The Shower Product That Cured My Bath FOMO

Bombs for all

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I'm going to tell you guys something that I'll probably regret making public: I don't like showering. I enjoy being clean, but I can do without the act of getting there. It's tedious and time-consuming and a waste of water. And the process is made even more damning in the winter when, after standing under warm water, I'm then forced to step out into a cold, heat-deficient apartment.

It might not make sense because they take even longer than showers, but I much prefer baths. Sitting in a pool of the dirt I collected throughout the day isn't all that appealing, but I still feel like I'm investing in myself with a bath. I can take my time cleaning my parts while relaxing in a mixture of oils and salts. I can set the mood with candles and music. I can read a book or drink a glass of wine while reflecting on my day or week. It's an experience versus an undertaking, and I can de-stress in a way I can't in the shower.

My apartment has a bathtub, but I don't trust it enough to actually sit in it (because: New York and roommates), which means I felt very left out when the bath bomb craze started. I, too, wanted a ball to throw into my bathtub and have dissolve right in front of my eyes. I wanted in on the Instagram stories and to recreate my own version of Ariana Grande's "God Is A Woman" video.

Thankfully, Lush has come up with a solution for those with bath FOMO, and that's shower bombs. The product is a little smaller than the usual softball-sized bath bombs and comes in a variety of shapes, including pyramids and spheres. After holding one under the water for a bit, allowing the fragrance to encompass your bathroom, you can use the leftover foam as a soap alternative. "The idea was to create a single use, full experience shower product you can wash with," Ale Commy, the product inventor, says in a statement. "It's a formula that's nice on the skin but gives a bit of a spectacle in the shower."

Right now there are four versions available. Karma, made of turmeric and patchouli grounds meant to lift your spirits; Sleepy, made of lavender oil and tonka, which is best used before going to bed; Koyaanisqatsi, made of violet leaf and ylang ylang, which helps balance you; and Not Sleepy, made up of citrus and lemongrass oil, which is a good wake-up call on the mornings you don't want to wake up.

I'm going to be honest, it's not the same experience as sitting in a bath. But I also heard that bath bombs were messing with some women's pH, so, you know, maybe I dodged a bullet on that one.

Lush, Shower Bombs, $3.25, available at Lush.