“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I am quickly becoming addicted to the bath bomb from Lush and I seem to be 'treating' myself to one each time that I walk past the store, which when living in Cardiff, happens rather a lot. My latest purchase was the Happy Pill bath bomb.
What does the product do?
The product promises to cheer you up and bring some sunshine to your bath on these cold winter days. One side is fragranced with an uplifting aroma of grapefruit while the other side is fragranced with fruity mandarin. The product promises to leave you feeling a lot happier when you get out of the bath than when you climbed in.
How you do you use the product?
The product can be dropped either into the path of your warm running water or into a warm bath that has already been run. You can drop in the whole thing or chop it in half and save some for another time. Once it has fully dissolved, you simply jump in and relax.
Appearance and Price
The product is a large circular disc. Half of the product is yellow while the other half is orange. The product will cost you around £4 per disc making this a pricey product if you are going to be dropping the whole thing in one bath. It can be bought from your local Lush store and also from their online website.
When held in the hand, this product does have an awakening citrus aroma which is pleasant and not overpowering. When I dropped it into the bath, I found that the dissolving process was really slow so I started running some more water to speed it up. It does fizz and froth as it dissolves, slowly breaking up into smaller pieces. I decided to use the whole thing so I could enjoy the two fragrances together but it might have been easier to chop it up into four pieces regardless and to drop it in like that to make this go faster.
The product made my water go a murky shade of yellow shade of yellow which doesn't look particularly pretty but it isn't horrible either. On top of the water is frothy patches of orange. On climbing into the bath, the citrus aroma is evident but it has faded away so it's not as strong as I expected, nevertheless it is still detectable. The water doesn't feel any different on my skin so this was a bit of a poor show for me in this department. The product didn't irritate my skin or cause me to experience any discomfort but my skin didn't feel particularly clean after use either.
All in all, this product was a bit of a disappointment for me. It took a while to dissolve and once it did the water was a murky shade of yellow which patches of froth on top. The fragrance was nice but disappeared quickly and it didn't really do anything for my skin other than make me feel unclean. While I didn't hate it, I think it's safe to say that I won't be repurchasing this happy pill again.
Lush recently announced that they were discontinuing some of their products. Now I panicked somewhat and immediately rushed down to my local store and stocked up on some of those products! One of them was the Happy Pill, which I decided to use the other night to celebrate handing in more essays.
The Happy Pill is a very large, round, brightly-coloured ballistic, rather like a large pill (hence the name). It is priced at £2.95, which is slightly more than some of the other ballistics, but then it is a lot bigger. One side is yellow and one is orange - the yellow side is scented like Happy Hippy shower gel, with grapefruit, bergamot and frankincense, while the orange side smells like the Olive Branch shower gel with mandarin, lemon, bergamot, orange flower and musky olive oil.
I was going to break it in two, but it was really difficult, and I ended up just throwing the whole lot into the bath. It fizzed a bit but took absolutely ages to dissolve. When it did, the water itself was a sort of murky yellow with bits of orange and yellow foam floating around on top.
The scent lasted throughout the bath, and on the whole was really pleasant and refreshing. The colour of the water wasn't the best, but thanks to the orange it didn't turn too yellow and resemble wee (as some of Lush's other ballistics have done!).
When I got out of the bath I could still smell the fresh scent and my skin felt softer, although I still needed to moisturise. Generally speaking I felt relaxed but alert - this isn't the ballistic to use if you want to go off to sleep, but rather if you want to relax and refresh yourself.
Overall I really liked the ballistic, and would buy it again if it wasn't about to be discontinued. I'd recommend popping out quickly to get one if you fancy it, as it won't be around for long!
I'm a complete lover of Lush and this is known to my family and friends so when it comes round to my birthday/ Christmas/ Easter I end up getting quite a few Lush items which for me is perfect. Only thing is when you get an item you don't like but as it's a gift it's always appreciated. One item I use only very occasionally are bath ballistics but currently my Lush stash is full of them so I'm whittling my collection down! Cosmetics to Go (the former company of Lush) was the first company to produce bath ballistics or bath bombs and we now see these ballistics in every single cosmetics store. However, they just can't seem to beat Lush as they do indeed have a fantastic creative team. One person who springs to mind is Noriko who manages to produce great inventive items time and time again.
