A while ago my favourite shop, Lush, introduced the Kitchen, in which they made very limited edition batches of new and older products. This is how I got hold of the Witches’ Ball, a product first produced for Christmas 2008, and which has made several appearances in other seasons since (usually around Halloween time). I paid £3.95 for mine – this is pricey but normal for a Lush bath product, and I justify it by pointing out that it’s cheaper and healthier than a glass of wine and just as relaxing! In any case, I got two baths out of this – it’s not a single-use product, unlike the bath bombs.
Witches’ Ball is unusual-looking, dark purple colour with “bits” in it, a blend of herb and spice essential oils. It is made with a base of sodium bicarbonate, cream of tartar and sodium laureth sulphate, which help it to dissolve and turn into bubbles in the bath. It also contains dried cranberries and currants, as well as stuck-on dried star anise which do give it something of a “magical” appearance. The product contains peppermint, rosemary and sage oil as well as cloves and dried parsley – an unusual combination which accounts for the refreshing herbal fragrance, very unyusual especially in a bathing product!
As with all bubble bars from Lush, I crumbled it under the running bath (after cutting it in half first and saving the other half for later) to allow it to dissolve. By the time it was finished and I got into the bath, the water was a pale purple colour, rather inviting, with random bits floating about and a lot of bubbles. In fact it looked rather like the contents of a witch’s cauldron.
My bath was relaxing as I enjoyed the refreshing and natural scent, although I did find that the “bits” got in the way to an extent! When I got out of the water, my skin felt soft and I didn’t have to apply much moisturiser. I experienced no skin irritation.
Despite my initial fears about the “bits”, most of them went down the plughole and the larger ones were easily plucked out of the bath and dropped into the bin. No rinsing and scrubbing required!
Overall, I recommend this unusual and relaxing bath. Keep an eye on the Lush website, I’m sure it’ll make another appearance in the Kitchen at some point.
I got this in a gift box and I decided that my first treat would be the Witches' Ball Bubble Bar. A dark purple colour and a softish ball shape with obvious bits of whole herbs quite visible from the outside. This was quite soft and crumbly and being a frugal sort of person I never use all of a Bubble bar in one bath - usually three baths from one bar or at the very least two. I got two from this one as it was very crumbly and not that big so it was difficult to divide. The blurb on the card said, "Turn your bath into a bubbling cauldron, scented with a magical blend of reviving herbs". So I was very excited at the thought of being revived even if it was my bath just before bed and really I should have been after 'relaxing' rather than 'reviving' herbs, hopefully it would revive me sufficiently to cope with the next day's stresses and strains.
I crumbled my half bar into my bath as it was filling and the scent that was strongest was probably rosemary and clove - a sort of Christmassy spicy smell but quite fresh, not heavy, there was also an orangey smell and a hint of peppermint too. I was fascinated to see quite big bits of cranberry and full cloves floating in the bath along with other herby things like star anise. The bath was quite foamy (only half a bar used) and in I hopped.
The bath was so soft and creamy and the smell divine and I just laid back with my eyes shut and breathed deeply - looking for 'revival'. I wouldn't describe my bath as 'a bubbling cauldron' but it was very relaxing and quite luxurious I thought. I enjoyed the softness of the water and the exotic smells. My husband came in as I was getting out and said "What is all that muck floating about in the bath?" So it obviously didn't look very luxurious and exotic to him.
The downside was that the big lumps of herb and cranberry didn't just flow down the plughole - probably just as well as they may have caused a blockage. What happened was, the bath emptied and left the bottom of it covered in bits of herb and cranberry which I then had to scoop together and throw in the bin and then rinse the bath out. That is obviously why you needed the 'reviving' herbs, to give you the energy to clean the bath after you got out. Having said that, it wasn't a great effort and I did have a thoroughly delightful bath. I didn't notice that I felt 'revived' but maybe I wasn't that exhausted prior to the bath.
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Oh how I loved using this product. After coming back from a double day of PE at school, I needed to de-stress and get clean, so I plopped two of these in a warm bath and the smell knocked me out. It smelled literally Lush. The fact they look rather ugly makes them very really bewitching when they get placed into a bath and they fizz up.
So i slip into my bath, and it is indescribably different to using a bath gel. Then, afterI get out and put on my pajamas, i noticed that I smell lovely. The feeling is so unique and the smell is so intense, I wouldn't mind having my house smell of it.
As well as the smell, it did feel very refreshing on the skin. It made my skins feel a lot softer and smoother, and it really relaxed me.
The only bad thing I can say about this prouct is that it did leave a small amount of residue in my bath, though it only took a quick blast of the shower head to have it go down the sink, so not really that much of an inconvenience.
This is the first and only bubble bar from Lush that I have used and I was very, very impressed. It was part of the Christmas 2008 range and is a limited edition, though I'm crossing all my fingers and toes that it comes back next year - I absolutely loved it.
From the description in the Lush catalogue and reviews here on Dooyoo I thought I might like it, so I decided to put it on my Christmas list, and then I waited anxiously to see if I would get one! Luckily I did get it, so then all I had to do was decide when to use it. I used all the specifically Christmassy products at Christmas (although my bar of Christmas Cake soap has not dissolved entirely yet) and because I suspected I would love the Witches Ball more than anything thing else I'd ever tried from Lush I decided to save it for my pre-birthday bath (couldn't bathe on my actual birthday, it was a uni day and I was too busy). I was not disappointed in the least, in fact I had underestimated how completely amazing this bath would be.
I used less than half the bar, I tried to cut it in half with a normal dinner knife but it didn't cut evenly so I ended up using a smaller piece. The bar is a lumpy purple, with pieces of the fruits and herbs in the bar poking out of it. I started running the water and crumbled the piece I'd cut off under the tap.
This produced absolutely masses of bubbles. I have never seen so many bubbles in one bath. I think that you could get a decent bath from a third or even a quarter of this bar. The bubbles took approximately 40 minutes to disappear completely (I always have a clock by the side of my bath so that I don't miss dinner or some TV programme or just stay in far too long). Underneath the bubbles the water went a murky purple colour, which was nice, and it didn't stain my skin or the bath at all.
The scent this bath produced was really strong and delicious, a fruity, warming smell which didn't linger on my skin after I'd showered off but made my bathroom smell lovely for a couple of days. My skin did feel slightly more moisturised after this bath, and the water felt really soft whilst I was in it.
There are a lot of "bits" in this bath, currants and berries and star anise, I don't mind them, it makes it more fun, I make a game out of finding all the pieces, because really in my head I am about eight years old. I fished out all the pieces as I was waiting for the water to drain away before turning on the shower to rinse off, and then I dried them and use them as potpourri in my room, because they all smell lovely and pretty strong still.
If you want to enjoy this bubble bar without having to spend time clearing up all the mess you can put the bubble bar inside an old pair of tights to catch all the bits, but to me this would be spoiling the fun!
I adored this bubble bar and would have one every week if a )I had the time and wasn't concerned about my water consumption and the environment b) wouldn't get fed up of baths c) they were available all year round and d) I had the money to afford them.
At £2.95 for 3-4 decent baths or 2 amazing baths this is good value for money as far as I am concerned, but I only have a bath once a month. If you have one or more baths a week then liquid bubble bath will go a lot further, but the experience won't be as nice as this one!
I recieved this particular bubble bar as part of a Christmas gift and being the complete Lushaholic that I am, I couldn't wait to try it out. It looks beautiful, really natural and earthy and the scent is gorgeous, it kind of reminds me of moonlit forests and waves crashing together at sea (don't ask!) and if this little bubble bar had a soundtrack, it'd definitely be something by Loreena McKennitt or Enya! (Now I've really gone and made myself sound mad by putting music to a bath product!).
It crumbles nicely into the bath (as most Lush bubble bars do) and produced a fair ammount of bubbles. The scent was still strong and beautiful in the water and the little bits of fruit and pods floated on top of the water (they can quite easily be scooped out if they're not your cup of tea!). I personally love the little solid extras that Lush put into their products and I saved one of the cloves that had soaked up the scent of The Witches Ball because it smelt sooooo good I couldn't bare to let it wash away.
This is definitely one of my favourite bubble bars that Lush have made and I've got myself a nice little stash of The Witches Ball to keep me going for a good while. I get horrendous side effects if I can't bathe in this magical brew you see!.
Before I rip right into this particular Lush product I think it is only fair that I first say that in general I love Lush! Right now here goes, the witch's ball bubble bar was introduced for Halloween, it is a fairly attractive purple colour but that is about the only good thing it has going for it.
The amount of crap that goes into these things is just unbelievable and it made my bath water more like a pot of soup in appearance than a relaxing bath. In this you will find things such as cloves, blackcurrants and cranberries and then you will find that it is scented with a blend of essential oils and then the list of ridiculous additives goes on... Rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin and believe it or not fresh parsley!!
