The blue skies bubble bar looks so pretty with it's blue and white colour and swirly pattern design - this is the reason I bought this bubble bar at the Lush store. It's a very large bubble bar and I found that the texture was very crumbly and soft so very easy to break into bits if you don't want to use the product all in one go.
One bar can be split into many small chunks and can be used in the bath on different occasions or just used all at once, but I found the scent very powerful and didn't want to use the whole bar in one go, so I pulled chunks off and it lasted me around 6 baths all together so great value for money. You have to crumble the bubble bar under warm running water as you are filling up your tub. Like all bath product from Lush your bath water will turn a different colour.. this time blue! Looked so lovely and smelt amazing. I was disappointed with the amount of fizz though, as most bubble bars I have bought in the past like 'the comforter' have given off lots of fizz and bubbles.. but the blue skies bubble bar not so much.
The bar is 200g so a very big chunk and cost £4.25 GBP. The scent in this bubble bar is Patchouli, a very powerful scent in the bath and out of the bath too which is why I didn't use the whole bar or even half the bar in one go, just break a small peace of otherwise your bathroom will end up smelling like when you just walk into a Lush store.
Great value for money product, gives off a beautiful colour and scent. Love the product!
This is a rather large bubble bar (200g) with a lovely swirly blue and white design, crumbly to the touch so be careful not to break any off before you are ready to use in your bath.
USING THE PRODUCT
This product is very easy to use... for those of you who have never used a bubble bar before you crumble it under warm running water. The bubble bar will then give a lovely scent to the bath water along with some bubbles and usually some skin softening ingredients!
The reason this is my favourite Lush product of all time is probably down to its scent. The main thing I smell is the patchouli which I find very peaceful and relaxing. I also like that my bubbles are bright white and the bath water goes a lovely caribbean sea blue (close your eyes and you could almost imagine thats where you are!)
I find this is a great product to use in the evening rather than an early morning bath as there are more invigorating 'wake me up' items in the Lush range which would better suit morning use.
As this is a rather large bubble bar I would suggest only crumbling around a third into your bath then you have enough to do you 2-3 times so you get value for your money.
If you are struggling to get a good nights rest, try this, it may just be the thing to get you in a relaxed state of mind to help you to drift off to the land of nod
(Title shamelessly stolen from the great song "Woodstock" as sung by Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills and Nash and assorted other bothersome long-hairs....)
If you fancy a dip in blue swirling waters, with long haired beautiful people with flowers in their hair, then this is the bubble bar for you. Yes I am again talking about Hippies (there seems to be a pattern emerging here). This bubble bar has captured a particularly delightful, fragrant Hippy in a swirling ball, and it is ready to spread good vibes (maaaan) and party in your bath. You are cordially invited, all you have to do is drop a chunk into your bath water, turn on some classic 60's head music, and you too can be in San Francisco, placing carnations down the barrels of guns. Or something.
WHAT IS IT?
Lush's Blue skies & fluffy white clouds is one of the famous "bubble bars", think bubble bath in solid form. It comes in a similar size and design to the ever popular "Comforter", and is a large slab of loveliness. One bar can be split into several chunks (from 4 - 8 dependent upon how frugal you are - I tend to split these into 8 so that I do not get too big a dose of the "nasties" in it)
This bar is designed to be crumbled under a running tap, to get the most from it. I use a muslin bag placed over the tap which ensures lots and lots of bubbles. I store the remainder in the cellophane type packaging that it came in.
Lush say "Float above it all on your own cloud nine" and this is an uplifting and relaxing bar designed to chill you out.....
Predominant aromas are Patchouli and Frankincense, both scents that I love. There is a splodge of Cinnamon leaf oil too, all mixed up in their standard Cream of tartar and Bicarb base. Lush have once again added "perfume" to this when there is absolutely no need to - Patchouli is one of the strongest oils there is. There are also some colours added and a nasty combo of Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Lauryl Betaine....so now you see why I split it into 8 pieces. People with sensitive skin or eczema may react to these irritants so be careful. Why Lush insist on doing this I do not know but I wish that they would use only natural ingredients.
THE BATH EXPERIENCE:
After crumbling this and placing it into my little muslin bag hanging over the hot tap, the room filled with an earthy and evocative scent. It is resinous and deep in aroma and would perhaps not appeal to everybody, but for me these scents are relaxing and suit me. The blue swirliness is replicated in the water which becomes a slightly creamier/softer consistency and a lovely shade of blue.
This bath is like sinking into a big Caribbean blue pool of quality incense.
The mix of Sodium Bicarb and Cream of Tartar have a softening effect on the water, and you can feel this in your skin. The yucky SLS is added to make the bubbles as it is a foaming agent (and irritant). There are many reports online about the use of SLS and affiliated chemicals so it is worth reading up on these. As a result of this, this is something that I will not be using often, instead using it sporadically which is a shame. If like me you are handy when it comes to making your own cosmetic and beauty stuff, then this bar (sans bubbles) can be made easily from Cream of Tartar, Bicarb, and the three essential oils listed. This will not make a bubble bar but will have the same aroma and softening effect on the skin.
The original smell that is associated with the Hippies - Patchouli, is a very strong and earthy aroma with a woody and slightly pungent quality. The oil also has many therapeutic effects. The patchouli in this bubble bar is sweet and reminds me of Amber resin. In perfumery patchouli is used as a base note which acts as a fixative and "grounds" the blend. It is a unisex aroma and as a result this bubble bar would suit anybody who enjoys woody scents. Patchouli oil is great for regulating skin, and it is often used for more mature skin. It is the great "de-stresser" and relaxes mind and body.
Interestingly, Patchouli also has a reputation as being an effective aphrodisiac, and is used as such in India where it is often used for anointing during Tantric sex. I cannot declare that I felt particularly rampant after this bath but these days when I think of Tantra, I unfortunately associate it not with amazing sages and Sannyasins but with Sting. And that is enough to put anybody off...
My skin did feel soft though and the scent lingered for a long time both on my body and in the upstairs of the house. There was lots left over for more baths and even using around 1/8th of the bar resulted in lots of bubbles. I recommend this bar for fun, mainly because of the nasty additives which are annoying and unnecessary. If you enjoy woody scents, head shops, a bit of Hendrix or saying "peace" regularly, then you will love this bubble bar. 4 stars from me, I have knocked one off for the chemical additions. The bar itself is lovely and this is the only thing that lets it down.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Patchouli Oil, Frankincense Resinoid, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 61570, Colour 60725
*occurs naturally in essential oils
This bubble bar is Vegan and not tested on animals.
Blue skies costs £4.25 for 200g from all Lush stores and online:
I keep saying that I won't buy Lush products because of the prices but some of them are of such good quality and they last such a long time that I have actually been unable to resist picking up new ones. I blame the people who bought me a few products for my birthday, as they have got me hooked on them again..
After the success we had with the Comforter I decided to try a different bubble bar for my toddler's bathtimes. This decision was made when I realised that she was starting to resist bathtime and allowing her to crumble a bit of bubble bar into the water was the best way to ease her into the bath without her freaking out and having a tantrum. So I went out and bought this 'Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds' bubble bar from Lush because my daughter is very interested in the sky and clouds at the moment and the sales assistant said that it makes good bubbles too. She certainly made the connection when I told her it was the colour of the sky and clouds and I do wonder if she thought I had actually taken down a bit of cloud to put in her bath! Ah, the limitless imagination of a 2 year old..
If you smell Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds in a Lush store you will probably think that it has an aroma akin to that of incense, as that it what I thought when I first smelled it. The bar is a beautiful rich blue colour with white swirls in it, like a slice of swiss roll, and it is a hefty chunk of a product bought in a 200g quantity. Like The Comforter this bubble bar is a dense large lump of a product and it is vibrant in colour and feels slightly chalky in your hands. It is advertised as containing patchouli essential oil which is meant to be relaxing and I agree with this as I did feel relaxed after using it. It also contains frankincense and cinnamon oils which add a bit of cheeky spice to the aroma.
When I used this bar in my toddler's bathtime which is what I bought it for, I did have a moment of panic when she lobbed a bit over the side of the bath while crumbling it and this extremely blue coloured powder hit my bathroom floor.. But it wiped clean really easily so no harm done there!
As with all Lush bubble bars this one requires a bit of crumbling under the running tap in order to work. I never put the whole thing under there as that would be a huge waste and not very economical. Instead I always slice off a corner - this bar slices well with a normal dining knife - and run it under the tap. Then I slosh the water about a bit to frosh up the bubbles - the more you slosh the water they more they will froth up - and I give my daughter a couple of pieces to mix into the water as she LOVES doing this and from watching her enjoyment I think every toddler should be exposed to this delight! The beauty of this bar is also that you can continue to slice and add more if you think you need it, but the bath does turn a blue colour and froth up quite easily so you really don't need much to have a good amount of frothy bubbles.
My daughter's skin smells beautiful after bathing in this bubble bar and she really enjoys the experience. There is never any residue of the bar left on her but even if there was I would be confident that it is not as chemically strong as most bubble bath products out there are, so I just towel her off instead of rinsing her with the shower head - which she hates. It also leaves her skin nice and smooth, so I usually don't even moisturise it afterwards. The smell lingers in the house and I do feel that it relaxes me and gives such a nice fragrance to the house which reminds me of incense, probably because a lot of incense contains patchouli and cinnamon. A small corner of a bar creates a lot of bubbles and these last for the entire bathtime which is usually around 15-20 minutes with the little one, and they also lasted till the end of my own - ahem - 40 minute long bath. I find the aroma very pleasant, not overpowering but calming and grounding, which is what this bar is meant to do, although I will say that all of the bubble bars I have tried so far make me feel this way.
I will certainly buy this bar again for my daughter as it has lasted at least 8 baby baths so far and I have even pinched a bit for my bath. On the other hand I am likely to be distracted when I next visit Lush again and end up trying a different bar.. They are all just so wonderful!! A 200g bar of Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds cost me £4.25 from our local Lush store and I think it was worth every penny. This product is also suitable for vegans and of course vegetarians, and none of the sourced ingredients have been tested on animals, which few companies can attest to. 5 stars from me, even though I am becoming a Lush addict..
