Those people who have read the majority of my reviews will know that I am not that big an advocate of Lush's emotibombs. Although the range of fragrances they offer are rather wonderful, and I cannot really fault most of them on that aspect, they're just not a product I really see as being all that productive. While there may be items that Lush release that I don't particularly enjoy all that much, I at least understand why consumers might find them valuable and useful. When it comes to this little family of products, I really don't 'get it'.
Much like bath bombs, emotibombs are designed to dissolve when in contact with water. However, while the classic ballistic is supposed to be used in the tub during a bath, the aforementioned 'emotibomb' was created to be used in the shower instead. Once the user is standing under the running water, either a chunk or an entire emotibomb is dropped by the feet, where the heat of the water lifts the fragrance and allows the person to enjoy the different notes while they are taking their shower.
Double Fast Luck Emotibomb is the fourth emotibomb I have tried from Lush, and by far the most attractive out of the bunch. Inspired by the Chinese New Year, this beauty was originally designed with the Asian tradition in mind - given that the Karma scent is one of Lush's biggest sellers in certain Asian countries.
With patchouli, lemongrass and orange oil forming the base, it's no wonder then that I was hit with a sweet, fruity but equally exotic fragrance when I first unpeeled the wrapper of this product. While the orange oil gave this, as with every other item in the Karma family, a juicy citrus element, the patchouli added a spicy note, which along with the pine oil, made the finished aroma a beautiful, warming shoutout to the 1960s.
While the lemongrass gives off a refreshing, citrusy note, it's also present to cleanse and brighten the skin - offering a strong, uplifting aroma that invigorates the mind and brings clarity during those early morning struggles. Brazilian orange oil also works with the lemongrass to double how invigorating the product is, as well as tone the skin, whereas the lavender oil balances any skin complaints and lavishes the body with a fresh dose of moisture.
Originally released in 2008, this emotibomb made a brief appearance a year later - where it surprised fans with its newly pink and glittery demeanour. Since then, Lush fans have not been given the opportunity to try the refreshing, fruity goodness of this product until last week in the Lush Kitchen.
Although the concept of an emotibomb sounds like an interesting and rather unique take on showering, there are a couple of issues that I have with these products. Firstly, the emotibombs dissolve very quickly in the water, and while in a bath these are conserved in the tub, in the shower the product is quite literally being flushed down the drain. Secondly, the fragrance in most of the emotibombs is fairly strong to begin with, yet they never last longer than a couple of minutes in the shower. This means that within a short while after the product has been added to the water, you're in no better a position than you would have been if you'd opted not to use one.
For something that costs almost as much as a bath bomb, there aren't really that many merits that would tempt me to invest in many more of these or any other emotibomb again. And the reason that I have rated this one and a few others as being fairly decent, is that I use them as part of my bath cocktails, where I can get a little more use out of them that way. If you love the Karma scent, you'll no doubt want to try this at least once. However, if you're not all that fussed, I would suggest sticking to products that work on washing and fragrancing you in the shower, rather than ones that attempt to fragrance the room instead.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavender Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, *Citral, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Gold Glimmer Lustre, Iron Oxides.
2016 Price: £3.25 each.
2017 Price: £3.50 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2008
Double Fast Luck Emotibomb
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Karma Komba Solid Shampoo Bar
Karma Liquid Perfume
Karma Revamped Bubble Bar (Oxford Street 2015)
Karma Shower Gel
Karma Shower Jelly
Karma Solid Perfume
Karma Sutra Bath Bomb
Lush Bath Bomb