“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt/Foam „
I am a self confessed Lush addict, and I simply can not walk into the shop without filling a basket up with treats for my bath. I have always been a fan of their bubble bars, and I always like to try out new and different ones. I was attracted to their range of 'bubbleroons' - I assume the name derives from macaroons as they are similar in appearance. There are three in total, but I went for the green bubbleroon in the end after much deliberation.
As they are from the brand Lush, these are only available in their stores or online on their website www.lush.co.uk. The price of this bubble bar is £3.25 currently (June 2013). I have found recently that the prices of Lush products seem to be going up and up. £3.25 is about right for a Lush bubble bar, and I normally find it quite a respectable price - so long as I can get more than one use out of it. Although I was happy to pay the price at the time, I definitely think it is too expensive for what the bubble bar turned out to be like...
Firstly, as far as appearance goes this is a very cute bubble bar. It looks just like a macaroon and is a pale green in shade. It easily slides in half which I found handy as it meant I could get two baths out of it without making a mess! It crumbled easily under warm water into the bath, so can not fault its ease of use.
The scent of this bubble bar is quite fresh and good for spring/summer time. It contains perfume, bergamot, juniper, lime and sweet orange. Quite a fresh fragrance and very similar to that of a grassy meadow or a perfect summers day. Although not a fragrance I would typically be drawn to, there was something very relaxing about the scent when I had a sniff in the shop. A lovely scent, however once in the water it just seems to disappear. This is a shame because one of the main reasons I pay to use Lush products is because I love their scrummy smells. This just not have much scent at all when in the water.
As far as bubbles go, half of this bubbleroon is enough for one bath. It gives a nice amount of bubbles, but nowhere near as many as other Lush bubble bars have. If I'm honest I was a little disappointed as they did fizzle out quickly. The bubble bar did turn my bath a pale green colour which is another reason why I love Lush products. There is something so inviting about a colourful bath, and this sure does give that. There is no glitter or sparkles which I like about this, so nothing gets stuck on to the skin.
This bubble bar is also extremely moisturising for the skin. It contains shea butter and coconut oil which are two ingredients that are well known for their moisturising properties. My skin felt smooth whilst in the bath, and I was happy to see how moisturised it was after using this. I was not expecting this from the bubble bar, so it sure was a nice little extra.
Overall, this is an okay bubble bar from Lush. I was really happy with how moisturising it was and how easy to use it was. Unfortunately, the thing that let this down the most was its lack of scent when in the water, and the amount of bubbles given off. Although a relatively nice bubble bar, it just did not have that 'wow' factor for me. For this reason, it is unlikely I would buy it again. Thanks for reading.
Lush released a number of products last year, among them three new bubble bars called 'bubbleroons'. Now I had a real "Doh!" moment the other week when I finally realised why they were called this. They are named after macaroons, which they resemble, being formed of two pieces stuck together.
Three varieties of bubbleroon are available:
Green: Light and refreshing, like cut grass
Yuzu and Cocoa: Citrus and chocolate, an orange bath
Rose Jam: Pink, and scented with the sweet Rose Jam fragrance.
The Green Bubbleroon was the first one I tried. Basically, I ordered all three online along with a number of limited edition Retro items. I'd arranged to have them delivered on Saturday, when I knew I'd be in. Unfortunately, I was also rather hungover. When the doorbell rang at half past eight in the morning, I didn't mind too much as I knew what it was. I stumbled downstairs, opened the door, retrieved my parcel from the postman (who was far too cheery for that time of the morning), staggered back upstairs and got back into bed still clutching the parcel. I proceeded to unwrap it and sniff all my lovely goodies while still lying down!
Later that day, I decided a bath was in order, but didn't fancy anything cloying or sweet. In fact I didn't want anything too strongly scented at all - just something light and refreshing. The Green Bubbleroon seemed to fit the bill.
The Green Bubbleroon is light green in colour and costs £3.25. It is easy to break the bar into two pieces because of the divide - which is handy as I always break my bubble bars into two anyway. Lush say that this helps to create "a foaming, meadow-sweet bath of grass and orange flower". It is designed to capture the essence of summer, and has the same scent as the Grass shower gel. The bubble bar contains organic extra virgin olive oil and fair trade shea butter to moisturise the skin, as well as bergamot, juniperberry, lime and sweet orange oils to scent the bar. Sodium lauryl sulfate is another ingredient: this is a foaming agent and helps the bubbles to form, but it can cause skin irritation in some people. It doesn't seem to bother my skin though, based on past experience.
I thought the bar smelled amazing, like freshly cut grass with a hint of citrus. It really did smell like the Grass shower gel, but a bit more zingy. I used half of the bar and crumbled it under the tap as the water was running. It felt really creamy and soft to the touch, probably because of the shea butter, and I really enjoyed crumbling it into the bath.
The bar provided a good amount of bubbles though they weren't particularly 'high' in the bath. The water turned a lovely pale green colour and the scent, though lighter, was discernible. The water felt silky-soft too. Unfortunately the bubbles had almost disappeared by the end of my bath, though I did stay in there for ages - about half an hour. I did feel really relaxed and refreshed after my bath. Sadly the scent didn't stay on my skin, but I didn't need to use much moisturiser (only on my legs) as the bubble bar itself was really moisturising.
