“ Brand: Lush / Foam / Type: Bubble Bar / Subcategory: Bath Melt / Bath Foam „
I've been trying to sample all of Lush's different products for as long as I can remember. One of the most recent products I've tried is the Amandopondo bubble bar.
Bubble bars are basically bubble bath in solid form. They are designed to be more environmentally friendly as they don't need plastic packaging. Lush designed them with the idea that if you use a whole one, you get a huge mound of bubbles to resemble those old Hollywood movies where the bubbles cover the actress entirely! However, in real life it's rare that you'd need this many bubbles, so it's possible to break a bubble bar into pieces. I managed to get three baths out of my Amandopondo.
To use, you just run the bath and crumble the bubble bar (or a piece of it) into the water. Swish it round a little and when the bath is full, you will be met with lots of bubbles. The Amandopondo bubble bar doesn't change the colour of the water, as it is white in colour, but the mounds of bubbles make up for this. There is a lovely rose and lemon scent wafting around the bath.
The bar is suitable for vegans, and contains rose and lemon essential oils to add to the scent. It's worth noting that the bar does contain sodium laureth sulfate, in order to produce the bubbles. SLS is present in the majority of foaming shower and bath products, but it has been linked to skin irritation in some people. I appear to be fine with it, however, and in fact the bath water feels very soft and my skin feels softer and more conditioned once I am out of the bath. I do need to apply moisturiser afterwards - the bar doesn't contain any moisturising ingredients such as cocoa butter - but I certainly don't feel that the bar is at all bad for my skin, and it does not dry my skin out.
The concept of the bar comes from the idea of forgiveness. A bouquet of roses can sometimes be used to ask for forgiveness - hence there is rose absolute present in the bar, and the solid round cake is topped with a little rosebud. I can understand where the inspiration comes from, as I feel much more relaxed after having a bath with this product, and much more inclined to dispense forgiveness!
The Amandopondo bubble bar is £2.75, making it one of Lush's cheapest. I definitely recommend it, and think it would make a particularly good stocking filler for an older lady. I got it for my mam last year and when she eventually got round to using it (she's not very good at pampering herself and rarely takes baths!) she really liked it. Ideal if you want something that isn't particularly Christmassy.
I am a huge fan of Lush bubble bars and I have my favourites, but I do like to try different ones with scents that I wouldn't usually go for now and again for a bit of a change. This 'Amandopondo' bubble bar was quite a floral scent due to the rose extracts and so one that I don't usually go for, as I prefer the candy or citrus scented products in Lush. My boyfriend decided to randomly buy me this one as a little treat though and so this is how I got round to trying it.
The bubble bar costs £2.75 which is one of the cheaper bubble bars available in Lush, but this is diu to its size. The larger bubble bars understandably cost a bit more. However, you can still get several uses out of this by snapping it up and only using small bits at a time rather than the whole bar for one bath, which would be a complete waste!
I got four baths out of this bar, other bars this size I have managed maybe 5 or 6 baths out of as if you run the tap slowly it gives it plenty of time to work its magic and you end up with lots of bubbles, as well as a strong scent lingering around the bathroom. However, I used slightly more of the bar than I usually would when it came to this Amandopondo one as I struggled to detect the floral scent, or any scent at all, when I first used it. I thought I musn't have crumbled enough of the bubble bar under the running tap and so used more the next time, but unfortunately I really struggled to detect the strong scent I could smell when I held the bubble bar itself up to my nose!
Lush state as well as the rose petal scent this also contains lemon, but I couldn't really notice this either. I did get a faint scent in the bathroom but it did not last very long and so I really did only like this simply for the amount of bubbles it gave me. Lush bubble bars always manage to leave me with a mountain of bubbles in my bath tub and they always last ages too, I never want to get out whilst the bubbles are still there!
Therefore, this bubble bar is good in making lots of bubbles that don't budge easily, even after using soap in the bath, but the lack of scent lets it down. I would rather pay the same price or a little more for a bubble bar where the scent is really noticeable and lingers around for quite some time, as I know some of the other bubble bars achieve. I won't be purchasing this one again, even though I have read some good reviews on this bubble bar, the scent is just too delicate for me that I can hardly notice it!
Amandopondo - what a mouthful to try and say!
The Amandpondo was my very first bubble from Lush and given to me as part of a set for a birthday. I had a look on the Lush website at the time to see what the hell it was as, as I had no idea about Lush products at the time. When I looked on the website I have to be honest and say I was a little disappointed. The Amandopondo was one of the more plain bubble bar and not full of bright colours like the Comforter or Karma. But it was a present and I should have been grateful! The Amandapondo is a medium sized oval block. It is cream in colour and has an unopened rose bud inserted into the top of it. It smells slightly of lemon and rose but the fragrance is very light. To look at it, as I did the first time it looks plain and joyless but after using it I soon changed my mind. Plain becomes simply comforting and no, it's not fun and it doesn't turn you bath a funky colour; it remains understated and does the job! The Amandopondo is priced at £2.65 for each bar, and I can make this last 3 baths so although this helps on saving some money I still only really use them as a treat. It would be far too expensive to use a bubble bar or bath bomb with every bath!
The Amandopondo is said to be for "a gentle bath for times when the world owes you a favour" - Lush.co.uk, and is designed to calm and comfort you and improve you mood.
