Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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There's Magic in that Mushroom!
Lush Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar
Member Name: catsholiday
Lush Magic Mushroom Bubble Bar
Advantages: Produced a mass of bubbles
Disadvantages: I wish the scent had be stronger
Magic Mushroom Lush Bubble Bar
This is one of Lush's bubble bars that was a limited release for a specific occasion like Valentine's day or similar. I bought one when they were around and actually took it with me on our last holiday to the USA.
This looks a bit like a Fairy Take picture of a mushroom in that it is a lovely strong reddish pink colour with white spots and the stem is a fat white one but it doesn't really stand on its stem as the top is heavy and the stem rounded at the bottom.
I do prefer the bubble bars to the bath bombs as I like the bubbly feel to the bath. The bar is actually quite a decent size and weighs about 3.5 oz. I never use a whole bar or bomb in my bath as I far too mean to use something that costs about two pounds in just one bath. I broke mine into three and made sure I got a bit of red and white in each bath.
Magic Mushroom's red top is scented with the same fragrance as Vanillary perfume and the white stem smells of strawberries. I made sure when I used it that I got a bit of each when I broke it up for my baths.
USING MY MUSHROOM
I always crumble my bars into the bath as the water is running in and this gives lots of creamy bubbles. I NEVER use a full bar as I find I get quite enough bubbles with about a third of a bar.
I used this bar while we were at Izatys in Minnesota and we had a huge, I do mean huge Jacuzzi bath in our main bedroom to one side. I decided to use the bubble bar while we were here and broke off about a quarter of the bar and popped it into the bath as it was filling.
Sadly the water here smelled so strongly of chlorine that I would have had to empty an entire bottle of essential oil into the bath to even make any difference at all so the smell of the bar was something I enjoyed as I was crumbling it in.
I also had the benefit of the scent as it was packed in our bag as it made my clothes smell nice when they were packed close to it which was a bonus.
As the bath filled I did get some bubbles and I thought initially that maybe using this was not a great idea as the water smelled so strong and the bath was so huge. However once I had the bath deep enough to switch on the jets it was a different thing altogether. The bath filled with thick foamy bubbles that would have flowed over the op had I left the jets on any longer. I was able to lie in the bath like a film star and have my photo taken being delicately and discreetly covered by bubbles.
Although the scent was a bit lost I was majorly impressed with the amount of bubbly covering I got from just a quarter of this bar so we had three other baths enjoying this bar while we were in Izatys.
Usually a coloured bubble bar like this will give the bath water a bit of colour but this was not evident as the water is a darkish colour there anyway and then the bubbles that were created covered the water completely. I did notice the next day when I went to fill the bath that there was a definite pink tide mark around the bath which came off with a wipe before I filled the bath again.
The water felt a lot softer with this in the bath. I really struggled with the water in the states we visited this year as it was very strongly chlorinated and very hard which left my hair feeling like straw. This bubble bar did at least make me feel like I could enjoy a softer water in my bath. What i should have done was go and buy some bicarbonate of soda to put in the bath which might have helped.
So this produced a wealth of bubbles and although I could smell the strawberry aroma as I crumbled it into the water the scent was not strong enough to counter the chlorine so that was a bit disappointing but not something I can really blame on the bubble bar on this occasion.
OTHER GOOD POINTS
Lush boasts that they "believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and instead choose to test their products on humans."
Part of the benefit of the essential oils is for the scent but they are also beneficial in other ways such as helping you relax and nourishing the skin. Bergamot Oil which is found in this bar is a natural antiseptic and this helps prevent acne, eczema and excessively oily skin. This lovely fresh oil has a slight citrus orangey scent. Jasmine absolute is useful as it helps skin to heal things as well as smelling divine. Geranium oil is known to help skin stay soft and is also used in aromatherapy to help with depression.
Other ingredients included for scent and beneficial qualities are: Olibanum Resinoid, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700 are all there for the scent and the colour and may or may not be a problem but generally things which cause allergic reactions although all essential oils have to be treated with caution.
NOT SO GOOD
Skip this bit if you are not interested in ingredients but as they are a selling point for Lush I will put them here so you can decide for yourself if this is a product full of good stuff or if it has a few not so good ingredients. I know al lot of people are not bothered by ingredients Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Lauryl Betaine which are in a lot of Lush items but many people do have problems when using products with these in them. They can cause eczema so should be avoided if you suffer.
Sodium Bicarbonate and Cream of Tartar are both not harmful nor do these cause allergic reactions generally.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA are all ingredients which can cause allergic reactions so you need to be aware of them.
In short then I would buy this again as I would like to see what it smells like in normal water without all the chlorine. it's a nice novelty for Valentine's Day or similar and makes a nice gift while being a bit of fun. It gave me a lovely bubble bath possibly the best bubble baths I have ever had and I did feel soft and smooth afterwards but I would prefer more scent I think.
The cost I believe was £2.45 so a fair price if you get more than one bath from it otherwise I think it is quite a lot for one bath.
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Summary: A nice enough bubble bar and a bit of fun