Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Secret Santa Demo

Holy cow the massiveness of the bath ballistic is incomparable. I recently watched the Lush video on how it's made and loved the fact that there was a little santa face inside. It fizzed out so fast in the bath that I didn't have time to pick up the santa face and show it off though.

First let's talk about the smell of this behemoth. It smells exactly like walking into a Lush shop. I mentioned it in the video but I'm not sure I can mention it enough. I love standing outside a Lush store and just smelling the amazing mix of products. It's something that has to be experienced, if you ask me. The scent changes slightly when it fizzes out in the tub. You can still smell the Lush in it but you suddenly get a floral scent accompanying it. It was quite fantastic.

Looking at it you would think it turns the water a bright orange. You'd be right. It was almost as if I'd poured liter bottles of orange soda into the tub. The little hints of pink on the windows actually showed themselves a little too.

One of the best things about it was it didn't produce any bubbles. For it's size, and that fact that it's a Lush product, I thought I'd be drowned in bubbles. This, for someone with a jetted tub, is an awesome fact. I know I mention jets a lot but when you've got them you know that once they're turned on most bath bombs product bubbles and you can't have the jets on for long because the bubbles will start to overtake the tub. This one didn't.

Something else I thought it would do that it didn't, it didn't make my bath any more silky than a normal size bath bomb. I was a little shocked, and slightly disappointed, at that. I would figure that it being so large they would have packed it full of oils. I can't say I was disappointed because it was amazing.

I was a little disappointed that it kept leaving odd streaks on the side of my tub though. They came off easily but after draining the tub I noticed that it left some weird flakes at the bottom. This could have very well been the Sandy Santa though so don't quote me on this.

Overall, a great ballistic. I will absolutely be purchasing this again.

If you want to know what I thought about Sandy Santa, I posted something about it right before this post. Check it out.

Have you used Secret Santa?
What are your thoughts?

Sandy Santa

Although I've not a huge fan of Buffy I knew I had to try Sandy Santa the second I smelled it. I don't know how they did it but Sandy Santa smells of chocolate and fruit all at once. If you've ever had one of those chocolate covered oranges, think along those lines. It's fantastic.

On a side note though, don't use this in the tub. Had I been a little smarter and thought this out I would have realized that using a scrub in the tub wasn't going to be comfortable in the long run. I had little sand grains under my butt the whole time. Another reason not to use this in the tub, if you've got a jetted tub like me, it makes bubbles. This isn't usually a problem but Secret Santa didn't make bubbles and I was enjoying having the jets on.

Anywho, onto what I thought about Sandy Santa.

It was quite abrasive. I didn't expect it to be because you can see a lot of the exfoliants embedded in the bar and they don't look that big. I was a little shocked at how harsh it was in spots. My husband loved it though, I used it on his back later that night in the shower and he was in heaven.

I think the strangest part of the whole experience was when the red hat started melting. I actually thought I was bleeding for a second. Not that this has much to do with the product itself it was just a weird fact I noticed along the way.

The odd red streaks the hat leaves on your skin.

All in all Sandy Santa left my skin feeling extremely soft, despite the cocoa butter that usually leaves me feeling weird, and it mixed with the Secret Santa scent and I smelled of a Lush shop that sold chocolate for hours.

Have you used Sandy Santa?
Do you find it comparable to Buffy?
What are your thoughts?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Bombardino Bath Bomb

Bombardino is probably the bath bomb that I was most looking forward to. In most ways it didn't disappoint.

First and foremost, and I mentioned this in the demo video, he's so adorable. His little pillow, almost meringue looking, hat just makes you want to eat him up.

He's got eyes. Albeit chocolate eyes that put little brown spots on your tub if you happen to forget to remove them like I did.

When I heard that Bombardino promised a lemon cheesecake aroma I was excited. However it let me down a little. I thought it smelled quite vanilla. I mean that both in the plain sense of the word and the literal sense. I would have loved to smell more lemon and really hope they alter that.

Something else that I found quite odd was that it was selectively silky in the bath. By this I mean that as I rubbed my fingers through the water, and over my legs, I could absolutely feel some parts of my legs encompassed with that silky smooth Lush loveliness. Other parts were left out. I'm not sure if that was because I didn't have the jets on the whole time, because of the bubbles, or if there just isn't enough oils packed into his little tiny body.

Speaking of bubbles, they were great.

Packed inside Bombardino is a beautiful gold luster that sits on top of the bubbles. I was excited to see it at work until I drained the tub and realized that it also stuck to the side of the tub. No worries though. Unlike the glitter encompassing Star Light Star Bright, the gold luster came of with a little water and a swipe of the hand.

I guess everyone has a different holiday smell in their mind and I think Lush went for fruity. It's not that I don't enjoy these scents it's just that it's not what I smell when I think of the seasons. Despite that I will be repurchasing Bombardino next year. I'm hoping they can make him a little bigger though.

Have you tried Bombardino?
What are your thoughts?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Bath Bomb

Snowman is Lush's Christmas version of Butterball. It smells the same and has the same effect in the bath.

