Amondopondo: Oh dear. I have a new addiction and its name is LUSH bubble bars. I had never been into LUSH as every time I walked by the store I'd instantly get a headache, but I was desperate to get back into taking baths after a long hiatus and didn't want to wait for an e-tailer order to arrive, so I figured I'd brave a potential migraine and pick out some bath goodies at my local LUSH store. And I'm so glad I did! I was a bit leery of this particular scent as I don't like rose, but the citrus is the dominant note and the rose cuts the tartness of it. Overall it's a lovely, delicate, fresh scent and not overpowering in the slightest. The bubbles this bar makes are amazing too - very long lasting and I only needed to use half a bar for a full tub of water. Pricey? A little. But the immense relaxation that ensued from this product is well worth it.
Bubble Grub*: If you want a rich, creamy, almost buttery vanilla-scented bubble bar, this one's for you (but hurry because it's limited edition as part of LUSH's 2015 Easter collection). Somehow it's not overly foody - there's still that trademark clean LUSH scent. And how adorable are the vanilla stick antennae?!
Candy Cane*: I'm confused as to why LUSH releases a differently-colored and -named version of its Creamy Candy bubble bar around the holidays. The pink-and-white striped bar is a festive change from the usual pink, but I think they should have added a little shot of mint to the scent as it would both live up to the Candy Cane name that way and also be a "real" limited-edition - Creamy Candy is available year-round, so I'm hard-pressed to figure out why one would buy this instead of just getting Creamy Candy. But enough criticism of LUSH's marketing - this is great. It has a delicious sweet scent that's somehow not foody or cloying, and as with the other bubble bars it makes tons of suds. Yet another for me to always have on hand!
Christmas Eve*: When I went in the store to restock my beloved bubble bars I came across some new limited edition (I think) holiday scents. I'm shocked by how much I like this one since I'm not into florals - I was a little concerned it would give me a headache as most do - but I found that the combination of jasmine and ylang-ylang is subtle and and extremely relaxing. The water becomes a serene deep blue/purple (blurple?) shade too. As with other LUSH bubble bars I only needed half of this to create lots of long-lasting suds for a full tub of water. What a lovely way to unwind!
Dorothy: Dorothy is one of the more comforting bubble bars LUSH offers on account of both its scent and the fact that it turns the bath water a very soothing shade of blue. It's described as a "heady floral" scent but I don't really get that - the effect for me is much more subtle and reminds me of freshly-washed sheets.
Drummers Drumming*: When I saw the description for this bar I knew I had to get to my store ASAP, since it supposedly smelled like strawberry and I was praying for a dupe of my precious Magic Mushroom bubble bars (still my favorite). Lo and behold, Drummers Drumming is nearly identical. There's no vanilla element and the strawberry isn't quite as sharp as that of Magic Mushrooms, but if you're pining for those Drummers Drumming is an excellent substitute.
Gingerbread House*: A new holiday favorite for me! It's a lovely, mild gingerbread scent with a hint of cinnamon - not too foody or spicy, just right. And it turns the water a very festive pumpkin color. If you want something a little bit sweet for the holidays but don't want to smell like a bakery, get this!
Gnome Name*: There's nothing not to like about this product - the adorably shaped elf head with its chocolate chip eyes, the sweet, fizzy, ever so slightly spicy scent, and the shade of bright reddish pink the bathwater turns as you crumble the little guy into the tub are all so full of holiday cheer you will no doubt have visions of sugarplums (and more Lush bubble bars) dancing in your head.
p.s. This is known as Wee Harry in the UK - same product, different name. ;)
Ma Bar**: I positively adore the chocolate-honey-toffee scent of this bar, but the problem is that I can only really smell it while holding it directly under my nose. Once it's crumbled into the bath I can barely smell anything. It's such a delicious comforting scent without being overly foody, so I wish it were as strong as the other bubble bars I've tried (which, in my opinion, are fairly softly-scented to begin with.) Nevertheless it still produces lots of fluffy bubbles, and as much as I love Candy Cane and Christmas Eve bars, Ma Bar is my favorite for the winter months. So mad that LUSH discontinued it! I check the LUSH UK kitchen menu very frequently as it does make an appearance from time to time, but they sell out very quickly.
Magic Mushroom*: This is a limited edition bubble bar for Valentine's Day. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it becomes permanent, because I don't think I can live without it! It's a delicious combination of LUSH's Vanillary and Yummy Yummy Yummy (strawberry) scents, and the overall effect is positively sublime. It's like sitting in a tub full of fresh strawberries and a hint of vanilla cream - truly decadent.
Mother Superior*: This bar was part of the 2015 Mother's Day lineup. If you like the scent of Rub Rub Rub shower gel, run, don't walk to your nearest LUSH and buy some of these while they're still available! These smell identical to Rub Rub Rub, and are a bit larger than the normal-sized bubble bar so you can get more baths from them. Plus they turn the water such a lovely shade of blue, just like the Dorothy bubble bar.
Rose Jam Bubbleroon: I'm not usually into rose scents, but I'm totally in love with this because it reminds me so much of a delicious rose-flavored macaron - you can smell the rose but there's also some sweetness so that it's not a straight-up, overpowering floral. My only problem with it (and with the other Bubbleroons, for that matter) is that I found it doesn't bubble quite as well as other bubble bars. I have to use the entire thing instead of half to get a decent amount of bubbles, and they fade pretty quick. Fortunately the scent and lovely pink color lingers in the bathwater. Lack of bubbles aside, it's an amazing rose scent and quickly becoming my 2nd favorite bubble bar - my all-time fave being Magic Mushroom.
