Speaking as a vegan of six years, I have never disputed the fact that most meat and dairy tastes wonderful - it wasn't the flavour that inspired me to banish said items from my diet, it was my ethics. So I sometimes still find myself salivating over food that I used to eat and with it being summer, the topic of ice cream has come around many a-time.
Reminiscent of the popular soft-serve ice cream, Mrs Whippy Ballistic is a highly sensual and gorgeously designed bath product. Originally sharing its scent with Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar, Yummy Yummy Yummy Shower Gel and all of the other products featured in the list below, I believe that Lush have stepped away from this fragrance somewhat in recent years. Made from a combination of soya milk powder, tonka absolute and buchu oil, this bath bomb is a sweet and powdery offering that is far richer and less sugary than the above products.
Firstly, this ballistic is one of the strongest scented ones I have come across in a while (aside Tennis Ball) and when left its aroma will dominate any room within a matter of hours.
As I touched upon above, Mrs Whippy is different from the other products in this fragrance line as I feel it's far more sophisticated and perhaps a little too potent to be a direct replica. Although they both have a strawberry scent, Strawberry Feels is more of a gentle, milkshake sort of smell, whereas this ballistic has quite a dominant musky aroma. In fact, its aroma is nothing like what I was expecting and it's far less girly than I had envisaged it would be, given its name.
I feel as if Lush have overdone it with the tonka absolute here and this gives it a strong vanilla fragrance as opposed to a fruity one. When the ballistic is dry, its sultry aroma, although very strong, is still really lovely. However, when Mrs Whippy hits the water, the tonka is intensified even more and it gives off a very heady burnt smell which is far less appealing to those with sensitive noses. This overpowering scent reminds me a little of the woody note that you find in both Lush's Breath of God and The Voice Of Reason perfumes. However, I should point out that this element dampens very quickly in the tub and the fruitiness of the buchu oil comes through stronger, once the bath bomb is frothing away in the water.
On a positive note, this bath bomb is a slow dissolving one - taking close to fifteen minutes to fully dissipate across the water. As it quietly fizzes on the surface, creamy waves of white and baby pink foam make their way into the water and this is thanks to the inclusion of both the soya milk and sodium bicarbonate. Both ingredients help to soften the water, which in turn softens the skin. The inclusion of cocoa absolute and almond oil help to make this a very moisturising bathing experience and my skin felt velvety-soft when I exited the bath.
In its defence, Mrs Whippy does retain its aroma for the duration of the bath and you can detect hints of the scent on your skin hours after bathing. However once dissolved, this ballistic leaves a rather murky looking bath water so it wouldn't win any awards for that.
Overall, it is an enjoyable ballistic to use and one that I would choose to buy again. To counteract how strong the scent is, you can leave the bath bombs to rest for a few months in a drawer and the tonka fragrance will have dispersed slightly by this stage. For those who like quite dominating smells, this will be right up your alley. However, if you're expecting a sweet and gentle smell, you may be in for a shock.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Tapioca Flour, Perfume, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sugar, Cocoa Absolute, Tonka Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Buchu Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.
2015 Price: £4.00 each.
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