The bath bombs contains
Sweet Orange Oil
Cream of Tartar
The Rose Absolute comes from Turkey is designed to wrap you into comfort, while the lemon oil is added to lift your spirit and clear you troubles.
Lush instruct you to crumble the bar under hot running water. The first time I used it I threw in the whole bar and was overtaken by bubble, which was nice but was a little bit of a waste. Since then I have purchased quite a few Amandopondo's and find a third of a bar is enough each time. A third of a bar will fill your bath with fluffy bubbles and soften the water. The smell of lemon and rose is very relaxing and you can still smell it on your skin afterwards for a few hours. It makes by skin feel soft and supple and I didn't need any moisturiser at all until after my next shower. My skin really did feel amazing.
The Amandopondo is a great relaxing bubble bar that gives a mass of fluffy bubbles and soft soothing water.
If someone asked me the name of my favourite shop I would have to say Lush, as is simply heaven with every beauty product on display that you could possibly think of. My nearest Lush store in Cardiff City Centre has recently undergone a refurbishment whereas the downstairs would previously display bubble bars, soaps and ballistics with upstairs dedicated to the face, feet and hair. However, the tactical thinking of Lush bosses has definitely worked with me, as both the upstairs and downstairs now provide a selection of all their products. A purchase I made approximately eight months ago was Amandopondo, which is a bubble bar and this review discusses my experience with using it.
APPEARANCE OF AMANDOPONDO
I wouldn't say that this 100 g oval shaped bubble bar is particularly eye-catching due to its' off-white colour and a simple purple flower bud, which is situated in its' centre. It is only when I picked it up to witness its' fragrance that I was well and truly captivated. I have a real passion for bubble bars and the delightful combinations of sweet orange, lemon and rose oils had me placing this little bar into my shopping basket.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING AMANDOPONDO
If you are unfamiliar with using bubble bars, which are exclusive to Lush, I would advise that they offer the most luxurious and relaxing bathing experience. Whilst you could choose to crumble the entire bar into your bath I like to last my products as long as possible, so tend to use the 100 g bars over three baths, which is recommended by Lush. To achieve the best results I make sure the hot water tap is open fully, particularly as it provides even more bubbles than if the bath were to slowly fill. Breaking the bar into a third is a fairly easy task, but make sure your hands are clean and dry when doing so, as otherwise you will end up with a mess all over your hands. It is best to crumble the portion as quickly as possible, as the warmth from your hands will cause the bar to melt.
The moment the crumbled pieces hit the water I was able to witness swirls as the bubbles start to form and within only a few seconds I could see huge mounds of fluffy white bubbles and the stunning aroma began to fill my bathroom. The most obvious scent is rose, which isn't too floral and I am able to witness a very delicate zesty fragrance of orange, which is extremely favourable. When I initially tried out bubble bars I would find myself staring at the water in amazement, as I simply could not believe how such plentiful bubbles could be created. What never ceases to amaze me is the height of the bubbles when my bath is full, as I always end up having as many bubbles as water and it is so wonderfully comforting to step into the bath and be enveloped by such soft and beautifully fragranced bubbles. As the bubble bar is pale coloured it will not offer any difference in colour to your bath, which isn't a negative as far as I am concerned, but I am aware that some people favour beautifully coloured bath water.
The water feels so luxurious and very soft whilst smelling delightful and I always find myself lying in the bath for as long as I possibly can to enable my mind and body to relax, as I enjoy the gorgeous smelling vapours. When I eventually decide to leave my bath and have towel dried I am thrilled to witness the beautiful aroma, which has transferred to my skin and it lingers for a good couple of hours after use. I find this bubble bar fairly moisturising, as it leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and smooth and I never feel the need to apply any moisturising product, particularly as I wouldn't wish to disguise the beautiful aroma. Another reason that I love using bubble bars is that I also have the added benefit of their beautiful aroma filling the upstairs of my home. I cannot recommend Amandopondo highly enough and therefore, it receives 5 stars from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
As I do not believe in copying lengthy lists of ingredients into my reviews I am advising of those that I feel are most important such as the pink rosebud, lemon and sweet orange oils and rose damascena; all of which ensure that this bubble bar delivers the most luxurious fragrance. I have never experienced any adverse reactions when using Lush bubble bars, as they always seem so very gentle and caring for my skin. My only grumble is that very often they leave a few crumbs on the base of the bath and around water's edge, but these are easily swished away with the showerhead. Lush does not test any of its' products on animals and your purchase will be handed to you in a small yellow bag, which can be recycled after use. I love the marketing for this cute little bubble bar as Lush talks about forgiving and forgetting, which is something that I most definitely agree with.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can purchase this gorgeous 100g bubble bar for £2.50 from any Lush store or online, reference number 130.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Amandopondo Lush Bubble bar
This very classy simple white bar in a sort of rounded mound shape with a dried pink mini rose on the top is very understated for Lush bars. I bought it as I thought it looked sophisticated and the pink rose almost Victorian in its appeal. Apparently it was invented to give as a gift to say sorry to someone for doing something to upset them the rose helps melt and soothe away any angry feelings and the lemon oil will give the person offended a new perspective on the problem.
