“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I will admit that I have never set foot in a Lush shop but I was lucky enough to receive two gift boxes a few months ago as gifts and have been slowly working my way through the items. One thing I love is a nice soak in the bath so I was pleased to see that one set contained the Sakura Bath Ballistic or what I would call a bath bomb.
From looking at the Lush website (www.lush.co.uk) it appears that this product has now been discontinued. But I am lead to believe that when available this bath ballistic cost in the region of £3.00. This for me would be quite an expensive treat so I had quite high expectations for this product.
Lush as a company have really good values which can be fully read on there website but to give you an idea they make all the products by hand, do not test on animals or buy ingredients which are tested on animals and use as little preservatives and packaging as possible. Reading this did make me wonder even more why I have never shopped here myself and has made me put it on my 'to do' list. This ballistic itself it also listed as being suitable for Vegans.
The bath ballistic itself is very large and looked far to big just to provide one bath. It is a light pink/purple colour and has a sprinkling of coloured sugar type crystals on the top. The fragrance of the ballistic when I first took it out of the box hit me straight away as was beautiful with it being a combination of sweet, slightly floral and musky. In fact the Lush website describes this bath ballistic as having 'a beautiful floral fragrance around the notes of mimosa and carnation oils'.
But unfortunately for me this is when the good points of this product come to an end. I ran my bath until it was a good depth and proceeded to drop the ballistic in. It did fizz slightly and give a few very slight bubbles on the surface but when it had fully dissolved my bath appeared to look almost like I had added nothing it all other than the water having a very very slight tint of a purple colour. The lovely fragrance had also seemed to dissolve along with the product being barley noticeable which was a huge disappointment as I expected it to fill my bathroom with a heavenly, calming scent.
Even with this disappointment I decided to still continue with my bath and when I stepped in instantly felt a grittiness on the bottom of the bath tub which I presume was probably the crystals from the top of the ballistic which had not dissolved although after a couple of minutes these gradually disappeared. After soaking myself for around 20 minutes I decided I had had enough of sitting in just clear, boring looking water and got out and dry. I did notice that my skin did feel a little softer than normal which is nice as I can sometimes suffer from slightly dry skin and this probably came as a result of the lemon essential oil in the ballistic but again there was no fragrance lingering which I expected from a product such as this.
Overall as you can probably gather I was very disappointed with this product. The initial fragrance and the huge size of this bath ballistic promised big things but the delivery was tiny. I cannot say that I am shocked or upset that this product has been discontinued as for £3.00 I can think of far better items to spend my hard earned money on. This will not put me off my aim to explore a Lush store myself or to buy other products as I have had good experiences with other items I received in the gift boxes and have read some excellent reviews on here but if this was relaunched in the future then I am afraid Lush will not be gaining a sale of one from me.
Sakura Bath Bomb
I have had this bath bomb in my 'lush draw' for a few months, which is rare for me as I always use the bath bombs up in a couple of weeks of having them. But as this one has been sitting in my draw for a few months it has started to go ever so slightly soft so I thought I should use it soon.
- Lush description and ingredient list
"We wanted a bomb that could recreate the optimistic feelings of springtime. Mark built a beautiful floral fragrance around the notes of mimosa and carnation oils" Lush uk site
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Limonene, Colour 18050, Colour 42045. Lush uk site
This bath bomb looks a bit strange in my opinion, it is a normal circular bath bomb shape but it has some sugar pieces on top - it looks a bit like cinders bath bomb which is limited edition bath bomb for christmas but this has a blue/purple/white colour to it. This bath bomb is really big, it is bigger than all of the other normal bath bombs. It does not look too pretty in my opinion, it looks a bit unfinished and messy but it is alright.
The scent of this bath bomb is just that of a lush store, it is sweet but musky, floral but slightly woody - it is an unusual fragrance but if you walk into a lush store the initial strong scent that hits you is what this smells like. The scent is really nice in my opinion and it is quite powdery too. I really like this scent and to me it is a typical girly/feminine scent as it is floral and powdery. While in the yellow bag that the Lush bath products come in, this bath bomb's scent is fairly strong but not as strong as other lush bath products I have tried.
- Using the bath bomb and results
I put this bath bomb in the water as you do and the moment it touched the water it started to fizzle quite a lot. The water did change colour in the area around the bath bomb and it made that small area of water a bright pink but then as the bath bomb fizzled on, the water just turned into a light, pale cloudy colour which was a little bit disappointing as I like all of the brightly coloured bath bombs Lush makes. For the first minute or two the bath bomb fizzled away quite quickly but then as the centre of the bath bomb started to dissolve the fizzling was quickly reduced - it took a while for the centre of the bath bomb to dissolve, which is good as I find that Lush bath bomb always fizzle away very quickly. While the bath bomb was fizzling I noticed little pieces coming of it, I thought they were just pieces of bath bomb but they turned out to be pieces of sugar - like on pieced of sugar that decorate the top of the bath bomb. At first there were only a few, then there were more and some of the pieces of sugar were nearly a centimeter long. There were quite a lot of pieces of sugar in the bath bomb which I didn't mind to begin with but then it did hurt a bit if I lent on them - so overall, I don't think Lush should put hard, slightly sharp pieces of sugar in their bath products. After about five minutes or so the sugar was mostly dissolved and it wasn't a problem any more, but while they were solid, it wasn't too pleasant. While the bath bomb was fizzling away the scent was being released which really wasn't very strong at all, so I didn't have high hopes that it would transfer to my skin. Once all of the bath bomb had dissolved away, after about five to seven minutes or so, the water had turned to a pale cloudy colour which is not the nicest or most colourful result of a bath bomb I have tried.
