Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar from Lush

 

Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble BarWhen I first heard about the release of the Yog Nog Yule Log Bubble Bar I was super happy as it shares its scent with the Yog Nog bath bomb. Lush’s Yog Nog scent is a classic Christmas fragrance that is perfect for the festive period.

The Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar is brand new to Lush this year and smells just like warm, gooey cinder toffee. Packed with warming cinnamon and nutmeg powders, it’s the perfect amounts of both sweet and spicy.

Designed and made in the same way as a Battenberg cake the Yog Nog Yule Log looks good enough to eat. Disclaimer, do not eat it, it’s a bath product. I just thought it was best that I clarify this as I wouldn’t want to mislead anyone. (it really does smell and look irresistibly delicious though…)

I managed to get 3 very well bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Yog Nog Yule Log bar. I could have probably stretched it out to more than 3 baths but I’m a greedy guts.

To use bubble bars like the Yog Nog Yule Log I either crumble, or break it up then stick it in a sieve and let the running bath-water trickle over it. I find this the most effective way to use the single use bubble bars, nothing gets wasted – making it the best way to maximise their true bubble potential.

Yog Nog Yule Logs scent remains just as delicious as it did at the start of your bath, right up until the last bit goes down the drain after pulling the plug. I found that this bubble bar left my skin exceptionally soft and perfectly hydrated, so much so that I didn’t need a body lotion afterwards.

Underneath the blanket of fluffy white bubbles is shimmery gold water, nowhere near on the sparkle-par as the waters after a Golden Slumbers bath (thankfully!) but it is equally as mesmerising. I prefer the Yog Nog Yule log bubble bar much more than the Yog Log Roulade from a few Christmas’ ago.

With this months release of the Yog Nog perfume in the Lush Kitchen, I can really go to town with layering up the Yog Nog scent. What pleased me the most about the Yog Nog Yule Log was how long its scent did last on my skin after using it in the bath (and I’m talking about without putting the perfume on too). It leaves me smelling like a scrumptious Christmas biscuit well into the next day, it truly is Christmas in bubble bar form.

I always find bubble bars quite tricky to review, I try to stick to small factors; their scent, design, bubble power etc. As difficult as I find reviewing them it’s safe to say that for me, the Yog Nog Yule Log bubble bar gets a big tick for everything I like in a bubble bar. Thanks Lush, yet another Lush product I need to stock up on before Winter is through. As if I need anymore! 😉



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Poisson D’Avril Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Poisson D’Avril Bubble Bar translates from French to English as ‘April Fish’, which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools. I did a little research into the inspiration of this never-before-been-released bubble bar, I just love learning of how and where Lush pull their product-creation inspiration from. The last product that got me researching like this was the Cyanide Pill bath bomb, I love learning just as much as I like Lushing!

Poisson D’Avril is a part of Lush’s beautiful and bright Easter 2018 line. Back in 1564 King Charles XIV of France reformed the calendar to what we go by today, back then news took a lot longer to spread. HOW DID ANYONE GET THROUGH EVEN AN HOUR WITHOUT WIFI?!!! The people that lived in the rural areas of France were the last to hear of the new calendar. Just like the people of today many of them hated change.

Some stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week of March 25th and April 1st (April Fools day). April Fools day originated from this, those who refused to go by the new calendar became victims of pranks, people would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs, making them an ‘April Fool.’

Moving away from the unwanted history lesson ~ I know you’re only here for the Lush! Poisson D’Avril is a red and orange/yellow, fish shaped bubble bar. Its ingredients include neroli, cinnamon leaf and black pepper oil. It wasn’t until I used Poisson D’Avril with the New shampoo bar that I realised it was a fruity AND spicy scented product.

I don’t know how I even missed its spicier notes at first, sniffing it now, it’s so obvious. On paper the ingredients list appears a little crazy, I however feel that Poisson D’Avril is one of the best smelling bubble bars Lush have made to date. It reminds me of several different products, there’s elements of the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb in there as well as elements of the Christmas Sweater bath bomb too, both might I add pair beautifully with Poisson D’Avril.

