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      16.04.2011 08:49
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      A gorgeous bubble bar from Lush

      I'm in love and have real passion for Dorothy. I share many baths with Dorothy who gently caresses my skin, as I lie relaxing in amongst an array of fluffy white bubbles. Okay, I think I best set the record straight before you get the wrong picture. I am not discussing a secret fantasy of mine with a tall stunning blonde, as I am happy married to a lovely man who doesn't mind in the least that I have this obsession for Dorothy. In fact, he has Dorothy ready for me whenever I ask for her, as Dorothy is a small bubble bar from Lush and as you are probably aware I love my toiletries. Whilst I made a vow some time ago not to purchase anything new until all my existing products have been used, I made an exception with Lush! Consequently, each time I visit Cardiff City Centre I am drawn into the store, particularly as its' powerful combination of delightful aromas beckon me. A couple of months ago saw me purchasing a number of products; one of which I have purchased on many occasions and this review discusses my experience with using the Dorothy Bubble Bar.

      A LITTLE ABOUT DOROTHY

      Dorothy is one of a fairly large range of Lush's beautifully fragranced bubble bars and is a 100g circular shape and provided to us in an extremely bright blue colour although I have to say the few bars I have owned have never been so vivid as the one shown in the image above. The top of the bar is coloured with a rainbow shaped swirl of pink, orange and lemon, which makes this product extremely appealing to the eye. What initially attracted me to Dorothy is the information contained within the periodical produced by Lush, namely Lush Times, particularly as the bubble bar contains ylang ylang, which is a fragrance I absolutely adore.

      MY EXPERIENCE WITH SHARING MY BATH WITH DOROTHY

      Normally I share a bath with nobody, as what was intended to be a rather romantic bath with my first husband many years ago turned into somewhat of a fiasco. I had turned out all of the lights and strategically placed a number of scented candles around the edge of the bath to create the correct ambience. My husband marched up the stairs wondering why the upstairs of our home was in total darkness, so he proceeded to switch on the bathroom light, and then he got the message! Consequently, the light was turned off, he undressed and stepped into the bath water to join me to allow the romance to begin. However, within just a couple of minutes we could witness a strange smell of burning and what was supposed to be a seductive soak in the tub was abruptly brought to a halt due to the leaves of one of my plants being singed by one of the candles! I learned by that experience and now the only person that shares my bath is Dorothy and my other favourite bathing products!

      Lush market Dorothy as "Orange Blossom wishes for spring, somewhere over the rainbow" due to its' orange content, which is not something that I could witness when I picked up the bar in the store and lifted it to my nose. If you are familiar with Lush you will be aware that they pride themselves on their naked packaging and you will find Dorothy in a large wicker basket with dozens of other Dorothys. When you take the bubble bar to the cash desk it will be placed in a yellow recyclable paper bag and a label will be attached giving you a few details of your purchase. What I found rather strange is that on the Lush website we are advised that this bar also contains sweet figs, yet there is no mention of this in Lush Times. The most obvious scent with Dorothy is the beautiful, yet delicate aroma of ylang ylang and I couldn't wait to place her in my bath.

      CRUMBLING DOROTHY

      If you have used bubble bars before you will be aware that the 100 g bars will provide you with three baths with the 200 g providing you with five to six. Consequently, I needed to crumble a third of Dorothy into my running bath water and I initially pulled off small sections of the rainbow and watched as my bath water turned a pale shade of orange topped with huge swirls of white fluffy bubbles. I then crumbled some of the blue section and witnessed the bath water changing into a pale blue as the room filled with the most stunning aroma of ylang ylang and a very delicate hint of orange. Something I have experienced with using Lush bubble bars is that they tend to change the strength of the colouring from time to time and as a consequence, the colour of the bath water may differ from one occasion to the next. I turned my bath taps onto full strength, which forced even more bubbles to swirl ferociously and when my bath was full I literally had mountains upon mountains of bubbles; the majority of which were around 12 inches in height.

      I then gently slid into the water and laid back to enjoy my "me time" with Dorothy where the water was beautifully soft and extremely luxurious as it wrapped around my skin and the scent of Dorothy helped me to reach a calm and peaceful place. After relaxing for what seemed like a lifetime I introduced soap to the water and proceeded to wash myself. What I adore about Lush bubble bars is that the bubbles do not disappear as soon as they make contact with soap, which is something that occurs with many bath products I have used in the past. Whilst I could hear a very gentle sound of fizzing I could see no evidence of the bubbles vanishing and in fact, I always find it a little problematic to get rid of them after I have released the bath water. Consequently, it is necessary to give the bath a quick swish with the shower head, particularly as Dorothy had decided to leave some residue on the base of the bath and around the water's edge.

      Whilst Lush products are a little pricey and are not something I can afford to use on a daily basis, I think they are wonderful for that once or twice a week special treat. I store my products within their original packaging in my underwear drawer and each time I open either the draw above or below I witness a beautiful aroma of the combination of different products and of course, my underwear always smells gorgeous! At the moment Amandopondo, A French Kiss and Karma accompany my array of bras and pants; all of which are beautifully fragranced Lush Bubble Bars. For a product to tick all the boxes for me it has to transfer its' fragrance to my skin as well as smelling delightful when used. Fortunately, each and every one of the Lush products I have used provides this for me, as my skin smells absolutely.

