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      01.09.2010 10:33
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      An all-round failure, not one I would buy again

      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. The Waving Not Drowning ballistic bath bomb is available from Lush stores on the high street, or online at www.lush.co.uk and costs £2.30 for 90g.

      Lush say: "The lavender, ylang ylang and fennel insomnia bomber. When you're exhausted and you'd give all your money just to be able to drift off into dreamland, that's when you need a Waving Not Drowning bath. Its name, like most of our products, comes from a profound poem by Stevie Smith. Unlike the bleak poem, this is a lifeline to the person that's drowning beneath the tide of exhaustion.
      Not drowning, but waving.
      We use lavender to calm and balance your mind, with ylang to relax you, cardamom to help relieve mental fatigue and fennel to clear your head. If you haven't got a bath, stick it in a bowl of hot water by your bed and breathe deeply."

      Waving Not Drowning is plain to look at and doesn't have any fancy decoration or added bits like some of the other Lush ballistics do. It has the standard spherical shape and is a nice pale shade of lilac. Prior to using this you can get a good hint of the fragrance, it is very fresh but not overly herbal. The lavender scent is quite soft and gentle.

      To use, you simply put it into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. The bath bomb has a gentle smell with lavender and fennel essential oils. I personally found that the smell weakens as the bomb is dissolved in the water and to be honest I could hardly smell it at all, the fragrance seemed to disappear once the bomb had fizzed away.

      The bath bomb fizzes away quickly and turns the water a cloudy pale shade of grey - not very attractive! It looked like I was about to step into dirty bath water, and was nowhere near as appealing as the other Lush ballistics I've used before.

      Once I'd been soaking in the bath for a short while the product started to soak into my skin and I was left with an unpleasant greasy feeling. It was like my skin couldn't absorb the oils properly and I felt like it was coating me rather than penetrating and moisturising.

      As for the claims that it will give you a good night's sleep, I have to say I didn't notice any real difference. The aromatherapy effects of the essential oils used should promote a rested mind, and calm you ready for sleep. I did feel quite relaxed but I always do after having a hot bath, and I didn't see any change in my sleeping pattern that would make me think this bath bomb had worked as it is meant to.

      This was a very disappointing product. I really didn't feel that it had any benefits, and it certainly wasn't the calming and luxurious bath treat that I had hoped for. My skin felt sticky, the bath looked dirty, the scent disappeared and it didn't have any noticeable aromatherapy effects. I will avoid this in the future and stick to the other bath bombs that I have tried and loved.

      Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Fennel Oil, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42053
      *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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      14.08.2010 17:55
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      Waving Not Drowning is one of Lush's smallest ballistics but suprisingly is quite expensive for its size (though it did used to be under £2.00). It now costs £2.30 for one 90g ballistic. See, I told you it was small.

      I admit, I used to love this ballistic and it was a regular in my shopping basket. That was when it only cost £1.85 and I thought it was reasonable considering its size. With a 45p increase, I rarely have it anymore and I feel the increase was completely unjust by Lush as they did nothing different with the ballistic to actually warrant the increase.

      Scent wise, this ballistic smells of lavender. It isn't an overly strong lavender. This is supposed to be the ballistic you use when you want nothing more than to drift into the land of nod. It does work and make you sleepy and it was a ballistic I overlooked when I suffered insomnia for a couple of weeks. Lush believe that this ballistic is so effective in its methods that they even suggest buying this ballistic if you don't have a bath and instead drop it in a bowl of water and and breathe it in, much like you do if you have a cold. I have never tried this method. The ballistic is supposed to clear your head and relax you. Whenever I used it, I found it did do this and it was the reason why it was one of my firm favourites.

      Being so small, it doesn't take long to fizz and dissolve. Just under a minute. It is sort of a blink and you will miss it happen kind of scenerio.

      Once in the water, it turns it a purple/blue colour which is nice and tranquil. It looks very pretty but the ballistic is so small it feels like it doesn't fully feel like it covers the bath if that makes sense?


      I really do like this ballistic but just cannot bring myself to spend the £2.30 for it. It had a huge jump in price and nothing changed about the ballistic for the customer (I am unsure as to what caused its increase) and for that it loses stars from me.

