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6 October 2015

Bar Humbug Bubble Bar




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.  

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £3.65 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 

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16 comments

  1. Did you know Black Pearl shower gel is in the Kitchen? :O

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    1. I did thank you! I already have three bottles of the stuff, as well as numerous bottles of all of the other shower gels coming out this week, so I'm having a week off spending :)

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  2. Jen please stop showing us your hands in videos;they're so ugly.Thanks :)) xx

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    1. Anon, please stop showing us ur personality in pointless comments on other people's blogs, it's so ugly! Thanks :)) xx

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    2. hahahahaha! I never normally feel compelled to respond to any of the pointless abuse I get from people who feel the need be mean and spiteful because they have nothing better to do, but I have to say that this comment really brightened my day. I actually found myself chuckling aloud for quite a while after reading this, so thank you.

      While my hands are only just holding up and may need a few days to recover from the nasty comments directed at them, I'll sleep soundly in the knowledge that I can always wear gloves to cover up the monstrosity that are my 'mitts' - it's just a shame that there's not an equally easy way of removing ugly, hateful comments that faceless people feel the need to throw out into the world, intent on doing nothing but causing harm and hurt to make themselves feel better. Has it worked this time? I hope for your sake that it has.

      I also hope that you are young and impressionable, much like I was throughout my teens - when I found little value in life and thought it funny to troll websites and people's profiles - intent on getting a response/ a reaction by posting negative comments and being genuinely mean for no other reason than the enjoyment of watching an ant squirm under the glare of a magnifying glass. If however, you any older than this, I do hope that you get some gratification in the knowledge that I have seen, read and spent time replying to this comment, and only hope that you discover and develop a level of maturity and compassion at some stage in your life.

      To anyone considering sending me anonymous hate, I'll have you know that I'm old enough and wise enough to let these comments slide off of me like water on a duck's back. I'm actually glad that I'm the target because I'd hate to think that someone far younger and more insecure might receive something like this and question their own self worth.

      I always delete comments that have no purpose on this blog so if you wish to continue to post negative responses, go ahead. They get deleted and I can honestly say that they don't evoke any sort of reaction from me - I don't even dwell on them for any more time than it takes me to delete them - it's neither annoying or upsetting, just an unfortunate part of being involved in social media. If you wish to respond, be my guest. You comment will be deleted and this will be the ONLY time I ever respond to such a comment on my blog. I only did so this time because I found the comment rather amusing - well done, you can have a brownie point or a cookie or something.

      Now if you'd excuse me - I have some hands I need to banish.

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    3. Why are you even here? You're that bored in your life you feel then need to be hateful to someone you don't even know personally? You really look like an idiot right now!

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    4. Seriously Jen!What has gotten into you?

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  3. @Anon, that was not a nice thing to say! Did you ever learn the Golden Rule?
    @Jen, I am a teacher too- love your blog!:)

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    1. Thanks lovely - do you teach primary or secondary? Its always great to hear from a teacher AND a Lushie :)

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    2. I teach secondary:)). How about you?

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    3. Primary! I'd love to teach secondary maths because of the challenge but I prefer the primary curriculum :)

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  4. I gave this a smell yesterday and I've heard various opinions on the scent. One I heard is that it smells like a stronger version of The Comforter bubble bar, which I think it does too! That being said, it was only a quick sniff and I can only imagine it smells much different when crumbled up and popped into a bath.

    I cannot wait to try this one though, it sounds, smells, and looks amazing. :D

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    1. That's an interesting concept - I don't get the Comforter link at all! Was this when the bar was in the shop because so many of these products smelled different to me when I was shopping - I was quite taken aback when I got home and sniffed them again!

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  5. I just picked up a couple of these today, and your description of the scent--"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..."-- is so perfect and accurate! Thanks for your terrific descriptions and demonstrations throughout your site!

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  7. I liked the scent of it in the store , but I am thinking it was mixing in with all the other smells around it. As soon as I got out to my car and took a sniff of it , I noticed a strong smell of black licorice. although I do love the taste of licorice I am not fond of the smell.

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