“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt/Foam „
As usual, my favourite store, Lush, brought out a couple of egg-citing (sorry!) goodies for Easter. This year one of the items was the Immaculate Eggception - a packaging-free gift.
This product is a bath ballistic - or, to be more precise, three ballistics. Bath ballistics should be dropped into the bath where they will fizz away, releasing colour, scent and essential oils into the water. They don't produce bubbles, but an advantage of this is that they consequently do not contain sodium laureth sulfate (a foaming agent) which can irritate skin. The Immaculate Eggception is a large egg, in either pink or yellow, which makes a rattling sound when you shake it. Once you crack it open, you can find a mini chick or bunny ballistic hiding inside. The two halves of the egg and mini chick or bunny provide three baths altogether, although you can throw the whole thing in at once if you so choose. The product is priced at £7, which although expensive, is around the price you would pay if you were to purchase three individual ballistics.
I bought my ballistic in store and it was smaller than I expected, but still larger than an individual ballistic. I actually preferred the design of the yellow egg, but I didn't fancy yellow bath water, so went for the pink which had a blue design decorating it. I shook it and could hear the mini ballistic rattling around inside.
The ballistic was whole when I picked it up, and I did ask the shop assistant how it was possible to break it in two neatly. She said that they had been designed to do this, and as proof gave it a gentle tap on the counter after putting it in the bag. Sure enough, when I got home I saw that the egg had cracked into two near-perfect halves, revealing the ballistic inside. This was a sweet little yellow chick (the yellow egg has a mini bunny) with a jelly diamond nose.
I thought the egg smelled really delicious. It contains grapefruit and lemon oils as well as vanilla absolute. Apparently this is a brand new fragrance and is supposed to smell like chocolate, though I thought it strongly resembled the scent of Lush's new perfume 25:43 - the scent was citrusy with a warmer undertone, unusual and lovely and light. Grapefruit and lemon oils are refreshing and brightening, while vanilla is warming, sweet and comforting. The product contains sodium bicarbonate (also used in food, so it is safe) which helps it to fizz. It is suitable for vegans.
I decided to use the ballistic in three different baths as suggested. I started with the shell, dropping half of it into a run bath. It dissolved fairly quickly, turning the water a lovely shade of pink. The water in the bath felt soft, but the smell was much fainter, unfortunately.
I enjoyed my bath, and when I got out my skin felt soft and wasn't irritated at all. Also, luckily, the area round the bath wasn't stained and I didn't have to clean it. However, the scent didn't really last on my skin at all, which was a bit of a shame.
I took the mini chick home with me to use it in the bath there. Again, I dropped it into a run bath, but in this case the water didn't change colour - not surprising as the ballistic was small and yellow in colour. I didn't mind this too much though as the bath at home is green which affects any colour anyway! I really couldn't smell this one, which is unsurprising given how small it was.
I thought this ballistic was a great idea, very unusual and a fun alternative to a chocolate Easter egg. However what let it down for me was the lack of scent in the bath, particularly as the smell was so lovely. I'd rather buy three individual ballistics with stronger smells, and use those!