“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt/Foam „
The natural cosmetics store Lush brings out a number of limited edition products for occasions such as Christmas, Hallowe'en and of course Easter. This year, there was quite an unusual product created for Easter - Donkey Oaty, the Easter donkey! I was somewhat bemused as to what a donkey had to do with Easter, until I remembered from what I learned at school that Jesus was supposed to have ridden on a donkey on Palm Sunday. Or something like that. I'm sure that Lush were trying to continue their Mexican theme, introduced last Hallowe'en with their Day of the Dead products, because Donkey Oaty reminded me of a piñata! I also loved the name, inspired by the early 17th century Cervantes novel Don Quixote.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
***The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha***
Donkey Oaty was priced at £1.95 and shaped, as the name suggests, like a donkey. He was designed to smell like Charity Pot lotion, which smells rather like chocolate or Turkish Delight, and contains ylang ylang oil, geranium oil, tagetes oil and gardenia extract. He was bright pink,yellow and orange, and packed with rice paper ribbons Donkey Oaty also starred in a video, which is posted on YouTube and the Lush Facebook page and is great fun!
***Tilting at windmills?***
I decided to use Donkey Oaty in my bath recently. As with all bath ballistics, I ran the bath first then got in so I could watch the ballistic fizz away. I dropped him in and he dissolved really quickly, releasing rivers of yellow and orange into the water.
After the ballistic had dissolved, the water was a lovely burnt orange colour. I didn't have much rice paper in my ballistic - just a couple of pieces which soon sank to the bottom. The bath smelled lovely too - I was initially concerned about the Charity Pot scent, feeling that it wouldn't transfer well to a bath product, but I was wrong - this scent had a more floral edge to it and it was lovely.
I was also concerned that the ballistic would stain the white bath, but as I was careful to give the edges of the bath a rub before I got out, this didn't happen.
I sat in the bath with a book for a while, and when I got out I could still smell the scent on my skin. My skin was quite soft although I did have to apply some moisturiser.
I really enjoyed using Donkey Oaty, he was an original and calorie-free Easter treat. He smelled lovely and turned the bath a lovely colour. I'd buy another one if they were still available!
Donkey Oaty Bath Ballistic
I love lush products and I have used quite a few of their bath bombs. Unfortunately I find that some of the bath bombs are not as good as they are hyped up to be but I love to try them anyway. This product is a limited edition bath bomb, as it is only made for easter time. It was made this year - I don't know if it was made in previous years but I hope they carry on making it.
*About the product*
This bath bomb instead of being in the normal circular bath bomb shape, it is in the shape of a little donkey..that has been squished. It is a donkey-type shape, which is quite cute. It is orange and yellow in colour and it has little paper ribbons on the front that you can see and they are also inside. The bath bomb is 120g in weight, which is similar to the smaller/medium size bath bombs in the permanent line that lush make.
*What lush say about the product*
Like his pun-less namesake, the Easter donkey is chivalrous and wise. Our Donkey Oaty bath ballistic smells like our Charity Pot lotion, which is chocolatey with a sweet floral twist, and is packed full of rice paper ribbons. It makes your skin feel soft and it's a colour spectacular of summery pinks, yellows and oranges that will send the dreariness of winter packing once and for all. This is a very fun and surreal Easter gift for kids. It's the perfect easter gift for those who like long, colourful baths and soft skin.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Citronellol, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Rice Paper.
Both ylang ylang oil and Geranium Oil are supposed to reduce stress, anxiety and relive tension. Tagetes Oil has antiseptic properties and Gardenia Extract is used in Chinese medicine and is stated to have antioxidant properties (independent research, not from the lush site).
Lush do not test their products on animals and most of their products are made from natural ingredients - where there are synthetics, they are safe synthetics. Their products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans (but not all of them are vegan, as some contain milk - and eggs I think), this means that they are not made from any animal products.
*Appearance and scent of the product*
The bath bomb looks really cute, in my opinion, although it does look like a squished donkey it still remains cute. It is an easter item so it is not available all of the time and it is not like the other bath bombs that lush make - in terms of its appearance.
The scent of the product is supposed to be like lush's charity pot body/hand lotion - I have not tried this product yet but going off the scent of this bath bomb I will have to get some. The scent is gorgeous, it smells sweet (but not overly sickly sweet, for me anyway, some people may find it too sweet). It smells of toffee/kind of chocolate scent, which is really nice. It has a quite powdery scent too and in the yellow bag that the bath bombs (and bath melt, vitamin tabs and bubble bars) come in, it smells really quite strong.
*How to use*
To use all you have to do is run a bath and put this in the water - some of them fizzle at different rates but this one fizzled/dissolves quickly. Some of the lush products can be a bit confusing at first (if you have not used them before). Bubbles bars are not the same as bath bombs and are used by crumbling them under running water to create lots of bubbles - bath bombs are not like that as they don't create bubbles at all.
*Using the product and results*
I like this bath bomb as it has a really nice colour and when I put it in the water it fizzled immediately and as it did it released a swirling fizzling rush of colour. With mine one side of the bath bomb released a bright yellow colour and the other half released a bright orange colour and then the colours combined and created a really nice dark orange colour.
This bath bomb fizzled away quite happily for about a minute - a minute and a half which is not very long and this point is the only negative point against it (apart from the fact that they are only released at easter! and the scent did not stick). It did fizzle rapidly and it also released the gorgeous strong scent of chocolate, sweetness as it fizzled, which was nice but after it finished bubbling away the scent was really faint.
The bath bomb turned the water a really nice colour and it has a really nice scent but after it fizzled the scent was faint and in turn the scent did not transfer to my skin, which is a bit disappointing as the scent is gorgeous! Although on the plus side the bath bomb did make my skin incredibly smooth, soft and really moisturised. I was a bit surprised at how well this product moisturised my skin - as I did not expect it to be as bath bombs are not usually very hydrating (well not the ones I have tried anyway).
Overall, I really like this bath bomb. It is really nice and colourful, releasing bright yellow and orange swirls and it has a gorgeous scent (both in the yellow bag that they come in and in the bath). Although the scent does not last and it also does not transfer to my skin.
One unexpected result from this product is that it moisturised my skin - my skin is really dry and usually bath bombs just dry my skin out but this one didn't, which is great and overall it made my skin feel incredibly smooth, soft and moisturised.
The morning after using this product my skin still felt really really smooth, soft and moisturised and I did not have to put any body lotion/moisturiser on - both after my bath and the morning after, which is great.
*How to store*
I store my lush bath bombs in the yellow bag that they all come in - unless you buy them online then they are loose. Or I keep them in a clear see through plastic container. I keep them in a draw in my bedroom as if you keep them in the bathroom they will not last as long due to the steam/humidity. The last for a while if they are kept in a cool dry place - although mine only last a maximum of a month or so before I want to use them.
*Price and availability*
I bought mine from a lush store and they only had about 10 (or less). It ca still be bought from the lush website in the going, going, but not gone yet section and they are only £1.95 each! From all of the lush bath bombs I have used this has to be one of my favorite as it is really moisturising and it is really cheap. The charity pot lotion which is what this product is supposed to smell like it only £1 for 10g = trial size on the lush site.
*Smell is amazing
*Cute unusual design
*Very softening and moisturising
*Really cheap at only £1.95
*Only available at easter
*Scent does not transfer to my skin
*Fizzles/dissolves very quickly
For more information: www.lush.co.uk
Overall, I would definitely recommend this bath bomb as it is colourful, it smells amazing (although the scent does not last in the bath or on my skin) and it leaves my skin really really smooth, soft and moisturised. It also did not irritate my skin.
Thank you for reading my review - this review is also posted on ciao with pictures - under my username labellavita1992 x
Never one to miss a special occasion, Lush as ever brought out a set of limited edition Easter products this year. The only one that was new to me (rather than a repeat from last year) was the Donkey Oaty bath ballistic, otherwise known as the Easter Donkey. Don't ask me why a donkey for Easter - or at all! - if you're really that interested there's an explanatory video or two via the website. Otherwise, just go with the idea that this was a solid bath product, designed for use in one bath, for which you'd pay a sort-of-premium-but-cheap-for-Lush £1.95.
The biggest attraction for me - other than just trying anything new, of course! - was the colour. I found the pale yellow and pinky-orange tones of the Donkey very appealing: bright and inviting, without being brash and in your face. Judging on appearances is pointless, of course, and yet there was something very spring-like and charming about this for me.
Much more important was the scent, although I was in two minds about this as it comes with the description: "Smells like our Charity Pot lotion, which is chocolately with a sweet floral twist". Now, If I'd been buying online I might have hesitated over that: I don't hate the smell of the Charity Pot stuff (chocolatey? Really? Never knew that!), but I find it quite wishy washy with undertones of rather sickly (that might be the floral chocolate!). Thankfully I was in the shop sniffing this in person before I read the blurb and actually rather liked the smell! If you've had a whiff of the Charity Pot, I'd say this is much fresher and zingier. If not, then I'd say this is lovely and fresh and zingy! Urm, yeah okay! It's a gentle floral scent, not overwhelmingly flowery - definitely not off limits for the blokes. Overall I found it to be quite a refreshing and uplifting aroma.