Its scent is warm and citrusy but not in an in-your-face way, in my opinion it’s the perfect balance of both. It’s fruity enough to leave you and your skin feeling brighter, yet warm enough to banish away any lingering Winter time blues. Laying back in a Poisson D’Avril bubble bath is the perfect way to say goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring.

Although Poisson D’Avril is in my opinion a larger bubble bar, I have found that to experience it at its full potential you should only really split it over 2 baths. I know some people have used the whole thing for one bath, a true Lush extravagance that I will not be willing to embrace unless the Poisson D’Avril becomes regular line, *hint, hint Lush.* I always get so sad at the thought of so many wonderful products only being available for a short amount of time, even more so now the Lush Kitchen is no longer a weekly affair.

Just half of the Poisson D’Avril crumbled under a hot, running tap creates mounds of fluffy white bubbles. Underneath the thick blanket of bubbles is the most dazzling of water. It’s not only a brilliant shade of red but also speckled with a slight golden lustre too.

Its scent isn’t very strong on the skin once you get out of the bath, it is however still ever so slightly detectable the morning after using it. I’d do absolutely anything to get hold of a body lotion in the Poisson D’Avril’s scent. Although I’d have naturally wanted for Poisson D’Avril to be a bubble bar I could spread out over several baths, I did enjoy using it thoroughly, so much so that I have ordered several more. I just had to stock up on them as I know that I’ll be more than sad to see the Poisson D’Avril bubble bar go once Easter 2018 is through.



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Mum in a Spin Bubble Spinner from Lush

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The Mum in a Spin Bubble Spinner is yet another brand new release from Lush’s Mother’s Day line. Packed with a long list of relaxing ingredients including both lavender and tonka absolute, it’s a must try product for all, not just mum’s. When Lush first released the bubble bar equivalent of a fidget spinner I honestly had no idea what a fidget spinner was.

I have since learnt that a fidget spinner is a small toy comprising of two or three prongs arranged around a central bearing. They are designed to be spun by the fingers as a means of improving concentration and a reliever of stress.

Although the bubble bar equivalents of a fidget spinner do not work in quite the same way, (the water from the tap is what essentially makes the bubble spinner spin) I can see why they are so popular. Getting in on the fidget spinner craze is a very clever move on Lush’s part, their original creation of a Bubble Spinner sold very well which is why we have now been presented with a brand new bubble spinner product, the Mum in a Spin.

 

Mum in a Spin is a reusable bubble bar, much like the first bubble spinner that Lush created it has a wooden pin in its middle. This allows the bubble bar part of it to spin as the tap water hits it just like a water mill. It has 3 spokes, two of them are decorated with the letter ‘M’ and the third with a love heart spelling out Mum/Mom.

Reusable bubble bars are slightly different to the normal bubble bars, you don’t have to break a reusable bubble bar up to use it, you simply run it under the tap to create bubbles. Once you have the desired amount of bubbles you then put it somewhere it can dry off, ready for the next time you want to use it.

As Mum in a Spin is submerged under running tap water, its scent fills the room. It shares its scent with the much loved Twilight bath bomb, making it the perfect night-time-bath treat. As the bubble bar is run under the tap copious amounts of bubbles begin to form, the water also becomes a stunningly bright pink. Overflowing with ingredients that have been carefully put together to help you wind down, it didn’t take very long for me to feel the stresses of the day melting away as I let myself lay back underneath the blanket of fluffy white, Twilight scented bubbles.

Sometimes I find that the reusable bubble bars don’t create quite as many bubbles as the ordinary bubble bars do, I found that with Mum in a spin this wasn’t the case at all. You can get 3 very generously bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Mum in a Spin. Another trait that reusable bubble bars tend to have is that they don’t create as vividly colourful water as their ordinary counterparts, this wasn’t the case for Mum in a Spin either, I was very happy to be bathing in such a beautiful and bold shade of pink water.

