“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
Yep that's right. Urea (found in urine of course) is found in many skin products, usually the ones designed for very dry skin. And yet this little bath bomb contains none of it. Instead it pays homage to the substance in another way...
This is my first year in which I have bothered to become fully aware of Lush. Mainly because of Dooyoo I must add, including the many reviews on here that eventually corrupted me and led me astray. Since my first foray into the realms of Lush, I have mumbled and grumbled a lot about the chemical ingredients that the company insist on adding into their products, despite trading under an umbrella of "green". However I am not going to whinge about that today, I have something far more interesting to moan about.
So being a newbie, I am only just learning that Lush bring out limited edition and seasonal products, the first batch of witch (get it) were for Halloween (or Samhain as us weirdos call it). And currently on the website and in store, Lush have very recently seen fit to bring out their Christmas range IN OCTOBER no less! And what a large range it is too. I am not a huge fan of Christmas as such but having a young daughter certainly makes it more appealing. The range of products available to buy as a seasonal Yule treat look enticing enough to draw in even the most bah-humbug amongst us. There are even products for kids such as Gold coloured "Fun" which my daughter will no doubt be sampling over Christmas.
This ball of coloured trouble is one of the Christmas range this year (and apparently it seems to come back regularly in the Christmas stock) and is a bath ballistic with extra pizazz. Meet "Cinders", a volcanic hued ball of intrigue. The initial impression is one of citrus, with the oranges and reds complimenting the aroma. The ballistic/bomb is slightly smaller than some of the more usual ones but then it does contain a heavier ingredient in Sea Salt so the weight is still 100g. The surface looks akin to a hot fireplace which of course is the idea.
Lush's "blurb" people say this:
"This is a bath bomb to evoke the feeling of sitting by a crackling fireside, drinking a glass of warm fruit punch. Cinders is designed to bring comfort at Christmas. Lie back, letting the water support your body, and listen to the fire as the smell of fruit punch fills the room."
The colour and texture are given a third element when you realise that the product contains popping candy. My daughter finds this amusing so this was one that we shared. The ritual in my house is that my daughter always gets in the bath first and then any bath bomb etc is given to her. She sits in the water cackling like a enthusiastic witch as the bomb dissolves and spins around her. Most of the Lush ballistics tend to follow a similar pattern as in you put them in the water and they come to life. This is due to the Bicarb and Citric acid which cause a colourful and foamy fizz as it shoots around your bath. At some point in the proceedings, I am deemed worthy of sharing the experience. It goes like this....
The water turns yellowy orange pretty quickly leaving a white foamy froth as it spins about. There is a large quantity of red glitter that also begins to spread through the surface water, leaving a trail of post-jaw's dismemberment type effect in your bath. If you have candlelight then this glitter will be more effective, but if not you will still enjoy it (if you like that kind of thing) and the glitter bits are a decent size and very red. The bloody hue remains with foamy white patches of froth in your water and the underneath is yellow.
Bathing in this reminds me of bathing with my sprog when she was tiny and regularly wee'd in the bath (usually at my end). The colour really does look like you are laying down in a vast vat of urine. Not just any old urine either, but a dehydrated person's. I would have preferred a more orange experience than a wee one but the aroma and interest kind of made up for the colour. The ballistic has chunky sea salt, gardenia, orange and cinnamon, all of which combine to create a warming and festive whiff.
The popping candy is gimmicky yet seems to go down well at Lush as a few of their products contain it. This bomb has generous amounts and it does crackle. The overall effect though is minimal. The most enjoyable part of this for me was the scent which is wintery, warm and slightly sweet. My daughter enjoyed the fizzing and popping best.
The bomb dissolved in around 5 minutes at most, leaving an interesting tide mark around my white enamel bath. The scent lingered upstairs for an evening and on our skin for slightly less. Both of us felt clean and soft afterwards and my daughter's hair smelled of this bomb all night long. If you like citrus with a bit of a twist then you would enjoy this bath ballistic.
Once you get over the fact that it looks like you are washing in a big bowl of urine, the actual experience itself is nice enough. The smell is great and uplifting, as all citrussy scents are. The cinnamon is also lovely, bringing a definite seasonal element to the ballistic. The frothy white clouds were softening and attractive. The jury is still out on the glitter but after past experiences I am somewhat wary....
IS IT WORTH IT?
This ballistic costs £2.45 from Lush stores and online, and to be fair it is a treat experience. Good fun and seasonal, it would make a nice gift for yourself or another person but it is not a mind-blowingly brilliant product in my opinion. The ball itself is small but could probably manage two baths. Unlike many Lush bath products, this does not really contain anything that could be described as moisturising, although sea salt does have a softening effect. It can make the skin feel very soft but in some people it can be drying. This is not one for the dry skinned amongst us to use.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Almond Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Colour 14700
*occurs naturally in essential oils
"Cinders" is nice enough and quite fun, but nothing to shout about. We enjoyed it as a one off but will not be stocking up....
Last Christmas I was given quite a few Lush products, including the Cinders bath ballistic which is one of Lush's Christmas themed products. This retails at around £2.25 for 100 grams, although I'm not too sure if mine was actually 100 grams because it was a lot smaller than all of the other Lush bath ballistics that I've tried.
This ballistic is round and an eye catching shade of yellow with a large cluster of red bits on the bottom of it and smaller red and orange bits dotted all over it too, which are coarse sea salt crystals. The ingredients in this ballistic are all cruelty-free and there are quite a few natural ingredients in it too, though it is not entirely natural.
There are several different oils in this ballistic including sweet orange oil & almond oil and it also has popping candy in it! The idea of the is that when the ballistic hits the water and begins to dissolve it will begin to pop and crackle. Sounds amazing in theory but in practice it is actually very unimpressive.
Using the bath ballistic is simple enough, just run a bath and put the ballistic in. It dissolved very quickly and I was dissapointed to find that there was no crackling or popping sound, and it just fizzed away and bubbled slightly as it dissolved. It turned the water a rather unappealing shade of yellow which looked a little gross if you get what I mean!
Once it had dissolved I got into the bath and relaxed, enjoying the strong, warm, spicy scent. It is a very cosy and relaxing smell and although I usually opt for the fruity smelling ballistics I did actually really like the smell. The smell lingered in the bathroom for hours and hours, although the smell didn't linger on my skin for very long at all.
As this contains sea salt crystals I thought that it might have a moisturising effect on my skin - which it doesn't, however it did not leave my skin feeling dry either and it didn't irritate my eczema or anything which is good. All in all this is not the best Lush ballistic I've tried as it didn't really do anything special or make my skin feel any different but it did smell lovely and it is not too expensive either, and although it didn't pop or crackle it was still fun to use.
When treating myself in the Lush sale, something that immediately grabbed my attention was the Cinders Ballistic or bath bomb as they're also called. Although this was on sale, which made me interested anyway, it was the colour of this product that really caught my eye. Cinders is a product that is only available for the Christmas season so if you do like this one, you have to be quite quick to get it. In the sale, this cost £2.25 for 100g.
The ballistic is very bright in colour. While most of the ballistic is a yellow colour, there are also red and orange bits too. This reminded me a bit of a bonfire with the mix of different colours and it was certainly very pretty in baskets in the shop. The colour is not really surprising though once you know what this ballistic is made up of. With ingredients such as cinnamon, sweet orange oil and popping candy, the colour seems to suit it really well. The ballistic is quite small in size compared to some of Lush's other similar products but the look of it made me not mind this at all.
When using the ballistic, you put it under running water while you're waiting for your bath. Unlike other ballistics, this one dissolved extremely quickly. It only took about 2 minutes to fully dissolve which was quite disappointing. I like to see the ballistic fizzing around in the bath and I didn't get that with this one. However, the ballistic did make the bath water a really nice yellow/ orange colour which was a bit strange but still nice.
This ballistic has popping candy as an ingredient but I didn't see any evidence of this working or even being there while the ballistic was in the bath. While it was fizzing away and also after it had dissolved, there were not special popping effects whatsoever. I think the popping candy thing was a great idea but didn't work out too well in the end.
Unfortunately, the ballistic didn't fill the bathroom with a nice scent like they normally do. However, while in the water, this did smell quite sweet and not nearly as sickly as I had expected it to. I couldn't overly smell the cinnamon nor the orange oil. I pretty much ended up with a strange yellow bath that smelt just a bit nicer than it normally would. The scent also didn't do anything to my skin. After getting out of the bath, my skin did have a slight sweet scent to it but nothing amazing or memorable.
I really wasn't impressed with the Cinders Ballistic and I won't be buying it again when it comes back in stock at Christmas.
The cinders was one of my lucky picks at the Lush store in Meadowhall. I didn't look to see what I was getting so I just looked the other way and picked at random, I hadn't used any that side so I knew I would buy any that I picked up, I finally got around to using this the other day. This is just £2.25 for 100g. So it was either going to be bad (learnt from experiences, some of the cheaper ones aren't so good) or it was just on offer for Christmas time. This is still available in stores and online at www.lush.co.uk However when buying online the postage costs £3.95 so because this is so cheap it's bets to buy in bulk or go in store.
This looks pretty interesting colour wise, I just picked this up and had no idea what scent or wonders it would bring me once I put it in my bath, but I read that it it supposed to have snap and crackling noises as it fizzes and it supposed to smell of spiced punch fruits. The ballistic is a mustard yellow colour with bits of red and orange dotted all over the place, presumably this is the popping parts of the ballistic. This is a fairly attractive bath ballistic and if I had been looking while choosing I probably would of picked this up anyway not only because it's bright and attractive but because of the name "cinders" This to me says two things, either cinders of a fire or cinders as in cinder toffee. Since it looks more like sweets then fire I had to agree with the cinder toffee.
Without going into too much detail the bath ballistics are to be used alone in the bath, using multiple bath products with these can change the water colour, the luxury feeling to it and take away any bubbles it may produce, so for me I use the bath ballistics at night when I want to relax and not cleanse myself otherwise I feel like I'm missing out and not getting the worth of the ballistic, I use these to help me sleep at night because I have trouble and they seem to be doing the job pretty well so far.
Once I was ready to take a cinders bath I dropped it into the water and unlike most of the others I have used this dropped straight to the bottom of the bath and started rolling around dementedly as it fizzed, usually they fizz around the top of the bath as the dissolve this this one decided to dissolve at the bottom of the water, It didn't take it's time either, in less than two minutes this has pretty much disappeared which is fine by me, the quicker the better because I want to hurry up and get in it, as for the popping and cracking, I didn't hear none of this but that is possibly because it was on the bottom of the bath and I just couldn't hear it.
The water was an odd colour, parts were yellow, then darker yellow and then slightly brown. This is probably because of all the different red and oranges in the ballistic too but it didn't look as attractive as the tropical waters or the pinks and purples, if anything this colour was quite dull in comparison but I got in all the same of course, the next thing I noticed was the smell, one I'm not fond of or the flavor and that is cinnamon. Whether this was really strong or I just noticed it more because I don't like it but this was really over powering. After five minutes or so I began to sort of just ignore the scent but it's one I didn't want lingering on my skin.
Once I got out and had dried off I was pleased to find no trace of the scent on my skin (not that I could tell) My skin felt nice like it always does after using a lush ballistic what with all their natural ingredients. This ballistic was really cheap but one I won't purchase again mainly due to the smell, a fault of my own for picking at random. This is supposed to smell like fruits and contains a lot of citric acid however it just smells of cinnamon.
This evening I was told by my other half to have a few hours to myself, I had already done dinner so he was going to make sure our two year old was fed, watered and put to bed so I could pamper myself and have a bit of a break. Needless to say I didn't need to be told twice and I lept at the chance and the first thing I did was run a nice hot bath especially on such a cold day it would be nice to thaw out.
My Lush stash is of course the first port of call when I can spend more than a few minutes soaking but the question is what would I choose?! I have a variety of bath products to use but the one I chose was the Cinders Bath Ballistic which I had received as part of a set. Lush is of course that company which produces a wide range of weird and wonderful products which have become a global favourite and I am just one of many fans!
== Cinders ==
What Lush say:-
"Are your ugly sisters and evil stepmother annoying you?
