“ Brand: Lush / Type: Bath Melt/Foam „
I have finally gotten around to trying every Bath Ballistic currently sold by Lush! I won't lie, it wasn't exactly a gruelling, difficult, emotionally and physically demanding task so probably not that much an achievement. I remained fairly certain that Phoenix Rising would be my favourite the moment I used it but, now I've tried them all (until they bring another one out anyway), I can officially give Lush's Phoenix Rising Bath Ballistic 1st place! 2nd and 3rd were fairly difficult to pick but this one whizzed its way straight to the top, miles ahead of any of the others. Like the vast majority of Lush products this one comes with a story. It marks the occasion Lush's new site finally went online. Having one website running and one website being made the latter was nicknamed 'Phoenix' to avoid confusion when discussing 'the website'. This ballistic was therefore made to represent the mythical magical firebird - the Phoenix. Just like the mythical creature the Phoenix Rising Ballistic is an absolutely gorgeous deep shade of purple. This being my favourite colour was the initial reason I was drawn to this particular product. And, just to add to that magical theme, it's been sprinkled with plenty of gold dust which gives the Ballistic a beautiful shimmer and sparkle. Finishing touches come in the form of a small cinnamon stick pressed on top (the Phoenix made her nest out of cinnamon sticks). This isn't just for appearance sake though; the cinnamon also contributes to the Caribbean inspired scent this Ballistic contains. Whilst there's no doubt that this is an extremely attractive product it is the scent that completely wins me over. The scent was apparently inspired by Caribbean spiced rum. It is a warm, spicy sort of scent but also has a sweet undertone to which I feel prevents it from becoming too overbearing. It's difficult to pick up on individual scents but this is definitely a pick-me-up scent, extremely relaxing, very easy to wind down to and just absolutely beautiful. This quite frankly perfect product contains cocoa and fair trade shea butter to soften the skin. Bergamot, jojoba and cassia oils are also present. Jojoba oil being known to be extremely moisturising whilst bergamot and cassia oils are supposedly very relaxing and uplifting which makes these ingredients sounds pretty good to me. With the vast majority of Lush Bath Ballistics I tend to cut them into two or three pieces. The smaller pieces are often still enough to get the products full effect and this way I feel I'm getting greater value for money as I'm getting more uses out of them. In all honesty this one would easily work being cut into a few different pieces, in fact the first time I tried the Ballistic I did just that (bread knife cuts them up easiest in my experience) but I love this one so much I really like to use it all in one go just so I can get the full effect of absolutely everything it has to offer. When putting this into the bath it sinks straight to the bottom gradually releasing more and more purple colouring to the bath water. At first it starts at a lilac cloud just above the Ballistic but this cloud of colour gradually spreads and gradually becomes a much deeper purple colour, before you know it all the bath water is a very vivid, dark purple and looks absolutely beautiful. After a couple of minutes the Phoenix rises. This time from the depths of my bath rather than the ashes, however. As it does so it starts to whizz around my bath tub leaving a trail of cloudy purple bubbles as it does so. The centre of this Ballistic is a pale green colour although this doesn't interfere with the dark purple colour of the bath water. This green part of the Ballistic is like a free Bath Melt within your Ballistic. It's packed full of essential oils and deeply softens the water and, subsequently, your skin. The entire time this is dissolving (it does take a while, four or five minutes perhaps, but puts on a beautiful display to help pass the time) the beautiful aroma of the Ballistic is making its way around my bathroom. Its spicy, exotic scent filling my bathroom before making its way along the hallway and up the stairs. This one really is a treat for all your senses. To make matters even better, that scent lingers in my bathroom for ages. Hours even. Every time I walk past my bathroom for a fair while after getting out I can still detect that absolutely amazing scent, Lush should really make this into a perfume already! On closer inspection you'll notice your bathwater also contains a lovely sparkle from the gold dust sprinkled on top of the Ballistic. This makes getting in the bath a real treat. When you're sat in a deep, rich sparkly purple bath which smells as divine as this does it really is quite difficult not to feel rather special and important. This really is a wonderful way to clear your head and get rid of any negative thoughts. The water feels silky smooth and when you get out your skin feels silky smooth too. Soft, supple, lovely scented skin and hair is what you're left with along with bathwater which looks far too good to go down the plug hole! The scent does linger on the body for ages but it lingers most strongly on the hair. I always have my baths in the evening and when I've used Phoenix Rising I'm guaranteed to catch the occasional whiff every now and again when my hair falls onto my face the next day, there's nothing quite like it. At £3.20 each the Phoenix Rising Ballistic is one of the most expensive of its kind sold in Lush (in fact there's only one which costs more) so this an occasional treat for me. That, however, just makes it all the more special in my opinion and, as sad as this may sound, I really find myself looking forward to my baths when I know I have one of these to put in it. I can't fault this product in anyway. It doesn't even stain my bath! (which is rare of a Ballistic with such a dark, pigmented colour). It's a vegan friendly product handmade with natural ingredients so you've really no excuses not to try it. Pop into Lush or go on their website and grab yourself one, I promise you won't regret it!
I bought this bath bomb about three weeks ago because I had been wanting to try it for a while after my friend mentioned it to me. It was £3.20 which is quite expensive considering I only got one bath out of it but its nice to treat yourself once in a while so the price didn't bother me too much! The bath bomb is a pretty shade of purple with a cinnamon stick and gold glitter dust on top. The shape of it reminds me of a pudding for some reason and it is a decent size. The bath bomb contains lots of softening & nourishing ingredients including cocoa butter, jojoba oil and Shea butter. It also contains icing sugar, which apparently helps make the bath water extra silky. The bath bomb is easy to use and I used the whole thing. I suppose you could cut it in half if you wanted but whether or not you would get the same/full effect I'm not sure. When I dropped it into the bath it sank straight to the bottom and began fizzing, and the water immediately began to turn a lovely purply pink colour with a slight hint of green as the bath bomb dissolved. After around a minute the bath bomb rose up from the bottom of the bath and continued to fizz and dissolve rapidly with the cinnamon stick becoming more exposed. As the bath bomb dissolved it turned it circles and made a colourful, slightly glittery, foamy layer on the bath water surrounding it which rapidly filled the whole of the bath water and the bath bomb took a while to completely dissolve - around four minutes, and it was really fun to watch. The water had a lovely silky feel to it and I laid back and relaxed for around half an hour, enjoying the gorgeous, spicy scent. It is a refreshing yet relaxing scent if that makes sense and it has warm kind of fragrance which I really like. The smell is not overpowering and it doesn't linger on my skin for too long. After my bath my skin felt amazingly soft and silky and this feeling lasted for a couple of days. After using the bath bomb I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of mess, and I only needed to give my bath a quick rinse to get all of the colour and glitter off of it and I didn't have any trouble with it staining or anything. All in all I highly recommend this bath bomb as it is fun to use, smells nice and it leaves my skin soft and smooth. Five out of five stars.
I am a huge fan of Lush but living in Weston Super Mare over the past few years meant I had no Lush store to pop into and to grab myself a couple of treats when the fancy took me. Lucky for me though my Mum had taken this on board and gone to her local Lush store here in Coventry and treated me to a few bits and pieces for Christmas which of course delighted me! Amongst the goodies I got in a gift box was this Phoneix Rising Bath Bomb and I was pleased when I got this one cos I'd read lots of reviews from people who really did rate this one highly so I stashed it my cupboard for a special occasion and for when I really did have the time to soak and enjoy it! Appearance wise this one is quite large and a deep purple in colour and shaped like a pudding with a gold piece of a cinnamon stick embedded into the top of it and a gold shimmer dusted all over it. It really is very pretty this one and before I dropped it under my running taps I could smell a really nice spicy and woody and somewhat musky aroma which I had though at that point didn't match up with the pretty appearance of it at all. The idea is you drop this into your water and it bubbles and fizzes away and rises to the top. Well mine didn't do that but it did fizzle all around the bath like a mad thing and then it gave off a green colour which looked great with the purple colour and then the whole bath went a bright pink colour! The water to me looked a bit grubby though before I got into it. I had bits of cinnamon stick floating, bits of what made me think of roll up tobacco and I could see a sprinkling of gold shimmer mainly to the bottom of the bath however the smell of shea and cocoa butter and jojoba oil with a nice waft of spices and bergamot oil was very pleasant and it did smell musky and rather exotic with a hint of fruits lingering over the top of it too. I found the water to be really soft however quite greasy when I was bathing in it. I washed in the bath and even shaved my bits and pieces but then as I soaked I could see bits of my body hair and what I had used stuck to the water mark of my bath which was offputting though I found the scent nice enough and rather relaxing. When I got out I didn't see any glitter on my skin at all, something I was thankful for and the scent on my skin did linger for rather a few hours however I emptied my white bath and thought nothing of it but the next day I went and sat on the loo and looked at a bright pink stained bath with loads of bits of wood and glitter in it and so had to rinse it but was left with a pink tinge so luckily I did have bleach to hand and I did swill the bath out with some of that and luckily it was able to be removed....but I really wasn't happy with that at all! All in all this is grubby looking bath bomb and doesn't rise as promise from the moment you use it, does have a very nice fragrance to it though that is unusual and hard to describe and to be fair my skin was left feeling really supple and smooth after using it but if you wish to get a coating of a gold glitter on your skin or don't want your bath to be a shade of pink after using it then this may not be the right one for you. Personally it isn't my favourite of any of Lushes bath products and it isn't one I would buy myself or feel comfortable using in a rented property or at someone else's home! Only available from Lush costing £3.20 per bath bomb/bath. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Christmas time is a time when I visit the Lush store and reach to the bath ballistic table through lots of people and pick up things without even being able to see what I have picked up, that's what happened with the Phoenix rising bath ballistic, a pretty surprise that I pulled out. For 100g this cost just £3.15. I think this is a really good price because their products are made with natural ingredients which are fair trade and they're a lot better for the skin than other items we apply. This is still available in store and online at www.lush.co.uk but be aware they have a £3.95 postage cost when buying online. This bath ballistic is flat on the bottom but rounded on the top, a bit like a dessert. The overall item is a deep purple colour but has shimmery gold on the top and seeps down the purple colour making excellent contrasting which is why I found it such a nice surprise when I picked this one up. The is also a cinnamon stick embedded in the top of the bath ballistic. This is really smooth as well, I expected to touch the gold part and it start coming off as if it was just flecked but it doesn't so I was happy about that. The scent of the Phoenix rising is a hard one to put a name to at first, it was very sweet and pleasant, it is made up of cocoa butter, icing sugar, bergamot oil, cassia oil, jojoba oil and Shea butter and other ingredients. I love the body butters in this item so thats handed and I new that it would help soften my skin as I took my bath and of course the sweet smell was coming from the icing sugar. Whatever the scent may be it was certainly noticeable in the bath for a good 10 minutes and then it faded, either that or I just got used to it very quickly. It safe to say the scent wasn't on my skin after I got out. When putting this in the bath this barely did anything, usually they whizz around really fast, this just froffed at the top a bit as it barely moved around the water, I had to give it a few pushes and in the end as I got in the bath with a full bath ballistic floating around I broke it my myself. This crumbles really well so I couldn't understand why it never did it itself, but inside to my surprise was a green section like a mini pudding! The purple was already a light purple from the gold and purple casing now dissolved, the green section did swirl around the bath thankfully and made the water a very strange colour, in some places a little murky and in others very green and tropical, this is a very intense colour and was lovely. This didnt dissolve properly, there were still parts that would of fizzed away on top of the water which was a bit scummy and this lined the bath even when I emptied it which was a night mare to clean, my skin felt normal afterwards as well, not really any softer and my skin wasn't fragranced. It seems this bath ballistic is harder work than it was worth, but at just £3.15 I can't complain too much.
Phoenix Rising is one of the newest Lush products. It was released earlier this year as a full time product (not a seasonal or anything). Bath Ballistics are what most people call bath bombs, and Lush have a gigantic range of them - however, as a long time Lush-lover, I have to say - this one is one of, if not THE, best bath bomb they currently make. It is a glimmery pink colour with gold throughout and a cinnamon stick pressed into the top. It costs £3.15 for one but is worth every penny for an indulgent treat. THERE -IS- GLITTER IN THIS BALLISTIC! However, it does not cover you or your bath. It just gives your skin a faint glimmer, if anything. So, glitter haters - don't worry! To use, simply run a lovely bath to whichever temperature you prefer, swirl the water around then pop the ballistic in. Lie back and watch as it swirls around your tub, turning the water lovely purple and green shades. The scent is very strong in this ballistic, which is why I love it (I smoke, so things need to be pretty strong for me to smell it - especially for me to still smell it on my skin/hair when I get out of the bath!). To me, it's a very Christmassy scent and would have fit in well in the Christmas range. It's spicy, cinamonny and basically smells like some kind of Christmas candle. It contains cocoa butter and jojoba oil, to leave your skin really soft and smooth. You shouldn't even need to moisturise after getting out of the tub :) In summary, this ballistic is definitely one worth the price tag. I suggest you go buy one...or two...or three... and save them for those winter days or after the gym, when you're sore and stiff and need a really relaxing, unwinding bath and lovely soft skin to boot!
