If there is one type of Lush product that I forget how much I enjoy, it would be the greener, more 'forest-like' products. While I may always yearn for the fruiter cosmetics, and rave about near enough anything that features patchouli, you cannot beat a bath or a shower with something that just feels so incredibly in tune with nature.
Green Party Bath Bomb is one of those products that makes you appreciate the lengths that Lush go to to produce such unique natural smells. As the weather moves away from the 'miserable', and Spring begins to appear, ballistics such as this one are a must. They're still as comforting and as warming as other bombs, but there is something about the scent that makes them seem lighter and more uplifting.
To look at, this particular bath bomb isn't the prettiest: sporting a rough, almost bobbly demeanour, with pieces of tissue paper confetti protruding from the surface. In fact, I can almost see why this product isn't a regular feature, as I don't think it would sell very well, based on its design alone. However, you only need to give this one a sniff to know that it means business.
Containing a combination of bergamot, galbanum and ylang ylang, the fragrance of this is far from subtle. From the get-go, you can detect the strong, wholesome note of galbanum oil. Extracted from the Persian plant, this oil offers a dark, resinous, green-like smell - one that could be compared to the smell of pine oil a little. There is something very intoxicating and astringent about it, and is easily the strongest component of the whole smell.
Alongside this, the bergamot not only brings its own green element to the mix, but elevates the smell a little so that you get a slightly sweet, citric layer; while the ylang ylang offers a gentle touch of floral that gives Green Party a very thick, heavy aroma. At first, I was worried that the scent was going to be far too potent in the water, because the bath bomb was one of the strongest ones I had bought in a while. Fortunately, I was relieved to find that it settled somewhat in the tub, and the experience I had from it was far more enjoyable than I was initially expecting.
As soon as this bath bomb hit the water, it began to spin quite violently - sending out waves of white and pastel green colour and foam across the surface of the tub. Despite its aggressive movements, it also happened to be a quiet fizzer as well, so I enjoyed getting in the tub while it was dissolving and watching it up close. What I will say is that this Green Party is a little heavier than a usual bath bombs, due to the inclusion of the confetti inside the bath bomb. For this reason, if you tamper with the bath bomb while it is bobbing on the surface, I found that it tends to sink afterwards and lose its buoyancy.
Having said that, there is not enough confetti in this product to be of annoyance to anyone wanting to bathe with one. The confetti will dissolve in the water, while you're bathing, and there'll be very little mess left afterwards. In fact, there is a small part of me that thinks the bath bomb would be far better without the confetti, as there wasn't enough to add anything extra to the bath, or improve the overall look of the experience. It really is only there because of the party reference in the title.
Once fully dissolved, you're left with a beautiful vivid green coloured water. There is also a light blanket of white foam that rests on the surface, giving the bath a slightly sultry feel about it, which is lovely.
Furthermore, the scent is very much prominent throughout the whole experience, although it is in no way as intoxicating as it is straight out of the packet. The smell disperses just a little, allowing the different layers to settle with the warmth of the water, so you get a well-rounded but very refreshing green bath from beginning to end.
In addition, I found that Green Party was fairly moisturising for a bath bomb. While there wasn't any evidence of excess oils on the surface, the water did feel really velvety-soft, and my skin felt well-nourished and radiant afterwards. I also found that the scent lingered on my skin and hair for a long time afterwards; I could still smell remnants of the fragrance on my hair some five hours later.
Overall, this is definitely a bath bomb I would use again, although I would need to be in the right frame of mind to do so. If you love the recent Green Green Bath Of Foam or Greenday Bubble Bar, this might be a bath bomb you'll want to invest in. Perfect to banish the winter blues, and celebrate the beginning of spring.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Galbanum Oil, Ylang Ylang, Absolute Ammonium, Laureth Sulphate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Colour 77289, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 59040, Tissue Paper Confetti.
2017 Price: £4.25 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2009.