Review // Lush: Karma Bubble Bar

Karma is associated with what you do, you’ll get back three fold. Well I can tell you using a bubble bar is exactly like that…but in a good way! You only need a little bit of the bar to create a beautiful relaxing bath with mountains of bubbles.

karma bubble bar

Made by Lush: Fresh Handmade cosmetics

What lush said:

karma-500x500Our signature fragrance for bath-time: oranges and multi-layered spices. Karma is a fragrance that keeps on giving. Each time you catch a whiff of its many-layered fragrance, you notice yet another thread in its multi-stranded personality. Top notes, middle notes, base notes and all the notes inbetween disentangle themselves before you. Bathe in a fluffy Karma bath and you’ll generously perfume the whole house with its fragrance (and yourself, too).

What i thought:

2015-05-21 20.07.59I was a little curious to try a bubble bar, when everyone always talks about the bath bombs, I thought well can it honestly be any good? I hadn’t heard much about them, but then a gentleman at the Fountain Gate store, recommended this one. What got me in his spiel, is that he said it has more than a ‘one time use’! Wait what? You mean unlike my bath bomb, I can use it more than once? How? Well you see, you only need to break off a little bit of the bubble bar to get what is pictured to the left.

How do I know how much to use? In this case less is more, and unlike a bath bomb that gets put into the water once your bath is full, the bubble bar is broken into the stream of the bath while filling. You can add more into the bath, but once it is filled its hard to create more bubbles.The best tip is: THE HIGHER THE PRESSURE THE MORE BUBBLES YOU GET!

In terms of the actual Karma bubble bar, it was a strange beautiful, funky smelling bath. As I left the room and walked back in after a few minutes and I would be smelling something a little different. It was a nice change.

For my ingredient conscientious followers

In the Karma Bubble Bar we have the following synthetic ingredients (everything else is natural):

Sodium bicarbonate softens the water and promotes circulation. In combination with citric acid – and hot water, of course – carbon dioxide is created. This appears as fizzing, whizzing bubbles. Bicarbonate of soda is very soothing, used for insect bites, eczema, and minor sunburn. It also calms indigestion and heartburn, and it is used for kidney complaints as well. It is being used to help neutralise acidic gases, which is helping to improve the environment.

Sodium Laureth Sulphate is the product that creates a thick rich foam and it cleanses the hair. Basically it is a product that allows oil and water that don’t normally mix, to become dispersed or separated. It also cleanses the skin and leaves it smooth. It is a surface active agent. Surfactants are partly water-soluble and partly oil-soluble. This allows the two to mix together.

Cocamide DEA is also an active ingredient and is derived from coconut oil. This means it is especially hydrating to the skin, but it also a cleanser. It is rich in fatty acids and is also an alkaline material meaning that it can assist in pH levels.

Lauryl betaine is derived from vegetable oils. It improves quality and stability of foam, so in this bath bomb it helps keep that silky foam on top of the water instead of just dissolving into the bath.

Perfume is a term used for any fragrance that was not derived from a plant source. Basically it means that it has been made in a lab using chemicals that are food safe and are usually found in essential oils.

There are two colours used in this bath bomb;  colour 15510 and colour 14700 are synthetics made from what I would assume is a plant based material, Lushopaedia did not mention this. Once I have a confirmation of the materials used I will edit this section.

Citral is present in several plants as an oil. It has a strong lemon fragrance and it has antimicrobial properties (meaning it kills microorganisms, such as fungi and bacteria that causes sweat to smell).

Citronellol is a fragrance made up of essential oils, including rose, geranium, neroli, chamomile, tagetes, lemongrass, basil and lavender. It smells similiar to a rose and is usually sweet.

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Overall it is not as fun as a bath bomb, but it is just as relaxing and soothing. I am actually giving this product a 8/10 as it did do everything it stated,, except I did not get the ‘orange’ smell at all, which was a tad disappointing. And the other mark that reduced the score was that I didn’t really LOVE this product as I have some others and I know I shouldn’t compare, but unfortunately the bath bombs still are a more fun and appealing product.


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