Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Secret Santa Demo

Holy cow the massiveness of the bath ballistic is incomparable. I recently watched the Lush video on how it's made and loved the fact that there was a little santa face inside. It fizzed out so fast in the bath that I didn't have time to pick up the santa face and show it off though.

First let's talk about the smell of this behemoth. It smells exactly like walking into a Lush shop. I mentioned it in the video but I'm not sure I can mention it enough. I love standing outside a Lush store and just smelling the amazing mix of products. It's something that has to be experienced, if you ask me. The scent changes slightly when it fizzes out in the tub. You can still smell the Lush in it but you suddenly get a floral scent accompanying it. It was quite fantastic.

Looking at it you would think it turns the water a bright orange. You'd be right. It was almost as if I'd poured liter bottles of orange soda into the tub. The little hints of pink on the windows actually showed themselves a little too.

One of the best things about it was it didn't produce any bubbles. For it's size, and that fact that it's a Lush product, I thought I'd be drowned in bubbles. This, for someone with a jetted tub, is an awesome fact. I know I mention jets a lot but when you've got them you know that once they're turned on most bath bombs product bubbles and you can't have the jets on for long because the bubbles will start to overtake the tub. This one didn't.

Something else I thought it would do that it didn't, it didn't make my bath any more silky than a normal size bath bomb. I was a little shocked, and slightly disappointed, at that. I would figure that it being so large they would have packed it full of oils. I can't say I was disappointed because it was amazing.

I was a little disappointed that it kept leaving odd streaks on the side of my tub though. They came off easily but after draining the tub I noticed that it left some weird flakes at the bottom. This could have very well been the Sandy Santa though so don't quote me on this.

Overall, a great ballistic. I will absolutely be purchasing this again.

If you want to know what I thought about Sandy Santa, I posted something about it right before this post. Check it out.


Have you used Secret Santa?
What are your thoughts?

Sandy Santa

Although I've not a huge fan of Buffy I knew I had to try Sandy Santa the second I smelled it. I don't know how they did it but Sandy Santa smells of chocolate and fruit all at once. If you've ever had one of those chocolate covered oranges, think along those lines. It's fantastic.

On a side note though, don't use this in the tub. Had I been a little smarter and thought this out I would have realized that using a scrub in the tub wasn't going to be comfortable in the long run. I had little sand grains under my butt the whole time. Another reason not to use this in the tub, if you've got a jetted tub like me, it makes bubbles. This isn't usually a problem but Secret Santa didn't make bubbles and I was enjoying having the jets on.

Anywho, onto what I thought about Sandy Santa.

It was quite abrasive. I didn't expect it to be because you can see a lot of the exfoliants embedded in the bar and they don't look that big. I was a little shocked at how harsh it was in spots. My husband loved it though, I used it on his back later that night in the shower and he was in heaven.

I think the strangest part of the whole experience was when the red hat started melting. I actually thought I was bleeding for a second. Not that this has much to do with the product itself it was just a weird fact I noticed along the way.

The odd red streaks the hat leaves on your skin.

All in all Sandy Santa left my skin feeling extremely soft, despite the cocoa butter that usually leaves me feeling weird, and it mixed with the Secret Santa scent and I smelled of a Lush shop that sold chocolate for hours.

Have you used Sandy Santa?
Do you find it comparable to Buffy?
What are your thoughts?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bombardino Bath Bomb

Bombardino is probably the bath bomb that I was most looking forward to. In most ways it didn't disappoint.

First and foremost, and I mentioned this in the demo video, he's so adorable. His little pillow, almost meringue looking, hat just makes you want to eat him up.

He's got eyes. Albeit chocolate eyes that put little brown spots on your tub if you happen to forget to remove them like I did.

When I heard that Bombardino promised a lemon cheesecake aroma I was excited. However it let me down a little. I thought it smelled quite vanilla. I mean that both in the plain sense of the word and the literal sense. I would have loved to smell more lemon and really hope they alter that.

Something else that I found quite odd was that it was selectively silky in the bath. By this I mean that as I rubbed my fingers through the water, and over my legs, I could absolutely feel some parts of my legs encompassed with that silky smooth Lush loveliness. Other parts were left out. I'm not sure if that was because I didn't have the jets on the whole time, because of the bubbles, or if there just isn't enough oils packed into his little tiny body.

