Unfortunately, bath bombs such as Snowdrops get slightly overlooked at my house, especially when I have an array of other more visually interesting ones jumping out at me when I open my Lush drawer (metaphorically speaking, you understand!). There's just something rather anti-climatic about a boring white bath bomb, even when I know that, with Lush, things aren't always as they seem.
First released as a seasonal ballistic in 2008, Snowdrops was heralded as the saviour of winter; a combination of mandarin, grapefruit and peppermint to uplift and refresh your mind and body. The product is decorated with chunks of sugar crystals on top and filled with sparkly lustre to recreate a winter wonderland in your bath tub.
The first aspect of this bath bomb that attracted me to it, was it's scent. Much like the Abominable Snowman ballistic, the smell at the forefront here is mint - a wonderful rich peppermint that's rather strong but equally creamy and inviting. This is then mixed with the subtle fruity element from both the mandarin and grapefruit and a slight hint of vanilla - three ingredients that work wonderfully well alongside the mint and make the ballistic smell like a freshly made candy cane. Combined, these three fragrances create an uplifting but equally comforting smell - a perfect ballistic to wake you up in the morning.
Aside from it's scent, the bath bomb offers two other key aspects. Firstly, Snowdrops is decorated with transparent lumps of sugar, which tend to float on the surface of the tub and dissolve slowly into the water. These were a rather beautiful addition. However, due to the fact that my ballistics were almost six years old, not all of my sugar cubes melted, which made it very uncomfortable when they dropped to the base of the tub and I accidentally sat one. Whoops!
Secondly, the bath bomb is full of silvery-white glitter, which dissipated across the surface and underneath, creating a very Christmassy scene in my bath tub. Luckily, these pieces of glitter washed away easily and I didn't have to put any extra effort into cleaning the tub afterwards.
When dropped into the water, Snowdrops began to fizz immediately, spewing white foam and glitter throughout the water. It dissolved very quickly, perhaps one of the fastest bath bombs I've seen yet, and left nothing except a thin layer of white foam and sparkles - a very mediocre display when compared to some of Lush's more exciting ballistics.
The scent was perfectly balanced in the tub, allowing me to enjoy each layer of the fragrance without being engulfed or overwhelmed by the mint. Once I got out of the bath, my skin felt slightly icy cold and tingly from the peppermint, much like your mouth does after you've cleaned your teeth with particularly strong toothpaste. This effect made me feel really refreshed and clean, something I was grateful for. However, I'm glad I used this in the summer months as I wouldn't have been very happy if I'd felt like this in the winter - my body definitely doesn't need any help in feeling cold then!
Due to the multiple oils featured in Snowdrops, my skin did feel rather moisturised when I stepped out of the tub, and I only had to carry out minimal moisturising on my body. Although not my favourite bath bomb, it was nice to experience yet another mint-scented product without it being too 'minty'. It helped to perk me up and left me feeling cleansed and revitalised. I hope Lush bring this back at some point in the future.
Disclaimer: The video included here is not mine. Unfortunately, my phone was having a bad day one day and decided to delete a few of my video demos. Unfortunately, as this is a rare bath bomb, I haven't got another one I can film.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Large Sugar Crystals, Perfume, Iridescent Glitter (Polyethylene terephthalate and Acrylates copolymer), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), *Limonene, *Linalool.