“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I've read so many great reviews when it comes to Lush products; however I was a Lush virgin until this. I had to take my nephew to get some new trainers for school. We went into every shop possible! And four hours of walking around he found the ones he wanted. I spotted a Lush store and well I deserved a treat after that!
Lush - Vanilla Fountain Bath Ballistic:
'This was inspired by a visit two Lush designers made to Heston Blumenthal's restaurant, The Fat Duck. One of their favourite things was a vanilla dish that had to be sucked through a vanilla pod; like the childhood Sherbet Fountains we all remember. So, this is our hats-off to Heston, who loves real ingredients as much as we do'.
Trying to pick the one I wanted I must admit was a task within its self, in their store there was so many to choose from. The assistant in the Merry Hill store was lovely and polite I told her the scents I like and she recommended the Vanilla Fountain.
All you need to do with a bath bomb is place it in the water as you start to run the water. Soon as I popped mine into my bath an explosion of fragrance hit me straight away. It was rather nice and sweet, it was like a hint of lemon then followed up by vanilla. The scent calmed down a lot once the bath was full. This bomb changes the colour of the bath water to a yellow colour, and when the tub was empty it didn't stain the bath at all.
I was rather looking forward to getting into the bath as I've never tried this one before and I love trying new products! As I stepped in I was expecting the water to be soft but sadly the water felt no different from a normal bath, which was a let down for me. Another thing I felt a little let down by was it didn't create any bubbles what so ever and I love bubbles!
While soaking in the bath it was nice and easy to relax within the gorgeous sweet aroma, I lay there for a good while until I felt the water cool. Stepping out of the bath I did notice my skin felt softer which for me is a plus point. As I was drying off I could still smell the yummy sweet scent but it kind of went into a vanilla musk scent.
I don't know if I picked the right product from Lush if I'm honest as I was hoping for much more instead of an average bath. Now I do feel a little put off from purchasing anything from them now as I know I can get better results cheaper and elsewhere.
Price and Availability:
For one of these bath bombs it costs £3.25 which yes is a little pricey for one bath; however it is a nice treat now and then. As after all we all deserve some pampering at times.
Personally for me, Lush hasn't lived up to its reputation here for me. £3.25 for one bath I would expect a little more as I can get a better results from cheaper products. The scent was lovely and did linger for a good while, but though my skin felt soft it was did have patches on dryness which is something I really do hate.
Two out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sandalwood Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Coumarin, Gardenia Extract, Colour 45350, Vanilla Pod
bath ballistics are my favourite things to buy when I go into the Lush store just because having a Lush bath is something of a treat so when I was browsing the ballistics I was excited when I saw this one. Costing just £2.75 how could I resist buying this. This is currently still for sale in store are Lush and online at www.Lush.co.uk. I try and go into the shop in Lincoln rather than buy online because their postage is just under £4 making it more expensive sometimes than the actual product I am buying. Lush say this smells of "Comforting vanilla with a touch of restful sandalwood and a note of burnt caramel"
Vanilla fountain is one of Lush's less exciting shapes but have spruced it up by stick a stick in the top? With the stick in the top this does make it more noticeable when browsing the wall of balls simply because I didn't know what it was. It seems pointless to me however. In it's solid form the vanilla fountain to me smells of a mix between vanilla and toffee rather than smelling any hints of caramel. The smell is quite strong but pleasant nonetheless. The bag that this came in smells of the same thing too and we are recommended by Lush to keep our packaging as underwear draw fresheners and draw fresheners just because the smell is long lasting, shame that it isn't long lasting in the bath.
When putting this in the bath I had to take the vanilla pod out because I thought it would be weird having a stick float around my bath. This took approximately a minute to dissolve which is a nice amount of time because I don't want to stood ages waiting for it to go so I can get in the bath. Vanilla fountain turned my bath water yellow, I figured as much since the ballistic is a chalky yellow itself. Although at my new job we do melted butter and it's in a big pot and this is what my bath water reminded me of because the colour is extremely similar, this was a little off putting once I had got that Idea into my head because then it was like I was sat in a bath of melted butter but without any of the greasy-ness.
Once in my bath of butter the fudge-y smell had completely disappeared but the smell of vanilla with still in the water and rising up with the steam, although not nearly as strong as it's solid state. The bath water felt slightly oily, saying that there is Jasmine oil in this which is said to help confidence boost (no idea how) and to improve scar damaged skin and skin elasticity. After closing my eyes and having a relax for half an hour, upon opening my eyes alarm bells stared going off in my head when the vanilla fountain decided to reform but around the bath sides, perfect. After having a relaxing bath I had to get out and scrub the bath also. Because I couldn't be bothered with this I left it until morning which was a big mistake. In the morning it had dried into a thick grungy mass around the bath, delightful! Cleaning this off wasn't easier either. I had to bleach and scrub this off the bath.
With exception of having to scrub the bath clean after this, this was a relaxing bath and a nice turn around after using the tragic "tisty tosty" the week before. Although the vanilla fountain provided no use to be other than a special bath, this neither moisturised or dried my skin out, the only thing it did do besides provide a relaxing bath was stain my bath! I wouldn't say no to buying another one of these ballistics if I was stuck for a new one to buy but didn't want to go away empty handed although I would consider this one of my last options if I had to buy this again.
Lush is a company who offer fresh, handmade beauty goodies. Their extensive range of products includes various scented shower jellies, body creams, bath bombs and perfumes just to name a few. Lush are against animal testing and try to do their bit for the environment by reducing packaging to a minimum and offering incentives for recycling certain packaging with them.
First let me briefly explain what a bath ballistic is. In reality it is a bath bomb with the ballistic addition being exclusive to Lush. There are currently over 30 ballistics available in various scents. Each bath ballistic is made up of sodium bicarbonate and citric acid alongside natural scents and oils. The ballistic should be dropped into hot water and should fizz away turning the water coloured and scented. it will not provide bubbles (use a bubble bar for this purpose).
Vanilla Fountain is one of the smaller ballistics weighing in at 110g. The scent of Vanilla Fountain is said to be inspired by desserts at Heston Blumental's restaurant and was created by Simon Constantine. The scent can also be found in variations within other Lush products such as Vanilla in the Mist soap and Heavanilli massage bar. Vanilla Fountain ultimately holds a strong vanilla scent and is laced with sandalwood and a touch of burnt caramel for good measure.
Vanilla Fountain can be recognised instore thanks to its creamy yellow colour. The ballistic is plainly shaped a little like a magicians hat and has a brown stick poking out the top. It is worth noting this ballistic is vegan friendly. You could get more than one use from this specific ballistic though it may get a little messy!
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Sandalwood Oil (Fusanus spicatus), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Hydroxycitronellal, *Coumarin, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 45350, Vanilla Pod (Vanilla planifolia)
This 110g ballistic is available in Lush stores or online through www.lush.co.uk. It is priced at £3.05 making it one of the most expensive ballistics.
I am quite fond of Lush products and despite the expensive nature of them, consider them to be of a high quality and ideal as a treat. I usually opt for a bubble bar for the bath (if buying myself) though on a recent trip to Lush, my sister treated me to this Vanilla Fountain bath ballistic which came simply wrapped in a yellow paper bag. My sister is well aware of my love for anything vanilla scented and she was convinced I would enjoying bathing in this.
I was surprised at how large this ballistic was. It wasn't overly heavy but was bulky. It looked lovely and of course had a powdery texture due to the fizzing ingredients. This ballistic graced my wardrobe with its presence for a few days and smelled absolutely amazing. I was desperate to try it out despite not being overly impressed with previous ballistics. The most impressive aspect of this ballistic was the scent. Vanilla Fountain offers an almost identical scent to that of Vanillary perfume. I own the solid perfume in this scent so was enticed by the subtler scent from Vanilla Fountain. The vanilla scent was so rich, creamy and the undertone of burnt caramel was mouthwatering and added depth to the scent.
*~*Bathing In Heaven? Errr No..*~*
I used this yesterday afternoon whilst my son was at nursery. To be honest, I haven't been very well this week and whilst I normally prefer a shower, I decided a relaxing bath was called for. Out came the ballistic and the taps were turned on. I could have split the ballistic but decided I wanted to have the ultimate vanilla experience. Once my bath was half full, I dropped it in. Some ballistics shoot around the bath leaving colourful trails. Vanilla Fountain doesn't move much and prefers to sit in one place fizzing away. As the ballistic fizzed, it began to colour my water with a vibrant yellow which once the bath was full, changed to a light, subtle shade of yellow. My bath looked very summery and relaxing.