Well, escape to the bath for an hour with Cinders"
Cinders Bath Ballistc came out last year and has stayed a permanent fixture on Lush's wooden shelves. Cinders has been designed a winter time ballistic which is meant to help warm you up from within. Its fragrance is meant to be of a "warm punch" whilst wanting you to imagine "sitting by a crackling open fire". This was the main reason I used Cinders tonight as I wanted something warming with quite a festive fragrance.
Cinders is a ballistic which is the type of product which requires dropping into the bath and you can watch it fizz away until it completely disappears. The ballistic itself ranges in colour range the peach tones to the more orange and pinks, it all simply depends on which batch you buy from. Regardless of colour they all feature a sprinkling of pink popping candy which crackles in the water.
The smell of the ballistic before putting it into the water has a very distinctive cinnamon aroma which of course is incredibly festive with lovely hues of citrus. Lush have in fact used cinnamon leaf oil together with orange oil which of course give this ballistic two very noticeable aromas which work wonderfully together. It really is like the smell of Christmas has been bottled and put straight into this ballistic!
== In Use ==
To use a ballistic you simply need to pop it in the bath under the running water and watch it fizz away. As soon as Cinders meets the water you can instantly see it fizz and you can hear the popping candy crackle too. The colour it releases is a burnt orange colour which at first looks absolutely amazing but as soon as the water becomes deeper this gorgeous colour soon dilutes and becomes a slightly muddy brown colour which isn't so nice.
The festive fragrance does remain however which does manage to fill the bathroom which is of course wonderful. The ballistic doesn't provide any bubbles or lather which in this case is a real shame as when I went to get into the bath I wasn't exactly looking forward to sitting in a bath full of muddy looking water but I did so not to completely waste the ballistic!
The water did feel incredibly soft around my skin which of course was incredibly nice and the gorgeous aroma really did warm me up as well as relax me but I couldn't get away from the colour of water and found it actually quite off putting. Instead of wanting to stay in the bath for as long as possible in order to fully rest and warm up I found myself wanting to get out as quickly as possible which was a real shame.
My skin after the bath felt smooth but wasn't moisturised in any way although there was a subtle spicy scent from the cinnamon which was quite nice but this didn't last for very long which wasn't surprising. However, on a plus note I did find that it was quite warming and I found that I got out the bath although quite quickly that I did feel warmed up and quite relaxed but for me the water ruined it for me and I wouldn't buy it again.
== Overall ==
A ballistic which has a wonderful festive fragrance which will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit but the colour of the water is a real put off. If only the water stayed clear or even a very pale yellow would have been fine but a pale muddy water colour was not one I liked and therefore I didn't find it as relaxing as probably I should have done. For me due to the water issue I can only award it 2 stars. If Lush could re-create the fragrance into something else then I'd happily buy it but I won't be buying Cinders again.
== Ingredients ==
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Almond Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Colour 14700
== Product Information ==
Availability: Lush stores and on their website
This product has been my favourite LUSH product for years now and it is one of the things that I look forward to the most about the holiday season, due to it only being available around Christmas. Every December I go to lush to buy this product, not only for myself but for friends and family too, and they absolutely love it! When in use, it fizzes up and turns the pass a slightly unattractive yellow colour, which I'm sure some people may like, but does make you less inclined to actually bathe with it. Another selling point is the delightful smell it brings into the house when in use. I would describe it as festive and christmassy, like freshly baked mince pies and cinnamon. My favourite part of this product is the popping candy on top, while unfortunately inedible, it makes an incredible sound when popping and really adds to the experience. Cheap and affordable, a perfect gift, a perfect treat.
Lush Cinders review
I love lush bath bombs but I find that some of them can be not as good as others. My favorite bath bombs include: Donkey oaty and Tisty Tosty, this bath bomb unfortunately is not one of my favorites. This bath bomb is part of the limited edition christmas collection and I think it was released last year too.
- Lush description and ingredients
"Almond essential oil, sweet orange oil and cinnamon leaf oil give a smooth fruity scent with a touch of spice. It lifts the mind and lingers on the skin. We've also put popping candy in this mix, which gently crackles in the water, giving you a bath with sound effects. If you really want to hear them go, then dip your head underwater for the full cacophony."
"Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Almond Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, eugenol, limonene, Colour 14700."
Appearance and scent
The bath bomb looks quite unusual as it is bright yellow and it has red sugar pieces on the top, like the sakura bath bomb. The bath bomb also has red speckles through out too and it contains popping candy inside. The scent of the product in my opinion is gorgeous but I can only describe it as the scent when you walking into a lush store - it is really nice but I can not detect any specific scents, just one general lush store scent.
Using the product
To use you just put it in the bath and it will fizzle away and completely dissolve. This bath bomb when put into the water fizzled a lot and it fizzled for about two minutes and while it was dissolving the popping candy and the red sugar pieces on the top of the bath bath are released into the water. The popping candy in the bath bomb is quite novel and unusual in my opinion, I don't think Lush has made a bath bomb with popping candy in other than this one. While the bath bomb is dissolving you can actually hear the popping candy popping, it is quite strange as I am only used to popping candy in chocolate bars not in my bath! The popping candy effect does not last very long and after about a minute or so the popping noises stop. The red sugar pieces that are left after the bath bomb has dissolved and not fantastic, the pieces of sugar are really hard and the do hurt if you press on them which in my opinion is not a nice addition to a bath bomb - which are supposed to be relaxing. But the sugar pieces do dissolve but until they dissolve they did press into my arms and they hurt a little bit - the sugar pieces fully dissolved after a maximum of five minutes. After all of the added extras, the popping candy and the sugar pieces, have dissolved I was left with bath water that was yellow in colour, which is not the nicest colour in my opinion. Overall, I do not really like using this bath bomb due to the sugar pieces but the scent that was released while the bath bomb was dissolving was gorgeous. Also the popping candy, sugar and the rest of the bath bomb washes away easily and there is no clean up needed after use.
The results from the bath bomb were not that amazing, I find that it made my skin smoother and a bit softer but this effect was minimal. The scent did transfer to my skin which I was happy about as, with some lush bath bombs and bubble bars the scent is gorgeous but it does not transfer to my skin - but this scent did. The scent lasted on my skin for about three to four hours which is not very long but it actually transfered to my skin which is more than some lush bath bombs do.
I bought this bath bomb when I went on a lush christmas shopping spree (never a god thing!) and it is priced at £1.95 - which is not very expensive at first but you do only get one bath out of it, so it is not very economical. Overall, it is an ok price and it is available to purchase online and in store - although if you want to try this bath bomb I would wait until after christmas to buy it in the sales lush have.
*Appearance and it is not very expensive
*Scent is gorgeous and it does actually transfer to my skin (even though it does not too last long on my skin)
*Popping candy, which is quite unusual
*Hard pieces of sugar in the bath bomb
*Does not fizzle for very long
*Does not really have a effect on my skin - it makes my skin smoother and scented but both effects do not last long at all
Scent longevity: 3/5
Softening, smoothing or moisturising effects: 2/5
For more information: https://phoenix.lush.co.uk/
Thank you for reading my review x
It seems wrong to talk of Christmas items so early in the year but it won't be long now before Lush bring out their 2011 Christmas range. Hopefully this 2010 item will be back again to warm and soothe the frazzled senses over the Christmas period.
Cinders was named as such because of it's firey colour and the fact that it has popping candle in to make it crackle like a fire - which in the classic fairy tale Cinderella is the place where poor little Cinders has to sleep at night after doing all the work - so there is a nice little Christmas link there what with Cinderella being a classic panto these days.
It smells warm and fruity, the main scents are orange and cinnamon. To me it smells like a hot toddy without the alcohol element. It's warming without being overly heavy or too deep and strong a scent. The fizzing and crackling is quite fun, like fire or little fireworks in the bathtub and it crackles for quite some time after you get in the bathtub.
I'm not sure if it's supposed to do this but I found that this was fantastic for aches and pains, and the traditional sore throat and blocked nose that comes from the cold festive season. It's also wonderful for helping you get a good nights sleep as the cinnamon is warming to the skin and very calming on the mind as you relax in your Cinders bath.
These were a great price at £1.95 per ballistic (I believe that was the price though I may have it confused with So White), they look small but they pack a punch so don't go crazy and put two in like I did the first time - blimey that was a strong bath!
