It does smell, but it isn't that strong of a smell. It is not as colourful as other lush products and so the bath is not as colourful as usual.
Would still buy again as it makes the bath water silky smooth and relaxing, but I wish that had added more aromas and made it so the bath was bright yellow, not a dirty yellow.
I have long avoided Lush, every time I step in there I feel overwhelmed with fragrance and choice. Whilst I’m not one for visiting often, I like their ethics, they are completely against animal testing and their products are suitable for vegetarians. For Christmas, I received a set which contained the Honey Bee Ballistic, and could not wait to use it.
I popped the ballistic in the bath whilst running and unfortunately it turned the water a murky colour, although I was not going to let that put me off. It had a lovely fragrance, I find honey can be overly sickly, but this was a soft scent. It might not be strong enough for some but for me, it fit the bill.
I believe the bath bombs are in the £3 to £5 range, which is fairly reasonable. I personally don’t think I’ll buy it again but as a gift, it was pleasant to receive and use.
The Honey bee bath ballistic is a bath bomb honey smelling. I buy many bath bombs and skin products from Lush cosmetics shop because It's all 100 percent vegetarian produce and completely against animal testing. The honey bee bath ballistic has a very pleasing smell and once added to the bath to fizz away has a very calming effect on you. Although I have to say the bath water changes to a very unpleasing and nasty colour which is quite a put of especially is you don't usually buy from Lush cosmetics. Most of there bath products make your water change various different colours but the hone bee bath ballistic changed the water to a very unpleasing colour.
I love the smell of the honey bee ballistic bath bomb, a soft honey smell but the bath bomb simply wasn't strong enough for my liking, which is the only fault I can find on the products. I tend to like my bath product to have a strong smell so that it's lasting on your skin for hours after the bath, but I could barley smell the product in the bath let alone after my bath on my skin. Other than this the bath bomb was ok, in my opinion I have tried much better products from Lush but you can't be happy with every thing you buy i suppose. I think the price for this product was fairly reasonable, and Im always open to spending all my wages on Lush cosmetics because I love them so much!
I like like Lush and love trying all their products. As soon as a new one comes out I am there to buy it.
I like honey and the smell of honey in toiletries as well as the benefits of honey for the skin. I also like rhassoul mud and aloe vera and all these are in this bath bomb
It is the size of a tennis ball and costs about £3.35 which to me is far too expensive for just one bath. I break mine up and use about a third per bath as I feel £1 plus per bath is expensive enough.
This doesn't smell that strong and the bath water ends up a dirty sort of yellow which is not that appealing.
The water feels silky soft and feels lovely on my skin, I find it relaxing and after I get out and dry myself off my skin feel nice and smells subtly of orange and honey but not so that you would notice if you didn't directly sniff my skin!
Rhassoul mud is often in face masks as it is a natural cleanser as well as conditioning and softening skin.
Also in this we find the honey obviously and the benefits of honey is that is soothes and helps the skin retain its natural moisture. Honey is also a natural antiseptic. Aloe vera is cooling and calming for sensitive skins.
This smells of mild orange which comes from the wild orange oil and bergamot oil and they have also added gardenia extract with is a lovely floral aroma.
I wish they had been a little more generous with those aromas as the scent is rather subtle and I am also less thrilled with the colour of my bath water and the slight browny scum left after the bath drains.
WHAT IS IT?
Honey Bee is a bath ballistic from Lush. It has got honey in it and it does not smell so strong as alot of Lush bath produce.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You run a bath and do not add anything to it. When the water is at the correct temperature that you like you put the bath ballistic in and watch it fizz, when it has dissolved all the way you can get into your bath or you can get in early while it is still fizzing if you do not mind it bumping into your body.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a very pleasing bath ballistic but I do not buy it very often because I like for my Lush products to have strong smells that linger on my skin and this one does not. I do not like how it makes the water look also because it is a very dirty colour when the ballistic has dissolved.
My skin feels soft when I have had a bath in Honey Bee and I think the fragrance is relaxing also so I have enjoyed my baths very much. It does not make my skin dry and it is moisturising but that feeling does not last for very long and after it has worn off I have to apply a body cream to keep the soft and moisturised feeling.