Another thing that impressed me about the Mum in a Spin bubble spinner was that its scent lasted throughout the whole bath, it also lasted on my skin once I was out of the bath too. There is nothing better than stepping out of a Mum in a Spin bubble bath followed by slathering yourself up with Sleepy body lotion.

I know some people are eager for Lush to start creating new scents as they’re growing bored of the same scents coming back time and time again. There is however something quite special about revisiting much loved scents through a different product format, I don’t think I could ever get bored of the Twilight scent. Overall I am very impressed with the Mum in a Spin bubble spinner, it ticks every box for what I like in a bubble bar. I will therefore be stocking up on them before 2018’s Mother’s Day period is through.



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Christmas Eve Bubble Bar from Lush

Christmas Eve Bubble Bar

Although the Christmas Eve Bubble Bar is a golden-oldie-Lush-product, I had never had the pleasure of trying it up until Lush made it a mainline bubble bar as a part their winter 2017 line. Much like the So White and Shoot for the Stars bath bomb, the Christmas Eve bubble bar has received a bit of a facelift since its original debut. Unfortunately I haven’t got a photograph of what it used to look like as, as I said earlier this bubble bar is a first for me! It is quite rare for an ‘old’ Lush product to be new to me so I was very excited when I first see a big pile of the Christmas Eve bubble bars…

The Christmas Eve bubble bar shares its scent with the Northern Lights bath bomb which happens to be one of my all time favourites as well as another product that received a facelift just last year, (2016). I was incredibly sad to see that the Northern Lights bath bomb hadn’t been included in the winter 2017 line, the inclusion of the Christmas Eve bubble bar has however made it a little easier to be without.

Being honest as always I was a little taken aback at the size of the Christmas Eve bubble bar. I think I have however been spoilt with the likes of The Comforter and Brightside bubble bars, both are huge and once you’ve had them that big it is only natural to be disappointed when presented with a product that is so much smaller. With it being only £1 less than the giant bubble bars too, I can see why some people have been put off of buying it.

Although the Christmas Eve bubble bar is small, it does pack some power. I can get 2 very generously bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar. One half of the bubble bar creates a copious amounts of fluffy white bubbles, whilst also turning your bath water into the most beautiful, silky-soft, light shade of blue.

In my personal opinion the scent of the Christmas Eve bubble bar is not particularly strong, those that are new to its scent may however say that it is, this is because the Northern Lights scent really is out-of-this-world unique. After reading its ingredients list you’d be forgiven for guessing that the Christmas Eve bubble bar would smell very similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although jasmine absolute is definitely in both Sakura and Christmas Eve, they really don’t have that much in common when it comes down to scent. I have heard many people refer to the Northern Lights scent as a lot like laundry detergent, I can see what they mean as its scent is so fresh and crisp.

As for its effect on your skin, I much prefer the bubble bar to the Northern Lights bath bomb. Its scent not only stays with you for the best part of the day but also leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is something that the bath bomb didn’t do for my skin so I was of course very happy to discover this. Overall I am very impressed with this bubble bar, the only thing that lets it down is its price, for its size I would expect it to be closer in price to the Lush bubbleroons. It however has the best, freshest and 100% ethically sourced ingredients so it will always be slightly high in price.



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The Magic of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar from Lush

The Magic of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar It’s always so exciting to get your hands on a brand new Lush product but there’s nothing quite like having one of your favourites return year in, year out. The Magic of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar wand is definitely one of my all time favourite from the winter line.

If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know that I’m normally not the biggest fan of the reusable bubble bars. I feel as though they are more of a novelty product than anything else, I also find that the majority of them just aren’t as colourful or vibrant in use as the ordinary bubble bars are.

