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      02.02.2011 15:13
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      A lovely, unusual bath ballistic

      As well as releasing a new limited edition Christmas range in 2010, Lush also released a number of Retro Christmas items - these were products that had been out before but were no longer available as part of the main range. Retro Christmas products were only available to order on the Lush website, and I picked up one of each while sale shopping just after the festive season.

      Most of the Retro Christmas products were bath products. There were a couple of bubble bars, which crumble into the bath to produce mounds of bubbles, and a few bath ballistics. Ballistics are a bit different - you drop them into a run bath and watch as they fizz, releasing scent, colour and essential oils into your bath.

      One of the ballistics I got was the Magic ballistic. This seems to be popular owing to reviews I've read on it. It is an unusual, many-sided shape (I'm sure there is a technical term but I'm not sure what it is!) and reminds me of the crystals you got in The Crystal Maze! The ballistic is bright blue so it's hard to miss in the box. To be honest I'm not sure what it has to do with Christmas, but I'm not complaining!

      The Magic ballistic contains peppermint to cool and rose absolute to soothe and protect. It also contains marjoram, basil and parsley, which helps to give it the rather herbal, but fresh and floral, scent. The smell is unusual and distinctive, and makes me think of those herbal spells from ancient witchcraft that I've read about. The product is suitable for vegans.

      The ballistic is very large and I thought about chopping it in half, but I'm glad I left it whole. I dropped the ballistic into the run bath and it fizzed away slowly, turning the water a beautiful deep blue colour. As the ballistic grew smaller, it was revealed that the centre of it was a bright red - this added a red streak into the bath and eventually gave the water a slight purple tinge. Right at the centre was a leaf of some sort - I imagine this was a herb and it made the ballistic seem like a magic spell!

      The scent of the ballistic remained throughout and was relaxing and reviving. It was unusual and pleasant and I didn't want to get out of the bath!

      The water didn't feel as soft as it does sometimes with other ballistics, but it was still a pleasant experience.

      After getting out of the bath, my skin felt softer and lightly fragranced though I still needed a little moisturiser. I used the Bewitched massage bar, which continued the 'witchcraft' theme and went well with the ballistic as it is also a herbal product.

      Overall, I really enjoyed using this ballistic. It was unusual, smelled lovely and turned the water a lovely colour. At £3.45 it's expensive for a single use product - it is big enough to be cut in half although I wouldn't recommend this as you miss out on the effect of the red centre. However, the way I look at it is this: the ballistic costs the same as a glass of wine in a pub or bar - both give me pleasure but the bath lasts longer and it's a lot healthier!

      I have to give the ballistic a well earned four stars, and I hope it comes back next Christmas as I'll certainly be buying it!

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        31.07.2010 09:04
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        This ballistic from Lush is called Magic and is not your usual looking Lush ballistic. instead of being shaped like a ball, this ballistic is a sort of 3d hexagon shape. It is a nice change. It is brightly coloured in a turquiose blue and is without a doubt one of the nicest ballistics I have ever had from Lush. Be aware though that this ballistic is from the Christmas 2008 range and was limited to that year though it did make a come back on Lush's Christmas Retro range which is only available only or via mail order.

        After chucking the ballistic in the bath, I watched it fizz and twirl in the water, spreading the lovely blue colour through my water. The water turns a slightly deeper turquiose than the ballistic looks but my surprise was still yet to come.

        Suddenly, the ballistic started to change colour. Deep inside this beautiful ballistic was the middle which was actually purple, so suddenly my bath started to have purple colours run in it. The mixture between the purple and turquiose made for a beautifully coloured bath and a nice surprise too. Once the ballistic had finished fizzing, it released a tiny sprig of parsley which leads me to what it smells like.