This Lush bubble bar was apart of my gift set from my friend at Christmas 2012 and I got that much Lush products that I have only just got around to using this one. It isn't a product of Lush's I have tried before so I was quite excited. Usually I just have the ballistics as I don't really use bubble bath much. The bubble bars are solid bubble bath, this means that no packaging is needed so it is more friendly for the environment.
This bubble bar gets its name from the way it looks, Blue sky with swirly white clouds going through it, this bar is said to be relaxing and a great way to destress yourself, I don't particularly lead a stressful life but it's still nice to take a bath to chill out from time to time. This is one of Lush's largest bath products which means you get more baths out of it meaning more for your money! This is £4.25 and is always available in store and online at www.Lush.co.uk
I got this in a gift set and decided I wanted to break this up into three slices so I could have three baths out of it, so I got a knife and cut this into thirds and left the remainder in the box it came with. This was really easy to slice my way through and it didn't crumble to pieces at all which was handy otherwise the box I put it back in would of been very messy.
I waited until my bath had run for a couple of inches before putting this in, of course I crumbled this up rather than putting it in whole because I like lots of bubbles. This was really soft and easy to crumble, it felt just like wet sand. By the time I had broken all this up there was no lumps in the bath so I was sure this would fully dissolve so I don't have to sit on any horrible bits. Just to give it a hand I swished the water around a bit which encouraged the bubbles to rise.
As soon as the first pieces of blue skies and fluffy white clouds met the water, it began to turn a vibrant blue colour which looked quite cool because it all fell in different bits of the water so it turned blue in separate places before joining to make one big blue vibrant sky. There was no white swirls in the bath because I had broken it up and it had all mixed together but the blue was very eye catching.
The bubbles emerged from this really fast, as soon as I swished it around large bubbles began to form and foam up in the bath which I was impressed with from just a third of a bar. By the time I got in it felt like there was more bubbles than water in the bath, which is how I like it. What gives off a relaxing feeling a scent is Frankincense Resinoid, Patchouli Oil and Cinnamon Leaf Oil. All these combined instantly make you feel relaxed and at ease forgetting the troublesome day you have just had. This is an unusual scent from Lush which I find hard to describe, but closing your eyes you can feel yourself drifting away with this.
I found the bubbles were long lasting, they lasted the full duration of the bath of half an hour give or take a few minutes which I was really pleased about, because I use the bath for relaxing in not washing it means there is no other bath products going in which would disturb the bubbles. I was happy that this fully dissolved and left nothing floating ont eh top or sticking to the side of the bath. This really was a relaxing bath.
I am a huge fan of the Lush bubble bars and one of my favourites is the Comforter, which is the same size and pattern as this Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds bubble bar except it is pink, and smells a lot more feminine. I received this bubble bar in my big gift set that I received from my boyfriend, but it is usually priced at £4.15 as it is one of the larger bubble bars available from Lush, and so one of the most expensive.
As I do with all my bubble bars, I always snap a little bit off at a time so I get lots of baths out of them. I got 8 baths out of this one which I didn't think I would at first. I realised after using what I thought was a small amount for the first time, this was still a lot and I could get away with using an even smaller bit, as you still get lots and lots of bubbles!
The scent is very strong and is frankincense and patchouli. I wasn't quite sure what these would smell like at first, but I do like it although it is very different to the scents I usually go for in Lush products. I also think the bubble bar is very unisex and my boyfriend loves this one too. When I first saw this bubble bar I thought it would be more aimed at men as it is blue and the comforter is pink, but I guess it is aimed at everyone. If you like masculine or just non-girly scents then I would recommend this.
The scent is very noticeable the whole time I am in the bath, as well as the bubbles. The bubbles stay put the entire time I am in the bath too and don't disappear quickly. I always want to stay in the bath longer as I feel guilty getting out when there are so many bubbles left still! The scent does not linger on my skin for too long or soften the skin that much, even though the bubbles themselves to feel soft compared to those from a standard bubble bath. I think the Lush bath bombs are more designed for making your skin feel nice and soft rather than the bubble bars.
Overall this is a good bubble bar and I will consider buying again, but I prefer the Comforter bubble bar still purely for the scent. I think it is good value for money considering how many baths you can get out of this. Just be prepared to have an extra long bath when using this as you won't want to get out in a rush!
'Float above it all on your own cloud nine'
I picked this up after trying The Comforter as it's the same size, meaning more value for money. The only difference being the scent and the fact it's blue instead.
Lush say -
'Use this when you want nothing more than to have your head in the clouds and daydream some hours away. Blue sky bathwater and white fluffy clouds of bubbles ensure you don't take life too cirrusly.
The earthy scents of patchouli and frankincense mean that no matter how high you soar, you'll always touch down with your mind grounded and centred'
When I tried to crumble this, like with all bubble bars I instantly ran into problems. This was harder than the others I'd tried. I cut it up using a knife and tried to crumble a small piece my hand but it was very hard and I had trouble getting it to dissolve properly in the water. I'm not sure if it goes for all of the BS&FW bubble bars or if I just got a bad one but it really didn't work like I expected it to.
