Lush is known for many things. It’s the U.K. brand that made bath bombs mainstream, the store that makes shopping for soap a magical experience, and the company behind some of the most loyal employees in the biz. But we wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know the back stories of each of its products. (Most times, we can barely keep up with how to use them.) After hearing a rumor that one of our favorite bath bombs was inspired by an old English love spell, we decided to do a little more digging — and what we found is too good to ignore.
ICYMI, this bath bomb holds a slip of paper in the center that reads "BOOM BOOM!" Why, you ask? Well, it was originally created back when Cosmetics To Go was still around — the mail-order brand that preceded Lush — but it looked a little differently than it does now. Instead, it used to come with a long, red "fuse" (or string), meant to resemble a cartoon bomb. Two decades later, it has gotten a complete makeover, but the entire blackberry bath bomb collection remains one of the brand's most popular.
Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb, $6.40, available at Lush.
The heart-shaped Tisty Tosty is cute on its own, but the inspiration for it actually came from a book written by Geoffrey Griggson called The Englishman’s Flora. The book coined one special term: tisty tosty, which was the name for the mantra used while plucking (then tossing) seven rosebuds into bath water, "He loves me; he loves me not." Tisty Tosty was the old English word for a token of love, and has since turned into a lovable bath bomb made with exactly seven roses, as well as rose absolute, geranium oil, and lemon oil.
Lush Tisty Tosty, $6.75, available at Lush.
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