Monthly Archives: November 2015

Holly Golightly bubble bar

After my disappointment at Peeping Santa, I decided to pick one of the other Christmas bubble bars to try. I’m not really a huge fan of glitter, but Holly Golightly looked nicely Christmassy and I took the plunge.

Lush Holly Golightly Review

Like Peeping Santa, this is a pretty firm bubble bar, which really doesn’t want to be broken up! Eventually breaking through the silver glittery exterior, reveals a Christmas-tree-coloured centre, which was a surprise given the silver on the outside.

This is quite a strong scented spicy bubble bar, so I didn’t use much at all – the aroma softened in the water, making it strong enough to be able to identify, without being so strong that it made me sneeze. Holly Golightly is pretty generous with the bubbles too, even from using such a small piece, which should mean this £4.95 bubble bar will last for a nice number of baths, making it very good value for money when compared to the one-use Christmas bath bombs.

Lush Holly Golightly Review

I’m not sure I would get another of these this season, but that’s mainly down to the number of baths I should be able to get from this one! It is a bubble bar I would recommend, especially if you like the spicy aromas that tend to be synonymous with Christmas 🙂

Peeping Santa

The first thing that struck me about Peeping Santa was the cute appearance of it – shaped like a bubbleroon, but with a Santa hat and eyes.I had high hopes for this little bubble bar.

Lush Peeping Santa Review

It’s not the easiest of bubble bars to break apart – rather than using the entire base in one go, I prefer to use smaller pieces to make it last longer, and that proved challenging to get a smallish piece to separate!

Even though I only used a small piece, there were plenty of bubbles – I have a feeling that if I’d used the entire base, the bubbles would have been flowing over the edge of the bathtub!

The creamy-coloured centre of the bubble bar is shea butter, which should be a nice way of hydrating my skin while taking a bath. However for me, the aroma of this particular bubble bar was a let down. Rather than being scented of orange (like Dashing Santa), or cinnamon and spices (like Holly Golightly), this particular bubble bar smells of strawberries. Yes, you read that right, this very obviously Christmas bubble bar, smells of that spring / summer fruit, strawberries.

I’m not too sure why Lush thought of strawberries for a Christmas product, but it’s not the first scent that comes to my mind for this time of year. So, it’s not a product I’ll be purchasing again, and I’ll be hoping that next year Lush might have a more wintry scent on a cute bubble bar instead!

Butterbear bath bomb

Being a fan of the Butterball bath bomb, I was eager to try the seasonal variation, Butterbear. At £1.95, it’s 70p cheaper than the Butterball, so I wondered just how effective it would be.

Moulded into an attractive polar bear shape, there’s a small amount of cocoa powder on the muzzle, and you can tell just how much butter is in the bear, by all the splotches of colour against the white.

Lush Butterbear Review

When Butterbear hits the water, it dissolves rapidly – mine was fully dissolved in less than 30 seconds! The water turns slightly cloudy, with the small pieces of cocoa butter floating on the surface until they eventually melt into the water.

It’s not a bath bomb you would buy for it’s appearance in the water (there’s no colours or popping candy), and the scent of cocoa butter, while not unpleasant, really wouldn’t scream “buy me” in the shop. Where this bath bomb does excel, however, is in the effect on your skin – the cocoa butter moisturises your skin really well. In fact, I would say that despite Butterbear and Butterball being the same size, Butterbear seems to moisturise my skin better – it felt suitably moisturised, without feeling that my clothes would get greasy from it.

Overall, it’s a fantastic product (especially being cheaper than the Butterball), and I think I’ll be buying a few to store up so I can use them through the year!

Cinders

Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
gunpowder, treason and plot!

Yes it’s Bonfire Night again, and what better way to celebrate than using a Cinders bath bomb from Lush? ….ok, so standing around a bonfire watching fireworks might be better, but this is cheaper, and the big firework displays aren’t until the weekend anyway 😛

Lush Cinders Review

Costing £2.95 this is one of the cheaper bath bombs, and being a similar size to Butterball it’s also one of the smallest. Even so, the spicy cinnamon aroma was really strong, so I had high expectations for this one.

Carefully placing it on the bathwater the popping candy crackled away, sounding like the crackles of a bonfire, and the scent dispersed through the water to leave an aromatic bathtub which was a lot less potent than the smell of the bath bomb originally.

However, there was no real display from this bath bomb. As soon as it touched the water, it immediately sank to the bottom of the tub, which none of the other bath bombs I’ve used have done. While it turned the water a reasonably nice golden shade which was similar to Dragon’s Egg, there wasn’t any foam or multicoloured effects like the other bath bombs.

I knew that some bath bombs like Butterbear and Butterball don’t give any colours, but they’re designed to emit shea- and cocoa butters. This little bath bomb doesn’t contain anything like that, so I had at least expected it to bob about on the surface of the water, and have some red colouring to go with the gold.

Lush Cinders Review

Overall, this bath bomb was a let down for me – it’s not the most expensive out there, but I feel it was a total waste of money for the (lack of) effects it produced in the water