“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
If there's one day of the year I detest more than any other, it's Valentine's Day. Soppy, cheesy and vomit-inducing - that's how I view this sorry excuse for displaying red hearts everywhere and anywhere! My hatred, however, does not extend to Lush's limited edition Valentine's range, as I enjoy trying these products as much as any other!
In the past, I enjoyed using Lush's Magic Mushroom bubble bar so this year I decided to pick up some other Valentine's goodies when they went on sale. One product that I was particularly keen to try was the Ex Factor Ballistic. This particular product, as the name suggests, belongs to the 'ballistic' family of Lush solid bath products, which means that it is a bath bomb which should be dropped into the bath where it will fizz away, leaving essential oils, delicious scents and hopefully a lovely bright colour. Ballistics don't produce bubbles, but sometimes I don't necessarily want bubbles. Ballistics are priced around the same as bubble bars and melts, but work out more expensive as you normally have to use the whole ballistic in one bath - bubble bars can often be cut in half. However, they're still nice for an occasional treat. This particular ballistic costs £1.99, which is actually quite good considering the price of some of the others. I've been very impressed lately with the prices of Lush's limited-edition products, they seem cheaper than the permanent range!
The Ex Factor comes in the shape of a little man (I suspect Lush used the same mould as they did for the Gingerman soap and Sexy Boy massage bar) who is bright blue with a lilac heart and a smiling face. He's quite cute - shame he's going to dissolve!
Lush say that this ballistic was invented for "for wronged lovers and those who dislike the romantic sentiments of Valentine's Day". That's me all right! The Ex Factor is suitable for vegans, so those who don't eat any animal-products can still enjoy taking their anger out on this little guy! The Ex Factor has a dark, delicious musky vanilla scent created with synthetic musk and ylang ylang oil. It's very yummy and almost good enough to eat!
I waited a while before using this ballistic as I was in the middle of moving to London and things were hectic for me, sorting out all my stuff and starting a new job. After I'd been here a week I had a Saturday night to myself and decided to 'christen' the bath! I love the bath here - it's not very long, but it's deep and I can fill it higher than my bath at home.
I decided to choose this ballistic to have my first bath in this house (I should point out that I've been having showers all week - I'm not that disgusting!). I ran the bath first and got it to the level and temperature I like. Then I got in the bath and dropped the ballistic in. It fizzed considerably and turned the water an amazing bright blue which was lovely! The water felt like silk and I smell the lovely musky smell, although it had faded slightly.
I spent absolutely ages in the bath and didn't want to get out!
After my bath, my skin felt really soft and I didn't need to use much moisturiser. I felt really relaxed too.
This ballistic is great. It's fun, relaxing, turns the water a lovely colour and smells great. It's also cheaper than other ballistics available. It's still possible to get hold of this in Lush if you so wish, but be quick in case it runs out!
A friend recently bought me one of these bath treats from the body cosmetic store Lush and told me it was called The 'X Factor' Bath Ballistic. I was quite confused about this having looked at the ballistic, which is shaped like a gingerbread man, and I couldn't figure out whether this odd little blue man with a funny smirk on his face was modelled on Simon Cowell. I realised my error though when I checked out deatils of this ballistic online. It's actually called The Ex Factor Ballistic and it's a Valentine's Day special edition release. The idea behind the ballistic is to use and abuse this little dough-limbed man as though he was one of your ex boyfriends (or girlfriends) who perhaps you now hate. You can chop off his limbs and his head and throw them callously into a hot bath and watch them fizzle away. Alternatively, if you don't have any ex partners but just hate Valentines day sentiments, you can take out your frustrations on this little blue fella.
Bath ballistics at Lush are made of condensed powder which when added to your bathwater fizzes up and dissolves to release fragrances and hidden oils. The Ex Factor Ballistic is a heavy chunk of pressed powder that is shaped into a gingerbread man shape. He stands approximately 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide. He is coloured bright blue with dots of white running through. He has a silly smiley face and button front and he has a vivid pink heart on his chest.
