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A couple of months ago I popped into Lush to specifically to pick up one of their Jelly Bombs. I’d heard some good things, and I thought the concept was cool, so I was super excited to get my hands on it and try it out.
The product that I chose and will be reviewing today is the following:
- Lush ‘Secret Arts Jelly Bomb’ – £4.95
Now the reason I picked this one up instead of one of the other Jelly Bombs was because it turns the bath water black. I’d never used a bath bomb (or any other product) that did that but I always see black bath water on Instagram and thought it looked really cool so I needed this product in my life.
What is a ‘Jelly Bomb’?
Okay let’s jump straight into what this actually product is. I’d certainly never heard of a Jelly Bomb before!
On the Lush website there’s an article which explains the following:
‘Jelly Bombs are the next step in the world of ballistics; an ongoing pursuit for extraordinary colours, textures and shapes to surprise and bewilder in the bathtub. A category in their own right, as they bob and fizz Jelly Bombs release a spectacular jelly made from sodium alginate, which comes from a mineral-rich seaweed. Aside from being wonderfully entertaining, this gooey jelly is superbly softening and soothing on the skin.’
To use these you just drop them in the bath as you would with a regular bath bomb and wait for them to do their magic.
As I have dry skin, I tend to purchase bath bombs from Lush that have moisturising properties (such as ones that contain Shea butter) so was looking forward to the jelly being super moisturising. I was also intrigued by a bath bomb that gave off jelly. I hadn’t seen or read any other reviews or watched demonstrations, I was just going off of my own interest, what my friends had told me, and the obviously amazing review that was given to me by a Lush employee.
What does it claim to do?
Of course the name of this product is fantastic (as with most Lush products) and was another reason why I bought it. The name reminds me of Harry Potter and I am a Slytherin, so it seemed perfect for me! The smell of bath bombs is super important to me, and I did really like the smell of this one, it’s not too overpowering and it lingers on you after you’ve left the bath.
On the Lush website for the product, it’s described with the following passage:
‘When you’re feeling like going to the dark side, dabble in the dark arts, slither into a hot bath and cast this Jelly Bomb into the water. As tendrils of black give way to love potion pink, cinnamon leaf oil warms and stimulates. Jelly spreads on the surface of the water, softening skin as it goes. Uplifting and brightening Brazilian orange oil gives moods a boost and sweet almond essential oil helps to keep skin conditioned. Relax and restore yourself and rise anew from the cinders.’
I always really like Lush’s descriptions, they put a lot of effort into them and I love the imagery that they use. As you will know if you’ve been a blog reader for a while, citrus smells are my absolute favourite, so I think that’s why I liked the smell of this bath bomb – I had no idea it had orange in it! I personally don’t think that it smells like orange, the only way I can think to describe how it smells is that it smells like Lush. That scent you get when you walk into a Lush store is exactly how this smells (just not as strong).
What do I think?
As I’ve already said, I love the smell of this Jelly Bomb, I can still smell it now and it is really lovely. The black bath water was super cool, and I liked the effect that it had when it was dissolving. Plus when it had dissolved a bit, there was some pink inside which was a cool surprise.
However, there are quite a few downsides to the product for me personally. The first issue that I had was that it didn’t dissolve properly, after a certain point the jelly on the outside seemed to seal the rest of the ‘traditional’ bath bomb (the bit that fizzes) inside and then it wouldn’t dissolve any more. So I found that I had to keep removing the thick jelly layer from the outside in order to get it to continue fizzing. You can see what it ended up looking like in the second picture above. Also the pieces of jelly that were coming off varied massively in size, I was ending up with large chunks (like the third picture) which I didn’t really like.
Personally I found that the jelly was really annoying more than anything else, I kept finding blobs of it everywhere which I found didn’t really rub in very well and left a grey-cast. Whilst I was trying to wash and generally just relax, finding the jelly on me I found to be the opposite of relaxing. Whilst the jelly did make my skin feel quite soft once it was rubbed in, the grey meant that I had to then wash over those areas. I think there’s just something weird about trying to wash and finding random jelly on you.
You know when there’s a section called ‘The Aftermath’ that it can’t be good.
As you can see from the first picture of the bath water, it clearly leaves a rim of black around the bath just above the water level. I could see this whilst I was in the bath and was low-key panicking. However, I’d been told that if you clean it straight away that it comes off easily so I wasn’t hugely worried.
After I’d got out, I patiently sat and waited for the water to drain so that I could quickly rinse down the bath. However, the water leaving the bath revealed this gelatinous mess at the bottom of my bath. I spent a couple of minutes staring at it with despair wondering why it was there and why nothing goes to plan for me. After adding it to my Instagram story (naturally), I geared up to cleaning.
Now this is not easy to clean. The actual rim of black near the top wasn’t too bad but the black ectoplasmic gunk taunting me at the bottom of the bath was just horrendous. I initially tried just rinsing it off with water but this stuff likes to stay put, so I had to use a combination of scrubbing, spraying with antibacterial spray, and swilling it with water. Honestly it was a bit of a battle, and not one that I wanted to have after getting out of the bath.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this ‘Secret Arts Jelly Bomb’. The product is more expensive than other Lush bath bombs and I personally didn’t have the greatest experience even before the cleaning. For me, I find that other Lush bath bombs which contain Shea butter moisturise just as well, are cheaper, and don’t require you to burn your bath when you’re done. On the plus side, I had some good thinking time during the 15 minutes of scrubbing, questioning every life decision I’d made that had led me to that point. So if you really need some time to question your life then I would recommend this. Whilst the smell of this product, and the colour that the bath turned was lovely, and definitely appeals to me, I’m sure that I can find other Lush bath bombs that smell similar and the colour that the water turns isn’t a deal breaker for me.
I’m sorry for how sarcastic and sassy this review is compared to my others, I’m usually not this negative about products, it’s just put me in a horrible mood – especially when I thought it was going to be as amazing as their other bath products!
Of course, this is only one product from Lush, I absolutely love Lush’s other bath bombs (and bubble bars, and bath oils) this product just really did not work out for me! As always, this is just my personal opinion, and not everyone has the same experience with products – if you love Lush’s Jelly Bombs then I’m glad, I wish it had worked as well for me.
This brings us to the end of this review! I hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then it would mean the world to me if you could give it a quick like. Also leave me a comment if you’ve used any of the Lush ‘Jelly Bombs’ before, I’d love to hear what you think – are they all like this one, or do different ones perform differently? If you think that my blog is something that you would be interested in reading more then make sure you follow me – I post at least twice a week (there’s another review coming this week)!
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