I bought a Twilight bath bomb from Lush not long after this variety was first released. Initially I was drawn to it's lovely pink colour at my local branch and as soon as I smelt it, I knew I would love it. It's one of the larger bath bombs that Lush sell and because of this it will fizz in your bath for quite a long time. When I first dropped the bomb into the water, it began to give off it's pink colour straight away but after a while a lovely blue began to seep out as well. Watching both colours swirl and blend to form a deep, dusky purple was very relaxing and really set the tone for this bath bomb as a whole. With a complex, lingering scent of lavender, malt, ylang ylang and vanilla, Twilight is a great bomb to use in a bath before you go to sleep, or if you are feeling generally stressed. The bath bomb also contains some silver lustre/glitter, giving the impression that your bathtub has transformed into a twilight sky littered with stars. After spending absolutely ages in the bath (my skin was well and truly pruned) I reluctantly got out and let the water drain. The majority of the lustre went down the drain straight away and the little bit left around the edge of the bath washed away easily. I didn't find any obvious pieces of lustre stuck to my skin, which was a relief because as much as I love glitter, I don't really want to be left actually sparkling after a bath! I noticed that my skin felt really soft and that thankfully, a light layer of the scent had been left behind on my skin. At 3.25 GBP per bomb, Twilight is quite an expensive single-use purchase, as I am not someone who will cut a bath bomb in half to use twice (I prefer one really strongly scented bath). This is the only downside to the product for me, as I would happily pop one in just about every bath I have, were the price not so high!
Lush Twilight Bath Ballistic
I haven't reviewed a Lush product since last autumn but as many of you know I do love Lush. Many of the ladies on Ciao have been kind enough to leave me some very nice comments in the past saying that it is nice to see a man reviewing a Lush product. I think more men should try Lush products as they are fantastic and all natural. I could spend hours just smelling their stuff.
One of my favourite products is the bath ball or ballistic and this review concentrates on another one of those.
The Twilight ballistic smells wonderful and looks pretty much the same as your usual bath ball. It is a light pink in colour and has a few stars stamped into the mould; hence the name twilight I suppose.
The ball smells absolutely wonderful and again I could spend hours just sniffing it and be quite happy doing so. We have a box in our bathroom with about ten to fifteen Lush products in at any given time. My girlfriend initially used this one and the pictures I will be using are from her experience. I then used one myself and the thoughts are my own.
At 200 grams the Twilight ballistic is one of the bigger ballistics and this is apparent when you see how tight the standard Lush packet is on it. You can smell the lovely aroma right through the packet and when you rip it open it is even stronger.
Lush promote this ball as smelling like a night-time malty drink and as a lover of Horlicks, Ovaltine and also cold malt extract drinks I must say it doesn't really conjure up that impression for me. The strongest smell that comes through is another one of my favourite smells, which is lavender. It also contains ylang ylang, which comes through. There is a slight hint of malt, which I'm not sure, is supposed to be malt or caramel, as the ingredients say it contains both. The ball also contains Tonka oils, which always conjures up visions of the old classic metal toys but I never seem to smell any old delivery trucks or tanks; of course I jest and in all honesty I am not sure what Tonka oils smell like.
Placing the ball into the bath it begins to fizz and bubble as you would expect due to the bicarbonate of soda and the citric acid. The colour is a lovely vivid pink which begins to turn into a deep purple and then a blue due to the inner side of the ball being blue in colour as opposed to the initial pink.
There is also a small but steady burst of glitter for added effect. This really didn't do anything for me and just settles in the bath after you drain it. It is not however that difficult to clean up and although some of it ends up on your skin it is not a big problem.
The ball fizzes to an end after about five minutes and the smell is lovely. The whole bathroom is filled with a lovely lavender smell. It makes for a very relaxing bath.
The feel on your skin is one of smoothness and softness and you really feel like you are getting a nice nourishing clean as well as a lovely smelly experience. My skin felt lovely and cleansed afterwards and the smell stayed on my skin for two or three hours. It is a great feeling to sniff your arms and still smell lavender as you lie in bed.
Cleaning the bath afterwards was not a problem and the residue washes away quite easily. You do have to make sure you clean the bath properly as you will find bits of glitter here and there if you don't but, again, it is easy to clean away.
I would definitely recommend this as one of the better bath balls that Lush have made and would definitely use it again myself.
Lavender is one of my favourite smells and if you are looking for a relaxing bath then this is a real treat.
We have a fan in our bathroom and it negates condensation but I will say that if you have a bathroom that gets very hot then you should watch where you store this bath ball. As with a lot of the bigger sized balls and ones that contain numerous ingredients, this Twilight ball is liable to become soft when exposed to heat or condensation, which may cause it to become misshapen or even crumble.
I purchased this bath ball ballistic from the Dutch Lush store in The Hague where I live but I also order from the UK and purchased from the Birmingham Lush at Christmas when I visited the UK this year. I added this in case anyone wondered about the Dutch writing on the ball's packet in the pictures.
I love this product and it really does smell dreamy. Just the smell of the room that it is in before you even use it is enhanced. I never have to use an air freshener in my bathroom. My girlfriend likes to sit and read a book in there because of the Lush products making smell so nice and the Twilight ball is among them.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Benzoin Resinoid , Linalool, Perfume, , Iridescent Glitter (lustre silver), Colour 42090, Colour 17200. Colour 14700, Colour 45410
As with all Lush products the ingredients used are natural ingredients and no artificial additives or preservatives are used in any way, shape or form.
Lush website Summary
The Twilight bath ballistic is promoted on the Lush website as a lavender and Tonka oil bath ball.
The website describes it in the following way;
'' As Twilight dissolves, it turns from the colour of the setting sun and gets darker, turning your water a shimmering deep purple to call to mind the night sky. The fragrance has been designed to induce drowsiness: lavender is a soothing, mind-clearing fragrance, used in aromatherapy to treat insomnia and aid restful sleep, while benzoin and Tonka call to mind a milky caramel malt drink.''
This bath ballistic cost me three euros.
I give the Twilight bath ball ballistic four out of five stars.
Lush is a store which is stocked full of all kinds of weird and wonderful things which are made from natural ingredients. On my most recent visit to the shops, I browsed the bath bombs and left the shop with the Butterball and Twilight. This is a review of the Twilight bath bomb.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed to make you bath even more relaxing and enjoyable. It is infused with Lavender Oil to help you to drift off into a peaceful sleep and some glitter particles and rainbow colours to distract and calm the mind. It comes beautifully fragranced with Lanvender, Tonka Beans and Caramel to relax the senses and the mind.
How do you use the product?
You need to warm a nice hot bath and then drop the bath bomb into the water. You can swirl the water to help the bomb to dissolve and then you simply climb in and relax.
Appearance and Price
The product has a pink/purple outer layer which is scattered with stars and moons. It is able the size of a small tangerine and circular in shape. It will cost you around £3 per bomb and it can be bought from your local Lush store and also from its online website.
The product is strongly scented before it is dropped into the water. It is quite herbal and relaxing which comes from the Lavender but it also has a creamy sweetness. It is a nice aroma and it makes this product perfect for use before bedtime. As soon as the bath bomb touches the water, it begins to froth, bubble and dissolve. As it does so the pink layer begins to make way to a hidden blue layer underneath. As this blue layer disappears, it reveals some floating glitter particles which are great for a glitteraholic like me.
The product does turn the water a purple dark shade but it's definitely not as dark as promised. It is more tinted than anything else. Upon the water, the pink and blue froth floats on the water along side the glitter and it is certainly rather pretty. The glitter makes this product more for the ladies. When you climb into the bath, you can't really feel the product in the water on your skin. The glitter particles look beautiful, especially if you have a bath by candle light and they sparkle prettily as they float around.
The aroma of the bath is very relaxing and although it is a lot more subtle than the aroma of the dry bath bomb, it is still evident enough. It leaves you feeling quite sleepy and peaceful, and ready for bed. Despite all the colour and glitter, it is still gentle on my skin and it hasn't caused me to develop any irritations on my skin. The price of this product means it is more for special treats than an everyday product unless you're made of money!
All in all, this is another lovely product by Lush. It serves no main purpose other than to make you bath even more enjoyable and relaxing. It appeals to the inner child in you with bright colours, moons, stars and glitter. The aroma is relaxing and gets you in the right frame of mind for sleep. The product is a little pricey which means this is a treat rather than a daily thing but I really liked it and I would be more than happy to find one in my Christmas stocking.
A few months ago I had a lot of stress with college and was looking for a bath bomb to help relax me at night before I went to bed. This had a lot of good reviews on the Lush website and the guy from the shop had a lot of praise about it too.
This is a huge bath bomb, about the size of a cricket ball, and it has little moons and stars moulded in the top of it. It is pinky purple in colour and smells of lavender which is the key ingredient in it. Lavender is well known for being very relaxing so i had high hopes for this bath bomb.
