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I received a Bomb Cosmetics gift set at Christmas and having never used any of their products before then I was looking forward to trying these out, as I am already a fan of Lush products.
'Love Buds Bath Mallow' is one of the products that came in the gift set, but individually is priced at £2.24.
I wasn't entirely sure what this product was meant to do exactly as the tag attached to the gift set tells you what each of the products are called and the main ingredients in them, but doesn't say how to use it. All I knew was that you had to put it in your bath, but wasn't sure when. I looked online and on the Bomb Cosmetics website it states these directions for use:
"Drop your Bomb Cosmetics Bath Mallow into a warm bath and it will fizz softly, releasing its moisturising Cocoa and Shea Fruit Butters into the water to moisturise your skin. Our Bath Mallows also contain wonderful perfumes and essential oils to make your bath smell beautiful. Please ensure you wash any petals away from the bath after use to prevent accidental staining."
If you are aware of the different types of Lush products then you will notice this is just the same as there bath melts. They are designed to make your bath creamy and soft, also making your skin soft, whilst smelling lovely at the same time. They do not produce bubbles, and I placed this in my bath last anyway just as I got in it, so it fizzed around me quietly and slowly. If like me you like to have bubbles in your bath, then you can still add your own because when I did this the bubbles didn't disappear when I added the bath mallow. I know a lot of products when added to the bath water can make any existing bubbles disappear very quickly! I therefore tend to stay away from any of these products because I cannot have a bath without any bubbles!
Now for the ingredients of the 'Love Buds' bath mallow. This includes cocoa and shea butter, which is there to moisturise and nourish. There are rose and lavender oils added which are meant to help you relax and also makes the bath water feel very silky like. I loved the scent of this bath mallow because the lavender is the main note that I can detect when in the bath. I'm not really a fan of lavender except for in bath products as I do believe it really helps you relax and makes you feel sleepy, so great if you are going to bed after.
There was lots of petals floating around my bath and because of the oils in the bath I found they very easily stuck to my skin when I lifted any part of my body out of the water. So do make sure that you have wiped them all off you before you get out. You are advised to rinse the petals out afterwards to prevent staining and so this is what I did because there was loads left lying in the bath.
Whilst in the bath my skin felt noticeably very soft and smooth. It did remain very soft when I got out but unfortunately the next day it wasn't. So you do need to enjoy this while it lasts. It would be good if going out afterwards when your skin still feels very soft, but I would only recommend using this particular bath mallow before going to bed because it makes you feel tired, and definitely not wanting to have to go out after!
If lavender isn't for you then there are lots of other bath mallows to choose from by Bomb Cosmetics. I was shocked to find so many on the website and I am now very keen to try out more! I can't help but compare the Bomb Cosmetics to Lush now. I have some favourites from Lush that I will always use but others that I have found to be a complete waste of money, and so I am cautious to try new products from Lush due to their prices, unless the products are given to me as gifts. However, the Bomb Cosmetics products are cheaper and so I wouldn't mind buying these myself and trying them out. So you might see a lot more reviews of Bomb Cosmetics pop up from me in the near future!
Unfortunately I do not have any shops near me that stock this brand and so cannot give any shop names as to where you can expect to find these products. Instead i have to order online directly from their website, or alternatively from Amazon or eBay.
Just before Christmas I was a very lucky girl indeed and was told I had won a gift hamper from Dooyoo as part of a competition. I was told to expect something to arrive very soon, and in the week between Christmas and New Years Eve, I kept getting amazon parcels arriving containing a wonderful selection of items. One of the items that is only really suitable for me was a gift set of 5 items from Bomb Cosmetics. This was exquisitely wrapped up within proper wrapping paper.
Opening the paper, I discovered there were 5 different items within the gift set which all looked really well made and attractive. The first one I chose to try was the Love Buds Bath Mallow which looks like a little cupcake. Although mine was part of a set, if you are interested in trying this one it is available on amazon for a cost of £2.20.
While my bath mallow looked similar to the one above, I noticed that the white section was a lot taller and more sort of conical in appearance. It had the same pink and white layers, the little seedy bits and the little pink flower, but was just taller. To give you an idea of scale, it is the size of a mini-muffin like the fabulous baking boys range rather than the huge american style muffins you can buy.
I don't often use products as nice as this in my bath. I have never bought anything from Lush, and my bathtime experience usually consists of a slosh of bubble bath or a few bath crystals, or the occasional bath bomb from gift sets at Christmas, so I was looking forward to trying this gorgeous looking item but a bit unsure what to expect.
I started running myself a lovely warm bath, and added this to the water once I had a good inch or so in the bottom of the bath. Our bath is a huge P shaped one, so it requires a good amount of water to fill it as deep as I like, so this was going to be a real treat.
I found that the mallow started to fizz instantly, though when I have used round bath bombs these actually whizz around in the bath. This one seemed to stay within a much smaller area of the bath, but I guess the shape and heaviness affect the movement somewhat. I touched the mallow, and found the white bit to be really smooth on my finger, and the pink bit quite rough in comarison. Both parts seemed to break down at a similar rate, and the bath water started taking on a slightly milky appearance as the oils were released. I noticed that the oil sat on the top of the water, and these small bits appeared that at first looked like seeds, but gradually these opened up with the water so there were small reddish looking flowers floating in the bath around me.
I noticed straight away that my skin that had been in contact with the water was delightfully smooth to the touch from the cocoa and shea butter, and there was a lovely floral smell from the rose and lavender oils that were in the bath mallow. I sat in the bath for a full hour reading, and the smell lasted the whole time I was in the bath, but by the end I was getting a bit fed up of slipping around in the bath from the oils and I decided to get out.
