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      26.01.2014 21:39
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      I like this one.

      I love Lush and their bath products, they are my little treat that I like to spend any spare money on. I am a huge fan of their bath ballistics (aka bath bombs) as they add a real experience to just a normal bath. Over Christmas, they brought out a wide range of festive products, and I just had to pick up one of these Golden Wonder ballistics. Since I bought that first one, I have now purchased about four of them because I like them that much. This ballistic is available from Lush stores and online at Christmas time. I am not sure as to the exact price (I'm guessing around £3.00). I did however pick up my most recent one in their sale that came out on boxing day, so I got that one for half price. As a treat, I think these are fairly priced.

      Initially, the thing that attracted me to this particular bath ballistic is its cute design. As you can see, it is a little gold present with a white bow around it. Very nice, and would make a great gift for someone! It is quite sparkly and did stand out next to some of the other offerings. I also found that it is was a good size for the price I paid, whereas some of the ballistics are slightly smaller. At least with this, you are really getting your moneys worth.

      When your bath is full and ready to get in, just drop this bath bomb straight in - you do not need to put under running water like a bubble bar. I was amazed at how this ballistic dissolved in to the water. I thought that it would leave a gold shade in my bath. I was completely wrong, because as the present started to open, it left a bright green/blue shade in my bath. I was really surprised with this, and although not my personal choice of bath colour, I must admit that it did look pretty cool. To add to this, it left a lovely sparkly sheen against the top of the water, without glitter sticking all over me. Another nice surprise were the little stars that scattered around the bath. It created the most unusual, but gorgeous bath. Definitely a unique bathing experience!

      As far as scent goes, this is a pleasant one. However, I do not feel that the scent is particularly festive - in fact I would like the scent during the summer months too. I do also think that this is not one of their best scents that they have used in a bath bomb. Nice, but just not great. With a champagne cocktail fragrance, including sweet orange and cognac oils, I find that it delivers quite a citrus scent to the bath. But at the same time, it has this underlying musky scent which doesn't quite work. Okay scent, but could just be better.

      Overall, a nice bath ballistic from Lush - it is just a shame it is not available all year round. It really does create a wonderful bath, and the scent makes it suitable for both genders. Would buy again for sure. Thanks for reading and hope this helps.

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        15.01.2014 12:32
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        A nice gift idea

        I have managed to overcome my Lush addiction - oh yes, it can be done! That said, I do still receive lovely Lush gifts sometimes from friends who are aware of my past obsession. One such gift I received this xmas was the Golden Wonder ballistic bath bomb, which was available as part of Lush's limited edition Christmas range of products.

        Product description: "For those types who can't help shaking that box with their name on under the tree. This isn't a bath - this is an event ! We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long standing customers will recognise the smell of Champagne Snow Showers. Newer customers might like to know that the smell is of a light fizzing champagne cocktail, and contains sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil.
        So wonder no longer - put one of these in your basket and try it for yourself.
        This ballistic contains edible gold lustre and soluble paper stars - so there'll be no sparkly bits left to clean out of your bath afterwards."

        This bath bomb is very large and has a different shape to the usual design, being made to look like a cute little present wrapped up in a bow. It is covered with gold glitter dust on the outside which comes away when you touch it, so it can be a bit messy as you are handling it. It has a strong scent which I would describe as woody with a sour citrus hit to it. I didn't enjoy the fragrance at all, as I found it to be too sharp for my personal taste. I was surprised to find out that this was intended to smell like Lush's old product Champagne Snow Showers, as this was one of my favourites and I don't think that Lush have managed to recreate it here.

        To use, you simply put the bath bomb into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. This particular bath bomb puts on a real show and is quite the spectacle to watch as it works its magic in the bath. To begin with, it started fizzing away and a rush of green colouring flowed out into the water. This was then followed by a series of other colours; blue, yellow and pink. Finally after the bomb had fully dispersed into the water it settled into a deep emerald colour overall which looked lovely. I had been forewarned that this was a glittery one, so chose to use it at an appropriate time, and as I swished my hands through the water I could see it was full of shimmery gold particles as well as little gold star shapes. Apparently the golden lustre and stars are edible, and I am quite certain that Lush have used cake decorating ingredients here, as I have previously used edible gold stars and glitter dust on my cakes, which makes me feel quite tempted to start throwing my leftover baking ingredients into the bath!

        The reason I love using bath bombs and bubble bath is to make my bathing experience a bit more fun and to give my skin a bit of an extra treat. In this case, rather than leaving my skin feeling smooth and moisturised, it felt greasy to the touch. I would also recommend keeping your hair away from the bath water - when I was washing my hair in the bath as I do usually, I could feel the little stars sticking in my hair as I washed it, and although they rinsed out afterwards my hair was left feeling very oily and lifeless, and I had to wash it again the next day to get it properly clean. Using this product did not make me feel clean and refreshed, instead my hair and skin seemed a bit clogged up with excess product, possibly because the bath bomb is so large and is more than is really required for just one bath. Lush have several glitter products and in my experience it seems to be that glittery bubble bars are for the visual effect only, as the glitter will swirl around in the water and not stick to the skin, whereas the glittery bath bombs have the effect of coating you in glitter from head to toe! With this bath bomb the stars seemed to rinse away and disappeared, but the glitter effect was quite fabulous and left a beautiful shimmer behind all over my skin. I do think that the glitter effect is very pretty and it seemed to last for quite a long time, without even rubbing off onto my clothes after I dressed.

