WHAT ARE THEY?
Bath ballistics are called bath bombs or fizzers by other companies and I think that Lush were the first ones to start calling them ballistics. They are to clean yourself and to add things like essential oils into your bath water also.
HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
You run your bath water and do not add bubbles or anything so that your bath is completely made of clear water. When your water is in the bath you drop the bath ballistic in and it will fizz around the water until it has dissolved, some of them have got gliter in them and some of them have got surprises in the centre that is only revealed when the ballistic has dissolved all the way.
WHAT I THINK
I have used many bath ballistics from Lush but I think they cost too much because they are very nice to use but I do not think that any of them make me feel very clean and I have to use something else to clean my body with.
I like the way the bath ballistics make the water feel smooth and I think it is very relaxing to sit in a bath that smells as nice as the ballistics make the water, I like to use ballistics that have glitter in them also because I like how it looks on my skin but sometimes I use one that deliberately does not have glitter because I do not like to clean the bath when I get out and then my husband complains that he has been covered in glitter when he has his bath.
I think many of the bath ballistics make my skin feel soft but that feeling does not last for very long and that is a pity. I used a bath ballistic called Honey Bee last night and that is one that Lush have made for many years, I like that because it makes my skin feel very soft and it is a surprise that the feeling of softness lasts all day with that one because that does not happen with all of them.
I think ballistics from Lush cost a lot of money and each one costs about £3 because some are a little bit less and some are more so that is an average cost. I am happy to buy them sometimes but I like to have a bubble bath so I buy mostly bubble bars from Lush because you do not get bubbles from ballistics even though they change the colour of the water and give you glitter.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Lush is an amazing company that are original, environmentally conscious and enthusiastic. The staff are extremely nice, friendly and they know everything about their products and are always on hand to demonstrate their products. You pick up the gorgeous scent from outside the door which really draws you in.
I have tried the twilight and keep it fluffy purple and a few others of which I can't remember the names. Keep it fluffy purple gave off a nice scent, tinting the bathwater purple and releasing some bubbles. I found it ok but not as good as other products from Lush. Twilight, however, was wonderful. It turned the bathwater a deep purpley blue colour with some glitter that floated round. The smell was absolutely gorgeous and I could smell it on my skin hours after the bath! It was lovely!
I highly recommend Lush's range of bath ballistics to anyone who loves a nice bath!
A bath ballistic from Lush is the perfect accompaniment to any special occasion, a pick me up after a stressful day or just a little treat when you want pampering.
Ranging from £1.50 ish to £3.00 ish, upon entry to a Lush outlet you are assaulted by a strong melody of smells and I primarily blame the bath ballistic section.
Your eyes also get a treat with a visual feast of colours and cute little details from flowers to hearts.
Each ballistic is carefully constructed around fragrances which will have a different effect on your mood. As a result there is a ballistic for everyone as you will almost certainly be able to find one which every girl you know will love.
Like every lush product the bath ballistic range is made up of members which may only be on sale for a limited period of the year as well as classics and they do phase new designs in and out from time to time, but if your favourite disappears, there may be one that is similar and there is always retro lush. If demand is high enough the decision makers at Lush headquarters will usually bring a product back.
For the uninitiated, bath ballistics are very easy to use, once you're ready to get in your bath get the ballistic out of its yellow paper bag home and drop into the tub.
For the price I always think its a shame that you would use a whole one in the bath as often you can get sufficient fizz in half a ballistic. So what I tend to do is give them a good bash with a hammer and use the dust in my first bath and half each in another 2. That's seriously better value for money.
If you're stressed a 'waving not drowning' ballistic will give you a purple bath to help you get a good nights sleep.
If you're bunged up the limited edition ' winter bath' will give you a snowy experience and put you back on the right track quicker than lemsip.
If you're into a more natural yet moisturising experience the ' geophyzz' will give you a gorgeous green tint to your bath whilst deeply moisturising your skin and is very earthy in scent.
If strong scents aren't your thing or you're looking for a present for a pregnant friend the baby bath ballistic is adorable and whilst a little smaller than some of its big sisters is just as effective.
There really is something for everyone and if you're not sure the Lush staff will happily advise you to find something suitable for your needs.
Lush ballistics are an adventure in every fizz and definitely worth going in to your nearest shop for a sniff. There will be demonstrations available if you want to know what effect they will have on your bath before buying a couple. If you're looking for some stocking fillers this christmas, just be advised that they don't come in the most discreet of packaging and the smell, pleasant as it is, will be detected early on. They are nonetheless great presents and I always hope to get a wide selection each year.
Lush bath ballistics have something for everyone. From sex bomb that smells divine and turns your bath pink with a beautiful rice paper flower that sits in the water to Big Blue that makes you feel as if you are in the ocean with sea weed swirling around you.
