While I'm saddened to think that this is only one to two more luxury bath oils that I have left to review from Lush's new extensive collection, a part of me is relishing in the fact that once I've reviewed them all I can enjoy my favourites again and again, trying them out in the various amazing cocktails that some of you have suggested. Unfortunately, this isn't one that'll make my shopping list all that often.
Don't get me wrong, Floating Island is far from terrible - a cute and very delicious smelling dome-shaped product that supposedly mirrors the fragrance of the bath melt of the same name. Decorated with a miniature stem of fresh vanilla pod in the top, this looks like a stylised truffle that you would expect to find in a chocolate shop.
With vanilla pod seeds and sandalwood oil making up the basis of its scent, this bath oil has a lovely, sweet and very delicate creamy aroma - the vanilla aspect reminding me of the popular Vanillary range, while the inclusion of sandalwood offers a very subtle, calming woody element that rounds the fragrance off perfectly. In a way, this bath melt smells like a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
The addition of lemon oil adds a gentle citrusy element to compliment the other ingredients, but its not strong enough to thwart the other notes. Instead, it helps to add an uplifting component that makes Floating Island Bath Oil slightly more refreshing and 'spritely' when compared to its older sibling.
Packed with fair trade organic cocoa butter and almond oil, this product gets to work at releasing essential oils to help repair, nourish and moisturise the skin - melting slowly in the water and sending buttery puddles of goodness across the surface of the water.
Despite the water being substantially hot when I popped this into the bath, I did notice that this took quite a while for it to melt entirely - so I would recommend that you climb in and enjoy your bath while it's doing so. Once fully melted, you will have to swish the water around to encourage the oils to disperse themselves into the water otherwise you'll miss out on their benefits. However, this bath oil did help make the bath water
Despite enjoying this, there's just something slightly disappointing about this bath oil - something I cannot really place my finger on very easily. Perhaps it is the fact that the older and much large bath melt is stronger in scent and creates a much creamier experience in the tub; it could be the fact that the design of this bath oil is fairly boring when placed next door to any of the other bath oils available in store.
Whatever the case may be, this is probably one of my least favourite bath oils to come from the Oxford Street store, and probably only one I'd buy again if I wanted to use one in a cocktail. Having said that, this is a lovely little bath oil and I'm sure they'll be many consumers who are more than happy with using one of these to add an extra burst of softness in their bath.
Quantitative Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Sodium Bicarbonate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), PEG–6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Laureth 4, Citric Acid, Perfume, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus ladaniferus), Fair Trade Vanilla Pod Seeds (Vanilla planifolia), Fair Trade Vanilla Pod (Vanilla planifolia) *Limonene.
2015 Price: £2 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.
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