“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt „
Around Halloween last year, Lush started stocking some limited edition items, including bath ballistics, shower jellies and soaps. One of these Limited edition items was the Enchanter bath ballistic. It was actually shown to me by a Lush assistant. I was a Lush 'newbie' at the time this was released, and the guy in the shop recommended it to me as it had been a very popular item and he said it was one of his particular favourites.
This bath bomb is massive, it is about the size of a cricket ball, and it bright orange with yellow swirls. It is actually ideal for halloween, as it reminds me of a pumpkin in some ways from the colour and shape of it. I guess you could cut it in chunks or split it in half if you wanted to make it last, however I used it all at the one time.
When you smell this bath bomb, it smells of lemon and lime, it is a gorgeous, happy, citrusy smell. I normally find with citrus smells they 'wake you up' more than relax you, however this, coupled with a hot bath, made for such a relaxing experience.
Dropping it in the bath, it is amazing and the colour changes as different layers dissolve. It turns your bath water orange, yellow and then pink, and the colours swirl and marble together. It's a beautiful effect and very pleasing on the eye. It does not make the bath overly bubbly, but the water and small amount of foam is gorgeously creamy. Even when the bath bomb has fully dissolved, the water stays a bright orange colour and the steam coming up from the hot water still carries the lovely scent.
I always stock up on these bath bombs, as they first come in stock at the end of september, and then go out of stock around Christmas time. It is absolutely gutting because I love them so much and I wish Lush would make them a permanent product. I literally can't wait until next month when hopefully lush restock it.
The price is steep, it is one of Lush's most expensive bath bombs at £3.20, but again, you can always split it up into chunks. I think it is worth it however and have no problems splashing out on a couple of these as a treat.
The shop assistants always ask me what is my favourite product and I always insist the Enchanter!
I just wish they would make it permanent.
Highly recommended and FIVE STARS from me!
Lush - The Enchanter bath Ballistic
Now I'm not a great bath ballistic fan on the whole despite my true addiction to Lush. In my humble opinion these are a fun product and apart from giving off a little scent they soften the water and give a fun fizz as they dissolve but that is about the extent of it. However once the staff in there get going and show me some of their products I do get tempted and I gave in and bought this on one visit as I thought it smelled lovely and sweetly orangey.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"To cast a magical spell of colour and fragrance over your bathroom, simply drop The Enchanter in the tub. This layered ballistic changes colour as it fizzes, swirling in haze of orange and pink and releasing its sunny lime and neroli fragrance.
Lime and neroli essential oils are brilliant mood lifters, making you feel bright, cheerful and ready for anything. Frankincense adds its own complexity to the perfume, and helps the zingy citrus scent linger on your skin long after you've left the bathroom"
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
This is another of the rather plain bath bombs that are round and about the size of a tennis ball. It costs £3.20 which I thought was quite a lot for a bath bomb so I was hoping it was going to be a nice as everyone had said. I did pop it into my knicker drawer for a week or so that I got a bit of a drawer freshener benefit from it before using it in my bath. It did have a lovely fresh uplifting smell which comes from the combination of lime , neroli and frankincense.
DOES IT SMELL GOOD?
Yes I loved this one with a creamy sweet orange scent and the frankincense adds that exotic aroma that I love.
The scent is the same as they put in the Skullduggery ballistic from last Halloween, or Calavera the year before. Apparently it was so popular that they decided to bring this bath bomb out for general time not just Halloween.
INTO THE BATH:
As this costs £3.20 for this ballistic I think to just get one bath from it is VERY expensive so being a cheap skate I break mine into at least two and in this case I was going to get three as it was over £3. They are actually quite hard to break and I have to put them in a plastic bag and them either bang them with a rolling pin or drop them hard onto the ceramic tiled floor. I don't think I am alone as I see on Ebay people selling crushed up ones in bulk deals.
I got about a third of this ballistic as it was average size, I think they must be shrinking or my eyes are deceiving me and dropped it into the bath away from the running tap I find allows it to fizz slowly and release the scents best. This is was beautiful clear pretty orangey colour that then changed to pink and bits of yellow so a very pretty colour changing bath water.
The smell is lovely a very warm and sweet orange like aroma which is both fresh and exotic and quite strong even with only a third of my ballistic in there. I found this a lovely relaxing bath which made the water not only lovely to look at and smelling gorgeous but it was really soft and creamy feeling too.
As I get in I do enjoy the feeling of softness in the water and lie back to enjoy the comfortable and soothing scents of the sweet orange and frankincense As this is really only scented water I do use soap as well but lie and enjoy the bath for a few minutes before I get around to the washing and cleaning business of the bath.
AFTER THE BATH:
Once again as with all these sort of products I make sure that I rinse the bath out after I have used it as sometimes there are bits of product residue in the bath if I forget. This one I found left nothing in the way of residue in the bath so it needed very little cleaning and in fact all I had to do was swill out the bath with hot water after it had emptied so this was not a problem in this case.
WHAT DO I THINK THEN?
This was a lovely uplifting sweet orange scent with the exotic addition of frankincense and I enjoyed it in my bedtime bath. The scent stayed for a quite a while on my skin and my skin didn't feel nasty and tight at all. I chose a Karma lotion to put on after the bath to compliment the smell of the ballistic.
I noticed that when I went down stairs and then came back up that the scent was filling not only the bathroom but also our bedroom too which I did like. I do like it when this happens and the scent gets all through that side of the house as a kind of air fresheners too.
ARE THERE ANY UNPLEASANT INGREDIENTS?
Surely not, this is Lush after all but you might be surprised to find that Lush, although I am one of their biggest fans is not perfect. This one does have a few questionable ingredients which is a shame so if you are concerned I suggest you check for yourself.
This is a grown up bit of fun to have a nicely scented bath. If you have any skin problems then you should check out the ingredients. I do have sensitive skin and some patches of eczema and I had no problems so obviously these aren't the ingredients I am allergic too.
I quite liked this but not sure I would rush to buy it again as it is expensive for what you get and I actually prefer bubble bars to bath ballistics. These are great if you are happy with scented water softening baths rather than a bath of bubbles and if you don't mind cleaning your bath after you have got out as well.
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Lush Lime and Neroli Bath Bomb - The Enchanter
Ok, so I've been to Lush again and then some. My girlfriend and I purchased about ten new bath bombs and soaps and refilled out little soap basket in the bathroom, which now smells dreamy again.
One of my favourite shops that doesn't sell DVD's, books or video games is Lush and we have a nice branch of the shop in The Hague. I went in at Christmas this year to peruse the special offers and I admit I could stand in the shop all day and just breathe slowly in and out. I just love the smells. I usually end up buying something, so I decided I would make another visit sometime soon in the New Year, which I did this weekend.
After removing the plastic wrapper from the circular ball of delight, which is yellow in colour with two orange circular layers, I ran a nice hot bath. The wrapper was easy to remove and as with most Lush products was not irritating or annoying to get off. I once purchased a cheap bath bomb from a high street store, who I won't name, and the ball was basically a broken up mess of bits by the time I had got the poor wrapping off. The ball itself feels smooth and yet a little grainy at the same time and is quite a good size. The texture is rather chalky and seeing as I have a habit of sniffing the bomb every few seconds, I was sneezing quite a lot. Some of the Lush bath bombs have the word 'BOMB' moulded into the surface, so I wouldn't recommend carrying it on the bus or train while looking particularly agitated. In fact there was a law-suit taken out against Lush because when they first started making these balls they used to wrap them in a black wrapper with an imitation fuse on it. It didn't go down to well with airport security and a few people took Lush to court over their harassment while travelling with the balls. This Enchanter bath bomb did not have the word 'Bomb' etched into it.
Once my bath was full and full to the brim as I like it, I dropped in the bath ball, which immediately began to fizz and swirl and turn the water a lovely orange and yellow colour. After about a minute I was hit by the most incredible fruity, lime and citrus smell that was an absolute delight for my nostrils. I cannot tell you just how nice this smells; you just have to give it a go. In the past I have sat in the bath first and then placed the bath bomb in and my does it tickle! Steady ladies! I prefer to sit in the bath before adding the ball but in this instance I decided to pop it in and watch it go to work. To my surprise the orange colour seemed to sink into the water and an amazing pink took over and mixed with the yellow and the bits of orange that stayed on the surface.
Lowering myself into the bath I almost fell asleep and had to reprimand myself over the dangers of being sensually overtaken by the gorgeous aroma. Joking aside, the smell really is very dreamy and I can't imagine anyone not liking it, unless they were allergic to lime or neroli of course. The deep colour of the bath water really does add to the affect and I lay there for much longer than usual just taking in the aroma. As I lay there I could feel the oily texture of the water clinging to my skin and pushing away the bubbles revealed a lovely deep orange that had a very Mediterranean feel to it. This made the bath seem even warmer and with the bad weather we're having here in Holland, just like England, it was nice to lie and take in that warmth. It really is like having the sun set in your bath.
At the business end of my bath my skin felt really soft and smooth. As with all Lush bath bombs and soaps you always get that velvet cushion kind of feel to your skin.
