“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Salt „
I haven''t written any reviews in a long time and during this time I have been on so many Lush trips and I have so many products to write about, it is unreal. On my trips I will usually go into the Lincoln Lush store as I love the team there and it is of course the closest store to my home town. Usually when I go in I grab a few of my favourites and only maybe one or two new products but these times I have completely bought new products to me.
Lush bath bombs - or 'ballistics' as they call them - have long been a favourite in my house. We've tried many of them but usually keep coming back to our favourites and the Honey Bee is certainly one of those, even though they're not cheap at £3-15 each (as at August 2013).
In appearance these spherical bombs are a lemony-yellow colour with steaks of grey-brown running through them. This would correspond with the main ingredients of honey and rhassoul mud, and the striping is meant to represent a bee. According to Lush's website their creator even wanted to mould wings onto them in some way to reinforce this image too! Like other Lush ballistics each Honey Bee bath bomb weighs around 200g and is about the size and shape of a cricket ball. They're obviously produced in a mould because you can see lots of 'flashing' around the place where the two hemispheres have been joined together - it's like the little bits that have squeezed out of the joined-up mould then left to solidify. I also like the fact that they're handmade too.
They don't smell very strongly straight out of the bag but once you drop them into a warm bath the aromas explode out of them. Be warned: this will stay on your skin for hours and could possibly hang around your bathroom for days afterwards. Fortunately I like the smell but if you don't then this is definitely not one for you. It's a huge smell of sweet honey with, surprisingly, quite a strong hint of lemon in there too. It's the honey that will stay with you and it's gorgeously refreshing.
Unlike some other Lush bombs (like the wonderful Big Blue) there isn't much of a violent fizz when this one hits the water. It's more of a gentle bubbling as the mud particles slowly break free and sink into the waters and the honey rises to the top and turns your bath a vivid golden colour. It also puts a layer of moisturising cream on top of the water which looks a little surprising but is really soothing and makes my skin feel as good as it smells afterwards. I guess that the dissolved mud helps with this as well.
The downside of all this indulgent honey and mud in your bath is, of course, that it can leave a bit of a mess. There's the sandy layer of residue that needs rinsing out of the bottom of the bath and the scummy tide mark at the top where the honey has settled. It's not great but most of us will be in the habit of giving that bath a quick wipe down when we get out of it anyway, right? (right?) It's easily cleaned off and, in my view, it's a minor price to pay for such a lovely product.
In summary this isn't the best product that Lush make and it isn't for everyone but if you like the smell and the creamy feel of the bath that it creates then it delivers, honey, bee-yutifully.
A trip to Lush is always a fun experience and a treat I like to give myself every couple of months as I love the products but find some of them a bit expensive, but for a fun bath great now and again I love to buy something special from the store.
On a recent trip I splashed out on some bath bombs or ballistics as Lush call them. These are wonderful looking, fizzy, crumbly bath balls of fun and they've got lots of different ones to choose from. The balls are all hand made with fresh ingredients so you know you are getting. Good quality, well made bath product.
This time I took my little girl with me which was a lot of fun as she picked out lots of cute things and one of the items she picked was this yellow Honey Bee bath bomb. She likes yellow and I told her it was meant to resemble a bee so she said that was cool and that we should get it. I was pleased with her choice because this bath bomb contains honey which I absolutely love in bath and beauty products so I was excited to try it.
In an effort to make the bomb last longer I tried to break it in half but its quite tough and so ended up throwing the whole ball in my bath which is a shame as I wanted it to go further but it was such a lovely bath in the end I didn't mind. The ball contains sodium bicarbonate so this is what makes it fizz and "bomb" when you place it in your bath. This is quite fun to watch and makes the bath more exciting in a way. The bomb made the water turn a bright yellow colour which was funny to get into to begin with but then you get used to the colour.
I found this bath bomb lovely and luxurious. Lush say, "take the sting out of sore, troubled skin. Soak in soothing honey, aloe and rhassoul mud." I love he inclusion of aloe in products as I find it really soft and soothing on my skin and that's the way my skin felt when I got out of this bath. The liquid in the bath had a nice texture to it and I could really feel it enveloping my skin and really softening it and making it silly. I kept plunging deeper into the bath to make sure all my skin was covers. According to Lush, "The rhassoul mines are located alongside the Atlas Mountains in the Moulouya valley, approx 200km from the City of Fes. There is enough rhassoul already mined to supply for the next ten years and up to 500,000 kilos can be shipped from this facility per year."
The smell of this bath bomb is amazing too, lovely and sweet and not too overpowering, just a nice sweet honey type flavour and smell. The other ingredients are listed as: sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, rhassoul mud, honey, perfume, aloe Vera extract, organic aloe Vera gel, sweet wild orange oil, bergamot oil, gardenia extract, limonene.
Each bomb costs £3.15 so its not something I would use in my bath everytime as that would be expensive but for a lovely treat these are wonderful.
Lush Honey Bee Bath Bomb
Ok, so I've been to Lush again and then some. My girlfriend and I purchased about ten new bath bombs and soaps and refilled out little soap basket in the bathroom, which now smells dreamy again.One of my favourite shops that doesn't sell DVD's, books or video games is Lush and we have a nice branch of the shop in The Hague. I went in at Christmas this year to peruse the special offers and I admit I could stand in the shop all day and just breathe slowly in and out. I just love the smells. I usually end up buying something, so I decided I would make another visit sometime soon in the New Year, which I did a couple of weeks ago and have since reviewed some of the purchases.
The Honey Bee bath Bomb looks pretty much like most other lush bath bombs and is one of the larger ones. Again it is hand-made and none of the ingredients are tested on animals. The Honey Bee ball is whitish grey in colour with a light yellow stripe running through the middle. It smells dreamy; lovely and sweet but not too perfumy. I was looking forward to using it as I always am with Lush products but in all honesty this didn't live up to my expectations, although it was still nice. I suppose my expectations are high after using some fantastic products from Lush and they can't all be amazing.
After removing the plastic wrapper from the circular ball of delight, I ran a nice hot bath. The wrapper was easy to remove and as with most Lush products was not irritating or annoying to get off. I once purchased a cheap bath bomb from a high street store, who I won't name, and the ball was basically a broken up mess of bits by the time I had got the poor wrapping off. The ball itself feels smooth and yet a little grainy at the same time and is quite a good size. The texture is rather chalky and seeing as I have a habit of sniffing the bomb every few seconds, I was sneezing quite a lot.
Some of the Lush bath bombs have the word 'BOMB' moulded into the surface, so I wouldn't recommend carrying it on the bus or train while looking particularly agitated. In fact there was a law-suit taken out against Lush because when they first started making these balls they used to wrap them in a black wrapper with an imitation fuse on it. It didn't go down to well with airport security and a few people took Lush to court over their harassment while travelling with the balls. However, this bath bomb did not have the word 'Bomb' etched into it. As usual it is best to keep these balls somewhere where they are not going to get knocked or bumped, because they tend to crumble and break quite easily.
Once my bath was full I dropped in the bath ball, which immediately began to fizz and swirl and turn the water a deep yellow colour. Don't drop one of this into your local swimming baths or you might be mistaken for someone who has been caught short. My one criticism of this particular bath ball was that it didn't smell strong enough but I did have a stuffy nose, so maybe it was stronger than I thought. In the past I have sat in the bath first and then placed the bath bomb in and my does it tickle! Steady ladies! I prefer to sit in the bath before adding the ball but in this instance I decided to pop it in and watch it go to work and that way I can take a picture for you guys (but don't expect one every time as I do like the odd tickle now and again. The deep yellow sunk into the water and a white foamy substance stayed on top along with a brighter yellow.
I think that Lush strayed away from the idea of making the balls black and yellow like a bee because the black colouring would probably turn the water black and who wants that?
Lowering myself into the bath I almost fell asleep and had to reprimand myself over the dangers of being sensually overtaken by the gorgeous aroma. Joking aside, the smell is nice and fragrant, but like I said it wasn't as nice as some of the other bath bomb smells. As I lay there I could feel the oily texture of the water clinging to my skin and pushing away the bubbles revealed a lovely deep yellow that had a very Mediterranean feel to it. This made the bath seem even warmer and with the bad weather we're having here in Holland, just like England, it was nice to lie and take in that warmth. It really is like having the sun set in your bath. I also have a cold so it was quite soothing.
At the business end of my bath my skin felt really soft and smooth. As with all Lush bath bombs and soaps you always get that velvet cushion kind of feel to your skin.
The bath bomb totally disintegrates and you get no lumps or bits of bomb floating around in the bath or irritating you on the bottom of the bath. There was a small residue after the bath emptied, which looked like grains of sand. It washes away instantly and leaves no dirt or marks on the surface of the bath. The smell lingers on and on after your bath and I walked into the bathroom maybe an hour later and was hit by a lovely honey smell. There was a hint of caramel or toffee to it as well but again, surprisingly, it was not a sickly sweet smell like you would perhaps expect. It is simply gorgeous and I loved it. Even when it did eventually fade I had the aromas of the new soap bags in their basket to breathe in. I didn't find any staining to my skin or the bath afterwards; although our bath is cream and not white, so maybe a white bath would be different but I doubt it.
The Honey Bee Bath Bomb costs four euros in Holland, which I believe is two fifty to three fifty in England depending on the rate at the time. That would seem a little expensive to some people but for me the whole experience is well worth four pounds. You could always break this good sized ball into two pieces and get two baths out of it.
All Lush products are naturally made and you can watch staff members making them in our shop in The Hague. The ingredients are tempered in a safe environment beforehand. They are not tested on animals, which is a real advantage for my girlfriend and I being big animal lovers. None of the ingredients are artificial or contain any banned substances. They are a long standing company that used to go by the name of 'Cosmetics to Go'. All I can say is well done to the person who thought up 'Lush' as it perfectly describes the shop; not to mention the fact that 'Cosmetics to Go' is an awful name.
So what exactly are you placing in your bath? Well the bomb contains sodium bicarbonate and a counter ingredient of citric acid. The citric acid acts as a catalyst to the sodium bicarbonate, which creates the fizz that we see when the bomb is placed in the water. It's not magic and the two chemicals just create carbon dioxide which reacts to the water. There is also bergamot oil and frankincense, which complement the perfume to give off that lovely smell and to revitalise your skin. The Honey Bee ball contains Aloe Vera for its calming properties, deep cleansing Rhassoul mud and toffee honey scent. Sweet, wild orange oil is added as an extra kick but I didn't really get this; like I said though my nose is partially blocked. This ball is based on the same scent and properties as the soap made with the same ingredients 'Honey I Washed the Kids'.
The whole hotchpotch of oils is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated and I must say it does do just that.
All in all I would highly recommend the Lush Honey Bee bath bomb and I give it three out of five stars as far as bath bombs are concerned. This is based on the fact that I have had better bombs that I have marked higher but this should take nothing away from this product and I would gladly recommend it with no qualms.
Honey bee bath bomb
Little miss often buys bath bombs from Lush and this was the latest purchase.
Available from Lush stores and also online at www.lush.co.uk, this costs £3.15 for one bath bomb. As with all of the bath bombs its not the cheapest way to get a bath so we always have half each, because the whole bath bomb is way too much for one bath.
The bath bomb is spherical in shape and because all of the products are hand made each one is slightly different. the main aim though is to make them look like bees, and they are striped in a yellow and greyish colour. To me, the over riding smell is of lemon and because of this it smells nice and fresh. When I add it to running water the bath bomb fizzes slightly and dissolves very easily leaving my bath water looking yellowish in colour which isn't the most pleasant bath water. However the smell is very nice and becomes more obvious when dissolved, so the bathroom smells deliciously citrusy.
When bathing in the bath bomb it was quite relaxing even though I prefer some bubbles in my bath but for me I think it was more the fact that I liked the smell than the actual ingredients in the bath bomb. Fortunately when I came out of the bath my skin hadn't turned yellow although I can't say the same about the bath. Disgusting! Along the sides was a darker yellow tide mark ( and I wasn't that dirty!) and the bottom of the bath was yellow with little bits of what must be the glitter. Yes, the bath bomb in true Lush style has to contain bits of something and in the case of this one, I believe it to be gold glitter because I had some bits on my body.
I am yet to find the perfect Lush product because or me they are just too much of a gimmick. This has a great smell and left my skin feeling clean and whilst not especially moisturised it didn't feel dry.
A good enough product apart from the steep price and the fact that it left the bath filthy.
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I am a huge fan of Lush products but I can't afford to shop their regularly. However, my extremely kind mum recently went out and bought me one of these Lush Honey Bee bath Bomb ballistics to try. I was very keen to try the product as it smelled richly of honey and I love this aroma.
Bath Ballistics (they seem to have recently rebranded them as 'bombs') at Lush tend to be big hard balls of compressed powdery substances which contain things like essential oils and moisturising products. Each ballistic is unique and handmade and contains ingredients which give each ballistic in the range an individual personality. The Honey Bee is a tough dry ball which is about the size of a cricket ball and which has a squashed central ring which makes it look like it's modelled on the planet of Jupiter. The ball is a blend of two colours - a pale springtime yellow and a sandy brown which has flecks of mahogony brown and ochre in it.
To use the product you simply add it to your water at bathtime. I always have an issue with ballistics in that they are quite expensive and difficult to break into pieces to use over several baths. Although Lush would probably like you to use it all at once (and return to buy another one) I find that a half or even a third of the ballistic is more than enough to get the most out of the product in your bath. I tend to just hold the ballistic under the tap and let a required amount fizz away into the running water. This does mean that you don't get the enjoyment of having the ballistic fizz around in your water but you can do this with the last piece left at least. If you do what I do with the ballistic you must leave it to dry between baths. It doesn't fizz all away if you get a little bit of it wet so don't worry!
This ballistic turns the water a urine yellow colour. Sorry to liken the colour to something so unpleasant but that's kind of what it reminds me of. It's also gives that unreal Lucozade kind of glow to the water. It's a strange bright shade but I don't find the colour to be uplifting or reminiscent of summer or anything pleasant like that - it's just an unusual space-hopper kind of colour.
If you go to the Lush website you can find out what special ingredients are in your Lush product. This ballistic is actually comprised of something called Rhassoul Mud as well as containg honey, bergamot oil, sweet wild orange oil and aloe. The ballistic is aimed at people who would like to soothe their skins. The Rhassoul Mud is contianed in the sandy coloured swirl in the ball. The mud dissolves (bar a few tiny gritty pieces) and becomes a soft pulp that virtually vanishes in the water. The mud is supposed to be softening to skin and I can tell that my skin feels marginally softer or at least smoother when I get out of the bath.
