In all honesty, I have no background knowledge of this bath ballistic; I couldn't tell you when it first released, what range it was a part of, or why it's been shaped to look like a yeti. All I do know is that this is probably one of the most widely talked about bath bomb in Lush's rostrum; you only have to glance at the conversations of regular Lushies to know that this product holds a place in many hearts.
Abombinaball is scented with peppermint oil, vanilla absolute and orange oil. When you first smell this, it's hard to detect more than a faint whiff of the peppermint, which is rather surprising given that most mint-scented cosmetics tend to rip your face off with it's overpowering extra-strong minty scent. You only have to think back to Original Source's release of their mint shower gel, to know what I mean.
What you do get here is a mixture of citrus and peppermint, balanced out with the subtle creamy scent of the vanilla. All of this has been packed into a chunky bath ballistic, invented to revigorate the senses and clear the mind. To me, this bath ballistic smells like a giant mint humbug - a beautiful and well-balanced combination of vanilla with mint. It's refreshing and strong, without being overpowering or too minty.
Unlike a large percentage of the other Lush bath bombs available, Abombinaball dissolved rather slowly in the water, which meant I got to hop in whilst it was working it's magic. To begin with, the ballistic spewed out a silky white foam that sat peacefully on the bath water whilst the a turquoise colour began to ooze out from underneath and taint the water. Halfway through, a hole appeared in the side of the ballistic, which filled the bath with a rich blue foam, and gave it a wintry edge. All in all, it took a good 8-10 minutes to fully dissolve, leaving a very inviting looking bath.
In the water, the scent continued to be just right, something that is normally a negative trait as I like my bath bombs super strong, but which was rather welcome here because of the inclusion of mint. Most often, mint-scented cosmetics tend to be too overpowering and toxic on the senses, which is part of the reason I avoid them most of the time. However, this ballistic is unique in that it offers you the clean, refreshing experience of mint, but without the strong fragrance. Even though the peppermint gave off a strong aroma, it was cradled in a blanket of rich, sugary-sweet vanilla - making this bath bomb incredible.
As I said above, he smell was very reminiscent of mint humbugs and candy canes - a beautiful wintery scent that perks you up, cleanses your skin and frees up those clogged pores. There was also a subtle chocolately undertone here that reminded me, very slightly, of 13 Rabbits shower gel.
After my bath, my skin felt surprisingly soft and clear - I hadn't expected this as Lush usually sell bubble bars and bath melts for this reason, not their bath bombs. Ultimately, this is a product I would be happy to use again, and one that I can see working effectively all year round. It's definitely very different from the wonderful Haagen bath Ballistic and it's a nice alternative for when you want that subtle freshness of the peppermint to revitalise your senses.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Peppermint Infusion, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Orange Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Glacier Blue Lustre.
2014 Price: £4.75 each.
2015 Price: £4.95 each.
2016 Price: £4.95 each.