11 July 2011

Review of Lush 'The Comforter' bubble bar

My camera is still broken so please excuse the quality of these camera-phone pics. Top left, the product comes in a yellow paper bag; top right: The Comforter in its pink swirly glory; bottom left, I used the smaller piece; bottom right, masses of bubbles and a deep pink water colour. 
Lush is a brand that really seems to polarise people. You either love it or you hate it. For every 10 diehard Lush addicts it seems like there’s an equal number of detractors. Fans love the company ethos as much as the products: no animal testing, no unnecessary packaging, vegetarian ingredients...

Those who are less enthusiastic about the brand point to the inclusion of synthetic chemicals on the ingredients list for many of the products. There are also grumbles about the strong aroma that’s the hallmark of all Lush stores, and the direct approach of their sales staff.

While I understand these concerns, I don’t really share them. I like the idea of natural products but in reality, most of the products I use on a day-to-day basis contain the same chemicals found in the average Lush product – if not more. The most contentious, sodium lauryl sulphate, is a lathering agent found in the majority of bath foams, shower gels and shampoos. The company clearly display the ingredients for all products. And as for the Lush sales staff, I’ve found them super friendly and helpful when I’ve ventured in at Christmas to pick up gift sets for Lush loving pals. But in general, Lush has not tended to be a place I shop in for myself.

This could be all set to change, though, if last night’s experience is anything to go by.
My BFF and fellow bath fan Jo presented me with a surprise gift of two Lush bath products, the Keep It Fluffy bath bomb (geddit, geddit?!) and The Comforter bubble bar. When Joanne interrupted her trip to London this weekend to send a blissed-out text describing ‘the bubbliest, best bath ever….like a hug!”, I was desperate to try it out for myself.
Now, bath time has become quite a serious affair for me in recent years, with lots of candles and grown-up products like Clarins bath oils and L’Occitane’s lavender bath foam. Baths help me to relax and to sleep better and I’ve been so intent on achieving these results that I’d somehow forgotten that baths used to be, y’know, fun. But fun is what The Comforter is all about: it’s a huge, pink-and-white-swirled bar that turns the water pink and creates piles and piles of bubbles. It didn’t smell fruity to me but intensely sweet, in a good way – like pink, fizzy refreshers – and it brought back memories of childhood and splashing about and the simple pleasure that bath-time can bring, when you’re not focusing so intently on deep breathing and relaxing and de-stressing...
I thoroughly enjoyed it and my skin felt soft and smelled good afterwards. The bath also rinsed clean straight away.
Here’s the ingredients list for The Comforter from the Lush UK website: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Cocamide DEA, Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Cassis Absolute (Ribes nigrum), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200
What about you, Lush friend or foe?
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