The name is a little unusual and almost unpronounceable and there is a story behind the name which is quite interesting. Apparently someone tried to copy a Lush recipe then attempted to sue Lush for copying his. The challenge failed and this product was made and named because as Amandopondo means 'I am defeated' so bar and name is actually a bit of a dig and a way of sticking out their tongue directed at whoever tried to copy them that time! Lush is an interesting company and I love the quirky little stories behind the names and products as much as the products themselves.
Just in case anyone has not tried a Lush bubble bar, the idea is that you crumble the bar as your bath is filling and then enjoy a huge mountain of luxuriously softening and moisturising scented bubbles. I stored this in my knicker drawer for a week or two to enjoy the rosy, lemony smell scented my undies first. I keep all my Lush soaps and bubble bars in my drawers as that way I never by any drawe rscented liners and my clothes always have a "Lushious "smell about them.
One night I decided I needed a bit of pampering after a hard day shopping and enjoying myself ( it is great being retired) so I had a little hunt through my drawers to see what treats I could find. I discovered Amandopondo" and took it out of its yellow paper recyclable bag and had a sniff. I was a little underwhelmed if I am honest. The bar looks beautiful, like a sort of rounded boob with a little dried pink rose in the nipple, oops, I meant middle! The scent is not that strong for a Lush product in it dry state.
Okay so not much scent dry let's crumble it into my bath. Usually I can get to or three baths from one bar so I crumbled about half the bar in as it isn't one of their bigger bars. I sat and watched as the bubbles began to grow and sniffed in. I was not immersed in the odour at all, just a very faint hint of a gentle lemon blossom sort of fragrance; I certainly couldn't sell any rose at all. I'm a bit disappointed here Lush as usually my bathroom is filled a wonderful aroma by now.
Okay a bit lacking in the smell department, possibly too subtle for my nose but what about the bubbles. I know I'm mean and only use half the bar but that is usually more than enough but once again I was a little underwhelmed as my bath had bubbles but they were abundant and thick as they normally are when i treat myself to one of these. Bear in mind the price of £2.45 I don't think I'm being unreasonable in expecting at least two baths from that.
Okay little smell and a few bubbles but how does it feel on the bath. This time I was not disappointed as the water felt creamy and soft and I needed no soap or other cleaning agent I just soaked in the bath and the few bubbles that appeared and enjoyed the caressing smooth feel of the moisturised water warmingly soothing tired joints and oozing into my dried old skin!
What are the benefits of this bar in terms of essential oils? Looking at the list of ingredients these include: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Pink Rosebud (Rosa damascena), Cocamide DEA, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool
Rose Absolute: The scent of a rose is supposed to be an aphrodisiac. It is also thought to be a symbol of love and innocence. As an astringent it strengthens gums, hair roots, tones and lifts skin, It helps fade scars like, acne and stretch marks on the skin. It also calm you and strengthens your nerves before some big event.
Lemon oil: This is known for its uplifting qualities and is great at cleansing as it is a natural disinfectant, great at detoxifying and getting rid of unwanted oils.
Sweet orange oil: This beautifully scented oil is one of my favourites and is known for its qualities of being an antidepressant and it is also anti-inflammatory, a sedative and a natural antiseptic. One of the main benefits is that it also helps look after and rebuild the collagen formation in the skin.
Less desirable ingredients:
The sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid make the water soft and the less desirable sodium laureth sulfate is there to make the bubbles. This has been linked to cancer so if this bothers you then I suggest you have a look at this article.
So all in all what do I think? I quite liked this bar but it certainly was not my favourite. It is very pretty in an old fashioned and subtle way but the scent is too subtle for me and so I would chose many different ones before this one in future. Sorry Lush this is not one of your best products by a log way.
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What is Lush?
Lush is a completely natural cosmetic company where all the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan too! They don't test on animals and only use the finest fresh ingredients. They sell 'naked' products and the rest are packaged modestly so the money can be spent on the product and not wasted on fancy packaging.
What is a bubble bar?
A bubble bar is a solid 'naked' product which you crumble under running water. You can use it all or use only a segment, basically however much you want! It immediately fills the bath with bubbles and releases essential oils and ingredients into the bath to make your skin feel soft, silky and smelling delightful!
What is Amandopondo?
Amandopondo is a playful bubble bar, which means 'I am defeated'. It is cleverly named as a play on words, as somebody tried to steal the idea for this product then sue Lush! The judge wasn't impressed and part of the order was that this unknown person had to send 6 red roses to say sorry (hence the rose bud on the top). The whole idea of this bubble bar is about forgiving and forgetting, also a dig at the person who tried to sue them.
What's in Amandopondo?
Rose absolute is key to this product and is meant to soothe resentment and aid forgiveness, Lemon oil clears the mind, Orange Oils revitalises and lifts the spirit and your mood and the cream or tartar helps make this bar so bubbly.
What does it cost?
One 100g bar costs £2.45 from the lush retro section from www.lush.co.uk
What does it smell like?
It smells very light and citrussy but has a subtle undertone of flowers, mainly rose.