I'd say that Cinders is suitable for both men and women as it is a very unisex fragrance, and certainly appeals to men as after Christmas in the Lush sale my father legged it with one of the Cinders I bought - which he said was very good on his joints (He suffers from back problems and athritis).
Lets hope it's back for this Christmas so we can all have a warming, soothing, orangey bath once more that smells of Christmas.
Unfortunately i had just missed out on this product last year due to a heavy snow fall so i did not manage to get it in time before the holiday sales ended, but i managed to pick some up this year though. I had been wanting to try this particular ballistic for quite a while and was so glad they had released it again so i went out to purchase a few and when i got there, they only had a few left so this must obviously be a best seller at Christmas time then!
I really liked the smell, it wasn't too strong and it wasn't too weak either; it was a warm, subtly spicy scent... but don't worry, its nothing like a jar of mixed spice! Its a really gentle, calming fragrance which leaves your skin all tingly on those frosty, winter evenings. Some say it smells similar to Glogg, but personally i don't think so, because Glogg is more of a citrusy, mulled wine fragrance, whereas this little ballistic has a more spicy scent. It also has sweet orange oil in it as well, but i can't really pick up on that smell.
These Cinders ballistics have popping candy in them which should snap, crackle and pop in the bath. Unfortunately the certain ballistic i purchased didn't crackle and I was slightly disappointed because that was the main reason i purchased it, and it didn't even work! The popping candy is actually the red, crystals on top of the ballistic and they remind me of the red and blue crystals on the Sakura ballistic. However, these popping candy crystals tend to fade in colour and also fall out too.
When i used the ballistic, the bath water turned an orangey colour since that is the colour of the majority of the ballistic. It wasn't such a strong colour compared to some of the other ballistics, it was a more dilute colour because the ballistic is actually smaller than the others. Although it is quite small, it is packed with moisturising oils: almond oil, cinnamon leaf oil and sweet orange oil,which soak into your skin and leave it feeling soft and smooth - quite a lovely effect on the skin. When i got out the bath, i still needed to moisturise but the scent of the ballistic did linger on my skin slightly, which i like.
At 90g for £1.95, you can purchase it via mail order, online or in store. I think it is quite good value for money considering the novelty of the popping candy (had it of worked), but i think i mainly paid for the oils in it which benefited my skin. Obviously, this is a limited edition product so you will only be able to try it when its Christmas if they release it again.
I love Lush's bubble bars and their bath items are my favourite treats. The bath bombs are good fun as well and I buy these from time to time as the fancy takes me. This is one of the Christmas range bath bombs which has been released for the past couple of years. It costs £1.95 for 90g and can be bought from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk.
Lush say "Once upon a time, it seems like everyone fell in love with Cinders last year, so we had to invite her back for Christmas. Bathing with Cinders is like falling asleep in front of a log fire and hearing the crackling embers as the snow falls down."
Cinders has the standard spherical shape but is eyecatching with it's bright yellow colour. You can see little bits of popping candy sticking out of the top, almost as if they are spilluing out ready to explode! It has a lovely scent when it's dry before you put it in the bath, which then becomes more noticeable as it's dissolved in the water. The scent is fruity and fizzy with a good dose of sweetness.
To use, you simply put it into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. The bath bomb fizzes away rapidly, causing the bath water to turn a vibrant shade of yellow. I find this kind of unappealing, but no harm done. The popping candy adds a further element of fizz to make this bath bomb go off with a bang! The candy crackles and pops away which gives off a tremendous sound which I really like, as it gives a nice fun feeling while you're preparing to dip into the fizzling water.
The water felt lovely on my skin once the bath ballistic had completely dissolved. It has a soft silky feeling to it and my skin felt like it was being moisturised and nourished as I soaked. Afterwards I didn't really notice too much of a lasting effect, but it was very pleasane whilst bathing.
I think that this is a fun little bath bomb which is perfect for warming you up on cold and boring wintery days. It smells fantastic, and helps make bath time more interesting. This is a lovely Christmas product and there are plenty of Lush fans out there that go absolutely crazy for it. Not my personal favourite by a long shot, but one that I was very happy to receive under my Christmas tree this year.
