“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
If you read my reviews regularly you'll know I love Lush products and try to sample everything in the range. Over Christmas I purchased several of the limited edition Christmas products including some from the Retro range. Retro items are available only via mail order or online and are products that were available in the past and have been brought back owing to their popularity (albeit not popular enough to make it to store).
Among the items I purchased were several bath ballistics. Ballistics are like bath bombs and are designed to be dropped into baths to fizz away and release essential oils, colour and scent. I've tried several Lush ballistics and really like them, though unlike the aptly-named bubble bars they don't make bubbles.
This particular ballistic, Snowdrops, was white in colour and round in shape. It was one of the larger ballistics - I find that Retro ballistics are often larger than their in-store counterparts although this is reflected in the price. This particular ballistic cost £3.40, which is quite a lot considering it only does one bath (or two at the most).
The ballistic is easily recognisable owing to the large sugar crystals in the top. It also contains grapefruit and mandarin oils for a refreshing and citrusy bath, as well as peppermint and even some glitter! It is suitable for vegans.
As with all ballistics, I ran the bath first before dropping it into the water. It fizzed away and released the lovely citrusy-minty smell (sounds odd but it was really nice and refreshing!). The water didn't change colour much - it was slightly white and cloudy - but there were large pieces of shimmery glitter floating around which looked very pretty!
I really enjoyed my bath, and felt really refreshed and revived afterwards. The ballistic was a real pick-me-up and would be lovely to use in the morning or after a hard day.
The bits of glitter don't stick to you, as they are larger pieces rather than tiny particles. Once the bath emptied, any remaining pieces of glitter were easily washed away with the shower head and there were no traces of the ballistic left to be cleaned.
My skin felt softer after my bath and wasn't irritated at all by the product, although I did have to use a little moisturiser.
Overall, this was a really nice ballistic to use - it refreshed me, smelled lovely and looked nice in the bath. It was pretty expensive but nice all the same and I do recommend it.
This angelic looking ballistic is called Snowdrops and was part of the Lush 2008 Christmas range. It was also available last Christmas as aprt of the Lush Christmas Retro range (which is only available via mail order).
Snowdrops is one of my favourite ballistics. It is refreshing both in the bath and by appearance. In regards to the appearance, Lush ballistics are usually bright and colourful so this icy looking ballistic made a nice change. The top of it is made with big sugar crystals which make it look even more icy and cold.
In terms of it being refreshing in the bath, this ballistic is a head clearing blend of citrus scents - mandarin and grapefruit, with peppermint. It is an absolutely gorgeous combination. And it is the perfect ballistic to use if you have a cold and are all bunged up. It clears your airways, similar to the way menthol does.
When it fizzes away in the bath, it does not turn the water a different colour - the water just stays clear but it releases hundreds of tiny bits of glittery celophane. As pretty as these look, I really wish they were not in there or it was just plain glitter in there as the celophane just gets stuck everywhere (and I mean EVERYWHERE!) and can be quite scratchy and ruins the relaxing bath you have just created.
The scent is nice and strong both in and out the bath. It leaves a nice cooling mint smell on your skin. And even though it doesn't colour the water, it does make it nice and smooth on your skin, making your skin just as smooth too.
Hopefully this will be available again this year, whether it be in the shops or via mail order on Retro. Either way, Lush definately needs to bring this one back to banish those winter colds.
I got one Snowdrops bath ballistic last Christmas, having loved the description in the Xmas Lush Times. With mandarin, grapefruit and peppermint oils, it really did sound like it could be "the most amazing, life affirming Ballistic ever to sneak up on you and give you the slap in the face you need (metaphorically speaking of course)", so I put it on my wishlist and was delighted to recieve one, especially when I lifted it to my nose and inhaled. The scent was gorgeous but I also got that sensation of the vapours rushing up my nose like you get when you smell Vicks Vapor Rub or eat wasabi.
Sadly, the original sniffing took place a good few months before I actually got around to using the ballistic, and when I sniffed it before use, the scent was a lot weaker - I have noticed the scents of ballistics deteriorating before over time but not to this extent, probably because most ballistics don't smell this strong to begin with. When I plonked it in my bath it still worked as well as a new ballistic would, but I was mentally kicking myself as it fizzed around and I inhaled the lovely, but much weaker than I had anticipated scent. I really wish I'd used this sooner.
It is a large ballistic, mostly white with iridescent glittery strips visible on the surface along with large sugar cubes. I think that if you were going to use a new one you could get great value by cutting it in half and using it for two baths, however, if it's a few months old the scent will be so much reduced that splitting it might make it hard to smell at all.
