Considering myself a fairly normal human being, it's an odd predicament then when I find myself feeling rather apprehensive over the release of a bath bomb. What most members of the public would see as an expensive ball of bicarbonate of soda, I see as an investment, and one that can incite a degree of stress for me until I have secured a handful of said product to try and review.
Finally making an appearance in Lush Oxford Street this past Friday, Roller is half bath bomb, half bath melt, and all glorious. Exclusive to the flagship store, this product not only sold out on its initial appearance, but did so again today - luckily after I was able to grab myself a small handful.
Sharing its scent with the Yummy Mummy range, this brand new ballistic has been the talk of the town since descriptions of the product first leaked on social media, at the beginning of the month. Containing an array of oils and butters to soften and condition the skin, this limited edition is everything it claims to be, and more.
Orange oil and tonka absolute form the basis for this fruity beauty - a collaboration that gives Roller a beautiful, sweet strawberry essence. In fact, much like the shower cream, this bath bomb doesn't give much of an indication that it contains anything geranium at all. Instead it offers an uplifting, mouth-watering berry essence with rich, silky vanilla undertones that pad this fragrance out perfectly.
To me, this limited edition smells a little bit like a strawberry starburst or a spoonful of strawberry jelly - a delicious fruity aroma that does have more depth than the aforementioned food items, but is definitely one of Lush's more simplistic aromas. While the floral aroma is very weak in the mix, there is a very slight hint that the geranium is present, and although the tonka is a key component, it's not overly vanillary - more like a sugary musk that compliments the fruity element.
What is impressive about this product is that it is both a bomb and a bath melt. The smooth purple side is the melt, and as this is the heavier part, the ballistic tends to rest on this part in the water; the white section is the bath bomb, and it is this part that gets to work immediately upon impact with the water - producing a show that may be quiet in sound, but certainly isn't in colour.
A slow fizzer, this item rocks and bounces for a few seconds upon impact with the water, before settling down and spurting out thick white foam across the surface of the water. Within about forty seconds, both pink and orange waves of colour begin to seep out of the holes in the bath bomb, and this is where things being to get interesting in the tub.
It is at this stage that deep blue streams of colour being to bubble, froth and spill out of the bath bomb - a reaction that demonstrates just why this product is inspired by the Roller bird to begin with. Mixing with the other colours already present in the water, you are left with a combination of rainbow swirls and creamy white foam - an inviting display if there ever was one.
After two minutes, the bath bomb breaks in half and continues to dissolve until it all but disappears, leaving behind a purple-tinted bath water with swirls of blue, pink, purple and white decorating the surface.
What is great about Roller is that the addition of the extra butters and oils mean that this is a really moisturising experience. You can see droplets of oil dotted across the surface of the water, and upon stepping into the bath, you immediately being to feel them getting to work at conditioning and softening your skin.
Strangely, once the bath bomb had fully dissolved, I felt as if the strawberry element took a back seat a little, and the vanilla came forward with the floral element more pronounced. While it was still fruity in the tub, it definitely wasn't as sweet as it had been upon removing it from the package, and I reckon this would be what divides fans between those that love the bath bomb, and those that are disappointed that the strong strawberry component doesn't remain the same.
In all fairness, I dont think the simplicity of the fragrance would have worked well in the water, had the tonka not taking control and added a bit of depth to the smell. I actually really enjoyed and appreciated the fact that the floral and vanillary elements came forward - it meant that the scent lasted throughout the whole experience, and I could still detect the aroma some five hours after I had initially exited the bath.
Overall, Roller is a fantastic edition to the Lush family, and I only hope it makes more than just a fleeting visit. Fans of Yummy Mummy will appreciate the familiarity with the smell both in and outside of the bath, and new fans will I'm sure enjoy the unique element to its design. Another top-rated product in my eyes.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Tonka Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Laureth 4, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool, Amyl Cinnamon Benzyl, Alcohol, Citral, Fandango Lustre, Silver Glimmer Lustre, *Titanium Dioxide, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:2, Cornstarch, Colour 16255, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 42053, Colour 17200, Colour 15510, Colour 45430.
2016 Price: £3.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2016.
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