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Brand: Lush / Bath Bomb / Contains essential oils. / Type: Bath Melt/Foam / Subcategory: Butter / What it does: Enricheses, destresses,

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      06.01.2010 20:23
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      Great if you like relaxing in the tub and someone else to cleans the bath - not great if you don't

      I've just had a new experience - I've just lost my Lush Bath Ball virginity! Despite the legions of Lush fans on Dooyoo and the many good reviews I've read, I've just never got Lush. I had some soap from there once and wasn't very impressed... and someone once bought me a bath ball years ago. Unfortunately I left it on the bathroom shelf and it got damp and ruined, so I never got a chance to use it. Anyway, whilst stashing away all my new Christmas smellies recently, I came across a Lush bag in my beauty cupboard with a pink and white bath ball that I had totally forgotten about (a present last Christmas) - I decided to use it in the next bath I took. I will add here, that as it was a present and I don't really shop in Lush, I'm not sure how much this cost - I would assume it was £2-3.

      I'm not really a bath person - I prefer showers. However, since I walked the two and a half miles each way to and from work today in the snow, I decided that a bath was well and truly deserved to ease my aching and tired muscles. I started to run the water and opened the bag. Inside was the bath ball in a very girly pink and white colour - it also was studded with some sort of dried flowers, looking like pot pouri. In the year I'd stored it, the bath ball had broken into two, with quite a lot of the ball crumbling off. Fortunately, as it hadn't got damp and as I'd kept it in a bag, I could tip the whole thing into the bath.

      The two halves of the ball immediately started dissolving and turning the water a deep pink colour, whilst also dispersing the (slightly brown and shrivelled) dried flowers around the bath. At first, I was slightly worried that the ball would stain my bath, but after a quick stir of the water, the colour became paler, although still quite noticeable. I then had a bit of a shock - there appeared to be a dead butterfly in my bath water! I had a closer look, and then fished it out. Luckily, it wasn't a real butterfly, but a fabric one with sequins and glitter on one side. From reading a few other reviews, this is a feature of the bath ball. However, as mine was a gift and didn't come with any packaging, I wasn't expecting it at all!

      Eventually the ball has dissolved and the bath was the perfect temperature so I got in... As I've said above, I'm not a bath person. We are all creatures of habit - some people love to relax and read a book in the bath - I personally can't stand that. I take active baths, shaving my legs, washing my hair, having a face pack, using a pumice stone etc. So I was at first rather put off by the bits of flower floating around, which I could see getting stuck in the razor when I came to shaving my legs or stuck to my skin. I also didn't want to submerge my hair in the bath, with the pink water and manky petals - I would usually wash my hair in the bath and just rinse the conditioner off under the show. But I decided to have a shower after my bath to wash my hair, really defeating the point of having a bath. But that's really my personal preference.

      The pink water felt slightly chalky when I first got into the bath, but this reduced as I suppose the bath ball continued to fully dissolve in the water. The water then felt quite 'soft'. The water had a delicate floral fragrance - it really wasn't very strong and didn't linger for long once I got out of the bath. Thankfully, the bits of old flower didn't really hinder my leg-shaving experience, although some of them were really quite large. I didn't really like having them floating about - I would definitely have preferred if the bath ball wasn't impregnated with them. I didn't notice any improvement or worsening of the other products I used in the bath - my shower gel and shaving gel both worked as well as they normally do, so it's good that the bath ball doesn't react to other products.

      After my bath (and shower) I found that my skin was pretty soft, although I still needed to moisturise. I didn't feel like a shrivelled prune though! Luckily the bath ball hadn't stained my bath. However, all the bit of petal had either collected in the plug hole or had stuck to the sides of the bath (along with the 'dead' butterfly). This meant a yucky clearing of the plug hole and a hose down of the bath to get rid of them. I also needed to quickly clean the bath to get rid of a slightly chalky residue that the bath ball itself had left.

      I'm glad I tried this product, but I don't think it's one I would regularly purchase. I would be more inclined if it didn't have the manky old flowers and dead butterfly floating around, but overall it doesn't really suit my style of 'active' bathing. However, if you love relaxing in the bath with a good book and a glass of red, I'd recommend you give it a go! If I ever receive another bath ball, I'll definitely use it, but I certainly won't be heading down to Lush in a hurry!