Each bomb/ballistic has it's own character and theme. Some of the most recent are dragons egg, Mrs whippy and fizzbanger. Dragons egg is just like the egg in the harry potter films and opens up to a beautiful glittery chunk. It's excellent.
The bombs are great and skin softening, the essential oils (of which there are plenty) will calm and soothe you and make bath time perfect for a really good relax and clear your head.
I can't recommend ballistics enough. You may think they are a little costly but they a certainly worth a treat once in a while. I absolutely adore them and keep a large ish stash.
Right first things first lush for those of you that dont know is a shop that sells bath and hair products. My local one is in central london, but there all over the place.
Lush is very hit and miss, i went there 2 days ago with my man and he could not wait to get out lol! He thought that it was ridiculously expensive and that it stunk, i do agree that the smell is pretty off putting but bare with it because there will be something that you like the smell of in there! It also is fairly expensive but then again your paying for natural ingredients which these days is very hard to find.
Ok so lets get started bath bombs!
Whats a bath ballisitic i hear you say, well its a round shaped ball that causes lots of fizzing when it touches water. There are many beautiful colours and they dye your bath water the colour that they are, so if you like pink like i do a bath thats pink is great! They also have many different scents, some you WILL hate and some you wont.
£3? you must be having a laugh i hear you chant! Well yes it is a bit pricey but we are worth it arent we? and you can always cut them in half to get more use out of them. Also they have ingredients that can do good things for you, like lemongrass to wake you up or lavender to help you sleep or even morracan mud to help detox you, so come on you have to give atleast one a try!
Ok lets learn a bit about some of them then shall we...
Butterball is a small and plain round ball, for alot of lush devotees this ball is called the boring plain one because its nots colourfull or strong smelling like the rest but alas this is one of me faves!
Yes hes plain and simple but sometimes that is all you need.
Now this little delight smells of cocoa butter but not strongly, it has little lumps of cocoa butter inside which melt in the water and get absorbed by your skin. Now usually when you have a bath with bubble bath or whatever you use, your slightly dry because of the chemicals, but not with this you come out feeling lovely and moisturised.
Another great thing about this one is for anyone who has excema you can have a nice bath without worrying your going to be irratated or come out feeling tight. I dont have excema but one of my friends does and she said this one made her feel lovely! which is great.
The downsides with this one is if you like colouful, strong smelling and fun ballistics then this wont cut it as its just a basic one. But please dont be put off becuase its small and white as you will really miss out!
I thought i would list the ingredients just on this one so you can see how minimal it is : Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Synthetic Musk, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Perfume}
YES thats it!
HONEY BEE :
Buzz buzz buzz i love this little delight, its a lovely yellow and brown ballistic and smells to me like toffee which is delicious! This also contatins morrocan rhassoul mud which is what is in expensive salons, so your get a spa like detoxing bath. This mud is good for detoxing so if you are on a detox stock up on these to help draw out all the nasties in your body! Its also lovely and softening aswell so its a double whammy.
Now for me anything that is deep cleansing is a must i mean come on all you have to do is sit back and this beauty does the work for you! PERFECT!
It turns your bath water a browny gold colour but its not offputting.
So basiclaly this little love is prefect for any of you who are on a detox or just want a bit of deep cleansing you cant go wrong for less than £3 can you? How much would you pay for a spa? £100 or even £300? Well before you do that take this home with you and see what it has to offer.
Sadly there is a downside if you have a porcelain bath or a bath that stains easily then you will need to scrub straight away as this will dye it yellow and the longer it is left the harder it will be to remove. If you do it straight away there is minimal hassle.
So if you want to have a little look i would have a look on there site its a really nice site and there is even a forum you can join : lush.com.
So all in all give them a try even if you dont like any of them, the shop is fun and the staff are always very friendly and helpfull and will explain to you about them and even give you a demonstration!
They are hit and miss and there are some i dont like and you wont like but delve deep and there will be one for you. Also lush changes around there products alot so some of them dissapear for ever and some get sent to retro. They got rid off my fave one which was called hagenbath but hey nothings perfect now is it :D
So for anyone that likes a laugh just pop one of these in your bath and be transported so a lovely realxing bath ir an invigorating bath.
I hope this review helped you a bit, have fun!
I love lush products, and I love baths, so put the two together and I am one happy person.
I use quite a large selection of Lush's bath ballastics, and I have been known to buy large quantities at a time, just because I couldn't choose which ones to pick. They all smell great and have some very funky names, and I am yet to find one that irritates my skin. I have quite easuly irritated skin and most bath products I won't touch, but the lush products I have no problems with. In fact some of the bath bombs contain shea and cocoa butters, which make my skin soft and clear, no rashes or blotches.
The ballastics start at prices from low as 70p and a mixed bag of them is a great present for someone, or just a great way to treat yourself, or just because you want them lol.
