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I like my bubble bars sunnyside up!
Lush Sunny Side Bubble Bar
Member Name: pink_glitter
Lush Sunny Side Bubble Bar
Advantages: glitter doesn't stick, nice golden lustre in the water
Disadvantages: smell doesn't last, expensive
My fiancé bought me the Lush Sunnyside bubble bar for Christmas. I used it on Boxing Day and didn't intend to review it, however I'm lacking inspiration at the moment, so changed my mind!
I had seen Sunnyside in the shops and online, but the fact it is quite heavily coated in glitter always put me off. Don't get me wrong I like a bit of sparkle - in fact I positively encourage it in some areas of my life - but I generally find it rather irritating in bath products, because once it's on the skin it can be difficult to get off. Still, I was grateful for the thought and appreciated that my fiancé had actually entered a Lush shop, which is something he normally refuses to do on account of the overpowering smell, which he claims hurts his nose. I only used this so soon, as apparently the lady in the Lush shop had done an in-store demo of this product, which my fiancé declared was 'the best thing he'd ever seen' (he's easily impressed), but I still used it with a degree of reluctance since I was back at work on the 27th and didn't want to be coated in glitter.
The concept of a bubble bar, for those not familiar with Lush, is simply that it is solid bubble bath. The idea of this being that it uses less packaging than a liquid version would (this simply comes in a paper bag). This particular bubble bar is round and flat, a lot like a lump of play-doh, and as mentioned is topped with a generous coating of golden glitter.
To use, you can break the bar into two or three pieces to make it more economical, or do as I did and put the whole thing in. You need to crumble it under running water and I found it broke down pretty easily, although I did need to rinse my hand under the tap as the entire palm of my hand was thick with glitter! Very quickly the bar dissolves and begins to foam up, creating lots of thick fluffy bubbles on the surface of the water. More impressive than the bubbles though, was the colour that the water changed to. It took on a gold lustre and it was almost as though golden swirls of shimmer were suspended beneath the surface of the water. As you can tell, I can't quite articulate just how good it looked, but it was certainly a novelty to use and made my bath time a bit more interesting!
The smell of Sunnyside was predominantly citrus, which appealed to me as I generally love anything citrus fragranced. I remember thinking it smelled like a mix of oranges and lemons, so I wasn't particularly surprised to find that it contains sweet wild orange oil, lemon oil and tangerine oil (good for stretchmarks I'm told!) in amongst the ingredients. I found it quite an uplifting scent and the fragrance combined with the glitter would make it ideal for use before a night out. Unfortunately, whilst the scent was rather strong when the product was dry in the paper bag, once in the water the fragrance only seemed to last around five minutes and then I couldn't really smell it any longer.
As well as turning the water golden, the bubble bar also gave the bath a slightly oily feeling, but this was more a luxurious silky feeling, rather than being a greasy, slippery oil. On getting out of the bath I found that my skin felt really soft, lightly moisturised and with a slightly satin type feel to it - as though I had just applied an expensive talcum powder. Also, I was extremely pleased to find that I didn't have any glitter stuck to my skin, although there was a trail of it on the base of the bath once I got out. I didn't notice any trace of the scent on my skin, which was slightly disappointing, although not particularly surprising given that the scent had seemed to disappear when in the water.
A 100g bar of Sunnyside costs £3.40 from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk. I must admit I do find that to be rather high given that this is one of the smaller bars and I don't think I would have paid that myself. Still, I was pleased to have the chance to try it and it does make a nice and reasonably inexpensive gift.
Overall, I was quite pleased with Sunnyside, although also disappointed that the scent didn't stick around for long. By far the best thing about it was the way it made the water look - it's certainly very luxurious and decadent, but I do feel it's rather pricey for something you will only get two or three baths from at most, so in all honesty whilst I would be happy to use it again if received as a gift, I probably would not purchase it again for myself.
Summary: a shimmering, shining, luxury bath