“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Ballistic „
Firstly let me say I am a Lushaholic, I will go into my local store and always come out with something and my whole family know exactly what I like. This was one product that I did not buy for myself it was a gift, and I have to say when I saw it I didn't believe it was a Lush product. It looked crude somehow, not as polished as the usual products, almost as if it had been made from a kit. The scent however, gave the game away, this was definitely a Lush product, without doubt, and I couldn't wait to throw this in the bath! When I did, I was a little disappointed in that it melted quite quickly, and only turned the water into a milky bath with not much fizzing. When I entered the bath though, WOW, the water was lovely and soft and the smell was superb. The citrussy Lime and Neroli (orange) aroma wafted around the bathroom for ages, and it stayed on me for a fair while as well, I could still smell it on my skin the next morning. My skin was also very soft, and felt moisturised and rehydrated. This was a limited edition item, to celebrate the Day of The Dead, and I hope it is one that Lush repeat again and again.
The Skull duggery Bath Ballistic was created in the homage of the Mexican sugar skulls and to their day of the dead. This bath ballistic in the picture is white but mine was an off white, kind of a colour between yellow and white which doesn't make it look as appealing as the picture shown on here. This is similar to a sugar skull with all the carvings in them but this only has a couple and is very simple but it is effective. This has markings which looks similar to a mouth and little sparkly red hearts for the eyes. The Skull duggery Bath Ballistic is designed to be a more spookier version of the Calavera Bath Bomb because the Calavera Bath Bomb was just round and had the simplistic bath bomb shape where as this one is representing something which makes it a lot more special.
The scent of this really is to die for which is great considering this is to represent the day of the dead celebration! The smell is the same as the Lady Catrina soap and the Calacas shower jelly. Skull duggery is made up with zesty lime oil and exotic Neroli essential oil. The smell of Lime is really strong even before you put this ballistic in the bath and it's gorgeous and fruity. After having a relaxing bath with this, when drying I could still smell the Lime on my skin and when going down stairs I got a few comments on this which made me feel great and of course every one else loved the zingy smell.
The lime oil helps to combat congested skin, cellulite or simply to wake you up. Now I cannot comment on the cellulite as I don't have any lime oil might help with this but it certainly won't get rid of it the only thing that will is water and exercise,this does help to clear your pours, it is very refreshing bathing in this and it certainly does wake you up! I made the mistake in using this at night time, and I felt quite refreshed and wide awake before my bed time.
Neroli oil is in this ballistic to Increase serotonin production in the brain, Serotonin controls your impulses, when your serotonin levels are down you have slow impulse and reactions and can even lead to depression, sleep disorders and various forms of addiction. Serotonin controls mental and emotional processes, motor function, blood pressure and more. So if your serotonin levels are low, your body will be out of balance. There are simple ways to get your serotonin levels up : sunlight, have a massage and remembering happy events.
I actually have had two of these because I love the fruity smell so much after using in the bath my skin felt really silky and smooth when usually it just feels normal, this effect did wear off though because I never worn any moisturiser but I don't mind because I just loved seeing this on the side of my bath looking all spooky amongst my other lush products.
This looks really weird when it starts to dissolve it reminds me of a sweet melting like a marsh mellow it just starts to kind of melt into a thin layer which is weird, well that's what it looks like, putting this is the bath it does fizz around a little but mind kind of just bobbed about on the top of the water slowly melting like a hot marsh mellow, this formed a milky layer across the top of the bath and changed the water into an off white colour.
I'm not to sure if this is for sale any more but this was available from the Lush website and in store at Lush and it only cost £2.75 which is quite a bargain for something that has a great design and results as this I was really impressed.
I love Lush's bubble bars and their bath items are my favourite treats. The bath bombs are good fun as well and I buy these from time to time as the fancy takes me. The Skullduggery Ballistic Bath Bomb is one of the items released for Halloween 2011. You can buy this product from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £2.75 for a single bath ballistic.
Product description: "Skullduggery is an eerie but magical celebration for your bathtub. We used brightening and refreshing lime and neroli for the fragrance and olibanum (also known as frankincense resinoid) to help that citrusy smell stay on your skin until the witching hour and beyond.
