As far as seasonal bath bombs go, this one doesn't look or sound like your typical Christmas product. Amongst the winter warmers; the sweet and the minty, this one stands out like a sore thumb - a design and fragrance that steps away from the regular winter warmers and their candy-esque counterparts, and carves a new pathway that is both exciting and rewarding.
Despite sporting the name Bar Humbug Bubble Bar, this unique and very visually stunning new addition would probably not fathom first in your ideas of new product designs for the seasonal period. In fact, aside from its name, this bar wouldn't go amiss in the Mother's Day and Easter ranges as opposed to being exclusively a winter special.
Sharing its scent with the newly-released Bertie Soap, this gorgeous deep purple beauty has a strong and very grassy liquorice aroma. What sets this product apart from the aforementioned soap is that there is also a clear, distinctive lemon aroma at the forefront, which makes the scent of this bubble bar much fuller and better developed than its older brother.
Out of the packet you can detect a clear sweet, lemony aroma, which sits alongside the fennel and tarragon oil to create a wonderfully rich and powerful herbal liquorice smell. Imagine visiting an old-fashioned sweet shop and ordering some lemon Bon Bons alongside a stick or two of liquorice. If you were to leave them together in a packet, sprinkled with a touch of icing sugar, you may begin to appreciate the fragrance that emanates from this seasonal release.
As if I wasn't already hooked on the fragrance of this bubble bar, Bar Humbug also proved to be a winner in the bath tub. While it did take a while to crumble the product under the running tap, due to the rigidity of the bar, the result was a tub full of deep purple water and a mountain of silky-soft bubbles that would rival any other bubble bar.
Despite its size being comparable to the likes of Dorothy or Grass, this medium-sized bubble bar will easily see you through 2-3 good quality baths, and aside from the visual display that it offers the consumer, it also happens to emit a scent that is strong enough to remain prominent throughout the entire bath, but gentle enough that it isn't cloying on the senses. Furthermore, once I had exited the bath, I found that I had a lovely sweet, lemony fragrance on my skin to enjoy throughout the day.
Not only this, but the water itself with like silk - a thick, creamy consistency that immediately softened my skin and left it feeling incredible smooth and well-nourished. It was very much like having a bath oil or melt present without any of the excess grease or oils that you can sometimes get on the surface of the water.
While this wasn't a bubble bar that I immediately gravitated towards when I saw the Christmas range on display, it's the underdog that I'm sure will become a big seller once consumers have discovered the joys of bathing in its waters. I will definitely be stocking up on these before the season is over.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cornflour (Zea mays), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Tarragon Oil (Artemisia dracynculus, Synthetic Fluorphogopite, Silver Glimmer Lustre (Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Colour 77400), Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 77226.
2015 Price: £3.65 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.