“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
Lush Ickle Baby Baff Bath Ballistic
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt
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Bath Ballistics 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.
Lush have designed this ballistic especially for children, and it is shaped like a little face which is cute and appealing. This one weighs 50g and will cost you £1.40. It is suitable for vegans.
This ballistic contains chamomile, lavender and sandalwood essential oils which as you may know, are all reputed to assist with relaxation and restful sleep, so are perfect for little terrors who need calming down before bedtime. Having said that, as an adult, I also like this ballistic and as it is smaller and cheaper than most, it is perfect for everyday use.
The overwhelming fragrance of this ballistic is lavender which always makes me feel a little sleepy so this ballistic really is good before bed, to help to aid a decent nights sleep. The water doesn't change colour (which is a bit of a shame because I suspect that kids would love it if it did!)and the fragrance isn't as strong as most of the Lush ballistics. It is more of a subtle aroma which is really nice and great for men or women (or boys and girls).
The water feels softened when this ballistic has been used and after getting out of the bath, skin feels soft and hydrated. The overall feeling after bathing with this product is relaxed and chilled out, which is fab for children and adults alike. I would definitely recommend that adults try it too, as it is well worth the money and really does do what it promises - it also looks terribly cute!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 18050}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
Lush Ickle Baby Baff Bath Ballistics are fabulous things for tempting your kids to climb in the bath at bathtime. For anyone not familiar with Lush, they are a company that produces handmade, ethical cosmetics and have a huge range of bath and shower products. All the ingredients used in them are natural and they avoid any chemical additives. Ickle Baby Baff has changed now from the one shown in the picture. You now have two different choices: an ickle devil which is pink and an ickle angel which is blue. They have also increased in size to 50g and now cost £1.35 each. The idea of a bath ballistic is that you run your bath as normal, climb in, then drop your bath ballistic in to the water, where it will fizz away....releasing a gorgeous scent and colouring your bath water. It dissolves within a couple of minutes. The ickles contain lots of soothing, sleep-inducing ingredients to help relax your little ones before bed.
I ordered an Ickle Baby Baff ballistic with my last Lush order, as it's the cheapest one they make, and one I've not tried yet. This is actually designed with kids in mind, but it seems that plenty of us big kids are using these too, if the reviews on the Lush website are anything to go by.
It might be worth noting, that Ickle Baby Baff as we know it, will soon be discontinued, to be replaced by Ickle Baby Devil and Ickle Baby Angel, which have the exact same fragrance as this one, but are a bit bigger and are shaped like either a devil or an angel.
The one I bought is the original, which is still available at the moment, and is shaped like a babies face, with a sort of jagged edge which makes it look like it's in the sun. It actually reminds me of that baby in the sun on Teletubbies - not that I watch that of course...ahem. Moving swiftly on....
The ballistic is a pale blue colour - which was surprising to me, as it looked white in the picture, and I'm sure whenever I have seen them in the shops they look white too, but never mind, I actually prefer the ones with a bit of colour to them.
The ballistic contains Chamomile Oil, Lavender Oil and Sandalwood Oil, which combine to make a surprisingly lovely, soft, sweet fragrance, which is very relaxing before it even hits the water! I normally don't like lavender at all, but I don't think the lavender scent is very predominant in this - it's certainly not the first thing I think of when I smell this, and so it's fine.
Both Lavender and Chamomile Oil are widely known for their sleep-inducing properties, and sandalwood oil is a known for its relaxing properties, which make this a great product to use before putting your kids (or yourself!) to bed.
When I dropped this into the water, it started to fizz, turning the water a very pale shade of blue. It dissolved quickly, as at just 30g, it is a lot smaller than most other Lush ballistics. Because of its size I was quite surprised that I could feel the oils in the water almost immediately, as even with some of the full sized ones, I haven't felt that the water was any different.
The scent was lovely - it was very gentle - nowhere near as strong as you may expect from a Lush product, but nice all the same. The scent floated around the room without being overpowering, and left a lingering scent on my skin and in my bathroom.
