LUSH is a company that was founded in the United Kingdom. Their claim to fame is “fresh handmade cosmetics”. They often use fresh ingredients in a lot of their products, such as fruit and vegetables. A lot of their products are also vegan (meaning that there are no animal products used in production) and not tested on animals. Because of these special traits, their products often cost a lot more money than the average bath products.
LUSH was one of the first companies to bring bath bombs to the market. Their “bath ballistics” are one of their biggest sellers and it’s no wonder why: with so many to choose from, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun when taking a bath. Hardcore LUSH fans (called “Lushies”) often mix together “bath cocktails”: one bath bomb and one bubble bar (another LUSH best seller) to make a specially-scented bathtime experience.
Review of LUSH Bath Ballistics
I personally love LUSH bath bombs and use them on occasion, especially since I take more showers than baths and these bath bombs are often one-time-use. These bombs are made with baking soda, as well as other essential oils and perfumes (such as sweet almond oil or lemon oil). Some even contain avocado butter or sea salt.
The downside with a lot of these bombs is the inclusion of “bits”. These “bits” are often little pieces of confetti, pieces of seaweed, or other large particles that make it harder to clean up after a bath. These bits are not supposed to go down the drain either, as I’ve learned the hard way (with several bottles of Drano). To make it easier to clean, put the bomb in an old sock or pantyhose leg, then toss it in the bath. Then just throw out the sock; the bomb dissolves in the sock and makes for easy cleanup.
As far as skin-softening properties go, I haven’t really noticed anything special with any of the bombs that I’ve used. I just like that they offer something different as an alternative to most bubble baths and things of that nature. These bombs scent the whole bathroom, and are fun to play around with while they’re dissolving. My cats love to watch the bubbles fizz up to the surface and wonder if there’s a monster under the water in the tub.
This next section is devoted to scents of bath ballistics that I’ve tried. I haven’t used all of them because some of them aren’t very kind to my nose (I absolutely hate rose, jasmine, and patchouli and LUSH uses those two scents in a lot of their products).
This is the smallest and least expensive of the Bath Ballistics family, but also one of my favorites. This is just a generic vanilla smell and this is the only one of LUSH’s bath bombs that moisturized my skin. This also doesn’t dye the water a special color like most of the other bombs. This would make a nice gift to someone that has never tried bath bombs before and doesn’t want to be freaked out by LUSH’s “more adventurous” offerings.
This bomb is only available during Christmas (it’s supposed to smell like Christmas pudding… and being American, I assume it’s gingerbread?) I wasn’t too fond of this one, mostly because it turned the bath water an ugly brown and I didn’t get much of a perfume from the bomb itself. This also had an adorable, albeit annoying, holly leaf candy in the middle that didn’t dissolve in the warm tub.
This is a cherry-blossom scented bomb that is another great idea for a gift. This doesn’t stain the water (or the tub) and it’s got a pleasant, flowery smell to it. This is one of my favorites because it’s so universally-scented. The little sugar crystals on top of the bomb are not a problem as they dissolve in warm bath water.
Despite reminding me of a bad Tom Jones song, this bomb is seriously sexy. I know I said I didn’t like jasmine smells, but something about this one is just so inviting. Plus, it turns the water a bright pink and makes you feel super-feminine. The downside is this edible-paper rose in the center of the bomb. This ends up turning to mush in the tub and is hard to fish out of the drain after your bath is over.
Another favorite! This is a vanilla-scented, hot pink bath bomb that makes you feel sweet all over. This bomb has three large “bits” in the middle: three candy flowers that do dissolve in the water with just a little bit of force. I can’t think of any girly-girl that wouldn’t love to have a bath with one of these bombs.
There is a large vanilla bean in the middle of this bomb that is easily removed. After you plunk it in the bath, it dissolves and perfumes the air with a flowery vanilla fragrance. It also dyes the water yellow, which, if someone happens to walk in on you in the bath, might look a little odd unless you explain that it’s a bath bomb. This is one of the more expensive bombs and personally not a favorite, it didn’t “wow” me with anything special in its ingredients or scent.
A lot of times, LUSH discontinues scents for no good reason. Some of these bombs I don’t miss, and some of them I do. Here are some of the scents that that many Lushies shed a tear for.
This was my absolute favorite out of all the bath bombs I’ve ever used. This was a mint-chocolate scented bomb that had little bits of cocoa butter in it. It made my skin feel so soft and made my whole bathroom smell like an Andes Mint. I haven’t been able to find any news as to whether they’re bringing this scent back in their “Retro” line.
I wasn’t too keen on this one. It was a large bomb, with one side orange and one side yellow to resemble a pill. It was citrus scented. This is the only bomb I’ve ever used that gave me an allergic reaction. Luckily, I only used half and I was able to return the other half to LUSH for a refund (they’ve got a good return policy).
I have no idea what this was supposed to smell like but it was absolutely awful. It smelled like musty old flowers in a nursing home. The only redeeming quality about this bomb was the fact that it was sparkly and shaped like a star.
Ahhhh, the dreaded bits! This bomb smelled awesome, like a big glass of orange juice. It also was filled to the brim with all sorts of paper bits that didn’t dissolve in water. There’s nothing like enjoying a bath and then having to clean the bathtub afterward… sort of defeats the purpose of relaxing, doesn’t it?
This was only around for Christmas but it would be awesome to have during the summer when it’s so hot outside. This was a peppermint-scented bomb that had large chunks of sugar in the middle (easily fished out once the bomb dissolved). I would love to have a soak with this bomb after I just finished working out.
Besides having incredibly sharp and pointy confetti inside, this bomb was another one of my favorites. It smelled like oranges and was even better when I added some vanilla cupcake-scented bubble bath to it (Creamsicle, anyone?) I absolutely hated cleaning up after this bomb though; if LUSH ever decides to sell it again, you can bet I’m going to use the old sock trick on this guy.