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October 16, 2017

Lush Cosmetics Review #2 – Lava Lamp

by berryhart

I am a woman on a mission, and that sweet smelling quest is to test and review every Lush bath bomb I can get my glitter stained hands on. For those who wish to read a little more about Lush and their company policies, click here. For those already in the know, below you will find a very honest break down of the pros and cons of each product I have used. For the record, I am not an employee of the company, past or present and I am not endorsed by Lush in any way (although I wish I was!).

Today’s review is on…

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Lava Lamp

This now discontinued (at least in the UK, possibly other countries) ballistic certainly emits funky retro vibes. The groovy orange sphere comes decorated with dark purple blobs, giving perfect definition of its Lava Lamp inspiration. To look at, this bath bomb is pretty cool and a bit of fun. The scent is boasting of triple citrus goodness – Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and orange flower to deliver a truly tropical and refreshing relaxation experience. Despite its fully flavoured ingredients, the smell for me was not very memorable although I did not have any complaints as such in that regard. I recall using this bath bomb pretty early on into my ballistic testing, and so in comparison to Big Blue and Dragon Egg, the aroma was simply not as exciting. As soon as it hit the hot water, it did give out an impressive display that fell true to what you would expect a lava lamp bath tub to look like. However, the purple and navy blobs that exploded out whilst fizzing did not linger for very long, and overall left the water a dark orange colour. The particles that did remain all swept to the sides of the bath, which ultimately birthed the primary issue I had with this ballistic. It stained the sides of the tub. Now, a lot of the bath products I have used from Lush, particularly the very colourful ones, do occasionally leave an imprint of colour or texture behind after draining. Usually nothing more than a splash of water solves the problem. However, Lava Lamp’s purple fusion tried its damn well best to stay visible. As an OCD diagnosed sufferer, my bath is always subjected to brutal scrubbing after every use with a good dose of bleach around the edges and drain. But even my trusted cleaning products struggled to remove the purple residue. It took serious effort and a couple of days for the colour to fade away entirely. And whilst on the subject of staining, it not only marked the bath but also my skin. A few ballistics I have used leave glitter and shimmer on the skin after bathing, but I had vivid purple splodges all over that again were a pain to clean off my skin. Not exactly what you desire after taking a bath to get clean. It was because of that reason alone that I knew this was not a product I would ever purchase or use again. The only positive was that whilst in the water, it made my skin feel incredible soft, but certainly not enough to convince me that this is worth the clean-up. Lava Lamp is known to be a cult classic, but for me, it was a massive fail.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara) (Citrus Aurantium Amara (Orange) Flower Water) Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata) (Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil) Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis) Water (Aqua) PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea) Organic Castor Oil(Ricinus communis) *Limonene Yellow 6 Yellow 5 Violet 2

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Appearance – 3/5
Looks-wise, it is a cool bath product with fun, vibrant colours. Once in the bath, leaves awful purple stains and turns the water into a Fanta type hue.

Scent – 2/5
Triple citrus but for me, not very memorable.

Extra Features? Yes – 1/5
The idea behind the purple blobs to create the lava lamp effect is a quirky concept, and on paper sounds amazing, but in reality it causes a huge mess.

Overall Score – 2/5

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