“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
I'm in the process of sampling all of Lush's bath products (I'll get there eventually), and one I tried recently was the Ickle Baby Bot. I hadn't bothered about this one in the past, as I'd assumed that it was designed for babies and young children, but after reading a couple of positive reviews on it recently I decided to give it a go. Ickle Baby Bot is one of the cheapest ballistics at £1.85, but it is also one of the smallest, weighing only 65g.
This is quite a small ballistic but it's very cute - it is in the shape of a little robot. He is light blue and designed to soothe and calm babies (or anyone else who uses it). The ballistic achieves this effect through the use of lavender, sandalwood, camomile and angelica root oils which are all designed to be relaxing and calming. I'm sure many people will have drunk camomile tea or used lavender products to help them sleep.
There aren't many ingredients in this ballistic, and no nasty chemicals. Apparently ballistics were first invented for this reason - bubble bars and similar products contain sodium laureth sulfate which is a foaming agent, and can sometimes cause skin irritation. Ballistics on the other hand contain only sodium bicarbonate - this is the ingredient that helps the ballistic to fizz, and is a common ingredient in baking - if it's ok to eat, it should be ok to bathe in!
I'm not a parent, but I've heard that extremely young children shouldn't have any products used on their skin at all; also, any ingredient, including essential oils, can potentially cause a reaction - however, the ingredients in this product should be safe to use in the vast majority of cases. It has been specially designed to be mild and gentle on the skin.
I thought the little robot smelled lovely. I could definitely detect the lavender and camomile and thought the scent was really relaxing. I ran the bath, got in and dropped the little robot into the water. He fizzed away quite quickly, releasing scent and colour.
Because the Ickle Baby Bot is so small, I didn't think it would have much effect on an adult bath, particularly as I have the water quite deep, as I am rather tall and my knees always end up sticking out of the top. However I was pleasantly surprised to see that the water turned a lovely pale blue colour that was clearly discernible. The calming lavender and camomile scent wafted around the bath too.
In general, baths always do make me feel more relaxed, but I was impressed to note that this bath in particular made me feel incredibly calmed and almost spaced out. I don't know if this was partly a coincidence, but I felt really sleepy and soothed. Even though the scent wore off considerably once the ballistic had dissolved, I still felt really relaxed.
I stayed in the bath for ages, and when I got out continued to feel relaxed all evening. Sadly the scent didn't last on my skin, but I applied some Dream Cream which also has a lavender scent. The ballistic didn't make my skin feel moisturised, and I didn't expect it to considering it doesn't contain any moisturising ingredients. However it didn't dry my skin out, and my skin felt soft and soothed with no irritation at all.
I was very impressed with this ballistic. Despite its small size it was very effective at making me feel calm and relaxed. It turned the water a calming blue and smelled lovely. It's the cheapest ballistic available and is well worth the money in my opinion. The gentle ingredients and cute shape make it suitable for kids but it's ideal for adults too! I will definitely be repurchasing this ballistic.
Ickle Baby Bot is also available as part of the Relax Take a Bath Gift Set (which also includes a Dreamtime Bath Melt and Dorothy Bubble Bar), which is the perfect place for it in my opinion.
I bought this when I was on a shopping spree at Lush and only chose it because it was one of the cheapest bath products in the store. It was the only one I could find that was under two pounds in price so I thought I would give it a try. This product is one of Lush's bath bombs rather than a bubble bar. I personally find it easy to get confused between the two. This product is also slightly smaller than some of the other bath bombs available, hence it's name 'ickle baby bot' as it's small and cute.
The product comes in the shape of a small metal robot which is a sky blue colour. He is rather sweet with a little smile on his face and I think if anyone gave me one or two of these as a gift I'd think they were great. The product is about one inch deep and about three and a half inches tall. Most bath bombs in Lush come in hard cricket sized balls which means you really have to use them all in one go. The shape of the robot means you can actually snap him into pieces and use him over a couple of baths - although this means decapitating him which is a bit sad!
The texture of the product is that of very dry, hard sand which has been compressed into shape. It's similar to old style bath salt squares. To use the product you need to drop it into your bath water. This then makes the substance start to fizz and whizz about in the water. It's fascinating to watch and great fun. The product tints the water very slightly a turquoise blue colour which makes you feel like you are bathing in some kind of special milk or potion. Except for the initial fizzing it doesn't create bubbles (it's not supposed to - get a Lush bubble bar for this effect). It doesn't make the water feel particularly soft or oily either despite the product containing essential oil (lavender and sandalwood oil). The oils are supposed to have skin soothing properties although I can't say I've noticed a change in the condition of my skin after a couple of baths. You may have to use them more regularly to notice any effect in this area.
The 'ickle bot' smells like lavender, sea salt and burned wood. To my nose the raw ocean saltiness is quite strong and fresh. It reminds me of the Lush Big Blue. It's possibly the combination of lavender and sandalwood which causes this. There is a sort of low note of dusky flowers as well as husky notes of log fires. Overall it's a pleasant fragrance but not quite strong enough once it's in the water. Lavender tends to have a relaxing effect but using this product the fragrance tends to make me feel refreshed and alert.
Whilst I've enjoyed the experience of using the product I have used other products from Lush that have been more satisfying and had a stronger, more pleasing fragrance. I would probably not buy these again although I still wouldn't mind getting them as a gift. Being a sci-fi fan I love the novelty of these robot shapes!
You can buy these either online or in the high street shops and they cost £1.90 per 'ickle bot'.
Browsing in the Lush shop in Lincoln I was approached by a sales assistant asking what I'm looking for, I told her I have trouble getting to sleep and I know Lush offer bath bombs that help with this, she automatically recommended the ickle baby bot as it is specially designed to induce sleep, so I jumped at this and with the price of £1.85 for 65g I thought this was pretty cheap compared to some of the other ballistics. Design wise this is quite cute and is ickle measuring roughly 4 inches in length and a chalky blue colour, this feels quite like chalk as well which touching this dry to me is horrid but of course I did want to get to sleep that night. The lines on this aren't as defined as they are on the picture but you can make out that it is a smiling baby robot. This is supposed to be for children to help them relax and enjoy their bath time and then of course to help get them to sleep but I don't mind that it's for children.
Like all other bath ballistics from Lush you run a hot bath and drop this in and watch it fizz around, When I dropped this baby bot in it started frantically fizzing straight away and was done within 1-2 minutes, it is very fascinating to watch this bubble and fizz although it doesn't release anything except a blue colour changing the water this would entertain children watching it fizz and making them excited for their bath.
The scent of this is lavender although It wasn't a very strong colour when it was solid and in the water, there was a hint but that was it. This has lavender oil, sandlewood oil and chamomile oil, these are the main oils that are released in the bath which relax you and because you are so relaxed you get a good night sleep. Full list of ingredients:
Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla) , Citric Acid (Citric Acid) , Sodium Bicarbonate (Sodium Bicarbonate) , Lavender Oil ((Lavandula angustifolia)) , Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus) , Limonene (* Limonene) , Linalool (Linalool *) , Perfume (Parfum) , Colour 42,090 (42,090 Colour)
This didn't feel very special to me in the water, usually you can feel the luxurious oily water against your skin but the water just felt normal except was slightly blue, getting out of the bath my skin wasn't very moisturised but it was soft, I was a little disappointed that I couldn't smell any of the scent on my skin or in the bath but I can't complain for that price. I did feel slightly relaxed but it didn't help me fall asleep at all and I was very unpleased about this ballistic, definitely won't be buying this one again.
As many of you already know I am a massive fan of lush products and I endeavour to try every product they make, I think they are an outstanding company with fantastic ethics and morals and an inspiration to everyone, I hope one day to see other companies following suit with regards to using natural organic ingredients and an inspiring approach to going green and using the motto to re-use and recycle as much as possible as lush do.
The company began over 20 years ago when the team who are still together today made and produced products containing natural ingredients for the Body Shop and this was so successful they decided to launch their own mail order company called 'Cosmetics to Go' in the uk ,but Lush was officially launched in May 1995.
The Lush name actually came about later and was the result of a competition held in their very first news letter, Lush grew into a massive international company on reputation alone and is loved by millions, and it produces its handmade natural organic products from only a few factories around the world and employs people and not machines.
Lush is the ONLY company which uses 'REAL' Jasmine Absolute Perfume in it's products and this is a substance considered more expensive than gold!
Being such a huge fan of lush I like nothing better than being able to share some of my products and experiences with my family and friends which I often do, I love that lush produce natural products designed especially for children, or I should say products which are suitable for children because having tried them myself they are also wonderful little treats for everyone to enjoy, I do however love that I can share my beloved lush products with my beloved children.
My most recent purchase is the Ickle Baby Bot which was bought from the Leeds Lush store.
*** THE PRODUCT ***
It cost £1.85
It weighs 65 gs
Suitable for vegans
Suitable for all skin types
"A relaxing robot full of chamomile and lavender for successful sleepy-times"
(Lush Times newsletter)
This product is specifically aimed at children and babies because of it's sleep inducing properties of lavender, chamomile and sandalwood which are known to gently soothe and calm the mind, body and soul as well as soothing and calming any itchy bits, it is such a gentle product it can be used for babies and young children alike for a novelty bath time treat which has a secret weapon... it 's combined aroma of essential oils and it's soothing effectiveness results in induced tiredness to encourage relaxed natural sleep.
Chamomile is one of the most gentle of essential oils which makes it an ideal addition for products designed for use on children and those with extra sensitive skin, it has fantastic anti-bacterial properties that is known and trusted to soothe irritated skin, chamomile has been used for years by aroma- therapists for it's ability to soothe and calm bruises, allergies, and to help ease stress and aid relaxation.
*** INGREDIENTS ***
* Chamomile oil
* Lavender oil
* Chamomile blue
* Sandalwood oil
* Sodium bicarbonate
* Citric acid
* Propylene glycol
* Colour 42053
* Colour 42090
This Ickle Bot measures about 4 inches in height and is an inch thick, it is light baby blue in colour and solid, chalky, but easily crumbled and broken, it has a lovely light scent of Lavender.
I split this bot in half to get two uses from it, it broke in half very easily and once dropped in the bath it fizzed away and dissolved quite quickly leaving a nice deep turquoise froth on the surface until the water was swished and colour dispersed, the water turned an appealing baby blue colour and smelt amazingly calming of gentle lavender, I thought the scent was quite subtle compared to other ballistics but this one's designed for children so I expected it to be a lot milder.
The slight subtle scent filled the house and lingered for a few hours, the scents in the bath lasted the whole length of the bath (around 30-45 mins), the water felt silky soft, and soothing, no greasy surface residue or bits, the ballistic completely dissolved.
The skin felt soft and moisturised after the bath and did soothe and tone down a red patch of eczema I have on my knee which is usually really itchy during the night, after this bath I had no urges to itch it, the lavender scent lingered on my body all night and I could still smell it lightly the following morning.
There was no powdery residue in the bottom of the bath or around the bath tub after use.
*** MY THOUGHTS***
I think this is a lovely relaxing product which is a great treat for children and has multi purpose uses as it does actually induce a feeling of sleepiness and calmness, perfect for getting children ready for bed time in a fun way which is beneficial to them and definitely effective.
It can be enjoyed I think by anyone and everyone so is not just restricted for use as only a children's product, I think this product would help anyone who is having bouts of insomnia or feeling a little under the weather, has irritated eczema prone or dry skin because it is very soothing so I would definitely recommend for that.
The price of £1.85 I think is good value for money even though this product is a lot smaller than most other products, I tend to get two baths from this ballistic by snapping the robot clean in half when using it for myself but in the past I have got four baths from this bar when used just for the children as a smaller amount is just as effective when used in a smaller bath which children generally tend to have.
I think this ballistic is a fun concept which allows us 'grown up's' to share our lush experiences with our children knowing that they will be safe and that they are just as beneficial for them as they are for us, my children definitely appreciate how important my lush bath time experiences are now they have their own.
It would be nice to see a mummy or daddy full sized bot.
I have rated this Ickle Baby Bot Lush Ballistic 5 out of 5
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As I mentioned in my first Lush review yesterday, I'm a little bit addicted. I spend quite a lot of money a month in there which can be quite expensive (even though recently I've begun to love their website sale of the Christmas goodies!). I brought the Lush Ickle Baby Bot along with Creamy Candy bubble bar and a pot of Love Lettuce face mask.
