3 May 2015

Cyanide Pill Ballistic


There's something rather devilishly wicked and romantic about the idea of cyanide - despite the fact that it's a fast acting, potentially deadly chemical that can be lethal in high doses. Used as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, this poison has been very much glorified over the years in both films and books - seen as the 'perfect' way to kill off unsuspecting victims without leaving a trace of the crime.

Known for it's distinctive 'bitter almond' smell, cyanide kills its victim by starving  them of the oxygen they need to live. Based on a fragrance that Lush created for their Volume 3 perfume installation, Cyanide Pill Ballistic not only shares its scent with this perfume, but also offers users a strange, almost volatile experience in the tub. 

Shaped like a pill, this bath bomb is very slightly smaller than your average bath product from Lush but it is just as potent in scent and just as effective in the tub. Made from a collaboration of lemon, cedarwood, rosewood and almond oils, this exclusive beauty gives off an interesting aroma that reminds me a little of Smuggler's Soul and All Good Things Perfume combined.
Don't get me wrong, this bath bomb doesn't smell like either of the above two fragrances, but there are definitely elements of the sweetness that you would expect to find in the latter perfume and elements of the woody, citrusy note that would you find in the former perfume. 

As the cedarwood is the dominant ingredient here, the ballistic has a pleasant, balsamic and warm woody aroma - intertwined with a gentle lemon note that makes Cyanide rather sweet and uplifting on the senses. Alongside this, the almond oil gives the bath bomb that rounded, nutty and slightly cherry-esque note to boot. In all honesty, this aroma would be an incredible fragrance; I only hope that Lush can reformulate the original perfume and create one that can be worn on the skin. 

As soon as you pop Cyanide Pill into the tub, it gets to work at dispelling waves of lime-yellow across the surface of the water. This bath bomb is a rather fast dissolver so it only takes a minute for the entire ballistic to vanish, and what you're left with is a vivid, volatile-looking bath that matches the theme of this product perfectly.  
As the bomb is working its magic, it also throws out a generous amount of silver glitter, which clumps together on the surface of the tub and creates that 'mercury silver slick' effect that Lush refer to in the description. What I found strange was that normally glitter tends to accumulate below the surface and create a sort of whirlpool of shimmer throughout the tub. However, the lustre in this bath bomb creates small puddles above the water that just adds to the whole intriguing experience. 

Finally, Cyanide Pill contains a generous helping of popping candy, and within a few seconds of the ballistic hitting the water, you can hear a slightly unnerving crackle as wave upon wave of sickly-sweet aroma greets your senses. Lush have definitely gone to the effort of perfecting this bathing experience. 
What was great about this product was that it was super moisturising on the skin. While it didn't create a glossy bath as impressive as the likes of Lava Lamp or Frozen, it did create one that left my skin really soft, supple and clean. Furthermore, the wonderful haunting aroma remained on my skin and in the bathroom for a good few hours after I had drained the tub. 

My only qualm with this bath bomb was that I wasn't wowed by the aroma as much as I was expecting to, and when compared to the other new bath bombs to comes from the Oxford Street store, this one was one of my least favourite. However, this is very much my own preference and there is nothing wrong with the actual bath bomb itself. 
I would definitely like to see this scent in other formats - a bubble bar or soap would definitely go down a treat. While I will buy this again in the future, there are others that would take precedence before this one. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Perfume, Silver Glimmer Lustre (Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Mica, Colour 77400, Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Cedarwood Oil (Cupressus funebris), Rosewood Oil (Aniba rosaeodora), Almond Essential Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Amara), Water (Aqua), Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 45350, Colour 4700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410. 

Vegan?: Yes. 

2015 Price: £3.50 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2015.

Scent Family: 
Cyanide Liquid Perfume


  1. Everywhere I've read about this said it was just Snowcake scented - this sounds much more interesting now! How similar to Snowcake is it?

    1. If you like Snowcake, you'll like this but the only similarity is that it has a slight almond scent. It's more cherry-like than anything 😀

    2. It sounds good, very different to what I'd have imagined!

  2. I wanted to love this and thought I would because the smell is amazing. However, the glitter stuck to my tub and I in copious amounts. I looked like a Twilight extra after my bath, which took away from the experience a bit

    1. Yup, had the same experience. Not good.

  3. Do you have an ebay account Jen? Someone has used your descriptions from your blog and photos to sell their items if not!

  4. I *hated* this, EVERYTHING is glittery and I am so glittery I feel unclean!
    I usually love glitter, mine was way too much and it's made me feel so uncomfortable!

  5. I love this bath bomb! As soon as i smelt it i felt a bit woozy but it was heaven! Very new to reading your blog and i already love it! x :)