The scent was not to my usual liking either. I prefer sweet or fruity scents.
I don't think this is one of Lush's best products there's definitely better things to choose from.
The Lush Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar is one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush, but it is also one of the most expensive and so it's not something that I use all the time. I recently bought one bar for £4.15 direct from the Lush shop in my local high street, although it is worth noting that this was for 200g whereas many of the other bubble bars are only 100g. Having said that, I still think it is pretty expensive and so I tend to save it for when I'm going out and want to smell particularly devine.
The bubble bar comes wrapped in greaseproof paper with the Lush design - and so this saves on using lots of material for packaging. The bar looks home-made (as do many of Lush's products) and I think this adds to its charm. It looks like a slice of a blue and white swiss roll - which I think is fun and different and this also adds to the attraction.
Using the bubble bar is easily. It is just a matter of breaking off a little of the bubble bar and then throwing it in the bath while you're running the water. The bar is easy to break as it crumbles easily. I would generally use about a fifth of the slice per bath - although I do have friends that will use more. However, I find that a fifth of the bar is about right and after that the scent and the effect gets a little overpowering.
The bar starts to dissolve on contact with the running water. I find it is best to crumble the chunk into the running water (like you would an Oxo cube!) and then the bar dissolves more quickly. If you don't crumble the pieces finely enough then you can sometimes get bits laying on the bottom of the bath that take much longer to dissolve and are often still there when you get out of the water. The water bubbles nicely with rich and a generous quantity of bubbles being added - and it also makes the water feel softer and more silky.
The thing I really like is the aroma.....although I find it hard to place what the aroma is. It is a natural smelling aroma which doesn't have a hint of being synthetic, probably because it is made from natural oils which are infused into the mixture. To me the aroma is spicy and rich - but to distinguish individual smells is, for me, impossible. However, I do love the subtle fragrance that is left on my skin after i get out of the bath - and the fact that this remains for several hours afterwards.
I do have quite sensitive skin and I do not react negatively to this product, or almost any Lush products for that matter.
I will continue to use the Lush Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar because it's just everything I want in a bubble bar. I do wish the price would come down a little though.
This bubble bar is amazing! I have been using it for years and it is definetly one of my favourite Lush products. It smells and look amazing and it's also great value - a large 200 gram slice of this is only £3.99 and it will last for ages if you chop it up into portions, meaning one bar will last you for more than one bath. I usually cut this into 4-5 pieces and I get a bath out of each one so that's five baths that are bubbly and fragranced for the grand sum of £3.99! Total bargain, I should probably stock up before Lush up the prices, lol. I can't imagine ever using a whole bar of this, I think it would be way too bubbly as even the smallest slither creates a huge amount of bubbles.
Physically, this isn't the prettiest Lush product. It's not sparkly or full of vibrant colours and it is simply a shade of dark blue with undertones of a lighter blue with white swirls. It looks like The Comforter - it has the same design, shape and around the same size, but it's blue instead of pinky purple. It's a 2D circular shape but the shape varies alot because the bars are handmade so you will never get 2 that measure the excact same. If you are buying in store, then you need to get one from the bottom of the stack of bars as they put the smaller ones at the top - trust me, there are some massive ones at the bottom of the pile.
Packaging is minimal with this product and it will come in the usual Lush paper bag which is recycable. I usually keep the empty bag lieing around my room for a while as it smells so nice, it acts as a room freshener lol. It smells really nice (but unusual!), it's got an oriental, spicey but floral scent to it which is very relaxing but I do think it's an acquired taste due to the earthy undertone that it has and how strong the smell is and how much the smell lingers. The bubble bar contains patchouli and frankincense which are often used as arompathepy oils, making this is quite a relaxing product which helps me relax when I am stressed, it really soothes me.
This product produces lots of lovely bubbles. To use it I just crumble a piece up in my hand and drop it under running water and it instantly creates fluffy bubbles. The scent transfers into the air so transfers my bathroom into a little kind of massage room because the scent makes me feel so relaxed and chilled out which for the price is amazing. The bar isn't really moisturizing but my skin always feels fresh and smoothe and I like how the smell lingers for a while afterwards (30mins-an hour usually). If you don't like the scent obviously this will be a downside! Overall, a bubble bar which not everyone will like, but I personally love it. Have a sniff in the shop before you buy to make sure you like it due to the acquired taste, yeah it is cheap but no point in buying it if you won't use it. It's a nice and relaxing product, lasts well and I love it.
Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Lush Bubble bar
This is one of the biggest of the Lush bubble bars and is possibly my most favourite of all. It is quite a strong patchouli scented bar and is actually twice the size of my other favourite Ma Bar. This one weighs 200g while the Ma Bar weighs in at 100g. Comparing the prices this one is £3.99 while the Ma Bar is £2.50 so this is actually far better value as I easily get 4 baths from this one and just get three baths from the smaller bars.
