My First LUSH Experience

When I say my ‘first’ LUSH experience, I have tried items from their range before but I’ve never tried a bath bomb and that seems to be the be all and end all of some peoples idea of pampering ones self so you can consider that I was a LUSH virgin up until last weekend. I was gifted a beautfully wrapped (in glow in the dark paper no less) LUSH gift set by my friend Danielle for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and was waiting to have a good amount of time to make use of it. Whereas some shower daily I take a bath so it’s nothing special but I’m an in and out kinda gal, wash my hair, shave my legs, done! I don’t lay around ‘relaxing’ so when I had a Saturday afternoon free I thought I would try and do just that. I put on a YouTube video and prepared for a long soak in the tub.

The bomb itself was pretty cool with the fizzing and the pretty colours and such, so that was nice but once i was in the bath.. it was basically just purple water. I’ve been informed since that you should be in the water for at least 30 mins to really get the benefit of the various oils within the bath bomb and I believe I was in for that long but I didn’t feel any more relaxed that if I were in regular water, it wasn’t heavily fragranced and my skin felt no different upon leaving the bath. What exactly is bath bombs purpose? Is it just a fun alternative to bubble bath? Back in the day I used to use Radox and I genuinely felt a difference, i’m not sure if it was the scent or if I was just falling for a total placebo and advertising but it seemed to melt my aches and pains away. This by comparison is about 20x more expensive (on a cost per bath ratio) and what does it do? I believe this is one of the cheaper options at £2.10 but you can pay up to £4.50 (not including the uber ridiculously overpriced limited editions) for a one use bath product that turns your bath water a funky colour and does.. what? This is a genuine question as I am a total LUSH noob, I really am flummoxed.

So.. it was a nice shade of purple and crazily I may well repurchase one for a special occasion but I have no idea why other than the novel aspect.

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Miss BB



  1. Holly Kay
    17 February, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    Of all the Lush bath ballistics this is my least favourite! Your right, it doesn’t do anything special but lots of the others do! The butterball is a cheaper one (I cut mine in half too) and is packed full of pieces of cocoa butter so you come out totally not needing to moisturise at all! (Wouldn’t wash your hair in same bath though!) And the comforter bar I cut up into little chunks too… I guess they are expensive but then your paying for fair trade organic products by a company with very good ethics (they pay their tax and contribute to the 3rd world etc) so I would urge you to try another before you write them off! Avobath and the big blue ones are lovely too 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      19 February, 2013 / 7:56 pm

      I will try some more and like you suggested cut them in half.. that doubles their value right there alone and butterball will be top of my list, thanks!

  2. 17 February, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    I think comparing it to something off the shelf in a supermarket is a little silly. You have to factor in the fact everything is hand made, there’s no crap or cheap fillers bulking it out. It’s not tested on animals and a lot fo the stuff is vegan. It can be very hard to find that on the highstreet which is why I prefer putting my money into something worthy rather than something that’s made in a factory by a machine.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      19 February, 2013 / 7:55 pm

      barring calling my opinion ‘silly’ that comment was really useful. As I mentioned in the post, I know very little about LUSH and was looking for info and to know why everyone seems to love them The ethical trading makes sense and explains their pricing but you didn’t tell me any benefits of the actual products. What makes them worth the money based on product value alone. Other people have mentioned that other bath bombs are better than the one I tried, what are your thoughts?

  3. Cathy
    17 February, 2013 / 10:14 pm

    I like their bath melts a lot more, but I have heard good things about the butter ball one as the above commenter mentioned.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      19 February, 2013 / 8:11 pm

      i might try a melt next time

  4. 19 February, 2013 / 1:17 am

    I agree with Holly! Definitely try out a different bath bomb before you make up your mind against them. I LOVE the ocean bath bomb. For me, it’s very relaxing but does have a lot of seaweed residue that might get stuck on you so I guess it depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. I’ve heard great things about the butterball and avocado bath bombs, as well.

  5. 19 February, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    I agree, this “space girl” bath bomb isn’t the most exciting for the price, I just used this one this week too. I’m a lover of Lush Baths though. I love some of the other Lush bath bombs such as the “Phoenix Rising” which changes colors a few times and really colors the tub. There are others that have some items inside such as roses or seaweed which are really nice. Each bath bomb has a different purpose, some are relaxing from the scent while others have body butter inside which makes your skin rehydrate (getting out of the bath you don’t have to put lotion on).

  6. 19 February, 2013 / 10:59 pm

    I have never used LUSH products and find them to be a bit high priced for a one use item, so reading the comments to this post has really informed me a bit more. If you do try out any other bath bombs that the above people have suggested, please let us know your thoughts on it!!

  7. 6 March, 2013 / 11:33 pm

    Just to reiterate; especially given the above comment about your comparisons being “silly”, LUSH are not as ethical and “natural” as you may first be lead to believe, there are chemical nasties in some of their products so if this is something that’s of special importance then a little research is required when it comes to which LUSH products you’re purchasing. 🙂 personally, I’m not a seeker of vegan products and I will welcome the odd paraben if its going to improve a product so this isn’t something that phases me at all, it unnerves me to see people waxing lyrical about what they perceive to be a “natural” product though. Anyway; that aside, I’m a total LUSH bath bomb virgin. I actively avoid the shops because I find the smell nauseating, I’m sure each of their products smell lovely on their own, but the combined effort of all of those fragrances pouring themselves out on to the pavement has me crossing the road! Next time I am suffering with blocked sinuses though I might go in and grab myself something 🙂

    • missbudgetbeauty
      7 March, 2013 / 9:06 pm

      Yes! I bought something the other week and they were skirting round the non lovely ingredients when explaining a cleanser to me. I do understand the fair trade aspect but I don’t think it’s as organic and natural as people assume

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 April, 2013 / 5:32 pm

      that’s definitely been my biggest recommendation since I posted this so I think I will have to give it a go

  8. Jade Chloe
    21 April, 2013 / 10:17 am

    See I’m a LUSH addict, I have sensitive legs ( I know, weird) so I find none of these irritate me. Like you said space girl does virtually nothing apart from make the water purple, I get these for little girls for their birthdays as they love glitter and sparkle but it doesn’t irritate and I think for £7 you get a piece of pink soap in a star that smells like candy also so, they’re wrapped in cute paper so it’s virtually effortless especially for last minute invitations! I recommend you try their BIG shampoo, again it’s a tad pricey but the results are just WOW! You could try Milo with ickle baby bot, it’s suppose to soothe them ready for bed and doesn’t cost much but you can cut it into small piece for him to put in the bath. Another one you could try would be Geophyzz (not sure one spelling) it. Obtains a lot of hawiien sea salt and is suppose to help fizzle your aches and pains away x
    Find it online but also IF you get time just look through the bath bombs and bubble bars they’re actually very interesting little things
    But if you can bare It venture down to the shop, it might seem overpowering. It after3-5 minutes you don’t even notice it and little children love the colours 😉 hope this was of somewhat help.

    Jade x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 April, 2013 / 5:31 pm

      haha I really quite like the smell of LUSH stores.. I know a lot of people find them overpowering but they’re okay. I have tried the baby ones and they’re nice treats for the kids but I may have to expand into their shampoos etc if they’re really so great

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