      Finally, are they called Bath Bombs or Bath Balls? I'm not sure, but it is bugging me!

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        07.01.2009 14:24
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        I enjoyed it and would recommend it

        I am not that familiar with Lush products anymore and haven't bought any for some years now.

        However, for my birthday a few weeks ago my dear sister-in-law sent me a Lush parcel containing 4 different products including this one (I've not tried the other 3 so won't be reviewing them yet).

        After running a suitably hot bath, I grabbed the butterfly bath bomb from the box as it looked quite appealing. Half pink and half lilac with bits in. I read the label in the box telling me the bomb contained jasmine flowers, cornflower petals, larkspur flowers, everlasting flower absolute, ylang ylang oil, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and fabric butterflies.

        I smelled it and enjoyed the musky yet flowery scent. I then threw this Lush Butterfly Ball into the bath to enjoy the show while wondering whether it would have any nice effects on me.

        The bath bomb disintegrated in a fairly rapid time (I'd say around 2 minutes maybe less). It turned the bath water into an uplifting pink colour while scattering what looked like tiny bits of seaweed. It's nicer than I make it sound actually. It certainly gave the bath a healthy organic look!

        I thoroughly enjoyed dipping into this. It left my skin feeling ultra soft and with a very pleasant smell. I felt truly pampered despite only staying in the bath for 10 minutes!

        Be warned though, you will have to give your bathtub a good clean afterwards as it will turn pink and the "bits" tend to stick to it too.

        On the plus side you will be left with 2 lovely fabric butterflies. I have saved them and will use them again when making home made cards.

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          11.10.2008 17:45
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          A butterfly indulgence!

          Unfortunately Lush have discontinued this bath bomb for a while to make room for new products - please bring it back lush!!

          The butterfly ball is the ultimate in girly luxury the ball is a purply/pink colour and when you pop it in your bath it eventually disolves and turns your bath into a pale pink bath containing petals and a glittery butterfly - sometimes even two butterflys in the balls that I have had. Children love it too and get that excited look when they see the butterfly. My son usually only likes things for boys but he loves this ballistic as he likes to scoop the butterflys out.

          Butterfly bath ballistic contains jasmine flowers, cornflower petals, larkspur flowers, everlasting flower absolute, ylang ylang oil, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, and fabric butterflies.

          The fragrance is very delicate and powdery, definately not one to share with your man, but it leaves your skin incredibly soft and your bathroom smells lovely for hours afterwards.

          The downside is picking all the bits out of your bath afterwards. Am hoping Lush bring this back next summer as it really is a summery treat and makes you feel great and a bargain at £1.95 compared to some of the other pricier ballistics. Infact if they could improve on this ballistic they would add some cocoa butter as well so it would be a flowery version of the butterball or is that asking for too much?

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          26.08.2008 19:15
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          Only buy if you like strong floral scents

          I am getting into Lush in a big way at the moment but when I ran out of gorgeous bath treats I just couldn't justify a trip out to the shop as I don't have one locally so I decided to give online ordering a try. Normally I buy a lot of things online as I like the convenience but prefer to buy things like this in a shop so that I can smell them first.

          My parcel arrived from Lush and I was dying to open it so dived in and started smelling all the things that I hadn't tried before. The butterfly ball was a last minute addition to the order (thanks people at Lush who took the order out of the pickers hand and added this to it!) as I had forgot to order anything for my daughter and she wasn't impressed when she found out that I would be bathing in the fantasticness that is Lush and she would be having plain old what ever was in the cupboard (the contents, which may I add are better than what most kids her age get!!).

          I had ordered the Butterfly Ball for my daughter as 1. she is mad on anything pink, 2. she is obsessed with butterflies (her bedroom is covered in anything and everything that she finds that has butterflies on!), and 3. she loved the last ballistic that I treated her to from Lush. This one is priced at a reasonable £1.95 and even thought that is quite expensive for one bath I think that Lush products on the whole are worth the spend if you have one every now and again as a treat.

          The ballistic wasn't quite as big as the Think Pink one she had last time but was still a good size and was half white and half pink. You could see little flowers within the ballistic (I say they are Lavender but I can't find these included in the ingredients, the nearest is jasmine flowers but can't say I've ever seen or smelt these before). The picture shows a butterfly on the ballistic but unfortunately mine didn't have one on it. My daughter was quite disappointed :o(. It smelt quite strong and floral and again I would say lavender but again it isn't in the ingredients but that's what I can smell!! It does also include ylang ylang though which I am told smells a bit like lavender so it could be that.

          When we put the ballistic into the bath it fizzed really quickly, turning the water pink and releasing all the little flowers into the water. My daughter was pleased as inside we found 2 little material butterflies which floated out. The smell was overpowering though and gave me a headache in the short time I was in the bathroom, it's definitely not something that I could have a bath in.

          The Butterfly Ball does moisturise your skin but no so much as some of the other products we have tried from Lush. My daughter was in the bath for around half an hour and her skin did feel softer.

          I would only recommend this ballistic if you like really strong floral smells. I would say it's not really for children, and not for me either but if you like Lavender type smells this is definitely something that you should try. Personally I wont be buying it again. I don't think that the smell fits the look of the ballistic and I was expecting it to be a sweeter smell more aimed at the younger generation. My daughter quite liked the smell but I found it much too strong and it does scent your skin for quite a while after the bath.

          A final note - it's fun cleaning the bath after this one too!! All those flowers.....

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            05.08.2008 12:54
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            A lovely bathtime treat.

            I am a big fan of lush bath bombs - I'm always buying them and love using them for a nice relaxing bath. However, I'm quite fussy about which ones I like, I either love them or hate them, I think that's because they're all scented quite strongly.
            Butterfly ball is one of the ones I really like. It's cheaper than most of the bath bombs and it costs £1.95. It's a bit smaller than the others too but that's fine with me, there's still plenty to fill the bath. £1.95 might seem quite expensive for something you're going to use in the bath once and that's why I always save my bath bombs for when I know I'm going to be having a nice long bath - then I feel I've got my money's worth out of them!
            This bath bomb is really pretty and girly. It's half light pink, half bright pink and it has loads of flowers inside it which come out into the bathwater once it starts fizzing away. In the middle is a cute fabric butterfly - although the one I used last night didn't have the butterfly in it :-(.
            The scent is supposed to be honeysuckle. I really love this scent, it is nice and strong but not too overpowering like some lush things can be. It is a nice floral scent, slightly sweet but not at all sickly and to me it does smell of honeysuckle.
            I would really recommend buying this as a bathtime treat. It is a bit expensive but it's lovely and relaxing. The only drawback to this bath bomb is that it doesn't have some of the skincare benefits that some of the other bath bombs have as it's not especially moisturising or anything, but sometimes you just want a nice smelling bath and don't mind whether it's moisturising or not!

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              29.05.2008 02:48
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              The ultimate girly bath!

              Unbelievably, considering the amount of time I spend reading reviews, especially Lush reviews, when I'm stood in Lush in front of the huge selection of bath bombs my mind goes blank as to what is supposed to be best. I decided, since I was spending a fair amount (eeek, how do I explain this to the other half, I only went in for a shampoo bar!) that getting a bath bomb wasn't going to make a huge difference to the over all total, so decided to treat myself.

              I was being a fairly good girl and looking at the cheapest options, which were this, Butterball and Waving Not Drowning all at £1.95 each. As to whether this is cheap or expensive really depends how you look at it. Sure, for £1.95 you could have a whole bottle of bubble bath that will last a fair amount of time, so in that sense it's expensive BUT for an hours total relaxation, is £.195 really too much to pay? It seems good value when you look at it like that.

              So after having a smell of Waving Not Drowning, which smelt like cross between old women and wee, it was down to the other two. Butterball smelt much nicer and seemed like it would do wonders for your skin, but it was plain white, and what can I say I got sucked in by the whole pinkness of the Butterfly Ball, added to the fact it contains oodles of flowers and a few butterflies (not real ones...obviously)! It didn't smell as nice at all as the Butterball, even as I was buying it I wondered what I was doing, as I wasn't really that keen on the scent, but hoped it might transform nicely in the bath and like I say, the whole girlyness of it all just got me and this is how I found myself with Butterfly Ball.

              Upon getting home, and having a look on the Lush website, it is by no means a favourite. In fact there were a fair few negative reviews stating how it stains the bath something rotten, which induces huge fear in me, since I live at home and it's not my bath to stain. When I have my own house I don't care what my bath looks like, as long as I can lie back, relax and not worry about what all my lotions and potions are doing to it. For the time being, I do however have to stress out about trivial things such as stains, as not all people have my attitude to it not really mattering if your bath has a bit of staining on it and there being much more important things in life.

              So now came the debate, do I even risk using it? Well the Lush addict in me won out, and decided to use it now, and stress out about the staining and undoubtedly regret using it AFTER wards. Plus, what sort of a reviewer would I be if I didn't put these things to the test and gave up at the first hurdle??

              If I'm going to risk a life time of suspicion and questioning every time I go to take a bath in case I further ruin it after being regularly reminded of "that time you stained the bath pink with that stupid ball thing" I want to know that it's definitely going to be worth it. So what should I expect from this bath bomb?

              Well it contains a number of flowers including Jasmin, Cornflower, Larkspur and Everlasting Flower. Now these don't just give the bath bomb a "pretty face" so to speak but also have many positive qualities.

              Jasmin is an antidepressant which is very relaxing which is something you definitely look for in a bath. It's so good it is said to help postnatal depression, tension, stress, nervousness, relaxation and wait for it...addiction! Surely it won't help CURE my Lush addiction?? Unless it just means it's a bit like a "hit" for us Lush "junkies" :) Anyway, the main thing you look for in a bath is total relaxation and it certainly does this especially relieving any stress you are feeling. It's also said to be great for dry, greasy or sensitive skin as well as helping stretch marks and scars. It also can help with muscle pain, which is another thing that is excellent for a bath, as I love to have one to ease any aches or pains I have. Cornflower is mild and gentle and can help restore energy. It also soothes the skin, restores moisture balance and leaves it feeling supple and calm. Larkspur is said to relieve burdens and has uplifting properties which help leave you stress free. Finally Everlasting Flower has anti ageing properties by stimulating the production of new skin cells.

              As well as the pretty flowers, the bomb contains Ylang Ylang Oil which is very peaceful and has a relaxing and soothing effect on both the mind and body. It combats anxiety and stress, is a wonderful antidepressant and eases hypertension which along with the effects of Jasmin will work brilliantly. It also has a stimulating effect on the skin and helps keep the production of sebum in the body correct. On top of this it is an aphrodisiac, so it's perfect for setting the mood, a romantic bath for two (if you have a bath big enough to be romantic instead of being uncomfortable and better in theory than practice) or for you guys to get us girls in the mood with. If you surprise us with a lovely pink bath full of flowers and butterflies, we'll already be putty in your hands, add to this the aphrodisiac qualities of Ylang Ylang Oil, and suddenly your trip to Lush to treat us to one of these will definitely seem more than worth while.

              All these lovely ingredients are combined together with Citric Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate which not only makes the bath bomb all excitingly fizzy (simple things please simple minds) but also in combination with steam from the bath water heightens the effect of all the essential oils. As well as this the fizzing action creates almost like a spa bath which helps increase circulation, soften the water and soften the skin.

              So I took the plunge, quite literally, and went ahead and used the bath bomb. Personally I would have thought that I should run the water, put the bomb in and then get in when it's all dissolved but Lush say to get in and then put the bomb in, so I did as told. The bomb fizzed away and I have to say didn't feel much like a spa as promised but left the bath a lovely shade of pink, with cute little flowers all over, and they were very plentiful. The biggest treat came in the two little butterflies emerging from the centre. I know, I know, they're just fabric butterflies but wow, I loved them! One thing I would recommend, is if you have a three year old daughter, don't promise her before the bath, that she can have the butterflies when you finish, because speaking out of experience your relaxation will be somewhat interrupted for the next hour by knocks on the bathroom door at five minutely intervals accompanied by the phrase "Have you nearly finished your bath yet? Can I have the butterflies?"

              Now I had been a little unsure if I was going to like this or not. I wasn't overly keen on the scent, I was worried about the staining, and I had a less than positive experience with my only other experience of a Lush bath (Creamy Candy Bubble Bar). Here came the first pleasant positive surprise in that after dissolving in the water the scent that came off was lovely. It was a very sweet floral scent, definitely very girly but I guess you'd expect that from a pink bath with flowers and butterflies in it! The scent filled the air but was not too over powering, although you could definitely smell it, which was good considering how little you could smell with Creamy Candy. I'm not very good at describing the scent of it, it didn't smell "like" something in particular, just lovely and sweet and flowery but not in an old woman sort of way. The herby smell that was quite strong before the bomb dissolved completely disappeared; it was like a new scent all together.