When looking at this ballistic I had no idea how much glitter it actually contained. It didn't look that glittery on the surface, but as it fizzed and dissolved it released absolutely masses of these glittery pieces. I thought this was loads of fun but if you hate clearing up and don't find the prospect of finding pieces of glitter in your hair even after the next two washes appealing, this is definitely a ballistic you should "sock" - put it inside a sock or old stocking or pair of tights. It made a lot of mess, but I loved it. There was glitter on my bathroom floor, glitter on my bedroom floor, in my bed, in my hair, on my skin - for days. It was a shame I was not going out that night and was just going to be glittery in private, it would be a great ballistic to use before going clubbing or to a party and I wish I had another one to use on such an occasion. I did have to clean the bath though - I left it to the next day to dry out and then I swept up the glitter and rinsed around. Just rinsing wouldn't work as the glitter sticks to the bath when it's wet.
I have read reviews where people have said that the sugar cubes don't melt, but they did melt in my bath - possibly because I spent about an hour in there!
This ballistic was a Christmas limited edition from Lush in 2008/2009, and it was priced at £2.95 which I think would be good value although I didn't buy it myself, it was a gift. Hopefully it will be back this year and I can buy another one or two to use when they're new and I'm going to party!
I'm reasonably new to Lush bath ballistics, so love trying new ones at the moment. I have a few firm favourites already and I'm not sure whether this will be added to the list or not yet.
Snowdrops is one of the larger sized ballistics, not like the smaller variety such Butterball and Twinkle. I find a ballistic this size easily lasts for two baths. I tend to cut / hack mine in half and use half at a time. I also find that some of the ballistics which contain 'floaty' bits are best used inside a muslin bag - or a soap bag. The ballistic easily dissolves and has' it's full opportunity to fizz, and I don't end up covered in bits of leaves, cloves, or a smartie - as I found the other day!
Apparently this ballistic was introduced as part of the 2008 Christmas range, therefore its limited edition. It is now unavailable in Lush stores and online, but I got mine as part of my sale items in the grab it bags in January. I have found out that when this was available, it cost £2.95. I have no doubt that this will be available again during Christmas and the run up to it. So I assume Lush suggest this for baths on cold, winter days.
The first noticeable thing about this ballistic is the smell. The ballistic contains Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Peppermint Oil. The smell is gorgeous and really arouses my sense of smell. The mint / peppermint smell is quite obvious but there are underlying whiffs of fruit floating about in the air. I can pick out a similar scent to Carmen Miranda soap. It reminds me of sweets as I think there are also notes of Vanilla amongst this. It smells light and innocent, not something I would really associate with the word 'invigorating' though. More 'sweet and girly'.
The ballistic looks very simple upon first glance, it's off white in colour with the Lush logo imprinted on it. When I looked more closely I could see small iridescent flecks of purple / silver running through it. There are also so translucent pieces which resemble glass in one side of it.
I'm not a huge fan of the 'floaty' bits in some of Lush's bath ballistics. Yes, I'm a bit miserable, but I hate having to pick bits out of hair and finding things in places I'd much rather not!
Lush say : -
"Take the head clearing, reviving citrus scents of mandarin and grapefruit, then add a generous dash of peppermint and you have the most amazing, life affirming Ballistic ever to sneak up on you and give you the slap in the face you need (metaphorically speaking of course)."
After reading the little write up that it's had, I realise this is probably not the best for my nightly bath ( I tend to shower during the day, and bath at night). I contemplate not using it, worrying that it may invigorate me to the point where I can't sleep. I don't deliberate for too long and decide to give it a go.
Here goes. I dropped it into the bath and it fizzed away dramatically round the bath. It was a very fizzy ballistic. As it dissolves I instantly spotted the iridescent bits floating on the top of my water. My first thought was 'oh dear'. There was loads of the stuff. Anyway, I got in, and got annoyed quite quickly! It was everywhere, stuck to my arms, face, in my hair and it was stuff all over the side of the bath. I will point out how nice the smell it though! It is much mintier when it's immersed in water. The smell last well and doesn't disappear instantly, it also lingers on the skin when you get out of the bath.
Another own side to this is the feeling you get when you stand up out of the bath. I was FREEZING! I'm assuming it was the peppermint which caused the affect but I really did shiver. It is definitely refreshing and quite awakening, so maybe isn't the best thing to use before bed. I woke me up. I'd say this is more suitable when the weather is hot, or at least warm.
