“ Brand: Lush „
I love sampling Lush's Christmas goodies every year, and this year is no exception. One of the exciting products I have tried is the Crackersnap ballistic. As the name suggests, it is in the shape of a Christmas cracker! It is huge and is coloured pale green and yellow, scented with the uplifting fragrance of the Avobath ballistic. The first thing to say is that Crackersnap costs a whopping £7, however I feel it is worth it - I've got 6 baths from mine, not forgetting the fun of it all, so it's actually pretty good value. Crackersnap is only available in gifts or online, because it is fragile and prone to breakage. Feedback from forum members means that orders are now sent out in their original plastic moulds to help protect the ballistic, but mine arrived before this and was completely fine. Lush suggest that you drop the whole thing into the bath, and you can certainly do this if you want to, but to get the maximum number of baths from Crackersnap you will need to break it out of the water. I snapped off one of the ends for my first bath; subsequent baths made use of the other end and the central part. Inside the cracker you will find, as with all crackers, a joke, a party hat and a gift! This is a really nice touch and makes the whole experience great fun. The 'gift' is in fact a dark blue bubble bar crocodile (hence the 'snap'!) and this can be put aside and used in three more baths. The ballistic part should be dropped into a run bath; it then fizzes away, leaving yellow and green streaks in the water, until the bath water is a lovely green colour. The bubble bar crocodile should be held under the running tap until the bubbles are as required, then put aside to dry until next time. This creates a bubble bath with lovely blue water. I don't find that reusable bubble bars produce as many bubbles as ordinary bubble bars, but this didn't bother me too much as the scent makes this a refreshing bath, rather than a proper luxury bath with loads of bubbles. You can do what I did and use each part separately, or mix it up a bit: perhaps use the bubble bar, then drop in a piece of ballistic to add extra colour and scent. However you use this, the scent is the same. Refreshing and uplifting, it is made up of lemongrass and bergamot oils which help to rejuvenate and improve the mood. The product also contains rosewood oil and popping candy, though I didn't see much evidence of this in my bath. The ballistic part contains sodium bicarbonate to help it dissolve, and the bubble bar crocodile is made with sodium laureth sulfate which helps to create bubbles. This latter ingredient can cause skin irritation in some people so it's worth being aware of it. Crackersnap is suitable for vegans. I find that the smell lingers during my bath, and is very refreshing and pleasant. Afterwards, my skin feels soft and clean, and I can detect the scent lightly on my skin, which does not experience any irritation. This is ideal as a wake-up bath if you need to refresh yourself: perhaps if you are a student pulling an all-nighter to get that last essay in on time, or on a happier note, getting ready to go out for a night on the town. I thoroughly recommend Crackersnap. It's an unusual and original ballistic that is pretty good value for money and is great fun to use.