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      26.01.2010 20:15
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      christmas fun in the bath

      With January nearly done, it's not that long to go now until Christmas is upon us again. I shall be going to town tomorrow to get my shopping in nice and early, to beat the rush. Actually, in all seriousness, if you nip into a Lush store at the moment, then you might be lucky enough to find one of these bath ballistics reduced. Check the corners of the shop or ask, that's what I do!

      Mr Butterball is supposed to be snowman, but I am afraid he isn't that convincing. A lack of colour means you're looking at one lump of whitestuff, that could probably be anything. Not as visually striking as a lot of the bath bombs, poor old Snowman is liable to be overlooked.

      With the main ingredient being sodium bicarbonate you are assured of a bath that fizzes to perfection and leaves skin feeling tingly soft afterwards. This chap is about four inches high and contains cocoa butter and also the delicate ylang ylang oil. The cocoa butter is renowned for making skin touchably soft and the ylang ylang is restful for the soul and mind.

      Having a bath with one of these men is ideal just before bedtime, as the essences will help send you off to a dozy state. He is available for just over two pounds and the experience of watching him fizz will be over in about one minute or so. That's a lot of money isn't it for such a short event? But you can then lurk in the bath for hours and allow the gorgeous scent to waft over you. Oh yes, the scent is relaxing, sensual and refined. Not as stark as the Santa bath bomb, so better for people who need soothing rather than awakening.

      I would have liked more colour on the snowman and a pipe in his mouth, but there's always next year. Merry Christmas everyone!

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        06.01.2010 17:41
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        Just OK

        This is the second item from my Lush Christmas gift set that I am going to review. The first item was the Christmas Kisses bubble bar, and the one remaining item is the Marzibain bubble bar.

        The Mr Butterball bath ballistic, available only from Lush and only at Christmas time (which is from around October until the end of December) costs just under £3. The rest of the year when he is not available in this incarnation, you can still buy a butterball bath ballistic in the shape of a normal bath bomb, which has many of the same attributes but is of course not as cute! The normal butterball ballistic costs £2.25 and can be bought from Lush stores or online from the Lush website.

        Mr Butterball is shaped like a cute snowman with a fat rounded tummy and head, a scarf and a cute little nose. His back is flat. He is a slightly off white colour and very sweet looking. He has a mild scent which is quite musky. Lush says that he is scented with vanilla and ylang ylang as well as the musk, but I couldn't smell either of these very strongly.

        To use him, throw Mr Butterball into a full, warm bath, preferably once you are already in it if you like to feel the fizzing. He will buzz around the bath and eventually dissolve. He makes the bath smell quite musky but the smell isn't powerful enough for me, and although he makes the water quite soft there are no bubbles and no real change in the water's colour which is a shame.

        However there is one really good thing about Mr Butterball and that is the cocoa butter chips that are released into the water when he is dissolved. These are little moisturising chips that you can capture and rub over your body for a silky, smooth, moisture rich wash.

        Aside from these chips and Mr Butterball's cute shape, though, the ballistic is a bit disappointing. He is a nice gift to give at Christmas but probably not something I would buy for myself.

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          04.01.2010 10:06
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          He's all buttery and nice!

          After my Lush parcel (ordered online) arrived last week I was feeling Lush greedy and headed into town to my local Lush store to see what other goodies I could treat myself too. Hiding in the corner with the rapidly decreasing stocks of the Christmas limited edition items I spotted 'Mr Butterball' and after my recent first encounter with 'Butterball' I wanted to see just how alike these two were, hence my purchase!

          I love buying the whole shop when I go into Lush and love the smells that linger in my car for days after transporting my goodies home. Not to mention to smells that linger around my abode.

          Mr Butterball is an off-white snowman shaped bath ballistic with flecks of cocoa butter.

          I did not receive a '12 days of Christmas' bath ballistics gift box for Christmas but have created my own and tried loads of new Lush things over the last fortnight.