              After the bath the smell lingered nicely on my skin and in the bathroom. It wasn't over powering on my skin but if I could smell just a lovely general sweet smell around me and if I sniffed myself could smell it on my skin. The bathroom scent had no complaints, even from the men of the house, so good results all around. I couldn't ask the boyfriend to do the sniff test this time because he's working crazy hours and I've not been able to see him *woe is me*, hence having the time for the bath in the first place - every cloud... :)

              Speaking of which, I'd had quite a stressful day, which you don' t want to even know about, so the usually lovely bubbly happy little world of my own which I live in wasn't all it's cracked up to be today. With this huge stressful fury red "RRRARRRGGHHHH" type feeling in mind, the stress relief that this bath bomb promised to deliver sounded like just what I needed. I have to say, whilst rather than feeling completely chilled out whilst first in the bath my mood was instantly lifted. Whether this was the ingredients working their magic or the insane amount of happiness that I gained from watching the little glittery butterflies float around the bath and cast butterfly shaped shadows through the pink water onto my skin. Ah, who could still be in a bad mood when surrounded by utter pinkness, flowers and glittery butterflies? The butterflies entertained me so much, that I didn't even get around to reading my book that I had taken in the bathroom with me, until a good fifty minutes or so into the bath! If you have a mental age slightly older than mine, and find yourself not in utter glee over these, I really do think the essential oils did do their work.

              I did feel relaxed, although not in a completely zonked out calm way, more in a happy uplifted way which was lovely, and by the time I got out of the bath, all those troubles that seemed so huge earlier today, seem like not such a big deal after all.

              Speaking of the essential oils, I was a little confused as to what to opt for heat wise to get the best out of my ballistic. I've read in the past it's best to have your bath warm not boiling hot to make the most of these, and I wanted to make sure I did get the best out of it so I originally ran my bath warm but with room to top up if I changed my mind. Then I had in my mind the idea of the "steam" that was mentioned for enhancing the essential oils and decided to make my bath hot like I like it and to be honest I didn't notice any difference in the scent, or relaxation properties at either temperature, except that it was more relaxing for me hotter because I like a little mild scalding during bath time, it doesn't quite feel like a bath unless the waters almost to hot to bear!

              My skin, whist smelling lovely, doesn't seem to have really benefited at all from the bath. It definitely hasn't dried it out, but it hasn't made it as gorgeously soft as some Lush products do. It feels very much the same, perhaps a little softer if anything but barely noticeably so.

              All in all it was a lovely little product. I would have paid more than £1.95 to have the mood I was in lifted and emerge not only the happy little ray of sunshine that I normally am but also smelling delicious! I absolutely loved the visual look of the bath, and the smell and it definitely relaxed me and cheered me up no end which is really all you can ask for in a bath!

              As for the dreaded staining that everyone talks about?? Well, it was none existent! Now I'm not calling people liars, because plenty of people have mentioned it (but then again, many people said Benefit's Dr Feelgood was amazing, so it's not a good idea to believe everything you read) but perhaps different batches are stronger in colouring than others, or different bath materials might react differently to it but in my case there was not even a smidgen of pink on the bath. I retrieved the butterflies for the little miss, and quickly got a wipe and wiped up the flowers remaining on the bath. For most of you normal people just rinsing them down the plughole will do, but our drains act like you've poured cement down them with the slightest thing so I just wiped mine up and put them in the bin (which incidentally made the bin smell nice). After this, there was really no need to do anything but I quickly wiped down the bath with Flash just in case and rinsed it out. This literally all took me about two minutes (some people do moan about things not worth moaning about!!) and didn't detract from my happy buzz but there was probably no need to do it anyway and there was certainly no scrubbing required.

              Lush has certainly redeemed itself with this bath product, much better than my Creamy Candy experience. I probably will use this again sometime, although I think I will be working my way through the bath bomb range - all in the name of research of course(!) - each time I need to make an "essential" (*ahem*) purchase from Lush as a little treat, rather than just sticking to this bath bomb.

              One final thing, did it cure addiction like promised? Well I can say it definitely didn't cure my Lush addiction, if anything, it got me wanting more!!

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              Honeysuckle scented for a sweet-smelling and relaxing bath treat /