      HOW DOES DOROTHY AFFECT MY SKIN?

      Dorothy always leaves my skin feeling extremely luxurious and provides me with an extra special pamper session. I also find her very good at moisturising, particularly if my skin isn't too dry to begin with and on those occasions Dorothy definitely needs a helping hand where I will introduce an additional moisturising product. She is very soft and gentle and I have never suffered any adverse effects when using her despite her essential oil content. Her scent remains on my skin for several hours after use and I am able to witness a delicate hint of ylang ylang when I move my body. What I love with all of the Lush bubble bars that I have used is that I can always smell them on my bed linen the following day. I cannot recommend Dorothy Bubble Bar highly enough, as it is perfect if you want an extra special treat and whilst £2.80 for a 100 g bar may seem pricey, you are able to last it over three baths without losing any of the effects. I've always been tempted to crumble an entire bubble bar into my bath to see how many bubbles it will create, but I really cannot justify the cost. As Dorothy is perfect in every way for me, she receives 5 stars.

      OTHER INFORMATION AND INGREDIENTS

      You will be aware that I am not one for copying lengthy lists of ingredients into my reviews unless I feel that there is something specific that you should be aware of. Whilst Dorothy did not cause me any problems you should be aware that she contains essential oils, such as ylang ylang oil, orange flower and gardenia extract. There are also three colours contained within the bar. As previously stated, the yellow paper bag that is provided to you by Lush can be recycled once empty. I would give one word of warning here and that is be very careful when crumbling Dorothy or any other bubble bars into your bath, as the last time I used her I dropped several crumbs onto my black bathroom floor tiles. Consequently, out came my Flash Power Mop where I proceeded to clean up the mess only for my floor tiles to become a mass of soap suds! Consequently, before I could get into my lovely welcoming bath I found myself on my hands and knees repeatedly wiping the bathroom floor with a wet flannel, which needed constant rinsing, as it was full of soap! Dorothy can either be purchased online or in a Lush high street store and will cost you £2.80. The product number as per Lush Times is 3068.

      I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

      This review will appear on both Ciao and Dooyoo under the same user name.

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        26.03.2011 11:05
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        A lovely fragrant bubble bar

        Last night baby peaches went to bed early as she was incredibly tired due to having quite a busy day and I took fill advantage of the extra 45 minutes! I lit a few candles and ran myself a nice hot bath - heaven! It isn't often that I can spend more than 10 minutes in a bath so this was going to be a real treat!

        I dipped into my Lush stash which I am steadily working my way through and I decided on trying Dorothy, one of Lush's newest bubble bars to its collection and by new it has been around for nearly a year or so! I chose Dorothy because it certainly is eyecatching to look at on its little wooden stand in a Lush store.

        As you can see from the picture the Dorothy is round in shape and the base is a lovely bright blue and then on the top there is a bold coloured rainbow which is made out of the same ingredients used for the bubble bar. In store you can't really smell Dorothy because of all the other aromas clashing together but I was more than happy to give it a go.

        *~* In Use *~*

        ~ Application ~

        Like all bubble bars they need to be crumbled into the running water and I have to say I found crumbling Dorothy into the water actually quite hard it seemed a lot more solid than other bubble bars I've used. However, I was able to break it into three decent sized chunks so I can get three bathes out of the one bubble bar.

        Once it eventually crumbled it provided a reasonable amount of white, frothy bubbles which I was pleased with but I could see there the bubble bar had not dissolved that the little pieces were actually in the bubbles so some of the bubbles actually turned blue and pink. Obviously depending on your water pressure you may get more or less bubbles. I got a decent covering which lasted throughout the bath.

        The bath water turns quite a deep blue colour which I wasn't best pleased with as it did have a green hue to it which actually made it look quite dirty! I wouldn't have minded if the water had turned a bright, turquoise blue to reflect the colour of the bubble bar but I wasn't impressed with the so called 'sea blue' colour.

        ~ Aroma ~

        Once I got Dorothy in the bathroom I could definitely smell the ylang ylang which can be quite a potent fragrance but it was softened by the scent of sweet figs which definitely gave the bubble bar a sweet aroma which then filled the entire bathroom which was lovely, floral and very gentle. Simply gorgeous and it reminded me of the Figs and Leaves soap which Lush make.

        ~ In the Bath ~

        Dorothy really does soften the water and it makes your skin feel silky smooth which is lovely. The gorgeous fragrance became more floral the longer I was in the bath and I could start to detect notes of orange blossom and gardenia which teamed nicely with the ylang ylang and sweet figs.

        The water felt incredibly soft to the touch which was lovely and the bubbles certainly stayed around for the entirety of my bath which was nice as they can sometimes dissolve too quickly. The one thing that I couldn't stand was the colour of the water and it was quite off putting but I was relaxed and calmed in the bath which was nice but I think the candles helped with that!