The bath bomb totally disintegrates and you get no lumps or bits of bomb floating around in the bath or irritating you on the bottom of the bath. There is no residue on emptying the bath either, so you don't have a bigger job than you usually have when cleaning up afterwards, which is another benefit of the bomb. The smell lingers on and on after your bath and I walked into the bathroom maybe three hours later and was hit by a lovely citrus smell. It is simply gorgeous and I loved it. Even when it did eventually fade I had the aromas of the new soap bags in their basket to breathe in. I didn't find any staining to my skin or the bath afterwards; although our bath is cream and not white, so maybe a white bath would be different?
The Enchanter bath bomb costs four euros in Holland, which I believe is two fifty to three fifty in England depending on the rate at the time. That would seem a little expensive to some people but for me the whole experience is well worth four pounds.
All Lush products are naturally made and you can watch staff members making them in our shop in The Hague. The ingredients are tempered in a safe environment beforehand. They are not tested on animals, which is a real advantage for my girlfriend and I being big animal lovers. None of the ingredients are artificial or contain any banned substances. They are a long standing company that used to go by the name of 'Cosmetics to Go'. All I can say is well done to the person who thought up 'Lush' as it perfectly describes the shop; not to mention the fact that 'Cosmetics to Go' is an awful name.
So what exactly are you placing in your bath? Well the bomb contains sodium bicarbonate and a counter ingredient of citric acid. The citric acid acts as a catalyst to the sodium bicarbonate, which creates the fizz that we see when the bomb is placed in the water. It's not magic and the two chemicals just create carbon dioxide which reacts to the water. There is also bergamot oil and frankincense, which complement the perfume to give off that lovely smell and to revitalise your skin. The lime and Neroli are added as a fragrance booster and to freshen up the experience.
Three natural colours are also added to turn your water that lovely Orange/yellow/pink colour and essential oils leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The whole hotchpotch of oils is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated and I must say it does do just that.
The lime oil comes from the citrus aurantifolia tree, with its shrub-like appearance, pale green oval leaves, spiky branches and clusters of white flowers. It is found in Asia in the tropical forests and it is now widely grown in other tropical and subtropical areas of the world, especially in Brazil, Mexico and the West Indies.
Neroli oil is a plant oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree it has a sweet scent akin to honey. It is also used in many countries around the world to make childbirth more comfortable as it has relaxing and soothing properties.
All in all I would highly recommend the Lush Enchanter bath bomb and I give it five out of five stars as far as bath bombs are concerned. A real treat.
The enchanter is one of my random picks from the Lush store before Christmas and I've only just got around to using this. The enchanter is the 2012 released to celebrate the Mexican festival day of the dead, a time to celebrate those who have passed away, usually a colourful happy time of the year, this is clearly reflected when looking at the enchanter, with orange and yellow colours this is very cheerful and brightening to look at. I find that this ballistic is one of the most attractive ones that I have sampled in the past few months.
At 100g this costs £3.20 which is the normal price for a ballistic. I use these ballistics as luxury baths so I don't mind splashing out every few weeks because they are well worth the money in my eyes. This ballistic is really large in size and fills the palm of my hand which made the money seem more worth it. The enchanter had a citric lime scent which I love as fruit scents are my favorite for bath products.
When I put this in my bath it began to fizz a lot and unevenly so the outta casing began to peel away to reveal a bright pink center. This was really nice and unexpected, a new swirl of pink was streaming from the ballistic into the water, when mixed with the now orange colour of the water the over all colour was a deep orange colour with a bit of brown in it. Which was a bit weird but nice anyway.
I was disappointed in this ballistic overall because the lime aroma just seem to disappear once it was in the bath, the scent was only there in its solid form which meant that it didn't stay on my skin because it was none existent! Another let down was the dredded stain! This has scum like pieces on the side of the bath while I was in it and these were undissolved parts of the ballistic so I wiped it down as I was getting out of the bath and to my dismay there was an orange stain around the top of my bath which was stubborn to clean off, annoying!
The Enchanter is a bath bomb available from Lush that came out only recently. It is priced at £3.20 and you use the whole thing in one bath so it can be pricey considering you only get one use out of it, but it makes for a lovely treat now and again.
The main thing I love about Lush bath bombs is their strong scents, and there is the added bonus of how pretty they make your bath look, or at least most of them do! I like very bubbly baths and as the bath bombs do not create bubbles I tend not to use them often, only now and again. I have often ran a bath and put some bubbles in, then as I get in I pop the bath bomb in, and so I have the best of both worlds for a while. However, the bath bomb seems to make the bubbles disappear quite quickly and so they don't last very long. Therefore I only recommend using a cheapish bubble bath if you plan on doing this, so that you are not wasting any good stuff!