It really was a hassle to wash this all away out of the bath. Therefore I don't like it. I also keep finding bits of sparkly stuff stuck to me, and I'm not impressed but I love the fact I smell so gorgeous!
I love some things about this ballistic and hate others. The smell is amazing, it is truly tantalising, and the 'silky' feeling it gives the bath water is great, m skin felt moisturised and smooth after using it in my bath. On the downside I hate the bits, there's far too much of it, and some of them are sharp, so definitely should be used in a child's bath.
I think Lush are heading in the right direction with this one, but take the blasted bits out! Please!
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I received a good few Lush products over Christmas as gifts and slowly I have been getting round to using them, I have also decided that it is about time I started writing some reviews on them so I can muster up the money to replace the ones I liked.
The Lush Snowdrops bath ballistic is not one of my favourite products from Lush; although it looked very nice and it smelled fairly nice it just had too much silly glitter in it. I am not a big fan of the super glittery stuff from Lush as I find it a bit uncomfortable to bath with.
The snowdrop bath bomb is of course white in colour and fairly boring to look at really compared to many of Lush`s more outlandish stuff but I still felt it looked very nice, it contains large sugar crystals and far too much glitter for my liking although the peppermint smell made my bathroom and me smell very nice.
This particular bath bomb fizzed very nice but very quickly in the bath; it was over in seconds and a bit of a disappointment really. Once the bomb itself has gone you are left with a sort of murky white bath water full of glitter and brick hard sugar crystals, as the crystals take much longer to dissolve.
All in all this bath ballistic made for an uncomfortable bath time and whilst it did look fine and smell nice it is not one I would recommend to others in a hurry.
They cost £2.95 each and they are only available over the Christmas period. If any of my friends are reading...None of these next year please!!
This is one of amy favourite ballistics from Lush. It is called snowdrops but I think it should be called snowball because it is big, round and pure white. I just love the purity of this bath bomb, which is in contrast to the brightly coloured and highly decorated bath bombs that Lush are renowned for.
There is a slight citrus smell to this bath bomb. In my mind, I definitely smelled grapefruit, which as this dissolves is so strong that it can make my eyes a little watery! I am being serious - it is quite bizarre! But it is lovely! It is so refreshing. The main smell though is mint. to be honest, it might well have been the mint rather than the citrus that made my eyes watery. The smell lasted well throughout the bath and my skin definitely smelled of mint after I had gotten out.
The water stayed clear, which was slightly disappointing. I was hoping it would go white and cloudy like a spa. It did make the water incredibly soft and luxurious.
At just under three pound these are expensive but as always from Lush, worth indulging as a treat occasionally. They also make great presents.
You may have noticed I am a bit of a lush addict. Therefore, when the christmas products came out in October I had to try one of everything! This ballistic actually really appealed to me as I love mint baths and two of my favourite lush products we christingly and haagenbath which are both mint scented. According to the Lush Times, this ballistic was Peppermint, Mandarin and Grapefruit scented. A bit of a weird combination but even that didnt put me off. However, when I picked one up off the shelf and sniffed it, I was immediately put off. The smell was so strong that it brought tears to my eyes! But, like I said, I wanted to try everything so into my basket it went.
Lush say that this ballistic is great for waking you up. For this reason, I decided to have this ballistic one day last week when I had to be up early for family visitations. It fizzed away quite happily in the bath, releasing the most powerful smell I have smelt in any lush ballistic. This was enough to wake me up!
Snowdrops contained sparkly plastic bits which seemed to get everywhere! I do like sparkles but these were quite sharp. As soon as I got in, my nose and eyes were running and it gave me a headache! I think the ballistic was just too strong smelling. Also, the Fox's Glacier Mints which were embedded in the top of the ballistic were sticky and got stuck to the bottom of the bath.
This review sounds like the ballistic was terrible. This is not what I wanted to put across originally but it isnt something i'll use again.
I recently visited Lush and as I had heard that the Snowdrop bath ballistic can help to cure a cold I thought i'd pick a couple up.
These ballistics are the regular spherical shape and are white in colour, on my one you could see the big sugar crystals poking out the side, but nothing else.
I took a sniff in the bag and the smell of mint instantly hit me - these ballistics are supposed to smell of madarin, grapefruit and mint although all I could really smell was the mint!
