Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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My Secret Rendezvous
Member Name: littlepenguin
Advantages: Looks great!
Disadvantages: Looks can be deceiving!
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.
Summary: Not what I had hoped