Product: Karma Bubble Bar
I'm a huge fan of Lush products and I always pop into there when I'm treating myself or having a pamper evening.
I've bought the Lush Karma Bubble Bar a number of times so I thought that I would share with you all my review.
The Karma Bubble Bar is £3.25 and is available to buy from all Lush Stores.
The bar is circular in shape and is a burnt orange colour. I always break this bar into 3 pieces as this then makes the product more price friendly (£1.08 per bath) plus it's just as effective as using the whole bar.
To use I simply crumble the piece of the Karma bar under the warm water as I wait for the water to fill up in my bathtub. I find that if I turn the water pressure up the more bubbles I make in my bath. This produces a vast amount of bubbles which stay until the very end of my bath, the bubblier the better in my opinion.
The smell of the Karma bar is delicious! It has a citrus orange scent which fills my bathroom, it really does smell amazing. This also turns my bath water orange, a little dirty looking I admit but I personally don't mind this so much as I could predict this before using from the colour of the bar.
After I get out the bath my skin is left feeling silky smooth and soft and well moisturised.
I would definitely recommend this, a fab product which I will be using again.
Dooyoo Star Rating: 5/5
When Lush first opened in my town I was obsessed and used to spend an absolute fortune in there but as the novelty wore off I stopped going in as much and stopped spending as much money there and my allegiance started shifting back to the Body Shop.
One thing that I still buy a lot of are bubble bars as I love them and there are so many to choose from and they are nearly all lovely to use and are such fun but also really relaxing and pampering to use.
I absolutely love the smell of Karma by lush and own the perfume and have bought loads of the bubble bars. I always go in intending to try something new and half the time I end up buying another one of these because I like it so much.
The bubble bar costs £3.25 which seems expensive for something that is only supposed to be used once but it is really worth it as a treat and it does contain natural ingredients. Also I always cut my bubble bars in half so that I can use them twice as even half is more than enough for a full bath.
You use the bubble bar by crumbling it up under hot running water and it then produces lots of bubbles. As well as producing loads of bubbles this also turns the bath water bright orange which I love as I think it is a really cute touch.
The smell of this is so good and it completely fills the bathroom up. It is a spicy citrus scent and really beautiful. It isn’t too sweet not too bitter and is just right in my opinion. I love citrus smelling products as they are really refreshing and I always like it when they are done right.
The first time that I used a bubble bar I was a bit worried that it was going to irritate my skin and make it itchy like some cheap bubble baths but this one doesn’t. It is actually quite gentle and kind to my skin and actually softens it thanks to the natural ingredients.
I always feel very pampered after using this and I find the entire experience to be very relaxing. The main draw for me though is the smell which is just gorgeous.
I was given this Lush Karma bubble bar for my birthday recently by a friend who knows how much I love the Karma perfume. Bubble bars are a Lush invention designed to create a maximum luxurious, relaxing bathtime experience. You put one under the tap when you're running a bath and it creates a mass of frothy bubbles.
The bubble bar is a roughly circular shape and looks a bit like a dome. I was given a 200g bar and it has quite a weight to it and is about 7cm wide. It is bright orange in colour with lighter pinkish coloured swirls running through it. The Lush Karma bubble bar is available in 100g and 200g bars, as are most of the other bubble bars Lush sells.
The Karma bubble bar certainly lives up to this expectation. It has orange, patchouli and lemongrass essential oils in it which in my opinion create a heavenly, strongly summery exotic experience. The smell is very potent though and I know some people might find it overpowering.
You only need to use half or a third of a 200g Karma bubble bar in your bath as it is really quite a overpowering. It is quite soft and crumbly so I recommend cutting it on a clean surface before using half in the bath. The Karma bar promises to be 'exotic' and I can certainly attest to this. Within a few minutes of letting the bar loose under the tap the bathroom is quickly filled with the Karma aroma and the scents that most stand out to me are orange and patchouli. Patchouli is a very powerful and sensual scent and it really gets your relaxed in my experience, while the orange adds a nice hint of freshness to the smell.
If you like big frothy bubbles then this is the bar for you, as the Karma bar creates great bubbles, and with the wondrously relaxing scents I was much inclined to appreciate them, as after a while you succumb to the decadent orange coloured water and thaat heady Karma experience which is one of the reasons why I love this combination of essential oils. The smell doesn't end there either - it lingers in the bathroom for days and also penetrated some of the other rooms in the house. The smell also lingers on your skin as thought you have doused yourself in Karma perfume, although I think it is not as sweet-smelling on the skin as it is from the perfume bottle.
I stayed in the bath for about half an hour after using half a 200g bar and my skin was nice and soft afterwards, though I did moisturise it anyway as I always do after a bath. It's a very full-on experience as the smell increases rather than decreases with time, and the bubbles are longlasting, which makes me wonder how I ever took baths before without the luxury of Lush bubble bars!
A 100g Karma bubble bar is 100g costs £2.99 and it is suitable for vegans and, as with all Lush products, none of the ingredients have been tested on animals. I recommend this bar as an occasional bathtime treat,especially if you need some major relaxing or taking away from a stressful day. I used my bar when I was in a good mood but I am saving the other half for a less happy day so that I can make the most use of the essential oils in the Karma bar.
I recently went into my local highstreet LUSH store with £15 on a giftcard to spend. I am a regular shopper at LUSH so understand that their products are usually quite expensive. I therefore was aiming to buy the cheapest bath treats in the store so I could get as many different items as I could. However when I saw this Karma Bubble Bar I knew I had to have it regardless of the cost. It is £3.15 for one cupcake sized product and was the most expensive thing I purchased. The bright colours and distinctive fragrance were very appealing.
The Karma Bubble Bar is a product which you add to your bath in order to create lots of foam. Bubble bars at Lush tend to contain essential oils too which can have various benefits for the skin. They also have fragrances which can stimulate or seduce the senses. The Karma Bubble Bar I bought was shaped a little differently to the picture appearing on Dooyoo. My Karma was shaped like a little scone with slightly sloping edges. The colour of the Karma Bar is two shades of orange, one vivid orange and one more of a peach shade. These two colours are swirled into a spiral shape like a candy lollipop.
The texture of the Karma Bubble Bar is like slightly moist sand at a beach. The bar can be squashed and pulled into pieces. This means you can use it gradually if you like. I have been able to get three baths from one bar. If you want to indulge yourself just use the whole thing in one go though! To use it you just drop it into your hot bath water. I have found that it can be more beneficial to crush the bar in your hands under a running tap and rub as if it's a soap. This way every last piece of the bar is transformed into bubble. Otherwise you do tend to get small bits of what look like sand lumps floating around in the bath.
The bar taints the water which turns cloudy pink and creates lots of large, oily bubbles which feel very soft and smooth. You can create even more bubbles by agitating the bath water. Even a third of this bar managed to create a whole bath full of bubbles which at their peak were about six inches deep. The bubbles feel so luxurious that I love to rub them over my skin. It's very satisfying!
The fragrance of the Karma bar is unique and beautiful. I've read some reviews about this bar which state that it could be suitable for men because of the fragrance. This is probably because the fragrance is quite sharp and musky. It does remind me of men's aftershave a little bit. It also reminds me of that classic hippy shop smell - you know those stores that sell incense sticks, moon shaped earrings and velvet skirts. I believe it's the patchouli oil which is responsible. I personally really love the fragrance as it feels like you are enveloped by a very rich perfume, the perfume of Oriental princesses. However I do think the fragrance could be one that you either love or hate so be careful if buying this as a gift. The bar also contains sweet orange oil which contributes a hint of fruity freshness. There are some sharp, clean notes of pine from the Pine oil ingredient too. The bar also contains lemongrass oil, elemi oil and lavandin oil.
What I love about this particular bubble bar is that it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and as though I've treated it well with moisturising oils. It also leaves the most fantastic and very noticable fragrance on my skin which lasts all day after bathing. It's a fragrance that actually smells like an expensive perfume so I feel really confident about smelling great.
I'm really glad I decided to spend the extra penny and buy this although I'm afraid at the price it retails at I will only be able to buy it now and then. Apart from the price I love everything about the bar, from it's colours which make me feel bright and awake to the plentiful bubbles it creates to the way it treats your skin to the amazing fragrance.
You can buy these bubble bars online or in their high street shops and you can also get other products with the Karma fragrance such as hard soap:
I got another big gift set from Lush from my boyfriend for Valentines Day and this karma bubble bar was included in it. I had never used this one before due to the scent not being one that I usually go for, but as with all of the Lush products, I didn't let this put me off them and I always up for trying different ones, as the bubble bars are my favourite products from Lush.
The scent is quite a citrus one, smelling of oranges and lemons, which are usually my favourite scents. However, it is quite a 'spicy' one which I don't usually like and the strong 'woody' smell overpowers the citrus notes in the bubble bar.
The bubble is two different shades of orange and is quite large in size. It is not as big as the comforter bubble bars from Lush, but it is still big enough to get around three baths out of it if you snap the bubble bar up. I always snap my bubble bars up as just a small part of the bar is enough and fills the bath up with lots of bubbles. If you used the bar just for one bath then it would be a waste, especially as it costs £3.10 for one bar!
When I used this I snapped about a third of the bar off and crumbled it under the hot running water with my hand. It immediately turned the water bright orange and it remained like this the whole time. I wouldn't say it was very pretty as I like the products that turn my water pink or glittery, but its the bubbles that really count and not the colour of the water I suppose! There was lots of bubbles in my bath, I think you could possibly get four uses out of one bar and not three, depending on just how many bubbles you like, but I like lots. The bubbles are also very soft and leave your skin feeling very soft during and after the bath too.
As for the scent, it was very strong. It lasted the whole time I was in the bath too. Some Lush products I have used in the past the scents have disappeared quite quickly, that or I had just gotten too used to the scent to notice it any more, but with the karma bubble bar it was strong and very noticeable throughout. I think it is actually quite a masculine scent too so this one could be a one for the boys. My boyfriend told me he had used this one before and loved it, but for me I think it was just too much of a 'woody' scent, I much prefer the girly ones.
