“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I ordered some product from the Lush website recently, and among the products I ordered were several Retro ballistics. I chose Lemon Days & Ginger Beer for two reasons: firstly, I thought it might cheer me up and remind me of the now-defunct summer; and secondly, it was inspired by Enid Blyton. I used to love Famous Five books when I was younger, so couldn't wait to try this!
As the name suggests, Lemon Days and Ginger Beer Ballistic is made up chiefly of lemon and ginger. Lemon peel, mimosa absolute, mandarin oil and geranium oil are refreshing and toning; powdered ginger and ginger oil stimulate and warm the skin. The ballistic also contains sandalwood oil and bergamot oil, and is suitable for vegans. It is one of the larger ballistics and is a dark yellow in colour.
I decided to use it in a bath one Saturday afternoon after having a day out in the cold. I was freezing and wanted to warm up! I ran the bath, popped it in and jumped in myself. The first thing I noticed was that the water turned an unpleasant shade of yellow that looked a bit like wee! This was not a good thing, but I left the light off and the only light in the bathroom was the increasingly faint light coming through from outside, so at least I didn't have to look at it for long!
The second thing I noticed was that the scent was lovely - lemon mixed with ginger, refreshing and warming at the same time! The ginger adds warmth to the lemon and helps you feel better after a day in the cold, while the lemon revives and refreshes you. The ballistic evokes summer without feeling that you should only be using it in that season!
I stayed in the bath for absolutely ages and I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a bath so much. I also noticed that, whereas before I'd been having pains in my neck and back for a few days (I don't know if this was from going to the gym, carrying a huge bag around, or sitting slouched in front of a computer), after using this ballistic, they were completely gone.
The ballistic costs a whopping £4.20 and this had initially put me off a bit - I only bought it for the name really! However after using it I would possibly consider buying it again, perhaps only using half the ballistic at a time. The way I look at it, a glass of wine in a bar costs anything from £3-£5 and I wouldn't think twice about buying one if I was out - a Lush bath ballistic costs the same, lasts longer and is healthier!
Lemon Days and Ginger Beer is available to order online from the Retro section of the Lush website.
I cannot imagine that anyone would not know who Lush are but I keep reading comments from people who haven't shopped there before! I think that the best advice I can offer to those people is to get along or go online and treat yourself - you will be glad that you did!
If you haven't shopped with Lush before, it is important to know that they make cosmetics by hand from only natural ingredients. They don't test on animals and they only use suppliers who don't either.
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 (though where possible, I prefer to go into the shop as it means that I can smell the new products and get a better idea of what I might like!) and also locate your nearest shop. Orders placed online usually arrive within a few days and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is obviously much better for the environment.
You can also purchase items from the Lush Retro range online. This is a list of products which have been replaced in stores by newer ones, but are still available to buy online, so you can still find your old favourites. I love the fact that Lush do this as there are quite a few things that I used to love, and can now purchase again. This ballistic is part of the Retro range.
A bath ballistic is a solid mass of bath salts, which are designed to be popped into a warm bath. As soon as they hit the water, they start fizzing their way round like a mad thing, releasing their gorgeous fragrance to scent the bathwater and the whole room. Sometimes they colour the water too!
This 200g ballistic will cost you £4.20 and is suitable for vegans.
At this point, I need to make you aware that as a child, I was possibly Enid Blyton's biggest fan! I felt terribly aggrieved that I wasn't sent to boarding school, accused my parents of being unfair for refusing to allow me to tour the country camping with friends (at the tender age of around 11 years old!) and desperately wanted to escape to a secret island somewhere. Even now, I think of the Famous Five every time I drink a Fentiman's ginger beer! When I saw what Lush had to say about this ballistic, I knew I knew I had to try it;
"As kids, we read Enid Blyton's stories about the Secret Seven or the Famous Five setting off to solve mysteries; they would always end up with lashings of lemonade and ginger beer at the climax. Lemon Days and Ginger Beer rewards you with a refreshing bath after a day of adventures"
This ballistic does not disappoint, it is the most amazing combination of lemon and ginger that you could imagine and has a gorgeous and warming scent which smells fresh and spicy. There are hints of bergamot and sandalwood underneath the zesty citrus tones and of course, the yummy ginger scent which makes it special in my opinion.
I loved the way that this ballistic softened the water and then clung to my skin for hours after drying. My bathroom smelled like old fashioned lemonade and I felt refreshed, invigorated and positively glowing after my bath. If you are feeling sluggish and a little under the weather, then this is the ballistic for you, it isn't cheap but is definitely worth every penny!
Ingredients are follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lemon Peel (Citrus limonum), Powdered Ginger (Zingiber officinalis), Perfume, Ginger Oil (Zingiber officinalis), Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 45350}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils