“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
Having not been into a physical Lush store for what seemed like ages, I popped in to the Covent Garden shop on my day off last Friday. It was good timing, as Lush had recently released a new ballistic, called the Bugsplat. The ballistic caught my eye immediately, being bright green with a purple centre. It looked a bit like a cartoon 'splat', but I also thought it rather resembled a flower. Bugsplat cost £2.50, which is pricey for a bath product in general, but quite reasonable for Lush. Anyway, it's cheaper than a glass of wine! The ballistic is fragranced with the scent of the Bug perfume, part of the new Gorilla fragrance range, which is unique and different with galbanum, sandalwood and black pepper. The result is a dark, spicy and compelling fragrance which was very strong - I could smell it in my bag all day until I got home! I decided to use the ballistic the same day, as I fancied a nice relaxing bath. With ballistics I like to run the bath first before dropping the ballistic in, so this is what I did. Once in the bath, I dropped The Bug into the water and it fizzed away slowly. There was a bit of paper in the ballistic, which said "Welcome to the drone age", which seemed to dissolve in the water. The ballistic emitted green and purple streaks until finally dissolving into a rich green colour. I was very impressed with the scent of the ballistic: sometimes Lush products smell a bit weaker in the bath, but this one remained strong (possibly because it was completely fresh). The rich, sensual scent worked really well for a relaxing bath and helped to drive all my cares away. This is surprising in a way, given that the Bug fragrance was inspired by the modern surveillance society and the feeling that we are increasingly being watched! I was also impressed to find that the ballistic didn't stain the bath at all. Some products have left stains round the bath that are difficult to remove, but there was no hint of a stain with this product. After use I found the ballistic had left a faint scent on my skin, and my skin felt softer. I did need to use moisturiser, but I had expected this, as ballistics do not contain moisturising ingredients, just bicarbonate of soda to help them fizz. Researching the ballistic online, I found that it was inspired (if that is the correct word) by the drone strikes happening in conjunction with military surveillance programmes. Every penny of the profit from this product (excluding the VAT) goes to Reprieve, a UK-based charity campaigning against these drone strikes. Overall, I highly recommend this ballistic. It is relaxing, fun to use, turns the water a lovely colour and smells lovely - and it's worthwhile.
Lush Bugsplat Bath ballistic This is a very short lived ballistic created by Lush for about a week or so then no more. I was lucky enough to get a couple when I was in Derby during The week supporting the work of 'Reprieve' who are anti the use of drones which are unmanned aerial vehicles. BUGSPLAT This ballistic is green and looks like a splat of paint. It got its name partly because it is scented with Lush's perfume 'The Bug' and partly because 'bugsplat' is what the pilots in Nevada remotely controlling these drones call those people accidentally killed by these drones! I was actually quite shocked to hear that such a derogatory term was used for these accidental deaths. I could go into the damage done by drones but that is kind of 'off topic' but id you type Lush Bugsplat' into google then the 'Reprieve 'page comes up with all their information about drones and the damage caused by these so called harmless war machines. "To date, the United States has used drones to execute without trial some 4,700 people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia - all countries against whom it has not declared war. The US' drones programme is a covert war being carried out by the CIA. " That alone should ring alarm bells in most people I would think. MY BUG I was so pleased to be able to get these two as I knew all my money bar Vat was going to the charity cause and also I knew these were short lived. They are a good size and cost about £2.50 each. I got four baths from my first one and the second one is hiding in my clothes drawer for use sometime in the next months. It smells really unusual, exactly like the 'Bug' perfume which is kind of unisex and in no way feminine. Initially it smells a bit like an insect repellent but it warms on you and is quite herby, not sweet at all. It is kind of aftershave rather than perfume in aroma. INTO MY BATH I always fill my bath then pop in the ballistic as that way I can watch it go to work fizzing and sending out it colours and scents while I am in there with it. This tuned fabulous greeny and blue mixed colours and the smell was lovely. It dissolved and fizzed quite slowly so that the colours fizzed out and the scent was allowed to develop slowly growing stronger all the time. I sat or rather lay back in the bath enjoying the interesting herb like aroma which filled not only my bath water but the bathroom and then beyond into our bedroom as well. The bath water was a lovely greenish clear colour and really soft. The scent stayed on my body for sometime afterwards. My skin felt nice, not tight or irritated in any way. It didn't moisturise me but didn't dry me out either. I had no itchy skin despite my strange skin that is sensitive to things that make me come out in rashes. BUG SMELL Trying so hard to describe this smell. The notes in this are like those of the perfume which are; galbanum and black pepper with strong and unusual notes of cistus labdanum, sandalwood and elemi oil. I am not familiar with some of those but do love the perfume as it is really unusual. It reminds me a bit of Comme des Garcon's 'Amazing Green' but stronger and slightly sweeter or creamier. Galbanun is sort of Sort of woody like a forest rather than woody like sandalwood. It is quite an intense green fragrance with woody and balsamic elements. Cistus labdanum is a resin a bit like myrrh and also woody in scent while sandalwood is woody and sweeter and elemi oil is citrus like with a slightly spicy scent . So you can see al the notes for this perfume are in the woody, spicy fresh band and no sweet and creamy ones at all. I think it is an acquired taste and would certainly appeal to a lot of men as it is kind of aftershave like but I love it. RECOMMENDED? Yes, but sadly unless Lush can be persuaded to make some more in the future you won't be able to get hold of one. I am so sad that I didn't buy more but £7.50 seemed a lot to spend on bath stuff in one hit. I thought £5 was enough so I shall have to save my second one for some special baths in the future! Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. ©Catsholiday