Whenever I find the time to have a relaxing bath, I take it. As poet Plath once said, ”there must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them”. I’ve lately been in a whirlwind and therefore quite busy – a good ol’ bath seemed well-considered. For my baths, I usually grab a goodie from my LUSH stash, but I never really showed you the ones I always go back for! Let’s have a look at a few of my all-time favourites…
Do you know the difference between bath ballistics, bubble bars and bath melts? In case you do, I applaud you. However, for anyone who’s not familiar with LUSH bath products, I will give you a short (objective) introduction:
Bath ballistics/bombs: Bath bombs are hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients which fizz when wet, due to their (citric) acid and bicarbonate base. They are used to add essential oils, fragrance and colour to bath water. They are a form of bath fizzies and come in different forms.
Bubble bars: Bubble bars are solid, usually creamy, mixtures that are easy to crumble. You have to crumble the bar under the running tap and will end up with heaps of bubbles. These come in many different sizes and forms – a few of them have to be swirled in the water instead of crumbled.
Bath melts: Incredibly nourishing and softening, bath melts are buttery mixtures that will melt once you pop them in hot water. Personally speaking, I tend to avoid these as they make my skin feel oily and I don’t find that quite enjoyable.
Many people, including myself, like to stir things up and mix the above bath products which result in a so-called bath cocktail. Usually, bath bombs and bubble bars work best together, or a bath bomb and bath melt combined. Additionally, LUSH sometimes sells bath oil in a bottle but that’s sold exclusively online and therefore I won’t go into details about it.
Sex Bomb (bath ballistic): This bomb’s made for loving. Inspired by Tom Jones’ infamous song (I know you’re singing it!), this fragrant blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and clary sage helps to reduce stress and revitalise. Jasmine has been used in India as aromatherapy for centuries to calm the mind and relax. I love to use it as a pick-me-up for those days when you’re feeling meh. Once fully fizzed, the rose petals drift through the pink water and you’ll be left with a soft satin finish on your skin.
The Comforter (bubble bar): If no one is around to give you a hug, you can always opt for this distinctively berry scented supersize bubble bar. Fragrance wise, think of one hundred blackcurrants mashed together with notes of bergamot. Crumble about 1/6th of the bar and you’ll find yourself under a fruity blanket of foamy comfort! A little bit goes a long way.
Honey Bee (bath bomb): For a good soak, Honey Bee will be around in order to soothe and cleanse the skin with fairly traded honey, aloe vera and rhassoul mud. Therefore it’s particularly wonderful for sensitive & dry skin. Aesthetically speaking, it may not be the prettiest colour for a bath, but your skin will thank you later!
Twilight (bath bomb): I remember this was one of my ever first LUSH purchases and it has been the wisest decision to date. The combination of soothing lavender, benzoin and tonka helps you get ready for a good night’s rest. In the bath, Twilight starts as a soft pink colour and slowly turns to the colour of the setting sun until it darkens and turns the water a deep shimmering purple. As this fragrance is extremely popular, LUSH decided to (sometimes) produce a matching perfume and shower gel. The perfume is a bit too heavy for my liking, but I enjoy using the shower gel in combination with the ballistic. Match made in heaven!
Yoga (bath bomb): One of the newest releases is Yoga and I was instantly drawn to its woody aroma. Infused with sandalwood oil, this ballistic may even surpass Twilight as soon as it dissolves: the shades of orange, purple and turquoise remind me of a gorgeous slow sunset.
Hopefully, this breakdown offers some insight for any of you who are yet to try LUSH bath products (do it!) or if you were looking for new ones to try. I usually don’t use anything else for my bath than LUSH, but I wouldn’t recommend every LUSH bath product if you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema or very sensitive skin in general. In that case, I would stick to the less fragranced options, including but not limited to Honey Bee, Butterball, Ickle Baby Bot and Milky Bath.
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What’s your favourite bath bomb?