Jack invented Calavera Bath Bomb last year for our Day of the Dead celebration; a very zesty number full of vibrant, bright colours to get you celebrating in the bath. He chose uplifting citrus oils for the fragrance, as they can help clear your head after a night of celebrating the dead (with one too many tequilas!)
Decorated skulls (or Calaveras) are iconic in Day of the Dead imagery - so this year, we took the concept of Jack's Bath Bomb last year and gave it a slightly spookier look. This ballistic is limited edition so get it while you can."
I absolutely loved last year's Calavera bath bomb, so I was excited to get my hands on the revamped version of it from this year's small collection of Lush Halloween items. The Calavera bath bomb had the standard spherical shape of most Lush bath ballistics, and as well as having an incredible, intoxicating scent, it also turned the bath water an amazing bright lime green colour. The Skullduggery bath bomb from this year looks awesome, and really fits in with the Day of the Dead theme that Lush have chosen. It has a 3D shape taking the form of a skull, and there are decorative indents to give it that Mexican sugar skull style. The whole thing is finished off with two sparkly red heart shaped sequins over the eyes. This is one of the best looking ballistics that I've seen and it really stands out because of the attention to detail shown in the design.
To use, you simply put the Skullduggery ballistic into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. The bath bomb fizzes away and dissolves into the water. It took quite a long time for this to fully dissolve, and it could be because the bath bomb felt quite solid and harder than the other ones that I've used recently, meaning that it was then slower to break down. I was a bit disappointed that there was no colouring released from this bath bomb, and the only effect was that the water turned a bit of a cloudy white shade.
The scent of this bath bomb is absolutely to die for. It is a gorgeous blend of exotic Neroli essential oil, and zingy Lime oil and this combination works really well together. The scent is mainly zesty with heavy floral notes and a slight sweet tinge to it as well. The bath bomb is heavily perfumed and when I was using it the scent was very powerful and spread around my whole bathroom. It lasted for ages afterwards as well which was a nice bonus.
The reason I love using bath bombs and bubble bath is to make my bathing experience a bit more fun and to give my skin a bit of an extra treat. Straight away as I stepped into the bath I could feel the effect that this bath ballistic was having on my skin. It seemed to be made up of a large amount of oils, and my skin instantly felt coated in the product. I usually like this as it gives a nice boost of moisture to the skin and leaves it in great condition. Although this felt really nourishing when I was soaking in the bath, it did not seem to offer any lasting effects and my skin still needed moisturising after I had got out and towelled off.
Overall I think Skullduggery is a really nice Lush bath bomb and the new design is lovely, although I must say I preferred the colouring effect of the old Calvera version. The bath bomb has an incredible scent that I just can't get enough of, and I would recommend it for anyone who loves fresh lime fragrances.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Red Sequins.
*occurs naturally in essential oils
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A couple of weeks ago, I noticed the new Halloween range in Lush. I am still quite a child at heart and I am now too old to trick or treat (despite trying to steal my nieces so I could pretend it was for them), I decided to have a Halloween bath instead.
One of the products I brought in my little Halloween spree was the Skullduggery bath ballistic. I have only used half as I wanted to try it for a review, and the rest is ready for tonight.
Lush have only brought out 5 items in their Halloween collection which I assume will be ending tomorrow. Out of these I have already reviewed Calacas shower jelly and Lady Catrina soap - both I liked! I have put off using this one till last because I think its adorable.
If you have read mine, or any other reviews on the Lush Halloween products, you will have a brief knowledge of the 'Day of the Dead' celebration in Mexico which inspired them all. Each of the products has something to do with the two day event including Skullduggery. People decorate their houses for the celebration much like they do in England for Halloween, hence the idea of a skull.
The ballistic is supposed to be shaped like a skull, but I think it looks more like a ghost to be honest (or a skull without the bottom jaw). The eyes are red hearts and the ballistic is quite powdery. I love that the same scent is used with all of the Halloween goodies which is lime and jelly bean scented. It is quite a unisex fragrance which wouldn't be unpleasant for a male to use.