I actually found that despite being wide awake when I got in the bath, after about 10 minutes in the water I was ready to drop-off, so I'm pretty sure that the sleep-inducing properties of the oils had worked their magic!
My skin felt nice and soft after getting out of the bath too, which was a great bonus.
The Ickle Baby Baff only costs £1 and despite being quite small, I still find it good value for ickle babies and big kids alike! It has a lovely gentle scent, and I really do think that it works to help you get to sleep - at least it worked for me!
I love Ickle Baby Baff. It is so small and simple and cute. It was originally designed to help little children sleep easy. But people who say they are buying these for their children are probably lying- they will be keeping them for themselves! :)
The Lavender, Sandalwood and Chamomile are all perfect treatments for a decent nghts sleep. If you sufer from insomnia then this could be the perfect cure. Just pop one in your bedtime bath and enjoy a good nights sleep.
I really enjoy using this product as it makes me feel really calm. It is a fabulous product to cocktail with some of Lush's other stronger bath products to make a even more beautiful bath- for example Butterball Bath Ballistic or Hot Milk? Bubble Bar Slice. This may sound stupid but I believe this Ballistic may have been a lifesaver for many, many Lush fans and parents. So if you are feeling tired have a Ickle Baby Baff but make sure you get out before you fall asleep in the tub!
After my little one was truly amazed by my Butterfly Ball bomb, I promised I'd get her a bath bomb next time we were in Lush. Being that money doesn't grow on trees (but most of the Lush ingredients do) the one I had in mind was Ickle Baby Baff, being that it's the cheapest at only £1. Okay, okay, I know that's pretty tight, splashing out on the Butterfly Ball for myself, but only spending £1 on her but my reasoning was that she just sits in the bath and plays with her toys and would be fine really in a bit of bubble bath whereas I truly use my baths to relax and spend forever in them. Even after saying it, I still feel like I was being tight.
What made this even worse was the following conversation:
(In Lush I pick up Ickle Baby Baff)
Me: How about this one instead? (trying to get her attention away from Think Pink)
Daughter (looking slightly disappointed): Oh, okay...What's in it?
Me (thinking she means what essential oils, yes seriously thinking a three year old was asking what essential oils were in the bath bomb): I'm not sure, I'll check when we get home, the fella's waiting best be quick.
Cue several "what's in it mum?" questions throughout the whole day and the following morning, with the same response of "I'm not sure yet, I'll check when I get chance".
Then just before the bath:
Daughter: Mum, what's in that bath bomb?
It suddenly dawns on me she thinks there is something inside it, like the flowers and butterflies that emerged from my Butterfly Ball. There is a small wait while I suddenly wonder how I'm ever going to break this news to her, and when I do her shock and distress is so intense that I have to immediately promise to buy her loads of good bath bombs on her birthday.
So onto the bath and after the initial disappointment my daughter still very much loved having a bath bomb of any sort. I let her drop it in herself while she was sat in the bath and she had great delight in watching it fizz around and constantly catching it and picking it out of the water and watching it fizz.
The water was left very soft and so silky, more so than with any bath bomb I have used, but without being greasy or slippery so was still perfectly safe for her without me worrying about her slipping.
The smell was mild but actually nice. When I had read on the website that it had lavender in, I wasn't sure it would smell very nice as I'm not a big lavender fan, and the Waving Not Drowning bath bomb smells absolutely disgusting. The main ingredient here is Lavender, but it wasn't over powering, and the over all smell was quite nice, although nothing spectacular or overly strong.
Lavender Oil can heal the skin, to the extent it has been called "first aid in a bottle", which is perfect for it's use on little ones, who seem to get bumps and scrapes all the time - especially if you have one like mine, who mid walk home from nursery, dramatically throws herself on the floor and exclaims "I've fallen over", all so she can have a Disney Princess plaster! The scent is very calming and relaxing so great for calming down the little ones at the end of a busy day. It also apparently helps irritability, so expect no tantrums after this bath!
