Father Christmas Bath Bomb from Lush

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I held off from publishing this review until December as I try my very best to avoid everything Christmas until you can’t avoid it anymore… I also didn’t want to scare away any of my readers by raving about the Father Christmas Bath Bomb in September, I know a lot of you are Christmas crazy but I know others are complete scrooges like me! ūüėČ

The Father Christmas bath bomb is very basic. This however doesn’t make it bad. It’s the same ¬†size as the average larger sized Lush bath bomb. (The likes of the Think Pink and Butterball being small.)

Last year I described the¬†Father Christmas bath bomb as ‘creepy looking’ I have since changed my mind and warmed to him. He actually looks quite jolly to me now.

This bath bomb is a part of the Snow Fairy scent family. Paired with this years brand new Snow Fairy Body Conditioner makes for one sweet, bath time treat.

Last year I wasn’t that crazy on the Snow Fairy products. I didn’t dislike them, I just prefered others.

For some reason earlier on in this¬†year I started to really crave Snow Fairy. It is however a seasonal scent so I couldn’t get hold of any Snow Fairy products¬†in the Summer at all!

When the Winter line was finally released this year, I grabbed as many Snow Fairy scented products as I could and have been really enjoying them ever since.

I have never been crazy on sweet things – food or products, so am really surprised that I have become so very keen on the Father Christmas bath bomb and all of the other Snow Fairy products currently available.

I can remember using this version of the Father Christmas bath bomb for the very first time last year.

I was very surprised to find that it had green insides! although it doesn’t create bath art that lives up to¬†the likes of the Frozen or Enchanter bath bombs, its sudden burst of colour is very interesting to watch in the bathtub.

The sudden burst of colour reminds me of the bath bomb Ylang Song, so unexpected.

Everyone that first sees the Father Christmas bath bomb notices how pale it is, its exterior colours are not very vibrant at all, white and a very, very light pink. This made it even more of a surprise when you suddenly see dark green foam spurting out of it.


I don’t find the Father Christmas bath bomb to be very moisturising which is rare for a Lush bath bomb, since however bringing out the Snow Fairy body conditioner if used alongside the Father Christmas bath bomb it hydrates my skin and helps the Snow Fairy scent remain on my skin for longer.

I love being able to combine products with the same scent. Some products work really well with other differently scented products but Snow Fairy is quite hard to pair up.

With so many products available in its scent you can’t help but want to layer it up.

Last year (2015) if I really had to pick 2 bath bombs out of all of the ones that were available from the Winter collection that I wouldn’t mind if they didn’t come back, I would have said the Father Christmas and the Yog Nog bath bomb.

I don’t dislike either of them I just prefered others, both have however grown on me through out this year and out of the 2 I feel I like Yog Nog more. I am a little disappointed that Father Christmas lasted another year and Yog Nog didn’t.

It is however always nice to have a bath bomb returning for a season. It gives the indecisive Lush fans like me a chance to try them again. 9 times out of 10 I decide I do in fact like it so as sad as I am about Yog Nog now, I’m still happy to have the Father Christmas bath bomb back.


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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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The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar from Lush

I was so excited when I found out that Lush had decided to bring the, The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar back this winter. It took a break in winter 2015 but now it’s back and better than ever!

The Christmas Penguin bubble bar shares its scent with my beloved The Olive Branch Shower Gel, I have yet to review it (sorry I’m so slow) but I have however reviewed the Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar.¬†Pop in the Bath is also lucky enough to share the same delicious scent as The Christmas Penguin.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with Lush scent families I am going to attempt to explain them to you, you ready? good…¬†Lush Cosmetics do so much more than mix random essential oils together. They master scents. Once a scent is mastered¬†over a very long period of time (sometimes years) they create an abundance of products that share that mastered scent. This is where the Lush term ‘scent family’ comes from, if a product shares the same scent as another new or old one, it’s a part of that scent family. The Christmas Penguin bubble bar belongs to the, The Olive Branch family. It’s a little confusing at first as they nearly all have different names so don’t feel bad if you’re still finding your Lush-scent-feet!

The Olive Branch scent is one of my favourites of the Lush scents, it has a soft fruity smell that I can never get enough of. It’s a very delicate scent and I think this is why I was first so very drawn to it.img_9855

I have so many The Olive Branch scented products, in the picture above is a solid perfume of it, a Pop in the Bath bubble bar and of course the, The Christmas Penguin bubble bar.

Just one of the Penguin bubble bars can easily see me through 3 generously bubbled, bubble baths.

If you did want to go all out, half of one would make for a very luxurious bubble bath, sometimes a foam party for one is all you want in life, I won’t judge you for using a tiny¬†bit more to make your bath that little, extra bit special!

As soon as you get into a The Christmas Penguin bubble bath you are submerged in a blanket of silky, soft and delicately scented Sicilian lemon, mandarin and sweet bergamot bubbles.  This mixture of essential oils not only give your mood a cheery citrus boost but also softens your skin.

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Although¬†The Christmas Penguin bubble bar is a Christmas product, I feel the scent is perfect for all seasons and not at all exclusive to the winter and¬†Christmas season. This is shown through out the rest of the year in products that share its scent that are always readily available like the, The Olive Branch Shower Gel. I know Christmas time can be a little daunting for some people including myself, this bubble bar is great in that aspect as it’s not too in-your-face Christmas.