Karma Bubble bar
This simple pinky orange and golden orange coloured bubble bar in a sort of rounded mound shape with a slight golden coloured whirl through it. The shape is not the one in the photos as that is an older model, the new one is a sort of rounded lump. This scent is one of the oldest ones from Lush and was even in the old 'Cosmetics to Go' range but not in a bubble bar as these are newer inventions.
I bought it as I just love the wonderfully exotic patchouli and orangey scent of Karma and I have both the perfume and cream in this scent as well so just had to have this to go with the set. This is a plain bar with no fancy glitter or hidden bits inside and cannot be described as sophisticated at all.
It is sold as a 100g bar for the price of £2.99 and Lush markets this as "Expand your mind with a hippy trippy bath that envelops you in an orange haze of heady scents". They then go on to stir up your imagination with "A Karma bath is like a trip to a festival in a VW Camper Van; it will last all day and is full of smells, daydreams and anticipation of excitement to come."
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 stored this in my knicker drawer for a week or two to enjoy the wonderful hippy orange smell scenting my undies first. 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 took this away with me when we went to Portmeirion for a few days recently as I do love lying back in a nice hotel bathroom with a bit of luxury. It isn't the biggest bar and it did me the two evening baths while we were there. I packed it just in its yellow bag and that meant that my clothes in the bag had a nice Karma scent to them too.
The scent in this one is strong patchouli mixed with a heady sweet orange and it does linger quite some time after you have used it. It is strong in the dry state and just as strong in the bath. When I crumbled half this bar into my bath it was still quite fresh so nice and soft and it crumbled easily. Usually I can get two or three baths from one bar so two in this case as it isn't one of their bigger bars. I sat and watched as the bubbles began to grow and sniffed in. My nose filled with the sweet orange and heavy patchouli scent with a very faint hint of a gentle lemongrass , gardenia and lavender. My hotel bathroom and our bedroom was now filled a wonderful aroma which reminds me of orchards in Spain filled with orange and lemon blossom.
Okay wonderful evocative hippy orchard scent but what about the bubbles. Well I had a lovely creamy soft bubbly bath with gorgeous creamy orange coloured water. My bath had lots of bubbles and they were abundant and thick as they normally are when I treat myself to one of these. Bear in mind the price of £2.99 I don't think I'm being unreasonable in expecting at least two baths from that.
Let's move on to how it feels in the bath. Once again I was not disappointed as the water felt creamy and soft and I needed no soap or other cleaning agent I just soaked in the bath and lay back with my eyes closed imagining I was walking through an orange orchard in the sun .I enjoyed the caressing smooth feel of the moisturised water warmingly soothing my tired joints and oozing into my dried old skin!
What are the benefits of this bar in terms of essential oils?
Looking at the list of ingredients these include: Sodium Bicarbonate,Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume,Cocamide DEA, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil,Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil,Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Gardenia Extract,*Citral, *Geraniol,*Citronellol, *Limonene,*Linalool, Colour 15510,Colour 14700
Patchouli oil: is an antiseptic, a deodorant and is known for its sensual smell and sweet, musky aroma.This is a great oil for caring for dry, itchy or mature skin.
Lemongrass oil: This is known for its natural pesticide qualities and is great at cleansing as it is a natural disinfectant and anti fungal . It is used medicinally in Ayurvedic medicine and is supposed to help with relieving cough and nasal congestion.
Sweet orange oil: This beautifully scented oil is one of my favourites and is known for its qualities of being an antidepressant and it is also anti-inflammatory, a sedative and a natural antiseptic. One of the main benefits is that it also helps look after and rebuild the collagen formation in the skin.
Lavendin Oil: Aside from its scent this oil restores quick energy when you feel tired or, weak and is a useful soother of muscular aches and stiff joints pains.
Gardenia Extract: This gives a lovely orange colour and apparently in Chinese medicine, Gardenia flowers and fruit have been used to treat irritability, urinary tract infections, headaches and tension for 2,000 years.
Elemi Oil: is a fragrant resin with a sharp pine and lemon-like scent and comes from the resin of a tree. Apparently was thought to have psychoactive properties but these claims are now thought to be untrue. Maybe this is where the scent of hippiness comes from in the bar!
The sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid make the water soft and do not really cause any harm or side effects.
Less desirable ingredients:
The less desirable sodium laureth sulfate is there to make the bubbles. This has been linked to cancer so if this bothers you then I suggest you have a look at this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate
So all in all what do I think? I love the smell of this one and the lovely creamy orangey coloured water full of creamy bubbles. I liked this bar and I hope Lush keep this one for quite some time. It is very pretty mix of orange colours but is not really too fussy or fancy. SO thanks Lush this is a keeper
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After buying this for my friends birthday, after being recommended by the Lush staff, I decided that I like the smell so much that I'd buy one for myself, as I wanted something abit different from Lush and the Karma Bubble bar smells and looks more unique compared to other products, I just hope it is as good as it smells!