        ~ Post Bath ~

        My skin was lovely and smooth but due to not having any conditioning oils in the bubble bar I did need to use a moisturiser as my skin did look a little dry but nothing major which was definitely a good thing. One thing I did notice was that the fragrance lasts on my skin for ages and I went to bed smelling lovely and sweet!. One thing I did have to do was give the sides of the bath a bit of a scrub as the horrible coloured water had left a ring around my bath tub but it was easily washed off.

        *~* What do Lush say *~*

        Any friend of Dorothy is a friend of ours. This spring, we're taking you far from the rain and grey clouds to somewhere over the rainbow. Your bath-water will be as blue as the skies over munchkinland and the exotic scent of ylang and sweet figs will make you want to go skipping off to see the wizard. A better day awaits you at the end of our rainbow.

        *~* Ingredients *~*

        Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cocoamide DEA, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Dulcis), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Propylene Glycol, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 4 and D&C Orange No. 4.

        *~* Price & Availability *~*

        Only available at Lush and can be purchased online via their website or in their store.
        £2.80 per bubble bar (100g each).

        *~* Recommendation ? *~*

        Definitely a recommendation from me as the aroma of the bubble bar is absolutely gorgeous but I can only award Dorothy 4 stars as I cant stand the colour of the bath water! It needs to be a brighter colour but this is my only issue with it. It is also one of Lush's cheapest bubble bars but definitely better than a lot of their current selection.

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          For bath waters the colour of Munchkinland skies and a sweet scent, would definitely recommend!!!

          I went straight to LUSH after hearing about this new bubble bar, because bubble bars have to be my favourite invention from the company. I'm also a great fan of Oz and as if the Ruby Red Slippers Christmas bubble bar wasn't enough, I was excited to try this and I just had to buy it!

          As quoted by LUSH in their product description: "This spring, we're taking you far from the rain and grey clouds to somewhere over the rainbow." In fact, I did try this bubble bar on a rather rainy day and had a truly relaxing experience in the bath, surrounded by sweet smelling bubbles and beautiful, deep blue coloured waters, just like "the skies over Munchkinland." I closed my eyes and felt myself drifting off to somewhere over the rainbow...

          The fragrance is really stunning and smells so good. It's "exotic scent of ylang and sweet figs will make you want to go skipping off to see the wizard." However, when I got out the bath, I didn't really smell of this beautiful fragrance, which was a slight disappointment, considering I just love the magical smell!

          I crumbled about half the bar in the bath and I have to say, there wasn't heaps and heaps of bubbles, but there wasn't a tiny, thin film of minute bubbles either. But then again, I'm quite fussy and prefer mountains of bubbles. To me, this is the only down side of the product.

          I think £2.80 is quite a reasonable price for this bubble bar, considering its little rainbow novelty and its bright blue colour - and its magical experience.

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          20.08.2010 13:37
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          Don't Bother With This One!

          A few weeks ago when I was shopping in town I was horrified to find that the Lush store had been closed down for a month for renovations - so where was I to get my latest fix from Lush? So I patiently waited until the store reopened and then decided to really treat myself to quite a few products from across all their ranges and this is the first one I tried "Lush Dorothy Bubble Bar" because Ive seen it rated so highly in "The Lush Times" and it is one of the few bubble bars I hadn't tried already so I decided to give it a go a few days ago. I kind of wish Id read some reviews on it first though because most people have given it quite low ratings - and quite rightly in my opinion which is a shame as the other bubble bars Ive tried have all been so good!

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          Price: £2.80 - 100g bar
          Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk
          £2.80 might seem like a lot for what this is but compared to other bubble bars Ive bought in the past this one is quite cheap although it is slightly smaller. Having said that though I split this in to two parts and gave my brother half and that was more than enough for 2 baths so I guess its okay value - you could probably get more out of the bar though if you wanted.

          Let me start by saying this bubble bar in reality is nowhere near as nice or well made in real life. It looks to me like a plasticine model a child would make at school and when they are in the display the blue from all the other bars flakes off onto the ones underneath which for me kind of ruined the appeal. I know its only going to dissolve eventually but one of the reasons I like Lush so much is their colourful and quirky designs so I did feel a bit let down by this one because I was expecting it to look much better.

          I'm sure everyone knows the basic ideas behind this bar by now but to use it you simply pop it in the bath either once you've ran the water or whilst the tap is running and it will dissolve into a mountain of bubbles. I got LOADS of bubbles with mine and I only used half the bar so I cant imagine what a full one would do. This bar also turns the water a lovely light blue colour which is very calming a looks really nice - so I do have a few nice things to say about this one. These bars can also be stored for around 3 months after purchase and remain in their great condition as long as they are stored somewhere cool - a cupboard should do.

          Lush describe the scent of this bubble bar as : mixture of figs, orange blossom and that it is intensely floral. And there lies my first issue because this smells so strongly of citrus it is untrue and quite overpowering. As someone who doesn't like strong citrus scents this one did not appeal to me at all and if it had smelt that strong when in bar form I wouldn't have bothered buying it but the scent was way too strong for me and at times was very overpowering which meant I couldn't really relax in the bath with that smell around me. On the plus side it didn't last very long at all on my skin which usually I would consider a disadvantage but not in this case!