A Christmas Penguin bubble bath soothes, softens and moisturises your skin leaving it silky smooth. Once out of the bath the scent stays with you all day, I find myself not needing to moisturise after using it but if I want its delicious scent to have that little bit more throw, putting a dab of my The Olive Branch perfume on with a quick application of the, The Olive Branch body lotion helps a great deal.

I love how cheery the scent makes me feel and although it’s not my all-time favourite Lush scent it definitely makes it into my top 5. Why they didn’t have this as a bubble bar last year totally blows my mind, it is¬†unquestionably one of my favourite products from Lush’s 2016 winter collection.



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Bar Humbug Bubble Bar from Lush

Anyone who knows me well, will know that I’m a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas. As a kid I was obsessed with it however now that I am rapidly¬†approaching my thirties I would happily hibernate through out the whole of it.

Christmas lost all of its magic for me about 20 years ago, I really do miss how magical it used to feel… Although Christmas is never the same any more, the Winter Lush products makes the long, cold Winters¬†a little bit¬†easier to¬†live through.

Today I’d like to introduce you to one of the winter products from 2015 – The Bar Humbug Bubble Bar.

Before I had got the chance to have a good look and sniff of this bubble bar I was almost certain¬†that I wouldn’t like it because¬†it had an ingredient in it that I had always despised, liquorice.

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Once the bubble bar¬†was however in my hands my liquorice worries melted away. The¬†Bar Humbug’s scent wasn’t at all displeasing, it smelt nothing like¬†I had expected it to do.

I expected to be greeted by a bubble bar that had a strong, tart and ridiculously bitter-sweet scent. It was however in fact quite the opposite, sporting a rich yet soft and uplifting aroma.

I was totally surprised that I liked its scent so much. The liquorice ingredients scent is by all means apparent, the inclusion of bergamot oil however softens the tartness of the liquorice making the Bar Humbug bubble bar a gentle and refreshing scent instead.12321290_1724188914476996_6224259901288434372_n

In size the Bar Humbug bubble bar is one of the smallest Lush have released, for me this was a little disappointing.

When I first see a photo of the Bar Humbug I wrongly assumed that because of its swirling design, it was the same size as the larger bubble bars available all year through, The Comforter and Brightside.

Pushing my issues in regards to its size aside, I am really pleased to say that the Bar Humbug bubble bar made for a very enjoyable and relaxing bubble bath.

Its smaller size didn’t take anything away from how it performed (although a bigger sized version would still make me super-duper¬†happy as I could split¬†it over¬†6 or 7 baths instead of just the 3.)

The smallest amount of Bar Humbug however creates mounds and mounds of glorious, white and fluffy bubbles, although I split it into 3, it always feels like I have used a lot more than I have which is always an added bonus.

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Bar Humbug also holds nothing back with its beautiful colour. Underneath the blanket of bubbles the smallest chunk of bubble bar also transforms your bath water into a rich and luxurious purple. Your skin will thank you for a soak in a Bar Humbug bath, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

As I said above, I manage to get at least 3 baths out of just the one bar, I do however know of other customers that have used the whole thing for one big, over indulgent and magical bath.

There’s no right amount to use when it comes to bubble bars, I always break mine up in to chunks so that I can add as much or as little as I want. Whether you choose to break it up or use it whole¬†I promise you won’t be disappointed!



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Dashing Santa Bath Bomb from Lush

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I have actually used this bath bomb several times now. This of course indicates that I like it at the least, a little bit. I have wanted to share my opinions and product photos of the Dashing Santa Bath Bomb ever since I first used it back in October, I however thought it would be wise to leave it until it was a little more closer to Christmas as I know the C word scares most people if mentioned before December…

Seeing as my boyfriend has already put our Christmas tree up, I decided that today was the day to share my review. Hopefully writing this post gets me into the Christmas spirit. What I lack in Christmas enthusiasm my Crimbo-crank-boyfriend well makes up for.

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As much as I hate Christmas as soon as I see the list of ingredients that the Dashing Santa bath bomb contained I had to try it as soon as possible. The three stand-out ingredients that got me excited were; Mandarin, bergamot and orange. I’m a sucker for anything citrus scented so as soon as this bath bomb was available I ordered it.

I’m always honest in my reviews and when I first had the Dashing Santa bath bomb in front of me I admit that I was a little disappointed at its subtle scent, it was definitely citrusy but it was nowhere near as strong a citrus scent as the Golden Wonder or Lava Lamp Bath Bomb bath bombs are. Sometimes I however like to use the bath bombs that are gentle scent wise.

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The Dashing Santa bath bomb is a very slow but colourful fizzer. I am so glad that I gave this bath bomb a go as once it was in the water, the scent of it intensified ever so slightly which really pleased my nose. Slowly but surely Dashing Santa fizzles away leaving the bath water a warm orange colour.

The name Dashing Santa was inspired by the way this bath bomb moves in the water, starting with his golden boots he slowly charges (or should I say dashes) around the bath like a little power boat.

The scent of this bath bomb lingered on my skin the morning after too which I wasn’t expecting at all what with it being so subtle. There is just something so cheery and refreshing about citrus based Lush products, I can never get enough of them.

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Dashing Santa will most certainly be another of the bath bombs that I will be stocking up on before Winter 2015 is through.

I have my fingers crossed¬†for Lush¬†bringing Dashing Santa back¬†for Lush Christmas 2016 as its scent is one I have grown very fond of. Lush definitely need to make more products with Dashing Santa’s¬†scent as I feel it would be great in other formats, a body lotion, soap or shampoo¬†bar would go down a treat in my house!



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