THIS is the much-lamented, utterly discontinued Marathon Bubble Bar from Lush.
|Sigh... how i miss you!|
This particular product produced massive amounts of cinnamon leaf and peppermint scented bubbles. It was fantastic the day after a particularly strenuous workout. That could have been the effect of the essential oils or the luxury of the bubbles or just because you were soaking in a lovely hot bath, but however it worked, it worked. When I found out this, my very favorite Lush product, had been discontinued, I was quite, quite sad.
Since then, I have learned to make several types of bath products, but bubble bars seemed too daunting. Then just a few weeks ago I found this recipe and it looked simple enough. So I purchased the one supply I didn't have on hand, and got ready to do some mad soap science.
I followed the recipe fairly closely. For the essential oil, I used cinnamon leaf extract and peppermint. I wish I'd used just a little bit more than I did. I ended up using WAY too much orange pigment. The color doesn't really start to show up until the liquid is added, so I kept adding more and more to the dry ingredients. I still only had a pale orange mixture, until I started adding the glycerin, and then POW, ORANGE. I will know in the future I don't have to use so much, but for now it doesn't hurt anything, and gives me orange bubbles in the bath.
I did add a little sweet almond oil in place of a bit of the glycerin. This probably decreased the amount of bubbles I'm getting with these, but the texture of the bars is a little closer to the source inspiration, and also, I really like sweet almond oil in my bath.
|This is what they looked like. Weird little things. :)|
They are not totally solid, but after about 5 days, they held their shape enough to put them all in a ziplock bag so that the house didn't smell like them anymore.
As to what they do in the bath... I'm pleased.
A fantastic amount of thanks to the wonderful Amber Johnstone for the inspiration for this project!