“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
Yep, I'm still reviewing bath and beauty products that I received at Christmas, and probably will be for quite a long time to come! My mum got me a lovely Christmas-themed set of four Lush bath ballistics, and after trying out Christmas Party, my second choice was this Jingle Spells bath ballistic.
Unfortunately it's only available from Lush at Christmas, but you try your luck online if you want to buy it at another time of year. It's been around for several years now, so hopefully it will be back for Christmas 2011 (can't believe I'm talking about that already!).
I'm not sure how much this bath ballistic usually costs as I received it as part of a limited edition gift set, but I would guess it's a standard Lush bath ballistic price between £2.50 and £3.50 ish.
The ballistic is a lovely lilac colour with a few gold and silver stars on top. I was prepared this time and realised that they were an indication of the silver and gold stars inside the bath ballistic, so it didn't come as a shock when the ball fizzed away and quite a few stars appeared. Thankfully, this ballistic doesn't contain as many stars as the Christmas Party one though.
I picked out this bath ballistic from the set because of the slight citrus scent to it - for some reason citrus scents always make me feel cleaner. The faint sweet smell comes from the tangerine ingredient, and the bath ballistic also contains juniperberry, fennel and ylang ylang. I would say these smells aren't as predominant for me, although maybe that's because I wouldn't be able to recognise them individually. I would say that the smell of this bath ballistic is pretty inoffensive, not the best scent from Lush but nowhere near as bad as the worst.
I dropped the bath bomb in my bath at that lovely stage when the water is deep enough and hot enough to get in, but the tap's still running because the bath isn't full yet. Jingle Spells immediately started fizzing round energetically, and my bath turned a lovely deep shade of purple. It was beautiful, and very different. It didn't stain the bath or my skin, and was a lot more practical than bubbles. The scent of the ballistic didn't linger too long, or maybe I was still in too awe of my royal purple bath to notice it.
My skin didn't feel particularly softer after the ballistic, but then I'm lucky enough to have soft skin anyway so people with rougher skin may well experience benefits. So far this is the best Lush ballistic I've tried and there weren't even many stars to clean up at the end - bonus!
Ahhh, Jingle Spells how I love thee. This really is a magic bath. It is one of my all time favourite Lush ballistics. Available at Christmas time, the Jingle Spells ballistic costs £2.50 for one 200g ballistic. This ballistic has been available since 2001 every Christmas and has always been a best seller so hopefully Lush will bring it back again this year.
Now before I get into my review about Jingle Spells I just wanted to say that I do think this ballistic is better suited to Halloween rather than Christmas. It has always struck me as more of a witch type of ballistic rather than one which is Christmassy.
The ballistic is a mystical sort of purple in colour. It is almost a cloudy purple and it has scatterings of little gold and silver stars on it. It is the usual round shape but there were also smaller star shaped versions of this ballistic available in gift boxes. It is scented with juniperberry, tangerine, fennel and ylang ylang. Though there is a citrus and berry element to this ballistic, it always smells really herb like to me (which is another reason I think it belongs to a Halloween range - I always picture this sitting in a witches bathroom!). Alot of people say that the fennel in the ballistic makes them smell aniseed but I have never been able to smell it.
I always make sure my bath is full before I add the ballistic. If you had a ballistic to running water I have always found that it dilutes the colour and the scent so to get the full effect, wait until your bath has completely run. When I dropped this into the bath, it sunk all the way to the bottom and then quickly bobbed back up to the top, fizzing and releasing little stars and plumes of purple through the water. The scent never changed for me once it had dispersed through the water. It was always a herby scent.
Jingle Spells made my bath look pretty with its purple colour and twinkly little starts floating about in the water (stars which I always later find in the most private of places!) but it never does anything much for my skin. It tends to leave me feeling a little dry afterwards so I always have to moisturise but I do love this ballistic alot so it is a small price to pay.
Definately one to try if you have never tried it before.
I received a Jingle Spells ballistic in my Lush goodie bag, which I was pleased about as I hadn't got round to buying one before Christmas.
Jingle Spells is supposed to be hangover-relieving, so I decided to give it a go last night when I was feeling a little worse for wear! It contains juniper berries, tangerine oil and fennel to revive you and clear your head. The ballistic itself is one of the larger ones, and I did contemplate trying to chop it in half to make it last two baths, but changed my mind in the end. The ballistic itself is a pale lilac with silver, gold and black stars on top (and inside, as I found out when I used it!).
I dropped the ballistic into the water and it fizzed up really well: a lot more than some other ballistics I have used. The water gradually turned a deep purple, much darker than the original colour of the ballistic - I was pleased about this as I'm not a pastel girl at all, I love deep rich colours so this was ideal. The bath looked very pretty with all the stars floating about in it.
I got into my bath and lay there for a while enjoying the feel of the water and the scent. I found that the smell did refresh me and make me more clear-headed. When I got out I felt quite moisturised, which I think is down to the tangerine oil.
I think this is one of Lush's better ballistics. I wouldn't say it is relaxing as a bubble bath, rather it is refreshing and reviving. With the pretty stars I would say the ideal time to use it is before a party to put you in the mood - especially if you have been to a party the night before as well and need to prepare yourself for the next one!
Although this ballistic retails for £2.75, I would still buy it again for a treat. Unfortunately it is a temporary Christmas product so can't be obtained any more: hopefully it will be back for Christmas 2010!
I revieved this for christmas and I had not yet tried this one before. I think I was always put off by the colour, I am not really a fan or pinks and purples, but this was a greyish pink purple so it just didn't look too good! I gave it ago anyway, after all it was a Lush product.
What is it?
It is a Bath Ballistic by Lush. It is basically otherwise known as a Bath Bomb. It is greyish purple colour and has little confetti stars in silver, gold and black. So if you get over the initial colour the rest does look quite pretty. It is one of the slightly larger ones.
How much does it cost?
From what I remeber of seeing it instore before I beleive it is somewhere between £3 and £4.
What is the packaging like?
Lush is tight on reusing and recycling and on packagaging so therefore it doesn't have any. However there are yellow bags around the place to place your stuff in.
I am not that keen on this. It is alright, however the colour that is turns your bath is the thing that I don't like.
Lush always say that they work best if you run your bath first and the plop in the bath balistic. This does mean that it takes longer to disperse, but hey ho!
The scent that it releases at this point is actually very relaxing and smells a bit like jasmine, the smell isn't as strong as some of the other ones which I don't mind as it does mean that it is not overpowering. The smell is really nice for a long day after work as it does relieve stress.
I can't get over how the bath looks though which it the thing I don't like, it does go a slightly purply colour as first, but then goes back to the same greyish purple colour and with the black, silver and gold stars it just looks like something for halloween!
It also didn't soothe my skin the same as what some of the others have done and although it didn't dry them out it didn't make much difference. However the smell did linger which did help me to get to sleep that night as it was nice and relaxing, which is always a bonus, especially after a hard day!
Some of the stars were also quite stubborn when getting stuck to the side of the bath and even after washing the bath out afterward there are still a few left there.
I may use this again if I need a relaxing bath, but probably won't buy it again.
Well, this Christmas I received my first ever Lush project in the shape of a Lush Jingle Spells Bath Ballistic. I had read tons of reviews about Lush products so was very much looking forward to trying it out. However, on first glance I have to admit that I was decidedly underwhelmed as I thought the product looked distinctly unappealing! It is greyish pink in colour and is the size of a medium sized apple. It does have a few bits of glitter stuck on though in an attempt to appear festive. They do say that you should never judge a book by it's cover though - or in this case a bath ballistic by its appearance. Also I do have to admit that it does smell lovely although I find it quite difficult to determine exactly what the smell is! It does have a hint of something citrus but I think there are other influences as well.
The yellow paper bag that it comes in does smell rather nice as well and it is even suggested that you might re-use this by placing it in a sock drawer in order to get sweet smelling socks - I might just try that!
The really exciting thing occurs when you drop your ballistic in your warm bath. Within seconds there is a huge fizzy explosion as it floats on top of the water and very soon your bath is pink and cloudy with glitter floating on the surface. This was great to watch and I half wished that I had called my daughters before I placed it in the bath. It soon fizzes away to nothing and then you are ready for your bath!
