“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Product / What it does: destresses, „
I made an order from Lush online recently and chose a number of items from the Retro section. Most of these items have their in-store counterparts, but Retro has something that the full range doesn't - liquid bubble bath!
***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!
***Flying Saucers Bubble Bath***
This bubble bath has quite a fun name as the 'flying saucers' are meant to denote the plates thrown by angry women at 'that' time of the month! This bubble bath is one to use when you are feeling angry or upset. Its main ingredient is honey water which is meant to be relaxing, calming and comforting. It also contains ylang ylang and vetivert oils which are known for their mood-improving and relaxing qualities. The bubble bath has a thick texture and is a pale yellow in colour. Vegans will probably have realised this already, but the bubble bath isn't suitable for them as it contains honey.
The dominant scent of this bubble bath, as expected, is honey with a slight floral undertone. I do like the scent and find it relaxing. To use, you just pour the bubble bath under running water like you would any bubble bath. The water doesn't change colour - which is just as well as I'm always a bit wary of yellow baths - but a decent amount of bubbles are produced, though not as many as with solid bubble bars.
In the bath, the honey scent is definitely there although it isn't as strong as in the bottle. I always enjoy my bath using this bubble bath although the bubbles do start to disintegrate quite quickly and are almost gone by the time the bath is finished. This is a shame as I do like bubbles!
After my bath, I find that I feel fairly relaxed and calm, although there are other Lush bathing products that are better in this respect. My skin is pretty soft too and I don't need to apply much moisturiser. I can smell the lovely honey scent on my skin for a couple of hours.
I can't remember how much this cost as it is no longer available on the Lush website, however I estimate it was around the £4 mark for 100g. I got around five baths out of this so it is reasonable value for a Lush product. Of course you may choose to use more or less in your bath depending on preference.
As mentioned this product is no longer available, however Lush have recently revamped their Retro section and have stated they will be releasing a number of limited edition specials every couple of months. This Flying Saucers bubble bath may well be one of them, so keep an eye on the Lush site if you think it's something you would fancy.
As I say in many of my reviews, I'm a big Lush fan, and always enjoy trying new products of there. Lush has a range of 'Retro' products, which are only available online or via. Lush Mail Order - not in their stores (so bare in mind postage charges will also apply). The Retro range features products which have been discontinued, but made available again due to popular demand. Flying Saucers is part of this range.
Flying Saucers costs £4.50 for a 100g bottle, or £14.55 for a 500g bottle. This may seem very expensive for such a quantity of bubble bath, but Lush are known for their lightly high price tags due to the nature of their products - their retro range also tends to carry a higher price tag. I was able to pick up a 100g bottle of Flying Saucers for a mere £1 at a Lush 'Forum Party' which is a day on which members of Lush's online forum can order limited edition or ale items.
Flying Saucers comes in a clear bottle, with a flip cap lid. The bottle features a white label with the ingredients and a small description of 'A Honey Bubble Bath'. To use Flying Saucers you simple squeeze some under running water, or into a bath and slosh to create bubble. I find that around a tablespoons worth is enough to create a decent amount of bubbles for a bath, and a little extra will give you a more luxurious mound of bubbles.
As soon as I poured my Flying Saucers into the bath the smell of honey was very intense - I could smell it all around the bathroom. It wasn't overpowering though, and was very pleasant. The water doesn't change colour particularly when using this but the bubbles do last a very generous amount of time - unless you are using another product in the bath with them, which from my experience dramatically shortens their bubbly lifespan.
This bubble bath also contain Ylang Ylang in the scent, which is just detectable over the honey and I find it a very nice scent. Overall I found that the smell of this bubble bath is very relaxing, and perfect for an unwinding bath when you're feeling stressed out - it's even noted on the Lush website that it's particularly good for PMT, so definitely one to keep in the bathroom!
I have found that my 100g bottle lasts for a very long time considering it's size. I initially thought that I would end up going through it quite quickly, but you really don't need as much as you may first think to create a bubble loaded bath. The scent also linger from this bubble bath for the most part of the bath and doesn't disappear as soon as it mixes with the water.
Overall I find this bubble bath to be a very good product from Lush. It gives you far more control over the amount you use/need than a bubble bar or ballistic, without losing any of the scent. It is an expensive bubble bath if bought at full price, but I would say it is definitely worth it compared to other Lush products.
Honey Water, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogan martinii), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), *Benzyl Salycilate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben (* = Occurs naturally in essential oils.)
Flying Saucers is one of Lush's retro products, which means that it has been discontinued from the high-street retail outlets but you can still purchase it in limited amounts from their online shop at www.lush.co.uk a 500g bottle costs £14.55.
I received a small tub of this from my local store in Bristol at one of their themed parties where it was on special offer and was desperate to try it out so had a nice bubbly bath using it later that day.
This is different to most of Lush's bath items as this is a liquid bubble bath and comes in a plastic bottle, unlike the solid bubble bars and bath bombs that are now in the shops and require no packaging. The bottle is very plain and simple, with the label stating "A honey gel with lashings of essential oils to prevent the need to throw saucers". The bubble bath itself is a golden yellow colour and when it's poured out of the tub you can see it has a very thick and gloopy consistency, it looks almost exactly like golden syrup.
Lush say: "This works like a reassuring embrace from a friendly, furry creature. Flying Saucers is for when you're feeling emotional, but you've been acting so scarily that no-one will come near you. It's designed as the antidote to smashing the crockery and we recommend it for PMT. It has one of our favourite fragrances: honey and ylang ylang. Palmarosa is both calming and refreshing, and vetivert, the oil of tranquility, eases stresses, depression and tension. Take a Flying Saucers bath when you're feeling alien."
