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Brand: Lush / Gender: Unisex / Enjoy the scent of spicy, lime and orange bubbles in your bath and relax under the layer of froth that will keep your water warm!

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      15.08.2011 18:07
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      Lovely festive bubble bar from Lush

      Just after Christmas, I decided to make a big order from Lush to take advantage of the goodie bags on offer. I ended up ordering one of each of the Christmas Retro items, one of which was this bubble bar, Christmas Kisses.

      ***What is Lush?***
      Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.

      Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.

      Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
      "We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."

      ***What is Retro?***
      The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!

      ***Christmas Kisses Bubble Bar***
      This bubble bar was priced at £2.80. It was red in colour and shaped like the French Kiss bubble bar, narrowing at the top. The bar contained lime and sweet wild oranges to uplift, as well as cinnamon and clove leaf oils for their warming effects. The bubble bar also contained patchouli oil for warmth. The bar was suitable for vegans.

      ***Use***
      After using several Lush bubble bars, I've come to realise that half a bar is quite enough for a fun bathing experience. Therefore I chopped this bar in half with a knife, and was able to use it in two baths.

      The best way to use bubble bars is to crumble them into the water while the bath is running. I did this both times and had the satisfaction of seeing tons of bubbles being formed while the water turned a rich red colour.

      Once in the bath, I found that the water felt incredibly silky-soft and the Christmassy cinnamon smell was lovely. I had a great bath on both occasions: it was really luxurious and reminded me of the festive season (which was three months behind me by the time I got round to using this product!!).

      When I got out of the bath, my skin felt really soft and moisturised and I only had to apply moisturiser on my lower legs which is the driest part of my skin. I could smell the lovely cinnamon-orange smell for a couple of hours after use.

      I can't really find any fault with this bubble bar. It produces loads of lovely bubbles, turns the water a pretty colour, smells delicious and is good for the skin. If it comes back next year I will definitely repurchase!

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        28.11.2010 16:01
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        A truly special bubble bar- you really need to give it a try!

        Christmas Kisses is a little bit special to me, as it is the first Lush product I ever tried. I am now a complete Lush bath addict, and their products have transformed my skin and made bath time more relaxing than I could have ever imagined!

        I was given a little gift set for Christmas two year's ago, that contained a piece of soap and a Christmas Kisses bubble bar. For those of you who are not familiar with bubble bars, they are simply an alternative to liquid bubble baths- by making them in a solid form, Lush are able to sell them without any packaging, making it a more environmentally friendly option. Also less preservatives are required to produce a solid product than a liquid one, which mess less chemicals are used, making it kinder to your skin.

        To use the bubble bars, you simply crumble them under hot running water, and watch the water change colour, the bathroom take on a delicious scent, and a mountain of glorious bubbles form. If you give the water a good swish about I find you get even more bubbles, which is always a bonus! They are designed to be a single use product- one bath per bubble bar, but if like me you are watching the pennies, it is perfectly possible to be a little frugal with them and get at least four luxurious baths from one bubble bar.

        Christmas kisses is a dark orangey red colour, and as you can see for the photo, is shaped a bit like a pear. The bubble bar has the appearance of play doh, and it has a real cinnamon stick poking out of the top. Lush use quirky ingredients to decorate many of their products- Marzibain has an almond on the top, and Ma Bar has a little sugar cube, for example. I personally find the cinnamon stick gives a lovely finishing touch, and seems to emphasise the naturalness of the ingredients. Of course a key scent in this bubble bar is cinnamon, as it contains cinnamon leaf oil, which to me is a real Christmassy smell that I associate with making Christmas cakes. It also contains clove oil, which is another gorgeously spicy festive oil, and sweet wild orange oil, which reminds me of satsumas in my stocking on Christmas morning! These scents combine to form the most deliciously spicy, warming scent, making it a perfect remedy for those bitterly cold winter days. I love to use a Christmas Kisses to help me unwind after a tiring day spent battling the crowds doing Christmas shopping, or to warm up after a chilly wintery walk or carol concert. It is a fabulous scent for winter and having a Christmas Kisses bath is such a treat.

