As the only new bath bomb in this year's Easter range, Chick 'N' Mix has a lot of pressure on its shoulders. The fact that it's also on the more expensive side means that this newly-hatched invention has a cumbersome amount of work to do, in order to prove its worth as well as its price tag.
What is interesting about this bath bomb is that it comes already divided: both halves of the 'egg' are separate bath bombs that can be pulled apart with ease. While this makes it really effective for those who wish to spread this across multiple baths, it does prove a little fiddly when trying to escort the bath bomb home. I was very surprised to find that both of mine survived the journey from Oxford Street, yet I know of many people who couldn't claim the same about theirs.
On the negative side, the fact that this bath bomb is separate means that if you wish to use it in one go, it doesn't last for more than a second together before both pieces disperse themselves across the water. I should probably mention at this time that there is a third ballistic in the middle, although I wouldn't say that it is big enough to be used by itself.
What struck me as interesting about Chick 'N' Mix was that the smell was so far removed from anything I was expecting. Featuring bergamot, labdanum and tonka, this seasonal special offers a rich, intoxicating smell - one that would work incredibly well as a perfume, if I do say so myself.
From the get-go, I was able to make out two key components: the labdanum was at the forefront with a musky, resinous aroma, while the tonka absolute wrapped itself around this note and added its own sweet, warming components. The latter was definitely more forthcoming once the bath bomb was in use, but it was still present before this time.
There is something slightly woody and slightly smoky about this fragrance that reminds me a little of incense sticks. However, there is also this thread of green running through the whole aroma that adds a subtle fruitiness to it as well. It's quite a dark and exotic smell - definitely not something you'd associate with the playful nature of the bath bomb itself.
Upon impact, the bath bomb breaks off into the three sections, and although each part has the same aroma, they each perform very differently in the tub. The top half rolls itself over and sends out streams of yellow across the surface; the bottom produces a pastel blue colour. Along with the mini orange bath bomb in the middle, each of the colours swirl and eddy around the tub until they form a rich, succulent shade of green.
While it doesn't appear at all oily in the tub, I found that the water was far more moisturising than I was expecting. Furthermore, the scent was dampened a little, but remained with me during the whole experience. What I really liked about this bath bomb is that the soothing nature of the fragrance felt really mentally calming, and I found that the smell actually helped to alleviate a headache I was suffering from at the time.
My only issue with this bath bomb is that I found orange smears around the bath tub, after the water had drained. These were easy to remove with a sponge and a little squirt of shower gel. However, it would obviously have been nicer if hadn't needed to have done this after a relaxing bath.
Chick 'N' Mix is one that I will be buying a couple more of before the season is out - just to try out separate baths with each half and see what they heed by themselves. However, despite hoping that other products will be released in this scent, I don't think this bath bomb is one that I'd miss all that much if it wasn't to come back again.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, *Limonene, Coumarin, Perfume, Tangerine Lustre, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Vegan Dark Chocolate.
2017 Price: £6.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2017.