Kappa Bath Bomb from Lush

Kappa Bath Bomb

The Kappa Bath Bomb was one of the first products that I grabbed back in March on the opening day of the new Lush flagship store in Liverpool. Any Lush product that has eyes is always a must have for me.

Alongside several other exclusive bath bombs such as the Peng and Magma, Kappa had previously only been available in one store in the world, a store that was a very long way away for me, in Harajuku, Japan!

At the time of writing this review the Kappa bath bomb is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores; This is however short lived as there are rumours currently circulating that now the ’30 years of the bath bomb’ celebrations are nearing an end, Kappa will be leaving alongside several other bath bombs into Lush-product-retirement. Whether or not Kappa will still remain in the Liverpool and Harajuku store has yet to be confirmed.

Another thing I love about Lush and their products is the thought that goes into each and every single product. Every last aspect of a Lush product is carefully picked, crafted and designed. Be that a Lush products scent, ingredients, shape or its colours, they think about EVERYTHING, nothing is ever just thrown together.

The Kappa bath bomb much like the Kitsune bath bomb was created by Lush seeking all inspiration from Japanese folklore. A Kappa in Japanese folklore is an amphibious water demon. while the Kappa bath bomb looks sweet and innocent its folklore history isn’t anywhere near as cute. Guard your shirikodama with your life when sharing a bath with this little monster from the deep! 😉

Another thing that Kappas are notorious for is their obsession with cucumbers. It therefore made perfect sense for the Kappa bath bomb to have cucumbers in its list of ingredients. I love cucumber, especially this time of year when it’s so hot in the UK. I was instantly drawn to the Kappa bath bomb, it just radiates refreshment, even down to its cool blue colour.

As well as cucumber the Kappa bath bomb also contains oakmoss absolute, Sicilian lemon and cistus oils. Its scent is quite different from what I normally go for in a Lush product, in ways it reminds me of the Magic bath bomb, that bath bombs scent is also refreshing and very herbal.

I could understand why some would say that the Kappa bath bomb is an acquired taste!

As soon as the Kappa bath bomb comes into contact with the bath water you are greeted with an immediate hiss of fizzing bubbles… Kappa is not a foamy bath bomb meaning once it has fully dissolved the water is fairly clear and a very inviting shade of blue. It is also quite a quick fizzer, reduced to just its 2 vegan candy eyes very quickly, leaving them floating on the waters surface keeping a beady eye on you. 👀

Kappas herbal scent soon fills your bathroom, even just sat on your bathroom side before putting it in the water its scent is fairly potent. As I said above, its scent is very much an acquired taste. I can see its scent being too much for some, I however find the blend of ingredients incredibly uplifting. Sitting back in its waters with my eyes closed, I can envision a slowly running river, mountains and trees decorating its landscape with a small rickety bridge, the perfect dwelling for a fearsome water demon!

Its scent stays on your skin for the best part of the day after getting out of a Kappa bath. The strength of its fragrance softens somewhat which I imagine will please most people as it is a strong one. A good soak in a Kappa bath leaves my skin feeling super refreshed but not quite as hydrated as I would like, it is however nothing a splash of body lotion can’t solve.

Overall I am really impressed with the Kappa bath bomb, the attention to detail and backstory of what a Kappa is all adds to the magic. I love how it’s a little monster and I will be sad to see this bath bomb go if the rumours of its forthcoming retirement are true. Kappa is well worth a go, even if you just try it the once. 😊



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Peng Bath Bomb from Lush

Peng Bath Bomb

The Peng Bath Bomb started its Lush life as a Harajuku, Japan store exclusive. Stuck in the UK I have never wanted to be able to travel so much before, its design is so unique to any other bath bomb I have seen from Lush before. Designed to look just like a beach ball, the Peng bath bomb screams Summer time fun.

At the time of writing this review the Peng bath bomb is now available from Lush’s UK website and in chosen UK stores; This is however short lived as there are rumours currently circulating that now the 30 years of bath bombs celebration is over, Peng will be leaving planet Lush alongside several other bath bombs into Lush-product-retirement.