It also has Sandalwood Oil which is relaxing, calming and harmonizing. It reduces tension and confusion which is great for easing those young minds that have so much to take in and learn every day, and often have a head literally buzzing with new things at the end of each day. It's also great for easing exhaustion, which is another problem, as all you mums will have experienced your little ones being "over-tired". It's good for sore throats, dry coughs, bronchitis and asthma. This is a major plus point if your child has troubles with their breathing, or a persistent night time coughs. At one point my daughter had a cough that only came about at night, but lasted for absolutely months, until we got an inhaler for her, and this could have greatly helped the condition. It also is good for bladder and urinary tract infections, which can be quite common in children. It relieves dehydrated skin, helps prevent scars and is great for eczema which again can be quite common in children.
Finally it has Chamomile Oil which is very calming and soothes the nerves and is a sleep aid which is great for treating insomnia, meaning it will be great for sending the little ones off to sleep. It's also anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and great for soothing irritated skin such as skin suffering from dermatitis or eczema and is suitable for sensitive skins.
It also has the bath bomb staple of Citric Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate which gives the bath its fizzing action and softens the water.
The list of ingredient isn't a long one but the ingredients are perfect for calming and soothing children before bed time. What is also note worthy is what ISN'T in it, in that there are no harsh chemicals which is just perfect for the sensitive skins of little children.
Whilst there is nothing to essentially stop someone older using this bath bomb, I don't feel it would be suitable as it is very small and if it was dissolved into a full bath would probably be much to weak, whereas it's just the right amount for a shallow children's bath.
I wasn't really too sure that this was going to have the magic sleep inducing effect whilst my daughter was in it as she happily and energetically played none stop throughout the time and wanted to stay in a long time. That said, soon after getting out of the bath she was zonked out into a deep sleep, so miracles can happen!
All in all it was a good bath bomb for children in it's sleep inducing effects, price, size and scent but I do feel that they could perhaps make too versions; this simple one with no added extras and no colouring for babies, and one that is similar ingredients but a more exciting colour, perhaps with some gimmicky things such as butterflies etc to be released from it. This would have been perfect if it had turned the bath pink and released something exciting from its centre. That said both me and my daughter were both still over all very happy with it.
At £1 per bomb, therefore per bath, it is quite expensive but if you're children give you sleepless nights, you'll agree £1 is no price at all for a good nights sleep!
Walking into this aroma haven is always a pleasure - not only does it feed your senses with all the magnificent smells of natural essential oils, but your eyes get to feast on all the dazzling treasures that could end up in your bathroom. However, after a stressful day at work, I was only after one thing - the 'Ickle Baby Baff'.
This is one of their smaller basic bath bombs, in fact, I think it's their only small one. Instead of a small round ball, this blue novelty is actually moulded into a sunny baby's face. Throwing one of these into a warm running bath releases lavender, sandalwood and chamomile essential oils - all of which help to sooth and relax the mind. Although it contains three oils, only a hint of the lavender is noticed.
This has actually been designed with babies and children in mind and hence the the amount of oils in this is considerably less and therefore the effects are much milder. However, I would think that this would be kind to adults as well, I personally sometimes just need a little something just to help me unwind and relax, rather than buy a something strong to knock me out.
Another reason I buy this is because too much lavender oil affects me in a negative way. I am not sure why but, particularly if I use it when I'm happy - I can easily drop to a depressing state. So I am careful to use only a little and only when I really need to during stressful times. Therefore this mild baby baff bomb is just perfect for me.
At £1 for a small 30g bomb, in my opinion, I feel it's pretty expensive. It would be more cost effective just to put a few drops of the oils directly into the bath instead.
Those who expect a spectacular bath bomb to crackle and fizz frantically around the bath water will be disappointed, this little one discreet, subtle and its effects are mild. However, it is a sweet refreshing change to the usual bathing ritual to watch this Baff wallow a fizz around the water, slowly dissolve and melt away the stresses of the day...
