“ Brand: Lush / Foam / Type: Bubble Bar / Subcategory: Bath Melt / Bath Foam „
I love Lush and am gradually trying to work my way through their entire bath range. The store produces bath melts, which soften the bath water; bath ballistics, which fizz away releasing scent and colour; and bubble bars, which as the name suggests create lots of lovely bubbles in the bath. I made an order from the Retro range and chose a number of bubble bars, among them Playdoze.
Playdoze was originally designed for children, and you can tell - it's luminous lime green in colour, and is shaped like a lump of Playdoh. The bar is scented with lavender and ylang ylang, and is suitable for vegans. The ingredients, particularly lavender, and the name of the product suggest that it is designed to help you get to sleep.
I decided to put the bar to the test one night last week. As usual with Lush bubble bars, I cut the bar in two so that I could get two baths out of it - I know from experience that half a bar will be plenty. As I was crumbling the bar into the running water, I noticed that my hands were turning a slightly luminous green! I was able to wash this off easily, but I'm sure kids would have lots of fun with this!
I was somewhat relieved to notice that when the bath had run and I had got in, the water was not glowing, in fact it had hardly changed colour at all. I didn't particularly fancy turning green although young children might be disappointed! There were loads of bubbles and the lavender and ylang ylang smelled calming and soothing.
I enjoyed my bath especially as the bubbles lasted for ages. The water felt very soft too, which is something I find with a lot of Lush bubble bars. When I got out of the bath, I found my skin felt soft although I still needed to apply moisturiser. My sensitive skin wasn't irritated at all.
Overall I enjoyed using this bubble bar and found it to be very calming and relaxing before bed. I had no trouble getting to sleep that night. It would be a good replacement for the discontinued bubble bar Bathos as it promotes restful sleep. However it's a shame the water doesn't change colour, and the brightness of the bar makes it more suitable for children. It's nice but there are other bars I prefer.
The bar is available online from the Lush Retro range, priced at £2.85 which is normal for bubble bars.
Lush Play Doze Bubble Bar Slices
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Foam
If you don't usually shop at Lush then you may be unsure who they are or what they do, so it is worth knowing that they make hand made cosmetics products from only natural ingredients. Lush also 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 heaps of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on the website, along with products and ingredients. You can also shop online and also locate your nearest store. The website will also allow you to buy items from their "Retro" range, which is basically products from the past that customers still want to buy. There isn't room in the shops for them but you can still buy them online.
If you haven't tried a bubble bar before then you might wonder what they actually are. Bubble bars are solid bars designed to be crumbled into your bath under warm running water where they transform into heaps of light and fluffy bubbles and release their gorgeous fragrance to scent the water (And usually the whole bathroom too!) Some also colour the water and one bubble bar will usually give you two or even three baths worth of bubbles - though this does depend on how frugal or decadent you are feeling!)
This 100g bubble bar will cost you £2.85 and is suitable for vegans. It is part of the Lush Retro range (available online).
The first thing you will notice is that this bubble bar turns the water a bright yellow colour, you will also find that this one gives you loads and loads of fluffy bubbles which last for ages. Lush claim that this bubble bar is great for helping wide awake kids feel sleepy, and they will certainly love the coloured water!
The fragrance is quite herbal with lavender and ylang ylang and undertones of fennel. It isn't nearly as sweet as some of the bubble bars, and smells quite refreshing. If I am being honest, I don't think it makes me sleepy but it does leave me feeling wonderfully relaxed and chilled out.
You might be a little put off by the slightly garish exterior of this bubble bar but the fragrance is actually very soothing and you will want to linger for as long as possible while bathing. This is one for those candle lit baths with a nice glass of wine in my opinion and great for men and women as it isn't too feminine. If you haven't tried these before, get online and treat yourself, and don't worry, the yellow water doesn't stain skin or clothes!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Cocamide DEA, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), *Benzyl Salicylate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 59040}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
So far I've been a little disappointed with my Retro Lush purchases - products which were discontinued in store but brought back by popular demand to the website. Of the ones I've tried, I've really been able to see why they didn't sell well. Despite vowing to stop wasting my money with this little retro experiments, I decided to give it one last try with Playdoze, because it is a product I thought I could really benefit from.