The bath is easy to clean after I have used it because there is no glitter in Honey Bee and it is not greasy also.
I think this is priced too high because it is used for one bath only and costs £3.35 so that is a very expensive bath. It is a big ballistic from Lush and that is why it is so expensive but I do not think they should charge so much and then more people would buy from them.
3 Dooyoo Stars.
I haven''t written any reviews in a long time and during this time I have been on so many Lush trips and I have so many products to write about, it is unreal. On my trips I will usually go into the Lincoln Lush store as I love the team there and it is of course the closest store to my home town. Usually when I go in I grab a few of my favourites and only maybe one or two new products but these times I have completely bought new products to me.
Lush bath bombs - or 'ballistics' as they call them - have long been a favourite in my house. We've tried many of them but usually keep coming back to our favourites and the Honey Bee is certainly one of those, even though they're not cheap at £3-15 each (as at August 2013).
In appearance these spherical bombs are a lemony-yellow colour with steaks of grey-brown running through them. This would correspond with the main ingredients of honey and rhassoul mud, and the striping is meant to represent a bee. According to Lush's website their creator even wanted to mould wings onto them in some way to reinforce this image too! Like other Lush ballistics each Honey Bee bath bomb weighs around 200g and is about the size and shape of a cricket ball. They're obviously produced in a mould because you can see lots of 'flashing' around the place where the two hemispheres have been joined together - it's like the little bits that have squeezed out of the joined-up mould then left to solidify. I also like the fact that they're handmade too.
They don't smell very strongly straight out of the bag but once you drop them into a warm bath the aromas explode out of them. Be warned: this will stay on your skin for hours and could possibly hang around your bathroom for days afterwards. Fortunately I like the smell but if you don't then this is definitely not one for you. It's a huge smell of sweet honey with, surprisingly, quite a strong hint of lemon in there too. It's the honey that will stay with you and it's gorgeously refreshing.
Unlike some other Lush bombs (like the wonderful Big Blue) there isn't much of a violent fizz when this one hits the water. It's more of a gentle bubbling as the mud particles slowly break free and sink into the waters and the honey rises to the top and turns your bath a vivid golden colour. It also puts a layer of moisturising cream on top of the water which looks a little surprising but is really soothing and makes my skin feel as good as it smells afterwards. I guess that the dissolved mud helps with this as well.
The downside of all this indulgent honey and mud in your bath is, of course, that it can leave a bit of a mess. There's the sandy layer of residue that needs rinsing out of the bottom of the bath and the scummy tide mark at the top where the honey has settled. It's not great but most of us will be in the habit of giving that bath a quick wipe down when we get out of it anyway, right? (right?) It's easily cleaned off and, in my view, it's a minor price to pay for such a lovely product.
In summary this isn't the best product that Lush make and it isn't for everyone but if you like the smell and the creamy feel of the bath that it creates then it delivers, honey, bee-yutifully.
A trip to Lush is always a fun experience and a treat I like to give myself every couple of months as I love the products but find some of them a bit expensive, but for a fun bath great now and again I love to buy something special from the store.
On a recent trip I splashed out on some bath bombs or ballistics as Lush call them. These are wonderful looking, fizzy, crumbly bath balls of fun and they've got lots of different ones to choose from. The balls are all hand made with fresh ingredients so you know you are getting. Good quality, well made bath product.
This time I took my little girl with me which was a lot of fun as she picked out lots of cute things and one of the items she picked was this yellow Honey Bee bath bomb. She likes yellow and I told her it was meant to resemble a bee so she said that was cool and that we should get it. I was pleased with her choice because this bath bomb contains honey which I absolutely love in bath and beauty products so I was excited to try it.
In an effort to make the bomb last longer I tried to break it in half but its quite tough and so ended up throwing the whole ball in my bath which is a shame as I wanted it to go further but it was such a lovely bath in the end I didn't mind. The ball contains sodium bicarbonate so this is what makes it fizz and "bomb" when you place it in your bath. This is quite fun to watch and makes the bath more exciting in a way. The bomb made the water turn a bright yellow colour which was funny to get into to begin with but then you get used to the colour.