The Happy Pill is one of my favourites and a regular in my Lush stash. It was created by Noriko and is a completely different kind of ballistic. Firstly, it isn't circular it is flat and made to look like a pill as half of it is yellow and the other half is orange. It is meant to slowly melt while it floats along the waters surface. When I used my happy pill it took around 25 minutes for it to fully melt which is quite nice as it releases a gorgeous citrus scent as it floats. I thought when I placed it into the water it would sink straight to the bottom and I was amazed that it didn't, it didn't even break apart it just leaves a nice orange/ peach coloured froth which is something that ballistics don't normally do!
Most ballistics only serve one purpose and tend to only have one scent. Happy Pill is completely different as it has two different components as it's a combination of two of Lush's citrus based scents. The orange half is made up of The Olive Branch shower gel. It contains the shower gel's mandarin, lemon, orange flower and bergamot scent which gives your senses a real quick start (especially in the morning!) but the olive leaf tones this citrus scent down slightly giving more of a muskier scent. The yellow half is filled with Happy Hippy Shower Gel's frankincense, bergamot and grapefruit uplifting perfume which works very well with The Olive Branch. Most ballistics are not moisturising at all but because it contains extra virgin olive oil my skin was nicely smoothed post bath (but I did have to use a lotion as I do suffer with dry skin).
I'm a huge fan of citrus based bath products as I find them incredibly uplifting and for me in the mornings it nice to have that zing in a lemon scented product! I'm normally a bit hesitant sometimes of ballistics as I don't like it when they don't dissolve properly but with Happy Pill even though it is slow melting (giving you extra reason to stay in the bath!) it dissolves completely which is great. I said above it leaves a gorgeous coloured froth which stays for the duration of your bath. The ballistic manages to fill the bathroom of a gorgeously fresh citrus scent which when used in the morning will revive your senses and if used in the evening it clears the mind without making you feel tired.
Post bath and my skin had a subtle scent of citrus which is lovely and delicate as the scent is quite strong in the bath I didn't want to come out smelling of lemons but the scent is subtle and lasts for a few hours. Using a perfume certainly won't damage this fragrance at all. I suffer with dry skin and after I got out the bath I noticed it wasn't as dry as it would normally be when using a ballistic which made a nice change and my skin felt incredibly nourished due to the olive oil.
What Lush say:-
"Grapefruit, bergamot, frankincense, lemon, orange flower and mandarin for a calm, relaxing, frothy fizz. The Happy Pill combines two of our favourite shower gel scents to bring a bit of sunshine to gloomy days. The orange side is the mandarin fragrance of Olive Branch and the yellow side is our gloriously grapefruity Happy Hippy. Pop a Happy Pill and smile."
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Frankincense Oil (Boswellia carterii), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050
£2.95 per ballistic
*** Overall ***
I adore this ballistic as it has so many good properties for the skin contained within it. Considering its size it's not badly priced in my opinion (it may seem expensive to others). Okay to get the full effect you have to use it all in one go but it's nice to treat yourself with a nice long soak in a bath. The scent is gorgeous and your skin is nicely moisturised. I can't really complain and would recommend it to anyone.
What is Lush?
Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed its named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packaging. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company.
What is a bath ballistic?
A Bath ballistic usually comes in a globe shape but can resemble other shapes, for example Hippy Chick resembles a chick. You drop the ballistic into a full bath when you have stopped running the water. Simply drop into the water, get in the bath and relax. Immediately the ballistic will fizz away, often turning the water a different colour, releasing items such as rose petals but all release essential oils and ingredients which cleanse, soften and moisturise your skin to make it feel soft, silky and smelling divine.
How must does it cost?
Happy Pill costs £2.95 is aprox 180g in weight and is suitable for vegans.
Happy Pill will immediately catch your eye. Its shaped like a huge pill or tablet with one half being bright yellow and the other half bright orange. It smells so lovely and full of citrus scents. Smelling it alone will make you smile. I did consider snapping it in half and using it on two separate occasions but decided to throw it in whole and enjoy an extra special treat. The price is also reasonable considering the size of it and you could maybe snap it in half for 2 uses, but i imagine this to be quite difficult.
What makes Happy Pill special?
This bath ballistic contains 2 of the most popular and well loved scents; the orange half is the beautiful Mandarin and Olive scent of the famous 'The Olive Branch' shower gel and solid fragrance while the yellow side is the zesty and refreshing Grapefruit scent of Happy Hippy, the best wake me up shower gel I've ever used! Overall It combines Bergmot Oil and Orange Flower to give a fruity fragrance and also to give properties which will refresh and awaken both body and mind. Mandarin is very calming and grapefruit is great to get you going when your body is still half asleep.
