Meanwhile, I'm holed up in my apartment, huffing Flonase like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and spooning a box of kleenex. It's one of those days where you feel like you've been hit by a truck full of pollen and cats. Lovely, right? Well if I can't go outside and join the festivities on this gorgeous Memorial day weekend, I'm going to bring the festivities to me...in the form of a bubble bath!
Enter Brightside, Lush's newest bubble bar to the permanent collection. Prior to being made a permanent item, Brightside was only released with the Easter collection, a tye-dye fiery swirl amongst the egg and bunny shaped items Lush usually cranks out every year. It smells like fruit punch and gives you luscious, creamy bubbles!
Now, if you've never heard of a bubble bar, what it is is solid bubble bath. You crumble the bar underneath the running tap of your bath, and the pressure from the water creates these big, fluffy, movie starlet bubbles that epitomize luxury. You can use it whole, or you can use as much as you want. I used half of Brightside since my tub is extremely small, but if I had a huge, jacuzzi tub, I'd use the entire thing and craft a bubble beard that even Gandalf the Grey would be jealous of!
|Crumbling pieces of Brightside underneath the tap|
It can be a little hard to crumble at first, so what I like to do is hold it under the tap for a little while until it softens, then I begin to crumble. Also I crumbled the entire thing one handed and photographed blindly with the other. Because I care. You're welcome.
You can see mainly in the second picture how the bubbles are already forming. And that was just the smaller chunk I was crumbling! I had yet to get to the bigger piece! Brightside also tints your water a groovy Nickelodeon orange color.
|Swooshing dem bubbles|
When the bubble bar was all crumbled, I like to dunk my arms in and give the bath water a few good swishes, since my water pressure isn't all that great. It's a great upper arm workout and gives you bigger, longer lasting bubbles. If you have jacuzzi jets in your tub, you could just turn those on and watch the bubbles form!
|Halfway full and already so many bubbles!|
As I said earlier, Brightside used to be an Easter only item. It was first introduced last spring in 2013, selling over 65,000 globally, making it the second best selling bubble bar in March of last year. Needless to say, it was so well loved that it was added to the permanent collection! Brightside was the first bubble bar I ever bought, catching my attention while on a shopping trip with my sister. I was so taken by the bright colors and intoxicating citrus scent that I didn't even notice her sneaking more items into our basket (love her dearly but I'm not made of money!).
Brightside was named after the catchy song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the hit Monty Python movie "Life of Brian," and its appearance was inspired by the Comforter bubble bar. The scent is bright and fresh, containing mandarin, tangerine, and bergamot (my personal favorite scent) oils straight from Sicily. These three oils are fresh and zesty, and are mood lifters. One sniff of this stuff and your mood will just perk right up!
So in I sank into my sunset colored, fluffy bath. As a sucker for anything neon and bright, I loved the color of the tub, and the bubbles felt nice and soft, not soapy and staticy like a lot of cheaper bubble baths feel. The sinus headache I had been nursing began to dull away, and I snuggled right into my fluffy bubble blanket with my book, my cool, crisp granny smith apple, and relaxed, my mood only occasionally being interrupted by my roommate laughing hysterically at what I assume is the latest Marble Hornets entry.
When I popped out of the tub, my mood was worlds better. Not that I was in a down and out mood to begin with, but allergies suck. I wish the scent lingered a little more on my skin, but I followed that up with a citrusy smelling massage bar and I was a walking orange grove for the rest of the night.
So if you're having a bad day, or just need a sunny smelling pick me up, get yourself this awesometastic bubble bar and have a crisp, zingy smelling "treat yo'self" night at home! And remember to always look on the Brightside!
...I'm sorry...that was a terrible joke to end a blog with. Just trust me and get yourself this bubble bar!
*This bubble bar is certified Vegan
*Stop by your local Lush store, or buy it from the website here