Something that's a little disturbing though is the placement of the buttons on the bath bomb. In the picture on Lush's website he's got 2 buttons. Most of the videos I've seen only show him one and it's hilariously placed at the bottom of the bath bomb making it appear that he is absolutely a male.

Yea, he's packin'!

It's filled with cocoa butter and smells of it too. I'm not sure I smell the vanilla as much though. That's alright, I like butterball Snowman.

I'm not the biggest fan of cocoa butter as it makes my skin "sticky". When I say this I don't mean that my fingers stick to my skin I mean that as I drag my fingers over my skin they jump a little bit, as opposed to just sliding, making it feel like they're sticking in some spots.

Even though I'm not a fan I still enjoy this bath bomb. It doesn't have so much that it's overwhelming but it doesn't have so much that my skin feels sticky.

I think the funniest thing about this bath bomb is how milky white the water looks. It literally looks like you've just poured milk into the tub. When you turn the jets on it looks like you're boiling milk.

One of the great things about bath bombs like butterball, and snowman, is they don't produce bubbles in the jetted tub. This mean I can leave the jets on the whole time. YAY!

I'm not sure that I would repurchase snowman though seeing as how it's a carbon copy of butterball and that's something you can get year round.

He is cute though.

What are your thoughts on Snowman?
Did you get the oddly placed "male part" looking button?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cinders Bath Bomb

I have to say I was a little disappointed with Cinders. It did have it's good attributes but they were few.

Cinders was small but it held so many essential oils that it made the bath as silky as a larger bath bomb.

The popping candy was awesome. I think that's what I enjoyed the most about it.

Other that everything else disappointed me. It started with the fact that I came out of the tub itchy. I'm not sure what was in this that caused it but it lasted a good 20 to 30 minutes after I'd dried off. That I can recall I haven't had another bath bomb make me itchy but I'm going to watch out for it and compare the items inside to Cinders. Maybe it was the popping candy, who knows.

There was no way I would have pegged this for a Christmas item. I didn't feel like I was at a "fireside gathering" as Lush claims nor did any of the smells remind of the holiday season. There is cinnamon oil and almond oil inside but they didn't come out as recognizable scents.

Lastly it was a bit disturbing that as I got out of the tub it looked like I'd just relieved myself in the tub. I didn't notice this as I was stepping into the tub. I feel like it lost a lot of it's color through the bath. I was probably just me though. Look at the picture to your right and you be the judge.

I probably wouldn't buy Cinders again. I know it's a holiday favorite but I wasn't as impressed as I'd like to have been.

Have you tried Cinders?
What did/didn't you like about it?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Luxury Lush Pud

What is there to say about Luxury Lush Pud. It was CRAZY looking. I don't think I've ever seen such a strange looking product.

It claims to smell like Twilight but I didn't notice that until I popped it in the bath. As soon as it started fizzing I smelled it. Like all the others though, these scents don't remind me of Christmas, or the holidays.

No matter though. As the little colored dots started popping off they floated around the tub and looked, as Lush says, like pastel floating islands.


The beautiful fuchsia color that the water turned was just, well, beautiful. Like Lord of Misrule it almost looked as though you were stepping into a bath of wine.

I think my absolute favorite part was the bubbles. I've never had the pleasure of experiencing colored bubbles before but with Lush Pud, I had baby pink bubbles floating all around me in the tub. You probably can't tell that from the photo on the right, because it was taken with my iPhone while the jets were on, but I promise the bubbles were just beautiful.

The bubble were very light and actually "popped" quick enough that I was able to leave the jets on the entire time I was in the tub.

Another bonus, I smelled like Twilight until the next morning. I always love when the scents lingers on your skin so long you wake up smelling as though you've just stepped out of the shower.

I know they revamped Lush Pud this year and if they keep it like this, or at least keep it smelling the same, I'll purchase it over and over again. Just beautiful.

Have you tried Luxury Lush Pud?
What did it look like and did you enjoy it?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Father Christmas Bath Bomb

If any bath bomb looks like Christmas it would absolutely have to be Father Christmas. From the cute little santa face down to the bright green water. My only problem, which seems to be a theme with the holiday items, is that it didn't smell like Christmas.

When I think of the holiday season I think of warm scents. Cinnamon, apples, things like that. Other than So White I don't think a single bath bomb smelt like sitting by the fire or baking apple pie.

I digress.

Father Christmas, if nothing else, was fun. The color was so vibrant. I'd heard that it first turned your bath water bright red and then bright green but it lacked the bright red. That didn't disappoint me in the slightest though. I do think it would be amazing if they could figure out how to make that happen though.

The bubbles were so pillowy I actually played in them making myself a 32 yr old female Santa.


No I don't have a picture of me in the tub with a bubble beard. I should think about that next time though because I will absolutely repurchase Father Christmas.

I know.

I said the smell wasn't enough to remind me of Christmas but it felt like Christmas morning. I was like a little girl again playing with toys sitting with my family near the Christmas tree. It was really nostalgic.

So, have you tried Father Christmas?
What was your favorite thing about it?