“ Brand: Lush / Foam / Type: Bubble Bar / Subcategory: Bath Melt / Bath Foam „
I love Lush even though their products are usually more fun and interesting than they are useful but still, I treated myself to a few more products over the Christmas holidays. This is the review of the Lavender Kiss bubble bar.
What does the product do?
The product is essentially a bubble bath but without the wasteful plastic packaging. It promises to fill your bath with lovely bubbles and to fill the room with a relaxing Lavender scent that will get you ready for the land of nod. It contains Rosemary, Thyme and Coconut oils to give the skin some extra moisture and sooth the skin leaving both your body and mind relaxed and comfortable.
How do you use the product?
You simply crumble the product into the path of warm running water and then let it get to work.
Appearance and Price
The product has been moulded into the shape of an upside down teardrop. It has swirls of white and purple going through it with a lovely piece of lavender stuck into it. The product will cost you around £4.25 each making this a very expensive bath! It can be bought from your local Lush store or from their online website.
The product smells strongly of Lavender when you just hold it and it is especially strong as you crumble it into the water. If you close the bathroom door then it will hold the aroma in the room. This one is certainly not for those who don't like Lavender. The product crumbles easily and it starts to make bubbles in the water straight away.
The product continues to make bubbles until the water has been turned off but they are light bubbles and you don't get masses of them like you would with a normal bubble bath. The aroma can be detected strongly as you lay in the water and even though it is strong, it manages not to be overpowering and it definitely relaxes you and leaves you ready for bed.
The product turns the water a milky colour and you can feel the product in the water. It doesn't feel oily and it doesn't make the skin feel greasy but it certainly does have a silky quality to it. The bubbles don't stick around for long which is a pity. When you climb out your skin does feel nice and soft, and the lavender aroma lingers lightly on the skin. The product is gentle and didn't irritate my skin at all. It didn't leave me feeling unclean or greasy after use. It does leave a small amount of residue in the bath so you do need to rinse out the bath after use.
All in all, this is an expensive but relaxing treat which will fill your room with a scent of Lavender. It does make some lovely bubbles but they don't stick around. The water is silky and leaves the skin feeling soft. Due to the price this product, I'm knocking off a star as it's too expensive to be enjoyed regularly but I did like the product.
Lush French Kiss
A very suggestive name but a lovely very traditional bubble bar from Lush in the shape of a sort of mountain in lilac and white swirls with a piece of real lavender sticking out of the top. This one is not one of the cheap ones and costs £4.15 for a relatively small bubble bar. It however Vegan friendly and preservative free so two pluses there.
Lush say: "Lie back and think of France. Sink into a landscape of Provence lavender fields and watch the white foam clouds drift by. Just bend your legs slightly if you want a view of your own Pyreknees!"
Just in case anyone has not tried a Lush bubble bar, the idea is that you crumble the bar as your bath is filling and then enjoy a huge mountain of luxuriously softening and moisturising scented bubbles. I did manage to store this in one of my drawers for a few days to enjoy the rose scented loveliness on my clothes as well as in my bath. I keep all my Lush soaps and bubble bars in my drawers as that way I never by any drawer scented liners and my clothes always have a "Lushious "smell about them.
READY TO GET IN
I always break my bubble bars up and use half or a third per bath but Lush say "Remember those old Hollywood films where the starlet would be in a bath with a mountain of foam covering her modesty - leaving her to seductively raise one foam covered leg for soaping? Well our Bubble Bars were designed to give exactly that amount of foam if you use the whole thing. But of course you may choose to have slightly less foam in your bath, if there are no cameras around." I am certainly not one for having cameras and also am too tight to use a full four quid bubble bar in one bath so mine was broken up. If you have one of those spa baths a quarter will give you a bath like a film star I discovered in a hotel in the States!
I crumbled my bit of bar under the tap filling the bath and watched the bubbles grow as the lovely really natural and not sugary artificial in any way, lavender aroma rise up into the room. This is one of Lush's stronger smelling bubble bars and combining with the real natural essential oil of lavender you also have a hint of rosemary, thyme and coconut oil but to be honest the predominant aroma is lavender and I just about detect the rosemary and thyme butt the coconut oil is not really obvious but may give a bit of moisturizing I suppose.
As everyone knows lavender is a great relaxer and helps induce sleep so this makes a perfect bubble bar for the bedtime bath. The rosemary and thyme however give a bit more freshness so that you don't get so sleepy that it overcomes you while in the bath.
I find the water feel lovely and soft as well as being bubbly and smelling wonderful. It is a bubble bar that not only leaves me feeling mellow and relaxed but also leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized too.
Extra virgin coconut oil in this product gives a creamy water that leaves the skin silky smooth.
The bubbles from a third of the bar give me a really bubbly bath; they were abundant and thick as they normally are when I treat myself to one of these. Bear in mind the price of £4.15 I don't think I'm being unreasonable in expecting at least three baths and there were still plenty of bubbles for me.
Now we move onto the feel in the bath. I am never disappointed Lush bubble bars as they always makes the water feel creamy and soft and I needed no soap or other cleaning agent I just soaked in the bath and enjoyed luxuriating in my bath of gorgeous lavender and herby smelling bubbles and enjoyed the caressing smooth feel of the moisturised water warmingly soothing and caressing my tired joints and oozing into my dried old skin!
My bath water is a lovely creamy pale lilac colour and the bubble bar dissolved quickly into bubbles. There was no sludgy mess left behind and no need for extra bath washing at all when I had finished which is a plus for me.
WHAT IS IN THIS BAR?
The wonderful moisturizing Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and the essential oils of Rosemary Thyme , Lavender and lavender Absolute topped with a little sprig of fresh lavender are all good and natural ingredients.
Sodium Bicarbonate which makes the bath water lovely and soft which combines with the Cream of Tartar to give a bit of fizz to the bubbles .
Lauryl Betaine is there to make the bubbles. This has not been found to cause any health concerns according to the www.goodguide.com which is good.
PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides are a skin conditioning agent and also not of any concern according to the www.goodguide.com.
Less desirable ingredients:
The Cocamide DEA is a viscosity, thickening and foam booster but once again there have been stories about links with cancer. The storage and handling precautions are also a little worrying. See http://www.useful-chemicals.com/?p=39 .
So if you are concerned I would suggest you investigate more thoroughly the ingredients just so you know what you are using. Some of the above ingredients can be irritating to skin too; my step daughter cannot use these products as she gets bad eczema.
WHAT DO I THINK
So all in all what do I think? I really like this mound of a bar it certainly up there as one of my favourites. It is one of the pretty and more feminine products.
I didn't notice that the bath tub was left with any tinge after the water has gone so that was a plus as I always have to check for any residue and I usually have to give a good rinse of the tub straight away to avoid any potential staining of my white tub.
Apart from the couple of questionable ingredients this has full thumbs up from me. Thanks Lush this one is a keeper but a bit expensive for everyday use.
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I'm a huge fan of Lush and last night when my dear other half offered to feed our daughter and put her to bed so I could have an hour or so to myself I knew exactly what I wanted to do...have a nice long bath! I've amassed quite a large stash recently but one I had been wanting to use for a while was Lush's A French Kiss. I love the aroma of lavender and as I wanted to be calmed and soothed on an evening this was a wise choice!
What Lush say:
"Perfumes from Provence: inspiration from a Parisian patisserie. A French Kiss gives you a relaxed but alert feeling that lasts all day. We're talking about our Bubble Bar, so keep your minds clean! The Lush French Kiss is a calming and reviving lavender, rosemary and thyme bath, with essential oils from sun-soaked Provence. It's even topped with a sprig of lavender flowers. Relax in its purple waters and soak up all its benefits."
A French Kiss is part of Lush's bubble bar range and I chose it mainly because of the lavender fragrance and it looks quite pretty on its little wooden stand in the Lush stores! It is shaped the same as a 'Kiss' from Hersheys the chocolate maker. The picture on Dooyoo is a bit darker than the ones in Lush stores as they a more magenta than purple but they all do come with their very own little lavender sprig which 9 times out of 10 has already come out of the bubble bar before you even get it in the bath!
When I first picked this up in store because of all the other scents happily clashing with eachother I couldn't really get an accurate scent from A French Kiss but once I had got it home and out of its yellow paper bag I was finally able to smell the bar. I got hues of lavender but it wasn't as strong as I would have liked as the woody hues of the rosemary oil gives it more of a herbal scent but it is sweetened by the thyme oil.
To use the bubble bar you just need to crumble it into the running water and it will dissolve in the bath. Because A French Kiss is quite large you can get two bathes out of it but of course you can use it all in one go. If you do decide to keep half then make sure you store it in a cool, dry place.
As soon as I had crumbled mine into my bath the water turned a lovely shade of pink/ purple which was quite cloudy. It didn't dissolve as easily as I would have liked and I did find little pieces that I had to re-crumble. The bubble bar did produce enough white bubbles to cover the water which was nice. Bear in mind that stronger the water pressure, the more bubbles you will get. I would have liked the bubbles to be a bit thicker as they did look thin and they didn't last particularly long which was a shame so I am a bit disappointed with that aspect of the bubble bar.
The colourful water is a nice touch and I didn't mind the colour of the water at all. The water did feel quite velvety or quite oily whatever way you would describe it and this is due to the oils which are used in the bubble bar. You can feel your skin softening instantly when you sit in the bath. What I was really disappointed in was that as soon as it crumbles into the bath the lavender/ herbal fragrance has disappeared completely. There is no aroma whatsoever which is a real shame. After the bubbles have gone and I was sat in a bath full of pinky coloured water I wasn't really that calmed, soothed or even relaxed!
After my bath my skin did feel soft and nourished and I didn't need to use a body lotion or moisturiser which was nice. Again, there was no scent on my skin whatsoever which was a real shame. Maybe I just had a dud and they are not all this bad but I was very disappointed and I doubt I would actually try it again. Would I recommend? Yes and no. I wouldn't recommend for the scent but it did make my skin feel lovely and soft which is definitely a plus. I give this 3 stars...am I the only one not to rate it highly?!
~ Useful Info ~
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Cocamide DEA, Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Thyme Oil (Thymus zygis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Absolute (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Sprig (Lavandula angustifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090
Another Lush Product to add to my growing collection. It seems my intention to only use Lush products has become the knowledge of my friends as I received a plethora for Christmas (I try not to tell them my weird attempts to limit my commercial habits as they already fear for my awaiting elderly hippiness with cats as it is).
My favourite by far was this lovely bubble bar.
I dont know what my best friend was thinking when she bought this but the lavender bar is meant to relax and release stress and aid with peaceful sleep. Also containing essential oils it leaves the skin feeling soft and thouroughly soaked. Supposedly like being kissed all over but I wouldn't want to comment on that!
I have looked it up on the website so I can get an idea of price: £3.95/100g (Sorry Nathalie!)
A little on the expensive side for this size of bubble bar but so gorgeous I honestly wouldnt have minded buying it for myself.
As always the price and size should not always put off a Lush newby, the products cannot be judged by other cosmetic sizes as generally the products go a lot further than you would expect. For example I think most people would chuck the whole bubble bar in the bath (and more than likely end up with a house looking like something out of ghostbusters) and this is really not needed.
I used such a small amount I am estimating that the whole bar will last me about 10 baths with a good amount of bubbles, you can use more of course if you are in particular need of relaxation! I normally treat myself to a bath of around half an hour and the bubbles lasted all the way through unlike most liquid bath bubbles.
A small after thought on Lush in general.
I went on their website to look up products for the first time today and have noticed that they list all ingredients and what those ingredients are on each product sold. That, in my opinion, is amazing. The fact that they can actually explain what 'Sodium Laureth Sulfate' is amazes me.
Maybe I am just easily pleased but after all it's the small things that usually deliver in the biggest way!
I would recommend this product highly and as always will try and encourage everyone to strive for a Lush Life.
"Every £ you spend is a vote for the way you want the world to be"
Lush Bubble Bars are a bit of a treat for me, and as the colder weather starts to set in I'm finding myself using them more often. Last night I used 'French Kiss' bubble bar, from Lush. It costs £3.85 and weighs 100g. This makes it particularly expensive for a bubble bar, and the most expensive one of that particular weight.
The bubble bar may come in a yellow bar, if you purchase it in a Lush store, but if you purchase it online or via. Mail Order it's more than likely it will come loose in a box packaged with 'ecoflow'. This can be a pain as if the box gets knocked around in transit you can be left with a crumbled bubble bar, so I advise leaving a note with Lush asking if everything can be bagged - all their packaging is recyclable.
The bubble bar is purple and white. It is shaped much like a Hershey's kiss, if you're familiar with them. It is a cone shape with a flat base and is slightly twisted into shape. It also has a sprig of lavender sticking out of the top of it - but you'll be lucky if this stays in place or survives for very long as it's quite delicate.
To use French Kiss, as with most bubble bars, you simply crumble it under running water. I usually use half a bubble bar, so that the cost of it can be spread across two baths - they're not the cheapest bath products around! After crumbling some of the bubble bar into the water I immediately saw there were bubbles starting to form, which was excellent. After adding my half a bar I was left with big mounds of soft bubbles floating around the bath. Surprisingly, the water doesn't go purple - which is what I was expecting it to do. Instead it went a slightly creamy colour, and it wasn't overly noticeable.
The bubble bar is scented with Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme which give it quite a herby, yet relaxing scent. It's aimed at those who have had a stressful day and want to rewind in the bath. Lavender is well know for it's calming properties and is regularly used for aiding sleep, which is why I prefer to use this bubble bar before bed.
When using the bubble bar I was a little disappointed to find that the scent was much weaker once it was in the bath. Although the bubbles lasted ages, I had to really sniff to try and detect the scent. Once I'd finished in the bath my skin was lovely and soft, and I did feel relaxed.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Cocamide DEA, Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Thyme Oil (Thymus zygis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Absolute (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Sprig (Lavandula angustifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090 (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I enjoyed this bubble bar, but I think that it is too expensive for what you get. To get fully benefit I've found that you really do need to use a whole bubble bar in a bath, and £3.85 makes that an expensive bath! I'm going to give it 3/5 stars.
==Lush French Kiss Bubble Bar==
I saw this item from Lush recently as just purely for the fact that I hadn't as yet tried it out, I thought I would give it a go and ordered it online without having smelled it.
The French Kiss Bubble Bar costs £3.85 pence for a 100 grams and of course because they are hand made products, each one will look a little different. However they all have the lilac and cream colourings and are like a little wrapped up parcel type shape.
The usual directions for crumbling the French kiss under warm running water apply and usually this is easy to do with one hand, however I found this one a little tougher to break up and did need both hands to break and crumble for the bar to be efficiently used.
The fragrance of the bar was not too strong as some of the bubble Bars are from Lush and it was a light and lavender filled smell which of course is known for its relaxing and calming properties. Not only has it got lavender but also rosemary and thyme which I find makes it smell rather herb and very country garden like.
I can't say that it is one of my favourite smells from Lush but I do like it and because of the fact it is not overpowering and for only one bath use, I did enjoy the aroma for the time I was in the bathroom.
The amount of Bubble produced was okay although again not as good as some of the other Bubble Bars but this may well be because it is not as big as some of the others. The water only changed to a slight blueish tinge and on the whole I didn't feel my bath was as special as it could have been had I opted for a different bar but on the whole it was still an enjoyable soak.
My skin was left feeling soft, clean and nourished after the bath and it did feel slightly less dry than it had done when using previous bars. I also felt rather calm and relaxed and did have a good nights sleep!
On the whole I have to say that it was a nice bubble bar to use but it wasn't one of my favourites and I might or might not buy it again. It didn't feel as special as some of Lush's other Bubble Bars and this is possibly the reason I wasn't taken with it so much.
I think an average score of 3 out of 5 stars is in order for this product and a slight recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
There's nothing more relaxing than a nice hot bubble bath after a stressful day to help you unwind, and what could be more relaxing than having a hot and steamy French Kiss in your bath. Lush French Kiss is a Lavendar and Rosemary Scented Bubble bar, Lush Bubble Bars are basically Buble Baths in a solid form; quite similar to that of a piece of decorative soap except much more expensive and luxurious. As you can see from the picture at the top of this review the French Kiss Bubble Bar is a gorgeous white and purple colour, it looks quite similar to raspberry ripple ice cream because of the swirly effect of the Lavendar and white colour. The bubble bar feels quite similar to soap in its solid state although it doesn't have a sticky or greasy feel to it.
The French Kiss Bubble Bar which I bought cost me £3.85 for a 100g piece, which is expensive for a bubble bar; however you can get more than one bath out of the 100g piece of French Kiss. You could easily split it into four pieces and get four separate baths out of it, the only downside to splitting it into little pieces is the fact that you will get less bubbles. If you are going to split it into pieces I would recommend you split it into no more than four pieces because teh less you use the less bubbles you are going to get in your bath.
Using the bubble bar couldn't be easier all you have to do is decide how much of it you are going to use, break off the required amount and add it to running bath water so as it dissolves and creates loads of fluffy bubbles. I found that the piece I used dissolved in the water really quickly as I crumbled it under the hot running water, whilst doing this the Bubbble Bar crumbled into a gritty sand like consistency and dissolved very quicly in the water. The first thing I noticed about the bubble bar was the fact that it turned the bath water a gorgeous shade of purple, it was quite vivid and more like a violet shade. The Bubble Bar also created quite a strong vibrant fragrance as it reacted with the hot steamy bath water. The smell which the bubble bar created wasn't too overpowering it was more of a fresh vibrant yet relaxing aroma. The bubbles produced by theBubble Bar looked the same as any other bubbles you would get from a liquid bubble bath, they were white and very fluffy looking. The bubbles from the Bubble Bar lasted for approximetly 30 minutes in the bath before i noticed that they were starting to fade away.
Whilst in the bath surrounded by the bubbles and inhaling the delicious, fresh, vibrant and extremely relaxing aroma from the French Kiss Bubble Bar I felt really relaxed and soothed which was mainly due to the fact that the bubble bar contains Essential oils which are not only good for your skin but also for your mind and well being. The scent from the bubble bar is predominately Lavender; it has a very fresh, sweet and vibrant aroma with faint undertones of Rosemary. I could also detect a very faint coconut fragrance which gave the overall scent more sweetness.
Whilst in the bath surrounded with the aroma and bubbles from the bubble bar I noticed that the bath water felt really smooth and silky to the touch and it felt really gentle on my skin and not at all harsh or irritating. After bathing my skin felt a lot softer and more moisturised than it did before I bathed, it was so soft that I didn't feel the need to apply a separate moisturiser as the bubble bar seemed to moisturise my skin enough. However one of the most noticeable benefits of using the bubble bar was the fact that my skin was really fragranced and so was the bathroom. The vibrant relaxing scent which the bubble bar left on my skin lingered for a good three to four hours or so before it gradually faded away and could no longer be smelt. The scent also lingered in the bathroom for quite some time as well; I would say that the aroma lingered in the air of the bathroom for approximately two to three hours before it faded away. Another great thing about the bubble bar was the fact that it didn't leave any gritty pieces in the bath nor did it leave a purple stained ring around the bath. The only thing which was left in the bath was a few bubbles which were easily rinsed away with some water.
As previously mentioned the Bubble Bar contains essential oils which are not only good for your skin but also for your mind and well being. The essential oils which are in the French Kiss Bubble Bar are as follows ~
Coconut Oil ~ Coconut oil is sweet smelling oil which has slightly creamy undertones. Coconut Oil is extremely high in antioxidants, and it helps to protect the skin from damaging and potentially harsh elements such as sun and chemical damage. It also contains an anti ageing property which aids in helping to keep skin firmer looking and more toned. It is great moisturising oil for cracked, dry or chapped skin and provides instant hydration and moisture to the skin.
Rosemary Oil ~ Rosemary Oil is used mainly in Hair Care products, however it is also used in skin care products and bathing products. Rosemary Oil rejuvenates skin condition by improving blood circulation, it is also known to tone and hydrate your skin.
Thyme Oil ~ Thyme Oil is known to help reduce the appearance of scars and spots, it is also has good antiseptic properties and safeguards wounds and sores against infection.
Lavender Oil ~ there are many different types of Lavender oil available some being really floral smelling and others having more of a sweeter aroma. In the French Kiss Bubble Bar Lush use Lavender Absolute which is dark green coloured oil which smells sweeter than floral compared to other Lavender Oils. The Lavender Absolute promotes the feeling of relaxation and calmness, another benefit of the Lavender Absolute is the fact that it can help soothe and moisturise dry, flaky or irritated skin and doesn't cause irritation.
I am really pleased with the results achieved from using the Lush French Kiss Bubble Bar that it is another Lush product I will continue to purchase on a regular basis for a pamper treat. It not only smells fantastic but it also softens and moisturises my skin as well as leaving it silky smooth and soft to the touch. If you haven't tried any of the lush products before I highly recommend that you do so as you won't be disappointed by the results. I prefer to use the bubble bars as you can use them more than once if you split them up into smaller pieces; whereas with a bath bomb you can only really use them once or twice if you half them and you don't get very many bubbles with them either. So if you like loads of bubbles and a lovely violet coloured bath water than I highly recommend that you consider trying the Lush French Kiss Bubble Bar.
If you like the sound of the Lush French Kiss Bubble Bar then you can purchase it online or in store from Lush. A 100g piece of French Kiss Bubble Bar will cost you £3.85. Lush are a company who produce and make a wide range of bath and body products; all of the ingredients used in their products are a combination of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, pure essential oils and safe synthetics. A lot of bath and body products on the market are tested on animals; but Lush are one of very few companies whom are dead against testing their products or ingredients on animals and this is the main reason why all of their products contain safe and natural ingredients. The ingredients which Lush make their products from are also bought from companies whom do not test them on animals so you can be sure that none of the products you buy from Lush have ever been tested on animals. Lush believe that the products they make are safe enough to be tested on a panel of human testers because of the safe and natural ingredients they use in them. All of the natural ingredients in the Lush products are also vegetarian and the products contain very little or no preservatives in them. I think that the way Lush manufacture, make and package their products is fantastic and more cosmetic companies should take a leaf out of the Lush book and do the same as there are far too many cosmetic products being tested on animals.
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I was in Lush a few days ago, gathering up a large number of items in order to make the most of the 10% off voucher I'd got from the Cyclists' Repair Kit. I fancied some different bubble bars for the summer, and one of the ones I chose was A French Kiss.
A French Kiss is a lovely grownup bubble bar. It is in the shape of a sort of cake, and is coloured white and pink/purple with a sprig of lavender sticking out of the top. It looks really lovely and pretty. The bar has a beautiful floral smell, with lavender dominating. The bar contains lavender absolute and rosemary and thyme oil to calm and revive, as well as extra virgin coconut oil., and it is suitable for vegans.
I broke the bar in two, as I've found with experience that half a bubble bar is plenty. Crumbling it into the bath, I found that, as is usual with Lush bubble bars, loads of bubbles were produced. I was a bit disappointed that the water didn't turn purple, but it did turn a sort of milky colour - probably because of the white in the bubble bar.
I had a lovely bath and could still smell the lavender scent all the way through. I did notice that the bubbles start to vanish quicker than most bubble bars.
After getting out of the bath my skin felt soft and moisturised, and I didn't have to use much moisturiser. I could still smell the lavender on my skin for a few hours after, and I felt relaxed and calm, and my mind was clearer.
Overall, this is a pretty good bubble bar. It's not one of my absolute favourites, but I'd buy it again for a change. It's especially lovely in this summer weather!
The bar costs £3.85, which is slightly more than some of them, but it is good for two uses (more if you're frugal), and is lovely for an occasional treat.
I tried French Kiss bubble bar a long time ago and I loved it! It is not one of my absolute favourite bubble bars, but it comes close!
~*What To Look Out For*~
Head over to the bubble bars at Lush and look through all of the beautiful solid blocks. They are all very attractive, but their is something especially classy about French Kiss, with its lilac and white swirls and the sprig of lavender. It does look rather classy and typically fresh, and sits nicely in my bedroom whilst waiting to be used. I just make sure that it doesn't get wet, and the scent lasts for ages and spreads around my whole house, making it a beautiful, non-synthetic air freshener too!
~*The Scent & Using The Product*~
Obviously, no matter how lovely it looks, the scent is undoubtedly the main thing you need to like to buy it! And I have to say, French Kiss does not disappoint in this criteria either *yay!*! So, off I go to my little bathroom - just so you know, when I am a successful designer and a multi-millionaire I will have a whole swimming pool as my bath so I can fill it to my hearts content with many many Lush products, but until then... - and begin to crumble the bar into tiny pieces, under warm running water. Then swish the bubble bar pieces around the tub and finish running the bath. The smell will fill the room, verging, once again, on just the right side of overpowering. The main scent is lavender, with a hint of rosemary, thyme and coconut oil. But unless you have a nose that sniffs out smells like a gun dog, it will just smell of lavender to you. (and me..) Once the bath has been run there should be a lovely mound of bubbles in your tub, and what's even better is that they're the type of bubbles which actually stay in the tub and don't oddly dissolve into nothingness like many synthetic bubble bars do! So, it is all good!
~*In The Tub*~
French Kiss aims to be a 'relaxing, yet alert' bubble bar, so while you are in the bath you will feel amazingly relaxed and blissed out, yet when you have managed to drag yourself out (possibly as wrinkled as a prune) you will feel awake and ready to start the day. But does it work? I say so! Anything with lavender in it is bound to relax you, and as Lush have put a whole dollop - can you have "dollops" of lavender? Well, you know what I mean - of the stuff in, I just feel so, so relaxed and all my worries melt away. But, although I tend to use this bubble bar at night time so it will send me to sleep along with a mug of hot cocoa, I have used it in the morning before and even though I am unsure if it was the bath or the approximate ten cups of coffee that enabled me to face the long, hard day ahead, the combination of the two really worked!!
Yes, it might possibly be one of the most blissful baths in history, a bath full of French Kisses, love and comfort. And what's even better is that the scent stays on my body and hair for ages, and I receive lots of greatly appreciated compliments about how lovely I smell! So, thank you Lush for that!
~*Exactly What's In It?*~
Just a list of ingredients for you lot who might have certain allergies or sensitive skin...although the Lush products are generally so pure and fresh they are normally perfect for all sorts of skin conditions (but ask a member of staff if you don't want to take any chances!) Ooh, and it's Vegan too!
Cream of Tartar ~ think these two things make it all fizzy and bubbly!
Sodium Laureth Sulphate ~ sounds like something out of Science class, should have paid more attention!
