Soap

Raspberry Milkshake Soap

Raspberry Milkshake was initially released last year in 2018 but sported a very different design. It was originally loaf shaped, which was then cut into slices depending on how much the customer wanted to buy. This year it looks stunning, following the same idea as Strawberry Whip from Valentine’s Day.

A couple of ingredients have changed in the formula from last year but to my nose the smell is pretty much exactly the same. I loved it last year and I’m so happy Lush decided to bring it back. It contains Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil and Benzoin Resinoid, along with Fresh Raspberry Juice which creates a sweet and rich jam-like aroma that smells exactly like Jammy Dodgers to me. Although the juice does lend its sweet aroma to the scent, its mainly the Davana that gives the soap its strong fruity fragrance. Davana Oil is often described as warm, sweet, slightly citrusy with herbaceous and woody undertones and very close to the smell of ripe apricots. As a whole, it’s truly a gorgeous scent and I find it remains on your skin long after you’ve used it.

I find that Raspberry Milkshake gives an incredibly creamy lather. The base of the soap has Cocoa Butter blended into it, which naturally makes it more hydrating than usual and also contains a great amount of Almond Milk too. Traditionally, Almond Milk was used as a drink to treat inflammation of the skin from the inside out and Lush use it for its softening, hydrating and soothing effects.

The ingredients that make up the scent aren’t just there to make the product smell good. In fact Tagetes Oil, Davana Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and the Fresh Raspberry Juice are known to be soothing and calming on the skin too. The juice is also astringent and nutrient rich, leaving skin clean, clear and bright.

I honestly love this soap, its so creamy and smells so good and is probably one of the only soaps I’d actually take into the shower with me to wash my whole body with, as that’s not usually my thing. I really hope that it remains a Mother’s Day staple because I’ll miss it when it’s gone!

Ingredients

Almond Milk, Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Fresh Raspberry Juice, Davana Oil, Tagetes Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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Iceshoggles Soap

I completely forgot I actually had this soap still sat in my cupboard, it wasn’t until I was deciding which soap to put out in my bathroom that I found it again! Luckily, it’s scent was definitely still there! Iceshoggles was a new soap for last Christmas and is named after the Scottish word for icicles, explaining its design.

It’s a green soap, with a white inner centre and originally when the soap was available, I didn’t think much of its design but it actually looks pretty cute standing up in it’s soap dish in my bathroom.

I didn’t originally think much of the scent either. It’s got a fresh, grassy scent that I originally mistook to be Violet Leaf, but in actual fact, it was Patchouli and Bergamot I was smelling. Patchouli is sweet and earthy, and is known for its grounding and mediative effects on the mind and is antibacterial too. Bergamot has a fresh, green and uplifting aroma and is also naturally cleansing. Furthermore Iceshoggles contains sweet and musky Labdanum Resinoid, sweet Ylang-Ylang Oil and sharp smelling Hop Oil and all these ingredients combine to create a scent that you could describe as green and slightly spicy.

The soap’s base is made up of Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter and I think the change in Lush’s traditional Coconut & Rapeseed Oil base allows for a much smoother, less squeaky lather. I actually surprisingly found the lather from Iceshoggles to be quite creamy in consistency and although I don’t often take soaps into my shower, I’d be happy to with this one.

Each time I use it, it leaves it’s scent on my hands and skin which is a welcome bonus. For something I never thought I’d like, I’m definitely enjoying using it and thankful I got to give it a go. Unfortunately it wasn’t very popular when it was in stores, so it’s pretty unlikely to make a return this Christmas.

Did you ever get a chance to use Iceshoggles? What did you think?

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Bergamot Oil, Hop Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090

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Strawberry Whip Soap

Strawberry Whip was a new product for Valentine’s Day and isn’t it super cute? Lush were all about a ‘fruits of love’ theme for their 2019 Valentine’s Range and this soap definitely fits that brief!

This particular soap is interesting, because it’s actually three soaps in one! The red and green parts actually have separate formulas, although both use the same base of Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Castor Oil, the red part is the only part that actually contains strawberries! Then there’s a softer ‘whipped’ soap mix inside the red part, which you can see in my photos!

The whipped soap has the addition of Aquafaba whipped up into a cream. Aquafaba is the name for chickpea water, which shares a lot of properties with egg whites allowing it to be whipped in the same way. It further contains Cream Of Tartar and Xanthan Gum to stabilise, add thickness and keep shape, Silken Tofu to add moisture and seaweed based Agar Agar Gel for softness. The inclusion of this whipped part is definitely what makes Strawberry Whip a lot more moisturising and nourishing for the skin than a lot of other soaps.

