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There are not many environments I would rather be in than in a hot bubble bath complete with candles and music (I even have a bath time playlist). Sunday nights are my 'relax nights'. This is when I mellow out in the bath, pamper myself and just have a bit of 'me' time before another hectic week begins. For me, these baths wouldn't be half as enjoyable if it were not for the different products I put in them. Usually I buy lots of Lush goodies to add to my bath but Bomb Cosmetics have received some of my attention lately and I've decided to give a few of these products a try. I purchased one of these Chocolate Ballotin Gift Boxes from Amazon when I received a voucher from Dooyoo to treat myself with. ----- Who are Bomb Cosmetics? ----- Bomb Cosmetics are a very friendly cosmetic company who make a wide range of bath bombs and similar items, soaps, body butters and scrubs, bubble bath, shower gels, hair, lip, skin, hand and foot care items, candles, wax melts and plenty more. The company pride their selves on their items being hand made in an environmentally friendly way. None of their products, or ingredients in their products, has been tested on animals and the vast majority of vegan friendly. This is massively important to me as I do not use any cosmetic products tested on animals and it's nice to know whatever I buy from this company is safe for me to use without having to read through loads of tiny writing on labels. ----- Price & Availability ----- Some Bomb Cosmetics items are sold in independent shops although the range offered is usually only small so there's a good chance this particular gift set won't be found. You can check the Bomb Cosmetics website (www.bombcosmetics.co.uk) to find a store near you selling their items. Otherwise you'll have to buy this product online. It can be purchased from the Bomb Cosmetics website, Ebay, Amazon and a few other online cosmetic retailers more often than not costing £9.99 ----- What's in the Box? ----- There are six bath products neatly contained inside a white box with brown ribbon with 'Bomb Cosmetics' written on it wrapped around the centre. There's a tag attached to this ribbon stating what is inside the box and a leaflet inside giving you some general information about the Bomb Cosmetic brand and their products. The box looks quite simple but elegant and I'd certainly have no problem sticking it, as it comes, inside a gift bag if I were to be giving this to someone as a present. The box's content is as follows: Chocolate Bath Mallow Chocolate Orange Bath Creamer Chocolate Bath Gem Chocolate Bath Meltz Vanilla Bath Creamer Heart Buttercup Each item is beautifully presented and is certainly very easy on the eye. They may smell good enough to eat but they also look good enough to eat too. In fact a couple of them look as though they belong in a window display of an expensive cake store on Edinburgh's Royal Mile or something! ----- The Products ----- I'm struggling to see the difference between any of these items for instance, I see no difference between a Bath Mallow and a Bath Creamer. Even the descriptions of these items in the Bomb Cosmetics website seem to say the exact thing with a slight rewording for each item. Basically, each one is to be left to dissolve in bath water for it to release its mix of cocoa and shea butters along with lavender, geranium and/or ylang ylang flower oils - the only three essential oils Bomb Cosmetics seem to acknowledge. This will then leave you to bathe in silky smooth bath water which will subsequently leave your skin silky smooth too, simple! With the exception of the Vanilla Bath Creamer I found all of these smelt pretty much identical. They all had quite a weak, artificial chocolate scent with, some bizarre reason, a gentle hint of a minty undertone. Whilst I did quite enjoy this minty scent and found it to be quite a pleasing scent to add to my bath (it is, after all, quite a fresh, clean smell) I didn't quite see the relevance of my supposedly chocolate scented bath products having it, it seemed very misplaced and I can't say I'm convinced it was deliberate. The Vanilla Bath Creamer, fortunately, smelled perfect. It was a sweet and surgery vanilla scent which, whilst weak, did ensure such a scent never became overpowering and sickly. This was by far my favourite one. However this, just like the other five products, left my nostrils rather underwhelmed when in use. I'm used to similar bath products from Lush. More often than not these leave behind some absolutely amazing scents which fill my bathroom whilst I bathe, scent my skin and hair and continue to linger adding a lovely aroma in my bathroom for a good few hours after my bath. These, however, just dissolved. No scent was detectable during or after my bath using these. None of them scented my bathroom, none of them scented my skin and none of them scented my hair. Unless I was up close having a sniff of one prior to sticking it in my bath it could have been an unscented product for all I could smell. They do, however, look stunning. Their appearance by far beats Lush's products. Some even contained real chocolate decoration! Opening my box of bath products was like opening a box of chocolates. They were very pretty and very pleasing on the eye. Two, namely the Chocolate Bath Gem and the Heart Buttercup, even came presented in little paper cupcake holders. But, again, once dropped in the bath these pleasing appearance changed into not-so-appealing appearances. Every single one just turned my bath a sort of murky grey colour; it closely resembled the bath water my dogs leave behind when I bathe them! They all took forever to fully dissolve as well, about five minutes each I would say. Granted five minutes isn't exactly a massive amount of time but when you're just watching a bath product, waiting for it to disappear, time does tend to drag. Thankfully it's all doom as far as these things were concerned. Whilst none of them particularly left my bath or smelling very good they did leave it feeling divine. Each