I crumbled this bar so easily into the bath tub, it wasn't hard or dried out in any way. It turned the water sooooo bubbly, and not just round the taps, the bubbles were everywhere! The water went a little white and creamy which was nice. The smell in the water was subtle, and I must admit i do prefer more fruity scents such as 'The Comforter'. The scent seemed to disappear after a while but my skin did feel very soft and cared for. This isn't my favourite in terms of smell or to look at but it did fill the bath full of bubbles and made my skin feel soft and refreshed.
Just before Christmas I spent a bit of money in Lush getting presents for various people. And so for the first time, I was given a free Lush sample! I was incredibly excited, because like most dooyooers, I love free stuff! And of course I also love Lush, so it was a great combination. The free sample in question was a full size Amandopondo Bubble Bar.
The Amandopondo looks quite unassuming and would be unlikely to jump out at you from the Lush displays unless you were specifically looking for an understated, classy bubble bar. It is cream coloured, quite rounded and has a little dark pink rosebud on the top. It is very pretty but not as exciting-looking as many Lush products.
Lush say that the Amandopondo is 'scented with rose absolute and a twist of lemon and orange oils' and produces 'rose-scented foam to soothe resentment, lemon to clear the mind and orange to lift the spirits'. It is supposed to symbolise forgiveness and so Lush recommend you give it to someone who you owe an apology to.
The bubble bar smells gorgeous. The lemon and rose blend together to give a fresh but flowery scent which is very feminine. However once I had crumbled half the bar into my bath, I found that the scent didn't stick around too long. Once in the bath, I could only smell it when I stuck my nose right into the bubbles! Afterwards the scent didn't stay on my skin either. Plus, the bubbles didn't stick around to the end of the bath which was a shame.
The bubble bar did make the water nice and soft and silky, but it wasn't particularly moisturising and I still needed to head straight for the body lotion when I came out. The bar also didn't change the colour of the water, which I always think is a shame as the most exciting thing about Lush products is when they change the water colour.
I found that although this looks and smells nice, there's nothing really special about it and whilst I'd happily use one again if I got it as a present, I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to get one. Each bar costs £2.45 and will last you between one and four baths, which is quite expensive and not something I would be willing to pay for such an average product.
Amandopondo is probably the most unassuming product in Lush's range of bubble bars. I had certainly overlooked this snow white oval of bubbliness every time I had chosen my indulgence of the week.And I'm sure I'm not the only one, after all, other than a solitary rosebud, this is completely undecorated, there's not a trace of bright colour or glitter. In fact, this is a very sophisticated looking bar that I wouldn't feel embarrassed to give as a present to my mother. I actually only ordered this because I'm determined to try every single Lush bath product and this was the first of the bubble bars I'd not already tried that I decided to test.
In it's dry state Amandopondo gives off a delicate citrus scent, with just a hint of rose. I don't know about you, but I've always associated rose with my Grandma, not sure why, except that maybe it's because her name was Rose. But this isn't an old-fashioned scent as much as a sophisticated backdrop to the citrus. Looks-wise, I was slightly disappointed with my bar, firstly it had picked up a little of the colour from the comforter bar that had been in the same box (and so wasn't pure white), and secondly the rosebud on top had turned a rather dingy brown colour and didn't look very pretty.
Although Lush encourage me to use the whole bar in one bath, there's no way I could justify spending £2.45 on half hour of pampering, so I always cut my standard bars into three or four pieces (depending on the shape of the bar. The Amandopondo is the perfect shape to cut into four, so this what I did after removing the rather shrivelled rosebud. Although it was quite easy to cut, it did crumble quite a bit, but as I keep all my Lush products in Tupperware style containers and the bar needs to be crumbled in to the running bath water, this wasn't really that much of a problem.
I've found the best way to use Lush bubble bars is to run a little hot water into the bath and then crumble however much I'm using into that water. Amandopondo crumbles easily, but did leave an oily residue on my hand that came off quite easily as I swished the water about. As it hit the water the scent from the Lemon and Orange oils immediately began to intensify and started making my bathroom smell divine. The rose absolute, however, was a little harder to detect. As the bath filled a layer of beautiful fluffy bubbles coated the surface and this was with just quarter of a bar and very hard water.
On entering the bath the first thing I noticed was how silky soft the water had become, it was almost like gliding between silk sheets. The water itself hadn't changed colour, but with this being a white bubble bar, I hadn't really expected it to. The next thing I noticed was the scent, this wasn't as full on as the majority of bubble bars, this was far more sophisticated, the main scent was still delicate citrus, which was relaxing and yet uplifting with a tiny hint of floral undertone. As I lay back in the bath, I was enveloped in soft, fluffy, scented bubbles that moisturised and cleansed as I rubbed them into my skin. After relaxing for half an hour I used the remaining bubbles to wash with and got out of the bath feeling clean, refreshed and yet still relaxed.
Once dried the citrus scent remained on my skin for several hours, but not in a in your face kind of way. It was very subtle and delicate, with occasional wafts hitting my nose. My skin felt soft, but not as moisturised as it does after some other bubble bars, I didn't need to moisturise though. And the bubble bar didn't leave any nasty residues in the bath.
