Product Type: Lush Bath & Shower
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Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb
Member Name: Jojoborne
Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb
Advantages: Smells lovely. Refreshes. It's fun. Leaves your bathroom smelling fantastic.
Disadvantages: None for me, although it may be a bit pricey for one bath for some.
Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb
Ok, so now I know I am at risk of being lambasted by the boys brigade for not reviewing beer, pornographic magazines and making video reviews of how loud I can belch but hey at least I smell good.
One of my favourite shops that doesn't sell DVD's, books or video games is Lush and we have a nice branch of the shop in The Hague. I went in at Christmas this year to peruse the special offers and I admit I could stand in the shop all day and just breathe slowly in and out. I just love the smells. I usually end up buying something and this time was no exception.
My girlfriend, as you will know from other reviews got me a basket filled with smellies and soap products as she knows how I love to relax in a nice hot bath as the room is bathed in wonderful smells.
One of the bath bombs she got me was the blackberry bath bomb and my oh my am I glad that she did!
After removing the plastic wrapper from the circular ball of delight, which is obviously blackberry coloured, although you could arguably call it lilac or light purple, I ran a nice hot bath. The wrapper was easy to remove and as with most Lush products was not irritating or annoying to get off. I once purchased a cheap bath bomb from a high street store, who I won't name, and the ball was basically a broken up mess of bits by the time I had got the poor wrapping off. The ball itself feels smooth and yet a little grainy at the same time and is quite a good size. The bomb has the word 'BOMB' moulded into the surface, so I wouldn't recommend carrying it on the bus or train while looking particularly agitated. In fact there was a law-suit taken out against Lush because when they first started making these balls they used to wrap them in a black wrapper with an imitation fuse on it. It didn't go down to well with airport security and a few people took Lush to court over their harassment while travelling with the balls.
Once my bath was full and full to the brim as I like it, I dropped in the blackberry bath ball, which immediately began to fizz and swirl and turn the water a lovely purple colour. After about a minute I was hit by the most incredible fruity, blackberry smell that was an absolute delight for my nostrils. I cannot tell you just how nice this smells; you just have to give it a go. In the past I have sat in the bath first and then placed the bath bomb in and my does it tickle! Steady ladies! I prefer to sit in the bath before adding the ball but in this instance I decided to pop it in and watch it go to work.
Lowering myself into the bath I almost fell asleep and had to reprimand myself over the dangers of being sensually overtaken by the gorgeous aroma. Joking aside, the smell really is very dreamy and I can't imagine anyone not liking it, unless they were allergic to blackberries of course. The deep colour of the bath water really does add to the affect and I lay there for much longer than usual just taking in the aroma.
At the business end of my bath my skin felt really soft and smooth. As with all Lush bath bombs and soaps you always get that velvet cushion kind of feel to your skin.
The bath bomb totally disintegrates and you get no lumps or bits of bomb floating around in the bath or irritating you on the bottom of the bath. There is no residue on emptying the bath either, so you don't have a bigger job than you usually have when cleaning up afterwards, which is another benefit of the bomb. There is also a funny little surprise inside the ball that someone at Lush must have stayed up hours thinking of; OK, so I am being sarcastic, but it is a nice little touch and I'll leave it for you to discover yourself.
The smell lingers on and on after your bath and I walked into the bathroom maybe three hours later and was hit by a lovely blackberry smell. It is simply gorgeous and I loved it.
The blackberry bath bomb costs four euros in Holland, which I believe is two fifty to three fifty in England depending on the rate at the time. That would seem a little expensive to some people but for me the whole experience is well worth four pounds even if I hadn't received it as a gift and had purchased it myself.
All Lush products are naturally made and tempered in a safe environment. They are not tested on animals, which is a real advantage for my girlfriend and I being big animal lovers. None of the ingredients are artificial or contain any banned substances. They are a long standing company that used to go by the name of 'Cosmetics to Go'. All I can say is well done to the person who thought up 'Lush' as it perfectly describes the shop; not to mention the fact that 'Cosmetics to Go' is an awful name.
So what exactly are you placing in your bath? Well the bomb contains sodium bicarbonate and a counter ingredient of citric acid. The citric acid acts as a catalyst to the sodium bicarbonate, which creates the fizz that we see when the bomb is placed in the water. It's not magic and the two chemicals just create carbon dioxide which reacts to the water. There is also bergamot oil and frankincense, which complement the perfume to give off that lovely smell and to revitalise your skin. Two natural colours are also added to turn your water that lovely purple colour and essential oils leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The whole hotchpotch of oils is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated and I must say it does do just that.
All in all I would highly recommend the Lush blackberry bath bomb and I give it five out of five stars as far as bath bombs are concerned. A real treat.
Summary: A great smelling, fun to use product for your bath