“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
As usual, I spent far too much in the Lush post-Christmas sale and ordered one each of every Retro item they had. I was so excited when my box arrived and I spent ages going through all my goodies. The one that caught my eye the most was the Christmas Carol bath ballistic, and this was the one I decided to use first. Carol is unusual in that it is shaped like a plump but cheerful fairy with a pair of purple fabric wings. She isn't as elegant as Snow Fairy, perhaps, but smells delicious. The scent is made up of jasmine absolute, vetivert oil and ylang ylang oil and a generous helping of 'fairy dust' (i.e. glitter) also helps to make up the ballistic. Carol is suitable for vegans.
Christmas Carol is the festive version of the Fairy Jasmine ballistic, which I tried and loved, so I was looking forward to using this. Normally I just drop my ballistics straight into the run bath, but on this occasion I wanted to keep the pretty purple wings, and I couldn't pull them out. So I held Carol by the wings while she dissolved! This happened pretty quickly and I put the wings on the side of the bath to dry. Lots of lovely glitter went into the water, and there was a slight lilac colour. The most impressive thing, however, was the scent - a really strong jasmine scent emanated from the water.
The scent lessened slightly as the ballistic was dissolved completely, but still remained strong compared to other ballistics I have tried, and lasted for the hour or so that I was in the bath. The lilac colour also dissipated somewhat, but this was compensated for by the amount of glitter floating around which made the water feel very pretty and sparkly. I didn't feel that the water felt particularly silky, but I was too excited by the glitter to really notice!
After my bath I felt cheerful and relaxed. The ballistic didn't particularly moisturise my skin, but it didn't dry it out either. I was prepared to have to rinse out the bath to get rid of the glitter but as it happened there didn't seem to be any. I did have glitter on my skin - in fact I kept finding glitter for a few days afterwards, but it can't have been very obvious as no one else noticed!
The ballistic cost £2.85 which is normal for ballistics. I do think ballistics are quite expensive compared to, say, bubble bars as they are single-use products, but this one is so good I think it is worth it, at least for a treat. I will definitely be repurchasing Carol next Christmas if she makes a reappearance - with the glitter and lovely strong scent this is one of my favourite festive bath products!
Although I don't tend to buy Lush ballistics for myself, I've received quite a few as gifts this year. Tonight, being Christmas and all, I decided to luxuriate with the glittery, sensuous Christmas Carol, which I received from my baby son.
What Lush Says
A plump Christmas visitor to sprinkle fairy dust on boring baths. Carol may not be as svelte as the snow fairies, but she's an expert when it comes to spells. She'll stir up your passions with sensual jasmine absolute, so you might want to share this one. Christmas Carol will bewitch and bewilder everyone.
As with all Lush products, Carol contains as few synthetic ingredients as possible, and is packed full of as many natural, organic, animal cruelty-free and fair trade ingredients as possible. Being a ballistic, the main ingredients in Carol are sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. It's these two compounds that interact with each other causing Carol to fizz as she dissolves in the bath. The next listed ingredient is fairy dust, otherwise known as glitter, this immediately tells me that this is going to be a very sparkly bath. Obviously this glitter is not a natural product, but it does fall into the category of what Lush calls a 'safe synthetic'. So that's the fizz and glitter taken care of, now onto the scent, which Lush has created by mixing Jasmine Absolute, Vetivert and Ylang Ylang oil along with the synthetic perfume. The final ingredients are colourings to give Carol her beautiful yet very pale lilac complexion. As she doesn't contain any animal products, Carol is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Price, Packaging And Looks
As this was a gift, I'm not sure if it was bought in store or online, so can't be sure if it is (or was) available on the High Street. But as it is a Christmas special I would imagine that if it were available in the physical shops then it sell out quite soon. As of today, Carol is still available online, costing £2.85 for 130g, making her, comparatively speaking, one of the more expensive ballistics. My Carol came wrapped in one of Lush's trademark yellow paper bags, but should you so wish she can come totally naked. I would suggest though that if ordering her online you ask that she comes wrapped as she is a little fragile and contains a fair amount of glitter.