        Whilst the ballistic was fizzing away the turquiose part of its shell, it released a lovely scent of marjoram and rose which is supposed to be a stress reliever and make all your anxieties disappear. When it starts to change colour to purple another bunch of scents are released. This time I could smell basil and peppermint. It is definately a mix of scents with this ballistic but together they make quite a herbal/floral sort of smell. It is nice, not too overpowering. I do think it is a scent which is down to the individual nose though. I know some people who can't stand the scent.

        The ballistic left the water feeling nice and soft and it made my skin feel the same which is always an added bonus. The one thing I worried about with this ballistic was that due to the two different colours I thought that it might stain the bath and I would be having to clean again aftward but no, this ballistic did not stain at all which was amazing and very pleasing.

        When it was available, Magic cost £3.10 for each ballistic and in my opinion even though slightly more expensive, it was definately worth it.

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        18.06.2009 17:49
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        Great product, can't say any more really :)

        As i can't afford to buy loads and loads of Lush products during the year, and so only buy the essentials, i usually get a lot of bath ballistics for christmas presents. This magic bath ballistic was one that i chose to try out. Now the look of it is kinda plain in comparison to soem of the bath ballistics but it has an unusual shape which makes you more curious to try it out (although that disappears obviously when you use it but is humans are shallow about things like that!) and from what Lush said about the smell it sounds really nice, although as it isn't one of those strong, typical Lush scents i couldn't really smell it in the shop, and just what i want from a bath, relaxing.

        Anyway i took it home and kept it in my room along with the rest of my Lush collection. I nearly forgot to use it till a few weeks ago then saw it in my bag and ran a bath. When i opened the bag i sniffed ti and was pleased to find it had retained it smell all that time. Anyway i got into the bath and plopped this magicalc reation in the bath. It fizzed up to reveal this most wondrous dark blue colour and the smell was really really soothing. Anyway i let it fizz and as it got to the middle it suddenly started releasing this beautiful dark purple colour (much like the colour of the walls in my room). Now this truly made my day!

        Altogether a great treat product that is very relaxing and very bold in the bath, very much a feminine but sophisticated smell. I am a christian and so i don't believe in magic but the only way to describe this is MAGICAL!

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        29.01.2009 01:03
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        lets hope lush carry on making these

        Well its that time of year again when Lush have the grab bags for sale....I have excitedly waited for these days for a month or so after falling in love with Lush products over Christmas and being told about the massive offer Lush have after Christmas to get rid of the excess Christmas stock. I managed to but a grab bag yesterday which consists of over £50 worth of lush Christmas products for the amazing price of £15. I couldn't wait to get the bag home to have a peak.

        One of the products included was the Lush Magic Bath Ballistic. I actually got two of these. I decided to use one of them tonight so I ran my bath and placed the ballistic in the bath. I am always amazed how much fizz they have in them. The ballistic went fizzing around the bath turning the water a wonderful shade of blue. I was a bit worried about getting into the bath as the water seemed so blue I actually feared it would stain my skin. The ballistic lasted a long time happily fizzing away while I relaxed enjoying my soak after a long and stressful day at work. I was wondering why Lush decided to call this magic but sitting there watching the ballistic getting smaller answered my question perfectly. Every so often the ball decreasing in size would change colour Turing the water nice new shade. From blue to purple then blue and then nearer to the end a nice shade of pink. I read that the pink centre contained oils to refresh your skin. It was a lovely touch to see the sprig of parsley at the end floating on the surface of the water...this was to symbolise good luck.

        The smell was lovely. It reminded me of fresh flowers and the sent made me more relaxed. I loved it that my whole house smelt nice after my bath (even downstairs).

        Considering the bath was really blue I used a white bath towel and nothing showed on it which was good. My skin smelt lovely afterwards and was nice and soft.

        I have checked on the lush website and the Lush Magic Bath Ballistic was on sale for £3.10. This may sound expensive but I think for the occasional treat this is defiantly worth it. As this was brought out as a christmas lmited addition I really hope lush will carry on making these as it would be such a shame if they didn't. I really enjoyed my bath and an looking forward to using my other one.

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          28.01.2009 19:11
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          Highly recommended!

