Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Lush Ma Bar Bubble Bar
Member Name: hayley_dl
Lush Ma Bar Bubble Bar
Advantages: smells great, loads of bubbles
Disadvantages: brown bath water isn't attractive! need to use whole bar for best results
I love the smell of sweet things, especially anything chocolate. Think full-blown chocoholic and you're pretty close to imagining me! It was with that in mind that I picked up two of these Ma Bars last time I was in Lush. One half smells of cocoa, the other smells of honey toffee and it has it's own little brown sugar cube right in the middle of the two halves - how could I resist that?
Like most Lush products this comes with no packaging at all except a paper bag stuck closed with a sticky label that's printed with the name of the product. I prefer it this way as I can see and smell exactly what I'm getting before I buy it. It also saves on wasted packaging.
The bar itself is more of a cube then a bar actually, it's square with a brown sugar cube stuck right in the middle. One half is a chocolate brown, the other half is a creamy white.
The directions say to crumble under running water. With most bubble bars I like to break it into either thirds or quarters depending on my mood at the time and then crumble this part under the water. So, this is what I tried with this bar. I split it in half making sure to give myself half the cocoa and half the toffee and then dissolved this in my bath.
It dissolved easily with the sugar cube taking a bit longer then the rest of the bar but this isn't a problem and was actually fun to play with for a while, I'm just a big kid really! As it dissolves it turns my bath water a rather unappealing dirty brown I guess it is chocolate so what more could I have expected. It's not the most attractive colour for a bath to be though. However, the proof is in the pudding as they say! So, I stepped into my bath which by now was full of bubbles.
The bar itself doesn't really smell that strongly to start with, just a little sweet with a hint of chocolate. With half the bar dissolved in the bath it didn't really smell once dissolved either. This is a shame because the smell was really the main reason I bought it.
On stepping into the bath the water is definitely softer but not to the degree that I've come to expect from Lush products. The bubbles however, did live up to expectation and lasted for the duration of my bath.
Since the results from my first try had been a disappointment, on my second attempt at using this I used the whole bar in one bath and just crumbled the whole thing in. This produced much better results. Despite the lack of real scent in the bar itself once it started to dissolve it filled the bathroom with a gorgeously sweet chocolate scent that had something else as an undertone. I'm assuming this is the honey toffee but I couldn't quite place it as anything in particular.
The bath still turned a very unattractive brown colour but the masses of bubbles produced covered the whole of my baths surface and so I couldn't really see the colour anyway making this less of a problem and on stepping into the bath the water felt wonderfully silky smooth. Since there was such a difference in results I would only ever use this as a whole bar again. Usually, with Lush bubble bars splitting it doesn't make a difference in the results achieved but there definitely is with this.
When I got out the bath my skin felt noticeably softer and smoother. This wasn't really affected by whether I used the whole bar or just half. I did need to add moisturiser so it's not as moisturising as some of their other bars but then it doesn't claim to be either so I can't fault it for this.
The scent, when I used only half the bar, didn't stick to me at all but then this wasn't really a surprise since the bath didn't smell either. When I used the whole bar in my bath the scent did linger on me for several hours although not all day. When on my body the honey scent came through a little more making me smell a bit like a sweet chocolate pudding! It's a scent I loved but won't be to everyone's taste.
Lush are against animal testing so, like all their products, none of the ingredients in this has been tested on animals.
It is suitable for vegans but does contain SLS so one to avoid if you're sensitive.
Pricing, Availability, Recommendations
This bar is only available from Lush but can be bought both online and in-store. It costs £2.50 for a 100g bar. At that price I would recommend it only as a treat, especially since you get the best results by using the bar all in one bath.
I personally adore the scent, although it may not appeal to everyone as it is quite sweet. The bubbles do last the whole of my bath so it's definitely not a bar product and therefore I will recommend it; it's just a shame it doesn't work so well when it's cut in half and it's because of this that I'm deducting a star.
Summary: not up to Lush's usual standards but still a decent bar to use as a treat