        I was extremely disappointed to see Christmas Kisses did not make it onto the shelves at Lush this year. They are always working on bringing out new products with new scents to keep things fresh and exciting, and while I do love some of the new products, I was a little sad at the prospect of a winter with no warming Christmas Kisses baths. I was therefore utterly delighted when Lush announced they have put Christmas Kisses into their retro selection this winter. Their retro section is home to some fabulous products that have been released in previous years, and were popular enough to warrant making them again. Retro products are only available online (http://lush.co.uk), or by mail order as the shops have limited amounts of space. This is a shame as it means you can't smell things before buying them, but the website has pretty accurate scent descriptions, and it is also useful to be able to see other people's reviews of the products. Postage and packing is charged at a flat rate of £3.95 however much you order, so of course I ordered a little stash of Christmas Kisses to make the postage costs worthwhile! They are priced at £2.80 this year, which I think is quite good value for money considering they are not making them in the bulk numbers they would have done if they had been available in the shops. However they are limited edition and only available for the festive season, so if it sounds like something you would like to try then make sure you get your order in quickly!

        Delivery only took a couple of days, which I was really impressed with, and my parcel smelt absolutely amazing when I opened it! They were so fresh and the beautifully warming spicy smell was so strong and soothing that I just couldn't wait to jump in the bath with one! I crumbled a quarter of a Christmas Kisses under running water, and the bath water immediately turned a vibrant orange colour. The bathroom filled with the delicious spicy scent of Christmas, and a huge mound of bubbles starting to form. The water was really soft and moisturising, and it was such a soothing and relaxing bath. It warmed me up after a chilly walk home, and left me feeling calm and cleared my head after a stressful day at work. I really didn't want to get out, but when I finally managed to drag myself out of the bath, my skin was left feeling really soft (albeit a tad wrinkly given I was in the bath for more than two hours!!) and the scent lingered on my skin for a good few hours. The scent from the bath had also spread throughout my house and my boyfriend asked what the nice smell was when he got in from work a couple of hours after I had emptied the bath. Think he was a bit disappointed I hadn't got any mulled wine on the go or a tasty cake baking!

        This is easily one of my all time favourite bathing products, and one that I really can't recommend it highly enough. To me it is a perfect remedy for those cold, stressful wintery days, and it always leaves me feeling calm and chilled, and the scent is simply delicious.

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          14.08.2010 18:46
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          Is it cold outside? Do you want nothing more than something to warm you right up and make you feel cosy inside? Then look no further than the Lush Christmas Kisses bubble bar.

          One of my favourite (and now discontinued) bubble bars, Christmas Kisses was only available at Christmas (the name gave it away, right?). Unusually shaped for a Lush bubble bar, this one was shaped like a little cone with a stick of cinnamon stuck in one side for decorative measure. It is a bright and spicy looking red. It cost £2.25 per 100g bubble bar and was only available on Christmas Retro via Mail Order last year which I thought was silly as this was clearly a wonderful bubble bar.

          The bubble bar is beautifully scented with clove, cinnamon with a hint of sweet orange and lime though the orange and lime was never something I have been able to smell. The cinnamon and clove have always been the most present scents. It is such a warm scent. It really makes you feel warm after being out in the cold air.

          When you crumble it under warm running water, the scent becomes even warmer and the clove and cinnamon are even more active than they are when the bubble bar is dry and solid. It is a strong scent but not overpowering. It is just lovely and in my house the scent travels all the way through. It makes for a very nice Christmassy smell. It creates mounds and mounds of bubbles and turns the water a bright, Christmas red.

          The scent lingers on your skin and leaves you feeling warm for the rest of the evening. It is perfect and highly recommended. It is also a scent which is perfect for both men and women alike.

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          02.01.2010 18:29
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          This Christmas Kisses bubble bar from Lush is the first bubble bar I have ever used. I was given it as part of a festive gift box which also included a Mr Butterball snowman bath ballistic and a Marzibain bubble bar, both of which I will no doubt be reviewing soon!

          The Christmas Kisses bar is more of a pear shape than an actual bar. It is a nice orangey-red colour and has a little tiny cinnamon stick coming out of it. It contains various essential oils including clove, cinnamon, lime, orange and patchouli, though I have to admit that the only one I could really smell was patchouli, which is a shame as I love cinnamon. The smell in general was quite earthy and musky and definitely not sweet and girly like many Lush products.

          To use a bubble bar you just crumble it into your bath under running water and it works as a bubble bath. I cut my bar into two pieces first and half of the bar was more than enough so I would recommend not using it all at once and stretching it to at least two baths, if not three or four.

