Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Lush Skullduggery Bath Ballistic
Member Name: beautybabiex
Lush Skullduggery Bath Ballistic
Advantages: see review
Disadvantages: see review
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!
Summary: who knew a skull could be so helpful?