The Ickle Baby Bot is actually aimed at Children, tricking them into a 'sleep aid' bath with a friendly blue robot. Which leads me onto the bath ballistic itself. The robot is a pale blue robot shape (obviously) with individual square sections and a smiley cute little face. I quite like how the name 'Baby Bot' came from the idea of it soothing your babys bot - obviously as it has the soothing ingredients to send your little one to sleep.
I don't have any children of my own, but I still love this bot as I often have trouble sleeping when I'm stressed from studying and work - plus the robot is very cute. The ingredients list includes lavender and chamomile. I did expect more 'relaxing' ingredients but I'm guessing they weren't really needed because these worked perfectly fine. It is 65g which fits comfortably in my palm and can be used in half if you wish, thats what I have done and it was plenty!
Anyway to use this ballistic is like most of the others. You simply drop it under a running tap and let it fizz until its completely dissolved. It did dissolve quite quickly and didn't leave the broken bits at the bottom like I found with some others. It also had a very herbal fragrance in the air, with milky very pale blue water which was lovely.
During and after my bath I did feel very relaxed, my skin also felt softened and very refreshed which is what Lush says will happen after this bath. I didn't really expect for it to actually make me tired enough to want to sleep though. Within an hour of my bath, I was tucked up in bed and fast asleep through to the next morning and woke up feeling very alert and calm.
In conclusion, this is a gorgeous bath product from Lush which worked wonders for sending me to the land of nod. It was also smoothing and moisturising, which is perfect for more than just children. I can see how it would help a child at bath time and love that they have given children products in their shop which appeal.
The Ickle Baby Bot costs £1.85 and I think its worth every penny. You can purchase one in Lush stores or online from www.lush.co.uk
The ingredients are:
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Chamomile Blue Oil, English Angelica Root Oil , *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42053, Colour 42090
The ballistic is suitable for vegans too - like most of the Lush products.
I've written a few reviews on Lush products and here is a product that I've not yet tried on the basis that I was under the impression that it was just for kids. However, a shop assistant at the chester store informed me that actually, a lot of adults (including himself) are fond of the Ickle Baby Bot. He told me that it was originally created to settle the kids before bed but it is really for anyone. I took his word for it.
The Ickle Baby Bot is attractively shaped like a little robot that fits in your hand, a baby blue colour. the scent is my favourite; Lavender. Lavender is well known for being relaxing. The ingredients also include chamomile. Perfect before bed time! Priced at £1.75, I felt it was definitely worth a try.
Running the bath a little way and then plopping the bot in, it turns the water an inviting shade of that baby blue. I found the scent weaker than a lot of Lush bath ballistics which will be a plus for people who prefer that but for me, it just didn't do as much for me. I cant say I didn't enjoy my bath, the bath bomb did enhance it and I did feel relaxed. This just isn't going to go down as a favourite.
Just a bit of background on Lush although I'm sure everybody on this site has heard of them.
Lush is a handmade cosmetics company. The first Lush store was opened in 1994 by husband and wife team Mark and Mo Constantin. There are more than 600 stores in 43 countries. Lush produces and sells a variety of handmade products, including face masks, soaps, bath ballistics, hand and body lotions, and hair treatments. Lush uses organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils, and safe-synthetic ingredients in all products produced. In addition to not using animal fats in their products, they are also against animal testing and perform tests solely with volunteers instead.
I love browsing around a Lush store, there are so many cute things that tempt you to buy them and on one of these browsing trips I was persuaded to buy some Lush Ickle Baby Bots. These unfortunately were not for me but my little girl as these Lush Bath bombs are made just for babies and little kids. I usually like to make bath time really fun for my little girl as it is not her favourite time of day so to have a fun product to add to the bath now and again I thought would be a nice treat. We do bath time right before bed and I thought this Lush product would be perfect as it is said by Lush to, "Exterminate tiredness and send your baby off to the land of nod. Soothe your baby's bott with our Baby 'Bot."