Out of the bath bombs on the rumoured list of bath bombs due to retire, Peng is one of the ones I will be most sad to see go. Containing rosewood, sandalwood and limonene, Peng doesn’t have your typical Summer fragrance, it’s a smoky citrus and floral extravaganza, I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I do…

Whatever you make of Peng’s scent, you can’t argue that it isn’t up on the energising scale alongside the Avobath bath bomb. I know Lush have a lot of zingy, energy-boosting products on offer but Peng made for a welcome change. I love Avobath but with Peng spurting out white, blue, yellow and red foam it made for a much more visibly pleasing bathing experience.

As soon as the Peng bath bomb comes in to contact with the bath water it starts to fiercely fizz away sending white, blue, yellow and red foamy bubbles across the waters surface. The way it dances around the water is oh-so-mesmerising.

As colourful bath bombs go, I was not expecting Peng to be quite as colourful as it was. With it being half white and the other half a 3-way-mix of blue, yellow and red I expected there to only be a little bit of colour at the start of its reaction in the water. I was wrong, very wrong!

The photos below show just how wrong I was. Bold white, blue, yellow and red foam spin out of Peng, creating beautiful bath art right up until it has fully dissolved. My photos in this post do the bath art Peng creates no justice at all. I strongly advise looking on Instagram under the hashtag, #PengBathBomb for more photos.

Although Peng was a fairly fast fizzer I managed to get quite a few bath art photos of it in action, as I said above my shots do the bath bomb no justice at all, it’s a bath bomb you have to experience for yourself to truly appreciate.

The water left behind at the end was an orangey bronze colour, similar to the likes of the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

I know the Peng bath bomb doesn’t look as exciting as the likes of the Experimenter and Intergalactic bath bombs but the less in your face products can often leave you pleasantly surprised.


I am genuinely very sad at the suggestion of Peng not being readily available anymore. I have made a mental note to grab a few the next time I order Lush just in case the rumours are true.

I am happy to declare that I am head over heels in love with the Peng bath bomb. I wouldn’t say it was a particularly hydrating bath bomb skin wise but it didn’t dry my naturally dry skin out anymore. Its scent stays on your skin for several hours after leaving the bath too. I recommend trying Peng before it’s too late!



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NEW Blackberry Bath Bomb from Lush

I was ridiculously happy to see that the Blackberry Bath Bomb had made a comeback, albeit a brand new design. Originally this newly designed Blackberry bath bomb was available in just one store in the world, in Harajuku, Japan.

Thankfully it was brought out as a community release on the UK website in late 2018 and has gone on to be one of the celebration bath bombs, making it available to buy from some Lush stores and online from Lush’s UK website.

The new Blackberry bath bomb is pressed in the same mould as the, The Comforter bath bomb. Some say it looks like a juicy berry, while others say a puff of fluffy cloud. I must admit, this new design of the Blackberry bath bomb is a lot more attractive than the old design Blackberry bath bomb.

I adore the old version but know that it was rather plain and not at all as exciting or nearly as pleasing on the eye as other bath bombs that were available then.

My favourite part of the old Blackberry bath bomb was always its scent. Thankfully this bath bombs recent face lift was purely cosmetic and it still has the exact same fragrance that I fell in love with, all that time ago.

Containing bergamot and frankincense, it is the perfect blend of ingredients when you need to wind down and chill out. The frankincense offers a sweet and gentle woody aroma while the bergamot gives it a delicate citrus-fruit edge.

I know Lush make a lot of citrus based products but the Blackberry scented products are very different from other citrus scents, so much so that the word ‘citrus’ doesn’t even spring to mind upon first sniff. It’s a scent that works well in every season making it a great year-round bath bomb.

The blend of both bergamot and frankincense oil have in my personal opinion, magical properties. It happens to be the only not-over-the-counter product on planet earth that helps me combat my worst enemy, insomnia.

I always reach for it when I have restless legs, if I’m struggling to sleep or can’t relax. I’d go as far as to say that it works better than the Twilight bath bomb on this basis. A very bold statement but one I back wholeheartedly.

Just like the previous version of the Blackberry bath bomb, the new Blackberry bath bomb once in the bath water does dissolve very quickly, this means it isn’t one you’d want to use if you were after lots of bath art. Its scent however steals the show and has always been my favourite part about it.