On Saturday I was going to an exhibition with a friend in London and we had arranged to meet at Victoria train station. As I overestimated how long it would take me to get there, I ended up with about fifteen minutes to spare - which was long enough to pop into Lush and pick up something for my bath that evening! I decided to treat myself to a ballistic (which are the most expensive bathing items Lush make, as they are generally designed for only one bath) and picked up Phoenix Rising as I had wanted to try it for a while. This ballistic was brought out comparatively recently, to celebrate the new Lush website last year (hence the name). It is quite pricey at £3.15, but the description made it sound pretty special, and it certainly looks good! The ballistic is the same rounded shape as the Vanilla Fountain product, and is a beautiful pinky-purple colour with gold lustre (described as 'frosty holly lustre') on top. The ballistic is topped with a cinnamon stick for decoration and altogether it really does look pretty good. The ballistic contains sodium bicarbonate and icing sugar to help it fizz, and bergamot and cassia oils for scent. Unusually for a ballistic, it also contains cocoa butter, shea butter and organic jojoba oil which are all very good at moisturising the skin. Lush state that when dropped into the water, the Phoenix will first sink to the bottom and then rise up "in triumph", fizzing away and releasing colour, scent and essential oils into the bath. This was exactly what happened - the ballistic seemed to float on top of the water 'nodding' from side to side. It took absolutely ages to fizz away and was very relaxing to watch. The centre of the ballistic was green which was a nice surprise, this added another layer to the water as it fizzed away though by the end the green had been swallowed up by the dominant purple colour. All the time the ballistic was dissolving, the lovely scent was being released, and unlike with some ballistics it was very strong. Whether this was because the ballistic was extremely fresh and had only been bought that day I am not sure, but in any case it was impressive. I've seen that some users find the smell quite Christmassy: I can understand this because of the spicy nature of the smell and the hint of cinnamon, but for me the fruity nature of the bergamot oil (which smells rather like blackcurrant) prevents the ballistic from being too reminiscent of the festive season. This is just as well since it's the beginning of June! The scent lasted all the time I was in the bath, and the water, which had turned a beautiful purple colour, felt silky-soft and didn't irritate my skin at all. A hint of golden lustre was visible in the bath water but didn't seem to get on my skin afterwards, just as well as I wasn't in the mood to be covered in glitter. I thought I might have to rinse the bath afterwards, but this proved not to be the case - there was no residue left in there at all. I was even more impressed after my bath. The butters in the ballistic had moisturised my skin to the extent that I didn't need to use any moisturiser at all - something of a miracle with my very dry skin. Also, the lovely scent really lasted on my skin. I had my bath quite early in the evening and went to bed rather late, and even as I was going to bed I could smell the scent on my skin quite strongly. At £3.15, this ballistic is fairly expensive and is definitely something to buy occasionally rather than regularly, yet it's so good I will definitely be buying this again. It smells lovely, looks beautiful and is really good for the skin. It is a sophisticated, grown-up product with a lovely spicy scent ideal for any time of year. Recommended!
Both my sister and my fiancé bought me lots of Lush goodies for Christmas, and one that was purchased by my fiancé was the Phoenix Rising bath ballistic. I had seen this one online but did not know much about it, so I was pleased to get the chance to try it out. The Phoenix Rising ballistic is mainly dark purple in colour, with a golden shimmer running over the outside. The shape reminds me a little of a pudding, being flat on the bottom and slightly rounded at the top. On the Lush website this is depicted as having a gold cinnamon stick embedded into the top of it, but sadly mine did not. My fiancé actually commented on that, saying none of those in the shop had a stick on the top, but he knew they were supposed to as he'd chosen the products online before going into the store. The idea of this particular bath bomb is that you drop it into the bottom of the bath and it will sink before rising to the top - hence the name Phoenix Rising. I thought that sounded quite a cool idea, so when it came to using this, I excitedly ran the bath and then dropped this into the water. The result I have to say was slightly disappointing. I had expected it would stay on the base of the bath for a little while - 10 seconds at least - but it literally hit off the bottom and then bounced straight back up. The splashing of the water masked it a bit and I just didn't feel it was quite as spectacular as I had expected it to be. Whilst the actual rising of the phoenix was slightly disappointing, I have to admit that it did look fairly good as it dissolved. I found it was very slow to dissolve, but when it did, it left a trail of purple on the surface of the water which looked rather pretty. It also started spinning in the water, which again was quite lovely to watch. There was a surprise lurking inside this bath bomb too, which was as the purple outside dissolved, a pale green colour emerged from the product, mixing in with the purple on the surface of the water. When fully dissolved the bath was a bright pinky purple colour, with a hint of gold shimmer to the water and it certainly did look very appealing. As well as looking good, the Phoenix Rising bath bomb also smells good. I will be honest and say that I was a little unsure of the fragrance at first, but I found that it grew on me. The bath bomb contains cocoa butter, icing sugar, bergamot oil, cassia oil, jojoba oil and Shea butter amongst other things. I find the smell really difficult to describe, as it's quite unique, I can't really pick out any individual fragrance and I can't think of anything I could really compare it to either. It has a fairly sharp fruity scent with a hint of spice to it, but when in the water a real sweetness seems to come out too. I'd say it was fairly feminine and is strong without being overpowering. When in the water the scent was noticeable for the duration of the bath and I'm someone who likes to have a good soak, so I was in there a while! When I did eventually get out of the bath, I noticed a very fine layer of shimmer on my skin. By the time I had gotten dried however, this had disappeared, so my assumption is that it must have been rubbed off by the towel. My skin felt quite soft after using this, I can only assume the cocoa and Shea butters must have offered some slight moisturisation, although not enough to go without a body lotion. There was also a hint of scent left on my skin after use, although this was only really noticeable close up. Given the intensity of the colour, I did worry that Phoenix Rising would stain my bath, so I made sure I rinsed it straight away. I couldn't see any pink marks, but I've had Lush products stain my bath in the past and I know they can take a long time and a lot of chemicals to shift! Although it didn't stain my bath, oddly I noticed the next morning that the cuticles on both of my hands had become a shade of shocking pink! I've never had anything like that happen before and luckily it had faded by the next day, but how very odd! A Phoenix Rising ballistic costs £3.15 and can be purchased from Lush stores or online at www.lush.co.uk. I do think that's fairly expensive when you only get one bath out of it, but I do see Lush bath products as more of a novelty or a treat than anything else, so I would be willing to pay that now and again as a treat. Overall, I did really like Phoenix Rising and I would be happy to use it again. The actual 'rising' of the ballistic was a little disappointing, but the colour, scent and skin softening properties outweighed that and so I would happily give this product four stars out of five.
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. A friend of mine actually bought me this one as a surprise treat and I was completely chuffed as I hadn't tried it, or even seen it, before. The Phoenix Rising Ballistic Bath Bomb was released toward the end of 2011 and you can buy this product from the Lush high street stores, via mail order, or online at www.lush.co.uk. It costs £3.15 for one 100g bath ballistic. Product description: "All the myth and magic of a phoenix, pressed into one bath time experience, which lets you arise at the end feeling refreshed and ready for the next 500 years. Your phoenix will sink to the bottom then rise in triumph, her mythical sparkling purple and green plumage unfurling through your bath water." This bath bomb is quite large and has a slightly different shape to the usual design, being a bit bulkier and a squat block shape rather than the standard round bath bombs. It has a lovely finish to it, with the purple coloured ballistic being covered in sparkly gold sprinkles. It looks a bit more sophisticated than some of the cuter, fun Lush designs and I was expecting a lovely treat when I used it. To use, you simply put the ballistic bath bomb into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. To begin with it fizzed away