Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush

Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

Being honest as always I admit that I have left the reviews of the 3 different ‘bomb bomb’ bath bombs until last as I see them as just a novelty product. I’m just going to say what everyone else is thinking, this bath bomb won’t be winning any prizes for its looks anytime soon. I feel as if all of the bomb bombs this year were rushed, last minute products, they could have done so much better with all of their designs.

Out of the 3 ‘bomb bombs’ available I thought I would like the Santa Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb the least. For that reason I actually left the Santa Bomb Bomb as the last bath bomb from the entire Winter 2018 collection that I used.

This Winter Lush created 3 different Bomb Bombs. The idea behind them is that you get 2 bath bombs in one character. One of the bath bombs is its head the other is its body, hence the ‘bomb bomb’.

Ingredients wise the Santa Bomb Bomb has a little more to offer than the  Snowman Bomb Bomb.

The Santa Bomb Bomb contains both vanilla and cocoa absolute as well as bergamot oil. I couldn’t however understand why Lush were describing this bomb bomb as having a ‘chocolatey-sweet and uplifting scent’. To me in the shop it just smelt bland and as if the ingredients were all thrown in together at the very last minute.

This rushed assumption of mine was however undermined once I’d placed the Santa Bomb Bomb in my bath water. I used both the head and the body together, some people have however spread their bomb bombs out over 2 baths, one day using the head and another day using its body.

As soon as the Santa Bomb Bomb is placed in the water it begins to hiss, deep red bubbles explode across the waters surface. I wasn’t expecting the colour to be so intensely red. Even once the bath bomb had fully dissolved into the water the intensity of the red never faded. Unfortunately the Santa Bomb Bomb much like the Snowman was a very fast fizzer.

Considering I used both of the bath bombs together I was rather disappointed at how quickly they both disappeared. Some people do enjoy the fast fizzing bath bombs though as it means they can sit back and relax sooner.

What I wasn’t expecting from the Santa Bomb Bomb was its scent, it seemed to completely change once placed in the water. I could smell elements of the Butterball bath bomb in it which my nose approved of. A scent I wasn’t at all sure about at first actually turned out to be very nice!

Overall I think the Santa Bomb Bomb bath bomb was the best of the 3. I was really surprised by this as I honestly thought this one would be my least favourite of them all.

Although its scent was bland when in my hand, once in the water it really came to life. Its scent however seemed to fade within about 10 minutes (way before I pulled the plug.) Nevertheless a half hour soak in its waters did leave my skin feeling soft and well nourished.

There’s a little bit of me that still thinks I’d have much rather spent my money on 2 completely different Lush Christmas bath bombs such as the Christmas Sweater and Mistletoe. Or if Lush could have even made the head and bodies different scents so that more people would use them as 2 separate bath bombs?

The bomb bombs are a cute idea, I just think instead of the 3 bomb bombs released this year we could have actually been offered 6 individual bath bombs instead, widening the choice while also keeping long term Lushie’s happy with retro products that we haven’t been able to get hold of since the closing of the weekly Lush Kitchen. I won’t be sad if this bath bomb doesn’t make a return next year, I am however glad I got to try it.



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Calacas Body Spray from Lush

Calacas Body Spray.pngThe Calacas scent happens to be one of my most favourite Lush scents of all time. My first experience with a Calacas scented product was when I ordered the shower gel of the same name. I fell hopelessly in love after just one use and just like that, my Lush-lifes mission became trying anything and every thing Calacas scented.

I have been putting in requests to Lush for a Calacas perfume for what feels like an eternity, it has been my most wanted product for well over 5 years now. On the 1st of December 2018 Lush finally came through. The Lush Kitchen made a Calacas Body Spray!

Although I had always wished for Calacas to be released in the perfume format, I was more than happy to see that it was only being made into body spray. I find that the body sprays last so much longer than the liquid perfumes, they also go further and are much better value for money.

The Calacas body spray scent is to die for and funnily enough is inspired by the Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico during the last week of October and first few days of November (Halloween). It is a celebration in honour of family and friends who are no longer with them.

With its lime, frankincense and neroli ingredients the Calacas scent is a sharp and zesty mood boosting fragrance, some even joke it’s so zingy it could wake the dead!

The Calacas scent is hugely popular within the Lush community and it has been replicated into many different product formats. Sometimes even though 2 different products are from the same scent family, their scent can differ slightly because they are different formats. With the Calacas scent I don’t see (or should I say sniff) much difference between the product formats at all, last years Man in the Moon bubble bar has exactly the same Calacas scent as the Monsters’ Ball bath bomb.