        The Golden Wonder bath bomb makes a lovely little gift thanks to its neat design and presentation, and it is fun to use as it creates such an interesting effect in the bath. The visual element is definitely the strongest selling point here, and it is a unique experience which will make you feel like a mermaid taking a luxurious bath in bright, glittery, colourful water! However, I wouldn't choose to go and buy this for myself as it is more of a novelty item and there are other Lush bath bombs which I greatly prefer to this one.

        Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Colour 15510, Colour 45350, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Edible Golden Stars, Golden Lustre.

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        09.01.2014 17:36
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        Looks good, smells good, loevly bath bomb

        I have been trying to curb my Lush spending now I am a student again so I was really pleased when I picked up one of my Christmas presents and could smell the distinct scent of something from Lush!

        I unwrapped my present and came across a diary, some hair bits, a top and yep you guessed it, Golden Wonder bath bomb.

        This is a huge bomb, I am guessing you could split it in half and make it last you two washes, I decided not to, it was a bit of a treat for me and I relished the thought of having a highly scented luxurious bath, soo I used the whole thing.

        The bomb is shaped like a present with a white bow on top and a gold dusting around the present itself, it is quite pretty and is one of the more highly scented bombs even before you put it in the bath.

        You use it as you would any other bath bomb, start running the bath and then pop it in, as it begins to fizz away the layers in the bomb reveal different colours making a kind of rainbow effect on the water, and its not just colours, there are tiny little soluble stars and a golden lustre in the water.

        Once you get in the bath the colours all blend together it it leaves a dark green/blue kind of colour, what I really loved was the gold still floating and swirling around in the water - it made me feel like a mermaid haha!

        The scent is beautiful and strong but not overpowering which is great, the mix is quite unusual, orange, cognac and lime make up the scent; it is difficult to describe but does resemble champagne snow showers for those of you that remember that, its a kind of elegant scent and very relaxing.

        I was pleased that the bath didn't really need more than a rinse around afterwards, too often Lush products leave scummy marks but this didn't despite the gold in it. My only criticism is the scent after you have used it, I love when I smell like my bath bomb as I go to bed at night, unfortunately the scent didn't really stick around with this bomb, although it was nice while it lasted.

        It is a Christmas special so not available in the store at the moment, when it is I believe the price is £3.25 which is reasonable in comparison to other Lush products.

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        25.02.2013 19:48
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        Fun and quirky bath ballistic to give as a gift to yourself or friends.

        I bought this on my first ever trip to a LUSH store. Being in the Christmas spirit, and having no idea which pampering products to treat myself with, I decided to go for the big, gold, VERY glittery, present shaped one. Priced at 3.75 per ballistic, it does seem a little expensive for something that can only be used the once. However it's the pure quirkyness of it that makes the pennies worth it as a fun gift to you or someone else.

        This ballistic is rather big in size, not something that fits easily into the palm of your hand. And certainly not without covering it in gold glitter! One of the great things about Golden Wonder, is that when you shake it, you can actually hear things rattling around inside, just like a real present! What isn't cool about that?!

        After all the present shaking, you simply drop into a bath of running water and straight away the ballistic begins to fizz around the bath. At the same time releasing a nice citrus scent, and a few hidden surprises... Instead of the normal, boring colour of water, you are given a bath full of shimmering gold water... Who wouldn't want that? Now I don't mean shimmering as in glittery, I for one would hate to bathe in glittery water. What's more (although I didn't see any in mine :( ) you also get to see lots of soluble stars floating in the water, along with plenty of bubbles. If all that doesn't sound good enough yet, then this Golden Wonder ballistic leaves your skin feeling really soft and smooth. If none of that sounds good to you, then you're missing out on some good self pampering time!

        I loved this bath ballistic so much that I even bought one as a secret santa present. The recipient being rather impressed by it too, so much as to make a visit to LUSH themselves! Unfortunately, GOlden Wonder appears to only be a seasonal product for Christmas. That upsets me as now I'll have to wait until next Christmas to buy it again. Will definitely be stocking up on it next time!

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          20.02.2013 15:21
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          a lovely ballistic

          The golden wonder ballistic from Lush was the last time in my gift set from my Christmas present that was given to me by my friend. This item originally cost £3.25 for 100g. Golden wonder is one of the larger ballistics from Lush so I think that this price is reasonable and I can see why it would be in a gift set. It is one of the more interesting shapes Lush have produced as it looks like a present. It is a cube shape but then has four ridges, one on each side and then a white dust bow on the top. I thought that this was really cute which is why I left it until last. I had no idea what to expect from this product as I hadn't read any reviews prior to using it like I usually do.

          When I picked this up I heard a rattling noise, I thought that this was all broken at first but then later reading it is supposed to do that so it's like a little surprise inside the present, which is probably which it has wonder in it's name. There isn't that much to ballistics, they're pretty looking, smell good (most of them) you put them in the bath watch them fizz and change the bath water, and apart from softening the water they don't have a great purpose. This however got my attention a lot and has a lot of action and is interesting.

          This smells fruity, mainly orange with an undertone of lime. I really like the fruity scents more as I think they are more refreshing and just overall smell great so I was happy when I put this in the bath and the scent actually stayed with the water unlike some others. The outer layers of golden wonder dissolved quite quickly in swirls revealing what was inside and the inside was a cube of blue ballistic. This got me interested because I like to know what colour my water would change, when all was dissolves and all the swirls had merged this was a vibrant tropical green shade so I got excited when getting in.

          Once I was in the bath the smell was very noticeable which to me is great, it's a little weird because it's orange yet the water is green. Once I was laid and relaxed in the bath I realised there were little gold stars floating on the top of the water, I thought this was glitter at first and just remember thinking that I'm going to have to scrub the bath afterward or forever be bathing with stars all over me, but I got one on my hand and I realised it dissolves, picking one up on the end of my finger tip to take a closer look, the stars were shimmery gold and dissolved when I touched it with water.

          I was in the bath for about half an hour, I can't stand to be in there for a long time but half an hour is plenty of time for a Lush bath, overall the price is fair considering how interested this made me. It isn't one I would probably purchase again now I have used it but I would of course use it if it was bought as a present for me again.

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            16.04.2012 23:40

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            A trip to any Lush store and I'm happy. This product did not let me down!. Pop it into a hot bath, let it dissolve and then enjoy. It leaves you smelling pretty and also leaves your skin feeling silky soft!.

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            12.02.2012 15:15
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            If you like your bath to look pretty then this Golden Wonder won't disappoint!

            Lush Golden Wonder is one of the products only available in Lush at Christmas time. However, I am writing this review as I have only just got round to using it after purchasing one in the sale on boxing day, and they are likely to be available again next Christmas.

            I wanted this bath ballistic as soon as I saw it, but as usual the price put me off buying it. I think that bath ballistics are quite expensive, usually costing around £3 for one from Lush, and you can only get one use out of them. I much prefer the bubble bars as they can be chopped up so you can get more uses out of them and they also create lovely scents and make you bath appear pretty, like the bath ballistics do.

            However, I eventually bought one on Boxing day when all of the Christmas related products in Lush were 50% off. I bought about £50 worth of products for £5, hence why I have only just got round to using this Golden Wonder one, as I have a lot to get through! What attracted me to this bath ballistic is the look of it. It is one of the bigger bath ballistics from Lush and it looked very pretty, as well as smelt gorgeous. I love citrus scents and in particular orange ones, which this ballistic contains.

            As I bought this in a Lush store and not online, I didn't really know much about it, or what to expect from it, except for that it smelt nice. Sometimes the staff will come over to tell you what its like inside the ballistic (as they often contain a lot of surprises) and even use one in a bowl of water to show you, but I think they were too busy with it being boxing day that for once, none of the staff came over to tell me about the products I was looking at.

            On the Lush website they describe the Golden Wonder as being like a pass the parcel gift: "each layer has something different to offer. This is not for a quick bath because it takes its time, this ballistic, its wonders to unfold."

            ~ My Experience ~

            I ran my bath and as always, I got in it and then placed the ballistic in so that I can watch it fizz away around me. Some Lush ballistics can fizz away quite quickly, especially if they are only small. However, this one is quite big and took some time to fizz away completely. It actually broke up into two parts after about a minute of being in the water. The white sparkly ribbon part separated from the gold bottom half and both fizzed away quite slowly.

            The water turned a lovely and quite sparkly gold colour. This didn't last very long though as suddenly shots of pink and blue appeared, which I wasn't expecting! These soon faded after around 5 minutes and the water turned a lovely blue/green colour, which is also when I noticed I had lots of little stars floating around. It really did make the bath appear very pretty and it was perfect for a night time bath.

            As for the scent, I could really smell the orange straight away but I found that when the ballistic did completely dissolve (which took around 10 minutes) the scent kind of changed. It was still lovely but I couldn't quite put my finger on what it reminded me of, or what the scent could be. I have since been on the Lush website to see what they describe the scent as and it states it is 'Champagne Snow Showers' which is apparently one of Lush's most popular perfumes. They state that their long standing customers may recognise this, but for fairly new customers, which I consider myself to be, they describe the scent as a light fizzing champagne cocktail. I don't think it smells exactly like champagne but it is nice and I can still trace hints of the orange and lime oils in it, the scent just changes slightly after around ten minutes.

            Now as for how it felt on my skin. Whilst I am in the bath it is hard to tell whether it has done a good job in making my skin feel soft and smooth. I have found this with all bath ballistics I have used from Lush, but it is different with the bubble bars as I can usually tell whilst I am in the bath. The Golden Wonder did make my skin feel soft when I got out, but not for very long. Therefore, I would say enjoy this ballistic as much as you can whilst in the bath, as the experience pretty much stops there. I don't believe the scent really lingered on my skin for too long either, but I am not sure if this is just because I had gotten used to the scent from being in the bath so long.

            As I stated the ballistic does contain gold lustre and paper stars, but they went away when I emptied the bath and didn't leave a messy bath to clean, like some other Lush products do.

            I hope this is available again next Christmas as I will certainly treat myself to one again, and this time I won't even wait until it's in the sale now that I know what it's like. I cannot remember its exact price but it was somewhere around £3. It does seem expensive considering you only get one use out of them, but it does make a nice treat.

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              07.02.2012 22:58
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              One of Lush's lovely Christmas ballistics

              GOLDEN WONDER BATH BALLISTIC

              Now I'm not a greatest bath ballistic fan on the whole despite my true addiction to Lush. In my humble opinion these are a fun product and apart from giving off a little scent they soften the water and give a fun fizz as they dissolve but that is about the extent of it. However knowing my passion for all things Lush I do tend to get given gifts of Lush items and as these look good and are a bit if fun they are often popped into my birthday or Christmas or mother's day pressies.

              I did however but this one as I was so taken by the look and shape of the as well the lovely fresh scent when I called in to my favourite shop just before Christmas.

              This ballistic is in the shape of a present with a sort of bow on the top and it is gold, hence the name. What is exciting about this bath ballistic is that like any present you can shake it and when you do shake it you hear something rattling inside it. You are then intrigued as to what might be hiding inside and desperate to use it.

              Lush say that this is :
              "For those types who can't help shaking that box with their name on under the tree"
              "This isn't a bath - this is an event !

              We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long standing customers will recognise the smell of Champagne Snow Showers. Newer customers might like to know that the smell is of a light fizzing champagne cocktail, and contains sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil.

              So wonder no longer - put one of these in your basket and try it for yourself.
              This ballistic contains edible gold lustre and soluble paper stars - so there'll be no sparkly bits left to clean out of your bath afterwards."


              This is quite a big ballistic but it is also quite expensive at £3.25. You are meant to pop the whole thing in you bath and really enjoy the experience of the ballistic fizzing and gradually changing colour. However at £3.25 there was no way this was just going to give me one bath so I broke mine up!! I know that is cheating as I then discovered what was inside but I am not telling as it would spoil it for you.

              This ballistic has some lovely ingredients such as sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil and hence it has a lovely uplifting sweet citrus quality to the scent and that apart from its special shape and the hidden surprise is what attracted me to this.

              MY EXPERIENCE

              I have already told you that i broke mine up so I carefully selected bits that were different colours so that I would experience the full effect of the ballistic even though I had broken it. I took about a third of the mixed bits and popped them into my bath and watched as they swirled around fizzing and giving off their different colours.

              The golden bits went yellow and the blue bits went blue then they merged to produce greeny blue clear water with little gold stars floating around with a glimmer of gold on the surface. It was so beautiful and I wondered what would happen to the little stars when I got in and if they would be left in my bath after I had let the water out.

              This has to be one of the most exciting bath ballistics lush have created for action and interest and I am so pleased I bought it because even thought I had broken it up I still got the entire mix of colour, stars and shimmer as well as the lovely sweet citrus scent so i was really pleased.

              The water smelled lovely and felt so soft. I loved the shimmery water and finally when I let the water out I just swilled the final glimmer from the bath and certainly was not left with an awful mess to clean which is always a bonus. I think the little gold stars just dissolved after a while in the hot bath.

              WHAT GOODIES ARE IN THIS ONE ?

              Sodium Bicarbonate and cream of tartar help to soften the water and balance the acidity

              Sweet Orange Oil just smells so lovely and it helps calm the mind and lift the spirits so a sort of bath time happy mix

              Cognac Oil has a herby aroma but doesn't seem to bring much else to the product.

              Lime oil helps improve circulation helps with arthritis and rheumatism. It also helps with oily skin and detoxifying the skin.

              Gardenia Extract is known in aromatherapy for its soothing and calming aroma

              Edible Golden Stars and Golden Lustre just for the fun of it.


              ARE THERE ANY UNPLEASANT INGREDIENTS?

              Surly not, this is Lush after all but you might be surprised to find that Lush, although I am one of their biggest fans is not perfect.

              Lush do somewhat gloss over the less great contents. I have done a bit of research and have discovered that some of these so called natural contents are anything but.


              These are less desirable sodium laureth sulfate is there to make the bubbles. This has been linked to cancer so if this bothers you then I suggest you have a look at this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate

              The Cocamide DEA is a viscosity, thickening and foam booster but once again there have been stories about links with cancer. The storage and handling precautions are also a little worrying. See http://www.useful-chemicals.com/?p=39 .

              SUMMARY
              This is a bit of fun to have a nicely scented bath. If you have tried Lush's Champagne Snow Showers in the past this has the same scent.

              If you have any skin problems then be aware that there are ingredients in this that could aggravate eczema and the like. I do have sensitive skin and I had no problems so obviously these aren't the ingredients I am allergic too.