I found this bath bomb lovely and luxurious. Lush say, "take the sting out of sore, troubled skin. Soak in soothing honey, aloe and rhassoul mud." I love he inclusion of aloe in products as I find it really soft and soothing on my skin and that's the way my skin felt when I got out of this bath. The liquid in the bath had a nice texture to it and I could really feel it enveloping my skin and really softening it and making it silly. I kept plunging deeper into the bath to make sure all my skin was covers. According to Lush, "The rhassoul mines are located alongside the Atlas Mountains in the Moulouya valley, approx 200km from the City of Fes. There is enough rhassoul already mined to supply for the next ten years and up to 500,000 kilos can be shipped from this facility per year."
The smell of this bath bomb is amazing too, lovely and sweet and not too overpowering, just a nice sweet honey type flavour and smell. The other ingredients are listed as: sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, rhassoul mud, honey, perfume, aloe Vera extract, organic aloe Vera gel, sweet wild orange oil, bergamot oil, gardenia extract, limonene.
Each bomb costs £3.15 so its not something I would use in my bath everytime as that would be expensive but for a lovely treat these are wonderful.
Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb
Ok, so I've been to Lush again and then some. My girlfriend and I purchased about ten new bath bombs and soaps and refilled out little soap basket in the bathroom, which now smells dreamy again.One of my favourite shops that doesn't sell DVD's, books or video games is Lush and we have a nice branch of the shop in The Hague. I went in at Christmas this year to peruse the special offers and I admit I could stand in the shop all day and just breathe slowly in and out. I just love the smells. I usually end up buying something, so I decided I would make another visit sometime soon in the New Year, which I did a couple of weeks ago and have since reviewed some of the purchases.
The Honey Bee bath Bomb looks pretty much like most other lush bath bombs and is one of the larger ones. Again it is hand-made and none of the ingredients are tested on animals. The Honey Bee ball is whitish grey in colour with a light yellow stripe running through the middle. It smells dreamy; lovely and sweet but not too perfumy. I was looking forward to using it as I always am with Lush products but in all honesty this didn't live up to my expectations, although it was still nice. I suppose my expectations are high after using some fantastic products from Lush and they can't all be amazing.
After removing the plastic wrapper from the circular ball of delight, I ran a nice hot bath. The wrapper was easy to remove and as with most Lush products was not irritating or annoying to get off. I once purchased a cheap bath bomb from a high street store, who I won't name, and the ball was basically a broken up mess of bits by the time I had got the poor wrapping off. The ball itself feels smooth and yet a little grainy at the same time and is quite a good size. The texture is rather chalky and seeing as I have a habit of sniffing the bomb every few seconds, I was sneezing quite a lot.
Some of the Lush bath bombs have the word 'BOMB' moulded into the surface, so I wouldn't recommend carrying it on the bus or train while looking particularly agitated. In fact there was a law-suit taken out against Lush because when they first started making these balls they used to wrap them in a black wrapper with an imitation fuse on it. It didn't go down to well with airport security and a few people took Lush to court over their harassment while travelling with the balls. However, this bath bomb did not have the word 'Bomb' etched into it. As usual it is best to keep these balls somewhere where they are not going to get knocked or bumped, because they tend to crumble and break quite easily.
Once my bath was full I dropped in the bath ball, which immediately began to fizz and swirl and turn the water a deep yellow colour. Don't drop one of this into your local swimming baths or you might be mistaken for someone who has been caught short. My one criticism of this particular bath ball was that it didn't smell strong enough but I did have a stuffy nose, so maybe it was stronger than I thought. In the past I have sat in the bath first and then placed the bath bomb in and my does it tickle! Steady ladies! I prefer to sit in the bath before adding the ball but in this instance I decided to pop it in and watch it go to work and that way I can take a picture for you guys (but don't expect one every time as I do like the odd tickle now and again. The deep yellow sunk into the water and a white foamy substance stayed on top along with a brighter yellow.
I think that Lush strayed away from the idea of making the balls black and yellow like a bee because the black colouring would probably turn the water black and who wants that?
Lowering myself into the bath I almost fell asleep and had to reprimand myself over the dangers of being sensually overtaken by the gorgeous aroma. Joking aside, the smell is nice and fragrant, but like I said it wasn't as nice as some of the other bath bomb smells. As I lay there I could feel the oily texture of the water clinging to my skin and pushing away the bubbles revealed a lovely deep yellow that had a very Mediterranean feel to it. This made the bath seem even warmer and with the bad weather we're having here in Holland, just like England, it was nice to lie and take in that warmth. It really is like having the sun set in your bath. I also have a cold so it was quite soothing.
At the business end of my bath my skin felt really soft and smooth. As with all Lush bath bombs and soaps you always get that velvet cushion kind of feel to your skin.
The bath bomb totally disintegrates and you get no lumps or bits of bomb floating around in the bath or irritating you on the bottom of the bath. There was a small residue after the bath emptied, which looked like grains of sand. It washes away instantly and leaves no dirt or marks on the surface of the bath. The smell lingers on and on after your bath and I walked into the bathroom maybe an hour later and was hit by a lovely honey smell. There was a hint of caramel or toffee to it as well but again, surprisingly, it was not a sickly sweet smell like you would perhaps expect. It is simply gorgeous and I loved it. Even when it did eventually fade I had the aromas of the new soap bags in their basket to breathe in. I didn't find any staining to my skin or the bath afterwards; although our bath is cream and not white, so maybe a white bath would be different but I doubt it.
The Honey Bee Bath Bomb costs four euros in Holland, which I believe is two fifty to three fifty in England depending on the rate at the time. That would seem a little expensive to some people but for me the whole experience is well worth four pounds. You could always break this good sized ball into two pieces and get two baths out of it.
All Lush products are naturally made and you can watch staff members making them in our shop in The Hague. The ingredients are tempered in a safe environment beforehand. They are not tested on animals, which is a real advantage for my girlfriend and I being big animal lovers. None of the ingredients are artificial or contain any banned substances. They are a long standing company that used to go by the name of 'Cosmetics to Go'. All I can say is well done to the person who thought up 'Lush' as it perfectly describes the shop; not to mention the fact that 'Cosmetics to Go' is an awful name.
So what exactly are you placing in your bath? Well the bomb contains sodium bicarbonate and a counter ingredient of citric acid. The citric acid acts as a catalyst to the sodium bicarbonate, which creates the fizz that we see when the bomb is placed in the water. It's not magic and the two chemicals just create carbon dioxide which reacts to the water. There is also bergamot oil and frankincense, which complement the perfume to give off that lovely smell and to revitalise your skin. The Honey Bee ball contains Aloe Vera for its calming properties, deep cleansing Rhassoul mud and toffee honey scent. Sweet, wild orange oil is added as an extra kick but I didn't really get this; like I said though my nose is partially blocked. This ball is based on the same scent and properties as the soap made with the same ingredients 'Honey I Washed the Kids'.
The whole hotchpotch of oils is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated and I must say it does do just that.
All in all I would highly recommend the Lush Honey Bee bath bomb and I give it three out of five stars as far as bath bombs are concerned. This is based on the fact that I have had better bombs that I have marked higher but this should take nothing away from this product and I would gladly recommend it with no qualms.
Honey bee bath bomb
Little miss often buys bath bombs from Lush and this was the latest purchase.
Available from Lush stores and also online at www.lush.co.uk, this costs £3.15 for one bath bomb. As with all of the bath bombs its not the cheapest way to get a bath so we always have half each, because the whole bath bomb is way too much for one bath.
The bath bomb is spherical in shape and because all of the products are hand made each one is slightly different. the main aim though is to make them look like bees, and they are striped in a yellow and greyish colour. To me, the over riding smell is of lemon and because of this it smells nice and fresh. When I add it to running water the bath bomb fizzes slightly and dissolves very easily leaving my bath water looking yellowish in colour which isn't the most pleasant bath water. However the smell is very nice and becomes more obvious when dissolved, so the bathroom smells deliciously citrusy.
When bathing in the bath bomb it was quite relaxing even though I prefer some bubbles in my bath but for me I think it was more the fact that I liked the smell than the actual ingredients in the bath bomb. Fortunately when I came out of the bath my skin hadn't turned yellow although I can't say the same about the bath. Disgusting! Along the sides was a darker yellow tide mark ( and I wasn't that dirty!) and the bottom of the bath was yellow with little bits of what must be the glitter. Yes, the bath bomb in true Lush style has to contain bits of something and in the case of this one, I believe it to be gold glitter because I had some bits on my body.
I am yet to find the perfect Lush product because or me they are just too much of a gimmick. This has a great smell and left my skin feeling clean and whilst not especially moisturised it didn't feel dry.
A good enough product apart from the steep price and the fact that it left the bath filthy.
Thanks for reading
I am a huge fan of Lush products but I can't afford to shop their regularly. However, my extremely kind mum recently went out and bought me one of these Lush Honey Bee bath Bomb ballistics to try. I was very keen to try the product as it smelled richly of honey and I love this aroma.
Bath Ballistics (they seem to have recently rebranded them as 'bombs') at Lush tend to be big hard balls of compressed powdery substances which contain things like essential oils and moisturising products. Each ballistic is unique and handmade and contains ingredients which give each ballistic in the range an individual personality. The Honey Bee is a tough dry ball which is about the size of a cricket ball and which has a squashed central ring which makes it look like it's modelled on the planet of Jupiter. The ball is a blend of two colours - a pale springtime yellow and a sandy brown which has flecks of mahogony brown and ochre in it.
To use the product you simply add it to your water at bathtime. I always have an issue with ballistics in that they are quite expensive and difficult to break into pieces to use over several baths. Although Lush would probably like you to use it all at once (and return to buy another one) I find that a half or even a third of the ballistic is more than enough to get the most out of the product in your bath. I tend to just hold the ballistic under the tap and let a required amount fizz away into the running water. This does mean that you don't get the enjoyment of having the ballistic fizz around in your water but you can do this with the last piece left at least. If you do what I do with the ballistic you must leave it to dry between baths. It doesn't fizz all away if you get a little bit of it wet so don't worry!
This ballistic turns the water a urine yellow colour. Sorry to liken the colour to something so unpleasant but that's kind of what it reminds me of. It's also gives that unreal Lucozade kind of glow to the water. It's a strange bright shade but I don't find the colour to be uplifting or reminiscent of summer or anything pleasant like that - it's just an unusual space-hopper kind of colour.
If you go to the Lush website you can find out what special ingredients are in your Lush product. This ballistic is actually comprised of something called Rhassoul Mud as well as containg honey, bergamot oil, sweet wild orange oil and aloe. The ballistic is aimed at people who would like to soothe their skins. The Rhassoul Mud is contianed in the sandy coloured swirl in the ball. The mud dissolves (bar a few tiny gritty pieces) and becomes a soft pulp that virtually vanishes in the water. The mud is supposed to be softening to skin and I can tell that my skin feels marginally softer or at least smoother when I get out of the bath.
The fragrance of the Honey Bee ballistic is very nice. It's like a blend of honey and caramel with a slightly more sophisiticated burned wood undertone. The scent reminds me a lot of the Lush soap 'Honey I Washed the Kids'. I have a bar of this at the moment and it compliments the ballistic very well. It's an intoxicating and beautiful scent that I enjoy smelling when I'm in the bath. I like that the water smells of it and the steam too. It also transfers onto my skin and is left their after I dry myself.
This ballistic does not create bathtime bubbles - you would need a Lush Bubble bar for that. It has a very strong smell though and changes the texture and fragrance of the water. When you wash yourself the water feels more silky and gentle. You can smell the honey-toffee mix with every splash.
