The Modfather Bubble Bar from Lush

Every last aspect of a Lush product is carefully picked and designed. Its scent, ingredients, shape and colours are all under special consideration. Every single part of a Lush product has a valid purpose for being there, they literally think and perfect every last detail.

When ever I get my hands on a brand new Lush product I like to delve a little into its history. I like to find out a little more about how and why the wonderful people at Lush came up with such a product.

This year Lush Cosmetics decided to make a line of Father’s Day products, this is the first year that they have done so. Lushie’s all over the world have welcomed this small range of new and exclusive products with open arms. After all, Lush release the most amazing Mother’s Day products so it’s only fair to let the Fathers of the world get in on the action too.

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The Modfather Bubble Bar although very small sure has a lot of clout. Inspired by the Mods and Rockers of Britain’s 1960’s youth subcultures, Lush have clearly had a lot of fun coming up with it.

I’m not going to write an essay for you to read on Mods and Rockers, in all honesty I don’t really know much about them anyway. I can vaguely remember learning about them at school when I was 9 or 10 years old. My only real memory of it is that we watched a video recording of an old BBC documentary on the ‘TV with wheels’.

Our teacher for that year was truly awful, he was lazy and couldn’t ever engage the class, he took the fun out of everything and I know this is why I don’t remember a single thing he ever tried to teach us. 16 years later I am still really disappointed in him as I could really do with some Mod and Rocker knowledge right now…

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The Modfather bubble bar isn’t very big at all. What it however lacks in size it well makes up for with its beautiful scent. Packed with Brazilian orange oil, the Modfather bubble bar has a super zingy and energising-summer-scent.

It’s perfect for anyone looking to add a spring to their step. It’s mood brightening, refreshing and tailor made to revive all of ones senses.

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The only negative point I have on this bubble bar is how small it is. As a woman of 5 foot 2, I can appreciate that good things come in small packages. I am however always a little disappointed if I cannot use the same Lush bubble bar over 2 or 3 baths.

I think that I am maybe just a little bubble-greedy though. The first bubble bar I ever purchased from Lush was The Comforter, size-wise I was therefore spoilt rotten, from day one.

Using the whole of the Modfather bubble bar for one bath did make for an incredibly lavish bath, it was fit for a king, making it (in my opinion) worth every penny. The first time I tried it I did try to use only half of it. Half of it left me with good results but not as good as using the whole thing. Although a little pricey if used in just one bath, it was a bloody good bath that I’d love to have time and time again.

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Crumbling a Modfather bubble bar under a running tap produces more than a copious amount of luxurious, soft white, fragrant citrus bubbles. I have grown quite fond of the scent and hope that Lush incorporate it into future Lush products too.

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The picture above speaks for itself. Underneath the canopy of bubbles is beautiful, royal blue water. I have yet to come across a Lush product that leaves my bath water such a deep blue before. It’s such a lovely shade of blue, I could just lay in the water for hours.



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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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Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb from Lush

Have you tried the Cyanide Pill bath bomb from @LushOxfordStreet @LushOxfordSt? check out my review on it!

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The first thing that entered my head when I heard about Lush’s Cyanide Pill Bath Bomb was, what the hell, CYANIDE?!

I left school 10 years ago now but I do remember learning a little bit about cyanide poisoning in history. Please do not expect this post to be a recap of my knowledge on all things historical. I got a D in my history GCSE which was actually my lowest grade, I’m not at all confident delving into the who, what’s and where’s of the original cyanide pill but I feel a brief introduction is needed within my review of this strange but very alluring bath bomb.

A cyanide pill is more commonly know as the suicide pill. During World War II they where developed and given to agents who where entering enemy territory. There was unfortunately every chance that the agents would be captured and tortured for information. The suicide pill sat in their mouth and was cleverly disguised as a false tooth.

Someone wishing to activate the cyanide pill would only need to bite down on it. Filled with a highly toxic compound of concentrated potassium cyanide, death was supposedly very quick and a much better alternative for those that would have been put through the most despicable levels of torture.

Do not panic! The bath bomb equivalent of the cyanide pill is a lot more friendly than its original pill form.

