“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
One of my very favourite new Lush products of recent times was the lovely Magic Ballistic they brought out last Halloween/Christmas. A complicated, 14-sided turquoise affair, it had the duel benefits of changing both scent and colour halfway through its dissolution in the bath water! A bit of a disappointment, then, that it was only a seasonal special. I tried to stock up, but there's only so much splurging even I can do, and the Magic was at the top end of the Lush price range.
Roll forward to Easter 2009, and hurrah - one of the new specials is a Magic Egg! :) I did have my doubts about how much of the original 'Magic' (sorry!) was to be had from the smaller, cheaper Easter product. However, it smelled the same and was still gloriously turquoise, so let's give it a go!
As with all ballistics, the recommended order is: run bath, get in, drop in ballistic. This usually saves you from sitting on any 'bits' that might be included (none here, thankfully!), and with the Magic product means you're going to get the full effect: for yes, to my pleased surprise, Lush have kept the full Magic experience going here - that is, there are still two layers; same scent, same colour-changing capabilities. However, it doesn't really work quite so well here.
The main problem is really the shape. The Christmas ballistic was bigger, heavier and near-spherical. This meant that the turquoise layer took a longer time to dissolve, and completely infused the water with colour (and scent). The egg version doesn't melt uniformly, so the inner pink layer was exposed almost immediately - there's a thin spot under the pretty little yellow flower decorations (they're still ballistic, and will melt!), and mine fell out anyway! Okay, this isn't *really* a problem, but it does mean that you don't get the effect of the water turning turquoise, THEN the pink layer turning it all indigo.
Of course, there's less bath product here overall, so neither colour is actually as rich as with the original version. In fact, the bath ended up a still fetching shade of dark turquoise, not that deep inky-indigo at all. Again - it's not like it REALLY matters, but it does add to the feel of the egg being a cut-down facsimile type of thing.
On the bright side, the smell is (a) the same, but (b) not as strong. Which I actually thought was better! I did have to be in the mood for the quadrodecahedral (14 sides!), as the rose, marjoram (turquoise layer), peppermint and basil (pink layer) combination was quite full on. Excellently head-clearing, in both senses (refreshing; sinus-clearing!), but here in the egg version you get to scent it rather than drown in it!
My usual bit on the aromatherapy: the whole combination is one to clear the head and refresh you (basil and peppermint), balance emotions and relieve depression (marjoram and rose). Personally, I love getting into a bath with essential oils knowing what aromatherapy says it's supposed to be doing for me! It's a lovely, if unexpected mix, and works really well - although not the usual pre-bed relaxation blend I insist on associating with baths, it's nice for a bit of post-work/event bathing, before regaining some of the evening for yourself.
Overall, then, this still gets a big thumbs up - if I hadn't been comparing it to the original Magic offering, then I wouldn't have nitpicked over the (minor) deficiencies here, as it's still a lovely bathing experience just lacking the innovation and attention to detail to making the concept 'work'. However, it still smelled lovely, looked lovely, and left my skin feeling - well, fine. Nothing special, but not dry either.
I'm almost as disappointed to see this leave the shops as I was with the original Magic ballistic. C'mon Lush - give us some year-round Magic!
Availability: Alas, slim to none now - the website is sold out, perhaps you could stumble across some leftover stock in a store. Lush: bring back a Magic product on a permanent basis already!!
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Marjoram oil (Thymus mastichina), Rose absolute (Rosa damascena), Basil oil (Ocimum basilicum), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Linalool, Colour 42045, Colour 18050
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils