“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Product „
The other week, I realised I was coming to the end of the Lush Retro stash I ordered last year and decided to get another one! I ordered a bunch of products online and got them sent to my parents' house ready for when I went home. I was at home for Easter and, having left some of my bath products at home to use when I was up, picked one of my ballistics to enjoy in a relaxing bath. The ballistic I chose on this occasion was All That Jas.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans. Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud. "We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
***What is Retro?***
The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!
***What about the All That Jas ballistic?***
All That Jas is, as the name suggests, a jasmine ballistic made up chiefly of jasmine absolute but which also contains vetivert and ylang ylang oils, as well as gardenia extract. The ballistic is suitable for vegans. The smell of the solid ballistic is clearly and distinctively jasmine, yet the scent is mixed with a sweetness I put down to the other ingredients. The ballistic is one of Lush's larger ones, round in shape and pale green in colour. Each ballistic has a little candy flower embedded into it. These are all different colours: mine was pale blue.
Lush describe the ballistic as a 'sexy' ballistic, mainly because of the jasmine, which is supposed to be an aphrodisiac. I can't comment on this supposed effect, but jasmine is also supposed to be stress-relieving and mood-improving and having used Lush's Lust perfume and Flying Fox temple balm in the past, I can safely state this supposition to be true, at least as far as I am concerned.
***Is it all that?***
When I use a Lush ballistic I always drop it in AFTER running the bath, so I can watch it fizz in all its glory. This one was no exception. The ballistic fizzed away, taking its time, which was a good thing as it was very relaxing! The water turned a pale green - this wasn't as impressive as it sounds as my bath at home is actually green, but I can hardly blame Lush for that!
I had a lovely relaxing bath while reading my book. Afterwards, I got out and pulled the plug. When the water had drained away, I noticed that there were no stains around the bath like some reviewers had reported - although this may be because my bath is practically the same colour as the ballistic!
I found that my skin felt very soft after using the ballistic, and it wasn't irritated at all. This doesn't surprise me to be honest as I have never had problems with my skin when using Lush products. This is impressive considering I have sensitive skin. I had to use moisturiser on the lower part of my legs, the driest part of my body, but nowhere else.
I've always found that jasmine is a particularly long-lasting scent, and the jasmine in this ballistic was no exception. I could smell the lovely floral scent in the bath reasonably strongly, and I could also smell it on my skin for several hours afterwards. As jasmine is such a relaxing and calming scent, this was definitely a positive thing. I was in a good mood all evening!
I wholeheartedly recommend this ballistic. It smelled lovely, turned the water a pretty colour (although the effect may have been more impressive in a white bath!), softened my skin and put me in a good mood which is no mean feat let me tell you! I know that jasmine is a very love-it-or-loathe-it scent so if you don't like jasmine then stay away as you will not like this ballistic! If you do like jasmine though, definitely give it a try. It is priced at £3.20, which is expensive but worth it as a one-off treat.
I see i'm the first to review this Lush ballistic bath bomb but I really hope i'm not the only one to try out this bath bombs as it really does work wonders. Some of the people who read my reviews regularly will of guessed I prefer showers over baths but do like to have a relaxing bath or two a week, I do wish we could use Ballistics in the bath but i'd imagine this would look quite bizarre and be rather difficult to enjoy, that much so, you wouldn't enjoy it at all. So Lush ballistics are for the baths only so looks like you have no choice with this Ballistic bath bomb but to sit back and relax.
Lush are very environmentally friendly, that much so they send all their products out protected by popcorn not plastic packaging such as bubble wrap, admittedly in one off occasions popcorn isn't enough to keep an odd shaped ballistic together and can sometimes crush which does mean you don't get any of the fizzing effect but still get the rest of the description. They also sent out in paper bags and cardboard which can all be recycled and are made from recycled material.
Lush's 'All that Jas' is still available direct online from www.lush.co.uk only as they don't sell through other websites or companies, I'm not quite sure if this is still in Lush stores because the closest one to me is Lincoln and that's really far away from me, so I like to order 4-6 ballistics at once at the start of a month and these will do me for about a month, I buy all at once because the postage price doesn't change so when buying a ballistic this is one of the most expensive ones but you don't want the postage to be higher than the product. This Lush Ballistic is however part of the retro range by them so I don't think it will be in stores so they only way to order is via the website or you can ring by calling 01202 668545 and placing an order over the telephone instead. The website it free so I would recommend that instead.
Another simplistic design by Lush, Keeping it sweet and simple like they rarely do this is a round ballistic about the same size as your fist so it's a great size! This is a soft snow white colour which when I look at it reminds me of talcum powder so it looks to me as if it would make your skin extra soft like a babies which I like the sound of. This being white draws all your attention to the small cute Blue flower in the center which is shown nicely in the picture above, this can also be Orange.
In the 'All that Jas' You can kind of guess what the smell might be, Jasmine. This is quite a soft floral smell and reminds me of walking to a shop and being able to smell the sweet incense sticks burning away, this also smells like Vetivert. Altogether I think this mainly makes me think of older ladies and their soapy smells which is nice as it's a fresh scent and a great scent to smell of. Although I find the scent of the solid form quite over powering the smell dies down on your skin so it isn't so overwhelming.
To know the best effects for these, run a bath full of hot, soothing water and get ready to be relaxed as you have a long soak. The drop your 'All that Jas' ballistic into your bath water and have fun watching it swirl around as it's fizzing through the water. Wait for the ballistic to fully run it's course before climbing and fully relaxing as you soak. 'All that Jas' fizzes around because it has Sodium Bicarbonate in it which softens the water and makes the ballistic swirl around the water. This also has Ylang Ylang in it and citric acid which gives of nice floral fruity scent.
I like to have bubbles in my baths so I don't really notice the bath water changing but I know ti does so I had a cheeky peak and noticed the water had turned more white and made the bottom of the bubbles look like froffing milk on the top of a latte drink and was just as hot as well. The Ballistics soften the bath water which means your muscles can relax more.
After the bath after patting myself down my skin felt really soft and I was quite please, Slightly disappointing that the smell didn't stay on my skin like the others but did leave me feeling stress free and sleepy, I don't really sleep well so this really did help that night I will deffinately be getting a few more of these.
Ingredients:Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 61585, Candy Daisy. Vegan