19 September 2013

Still Life Bath Ballistic

Still Life is one of a series of bath bombs that were inspired by famous works of art. In this case, Lush have recreated Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting in ballistic form - a feat that they have succeeded in doing because had I not known about the inspiration behind this product, this would have been the first reference I made in regards to the design. 

Admittedly, when I purchased a handful of these beauties online, it was only because they were part of the June 2013 retro range. However, once they had arrived, I was instantly intrigued by their citrusy smell and beautiful flower design - impressed enough by the bath bomb that a little over two years later and I quite happily purchased a few more solely on the memory that I had of the original batch. 

With a beautiful selection of citrus essential oils such as bergamot, lemon and sweet wild orange present, the fragrance of Still Life is a light and very uplifting one. While you might be expecting a strong floral aroma from the decoration, it's surprising to learn that the smell emitted from this product is predominantly a lemony one.  

As well as the scent, Lush have added lemon oil and sweet wild orange oil to moisture and tone your skin, and indeed it does. Once the bath bomb has dissolved in the tub, you can detect a thin layer of oils on the surface of the water - not in puddles like you'd expect Butterball to do, but enough to give the water a slight glean when the light hits it.

These ingredients, along with the bergamot oil, help to awaken the senses and refresh the mind whilst your bathing. This is a great bath bomb to use before a long day at work, or after a tiring day at the beach. I found that the fragrance was strong enough to really perk me up, elevate my good mood and leave my skin feeling really clean and clear of debris. 

It explodes in the bath, leaving the water bright yellow and releasing both sunflower and marigold petals into the tub, which swirl around while you bathe. Although the finishing colour isn't exactly the greatest shade to bathe in, it is a really pretty site for those who enjoy 'company' in the water, and the petals float in little patches across the surface to make the whole experience rather lovely. 

I was really hoping that Still Life would be as close a replacement to The Enchanter as possible. And there was a small part of me that was a tad disappointed when I realised that this would not be the case. However, Still Life is still a brilliant bath bomb, and one that I'll be stocking up on whenever Lush choose to bring it back in the Kitchen.

This is a sunny, uplifting bath bomb that will be a great accompaniment during a, hopefully hot summer. For those that don't like mess, it may be worth removing the flower petals before you get in the bath. However, I found that they floated to the bottom during the experience, and were very easy to removed once the water had been drained.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Bergamot Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Sunflower Petals, Marigold Head dried, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Gardenia Extract.

Vegan?: Yes

2015 Price: £3.95 each.
2017 Price: £3.95 each.