I bought this one a s I just love the earthy smell of patchouli and have loved it ever since the days when you could buy the perfume oil in Biba when I was a teenager and we thought we were 'dead cool '. The bubble bar is a bit like a blue and white slice of Swiss roll. I understand that is how it is made - rolled then sliced but I may be wrong so don't quote me! It looks lovely as the two colours contrast in a subtle and calming blend.
The name is a rather long and I guess it is meant to conjure up images of blue skies of summer with fluffy white clouds as you shut your eyes and drift off in your warm bath smelling the beautifully earthy patchouli and exotic frankincense.
Just in case anyone has not tried a Lush bubble bar, the idea is that you crumble the bar as your bath is filling and then enjoy a huge mountain of luxuriously softening and moisturising scented bubbles. Before I use my bars in the bath I use them to freshen and scent my clothes drawers. It is always a bit of a lucky dip to see what I can find in my drawers when I fancy a special bath. I keep all my Lush soaps and bubble bars in my drawers as that way I never have to buy any drawer scented liners and my clothes always have a "Lushious "smell about them.
On a night that I decide I need a bit of pampering after a hard day cleaning the house or babysitting grandchildren or just because I just fancy a bit of a treat I have a little hunt through my drawers to see what treats I can find. I discovered I still had one of these big blue and white lovelies tucked away so I cut it into quarters and popped three quarters back in the yellow paper recyclable bag in the drawer and took one into the bathroom with me. I took a deep sniff and closed my eyes; the strong patchouli earthiness came through strongly with the exotic frankincense blending for a wonderfully deep, rich aroma.
I started to fill my bath and sat on the edge watching as I crumbled the blue and white bar into the warm running water. The bar is soft and creamy so crumbles easily. I find the smaller you can crumble the bits, the better bubbles you get as the bar dissolves more evenly. Remember this is only one quarter of the bar that created this bath full of bubbles began to grow and sniffed in. I was fully surrounded by the aroma throughout my bathroom and the scent even carried though to our bedroom too. It is a very '60s aroma in my view and it never ceases to remind me of my younger days when i would use musk and patchouli perfume oils thinking how sophisticated I was.
I know I'm mean and only use quarter of this bar but that is usually more than enough, in fact I think it would be totally overwhelming if you use a whole one of these bars. The bubbles were abundant and thick as they normally are when I treat myself to one of these. Bear in mind the price of £3.99 I don't think I'm being unreasonable in expecting at least four baths from that.
Okay wonderful exotic earthy smell and a bath full of bubbles but how does it feel in the bath? Once again I am never disappointed as the water feels creamy and soft and I never need any soap or other cleaning agent I just soak in the bath and luxuriate in the mass of bubbles that surround me enjoy the caressing smooth feel of the moisturised water warmingly soothing tired joints and oozing into my dried old skin!
What are the benefits of this bar in terms of essential oils? Looking at the list of ingredients these include: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar , Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Patchouli oil, Frankincense resinoid , cinnamon leaf oil, Cocamide DEA, Eugenlol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, colour 6570, colour 60725
This is not full of many aromas and clearly the patchouli and frankincense are the scents with a little of the cinnamon too and this is evident in the bubble bar as you use it.
Less desirable ingredients:
The sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid make the water soft and the less desirable sodium laureth sulfate is there to make the bubbles. This has been linked to cancer so if this bothers you then I suggest you have a look at this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate
The Cocamide DEA is a viscosity, thickening and foam booster but once again there have been stories about links with cancer. The storage and handling precautions are also a little worrying. See http://www.useful-chemicals.com/?p=39 . Furthermore Cocamide Dea should not be used in products with nitrosating agents or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives as then nitrosamines can be formed which are carcinogenic.
So if you are concerned I would suggest you investigate more thoroughly the ingredients just so you know what you are using. Some of the above ingredients can be irritating to skin too; my step daughter cannot use these products as she gets bad eczema if she does.
So all in all what do I think? I love the scent of this bubble bar and I always smell good afterwards. My skin which is a little sensitive to some things feels nice and soft after this and I haven't had any adverse effects from using this one at all. This is my favourite bubble bar by a long way. As it smells wonderful and I feel I get really good value from this with four baths this works out at £1 a bath which is far from cheap but okay for a treat. It makes me smell good and also fills the bathroom and our bedroom with the same lovely aroma.
So I would recommend if you like the smell of patchouli but if you don't then you will hate this one as the aroma is powerfully patchouli. Thanks Lush I love it and please don't stop making this one.
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Last Christmas, knowing I love Lush, my family bought me quite a few of their products for Christmas. I've just begun to reach the end of each of them and the one I'm reviewing this time is their Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble bar.
Like most Lush products this comes with no packaging at all except a paper bag stuck closed with a sticky label that's printed with the name of the product. I prefer it this way as I can see and smell exactly what I'm getting before I buy it. It also saves on wasted packaging.
The bar itself is a fairly thick almost oval shape with a blue and white swirl pattern working its way from the outside to the centre of the bar
What Do Lush Say
According to the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk) this bubble bar is scented with patchouli and frankincense to allow for a peaceful, relaxing bath time experience.
The directions say to crumble under running water. I like to break it into either thirds or quarters depending on my mood at the time and then crumble this part under the water. This doesn't affect the results achieved from the bar at all.
I have however found that bigger parts take a lot longer to dissolve and some are still there when the bath is full so it is worth crumbling as small as you can. As it dissolves it turns my bath water a gorgeous deep blue - almost resembling the colour I imagine the most perfect sea to be. It also produces mounds of bubbles that last the whole duration of my bath.
The bar itself doesn't smell that strongly at all but as soon as it starts to dissolve it releases it's wonderful scent and it is strong enough to scent the whole bathroom. I was worried about the frankincense as this isn't a smell I particularly like but this isn't really noticeable at all the most dominant smell is patchouli but I would say that the scent is equally suited to both men and women.
On stepping into the bath the water is noticeably softer and the bubbles do last for the duration of my bath (45-60 minutes)
When I got out the bath my skin felt noticeably softer, although it doesn't claim to soften my skin it did seem to have.
The scent lingered on my skin all day when I used a complimentary shower gel; although it wasn't very strong and so would easily be overpowered by any moisturiser or other products you may use.
Lush are against animal testing so, like all their products, none of the ingredients in this has been tested on animals.
It is suitable for vegans but does contain SLS so one to avoid if you're sensitive.
Pricing, Availability, Recommendations
This bar is only available from Lush but can be bought both online and in-store. It costs £3.99 for a 200g bar. Whilst this does sound expensive bear in mind it can easily be broken down to last 3/4 baths. If buying online remember to add delivery charge which will vary depending on how quickly you want it delivered.
I would highly recommend this product. I adore the scent and the bubbles do last the whole of my bath no matter how much I splash around shaving etc.
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I was somewhat of a novice when it came to Lush products with WAS being the operative word! As I have read so many positive reviews on this site whose skilful writers have persuaded me to buy the products, my experience of Lush has now considerably improved. Unfortunately, over the last few weeks I have been feeling a little low and am always keen to try new products that claim to improve my wellbeing. It was whilst flicking through the latest edition of Lush Times that Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds captured my attention and its' name was quickly noted in readiness for my next trip to Cardiff when I picked up this gorgeous bubble bar and this review discusses my experience with using it. I apologise that this review is lengthy, but I am so passionate about this product and experienced difficulty in writing any fewer words!
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
If you are familiar with the range of Lush bubble bars you will be aware that the majority are of bright colours and I had initially planned to purchase The Comforter. However, when arriving at the Lush store I have to say that its' fragrance reminded me of bubble gum, so it was promptly returned to the wicker display basket. What attracted me to Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds when browsing through Lush Times is its' relaxing and extremely calming colour combination of blue and white swirls. However, the appearance of the bars in the store were totally different to the image in their paper and the one shown in Dooyoo's image, as the ones I have owned have resembled large blobs of coloured chalk with lilac swirls as opposed to white! This is one of the largest bubble bars, as it weighs 200g, so in comparison with the others with the exception of The Comforter, you are receiving double the product, which is more economical than the smaller 100g bars.
If you familiar with Lush you will be aware that all of their beauty products are handmade and no two products appear identical, as both colours and shapes may slightly alternate. For example, I recently used You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt, which in the image displayed in Lush Times was bright orange, but my bar was very lighter in colour. However, the bars currently being sold in the Cardiff store are much darker than my original purchase. Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is oval shaped and measures approximately 9 cm in length and 8 cm in width and is fairly chunky, so you're receiving quite a lot of bubble bar for your money. The bar is marketed as "peaceful patchouli for post-holiday recovery", but as I missed out on a holiday last year due to the fact that I underwent surgery I'll just have to settle for "peaceful patchouli for recovery!"
WHY DID I CHOOSE BLUE SKIES AND FLUFFY WHITE CLOUDS?
Initially it was the calming image of the product in Lush Times that attracted me, together with its' description, as the bar contains frankincense, which second to lavender is my favourite fragrance although it's not something that can be found in many products. I tend to burn frankincense at Christmas time in my oil burner, as there is something so simply wonderful about its' very relaxing and calming aroma, which more often than not lifts my mood. If you have ever purchased any bars or melts from Lush you will be aware that they are presented to you in a bright yellow recyclable paper bag and a small label is placed on top to advise you of your products, together with a little information on how to use it. Lush advise that "patchouli will sharpen your wits and that cinnamon leaf will warm and stimulate you", but for some strange reason there is no mention of the frankincense on the label, which was my main reason for purchasing this particular bar.
USING THE BUBBLE BAR
This is the best bit as of course you would probably like to know how good this bar actually is. Let me put you in the picture - both my working and home lives have been and still are extremely stressful with one thing and another and I am finding it difficult to relax in the evenings. The moment I turn out the light after getting into bed sees me tossing and turning for ages, as I'm thinking about what I need to do the following day and to be honest, it is driving me absolutely mad, as I am struggling to switch off, as my mind wants to remain active! Consequently, I called Lush to the rescue. Many of you reading this will probably think that I'm mad and that there are many other ways to relax, but very few work for me with the most beneficial being a hot and beautifully fragranced bubble bath.