Now I tend to like baths with lots of bubbles so I was not too sure about stepping into a bath of pink/ purple water with a lot of glittery stars floating on the surface. However, it did smell lovely and I liked the feel on my skin. It was most relaxing and soothing and made me feel that I did not want to get out of the bath at all. In fact I think I could have almost fallen asleep if I had not received a visit from my daughters who were both fascinated by the unusual appearance of my bath. They thought that it looked lovely and that the glittering stars were beautiful. They then proceeded to try and catch all of these stars - so much for a relaxing bath! I somehow feel that perhaps the ballistic was wasted on me and that my daughters would have had so much fun if I had put it in their bath instead!
After my bath my skin felt super soft and tingling. Overall using the bath ballistic did make having a bath a most enjoyable and relaxing experience. Having not used one of these before, I was quite surprised to realise that the entire ballistic was going to be used up in just one bath, but when you think about it, it's obvious really. I also noticed that even a few hours later I could still smell the effects of my bath on my skin so the impact is really lingering!
Having just visited the Lush Cosmetics website, I have read that the Jingle Spells bath ballistic is really suitable for hangovers and that it contains essential oils from juniper berries, tangerine and fennel and these 'help to cleanse, restore your vitality and inject a bit of life back when you feel like death'. I didn't actually feel like that but I definitely did appreciate the effects of the bath.
I am slightly shocked to discover though, that just one of these bath ballistics from Lush Cosmetics costs £2.75 which does feel slightly extravagant for just one bath. About the same price for my usual bubble bath will do at least twenty baths for the same money. Therefore I think I will reserve my next bath ballistic - and there are many to choose from - for a special treat!
Jingle Spells is one of Lush' best ballistics,if not THE best.
For starters,it's a lovely purple colour - a lovely bathtime colour,in my opinion - pink is too girly,purple is feminine but mysterious and sensual.
The little stars are lovely and much nicer than glitter because they don't get EVERYWHERE like glitter does,but they add a bit of sparkle to the bath. Although,they're a bit sharp and sometimes poke you,I wouldn't want them taken out as it would look boring then.
The smell of this is absolutely amazing - sort of lavendery,but not an 'Old Lady' sort of lavender scent - a young,hip sort of lavender!
I sometimes find with Lush ballistics that the scent is a fleeting thing - it dosn't last on the water or on you. With Jingle Spells,I've never noticed this happening - infact,the smell the first time I used one of these was overwhelmingly thick and strong!
It makes the water soft,and in turn that makes your skin beautifully moisturised and soft.
If you break it in two,you can get two baths out of it,but it takes a lot of effort to break a Lush ballistic!
I received a good few Lush products over Christmas as gifts and slowly I have been getting round to using them, I have also decided that it is about time I started writing some reviews on them so I can muster up the money to replace the ones I liked.
Lush Jingle Spells Ballistic was one of the Lush products I did enjoy, these look more like a typical bath bomb than many of the Lush Ballistics do, they are a dusty powdery pinky colour if that makes any sense?
These bath Ballistics have a very unusual scent whilst still being very lovely. I say unusual because I tend to find a scent to be either woody and herby or fruity and sweet but this is a bit of a mixture, when it first hit the water it seemed very herby and even a bit manly but it soon broke into a much sweeter fruity smell.
It contains tangerine oil which I guess gives it the fruity smell and perhaps the tangerine oil might be what gives it the very nice softening affect on the skin. The bath water was a beautiful purple colour when I used this product and there were a few stars of assorted colours floating on my water that came off the top of the ballistic which looked very nice.
The scent is a long lasting one that stays on the skin even after towel drying and it also made not only the bathroom but the whole house smell nice. It is definitely a Lush product I would be keen to use again and also recommend to other but I think it might be part of their Christmas special range and therefore unavailable now sadly.
I got these as a gift but after some research I can tell you they cost £2.50 each which is about the norm for Lush ballistics and they are worth every penny in my view!
I think this smells of lavender...or perhaps a tad of jasmine, I am not completely sure but I absolutely adored this little bath ballistic! It comes in a star shape too, and I have to say I liked that shape better.
It dissolves very quickly and the scent is quite strong, but I loved that due to really liking the scent of the bath ballistic. I think it is a halloween themed ballistic, but I see know reason why it should not be ALWAYS available! I loved the touch of the little starts, and they are small enough to fit down the plug hole without any difficulty, just make sure you rinse out your bath!
I loved the star shape as when it dissolved it was still in the shape of a star and for some reason I was just completely in love with that! I just adore the strength of the fragrance, but if you are not a lavender sort of perosn I would advise against this one!
Another part of my Lush grab bag, Jingle Spells came out with the Christmas and Halloween limited editions late last year. I'm guessing it's supposed to be a mixture of both, judging by the name, but its appearance and scent, in my opinion, lends itself more to Halloween.
My ballistic (bath bomb to the Lush uninitiated) was actually star-shaped, but the same colour as the one pictured above and with the same small plastic stars - more on those later. When I took it out of the bag, it smelled faintly floral, slightly of lavender but a little sweeter and less pungent. It seemed somewhat mysterious, perhaps because it made me wonder what it actually smelled of, and this seemed to fit the Halloween image. I can imagine a witches cauldron might smell like this!
I usually try to ration my Lush products to make my money go further, but as I had bought two grab bags, I have enough to last me about a year, so threw the whole thing in. The star shape might be a nice novelty, but it does make the ballistic a bit smaller. As I usually think they are insanely large (and cannot believe they have made new GIANT ones..so unnecessary), I really didn't mind!
When I dropped the ballistic into the tub, it turned my water a lovely lilac colour and a shower of small black and silver plastic stars were released. I really don't enjoy when Lush add "bits" to their bath products, and this was no exception. The stars are the size of confetti and made from thin, rigid plastic. Stars have points. Points mean sharp edges. Sitting in a tub of sharp edges isn't the most comfortable thing in the world.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to put my finger on that elusive scent because it pretty much vanished upon contact with the water. Much as I enjoy purple water, bathing in a scentless pool of jagged edges is not something I like to spend my money on.
Speaking of price, this is not currently on sale as it was limited edition, and as I didn't actually buy it myself, I am not sure the exact price it was. No matter, as it may or may not be back next year, depending on how well it went down this time round presumably. Most of Lush's ballistics cost between £2.50 and £3 so it will be in that region.
Personally, I would not buy this again. I have another and I will use it, but it didn't do much for my skin, the water didn't feel as silky and moisturising as it usually does in a "Lush bath" and it was annoying to clean the stars out afterwards. Not the best bath-time experience, I'm afraid.
I was quite excited about this Jingle Spells ballistic from Lush. Mine was shaped like a star and was quite large. It is pink with lots of gold and blue stars on it and in it. These float around the bath as the ballistic dissolves.
As it dissolved, the bath water started to turn a very pale purple and I immediately thought it would smell of lavender and became quite excited. I laid back and took a big sniff but to my disappointment I could not smell lavender. I am not sure what it was that I could smell. It was lovely, delicate and very light. It was floral but not as powerful as lavender.
Quite quickly there was no smell at all, either in the bathroom or on my skin. This was very disappointing. The water was lovely and soft but that is about the only positive for this ballistic.
These are about £2.50 so slightly cheaper than many ballistics but the one I had was shaped like a star not a big round bath bomb and so did not last as long.
Only one star from me because the smell did not last and the stars in the ballistic stuck to my skin and annoyed me.
I should have learnt by now - I really should!
NEVER buy something for the bath with stars in - I mean THINK about it! They have spikes! :)
Anyway I bought one of these Jingle Spells as part of a gift set for myself (Happy New year to meeeeeee Happy New Year to meeeee :) ) and was looking forward to trying some new Lush things so despite a niggling doubt about the sanity of little glitter stars in a bath ballistic I merrily ran a bath and plonked myself in before adding the ballistic which I was promised would be a refreshing, detoxify yuletide herbal bath.
The rather appealing purple ball fizzed well and coloured the water a pleasing lilac/purple as well as releasing it's little black and silver stars (more about them later!). The scents are tangerine, fennel oil and juniperberry. Very pleasing and the smell lingered for a couple of days - probably best described as a little musky? Very pleasant and refreshing - reminded me a lot of musky incense.
The scent & colour was frankly gorgeous and I would have no hesitation in recommending it on those points.
UNFORTUNATELY - someone at Lush had a deranged moment when designing this - What is with the stars?!?!?
Not only will you find yourself suddenly being stabbed by these little needles just as you are relaxing... But what was even worse than eventually being driven from my deliscious smelling water was that they stick to you!!! And you do NOT want to know about the places these little mini torture implements get themselves into... :)
So... smells nice but only use if you own a sieve to keep the little blighters out of the water :)
I got this as a Christmas present along with a few other lush products. I've never tried anything from Lush before, if I'm honest it's because the overall smell of the shop always put me off going in! Also I don't really use block soap as I prefer shower gel. Despite this I was really excited when I opened the present, I had become quite curious about Lush especially after reading peoples reviews on here.
***Before it melted...
The set looked lovely, it came in a cardboard box which is quite plain but it was gift wrapped by Lush in a lovely white textured paper with red ribbon round it. The 5 soaps within it were packed in with loads of popcorn as packaging. It was totally different to anything I had seen before and made the present seem really quirky and different.
This is the first one I have used from the set, it particularly appealed to me because of the lovely nice purple colour of it and I could already see some little shiny stars on the top of it. It also smelt really nice, according to the leaflet in the box it contains tangerine, fennel oil and Juniper berry. It is described as detoxifying and revitalizing. Other than the tangerine I would have no idea what these smell like, but overall the ball smells good, it has a kind of fruity / essential oils type smell to it. It certainly not as strong as the shop smells when I have been in!
***Fizzy bath time...
I love having baths but have never put anything other than bubble bath into the water. So I ran a really hot bath, got in and dropped the bath ballistic in with me. It instantly started fizzing away and loads of deep purple colour came from it. I was actually surprised at how quickly the colour spread round my bath water and before I knew it the water was completely purple. It began as a paler purple colour like a lilac shade, and gradually got darker and darker until it was a deep purple.
With it came loads of silver, gold and black little stars which gradually appeared To begin with they came to the top of the water but then they all eventually sank which was a shame as with the colour of the water I couldn't really see them. Although I found if I moved around in the bath they would surface for a few minutes again. I was a bit worried they would feel gritty or sharp but I couldn't feel them at all, probably because they're so small. The stars last in the hot water and don't melt or anything.
The smell was lovely, just as it had smelt before it melted, and didn't smell overpowering at all just a nice subtle smell, which I found quite relaxing. It lasted the whole time I was in the bath and I felt quite chilled out afterwards. It was similar to when I have used relaxing radox bath bubbles.
I found it quite odd to begin with being in a purple bath, it reminded me of when I used to use 'Matey' bath bubbles when I was young which made your bath random colours! But I gradually got used to it. It did look lovely the purple colour with the stars, but once I had enjoyed it for 5 minutes I kind of wanted to get out rather than soak in the bath for ages like I normally do. I have decided I definitely find being surrounded by bubbles more relaxing and enjoyable than having a different colour bath with extra bits.
I wouldn't say it made the bath water feel any different, as in it didn't feel particularly moisturising or anything, just the same as before. The same goes for when I got out, I wouldn't say my skin felt any more moisturised than normal, but at the same time it didn't feel dry or irritated in any way. However I could still smell the fragrance of the bath ballistic on my skin and around me for a few hours after which was really nice, and different from other bath things I've used which don't generally leave a fragrance on the skin.
When I let the water out of the bath the majority of the stars went down, the others could easily be washed down the plug with the shower. The purple colouring of the bath didn't stain the bath tub at all or leave any kind of marking. However maybe if I had spent a long time in the bath it might have done.
I've found out if you bought one of these on it's own it would cost about £2.50, to begin with this sounded a bit expensive but now I've tried them I think it is good value considering how well they work and that they contain little bits.
I found it fun using the bath ballistic and was definitely something different. I don't think I would start buying them myself to use on a regular basis as the novelty would probably wear off, but for an occasional treat or as a present I would definitely advise these. I wouldn't say they would be suited to everyone but it is worth a try! They live up to the hype that surrounds them and I would say they are worth the money as they are original and good quality.
My Mum recently received a Christmas gift box and in it there was a Lush jingle Spells ball. It looked so pretty when I saw it she said I could have it and try it out. She knows I love a good long relaxing smelly bath.
Bath ballistics are as shown above round balls of smelly fizz which also colours the bath water. They are very easy to use. You just run your bath and when the bath has run just drop the ballistic into it. Then you jump in and the ball fizzles away.