The main scent in the Enchanter bath bomb is lime. It is very strong and noticeable which i love as I am fan of citrus scents. Frankincense is also added and this apparently helps the zingy citrus scent of lime linger on your skin after you have got out the bath.
When I popped this bath bomb in my bath, it started to fizz around quite quickly. It made my bath appear very pretty as it made the water turn orange and pink. There was a lovely mixture of the two colours in the bath amongst the bubbles for a while and it smelt gorgeous. After some time it eventually made the bubbles disappear and the water was just a very bold orange colour.
I think the oils in the bath bomb made my skin feel very soft, but I don't really notice this until I get out of the bath. Some bath bombs I have used from Lush in the past can make the water feel greasy whilst your in it which some people may not like, but the Enchanter does not do this, but you will realise when you get out of the bath that the oils have worked. Lush are correct in stating that the added frankincense also makes the scent linger on your skin after, as it does.
The only bad thing about this bath bomb is that you have to scrub your bath afterwards as it leaves orange marks behind. If you scrub it straight away though then it comes straight off and so I am not too bothered about this, and you do have to do this after using a lot of the bath bombs.
Overall this is a good bath bomb. The scent is gorgeous and stays around, even after you have gotten out of the bath. The oils in the bomb make your skin feel soft and not the slightest bit greasy. Finally it makes the bath appear very pretty and young girls would love this. The only bad thing is the price as £3.20 is quite a lot when you only get one use of it, and so I would say this is nice just for a treat now and again.
A few years ago, Lush moved away from tradition when deciding on their Halloween products and made the decision to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead instead. Therefore, their seasonal products were bright and cheerful, if slightly macabre, with references to skulls and death. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead is a time to remember loved ones who have passed away, but in a celebratory, cheerful sort of way: for example, families might go to the graveyard and picnic there!
The products were all scented with the 'Calacas' scent: an uplifting lime and neroli aroma that I loved. To this day it remains one of my favourite Lush scents. As well as a shower jelly and a soap, the scent was also present in a different bath product each year:
Calavera (2010) - this colourful bath bomb contained streamers; a party in the tub!
Skullduggery (2011) - this skull-shaped ballistic looked very pretty, but once dissolved, it looked rather plain in the bath as it was white.
Enchanter: This is the 2012 version of the ballistic. Colourful, but without the annoying streamers, it promised to be the best one yet. Would it live up to expectations?
The Enchanter, with its yellow and orange vaguely stripy surface, was very attractive and although it cost £3.20 seemed worth it, as it was one of the larger ballistics. The lime and neroli scent was gorgeous and just as I remembered it. The ballistic is suitable for vegans, and contains sodium bicarbonate (a safe ingredient that can also be found in food) to help it fizz.
As I usually do when using ballistics, I ran the bath first, planning to drop the ballistic into the water after I'd got in so that I could watch it dissolve. However, I added a little bubble bath (a little of a Superdrug brand) to the water first. You see, I'd discovered from the Lush forum that the Enchanter can stain baths (and skin!) and that bubble bath could help prevent this. I only used a very small amount and there were almost no bubbles by the time I got into the bath.
I dropped the Enchanter into my bath and was very impressed. It dissolved like one of the 'new-style' ballistics; it melted away unevenly, revealing a pink middle and leaving a pink trail in the bath water. When almost dissolved, it resembled an apple core (albeit with a pink interior!). Eventually, the harder yellow shell dissolved too, and I was left with a bright pink bath.
The smell was absolutely amazing. I can't remember the last time I had a bath that smelled so good. The scent was fairly strong and lasted ages: I thoroughly enjoyed my bath.
After use, I got out and dried myself; the product hadn't irritated my skin at all. In fact, my skin felt really soft, and I hardly had to use any moisturiser. The scent, too, remained present on my skin - I was sniffing myself all evening!
And the staining? Well, there was a little pink staining around the edge of the bath, but nothing massively noticeable. My skin, too, was slightly stained - only at the top where my skin was touching the top of the water level - luckily it wasn't anywhere that would be on public view, and this vanished within a couple of days. I didn't experience any adverse reaction, so I didn't mind this too much, although I was glad I'd added that little bit of bubble bath - I suspect the results might have been much worse!
This ballistic smells wonderful and provides a wonderful bathing experience, worth the £3.20 price if only as an occasional treat. It would be a five star product, if it wasn't for the staining. Luckily, I'd read the Lush forums and was forewarned but I imagine my skin and the bath would have been in a much worse state if I hadn't! Overall, a great product - just use with caution!