Now I am as open minded as the next person but bathing with fresh parsley is just silly. The smell of this stuff is actually not too bad and it does have the beautiful purple colour that translates to the bath water but the gunge it leaves behind and the oily feel that it left on my skin meant that it is a Lush product that I will not be using again.
I was given this by my daughter so price wise I cannot be sure but it is Lush so it would not have been cheap, what I can say though is keep your money for some of Lush`s much better goods!
OK, picture the scene. It had been a long day at work, not a particularly terrible day but busy, very busy. It had been my turn to do the school assembly and playground duty, during which time, like an idiot, I managed to fall over, ruining my best trousers and skinning my knees so that blood cascaded down my legs. Ouch!
So when I eventually staggered home I was selfishly pleased to discover that my oldest son was on his way to a friend's house and my husband was out with the younger two children and wouldn't be back for two hours. An empty house! I decided to run a hot bath and make the most of it.
So which of my lovely new Lush products to use? I pored over the box but there was really only one choice. Intrigued by the name and attracted by the lovely purple colour it had to be the Witches Ball Bubble Bar, which was quite pretty and certainly more attractive than the dried up, muddy looking items pictured at the top of the page. I took it out of the bag and broke it in half, removing the dried flower thing that I later discovered to be star anise. I inhaled deeply the lovely spicy smell which smelled absolutely gorgeous; I could have stayed there hours just sniffing it! Apparently the smell comprises of a mix of rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense and myrrh. I would have assumed from the name that this was a Halloween product, but the ingredients seem to suggest it is a Christmas item. Either way, it was lovely!
I crumbled half the bar into the hot, steamy water and replaced the other half away to be used another day. The water turned a pretty purple colour, which I liked as I can't see the point of using a product that doesn't do anything to the water, and the bar produced a pleasing amount of bubbles. I stepped in to the warm, scented waters... bliss!
I spent a good half hour luxuriating in the bath, enjoying the aroma and the softening effect the water was having on my skin. Then I sat up and got a bit of a shock. The purple colour in the bath had faded and looking down I could clearly see a lot of brown lumps in the bottom of the bath. Now I'm not the sort of person who minds having miscellaneous objects in the bath with me; glitter, stars, bath confetti, my baby, not a problem but it's never nice to be sharing a bath with unidentified brown lumps. I fished some out and they looked very much as though they were raisins. (I later discovered they were actually blackcurrants and cranberries). Even worse, as the water had been warm and they'd been soaking for a while they had swelled up and bits had floated off them, yuk! Additionally there were several stalks floating around. Unfortunately for me, this spoiled the whole experience of the bath. I felt as though I had to fish them all out before I pulled the plug, in case they blocked the drain, and this somewhat negated the relaxing aspect of the bath. The little bits that were left however did drain away and there were no bits left on the bottom of the bath.
After my bath, my skin felt quite soft and smooth, but the fragrance soon faded which was a shame. I probably still would buy more of these and I'll definitely use the other half but I think next time I would place it in a pair of tights to avoid having a bath full of bloated berries.
If you're wanting to buy one of these, then as they're a seasonal item you'll have to wait to buy them next year at Lush where they were priced at £2.95 or you could try eBay where there are a few for sale from 99p plus p&p.
This Witches Ball Bubble Bar will cost about £3 from Lush. It is a little odd looking but I thought I would give it a go, probably because it did look so odd!
The best thing about this product is the great number of natural ingrediednts. There are frankincense and myrrh to make you fight and well but also rosemary, sage, clove, blackcurrants, cranberries and peppermint which give the bath an almost foody smell! I felt like a roast chicken resting in its juices!!! I found the rosemary to be a particularly strong smell but to be honest I think there are too many powerful scents in this product and they are all competing for dominance, which makes the overall smell a bit too mixed up. It is quite pleasant thought and as with all Lush products, it is really strong.
If you rub the bar into your skin, it makes you feel so soft and fluffy. That was the best thing about this product. All the great natural ingredients are great for your skin and you can feel it work instantly.
On the downside, the bar has lots of large bits in there and the rosemary in particular can be a bit prickly in the bath.
This is definitely not a product I would buy again. Looked fun for the novelty factor and left my skin very soft but failed to deliver on smell and there were just too many bits in there for my liking!
There is nothing more delicous than lying in a hot steamy bath of frothy bubbles. the sage is the first thing I could smell as i settled into my cosy bath. as you relax more you feel like you are laying in a herb garden, (with the seedpods and cloves prodding you adding to the effect).
