Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Superstar Bubble Bar
Lush Superstar Bubble Bar
Member Name: zombieflesh
Lush Superstar Bubble Bar
Date: 17/02/12, updated on 17/02/12 (76 review reads)
Advantages: nice bright colour, bubbly, gently moisturising
Disadvantages: the scent doesn't seem right and is not my cup of tea
I love Lush's bubble bars and their bath items are my favourite treats. Superstar is one of the Christmas range bubble bars which was released winter 2011 and can be bought from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. I was lucky enough to receive one in my box of Lush goodies underneath the Christmas tree last December!
Product description: "A strawberry bath to make you feel really special. This is a bubble bar for those times when you just want to remind yourself that there ain't no one out there better than you! Also hidden inside that lovely strawberry fragrance are angelica root, black pepper and celery seed oils - all used in traditional medicine to combat stress, exhaustion and depression. We've put them in here so that whilst the strawberry gives you cheer, the other oils will clear your thoughts, lift your spirits and boost your confidence."
Bubble bars are a really original idea for a bath product. It's a solid bar and feels totally unlike most other bath products. The idea is that you use chunks of it in your bath water and it creates the same effect as a regular bubble bath. Because of its nature the product requires no packaging and is extremely environmentally friendly, just pop it into a recycled paper bag and then re-use or recycle it again once you've finished.
It's important that you use this product correctly, so here are some tips on how to get the most out of your bath. To start with, keep the product dry at all times to preserve it's solid state. I usually store my Lush things in their little yellow paper bags in a box in my bedroom wardrobe, so that the steam and dampness from the bathroom doesn't affect them. When you are ready to use it, with dry hands break off a section of the bar. Lush usually recommend that you use a third of the bar per bath, and that's how I split this one up so I had three bubbly baths from the one bubble bar. Start running the taps and crumble the bubble bar section under the hot running water. Make sure you break down the little lumps and help it to dissolve properly. To get an extra frothy bath, run the water through your shower head and the bubbles grow out of control! Once the crumbled bits of bar have disappeared you will have a gorgeous bath full of bubbles waiting for you. It is quite soft and breaks up easily when you crush it in your hands, so you don't need to use too much force.
Superstar is a really nice and festive looking bubble bar. It appears from the photo above that it is available in two different colour options, but I received the one with the red outer section and the yellow star. This may make a difference when it comes to changing the colour of the bath water, and I'm glad I got the red one as yellow bath water is pretty uninviting! It looks almost like a super-sized stick of rock with the cute little star in the centre of the bubble bar. It is round and flat which made it very easy to break into sections and it crumbled up nicely without having to apply much pressure at all.
This bubble bar is nice and moist so it crumbles easily and breaks into small particles that dissolve easily. Even though I was using only a third of the entire bar per bath, it still made the bath water turn a lovely bright red colour which was fun. This is a lovely bubbly product which created tons of soft frothy bubbles. Some of them did start to fade away quite quickly, but there was still a fair amount of bubbles left by the time I had finished soaking.
The scent is not at all what I had expected as I was led to believe from the description that it would have a sweet strawberry scent. Lush have made plenty of other strawberry products over the years, including another Christmas themed item, Strawberry Santa shower jelly. The Strawberry Santa scent was gorgeous, very much like strawberry jelly and ice cream with a sweet strawberry and vanilla fragrance, and I had really hoped that it would be like this! Unfortunately for me, I couldn't pick out even the slightest hint of strawberries, and instead it seemed more like the tangy fruity smell of oranges, with a sickly hint of stuffy florals. It was certainly closer to a citrus type scent with a spicy edge to it that was quite harsh. This was quite a strong fragrance and was quite overpowering rather than the sweet and light scent that I had expected. I would liken it to the scent of Lush's Karma range which I am not particularly keen on either, and I was disappointed that the fragrance didn't seem right for this product.
One thing that I love about using Lush bubble bars is that they seem to have a good effect on my skin as well as producing lovely fluffy bubbles. This bubble bar was gentle on my skin and felt quite soothing as I was soaking in the bath. Although I didn't get the intensive nourishment that some of Lush's other products provide, it managed to leave my skin feeling lightly moisturised afterwards.
Superstar performs well in most areas as it is moisturising, packed full of bright colour that makes the bath water look much more interesting, and produces a nice amount of bubbles. However, I just can't get around the fact that it didn't smell right and the scent was very off-putting for me as it is not the sort of thing that I would usually choose for myself. I would recommend it to other Lush fans but with a warning that it does smell a bit funny!
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Geranium Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Celery Seed Oil, *Limonene, *Linalool, Gardenia Extract, Colour 14700, Colour 45350.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
If you like this Lush product then you may also enjoy...
+ Strawberry Santa shower jelly
+ Karma bubble bar
+ Bearded Lady bubble bar
Summary: Mostly good but the scent puts me off, there are other Lush fragrances that I prefer over this one.