Northern Lights Soap from Lush

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When the Northern Lights Soap was last on the Lush Kitchen menu I couldn’t help but pick up a bar. Ever since I had very first used the old Northern Lights Bath Bomb I’d loved the scent.

The newer and updated version of the Northern Lights bath bomb is currently available everywhere as a part of the Winter 2016 product line. This had reunited me with the beautiful scent and of course I fell head over heels in love with it all over again. The chance to buy anything that shares its scent is currently my biggest Lush desire, whatever the format!

One of my favourite things about Lush is that you can enjoy their older scents in lots of different formats. Until this year the Northern Lights scent had been put at the back of the scent cupboard and I’m so pleased they’ve brought it back as it really is one of my all time favourites.

At first it took me a little while to get used to the Northern Lights scent, when it was first put in front of me I was almost convinced that it was too strong a scent for me. By the end of my very first Northern Lights bath I was however a super fan and desperate to try more.

There aren’t as many products in the Northern Lights scent family as I’d like. I hope in time its family will grow to the same size as the Calacas or Pop in the Bath scent… These things however take time so I will wait patiently enjoying the presence of the bath bomb and the soap for now.

As you can see the Northern Lights soap is quite the colourful eye sore, when I first unwrapped it from its Lush Kitchen wrapper it was basically glowing.

The fragrance that radiates from it is so hard to put into words, it’s slightly citrusy but just has a little more bite.

The soap itself seems to last forever, it lathers up very quickly and its scent remains just as strong. I was pleasantly surprised at the condition of my skin after washing with it too.

Bars of soap normally dry out my skin but not Northern Lights. My skin wasn’t as hydrated as I like it after I’ve just used Lush but it also wasn’t so dry that I needed to cake myself in body lotion as soon as I had dried myself off…

Although it didn’t do a bad job on my body I think I’ll leave this one for washing my hands, unfortunately this is how I feel about all Lush soaps. I just find that soaps don’t help my skin look and feel its best in comparison to how the body conditioners or the shower creams do. This is why I rarely review soaps, Northern Lights had however impressed me enough to warrant me writing a whole post on it.

They really, really need to bring out a Northern Lights shower gel or jelly, that and a body lotion.

Wow, I’m totally hooked on its scent. I wish I’d have bought several of the bars now just so I could leave them around my house, the unique and dangerously addictive scent gets me every time.


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NEW Northern Lights Bath Bomb From Lush

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When I found out that Lush were bringing the Northern Lights bath bomb back as a product in their Winter 2016 line I was ecstatic. I was even more excited to see that it had also been redesigned, its previous shape was in my opinion more fragile than glass.

Regardless of its fragility I never ever, passed up the chance to order a few when they appeared in the Lush Kitchen. Broken or whole, the old Northern Lights bath bomb always put on a fantastic show.

Above is a photograph of the newly redesigned Northern Lights. You can see a photo and my review oF the older design here.

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I managed to get hold of the new Northern Lights bath bomb at the Lush Creative Showcase last week so am lucky to be one of the first to try it.

Scent wise the Northern Lights bath bomb hasn’t changed at all which I am really happy about. The only real difference is that it’s shortened and got a little plumper around the middle. The only other noticeable difference is that one side of the bath bomb is visibly yellow and the other blue.

As soon as you pick up a Northern Lights bath bomb the scent really hits you, it’s not particularly strong although some may say it is because it is a very unique scent.

When I first used the older version of Northern Lights it actually took me a little while to get used to its scent, once it had finished fizzing away in the bath I was however in love with everything about it including its scent.

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Containing Jasmine Absolute I always expected that when I first got my hands on a Northern Lights bath bomb that it would smell similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although Jasmine Absolute is definitely in both bath bombs, they really don’t have that much in common scent wise. I’d label Sakura as a refreshing scent and Northern Lights as calm, musky and relaxing.

Summed up quickly Northern Lights has a musky, floral scent. I want to also say that it’s multi-tonal too but as I have said many times before, I am useless at describing scents. It’s a beautiful scent that has depth, the more you focus on its scent, the more your nose seems to pick up.

As soon as the Northern Lights bath bomb hits your bath water the most spectacular show begins. You are greeted with mounds of beautiful purple foam that is instantly followed by blue and yellow foam from either side of it too. Its scent becomes more gentle once in the water, helping you slip into relaxation, releasing any tension built up from your day.

The purple, blue and yellow colours all clash so well, the bath art it creates is also beautifully spectacular, my photos do not do the bath bomb any justice, you really have to try it for yourself to truly see how wonderful it is.

Unlike the older version of the Northern Lights bath bomb the new version of it seems to hydrate my skin a lot better. The older one I found a little drying so I am happy that the new version caters to my dehydrated skins needs.