It is a warming and relaxing scent even when your two children decide to invade and get in with you! whilst you relax back in your own herb garden bath, your children see who can find the most things to stick to the tiles, including squishing cranberries and blackcurrants into the grout.
As always with a lot of lust products be prepared for lots of bits to sit on, get stuck in your hair and the plug hole. Of course this is easy to contain by putting the bbs into a laundry tablet bag.
I personally like the little bits to float around with me, cleaning it is not so fun!
For those of you that don't like this product please send it my way and I will happily make room for it in my bath
Before I start I think I must say, I love Lush. But unfortunately I did not love the Witches Ball.
The Witches Ball arrived in Lush stores just in time for Haloween, although it is confusingly part of their christmas range. I picked it up as I was attracted by the colour (I like purple!) and it's lovely smell. In hindsight, perhaps I should have paid a little more attention to the ingredients list. The description which follows should have told me everything I needed to know:-
'It is studded with star anise seedpods, cloves, blackcurrants and cranberries and scented with a blend of essential oils to make a helpful potion in your bath. Rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin make a mystical mixture to clear emotional barriers and give you mental clarity. We scatter in some fresh parsley for good luck.'
Ok, did you spot the problem? I'll clarify-
studded with star anise seedpods, cloves, blackcurrants and cranberries and they scatter in parsley!! Parsley for goodness sakes!
Who, in their right mind wants to have a bath with all that floating around? Yes, the bath water turned a lovely purple colour. Yes, it did smell divine. Yes, my skin felt all soft etc BUT it was the least comfortable bathing experience I have EVER had.
All that stuff slooshing around was just tickly and prickly. I was trying to read a book which I like to do in the bath, but had to spend the majority of the time trying to fish out the annoying floaty bits. And then when it came to letting the water out I had to try and stop all the gunk going down the plug hole- bathroom plugs are just not designed to deal with cranberries and parsley!
Oh, Lush - why do you DO these things to me? Will they ever learn that it's the smell, the skin-softening essential oils, that we like in our baths - not dried fruit and little woody cloves?!
I didn't choose this bubble bar - it was a freebie when I bought some other things. Me being me, I rather want to try everything anyway, but this definitely wasn't top of my list. Although technically part of the Christmas range, this seems more obviously a Halloween product, from the name down to the appearance: well, something about the star anises (looking very fishy, if you ask me!) studded around the outside, and the lilac dusted with green (parsley!) colour scheme. Hmm.
Anyway, so far, so forgivable, and the smell - while nothing screaming 'yummy' - is deep, herby and somewhat intriguing. I actually suspected it would smell better in the water, and I think it did.
So why the big problem? Well, having picked out the obvious star anises from the outside to avoid bits - and I mean the 'pod' and the seeds I suspected would float free! - I crumbled the bar under the water and wandered off to let it finish running. Only to discover on my return - Eeeek! What the HECK are all those dark blobs littering the bottom of my bath?!!
Okay, so the fright is my own fault for not reading the ingredients. I was actually a bit worried about sticking an exploratory hand into the water to pick that... something... up. Ewwww! Turns out that the Witches' Ball is actually full of cranberries, currants, and cloves, as well as the more obvious star anise and chopped parsley on the exterior.
Right. I admit, us Lush devotees should be well used to all sorts of things turning up in the water, but (a) usually I'm prepared, and (b) there's a big difference between pretty bits, annoying bits, and things that really don't react well to an hour's steeping in hot water! Dried fruit, alas, falls under the latter category, imo. It's bad enough having icky dark blobs on the bottom of the tub, but after a while the water... plumps them up. Breaks them up. Just - yuk!
Worse, cloves are woody little sods, quite frankly. The only thing worse than mistakenly biting into one lurking in your Christmas ham is sitting on one in the bath. Or, ground up bits of one. This was a gritty bath - not so relaxing! :(
I think you've got the drift: I did not like what was floating about in this bath with me! So why two stars? Well, the smell is actually quite nice. In fact, I suspect that had I not dredged half the fruit, etc (and there was a LOT: half a bubble bar, are there were enough raisin-like masses to near-cover the base of my bath) out before I got in, the cloves at least would have enhanced the Christmas-pudding scent. Otherwise, I couldn't really put my finger on anything exact. The description names 'Rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin', not one of which I could have picked out. However, overall it's a nice mix - quite warming, and neither girlie nor masculine. I do like a change from the sweeter scents of many of Lush's products.
