“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Soap „
Demon in the Dark is a soap which was recently discontinued from Lush. I went into the store to buy it along with a number of soon-to-be-discontinued items and ended up getting this piece free as I was buying so much, which made me very happy! I must say that the imaginative name originally attracted me to the soap!
Demon in the Dark was priced at £3.25 for 100g. Suitable for vegans, it was scented with mint and apple which was formulated with real organic apple juice, mint absolute, spearmint oil and peppermint oil, as well as warming clove bud oil. The soap appeared quite a masculine soap: dark mottled green with a layer of black wax. The soap base is formed from rapeseed oil and coconut oil: Lush no longer use palm oil as their soap base as it leads to deforestation.
I thought that the soap smelled lovely: a minty apple scent which was refreshing and reviving. A lot of masculine soaps and shower gels smell of mint but the apple added a bit of a twist. I think this would be a nice soap for a man to use, although there's no reason why a woman couldn't use it too, and I enjoyed using it myself.
One thing I didn't like about the soap was the layer of black wax, which I thought was rather pointless. It was rather messy and I had to peel it off, which was a hassle. I'm really not sure why Lush bothered with it. However, once the wax was off the soap proved enjoyable to use. It lathered up really well and cleansed without causing any skin irritation. It didn't dry my skin out, though it didn't moisturise it either. It left a faint scent on my skin, too.
I used this soap mostly as a hand soap but tried it as a body soap too. Again it lathered up well and cleansed effectively.
The soap did seem to get used up quite quickly. The mottled effect disintegrated a bit and it fell to pieces. I wasn't too bothered since my piece was free - and I've got loads of soaps to use up - but I probably wouldn't have been too happy if I'd paid full price.
Demon in the Dark soap is no longer available from Lush. However they have recently revamped their Retro section and plan to release several past products every couple of months. I recommend keeping an eye on the website in case this soap becomes one of them.
I liked this soap, particularly the name and the unusual scent, but probably wouldn't buy it again if it was still available - it's pricey for what it is and it does get used up quite quickly.
I bought this soap purely out of curiosity because it looked so odd. It had different shades of green and black in it, and smelt minty and clean.
Price and packaging:
This is £2.85 as of January 2010, and it comes wrapped in a piece of greaseproof paper with a label on it telling you a little bit about the product and how to use it. This low packaging (which still protects the soap) means that when you get home you can stick this in your soap dish and recycle the paper, thus saving the planet.
Smell, looks and shape:
This isn't the most attractive soap when it's dry, let's be honest. It turns darker in colour and shrivels up a bit, making it look mouldy. It isn't though, as mould can't grow on solid soap. Most Lush soap is rectangular, but as all the pieces are hand cut you can get some odd shaped ones. The smell is definitely the best thing about this soap, minty and fresh with a hint of apple. There's a layer of black wax wrapped around this which you do have to peel off (or chop off with a knife) before you use it, otherwise it won't lather.
How to use:
Just as normal soap really. I didn't find this lathered very well, even though I peeled off all the wax before hand.
My boyfriend bought me a huge slab of this a while ago and I still have a lot of it left. