NEW Northern Lights Bath Bomb From Lush

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When I found out that Lush were bringing the Northern Lights bath bomb back as a product in their Winter 2016 line I was ecstatic. I was even more excited to see that it had also been redesigned, its previous shape was in my opinion more fragile than glass.

Regardless of its fragility I never ever, passed up the chance to order a few when they appeared in the Lush Kitchen. Broken or whole, the old Northern Lights bath bomb always put on a fantastic show.

Above is a photograph of the newly redesigned Northern Lights. You can see a photo and my review oF the older design here.

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I managed to get hold of the new Northern Lights bath bomb at the Lush Creative Showcase last week so am lucky to be one of the first to try it.

Scent wise the Northern Lights bath bomb hasn’t changed at all which I am really happy about. The only real difference is that it’s shortened and got a little plumper around the middle. The only other noticeable difference is that one side of the bath bomb is visibly yellow and the other blue.

As soon as you pick up a Northern Lights bath bomb the scent really hits you, it’s not particularly strong although some may say it is because it is a very unique scent.

When I first used the older version of Northern Lights it actually took me a little while to get used to its scent, once it had finished fizzing away in the bath I was however in love with everything about it including its scent.

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Containing Jasmine Absolute I always expected that when I first got my hands on a Northern Lights bath bomb that it would smell similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although Jasmine Absolute is definitely in both bath bombs, they really don’t have that much in common scent wise. I’d label Sakura as a refreshing scent and Northern Lights as calm, musky and relaxing.

Summed up quickly Northern Lights has a musky, floral scent. I want to also say that it’s multi-tonal too but as I have said many times before, I am useless at describing scents. It’s a beautiful scent that has depth, the more you focus on its scent, the more your nose seems to pick up.

As soon as the Northern Lights bath bomb hits your bath water the most spectacular show begins. You are greeted with mounds of beautiful purple foam that is instantly followed by blue and yellow foam from either side of it too. Its scent becomes more gentle once in the water, helping you slip into relaxation, releasing any tension built up from your day.

The purple, blue and yellow colours all clash so well, the bath art it creates is also beautifully spectacular, my photos do not do the bath bomb any justice, you really have to try it for yourself to truly see how wonderful it is.

Unlike the older version of the Northern Lights bath bomb the new version of it seems to hydrate my skin a lot better. The older one I found a little drying so I am happy that the new version caters to my dehydrated skins needs.

I stand by my previous statement in my first review, Lush really do need to bring out a moisturiser/body lotion with the Northern Lights scent too. I always feel so cheated when I have to add another scent to my skin, especially when I like the bath bombs scent so very much.

Once in the water the bath bombs scent does soften slightly it doesn’t however go away, its scent stays with you all day through and I love how it lingers, there is no need to wear any perfume.

At this point of my review on the original shaped Northern Lights, I added a plea to Lush to rethink the bath bomb’s shape.

Lush obviously listened to all of our concerns otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this now. The big question is, is it better than the older version?

Yes!

It is far more robust and everything that needed tweaking slightly haS been tweaked taking it from being a lovely bath bomb to a perfect one instead.

I can’t quite remember what colour the bath water of the older version was once the bath bomb had all fizzled away, I think it was a blueish purple. The new version however leaves your water an emerald green. Which was another great surprise for me.

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The Northern Lights bath bomb really is bath time magic, it has hypnotic colours and the most relaxing aroma. It really is a crime that Lush Cosmetics don’t have any more readily available products sharing its scent, here is my second plea to Lush… Please can we have a shower gel in its scent? A Northern Lights shower gel would really, really make me the happiest Lushie in the world! it would be amazing right?



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NEW So White Bath Bomb from Lush

So White Bath Bomb NEWWhen I see that the So White Bath Bomb had, had a makeover I was a little worried as the older version is one of my all time favourites. When presented with the new So White I was relieved to find that its scent remained the same as the original.

The new So White bath bomb is now shaped more like an actual apple. It has an indentation where the apples stalk would be if it was a real apple and also a single green leaf on its top.

One more difference I could see was that instead of also being completely round, the new So White bath bomb now had one flat side making it more stable if put on display. I’m not sure why some bath bombs have this and others don’t as I’ve never thought to ask.14390736_1843650849197468_354501053512020218_nnAbove is a picture of the new So White bath bomb next to its older design. When I got home and compared both of the designs together I noticed that the newer one also felt a little lighter. The old design had quite a sturdy, solid exterior; One that reminds me of a gob stopper.

The new So White however has a much softer and almost dusty shell,  which normally means it is coated with Lush’s foaming agent meaning more froth once in the water!

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There was only one way to find out if any more had changed so I put my new So White in the bath, camera at the ready.

It instantly began to foam lots and lots of white. The older version after a few seconds would then start to show its pink exterior. After a minute or so I noticed that there was no pink. It was at that point that the bath bomb began to spin, dunking its one green leaf under the water creating one very small puff of apple green foam.

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By this point I was wondering if the bath bomb had a coloured center at all. The older version was pink throughout but the newer design seemed to be white all through. Pink is my favourite colour so I was a little disappointed.

Just as I was about to sit back in the bath thinking that the bath bombs show had already finished the bath bomb suddenly spurted out yellows, blues and greens!

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The new colours really did surprise me. When you’re used to a soft pink exterior you really are surprised to see other such vibrant colours appear.

The colours hidden inside the new So White bath bomb are similar to those of the Fizzbanger bath bomb. The introduction of these bright and zesty colours well made up for the absence of its previous pink interior.

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The scent of this slow dissolving bath bomb like its older design still allowed my imagination to run wild. The sweet scent of fresh, crisp apples will always be welcome in my bathroom.

After getting out of the bath I could still smell the scent of the So White bath bomb on my skin, the new version was just as good scent wise and my skin felt hydrated and super smooth.

I never think it is possible to improve upon perfection but Lush Cosmetics go above and beyond my expectations of perfection every time. The newly redesigned So White bath bomb is yet another new Lush product that’s going to drain my bank account of funds. Will Lush ever release a product I don’t like?!



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Mistletoe Bath Bomb from Lush

If you follow my Instagram account, you wouldn’t have been able to ignore my constant stream of posts from the Lush Creative Showcase at London’s Tobacco Dock.

The Showcase was earlier this week and I had the most fantastic time – Thank you so much for adding me to the guest list Lush Cosmetics, it meant myself and a plus one (Joey) got early access, I was planning on going on both the Tuesday and Wednesday but the heat took over and I decided that being there all day on Tuesday was enough. I regret this decision so much now but I guess I was super exhausted and I needed enough energy to do the long journey home Wednesday evening.

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The Mistletoe bath bomb was the last of the bath bombs that I picked up that day. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes at how many new things they had on offer. Once the crazy crowds had dropped down we popped back into the Halloween and Christmas bit to see if I had missed anything. That’s when I spotted Mistletoe.

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The first thing I did was give it a good sniff, I got a little over excited as I recognised the scent straight away, (my nose is normally very slow) it shared its scent with the Silky Underwear Dusting Powder. Silky Underwear is probably my favourite non seasonal dusting powder and I couldn’t wait to combine the two.

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When I finally made it back home I was a little worse for wear, travelling in the wheelchair is so much easier for me but is still very tiring. I had to wait a few days before I could try any of my new Lush buys which was TORTURE.

Once I felt a little better Mistletoe was the first product I took from my stash and into the bathroom, never to return…

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As soon as the Mistletoe bath bomb hits the water a stream of light green and bright pink foam disperses out of the bath bomb. It then begins to slowly spin around in the water and after a little while a darker purple/deep blue colour also fizzes out of it, creating the prettiest patterns of foamy colour that sits on top of your bath water for a short time.

The Mistletoe bath bomb reminds me of the Rose Bombshell bath bomb a little bit, the Rose Bombshell was released earlier on this year in the Mother’s Day range. Mistletoe is however more colourful and hasn’t got any petals inside which some people may prefer.

Mistletoe has a velvety soft, uplifting-sweet scent. Some have described it as smoky I however think it’s more musky than smoky.

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Sometimes Lush release a product that upon first use makes me wonder how I ever got by without it. Mistletoe is most certainly one of those bath bombs.