The fragrance of the Honey Bee ballistic is very nice. It's like a blend of honey and caramel with a slightly more sophisiticated burned wood undertone. The scent reminds me a lot of the Lush soap 'Honey I Washed the Kids'. I have a bar of this at the moment and it compliments the ballistic very well. It's an intoxicating and beautiful scent that I enjoy smelling when I'm in the bath. I like that the water smells of it and the steam too. It also transfers onto my skin and is left their after I dry myself.
This ballistic does not create bathtime bubbles - you would need a Lush Bubble bar for that. It has a very strong smell though and changes the texture and fragrance of the water. When you wash yourself the water feels more silky and gentle. You can smell the honey-toffee mix with every splash.
Like I said I do like to try and get a few baths out of each ballistic. Even with a deep bath the colour, skin softening qaulities and water colour are dramatic when using just a third of the ballistic. I would definitely recommend using the ballistic like I do rather than use it all at once (it's so expensive!). I have used this a couple of times up to now and have enjoyed each bathtime. I really like that I can come out of a bath smelling so wonderful with so little effort. I also like that it can helpskin feel slightly more soothed and soft although I have to emphasise this softening is not to a great degree. One of the things I'm really not keen on with this ballistic is the colour it turns the water. I've also been more blown away by other ballistics by Lush so if you are a first time Lush customer perhaps you might be dissapointed by this one as it doesn't really do anything spectacular (unless you count turning the water a toxic yellow colour special!). It's also very expensive so whilst I would buy this again I don't think it'd be a regular purchase.
You can buy this in high street stores or online and it costs £3.10 for a 200g ballistic. I haven't shopped in store for a while and now Lush seem to have changed their packaging. They used to provide bright yellow bags but now they are red and white and are printed with the Lush ethos which is worth a read. The paper bag can be recycled after use.
Lush use vegetarian ingredients and each product is handmade and fresh.
I popped into Lush on my way home the other day as I was in need of a pick me up after a horrible day, and spotted a pile of the Honey Bee ballistics stacked up near the entrance of the shop. I have heard of the Honey Bee ballistic before via friends and reviews, but i've never really tried it as I prefer to stick to the ballistics which I know and love, but I decided it was time for a change and picked 2 of the Honey Bee ballistics up as they have such a gorgeous scent to them - this ballistic really does smell almost good enough to eat. The smell is very noticeable but it's not overpowering or too sweet. It definetly reminds me of the Honey I Washed the Kids soap - it has pretty much excactly the same scent - caramel and honey, and it generally has a very sweet smell. Although it is a sweet smell, it's definetly also quite a unisex smell. It doesn't have that tacky, candy-sweet smell if you know what I mean. Anyway, onto the most important part of my review - how much did my Honey Bee bath balliastic cost? You won't believe me, but it's £2.95. £2.95 for a huge bath bomb - amazing right? I can't believe how cheap this is compared to the other bath ballistics and similar products. Also, because the bath ballistic can be broken into half, you can get 2 baths out of it so I think it is amazing value!
The bath ballistic, like all other Lush products, is handmade, meaning that sizes and the appearence do slightly vary. The appearence of this is simple, it's round, large (the same size as the palm of my hand), and yellow. It has swirls of a lighter, creamier yellow so it has quite a stripy appearence which I guess mimics a bee's pattern apart from the fact that bees are black and yellow, but I can see why they made it yellow and white instead as no one would appreciate a black bath. The bath bomb comes with minimal packaging - a Lush paper bag which keeps it fresh. The bath bomb breaks & crumbles easily though so be careful to store your bath bomb somewhere that it won't get bashed about or crushed. The ingredients in the bath bomb are all natural and Lush buy their ingredients from companies who don't test on animals meaning the product is suitable for Vegans and it is also cruelty free. Some of the ingredients include rhassoul mud, honey (obviously), aloe vera extract, sweet wild orange oil and lots of other fancy sounding bits and bobs. The honey acts a moisturizer and softens the skin and the rhassoul mud softens and cleanses the skin and also has a foaming effect, grease remover properties and acts as a natural shampoo. Obviously you will not be using Honey Bee as a shampoo but i'd thought i'd mention that it acts as a natural shampoo so that you are aware that it's safe to wash your hair in the water once you've used the ballistic.
