It's hard to believe that The Experimenter Bath Bomb has been around for near on two years, ever since the doors of the flagship Oxford Street store first opened in 2015. While not the biggest selling product, this ballistic has become a firm favourite within the community, and offers one of the most vibrant and impressive displays in the bath tub.
2017 saw the release of The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb - a product with the same scent and colours as the original ballistic, but one that is bigger, and as the name suggests, a different shape. While the concept is a novel idea for the Easter period, I was slightly disappointed that Lush didn't attempt to be a little cleverer with their words and call this The Eggsperimenter.
Containing a combination of vertivert, vanilla and tonka, this bath bomb is both sweet and sultry, as well as rich and smoky. The vertivert offers the smokey component, which gives this bath bomb a robust and slightly overwhelming resinous fragrance to begin with. However, the generous inclusion of the other key ingredients means that The Experimenter Egg is equally as sweet. The tonka in particular adds a burnt element that compliments the vertivert, whilst removing a little of its strength' the vanilla adds a powdery note to the overall smell - making this one of the most powerful bath bombs available at the moment.
If the scent wasn't enough to win you over, the display it puts on in the bath tub should. Upon contact with the water, it immediately begins to fizz and froth on the surface - sending out wave upon wave of bright, vivid colour across the bath tub. Blues and whites, yellows and pinks - every colour fizzing loudly as they spread out across the water, interweaving with each other to form patterns and bubbly puddles on the surface.
As the bath bomb dissolves further, the water begins to change colour: first to a light green and then as more and more colour integrates into the water, a darker shade of turquoise green. Each colour makes its mark on the water so you're left with multicoloured swirls while the popping candy crackles at the bottom of the tub - like an open fire waiting to warm your body up.
Despite the price tag being far higher than the original Experimenter, this limited edition egg works out the same price, gram for grams, as the bath bomb. For this reason, it might be more suited to grab one of these and half it, if you were looking to conserve your spending, as you'll get more out of half of the egg than you would the ballistic.
Much like the aforementioned bath bomb, the smell stays prominent throughout the entire experience - offering short, sharp bursts of fragrance that help you to feel really relaxed and calm throughout the whole process. Furthermore, once you leave the bath, you're left with a gentle smoky smell on your body that makes your skin smell beautiful and seems to compliment most perfumes that Lush offer.
My only qualm with The Experimenter Egg Bath Bomb is that it can leave your skin and hair feeling a little bit on the greasy side, because it is a very moisturising bath bomb. In fact, I can imagine some people disliking the feeling of using this one because the water does become very thick and slippery on the skin.
Overall, there is nothing hugely different about using this compared to its older sibling, but it does make a nice seasonal change for a few weeks of the year. Those who love The Experimenter will no doubt appreciate the added weight that this bath bomb offers. However, there is still a big part of me that wishes Lush had bought out new bath bombs in the shape, rather than transferring current ones.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Popping Candy, Vetivert Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Calcium, Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.
2017 Price: 5.95 each.
Year of Original Release: 2017.