I poured this straight under the hot running water and it released a lovely strong scent. You can really smell the honey and it has a slightly minty almost medicinal smell to it, quite like manuka honey. This is possibly due to the Cypress oil, which has a fresh woody aroma and is an astringent, deodorant, toning and antiseptic oil. The overall aroma is rich and warm and was the first step of helping me to relax after a day on my feet in the hot sun. The smell was carried through the steam and lingered in the bathroom while I was soaking, it was really nice and comforting.
The effect it has on my skin was instantly noticeable, the bath water felt very rich and nourishing on my legs and my dry skin seemed smoother as the oils worked their magic. It definitely softened my skin, and the effect lasted for the whole day afterwards. I was left feeling soft and smooth and the oils sink into my skin easily after I get out of the bath, and doesn't leave a greasy sticky feeling.
I think the only problem with this product is that I am so used to the mountain of bubbles I get from Lush bubble bars, I ended up pouring in loads of this liquid to get the same bubbly effect. It did create a lot of bubbles and they were very soft and foamy which was pleasant and relaxing. But with this bubble bath being so expensive it seemed like you would not get a lot for your money's worth. The smell and softening effects are amazing but this is far too pricey for me to consider purchasing it on a regular basis. Nice as a treat, the type of thing you can put on your wish list.
If you like this then you will love these similar products from Lush:
Honey I Washed the Kids soap
Brazened Honey fresh face mask
Flying Fox shower gel
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Ingredients: Honey Water, Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Ylang Ylang Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cypress Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, *Benzyl Salycilate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I bought a bottle of Flying Saucers bubble bath from the Lush website a couple of months back, convincing myself at the time, that once I'd used up all my ballistics and bubble bars, this would work out as a cheaper option as I could get plenty of baths out of it. In actual fact, I am still buying silly amounts of bubble bars and ballistics - I couldn't resist stocking up on the Christmas products - but still, it was a crafty way of convincing myself to buy this!
The product is from Lush's Retro range, a range of Lush products that were discontinued and then brought back to be purchased online only. The Flying Saucers is unique, in that it is the only liquid bubble bath Lush sell, as they now mainly stock bubble bars, which are effectively a solid block of bubble bath.
When I received the bubble bath, I noticed on the label that it says 'A Honey Shower Gel'. At first I wondered if I had ordered the wrong product as I was supposed to have bought a bubble bath. I checked online and noticed that in the picture of this product, it also says shower gel, although it's listed as bubble bath, and the description seems to indicate it's a bubble bath too.
Wanting some clarification, I sent an email to Lush querying this. Their reply was that it was first marketed as a bubble bath but was discontinued with the introduction of bubble bars. They say when it was re-released into the Retro range it was marketed as a shower gel (although this makes no sense to me as it's under the category bubble bath) but the formula has not changed, therefore it can be used as both a bubble bath and a shower gel. So, it seems I had inadvertently bought a two-in-one product.
The shower gel/bubble bath comes in a large clear plastic bottle (100% recycled) and has a white flip top lid. You can see the dark brown/honey coloured gel through the bottle and with its plain white label, it actually looks quite boring, but Lush are not a company for fancy packaging, as like they say, it's what's inside that counts.
Like the Flying Fox shower gel I also use, this product contains honey and is recommended to relieve the symptoms of PMS - or as the front of the bottle puts it 'prevents the need to throw saucers.' I don't know what it is about honey, but it does seem to have a huge calming effect on me. I must admit, I have never tried it on PMS, but when I'm just generally in a bad mood, I use this in the bath or shower and it does seem to calm me down a bit.
As well as honey, the product also contains cypress oil, palmarossa oil, vetivert oil and ylang ylang oil. The overwhelming scent of the product is the honey though. When I first received this, I wasn't overly keen on it, as I felt it was quite medicinal - it actually reminds me of those honey and lemon throat lozenges you get! Having used it though, I must say the scent has grown on me quite a bit, but if you're not keen on honey, it probably is one to avoid.
As a bubble bath....
When I first used this as a bubble bath, I put one capful of the gel under running water. As the product is quite thick, I had to actually run the cap under the tap too to get all the liquid out of it, as it was a little too thick to come out on its own.
The product made a good amount of bubbles, but not as many as you would get from a Lush bubble bar, so now I use two capfuls when I want a really bubbly, luxurious bath.
The bubbles this product creates feel very soft and luxurious. I recently used the dregs of a cheap Avon bubble bath, and I could really tell the difference in the quality of the bubbles, as strange as it sounds. The bubbles you get with Flying Saucers are creamy and feel silky on your skin.
The smell of this product as a bubble bath is nice, but as it's diluted so much, it is not as medicinal as I find it when it's in the bottle. As I have already said, I find this a very calming fragrance, it makes me quite relaxed, and it's also very warming, so great on a chilly day when you need to be warmed up.
As a shower gel....
As you may guess from a shower gel that doubles as a bubble bath, you get a very good, bubbly lather from this product. It feels creamy on the skin, and as you are using it neat the honey smell is a lot stronger than when you use it as a bubble bath.
I find that as it gives such a good lather, only a small amount is needed per use, and even less if you use a shower scrunchie.
Both ways leave skin feeling soft and soothed, with a slight trace of the honey scent. If you use this as a shower gel you get a stronger scent left on your skin, as obviously the product has been used neat.
The bubble bath is only available in a 500g size, which is fairly large and should last you a long time. At £14 it is quite pricey, and as it is only available online (www.lush.co.uk) you will have to pay postage costs too.
Overall, I quite like this product. Due to the price of it I am using it now and again as a treat, but as the bottle is so big, I think it will last a long time anyway. If you like the smell of honey then you'll love this, it's a great skin-softening product, and convenient that it can be used in either the bath or shower.
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