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Lush's Twinkle ballistic is part of their Christmas range - I'm still ploughing through my Lush Christmas haul, so apologies that this is a bit unseasonal! I received this as part of a gift box, and as it is not currently for sale I'm afraid I don't have an up to date price for it, but I would guess that it is not one of the more expensive ballistics, as it is a smaller sized one - the same size as a Butterball bath bomb, if you are familiar with the range! For me, there are two reasons that I am compelled to buy from Lush. The first is their incredible, unbeatable, record on sustainable, environmentally friendly, ethically sourced, animal testing-free and packed full of fabulous natural ingredients products. The second is their tendency towards the dramatic and over the top, (let's be honest - 'show off') sort of product. This is the 'Ooohhh!' factor for me, and this, as well as the amazing ingredients, helps me justify the not inconsiderable expense. Some things don't have to have both - 'Big' hair shampoo for example, comes in a black pot and looks like sludge, it feels like sludge, but it is the most amazing shampoo, my hair completely loves it and smells fantastic, so it is worth every penny. Ballistics, however, I believe should have pzazz! They should be a real luxury product, a treat. I'll always defend Lush's pricing on the grounds of the quality of their ingredients, but their products really do have to go the extra mile for someone as impoverished as me to consider purchasing them! I know that some people don't like the 'bits', but for me, they are what makes a bath unmistakably a Lush experience, and without that, you may as well shop elsewhere. So, Twinkle, as you may have already guessed, didn't quite make the grade for me. It is a lovely pale aqua blue colour, admittedly, and it has a teeny sheen of sparkle to it if you look very closely, but you lose this in the bath water - boo. It smells lovely - like cream soda with a hint of soft fruit, yummy. It also has a softening effect on the skin, but no residue of sparkle. I didn't find that the whole house was perfumed though, as is sometimes the case after a Lush bath. Perhaps I expect too much, but £2 - £3 is a lot to pay for one bath, and I want fireworks, damnit! Perhaps, more likely, I'm in a minority for wanting glitter and presents to float out of every ballistic, but I have to report that in future I will overlook this one in favour of a more dramatic bath.
Well it may not be one of the prettiest bath ballistics available from lush or one of the biggest but it certainly delivers on scent. A beautiful combination of vanilla, strawberry and orange combined with added sparkles make using this bath ballistic a must! Perfect to use before a night out on the town or a special occasion, as it leaves a lovely glittery sheen on your skin, that sparkles & twinkles in the light. If you are a fan of the American Cream conditioner that Lush makes then this is one for you as it is the same scent. The only problem is that Twinkle is currently only available as a christmas special from Lush and not available all year round. Well, if that's not a good excuse to stock up on them then I don't know what is!! A must try product for any sweet scent lovers out there.
A Ballistic with the scent of American Cream my idea of heaven. Vanilla and a drop of Jasmine accompany the Clary Sage, Strawberrys and Orange to make this amazing and highly addictive scent. Christmas is a very important time at Lush, it's when I believe they feel able to bring out some of there most dramatic products out. Twinkle doesn't look to dramatic on the outside but give it a sniff and take it home and you will be suprised! When you put it in the bath the little pale blue Ballistic will bob around and fizz uncontrolably releasing beautiful little golden twinkles. This Ballistic is perfect for before a night out, as sharing the same scent is Glitterbug massage bar- Shimmy Shimmy. Applying this afterwards will make you look like a glitter princess. Or then again you could also use it to relax after cooking that stressful christmas dinner!
Twinkle is one of Lush's products that are only available at Christmas. It is a smaller sized ballistic (95g) or in other words bath bomb. You run water in your tub and enter it, then put the ballistic into the water and watch it fizz away. Twinkle is slightly glittery, but not too much (more in a nice subtle way) and has an absolutely gorgeous smell. It smells of the Lush "American Cream" scent, which is used for their hair conditioner and also solid perfume. The vanilla, sage and lavender oil will surely give you a wonderfully relaxing bath. It does not turn your water into a colourful bath as it is only of pale colour, but leaves your skin so soft and smelling so yummy. Last time I used it, I could still smell the ballistic on my skin hours after taking the bath. This ballistic is a must for every "American Cream" fan.
This is a bath ballistic available from Lush only at Christmas. The Christmas products are usually released in October, and sold until they run out after Christmas. It is one of the smaller size ballistic, so it perhaps not as good value as other ballistics from Lush. It has a vanilla/strawberry musky scent, and it the same as the American Cream conditioner and solid perfume, which is available all year around. It is pale green in colour, with lots of glitter. A big advantage of this ballistic is that it does not stain the bath much at all. It is a very fast fizzing ballistic, which dissolves quite quickly, although the scent is very long lasting. This product would be a great gift, especially for teenagers and children, as the scent is quite sweet. I really enjoy this ballistic, and it is great when it comes back at Christmas time.
This review would be a bit on the tardy side considering that Twinkle is only available at Christmas, although you can probably still find a few left over, lonely Twinkles sitting on the shelf! About the bath ballistics Ballistic is basically Lush's word for a bath bomb (because they have to be different). You fling it in the tub (not literally) and it fizzes and dissolves and turns the water glittery and a lovely delicate shade of blue. Ingredients Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavendula hybrida), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Coumarin, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Yellow No. 5, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer). Lush tend to try and steer clear of chemicals, however there are a few worrying colours creeping in to the ingredients list here (odd as Twinkle has a fairly pale colour). Vanilla has a sweet, romantic smell long associated with women's perfumes. Vanilla has long been known for its calming properties. Clary sage, on the other hand, has quite a sharp, warming smell which is much more masculine. It is traditionally used as a stress reliever and aphrodisiac in aromatherapy. Of course, everybody knows the floral scent of lavender and its use for relaxation. So all in all, Twinkle should be a bath ballistic that will put you to sleep...or possibly make you horny! A twinkly ball of Lushy goodness Unlike most of Lush's bath ballistics which are a whopping 200g and usually £2.50 plus (which is expensive for one bath, and really far too much ballistic for a single bath), the Twinkle ballistic is a petite 95g...much more suitable for a single bath, and the same size as the Butterball for those Lush addicts reading. Its a pretty pale blue colour, nice but not particularly Christmassy, with a subtly glittery sheen to it. Its not the first thing that would catch your eye given Lush's rather loud Christmas displays, but picking it up and giving it a sniff will quickly tell you why its so well-loved! Looks aside, the Twinkle ballistic smells like heaven. The scent is modelled on "American Cream", one of Lush's conditioners, and it smells absolutely heavenly. Apparently the main components of the perfume are strawberry, vanilla and orange but vanilla is by far the strongest scent...Twinkle has a classic sweet and slightly fruity but never overpowering smell. It also smells slightly "fizzy" like sour sweets (no idea if this is just psychological or not). The "American Cream" smell is one of the finest fragrances Lush has ever come up with, in my humble opinion...just sweet and fruity enough without being overpowering, and not floral at all (I'm not a fan of floral smell). Now for the fun bit....run a hot bath and chuck Twinkle in and watch it fizz into nothing. The great thing about a Lush bath (or bad thing, depending on your opinion) is that the bathroom reeks of it for hours afterwards. None of this getting in and not being able to detect the fragrance, your bath will positively reek of Lush when you get in (in a nice way of course). The twinkly glittery bits float around in the bath making you feel Christmassy, which is nice, but this isnt one of the ballistics that I think does your skin much good. Some of the Lush ballistics make you feel gorgeously smooth after leaving the tub, but this one does nothing for the skin, apart from leaving it with a film of glitter. Nice if you want a sweet-smelling bath, but if you want soft skin too I'd recommend the Butterball. One of the other problems with Lush is that they are pretty bad for staining the bathtub...although the colour of Twinkle wont leave marks, the glitter will likely stick to the tub and annoy the pants off the next person who gets in (especially if they are male...most of them seem to take offence to being covered in glitter!). Having said this Twinkle has a more subtle glitter than some of the more downright tacky (sorry Lush) bath bombs which just explode gold, silver and pink glitter when they dissolve. In my view this is just the right amount of glitter for a product to have...not so much that you look like a Christmas tree! At £1.90 for a 95g ballistic, Twinkle is one of the cheaper options for the Lush addict, if you're feeling the pinch most of the bath ballistics can be broken up by dropping them on the floor (still in the bag) or taking a hammer to them (at the risk of you looking like a looney to the other people in your household). The smell is absolutely gorgeous and the subtle glitteriness of the water is nice too (until you have to wash the tub), but given that the ball does nothing for the skin, you'd be as well plonking a blob of American Cream conditioner in the tub instead. If on the other hand your feeling particularly flush, combining one of these with a Butterball results in a bath that smells devine and leaves you with silky smooth skin! Result! Twinkle is one of the Christmas Lush products that is definitely worth buying...it doesnt attract the attention like the glittery explosions of Ruby Red Slippers, but its divinely sweet vanilla fragrance more than makes up for it. If you happen to visit a Lush in the next few weeks and they have any left over, make sure you bag one!
Christmas gets earlier every year that is for sure, the adverts start on the television months in advance, the supermarkets gets their decorations and advent calendars out and people generally start feeling a little stressed at the thought of being trampled on when shopping for gifts. The only real reason to be happy is because Lush bring out their Christmas catalogue of gifts and my favourite ones are only available once a year so I have to ensure I am there early to beat the rush and get stocked up (the Lush shop is very small). My favourite Lush products have to be Bath Ballistics and I am yet to be convinced it should be any other product in the Lush range, even though I do use rather a lot of them. The reason I like Bath Ballistics is because I like spending an hour or so in a steaming hot bath with divine smelling aromas combined with a good book and if I have been a really good girl a nice glass of Rose. What could be a better way to relax and unwind? For those of you out there who hate Lush or have never tried their products, you really do not know what you are missing. A Bath Ballistic is usually tennis ball shaped bath bombs it is just that Lush have chosen the phrase 'Bath Ballistic' as a definition. Bath Ballistics are made up of bicarbonate of Soda which gives them the 'fizzing effect' when they are placed in water and they are packed full of essential oils, which give off the wonderful aromas that I am so fond of. The best seasonal Lush Ballistic is Puddy Holly and without fail I buy it every year, however this year I wanted a change and I opted for 'Twinkle' which at £1.90 for a 95g ball is a bargain. Twinkle is a shimmering Bath Ballistic which stands out very clearly within any Lush shop and it is an ice blue colour, so nothing fancy like being shaped like a Christmas Pudding, its only optional extras is sparkling glitter which twinkles under the lights and I bought it because I loved the smell as soon as picked one up. Whenever I go into a Lush shop I won't buy something I don't like the smell of and it may surprise some people to know that I don't like every Lush product I have tried. Watch this space for a non recommendation from me! When it comes to using your Bath Ballistic Lush do suggest, or the shop assistant will tell you that you simply place your Bath Ballistic into a bath a of running water and once the tap is running at a nice warm temperature, or in my case very warm because I like hot steamy baths where you would do the monkey "ooohh ahhh" impression when dipping your toe in. Then you simply watch it fizz away on its own, spinning round in the water fizzing slowly away and melting into nothing whilst turning your water into an ice blue colour, which I have to admit is not the most exciting colour ever but the smell it produced more than made up for it as did the glitter which now sparkled under the lights. Once the Ballistic has fizzed away into the water I was ready to get into my ice blue coloured sparkly bubble filled bath to relax. The aroma given off by this Ballistic is instant as it begins to fizz away in the water and my bathroom was filled with a wonderful aroma. Again after my lovely luxurious bath, my skin was left feeling totally moisturised, it was a lot softer than it would have been after using any high street brand bath creams which I often buy if I see something I like the sound of on a BOGOF offer. I also have extremely sensitive skin and often find that I am limited in which products I can use, for example I am allergic to The Body Shop shower creams and gels, but with Lush I haven't had any problems whatsoever, so that means I can now become a Lush addict and try everything. You will find that your skin looks sparkly after use too because some of the glitter will have attached itself to your skin but it does wash off very easily. So what contributes to such a wonderful smell? For starters we have Lavender Oil which is ultimately the main smell and it is Lavender brings about a calming effect which may aid in relaxation and the reduction of anxiety. This is then followed by Clary Sage which is ideal for creating the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing massage or bath and then we have Vanilla Absolute which thankfully does not mask the smell of Lavender because I am not a big fan of vanilla smelling products, it is too sweet smelling for me and there is of course Iridescent Glitter which is the white sparkly glitter you find on Christmas Decorations and such like. As always with Lush there is a whole list of further ingredients, which can be found on the Lush Website. One of the main benefits of these Bath ballistics is that you don't have to use it all at once, unless you are like me and shove the whole thing into your bath. You could also snap this product into two pieces for double pleasure Thankfully once the bathwater is emptied there is no horrid looking scum stuff left behind like you get with some products which I am thankful for because there is nothing worse than getting out of your bath feeling relaxed to find there is a brown coloured mark left behind which you hurriedly have to scrub off before someone sees it. After you have emptied the bathwater out the only thing left behind are some remnants of the sparkly glitter which are easily washed away. So would I recommend this product? I absolutely would without a shadow of a doubt. For those people who enjoy baths as much as I do to relax, I don't think there is an alternative, having now used a Lush Ballistic and a Lush Bubble Bar Slice I don't think using normal bath creams would be as inviting. Also as someone with super sensitive skin I would also suggest their products, but I would advise you to go onto their website and check the ingredients used, they are listed under each product so it is easy to find out. **Extra Information** If anyone wants to investigate Lush further to see what ingredients are used for this or any other products then you simply go to www.lush.co.uk which will give you the UK version of their website. Lush products are not tested on animals, in fact they are vehemently against products being tested on animals and to test their own products they do tests on humans to ensure they are safe for general sale to the public and they will not buy ingredients from companies who use testing on animals as one of their protocols. UK Lush Mail Order Tel: 01202 668545 Lush Head Office Tel: 01202 667830