As with all Lush products, Amandopondo, is hand-made with as natural ingredients as possible, being solid means there is very little packaging (mine arrived 'naked'), none of the ingredients are tested on animals and it is vegetarian friendly. In actual factual Amandopondo is also suitable for vegans. All this adds up to a far more environmentally friendly bath. Amandopondo is also one of the more grown-up bubble bars, it looks elegant, smells delightfully sophisticated and would make a great present for any female friend or relative. Even my fiance thinks that it smells wonderful, as it mainly smells of lemons and oranges and the rose is barely discernable. Whilst this hasn't jumped to number one position in my list of favourite Lush bars, it is one that I will be buying again and I'm giving Amandopondo a very respectable 4 stars out of five. With the loss of one star being down to the fact that my rosebud had gone brown and it not being as moisturising as some other bubble bars.
Amandopondo Bubble Bar
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Foam
Lush isn't the cheapest place to shop, but this is because they make hand made cosmetics from only natural ingredients and never test on animals. They also committed to reducing packaging and do heaps of charity work so it is worth looking at their website to get an idea of the projects they support and the work that they do. You can also use the website to check out products, order online, see the ingredients and locate your closest shop.
Bubble bars are a little special in my opinion. They are solid bars which are designed to be crumbled under warm running water. One bar can be used all at once, or broken up to make two or even three baths. As soon as they hit the water, these bars create loads of fluffy and gorgeously scented bubbles which last for ages and leave the room smelling great even after the water has gone.
I must confess that I passed this bubble bar by for quite a while, being more drawn to the brightly coloured ones. This one looks a little plainer than most, but when I did try it, I was pleasantly surprised by just how good it was. A 100g bar will cost £2.45 and can be bought in store or online.
Ingredients are as follows;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Pink Rosebud (Rosa centifolia), Cocamide DEA, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This bubble bar is deceptive, it smells so much better than it looks. Please don't be put off by the slightly insignificant exterior because this bubble bar contains a mass of gorgeous citrus oils just waiting to get out! As soon as you add it to the water, you are enveloped in a cloud of delicious lemon fragrance with a hint of orange underneath. The smell is really natural and you cannot help but feel relaxed and invigorated by it.
Nestling inside the centre of the bar is a little rose bud which releases rose petals into the bath water when you crumble it. This has quite a decadent feel to it and is also easy to clean up afterwards without being to messy!
The bubbles are light and fluffy and last for absolutely ages. The whole room will smell of lemon oil for hours afterwards and it also lasts well on the skin. I got three baths from this bubble bar and found that each time, the smell was amazing and there was plenty of bubbles.
I have quite sensitive skin but have never had an issue with this bubble bar which leaves me feeling soft and moisturised.
This is definitely one to try, yes it does look a little plainer than the brightly coloured ones on the shelves, but it packs a mighty punch - a lemon scented one!
Amaondopondo is one of the bubble bars by Lush that sits quietly waiting for you to pick it - it dosn't kick,scream or howl - it dosn't shove itself into the spotlight or cloy for your attention in anyway. It simply sits there,waiting for you to acknowledge it's awesomeness.
The thing that first attracted me to this bubble bar was the name - it rolls of the tongue. It's a really pretty name.
It's white in colour (which also attracted me,as it made me pretty sure there wouldn't be too much mess left in the bath or on my skin) with a little dried rosebud in the top (mine didn't actually have that by the time I got home,it fell out.)
The predominant smell is the lemon - but it's a very sweet,feminine lemon scent - not overpowering or bitter. I could sense other things in there,but nothing I could really pick out as being as strong as the lemon.
To use,I crumbled half under the running taps and pretty quickly thought ''Maybe I should have used a bit less than half...'' because the bath was absolutely BRIMMING with gloriously thick,lemon scented bubbles!
There was barely room for me,but I got in anyway.
After a few minutes I'd managed to pat some of the bubbles away,so that I could lay back and relax - and,relax I did!
I felt all my stresses melting away in this wonderfully feminine bath - because my rosebud had already fallen out,I didn't have to worry about chasing it around the tub,either!
I wasn't expecting a lot from this bubble bar - but with Lush,it's always the quiet ones.
The Amandopondo bubble bar is one of a range of bubble bars made by Lush, who as many will know are a company specialising in producing toiletries which are not only kind to animals, but also are packed full of as many natural ingredients and essential oils as possible.
In terms of bath products to soak in you can either choose their "Ballistics", these are tennis ball sized bombs which explode releasing aromas and generally create an ambiance, and depending on which one you choose can be moisturising too, whereas the bubble slices are really solid bubble baths which you buy in pieces. I wanted to explain this as when I was new to Lush it used to be an overwhelming task to choose items which have now become so familiar to me- like old friends.
Another very important point here is cost because in these difficult economic times these products are more at the luxury end of the market. The bubble slices are good value though as you can break off pieces, so you can generally make each piece last for 3 to 4 baths, and these will have a lot of bubbles to enjoy. The ballistics are more difficult to split so really I purchase these for a treat every now and then.
The Amandopondo bubble slice is probably one of my three favourite bubble slices, if not my favourite. The other two being Blue Skies and Bathos. This little cream pillow is very feminine and I keep coming back to it which is why I think it has to be my number one, as it has a slightly more moisturising action than the others. It is a creamy plain whitish rounded slice which radiates simplicity, and it has a single rose bud for decoration.
