“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
Lush's Stardust ballistic was supposed to be my ideal ballistic. I looked forward to trying it but was left majorly disappointed once I did. It is a very pretty ballistic to look at. It is bright pink, with tiny red glittery stars on it with one biggish white one at the top, like a shooting star. It is made up of the following scents and oils: everlasting flower, bergamot, violets, cardamon, rose, vanilla, benzoin, jasmine, tonka and ylang. It is a great mix of scents but the only thing I could smell was the bergamot. There was no presence of any of the other scents. It smells really musky. I don't mean the nice kind of musky either. The way it smells to me is muskyiness meets curry powder. It smells awful. After spending just over £3 on this ballistic, I knew I would have to use it in the bath at some stage. No point in wasting it though I wasn't looking forward to it. Once in the bath it fizzed quite quickly, changing the bath water to a lovely pink colour, releasing all the little stars inside and letting them float on the surface of the water. I can't lie. It did look pretty but the scent had taken on a new form. It now had a smell distinctly like an old lady. The violet scent came through and mixed in with the ever present bergamot. The scent, although changed, had not improved. Ater 5 minutes, however, the scent disappeared (Yay!). Not something I was complaining about. It left my skin feeling nice and soft which is one of the better things about it. I personally wouldn't buy it again just based on the scent. I hated the scent with a passion and would not recommend it if you dislike musky scents. Stardust is no longer available in Lush stores.
I never got the chance to try Lush's ballistic Stardust before it was taken off the shelves, but managed to find one while I was browsing eBay and promptly bought it. Judging by previous reviews on here, it was quite an expensive ballistic so I managed to get a good deal at less than £3! Stardust is a pink ballistic with the imprint of a star, and supposedly lots of little glitter stars, although these were sadly absent from my ballistic. It contains violet leaf absolute, everlasting flower absolute, and bergamot oil to help insomnia and stress, and boost the mood! When I first got the ballistic out of its cellophane wrapper I thought it smelled lovely, really sweet and sugary. Dropping it into the bath water, it fizzed pleasantly and dissolved to turn the water a lovely vivid pink which was fun to lie in! The smell had sadly dissipated to almost nothing, which was disappointing, but I still had a relaxing bath with a glass of wine and a book. After my bath I found that my skin felt nice and soft, and I didn't need to use much moisturiser. Altogether I thought this was a fairly nice ballistic. I wouldn't say it was one of my favourites, and I can't say I'm devastated that it is no longer available in Lush stores, but I would recommend searching one out on eBay if you like all things pink!
ABOUT BALLISTICS Stardust is part of Lush's Bath Ballistic range. It has sadly been discontinued now but can probably be found on ebay or the swaps section of the Lush Forum. Bath Ballistics were invented for those people who are sensitive to the bubbles in a bath but who want to have a great bath anyway! Of course, everybody else can use them too. They contain citric acid and baking soda which means when they hit the water they fizz away and release the lovely smells and colours that are in them. INSPIRATION The inspiration for this ballistic came from the book (and now film) Stardust by Neil Gaiman. According to the Summer 2008 Lush Times, they wanted to create a ballistic that smelled like the shooting star from the book, "her skin, the delicate flowers, the magic surrounding her and the way she shimmers when she's happy". INGREDIENTS I am going to list the ingredients to show all the lovely things this Ballistic contains: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Everlasting Flower Absolute (Helichrysum stoechas), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Benzyl Salicylate, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 18050, Sugar Stars, Red Stars (Polyethylene terephthalate) The Sodium Bicarbonate and Citric Acid have already been mentioned. These are what gives the ballistic it's lovely fizz. The Violet is used just for its fragrance. It adds a nice grassy smell to the mixture. Everlasting Flower Absolute adds a rich rose smell and the Bergamot has a floral and slightly fruity smell. Bergamot has anti-depressant qualities and is very relaxing which is another good quality of this ballistic. Although they sound like chemicals, Benzyl Salicylate and Benzyl Benzoate actually occur naturally in essential oils such as Ylang Ylang and Rosewood. These are just used to mix the fragrances together. Linalool is another substance which is found in essential oils. This is listed as some people have reactions to this substance. Perfume is what gives Lush products their individual scents (they cant give all the ingredients away!). Lush say that their perfume is always either a blend of natural essential oils or safe synthetic fragrance materials as well as essential oils. We know from the lush times that this perfume contains Cardamon and Rose to create a feeling of happiness, Vanilla and Benzoin for a feeling of calm, as well as Jasmine and Tonka Absolute. The rest of the ingredients are to make the ballistic look fabulous! Theres the lovely pink colouring, the sugar star on top (either white, blue or yellow) and a sprinkling of red stars to make it look lovely. REVIEW This was one of my favourite Ballistics. It smelled floral but not too much as I don't really like floral smells. There was also a hint of sweetness in there. When I dropped it in the bath it smelled just as amazing. It is one of the strongest smelling Ballistics I have tried in a while. The water went a lovely girly pink colour and the stars added to the girliness of the bath. I had a very long soak in this bath and could still smell it on my skin, and especially on my hair, hours later. I am very sad that they discontinued this lovely product and have got three stashed away for emergencies! It is a wonderful bath for relaxing in before bedtime.
So as I wait for my bath to fill up I have the tough choice of which Lush product to use. I am a lucky girl who seems to always get a gift set for some sort of occassion, so I have aquired quite a collection. The one to catch my eye is the Stardust Bath Ballistic, its pink with a blue shooting star on top and lots of little pink confetti stars scattered about. When you first drop it into the bath it fizzes about leaving a pink trail, and making a satisfying hissing sound. Once its all dissolved the bath had turned a nice pink shade with a scattering of stars on the bottom of the bath. I am addicted to any pink products from the Lush range as they tend to have candy scents, however this one seemed to be more floral smelling which whilst nice didnt intice me into my bath as much as other smells would have. I did love the sprinkling of stars in my pink bath though, and I would presume for those who have kids this would be a good way to persuade them to bathe, but I dont so I got to enjoy it all to myself. My favourite thing about Lush products is how they manage to fill the bathroom with its scent and can create a relaxing atmosphere. The only downside would be the pink scum left around the bath. Now comes the not so relaxing part of the ballistic...the price! £3.18 EAK!!!!! Lucky for me I get them bought for me! Although I enjoyed my bath, if I was paying it wouldnt be my first choice as the scent let it down slightly. The Lush website describes it as : Inspired by Neil Gaiman's beautiful book, our soothing, plum pink Stardust smells of enchanting violets and uplifting bergamot. Stardust by Neil Gaiman tells the modern day fairy tale for grown ups of a northern English village called Wall in early Victorian times. Wall is a secret entrance to Faerie. The hero Tristan, is trying to win the heart of frosty young lady named Victoria. She sends him over the Wall on a quest for a falling star. For our Stardust Ballistic, we wondered what the "shooting star" would smell like when he caught it. Her skin, the delicate flowers, the magic surrounding her and the way she shimmers when she's happy - captured in the fragrance of everlasting flower, bergamot and violets.
Lush Stardust Bath Ballistic: I saw this ballistic on the Lush website and I just had to have it. It was girly and pink and had a lovely shooting star on top which was so cute. I have to admit I am naturally drawn to pink things and anything with stars on, so this was perfect for me. After I read that this was inspired by a Neil Gaiman story of the same name, (which has been made into a film), I was even more determined to try it because I love Neil Gaiman. I have to say though that this the girliest, prettiest thing I have ever seen connected to Gaiman. Looks wise this is a beauty, as I have described it is really girly pink coloured with a moulded shooting star and a blue star on top. I had one tiny confetti star on mine too but it was only the one so it shouldn't annoy anti-confetti people too much. I was almost sad to drop this into my bath as it was so lovely to look at! It is quite a big bath ballistic, (a ballistic is a bath bomb for want of a better phrase), and made me consider cutting it in two but as I always do I just bunged the whole thing in! Smell wise this is glorious too; I can't really put my finger in any of the scents individually because to me this smells of Lush. I guess it smells slightly floral but not over-poweringly so or in an old fashioned way. I have had a look at the ingredients and they use Violet Leaf Absolute, Everlasting Flower Absolute and Bergamot Oil so there you have it. Reading everlasting flower piqued my interest and a search on Google told me that it was any of a family of flowers that can be dried with no loss of colour, (Lush do give the full Latin name if you want to know exactly which everlasting flower they use). In the bath it smelt lovely and as I had used the whole thing I got plenty of fragrance that wafted throughout my whole flat. I love the way Lush products fill your home with scent and it means I don't have to light scented candles to fragrance the air when I bath but I still get the same relaxing effect. Upon dropping this into my bath I noticed that fizzed a lot more than some of the other ballistics I have used and it was quite captivating to watch the thing whiz around leaving a lovely trail of pink water as it went. I was stunned at how fast the star on top dissolved; it literally took a couple of seconds. As for debris in the bath I am pleased to say that other than one tiny confetti star my water was clear. The water while being pink and smelling great didn't feel like it was doing anything to my skin and when I got dry I found that my skin was pretty much the same as before, just cleaner. Unfortunately the lovely smell didn't linger on my skin which is a real shame as I love smelling of Lush stuff after my baths. This cost me £3.18 which is shocking price for just one bath, I am always amazed that I pay Lush's prices instead of scoffing at them but I do pay and quite often too. I guess they are addictive! Anyway £3.18 now and then won't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of my finances! This is a good bath ballistic and very pretty too, I would recommend to Lush fans who like the girlier products.
