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      14.03.2009 01:03
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      Not my favourite Lush product

      I was given this ballistic for my birthday and although I love Lush, this is not a product I would have bought for myself, due to my aversion to petals floating in my bath! This has been sitting in my cupboard for absolutely ages now, and I've never really been inclined to use it before, but as I'm running low on Lush products (boohoo!) I decided to use it a couple of days ago after a particularly stressful day. This bath bomb is a light green colour and has random 'bits' of dried flowers poking out from the sides. The idea is that the smell and appearance are supposed to be reminiscent of lying in a field of English flowers. Despite my dislike of the petals, I thought this smelled quite nice. It's got a very fresh, green scent, and I think it's a sort of grassy, plant-like scent, rather than being floral. It contains amongst other things sandalwood oil, Orris Absolute, Red Rose, Blue Mallow flowers, poppy petals, sunflower petals, and pink rose petals. When I put this in the bath it started to dissolve, turning the water a lovely shade of relaxing green. There were also lots of petals in there, most of them unfortunately looked a sort of muddy brown colour as though they'd gone bad! There were also two (yes, a whole two!) foil bells, but no fabric butterflies as it states on the Lush website. I think it's a matter of luck with these things, as I know that my Blackberry Bomb from Lush had a little sticker thing inside saying 'Boom Boom' but others said theirs didn't. Unfortunately once in the water, I couldn't smell this at all. Well, that's not true actually, I could smell it for about the first 10 seconds it was in there, but the fragrance then seemed to vanish, which was a little disappointing. I could feel a slight change in the water - it felt slightly silky - but it felt nowhere near as luxurious as I would normally expect from a Lush product. After I got out of the bath I did notice that my skin felt very nice, but again there was no trace of the scent on my skin, which is a big negative, as for me, and many other people, the scent of these products is their main selling point. The petals were also a little bit of a nightmare to clean - they stuck everywhere, including onto my skin, but there was no green mark around the bath, despite the strong green colour. An English Countryside bath ballistic will cost £2.89 from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk. As I mentioned mine was a present, but I don't think I would shell out the full price for this as there are much better ones on offer. In conclusion, I can only say that this was one huge let down. I don't like 'bits' anyway, so perhaps I was a bit negative about this before even using it, but the smell, although nice when dry was barely noticeable once in the water, and the only relaxing thing about this was the green colour it left the water. This certainly isn't one I'd recommend.

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        01.03.2009 19:54
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        a cute bright green bath bomb with dried flowers and butterflies inside

        I'm not usually one for bath bombs as I'm more of a bubble bath girl but I got this from my mum as a present, so I just had to try it out. It looks vibrantly green and also smells very "green". It reminds me of sunny spring days and I could see that there were some dried flowers, confetti shaped like bells and cute fabric butterflies in this bath ballistic. This English Countryside bath ballistic is available from Lush and at their online shop for £2.89 (which is about a typical bath ballistic price tag). It's a nice grass green colour with little dried flowers, confetti and fabric butterflies throughout. So, what you're meant to do is run a bath, then once you're in the bath you can pop this in and it will fizz away for a couple of minutes, softening the water, turning the water a vibrant grass green. Whilst it fizzes it will start to release the essential oils and free the dried flowers, bells and butterflies so you can find them floating around you on the water. Some essential oils used in this bath ballistic are: geranium, sandalwood and orris absolute. The scent is very fresh and slightly flowery; it does indeed invoke nice images of the countryside on a nice sunny day. I found that this bath ballistic made me feel nice and relaxed and lifted my mood so I guess it did what it was meant to do. The water felt smooth and pleasant and the scent did linger onto my skin for hours afterwards. My skin didn't feel particularly moisturised like it does with other products so I did have to apply some moisturiser but I'd do this anyway after a bath or shower. I might not buy this for myself as it's quite pricey in my opinion, but I think that it's definitely a great item to receive as a gift. The scent isn't too overpowering so should suit most people.

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          31.01.2009 22:33
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          Highly recommended!

          This product from Lush is spot on its name. It is called the English Countryside Bath Ballistic and it honestly does smell of the countryside. It is slightly floral but mainly it smells of freshly cut grass. It is lovely! In fact it is the smell of dandelions and daisies in the freshly cut grass! Divine! The bomb fizzes slowly due to the spherical shape and it moves around in the water a lot and turns around as though it is propelled. The bath did not change colour particularly. It went slightly green but it was quite pale. There were lots of petals that came out of the bomb and it felt nice to soak in the bath with flowers floating around me. The water was so soft and made my skin moisturised and glowing. The smell lasted on my skin well. This is a really lovely bath bomb and at just under three pound it is expensive but worth it. It is nice in winter to pretend you are soaking in the bath in the warm sunshine with the freshly mown grass blowing in through an open window on the breeze. Am I romantising it? Probably be but I really love this bath bomb and hope to get one again soon to brighten up these miserable winter mornings.

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            30.01.2009 15:06
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            Probably not to choose if you want to unwind!

            The English Countryside bath ballistic by Lush is a large ball shaped bath bomb which is a Granny Smith's apple green. It will cost you £2.89 from all Lush stores or from the website at www.lush.co.uk I bought this last week and I was extremely impressed with the member of staff who served me. She was kind and helpful, and suggested it for me as I was actually looking for the Chelsea Garden bath bomb, which I love, but which has either been phased out, or is having a break until the summer. The reason I like this one is because it has a lot of fresh petals which float in the water making it more of a spa experience. She suggested that The English Countryside bath bomb was in a similar vane, and that I would enjoy the scented treat just as much. So I came home with my little green bomb and before retiring to bed tried it out. Now I am no stranger to green bath treats as Badedas is my number one bath foam, which I use when I have nothing else special instead, because it's a great woodland smell. I also enjoy the "Lush Green Day" bubble bar which is also a forest like experience. I ran the water and dropped the bomb in and watched as it exploded into a cascade of colour and trinkets. I say trinkets because the first thing I noticed were little silver bells! The website says that the bomb is designed to take you to an English summer day, when the church bells are ringing, and they really mean it! Metallic bells were sailing down the bath. To be honest it took me right back to when my husband was at university in Cambridge, and we used to spend summer days sitting on Midsummer Common, or watching as couples punted down the River Cam. There was often a cricket match on to watch, and the website actually mentions that lying in this bath takes you to an English summer day -"The cricket teams are preparing for an afternoon of willow on leather" There are also violets in bloom on the village green, they say, and no sooner have you pictured this but butterflies, not punts, float down the bath. I was almost reluctant to get in as it is such a busy scene! Lush say it's as restful as lying in a meadow staring at the clouds. I found this a bit hard to conceive with so much going on in my mind! But climb in I did and was soon submerged in a village scene! It actually made me feel a bit like a crocodile in the everglades as this pea soup seemed to have old looking petals in it, and one review on their website actually said she found twigs in hers. I can't say I did, but it was certainly a million miles away from the "Blue Skies" experience I wrote about earlier today. However I am not going to be totally critical because the story behind this bomb has to be enjoyed for what it is. The concept that you are bathing in an English Countryside setting is really rather appealing to me, and in the depths of January I must say it was most enjoyable. You can't compare this ballistic to the bubble bars since they are not bubble baths, they create an atmosphere through suggestion and aromatherapy oils and this one is no exception. The main oil is geranium and there is sandalwood in there too. The petals which float past you are red rose, blue mallow, poppy petals, and sunflower petals, pink rose petals, and of course there are confetti bells and a fabric butterfly. Geranium is an essential oil similar in fragrance to rose, and it is good for circulation and for PMT. There is a lovely violet smell which radiates from the bath which is very pleasant, and probably the most tranquil part of the whole experience. I laid in this bath for a long time reminiscing about my courting days in Cambridge. Checked tablecloths on the meadow with French bread and Brie. Sitting in Halls looking out on beautiful green lawns through casement windows, with the old college cat on my knee who was so fat he used to go round all the rooms for his breakfast when kind students would feed him multiple times. In the winter the glass would frost up and you could peer out of the icicles to the frosty cricket pitches which in the summer would come alive with the sound of chatter and cheer. Yes this English Countryside bath bomb certainly took me somewhere else! Moisturising it was not, I wouldn't say it was feminine either, but it was certainly fragrant and different. The petals were difficult to distinguish one from another really, but the pea soup effect certainly had a lot going on in it. Would I purchase again-yes but would I recommend no- why? Because I think that the user needs a fertile imagination like mine to really get the picture this is trying to create. I am not sure that silver confetti bells is really what you want in a bath as overall it is creating a busy picture of weddings with guests, and cars parked awkwardly along side roads. Then there are the cricket matches-well these are a noisy affair when someone hits a 6 or goes out LBW, it's all so chaotic- it actually reminds me of an action packed noisy day. Butterflies are what they are- lovely, but they flit from bush to bush doing things. No for me it really is a scene of chaos-I enjoyed it and next time I want to relive my teens I'll probably indulge, but otherwise for a relaxing bath there is better. Of yes and did I tell you it's a job to clean afterwards? Well it is and the petals cling to the side of the bath -just saved the butterfly though before he went down the plug hole. There is no lingering smell on your skin either to enjoy. An experience in my opinion but not a rest! I wish I could give it more stars I really do as it certainly took me on a journey into my past, but I can't recommend it because it is cluttered!

