Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Lush The Enchanter Bath Ballistic
Member Name: Jojoborne
Lush The Enchanter Bath Ballistic
Advantages: A great fun way to enjoy a bath with lovely aromas.
Disadvantages: None for me but some may find it expensive for one bath.
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.
Summary: A lovely fresh smelling bath treat