The slice contains lemon, orange, and rose oils, and the rose oil they use is rose absolute which is the most expensive and most pure of the oils. Making this is a very skilled process, and it takes a ton of the petals to make a kilo of the oil. The petals have to be picked at dawn, and there is only about a month in May when they can be harvested. Lush use 1/10 of all the rose absolute grown and produced in Turkey, and this bath pillow is one of the products which I feel is a wonderful example of just how gorgeous this rose absolute is.
To use this you simply crumble under warm running water and climb in. It produces lots and lots of scented rose bubbles, and the beauty is they are so moisturising, you really can climb out after half an hour and not have to use any lotions afterwards.
Even better, the beautiful smell lingers on your skin for hours, and the skin stays soothed and moisturised all day long.
Until recently this little bath pillow had really passed me by. I think it looks quite understated in the display, and I have been tempted by the brighter colours of the others, but I have been overlooking the gem, and this is why having used it frequently it has now probably become my favourite of the ones currently on offer.
This is intensely feminine and the smell lingers in the bathroom for the rest of the day. As I have an ensuite bathroom if I leave the door open it will fragrance the bedroom too which is lovely. The rose is the overwhelming scent and the citrus notes of orange and lemon are there to give the fresh morning feel to the bath, but are not really discernable over the beautiful Turkish delight scent.
If you have dry skin or any kind of mild skin problems this one is very good, probably the best of the bubble slices to try.
The product leaves no residue at all on the bath to spoil the moment, except of course for the little rose bud which canoes its way to the plug hole to await rescue at the end.
There is a little story surrounding this bar which is that the word Amandopondo actually means "I'm sorry". A few years ago there was a company called "Fresh" who contested Lush saying it was not fair to use the word "Fresh" on their labels. Lush were horrified at this as obviously it was being used as purely a descriptive word, and so they countersued.The company, then struggling, had by that time had a change of ownership, so the new owners apologised and dropped the case. They were asked to send 12 red roses to symbolise their feelings, and these arrived on Christmas Eve, and the bubble slice Amandopondo was made shortly afterwards.
So I guess if you are sorry for something it would be a wonderful gesture to buy these to signify the feeling. The hope is then that the lemon and orange oils will also join together to uplift the mood of the recipient, and with the aphrodisiac nature of rose oil (which has been known for centuries since Cleopatra carpeted the floor with rose petals when she invited Marc Antony to her room) might re- cement a crumbling relationship going through rocky times.
Whatever stories surround the product and the history of the ingredients contained within it, nothing can detract from the simplicity and beauty of this really feminine and gorgeous bath time treat. Understated and minimal- yes, but an indulgent spa treatment of the highest calibre in my opinion.
£2.30 from all Lush stores and online.
Last night I felt in the mood for a relaxing soak to finish off my book and treat myself to a face mask after a week or so of not being able to use anything on my face due to an eczema flare up. I took pot luck from my bag of Lush goodies and ended up with an Amandopondo bubble bar, I've used this is the past and remember it being a nicely fragranced product so I decided to go with what I know this time rather than trying something new and being disappointed.
This really is a delicious smelling bubble bar, from the moment I removed it from it's little yellow bag I fell in love with the aroma and it really does get better after being crumbled under the water as the steam carries a wonderful citrus/rose scent around my bathroom. It's very easy to crumble and begins to bubble immediately upon hitting the bath water, after no more than 30 seconds there was already a huge pile of bubbles underneath the taps and these bubbles carried on spreading across the top of my bath until there was not an inch of water visible under the immense layer of foam.
While lying in the bath I was struck by how soft and silky my bath water felt, my skin actually felt slippery under the water as though this were a bath oil rather than a dry bath additive. I was in the bath for around an hour and afterwards my skin felt extremely moisturised and soothed, I didn't apply a body lotion as I didn't need one and this is a small miracle for me as it's very rare that I can leave off the extra moisturiser after having a bath or shower. The next morning my skin still felt surprisingly smooth and soft with a good level of moisturisation, another miracle as usually I have to daub myself with a thick and greasy body cream first thing in the morning just to rid myself of the itchiness which seems to descend on me overnight.
The glorious scent of Amandopondo lingers well on my skin, not just for other people to smell but I can actually detect the aroma several hours later myself as it seems to cocoon me in the scent. The fragrance of Amandopondo is quite complex I think, it's very citrussy with the main aroma I can detect being a sweet variation of lemon but underlying this is a fresh rose scent which I absolutely love as rose is one of my favourite scents ever.
To create Amandopondo Lush have used Rose Absolut which is known for its moisturising abilities, and also this ingredient is used widely in aromatherapy as it can help lift your spirits and relax your mind. Lemon Oil and Orange Oil give Amandopondo it's distinctive sweet smell but both of these oils will soothe your skin and help to stimulate your senses, I love the scent from these two ingredients combined as it's more a sherbet lemon aroma than than real natural citrus fruits which I find absolutely delicious.
This is one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush and always has been really even though I don't buy it very often; it smells divine, cleanses and moisturises my skin well plus creates a bath full of bubbles. I'm not sure why I overlook Amandopondo when I visit Lush, perhaps it's because it doesn't stand out amongst all of the brightly coloured goodies in the store. BUT I thoroughly intend to buy it again, at £2.30 it's an average price for a bubble bar and could be used for two baths but I was greedy and used the whole thing in one!
Bubble Bars are my favourite product made by Lush. They are good value and even better if you break them up into three or four pieces for each bath as I do.
