16 April 2014

Granny Takes A Dip Bath Ballistic

Granny Takes The Dip is the first bath bomb in a while that has really excited me. Both the product description and the pictures I was able to access online, made me extremely impatient for this product to arrive in the post. When my Lush box finally arrived first thing this morning, I couldn't wait to run myself a bath and throw one of these bad boys in.

What first took me by surprise, was the size of this ballistic. From the images online, I expected the product to be about the same size as a Karma Bubble Bar, maybe even slightly smaller. However, on inspection, it was more like the size of the Comforter Bubble Bar, perhaps even bigger - the bath bomb was huge!
The ballistic is made up of four vivid layers - a fluorescent pink decorates the outer walls and underbelly whilst a baby blue sits inside this - both colours reminding me a little of the Party Popper Ballistic that Lush released a couple of years ago. The core is then made up of a ring of cherry red cocooning itself around a circle of bright green. Together, the four colours make this bath bomb one of the most vivid and extremely beautiful offerings that Lush have had in a while. 

As soon as I removed the bath bomb from it's wrapping, the scent engulfed my senses. Containing ginger, pepper and lemon, Granny Takes A Dip has a unique but rather comforting fragrance. To me, the product smelt a mixture of vanilla and lemon - not unlike the gentle aroma of sherbet or the thin layer of dusting you find on the surface of Lemon Bon Bons. As there are no obvious vanilla elements in the ingredients list, I figure this aspect of the scent comes from the combination of bicarbonate and cream of tartar.

As the ballistic fizzes away in the water, this fragrance intensifies and you can pick out a subtle hint of the black pepper. It's far from overpowering so don't be put off if you're not a fan, it doesn't offer much to the overall smell. The pepper just helps to give it that warm, citrusy and slightly spicy smell that Lush claim it to have. Unfortunately, I found that the ballistic's overall scent dispersed quite quickly, and although I could smell it on my skin for a while after bathing, in the tub I could barely smell anything at all. 
The best aspect about this product is how it works in the tub. Although it's a gentle and rather quite bath bomb, the second it hits the water, a beautiful vivid swirl of creamy foam begins to disperse across the tub and create wonderful patterns on the water.
Because of its design, Granny Takes A Dip rests wonderfully on the surface and as the water begins to ebb further into the ballistic, streams of blue, then red and finally green start to emerge. These form a rainbow effect which trails out across the water and makes stunning rivers of colour across the surface.

As you can see from my video, the bath bomb takes almost ten minutes to fully dissolve and leaves the water a beautiful light violet colour, which stays with you throughout the entire bathing experience. This is a bath bomb that you may wish to enjoy whilst in the bath, soaking up the peppery citrus scent before it dissipates completely.

Despite its wonderful fragrance and stunning performance, I was rather dissappointed with this ballistic. I feel as if the scent should have been around a lot longer than it did, especially given it was freshly made only a few days before. Furthermore, the water didn't retain even the slightest bit of softness; something that I expect of all bath bombs. My skin felt neither moisturised or conditioner when I exited the bath.

Having said this, it is one of the better value bath bombs. For £3.25, it's a steal and given it's size and performance, works a treat for all of those with a tight budget - you could easily cut it in half and enjoy two separate baths.

I would definitely be tempted to buy this again, although I would consider combining it with a Butterball Ballistic or one of Lush's bath melts, just to give it that extra boost of scent and softness. I would recommend that you try this, at least once.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Lemon Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Ginger Oil, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Citral, Limonene, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

2014 Price: £3.25 each.
2015 Price: £3.35 each/£3.50 each.
2016 Price: £3.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2014. 

Scent Family: 
Granny Takes A Dip Bath Ballistic
Granny Takes A Dip Bubble Bar


  1. I just love how vividly and detailed you can describe these products :-)

    1. Aw thank you - I'm glad you enjoy reading my reviews.

  2. I adore the rating system you've created x

  3. Like always brilliant review, Jen!

    This bathbomb is gorgeous!! A bit disappointed as well that it didn't leave your skin moisturized. So sucky that we can't get it here in South Africa, I would've loved to try it out.

    Thank you so much for this review! I really looked forward to reading it :D

    N | The Jam Jar

  4. The "Granny Takes A Dip Bath Ballistic" sounds amazing! Looking forward to trying it out and using some great Promo Codes for a delightful bath experience.