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      22.07.2012 20:11
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      A good product, especially as a Christmas present.

      I received this bath bomb as part of a Christmas present from Lush. I prefer a shower to a bath but this product has made me become a bit of a bath fiend!

      This bath bomb is exceptionally Christmassy being in the shape of Santa Claus, and smelling of "mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange flower". When you take it out of the box you can smell the oranges, and once it is dropped in the bath the smell becomes stronger as it fizzes before your eyes. I personally do not put the whole bath bomb in at once, I have been breaking off a little piece at a time and it is lasting forever. Even just dropping in a little piece every time I go for a bath, it fizzes up to reveal a red/orange bath, which smells of the orange and mandarin oils. The smell takes over the bathroom, but is not too overpowering that it puts you off having your bath.

      As you are in the bath the smell relaxes you and makes you feel very festive. I have even been using it out with the festive period and it puts you in a good mood for the rest of the night/day.

      I have really enjoyed using this bath bomb and would recommend it to anyone looking for something different. As I received this as part of a Christmas present I am unsure of the price of it, but I loved getting it as a gift and would be sure anyone would be happy to receive it too.

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      03.01.2012 18:22
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      Nothing to rave about and for me not worth the cost.

      This is the first Christmas that I've ever received any Lush products and thus the first time of using them, having read so many reviews about the products over recent years.

      This Satsumo Santa came in a large metallic red gift box with 5 other Christmas themed products although it was available for sale individually priced at £2.95.

      What is it?

      According to Lush, it is meant to be 'a fusion of the British tradition of an orange in the bottom of your Christmas stocking and the Japanese tradition of splitting a yuzu orange and putting it in your bathwater at Winter Solstice'. With these two themes put together they came up with the Satsumo Santa.

      The ballistic is in the shape of a very chubby Santa Claus not in the traditional red colour but orange with white beard and detailed facial features such as the mouth and eyes. He stands about 8cm tall and is larger than I had initially envisaged.

      This bath ballistic contains oils such as mandarin and bergamot and orange flower. Like all of the bath ballistics from Lush it contains Sodium bicarbonate which makes it fizz and break down in water.

      - My first 'Lush' experience -

      It has to be said that I was really looking forward to using this and experiencing the 'Lush' effect that so many speak positively about.

      As instructed, I ran a lovely warm bath on a cold, blustery evening and dropped the Santa in to it. The Santa did look rather a large helping for one bath but I watched and waited as he began to bubble and fizz ever so slightly, reminding me of a sherbet dip when it used to fizz in my mouth.

      This process didn't take long, no more than 3 minutes and the clear water was changed into a very deep, rich orange colour with a subtle, pleasant but not overpowering warm scent. Lush actually say that it 'will fill your bathroom with the sweet smell of summer' which I think is a little strange considering this is in the range that is exclusive to winter months. However I really didn't feel as if this made me think of summer.

      Being new to all of this kind of pampering other than the bog standard bath foams and bubble baths that I use, I was really disappointed that I didn't get any bubbles with this. Yes the colour was lovely and the smell was pleasant but when I got in the bath I didn't feel as if it was a chance to lie in a luxurious relaxing soak after quite a busy festive period so for me this was a big disadvantage.

      I didn't feel as if the oils left my skin feeling moisturised although I have to say that it didn't make my skin any drier than what it already is around my shins in the cold weather months.

      - Overall -
      Contrary to what many others have probably said about this product, I felt that it was disappointing. It didn't make me relax and feel pampered. The smell was pleasant but nothing that I would rave about and had it offered extra moisturising properties to my skin then I would certainly have not as been as disappointed about the no bubble factor!

      Despite this, I am looking forward to trying out the other 5 Lush products in the Christmas box set which are making my bathroom smell great. Had it not been given to me as part of a stocking filler and I had paid £2.95 for a treat at bath time, I really would have been disappointed.

      Thanks for reading. N.B. Review also appears on ciao.

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        19.12.2011 02:57
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        One to try, I love it!

        Now that it's christmas, I don't feel guilty buying hoards of bits from Lush, and while Christmas shopping last Thursday in Meadowhall, I picked up some of my favourite bath bombs, one of which is the Satsumo Santa, which is only available during the christmas period and is an amazingly good product - not only is it cute, but it's reasonably priced and makes my skin feel gorgeous. These bath ballistics are £2.95 each, which I think is really good value - each bath ballistic in the shop was very generous in size and mine was around the size of my palm, it was quite 'solid' feeling and chunky and I got plenty of use out of it as I laid in my bath for over an hour enjoying the relaxing smell, so in my opinion these bath ballistics are a total bargain!

        The bath bomb is really cute, it's basically a 3D santa which is red with a white detailing where his face and beard are. He's wearing a belt and there's little details such as a nose and eyes (see picture). This bath bomb is only available at christmas and so I usually stock up on five or six every year as I love them so much! They also make lovely gifts due to the novelty shape and my mum loved hers last year and hasn't used it yet as she says it's too cute to melt in the bath, lol. Using this bath bomb is very easy, you simply drop it into your bath either before or after you get in. As soon as you pop it into the water it will begin bobbing around slightly and making a fizzing noise, and dissolving rapidly, and the water will soon be completely orange. The bath bomb is usually completely dissolved after 3 minutes and the smell is gorgeous!

        I was quite surprised with how well balanced the scent was, because considering the name of the product (satsumo referring to satsuma) I was expecting a very citrussy, perhaps overlly sweet candy orange type smell. It is definetly citrus scented but it's got a very wam undertone which is perfect for the current season - it created a lovely atmoshphere of festive smells in my bathroom and was extremely relaxing - I could have easily fallen asleep from how relaxed it made me feel! The smell lingered in my bathroom for around 4 hours and it didn't linger on my skin for very long - around half an hour at the most which didn't bother me as I use perfume and because the smell of the bath bomb faded, it didn't clash with my perfume.

        The bath bomb made my skin feel really soft and smooth to the touch, I have very sensetive skin and had no issues with the bath bomb at all - no itching or irritation and it made my skin feel really nice, which is probably down to the mandarin oil that it contains - mandarin oil is a good antiseptic and it helps to purify and re-balance the skin. Not only that, but it can encourage the growth of new skin cells which is good for people with dry and damaged skin. Another brill ingredient is bergamot oil which helps fight acne, psoriasis, eczema and oily skin. Overall, I would highly reccomend this bath bomb, unless of course you are not a fan of citrussy smells. It smells lovely, has great effects on my skin (and mood! the scent is so relaxing), and it's great value. I award the satsumo santa 5/5 Dooyoo stars.

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          15.12.2011 19:44
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          A great quality product we can expect from lush

          I must admit I have always passed lush and never went in due to the scent being so overwhelming when you pass the shop it can be a tad bit off putting, however after reading a good few reviews on here praising the variety of products available I decided to go in store and check out what the fuss was about. I decided I wasnt going to buy anything but I had my 6 year old daughter with me and as soon as she seen the different kinds of bath bombs and soaps she wanted to give them a go which then tempted me. We left that day with various products and have visited the shop ever since to stock up on more and try new goods.


          One of the products I came out with was a Satsumo Santa bath bomb. I decided on this one as Christmas was coming up and I liked how the bomb looked being themed with a jolly fat Santa in colours of orange and white. Of course this was very attractive for my daughter too as she also wanted a Santa.


          The Satsumo Santa contains oils such as bergamot oil, mandarin oil and orange flower absolute thus resulting in a gorgeous sweet smell that fills the whole bathroom upon using and for a while afterwards.


          Bath bombs are fun to use whatever the ages especially for children as my daughter loves watching them work. The instructions of a bath bomb are to drop into bath water and watch the character dissolve and fizz until fully disappeared. In this instant with the satsumo Santa, the water turns a gorgeous red colour and the scent is beautiful.


          I am assuming it is the oils in the satsumo Santa that make it have magnificent moisturising qualities as after the bath my skins feels so smooth and all most oily however there is no trace of greasiness or residue.


          I have tried a few bath bombs from lush now and I must admit there isn't a single one I have tried that I wouldn't buy again. This one cost me about £2.95 and it was well worth the money for such a good quality decent product. Overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone and all ages.

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            27.11.2011 14:21
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            This smells lovely at first, it's a shame it doesn't last when placed in the bath.

            I love satsuma scented products, or any orangey scented things and so when I was shopping In Lush after Christmas last year, I was pleased to find this Satsumo Santa bath bomb as I thought it would be perfect for me, and after picking one up and smelling it, I immediately wanted one.

            As it was just after Christmas, all of the Christmas related products were half price, including the gift sets. I was new to Lush at the time and had only ever used one of their bath bombs in the past that was given to me as a gift. It worked out cheaper if I bought one of the gift sets and so I was looking at what was included in them, and then going and smelling those products that were out on display. I opted for the small gift set that included this bath bomb and also an almond snowflake soap. It was priced at £5 but being half price I got it for £2.50.

            I purchased a few other products at the time and also as a Lush store opened this year near to me, I have been shopping in there more frequently since. As a result, I completely forgot I had this gift set! I came across it the other day and unwrapped the gift set, looking for a use by date as I thought Lush products may have to be used in a certain amount of time due to their ingredients. I couldn't find one anywhere and after looking online, the majority of Lush products are meant to be used within 14 months. It had only been about 11 and as the bath bomb still smelt strong and very orangey I thought it would work fine.

            As I do with all bath bombs, I first ran my bath, adding only a few bubbles and not as many as I usually would, as I don't want them to overpower the bath bomb when I place it in the bath. When I got in the bath I then placed the bath bomb in and relax as it dissolves. I was quite surprised at how quickly this dissolved in the water. It only lasted around 30 to 60 seconds and didn't really fizz either. I know from experience that not all bath bombs from Lush do fizz that much, and so if you like yours to fizz, then I wouldn't expect much from this Santa!

            The bath water immediately turned a bright red/orange colour and so I was expecting the scent to be very strong, but I was disappointed as I couldn't smell even a slight hint of satsuma! The only difference I noticed was the changing colour of the bath water and also it made all of my bubbles disappear. I was very disappointed but after reading good reviews of this product I do wonder if it was just my santa bath bomb that didn't work, and maybe because it had been made a year ago.

            As it didn't make my bath creamy or smell any different I am only going to give this one star. I would not buy a bath bomb simply to change the colour of my bath water. These are priced at £2.95 each and so as they are quite expensive considering you only get one use out of them, the only way I'll be trying this again is if I can get it cheap again after Christmas. Then if it does work differently I will come back and change my review. However, in my experience this is a total let down!

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              22.01.2011 09:04
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              Another great bath ballistic from Lush, this time orange and festive.

              One of the several bath products I received and bought around Christmas time is the Lush Satsumo Santa Bath Ballistic. I'm a big fan of Lush products in general, but hadn't tried this one until recently, so I was looking forward to it. For those who don't know, by the way, bath ballistics or bath bombs are balls of lovely bath goodies that fizzle, and dissolve into your bath water, creating a range of effects depending on the bomb / ballistic in particular.

              This Christmas themed ballistic is very cute, being shaped like a jolly fat little Santa, and being coloured white and orange. True to it's festive name, the Satsumo Santa contains a range of citrus oils, such as mandarin, bergamot which gives a lovely lemony fragrance and orange blossom oils. Even before I added this little Santa / Sumo wrestler to my bath water, I could smell this lovely orangey scent on the ballistic, which was really nice.

              The Satsumo Santa, according to Lush is designed for combating lethargy and made to uplift the mind. As I dropped this into the water, it started fizzing straight away and after a few seconds a lovely festive orange scent filled my bathroom. The water turned a deep orange colour and it was lovely to lie and soak in the warm bath water. The smell was lovely and cleared my head in a very refreshing way, and I can definitely say this lived up to it's uplifting intentions.

              The orange water was lovely and soft on my skin and afterwards, it did feel as if the ballistic had lightly moisturised my skin from the oils within it. Afterwards, even a couple of hours later, I could smell a really nice citrus aroma on my skin, but that eventually faded sadly!

              I actually had a couple of these Satsumo Santas, so after I'd used a whole one the first time, I knew it was strong enough to be used in a couple of pieces (bash against a wall in it's bag to break it up). These were selling for £2.90 which is pretty average for a Lush bath ballistic price, but good value as you can split it up to last a couple of baths, or at a stretch 3 if you don't have very deep water.

              Overall, this is a lovely, uplifting ballistic that I really liked.

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              17.01.2011 15:20
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              A lovely festive ballistic!

              Gradually I am trying to work my way through every Lush bath product in existence. I bought several products from the Lush Christmas range late last year, but have only recently got around to using several of them. One of these was the Satsumo Santa, a lovely novelty ballistic in the shape of a rotund and cheerful Santa and coloured orange and white.

              Satsumo Santa is suitable for vegans and contains mandarin, bergamot and orange blossom oils. He is designed for combating lethargy and uplifting the mind. I decided to use him in my Saturday afternoon bath as a refreshing pick-me-up.

              With bath ballistics, I always drop them into the bath once the water has run so I can lie there and watch them fizz away. This turned out to be just as well as once I'd run the bath I noticed that it was only lukewarm! I'm not sure how this happened as the water was on the whole time, but I had to pull the plug out, drain the water and wait for the water to reheat before running the bath again. Luckily the water was hot this time, so I was able to drop Satsumo Santa into the water in preparation for my long-awaited bath!

              Santa fizzed away happily and turned the water a lovely shade of reddish-orange. The smell was a lovely citrusy scent. I never liked citrus scents until I discovered Lush, but now I love them as they are refreshing and uplifting. This one was no exception. The smell was strongest as the ballistic was dissolving, but it lingered on afterwards too.

              The water felt silky-soft when I was in the bath, and I enjoyed relaxing in the beautifully-coloured water, though when my mam returned from shopping and asked to come in the bathroom to go to the toilet, she did ask me if I'd slit my wrists owing to the red water in the bath!

              After getting out of the bath, I noticed that my skin felt softer and I didn't have to use too much moisturiser. I didn't have much of a chance to notice if the smell lingered, as I applied my vanilla body lotion after bathing and that has quite a strong smell!

              Overall, this was a really nice ballistic that I enjoyed using and it made me feel refreshed and revived. The smell was lovely and very festive owing to the satsuma-citrusy scent but not so festive that you couldn't use it outside the Christmas season. It cost £2.90 which is expensive for a one-use product but fine for an occasional treat.

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              22.12.2010 21:12
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              Festive Ballistic from Lush

              Although I'm a big fan of Lush, I don't tend to buy ballistics for myself, I do think they're a little over-priced considering I can only get one bath from each. I do, however, love trying Lush's Christmas range and added one of each of their festive ballistics to my basket. Satsumo Santa was one of these additions, and one that I really enjoyed using.

              ==What Lush Says==

              Fans of Saint Nick don't need to impatiently wait out the days at Lush. Our Satsumo Santa Bath Ballistic has refreshing mandarin and bergamot oils to make the dark days seem brighter and orange blossom absolute to send your mind off to warmer lands.

              ==Ingredients==

              In common with all toiletries from Lush Satsumo Santa contains as few synthetic and as many organic, fresh and fair trade ingredients as possible. Santa is also suitable for both vegetarians and Vegans. In order for Santa to fizz around the bath, he contains both Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid (it's the action of these getting wet and interacting that creates the fizz). He also contains Mandarin and Bergamot oil, which along with Orange Blossom Oil work together to give him his scent. Mandarin Oil is also used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and refresh the skin, while Bergamot Oil is known for it's uplifting, anti-depressant qualities. These are only a few of the ingredients, and I would suggest that if you want to know more, then you check out the Lush website, which goes into far more detail.

              ==Price, Packaging and Looks==

              Satsumo Santa is one of the larger Lush ballistics, weighing in at 165g for £2.90. He's available to buy separately or in many of Lush's gift boxes, he's in two of the gift boxes I've received this year (Secret Santa and Christmas Allsorts, I know naughty me opening them already). When bought on his own, he comes 'naked' meaning less packaging to throw away, but if you buy him in-store you can place him in one of Lush's trademark yellow paper bags. When bought on-line, he will normally be simply placed in the box, but you can request that mail order wraps him in a bag, and even though he's in no way the most fragile ballistic, I would suggest you do this as his scent is quite strong and may transfer.

              Looks-wise Satsumo Santa is really quite cute, he's aptly named as he really does look like an extremely rotund Santa, with a pinky-orange suit, white face and sack. Although the detail isn't fantastic, you can see all his features including his big white beard. All in all, he looks very Christmassy, but that's not all, he smells so festive to. Whilst dry the predominant scent is sweet orange with a sharp citric undertone. If, like me, satsuma and orange are scents reminiscent of the festive season, then he'll immediately transport you back to the orange at the bottom of your stocking. I love the smell of this so much that I've hidden one at the bottom of my drawer, where it is infusing it's scent into my clothes.

              ==Getting Clean With Santa==

              There are two main ways of using any ballistic, both of which involve filling your bath first. You can then either pop Santa in, watch him fizz around the bath and then get in, or get in and then add him. I've tried both ways, but think you get much better results if you get in the bath first. In either case it takes between five and ten minutes for Santa to dissolve and as he does he releases his glorious mandarin and bergamot oils and turns the water a deep reddish orange colour. I was actually surprised at just how deep the colour was, I've got used to being disappointed by the colour from Lush ballistics, but this was definitely the most impressive colour yet.

              The amount of scent was also quite impressive, it lasted all the way through my twenty minute bath and while the sweet and slightly sharp citric scent remained there was also a very slight floral hit. Although the scent was strong, it wasn't so strong that it gave me a head ache. In fact, I found the scent relaxing, yet uplifting as my troubles washed away and really enjoyed my soak. I would say that this is the perfect ballistic to help lift a bad mood, although perhaps not the best to use just before bed as it is also quite invigorating.

              While Santa did noticeably soften my bath water, he doesn't contain as many moisturising ingredients as other ballistics, so I don't feel he did very much for my skin, which is a shame. He did, however, leave me coated in a very gentle scent that was still discernable a couple of hours later.

              As with all ballistics, I don't feel that by just soaking I'm getting particularly clean, so the second time around I teamed him up with Mandarin Tea Party soap, which was the perfect combination to layer the scent on my skin. I've also teamed him up with Lush (or is that Gorilla) Orange Blossom Perfume to great effect. I would imagine that he'd also be perfect paired with The Olive Branch as that also contains mandarin.

              For those of you worrying about whether such a deep colour will stain the bath, well I can say that I've had no problems with this little fellow. Because he doesn't contain as many oils as some ballistics there's nothing for the colour to stick to, and therefore no scrubbing the bath. There's also no bits in Santa, so no worrying about blocking the plug hole.

              ==Final Words==

              Satsumo Santa would make a lovely Christmas gift, either to yourself or someone special. His fruity, mandarin scent is fairly unisex, yes there is a slight floral hint, but it is very slight, meaning this is suitable for either sex. He doesn't turn the water a particularly girly colour either and there's no glitter or flowers. He is one of the larger ballistics and one of the stronger scented and so I suppose he could be broken in two, but I love using the whole thing in a bath. And then I'm left feeling invigorated and yet strangely relaxed, especially if I've had a hard day. And so I'm giving Satsumo Santa four stars out of five, because although he's good, he does have a couple of faults, with the most noticeable being the lack of moisturising qualities. And now I'm off to share my bath with a certain red-suited gentleman.

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                03.11.2010 19:17
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                Smells lovely, leaves skin fresh and clean and looks so damn cute!

                On a recent trip to Lush I purchased one of the Satsumo bath bombs after it was recommended to me by one of the sales assistants. Lush have recently had their new Christmas stock in, so I was keen to try out this product even though it's a firm favourite every year.

                The bath bomb is about the size of a tennis ball and is shaped like a cute little Santa dressed in his Christmas finery. The scent is quite orangey (Satsuma's), hence the name and contains mandarin, bergamot and orange blossom oils to create a warm, uplifting and Christmassy scent, perfect for a relaxing bath after work, early morning, or to wind-down after a day of hectic xmas shopping!

                As with all Lush bath bombs, to use, you simply pop the Santa under running bath water and watch as your bath instantly turns a cheery bright red colour swirling with foamy bubbles.

