Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb from Lush

The Mercury Retrograde Bath Bomb was the first of 2019’s brand-new Halloween bath bombs that I tried. I’ll admit that before Lush released this bath bomb I didn’t know anything about the Mercury Retrograde phenomenon. After a little research I discovered that it’s a very interesting part of astrology.

Three or four times a year the planet Mercury is said to go into retrograde; This means that Mercury appears to move in the opposite direction in which the planet Earth moves. It is however all an illusion, both planet Mercury and planet Earth travel in the same direction. Mercury just moves slower than Earth which (when in retrograde) looks as if it is moving in the opposite direction.

Astrologists believe that when Mercury is in retrograde it causes chaos for us on Earth. Has your car broken down? has your laptop crashed? did you sleep through your alarm? According to astrologists it’s all Mercury being in retrogrades fault!

Whether you believe in astrology or not, the Mercury Retrograde bath bomb is a bath bomb worth trying. The first thing I couldn’t help but notice was how brightly coloured it was. Resembling a planet I feel as if Lush have pulled inspiration for the Mercury Retrograde bath bomb from the Intergalactic bath bomb.

Colour wise Mercury Retrograde is orange, purple and green and decorated with a generous sprinkling of black sea salt. How the sea salt is placed on the bath bomb is very similar to the likes of the Lush Summit Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb.

The Mercury Retrograde bath bomb has a long list of stimulating and warming ingredients, blended together all of them will ease all tension and lift your mood (caused by Mercury being in retrograde or not!) – Its fragrance has appeared in another much loved (especially by me) retro-Lush-product the Gingerbread House bubble bar. Why Lush have only just brought back a product with its scent is beyond me, it’s beautiful!

Mercury Retrograde contains cinnamon, ginger, Sicilian lemon and buchu oils. As soon as the bath bomb hits the bath water its mouthwatering gingerbread-biscuit-fragrance fills your bathroom. Orange, green and purple foam fizzes out of it creating bath art that is very similar to the bath art left behind by the Yoga Bomb bath bomb.

Mercury Retrograde is quite a fast fizzer but it doesn’t disappoint bath-art-wise. Although fast to dissolve, it means you can lay back and soak in its waters much more quickly. The carefully selected combination of Mercury Retrogrades ingredients are great for lulling you into a more relaxed state of mind, while you lie back enjoying the relaxing scent, it also works wonders on tired and/or achy muscles.

After getting out of a Mercury Retrograde bath my skin is left feeling soft, hydrated and it really does appear brighter. Its scent stays with me for the best part of the rest of the day too. This scent would work wonderfully in a perfume format , hint, hint Lush…

Although Mercury Retrograde isn’t your average Halloween bath bomb I think it fits into the range perfectly. I’ll be sad to see it go once Halloween is over and I will be grabbing a few before it’s too late. If you’re into astrology you’ll know that planet Mercury is next in retrograde this Halloween, if that’s not reason enough to give this bath bomb a go I don’t know what is!



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Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb from Lush

Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb

The Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bath Bomb was first introduced to the Lush Community as one of the Harajuku, Japan store exclusives. It then went on to be an exclusive at Lush’s flagship store in Liverpool too. At the time of writing this review, it is now also available from Lush’s UK website and in selected UK stores.

Unfortunately, to make room for new products some have to eventually be discontinued. With Lush UK’s HQ now refusing to use their social media channels, it has made it very difficult to sort the fake news from the cold, hard facts BUT now that the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is one of the bath bombs rumoured to be leaving.

If true, whether or not the Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bath bomb will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku stores is another fact that has yet to be confirmed.

If you’re a frequent Lush customer you may recognise that there is also a Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar.

The bubble bar equivalent of the Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bath bomb (which for the purpose of this review I am now going to name just ‘Blue Skies’ to save us both a bit of time! 😉) is a staple Lush product. Available online and in stores all over the world, it is hugely popular. The introduction of a bath bomb that shares its same scent therefore sent a ripple of excitement through the Lush Community.

The Blue Skies bath bomb shares its cloud/berry-like shape with the, The Comforter and the updated version of the Blackberry bath bombs. Containing patchouli, frankincense and cinnamon leaf oil the Blue Skies bath bomb is described on Lush’s website as ‘peace-inducing’.

