I made an order from the Lush Retro section recently, when the limited edition range of Retro products was added. One of these was the Marathon bubble bar.
***The Bubble Bar***
The Marathon bubble bar was invented by Lush staff member Helen, who runs marathons herself and designed this to be a good product to use afterwards. It contains mustard seed oil, olive oil, myrrh, benzoin and olibanum, a selection of ingredients to comfort and soothe muscles after exercise. It is spicy and warming, and it is recommended that you use it with the Wiccy Magic Muscles massage bar – I didn’t, but that gives you a good idea of the scent of this bubble bar.
In appearance, the Marathon bubble bar is a simple square shape with rounded corners, like many of Lush’s retro bathing products. It’s a burnt orange colour, which fits in well with the concept and scent, I think. To make it a little more interesting, each bar has a different country’s flag poking out of the top!
The bar is suitable for vegans but it’s worth noting that it contains sodium laureth sulfate: this has been known to cause skin irritation in some people so you might want to be careful if you have sensitive skin, although it is a popular ingredient in shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath (it creates the foam) and most people are fine with it.
The bar costs £3.25, which is reasonable for a Lush bubble bar, especially as it can be used two or three times. I bought two of these bars and broke one into two, and the other into three, pieces. To use, you set the bath running and crumble a piece of bar into the running water. By the time you turn off the tap and settle into the bar, there will be tons of bubbles. This bar also turned the water a lovely orange colour.
In the bath, I felt really relaxed and soothed. I hadn’t been running a marathon, but I had had a busy day, so I was glad to get into the spicy, warming water. My muscles felt soothed and comforted and the lovely scent wafted around the bath.
I found that the bar didn’t irritate my skin at all, and made my skin feel quite soft. I still needed to apply some body lotion, though. The scent lasted, albeit fainter, on my skin, too.
I definitely recommend this bubble bar, particularly if you have been doing exercise before using it! It has a lovely warming scent and provides a luxurious, comfortable bath.
Marathon Bubble Bar is a Lush bubble bar slice that unfortunately has been discontinued, which is a real shame as it is such a great product. The bubble bars are used by running water into your tub and crumble it under the tab. This gives lovely bubbles, the effect can be increased by using the shower head inside the bath too to develop some more motion and ultimately bubbles. Marathon has a minty-cinnamon smell, great strong red-orange colour and a little paper flag on top. This product is especially good for sore aching muscles after a workout or a hard day on your feet for some relaxation. This is achieved by the use of mustard seeds, peppermint and cinnamon leaf oils as ingredients. I would certainly recommend this lovely bubble bar and would love to see it making a comeback to the UK shops (as it is still available in Lush US).
As some of you may already know from my reviews, I am a bit of a fan of Lush products. Some are fantastic, and some not so fantastic, however this review is on one product which was given to me as a gift last Christmas and it was something I hadn't tried before, or considered trying.
For those who are not familiar with Lush, they are a bath and body cosmetics company, who pride themselves on using natural ingredients in their wide range of products (bubble bars, shampoos, face masks, shower gels etc). They do not test on animals and many of their products are vegan!
Now back to Marathon bubble bar. I had recieved this at Christmas as a gift, and whilst I had heard much about it before then, I had never actually thought of trying it. It is meant to help soothe aching muscles and relax them, as well as helping relieve the monthly cramps. This sounded great to me as I always have an achey back, and I dont know why I hadnt tried it sooner!
The bright orange bar costs £1.95 and is around 100g in weight. Poking out of the top of the bar is a little paper flag, this one being the flag of Bahrain (the flags differ from bar to bar just incase you were wondering). The bar came wrapped in a small plastic Lush bag with a sticker on the front stating the product name and Lush web address for a list of the ingredients...
