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20 May 2015

Furze Bath Oil


What sets Lush apart from almost every other high street shop is that you go there for the experience as much as you do the actual purchasing. Whether you're new to the brand or a lifelong devotee, shopping at a Lush store is still viewed as more of an excursion than a simple 'pop in, pop out' situation. 

While I normally buy most of my products online, I do try to visit stores as often as I can, and I know as soon as I walk through their entrance, I'll be 'oohing' and 'aahhhing' like a kid in a sweet shop. Despite having used most of the products in their shops, many of them multiple times, I still cannot help but have a fondle and a sniff and just lap up the pleasant atmosphere that the company try so hard to create. 

Furze Bath Oil is a product that was made to be appreciated on display - a strange but equally beautiful creation that'll tempt even the grouchiest of consumers to have a gander over it's demeanour. This is a bath oil that may not emit a scent that everyone will enjoy, but I can guarantee that many will buy this out of sheer curiosity because of it's design alone.

Containing the same base ingredients as every other bath oil I have used so far, this product is equally as moisturising and soothing on the skin as you would imagine it to be. And like the majority of oils I have bathed in, this one also leaves a lingering scent on your skin for you to enjoy for hours after your bath. 
Sharing its scent with Furze Liquid Perfume, this Oxford Street Exclusive contains a collaboration of neroli oil and elderflower - two ingredients that give it its very unique and distinctive aroma. While the original perfume doesn't feature the latter ingredient, the similarity between the two is very close - with only the perfume boasting a thicker, creamier and more potent vanilla element. 

Inspired by the bush in Simon Constantine's garden, Furze is supposed to 'evoke happiness' with its sweet and floral aroma. The bath oil has a very  heady and slightly creamy floral scent - one that draws notes from the coconut oil and the neroli to give it a sweetness that shouldn't work but does. 

Although the product gives off a strong aroma to begin with, the fragrance intensifies somewhat when the bath oil is placed into the tub and allowed to integrate with the hot water and steam. I was really impressed to find that the smell radiated throughout my entire bathroom and left a lasting impression on both my skin and the immediate section of my house. Two of my flatmates commented on the 'wonderful scent' after coming home some 5-6 hours after I had drained my bath. Just like the perfume, this is a smell that wants to sticks around.

In the tub, I found that the oils released from Furze were the perfect consistency to offer a highly moisturising experience that was neither too greasy nor too messy. The size of the product offers the perfect dosage needed for a single bath so you don't have to worry about cutting this in half or doubling up if your skin needs a deep nourish. Simply throw one in alongside a favourite bath bomb or by itself as I did, and it'll create a haven of fragrance and moisture to leave your skin feeling silky-smooth and smelling delicious to boot.

The only issue I found with this particular bath oil is that is bleeds tiny pieces of elderflower into the water - some of which float on the surface while the rest sinks to the bottom and decorates the base of the tub. While the two Aramanth flowers on top aren't a problem and they can easily be removed before the product is used, the smaller pieces of decoration are far harder to get rid of, and if you're one of those people who dislike debris in the water, even straining through a sieve will not be very effective. 

While the elderflower washes away easily and I didn't notice any sticking to my skin or entangling itself in my hair, I would suggest that if you're adamant you want a mess-free bath, you should perhaps place this bath melt in a sock or in the foot part of a pair of tights and this should allow the oils to grace the water while the little pieces are kept out of the bath. 

While Furze offered a different experience from all of the other bath melts and oils that I have tried so far, and I would purchase it again in the future, it wasn't my favourite one and wouldn't be my first choice on my next visit to the store. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii butter), Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glyceriders & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Laureth 4, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocoa nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Elderflower (Sambucus nigra), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Chlorophyllin (CI 75810).

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2015.

Scent Family:
Furze Bath Oil
Furze Body Lotion
Furze Body Spray
Furze Liquid Perfume




3 comments

  1. Hi! I mix scentless body lotion/butter with Violet nights to have my own Violet nights body lotion. Any ideas how I could do the same with Furze and Flower's Barrow bath oils in bombs? If they are ever sold online of course... do you think it would be possible to melt them without added water?

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    1. Hmm, this is an interesting idea. As they're made of pils, I cannot see why this wouldn't work. Let me know if you try it but be careful - I can imagine these getting very hot when melted! I don't know if it would work for Furze either as the little pieces of flower might make it rather lumpy!

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  2. maybe you could melt them slowly in a bowl over a pan like when you melt chocolate, although it may effect the scent, I wouldn't want to make a leave on skin product, maybe mixing it into a solid shower butter would be fun ? I have wondered if I could mix the perfumes into handmade bubble bars, truffles etc. I guess I'll have to try it out. : ) I am totally in love with the new solid smoothies I desperately want to make my own but I know I will get the scent wrong.

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