22 February 2013

Haagenbath Ballistic

What is a bath ballistic? Well for those of you who are not familiar with Lush and their wonderful products (where have you been?), a bath ballistic is a tennis ball shaped cosmetics that will take your mediocre bathing experiences and offer you something pretty incredible in the tub. Made up of bicarbonate of soda to give them the ‘fizzing effect’, these pretty products are often packed full of essential oils which not only give off wonderful aromas to help you to relax and unwind but also turn your bath water into an awesome colourful display.

Unfortunately, Haagenbath is currently a discontinued Lush product - a bath bomb that has featured once in the Lush Kitchen but should be made a permanent due to its popularity. Having featured numerous times in Lush's retro range, this product has inspired mass consumerism for those fans who love a good mint-scented bath bomb. 
I first used this product one early morning, when I had a bad case of insomnia and found myself with nothing to do at 4am in the morning. Having not read anything about this ballistic beforehand I had no idea what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised when a mint-smelling aroma greeted my nose. 

When released into the bath, the ballistic immediately began to spew out trails of pastel-pink and white froth - coating the surface of the water and acting as a sort of blanket to cocoon myself under. As the slow dissolver continued to work its magic, the water turned into a gorgeous shade of pink - one that was littered with puddles of silky-white cream to really make you feel like you were bathing in the very dessert this product is named after. The creamy consistancy of Haagenbath means it dissolves much slower than normal ballistics, so I would highly recommend that you settle yourself in the tub and begin your long and relaxing bath while it's fizzing away. The overall scent is minty which is very refreshing, although it's not poignant enough to put off those of use who dislike strong, minty smells. 

This bomb smells like a sweet mint chocolate ice cream and is super-mosturizing on the skin. The only downside is that it has bits of chocolate that float around in the water until they melt. These would have probably been fine with a fresh bath bomb, but given that my Haagen Baths are a good 1+ year old, these little pieces of chocolate didn't melt so well in my tub and I had to scoop them out afterwards. 

Lush have carefully compiled a selection of high-quality ingredients to make this the best experience possible. This ballistic contains a mixture of cocoa butter and almond oil - both known for their abilities to moisturise, soften and smooth the skin; spearmint oil which helps to soothe and calm congested skin, and cocoa powder, which helps to draw impurities out of the skin. 

This was the first mint-scented Lush product that I ever tried so it was quite a unique experience for me, and one that I was unsure whether or not I'd actually enjoy. I always proclaim to be a fan of the sugary, sweet and citrusy scents. However, I was surprised by how much I loved this bath bomb.

The experience left my skin smooth and hydrated, with a gorgeous minty fragrance that lingered on my body for hours afterwards - really refreshing me for the morning ahead. This is not a ballistic that I'd reach for normally, but I'm so glad that I gave it a chance and I will definitely be purchasing a few more of them when they next become available. 
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric acid, Cocoa butter, Soya Milk powder, Almond Oil, Laureth 4, Perfume, Spearmint oil, Cocoa powder, Colour 77891, 18050.

Vegan?: Yes

2014 Price: £3.60 each.
2016 Price: £4.10 each.

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  1. I officially adore your blog... I first discovered it about a month ago when I started getting super enthusiastic about Lush (I've been buying their products since I was about 14 or 15, when a store opened in my city in the mid 2000's), and after seeing this post and the post for 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap, I've had a blast from the past!

    I don't know if it would help your categorizing purposes at all, but I'm fairly sure I remember receiving both of these at the same time? So it might be likely they were from a gift set, since my mum always opted for those as gifts (less mess, I guess). I'm fairly sure it was for my birthday (10/03) so probably a Valentine's or Easter set...

    I don't really remember the soap that well (only that your slice looked exactly like mine, L shape of dark cherry and all) but I remember this bath bomb like it was yesterday, I seriously cannot believe I forgot about it! I remember exactly how cooling the mint felt, such an odd sensation when coupled with the hotness of the water! And I can vouch that the chocolate melts very easily when it's fresh. :D

    Oh my gosh this is both a blessing and a curse because now I want this again so badly... ;__; I will cross everything and hope Lush Kitchen can hook me up sometime soon haha

    1. Aw thank you so much - I never get tired of hearing how this blog helps new and established Lushies - it makes it really worthwhile. Haagenbath is pretty amazing isn't it? I normally don't like mint scents all that much but both this and Abominaball have changed this - I love them both so much!

      I can really imagine that both will make an appearance again as they sold out really quickly last time and I know a lot of people have ordered extra from the Japanese Kitchen because of how much they love it.