The Karma Bubble bar is roughly the size of my hand, 100g and is oval shaped, but with a flat base. The bubble bar looks quite big, defiantly to big for one bath, but the texture is quite crumbly, so it is easy to break of bits for the bath, so you can have a more Karma bath. The bubble bar is a light orange colour, with a swirl of darker orange throughout the bar, which is pretty attractive, because it is brightly coloured, and different from other products, as it looks spicier then the other very sweet perfume style products that Lush have. The Karma Bubble Bar is suitable for Vegans and none of the ingredients are tested on animals.
To use the Bubble Bar is pretty easy, quite similar to using a Bubble bath liquid, just run the bath, and place the Karma Bubble Bar under the taps, and it will dissolve in the water, aslong as the water is hot enough. I tend to part run my bath, as I like really deep ones, and then place the Karma Bubble bar in the bath, as it gives a stronger effects from the bubble bar. The Bubble bar will dissolve before your bath is run and roughly takes 5-10 minutes to dissolve, depending on how hot the bath water is. The Karma bubble bar is less bubbly then other Lush Bubble Bars, but still gave the bath a decent layer of bubbles and even caused the bath water to go orange, which is nice!
Now the important bit, the smell. The scent of the Karma bubble bar is much more unique compared to other Lush products, as it smells more spicy, but has sweets tones to it. Elemi oil is one of the key ingredients in the Karma Bubble Bar, which gives the Bubble bar the spicy and hot scent, which I think is close to Cinnamon. Also there are tones of orange and pine, which I have to say, gives a really unique blend of scents, but it less girly then other Bubble bars from Lush, so I can defiantly see some men enjoying the Karma Bubble Bar aswell. Pine oil also has calming and relaxing effects, so perfect for a relaxing treat. The scent is quite lingering, which means you get the scent throughout your bath, and it is really relaxing, but quite a strong scent, which might not be for everyone and might be too overpowering for some people.
The effects of using the Karma Bubble Bar was really nice, it softened my skin while I was soaking and leaves my skin feeling scented lightly with the Karma scent, which does fade quite quickly, which is a bit of an disappointment. But the biggest and best effect of using the Karma was the relaxing effects that the bath gave me, it was really relaxing and soothing, so perfect for a hard and busy week! Also it is a perfect cure for a hangover! I would highly recommend this unique scented, relaxing and soothing bubble bar, defiantly my new favourite!
The Karma Bubble Bar is available at Lush stores and online at (www.lush.co.uk) and costs £2.99 for 100g, and for me 100g is about 3 baths, and great value for money!
For those of you who are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I am somewhat of a toiletries tart and I say that because I simply love toiletries! Whilst I am always looking for ways in which to save money I always feel that little treat every now and then is most definitely deserved. After all, I work hard for my money and I don't smoke and only occasionally go out for a drink. You will also be aware that I love my me time, which I feel is essential for everyone, as it is important to set aside some time to totally relax, gather your thoughts and recharge those much used batteries.
A few years ago I went through a period of buying supermarkets' own bubble baths and whilst they provided me with a fairly sufficient amount of white fluffy stuff and although their fragrances are not unpleasant I cannot state that they were particularly favourable. I then returned to buying more expensive bubble baths and cannot really say that I was loyal to any particular brand, as I tended to purchase whatever was on offer at that time. However, through being a member of both Dooyoo and Ciao I read many reviews on dozens of Lush products; all of which captured my attention and subsequently resulted in me taking a note of those that I wanted to purchase. Whilst I was aware of Lush, particularly as it is impossible to work through the centre of Cardiff without recognising its' familiar aroma within a mile radius, I cannot state that I had actually stepped inside the door. I think one of the reasons for this is that the combination of dozens of aromas was (and still can be!) very overpowering and totally confused my nasal passages!
However, one day I decided to take the plunge and armed with my shopping list I stepped inside the door and was absolutely amazed at the array of shelves that were in front of my eyes; each of which were adorned with various baskets brimming with balls, bars and bottles in a multitude of colours. There were a number of products that I was interested in, but due to the rather high price tag I decided to limit myself to just one or two, which I have previously reviewed. As my experience of using them was extremely favourable and what I can only describe as pure heaven, the Lush store has since be one of my first ports of call each time my husband and I decide to shop in Cardiff, which is now rather too often for my liking!
A range of products that have become a firm favourite of mine are Bubble Bars and if you have never heard of them let me tell you what they are. Bubble Bars are exclusive to Lush, so you will not find any other manufacturer selling this unique range of products. They are basically a brightly coloured bar, which you crumble into your running bath water and within seconds you will witness the largest and fluffiest bubbles that you have ever seen in your life. Sounds good? Okay, read on. I am a real lover of fragrances such as lavender, frankincense and patchouli, so was thrilled to see that Karma would fully meet my needs with its' orange, patchouli and lemongrass fragrance and I could wait to get home and try it.
APPEARANCE OF KARMA
I'm not quite sure about the appearance of the bubble bar in Dooyoo's image, as it is totally different to the ones I have used, so I'm of the opinion that this is an older version. Whilst Karma used to have a similar appearance to two of their other bubble bars, namely Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds and The Comforter with its' gorgeous swirls, for some unknown reason the bar now resembles what I can only describe as a large dollop of two shades of orange, which swirl around one another.
I frequently find when lifting an unfamiliar bubble bar from its' basket that it is coated in glitter and it is sometimes difficult to ascertain if the glitter is contained within the product or has been transferred from another one of the extremely glittery bars, which I always avoid. Whilst the glitter bars look gorgeous and very sparkly, I have no desire to use them, particularly as I do not wish to be in a position where I have to clean out the bath after my relaxing experience nor do I want glittery bed linen.
Fortunately, Karma does not contain glitter although when I lifted it from the basket in the store I witnessed a light dusting, which had clearly transferred from another product. Lush Bubble Bars are presented in two different weights, namely 200g bars and the 100g bar as is Karma, which is a fairly good size, as it measures approximately 8 cm in length and 7½ cm in width with curved edges, as my photograph below evidences. The fragrance of Karma is absolutely stunning, as it provides us with an extremely strong patchouli aroma, which I absolutely adore. I know from reading many reviews on both Dooyoo and Ciao that some readers only favour a mild patchouli aroma and if this is you I would advise you not to purchase Karma, as its' fragrance is extremely powerful.
If you have never used a Bubble Bar before you are in for a real treat, as it will provide you with an absolutely luxurious bathing experience fit for a queen. Although I was rather lavish in parting with my pennies, or should I say pounds for Karma, I never use an entire bar for just one bath, so I tend to crumble approximately a third into my running bath, which is an extremely easy task, as the bar is fairly soft when broken. I would point out that only using a third will not jeopardise your bathing experience and you will see receive the same benefits as you would with an entire bar. When you purchase your bar from Lush it will be placed inside a bright yellow recyclable paper bag and the assistant will place a sticker across the opening to protect your product.
All of Lush products are handmade and this is indicated on the label. I'm always a little confused by the lack of information that Lush provide on their labels, as whilst Lush Times (which is a newspaper that you can pick up in their store that provides full details of all of their products) states that this bar contains patchouli, which in my opinion is the most evident aroma, there is no indication of it on the label. We are simply advised that the bar is "scented with exotic spices and a top note of orange" and if I am totally honest I cannot witness any zesty orange fragrance. However, my sole reason for purchasing Karma is for its' patchouli, so here goes with the crumbling ...
Within just a few seconds my bathroom was starting to fill with the most delightful and relaxing aroma of patchouli, which became even more powerful than taking a whiff of the bar itself and the white fluffy bubbles started to appear on the water's surface. It has no bearing whether you decide to turn on your bath taps at full blast or let the bath slowly fill, as the crumbled bubble bar has a mind of its' own and by the time your bath is ready you are left wondering if there is any room for you, particularly as its' appearance seems to be entirely of huge and I mean huge bubbles! What I adore about Lush bubble bars is not only does my bathroom receive the delightful aroma but so does the upstairs of my home, as the fragrance travels into each and every room. Stepping into the delicately coloured orange water is simply wonderful, as each and every one of the bubble bars that I have tried and tested makes it luxuriously soft. I tend to use Lush products in my bath on a Friday and Saturday evening, as I feel I need to reward myself after a tough week at work. Consequently, those afternoons see me looking forward to my lengthy soak in the bath, as during the week it always seems to be a case of in and out as quickly as I possible can due to lack of time.
To accompany my Lush products I occasionally light a few candles, which are strategically placed around the edge of my bath, but I say occasionally, as in the past I overused candles, which resulted in my walls turning extremely smutty. As well as the entire upstairs of my home being filled with the heavenly and very relaxing scent of patchouli its' fragrance is contained within the bath water and I frequently let out a little water once it starts to become a little too cold and top up again with hot so I can last out my experience for as long as I possibly can, which tends to be when my skin turns rather wrinkly! Another real positive with this and all of the other Bubble Bars that I have used is that the bubbles last for your entire bath and don't pop the moment soap is introduced to the water.
In fact, I have great difficulty in getting rid of the bubbles once I have let out the water, so I am frantically trying to swish them down the plughole! Lush market this bar as "Classic 1960's fragrance for patchouli lovers", as they state you will be transported back to 1960's London, a time of peace, love and great change. I genuinely hope I won't be transported back to the 60's, particularly as I did not come into this world until 1967! However, I can agree with their statement with regards to "peace", as if a product smells beautiful it makes me feel good. After using Karma my skin feels wonderfully soft and smooth and its' gorgeous aroma transfers onto my skin and I was surprised when I was drying my face the following day that the beautiful aroma had also transferred onto my bath towel.