When I put the ballistic into the bath I could have sworn it fizzed away faster than any others I have tried - although this isn't an issue. Straight away the smell of very strong mint went to my knows and on a cold day like today was lovely to wake me up and clear out my remaining could - imagine bathing in one of those olbas nose inhalers, it was like that!
After a few minutes I was a little disappointed that I couldn't smell it as much as I could although it could have just been my nose getting usd to it.
Most Lush ballistics change the colour of the water, this one however did not, when it first started fizzing the water was a slightly cloudy colour but it soon settled to normal water colour. Out of the ballistic came small pieces of shiny plastic which floated on the top of the water, personally I could've done without them, there were quite a lot and when I got out they were stuck to me. The only other 'decoration' to this ballistic was 4 sugar crystals that sunk to the bottom of the bath. These were quite large and again, I didn't really get the point of them. They did melt during the bath but they did sit there for a while ( I did lick them, they tasted like a fox's mint!).
I would reccommend this ballistic to anyone who:
a) Likes mint.
b) Likes refreshing scents.
c) Enjoys strong smells!
This ballistic costs £2.89 and is available from Lush shops, Lush mail order and lush online.
Ingredient list: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Large Sugar Crystals, Perfume, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Limonene, Linalool
When I first smelled this bath bomb, my nose almost exploded. ....While this may not be entirely true, I was taken aback but just how strong this bath bomb is. It's grapefruit and mint, which really gives you and your senses a wake up call! I was worried this product would be overpowering, but I needn't have worried as I found it to be lovely. Extremely invigorating, great if you're tired and need to wake up for something. I found also that the scent lingered in my bathroom and made it smell fantastic for a few days after use. My only complaint about this is the sugar crystals and the little specks of glitter- too small and transparent to be enjoyable, big enough to irritate me as I tried to wash. If I was to use this again I would put it in a nylon stocking to filter out the little bits I don't want to have to clean up afterwards.
Lush's 2008 Christmas range hit the shop in October - a bit early for getting into the yuletide spirit, methinks! However, with December almost upon us I figure we're about there, especially with so many products to get through ;) I'm like a kid in a sweetie shop with all the new Lush stuff to try out, and this - white (albeit sparkly!) and therefore not *too* festive - seemed like a good place to start.
The scent of the Snowdrops is a strange mix: mint, yes, but with mandarin and grapefruit - what?! And yet it did appeal: a bit 'out there', but fresh and tingly and waking-up-ish (even though I take baths before bed!). To say the smell is a bit heady is rather an understatement: that it was so obvious in the shop (ie drowned out by a zillion other products!) should have been a warning sign. The Lush bag sat in my living room that night, and this ballistic stank the room out (in a not unpleasant way!); a full two days later I came home from work and realised I could smell it as soon as I opened the front door!
With that in mind, I decided half a ballistic was a safer start, at least - and despite the difficulties (not to mention danger - that was a sharp knife!) I'd definitely recommend this as the way to go - this stuff is potent! Even with just half the sphere, the scent was pretty overwhelming... and alas, not 100% 'nice'. Not nasty, just... sharp. A bit medicinal, even? Once I'd been in the bath a goodly while I did get used to it and started to find it okay-ish, but I never thought 'mmm'!
So, why would Lush put these scents together, then? Here comes the science-y bit - ie, now a word about essential oils!
Sweeter and a bit lighter than orange, mandarin is a fresh and uplifting scent, calming at the same time. It's a great pick-me-up all round, whilst paradoxically also a great cure for insomnia. The other citrus in the Snowdrops is the sharper, tangy grapefruit. This is also used to lift any sadness or depression, and apparently is also good for the digestive system - as is peppermint. This is a stimulating, mentally refreshing oil - so obviously not really a pre-bed bath! Lush advertise this as a get-up-and-go morning product; definitely doesn't fit with my routine, but I think a bit of head-clearing a few hours before sleep can be very effective. Oh, and anything minty helps with my snuffly nose!
Back to the bath, and scent aside what else is going on with this ballistic? Well, it's snowy white so isn't going to colour your bath any (you mean my tap water is really that colour?!), but it does come with decorative elements. Two in fact: some rather bizarre sugar crystals that looked like glacier mints which, when freed from the melting ballistic, sank instantly and clunked against the bath! They did melt eventually but clicked about again the bottom of the bath for quite a bit first! The other embellishment is a large number of really rather attractive, mostly translucent, iridescent slivers of plastic. Now, I'm generally pretty against bits in my bath (as regular readers may know, from a few previous rants!), but these seemed so innocuous, and so pretty, that I decided not to mind. Even when they started sticking to me. In fact, these bits stuck everywhere: me, the bath, ALL OVER ME! And let me tell you, these aren't harmless little glitter particles. Not only to they cling like mad, but when you try to brush them off they go rather scratchy - argh!! Not so great, but certainly not as bad as many. They did detach from me relatively okay as I towelled down, although I suspect I'll be finding shiny snippets of plastic in various places throughout the house for a while to come!
