I’m a huge fan of the store Lush, and I am trying to sample every product that they make. This includes limited edition products as well as the permanent range. Lush often release special products for events throughout the year, including Easter.
The Brightside Bubble Bar first came out last Easter, and obviously proved popular as Lush have brought it back this year. It is slightly pricey at GBP4.25, but it is the same size (and shape, and design) as the Comforter and Blue Skies & Fluffy White Clouds bubble bars. These are larger than normal bubble bars, and you can get at least 4 baths from them.
The design is a swirl of dark and light orange, onto a circular bubble bar. You can break or cut a bit of the bar off to use it in your bath. It’s attractive, bright and sunny – perfect for welcoming in the warmer weather. The scent matches too – described as the ‘triple orange’ fragrance, it is light and citrusy, consisting of Sicilian mandarin oil, tangerine oil and bergamot oil – all uplifting, citrusy, pleasant scents.
The bar is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar. It does contain sodium laureth sulfate, which can cause skin irritation in some people, so it’s worth being aware of this.
When I use this, I use a quarter of the bar, crumbling it under running water into my bath. When I’m ready to get in, there is a huge mound of creamy white bubbles and the water is a lovely orange shade. The citrus smell is lovely and inviting.
In the bath, the water feels silky-soft and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. The bubbles last ages and so does the scent. It’s a lovely uplifting bath. After getting out, my skin feels soft and isn’t dried out although I do still have to apply moisturiser. The scent lasts a couple of hours too, although it is fainter.
I love this product and I’m glad it’s back this year. It’s refreshing and uplifting, a lovely luxurious bath experience. Recommended!
Recently I've begun to spend some of my dooyoo money on Lush products because seeing as dooyoo is 80% Lush reviews I began to wonder what I was missing out on lol. I went to the store and looked around and something that caught my eye was this very bright, very colourful bubble bar and so decided to purchase it. This was a few months ago and I've since learnt that Lush do not always continue the new products they come out with, but having tried this now I sincerely hope they do.
The first thing I was aware of when handling the bubble bar was the smell. It has a very citric scent, one that reminds me of the drink Fanta. Its colour is also very reminscent of this, as is the huge fizziness that the bar produces when you set it down in the bath. The pattern of the bar is a swirling darker orange and yellow-y coloured pattern that looks almost appetising (as do many Lush products) and this is what originally made it most appealing to me. The bar is quite chunky and I was glad you got such a large size as it did shrink in the water quite quickly. However that said, I did still feel like I got a reasonable amount from the product and my money was well spent. You could snap the product in two and so this would leave you with two very decent sized portions for two full baths, but instead I rationed it a bit more to ensure the product lasted longer and I got a lot more out of the product. Even when using less I still felt I got the very bright, strong fragrance from the bar.
Never having used a bubble bar before and being more familiar with bubble bath products in a bottle, I was a little dumbfounded when using this the first time round. Setting it in the bath and leaving it while the water ran took a bit longer than I'd want to wait, and so I decided to push the bar near to the tap end. This was much quicker at producing the bubbles from the bar, but even more effective was just holding it right up to the faucet. Before entering the bath for the first time with this, I swooshed my hand around and was suprised at how creamy the water felt. This was pleasing as I was assured the bar had done its job even though I hadn't been overzealous in the amount I'd decided to use.
The Lush website lists the 'featured ingredient' as Tangerine Oil. They say that this (and mandarin oil) stem from the fruits of the Citrus reticulata tree. They explain the tangerine oil is extracted from the plants peel. I like the transparency you get with Lush where they are able to tell you exactly how they produced the product and what's in it. Other ingredients include: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Tangerine Oil, Bergamot Oil, Perfume, *Limonene, Gardenia Extract, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15510. Some are natural, some are synthetic, but they claim they are still safe regardless and highlight the difference.
Its safe to say that my exploration into Lush starting with this product was a success. I'd like to be able to purchase it again, although the online store says it is unavailable so I only have to hope its made available again soon. It made my baths really refreshing, and for someone who more commonly has very quick showers, it was nice to have a much more refreshing, rejuvinating option to relax with in a glorious scented bath. It cost me around the £4 mark (I'm not sure exactly as I made three purchases on the day totalling around £15) which I think is very reasonable for something I got reaosonable usage out of. I'm unsure if I really want to spend this much regularly as I don't have the funds, but it makes for a nice treat and something to ration some of my dooyoo funds on.