          These ballistics from Lush are called Magic and are fantastic. They are not the most interesting looking ballistic. There are quite a boring angular shape. They are a lovely bright turquoise colour though. Although they might not look that interesting on the outside, they are one of the most fantastic ballistics I have ever had from Lush.

          The water turns such a lovely deep blue colour. It is like soaking in a professional spa. They are called magic and they really are!!! The colour is wonderful. You can soak for hours and feel like a princess!

          The smell that fills the room is fantastic. There is a floral overtone - it is like filling your bathroom with hundreds of bouquets of flowers. There are also some herbs in the ballistic but rose comes across most strongly for me.

          The water becomes so soft and your skin feels really smoothe and soft and moisturised once you have soaked in the water.

          It is £3 for one ballistic, which means it is £3 for each bath that you have. That seems pretty expensive and I probably would not buy it for myself unless I really needed a treat but it would make a great present and I am sure anyone would be grateful for this as a present due to the divine smell.

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            23.01.2009 13:35
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            Highly recommended!

            Lush as I am sure most people will know is a shop both online and off that sells a huge range of soaps and bath bombs and the likes. Most of their products are fabulous although there are some weaker ones.

            Recently on a trip to Dundee I could not help myself but to dive into the Lush shop and make a few purchases one of which was these Lush Magic Bath Ballistics and these are in the great category of Lush products.

            The magic bath ballistic is bright blue in colour almost neon in fact and to use it you simply plop it into a pre-run bath and let it do its thing. It fizzes around the bath leaving your bath water a lovely bubbly light blue colour and smelling superb.

            The scent is one of great variation, the original scent I got from the item was one of floral yet menthol, once in the water it becomes much more menthol and the peppermint in it really comes to the fore. I found it a very relaxing scent and the smooth feeling in the water very nice against my skin.

            The scent stayed on my skin after my bath and the bathroom smelled lovely for a good while after using it, it had no ill effects on my skin and is definitely a Lush product I would use time and again.

            I paid £3.10 for each of these (I bought three), Now that may seem like a lot of money for just one bath but it really makes the bath time a luxury and if luxury only costs around £3 then I think that is small price to pay.

            I would recommend this bath ballistic from Lush highly to others and I am sure that if it did my skin no harm then that will be the case for most people so unless you have very sensitive skin there should be nothing to fear!

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              31.12.2008 15:55
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              Well worth the price of £3.10!

              Lush brought out their christmas products in October this year and there was so much to try that I slightly overlooked this one at first. I tend to prefer sweet smells and so went for the girly sweet ones first. After I tried them I decided to try this one.

              Magic is a blue ballistic and if that didnt make it eyecatching enough, they made it into a quadrodecahedral shape (basically it has 14 sides!). According to the Lush Times, this ballistic is "A double magic spell for vitality and prosperity". Quite rightly then, it was out just in time for halloween.

              The scent of this ballistic is quite hard to describe. As it was one of the last ones I tried, it was in my bedroom for ages. It managed to scent the whole room, even through my very large lush stash! I first described it as the smell you get when you approach a lush shop but now I have decided it is very herby. This makes sense when I check the Lush website as it contains marjoram, rose, peppermint and basil. It also has a sprig of parsley in the middle. All these come together for a gorgeous relaxing scent.

              When first dropped in the bath, it fizzes away to give a really nice blue colour but the inside of the ballistic is a different colour which gives you a nice surprise as the water turns a deep purple inky colour. The whole room fills with the smell and after the bath you can smell it on you for hours.

              I will definately be stashing up on these before they disappear from the shelves after christmas!

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              27.12.2008 23:55
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              A bath ballistic with a difference.

              Lush... the world of all magical and magnificent bath secrets. This Bath Ballistic is like the bunny out of the hat...the star of the show! I have always loved Lush bath ballistics. Balls of powder which slowly explode in the bath. A bit like dissolving bath oil. Fascinating for first timers, and exhilarating for old timers. This one is named Magic, for the reasons I am about to explain the name fits very well.

              **The Magic Bath Ballistic**

              Well, to be honest, the name does not really give it away. Magic... that could mean anything! Which in my opinion is brilliant. I love a surprise. What you do is plonk the ballistic in a pre-run bath (this is so the fizz lasts longer and can spread around the bath) and that is when the magic begins. In its normal form the ballistic is bright blue and is a quadrodecahedral shape (I didn't make that up, it is a shape with 14 sides!) How they made that shape, I have no idea. But it is great to look at. Then when you put it into the water the ballistic slowly dissolves. The people at lush describe it as a ballistic to dissolve away your anxieties, empowering you with energy and it is their Yuletide spell to wish everyone good luck for the New Year and to help you banish bad things and bring about a bright future. All in a little ball of bath stuff.... Wow. That really would be magic!

              ** What's All This Magic About Then? **


              Mesmerizing is the best word I can find. Firstly it turns the water a stunning deep blue colour, which you have to swirl around a bit to get the water even in colour. This at first I found quite worrying. I kept thinking I was going to get out of the bath looking like I had been in an art class! But luckily it completely dissolved into the water and left no pigment on my skin (or on the bath). The smell was quite strong, and as I am not really a herb person, I couldn't tell you what it smelt of, other then very floral, but after having a look at the Lush description I now know it is marjoram. I found the smell a little overwhelming and ended up sneezing a couple of times. But once the initial fizzing of the ballistic had finished, the aroma reduced a little. So now for the magical surprise...................
              Suddenly, out pops a deep pink colour, and the blue and pink dance together to make a dark purple pool of water. I sat there for a few minutes as if I had my own personal firework display in my bathroom. The colours slowly swirled around in the water and it was lovely and calming. Basil and peppermint essential oils come from the pink part of the ballistic. This is when the floral smell calms down a bit and you feel a little more refreshed. The final surprise, which shocked me a bit, was when a green leaf floated to the top of my bath water. I almost had a giggle to myself when I saw it. It is a sprig of parsley! Apparently this is a symbol of prosperity. How very kind! Although not so kind if it gets stuck in your plug hole!
              What a bath time treat for the eyes and the skin!
              The aroma did settle me down a little and almost balanced out my mood for the afternoon to come. (Cleaning up after Christmas day is never an easy task) and it made me want to fully engulf myself in the deep purple lagoon I had created. It also left my skin feeling extremely soft and refreshed. The refreshing rose and peppermint scent did waft around me for an hour or so after I got out of the bath which was quite nice. It wasn't strong, just enough to remind my of my 30 minute secret in the bathroom! So maybe this bath ballistic does have a bit of magic in there somewhere!

              **Conclusion**

              If this bath ballistic manages to create everything it aims to, then it will be a miracle product. So, taking it as the bit of fun that it is, I would fully recommend this magical experience. The colours were amazing and It added a bit of wonder to my bath time and gave me the everyday results I would expect from any bath product; soft and refreshed skin. The novelty is in the first use, as once you have used it you know what to expect. The price is £3.10 which is what would prevent me from using it again. Far from cheap! But I think it would be a charming gift to give to someone. Especially if they are new to the magical world of Lush!

              PS: This is a special christmas edition. But if it is that popular hopefully Lush will continue it!

              Thank you for reading.

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                09.12.2008 13:51
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                If you haven't tried it yet, buy now before they're gone!

                I love Lush, but what I really love are their bubble bar slices. Generally, their bath ballistics don't really do much for me. I guess I just like bubbles! But for Magic I will make an exception.

                Magic first hit the shops in time for Haloween, but it is actually part of the Christmas special editions range. It's £3.02 at the moment, I guess the price has been reduced due to the VAT cut.

                The first thing I can say about Magic is it smells AMAZING! It's main scents are marjoram and rose on the outside, and basil and peppermint onthe inside.

                Now I can here you asking: what's all this inside and outside business?

