Skullduggery Bath Bomb from Lush

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Every time the Skullduggery Bath Bomb has been available to buy through the Lush Kitchen over the last year or so I have missed it. My luck however changed this August and I managed to bag a few from the Kitchen’s most recent batch.

The Skullduggery bath bomb’s design is calavera inspired. Calavera is Spanish for the word skull. The most widely known calaveras are models of human skulls created with sugar cane for the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead. AKA Halloween.

The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico during the last week of October and first few days of November. It is a celebration in honour of family and friends who are no longer with them. The whole idea around human skulls may be creepy to some however when you take the time to learn about the sugar skulls heritage you realise it’s not at all creepy and actually a lovely way to remember loved ones that have passed.

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The Skullduggery bath bomb is a member of the Calacas scent family. The Calacas scent happens to be my all time favourite Lush scent, (so far anyway…) as you can imagine, seeing as it is my FAVOURITE Lush scent I was super excited to get my hands on a product that was completely new to me.

Although Skullduggery is not nearly as colourful as other bath bombs with the same scent such as The Enchanter, I think they’re the perfect product to include in a Lush bath-cocktail.

The Calacas scent is a zingy and refreshing, mood-boosting scent. The combination of its carefully selected ingredients; Oil of lime, neroli and olibanum makes for an energising bath time treat that ‘perks up the weariest of souls,’. The Skullduggery bath bomb works great on its own, although as I said above it isn’t as colourful as other bath bombs and to get the most out of it I like to use it in bath cocktails. I find a dash of Calacas shower gel helps the scent stay with you all day. Another great bath cocktail to try is a chunk of some Milky Bath bubble bar with the Skullduggery, it is like bathing in silk.

To some the Skullduggery’s scent may be quite strong. I wasn’t at all sure of it when I first experienced it, I have however grown to love it, once you have used a Calacas product the scent of it remains with you but it’s a lot more gentle once on your skin. It’s not at all overpowering and always leaves me craving more.

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As soon as the Skullduggery bath bomb hits the water it starts to fizz away creating copious amounts of pure white foam. The Skullduggery’s heart shaped eyes once submerged leave a small stream of red bubbles. After about 30 seconds the red eyes are no longer visible and the rest of the bath bomb is white all through. The Skullduggery then continues to create soft white foam until the bath bomb completely dissolves.

Performance wise I’d compare the Skullduggery bath bomb to the May Day bath bomb, it isn’t very colourful but its scent makes a lasting impression. Skullduggery is also a very slow fizzer and in this aspect it reminds me of the So White bath bomb, a slow fizzer with a beautiful, delicate scent that stays with you even once the bath bomb is completely dissolved.

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The bath water leaves your skin silky smooth and its delicate fruity scent stays with you all day.

Although I still prefer the The Enchanter bath bomb over the Skullduggery one, I would recommend Skullduggery over it if it is just the essential oils you are interested in. I know some people go for bath bombs based purely on their colours in the bathtub but for someone who wants something a little more gentle colour-wise, Skullduggery is a very good choice.

I am waiting very patiently for a Calacas perfume to come out. I have my fingers crossed that it does soon as it really is my favourite scent. In the meantime while I wait, I will just have to enjoy the Calacas scented products that I currently have. Although I am running a little low so am sending Lush Kitchen a virtual nudge for more! 😉



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Northern Lights Bath Bomb from Lush

Although the Northern Lights bath bomb is in my opinion, more fragile than glass. I can never pass up the chance to order them when they appear in the Lush Kitchen. Broken or whole, the Northern Lights bath bomb’s fragility does not effect its bath time performance levels. I can never get photographs of it in action that showcase its true potential. It makes for a beautiful bath and it’s one that you really do have to try at least once.

My last batch of Northern Lights bath bombs where from the Lush Kitchen a good few months ago. As soon as you unwrap it the scent really hits you. It’s incredibly strong and dominates anything else around it.

It actually took me a little while to get used to its scent, while my bath was running I was almost convinced that it was too strong a scent for me… By the end of my very first Northern Lights bath I was however a super fan, becoming desperate to use it again.

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Most bath bombs are sphere shaped, the Northern Lights bath bomb is however quite unique. It is a large, cylinder shaped bath bomb. Boasting the most gorgeous shade of purple as well as being decorated with a sprinkling of white stars. It looks just how I imagine a magic wand would.

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Containing Jasmine Absolute I always expected that when I first got my hands on a Northern Lights bath bomb that it would smell similar to the Sakura bath bomb. Although I can detect the floral Jasmine Absolute in both bath bombs, they really don’t have that much in common scent-wise. I’d label Sakura as a refreshing scent and Northern Lights as calm and relaxing.

Summed up quickly it’s a musky, floral scent, I want to also say that it’s multi-tonal too but as I have said many times before, I am useless at describing scents. It’s nice and has depth, the more you focus on its scent, the more your nose picks up. A bit like when you look at the night sky for stars, more and more just seem to appear the longer you gaze.

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As soon as the Northern Lights bath bomb hits your bath water the most spectacular show begins. You are greeted with mounds of beautiful purple foam followed by blue and then a luminous yellow. Its scent is no longer over empowering and you will find yourself slowly slipping into relaxation, releasing any tension built up from your day.

The colours clash so well, the bath art it creates is ridiculously beautiful.

The only real negative I have in regards to the Northern Lights bath bomb is that it isn’t as moisturising as other bath bombs are. If you are looking for something to hydrate your skin Northern Lights on its own will not serve that purpose.

Lush, you really need to bring out a moisturiser/body lotion with the Northern Lights scent. I always feel so cheated when I have to add another scent to my skin, especially when I like the bath bombs scent so very much. If it wasn’t so drying I could maybe live without using a completely different scented body lotion once out of the bath.

Regardless of its low level of moisturisation and without using body lotion, the Northern Lights scent stays with you all day through. My skin is a little dry afterwards but it’s nothing unbearable.

Its scent on your skin isn’t as strong as when it first came out of its wrapper too.

This is a blessing as, as nice as the scent is, I think if I had to put up with it at maximum-fresh-out-of-the-packet strength for any longer than your average bath I’d be getting a very bad headache.

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Last but not least I feel I should mention a little about how fragile the Northern Lights bath bomb is. Whenever I have ordered them for myself, I have been really lucky. All have been fine apart from one that had broken during transit.

The last two or three times that it has however appeared in the Lush Kitchen, a lot of people have had parcels where every single one had broken.

I hope that Lush decide to rethink the Northern Lights bath bomb as it really is a good product albeit a few things they could easily tweak. Maybe they could change its shape slightly so that it is more robust? I am confident changing its shape won’t take too much out of its character.
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The Northern Lights bath bomb puts such an amazing bath-time show on, with its hypnotic colours and relaxing aroma. It’s a crime that Lush Cosmetics don’t have any more products sharing its scent!

 



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The Enchanter Bath Bomb from Lush

I decided that today I’d dedicate a whole blog post to my new favourite bath bomb, The Enchanter. Prior to finally getting hold of it, I had been absolutely desperate to give it a try, I had however always missed it whenever it appeared on the Lush Kitchen menu.
 
Although I was absolutely gutted that its release day fell at the end of an expensive month, I did manage to get a hold of 3 which in comparison to not having any, is absolutely brilliant!

I don’t quite know where to begin as everything about the, The Enchanter Bath Bomb is in my opinion perfect. I know that, that is a bold statement but I honestly haven’t used a bath bomb quite like it ever before. Sorry Frozen, The Enchanter bath bomb has knocked you right off of my top spot.

Fresh out of its Lush Kitchen wrapper, I was greeted by a pastel yellow and orange ball of bicarbonate magic. It almost glows!

The Enchanter bath bomb is a part of the Calacas scent family. Apart from the Twilight shower gel, Calacas was the first Lush shower gel that I ever ordered from the Lush Kitchen.

I actually left my one bottle of it in the bathroom and Joe (the hubby-to-be) decided it was communal. By the time I had noticed my error, more than half of it had gone.

The Calacas-Lush-scent is actually one of my favourites, I know I have quite a few favourites but I generally really do LOVE Calacas. It’s definitely in my top three.

I am letting Lush Kitchen know here and now that they need to put a solid or liquid perfume form of it on the menu very soon.

The Enchanter Bath Bomb’s scent is refreshingly zingy.

The combination of its carefully selected ingredients, oil of lime, neroli and olibanum makes for an energising bath time treat said to ‘perk up the weariest of souls’ it reinvigorates both your mind and body.

When it comes to trying out new-to-me Lush products I find that the bath bombs are the ones that give the best surprises.

The Enchanters surprise is its luminous pink centre, I have never seen bath art as good as this from any bath bomb I have tried before!

Upon hitting the water The Enchanter bath bomb starts to ferociously fizzle away. Brilliant orange, striking yellow and fluorescent pink foam spreads out making little circular patterns on the surface of your bath water.

The only word that comes close to describing the, The Enchanter bath bombs’ array of colours is the word enchanting; Making The Enchanter a very fitting name for the bath bomb indeed!

The pink and the yellow spilling out of the spinning bath bomb are such bold and bright colours, I just couldn’t stop taking photos.

As well as being the prettiest bath bomb in action that I had ever seen, the scent took my opinions on this bath bomb to a whole new level.

When I am feeling depressed a quick wash with my Calacas shower gel always lifts my mood.

The scent reminds me of happiness, I need Calacas scented EVERYTHING! The shower gel and The Enchanter bath bomb just isn’t enough. I want body lotions, bubble bars and shampoo bars in its scent… Not providing the world with the Calacas scent in every product format is a crime against humanity.

Lush, why is this bath bomb not a main line product? It’s incredible and shouldn’t be only available through the Lush Kitchen, we need it in stores all over the world please!


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Please note that this post was originally posted on this website on the 5th of March 2016 with different photos. I have updated each post on this blog several times over the years as with time my photos have got better, as has my product knowledge. – Lulu @ Lush Upon A Time ♥


Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb from Lush

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

The Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb is a pastel-green, Halloween ballistic that has a strong, musky and spicy herbal scent. Its long list of ingredients contains both patchouli and black pepper oil so it is quite an acquired taste. I am not huge fan of patchouli but I always try a Lush product at least once.

Unlike any other Lush bath bomb, Lord of Misrule has its own unique design. Instead of being smooth all over, this bath bomb has a flower/rounded star shaped crown on its top, this was clearly included in its design to signify its ‘Lord’ status.

As soon as I plopped the Lord of Misrule bath bomb into my bath water the bath bombs colourful and foamy magic unfolded right before my eyes. A huge amount of green froth bubbled up to the top of my bath water and the bath bomb then began to bob around, spinning slowly.

Lord of Misrule’s scent immediately engulfs whatever room it is in, when I had my first one delivered I could smell it before I had even opened the box. I find you can still smell Lord of Misrule hours after it has been removed from a room, it is quite possibly the strongest scented Lush bath bomb I have used to date. With it having such a strong scent I couldn’t quite believe how much its scent intensified once in the water.

I Wasn’t particularly impressed with this as I found the patchouli (the ingredient I don’t always get on with) far too strong even before I’d put it in the bath. I felt as if I was drowning in the scent. I would however like to point out that just because I dislike its scent, it doesn’t mean that you will too.

Although I can’t hack Lord of Misrule’s scent, I will admit to there being something wonderfully mystical about how it performed in the bath, I can see why so many people are head over heels in love with it and its colours.

Unfortunately the Lord of Misrule scent triggers my migraines. Regardless of the migraine trigger, I stayed in the bathroom for as long as I could to get some photos.

The pinks and greens that were spiraling out of the Lord of Misrule bath bomb were creating some of the prettiest bath art I had ever seen.

The pink and green contrast so well, if it wasn’t for its scent I could see myself using it all of the time. Another surprise it had was the addition of popping candy. The popping candy always makes for an interesting bath especially when you aren’t expecting it.

Near the end of the bath bombs bath time show, the hot pink colour overpowers the green turning the bath water a deep-pink, it reminds me of mulled wine.

I am so in love with the water melon coloured foam that Lord of Misrule creates I just wish I could have enjoyed it more. Stupid migraines!

As I didn’t get a chance to review this bath bomb in quite the same way as I have reviewed others, I’d like to leave you with a link of someone else’s review on it (migraine free!)

You would have probably already heard about Jen from All Things Lush UK, she needs no introduction as she’s the Lush queen of the world. BUT, if you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard about her, here is a link to her review of the Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb. I know it is one of her all time favourites and I guess not liking every Lush product is perfectly normal, we’d all get very bored if we all loved and hated the same products after all!


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