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A History of the Bath Bomb

Let’s talk bath bombs!

Go back 33 years to the invention of the bath bomb and it’s clear that these balls of fizzing fun have come a long way from their humble beginnings.

The bath bomb was a simple creation that aimed to improve the bathing experience. No one could have guessed in their wildest dreams the heights this unassuming ball would reach. From Poole to Vancouver, and Tokyo, these beloved fizzers have been embraced by the world over and found a home in both tubs and hearts.

Turn back time with this 1996 cover of the Lush Times.

A 1996 cover of the Lush Times announces new bath bombs for sale.

From 1989 to 2022

33 years of innovation

1989

Lush Co-founder and Product Inventor Mo Constantine creates the first-ever bath bomb in her garden shed. Her goal was “to introduce things to the bath which you wouldn’t normally be able to, such as peels, petals, butters and essential oils; lovely ingredients which would be beneficial to the skin.”

1992

Butterball, our longest-standing bath bomb is created.

1999

A bath bomb is exhibited in the Tate Art Gallery Shop in London.

2003

Sex Bomb is created by the winners of our “Design a Bath Ballistic” competition. Today it’s still a fan favorite and one of our bestselling bath bombs.

2010

Limited-edition Wild Rose Bath Bomb is created to raise funds and bring awareness to the environmental impacts of fossil fuel extraction. Raising $42,000 for two grassroots organizations combatting climate change: Indigenous Environmental Network and Rainforest Action Network.

2012

Dual-layered bath bombs are invented and patented.

“Every time we formulate new products there has to be a benefit to them, but we also want to make bath time a bit more interesting. Aside from treating the skin to an abundance of rich butters and oils, bath bombs are now creating a unique ambience in your bathroom with a burst of fragrance and color,” says Jack Constantine, product inventor and chief digital officer.

2015

#BathArt launches its wildly successful campaign turning bathing into an art form.

2018

Lush opens a bath bomb concept store in Harajuku, Japan.

2018

Lush creates the world’s biggest bath bomb, weighing over 3 tonnes!

2021 onwards

To date, we’ve created over 400 different designs, sold over 300 million bath bombs globally and helped millions of Lushies around the world reinvigorate, uplift, and relax.

Every year, we use around 10,000 lbs. of peppermint oil, 30,000 lbs. of bergamot oil, and 40,000 lbs. of lavender oil making fan favorites like Intergalactic (the bestselling bath bomb in the world), Deep Sleep (North America’s number one bestseller) as well as other beloved fizzers like Avobath and Blackberry.

On World Bath Bomb Day we’re celebrating 33 years of bath bomb innovation by giving away 100,000 bath bombs worldwide. Commemorating our most famous invention with not just one, but two spectacular birthday bashes! Following the one-of-a-kind giveaway with an epic in-store bath bomb pressing party.

Sink into Sex Bomb’s floral jasmine and relaxing ylang ylang.

Sex Bomb floats in bubbly, pink waters.

We are thrilled to be marking over three decades of making the bath your official happy place. Take a look at our full bath bomb collection and experience for yourself what 33 years of passion and innovation feels like.

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