Most Lush ballistics are spherical, but not Carol, she comes in the shape of a rather dumpy fairy, complete with a set of fabric wings. As I've already said she's a beautiful pale lilac colour, that's almost pink. And she gives away just a hint of the glitter within, by gently sparkling if the light hits her in just the right way. While dry she gives out a very strong scent, (so strong that I could smell her through both the paper bag and wrapping paper) with the prominent aroma being sweet jasmine. I wouldn't say she was sickly sweet though, with there being a slight, woody undertone that I'm assuming is the Vetivert.
A Very Sparkly Bath
There are two main ways of using any ballistic, both of which involve filling your bath first. You can then either pop Carol in, watch her fizz around the bath and then get in, or get in and then add her. With Carol containing glitter, I decided it was probably best to add her to the bath before I got in, so that all the sparkles were evenly distributed. Once dropped into a bath full of warm water, Carol gently fizzed away releasing her decadent Jasmine scent and glistening particles of glitter along with a sheen of oil. Slipping into the bath was a really luxurious affair as the silky soft water caressed by body. Soaking in the bath was an extremely relaxing affair as the gloriously sweet Jasmine filled the bathroom without being so sweet that it gave me a headache.
Twenty minutes flew by as I laid back, closed my eyes and simply allowed myself drift away. And then as I opened my eyes I was treated to the light twinkling as it was reflected off the tiny pieces of glitter. The only disappointing thing was that the water didn't change colour, but there again if it had I wouldn't have been able to see the pieces of glitter floating through the water.
After soaking for twenty minutes, it was almost time to return to the real world, but before reality hit I teamed Carol up with Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub, which shares her Jasmine fragrance with a hint of fruit. As I dried myself I could still smell the heady Jasmine aroma and my skin felt gloriously smooth and silky (although that was in part down to the scrub) and there was a gentle dusting of glitter all over (and I mean all over).
It's now an hour since my bath and I can now still smell the Jasmine, not only on myself, but all over the flat as this is definitely one of (if not the) strongest scented ballistic in Lush's range. The bath is also still glittery, as there is so much glitter and so many moisturising oils in Carol that it's going to take a few rinses to clean it all up. And there's a trail of glitter all around the flat, from the towel and bathroom, to the bedroom and then on to the bedroom. I'm not too bothered about this, as it is Christmas and I love glitter at this time of year. But if it had of bothered me, then I could have added a tiny bit of bubble bar (or liquid) and that would have reduced the amount of glitter that would have stuck to me (and the bath).
As for Carol's wings, well I've put them on the side of the bath too dry, and then I'll be keeping them and using them as a tree decoration to remind me of my baby's first Christmas.
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a fairy, and Carol makes a perfect grown-up fairy for those of us that are young at heart. Her scent is gloriously decadent, sensual and grown-up, while the glitter appeals to the inner child. I so enjoyed my bath with Carol that I've ordered a couple more before Lush sells out. But if this takes your fancy, then Lush also sells Carol's big sister, Fairy Jasmine (£3.50/200g), which contains exactly the same scent and glitter, minus the wings. The only reason I've stuck with Carol, is that the scent and glitter level is perfect with her, and I'm worried that with Fairy Jasmine the scent will be too cloying. And so I'm giving Christmas Carol five stars out of five as it was the perfect present from a perfect son (and I can keep the wings as a tree decoration for years to come).
I love Lush products and my bloke was buying a present for a relative from my favourite shop when he was given this festive bath ballistic as a freebie. Probably due to the fact that he was spending loads and none of it was on me at the time. I think the shop assistant felt sorry for me.
I dont usually buy bath ballistics quite simply because I never seem to have much time to laze around in a warm bath for long. Theres always one of the kids who ends up knocking on the door asking how long they have to keep crossing their legs for. When I get a free one though, I kick them all out or make sure they are busy so I can stretch out with a good book and relax.
