Skydancer - Far From The Madding Guns Bath Bomb is a mouthful to say but a beauty to behold - a stunning bath bomb sold to raise funds to support, aid and fund equipment to satellite tag endangered hen harrier chicks born in the coming years. Not knowing a lot about this subject, I felt I had to do a little research, and this is what I found:
Taken from the very project it is raising money for, Skydancer is a four-year project being run by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) - with the aim of protecting and promoting the conservation of hen harriers across their remaining breeding stronghold in northern England. The project will focus on practical conservation and community engagement - ultimately aiming to safeguard hen harriers and their habitats, work closely with landowners, managers and game organisations to find solutions to conflict, so that hen harriers and grouse moors can thrive alongside one another - not to mention working alongside local communities to educate and enthuse people of all ages about hen harriers so an understanding can be filtered through the generations.
Made from a combination of bergamot, lemon and cinnamon leaf oils, I was expecting something like Fizzbanger or Cinders - a warming, spicy bomb with a fruity element to give it that summery kick. However, I was very surprised to find that the aroma of this ballistic is not only very potent (it managed to engulf my entire room within five minutes of arriving), but it's nothing like anything I have ever smelled from Lush before.
While each note works in harmony with the other, and I wouldn't say there was a dominating element to this product, each layer of scent is very pronounced and I was able to pick out key components very quickly. Firstly, there is a very distinctive smell of aniseed - not the sweet, sugary sort you'd expect to find in a bag of Liquorice Allsorts. Instead, the smells reminds me of a very strong cough candy mixed with a sasperella sweet - a naturally sweet but equally potent liquorice aroma.
Secondly, there is a strong grassy element to it. This is a very dry, powdery sort of grass smell that intertwines with the aniseed element and compliments it well. If you can imagine grinding down freshly cut grass and a few sprigs of anise, you might begin to imagine the very pungent but equally wonderful aroma that this product offers up.
Finally, the bath bomb also has a slightly floral aroma - a warm, dry flowery fragrance that sits above the other two components and helps to round this off perfectly. If you were to sniff a bouquet of flowers up close, that's the sort of aroma that I can detect. There is not a distinctive element that stands out in the floral smell, it's almost like a collaboration of multiple flowers.
What is great about this ballistic is that it's a very slow dissolver - in fact, I calculated that it took a total of 22 minutes for the bomb to fully dissolve, leaving behind a bright, almost psychedelic yellow water with a layer of creamy white foam across the surface of the tub. Skydancer also happens to remain very potent throughout the whole experience - leaving behind a sweet, sultry liquorice aroma on the skin for a little while after you've towelled yourself down.
What is great about this bath bomb is that it makes the water feel thinner and gives it velvety qualities that soften and moisture your skin. While it is in no way greasy or oily, the water does feel incredibly nourishing and I was rather impressed with how great my body felt after bathing with this bath bomb.
Overall, it's a great limited edition - a product that not only looks unique and attractive, but one that offers the sort of experience I always seek out when it comes to Lush's bathing products. It's big enough that it could be used across two baths but I would recommend that you at least try one whole one as it's simply stunning in the water.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water (Aqua), Bergamot Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lauryl Betaine, Benzyl Benzoate, Lilial, Eugenol, Limonene, Perfume, Potassium aluminium silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Colour 47005, Colour 42053, Colour 42090:2.
2015 Price: £3.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.