Cleansers, Face, Facial Soaps

Coalface Facial Soap

Originally Coalface was a one-off limited edition that wasn’t even for public release. One of Lush’s co-founders made this facial soap for a film company when they relaunched the film ‘Annie Hall’ because the character of Annie used to wash her face with black soap for her complexion. However Lush liked it so much they decided to keep it!

Being a facial soap, it’s a lot gentler than soap for your hands and body so don’t worry about it being too strong for your face as it’s actually really soothing!

It’s main ingredient is Liquorice Root Decoction, which is mixed into the base of Coconut and Rapeseed Oils. Topically, it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and moisturising, cleansing gently and effectively. It has been used for years by herbalists to aid wound healing.

The liquorice also makes up a big potion of Coalface’s scent with other notes coming from Charcoal, Rosewood and Sandalwood. I actually don’t mind the smell, but some people are really put off by it, though it’s not really a product that’s designed for its fragrance, and you can definitely look past it for its benefits.

Powdered Charcoal gives Coalface a slightly gritty texture, designed to deeply exfoliate your skin. It’s also super absorbent, helping clear excess oils and sebum.

Furthermore, earthy smelling Sandalwood Oil adds to the soothing properties of this facial soap, whilst antiseptic Rosewood Oil helps to combat breakouts.

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To use you simply lather it up in your hands before massaging over the skin and rinsing away.

Personally, I love Coalface and currently use it every morning to clear my skin from blackheads and excess oils built up overnight. I can understand it can be hard to tell if something like this is going to work for you and your skin, but remember at Lush we’ll always give a good consultation in store, offer you a sample and even allow you to bring back a purchase for a full refund or exchange if it’s really not working for you!

And as always, send me a message if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to help!

Ingredients

Liquorice Root Decoction, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Linalool, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Glycerine, Powdered Charcoal, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Geraniol, Colour 77491

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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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Cold Pressed Soaps, Soap

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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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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