Lush Yog Nog Ballistic Review

I tried the infamous Yog Nog bath bomb the other day and I hold the unpopular opinion that it was underwhelming. Hear me out guys, I know to some of  you speaking ill of Yog Nog is like calling someone’s baby ugly. So I was really looking forward to this and I had saved it up since my Lush Oxford Street haul the other month waiting for a day when I would need that warming sweet scent to envelope me. So when I came on my period it seemed like the perfect candidate to comfort me and soothe my aches and pains. I’ll start off by saying that I do love the Yog Nog scent, it’s not a favourite as I do find it overly foodie as a perfume (it’s the currant-y raisin-y note that puts me off smelling like a bun) but as a soap it is divine! It’s beautiful to look at with its swirls of yellow and blobs of white as well as a Christmassy pattern embossed into it – not too dissimilar to the soap.

I did find this ballistic to be really chalky and if I grabbed it too hard it would definitely have smashed to it became apparent that this one was built a little differently to the others. It was one of those bath bombs that foams rather than fizzes which is something that I find a bit anti-climactic- I believe this ballistic has more cornflour/cream of tartar in it than the others. I usually feel compelled to record my bath bombs as I drop them into the water as the spectacle is one of my favourite things about Lush but I felt a little let down by this one. I wasn’t sure if I had a dud bath bomb or not – in any case I think that’s an indicator that it’s not that great if I find myself questioning the quality. With regard to the smell, I found the scent to be overly malty and not as Christmassy as the solid perfume or the soap. Don’t get me wrong, it was still pretty incredible but it wasn’t as spicy as I was hoping it to be and instead it smelled similar to powdered sugar and malt.

Its redeeming feature was the massive cubes of cocoa butter that inhabit the centre of this ballistic that make Yog Nog incredibly moisturising and nourishing. As soon as you drop it in the water the cocoa butter cubes separate out into the water and begin to melt, turning your bath water into a silky soft oasis. I usually add a bath melt or an oil with any ballistic as I suffer from eczema which means I have to moisturise quite heavily, I didn’t even need to add in anything extra with Yog Nog and I didn’t moisturise afterwards either which is a rarity. The smell soaked into my skin really nicely and it hung around for quite some time after, my bathroom smelled delicious too. I think where this bath bomb fell flat is that we’ve been looking forward to it for so long that it just didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s not a bad bath bomb by any stretch of the imagination but I probably wouldn’t buy it again, of course you should always try these things for yourself and there is the possibility that I had a dud or that steam had gotten to it or something. I’m quite happy to leave it off my shopping list in the future.

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