I have learnt from many years of experience that I should always expect the unexpected when it comes to trying out new bath bombs from Lush. Before arriving, I will often scout the web and read reviews of the item before they arrive, soaking in as much as I can to build excitement for myself, as well as expand my background knowledge of the item for my future review. Often the research will harvest preconceptions that are quickly broken upon arrival of the product, which leads me to question why I bother to prep myself beforehand to begin with.
The Sicilian Bath Bomb is a product that I knew would make a big impression on me; I just wasn't prepared for how much I would come to appreciate it. Named after the very oranges that are peeled, sliced and diced for this recipe, this limited edition ballistic is a little slice of summer and should definitely be made a permanent addition to the regular range.
Containing mandarin, tangerine and Brazilian orange oils, this ballistic is super fruity and wonderfully citrusy, although I wouldn't describe The Sicilian as being at all zesty. To me, it smells like freshly sliced oranges, complete with pith and peel to give it a slight tartness, and a healthy dose of neroli and bergamot to add a fruity but grassy note.
Together these ingredients create a unique and very natural-smelling bath bomb. Although there are few Lush ballistics that I would describe as having a synthetic smell, the likes of Fizzbanger and Dragon's Egg still have a component to their fragrance that prevents them from smelling as natural as the ingredients that have gone into creating them. The Sicilian however, is one such item that actually smells like something that's been picked from a tree.
Upon hitting the water, this bath bomb immediately begins to fizz loudly and send out waves of yellow foam that bubbles and hisses on the surface. As the ballistic continues to work its magic, a wave of beautiful, orangey goodness radiates around the bathroom, and this doesn't dissipate for a good few hours after you've left the bath, and indeed the room.
Disappointingly, and perhaps the only qualm I have with this product, is that once the bath bomb has dispersed across the tub, you're not left with much of a change in regards to the colour of the water. While this is not normally a problem for myself, I know that there are those that love bath bombs because of the colour they bring to the tub. If you're one of those people, you may wish to cocktail this with a bubble bar.
What is certain about The Sicilian though, is that the combination of oils present make this one of the most moisturising bath bombs to come from the Kitchen. It also makes it one of the better ones to use for those looking to revive tired and worn out skin.
I only had to submerge myself under the water for a matter of minutes, for my skin to feel noticeably smoother, and my legs developed somewhat of a shine that stayed with me for the most part of the day. Not only this but my skin, including my complexion, felt really cleansed afterwards, and my skin looked and felt radiant to the touch.
Inside the bath bomb is a fresh slice of orange - something that is supposed to serve as a small decoration on the surface of the water as you're enjoying your bath. However, I found it useful to squeeze the natural juices into the water, to give my skin a little extra goodness while I was bathing. I have also massaged the slice of orange across my face (avoiding my eyes at all cost!) to give my complexion a natural but very powerful cleanse.
Overall, this bath bomb is one of my new favourites. In fact, I regret only getting a small handful to see me through until they make another appearance, and I'll definitely be scouting eBay for a few more to top up my collection. They're beautiful in every way, and the only reason I have not awarded The Sicilian the highest rating, is because of the lack of colour in the tub. Rectify this feature and you would have a near-on perfect bath bomb in my eyes.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Mandarin Oil, Tangerine Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Neroli Oil, Dried Marigold Petals, Gardenia Extract, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Dried Orange Slice.
2016 Price: £3.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: ?
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