Fun is a Lush product that was released in 2013. Invented by co-founder Mo Constantine, it is a rather innovative multi-use product. Squashy like Playdough, it is popular with children as it can be shaped and moulded into a variety of different shapes. If you go into a Lush store, you can see all the different shapes that have been made using the different colours of Fun.
A 4-in-1 product, it can be used in the shower or bath or as a shampoo, as well as a toy.
Fun normally comes in 5 different colours: red, green, yellow, pink and blue. This review will focus on the Yellow Fun. A 200g bar of fun costs £5.
All Fun bars are suitable for vegans and are made with a base of talc, cornflour and glycerine, which help to make it pliable and squidgy. The product does contain sodium laureth sulfate, which is the ingredient helping to make bubbles in bubble bath and which allows shampoo and shower gel to lather. Most products of this nature contain SLS, but some people are sensitive to this chemical, which can be a little harsh, so it’s worth being aware of it in case you prefer to avoid the product for this reason.
Yellow Fun is a lovely bright yellow colour and smells of warm sweet vanilla, thanks to the Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute and Gardenia Extract contained inside.
*Maintenance and Storage*
Fun comes wrapped in biodegradable cellophane, but I recommend removing it from there as soon as possible and keeping it in a Lush pot or other container. Some Lush fans have reported that it can go soggy after a while, and while I haven’t experienced this myself, I would like to avoid it. The product can easily be squashed and shaped into the required shape to fit in a tub.
Being solid, the product was slightly tricky to use in the shower, but it lathered up very well. I do prefer shower jellies or shower gels, but again this would be a good product to take on a weekend away to save space.
I find it very easy to use Fun in the bath. It is similar to Lush’s bubble bars, albeit softer. I break off a small part – only a little is needed – and rub it between my fingers underneath the running water.
I really like Fun – it is, well, fun. This one smells nice and it’s versatile, although I think it performs best as a bath product. I look forward to trying the other colours.
I love Lush, but being a student and having two jobs often means i don't have the funds or the time to indulge in their lovely products. That is, until they brought out the Fun range.
Lush Fun can be used as a shower gel, a bubble bath, a shampoo and as a play dough. It comes in five different colours/ scents and is affordable and great value for money for one bar costs £5 and lasts up to 20 washes.
The five different scents are as such:
Blue- lavender- not my thing but my mum likes it.
Green- lemon grass- nice and fruity, my second favourite of the range.
Orange- orange blossom- haven't tried this one yet but have heard it's nice.
Pink- sweet something or other- tried this once and didn't really like it, which is probably why i can't remember the smell.
And last but not least yellow, containing my favourite scent in the range, vanilla.
Unlike most vanilla scents, Fun brings a nice, warm vanilla smell that has just a hint of cake- like sweetness that makes an incredibly relaxing and indulgent smell that, particularly when used in the bath, you could just eat- although, i wouldn't recommend eating the product as it is still a soap.
Using Fun is very simple, you simply break a bit off, then either play with it, lather it into your hair, apply it to a bath scrunchy/ sponge/ flannel or simply rub between your hands, or add to warm running water and watch a mountain of bubbles grow.
Mostly, i use Fun as play dough and shower gel, mainly because i don't always have the time to have a bath instead. When used as a shower gel though the results are stunning, for you gain really soft skin and the Lush fragrance stays on tour skin for a good couple hours after you've washed. Several times while on the train people have commented on how nice i smell- considering i very rarely wear perfume and my deodorants are often scent free the only logical thing they could smell is the Fun. Getting compliments like that during a stressful train journey always gives you a little lift.
The play dough part of this product is mostly aimed at kids. However i don't have any children yet and thus can only really comment on this from a big kid's point of view. Personally i find this element of Fun incredibly theraputic, particularly after a long hard day, or even when i'm having writer's block- you'd be surprised how much inspiration you can get from modelling a little snail out of play dough-like soap.
I don't use this as a shampoo as due to having quite long hair it takes quite a bit of effort to get a sufficient amount of lather to wash it. However when i did try it my hair smelt and felt lovely- if i had more time during my showers i probably would put the effort in to use it on my hair more.
My favourite way to use Fun has to be as part of a bath. It adds a nice pastel colour to the water which doesn't stain the bath like some Lush bath products can be known to do, and creates a lot of soft, beautifully smelling bubbles that create the 'smell you can eat' sensation i mentioned earlier. The bubbles last for about an hour, but the scent soaks into your skin and leaves it feeling soft and you feeling pampered. I just wish i had more time for baths so i can indulge in this more often.
All in all this fantastic invention is affordable, great value for your money and allows everyday indulgence with it's many uses. A must have particularly if you're like me and are low on cash but in need of a little pampering every now and then.
Lush Fun - YELLOW
Just before Christmas lush brought out a new product a bit different from their others and that was the FUN range. It is available in green, pink, red, yellow and blue and is sold wrapped in plastic wrapped like a transparent cracker so pretty basic. For £5 you get 200g of FUN so it is not bad value for a FUN product really.
WHAT IS FUN?
Fun is a brand new 4 in 1 Lush creation. It works as a soap, a bubble bath, a shampoo and finally it is a play dough for in or out of the bath.
Not only is it a fun product but it is another of the many items that Lush donate a % to charity. In this case 10p from every bar goes to the FunD - more about that later.
Lush have a lot of customers in Japan and so after the Tsunami they donated a lot to help those who suffered . Today many children are still suffering and Lush donates 10p from every bar of FUN towards children's projects in Japan. In many areas because of the danger of radiation poisoning many children cannot play outside and the money from FunD goes towards groups helping to create activities for these children so that they can run and play and mix with other children in safe environments.
Using it on the body as a soap you can either use a small piece as a soap or squish it with warm water to form a paste or bath cream and apply with a sponge or cloth as you would a bath/shower gel or cream.
In the bath break FUN up into small pieces or create a paste then add to the bath under the running tap as it is filling and enjoy a lovely scented bubbly bath.
When using it as a shampoo I find that it is best to squish a small amount into a soft solution and apply it like any shampoo then rinse out thoroughly.
Playing with it is obvious really just shape the dough like stuff as you would any play dough. You can play in or out of the bath but when playing in the bath the FUN does begin to disappear so beware of long playing wet sessions.
The yellow one smells creamy and like vanilla like which is not surprising that is what is has to scent it lots of lovely vanilla absolute and gardenia extract in this to give the lovely sweet and comforting smell. It isn't a 'bowl you over' fresh scent but rather more custard like.
Sadly there is also sodium Laureth Sulphate which give the bubbles so if you are allergic to this beware.
The malleable quality comes from talc and cornflour mixed with glycerine which are all pretty harmless to anyone.
Well I have tried it in all ways . Sadly my creative efforts are a bit pathetic and would win no prizes. It works brilliantly as a soap and I have used it for hand washing and body washing and had no problems and the scent is really strong and it lathers quite well though it is best squished into a sort of paste I have found.
As a bubble bath you end up with lots of bubbles and a nice creamy gentle vanilla smelling bath with a sort of slightly yellowy tinge. You have to work quite hard to get the FUN into a paste of well broken up and then swirl the water around otherwise you get left with yellow bits in the bottom of the bath which have not melted. The bath is not coloured after it has emptied and I just swill a bit of clean water around after and it is fine.
The scent is not so strong so doesn't really carry too far into the room and around about but it does last quite well on my skin too after I have dried myself. It isn't that moisturising so you may have to put some body lotion on if you have dry skin.
As a shampoo it was okay but it is not something I would use every day. You could take a chunk away with you in your hand baggage and it would be fine for a few days but I found I really needed to make a paste first then use conditioner afterwards. I can't say it is one I would buy to use just a a shampoo but if bathing children then it is handy to know you can wash them from top to toe with one item and they can play with it too.
WHAT DO CHILDREN THINK?
Obviously I am not the target audience for the play element so I tested it on my grandchildren. They loved the fact that they could play with it and squish it around. I have to say they creations were no better than mine but they enjoyed playing with it. They also loved the fact that the water turned a sort of yellow colour but did prefer then green one in reality as that was more obvious a colour. They still enjoyed the fact that they could 'paint' themselves yellow when it was wet.
I would say that it was a success FUN wise. I didn't wash their hair as I wasn't risking the stinging eyes possibility. I always use a baby shampoo on any of them even the eldest at aged 8 as I don't want any sore eyes. They all smelled nice after their bath and really enjoyed playing with the FUN green. They are asking for different colours now so I said I would get some others to try!
Yes I think the children really loved it and anything that makes bath time FUN is a good thing. The colour is really strong and that was a plus with the kids. They loved squishing it and making shapes but it is a bit limited what you can shape it in to. The youngest liked using it to cut our pastry shapes on the table and once she had finished we washed her hands and she loved the fact that they made bubbles and were yellow!
I now have two colours and I would say the green was a stronger scent and the colour was more attractive to the children. They also preferred having two colours and needless to say they did mix the bits I gave them which they enjoyed and did no harm and the creamy lemony scent was actually quite nice.
I will be buying the other colours for when they come over next time as I like to have things for them to enjoy in the bath and it makes them smell nice and clean too.
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