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              25.09.2008 01:04
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              Why all the butterflies and bells Lush??

              Lush as I have mentioned in previous reviews are a great company but they have got it all wrong with the English Countryside Bath bomb. It is green in colour and that is the first off putting thing for me although it clearly didn't put me off enough to stop me from buying it. The scent of it is nice enough but nothing special, it smells a bit like freshly cut grass before it hits the water but thankfully that turns to a more floral smell when it is fizzing in the bath. It is full of flowers and it also has two little fabric butterflies which float around in your bathwater when this has fizzed away. Along with the flowers and the butterflies come some tiny foil bells which would look better as table decoration at a wedding reception than as something to float around beside me in the bath. Having all this appears from my bath bomb really put me off and I found it very difficult to relax in the bath with all this going on. So although I did quite like the scent this will not be a bomb I will be buying again as I prefer not to have to pay £2.95 to have something turn my bath water into a dumping ground whilst I bathe in it!

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                12.09.2008 19:29

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                You will need a jet wash to clean the bath

                This is a big green ballistic full of flower petals, butterflies and bells!!! This is supposed to make you think of a relaxing summer afternoon in the English Countryside. Personally I find it a bit too flowery smelling and the amount of stuff that is inside it gets right on my nerves. I know you have to clean the bath when you get out but with this you need to get out the jet was to get it clean! There are rose, poppy and sunflower petals inside, there are also some tiny little flowers and to top it all off there are confetti bells - I would have thought these would be more suited to a wedding type ballistic - and a couple of fabric butterflies as well! Talk about busy!!! There is so much stuff in this it is a wonder it fizzes at all. It does smell nice if you like the flowery sort of ballistics. I tried it once and that was enough for me far to floral and too many bits in. Some Lush fans may love it but not this one.

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                03.09.2008 11:28
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                Another great relaxing treat from Lush