one left my bath beautifully soft and, in terms of feel, added some definite luxury to my bath. My skin was left so soft, smooth, hydrated and supple after removing myself from a bath containing of these products that I didn't even feel the need to moisturise afterwards. I have very dry and tight skin, moisturising after a bath or shower is usually an absolute must for me so this is a pretty big deal! I personally found these were best put to use as a sort of shaving gel. If I dipped them under water to start the dissolving process and just rubbed them down my wet skin they left a thin lather behind which made my skin beautifully soft after shaving and acted as a very good replacement for a shaving foam/cream/gel albeit extremely pricey for such a product! ----- The Verdict ----- I think the fact I have been able to describe the effects of these products collectively all the way through this review shows how similar they all were. Appearance is the only real difference between them aside from the Vanilla Bath Creamer which had a slightly different scent. All the chocolate products smelled exactly the same (which wasn't a very good smell), they all dissolved the same way, left my bath looking and smelling the same way and had the same effects on my skin. I personally don't feel there needs to be as many of these things as there are. Whilst they are extremely moisturising I cannot think of anything else particularly wonderful to say about these and I really don't think I'll be bothering with trying any of the other countless amounts of bath bomb type products sold by Bomb Cosmetics. I don't feel the offer value for money. Individually they cost about the same as such Lush products do and don't have anywhere near the amount of positive impact Lush's do. I really like the ideas and values the company hold. Handmade, natural, cruelty free cosmetics are always a really good thing in my book and I wish more companies aspired to being the same. Unfortunately I don't think Bomb Cosmetics have quite worked out how to make good, successful and pleasing products holding these values. Of course, such things do exist; many companies have proved that it is possible to make items as good as, and even better, than the likes of things churned out by P&G etc. You can make something smell wonderful without adding millions of artificial ingredients into it, for example. Bomb Cosmetics don't seem to have worked out how just yet though. I felt the products contained in this set were disappointing. They held so much potential and, upon initially opening the box, I thought they'd be great. After using a couple I stopped looking forward to my Bomb Cosmetic filled baths though and ended up dully seeing them all through just the purpose of this review really. All in all, I wouldn't recommend. I'm interested to try some of the other products Bomb Cosmetics do, solid shampoos, bath scrubs, shower gels etc to see if these offer any improvement but bath mallows, creamers and melts etc? Definitely not. I'll be steering clear.
For Christmas of this year I received a number of 'stocking-filler' type gifts like this Bomb cosmetics bath bomb set from my boyfriend he is generally quite clueless when it comes to purchasing gifts for me so I'd hazard at a guess that he found this set on Amazon after looking at the women's best sellers or something like that! I don't tend to treat myself to items like this but they are a great treat and a perfect gift idea. Bomb cosmetics have been likened to the ever-popular Lush cosmetics so-much-so that they even gift wrap their boxes in funky paper and offer the same type of product- bath items such as bath bombs, bath rocks and various body washes amongst others. Both Bomb cosmetics and Lush hand-make their products and they tend to be quite wacky for example chocolate scented body wash. As I peeled back the tacky Christmas wrapping paper this year I was greeted with a white, slightly patent white box which had a brown bow tied around it I loved the understated design and it looked expensive and professional. It also had a gift tag attached to it which detailed the contents of the box just like a tin of Miniature Heroes! Inside, after I have got through the protective tissue paper, I was greeted with 6 assorted bath bombs and a mixed aroma filled the air which was sweet and slightly chocolatey. The bath bombs were all of varying sizes, shapes, colours, designs and scents which makes it a great gift idea because it ensures that there is something in there for everyone! Vanilla Bath Creamer This bath bomb is an off white colour with brown/black speckles and is in a solid ball formation. To touch it is quite heavy and soft and is a very decent size. Chocolate Orange Bath Creamer Chocolate orange bath creamer is a pinky/peach ball with large brown speckles. This one has a slightly zingy scent to it which intensifies once in the water. Chocolate Bath Mallow This one is more of a cupcake shape and is lilac in colour with white detailing on the top which really does make it look like a cupcake with white icing which is very girly and cute! Chocolate Bath Gem Another cupcake shaped bath bomb which is white and pink with brown sprinkles on the top and comes in a dissolvable paper cupcake case. Chocolate Bath Meltz Although it is thinner than the rest it is still a very decent size, it is finished off with white and brown detailing. Heart Buttercup Probably my favourite out of the 6 bath bombs included in this set, again it is shaped like a cupcake, is white in colour with a brown love heart in the middle, adorable! Using the bath bombs couldn't be simpler, just pop them into your bath water and watch them fizz and lather whilst at the same time releasing the most delicious scents. The bath bombs contain cocoa and shea butter meaning that they make your skin so very soft just by being present in your bath water. I have also noticed that the sweet scent stays present on the skin when I have left the bath which is a big advantage for me. Their products are made with essential oils which reduces the risk of