              I did like this ballistic and it is one of few I would buy again but it is quite expensive for what you get but makes a lovely treat but I do actually prefer bubble bars to bath ballistics.

              So I would recommend if you like Christmassy surprises with fresh uplifting scents and a lovely clear greeny blue water with gold shimmer and stars to make you feel special.

              Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
              © Catsholiday

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                06.02.2012 01:57
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                I would buy this as a cute little gift but not for myself!

                For Christmas I was really, really pleased that my mum broke her golden rules. First one is to not indulge me with toiletries as I own too many already and secondly she doesn't like Lush stores and think that they're overpriced, however as I say she broke the rule for me and actually bought me loads of lovely Lush things and I couldn't be more pleased with my new stash.

                This was included in what she treated me to and costing £3.25 for one bath my mum moaned at me as I opened it lol.

                This though is a nice big sized bath ballistic which is a light yellow in colour with a slight golden hue to it and a white section to it depicted a bow to the top of it. It looks lovely to be fair to it and makes a very cute looking little gift.

                Using It:

                As with all Lush bath ballastics all you do is pop this under running water in your tub and it fizzes slightly till dispersed. This made my water a very deep, dark green colour with a slight gold hue to the water and smelt really highly fragrant. For me this is a real winter scent slightly of orange really and like walking into a Lush store! Its a bit woody, slighty floral and a bit powdery in fragrance and for me too strong actually in its fragrance for my liking. This contains Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil among a few other things including little gold stars which are reffered to as edible (not that I tried to eat them or owt thanks lol) though they did float on the top of the green and gold coloured water.

                This left my skin feeling soft and supple after using it and I felt no need to moisturise afetr using it to be fair to it though it did leave me looking a bit artificially golden in colour and stained my bath pretty badly! I was left highly fragranced all day long though but like I say for me this was just a bit too much fragrance wise!

                Only available from Lush stores.

                This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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                  Brilliant - can't wait until next Christmas!

                  I was given one of these bath bombs inside Lush's Mr Frosty and I have to say, that as a big Lush fan, I was really pleased with my gift!!
                  I don't ever use a Lush bath bomb unless I know that I'm going to be able to soak for a good 45 minutes at least! Anything less would be a total waste. This bomb was no exception. It was delightful from start to finish!!
                  When I plopped it into the water, a beautiful and delicate fragrence enveloped me and I immediately began to relax! It dissolved fairly rapidly so I wasn't left soaking with a grainy residue on the bottom of the bath and the water quickly became velvety smooth and a brilliant blue!!! I have to admit that the blue (non-transparent) water was especially delightful as it covered all manner of sins - I couldn't see any wobbly bits whilst I soaked!! It was a gorgeous experience and even my other half commented on how nice the bath smelt!!
                  This was a fabulous gift and I know that if it makes an appearance next Christmas then I shall be 'stocking' up for both myself and my friends!!

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                  Another wonderful product from Lush!

                  So this is just one of the many lush products that I received for Christmas. I haven't really tried many of the Lush Bath Ballistic range, I usually use the soaps. But now having used some of Lush Ballistic.

                  This Lush product is called the Golden Wonder, and the name is just perfect for it! The bath product is coated in a golden shimmer dust, which is lovely. As soon as you touch this product, your hands will be covered in the golden shimmer dust. I think this is such a lovely little touch, that makes this product all the more special. As this bath ballistic is quite large, you don't need to use a lot of it to have a a wonderful smelling and looking bath!!

                  Once I cut open the bath ballistic, I saw that inside it was blue, with tiny bath bombs, which were pink and orange. And once I had placed a part of my bath ballistic into my bath, an explosion of colours fulfilled by bath. As it dissolved, the water in my bath was blue, with a hint of golden shimmer. I also found small little, golden stars with me in my bath, which I found super cute!

                  "First take some time to shake it, listen to the little rattle from within and try to imagine what's in there. Then drop it in your water and gaze in wonderment as gold turns to yellow, turns to blue and spits out soluble stars along the way."

                  I found the smell of my bath lovely, once the product had dissolved and the scent was relaxing and refreshing. I smell of this product, however I found did not come across as that strong. I may just be being picky, but I would have loved for it to have a slightly stronger scent. Just for the fact that it does have a lovely scent when it is first placed into the water.

                  I would most definitely use this bath ballistic again and would recommend it to anyone looking for a truly lovely Lush product!!

                  NowI got this product in a Lush Christmas set as a present, so I dont actually know the price. I did look on the Lush website but they are out of stock with this product. But my guess is that it would be arounf £5 >.

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                  Festive ballistic from Lush

                  I love this time of year because my favourite shop, Lush, brings out loads of special edition products for the festive season. Each year they bring back some old favourites and introduce some new products too.

                  This year's Christmas theme is all about innovation and excitement. This theme underpins one of the limited edition ballistics, Golden Wonder, which I'm going to review today. For those who don't know, ballistics are bath bombs. You drop them into the water and they fizz away, releasing colour and scent into the bath to create a dramatic bathing experience.

                  The Golden Wonder Ballistic really stands out in-store. It is one of the largest ballistics and it also has a pretty unique shape. It comes in the form of a wrapped gift, with a cream 'ribbon'; the rest of the parcel is yellow with gold lustre covering it. It was so big I found it difficult to get it into the paper bag in the shop, and my fingers ended up covered in gold lustre!

                  The ballistic was designed to smell like an old Lush favourite, Snow Showers Shower Jelly (which is currently available as part of the Christmas Retro range online). This is designed as a light fizzing champagne scent, and is also featured in the Celebrate lip tint which is part of the current Christmas range. In all honesty I'm not keen on the scent of this ballistic in solid form. I find it smells a bit like lemon scented cleaning fluid. This is a shame as the scented ingredients - sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil - sound delicious. Oddly, I love the scent of the lip tint! Sodium bicarbonate is the main ingredient in the ballistic, and it helps to create the fizzing effect. The ballistic, like many others in the Lush range, is suitable for vegans as it contains no animal-derived ingredients.

                  Lush state that the ballistic is not designed for a quick bath: they describe it as being similar to a pass the parcel gift, with different layers. With this advice, I saved it for a Saturday night when I was staying in so that I could take my time!

                  When it comes to ballistics, I like to save them until the bath is completely run and I've got in, because unlike bubble bars they don't need to be dissolved under running water. When I dropped the Golden Wonder ballistic into the bath, I was impressed by what happened! The ballistic started to fizz away and dissolve, turning the water around it yellow, but while this was happening a hole opened in the top and the water started turning a really deep blue. Also, little stars were escaping from the hole too and looking really pretty in the deep blue water! The stars dissolved by the end of the bath as they are edible and soluble, which is great - no mess in the bath afterwards!

                  As the ballistic dissolved, a bit of purple escaped too which was also pretty, and the yellow and blue swirled around for a bit. Once the process was complete - which took around five minutes in total - the water had changed to a really deep blue. There were also subtle but visible remnants of golden lustre within the bath water. The lustre is also edible and dissolves in the bath meaning no cleaning!

                  I stayed in the bath around half an hour in all reading my book. The bath water felt silky-soft during this time and the scent, though fainter than when the ballistic was in solid form, was still present in the bath.

                  Afterwards, I got out, dried and put my pyjamas on. I could see that there was some golden lustre on my skin, which was very subtle but pretty. I thought it was a shame I wasn't planning to go out later! The scent was also present on my skin, though faintly, and though I hadn't liked it before I thought it was lovely once I could smell it on my skin. It had lost that sharp edge and smelled like Buck's Fizz instead of cleaning fluid!

                  My skin didn't experience any irritation at all from using this ballistic. Though the product wasn't designed to be moisturising, my skin felt soft after use and I only had to apply moisturiser to my lower legs, the driest part of my body.

                  To conclude, I thought this was a great ballistic. It was a fabulous experience in the bath, just like the Dragon's Egg and Twilight ballistics. The present shape makes an impact too. The only thing I wasn't so keen on was the smell, while the product was solid and to a certain extent while I was in the bath. For the scent I've removed one star. I won't remove one for the price, even though at £3.25 the ballistic is expensive for a single use product. I don't have a problem paying this for an occasional treat - I'd happily pay this for a glass of wine in a bar, so why not for a bath product that will bring me just as much pleasure and last longer?

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                    02.11.2011 19:13
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                    a great bath bomb - highly recommended

                    Lush Golden Wonder Bath Bomb/Ballistic

                    I have been a big lush fan for about two years now, so this is my second lush christmas and I just adore the lush products at christmas time. To my knowledge this is a brand new bath bomb that was not released last year, its a golden wonder!

                    - Lush description

                    "This ballistic is like a pass the parcel gift - each layer has something different to offer. This is not for a quick bath because it takes its time, this ballistic, its wonders to unfold." "The smell is of a light fizzing champagne cocktail, and contains sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil."

                    - Ingredients

                    "Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sweet Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Colour 15510, Colour 45350, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Edible Golden Stars, Golden Lustre."

                    - About the product and a product description

                    The first thing you will notice about this bath bomb is its size because it is huge! I weighed my bath bomb (in its thin paper bag) and it was 245g which is massive for a bath bomb as they are usually about 90g each. The second thing you will notice about the bath bomb is that it is covered in fine gold glitter, the glitter is so fine that the bath bomb looks like it has a gorgeous metallic covering or coating over it. The bath bomb is actually in the shape of a present, which I did not even notice until I bought it home and looked at it properly. The only reason I bought it was because the one of the lush staff picked it up and said 'listen' to me as she shook the bath bomb - and there is something inside! So as I did grow up with kinder eggs I had to get this bath bomb, even if it was just to see what was inside it! Overall, I think the appearance of this bath bomb is one of my favorites ever, it looks very cute and I think it would make a fantastic little present.