When you put these little babies in a tub full of hot water, they literally do go ballastic, its great to watch, and they let out a great amount of beautiful scents that have you relaxed in seconds, a great way to enjoy a nice bath,
The best thing is none of Lush's products or ingredients are tested on animals, so you know that no matter which lush products you pick, you will always have an ethical product and a clear consience.
Lush Bath Ballistics are are something I have not used for a few months due to not having a bath only a shower in my new home, but I do not feel like I am missing out massively by not being able to use them as I favour other types of Lush product better than these.
What are they?
The Ballistic Invented By Mo Constantine from Lush taken from www.lush.co.uk.
When Mo invented the bath bomb 24 years ago, she based it on the bath cube, but packed it with a much more exciting fizz bomb compound. She was looking for a way to help people, including kids, have a really amazing bathing experience, even if they are sensitive to bubble mixture. The Lush Ballistic is Mo's bomb taken to a supreme state. It's simple but effective combination of baking soda and citric acid (basically lemon sherbet) is laced with fragrant, effective, mood-altering essential oils, hurled into the atmosphere as the bath water starts off the reaction. Use your ballistics when they are fresh and new. If you leave them lying around the bathroom, they absorb water vapour and their fizz gets used up in micro reactions. Keep them dry and use them as quickly as possible for the fizziest, most fragrant effect.
So that is what the founder says about them.
Well a lot of different shapes, smells and sizes are to be seen in all their glory within the shops, displayed in baskets. They are displayed lovely I must admit and if you want a demonstration of what they are like then I bet they would be happy to show you in store.
The price range is varied from a smaller 'Ickle Baby Bath' which is £1.50 from 50g ranging to £3.20 for 200g of 'Sakura' bath ballistic. They all tend to be towards the higher end of the price brackets.
The 'fizz' experience of the ballistics is very satisfying when put into a running or still bath, they take their time slowly evaporating away and throw the scents high into the air. I would bet you can smell them a way off before the bathroom as a lot of them are very pungent.
They are packed full of different essential oils which are good for the mind, various ones having different effects, soothing, pick me up etc, so choosing the right one is crucial!!
Some of the ballistics contain random items such as glitter, seaweed and confetti. This can prove irritating to sensitive skins such as mine so I recommend checking the properties of the ballistics you buy. I found some of them extremely annoying and a real pain to clear out of the bath and not very relaxing to do after a bath.
Big Blue in particular with its seaweed conconction, was very ethereal and beautiful smelling but I hated getting rid of its aftermath.
Fairy Jasmine is an old Lush product which was a lovely bathing experience but glitter which slightly irritated me, but looked ace floating on the surface of the bath!!
I have never found the ballistics have done much for my skin which needs moisturisation, and I have only ever used them when I fancied a bit of bath fun factor, I preferred to use the bath melts and bubble bars which contained butters which were good for my skin.
I will not buy these again, even if I had a bath I wouldn't because at nearly £3 a bath for most they are jolly expensive and personally I prefer melts and body butter moisturising kind of things. So the price is a real killer but if money is no object then go ahead because they are the best fizzers that money can buy!!!
I know there are lots of massive fans of Lush Bath Ballistics out there, but I'm not really one of them. Having said that, I don't hate them either. If I were to rank them, my favourite solid shampoos and bubble bars would be at the top, with bath ballistics in the middle and the soaps firmly at the bottom.
Lush bath ballistics are basically just bath bombs - solid balls composed of powder which fizz somewhat in the bath as you drop them in (don't drop them in too hard or you'll splash the floor - in my case, nosey cats). The Lush ones don't really create bubbles, and though they smell of classic Lush, I find that some scents make my hair a bit greasy.
Bath ballistics from Lush would go up in my estimation a lot if they did smaller ones. Lots of them seem massive, and they are much harder to break into pieces than the bubble bars, which give you a lot more control as to how much you want to put in. I'd like to see a range of mini bath ballistics, so you could put in as many or as few as you wanted, and maybe even be daring and mix and match scents.
Lush bath ballistics are also quite expensive if you use one per bath as implicitly suggested. From £2.95 upwards, they cost more than a full bottle of bubble bath, and to be honest I personally don't get that much enjoyment out of them, despite them being one of Lush's most popular ranges.
One advantage of the bath ballistics is that they look great in your bathroom and are available in a range of styles, colours, sizes and scents. Some scents are available depending on the season however, and others are modified slightly for re-release or a seasonal image, so it's worth spending some time noseying around before purchasing. I definitely wouldn't recommend buying a bath bomb online if you haven't smelt it, because I often find ballistic descriptions to smell nothing like I would have expected. Furthermore, as they are all handmade, you can pick out a nice big one from the shop and ensure that you have the most 'bits' or glitter or whatever.
Bath ballistics can contain these 'bits' (including dried flowers, paper and even fruit), which make you and your bath quite messy, so be prepared to check yourself and the bath if you opt for one of these.
So in summary - not my favourite because I'm not keen on the texture, the price and lack of bubbles. But the advantages are that they are still quality Lush products, have fun names and styles, and smell great.
