“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Product „
It's no secret that I am a complete and utter glitter fiend. In my world, there is no such thing as too much glitter. Loving Lush as much as I do, you imagine my excitement when I discovered the glitter fest that is the Karma Bath Melt.
What does it do?
When melted into your lovely hot bath, this product is designed to moisturise your skin and make it feel soft and smooth. It promises to be a feast for the senses, with the aroma lifting your spirits and your eyes being dazzling by the sparkling mass of gold glitter. Lush describe this skin softening product as a pyramid of perfume.
How does it work?
The main ingredient in this product is Cocoa butter. This is a highly moisturising substance which nourishes the skin and leaves it in a better condition. It protects the skin by forming a barrier across it which enables it to retain moisture and the antioxidants within the substance prevent premature aging from occurring.
Almond oil is also included because of its fantastic moisturising properties. It contains fatty acids which are essential for the development of healthy skin cells and soothes irritations and any inflammation of the skin. Obviously due to the presence of this substance and the Cocoa Butter, this product will be unsuitable for those suffering from nut allergies.
Sweet Orange Oil is included in order to tone the skin, making it look firmer and younger. The aroma is said to lift the spirits and relieve feelings of stress. Lemongrass also tones the skin and it has antibacterial qualities which will kill any germs on your skin. Its earthy smell is said to banish feelings of depression and anxiety.
Also included is Lavendin Oil which is part of the Lavender family and helps to soothe the skin and relax the mind. Pine Oil is present in order to moisturise the skin and relieve feelings of itchiness while its aroma helps to remove feelings of fatigue and energise the mind. Patchouli is included which is a substance frequently found in perfumes. It gives a heavy aroma that is said to get rid of feeling of anxiety and life feeling of sadness.
How do you use the product?
The product is simple to use. You drop the bath melt into the bath tub in the path of the running hot tap. The product gets to work all by itself and will begin to dissolve into the water. You can either go and do something else while the bath water is running or you can sit and watch the water turn into a glittery lagoon. I bet you can guess which one I do!
What does it look?
When I ordered the product I was really hoping that it would be every bit as glittery as it seemed on the picture. And I wasn't disappointed. The bath melt comes in the form of a golden pyramid with a flat base and it is coated with gold flecks. I was even more excited to find discover that the glitter runs all the way through the pyramid.
The product costs around £3 for 30 grams of this shimmering delight. It can only be bought from the online website as I don't think they stock it in store.
If you don't like glitter, then this product will be a complete nightmare for you. But as for glitter lovers, it is a little piece of heaven. I put one of mine into my niece's bath when I was babysitting her. Her face was a picture when she saw all the glitter and I think she'll love me forever after giving her such a treat. Her mum wasn't so happy when I returned to her with a glittering child!
As the product dissolves into the water the flecks of gold become loose and literally fill your bath with glitter. As the other ingredients begin to dissolve, the water becomes cloudy and you can't see the glitter quite as much but it's still there, glittering away.
As the glitter is heavy, a lot of it sinks to the bottom after a while and so the flecks get stuck to the back of you quite a lot. When you get out of the bath, the glitter will be stuck to you so this is a product I use before night out with girls, definitely not before an important meeting!
The glitter really does get everywhere. It will get on your towels, on the floor and on your clothes. There is also a lot of glitter left in the bathtub after the water has drained away that needs to be cleaned out. Sometimes, that's a bit too much glitter even for me so I tend to use half a pyramid per bath.
The aroma is fairly heavy and is dominantly of Pachouli with some citrus blasts and it is the same fragrance that comes with the other products in the Karma collection. This is not the sort of smell that I tend to go for as I like sweet scents and although I wouldn't want a perfume that smelt like this, I don't mind it in a bath product. As for the aromatherapy benefits, I'm not sure if it is the aroma or the fact I was sitting in a bath of glitter but I certainly felt happier when I got out.
When you get out of the bath, apart from sparkling like an entire galaxy, your skin will feel softer and moisturised. It doesn't make my skin feel as nice as some of the other bath melts that I've tried but there is a definite improvement in the softness of my skin.
All in all, you have to really love glitter to love this product and it's not for the faint hearted. The scent is invigorating but not for everyone and it leaves your skin soft but not incredibly so. I am knocking one star off for the mess it creates, even though it's a really beautiful mess. This is a treat for occasional use which you will either love or hate. As you will have gathered by now, I love it!
If you have read my review on Lush's Karma bubble bar you will know that I find the scent pretty overpowering and that it gives me a bit of a headache if I use too much of the bar at once. However, I am a sucker for glitter and when I came across the Karma bath melt, I had to try it.
The Karma bath melt comes in a little pyramid shape. It looks like one of the pyramids in Egypt and it sparkles like the grains of sand in the sun. Ingredients wise, it contains cocoa butter and almond oil to moisturise, alongside patchouli, sweet orange, lemongrass and elemi which make the strong and heady Karma scent. On top of all those ingredients is the copius amounts of glitter though how much glitter there is is not actualy evident until you get in the bath and let this melt work its magic.
