“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I got all carried away doing a Christmas Eve hamper for my 16 month old and decided to get one of these bath bombs for his Christmas Eve bath before getting into his new Christmas pyjamas. At £1.35 its not a huge extravagance and I felt it was probably going to be a waste of money but was at least happy that it would not have any adverse affects on his eczema prone skin.
He enjoyed throwing it into his running bath and then watching it fizz around and getting in to try and get it out so he could eat it. It has a nice, relaxing but very mild smell which doesn't linger in the bathroom or on his skin, but then a baby probably doesn't want strong smells. He was very soft when he came out but always is due to our use of Dream Wash and Dream Cream for his eczema. He got straight off to sleep and slept very well, but again he always does.
Whether this would improve bath and bedtime for a toddler who didn't enjoy them I can't say, but as the old saying goes 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' - or in our case if you have a toddler who enjoys his bath and sleeps well, don't spend £1.35 trying to improve it!
Lush Ickle Baby Angel Bath
On my most recent trip to Lush my friend who I was shopping with drew my attention to the Ickle Baby bath ballistics, that I had not really paid much attention to before. On the spot I decided to but not one, but three of this creepy looking 'Angel' faces at £1.35 each (for a 30g ballistic). I don't know why three, because I hate odd numbers, but at least I really get to try them out before reviewing them.
The idea is that the soothing effects of Sandlewood and Lavender and Camomile should relax your baby in order for them to have a restful night sleep. In general my 1 year old sleeps well so this really was an impulse purchase for the novelty factor.
Admittedly when my lad saw the baby face he looked chuffed, but wanted to bite it (!!). I ran his bath as usual but omitted his usual baby bath and plonked him in first, then Ickle Baby Angel. It immediately began to fizz and slowly moved around the shallow waters. Jake did get excited at that bit and tried chasing it and picking it up.
The fragrance of lavender, camomile and sandlewood is far more diluted once the bomb has fizzed away. It really does not last long and turns the bath water a very (very) pale blue- ish colour.
I used these bombs in his bath for three nights in a row to see if it had any 'special' effects with his sleeping pattern. I really don't feel that these made any difference whatsoever to his already good sleeping pattern. He generally has a little play after his bed for ten minutes and then goes on to bed and on each occasion he was happy to do that, still not disturbing during the night and waking at his usual time.
I should add that I am allergic to lavender and many lavender products , but have so far, had no effects from any lavender containing Lush products and have had no allergies triggered from this product.
Overall, I think this is a cute little product for babies and children and would be a lovely stocking filler or small gift for a little one. They may even help improve bathtime for those who just don't like it. I do think personally that they are a bit gimicky though.
Lush Ickle Baby Bath:
I am reviewing the Lush Ickle Baby Angel Bath Ballistic, you can also get an Ickle Baby Devil and if you are lucky you may be able to get your hands on an old style Ickle Baby Bath. The One I am reviewing is a pale lilac-blue colour. The only difference between them is colour.
This is a cheap ballistic be Lush standards at only £1.32, (its still a lot for one bath by a bargain for a Lush Bath). It is oh so tiny and weighs just 30g. It is shaped like a cute little babies face.
This is a bit of a let down though, (well in a full sized bath anyway), it doesn't fizz too much and the smell is very weak once it has dissolved. The reason for this though, (and its tiny size), is these are not intended for full sized baths but for "ickle baby" baths. In a baby bath these would obviously smell a lot stronger and too much fizz would be wasted on a tiny tot.
The smell is lovely mind and very calming too. It is lavender, camomile and sandalwood; three scents I adore anyway. Obviously when diluted with a full baths water the smell is faint but still there and I did actually get a good nights sleep, (this could be a placebo but for £1.32 who cares)? It would definitely be good for babies to give Mum and Dad a better nights sleep and then I bet £1.32 would seem like a pittance!
My Ickle Baby Bath made no difference to my skin, I used my usual soap and my skin was the same after my bath as it was before only cleaner. Again I bet when used in a baby bath the camomile would soothe the skin which would be especially good for little ones with nappy rash or dry skin.
I do get the odd patch of very dry, itchy skin and quiet a few things irritate this but this had no such effect.
For those of you unfamiliar with Lush, they are a groovy company who make extra special "smellies" using lovely natural things and while caring for the environment too. They shops all over the country, (well the world actually), and a great website, (www.lush.co.uk for UK users and www.lush.com will take you to a "portal" so you can select your country).
I would recommend this for people with babies, (anything to make them sleep through is worth a try). I guess if you got two that would still make them reasonably priced for a Lush product and the effect would be stronger and you would probably get a good bath out of it. I think I will try it and then update!
Thanks for reading, Donna x
It was my birthday last week and my son had picked up my hints and bought me lots of Lush goodies as a present. (Subtle hints like dragging him to our local Lush store and saying this is where I want you to buy my birthday present from!) In admist my array of bath goodies was this tiny little bath bomb - an Ickle Baby Angel Bath Ballistic.
This is, technically, a new product but is based on the Ickle Baby Baff which has been a Lush bestseller for some time. (Probably because it's the cheapest bath bomb they sell, as it's only a little dot!) The new design still features the cute little baby's face on the front but is now available in a pink devil version as well as the blue angel form which I'm reviewing today. This bomb had obviously been chosen by my son with himself in mind and, as this bath bomb is clearly aimed at kids, I felt obliged to let him have the privilege.
The angel bath bomb (like its ickle baff bomb predecessor) claims to help kids sleep better although, thankfully, that's not a big problem in our household. Like all Lush products, it contains fresh natural, organic ingredients and pure essential oils - in this case Lavender, Sandalwood and Chamomile oils. In light of this, I was happy to let our one year old baby share the bath with his big brother to get the maximum benefit from this tiny little bomb!
We had a big build up to bathtime that night and my oldest plopped the bomb into a freshly run bath full of excitement and expectation. I have to say that the product didn't really live up to his or even my expectations. It fizzed around for a little while as it started to dissolve in the water. My son kept picking up the fizzing bomb as it got smaller and smaller. Then, as is to be expected with bath bombs, it eventually fizzled into nothing as all the powder dissolved. What was most disappointing though was that the bomb didn't have any visible effect on the bath water at all and there wasn't really any detectable fragrance once the bomb had dissolved. Even when I picked the baby out of the bath after wards, there was no noticeable aroma on his skin either or anything to suggest that any bath products had been used at all. The bomb itself had smelt lovely and we had all been sniffing it with eager anticipation before it was dropped into the bath. (Yes, small things matter in our household!) The bathtime experience itself was a bit of a letdown though. In fact my son's words sum it up very well - "Is that it?"
Admittedly, this is one of the cheaper Lush products at just £1.32 for a 50g bomb. Nonetheless, this will only see you through one bath and would be an expensive purchase to use on a regular basis and just isn't 'special' enough to be a special occasion product for the kids. It might look cute but it went out with a fizzle rather than a bang as far as we were concerned! I certainly wouldn't be tempted to buy another.
For children who have difficulties getting to sleep / Soothe their tantrums with a mood calming Bath Ballistic /