          The bath water instantly turned a very bright, orangey-red shade which would probably not be to everyone's taste! I wasn't sure whether I liked it or not; on the one hand it was festive, but on the other it looked a lot like watered down blood! The bubble bar also produced lots and lots of white frothy bubbles. The smell was not as strong as I expected though and I was a bit disappointed with this as the bath and bathroom were only a little scented.

          Once I got into the bath I was pleased that the water was soft and silky and the bubbles were also really soft and lasted for ages. After the bath I was pleased that neither my skin nor the bath were stained red, which is a really annoying problem that I've had before with Lush products! I found that the smell lingered slightly on my skin for a little while but definitely wasn't very powerful, and my skin was no softer than normal.

          This is a fun bubble bar but the smell and the results for my skin weren't so amazing that I would buy it myself. However I'd happily use it again if I was given it! It can be bought at Lush stores from around October onwards and costs less than £3 for a bar.

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          11.02.2009 22:02
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          A lovely BBS

          I do love a nice Christmas Kisses Bubble Bar Slice from Lush. It is a beautiful red cone shaped bar with a warm spicy scent that is perfect on a chilly winter night. Its warming scent of Clove Leaf and Cinnamon Leaf essential oils with a hint of sweet orange and lime is unique and mouth-watering.

          I love stocking up on these bars during the festive season when they are available. You need a stockpile as they are a fabulous treatment for everyday aches and pains. All you need to do is crumble a chunk of the bar under the warm running tap and it will foam and froth up into a mountain of bubbles. The slice turns the water silky smooth so it moisturises and softens your skin.

          It retailed for £2.25 last Christmas so it is one of the cheapest Bubble Bar Slices that Lush produces. It is sold in a 100g quantity (but you will probably get more as they are each handmade) so I believe that it is well worth the price. I like to use Christmas Kisses during the cold winter months as it provides a nice warm bath. Also it is a pretty unisex scent so it probably will appeal to everyone. Give it a go!

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            24.11.2008 00:15
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            Another great Christmas product from Lush.

            Despite having had a couple of Lush products in the past, I suppose I did get a lot more interested after joining Dooyoo and reading lots of reviews about the goodies they have on offer. When I tried Hot Java ballistic I was very disappointed with the amount of bits floating around, it was truly unpleasant, and calypte commented that I should try out this bubble bar. Thank you thank you thank you! I love it so much!

            Christmas Kisses is, obviously, a seasonal product, which hit Lush stores and the website in October and stay until Christmas. Its name comes from (I presume) the fact that it is shaped like a Hershey's Kiss chocolate, which for the record are repulsive. It is one of the stronger-smelling Lush products I've sampled so far, and I personally love the scent.

            To me, it smells just like a cinnamon candy such as an Atomic Fireball, which I love, and it also reminds me of a warm apple pie. The other day I was bathing using a different bubble bar, and couldn't smell it at all because of my Christmas Kisses bar sitting on the side of the bath stinking the room out. Uh, I mean fragrancing it beautifully. The ingredients include lime and orange oil as well as clove, but to be honest cinnamon is the only thing noticeable for me.

            If you're unfamiliar with bubble bars, they are Lush's way of attempting to save the planet by cutting down on bottles and packaging for bubble baths. You either crumble a whole bar (which is probably too much and way more expensive), or break a bit off, and add it to your bathwater for heaps of bubbles. I now keep an old knife in my box of Lush stuff to hack away at the bars because they are so easy to slice and it reduces mess breaking them by hand into pieces.

            In the past I've crumbled the bar under running water, because that's what the website says and so that's what I did. Then I watched a video on the site like the big geek that I am, and it showed them crumbling it into an empty bath then adding the water. To be honest this makes more sense and I did get tons of bubbles using this method, and they were bigger, fluffier bubbles than the creamy froth I've managed from other bubble bars the old way.

            The bar itself is red and yes, the water does turn a fairly horrific, horror film red too. For me, it was fun and yes it's Christmassy, the red and white, but I suppose some people might not enjoy such an angry colour, not the most peaceful of shades I'll admit for a relaxing soak.

            With other bubble bars, the water has felt lovely and silky soft to me, but to be honest I didn't notice that too much with Christmas Kisses. The mountains of bubbles more than made up for it (I used about a quarter of the bar only) and the lovely strong scent filled the room and has stuck to my skin. It's a very comforting scent and perfect for warming up in the winter.