If you have previously used Lush bubble bars you will be aware that one bar will last for three baths. However, as Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is double the size of the others contained within the range I manage to last mine for five baths, as I try to be as economical as possible without compromising the effectiveness of my products. I say this because if you attempt to use the bar for more than five baths it is highly unlikely that you will not achieve the same results. Whilst this is only a little grumble Lush recommend you leave your remaining bar in the yellow bag, but this is difficult, particularly when they place a label over the opening, which tends to rip the bag when removed, so I now use a pair of scissors as opposed to attempting to remove the label.
If you are unfamiliar with bubble bars I would advise that their purpose is that you crumble a portion of the bar into your running bath and watch in amazement as mountains of bubbles start forming. As far as I am aware, Lush are the owners of the trademark for bubble bars, so you will not find any other manufacturer selling these delightful and very clever little inventions. Not only do bubble bars create a mountain of bubbles, but they emit the most stunning and very powerful fragrance, which will find its' way into the entire upstairs of your home (unless you live in a mansion!) and they will soften your bath water. The first time I attempted to use a bubble bar I was a little confused as to how it would actually crumble, particularly as the bar feels solid. However, it is extremely easy and you simply grab the side with your thumb and forefinger and it will easily break away to enable you to crumble it into your bath. As previously stated, this is a fairly large sized bar, so I tend to use approximately a fifth.
My first experience of bubble bars was during the summer of last year and I was astonished at how many bubbles were actually created and I stood in the bathroom simply watching them grow! I had initially expected little crumbs to remain on the base of the bath, which would consequently find their way into nooks and crannies, but I can assure you that this is definitely not the case! The crumbled bar disperses within just a couple of minutes to leave you with a delightful bath covered in swirls of huge bubbles and stepping into the water is absolutely luxury, as it is so very soft and delicately coloured with a hint of blue. Over the years I have used many bubble and foam baths that create bubbles minus the fragrance. However, with Lush bubble bars you will find that each and every one of the bubbles will be fragranced and they even feel silky soft and smooth to the touch.
The most evident aromas that emit from the bar are the frankincense and patchouli, which are both extremely strong, yet very favourable. Whilst they are both fairly powerful fragrances I can advise that they are not the type to give you a headache, which is something I often experience when walking past the perfume counters in large department stores! It always makes me smile when reading the comments left against my previous Lush reviews where so many people are deterred by the strong aroma that wafts out of the shop doors. I agree totally and I can advise that the aroma most definitely gets much stronger when you walk inside. However, you become used to it after being in the store for a little while and by that time my nasal passages are somewhat confused! Don't let this put you off, as obviously you have dozens of aromas all fusing together in the air but one product on its' own (if you can stay long enough to make your choice!) is definitely not so overpowering.
WHAT DID I THINK OF BLUE SKIES AND FLUFFY WHITE CLOUDS AND DID IT RELAX ME?
As you can probably tell from the way I have written this review that I absolutely love this bubble bar. It is the perfect way to relax, particularly as its' extremely powerful aroma will calm both your mind and body. The water felt simply delightful as it enveloped my skin and the bubbles remained with me for my entire bathing experience. I say this because the bubbles created by many bath products will rapidly vanish as soon as soap is introduced to the water. The bubbles hissed slightly, which is something that can be expected, but they stayed in perfect mounds until I had finished washing and the remainder had to be swished down the plug hole with a blast of cold water. The stunning fragrance transferred to my skin and lasted for several hours, so I was able to witness it whilst I was waiting patiently to vanish into the land of nod. Not only did my skin present me with a gorgeous aroma, but it was also silky soft and smooth, although I cannot say that it felt thoroughly moisturised so I would suggest that if you suffer with dry skin you apply a moisturiser after use. A real positive I have found with all of the Lush products that I have used is that they do not leave messy soap scum around the edges of your bath, neither do they leave its' base resembling that of an ice rink! I cannot recommend this bubble bar highly enough and this by far, has to be my most favourite of all of the Lush products.
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I do not believe in copying endless lists of ingredients unless I think there is anything specific that could cause a reaction. I can confirm that I suffered no adverse reactions when using this product, as in my opinion it is extremely caring and gentle on the skin, which is something I find with all of the Lush products that I have tried and tested. The most important ingredients in this bar, which sold it to me are the frankincense, patchouli oil and cinnamon leaf oil, but I would suggest that if you require further details of the ingredients you check out the Lush website, which is now up and running again after the recent problems with hackers.
Lush are against testing any of their products on animals and they use natural ingredients where possible. They market themselves as selling "naked" products, as there is very little, if any, packaging. Their yellow paper bags are made from recycled materials and can once again be recycled once you have finished using your product.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is available in a 200g bar and is item number 133 in Lush Times and will cost you £3.99. You can either purchase online or in a Lush high street store.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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==Blue Skies and White Fluffy Clouds Bubble bar From Lush==
This Bubble Bar has got to be one of my top bath bars from the store and I do try to get it a few times per year. It is one of Lush's longer standing items so therefore must be a best seller and enjoyed by a good few people.