I find it really difficult to describe scents, the most prominent ingredient in the Blue Skies bath bomb just like its bubble bar equivalent is the patchouli. As a huge fan of both frankincense and cinnamon I am a little disappointed that my nose can’t detect either ingredient, if I had to describe the bath bombs scent with just one word I would choose peppery.

As soon as the Blue Skies bath bomb hits the water you are greeted with a gentle hiss, blue and white froth bursts out of the bath bomb as its peppery scent fills your bathroom.

Blue Skies much like the aforementioned The Comforter bath bomb is a very slow fizzer. Although the bath art wasn’t anything to write home about, I did get a few photos of the pretty bubbles that the bath bomb created as it slinked around my bath.

Even once Blue Skies is in the water my nose still cannot detect the frankincense and cinnamon leaf oil, my body does however feel the cinnamons skin warming properties. A good long soak in a Blue Skies bath left me feeling chilled out and my muscles completely relaxed.

I didn’t find the Blue Skies bath bomb particularly moisturising but my skin did appear brighter once I was out of the bath.

Overall I do enjoy using the Blue Skies bath bomb, its scent family just isn’t a favourite of mine. Patchouli is always a Russian-roulette-ingredient for me as sometimes it does trigger my migraines. Blue Skies bath bomb however didn’t!

Pushing its scent aside, I do always feel completely relaxed after a Blue Skies bath. If you love the peppery Lush fragrances then I’d definitely recommend giving this bath bomb ago.



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Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb from Lush

The Figaro Figaro Bath Bomb was originally one of the 54 Harajuku, Japan store exclusives. At the time of writing this review, it is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores. I picked mine up back in March from the new flagship store in Liverpool, UK.

Unfortunately there are rumours currently circulating within the Lush Community that say that now the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Figaro Figaro alongside several other bath bombs will be leaving and being put into Lush-product-retirement.

Whether or not the Figaro Figaro bath bomb will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku stores exclusively has yet to be confirmed.

The Figaro Figaro bath bomb is a smaller sized bath bomb, roughly the same size as a Butterball  it fits snuggly in your hand.

The first thing I noticed about the Figaro Figaro bath bomb other than its smaller size was its peculiar shape. Some have described it as a tear drop while others a pear. While I am not sure as to why the Figaro Figaro bath bomb isn’t just the standard bath bomb shape, I do like that it stands out.

The Figaro Figaro bath bomb has quite the ingredients list, a list that is so long that when looking at it written down on paper it’s virtually impossible to predict its scent. Containing aniseed, chamomile blue, eucalyptus, fennel, lavender, Brazilian orange, peppermint, sage and thyme oils you’d think Figaro Figaro would have a scent strong enough to blow your head off, its scent is however quite the opposite of a head-blower-offer!

I was expecting a highly intoxicating scent from Figaro Figaro but its fragrance is actually a very subtle herbal one. I have seen that not everyone within the Lush community are mad on Figaro Figaro scent, I do however like the more subtle scented products sometimes and for me Figaro Figaro made a nice change.

Upon hitting the water the Figaro Figaro bath bomb hisses away, deep red bubbles spill out of it as well as a smaller amount of purple, yellow and green. Its herbal scent remains subtle but the show it puts on in the water puts many other Lush bath bombs to shame.

Figaro Figaro is definitely a bath bomb to go for if you’re a fan of bath art like myself. I was left mesmerised by the bright colours coming out of it. Considering how small Figaro Figaro is I was not expecting anything like this from it at all!

While I have no knowledge at all when it comes down to anything opera I recognised Figaro Figaro’s connection to it straight away.

Once the bath bomb had fully dissolved the water was left a bright and inviting shade-of-ruby-red. It wasn’t until it had all dissolved that I noticed it had a hidden paper note inside of it. I opened it up and found the below song lyrics on it! (see below photo)

When I read these words out to my mum while talking about me reviewing the Figaro Figaro bath bomb she knew exactly which opera song the song lyrics were from, ‘LA, LA, LA, LA’ing’ the tune back at me straight away.

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For such a small bath bomb I was surprised at how silky it left the bath water. My skin lapped up the ingredients and what I thought was going to be a calm and relaxing bath actually turned out to be rather energising. While I was definitely feeling more relaxed in its waters I did feel a spring in my step upon getting out of the tub.

I really enjoyed the Figaro Figaro bath bomb, the hidden note inside of it made it all the more interesting and I actually learnt a thing or two about the opera because of it. Lush used to have hidden notes like this inside of their Fizzbanger and original Blackberry bath bombs and I must say I miss them. They just seem to add something to the experience that I love.

I will be sad to see this bath bomb retire but understand that some have to eventually leave to make way for exciting newbies!


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Fairy Trumpets Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Fairy Trumpets Bath Bomb started its Lush life as one of the 54 Harajuku, Japan store exclusives. At the time of writing this review, it is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores. I picked mine up on the Lush Liverpool stores opening day back in March 2019.

Unfortunately there are rumours currently circulating that now the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Fairy Trumpets will be leaving alongside several other bath bombs into Lush-product-retirement. Whether or not Fairy Trumpets will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku store has yet to be confirmed.

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I should imagine a lot of the bath bombs put on the alleged discontinue list are to make way for this years Halloween and Christmas lines. Please remember, as of right now this is only speculation. Nothing has yet to be confirmed, Lush love to keep us on our toes BUT wouldn’t it be wonderful if they had exclusive Winter items in both their Liverpool and Harajuku stores? It would make me feel a lot better about losing so many of the Celebration bath bombs if these rumours are true. 🤞

The first thing I noticed about the Fairy Trumpets bath bomb was its peculiar design. I have heard some very funny ideas from customers trying to guess what inspired the design. My favourite was someone comparing it to their tonsils while suffering with tonsillitis. NOT something that makes me want to bathe in its waters but it did make me laugh hysterically. I can safely say that tonsillitis was not the inspiration, its design is in fact based on the flower of the same name.

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If you enjoyed last Winters Princess Bomb Bomb bath bomb then I’d say you will most certainly want to give Fairy Trumpets a go. It contains both chamomile and rosewood oils as well as a small helping of orange flower absolute and popping candy. Its scent is a very-uplifting-floral blend, chamomile and rosewood make for an interesting mix. I’m not one that normally goes for floral scents opting for citrus or minty products instead but there is something about the Fairy Trumpets bath bomb that leaves me so very relaxed.

Sadly all of the Fairy Trumpet bath bombs that I have used have been very quick fizzers and only one has had popping candy in that I have noticed.  I strongly advise looking on Instagram under the hashtag, #FairyTrumpetsBathBomb for more photos as I have seen some wonderful in action shots on there, my photos do the product no justice at all!

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Although my Fairy Trumpet bath bombs didn’t put on much of a performance they did always create beautiful amber-coloured-silky-smooth-bath-water. As I said earlier, laying back in its waters left me feeling completely relaxed. If you’re feeling a little flat or down in the dumps, a Fairy Trumpets bath will certainly lift your spirits and bring a sprinkling of magic to your day.

The Fairy Trumpets scent is quite a mature floral fragrance, I’d imagine it going down well with an older crowd. The ‘fairy’ aspect of it was however what drew me in first and although I’m hurtling towards my 30’s, I still see myself as a younger customer. I therefore feel safe in saying that this bath bomb could be enjoyed by those of all ages! 😊



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Kappa Bath Bomb from Lush

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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. 😊



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Peng Bath Bomb from Lush

Peng Bath Bomb

The Peng Bath Bomb started its Lush life as a Harajuku, Japan store exclusive. Stuck in the UK I have never wanted to be able to travel so much before, its design is so unique to any other bath bomb I have seen from Lush before. Designed to look just like a beach ball, the Peng bath bomb screams Summer time fun.

At the time of writing this review the Peng 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 bath bombs celebration is over, Peng will be leaving planet Lush alongside several other bath bombs into Lush-product-retirement.

Out of the bath bombs on the rumoured list of bath bombs due to retire, Peng is one of the ones I will be most sad to see go. Containing rosewood, sandalwood and limonene, Peng doesn’t have your typical Summer fragrance, it’s a smoky citrus and floral extravaganza, I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I do…

Whatever you make of Peng’s scent, you can’t argue that it isn’t up on the energising scale alongside the Avobath bath bomb. I know Lush have a lot of zingy, energy-boosting products on offer but Peng made for a welcome change. I love Avobath but with Peng spurting out white, blue, yellow and red foam it made for a much more visibly pleasing bathing experience.

As soon as the Peng bath bomb comes in to contact with the bath water it starts to fiercely fizz away sending white, blue, yellow and red foamy bubbles across the waters surface. The way it dances around the water is oh-so-mesmerising.

