“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
These festive novelties look great, and make for a good present, but they´re actually not as good as most of the things that Lush sell. They´re about the size of a large orange and quite rounded, but designed to look like Santa, with a nice, reasonably strong smell - although I don´t think it´s that chocolatey.
They are supposed to be dropped into the bath where they´ll fizz and release a cloud of bubbles and scent, creating a chocolate bath in theory! The smell´s really good, and it creates a lovely soft fragrance that stays with you even after you´ve got out of the bath.
The downside is that you´ve really got to use the whole thing in one go - you don´t need that much for the bath, but I always find that if I leave half unused in the bathroom it quickly becomes sludgy and soft and unpleasant to use. Perhaps it would be better to break it up away from the bathroom before you use it, as sad as it is to snap Santa in two! I´m sure he´d understand.
Overall, this isn´t Lush´s best product, and is a bit of a Christmas gimmick that´ll probably sell well because of how it looks. Still, it´s a nice gift, and it´ll look good in a stocking.
I adore all things Lush - whether it is there lip balms, shampoos, bubbles bars or ballistics, but this chocolate santa really is the cherry on the top of allof these things as it combines three of my favourite things - Lush, chocolate and christmas - what's not to love?!
This was a christmas limited editionand was avaliable from early November and it could possibly be coming back this year (I hope so) however the limited edition items always vary at Lush.
It is a large bath ballistic and is brown / beige and white in colour and sets you back around £3. He is the same on both sides, so could be easily split in half to make two baths, especially as he is so large.
I personally used half as this looked plenty to me and simply plopped him into my bath and bang on queue he started to fizz away. As soon as he hit the water I could smell a sweet chocolatley smell that was very relaxing as it wasn't over powering.
The bath turned a slightly unpleasant hazel / pale/ diluted brown colour. The water felt soft to the touch and was soothing, however no where near as soft or as moisturising as what some of the others have been and what I was expecting.
The smell filled my whole bathroom with the beautiful, sweet, christmassy smell and the smell stayed throughout the whole bath. After the bath the scentstill lingered on my skin, though I did feel that I did need to moisturise still as it just didn't moisturise that well.
Overall this is a very nice item with a definite christmas vibe to it, however it could have just have donewith being a little more moisturising!
Got several of these in my ' lush grab bags' sold off after the Christmas rush. It smells nice and when it dissolves in the bath the colour is not too intense as it is cream and a light coloured brown. Has a nice smell though was slightly disappointed as I was expecting more form Lush. It could have been a much more chocolately smell.
However with it being a quality product you can expect the best from Lush- it is in fact made from cocoa. Not one of my favourite Lush products-aroma did not last as long as I had hoped though the fragrance was slight after using it on my skin.
Over the post Christmas period it did the job well enough though- no better way than to wash away the cares of the day in a chocolate Lush bath. Comes in half and full Lush product sizes.
I love Lush products, so seeing this in the shop around christmas last year I just had to pick one up and give it a try!
I bought some other stuff with it and as I spent over £25 (whis is very easy to do!) I got another one free!Hoorah!
It is around the size of a large bath bomb and can fit in both hands together and cost me £3.50! I know that this may seem expensive for a bath bomb but I think that it was worth it!
Although some people prefer to drop theres in once the bath has run, I prefer to pop it in when it is running. As soon as it hits the water it almost instantly dissolves and you are met by this lovely sweet smell of chocolate and vanilla which really does make you feel all christmassy!
When you're in the bath the water seems very smooth and you can actually feel it moisturising your body! It does make your bath water go quite an unpleasant light, pale brown colour which what baths look like if someone really dirty has just got in it! This is one of the only down sides for me as I am used to Luch bath bombs making your bath go bright purples and reds, so this wasn't as good for me!
However this did mean that it wasn't one of the ones that stainyour bath and you have to scrub to get off!
I always tend to get the water alone on a scrunchy exfoliater and just rub over my skin as the water with the bath bomb in int will soothe and moisturise your skin whilst the scrunchy will exfololiate!
When I eventualy get out the bath (which takes a long time as it smells and feels great!) your skin feels nourished, although I did apply a moisturiser afterwards I probably didn't need to as it leaves your skin feeling that soft! I always to though and love Lush DREAM CREAM! (It is the best!)
Overall I would reccomend this product but it can be quite expensive at £3.50 a shot, but is nice for a warm, relaxing, moisturinsing wintery treat once in a while!
Last night I found a Chocolate Santa ballistic in my bag of Lush goodies, I'd forgotten he was there despite my excitement at seeing him in the shop in January. Two of my favourite scents are chocolate and vanilla so when I realised this ballistic was a mixture of the two I immediately bought it, the trouble was I bought so many other Lush items that day that he has only just been rediscovered!
He looks lovely, a fat and jolly Santa shape in beige with a white beard. I like the fact that he's not perfectly crafted because I think he's absolutely charming as he is, perfection would ruin the fun look of this ballistic I think.
I wasn't impressed with the scent when I took Chocolate Santa out of the bag, I could barely distinguish the chocolate or vanilla and instead it just put me in mind of the overall aroma you get when you visit a Lush store. This I found mildly disappointing although I wasn't too disheartened as many Lush ballistics intensify in smell when you put them into the warm bath water.
Unfortunately this isn't one of them. The smell didn't intensify much, the chocolate and vanilla fragrances came through more but they mingled together too much for my liking and I couldn't always differentiate between the two. The core is the part of the ballistic which is chocolate scented, I scooped it out of the bath to sniff it when I noticed this part was taking slightly longer to fizz away than the rest of it. I wiped a little across my forearm and was pleased that the scent remained very strong on my skin for a while afterwards, the aroma didn't translate well into the water though and I eventually found the overall aroma to be bland and it didn't last long in my bathroom either.
This ballistic turns the water slightly murky, which I was expecting due to the colour of it, and produces a very fine layer of beige tinted foam which disappears quickly.
While lying in the bath with my book I was still unimpressed with the level of fragrance from this ballistic, but one thing I did like was how soft and silky it made the water. My skin felt moisturised while soaking and I did feel rather more relaxed when I got out of the bath, I was worried that the Chocolate Santa would leave a greasy residue on my skin but there was none of this and I dried off nicely. I felt I needed a light body lotion, which is good considering the heavy oily creams I usually have to use on my very dry skin after having a bath. On the whole I think Lush bath products are very moisturising and I rarely have a problem with my skin after using them, the Chocolate Santa is one of the good ones as far as my skin is concerned and although it's not particularly nourishing the ballistic does leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised.
The Chocolate Santa has been discontinued now as it was obviously part of the limited edition festive range. I'm not too bothered as there are better ballistics and bubble bars available, but for the novelty value I'll definitely buy him again next year as he's quite nice to use even though he doesn't smell as good as he could!
Chocolate Santa was one of lush's limited edition christmas ballistics. The 2008 christmas Lush Times said that this ballistic contained real cocoa absolute made from real cocao beans instead of a synthetic chocolate smell. I would have expected nothing less from Lush as they are famous for their animal friendly, natural ingrediants. It also says it contains "sweet vanilla, delectable mimosa and with a dash of skin soothing aloe vera".
The ballistic is shaped as a santa (as you can see in the photo above) but that is the only christmassy thing about this product. The fragrance could have been used at any time of year. I think it is cruel to keep such a yummy smelling product for only a few months!
I have to admit, the smell of this ballistic is not overly chocolatey. I much prefer Ma Bar for the chocolatey smell (one of lush's bubble bars which is available all year round). However it does smell lovely and creamy. The main smell I found was vanilla, but not the same as Vanilla Fountain (one of lush's ballistics) as it was much more creamy and sweet.
As you can see, the colours are light brown and white which means the bathwater does not change colour drastically but it does smell nice! I could smell this on my skin for a little while after the bath but not as long as I would have hoped.
This Ballistic could have been much more chocolatey like I was expecting but I found I really liked it anyway!
I had one of these Chocolate Santa Ballistics for Christmas. I really like Lush products because the smell they give off is so intense. These ballistics are great because they are big. I tend to be quite tight with bath salt and do not put enough in the bath because I am trying to make it last longer. With Lush ballistics, you have to put the whole thing in one bath. Brilliant for tight people like me, because you end up having a really luxurious bath.
You put the ballistic in the bath and it fizzes away as it dissolves, sending fragrance up into the air and scenting your whole bathroom. It dissolves quite quickly but takes long enough to give some visual enjoyment while you are soaking.
The smell is slightly chocolatey but it is more invigorating and refreshing. I am not sure of the other ingredients but there is something in there stronger than the chocolate!
It isn't one of their most colourful ballistics and so the water is a bit beige and murky once you are done - get over it my turning the lights off and lighting a candle!
The one downside of these is the cost of £3.25. I would never buy one because over £3 for a bath is a luxury I cannot afford. However, they do smell lovely and smell strongly.
As a Christmas gimmick the wonderful shop that is Lush introduced the Lush Chocolate Santa Ballistic. These are cute little things shaped like none other than Santa clause himself, however they are supposed to be chocolate scented and for me they definitely are not.
I think this is similar to when Lynx introduced the so called chocolate scented body spray for men which actually smells like ginger. People need to realise that the scent of chocolate cannot be recreated in soaps and body sprays.
The Santa ballistics are very cute looking and they smell ok but it is not a chocolate scent, in fact I would be hard pushed to describe what the scent is but it is very pleasant. Unfortunately that is all they have going for them.
Their main bad point is the colour they turn your bath water, the water looks very murky and a light brown colour, it kind of reminded me of making mud pies as a girl, not exactly what you would want to bath in.
I also found that although they have a nice smell it is totally gone once you have got out the water and dried, it does not stay on the skin at all.
One of these Santa`s will cost you the fairly expensive sum of £3.25 and other than the fact they smell good in the water they have very little going for them and they are not a Lush product I would hurry to recommend.
When my recent Lush order arrived, I had a little box of free goodies for spending a certain amount. Actually my whole order ended up free but that's another story! The contents of my offer box were all from the Christmas special editions which have recently been taken off sale, and apart from a bottle of my beloved Snow Fairy shower gel, were products I wouldn't normally have wanted to try to be honest.
On the whole I don't like to spend my money on bath ballistics from Lush. They're very expensive for one bath and after a minute's excitement are gone with not a whole lot to show for it. And I was very dubious about whether or not Santa would actually smell like chocolate. Lush do have a habit of saying things smell like sweets or whatever when in fact they smell like a bloody garden!
I was surprised how big Santa was, must be all the pies he scoffed going round people's houses! Then again, I also kind of think the Lush ballistics are a little over sized in general, God knows how big the new uber-sized ones must be! I digress. The reason I think Santa is too big is that I don't like to waste a whole ballistic in one bath, whether I paid for it or not.
While the ballistic is Santa-shaped (albeit a little creepy), I was a bit confused as to why he wasn't particularly brown if he's supposed to be chocolate, more a creamy coffee colour. If he actually was chocolate he would taste pretty foul.
Here's the thing. He doesn't smell that chocolatey. I seem to remember Lush stating on their website that you might get confused and try to eat him. Um, no? Yes, okay, I can, if I try really hard, get a mild chocolatey whiff, but mostly I smell vanilla and, you guessed it, a few flowers thrown in for good measure.
Even though the ballistic is incredibly hard, I got my handy "Lush knife" (ie an old butter knife I hack up my soaps with) and chiseled away to get some smaller pieces to come off. I didn't have time for a relaxing soaky bath so didn't want to waste any bubble bar or the entire thing, and somehow managed to chop of his head! Don't tell the kids.
Although I only used a little, I could tell what difference it made once it dissolved into the water - not too much. The fragrance wasn't particularly strong either in the bath or on my skin after, and the water did feel a little different, maybe a touch oilier. Not at all unpleasant but I did have memories of my Mr Butterball bath and those strange orange globs of oil floating on the surface. It didn't change colour, which quite frankly is just as well as murky brown is not ideal for bathwater, I don't think.
If my memory serves me right, these were on sale for £3.25 before they got taken away after Christmas. Of course you never know if they will bring a product back next year, but if so I think he would make a nice stocking filler, but only for someone who really likes bath ballistics. No doubt kids would like him, but I suspect chocoholics would be quite disappointed.
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I received the Lush Chocolate Santa Ballistic after spending £way too much in store back in November. I don't normally like to use an entire ballistic in the bath, but being a freebie I thought I would treat myself.
First of all, smelling this made me hungry! It has a sweet chocolate scent, with hints of vanilla - if only it tasted as good as it smelt (I didn't test this theory out...who knows it may have tasted nice, I just doubt it!). I ran a nice hot bath, settled in and then blast off! Placing the entire ballistic into the bath was so much fun. It fizzed for a few moments before I decided that I wanted to see how much of Santa was left and lifted it out again. It felt amazing in my hands, bubbling and fizzing away. The bath water smelt amazing.
And that's where it all ends. Fun fizzing action for a few minutes and a nice smelling bath. I was expecting it to have some effect on my skin, but it didn't really do anything. The colour it made the bath water looked as if I was just a very dirty person, no cool colours. It drained out the bath easily, leaving no trace of it like I had been concerned that it might.
Overall, it was a great freebie, but not something I would choose to buy. Obviously if someone chose to buy it for me I wouldn't be quibbling.
I had this big lush chocolate santa ballistic as part of a freebie as i spend so much online and got so much freebies back for doing so. I thought the design was pretty cute but it didnt really appeal to me when i was in the shop so had'nt really bothered with it, but i guess now i had to. I couldnt have said that it was a defined chocolate smell, infact I had to look online to actually see what it really was, and was really surprised to see that it was actually chocolate. I am a fan of chocolate but not really for the bath so I gave this one to my other half (after i told him to snap it into three for extra baths!) and he wasnt to thrilled with it either, he said that it doesnt really fizz that well and with the undefined smell, it just ends up smelling wierd. After seeing the selling price online, over £3, then i really wouldnt bother again or recommend it to any of my friend, but i did get it as a freebie so i cat really complain.