Using this bath ballistic is simple. Run your bath and drop it in. You don't have to hold it under the tap like the bath melts, you just plonk it straight in. As soon as it hits the water it begins fizzing (which is quite loud at first) and a thick lather of creamy foam oozes out of it as it dissolves, it definetly doesn't fizz or foam as much as the other ballistics I have used which I don't mind as it's more relaxing that way. The bath water immedietly starts to change colour to a lovely vibrant goldeny yellow shade with swirly bits of white foam in it too. I know that my description of the colour doesn't sound very nice but it looks lovely in my opinion, although if someone walked in on you while you were bathing in this I think it would be a bit awkward, as it does make the water look very wee coloured, I know that sounds like a silly joke but I am been deadly serious and it's important to mention as it will probably put some people off of buying it, although it doesn't bother me personally. Bubbles wise, there aren't many, which isn't a huge disadvantage for me as I don't particular enjoy bubble baths, but again, it's something to be aware of - if you're looking for a bath bomb which produces lots of big fluffy bubbles then this isn't the one for you. The bath bomb makes the water feel very milky and moisturizing and makes my skin feel silky soft while i'm bathing in the water. This is a lasting effect and my skin feels like silk when I get out of the bath and even the next day it feels really smooth. Once my bath is drained of the water there is a bit of residue left which is a bit like a gritty mud. This takes literally 2 seconds to remove as it isn't sticky or gooey. The smell lingers in my bathroom for an hour or so and lingers on my skin for quite a while. Overall I can not fault this product, it is very cheap, good value and has a lovely effect on my skin. Reccomended!
It should be becoming clear, that I not only love Lush, but I love a good bath. If you have ever read my Lush reviews before you may realise that I have a bit of an obsession with the Butterball ballistic. In an attempt to try something different and to better Butterball, I have been trying out some similar scents to really test if it was my favourite. Friday night came, the bath was run, Heart club classics on and my Origins ginger candle lit. I dropped the ballistic into the bath to see what happened....
***Let The Ballistic See The Bath***
The ballistic itself as the yellow and grey (in the dark it may appear black) stripes reflecting the bee it is supposed to represent. Dropping the ballistic into the bath, it immediately started to fizz before sinking to the bottom of the bath like a lead weight. I found myself kicking it and pawing it around the bath to try and make sure I was surrounded by the honey odour. My previous ballistics have all semi-floated, and to find I had to chase this one around the bath was mildly annoying, but the ballistic did fizz for a satisfactory amount of time, probably about five to ten minutes.
Here come some of my first issues with the ballistic, the colour it turns the water. It is only what could be described as a strong urine yellow, I had read about this in reviews of this product, and didn't think it would bother me. However, when trying to relax and feel deeply cleansed surrounded by what looks like urine, I never felt clean throughout my bathing experience. The feeling of cleanliness was not helped by the 'grit' that this ballistic left at the bottom of the bath, it felt a bit like sand, and sadly felt like the bath was dirty too, I'm guessing this may have something to do with the addition of the mud. It wasn't as I had cleaned the bath the day before and gave it a quick rinse again before I got in, so this must have been produced by the ballistic.
***What makes up the scent?***
The scent is meant to be reminiscent of the Lush favourite Honey I Washed the Kids Soap, which I have not yet owned so can't vouch for it. However the overall aroma is one of honey with a slightly floral tinge. Personally I don't think the aroma was strong enough, and I also thought it was lacking in another balancing scent. I think either a bit more fo the floral or some sharp citrus, would have resulted in a more complete bathing experience. The two vital components of this ballistic are honey and rhassoul mud.
*Honey - An antioxidant believed to prevent dehydration of the skin.
*Rhassoul Mud - Has been used since Ancient Mesopotamia to revitalise skin, and is also believed to help heal arthritis. It is one of the forms of mud that are often used in health spa mud baths today. This was Lush's attempt of a spa treatment at home.
The scent did not remain on my skin after stepping out of the bath, and the bathroom no longer smelt of honey when I went to brush my teeth a couple of hours later before bed. I found this a real disappointment, and I normally get a longer lasting scent from previous Lush products I have used in the bath.
*** How my skin felt after? ***
The lovely shop assistant in Lush promised me softer skin due to the presence of the honey and Rhassoul mud, however I found my skin was slightly softer compared to other non-softening Lush bath products I did not notice a vast difference. On this occasion I definitely topped up with some body butter.
*** Layering With Other Products ***
Lush recommend to use this product with Honey I Washed the Kids soap, never tried it, but I have been told it smells just like this. They also recommend the Mange Too massage bar which is more for moisturising, I do see some similarities between the ballistic and this massage bar, but I think Mange Too has a less natural sweetness due to the addition of the white chocolate.
My personal recommendation for layering is from a range called Kings and Queens, by the Greek company Korres, the Queen Nefertiti range has body butter and shower gels with a honey undertone. The shower gel is much better than the body butter in my opinion, but allows the scent to be built up, from a ballistic scent I didn't get much longevity from.
***A Cautionary Note***
Watch when getting in and out of the bath with this ballistic and other Lush products, I find the water becomes more slippy compared to the normal bubble bath I would purchase in the supermarket. This can mean getting into the bath is a little treacherous, so I would plan your exit route carefully.
I also noticed with this particular bath ballistic, the dreaded tide mark, yellow and the grit when I got out of the bath. I cleaned these both quickly as I did not want it to stain the suite. However, it did not give a relaxing end to my Honey Bee ballistic experience.
***Price and Availability***
This ballistic is part of the permanent line at Lush and so is widely available. Currently Lush have the Bathtime Favourites gift in a limited edition tin for £29.95 the mini version of Honey Bee and loads of other ballistics are also in there. As well as the Honey Farm gift set full of Lush's honey scented products. The cost of this ballistic was £2.95 a high to mid-range price for a Lush ballistic. However I did not see any added benefits compared to many of the £2.30 ballistics I have sampled.
*** Overall ***
I won't be purchasing this ballistic again, for the price I didn't get the Lush quality I have come to love and expect. I possibly got a bad ballistic that had been in the shop for too long, but this one certainly lacked the intensity of others. The mess created by this ballistic and the paltry scent results in my two star rating.
*** A Quick Question ***
It is my last bath at home next week, as I am moving out, and baths are going to be few and far between from now on. Do any reviewers have any other recommendation? I would love to hear your comments.
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I am a big fan of Lush products, and tend to pick myself up a couple of treats each time I go into the centre of town, which on average is once or twice a month - I do tend to use Lush items as a once a week / once a fortnight treat! I definitely enjoy my girly evenings in from time to time, and normally a Lush bath bomb is involved in it somewhere!
On my last trip into Lush I was browsing the bath bombs trying to decide which one to get. I tend to always go for the same few, but this time decided I wanted to try something new. I admired the neat pyramids build out of the bath bombs and tried to pick a new one to try. I narrowed it down to two, and after some deliberation decided to give this one a go.
*So why did I pick this one?*
Well, because of it's scent. For someone like me, who has a real sweet tooth, I am instantly attracted to anything sweet. Upon reading the little information sign stating the bath bombs name and that this bath bomb 'in addition to soothing honey, it has Moroccan rhassoul mud to deep cleanse and soften your skin.' All sounding good to me! The stripy 'bee' like appearance although not as 'pretty' as some of the others, also had it's quirkiness about it. The price was about average for a Lush bath bomb at £2.95.
*What was it like to use?*
Last night I gave myself my girly night of the week. I began to run a nice bath and added the honey bee bath bomb which began to fizz away nicely. I found the smell toned down a little once it had dissolved. I must admit that once dissolved the bath water did go a lot yellower than I thought it would go, and sitting in yellow water wasn't quite as nice as sitting in, for example, pink water would have been. Nevertheless, I settled down to enjoy my bath.
After getting out of the bath I did notice that my skin was nice and soft. I imagine this had something to do with the honey as well as the Moroccan rhassoul - I'm not actually quite sure what that is, but it sounds good... Some type of mud? And mud is meant to be good for the skin - saying that, I'm not recommending that you go out and roll in the flowerbeds in your garden!
So yea, a nice scent that lingered in the bathroom for a couple of hours after my bath - good for me as I loved it, not so good for the other half who hated it! The scent did also linger on my skin for a little while, but only subtly so it wasn't too strong. Lovely soft skin, and I can still feel the softness now, over 24 hours later.
Overall a pretty good bath bomb, but with a real sweet scent, so wouldn't be for everyone. I found that the bath bomb also left a faint yellow ring around the bath once I had let the water go. This 'ring' and the fact I wasn't too keen on the yellow water are the reasons I've dropped a star, giving this bath bomb a 4.
This is another review of a Lush Bath ballistic that I've not long got out of the bath I used it in! As I've said before but for the people who don't know: Lush is an Environmentally aware company that activly get their customers involved in recycling as much as they possibly can. Aswell as that, they stand strongly against animal testing. This is why in my books, they're a wonderful company. So along with my little mission to try everything in Lush and scrutinise it all, this is Honey bee.
It is described as containing 'soothing' Honey and Aloe with Rhassoul mud from Morocco which claims to deeply cleanse the skin.
On appearance, the bright yellow really draws your eyes in. It matches the bags they put them in! The sandy coloured stripe reminds me of a bees nest. Picking it up to get a whiff, it gives off a strong honey scent which on their website, they describe as caramel. I can't quite get caramel but it is a sweet smell that is almost sickly. I threw caution to the wind and decided to try it at a cost of £2.95/200g. More expensive than a lot of the bomb but still not bad in my view.
So, the test! I plopped it into a pre run bath and intently, the tub is filled with cloudy yellow, the Rhassoul mud (I assume) dropping to the bottom. The bathroom fills with the scent of the sweet honey. All in all, it wasn't a bad bath. However the smell isn't one that would be my first choice, Lush have so much better ballistics than this.
The smell stays on your skin and in the bath room for a long time after your bath however, cleaning the bright yellow tide mark and the Rhassoul mud off the bath was a real chore that I haven't had with other Lush products.
