As far as Lush products go, Want To Believe is probably the most unattractive, and possibly least appealing product they've ever released. When you think of Lush, you conjure up images of multicoloured bath bombs and magical tubs and pots filled up with mysterious but exciting elixirs. What you probably don't picture, is a slab of what looks like charcoal, with a little glittery lustre sprinkled on top.
According to Spanish tradition, the three kings featured in the nativity story, each bring Jesus gifts to celebrate his birth. Very similar to our traditions, children leave out their polished shoes in the hope of being rewarded for their good deeds that year; good children get a selection of treats, whereas the bad children get left with a lump of coal. Lush created Want to Believe to represent this tradition and prove that receiving a mass of grey stuff, is not always a bad thing.
Despite it's appearance, Lush describe this bath melt as being refreshing, and claim that, like every one of their other melts, that it'll soften your skin and restore a sense of calm to all who use it. Fragranced with fennel and starflower oil, this treat also contains a mixture of cocoa butter and soya milk, both of which give this product it's softening properties as well as helping to add that extra creaminess to it's overall fragrance.
Much like all of Lush's bath melts, you don't have to use the whole thing at once, and given the size of this product, you could no doubt divide this into four and use it on four different occasions. Although it's meant to represent a rock-hard block of charcoal, it's actually rather soft in consistency, and you can easily slice this with a knife to get the desired size.
To demonstrate it's performance in the water, I used an entire block, and was pleasantly surprised when it immediately began to disperse it's oils. I was surprised because of two reasons; firstly, I was expecting it to plummet to the bottom of the tub and act like the rock it represents; secondly, because this happens to be quite an old product and one I was expecting to have surpassed it's shelf life.
However, Want To Believe dissolves very easily and you can immediately see the oils coating the surface of the water. The only downside that I should mention is the fact that this product turns the water a dark shade of grey, which is not the most attractive colour, and probably not one that a lot of people would want to bathe in. Furthermore, it does leave a trail of grit and charcoal-coloured residue in the bath, making it one of Lush's messiest bath melts.
Despite this, I found that this product creates a beautiful velvety-soft water filled with skin-healing and soothing oils. You can really feel the butters and oils working like magic, the second you climb into the tub; it's quite easily, the most effective bath melt I have yet to try. You leave the bath with gloriously beautiful feeling skin - it's absolutely wonderful.
Unfortunately, my Want To Believe bath melt didn't possess that strong a smell, and the scent it did showcase, was rather strange. It's like an earthy, herbal scent with gentle hints of fennel and a slight creamy after scent of soya milk. I can't really claim to like it all that much, and I was a little worried by how pungent it became once it had dissolved in the water. However, the smell soon dispersed and I was able to add in a ballistic to mask the smell, whilst still enjoying the bath melt's healing properties.
Despite it's strange aroma and even odder appearance, it's a super effective moisturiser and one I would buy again to add to my lush bath cocktails. It's definitely not aesthetically pleasing, but it does exactly what I wanted it to, and for this reason, I was really impressed with Want To Believe. I can imagine it being even more enjoyable when fresh, so I hope this is a product that Lush re-release through their kitchen.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), PEG#6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Fair Trade Sugar, Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Perfume, Cold Pressed Organic Starflower Oil (Borago officinalis), Powdered Charcoal, Soya Milk (Glycine soja), *Limonene, *Linalool, Silver Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate).
2016 Price: £5.75 each.