Lauryl Betaine ~ Don't Ask Me!
Perfume ~ Ooh, I know what this means!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ~ Popular in many products!
Cocamide DEA ~ Don't Ask Me! (Again!)
Rosemary Oil ~ Aah, lovely essential oils...
Thyme Oil ~ ...to make my skin smooth...
Lavender Oil ~ ... healthy, and smell nice!
Lavender Absolute ~ More lavender!
Lavender Sprig ~ Little sprig of fresh lavender :)
Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090
At £3.76 this is definitely one of Lush's more expensive bath products, but it can be used for more than one bath and it is just so wonderful it will be worth it - and everyone deserves a treat!
Head off to Lush and grab yourself a French Kiss (from one of the staff or the pile of purple and white bubble bars, it's your choice!) for a great night in ;)
Lush French Kiss Bubble Bar Slice
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Foam.
I must start by pointing out that this bubble bar doesn't look like the Dooyoo picture, it is actually a much more pink colour, so if you imagine the picture above, but with pink and white swirls instead of the purple, you will get the idea. It still has a sprig of lavender in it though!
If you are new to Lush and unsure what they are all about, it is worth knowing that they make hand made cosmetics products from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. Many of their products are suitable for vegans.
Lush also support quite a lot of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients. You can shop online and also locate your nearest store. Part of the website is dedicated to "Retro" items which they no longer sell on shelves but because they are old favourites of customers, you can continue to buy online which is excellent if you have been shopping there for years and miss some of the older products.
Bubble bars are solid bars designed to be crumbled under warm running water where they then transform into heaps of fluffy bubbles and release their gorgeous fragrance to scent the water and the whole bathroom too. Some also colour the bathwater. One bubble bar will usually give you two or even three baths worth of bubbles depending on how frugal or decadent you are feeling!
This 100g bubble bar will cost you £3.85 which makes it one of the more expensive ones. It is suitable for vegans.
I find the fragrance of this bubble bar a lot more subtle than some, it doesn't colour the water and while it does smell nice enough, it isn't a favourite with me. It has a predominantly lavender and violet (more like those parma violet sweets that you used to get - which I always hated!) scent with undertones of a herbal sent - probably from the thyme and rosemary oil.
Ingredients as follows;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Cocamide DEA, Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Thyme Oil (Thymus zygis), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Absolute (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Sprig (Lavandula angustifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I was expecting big things when I first tried this one as it is more expensive than many of the others. I was a bit disappointed with it and more so when I realised that I couldn't smell it on my skin after I got out of the bath as I can with most of the others. I wouldn't rush out and try this one if you haven't already, there are so many more which are better!
I received this as part of a 'Purple Haze' gift box which Lush had sent by accident, so the products inside were ones I wouldn't have picked myself. The box has sat unloved for a couple of months but I decided I needed some bubbles last night and this was the only bubble bar I had left so thought i'd use it up.
Mine was similar to the one in the picture above but it was shorter and fatter and the purple colour was more of a pink colour. I would say this bubble bar is bigger than the majority of bubble bars that lush sell, it was about the size of an average fist.
When I crumbled it under the running water, it did seem quite a lot harder than most bubble bars that i've used but after getting it wet under the tap it started to crumble a lot easier.
I was a little disappointed to see that the water didn't change colour at all - I know the majority of this bubble bar is white, but I had thought that the pink / purple parts of it would have had some kind of coloured effect on the water. I was however impressed by the amount of bubbles that this bar made in my bath - although I have a feeling that this is just down to the size of the bar rather than anything else.
The smell of this bubble bar was certainly very floral but it had a nice sweet kick to it aswell. It wasn't really my up of tea but it wasn't an offensive smell - anybody who loves the smell of parma violets would love this bubble bar! The smell didn't linger on my skin too long (which was good for me!), which may be disappointing.
As with all Lush, they try to keep things as natural as possible.
The ingredients in this bar are: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Coconut Milk Powder (Cocos nucifera), Cocamide DEA, Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Thyme Oil (Thymus vulgaris), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Lavender Absolute (Lavandula augustifolia), Lavender Sprig (Lavandula augustifolia), Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090
(from the Lush site)
This bar is also suitable for vegans which makes it great for a gift! The bar costs £3.67 and is available from Lush stores, mail order and online. I think this is expensive for one bath but due to the size of this one, it would be easy to split into two bars.
This bar I would recommend to the more sophisticated type of person (unlike myself!!)
My favourite Lush products have to be the Bubble Bar Slices. Why? Because I love lots of bubbles in my hot bath, I love the aroma which emanates throughout my home when I use them and ultimately I love the weird and wacky names given to these products to draw me to them.