                After the bath I found my skin was very soft and smooth, the bath bomb hadn't aggravated my eczema like many bath products do. I also found this bath bomb much less oily than some Lush products (often there can be a thin film of oil on the water which although makes for soft skin, can make cleaning the bath a nightmare afterwards!) The red colouring didn't stain the bath at all either, which I had initially been worried about.

                The only real downside of the Satsumo Santa in my opinion is that I found the scent didn't linger for very long after using it. A shame really, as the smell was lovely in the water and bathroom, just disappeared on me very quickly!

                This bath bomb would be a perfect way to start the day now that mornings are so chilly: who wouldn't be cheered by this Santa's cute little face and bright red clothes? Though it would be equally lovely to have a cosy night in and put your pyjamas on straight after having the bath.

                The Satsumo would make a lovely stocking filler or even better...a secret Santa gift for Christmas. I think the scent would be more than suitable for men as well as women.

                The Satsumo Santa retails for £2.90 and weighs around 160g. Although this may seem expensive for a bath bomb and costs slightly more than other lush bath bombs, you could break the Santa apart (with some brute force!) and enjoy around 3 baths from the one product. I've found it handy to keep a lush tin or Tupperware box beside the bath for breaking bath bombs apart - that way they can't melt or stain everywhere!. The Satsumo is available to buy on Lush's website as well as in their stores. I'd imagine they will be selling them up till mid-janurary.

                Overall, this bath bomb is worth the money, smells lovely and puts you in a Christmassy mood, and would make a lovely Xmas gift for pretty much anybody!

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                  09.10.2010 11:39
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                  Its Satsumo

                  Christmas is just around the corner so I thought today I would review some Christmas Lush things get ready for some stocking filler reviews.

                  The Satsumo Santa Ballistic is of course aimed at the Christmas market. It takes the form of Santa in his red outfit with his little white face. Satsumo will set you back £2.90 for a 165g ballistic.

                  Satsumo contains refreshing mandarin, bergamot oils and orange blossom and so as you can imagine has a very citrus refreshing smell to it. Satsumo is big enough to break into 2 and so use twice I like t when they are big enough to do this with makes me feel I am getting more for my money which I am.

                  Once your bath is run you simply pop Satsumo in and watch his fizz as he fizzes the orange scent fills the air and the bath water turns a a red / orange colour, which is not to dark - this maybe down to me using only half at a time though but it does mean it easier to clean the bath after if you use Lush products regularly you will no some can be a nightmare to clean up after use, this is not the case with this. As Santa fizzes the orange scent is also released into the air and is very relaxing. Getting into the water it feels soft and welcoming and as if it is moisturising my skin. The scent lingers for the whole bath (30min) then when I get out I smell like oranges and the scent lingers on my skin til the next day which I like.

                  I give this little Satsumo 5 stars he is a great present for all Christmas lovers out there look out for him in shops he should be back soon and he is already back on the Lush website.

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                  A nice Christmassy ballistic

                  Whenever the Lush Christmas ranges become available, I always make sure I buy one of each of the bubble bars and ballistics so the Satsumo Santa was one of them.

                  The Satsuma Santa was Lush's spin on the Chocolate Santa available the year before. He is a little 200g ballistic, shaped like Santa. He is red and white, though the red is more of an orangey red. He smells absolutely gorgeous - he is an orange citrus scent. It really gives you the smell of Christmas. When you drop him in the bath, he fizzes around, turning the water a lovely winter like orange/red and spreads the gorgeous orange smell all around the bathroom. There are no added extras with this ballistic - no glitter, no streamers. It is just a pure and simple ballistic. It is a ballistic which is big enough to cut in half (be warned, trying to halve a ballistic is not easy) but I always chuck a whole one in.

                  It is a nice ballistic, not one of my favourites but nice all the same. Im not sure if it will be available this Christmas as Lush doesn't bring the same things back every Christmas (apart from a few) but if it is, I will invest in one or two to use over the Christmas season as they are very Christmassy. It dissolves easily when in the bath and doesn't need any help being crumbled up. It doesn't leave any annoying scratchy bits at the bottom of the bath through not dissolving properly. The scent lingers for a long time and leaves you feeling very Christmassy. And unlike Cinders it doesn't leave any staining around the bath.

