“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I am gradually trying to work my way through all of Lush's bath products, including products from the Retro range. The latest product I have come to is Luverly. Luverly is a bath ballistic, ballistics being the bath bombs that you drop into a run bath. They fizz away, releasing scents, colours and moisturising oils into your bath. Ballistics are single use and can be expensive, but many of them are fun to use and nice for a treat.
Luverly was inspired by the film My Fair Lady and Audrey Hepburn's character, as well as the opening of the first London Lush shop at Covent Garden. It is very pretty to look at, being light pink and in the shape of a flower (it is also absolutely massive). It has a piece of flower in the centre too.
The ballistic contains jasmine and ylang ylang, which creates a lovely, fresh, floral scent. I was very excited to try it out and dropped it into the bath the other night after I had filled it up. The ballistic dissolved slowly and turned the water a lovely shade of pale pink. The flowers separated from the ballistic and floated around in the water, looking very pretty.
Sitting in the bath, I was slightly disappointed to note that the smell, although still present, wasn't as strong. However, the water felt lovely and soft and it was very pretty to look at, so I enjoyed my bath.
When I got out, I found that my skin felt really soft and I didn't have to apply much moisturiser. I thought it would be a nightmare cleaning the bath out with those bits of flowers, but there weren't too many of them so it wasn't too much of a problem picking them out.
Overall, I enjoyed using this ballistic and it made a nice change. However, at £3.15 it is quite expensive for a ballistic and I would probably choose a cheaper one next time.
Lush Luverly Ballistic
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt / Floral fragrance to make your bath time more heavenly. Scented with precious oils of jasmine and ylang flowers.
For those who are not familiar with Lush and haven't shopped there before, it is important to know that they only make cosmetics by hand from only natural ingredients. They also never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either. I must also point out that tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I cannot think of a nicer gift to receive than some treats from Lush, in fact, I have bought some for Mr Siamese in the hope that he lets me share them!
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 store. The website also has Lush's "Retro" range, which is basically items that are no longer sold in their stores, but because customers still want them, can be found online instead. This pretty little ballistic is part of the Retro range and looks incredibly cute so is well worth considering.
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.
Bath Ballistics are usually 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 quickly soften and scent the water (often colouring it too) until finally they have dissolved. The whole room will smell gorgeous for hours after using a bath ballistic as the fragrance lingers for hours and they usually leave your skin smelling fab for ages too. This one looks a little nicer than most because of the pretty pink colour, sweet flower shape and the little petals embedded in the top.
A 130g bath ballistic will cost you £3.15 and is suitable for vegans.
The fragrance of this ballistic is even better than expected. as soon as you pop this into your bath, you will feel yourself relaxing to the sweet and fragrant scents of ylang ylang and jasmine oils which are gorgeously sweet without being sickly and just a little bit exotic too. There are slightly citrusy undertones to the aroma but the main scent is definitely ylang ylang, which I really like and find extremely relaxing.
The scented steam helps you to feel relaxed and is perfect for using to relax after a hard day (with candles and wine of course!), although this looks like quite a girly ballistic, the fragrance isn't too feminine so is good for men and women. The scent clings to your skin for hours after using (pat dry for best results) and lingers in your bathroom for ages too.
The bathwater turns a lovely shade of pink when using this product and there is something soothing and calming about the fragrance which I really like. I have sensitive skin and have no issues using this ballistic, and feel like my skin has been moisturised and hydrated after using, leaving me feeling soft, pampered and thoroughly relaxed - well worth trying!
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 18050, Straw Flowers (Helichrysum italicum)}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I am really happy that Lush decided to bring this bar back as part of retro Lush! The ballistic is not a regular round shape it looks like an open flower with defined petals, there is also a little flower set in the centre too. As you can probably guess this is a floral ballistic (and one of the few floral ones I like to!) but the flowery smell is quite sweet - sort of like the same smell as fairy jasmine ballistic but a bit heavier and more sensual and without the glitter! It is quite hard to describe! I tend to only use half in my bath and I mix it with a bubble bar - usually Bathos as this seams to compliment most ballistics. The scent does stay on your skin for a good few hours after you get out of the bath and if you have a hot steamy bath it tends to get into your hair - so the smell lasts even longer! A great old/new Lush product!
It has been a long time since I bought some Lush products, well to me it seems like a long time and I think my bank Manager has had an easy ride of late managing my finances, so it was time to go back to Lush and treat myself after a truly extensive few months of hard work, long hours, stress and no freedom.
As with my previous review, Lush for me is even more excitingly due to the fact you can now buy products which have been discontinued online, I can now revert back to buying some of my favourite products and re-live the pleasant experiences all over again. Please note that any items which have been discontinued can only be bought online through the Lush website, so for all you Lush addicts like me out there, get online and have a look for your old trusty favourites.
One of my all time favourite Lush products are the Bath Ballistics. Being able to spend an hour or so in a nice hot bath, relaxing with amazing smelling aromas, a good book and a nice glass of chilled wine is for me perfection and one of the best ways to wind down after a hard day at work or a long stressful week, something I love being able to do.
For those people wondering what is a Bath Ballistic is - a Bath Ballistic is 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.
This time I settled for a Bath Ballistic called 'Luverly' which is a nice shade of pink and is almost shaped like a flower and upon the top of it you will find some petals. This Bath Ballistic retails at £3 for 130g so it is more expensive than the Ballistics I am used to buying, but it smells wonderful and isn't as hard to touch as the other ballistics meaning that I can break it in half without any fuss and have double the fun for my money.
Now for the easy part. When you come to use your Bath Ballistic, Lush always it suggest that you place your Bath Ballistic into a bath a of warm running water, but as I like to have red hot baths with lots of bubbles and steams, I up the temperature slightly. Once you have an inch or two of water in your bath, you simply place the Bath Ballistic into the water and watch it fizz away on its own. As the Ballistic is whizzing and spinning about your bath, slowly turning your water into an amazing pinky colour, you will also notice the smell as the oils are released into the water. Once the Ballistic has fizzed away into the water I was ready to get into my very pink coloured bubble filled bath to relax.
So what contributes to such a wonderful smell? For starters the main ingredient is Ylang Ylang Oil which is a sweet flowery smell which brings about a calming effect on both the mind and body whilst on the skin it also helps to soothe dry skin and over oily skin by balancing the amount of sebum the body creates which leads to both of these skin problems. Also with your scalp it promotes the same effect as on the skin and encourages hair growth. Also as an added benefit to me personally I suffer with high blood pressure and this oil itself is used to help reduce it. The second most important ingredient is Jasmine absolute which is another floral scented ingredient which works well with the Ylang Ylang Oil and the inclusion of jasmine absolute is due to its versatility. For a start jasmine absolute promotes calm and warmness whilst at the same time helps clear the mind and helps you to relax.
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 lovely soak in the bath, my skin was left feeling really moisturised to the point where it was soft and smooth to the touch. Again, I also have extremely sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use. In my person I did feel very relaxed and soothed. 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.
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, having now used a Lush Ballistic and a Lush Bubble Bar Slice I don't think using normal bath creams would be as inviting. As soon as it is available on the UK Lush website I am ordering more.
Also as someone with super sensitive skin I would also suggest their products, but I would advise you to go onto their website and check the ingredients used, they are listed under each product so it is easy to find out.
If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website.
Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols.
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Floral fragrance to make your bath time more heavenly / Scented with precious oils of jasmine and ylang flowers /