I was therefore a little surprised when I smelt the Calacas body spray for the first time…

The difference in scent between the body spray and other Calacas scented products is very subtle and not so different that I dislike it. I am as a matter of fact loving the Calacas in a liquid format, it’s so much fresher and even more zingy than any other Calacas scented product I have tried before.

Most importantly though, the Calacas body spray isn’t super-duper strong, it’s just right. One spritz on my clothes leaves me smelling of sweet and zingy Calacas all day. I have also sprayed it on my dressing gown and 3 days later the beautiful Calacas scent is still detectable!

Another thing I like to do with it is spritz it once on the ends of my hair. Several people have asked me what shampoo I use as my hair smells so lovely. Overall I am over the moon with this body spray. It and my So White body sprays are now on my dresser pride of place.



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Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb from Lush

Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb

I have a confession, being honest as always I admit that I have left the reviews of the 3 different ‘bomb bomb’ bath bombs until last as I see them as more of a novelty product more than anything, they have also proven incredibly difficult to photograph!

Out of the 3 ‘bomb bombs’ available I think the Snowman is probably my favourite because it has such a simple scent and is the most recognisable character of the 3.

This year there are 3 Bomb Bombs. The idea behind them is that you get 2 bath bombs in one. One of the bath bombs is its head the other is its body, hence the ‘bomb bomb’.

Ingredients wise the Snowman bomb doesn’t have much in it at all. Apart from the regular bath bomb ingredients the only essential oil in it is spearmint. At first I thought its scent was similar to the One Eskimo bubble bar and then after another sniff I wondered if it was closer or the same as the Christingle body conditioner.

It however doesn’t share a scent with any other Lush product, it’s just pure spearmint through and through.

The Snowman Bomb Bomb Bath Bomb was the first of the 3 bomb bombs that I used. I decided to use the head and body of the Snowman in just the one bath (see photo below) some people have however spread their Snowman bomb out over 2 baths, one day using the head and another day using its body. There’s no right or wrong way to use it, the choice is entirely yours – savour it or in my case, over indulge!

As soon as Snowman bomb is placed in the water it begins to hiss, sending blue and white bubbly foam across the waters surface. Unfortunately the Snowman bomb was a very fast fizzer. Considering I used both of the bath bombs together I was rather disappointed at how quickly they both disappeared. Some people do enjoy the fast fizzing bath bombs though as it means they can sit back and relax sooner.

There wasn’t much chance of getting any bath art shots, I did however capture the Snowman looking at me as he melted away leaving nothing but his sweet vegan eyeballs. (see photo below). The water left behind was a cloudy shade of blue.

Overall I feel I have really struggled to put a positive spin on this bath bomb, it’s cute and I love its simplistic and refreshing scent but I just can’t help but think that I’d have rather spent my money on a minty old-school Christmas Lush bath bomb such as Abombinaball or Thundersnow.

Pushing my disappointment aside, the Snowman bomb did leave my skin feeling soft and well nourished. Its scent didn’t however last on my skin once I was out of the bath which was another let down.

Out of the 3 bomb bombs I believe the Snowman is probably the best. I won’t be buying any of the bomb bombs again but I am glad I gave them all a go once. – I’ll make sure to get the other 2 bomb bombs reviewed before Christmas!



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Cinders Shower Gel from Lush

Cinders Shower Gel

Lush’s brand new Cinders Shower Gel had me very excited as it supposedly shares its scent with a product of the same name, the Cinders bath bomb. Although I feel it isn’t exactly the same, their scents are close enough to each other to satisfy my nose. The Cinders bath bomb hasn’t been a part of Lush’s Winter line for a good few years now but I haven’t ever forgotten it.

The Cinders shower gel is a gloriously bright orange, it’s a little runnier than I expected but its scent is super similar to the bath bomb. Thanks to its magical cinnamon ingredient, showering with it is like having thousands of tiny hands deeply massaging your tired and aching muscles.

As I said earlier, Cinders shower gel is a little runny, this isn’t a negative point at all. A small amount goes a very long way and I find it also lathers up quickly and with ease, especially when compared to  super-thick shower gel and creams such as Bubbly or Ectoplasm.

My skin feels very clean after using it. Cinnamon isn’t Cinders only magical ingredient either, packed with a generous helping of aloe vera, it is also incredibly hydrating for your skin. Cinders also contains a long list of other warming ingredients such as paprika, ginger powder and nutmeg. Its scent is not as in your face Christmas as the, The Magic of Christmas reusable bubble bar but it’s equally as yummy!

Pumpkin seed oil is also found in Cinders, all of these carefully selected ingredients make for an amazingly stimulating and hydrating shower gel.

Any Lush product with cinnamon in always has a lasting effect on me. Cinnamon is a wonderful spice, I suffer with chronic pain and it is really good at soothing aching muscles, its warming effects stimulate blood circulation too. Cinders shower gel is a game changer for me. I miss the bath bomb equivalent terribly BUT the shower gel is so much better as it’s not a one trick pony and is incredibly versatile.

I’ve used it on my body in the shower and have also dribbled some into a running bath for some musky-sweet and spicy bubbles. As if we needed yet another Lush product that smells good enough to eat!

Cinders is definitely my favourite of the shower gels this year, there wasn’t a huge collection to choose from which was a little disappointing but both Sleepy and Cinders have impressed me enough to warrant buying an extra bottle for my shower gel stash.



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Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb from Lush

As a self-confessed lover of all things pink, the Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb was always going to be the first bath bomb from the Christmas 2018 range that I gravitated towards. This hexagon shaped bath bomb has a perfectly etched, white snowflake design on its top making it very easy on the eye.

I actually had a chance to make one these at the 2018 Lush Showcase; The compounders make it look so easy, I am not ashamed to say it was actually really hard work. The bath bomb pictured above was mine, I was very pleased with myself. Let’s all pretend that this took me 10 seconds (like the compounders) and not 10 minutes… Doh!

Although pink isn’t the first colour that comes to mind when you think of Christmas or snowflakes, this bath bomb really does fit in with the other seasonal products perfectly. The best part about the Cheery Christmas bath bomb however hasn’t been mentioned yet… I assumed because of its pink colour that it would be a Snow Fairy shower gel scented product. I don’t dislike the Snow Fairy scent, it is just so over used over the Christmas period.

We already have the Snow Fairy jelly bomb so I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t be Snow Fairy scented and I’m pleased to announce that it’s far from Snow Fairy scented! Containing buchu and Sicilian lemon oil the Cheery Christmas bath bomb has quite the unique scent.

Off of the top of my head I think the last product to come out that contained buchu oil was the Scrub Scrub Scrub shower scrub. It is a very strangely fragranced ingredient but not at all unpleasant, it has a strong blackcurrant fragrance with hints of mint, mixed with the Sicilian lemon oil I find the Cheery Christmas bath bombs scent both uplifting and relaxing.

Just like the scent of the Naughty Elf bubble bar, Cheery Christmas’ scent isn’t something I’d immediately associate with Christmas BUT it really does fit within this years range. As soon as Cheery Christmas hits the water it creates a mini explosion of foam, pink flecks whizz out of the bath bomb and then you notice lots of blue foam too. I wasn’t expecting any blue at all! – This was a fantastic surprise. My photos do the bath art this bath bomb creates no justice at all.

The blue and pink bath art is reminiscent of the Twilight bath bomb but the colours definitely have more clout. Cheery Christmas turns your bath water into a dark pink shimmering pool of beauty, I couldn’t help but run my fingers through the mesmerisingly soft waters, letting the water cover every inch of my skin leaving my skin silky smooth and ready to take on the rest of the day.

Overall I am really impressed with this bath bomb, it’s unique scent and design makes it stand out from all the rest, I have wrapped a few up to put in my bath bomb storage before they retire with the rest of the Christmas line. I think next year they could bring out a blue version of it with a pink middle too, maybe make it the same scent as the Frozen bath bomb? hint, hint Lush! 😉



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Naughty Elf Bubble Bar from Lush

Naughty Elf Bubble BarThe Naughty Elf Bubble Bar is yet another brand new, never-before-been-released Lush product that is a part of Lush’s Winter 2018 range. As much as I miss last years Man in the Moon, Christmas Cracker and Plum Snow bubble bars I do love a new product and out of all of the new bubble bars from this years range, Naughty Elf was the first to catch my attention.

Naughty Elf’s name is pretty self explanatory – and if any elf is worth having it’s a naughty one! The Naughty Elf bubble bar is a little bit bigger than my hand; it rocks an over-sized pointed red hat, a big nose and a bright white moustache and beard; It just screams Christmas. I have seen that the Naughty Elf bubble bar has been mistaken for a mini Father Christmas by quite a lot of people. My guess is that the Naughty Elves first naughty deed was stealing Father Christmas’ hat? That would explain it being much to big for him… Did I just start a Lush conspiracy theory? whoops!