          Lastly this didn't really do anything for my skin. It didn't dry it out or cause a rash but my skin didn't feel soft and smooth like it normally does after one of these bubble bars so overall I was very let down by this Lush offering. Such a shame because most of their other bubble bars are fantastic. I don't recommend this one though!

          Thanks For Reading

          x0 Salz 0x

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            04.08.2010 14:18
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            Not one I'll be buying again

            I treat myself occasionally to Lush bubble bars, and I picked up one of these Dorothy bars a while back. The release seemed to co-ordinate with that reality TV show about finding a Dorothy for a musical, but that might be a coincidence!

            Anyway, this bubble bar is a moderately sized one compared to others in the Lush range, and if you're feeling frugal it will last for 3-4 baths (probably more like three). It costs £2.80 for 100g, and can be purchased in a Lush store or via the website, www.lush.co.uk. I would recommend buying in store if you can so you can choose the nicest/biggest looking one!

            The bar is bright blue in colour and features a 'stuck on' rainbow in a few different colours of hard bubble bar strips. I have to say that the pictures on the Lush site seem to be misleading compared to the in-store display, as whenever I've seen these bars they tend to look like plasticine which has suffered from having the colours mixed up! The general idea of a rainbow is there but usually smudged with bits of blue and so on, so I would be reluctant to give Dorothy as a gift because the finish isn't as good as it could be.

            The scent is quite interesting as the bar contains fig, orange blossom and fruit. I have to admit that from the appearance of the bar, it would suit smelling of Playdoh a lot more! The weird thing about this bar is that it doesn't smell that great whole and dry, but once you break it up and put it in the bath under hot running water it smells really nice (and turns the water the same bright blue, which is nice like a swimming pool). After my bath, I found that the nice smell had faded and again it didn't smell that great - just like before I'd used it! This is pretty strange I think.

            My sister also inspected this bar and was unimpressed by the look and the smell, despite being a big fan of Lush in general. I think this bar has a fantastic idea behind it and I love the Dorothy theme, but the finish isn't quite there and neither is the scent. It does have a lot of potential though - I'd like to see a witch themed bar and glittery red slippers as part of a mini series! Dorothy needs a revamp though as it looks like a rush job made by kids in nursery.

            Sadly, I'd only recommend this for true Lush fans at the moment.

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              23.07.2010 21:06
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              Nice but beware of gray water!

              Dorothy is Lush's Wizard of Oz bubble bar. It is scented with ylang and figs.

              Although I like this bubble bar, I must say I was disappointed. I was made promises of bath water which looked like the colour of the sky on a cloudless day but the bubble bar actually turned my bath water a dirty grey. I had to empty the bath out and I used another one, this time omitting the rainbow. This time the water turned the lovely shade of blue I was promised. So if using this bubble bar, don't crumble the rainbow (even though you are supposed to) otherwise it will turn your bath water into a disgusting colour and make your bath anything but tempting. After the catastrophe of the disgusting water and I found that Dorothy bubble really well.

              This bubble bar is not a girly bubble bar regardless of its name. It is a more herbal scent which suggest relaxation. It is definately an "unwind" type of bubble bar. It also leaves your skin feeling super smooth and moisturised. The scent lingers all day too but it is a bit of an overpowering scent when you are in the bath. It can give you a headachy feel.

              The bubble bar cost £2.80 each.

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              19.07.2010 08:43
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              A really lovely bubble bar from Lush.

              Dorothy is a bubble bar made by Lush that was brought out in March 2010. It was supposed to be limited edition, and only available for the Spring, but it has been so popular that Lush has decided to extend its stay on the shelves!

              I love the look of this product, it is just so fun and quirky to have a little rainbow stuck on the top. The rainbow is also made of bubble bar, so you can use the whole product and there is no waste. According to the Lush website, the product is designed to "take you far from the rain and grey clouds, somewhere over the rainbow", to a place where the "bath-water will be as blue as the skies over munchkinland"; and the scent will "make you want to go skipping off to see the wizard". I love this description, it is so light-hearted and different that it really makes me smile.

              Lush bubble bars are designed to be used in a single bath. While this would no doubt make an extremely luxurious bath, I usually break mine up into about four chunks to make them last for four baths. This still produces lots of amazing bubbles, and although it will change the water blue, it will be a slighter paler blue than if I used the whole thing at once. This doesn't particularly bother me, as my favourite thing with using bubble bars is the gorgeous silky soft water, and of course lots of bubbles. I am not too fussed if the water changes colour or not, but for those who would get pleasure from a bright blue bath, using half the bubble bar at once may achieve the colour they are after.

              To use the product, you simply crumble it into the bath under running water. Give the water a little swish about and you will get huge mounds of beautiful pearlescent bubbles. The product is essentially a solid alternative to traditional bubble baths. Solid products need less chemiclas and also less packaging (these beauties are simply sold naked in the shop!) so they are kinder to the environment.

              Dorothy is fragranced with the same scent as Lush's Figs and Leaves soap. I had never tried that soap, and as I can't say the scent of figs particularly appeals to me, I didn't try this for a couple of months after it was available. It was only when my friends starting raving about how amazing it was that I decided to try one to see what all the fuss was about. Sniffing the product in the shop, it reminded me a little of the Christmas Eve bubble bar, which I adored. The assistant commented that the both contain ylang ylang, which must explain why I linked the two together. To my surprise, the product did not smell overwhelmingly of figs- ylang ylang is the strongest scent- and it did actually smell quite pleasant!

              This scent improved dramatically when the bubble bar hit the water. I found the scent was very relaxing and calming, yet also quite revitalising, which sounds a strange combination but is entirely true! Because of this, Dorothy makes a great multi-purpose bath. It is lovely at the end of a long hard day when you want to relax and unwind before bed, yet it is also perfect for when you wake up and are lacking in a bit of get up and go! I guess this is what Lush must mean about it taking you "somewhere over the rainbow"!
              I have found the product creates a really moisturising bath water, and I can see and feel the difference in my skin when I step out of the water, as it is much softer and smoother looking.

              A 100g Dorothy bubble bar will currently cost you £2.50, and is available from all Lush stores as well as www.lush.co.uk. I think this is pretty reasonable considering you can get at least four lovely baths from it, or more if you are feeling frugal or only have short baths. This is one of the nicest bubble bars Lush has brought out in a long time, and I hope they decide to make it a permanent addition to their range. If you like ylang ylang then I would strongly recommend you give Dorothy a try!

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                Gives you bubbles, changes water colour and moisturises your skin all in one!

                Dorothy is one of the newer bubble bars that Lush have released. It is of medium size and is a bright blue with a rainbow on the top of it as you can see in the image. I picked this up when I first spotted in stores simply because it was so pretty and stood out from all of the other bubble bars. After picking it up I had a quick sniff of it, and I will admit the smell didn't do much for me, simply because I adore sweet, girly scents and this was a little more sophisticated than what I'm used to. Needless to say, I picked one up to try it out because it was such a lovely bubble bar.

                This set me back £2.80 and is of a weight of 100g. You can purchase this within Lush stores or on their website at www.lush.co.uk. I'm aware £2.80 is a lot of money to spend on a bubble bar, however I see this as a treat and love to have baths to unwind after a long day. Not only this, but I often save the bubble bar to last over two baths, therefore making it only £1.40 for each bath.

                The scents that are contained within this bubble bar are ylang and sweet figs which isn't a scent that attracts me much. It smells decent but wouldn't be my first choice. I feel it is a fairly unisex scent, therefore could be suitable for all!

                If you are unaware of how to use a bubble bar, you simply have to crumble it bit by bit under your running water and it will dissolve into your bath water. Don't get these confused with the bath ballistics as those are the ones which you just drop in to the water. Upon crumbling this into the water, I noticed straight away the change in water colour. It started going from a murky blue to bright, vivid blue which was a really nice touch. As well as this, being a bubble bar, the thing I was looking forward to the most was whether this created many bubbles. A fair few bubbles filled up my bath after crumbling half of the bar into it, and they did last for quite some time, however don't expect them to remain for your whole bath. As well as this, it's important to consider that the more of your bubble bar you use, the brighter your bath colour will be, and the more bubbles you will get. Using the whole bubble bar would create a fabulous bath, but I feel using half at a time is effective enough for me and much more cost effective.

                As far as the scent goes, I did actually grow to like it, and when added to the bath, the scent did stand out, but didn't overpower the bath. It was just right. The scent itself is difficult to explain, but as it is ylang and sweet figs, you can imagine it is a very mysterious, adventurous scent, and that is why this bubble bar is called 'Dorothy', as it is based on Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

                Another thing I felt was so great about this bubble bar is that it left my skin feeling super soft. Often, it can be quite time consuming having to moisturise and look after your skin regularly, and having a bubble bar that does the job for you is excellent, and great for lazy people!

                Overall, I feel that this bubble bar definately deserves five stars, as it has quickly become one of my favourites. Next time I go into Lush, I'll be sure to buy another one, because I simply can't fault it at all. It might be a little expensive, but I feel that the quality of this bar meets the price that is charged, and for a company that doesn't test its products on animals, and use all natural ingredients in their products, the £2.80 is justifiable. Thanks for reading!

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                  Feeling the need for a little bit of a bath time treat recently, I popped off to my local Lush and picked myself up this bubble bar, Dorothy, for £2.80. I was immediately taken by its bright blue colour, topped off with a rainbow of red, orange and yellow. It was plump and rounded, looking a little like something a child would make out of play-doh - not in a bad way though. I was utterly charmed by it's looks - and even more so when I took a sniff.

                  My nostrils were filled with a sweet rich smell . Apparently it contains Fig and Ylang Ylang, and whilst I'm not entirely sure what a fig smell like, I could pick up Ylang Ylang, a slight citrus hint, and something fruity, almost raisin-like. While the scent is strong, it's not overpowering, and is a good neutral fragrance - not too girly, not too butch.

                  Crumbling a little under running warm water (and I found I only needed to use about a third of the bar for a good deep bath), I was pleased to see the water turn a lovely light bright blue, and piles upon piles of bubbles forming. The bath looked incredibly welcoming, and I couldn't wait to get in and have a good soak .The smell floated on the steam, filling the bathroom, and as I sank into the hot bubbles, I felt every muscle in my body go 'aaaahhhhh' as I stretched out and relaxed.

                  Getting out of the bath, the bar had left a little oily residue on my skin, but nothing too bad, and in fact after towel drying myself my skin actually felt soft and smooth, as though it had been re-hydrated a little by the oils in the product . Whilst the bubble bar doesn't make any claims to improve your skin, it seemed to do so for me - a very pleasant side effect .

                  Dorothy can be picked up for £2.80 in Lush stores, or online at www.lush.co.uk.

                  I think it's a lovely little bathtime treat - perhaps a little too expensive for everyday use,but ideal as a small gift for someone or a treat for yourself. 4 stars!

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                    30.04.2010 20:44
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                    Lush lives up to it's name with this product!

                    I'm not a regular customer of the body beauty and cosmetics store LUSH but when on a shopping trip recently I was drawn in by the beautiful smell that was wafting through their open door onto the street. Inside I was surprised to see how pricey things were but I was determined to find an affordable treat for myself. These 'Dorothy' bubble bars were postioned on a shelf like a cake and scone stand alongside the bathbombs. They caught my eye as they are one of the most colourful products on sale. When the sales assistant saw me eyeing these up she told me they had been ordered as extra special stock as the product was proving so popular that it had sold out during the week. With this glowing reccommendation I promptly purchased one. They are priced at £2.80 which is, by Lush's pricing standards, fairly cheap!

                    The 'Bubble Bar' is essentially a bar or cake of bubble bath. This one is just over an inch high and about three inches across and is bright cerulean blue in colour. On it's top it has a fat multi-colour rainbow in red, orange and yellow stripes. It looks like a very odd plasticine cake. It's consistency is like that of a damp sandcastle. You can pick it up and toss it around but break into it with your fingernails and the patty crumbles away very easily.

                    You should add this to running water for the best bubble results. Bathwater turns a deep shade of Na'avi (the creatures in the movie 'Avatar') blue and looks like a Pandora river. The rainbow section bursts into little froth balls of colour and briefly turns parts of the bathwater purple before it's overcome by the blue-ness! The bar melts quite quickly although it does melt away into chunks which land at the bottom of the bath and which feel like fine sand on your skin. It's a pleasant texture and feels like a smooth paste. After it's completely melted away the bath water feels much more silky and soft.

                    I only used half of one bar the first time I used this and I was genuinely surprised at how many bubbles were generated. The bubbles were two to three inches thick on top of the water and they had a really shiny appearance and a soapy, slippery feel.

                    The fragrance of the Dorothy cannot be gauged from smelling the dry product. In it's dry form it smells much too intense and prickly like dried flowers or pot pourri - like a thick, gooey oil yet to be diluted. In the bath water the fragrance changes and the ultra feminine flowery scent comes to life. The aroma is still extremely powerful and puffballs out over the entire room and this scent lingers for a long time after you have finished your bath. It is sort of heady and when first using this it made me feel very pampered and as though I was in a girly spa! I felt so happy that I burst into a verse of "Over the Rainbow" as I was splashing about (seriously!). I would describe the fragrance as being spicy and flowery. Lush says this has the scent of "ylang and sweet figs". It's a perfume that would be much too sophisticated for any Dorothy from Kansas and actually makes me think of Indian princesses and expensive, exotic essential oils.

                    The Dorothy leaves my skin, body and mind in a lovely condition after use. I feel refreshed, relaxed and clean all over and my skin feels soft and moisturised. I don't feel the need to put on any moisturiser after coming out of the bath after using this product. The fragrance is very potent and alive on the skin after taking a bath. It's a beautiful, alluring scent that I can smell on myself for hours after a bath. Mentally, using the Dorothy makes me feel like I've just been kissed all over or that I've just had a whole body massage. The fragrance, colours and texture of this combine to create a luxurious, pampering experience that I just love.

                    If you purchase these in store you pick and pack yourself. Products are suitable for vegans and are packed into a bag that is made using 100% recyclable paper. You can do clever things with the paper bag afterwards like use it as a drawer fragrancer. You can also buy the Dorothy online and I'd totally recommend it to any woman!

                    See the whole product range at:

                    www.lush.com

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                      29.04.2010 10:54
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                      A great bubble bar

                      In my quest to try every product that Lush has ever made (or so it seems sometimes), I pounced on the Dorothy bar when it was released around Easter time. Originally I thought it was going to be a limited edition, but it is still available on the Lush website so perhaps not.

                      Anyway, the Dorothy bubble bar, as it's name suggests, was inspired by The Wizard of Oz. That is my favourite film ever so I was very excited at the prospect of trying this out! It is bright blue in colour, with an orange, red and yellow rainbow on the top. It's very bright and cheerful-looking.

                      Dorothy has the same scent as the Figs and Leaves soap. I have tried the soap and I wasn't keen on the smell at the time - it just seemed, well, soapy - but for some reason, in the form of a bubble bar, I quite like it. The ylang ylang oil and orange flower oil create a lovely fresh floral scent.