Overall, I was really impressed with this bubble bar. It was moisturising, provided a good amount of bubbles, and had a lovely light scent. I do wish it wasn't so pricey though. However, Lush have released limited edition bubble bar wands for Mother's Day. These are reusable and if they're anything like the Snow Fairy wand from Christmas, they'll last for several baths. Each is scented with a different Bubbleroon scent and the one with the Green scent is called the Mum. I'll definitely be picking up a couple of these!
Lush Green Bubbleroon
This is the third of these new bubble bar that look rather like a macaroon that I have tried and am now reviewing. There are three new bubble bars that are the same shape but they are different colours and very different scents. They are not very big but are designed to get two baths from each if you break the macaroons apart. The bar weighs 100g and costs £3.25, which is the middle one of the three price- wise and in my humble opinion the least nice of the three. Rose Jam is my favourite then the yuzu and cocoa one and then comes third by a long way.
WHAT IS THIS ONE ALL ABOUT?
They are all quite simple and all one colour, this is a subtle minty green colour. There is an apricot coloured one and a green one in the same series, the apricot coloured one is a bit like a chocolate orangey scent and is the Yuzu and Cocoa bubbleroon , the pink one is called Rose Jam and smells like a field of fresh roses in summer. This has the mildest and least interesting scent, a very subtle and slight lemony, grassy scent.
I bought this after the other two as I felt I should at least try it even though the scent in the shop was barely distinguishable. This sometimes happens in the Lush shop though as the other scents are so overwhelming.
THE REASON IT BECAME - BY LUSH
Lush say this bubble bar is their attempt at recreating summer with "A foaming, meadow-sweet bath of grass and orange flower. ". "We've tried to capture the essence of summer - so, whilst your body is lying in the bath, your mind is on a tartan blanket on the grass beside a lake enjoying the perfect summer picnic. Everything is here; the jug of homemade lemonade, the warm breeze through the grass, the smell of orchards in the air and the warmth of the sun on your skin."
The scent of this one is so subtle and gentle that you almost don't notice it. There is a hint of grassy citrus but a hint only. It is certainly not unpleasant but it could do with a lot more 'oomph' in my view.
The scent is fresh and uplifting as bergamot , lime, orange and juniper essential oils are all fresh and positive oils. Also included in the mix are coconut oil and shea butter to make your skin soft and moist and make the water lovely and creamy soft.
SILKY BUBBLE BARS
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.
I decided to use this as I fancied a change and also need to use up those in my drawers before unpacking my Christmas present stash. I had used my Rose jam bar just before Christmas and that gave me three good baths. Granted the baths were not overflowing with bubbles but I prefer not to be buried in bubbles and I can still enjoy the lovely aroma.
I grabbed my Green bubbleroon from my drawer, took it out of its yellow paper recyclable bag and had a sniff. Not that strong and I found it hard to actually decide what it smelled of. Okay it doesn't smell too strong dry so let's try it in the bath.
It was still pretty fresh so I squeezed off about two thirds of one lump to use in my bath and being quite fresh it was pretty soft and broke off easily. The scent is exactly again very slightly citrus and a subtle grassy aroma.
IN WE GET
I crumbled my piece under the hot tap coming into my bath. I sat and watched as the bubbles began to grow and sniffed in. I was hoping to be transported back to glorious summer days enjoying the rather lovely scent of fresh grass and citrus orchards but sadly I struggled to discern any real scent at all.
The bubbles from two thirds of the half bar give me a reasonably bubbly bath; they were not so abundant and thick as they normally are when I treat myself to one of these. Bear in mind the price of £3.25 I don't think I'm being unreasonable in expecting at least three baths and there were an okay amount of bubbles but not as thick as they usually are.
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 creamy silky rather measly bubbles but I did enjoy the caressing smooth feel of the moisturised water warmingly soothing and caressing my tired joints and oozing into my dried old skin! My nose struggled to pick out the scents i was hoping for but the water was lovely and soft and moisturising.
My bath water is a lovely creamy pale green 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 whenIi had finished which is a plus for me.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
What are the benefits of this bar in terms of essential oils? Looking at the list of ingredients these include: Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Perfume, Bergamot Oil,Juniperberry Oil, Lime Oil,Sweet Orange Oil, Cocamide DEA, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 17200.
Straight away I notice the extra virgin Coconut oil and Fair trade Shea butter which is why this is so beautifully moisturizing.
The Perfume, Bergamot, Juniper, lime and sweet orange oils all combine to give the wonderful scent and these are all natural and good quality ingredients. These oils are included as ingredients intended to lift your spirits and make you feel more positive.
The sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid make the water soft and the 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 .
Titanium Dioxide is a cause of some concern. Some websites say it is carcinogenic while others insist it is safe but it is something to think about.
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 if she does.
WHAT DO I THINK?
I quite like this bar but it is far from being one of my favourites. It is not one of the pretty and feminine products. It looks more like something a child would make a preschool! The scent is almost impossible to make out which is disappointing.
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.
Thanks Lush this one I will pass on in future as there are so many much nicer bubble bars in your collection. It is also quite expensive for something that in my view was a bit disappointing
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