Three Gold Rings*: I really love the scent of this bubble bar - a comforting vanilla that isn't too sweet or foody (apparently it's the same as LUSH's Creme Anglaise body lotion). However, it doesn't seem to make as many bubbles as the other bubble bars, and whatever bubbles I do get disappear in a matter of minutes. I hope LUSH brings this back next holiday season but in a foamier formula.
Avowash (sometimes known as Avoshower)*: True to the product description, Avowash is scented with the lemongrass and avocado loveliness of the Avobath bath bomb. It's great for the summer as it's very light and fresh. However, this may be the first bath and body product that actually makes me hungry, and I own roughly 4 million dessert-scented products. Between the green color and the prominent avocado note, it bears a strong resemblance to guacamole! Having said that, I still recommend it - if you can catch it on the LUSH UK kitchen menu, definitely go for it.
Honey I Washed the Kids soap: I was wary of trying this since 1. I hardly ever use bar soap and 2. I'm not usually into honey scents. This soap, however, is divine. The scent is clean and fresh with just a hint of honeyed sweetness and it lathers well and doesn't totally dry out my skin. Another LUSH staple for me!
I Should Coco soap**: I loooooove anything coconut so naturally I had to try this. It's a really unique coconut scent - sort of like a soapy, clean coconut versus a tropical, suntan oil one. I was also pleased with the grainy, coarse texture since it makes a great exfoliator. The only problem is that despite the coconut oil it's not as moisturizing as I would like. I've heard it's being discontinued so I'm making sure to stock up!
It's Raining Men shower gel: - It's LUSH's famous, delectable Honey I Washed the Kids soap scent but in shower gel form. To my nose it's the same exact scent but a tad stronger. I like how well this lathers too - as much as I loved the now discontinued Yummy Yummy Yummy shower gel from LUSH, it was runny and didn't make a lot of suds. It's Raining Men, on the other hand, foams up just as nicely as my Philosophy 3 in 1s. Love.
Pearl massage bar: I love the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner but my skin still felt and looked dry after getting out of the shower. Enter Pearl, which has the same scent as Ro's Argan. It's a tiny bit greasy but it does moisturize, and I love that I can sandwich it between the Ro's Argan and Rose Jam perfume.
Pot O' Gold shower jelly*: Mmm, such wonderful caramelly goodness! This is definitely more foody than other LUSH products - this one actually lacks the usual LUSH clean edge and is more of a traditional dessert type scent. As with other shower jellies, the best way to apply it is to scoop out a bit and mash it into your loofah, then lather up. The gold shimmer is a nice touch as it adds a bit of fun to your shower but doesn't leave it a mess.
Prince Charming shower gel*: I was sad LUSH didn't bring back Magic Mushrooms for their 2014 Valentine's Day collection, but this was pretty good. It's a lovely combination of tart fruitiness (pomegranate) and sweet (marshmallow) that also lathers nicely.
Ro's Argan: I love the scent as it's strong but not overpowering and lingers after I get out of the shower. Sadly, the moisture does not so I have to follow up with a separate moisturizer. Fortunately LUSH now makes a massage bar with the same fragrance so I can layer.
Snowcake: One of the many things LUSH excels at is taking a traditionally foody scent and making it into something that smells wonderfully clean and merely hints at the food notes rather than hitting you over the head with them (which isn't a bad thing, but not all people like to smell like dessert!) With Snowcake, the food inspiration is marzipan, but the scent itself is a lovely clean vanilla with just a touch of almond. I think the reason I avoided this cult favorite for so long was because I don't like marzipan, but it really doesn't smell like it - it's a more delicate kind of sweet. What I love most about this soap, besides the fabulous scent, is that it's creamier than most LUSH soaps I've tried. I still have to use body lotion/cream after washing with it, but it's definitely more moisturizing than, say, Lem Slip or Sexy Peel. I only wish I had managed to snag the limited-edition Snowcake perfume from a few seasons ago!
Strawberry Feels Forever massage melt: Since I'm currently obsessed with LUSH's Yummy Yummy Yummy shower gel and Magic Mushroom bubble bars, I asked the SA at the store if they offered any kind of strawberry-scented moisturizer I could layer on top. Et voila! She showed me this bar and I bought it hook, line and sinker. It's not the most moisturizing product I've tried, but other than that it's fabulous. The scent is amazing and it lasts pretty well. It does feel a little greasy at first but after thoroughly rubbing it in it really melts into your skin (hence the name Massage Melt.) Love it. Now if only LUSH would make a strawberry-scented perfume...
Yummy Mummy body conditioner*: As with the Yummy Mummy shower gel, this is supposed to smell like fresh strawberries. I don't know if I got a bad batch or what but my tub of it honest to god smells like pretzels with a hint of strawberry. I have no idea why, as the Yummy Mummy shower gel I purchased smells great. As with Ro's Argan, I find I still have to moisturize afterward so I use the Strawberry Feels Forever massage bar. Between the off scent and the fact that it doesn't moisturize as well as promised, I wouldn't buy this again if LUSH re-released it.
Yummy Mummy shower gel*: The scent for this is basically the same as Yummy Yummy Yummy shower gel, but maybe a hair sharper. The consistency is much better though - Yummy Mummy actually lathers.
Yummy Yummy Yummy shower gel**: I am so in love with the scent of the Magic Mushroom bubble bar I got a small bottle of this to try. Yes, it's a bit runny and it doesn't lather so well, but the smell alone (pure, fresh, not-too- sweet strawberry) makes it worthwhile for me. It's been discontinued, but like Ma Bars it sometimes pops up on the kitchen menu of the LUSH UK site, so keep your eyes peeled.