“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
As you will know if you've read my previous reviews, I'm a bit of a Lush addict and am on a quest to sample every product made. Recently I found out that a number of items from the Retro range were being discontinued and therefore I went on a bit of a spending spree! One of the products I purchased was the Honey Lumps ballistic.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
***What is Retro?***
The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!
***So what's a ballistic?***
Ballistics are basically bath bombs. They are made up of sodium bicarbonate and a number of other ingredients which allow them to fizz away in the bath, releasing colour into the water and scent into the air. They don't create bubbles - go for a bubble bar if you have your heart set on a bubble bath. Many of Lush's new-style ballistics contain a variety of colours and create special effects in the bath - these are pretty impressive! However, Honey Lumps belongs to the old-style group of ballistics. It has the traditional round shape with the Lush logo raised on the top of it. Retro ballistics do tend to be larger than their newer counterparts and Honey Lumps is no exception - it's massive! I've sometimes cut these larger ballistics in half to use them in two different baths, but I decided just to throw the whole thing in this time.
This ballistic is nothing special to look at, being a pale cream, ever so slightly brown in colour, round bath bomb. It has a lovely scent of honey with a citrus tang, and something deeper which I can't quite make out. This makes sense as the ingredients are honey, tangerine oil and myrrh resinoid, which is probably the part I can't quite make out as I've never been called upon to identify the scent of myrrh. It's worth noting that the presence of honey in the ballistic means that it is not suitable for vegans, though like all Lush products it is suitable for vegetarians. As the name of the product suggests, the honey comes in the form of little lumps which dissolve in the bath.
***Using the product***
Though it's possible to drop ballistics into the bath while the water's running, I prefer to run the bath and get in before doing so in order to get the full effect. When I dropped this ballistic into the water, I noted that it dissolved relatively quickly, fizzing away pleasantly and releasing the scent. The ballistic formed a sort of white foam while it was dissolving , but afterwards the water was clear and it didn't look like there was anything in the bath. I was pleased to note that there were no 'bits' left to get stuck at the bottom of the bath - the whole thing dissolved thoroughly. The water felt silky-soft and gentle on my skin, and the lovely honey scent, which lasted for the duration of my bath, was relaxing and calming.
After my bath my skin felt very soft and the smell lingered on my skin for a couple of hours. I experienced no skin irritation whatsoever after using this product, in fact it felt very soothing and would probably be suitable for more sensitive skin.
***Would I recommend it?***
Yes I would, I enjoyed using the ballistic and it seemed to do my skin good, as well as helping to create a relaxing, calming bathing experience. It wasn't the most spectacular bath product but it did a good job. Though it was rather pricey at £3.10 I would be willing to pay this for an occasional treat. I would also consider cutting it into two next time and using it for two separate baths.
Honey Lumps is no longer available on the Lush website at the time of writing my review. However, Lush have recently revised their Retro policy and plan to release a small number of limited edition Retro products every couple of months. Therefore, there's a chance the ballistic could become available again. If you like the sound of it I suggest you keep an eye on the Lush website. eBay is another possibility.
If you think it sounds good, I also recommend the Butterball ballistic from Lush which is cheaper and available in-store, but is also good for skin.
I bought this last month and used it last weekend and really was not impressed at all. This bath ballistic is 200 grams in weight and costs £3.10 which you would think is good value but it really isn't! The bath ballistic is large and round - pretty much like a large golf ball. It is white in colour with orange specks all over it which is the honey that it contains. It's quite basic looking really - nothing special. Packaging is minimal and is simply a recycable Lush paper bag.
Smell wise it isn't great. As I ordered it via the website, I unfortunetly didn't have the oppurtunity to smell before buying but due to the name and product description I assumed it would smell of honey. Wrong! It smells floral, weirdly enough, with a citrussy orangey undertone which is quite nice but simply not what I expected. I was hoping it would smell a bit like the honey I washed the kids soap but it doesn't smell anything like that. The smell does not linger at all and is unnoticeable after 10 minutes of been in the bath.
After dropping the bath bomb into the warm water it immedietly started to fizz and I was expected the room to become very fragranced and relaxing. In fact, it just smelt slightly of oranges and I was very unimpressed to say the least!! It did turn the water a sort of murky colour which didn't really bother me and I got in to the bath to soak up the goodness. It was a huge dissapointment as my skin didn't feel any different while I was bathing in it nor when I got out. I didn't feel as if it had moisturized or softened my skin and was overlly dissapointed. The fact that the bath bomb dissolved so quickly (within 5 minutes) was a let down too.
I got out of my bath, pulled the plug and got dressed. A few hours later I returned to the bathroom and realised that the bath had a disgusting gloopy layer of greasy residue all over the bottom of it! I had to scrub the bath clean which took 20 minutes so this definetly is not a great product.
This bath ballistic is only available to buy online via the Lush website as it is a Retro product. Would I reccomend it? Definetly not.
