hat you can see 2 white and pink rabbit ears. Just like the Not So Secret Santa bath bomb, the Magic Rabbit has a paper insert with a hidden face. The hat part of this product is the bath bomb while the bunny ears are the paper insert, meaning the rabbit really is IN the magicians hat!

The Magic Rabbit bath bombs scent is beautifully fruity, containing tonka absolute, davana and lemon myrtle oils its fragrance is a happy and uplifting one. Many have compared its scent to the Space Girl bath bombs scent family and I can definitely smell the resemblance, Magic Rabbit however has a light citrus-punch to it, think subtle-yet-sweet sherbet-lemon mixed with a powdery berry.

As soon as the Magic Rabbit bath bomb hits the water an explosion of purple foam bursts out of it. Shortly after that, the hats red rim also starts to fizz away creating streaks of red bubbles. Magic Rabbit is quite a heavy bath bomb, this shows in the time it takes to dissolve. You’ll have plenty of time to sit back and watch the beautiful red and purple bath art it creates.

It doesn’t take long for the popping candy inside of the Magic Rabbit bath bomb to react with the water either, out of the fizzing and crackling eventually appears a little white rabbit! – Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the rabbit as I accidentally ripped it, I guess this leaves how it looks as a surprise for you though. 😉 The water it leaves behind is a deep dark purple and is silky smooth to touch.

The Magic Rabbits beautiful scent lasts throughout your bath and is still detectable on your skin a good few hours after getting out too. I wouldn’t say my skin was particularly  hydrated after a long soak in this bath but my skin did appear brighter. Overall I am really impressed with this bath bomb and I’m gutted that I didn’t get to grab a few more before the Lush website temporarily closed due to Covid-19. I have my fingers crossed that it makes a return some time soon. 🤞



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