Speaking of bubbles, they were great.

Packed inside Bombardino is a beautiful gold luster that sits on top of the bubbles. I was excited to see it at work until I drained the tub and realized that it also stuck to the side of the tub. No worries though. Unlike the glitter encompassing Star Light Star Bright, the gold luster came of with a little water and a swipe of the hand.

I guess everyone has a different holiday smell in their mind and I think Lush went for fruity. It's not that I don't enjoy these scents it's just that it's not what I smell when I think of the seasons. Despite that I will be repurchasing Bombardino next year. I'm hoping they can make him a little bigger though.

Have you tried Bombardino?
What are your thoughts?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Bath Bomb

Snowman is Lush's Christmas version of Butterball. It smells the same and has the same effect in the bath.

Something that's a little disturbing though is the placement of the buttons on the bath bomb. In the picture on Lush's website he's got 2 buttons. Most of the videos I've seen only show him one and it's hilariously placed at the bottom of the bath bomb making it appear that he is absolutely a male.

Yea, he's packin'!

It's filled with cocoa butter and smells of it too. I'm not sure I smell the vanilla as much though. That's alright, I like butterball Snowman.

I'm not the biggest fan of cocoa butter as it makes my skin "sticky". When I say this I don't mean that my fingers stick to my skin I mean that as I drag my fingers over my skin they jump a little bit, as opposed to just sliding, making it feel like they're sticking in some spots.

Even though I'm not a fan I still enjoy this bath bomb. It doesn't have so much that it's overwhelming but it doesn't have so much that my skin feels sticky.

I think the funniest thing about this bath bomb is how milky white the water looks. It literally looks like you've just poured milk into the tub. When you turn the jets on it looks like you're boiling milk.

One of the great things about bath bombs like butterball, and snowman, is they don't produce bubbles in the jetted tub. This mean I can leave the jets on the whole time. YAY!

I'm not sure that I would repurchase snowman though seeing as how it's a carbon copy of butterball and that's something you can get year round.

He is cute though.

What are your thoughts on Snowman?
Did you get the oddly placed "male part" looking button?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cinders Bath Bomb


I have to say I was a little disappointed with Cinders. It did have it's good attributes but they were few.

Cinders was small but it held so many essential oils that it made the bath as silky as a larger bath bomb.

The popping candy was awesome. I think that's what I enjoyed the most about it.

Other that everything else disappointed me. It started with the fact that I came out of the tub itchy. I'm not sure what was in this that caused it but it lasted a good 20 to 30 minutes after I'd dried off. That I can recall I haven't had another bath bomb make me itchy but I'm going to watch out for it and compare the items inside to Cinders. Maybe it was the popping candy, who knows.

There was no way I would have pegged this for a Christmas item. I didn't feel like I was at a "fireside gathering" as Lush claims nor did any of the smells remind of the holiday season. There is cinnamon oil and almond oil inside but they didn't come out as recognizable scents.

Lastly it was a bit disturbing that as I got out of the tub it looked like I'd just relieved myself in the tub. I didn't notice this as I was stepping into the tub. I feel like it lost a lot of it's color through the bath. I was probably just me though. Look at the picture to your right and you be the judge.

I probably wouldn't buy Cinders again. I know it's a holiday favorite but I wasn't as impressed as I'd like to have been.

Have you tried Cinders?
What did/didn't you like about it?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Luxury Lush Pud

What is there to say about Luxury Lush Pud. It was CRAZY looking. I don't think I've ever seen such a strange looking product.

It claims to smell like Twilight but I didn't notice that until I popped it in the bath. As soon as it started fizzing I smelled it. Like all the others though, these scents don't remind me of Christmas, or the holidays.

No matter though. As the little colored dots started popping off they floated around the tub and looked, as Lush says, like pastel floating islands.

THEY WERE AWESOME!

The beautiful fuchsia color that the water turned was just, well, beautiful. Like Lord of Misrule it almost looked as though you were stepping into a bath of wine.

