November 14, 2012

Lush Fun Review

I’ve been having a blast with Lush Fun since they arrived in my mail box several weeks ago. Seriously, what’s not to love about a bath product that you can use as a modeling clay? Not that I’m at all artsy enough to create something speculator out of clay but hey, I had some serious fun trying.

Fun is Lush’s new bathing invention. Fun acts as soap, a shampoo, a bubble bath, and a play-doh like product that you can shape into silly little characters or things. The clay aspect definitely will appeal to children so if you have a kid that simply HATES to take a bath this is a nice way to tempt them into the tub.

2.5% of the sale of Fun goes to FUNd as well so you can feel good about your purchase. FUNd is a Lush initiative which supports charities in Fukushima, Japan that create safe places for children to play outside.

Fun is $6.95 each and available in five scent selections. Each bar is generously sized so you can get plenty of bathing and shower joy out of one bar.

Take a look!

Well, here’s the low down. Fun is fun. Fun smells AMAZING! Like Lush needs to make more products scented like these bars maybe a perfume! Yes, please! The idea of Fun is brilliant….soap, bubble bath, and shampoo in one bar? And you can mold it into silly little shapes? Awesome! My inner kid is squealing with joy.


It sucks.

I hate ranting about Lush products as I’m a full blood Lush fan for many a year but sadly Fun falls short.

The problem with Fun is it lathers very little. Where as Lush Bubble Bars typically create mounds and mounds and mounds of gorgeous bubbles and lather a plenty, Fun sadly does not. The bar created some really lackluster bubbles in my tube. I used a little at first but I chopped up half a bar another time, dumped it into by bath tube, ran water, swirled, and still very few bubbles. It also doesn’t melt down completely so I was fishing chunks out of the tub after my bath.

Le sigh…!

Fun also falls victim to being as hard to use as Lush Shower Jellies. When you break off a bit of the bar and rub it on your body or in a shower puff most of it tends to end up down the drain rather than on your body. The problem also arises that it doesn’t lather which kinda results in a less than clean feeling. I don’t recommend giving up your normal soap for Fun.

In my hair, again, the issue is with the lack of lather and bubbles it creates. The pieces do not melt very well so chunks of it get stuck in your hair. I wouldn’t recommend trying it on very long hair as I felt like I was picking out little chunks well after a proper rinse.

Each bar is heavenly in regards to fragrance. They have bright, fun and even sweet scents that are really unique. Some folks will appreciate the fragrance where as those sensitive to fragranced bath products might not love it. Personally I adored it. The Pink Fun Bar is particularly gorgeous and reminds me a bit of Lush Candy Fluff and Rock Star Soap.

Overall, Fun might be a nice product for your children to enjoy but for yourself? Skip it. For $7 you might want to indulge in a chunk of Lush soap, a bubble bar, or even a bath bomb that will be worthy of your dollar. The lack of lather Fun creates is very disappointing and makes for a rather meh bathing experience.

No likey!

Sorry Lush! If you recreate it so I can get more bubbles and lather from it I’d be more inclined to recommend, Muse Approve, and urge you all to stock pile these like crazy as they smell amazing…! The lack of lather is a deal breaker though. In fact, they feel like I took some Play-Doh into the shower with me…! They just fail to go anywhere, they don’t melt down, and they don’t create lather so really it’s like a hunk of clay I’m using.

Tried ’em?

Do share your thoughts!

I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • OrangeLipstickBlog

    Haha I thought this was about to be a rave until you said they suck! Bummer.

    • the Muse

      🙁 they just don’t lather….they produce mediocre bubbles 🙁 le sigh!

  • crotchfairy

    I was so excited when you said they were good for chidlren. Finally, I had found a gift for my little cousins. Then I continued reading 🙁

    • the Muse

      sorry crotch fairy 🙁 they might still be worth checking out for kids….but they really don’t melt very well and create mediocre bubbles/lather :-/

  • Ash

    I wish Lush would stop trying to reinvent the wheel with all these odd products. I LOVE their soaps and bath bombs, bubble bars ETC but I am not happy with the shrinking sizes and rising prices. I hate to think I am paying for the R&D for some of the disastrous products they have put out as of late. Get back to basics LUSH, I love you, but sometimes you make it hard.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Looks very impracticle. I usually adore anything Lush comes up with but this just seems a little farfetched…

  • Michelle

    Muse, thanks for the review. Too bad this is a no go as I was thinking about purchasing these for stocking stuffers for the kids and even the hubby. I guess I have to find something else now – bummer.