                Well, the outside is the bright turquoise colour you can see in the picture above. When you first plop your bomb in the bath it starts turning your water bright blue. After a few minutes fizzing away you get to the inside. The inside is the deepest bluey purple with tiny gold flecks which mixes with your turquoise water to change the water. The girl in the shop described this colour as 'the sky changing from a beautiful blue summer sky, to a beautiful starry night'. And I can't really argue.

                There is also supposed to be a sprig of parsley in the middle to 'bring luck and prosperity'. My sprig of parsley was missing, but that's no bad thing. If anyone has read my review of 'The Witches Ball' you will know I don't really want plants floating around in my bath!

                After bathing with this ballistic I found that my skin felt lovely and soft, and the smell stayed on my skin all night.

                It's a shame it's not bubbly- but this is a lovely bath ballistic. I will be buying a few before they are removed after Christmas, to last me a little into the new year!

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                31.10.2008 18:15
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                A relaxing Christmas bath, for calm not partying

                Aside from the unusual shape and striking colour, Lush's new 'Magic' ballistic is comparatively plain looking, having no bits of twigs sticking out of it, or stars embedded in it. It has been released for Christmas, but with its magical theme and 'Hex' shapes it is perhaps more suited for Halloween! This product is part of Lush's recent 'Supernatural' promotion, with items designed to rekindle magical powers.

                Magic is one of the more expensive Ballistics at £3.10, but is larger than most. As usual it was almost impossible to discern its smell whilst in the store, but at home the scents of peppermint, marjoram and basil were apparent, and more subtle was the scent of rose.

                For me the best thing about this Ballistic was the colour - it starts with bright turquoise and changes to a deeper purple sapphire blue which is really stunning. The colour remained for the duration of my bath and would have lasted much longer I'm sure. There was no staining to the bath, which is always a bonus, and no bits in the plughole. I would recommend this for guys as well, as although a lot of men are reluctant to use what they perceive as very girlie Lush products, deep down they're dying for a Ballistic - this one is blue, with no glitter, so won't threaten any manhood! (I usually would suggest Deep Blue for a man, full of sea salt and seaweed as it is, but then there is the seaweed in the plug...)

                I enjoyed this bath, which smelt fantastic and was a glorious colour. The sprig of parsley, to bring prosperity and good luck for 2009, is a lovely touch and would make this a great little gift or stocking filler. However, for me, Christmas should be a bit more glam than this - I'd choose a Jingle Spells with copious glitter and stars over this one, or a Christmas Party.

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                  26.10.2008 18:34
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                  An aromatherapy spell for feeling good :)

                  (The scene: It was a dark and stormy night. Calypte - unused to having a fully working computer again - decided to indulge in one of her other favourite hobbies: reading in the bath. Alas, she seems to have forgotten how to write book reviews, so here's (another!) one about the bath product!)

                  Lush have - yes, in October! - released their Christmas range for 2008. Usually I disapprove heartily of festivities starting so early, but heck - there's a lot to get through, so I'm grateful for the 3-month run up! Besides, the Magic ballistic isn't particularly festive (perhaps a little more Halloween-themed, perhaps?), which made me feel okay about giving it a go.

                  I have to say, this is perhaps the most innovative bath product those clever bods at Lush have come up with yet! This is as much an experience as a bath, and I totally loved the slight drama (I know, I know!) at the start of my bath :)

                  You see, on the outside, Magic is a bright turquoise quadrodecahedral (14 sides!). Drop it in the bath (preferably pre-run, and with you already in it for full effect) and it fizzes madly, turning the water that same brilliant turquoise and releasing a cloud of rose and marjoram scent. However, that's not all: inside the turquoise layer is a bright pink core. If you pluck this out of the water for a sniff, it's an unpleasantly strong mix of peppermint and basil - mixed with the rose, though, it blends well and takes away from the floweriness. Further, the pink (which you don't really see) mixes with the turquoise and the water starts to turn a glorious, deep inky indigo! :)

                  Whilst not a complicated idea, really, it did make the bath just feel - well, pretty magical! The change after a few minutes, and the mixing of aromas and colours, definitely adds something appealing.