The results of the bath bomb on my skin were ok, the scent of the bath bomb did not transfer to my skin which is a bit disappointing as the scent is really nice - but I am not surprised as the scent released while the bath bomb was fizzling was not very strong at all. The other effects on my skin were positive though, as this bath bomb made my skin feel really smooth, soft and slightly moisturized which was nice. This bath bomb did not react negatively to my skin, but it did make the patch of eczema on my hand sting a little bit. Overall, I like the results as it did make my skin really smooth and soft but it did not transfer any of the lovely scent to my skin.
- Price and availability
I bought this bath bomb a few months ago from a lush store for £3 something I think but I have just looked on the Lush uk site and it says that this bath bomb has been discontinued and is unavailable to buy from the website - maybe some store still have some in stock - it is not in the retro section either (the retro section of Lush is only available online and it is where popular discontinued lush products can be found).
*Smells gorgeous - floral, powdery but slightly musky
*Odd appearance but it is a large bath bomb which made it dissolve fairly slowly
*Made my skin really smooth, soft and slightly moisturized
*Not very cheap but it is a one off treat!
*The pieces of sugar are fairly large sometimes and they can hurt - they dissolve after about 5-10 minutes
*The bath bomb scent wasn't at all strong in the water
*The scent did not transfer to my skin at all
Overall, in my opinion, it is not a bath bomb I would miss now that it has been discontinued as it was overall really quite disappointing.
Thank you for reading my review
I was drawn to the Sakura bath ballistic in the lush store because it was big but had lots of little colourful pink and blue flecks on the top. I picked it up to have a smell of the product and it smelt nice and so I added it to my things to buy.
The sakura bath ballistic is £3.20 for a 200g product and so it is not cheap by any means. I always throw in a full ballistic per bath as I am not sure how you would go about splitting one of these into two like you can with the bubble bars and so it does make an expensive bath time. I like to see the products as a treat though and I only really use one every one or two weeks.
As I mentioned the sakura ballistic is predominantly white but it does have lots of little pink and blue flecks on the top. On closer inspection these are quite grainy pieces of fine sea salt which is designed to give the product a striking look. It succeeds in doing this as this is what drew me to take a closer look at the product!
When I dropped the ballistic under the water it began to fizz around and a lovely aroma began to fill my bathroom. The main scent in the sakura ballistic is cherry blossom but there are also hints of mimosa, jasmine and orange blossom according to the bag it came in. The smell which filled my bathroom was very floral but sweet and very pleasant in my opinion.
When I stepped into the bath I immediately felt encased by the lovely scented water which reminded me slightly of the rose petal perfume I used to make as a child-only better quality!!! My mind began to relax and I felt very calm whilst in this bath.
When I got out of the bath and dried myself off I found that I could still smell the sakura scent on my skin and this lingered all night and I could still smell it slightly the next morning on my pyjamas. My skin wasn't overly soft like it is with some of the other lush ballistics which contain soya milk and the like for a really soft bath but this product soothed me in other ways.
I quite liked this ballistic as the scent was appealing and it seemed to help to clear my active mind. I have to say though I do have other favourites from lush, such as mrs whippy, which I would tend to purchase over this one. I still award this ballistic four stars though as it is one of the better ones I have tried!
Thank you for reading my review!
I hadn't tried the Sakura Bath Ballistic until I friend bought me the "Hello Gorgeous" gift box from Lush, the Sakura Bath Ballistic was one of the items inside.
The Sakura Bath Ballistic is mainly white with bits of pink and cyan sea salt in it, and at 200g it is on of Lush's biggest bath bombs.
To use a bath bomb you simply run the bath water (I prefer mine nice & hot!) and drop the ballistic in. Upon doing this, the Sakura Bath Ballistic immediately exploded into life, fizzing around the bath (It moved around quite a bit, unlike some other bath bombs I've used in the past). Not only did it fizz, but it also released its fragrance in the bathroom and turned the water cloudy white.
The Sakura Bath Ballistic has a flowery fragrance, a fresh cherry blossom kind of scent. It's not a fragrance I really love, but I don't dislike it either. it wasn't overly strong, but scent did stay in the bathroom for a while (which is nice).
