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I received a Lush goodie from my brother and sister as part of my Christmas present (the other part was a snood from River Island, in case you were wondering). I had asked for a couple of things from Lush as my sister is studying in London and would be buying my present there (and there is no Lush in Iceland) and I was thrilled that she picked the Matryoshka.
This little Russian doll is made from two pieces of apple scented soap and inside are Cinders bath ballistic and So White bath ballistic.
I decided that I would use Cinders first, as I have heard so many good things about it and was eager to try it out.
I got the Cinders Ballistic the Matryoshka as I have already mentioned. The Matryoshka is no longer on the UK Lush website, but it was on the US one and costs £9.95/$19.95. In it you get about 60g of Cinders, the full size is 90g. The fact that it was smaller may have had some influence on it's performance and my opinion.
This ballistic contains pop rocks which are meant to crackle like a fireplace.
This ballistic is meant to make you feel warm and cozy, just as if you were sitting in front of a warm fireplace, or, in the words of the Lush website:
Bathing with Cinders is like falling asleep in front of a log fire and hearing the crackling embers as the snow falls down.
Cinders is a cinnamon scented bath ballistic and is supposed to have traces of orange and almond. I could only smell the cinnamon personally, but it should be noted that I have a cold, so my nose is not to be trusted. As it was in close contact with both the So White ballistic and the So White scented soaps, I couldn't really distinguish between the two when I smelled them at first, but the So White scent did not interfere with Cinders once it had dissolved in the bath. I couldn't really smell the product much in the bath, but it did linger on my skin and I can still smell it now, two hours after the bath.
It's been a couple of years since I've used a ballistic, I personally prefer bubble bars, so my expectations may have been wrong for this product. I was expecting it to fizz around in my bath and turn it a nice orange colour. Instead it sank to the bottom of my bath and just lay there, dissolving slowly. I didn't have the tap running when I put it in, as I wanted to hear the cracking noise of the pop rocks. In hindsight maybe I should have left the tap running as that might have affected how it dissolved and distributed. I got bored of waiting for it to dissolve so I just crumbled it up myself. And as for the crackling sounds, I didn't hear any but this might by due to the fact that I got a smaller version of the ballistic and the full sized one has a lot of pop rocks on the top, which mine didn't. But I think this shouldn't have an effect on the performance of the ballistic. Just because mine was smaller doesn't mean it shouldn't perform as well, otherwise it's a bit silly to be selling them. The bath didn't turn a nice orange colour either, it turned a sort of yellowy colour, but then again my bath is pink, so that might have changed the colour a bit.
As I mentioned before the scent did linger on my skin, which is quite nice and it did soften it slightly but not noticeably.
I'm sad to say that Cinders was a huge let down for me. I am aware that I got a miniature version of it, but I don't think that should affect its performance. Although the scent left on my skin is nice I did not really feel like I had anything in my bath once I'd crumbled it up. It didn't make me feel as cozy as I thought it would. I would not repurchase this product and would not recommend it to a friend.
However, if you have tried this product in its full size and had a better experience, please comment below and tell me about it, as I do think its size was a factor in it's (bad) performance.