            At £2.25 a bar, I'd say you will probably get an average of three baths from a bar if you aren't feeling lavish by throwing the whole thing in, which personally I feel is a waste. So yes, like all things Lush it is pretty expensive for bubble bath, but definitely quality. As I said before, these are only around for a limited time, and I will certainly be stocking up before they go!

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              15.11.2008 00:58
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              A spicy bath of bubbles

              Last week I went on my first (of many hopefully) shopping trip to buy Christmas Lush things! Every year I check out all the Christmassy products and buy as many as I can carry home :)
              It was also a cold, wet day and I don't know about you but that encourages me to spend more to cheer myself up!
              On this trip, one of the products I bought was this; Christmas Kisses bubble bar.

              "Comforting spicy bubbles, as warming as a hot toddy" Just what any Lushionista needs on a cold day. (That's a Lush expert along the lines of Fashionista; not sure if my new word will catch on...lol)


              About this bubble bar
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              The Christmas Kisses bubble is bright red in colour, for those of you not familiar with Lush bubble bars; they look a bit like Playdoh. This one is shaped like a cone, it sits on its flat base and then twists up to a point, in one side a little twig thing is stuck into the bar, I'm guessing it's a piece of cinnamon and is there for nothing but decoration.

              From the Lush website:
              "A Christmas Kisses bath gives you spicy, lime and orange scented bubbles and a layer of froth keeps the water warm so no need to waste energy topping up with hot water. Keep a warming, soothing Christmas Kisses ready for when you've been out in the cold shovelling snowdrifts or doing the last minute shopping"

              I can't say I can smell the lime and orange on their own but I guess they add to the overall scent, the main scent for me is Cinnamon; that gorgeous spiciness that reminds me of Christmas every time I smell it!

              It really is a warming scent, perfect for this time of year. I think it would be a great product for people who play football in the cold or something like that; a hot bath with this when you got in would sort you out and warm you up! It really relaxes me too, I feel chilled out after using this so it's good for just before you go to bed so you get a good nights sleep.

              **As it is a solid product it will stay fresh quite a while too, I have a bowl in my bathroom where I put all my Lush bubble bars and Ballistics (bath bombs) and they don't lose their scent or bubble power at all!**


              My Christmas kisses bath
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              To use a bubble bar you crumble it under running water, you can use as much as you want and I usually make my bubble bars last 3 baths but this is quite a small one by Lush standards so I used half of it in one bath.

              As always, you get plenty of thick frothy bubbles; I've tried lots of bubble baths and am yet to find one that foams as much as Lush bubble bars, you get the kind of bubbles that spill over the edges of your bath!
              The water goes bright red which may not sound too appealing, it does look a bit like you've bled in the bath but the bubbles are so thick you hardly notice, my advice is close your eyes and relax and you'll forget about the colour of your water, even more so combined with a glass of wine and some candles.

              The smell is really strong at first when you start to crumble it in your bath water and its one of my favourite Lush scents.
              The only downside for me is that the gorgeous scent disappears quite quickly, Id love to say you smell of spicy cinnamon and orange all night but it disappears before you get out of the bath sadly. Some Lush scents last ages throughout your home and on your body but this just doesn't have that staying power!


              What Lush use to make this bubble bar
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              The bubbles are caused by the sodium bicarbonate in the bar, the bar is cream of tartar based and this gives the bar its solidity.

              To create the unique Lush scents they use essential oils.
              In this bar alone there is Patchouli oil, Clove leaf oil, Cinnamon leaf oil, Sweet orange oil and Lime oil. As well as smelling gorgeous, these oils all have their benefits to wellbeing and health.

              * Patchouli oil: This is mainly used in body products for its strong scent but the oil is also used for its relaxing and anti-viral qualities.

              * Clove leaf oil: This has been used for years to help cure colds and the flu, it is again used in Aromatherpay to calm and relax.

              * Cinnamon leaf oil: This is used in aromatherapy as a stimulant, as with Clove leaf oil this was once used as a cure for the common cold.

              * Sweet orange oil: This oil is used to warm and comfort so a perfect addition to this winter bubble bar.

              * Lime oil: This is used in aromatherapy to cheer people up and revitalise tired minds. Lime oil can also help headaches. It's good for your skin too!

              So the oils used are a mix of stimulants and relaxants which is a bit strange, I promise you the relaxing properties definitely take over!



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              Lush products and ingredients are not tested on animals at any stage of production.

              My skin is really sensitive and I never have any problems with Lush products.

              Christmas Kisses bubble bar is suitable for Vegans.

              This bar costs £2.25.

              Lush use as many natural, renewable ingredients as possible and have recently stopped using Palm oil as a base in their products.
              In Indonesia the land taken up by Palm Oil plantations has more than doubled in the last decade and this is further endangering already endangered species of animals such as Orangutans and Sumatran Tigers. Destroying the rainforests themselves will obviously cause nothing but damage to the all ready fragile O-zone layer.
              If the palm oil industry carries on at the current rate Orangutans WILL be extinct within 12 years which is heartbreaking! Please look further into this.
              http://www.born-to-be-wild.org/html/palm_oil.html
              http://www.foe.co.uk/campaigns/biodiversity/case_studies/palm_oil/index.html

              I hope others follow Lush soon.



              Thanks for reading my review, sorry if I seemed to ramble on a bit at the end when you were wanting a happy Lush review but I don't buy from Lush solely for the lovely products but for their beliefs too.

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                09.10.2008 07:22
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                A bit of luxury for a cold day

                The Christmas Kiss bubble bar was a product I have wanted to try ever since I first saw it a couple of years ago, but I never quite got round to it. I had read some fairly negative reviews of the product on here and other sites, but there was something about it that still made me want to try it for myself. I do realise it's a little early for writing about Christmas products, however they are now on sale, and talking to some friends recently, it seems many of them only ever get Lush products as Christmas presents, so hopefully this may be of some help when choosing gifts or stocking fillers - and it's never too early to do your Christmas shopping!

                I remember when I first saw this, I thought it looked a bit like a red pear, due to what I can only assume is a cinnamon stick poking out of the side of it. Unfortunately when mine arrived, it was minus the cinnamon stick/twiggy thing, although there was a hole in one side, where I assume it once was! Otherwise, the bubble bar looks very similar to the one pictured - red and pear shaped.

                If you are not familiar with the concept of a bubble bar, the simplest way to describe it, would be solid bubble bath. The advantage of this is that no packaging -other than a paper bag made from recycled paper- is needed, and the bars also look fun as they are all different shapes and colours, and can be a bit of a novelty to use, so make ideal as gifts.

                The bubble bar has an impressive list of ingredients, some of which I do not particularly like individually, but when put together I think compliment each other well. Since I started writing reviews on Lush products, I have found myself becoming quite interested in different essential oils and what they can do for the skin. I will give a quick overview of the main oils the Christmas Kisses bar contains and what they can do for you. If you want to skip this part, please feel free...

                Clove Leaf Oil: A very strong scented, spicy oil that many of you may be familiar with as a natural remedy for toothache - at least that's what instantly comes to my mind when I hear the name! It is often recommended for people suffering with acne, as it has antiseptic properties, and its strong smell is great for those people suffering from colds as breathing its scent clears the nasal passages.

                Patchouli Oil: An oil often used in aromatherapy to lift spirits and rid depression. It has a strong, sweet, fairly unique smell. Personally, I am not overly keen on the scent of patchouli, I find it is a love it/hate it kind of scent, but mixed in with the other oils in this bubble bar, I actually find it much nicer and more bearable!

                Lime Oil: I think most of you will recognise the scent of lime, it is a sharp, zesty fragrance, and its oil is used in skincare as, like with Clove leaf oil, it can help clear spotty, congested skin.

                Cinnamon Leaf Oil: Another spicy scent, which many of you may recognise more from use in the kitchen than in bath products. Cinnamon oil is another product great for alleviating the symptoms of colds.

                Sweet Orange Oil: Great for lifting the mood, and also great for colds...are you noticing a theme here?

                Coincidentally, the day I used this I was actually coming down with a cold, and feeling very low for other reasons I wont trouble you with. I went through all my bath products sniffing them - even with the onset of a cold you can still smell the Lush products when you walk into my bedroom! - and although I hadn't planned on using this bubble bar just yet, it was the one that jumped out at me, as its fragrance seemed warm and comforting. It was only afterwards when I researched some of its ingredients that I found it was particularly suitable for those of us suffering with colds and feeling a bit down.

                The combination of all the different oils results in a spicy yet slightly sweet fragrance, which I wasn't too keen on when I first received the product, however it has grown on me a huge amount. Because of its spiciness it does have a real Christmassy feel, but I don't see why it can't be used at other times of the year and I think it would be perfect for cold days when you feel you need to be warmed up. It's also quite unisex, and I think it would be suitable for either a man or woman.

                To use the bubble bar, you simply crumble it under running water. As with most of the bubble bars this one was quite easy to break up, and as soon as it hits the water, it begins to turn it a very festive shade of red. If you wish you can just add half or a third in order to get more uses from the bar, but I put the entire thing in. Out of all the bubble bars I've used, I must admit this one created the most bubbles - there were mountains of the things, I'm surprised they weren't overflowing!

                On stepping into the bath, I could feel the silkiness of the oils in the water, and the bubbles felt soft and fluffy. Now in the water, the scent of the bubble bar had really come out and the room was filled with the spicy scent of cinnamon. I found that my bath was incredibly relaxing, and with the combination of the steam from the bath and the scent of the product, I found that I was able to breath much easier.

                I had read that this product can stain the bath, however on getting out I found that there was no mark. It is possibly due to me having a plastic bath - should you have an enamel one, you may find that your experience is different.

                After using this product, my skin felt soft and smooth, as well as there being a subtle hint of the scent lingering on my skin.

                A Christmas Kisses bubble bar weighing 100g will cost you just £2.25 from Lush or online at www.lush.co.uk

                I found this to be money well spent. The bubble bar produced a huge amount of bubbles, made me feel relaxed, and even seemed to do my blocked nose some good. Considering I was not keen on the fragrance initially, I ended up loving it - it's so warm and relaxing, and it's the best Christmas kiss I've ever had!

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                  Thank god its only a seasonal product, yukky

                  I don't know bout you but after new Year I feel, well a bit deflated to be honest. I don't do New Year but this year I got dragged into enjoying it and taking part and now, well things are back no normal! Same problems. Problems with Catalogue, grumpy step dad, bf doing my head in etc etc. Sat here today in a right tantruming mode cos it's all not helped by having a nasty chest infection, headaches and an all over achy feeling. I sat for 2 hours chatting to a PC repair man today online and decided enough was enough I was just getting no where and I needed some 'me' time before I verbally shot my no it all step dad. Why an earth are some people so glum? You say this has happened and they look right on the negative side without having a clue what they're on about! Anyway I had a plan!

                  I realised in my drawer I have a stack on Lush products to only use on special occasions. This was one of them times. I haven't even had a wash in 2 days I've felt so bad, I needed some pampering time so off I went with my Christmas Kisses bath melt and an arm full of goodies.

                  What exactly is it?...

                  Christmas Kisses Bath Melt is exactly the same as in the photograph at the top of this review. Its bright orange, dusted slightly with something white like cake icing. It has a stick poking out of the top which is meant to be cinnamon. I sniffed my stick and it smelt like a twig so it hit the bin. It looks ok, similar to most of the products lol, bit like a lump of playdough!

                  The smell is meant to be Cinnamon, Patchouli and Clove, a warming mix. All I can smell mainly is the Patschuli which is something my nostrils have never really liked anyway. In the list of ingredients I can see that Orange Oil is here along with Lime and Cloves and I can't smell any of that it is overpowered by a talcy, perfumy old fashioned patchouli smell. Still I had high hopes still and looked forward after throwing in a whole bath melt that this bath would give me 'Comforting, spicy bubbles, as warming as a hot toddy'

                  I went to turn the water off and jump in when what hit me was the smell. Personally I'm not keen. It's very earthy and it is marketed as a unisex bath melt and Id definitely say it's aimed more as men. As I said earthy came to mind and musky. It smelt like it had a hint of dirt it in. Quite an odd aroma. Though don't be alarmed too much that's only the initial smell and that fades. My water was a very deep orange and quite a few bubbles, but nice bubbles not overwhelming white stuff everywhere just a nice layer all over. I got into the bath and then sat on the melt. Not all of it evaporated so I had to squidge it in my hands.

                  I got in and the bath water felt quite soft. However not as I'd expect with it being Lush. I've had an awful lot better over the years from this shop. Its not bad I mean nothing in my experience has been bad apart from the Karma Comba solid hair shampoo lol but this just wasn't as good as my favs ie floating island, Honey Bee.

                  However I did feel more relaxed after a couple of hours. I certainly got out and felt more relived and energised than when I got into the bath and I looked and smelt cleaner too.

                  I emptied the bath and no colour stain or bit were lefts behind (one of the annoying things that Lush are famous for). Now the aroma in the bathroom did not hang about which was another unusual thing about this product. Any regular Lush users will know that their fragrances last well after a product has been used up normally. This did not. I could however smell it lightly on my skin but not overpoweringly so.

                  Now the bad bit. I got out the bath and my skin was so red! My water wasn't hot and I'd soaked in it for ages. I'd used enough water to disperse the melt properly so it want that the product was too strong or anything. I was like a Tomato. My face was bright, bright angry red! I hadn't used any other 'new' product in my routine. I wasn't itchy or uncomfortable so I gave it ten minutes before I was going to run screaming to my Mum and luckily the colour did drain away. Funny the only bit that was normal colour was just above my top lip. I looked awful like I had some kind of adverse reaction! That was rather worrying!

                  I got into my pyjamas and went to eat my pudding Id left after my roast dinner today and I sat next to my Mum. She was sniffing and saying you smell gorgeous! 'What you got on?'. I told her the bath bomb you got me! She was impressed and enquired what it was called and looked glum when she realised it was a seasonal product (odd for my mum she's never paid £2.10 for a bath in her life, old school eh lol)

                  Overall....

                  Its ok. Nothing special about it at all. I'm not impressed really by the masculine smell to this one, I'm a bit too much of a girly girl for it. Moisturising capabilities is average but only average to Lush's standards, compare it to a lot of other brands it's beat the crap out of them!

                  This comes down to personal preference. If you smell the melt it pretty much gives a good indication of what your going to get so if you like it, buy it.

                  Yes I'm aware this is a seasonal product, but although its not on the website anymore its still being sold as normal in my local shop, not reduced or anything. If it was I'll be honest I still would rather pay the extra for something else!

                  Ingredients....

                  Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocoamide DEA, Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum cassia), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), *Cinnamal, Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, D&C Red No.4, Cinnamon Quill (Cinnamomum cassia).

                  £2.10 Per melt from Lush. One Melt per bath.

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                    02.01.2008 16:17
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                    a bubbly bubble bar slice

                    I always look forward to receiving a Lush gift box at Christmas time, and usually I'm not disappointed. This year I received my token set and last night I opened it properly to test my products.

                    As always with Lush a variety of smells will hit your nostrils all at once and you do have to like whiffs and pongs to fully appreciate Lush products. One of my products is the Christmas kisses bath slice. A seasonal product no less hence the name, and the smell as well.

                    A massively strong whiff of cinnamon shot right up my nose as I brought it to my face. It was so strong I withdrew my head back rather sharply. I'm used to walking into a Lush shop and being overpowered by smells, but this slice on its own knocked me off my feet almost.

                    Christmas Kisses boasts aromas such as clove leaf, patchouli, lime, sweet orange and cinnamon. Personally the aroma of cinnamon completely took over anything else, and I couldn't find any hint of anything else, not that I could get my nose close enough to be fair.

                    To the untrained eye, on first view this bath slice looks like an orange volcano with a stick sprouting from the top. Honestly it does look weird on first glance. I didn't notice the stick to begin with, and perhaps if i had noticed then I would have been prepared for the cinnamon aroma.

                    For those of you who haven't used Lush before, a bath slice is designed to be broken off in chunks (up to you how much per bath), and placed in running water to create bubbles and aroma.
                    I admit I was dubious about actually putting this in my bath last night, and in the end I compromised and only used a small amount.
                    On average it's about 3 baths per slice, but I'll get more out of this slice if I choose to use it again.

                    Dropping into the water, my bath instantly turned a horrible browny reddy colour. It looked like dried blood to me and it really put me off climbing into the water. Thankfully the bubbles from this bar are plentiful and before too long i couldn't see the colour of the water anymore.
                    Despite the small amount it did produce a lot of bubbles which is a good plus point to this slice. I can't stand a bath where you have to put loads of a product in to get any decent amount of bubbles.

                    The smell in my bathroom instantly turned Christmasy, so the product is doing it's job and living up to its name. It's personal choice for me the fact it's not my taste and i find it overpowering.
                    After a half an hour or so soak, the smell is still very strong in the room. I have really gone off this now, however there are still a mass of bubbles on the surface and unfortunately on inspection the water is still a murky browny colour (no I wasn't that dirty).

                    My skin didn't feel any better or worse after soaking in all it's cinnamon delights. Lush doesn't claim it will do anything weird or wonderful to your skin, but it's always nice to find a product that leaves you feeling soft and fresh and smelling lovely.

                    This bubble bar slice will weigh approx 100g and cost you £2.10 for the privilege. As it's a seasonal product, you will be hard pressed to find it in stores for very long if at all now. In my opinion it's not a bad thing to see this disappear off the shelves for another ten months or so.

                    Back to the box I go to try the rest of the products out. I am pleased to say they do look more promising already. Perhaps my daughter would like the rest of this one mwah mwah mwah.

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                      23.12.2007 14:30
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                      Spot-on Lush treat

                      One review does not a (mini-)series make, so here's part two of my seasonal review splurge!

                      Let's set the tone from the start: I've now sampled all four of Lush's festive bubble bars this year, and this is far and away my favourite! It's not flashy - no Bling Crosby glitter - but it does a good job and smells divine in the process!

                      "Comforting spicy bubbles, as warming as a hot toddy"

                      Christmas Kisses is shaped like... like a... urm, like the picture at the top of the page shows! It's a slightly muted orange colour, complete with a light dusting of flour-like whiteness and a real half-stick of cinnamon sticking out the top.

                      There's your give away: this is very much a cinnamon-scented bath product, despite Lush's insistence on going on about the orange and lime. But cinnamon is better! I mean, what could be more perfectly warming in the freezing cold weather we're having right now?!

                      It's not a sweet, cakey cinnamon scent, but rather something deeper and spicier, thanks to the patchouli and clove. Added lime and orange add just a hint of something fresher, and the whole thing comes together gorgeously. Definitely Christmassy, too!

                      I used just a third of a bar of this - always a bargain when you can get a decent bath out of a smaller proportion of one of Lush's slightly pricey luxuries! That made it just 70p for a bath which is an absolutely snip by Lush standards. And the third was plenty: lots of bubbles, nicely rich and soft, and plenty of aroma. I *might* be tempted to go up to half a bar, but really - why, when it's not necessary? That itself makes this stand out from the rest of the Christmas range, where half was definitely called for, if not all in the case of the Bling Crosby!

                      With a third, the smell starts off a little overwhelmingly spicy, until you finish filling the bath, by which stage it's very apparent but not overpowering. Too much - the whole bar for sure! - and I think I'd find the scent a bit sickly.

                      The water itself is turned a rich orange-brown shade, which was perfectly appealing - unlike the Ruby Red Slippers orange-red which made my skin look horrid in comparison!

                      My only small complaint about this bubble bar would be that it wasn't particularly moisturising: after the bath I still felt the need for my usual pre-bed moisturising, which is slightly unusual for a Lush product. However, it wasn't actually drying on my skin, so I shan't complain!

                      Other than that, I really can't fault this Lush creation. At 70p a bath it felt like pretty good value for a treat, and lounging in the orange-y, cinnamon-y hot water felt festively luxurious!

                      So obviously I'm recommending this, either for yourself - I've stocked up with a couple more 'slices' to keep me going through/past Christmas! - or as a last-minute stocking filler; it does look 'classy' enough (as far as these things go) to not put you to shame on the gift front (glittery lumps take note!).

                      Boring details:

                      Price: £2.10 for a 100g, which I recommend you use over at least two if not three baths.

                      Availability: there are relatively few Lush stores in the country, so if you don't have one nearby brave the postage and stock up at www.lush.co.uk - sadly it's a bit too late for Christmas delivery, but you'll need all the help you can to recover after the big day, right!?

                      Ingredients:
                      Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocoamide DEA, Clove Leaf Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum cassia), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), *Cinnamal, Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, D&C Red No.4, Cinnamon Quill (Cinnamomum cassia).

                      My summary:
                      What could be more Christmassy than a lovely, warming, cinnamon-scented bath? Definitely my favourite of the four Lush Christmas bubble bars this year!

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