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As soon as the Cyanide Pill bath bomb hits the water, yellow and white frothy bubbles appear. You are immediately hit with a strong scent of sweet almonds alongside a light but noticeable fragrance of lemon zest.

The Cyanide Pill bath bomb isn’t as big as other bath bombs, I have seen people online stating that they think it’s a lot bigger than they imagined, I however disagree. I find it very small in comparison to others. I have however learnt that size is not a characteristic that makes a Lush product any better than an other. Good things come in all shapes and sizes!

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The Cyanide Pill bath bomb was one of the Lush products that was exclusive to Lush Oxford Street when it first opened a little over a year ago. It is still an Oxford Street exclusive so is quite hard to get hold of.

When I very first used this bath bomb I was completely unaware of the silver and pink that is found inside of it.

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As seen in the above and below picture, the silver mixed with the yellow, left an abundance of beautifully decorated bubbles floating on top of my bath water.

Another surprise that the Cyanide Pill bath bomb has is the ingredients of popping candy!

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Despite the sad and rather disturbing story behind how the Cyanide Pill first come about, I can’t help but really like the concept that Lush have come up with in this bath bomb. It is not only a highly moisturising product that creates the most beautiful of baths, it also helps teach another generation things long forgotten about.

I love how each and every Lush product has a meaning. Someone doesn’t ever say ‘ooo let’s mix lemon and almond oil together, just because!’

Every last aspect of a Lush product is carefully picked and designed. Be that a Lush products scent, ingredients, shape or colours, they think about everything. Everything has a valid reason for being a part of that Lush product. Almond oil as a main ingredient wasn’t used within the Cyanide Pill bath bomb because it ‘smells nice,’ After a quick look online I actually learnt that the potassium cyanide within the suicide pill was said to have a bitter almond scent.

Every last detail is thought about within a Lush product. I am sad that the people behind all of the research and reasons of a Lush product do not get more credit, they do such an amazing job capturing and portraying an idea into an enjoyable and popular cosmetic product.

If you do ever get the chance to try a Cyanide Pill bath bomb I am positive that you’ll love it, grab a few while you can, Lush products have an awful habit of going into retirement… 😉

 



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Mumkin Bubble Bar from Lush

A review on the Mumkin Bubble Bar from Lush Cosmetics @LushKitchen @LushLtd

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The Mumkin Bubble Bar is hands down one of the cutest Lush products to date. It was last available in the Lush Kitchen back in March and before that December 2015. The Mumkin bubble bar pictured above is the one I ordered back in December last year. I am obviously very behind on my product reviews as it is now May 2016, Sorry! My excuse is that you can’t rush perfection. *wink, wink!*

To be completely honest with you all, I am literally so overwhelmed by all of the amazing Lush products that have been available over the last 18 or so months, I just simply can’t keep up.

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The first question that springs to mind when people first come across a Mumkin bubble bar is ‘What’s it supposed to be?’ I talk a lot in my sleep and last night I apparently told my fiancé that a ‘Mumkin is like a pumpkin but nice.’ .Hearing that, I couldn’t help but want to do my Mumkin bubble bar review today. It was obviously meant to be.

A Mumkin isn’t anything like what I described while asleep. Lush in fact describe it as an unknown, friendly, cute and curious creature. With its big brown, dairy-free chocolate chip eyes how can you resist? Decorated with a yellow star on its deep pink head, a green leaf and a marshmallow-like stalk, the Mumkin bubble bar is more than unique.

In a way I get a little sad when Lush make their products into little creatures, it’s easy to break up and work your way through a bubble bar such as the Brightside one. When the bubble bar has eyes however, my inner child wakes up and doesn’t want to mash him up at all, ‘Mum, can we keep him?’

My inner child soon disappeared when I first smelt the Mumkin bubble bar, I didn’t care that it had eyes I just had to get it into the bath!

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The Mumkin bubble bar has a floral bergamot and gentle raspberry scent. I can’t actually think of another Lush product that even has a similar scent. On paper the Mumkin bubble bar sounds as if it would be very similar to the Rose Jam scent, it is however nothing like Rose Jam. Mumkin has a soft zest that mixes perfectly with its ingredients. Bergamot, Sicilian lemon and violet leaf oils blend so beautifully together, I can only hope that Lush use the Mumkin’s scent in future alternative products such as a Mumkin shower gel, solid shampoo bar or even a bath bomb.

