“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
A while ago I signed up for a store card in a high street shop, mainly because they were offering a 10 per cent discount and a free Lush gift. The discount was useful but unfortunately the Lush gift was less so! It was this Guantanamo Garden bath ballistic, and it was a big disappointment to me.
The idea behind this bath bomb is really commendable. It was produced to draw attention to the plight of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay who have not had a fair trial. Lush were attempting to draw attention to their campaign to close Guantanamo Bay detention centre for good.
In order to highlight this message the bath ballistic is the bright orange colour of the jumpsuits that the detainees have to wear. It also has a little white dove on the top, though admittedly mine had fallen off. Also, once the bath bomb dissolves a small drawing of one of the prisoners is released into the water.
I put the bath ballistic into a warm bath as instructed and it fizzed around a bit as they usually do. However I found that it didn't dissolve completely and I soon found myself sitting on quite a few gritty, unpleasant remains. This did not make for a relaxing bath.
The smell was not at all pleasant either. It was supposed to be scented with indole, artificial civet, orange flower and jasmine. However mine had a weird smell that tasted like stale chocolate orange. It also had a bit of an off-putting cardboard-like scent.
In addition, the bath ballistic turned the bath water bright orange, which unfortunately stained my skin and meant I wasn't actually clean after the bath. It also left a bright orange ring around my bath which was really difficult to clean.
Unfortunately, even though the message of this bath bomb is good, the actual product is really terrible. Obviously it didn't catch on as it is no longer being made by Lush. I suppose you might be able to buy one on Ebay if you really wanted, but I can't imagine why you would.
A limited edition bath ballistic from Lush, made to highlight the conditions of prisoners kept at Guantanamo Bay and in conjunction with a charity that offers legal advice to the prisoners. This bath ballistic is one of my favourites and is scented with a beautiful combination of orange, chocolate and jasmine. It is a lovely vibrant orange colour and has a small dove of peace on the top of it. When you drop it in to your bath, the smell from it is absolutely amazing, a lovely heady orange musk scent that lingers long after you come out of the bath. Unfortunately, this was only available to buy for a limited period of time so stocking up on them was necessary. One of the nicest scented ballistics to come from lush in a long time, it's just a shame that it couldn't have been a permanent product and available all year round.
Lush pride themselves on their ethical approach and periodically come up with products that make a statement.
Guantanamo Garden Ballistic is sold in the support of Reprieve, a UK charity set up by human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith in 1999 which gives legal support to prisoners denied justice.
"While you soak in your orange, jasmine and chocolate scented bath, count your blessings. There have been 776 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, held without a trial and around the world Reprieve estimate that the US holds around 26,000 "ghost" prisoners in secret locations."
There has been a distinctly mixed reaction to the Guantanamo Garden Ballistic on the Lush website. Some customers felt that mixing luxury cosmetics and human rights violations is distasteful, some complained of their bath being spoilt, some were very enthusiastic. Some were shocked by the insert with a picture of a prisoner and a short account of his fate emerging from the dissolved ballistic.
I bought it online, mostly for the prosaic purpose of getting a nice bath, but with an understanding of the charity concept behind it. My bath wasn't "spoiled" by the reminder of the prisoners, but I am both fairly thick skinned and quite aware of the scandal of the Guantanamo Bay.
Still, if I just wanted to donate some money to Reprieve, I could have done it directly and I bought this ballistic to use it, so let's get going.
I like the smell of orange, it's one of my most favourite foody scents. I once attempted to bathe in a water with orange essential oil, overdid it and came out all itchy! I was hoping that this ballistic will deliver the scent without the irritation.
And deliver it does! It fizzes spectacularly to dissolve into water of vivid orange colour (a reminder of Guantanamo Bay uniforms), and the fragrance is very strong.
Guantanamo Garden contains Orange Flower, Sweet Orange, Vetivert, Sandalwood Oil and Cocoa. The combined effect, when using a complete bath bomb, is almost overwhelming. At first, it felt like stepping into a bath full of warm orange Fanta. As I soaked, the scents mingled and developed, and after a while I was throughly enjoying it.
I still think that the sweet element was too strong and they could have done without the chocolate! The oranges and sandalwood would have been more than enough. But then, I don't like chocolatey fragrances, so it is partially a question of preferences.
As usual with Lush ballistics, my skin ended up very soft and moisturised, there was no irritation and the lingering fragrance afterwards was pleasant and not overpowering.
Youki-Hi it ain't, and very definitely only for fans of orange, but it was a decent bath, and I might buy another one. I would probably split it as I think half would be more than enough to flavour a decent bath, especially if you were using another product (ie shower gel) with it.
£2.75 for 200g ballistic online.
Soak in the scents of orange, jasmine and chocolate /