                  It didn't really moisturise my skin nor did it make my skin feel awful. It didn't really do much skin wise. I think this one is more for just being a "nice" bath.

                  The Satsumo Santa is not currently available at Lush but can be picked up online from eBay or the Lush forum Swap Shop. It retailed for £2.75 (each).

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                  A lovely refreshing santa.

                  I adore all things Lush - whether it is there lip balms, shampoos, bubbles bars or ballistics, but this satsumo santa really is the cherry on the top of all of these things as it combines two of my favourite things - Lush and christmas - what's not to love?!

                  This was a christmas limited editionand was avaliable from early November and it could possibly be coming back this year (I hope so) however the limited edition items always vary at Lush.
                  It is a large bath ballistic and is orange and white in colour and sets you back around £3. He is the same on both sides, so could be easily split in half to make two baths, especially as he is so large.

                  I personally used half as this looked plenty to me and simply plopped him into my bath and bang on queue he started to fizz away. As soon as he hit the water I could smell a sweet cirtusy orange smell that was very relaxing as it wasn't over powering. It was also very freshing and smelt a little bit like sherbet.
                  The bath turned a pale orange colour, which was nowhere near as bright as what as I was expecting, but this did mean that it was easy to wash off. The water felt soft to the touch and was soothing, more so than the chocolate santa. It was more moisturising, which was nice as I wasn't expecting it to be as refreshing due to it having a more refreshing scent.

                  The smell filled my whole bathroom with the beautiful, sweet, christmassy, citrussy smell and the smell stayed throughout the whole bath. After the bath the scent still lingered on my skin, I also ddin't need to moisturise due to it being so moisturising in the bath.

                  Overall this is a very nice item with a definite christmas vibe to it!

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                  02.04.2010 20:22
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                  Great product if you can get hold of him!

                  Everyone knows I'm a huge Lush fan and have tried every single product they have in store and many of their retro products, yes I'm an addict but I find nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath with a good book, glass of red wine and a nice fresh face mask.

                  As soon as I heard about Satsuma Santa I had imagined up a fresh orange scented product that was livley and fun, and I wasn't disappointed when I got santa in my tub!

                  What is Lush?

                  Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed it's named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packagaing. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company.

                  What is a bath ballisitc?

                  A Bath ballistic usually comes in a globe shape but can resemble other shapes, for example Hippy Chick resembles a chick. You drop the ballistic into a full bath when you have stopped running the water. Simply drop into the water, get in the bath and relax. Immediately the ballistic will fizz away, often turning the water a different colour, releasing items such as rose petals but all release essential oils and ingredients which cleanse, soften and moisturise your skin to make it feel soft, silky and smelling divine.

                  How must does it cost?

                  Satsuma Santa costs £2.75 is aprox 200g in weight.

                  First Impressions

                  Satsuma Santa is actually shaped like a chubby little Santa and wears his traditional (well traditionally Santa was green until coco Cola influenced the red santa we know today) red/orange clothing and has a white face and beard. He looks so adorable and would be a great stocking filler for children and adults alike. He smelt so fresh and orangey with the hint of citrus fruits.

                  What makes Satsuma Santa special?

                  he is limited edition for the Christmas peroid only. He contains Bergamot Oil which has many health benefits such as it has antisceptic properties which are good at treating skin complaints but it is also renound for beng able to lift your mood and spirits to make you feel happy and revived. It is used by many aromatherapists to help with SAD seasonal affected disorder and used in massages to relax and lift your spirits. It also contains Mandarin Oil which is good for lifting the mood, helping reduce stretch marks, boost your circulation and smells great too. Orange blossom oil not only gives a great cutrus orange scent but it is great for relaxing your body so you can unwind, release your troubles then feel uplifted by the other essential oils.

