19 April 2017

Which Came First? Bath Bomb (2017 Edition)

No one aside from the Lush team knows why the name of a product is ever changed. Don't get me wrong - I can understand why a design might be tweaked and improved upon: whether to appear better suited for a seasonal range, or just because it needs a little updating to cater to current consumer needs. However, I've never understood why the name of a product needs to be discarded and replaced, unless it caused offence in any way when initially released. 

Originally known as The Immaculate Eggception, this bath bomb was updated and re-released under the guise Which Came First? for the Easter 2016 range. This year has seen it undergo yet another transformation in the form of its new design. However, the name and indeed the scent has remained the same as its predecessors. 
Containing grapefruit, lemon and vanilla as its key components, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this bath bomb was going to be a bright, citrusy affair. Surprisingly, it is very far from the fragrance I envisaged upon first reading the ingredients list. In fact, it is sweeter and far lovelier than I originally expected it to be.

The inclusion of the latter ingredient is what gives this bath bomb its smell, although the vanilla absolute is not the dominant scent at all. Both the grapefruit and the lemon give Which Came First? its wonderful fruity aroma. However, it is the vanilla that rounds these two components together and gives the overall musky scent that you experience when you first smell this ballistic.

As with The Immaculate Eggception, Lush have included the grapefruit oil to help clear the mind and refresh the body, while the lemon oil is added to brighten, tone and cleanse the skin. Together, they create a beautiful fragrance that invigorates the senses whilst leaving your body feeling velvety soft and clean. There is something rather complex about the aroma of this bath bomb - one that comes alive when it meets the water and lasts on your skin long after you've left the bath.
This year's renditions feature two of the same colour bath bomb, yet both have been etched with slightly different markings that set them apart from each other. As to be expected, both varieties perform the same in the bath tub - sending out an array of vivid colour that immediately darkens the water and creates a sultry pink haven to submerge yourself beneath.

As I mentioned in my other review of this bath bomb, I always felt as if the pink variation was a little more pleasing on the eye, and I found the scent appeared a little more rounded in this format. For this reason, I am very pleased that Lush has seemingly replaced the yellow version of this ballistic in favour of the pink version. 

The only downside I found with Which Came First? is that the bath bomb tends to dissolve very quickly, so its not one that you get much of a show out of. Furthermore, if you're someone who enjoys snapping shots of your baths, you might find this one is fairly difficult to photograph, hence why my pictures are not up to the standard that other bath bombs might heed. 

Ultimately, I really enjoyed using this ballistic, and it's one that I would buy again if Lush choose to release it next Easter. Priced at £6.95, it is a little on the expensive side. However, I think that as a seasonal product, you can justify purchasing it as a one-off luxury treat for either yourself or a loved one. It's definitely something that I would rather receive as opposed to a chocolate one.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Water, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Orange Pip.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017 (for this version)

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