I loved the look of this ballistic, it was intriguing and looked quite quirky and playful. The smell is so fruity and refreshing. I do love citrus scents so it was a win win situation for me, but I haven't found anyone who doesn't love the juicy, fruity, citrus smell. It is true, when you pop it in the bath you smile. It is very refreshing and stimulating and great to cheer you up, uplift your mind, body and spirit and perfect for waking you up on a morning. The scent fills the bath and air in the same way a bunch of fragranced candles. The scent lingers in the tub for ages, a good 20 minutes and it stays on the skin for hours. I immediately felt perked up and happy when I used this bath ballistic. It was a joy to use this bath ballistic and it did wonders for improving my mood and outlook for the day. My skin felt refreshed, cleansed and revitalised. I would recommend this to anyone to use when you're feeling down, tried and need a pick me up, waking up or want your mood improving. I wouldn't use on a night time though!
Lush Happy Pill Bath Ballistic
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt / One part refreshing grapefruit, one part cheerful mandarin and lemon.
Just in case you have never tried one of these, Bath Ballistics are based on the same idea as bath bombs and 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.
Just in case you have never shopped at Lush before, it is worth knowing that they make hand made cosmetics from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. Lush 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.
A 189g Happy Pill Ballistic will cost you £2.95 and is sutable for vegans. It is a bright orange and yellow colour and looks like a pill, hence the name!
I love this ballistic to wake me up and make me feel alive, It has a fantastic citrus scent with hints of orange, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin. The whole room smells delicious and the fragrance makes me feel alert and revived. The water turns a rich orange colour which is great to get into and doesn't stain skin or the bath tub.
Ingredients are as follows;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus grandis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Frankincense Oil (Boswellia carterii), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a favourite with me, it makes me feel raring to go (well, at least once I have managed to drag myself out of the bath that is!) and leave my skin feeling soft and hydrated. In addition, I can smell the refreshing citrus fragrance on my skin for hours afterwards, what a freat way to wake up!
Lush Happy Pill is fizzing amazing!! Definitely one of my favourites, this yellow and orange fizzer will turn the bath the colour of a sunrise and smells like you imagine a morning sunrise to be, fresh and citrusy with a lot of zing ready for you to start your day.
Comes completely naked, stacked up in lovely piles within the shop, paper bags are provided so you get it home in one piece hopefully.
There are few ingredients to the fizzer=
Colour 18050, citric acid, sodium bicarb, cocamide DEA, frankincense oil, lemon oil, mandarin oil and gardenia extract.
One large thick disc of 2 halves with a join in the middle to look like a, well, tablet, it looks ace, half yellow and half orange, very nice looking bath ballistic instead of the usual round globe like efforts.
Smell in the shop=
As you imagine it is very citrussy and fresh, smells very moreish, you won't want to leave without one if citrus is your thing.
You are meant to pop it under running water in the bath but I break mine in half as I don't use a lot of bath water, well not to the brim anyway. Bath ballistics just fizz away into the water leaving coloured fragrant water, no bubbles or anything like that just plain water.
Effects in the bath=
The water is a vivid orangey colour upon the product fizzing down to nothingness. I think it fills the bathroom with the fragrance of orange and lemon, not terribly pungent but I feel just right. It definitely smells beautifully fresh.
Effects on the skin=
No ingredients to act upon the skin, however I feel lemon and orange oil are quite powerful natural oils and I would recommend not using on any kind of sore skin such as wet eczema etc as it will not be the best for that and try another product. It doesn't leave fragrance on the skin nor does it moisturise or do anything to the skin for me personally apart from a clean feeling. It's merely a case of dip in and dip out.
Please see the extra info to the right as to the effects of the ingredients, I was going to add it to the review upon seeing it but it is there for all to see so thanks for helping me with the review :) excellent useful information.
This item is £2.50, and I do think the ballistics are ones merely for a treat only, I cannot imagine using one every day it'd cost a fortune. However if you are a fan of citrus scents as I totally am I think you will love this, it's so zingy and fragrances the bathroom a treat!
This is one of the better Lush ballistics.
It's gigantic,to start with. And yellow and orange (always good colours to pep you up!)
To use,I first put it in a bag. Then I throw the bag at the wall. Once it's broken into lots of pieces,I put a piece of each colour into my pre-run bath,and put the rest in my knicker drawer to scent them until they're needed.
Once you put this in,it immediately starts fizzing around the bath,leaving a yellowy/orange foam behind it. It's quite mesmerising. The smell really does envelope you,and fill the room.
Don't let it touch your skin directly,though,as it tends to feel a bit stingy if you do! (IE ; I once sat it on my tummy for a few minutes in the hope of making the smell last longer,but ended up with a red,itchy tummy...my own fault,though,as Lush don't tell you to do this!)
The smell is undoubtedly cheery and citrusy. It will lift your spirits,most definately.
So,basically,if you're having a crap day? Pop a pill!
I've been trying to avoid Lush recently as I was spending a fortune in there, however on a recent trip to Edinburgh, I couldn't resist treating myself to a little something - or four little something's if I'm honest! One of these little treats was a Happy Pill bath ballistic (or bath bomb) and I think it's one of the only ballistics from the current range I still wanted to try, mainly because I love citrus scents.
This ballistic as you can see from the picture is round and flat, and supposed to look like a big pill. The orange side is supposed to smell like Lush's Olive Branch shower gel, whilst the yellow side has the scent of Happy Hippy shower gel. I own The Olive Branch gel and I'm fairly familiar with the scent of Happy Hippy and I do think these scents are captured very well in this product.
If you're not familiar, Happy Hippy has a strong citrussy, grapefruit scent, whilst The Olive Branch is a gentler, slightly more subtle, luxurious scent, containing olive oil and mandarin oil. The two scents come together very nicely to provide an uplifting, citrus aroma.
The product contains extra virgin olive oil, grapefruit oil, bergamot oil, frankincense oil, lemon oil, orange flower absolute, mandarin oil amongst other things, so hopefully this gives an indication as to how it smells.
As you put the bath bomb into the water it fizzes slowly - much slower than other ballistics seem to fizz, and leaves a trail of orange and yellow on the surface of the water, which is actually quite mesmerising to watch as it swirls about.
The dominant scent once in the water, surprisingly was the luxurious scent of The Olive Branch which lingered throughout the duration of my bath. This ballistic did change the colour of the water to a slightly yellowy hue, but it wasn't as bright as with some of the other ballistics. One thing that did change significantly, was the feel of the water, which took on a luxurious silky feel, which only seems to come from Lush bath products.
After getting out of the bath my skin felt soft and silky, but there was little trace of the scent of the Happy Pill on my skin which was a little disappointing.
A Happy Pill ballistic will set you back £2.84, which is quite a lot for one bath, but still on the whole it's a fairly cheap way to pamper yourself for a little bit!
Overall, I really liked this ballistic, but it wasn't the best one I've ever used - there just didn't seem to be any wow factor to it, which is why I have knocked off one star. It did however make for a really relaxing bath, and if you're a fan of citrussy scents, this one is worth a try.
Lush Happy Pill:
I finally caved in the other day and made an order from the Lush site; I had been trying not to as I have stacks of bubble bath etc in the bathroom just taking up space and needing to be used and I had told myself that I wouldn't buy any more toiletries until I needed them. So much for that plan!
One of my choices was the Happy Pill, (the products were meant to be "cheering me up" after all), which is a big, (and I mean big, it is about the size of the diameter of a toilet roll), half yellow, half orange pill shaped ballistic, (a "both bomb").
For those of you that have not heard of Lush, (there might be someone), it is a great company that have shops all over the country and they sell toiletries made with lovely natural products and they care for the environment whilst doing so. Don't just take my word for it, go look at their site, www.lush.co.uk.
I was so surprised when I saw the size of this ballistic; it is so much bigger than any of the other ballistics I have used! The colours are very bright and cheery and the pill shape is made more realistic by having a split down the middle just like a Paracetamol tablet.
Lush say that this particular ballistic will, "leave you feeling brighter, breezier, with your Aura centralised and reassuringly gathered into some safe arms". Sounds a bit crazy but I did feel happier just seeing it, let alone using it!
To use a ballistic you should run your bath, hop in and then drop the ballistic into the water to watch it fizz around and do it's stuff. Now I often just bung mine in and let them dissolve while I am getting ready for the bath but with this one I decided to do it properly and I quite glad I did. The thing fizzes like crazy and sends beautiful swirls of bright orange and yellow across your bath water. It was fun to just watch it seeing crazy 70s patterns in my bath. The colour the water ended up at though was a slightly unappealing dark tan-almost-brown colour like that of weak black tea but to honest the colour of the bath water shouldn't really matter.