I've got sensitive skin, but this bath ballistic didn't irritate it at all. As with most other Lush products, the Sakura Bath Ballistic contains mostly natural ingredients; the only synthetics (safe ones) used in making this product are sodium bicarbonate, perfume and 2 colours.
At £3.20 for one Sakura Bath Ballistic which equates to one bath, it's not cheap, but then I do find that most Lush items (and certainly bath bombs) are a treat.
The Sakura Bath Ballistic can be found in Lush high street shops, as well as from the website (www.lush.co.uk). It can be bought on it's own or in a gift box.
This bath bomb certainly contributes to a nice, relaxing bath and I would certainly recommend treating yourself to one it if you like flowery scents.
The Sakura ballistic is Lush's Japanese-themed ballistic, designed to evoke the blossom in a Tokyo park in the spring. It is scented with mimosa and jasmine, and also contains orange blossom absolute and lemon oil. The ballistic is suitable for vegans.
I got this ballistic as part of the Blossom gift set, though the ballistic is also available to buy singly for £3.20. In appearance it is one of the larger ballistics, pale pink and decorated with blue sea salt to create a very pretty and striking appearance!
I dropped it into my bath and found that this is one of the ballistics that fizzes away quite slowly. It turns the bath water a lovely creamy white, which is slightly surprising but actually very soothing and relaxing - you feel as if you're sitting in a pile of blossom!
The scent was lovely too. I wasn't sure about it when the ballistic was solid - it was floral and light but also rather reminded me of cleaning fluid. However, once dropped in the water the scent changed rather - the light floral element was still there, but all trace of cleaning fluid had vanished. The scent was really strong too - it didn't fade like it does with some ballistics.
After my bath, my skin felt really soft which I put down partly to the sea salt. I could also smell the lovely floral scent until the next day.
I do recommend this ballistic, but although I will buy it again it will be as a special treat as it is quite expensive.
If you like the scent of this ballistic you may also wish to try the 17 Cherry Tree Lane soap from the Retro range, as that has the same scent. Or you could pick up a Blossom gift set before it is discontinued!
If I'm buying a Lush bath ballistic then I always go for the ones with funky colours and promising good things. This is why it's strange I bought this bath ballistic from Lush. The picture on here must be old now, however it's not too drastically different; it still is mostly a white coloured ballistic but it's speckled with more red and blue now, making it appear slightly pink.
I was drawn into this bath ballistic because I remember reading a review a long time ago saying how it smelt of cherry blossom and the whole point of it was a slight Japanese theme to it. I love cherry blossom scented products so I did want to give it a go... however I like my bath ballistics to be fun, not just nice smelling too, which is why I put off buying this for so long.
The ingredients used in this particular ballistic consist of Lemon Oil, Mimoas Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute and Jasmine Absolute. Combined this is supposed to give off a gentle cherry blossom scent. The ballistic certainly smells nice before I used it in my bath, however the scent didn't strike me as too strong. I have read mixed reviews on this ballistic, some people complaining it was too floral, so I was surprised to find I couldn't smell mine too much.
This changed however as soon as I placed this in my bath. I always use the ballistics once my bath has finished running, then I pop one in and watch it fizz away. Straight away with this ballistic the smell hit me, and I was really shocked at just how strong the smell was. I usually struggle with some Lush bath products as because of my allergies my nose is often stuffy and I sometimes can barely smell the products, but this one was really strong! It wasn't too strong that it was overpowering, but nice enough to really relax in.
This strong smell however really didn't bring to mind cherry blossom. Instead all I could smell was a strong citrussy scent, and I couldn't picture a cherry blossom scent in my mind at all whilst smelling this. It wasn't too much of a bad thing for me though, as it did smell really nice, it just wasn't what I imagined it would be!
Unfortunately for me this ballistic fizzed away leaving behind nothing but it's strong scent. The water of my bath stayed clear, not even a faint white fogginess to it, and this was a huge disappointment for me. Lush do some excellent ballistics which turn your bath all sorts of colours and some even have glittery stars or rose buds in them. Whilst these things annoy other people, I personally love them, as it makes for a nice unusual bath and I feel I have my money's worth. You see you pay around the £3 mark for a ballistic from Lush which is to be used in one bath, and for that much money for 1 bath I do prefer something more than a strong smell!
As this isn't a bath melt either I didn't notice any difference to my skin at all, and I couldn't actually smell the strong scent on me after a while. The smell did linger in the bathroom making it smell nice for hours... but that isn't why I buy a bath ballistic!
It's a really good smelling ballistic which is why I give it 2 stars... but it makes for a boring bath and so it's one I won't be buying again. If you do prefer a clear bath with a strong smell then this is probably for you, but next time I will be spending my money on a ballistic which has that little extra to it.
Lush Sakura Bath Ballistic
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt.
As you might already have guessed from my earlier reviews, I am having a bit of a Lush day. I really love Lush though so there are plenty of products to cover!