I work really weird hours. Sometimes I start at 7am, sometimes 3pm, and as such my sleep pattern can get a bit messed up. I've fallen into the horrible habit of staying up half the night no matter what time I'm working the next day, and as a result am grumpy and tired in the morning. I needed something to relax me into thinking that maybe, just maybe, I would go to bed at a reasonable hour. I needed to be lulled to sleep. I needed Playdoze.
Yes, the relaxing lavender oil is supposed to be work wonders in helping you drift off to sleep, but if I'm honest it was the appearance of Playdoze that intrigued me. It's seriously BRIGHT. And it does look like a roll of Playdough. There the similarities end as it's extremely solid and you really could not create any artistic masterpieces with it. Oh well.
Playdoze is one of Lush's bubble bars, a solid chunk of bubble bath which, when crumbled under running water, produces masses and masses of bubbles. I prefer to shave bits off using an old butter knife, as it makes the bars last much longer than the 1-2 uses Lush recommend.
I tend to add the shavings of bubble bar before I turn on the water, and I was delighted when the bath started to fill with neon, highlighter-yellow water. Because I don't use the whole bar, have a huge bath and like to fill it deep, this did fade and lighten once the bath was full, but it was fun while it lasted! As always there were masses of bubbles which lasted the whole bath.
I wasn't bowled over by the smell, lavender to me = old ladies. And I'm 23, so I think I can still smell fun, thankyouverymuch. But I didn't buy this for the scent, I bought it for its magical sleep-inducing qualities, and the smell isn't bad as such. In fact, after a while in the tub I did start to appreciate it. However, due to its looks and name, the bar appears to be great for kids, and I'm not sure they would appreciate this smell.
But did it work? Well, I tried so hard to be good. I had a relaxing bath at about 8.30, dried my hair and planned to retire to bed with a book. Which I did, but I was still WIDE AWAKE. At something like 11.30 I finally stopped reading and tried to sleep, but did lie awake a while.
I don't at all blame Playdoze for my sleeplessness. I've got into a horrible routine and my body just didn't think it was time to go to bed. The bubble bar did relax me, and I did go to bed early, even if I didn't fall asleep. I do intend to keep using the bar once I have forced myself into a better sleep schedule and I think I will see better results.
The bar cost £2.45 and this should last at most four baths, but if like me you get carried away with watching the water turn bright yellow, call it more like two or three. It managed to be fun and relaxing all at once, and yes, my faith in Retro Lush is restored. You can buy the bar online at lush.co.uk in the Retro section.
Playdoze was a Lush bubble bar I always wanted to try when it was in the shops a few years ago - mainly because of its name and its bright colour! Unfortunately it was discontinued so I never got the chance, but now that Lush have brought back many of their discontinued products to purchase online from their Retro range, I finally got my chance to try it when I ordered one recently.
The bubble bar is a fluorescent yellow colour (as I'm sure you can see from the picture) and rolled into a tube. I must admit, it is slightly reminiscent of a lump of play doh, but then many of the Lush bubble bar slices are, as they are made by hand.
A bubble bar, in case you're not familiar, is bubble bath in the form of a solid bar, which when crumbled under the water will release lots of bubbles, fragrance the water, and in many cases colour it too.
The Playdoze contains Fennel Oil (soothing and cleansing), Lavender Oil (relaxing and has sleep inducing properties) and Ylang Ylang Oil (good for oily skin). At first I was not keen on the smell of this product. I thought it had quite an unusual smell, but I must admit it has grown on me a lot.
The lavender is the predominant fragrance, but there is also a slight sharpness and herbal type smell there, perhaps from the fennel. I am not a huge fan of lavender, but this is quite a muted fragrance, therefore I can put up with it.
I chose to use this before bed. As the 'doze' part of playdoze's name indicates, the ingredients in this make it great to get you off to sleep.
The bar crumbled easily into the bath water, turning it a very bright shade of yellow. The more water ran into the bath, the more the water seemed to change to a greeny shade though. I only used half of the bar, yet still it created lots of bubbles, and I notice that the bubbles you get with a Lush bubble bar always last the entire duration of my bath, unlike those you get from cheap liquid bubble baths.
