One of the perks of being a 'Lushie' is that I am able to learn about different cultures and traditions from around the world, some of which I would never have been exposed to otherwise. Often, when Lush release new products, I use this as an excuse to research the meaning behind the names or to extend my knowledge of something in the ingredient list.
When Bombardino first made it's appearance, I was interested in finding out the meaning behind it's name. What I discovered was that the bath bomb is inspired by an apres ski drink traditionally made in the Italian Alps with eggnog, brandy and whipped cream. Normally this concoction would send me running in the opposite direction as I dislike Eggnog and despise spirits. However, I had faith that Lush would be able to use their expertise to turn these ingredients into something wonderful.
Lush claim that their version of the Bombardino is just as rich and creamy, smelling like a lemon meringue pie. Although I wouldn't say it's scent is reminiscent of the popular Swiss pudding, the mixture of cocoa butter, bergamot oil, sicilian lemon oil and vanilla absolute, does give this bath bomb a distinctively creamy, buttery fragrance. To top it off, the eyes are made from dairy free chocolate drops, meaning this is a vegan-friendly creamy experience as well.
Although rather small, the Bombardino is impressive when added to the bath tub. As one of Lush's slower fizzers, the bomb froths and fizzes, turning the bath water a light lemon yellow and displacing the water with swirls of creamy white foam. To top it off, the bomb also releases an abundance of golden lustre that swirls on top of the water and leaves the water sparkling and gorgeous.
However, a downside, which is perhaps due to it's size, is that the beautiful buttery scent is somewhat lost when fully dissolved. This is one of those bath bombs that smells stronger when in the packet than it does in use.
Despite this problem, this bath bomb does wonders for your skin. For such a small product, Lush must really cram it full of cocoa butter as it left me feeling so soft and silky. So much so that I chose not to moisturise afterwards and found that my skin still felt beautiful the next day.
The buttery, zesty lemon scent also clings to you for ages and I found I could still smell it on my pillow the next morning. I really did adore this smell and would love to see Lush bring it out in a different form, perhaps as a lotion or massage bar.
For the price tag of £2.50, this is one of the cheaper Christmas products available from Lush this year. Although the scent weakened in the water, it still offers a relaxing, uplifting bathing experience that I'd recommend using during the depressing winter months to come.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter, Soya Milk Powder, Perfume, Radiant Gold Lustre, Bergamot Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Cornflour, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Snowflake Lustre, Dairy Free Chocolate Drops.
2016 Price: £2.95 each.