Last night I celebrated the end of my first week of my new job with a lovely, cheery bath. It was a double celebration: the Brightside - one of the few Lush limited editions I've been excited about enough to actually ask the company to make it permanent! - was one of the company's Easter limited editions, meaning it's no longer being produced, and out of stock both online and in my local store. However, after finding a stash in another store, I was able to crumble a good chunk of my now less-dwindling supply into hot running water, and lean back with a glass (of water!) and a big smile on my face :)
Orange is one of my favourite 'happy' scents, and Lush has dubbed this bubble bar the 'triple orange'. Along with citrusy bergamot, this has mandarin and tangerine oils - perhaps the third orange is actually the bright colour, swirls of cheery orange and yellow which turned my bath water a deep shade. I absolutely LOVE it - I've had glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice that were less tang-full of orangey goodness scent, and it's something I find amazingly uplifting - just what I needed last night! :)
Okay, back to the beginning. The Brightside is the same size, shape and swirly design (in different colours) as the Comforter bar, if you've seen that. Larger than most of Lush's bubble bars, it's easy to get four generous baths out of a Brightside (compared with two from the smaller bars, normally).
The bar itself is soft enough to easily crumble under the running water, and for once I'm not disappointed in the scent. Okay, it's more concentrated in the bar but even diluted in the bath water it's plenty to keep my nose happy.
Even using just a quarter of the bar gave me lots and lots of soft bubbles. The water is also 'softened' - I didn't feel any of the oils overtly, but my skin was left smooth and not dried out. Those oils include mandarin, tangerine and bergamot. Sit back - here comes the non-science bit! ;)
Bergamot was one of the first aromatherapy oils I ever tried, and it's known - to practitioners and dabblers like me! - as a very uplifting oil, used to combat anxiety and tension. It's also used to soothe tired muscles. Mandarin is slightly softer than full-out orange oil, and is used to relieve stress and improve circulation, helping relaxation and calm.
Tangerine oil isn't one I've tried separately, and indeed is sometimes lumped together as a form of mandarin. It's used in similar ways, including claims that they can help with stretch marks and digestive disorders.
Whether you believe in aromatherapy or not, I think the combination of these citrus oils give a depth to the orange-y scent. For me, the experience was deeply relaxing, calming and uplifting, from the mix of hot water and a favourite happy-scent. If you don't like orange then - well, avoid this one!
Does it linger? Hmm, not much, alas. I've found the scent fits well for both an evening or (very rare!) luxurious daytime bath: the orange-y aroma is mood-lifting without sending you to sleep, although the 're-setting' of my temperament is a sleep aid in itself! ;)
And so - I declare this to be my new favourite Lush product! :) How unfortunate - and typical - then, that it was a limited edition! Alas, getting hold of these is only getting trickier - do look out for them in any local Lush stores (and stock up!) or otherwise also look out for the limited edition retro on the Lush website, which changes every couple of months or so.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Tangerine Oil, Bergamot Oil, Perfume, *Limonene, Gardenia Extract, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 15510 (*occurs naturally in essential oils)
£4.25, but I got four baths out of that which is pretty good treat-value!
The Brightside is the same size and design as our bestselling Comforter bubble bar. It's extra large, so you can easily break it in two and save the second half for another day.
Everything's bright about this bubble bar, from the swirling orange and red colour to the juicy citrus fragrance. Simon calls this scent 'Triple Orange', and it's easy to see why - close your eyes and you can imagine you're lying in a sunny orange grove (without the danger of falling fruit landing on your head!) If you prefer to keep your eyes wide open, you'll enjoy the sight of vivid orange water and mountains of foamy bubbles.
Brighten my day and bring it back for good, Lush, please!!! :)
This bubble bar from Lush is one of the larger bars available and is the same size as the popular 'Comforter' bubble bar, therefore a bit more pricier than others but you can get a lot more baths out of it. It is priced at £4.25 and on the Lush website they recommend that you snap this in half to get two uses out of it. However, the staff in store state you can get several uses out of it and not just two, and I certainly did!
This bubble bar has citrus scents to it and smells very much of oranges. I am a huge fan of this scent and so this is one of my favourites from Lush now. As soon as I picked it up and smelt it in the lush store I had to buy it because the scent was so strong, and it is just as strong when you use it too. This was only available for a short time from Lush but I am hoping they will bring it back, as they often do with their products when they turn out a success.
To use you simply snap a bit of this bubble bar off and crumble under the hot running water and then leave the bath to run as normal. I found snapping this a struggle though, it doesn't snap as easily as the other bubble bars and so I actually had to get a knife to cut parts of when I wanted to use some. It still worked just as well as expected though when it eventually crumbled under the water, and a little goes a long way. I got 6 baths out of this bubble bar and all 6 had mountains of bubbles and the orange scent was very detectable too. I probably could have gotten a few more baths out of this if I had used smaller pieces, but I don't think the scent would have been very strong and so it would have been a waste, as the scent is one of the main things I love about this bubble bar, that and all of the bubbles! The bubbles last for ages too and don't go easily like other cheaper bubble baths do, say as soon as a bit of soap hits the water. The bubbles last for so long it makes me never want to get out the bath!