These bath bombs are so cute, they are a light blue colour and shaped just like a little robot so not only fun for your bath but fun looking too. Lush say that the essential oils in this ballistic have been selected for being soothing and calming for baby so I was not surprised to read that they contain lavender oil and chamomile oil which can ben found in lots of other soothing baby bath products such as Johnson and Johnson baby bath products. Lavender is not one of my favourite smells but this was not too overpowering and because it is touted as a sleep aid and for my little girl and not me I did not mind the inclusion of lavender.
We got into the bath and then I let my little girl play with this and have some fun with it, splashing it around in the water so it did dissolve but quite slowly which was still fun. As it dissolved it fizzed which proved to be quite exciting and a fun sound for my little girl and once in the water was a lovely light shade of blue. I'm not sure whether this made her sleep any better but it was good fun and made her skin feel nice and soft although she has the softest skin I have ever felt but I would definitely use one of these again.
They can be purchased in the store or online and are priced at £1.75 for one.
I often have trouble getting to sleep, and when this caught my eye in the Lush shop, it seemed ideal. The shop assistant explained to me that this is actually aimed at children, as it helps relax and calm them before bed. The description on the Lush website also makes it obvious that this is aimed at young children, although I like this and the fact it is aimed at kids doesn't bother me at all. This is £1.75 and the ballistic weighs 65 grams. The texture of the robot is quite chalk like however it is not crumbly. If you wanted to get a few baths out of it it could be easily broken in half, however I used mine all in one go. The ballistic is shaped like a robot and is a pale blue in colour. It is quite cute looking and has a little heart engraved on its chest. Size wise it is a little bigger than the palm of my hand and in my opinion, for the price, it is a generous size. The ballistic comes in a yellow Lush paper bag which can be recycled.
To use this, I simply dropped it into my bath. As soon as it hit the water it began fizzing and it dissolved rapidly (4-5 minutes). Once the robot is completely melted the water is a lovely light shade of blue. It does not leave any bits behind and completely dissolves which is good as I don't have to worry about bits of it getting in my hair. I think kids would definetly enjoy using this because it fizzes so much however for very young children/babies i'd be wary that it may scare them as it makes a fizzing noise. The ballistic makes my bath water and bathroom smell lovely. It contains lavendar oil, chamomile oil and lavendar oil, but I could only really smell the lavendar, which was really relaxing and it wasn't overpowering either. It isn't the sort of Lush product that smells sickly sweet or overpowering and I really like the smell.
The ballistic is not moisturizing but it is definetly quite softening and my skin felt really smooth and refreshed, it didn't irritate my skin at all either. Once I was out of the bath and in my pyjamas the smell stayed and it lingered on my skin for around an hour which was also a plus side. It definetly didn't make me feel more tired than usual but I felt much more relaxed and laid back. The scent of the ballistic didn't linger in the bath or bathroom for long though but on a plus side the colouring didn't stain the bath at all. Overall, I really like this and it is good value at just £1.75. It definetly helped me relax a little more than usual and would be ideal for use with babies to help relax them, and would also make bath time a much more fun experience for toddlers and young children because of the fizziness and the colour that it turns the water.
It has been a while since I have been to lush and treated myself to some goodies and so on a trip in to Manchester I decided I would call in to the store. I picked up a few things for myself but I also picked up the ickle baby bot ballistic for my son as he often tries to steal my bath goodies and I felt this would be a good option to keep him away from my things!
The ickle baby bot ballistic is a pale blue in colour and is shaped as a robot. It claims to be a sleep inducing ballistic for children which is cunningly disguised as a robot. I would imagine that the fact that it is shaped as a robot and is blue would make it appeal to little boys in particular but of course there is no reason why girls would not like this too!
The ickle baby bot costs £1.75 for a 65g ballistic so it is not a cheap option really and is best used as a treat rather than an every night bath product! The ballistic contains lavender and chamomile and you can certainly smell the lavender when you put it to your nose.
When using the ballistic we ran my son a bath and then dropped the product in to the water. The ballistic fizzed around the bath for a short while before disappearing. The bath water didn't change colour drastically but it was ever so slightly tinted blue but it wasn't enough to excite my son or anything as to him it just looked like normal water! As the ballistic was fizzing around in the water you could certainly smell the lavender in the product and it really filled the bathroom. Now I am not really a fan of the lavender scent and so I found it a bit off putting but I would say that if you like lavender you will like this ballistic.