I received a Lush Stardust Bath Ballistic as part of a Think Pink gift set that I treated myself to back in February 2009. I paid £43.99 (less 10% discount) for 12 products all of which are pink! My ballistic differs slightly in appearance to the one shown on Dooyoo as it only had one star on the top and this was a yellow star, it had a little glitter but it did not have a trail of stars giving it that shooting star affect. It is around the shape of a cricket ball and before using I placed mine inside a freezer bag and smashed it in to two so that I could get two lovely baths out of this product. I would definitely recommend doing this with most of the Lush products as they're quite expensive and you want to get your moneys worth from them! Once my hot bath was run I dropped in this ballistic and watching it fizzy away. It turned my bath a lovely deep pink colour and smelled very floral and was just gorgeous! The star from the top of the bath ballistic soon melted away and I believe that this is because it is made from sugar so therefore disolves in to your bath (good job I'm not drinking the water get enough sugar from everywhere else!). Once I have washed my hair etc the colour is still very vivid and the smell is still lingering in my bathroom, it is very floral and I can really smell the violet from the mixture. The only disappointment I had with this product was that it did not give me luxuriously silky smooth skin but then I wouldn't really expect it to as it's not a body butter or bath bomb. Although some of these products in the past have given me very silky smooth skin and this is something that I always prefer as it means I don't have to moisturise. Once I had used this product I did feel I needed to moisturise as my skin lacked its usual smoothness. I would recommend this product, it's not the ultimate girly girl product but then that's fine with me! I am rating it 3/5 as it's £3.18 if purchased separately and I feel that this is a little high for just one bath, also it didn't smooth my skin at all.
I got this stardust bath ballistic form Lush as a gift but it would have normally cost me £3.18, something I was just not prepared to pay for a bath bomb. I'm more of a bubble bath or bath melt type of girl as I prefer something that either has mountains of bubbles or a bath that will really moisturise my skin. My friend got me this as she knows that I love pink and sweet smelling soaps and products like the creamy candy bubble bar and rock star soap. This smelt a little bit like that but it was more floral and to me, it had an annoying deeper scent that I can't quite describe. The bath bomb is bright pink with a cream star at the top and little glitter stars trailing down it like a shooting star effect. Some of the ingredients used in this bath ballistic are violets, bergamot and flower absolute. It smells quite sweet but not the kind that I love... it did not smell anything similar to my fave creamy candy to me. This bath bomb is meant to lift the mood and I can't say that it did that for me either. So, I ran my bath and got in, then let this bath bomb loose into the water and it started fizzing away, freeing the stars as it went along. I didn't like the smell even as it started to dissolve but it did leave my bath water a cute pink colour. I can't say that I enjoyed the stars though as I felt that they got very annoying after a minute or so. They just felt scratchy and started to stick to my skin which was just unpleasant and this did not contribute to lifting my spirits. The bath water didn't feel very soft like it does when I use a bubble bar like creamy candy or hot milk. The scent didn't last very long either but that wasn't such a bad thing as I didn't particularly like it anyway. I didn't really enjoy this bath at all because there were annoying stars everywhere that I had to scoop out of the water and pick off my skin and hair, the scent wasn't nice and I was left with a messy bath as the pink stuck to the sides when I drained it. When I got out of the bath my skin did not feel nice and soft like it would have from using my creamy candy bar or other products I like. I had to apply a thick layer of moisturiser to get it feeling nice and soft again. I definitely would not have paid the price for this bath ballistic and will most certainly not be using this again even if I get given it for free. It's just a sickly smelling, awkward bath bomb that did not moisturise my skin or lift my mood as promised.
