“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Product „
When Lush announced a few weeks ago that they were discontinuing some of their products, I panicked and headed down to a store to pick up some soon-to-disappear goodies. One of these was the Supernova bath ballistic. I had wanted to try this for a while, and now was the perfect opportunity.
The ballistic costs £2.95, which is more expensive than some though normal for other ballistics. It is pink in colour with bits of coloured confetti sticking out of the top. The ballistic is quite a bit larger than some of the others, though Lush seem to have a tendency to discontinue ballistics and bring them back in smaller form. It contains orange oil and cognac oil, and is suitable for vegans. Lush say:
"Celebrate bath-time with cocktails for one and a ticker tape parade. Supernova is a party explosion in your tub, with refreshing oranges and genuine cognac oil to make it smell like a posh cocktail. Smatterings of fluorescent bubble mixture give it a frothy, pink topping. The paper takes a bit of clearing up afterwards, but it's definitely fun while it lasts."
I must say, when I first smelled the ballistic in the shop, I thought this was a pretty accurate description. It smelled really expensive and fresh and fruity, and even a bit alcoholic. I was looking forward to using it.
I decided to use the ballistic last night as a form of celebration for handing in 4 uni assignments on time and sitting my Italian exam (for some reason unbeknown to me I thought it would be a good idea to sign up for a language class alongside my main degree...). I even took a glass of wine into the bathroom with me, something I've never done in the past.
I ran the bath and threw in the ballistic... and this is when things started to go wrong! It fizzed like all the other ballistics, but the 'foam' was very feeble, the water didn't change colour, the bits of coloured confetti sank to the bottom of the bath instead of floating happily on the top, and worst of all, the lovely sophisticated smell turned into something resembling toilet cleaner, a really sharp lemon smell.
I got in the bath anyway and stayed there for a bit, but it wasn't the pleasantest bath of my life (although the wine did go some way towards improving the experience!). The water didn't look much different, except for all the soggy bits of paper stuck to the bottom, and unfortunately the toilet-cleaner smell lingered for quite a while!
I did notice, once I got out of the bath, that the smell didn't stick around (thankfully), and my skin hadn't been at all irritated by the ballistic. In fact it did feel a bit softer. Unfortunately I then had to scoop up the bits of paper from out of the bath!
I've heard some cynics suggest that Lush sometimes discontinue popular products in order to put them into the retro range and charge more for them. After using this ballistic I'm convinced that sometimes, at least, Lush obviously discontinue products that are, quite simply, a bit crap. I wouldn't buy this again if it was possible to, and if you have one I actually suggest leaving it in your bedroom as an attractive and sweet-smelling decoration - it's oddly very nice until you actually put it in the bath! Not my favourite ballistic!
For anyone who doesn't know, Lush is a cosmetics company which specialises in hand-made goods. None of the products are tested on animals, and all ingredients are natural, organic and suitable for vegetarians.
I was bought a set of bath ballistics as a birthday present from my parents, and this ballistic, the Supernova, was included in the colourful and sweet smelling set.
What noticed first about this particular ballistic was the look of it. In all honesty, it does look like a complete mess. A pretty pink ball infused with multicoloured ticker tape, it definitely is eye-catching, even if it does look a little confused. This is the ballistic made for parties, and with all this ticker tape, it definitely embodies this idea.
Looking at the information slip contained in the set I recieved, Lush describe it as being a "party explosion in a tub", with scents contained to make this ballistic smell like you are bathing in a posh cocktail, once it is added to your bath water.
Now, how do you use a bath ballistic? Well, it is simple really. Pop this into your bath water, and watch it fizz away! Most Lush bath ballistics fizz quite quickly, but I found that the Supernova was quite a slow fizzer, meaning that the smell and the ticker tape was slowly released into the bath.
The scent was a subtle but sweet mix of oranges and cognac oil, which, did not remind me of drinking a fancy cocktail, but were lovely nevertheless. The scent stays on your skin long after your bath is ended, and the oils contained in the ballistic leave your skin feeling incredibly smooth.
