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20 February 2013

Henata Bath Bomb


 
Mexican piñatas are colourful model animals that children smash to reveal hidden sweeties inside. Lush decided to use this idea to create their very own Mexican bathing experience. As part of their Easter range, Lush chose a Hen to fulfil this idea, naming her the very witty Henata!

You are supposed to smash her against the side of your bath to create an 'explosion of wonderful surprises'. However, I couldn't bring myself to do such a thing to a poor, defenceless animal -it's the vegan in me coming out again! Instead, I filled my bath tub to the brink, dropped her in and let her work her magic (hardly any less 'cruel' really).

Straight away, this bath bomb froths and fizzes, releasing wave upon wave of beautiful yellow and orange, that quickly taints the water and fills your bathroom with a sweet, citrusy fragrance. As Henata dissolves, it also releases a bunch of pretty, scarlet marigold petals that perch on the water's surface and add a little flare of decoration to boot. Lush also claim that it releases a 'shower of green glitter', which is odd because I did not spot anything glitter before or after the bath in experience. I'm guessing this could be a factory error as I've heard other people complain about the same problem. 

The best part about this bath bomb is that it 'gives birth' to two mini ballistic eggs - that float around your bath for a long time after the Henata has fully dissolved. The eggs smell very strongly of Sicilian orange oil, and it's enjoyable to watch them dissolve as you submerge yourself beneath the water.

As the colours of Henata suggest, this bath bomb carries a really lovely fragrance made up of sunny citrus oils like Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot. I would say that this is more of a fruity smell as opposed to a citrus smell - I think the bergamot definitely grounds the other two components so you get a much more rounded, warming fruity smell. 

Surprisingly, I found that there was also a  slightly soapy element about the scent of this product. I think the inclusion of the rose and marigold petals give the bath bomb a very subtle floral smell, which seems to transpire into more of a clinical, soapy smell. Don't get me wrong - this bath bomb isn't at all unpleasant when it comes to the aroma. However, it's definitely something that I noticed rather quickly, upon receiving these bath bombs in the post. 

There is nothing quite like the smell of this bath bomb so I really cannot relate it to any other product that Lush have brought out in the past. Furthermore, I cannot fault Lush for choosing to bring this one back in the Springtime: this is definitely a great bath bomb to wake you up in the morning.

As with other bath bombs that contain 'added extras', those of you who dislike picking waste out of the plug hole may wish to avoid this one as the petals were a little bit of a nuisance to remove. However, that does not take away from the wonderful calming experience that this bomb offers and you can always dissolve the bath bomb into a sieve to collect the 'debris'. I should also point out that this has the potential to stain, so I would recommend that you ensure your bath is clean before divulging in one of these.  
This is definitely one that I'll return to when I need a boost to start my day off and I hope Lush opt to bring this out during future Easter releases. It's noticeably softer than other bath bombs and turned out to be super moisturising, without any greasiness or oily puddles during the experience.  

Quantitative Ingredients; Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Pink Soap Paper, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Tangerine Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cornflowers, Marigold Petals, Red rose petals, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Gardenia Extract, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 19140, Colour 15510, Green Glitter.

Vegan?: Yes










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