I ran the bath and dropped the bath bomb in. The pink later dissolved away and turned the water slightly pink, then a blue layer underneath fizzed away and the water was then pink with swirls of blue, then when the bath bomb had finished dissolving at last the water was a greyish blue.
The lavender scent had drifted away and I couldn't really smell anything at all. The water was creamy and felt moisturising like it does with all lush bath bombs ive tried and there was minimal foam and bubbles.
This bath bomb is one of Lush's more expensive offerings at £3.20.
To be honest, I wouldn't buy this again. For the price it didn't do enough for me, it didn't relax me as much as the comforter or the enchanter bath bomb and that'a mainly why I bought it, as it claimed it would. The smell didn't last in the bath either and the colour of the water wasn't very nice but it was creamy and non-irritating. It didn't leave any annoying bits of paper or pieces of seaweed in the water either which is always a plus as I hate cleaning out the tub afterwards when bits of bath bomb get stuck on it.
A very nice looking bath ballistic, but it seems to break quite easily. I was persuaded to purchase this despite seeing how cracked the ones shown on YouTube were. The reason why it breaks open more than others is that within this first pink layer, there is another blue coloured layer. I liked the moon and stars pattern covering the ball and thought it was a really nice idea to have a bath ballistic like this. Unfortunately, despite this I didn't enjoy it very much since when the colours mixed together it became a rather grey, muddy and unattractive colour-it begins nice enough with pink and blue swirls however, but when the colour settled in it looked a bit like I was having a bath in dirty water! I didn't feel that this product had superior qualities to the other bath ballistics either. I don't regret buying it - the product smelt nice (lavender), and the idea was quite novel. I didn't really notice that much glitter like it advertised, but I actually preferred it that way. With the priced at £3.15/200g, at time of writing, it makes this bath product one of the most expensive bath bombs available at Lush even if the price difference isn't all that great. Based on this I would prefer to try out other products instead than repurchase with my money - I have to admit I was hooked in by the other reviews I saw! :)
A large ball of pink, with stars and moons on it. The perfect thing to send you off to sleep. At a first glance it's very pretty with a strong lavender smell. Its quite large, costing £2.99 for 200g, and i tend to break it into two pieces to save it.
When you drop it into your bath, it fizzes a little, producing a pink coloured foam. As the pink outer shell dissolves enough, the blue core produces a purpley blue coloured foam that mingles in with the pink to produce a lovely colour. The smell is a lot more enhanced, a strong lavender that makes you feel SO relaxed and sleepy. Theres also a under note of ovaltine, which sounds strange but is actually really nice. I was initially very confused why i could smell ovaltine, but i found out the product has malt in it, which gives the ovaltine smell.
As a final surprise, the bath bomb releases glitter particles which make the bath look very pretty . A lovely relaxing treat when you need a night off.
I used this 'Twilight' bath bomb from Lush a couple of weeks ago after receiving it in my big Lush gift set that I got for my Birthday. It is probably not one I would have chosen to buy separately due to its lavender scent, not that I don't like lavender, but there are just other bath bombs that I would have thought I'd like more, as there are so many to choose from! I like candy, fruity or citrus scented ones usually.
Due to this being lavender scented then I would recommend using this in your bath on a night before going to bed, and not on a morning or during the day. This bath bomb contains lavender oil which helps you get to sleep, and so if you are struggling to sleep, then you might want to try this. There also also notes of caramel and malt included too.
The bath bomb itself is pink on the outside and has stars and moons on top to go with its name 'twilight'. It is also very big inside, definitely one of the biggest bath bombs that Lush sell. It is actually 200g, costing £2.99.
When I was in my bath I popped this bath bomb in and straight away it started to fizz around the water. It turned my bath water a lovely pink colour, but that didn't last too long as the centre of the bath bomb is blue which then turned the bath water a lovely deep purple colour. I didn't know this bath bomb contained glitter either until it had almost all fizzed away when I noticed a layer of silver glitter in my bath. It wasn't too much though so it wasn't messy, but it certainly made the bath appear even prettier.
The lavender scent was very strong, but not too sickly, I loved it! I was very surprised as I don't usually opt for lavender scented things and so I am glad I received this in my gift set otherwise I never might have tried it!
The scent lingered on my skin for quite some time after my bath. I have used several Lush bath bombs in the past and whilst they all do a good job of keeping your skin smelling nice after using it, I think this Twilight one has done the best so far. It could be due to its size and therefore containing more oils than other smaller bath bombs do. Therefore I recommend this bath bomb even if like me, you usually aren't fussed about lavender, as it could make you change your mind, it really does smell gorgeous! As there was some glitter in this bath bomb I did have a bit stuck to me still when I got out the bath. I liked it though as it wasn't too much and it didn't leave my bath messy afterwards.
For £2.99 I think this is reasonable as it works so well, especially due to its size. I will definitely be treating myself and buying this one again. It is available in Lush stores and also online from the Lush website.
From time to time I will use a Lush Bath Ball Ballistic, and today I treated myself to the Lush Twilight Bath Ballistic which I bought from the Lush shop in Cheltenham for £2.99. Like all Lush products, this was quite expensive and it is certainly not something I would use every day, but when I'm feeling like I'm in need for a little bit of pampering, it really can do the trick and today I felt like I needed that pampering!! Although I know that some people use the whole ball in one bath, I tend to at least break it into halves so that it lasts longer - as I find that if you put the whole ball in it can make the bath water a little soupy.
The Lush Twilight Bath Ballistic is a pink bath bomb that looks like a traditional bath bomb and has stars and crescent moons etched onto the outside of the ball - hence the name "Twilight". It is a girlie looking bath bomb and so I don't think there is any males that would appreciate this as a treat!
Using the ball is easy and simply involves dropping the ball, or part of the ball, into the bath as it is running. The ball fizzes a little, which I love to watch, and then it disintergrates and turns the water a pink colour and then finally a purple colour which is very deep and looks very inviting. The fragrance of the ball once it has been melted is pretty strong, but not overpowering. The overwhelming smell is that of lavender and so it immediately made me feel that this bath was going to be relaxing....which is just perfect for a Sunday afternoon!
Lying in the bath once the ball has melted is lovely. The aroma is indeed very relaxing and also I just feel that the water is really soft and this contributes to my skin feeling very silky and smooth. There are not any annoying bits in the bath ball like there can be with some of them - and so this is a positive for me. When I get out of the bath, the aroma stays on my skin for about six hours, although this smell is subtle and not overpowering. My skin feels really soft and silky and also well hydrated - and so I just feel well pampered (especially as I had a face mask also and a glass of wine in the bath.....ahhhhhh......I love Sundays!).
Overall, I do like this product and just wish it was slightly cheaper so I could us it more often.
The only ever bath ballistic I've bought from Lush... I'm not really a bath type person, I prefer showers... But I did enjoy using this!
Where can I buy it from? Lush stores on on the Lush website
Going with the whole eco-friendly ethos of Lush, these bath ballistics (or as they are now called, bath bombs) do not have any packaging at all. Instead, you pick one up and put it into the paper bags provided. Lush say that you can reuse these bags - I disagree. They stick the labels on to the bags, and then whenever I've opened the bag, the paper has ended up ripping, so I can't use the bag again. But it's only paper, so you can just recycle it!
How do I use it?
Fill the bath tub with water, once the bath tub is full, drop in the bath bomb and watch it fizz away in your bath... And enjoy your relaxing bath!
What is the product like?
The actual bath bomb is a beauty to look at, it's a purple ball, with stars and moons on it. It just looks so pretty, you can't help but be attracted to it. Oh, it's also quite big - considerably larger than some of the other Lush bath bombs! When you drop it into the water, the purple part fizzes away, into the inside which is blue, it creates a gorgeous night sky type colour in your bath, in spirals and it's just so pretty! It's beautiful for a cold winter night, I think. I love the scent too - It's lavender-y! So it's so relaxing and perfect before bed!
Does it work?
I'm not quite sure what is in this bath bomb that does this, but my skin feels so soft after soaking in the bath with this bath bomb. It makes the water silky (if that even makes sense) and it really is relaxing. I've never used any other bath bombs so can't really say what they should work like - But it was definitely an enjoyable bath!
Would I repurchase?
I don't really take baths, like I said at the start of the review. I get bored :S But I enjoyed this bath bomb. It was fun watching the colour change at the bath bomb danced around the bath water. It was a peaceful bath and left me feeling clean and relaxed, and ready for a good night's sleep! I wouldn't buy this regularly, but it definitely makes a good treat!
Lush Twilight Bath Bomb/Ballistic
I love lush products, especially their bath bombs, I have had this bath bomb sitting in my 'lush draw' for a couple of weeks now and I have finally tested it out. This bath bomb is not related to the twilight film series as far as I am aware.