Thanks for reading. xx
© Leighsa 2008
I know I have been selfish with my choice of Lush products lately, so on my visit last week, I picked up the Ickle Baby Bath Ballistic for my daughters. My 8 year old uses a lot of the main range of Lush products, but with my 3 year old I tend be more wary of using anything in her bath which could cause her to slip of may be too strong for her skin. Also the cost of the products comes into it, a £3+ product just chucked into the bath would not be appreciated by my daughters, so as Ickle Baby is priced at £1 it is a great alternative, and still allows them to feel that they are having a grown up bath. This product is not a traditional ball shaped bath ballistic, it is a flat sun shaped product with a smily face etched onto it, and is roughly 30g in weight compared to 200g+ for the standard ballistics. I have looked around for something to compare to in size, and the nearest I have come is a hob nob biscuit!!! The initial fragrance that is apparent is lavender, but the shop assistant informed that it also included chamomile and sandalwood oil, all which combine to give a very subtle but pleasant scent. The reason this product is targeted at children is that sandalwood is a mild sedative, so is perfect with the relaxing properties of the other oils to wind your children down and prepare them for a calm and restful bedtime.
On putting Ickle Baby in the bath there is a satisfying fizz which never fails to excite the children. There is no change to the colour of the water, and there is no aroma once the ballistic had melted. I was a little disappointed and so were the girls who complained at the lack of colour and bubbles. To them it felt like a plain water bath which will just not do. The bath was not slippy and when they got out of the bath there was very little residue, and the girls' skin did not feel or smell any different. As for the calming influence of the bath bomb, I am not convinced as my girls seemed the same as they normally do, but then bedtime is not a battle in our house anyway, so maybe I am looking for improvements where they are not needed. The next morning their skin felt quite scaly and dry, and my eldest who suffers from excema had a pretty bad flare up which I would have to put down to the lavender which I have suspected in the past has irritated her skin, but now that is confirmed.
Even if my children's skin had been fine, this is a product I would not buy again. It wasn't fun, it didn't live up to it's claims, and frankly they wanted colour and bubbles, which I can get from so many other products.
While in Lush the other day I remembered reading a review on the Ickle Baby Baff and decided to treat the kids to one each.
It's cute in a Baby Born kind of way (ie: an ugly cute) and the actual face that's carved into the ballistic reminds me of Montezuma for some reason, it looks nothing like a baby more like a sort of death mask - look at the picture and see what I mean! This ballistic is the smallest one I've seen in Lush, weighing in at 30g and being the size of a Cadbury's cookie although a bit fatter. The smallness is reflected in the price and the Ickle Baby Baff will only set you back £1 which is roughly half the cost of the other ballistics Lush stock.
When I got home I handed the girls their ballistics and watched as Charlotte threw hers to one side (spoilt brat, must take after her mother!) and Alice, thrilled to bits, paraded around the house with hers like it was a diamond ring. After Alice had held it that long it started to go all gungy around the edges I took it off her and ran her bath. I took this opportunity to have a good sniff and I must say it smells vile. Absolutely awful in fact. There's a lavender scent which is quite nice but lurking underneath there's this *other* smell - and in this *other* smell I can definitely detect some kind of bog cleaner smell. Before I even thought about putting my kids into anything smelly like this I came and re-read Lou's review and remembered that she thought she could smell Ajax in the Ickle Baby Baff. Ajax, bog cleaner - pretty similar smells. So, this is how they should smell then. Hmmm.
The thing with Lush is the ballistics never smell the same once they're in the bath so after shaking my head at the utter stink of this one I handed it to Alice to throw in the water. She's chucked my ballistics in from time to time and watched them whizzing around turning the water a variety of colours. This foul smelling Ickle Baby Baff disappointed in this respect too, the small ballistic had fizzled away within seconds leaving completely clear water - we were expecting a purple hue because the colour of the dry ballistic is so strong. The smell changes though, once it's fizzed into the water there's no trace of the *other* smell I could detect earlier. The lavender smell comes through in the air around the bath, it's fairly subtle so won't fragrance the whole bathroom like a lot of full size ballistics do. There's a vague sandalwood scent which I wouldn't really have noticed if I didn't already know it was there. The only thing I've come across to compare the smell to is the Lavender Original Source bubble bath, think lavender but with a twist. I asked Alice what she thought of the smell and she said 'flowery' but she liked it anyway.