This particular Lush Bubble Bar Slice called French Kiss and with a name like that I could hardly resist buying it. A Bubble Bar slice is in essence very similar to a Lush Bath Ballistic except the slice is a slice and not a ball shaped. Each Bath Bubble Slice is individually hand moulded and cut and with all their products using fresh ingredients and preserves.
What drew me to this particular product? Well the fact that I was drawn to the name was a huge factor for me and because it the smell drew to me it. The thing about Lush products is that everyone complains the shops are really smelly, well yes that is true but once you smell one product for me it becomes difficult to smell everything all at once.
Anyway this Bubble Bar Slice comes is a rather colourful purple and white swirls with a Lavender Sprig sticking out of the top and it retails from Lush for the bargain price of £2.95 per 100g and although it is more expensive than some of the other products in this range, you really do get bubbles for your money. If you are a girl (or guy) who loves a bath full of bubbles then this product will put a smile on your face.
There is nothing quite like a nice hot bath to relax into after a hard days graft at the office (I am at work on a Saturday morning and it is 8am) or a menacing day painting and decorating my new home. For me, Lush do it every time - make me relax that is!
When using this product it is suggested by Lush suggest you crumble the bubble bar slice under a running tap water, so like an excited child I got my French Kiss and did just as I was told to do. So once the tap is running at a nice warm temperature or in my case really warm because I like hot steamy baths, you simply get your Bubble Bar and start to crumble it into the water. You can actually break the bar into two pieces and have double the pleasure.
I did find that once this product had been held under the running tap for ten seconds it crumbles with ease. When I began to crumble it, the first thing I noticed was that it felt like wet sand in my hands, which simply slipped through my fingers into the hot water below. Once you have crumbled your bar into the warm water any larger blobs begin to fizz away on their own, and I still find it totally fascinating to watch as my clear bath water instantly turned into a vivid lilac kind of colour. The fizzing is due to the fact the main ingredient in all Bubble Bar Slices is Sodium Bicarbonate.
Once the Bubble Bath Slice was nicely crumbled I was ready to get into my bubble filled bath. French Kiss does give off a divine relaxing lavender smell, which filled the bathroom, like with most products, I always smell it before I buy it or use it just to ensure that I will actually like it and as this smelt so delicious, almost good enough to eat I couldn't wait to get into my bath.
So what is contained within French Kiss to make it smell so delightful? Coconut Milk Powder was the first ingredient I came across and the reason that it is used is because it is hydrating for the skin helping to lock in moisture. Then we have Rosemary oil which is used to relieve stress and muscle strains helping you to relax which works naturally with the Lavender Oil and Lavender Absolute which are both said to evoke calm and relaxation and finally there is Thyme Oil which can help combat exhaustion, fatigue and helps to boost the immune system. As always with Lush there is a whole list of further ingredients which can be found on the Lush Website.
I did mention earlier that when you crumble this product it felt like wet sand, surprisingly there was not one grainy piece of Bubble slice lurking on the bottom, it had completely dissolved. One other thing I also noticed was that the smell lingered for a good few hours after my bath, and the wonderful aroma filled the house beautifully.
My skin was left feeling totally moisturised after my lovely French Kiss Lush bath, it was a lot softer than it would have been after using my usual Radox or Imperial Leather bath creams. I also have extremely sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use, for example I am allergic to The Body Shop shower creams and gels, but with Lush I haven't had any problems whatsoever, so that means I can now become a Lush addict and try everything.
So would I recommend this product? I absolutely would without a shadow of a doubt. As someone who is new to Lush products but has read a lot about them I can see why people are addicted to them and swear buy them. Also as someone with super sensitive skin I would also suggest their products, but I would advise you to go onto their website and check the ingredients used, they are listed under each product so it is easy to find out. Ive already been on the Lush website to decide what to try next after my birthday package runs out so watch this space
Lush packaging on single objects is relatively simple, they are wrapped tightly in some see-through packaging and upon opening, the first thing you notice is the smell
If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website.
Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols.
Lush first officially launched their products in 1995, although they had been around for many years previous and their name was decided upon in a competition after many years of working under the name 'Cosmetics to go' as a mail order company and so to Poole in Dorset the firm grew and became globally known.
The one thing that I found really interesting when I read up about Lush as a company is that in most of their products they use real Jasmine Absolute Perfume, which I am told it is more expensive than gold, yet Lush products are sold at affordable prices so that the everyday person can treat themselves to such luxuries.