          I tried Mr Butterball out that very evening and was by no means disappointed. I belly flopped him into my bath and watched him fizz his way around the tub leaving the little flecks of cocoa butter in his wake. These flecks are very buttery and slightly greasy. They release into the bath water making this a luxury moisturising bath. The vanilla, ylang ylang and cocoa fragrances are just amazing.

          This is so similar to Butterball that I would probably say it's the same but different! Only the price is slightly different in favour of Mr Butterball. He is £2.20 for 100g versus Butterball at £2.22 for 95g.

          Mr Butterball also has the advantage of being able to break him in half if you so wish (and were stong enough), though personally I would not want to dilute the pure goodness of this beauty.

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            03.01.2010 22:05
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            Get one quick before they go!

            Mr Butterball is the festive-themed Butterball - I just had to buy one in the run up to Christmas as he was just so sweet-looking with his little snowman shape. The Mr Butterball was just that tiniest bit cheaper than the ordinary Butterball too - only £2.20!

            Bath ballistics do not produce bubbles - go for the Bubble Bars for that effect - but when you drop them into pre-run baths they fizz pleasantly and dissolve in the water.

            This particular ballistic is vanilla scented, and when you drop him into the bath he releases little blobs of cocoa butter. This does make the water look a little greasy. However, once you get into the bath you are distracted by the delicious smell of vanilla and cocoa butter, and feel really relaxed and luxurious.

            Once I got out of the bath, my skin felt extremely moisturised and I didn't even need to apply any moisturiser like I usually do! I was expecting this, having already tried the standard Butterball, and I wasn't disappointed.

            At the time of writing Mr Butterball was still available on the Lush website, however if you're too late (as he's a Christmas special) then don't despair - ordinary Butterball is around all year and does just as good a job, albeit without the smily snowman face!

            Mr B looks different than the picture above, having been revamped and redesigned for 2009 (and presumably beyond!).

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            01.12.2009 21:06
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            Snowman shaped, vanilla scented bath ballistic.

            Lush Mister Butterball:

            I went to Bath to do a spot of Christmas shopping last Friday and I nipped into Lush, (I was chuffed to find that Bath had one - mind you it's a perfectly named city to have a Lush), and along with all my other goodies I got a Mister Butterball which is one of my Christmas regulars because it goes so perfectly with Snowcake soap which is one of my favourite things ever!

            For those of you unfamiliar with Lush, they are a company, who make gorgeous, fresh, handmade cosmetics, (mostly soap and bath and shower stuff). They use lovely natural ingredients, (apart from a few safe synthetics where it is more ethical than the natural stuff like musk for instance), and they care about the environment too. Now that is a good reason to shop there but the real magic is that the products are fabulous, pretty and unusual too. If you want to find out more about Lush their website is fab and they have loads of information about their ingredients and even have little videos showing how things are made or how to use them properly. (www.lush.co.uk).

            Mister Butterball is a snowman shaped bath ballistic, (like a bath bomb), and it's a good size too, (approx. 10cm tall). Mister Butterball has had a make-over since last year and I prefer the new shape which sees Mister Butterball looking all cosy in his hat and his scarf. To use a bath ballistic you simply run your bath, get in and then add the ballistic so you get the benefit of it fizzing and filling the bathroom, (or rather the whole house), with it's lovely smell. Mister Butterball is quite fizzy but also contains solid chunks of cocoa butter that melt in the bath to soften your skin, (more about that later).

            One of the things I love about Mister Butterball is his gorgeous smell which as I have already mentioned goes really well with Snowcake Soap. The main scent you get with a Mister Butterball is vanilla which I really like and it's such a sweet, heady, relaxing scent that I stay in the bath for ages and keep on topping up the hot water to make it last longer it really is that nice. After bathing the scent really lingers on my skin too so I go about sniffing myself all the time!

            The cocoa butter pieces are a blessing and a curse and I can't decide if I like them or not. They melt and leave a greasy layer in the bath which is a pain to clean afterwards but they also leave me with amazingly moisturised skin. The soft skin combined with the divine smell and general cuteness of this product keeps me buying it every year without fail though and the other half always has one on Christmas eve too which is another good point about Mister Butterball, he's great for guys as well as girls and I can imagine children loving him too.

            As with most Lush products the price is a little high, (Mister Butterball costs £2.20, which is actually quite cheap for Lush), but I truly believe he is worth every penny. Some thrifty people cut up their Mister Butterball's and get two or even three baths from him but I don't have Lush that often and prefer to use the whole thing as Lush intended so I get the full effect, (so many people cut their ballistics up then moan that they weren't colourful/smelly/moisturising enough simply because they have literally watered down the effect too much).

            I love Mister Butterball and although it's tempting to jump on the bandwagon and request him all year round, I actually like the fact that he only comes out at Christmas like mince pies and the Christmas decorations, it makes him more special.

            I would definitely recommend Mister Butterball to all Lush fans and to people who love Vanilla.

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            28.11.2009 10:47
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            Worth a try if you have dry skin.

            This is a fun and festive bath ballistic that has been moulded into the shape of a snowman. Each snowman weighs 100g, and so you can get away with breaking it in half to stretch it out over two baths.
            The sales assistant told me this is vanilla scented, however I found the smell very weak indeed- it is not an unpleasant smell by any means, just extremely faint.

            It is the moisturising properties of this ballistic that made me want to try it. In the winter months, I get very dry, flaky skin, and Mr Butterball contains real chunks of cocoa butter, which I hoped would work wonders on my skin.

            As the ballistic fizzes and dissolves in the hot bath water, the chunks of cocoa melt into tiny pools on the surface of the water. The smell to me was still negligible, which I found disappointing, so as I got into the bath I was hoping it was at least going to do something for my dry skin.
            I love my baths and stay in for at least an hour- sometimes 2! The ballistic was not particularly relaxing or soothing in the way that many of Lush's other products are, so in this way I was disappointed.
            However my skin was left really moisturised and soft, which was fantastic.

            I usually add half a Mr Butterball to a bath along with a piece of bubble bar or another ballistic, as the lack of scent from Mr Butterball means it is not enough for me on its own. However it is fantastic at moisturising really dry skin- just be sure to rinse the bath out afterwards as it can be a bit slippery due to the melted cocoa butter clinging to the bottom of the bath.

            This product is also available in a standard ball-shaped ballistic, however the snowman is more fun during the Christmas period!

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            21.10.2009 18:25
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            Not the best ballistic...

            Mr Butterball looks different to the picture here nowadays - he's a little more square,but still just as cute.

            When you take a big sniff of him he'll remind you a bit of Porridge soap (if you've used it) and possibly a slight hint of ylang ylang.


            When you pop him into your bath he'll start to fizz away and after a split second once the top layer dissolves you'll see that he's covered in oats.

            He dosn't fizz for very long at all - about 20 seconds. Once he's all gone the water will feel really soft and kind of like you've shoved some baby oil into it.

            It's pretty moisturising but I don't like my bath to feel as oily as this left it - I was also pretty unhappy that it only lasted in the water for such a short amount of time.

            However,used combined with Porridge soap it makes for a nice scented bath without too much fuss or pomp - just a nice,soft bath.

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              19.10.2009 12:06
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              Just try it

              I have been purchasing products from Lush for a few years now (because I love it) and have decided that they finally deserve some reviews!

              It's christmas time again and I founf myself off on my trip to Lush to buy some presents ( and a few little luxuries for myself!) and as with almost every other years anoth 2 or 3 went into my basket of these 'MISTER BUTTERBALL' bath bombs.

              What is is?
              It is yet another Bath Bomb in the Lush range, it is a christmas limited edition!
              It is a single Bath Bomb and doesn't come in a set of 6 or anything, but you can get it in christmas box sets which means it comes along with a few other Lush products.

              Where can you buy it?
              As it is a Lush product, it is only purchasable at Lush, you can purchase instore or online.
              They are also avaliable of places like Ebay and Amazon, but by the time you pay postage it works out more expensive that the store and I love going to Lush, for the whole 'Lush experience', I am sure you know what I mean?