                  As Lush's website says, the initial layer is scented to 'dissolve away your anxieties'. In aromatherapy, rose is used as an anti-depressant, as well as being seen as sensuous and self-nurturing. Likewise, marjoram is supposed to calm emotions and relieve stress. I confess I initially assumed the smell was geranium - it's got that Turkish Delight-esque sweetness. This remains the strongest scent in the bath, and it is wonderfully uplifting.

                  That said, the addition of the herbs and peppermint is a relief from everything being too floral. Basil is again used as both an anti-depressant and to clear the mind. Add the mint - also head-clearing and refreshing - and the whole thing comes together wonderfully: this bath should - and in my opinion does - leave you feeling de-stressed, uplifted, and mentally refreshed.

                  There are some definite physical effects, too: I suffer from blocked sinuses quite frequently, and had been feeling fairly headachy all day before using this. The mix of herbs and peppermint certainly did me a lot of good in that respect!

                  Also, there is definitely plenty of essential oils in here - not enough to be greasy, but you'll definitely be aware of skin-softening oil in the water. After the bath my skin continued to feel nicely moisturised, but not as if there was a layer left on my skin. The word for the post-bathing experience would have to be 'subtle', with both the oils and scent lingering only mildly: the latter slightly surprisingly, given the aromas whilst in the water are impossible to miss!

                  The final 'surprise' in this bath is a small spring of parsley in the middle. Yes, parsley! This is supposed to be a symbol of virility... in which case, I'm not really that disappointed that my ballistic didn't have one! I'm not really sure I'd desperately want a sprig of greenery floating in my bath (I had to make do with a bit of purple fluff from my new socks ;)), although I rather like the idea of bringing a little 'witchcraft' into modern life. In fact, the whole ballistic is "Lush's Yuletide spell... to wish you good luck for 2009, to help you banish bad things in the past and bring you a brighter future". Who would argue with those sentiments? :)


                  I would suggest that this really isn't a bath product intended for *just* before bed. I imagine the best time to use it would be after a long or difficult day, to revitalise yourself before heading out again, or picking up with another task - preferably a fun and relaxing one, of course! :)

                  Overall, I really loved this product - even at the rather premium price (£3.10 for one bath, and it'd be spoiling the point to try halving it!). It had added entertainment value, but also just a lovely, head-clearing smell and I thoroughly enjoyed lazing in the deepest of blue waters - even the lack of bubbles was good, as there was nothing obscuring that colour (nor did it stain the bath at all)! Obviously the novelty factor is there more for the first use, but I'm still looking forward to the experience the next time - because I *will* be stocking up before these disappear (in a puff of smoke, perhaps? ;)) after Christmas.


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                  Price: a treat-worthy £3.10

                  Availability: in Lush stores, of which there are relatively few across the UK. Alternatively, you can order from the website (www.lush.co.uk), although expect to pay a fair bit for shipping. This is part of the festive range, so expect it to vanish in the New Year :(

                  Ingredients:
                  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, Fresh Parsley Sprig (Carum petroselinum)
                  * Occurs naturally in Essential Oils

                  Lush say:
                  "At Lush we think it's time to reclaim magic spells as something full of wonder and delight. We love to use traditional herbs and essential oils that make such a difference to our minds and bodies, people in ancient times thought that they must be the work of supernatural beings, good or evil. Really, they were the work of nature, which can be a great deal more powerful than we think.

                  In our Magic Ballistic, a two layer bath spell, we use marjoram and rose in the outer casing and peppermint and basil for the magical ball inside. Combined, they form a doubly effective spell to bring growth and prosperity, vitality and energy. A small sprig of parsley in the centre, which is rumoured to help virility. Another tradition says that if you dream of roses this brings you good luck and success. Marjoram in folklore is a symbol of great happiness and keeps fleas away; in ancient times these two things were probably closely related."

