The Kappa Bath Bomb was one of the first products that I grabbed back in March on the opening day of the new Lush flagship store in Liverpool. Any Lush product that has eyes is always a must have for me.
Alongside several other exclusive bath bombs such as the Peng and Magma, Kappa had previously only been available in one store in the world, a store that was a very long way away for me, in Harajuku, Japan!
At the time of writing this review the Kappa bath bomb is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores; This is however short lived as there are rumours currently circulating that now the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Kappa will be leaving alongside several other bath bombs into Lush-product-retirement. Whether or not Kappa will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku store has yet to be confirmed.
Another thing I love about Lush and their products is the thought that goes into each and every single product. Every last aspect of a Lush product is carefully picked, crafted and designed. Be that a Lush products scent, ingredients, shape or its colours, they think about EVERYTHING, nothing is ever just thrown together.
The Kappa bath bomb much like the Kitsune bath bomb was created by Lush seeking all inspiration from Japanese folklore. A Kappa in Japanese folklore is an amphibious water demon. while the Kappa bath bomb looks sweet and innocent its folklore history isn’t anywhere near as cute. Guard your shirikodama with your life when sharing a bath with this little monster from the deep! 😉
Another thing that Kappas are notorious for is their obsession with cucumbers. It therefore made perfect sense for the Kappa bath bomb to have cucumbers in its list of ingredients. I love cucumber, especially this time of year when it’s so hot in the UK. I was instantly drawn to the Kappa bath bomb, it just radiates refreshment, even down to its cool blue colour.
As well as cucumber the Kappa bath bomb also contains oakmoss absolute, Sicilian lemon and cistus oils. Its scent is quite different from what I normally go for in a Lush product, in ways it reminds me of the Magic bath bomb, that bath bombs scent is also refreshing and very herbal.
I could understand why some would say that the Kappa bath bomb is an acquired taste!
As soon as the Kappa bath bomb comes into contact with the bath water you are greeted with an immediate hiss of fizzing bubbles… Kappa is not a foamy bath bomb meaning once it has fully dissolved the water is fairly clear and a very inviting shade of blue. It is also quite a quick fizzer, reduced to just its 2 vegan candy eyes very quickly, leaving them floating on the waters surface keeping a beady eye on you. 👀
Kappas herbal scent soon fills your bathroom, even just sat on your bathroom side before putting it in the water its scent is fairly potent. As I said above, its scent is very much an acquired taste. I can see its scent being too much for some, I however find the blend of ingredients incredibly uplifting. Sitting back in its waters with my eyes closed, I can envision a slowly running river, mountains and trees decorating its landscape with a small rickety bridge, the perfect dwelling for a fearsome water demon!
Its scent stays on your skin for the best part of the day after getting out of a Kappa bath. The strength of its fragrance softens somewhat which I imagine will please most people as it is a strong one. A good soak in a Kappa bath leaves my skin feeling super refreshed but not quite as hydrated as I would like, it is however nothing a splash of body lotion can’t solve.
Overall I am really impressed with the Kappa bath bomb, the attention to detail and backstory of what a Kappa is all adds to the magic. I love how it’s a little monster and I will be sad to see this bath bomb go if the rumours of its forthcoming retirement are true. Kappa is well worth a go, even if you just try it the once. 😊