Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

What a time to be alive, especially if Lush’s notoriously sweet, Winter-popular ‘Snow Fairy‘ scent is one of your favourites. I honestly didn’t think there were any more products that Lush could give the Snow Fairy treatment to. However here we are with the Candy Bubble Brush Reusable Bubble Bar. – I must admit that I’m not a huge Snow Fairy fan BUT it’s a pink product so of course I had to give it a go.

The 3 bubble brushes that are currently available in pink, blue and yellow, are all reusable bubble bars BUT with a twist. You use them just as you would any other reusable bubble bar, once you have the desired amount of bubbles in your bath, you are then supposed to dip the bubble bar in the bath water just as you would a paint brush. Next you are meant to glide the bubble brush back and forth over the foamy bubbles to create colourful, bubbly-bath-art. (See below photo).

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Although my version of ‘Candy bubble brush bath art’ in the above photo isn’t art gallery worthy, if you do a quick search on Instagram almost immediately you will find copious amounts of photos that have done the most fantastic job of showcasing how wonderful and unique the bubble brushes can be.

Underneath the blanket of Candy scented bubbles is brilliant pink bath water. I often find that Lush reusable bubble bars aren’t as vibrant as the single use ones, the Candy bubble brush is however perfectly vibrant. Below is a photo of the Candy bubble brush being dipped into a small jar of water, obviously this isn’t anywhere near as much water as you’d have in your bath but all it took to create this bright pink water was 60 seconds of the bubble brush sat in it, just as pictured.

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Out of the 3 bubble brushes currently available, Candy has been the one I have used the most purely because of its colour. Not only does the Candy bubble brush leave your bath water bright pink but also silky smooth too. Bathing in it for just 10 minutes leaves my skin feeling soft and well nourished. I am surprised that the scent lasts throughout the whole of the bath. Its scent could also be detected on my skin hours after getting out of the bath too, this is something that rarely happens with a reusable bubble bar.

The only thing that irritates me about the bubble brushes is that they are so hard to store without making a huge mess. I leave them to dry on a plastic mat before storing them and that seems to be the easiest and cleanest way that I have found to handle them in between uses (so far anyway.)

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Much like the Snow Fairy body conditioner and Snow Fairy jelly bomb the Candy bubble brushes scent is sugar-sweet, anything Snow Fairy scented is always hugely popular with younger customers, however I am almost 30 and although it isn’t my favourite scent family, I do enjoy using the odd Snow Fairy fragranced product every now and again. After all, it wouldn’t be Winter without a bit of Snow Fairy something.

I don’t think that the bubble brushes target audience is specifically just children either, they have proven extremely popular with ALL ages, who doesn’t want to take 10 or 20 minutes out of their day to do something fun and relaxing? I love the bubble brushes because they get my creative juices flowing and also help me clock up those ‘me time’ minutes –  and we can all relate to needing more me time! If you’re looking for something a little different and quirky then the new bubble brushes are a must have, I look forward to reviewing the other 2 for you in the near future. Watch this space!



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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar from Lush

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble BarThe Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar is a product that never fails to make an appearance in Lush’s Halloween product line up. Year in, year out it comes back, ready and waiting to take on yet another Lush autumn. As its name suggests the Sparkly Pumpkin is a bright orange, pumpkin shaped bubble bar that has a generous coating of golden lustre with a single piece of cinnamon stick as its stalk. 

I think the first time I ever used Sparkly Pumpkin was back in 2015, it wasn’t a product that instantly stood out to me, visually I didn’t and still don’t find it the most eye catching of Lush products. Back then the only reason I originally gave it a chance was because it came in a gift set that my husband bought me.

Although the bubble bar doesn’t wow me as much as other Lush products do, I can still see that it has some amazing qualities and can also identify the reasons why it comes back to stores every autumn.

The Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar is relatively small, it fits snuggly in my ‘child-sized’ hand. I can see why some people are tempted to use the whole bubble bar for just one bath, I however use the one Sparkly Pumpkin over 2 baths without any compromise on quality or how many bubbles it creates.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubbles up very quickly, I recommend using it in a sieve as I find it is quite a crumbly bubble bar, many people don’t use a sieve for it though, some simply just crumble it in their hands under a running tap. I have tried both ways and because it is quite a soft product I’ve had the best results from the sieve, I find letting it just crumble doesn’t get the most out of it bubble wise, you tend to waste quite a bit, finding pieces of it at the bottom of your tub once you get in.

In regards to Sparkly Pumpkins scent, I expected it to be jam packed with all things pumpkin, it however isn’t. Strangely, the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar actually contains juniper berry, lime and grapefruit oils. This unique blend of essential oils makes the Sparkly Pumpkins scent a woody and gentle citrus blend, I find a soak in a Sparkly Pumpkin bath leaves me feeling both soothed and uplifted. If you favour the products with a more subtle scent then Sparkly Pumpkin would be a great one for you.

I know some people want to run a mile when they see a shimmery Lush product but being honest as always, the sparkling products really aren’t that troublesome. I get a little tired of explaining this in all of my sparkly product reviews but as someone who once too feared anything glittery, I can’t help but mention it. I have been converted and now love a sparkly Lush product. The shimmer just rinses away, I always describe it as cosmetic shimmer, kind of like what you get in make-up such as some bronzers and highlighters.

A Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bath leaves your skin silky-smooth and well nourished. Its scent unfortunately doesn’t hang around on your skin for very long but it does last throughout the bath.

Sparkly Pumpkin isn’t one of my favourite bubble bars purely because I find it a little boring, I do however like to pair it with a bath bomb. Last year my favourite Lush cocktail that contained Sparkly Pumpkin was it, mixed with the Pumpkin bath bomb. This year the Christmas Sweater bath bomb was however introduced to the winter line and  that works with Sparkly Pumpkin perfectly too.

 



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Marmalade Jelly Bomb from Lush

Marmalade Jelly Bomb

The Marmalade Jelly Bomb is the last of the 4 recently released jelly bombs that I have yet to review. At first I really wasn’t sold on the idea behind the jelly bomb however after trying and enjoying The Big Sleep, Green Coconut and Dark Arts jelly bombs I was eager to try out Marmalade. When the information on these 4 jelly bombs leaked online, I admit that out of the 4 of them I was most excited to try Marmalade as I am a sucker for anything citrus.

Including a long list of brightening, uplifting and awakening ingredients – Brazilian orange, grapefruit and orange flower absolute to name just a few, I was so sure that sharing a bath with the Marmalade jelly bomb was going to be an amazing experience.

When my postman delivered my parcel containing the Marmalade jelly bomb I opened it up and was instantly greeted with a very bitter and sharp citrus scent, it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. The grapefruit in the Marmalade jelly bomb was completely different from what I had grown to love throughout the use of the Frozen bath bomb. The Marmalade jelly bomb’s scent is very intense, so much so that I was hoping that the scent dampened down somewhat once put into the bath water.

Unlike the other 3 jelly bombs Marmalade has an extra hidden treat, inside is several chunks of orange slice reminiscent of the, The Sicilian bath bomb. As Marmalade comes into contact with your bath water it begins to ferociously hiss, sending a thin layer of small orange bubbles with a jelly like foam consistency across the waters surface. It was at this point that I realised the scent of Marmalade wasn’t going to dampen down, instead of the bath water diluting the jelly bombs scent it in fact strengthened it. It was at this point that I realised I’d finally come across a citrus based Lush product that I didn’t like.

I called my husbands name, I have very unstable joints so need assistance when getting in and out of the bath, I didn’t want to stay in the bath or the bathroom for another second. With the jelly bombs I advise being in the bath when you use them, this is because as the jelly forms it can make the bath quite slippery. I find that the slippery surface does however disappear as the jelly slowly dissolves into water. I got out and because I hadn’t given the jelly a chance to dissolve the bath tub needed a good hose down.

Even though I was only in the water with the Marmalade jelly bomb for a few minutes I did notice how soft and hydrated my legs felt once out. If you can stomach this jelly bombs scent then I’d definitely recommend it if you have dry skin, the effect the seaweed based sodium alginate ingredient within the new jelly bombs has on your skin is like nothing I have experienced while using Lush before. Each of the jelly bombs have left my skin in the perfect condition. Soft, hydrated and bright.

I personally won’t be using the Marmalade jelly bomb again based just on its scent. Unfortunately it’s just not a scent I enjoy. I get a lot of comments on my Instagram account saying that I ‘big up’ all of the Lush products regardless of how I actually feel about them. This isn’t true at all, I always tell the truth and I guess this post is proof. It’s not often I dislike a Lush product but sadly when it comes down to the Marmalade jelly bomb I’m not keen. It does have good qualities too and I have mentioned them above, scent is however very important to me when it comes down to Lush products so on scent alone I won’t be buying this jelly bomb again.



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The Big Sleep Jelly Bomb from Lush

The Big Sleep Jelly Bomb

Anything with ‘sleep’ in its name always gets my attention. Apart from taking Lush baths my next favourite hobby is most definitely sleeping, I am however not very good at it so anything that could help me improve my ability to sleep is always very welcome. The Big Sleep Jelly Bomb is neck and neck favourite for me with the Dark Arts jelly bomb. I honestly didn’t think I would like any of the new jelly bombs at all but here I am ranting and raving about yet another.

The Lush Jelly Bombs look just like an ordinary Lush bath bomb they however have a magic ingredient, sodium alginate. This ingredient is what divides the normal bath bombs to the jelly ones. Jelly bombs are meant to work in exactly the same way as the normal bath bombs, the difference between a jelly bomb and a bath bomb is, instead of just exploding with colour jelly bombs produce a foam-like-jelly that floats on the surface of the water instead.

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Containing lavender, tonka, neroli and chamomile the Big Sleep is the next best thing to a sleeping potion, there is no better combination of ingredients to help you wind down and relax. Although this is quite a powerful blend of essential oils Big Sleep’s scent isn’t at all overpowering, it’s a delicate and soothing mix. Its scent as a whole reminds me of several different Lush products such as the Unicorn Horn bubble bar, Twilight and Golden Slumbers bath bomb.

Instantly after coming into contact with the water The Big Sleep begins to bob around, spreading blue foam across its surface. I noticed that unlike the Dark Arts jelly bomb, the Big Sleep took a lot longer to create its jelly layer.

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Once the layer of silky smooth jelly forms on the baths surface you start to really feel the benefits of it. My skin had never felt so well nourished before, the effect the seaweed based sodium alginate ingredient has on your skin is like nothing I have experienced while using Lush before. You heard it here first, the jelly bombs are going to change your life. Even the next day my skin feels soft, smooth and fabulous.

Big Sleeps scent once in the bath doesn’t intensify at all making it a good product to use if you’re sensitive to some of Lush’s more powerful scents.

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After about 10 minutes the jelly dissolves into just bath water leaving you with a deep blue lagoon of silky smooth water. It’s hard to describe, I don’t want to mislead you by saying it ‘thickens the water’ as if someone said that to me I’d assume that the jelly and water had began to set. This isn’t the case at all. The dissolved jelly simply just adds a softness to the water and not in an oily way either, it’s so pleasant on the skin.

Overall I am really impressed with this jelly bomb. The Big Sleep was in fact the first of the 4 jelly bombs that I reordered, what I thought was going to be a group of novelty products have really opened my eyes. If you want an easy way to add hydration to your skin while not getting oily then the jelly bombs are perfect for you.



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Avobath Bath Bomb from Lush

img_4046When I am completely zonked by fatigue or need a bit of a boost, my go-to Lush product is the Avobath Bath Bomb. I’ll admit that it’s not the most visually pleasing bath bomb that Lush have created, I would however advise you to look past this as there is so much more to a bath bomb than how it looks, beauty is not always about what you can visually see!

What the Avobath bath bomb lacks visually is well made up for with everything else about it. Its carefully selected ingredients make for one very hydrating, refreshing and uplifting bath. It not only awakens every single one of your senses but also leaves your skin feeling soft, well soothed and looking fabulous.

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The idea that baths are strictly a night time, just-before-bed activity is a myth. YES, that’s right, there’s no truth in it, if you want a bath first thing in the morning or even at 2 in the afternoon, GO FOR IT! Bath Bombs don’t all have the same ingredients in and not every ingredient in a bath bomb makes you sleepy. I am explaining this as there are so many people out there that don’t know about essential oils and what properties and benefits each one has on us when used.

The Avobath is a brilliant bath bomb to use if you’re feeling tired and want to wake yourself up. It has a fantastically zingy, citrus fruit scent which really helps me fight the fatigue. If you’re unable to drink caffeine like me, an Avobath soak is the next best thing!

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As I said above, you’re not going to get any bath art out of the Avobath bath bomb. It’s a very quick fizzer, which isn’t a bad thing if you just want to lie back basking in all of its glory without much delay!

As soon as Avobath hits the bath water you’re greeted with an awakening waft of lemon grass and bergamot. Avobath also has a considerable amount of crushed fresh avocado and olive oil in it which is what makes it so hydrating. It’s an excellent choice if you suffer with dry skin, I find that the moisture stays for at least 48 hours after using it too.

Once the bath bomb has completely dissolved you are left with beautiful, bright green bath water, I know you shouldn’t have hot, hot, hot baths but I love using the Avobath in a hot as I can stand it bath. There’s something so relaxing about all of the Avobath’s ingredients mixed together, it’s almost as if my stresses and worries dissolve away with the bath bomb.

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Performance wise the Avobath is on par with the Blackberry bath bomb. Much like the Blackberry bath bomb, Avobath has secret magical powers because of the essential oils within it. I like that you may only be aware of these hidden powers if you have bothered to learn a little bit more about a Lush products ingredients…

Not everyone looks for bath bombs that only produce patterns and loads of colours so I can see why Avobath has thankfully remained so popular.

Although the Avobath bath bomb is plain to look at, I still hold it with high regard. I’d be very upset if Lush ever discontinued it. It’s high up in my list of bath bomb favourites.



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Bubbling Under Bubble Bar from Lush

bubbling-under-bubble-barThe Bubbling Under Bubble Bar is one of my personal favourites, I like it because it is one of very few Lush products that really, really help me with managing the symptoms of my medical conditions, chronic pain and fatigue. Nearly all of Lush’s bath bombs and bubble bars help me to some extent, the hot bath water is great for loosening up tense muscles ETC however, when you combine hot bath water with products that share similar ingredients to the Bubbling Under bubble bar you’ve hit gold.

Bubbling Under is the bubble bar equivalent of the Big Blue bath bomb. The very visible seaweed may put off some, after all it put me off of  the bath bomb back when I very first became a Lushie. Once I however used it I had no regrets and just like that I was eager to get my hands on anything else from the ‘Big Blue’ range.

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Just one bar of Bubbling Under can be spread out and used over 2 to 3 baths, each having a more than generous amount of bubbles. Paired up with the Big Blue bath bomb there is no other bath combination quite like it. Apart from the obvious ingredients that make the Bubbling Under and Big Blue two different types of product, their ingredients are pretty much the same.

I personally break up my bubble bars then place the pieces into a sieve, holding it under the hot tap. Other people crumble their bubble bars under the tap with just their hands, I choose to however use a sieve as unfortunately I don’t have a dual tap, it’s either the hot tap or the cold tap for me, using a sieve stops me from freezing/burning my hands off!