While the bath itself was very nice, I noticed when I got out that as the bath water drained, there was a film of oil left around my bath where the water had touched. All the little flowers had stuck to this and were left when the water ran out. As I am not the only member of my household, and my kids were likely to be the next in the bath, I knew that this needed to be removed straightaway. I felt this undid a little of the relaxation when I had to get my cleaning stuff out and start cleaning the bathroom as soon as I was done. I found that the bath cleaned fairly easily with my cleaning spray, so it wasn't undone entirely but the chemical scent spoiled the aroma from the oils a bit.
After drying I found that my skin was really well moisturised, and this last overnight and until my next shower. The skin on my hands and feet I should have moisturised a bit more before getting dressed, but the rest of my skin was lovely and smooth.
Overall, I think this was a lovely pampering treat. It certainly made for a different bath compared to sitting in bubbles. I think this was a high quality product, and the ingredients were gentle and soothing on the skin and perfect for a relaxing bath before bedtime. It is something I would purchase again as a special treat, but not something I would use every week as I disliked having to clean the bath straight away after the bath so it was safe for my family to use again. It's price seems to be in line with what other reviewers have said for lush products, and the scent and moisturising properties seem well linked and appealed to me a lot.
My first experience of a bath mallow has been a good one, and I can't wait now to try out other items within this range from my gift set.
It's been a while since I used a Bomb Cosmetics product in my bath, though getting a little gift box full to the brim of things to try was a lovely surprise.
One of the products I was eager to try was the Bath Mallow Love Bud. Bath Mallows are described as being beautifully handmade containing enough Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter to fill a bath with rich, moisturising, nourishing, creamy goodness, which to me sounds delightful and even though I have tried a few of these in the past, it has been a while.
Love Bud looks like a lovely big cupcake with cream on the top, the kind of cakes I dream of being able to make, but always cheat and buy them. With a pastel pink base and a fluffy looking cream top, decorated with a pink flower and Lavender seeds, this Bath Mallow not only smells wonderful, it also looks good enough to eat. Bomb Cosmetics themselves describe it as a "sensuous, relaxing Bath Mallow dripping with Cocoa and Shea Butter to moisturise and nourish. We have also blended Rose and Lavender essential oils to relax" and after my first day back at work, this sounded almost too good to be true.
When using this kind of product, it does come with instructions, but if you are used to Lush products then it is the same process. Run your bath to your desired temperature and as soon as there are one or two inches of water, place the Bath Mallow into it. As soon as it makes contact with the water it begins to fizz softly within the water, spinning around and similarly to Lush products, it is the inclusion of Sodium Bicarbonate that makes this product fizz within the water and if like me you live in a hard water area, it helps to soften the water. The other thing you might also notice is the aroma which is carried through the steam of your water and you can immediate recognise the familiar Cocoa/Shea butter aroma and also the lavender, which for me is wonderful because it has become one of my favourite aromas, particularly if I am wanting to relax. As the Bath Mallow dissolved into the water, not only did the water turn a light pastel pink, but the Lavender petals were visible, floating, whereas everything else has dissolved but there are no bubbles, which I was partly disappointed about, but, not put off trying this out.
As mentioned this product is accompanied by a wonderful aroma and again, similarly to Lush there is a long list of ingredients to wade through but for me there are a few worthy of a mention. Cocoa Butter and Shea butter are both present and they are known for their wonderful moisturising properties on the skin, leaving it feeling moisturised, soft and smooth. Lavender Oil which is soothing for the skin and it is also soothing and calming on the nerves, helps by relieving tension, helps with depression and irritability and in general it is effective for headaches, migraines and for those people who suffer from insomnia. I know a lot of people don't like the smell of Lavender, I was one of them, but there is a difference between the Lavender you associate with older people (Like my Nan) and perfume to fresh Lavender and it wasn't until I used a product from Lush which actually used Fresh Lavender that I began to like the scent. Finally there is Rose Oil is also present and it helps to relieve stress, tension whilst moisturising and hydrating the skin, particularly dry and irritated skin. Further information on ingredients can be found on the Bomb Cosmetics website.
Once in the water, I instantly felt relaxed and even though this product does contain a few essential oils, I was surprised to find there was no greasy film on the water. Similar products that I have used have produced the greasy look and it is almost off-putting wanting to get into the water. As soon as you come out of the bath and dry your skin, it is noticeable how soft and smooth your skin feels to the touch and the aroma which lingers on your skin isn't the Lavender it is the Cocoa and Shea Butter area which remains and there is nothing better than smelling like a Caramac Bar, which is what this aroma always reminds me off. However, whilst you cannot smell the Lavender on your skin, I did feel very relaxed and ready for bed, all the stress and tension of being back at work had gone, I just wish there was some way of bottling the feeling and being able to use it whenever I did feel like I wanted to rip someone's head off, instead, I will have to make do with soaking in the bath once I get home.
Another thing to note with this product is that it does come with a reminder to wash away any petals that remain in your bath after the water has drained away; this is to prevent accidental staining of your bath. There is however no other staining or marks on or in your bath after use. I simply wipe my bath round to ensure all traces have been removed.
I really liked this Bath Mellow and wouldn't hesitate to use it again or try others from the range. I liked the feel it had on my skin after using and I love the aroma it produced when mixed with the bath water. Bomb Cosmetics products are widely available online either through their own website or places like Amazon and in some places across the country they are available to buy in shops. This product will cost you £2.09 and weighs around 100g, so cheaper than the Lush version if you want something to compare it too but with results just as good.