Like I said, the red part contains actual Fresh Strawberries which are full of antioxidants which help improve the condition of skin. The Strawberries add a slight touch to the scent but the fruit on its own doesn’t have a particular strong aroma, so Lush help boost and recreate it by using other essential oils and ingredients.

It’s a trio of Benzoin Resinoid, Jasmine Absolute and Geranium Oil that help strengthen the strawberry scent and the result is a fragrance that’s floral, yet sweet and almost vanilla like, which mimics a true strawberry scent enough that you’ll definitely buy it, although it’s like strawberries mixed with roses. It’s the Jasmine and rose-like Geranium that add the floral notes to this product, whereas Benzoin Resinoid is easily what gives the more vanilla-esque sweeter notes. I really like the scent and it leaves my hands smelling great each time I use it.

I really love using my Strawberry Whip! It’s a great new soap and would do well if it stayed as a year round product I reckon! I really love the hidden whipped centre so let’s hope we see more of that in the future!

Oh, and although it was released for Valentine’s Day, it just so happens to be staying in stock up until the summer! So there’s still time to get one if you’re interested!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberry, Perfume, Aquafaba, Benzoin Resinoid, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Silken Tofu, Cream Of Tartar, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Agar Agar Gel, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citronellol, Linalool, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 19140, Colour 42090.

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Strawberry Santa Soap

Now let me tell you, when these lil guys were delivered into the stores, some of them looked so ugly it was a crime to sell them, so I’m sorry if you got one of the less cute ones. Luckily, the one I ended up with isn’t so bad.

Strawberry Santa is exactly like product from 2015’s Christmas Range called Peeping Santa, though that was a bubbleroon and this is a soap, both were comprised of two red halves separated by a white middle section with eyes. In this version, the red section is a harder soap, fused together with a softer white soap that has a creamier, almost whipped texture.

The white section actually contains a high amount of Cocoa Butter to moisturise your hands, meaning that Strawberry Santa doesn’t leave you with too much of that squeaky clean feeling.

Just be careful when you’re using it that the two halves don’t separate, as it doesn’t really fuse back together very well.

Like Peeping Santa, this soap also contains the delicious Yummy Mummy scent which is a moreish and comforting fragrance which reminds me of sweet juicy chocolate coated strawberries. Strawberry Santa does actually contain Fresh Strawberries along with their seeds to give a gentle exfoliation. Olibanum, Bergamot and Geranium Oils complete the scent and give it deeper sweet musky layers.

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Although fairly small, I feel like it’s going to last for a long while as it produces a generous lather with minimal effort each time I use it and leaves my hands gorgeously scented for a good while after. In the shower, I found that it easily soaped up my body and effectively cleansed. It also contains nourishing Peach Kernel Oil to replenish nutrients in the skin and left my skin looking visibly brighter!

I’m a big fan of this soap and I’m glad I could get my hands on it! Did you manage to get one? Let me know!

Ingredients

Water , Glycerine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Fresh Strawberries, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geranium Oil, Peach Kernel Oil, Strawberry Seeds, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Candy Eye.

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Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap

Although Lush already sells three other cold pressed soaps year round, for Christmas this year and last they’ve released one in the popular Snow Fairy scent.

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If you’ve ever used a cold pressed soap, you’ll know they’re a lot firmer and last a lot longer than regular soaps. This is due to a difference in how they are made. They’re called cold pressed because the ingredients are literally pressed together in moulds when they are cold, as opposed to hot liquid soap being poured into moulds to harden.

When making the cold pressed soaps, Lush mix their soap bases with bought-in soap flakes, which are made from oil bases, therefore giving the bars a higher soap content, so they are much more solid and long-lasting.

Snow Fairy gets its iconic sweet scent from Synthetic Musk and is a scent that drives people crazy every Christmas. It’s been featured in almost every format so it’s no surprise that a cold pressed soap made it into the range for last year and I’m sure it’s here to stay. In this format, it’s somewhat subdued and to be honest, as you keep using your soap, the scent gets more and more subtle until you’re left with a bar that doesn’t really smell of much at all.

Like all cold pressed soaps, you really have to give Snow Fairy a chance to get going, because when it does, it effectively releases a really cleansing and creamy lather, probably due to the high amount of Cocoa Butter in its base. I wouldn’t call it massively moisturising, but it’s definitely not as drying as some soaps can be. There’s also something about the consistency that makes it feel somewhat exfoliating too.