Lush's Stardust ballistic was inspired by the book of the same name, by Neil Gaiman. Not knowing this, or the book, will not effect your enjoyment of it though, as on face value alone it is a very attractive bath bomb. Lush describe it as 'plumy pink', it certainly is very girlie looking. I tend to avoid the really, really pink products from Lush as I find that they smell a little too candy floss or candy-ish. I'm not keen on the little girl scents, I prefer (more sophisticated!) blends of essential oils and more subtle scents. I received this in one of my Christmas gift boxes and was pleasantly surprised when I sniffed it! I think this one is a good compromise, it is pretty in pink but has a much more grown up scent. When I dropped it into the bath the fragrance was overwhelming, it had smelt nice dry, but the water created a cloud of scent, which lingered in the bathroom for ages afterwards. It is the closest I have smelt a Lush product come to being perfume-y, and is a much more conventional bath product smell than their usual offerings. This may sound like a criticism, from a lush devotee like myself, but isn't meant to be. The fragrance is sophisticated and appealing. It comes from everlasting flower, bergamot and violets - beautiful! My ballistic had a yellow star, rather than white as pictured, and did not appear to have any of the star sequins, it had a little glitter, that's all. On impact with the warm bath water, the star (made of sugar) dissolved very quickly, and there was no evidence of any glitter or sparkles. However, the bath water immediately turned a very pretty pink, and stayed that way for the duration of my bath. It felt very luxurious. At £3.19 this is Lush's highest priced standard size ballistic. However, it does deliver in terms of quality and I think it would impress Lush fans and also first time ballistic users. It has all the fizzing excitement and gorgeous scent of a Lush bath bomb experience, with impressive colour, but without any of the 'bits' that irritate some people. I recommend it as an indulgent treat, it would also make a nice little Valentine gift.
This Ballistic from Lush is quite fun. I thought it would make a good present for my god-daughter because it is very pink, sparkly and girly. It made the water go pink and so I think girls who like pink will love this product! It also smelled very girly and flowery. The smell was quite nice but not strong. It did not last that well on my skin after I had dried but it hung around in the bathroom for an hour or so after I had drained the bath water. The smell is a little like a sweet shop - a bit too sickly for my liking. Although the stars that are stuck on the outside look very cool and when it fizzes away in the bath it is fun to watch the little stars float about, having a bath and washing your hair and body while there are bits is not easy and I found a star or two stuck to the inside of the clothes that I put on after the bath! I paid £3.25 for mine and I would not recommend paying this price. It is a little on the ridiculous side for one bath! It just is not worth it.
On my most recent trip to lush I decided I needed to try another bath ballistic. This one stood out to me as it was both pink and quite large! The picture shown is quite similar to the actual product although mine didn't have anywhere near the amount of confetti stars on it that the picture shows. For people who hve never used a bath ballistic before - it's just a fancy name for a bath bomb. You pop the ballistic in the water and it fizzes producing a nice smell and sometimes nice coloured water as well! This is one of the most expensive ballistics in Lush as it costs £3.25, but this is only a little above average. After running my bath and hopping in, I dropped the ballistic in the bath. After fizzing for about 2 minutes, most of it was gone. The water was a cloudy pink colour which after a few minutes turned to a clear pink colour. floating around my bath were a few pink sparkly stars - although these look pretty, they often get stuck in places and hurt so I wasn't too upset I didn't get many! The smell - I wasn't overly impressed by this one. I thought it would be a mix between the candy sweet smell of candy cane and a fruity floral smell. However it definitely was just a floral smell. Usually the smell lasts me all bath time, this one left me disappointed as it only lasted around 15 minutes and there wasn't really much of a smell left in the bathroom / on towels afterwards which there usually is. If you love the smell of it in the shop - then it's probably worth it for you, but if you're unsure i'd advise you to pick something else!