Unfortunately, this rather cold weather, which seems to have once again returned, has played havoc with my skin and if you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I frequently suffer with cracked and bleeding knuckles, which as a result always need an application of a rich and nourishing hand cream. Whilst the skin on my body isn't affected so badly, it tends to itch, particularly on my elbows and knees, so it is vital that I apply lashings of body cream. However, I always find that Lush Bubble Bars, which contain a host of natural ingredients have never once caused any adverse reaction and in fact they provide me the opposite, as I am very often able to skip using any body lotion/cream, as the bubble bars contain enough moisturising properties to give my skin that much needed boost. I always feel calm and relaxed if I have used a relaxing fragrance in my bath and Karma ticks all the boxes for me. As you may have guessed, I absolutely adore this product and as a result it come to you with my full recommendation together with 5 stars.
If you are familiar with Lush you will be aware that none of their products have been tested on animals. There is a lengthy list of ingredients contained within Karma, which can be obtained either from the Lush website or the latest edition of Lush times. If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I do not believe in copying endless lists unless I feel that there is anything specific that could cause any adverse reactions. Karma Bubble Bar has a considerable amount of oils, such as patchouli, sweet orange, lavandin, pine, lemongrass and elemi and as previously stated, none of these ingredients caused me any problems.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Karma Bubble Bar is 100g in weight and can be purchased from any Lush store or directly from the Lush website for £2.99. As previously stated I manage to obtain three baths from each bar, which I agree is pricey, but we all deserve a treat now and again don't we?
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This review will appear on both Ciao and Dooyoo under the same user name.
** The Karma bubble bar design has I think changed as the one im reviewing is now slightly smaller and rounder in design **
This is yet another product that I've chosen to keep me warm over the next couple of weeks.
It costs £2.95 for 100g and is made up of yellow and orange swirls. Mine was around 3 inches wide.
The Karma range seems to be the trademark fragrance for Lush, so I just had to add it to my basket.
Lush describe this as....
"Our signature fragrance for bath-time: oranges and multi-layered spices. Karma is a fragrance that keeps on giving. Each time you catch a whiff of its layered fragrance you notice yet another thread in its multi-stranded personality. "
It contains elemi and Pine oil as well as the orange and spices (patchouli, gardenia).
As soon as you open the bag you are hit with a scent that isn't just one thing it seemed to be more of the pine and spices than any thing else, I found it a great scent although some people may find it an overpowering smell.
Like all bubble bars it has a crumbly texture which on this occasion I think I was slightly heavy handed.
On crumbling it in the bath it immediately turned my bath a lovely orange colour and there was a mountain of thick bubbles produced admittedly I did use the whole thing as I was feeling under the weather although like all bubble bars it can be cut into 2-3 good size pieces.
I did find the smell seemed to change and get stronger while I was in the bath and I have to admit that I wouldn't be able to stand a very long bath using this as the smell of orange did become a bit over the top, having said that I do agree that the scents come in waves and you can tell between the layers.
Once I did get out of the bath my skin did feel smooth although not much more than normal and that the scent on my skin seemed to be really nice and subtle more of the spiciness than the oils-I thought this was great, the smell also seemed to last an age in my bathroom and also on the towels.
I will be buying this again for sure as I found it an amazing product with a beautiful scent, it has made me want to buy the Karma Kream which has a similar scent. For the price I paid I think it is a fab product, i can definitely see why this is Lush's signature fragrance and why it is so popular!!!
Karma Bubble Bar is one of Lush' older bubble bars using one of their most unique but popular scents.
The bar is one of the larger-looking of the bubble bars and is a round sort of shape. It's two shades of orange swirled around each other and looks quite inviting.
To use, you crumble as much as you want to use (for most bubble bars, about a third, for the bigger ones about a sixth, usually) onto the bottom of the bath then start to run the water. As the water hits the crumbs (get them as small as you can for maximum bubbles!) they turn into lovely, foamy bubbles.
I used a full one for my first Karma bath, since I was in an indulgent mood.
Anyway, this lovely bubble bar created lots of gorgeously scented bubbles that lasted for ages. The bath lasted so long, that I got out before the bubbles/scents had completely dissapeared because my hands were WAY too wrinkly to the point they'd become kinda creepy.
The scent itself is gorgeous - a lovely, warm, spicy scent. It's orangey and clovey and just generally perfectly calming, soothing and invigorating. I almost fell asleep in the bath, even though I wasn't tired. It was a truly lovely experience.
The scent lingered on my skin and hair and in the bathroom for the rest of the night and some of the next morning, which was ace.
Overall, fantastic bubble bar, fabulous bath and left me in a great mood.
Lush's Karma bubble bar has been part of their bubble range for a good few years now. It has been consistant with its price which has always seemed to stay at £2.95 per bubble bar.
Looks wise, I have never had a Karma bubble bar look like the one pictured. Mine had always been slightly raised and round in shape instead of the flat slice you see in the Doo Yoo picture. Colour wise it is a mixture of different tones of orange and it has a very strong scent. You don't have to put your nose too close to get a whiff of the orange, patchouli, pine, lemongrass and elemi it is made up of. Some people do find Karma a little bit headache inducing and the scent is very heady.