After the bath, I really didn't feel moisturised - there doesn't feel to be a great essential oil content to this bubble bar - although not particularly dried out. Alas, my tub didn't escape so lightly: most of the fruit was scooped out and into the bin, but the rest either disappeared down the plughole (which can't be good!) or left itself strewn about the bath. Word of warning: make the effort and rinse it out there and then! I was lazy, and left it to the next morning, by which point the parsley in particular had welded itself to the sides. Sigh.
It turns out that I'd manage to get about 75% of the fruit in the first half of this I used, and the second half wasn't quite so bad. Not that I was taking any chances: I crumbled part 2 into a sieve (!) and held that under the tap long enough to dissolve the bubble bar, leaving the fruit out of the water! Almost worked - the smallest bits were still enough to add a slightly annoying gritty element to the bath.
So definitely no recommendation from me for this one. There are bits, and then there are bits that just don't belong in a bath. This just pushed my tolerance too far, and the pleasant smell just wasn't nice enough to compensate for sitting on grit, or finding a soggy currant squished on your thigh. Eww.
Availability: In Lush stores until the New Year, or from the website www.lush.co.uk
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Dried Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon), Dried Currants (Ribes rubrum), Dried Star Anise (Illicium verum), Perfume, Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sage oil (Salvia officinalis), Myrrh Gum (Commiphora myrrha), Olibanum Gum (Boswelia carterii), Benzoin Gum (Styrax benzoin), Clove (Eugenia caryopyllus), Dried Parsley (Carum petroselinum), Cocamide DEA, *Limonene, Colour 18050, Colour 61585
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
"This bewitching ball of bubble mixture is a deep fuchsia colour like the very edge of sunset as it's enveloped by encroaching indigo. It is studded with star anise seedpods, cloves, blackcurrants and cranberries and scented with a blend of essential oils to make a helpful potion in your bath. Rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin make a mystical mixture to clear emotional barriers and give you mental clarity. We scatter in some fresh parsley for good luck. Bathe in this brew as often as you can before it disappears at the end of the year; make your resolutions as you bathe, let all your mental blockages dissolve in the bath water and disappear down the plughole. Now follow your dreams."
Use a sieve!!
On my latest trip to Lush I was given a witches ball bubble bar for free as I spent over £20 (like I could ever spend under that...).
Of course I was happy to get something for free, but having heard many bad comments about this I didn't hold out much hope for it.
1st thing to point out - everyone thinks these are for halloween, they aren't, they are for Christmas.
It's the same size as a normal Lush bubble bar (large egg sized) and has a purple colour to it with some green patches and lots of bits and pieces sticking out of it. Looking at it didn't exactly get me excited but the smell is rather nice - it has quite a strong jasmine smell to it.
Bubble bars have never been great in my bath, they just don't seem to bubble up a much as everyone raves about them but this one pleasantly surprised me! I crumbled it up onto the floor of my bath (removing all obviously big pieces of well, berries, wood, spikes & flowery things) and started to run the tap.
The first thing I saw was the humungous amount of bubbles that my crumbled bubble bar had produced - I was happy - until - I put my hand in the water to give it a quick stir and felt LOADS of stuff in the bottom of the bath. Even though I took lots of them out as I was crumbling it there was still a ridiculous amount of berries and things that looked like thorns.
I spent the next 10 minutes picking everything out of the bath before I got in it!
After that problem was overcome, it was actually very nice. It was a very herby smell but quite sweet at the same time. The bath water had turned a lovely shade of deep purple and I did have about 3 times the amount of bubbles that I usually get from a bubble bar!
I had another one free again so decided to crumble it in a sieve and hold it under the tap. No bits got through so I still had a lovely looking and smelling bath with no bits - result!!
Price - £2.95, availble from Lush!
I suspect that this is a love-it or hate-it product - don't worry, I promise not to mention marmite. I love Halloween, I love witches (not that I have met all that many) and I LOVE this bubble bar! This isn't the first time that I have written "this is what Lush is all about...." - so ok, this is ONE of the things that Lush is all about, by witch (geddit?) I mean it is typical of Lush's tendency to make rather messy products with lots of bits and pieces, lots going on. This excites some people (me!) and of course irritates others. If you are looking for an easy life in the bath department, probably best to steer clear of most Lush products, and this one in particular.
The Witches Ball is very messy looking - as in the picture, it looks like it might have been found at the bottom of a swamp, or extracted from a jar in a witch's Coven. Actually that quite yucky looking ball is made of all good things, and there is not an eye of newt in sight. This ball contains dried currants and cranberries, the star shapes are Star Anise, along with cloves and the speckledy green bits are parsley.
