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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Wizard Bubble Bar from Lush

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I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting the Wizard Bubble Bar to smell like.

Yes, you can read the ingredients list and take a guess but when I do, do this for a Lush product, 90% of the time  I am never right.

Just one ingredient could either dampen or heighten the scent of another ingredient. As much as inconsistency annoys me it’s what makes each and every Lush product addictively interesting.

I believe that the Wizard Bubble Bar was a Halloween product from a few years ago, I unfortunately didn’t get to try it back then so have had to wait for it to be on the Lush Kitchen menu on a week I had some spare cash.

I finally got hold of a few and now it’s time for me to tell you if it was worth the wait…

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The first thing you notice about the Wizard bubble bar is its sparkly, cadbury purple hat, with a big yellow star attached. He is so stinkin’ cute! I just want to grab them all and keep them forever.

As lovely as that would be, Lush products are made to be used and it didn’t take me long to have one of them dissected, (strictly for bathing purposes, of course!)

Its scent is quite different from anything I’ve used from Lush before. It has fennel oil in which gives it a sweet yet spicy edge. In with the fennel oil is tangerine and juniperberry oil too, these add a slight fruity and woody element to its scent.

I really can’t put my finger on how I could fully describe it. It warm and magical. I love its scent, my boyfriend however turned his nose up at it straight away. You can’t please them all…

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The Wizard Bubble Bar is the perfect winter product. When I’m cold and my joints and muscles are aching after a long day there is nothing better than slipping yourself into a Wizard bubble bath.

Its ingredients warms me up, relaxes my tired body and helps me wind down ready for a good night sleep.

It’s an incredibly moisturising bath product that I am sure my winter battered skin would thank me for if it could speak.

The smallest amount of the Wizard bubble bar creates copious amounts of fluffy white bubbles, there really is nothing better than slipping yourself under a blanket of silky, soft, bath bubbles.

Even writing about it now is making me want to go jump in a Wizard bath.

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I’d recommend using the Wizard Bubble Bar over 2 baths.

The amount is however your choice entirely. As I said, a little of it goes a very long way.

Paired with other products you could certainly make it last over more than 2 baths.

Underneath the perfect blanket of bubbles is rich, cadbury purple sparkly water. It’s so enchanting to look at and my photo below honestly does it no justice at all. The Wizard bubble bar really does give you a magical bath time.

It reminds me of 2015’s Bar Humbug bubble bar although if I had to choose between the 2 I’d vote for Wizard.

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People often ask me what I’d pair products up with so I have decided to start adding a few Lush cocktail ideas in my reviews.

With the Wizard bubble bar I’d recommend using it with 1 or 1 half of a Blackberry bath bomb alongside a splosh of Hot Toddy shower gel. It’s such a relaxing mix of products that always warms me up. Another good idea is to use it with Lush Oxford Street’s Satsuma bath bomb.

For something with such a complicated scent it is very versatile, if you think a product would work with it, try it!


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Butterbear Bath Bomb from Lush

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The first time that I tried the Butterbear Bath Bomb was back in the winter of 2014. I will admit that I wasn’t completely blown away by it, I would however like to point out that this is not because I disliked it, the other more colourful bath bombs just seemed to prevail it, leaving it in the shadows and at the bottom of my draw.

Butterbear although a bit dull performance wise is a very gentle bath bomb that both adults and children can enjoy. Ever since 2014 I have bought each of the children in my family a Butterbear bath bomb as they adore bath time and they always get so, so excited about bath bombs.

I have never forgotten what it was like to be a little girl and by complete accident I started a Christmastime Butterbear tradition in my family. When I very first gave the Butterbear bath bombs to the kids I tried to make them a little bit more interesting. I told them to make a wish before they put them into the bath, the idea behind this was so that they wouldn’t be sad that she/he had gone after just one bath.

I told them that the Butterbear’s job was to listen to their wish, followed by them then fizzing away in the bath, preparing themselves for their journey to the North Pole which of course is via the plug hole. Once down the plug hole the Butterbear’s job was to then find Father Christmas to let him know their Christmas wish.