Like I said I do like to try and get a few baths out of each ballistic. Even with a deep bath the colour, skin softening qaulities and water colour are dramatic when using just a third of the ballistic. I would definitely recommend using the ballistic like I do rather than use it all at once (it's so expensive!). I have used this a couple of times up to now and have enjoyed each bathtime. I really like that I can come out of a bath smelling so wonderful with so little effort. I also like that it can helpskin feel slightly more soothed and soft although I have to emphasise this softening is not to a great degree. One of the things I'm really not keen on with this ballistic is the colour it turns the water. I've also been more blown away by other ballistics by Lush so if you are a first time Lush customer perhaps you might be dissapointed by this one as it doesn't really do anything spectacular (unless you count turning the water a toxic yellow colour special!). It's also very expensive so whilst I would buy this again I don't think it'd be a regular purchase.
You can buy this in high street stores or online and it costs £3.35 for a 200g ballistic. Lush packaging carries the 'Fighting Animal Testing' message. The paper bag can be recycled after use.
Lush use vegetarian ingredients and each product is handmade and fresh.
This review is also on Ciao!
I popped into Lush on my way home the other day as I was in need of a pick me up after a horrible day, and spotted a pile of the Honey Bee ballistics stacked up near the entrance of the shop. I have heard of the Honey Bee ballistic before via friends and reviews, but i've never really tried it as I prefer to stick to the ballistics which I know and love, but I decided it was time for a change and picked 2 of the Honey Bee ballistics up as they have such a gorgeous scent to them - this ballistic really does smell almost good enough to eat. The smell is very noticeable but it's not overpowering or too sweet. It definetly reminds me of the Honey I Washed the Kids soap - it has pretty much excactly the same scent - caramel and honey, and it generally has a very sweet smell. Although it is a sweet smell, it's definetly also quite a unisex smell. It doesn't have that tacky, candy-sweet smell if you know what I mean. Anyway, onto the most important part of my review - how much did my Honey Bee bath balliastic cost? You won't believe me, but it's £2.95. £2.95 for a huge bath bomb - amazing right? I can't believe how cheap this is compared to the other bath ballistics and similar products. Also, because the bath ballistic can be broken into half, you can get 2 baths out of it so I think it is amazing value!
The bath ballistic, like all other Lush products, is handmade, meaning that sizes and the appearence do slightly vary. The appearence of this is simple, it's round, large (the same size as the palm of my hand), and yellow. It has swirls of a lighter, creamier yellow so it has quite a stripy appearence which I guess mimics a bee's pattern apart from the fact that bees are black and yellow, but I can see why they made it yellow and white instead as no one would appreciate a black bath. The bath bomb comes with minimal packaging - a Lush paper bag which keeps it fresh. The bath bomb breaks & crumbles easily though so be careful to store your bath bomb somewhere that it won't get bashed about or crushed. The ingredients in the bath bomb are all natural and Lush buy their ingredients from companies who don't test on animals meaning the product is suitable for Vegans and it is also cruelty free. Some of the ingredients include rhassoul mud, honey (obviously), aloe vera extract, sweet wild orange oil and lots of other fancy sounding bits and bobs. The honey acts a moisturizer and softens the skin and the rhassoul mud softens and cleanses the skin and also has a foaming effect, grease remover properties and acts as a natural shampoo. Obviously you will not be using Honey Bee as a shampoo but i'd thought i'd mention that it acts as a natural shampoo so that you are aware that it's safe to wash your hair in the water once you've used the ballistic.
