Happy Halloween, Samhain, All Hallows Eve, Día de los Muertos or whatever holiday you are celebrating this week!
I wanted to share a last minute Halloween pampering idea.
The Enchanter is an orange and yellow ballistic (a bath bomb) that looks a bit like Jupiter. It smells of lime, neroli and frankincense. The essential citrus oils in this ballistic have aromatherapy benefits and are supposed to improve the mood and brighten a cold autumn day. According to AromaWeb, lime oil is ‘well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify and renew the spirit and the mind’. Like most Lush products this ballistic has no artificial colours, ingredients, and preservatives.
Once you drop it in your bathtub it fizzes and swirls releasing different layers of colour: yellow, orange, and pink. It takes a good couple of minutes for the bomb to dissolve and for the colours to mix. When they do, the effect is very halloweeny – a crimson red, bloody bath (a bit on the orange side). Most of the YouTube demos of this ballistic don’t do it justice. For some reason the water looks really orange in most videos, when in fact it’s a dark organgy red.
What’s even more fun is that the pink foam stains your body and bathtub! It looks likes someone slaughtered something in the bath. It’s a strange and a slightly creepy sight. Sounds disgusting and scary? It’s Halloween after all !!!
Do not worry. It’s NOT PERMANENT. The stains come off easily with a bit of soap and water. Rinse it well and the stains will be gone.
This year Lush came out with only a few Halloween products in the UK. This is probably because they had a number of new releases over the past couple of months. Another Halloween limited edition product is Calacas shower jelly in the shape of a skull. This product is a reference to calaveras, sugar skulls that are traditionally made for the Mexican Day of the Dead on the November 1st. These skulls are beautifully decorated and dedicated to the souls of relatives and friends who come back to live for one day on the Day of the Dead.
This shower jelly smells of lime and jelly bean.
Hope this little post put you in the Halloween mood.
The Enchanter is £3.20 each and Calacas is £3.25 for 100g.
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