If you have never shopped at Lush, it is worth knowing that they create hand made cosmetics from only natural ingredients. They never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who also don't test on animals. This bath ballistic is suitable for vegans.
Lush have quite a strong social conscience which they demonstrate with their reduced packaging (using popcorn instead of polystyrene when sending out online orders!), charity support and various projects around the world. See their website for more information, an up to date product list (including ingredients) and also to locate your nearest store. They are not the cheapest place to shop, but in my opinion, are worth paying a little extra for.
Bath ballistics are based on the same idea as bath bombs and are a solid ball shaped mass of bath salts. What you do is run a warm bath then drop them in and watch them go mental! They will fizz their way round your bath, softening and scenting the water (often colouring it too) until finally they have dissolved.
A 200g Sakura ballistic will cost you £3.20. These can be bought online or in store.
The ingredients are as follows;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Citral, *Limonene, Colour 18050, Colour 42045}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
Lush say the following about this bath ballistic;
"The Sakura Ballistic is made in honour of cherry blossom time, perfumed with mimosa and jasmine to give you the joyful feeling of springtime"
The fragrance is very sweet and floral in my opinion, and does last well. It is slightly more subtle than some of the Lush products, and because it is a ballistic, doesn't give you bubbles in your bath (I am really a bubble girl at heart!) but does soften the water and make it feel lovely and moisturising.
I find this ballistic quite a soothing and relaxing scent so like to use it at the end of a hard day, as opposed to before a night out. Preferably with a candle or two and a nice glass of wine. This is a great ballistic from Lush and one that I do buy quite often, it is only scoring 4 Dooyoo stars though because I like bubbles in my bath!
I don't get all the fuss about Lush. Yeah it smells nice, but 3 quid a bath???
It's like this Sakura bath bomb. My mate gave it me for my birthday last week and went so mad about it that I was expecting something special but the same as the rest of them it just creates nice smelling water and a bit of gunk floating around it in forcing me to clean the bath after me.
It smells nice and the smell is quite strong, actualy I like the smell of Sakura a lot and the way I can smell it for ages after I had got out of the bath and into my pyjamas. It smells flowery and relaxing which is nice cos I love the smell of flowers.
Apart from the smell though this bath bomb hasn't got a lot going for it. Because it's white it doesn't make the water go pretty colours and once its fizzed out the smell is the only thing that tells me there is any thing in the bath.
I dont think it moisturised me at all and it didn't change how the water felt either. It looks and smells great and thats all it does, I wish I hadn't put it in the bath at all cos it made my bedroom smell really nice and now I need to buy some more smelly beads cos I miss the smell of it as an air freshner. All I have left now is Big Blue and that smells of hardly anything.
I bought this Lush bath bomb when I was in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. I've been curbing my spending in Lush, instead opting for some cheaper liquid bubble baths, however I decided to treat myself to three ballistics one of which was Sakura.
Now I'd spotted Sakura in the Lush stores before and could never really smell it in the shop. If you've ever been in or indeed even just walked past a Lush shop, you will know that because they have so many products there are a lot of mingled scents in the store and it's sometimes difficult to distinguish between them. I had read some reviews on here of this product though, and knew it was supposed to be cherry blossom scented, and cherry blossom being one of my new favourite scents (I even bought a cherry blossom perfume), I had my heart set on trying it, so decided to give it a go.
This appearance of my ballistic was similar to the one pictured, however the colours were totally different. It is predominantly white with a pale pink mottled appearance and the top is covered in turquoise and dark pink salt crystals.
The name Sakura is Japanese for 'cherry blossom' and the ballistic contains fine sea salt, lemon oil, mimosa absolute, orange blossom absolute and Jasmine absolute. These combine to give a soft and gentle cherry blossom fragrance. It's very sweet, but it also has a slightly sharp edge to it which I guess comes from the lemon oil. It's not quite the same as the L'Occitane cherry blossom products that I adore, but it's still very nice all the same, and I was really looking forward to my bath.
When I put this in the bath it started to dissolve, releasing a lovely plume of fizz into the water. Ballistics don't provide bubbles, but many of them do colour the water. Because this one is mostly white there is no colour, however it did briefly make the water go cloudy.
The scent of the ballistic really came out once it was in the water. The sweet cherry blossom scent seemed much stronger than it had done when dry, and filled the room. It's a really luxurious and relaxing scent, and made for a lovely bath.
As the ballistic dissolves you can start to feel a slight change in the water. It begins to take on a very slight oiliness, though it's not so oily that it makes your skin feel greasy - this is a very subtle change, and just enough to make you feel like you're using a luxury product.
The aroma of the cherry blossom lasted for the duration of the bath and lingered on my skin for hours afterwards. My skin felt lovely and soft too, and despite having fairly dry skin I didn't moisturise that night (due to laziness more than anything!) and the next morning still woke up to find my skin was soft and supple.
