“ Brand: Lush / Foam / Type: Bubble Bar / Subcategory: Bath Melt / Bath Foam „
I love the shop Lush and have recently been trying some items from their Retro section. These items are ones that used to be available in shops but got discontinued, however they made their way back online as they were too popular to be discontinued for good.
The Wuss was one of the bubble bars I ordered from the website. It was one of the first bubble bars, made in the old way which was to cut the bar into slices (bubble bars are now made and shaped individually). It was inspired by the person responsible for the American side of Lush. What intrigued me about it was the list of ingredients - ground coffee, martini, olives and tobacco! The bar contains cognac oil, oakmoss absolute and pimento berry oil.
When I first saw the bubble bar, I thought it looked like a lump of tobacco! It was cream and brown with little black specks. It smelled just like tobacco too - the fragrant old-fashioned kind, the type my uncle used to smoke in his pipe!
I decided to only use half the bar at once. A word of warning - the bar is very crumbly, the most crumbly bubble bar I've ever had, so when breaking it in two keep a bag handy to put the other bit in! On the positive side, it crumbles easily into the bath and provides a huge amount of bubbles. The water doesn't change colour much, though - it goes vaguely cloudy, and makes the water look a little dirty. Luckily the bubbles cover it up!
The smell of tobacco was still evident - it's strange but it was actually quite comforting and relaxing! It smells like proper tobacco rather than cigarettes. I actually rather enjoyed my bath! Sadly the bubbles disappeared quite quickly.
The bubble bar didn't dry my skin out, but it didn't particularly moisturise it either. However I could still detect the scent on my skin afterwards. My skin wasn't irritated at all by the product.
After the bath water drained away I noticed there were loads of little black bits of tobacco all over the bottom of the bath. However, these washed away very easily when I turned the shower on.
This was probably the weirdest bubble bath I have ever had, but I actually quite enjoyed it! The Wuss is not my favourite bubble bar, but it's different, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new! At £2.65 it's priced similarly to other Lush bubble bars.
Lush Wuss Bubble Bar
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Foam / It`s got ground coffee and the scent of martini and olives with a dash of tobacco.
If you don't usually shop at Lush then you may be unsure who they are or what they do, so it is worth knowing that they make hand made cosmetics products from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. Many of their products are suitable for vegans. They are not the cheapest place to shop but they are worth every penny in my opinion.
Lush also support heaps of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on the website, along with products and ingredients. You can also shop online and also locate your nearest store. The website will also allow you to buy items from their "Retro" range, which is basically products from the past that customers still want to buy. There isn't room in the shops for them but you can still buy them online which is excellent if you want to purchase old favourites.
If you haven't tried a bubble bar before then you might wonder what they actually are. Bubble bars are solid bars designed to be crumbled into your bath under warm running water where they transform into heaps of light and fluffy bubbles and release their gorgeous fragrance to scent the water (And usually the whole bathroom too!) Some also colour the water and one bubble bar will usually give you two or even three baths worth of bubbles depending on how extravagant or frugal you are feeling!
This 100g bubble bar will cost you £2.65 and is suitable for vegans.
In my opinion, this bubble bar is a very masculine scent. It isn't sweet or floral, and has a definite coffee fragrance, with underlying herbal tones. I generally like most of the bubbles bars from Lush but am afraid that I just can't bring myself to like this one!
If you would like to smell like an old man in a coffee shop then this is definitely worth trying. I do really like the scent of coffee but there is something about this smell that seems a little stale and old. Maybe it is the tobacco that makes it smell this way (seems like a strange ingredient!) but whatever it is, it isn't for me!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ground Coffee (Coffea arabica), Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera), Oakmoss Absolute (Evernia prunastri), Pimento Berry Oil (Pimenta officinalis), *Eugenol, *Graniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This bubble bar is a bit too weird, even by Lush's standards! They market it as smelling of martini, olives and tobacco. And the oddness does not end there!
I bought this for my husband. He likes the smell of a pipe burning, even though he doesn't smoke himself. When we walk past the tobacco shop in town, he always smells the air, because he likes the smell. So I thought I would give this a go.
There was a distinct coffee smell to it. This lasted on the skin once my husband had got out of the bath and I personally thought it smelled awful on it. I don't like to kiss him after he has drunk coffee because to me it is such a nasty bitter smell. Why someone would want their body to smell of this is beyond me!
The only redeeming feature about this bubble bar is that it produces quite lemony bubbles. This lemon fragrance is in the bath while you are soaking but it is the coffee smell that remains on your skin, unfortunately.
These bars are about £2.40. Definitely not worth it! I am giving it 2 stars because the water was soft and there were lots of bubbles but Lush do such lovely fragrances normally. This one is just plain odd!
I do not usually like bath items such as ballistics and bubble bars, however I never say no to a Lush freebies and I have been given a free Wuss bubble bar to try.
Wuss is from the Retro range and had rather an odd but not unpleasent smell.
The photo here on Dooyoo is different from the piece I have - my pice consists of only the brown part, its a light brown coffee colour with balck specks throughout it.
The fragrences in Wuss are - Tobacco , martini, olives and coffee , thats what Lush saya nyway, I am unable to pick out any of these individually, its a strange musty smell whislt solid, oince added to a bath it mellows out a bit, but is still slightly musty and leave the bathroom smelling a tad damp.
The reason I do not usually like ballistics and bubble bars is that they leave graney bits on the botton of the bath which are scratchy, this unfortunatly is not different, however it is not as bad as some I have tried, it melts away pretty well compared to others.
Wuss certainly lives up to bubble bar standards, it produces a huge amount of bubbles, the piece I recieved is just over half the size a bubble bar usually is, yet it still produced loads of bubbles, I would even say perhaps only hal;f of what I used would be sufficient for a bth full of bubbles, so if you had a full size one I would suggest cutting it into 4 piece - Lush advertise the majority of their bubble bars to be just 1 bath !
The price of the Wuss bubble bar is £2.25 - thats pretty expensive if you use it for 1 bath as suggested , but only works out to just over 55p if you cut it into 4 pieces and I think that makes a prettyu bubbly bath and is definitly sufficient.
The ingridients of Wuss as advertised on the Lush website are -
Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ground Coffee (Coffea arabica)
Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera)
Oakmoss Absolute (Evernia prunastri)
Pimento Berry Oil (Pimenta officinalis)
Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides)
This is quite a nice bubble bar although I do prefer the fruity or sweet ones, I wouldnt buy this myself but would have no objection to using it if it was recieved as a gift.
I do think the fragrence of this bar is more suited to a man as its quite bland and suble once its in the bath, the fragrence left on yopur body after use in the bath is quite light and lasts a good few hours.
It's got ground coffee and the scent of martini and olives with a dash of tobacco