Lush ‘The Experimenter’ Bath Bomb Review

Lush released a video entitled ‘The Experimenter’ last December, and it got Lush fans worldwide super-duper excited! The video is a dramatacised take on the brand’s newest bath bomb that goes by the same name, and was first released in Lush’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London.

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I was at the newly revamped Lush store at Mercato Mall a couple of weeks back (read all about it here), and I got gifted the Lush Spectacular Gift Box (oh how I love these blogging perks!).

The box is loaded with Lush goodies I can’t wait to tell you about, and it also included the ever elusive ‘Experimenter’ bath bomb. I took it with me on our trip to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi and put it to use in the bath tub of our hotel room at the Viceroy.

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Product Claim:

Technicolor bathing: Drop this vibrant fizzer in your tub and venture into your very own bathtime motion picture. This bathing blockbuster stars vivid, swirling colors to enthrall your senses, crackling popping candy, and the sweet comforting fragrances of fair trade vanilla and tonka absolutes. It’s the most thrilling bath number ever staged! – Lush website.

Key Ingredients:

  • Bicarbonate of Soda: To give it that fizz! (You might want to read my earlier post on how to make a Lush Bath Bomb).
  • Vanilla, Tonka Oil and Vetivert Oil: For aromatherapy.

My Experience with ‘The Experimenter’:

‘The Experimenter’ is a chunky, colorful hexagon that screams ’80’s pop-culture to me. It has a deep, intriguingly smoky scent, and a slight gold shimmer when rubbed. I packed it in some newspaper to take on the journey, and as you can see below, it got to Yas Island in one piece!

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One side is blue/pink and the other yellow/white.

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I filled up my bath with warm water as recommended, and then let ‘The Experimenter’ loose. The bath bomb dissolved almost immediately, and gave way to a riot of colours and a delicate crackling sound akin to the sounds of popping candy I’ve had as a child.

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Oh how I would have loved this bath bomb as a child! Ironically, although ‘The Experimenter’ is Lush’s most colorful bath bomb yet, it is not recommended for children. I sure hope they come up with something quite as colorful for the kids as my daughter is getting very jealous!

With all that colour and crackle comes a beautifully therapeutic scent of Vanilla laced with Tonka and Vetivert oil. The deep, almost woody scent is a stark contrast to the fun, bright colors of the bomb and reminds me of Lush’s All Good Things perfume.

10 minutes into the bath, and the last sound of candy popping signaled an end to this colourful bath-tub party. The rainbow hues faded into a sad-looking murky ink blue that held on to the shimmer of gold glitter.

Eyes closed, I inhaled the deep, exotic scent of ‘The Experimenter’, and made the most of my last few minutes in the solace of the tub. The scent is great for aromatherapy and puts the mind at ease. If only the bath had more of a moisturizing element; it would have kept me in there longer!

The Good:

  • It’s an explosion of colors! Pretty much a party in the bath 🙂
  • Loved the crackling pops, and fizzy bubbles!
  • Has a gorgeous scent that helps you relax, lie back and enjoy the bath.
  • Uses fair trade vanilla that is sourced from the world’s first fair trade source in Uganda.
  • The shimmer of gold glitter is made of biodegradable material, and is therefore eco-friendly.
  • Made predominantly of fresh, natural ingredients and is vegan-friendly.

The Not So Good:

  • After all that drama of color and crackle, the bath water turns into a morbidly murky ink blue. Wish the colors lasted longer!
  • Although ‘The Experimenter’ is Lush’s most colorful bath bomb yet, it is not recommended for children.
  • It has no moisturizing properties.
  • When the plug is pulled out, you have to clean out the glitter (luckily it washes away fairly easily).

Pricing & Availability:

‘The Experimenter’ is included in Lush’s Spectacular Gift Box, and can also be bought separately at all Lush stores for AED 39 each.