That is how one silly, made up story turned into a Christmastime tradition for my family. I felt I had to explain this as it is this that helped make the Butterbear bath bomb a special product for both myself and them. Sometimes the smallest amount of imagination can make something that appears dull a lot more interesting!

The Butterbear bath bomb is relatively small, the closest bath bomb to its size that is currently available is the Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb.

Based on its size I’d describe the Butterbear bath bomb as more of a novelty product. It smells exactly the same as the Butterball bath bomb it however isn’t as strong.

Pushing its smaller size to one side, I still find the Butterbear bath bomb to be very moisturising on my skin. I do however feel like I get more out of it when I pair it up with other products.

My favourite cocktail at the moment is the Butterbear bath bomb with a splash of Bubbly shower gel, I am desperately in search of Butterball shower gel to pair with it, fingers crossed I get some soon.

As soon as it is placed in to the water the Butterbear bath bomb fizzes away very quickly.

There’s a lot of white foam and then once the bear has dissolved you notice that there are tiny beads of oil floating on the waters’ surface.

These beads are the cocoa butter and although there isn’t a lot of it, my skin well and truly benefits from it. It isn’t quite as hydrating as the Butterball bath bomb is but its sweet scent stays with me through out the bath leaving me wanting more.

As I said above, I feel that the Butterbear bath bomb is best when paired with other products. What wins it over for me is its soft and creamy scent, the story that goes with it in my family is an added bonus that makes it a very welcome product, every winter.

I can’t ever imagine them discontinuing it, the little people in my family would not be very impressed!



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Monsters’ Ball Bath Bomb from Lush

Monsters' Ball Bath BombI couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I very first see the huge pile of Monsters’ Ball bath bombs at 2016’s Lush Creative Showcase. At the time I was so taken back by its quirky, one-eyed design that I completely missed the fact that it was Calacas scented.

To my delight the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb not only smells identical to one of my all time favourite Lush Kitchen bath bombs the, The Enchanter Bath Bomb but it also puts on quite the colourful-bath-time-show. Other Calacas scented bath bombs such as the Skullduggery bath bomb although very pleasant in the water, do not have the same wow factor as Monsters’ Ball when it comes down to bath art.

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As soon as you place the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb into your bath water it starts to hiss, an explosion of purple-pink foam fizzes out of it as it bobs and rolls around the waters surface. The water instantly begins to feel silkier, as its inviting scent fills your bathroom you can’t help but lay back, relax and enjoy all of its beauty, it’s a treat for every single one of your senses.

Monsters’ Ball contains both lime and neroli oil. My first Lush memory of neroli oil is from the Frozen bath bomb. I wasn’t sure of it at first but I have grown to love its scent. Neroli is a really bitter-citrus-scent on its own, in Monsters’ ball the bitterness of the neroli is however completely washed out by the lime oil. The lime oil rounds off the neroli ingredient giving Monsters’ Ball a sweet, much lighter and somewhat warming citrus-scent.

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Neroli oil has been scientifically proven to increase the levels of serotonin (the happy hormone) in your brain, therefore if you need a bath that will boost your spirits Monsters’ Ball is a good bath bomb to go for. Once the bath bomb has been in the water for a little while it begins to spin, creating even more beautiful purple foamy patterns with blue streaks too.

As the bath bomb dances around your bath, the water slowly turns a dark and sparkly purple colour. Its scent stays with you through out the bath and I can still smell it on my skin the next day. I can’t get enough of the Calacas scent, it’s so cheery and always lifts my mood.

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Monsters’ Ball may look ugly but it really is a fantastic bath bomb that I wish Lush had created and sold years and years ago. Not only does it smell fabulous but it also creates beautiful bath art that is sure to catch anyone’s attention. Just look at the photos!

The final thing I like about Monsters’ Ball is that its one eye is actual, vegan chocolate. I however wouldn’t recommend eating it, let your bath have the chocolate treat. Your skin will thank you for it I promise.

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I will be stocking up on the Monsters’ Ball bath bombs before Halloween is over without question. It’s such an amazing addition to the Halloween product line and has made 2016’s line the best yet, if this bath bomb doesn’t return year in year out there will be trouble! 😉

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