                  My opinion

                  I adore this product and stocked up on him last christmas, sadly only one remains! I love his cheeky santa shape and his colour. I enjoyed the pinky red colour the bath water turned. He smelt so fresh and citrussy but mainly orane in wet and dry form. The scent drifted throughout the bathroom and stayed on my skin for ages. I did feel happy when I used this product and my skin felt and looked refreshed. I had a few compliments on how lovely I smelt too. I only wish Santa would come all year round !

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                    I just hope this returns next christmas!

                    I am a bit late on this one as the Satsumo Santa Ballistic is not being sold in Lush shops anymore. However, you may still be able to find one by looking on ebay or you could ask in the shop to see if they have any left! The reason my review is so late is that I have only just gotten round to trying this little gem. I am quite upset that I didn't try it earlier as I can't buy any more now!

                    Last year Lush brought out a special ballistic for christmas called Chocolate Santa. While this ballistic was nice, the new fragrance they have used in their santa shaped ballistic beats it hands down!

                    Lush are famous for their lovely fizzing ballistics. These are basically bath salts which are in solid balls (or in this case, santa shapes!). To use these products you run a hot bath and when it is full you drop the ballistic into the water. It will then fizz away, releasing its lovely colour and oils into the water and making it smell divine. This ballistic is not badly priced compared to the others at £2.75 and smells amazing.

                    I know some people do not like it when the ingredients of a product are listed but I like to list the ingredients of lush products to show that they are all natural and contain lovely things. Satsumo Santa contains the following ingredients:

                    Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700.

                    The Sodium Bicarbonate and the Citric Acid are the key ingredients in a Lush ballistic. When these are added together and then put into water, they fizz away and release whichever oils are in the ballistic. Propylene Glycol is a soap base which means the ballistic will have a cleaning effect.

                    Mandarin Oil and Orange Blossom Absolute give the ballistic its gorgeous orangey fragrance while the Bergamot Oil acts to refresh and uplift your mood as it is a natural antidepressant. Limonene has a refreshing lemon smell which enhances the citrussy fragrance. Linalool is a liquid which occurs naturally in the essential oils but has to be listed by law in case of any allergic reactions. Colour 14700 is what gives the santa his lovely red colouring.

                    When dropped into the bath, Santa fizzes away releasing his uplifting and refreshing orange fragrance. The bathwater turns a lovely deep orange colour and feels so much softer. According to Lush, this little fellow will be uplifting and stress-relieving as well as toning your skin. I did not personally notice any difference to my skin after the bath apart from it being softer and lovely smelling.

                    I think this ballistic would be amazing in the summer time as it is such a summery, fruity fragrance. It is also good during the winter as it reminds you that summer is only around the corner.

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                    28.02.2010 00:14
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                    The Best Looking Santa I've Ever Seen!

                    I had a lucky day today because when I was sorting my wardrobe out I not only found an old purse with £20.00 in it but also found my stash from Lush that I brought before Xmas and forgot about because I had so many other wicked bath goodies as presents!

                    This Satsuma Santa is gorgeous, you can't buy it in Lush shops now but there are still some on Ebay and maybe you can get them off the Lush website. It's a bath ballistic so you don't get any bubbles in your bath but it does send the water a gorgeous pinky red colour.

                    It dissolves quick and the smell you get when it's fizzing is proper girly, I'm not 100% sure of the ingredients of the ballistic but remember seeing bergamot in the list. There's deffo a flowery smell in the air but it's dead sweet as well and a bit fruity. It's kind of a mixture of different smells that all work nice together and give Santa a very feminine smell.

                    The ballistic makes the water feel mega soft and it was dead relaxing to lie in the bath tonight. I think the smell is part of what makes is relaxing but it also makes the water feel soooooo nice! I didn't think it felt very moisturising when I was in the bath but when I got out my skin felt soft and dead smooth.

                    After I dried myself I knew I wouldn't have to use the body butter I'd got ready because my skin was so moisturised. It doesn't feel sticky or anything but you can feel that the essential oils in Satsumo Santa have done my skin loads of good and left it feeling healthy and clean.

                    I paid about £2.70 for this Satsumo Santa and even though that's expensive for one bath I'll deffo buy it if they bring it back out for next Xmas! lol

                    Recommended..... smells gorgeous, looks mega cute and makes my skin feel dead soft!!!

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