The Bubble Roome is a Brooklyn-based company offering handmade bath and body products in a range of five natural fragrance blends; my favorite for this time of year is the Ylang Ylang & Cinnamon blend, which is sensual and cozy at the same time. To date, I’ve tried the Bath & Body Wash and Hemp Oil Lotion in this scent.
The Bubble Roome’s entire line of bath and body products is paraben-free; the body wash is also sulfate-free, and includes chamomile and allantoin to soothe the skin, as well as fruit- and sugar-based alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid for exfoliation. It’s a gentle, low-lathering formula, and I find that it works best if I shake it before using. The lotion contains aloe vera, glycerin, coconut oil, and hemp oil to nourish and protect the skin, and it has the perfect consistency: easy to dispense and quick to absorb, but just thick enough to feel luxurious. The fragrances are all composed of essential oils, and they have various aromatherapeutic properties. Ylang-ylang, as The Bubble Roome reminds us, “is considered one of nature’s aphrosidiacs.” It’s the small but intensely scented flower of the cananga tree, native to the Philippines and Indonesia, where it’s traditionally spread on the marriage beds of newly-wed couples.
In any case, these products are a must-try for anyone who truly loves the smell of ylang-ylang. The ylang-ylang note comes through strong and true in both the body wash and the lotion: somewhat creamy, slightly rubbery, like an eccentric sister to jasmine. I always enjoy detecting ylang-ylang in the heart of certain perfumes, and I like experiencing it as the “star” of these products. The cinnamon is more subtle, like a spicy-fuzzy base for the ylang-ylang; it never veers into Red-Hots territory. There’s also a hint of vanilla, to bring out the sweetness of the ylang-ylang and add a little extra comfort to the scent. The fragrance of the body lotion, in particular, lasts a long time on the skin; if I apply the lotion generously, I can still detect it halfway through my workday. And if you’re in the mood for coordinating your various scented products, it would “layer” beautifully under a perfume like Annick Goutal Songes or Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang.
The Bubble Roome packages its products in simple but efficient plastic bottles without any excess wrapping, and the brand’s labels consistently delight me: they look like Victorian wallpapers and textiles filtered through a 1960s mod sensibility. They also offer low-key reminders to “love” and “hope,” without getting preachy or pushy; like the products themselves, the containers are cheerful but sophisticated, and they seem at home wherever you use them.
(If you’re starting your holiday shopping, also check out last year’s review of The Bubble Roome’s Home Sweet Home room fragrance.)