Lush is a fairly popular make and it would be wrong of me to go into lots of company details as most people on here have either read about their many products or visited one of their many shops or the website. One thing I will say is that the Lush website has changed recently in the UK and you can access the range at their sister companys site www.bnevertoobusytobebeautiful.com.
***What Is A Bath Ballistic?***
Bath Ballistics are lovely scented pieces of sodium bicarbonate, which fizz and dissolve when they come in contact with your bathwater. Most of them are round in shape but occasionally you get a moulded one like this. I like to wait until there is a good 3 or 4 inches of water in my bath before I drop on in with the warm water still running as I feel that this not only helps it to dissolve fully but mixes it in better too.
I believe that this product can be bought in the round form of Fairy Jasmine which is much more cost effective if just buying for yourself as you can get 200g for £2.40. This moulded fairy version is only 130g but costs £2.25 so it looks better as a gift but costs quite a bit more for the privilege of looking good.
The oils in the Christmas Carol are mainly Jasmine but there is also a sniff of the intoxicating and stimulating Ylang Ylang and some Vetivert Oil in there too and this helps give it a bit of a lemongrass scent. There is one other very special ingredient in this fairy shaped ballistic that I didnt realise was in there before I stepped in the bath and that is glitter. Yes girls this is not one to share in a bath with your bloke and not one to waste for a quiet night in with a DVD. This is one to use before you are off out to party.
As with most of the bath ballistics I find that I can usually get away with breaking a 200g one into 2 or 3 pieces but with this one being smaller I decided to just break it into 2 before popping one half of it into my warm running bath.
I noticed instantly that it looked like small shiny bubbles in the water and remember thinking how pretty it looked, as well as smelling the lovely aroma of jasmine that was rapidly filling up my bathroom. Unfortunately, because I hadnt bought this one specially, I hadnt realised that the innocent looking angel was in fact full of glitter, so it came as quite a surprise when I jumped in the bath and looked down at myself as all I could see was glitter. Luckily I was in a good mood and saw the funny side of it, as did the rest of my family. My bloke couldnt wait to see what I was laughing at or was that just the chance to see me without my winter woollies for once. He quickly passed on the news to my daughters and soon I could here them laughing in the kitchen too.
After the hilarity had settled, I sank down to enjoy my bath, being very careful not to get it in my hair as I didnt want the hassle of removing it along with my shampoo. The scent from the oils was lovely and intoxicating. They put me in a lovely relaxed state and I could feel how soft my skin was after only about 10 minutes in the bath. I was really pleased that I had only used half of this ballistic, as it was more than enough both for aroma, the oils and for the amount of glitter in it.
Towelling off was fun with glitter getting chucked everywhere as I dried myself. I found that even with lots all over the floor and even more still in the bottom of the bathtub, I still had it stuck all over me and I mean all over. I dont think I have ever sparkled in that way before. This was a shame as I wasnt going out that night and had to make do with getting into my pjs and settling down in front of the telly, which was a little bit of a waste. My daughters thought the scent that was left in the bathroom afterwards was lovely too, so this would be one that is suitable for both the younger woman or more mature lady.
The next day, my skin still felt very soft and the scent of jasmine and ylang ylang was still very noticeable. Some of the glitter had come off overnight but I did notice that it had spread to my face and hair too. I have quite sensitive skin but I am happy to say that even after languishing in my bath for about 45 minutes, that I have had no adverse reactions. In fact a couple of really dry patches seemed to have cleared up after it, so the moisturising value is definitely worth it.
My only regret is that I would have waited until I had a special night out planned to use this as it did look very pretty and sparkly on me long after I had dried myself off. In fact my mother asked the next day, if I knew that I had glitter down the cleavage of my jumper. I was apparently sparkling everywhere and left a trail of glitter all over the bed too, which stopped my bloke smiling as he went to work with some on him too but we wont go into that here.
My daughter has insisted that I keep the rest of this one until my hen night in June/July so I can be a glittering angel bit late for the angel part but the thought was nice.