              How much is it?
              It costs £2.20, which may seem expensive for a single bath bomb but it is well worth it!

              My view:
              This is by far my favourite, although it is probably one of the most simple bath bombs that Lush do, it is just sooo good!
              As it is a bath bomb, it is obviously for use in the bath. Like all Lush products you can smell the lovely smell before you put it in the bath, but is is only once it is in the bath that you can really begin to smell it!
              To look at it sort of looks like a snowman, the main colour is a whitey, creamy colour, with tiny little brown bits in it which look like oats or tiny bits of digestive biscuit crumbs!

              You always put the bath bomb in with running water for best results which is simple enough to do! As soo as you do this you are met by this lovely sweet vanilla/ cream/ almond / sweet smell - which is divine!
              You can seel the bath bomb immediatley begin to bubble and fizz and break up into the water.
              It makes your bath water go a milky white colour, which is sort of cloudy which your bath sometimes looks like if you run too much hot water too quickly.

              Once it is dissolved you are left with the 'oaty' looking pieces floating around in your bath, which do eventually dissolve but take slightly longer than the rest of the bah bomb!

              As soon as you even so much as dunk your toes in the water you can feel has moisturising and buttery it is! It's as if you are in a bath of moisturiser, but far more comfortable and not as greasy, it is just sooo moisrurising and soft on the skin it is simply divine!

              If you so much as lift up an arm or a leg and just run your hand over it you can feel how smooth and soft your skin feels, especially if you are prone to dry skin like me!

              Unlike with some bath bombs, the more water you have the more diluted the bath bomb seems to be by the water, this doesn't seem to happen with this one, so you can have a full bath and it will still be just as moisturising as having 5 or so cms in your bath which is yet another thing I love about this product!

              The great thing is like with all Lush products is that it is free from all preservatives and additives which means that it goods for you, your skin AND the environment!
              However because of this it also means that it does have a use by date which is normally around a year or so, sometime more, sometimes less!

              Once I'm finally out of the bath my whole body still seems moistrised, soft and smooth and I didn't find the need to moisturise, so hoorah, I had extra time on my hands!

              I'd reccomend this to ANYONE and will be stocking up this year ;)

              ***Also published on CIAO under the same username***

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                26.01.2009 22:39
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                Boring, boring, boring!

                Lush is a shop that I'd heard a lot about but not had much experience of until last Christmas when the receipt of a very nice selection of items turned me into a huge fan. Unfortunately for me, as a general rule they are beyond my budget and I have to limit myself to salivating over the Lush Times instead, so I was enormously excited to read on a forum yesterday that Lush were getting rid of their excess Christmas stock by selling Grab Bags - essentially lucky dip bags whereby the value of the stock inside the bag exceeds the bag's cost but you get what you're given.

                More specifically the offer was

                Spend £5 and get £15 of goods.
                Spend £10 and get £35 of goods.
                Spend £15 and get £50 of goods.

                Sounds good, yes?

                Now the offer was only available instore so I spent the entire day yesterday persuading my better half to drive me to our nearest store. When we arrived there at 11.30 there were no £15 bags left as the shop assistant said people had been queueing to buy them before the shop opened, but there were some £10 bags so I left the shop very happily clutching one in my sweaty little paws.

                By this evening I couldn't wait to try the products so the second the children were packed off to bed I opened one of the gift boxes insode the bag to use the products. The gift box was called Yuletide and the product that I tried was called Mr Butterball.

                **Appearance**

                Mr Butterball appears to be a seasonal version of the butterball ballistic. It is a cute little snowman, that is almost too sweet to use and certainly a lot more appealing than the scary looking image at the top of this review. He is an off-white snowman with a floppy little hat. He broke easily in two as I was considering using him over two baths but as you'll see I didn't do so.

                **Smell**

                When sniffing the ballistic the only smell I could detect was a mild vanilla aroma, which sme people might think is sickly but I quite like vanilla so I was happy with that and looking forward to the bath.

