“ Brand: Lush / Melt / Type: Bath Bomb / Subcategory: Bath Melt / Bath Foam „
I wasn't a fan of Lush back in the day when they used to release a lot of Hallowe'en products in October, so was pleased when it was announced that a number of those treats were turning up in the October Retro release. I ordered a number of things, including the Jacko ballistic.
Jacko was inspired by that ubiquitous Hallowe'en symbol: the carved pumpkin. He is orange, pumpkin-shaped and has a rather scary face. Lush say that jack-o'-lanterns were traditionally meant to trap the devil (an interesting bit of trivia!) but they prefer to use Jacko to trap essential oils!
Jacko is designed to create a lovely warming bath, perfect as the weather turns colder. He contains cardamom and clove bud oils for a spicy bath, with a little spearmint oil to refresh. The main ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, which helps the ballistic fizz and dissolve. As ballistics don't produce bubbles, there's no sodium laureth sulfate in this product, meaning it is gentler on the skin. Jacko is suitable for vegans.
I thought Jacko looked awesome and smelled lovely with his spicy scent! I decided to use him in a warming weekend bath in order to warm up during the cold snap. As with all ballistics, I ran the bath first then got in and dropped him into the water in order to get the full benefit of the product.
Jacko fizzed away really quickly and turned the water a lovely deep orange colour. At first the smell was really strong but it faded a bit once the ballistic had dissolved. It was still present, however, and the spicy warming scent was very pleasant.
I thoroughly enjoyed my bath, complete with book to read, and felt thoroughly relaxed. After getting out, my skin felt soft and wasn't irritated at all. It wasn't dried out either, although I did have to apply moisturiser since the ballistic doesn't contain any actively moisturising ingredients. This didn't bother me, however, since I do suffer from dry skin.
This ballistic cost £3.50 which is pretty pricey, even bearing mind that Retro products cost more than normal products (as they are produced in smaller quantities). This is definitely one for an occasional treat - though I can't imagine using one other than around Hallowe'en anyway! Definitely one to try if you need a break from all the Hallowe'en craziness!
The Jacko ballistic was released by Lush last Halloween. I believe it was their first ever Halloween ballistic and I was pretty excited given that Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. It was only available for a limited time so it is not available at the moment unless Lush bring it back for Halloween this year. The ballistic was a 100g ballistic and cost £2.50 each.
I loved the look of this ballistc. It was flat and shaped like a pumpkin. It also had a pumpkin face etched into it which I thought was a good touch of detail. The ballistic was bright orange.
I loved he scent of this ballistic which to me was very reminscent of the scent for the Spice Curls soap. The ingredients for the scent were cardamom, clove bud and spearmint. You could really smell the spearmint in this ballistic and it was really refreshing as well as giving me a bit of a tingly feeling each time I had a sniff of it.
Dropping the ballistic into the bath I watched as my little Jacko spun and fizzed away into a bright orange bath full of water. The scent which was kicking off of the water was absolutely gorgeous. It was spicy yet minty, warming yet refreshing. It was absolute amazing. It is a scent which makes you feel refreshed because of the peppermint but also makes you feel warm inside because of the cloves. A genius little ballistic in my opinion.
The scent flowed around my bathroom creating a really snuggly feel and when I got out of the bath (an hour and a half later), my skin was scented beautifully with it. The scent also remianed strong the whole time I was in the bath too.
The ballistic didn't really do much for me in terms of making my skin any smoother but I really didn't care. I just felt great inside with my head swimming in such a gorgeous scent. This is definately a ballistic to use on those cold autumn/winter days.
If you are lucky enough to track one of these down I would really suggest you hold on to it until we are in the throws of the cold winter and if by some luck Lush bring it back this Halloween, I have two words for you: STOCK UP!
Lush Jacko Bath Bomb
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Ballistic
Just in case you have never shopped at Lush before, it is worth knowing that they only make cosmetics by hand from natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either, and many products are vegan friendly.
In addition to this, Lush are committed to reducing packaging and also support loads of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients. You can shop online and also locate your nearest shop. Orders placed online arrive packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is much more environmentally friendly.
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 ballistic in the bathwater, fizzing their way round for ages. 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 bathwater which lasts for ages.
This 100g ballistic will cost you £2.50 and instead of being tennis ball shaped like most ballistics from Lush, it is flatter and shaped like a carved pumpkin lantern (or jack o lantern!)
The fragrance of this ballistic is really quite special. It will turn your bathwater a fab orange colour while it dissolves and as it does, you will become aware of the spicy and delicious fragrance that it is releasing. It has hints of clove, mixed with spearmint which is quite unusual and extremely warm and comforting and quickly relaxes you and takes away those chills from a cold day.
Ingredients are as follows;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Spearmint Oil (Mentha viridis), Water (Aqua), Perfume, Colour 15510}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I believe that this product was released for halloween but it is still available on the Lush website and I urge you to get some to try soon in case they are not around for very long because they are a little different to the other ballistics and definitely feel like a treat.
In my opinion, this one is best used on a cold night after a long day, light a candle or two, pour a glass of wine and lock the bathroom door, immerse yourself and relax for at least 30 minutes. You will find that breathing the gorgeous fragrance relaxes and revives you, leaving yrou skin and bathroom smelling spicy and yummy!
Its Halloween and once again Lush has commandeered my attention because there are some limited edition, only available at this time of the year products with my name on then. Last year I bought the aptly titled Ghost, a shower gel. This time I have been seduced by a rather scary looking pumpkin shaped Bath Ballistic which not only looks fantastic, it smells fantastic and it stands out by a country mile within the Lush shop I went too because of its bright orange colour.
For those people who don't already know me or have never read a review of mine, I am Rachel or Sarccyslayer the disguise I use on Dooyoo and I am a Lushaholic. One of my all time favourite Lush products are Bath Ballistics because I love to spend an hour or so in a nice hot bath, relaxing with amazing smelling aromas which for me is not something you get with a bottle of bubble bath from your high street store, add to that a good book and a nice glass of chilled wine and that is perfection for relaxing especially after a hard day at work or a long stressful week.
For those people wondering what an earth a Bath Ballistic is (and some of you will be) - a Bath Ballistic is usually a rounded tennis ball shaped bath bomb, of which bicarbonate of Soda is one of the main ingredients. It is this bicarbonate of soda which gives Bath Ballistics (the Lush description for Bomb) the 'fizzing effect' sending it whizzing around your bath. Bath Ballistics are also are packed full of essential oils, which give off wonderful aromas to help you to relax, unwind and turn your bath water a pretty shade of some colour. One thing about Ballistics is that they don't readily create bubbles, which is a downside as I like bubbles in my bath, but you can create your own by swishing your hand around in the bath. More recently Lush have become quite inventive with their Ballistics and have begun to move away from the tennis ball shaped product and have now a range of fun and quirky shapes to try.
Anyway, Jacko as this Ballistic is aptly titled, whether that is a reference to the American Term Jack-o-Lantern or a reference to Michael Jackson the king of pop or both who knows, but it was very cleverly named in my opinion and before I had even seen 'Jacko' in the shop or on the shelf, I was interested to see what I would find. What I did find was a miniature pumpkin shaped, pumpkin coloured Bath Ballistic which was bright orange in colour but rather than being the round tennis ball shape which for me would have made it even more exciting, it was instead rather a flat disc shape which had been cleverly carved to resemble a pumpkin. To buy this Bath Ballistic it will cost you £2.50 and it is 100g, one of the smaller Ballistics that Lush sell, but remember it is only available at this time of the year.
When you come to use your Bath Ballistic, Lush always suggest that you place your Bath Ballistic into a bath a of warm running water, but ensure there is a few inches of water already within the bath itself because this helps it to dissolve quicker. So, once you have an inch or two of water in your bath, you simply place the Bath Ballistic into the water and within a matter of seconds you can watch it roll around the bath and fizz away on its own. As the Ballistic is whizzing and spinning about your bath, slowly turning your water into a bright orange colour from this Ballistic, you should also notice the smell as the oils are released into the water and they linger around the room within the vapours from the steam. Once the Ballistic has fizzed away into the water and copious amounts of bubbles have appeared (after I swished the water round with my hand) I was ready to get into my orange coloured bubble filled bath to relax.
So what contributes to such a wonderful smell? Within this Ballistic there are three main ingredients beside Bicarbonate Soda and the first one is Clove Bud Oil which is useful for its disinfectant properties and pain relief but in this instance it is used to stimulate and boost circulation whilst cleaning and cleansing the skin. Cardamom Oil comes next and it is a mood up lifting, reinvigorating and refreshing oil which like Clove Bud Oil helps to clean and cleanse the skin using its antioxidant and antiseptic properties. Finally we have Spearmint Oil, for me it is the Spearmint which offers the main aroma, it isn't too over-powering and at first you really need to smell the Ballistic quite hard, but as soon as it hit the water and the oils are released it comes to life. The Spearmint Oil which on the skin it calms itching and works with the other two ingredients to clean and cleanse the skin. Spearmint oil also helps to relieve headache, stress, fatigues and in some cases cold symptoms are eased. As always with Lush there is a whole list of further ingredients, which can be found on the Lush Website. Within most Lush products you will find a lot of essential oils, which are specially picked for each product and I would suggest that you visit the Lush website to read the entire list of ingredients, especially those of you who are pregnant, suffer from epilepsy or have sensitive skin.
After my very long but very lovely soak in the bath, I was feeling very relaxed and suitably de-stressed and my skin was smelling rather lovely and minty whilst feeling soft, smooth and very moisturised and clean. As I have extremely sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use but Lush never seem to cause any bad reactions, spot outbreaks or dry my skin out which is why I became a lushaholic. Doing the job that I do can be very stressful and the word multi-taking is a given, so to keep myself calm and my blood pressure low, it is little treats like this that I look forward to.
Once I had emptied out my bath water I was pleased not to find anything left lurking behind clinging to the bath tub, which with some similar products has been the case, there was also no orange stains from the ballistic, the only thing I was left smelling was a lovely spearmint smell which lingered for a few hours after I had vacated the bathroom.
So would I recommend this product? I absolutely would without a shadow of a doubt. For those people who enjoy baths as much as I do to relax I don't think there is an alternative and adding a Lush product is not only a treat, it makes me smile and it is a nice change from some boring old bath cream you can buy in your supermarket.