The Jingle spells ballistic is described as a hangover cure. It contains tangerine that clears your head and refreshes the spirit, fennel oil to detox the body and ylang ylang oil to relax the mind. The fragrance of the ball is lovely and very relaxing. It also leaves your skin feeling very soft. I love the colour of the ball it is a nice purple colour. It contain lots of little foil stars which as the ball dissolves fizzle out of the ball. The bath is then full of little stars. Although this looks very pretty the odd star can give you a little jab every now and again due to the pointed spikes on the stars. The stars however do not stick to your skin when you get out from the bath. They do take a bit of wiping though to remove them from the bath tub.
Although this particular ballistic came in a gift set the balls are normally priced at just under the £3 mark. They are expensive but very nice as a special treat. I have heard that some people smash up the ball to make it last longer. Personally I would not bother with this as it sounds messy and not half as relaxing as just throwing the ball in. The jingle spells ball is only available over the Christmas period but Lush makes much other ballistics to try out.
I will start this review on a negative note, simply because after that one minor point I have no other issues with this ballistic in fact I love it.
Lush like to stuff their ballistics with little surprises things that are released into your bathtub when they dissolve. In the case of jingle spells the surprise is a lot of little stars these stars are sharp ;not sharp enough to hurt anyone but still sharp enough to ruin a pleasant bath experience. They're also hard to clean up afterwards. Aside from this little negative point though Jingle Spells is one of my favourite bath ballistics. I discovered it in 2007 and was glad when it was available again this year.
The first thing I noticed when I dropped this into my bath was the way my bath water was transformed into a pool of purple. It turned a pampering hour in a bath to a fun session of excitement. I felt as though I'd been sent back into my childhood feeling very excited about the colourful experience.
It contains tangerine and ylang ylang Lush experts refer to it as their hangover cure ballistics, I can't really comment on this as its never around long enough for me to use it as a hangover cure.
It's been a while since I used a Lush bath product - by a while I mean about two weeks, which is a long time for me not to have a Lush bath! I had bought virtually everything in the Lush Christmas range, and unfortunately on the whole have not been impressed. The last product I used - Christmas Party - I was especially disappointed with, as it smelled amazing, but when I put it in the bath it released a lot of awful looking confetti and paper. I knew that Jingle Spells contained little foil stars and I'd also had quite bad experiences with them, as I used the Gold Star bubble bar which also contained them, and I found they were spiky and jabbed into my flesh!
I decided to give this a try next anyway, because it had one of the nicest scents of all of those I had left. The ballistic contains Juniperberry Oil, Tangerine Oil, Fennel Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil. This gives it a very unusual, yet pleasant herby scent with a slightly sharp edge, which I imagine comes from the tangerine oil. Had I just read the ingredients list on paper I'm not sure I would have been overly impressed, but the combination of scents is really beautiful, and distinctly Lush. I've said this before, but some of their fragrances are truly unique, and as soon as you smell them you just know that they come from Lush - I don't think you'd find anything with a scent like this in Boots!
Appearance wise the ballistic is a lovely dusky purple colour and at the top it is spattered with a mixture of golden, black and silver stars. It's a pretty plain looking ballistic, but the foil stars give it a bit of sparkle that makes it look perfect for Christmas.
When I put this into the water, it fizzed away turning it first a sweet lilac colour, and then finishing up a beautiful dark purple colour. Most of the foil stars sunk to the bottom of the bath, however when the water was agitated they would rise to the top, the silver and gold ones catching the light, and it did look truly magical.
I could feel the oils in the water when I got in the bath, and the beautiful scent lingered the whole time I was in there - and stayed in the bathroom afterwards too. I was pleased that the little stars this contained didn't seem to dig into me in the way they had the last time, but I think that could be down to the fact that they were slightly smaller.
After I had got out of the bath, I must admit I did not notice a huge difference to the way my skin felt, but the lovely smell did stay on my skin, and I felt very relaxed.
The ballistic costs £2.50 and although for one bath this is not particularly cheap, I think this would be lovely as a treat now and again, and would make a great stocking filler. This is available from Lush stores or www.lush.co.uk and is only available until Christmas.
Overall, this was by far one of the best Lush products I have used from this years Christmas range. I would definitely use it again, and certainly recommend it.