A good thing about this ballistic is that it ahs two different scents; for Lush fans they are Olive Branch, (the orange side) and Happy Hippy, (the yellow side). For non Lush fans the orange side is mandarin scented and the yellow side is fragranced with grapefruit. Now I don't much like citrus scents but I didn't really recognise the individual scents of either of those fruits instead it was an uplifting, generically fruity smell. To be honest it smelt like the Lush shops do only far less strong.
Lush put lot's of lovely oils into their products, (one of the reasons they are so pricey), and this is no exception. The ingredients include:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea Europaea), Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis Sativa), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus Paradisi), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia), Frankincense Oil (Boswellia Carterii), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium amara), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis) and Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides).
I guess that's why the individual smells of grapefruit and mandarin weren't particularly noticeable. (It does tickle me to see cannabis in the happy pill though).
After bathing I was noticeably happier than I was before although that is usually the case after a Lush bath - their products are all about the luxury and appreciating your bathing time rather than it just being a necessary function. My skin felt much smoother than normal and it smelt lovely all day too. On top of that my whole flat smelt great after the bath and before that my bathroom had been scented for days just by the box of Lush stuff being in the bathroom.
Because I ordered online the products were sent in a cardboard box, (recyclable or compostable depending on your local facilities), that was wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper. The box was filled with popcorn, (it is cheap, light and biodegradable), with the products loose inside. The popcorn did an okay job in protecting the fairly delicate ballistics, (there were four in total), but they were a little chipped around the edges and there was a lot of ballistic dust in the box that went everywhere when I opened it! The package was nice to receive and you certainly felt the personal touch, right down to the inside box being hand signed and bearing tape that read "sealed with a kiss".
I really like this ballistic and might even buy it again which is strange for me as I generally just try the products once and then try new ones, (it would take me years to get through their whole range), but this was special. At £2.84 each they are fairly expensive but they really are worth it for the hour I spent in the bath really relaxing and becoming very happy indeed.
Thanks for reading. x
I received several Lush bath ballistics on Mother's Day, one of which was the Happy Pill. This is a large disc, about 5cm in diameter and almost 2cm deep, with a groove along the middle similar to the central snap zone on a pain killer. The disc is yellow and orange in colour, with one side being predominantly one colour, although there is a slight mixing towards the centre which varies from ballistic to ballistic as you would expect of a hand made product.
The Happy Pill is predominantly citrus in fragrance, including grapefruit oil, lemon oil and mandarin oil among its ingredients as well as gardenia extract, frankincense oil and organic hemp oil. Despite such an array of scented ingredients however, I did not find the Happy pill particularly heavily fragranced. Certainly in comparison with the Sakura ballistic, which I loved, the Happy Pill fragrance did not pervade the upper level of the house, nor could I smell it the follow morning, not even in the bathrooom.
Once the ballistic had fizzled out, the bath water turned a vivid orange colour. This was much nicer than some of the murkier coloured effects left by other ballistics. However, before it was completely dissolved the Happy Pill fizzled very slowly, taking almost 20 minutes to dissipate, during which time it settled on the water surface like a dollop of vanilla ice-cream dropped in a paddling pool; a melting scummy yellow mass seeping into the water. Not particularly pleasant to look at.
Overall I was not impressed by this ballistic. My skin did not hold the scent very strongly and, although I went to bed straight after my bath, I did not feel particularly fragrant beneath the sheets. My skin did feel slightly moisturised but not enough to impress me.
I won't be paying £2.84 for another one.
Last night I decided to use the very pretty Happy Pill ballistic I bought from Lush just after Christmas, it's shaped just like an over sized paracetamol tablet and even has the line through the middle where on a real pill you can cut it in half if it's too big for you to swallow. It looks very cheerful, one half of the Pill is orange and the other a vibrant yellow, and smells absolutely lovely.
It's definitely a citrus scented ballistic and looking at the ingredients list on www.lush.co.uk I can see exactly why; they have used grapefruit oil, lemon oil, orange flower absolute AND mandarin oil which is blended beautifully to create this wonderful citrussy aroma. I have had this sitting in my bedroom since January and now I've used it will really miss the fragrance in the room!
After running my bath I dropped the ballistic in and waited for it to start fizzing. This is another slow fizzing ballistic which usually annoys me but this one is really nice to watch as it swirls around the bath, the Pill floats just underneath the surface of the water and it gets a thick layer of foam on the top of it which eventually spreads into the bath water itself. Bored of waiting I hopped in (if lowering myself into the bath using an electric bath seat can ever be called hopping!) while the ballistic was still bobbing around in the bath.
