Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Float away in the bath
Floating Island Bath Melt
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Floating Island Bath Melt
Advantages: Lovely scent, gentle on skin
Disadvantages: Not much scent in the bath, didn't change water colour
I recently spent a week at home with my parents, and unfortunately a disaster occurred - I ran out of bathing products! Fortunately I was about to pop to Newcastle with my mam, and managed to convince her to pop into the Lush store in Eldon Square for the short time it would take to purchase something for my evening bath. As I was on holiday, I decided to splash out on something luxurious, and as I had never tried the Floating Island bath melt, decided to give it a go.
Bath melts are the most luxurious of Lush's bathing products. They don't fizz like ballistics or make bubbles like bubble bars: they just dissolve gently in the water, releasing moisturising ingredients and scented essential oils. They are usually the most expensive bath products, and the Floating Island melt is no exception, costing £3.75.
In appearance, Floating Island resembles a cupcake, being circular with ridges pressed into the side. It is the same shape as the Melting Marshmallow Moment melt, but isn't girly-sweet like that one. Instead, it is a soothing white in colour, containing almond, sandalwood and lemon essential oils for a calming and sophisticated scent. The melt also contains cocoa butter, which is very good at moisturising the skin. This particular melt also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is an ingredient present in the bath ballistics and allows the melt to fizz a little while dissolving. Lush state that the sandalwood oil in the melt comes from reliable and sustainable sources - it does not come from the endangered Indian Sandalwood Tree. This policy fits in with Lush's environmental and ethical stance, and is one of the reasons why I like the company so much. The melt is also suitable for vegans.
As the name suggests, the melt is designed to make you imagine you are relaxing on a tropical island - floating away from all cares. I decided to use it on my last night at home. After running the bath, I got in and dropped the whole melt into the water. It started fizzing and dissolving immediately, and was rather soothing to watch.
The melt took ages to dissolve and added a thin layer of white foam to the bath. When it was fully dissolved, the water was a sort of cloudy hue. The water felt very soft to the touch and my skin wasn't irritated at all.
When I first smelled the melt, I thought it had a lovely sophisticated scent. The lemon and sandalwood combined to create a light scent with depth. However, in the water it didn't smell nearly as strong, unfortunately.
After my bath my skin felt soft, but I still needed to use a bit of moisturiser. I couldn't really smell the melt on my skin all that much, either.
I wasn't overly impressed with this melt, as it was very expensive and didn't moisturise my skin as much as I expected. I was also disappointed that the scent wasn't stronger. However, I did feel relaxed after using the melt and it was soothing. I might consider buying it again, but I would definitely chop it in half and use it for two baths.
Summary: Not the best bathing product from Lush