When I found out that Lava Lamp was no longer exclusive to Lush’s famous Oxford Street store, I pretty much squealed with joy. I’d been waiting, excitedly, to try this product for a very long time after hearing tons of fantastic things about it. However, I’m going to have to be honest, I’m insanely disappointed. I’m kind of torn because I can understand why some people do enjoy this bath bomb but I really, really didn’t. It’s a huge shame too because it’s a very pretty, very beautiful smelling and very exciting bath bomb… it just, the entire experience as a whole, left me feeling let down. If I wasn’t so stubborn and busy, I would have got straight back out the bath and had a shower instead.
It all started off so well, too!
Visually, it’s lovely. Lava Lamp is a striking bright orange with several mysterious purple dots – I didn’t know these were bath oils… maybe that’s something I should have found out first because it was a bit of a shock! Well, now you know. The bath bomb also smells fantastic. It’s packed full of mandarin, tangerine and orange flower so it’s very sweet and fruity.
Throwing us back to the 70’s (groovy baby!) with a sea of bobbing purple oily orbs, Lava Lamp promises a nourishing, protective and moisturising bath. This is down to the organic extra virgin olive oil purple dots that mysteriously sit on the outside of the product. The cocoa butter is sure to help, too. However, it was overly moisturising and it made me feel greasy, dirty and unclean. It felt as if I was bathing in a vat of oil, which I kind of was… That’s not for me. Granted, my skin did feel lovely once I was out and all dry, but it’s definitely not worth the bath of greasiness to achieve a moderate amount of moisturisation.
The oil also has a secondary downside. It’s bloody messy. It looked like there had been a giant purple-blooded alien massacre in my bath tub. My skin was covered in the stuff and it was pretty hard to scrub off. I ended up bathing in a ball, afraid to touch the edges of my bath tub, knowing that it would just stain my skin again. It wasn’t the most relaxing bath I’ve had, that’s for sure. It left the tub in a horrific state, too. All around the bath was an oily rim of purple, around 20cms tall, which wasn’t the most pleasant way to end an already disappointing bath time!
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product. I generally make that decision based on if I’d by it for my mum, and no I wouldn’t. It smells lovely, looks lovely but it’s certainly not worth the hassle and mess!
Have you tried this product? Did you like it?
You can read my previous post here.
Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.