Immediately upon settling into my bath I was hit by how much the already strong scent had intensified, it filled my bathroom from top to bottom and was so pungent that even after sitting in the bath for half an hour I could still smell it around me unlike the more subtle ballistics that fade as my nose gets used to the scents rather quickly.
The next thing I realised was that the Happy Pill has softened the water and made it feel extremely luxurious. I can feel how moisturising and softening the ballistic is even as I'm soaking in the bath, within minutes my skin felt smoother and I could tell that it was going to be softer than usual when I got out of the bath. It's also quite a cleansing ballistic, not all of them are, and after my bath I felt clean enough although perhaps not quite as much as if I'd used a bubble bar.
After drying myself I was astounded by how soft my skin felt, the smoothing and softening effects I could feel in the water were amplified once my skin was dry and I felt revitalised after my bath. The effects of Happy Pill aren't just on your body you see, the fragrance is uplifting and invigorating and I actually did feel as though my already good mood had been lifted further.
I cannot recommend this ballistic highly enough; it not only smells wonderful but actually does my problem skin an awful lot of good. The effects of using Happy Pill were immediate and long lasting, I always have to use a body cream after a bath or shower but after using this ballistic I didn't need to top up my moisturisation until fairly late into the next day which is quite a miracle for me!
The ballistic costs £2.84 which is around the same as most of the other ballistics from Lush, it's perfect for chopping in half if you like to economise in this way but to be honest this one gives such wonderful results that I was really glad I had been frivolous last night and used the whole one.
I have always been up for the occasional happy pill so this seemed like a good choice for me. One of the good things about this particular bath bomb from Lush is that it is quite big and to be honest unless you have a very large bath that will seat four people one will be too much and therefore because of its flat shape it is easy to break up to use in other baths and so it is a bit better value given that it is not cheap to buy.
The Happy Pill is a large orange and yellow disc, once it starts to fizz the bathroom was filled with a lovely fruity aroma, this particular bath bomb contains citrus fruits like lemon, mandarin and gapefruit scents and they certainly combine well to conjure the mental images of citrus groves you may have smelt while on holiday in warmer climates. The smell is very pleasant and is not at all cloying, it just smells nice and natural and the only real pain with this product is that it does take a while to completely dissolve.
The water itself turned a mixture of orange and yellow colours with a slight oily looking film on the top of it however this does not remain.
I find that my skin is nice and smooth after using this product and it is nice for a bit of pampering, it is worth getting but use smaller amounts rather than the whole thing to get better value for money.
It was my birthday last week, and my lovely fiancé surprised me with a collection of wonderful Lush products. I really love Lush but, though I often go in for a smell and a dream, I can rarely afford the high prices. Having already reviewed the Fair Trade Foot Lotion, I am now reviewing The Happy Pill, my first Lush bath ballistic experience.
The Happy Pill was probably selected for me because, despite being a lovely person, I can be a right moody cow. The second half of 2008 was particularly fraught for me which of course meant my poor fiancé had the pleasure of a grumpy, tetchy, and often upset girlfriend repeatedly taking it out, unfairly, on him. Poor chap.
I'm working my way through my birthday delights and have included in each review some information about the company, Lush. You will notice if you read more than one, the same information about Lush itself is provided. The actual review, however, is not the same and is specific to the product in question. The company information is included for those readers who choose to only read one of my Lush product reviews.
WHAT IS IT?
The Lush Happy Pill is a large orange and yellow bath ballistic. A bath ballistic is a product that is designed to be dropped into a warm bath with which it will react by fizzing and dissolving. As it dissolves, a whole host of lovely aromas is released as a result of the essential oils contained within. This scent fills your bathroom and will penetrate your mind producing a different result depending on the specific oils contained in that ballistic.
The Happy Pill, as you might expect, is designed to make you happy. It contains grapefruit, mandarin and lemon fragrances which uplift your mind and help your troubles melt away. It is quite large and heavy, and is round with a line scored through the middle, kind of like a giant Paracetamol. It is half orange and half yellow, and if you look closely there is very fine gold glitter all the way through it. Well, that just made it for me!
Lush are a cosmetics company which specialises in making 'fresh' and 'handmade' cosmetics. They are an environmental and ethically aware company, and promote these ideals through their products, packaging, and manufacturing processes. They use minimum packaging, source their ingredients ethically, use natural ingredients and essential oils, encourage recycling, are against animal testing, do not use animal fat in their products (indeed many of their products are vegan)...the list of goodness goes on. They are indeed a 'good' company, and their prices reflect these ideals which, as we know, always cost more.
In addition to being such a lovely company, their products are also rather lovely. The aroma of the shop is so strong that you can tell when one is near before you even catch sight of it. As I mentioned above I often find myself in a Lush shop purely to enjoy the smells and a look at all the pretty slices of soap and solid bubble bath. Like many of the girlies out there, I'd shop in here for all my cosmetics if I could.
I don't know how expensive this product is, given that I received it as a present. I don't wish to know for that exact same reason so I'm not going to look it up so I can tell you. It will be on the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk) if you care to find out.
Given that this is a Lush product, it is going to be fairly pricey. It is also designed as a single use product, so it means your bath is going to be quite expensive. But, it is a lovely decadent treat that, now and again, is worth paying for. I loved the experience, and as every bath can't be like that, it made it all the more special.
The Lush packaging is very simple. As mentioned above, the company intentionally use as little packaging as possible as it is part of their environmental ethic. Like many of the Lush products, this is a solid product and the packaging required is therefore minimal. My bath ballistic is provided in a small recyclable paper bag which is sealed with a sticker informing me of what product is inside and directions for its use. The bag itself is yellow and features the Lush logo and a cute cartoon-style picture of smiling tree holding a package at a shop counter along with the phrase "Bring it back to Lush to have it filled with more lovely things. Recycle again." The bag itself is made from 100% recycled paper. This packaging definitely appeals to my inner hippy, and also does successfully encourage me to return to the shop and buy more stuff!
I didn't use my bath ballistic right away, although I did break into the packaging to see what lay within. The scent hit me immediately. It was fruity, invigorating and soothing all at the same time. I then left the package in my bathroom for a week or so before I got around to making enough time for a decent soak in which to use it. The result was that for a whole week, my bathroom smelt amazing. It was lovely; my bathroom had that fabulous smell that you get when you walk into a lush shop.
When I actually used the product, the reaction with the water meant that it the scent was released and my bathroom exploded with the smell. It was wonderful. You could smell it from half-way down the stairs and the whole upstairs of my house smelt nice.
After use, this lingered the whole evening, thus providing yummy air freshener for our house as well as a lovely bath for me. Just to be clear, it wasn't overpowering or sneeze inducing or anything, it was just right, and was the kind of smell that you WANT to linger.
DROPPING THE BOMB
I filled my bath with the warm water, and then excitedly removed the Happy Pill from the paper bag. I'd dragged in Mr Bondgirlk8 so that we could both 'oooh' and 'ahhh' at the fizzy water, and you could feel the anticipation in the room. I dropped the bomb. Into the water it plopped and the fizzing began. To be honest it was a calm, gentle fizz - as opposed to the mad fizzing you might expect - and it took a long, long time to dissolve. A kind of, for want of a nicer word, scum seemed then to appear on the surface of the water around the pill. It was a combination of white, yellow and orange froth and was quite oily. It was, to be honest, a bit gross. The smell, however, was amazing.
The water at the tap end - where the bomb had decided it wanted to stay - then started to turn a brownish orangey colour. The 'scud' was still forming. It had been a good few minutes now. Mr Bondgirlk8 got bored and left me too it. The bath was really starting to look quite psychedelic by now. The water was becoming increasingly orange, with the white, yellow and orange oily swirling going on at the surface. The bomb was still quite big and it must by now be 5 minutes in.
I too got bored and got in, the fizz was still happening, but it wasn't extreme and I decided I'd be safe to get in...as long as I didn't sit on it. I took care not to do this.
After a further 5 minutes or so, all fizzing ceased as the final shard of bath ballistic dissolved. The scud also vanished and I was left sitting in bright orange water in a room that smelt, well, happy.
Now I'd stopped obsessing over the fizzing and the trippy water, I sank into my decadent bath to see what would happen next.
Given that this is called the Happy Pill, I'm pleased to report that this (either actually via the ingredients, or psychologically via the name) really did result in me experiencing A Calm Mind. I really did feel pretty happy. Even more remarkably, I stayed calm and in a good mood all evening. Mr Bondgirlk8 must be so relieved.