As I just mentioned, the scent of this is lovely and exactly the same as the scent last year for Halloween. The ballistic is very citrus smelling and contains olibanum and neroli which help the fragrance to last on your skin. I had never heard of olibanum before this product but according to the sales assistant I spoke to in Reading and the website, it forms as a layer on your skin to protect and soften it - making it very good for cracked or sore skin.
Ingredients (suitable for vegans):
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Red Sequins
*occurs naturally in essential oils
The idea of a bath ballistic is that it goes from a solid powdery shape, to a fizzy and gorgeous bath that smells lovely. I usually cut mine in half or into a few segments so it lasts me longer - but this does mean there is less colour and fragrance to my bath.
To use your ballistic, simply drop it into a warm (or hot) bath, watch it fizz away and hop in. I did notice that the ballistic took about 5-10 minutes to dissolve, but I did sit and wait for this one, I usually let it go for a while as I prepare my pyjamas and body lotions ready for when I jump out. Skullduggery turns the bath a lovely milky colour with the citrus scent I previously mentioned.
I didn't really feel relaxed when I used this ballistic like I do with some other ones, it was more of a calming sensation rather than stress relieving. Although, my skin did feel hydrated and moisturised to the point where I didn't need to use my body lotion afterwards. The scent from Skullduggery was still present when I went to bed about 3 hours later but was quite distant in the morning. My bathroom still smelt lovely though.
Being a Lush product, the ballistic comes priced at £2.75 and is limited edition. I suspect it will probably be off the shelves within the next two weeks while they clear the stock. I have to say for the quality and vast amount of natural ingredients inside - the price isn't an issue to me. Quality is much more important than quantity sometimes and my craving for Lush has been fulfilled.
I do love this product and have to admit, I would recommend it to anyone who asked me what it was like. I don't know if I would buy it all the time but once a year is perfect for me. I have however stocked up on Lady Catrina soap!
I love Halloween and my favourite store, Lush, always releases some new products for the occasion. Last year, however, they went for something a bit different and decided to celebrate the Day of the Dead instead. This year, they have stuck with the Day of the Dead theme and re-released two of the products that were so popular in 2010: Lady Catrina soap and Calacas shower jelly. A new ballistic, Skullduggery, has been added to the range too.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November, in which family members gather to celebrate and remember those who have died. The Skullduggery ballistic was inspired by sugar skulls often used for decoration during the festival and it certainly has a dramatic appearance - it is shaped just like a skull with little red heart-shaped sequins for eyes!
The skull is scented with lime oil for a refreshing experience and neroli oil which helps to create the lime and jelly bean scent. The smell is the same as the Lady Catrina soap and the Calacas shower jelly so if you like these you'll like this. There is nothing overly feminine about the product so men, women and children could all enjoy it. It is suitable for vegans.
Bath ballistics are designed to fizz away in the bath, releasing the scent into the air. Based on previous experience, I always run the bath first before dropping the ballistic into the water, so that I can watch it fizz. Ballistics don't produce bubbles, nor are they designed to.
I dropped the ballistic into the water and waited for it to fizz away. Skullduggery seems to have been designed to be a slow-dissolving ballistic: the whole process took around ten to fifteen minutes and it was very relaxing to witness. The ballistic emitted white foam during the process, though it didn't strictly turn the bath water a particular colour. During this time, the delicious lime and neroli scent was strong and made the bath a lovely experience.
Unfortunately, after the ballistic had fully dissolved (which in fairness did take a long time) there was nothing in the bath at all. Last year's Day of the Dead ballistic, Calavera, contained paper streamers and several different colours and while this year's effort smells the same and is more attractive while solid, it doesn't make anything like the same impact while in the bath.
After use, the scent did last on my skin for a couple of hours and my skin felt softer, neither was it irritated at all by the ballistic. I didn't have to use much moisturiser.
Overall, I enjoyed using this ballistic: it smelled lovely, arrived in a fun shape, and made my skin soft. I just wish it had been a bit more exciting in the bath!
If you would like to try the Skullduggery ballistic it is available at Lush for a limited period (hurry, it won't be around for long after Halloween!). The ballistic costs £2.75.