The ballistic took around a minute to full dissolve and didn't need any help from my hand. Of course there were no bubbles present which does limit the relaxing aspect of my bath a little but I can handle it! As the ballistic fizzed in the water, I was sure I could detect a citrus, fresh scent to it but as I stepped in to the water, it disappeared. The scent of vanilla wasn't as strong as I could have hoped. Considering I had used a full ballistic, I would have expected a room hopping scent.
I lit one of my Yankee Candles with vanilla in it to add to the mood a little and stepped in to my hot bath with a magazine. The water felt ok. It wasn't as soft as I like but I suppose with there being no shea butter or cocoa butter in the ingredients, this was to be expected. The only relaxing aspect of the bath was the heat from the water. Having lay there for 15mins, the water started to feel weird and the yellow colour had changed to a lime tinge which looked weird. To be honest, I would have got the same results from filling my bath with hot water and adding some food colouring.
The gorgeous vanilla scent didn't linger and was only slightly detectable in the water. I got a bit fed up and couldn't relax. I started to resemble a prune so washed the relevant bits and pieces and stepped out. As soon as my skin was dry, it felt uncomfortably and the ballistic had dried it out. The scent hadn't transferred to my skin either and I had to slap on some body butter to get rid of the dry texture and soften my skin.
Once I had ran the water away, there was a lot of powdery residue around my bath and at the bottom. Having to scrub my bath shortly after bathing isn't my idea of a relaxing experience so I wasn't best pleased.
Over £3 for 15mins in a boring bath was a total waste of money. Like many of the ballistics the scent in powder form is high appealing and tempting though as soon as the ballistic fizzes into the hot water, everything is lost. If this had been my first Lush product, I would have been put off buying anything as it simply isn't worth it. I don't feel there is any point in the ballistics as they don't soften the water, you don't get bubbles and from my experience, the scent doesn't last either.
I was really upset the scent of Vanilla Fountain didn't last as it is one stunning scent when solid. I won't buy a ballistic in the future. I feel the other Vanilla scented products would be more appealing but the ballistic is rather pointless and therefore I cannot recommend it.
Thanks for reading :) x
I'd always liked the look of Lush's Vanilla Fountain but I'd never tried it until recently when it was in the Sweet and Dreamy gift set I recieved. It's pretty expensive at £3.05 for 110g, and I wouldn't usually pay this much if it hadn't of been in the set, even though it's looks absolutely lovely! I had a little smell before going into the bathroom, and it smelt perfect, I love anything vanilla scented and this wasn't too over the top and sickly like some products can be, Lush seem to have got the balance just right.
What Lush say: "When Mo brings a new Bath Ballistic to a Lush creative team meeting, she gets a bowl full of warm water, drops it in, then hands it around the room for everyone to smell. With the Vanilla Fountain, no-one wanted to let go of the bowl and pass it on. Simon Constantine made the comforting vanilla scent with natural vanilla absolute - the posh stuff made from vanilla pods - with a touch of restful sandalwood and a note of burnt caramel.It was inspired by the extraordinary desserts at Heston Blumental's amazing restaurant."
Before dropping Vanilla Fountain in the bath it's a very pale and relaxing shade of yellow, with a vanilla pod popping out of the top, the black of which contrasts with the body of the ballistic. When you drop this in the bath it turns the water a horrible bright yellow colour, which really doesn't look very good. The water instead of feeling soft and silky almost felt a little greasy, or maybe this was just the awful colour making me take a bad slant on the situation. The smell in the water went from subtle to pretty much nothing- very disappointing! Needless to say the scent didn't linger on my skin, and I didn't really find any effects from it, my skin wasn't smoother or drier, it just felt the same!
Vanilla Fountain did have some impact on my bathroom though, the yellow gunk left all over the bottom of the bath. I also made the mistake of not removing the vanilla pod before chucking it in the bath and there were little black speckles all over the place. Now Vanilla Fountain didn't particularly relax me anyway, but after having to give the bath a really good clean to get all the residue off I definately wasn't going to drift off into a relaxing vanilla sleep.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend Vanilla Fountain, I feel it's overpriced for what you get and would in future be tempted to cut this up, the effects are so minor though that this means using the ballistic would probably be pointless. It looks so pretty and smells nice out of the bath but I really was let down by Vanilla Fountain, it didn't make my skin feel any different, not to mention all that mess!
Like most people on here, I like to use Lush products and my favorite of their products are the bath ballistics, which come in all different shapes, sizes and scents.
One of the most recent ones I have used is the Vanilla Fountain Ballistic. This ballistic is shaped almost like a large marshmellow, and has a large vanillia pod sticking out of the top of it. The ballistic is yellow in colour, and the vanilla pod is dark brown.
To use these, you just fill up the bath tub, and when it is near the top, drop in the ballistic and watch it fizz away! The scent is released almost instantly and you can see the ballistic getting smaller as it fizzes away nicely. It makes quite a satisfying fizzing sound as it dissolves in the water.
The scent is very, very strong with vanilla, but I have found that it does not last as long as I do in the bath. It is very strong to start, but it fades away quite quickly, probably lasting only about 20 minutes or so. I have found other Lush Ballistics to last much longer than this, usually still filling my bathroom with their scent the next day, but this one not so much.
The ballistic turns the water a strange yellow colour, which would probably pass for jaundice if it was on my skin. The vanilla pod does not dissolve and you will find this on the bottom of your bath tub when you drain away the water. But this is not all you will find when you drain away the water. You will also find a thick, yellow gunk all around the bath which takes some work to wash away.
I have quite senstive skin, and some products make me rash up and have dry, sore skin for a while, but this product luckily didn't have any adverse reactions on my skin. I must say that it also did nothing for my skin on a good scale either, there was no softening or moisturising effect on my skin, which is something I do get from the other ballistics I have tried.
Personally, I find that this ballistic is just ok, it does nothing special other than create a strong scent for about 20 minutes. It is nothing compared to other ballistics that Lush create and sell, and unless you really, really like Vanilla, then I recommend you stay away from this one and pick a different bath ballistic from Lush.
These ballistics are available in all Lush stores and online at Lush.co.uk. They cost £2.95 each, which I think is too expensive for the fact they are nothing special. I give this product a 3 out of 5 stars.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I love my baths.. especially at the end of a long stressful day. I'm not really sure why because much as I would love to I've never really been able to switch my brain off, lie back and just relax. So I tend to just get in, do what I need to do and get out again. Not exactly the relaxing occasion I hope for. Anyway, I'm getting off track! Because I love my baths and because I love Lush I have slowly been working my way through their bath ballistics. The one I will be reviewing this time is the Vanilla fountain.
What Are Ballistics?
Lush bath ballistics are effectively bath bombs. When dropped into a bath they rapidly fizz and dissolve (making them great fun to watch!) each one is made differently and designed to do different things and there is a very wide selection to choose from. Lush make theirs with essential oil to help enhance the scent.
So What Does This Ballistic Look Like?
Like almost all Lush products these come naked (without packaging) although they do provide you with a recyclable paper bag sealed shut with a sticky label telling you what it is so you can carry it home safely.
I actually quite like this lack of packaging because not only does it make it more environmentally friendly but it means, if I'm buying in store, that I can clearly see (and smell!) exactly what I'm getting so there's no disappointment later.
The Vanilla Fountain itself reminds me a lot of a sherbet fountain. The bottom part is a very dark cream/burnt yellow colour and is shaped like a cone with a flat top. Sticking out the top of this is a vanilla pod.
What Do Lush Say?
Obviously I'd expect a Vanilla fountain to smell of Vanilla, strange that(!) but according to Lush this ballistic also smells of sandalwood and burnt caramel with the vanilla scent coming from vanilla absolute (taken from lush.co.uk).
On smelling the product before dissolving it only the vanilla scent is really noticeable but there is a hint of something else that I can't quite place.
Dropping The Ballistic Into The Bath
When it comes to ballistics I prefer to get in the bath myself and then drop the ballistic in. It's much more fun that way and I'm really just a big kid at heart! In other words it's nice to watch the bath water slowly change colour as the bath ballistic more or less literally explodes around me.
This particular ballistic turned my bath water a very pretty yellow shade and whilst I've found with some other products that the colour isn't too obvious when dissolved this isn't the case at all with this. It's clearly a very obvious transparent yellow - whilst this may seem an off-putting colour for a bath it's actually really inviting.
The smell did fade slightly as the ballistic dissolved but this isn't a negative thing because it is very strong and dissolving it just transformed this into a delicate vanilla fragrance. Once dissolved though that "other smell" that I couldn't decipher before comes through a little bit stronger and it is the burnt caramel. This still isn't very strong but gives the vanilla a nice, relaxing undertone.
After this had completely dissolved my bath water actually felt creamier, I know that seems a strange way to describe it but it's about the only word I can think of to fit; think softer but more moisturising.
