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Lush – Lord of Misrule

The weather’s feeling suitably Autumnal, so what better addition to your bath, than a Lord of Misrule bath bomb?

One of those bath bombs which you hope will return each year, 
Lord of Misrule was so popular in my local Lush last year, that it sold out before the Christmas sale!

Lord of Misrule has a distinctive scent, which includes Patchouli oil. Now that’s something I’d never come across before this particular bath bomb, and is something which is pretty challenging to describe.

Lush describe it as having an “earthy” scent – I’d agree with that, although it’s no way near as intense and earthy as last year’s Under the Mountain soap.

‘Breaking the rules’ once more, I spent a while hacking my bath bomb into pieces. This one was definitely not designed to break apart easily, and took a lot of time and effort to get it to separate.

Although the outer layer of Lord of Misrule is green, the centre is a purple shade. If you used the entire thing in one go, it would lead to a spectacular display, but as I broke mine into pieces, I get a slightly different effect.

It may sound strange, but I’m not all that keen on having the scent lingering on my skin for ages after I’ve finished my bath. Because I didn’t use all the bath bomb, the scent hardly lingered at all, but for me that’s perfect. If I’d used more (or all of it), no doubt the scent would still be lingering as I’m typing this.

Halloween 2018
Lord of Misrule – £4.25

Lush – Jumping Juniper

Previously only available online, I discovered the Jumping Juniper shampoo bar in my local Lush store recently, and decided to give it a try. I’ve been using New! and Montalbano most frequently, but decided my hair deserved a change.

Made with a Rosemary and Lavender infusion plus Juniperberry oil, Jumping Juniper has a relaxing aroma, which I spoilt slightly by having used a Whoosh! shower jelly before washing my hair.

The shampoo bar lathers up easily, which is a real bonus for my long thick hair. Lush say that the Juniperberry oil in the shampoo bar works to give hair a deep clean, which I can definitely agree with – where some shampoos can either make my hair dry, or feel like it’s weighed down, this one actually made my horribly greasy hair feel perfectly clean, without being flyaway.

Previously, I was told in the store to expect a shampoo bar to last for between 40 and 60 washes. Personally I’ve never achieved that yet, but I think the thickness of my hair has something to do with that. When I get to the point where the shampoo bar breaks, one of my housemates with shorter hair usually calls dibs on tidying up the pieces!

Jumping Juniper – £7.50

Lush – Monsters’ Ball

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about Lush products, hasn’t it? The summer was just too hot to even consider having a soak in the bath (before you say anything, I had showers instead!), but now we’re getting some Autumnal weather, it’s the perfect time to check out the Halloween stock at Lush!

Monsters’ Ball is one of those bath bombs which stands out on the shelf – I’m sure those eyes were following me as I walked past the display. 

Scented with a mixture of lime, neroli and olibanum oils, it seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it reminded me of.

Now this is where I ‘break the rules’. I rarely use a bath bomb in one go – I break mine into pieces, and get multiple baths from the one bath bomb.

My Monsters’ Ball had a crack running around the middle, which made it ideal to cut through (I use a plastic knife so there’s less chance of catching my hand as I cut it). 

I didn’t use a huge amount of it, but the scent was superb and the effect in the water was equally spectacular.

It may sound strange, but I’m not all that keen on having the scent lingering on my skin for ages after I’ve finished my bath. Because I didn’t use all the bath bomb, the scent hardly lingered at all, but for me that’s perfect. If I’d used more (or all of it), no doubt the scent would still be lingering as I’m typing this.

Halloween 2018
Monsters’ Ball – £4.95

Snowdrop gift box

Following on from Snap! here’s the second gift box I purchased in the Lush Christmas sale – Snowdrop. This one didn’t have a tag (nor a price), so I just went on what the little sticky label on the base told me about the contents.

Because the packaging label was missing (there were lots of boxes in store, but none had any labels), all I knew is that it contained Snowcloud soap, and Dream Cream. The staff member in store told me it was a “small pot” so I’d assumed it was 100g, as that’s the smallest size I’ve seen for sale on the Lush site), but it’s actually a 45g pot.

The gift box was beautifully wrapped, and was approximately £12 full price (so about £6 in the sale). It contains a Snowcloud soap and a 45g pot of Dream Cream.

Opening the box, it was clear that something was rather greasy – the ingredients label was somewhat wet. Picking up the Snowcloud soap, it was clear this was where the greasiness had come from, as all the packaging pieces were stuck to it.

I know that some of the soaps can ‘leak’ oils, especially if they’re stored somewhere warm, and this is what I’m assuming has happened to the Snowcloud soap.

As with the Snap! gift box, Snowdrop gift box not something I would recommend, especially if it was full price! I’d much rather purchase the items individually, as then I know for certain the amount of each product that I’m getting, and also the quality.


Snap! Gift box

I don’t normally buy gift boxes from Lush, but in the sale (which incidentally was not online this year, but in-store only) they didn’t have any individual items left that I was after, so I bought a couple of the half price gift boxes instead.

Snap! is normally £16.50 (£8.25 in the sale), and contains Christmas Cracker bubble bar, Rocket Science bath bomb, and a Whoosh! shower jelly.

I love the citrus scent of the Christmas Cracker, and I’ve previously used Whoosh! so I knew I would get on with those. Opening the box, the Rocket Science bath bomb had shed everywhere – it wasn’t broken, but the base is a very crumbly texture, so each time it moved (if the box was tipped, or moved) a bit more sheds.

On to the shower jelly, which I know is usually a very wobbly consistency, but this one has definitely got a problem….

….it looks rather runny on the top doesn’t it? I thought I’d test it out to see just how much liquid there was in the pot, so I tipped it onto the lid….

….I stopped before all the liquid had drained off, as below the jelly in the pot there was even more liquid at the base!

So I really wouldn’t recommend this gift box, as it would appear the quality of the items aren’t what you would expect from an expensive Lush product.



I was able to exchange the runny Whoosh! shower jelly store, but my opinion of the gift box still stands – given that the box is sealed, you have no way of checking the quality of the contents until it’s opened.

Luxury Lush Pud

Ok, I know it’s not exactly seasonal, but I used my Luxury Lush Pud this week, and had to blog about it!

As you drop it into the bath, it starts fizzing immediately – the aroma of Tonka and Lavender (which incidentally is shared with Twilight) makes for a very relaxing bath, while not being overpowering.

Dragon Does Lush Review - Luxury Lush Pud

I’m not a fan of ‘girly pink’ but I will admit the bath water turned a pleasant pink shade once the bath bomb had dissolved – the coloured discs and holly decoration on the top took a little longer to dissolve fully.

There’s no popping candy in the bath bomb, so the ‘display’ relies entirely on the scent and the colour – it’s definitely one I will be buying again, if it returns in the Christmas range this year. But if it doesn’t, then there’s always Twilight!

Dragon Does Lush Review - Luxury Lush Pud

The Sacred Truth fresh face mask

Did you know that if you take in 5 empty (and clean!) full-size black Lush pots into a Lush store, you can exchange them for a free fresh face mask? Yes, you read that right – free! Considering that the fresh face masks usually cost £6.75, that’s a very generous gift just for taking back the black pots so Lush can reuse them.

I didn’t know which one to pick, so I searched through the website and stumbled upon The Sacred Truth (currently unavailable). Containing a selection of ingredients that sound like they shouldn’t really work together, such as Soya Yoghurt,  Organic Ginseng Root Powder, Fresh Papaya and Organic Evening Primrose Oil, it does have a peculiar scent which I found hard to identify. All I can say it is smells nothing like papaya, and I couldn’t smell any honey in there either. 

Needing to be kept in the fridge, this fresh face mask is nicely soothing when smoothed over the skin. It didn’t dry on my skin like Mask of Magnaminty, which meant it was a lot easier to rinse off. Despite the scent being rather strong in the pot, my skin didn’t retain the smell of the mask after I’d rinsed it off.

Rather than subjecting my eczema-prone hands to this particular mask, I used it on my face to try and sooth my skin. I don’t normally use face masks, but this one worked surprisingly well – my skin approved of the mask, and looked a lot nicer afterwards.

Personally I wouldn’t choose to spend out £6.75 on a face mask, but if only this mask was still currently available, I would definitely be getting another once I have 5 more empty containers!

Lush Review - the Sacred Truth

Baked Alaska Soap

Another soap from the Christmas 2015 range, Baked Alaska was particularly eyecatching cut open in the store, with its frosted white exterior hiding a vibrant multicoloured interior.

Baked Alaska has a very strong lemony aroma, which is suitably refreshing to use as a bath soap – I think it would be a bit too overpowering as a hand soap, unless you wanted to lose the smell of onions or something similar from your skin!

It lathers up easily and although the soap itself has a very strong aroma, which intensifies when used in a hot steamy bath, the lemon scent doesn’t linger on your skin like a perfume, which is a welcome surprise.

Lush Review - Baked Alaska Soap

I purchased my block of Baked Alaska soap in the Boxing Day sale, but I’m hoping it will return for 2016.

Honey I Washed My Hair (original version)

Honey I Washed My Hair might not be the most creative name in the world, but the shampoo bar is fantastic! I was a little concerned that the honey might be inclined to make my hair greasy, but it doesn’t have that effect.

Smelling strongly of toffee and fudge, it’s a little more intense in aroma than Yog Nog, but it doesn’t linger in that strength on my hair, so you don’t get wafts of toffee fudge scent during the day.

Lush review - Honey I Washed My Hair

Priced at £5.95 like the other shampoo bars, it claims to last 60-80 washes. I can’t say my bar lasted 80 washes, but that was probably due to it falling in the bath water a couple of times, which no doubt increased the speed that the bar shrank! I did find it value for money though, given how many containers of my previous shampoo I’d have been likely to use in that time. It’s also easy to use just the right amount, so you aren’t left rinsing excess shampoo from your hair for ages.

Since I purchased this bar, a newer version has been released, which on first glance just looks like a newer appearance rather than a reformulation. As yet I haven’t tried the new bar, but once my current bar runs out, I might well do.

Yog Nog Soap

Before I start, I will just point out that Yog Nog is a seasonal soap, and is currently not available for sale. However, it has been in the Christmas range for at least the last 2 years, and I hope it’ll be there for years to come too!

Yog Nog is a pretty strange name for a soap, but at least it’s one of the easier to pronounce names, unlike Ceridwen’s Cauldron! Yog Nog has a very treacly, almost fudge-like aroma which is a little sweeter than Honey I Washed my Hair. It’s not overpowering though, so you don’t feel you’ve washed with a block of fudge rather than soap!

Lush Review - Yog Nog Soap

The soap lathers up really well, and does leave my skin feeling clean, unlike some soaps which leave a kind of annoying sticky residue. I bought a 200g block in the Boxing Day sale last year, which I’m hoping will last me through part of the summer (I’m alternating that and Woosh shower jelly to make the soap last longer!), then I’ll be ready to buy another block when the Christmas 2016 range is released.