The Blue Skies Bubble Bar is said to offer calming properties (which I need most of the time) and Lush describe it on their site as "As relaxing as meditating in the peaceful garden of a far eastern temple".
This Bubble bar works the same as all the other bubbles bars from Lush in the fact that all you need do is crumble the bar up under warm running water. This is pretty easily done as although the bar is rather solid is is easy to break into small chunks as crumble piece by piece.
The smell of the bar is really quite nice. It has a highly perfumed aroma even before you crumble it in the water and for me it has a not to sweet smell that really does smell relaxing. The Frankincense oil being the main ingredient smell wise is probably what I can smell the most but I am not totally sure as the smell is really quite a new one to me.
The amount of bubbles produced from one 200 gram bar is pretty good and enough to engulf me once I get into the bath for a lovely long soak. The water of the bath is turned a light blue colour so even before getting in I feel tranquil and chilled out.
Along side the main aromatic ingredient frankincense, there is the patchouil oil which Lush say is a widely used fragrance in a lot of perfumes today but personally this is not one I have heard of and I really think this bubble bar slice has quite a unique aroma which is really one of my favourite from the bubble bar range.
Not only does it smell nice once in the bath, the bubbles and the coloured water seem to work nicely at softening the skin and giving an all over clean and fresh feeling. After a bath of this stuff I am feeling totally relaxed, fresh and I smell good enough to eat (says Himself).
I really rate this bubble bar not just as far as all the other Lush bubble bars go but really when comparing it to most products that you can use for the bath. I used to find Radox really good at making me feel all relaxed but this most certainly tops that! For £3.95 pence it really is money well spent!
I have to award top marks of 5 out of 5 stars and give it a very high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Blue Skies is one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush, and it's one I will always find in my Lush stash. Bubble bars are great, and much better than liquid bubble baths that you would usually find on the shop shelves. Instead, you take a bar and crumble a small part of it under water, turning your bath into a wonderfully bubbly bath with fragrant soft bubbles and often bright coloured bath water. There's no plastic packaging, just a paper bag which when empty, could be recycled or placed into a drawer as the scent of the product remains for a long while after!
Blue Skies is big, blue and swirly and using it's full name of Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds, you really do get the idea that your bath will be a dreamy one. It contains Patchouli Oil which is widely used in perfumes. It's used by aromatherapists as a relaxing oil, and it has a distinctive aroma. Blue Skies also contains Frankincense Resinoid which had a woody aroma that blends with the patchouli. I like the scent of it, it's not too strong and overpowering, and I do find it rather relaxing which makes for a perfect bath!
When running a bath I always snap off a small part from the bubble bar, or just crumble off a small part under the hot running water. You could use the whole bar, but that would be a waste, as a small amount makes a huge amount of bubbles and it stills smells great. I think the best thing about this bubble bar though, is just how much it lives up to it's name! Once the bath has finished, you can see a blue bath with big fluffy white bubbles, and it looks just like clouds in the sky. I love relaxing in the blue water, and thankfully it doesn't make a mess of your bath tub apart from the usual rinsing of the bubbles left over. The bubbles are soft and fluffy, and they last for the whole of the time I am relaxing in the bath. Often with other bubble baths the bubbles will quickly disappear, this is never the case with a bubble bar from Lush.
I can usually make a bubble bar of this size last for 4-5 baths, however some of then other bubble bars in the range are different shapes or smaller and I can only get 2-3 baths out of. Bubble bars do cost more than your average cheap bubble bath from a supermarket, however you get so much more from these bars. They smell great, they always have fun name and great colours, the bubbles they make in the bath are soft and fragrant, and they really make for an indulgent bath!
This bubble bar costs £3.95 from Lush.co.uk or from any Lush store.
Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is a bubble bar from Lush. It's easy to spot in the shop because it's really big and is made up of white and blue swirls. It looks a bit like the Comforter bubble bar, just a different colour. Lush describe the bar as a "calming, grounding, swirly blue and white bar for peaceful baths".
The bar contains patchouli oil, which is relaxing and helps to create a chilled-out atmosphere. It has a very distinctive hippy-ish smell and is also a main ingredient in the Karma range of products. The bar also contains frankincense which has a woody, grounding aroma, as well as a bit of cinnamon. It is suitable for vegans.
This bar is so big I can get four baths out of it! I break it into four quarters with the help of a knife and crumble one piece into the bar. The product produces absolutely tons of bubbles (which do kind of resemble clouds!) and turns the bath water a lovely pale blue.
I find the smell of this bubble bar does last and is obvious, and makes me really relaxed and chilled out. It's a lovely smell and really helps me calm down! After getting out of the bath my skin feels really soft, and I only need to moisturise my legs, which are the driest part.
Overall, I'm a great fan of this bubble bar and I'll certainly be buying it again. At £3.95 it's not cheap, but it does last for four baths!
Imagine you're in the thousand year old spice garden of an Eastern mystic, breathing in the balancing scent of patchouli, calming, relaxing frankincense and stress-relieving, stimulating cinnamon /