My son lay in the bath for around fifteen minutes and I have to say his skin felt nice and soft when I got him out which was a nice touch. In terms of whether the bath made him sleepy or not well no, it didn't! He was full of energy after his bath but I am lucky really that when I send him to bed I don't have nay issues with him going to sleep anyway so it wasn't a big factor. For those buying it purely for the sleep enhancing qualities it may be a slight disappointment.
I don't think I will buy this ballistic again as I think for the price I was expecting something a bit more for my son's bath time. I think he would have preferred me to pour in some bubble bath to the water to create mountains of bubbles rather than have this quite boring bath. However, he did enjoy watching the ballistic fizz around the bath but this was so short lived it wasn't really worth the £1.75 I had paid!
Thank you for reading my review!
I actually bought this ballistic a while ago in the St Albans store, with the intention of using it myself, although tonight sadly my little man found it and in the bath it went despite my sad looks!!
Lush claim that.....
"A ballistic that will send little ones off to sleep? Does not compute! Drop it in the bath with baby bots to calm them down. They'll soon be dreaming of electric sheep with a sleep-inducing combination of lavender and sandalwood oils."
It cost's £1.75 for 65g this does sound slightly expensive but i believe it is worth it just for the look on their faces. It is a lovely blue colour and is of course in the shape of a little robot (my son LOVED this as he's going through the robot stage). It contains chamomile blue and lavender oil- so I was hoping that this combined with a lavender lotion might send them to the land of nod quickly......although i doubted it!!!
When I bought it and even today I could definitely smell the lavender as I found it nice and strong (too strong for some maybe).
Dropping it into the bath to many whoops and cheers from my 4 and 2 year olds it started fizzing nicely around the bath and producing a few bubbles whilst turning the water a lovely shade of greeny-blue.
I was disappointed though as by then time my children got in the tub the bubbles had all but gone, with only a thin covering on the surface.
The smell of lavender remained strong but not over-powering throughout although I couldn't smell any camomile during or after the bath.
After the bath I didn't really notice that their skin was any smoother or softer than before, although I noticed that they didn't have any adverse reactions to it either (my son has eczema).
I did notice though that the smell lasted on their skin until they went to bed (i didnt use the lotion in the end)and also on towels etc.
I really don't think that it made them any more sleepy than the usual bath at night to be honest but it did seem to cheer them up and be a change from the normal boring bubble bath.
I have already ordered more of these in fact I ordered 4 after I put them to bed as the little man loved it so much!! I am highly recommending it for people with (and even without) children, I love the idea of the shape as well.
5 stars from me!!!!
My little boy is a nightmare to try and get to settle & sleep. He is 3 year old and has hardly ever settled and gone to bed without a lot of crying.
I have tried allsorts to try and wear him out and "calm" him down. Have Tried lavender baby bath, lavender drops on his pillow, calming stories etc. Nothing has worked.
I love Lush products and spotted this ballistic which it says is ideal for helping little ones sleep. I bought a couple and thought I would give it a go.
WOW!!! Thats all I can say! He had a bath with the Ickle Baby Bot (and was highly delighted he had his own special bath bomb) which smelt gorgeous and made the water turn a bluey/purple colour, and was asleep within half an hour! Was it a fluke? Well I have tried the ballistic on other evenings - and they worked a treat!
Fantastic product and at £1.75 was quite affordable (especially as it enabled me to have a quiet evening).
They contain camomile & lavender which helps calm relax.
If you have a toddler who - like mine - has sleeping difficulties - I would definately recommend this.
Lush Ickle Baby Bot
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Bath Ballistic
I feel like I should begin this review by standing up and saying "my name is Siamese and I am a Lush-aholic". It is probably fair to say that Lush are in my top five favourite shops and whenever possible, I like to treat myself to their products.