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      06.08.2010 10:07
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      A nice bedtime ballistic from Lush

      Waving Not Drowning is a bath ballistic from Lush. Bath ballistics are basically bath bombs - you run the bath, pop one in, and they fizz away releasing lovely scents and colours into your bath.

      I bought Waving Not Drowning, the ballistic to help you sleep, a while ago thinking I would have need of it! I'm currently trying to write my dissertation and apply for jobs, and it all gets a bit stressful, so I thought it might be nice to have a nice relaxing bath to help me get to sleep!

      Waving Not Drowning is a pale blue ballistic, the same size, shape and pattern as Butterball and some of the others in the range. It is suitable for vegans and contains lavender, ylang ylang and fennel. Lavender is relaxing and calming and is commonly used for helping people sleep - it's also an ingredient in the Dreamtime bath melt and temple balm. Ylang ylang is also relaxing, and fennel is supposed to 'cleanse the skin and clear the head'. While still solid, the ballistic smells a lot like lavender but with something else - probably the fennel or ylang ylang, I'm not really sure what these are supposed to smell like!

      I used it the other night, and when I popped it in the bath the water turned a lovely light blue colour. While I was in the bath I noticed that the lavender-and-something-else smell was still evident, which is great as often with bath products the smell becomes much fainter. The scent was very pleasant, relaxing and calming.

      Some of Lush's bath products soften and moisturise the skin - I wasn't able to check with this one, as after getting out of the bath and reading my book for fifteen minutes, I fell fast asleep! So I guess the ballistic did its job!

      Overall I really like this ballistic and recommend it if you have trouble sleeping. At £2.30 it's one of the cheapest bath products available, though it's a single use product so is probably best kept for emergencies!

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        11.06.2010 19:53
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        Just NO!

        I only have two Lush Ballistic reviews to write now so Im trying to get them done quickly so I can write about something else LOL. I bought this bath ballistic a few weeks back but Ive only just got around to using it - I did have a pretty large collection in the beginning! I really only bought this because I fell for the promises of it helping you sleep. In the summer I find it more or less impossible to go to sleep because I just cant cool down so I really do need all the help I can get in that area! As this ballistic was designed to help people with insomnia and jetlag I thought my sleep issue is so minor Ill be out for days after this...sadly this was not the case. Even though I knew it wouldnt work I was still pretty disappointed.

        This ballistic is one of the smaller ones that Lush sell so I recommend using it all in one bath - then again I did and it didnt help me too much. This is a really nice baby blue colour and has Lush inprinted on the side. It looks really nice and looked great when it was on my bathroom shelf! Great for both mean and women and it will cost you about £3 from Lush stores.

        Ive found with some ballistics from Lush that they dont dissolve totally if you just drop them into the water and let it fizz around. I chose to crumble half of this underneath the tap whilst I was running my bath and I think it dissolved much quicker that way - with no little bits left at the end. This turned my bath a really cloudy blue colour and it looked really relaxing however I couldnt smell anything coming from this ballistic. Usually the scent of these things fill my whole house but I couldnt smell this one at all.

        This is the part where I would usually describe the smell and whether or not it lasts on your skin but I dont have aything to report. You get a really faint (and I mean REALLY faint) whiff of lavaner every now and again but those "whiffs" are very few and far between. I thought this would smell very strongly of lavender as everyone knows that scent helps you sleep but it didnt at all very disappointing smell.

        I did get out of the bath feeling relaxed but I generally do and I didnt feel tired at all. So this bath ballistic really failed for me it just didnt do anything. It does look nice and turn your water a lovely colour but that is about it. No soft water or smooth skin here it didnt do anything. I might as well have bathed in just water. A pointless Lush product and its not often I say that.

        Thanks For Reading

        x0 Salz 0x

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        29.03.2010 21:36
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        A good treat for insomniacs.

        This is one of Lush's range of Bath Ballistics, which you drop into your bath water to make it smell nice, give the water a pretty colour, make you wake up or go to sleep, give you softer skin...The predominant ingredient is sodium bicarbonate, which gives each ballistic it's fizz. Essential oils and skin-softening ingredients such as avocado and cocoa butter are added as well.

        Price and packaging:

        This is £2.30 per item, and it doesn't technically have any packaging as it is what Lush call a 'naked' product-it's solid, so it doesn't need any packaging at all. However, most people prefer to pop it in a Lush paper bag to take home (which you can then recycle) so it doesn't fall apart on the journey!

        Scent and appearance:

        This is a pale purple / lilac colour and about the size of a tennis ball. It's a bit smaller than Avobath, for comparison. When you sniff it, it doesn't smell particularly nice, in fact it reminded me rather of Parma Violets! However, drop it into the water and it'll turn into the most beautiful lavender fragrance, almost guaranteed to make you relax and drop off to sleep.

        How to use and my opinion:

        Run a nice warm bath, get in and drop your ballistic in. It will fizz madly and spin around the bath as it's propelled by it's fizziness. It should take about a minute to dissolve, and it's great fun watching it.

        Overall, I have a really good opinion of this. It turns the water a lovely purply blue colour and it's great to wind down with after a hard day. It is expensive, but I think it is a luxury item, and priced accordingly.

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        05.01.2010 20:09
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        A miracle worker for migraine sufferers

        I am/was an avid lush fan. One of my all time favourite products is the Waving Not Drowning (WND) ballistic. Why? Its the only lavender product they do that (in my opinion) is a true and fairly strong lavender scent.

        I suffer with migraine and the only thing which will help to shift it is a HOT bath and lavender and clary sage. I used to add drops of these oils to my bath and then I found this little beauty. Its smaller on average than Lush's range of other ballistics but it definately pulls a punch. It doesnt contain annoying 'bits' (other ballistics have been known to make my bath look like a forest floor) and its blend of lavender and ylang ylang is nice and simple.

        If you have never heard of a 'ballistic' before, its a round hard ball (this one is a bit smaller thatn tennis ball size) which you plonk in your bath after it has run. The WND fizzes furiously (although fizz level can vary and depends on how fresh the ballistic is and the ingredients used) and after about 1 -2 minutes it will have dissolved in your bath water, leving it a subtle blue colour. Simply step in and inhale. This ballistic is marketed as one to help you drif off to sleep, not necessarily to soften skin. However, since real essential oils are used in Lush products, the lavender oil will calm irritated skin.

        When you have finished your bath you will be aware that your £2.25 is going downt he drain. unlike their bubble bar products (which you can snap in half to enable more baths for your money), ballistics sadly are a one hit wonder. You get one bath only for your money so these really are for me for emergency use only.

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          19.12.2009 21:20
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          Worth trying if you prefer lightly scented products

          Lush Waving Not Drowning Bath Ballistic

          Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt

          http://www.lush.co.uk


          Lush is one of my all time favourite shops. In case you don't know what they do, they make hand made cosmetic products from totally natural ingredients and never test on animals. They also support loads of charities and do work all over the world to help the places that need it most. Have a look at their website for more information on what they do, the products that they create also to locate your nearest store.

          You can order online or instore. If you order online, the goods usually arrive within 3 or 4 days of ordering and are packaged in popcorn instead of polystyrene which is much kinder to the environment. I like to go to the stores where possible though because that means that I can smell things and also get loads of great advice from the staff there.

          Bath ballistics are great, you just drop them into the bath and watch them fizz their way round, softening the water and making it smell gorgeous.

          This 90g ballistic costs £2.22 which is one of the cheaper ones. Lush isn't the cheapest place in the world to shop but in my opinion, they are worth every penny and I love to treat myself to their products whenever I can.

          This ballistic is a lovely light blue colour and designed to help you to relax before bed. It doesn't colour the water very much but does have a great scent, which is slightly floral and has hints of lavender. It leaves the bathroom smelling lovely for ages afterwards, and also leaves a slight scent on your skin.

          I find that these ballistics are really nice, but to be honest, there are others that I prefer. This is a little less scented than some, and for that reason, I will probably favour other scents over this one when shopping at Lush again.

          If you are looking for something lightly scented, then this may well be the one for you. I have sensitive skin but had no problems using this product.

          I am giving this bath ballistic 4 stars, simply because I would have liked it to be a little more heavily scented.

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            02.09.2009 14:21
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            Great for events like exams.

            I saw this ballistic ( Waving not drowning) in the Lush shop when I visited the other day - but decided to wait until I did a Lush order to buy one. Sure enough, I didn't forget and it came a couple of weeks ago.