Last night I went to my partner's Mum's house and had a bath (a luxury as we just have a walk in shower). I used the Waving not Drowning Bath Ballistic from Lush. I was a little disappointed, but I suppose that's because I have tried them all and some disperse glitter or petals as they fizz. Soon as I was out of the bath and in bed, my skin felt soft and soothed and I felt so relaxed and sleepy. I learnt from this that whilst some of the bath ballistics range are all singing and dancing, the quieter ones have their own magical properties too - which is why these are one of my all time favourite beauty extravagances / treats.
A bath ballistic is Lush's name for a bath bomb. A bath bomb is a round mass (technically called a bolus - and sometimes not even round!), that you place in to water and it dissolves or effervesces in to the water. Sometimes they add scent, colour, materials like glitter or petals in to the water.
Heres the technical stuff
So I researched bath bombs / fizzers and was amazed to find out about the science behind it, it's really quite fascinating, and I certainly didn't contemplate this when I lay relaxing in the bath last night! 'Bath bombs are composed primarily of sodium bicarbonate and/or other soluble carbonate, sesquicarbonate, or bicarbonate, and citric acid and/or other organic acid, which create an acid-base 'fizzing' when the solid reacts with water as it dissolves, producing carbon dioxide gas and strewing its interior contents, which can include aromatic elements or possibly small fragments of sparkling glitter, etc, into the bath' A bath bomb can vary in the amount of time it takes to dissolve depending upon the manufacturer and the size. Bath bombs are compressed - the solids and just enough water are squashed and pressed until the water leaves the ball - much like when you make a snowball. The result is a compact and hard effervescent ball / mass which when added to the water goes ballistic!
What makes Lush different?
As anyone who knows Lush, not just tried their products, but simply visiting the stores or even walked past a store, will tell you, the difference is with Lush that they take time care and pride in making all of their products - and they only add the best and most good for you ingredients. In fact, their website and their ingredients lists on products, include information on whats Organic and Natural in the product along with what is a safe synthetic ingredient - the latter being few and far between. With such focus on ingredients, quality and natural produce, Lush really is as delightful as it's name suggests!
Bath Ballistics / How to use
As well as fragrancing you, adding one of Lush's bath ballistics to your bath will not fail to fragrance your bathroom, if not your hall stairs and landing, even your downstairs! The ballistics are made with essential oils (including floral absolutes - such as rose, jasmine, etc), herbs, spices and even real petals. All you need to do is run a nice bath, get in and add your ballistic and watch it fizz! Lush recommend you remain in the bath for 20 minutes to feel the full effects - but I can easily last easily an hour in there, just keep topping up a little more warm water.
When you go in to a Lush store, amongst the tables of edible looking massage bars, jelly soaps, solid shampoos and vibrantly decorated gift boxes, you will see a cubed wooden shelving area. Inside each cube there are lots of lovely brightly coloured bath ballistics. A chalkboard attached to the front of each cube will tell you what type of bath ballistic the cube contains, and what it can be used for. Here is a quick list of the current core range: Avobath, Big Blue Ballistic, Twinkle, Ickle Baby Baff, The Happy Pill, Honey Bee, Sex Bomb, Think Pink, Titsy Totsy, Waving Not Drowning and Youki-Hi. In addition they regularly do limited edition ones for Christmas, Valentines etc - these usually comprise of a whole wad of glitter or rose petals or sparkling stars to make you feel really loved up or Christmassy.
It is hard to comment on the value for money of these products. It's a complete treat and not a necessity. However, they range from £1.45 for the Ickle Baby Baff to £2.95 for the more expensive ones (and the rest are inbetween). For this price, given the little piece of luxury they bring and the smell along with all the yummy things they are packed with, I would say they do represent value for money for a luxury item.
Once the bath ballistic hits the water the fragrance hits you! Not just a little whiff either, like you get from a regular bubble bath, but this is so intense, because of the amount of naturally pungent ingredients Lush add to the ballistic. It fizzes and feels lovely when you touch it, it can be soothing just listening to it fizzing away - imagine how bicarb goes in water - this is a similar experience. Then you lay and relax whilst the coloured, fragranced water soothes your body and either attacks or caresses your senses (it may be an energizing ballistic your using, so there won't be any relaxing here!). When your done hop out of the bath and feel how soft your skin feels - nourished and supple - you may even be lucky enough to have a nice shimmer on you too! I have really sensitive skin and they are even kind and gentle enough for me to use regularly.
I definitely recommending giving one of these a try - they are quite simply lush! Whether you're a Man, Woman, hard working Mother or Party Goer - or both, everyone needs to try one of these just once in their life to experience the effects of a ballistic. Below is a little list of the different ballistics I have mentioned, their purpose on this earth, along with their ingredients. I was going to add my own individual rating, but to be honest, with the exception of Ickle Baby Baff, which I haven't tried the remainder all get 5 out of 5 from me, they are perfect way to treat yourself...
*~* Avobath £2.45 *~*
Lush Says: "The Avobath (try saying it quickly) is a morning Bath Ballistic, scented with refreshing lemongrass, uplifting bergamot and stabilising rosewood; just what you need to get you ready to face the world with your head held high. (It's a bit glittery but not wildly so; you should be able to get away with this one on a work day. Try it at the weekend first if you've got a really straight boss.) Organic avocado (hence the name) and olive oil moisturise your skin as you enjoy your morning bathe, inhaling the lovely, fresh scent and splashing about in the bright green water".
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fresh Avocado (Persea gratissima), Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Green Glitter (Lustre holly sparkle).
*~* Big Blue Ballistic £2.45 *~*
Lush Says: "The Big Blue is one of those Lush products that we knew would just fly off the shelves and straight into the baths of Lush customers world-wide and so it did, spreading intellectual inspiration around the globe as it goes. Our philosophically inclined Big Blue has a refreshing lavender and citrus perfume, a layer of Atlantic Sea Salt Crystals to revive you and stimulate your skin and strands of nutritious arame seaweed too. Hence the next time you feel in need of a long, deep think then bathe in a reviving pool of deep blue bath water with lemon oil to help clear your mind and lavender to stimulate your awareness and help you connect with your higher self. Our Big Blue's there for you when your brain needs a bit of a boost."
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Atlantic Sea Salt Crystals (Sodium chloride), Perfume, Arame Seaweed (Eisenia arborea), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Lavender Oil (Lavendula hybrida), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 42045.
*~* Twinkle £2.75 *~*
Lush Says: "We are delighted to see the return of the twinkle! It was a best-seller last year, despite its small size and unassuming soft green colour. This year it has metamorphosed into the shape of a star. How appropriate. Yes, it does twinkle with tiny golden shimmers, but don't worry, Twinkle is ever so subtle in its approach. Its scent is a different matter; it fills your bathroom, home and entire life with the intoxicatingly gorgeous scent of American Cream - strawberry, vanilla, orange milkshakes. To top up the scent and the sparkles for a night out, add a coating of Shimmy Shimmy sparkle bar."
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Coumarin, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 42045 and Red Golden Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate).
*~* Ickle Baby Baff £1.45 *~*
Lush Says: They smell the same as our previous wonder bath to get children to sleep, but now one is blue and one is pink. The Ickle Baby Devil Bath is pink; it's for kids who are devilishly difficult to get to sleep. Soothe their tantrums with a fizzy, mood calming Bath Ballistic. The Ickle Baby Angel Bath is blue; it's for kids who deserve a treat for behaving well. Make sure they stay calm all the way to bed with a fizzing, soothing sleepy-time bath. Your kids can choose the colour they prefer; we wouldn't be so assumptive as to assign them to boys or girls. It's bigger too, so it lasts longer and wafts out more mind-calming essential oils to prepare the little 'uns for a good night's sleep. One thing we won't change is its magical powers!
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil (Lavandula augustifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album), Chamomile Oil (Anthemis nobilis), *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 18050
*~* The Happy Pill £2.95 *~*
Lush Says: "Fizz right back to happiness: with one part refreshing grapefruit, one part cheerful mandarin and lemon. Drop into a warm bath for fizz and fragrance."
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cocamide DEA, Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus grandis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Frankincense Oil (Boswellia carterii), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus dulcis), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050.
*~* Honey Bee £2.45 *~*
Lush Says: "A little honey of a bath treat. Contains, of course, lots of honey that moisturises and heals the skin; and soothing aloe vera and rhassoul mud to deep cleanse and balance. You will recognise the smell from the ultra-mouth-watering Honey I Washed the Kids soap and Ma Bar Bubble Bar Slice. If you like the warm smell of honey mixed with caramelised sugar then you have to have one of these for your bath."
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Rhassoul Mud, Perfume, Honey (Mel), Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides). *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate
*~* Sex Bomb £2.95 *~*
Lush Says: "A match of the creative genius of Mo and two of our "Design a Ballistic Competition" entrants Tara Shore from Matchams, Ringwood and Jill Marilyn Tomlin of Stannington in Sheffield."
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk (Glycine soja), Sodium Sesquicarbonate, Synthetic Musk, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Rice Paper Flower, Colour 18050, Colour 61585.
*~* Think Pink £2.75 *~*
Lush Says: "This shocking pink ballistic has four sugar candy flowers nestling at the top, and once in the bath explodes into a shower of pink heart shaped confetti. Scented with relaxing lavender oil, sweet creamy vanilla absolute and our brand new favorite tonka bean essential oil, because it smells so fabulous and helps you get in touch with your deeper emotions!"
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lavender Oil (Lavendula hybrida), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Neroli Oil (Citrus amara), *Limonene, *Linalool, Pink Heart Confetti, Colour 45410, Colour 18050, Candy Flowers.
