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Over the last few years I have become quite the fan of Lush products. For my birthday this month I received a pre-wrapped gift set and inside this was a Lush Vanilla Fountain Ballistic. Now I am a fan of their Ballistics but hadn't tried this, despite the fact that it is one of their most common ones, so I was quite keen to see how it would turn out!
What is Lush?
In case you are looking for a good bath product but are perhaps not familiar with Lush, I shall briefly outline the store to you. You can find Lush stores all over the country, and in many countries, and you will be able to find it quite simply by following your nose!The delicious aromas that infiltrate through the store and out into the street at imply delicious, a gorgeous mix of soaps, bath balls, shampooos and more They're most famous for their soaps however.
Each product offers a unique experience with its often quirky shape and colour, along with its always delicious scent! I've used several different products, and a little variety of Ballistics and each time the experience was a delight; I only hoped that I could say the same about the Vanilla Fountain Ballistic!
Usually when describing a product, I will start with the appearance of the product, since this is naturally the first thing we see. However with many Lush products the attraction is not only the way it looks, but the way it smells too.Now as the name would suggest, this one does smell of vanilla! Now usually I am not the biggest fan of vanilla scents, but because this one is more of a soapy vanilla than a sickly sweet vanilla, it is certainly tomachable (not literally, of course - don't eat this!).
The scent is also very strong. I kept my box at the bottom of my bed, inside another box, and from a good metre away the scent was highly detectable. As soon as you open the little cardboard box, the smell hits you in the face incredibly. It's certainly a delicious scent I could happily sit and sniff all day!
Now despite my preference for the actual ball shaped ballistics, I did find this one to be rather cute! Its shape reminded me of the Doctor's fez (Eleventh, Doctor Who), so perhaps this is part of the reason why I adored it!Wider at the bottom and smaller at the top with its circular shape, this does actually quite resemble a sort of hat shape, however it is slightly taller so a little out of proportion for such an accessory. It is a gorgeous bright yellow shade that is very eye catching, and fits in well at this time of year since it is coming up to Easter, however it is still a sweet shade all year around when it is still available!
On the top you have stuck in a little sandalwood stick, which I find doesn't add to the scent but gives it great decoration, standing at a good two inches in height. It is definitely one ballistic option which I would proudly display for the short time before I'd cave in to its delicious aromas and use it!
The Ballistic Experience
Some people recommend halfing, and sometimes even quartering, the ballistics before you use them, thus making them last more than one bath. However, I find this to me quite an impractical option. The ballistic is exceeding soft, and when I first picked it up I was left with quite a bit of powdery residue on my fingers. This is not a major problem when transferring it from its packaging to a sitting place and then to your bath, but if you try and carve it then it is likely to end in tears!As I said, I decided to use this all at once in the bath, and I was quite surprised at the results! Sat in a partially hot bath, I picked up the ballistic and gently plopped it in. Straight away it fizzed, and a massive gush of yellowness came rushing out and floated all over the bath water's surface. It happened at such an incredibly powerful and fast rate, I couldn't believe it!
The intensity calmed down slightly after that, but it still dissolved and fizzled away much quicker than any other bath ball I've experienced. About a minute and a half later, the fountain had completely disappeared, and the bath water was tinted quite a strong yellow shade. Bathing in yellow water is quite a peculiar experience - not necessarily a negative experience, just an unusual one!
Of course, the bath smelled heavenly luscious of the soapy vanilla scent, and bathing in it was a delight! After I was all washed (with my Lush Rock Star soap!) and ready to clamber out the relaxing moment, I pulled the and watched the yellowness swirl around and down the plughole. I was quite surprised at what was left.
Okay so I had to fish the little sandalwood stick out of the bottom of the bath, as I had expected, but this was not the thing that had taken me aback. At the level of where the bath water had been, all around the bath was a yellow rim. Uh-oh, had I just stained my mother's bath?!
Well, thankfully no, I hadn't. With a bit of warm water on a sponge this yellow slightly gritty rim of ballistic stain came off no bother, but I certainly did panick! I'd just never known a ballistic to leave such a mark on the tub before. Now I don't tend to use the same ballistic twice until I've used every one Lush stocks (which has yet to happen) but even so, for this reason I'd definitely be more wary about buying it. On the plus side, it didn't irritate my sensitive skin, so I do need to give it credit there!
The fountain is priced at £3.05 for the average 110g ballistic, which is a little pricey for a one-time bath bomb, but the whole Lush experience from going into the store to selecting your product, taking it home an dbathing in goodness is well worth the money!
If you have not tried this before then I would definitely recommend that you give it a go at least once. If I receive it in a gift set again then I will certainly use it, however I don't think it is one which I would go and buy myself. It isn't bad, but I feel that there are better options which Lush have to offer.