Overall, then, I wasn't terribly impressed with this. While not nasty, it just didn't really appeal as an experience - mostly the smell just didn't do anything for me, and definitely wasn't a 'comforting hot bath' scent. That said, it wasn't vile, and if someone gave me one of these I would still use it - probably when I had a stuffed up nose, admittedly ;) I probably won't be buying another one, though. Glad I tried it, but now it's time for the rest of the new stuff... all of it ;)
Availability: Bear in mind that this is a festive product, and probably won't be about for long after New Year. If you don't live near a shop, the website (Lush.co.uk) has the full range - and a free postage offer right now!
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Large Sugar Crystals, Perfume, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), *Limonene, *Linalool
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
"Take the head clearing, reviving citrus scents of mandarin and grapefruit, then add a generous dash of peppermint and you have the most amazing, life affirming Ballistic ever to sneak up on you and give you the slap in the face you need (metaphorically speaking of course)."
I say: nice idea, but not for me.
This is another of the new Lush Christmas products that I have recently tried. Like a few other of the Christmas products I ordered, my first Snowdrop ballistic was slightly ruined when my Strawberry Santa Jelly melted and leaked all over it, turning one side of it pink! Thankfully Lush have sent me a replacement!
The snowdrop ballistic, as the name may suggest, is white in colour. Although this does not give it the prettiest or most fun appearance - especially when you compare it to some of the other Lush ballistics - it does contain large sugar crystals and iridescent glitter, which make it slightly remind me of a big snowball, which I think gives the product a slightly more Christmassy feel.
I love the smell of this product. It's mainly a mint smell, and I remember when I first received it, I took a big sniff of it, and the mint smell was so strong it made my eyes water! If you don't like the smell of mint, I would say this is definitely one to avoid, as the peppermint scent is really dominant here. As well as peppermint oil, it contains both mandarin and grapefruit oil too and you can slightly detect a citrussy kick to the product's scent. On paper, peppermint, grapefruit and mandarin sound like a really odd combination, but together I think they work really well.
When I dropped the ballistic into the water, it fizzed away quickly, releasing hundreds of flakes of glitter onto the surface of the water. These are not the tiny dots of glitter you may be used to, they are huge chunks of it, and although I realise this may not sound very romantic, they actually reminded me of the flaked fish food you buy, which like the glitter, floats on the surface of the water!
After I had been in the bath for a few minutes, I noticed something hard underneath my foot. It turned out that it was one of the sugar crystals. They are quite large and there were about seven or eight of them on the bottom of the bath, very slowly dissolving. They're actually quite pretty to look at, they look like little diamonds, and the sides are smooth, so you don't need to worry about cutting your legs open on them!
The peppermint in the product has a cooling effect on the skin, which is quite an unusual experience - it's not particularly unpleasant as such, but I find it strange that they would use this in a Christmas product as in the colder weather surely you would want to be warmed up? I do think, however, this could be a good one to use after a workout, as you really can feel it cooling down the skin.
Unfortunately with this one, I could not feel much of a difference to my bath water - except for the sugar crystals and glitter floating about! Usually you can feel the different oils in your bath water, but I didn't notice that with this one.
After using this, I found it a bit of a nightmare getting all the pieces of glitter out of the bath! I use one of those hair trap things which helped, but even so, I was finding bits of glitter for ages afterwards, so that's something to be aware of!
The smell of this ballistic lingers for absolutely ages, so make sure you like the fragrance before you buy it! It literally stayed in my bathroom for two days after using it, and it leaves a lovely minty scent on the skin too. Unfortunately, other than giving my skin a nice scent, I didn't really think it did anything else for it - my skin was not particularly dry or bad in any way, but it didn't feel particularly soft or anything like that either.
The snowdrop costs £2.95 from Lush or www.lush.co.uk
I did like this ballistic - the mint/grapefruit/mandarin smell was really nice, and I liked the pretty sugar crystals it contained. My main gripe with this, was that there is so much glitter in it - I think it would be much better if they put less in, because knowing I will have to go through the hassle of cleaning that out of the bath makes me a little bit reluctant to buy another one!