The Amandopondo Bubble bar is an inoffensive bubble bar as It has a general rose smell that is not too strong for customers who do not like the very sweet smelling ones, The Amandopondo is great. As I have said, the smell of the bubble bar is on roses with a hint of citrus that you can smell when you crumble the bar under hot running water. The colour of the Amandopondo Bar is round-ish, and off white in colour and they have stuck a rose bud on the top that is pretty cute. This bubble bar is average in Lush prices and comes in at £2.30 each.
Amandopondo gives off great bubbles and last for a good few baths, the aroma that comes off from running it in a hot bath is incredible and fills the bathroom full of rose scents, feels like you have a bunch of flowers in the room and the bathroom smell likes this for days after, its great, just brings a smile to your face when you can just keep smelling it. It leaves my skin really silky soft too, I would definitely recommend this to mu family and friends, a really great smelling Bubble Bar.
Being a huge fan of Lush for the past few years, I've managed to refrain of late from darkening their doors. Not because I don't like the stuff. I'd be mad not to of course but I do resent the prices of the beautiful bath bombs and they're my top choice of Lush products to buy as they are in the main fabulous. So unless I can justify around £3.00 on a bath for a special occasion I have walked past the shop hurridly. Yes its been hard. I even had sleepless nights over it lol
However it was a close friend of mines birthday. I was meeting her for cocktails and a meal and left getting the gift to the very last minute. I thought I'd have loads of time but due to waking up late on the day and buses being unpredictable it left me with a dilemma till I thought about Lush and her mentioning she loved the stuff and I had a 10% off voucher so seemed the perfect solution to grab something on the run. It was.
I picked up for some rock star soap and a creamy candy bath bubble slice (my personal favourites) for her (she's a pink girly girl!). I never realised I was so selfish until this day! I left the shop wanting to keep an item so I rushed back and purchased myself some soap and this Amandopondo Bubble bar so I wouldn't look tight lol.
I remember a sales advisor in the store demonstrating this product to me ages ago so I though I should give it a go and it would perhaps be a bit more economical so I would be able to justify buying it!
What Lush Say About This Product....
Lemon and rose to help you forgive and forget. The Amandopondo is scented with rose absolute with a twist of lemon and orange oils. Each little cream pillow of Bubble Bar has a rosebud on top to symbolise an appeal for forgiveness, like a bunch of roses, but a lot more useful. Present one to anyone to whom you owe an apology; once they have bathed in its fragrant foam with rose to soothe resentment, lemon to clear the mind and orange to lift the spirits, all should be forgiven.
It weighs about 100g. It's round and has a good depth to it. Cream in colour with light lilac flecks and a dried small rose bud on the top. (Exactly the same as the review photograph on the top of this page).
Well being a bar you can use the whole thing crumbled under warm taps or split it. I've heard people talk about these products and they say they have had as many as 3 baths from one bar or slice. Well I'm a bit more generous that that (believe it or not)and mine split into two and it was simple to do so. So I split it and crumbled it in taking off the dried rose so I wouldn't get rubbish in my bath or sit on a pointy bit and I ran my water to the brim.
Lots of big, white rich bubbles. The harder and faster you run your taps the more bubbles you get. As I added my crumbly mix I swished my hand in it to help me get some bubbles to start with. Half a slice was more than enough to satisfy my need for luxury! There were loads and they felt creamy to the touch.
Delicious and not overpowering in any way. It isn't the most fragrant of Lush products by any means but it is very nice. The main ingredients in this to give the fragrance are Lemon, Orange and Rose.
For me the main smell was rose in a very pretty, delicate way with a hint of lemon in the background and I couldn't smell orange at all. The ingredients are so well blended that it makes the smell a bit unidentifiable really. It has a nice musky undertone to it and is fresh and light at the same time. It's a nice smell and I'm sure most suited to a woman's nasal passage in the main.
So Having The Bath....
Happy with the look of my bath and the smell it all came down to did it feel good? Well I can tell you this. Though not the most visually exciting all singing all dancing type of product this was marvelous. My bubbles and the smell lasted the duration of my two hour long soak. Why did I stay in so long? Well not just cos I'm a tight get and getting my moneys worth, oh no. It was because it felt so fantastic and enticing and I never wanted to get out. My bubbles stayed put for the duration of my stay but if I'd have wanted more I could have added more water to the mix!
The water kissed and caressed my body all over. This is one of the most moisturising bath products I have ever used (Lush or not). It didn't feel greasy or sticky and was definitely none drying. It just really moisturised my skin in a way I had never really felt before. I used some Lush soap in conjunction with this and shaved my legs and I'm telling you now it really did give me a close shave and I had no nicks or cuts and I felt it really helped me not lose any natural moisture and I felt silky smooth all over. Also I have long hair that does occasionally hit bath water by accident (I don't wash my hair in bath water) and it never made my hair feel dry at all which I find to be quite unusual.
When I got out of the bath I felt so calm and relaxed which I wasn't expecting for a citrus based bath product renown for waking up and energising you. This really didn't do that to me. I just felt so soft to the touch and smelt very pleasant and calm.