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Another benefit of using the Bubbling Under bubble bar with a sieve is that it has a similar effect as the stocking trick, (discussed in my Big Blue bath bomb review.) All of the seaweed stays in the sieve meaning no loose seaweed. With the hot water still running over it, the seaweed still softens and you still get the benefits of the seaweed’s soothing properties in the bath water.

The sea salt in Bubbling Under is also very beneficial, it is rich in sodium, magnesium, and other minerals, all of which are great for your skin. There is something that is just so relaxing about hot water and sea salt. I find that sinking myself into a Bubbling Under bubble bath is one of the most relaxing things I can do quickly and easily.

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Visually I am also really impressed with how Bubbling Under looks in the tub, it turns the water such an amazing shade of blue, it reminds me of tropical blue seas. Closing your eyes, laying back in the tub and just breathing in Bubbling Under’s scent takes my mind to the beach, with the beach being one of my most favourite places to be (apart from Lush Oxford Street) I can’t help but be completely in love with this product. If it’s ever in the Lush Kitchen I totally recommend you grab one!



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Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb from Lush

When the photos of Lush’s 2017 Mother’s day range were released the Ups-A-Daisy Bath Bomb is what first caught my attention. Shaped just like a giant daisy their bright and bold colours are perfect for the Spring time.

Some have confused Ups-A-Daisy as being available in 2 different colours like the Mum bath bomb however, this in not the case. One side of the bath bomb is orange and pink, while the other side is yellow and turquoise. Both sides are visible in the photo above.

The Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb is actually great value for money. I honestly expected it to be a lot more expensive, getting anything cheaper is of course always more than welcome. I know many people have noticed that there has been a slight price-hike in some Lush products, although this is frustrating, it’s just one of those things. Ingredient prices are always expected to fluctuate depending on a huge number of different factors that are beyond anyones control.

The only thing that doesn’t fluctuate in regards to Lush products is their outstanding quality. The best of quality is always a guarantee when it comes down to Lush,  I therefore don’t mind if the price of a product does go up a little, obviously the cheaper the better (I’d be mad to say otherwise) BUT, always getting great quality, ethically sourced products is what is the most important thing to me.

The one and only thing that stopped me in my tracks when it came down to the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb was deciding what side of it I would put face down in the bath water. It sent my OCD into overdrive. I am a huge geek and like to experience every last second of a Lush product, it killed me to not be able to have both sides on top, I however had picked up 2 of these bath bombs so that I could try it the other way round in another bath – all was not lost!

Upon first use I used the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb orange and pink side up. As soon as the bath bomb hit the water it began to foam. Slowly but surely the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb fizzes away creating pretty streaks of orange, pink, yellow and blue.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how long it took to dissolve. I love a slow fizzer as I like to take pictures of all the pretty patterns a bath bomb makes, after 10 minutes I however got bored and dunked them under as you can see in the 3rd photo, above and below.

Scent wise, I have heard a lot of people compare this bath bomb to Frozen. I can see what they mean, Ups-A-Daisy is however less sweet and more floral. I’m not a huge fan of floral scents and it did take me a while to get used to this bath bomb, once in the bath I was however very happy with it.

When the bath bomb is orange and pink side up, to look at it reminds me of the Yoga bath bomb. When it is yellow and blue side up it reminds me a little of a mixture of the Yoga and Fizzbanger bath bomb.

Looking on Instagram I can see a lot of people seem to favour having it orange and pink side up. Both sides were beautiful, I found that the yellow and blue side up was a little more colourful though. I also recommend waiting for the bath bomb to do its thing, it is a very slow fizzer but the colours that streak out of it at the very end are on par with last years Somewhere Over the Rainbow bath bomb.

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Overall I really like the Ups-A-Daisy bath bomb, it isn’t my favourite of the Mother’s Day range but it does put on a very beautiful show and I am glad that I tried it both sides up. I definitely recommend trying this bath bomb twice as either sides put on a very different show.



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