Today I am going to be reviewing honey lumps bath ballistic from lush. I had never tried this before and I LOVE IT !! Honey lumps is for dry/flaky skin and its good for kids and sensitive skin too. It won't irritate the skin and it's a mild scent too so it won't give you a headache. The bomb itself has crunchy honey that dissolves in the water in it. Honey has a lot of beneficial properties for the skin so that's good ! Honey is soothing and moisturising but it does leave a layer on the skin but that does keep it hydrated so you may not like that. The bomb smells of honey and mer but the mer isn't so strong. My skin is left very soft and lightly moisturised but the scent isn't there a lot. Unfortunately my bath tub is left with a residue on the sides so its important to be careful because its very slippery ! If I used a honey lumps bath bomb every week then my skin would be amazingly soft !
Honey Lumps: revived from Lush's days gone by and put on to their Retro list available from mail order, I couldn't wait to try it. I am always on the look out for ballistics and products from Lush I haven't tried and I was more than excited to see this one. It cost £2.90 for one ballistic and it weighs 200g.
When it arrived, I took a huge smell of it and was slightly disappointed. The scent strength wasn't great. It smells of honey with a hint of orange and is quite sweet. It smells a bit medicine like to me. It has chunks of honey in the ballistic which will melt in the bath but you do need to have a pretty warm bath to make them melt otherwise you will end up with chunks of honey floating around in your bath.
The ballistic looks pretty simple. It is white in colour with little golden specks of honey throughout which when it starts to dissolve you see are actually lumps of honey, hence the name.
Once I put it in the bath, the scent no longer existed. It completely disappeared and never returned. I love to be able to smell the Lush scents so to have a scent completely disappear is very disappointing. I got into the bath and found that my boiling hot water (I am one of those women who has BOILING hot water and it still isn't hot enough!) was not doing much to dissolve those honey lumps which were floating on the top of the water after the ballistic finally dissolved. It took around 5 minutes for the whole ballistic to disappear which is unusual for Lush. Eventually the honey lumps disappeared too but it left me feeling sticky and greasy. I actually had to have a shower to get it all off of me. it left me feeling awful. It did leave my skin soft but the greasy, stickiness just isn't worth it.
After emptying my bath, I found the bottom of the bath was covered in a slippery residue left from the honey and the rim of my bath was covered in the same sticky, greasy substance too. Cue much cleaning.
This ballistic was an complete and utter disappointment which I cannot recommend nor do I like. I would not buy it again and avoid it like the plague at Lush's retro store parties.
If you know me, then you know I am a huge Lush fan! I have tried most products and currently working my way through the rest. Lush is an ethical cosmetic shop which produces high quality items using fresh ingredients all suitable for vegetarians, a lot suitable for vegans and none tested on animals.
What is it?
Honey Lumps is a bath ballistic which you drop in the bath when it is full. It fizzes away releasing all it's goodness and leaving your skin feeling silky soft and your bathroom smelling as great as you do! They range in price from £1-£3.50. This one will set you back £2.90 and is 200g, suitable for one use only of around 20-40 minutes.
Honey Lumps breakdown
Honey lumps is desinged for those with very sensitive skin and is especially great for children too. It has lumps of honey in which melt to leave your skin moisturised and cared for.
Honey - to smooth even the most delicate of skin
Myrrh - astringent, carminative and anti-inflammatory (it soothes your skin and smells nice too!)
Tangerine oil - for stress relief, to improve the condition of the skin and to help insomnia
I have normal skin which perhaps is a bad thing for this product, as I prefer my bath ballistics with a bit more kick, but perhaps this couldn't do that as it is designed for sensitive skin. I just thought the ballistic had a weak smell in and outr of the bath. It turned the water a murky white for a couple of minutes. It did leave my skin silky soft but I prefer to be able to smell the bath bomb as this lifts my mood. Maybe a good one for sensitve skin but not that special.
Lush Honey Lumps Bath Ballistic
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt.
If you are not familiar with Lush, you are likely to think that they are not cheap. This is true but 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. They also support loads of charities and projects worldwide, details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients. You can shop online and also locate your nearest shop if you are unsure where to find them.
Another great benefit of shopping online is that you can purchase from the Lush Retro range, which is a list of products which were previously discontinued but are not available to buy online - meaning that you can still pick up some of your old favourites, which is where this ballistic came from.
In case you have never tried a Bath Ballistics, they are based on the same idea as bath bombs and are a solid ball shaped mass of bath salts. To use, simply run a warm bath then drop them in and watch them go nuts, fizzing their way round in the water for ages, releasing their fab scent and colour. They will then soften and scent the water until eventually they have dissolved leaving the water and the bathroom smelling delicious.
This 200g ballistic will cost £2.90 and is suitable for vegetarians. Lush claim that it is their most soothing ballistic for both children and customers with sensitive skin.
I was a little bit disappointed with the fragrance of this one, yes it does smell if honey but the scent is very subtle and doesn't last very well when the ballistic has dissolved. Having said that, if fragrances normally irritate your skin then this may be one to try as it definitely softened the water, even if the smell wasn't particularly strong.
There is a slight hint of citrus underneath the honey fragrance, but if I'm being honest, you do have to sniff quite a lot to locate it!
This one may be best for people who don't like a lot of fragrance, I have sensitive skin and find that most of Lush's products are okay to use, but if you have problems, then maybe this one could also be worth trying.
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
VEGETARIAN, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Honey, Tangerine Oil (Citrus reticulata), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), *Limonene, Perfume}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils