6 December 2018

Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume (2018 Version)

When Lush first brought out the original Lord Of Misrule Perfume, I can still remember how giddy with excitement I was at knowing that I was going to be able to wear my favourite scent every single day, for as long as I could stretch out my collection for. After spending a fortune on the four bottles that I did invest in, I relished in the thought of how amazing I was going to feel and smell for the coming couple of years. When Lush brought it out again the following year, I again topped up my stash and started using it as if it was the only perfume I owned.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t too long after this that I found myself in a little financial difficulty, and made the decision to sell near on every perfume I owned. While it was difficult for me to accept that I would no longer be able to indulge in my LOM perfume any longer, I knew that finding my feet outside of Lush was far more important, and I certainly don’t regret the decision I made.

Far forward to last week and Lush announce (and release) Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume for the third time. Although still very hard-up compared to where I used to be, I was so excited to finally be able to own a bottle of one of my favourite perfumes once again. However, when I opened the lid and finally took my first spray, I was a little horrified to discover that the fragrance that greeted me was not the same one I had fallen in love with all of those years ago.

Don’t get me wrong: if you love Lord Of Misrule, you will love this perfume, and I have definitely been making use of this limited edition since the day it first arrived on my doorstep. However, there are very clear differences, much like I said in my review of the perfume oil, that prevent it from being a direct replica of the scent we all know and love of the original bath bomb.

While this may appear slightly lazy, I’m going to quote my description of Lord Of Misrule Perfume Oil because this is the only product in the fragrance family that actually shares an almost identical smell to this. As with the oil, Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume seems to be mostly focussed on the patchouli, which offers a spicy, earthy fragrance from the get-go. Whereas the inclusion of vanilla absolute in the ingredients list usually thickens the scent and makes it more rounded overall, the lack of its presence in this format means that this perfume is far lighter and airier. The patchouli is by far the most domineering part of this product and the other ingredients have seemingly fallen asleep backstage.

Although I’m not going to argue that it isn’t a beautiful scent, it is clearly not as wholesome as its older siblings, and definitely not a direct replica of these products either. When it comes to both this and the perfume oil, the vanilla is very much hidden behind the other elements, and while there is definitely a touch of sweetness that comes from the inclusion of the vanilla, it doesn’t make the same impression as it does do in other formats.

Having said that, I will say that on the skin the liquid perfume outlasts the perfume oil, as to be expected. After a single spray, I could still smell it on my clothes some five-six hours later, and probably a little less when it came to my skin. After spraying it on my scarf in the morning, I could still smell it when I put the garment back on at the end of the day.

What I did appreciate is that the vanilla does come through a little more on the skin, and perhaps over the coming months this element will serve to intensify in the bottle. However, the perfume had definitely faded a lot by the time the vanilla reared its head, and a single spray meant that I lost that component all over again. At the risk of repeating myself, the creamy sweetness of the vanilla is definitely there. However, it’s been pushed much further down than it usually is in other formats.   

Overall, I will state that the previous two LOM Liquid perfumes have by far been better at replicating the scent of this popular smell, and I could easily trade an old bottle for a new. I’m a little unsure as to whether it is just because these perfumes are rather new and need time to adjust in the bottles, or whether the oils have been watered down slightly so that they’re not as potent, I’m not sure. All I will say is that I shall have to rely on my body lotion and small stash of bath bombs to keep the original scent very much alive in my house.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, *Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, *Anise Alcohol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Farnesol, *Geraniol, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes. 

2018 Price: £29 for 30ml.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb
Lord Of Misrule Body Conditioner
Lord Of Misrule Body Lotion
Lord Of Misrule Body Spray
Lord Of Misrule FUN Bar
Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume
Lord Of Misrule Liquid Perfume
Lord Of Misrule Naked Shower Cream
Lord Of Misrule Perfume Oil
Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream
Lord Of Misrule Solid Perfume
Monsters and Aliens
Rough With The Smooth Body Scrub

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