*~* Tisty Tosty £2.75 *~*
Lush Says: "Weaves a magic love spell with a scent of precious rose and orris root. The fragrant rose (not to be confused with those huge, fluffy things with no scent) is surrounded with mystery and legend: it is said to have come from the Great Garden of ancient Persia; Cleopatra is rumoured to have seduced Anthony with it. Rose perfume is said to ease tension and stress and to give people happy, positive feelings (which is probably why it worked for Cleopatra). You'll smell the real rose absolute in Tisty Tosty as soon as it hits the water. Give one away to someone you love and use one on yourself; either way the Tisty Tosty works its magic spell.
PS: If you've had a bad day, we'll allow you to use a Tisty Tosty on yourself to remind you that we still love you, despite everything."
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Seven Rosebuds (Rosa centifolia), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Orris Root Powder (Iris florentina), *Limonene, Perfume.
*~* Waving Not Drowning £2.25 *~*
Lush Says: "Waving Not Drowning was so called because when it was first tested it, it made us feel so very, very calm that we nearly fell asleep in the bath. But this pale blue Bath Ballistic Bomb doesn't just knock you out; it helps to give you a good night's sleep AND to leave you feeling wonderful next morning. This is how: when you're feeling tense and bothered, calming lavender helps insomnia and balances the emotions; fennel oil is said to give you strength in adversity; cardamom is used to warm the senses and clear confusion; beautiful ylang ylang is very, very relaxing and helps to relieve anxiety. So you see, you want a Waving Not Drowning bath after a horrid day when you need to clear your mind before you can get yourself a good night's sleep. This does the job!"
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Lavender Oil (Lavendula hybrida), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), *Benzyl Salicylate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 61585 & Colour 18050.
* Occurs naturally in essential oils.
Thank you for reading :o)
Lush Bath Ballistics in General
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Foam / A range of scented, sizzling 'bombs' for the bath.
Yesterday I was talking to a girl at work who had never been to Lush and had never heard of a bath ballistic! This prompted me to feel that she was definitely missing out and to pop to Lush in my lunch hour and buy her a couple of treats. Obviously, while there, I took the chance to look round and see what else was new, and buy one or two things for myself too (well, it would have been rude not to!).
Lush only use natural ingredients and hand make all their products. You can buy in store or online (always find that orders arrive quickly, within a few days and contain only natural packaging too) but going in to the shop means that you get to smell things before buying, so you can choose the ones that you really like.
Bath ballistics are large circular shaped (about the size of an orange) treats for the bath and usually weigh around 100g (though some vary). The idea is that you run your bath then drop one of these in, and watch it go mad! It fizzes its way around your bathwater, taking ages to finally dissolve and filling your bath and bathroom with a gorgeous scent. When you do get in, the water feels softened and smells amazing, then all you have to do is lie back and enjoy.
Some varieties also change the colour of the bathwater or add glitter, so that you are sparkling when you get out, which can be fab for nights out!
Check their website to find a shop near you and look at their product range;
The prices range from around £2 to £4 and there are heaps to choose from. If you go into the store, ask the staff for more information on any ones that you are interested in, they are usually extremely well informed and happy to help.
I have sensitive skin which is prone to redness or irritation and never have any problems with these bath ballistics, they are a fantastic treat that turns bath time into relaxation time and everyone should use them from time to time. Lock the bathroom door, break open the wine and light a candle or two, then lie back and enjoy the fabulous scents while you chill out and shake off the stressed of the day.
If you know someone who hasn't tried these, or even someone who loves them, remember Christmas is fast approaching and these make the perfect gift - hint hint!
A lot of people think the bath bombs from Lush are a waste of money because you're paying between £2.50 and £3.00 for one coloured bath that might or might not soften your skin, but I think they're wicked and like to buy myself a few every time I go to Lush.
There's loads of different ones to choose from, some are plain bombs and others have bits of glitter and stuff in them that livens your bath water up. I prefer the ones that just colour the water because bits just make a mess in the bath, but I like the seaweed in the Big Blue ballistic because it goes dead good with the fresh seaside smell of it.
My fave one at the minute is called Vanilla Fountain and that's a lovely sweet ballistic that smells of vanilla and has got a vanilla pod sticking out of the top. It leaves my skin proper soft but makes the water yellow like you've had a wee in the bath! Another sweet one is Blackberry Bath Bomb, it smells unsuprisingly of blackberries and is very sweet and fruity and turns the water Ribena colour.
The classic bath ballistics I think are Honey Bee, Sex Bomb, Big Blue and Butterball. The Butterball one is very greasy and I'm not mad keen on that one because the cocoa butter is too heavy on my skin, it doesn't make my skin feel much softer even though it's got such a lot of moisturisers in it. I love Honey Bee because it smells of honey and I think it makes the water lovely and soft and leaves me with very soft and smooth skin. Sex Bomb I always think is a bit of a disappointment because it looks so pretty but I think the smell is proper boring and it doesn't do a lot for my skin, it's got quite a strong jasmine smell when the ballistic is still dry but the smell gets proper weak when you put it in the bath water and that's a shame I think.