I think my absolute favorite part was the bubbles. I've never had the pleasure of experiencing colored bubbles before but with Lush Pud, I had baby pink bubbles floating all around me in the tub. You probably can't tell that from the photo on the right, because it was taken with my iPhone while the jets were on, but I promise the bubbles were just beautiful.

The bubble were very light and actually "popped" quick enough that I was able to leave the jets on the entire time I was in the tub.

Another bonus, I smelled like Twilight until the next morning. I always love when the scents lingers on your skin so long you wake up smelling as though you've just stepped out of the shower.

I know they revamped Lush Pud this year and if they keep it like this, or at least keep it smelling the same, I'll purchase it over and over again. Just beautiful.

Have you tried Luxury Lush Pud?
What did it look like and did you enjoy it?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Father Christmas Bath Bomb

If any bath bomb looks like Christmas it would absolutely have to be Father Christmas. From the cute little santa face down to the bright green water. My only problem, which seems to be a theme with the holiday items, is that it didn't smell like Christmas.

When I think of the holiday season I think of warm scents. Cinnamon, apples, things like that. Other than So White I don't think a single bath bomb smelt like sitting by the fire or baking apple pie.

I digress.

Father Christmas, if nothing else, was fun. The color was so vibrant. I'd heard that it first turned your bath water bright red and then bright green but it lacked the bright red. That didn't disappoint me in the slightest though. I do think it would be amazing if they could figure out how to make that happen though.

The bubbles were so pillowy I actually played in them making myself a 32 yr old female Santa.

BUBBLE BEARD!!

No I don't have a picture of me in the tub with a bubble beard. I should think about that next time though because I will absolutely repurchase Father Christmas.

I know.

I said the smell wasn't enough to remind me of Christmas but it felt like Christmas morning. I was like a little girl again playing with toys sitting with my family near the Christmas tree. It was really nostalgic.

So, have you tried Father Christmas?
What was your favorite thing about it?


Friday, November 15, 2013

Golden Wonders Bath Ballistic

What a fun bath ballistic this was. I cannot tell you how much I want another one of these. However, as you'll find out, I've banned myself from buying anything non essential (bath bombs, bubble bars, bath melts) from Lush until I've completely used up my stash or it goes bad. Anyhow, check out the video and see what I thought.


From the second I saw golden wonders I knew I had to have one. The gift shape, including the little bow on top, is so adorable. When you shake it the color balls inside rattle. It's quite nostalgic. There isn't an overload of shimmer/glitter on the outside like there was with star light, star bright, and the smell is extremely pleasant.

Golden wonders is full of so many scents. I think the one I had the pleasure of smelling the most was the cognac oil. It wasn't quite what I expected but it was pleasing all the same. The smell, while strong in and out of the tub, didn't last on my skin. That was a little upsetting. I would have loved to come out of the bath smelling of some of the fruity oils also in the ballistic.

I discovered that if I turn the jets in the tub all the way down I can keep them on the entire bath and I was so glad that I could. The gold shimmer on the outside of the ballistic sat on top of the bubble the jets created. I had so much fun playing in the bubbles I almost felt like a child again. The minimal amount of gold shimmer on the outside of the ballistic did stick to the side of the tub. I had to scrub it off but it was so worth the fun it brought.

This ballistic is just full of nostalgia. Shaking presents under the tree before opening them. Playing with the bubbles in the tub instead of reading. I really enjoyed this ballistic and will absolutely have to pick more up next year.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Please Excuse The Mess

I'm trying to update my sidebar information and my header to correlate to the seasons but I'm having issues. Forgive the mess while I change things around a little.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

So White Bath Bomb

I have to apologize. The video is a little choppy but that's due to the fact that I cut it down from over 10 minutes to just over 3. I didn't want to watch it fizzle out all the way and I figured neither did you. So, onto the video.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The second I smelled this I knew I was going to enjoy it. Normally when I'm trying a new bath bomb I only buy one. This one, not the case. I actually purchased 2.

THE SMELL
This has to be my favorite smelling bath bomb in the entire universe. It's outstanding. How much better can it get than feeling like you're bathing in fresh cut apples. The scent lingered on my skin for hours and I just didn't want it to go away. I wish Lush made candles. I would buy this scent until the cows came home.

THE FEEL
I don't even know why I put this section here. Most Lush products make me feel like I'm slipping into bed between fresh silk sheets. This one was no different.

LONGEVITY
My bathroom, and my skin, smelled like apples for hours. The bubbles, although very light lasted the entire bath. I turned on the jets and within minutes my tub was full of bubbles. 

COST
So White - $6.45

FINAL THOUGHTS
I wish with all my heart that this was a permanent item. I would reserve all my money to buy this. It softened my skin, it made me smell amazing, and the subtle color in the center was a surprise. The smell was a dream come true. So white just moved to the top of my bath bomb list. I'm just so in love with it.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt

The first Christmas (2013) product I've used and it's off to an OK start. Watch the demo and then see what I thought.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Although put off by the look and the copious amounts of glitter I was so drawn in by the smell of this bath melt. Fresh cut fruit, of most any kind, is such a high ranking smell in my book. I knew going into it this was going to make a mess. I was prepared to deal with it simply for the smell.

THE SMELL
The fresh cut lime scent was, and is, so appealing but after I turned off the camera and actually got into the tub I felt like the smell started to disappear all too quickly. I was a little disappointed in that fact because that's what I was most looking forward to.

THE FEEL
I've only ever tried one other bath melt (You've been mangoed) and I have to say I wasn't impressed by either one. Less so with star light. I thought, since it contains cocoa and Shea butter, that it would make such a smooth bath I wouldn't be able to get out. It didn't. There was absolutely no silkiness to my bath. I was stunned, and disappointed, and a little let down.

LONGEVITY
As I said before the smell didn't come out as much in the bath nor did it "stick" to my skin. I'm really not sure what to say about it's longevity. It was almost non existant? The only thing that lasted was the glitter. It was everywhere. On my skin. Stuck to the side of my tub. Just everywhere.

COST
Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt - $6.95

FINAL THOUGHTS
Seeing as how I knew that I was going to be covered in glitter I can't blame that on my bath melt. I did have to take a very vigorous shower afterwards. I was afraid that if I sat anywhere or put any clothes on they'd also be covered in glitter. Again, it's what I expected. What I can say with confidence is that I was let down. The smell just didn't last as long as I would have expected. I had the jets in my tub on the entire time (even though it did produce very soft, fast dissipating, bubbles) and it was as if I'd put a couple drops of lime oil in my bath. Normally with jets full blast for the entire bath the smell sticks around for quite a while. It didn't make my bath soft, it didn't leave my skin soft, and it was all around a disappointment. Unless they can figure out what the scent gives up and runs away, and change that, I wouldn't purchase this bath melt again.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumkin Bubble Bar

Unfortunately this is the last of my Halloween products. The Pumkin bubble bar. Yes, it is spelled with one p. Before watching the video you must know that I was only able to spend around 20 to 30 minutes in the bath due to the overwhelming smell. As I stated in the video this was purchased by my husband and I truly did want to try it before I smelled it. 



THE SMELL
I couldn't stand the smell of this product from the get go. The over powering combination of the ylang ylang and the gardenia really turned me off. I didn't even smell a slight hint of the orange flower absolute although I don't know that I could have caught it's scent over the other smells. I was willing to give it a shot though and I'm glad I did. I know never to purchase anything with that combination of scents ever again. Yes, I didn't like it even after the bath. If either of these smells are your style you are absolutely going to LOVE this bubble bar. As far as smell after the bath goes it held up. I smelled like gardenia for hours. Again, not my favorite thing.

THE FEEL
While I didn't like the smell the feel was a true Lush product feel. The bath was silky, my skin felt silky,  and the bubbles were beautiful. My only problem was the candy eyes and the licorice stem. They left a very ugly mess in the bath. The licorice broke down and became quite slimy as did the chocolate eyes. After draining all the water I noticed little brown spots on the bottom of my tub. These were obviously from the chocolate eyes. I actually had to scrub my tub after the bath. This was a first for me. Even though Lush bath bombs and bubble bars have vibrant colors and other products included inside I've never had to scrub the aftermath out.

LONGEVITY
I can't truly give you an in depth on how long the smell lasted because I got out of the tub as soon as I felt I'd gotten my money's worth out of the bath. It couldn't have been more than 30 minutes though. I brought my husband into the bathroom to show him the chocolate mess and he noticed the gardenia smell right away. He wasn't quite a fan either. The bubbles, true to Lush fashion, lasted the entire time I was in the bath.

COST
Pumkin bubble bar - $5.95

FINAL THOUGHTS
Even though I wasn't a fan of this bubble bar I know those who enjoy the scents of ylang ylang and gardenia will truly love this little guy. All I have to say is that you must smell this before you buy it if you're unsure of what either of those scents really smell like. I, for one, will be looking out for this combination of scents, or the scents on their own, so that I can steer clear of them. Have you tried Pumkin? What did you think?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

My husband, the amazing man that he is, went down to Vegas and stopped at Lush just to pick me up the special Halloween items before they were sold out. One of those was a bath bomb called the Lord of Misrule. Here's a little demo.


THE SMELL
As I said in the video this bath both smells quite like Twilight. It's got more earthy tones than Twilight but I think the basic scent is the same. That's not a problem since I absolutely adore Twilight. I was hoping for a more fall scented product but I won't complain because it does smell fantastic. The smell lasted the entire time I was in the tub too. After getting out I could smell it on my skin until the next morning. That's a great way to wake up.

THE FEEL
This has to be the silkiest bath bomb I've used to date. Sliding into the bath I felt like I was being wrapped in warm silk sheets. The silver flecks weren't chunky so they didn't disturb the overall feel of the bath. I absolutely loved the way this made the bath feel. I also loved the way it made my skin feel. Everything was just so soft and silky. 

LONGEVITY
This bath bomb took fairly long to fizz out. I love when that happens. You get a show and a bath all in one. The bubbles were also long lasting. As always, take into consideration that I have a jetted tub and when I turn on the jets each bath bomb I've used (minus a few) produce bubbles 

COST
Lord Of Misrule - $5.95


FINAL THOUGHTS
The next time I go to Lush, which is later this week, I'm absolutely going to purchase more of these. Thankfully they're sticking around until spring. This bath bomb has pushed many others out of the way and is absolutely in my top 5 bath bombs from Lush. Love it!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lush Bath Cocktail - Roses For My Honey

After only finding so many bath cocktail suggestions online I decided to sit in my closet (where I store all my Lush products) and sniff through to figure out what worked together. This is the cocktail I was most excited about. I was trying to save this for a more "romantic" day but I just couldn't wait.


I found it quite interesting that these smells worked so well together. Like I stated in the video this was my first time using sex bomb and I really enjoyed it. I'm not a huge fan of floral scents but this really worked.

SMELL IT 
(How the bath smelled and ho it made me smell)
While I was in the tub the floral scent really took over. I didn't mind it though. They weren't strong enough to force me out of the bath too quickly but they weren't so weak that I was wondering if I'd even put a floral scented bomb, and a floral scented bubble bar, in. The most amazing part was that after I got out of the bath ... I smelled like toffee. No joke. I found it quite odd and pretty freakin' awesome at the same time. I can only think of a couple times that actually smelled the toffee in the tub (the initial turning on of the jets and the second time I turned the jets on) but coming out of a floral bath smelling like toffee was a pleasant surprise.

FEEL IT 
(How the bath felt and how it made me feel)
It's unbelievable how silky the rose jam bubbleroon makes your bath feel. I know that the bath bombs add some silkiness to the bath but those bubbleroons (which, as it was explained to me in the store, is a bubble bar and a bath melt in one) amp up the velvety feeling. After the bath, however, I felt a little dryer than normal. I had to put on some lotion because I was feeling extra flaky. I'm not sure if it was the bath or the fact that it was a little cold outside and I walked out the door almost immediately after dressing.

MAKE IT LAST 
(Longevity of the bubbles, the fizzing length of the bombs, and how long the smells lasted.)
Keep in mind that I do have a jetted tub. I can only keep the jets on so long with bubble bars in the tub. That being said I only had to turn the jets on once to get the bubbles back. I was in the tub for a little under an hour and I didn't have to "re-up" the bubbles more than once. Those were long lasting bubbles. As far as me smelling like toffee, it lasted for a couple hours. I sniffed my arm before I went to bed, which was somewhere around 2 hours after I got out of the tub, and I could still smell faint hints of toffee, and even a tiny speck of roses.