If Lush bring this 'Brightside' bubble bar back then I will definitely be purchasing it again. If you are a fan of citrus scents then you will love this one.
Another great bubble bar from Lush, and definitely one of my favourites now!
Lush Brightside Bubble bar
Yes okay, I know another Lush review but they do have such great products and I am gradually working my way through their entire range including rare and forgotten ones and all the new ones. It is quite an expensive hobby but I am helped a lot by my lovely friends in the shop in Derby who are so generous with the samples.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Everything's bright about this bubble bar, from the swirling orange and red colour to the juicy citrus fragrance. Simon calls this scent 'Triple Orange', and it's easy to see why - close your eyes and you can imagine you're lying in a sunny orange grove (without the danger of falling fruit landing on your head!) If you prefer to keep your eyes wide open, you'll enjoy the sight of vivid orange water and mountains of foamy bubbles."
A with most Lush products this has no packaging and you can have it in one of the compostable paper bags from Lush or just take it as is in your own bag. Even through the bag you can smell it lovely fresh tangerine sort of orange scent.
BRINGING YOUR BUBBLE BAR HOME
I always put mine in my clothes drawers as they make my clothes smell lovely and the cent doesn't fade because they are the cool and dark.
My Sister puts hers in a basket in her bathroom which makes her bathroom smell wonderful but does mean that their scent fades and so she uses them reasonably quickly after buying, certainly within a month to get the best smell still.
WHAT IS BRIGHTSIDE?
This is a huge lump of bubble bar a sort of 2" thick flat cake shape and it feels pretty heavy. It I full of orange. It won't win any beauty competitions but it is simple and solid and smells just as you might imagine when looking at it.
This bubble bar is indeed bright orange and yellow and the colours swirl a bit like a comforter bar or the fluffy clouds one only in orange and yellow rather than pink and white or blue and white. It is the same size as those two bubble bars as well so a pretty big bubble bar. It costs around the same as those two around £4.25 to £4.50 I think.
This one was so big that I got about seven or eight baths from it. I broke off lumps and held the bits under the tap as it was filling rather than crumbling it into the water. This gave me plenty of lovely orange smelling bubbles and a bath full of bright tangerine coloured water.
USING THIS IN THE BATH
The idea with bubble bars is that you break the amount off that you want to use and then crumble it under the warm water as your bath is filling. A I aid with this one I held the lump under the running tap until it dissolved as it was quite hard. I then swish my bath water around a bit to create a few more bubbles. If you have a spa bath or Jacuzzi bath then a very small lump will give you plenty of bubbles I discovered when we had Jacuzzi baths in various hotel.
Being a bright orange colour means that the bath water becomes a beautiful bright orange colour and the smell is just lovely; a fresh orange or tangerine sort of smell. It is not heady like Karma but more fresh and uplifting and very fruity aroma.
The water feels lovely and soft and creamy and the bubbles lovely and creamy too. The scent is very strong in the bath but not too overwhelming as it is quite fresh. It lingered for some time in the room and went right down the stairs and also into our bedroom and it also stayed on my skin after I was dry. It left my skin feeling soft and smelling fruity orange like.
WHAT IS IN THIS BUBBLE BAR?
Well we have sodium bicarbonate which gives the water the creamy soft feel as does the cream of tartar and the two combine to give a bit of a fizz as the bubble bar dissolves in the bath.
Sicilian Mandarin Oil smells wonderfully clean and zesty and is supposed to inspire positive energy and also lift the mood and help restore equilibrium.
Tangerine Oil like other citrus oils is known for its refreshing and rejuvenating characteristics. The scent helps clears the mind.
Bergamot Oil is one of my favourites and has a light uplifting fruity and sweet aroma that also has a hint of floral too and is great for helping relaxation and helping to calm and reduce stress.
Gardenia Extract adds the beautiful floral warmth to this bar.
Sadly they also have, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and, Lauryl Betaine both of which have dubious benefits and some believe they cause eczema and other allergies so if you suffer from allergic reaction then check if these cause the problem.
I absolutely LOVE this bubble bar and even though it is a bit more expensive than some other I got about 7 or 8 baths from this whereas I usually get only 3 or 4 from the smaller bars so this actually works out better value. It smells wonderfully orange like and the bath water is bright tangerine too with the bubbles being nice and creamy and plentiful. My skin feels soft and smell nice too after my bath which I like.
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