Using this bath ballistic is simple. Run your bath and drop it in. You don't have to hold it under the tap like the bath melts, you just plonk it straight in. As soon as it hits the water it begins fizzing (which is quite loud at first) and a thick lather of creamy foam oozes out of it as it dissolves, it definetly doesn't fizz or foam as much as the other ballistics I have used which I don't mind as it's more relaxing that way. The bath water immedietly starts to change colour to a lovely vibrant goldeny yellow shade with swirly bits of white foam in it too. I know that my description of the colour doesn't sound very nice but it looks lovely in my opinion, although if someone walked in on you while you were bathing in this I think it would be a bit awkward, as it does make the water look very wee coloured, I know that sounds like a silly joke but I am been deadly serious and it's important to mention as it will probably put some people off of buying it, although it doesn't bother me personally. Bubbles wise, there aren't many, which isn't a huge disadvantage for me as I don't particular enjoy bubble baths, but again, it's something to be aware of - if you're looking for a bath bomb which produces lots of big fluffy bubbles then this isn't the one for you. The bath bomb makes the water feel very milky and moisturizing and makes my skin feel silky soft while i'm bathing in the water. This is a lasting effect and my skin feels like silk when I get out of the bath and even the next day it feels really smooth. Once my bath is drained of the water there is a bit of residue left which is a bit like a gritty mud. This takes literally 2 seconds to remove as it isn't sticky or gooey. The smell lingers in my bathroom for an hour or so and lingers on my skin for quite a while. Overall I can not fault this product, it is very cheap, good value and has a lovely effect on my skin. Reccomended!
It should be becoming clear, that I not only love Lush, but I love a good bath. If you have ever read my Lush reviews before you may realise that I have a bit of an obsession with the Butterball ballistic. In an attempt to try something different and to better Butterball, I have been trying out some similar scents to really test if it was my favourite. Friday night came, the bath was run, Heart club classics on and my Origins ginger candle lit. I dropped the ballistic into the bath to see what happened....
***Let The Ballistic See The Bath***
The ballistic itself as the yellow and grey (in the dark it may appear black) stripes reflecting the bee it is supposed to represent. Dropping the ballistic into the bath, it immediately started to fizz before sinking to the bottom of the bath like a lead weight. I found myself kicking it and pawing it around the bath to try and make sure I was surrounded by the honey odour. My previous ballistics have all semi-floated, and to find I had to chase this one around the bath was mildly annoying, but the ballistic did fizz for a satisfactory amount of time, probably about five to ten minutes.
Here come some of my first issues with the ballistic, the colour it turns the water. It is only what could be described as a strong urine yellow, I had read about this in reviews of this product, and didn't think it would bother me. However, when trying to relax and feel deeply cleansed surrounded by what looks like urine, I never felt clean throughout my bathing experience. The feeling of cleanliness was not helped by the 'grit' that this ballistic left at the bottom of the bath, it felt a bit like sand, and sadly felt like the bath was dirty too, I'm guessing this may have something to do with the addition of the mud. It wasn't as I had cleaned the bath the day before and gave it a quick rinse again before I got in, so this must have been produced by the ballistic.
***What makes up the scent?***
The scent is meant to be reminiscent of the Lush favourite Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, which I have not yet owned so can't vouch for it. However the overall aroma is one of honey with a slightly floral tinge. Personally I don't think the aroma was strong enough, and I also thought it was lacking in another balancing scent. I think either a bit more fo the floral or some sharp citrus, would have resulted in a more complete bathing experience. The two vital components of this ballistic are honey and rhassoul mud.
*Honey - An antioxidant believed to prevent dehydration of the skin.
*Rhassoul Mud - Has been used since Ancient Mesopotamia to revitalise skin, and is also believed to help heal arthritis. It is one of the forms of mud that are often used in health spa mud baths today. This was Lush's attempt of a spa treatment at home.
The scent did not remain on my skin after stepping out of the bath, and the bathroom no longer smelt of honey when I went to brush my teeth a couple of hours later before bed. I found this a real disappointment, and I normally get a longer lasting scent from previous Lush products I have used in the bath.
*** How my skin felt after? ***
The lovely shop assistant in Lush promised me softer skin due to the presence of the honey and Rhassoul mud, however I found my skin was slightly softer compared to other non-softening Lush bath products I did not notice a vast difference. On this occasion I definitely topped up with some body butter.
*** Layering With Other Products ***
Lush recommend to use this product with Honey I Washed the Kids soap, never tried it, but I have been told it smells just like this. They also recommend the Mange Too massage bar which is more for moisturising, I do see some similarities between the ballistic and this massage bar, but I think Mange Too has a less natural sweetness due to the addition of the white chocolate.
My personal recommendation for layering is from a range called Kings and Queens, by the Greek company Korres, the Queen Nefertiti range has body butter and shower gels with a honey undertone. The shower gel is much better than the body butter in my opinion, but allows the scent to be built up, from a ballistic scent I didn't get much longevity from.
***A Cautionary Note***
Watch when getting in and out of the bath with this ballistic and other Lush products, I find the water becomes more slippy compared to the normal bubble bath I would purchase in the supermarket. This can mean getting into the bath is a little treacherous, so I would plan your exit route carefully.
I also noticed with this particular bath ballistic, the dreaded tide mark, yellow and the grit when I got out of the bath. I cleaned these both quickly as I did not want it to stain the suite. However, it did not give a relaxing end to my Honey Bee ballistic experience.
***Price and Availability***
This ballistic is part of the permanent line at Lush and so is widely available. Currently Lush have the Bathtime Favourites gift in a limited edition tin for £29.95 the mini version of Honey Bee and loads of other ballistics are also in there. As well as the Honey Farm gift set full of Lush's honey scented products. The cost of this ballistic was £2.95 a high to mid-range price for a Lush ballistic. However I did not see any added benefits compared to many of the £2.30 ballistics I have sampled.
*** Overall ***
I won't be purchasing this ballistic again, for the price I didn't get the Lush quality I have come to love and expect. I possibly got a bad ballistic that had been in the shop for too long, but this one certainly lacked the intensity of others. The mess created by this ballistic and the paltry scent results in my two star rating.
*** A Quick Question ***
It is my last bath at home next week, as I am moving out, and baths are going to be few and far between from now on. Do any reviewers have any other recommendation? I would love to hear your comments.
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I am a big fan of Lush products, and tend to pick myself up a couple of treats each time I go into the centre of town, which on average is once or twice a month - I do tend to use Lush items as a once a week / once a fortnight treat! I definitely enjoy my girly evenings in from time to time, and normally a Lush bath bomb is involved in it somewhere!
On my last trip into Lush I was browsing the bath bombs trying to decide which one to get. I tend to always go for the same few, but this time decided I wanted to try something new. I admired the neat pyramids build out of the bath bombs and tried to pick a new one to try. I narrowed it down to two, and after some deliberation decided to give this one a go.
*So why did I pick this one?*
Well, because of it's scent. For someone like me, who has a real sweet tooth, I am instantly attracted to anything sweet. Upon reading the little information sign stating the bath bombs name and that this bath bomb 'in addition to soothing honey, it has Moroccan rhassoul mud to deep cleanse and soften your skin.' All sounding good to me! The stripy 'bee' like appearance although not as 'pretty' as some of the others, also had it's quirkiness about it. The price was about average for a Lush bath bomb at £2.95.
*What was it like to use?*
Last night I gave myself my girly night of the week. I began to run a nice bath and added the honey bee bath bomb which began to fizz away nicely. I found the smell toned down a little once it had dissolved. I must admit that once dissolved the bath water did go a lot yellower than I thought it would go, and sitting in yellow water wasn't quite as nice as sitting in, for example, pink water would have been. Nevertheless, I settled down to enjoy my bath.
After getting out of the bath I did notice that my skin was nice and soft. I imagine this had something to do with the honey as well as the Moroccan rhassoul - I'm not actually quite sure what that is, but it sounds good... Some type of mud? And mud is meant to be good for the skin - saying that, I'm not recommending that you go out and roll in the flowerbeds in your garden!
So yea, a nice scent that lingered in the bathroom for a couple of hours after my bath - good for me as I loved it, not so good for the other half who hated it! The scent did also linger on my skin for a little while, but only subtly so it wasn't too strong. Lovely soft skin, and I can still feel the softness now, over 24 hours later.
Overall a pretty good bath bomb, but with a real sweet scent, so wouldn't be for everyone. I found that the bath bomb also left a faint yellow ring around the bath once I had let the water go. This 'ring' and the fact I wasn't too keen on the yellow water are the reasons I've dropped a star, giving this bath bomb a 4.