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The Mumkin bubble bar creates copious amounts of silky-smooth bubbles, its unique aroma gently, intensifies as the bubbles multiply. Buried underneath the canopy of the fluffy white bubbles you will find warming-orange-tinted water. I always use a sieve for my bubble bars as unfortunately I don’t have a mixed tap. I have the choice of a scolding hot tap or a freezing cold one.

In the sieve I like to run it under the hot tap as I feel that makes the most bubbles. I however find that not all bubble bars work in the same way. Some work best in a sieve if crumbled up (as above) where as others work better in a sieve in chunks. In regards to the Mumkin bubble bar, after much trial and error I’d probably advise you to sieve it in chunks. I found that crumbling it up weakened its beautiful scent somewhat.

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As for the Mumkin’s bubble bars ability to freshen up my tired and often dehydrated skin, I wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only is my skin soft and hydrated, it also feels refreshed and ready to face the rest of the day.

I really hope that Lush Cosmetics use the Mumkin’s scent in alternative future products, ever since I first tried the Mumkin bubble bar I haven’t been able to stop eating raspberries. I fear that if I don’t stop eating them soon I will turn into a Mumkin!



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Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream from Lush

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After I had pretty much exhausted every choice of bubble bar and bath bomb currently available at Lush I decided to try some more of their products. – Enter the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream.

I knew of the Yuzu and Cocoa scent from the yellow bubbleroon that goes by the same name, I thought it had a beautiful scent but I always favoured the bigger bubble bars as I felt they were better value for money. When the flagship Lush store in Oxford Street opened their doors for the very first time one of its exclusive products was the Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Cream. 

As liquid shower products go, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream is slightly thicker in consistency to others I have tried before, a little however goes a very long way. The tiniest of drops can clean my whole body as well as keeping my skin soft and well hydrated – there is no need to moisturise after using this.

The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is amazing, it’s like swimming in a sea of Jaffa Cakes. It really is my idea of heaven. My mum was pushing me around Sainsbury’s once and I had used the shower cream earlier that day, I noticed that I could really smell the box of jaffa cakes on the shelf, it wasn’t until a little while later when we were in the freezer section that I thought to myself wow I can still smell the jaffa cakes, I then realised it was in fact me that smelt like jaffa cakes! The Yuzu and Cocoa scent stays with you ALL DAY, I haven’t come across another Lush scent that lasts so long, it truly is beautiful.

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Packed with tonka, grapefruit and bergamot oils Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream is the perfect pick me up product, I always find using it lifts my mood. Since discovering Lush I have completely changed my mind set on grapefruit. Growing up I hated it but for some reason, every product that Lush creates with grapefruit in really, really impresses my nose. So there you go, Lush have persuaded me to break a habit of a lifetime, I now, thanks to this shower cream and the Frozen Bath Bomb, have a level of appreciation for grapefruit that I have never had before.

Lush Kitchen really need to make a whole load more Yuzu and Cocoa scented products as the bubbleroon and shower cream just isn’t enough for me any more, I NEED MORE! Imagine a Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly or body lotion, wow.

You have got to try the Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream at least once, it is now also available in all Lush stores not just Oxford Street!  there really isn’t an excuse to not try it now, do it! you will not regret it.



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 6th of July 2015. I have been slowly updating each post on this blog as with time my photos have improved(ish) as has my product knowledge – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time


Intergalactic Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Intergalactic Bath Bomb was first released as an Oxford Street exclusive back in 2015. A little over a year later it was made a permanent in store product. Originally only available in one shop in the world, Lush fans far and wide were naturally super excited to see it added to the everyday line. This was a very wise decision made by Lush as now the Intergalactic bath bomb is Lush’s best selling bath bomb EVER.

The Intergalactic bath bomb is a deep, dark blue with hot pink, yellow-gold and white patches. I would love to have a go of making my own one day. The colours used in this bath bomb clash so well, it’s a truly beautiful design, it’s almost too pretty to use.

