Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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It was only an Easter's tail...
Lush Donkey Oaty Bath Ballistic
Member Name: calypte
Lush Donkey Oaty Bath Ballistic
Advantages: I liked the smell and it made me smile
Disadvantages: Limited edition
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!
Summary: A fresh, spring-like ballistic for Easter