Yet I still went ahead and purchased a small handful of them - perhaps hoping that my previous experience of the buttercream would be very different from my experience of the bath bomb. A small part of me was also thinking of my readers; I know that many of you would want to hear my opinions on this, so I felt a slight air of duty to suck it up and give it a try.
When the ballistic arrived in the post, I was immediately taken back by how different the scent was compared to what I was expecting - it doesn't smell anything like the aforementioned buttercream, and it definitely doesn't smell anything like it's name suggests.
Rather than a heavy, boozy rendition of the Christmas treat that it is named after, this product is a woody, spicy offering that isn't all that different to the bath bomb, Pooh Stix, that was released earlier on this year in the Lush Kitchen. While brandy features high up in the ingredients list, I couldn't detect it at all until the ballistic had been added to water - a fact that I was actually rather grateful for.
As someone who dislikes the smell of most forms of alcohol, it takes a lot for me to appreciate any product that uses it to add fragrance. Brandy Butter is one of those items that has found that balance - incorporating the alcohol to thicken the overall scent without being too toxic or overpowering.
As others who have purchased this bath bomb will know, you need to let it sit for a few days, as it is a very strong-smelling ballistic. Much like Mrs Whippy, a fresh batch can often be a little potent on first sniff, but allowing it to mellow out for a week or two will allow you to appreciate the product more. I initially hated the smell of this but grew to love it a few days after I had left it to settle in a drawer. I would suggest that you do the same and don't let it's immediate smell put you off.
A combination of cinnamon leaf and tangerine oil is what dominates the fragrance of Brandy Butter. Unlike products such as Hot Toddy Shower Gel and Cinders Bath Bomb, this ballistic uses cinnamon in it's raw form. It's not a sugary smell like the above products, it's a very spicy, pungent aroma that immediately awakens the senses and lets you know that it's present. The tangerine oil softens the kick of the spice, albeit only slightly, and gives the bath bomb a subtle, almost sour, citrus burst.
When placed in the water, the bath bomb immediately begins to fizz - spewing out waves of cream-coloured froth across the surface of the tub. It only takes a little over a minute for the ballistic to fully dissolve but the scent is very prominent throughout the entire experience. Unfortunately, the product doesn't alter the colour of the water, so if you're looking for something that's going to offer you an interesting show, this is not it.
Despite this, the bath bomb leaves an impressive amount of oils on the surface - more so than any Lush ballistic that I have ever used. When I got into the bath, I could feel the drops of cocoa butter latching onto my skin and I couldn't believe how silky-soft my skin felt almost immediately. It's like bathing in baby oil - and while you might feel a little greasy while you're under the water, you leave the bath feeling incredible.
I'm rather greedy when it comes to bath bombs and I always use a full one each time I want a gander in the tub. However, I will make an exception for this one as you definitely don't want to use more than half of this in any one bath. I would recommend that you use this as more of a bath melt as it's certainly got enough butter and oil to nourish and restore your skin.
While the essential ingredients make sure your body is replenished and moisturised externally, the aroma of cinnamon is both warming on the skin and comforting to the mind. I felt really relaxed in the bath tub and the cinnamon leaf oil proved to be perfect at stimulating my skin and improving my circulation of my taut muscles after a hard-days work.
While I wouldn't say that the scent of Brandy Butter is anywhere near my favourite, it's performance in the bath tub is enough to encourage me to use this regularly, and purchase more when they next become available. This is a perfect winter warmer for those who want something to revive their aching bodies and tired minds - something that will also work wonders at repairing and replenishing the moisture you lose from your skin during the colder months.
Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Brandy, Tangerine Oil, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.
2014 Price: £3.50.