Lush put a lot of effort into making the reusable bubble bars look beautiful and desirable but in my personal opinion, Lush tend to relax a little with them in regards to how well they work as an actual bubble bar. The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar is however the exception to this, it creates just as many bubbles and the brightest of orange water giving the Brightside bubble bar (an ordinary bubble bar) a serious amount of competition.

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Last year, (2016) Lush released 4 reusable bubble bars for their winter line, I can’t help but think that the Jester and Santasaurus reusable bubble bars didn’t make a return for 2017 because of how dull the bubble bars made the colour of the bath water.

The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar however never fails to return and it’s not hard to see why. For me, it ticks all of the boxes of things I look for in a bubble bar. It looks beautiful, smells fantastically moreish, creates mounds and mounds of fluffy white bubbles, all while turning your bath water a sparkly and warm shade of orange.

The thing that I like the most about the Magic of Christmas wand is that its stick is in fact a real cinnamon stick, it’s such a good idea. I love cinnamon so can never get enough of this bubble bar. You can use every last piece of this bubble bar, even the decorative ribbon and bell tied around it can be used again.

The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar creates a generous amounts of spicy-scented, fluffy white bubbles in no time at all. I can easily get 6 baths out of just the one bubble bar which makes it incredible value for money. To use it all you have to do is hold it under the tap like in the photograph above. Once you have your desired amount of bubbles you simply place it on the side so that it can dry, ready for you to use it again whenever you wish.

Decorated with cinnamon seeds and organic cloves the Magic of Christmas literally smells like my idea of heaven, I don’t think Christmas would ever be the same should Lush decide to retire this bubble bar. When the winter weather is dragging me down there is nothing better than a Magic of Christmas bath to lift me out of the darkest of winter blues. The cinnamon and clove packed ingredients work a treat on over worked and aching muscles as well as brightening up my tired and dull skin.

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The Magic of Christmas also makes the bath water silky smooth, it soothes and nourishes my dry skin perfectly. My current favourite Lush cocktail that includes the Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar is, Magic of Christmas, the Christmas Sweater bath bomb and Hot Toddy shower gel. They all mix so well together and are all brilliant products. Hot Toddy isn’t very easy to get now that the Lush Kitchen is in limbo but if you ever get a chance to grab a bottle on ebay etc, DO IT!

Overall I am completely besotted by this beautiful bubble bar, I always make sure I have stocked up on them before winter is through. I have actually had the privilege of making one of these by hand myself, I haven’t included a photo of my version because it was awful, It’s a lot harder to make Lush products than it looks!



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Christmas Cracker Bubble Bar from Lush

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The Christmas Cracker Bubble Bar is probably the bubble bar I was the most excited about from Lush’s 2017 Christmas line. At the showcase this year, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to make one of these. Prior to this I had never made any Lush products myself so it was a dream come true. Before the bubble mix is left to set it feels just like kinetic sand.

I loved every step of making this bubble bar, working the bubble bar mix in my hands was so relaxing, pressing it into its mold making sure the pink doesn’t go over the line and of course adding the popping candy. It really was a fantastic experience, if I worked in the Lush factory I’d want to be in the bubble bar team for sure!

Christmas Cracker’s scent is almost identical, if not the same to this year’s other popular new release the Cheer Up Buttercup bath bomb, I make it no secret that I love the citrusy products the most, I was therefore super happy to learn that the Christmas Cracker had the same zingy and energy boosting ingredients that Cheer Up Buttercup has, lemon, lime and neroli oil.

Pairing it with a fruity product such as the Blackberry bath bomb would make for an excellent Lush-bath-cocktail.

You can get 3 very generously bubbled bubble baths out of just the one Christmas Cracker, I suspect it could be stretched over more than 3 baths if you wanted it to, I haven’t tried anymore than 3 uses though as I’m spoilt and always over indulge. The mix of the pink and yellow creates the most beautiful and bright orange bath water and of course lots of fluffy white bubbles! sitting back in a Christmas Cracker bubble bath leaves you feeling elated and refreshed.

As I mentioned above, the Christmas Cracker bubble bar has popping candy hidden in the inside of it. When I very first used this bubble bar I had completely forgotten about the popping candy within it. There is quite a delayed reaction to the popping candy and the water. I was sat back, submerged by the cheery bubbles for a good few minutes before the popping candy surprised me with its unignorable presence.

As always popping candy makes for a very entertaining bath, once it starts to react with the water it crackles away for a good 5 or so minutes. I have paired Christmas Cracker with the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb which is also jam packed with popping candy, it’s like having your own mini firework display in the bath tub.

What really stood out for me with the Christmas Cracker bubble bar was how hydrated it left my skin, the scent also stayed with me for the best part of the day after using it too. I will definitely be stocking up on this bubble bar before Winter is through. Lush have made some amazing additions to their bubble bar family this year, it’s made me very excited for whatever they have planned for us next!



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Man in the Moon Bubble Bar from Lush

Man on the Moon Bubble Bar2The Man in the Moon Bubble Bar is the Lush product I have been wishing for ever since I took my very first sniff of the Calacas shower gel. I don’t think I have ever been as excited finding out the scent of a Lush product before. The Calacas scent is one of Lush’s most popular, so much so that it completely baffles me as to why Lush hadn’t brought a Calacas scented bubble bar out long before now.

Much like the new Plum Snow bubble bar, the Man in the Moon Bubble Bar is a lot bigger than I had anticipated, a bigger sized product always pleases me as I love getting more for your money, who doesn’t? Another thing that has impressed me in regards to the Man in the Moon bubble bar is how a little amount of it goes such a very long way.


As time has gone on, Lush seem to have perfected the skill of making their bubble bars go further and further, with most of the new bubble bars it is now possible to use them several times without any drop in its quality or performance.

Lush have thought very hard about the design of this bubble bar. Made to be a full moon with a face it has some rather distinguishing features such as its Victorian era moustache and monocle. The whole idea behind the bubble bar is said to be inspired by a creepy silent-film made in France back in 1902. If you take on board what happened in said the short film you’d know that the monocle is actually a rocket that has landed in the ‘man in the moons’ eye, eeek!!!

The Calacas scent is refreshing, uplifting and zingy. Lush have carefully combined oil of lime, neroli and olibanum to make the perfect pick-me-up bubble bar, bathing in a Man in the Moon bath will reinvigorate both your mind and body. Some people describe the Calacas scent as smelling just like fruit pastille sweets, I can see where they are coming from but its scent is so much better than just fruit pastilles. I adore its scent and it works beautifully in all formats that Lush have released so far. *prays for perfume*

I’ve heard a few people say that the Man in the Moon bubble bar smells identical to the discontinued Oxford Street exclusive, the Man in the Mushroom Mask. My nose however doesn’t pick it up at all. I personally think that the Man in the Mushroom Mask smells like almonds and caramel, which is far from the fruity lime that Man in the Moon’s scent offers. Regardless, scents can come across differently to different people so I am not saying I’m right and they’re wrong, both products scents are favourites of mine but for me the Man in the Moon bubble bar is Calacas scented through and through.

As mentioned above, the smallest amount of the Man in the Moon bubble bar goes a very long way. I can get 4 more than generously bubbled baths out of just the one bubble bar. I’d go as far as to say that spreading it over just 4 baths is in fact a little wasteful, that is unless you feel like overindulging in bubble bath heaven. Which is something I am more than happy to do with any Lush product that is Calacas scented.

Underneath the blanket of bubbles is lime green, silky smooth water. My skin always looks and feels it’s best after a long and relaxing soak in a Man in the Moon Bath. My most favourite thing about the Man in the Moon bubble bar is how its scent stays with you so long after using it. Paired with the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb (which also shares the Calacas scent) makes the most perfect bath. Just writing about the combination is making me want another Calacas themed bath right now… I am obviously head over heels in love with this bubble bar and it is one I will most definitely be stocking up on before winter is through.



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