Snow Fairy also contains Almond Oil and Castor Oil to nourish and repair damaged hands and even though its a solid sturdy bar, it’s really quite gentle.

What’s your experience with Snow Fairy Cold Pressed Soap? Let me know in the comments section!

Ingredients

Water, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Cream Of Tartar, Perfume, Almond Oil, Glycerine, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Propylene Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Colour 45410, Colour 73360, Colour 45350

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The North Polar Bear Left The Tap On For The Northern Lights And Let Two Years Out In One Go Soap

This soap wins the award for the longest name of a Lush product ever. For ease, I’m just going to refer to it as ‘The North Polar Bear’.

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It seems inspired by the stories involving Father Christmas and a magical polar bear called The North Polar Bear that are told in ‘The Father Christmas Letters’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. Originally written for his children over many years, the collection of letters were published after his death.

The North Polar Bear was said to be lazy and foolish and noted for causing many accidents, which I guess is why he left the tap on…

The soap can come in two different varieties – one’s a mixture of red, yellow and orange colours and the other is blues, yellows and greens. The giant display soap that you see in stores is a mixture of all the colours, and is meant to represent the northern lights, specifically the illustration on the front cover of Tolkien’s book.

It’s a sizeable soap, one of the biggest out of all of the Christmas soaps and one that will definitely last you many, many months!

The North Polar Bear shares its scent with Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, which has a light floral and powdery aroma of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage. It shows a much gentler side to the Jasmine and is nothing like the heady seductive fragrance of Lust.

However, unlike Sex Bomb, this soap also features a Lingonberry Infusion. Not an ingredient seen often in Lush products, Lingonberry helps revive the skin with antioxidant vitamins C and E.

Although it can leave you with the squeaky clean feeling like soaps often do, The North Polar Bear actually contains a high amount of Organic Rice Milk which is not only hydrating, but also soothing and helps give the lather it produces a milky consistency. It also contains Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and conditioning Castor Oil.

I’m a big fan of this soap, there’s such a cute inspiration story behind it and it’s also about time Lush did another product in the Sex Bomb scent. A really nice new soap to add to the Christmas Range and I hope it makes a return next year.

Ingredients

Propylene Glycol, Lingonberry Infusion, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water, Organic Rice Milk, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Gardenia Extract, Cornflour, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Musk, Sodium Bicarbonate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 42090:2, Colour 45350, Colour 42090, Colour 17200

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Golden Pear Soap

This beauty was first released as part of the Christmas range last year, was really popular and was definitely one of the stand outs to me and a lot of people I know. Luckily for us, Lush realised this and bought Golden Pear back for a second year.

I’m not sure what it is about a sparkly gold coloured pear that’s just so festive but it really is! It looks great sat in a soap dish and is a nice way to decorate your bathroom for the holiday season! The clove embedded on top to represent the stalk is a nice little touch.

The best thing about this soap however, is the smell. It smells so beautiful and decadent. The inclusion of Pear Puree gives a lot to the scent, like a freshly baked pear it’s really indulgent and comforting especially with the addition of warming notes from Cardamom Oil and Sandalwood Oil. Furthermore, with the inclusion of Orange Oil, the scent is like warm fruit tarts covered in Christmas spices, it’s syrupy sweet and also richly fruity; I urge you to go to a Lush store near you and smell it for yourself. If you don’t love it then something is possibly wrong with you.

Unlike most of Lush’s soaps which begin with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils, Golden Pear’s main ingredients are Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and Cocoa Butter creating a creamy base that feels so luxurious and creates a beautifully thick and rich lather. Castor Oil is an antiseptic and conditioning oil easily absorbed by the skin whilst Cocoa Butter helps your skin lock in well needed moisture at this time of the year.

As well as being delicately cleansing, I really believe the Pear Puree adds to the decadent feel of this soap. Nourishing and repairing Almond Oil and Agave Nectar also feature for their moisturising and conditioning benefits.

Golden Pear is definitely one of Lush’s more moisturising soaps. The two halves of the pear are sandwiched together with a layer of rich Murumuru Butter which you can really feel as you rub the soap between your hands or across your body. I’m not a fan of the soaps that can leave you with that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling so it’s a real positive for me.

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All in all, I love Golden Pear Soap. It really makes a perfect gift for my friends and for myself and I hope that Lush bring it back every year!

Did you know currently online they’ve got Golden Pear in a bath bomb format as well as a body spray? I’m gagged! Stay tuned for posts on both!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Pear Puree, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Murumuru Butter, Almond Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Tin Oxide, Silica, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 45350, Colour 77491, Fair Trade Whole Organic Clove

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