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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Cookie Dough Body Scrub from Lush

Cookie Dough Body Scrub

The Cookie Dough Body Scrub was released by Lush back in June of this year (2019), previous to its release Lush had released a lip scrub of the same name, the Cookie Dough lip scrub. The lip scrub remains very popular amongst customers so it was only natural for Lush to expand the Cookie Dough line by creating a Cookie Dough body scrub.

I admit I am not a huge fan of super sweet scents or flavours, but I got on ok with the Cookie Dough lip scrub, after hearing that the Cookie Dough body scrub was slightly thicker than the likes of the most recently released shower scrubs such as Mamma Mia and Scrub Scrub Scrub I wanted to give it a go.

Some people like gentle exfoliation products whilst I enjoy a rougher experience. As soon as I had a pot of the Cookie Dough body scrub in my hands I pulled off the lid excited to see what it was like. I’d actually describe it as very similar to the consistency of the Let the Good Times Roll fresh facial cleanser, it also looks very similar to actual cookie dough. I have however been reliably informed that it doesn’t taste like it… 😉

The Cookie Dough body scrub contains both fine sea salt and granulated sugar, this is the ingredients that act as the exfoliant, other included ingredients that add to its feel and fragrance are vanilla absolute and almond, pistachio and hazelnut oils.

Scent wise, I don’t think if I was going on a sniff test alone that I would say the Cookie Dough body scrub was exactly the same fragrance as the lip scrub. I find a lot sweeter, I can definitely detect the almond oil within it but sadly my nose doesn’t pick up on any of the hazelnut oil at all.

What surprised me the most was how thick the Cookie Dough body scrub was. I knew from what other people had said that it was going to be a chunkier formula than what we were used to from Lush BUT I just couldn’t quite believe how thick. At first I thought it was too thick to even get into a lather, after adding water to the mix of it in my hand it however became a lot easier to use, adopting a similar consistency to butter.

As body scrubs go I would say that Cookie Dough is one of the more gentle ones making it a good bet for those with sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying a sample of it before hand just to make sure though as everyone is different. A little of the body scrub does go a long way once blended with enough water. While my skin wasn’t left as exfoliated as I’d ordinarily like, it did leave my skin feeling soft.

After use its scent remains on my skin for an hour or 2. As I’m not a huge fan of the sweet scent that it boasts, this didn’t really effect my feelings towards it. I can imagine the Cookie Dough body scrub being a good product to use after a long day in the sun. The oils in it really do nourish and soften your skin.

Overall the Cookie Dough body scrub was a product I enjoyed using and it made a nice change from the shower scrubs. I will however be sticking with the Lush shower scrubs as I find their level of scrubbiness suits my skins needs much better. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try though!



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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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Calm A Llama Party Piñata Bath Bomb from Lush

Calm a Llama Party Piñata Bath Bomb

Today I’m very happy to be writing up my review on the Calm A Llama Party Piñata Bath Bomb. I have had my eye on this product ever since the opening day at Lush’s shiny new flagship store in Liverpool.

Up until very recently this bath bomb was only available as an in-store-party exclusive at the flagship Liverpool store. Now it’s available in every store as a part of an in-store-party.

More information on the in store parties can be found on the Lush website. I’ve never personally been to one but once I do, I will be sure to let you know all about them on here!

Last month, Lush actually released a very limited amount of the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bombs on their UK website.

For the customers who aren’t lucky enough to live near a store or those like me who haven’t had the time to book a party, this made quite a few Lush customers day.

Sadly the online party stock did sell out very quickly BUT if this bath bomb was easy to get, it wouldn’t be much of an exclusive would it?

The Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb shares its scent with one of my favourite shower gels, Calacas. Normally the Calacas scent dominates the Halloween period and doesn’t get much of a look in at any other time of the year.

Featuring in several Halloween products over the years (the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb being another personal favourite of mine) seeing (or should I say smelling) the Calacas scent outside of the Halloween period makes me a very happy Lushie.

The Calm A Llama Party Piñatas scent is both energising and uplifting. With its lime, frankincense and neroli mix the Calacas scent is a sharp and zesty mood-boosting-fragrance, making it perfect for a Lush party!

After its gorgeous scent the next things that I noticed about the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb was its huge size, you can see how big it is compared to my hand in a few photos above. After its size I then noticed its pretty pastel colouring. The Llamas head is yellow, its body orange and its legs pink.

As the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb hits the water an explosion of pastel yellow, orange and pink burst out of it. It’s a fairly slow fizzer and also contains popping candy although I hardly noticed it.

I did also expect much better bath art than I got, it was however a very pretty bath and the scent lasted through out and on my skin afterwards. The water left behind was a deep shade of orange.

Once out of the bath my skin was left feeling silky smooth as well as incredibly hydrated. Its scent was also still noticeable on my skin, it isn’t quite as strong a scent left behind by the likes of the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb, it’s much more subtle.

Overall I did really enjoy using the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb, I would have however been a lot happier if the bath bomb had featured all of the same colours as the ones displayed in the Liverpool store on their opening day. The ones that were available online are missing the colours blue and green.

The bath art I imagine would have been a bit more exciting had Lush decided to keep the Calm A Llama Party Piñata bath bomb as a 5 coloured bomb instead of changing it to just 3.



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Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly from Lush

The Yuzu and Cocoa Shower Jelly is one of 9, limited edition shower jellies voted for, for release by the Lush community a few months ago. If you’re one of the thousands of people that miss the very much discontinued Yuzu and Cocoa shower cream, then this shower jelly equivalent will most certainly fill the void it has left in your Lush-life.

To this day I am still completely taken aback at Lush’s decision to discontinue everything Yuzu and Cocoa, especially the gorgeous Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon. The loss of both the shower cream and the bubbleroon did however make the news of a shower jelly equivalent being released all the more exciting!

The Yuzu and Cocoa fragrance is one of my favourite Lush scents, the only way I can describe it is ‘wonderfully chocolatey’ and just like a fresh packet of Jaffa cakes. If you love to eat orange chocolate then I recommend trying ALL of the products that share the Yuzu and Cocoa scent.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly is a beautiful mix of yellow and honey shades. As you can see in the photo above it has a mix of yellow and warm amber tones in it, its mix of colours remind me of the Twilight shower jelly which is also made with a blend of swirling colours through it.

Sadly I find that the shower jellies that aren’t all one colour tend to break up / show wear and tear a lot quicker. After 3 uses my Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly had started to lose its shape and robusticity. Quite the opposite of the single-coloured shower jellies also chosen by the Lush Community like Yummy Mummy.

There are so many ways to use a shower jelly, I prefer to use mine in the same way as you would a bar of soap, whole. Some people however chop their shower jellies up using a few pieces at a time. With the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly being slightly more fragile-a-jelly than I am used to using as a whole, the chopping method is in my opinion the best way to get the most out of this particular shower jelly.

The Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly lathers up quickly, its scent is just as good as I remember the shower cream being both in the pot and in use. The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is incredibly versatile, I am yet to come across a product format that it hasn’t worked in.

Apart from the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jellies delicacy, I really can’t fault the shower jelly. It’s just as creamy as its shower cream equivalent and its scent lasts on my skin through out the best part of the day after using it too.

Normally shower jellies can be quite drying on my skin, the Yuzu and Cocoa shower jelly however leaves my skin soft and positively refreshed. It isn’t hugely moisturising but doesn’t leave me desperate to coat myself in body lotion either. Overall I believe that it is a wonderful addition to the Yuzu and Cocoa product family!



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Kitsune Bath Bomb from Lush

Kitsune Bath Bomb

The Kitsune Bath Bomb was 1 of the 6 Lush Japan, exclusive bath bombs that were available to purchase in very limited amounts at the 2018 Lush Showcase; Each of the 6 bath bombs were sold for one hour only over the 2 day event.

Fortunately, Kitsune is now readily available online and in Lush stores that have chosen to stock it as a part of the 30 years-of-bath-bombs celebrations. For anyone out of the loop, thirty years ago the bath bomb was invented by Mrs Lush (AKA Mo Constantine) in her garden shed. A very happy 30th birthday to the bath bomb!

Containing Sicilian red Mandarin, patchouli and benzoin resinoid the Kitsune bath bomb has many great qualities. Its scent is packed full of energy, I’d describe it as a warmer version of the Avobath bath bomb. It seems to have the same citrus-punch as the aforementioned bath bomb it however has a much warmer fragrance-layer because of the benzoin resinoid.

This makes it a great bath bomb to use if you are like me and live with chronic pain, the benzoin resinoid mixed with the patchouli stimulates your blood flow which helps you wind down and relax, relieving any tired and achy muscles as you lay back and enjoy Kitsune’s waters.

When I first see the Kitsune bath bomb piled high at the 2018 Lush Showcase I thought it was a sea shell design, I was getting beach and mermaid vibes and it had me so, so excited. I was however wrong; Flip the Kitsune bath bomb the other way and it is actually a foxes head.

May I add without eyes – which isn’t a bad thing as I do find myself getting attached to all of the Lush products with eyes… Not ideal when you’re all waiting for a review!

I now know after 10 or so minutes of research, that ‘Kitsune’ is the Japanese word for Fox. The Kitsune in particular is a mythical, 9 tailed fox that commonly features in Japanese folklore. As soon as I realised the 2 pointy bits on the bomb were in fact fox ears I couldn’t wait to see how it performed in the bath.

As soon as the Kitsune bath bomb touches the water an explosion of foam bursts out of it. Shimmery gold, pastel reds, oranges and yellows erupts from within. Next, the Kitsune bath bombs magic truly begins. As most bath bombs do, Kitsune bobs around the waters surface slowly spinning. The photo below does this bath bomb no justice at all, you really have to try it to appreciate how much of a performance it puts on.

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As Kitsune spins in the water, gold and pastel yellow lines seem to appear, this is what Lush meant when they described Kitsune as a ‘shapeshifter’ (something the Kitsune from Japanese folklore can do.)

The magic of a Kitsune fox is displayed so cleverly in this bath bomb, I always say that the Lava Lamp bath bomb is the cleverest bath bomb design and concept but Kitsune is just as good! Who knew that a bath bomb could tell you a story and so vividly?

As Kitsune is quite the fast fizzer you don’t have to wait very long for its spectacular show to be over allowing you to lay back and relax in its even more spectacular waters. The Kitsune bath bomb leaves your skin silky smooth with a tiny splash of beautiful, natural shimmer.

The Lush website claims that you’ll rise out of a Kitsune bath ‘wiser and clearer of mind’  and I really, really believe that you do. Its scent is so zingy and warming and can still be detected on your skin hours and hours after using it. It’s a very hydrating bath bomb too. I’d love to see this scent feature in other product formats in the future.

Overall I would say that Kitsune was my favourite of the Showcase 2018 Japan exclusives. Lush were kind enough to send me one out as a random act of kindness earlier this week and I cannot wait to share another bath with it. Maybe I’ll get better photos of the Kitsune ‘shape shifting’ the next time I use it, watch this space! 👀



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