With the other Lush bubble bars I have tried, I can nearly always feel a change in the water. It usually feels quite silky and luxurious when you get in, but strangely this was not the case with this particular one. Perhaps it's because I only used half?
The smell was quite strong, again mainly the lavender was detectable. It was pleasant though, and like I said, I did warm to the scent quite a bit.
I must say, this bath was very relaxing, and I do agree that it helps you to go to sleep, as I felt almost too tired to climb out of the bath when I used this!
The bar left my skin feeling soft with a slight trace of the scent on my skin after using it.
A playdoze bubble bar will cost £2.50 for a 100g bar, and as it is from the Lush Retro range it can only be purchased online at www.lush.co.uk
Overall, I liked this more than I expected I would. The Lush website seems to suggest this one is mainly aimed at children, probably because of it's colour, and I can imagine it would add a new element of fun to a child's bath time. Despite not being keen on the scent to start with, it did grow on me, and it's not too overpowering. It left my skin soft and definitely made me feel sleepy! I will definitely consider buying this one again with my next online order.
It was the Doze part of the name that first led me to pick up a Play Doze bubble bar. I've made a bit of a name for myself as a total insomniac and am always on the prowl for some miracle cure, something that I can add to my nightly bath that will chill me out enough for me to get to sleep. You see, it's the actual dropping off that's a struggle for me. Once I'm asleep I'll stay asleep all night but my brain has trouble switching off and I've been known to stay awake for two days and nights on the trot when sleep has eluded me completely. I was impressed with the soothing abilities of Lush's Hot Milk so thought I'd try something else from the range. Enter Play Doze. What swayed me was the fact that this bubble bar incorporates Lavender and Ylang Ylang essential oils, both known for their calming and soothing influence.
True to it's name, this bubble bar looks just like a roll of fluorescent green play dough and taking it out of it's little bag I can smell a very strong lavender scent. Hmmm, I've gone from highly excited that this might help with my insomnia to a bit daunted by the fact that I might step out of the bath smelling like my nan...
This is possibly one of the more basic bubble bars in the Lush range. For a start it's just one colour with no bits of seaweed or dried marigold or anything like that, and the smell is just so plain. Plain in the nicest possible way of course, what I mean is there's no undertones of anything really. In it's dry state all it smells of is lavender, not a hint of the highly floral scent of ylang ylang. Let's see what it's like when dumped in the bath.
OK, I've run my bath making sure to give it a good rinse with the shower first as any residue of soap in the bath will hamper all attempts at creating masses of bubbles with my bar. I'm a bit of a tightwad and hate to use a full bubble bar for one bath and Play Doze is definitely one of the easiest bars to regulate the use of. Simply crumble a small amount from the roll under running water and keep on crumbling until you have enough bubbles to satisfy you. I can usually get three baths from one Play Doze bar, although if I'm feeling particularly stressed out I'll use a full one to get the full benefit of the relaxing oils used in its creation.
A third of the bar is easily enough to give you a bath absolutely filled to the brim with bubbles, pushing some of the bubbles aside I see the bath water has turned a gorgeous light green and the air around the bath is filled with a beautiful scent of lavender. Oddly I can still not sense any of the usually pretty pungent scent of ylang ylang but it still smells good enough for me to jump into, so I do!
The bubbles produced by a Lush bubble bar are like no other. When I lie back in the bath I can feel the bubbles pushing out of my way rather than just disolving into the water, it's more of a tightly packed foam than a bath full of bubbles that burst with any sort of contact. I use the bubbles themselves to clean myself and trailing Play Doze bubbles over my skin is a wonderful sensation, I actually do feel more relaxed than I did when I stepped into the bath. As I lie there, book in one hand and fag in the other, I can suddenly smell more than lavender. Whether it's the heat of the water or simply the fact that I've got used to the smell of the lavender, I can now definitely detect the sweet aroma of ylang ylang. The actual steam coming from the water (I do like a hot bath...) smells beautifully floral, it's like the ylang ylang has neutralised the lavender scent and the two key ingredients are working together to create a sort of bouquet aroma. In Lush I'll usually opt for the fruity scents when choosing my bubble bars but with Play Doze I'm so glad I went for the floral option.