I felt that the ticker tape contained inside the ballistic was a nice touch aesthetically as it gave your eye something different to look at rather than a normal single colour ballistic, like a lot of the previous ballistics are. However, I did feel it was a little unnecessary. Whilst it did not stick to the bath, or to my skin, I did find myself spending a while picking out the ticker tape from the plug hole once the water had been drained. I can understand why some people will find this a bit of an annoyance, as the rest of the ballistic washed away with the water nicely.
So, do I reccommend this bath ballistic? Well, aside from the ticker tape being a mild annoyance, definitely. The smell is sweet and irrestible, even if it is rather subtle. Girly girls will probably love to give this a go, due to the bright pink colour of the bath ballistic, and children will love laying in a bath surrounded by brightly coloured ticker tape and pink water. The bath ballistic is of a large size, and takes quite some time to fizz away to nothing, so I'd definitely say it is worth the money in those aspects. The best aspect of the Supernova bath ballistic is the moisturising properties. I left the bath feeling like I'd bathed in a tub full of body lotion. For quite some time after exiting my bath, my skin remained pampered, and incredibly silky and smooth. For those who suffer from dry skin which is prone to cracking in cold weather, like me, will absolutely love this. Your skin will be thanking you for quite some time after!
The Lush Supernova bath ballistic can be picked up in Lush stores across the UK, or ordered from their website or mail-order catalogue. The bath ballistic will cost you £2.95. Now that the Supernova is used up, it's now time for me to try out another Lush product which I will undoutably love!
The dreams I'd had. Such high expectations. But like a shooting star, they came crashing down to earth...
After reading so many delectable reviews about Lush products on Ciao and Dooyoo, I caved in and bought myself a nice little lot of Lush goodies from their website! Amongst these spontaneous purchases was one bath ballistic - Supernova. Not only did I love the magical name of this bath treat, but it was pink with ribbons! "Awesome," I thought.
===A secret account of my fleeting rendezvous with Supernova===
Carefully selected from a range that included ducks, balls (no, that's not what I mean!) flowers and even a robot, Supernova was, in many ways, The Chosen One. Her mission - whether she chose to accept it - was to make my bath a spectacular experience and brighten up my day.
But my encounter with Supernova translated into a sadder tale than I had hoped.
We never saw eye to eye. She let me down. I'd expected her to be bright and bubbly, light up the room.
But alas, she disappeared on me. One moment she was there, a light pink whirl, and the next - gone.
Sweet-tempered Supernova always left behind a faint aroma; I could never quite tell what it was. She had boasted of "a posh cocktail of orange and cognac oil," but it was never that fancy. I know its mean, but to me, she smelt more of kitchen cleaner. A nice one, yes, but kitchen cleaner all the same.
At least, however, we departed on good terms. She left me a present for afterwards - gorgeously soft skin that smelt lightly perfumed. But I just couldn't work out what that smell was. Some jibed "soap," whilst others cried "rose" or "lavender." Either way, I was happy. Supernova had left me a sweet, gentle goodbye.
I can't say I'll always remember her, or that it was great while it lasted, but she was certainly an individual. Bold and beautiful. Wherever she went, she left a colourful trail of paper ribbons from her hair.
===Getting down and dirty with the details===
Lush Supernova bath ballistic cost a pricy £2.95 and is intended for just the one bath. It weighs in at 200g. I bought it as a treat, but was disappointed with certain aspects of the product.
Firstly, as the ballistic plummeted into my lovely warm bath I had expected a dramatic effect. Maybe not an actual bang, but at least a loud fizz! Unfortunately for me, this wasn't the case and I could only hear a grumbling noise from the bath bomb once my ears were beneath the surface of the water! Strangely, every now and then it would go too close to my skin and I'd feel a funny little tickle from the tiny bubbles that wasn't too pleasant!
As I mentioned above, instead of the luxurious, thick bath bubbles I had hoped for, a light pink foam hovered at the top of the water for a few seconds before vanishing. I am led to believe that it is only Lush bubble bars that make bubbles, not the bombs, so perhaps this is my mistake for making that assumption.
Nevertheless, the Supernova bath bomb eventually turned my bathwater a lovely dusty pink colour, which I was more than happy to loll about in. Partly to help the environment and partly (the larger part) to get rid of my little sister for half an hour, I offered her my lovely pink bath afterwards. She gladly accepted and I got a nice chunk of peace and quiet in return!
I was impressed that the coloured bits of tissue paper were present throughout the entirety of the ballistic and not just on the surface, purely for show. Even so, the tissue paper quickly sunk to the bottom of the bath where it couldn't be seen. Rather pointless to have it in the first place then, really.
I felt the aroma could have been more distinct and more feminine. I would have liked the citrus smell produced to be a little less sharp. I feel something more delicate, such as jasmine, would have complemented the orange and cognac oil. With the aid of the warm water, it did help me to unwind a little, but ideally I would have liked to feel even more relaxed! It did cost me nearly three of my lovely pound coins, god damn it!
It was a pleasant surprise for the scent to linger after I had bathed. Also, my skin felt wonderfully smooth and looked clean and fresh.
=== Would I buy this again? ===
For myself, no. I want to experiment with a wide range of different products from Lush and find the prospect of this quite exciting. I remember from my youth (the time when I was younger than 19, which I am at present!) sampling an amazing bath ballistic full of shimmery glitter, which clung to one's body - perfect for a night out. I'd love to try that again! Or the lovely fresh lemongrass fragrance of Avobath, which I bought my Dad for his birthday.
I would, however, buy this Lush Supernova bath ballistic for an older child or a teenager. I'm not going to gender-stereotype though.
I think the younger generation may be distracted by how aesthetically pleasing this is! It is, of course, also more adventurous then your average bath product and really looks like you've made an effort.
I would, therefore, recommend this as a gift, but it's not necessarily to my tastes.
Description: Manufacturer: Lush / Type: Bath Product
For those who are perhaps new to Lush, it is important to explain to you that they make cosmetics by hand from only natural ingredients. They also never test on animals and ensure that they only use suppliers who don't either.
Lush are committed to reducing packaging and also support loads of charities and projects around the world, details of which can be found on their website, along with products and ingredients. You can shop online and also locate your nearest shop. (Orders placed online usually arrive within a few days and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is obviously much better for the environment!)
You can also buy from their Retro range online. This is a list of products which have been replaced in stores by newer ones, but are still available to buy online, so you can still find your old favourites.
Bath Ballistics are a solid ball shaped mass of bath salts. To use, just run a warm bath then pop them in and watch them go crazy, fizzing their way round in the water. They will quickly soften and scent the water (often colouring it too) until finally they have dissolved. The whole room will smell gorgeous for hours after using a bath ballistic as the fragrance lingers for hours in the room and on your skin. This one is a bright pink colour and has coloured pieces of confetti through it.
This 200g ballistic will cost you £2.95 and is suitable for vegans.
The water turns pink when the ballistic starts to dissolve and the confetti floats around the bath which looks pretty, but is a touch annoying as it tends to stick to your skin!
The fragrance is predominantly lemon with hints of orange and a slightly sweet floral scent. It is nice but not as nice as some of the others in the Lush range. It is quite sweet and feminine so possibly more of a girly treat.
The fragrance of this ballistic clings to your skin for hours after getting out of the bath, and leaves skin feeling soft and pampered. Having said that, I find the sweet scent a little overpowering, and probably won't buy this one again.
If you like very sweet fragrances, which are girly and potent then chances are that you will like this one, personally, I prefer the more exotic ones so will choose them in future instead of the Supernova.
In addition, there is something a bit irritating about having to spend 5 minutes picking up the paper confetti from the bath after draining, yes that may be lazy, but this ballistic just wasn't worth the effort!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website);
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Paper Confetti, Colour 45410}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is one of the most fun looking Lush products which made me pick one out to try. I also liked the sound of the name: Supernova.
It is a bath ballistic which means when added to water, the sodium bicarbonate and citric acid it cotains make it fizz. It's a girly pink colour and you can see lots of little bits of brightly coloured paper poking out of it. This is the standard 200g size (they've not made it smaller yet) and costs £2.95. As long as you're careful with the paper that runs through it, you could cut this in half to get two baths for that price.
When added to the bath it was extremely fizzy. The water turned pink and a little frothy from the tiny pieces of bubble bar mixed through the ballistic. The bubble bar pieces also left my skin lovely and soft afterwards.
The scent was rather sophisticated and reminded my of Bucks Fizz- orange and a little booze. It doesn't really match up with the pink water though. From experience, most pink Lush products have a sweet candy scent and this was quite different.
The coloured paper in the ballistic floats around in the bath which I thought was fun, but I can see it being annoying or possibly tickly for some people. It was quite challenging to clean up- make sure you do it as soon as possible or you'll spend ages scrubbing your tub after the paper dries on it.
Lush Supernova Bath Ballistic:
I was a lucky girl this Christmas and I have a huge bag of gorgeous Lush things making my whole flat smell beautiful thanks to all my lovely friends and family. The coolest thing I've found about getting so much Lush stuff for Christmas is that most of it isn't stuff I'd normally choose for myself so I have got to try, (and review), a few new things. This review is about the Supernova Bath Ballistic which was got for me by my Brother and I absolutely loved it!
For anyone unfamiliar with Lush, (okay it's not likely but it is possible), I will tell you a little bit about them, (feel free to skip if you already know). Lush make really lovely cosmetics that are not only made from yummy natural ingredients but they are also beautiful and they generally smell good enough to eat too. It's nice to be able to get ethical, natural products that are fun too so you feel rewarded for being good. Lush have shops all over the country, (and indeed the world), as well as a website, (www.lush.co.uk) and mail order, (01202 668545), for those who don't have a shop near them.
Supernova is a big pink bath ballistic, (a fizzy bath 'bomb'), full of coloured paper 'ticker tape' to make any bath a celebration. For those of you that don't like bits in your bath this is probably one to avoid because the ticker tape does need to be removed from the plug hole but personally I don't mind this at all. Once dropped into the bath water, (this should be done once you are in the bath), the Supernova fizzes like crazy leaving a trail of multi-coloured foam in it's wake. It's quite pretty to watch and the bits of coloured paper look cute floating around in the bath and they don't go go all mushy and manky like flower petals do either although they do settle to the bottom of the bath quite quickly.
Lush claim this smells like a bucks fizz but I really don't agree. There is a definite lemon smell but it smells almost like lemon cleaner which is a bit dodgy however the lime, orange and cognac oil rein it in a bit so it just smells citrusy instead of like a loo cleaner. The end result is really fresh and clean smelling and, despite me not normally liking citrus bath products, very pleasant indeed. The scent gently lingers on the skin after a bath but not so much so that it would interfere with perfume etc. I normally use Lush's Snowcake soap this time of the year but the scents didn't go together well so I used some bergamot soap I had lying around and it went really well with the Supernova.
At £2.95 some people will think this expensive for one bath but I always feel so relaxed and refreshed after a Lush bath that I can fully justify this kind of price tag as an occasional treat and obviously with this being a gift it's fine. Some people cut their Lush things up to get a couple of baths out of them but I don't because I would rather get one bath with the full effect than two watered down ones.
I don't think I'd buy this one again, not because I don't like it but because I like other things better and prefer the more girly, pink things to citrusy ones. I really loved the change though and thoroughly enjoyed my Supernova bath. I can imagine if citrus is your thing then you would love this even more than I did.
Look at it.
You just have to have one,don't you?
It's so cheerful and colourful and messy looking - who wouldn't want one?
Lush' Supernova came home with me one day because I couldn't resist it's subtle pink,tissue papered look. Nor,for that matter,it's name.
Once home,I filled a bath and popped it in.
As ballistics have a tendency to do,it began to fizz around madly and depositing it's tissue paper all over the place.
''Wow'' - I thought.
I got in and lay down,taking time to note the lovely scent - orangey and soda-ey. It smelt fizzy and citrussy.
Once I was in the bath,though,the 'fun' evaporated as I realised the tissue paper was sticking to the bathtub and to my skin - it felt really slimy and just horrible.
But,let's face it - did I really expect it not to? It's paper - in a bathtub full of water. Of course it's going to stick to stuff!
So,I soldiered on and lay in the bath for about 45 minutes reading a book.
When it came time to get out I pulled the plug and remained in the bath for a further 10 minutes batting the paper away from the drain.
Once the bath was empty I had to clean it,which was annoying but didn't take too long at all since I didn't give the paper time to dry on.
Was it worth it?
My skin was really nice and soft,the bathroom (and myself) smelt of oranges for the rest of the night and some of the next day and I could tick another Lush item off my 'To try' list.
I'd reccomend this for kids,big kids or just people who like to make a mess whilst smelling lovely.
I have been reading so many reviews and good things about Lush I thought I better try some of their products and see what all the fuss was about. I decided to buy a 'Supernova' bath ballistic to start with. The bath ballistic cost me £2.86, and I was drawn to it as it was the most colourful one in the shop!
The bath ballistic is quite heavy and weighs around 200g. It is about the size of a tennis ball and is bright pink! It has little bits of coloured confetti in it, so there are bits of blue, red, yellow, orange, purple and green colour in there too which makes it look very exciting! There is a stamp imprint on the bottom of it with the lush logo on it.
The ballistic is quite smelly, a nice smell but maybe slightly too strong for my liking. It smells quite citrusy like oranges and limes mixed together. The ballistic feels quite powdery and chalky to touch, but it's not crumbly so it won't fall apart before you have used it.
When I put the ballistic in the bath it started fizzing straight away and created a sort of creamy lather on the water. The ballistic fizzed for a good 5 minutes (though it may well have been more - I find it quite hard to keep a track of the time whilst in the bath!) I was nicely surprised by this as I thought it would all be over quite quickly.
The lather didn't last very long but I was left with a pink coloured bath which looked very pretty. To top this off there were hundreds of bits of colourful confetti floating around in the water, it was almost like having a party in my bath! However I was dismayed to find out that the confetti was not bath confetti which melts in the bath but real confetti, and I wasn't looking forward to cleaning it up once I had finished my bath.
The smell that came from the bath ballistic was lovely, I felt it had mellowed slightly than what it had smelt like before I put it in the bath. The whole bathroom filled with the lovely citrus smell that was quite calming and relaxing and I soaked in the bath for a good hour with the smell just as strong.
One thing I found with the supernova bath ballistic is that it does make your skin feel quite slimy under the water so I had quickly rinse myself off in the shower after the bath. Also when I drained the bath all the confetti got stuck in the plug hole, and lets face it who wants to start cleaning the plug hole after theyve gotten out of a lovely relaxing bath?
Although I enjoyed this bath ballistic, I was a little put out by the confetti being real. I think it would be a lot better with bath confetti in it so it melted in the bath and you didn't have to clean the plug hole after the bath. £2.86 is also quite expensive if you have one in every bath you have, so it will definitely be a treat to have one in the future. I will probably get this bath ballistic again eventually, but I'm going to try the other ones first and see it theres one I like more.
I bought this a while ago back when i needed bath ballistics quite often to cheer myself up. I used it a couple of days after buying it which is usual for me. I didn't like the pink colour of the ballistic but i am not one to judge on appearances before i have used the product :)
Anyway i filled up my bath as usual then placed the bath ballistic into the hot water. Now the smell didn't fill the room as Lush ballistics normally do, which surprised me. In fact i didn't smell much of anything. Anyway,i got in the bath and mixed the water around a bit, which brought up all the paper confetti and made the bath a pinky colour which was pleasant. Still not much of a smell though.
After draining the water there was lots of paper on the bottom of the bath but as i have used messy bath ballistics before this was not a problem and easily sorted out as the confetti didn't stick to the bottom of the bath. Altogether though, this ballistic was a disapointment and i hope that it was just a bad batch of ballistics that was the problem
I bought this Supernova bath ballistic on one of my visit's to a lush store. It's obvious why I picked it; it stands out with all these coloured bits of shredded paper sticking out. Though they do vary in appearance; I have seen some that look more like the one in the picture, and I have seen some that are just pink and you can only see a few coloured patches of the shredded paper.
This ballistic is full of orange oil which is meant to be refreshing in your bath. It also has cognac oil in it which makes it a sort of cocktail in your bath! When I popped it in the bath I could smell a slight smell of oranges but more of a mild dose of it. It fizzed away frothing madly (because it has a hint of bubble mixture in it), though very quickly, and doing so it was slowly realising lots of bits of coloured paper. It did make the water very soft though the smell didn't linger much longer after the ballistic disappeared.
