Product Type: Lush Bath & Shower
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Not quite a holiday, but the next best thing!
Lush Big Blue Bath Ballistic
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Big Blue Bath Ballistic
Advantages: Lovely smell, turns water blue, softens skin
After spending a week's holiday at the Isle of Wight, I came home and started to miss being so close to the sea. That was what prompted me to buy the Big Blue ballistic from Lush.
Ballistics are among Lush's most famous bathing products, designed to be dropped into a run bath, fizzing away and releasing colour, scent and essential oils. They don't produce bubbles and are more expensive than bubble bars (per use, at least: most of them are designed for a single use, as opposed to bubble bars which you can cut into two or more pieces), and they aren't my favourite bath products for this reason, but I do like to sample one from time to time. The Big Blue ballistic has been around for years, as opposed to some other Lush products which come and go really quickly, so it must have something going for it.
"Need a holiday but don't have the time?" ask Lush. This product is designed to fill that gap. Large, round and blue with a white top and bits of seaweed sticking out, it is designed to resemble the ocean with foam-topped waves. Claimed to produce a relaxing and refreshing bath, the £3.20 ballistic is pricey but no more so than several other ballistics.
The Big Blue is entirely suitable for vegans and contains no preservatives, making it a good choice for those with sensitive skin. Bubble bars contain the bubble-producing chemical sodium laureth sulfate which is known to cause skin irritation in some people, but fizzing ballistics don't need this. In fact, the ingredients list is so short that I might as well copy it into my review: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt,Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Arame Seaweed, Lemon Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute.
Sodium bicarbonate is what makes the ballistic fizz: it's used in baking, so is pretty safe! Arame seaweed (Eisenia arborea) is a type of kelp harvested in areas such as Japan. It is full of minerals and, along with the sea salt, helps to soften skin. Lavender oil is known for its relaxing properties and lemon oil helps to refresh and clear the mind.
As I normally do with ballistics, I ran the bath first, got in, then dropped the ballistic into the water. It fizzed impressively and floated around the bath, turning the water a lovely shade of blue. Bits of seaweed escaped from the dissolving ballistic and mostly sank to the bottom.
I loved the smell of the bath, it was relaxing and reviving at the same time. I felt calm and energised during and after use. The smell wasn't as strong as the solid ballistic was, but it was certainly discernible. The water was silky-soft, too.
After my bath, I found that my skin felt very soft and in very good condition - probably because of the seaweed and salt. My skin was lightly scented and I didn't need to apply much moisturiser.
I feel both men and women would like this ballistic as it has a fairly unisex scent, designed to evoke the sea. It is so big that you could chop it in half and use it for two baths, though I chucked the whole thing in at once. The ballistic didn't stain the side of the bath, and although there was some seaweed lying at the bottom of the bath after the water had drained away, the bits were big enough to pick out and put in the bin without too much hassle.
Overall, though this ballistic is hardly a substitute for a holiday, it's a lovely product and I'd consider repurchasing it for a special treat.
Summary: Lovely ballistic from Lush