To use the bath melt, you simply drop the whole thing in the bath with the water running. As soon as the melt hits the water, it starts pouring with glitter and turns the bath a gold a colour. The melt appears to only have glitter on the front when it is dry but once it starts to melt you can actually see that it runs all the way through the middle of it. It is just layers and layers of glitter. The glitter floats in the bath and doesn't sink to the bottom.
The bath melts are practically impossible to break in half so I found you have to use the whole thing which is a shame as I find the scent so strong and overpowering. Again the same as when I use the Karma bubble bar, it gives me a headache. The scent is very strong and really lingers in the bathroom and scents the house.
The bath does make your skin feel very creamy and smooth which is nice but the scent sticks to your skin and holds for hours as well which would be great if it were another scent but it is a very headachy scent. Also, the glitter sticks to your skin too and it is impossible to remove without having a shower. This doesn't bother me as I love glitter but if you are a glitter hater, steer well clear. You also need to give your bath a good rinse off as well as once the water is let out, it will stick to the bottom of the bath.
The melt costs £3 and is only available from Lush Retro online.
The other week I was very excited, as my local Lush store was having a Retro Party! Naturally I stopped by to pick up a few goodies, and one of them was the Karma Bath Melt, as I'm going through a bit of a Karma phase at the moment.
The bath melt comes in the form of a pyramid, which rather reminds me of those rather famous ones in Egypt! It contains cocoa butter and almond oil to moisturise, as well as patchouli oil, sweet orange oil, lemongrass oil and elemi oil to make up the distinctive Karma scent. It also contains glitter! The melt is suitable for vegans.
When I dropped the melt in the bath I was shocked at how much glitter there was! I thought it was only on the surface of the melt, but it runs all the way through it. The melt turned the water a greeny-gold colour, made some white foam appear on the water and released glitter everywhere - it was floating actually in the water (it didn't sink to the bottom) and a lot of it was stuck to the foam, which made the bath look really pretty!
I really enjoyed my bath although I was disappointed that I couldn't really smell the Karma scent (I could smell it afterwards on my skin, though). It felt luxurious with all the bits of glitter floating about!
When I got out of the bath I was absolutely covered with gold glitter! I smelled nicely of Karma too. My skin was really soft and moisturised as well. I did a bit of a double take when I went back in the bathroom, though. I'd just pulled the plug out and left, but on going back in I saw that the bottom of the bath - which was white - was absolutely covered in gold glitter! I thought it was rather pretty myself, and would have been tempted to leave it there, except that I thought my housemates wouldn't appreciate it! I rinsed it with the shower head though, and it washed away really easily.
Overall I really like this melt, although if I bought it again I would wait and use it on a special occasion, rather than just an average night at home! I recommend it if you like Karma and all things sparkly - if you don't like glitter though, don't go anywhere near it!
The Karma bath melt is only available from the Lush website, as it's part of the Retro range. That is, unless you're lucky enough to live next to a store having a Retro party! It costs £3 which is about normal for a bath melt.
Lush Karma Bath Melt
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Bath Product
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. This bath melt is part of that range.
A bath melt is exactly as it sounds, and designed to melt into your bath. The lovely oils quickly soften the water so that your skin feels deliciously moisturised and smells great too. There are no bubbles but when you feel how luxurious the water is, you won't miss them.
This 50g bath melt will cost you £3 and is suitable for vegans. The karma fragrance is one that you might be familiar with as there are a few products available with the scent. This one is shaped like a little pyramid and is a lovely glittery gold colour which will leave your skin shimmering like it has been sprinkled with magic dust.
The fragrance is lovely, it is quite sweet but not too feminine. there are vanilla and cocoa tones with a deliciously fruity orange aroma, and hints of pine and lemongrass. Mr Siamese also likes this one so it is a safe bet for men and women. There is something a little sultry and exotic about this scent which makes it just a little bit sexy - and it lasts for ages on your skin too.
When you step out of the bath (you won't want to!) you will immediately notice how pampered, soft and moisturised your whole body feels. I like to pat myself dry with a towel rather than rubbing too vigorously so that as much of the fragrant moisturiser stays on as possible.
On a slightly cheeky note, this is a lovely melt for a shared bath because it leaves your skin feeling amazing and is also a little like having a massage oil all over your body. If you are feel like sharing then light a candle or two, pour a nice glass of wine and enjoy. If you feel like being really selfish, then lock the door and insist upon at least an hour to yourself!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website)
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Laureth 4, Red Golden Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Perfume, Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Lavendin Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Pine Oil (Pinus sylvestris), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon schoenanthus), Elemi Oil (Canarium commune), *Citral, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils