Bath, Bath Bombs

Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb

Inspired by the ruler of the pagan Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule is a scent that’s been around for years and started with this bath bomb. I’m sure you can guess, this product is one of my favourites!

In history, a ‘Lord of Misrule’ was someone who presided over mischief, drunken revelries and partying in between Halloween and Christmas and was often dressed up in fancy almost jester-like outfits. One would assume that Lush chose the design of this bath bomb to replicate this idea.

It’s a combination of Black Pepper, Patchouli and Vanilla that make up the scent, but the former two definitely give the biggest impression. The Patchouli and Black Pepper seem to merge almost perfectly, giving a spicy, yet grounding earthiness and Vanilla then wraps the two together with a comforting hint of sweetness. It’s a very charming and tempting scent to me.

In the water, the bomb first starts to froth and foam rather than fizz, and waves of colour from the bright green surface dance out. However it soon gives way to a fizzy core that’s a deep reddish purple colour. This utterly divine colour takes over the green water and turns it a beautiful red wine colour, which is very fitting for something relating to drunken festivities and very unlike any other bath bomb Lush have to offer!

If you listen out, when the product is near the end of it’s show you can hear the Popping Candy crackle and pop from the bottom of your tub!

The heady, intoxicating scent stays with you the entire time and with the snapping of the Popping Candy, you almost feel like your own mischievous Lord of Misrule. Your skin after will honestly feel so supple and soft and as a great bonus, you can smell the intoxicating scent on you for hours after!

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Please please please never discontinue (or change!) this bath bomb Lush! It’s one of my all-time favs! Make sure you get a chance to grab it whilst stocks last as it’s only ever a Halloween/Christmas exclusive! I’ll definitely be stocking up.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream Of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Gardenia Extract, Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140

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Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb

Another new bath bomb for 2018’s winter seasonal range is Cheery Christmas, released with a brand new fragrance of Buchu and Sicilian Lemon Oils.

This hexagonal shaped bath bomb is slightly smaller than most others, but is also cheaper too, meaning it’s great for an extra add on gift, stocking filler or for a non-expensive treat for yourself when you’re running low on Christmas savings.

The new scent Lush have paired with it is rather bright, uplifting and lives up to the cheery name. The fruity notes of Buchu Oil are very similar to Cassis, or Blackcurrant, giving it a smell not too far from The Comforter and the more citrusy notes from the Lemon are more of a background hit.

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Because this bath bomb’s underside is flat, you can get it to float really nicely if you’re careful. Just hold it on the surface of the water for a few seconds and wait until you feel ready to gently let go and it should stay afloat! If it works then it’ll stay that way for a good five or six minutes and look really pretty as it slowly dissolves. It’s also an amazingly quiet fizzer, which is really appreciated for a relaxing moment of simply watching the display, like a snowflake gently floating across a pink sky.

Once the water has reached the centre of the bath bomb, streams of blue start appearing and the water starts to take on a slightly more purply tinge, but it’s not a major change as the pink remains the dominant colour.

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Unfortunately the scent almost vanished once the product itself had disappeared and there wasn’t much of a reminder on my skin after either, apart from a slightly softer feeling and a light shimmer from the glittery water.

Whilst I love the design and the fragrance of the whole product, it’s not one of the standouts of the Christmas collection this year and I can’t say I’ll be too sad if it doesn’t make a return in coming years.

You can find out more information about Cheery Christmas here on the UK website.

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Buchu Oil, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Cornstarch, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 45410, Colour 42090:2, Colour 42090, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1, Colour 45410:1

 

 

 

 

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Holey Night Bath Bomb

Holey Night Bath Bomb is a new product for this year’s Winter seasonal range and features a new bath bomb design and a new fragrance too! It’s a classic spherical shape with holes/craters on the surface allowing you to see the yellow core of the product. For those like me who suffer from Trypophobia (a fear of clusters of small holes) it’s a little off putting but I enjoyed using mine nonetheless.

I wouldn’t say there’s anything that screams Christmas or the holiday season about this product. I feel like it’s somewhat space-like in design and I’m pretty sure it’s inspired by a moon or an asteroid which makes me wonder whether it’s more suited to the year round range, despite the name. The fragrance it sports isn’t exactly festive either. It’s a combination of Lemon, Rose and Sandalwood and offers a woody, bright floral aroma.

The Sandalwood is arguably the main component of the scent, however the woodiness is brightened by both the Lemon and the Rose and creates quite a deep and complex, yet still gentle fragrance, at least to my nose anyway. I’m actually rather glad that the Lemon isn’t overpowering because frankly, I’m fed up with all the predominately citrusy scents Lush keep bringing out.

A nice thing about Holey Night is that if you’re really steady when you’re placing it in the water, you can actually get it to float and stay upright rather than spinning like most ballistics do. Obviously the first colour to paint the bathwater is the blue, but you’ll be surprised to find that the yellow isn’t actually very noticeable, it gives way fairly quickly to a hidden red colour which spills out the holes. Patterns of blue and red cover the surface before mixing to a final turquoise colour that radiated the uplifting and meditative scent.

After the bath bomb had fully dissolved I noticed that the water was extremely soft due to Holey Night containing Soya Milk Powder which makes it seem more creamy and smoother than other bombs – along with the Rose it’s perfect for soothing and calming irritated or red skin. As with most of Lush’s Christmas bath bombs, Holey Night is filled with glitter, however it wasn’t as noticeable on my skin as it was in the bath.

As soon as I jumped out my skin felt so soft and there was a hint of a more powdery version of the scent on my skin for the remainder of my evening.

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This is definitely an overlooked Bath Bomb from the range this year, it’s surprisingly indulgent and really creates amazing bath art! Definitely a must try before they’re out of stock, so get your hands on one soon! Check it out and order one for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder, Dipropylene Glycol, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Water, Cream of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Perfume, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 42090:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Colour 15850:1, Cl45410:1

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Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb

Luxury Lush Pud had a scent change for this year’s release. Previously featuring the Twilight/Sleepy scent, this year it shares it’s scent with the Comforter scent family!

Luxury Lush Pud is mainly pink and resembles a traditional Christmas pudding, with the white ‘frosting’ design and the holly on top; though it also features multicoloured circles around the sides. It’s such a great design and it proves this by continuing to be one of the best sellers each Holiday season.

The pretty and colourful design of the bath bomb is only a taste of what’s to come in the water. Once submerged, it’s a real sensory performance as it quickly and loudly fizzes, releasing both the vibrant pink colour and the comforting familiar blackcurrant aroma.

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The water quickly turns a sort of orangey, purply-pink colour and each coloured circle lets off streams of it’s own colour into the bath, creating beautiful mixing patterns on top of the water.

The scent, made up of Bergamot, Cassis and Cypress Oils is a popular one amongst Lush fans and has be produced in many different products over the years. It reminds me of sweet blackcurrant squash or fruity sweets and as the name suggests, is very comforting and cosy.

Personally, and I know a lot of people disagree, I prefer this product in this scent than it’s previous incarnation. As much as I love it, I think the Twilight scent is far too relaxing for a bath bomb with so many colours and the pink just seems to suit the Comforter scent so much more!

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Sadly I did find that the scent wasn’t immensely powerful once the initial fizz had happened, and I was just left with a subtle smelling magenta bath. Somewhat surprising in all honestly because usually The Comforter is such a prominent scent! I was however, still able to smell it on my skin after which was still nice.

A word of warning for all you glitter haters, Luxury Lush Pud is full of it. I was literally sparkling from head to toe once I got out of the tub and continued to stay that way long after I towelled off! Good thing I don’t mind it then!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Cassis Absolute, Cypress Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 47005:1, Colour 45380:3, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 19140, Colour 42090, Candy Holly Leaf

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Perle De Sel Bath Bomb

Oh holy Jesus, this is my favourite product of this year’s Christmas range! Don’t be fooled by it’s boring exterior, Perle De Sel is truly beautiful in the water.

The name means ‘Salt Pearl’ in French and is what decorates the top of the bath bomb. Although featured here covered in golden lustre, African Salt Pearls are sparkling white balls of salt formed when wind blows across salted water. They really soften the water and give a touch of luxury to your bath.

Without knowing, you’d presume that Perle De Sel is mostly white, perhaps with a hint of gold, but you couldn’t be more wrong. When in the bath, the outer shell foams and fizzes away and releases beautiful streams of bright turquoise into the water. This bath bomb also features a heavy amount of glitter, which looks absolutely amazing as it glimmers and surges under the surface of the water, giving a velvet like appearance. I’m really a sucker for a bright blue bath and there was something icy and wintery about this one, perfect for bathing at this time of the year!

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For those in the know of Lush scents, Perle De Sel features the same scent as the Snowcake range, a typical scent of Lush Christmases which creates a cosy, warming aroma reminiscent of sugared almonds and marzipan.

The sweet, nutty resinous scent of Benzoin Resinoid is mainly what you can smell, but it’s put together with a slight floral hit from soothing and toning Rose Absolute. Cassie Absolute rounds it out by providing an uplifting odour that’s equally spicy and floral. Out of all your typical Christmas scents, it’s smells like this that I’m really enamoured by.

Whilst the scent was extremely subtle whilst I was in the bath, I could definitely smell the cosy, decadent aroma on my skin for a good few hours later and it left me feeling beautifully smooth and soft, like I had covered my body with dusting powder!

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I’m gonna need to stock up on lots of these beauties before the season is over because you never know whether Lush will bring it back next year or not! (Fingers crossed!)

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, African Salt Pearls, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cassie Absolute, Rose Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Cocoa Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 42053, Colour 59040, Colour 47005:1

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Kitsune Bath Bomb

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore and are often depicted as intelligent beings that possess paranormal powers and the ability to shape shift into a human form. Kitsune is one of many bath bombs which will be exclusive to Lush’s bath bomb only concept store in Harajuku, Japan.

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I snapped up my Kitsune at the 2018 Lush Showcase where it premiered along with five other Harajuku exclusives and the elusive Ariana Grande bath bomb, Goddess. There was something really exciting to be using a new, super exclusive Bath Bomb!

The design is meant to resemble a fox’s head and ears which is quite clearly (and cutely!) represented. The almost croissant-like design is supposed to represent the many tails that Kitsune are said to have. Kitsune is also amazingly shimmery and is covered in gold glitter.

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It features a really relaxing, calming scent that’s equally as uplifting as it is grounding. It’s rather meditative and made me want to bathe in the waters for a long time. The scent is made up of Red Mandarin, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Benzoin Resinoid. The Red Mandarin gives a top note of bright, citrusy juiciness but is cut with undertones of woody spiciness from the other components.

Once placed in the water, Kitsune’s a fast fizzer and practically immediately turns the water into rippling shades of gold and orange. It’s super sparkly, almost on the same level as Sunnyside or even Golden Egg and once fully dissolved I was left with a bright golden bath with a thin layer of creamy white oils on the surface of the water.

Yes, the glitter did stay on my skin the whole evening after but that’s only a bonus, right? Luckily for the tub at the hotel I was staying in, it easily washed away down the plughole!

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I appreciated the staying power the scent had both whilst I was in the bath, and on my skin after, albeit quite subtle. It made me feel uplifted and content, as I took quick sniffs of my arms every now and then where I could smell it the most. In terms of the physical feeling, I wouldn’t say Kitsune was particularly softening or moisturising, but it didn’t leave my skin irritated or dry either.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my bath experience with Kitsune, I do hope it’ll be available at some point again in the UK because I’d love to use it for a second time!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil, Sicilian Red Manderin Oil, Patchouli Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream of Tartar, Water, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Dipropylene Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, DRF Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 14700, Colour 45350

 

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Eyeball Bath Bomb

A new product for this year’s Halloween range is Eyeball Bath Bomb.

It’s design is basically, like the name suggests, an eyeball. It looks kinda basic from the outside, but the real treat is on the inside and what this ballistic does in the water!

In all honesty, the scent is very un-Halloween and is surprisingly quite floral. The main scents you first notice are Ylang-Ylang and Lavender giving Eyeball a delicate powdery and pretty, yet slightly herbal note, which is quite unsuited to the product. Then a subtle hint of Brazilian Orange Oil turns the fragrance into a more uplifting and cheerful smell, while Rose Absolute gives a gentle, yet seductive layer.

Though it is a really nice smell and actually I’d love a year-round product with this scent, I’m just a tad confused as why they used such a scent for this particular product.

Once placed in the bath, Eyeball immediately foams up and spins over itself, releasing tiny ripples of black and red from the ‘pupil’  throughout the mainly white foam. It’s a slow fizzer, so it’s great to watch as the red starts to ‘bleed’ out into the bath leaving a trail behind the product as it floats around.

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The best thing about this product is what happens about half way through the show. If you pick it up out of the water it literally looks like a bleeding eyeball! Legit! Not gonna lie, there’s something that’s somewhat unsettling about watching it fizz and bleed and drip down the white coloured ball, but it’s super cool that Lush created something that can do this!  It’s like, the scariest product Lush have ever done!

The smell stays with you throughout the display right up until the bath bomb has fizzed away, when it mostly disappears and you’re just left with a subtle hint of the scent and diluted red/orangey waters.

My skin felt really good after my bath, super smooth and cleansed without feeling too dry, my only wish is that there was some reminder that I had even had a bath in the form of a smell.

Make sure you get a chance to use an Eyeball Bath Bomb before the Halloween period is over, although it could come back next year, I wouldn’t hold your breath!

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Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Lavender Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 77266, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1

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