“ Brand: Lush / Foam / Type: Bubble Bar / Subcategory: Bath Melt / Bath Foam „
I ordered some products from the Lush website recently, and among the products I ordered were some festive-themed bath products. I was excited about the Christmas range being released but I just couldn't wait that long! One of the products I chose was the Ice Hotel Bubble Bar, a bar that was brought in a few Christmases ago and ended up sticking around in the Retro section.
The product was inspired by the first Lush shop that opened in Sweden. Some of the shop's founders stayed in the Ice Hotel, which as the name suggests is a hotel made entirely from ice. The bubble bar is designed to resemble a room, or at least a window, being round with a window pattern imprinted on it. It is designed to be refreshing, containing mint, lavender and benzoin to help you recover after a night of vodka - or so the story goes. The product is suitable for vegans.
I crumbled half the bar into my bath and found that loads of bubbles were produced, and the water turned a very pale blue/grey colour. I was really excited about how the bath looked and couldn't wait to get in!
In the bath I could smell the lovely mint, lavender and benzoin scent and found it to be very refreshing and different. I was actually rather hungover when I used the bubble bar, having consumed rather a large quantity of wine the day before, but my bath did help to restore me to something resembling a human!
There were a few bits of iridescent glitter in the bubble bar which were left at the bottom of the bath once the water had gone. However these rinsed away easily when I turned the shower on. I couldn't see any evidence of glitter on my skin, however.
The bubble bar cost £2.90 which I feel is value for money given that it can be used for 2 or more baths. I definitely recommend it for a refreshing bath at any time! It is only available online from Lush Retro.
Lush Ice Hotel Bubble Bar
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Foam / A blend of refreshing mint, lavender and benzoin, is a perfect combination for reviving oneself the morning after an evening of ice cold vodka shots.
If you don't usually shop at Lush then you may also unsure who they are or what they do, so 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 heaps of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on the website, along with products and ingredients. You can also shop online and also locate your nearest store. The website will also allow you to buy items from their "Retro" range, which is basically products from the past that customers still want to buy. There isn't room in the shops for them but you can still buy them online.
If you haven't tried a bubble bar before then you might wonder what they actually are. Bubble bars are solid bars designed to be crumbled into your bath under warm running water where they transform into heaps of light and fluffy bubbles and release their gorgeous fragrance to scent the water (And usually the whole bathroom too!) Some also colour the water and one bubble bar will usually give you two or even three baths worth of bubbles.
This bubble bar comes from the retro range and is suitable for vegans. It costs £2.90 for a 100g bar.
The bar is a little different looking to some of the others as it is slightly glittery but not as sparkly as you would expect. It doesn't change the colour of the water but does create loads of fluffy bubbles.
The fragrance is fab, it is really minty and fresh and works well as a pick me up, leaving you feeling invigorated and refreshed. There are slight hints of lavender under the minty fragrance but the predominant scent is definitely peppermint and is delicious.
The scent doesn't last as well on my skin as some of the bubble bars, and though the water is glittery, it doesn't really leave skin sparkling so it is good to use at any time, and won't leave you going to the office looking like a Christmas tree.
This is a great bubble bar and a little different from most of the others. It is fab for men and women too so if you haven't tried it yet, then you definitely should!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, *Linalool, Cocamide DEA, Lavendin Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), *Geraniol, *Limonene, Perfume, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
As a regular Lushie I couldn't help but treat myself to this bubble bar as I had never used it before. I really liked the minty description the website gave and thought it would be a lovely refreshing bath for the summer time. I believe the bubble bar is itself inspired by an 'ice hotel' in Sweden.
As I went through my latest Lush parcel, I found the bubble bar and at first didn't know that it was Ice Hotel as it didn't look the same as the photo. It was a lot less glittery and a different colour. I would describe it as a cream flat circle with specks of glitter. When I smelt it for the first time, the mint was a very obvious feature however it was not as strong as I had imagined and other undertones were definitely more powerful than they perhaps should have been given the description of the product. Although very minty it also smells very earthy and a little bit floral which I personally found disappointing as this wasn't mentioned in the description and I get headaches from floral smells.
Since I had bought it though I thought it would be a shame not to use it so I crumbled it under the running water in my bath. I noticed it was a lot softer than other bubble bars and so it crumbled easier and I nearly dropped half of it in as it was so soft! Straight away, bubbles started to form. On a scale of 1 - 10 for bubbles this bar gave approximately a 7, not loads but enough for me not to be disappointed with the result.
Due to the colour of the bar, the water didn't change colour at all underneath the bubbles, however the little flecks of glitter did make the water look inviting.
The water itself was very soft after using this bar, softer than others I have tried. The bubbles lasted a long time and as I got out I had glitter all over me (so perfect to use before a night out!).
The scent lasted on my skin for a few hours after the bath, but it did stay more minty than floral which I was pleased about!
If you like this bar you will probably enjoy Melomint.
This bar costs £2.85 and is available from Lush online, stores or mail order.
A blend of refreshing mint, lavender and benzoin, is a perfect combination for reviving oneself the morning after an evening of ice cold vodka shots /