If you want flowery smells then I reckon Sakura or Tisty Tosty are the best ones I've tried. Tisty Tosty has got a lovely rose smell and has got 7 rose buds inside it that open out a bit in the bath water, I love this one even though I'm not mad keen on the smell of rose usually. Sakura is a weird one because it smells flowery like jasmine but it's got a lovely citrus smell as well. Both of these are wickedly moisturising and I think having a bath in either of these ballistics is very relaxing, it must be the floral oils they use because if I have a bath in Sakura or Tisty Tosty I sleep a lot better when I go to bed.
I love ballistics and wish I could use a different one every night. They change the range quite regular but at the minute there are 17 ballistics that are available all the time, they are bringing new ones out for Xmas and I've already tried a couple and they're wicked this year. If you buy your Lush goodies online you can browse the retro ballistics and try some that were popular in the past but have been discontinued for some reason. My fave retro one is Hot Java because it has got a delish spicy smell and is relaxing and proper moisturising, mind you I'm not mad keen on the twiggy bits that come out of this ballistic when it fizzes away!
Lush bath ballistics - as all Lushies out there know - are (roughly) the same thing as others' "bath bombs" or "bath fizzers".
Ballistics produce bubble-free and soap-free baths, so if you are after washing as well as soaking, you need to use some form of soap, either prior to or during the bath.
They contain baking soda and citric acid (that's the fizzy/water softening part) plus essential oils. When thrown into water, they fizz, dissolve and - theoretically at least - release the mood altering scents. I don't really believe in the whole aromatherapy idea very much, firstly because there is scant evidence for it, and secondly because the sense of smell is very personal: it's largely about memories and associations, and different people will have different ones; although there seem to be certain universal patterns, mostly connected with how sexual attraction works (and there are definitely smells that are pretty universally disliked, probably due to their association with the - instinctive, as it's now believed - reaction of disgust).
But putting the "universal" aromatherapy and mood altering ideas aside, lovely scents are lovely scents and Lush is hard to beat in creating enticing, interesting and creative mixtures. They also excel in packaging their fragrances - and I don't mean the outer wrappers, as Lush ballistics come without those - but the colours, the names and the additional "bits" that are often added to the products.
I love Lush ballistics and have tried pretty much all of the current and retro selections as well as quite a few of the seasonal ones. This is my top ten, in no particular order. I will comment on mood altering qualities, but these are my own individual reactions and will not necessarily be true for everybody else.
1) Blackberry Bath Bomb:
with bergamot, frankincense & berries. A simple and brilliant ballistic, supremely relaxing; fruity but not overtly fruity, not girly at all and not sweet, it has a slightly spicy scent and produces clear, purple water.
2) Youki Hi:
this is possibly the best ballistic Lush made ever. Deservedly hyped up and popular, this one has a hypnotic, sexy, sophisticated scent, just like Flying Fox shower gel but without the cloying sweetness of honey. Jasmine dominates the scent.
3) English Countryside:
this one has both fans and critics as it has "bits" (cloth butterflies and silver foil bells). I love its scent, though: geranium, sandalwood and orris absolute combine to produce very fresh, slightly flowery scent, not grassy but reminiscent of a verdant meadow on a sunny day. It's hard to think of a better-named ballistic.
4) Ne Worry Pas:
is a retro product, but well worth getting if you are making an online order. It's a milky-white bath (achieved with soya milk) and it softens the skin. The scent is gentle and very relaxing.
another retro product, shaped as a flower and dedicated to Audrey Hepburn. It's mildly pink and scented with ylang-ylang, jasmine and gardenia. I didn't use to be very fond of floral scents, but Lush manage to make them immensely attractive and I have become a convert. This one is smaller than the usual 200g of a Lush ballistic and you really do need a whole one for a proper result.
6) All That Jas:
again, from the retro section. It's pale green and advertised as "shamelessly sexy". I am not sure about the sexiness, but I love the scent: jasmine dominates, but Turkish sweetgum and a bit of vetivert give it an edge.
this was introduced for Christmas 2008 and is possibly the best seasonal ballistic ever, and a close contender for the best-ever title overall. Not round, but in a strange hexagon-based shape, it has an outer part of brilliant blue and an inner part of pink, and as it fizzess, the initial blue of the water becomes a fantastic purple. The scent is difficult to describe, with the blue part containing rose and marjoram, and the pink part mint and basil. I dislike minty baths, but the mint is not strong at all, and it all blends really well into something best described as "cool floral". I love it!