 

Before I had tried the Intergalactic bath bomb my go to bath bombs when I needed a refreshing smack in the face was Avobath or Dragon’s Egg. Containing peppermint, grapefruit, vetivert and cedar wood oil the Intergalactic bath bombs scent more than stands out.

It’s primarily a peppermint scent, the grapefruit in it however adds a fruity and citrus sharpness to it, it’s a very hard scent to describe and really is one you have to experience to appreciate.

At first I was really unsure on the Intergalactic bath bombs scent, my friend Bella had kindly sent it in the post to me all the way froom Lush Oxford Street, alongside the Intergalactic I also got a Frozen and a The Experimenter bath bomb in that same parcel.

All 3 of these scents are some of Lush’s most powerful and I think I just got a little overwhelmed. Once I had the Intergalactic on its own that’s when I fell in love with everything about it.

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The Intergalactic bath bomb soon became one of my favourite products from Lush, with it being so rich with peppermint oil I often use it to help with a symptom of my long term illness, nausea. A quick dip in an Intergalactic bath really does help me manage it better.

When the Intergalactic bath bomb first hits the bath water, it instantly fizzes up with a  blue foamy hiss.  As it fizzes away yellow, white and pink streaks begin to spiral out of it. Once the outer foamy layer disappears it begins to dance around the waters surface.

Once in the water it doesn’t take very long for the Intergalactic bath bomb to introduce you to its secret ingredient, popping candy! The popping candy is hidden inside of the Intergalactic bath bomb, slow but loud pops last right up until the bath bomb is fully dissolved.

Even though I have been using the Intergalactic bath bombs since 2015 I often forget about the popping candy, it always seems to take me by surprise which in turn makes me smile. 😊

What appears on first glance to be a very dark and mainly blue bath bomb actually creates some seriously colourful and super impressive bath art.

It turns your bath water a beautiful and deep shade of blue, it’s is so shimmery that it reminds me of the night sky. Inspired by the Milky Way, I like nothing more than to sit back and relax in its waters, becoming the guardian of your very own, do it yourself, miniature galaxy.

An Intergalactic bath could really only be described as the bath equivalent of a deep space adventure, however on this occasion no astronaut suit is required. Your birthday suit will be more than adequate attire for this space age, bathing experience!



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Think Pink Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Think Pink bath bomb might be quite a bit smaller than many of the bath bombs currently available in Lush however do not be fooled. I have said this before and I will say it again, never judge a bath bomb until you’ve given it a go in the bathroom.

This hot pink bath bomb decorated with cute, candy-flowers is quite the sight for a self confessed pink-a-holic. Although I will admit that my nose didn’t at first detect all of its supposed ingredients.

The fair trade vanilla absolute is probably (to me) the most prominent scent in the Think Pink bath bomb. In complete contrast, I would have never known that the Think Pink bath bomb also had neroli oil in. My nose just doesn’t seem to pick up on it. The bath bomb’s scent however does have a gentle, zesty edge to it and I imagine this being because of the neroli oil.

Alongside the vanilla and neroli oil are tonka absolute and lavender. In my head I really  wasn’t sure if all of these ingredients would work well together, I however had a few sniffs of it in the shop and was sold straight away.

Tonka, lavender and neroli oil have since become some of my favourite Lush product ingredients. Ever since I first tried the Think Pink bath bomb I have always made sure that I have one or two to hand for the times I crave a sweet-treat bath.

I adore this bath bombs scent, there isn’t anything much better than being surrounded in Think Pink’s glory, it calms my mind, body and soul. Against my original belief, Think Pink has the perfect combination of ingredients to help me relax and wind down after a long, hard day.

The first time I used Think Pink in the bath I literally had no idea of its surprise ingredient, confetti love hearts! – I know some people are afraid of small and slightly random objects in their bath however these confetti love hearts dissolve away as you bathe, just like the bath bomb did initially. They aren’t scary at all, I promise.

As the description  in the Lush catalogue says, Think Pink really is like a hug in bath form.

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Please note that this post was originally posted on this website on the 19th of May 2015, I have updated it several times as with time my photos have become better as has my Lush product knowledge. Thank you for popping by my blog! – Lulu from Lush Upon A Time