Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
Newest Review: ... to buy this for myself then it would cost me £4.50 and personally I think this is a lot of money for what would only give me about four ... more
BANDCAMP IN THE BUFF SHOCKER!
Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar
Member Name: bandcamp
Lush The Comforter Bubble Bar
Advantages: 'tis bubble bath, in bar form! Blackcurrant-y!
Disadvantages: you can't stay in the bath longer when the water goes cold, or gets you the day off work - boo!
+ GOOD GOD, NOT ANOTHER LUSH FAN +
'Fraid so, pal. Although it's only really been over the past year that I've began to have a healthy obsession with LUSH. No, I have not been living under a rock throughout my teenage years - for the longest time I hated even walking past the stores because of the pungent smells coming from there, but over time I got used to it and finally ventured in. I've actually been buying the Tea Tree Water toner since I was 18 and used to buy the Coalface cleansing soap (and Buffy the Backside Slayer! Now just named 'Buffy' - boo!), but I started to branch out a little and have been experimenting with other cleansers but especially the bath stuff, even though I've always been a showering-type.
+ I'VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK - WHAT'S LUSH? +
Lush is a company that is dead against animal testing and believes in making "effective products from organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils, and safe synthetics... using little or no preservatives, or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients..." There's other stuff they believe in, but you get the gist of it - they're a bunch of divine-smelling hippies, basically. Sweeping generalisation, I know - but it covers everything pretty much. Caring about the environment and stuff, and looking bloody good in the process - brilliant!
And what do they sell? Well, the Boyfriend confessed that when he was younger he used to think that Lush was a sweet shop because of the shower jellies - bless! No sweets I'm afraid, they actually sell a lot of stuff - soaps, facial cleansers, moisturisers, massage bars, shower gels, face masks, and bath bombs (referred to as ballistics) and the like. Everything you could possibly need for having your own pampering session without resorting to giving up a month's wages on a spa break. They've even got a sister company called 'B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful' that sells makeup and fragrances, but there are only 4 stores and all in England. Thank goodness for online shopping though, eh?!
For more information you can check out their websites, coz I can't prattle on too much here.
+ ON WITH THE DAMN STORY! +
So on one of my last jaunts into Lush I was quite literally like a kid in a candy store - the Boyfriend had bought a computer game for thirty quid, so it was only fair that I get to spend that much on myself in... yep, Lush. (I bet all you Lushies HATE me right now because of that! Hehehehe)
Thirty pound limit, off I went around the store 'ooh'-ing and 'ahh'-ing, with Craig shuffling behind looking bored and a bit suspicious of the shower jellies (I've yet to try them, but they're meant to be very refreshing if you freeze them first). The ridiculous thing was that I had already pored over the latest edition of The Lush Times (newspaper type thing listing all the products, and letting you know about new ones) so you'd think that I would have at least formulated some kind of plan in my head over what I should try first. Nope. Any mental lists went out the window when faced with the biggest spending limit I've ever had in there.
Now I've tried the occasional bath ballistic, the round balls that fizz like mad in the bath, but have never tried any of the bubble bars. And that day was a special day, it was a day for experimentation and spending! They all came in different shapes and sizes and smells, and I decided on a weighty slab of a purple-pink and white swirled thing called The Comforter. One whiff (carefully, since sometimes I get too close and get powder on my nose and look like I've done a Kate Moss - the cocaine part, not the junkie git boyfriend part) and the sweet, heavenly blackcurrant aroma had me hooked, so into the basket it went!
+ BATHTIME FOR BANDCAMP +
Surveying the swirly beast I figured I could probably try and get more than one bath out of it, so promptly broke it in half and decided I couldn't be bothered trying to make it stretch further, although you probably could. With bath ballistics you just fill the bath with water, then lob it in and watch it fizz like mad. With the bubble bars though, you have to crumble them under running water as the bath is being filled so the bubbles can magically appear.
Now, I was promised a "warming, fruity, fluffy bath" from the Lush blurb, so is that what I would get? When I used the first half of my bubble bar, I was a bit pissed so the short answer is yes. The extended answer is 'from what hazy recollections I have of purple-pink water, and believing it to be a miracle that I didn't drown myself while washing my face - probably yes.' Hazy recollections don't tell you lovely folk much though, so the other half of the bar shall be used tonight - hurrah!
Clean bath? Check. Bubble bar? Check. No clothes? Check.
Right, we're good to go! Running the hot water into the bath, it took a wee bit of effort to break the bar into bits to crumble it - which is okay since it wouldn't be good if the bar fell apart that easily. It was a bit like tablet in the way it crumbled, and some of it stuck to my fingers but rinsing it off wasn't a problem and didn't leave any pink stains. The gorgeous scent permeated the bathroom and hall, and the bathwater turned a rather girly deep pink, and copious amounts of white fluffy bubbles were produced - excellent! And, keeping with the purple berry theme, I opted for a glass of cider and blackcurrant to enjoy during it.
Now, I'm hardly going to detail the exact actions throughout my bathing experience, but I can tell you this - I was in that bath for around about an hour, and even after washing my face and shampooing my hair, there were still some frothy bubbles remaining when I pulled the plug. The bathwater itself seemed soft almost, and the lovely blackcurrant-y sweetie smell lingered on my skin for quite a few hours afterwards as well (described by the Boyfriend as a sweeter version of Ribena scent), and Lush weren't kidding when they claimed it to be relaxing... although I'm sure that the Bergamot essential oil in the bar could have helped with that since it is commonly used to dispell despression apparently. I'm not going to bore you with an ingredients list, it's all fairly standard and Lush make a point of including them for every product so you can visit the site itself for more information.
+ THE VERDICT +
At £3.50 for 200g, this is one of the pricier bubble bars that Lush has to offer. That being said, breaking it up to last over more than one bath is completely possible - I had oodles of bubbles when breaking it in two, so I can easily see it lasting over at least three baths based on dividing it up.
However, I feel that it is completely and utterly worth it. I don't suffer from any skin complaints but this didn't dry out my skin at all and left it feeling lovely and smooth - and smelling utterly delicious! Named The Comforter to protect users from the big bad world outside, I have to say I completely agree... I was entirely at peace in the bath, pint of booze at the corner, and a Harry Potter book to keep me company - this was an hour of complete and utter heaven. It could have only been improved with more booze, and being told I didn't have to go to work tomorrow.
This is one that I would definitely recommend and shall absolutely be purchasing again.
+ LINKS, WHATEVER +
Lush UK site - www.lush.co.uk
B Cosmetics - www.bnevertoobusytobebeautiful.com
© bandcamp 2007 - onwards. Plagiarists shall be drowned in a heavenly Ribena scented puddle, held up by the ankles like I saw in that episode of Criminal Minds.
Summary: Blackcurrant-y bath sanctuary, with bubbles. Best taken with alcohol.