I have fallen head over heels in love with it. I have been well and truly seduced by its fairytale scent, that and the beautiful colours it makes in your bath water.

Last year I only stocked up on a few of the bath bombs, Mistletoe has unquestionably made it on to the short list of those I will be stocking up on at the end of the winter season!

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Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb from Lush

shoot-for-the-stars-bath-bombI had this blog post drafted up and ready to post way back in November 2015. It had however unfortunately slipped into the deep and scarily dark land of lost blog posts… I was so sure that I had reviewed it but had convinced myself that I must have dreamt that I had reviewed it.

Although the Shoot for the Stars bath bomb isn’t currently available in the UK, Australia and New Zealand are currently having their yearly ‘Christmas in July’ sale, I’m not sure if this is one of the available products but I will still post this review today anyway. The rest of the world can bask in jealousy of Australia and New Zealand while reading my review.

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Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb.

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The Shoot for the Stars bath bomb is a blue, yellow and white, honey-lishous, toffee-sweet, ball of bicarbonate magic.

It shares it’s scent with a number of Lush’s most popular products. Some like Shoot for the Stars are seasonal, while others are available throughout the whole year.

The scents name is Honey I Washed the Kids. The Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar is probably my favourite out of all of the everyday range products that shares the same mouthwatering scent as Shoot for the Stars. Honey I Washed My Hair is in fact my most bought Lush shampoo bar, I really should pull my socks up and get on with a review for that product too! #Slacking

The Honey I Washed the Kids scent is very sweet, You can detect honey, toffee and hints of gooey caramel. It isn’t however sickly. I have never had much of a sweet tooth and my preferred tastes are the same as my preferred scents. I am so glad that I like this products scent as I was unsure at first. It features in so many Lush products that it would be a crime for me to not like it.

As soon as Shoot for the Stars hits your bath water, blue froth begins to foam out, floating on the top of the water. Yellows and whites soon follow and then a redish pink! The very first time I used Shoot for the stars it’s claret inside was a huge surprise, what I thought to be a pretty but cold coloured bath bomb, heated itself up with the addition of it’s dark red insides.

Another surprise that in my opinion is the cherry on top of this amazing bath bomb, is the addition of miniature confetti stars, they’re tiny and hard to get a photo of but you can see a few in the photo above.

They decorate the dark blue bath water perfectly. It’s like looking at the night sky.

The Shoot for the Stars bath bomb really is the perfect winters treat, I hope that Lush bring it back for the Winter 2016 range as it’s really not one I want to say goodbye to just yet. I still have a few left over from Christmas 2015 and I plan on holding on to them until I know fresh ones are on their way to me! 😉



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Northern Lights Bath Bomb from Lush

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Although the Northern Lights bath bomb is in my opinion, more fragile than glass. I can never pass up the chance to order them when they appear in the Lush Kitchen. Broken or whole, the Northern Lights bath bomb’s fragility does not effect its bath time performance levels. I can never get photographs of it in action that showcase its true potential. It makes for a beautiful bath and it’s one that you really do have to try at least once.

My last batch of Northern Lights bath bombs where from the Lush Kitchen a good few months ago. As soon as you unwrap it the scent really hits you. It’s incredibly strong and dominates anything else around it.

It actually took me a little while to get used to its scent, while my bath was running I was almost convinced that it was too strong a scent for me… By the end of my very first Northern Lights bath I was however a super fan, becoming desperate to use it again.

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Most bath bombs are sphere shaped, the Northern Lights bath bomb is however quite unique. It is a large, cylinder shaped bath bomb. Boasting the most gorgeous shade of purple as well as being decorated with a sprinkling of white stars. It looks just how I imagine a magic wand would.

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Containing Jasmine Absolute I always expected that when I first got my hands on a Northern Lights bath bomb that it would smell similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although I can detect the floral Jasmine Absolute in both bath bombs, they really don’t have that much in common scent-wise. I’d label Sakura as a refreshing scent and Northern Lights as calm and relaxing.

Summed up quickly it’s a musky, floral scent, I want to also say that it’s multi-tonal too but as I have said many times before, I am useless at describing scents. It’s nice and has depth, the more you focus on its scent, the more your nose picks up. A bit like when you look at the night sky for stars, more and more just seem to appear the longer you gaze.

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As soon as the Northern Lights bath bomb hits your bath water the most spectacular show begins. You are greeted with mounds of beautiful purple foam followed by blue and then a luminous yellow. Its scent is no longer over empowering and you will find yourself slowly slipping into relaxation, releasing any tension built up from your day.

The colours clash so well, the bath art it creates is ridiculously beautiful.

The only real negative I have in regards to the Northern Lights bath bomb is that it isn’t as moisturising as other bath bombs are. If you are looking for something to hydrate your skin Northern Lights on its own will not serve that purpose.

Lush, you really need to bring out a moisturiser/body lotion with the Northern Lights scent. I always feel so cheated when I have to add another scent to my skin, especially when I like the bath bombs scent so very much. If it wasn’t so drying I could maybe live without using a completely different scented body lotion once out of the bath.

Regardless of its low level of moisturisation and without using body lotion, the Northern Lights scent stays with you all day through. My skin is a little dry afterwards but it’s nothing unbearable.

Its scent on your skin isn’t as strong as when it first came out of its wrapper too.

This is a blessing as, as nice as the scent is, I think if I had to put up with it at maximum-fresh-out-of-the-packet strength for any longer than your average bath I’d be getting a very bad headache.

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Last but not least I feel I should mention a little about how fragile the Northern Lights bath bomb is. Whenever I have ordered them for myself, I have been really lucky. All have been fine apart from one that had broken during transit.

The last two or three times that it has however appeared in the Lush Kitchen, a lot of people have had parcels where every single one had broken.

I hope that Lush decide to rethink the Northern Lights bath bomb as it really is a good product albeit a few things they could easily tweak. Maybe they could change its shape slightly so that it is more robust? I am confident changing its shape won’t take too much out of its character.
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The Northern Lights bath bomb puts such an amazing bath-time show on, with its hypnotic colours and relaxing aroma. It’s a crime that Lush Cosmetics don’t have any more products sharing its scent!

 



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Fizzbanger Bath Bomb from Lush

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I generally thought that I had already written and published a Fizzbanger Bath Bomb review back when I very first started this blog, I realised a few weeks ago that I had in fact missed the review completely, so here it is…

The Fizzbanger is a very popular Lush bath bomb and it is one of my all time favourites. It is a staple Lush product available all year through, both online and in store (at the time of its review). If you look through my Instagram account you can see that I’ve used it more times than I could probably count. It’s literally so good, I think it might be my 2nd or third most used Lush bath bomb.

Yes the Fizzbanger bath bomb is in comparison to others, quite plain. As always though, it’s what is inside the bath bomb that counts!

When you first pick the Fizzbanger up you can see that its exterior is all one colour, a very bright yellow. Up against the likes of heavily decorated, stand out bath bombs such as Frozen or Guardian of the Forest it can sometimes be over-shadowed.

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It is not until you place the Fizzbanger bath bomb in to your bath water that you notice its true potential. It is described as ‘a Catherine wheel of a bath bomb’ because it changes colour as it slowly fizzes away.

Created to have individual scented layers the Fizzbanger is a feast for your nose as well as your skin. Everyone seems to think that the Fizzbanger is primarily a citrus lemon scent, I can see why people think this but the scent I always pick up is apple pie sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, MY WEAKNESS. I just can’t get enough of it both in the bath and as a yummy dessert drowning in custard.

At first the Fizzbanger bath bomb creates a mound of yellow foam, it has often been described as resembling a nuclear explosion. This description is actually a very good one as visually that is exactly what it looks like.

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Once the yellow, foamy nuclear explosion spreads itself around the bath a fleck of the Fizzbangers blue interior can be seen. It slowly spins creating blue and yellow lines until the middle of the bath bomb reveals itself.

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Inside is a BANG surprise similar to the hidden paper insert of the Blackberry bath bomb.

At this point you can also hear the popping candy within Fizzbanger reacting with the water. Petitgrain oil (the supposed primary citrus scent that I think is completely masked by the cinnamon and cooked apple scent) makes Fizzbanger a good choice of a bath partner if you’re in need of a pick-me-up.

Petitgrain oil is used within aromatherapy through out the world because of its calming properties, it helps reduce the feeling of anxiety and put alongside ylang ylang and cinnamon leaf oil makes the Fizzbanger bath bomb a truly joyful and relaxing bath time treat.

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As the blue interior begins to show, the Fizzbanger bath bomb starts to spin making the most beautiful swirly blue and yellow patterns. It moves so quickly, it’s almost impossible to get a clear shot of.

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At the end you are left with yellow and blue bubbles sitting on the surface of your bath water. Underneath is the most striking, electric green water, infused with skin softening essential oils that are relaxing for mind, body and soul.

I love to use a Fizzbanger bath bomb during the day as I find it really awakens my senses if I’ve had a restless night before hand.

I was actually trolled a couple of years ago on Facebook when I mentioned that Fizzbanger was a good day time bomb. Madness I know, especially with all that’s wrong in the world right now. It just goes to show that not everyone knows the benefits of each essential oil.

If every bath bomb’s ingredients put you to sleep they wouldn’t be as interesting to use. It was more of a personal attack to be honest, all I do all day is bathe you see, I’m SUPER ‘produtive’ like that 😉 Having been diagnosed with 2 conditions that have left me registered as disabled, using hot bath water to help ease the pain, is just so cheeky of me! – Lush baths have helped me no end, if I need a boost to get through the rest of the day Fizzbanger is my go to bath bomb.

Its scent is to die for and the visual theatrics of it while it fizzles away is more than spectacular. I love how Lush makes it possible for effortless art to be created in your bath tub. When it comes down to a Fizzbanger bath, I cannot resist taking a few photos every time I use it, it’s just so, so beautiful.



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Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb from Lush

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I was literally so, so excited when the Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb was released again last Winter. Regrettably I never had, had the chance to try it in years previous. I am so glad that they brought it back for Winter 2015 and pray that it comes back again this Winter.

Packed with Lavender Oil and Tonka Absolute, the Luxury Lush Pud is perfect for winding down on a cold winters night. Sharing its scent with my very first Lush bath bomb, Twilight  I just couldn’t wait to get hold of one to try.

If you’re a Twilight fan then you will love this bath bomb to the moon and back, I like to refer to it as the Twilight bath bomb’s cool auntie.

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After a stressful day a Luxury Lush Pud bath is all you need. Containing tonka absolute and lavender oil, Lush describe the Luxury Lush Pud as the ‘perfect dessert for your skin’.

Its cocktail of various essential oils are perfect at helping you wind down after a long, hard day. The scent itself stays with you throughout the evening and even lasts on your skin for most of the next day. Not only do you benefit from its beautifully subtle scent hours and hours after using it, you also get soft, smooth and gloriously hydrated skin.

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As soon as the Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb is put in the bath water the show of colours and relaxing, lavender and tonka scent begin to work their magic. Colour-wise I think the Luxury Lush Pud is the best out there. The likes of The Experimenter and Intergalactic are close seconds but the Luxury Lush Pud is hands down the best.

There is something so enchanting about the Luxury Lush Pud, the photos speak for themselves. It is a very slow fizzer which is all the better as I always manage to get such an amazing amount of photos whenever I use it.

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Blue, green, yellow, pink and orange galore it is more than mesmerising. No matter how many times I use it, I can’t help but take some photos.

Even once all of the bath bomb has dissolved you are still surrounded with pretty streaks of rainbow colour. I can never bring myself to get out until it’s got so cold that I HAVE to. It is just so relaxing. Your mind, body and soul feel so soothed, it is like you soak up all of its magic, it is paradise in a bath tub.

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I cannot even put into words how essential this bath bomb is for my life. I am and always will stock up on the Luxury Lush Pud every Winter from now on. That is providing they bring it back for Winter 2016?! I am however pretty confident that they will.

Please note that this post was originally posted on this website on the 7th of October 2015. I have updated each post on this blog several times as with time my photos have got better as has my product knowledge. Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


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