The violet is traditionally associated with the qualities of shyness, modesty, and loyalty. The Bathos Bubble Bar from Lush, however, is not the proverbial shrinking violet. Lush’s catalogue, Lush Times, frequently mentions that violet is the favorite fragrance of Lush’s creator and owner, Mark Constantine. It was also the signature scent of none other iconic personality than Napoleon Bonaparte, who wore violet cologne, gave bouquets of violets to Josephine on their wedding anniversaries, and inspired his dedicated followers to wear the flower as well. The Bathos Bubble Bar, stamped with a glittery capital “B,” aspires to a similar romance and charisma. Its primary note is violet leaf absolute, but these delicate florals are balanced by a bolder blend of jasmine absolute, bergamot oil, ylang-ylang oil, and clove bud oil.
The word "bathos" is "depth" in ancient Greek, and in contemporary English, it means an anticlimax or a comedown. I’m guessing that the pun-like name for this bath treat refers to the former meaning, and to the act of sinking deep into a luxurious tub of bubbles. Lush's Bubble Bars are heavy, solid rectangles, typically weighing between three and four ounces; they are meant to be crumbled by hand under a faucet of running bathwater. I usually cut each bar in half so that it lasts for two baths; a half-bar seems to produce enough lather for a full tub. If I'm ever feeling particularly self-indulgent someday, I might use an entire bar at once. Bathos tints the water an imperial shade of purple under its suds, and its aroma is sweetly spicy, warming and relaxing, but definitely not shy.
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