Also worth noting is that there were no bubbles, this is normal for ballistics and so not a fault with the product but it is worth bearing in mind if this is your first ballistic and you like bubble baths!
Rather disappointingly the scent disappeared from the bathroom as soon as I had emptied the water out the bath and didn't linger on my skin, although I did use both body wash and moisturiser and it is possible that these overpowered it since the scent was only delicate in the first place.
Even before moisturising though my skin felt silky smooth and so in reality I probably didn't need it but it's become a habit now. There's nothing I can see in the ingredients (which are mainly essential oils with sodium bicarbonate) that would be this moisturising so I'm assuming it's something to do with the vanilla pod. This moisturising effect lasted all day right through until the following morning and so in this sense the product more then exceeded my expectations.
Pricing, Availability, Recommendations
This product is (obviously) only available from Lush but can be bought both online and in store. It costs £3.05. If buying online add £3.95 delivery charge or £6.95 if you want next day delivery.
I'll give this product 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars because of the scent not lingering longer then the bath water did but despite this I was very pleased with this product and will be buying it again due to the effect it had on my skin. Therefore I have no qualms about recommending it.
I love the luxury of bath oils and salts but dislike strong floral or artificial scents and so am always on the look out for products that use scents more based on spice or cream. Coming across the vanilla fountain in lush delighted me as it is based upon vanilla but with jasmine too and intended as a moisturiser also.
Unlike the majority of other bath ballistics the vanilla fountain is not a ball shape but a small cream coloured pudding shape with a vanilla pod exploding out the top like a spurting fountain.
I dropped the ballistic into a hot bath and was a little disappointed to find that it dissolved very quickly, probably the quickest of all the lush ballistics I have used. I prefer those that take a little longer to dissolve so that you have time to play with it!
As it dissolves a strong vanilla scent is released that permeates the whole bathroom and stays for a long time. There is also a faint undertone of jasmine, very understated which is exactly my preference. For a non-coloured product, however, it does colour the water to a surprising creamy-green which is a little annoying.
The vanilla fountain is meant to be moisturising and although I did feel like it had a softening effect on mh skin it was not a deep moisturiser in the way that some other lush moisturising products are. It did not dry my skin but it didn't feel silky smooth either.
After leaving the bath my skin felt soft, non-greasy and the scent of vanilla stayed faintly on my skin for a good while.
As with many lush products a residue is left in the bath which requires a good rinse out. As with all lush products it is vegan friendly and not tested on animals.
Vanilla fountain is £2.99 for one ballistic.
I'm busy working my way through everything that the body cosmetic store Lush sells and my latest buy was this bath ballistic, the Vanilla Fountain. For those new to Lush a 'ballistic' (which is handmade by Lush employees) is basically a blend of perfumes, oils and other special ingredients in a compact powder form which you add to your bath for a treat and possibly a spa type experience!
When I first saw this bath ballistic in Lush I thought it looked a bit boring. The ballistic is shaped like a pot pie and has an odd dry brown reed sticking out of the top of it. It's colour looks like a faint yellow until you examine it more closely and see a dotted pattern of peach melba orange. It's design is actually based upon posh creme brulee type desserts which are served at the trendiest restaurants.
Lush tend to use very high quality and natural ingredients and this ballistic is packed full of such ingredients. Firstly, that odd brown stick in the ballistic is a dried vanilla pod. The pods are full of natural sugars which when released will act as a moisturising barrier on your skin. The pods also contain mineral salts and fatty deposits which can rehydrate skin. Most obviously the pod has a sweet and delicate scent which is released once the dried pod comes into contact with warm water.
The main ingredients in the powder part of the ballistic are 'vanilla absolute' which is a substance taken from the vanilla bean. As well as it's yummy fragrance it is said to have antioxident qualities. Sandalwood oil is also in the ballistic. This oil has a warm and distinctive aroma which is said to have soothing qualities on the mind. It is also cited as having antiseptic qualities for skin and can help soften and moisturise dry skin.
Another ingredient is Jasmine extract which has a flowery fragrance and which can help ease muscles. Tonka absolute is mainly added for it's special and distinctive perfume which is similar to vanilla. It also has anti-inflammatory properties though. Another ingredient of note is Gardenia extract which awards the ballistic it's bright colours.