Ingredients (as taken from Lush.co.uk):
Sodium Bicarbonate , Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid) , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Lauryl Betaine , Glycerine , Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum cassia) , Olive Oil (Olea europaea) , Cocamide DEA , Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita) , Witch Hazel Extract (Hamamelis virginiana) , Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis) , Mustard Oil (Brassica alba) , Myrrh Gum (Commiphora myrrha) , Olibanum Gum (Boswelia carterii) , Benzoin Gum (Styrax benzoin) , *Cinnamyl Alcohol , *Cinnamal , *Eugenol , *Benzyl Benzoate , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume , Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides) , Colour 59040 , Colour 14700 , Paper Flag
* Occurs naturally in essential oils.
Taking the bar out of the bag, what immediately hit me was the fragrance. Strong and spicey, but in a very relaxing sense. The cinnamon and peppermint really stand out and actually this sort of smell really helped to clear my sinuses! I decided to use the full bar one evening in the late months of winter as I had a cold and was feeling achey all over from the monthly cramps and the cold combined!
To use the Lush bubble bars, Lush recommend to simply crumble under running water. I have found that to really get the most bubbles and make sure it disolves, is to crumble the bubble bar into a bowl, mix with hot water until it is a runny consistency then pour slowly under the bath taps. I think just half of the bar would have been enough as there were mounds and mounds of bubbles using the whole bar! And the fragrance really came out with using fairly hot water. The only thing that made me feel a little uncomfortable was the orange colour of the bath water!
After climbing in the bathtub, I'm sure that the water felt much warmer due to the cinnamon leaf oil in there, as my aches and pains eased and I felt very cosy and comforted! The bubbles lasted well over an hour, which to me is something hard to find in bubble bath products. Normally they start disappearing after 10 minutes! But I have to say I was very very impressed by Marathon. I felt much better after having stepped out of the bath, and was ready for a good nights sleep.
I still cant believe I hadnt tried it sooner, and this is now a must-have for when I'm bunged up with a cold or when I'm having backache.
I definitely recommend it to anyone, and one thing that made it stand out for me was that it worked 100 times better than any muscle-pain relief gels I've tried.
Marathon is available in all Lush shops and on their website www.lush.co.uk
As I am taking over as the Fashion and Beauty guide from the loveable Angus, I thought I had better write a review myself before continuing down the line of reading all of your reviews!
As you all know by now, my favourite Lush products have to be these lovely colourful Bubble Bar Slices. Why? Because I love lots of bubbles in my hot bath and that is exactly what I get with this product and whats more they come in a huge array of bright colours which turn the bath water wonderful colours.
This particular Lush Bubble Bar Slice called Marathon and the first thing you will notice about it is the brightness of the colour. A Bubble Bar slice is in essence very similar to a Lush Bath Ballistic except this slice is actually like a ball of play dough. Each Bath Bubble Slice is individually hand moulded and cut and with all their products using fresh ingredients and preserves.
Anyway this Bubble Bar Slice is bright orange in colour and it retails from Lush for the bargain price of £1.95per 100g, it is worth bearing in mind that most Bubble Bar Slices are usually 100g and usually retail for around £2 - £3. What drew me to this particular product? Well the fact that it is a lovely bright shade of orange and that it stands out on the shelf is one of the reasons I bought it and due to its orangyness you would expect to have an accompanying orangey smell, but no this one is lovely and minty and the sign which accompanied the product told me it would relieve all my stresses and strains.
There is nothing quite like a nice hot bath to relax into after a hard days graft at the office (I am still at work and will be until quite late tonight) or a menacing days cleaning. For me, Lush do it every time - make me relax that is!
When using this product it is suggested by Lush suggest you crumble the bubble bar slice under a running tap water, so like any other Lush addict I got my bright orange 'Marathon' and did just as I was told to do. So once the tap is running at a nice warm temperature or in my case really warm because I like hot steamy baths, you simply get your Bubble Bar and start to crumble it into the water. You can actually break the bar into two pieces and have double the pleasure.