This is the only Lush bubble bar which I break in half. To use a whole one is just too much and gives me an awful headache. Running it under water to crumble it, the scent really kicks out and I always notice the orange and patchouli. The amount of bubbles one half of this bubble bar produces is more than enough (strange coming from me who always uses a whole bubble bar). I have never tried a whole Karma bubble bar at once.
The bubble bar turns the water a green/yellow colour. I always think Karma should turn the water orange though. I am not sure which element it is that causes it to turn the bath this colour but if it was anymore yellow it would look like you had done a wee in the bath. Not a nice look!
Karma doesn't do anything overly special to the bath and I cannot my skin feels overly different after using it. The scent does linger on my skin and after a while it does start to give me a bit of a headache.
A nice bubble bar but a little overpowering.
The Karma bubble bar is the latest thing I've tried from Lush's Karma range. The bar looks slightly different to how it appears on the picture here, being raised and rounded rather than a flat swirly circle. In colour it is various shades of orange, and smells deliciously of the Karma scent, which is made up of orange, patchouli, pine, lemongrass and elemi.
The Karma bubble bar costs £2.95, which is on a par with other bubble bars from the Lush range. It is suitable for vegans. It's possible to use the whole lot in one bath, but I tend to only use half as I find that to be quite enough.
Karma is a very crumbly bubble bar and I find it easy to break it in half and crumble it under the running water. Loads of bubbles are produced and the Karma scent is definitely evident. I find a Karma bath to be really relaxing!
As with other products in the Karma range, I think different aspects of the scent come out. At first when I get into the bath the orange oil is dominant, yet the longer I stay in the bath the more the patchouli and pine aspects of the scent become evident. Karma's a really multi-layered scent and it's very unique. The colour of the water was a sort of greeny-yellow, I'm glad it wasn't too yellow as that always looks like wee!
As usual with Lush bubble bars, my skin felt soft and moisturised after use, although I couldn't resist topping it up with some Karma Kream and dusting powder!
Altogether, a great bubble bar for those moments when you want some good Karma!
Karma bubble bar was the next product in my Lush collection to try. After trying a few Lush products already I was really, really keen to try this one as all the Lush products are .... well, lush!!
So, on one of the rare occasions that I had a day off (I tend to work 7days a week, most weeks), I got my son into bed, and sent my partner packing to his friends house so that I could have some peace and quiet, and enjoy my bath like you are meant to when using Lush's stuff.
~What is Karma Bubble Bar?~
Just like the name suggests, it is a bubble bar. It is basically bubble bath in a solidified form, with all natural ingredients and perfumes. This is what Lush say about this product on their website:
"Our signature fragrance for bath-time: oranges and multi-layered spices. Karma is a fragrance that keeps on giving. Each time you catch a whiff of its many-layered fragrance you notice yet another thread in its multi-stranded personality. Top notes, middle notes, base notes and all the notes in between disentangle themselves before you. Bathe in a fluffy Karma bath and you'll generously perfume the whole house with its fragrance (and yourself, too)."
Sounds intriguing doesn't it? Well, thats why I ordered it, and this description made me desperately want to try it out for myself. As Lush post their products to you with no packaging it doesn't have any information about individual products, so before I run my bath, I look at what I've got and look at it on their website so I know what kind of bath I should expect. So, after reading this delightful paragraph, I quickly ran up the stairs to get Karma into my bath!
~How do you use it?~
After hearing about Lush through dooyoo reviews, I had also read that it is sometimes best to split the bar into 2 or sometimes 3. This does make sense as the products are quite expensive for one use only. So, I split my bar into 2, and run it under the hot water tap into my bath. I did find with this one that the water didn't dissolve bar the itself, so I had to help it along by crumbling it as well. As with many other Lush products, I noticed that little chunks of it were sitting at the bottom of my bath, but by the time the bath had completely finished running, there were no chunks that I could feel in the water (I had to feel as there were so many bubbles!)
Like I just said, I had to feel along the bottom of my bath for undissolved lumps of Karma because of the amount of bubbles. I think half my bath was water and the only half was bubbles! Now, don't get me wrong, I love bubbles in my bath like most other women, but as I got in and tried to read my book, I had to lift my book up in the air slightly to make sure it didn't get wet from all the bubbles! Towards the end of my bath (about an hour later) I parted the bubbles so that I could have a look at the colour of my bathwater to make sure that I would write a good review and give you a true experience of Karma. It was slightly orangey which would make a lot of sense because of the ingredients used.
If I could use one word to describe the smell of the Karma bubble bar it would be citrus. I could smell all sorts of citrus fruits, like orange and sometimes I could even smell some lemon. My bath and my bathroom smelled like I'd walked into a citrus haven and it was absolutely gorgeous. The smell lasted the whole way through my bath, and even into the next morning. I got up, went to go and brush my teeth and as I walked into the bathroom the smell was still as strong as ever, so it makes a lovely air freshener for your bathroom too!