                      This bar is priced at £2.80, which is at the cheaper end of Lush's bubble bars, although expensive compared to other shops. I've managed to get four baths out of it - three with the main part of the bar and one from the rainbow (as the sales assistant advised). The rainbow isn't as big as the rest of the bar so didn't produce as many bubbles, but it turned the water a nice pale orange.

                      The main part of the bar turns the water a beautiful bright blue which, along with the copious bubbles, gives the impression of blue cloudy skies and reminded me of the scene where Dorothy steps out of her house into Munchkinland! The scent is still detectable during the bath (some of the other bars and ballistics don't smell once they're in the water) and the water felt lovely and soft like silk.

                      As usual with the bubble bars, my skin felt really soft after I got out of the bath (although I still had to use moisturiser). I could still smell the bar on my skin, too. My skin can be a bit sensitive but this product didn't irritate it at all.

                      Overall, I can't find any fault with this bubble bar so I'm going to give it five stars. It's pretty, produces loads of bubbles, turns the water a beautiful blue (or orange!) and smells really good. It doesn't irritate skin and makes it soft. What more could you ask for?

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                        A great bubble bar that will give you plenty of bubbles and beautiful blue water.

                        After making not 1, not 2 but 3 orders between January and March this year, I have been raiding my Lush stash and having some lovely relaxing baths. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try Lush's Dorothy bubble bar. Basically, it's a cyan-blue circular bubble bar with a red, orange and yellow rainbow on top. Of course, this bubble bar is inspired by the Wizard of Oz and Lush hope it will take you away from the grey clouds and rain to somewhere over the rainbow.

                        I found that the Dorothy bubble bar has a lovely sweet scent to it. I couldn't really work out exactly what the scent was. I thought it was sweet and slightly candy-ish, but I've been told it's figs & leaves, though it does have a hint of ylang ylang in it. Whatever the scent actually is, I love it. It's not an overly strong scent, I think it's just right.

                        As with Lush's other bubble bars, it can be broken in to two or three pieces so that you can get two or three baths out of one bar. I cut my Dorothy bubble bar in half and then crumbled one under the water running in to the bath. By the time the bath tub was full, there seemed to be mountains of bubbles and the water had turned a lovely shade of blue.

                        Climbing into the bath, I was imagining an exotic ocean, you know the type where the water is a beautiful blue unlike the murky water on our coastline! The water in the bath looked and smelled great! I enjoyed every moment of that bath (and the next with the 2nd half of the bubble bar) and found it so relaxing. The water felt soft and the bubbles were lovely and fluffy, there were plenty of them too! I think I'll consider breaking my next Dorothy bubble bar into 3 pieces and getting 3 baths out of it.

                        There is one down side to this delicious bubble bar and that's the rainbow part of it... It easily comes off the blue part of the bubble bar and crumbles a bit easier than the rest of the bar, so I would take care when taking it home from the shop (sadly you're at the mercy of the delivery company when it comes to online orders!).

                        The Lush Dorothy bubble bar is currently priced at £2.80, which puts it in the mid-price range for Lush's bubble bars. It can be bought online at www.lush.co.uk or from one of Lush's high street stores around the UK.

                        I'd definitely recommend this bubble bar and will certainly be buying it again.

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                          30.03.2010 14:03
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                          After a recent trip to Lush so my hubby could treat me to some more smellies, I came across this absolutely beautiful bubble bar and fell in love on sight!

                          The bubble bar I will now review is - "Dorothy bubble bar".

                          The look of this bar was the thing that drew me, the bright blue round base with the brightly coloured rainbow across the front and I was sold, my husband had even just bought me a £40 hatbox full of ballistics and bars and he still went back and bought this for me, yes I am that spoilt!

                          After getting it home I decided that I would split it into 2 pieces to make the experience last a bit longer.

                          Bubble bars (so I have been told anyway!) should be crumbled into a running bath, this then ensures mounds of thick bubbles to soak in.

                          After doing as I had been instructed I was delighted by the sheer amount of bubbles, this considering I had only used half the bar as well!

                          The water was a deep blue colour and looked very inviting, with some of the rainbow colours still being visible in the foam, though I feel that was more accident and not by design!

                          I sank straight into the water and have to say I was a little disappointed by the smell off the bath.

                          I am not one of those people that takes as much care with information as perhaps I should, so when stepping into the bath I was expecting an entirely different scent than the one I ended up with, in my mind this would be sweet and dreamy, but instead I got Ylang Ylang which smells more exotic to me, it does state on the site that this also contains the scent of sweet figs, though I did not pick up on that scent.

                          Don't get me wrong the scent was nice enough just not what I was expecting so was put off a little bit.

                          As always though the bath softened my skin and left it feeling nice without any tightness, I have yet to try a ballistic or bar that irritates or inflames my skin in anyway.

                          Price wise this cost £2.80, all information on contents and availability at www.lush.co.uk

                          Thanks for reading x

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                            26.03.2010 20:27

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                            It's cute and worth a try.

                            Dorothy is one of Lushs' newest Bubble bars. As far as I'm aware, it's only here for the duration of Easter.

                            The bar is one of the cutest Lush products to date ; it's a big blue clump with a little rainbow on top. I love the fact that it looks like something a kid would make or draw - it's so cheery and bright and just looking at it makes you smile.

                            I bought one of these simply because it looked so sweet.

                            I couldn't actually smell anything much from the bar before I used it, which is odd... but, anyway. I crumbled just under half of this onto the bottom of my bath then filled it with steaming hot water. As the water hit the crumbs it started to turn a lovely shade of blue.

                            I left to get my massage bar from another room and, when I came back, the bath was full of lovely fluffy white bubbles underneath which there was a lovely bath full of gorgeous blue water.
                            The whole room had a very breezy, fresh scent in it but nothing I could really 'place' as being a particular scent. It was just one of those really uplifting sort of smells - I think I smelt ylang ylang but I can't be 100% sure.

                            This wasn't the most moisturising Lush bubble bar I've ever used, but it done the job for my normal skin without much need of the massage bar afterwards (I used it anyway, just because...)

                            I left this bath very refreshed and chilled out, although not as relaxed as I usually would be after a bubble-bar bath.

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                            05.03.2010 20:32
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                            Fresh linen and tropical waters

                            Having noticed a new bubble bar on the Lush website, I decided I would pick one up next time I was near my local Lush store. It looked fun, being bright blue with a colourful rainbow on top, so today, whilst in town, I wandered in and headed for the Bubble Bar section. After having a good look, the shop assistant approached me and asked if I needed any help. I had forgotten the name of the new bar, so, feeling stupid, I just enquired "do you have the new one with the rainbow on top?". She knew what I meant straight away and replied "Ah yes, 'The Dorothy'", and led me over to the front counter. There were only a few on a little dish on the front of the counter, so I picked one up and placed it in my little yellow bag. The assistant had already told me it smells a lot like their 'Figs and Leaves' soap, and that info had initially made me have some doubts about buying it, as I hadn't been too keen on that one. Obviously I had a quick whiff of it before putting it in the bag, but anyone who has ever been into a Lush store will know that the overwhelming mixture of scents in the air prevent you from getting a true impression of any one product. The assistant then remarked that it was a very pretty looking bubble bar, and I must have given her a very strange look, because to me, it just looked like some 3-year-old child's playdough creation. I don't buy Lush products based on what they look like though, and I responded politely by telling her that I simply like to try all the new ones they bring out.


                            ~~ Price and availability ~~

                            This 100g Bubble Bar is currently priced at £2.80, which is a fairly average price for this type of product. It can be purchased online at lush.co.uk, by phone, or in store, but I'm not sure whether it is a limited edition one that may only available for a short time.


                            ~~ Ingredients ~~

                            Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 15510}


                            ~~ My Opinion ~~

                            As with all new Lush products, I *had* to try it immediately, so decided to have a really early bath. When I took it out of the bag, a tiny piece crumbled away. I rubbed it between my fingers and had a whiff. Yuk! It smelt like a very cheap perfume. However, I had loved the smell of it when it had simply wafted out of the bag, so I assumed that it was just the really close up, concentrated scent that was unpleasant. I started running a bath, and gradually crumbled half of the bar under the running water. The water turned a beautiful deep turquoise colour, and the bathroom filled with a scent that was very similar to another blue bubble bar I had tried called 'Pop in the Bath'. It is quite a difficult fragrance to describe, but I would just say it is a very clean, fresh scent, which isn't particularly feminine. It reminds me of fresh linen, in the same way that many unisex fragrances do. It produced plenty of white, frothy bubbles, and by this stage I was very pleased. It was a very inviting bath.

                            As I relaxed into a long soak, I noticed that the water was very soft and silky, so I was confident that this bar would leave my skin well moisturised. The fragrance became less noticable, and the bubbles reduced with time, but the gorgeous turquoise colour remained for the duration.

                            When I stepped out of the bath, and after drying myself, I was disappointed that the scent hadn't lingered on my skin at all. I also found that my skin felt quite dry and in need of a moisturiser, so my initial assumptions had been wrong. It did leave a lovely fragrance in the bathroom though, and after a while, had seemed to have transformed in to a fragrance that smelt predominantly of vanilla.


                            ~~ Conclusion ~~

                            My favourite aspect of this product has to be the colour it produces in the water. I have used a number of Lush bubble bars now, and have often found that the water becomes a very light, 'diluted' version of the colour of the solid bar. With this one, however, the water almost exactly matched the colour of the bar, which was great because it is such a gorgeous turquoise that reminds me of tropical seas.

                            The fragrance very much suits my taste, as I tend to prefer unisex fragrances most of the time. This is definitely one of the few Lush products that could be used by both men and women.

                            The things that let this one down, in my opinion, are the fact that the scent doesn't linger on your skin, and how it didn't leave my skin particularly soft and moisturised.

                            Despite this, I would probably buy it again. For me, the good points outweigh the bad. It was, after all, a refreshing and soothing bath time experience that reminded me of distant, tropical shores.

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