Bath time with Harper + Ari Blackberry Fizz

Because I don’t like to take pictures in the bath, partially because of the nudity aspect and partially because I am the sort who would drop the camera in the bathwater, I often forget to  mention bath products.

I’m trying to get better about that, especially as there are so many I enjoy.

As I’ve mentioned before, Saturday is usually the day I use my weekly hair mask.  This week, since I had the Harper +Ari Blackberry Fizz Bar Bath Bomb, I decided I would go with the hair mask that requires a little more time to sit and work on the hair. 

That’s right, I decided to make a mini home spa day of it.

So I took out my ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Mask.  I know I’ve talked about this Hair mask before, and I will no doubt talk about it again.  It is a fabulous mask.  It gets right down to the scalp and not only cleanses the scalp, but makes my hair feel soft and full of life.

The trick is that it needs about twenty minutes to sit and work it’s magic. 

Most of my hair masks take about five minutes.  Which is fine, I really like the five minute masks.  In fact, I just ordered several of the Bad Attitude Hair masks from The Mane Club because of the ones I’ve tried from The Main Club, they are my favorite hair masks. And yes I did order a backup of the One Hit Wonder 10 in 1 Spray even though I am only about halfway through the bottle I have. It is not a product i want to run out of.

However, I really like the ESPA mask for getting a deep scalp clean and really good hair.  Plus I kind of like the way it makes me slow down.  I wash my hair in the shower, apply the hair mask, rinse out the shower and then run the bath.  Then I soak in my bath while the hair mask does its thing.  But the time I finish with the bath, it is time to rinse off the hair mask.  It is all in the timing.  Just remember that the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud takes twenty minutes and plan accordingly.

not a clean break

And since I wanted to try out the Harper + Ari BlackBerry Fizz I was happy to apply the mask while I tried out the bath fizz. It was a good combo.

I should admit right off the bat, I adore the scent of blackberry.  It is one of my favorite summer berries and I love the scent in just about anything.  I also like fizzy bath products, so this was a big win for me when it arrived in my Macy’s Beauty Box this month. 

I was somewhat concerned that I had to break it in order to use a piece of it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that it is a more than one time use to it, but I envisioned crumbs getting everywhere and then having to put it back into the cardboard box and well in general creating quite the mess.It is a solid bar with grooves cut into it and I hoped that this would help it break cleanly. So I washed my hair, applied the mask and ran the bathwater, hoping for a clean break.

As the tub filled I broke into the Bath bar.

I did not get a clean break.

In fact I got a lot of the crumbs I was hoping to avoid. Luckily I broke it over the towel and after moving the larger part that I wasn’t going to use off the towel and safely off to the side, I just shook the towle out over the tub.

The chunk I planned to use plopped into the water, submerged and then floated, fizzing all the while. The crumbs scattered across the surface and were soon fizzed out.

In the tub, I have to say the scent was fantastic. The fizz did it’s fun fizzy thing and I enjoyed it. In addition because there is both cocoa butter and shea butter in the mix, my skin felt quite soft and moisturized. when I went to the website to look up the details I found that you could break off a part of it or use the entire bar for a luxurious experience. The bars featured (full size $12 if you are interested) are twice the size of the mini bar that came in my subscription box.

The corner that I broke off to use was plenty for me. I think that had I tried to use more it would have been too much of that cocoa and shea butter for me. And sometimes when it gets to be too much, it gets a bit slimy. The corner was enough, more would be pushing it. To be honest I think the small sections carved into the bar are the perfect size for a single bath.

The trick is getting the bar to break that way. Since the edge is already crumbly and I am going to have to put it in a plastic bag anyway, I may set it on the work table and use a knife to try and cut it along the lines. Then I’ll put it in the bag and on the last one just use whatever crumbles remain in the bottom. It is a really good bath bomb. I adore the scent and really like the way it made my skin feel. I do not like the way it crumbled when I tried to break a piece off and in fact i really don’t like that I have to break a piece off. However it really isn’t something I want to use in its entirety in one bath. If you do use this, be aware that in order to keep the shards from going all over the bathroom floor, you need to break it over something to catch the flakes. It isn’t really much of a hardship, just something to keep in mind. The Blackberry Fizz from Harper + Ari is well worth the slight effort involved in using it.

And as always the ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Mask worked fabulously, in case you were wondering.

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