As colourful bath bombs go, I was not expecting Peng to be quite as colourful as it was. With it being half white and the other half a 3-way-mix of blue, yellow and red I expected there to only be a little bit of colour at the start of its reaction in the water. I was wrong, very wrong!

The photos below show just how wrong I was. Bold white, blue, yellow and red foam spin out of Peng, creating beautiful bath art right up until it has fully dissolved. My photos in this post do the bath art Peng creates no justice at all. I strongly advise looking on Instagram under the hashtag, #PengBathBomb for more photos.

Although Peng was a fairly fast fizzer I managed to get quite a few bath art photos of it in action, as I said above my shots do the bath bomb no justice at all, it’s a bath bomb you have to experience for yourself to truly appreciate.

The water left behind at the end was an orangey bronze colour, similar to the likes of the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

I know the Peng bath bomb doesn’t look as exciting as the likes of the Experimenter and Intergalactic bath bombs but the less in your face products can often leave you pleasantly surprised.


I am genuinely very sad at the suggestion of Peng not being readily available anymore. I have made a mental note to grab a few the next time I order Lush just in case the rumours are true.

I am happy to declare that I am head over heels in love with the Peng bath bomb. I wouldn’t say it was a particularly hydrating bath bomb skin wise but it didn’t dry my naturally dry skin out anymore. Its scent stays on your skin for several hours after leaving the bath too. I recommend trying Peng before it’s too late!



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NEW Blackberry Bath Bomb from Lush

I was ridiculously happy to see that the Blackberry Bath Bomb had made a comeback, albeit a brand new design. Originally this newly designed Blackberry bath bomb was available in just one store in the world, in Harajuku, Japan.

Thankfully it was brought out as a community release on the UK website in late 2018 and has gone on to be one of the celebration bath bombs, making it available to buy from some Lush stores and online from Lush’s UK website.

The new Blackberry bath bomb is pressed in the same mould as the, The Comforter bath bomb. Some say it looks like a juicy berry, while others say a puff of fluffy cloud. I must admit, this new design of the Blackberry bath bomb is a lot more attractive than the old design Blackberry bath bomb.

I adore the old version but know that it was rather plain and not at all as exciting or nearly as pleasing on the eye as other bath bombs that were available then.

My favourite part of the old Blackberry bath bomb was always its scent. Thankfully this bath bombs recent face lift was purely cosmetic and it still has the exact same fragrance that I fell in love with, all that time ago.

Containing bergamot and frankincense, it is the perfect blend of ingredients when you need to wind down and chill out. The frankincense offers a sweet and gentle woody aroma while the bergamot gives it a delicate citrus-fruit edge.

I know Lush make a lot of citrus based products but the Blackberry scented products are very different from other citrus scents, so much so that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t even spring to mind upon first sniff. It’s a scent that works well in every season making it a great year-round bath bomb.

The blend of both bergamot and frankincense oil have in my personal opinion, magical properties. It happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

I always reach for it when I have restless legs, if I’m struggling to sleep or can’t relax. I’d go as far as to say that it works better than the Twilight bath bomb on this basis. A very bold statement but one I back wholeheartedly.

Just like the previous version of the Blackberry bath bomb, the new Blackberry bath bomb once in the bath water does dissolve very quickly, this means it isn’t one you’d want to use if you were after lots of bath art. Its scent however steals the show and has always been my favourite part about it.

As the Blackberry bath bomb fizzes away, it turns the bath water an inviting shade of purple while also adding some texture to it, the bath water feels just like silk once the bath bomb has fully dissolved.

My skin basks in its waters, I am always wowed by how incredibly hydrating the water of the Blackberry bath bomb is on my skin. Its beautiful and calming scent also stays on your skin for the best part of the next day after using it too.

The one thing that I do miss about the previous version of the Blackberry bath bomb is its hidden paper message. Although this didn’t add any real value to the product and served no purpose, it added a little fun twist to its end. I used to have a pot that I put all of mine in, it was quite the collection…

The Blackberry bath bomb was my most used product up until its discontinuation so having it back and readily available has been a real treat for me. It really is a miracle product in my eyes and one I never want to be without.

I’m hoping that this Halloween, Lush bring back the Bewitched bubble bar as it shares its scent with the Blackberry bath bomb and I’d love to be able to use both of them together again! 😊



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