I know I am always talking about how much I love the summer collections but it is still technically spring so, as a tribute to the season, I’ve decided to post my review of Lush’s Spring Tin, an adorable Roman Klonek-designed tin filled to the brim with spring-inspired bath goodies–just in time, too!
how cute is this tin?!!
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The Spring Tin includes 7 full-sized bath gems–4 from Lush’s permanent line and 3 limited edition items: The Brightside Bubble Bar (LE), Sugar Scrub, Secret Garden Bath Bomb (LE), Grass Shower Gel, Carrot Bubble Bar (LE), Bohemian Soap, and Avobath Bath Bomb. To avoid a horrendously long, rambling novel-esque review, I’ll try to limit my review to a paragraph for each product (this is going to be sooo hard!).
(1.) The Brightside Bubble Bar is a vibrant, energizing swirl of yellow, red and orange. It has a bright, punchy citrus scent which Lush describes as a “triple orange” scent. I can make out some of the bergamot but mainly is smells like a bundle–or crate–of zesty tangerines. The bar is pretty big and I recommend breaking it up into smaller pieces (I broke mine into 4 smaller chunks) so you can get more baths out of it. Breaking it up also helps tone down the smell. I can’t imagine how pungent a whole bar would be in a bath–I’d probably get a migraine from the strong scent! The bar is quite potent, though, so even using a fourth of it still creates quite a bit of suds and turns the bathwater a shocking orange hue. To use, just crumble the bar under running water and enjoy!
(2.) The Sugar Scrub is a light green, dome-shaped bar which consists of densely-packed, large sugar crystals. The bar does feel quite hard to the touch. I thought at first it felt too hard to possibly be used on my skin but once I was in the bath and used it on my wet skin, I was pleasantly surprised. It exfoliates nicely and has a pleasant, almost-lemony lavender scent–very fresh and light! Be careful to get it too wet though, it will dissolve and crumble! For this reason, I recommend breaking it up into smaller pieces prior to getting in the bath/shower. If you use the whole bar all over your body, even if it doesn’t crumble mid-use, leaving all that water on it will eventually make it break down. Overall, really loved it though! My skin was so impossibly smooth and soft after using this just once! I also felt like it really helped with the small bumps I sometimes get on my upper arms and thighs.
(3.) The Secret Garden Bath Bomb contains beautiful notes of rose absolute, sweet wild orange, and rosewood oil. Once you drop it into the bath, it fizzes and swirls around the tub slowly, turning the bathwater a vibrant green and scattering real rose petals around, as well–so fun! Overall, I enjoyed using this (it was my very first Bath Bomb experience!). I do wish it offered more skincare benefits though, as I didn’t feel like it really conditioned my skin at all. I think these Bath Bombs are more for adding color and fragrance than for providing any skincare benefits, though.
(4.) Grass Shower Gel is a shower gel that smells like–you guessed it–grass. This was the product I was most excited to try. I love the smell of fresh cut grass and was hoping for a very similar, authentic fragrance. This shower gel smells mostly like neroli with just a touch of earthy bitterness, or what I’m assuming is the wheatgrass. It’s not quite what I had hoped for but it’s pleasant enough and I think it’s a great unisex shower gel. It has a nice gel consistency and foams up wonderfully in the shower. I like to get really sudsy when I bathe (even though I know sulfates are supposed to be bad–I can’t help it!), so this was definitely a plus for me.
(5.) Carrot Bubble Bar is a fun little bar that you hold by the “stem” (bits of green colored straw that is attached to the “carrot”) and swish around in the tub to create bubbles. The bar has a strong, orangey-lemon scent to it. It does fragrance the water but it doesn’t end up being unbearably strong like the Bath Bombs since you’re only swishing a little bit of the product into the bathwater and not dropping the whole thing in. The carrot does bubble up nicely, though I would recommend holding it under the running tap while the bath fills up to get even more bubbles–swirling it around in the stagnant water is not as effective and takes forever! The Carrot Bubble Bar is reusable–there are 7-10 uses in each one, so you’re really getting your money’s worth!
(6.) Bohemian Soap, again, smells like lemon, which as you can see by now is a prevalent theme in the Spring Tin. However the scent of this soap is the most true-lemon scent out of the bunch. It’s very light, bright, and cheery–it really smells like you’re holding a fresh lemon to your nose! This soap is palm-free and cleans/tones really well thanks to the lemon oil. It can be a tad bit drying, so those with drier skin beware! It’s perfect for my oily skin, though. I’ve also read on Lush’s website that this soap is perfect for “bacne”! The soap creates a light, thin lather–if you want to make it a bit more sudsy, I would recommend using a bath poufy with it.
(7.) Avobath Bath Bomb smells like lemongrass–it’s very fresh and invigorating. It is a bit lighter in scent than The Brightside Bubble Bar, Carrot Bubble Bar, or Secret Garden Bath Bomb but the smell is still quite strong. Still, I preferred this one to the Secret Garden Bath Bomb as I did feel it did a bit more for my skin, thanks to the avocado and olive oil in it. It might not be as colorful and fun to watch as the Secret Garden bomb but I like it a lot! It turns the bathwater a very light green. I ended up splitting this one in 2 so I could get more uses out of it–it still worked really well with even a half.
Even though Lush calls this the Spring Tin, I think it would work really, really well for summer too. The bright, effervescent scents really stimulate the senses and are peppy and uplifting, if not a little bit strong. Still, they’re sure to perk you up and leave you feeling awake and refreshed–and who wouldn’t want that in the dead of summer? I will say it again though, these products are most definitely not for the weak of heart…or nose, as the case may be. I don’t think of myself as being particularly sensitive to fragrance and even I struggled a bit with these. There’s no denying that these are incredibly fun to use, though, and I definitely recommend this set to all Lush devotees and those who really enjoy taking long, leisurely baths. It’s a fun set to treat yourself with and when you’re done, the tin is really cute for storing makeup in!
»»Pricing: $56.95/7 products +reusable tin (The Brightside Bubble Bar=7 oz., Sugar Scrub=3.5 oz., Secret Garden Bath Bomb=3.5 oz., Grass Shower Gel=3.3 fl. oz., Carrot Bubble Bar=4.2 oz., Bohemian Soap=3.5 oz., and Avobath Bath Bomb=6.3 oz.)
»»Availability: Lush.com and Lush stores (this was a spring set so check the Lush location nearest you to see if they still have it!)
»»Recommended for: die-hard Lush fans; anyone that loves turning bathtime into play-time! :P; anyone that isn’t very sensitive to fragrance
»»Overall Rating: A- (The Brightside Bubble Bar=A-, Sugar Scrub=A-, Secret Garden Bath Bomb=B+, Grass Shower Gel=A-, Carrot Bubble Bar=A, Bohemian Soap=A-, Avobath Bath Bomb=A)
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