Lush Bath Bomb - my first ever time!

December 14, 2013

Yes, yes, I know it's difficult to believe but I had NEVER used a Lush bath bomb before! 'How is that possible?' I hear you cry! Well, I am not much of a bath person and I avoid Lush for the most part because it is so expensive. Anyway, I bought a bomb the other day and you are about to hear about my first time...



I stumbled into the perfumed haze of my local Lush store... I always love visiting because the staff are super friendly and helpful. I love the colours, the smells and the sights of Lush but I cannot stand how expensive it is. I appreciate that the ingredients are high quality and that everything is handmade but I wish they could apply some discounts here and there, you always feel like you've been short changed when you leave their store!

I was buying some presents for Christmas and decided to treat myself. After much perusing I chose the Cinders bath bomb. It was £2.45 which I thought was reasonable enough, until I realised that this was a single use purchase... and then the price seemed extortionate!

I struggled to find a bomb suitable because I wanted something that was SLS free and not many of the bombs are! Shame on you Lush! SLS is a known skin irritant that many people try to avoid, especially those on a more natural route. I am mildly allergic to it, it makes me all itchy so I avoid it wherever possible.

So, I ran my bath and got ready to drop the bomb... sorry I had to say that at some point.



I really enjoyed the smell as I love cinnamon. I think cinnamon and peppermint are my two favourite scents - not together though! Maybe they would jar a bit!

It bubbled up nicely, but it changed the water into a funny colour, it looked as if I had done a (massive) wee in the bath!



I have heard so much about bath bombs and I paid a pretty penny so I thought that the experience would be amazing... I laid back in the water expecting something magical to happen... but to no avail.

I didn't feel like the bomb was particularly moisturising, soothing or anything else really. I didn't feel any difference when I got out of the bath either. A bit of an anti climax. Certainly not worth £2.45.

Finally, I was very unimpressed when the bomb left this unsightly yellow 'tide mark' stain around my bath. This took a fair bit of scrubbing and some of my toughest (home made) cleaner. Not. Happy.



I think next time I have a bath (probably in about 5 years time) I will use some carrier and essential oils or a DIY bomb that I know is full of lovely skin soothing ingredients. Also, I think I will take up (my 4 year old daughter) Maddie's offer of her boat:



What do you think of Lush? I'm not entirely convinced that they are as green and as natural as they would have us believe. I love how they fight some important causes (animal testing and other, environmental issues) but I don't think their products are very natural. High quality with ethically sourced ingredients: yes, natural: no.

Here is what was in my bath bomb: (copied directly from their site)


Quantitative Ingredients

All that sounds very reasonable, nothing massively untoward there apart from 'perfume'. Why use an artificial fragrance when you could use essential oils? I don't see the logic there.

What do you use when you have a bath? Do you use Lush bath bombs? DIY bombs? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Rach xx

12 comments:

  1. I've never used lush because I hate the smell when I walk in. I went in with my sister a couple of weeks ago and it just stunk and it was expensive but the staff were lovely in there.She bought a face mask and all the ingredients at the top were fine but at the bottom it had 'methylparaben' and 'propylparaben' which I don't think it necessary! Shame that it wasn't great - I wasnt a bath person but since using some products I'm starting to enjoy them more! xx

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    1. It is quite over powering when you walk in, I think if I worked there I would always come home with a headache! That's a shame about the mask, why not use vitamin E or something to keep it fresh naturally?! Weird. Thanks for reading and great to hear from you :-) xx

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  2. Oh thats such a letdown! Sorry about your bath. I am not a fan of Lush products tbh, I use their henna every now and again but thats it. All their products contain chemicals like any other "normal" product. Their conditioners for example, contain SLS methyparabens, PEGs etc. Why they need SLS in a conditioner I don't know. The only thing I miss is R&B Hair moisturiser but it contains PEGS, fragrances and methylparabens which I don't like to use. However, I made my own yesterday which I was quite pleased about! :-) Thanks for your post dear xx

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    1. Thanks for your comment :-) I agree, Lush products are really not as 'natural' as you would first believe. Oooh you made your own hair moisturiser? will a blog post be up soon?! Can't wait for that! xx

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  3. I forgot to add, I use Adore Naturals Bath melts by Celtic Herbal Bath Company, or a bath oil or a salt bath :-) xx

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions/info I think the next thing I want to dry out is mineral salts and clay etc for detoxing... see if the hype lives up for that! :-) xx

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  4. I bought some for my children as a Xmas present but never again! My daughter reacted really badly to one of them despite rinsing her skin and putting lots of lotion afterwards. I guess it may be the perfume in it.

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    1. Oh no :-( Lush really aren't as 'natural' as they claim to be. Such a shame as they have a great ethos and have the high street market cornered. Have you seen my DIY bath bomb post? You can make them really easily and control what is in them. Rach xx

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    2. No, I need to find that one. I´ve nearly watched all your videos. Is it on a video or a post? I´m really loving your blog/youtube channel. It´s nice for me because most people are from the US and some of the products they talk about you can´t purchase in the UK.

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    3. Oh no, I did a post about making DIY bath bombs but now I can't find it, I think it got lost/missed in the change over to .com - I'll try and get that back up again soon and let you know when I do! Hope I can find it again :-(
      Thanks so much for your kind words, it is lovely to hear someone say something so positive! Agree on the US/UK thing, it's great to follow people in the UK so you know you can get the same ingredients/products etc as them.
      Rach xx

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    4. My DIY bath bomb post is up! http://www.allnaturalaspirations.com/2014/01/diy-bath-bombs-re-post.html xx

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