The cleaning abilities of Play Doze are second to none. My skin felt sparkly clean when I finally used up all the hot water in the tank and got out, the usually dry skin on my body felt moisturised and soft and I had no itching at all once I'd dried myself. One of the reasons I love a Lush bath so much is because you can literally feel the essential oils as you're lying in the water, rubbing a hand over your skin you can feel a very thin oily film coating your body. Don't worry if you don't like oily baths, the water doesn't go oily and your skin won't feel greasy after you've dried yourself off.
I didn't apply any body lotion after my bath as I wanted to see how I smelt afterwards, however good a bath it was if I ponged like my nan afterwards I wouldn't use it again. All I could smell on my freshly dried skin was a vague floral aroma, I could pick out the lavender but it was so subtle that I needn't have worried about adopting the overpowering lavender stink of 80 year old women! I smelt fresh, clean and very subtley perfumed.
So, did I doze afterwards? I went to bed about half an hour later still feeling ultra relaxed after my bath and yes, I fell asleep a lot quicker than usual. I felt chilled out and totally de-stressed, so much so that the following morning I didn't want to get out of bed! Since using Play Doze for the first time I've also used it in my daughters bedtime bath as Lush say this bubble bar is suitable for over 7's. Now I'm not sure how stressed the average 7 year old is likely to be but Charlotte (notoriously difficult at bedtime) felt sleepy enough to go to bed at her normal time with no whinging or getting up to 'go to the toilet' half a dozen times before she finally went to sleep. A small triumph, but a triumph none the less.
Play Doze is now a regular in my bathroom, when I'm in Lush I buy myself a bar and one for Charlotte and we both agree it's one of the best in the range. Costing £1.90 for a 100g bubble bar it's not going to break the bank if you chuck the whole thing in, but if (like me) you can control yourself and use a small piece of the bar each time you'll be saving yourself money to erm... splurge on other Lush bubble bars!
Yep I am writing about Lush again! Sorry, but I can't think of anything else at the moment! My youngest was getting slightly jealous of my array of Lush goodies so on one trip he decided he wanted some too..... this is when I found the Play Doze Bubble Bar. It is made for kids over the age of 7... suppose younger ones might be tempted to drink the water or something! Or it might not be good for their skin... And it is almost flourescent green or maybe its yellow.... very eye catching for a kid and adult alike. Looks like a lump of Play Doh and even better it says it helps the little angel sleep too! So here is me typing on behalf of my son, who is 8. He says... "The reason I like play doze bubble bath is because it helps me sleep and it makes the water a nice colour and the right temperature for me, bubbles make it feel cooler, I mean. And the bubbles last a really long time if you don't smack them or pop them. It smells nice too." There you go! High praise from a little boy! As a Mum I have to agree with him... not sure about the bubble smacking though! Never tried that! It crumbles easily into the water, you don't need a lot to get masses of bubbles, I used about 1/4 of a bar to get a good bath load for him. And less the next times I used it.. got 6 baths out of it in the end, still with loads of bubbles and fragrance everytime. The water turns a sort of greeny yellow colour, and the smell was very relaxing and I wasn't even sitting in the bath! Had to drag myself out the bathroom to let him have his play time in peace. The smell must have something to do with the Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Cardamom oils that are in it, and I was tempted to have some in my own bath, but I would have to get my own bar as he wouldn't let me have any of his! And he checked to make sure I didn't use it either! It might cost a bit more than your average kids bubbl
e bath, but as it did actually help him get to sleep it was worth the £1.90 for the 100g slice. Roughly about 32p a bath. Another bonus was the bath didn't need that much of a clean out after, no tide marks, just a few of the bubbles left after the water had all gone, and the bathroom still smelt nice too. So I will be getting this again.. infact I already have my orders from him to get the next one! He says I can try a bath in it only if I let him have a Ma bar bath... so there isn't much chance of that happening :oP As you may know Lush are known for making natural products and being environmentally friendly, so you know that you aren't letting your child sit in a tonne of chemicals in the bath. They do make a bath ballistic (that's a sort of bath cube) for younger children that also has plenty of lavender in too help the little tykes sleep :o) Play Doze is available from all Lush shops and on-line (for those that can't stand the smell of the shops) at www.lush.com Happy splashing and sleeping Sarah :oP