                  I say:
                  Keep those fleas at bay, bring yourself a bit of happiness, and most of all just enjoy the uplifting, head-clearing scent whilst surrounded by indigo-blue waters :)

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                    It's a kinda magic!

                    Magic is another of the new Lush products. This one has been brought out for Halloween, however I believe that it will be available up until Christmas, but cannot be 100% sure.

                    I bought this from the Lush forum party where you can buy things a couple of weeks before they hit the shops, via mail order. I had only seen pictures of the product, so wasn't really sure what to expect, but I think the main thing that attracted me to this one, was its unusual shape. As I'm sure you can see from the picture, it's not the usual spherical shape, its sort of hexagonal on each side -I'm sure there's a proper mathematical word for it, I just can't think what it is!

                    When the ballistic arrived, I wasn't really sure about the smell of it. It's quite herbal in a way (not surprising given some of the ingredients), and I thought, to be honest, the smell was a bit odd. I was in no hurry to use this at first, but I kept seeing more and more positive things being written about it on the Lush forum, and when I found out that Magic really does live up to its name, I suddenly couldn't wait to try it.....

                    The ballistic should be dropped into a bath full of water. The product fizzes quickly and turns the water the most amazing shade of turquoise-blue. If any of you have been lucky enough to try Lush's Big Blue ballistic, then you will know the sort of colour I mean. This beautiful sea-blue colour doesn't hang around for too long though, as soon the magic kicks in...

                    Hidden inside the ballistic is a pink layer, which only reveals itself once the light blue outer shell has dissolved. As the pink starts to fizz, it magically changes the colour of the water, first to a beautiful light purple, then to the most amazing ink-blue/deep purple colour. It truly is Magic!

                    If that wasn't enough, there is yet a further surprise, as lurking inside Magic, is a parsley sprig - although disappointingly my 'sprig' was actually just two parsley leaves. The idea of the parsley is that it is believed to bring you prosperity.

                    The outer Blue layer of the ballistic contains Marjoram and Rose oils. Marjoram oil is sometimes used as a sedative as it has very relaxing properties, and it's also anti-bacterial so good for skin prone to spots. Rose oil tones the skin and is uplifting, so often used as an anti-depressant.

                    The pink layer contains peppermint and basil essential oils. Peppermint oil is believed to relieve stress, and nourishes dull skin. Basil oil is also said to improve the lustre of dull skin.

                    As the ballistic dissolves its smell totally changes, and I think it smells much better once in the water, compared to how it is when it's dry. The scent of the rose starts to come out and mixed with the herbal smell of the basil and marjoram it's actually quite lovely. I couldn't smell the peppermint in this, but it didn't really matter, the combinations of the other scents, along with the amazing colour of the water, made for a very relaxing bath.

                    I could really feel a difference to the water from the beginning with this one. As the oils enter the water, they soften it, and feel silky against the skin.

                    I stayed in the bath for ages with this one - I didn't want to get out. The beautiful colour of the water, combined with the amazing smell of the product added up to the best bath I have had in ages!

                    When I got out of the bath, I was left with lovely soft skin, with a trace of the products scent, which I would get a little whiff of every now and again. Unfortunately, the scent of this product didn't stay on my skin very long and seemed to be gone within a couple of hours, which is a little bit disappointing and I think Magic's main downside.

                    A Magic ballistic costs £3.10 from Lush. This is slightly pricy seeing as you will only get one bath out of it, and whereas some people tend to break their ballistics into pieces to get more uses from them, I'm not sure it would be possible with this one, and even if you did manage it, I don't think it would give the true effect of the product.

                    Overall, I absolutely loved this ballistic, despite my initial reservations about its scent. I love the colour it turns the water, and the scent is really relaxing once it has dissolved. I wasn't planning on buying any more bath products for a while, but I think I may have to stock up on these, as I don't think I could wait until next year to try another one!!

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