The Naughty Elf bubble bars scent isn’t what I expected at all. Containing mango leaf, violet leaf, Jasmine absolute, lemon myrtle and petitgrain oil it’s quite an eclectic mix and one I wouldn’t expect in a Christmas product. Although I was a little put out that Naughty Elf wasn’t a spicy bubble bar (before I read the ingredients list I fantasied that it would be just like the, The Magic of Christmas) it still has an overwhelmingly inviting warmth about it.

I got 3 very generously bubbled baths out of just one Naughty Elf. To use bubble bars like the Naughty Elf I either crumble, or break it up then stick it in a sieve and let the running bath-water trickle over it. I find this the most effective way to use the single use bubble bars. This method is the best way to ensure none of the bubble bar gets accidentally wasted and through trial and error, I have found that it makes the most bubbles.

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Although it took a little longer than I expected, (I just had to hold the bubble bar under the tap for a little longer than I am used to) Naughty Elf created copious amounts of fluffy bubbles and turned the bath water the most stunning shade of red. Specs of shimmer also decorate the water, reminding me of the water left behind by the Poisson D’Avril bubble bar.

A good old soak in a Naughty Elf bath left me feeling warm and snug, although I thought the ingredients were strange for Christmas-time they actually worked really well together and left my skin feeling brighter, refreshed and silky soft to the touch. I really enjoyed using the Naughty Elf bubble bar, I can however say I enjoyed last years  selection of Christmas bubble bars a lot more. 2017 was definitely Lush’s best year for bubble bars. I do however really like the Naughty Elf’s scent and I would love to see it in another product format in the future.



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Tender is the Night Bath Bomb from Lush

Tender is the Night Bath Bomb

One of the very first products I bought from Lush was the Tender is the Night massage bar. Its scent has great sentimental value to me as it always reminds me of my first trip into a Lush shop. On that day, my addiction and journey with Lush began. – I mentioned in a previous review of the Harajuku bath bomb about the new Japanese superstore that opened earlier this month. The Tender is the Night Bath Bomb is just one of the products exclusively available from that store.

Luckily for everyone that can’t get to Tokyo, the Lush Kitchen released 12 of the bath bombs online giving the rest of the world access to purchase them too. As of the 13th of December several of the 12 bath bombs were also made available to purchase from a few of the Lush Spa stores too. Sadly these won’t be permanent fixtures to the stores, once they’ve sold out, they won’t be coming back.

When all of the new Harajuku store bath bombs were showcased on social media the Tender is the Night bath bomb was the one that I desired the most. Packed with all of the same ingredients as the aforementioned massage bar, the Tender is the Night bath bomb is a Lush-dream come true for me.

Its scent is a beautifully subtle, floral-sweet mix of vanilla, jasmine and ylang ylang oil. I find it incredibly relaxing, I’d love to see this bath bomb become a part of Lush’s Valentine’s Day 2019 range as its scent reflects romance and love perfectly. Matched up with the massage bar and the Tender is the Night naked shower cream they would make the ultimate Valentine trio!

As soon as the Tender is the Night bath bomb touches the water an array of soft pink and creamy white bubbles fizzles out of it. As the bath bomb bobs around the waters surface it creates delicate swirls of pinks and whites while turning the bath water a most-welcoming shade of pink.

What pleased me the most about the Tender is the Night bath bomb was how its scent lasted both through out the bath and on my skin, I could still smell it on me well into the next day. The bath bomb made the water silky smooth too, my skin lapped it up. I got out of the bath not only smelling delicious but also with soft, well hydrated and bright skin.

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I thoroughly enjoyed using the Tender is the Night bath bomb, I’m going to be bold and say that it is probably one of my favourite bath bombs of all time. It wasn’t particularly good from a bath art perspective but wow does it smell and leave me feeling good.

I have fallen head over heels in love with the Tender is the Night scent all over again thanks to this beautiful bath bomb. I am at a loss as to why Lush hadn’t made this amazing bath bomb before now, it’s gorgeous. I admit that the price is a bit high but that’s because of its vanilla ingredient. I do however believe that it’s worth every penny and out of all of the exclusive bath bombs, Tender is the Night is the only bath bomb that I ordered more of, straight after using it. It’s a must have!



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