To use this ballistic you should just pop it into your bath as the warm water is running. You can crumble it with your fingers under the tap if you wish. This way you don't have to use the whole thing but if you can afford to, with this particular ballistic, I would use the whole thing in one go.
I was really surprised when I used this as when the powder hits the water it becomes an amazing shocking yellow colour. It's so bright! It fizzes up slightly and looks like a waterfall. It releases a fine flat foam which swirls on the water's surface. Gradually, as you add more water the yellow colourings become less dramatic and more like a dilute orange juice kind of effect. Still, the wonderful hues of this ballistic made me feel really happy. It is kind of like a burst of sunshine!
The best thing about the ballistic is it's fragrances. I think of all of the ballistics and bubble bars I've used from Lush so far that this is my favourite scent. It's a sweet and delicate fragrance that has faint, feminine floral notes. The scent conjures up thoughts of custard creams, cream soda, summer days, bakeries and wildflower meadows. I could stay in the bath forever smelling this fragrance!
What I didn't get from this ballistic was any obvious skin-softening properties. I didn't think the water was very silky nor did my skin feel like it was being moisturised by any oils. After bathing my skin did not feel like it had been given any special treatment in terms of hyrating and moisturising. The ballistic leaves it's fragrance on the skin though and this is a brilliant effect and every time I smell the vanilla I smile!
I definitely hope to buy this again in the future and I think using it is an awesome way to banish those Autumn day blues! The ballistic costs £2.99 and you can buy it online or in high street stores. I certainly recommend it.
I love sweet smells so when I was in lush smelling all the different bath ballistics the vanilla fountain really stood out to me. It had a sweet vanilla smell, quite like ice cream and had a vanilla pod sticking out of the top so I decided to give it a go. The vanilla fountain costs £2.99 for a 110g bath ballistic so it is one of the more expensive ones I have picked up and quite extravagant for one bath.
To begin with I set my bath running and then I dropped the whole bath ballistic in to the water and immediately it began fizzing and darting around in the bath tub. The bath water began to turn yellow which wasn't the most appealing colour as in many ways it reminded me of wee! However, the smell coming from the product was really nice- a sweet vanilla scent and it filled the whole bathroom.
When I climbed into the bath I noticed that the vanilla pod had opened up and there were little bits of black vanilla floating around in the water! It wasn't unpleasant but it is something to be aware of afterwards when you will need to clean the bath. I am sure if you wanted to avoid this you could remove the vanilla pod and it would not detract from the quality or smell of the actual ballistic.
When I got out of the bath my skin felt soft and smelt great which is why I think it is worth treating me to these bath ballistics. I don't really drink, and I don't smoke so it is nice to have something that I can spend money on which feels like a treat to me. I did not need to use any moisturiser after using this product and the scent lingered on my skin for quite some time after the bath.
I would recommend this bath ballistic but it is one of the more expensive ones and it isn't my favourite, although it is a nice one, so you might want to look at some of the other options. My particular favourite is the Mrs Whippy which is amazing and makes your skin feel so silky and soft after using it.
Thank you for reading my review!
Vanilla Fountain is a bath ballistic from Lush, which I bought because of the delicious vanilla and burnt caramel scent - I was never sure about vanilla scents in the past, but Lush's version is different, made from vanilla absolute and tonka absolute to give the sweet scent a bit of an edge. The ballistic also contains sandalwood oil and jasmine absolute. It is suitable for vegans.
Vanilla Fountain is designed to look like an expensive dessert, a creamy-yellow ballistic with a piece of vanilla pod sticking out of the top. Apparently it was inspired by Heston Blumenthal's restaurant! It certainly looks and smells delicious, but I haven't been tempted to eat it!
I dropped it in the bath the other night, as I fancied a vanilla-smelling bath with a glass of wine. It fizzed away quite quickly and turned the bath water a pleasant shade of greeny-yellow. I'm often quite wary of yellow ballistics as I used one in the past that made the bath water look like wee, but luckily the experience hasn't been repeated!
I was rather disappointed with this ballistic because the scent completely vanished! I was rather gutted as I love the Vanillary scent. I couldn't smell anything at all, either in the bath or on my skin when I got out. In fairness, I had had the ballistic for some time so perhaps the lack of smell was because it was no longer fresh.
I have still, however, given the ballistic four stars. This is partly because the water felt wonderfully silky while I was in it, but mostly because, when I got out of the bath, my skin felt unbelievably soft and moisturised - seriously, even my elbows weren't dry which is something of a miracle! I've never had this with any ballistic except Butterball.