Karma bubble bar costs £2.95 for 100grams which does seem a bit expensive, but if you take advice on dooyoo, and split it into 3 chunks then its not that expensive at all, just under £1 per bath. And in my opinion, if you can get a relaxing and peaceful bath for under £1 its a huge bonus!
I'm glad I only used half the bar for my bath, otherwise I would have had to swim through the bubbles with goggles on to find where the bath was! Next time, and yes there will be a next time with this product, I will only use a third of it.
If you are not really a citrus person, or you don't like strong smelling products in your bath then I don't think this product is for you, but otherwise its something that I think Lush fans should definitely try.
I am still working my way though the heap of Lush goodies I got for Christmas, those that I purchased myself on line and the tons I grabbed in store over the last couple of weeks. Sadly, I am coming to the near the end of my bubble bars, still loads of other products to try though. Anyways, having read loads of great reviews of the Karma range I felt it was high time I gave this one a whirl.
*Where From and How Much*
The Karma Bubble Bar costs £2.95 for a 100g bar and is available to buy in store at Lush, on line at www.lush.co.uk / www.lush.com or by mail order on 01202 668545.
*Appearance, Smell & Ingredients*
This bar is two tones of orange in colour, whirled together to look like a Catherine Wheel.
It smells wonderful reminding me of spicy, citrus, pine, woodland, patchouli, oranges and lemongrass. Each time I sniff this I get another different scent.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, 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), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I always snap my bubble bars in to two pieces as I find that they work perfectly well like this and obviously this is more cost effective.
Crumbling the bar under hot running water immediately induces mounds of bubbles. The water turns a deep orange colour and my bathroom is filled with the spicy orange scent. In fact, the whole house is! I usually lay in the bath for around 30 -45 minutes if I am really enjoying the feel and smell of the bath and this has been more like an hour on both uses. Definitely a good sign!
I use Karma soap at the same time as the bubble bar and feel cleansed, soothed and relaxed. The multi layered scent lingers on my skin for a long time after wards and rubs off on to my night clothes and bed sheets.
This is glorious and became one of my favourite bubble bars on first use. I will definitely buy this again, for myself and for others and I would recommend it! It is a lot of money for essentially two baths, but for the luxury it is, in my eyes, great value.
I also think the name is fab - Karma makes me want to sing "Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma, Karm-eleon" and it is just like a Chameleon; ever changing!!!
Also on ciao - theshinyone
Lush Karma Bubble Bar:
This Christmas I got an absolute load of Lush which is always great, (well it is if you are a Lush freak like me). The other half handed me his wallet in town, (he must be crazy), on pay day and told me "to go get some of that Lush stuff for me to wrap up for you". Well I literally skipped into Lush and picked out a few of the lovely things for myself, (it seems the shock of him doing this stunned me into some kind of sense and I didn't go mad at all).
I had read many a review about the Lush Karma bubble bar and indeed other goodies in the Karma range but not being a huge fan of citrus smelling items I had always given it a miss but seeing the lovely two-tone orange swirl in the shop I decided to give it a go. It has since been sat in my bathroom along with all my other Lush goodies making my whole flat smell great. Yesterday we had bad news; my fiancé lost his job due to sickness and his employer having the empathy of some kind of road-kill, (he had, had a heart attack after all so we expected some kind of lee-way), so I needed some Lush therapy and reached for the Karma hoping the claims of it's amazing regenerative powers were true.
Being a Bubble Bar, (kind of a solid bubble bath in a bar), you need to crumble the bar under running water to create a lovely mass of sweetly scented bubbles. The bars are easy to crumble so bear that in mind when transporting them home from the shop. Initially I have to admit that I was worried I had made a terrible mistake because the smell was disgusting. I really hated it and almost cried thinking that I would have to bath in stinky water or waste a whole bubble bar but thankfully the smell became less acrid and like orangey cleaning products as the bath filled up and it became more subtle and diluted.
Once the bath was run the smell really mellowed to fill my flat with a beautiful patchouli scent, (I seriously love patchouli), which did help to unwind me and take me a place of calm serenity. Every sniff of the Karma scent unveils a new smell from Orange oil and lemongrass to lavender, pine oil and patchouli. Once sat in the warm water surrounded by deliciously scented steam I was glad that I had stuck with it and I could finally understand what all the hard-core Karma fans had been on about; it was pure bliss.
The bath water turned a lovely pale orange colour and felt very soft; even just swishing the water around before I got in left me with soft skin on my hand and a gentle lingering scent. It produced plenty of snow white, fluffy bubbles too. After my bath all my skin felt much smoother than normal and the scent that that hung around was more of patchouli, (thankfully), than anything else and it's very pleasant too, (I am sniffing my arms as I type this).
Like most Lush items this isn't exactly cheap costing £2.95 for one baths worth but as a luxury now and then it is worth paying that much and anyway this one was a gift!
For people who love citrus smells this is a great bubble bar and for people who dislike citrus this stills wins as the other scents prevent the orange from being overpowering. I would definitely recommend trying this one if you get a chance.