This is the first time since Lush announced that they would be bringing out American Cream, The Olive Branch and Tropical Jungle Body Lotion, that I have been as excited as I am about a product. Released back in 2006 as a forum special, this ballistic only made a fleeting visit and has never been seen again. That is, until now...
Tennis Ball Bath Bomb is probably not the most original of names and to look at, doesn't look any different from Lush's best-selling Avobath Ballistic. However, with it's bright green demeanour and gorgeously fruity aroma, this product is a perfect homage to the summer weather, and indeed Wimbledon.
To me, the most exciting aspect about this bath bomb is it's scent; a vibrant and uplifting rich fruity smell that encompasses tangerine and orange oils to give it it's unique aroma. Sharing it's scent with the seasonal Angel's Delight Soap, Tennis Ball is a very sweet, youthful offering that reminds me a little of the blackcurrant Starburst chew, albeit a little more complex. The scent is very much like a tropical fruit punch - a combination of naturally sugary components that work well together to create a beautiful summery fragrance.
If you're a fan of the above soap or Lush's regular Miranda Soap, you'll love this bath bomb. Although it's description may make it sound just like the many citrus-scented products that have come out of the Lush Kitchen these last couple of months, I can assure you that this fragrance is something a little more special.
In the tub, the ballistic is quick to dissolve - immediately beginning to fizz on contact with the water. It spews out threads of fluorescent green foam that disperses quickly across the surface and turns your bath into a beautiful haven of colour. The vibrancy of the water remains as bright throughout your entire bathing experience and helps to make this a very uplifting and enjoyable experience.
What impressed me about Tennis Ball is that the scent had great staying power and was very much present throughout my entire bath (40+ minutes). Normally you would expect it to weaken as your senses become accustomed to the fragrance, however I could still detect it on my skin, hair and in the water right up until I climbed out of the tub. Even better was the fact that the scent stayed on my skin for hours afterwards and it was the first thing I could smell when I woke up the next day.
The inclusion of tangerine and orange oil means that this ballistic softens and moisturises your skin and I could see a slight accumulation of some of these oils on the surface of the water when I first got in. However, it's not any more nourishing than you would expect a Lush bath bomb to be.
Overall, this is definitely one of my favourite bath bombs from Lush and one of the best bathing products to come from the Lush Kitchen. It's colour and fragrance boosts your energy levels and would be a fantastic early morning treat before heading out for the day. I would have liked Tennis Ball to have done a little more in the tub in regards to the 'show' it put on, but it still a really enjoyable experience. To extend this fantastic experience, Lush need to bring out a body lotion with this scent as I can imagine it being incredible.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Tangerine Oil, Orange Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Gardenia Extract, Colour 59040, Colour 42090, Colour 45350.
2016 Price: £3.95 each.
Angel's Delight Soap
Tennis Ball Bath Bomb