As the Blackberry bath bomb fizzes away, it turns the bath water an inviting shade of purple while also adding some texture to it, the bath water feels just like silk once the bath bomb has fully dissolved.

My skin basks in its waters, I am always wowed by how incredibly hydrating the water of the Blackberry bath bomb is on my skin. Its beautiful and calming scent also stays on your skin for the best part of the next day after using it too.

The one thing that I do miss about the previous version of the Blackberry bath bomb is its hidden paper message. Although this didn’t add any real value to the product and served no purpose, it added a little fun twist to its end. I used to have a pot that I put all of mine in, it was quite the collection…

The Blackberry bath bomb was my most used product up until its discontinuation so having it back and readily available has been a real treat for me. It really is a miracle product in my eyes and one I never want to be without.

I’m hoping that this Halloween, Lush bring back the Bewitched bubble bar as it shares its scent with the Blackberry bath bomb and I’d love to be able to use both of them together again! 😊



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Avocado Wash Shower Gel from Lush

Avocado Wash Shower Gel

As soon as I heard that the Avocado Wash Shower Gel was a part of this years Lush Valentine’s Day range I ordered the biggest bottle available. I hate to give the game away so early on in a review but this shower gel is quite simply, gorgeous! When the shower gel first came out as a Kitchen exclusive last year (2018) I only ordered one bottle and after first use I instantly regretted not ordering several more.

I left my one and only bottle of Avocado Wash shower gel on my bathroom shelf; BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. The second time I grabbed it ready to use I was horrified to discover that the shower gel bottle was half empty. I had only used it once so knew exactly who to blame for its sudden and rapid disappearance – my husband. He is a glass half full kind of person whereas I am a glass half empty one.

I was not impressed. Luckily a few days later more of the shower gels became available on the Lush website, my husband ordered 3 more bottles to say sorry for being so selfish and greedy. I forgave him but am still a little bit mad that he’d used up half of a bottle over just 3 showers, it’s such a waste of product. I’m known to over indulge with Lush but my husband took it to the next level!

I want to warn everyone about this shower gels addictiveness, a little of this shower gel does in fact go a very long way and there really is no reason other than being driven completely crazy by its irresistible scent, to use as much as my husband did in such a short space of time.

The Avocado Wash shower gel shares its scent with the Avocado Co-Wash shampoo and conditioner. Its scent has always been one that I have liked but unfortunately the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t suit my hair so I only ever tried it the one time. I was therefore over the moon at the prospect of a shower gel equivalent.

The Avocado Wash shower gel contains copious amounts of fresh avocado, uplifting bergamot, refreshing litsea cubeba and the comforting olibanum oil too. It’s the perfect blend of ingredients if you’re running a little low on energy or sass, there is just something so rejuvenating about it. Its scent is one of the most refreshing and awakening fruity scents Lush have made and I’m so excited that they’ve recently released several more Avocado Wash scented products that I will be reviewing very soon.

Consistency wise the Avocado Wash shower gel is a little runny but this isn’t a negative aspect at all, I actually prefer the runnier shower gels in comparison to the thicker ones. As I mentioned earlier, a little of this shower gel does go a very long way. This makes it excellent value for money (unless you live with my husband of course).

The one thing I do recommend that you do before using the Avocado Wash shower gel is giving it a good shake, like the, The Olive Branch shower gel its ingredients separate when left for too long. This is completely normal but is often mistaken as a sign of the product being out of date. In fact Avocado Wash shower gel is self-preserving so quite the opposite!

I find Avocado Wash shower gel incredibly hydrating, it leaves my skin silky smooth, bright and revitalised. Its scent can also be smelt on my skin long after using it which is a huge plus for me. It would have been a crime to leave this shower gel as only a Lush Kitchen exclusive, I’m so glad that it’s become available again even if it is only for  Valentine’s.



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Holey Night Bath Bomb from Lush

holey night bath bombNew Lush bath bombs are the product I always get the most excited about. The Holey Night Bath Bomb is a brand new release and has proved a very popular product from 2018’s Winter range. Its unique design makes it stand out from the rest; Bright blue in colour with yellow moon-like multi sized craters, it’s like no other bath bomb Lush have ever made.