Lush have gone all mystical for Halloween, and claim that the essential oils in this bubble bath will help unblock emotional barriers in your relationships and creativity... and promote mental clarity. I can believe it, because this is a heady mixture of oils, I used half of this bubble ball last night and the house smells fantastic as a result of that and the remaining half sitting in my bathroom now! It really is a marvelous blend, of rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin.
As this is a bubble bar, you need to crumble it under the hot tap whilst running the bath. Crumble well, or else it might not dissolve well. The water turns a satisfying smoky purple colour - warming the heart of an old goth like me! Plenty of bubbles also ensue. I have to be honest, the purple doesn't last, once there is lots of water in the bath naturally the colour is diluted, and the other ingredients mix to make quite a murky witches' brew colour (or perhaps I was just especially dirty?!).
You'll notice the currants and cranberries floating in the water - these smell great but don't be tempted to taste them, not even if you are a particularly conscientious reviewer, ahem, because they taste like soap! I can't reveal how I know this because obviously no-one would be stupid enough to taste them, would they? I did pick out a few bits of clove as they are a bit sharp, as is the very pretty Star Anise. Not for the first time, after i had had my bath I wished I had servants to clean up after me. Yes there were berries and other bits in the bottom of the bath and the plug hole, although the bubble bath itself did not stain the bath. It is a bit of extra effort, witch (sorry) in my opinion is wholly worth it. Ideally you just bribe someone else to clean the bath for you. Or cast a magic spell?
This Halloween special is available only until the end of the year, I would advise grabbing some as soon as you can. Currently priced at £2.95, enough for 2 generous baths.
The Witches Ball is a new Lush bubble bar, out for Halloween but, I believe, available until Christmas. This to me, is a very strange looking thing, full of 'bits', something that irritates me about the Lush products, but in terms of a product for Halloween it does manage to achieve looking slightly mystical and a little bit spooky.
As you may be able to see from the picture, it's a round shape, like a squashed down ball, and is predominantly purple, but is actually cover in dried parsley, which makes it look slight green. It also has two star anise pods pressed into the side, which only adds to its unusual appearance.
This has an impressive list of ingredients and contains dried cranberries, dried currants, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, sage oil, Myrrh, and cloves amongst other things. This is a strange combination of ingredients, but mixes together to give a lovely smell, which is quite herbal, but with a fruity edge, although also very subtle.
If you're not familiar with a bubble bar, the product is basically a solid bubble bath. The product should be crumbled under running water, and will create a mass of foam. You can choose to use the whole thing, or break it into pieces to get more baths, but as this one seemed quite small, I decided just to put the whole thing in.
As I crumbled the witches ball under the running tap, I did think it felt a little bit rough, but put that down to the star anise pods that it contains, as they are quite hard.
The water started to change to a pale lilac and lots of frothy white bubbles started to emerge. I climbed into the bath, and found that the oils in the water had made the bottom of the bath very slippery, and I did slip, but luckily managed to stop myself falling.
As I sat down, it felt like I was sitting on brambles or something! The bottom of the bath was covered in little spiky twig things - which actually turned out to be cloves once I fished them out. It wasn't the most comfortable experience ever! Every time I moved something else would be digging into me, and even though I managed to fish a lot of the 'bits' out, it still was not particularly pleasant because the bottom of the bath felt quite gritty, and I was still being jabbed by the various things I hadn't managed to remove from the water.
Also, the addition of dried parsley to this product did seem a little ludicrous. The stuff really stuck to my skin, and looking at my pasty legs covered in green herbs, I looked like a raw chicken about to go in the oven! Very attractive!
After around five minutes, all I could think about was getting out of the bath, so that's what I did. To me a bath should be relaxing - and many Lush products I've used have helped me achieve this, but definitely not this one. It was so uncomfortable and once it was in the water I couldn't smell it either, which was quite disappointing.
After I got out of the bath my skin did feel quite soft which was a little surprising given that I wasn't in there for very long. There was no trace of the scent on my skin though (although several flecks of green parsley remained) which was quite disappointing.
A witches ball will cost £2.95 from Lush or Lush.co.uk
Overall, I can only conclude that this is the worst Lush product I have ever used! It's the most annoyingly uncomfortable bath you will ever have, you come out covered in dried herbs, and the smell disappears as soon as it hit's the water.
Something from the witches brew / a mystical bubble bar filled with rosemary, sage, peppermint, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin / It is a bewitching mixture studded with star anise seedpods, cloves, blackcurrants and cranberries /