I did find that once this product had been held under the running tap for ten seconds it crumbles with ease. When I began to crumble it, the first thing I noticed was that it felt like wet sand in my hands, which simply slipped through my fingers into the hot water below. Once you have crumbled your bar into the warm water any larger blobs begin to fizz away on their own, and I still find it totally fascinating to watch as my clear bath water instantly turned into a bright orange colour. The fizzing is due to the fact the main ingredient in all Bubble Bar Slices is Sodium Bicarbonate.
Once the Bubble Bath Slice was nicely crumbled I was ready to get into my bubble filled bath. The Marathon does give off a divine minty smell that I was promised I would get, which filled the bathroom, like with most products, I always smell it before I buy it or use it just to ensure that I will actually like it and as this smelt so delicious, almost good enough to eat I couldn't wait to get into my bath.
I did mention earlier that when you crumble this product it felt like wet sand, surprisingly there was not one grainy piece of Bubble slice lurking on the bottom, it had completely dissolved. One other thing I also noticed was that the smell lingered for a good few hours after my bath, and the wonderful aroma filled the house beautifully.
Now you can always have double the pleasure with this product by breaking it in half so you can use it in two baths. I did this and it still produced copious amounts of bubbles.
So what is in this Lush Marathon to bring about a wonderful aroma? Firstly there is Cinnamon Leaf Oil which has great aromatherapy values in that it helps fight exhaustion and the feeling of weakness and depression, Peppermint Oil which brings about the minty aroma that I have mentioned previously and peppermint oil has a variety of uses ranging from the Improvement of circulation and its aroma has an uplifting effect on the brain, so to increase alertness (something I definitely need after a hard day in the office), Witch Hazel Extract which again has numerous uses and again they range from facial care to soothing aching feet and finally Aloe Vera Gel which is usually used in facial products to cleanse the skin of impurities and the build up of bacteria and in this case it used as a moisturiser for the skin which is one of its many qualities.
Again with Lush products I always find there is an ingredient used that often leaves me wondering what an earth it is used for within a particular product and in this case it is Mustard oil. It turns out that again Mustard Oil is a versatile ingredient and has many uses which again include colds, chills, coughs, chilblains, rheumatism, arthritis, lumbago, and aches and pains and in this case it is used to relieve aches and stiff muscles.
As with all Lush products, do remember to check the Lush website for a whole list of ingredients should you feel it is necessary. I always check before I buy just incase there is something used that I am allergic to.
So how did this Lush product affect my skin? My skin was left feeling totally moisturised after my lovely comforting and relaxing Lush Marathon bath, it was a lot softer than it would have been after using my usual Sanex or Carex bath creams. I also have extremely sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use, for example I am allergic to The Body Shop shower creams and gels, but with Lush I haven't had any problems whatsoever, so that means I can now become a Lush addict and try everything.
So would I recommend this product? I absolutely would without a shadow of a doubt. This product did refresh and relax me as I was told it would do, it smells beautiful and it didnt leave any marks on my bath after using.
Also as someone with super sensitive skin I would also suggest their products, but I would advise you to go onto their website and check the ingredients used, they are listed under each product so it is easy to find out. Ive already been on the Lush website to decide what to try next after my birthday package runs out so watch this space
Lush packaging on single objects is relatively simple, they are wrapped tightly in some see-through packaging and upon opening, the first thing you notice is the smell
If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website.
Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols.
Lush first officially launched their products in 1995, although they had been around for many years previous and their name was decided upon in a competition after many years of working under the name 'Cosmetics to go' as a mail order company and so to Poole in Dorset the firm grew and became globally known.
The one thing that I found really interesting when I read up about Lush as a company is that in most of their products they use real Jasmine Absolute Perfume, which I am told it is more expensive than gold, yet Lush products are sold at affordable prices so that the everyday person can treat themselves to such luxuries.
The best bar to use for people who run many miles a day as it relieves any aches and pains in the muscles / A great substitute for those people who used to use Fizzy O'Therapy bath bomb /