If you like sweet smells, try it, you might like it but its not for me.
After a very long and busy day at work, I decided I would treat myself to a Lush bath, as there is nothing that makes me feel more relaxed, and I decided to try something abit different, and saw the Honey Bee bath bomb, which looked really nice, and got my pen name in, so defiantly had to try it! I had a suspicion I would be disappointed by Lush!
The Honey Bee bath bomb is a round ball, which is about the size of a cupped hand, and the bomb is a bright yellow colour, with a light brown stripes across it. The bath bomb is very attractive, as the colours are bright and vivid, and looks very summery, looks perfect for a summer bath! Lush have stated that the Honey Bee is a "soothing, cleansing soak" and it provides a "deep cleanse and soften your skin". Also there are several ingredients, most of which are natural and the bath bombs are not tested on animals, which is a big advantage for me, as I don't want products to be tested on animals.
To use the bath bomb, I begin to run my bath, and then place the bath bomb under the hot water tap, and it begins to dissolve. The bath bomb should be dissolved by the time your bath is full. I put my bath bomb in the bath after I've run abit of the bath, as it gives a much stronger colour to water and keeps any smells for longer, for a weaker colour you cant put the bath bomb in straight away. The colour of the bath was really pretty once it had dissolved, the bath water was a really bright, and I'm abit of a sucker for coloured water, but was nice, but not really essential!
Honey Bee had a rather strong smell when it was in bath bomb state, it was sweet and smelled really like honey, which I adored, as I love sweet smells, and it wasn't too OTT perfumed, which always give off a fake smell, but the Honey Bee smelt really natural. For those who aren't a fan of strong smells, the Honey Bee does fade out quite a lot when it's dissolved in the bath, it does smell of honey, but it is much more toned down.
After the bath, I noticed that my skin felt really soft, which was caused by the honey and the Moroccan Rhasssoul mud, which is an ingredient which helps improve skin's softness. The softness caused by the Honey Bee bath bomb lasted most of the day, which is a big positive as my skin felt soft and pampered all day, almost like I came from a spa treatment! My skin also felt cleansed, which mean my skin was fresh and felt bright, the best advantage in my opinion.. The effects on my skin lasted all day aswell.
I would recommend the Honey Bee to anyone, as it is a relaxing and natural experience, it calms and helps skin, as it softens skin and helps cleanse, buff and brighten skin. And even if your skin is perfect it's just fun to have a relaxing and gorgeous smelling bath!
Honey Bee is only available at Lush stores and online (www.lush.co.uk) and costs £2.95 per 200g, which is one bath bomb.
I purchased this bath ballistic to go with the Honey I Washed the Kids Soap. I love buying things in Lush and will try anything from there once. This particular bath ballistic is about the size of a tennis ball and weighs 200g it costs £2.95 from the shop or online at lush.co.uk
The bath ballistic itself is bright yellow in colour with pale brown streaks throughout. Lush describe this bath ballistic as containing soothing honey and Moroccan rhassoul mud to deep cleanse and soften your skin.
The ingredients are listed online as;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Rhassoul Mud, Honey, Perfume, Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Limonene.
For those of you who have never used a Lush ballistic before you simply run your bath and once full drop it in and watch it fizz erratically around the surface. You need to use the whole ballistic. After adding this to the water it turns a shade of yellow. This can be a little offputting! however the smell is divine, it smells like toffee waffles and the smell lasts and lasts. You then simply lie in the bath for however long you like. After using this I did notice that my skin felt very soft and smooth. I could feel that the water had moisturised my skin.
I would give this ballistic 4 out of 5 I will take a star off it as the yellow water is a bit offputting and if you have a white bath you will need to give it a good scrub after using this as you get a lovely yellow ring left behind! All in all though this is a great product it soothes your skin and makes it smell nice. I would recommend using this with the soap I mentioned above the two go so well together!
I received a gift box for Christmas this year from Lush which contained 9 bath ballistics in! I am a lucky girl and though I want to bathe EVERY night- I am trying to be good and use them slowly!
The Honey Bee Ballistic was one of the bath ballistics in the box. I was immediately attracted to it (before the others) as it is a bright yellow colour with stripes across it and it had a wonderful caramel aroma to it.
According to the Lush website, this particular bath ballistic contains Moroccan rhassoul mud which cleans and softens your skin. The stripe that can be seen in the bath ballistic is the mud, which when mixed with warm water, cleanses the skin- which as we all know from many a mud mask used- it sure does! The honey that is also used in it helps to moisturise and soften the skin.
I always pop my bath ballistic into the bath as the water is running- it fizzes up a treat....it doesn't bubble up in the bath, this bath ballistic colours the water yellow and leaves a lovely sheen to the water....I didn't think this was a grease and it isn't- it looks like it will moisturise and softern your skin- and it does.
The scent lasted whilst I was in the bath and I felt very relaxed during my soak. After I got out, my skin felt beautiful. I definitely would use this one again. Unlike other bath bombs I have used, it doesn't stain the sides of the bath which is a bonus!!
The Honey Bee Bath Ballistic costs £2.95 and can be bought instore at Lush :-) This is fairly pricey but as a once in a while treat to yourself or someone else it is a great buy! Happy bathing :-)
I love Lush's bubble bars and their bath items are my favourite treats. The bath bombs are good fun as well and I buy these from time to time as the fancy takes me. This is one of the new bath bombs that were released this summer. It costs £2.85 for 200g and can be bought from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk.
Lush say "Our fizzy bee brings soothing honey to your bathtub, plus soothing aloe and rhassoul. Drop it into a pre-run bath and relax in the sweet fragrance."
Honey Bee is a bit of a plain looking bath bomb with a simple spherical shape. It has brown and yellow stripes which give the look of a big chubby bumble bee, but isn't as cute or pretty as some of the nicely decorated ones. It has a lovely scent when it's dry before you put it in the bath, which then becomes more noticeable as it's dissolved in the water. The scent is super sweet and very rich.
To use, you simply put it into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. The bath bomb then fizzes away until it has fully dissolved, and absolutely transforms the water. This bath bomb is very active and fizzes away quickly giving a quick result. The rhassoul mud can take a little longer to mix into the bath but it all blends in nicely to give a lovely bathing experience. Honey Bee turns the bath water a very bright yellow colour which is a little shocking and the only thing I dislike about this product.
The effect it has on my skin is absolutely divine, it's like sinking into a silky bath oil and it instantly coats your skin when you submerge your body in the water. It seems to really hydrate and soften my skin, and the effect lasts for the whole day afterwards. It really is a treat and nourishes neglected skin quickly and effectively. Honey is well known for it's soothing properties, and the same goes for aloe and rhassoul mud. They all work together to thoroughly cleanse and condition the skin so I am left feeling soft and smooth after I get out of the bath, without leaving any greasy sticky feeling. The scent lingers for hours afterwards and is especially delicious if you use in combination with other Lush products. I like to dab on a little Soft Couer almost like a solid perfume, and add a little to my knees, feet and elbows to really sort out my dry areas. This gives the added bonus of creating a lovely smell that seems good enough to eat!
Simply put, this is my favourite Lush bath ballistic. I absolutely adore the smell, and love the way it makes my skin feel. It is really nourishing as well as being relaxing and indulgent. The only downside is the yellow colour, but that's just a personal dislike and I'm sure others might find it cheerful and fun. I have been using these for the past few years and will continue to do so for as long as Lush keep making them. It is a bit of an expensive treat as you only get the one use from it, but it is well worth it in my opinion. I would be devastated is Honey Bee ever hit the discon list, but in the mean time I enjoy using this bath bomb as often as my purse allows!
If you like this ballistic bath bomb then you may also enjoy these similar Lush products:
+ Honey I Washed the Kids soap
+ Honey Trap lip balm
+ Brazened Honey fresh face mask
+ Soft Coeur massage bar
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Rhassoul Mud, Honey, Perfume, Aloe Vera Extract, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Gardenia Extract, *Limonene
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
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Honey Bee is a ballistic from Lush. If you've not used these before, they are a solid bath product, rather like scented bath salts but compacted into a sphere. When added to the bath, they fizz thanks to the combination of citric acid and sodium bicarbonate they contain, releasing their oils and scents.
This ballistic is around the size of a cricket ball and is yellow with brown stripes. It's designed to look like a bee, and the original ones had little wings, although this didn't last long due to the time and effort it took to attach them to each ballistic. It costs £2.85 and weighs 200g. You can get 2-3 baths out of one ballistic if you carefully cut it into pieces, which improves the value.
The ballistic smells of honey before use. Once popped in the bath water it fizzes and dissolves, turning the water a lurid shade of yellow. I didn't think this was very appealing as it did remind me a little of urine. Don't let that put you off though. If you don't mind the colour, the delicious sweet honey and toffee scent is worthwhile.
It contains honey and rhassoul mud which are good for cleansing and moisturising. While it left my skin feeling clean and soft, I had expected it to be a bit more moisturised. Most Lush ballistics are moisturising so I thought that one that is advertised as containing moisturising ingredients would be especially so. I did find the honey very soothing. I suffer from itchy skin and it helped relieve this. The scent lingered on my skin for a couple of hours, during which time I couldn't help smelling myself. In order to make it last longer, I suggest using one of the complimentary scented products such as Honey I Washed the Kids solid perfume or Soft Coeur massage bar.
The downside to this ballistic is the clean up afterwards. The yellow colour stains so if you don't rinse the tub after use you'll be left with a ring around it. The mud is also messy- it reminded me of how the bath looked after a day at the beach getting covered in sand when I was younger. It's nothing that can't easily be fixed by rinsing straight away, but you do need to remember to do this rather than letting it dry.