mildly and looked a little lacklustre, but after some of the outer layer had worn away things got more exciting, and a fountain of green fizz burst through from within the purple section. The core dissolved rapidly and violently and was quite fun to watch, especially as the different coloured sections were creating purple and green foamy swirls over the surface of the bath water. As I'd been watching the bath bomb fizz away I had not even noticed that there was also an explosion of glitter, and when I looked down at the water again it was filled with swirling clouds of micro fine pieces of glitter. The overall effect was amazing and felt really indulgent, as the water had turned a stunning shade of fuchsia / purple and was filled with sparkles. It reminded me of looking at pictures of galaxy clusters and I was fascinated watching the effect as I soaked it up and relaxed for a while. The scent of this bath bomb was lovely and added another touch of luxury to my bath. It smelled mainly of fruit (berries in particular) and also had a hint of spices. The overall scent was slightly sweet, light, warming and uplifting. There were also small pieces of actual cinnamon bark contained inside the bath bomb, and as it broke down they were released into the bath water. I picked them out to avoid getting them stuck to my skin, but it's a nice touch and you get to see some evidence of the natural ingredients that Lush use in their creations. The reason I love using bath bombs and bubble bath is to make my bathing experience a bit more fun and to give my skin a bit of an extra treat. Maybe because I was so entranced with the appearance of the bath bomb, but I did not notice any it having any special effect on my skin while I was bathing. However, after I got out of the bath and dried off my skin felt incredible and I could tell that the bath bomb had obviously worked its magic on me! It contains a moisturising mix of shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to really rehydrate dry skin. I could feel it slightly coating my skin in a sort of protective layer and it gave me a much needed moisture boost as well as leaving my skin feeling softened and cared for. Lush have several glitter products and in my experience it seems to be that glittery bubble bars are for the visual effect only, as the glitter will swirl around in the water and not stick to the skin, whereas the glittery bath bombs have the effect of coating you in glitter from head to toe! Maybe it's the ingredients or the moisturising oils in the product that causes the glitter to stick, but even after I had dried off with a towel I was still covered all over in glitter from my lovely Phoenix Rising bath! I think this is a neat feature on special occasions but it's not something I'd want all the time. Unfortunately I wasn't the only thing covered in the remains of the bath bomb, as I soon found when my bath water drained away that the bath bomb had started to leave some bright pink stain marks around the edge of my bathtub. I tried rinsing them off with clear water but they were already becoming stubborn and setting in, so I quickly blasted it with some bathroom cleaner spray and had to give it a good scrub to completely remove the marks. This was a bit of a nuisance although I have not experienced this with any other Lush bath items even after trying a variety of their lovely multi-coloured products. The Phoenix Rising bath bomb was exciting and luxurious to use, and I felt really pampered both during and after the experience of using it. I loved the visual effect with the colours and glitter, and the benefits to my skin were impressive. The only down side was that it did start to stain my bath, but I'd be more than happy to use one again and may even split in into two halves next time as it was so rich and high quality that I think I could still get a good result with using less of the product, and this makes it a little more economical as well. Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Icing Sugar, Cocoa Butter, PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides, Bergamot Oil, Cassia Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Shea Butter, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 77891, Colour 77510, Frosty Holly Lustre, Gold Lustre, Cinnamon sticks. *occurs naturally in essential oils Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free! If you like this Lush product then you may also enjoy... + Twilight ballistic bath bomb + Blackberry ballistic bath bomb + The Comforter bubble bar
Lush Phoenix Rising Bath Ballistic Now I'm not a greatest bath ballistic fan on the whole despite my true addiction to Lush. In my humble opinion these are a fun product and apart from giving off a little scent they soften the water and give a fun fizz as they dissolve but that is about the extent of it. However knowing my passion for all things Lush I do tend to get given gifts of Lush items and as these look good and are a bit if fun they are often popped into my birthday or Christmas or mother's day pressies. This one was part of my recent Birthday present from one of my children and I have to say it smelled wonderful as I opened my 'knot wrapped 'gift. I was so taken with the scent and the wonderful dark mysterious colour with its swirl of gold through it that I had to use it on my birthday evening bath. I will admit that I had actually been into Lush the day before and seen this one and was so taken with the look and smell that I had bought one already. The other goodies got popped into my various drawers sharing the lovely smells with my clothes. I keep all my lush stuff in my clothes drawers as I get the extra benefit of drawer freshening before I actually use the product. It does make for a challenge sometimes as I forget which drawer I have put something in and have to root around hunting through all my clothes to find it. Sometimes though this can be a bonus as I find an exciting soap or bubble bar or the like that I had forgotten and it is like receiving it a second time as a present or finding a pound coin in a coat or jacket you haven't worn for a while! PRICE AND SIZE This one is not the biggest ballistic and it weighs about 100 grams and costs £2.95. I am not sure how long this will be around so if you like the sound of this one then pop along quickly to your nearest Lush and buy one. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? Often the bath ballistics come in different fun shapes and this is no exception,. It is a really dark purple colour with gold on the outside. It has a small piece of cinnamon bark in the top. It is like a mini sandcastle made with a tiny bucket . It looked just wonderfully exotic and at the same time festive, a bit like a gift from the Three Kings! DOES IT SMELL GOOD? It smells a bit like mulled wine, very festive and seasonal but also wintery warm and spicy. The overwhelming scent is cinnamon with a hint of fruitiness which must come from the blackcurrant and bergamot . INTO THE BATH: As this costs £2.99 I think to just get one bath from it is VERY expensive so being a cheap skate I break mine into three if I can. They are actually quite hard to break and I have to put them in a plastic bag and them either band them with a rolling pin or drop them hard onto the ceramic tiled floor. I don't think I am alone as I see on Ebay people selling crushed up ones in bulk deals. I get about a third of a ballistic and drop it into the bath away from the running tap I find allows it to fizz slowly and release the scents best. This is was purple on the outside by a greenish colour within which meant that the different pieces fizzed into different colours. The bath water then became a purple colour and the smell given off was still just wonderfully cinnamon mulled wine. It smelled very nice and was very exciting watching the bits sink and rise in the bath. It is nice watching the ballistic fizz its way around the bath and the water changing colour while you breathe in the lovely spicy cinnamon fruity sweet smell. This ballistic is special in that it was designed to: "All the myth and magic of a phoenix, pressed into one bathtime experience, which lets you arise at the end feeling refreshed and ready for the next 500 years. Your phoenix will sink to the bottom then rise in triumph, her mythical sparkling purple and green plumage unfurling through your bath water. She'll release gentle shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to leave your skin feather-soft. Exotic essential oils of fruit and spices take your mind on a flight of fancy to distant shores where you are lying on a beach drinking spiced rum." As I get in I do enjoy the feeling of softness in the water and lie back to enjoy the warm mulled wine smelling luxury. As this is really only a scented water softener with lovely shea butter to moisturise too I do find I need soap or gel to wash with. Luckily I had some 'Mulled wine shower gel so this combined perfectly with this ballistic blending with the same sort of scents. I almost felt intoxicated by the idea of mulled wine wafting up through my bath Despite the fact that this ballistic has gold around the harder outer shell I didn't notice any glittery stuff left when I emptied the bath. Once again as with all these sort of products I usually make sure that I rinse the bath out after I have used it as it does tend to leave a colour residue and a soapy feeling in the bath if I forget. Although I did let me husband follow me in the bath and he doesn't bother with rinsing the bath and it wasn't too bad the next day. WHAT DO I THINK THEN? The scent doesn't stay for long on my skin I don't think but I did notice that then I went down stairs and then came back up that the scent was filling not only the bathroom but also our bedroom too which I did like. When I have used it in our main bathroom the scent gets carried all through that side of the house so they are wonderful air fresheners too. My skin didn't feel especially dry nor did it feel like it was particularly moisturised either. I still put my usual body lotion on but I do that anyway so it was not really a problem. ARE ANY INGREDIENTS BENEFICIAL? SODIUM BICARBONATE: Softens the water and is also helps with any skin rashes. Thuis is what makes the ballistic fizz. JOJOBA OIL: Organic Jojoba oil is extracted from the edible seed of the plant. It is a great moisturizer for skin.It is a nourishing oil that does not tend to react badly with any skin. FAIR TRADE SHEA BUTTER:. Also a great natural moisturizer from the African Shea tree - great as it melts at a very low temperature. ARE THERE ANY UNPLEASANT INGREDIENTS? Surly not, this is Lush after all but you might be surprised to find that Lush, although I am one of their biggest fans is not perfect. Lush do somewhat gloss over the less great contents. I have done a bit of research and have discovered that some of these so called natural contents are anything but. Linalool: this appears to be a rather unpleasant chemical which is an eye and skin irritant as well as other undesirable potential health effects. SUMMARY This is a bit of fun to have a nicely scented bath. If you have any skin problems then be aware that there are ingredients in this that could aggravate eczema and the like. I do have sensitive skin and I had no problems so obviously these aren't the ingredients I am allergic too. I did like this ballistic and it is one of few I would buy again it is quite expensive for what you get but makes a lovely treat but I do actually prefer bubble bars to bath ballistics. So I would recommend if you like Christmassy spice scents and a wonderfully purply coloured bath. Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name. © Catsholiday