Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Just pop this in the bath and relax!
Lush Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar
Member Name: jo1976
Lush Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar
Date: 16/12/08, updated on 27/06/13 (103 review reads)
Advantages: Pleasant fragrance, enough for two or more baths, lots of bubbles, calming
Disadvantages: Not the strongest of fragrances, not very moisturising
I couldn't decide which product to review this evening, so I decided to have a soak in the bath and wait for inspiration to strike! I chose one of the Lush products given to me for my birthday by my six year old son. It was only when I checked the label after getting out of the bath that I realised I'd popped a 'Pop in the Bath Bubble Bar' in the bath. I suspect my son chose this one because of the bright green colour and the bright pink flower on top. (He does like pink although he has now realised that it isn't a wise thing to admit this in front of his Year One classmates!)
Pop in the Bath is one of Lush's range of bubble bars which is essentially solidified bubble bath, compressed into a bar shape. To use it, you just crumble under running bath water to produce lots of lovely bubbles. It has a similar appearance and texture to slightly dried out Playdough and is easy to crumble up. Having learned my lesson from a previous bubble bar, I split this one in half and only crumbled half of the bar into my bath. (A bubble bar is much easier to seperate than a bath bomb so this wasn't too messy a process.) I also added the cute little flower as it seemed cruel to attempt to split that! Even only using half the bar, it created masses of fluffy, foamy bubbles and the bonus is that it leaves me with the same again for another relaxing soak.
I hadn't read the description for this bar before using it and as I lay there, I tried my hardest to try and identify the smell so that I could later accurately review it. (Yes - I really am that sad!) The only problem is that I couldn't identify any distinct fragrances and I'm not sure how I'd describe it really. 'Nice' just doesn't really do the bar justice! It's certainly not the strongest smelling Lush product out there, but the fragrance has lingered in the bathroom long after the bath and I can still detect it on my skin. It's got a pleasant moreish quality to it, where I keep having to sniff at my own arm as I catch a faint whiff, but it's not strong enough to clash with any other products or perfumes you might want to use. My skin didn't feel particularly moisturised after the bath but I don't think you'd use a bubble bar for that purpose, generally. One of Lush's bath melts might be a better option if you're looking for a bath product to moisturise your skin at the same time.
Again, as I hadn't read the description before using this bar, I didn't have any preconceptions about how this particular bubble bar was supposed to make me feel. (For anybody unfamiliar with Lush products, they tend to contain a combination of essential oils especially selected to have a particular effect on the user.) I tried to decide how I felt as I was drying myself but I didn't feel anything particularly strongly. Before I got in the bath I was feeling really tired but I didn't feel particularly sleepy or even drowsy after bathing in this product. I was just aware that I felt very calm, peaceful and settled. I certainly wasn't bristling with energy but I wasn't desperate for my bed either. Having now read the description on the Lush website, this is supposed to be 'a calming but inspiring bergamot, lemon and mandarin bath.' It is also allegedly inspired by Mary Poppins, although I didn't feel much like singing whilst waving an umbrella about, personally! I do agree with the 'calming' claims of the bar, though, and would recommend this for those occasions when you want a relaxing, peaceful soak but don't necessarily want to go straight off to bed afterwards.
I would consider buying bubble bar again as it is reasonably economical (as far as Lush products go) and I liked the fragrance and the effects. I've also discovered that it comes in different colour combinations, so I'm tempted to try some different colours to see which is the prettiest! Pop in the Bath is currently available from Lush stores and online at www.lush.co.uk at £2.50 per bar. It easily stretches to two baths (possibly more) and is a pleasant relaxing product that will help to wash away your worries.
Summary: Pop it in the bath!