“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
At the weekend I was starting to finally get over my horrid cold but due to the cold weather I really couldn't warm up however hard I tried. Having had a child free night I decided that I needed a little pampering especially after feeling rotten. I had decided to have a nice long bath and finally relax. When I have these rare moments I do head to my Lush stash which is ever increasing. I wanted something that would warm me through and in the end after debating for a few minutes I opted for Lush's Gingerbread House.
I had received the bubble bar known as the Gingerbread House in a gift set (the little metal hansel and gretal house set) and thought the face that it packed full of ginger and lemon oil I thought it would be perfect to use on a cold winters day to warm me up. Gingerbread House is currently no longer available as it was and is only released at Christmas but I'm sure places like Ebay may have a few pop up for sale.
"If you're feeling the winter blues a soak in this will help you find your way out of the woods"
To look at, Gingerbread House looks ever much the scrummy treat you would expect. The deep ginger coloured colour topped with the snowy roof and cinnamon stick as a chimney not only does it look incredibly festive but it also looks incredibly cute especially as the little snowy roof is finished off with a few rainbow sprinkles! For a bubble bar it is actually quite a decent size and you can easily break it in half to get two bathes out of it.
To use you simply just pour under warm running water and let the bubble bar do it's magic. The first thing I noticed when it was dissolving is the colour it turns the water! A bright gingery brown colour which doesn't seem to get any lighter in colour when your bath is full of water. However, despite this a rich, spicy aroma does manage to fill your bathroom which is gorgeous and for me when feeling a little low and cold this is just what I needed.
Now I don't like the bubble bars which turn the bath water a dirty colour (can cope with pinks etc!) but for some reason because this was quite gingery in colour I didn't mind it so much although my other half thought it was a bit off putting! Once in the bath I found that the white frothy bubbles Gingerbread House had supplied were lovely and soft and that the water was incredibly silky and it made my skin feel silky smooth to the touch which was lovely.
I really found that not only did the bath warm me up but the ginger aroma really did wonders for making me feel a bit more normal again. It was one bath (despite the colour of the water!) that I really did not want to get out of. The aroma is a lovely deep spicy aroma which has a slight citrus kick to it thanks to the lemon oil. It does feature bechu oil which gives blackcurrent notes but for me I couldn't really pick up on a fruity fragrance. It really is one for those cold winter nights where you need warming up from the inside out.
Post bath and that wonderful gingery scent doesn't seem to linger around on the skin which is a shame but to me not overly important as I tend to use a scented body cream. It did however make my skin feel quite soft afterwards which was nice. The one thing you do need to remember is to rinse your bath out as it will leave a gingery colour ring around once dried!
Although this is a festive product I could definitely use it throughout the colder months as this really does help warm you up and it provides a lovely spicy type aroma which can be suitable for both men and women. It's a shame you cannot get it currently and I guess I will just have to hope that Lush will stock it next Christmas so I can buy a few! If you can get hold of it then do so as I highly recommend it!
Price: N/A - currently unavailable
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Ginger Oil, Lemon Oil, Buchu Oil, Ginger Powder, Titanium Dioxide, *Cinnamal, *Limonene, Colour 15510, Sugar Sprinkles, Cinnamon Sticks
Lush Gingerbread house
What They Say: "Christmas is a confectioner's dream, especially with our Gingerbread House Bubble Bar. It is sweetly spiced like fresh gingerbread and there's no wicked witch in sight, nor any sign of Hansel or Gretel eating her out of house and home."
I bought this cute little Lush bubble bar just before Christmas as it just looked so different. It smelled very sweet and slightly like a ginger nut biscuit. It was about £2.35 and it weighed about 100grams so not too pricey compared with some stuff they have. I do enjoy trying their new stuff and usually love their bubble bars so I popped it into one of their little yellow bags and went to the till to apy.
The ingredients in this bubble bar are:
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinale), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina), Ginger Powder (Zingiber officinale), Titanium Dioxide, *Cinnamal, *Limonene, Colour 15510, Sugar Sprinkles, Cinnamon Stick (Cinnamomum cassia) * Occurs naturally in essential oils
Apart from being such a cutey with its orange brown base and 'snow' covered roof that looks just like gingerbread with a thick layer of icing for the roof, the smell also appealed to me in the shop.
The smell was sweet; the gingerbread out of the oven sweet with a hint of lemon The blackcurrant was not obvious to me at all pre to using in the bath.
It was in my jumper drawer for a few weeks to share it scent in there and lat night I decided I'd give it a try. The cinnamon stick chimney had fallen off but otherwise it was as I bought it. I never use a whole bar in one bath as I feel £2.35 for one bath is just too much luxury and anyway I usually get sufficient smell and bubbles for using only a third of the bar.
I deliberately broke a bit of the roof off first and crumbled that in the bath first and then smelled it wet on my fingers. It was just so creamy and vanillary sweet like the icing you get on cinnamon buns in The States. I then broke off some of the house itself and repeated this process. The smell was stronger and did have a real gingerbread smell, not just ginger but the smell of gingerbread itself, sweet and a hint of cinnamon too. I'm still not really sure about any blackcurrant smell but maybe that is my nose.
I used about a third and the smell did fill the bathroom with a lovely sweet warming smell and my bath turned a light gingery colour under the layer of creamy bubbles. I always crumble my bars into the water as it is running into the bath as that helps create the bubbles. If you fill the bath first then crumble the bar in the effect is not nearly as bubbly.
Now I enjoyed my bubbly bath and love Lush stuff. I like their eco philosophy and use of essential oils for scent and health benefits but they do unfortunately use the surfactants Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Lauryl Betaine and these are quite controversial in that they have been found to have carcinogenic elements and i really wish Lush would look into finding a more eco and health friendly alternative to these for making their products bubbly. It is just something to be aware of if you have skin problems. My step daughter comes out in a bright red rash if she uses their products.
Having said this I did like my bath and loved the smell which lasted nicely on my skin after I dried myself off after my bath. The bathroom and our adjoining bedroom also smelled very nice too. The smell is sweet but not overly cloying, not too fruity as the ginger, cinnamon blend balances that well.
My skin felt lovely and soft too after I got out and dried myself off. The gingery smell works well in a hot winter bath and I think this is definitely a good one for the Christmas season with its cold outside weather.
So all in all I like this bar and would say yes Lush that one is a goodie for next year but please will you look into some other less unpleasant surfactants so that those with sensitive skin can enjoy the products too.
There are some natural surfactants as all saponins are surfactants. These are naturally soapy substances found in some plants and they often have the added benefits of being anti-fungal and anti-bacterial as well.
Tomatoes contain saponins as do both the seeds and leaves of chickpeas , soybeans and common beans as well as Yucca Extract, Soapwort, Soap nut seed, Sarsaparilla , Christmas Rose, Horse Chestnut trees, Asparagus fern, daisies and finally Quillaja Bark Extract.
Now I am sure I could contribute enough daisies from my lawn to help out as well as from the huge Horse chestnut trees around here. I am convinced that they could look into this further and at least move towards having some of their products using natural surfactants.
Anyway make your own mind up but at least you should be aware when making you choice. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
Lush released a number of interesting products at Christmas 2010 including several bubble bars and bath ballistics. One of the most interesting bubble bars was the Gingerbread House. It was obviously popular as it was brought back again for Christmas 2011.
Gingerbread House was so cute! It was actually shaped like a little house, with a ginger-coloured body and a white roof covered in sprinkles. It smelled of spicy ginger, the ingredient that stimulates and warms, with real ginger oil. Also included was buchu oil and lemon oil, which brings a sweetness and fruitiness to the bubble bar. Like other bubble bars, this one does contain sodium laureth sulfate - this is a foaming agent which produces the bubbles, but it is also a known skin irritant. Many people, including me, are fine with it but it's something to be aware of if you have sensitive skin.
To use bubble bars, it's best to crumble them into the bath as it is running as the moving water produces more bubbles. I cut the Gingerbread House in half as I know from experience that half a bubble bar is plenty. When wet, the bubble bar felt soft and creamy to the touch and it crumbled fairly easily.
The bar produced loads of bubbles and turned the water a lovely shade of orange. The warming ginger smell was still detectable although it had faded slightly. The water felt like silk and the bath was lovely to relax in, especially as the weather at the time was so cold outside.
After my bath my skin was very soft and I could detect the ginger scent, though I still needed to use moisturiser,
Gingerbread House was priced at £2.45 which is good value considering it does two baths. It's ideal for use during the winter months as it's warming and relaxing. Sadly it is no longer available, but it might be back for Christmas 2012!
This is one of the limited edition Christmas products which Lush released this year and being a slight Lush addict I of course snapped one up! As you can see from the picture, it looks absolutely gorgeous and almost edible, although I would advise against it.
This lovely little gingerbread house is actually one of Lush's bubble bars, which are essentially a solid bubble bath! In order to use, you simply crumble the bar underneath a running bath tap and watch the bubbles form and the colour of the water change! The best piece of advise I can offer with bubble bars, is to cut off a smaller chunck to put under the tap, because if you try and put the whole bar in and then allow it to dry again, chances are it will still manage to melt!
