Punkin Pumpkin Bath Bomb from Lush

Punkin Pumpkin Bath Bomb

The 2019 Halloween range from Lush is one of their best Halloween line ups yet. Several spooky and very-much-loved Halloween products have made a re-appearance as well as 2 brand-new bath bombs; Mercury Retrograde and Punkin Pumpkin.

The Punkin Pumpkin is obviously the most in-your-face-Halloween out of the 2 and as its name suggests, it is a pumpkin-shaped bath bomb that is NOT to be confused with the Pumpkin bath bomb from previous years.

Punkin Pumpkin is quite a unique bath bomb to say the least, Lush have been crazy-clever and have managed to make this bath bombs eyes and mouth glow in the dark, just as if it was a real carved pumpkin with a lit candle inside! 😮

I’m a super geek who loves a day-time-bath. Bathing in the day means I get to take advantage of the natural lighting, it’s the perfect conditions for bath art photo opportunities. The only downside to this is that I never got to experience the glow-in-the-dark aspect of the Punkin Pumpkin while in the bath. 🙁

I did however shine a torch on it for a minute or two before turning the lights off just to see if it really did glow and GLOW IT DID! Although the glow wasn’t quite as bright as the Ghost in the Dark soap (which is available again this year) it did definitely glow.

Now to get on with the science behind this magical glowing product. The first question everyone asks when introduced to such a product is, ‘HOW?!!’ You’ll have to read on to find out…

The magic glowing ingredient in Punkin Pumpkin is luminescent zinc sulfide. I was going to do a whole paragraph on the ins-and-outs of it until I remembered how bad I am at Chemistry. Instead of embarrassing myself I have included a link that sends you directly  to Lush’s website where all of the ‘glowing’ information can be found *click here*.

Along side the luminescent zinc sulfide, Punkin Pumpkin also contains pumpkin powder and cinnamon-leaf, lime, orange and Sicilian-red-mandarin oils.

Its scent is very warming and a lot more limey than I had imagined prior to sniffing it. Smelling it now I want to say that it also has a slight peppery undertone to it. It’s not too in-your-face cinnamony either which is a bonus for some customers. I on the other hand would have liked it to have contained a bit more cinnamon as I can never get enough of cinnamon, especially at this time of year!

As soon as the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb touches the water a burst of orange and green erupts from it, spilling out into the bath while it floats on the waters-surface.

Size wise Punkin Pumpkin is actually quite a chunky bath bomb, I’d say that it is almost as thick as the likes of the larger Lush bubble bars such as the Brightside and The Comforter. With this in mind I was pleasantly surprised that the bath bomb floated the whole time it was in the bath.

Once the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb has fully dissolved it leaves your bath water a warm orange colour. The colour isn’t the only thing that makes a Punkin Pumpkin bath so wonderfully inviting either, the bath water is silky soft to the touch and just a 15 minute soak left my skin feeling much softer.

Once I was out of the bath I couldn’t help but notice how much brighter my skin appeared. As well as being brighter in appearance, it was also perfectly moisturised too.

Its fragrance although subtle, left me surprised as it remained on my skin for the best-part of the rest-of-the-day. Again in regards to its subtle scent, Punkin Pumpkin is definitely better suited to those customers who favour lighter more delicate fragrances.

Overall I am quite impressed with the Punkin Pumpkin bath bomb, I’d have personally liked to have seen it with a slightly stronger scent though. I was a little disappointed that it didn’t share its scent with the aforementioned Pumpkin bath bomb too but that’s just me being super fussy! 😝 Regardless of this, I still believe Punkin Pumpkin to be an incredible new addition to the Lush Halloween, bath-bomb-family. 🎃



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Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar from Lush

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble BarThe Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar is a product that never fails to make an appearance in Lush’s Halloween product line up. Year in, year out it comes back, ready and waiting to take on yet another Lush autumn. As its name suggests the Sparkly Pumpkin is a bright orange, pumpkin shaped bubble bar that has a generous coating of golden lustre with a single piece of cinnamon stick as its stalk. 

I think the first time I ever used Sparkly Pumpkin was back in 2015, it wasn’t a product that instantly stood out to me, visually I didn’t and still don’t find it the most eye catching of Lush products. Back then the only reason I originally gave it a chance was because it came in a gift set that my husband bought me.