Now, I though all this confetti coming out sounded great! I love having funny bits in the bath and love trying out new things, though for some reason I imagined it much differently...I guess I forgot it would be very wet and soggy :P You can feel all these bits floating around with you which really isn't a nice feeling if I'm honest!
My first experience with one of these I left the bath draining and came back some 30 minutes later; forgetting about that confetti, which had then stuck leaving colours all over the bath tub! Luckily these were relatively easy to get off with a bit of elbow grease. I tried this again just to give it around go and remembered the confetti before leaving the bathroom, when the water got low I used to shower to sweep it all near the plug and scooped it out.
I have to say this isn't one of my favourite ballistics from Lush and after my second go I won't be giving it another chance! You can buy these from most Lush stores and online at their website, they cost approx £2.79 depending on the weight of the particular ballistic.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cognac Oil (Vitis vinifera), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), *Limonene, *Linalool, Paper Confetti, Colour 45410
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
This ballistic from Lush looks very exciting. It is speckled pink and has lots of bits of paper in it in different colours. At the outset you know it will be weird to soak in a bath with bits of paper but this did not put me off buying it, as it just looks so much fun!
As it dissolved the water went a very pale pink, almost white. I quite liked the colour. The bits floated around me and did stick to my skin, which was slightly annoying but they were not sharp, like the stars in some Lush ballistics and so I just ignored them.
Because it is a round solid bath bomb, this fizzes away quite slowly and you get a few minutes of pleasure watching it spin around in the water. As it fizzes, it lets out an incredible smell. It smells slightly of alcohol - but not in a strong unpleasant way. It really does smell of Bucks Fizz. The strongest smell is the orange component but it is definitely not just orange - there is a sweet alcohol to it as well.
The scent lasted well in the bath but my skin did not smell afterwards. I liked this one but for just under three pound, there are better Lush products available.
I try to work my way through all the lush bath bombs, as even though it seems far from the truth, myself my other half and even my mum go through these bombs most days(just not the same water!) Each bath bomb can easily do 3 baths, so trying to go through all lush bombs doesn't seems too bad as it is used by many people - and many baths! I must admit this is not one of my favourite lush bath bombs, as I am not fan of sitting in my bath with different coloured bits of paper floating around me. The bomb itself doesn't not fizz much under running water either, although the bath water goes really silky and left my skin the same way. A fantastic smell, but it doesn't last long after, I was a tad disappointed with this one from lush, but would recommend if only used on special occasions and if giving to a friend as its a bit of fun.
Another day, another bath, and another Lush bath ballistic to use up before I go back to Uni and don't have the chance to anymore. There were three left in my gift box this morning, and I decided on a pink one with small bits of paper sticking out of it, which I then identified as Supernova from the Lush website. I wasn't expecting much from this ballistic, as I have never particularly enjoyed one in the past, and cleaning up the bits of paper afterwards sounded like too much of a faff, but the promise of a cognac and orangey smell in my bath convinced me to give it a go.
I ran a warm bath, and when it was mainly full I swirled the Supernova ballistic around in the water and watched it dissolve. The bath water turned a nice pink colour as the ballistic melted into it, and it only took a minute or so before it was all gone. The water was a pretty girly pink, which I liked, and not long after I got into the bath, a silky white layer had developed on the surface of the water. I have no idea what this is, as there's nothing in the ingredients that screams 'moisturising' at me, but then I have very little understanding of what specific chemicals actually do. I rubbed quite a lot of this into my legs and stomach to moisturise them, and it was nice and silky. Unfortunately, I'd ran the bath a little bit too full, so water started to slowly seep out of the overflow, taking the silky white layer with it. Oh, well, it was good while it lasted, and as it disappeared it left an attractive pattern on the surface of the water which looked a bit like a pink leopard/tiger skin.
After the white layer had gone, the bright pinkness of the bath was visible again. I did like lying in a pink bath, but it wasn't long before I wondered why this was the only thing that I was paying attention to. Why wasn't I noticing a pleasant cognac-like smell, or enjoying lying in my own tipper tape parade? In short, I couldn't smell anything. I have had a cold recently, so if there was a subtle scent then I could have missed it for that reason, but I've had colds before and still been able to smell the gorgeous scent given off by Lush soaps and their other products. I was disappointed by the lack of scent, and even when I put some of the water in my hand and smelled it I couldn't smell much, and definitely couldn't smell anything orangey or cognacy. The paper was a bit of a let down as well, and there was very little in the bath , and most of it seemed to be lying limp on the bottom of the bath. Not very exciting at all.
I stayed in the bath for about 15 minutes before realising that I wasn't particularly enjoying myself and was more staying in there for the sake of it, and so let the water out. I found out when I stood up that I had actually been sitting on most of the paper streamers, which was a bit annoying, though even if that had all been flowing around the bath it still wouldn't have been anything to write home about. Clearing the paper from the bath was as annoying as I expected, and although it only took about five minutes or so, in those five minutes I was standing cold and wet. I then had a shower so that I could shampoo my hair, and realised that I was actually enjoying a normal shower more than I had enjoyed bathing with the ballistic.
A few minutes into my bath I was actually willing to give this product three or four stars, but since everything went dramatically downhill from there I am only going to give it two. According to the website, this ballistic costs £2.79, which is far too much money for me to spend on an average experience, so I won't be buying any more again. For the same price I could buy a glass of cognac and I'd actually be able to smell that, and I wouldn't have to clear up lots of paper afterwards. I was hoping that this would be one ballistic from Lush that I would enjoy, but I am disappointed yet again, although the beginning of my bath was quite nice.
The Supernova bath ballistic (originally called Champagne Supernova until the Oasis management got a whiff of it), is inspired by the ticker tape parades held in New York where people thrown confetti into the street.
The ballistic is a little different to other Lush ballistics in that this one not only fizzes, but has some of the bubble bar mixture in it as well to create a soft foamy layer on the top of your bath as the ballistic fizzes away! This leaves the water soft, and quite pink!
The ballistic itself is supposed to smell a little like Bucks Fizz! It contains sweet orange oil and cognac oil that produce a very refreshing fragrance that leaves you uplifted. It's certainly a very decadent fragrance and it does smell as though you're bathing in a bath of Bucks Fizz (without the stickiness!)
The worst thing about this ballistic is the confetti! Not only does it stick to you, but the sides of the bath and it gets stuck in the plug hole! The best way to counteract this, and save yourself twenty minutes of bath cleaning after you've relaxed yourself is to pop the ballistic into one of the little bags you get with washing powder. This will collect all of the confetti so you can just throw it in the bin, but you will still get the effect of the ballistic, just without the mess!
I went through a phase last year of trying Lush products and was on a mission to use as many of their items as possible. At point 99% of the products in my bathroom were from Lush! It cost a fortune and my boyfriend thought I was mental but it smelt gorgeous and was great fun to find something new I hadnt tried yet.
Before I moved home I had a bath (now I just have a shower sadly) and used to love trying Lush bath ballistics. One of the more interesting ones is the Supernova, I hear that Lush took their inspiration for this one from the ticker tape parades in New York where people throw handfuls of paper into the street. Thats great but it doesnt really work when you're in the bath!
On chucking this in the bath it turns the water pink and fills the room with a subtle scent of orange due to the orange essential oil it contains. It certainly smells good and feels lovely to bathe in but whats with the paper confetti?! I hated the stuff as it stuck to me when I got out of the bath and also clung to the sides of the bath as I emptied it. I had to spend a good 10 minutes cleaning it afterwards which isnt something I want to be doing too often.
This bath ballistic costs £2,25 which is a lot money for essentially a novelty bath item you can only use once. It's a fun idea but one I wont be trying again. Not that I can as I dont have a bath anymore, just as well really!
Celebrate bathtime with cocktails for one and a ticker tape parade / When they celebrate in New York, people throw handfuls of paper down into the street on to the passing parade / Supernovaãs like that, except in the bath! It has one of our favourite fragrances which crops up every now and again in our celebratory bath and shower products / If it smells like a buckãs fizz with a splash of cognac, thatãs because itãs got refreshing oranges and genuine cognac absolute to make it smell like a posh cocktail / Smatterings of fluorescent bubble mixture give it a frothy topping with splashes of bright pink / Like a ticker tape parade, the paper takes a bit of clearing up afterwards, but itãs definitely fun while it lasts /