- Lush description and ingredients
"To round off the night-embracing effects of this experience, the fragrance is based around the comforting smell of a malty night-time drink. With lavender and tonka oils at the heart, there are also notes of caramel and malt to enhance a sense of comfort and reassurance." Lush uk site
"Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Iridescent Glitter"
- About the product and appearance
This bath bomb is purple in colour, well a pinky purple colour. The bath bomb has moons and stars on the top and it is quite a large bath bomb - one of the largest bath bombs lush makes I think. This bath bomb weighs in at 200g which is quite large and it does only just fit into the yellow bag that they come in. Overall, the bath bomb looks really nice and I think it would make a nice little present or stocking filler.
- Scent out of the bath
The scent of this bath bomb as described by Lush is of: Lavender, Caramel, Malt, Tonka oils and Ylang ylang oils. I can definitely smell the lavender in this bath bomb, it is the most prominent scent that I can smell but I also get some of the malt and the ylang ylang. One scent that I definitely can not smell is the caramel, it does not smell anything like caramel in my opinion. Overall, I love the scent, it smells like a very relaxing and calming scent. It smells overall quite sweet, floral, feminine and powdery. Out of the bath, in its plastic food bag I have it in, the scent is quite strong so hopefully it will be strongly scented when it is in the bath too!
-Using the bath bomb and results
I used this bath bomb yesterday and I really like it, when I put it in the bath water the first colour to emerge from the bath bomb was a deep fuschia colour - a bright pink. Then I noticed that the water was changing from the original fuschia colour to a deeper purple colour - this is because the pink colour is only the first section to the bath bomb, it is like the bath bomb has been coated in a pink layer then inside there is a more solid bright blue bath bomb. The change from the pink to purple due to the blue inner section of the bath bomb is quite quick, after about a minute the water was a deep pink colour then after another minute or so the water was a deep violet colour, which is quite pretty.
The scent of the bath bomb out of the bath was quite strong and it was a very nice scent and when the bath bomb is in the water that same scent is released, it is a powdery, floral scent. The scent makes me feel quite relaxed and calm. The scent is noticeable in the bath but in my opinion it is not as potent as the scent was out of the water unfortunately.
While the bath bomb was fizzling away, which only took a few minutes, there were some glitter pieces coming out of the bath bomb and having a closer look at the bath bomb out of the water (while it was fizzling) I could see quite a lot of silvery/pink glitter pieces. The size of the glitter is bigger than in the golden wonder bath bomb but there is no where near the quantity of glitter in this bath bomb - which I think is a good thing as with the golden wonder bath bomb the glitter stayed on my skin for a day after using it. But overall, the iridescent glitter does look very pretty especially as the silvery glitter contrasts with the deep violet shade of the water - the effect looks very pretty and quite magical too, like the golden wonder bath bomb.
The effect on my skin was very nice, the scent of the bath bomb did strongly transfer to my skin, which is great as I find that not all of the bath bombs do this. The bath bomb also made my skin feel incredibly smooth, very soft, moisturised and scented. The glitter from the bath bomb did transfer to my skin also but as the glitter was bigger it rubbed off my skin easily, leaving only a few random specks of glitter on my skin. The scent of the bath bomb on my skin only lasted for a maximum of four hours which is a bit disappointing as the scent is lovely but the smoothing, moisturising and softening effects of the bath bomb lasted for the day after using this product which is great. There was no irritation after using this bath bomb.
- Additional information
After I used this bath bomb and when the water had drained away there was glitter in my bath (again) and it did look pretty but thankfully it did wash away easily afterwards.
Also with this bath bomb I found that it reacted with the air and moisture more than the others that I have in my 'lush draw'. The outside of this bath bomb was a bit soft and squishy when I used it so I would recommend that you keep this bath bomb securely wrapped up or in a container with a tight lid as the bath bomb could react like mine did and go quite soft.
I bought this bath bomb a few weeks ago from a lush store and it is priced at £2.99 which I think is a reasonable price especially as it is a 200g bath ballistic. This product is part of the permanent range from lush and it can be bought in store or online (link below).
*Looks cute and it is a large 200g bath bomb
*It smells gorgeous - it smells of lavender
*The scent is quite strong out of the bath and in the bath
*The scent transfered to my skin but it was only noticeable for about four hours
*The bath bomb made my skin feel very smooth, soft and moisturised
*The changing of the shade of the water and the glitter is pretty
*The scent only lasted for a maximum of four hours on my skin
*There is some glitter to clean up after using the bath bomb
Thank you for reading my review x
Now. Lush 'Twilight' I'm sure a lot of younger people bought this because of the title and I would like to say this was not named after the books or films 'Twilight' I for one did not jump on that band wagon and bought this as a simple recommendation and would just like to point out to a few people there's more to this bombs than just the name.