                **The bathing experience**

                After running a bath full of hot water I threw Mr Butterball's head in to create a satisfying fizz. The water turned cloudy and I was slightly peturbed to notice little yellow-y brown lumps filling the bath which was slightly less than pleasant. I fished the melting butterball out to inspect it and in among the fizzing bath ballistic was little lumps that I thought looked like white chocolate but apparently is cocoa butter. There didn't appear to be that much of a smell so in the interests of a fair test I put the rest of the ballistic in to produce more of the yellow lumps floating around the bath. but not a lot more aroma.

                I wasn't greatly excited by the thought of the bath; lying surrounded by brown / yellow lumps isn't my idea of relaxing but after I went away to find a book to read I came back to discover they had all melted. The bathwater had become entirely clear but you could just to say see small pools of oil glistening on top of the bath. I was a little bit disappointed as I do like the bath to look as though it has had something added to it and this just looked like a normal bath.

                I got in and lay back in the warm water to read my book. It was noticeable that there was something in the water as I could feel the oil slightly but it wasn't a particularly relaxing or pampering experience. I could probably have got the same sensation by adding baby oil. Plus the scent was fairly subtle and after the initial aroma I couldn't really smell anything. Sitting here in my dressing gown sniffing my skin I smell of... well, nothing really.

                After getting out the bath and getting dry my skin doesn't feel greasy but then neither does it feel especially moisturised either.

                **Price**

                As I've already said, my Mr Butterball came in a grab bag but bought individually they are one of the cheaper Lush items at £1.95. If you want one though you'll have to wait until next Christmas or rush out for a grab bag and hope it contains one as they are a seasonal item. You could always buy a regular butterball if you really wanted one!

                **Would I recommend it?**

                Sorry to say, no I wouldn't. It's a cute item and might be a nice gift for a child but overall the experience was really one of mediocrity. My expectations of Lush products are higher than this and I prefer a bit more scent and colour for my money - even when I have paid bargain prices. Hopefully, tomorrow's bathing experience will be more exciting than this one!

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                  20.01.2009 17:33
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                  This is the next bath bomb I used out of my Christmas set. It was described on the leaflet as: "A vanilla sweet tonic for over-dry holiday skin" which sounded perfect to use over the winter when my skin dries out the most.


                  ***The bath bomb before melting...

                  To begin with I had thought this one was a soap as it isn't round like the others ones I had. It is in the shape of a really cute snowman with a hat and scarf. I actually felt quite sad to destroy it as it looked really cute by my bath! It is completely white and feels a bit like a big piece of chalk, really powdery and rough. From the outside you wouldn't know what is inside it as it pretty much looks pure white and smooth. It has a lovely vanilla smell, which is one of my favourite bath time fragrances, so I already knew I was going to like it.

                  ***What happened...
                  I dropped it in and it immediately started fizzing loads, even more than the last one I used. It stayed at the surface of the water while fizzing so I could see what was going on. As it fizzed it made the water all cloudy and white, which felt a bit more normal than the ones that turn your bath a random colour.

                  Half way through it melting I decided to pull it out of the water to see what was happening. It looked all rocky and eroded but then I felt something smooth and noticed it has little smooth pieces in it. It kind of felt like a load of rocks with the occasional pebble amongst them. I then pulled one of the smoothes pieces out and it looked a yellowy colour like a little piece of butter, I then noticed it was melting slowly in my hand and I realised it was literally little pieces of body butter. I've since found out that these were little pieces of cocoa butter.

                  The smell was gorgeous, and bears no comparison to the overall smell of a lush shop (which in my opinion of very overpowering). Instead this bomb lets off a subtle smell of vanilla essence which I found really enjoyable.

                  After this discovery I let the bath bomb completely melt in my bath. It hardly changed the colour of the water and the cloudiness disappeared after a few minutes leaving the water totally clear. This sounds a bit boring but to be honest I preferred it as I found the coloured water thing a bit too weird last time!

                  What I did notice though was that there were little orangey-brown bits on the surface of the water. To begin with I thought these were solid bits that the bath bomb had left behind, but I soon realised that they were actually little pools of oil. A bit like if you dropped bath essence into water and rather than melting into the water it separates and forms little pools. When I dipped my finger into the pools it had a lovely oily consistency and smelt beautifully of vanilla.