A Sakura bath bomb will cost you £2.99 from Lush stores or you can also purchase online from www.lush.co.uk This is fairly pricey for just one bath, although you can, if you choose, cut this up, although I find that to be a fairly messy process, so often opt just to put the whole thing in. At the best part of £3 for a single bath, this perhaps is not the sort of product you would use on a daily basis, however it's fantastic for the occasional treat.
In terms of scent this product gets five stars from me, and again I'd give the five stars for the way it left my skin feeling. I suppose the biggest let down from Sakura for me personally, would be that as a 'bathing experience' it's nothing special. As you don't get any bubbles with the ballistics, it's nice to have something else to compensate, such as coloured water. Unfortunately this one was just a little bland in that respect, which is why I'm knocking a star off the overall rating, but on the whole if you like the smell, then it's definitely worth trying.
OK so I ended up in Lush again last week! I needed some products because I had run out and well three of these Sakura Bath Ballistics somehow ended up in my basket as well. Those Lush pixies are very mischievious! What attracted me (sorry I mean the pixies) was the Japanese element of the product. You see I love all things Japanese - I love the food, the art, the literature, the history and even my skin care is based on a Japanese ritual. I am also attempting to learn the language before we go to Japan in a couple of years. So anything vaguely Japanese related is going to get bought especially if it relates to Sakura - the Japanese name for cherry blossom. My parents had a lovely cherry tree which was always so beautifully perfumed in the spring and so this smell reminds me as well of my parents' house when I was growing up. I would love to go to Japan in the Cherry Blossom season.
So with the lovely spring weather we had last week I was ready for a rejuvenating but relaxing bath and this bath ballistic seemed like the ideal one. I was a little bit dubious about using a whole product as at £2.99 this wasn't going to be a cheap bath. It is one of the medium sized ballistics (you can get smaller like the butterball and some varieties have now been made into huge versions) and is easily recognisable as it is white with pink and blue coloured salt crystals dotted throughout. It just looks a lovely clean and fresh product and the fragrance when dry is quite potent. It has a wonderful floral fragrance which smells reminscient of the cherry blossom of my youth. I must say that this fragrance is a created fragrance made by a combination of lemon oil, mimosa, gardenia extract nd orange blossom and jasmine absolute. However the combination is very close to the real thing but the lemon oil adds a real zing of a top note the fragrance which makes it lovely and fresh.
So I cut the ballistic in half (quite a messy process - I ended up doing this in a freezer bag to catch all the crumbly bits) and added one piece to my lovely hot bath water. As with all other ballistics the bicarbonate of soda immediately reacted and began to fizz all over the bath releasing some of the beautiful but much softer fragrance. The water went slightly white - it wasn't milky though and there was no glitter or annoying floating debris. And again if you want a bubble bath then this product isn't for you. The fragrance was soft, exotic and uplifting even with just half the product but after a little deliberation (about 5 seconds) I decided that I needed to get the full benefit of the fragrance so in went the other half.
As I got into the bath I noticed that the bath water felt softer than usual. I can only think that this was because of the sea salt which is in the product. As well as its antiseptic qualities salt solutions are renowned for softening the skin. I didn't even think about it but my eczema was having a flare up on my leg and after soaking in this bath for a while the itching subsided and my skin was less red and much softer when I woke up the next morning.
But as well as my skin being calmer, I felt calmer as well. The bathroom was filled with the lovely fragrance and every time I moved stronger wafts of the fragrance hit me. As I lay there I could feel the stress soaking away. Mimosa, as well as being antiseptic and astringent is well known for its relaxing qualities and gardenia can be used to calm the mind as well. The blended fragrance was working wonders on me.
But alas I had to get out of the bath before I became a prune but even though I had been lying in the bath for a good 30 minutes I had little evidence of prune fingers. My skin felt very clean and surprisingly soft considering there was no real moisturising element to the product. I didn't need to rush off and apply moisturiser as I often feel I need to do. And thsi was probably just as well because as I dried off I realised that it wasn't just the bathroom that was retaining the lovely fragrance (you could still smell it for 2 days after I had my bath) but my skin was as well. It was lovely and subtle but I could still smell it on my skin when I sank into my bed about 5 hours later. So in a way I was glad that I didn't need to reach for moisturiser and in fact I didn't use any body moisturiser until the following morning as my skin felt so soft and hydrated.
One thing you have to remember with all Lush products is that they are handmade and this became quite evident to me with this product. You see I loved my first bath experience last week and I couldn't wait to repeat it on Tuesday. I did exactly as I did last week but the fragrance was not as strong, was more lemony than floral and the fragrance was beginning to stick in my throat. I was out of the bath more quickly this time but my skin still felt nice. I was quite disappointed though as part of this product's appeal is more the fragrance and sensory experience because if you don't have that you have a bath in white coloured flat water. It very nearly put me off trying the third one tonight. But I thought I would give it a chance in the hope that the first experience was repeated. Thankfully it was and I was back in love with Sakura again. However the middle experience did hit home to me that as great as handmade products are you do run the risk that sometimes the consistency of quality isn't always what it could be.
Overall I loved this product and I will be buying it again. I know how good it can be so I am prepared to play a bit of russian roulette to get that experience again. The only trouble is that at £2.99 a pop it could become quite an expensive game to play. However if you are ever at a loose end in a Lush store and you let the pixies guide you into buying a product then make sure they get this one for you.
As a Dooyoo convert to Lush products (I think Dooyoo must have shares in the company as there are so many Lush product reviews on here!) it was inevitable that when asked what I desired for Mother's Day I would reply 'something from Lush would be lovely'.
And so both eldest daughter and my other half fought their separate ways through the Lush shop smog (separately of course and to shops in different towns, they would never shop together!) each purchasing a goodie bag of items just for me.
It's early days yet and I've only taken 2 showers and 1 bath since Sunday (come one, you didn't think I'd leave the stuff laying around for the littlest HonestBobs to pinch did you?!) so have only sampled a couple of the products bought for me, but I must share with you that I had the most fantastic night's sleep last night. I've had trouble sleeping for weeks (even swapped completely to decaff to try and find a full night's rest) and last night was the first night in ages that I can only recall waking once. Plus, when I woke up I could still smell the sakura bath ballistic on my skin and bed clothes and drifted back into a lovely fragranced slumber (it even compensated for smelly Other Half encamped on the two-thirds of the bed!).
Bath ballistics are fairly new in this house. When one of the children bought me my first Lush bath ballistic I was a little wary to say the least. I instantly had visions of Step-Great-Aunt Gladys and her penchant for bath cubes. These were generally purchased in a lavender, rose or violet fragrance and never fully dissolved in the bath, therefore leaving lumps of chalky residue to float on the surface finding bodily crevices I don't want to think about.
Neverthless I used my first Lush ballistic some time after Christmas and have been a convert ever since. I still prefer the bubble bars, but a ballistic is a suitable alternative. They are certainly just as interesting to watch as they enter the bath.
When I announced to the HonestBob world that I would be hogging the bathroom for the next half hour or so everyone was eager to know whose Mother's Day gift would be used. Much to daughter's humphiness I selected the Sakura purchased on littlest HonestBob's behalf. To be honest (as I generally am!) I chose this one from the selection available as I liked it least. It isn't particularly pretty and in its 'raw' state it doesn't smell particularly fragrant. If I were faced with this among others to choose from in the shop I probably would not select the Sakura. However, it was bought for me and I figured I'd use this one first and save what I thought would be the best until last.
And so, with the announcement made, I ran my bath. The Other Half is mystified as to the draw of Lush products and asked to see what a bath ballistic 'did' so once my bath was drawn I called him in to watch the spectacle of a ballistic on entry.
"It looks like a giant alkaseltzer"
Not quite the response I had expected, but accurate enough. HonestBob's Daddy watched the ballistic whizz around my bath water propelled by a crowd of fizzing bubbles. The smell of the ballistic began to saturate the air and we both agreed that this one smells 'nice'.
Finally alone (bliss) I settled into the bath, eyes closed, nostrils open. What was the 'nice' smell?
According to the Lush website the ballistic is perfumed with mimosa and jasmine. Whatever, to me it smelt like the Lenor fabric conditioner from my childhood. The big blue bottle my Mum used to use, that made my woolly jumpers feel all soft, warm and comfy and that smelt of home and security.
In the bath it became a little overpowering and I began to wish I'd stuck to my original plan and only used half the ballistic (OH convinced me to use the whole thing at once). Once out of the bath however, the fragrance lingered on my skin for the whole night, it was captured by my bedclothes and the smell drifted from my bathroom across the landing. It might have been reminiscent of old style Lenor, but I loved it!
This ballistic is not particularly moisturising and does not produce interesting effects in the bath water, no shimmering stars or sparkles from this one.
The bath just requires a quick rinse after use and the whole of the upstairs smells as if it's had a spring clean.
Price on the website is £2.99
Be jealous folks, I'm just out of a lovely bath with one of my favourite Lush bath bombs - and what better time to review it than when the scents are still in the air?
This product is the Lush Sakura Bath Ballistic. It is one of Lush's bestselling Bath Ballistics.
What is a bath bomb/ballistic?
A bath bomb is a round (the shape sometimes varies, but generally, they're round), fizzy ball which you drop into your bath for various effects. Some are just scented, some tint the water, others are to relax you, some are to wake you up and most are to moisturise your skin. What's better than a warm, relaxing bath with a bath bomb fizzing away around you, the lovely scents filling the room and the oils moisturising your skin? Well, not much actually...
What's so great about Sakura?
Sakura is another one of Lush's cheaper Bath Ballistics and again, like the Butterball (previously reviewed), is one of my absolute favourites. Sakura isn't meant to be super moisturising, it's one of the bath bombs that are just scented.