If you like this ballistic bath bomb then you may also enjoy these similar Lush products:
+ Fizzbanger bath ballistic
+ Glogg shower gel
+ any of the Christmas bath items, they're limited edition so catch them while you can!
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Knowing that we were in for some serious snow recently I decided to visit the Lush website and stock up on as many warming treats as humanly possible!! One of these was the Cinders ballistic they claim.......
"Once upon a time, it seems like everyone fell in love with Cinders last year, so we had to invite her back for Christmas. Bathing with Cinders is like falling asleep in front of a log fire and hearing the crackling embers as the snow falls down."
It cost's £1.95 and weighs around 90g. It contains almond and sweet orange oil and also cinnamon, it also contains a product which is similar to popping candy.
Upon opening the little paper bag I was instantly hit with a lovely warming cinnamon smell, I couldn't really smell the orange though, it definitely had a wintry smell to it although I wouldn't have compared it to a fire.
I also noticed the "popping candy" sprinkled on top which looked like little red cubes.. The whole ballistic did feel quite rough although this didn't pose an issue.
On dropping it in the bath it immediately started turning the bath water a orange colour which I was impressed with although there was no bubbles unfortunately. Another thing I noticed with the ballistic was that the "popping candy" had all fallen to the bottom of the tub and I couldn't hear a single pop or crackle- if when sloshing it around- this I wasn't impressed at-at all!
When I did get in the bath I found that the "candy" pieces were not dissolving very quickly and were actually very sharp and I did find myself picking them out of the water, so as not to get impaled anymore.
When I did get out (admittedly quickly) I noticed that it had left a orange ring around the bath water line and that there were also still some stubborn "candy" bits under the bath mat which I was very disappointed in, it did actually take a lot of scrubbing to remove it as well so not a very relaxing end to my bath.
On a positive note I did notice that the smell had staying power and lasted on my skin and towels for around another 2 hours not as strong as some products ive used but it was strong enough. I didn't notice any thing different about my skin after my bath so I don't think it has any qualities like that.
I was very disappointed in this product and it did fall below the standard I have come to expect from Lush as a company. I would not buy this product again as although it smells divine and looks great it just doesn't deliver what it sets out to. I love the idea of the "popping candy" it just doesn't work at all! That with the idea of impaling myself puts me off.
Im giving it two stars for the smell and the originality.
Cinders is one of the many Lush ballistics I have tried over the years it comes in the form of a yellow orange ball and cost £1.95 for 90g.
This bath ballistic has a very Christmas smell to it, it contains cinnamon, sweet orange and almond essential oils which when mixed together smell great. I love the smell of cinnamon especially and it is definately strong in this product.
To use you simply run your bath then pop it in the ballistic fizzes away turning the bath a light yellow orange colour and releasing the fragrance of orange and cinnamon throughout the bathroom and infact my flat. It definately gets you in th eChristmas spirit.
Jumping in the bath I am more overwhelmed by the fragrance than anything else I couldn't really say that this ballistic makes my skin feel smooth or any different in anyway, but once out of the bath the fragrance does linger on my skin making my smell like Christmas.
The sad thing with this and some other ballistics is that you only get one go from them and for the price it's a shame, it won't stop me buying them though I just wish you got more for your money.
As for the 'crack' 'snapple' 'plop' on the picture don't get excited fireworks will not go off when you use this its just a gimmick I could not really see much difference between this and any other ballistic once it was under the water.
4 stars for this purely for the wonderful Christmas smell which is released.
This was a major let down for the Lush Christmas range in my opinion. The Lush Christmas 2009 range was based on fairytales, hence the Cinders ballistic.
The Lush Times described Cinders as "sweet cinnamon and orange fragrance was inspired by a comforting yuletide drink in Sweden and is utterly irresistible on a chilly evening. Cinders is the colour of a glowing ember and crackles like wood on the fire (just like the fire that Cinderella slept beside in the fairytale)." What the Lush Times failed to tell you was that although Cinders is the colour of a growing ember, once it has been put in the bath, the colour actually stains the bath and takes a good scrub afterwards to get it off. The last thing you want to do after a relaxing bath.