                  ***Effects on my skin...

                  It was no surprise with the buttery bits and the oil that the bath felt really moisturising. I was only in the bath about 15 minutes but could feel that my skin was really smooth and I could feel a layer of the oil over my skin. When I got out and dried off my skin felt smooth and moisturised. My skin also smelt really nice for the rest of the evening.

                  After the water had drained from the bath there were no bits left behind or any marks or stains on the bath tub.

                  ***Overall Opinion...
                  The other lush products I have used I would say were fun as a one-off but I probably wouldn't go out and buy them again. However this one was much more subtle than the other ones and I found it deeply moisturising and a gorgeous but delicate smell and I am likely to go back and buy it again. I would particularly advise this to anyone who isn't sure about Lush products but wants to give something a go from there and to anyone who is a fan of vanilla!

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                    06.01.2009 20:41
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                    A relaxing bath for grown ups and ideal for kids as a stocking filler

                    I received this jolly looking chap as part of the Twelve Days of Christmas gift box from Lush - it is 12th night and I'm still working my way through all the goodies - it is a tough job, but someone has to do it!

                    I have used a Butterball from Lush before, it is one of the smaller but also cheaper bath ballistics and smells very strongly of vanilla. This snowman shaped seasonal version is no different, it smells delicious (sorry, should that be 'he'?) and to purchase on it's own it costs under £2, making it one of the least expensive ballistic options. As you have probably guessed, the snowman version is only available during the festive period.

                    My Mr Butterball looks different from the picture above, he must be a newer version. His wooly hat is firmly pulled down over his eyes and he has a large pom pom style nose above a slit mouth. He is very friendly looking and doubtless would appeal to children, in fact I felt quite guilty snaffling him into the bath last night - I have another one and I may have to let my son use it!

                    The texture of the butterball reminds me of recyced paper, the nice sort that might be used for eco writing paper. Rather than being as white as driven snow, it is more like off-white in colour, with little creamy flakes visable under the surface. On dropping the snowman into the bath he begins to fizz and dissolve - the plight of all snowmen everywhere - but Mr Butterball produces those creamy flakes floating in the water. These turn out to be moisturising vanilla scented pieces, which gradually melt and leave the bath water very soft.

                    This bath smells lovely, it has a moisturising and softening effect on the skin, and the vanilla is not too sweet but very relaxing and calming. It is ideal for a bedtime bath, and again, would be great for children. My only criticism, and it is a small one, is that it isn't very exciting - it disappears quite fast and leaves next to no trace in the bath once it has all dissolved and melted. For some, I know that this is an asset, but I love Lush for the bells and whistles as well as the great ingredients and the environmentally friendly sourcing. It's no good me denying it, I would have liked some glitter! Come on - it is Christmas after all, or at least, it was! In defense of this ballistic, I think it is designed to be soothing and child friendly, which it does perfectly.

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                      A disappointing ballistic, I was expecting much better.

                      For Christmas my youngest daughter bought me a Best Wishes gift box from Lush which contained three lovely bath products, two bubble bars and this Mr Butterball Bath Ballistic. I remembered reading somewhere that although this was one of Lush's limited edition festive products, it was basically a snowman shaped Butterball ballistic which is available all year round. I really like the Butterball because it leaves my skin feeling soft and subtly scented, don't get me wrong I adore the smelliness of all Lush products but sometimes I want something a bit more understated and this is when I'll reach for a Butterball.

                      So, I now have Mr Butterball and initially I love him. He looks so cute, much nicer and more cartoon-like than the ugly representation of a snowman above! It was almost a shame to throw him into the bathwater because this is one of the nicest looking bath ballistics in the Lush range, he also smelled absolutely wonderful with a rich cocoa butter aroma and underlying vanilla scent. A little stronger than my usual round Butterball perhaps but this is definitely a good thing because the smell is so lovely!

                      I ran a nice warm bath and watched as Mr Butterball fizzed his way around the water, it didn't take long for him to disappear and all I was left with was slightly cloudy bath water and a few puddles of cocoa butter floating on the surface. I was miffed then because I was expecting more than this, when I use a normal Butterball I love how much cocoa butter blends in with the water because it gives me a silky feeling bath that never fails to nourish and moisturise my skin.

                      Mr Butterball however is neither nourishing, nor moisturising. There isn't enough cocoa butter included in this ballistic in my opinion to give such clear results afterwards and my skin still needed a layer of body cream after my bath, something I don't need to do when I use the regular sized ballistic. Mr Butterball made absolutely no difference to my bath water either; as I said above, the normal Butterball lends the water a silky quality but this one just left the water looking a little milky.

                      The smell also becomes disappointing after a while, as I was relaxing in the bath I noticed that the smell was getting fainter and fainter but assumed I'd got used to it as I'd been in the bathroom for a while. However, when my daughter visited 15 minutes or so after I'd got out of the bath she sniffed the air in the bathroom and asked if I'd been using Air Wick Vanilla & Festive Spice! She is a confirmed Lush addict so the fact that she couldn't differentiate between air freshener and one of their 'special' Christmas products tells me that the scent is not at all long lasting as I would expect from a Lush product. It didn't seem to linger on my skin very much either, which again is unusual for something claiming to be a different shaped Butterball as the sweetness of this will last for ages on my skin usually.

                      Mr Butterball is one of the cheaper ballistics available from Lush and costs just £1.91, which would be excellent value if it were a better product and more true to the original Butterball.

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                        A nice stocking filler, but not a treat for my skin as I'd hoped.

                        This morning when I took my bath, I decided it was time to try out Mister Butterball. The limited-edition Christmas version of the best-selling Butterball bath ballistic promises to give soft, vanilla-scented skin, and at £1.95 is one of the cheapest ballistics, and one which can be easily broken in to as it's not round but in fact snowman-shaped. I expected him to be smaller than other ballistics due to his price but he was really a decent size.

                        When I opened my Lush package, this was the strongest scent in there. While it claims to be vanilla, and I could definitely smell that, the smell reminds me of the general "Lush shop smell" that hits you when you get within a couple of shops from one. The ylang ylang oil gives it a musky, oriental, perfume kind of smell, and it was a lot more overpowering than I was expecting, but not unpleasant either.

                        The reason Lush claim Mister Butterball can do wonders for your skin is the fact that he is laced with chips of cocoa butter. So after breaking off his head (let's face it, the next best thing to building a snowman is kicking one over...okay maybe just me), I got in the bath and dropped half in.

                        Mister Butterball went wildly fizzing around the bath doing his Alka-Seltzer routine, sending chips of cocoa butter flying in all directions which soon dissolved into little oil spots. I somehow didn't find this overly appealing, and the bathwater was, as expected, a cloudy white before turning roughly to normal.

                        There was just the right level of scent once dissolved, but to be honest I didn't think much to the skin softening properties Lush had claimed. For me the water didn't feel at all soft and silky like it had after using a bubble bar, and neither did my skin. Once Mister Butterball had dissolved there was, other than the smell, no real sign he had ever existed. He had, for want of a better term, melted with the morning sun and been forgotten like a favourite Christmas present by Boxing Day.

                        After doing a little research on the ingredients of this, I think I might have realised the problem. Ylang ylang oil is often used to normalise sebum secretions in skin, which to me would suggest making it LESS oily. So adding cocoa butter is really only evening it out, unless I'm missing something?

                        For all he is a novelty shape, decent price as far as Lush ballistics go and would make a nice stocking-filler, if you're looking for an exciting bath experience, this might not be it. And if you're looking for soft skin, maybe just buy some cocoa butter. I know there are several reviews which disagree, and as the regular Butterball is so popular it must float some people's boats, but this is my experience and I wasn't overly excited, or actually excited at all, by this product.

                        Mister Butterball is available in store at Lush or at Lush.co.uk in the run-up to Christmas. The same formula in a regular bath ballistic shape, Butterball, is on sale year-round for £2.25.