I stand by my previous statement in my first review, Lush really do need to bring out a moisturiser/body lotion with the Northern Lights scent too. I always feel so cheated when I have to add another scent to my skin, especially when I like the bath bombs scent so very much.

Once in the water the bath bombs scent does soften slightly it doesn’t however go away, its scent stays with you all day through and I love how it lingers, there is no need to wear any perfume.

At this point of my review on the original shaped Northern Lights, I added a plea to Lush to rethink the bath bomb’s shape.

Lush obviously listened to all of our concerns otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this now. The big question is, is it better than the older version?

Yes!

It is far more robust and everything that needed tweaking slightly haS been tweaked taking it from being a lovely bath bomb to a perfect one instead.

I can’t quite remember what colour the bath water of the older version was once the bath bomb had all fizzled away, I think it was a blueish purple. The new version however leaves your water an emerald green. Which was another great surprise for me.

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The Northern Lights bath bomb really is bath time magic, it has hypnotic colours and the most relaxing aroma. It really is a crime that Lush Cosmetics don’t have any more readily available products sharing its scent, here is my second plea to Lush… Please can we have a shower gel in its scent? A Northern Lights shower gel would really, really make me the happiest Lushie in the world! it would be amazing right?



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Northern Lights Bath Bomb from Lush

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Although the Northern Lights bath bomb is in my opinion, more fragile than glass. I can never pass up the chance to order them when they appear in the Lush Kitchen. Broken or whole, the Northern Lights bath bomb’s fragility does not effect its bath time performance levels. I can never get photographs of it in action that showcase its true potential. It makes for a beautiful bath and it’s one that you really do have to try at least once.

My last batch of Northern Lights bath bombs where from the Lush Kitchen a good few months ago. As soon as you unwrap it the scent really hits you. It’s incredibly strong and dominates anything else around it.

It actually took me a little while to get used to its scent, while my bath was running I was almost convinced that it was too strong a scent for me… By the end of my very first Northern Lights bath I was however a super fan, becoming desperate to use it again.

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Most bath bombs are sphere shaped, the Northern Lights bath bomb is however quite unique. It is a large, cylinder shaped bath bomb. Boasting the most gorgeous shade of purple as well as being decorated with a sprinkling of white stars. It looks just how I imagine a magic wand would.

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Containing Jasmine Absolute I always expected that when I first got my hands on a Northern Lights bath bomb that it would smell similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although I can detect the floral Jasmine Absolute in both bath bombs, they really don’t have that much in common scent-wise. I’d label Sakura as a refreshing scent and Northern Lights as calm and relaxing.

Summed up quickly it’s a musky, floral scent, I want to also say that it’s multi-tonal too but as I have said many times before, I am useless at describing scents. It’s nice and has depth, the more you focus on its scent, the more your nose picks up. A bit like when you look at the night sky for stars, more and more just seem to appear the longer you gaze.

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As soon as the Northern Lights bath bomb hits your bath water the most spectacular show begins. You are greeted with mounds of beautiful purple foam followed by blue and then a luminous yellow. Its scent is no longer over empowering and you will find yourself slowly slipping into relaxation, releasing any tension built up from your day.

The colours clash so well, the bath art it creates is ridiculously beautiful.

The only real negative I have in regards to the Northern Lights bath bomb is that it isn’t as moisturising as other bath bombs are. If you are looking for something to hydrate your skin Northern Lights on its own will not serve that purpose.

Lush, you really need to bring out a moisturiser/body lotion with the Northern Lights scent. I always feel so cheated when I have to add another scent to my skin, especially when I like the bath bombs scent so very much. If it wasn’t so drying I could maybe live without using a completely different scented body lotion once out of the bath.

Regardless of its low level of moisturisation and without using body lotion, the Northern Lights scent stays with you all day through. My skin is a little dry afterwards but it’s nothing unbearable.

Its scent on your skin isn’t as strong as when it first came out of its wrapper too.

This is a blessing as, as nice as the scent is, I think if I had to put up with it at maximum-fresh-out-of-the-packet strength for any longer than your average bath I’d be getting a very bad headache.

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Last but not least I feel I should mention a little about how fragile the Northern Lights bath bomb is. Whenever I have ordered them for myself, I have been really lucky. All have been fine apart from one that had broken during transit.

The last two or three times that it has however appeared in the Lush Kitchen, a lot of people have had parcels where every single one had broken.

I hope that Lush decide to rethink the Northern Lights bath bomb as it really is a good product albeit a few things they could easily tweak. Maybe they could change its shape slightly so that it is more robust? I am confident changing its shape won’t take too much out of its character.
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The Northern Lights bath bomb puts such an amazing bath-time show on, with its hypnotic colours and relaxing aroma. It’s a crime that Lush Cosmetics don’t have any more products sharing its scent!

 



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