Although the bubble bar doesn’t wow me as much as other Lush products do, I can still see that it has some amazing qualities and can also identify the reasons why it comes back to stores every autumn.

The Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar is relatively small, it fits snuggly in my ‘child-sized’ hand. I can see why some people are tempted to use the whole bubble bar for just one bath, I however use the one Sparkly Pumpkin over 2 baths without any compromise on quality or how many bubbles it creates.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubbles up very quickly, I recommend using it in a sieve as I find it is quite a crumbly bubble bar, many people don’t use a sieve for it though, some simply just crumble it in their hands under a running tap. I have tried both ways and because it is quite a soft product I’ve had the best results from the sieve, I find letting it just crumble doesn’t get the most out of it bubble wise, you tend to waste quite a bit, finding pieces of it at the bottom of your tub once you get in.

In regards to Sparkly Pumpkins scent, I expected it to be jam packed with all things pumpkin, it however isn’t. Strangely, the Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar actually contains juniper berry, lime and grapefruit oils. This unique blend of essential oils makes the Sparkly Pumpkins scent a woody and gentle citrus blend, I find a soak in a Sparkly Pumpkin bath leaves me feeling both soothed and uplifted. If you favour the products with a more subtle scent then Sparkly Pumpkin would be a great one for you.

I know some people want to run a mile when they see a shimmery Lush product but being honest as always, the sparkling products really aren’t that troublesome. I get a little tired of explaining this in all of my sparkly product reviews but as someone who once too feared anything glittery, I can’t help but mention it. I have been converted and now love a sparkly Lush product. The shimmer just rinses away, I always describe it as cosmetic shimmer, kind of like what you get in make-up such as some bronzers and highlighters.

A Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bath leaves your skin silky-smooth and well nourished. Its scent unfortunately doesn’t hang around on your skin for very long but it does last throughout the bath.

Sparkly Pumpkin isn’t one of my favourite bubble bars purely because I find it a little boring, I do however like to pair it with a bath bomb. Last year my favourite Lush cocktail that contained Sparkly Pumpkin was it, mixed with the Pumpkin bath bomb. This year the Christmas Sweater bath bomb was however introduced to the winter line and  that works with Sparkly Pumpkin perfectly too.

 



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Pumpkin Bath Bomb from Lush

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The Pumpkin Bath Bomb was first released by Lush as a part of their 2016 Halloween line, when I heard the news that it would be making a return this year I was so pleased. Originally the Pumpkin bath bomb wasn’t the bath bomb I was most interested in from 2016’s Halloween range, its vanilla sweet and cinnamon spicy scent however won me over. I can never resist cinnamon!

I have been told by several reliable, pumpkin spice latte fans that the Pumpkin bath bomb is the fresh cosmetics product equivalent. Therefore if a cheeky cup of pumpkin spice isn’t quite hitting the spot for you anymore you may want to indulge yourself by using a Pumpkin bath bomb or two.

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The Pumpkin bath bomb was actually the first I tried from the rather large loot of products I bought from the very first Lush Creative Showcase back in September 2016.

Upon first sniff the Pumpkin bath bomb really reminded me of the Yog Nog bath bomb from previous years. I thought maybe this was its substitute however it really isn’t at all related. The spice in both had me confused. Both are very warming bath bombs and Pumpkin’s warming elements is what first caught my interest, which is why it was one of the first I tried.

Suffering with chronic pain I am always on the look out for warm and relaxing products. I am so pleased that Lush brought not only the Pumpkin bath bomb back this year but also spoiled us with another spicy bath bomb, the Christmas Sweater.

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The Pumpkin bath bomb is a very fast fizzer. I however did not mind this as the quicker it dissolves, the quicker I can lay back and soak up all of its relaxing and warm awesomeness. A lot of people have asked me on Instagram and on here about cutting up bath bombs to make them go further, for example halving the bomb so that you can get 2 baths out of it instead of 1.

For some bath bombs I think it would be a Lush crime to cut them up, the Pumpkin bath bomb is however one that I’d say you can split between 2 baths without taking anything away from how it performs, smells and how it affects you (essential oils wise) in the bath tub.

Overall I am very impressed with the Pumpkin bath bomb, it might not be as colourful as the other bath bombs currently available but the spiciness with in it has worked wonders on my aching muscles. I will without question be stocking up on these before Halloween has been and gone!



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This post was originally posted on this website on the 27th of September 2016. 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