irritation, also. Bicorbonate of soda is also present and while these bath bombs do not alter the colour of your bath water (which I particularly like) it does soften the water and makes for hours of relaxation and moisturisation. As I have said, all Bomb cosmetics products are hand made from the manufacturing, to the cutting, to the detail which makes each one very personal and special. Bomb are also a very environmentally focused brand and use recyclable products in their manufacturing process, alongside this they also do not test any of their products on animals which is quite rare for a cosmetics brand but very refreshing. Currently they are retailing this product on Amazon for £8.47 (July 2011) which is on par, and at times cheaper, than Lush cosmetics. £8.47, I believe, is quite a reasonable price especially for 6 bath bombs taking everything into consideration such as Bomb Cosmetics ethos and perfect designs. This set would make a great gift or a treat for yourself for some well-deserved 'you time'.
The chocolate bath box by Bomb Cosmetics was a gift I received Christmas from my fiancé. As I was unwrapping the paper I could smell a lovely sweet chocolate scent, and was pleasantly surprised by the little things as I hadn't heard of Bomb Cosmetics before. It came in a white card box with brown ribbon neatly wrapped round in a nice little bow and on top was attached a little tag showing you what treats were in the box of the chocolate goodies. Looking like mini chocolates you see in a shop window. Opening the box there were six little bath bombs all very unique looking, and the aromas from all of them were delicious, good enough to eat (though I wouldn't try and eat them of course!) Wanting to know more about Bomb Cosmetics I had a look at their web site, where I found that all of their products are hand made by there fully trained staff, they use natural ingredients all containing natural Cocoa Butter and essential oils, all products are fully inspected before release of sale and that they believe in animal rights and the protection of our environment. All in all I was very pleased when reading. Chocolate Buttercup This cute little bath bomb looked like a little cupcake, all white with a brown love heart on top, this one has to be my favourite! It melted quite quick and smelt divine, like a cup of hot coco! Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Theobroma Cacoa (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Bean, Parfum (Fragrance), Pelargonium Graveolens, (Geranium) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool. Double Chocolate Chip Bath Gem Which looked again like a cupcake but with a big swirl of gorgeous icing on top, covered with luscious chocolate sprinkles. Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citric Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 73015 (Blue 2), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40). Chocolate Bath Mallow Looked like a perfect mini chocolate sponge cake drizzled with yellow icing very appealing to the eye. Again this one smelt like a cup of coco, made me feel extremely relaxed but wanted a chocolate bar fix too! Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citric Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 73015 (Blue 2), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 16035 (Red 40). Coffee Mocha Bath Meltz This one however was my least favourite of the bunch. It was still nice but took a really long time to melt in the bath despite my water being red hot! It looked like a chocolate biscuit with a squirt of cream on top complete with several real coffee beans. Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citric Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Bean, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Linalool, CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 73015 (Blue 2), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40). Chocolate Orange Bath Creamer This looked like a pale pink ball with incrusted chocolate sprinkles, very eye catching. It was the fastest to dissolve from the pack and was gone in just a few seconds, having tiny orange aromas hitting you as you got into the bath. Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citric Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aqua (Water), Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Bean, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Linalool, CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 73015 (Blue 2), CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 16035 (Red 40). Vanilla Bath Creamer Again this one looked like a ball, cream in colour with little flakes of chocolate throughout. When this one had melted mini chocolate flakes where floating round the bath then slowly dissolved .Could just be me but I thought it looked really pretty. Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Fruit Butter, Parfum (Fragrance), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Seed, Aqua (Water), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, CI 19140 (Yellow 5). Apart from the Mocha bath bomb I was over the moon with this box of treats, very easy to use- just drop one into a warm bath and after it's all fizzed and melted away just sink into your bath and relax. After each use of the bath bombs my skin felt very soft, moisturised and cleansed even after shaving, my legs felt smoother than ever. The scents off the bombs were all very similar, just little hints of the other ingredients came through once dissolved. My chocolate box has now all been used up, and I shall be definitely be buying another, my skin never felt so good after bathing before! Having been on the website I've found that this box costs £9.99, working out around £1.66 each per bath bomb which is way cheaper than Lush products I've read so much about. Get Fresh Cosmetics Ltd t/a Bomb Cosmetics Unit 4, Wallisdown Industrial Estate, 502 Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 8PT Tel: ++44 (0) 1202 859059 Fax: ++44 (0) 1202 859259 www.bombcosmetics.co.uk Excellent 5 out of 5 from me!