This is currently Lush's most expensive ballistic so this one nearly didn't make it to my basket because when I picked it up it smelt a bit dodgy and I wasn't going to pay £3.25 for something I thought smelt a bit pants! Bu my friend was with me and she said that she had tried it and it was so different when you put it in the bath so I must give it a go, I was still uncertain so she bought it for me - result! It does look very pretty all girlie and pink with loads of small red glittery stars and one big sugar star on the top. When I tried it I decide to bung the whole thing in just to see if it was as good as my friend said and you know what it wasn't! It smelled awful like a cross between something burning and rotten flowers!! The stars did look very pretty but at the same time annoying because you have to scoop them all out before you can empty the bath. I have to be honest I didn't even get in the bath I just cleaned it out and stuck a bubble bar in, however the smell of burning seemed to linger - so much so my other half came in and asked me what had I been doing!! In my opinion this was a total waste of money it really stunk and I would never ever use it, my friend loves it though so each to their own! I really would not recommend it though. Yuk!
For my daughter's birthday I bought her the pinkest selection of bath bombs I could find in Lush, including this one. I also had a bit of a selfish reason for choosing this too, as I really wanted to try it, so this way I got to see if it was any good at the same time! The bath bomb is, of course, pink, and has one large cream star on it, surrounded with small red foil/glitter type stars. It had a sweetie type smell, in the same sort of vien as Creamy Candy and Think Pink, but with a slightly floral Violety sweety smell too. It didn't smell like Parma Violets like Bathos though, it just smelt generally very sweet and lovely. Ultra girly. What I have tended to find with Lush is that there seem to be to type of bath products. No I don't mean the bombs and the bubble bars. I mean there are the type that are all singing, all dancing, but don't do a great deal, and then there are the type that you would perhaps over look at first and end up being the biggest luxuries and treats of all. Stardust should fall in the all singing all dancing category, turning your water girly pink and filling it with stars. Sounds fun hey? Unfortunately it fell a little short of what we've become accustomed to, and the small smattering of stars were neither here nor there, there weren't enough to make it excite people like me (who get excited at these things) and the pink water was pink yes, but none too exciting. Maybe I'm starting to take for granted I can have my bath water whatever colour I choose, and it's losing it's excitement but I don't think that is what it is. What it was was that it didn't dissolve in the way all other has. It fizzed away sure, but what I was left with was blotchy water, for want of a better word. It looked all mottled and bitty, and pink bits formed all around the edge of the water, rather than creating pure pink water. It doesn't have the other properties to make up for it though. Sure it has benefits but it's not got a huge host of beneficial ingredients like some do, and it didn't make the water feel particularly soft. Even my daughters skin didn't feel very soft after her bath, and she normally has skin we would all die for. It didn't dry it out but it definitely wasn't soft or moisturized. The smell was lovely and did remain throughout the bath, so that was a plus point, I love the sweeter than sweet girly scents. It didn't however linger on the skin. It has Violet Leaf Absolute which can help with headaches and insomnia, as well as giving it a lovely smell. It can also boost the circulation which is good for the body and skin. It also has Everlasting Flower Absolute which is useful for treating skin conditions due to its anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Finally there is Bergamot Oil which boosts the mood if you are feeling a bit down, lacking self confidence, or even suffering from SADS (who isn't at the moment? Is it ever going to stop raining?). As well as this it can treat stress, tension and depression so is great for relaxing in the bath. It's also good for if you are a bit under the weather with a cold so it's good for use in the grotty winter, when the weather is getting you down and you're constantly battling off colds! So it does have some benefits, but I think you'll agree, not nearly as many as some Lush products. It was okay I guess but if you are splashing out on a product that is going to be used for just one go, then you want more than just okay! You want absolute luxury and indulgence, and this falls far short of it. It's not very exciting, it doesn't make your bath look very pretty, it does nothing for your skin, and doesn't make the water feel luxurious. Really the only thing it had going for it was it's smell but it just wasn't enough. At £3.25 it wasn't worth it. If you're paying £3.25 for one bath, it has to be luxury, it has to be something special, and this was nothing more than okay.