When I was washing Alice she felt slightly oily which I assume are the essential oils working their magic. After drying her skin felt soft and moisturised with a lovely clean smell, by this time I'd smothered her in moisturiser so couldn't smell any of the Ickle Baby Baff on her skin. The ballistic was adequately moisturising but having dry skin Alice needed a little bit more. The next morning she still smelt clean and fresh, her skin had kept the moisturisation provided by the bath and moisturising cream.
The claims about helping to get kids to sleep. Erm... not sure really. Alice slept well that night but then Alice always does. I have a feeling there's enough essential oils and potions in there to have a minor aromathery-like effect but it doesn't smell half as relaxing as the similarly fragranced Play Doze bubble bar. But then how many of your average 5 year olds need relaxing? Alice is so laid back she's practically lying down anyway!
It's average. It's not great, it's not a disaster. Despite not liking the smell of the dry ballistic I'll probably buy the kids another one next time I'm in Lush. It's a novelty item really, most of the time they'll have a nice bubble bath but now and again they can have something different with the Ickle Baby Baff. It's cheap and cheerful, definitely one to treat the little girls to.
On my first visit to the Lush shop, the assistant was chatting to me when she suggested I try an Ickle Baby Baff for Murray. For £1 you received a wee sun shaped ballistic and has a face which would remind you off a baby like face as in the picture above. The Ickle Baby Baff is not as big as any of the other ballistics which can be purchased. It is only about 30g. It was around the size of a fairy cake. A flat fairy cake at that. But for a child it is probably an ideal size.
I took it out of the little bag and had a sniff. I could smell a lavender fragrance in there and something else which I just could not place my finger on. Looking up the website this contains Sandalwood Oil and Chamomile Oil as well as the lavender. Then I noticed it has citric acid in it and it came to me right away. It smells like Ajax that stuff that my mum used to have under the kitchen sink. I have no idea what it was used for but I knew I had smelled that smell before.
The website also says this "The Ickle Baby Baff is one way to get them in there with the minimum of struggle; sometimes, with the promise of a fizzing 'baff bom', they even volunteer. Once in there, the magic starts to work; sedative sandalwood plus calming lavender and chamomile work their sweet, soporific effect on your little darlings so that they drop off to sleep naturally as soon as they are dried off and packed into their pyjamas." With Murray being a rubbish sleeper, I vowed that if he slept I would buy a years supply to help us get some sleep!
So after a particularly stressful day, I flung this ballistic in with the bath water. It was nothing like the ginger man which we had used before. It dissolved into the water very quickly and left the water completely clear. That left a bit of disappointment. The children got on with their bath, but the bathroom didn't smell any different. I had hoped the ballistic would scent the bathroom ever so slightly. I decided to wait and see what happened when I took them out of the bath. Both children had very nice fragrances around them off the lavender. It was very pleasant and neither of them had any problems with their skin. In fact it seemed smoother than it had it a while. Even the following morning a faint whiff of lavender could still be smelled when they passed by me.
The bath was the only place where I felt there was a problem. The ballistic seemed to make the bath very slippy and both children slipped and that was on their bath mat in the bath, so it is essential that bathtime safety is observed closely when using one of these ballistics.
Now it said above that it should help them drop to sleep Naturally. Well it's absolute tosh. Murray was up until 11pm that night and slept badly. Eilidh who normally is an excellent sleeper had a bad night too. So 2 tired children and 2 tired parents the next morning made for sparks flying in the house. It seemed to disturb both children's sleep, and although Murray isn't a great sleeper his sleep was worse this particular night.
I'm not 100% sure if I would buy this again. The only benefit I seemed to see was how soft and nice smelling their skin was after the bath. But I may give it the benefit of the doubt and buy it and give it another chance. It's only £1 so it won't break the bank like some of the others might.