In terms of this specific bubble bar, it is unsurprisingly ginger scented! According to the Lush website it contains ginger powder, ginger essential oil, as well as lemon oil and some buchu oil which apparantly smells of blackcurrant. I have to say the prominent and probably only scent I can identify is the ginger, which is fine with me! This is the main quality which draws me to the product, because I love spicy warm scents in the winter. The scent definitely lingers on the skin and also generally in the bath room for a while after use which I really love.
The bubble bar turns your water an orange colour, which I find neither appealing nor unappealing. In terms of being a bubble bath, this product performs amazingly, as do all of the bubble bars I have used from Lush! I find the bubbles from the bars are longer lasting and seem to be almost thicker then the ones you traditionally get from liquid bubble baths. You can definitely have a long soak and still find you have bubbles at the bottom of the bath once you have drained it, so make sure you give it a quick rinse!
I give this product a 5/5, because it is a great winter warmer and makes me feel I am having a really luxurious bathtime, with a product that costs around £3 and can be used at least twice!
So this is my second favourite time of the year at Lush when all the wonderful Christmas range is released, Snow Fairy, Cinders, Glogg shower gel etc. all return. my favourite time of the Lush year is obviously when these items are reduced in the Christmas sales. This time a bubble bar called Gingerbread House caught my eye, what's not to love it not only produces bubbles but has that classic Christmassy ginger scent, and did I mention it looks like a little house with real rainbow sprinkles on it????
This little oblong, orange/ ginger coloured house, is topped with a white 'icing like coating' smattered with rainbow sprinkles. Like last year the chimney was made out a cinammon stick, pretty cool, but the one I bought looked like it had a little sad piece of cinnamon bark for a chimney.
Let The Bubble Bar See The Bath
These bubble bars are really easy to use, just crumble into warm running water. The consistency of the Gingerbread House means it easily crumbles into the water, meaning no lumpy baths. I personally used the whole bar, but I reckon you could get at least two baths out of this bubble bar.
The colour of the bath itself is an orange/ red rust colour, not my favourite colour from Lush, however I'm not sure what other colour you could turn this bar to fit in with the theme. It is not the bubbliest bubble bar, but certainly satisfied my need for bubbles. This bubble bar does feel smoothing and moisturising without the lumps of cocoa butter that make hair removal in the bath impossible.
Another important note with Lush products is clean up after using this one is minimal, as long as you pick the cinnamon stick out.
What Makes Up The Scent?
The overall vibe I get is that homely gingerbread scent with an extra Christmas fruitiness. As a cautionary note this one smells way better in the bath than it does dry in the shop, so this is one you have to trust the Lush staff when they say it does smell really good!
* Ginger - This is literally the bread and butter of the fragrance. It is warm and spicy. Not only does it make you all warm and fuzzy inside. Ginger is known to help relax all those tense muscles, great after a long day of Christmas shopping.
* Lemon Oil - One of nature's great cleansers. The lemon does cut the ginger slightly, to give it an uplifting feel to the bubble bar.
* Buchu Oil - Made from an evergreen shrub native to South Africa, the aroma it gives is blackcurrant with a little bit of mint. Adding Christmas fruit and candy cane vibes to make this bubble bar uber-Christmassy in a very subtle way.
* Cinnamon Sticks - I didn't get much cinnamon from this one, but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little bit of cinnamon. Adding a different spice into the mix brings the bubble bar all together.
Overall this is one of my favourite scents Lush has ever produced, but I am a little biased, as I am a massive sucker for ginger scents in beauty products. However, if you like ginger, this is ginger with a bit of twist, done well.
How My Skin Felt After?
My skin felt lovely and soft, certainly hydrated. All these benefits without the very slippy bath that Lush often leaves me with. The scent lingered on my skin for hours afterwards a big plus.
Price and Availability
The Gingerbread House is available for only a limited time in Lush this Christmas time, so if you're a fan of these bubble bars head on down to Lush. They are £2.95 for one bubble bar and you may get two or three baths from one bubble bar. However, it is such a unique scent that I struggle to find elsewhere on the high street I believe it is worth splashing out on.
It is also available in the £14.95 Gingerbread House Tin along with other Christmas edition products.
As far as layering goes, sadly Lush doesn't seem to do a range which would layer well with this product. However Origins' ginger range particularly their body souffle would be fabulous with this.
This is a one of a kind scent, with a price tag that is a little steep, but I'm prepared to pay to get something a little different this Christmas.
This review also appears on Ciao under the same username.