                For my birthday my boyfriend actually took me in to Lush and let me treat myself. He even did quite well and managed to stay in there at least five minutes (if you ask him he'll say it was an hour) and managed to hold back his disgust until I had paid and he couldn't quite help but utter the words "hang on, did you really just spend £30 on four things". Shhh, it's my birthday, back off. Well since Lush still had their, spend £20 and choose any new product free offer on, I had to choose something. I already chose Vanishing Cream last time so didn't want to get another incase it goes out of date by the time I finish my first pot and whilst it's tempting to choose the most expensive items I would never use the two more expensive moisturizers on the offer and am way too lazy to be ebaying them. They had no shower gels left which would have been my second choice, so I got a bath bomb, which seems a little silly if we're looking at the prices but I did want to try out this new English Countryside bomb. To help us cope with the very sad fact that one of my favorite bath bombs is soon to be no more (Butterfly Ball), they have brought one out that is essentially the same, with a few minor differences. English Countryside is slightly larger than Butterfly Ball and the biggest difference is it is green instead of pink. Other than that there are a lot of similarities, it's packed out with flowers and two little fabric butterflies to float there way around your bath. Those who read my Butterfly Ball review will know my excitement at these. This has an added extra of confetti foil bells in it. I had kept reading that this had "bells" in it, and quite stupidly in hindsight, thought it meant actual bells and I was very excited, so the foil things were a little bit of a let down, but looking back it does seem quite unlikely that there would be real bells in the bath bomb! They were nice enough, they looked a bit like what you would throw at a wedding or something, but there weren't many and didn't really add much to the experience. So obviously, the move from pink to green will no doubt disappoint most of us. Well, I'll admit, I do love pink baths, but that isn't to say that green baths don't have their benefits. Green is a very comforting colour, it induces calmness, it's relaxing and relives stress and can help if you are experiencing emotional trauma. It also induces laziness, which is actually ideal for lazing about in the bath. It is very balancing and soothes emotions, so it's particularly good if you are having a bad time of it and want to escape for an hour and just completely chill out. The flowers, bells and butterflies do provide a relaxing image, like of course, you're in the countryside, only without the bad weather and smell of cow dung. The smell of the bath bomb is actually gorgeous. It smells largely of violets but in a more "real" way than the sweetie smell of the Parma Violet scented Bathos. It smells somewhat similar but more floral than sweetie but in a none grandma way. It really does smell lovely. The violet scent is perhaps mixed with the other floral ingredients such as Geranium and Rose, to give a lovely, sweet floral, garden scent to it. It's so nice, and much nicer in the water than when you smell the actual bath bomb. I found it to be a bit too subtle for my liking but definitely still smellable and probably perfect for people who find the stronger scents over bearing as this could never be described as such. The downside was that the minute this was in the water a dirty yellow mark appeared all over the bath where it met the water which led me to stain worries but I needn't have feared. As I was letting the water out I rubbed a bit of soap directly where the yellow marks were and they instantly went. The bath bomb contains Geranium Oil which has an uplifting effect on the mind and relieves stress, tension and anxiety. It's also perfect for those times of the month that we aren't at our most pleasant shall we say, as it is great at balancing hormones and relieving PMS. I can see the guys running down to Lush to stock up in time to prevent next months mood swings as we speak. Not only that but it helps with fluid retention, which is another thing that goes hand in hand with the previous and is likely to put us in a bad mood too! Oh and did I mention it helps cellulite? (Well...we can pretend it does..) It isn't just balancing on the hormones though, it's also great at balancing sebum production, making it perfect for preventing dry or oily skin, by getting the sebum production just right for healthy skin, keeping it lubricated and retaining it's elasticity without causing acne. It's also antiseptic and astringent so it can help with many skin conditions and keep the skin healthy. It boost the circulation which makes you look more healthy by providing dull skin with a glow and it also shrinks broken capillaries making them less visible. It also has Sandalwood Oil which is very calming and can also relieve stress, tension and anxiety like Geranium Oil, and is also harmonizing and also relieves depression, irritability, confusion and nervous exhaustion. It's particularly useful for people with very hectic, stressful lives, who need to take a time out as it clears the mind of all the things constantly running through it, almost like meditation. It's not just the mind it is good for though, as it's also great for the skin. It is anti ageing and particularly good on dehydrated skin as it is an emollient which soothes and softens the skin, it's great for relieving itchy skin and skin conditions such as eczema. It moisturizes and cools the skin which can provide relief and helps reduce inflammation. It is also astringent though so it at the same time is toning to the skin and clear up oily skin and prevent scars. It can also help with bladder or chest infections so is good if you are suffering from either. It's also great for curing insomnia and has aphrodisiac qualities. The Orris Absolute in it is what gives it it's violet like aroma, and the Red Rose in it compliments this sweet floral aroma. There are also Blue Mallow Flowers in it which provide more than just prettiness to the bath. They are very gentle but have a cleansing, astringent effect on the skin and can reduce inflammation. As well as all this there are a mixture of poppy, sunflower and pink rose petals to float around your bath with the bells and butterflies. Lovely! The water wasn't as silky and soft as with some Lush products but it was softer than with a regular bubble bath. The same could be said for my skin, it wasn't unbelievably soft when I got out but it wasn't in need of moisture either, and was much nicer than when using a bottled bubble bath. I really enjoyed the bath, it was very relaxing, smelt gorgeous and had lots of fun little things floating about in it, which never fails to excite me! I've never been a fan of the English countryside, until I saw French countryside and realized ours is actually pretty stunning (if you like scenery - yawn). You would never catch me laying out in the countryside but this is a lovely way to pretend, without the bad weather, insect bites (which it actually protects against) and hay fever! At £2.95, it's pretty average for Lush bath products. It's not cheap compared to a regular bubble bath, but then, it's not really comparable to a normal bubble bath, it's in a completely different league, and for an hours complete rest and recuperation it's great value.

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                Lush yourself in a grass green bath surrounded with flower petals /