The story behind Sakura...
A ballistic inspired by Japan, and the wonderful cherry blossom season there. The blossom is called Sakura in Japanese, and the ballistic smells just like fresh cherry blossom, blowing in a fresh spring breeze. The coloured salt crystals in the ballistic make it look just like the spring sky too, with the cherry blossoms and leaves against it.
Why would you want to bathe in fizzy water that doesn't do anything for your skin?
My question to you is why wouldn't you? It doesn't actually make your bath water fizzy, it just gently fizzes away, and takes around 3-15 minutes to do so depending on the size. In this case, it takes around 5-6 minutes. And for the moisturising part, that doesn't matter, that's what moisturiser was invented for. This is just to make you feel slightly pampered and to smell divine!
What does it look like?
Sakura is a mediuml, white ball with pink and blue spots through it and a huge splodge of blue and pink on the top. The blue and pink are bath salts.
What does it smell like?
Cherry blossom and jasmine mainly, but you can smell oranges in it too. It's a very floral scent - delicious.
So does it work?
Yup, this bath ballistic is only there to fill your bathroom and leave your skin smelling wonderful, so yes, it does work. It also leaves the bath water a pretty cloudy white colour with a slight pink and blue tint (this actually depends on how many salts are in your bath ballistic, mine was PACKED). The scent also lasts for a hell of a long time - both on your skin and in your bathroom.
So what's the verdict?
I love it. This is one of the Lush products that you don't use every time you have a bath, but you use it once a week or once a fortnight just as a little pamper session for yourself. Hop in a bath with one of these and a facemask and you're good to go!
Sounds nice, I want one, where can I get it? Will it break the bank? There's a credit crunch you know...
I know, I know, calm down. This will only cost you £2.99 from and Lush store or counter. It's the same price online, but there is a shipping fee making it a bit more. So on you go, get shopping and pick up one of these lovely little balls of wonder...
- smells divine
- won't leave your bath a mess like some bath bombs (full of glitter and confetti etc)
- won't moisturise your skin like the Butterball
- is wonderful for relaxation and pampering
- guys seem to love the scent
Thanks for reading!
Although I have visited the Lush stores many times before I have always avoided purchasing anything. The overpowering sickly smells emanating from the products never attracted me. In addition to this the fact that I always thought things like bath bombs were a bit gratuitous. However I finally bought my first Lush product last week after shopping there with my young neices. They insisted this was my kind of bath bomb, The Sakura (Japanese for Cherry Blossom) Ballistic. It is decribed as being like "blossom in a Tokyo park on a spring afternoon".
The product is a huge tennis ball sized lump of what looks like soap powder which has been splashed with pale pink and turquoise food colouring! At one end of the ball there is a mass of aqua and cerise coloured crystals. The product (before use) gives off a sharp, perfumed aroma. I would not describe the smell as natural or relating to nature in any way. Rather more it has a carpet cleaner, chemical based smell that seems way too overpowering.
When you put this bath bomb into water it fizzes up and begins to sizzle and foam. It dissolves as a very quick rate. The water turns cloudy and grey looking. Lush actually state that your bath water will look like "spring sky with cherry blossom against it" but you'd need a vivid imagination to be able to create that scene! My opinion of the visual appearance of the bath water is that is looks dirty and as though there is a lot of limescale or sulpher in the water! The crystals float like specks at the water's surface but look rather like scum or flakes of skin.
The bomb makes the water smell strongly. The aroma is similar to the dry product but perhaps has a fresher, less intense fragrance. The essence of wood and of essential oils is a little more evident but the aroma overall is a little too strong for my liking. It reminds me of scented candles or incense aromas. The actual perfume ingredients include mimosa, jasmine and orange blossom.
My skin was very highly perfumed after using the bath bomb. The smell was so strong that I didn't need to apply any extra perfume. My skin did feel fresh and clean though and I was confident about smelling feminine. The feeling of my skin was a bit dry and powdery, however.
This bath bomb cost me £2.99 and I have to say I was shocked at the price. Despite this being a fresh handmade product I think this is a lot of money for one 'luxury' bath. The bomb is sealed up in a small yellow paper bag, on which instructions urge us to re-use the bag by putting it in our sock drawers as a kind of pomander. This Lush product is also endorsed as being suitable for Vegans, which is a great incentive for me.
Further information can be found at the Lush website:
When I went to Lush to spend my Christmas vouchers I promised myself I'd try some products that I had never used before as I found myself in a Ma Bar/Big Blue rut.
I chose Sakura simply because it is such a pretty ballistic, as you can see in the photograph above it is a beautiful white ballistic that has been gently dusted with aqua and pink salt crystals. When I read the blurb on the shelf edge I saw that Sakura means 'cherry blossom' and the lightly floral aroma of the dry ballistic convinced me to give it a try as I adore anything even remotely cherry scented.