Holey Nights scent is one I haven’t come across before, containing lemon, rose absolute and sandalwood oil it makes for a warm and uplifting bath. Its scent isn’t at all what I expected. I ignorantly assumed that the lemon oil would completely mask the sandalwood. The ingredient my nose picks up on first is however the sandalwood, the lemon is barely detectable but does soften the woodiness of the sandalwood somewhat.

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Any product that is predominately sandalwood-scented always reminds me of visiting a spa, instantly relaxing me. Since we’ve said goodbye to the discontinued Yoga Bomb bath bomb I have really missed a bath bomb that has this effect on me. Although at this time of year I crave spicier bath bombs such as the Christmas Sweater bath bomb, Holey Nights has made a refreshing change.

Upon contact with the water the Holey Nights bath bomb foams up, dark blue and light green foam spreads across the water surface slowly turning the water underneath it blue too. As Holey Nights bobs around the bath its relaxing and subtle scent fills your bathroom. More colours then appear to fizzle out of the bath bomb which is another thing I didn’t expect at all. – Holey Nights has a hidden colourful centre!

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Purples, reds, yellows and blues spiral out of the Holey Nights bath bomb creating the most beautiful bath art, my photos do NOT do it justice. With Holey Nights being a slow fizzer there are umpteen opportunities to capture bundles of bath art photographs. Or if you prefer to just lay back and watch the show, go for it! It really is all singing and dancing.

A soak in a Holey Nights bath leaves my skin soft and hydrated. Although once I am out of the bath its scent is even more subtle on my skin, I can still smell it on me well into the next day. This is when I feel the lemon part of this products scent shines through. It reminds me ever so slightly of the light scent left behind by the Dragon’s Egg bath bomb.

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Overall I am really impressed with the Holey Nights bath bomb, its scent is just as beautiful as the pretty bath art it creates. I also love the Holey Night bath bomb because it isn’t an in-your-face Christmas product.

I’m a bit of a Scrooge, if it wasn’t for Lush I don’t think I’d get excited about this time of year at all. The Holey Nights bath bomb has made Winter 2018 so much easier to endure. Thank you Lush! If you’re on the fence about trying this product I 100% recommend giving it a go, even if it is just the once, I feel it is worth every penny and hope to stock up on a few before the Winter is through.

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Sleepy Shower Bomb from Lush

Sleepy Shower Bomb

I am so in love with Lush’s brand new invention, the Lush Moods shower bomb. They are the exact type of product that first got me into Lush. They make the practice of aromatherapy at home so quick and easy. Each of them showcase essential oils at their best.

Essential oils have so many positive benefits on your body and I’m excited to see Lush getting back to its roots by reintroducing us to long-loved essential oils, stripping them back in an attempt to enjoy the powers they hold, in ways people before us thousands of years ago used to use them too. Great examples of essential oils and some of their benefits are lavender oil to soothe and lime oil to uplift and refresh.

The new shower bombs redefine aromatherapy with their ingredients by engaging your senses, transforming your mood and altering your state of mind, all from just simply taking one of the 4 new shower bombs in to the shower with you.

The first one I tried was the Sleepy Shower Bomb. Shaped like a cloud with the word ‘Sleepy’ engraved onto its bottom (see below photo) it got my attention straight away.

I am no stranger to sleepless nights so I always gravitate towards the Lush products that are going to help me relax and wind down of a night time. The desired result is that I hopefully drift off into a deep and restful sleep, long before I’ve had a chance to check my clock, stressing over how many hours of sleep I have missed and how many I could get if I could fall asleep at that precise moment.

If this sounds familiar to you I’m sure you feel the same way as me and are open to trying anything that you think could help. I felt exactly like this, lost, stressed and tired when I first got into Lush a good few years ago. After researching essential oils I went into my very first Lush store and asked if they could point me towards anything with lavender oil in it. I left with a Twilight and Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb.

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My first trip to a Lush store was obviously a success otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this now! Although Lush haven’t cured my insomnia I find that several of their products do make the process of falling asleep a lot easier. One of those products is the aforementioned Twilight bath bomb. I was therefore delighted to learn that the Sleepy shower bomb actually shares its scent with the Twilight bath bomb.

This technically makes the Sleepy shower bomb the Twilight bath bombs shower equivalent. Which is a huge deal for all Twilight bath bomb fans who don’t always have the time to take a bath.  Rich with essential oils such as soothing lavender and comforting tonka absolute, I knew that I’d like Sleepy just from reading its ingredients list.

To use a shower bomb all you do is take it into the shower with you and hold it under the water, it will instantly expand and foam up. Lush then advise that you take a deep breath, allow the essential oils to surround you and then begin to cleanse yourself with the foam, just as you would use a shower gel.

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The Sleepy shower bomb begins to foam within seconds, as soon as you put it in the stream of water the hot steam begins to spread its relaxing scent. Although the shower bombs aren’t as smooth as shower gels they pretty much work the same way. With the shower bombs being half foam half almost foam (solid) they are surprisingly good exfoliants too.

For the Sleepy shower bomb in particular I recommend breaking it in half and using it over 2 showers. By all means enjoy all of it in one shower if that’s what you want, I just found that there was way more product than what I actually needed in just the one shower.

I always use new Lush products with an open mind and if I am going to be honest I wasn’t very excited when I first see ‘shower bomb’s’ in the Lush Lab. I have however been swept away by the Sleepy shower bomb and I am pleased to announce that all 4 shower bombs are now available in all stores too!



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Mermaid Bath Bomb from Lush

Mermaid Bath BombI have never been so excited and thrilled to get hold of a Lush product more than when I did the Mermaid Bath Bomb. Its name won me over from the get-go, anyone who knows me personally knows that I live in a world where mermaids, unicorns and all things magical are always very, very welcome.

If you didn’t know already, the Lush Summit is an annual charity event hosted by Lush, all proceeds made from the sales of the products that are there, go to that products chosen charity. The Mermaid bath bomb was raising money and awareness for a charity of the same name, Mermaids. Mermaids raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people while also providing support for both them and their family.

The first thing that I noticed about the Mermaid bath bomb was how similar it looked to one of my all time favourite Lush products, the Intergalactic bath bomb. Mermaid actually looks like it is the love child of the Intergalactic and Avobath bath bomb. It’s a pale, gentle green like Avobath and a mix of colours just like the Intergalactic, it’s so beautiful to look at, so much so that I think bath bombs should have babies together more often! 😉

Mermaid’s ingredients include lemon myrtle, ylang ylang and grapefruit oil which happens to be the exact same 3 essential oils that are found in Lush’s Baked Alaska soap. Scent wise, I’d say that the Mermaid bath bomb is almost identical to the Baked Alaska soap I however find it a lot crisper.

The long list of fruity ingredients are perfectly suited to this light and airy looking bath bomb, once it hits the bath water waves of pastel shaded colour erupt from it. There are greens, pinks, oranges and bright yellows. The bath bomb dances around the water’s surface sending out swirls of bubbly, colourful patterns, I was left mesmerised by its beauty every time I tried it.

As much as I love the bold and bright colours that burst out of the, The Experimenter bath bomb, it’s nice to experience the Mermaid bath bomb’s less intense colours. Its citrusy scent intensifies some what once in the water too, it however like its colour isn’t at all overpowering. It’s gentle enough to lay back and relax in, yet refreshing and tangy enough to give you a boost, the grapefruit oil in it packs a subtle but very revitalizing punch.

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Although the Mermaid bath bomb is quite a fast fizzer it does create some very pretty bath art. A long soak in a Mermaid bath leaves your skin hydrated and refreshed. Even once out of the bath I could see a difference in my skin, it definitely appeared brighter and revived. I regret bitterly that I didn’t pick up several more of these bath bombs, not only are they in support of a great cause but are also a very enjoyable product.

Like the Tiger Tiger Burning Bright bath bomb, I think it is a crime for Lush to not make more of these, please, please, please bring these out online Lush, to not only raise further awareness for the Mermaid charity but to also let the world have a chance of using this beautiful bath bomb.


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