Anyone who has read any of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) will probably already know that I am a huge fan of Lush. I love their products and whenever they release new ones (which is regularly, meaning there is plenty to choose from, check in store or on their website for details of new products) I am usually found making my way to my nearest store to try them out, now that I write reviews for Dooyoo, I like to think of this as research rather than self indulgence, though I am not sure that Mr Siamese would agree!.
If you are not familiar with Lush, you are likely to notice that the products are not the cheapest on the market. 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. In effect, sometimes you get what you pay for and I definitely feel that it is worth paying a little extra for something that makes you feel special.
Another great benefit of shopping online with Lush 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.
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 crazy and fizzle around your bath water, 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.
These ballistics are designed for children and Lush claim that they will help to calm them down and send them off to sleep. Unfortunately, when we tried one with my niece recently, we found the opposite, she loved the cute looking little blue robot and became very excited watching him fizzing around her bath - kids huh!
This little robot will cost you £1.75 and is suitable for vegans.
Now obviously, I wasn't content with just trying this on my niece, oh no, that would be no fun so naturally, I bought an extra one and popped it into my own bath. Because it is smaller than the other bath ballistics, it obviously doesn't fizz around as much and the scent is gentler too. The water doesn't really change colour, more of a slight blue tinge.
Lush add chamomile and lavender to this product which are both renowned for their calming and sleep inducing properties. When the ballistic was dissolving, the fragrance was lovely but I did find that it faded quickly so that when you were actually relaxing in the bath, it was barely noticeable.
It is arguable as to whether it actually induced sleep, I find that a warm bath at the end of the day is always relaxing but didn't really notice any difference after using this product - as for my niece, she seemed positively energised by the experience! The water did feel softer though and my skin seemed moisturised when I got out, which was nice.
I think that Lush have deliberately made this product quite mild because it is designed for children, and of course, you wouldn't want to bath your child in a heavily perfumed bath in case of irritation. Having said that, it was a little bit disappointing and once the initial fun of the fizz has gone, you are not left with very much. If you are looking for a way to make bath-times more fun then this is certainly worth trying, but don't count on the little darlings being sleepy afterwards!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42053, Colour 42090
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I'm always interested to see what new items Lush has to offer, and a few months ago I picked up this bath ballistic (bath bomb) 'Ickle Baby Bot'. It is smaller than most of the bath ballistics and rather than being round in shape it is shaped like a little robot, and is baby blue in colour.
Ickle Baby Bot is only £1.75 to buy in store or online at www.lush.co.uk. I thought this was an excellent price as I often pay up to double this for a bath ballistic usually. Being such a cheap price, I obviously wasn't expecting incredible results, but I can always trust that Lush will deliver as their products are all handmade and of a high quality.
This little robot is filled with lavender and sandalwood oils, which is useful for making you drift off to sleep. As you may have gathered from some of my earlier reviews, I have troubles sleeping so try out many products to try and combat this, and Ickle Baby Bot happened to be one of them.
In the store, the scent of this bath ballistic was quite delightful and not too sweet like most of Lush's famous scents. However, when dropping this into my bath, the scent disappeared completely, I couldn't really smell anything at all which was quite disappointing. Furthermore, I was hoping that there would be at least a colour change for £1.75. Nothing, just a murky coloured bath with no scent what so ever.
Obviously, I was really unimpressed with how the Ickle Baby Bot performed during use, therefore I was hoping that it's calming properties could help me to drift off to sleep easier. As you might have guessed from the star rating ,this did not happen at all. I was totally unimpressed with this bath ballistic in comparison to every other one that I have used.
The good thing about this bath ballistic is that it is much better for people who don't like the sickly sweet scented Lush products, and I feel that this is much better for people with sensitive skin, as I am aware that many people get reactions to some of the stronger Lush bath ballistics. As well as this, it would be excellent for when trying to bathe children, as this can often be a chore. Just let them drop this little robot into the bath, and I'm sure they'll be in there in no time, making it a lot more fun for them and a lot less work for you. Perhaps the Ickle Baby Bot was created with children in mind, as it would definately work out much better for them!
Overall, I am really unimpressed with this bath ballistic and even for the cheaper price would not repurchase it again. It is far too expensive for what you receive and it did absolutely nothing for my bath. I'd recommend using it on kids only as it is a waste of money if not.