To use this ballistic you can either throw the whole thing into your warm bath water or you can snap pieces of the man off. His arms, legs and head all come off very easily and you can also chop the remaining torso in half. I did this and ended up getting seven baths out of the one ballistic. It's the only ballistic I've bought which has lasted as long as this.
The ballistic has a fast, frenetic fizz action and is probably best dropped into the bath when you are sitting in it so you can experience the bubbles around your feet. This is a nice sensation on the skin. I also find it interesting to watch the pieces whizzing away and seeing the white and blue colours shooting into the water. The colouring of the water is intense and even with just a leg piece or arm piece the whole bath water in a deep bath turns a deep, turquoise blue. It looks like a postcard scene from the Maldives! The ballistic does not give any foam effect on top of the water but it leaves a slick of very fine white bubbles where it fizzes away.
The ballistic has a gorgeous fragrance which to my nose is a blend of sweet floral notes. The ingredients actually include Ylang Ylang oil but the scent is most reminiscent of buttercream icing and vanilla icecream. There is also undertones of musk in the fragrance which makes it much more interesting and exotic and doesn't make the fragrance seem too childish. This lovely scent stays on your skin after you've got out of the bath and it lasts for quite a while. It's a warm and feminine fragrance that I like to inhale from my warm skin.
The ballistic does not have any great moisturising qualities as far as I can tell but having it in the water makes the water seem soft and silky and I feel like I can relax when I'm splashing about in the water. Looking at the blazing azure colour of the water is also a mood booster. Most beneficial of all though is the fragrance which lifts into the steam particles and fills the bathroom and makes me feel like I'm pampering myself in some fancy salon.
I've had a lot of fun using this ballistic. I would absolutely buy this again and would recommend it to others.
The ballistic is suitable for vegans and comes in a recyclable bag.
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Lush as you know, has become an addiction for me lately, I literally have a drawer full of the stuff and was so excited when the new collection came out for this years valentines day.
Of course being the addict I am, I trotted down to my local store and picked up the new items. One of these being the 'ex factor bath ballistic'. This got its name for being anti valentines and works on the idea that you can fizzle way your ex's limbs in the bath, cute eh?
The ex factor is blue in colour with a pink heart and is shaped like a gingerbread man except this isn't edible (but my god does it smell tasty!) It has a smily face and is complete with dots as buttons. He weighs 100g which is standard for most lush bath bombs, however to me, he does seem pretty big.
For those that don't know, a bath bomb is used when a bath is fully run, you can pop it in before or after you are in the bath, I personally like to be in the bath with it to watch it change and fizz. it then changes the colour of the bath, makes it silky smooth and smell gorgeous!
Compared to other lush bath bombs, this one was very fizzy, like extremely, it even made a pretty loud noise, louder than any others I have used before. It also didn't last as long as other bath bombs but the smell made up for this as it was gorgeous. seriously, go to the store and sniff it, you will actually fall in love. I cant really describe it apart from a strong buttery vanilla smell. Priced at £1.99 it is also a whole pound cheaper than other bath bombs in the store.
This is definitely one of my new favourites, its just a shame I have to stock up as its limited edition, so get yours fast! Also, check out the other items in the range, I will be doing reviews as soon as I try them :)
The Ex Factor is another of Lush's ballistics which were available for Valentine's Day 2010.
The ballistic is shaped into a gingerbread man and is bright blue with a tiny pink heart on his chest. It is faily big, about the size of my hand. The idea behind the Ex Factor was that you could either break the ballistic up piece by piece into your bath or whole and watch it dissolve and imagine it is an ex partner. Even if you do not have an ex you detest enough to want to dissolve into the bath water, it is still a lovely ballistic.
The scent of the Ex Factor is the same as Lush's Butterball which is ylang and vanilla. To me it smells like custard creams (yummy!). It is a very sweet and foody scent.
Once dropped into the bath, it fizzed and turned the water a beautiful bright blue. The scent isn't overpowering, it is just right for a nice relaxing bath.
When these were available they were £2.50 each. They were limited to just Valentine's Day but can be picked up on eBay or the Lush forum. If you have no luck then Butterball is your next port of call.
The Ex Factor was/is a Valentines Limited Edition Bath Ballistic made by Lush.
It comes in the shape of a gingerbread man and is about the size of my hand (I have small-ish hands, though). It's a bright, lovely, sky-blue colour with a little red heart on the chest.
To use ; You simply drop it into a bath full of hot water and watch it dissolve. The general idea is that you imagine it's one of your exes and have a little grin to yourself as you watch him dissapear and that the scent will calm you and make you a bit less bitter (as far as I can tell!). But, even for those of us who aren't mad bunny-boilers, it's still a great bath treat.
The scent is similar to the Butterball scent from their regular line of Ballistics. It's a very sweet smell but has a musky sort of undertone. I'd hazard a guess that there's a hint of jasmine in there but that might just be my mind playing tricks.
It turns the bath water a gorgeous, bright blue and is very relaxing. Overall, I'd say this is a worthwhile product to buy and gives a very nice bath!
The Ex Factor is a bath ballistic (bath bomb) released by Lush Cosmetics for a limited time only throughout Valentines day. It is a blue gingerbread shaped man with a little heart on him. It is a super cute item and I couldn't resist picking one up!
The price of this product is only £1.95 which I find extremely cheap for a Lush item...particularly as it is of a very high standard! This is one of the cheapest products Lush are selling at the moment, therefore I think it's a great bargain if you want to check these out.
***Where To Buy***
These are obviously only available in Lush stores as it is by their brand, however as Valentines day has passed, you can not guarantee your local store will still have these in stock, so you will have to ring them up to find out or pop in next time you go past a Lush store. In the few I have been in recently they had completely sold out of these (proof it's a good item), therefore check the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk) which do still have these in stock and also ship internationally.
***How To Use***
When I was first introduced to Lush years ago, I was too scared to use some of the items because I wasn't entirely sure what to do with them. With the bath ballistics such as the Ex Factor, you simply have to run your bath, and just drop the bath ballistic into the water. It will then fizz and gradually disintegrate into the water, changing the colour of the water and releasing a lovely aroma.
***What I Thought***
When I walked into the Lush, I was instantly attracted to this product. It was so so cute as you can see in the picture, and the smell was just as lovely! It's a slightly musky smell with vanilla extracts. At only £1.95, I was dubious about the product as it was very cheap, therefore I assumed it wouldn't work efficiently in the bath.
Once I dropped the bath bomb into the bath, I left it to fizz around for about one minute, and upon checking on my bath it was a bright blue colour. Usually, the colour may go a slightly murky colour, but this was a vibrant blue colour consistently throughout my bath. I was so excited about this!! As well as this, the smell was very subtle, it was so lovely because sometimes Lush products can be overpowering and this puts people off them, therefore this could be the one for you!
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5* simply because it is an amazing product at an amazing price. It's a shame its limited edition though, so stock up on them now if you're interested in them!
When I saw Lush had released a new Limited Edition range for Valentine's I couldn't resist making an order. Not only did they have new Valentines products, but they also had a Valentine's Free Zone - Perfect for this singleton!
The Ex Factor Ballistic is described as "Sweet, vanilla-scented voodoo for spurned lovers". I haven't been spurned, but I thought it would be the perfect bath ballistic for my anti-Valentine's Day... Well, nobody else was going to treat me, were they?!
The Ex Factor Ballistic is different to other Lush ballistics. It isn't round like the others, instead it is in the shape of a gingerbread man! The idea is that you can dip this ballistic in the bath water limb by limb, watching him dissolve. The ballistic is light blue in colour with a little pink heart on it's chest. It also has a smilie face and some indents down it's tummy which symbolise buttons... Just like a gingerbread man, only this one isn't edible!
This Lush bath ballistic has a sweet, musky vanilla smell to it which can be smelled even when wrapped in one of Lush's yellow (reusable) paper bags. Taking it out of the bag, I thought that the Ex Factor Ballistic seemed bigger than a normal bath ballistic... I would day it's more like the size of a gingerbread man, but thicker.
I'd read that some people have used the Ex Factor Ballistic for 2 baths, but I found it difficult to cut in two so used it all in one go (which is what bath ballistics are really for anyway). At first I dipped him in leg by leg and watched his limbs fizz away, but then I just dropped him in the bath water and let him fizz away! And fizz he did! This is quite a lively bath bomb and it seemed to keep on fizzing for quite a while. While the Ex Factor Ballistic fizzed away, it produced clouds of blue in the bath water and turned it a rich blue... a cyan kind of blue.
I stepped into the delicious, blue, musky-vanilla water and could feel that the ballistic had already softened the water. The lovely cyan-blue colour, the water, the softness and the scent of the water meant that I had a nice, relaxing bath... Just what I wanted.
At £1.95 for the Ex Factor Ballistic, it is one of Lush's cheaper bath ballistics, especially considering it's size (although it is still only 100g in weight, like other Lush bath ballistics). However, if you want to try out this bath ballistic, you'll have to be quick! It's a limited edition one released for St. Valentine's Day, so I don't know how much longer the product will be around for.
The Ex Factor Ballistic can currently be found in Lush shops and online at www.lush.co.uk, but be quick! I'm already considering ordering a couple more before they disappear.
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This little guy is a limited edition valentines 2010 product! And is shaped like a little blue gingerbread man, with a cute pink heart on him. And is priced at £1.95.
He is scented very similarly to the butterball bath ballastic also by Lush, which is a musky vanilla scent, well to me it is! It is not as moisturising as butterball, as the ex factor does not have the same moisturising butters in it as butterball does. But it smells the same, and looks cuter!
As he is called Ex Factor, i believe the best way to use him, is to think of an ex while pulling his little head off and plopping that in the bath first! And if that still doesn't make you feel better, he still has 2 arms and 2 legs to be pulled off and plopped into the bath!
He turns the bath a lovely blue colour, and the musky vanilla scent lingers around your bathroom for a good few hours afterwords. The blue colouring didn't leave a dye ring around the tub, like some Lush products do, the colour went all down the drain!
As we all know by now, i love to cocktail my Lush products, so i paired this with one half of a Sunnyside bubble bar, and WOW! It made the perfect mermaid bath! Bright blue bath water, with lovely specs of gold glitter in it, if you havent't tried these two together, i suggest you do, and soon! As Ex factor's are limited edition products, so this little guy will not be around forever you know!
The only downside about this little guy, is that i just can't bring myself to break him up and use him over 2/3 baths! like i normally do with my Lush products, i need to use one whole one per bath (but maybe that is just me!)
Lush Ex Factor Bath Ballistic
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Bath Salt
Just in case you have never shopped at Lush before, it is worth knowing that they make cosmetics by hand from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. Lush are committed to reducing packaging and also support loads of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients. You can shop online and also locate your nearest shop.
You can also buy from the Lush retro range online, this range is basically a selection of products which were previously discontinued but are now available to buy online. This is excellent as it means that you can find some of your old favourites which you thought you would never see again!
Bath Ballistics are a solid ball shaped mass of bath salts. To use, just run a warm bath then drop them in and watch them go crazy, fizzing their way round in the water. They will then soften and scent the water (often colouring it too) until finally they have dissolved. The whole room will smell gorgeous (as well as the water) which lasts for ages.
Lush say the following about this bath ballistic;
"Sweet, vanilla-scented voodoo for spurned lovers. The Ex Factor Ballistic is an antidote to the usual Valentine's Day sweetness and a celebration of our darker, more cynical side. It has the same vanilla-musk scent as our creamy Butterball, but it turns the water a deep, calming blue. Dip the little fellow in, limb by limb, until he has dissolved. It's especially fun if you have an appetite for revenge and need some closure"
The ballistic is a bright blue colour and looks like a gingerbread man. It will cost you £1.95 for 100g and is suitable for vegans.
This little ballistic turns the water bright blue and has a delicious vanilla fragrance. If you are a fan of the Lush butterball scent then you will love this as it is very similar. It is great for men or women but because the vanilla is quite sweet, may be one for the ladies! The fragrance lasts for ages on your skin, and I can still smell it hours after bathing.
If you like vanilla and enjoy relaxing into coloured bath water then this little man is definitely worth trying - he is only around for Valentines day though so you will have to be quick!