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                          23.10.2008 01:37
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                          I would love it to have a smell to it!

                          I received this item as part of my Lush order last week. As a new lush convert, I had never tried any of Lush's christmas goodies, so thought it would be good to try them before they stopped making them for this year.

                          One of the reasons I chose this particular ballistic was the fact it was the cheapest - this one will set you back £1.95 wheras most others cost around the £3 mark. It looked quite cute aswell!

                          When I opened my Lush delivery, the Mr Butterball bath bomb was buried amongst the popcorn that they package their parcels with. When I took it out of the box I was a little disappointed with the size (I had been expecting it to be a little bigger) and also the definition of the snowman features weren't as great as I had imagined.

                          I put my first impressions behind and started to run my bath. Whilst running it, I had a good smell of this ballistic - it really didn't smell of much! I hopped into the bath and put the ballistic into the water. Now, I hadn't read the description of this before I bought it so didn't expect it to fizz away and be left with chunks of cocoa butter to be in my bath afterwards - it was a pleasant surprise though! As the ballistic started to fizz, the cocoa butter could be seen sticking out the edges, it then proceeded to melt into a nice oil on the surface of the water. From looking at the ballistic I would have never guessed it had these little bits in!

                          As it fizzed away I still couldn't smell anything, but I was more than happy that the cocoa butter was now melting in my bath.

                          As I got out the bath, my skin was noticably softer than normal.

                          I think kids would love this, because of the shape and because it's quite simple. A great addition would be a more powerful smell!

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                            06.01.2008 15:28
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                            a sweet fizzing little snowman

                            Mr butterball is another seasonal product from Lush. In this case it's a bath ballistic (fizzer) in the shape of a snowman.
                            In the case of a bath ballistic, the idea is to drop into a fully run bath and watch it fizz as it releases all the bits and pieces packed into the ballistic.

                            This ballistic was in the same box as my Christmas kisses bubble bath, but thankfully on first sniff it's smell much nicer with a hint of something slightly Christmas spice coming through. On closer inspection I learnt that the smell is red peppercorns. This is mixed with ylany ylang oil and cocoa butter.
                            Overall the smell of the bomb has a slightly off putting aroma of spice, but overall the sweetness of ylang ylang comes through and wins me over.

                            I didn't really want to use a whole snowman, which is quite generous in size for a bath bomb, all in one bath, so I did a sacrilege thing and broke the poor man in half!
                            As I dropped him into the bath, he quickly lost all shape and form, as he fizzled away to nothing, leaving me with tiny bits of cocoa butter floating around the edges of the bath.

                            The smell arising from the bath is in fact much sweeter than when you sniff the bomb itself, which I was very pleased about. The bits of cocoa butter migrate to the edge of the bath, but do be careful as they could make the bath slippery.
                            As I sink into the clear bath, I can see the little patches of oil that is in fact melted cocoa butter. I am hopeful for the treatment of my skin during this bath with all the butter floating around, some of it should absorb into my skin.

                            With any Lush bath, you should savour the time you're spending in it, to let the ingredients do their work on you. I like to spend a good hour in the bath, unless the water turns too cold. The time passed very quickly in my bath, and as I drained the water away and dried myself I could feel the softness on my body.
                            The bath itself is another story, the ballistic had left a slightly greasy film on the bath, so it was going to need a good wash out, to prevent the next person having an accident.

                            The ballistic comes in at around £1.20 for 110g. I managed to get two baths out of it, but that's because I'm stingy. Therefore it made this bomb well worth the money.
                            Being shaped like a snowman it makes a good treat for the kids as well, but I certainly wouldn't waste a whole bomb on them either. What a cruel mother I am.

                            As i mentioned this is a seasonal product as it's in the form of a snowman, but you can get a slight variation on the product called just butterball. This bomb contains vanilla instead of the peppercorns, hence the non seasonal variety.

                            I recommend this bath bomb as it has a fun feel to it, and smells nice and sweet, and definitely moisturises the skin.
                            Enjoy!

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                            Far too fun to say /