Although I was disappointed by the lack of scent, I was impressed with the ballistic's moisturising powers and would consider purchasing it again for this reason. However, as the ballistic is priced at £2.99 it would have to be an occasional treat.
Finally, a Lush product which actually smells like vanilla!
Out of the whole vanilla range by Lush, this is the only thing that actually smells like true vanilla. It looks like a little pudding. In fact, it reminds me of a vanilla pod pudding I have made before now. It definately makes the sweet tooth water.
It is made with vanilla absolute and tonka absolute. The vanilla being for the creamy and sweet aroma vanilla generates and the tonka is sweet but with a bit more of a snap. The two abolutes compliment each other beautifully. The scent is also mixed wih Jasmine to make it a more relaxing bath.
When you drop this ballistic into the bath, it fizzes away, turning the water a bright yellow. The vanilla pod does not dissolve - this is a real vanilla pod.
It leaves your skin feeling very silky smooth and the vanilla scent lingers on the skin for hours. The vanilla scent isn't overly powerful - it didn't scent my bathroom much but the scent on me was definately there. It is the perfect ballistic for that bath before bed. It is great for calming and unwinding after a tough day. It always makes me feel sleepy!
The only downside for me with this ballistic is that it does stain the bath yellow around the rim and the last thing I want to do after a relaxing bath is have to get the leaning materials out which is why I only use this ballistic occassionally.
It is currently £2.99 for a 110g Vanilla Fountain.
Last time I went into Lush this was the only thing I went in there to buy and I ended up coming home with about 10 different products - all of which I have now tried and will be reviewing for you over the next few days. I love the sweet bath ballistics that Lush do and since Ive started my diet they ahev certianly become a daily fix for me - I need to get my sweetness fix from somewhere! I love the scent of vanilla and I knew that this was going to be a yummy bath ballistic just like most of the others I have tried from this store and I have to say this is one of the nicest ballistics Ive ever tried from Lush.
This ballistic is actually a bit smaller in size than others I have tried from Lush but apparantly its not always about the size! This will set you back around £2.99 from Lush stores which is about average for a ballistic and you wont use it all the time so its good to treat yourself now and again. I reckon you probably could get two baths out of one item but because it was quite small I decided to use my whole one in a bath but if your trying to savour it then I think splitting it in half is a good idea.
To use this bath ballistic you simply run your bath like normal and then drop this in right at the end. The ballistic will go whizzing around and all the goodness thats contained in it such as the essentail oils will sink into the water and therefore sink into your skin. The only slight problem I have with this product is it turns the water bright yellow - it sort of looks like youve weed in the bath which can be a little off-putting but as long as the colour doesnt stain my skin Im happy overall -no-one wants to look like a Simpson! The water instantly feels soft when you put your hand in to check and the ballistic dissolves almost instantly so you dont get any bits left at the bottom of the bath when your finished.
This does smell absolutely gorgeous because it smells totally real and not artificial at all. This smells like an actual vanilla bean so fresh and yummy but without any of that overly sweet tones. Underneath the vanilla scent is that yummy burnt sugar smell and oddly enough something that smelt quite like sandlewood which I was not expecting. Having said that though this doesnt really smell masculine at all but really sweet and girly - maybe not for the man in your life then! The smell lasts for hours on your skin afterwards - probably lasts longer than any other ballistic Ive tried - proper yum!
This makes the water super soft almost immediately and in turn it makes your skin feel really smooth without needing to moisturise afterwards so it makes the whole beauty routine so much quicker. I think this might be the best ballistic Ive used from Lush so far and I highly recommend it.
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What is Lush?
Lush was formerly known as 'Cosmetics to Go' and quite appropriately changed its named which I think suite it best because the only way to describe their products is they smell and look 'lush'. All the products are vegetarian and a lot are vegan. Nothing is tested on animals and they make sure every ingredient is sourced from companies that also do not test on animals. They support many charities and often do limited edition items to gain money for charities or campaigns. They make a lot of 'naked' products, which come with no packaging. Their bags, wrapping and even the stuff that comes in the boxes to protect gift sets are all made from recycled items and can be put in a composter or recycled. They are very much an ethically aware company.
What is a bath ballistic?