COST
(All the pricing information comes from Lush. If I used half the product, I half the price.)
Honeybee Bath Bomb - Whole - $6.45
Sex Bomb - Half - $3.33
Rose Jam Bubbleroon - Half - $3.13
Total Cost - $12.91

END ALL
(My final thoughts & would I use it again)
Overall this was an expensive bath cocktail. I'm not sure how I didn't realize the cost but I didn't. On the other hand it did make me smell amazing and for quite a long time. The bubbles were nice long lasting bubbles, the bath was silky, and it worked so well together. I was a little disappointed in the dryness of my skin afterward but I think I can overlook that. Dream cream solved that problem. As far as using this again ... maybe on a special occasion. It's a little too expensive to be using more than once or twice a year.

So folks that's my bath cocktail. Let me know if you found this information helpful or if I went on too long about all this stuff. Also let me know if you've used any of these products and what your thoughts are.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Top 5 Lush Products

The process of figuring out my top 5 favorite Lush products took a lot longer than I anticipated. I realize that most, if not all, of these products are quite popular but I truly believe, after 2 days of going through my entire stash, that these are the 5 products from Lush I really couldn't live without ... at least for now.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Butterball Bath Bomb


The first thing I have to say about this little guy is that, well, he's little. Butterball is about half the size of the other bath bombs and is only $1 (give or take) or so cheaper than the others. While that isn't much of a difference in price I almost feel like it's worth it. Almost.

After hopping in the bath I didn't really notice the scent as much as I did while butterball was fizzing out. The cocoa butter scent that I smelled while the bomb was still whole all but disappeared when all the cocoa butter chunks floated out into my tub. I'm not a huge fan of cocoa butter but that's alright because I didn't really feel the effects of it while I was in the tub anyway. Had I not turned the jets on I don't think I would have been able to tell there was even anything in my tub. The water did turn a slight milky color but the size of the bomb compared to the size of my tub just wasn't enough.

I still may repurchase this bath bomb simply because I loved the way my skin smelled, and felt (which I can only attribute to the cocoa butter), for hours after getting out. One other issue I can see with this bath bomb is for those without jetted tubs. I have a feeling the cocoa butter would just sit around the edges of the water and cause a filmy build up.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Lush Bath Cocktail

Aren't Lush products just so lovely? I finally got the chance to make a bath cocktail. It was my first but, of course, won't be my last. I made a little video to share with you.


So now that you've seen the cocktail let me give you what I'm going to call my "after thoughts".

This had to be the softest, silkiest, bath I've ever taken. I knew the second I crumbled up the bubbleroon that this was going to be a smooth bath. The bubbles that were created didn't fade away quickly and smelled great for the first 5 minutes or so. After those first 5 minutes all the smells seemed to disappear though. I couldn't smell citrus, or toffee, any longer unless I turned on the jets or moved the water around with my hand. I found that strange because every other Lush bath product I've used has been just the opposite. I've never had to force the smell to come out like I did with this bath cocktail. I will admit, however, that once I got out of the tub I smelled like a fruity, honey, toffee bar for about 2 hours. So the scent lingered on my skin but didn't really come out in the tub.

I have to say that, overall, I loved the texture of the bath, the way I smelled after the bath, but I was a little disappointed in the scent while in the bath. I'll have to try each one individually to see what I'm missing out on.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

My Lush Stash

Here's a little video showing you my Lush Stash.

Something went horribly wrong during editing and it appears like my background has a mind of it's own. I am so sorry about that.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Why?

If you've come over here from my main blog you'll notice that I removed all the Lush posts from said blog. I have a method to my madness.

I've become a huge lush fanatic. So much so that I thought my Lush addiction needed it's own space. I'm constantly wanting to talk about the products that I've tried but not wanting to crowd my main blog with a million posts about the products.

On this blog I plan to talk about my loves, regrets, hauls, bath cocktails, and everything else lush related.

I am officially a lushie. There is no turning back!