                    - Scent (out of the bath)

                    In its little paper bag, which it only just fits into, it smells to me like a lush store - I have described the cinders bath bomb and another like this but it is the only way I can really describe it. Basically this bath bomb smells like you have just walked into a lush store! It smells gorgeous in my opinion, it smells more specifically of a strong citrusy, powdery, sweet and a slightly floral scent! It does smell divine and it is a bit difficult to describe exactly how amazing this bath bomb smells but along with donkey oaty (a easter limited edition), tisty tosty and the christmas eve bubble bar it is one of the best smelling bath products ever!

                    - Using the bath bomb and what is inside it...

                    After taking the bath bomb out of its paper bag, which is a little difficult as the bath bomb is so big, so I had to rip the bag open. I then placed it in the water and it immediately started bubbling and fizzing. The first colour to be released is the outer golden colour with the fine gold glitter/shimmer then after a few seconds a bright vivid dark blue colour is released into the water. While the blue colour is changing the colour of the water, little bits of pinks and purples start to emerge making the water multicoloured with blues, golds, pinks and purples but after a minute or so the water remains fully dark blue.

                    After closer inspection of the bath bomb while it is fizzling I noticed a lot of small gold confetti stars which looked really nice, especially as the colour contrast looks like the sky at night - with the golden stars and the dark blue water. The stars dissolve really quickly, after about a minute all of the stars have dissolved into the water. Then looking at the water more closely I notice that all of the gold glitter/shimmer from the outside of the bath bomb (which got all over my hands when I picked up the bath bomb in the store) was floating in the water. There is now a huge amount of fine gold shimmer floating just below the surface of the water, which looks so beautiful and quite magical too, which is very apt for christmas! The colour contrast of the golden shimmer and the dark blue water looks so nice and mystical, it would be great for children in my opinion as it has bright colours that change while the bath bomb is fizzling, it has golden confetti stars and it also has a huge amount of gold shimmer too!

                    While in the bath the magical appearance of the water is very relaxing and I think this is the most exciting bath bomb while it is fizzling that Lush makes - and it also has the most beautiful effect on the water in my opinion. As the bath bomb was fizzling the oils and other products that were being released from the bath bomb felt very moisturising on my skin and it made my skin feel really smooth too. Also while the bath bomb was working its magic, it was releasing that gorgeous scent which smells like a lush store - powdery, citrusy and a bit of floral.

                    After I had drained all of the water away there were no little stars to clean up, as they had all dissolved but there was a lot of gold shimmer to rinse away. The gold shimmer had settled at the bottom of the bath and it made the bath look like it had been sprayed with a golden shimmer spray paint. About 90% of the shimmer washed away easily creating a lovely river of gold but there is still some of the shimmer left on my bath, which will probably all rinse away after a couple of showers (hopefully).

                    - Results

                    The results from this bath bomb were really good, the bath bomb left my skin really smooth, soft and really quite moisturised as well. One of the main things about this bath bomb that I like, in terms of the results, is that the scent transfered to my skin! The scent did transfer to my skin and it was quite strong on my skin as well, which does not usually happen with lush bath bombs in my experience. There is one thing about the results from this bath bomb which some people may not like, it is that the gold shimmer does also transfer to your skin. I noticed the shimmer on my skin while in the bath and it does transfer but I didn't think that it would stay on my skin. After I had dried my skin off some of the shimmer had come off but the shimmer is on my skin - it is not really noticeable but when my arms are in the light then it is noticeable. I don't mind the slight shimmer on my arms and neck etc as I will be wearing long sleeved tops in the now colder temperatures but it may bother some people.

                    The day after I used this product I could not smell the scent on my skin (i know it was a bit of a long shot) but I could still notice some of the glitter/shimmers on my skin - even on my hands which I wash quite a few times through out the day. But the shimmer is very fine and you can only see it clearly if you are really close to my arms etc.

                    - Additional information

                    Storing the bath bombs (and the bother bath products such as bubble bars and bath melts) is important as they can react with the moisture in the air and they can go soft ad crumbly before you have even used them. I keep mine in either small plastic containers or in tightly sealed food bags/small plastic bags to keep them as fresh as possible - for as long as possible. I keep all of my lush products in my bedroom as the moisture and humidity from people using the shower/bath will ruin them very quickly.

                    - Overall positives

                    The overall positives in my opinion are as follows: the bath bomb looks so cute and pretty with the gold shimmer on the outside and it is in the shape of a present too. The scent of this bath bomb is gorgeous and the scent actually transfers quite strongly to my skin as does some of the gold shimmer. The bath bomb is quite entertaining, with its multitude of colour, confetti stars and gold shimmer. The bath bomb makes my skin feel smooth, soft, scented and quite moisturised too, which I was not expecting.

                    - Overall negatives

                    The overall negatives in my opinion are as follows: the bath bomb fizzled away quite quickly even though it is a huge bath bomb, the glitter transfered to my skin which some people may not like and the glitter did stick to my bath but most of it washed away easily. The price may be a negative point for some but I think this bath bomb is fantastic for special occasions.

                    - Would I buy this product again and would I recommend it to others?

                    I would definitely buy this bath bomb again, I think it is quite fun, the scent transfers to my skin and it makes the water look very magical and pretty. I would also recommend this bath bomb to others (unless you don't like glitter) and I think children would really like this bath bomb as it is quite fun and entertaining.