The scent was really pretty but it didn't last long once I plopped it in the bath and it fizzed away. This is one of the smaller Lush ballistics so it doesn't take long to fizz away at all and once it had fizzed away, the scent had too. And as for the snap, crackle and pop sounds which were supposed to be reminiscent of a fire crackling were absolutely rubbish.
The whole ballistic was just a major disappointment and I hope it doesn't make a return this Christmas.
Just got round to using my one of these, left over from before Christmas, but I guess it will be Christmas again soon, so I could have actually waited a whole year! I do love using the Lush bath bombs, but they come with one major drawback...they are over far too quickly. It is just a shame that Lush have not developed a bomb which gradually fizzes then allows you stop mid way through and save it for another time. If they have made one, I am not aware of it yet!
Bath bombs are good value for money if you want a treat for your bathtime, This one was around the two pound mark, making it much in line with their other bath bomb prices. If you have never used one before, just picture it like stepping into a fizzy bath. You drop the bomb in and watch it fizzle and deplete until you are left with a scented bath.This particular bomb comes infused with a popping candy kind of effect, it sort of works, but I was more interested in the cinammon smell, which is one of my all time favourite scents. The cinammon is there, but is outweighed by the orange smell. It certainly smells of Christmas and brings that festive air back with a zing.
My bathroom smelt delightful, I loved the zesty freshness of it, but the smell did subside quite quickly afterwards. The bath bomb left my skin feeling recharged and energised, thanks to the orangey scent. It would definitely be a good choice to perk you up for an evening out. The almond oils are in there somewhere and they are renowned for their ability to soothe and calm stressed skin. A solid bath bomb, a touch gimmicky but good fun nonetheless. Hope it comes back this season.
For those of you who read my reviews on a regular basis you'll know I love splashing out in Lush! After recieving a huge gift box earlier in the year I haven't needed to spend my pennies in Lush for a while but after popping into Lush last week with my brother when I got home I just had to do abit of shopping on Lush's Online Shop.
What Lush say: "Cinders is a Ballistic with a bit of fire. Cinnamon leaf oil warms the skin, so it's perfect to warm you up if you've been shopping in the cold, and sweet orange oil will put a spring back in your step when you're lagging. Coarse sea salt brings beneficial minerals to the mix and cleanses, while almond oil will smooth rough and dry skin. And Cinders has a secret weapon to liven up your bath-time fun: it's decorated with popping candy, which will crackle in your bath like burning embers."
Price: The Cinders Bath Ballistic was only £1.95 which I thought was really good and cheap in comparison to other similar Lush Ballistics. When it arrived though it's pretty small compared to other ballistics and if you got this in the hope you could chop it in 2 and spread the cost you'd be disappointed!
The Look: I was instantly attracted to this ballistic because of it's so bright and summery, just what I needed to cheer me up with all this horrible weather. It's yellowy orange in colour which is really lovely with bright orangey red popping candy on the top of the ballistic with a few bits spilling out over the sides of the ballistic.
The Smell: In contrast to the summery look of this product this ballistic strangely smells of Christmas scents often available in many shops. I could definately smell the cinnamon and the smell gave me a headache, it was far too strong! I decided to use this in the bath anyway as the smell is usually less apparant when it's dissolved in water.
In the Bath: As with all Ballistics, Cinders fizzed away quickly in my bath with a few crackles but nothing special, I wasn't expecting fireworks but I was was disappointed with how little pops there were. The beautiful colour of Cinders also become muted in the bath and didn't look very nice at all, in fact I poured some bubble bath in to make my bath look a little more appealing. I was glad that the scent wasn't as heavy as it has been previously and when in the bath the smell of oranges was more apparent which matched the look of the ballistic better. When I got out of the bath there was an orange tide mark where the water had been, so any relaxing I'd been doing was ruined by having to scrub the bath clean as it becomes near impossible to get these marks off if left over night.
I have to say I was disappointed by Cinders, it didn't live up to how unusual it looks at all. It may be cheap but it's also small, if you like cinnamon and orange you'll like this one but it's certainly got a heady scent! The popping candy doesn't work very well and altogether Cinders is abit of an anti- climax, I won't be buying again.