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Lush is a company that likes to innovate and one of their recent developments is the reusable bubble bar. Their first product of this nature was the Snow Fairy-scented Magic Wand that came out at Christmas time. They also released three limited edition bubble bars this year to celebrate Mother's Day. I didn't buy them for my mam, as she doesn't really like Lush, but I was happy to buy them for myself!
Each of the bubble bars came in wand form, with a wooden stick to hold. The idea is that you hold the bar under the tap until there are a decent amount of bubbles and enough of the product has dissolved into the water. Then leave the wand to dry, put it away and save it for next time. They are economical and excellent value: at £4.95 each they are among Lush's most pricey bath products but they last much longer - the Magic Wand lasted me 10 baths which is pretty impressive.
Each of the three limited edition bubble bars is suitable for vegans. They are made with a base of sodium carbonate and cream of tartar, which creates a soft, creamy texture. It's worth noting that they are also made with Sodium Laureth Sulfate: this is an ingredient used in the majority of bathing products to create lather, but it can cause skin irritation in some people.
The bars came in three different designs, each scented with a different Lush smell:
The Mum: A green flower shape, scented with the Green fragrance
Madame Butterfly: A pink butterfly shape, scented with the Rose Jam fragrance
The Tulip: An orange tulip shape, scented with the Yuzu and Cocoa fragrance
In this review I am going to discuss the Tulip.
The Tulip is an orange bubble bar in a pretty tulip shape on the end of a stick. The tulip is actually the symbol for International Women's Day, so it is highly appropriate for a Mothers' Day gift. It is scented with the Yuzu and Cocoa fragrance, which is a delicious chocolate and citrus concoction. Cocoa absolute and tonka absolute add sweetness and a decadent chocolate aroma to the bar. Bergamot is a light, fresh and uplifting floral fragrance, which adds a lighter note to the bubble bar, while grapefruit is refreshing and induces clarity.
To use the bubble bar, you can run the bath and swish it around in the water, but I prefer to hold it under the tap when it's running. This way, more bubbles are created. I find that these wands don't produce as many bubbles as some of Lush's other bubble bars do, but I don't mind this too much as the bars last a lot longer. When the bath is a pretty pale orange colour and there are enough bubbles, I put the wand on the side of the bath to dry. When it is dry, I like to keep it in a vase in my room - I never have real flowers but this is the next best thing!
The Yuzu and Cocoa scent is one of my favourites: it's indulgent and chocolatey, without being cloying or too intense. I always find baths with this scent to be very luxurious. The water is a pretty colour and the bubbles are lovely. The delicious scent wafts around the room. I think this scent is suitable for any time of year - chocolate and citrus are year-round treats!
After my bath, the scent lasts on my skin, though faint. The bubble bar doesn't have any moisturising properties, and I do apply body butter afterwards, but the product doesn't particularly dry my skin out either. After using it I feel relaxed and revitalised.
This bar is smaller than the Magic Wand, so I don't think I'll get quite as many baths out of it - I estimate five or six. That's still pretty impressive, however.
***A little extra***
The bubble bars each come with a special name tag - it is full of wild flower seeds, and Lush state that if you pop the tag into the soil and water it you will get some lovely flowers springing up. As a less than keen gardener I haven't tried this, but I thought it was a nice touch.
This is a lovely product that I thoroughly enjoy using. The scent is delicious and I feel very relaxed after using it. I really hope it comes back next year.