Lush only use the best ingredients in their products and strive to use natural or synthetic ingredients only making them the best quality for our skin hair and body, the only buy them from suppliers who do not test on animals which is a big issue in today's society, they are a big promoter or recycling and try and encourage you to do the same by putting offers on returning certain pots that could be dangerous to the environment, to those who do collect and return get a free item or money off their next certain purchase, They send through the post only in cardboard, paper and popcorn, these are all biodegradable products.
'Twilight' is a simple round ball shape and it approximately the size of your fist, this is the standard 200g weight for the majority of bath ballistics. The 'Twilight' is a little bit more special however as it has the night sky carved out on one side of the ballistic, which includes stars and moons, The ballistic colour is a light purple colour, a little darker than Lilac, this is to represent all the sunset colours, on a clear day when the sun is hot and there's hardly any clouds, when the sun sets in makes pinks purples yellows and oranges across the sky, this is why 'Twilight' is such a pretty purple colour.
To enjoy the 'Twilight' ballistic, why not try setting a seen to go with this. Run a soothing hot bath in the evening as the sun's almost set, get a few candles lit around the bath room itself and maybe even poor yourself a glass of wine as this is by far the most relaxing ballistic yet, so drop the 'twilight' into the bath water when it's ready and watch it fizz around the water excitedly inviting you into it's ballistic goodness.
The full scent of 'Twilight' is gorgeous even in solid form, it made me even more excited in solid form as I could smell its floral-ness and couldn't wait to get in with it. This also has glitter into the ballistic, which I'm not fond of at all and as it fizz's you can see it all coming out, after my bath I was thinking 'oh this will be joyous to get off' but it wasn't like any usual glitter that sticks to you, it actually all came off my body and I was left with shimmering skin which I was amazed at. This is bar far one of the most relaxing bath ballistics I've ever tried, almost fell asleep with this one, so afterwards I went and climbed straight into bed and had one of the best sleeps I've ever had.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer)
As a complete and utter stress head I love to escape to the bathroom, plop in a bath bomb or some bubble bath, sit back, close my eyes and forget everything for a while. I will admit that I am becoming a lush addict. Their products are just so well suited to me as a person as they are very environmentally friendly and are very inventive with their products.
The twilight bath ballistic has had a lot of thought put into it to really make you feel special. plop it into the bath as you turn the taps and watch it turn the bathwater pink. The smell of lavender rises from the bath which really settles your mind. As the pink breaks down, blue squirts through turning the bath a dark shade of purpley blue and also releases glitter and bubbles.
When you get out of the bath you'll feel so relaxed that you'll go straight to sleep when you reach bed! Its like the perfect nightcap!
I love Lush's bubble bars and their bath items are my favourite treats. The bath bombs are good fun as well and I buy these from time to time as the fancy takes me. This is one of the new style bath bombs released for Summer 2010, and I've only just dug this one out of my bath goodies gift bag to use it. You can buy the this product from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £2.99 for a 200g bath ballistic.
Product description: "That moment when the sun starts setting into the night sky, painting it with vibrant hues of orange and purple before being peppered with sparkling stars, is a wonder that we pause to admire with those we love. Recreate twilight in your bath water with clouds of lavender, ylang ylang and ovaltine to soothe body and mind. If you're stressed out, hugely overwhelmed or just plain exhausted, Twilight is the gentle, reassuring hug that leaves you feeling like everything's going to be okay. It's our most relaxing Bath Bomb yet, transforming you from one of the Sullens into a member of the living."
This bath bomb has the standard spherical shape of most Lush bath ballistics. It is a dusky purple colour, with small raised star shapes over the top to fit in with the Twilight name. Twilight has a lovely clean scent that I found very relaxing, and it is made up of a blend of natural plant extracts and essential oils.
To use, you simply put the Twilight ballistic into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. The bath bomb fizzes away but because my one was a bit old (it had been sat in my cupboard for nearly a year!) it was a little past it's best. This is to be expected with Lush products as they don't use any preservatives and the fresher the product the better results you will get. That'll teach me not to leave the bath ballistics too long before using again! This style of bath ballistic is slightly different than the others as it has the foaming effect. The central core of the bath ballistic comes away from the outer shell and the two pieces are made up of different colours so that as they dissolve you get a twirly colourful mixture. Mine just went a bit grey which was disappointing but I put it down to being left unused for so long, or maybe that's just how it goes as the purple outer layer is a bit dull when dissolved in the water.
The reason I love using bath bombs and bubble bath is to make my bathing experience a bit more fun and to give my skin a bit of an extra treat. Straight away as I stepped into the bath I could feel the effect that this bath ballistic was having on my skin. It seemed to be made up of a large amount of oils, and my skin instantly felt coated in the product. I usually like this as it gives a nice boost of moisture to the skin and leaves it in great condition, however this one was a bit too much for me and even after I had got out of the bath my skin was left feeling sticky and greasy which was not pleasant. The oils did not lessen even as I was washing with other products and although I was cleaning my skin it did not feel clean and fresh like I would expect normally.
The scent is mostly lavender with some other essential oils. I felt really relaxed when I was bathing so I think it did have a nice soothing aromatherapy effect on me. The scent did not really linger on my skin but something else did...
As well as providing a frothy effect and colouring the water, this bath ballistic had another surprise in store for me - glitter! As the ballistic was dissolving away, it released wave upon wave of sparkly glittery bits and this looked fab swirled into the bath water, and is mesmerising to watch. It certainly helped the bath to look prettier as the colour had faded and gone murky. I noticed that when I was washing the glitter was sticking onto my skin. When I have used Lush's other glittery bath products before I have found that the glitter washes away and will not be left behind on my skin. This was not the case with Twilight! After I stepped out of the bath and was dressing I noticed that there was glitter everywhere! It was stuck all over my skin and also in my hair even though I had rinsed it through with clean water from the shower. Luckily I was in the process of getting ready to go out for the night so it actually looked quite cool and worked in my favour, but if I'd have used this on a normal day I would have been very annoyed to be left covered in glitter. I don't know if Lush have used a different type of glitter, or if it stuck to my skin because of the large amount of oils from the bath ballistic, but it's something to bear in mind and if I ever bought one of these ballistics again I would definitely choose to use it for certain occasions only.
I'm half and half about Twilight. Firstly I hate all the hype surrounding the Twilight franchise and I feel this was a nasty attempt on Lush's part to cash in on a craze. Other downsides are the excessive oily feel and sticky glitter. However, on the plus side it was fun to use and it smelled great leaving me feeling calm and relaxed. Not sure if I'd buy another one anytime soon, but I'd say give it a try as long as you're ready to get glittered!
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Iridescent Glitter
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
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Lush twilight 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 knowing my passion for all things Lush I do tend to get given gifts of Lush items and as these look good and are a bit if fun they are often popped into my birthday or Christmas or mother's day pressies.
This one was part of my Christmas present trawl and for a month or so sat in my jumper drawer sharing its lovely smell with my clothes. I keep all my lush stuff in my clothes drawers as i get the extra benefit of drawer freshening before I actually use the product. It does make for a challenge sometimes as i forget which drawer I have put something and have to root around hunting through all my clothes to find it. Sometimes though this can be a bonus as I find an exciting soap or bubble bar or the like that I had forgotten and it is like receiving it a second time as a present or finding a pound coin in a coat or jacket you haven't worn for a while!
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Often the bath ballistics come in different fun shapes but this is pretty well a round tennis ball sized ballistic with star shapes around the sides sticking out a little but still part of the product and the same colour. The colour is a soft pinkish mauvey sort of shade, a gentle purple I would say. So it isn't one of the more exciting looking ones really. There is a slight glittery effect to the outside too to add to the 'magic'.
It has been inspired by the 'Twilight' series of books and films and was one of the ballistic that came out inspired by films and books, others were 'Dragon's Egg' and 'Fizzbanger' which are inspired by 'Harry Potter' and Roald Dahl books I believe.
DOES IT SMELL GOOD?
It smells sweet to me and that is the overwhelming scent. It is supposed to be scented with ylang ylang and lavender but it is very subtle. Looking at the ingredients I see it has both benzoin and tonka bean both of which are very creamy and sweet so that is what I must be smelling.
INTO THE BATH:
As this costs £2.99 I think to just get one bath from it is VERY expensive so being a cheap skate I break mine into three if I can. They are actually quite hard to break and I have to put them in a plastic bag and them either band 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 get about a third of a ballistic and drop it into the bath away from the running tap i find allows it to fizz slowly and release the scents best. This is was purple on the outside by a greenish colour within which meant that the different pieces fizzed into different colours. The bath water then became a greenish rather than a purple colour and the smell given off was still just a creamy sweetness and the lavender was not at all evident in my view. It smelled very nice but I couldn't pick lavender at all which was a bit disappointing as I like lavender and find it most soothing as a scent.
It is nice watching the ballistic fizz its way around the bath and the water changing colour while you breathe in the lovely sweet almost candy sweet smell.
As I get in I do enjoy the feeling of softness in the water and lie back to enjoy the warm candy smelling lushness. As this is really only a scented water softener 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.
Other people have commented on the glitter sticking to them and in the bath so i must have got one with very little glitter as I didn't notice this at all.
Once again as with all these sort of products I make sure that I rinse the bath out after I have used it as it does tend to leave a colour residue and a soapy feeling in the bath if I forget.
WHAT DO I THINK THEN?
The scent doesn't stay for long on my skin I don't think but I did notice that then 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. When I have used it in our main bathroom the scent gets carried all through that side of the house so they are wonderful air fresheners too.
My skin didn't feel especially dry nor did it feel like it was particularly moisturised either. I still put my usual body lotion on but I do that anyway so it was not really a problem.
ARE ANY INGREDIENTS BENEFICIAL?
LAVENDER : is relaxing and known for relieving nervous tension, relieving pain, it can also be a natural disinfect ant for scalp and skin, it enhances blood circulation and can be used to help treat respiratory problems.
BENZOIN : is used by aromatherapists for its sweet balsamic, vanilla-like aroma that is considered soothing and comforting.
TONKA ABSOLUTE: gives a heady vanilla basenote and is only there for its scent as I couldn't find any other benefits apart from its creamy sweet scent.
YLANG YLANG: Ylang Ylang is a calming, soothing essential oil that helps alleviate stress
ARE THERE ANY UNPLEASANT INGREDIENTS?
Surly 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.
These are less desirable sodium laureth sulfate is there to make the bubbles. This has been linked to cancer so if this bothers you then I suggest you have a look at this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfate
The Cocamide DEA is a viscosity, thickening and foam booster but once again there have been stories about links with cancer. The storage and handling precautions are also a little worrying. See http://www.useful-chemicals.com/?p=39 . Furthermore Cocamide Dea should not be used in products with nitrosating agents or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives as then nitrosamines can be formed which are carcinogenic.
Lauryl betaine is a high foaming surfactant and seems to be a better one as it is biodegradable and apparently has a modest conditioning action.
This is a bit of fun to have a nicely scented bath. If you have any skin problems then be aware that there are ingredients in this that could aggravate eczema and the like. I do have sensitive skin 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.
So I would recommend if you like sweet smells and a greeny, purply coloured bath.
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This. Ballistic. Is. Amazing!
When I saw that LUSH had released 4 new ballistics, this was the one I mostly liked the look of: it was a beautiful shade of pinky lilac and had all these stars moulded out of it too. I purchased 3 because I absolutely adored the smell - something which I have learnt not to do from previous mistakes, but I couldn't stop myself! I loved this ballistic too much!
AS LUSH says in their product description: Recreate twilight in your bath water with clouds of lavender, ylang ylang and ovaltine to soothe body and mind. I can definitely say that it soothed both my body and my mind. The fragrance is so indescribably gorgeous, very sort of powdery and gentle. When you see that a product smells of lavender, you're quick to think that it will be an overpowering, sickly smell reminding you of your great nan. But this wonderful ballistic is different - it smells so lovely! Plus, the fragrance is not too strong and not too faint, meaning that when you plop it into the bath, not only do the aromas rise in the steam of the waters, but even lingers on your body when you get out too! A bonus, which I love.
I decided to use this thoroughly relaxing ballistic after a stressful day, before I went to bed. And I had the most amazing, deepest sleep I had had in ages! Also, the display this ballistic put on, was quite remarkable actually. At first, the pink layer on the outside started to slowly fizz away, into a luxurious, creamy foam. When the pink had all dissolved, a blue core was revealed and began fizzing and bubbling away madly, turning the waters deep purple colour. The water was so silky smooth, delicate and soft, which is how my skin felt after too. I laid back to relax and something was glinting in the water out of the corner of my eyes: sparkly glitter, all swirling around in the bath! Don't fear, there wasn't bucket loads of clumpy glitter, it was subtly done to look like fairy dust! I found that when I got out, most of the glitter had either washed away or wiped away in the towel, but there was a slight sheen to my skin too, where some of the glitter had been left behind.
This ballistic allowed me to relax in the bath, close my eyes and just be calm. All negative thoughts were wiped away in an instance and I began to sink deeper and deeper into a trance...
...This has to be the best ballistic I have tried yet and a truly magnificently, magical experience in the bath ever.