Soap

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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Soap

Ghost In The Dark Soap

Happy Halloween! It’s only fitting to post about this lil guy today right?

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Ghost In The Dark is a new release for this year’s range and features the heady uplifting scent of Avobath Bath Bomb which is a combination of Lemongrass and Bergamot. It’s a very refreshing, tangy scent which is perfect for sleepy mornings. For the skin, both these ingredients are antiseptic and toning, helping you to feel superbly clean.

When using it as a hand soap you do get the faintest whiff of the scent but it’s especially potent when using it in the shower! Because Ghost In The Dark, unlike the majority of Lush’s soaps, has Cocoa Butter incorporated into the soap base it’s a lot softer in texture, meaning it’s actually really nice when used as a body wash. It also lathers up creamy soft suds really easily and quickly too. The only downside to this difference is that the soap shrinks much faster.

Although Ghost In The Dark is cute, it kinda looks a little boring at first glance. But you once you turn the lights off you’ll find that this cute soap actually glows in the dark!

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Yep it really does! Now, you’re probably thinking that SURELY there’s some form of nasty, unsafe chemical in there to make that happen? Nope. There’s not.

It’s an ingredient called Luminescent Zinc Sulfide which makes this happen. I know that still sounds terrifying for your skin but it’s completely FDA-approved as being safe for use in cosmetics and is actually used a lot in concealers and highlighters. Even still, the amount used in this particular product is very small.

The photo above surprisingly isn’t edited. I ‘charged’ my Ghost directly under a lamp for hours to achieve a strong glow which really worked as you can see. Without doing this, it still glows, just not as effectively.

I think it’s amazing that Lush can create a soap that does this; with my limited knowledge of how things actually glow in the dark I didn’t think this could be possible so I am genuinely so impressed! Definitely make sure you get your hands on this Halloween novelty before stocks run out!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Lemongrass Oil, Luminescent Zinc Sulfide, Bergamot Oil, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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Gourmet Soaps, Soap

Ro’s Argan Gourmet Soap

Gourmet soaps are a little different from Lush’s regular soaps. Firstly they don’t have the standard base of Rapeseed and Coconut Oil, instead they have a base that’s unique to each soap. Gourmet soaps are a lot softer and creamier than the rest of the soap range meaning they are beautifully moisturising and conditioning.

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In Ro’s Argan we have a base made from antioxidant Argan Oil which is sourced from women’s co-operatives in Morocco, this is what gives this soap it’s soft and squidgy texture and produces a smooth, creamy lather that conditions the skin, leaving it revitalised and refreshed. There’s also a slight stickiness to the lather which comes from the addition of Granulated Sugar.

Making up the signature Rose Jam fragrance we have cleansing Lemon Oil, toning Geranium Oil and obviously Rose Oil and Rose Absolute which are great for soothing damaged skin. Just having a piece sat in your bathroom really lifts the room as it’s so fragrant!

I personally love this soap. It feels really luxurious when you’re using it due to how creamy and lovely it is to wash with; and not just for hands either, I love using it on my body in the shower too!

Ro’s Argan Soap is really pretty to look at, it comes sprinkled with red and yellow rose petals which just add to the ‘gourmet’ value. And fun fact – this soap is actually a creamy colour which you can see when you cut into it, it just so happens to have the reddish colour on the outside because it oxidises with the air!

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After using a piece of this beautiful soap you can feel the effects straight away and it leaves you with wonderfully smelling soft skin.

I really think the gourmet soaps are so worth it, they’re a little pricey compared to other soaps but they last a long time and you’re paying for the quality – something I’m more than happy to do.

This article here has a fab introduction to gourmet soaps and you can read more about Ro’s Argan specifically here.

Ingredients

Argan Oil, Water, Glycerine, Granulated Sugar, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Lemon Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Red Rose Petals, Yellow Rose Petals

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Soap

Milky Bar Soap

Look at how adorable these little guys are!

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Yes, these are suitable for Vegans! They do contain milk, but it’s Soya Milk! With a soap base made from the usual Rapeseed and Coconut Oils, Soya Milk is one of the main ingredients and it makes this soap lovely and creamy. Soya Milk also contains lots of antioxidant Vitamin B and has soothing and calming properties. Milky Bar also contains extra Coconut Oil too, adding to the silky smooth lather and helping your skin feel ultra smooth.

I wouldn’t say this soap is amazingly moisturising, but it certainly isn’t drying either. It’s a nice balance in between and it’s perfect for helping sooth irritated hands and skin. Personally I’d prefer to use this particular soap as a hand soap only, but plenty do use it in the shower and I can see why.

You’d imagine that this soap smells like it sounds, something milky and powdery, and while you aren’t completely wrong, the main scent here is Brazilian Orange and Patchouli. This gives this soap a rather unique scent which is hard to describe, kinda like milky orange, which makes it sound gross but it’s not at all!

The scent is rather fresh and pleasant, almost like those candles that smell like fresh linen and whatnot, and it stays on your hands for a good while after.

Like most of Lush’s soaps, Milky Bar is a strong, solid soap that lasts a long time. A great thing about the individual pieces like those in the picture, is that they stand up nicely like cute lil milk bottles would, allowing them to dry faster after using. I think the individually made bars are much nicer than the chunks cut from the giant piece but that’s the same with nearly all the soaps on offer.

It’s not something I’d use often, though it is a nice soap, I do believe there are nicer, more exciting soaps to try and the bubble bar in the same scent, Milky Bath is a lot nicer in my opinion.

Here’s the link to the Lush UK website to check it out some more!

Ingredients

Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Soya Milk, Coconut Oil, Glycerine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Patchouli Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

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