    • the Muse

      sorry michelle 🙁 I hate to crush your gift list! I’d buy your kiddies another bubble bar, maybe the christmas candy fluff one? They’d have more fun with it ;-D and a big blue for hubs? ;D they just don’t lather enough and since they don’t melt down I was scared they’d clog my drain :-/ just what I need!

  • HapaGirl

    Too bad this is a fail 🙁 Thanks for the review, though. I was thinking about jumping on the Lush-wagon this holiday season, so it looks like I’ll steer clear of Fun and head toward bubble bars and traditional bar soap.

    • the Muse

      hapa you’ll be much happier with bubble bars and soap or bath bombs which are just as lovely ;D!

  • Michele

    This def seems like a product for kids ONLY. I am considering getting my 4 year old son some colors for Christmas (since getting him into a bath can be a challenge). Based on your review, I will skip these for myself 😉

    • the Muse

      michele he’d probably love ’em but if you do indulge be sure to have a stopper in the tub as they don’t melt down very well, could clog up the drain :-/ I’d get a bubble bar for him though! You can maybe have him crumble it under the water and see how it lathers up, might excite him enough to hope in with all those bubbles ;-D

  • Kathleen

    I think I’ll still get this for my little one, as he loves playdoh but wants to eat it all the time. At least in the bathtub I can make him spit it out and he can still play with it, lol! This combined with a bubble bar and he will be sooo happy.

  • Victoria

    These lather/bubble up beautifully if you use them like one of the chunky bubble bars – through a strainer or with some mesh/nylon and just hang it on the tub faucet. It bubbled up more than a normal bubble bar for me!

  • Dana

    I wasn’t sure about this product either. Looks like the kids would like it though.

  • Smirking Valet

    So I used mine tonight, but I molded it into a bar of soap-shape! True, there’s not much in the way of foam, but I definitely felt this way, gave me a proper cleanse. I left a big hunk in my shower, for my boyfriend to use, tomorrow 😉

  • Trisha

    I smooshed the jellies into my mesh loofa and that made TONS of bubbles. Does this seem like a method that would work for these? I’d love to know if that works 🙂

  • Trisha

    Oops. I guessed I skimmed the part where you tried that already. I was getting really excited about these too. Wah wahhh.

  • Pita l

    I actually loved my fun clay(: it didn’t lather alot but it left me feeling squeaky clean and smelling amazing! I didn’t notice the lack of bubbles, but I’ve had some lush soaps that werent so spectacular hehe go figure(:

  • sam

    I Love Lush! this product looks like so much fun, plus i like the fact that its all natural! cant wait to try it.

  • Fgrvg

    I have short hair. Does it make ur hair smell nice. And if ur using it on hair do u need to condition after.

  • Kristy

    Thanks for your review – unfortunately I read it too late. At least I bought them BOGO over the holiday savings. I agree with everything you said about them.

  • Fran

    I’m still not in love with FUN, although in my experience, actually holding a chunk under running water (either with your hands or with a tea-strainer) is more effective at producing bubbles than crumbling a chunk into the water. It also dosen’t leave big gloopy bits to clog up your plughole. I also find this method is true of the bubble bars as well.

  • Jessy

    I think funs great but they kinda clogged up my bath tub but still I like the feel best invention ever lush keep on going

  • Todd

    I tried the green Fun for soap and shampoo. It didn’t lather a lot, but I had no problem washing my long hair with it. Mold into a shape, lather some onto my hands, rub into hair, repeat. It took a bit longer than I expected, but my hair was extra fluffy and smelled great! I had no problem with chunks in my hair.

  • Hannah

    I hope that others read this. Fun is the most fantastic bubble bath especially for children. A very small amount held under water in your hand until it disappears will create HEAPS of bubbles and best of all if your child likes a long bath after 10-20mins they have started to pop and dissipate on their own – no more running water at the end of a bath to get the bubbles down the drain. They also smell amazing, far better scent depth and distribution than smelling Fun at the shop. My favorite bubble bath ever!

  • Star

    I appreciate this review as it was honest. I feel very different about Fun though, and I just love it! I have only used it as soap in the shower and it’s one of my favorite Lush products. It never bothered me that it doesn’t lather up a lot, the soft consistency of the soap is so smooth and soothing. I just rub it directly onto my skin and that’s good enough. For that reason I enjoy it more than Lush’s blocks of soaps, as the ones I’ve tried are too hard and difficult to lather in comparison. My favorite is the yellow Fun – such a beautiful gentle scent! They got me hooked when they sent me a sliver of a sample with my order without me even asking for it. I’ve had to have it ever since!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad you like it! 🙂 My sister is a huge fan as well! I just don’t really love it and prefer Lush soaps instead!!!! ;-D