The only thing with Sakura is there's absolutely no reminiscence of cherry at all in the ballistic, although let me tell you that even without the cherry this is an amazing ballistic in every respect. I thought perhaps Lush would have added some pieces of cherry blossom to the Sakura, but it turns out this is a completely bitless ballistic which a lot of you may like as I'm aware some people don't like all the embellishments Lush add to their products.
For a start it smells absolutely divine, when I dropped it into my warm bath water I could instantly smell the scent of orange and lemon very strongly. Within minutes my entire bathroom was enveloped in this beautiful citrus aroma which smells summery and delicious.
As soon as I lay back in the bath I could feel how soft and silky the water had become, the ballistic doesn't change the colour of the water but gives it a nice cloudy appearance which is a pleasure to relax in. The gorgeous citrus smell rises with the steam and helped me to relax, the scent didn't seem to fade either which is unusual as as soon as I am used to a scent I cease to notice it but I was aware of the lovely aroma with every breath.
While soaking in the bath I could feel my skin becoming moisturised and soothed; while the ballistic leaves the water completely non-greasy, I felt almost as though I had applied a light baby oil to my skin before getting in the bath as Sakura is so wonderfully nourishing. I found this ballistic to be incredibly cleansing and my skin felt squeaky clean after I'd used the Sakura scented water to wash with my natural sponge, a lot of Lush ballistics do not cleanse well I find but this one passes with flying colours.
After getting out and drying myself I was shocked by the fact that I didn't have to use a body moisturiser, I suffer from quite severe eczema and a symptom of this is terribly dry and itchy skin so I usually need to moisturise after every bath and shower. Actually even this morning, some twelve hours after my bath, I only needed to use a very small application of a light body lotion rather than the usual thick gloopy stuff I use.
The citrus aroma lingers beautifully on my skin and last night after my bath it smelled like I had applied a fresh smelling perfume, in fact I've just had a sniff of my forearm and the smell is still there!
Amongst other things Lush have used Lemon Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute and Jasmine Absolute to create Sakura. All of these ingredients blend together to create the beautiful scent of the ballistic and all are known for their skin soothing properties, as well as the Mimosa and Lemon being competent natural antiseptics meaning this ballistic is kind to damaged skin such as mine.
The Sakura ballistic is one of the most expensive in Lush, priced at £2.99, but it's a wonderful bathing experience and actually does my skin a bit of good at the same time.
My favourite Lush Ballistic (Fairy Jasmine) has been discontinued! I therefore have been looking for anything else that smells of Jasmine. Looking on the Lush website I found a Ballistic with these oils: Jasmine Absolute , Lemon Oil , Mimosa Absolute , Orange Blossom Absolute. Voila! Jasmine!
I picked this up the next time I was in Lush. It looked really pretty. It was white but dappled with a lovely pink colour and bits of blue. On the top it had what looked like bath salts. They were blue and red (or dark pink). All in all it looked really pretty and girly (and nothing like the picture above by the way).
I had a sniff and could definately smell Jasmine along with a flowery smell. I don't like flowery smells but I will try anything once. The bomb cost £3.05 which very close to the most expensive in their Ballistics range. I was desperate to find something to replace my beloved Fairy Jasmine though so I slipped it into a bag and carried on with my shop.
Lush say that Sakura is supposed to smell of Cherry Blossom. To be honest I have no idea what Cherry Blossom smells like. They claim that it smells of springtime. This I agree with as it smelt pretty flowery. It definately looked springtimey anyway.
I have now used the rest of the stuff I bought on that day (except the last Fairy Jasmine in the shop which I am saving) and decided to give this bomb a try. As the bath ran, I looked at the bomb. I assumed the water would turn pink. When the bath had run I dropped the bomb in and it fizzed away releasing a gorgeous fragrance. It was flowery but not too flowery. My lovely Jasmine was there too. It smelt divine. Dissappointingly the water didnt change colour. It went a creamy colour but no lovely pink like I was expecting. I didn't mind too much as I sunk in and let the lovely smell waft around me. Afterwards the smell was still on my skin. I smelt gorgeous. I keep smelling my arms!
The ballistic contains:
JASMINE ABSOLUTE - This oil is supposed to be good for relieving depression and has aphrodisiac properties. It also helps with confidence. I wasn't particularly depressed so i can't say if it worked. I certainly felt relaxed and care free though.
LEMON OIL - This refreshes you and cheers you up.
MIMOSA ABSOLUTE - I guess that this is what gives Sakura its floral scent. It is supposed to be relaxing, de-stressing and calming. I did feel relaxed and calm when I got out of this bath. Felt like going to sleep!
ORANGE BLOSSOM ABSOLUTE - This is another flowery smell. I can't find any other use for it but it smells really nice.
Overall I found this bath smelling gorgeous and left me feeling calm and relaxed. It didn't seem to have any skin softening effect like other ballistics do. But it made up for this with the gorgeous fragrance it left on my skin for hours afterwards. I will probably buy this again.