I dont tend to buy Lush products so myself, as although I absolutely love them, i'm on a tight budget and cant justify £4 plus on a small bottle of showergel, no matter how yummy it smellls! My husband brought me a selection of products for xmas and the Lush Chocolate Santa Ballistic was one of them. It was a seriously yummy smelling treat and, like the dutiful money saving I am, I cut him in half and popped a chunk in running hot water (saved the other half for another bath!). Instantly the whole bathroom was filled with a chocolatey musky fragrance that makes it hard not to jump straight in the bath of scalding water! Unlike some 'bath bombs' this one does not foam up or create bubbles but still creates the perfect setting, and smell, for a truely relaxing and delicious bath!
My only downside was my lovely hubby accused me of peeing in the bath as it does seem to turn the water a lovely shade of yellow!!!
I received this ballistic as a Christmas gift, it wasn't one of the products I'd asked for - I prefer the ones with fruit scents and I'm not a fan of vanilla - but I like chocolate, so I thought I'd give it a try regardless. I filled the bath with warm water, got in, and picked the Chocolate Santa out of its bag. It was quite large, though not quite as big as some of the other Lush ballistics, and it smelt of chocolate and vanilla. It was in the shape of Santa. I dropped it in and as it started to fizz and I shook the paper bag I received it in out so that any bits that had broken off would join the bath, but only some ballistic dust came out so it travelled well! It fizzed away for quite a long time and there were no "bits" left in the bath, the whole thing dissolved so this could be an option for those of you who hate messy baths.
It didn't really smell very strong, and considering it produces no bubbles I'd hoped it would have a nice smell, but it was a bit faint. Granted I was not testing it under laboratory conditions so its weaker scent was probably drowned out by all the other Lush products in the room! The water was an orangey brown which made me think it would have been more appropriate for this ballistic to be chocolate and orange scented. Mmm, I'd have loved a chocolate orange ballistic. Anyway...
Despite the weakness of scent and the lack of fun bits it was still a nice bath. I think the water felt a wee bit softer on my skin after the ballistic had fizzed out, but I can't say it moisturised, although it wasn't drying either.
When I drained the bath it was free of any marks. I think this ballistic would probably be more popular with kids, thanks to the novelty of both chocolate and Santa, but it was nothing special for me and I wouldn't spend £3.19 on it myself.
This is a Christmas 2008 product, so if you want to try it get to the shops or order online now before they're all gone!
Everyone loves chocolate don't they? Well, I know I certainly do, and when I discovered that Lush were making a chocolate scented ballistic as part of their Christmas range, I was quite excited. Looking back, I can't say I'm completely sure why this was, as it's one thing eating chocolate, but smelling like it is quite another. I mean what impression would smelling like Eau de Thornton's give people?
When my Chocolate Santa arrived, I was surprised that it didn't actually smell like chocolate. Well, not much anyway. There was a faint chocolaty aroma there, however I felt the predominant fragrance was vanilla, and when I came to use it I thought it smelled quite floral, which is very possible, as it actually contains mimosa.
The ballistic, as I'm sure you can see from the picture provided, is shaped like a Santa Claus. To be honest, I thought it looked a little bit creepy - I think it was the weird blank eyes that made it look a bit terrifying - and don't get me started on when I put it in the water and it's face started to slowly dissolve. Urgh, it's making me shudder just thinking about it!
Talking of dissolving, this one seemed to dissolve at a record speed, and as it did so, turned the water a murky brown colour. I could feel the different oils in the water, and they did feel quite silky on my skin, as well as the sweet vanilla/chocolate/mimosa scent lingering in the air.
The fragrance which I had not been very sure about before using this, actually turned out to be quite calming and relaxing. I didn't particularly think it was very chocolaty, but it was nice nevertheless.
On getting out of the bath, my skin felt lovely and soft and the sweet fragrance stayed on my skin for some time.
A chocolate Santa will set you back £3.25 which, to be honest is a little excessive for one bath I think, but I did like it, and was really pleased that it had no bits in it, as many of the other Lush products do. I think this would make a lovely gift, but I doubt I would spend £3.25 again just for myself. Talking of gifts, it may be worth noting, that Lush are doing a gift set this year called 'Secret Santa' which contains a chocolate santa and a bar of Honey I washed the kids soap, which I have also reviewed, and is gorgeous. If you bought these separately they would cost £6.20 but the gift set is just £5, which may be something to bear in mind if you were thinking of getting one of these ballistics as a gift.
Overall, despite it not really smelling anything like chocolate, I found myself really liking the chocolate santa ballistic, it left my skin lovely and soft, and was very relaxing.