                    - Price and availability

                    I bought this bath bomb a couple of weeks ago and it is priced at £3.25 which is one of the most expensive christmas bath products, along with the three rings bubble bar, the magic wand bubble bar and the northern lights soap. This product can be bought in store and online.

                    Conclusions

                    Positives

                    *This bath bomb looks so cute, as it is in the shape of a present, it has lots of fine gold glitter on it and it bits of other bath bombs inside it too
                    *It smells divine - it smells citrusy, powdery, slightly floral and just...Lush!
                    *Scent transfers to my skin quite strongly and it makes my skin smooth, soft and quite moisturised too
                    *Entertaining - with the multicoloured ballistics inside the bath bomb, the stars and the golden glitter

                    Negatives

                    *The price for one bath bomb may be a little too much?
                    *The glitter transfers to my skin which some people my not like - but it does not bother me too much
                    *Some of the glitter sticks to my bath - about 90% came off very easily though

                    For more information: www.lush.co.uk

                    Thank you for reading my review - this review will also be posted on dooyoo under my username tigger1992x

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                      Wow! A wonderful bath ballistic from Lush.

                      I was just given one of these Lush Golden Wonder Bath Ballistics as a gift from someone who knows I enjoy pampering myself. I think these special bath treats might be released at Christmas time only as they currently feature in Lush's Christmas range displays in store and on their website. The ballistic is also designed to look like a little present so it's an apt Christmas gift or winter treat to oneself!

                      I have used lots of Lush's bath ballistics before but this Golden Wonder is perhaps the largest I've seen. Perhaps it's the same weight as other ballistics but it's square shape and sturdy compact consistency makes it seem like a big brick of powder. It almost won't fit into the little paper bags that Lush supplies to carry these home!

                      If anyone is new to Lush then you should know that a ballistic is a kind of bath treat made up of dried, scenty powder and other special ingredients which melts or fizzes away in your bath water. This Golden Wonder ballistic is meant to be used all in one go. I know I have tried to break up my ballistics in the past (to try and get my money's worth) but due to the way this one melts you really need to use the whole thing in one go for the full 'experience'. Since this was a gift I didn't feel so guilty about using it all at once. Anyway, if you are set on getting more than one bath out of this then you'd probably have to attack this ballistic with a hammer as it's so compact! I don't reccommend trying!

                      The ballistic has a gold outer layer which sparkles with gold dust. It is shaped like a gift box with ribbons shaped up each side of the product. On the top of the ballistic is a big bow which is coloured white. It's a very pretty thing but it doesn't give away it's amazing and beautiful secrets just by looking at it. You see this ballistic is really designed to be like a present that you might unwrap and find amazing things inside. First of all the ballistic rattles. It sounds as though there is a little plastic ball inside knocking around with some kind of wonderful treat. I half imagined there actually would be something hard like a little rubber duck or something there after the powder had melted but there isn't - it's an audio illusion! What actually is inside is a firework display of different colours. Strong and vibrant turquoise green appears beneath the gold outer layer followed by shocking pinks and reds. The ballistic becomes a broiling fizzy cauldron of colour and looks amazing as it creeps into your bathwater.

                      Once I got into the bath I could see little golden pieces floating around me. When I picked some of these up I realised they were tiny gold stars that are made up of an oily substance that melts away if you touch them. The way these little stars whizz around you is enchanting. Furthermore, the gold dust that was colouring the outer layer of the ballistic makes the bath water appear to glow. It's a beautiful, magical shimmery light show that I couldn't stop looking at. I was actually picking up handfuls of water just to see it glisten. Overall the water remains a kind of green aqua colour tinged with this intense golden stardust.

                      The ballistic of course is highly fragranced. The scent I'd describe as being exotic and reminiscent of Asian spices, outdoor herb markets and burning wood. Lush actually tell us that the ballistic smells of "a light fizzing Champagne cocktail" but I didn't really get that at all. The ingredients to create the scent include lime oil, sweet orange oil and cognac oil. Regardless, I find the fragrance to be very beautiful and special. It's definately the kind of scent you expect to smell in wintertime - like cinnamon and spiced apple. It's a scent that makes me feel valued and feminine. The perfume rises in the steam of your hot bath water and is quite heady. It also is left on your skin.

                      I noticed when I was bathing that the water felt a bit oily. It did not feel greasy though, just slightly infused with these special softening oils that made my skin feel smooth and lovely. When I dried my skin I felt really nice - soft and moisturised.

                      Since the little stars in the ballistic are soluable and there are no bits or pieces it means a clean bath at the end of it all which is another plus.

                      I have to say that this is the most amazing Lush ballistic I've ever used. It was kind of like being surprised by a sudden firework display and going "ooh" and "awww" every few seconds. It's a wonderful, well designed bath treat that I would say is worth every penny of it's £3.25 price tag. Perfect for a Christmas gift but I'd want this all year if they sold them! Treat yourself, girls or get these for a female for Christmas and they'll love you for it!

                      www.lush.co.uk

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