A Bath ballistic usually comes in a globe shape but can resemble other shapes, for example Hippy Chick resembles a chick. You drop the ballistic into a full bath when you have stopped running the water. Simply drop into the water, get in the bath and relax. Immediately the ballistic will fizz away, often turning the water a different colour, releasing items such as rose petals but all release essential oils and ingredients which cleanse, soften and moisturise your skin to make it feel soft, silky and smelling divine.
How must does it cost?
Vanilla fountation costs £2.99 is aprox 110g in weight and is suitable for vegans.
Vanilla Fountain is intriguing to look at. It looks like an oversized yellow marshmallow with what looks like a Vanilla Pod poking out the top like a core of an apple. The yellow colour is very bright but what draws you in is the lovely Vanilla and caramel scent. Once you sniff, you fall in love and won't put the product down until its safely bought and tucked away in your bag, ready to take home for a gorgeous bath that night. It's not as big as some ballistics but still the same price which is a bit disappointing considering it's size.
What makes Vanilla Fountain special?
It contains natural Vanilla Absolute which gives its warm and comforting Vanilla scent. It gives the strongest Vanilla scent compared to cheaper Vanilla ingredients, which is why the smell stays on your skin for so long. There is also a touch of burnt caramel and sandalwood to make the scent just that bit more-ish but also restful. 'It was inspired by the extraordinary desserts at Heston Blumental's amazing restaurant.' It contains Jasmine Absolute which has properties which relax the body and mind but it is also an aphrodisiac.
I am not usually a fan of Vanilla, finding it too boring and bland but I loved this smell, in particular the notes of burnt caramel, it was so sweet and delicious and made it hard to put the bath ballistic back down. I liked how the ballistic foamed and fizzed away almost like a fountain and produced a very yellow bath. The scent filled my bathroom and stayed on my skin for ages. My skin felt so silky and soft and smelt good enough to eat. My only complaint is it is a bit pricey compared to it's somewhat small size. This ballistic makes for a very sweet treat and will leave you feeling relaxed and smelling divine.
I love Lush products as although some are expensive, they are mostly natural and some are vegan which is what I like. I am particularly fussy about what I put on my skin and always like to smell everything first. In my store the bath ballistics and soaps are laid out so you can smell items first and other products such as body lotions and face masks are upstairs. The staff are always friendly and helpful and they know a lot about their products which is good if you need advice and they're good at recommending.
The vanilla fountain bath ballistic is £2.99 for 110g which is quite reasonable, some of the ingredients are vanilla, burnt caramel, sandalwood and essential oils. It looks like a candle to me. Some of their bath ballistics are 'crumbly' so you could use half if theyre quite large, but this one is just for one use.
You put the bath ballistics into the paper bags, I put these in my bedroom drawers until I want to use as makes your clothes smell nice.
To use drop the entire thing in the bath under warm running water and then swirl around, this sadly turns the water a not so nice colour but as it starts to work it smells divine. You can definetely smell the vanilla and its sweetness kind of like sugar. This bath ballistic doesnt create bubbles.
When I take a bath I always wash my hair first before adding bath products as I dont want bath ballistics in my hair -especially as some of them have bits in them I made a mistake once and had what looked like confetti in my hair. I used a banana shower gel which is from Boots fresh range which did blend nice with the vanilla and not overpower it.
The product does smell amazing and I love bath time and this made me want to stay in longer, afterwards my skin felt smooth and there was a lingering slight vanilla scent on my skin.
Although I liked the smell I think those who don't like sweet scents wouldn't be so keen.
However I dont think I would use this again even though I liked the smell as there are other bath ballistics I like and I didnt like the colour of the water, it was a bit offputting.
Okay - so I admit it. before coming onto this site I had never heard of lush before, let alone tried a product. However, tempted by some of the reviews, I walked into a lush store and started to browse. I must say, firstly, that the assistants went out of their way to be helpful and to demonstrate the products.
I settled on three - the first being the Vanilla Fountain Ballistic. It looked good enough to eat and smelt delightful - a yummy vanilla smell without being too sickly.
After I had filled the bath I placed the fountain in and off it went. I had been warned - both by a reviewer here and by the shop assistant, that the water would go a citrussy orange colour but it still took me by surprise. nevertheless, the smell was still heavenly and lingered for many hours afterwards - even surviving a good nights sleep.
This is definitly a "pamper yourself" product - the price alone at nearly £3 makes it that - and I would criticise the fact that the "fuse" does not dissolve along with the rest.
But - would I buy it again - YOU BET!!