8) Big Blue:
contains lemon and lavender and turns water very, very blue. It also contains bits of black seaweed, which need lurk at the bottom of the bath, but don't bother me much. It's another very relaxing bath, and the blue colour is gorgeous: like your own tropical lagoon.
9) Romance In A Stone:
is now completely discontinued, but who knows - may reappear in the retro section one day. It's a small and non-coloured ballistic scented with orange blossom, tangerine, and orange, with a hint of sweetnes. It's a very feminine fragrance, but not sickly so and perhaps more subtle than many other Lush bombs. They should bring it back!
10) B scent ballistic:
is really from Lush's sister company B Nevr Too Busy To Be Beautiful, but as I love the scent, I had to include this. B scent is a combination of grapefruit and fennel with rose, jasmine and gardenia. Sophisticated floral with a touch of something not quite graspable, this fragrance has me utterly captivated and I am currently saving for a perfume version.
I have been visiting Lush shops for a while now and so thought i'd take the opportunity to write about them a little more here!
As with any bath bomb you pop them into your bath and let them fizz away, usually producing a lovely smell and/or colour. I personally find them very relaxing and love having my bath water coloured. In Lush these 'bombs' are called ballistics.
Lush do many, many bath ballistics ranging both in price and type. The cheapest bomb you will find is the 'ickle baby' ballistics. These are designed specifically with children in mind and come in two colours. They are significantly smaller than the normal ballistics but are priced accordignly at £1.32. I think the addition of something like this in a childs bath can make the idea of a bath a lot more fun for them!.
In the normal range of Lush ballistics there are many different colours and smells, some containing added extras. I will pick a couple of different types and write a short summary to give you an idea of how different each one is:
Vanilla Mountain: Priced at £7.50 it is expensive, but the size matches the price. It is huge and there is no way I would put the whole thing in one bath. It is simply a larger version of Vanilla Fountain. But is a very effective gift. It has a very strong vanilla smell which has got 'burnt toffee' undertones to it. The ballistic turns water a shade of yelow which isn't too pleasant but for the smell it's worth it!
Supernova: Priced at £2.79 which is around average for Lush ballistics. It's a simple pink ball about the size of a fist with lots of multicoloured strands coming out. When placed in the water, these strands are released from the ball and float in the bath. Personally I don't like this style of ballistics as too much gets caught in the plughole (if anyone really likes this scent but not the mess, a good tip is to place the ballistic in a pair of tights as it stops all the bits escaping into the water).
Magic: Magic was a ballistic especially for Christmas (although it has now been bought back for Easter). This ballistic is a demonstration of what I think a perfect ballistic should be. The colour of it was a medium blue but as it fizzed away the middle was a deep purple colour. It turned the water a lovely colour, similar to that of which the sea always seems to look in tropical countries. The smell was also lovely and there was no mess to clean up afterwards!
As you can see, there are many types of ballistics so there is always something for everyone. At the moment there are around 25 ballistics in shops with more on the internet in the 'retro' section.
As a small extra point, these ballistics have never stained my white bath although if you sit too close to them while they fizz they may stain parts of you!!
I find ballistics the best if you live in a hard water area, bubble bars are lovely but only really worth it if you live in soft water so the ballistics are more suitable.
The only disadvantage with these is that they are hard to be used for more then one bath - with the bubble bars it's easy to break them in half but with these it's much harder so trying to save money is more difficult which then unfortuneately makes it expensive.
I'm personally not a fan of baths and I find it very hard to relax in them so someone suggested a Lush bath bomb called 'Waving Not Drowning'. It's perfect for me as it's vegan (no animal ingredients and certainly no animal testing!) and it's supposed to help people with insomnia.
I plopped it into the bath and it didn't fizz quite as much as I expected it too so I had to crumble it by hand to finish it off.
It smelt great! The combination of lavender and ylang ylang oils is perfect to help you relax however I couldn't surrender myself completely as the water felt gritty and when I got out of the bath I just didn't feel very clean.
Also, the scent didn't last for very long so it's not brilliant if you want to have a long soak in the bath.
I would recommend this for a once-in-a-while cure for insomnia but I can't imagine it working every night.
I bought this product a while ago when in Lush as hadnt been in the store for a while, and felt liek treating myself to a nice bubble bath.
I opted for the sex bomb bathbomb which cost me around 3.50 (which I thought was rather a lot for a bathbomb) but the smell was fantastic so though I would treat myself.
The colour was a light pink shade with purple tones to it. In the middle of the bathbomb is a small rose bud which I thought was a nice touch
You simply pop the bathbomb into a warm bath and watch it fizz away!! The scnet is relaeased into the steam and the water so your skin is scented with a beautiful floral smell.
I liked ths product but for the price I paid for it, it was a bit dissappointing. The smell was nice enough, but the scent on your skin didnt last as long as some of the ones I have used, such as the ones i have bought from 'so fresh and so funky'.
A range of scented, sizzling 'bombs' for the bath