My mate gave me this Chocolate Ballotin Gift Box and I hate to say but I've not enjoyed many of the products in it and would have been gutted if I'd spent a tenner on it. It comes in a nice fancy box that makes the bath bombs look like posh chocolates, the bombs are also chocolate shaped and coloured so they do look proper nice. Some of them are even in little paper cases so that makes them look wicked too. There are 6 bath bombs and they're a lot smaller than I was expecting them to be, I'm used to the big Lush ballistics and these might look gorgeous but they don't look big enough to do much in a full bath of water. They might look nice but out of the 6 of them there has only been one I really loved, and another 2 were ok but the last 3 were horrible. The products you get in this Chocolate Ballotin gift set are: CHOCOLATE BATH MALLOW You put this in the bath and it melts putting loads of cocoa butter in the water. I didn't like this one at all and didn't think it smelled that good either, it's got a strong chocolate flavour but it's a bit branny too I think. It makes the water mega greasy and I had to have a shower after my bath because I couldn't stand the oily feel on my skin when I'd dried myself. CHOCOLATE BATH MELTZ and CHOCOLATE ORANGE BATH CREAMER The same as above, the chocolate orange one smells nice at least but it's got the same horrible greasy feeling as the rest of them. VANILLA BATH CREAMER and CHOCOLATE BATH GEM These are the ok ones, they both smell proper nice and leave you smelling like vanilla for ages after your bath. They've got a bit of a greasy feel as well but it's a nice moisturising grease like when you use bath oil. Both these left my skin feeling lovely and soft but it's the weird greasiness of them that put me off a bit. HEART BUTTERCUP This is my fave out of all of them and I wish I could buy them seperate to the giftset. It makes the water mega soft, it's the only one out of the set that does that and it's majorly moisturising on my skin but WITHOUT being greasy. The smell is gorgeous, it's a bit like cocoa but has got a nice buttery smell as well. It's quite strong but is faint on your skin and ends up smelling like the yummiest talc ever. Over all I wasn't mad keen on this gift set and I thought that was a shame because I've had some of Bomb Cosmetics fruity bath bombs and they're wicked, but these chocolate themed ones are proper disappointing. Not Recommended!!!
I orignally bought this set as a christmas gift for someone, but it looked so good I had to order one for myself, and boy am I glad that I did. These cute little bath treats look like real cakes and sweets, and smell so great too. Made by Bomb Cosmetics, they are handmade and the company also cares about the environment. I had not heard of bomb cosmetics before, but I was surfing Amazon for christmas gifts and came across these, and thought they were so cute. Not only do they look like chocolates, they come in a beautiful box that looks like it contains luxury chocolates, and has a lovely ribbon on it too, along with a little leaflet explaining the company, and what products are in the box. I have quite dry, flaky skin naturally, and its hard to find products that do not irritate my skin, so I was firstly sceptical of these bath bombs, but that soon melted away, just like the bomb in the bath. Pop one of these into a running tub, and you will soon have a beautiful fragrance and a bath full of skin loving water, mostly shea butter, which is great for extra dry skin. Made my skin feel great, and that is no easy feat I can tell you. Anyone who loves a good soak in the bath should try these bath bombs, and anyone with skin problems - these are great, trust me. I was so relaxed after a bath with one of these in, I couldn't wait for my next bath!