The water, as well as being orange, also felt incredibly soft. This had the double impact of feeling very nice, and for some reason stopping my skin from wrinkling up as quickly as it normally would. This meant I could stay in and enjoy the bath for longer. Given that the product can only be used for one single bath, the fact it allows it to be a longer one is a good bonus.
Both during the bath and for the entire rest of the evening my skin felt incredibly soft and silky. The lovely smell of the bath also lingered on my skin for a long time. To be honest, you can tell it is quite pricey from the effects it has. Inferior bath bombs tend only to fizz and there is little else to go with it.
Remarkably, despite the orangeness of the water, the bath was not in the slightest bit stained after I drained the water out. Not even a 'ring' at water level. There were no scud marks, and no debris to be removed from the bath after draining.
So would I get it again, you bet I would!
Thanks for reading
© BondgirlK8 - January 2009
It's MASSIVE! You'd think they'd make it easier to swallow right? Ah well fear not! With a bath tub of water it soon removes all your worries and stresses of the day! Magic!
Sirously though, whilst you need to take it with water it is far more pleasant than most medication you can obtain legally to make you this happy! The only side effect is that you eventually have to get out of the bathtub... Well life ain't perfect!
The Bath Ballistic from Lush costs around £2.84 and is made up of 2 halves based on 2 Lush shower fragrances: the orange side is the mandarin fragrance of Olive Branch and the yellow side is the grapefruity Happy Hippy. I guess if you felt like it you could even try just taking one at a time but hey they work so well together you might as well indulge and have them both!
According to Lush the scents are grapefruit, bergamot, frankincense, lemon, orange flower & mandarin - I do think they blend into what can best be described as fizzy citrusy freshness!
Using them is simple - run a hot bath and as you jump in just flick one of these happy pills in the water and watch it fizz round like a child that's been let loose in a sweetshop... with a sale on... and lots of pocket money... and a really big bag... - you get the picture.
Ideal served on it's own or with a crisp glass of chilled white wine and maybe a handsome man servant to sit and feed you terry's chocolate orange pieces or grapes if you're dieting (or like me have run out of terry's....)
For my birthday this year, I was given a lovely box full of 'Lush' products. Nice, I thought. I love products that can let you feel pampered, and anything to do with 'male grooming', I love. However, I never go into Lush because the shop stinks and walking past it, gives me a headache (how on earth the staff cope, I have no idea). So, horray, hurrah, lovely LUSH stuff, without the trauma of stepping foot inside their shops.
Out of my little box of wonders, I decided to try first, 'The Happy Pill Bath Ballistic'. I have tried a bath bomb before, but it was pink, and made my bath look like I got it in the 70s - it turned it a horrible dusty pink colour. So, I was a little hesitant about using it, but after deciding that I really wanted a nice bath, the thought of having to scrub the bath clean afterwards was kept far at the back of my mind.
The bath pill is about the size of a large scone and is half yellow and half orange - designed in a way to make it look like a pill - hence it's name. It held together well, but was rather crumbly around the edge, so once I removed it from the packaging, it had to go straight into a bath - it would be hopeless to leave it out anywhere damp or it would be spoilt. I put mine under a running tap and it fizzed and bubbled about very nicely indeed. Although I did have to mix the water about a bit to help it dissolve.
The label that came with it describes the pill: 'Fizz right back to happiness with one part refreshing grapefruit, one part mandarin and lemon'. So, I wasn't surprised when the smell created in my bathroom was citrus like. It made the water a pale orangey colour - rather like a glass of diluted Tango. The whole sensory experience was very pleasant. The bath pill didn't dry out my skin, which is a bonus int it! It left me smelling fruity and fresh for the rest of the evening. And better yet, it didn't stain the bath!
Lush sells the pills in 180g portions and cost around 2.90GBP - if you ask me, that's a lot for one bath. But as an indulgence, who can grumble? One thing I like about Lush, is that they use (or at least, try to whenever possible) natural ingredients, which I assume, bump up the price a bit.
I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you wanted to completely unwind, as the citrus quality can be rather stimulating and if anything, make you feel more alert than a bath in something like lavender would (having said that, it does include Bergamot, so use the pill at your discretion). However, if you want a citrus fresh, fruity bath time experience, I would totally recommend this.
If you want more info go here: http://www.lush.co.uk/products/Happy_Pill_2047.aspx
To watch a video of the pill being put in a bath, go here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EgklUpkLCWI
Thanks for reading :)
© MarcoG 2008
One part refreshing grapefruit, one part cheerful mandarin and lemon /