Here comes the not-really-sciencey bit! The essential oils in here are geranium, ylang ylang and tagetes (a type of marigold). In terms of aromatherapy (of which I am a fan: I do believe scents have a great deal of power, and I'm also a advocate of the power of suggestion in knowing what certain things are supposed to do for you! ;)), I know that geranium is a great mood-booster, and part of the happy, sunny citrus family. Usually this is a scent I can hone in on instantly (smells like Turkish delight!), but it's not obvious in the Donkey Oaty's blend.
Tagetes is (apparently) sweet and fruity, 'almost citrus' and I suspect it's that scent that merits its use here, as the essential oil is used more for breathing problems or helping with wounds. Ylang ylang is more associated with anti-anxiety treatments, fighting depression in a calming way. Personally I find it far too floral on its own, so I was glad to see it kept quite subtle here.
So, into the bath I plopped this little donkey-shaped dose of sunshine, and away it fizzed. It's quite a busy fizz, if you know what I mean, and the ballistic dissolves in a short time. There are some rice paper strips added for decoration - not my favourite element of this kind of product, but these were pretty inoffensive, looking a bit like orange zest and feeling like nothing at all (nothing worse than spiky bits in yer bath!!). The yellow, orange and darker pinky-orange colours have a very brief and lovely show across the top of the water before mixing to make the bathwater a pale mandarin shade - quite dilute in the size of my tub, but obviously that will vary.
The smell was a bit more fragile when diluted by all that water, but it still had that fresh/zingy thing going in comparison to the Charity Pot lotion. There's no oiliness with this ballistic, which means no greasiness on my skin. That does also mean a bit less moisturising, particularly if you have dry skin. Mine's pretty normal, and I'd say this left my skin nicely soft.
Overall, then, did I like it? Yes I did! So much I went back and bought another two, and might yet stock up on more before they run out! It may not be Lush's most spectacular offering off all time, but I think it was stronger for it: nice smell (surprisingly so!), lovely colour (yes, the visuals are important!!) and doesn't break the bank. I came out of my bath feeling refreshed and calm, and those are both things I could do with a lot more of in my life! :)
Price: at £1.95 it's a bargain in Lush terms - and both cheaper and healthier than a glass of wine, quite frankly!
Availability: I've missed Easter with this review (but I had to write it to balance the previous 1-star rating!), but there are still some available both in stores and via the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk). Please note that the payment system has been changed and everything is nice and secure again after the problems around Christmas time!
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Citronellol, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Rice Paper
"It makes your skin feel soft and it's a colour spectacular of summery pinks, yellows and oranges that will send the dreariness of winter packing once and for all. This is a very fun and surreal Easter gift for kids. It's the perfect easter gift for those who like long, colourful baths and soft skin"
Fresh and uplifting, perfect for spring. Grab one while you still can!
Donkey Oaty is part of the Lush Easter. It is a brightly coloured donkey shaped ballistic and while it's not necessarily a typical Easter theme, Lush have come up with some fun videos to go with it featuring the story of Donkey Oaty. It costs £1.95 which is on the cheap side for Lush ballistics, and between that, my love of all things Lush and the fabulous pun name I had to pick one of these up to try.
The ballistic itself is kind of donkey shaped (with a little imagination needed perhaps) and a combination of pink, yellow and orange. Some of the rice paper ribbons it contains are visible on the surface giving it an interesting texture. The scent is very similar to the Charity Pot moisturiser- a delicious creamy chocolately smell with a floral hint.
When added to the bath, the ballistic fizzes vigourously, dissolving in a couple of minutes. The separate colours all mix together to form a yellowy-orange shade of bathwater that I didn't find too appealling. The rice paper ribbons float on the surface for a bit, but I found that they dissolved in less than five minutes. I was a little disappointed as I like additions to my bath such as glitter or confetti, but on the plus side, this does make for an easy clean up. The scent did not last once the ballistic had dissolved and no trace was detectable on my skin afterwards. It did leave me feeling smooth and moisturised however.
Overall I was rather disappointed by this ballistic. The recent new products from Lush have been extremely high quality, but this left a lot to be desired in terms of both appearance and scent once in the bath.