With the amount of different bubble bars and ballistics that I have, I sometimes find it a challenge to remember all of their names, so remembering anything else about them is asking for a miracle. However, this latter problem can often turn out to be a blessing, as was the case with Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar.
It wasn't until I dug out one of my abandoned bars and peeled back the wrapper that I realised why I had been so excited to get my hands on these in the first place. Made from a combination of vanilla absolute, clary sage and lavender oil, this bubble bar shares it's scent with the wonderful American Cream Conditioner and the now discontinued I Am 10 Limited Edition Bubble Bar.
Described by Lush as a 'sexy vanilla' bath companion, this rare product is slightly smaller than your average bubble bar - measuring in at roughly 5 centimetres in diameter. It's soft and squidgy to the touch, making it really easy to break into halves or quarters, depending on how many baths you wish to get out of it. If, like me, you enjoy bubbles, I would recommend that you share this across two baths as I found that each half gave me the perfect amount of bubbles. If you're not too fussed about the bubble element, you could probably stretch this across three or four baths, although I don't know how strong the scent would be if you do this.
After crumbling the bubble bar under the running water, the tub filled up with wonderfully soft and fragrant bubbles. Admittedly, there wasn't as many bubbles as I would normally expect for a piece this size, but there was enough to keep most people happy. Flosty Gritter redeemed itself by giving off a pungent and gorgeously-rich fragrance that filled the bathroom very quickly and stayed throughout the entire experience. Furthermore, it turned the water a beautiful shade of fuscia-pink, which only heightened the experience. Although the bubble bar is decorated with a slight sprinkling of glitter, I couldn't detect this once it had been dissolved in the water and neither did I find any on my body afterwards.
The aroma that this bar gave off was a creamy, wholesome vanilla musk supported by a natural blast of strawberry. The addition of lavender and sage helps to add a herby undertone that compliments the fresh vanilla scent and gives it a more rounded smell. While the herbal element was definitely present here, it was very subtle in the overall fragrance and didn't overpower the fruitiness of the berries. It's an incredibly comforting and deeply relaxing scent that wraps itself around you - yet the light, fresh element of the aroma means that this bubble bar can be used at any time of the year.
My only issue with this bubble bar, and the reason it didn't score full marks, is that the scent didn't seem to leave an impression on my skin. Although I left the bath feeling soft and well-pampered, the scent was rather quick to evaporate once the water had been drained.
Although I'm not really a 'girlie-girl' and wouldn't initially get excited by the look of this bubble bar, Flosty Gritter is a definite favourite of mine and one I'll be stocking up on whenever I have the chance.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Pink Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer).
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American Cream Conditioner
American Cream Liquid Perfume
American Cream Solid Perfume
American Pie Shower Jelly
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I Am 10 Bubble Bar
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