One of the biggest complaints that I’ve seen about Lush bath bombs is the mess that it makes. Not everyone is into the bright colors, the popping candies, flower petals, seaweed, or glitter. So much glitter. Because nothing can be so anticlimactic as having to scrub down the tub for an hour after you’ve just spent your time relaxing in the tub.
Lush has a solution for this problem with the Sakura bath bomb. See the sprinkles at the top of it? They aren’t pigmented. Even THOSE won’t leave a color.
When you hear Sakura, you most likely think about cherry blossoms. I was actually surprised that there are absolutely no cherry blossoms in there at all.
Lemon Oil: Cleansing and purifying. Uplifting and can help with nausea.
Mimosa Absolute: Harmonizing, good for reducing anxiety and tension.
Orange Flower Absolute: Is actually not recommended for aromatherapy. Pretty much just in there as a perfume. I was surprised that Lush went with it.
Jasmine Absolute: Same with orange flower absolute, it’s not recommended for aromatherapy and is pretty much just used for perfume.
Gardenia Extract: Acts as an anti-inflammatory, can help with anxiety, can relieve nervous tension and headaches.
This bath bomb fizzles out very quickly, leaving behind no color or glam. There’s a small amount of white foam on top but the water itself remains clear. It’s in, it’s done, the scent is there, and that’s it. It’s really efficient.
But the floral scent was not for me. I don’t know if it was was the lightness of the scent or the scent itself but it smelled like, if it makes sense, salty flowers with some lemon tossed in (which is pretty much its ingredients).
It didn’t stick to my skin afterward, sans a very faint hint. It’s not uncommon for most Lush scents not to stick to me after a bath, but this one was very very faint that I really couldn’t detect it too much. Speaking of skin, I noticed that my skin was not as soft as it can get with most Lush bath bombs. After this bath, I felt that an additional moisturizer was needed. This could be because of the high sea salt content and not enough moisturizers in there to balance it out. Frankly, I’d recommend adding more moisturizing oils to it.
Does it help my fibromyalgia? Not really. There’s a minor amount of aromatherapy that goes on with this bath but due to the faintness of the scent itself, it really doesn’t hold up too well and leaves a lot to be desired. The only thing with the potential to help was the sea salt. Sea Salt is very useful for purifying and for its anti-inflammatory properties, drawing out the pain from tight muscles and swollen joints. The trade-off here is the dryness that you get after the bath. I could take another bath with a high salt content (ex: Big Blue) and have the benefits of enough moisturizers to off play the salt.
Now Sakura has been around a long time (I can remember seeing it since the first time I went to Lush back in the early 2000’s) and, honestly, I’m surprised that it hasn’t been discontinued. It’s okay for a quick bath but leaves a hint of disappointment. I don’t know if it’s because I’m spoiled by Lush’s other products however, this isn’t one I can’t see in my usual rotation.
In fairness to Sakura, I didn’t knock points off for its simplicity. A bath bomb doesn’t need all the flair and excitement that a lot of Lush’s products have. If you want something simple to give your bath a little extra something without color and plan to use a moisturizer afterward, by all means, give Sakura a try. If not, I would skip it.
(I was not paid or compensated in any way for this review, nor will I receive compensation from Lush if you order the item through their site.)