The smell didn't hang around in my bathroom for long but do bear in mind that I split my bar so if your more generous than me and use the lot I guess you would get even better results, more bubbles and more smell! Do be aware though that this is meant to give you more than one use so I think the smell really is just meant to be delicate.
I'm impressed by a product that doesn't stain or leave rubbish in the bath, also I didn't need to rinse bath out due to a greasy residue or colour or anything. I only rinsed cos of the amount of body hair I threatened to leave behind!
It isn't the most visually pleasing to the eye when purchased but if you have dry skin or you've been sunbathing this is a godsend and do bear in mind just cos something looks amazing you lose that as soon as you add water anyway! lol!
I love it because as I have said the smell is delicate so I can layer my own scent over the top without stinking to high heaven so it's a nice base for if your going out for the evening and what more that can you ask than a really close shave on your pins! Skin stays hydrated for hours in a none greasy way and you can go play! Blinking fabulous Lush!
Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine , Perfume , Pink Rosebud (Rosa centifolia) , Cocamide DEA , Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) , Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis) , Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena) , *Citral , Geraniol , Citronellol , Limonene , Linalool
Exclusive to Lush priced £2.35 each.
How did I come across Amandopondo? My sister asked me a while ago whether I preferred fruity or floral bath products and I answered with a definite 'fruity' thinking along the lines of cherry or apple scents enveloping me. I was a bit peeved when a couple of weeks later she handed me this . When I said fruity I didn't mean lemon or orange. In fact I'm not a big fan of citrus smellies at all, they always seem to have a slightly bitter scent.
Amandopondo is a combination of rose absolute and lemon and orange oil with (as is usual for Lush products) each ingredient having specific benefits at bathtime. This particular bubble bar claims to refresh, revive and calm the mind - just what I need sometimes... There's a little story behind the rose absolute used in Amandopondo, once someone copied a Lush recipe and then unsuccessfully tried to sue the company for them copying HIS idea. It fell through (doh!) and Lush had a clause written into the settlement making the copycat send them six red roses to say 'sorry'. They then found out that Amandopondo means 'I am defeated' so once scented with rose this innocent looking little bubble bar is actually a p*ss take directed at whoever tried to copy them that time! That appealed to my twisted frame of mind anyway...
Anyway, I digress. Amandopondo. It looks amusing in a shaped like a boob kinda way, you've got a slightly flattened hump of a bubble bar with a dried rose stuck on the top looking like it wants to be a nipple in it's next incarnation. Deliberate? Perhaps as well as the 'I am defeated' dig Lush want to let the world know this copycat now looks a right tit? Heehee Another batch of amusement (intentional or not) coming my way.
The smell was what surprised me with Amandopondo. Opening the bag I stuck my nose in for a sniff and smelled a delicious aroma of lemons, not the bitter stink of real lemon but lemony in a sherbert lemon way. I can detect a very subtle rose scent lingering in the background but the orange isn't apparent at all expect for a general citrus aroma about the bar. In it's dry state this bubble bar smells absolutely gorgeous.
But who cares about its dry state? You're not about to take the dry bar and rub it over yourself, are you? You're going to do the decent thing and crumble it under running water to produce zillions of bubbles, being careful not to get any soap products in the water otherwise this will greatly hamper your attempts at filling your bath with fragrant bubbles and they'll go all flat and scummy. That's what I do anyway. Once I've crumbled the bar under the tap (if you crumble it under the cold water you get waaaaay more bubbles) the amount of bubbles produced is amazing. There's a pretty thick layer of small soft bubbles along the whole length of the bath which is pretty impressive compared to my usual Original Source bubble bath which produces tonnes of bubbles at the tap end but not so much as a lather in the water at the other end!
Bubbles are bubbles though, what I love about Amondopondo is the smell. As I'm crumbling the bar the bathroom fills with a gorgeous rose aroma, the flowery smell is much stronger than when the bar's dry. The orange and lemon have taken a back seat but they're still there blending with the rose and creating a lucious fruity/floral hybrid of a smell. You really have to experience Amandopondo yourself to get a true picture but I can tell you it's an abso-bloody-lovely smell. The scent fragrances the whole of my pretty big bathroom and is still evident in the air when I'm ready to get out of the bath an hour or two later with the rose smell clinging to my skin even after I'm dry and sitting in my dressing gown.
Amandopondo is one of the most moisturising Lush bubble bars I've tried, most of them leave my skin in desperate need of moisturiser when I've dried myself off but with this one I left the moisturiser off until the next morning and there wasn't an itch to be felt. I've found a great way to get even more moisturisation from your bar, grab a handful of the bubbles and gently pat them on your skin. The bubbles will pat down to a soft lather which I then rub on my skin, the lather feels beautifully creamy and my skin seems to drink in the moisturising capabilities of the bubbles.
So... it's delicious. Definitely my Lush favourite for the moment. At £1.90 for a 100g 'boob shaped' bar it's on a par with the majority of bubble bars which Lush produce. I love it. The dried rose bud on the top softens in the bath but stays in one piece (unlike the Sex Bomb bath ballistic) which means no having to fish slimy flakes of rose petal out of the plughole afterwards. Also because it's a white bar there's no dirty tidemark (Honey Bee!) around the bath when you've run the water out so a quick blast with the shower is enough to leave the bath clean for the next person.
Which will probably be me with another Amandopondo...