18 January 2013

Skullduggery Bath Bomb

Back when I would buy anything and everything Lush, even if it meant that the products weren't always in the greatest condition, I managed to acquire a couple of these rather unique looking bath bombs. Unfortunately, my initial impression wasn't all that impressive and I wrote off these seasonal beauties as a bad experience.

However, armed with a handful of fresh Skullduggery Bath Bombs, I was much more optimistic about trying them out, and I wasn't disappointed. These bath bombs are probably one of the cutest ones I have seen released from Lush, despite the slight morbidity of its design. While the original design saw the inclusion of red sequin hearts for the eyes, the newer editions have what looks like candy love hearts in their place.  

Depending on your mindset, you may feel as if this feature gives the skull a blood-red menacing glare, or as I do - a sweet, playful take on the Mexican sugar skull. Whatever your opinion, this Calacas scented beauty is a great inclusion to Lush's vast and impressive array of bath bombs.

The initial smell is a tame, zesty but fruity fragrance that is quite soft and not as overpowering as some of Lush's other products. Containing a lime and neroli  to give this ballistic its distinctive fragrance, this ballistic also contains olibanum (also known as frankincense resinoid), which helps the citrusy smell stay on your skin for longer, and that it does. 

Apparently neroli oil is one of the few essential oils to be scientifically proven to increase serotonin production - a hormone that regulates your mood, supports healthy sleeping patterns and regulates intestinal movements. If my relaxed and joyful mood afterwards was anything to go on, I'd say that this ingredient works.

When you pop one of these in the bath, it begins to bubble and froth in the water - spewing out a thick trail of white foam. Surprisingly, this bath bomb is a slow dissolver, and a quiet one to boot, so it took close to fifteen minutes for the whole product to fully dissolve, leaving behind a colourless bath but one with puddles of the white foam on the surface.

Once fully dissolved, the smell isn't very potent, which for those of you that are deterred from overwhelming smells, is rather pleasant. For me, who loves strong, zesty fragrances, I would have opted for something a little stronger, but it was still strong enough that I could enjoy this fragrance throughout the whole experience.

This bath bomb left my skin feeling hydrated and soft, and even helped to heal some of the cat scratches that I had picked up the previous evening. It was very relaxing and didn't leave any unwanted stains once the water had been emptied. Furthermore, the smell lingered on my skin for quite a while after initial use, even though it dispersed very quickly when I was in the bath.

Despite this, I appreciated the fact that this ballistic produced a fair amount of bubbles in the water, something you wouldn't expect a bath bomb. I would definitely be interested in trying a fresh one of these, and I only hope that Lush bring them back at some point for me to do just that.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Pink Heart Confetti.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £3.75 each.

Scent Family:
Calacas Shower Gel
Calacas Shower Jelly
Calacas/Day of The Dead Perfume
Lady Catrina Soap
Man In The Moon Bubble Bar
Monsters' Ball Bath Bomb
Skullduggery Ballistic

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