Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Amandopondo Bubble Bar
Member Name: catsholiday
Amandopondo Bubble Bar
Date: 30/08/10, updated on 27/10/11 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Softening and moisturising
Disadvantages: Expensive and not really that strong a scent
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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Summary: A bit disappointing Lush