I’ve been pretty excited to get my hands on some Lush products for some time now, but with the closest Lush store hours away I’ve never really found the time. Luckily for me, a brand new Lush store opened just recently right around the corner from me and I trotted down with a pocketful of money to spend on some products I’ve had my eye on.
The Dorothy Bubble Bar immediately caught my eye with it’s cheerful rainbow colours and promising subtle fragrance. I tend to get a little overwhelmed by the strong perfumes inside Lush and the light, sweet smell of Dorothy won me over straight away. Having never used a bubble bar before, I didn’t really know what I was looking for in terms of quality but it looked exciting anyway and I’m an easy sales target! I’ve heard nothing but love and light for the entire range of bubble bars Lush has in stock and I figured I couldn’t really go wrong.
I went home and read numerous reviews and watched videos of people using their Dorothy bars and got really excited by what I watched and read, I love me a colourful bubble bath and everyone raved about the bright blue water! However I noticed in the reviews that the bubble bars they had looked “hydrated” (for lack of a better term), brightly coloured and, well, soft. Not mine! And that’s where the trouble started. Perhaps I bought one from a bad batch, maybe Lush Australia uses different ingredients or perhaps even an entirely new formula has been made since the reviews I read were published, but my bubble bar was completely different.
Firstly it was hard and crumbly, very harsh and scratchy on my fingers when I tried to crumble it underwater. (Key word: Tried. It wouldn’t crumble until it was down to the middle!) It didn’t even look like the nice squishy-playdough-look-a-like ones I’d seen on Youtube. It looked dried out, cracked and pitiful — but to be honest it’s not the way it looks that counts, it’s how it performs… which brings me to my next point.
Where was my blue water?! Childish as it sounds, I was terribly excited for my blue water. The water went a slight orange colour once the rainbow has dissolved, and once the blue mixed in it became a barely identifiable murky colour.
That being said, it produced a lot of bubbles! The bubbles had a fine, silky texture to them that I really enjoyed, although that may be typical of all Lush products. I wish I could have used half of the bar at a time, but it was so hard there was no way I could have cut it beforehand. Once I got over my initial disappointment I came to love Dorothy; my bath smelled like a sweet tea with ylang ylang and still gave me oxygen to breathe. The water was silky smooth and left my skin moisturised and fragrant without feeling like I had grimy soap stuck to my skin. The bubbles lasted for about an hour before I decided to get out, but since I used the whole bubble bar new bubbles sprang to life everytime I added any new water to the tub!
I do feel a little let down as I expected a much nicer texture to the bar itself and had hoped to cut it and save some for later, and it was a bit of a cop-out to not get my coloured water! However all-in-all I definitely enjoyed it for the lovely citrus-y scent and silky feel and I will definitely buy again. I have yet to try any other bubble bars from Lush so it will be interesting to see if all of them are hard and scratchy like Dorothy was or if this was a once-off mistake.
Let me know what you think about the bubble bars Lush has to offer, Dorothy especially… was your experience anything like mine?