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I always think it's so unfair that there are far more exciting bath treats than there are shower ones - not least because I can't remember the last time I had a bath, with or without a bomb, melt or other concoction. So, I was very happy to receive a couple of Bomb Cosmetics' shower goodies for my birthday. The company has a range of bath and shower treats, designed to "make you feel special every time you use them". On their website they also say their fragrances are designed to make your mouth water, or remind you of special times, which explains why they have an ice cream range - after all, what is ice cream if not a mouth-watering, special (or everyday) treat?
The Ice Cream Body Wash is called a shower gel, but it's far from liquid. It has a consistency more like warmed Vaseline or, as the Bomb Cosmetics people describe it, is semi-solid at room temperature. To use it you scoop a bit out and then either use it alone, or on a sponge or poof. In a hot shower it melts quickly and you don't need much to cover your whole body. All Bomb Cosmetics products are hand-made, and I've seen some in stores looking very fancy. This isn't one of those, as it's essentially a bag of something that's a lot like wax or butter, but you'd never know it wasn't mass produced (and I mean that as a compliment).
This isn't the most bubbly of shower gels, but you do get a mild lather off it. The upside of this is that you're not left with a shower full of bubbles when you're finished, as the few that do appear scoot quickly down the drain. The body wash is, however, rich and creamy and almost buttery in consistency and since it contains shea butter, it helps to moisturise your skin. In winter I tend to slap on body lotion as soon as I am out of a shower to prevent that nasty tight skin feeling, but it's not necessary after using this as the body wash leaves your skin feeling more moisturised than a lot of products.
This is the 'Chilla Vanilla' one in the range, and as you'd expect, comes with a vanilla scent. This isn't quite as strong or as pure as I had thought, and has a hint of cocoa butter to it too, but it is very nice and sweet and really wakes me up in the morning as it fills the shower as you wash, though it only lingers momentarily once you're out and getting dressed. Some people might find it a bit sweet - in addition to vanilla and cocoa butter, it has traces of caramel too - but I think it's fine, and never object to ice cream (for eating or bathing with) whatever time of day it is. I prefer morning showers but I can imagine it would be nice and relaxing before bed too, sending you off for some sweet dreams.
So, it's an easy to use, moisturising treat that smells nice and is designed for use in the shower. Any less good features? The only one that bugs me is the design of the pack. It comes in a pot modelled on an ice cream tub, and is made of a sort of cardboard. Inside the body wash is in a see through zip-lock bag which is easy to open, and allows you to see how much you have left. The problem is the tub itself: cardboard is not designed to get wet which makes it a bit pointless for a shower product. In my house I have a bathroom with a shower over the bath, and a separate shower room. I tend to use the latter which has a nice cubicle, but there's nowhere in it I can store this product and not have it disintegrate almost immediately which I discovered when I used another scent in the range. So, I'm left with two options, either decant it into something else (like Tupperware) or keep it outside the shower and not shut the door quite to, so I can access it once I'm wet. I understand why they've done it the way they have, but it seems it would only work well on the side of a bath, out of reach of the shower spray, and lots of people these days have separate showers. Since it's not an aesthetically winning product, to decant it would lose some of its charm, but then so would keeping it in a sopping wet, peeling tub that was once pretty but now not so much.
This item retails at £5.99 for 275g, and though the tub lasts ages, I still think it's a lot (and am glad the gift giver found it on offer, hence me getting two pots). There are 6 in the range, but I've only tried this and the mint one. I definitely like the smell for a shower product, and I love the way it moisturises, but they need to sort out their packaging. That aside, based on this experience I would be very interested in trying other items in the Bomb range - so long as they're for showers not icky, wasteful baths.
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