I had heard about this amazing product from Lush even before trying it. At the time I came upon various posts regarding Gumback, the product was in discontinued status and was in high demand for a second wave of production. A few months later I saw it re-offered online (yayyy, Lush really listens to their fans) and jumped on the Gumback Express and boy was I glad I did! It is a great product- a treasure-find of an exfoliator! It does a good job without being too abrasive and I love the scent (a sweet mild almond and banana)… Moisturizing with a nice texture! Smells good enough to drink ;)! I finished my Gumback tub just yesterday =(. This is definitely worthy of a re-purchase and I hope Lush will continue to offer it permanently!
Several years ago I ventured into Soho’s Bloomingdales for a little retail therapy and picked up the Hamman Bath Set and Lemon Coffee- Blossom Olive Stone Scrub as early Christmas presents from moi to moi. I still believe the Lemon Coffee scrub was the best I’ve ever used. It truly smelled of the most aromatic gourmet coffee imaginable- a perfect morning pick-me-up =)!
This one is from last night. An uplifting sweet and floral mix. A really fun feminine bath. Who could ask for more?
1 Hot Java Bath Ballistic: I messaged a Lush guru regarding her big order from Lush England. She claimed the shipping wasn’t too bad but I beg to differ. This is the last time I will order from England. I’ve been finding out that with patience, many new release UK Lush products will eventually be made available in the U.S. within a couple of months. We are always a bit behind but I think paying for high shipping fees is absurd and totally not worth it. As for HJ, I really liked this bath bomb. Fast fizz. The bath water turned a cheerful bright tangerine with pieces of cinnamon sticks floating around.
Ginger & cinnamon powders
Ginger, coriander, & juniper essential oils
1 Marzibain Bubble Bar: Created sweet fluffy white bubbles. I decided to use the entire bar since I wanted more bubbles. Even so, the bubbles were minimal.
Whole almond (decoration)
1/3 Happy Blooming Bath Melt: Cherry sweet. Would definitely re-purchase. I wish Lush came out with more bath melts. I feel like what they are offering in the bath melt section is so limited when compared to their other bath product categories.
Fresh passion fruit
Ylang ylang oil
A Ring of Roses Soap: A lovely gently floral fragranced soap. I always worry about anything floral because I really dislike the scent of lavender (smells too medicinal and herbal) and geraniums (smells like burnt plastic). I know lavender is supposed to be calming, so it’s unfortunate that I dislike that scent. I do think dried lavender looks gorgeous in a clay vase. RR was to my relief nicely scented and it left my skin moisturized. For someone with normal or combo skin, many Lush melts and soaps make post-bath lotion unnecessary. You can see from the list below that it’s jam-packed with lots of goodness.
Lush bath cocktails are either as good as or better than going to the spa. One Lush bath is definitely a tiny fraction of what a spa treatment would cost. I also dislike running to keep appointments; that’s very stressful to me. These pampering baths could be drawn at any time you wish. I admit they aren’t a complete substitute for massages. They can be considered as something you could enjoy in-between spa treatments.
I would love to try some of your Lush bath cocktail recipes! Please add your comment =)
If you want a more lavish bath, ideally you’ll want to choose:
1 bath bomb to create fizz
1 bubble bar to create bubbles
1 bath melt to moisturize and soften skin
1 bar of soap for additional cleansing or exfoliation (obviously depends on the type of bar you choose). Remember to exfoliate before you put on any type of fake bake so your skin can absorb the product better and more evenly.
1 rubber ducky; just kidding (this is optional)
You may also want to have a face mask on during this time or hair treatment. I personally like to put face mask on when I’m not in the bath since it tends to flake off as it dries and ends up falling into the bath water. I’m very particular this way.
I find that body butters are best used during a shower but you can do whatever suits you.
A post-bath massage bar or body lotion and foot cream is a must for me since I have dry skin (which is even more terrible during the winter).
Below is a picture of my second Lush bath cocktail. I tend to soak in this Lushoiusness until I’m nice and pruney. If you are wondering where I bought my wonderful adjustable bath caddy, it was ordered from eBay. I believe that Linens ‘N Things carries the same model too. If not, Google “adjustable bath caddy” and a bunch of alternatives should appear. I love Pottery Barn’s but didn’t believe it was suitable for the type of tub I have.
If you love bath cocktails as much as I do, please share your recipes!
A bath cocktail is simply as you would have guessed, when multiple products are used to enhance a lux bath or to create a desired bath theme e.g. candy-scented, floral, honey-scented. You get the idea… Recently I used the following products in mine:
1/8 of Happy Easter-The Yellow One (shell): Fast fizzing action, sweet candy scent, turned the water a bright yellow.
1/2 of Ma Bar Bubble Bar: Broke up very easily under the spigot of running water, sweet honey-chocolate-toffee scented
Honey I Washed The Kids Soap during the bath:
I’m not fortunate enough to own a Kohler tub with built-in jets so I made sure the water was running when I popped the products in. The bubbles started to dissipate after a while so I waved my hands through the water and the bubbles re-formed. If you do have tub jets, you can turn them on again to refresh the bubbles. I have a feeling that I should have used more product since the bubbles were not as full as I would have liked. I have a small tub and I thought I could make do with less bubble bar.
As an after-thought, I wish I had also used a sweet-scented bath melt with the bath too. If I had, I would have only needed a small chunk of it. Probably like a 1/4 or smaller of a melt.
Therapy Massage Bar (on my legs): Leaves my skin moisturized for the ENTIRE DAY, initially my skin felt a bit oily after applying, lavender, sweet orange and neroli oils scented (scent is kinda strong and potentially headache-inducing). Not sure if I will re-purchase it since I’m not too crazy about the scent, though an hour or two later the scent is a bit sweet and nutty. Don’t let my review stop you from purchasing this bar if you still want to give it a try… To each, his own opinion. I will continue using this bar until it’s all gone because I don’t believe in wasting anything.
Mange Too Massage Bar (upper extremities): Leaves my skin moisturized for the ENTIRE DAY, also initially my skin felt a bit oily after applying, white chocolate, honey and peppermint, very strong scent that I initially didn’t like. Similar to the Therapy Massage Bar, I liked the scent after it dried a little. I may re-purchase but I’m not sure yet since I’ve only used this bar a couple of times and there are other Lush massage bars I like much more.