            If you see this next to other ballistics you will notice it is quite a lot smaller than other ballistics. I would estimate at saying about half the size. It is also pale blue / lilac in colour. It doesn't look too exciting, but the blurb Lush say about it made me want to try it anyway.

            This ballistic is said to be helpful to people wanting to get a good night's sleep and to wash their problems away. The ingredients such as ylang ylang and lavender oil match this description perfectly as both of these encourage relaxation and aid sleep.

            I popped it into the bath and it started to fizz away taking a minute or two to disappear completely. When it had all gone the bath water had only changed colour slightly which I didn't mind, but a little more colour would have been appreciated. There are no 'bits' in this ballistic, so no nasty bits poking into you or getting stuck down the plughole!

            The scent of it is hard to describe, it is floral but without being flowery, it's quite an earthy scent. This is the only way I can think to describe it. I would say this is perfectly suitable for both males and females. It is a very relaxing scent and you won't notice how long you are spending in the bath!

            This product doesn't do anything 'special' to your skin as most Lush products do, it is purely a very relaxing scent for you to while away your problems whilst lying in the bath.

            This ballistic costs £2.22 which I consider quite expensive when you consider it's half the size of other ballistics. That said, if you have an event like exams or an interview then I consider it well worth it.

            This product is suitable for vegans and is available to buy from Lush store, online and from mail order.

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            18.04.2009 23:14
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            I won't be trying this one again

            When I was in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago I just had to pop into Lush - well we don't have any branches here in North Wales so I have to visit one whenever I get the chance! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

            Anyway I treated my self to the You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt which I have yet to use and the Waving Not Drowning Bath Ballistic. I put the items into individual yellow bags in the shop and the assistant kindly added label stickers to remind me what I had bought.

            Yesterday I did a fair bit of exercise including sawing and chopping wood for our log burner so I decided that an afternoon soak in the bath was in order.

            I chose the Waving Not Drowning Bath Ballistic and read the label to remind me what exactly I was letting myself in for. It said 'Relax into a lavender haze and have a good night's sleep. Drop into a pre run bath'

            I dutifully ran the bath and I took the ballistic out of the yellow Lush bag. It was a little bit bigger than a golf ball with a rough textured surface and it was pale lilac in colour. I sniffed it expecting a strong fragrance of lavender but could only just make out the smell.

            I dropped the ballistic into the bath full of hot water and it fizzed and dissolved quickly and completely but still not much of a smell at all. The water wasn't really coloured as the ballistic was so light in colour.

            I adjusted the temperature of the water and climbed in. The water felt lovely; it was really smooth and silky. I lay back in the bath and relaxed inhaling deeply trying to find some sort of fragrance. I did smell and faint whiff of lavender but certainly nothing like I would have expected from Lush. There was not the 'lavender haze' as the label had led me to expect!

            I have just taken a look in the Lush Times to find that this ballistic contains lavender, fennel and ylang, ylang essential oils - really? You could have fooled me!

            Anyway I enjoyed my warm, relaxing bath and, as I said earlier, the water did feel lovely and silky which in turn meant that my skin felt moisturised after I had finished my ablutions.

            One of the main things that I love about most Lush products is the fact that the whole bathroom is filled with the fragrance of the product whilst it is being used and that fragrance lasts in the air for ages afterwards.

            Sadly with Waving Not Drowning that just didn't happen. There was very little fragrance as I used it and certainly nothing lingering on the air afterwards.

            The ballistic cost me £2.20 and obviously is all used in one bath so I am sad to say that on this occasion I am very disappointed with Lush so I won't be buying this one again.

            The real laugh is that it says on the yellow bag 'Re-use it's had Lush things in it so it's going to smell gorgeous. Keep it in your sock drawer and make your toes smell nice.' Not a chance! The ballistic didn't even smell so the bag certainly doesn't.

            I wrote to Lush via the e mail address on their website telling them of my disappointment and they asked me to send my home address in order that they could send me another Waving Not Drowning. I did so and have now received a parcel containing the bath ballistic, a piece of Honey I Washed the Kids soap, a bottle of Vanilla Dee Lite Body Lotion and a bottle of The Olive Branch shower gel! Now that's what I call customer service!

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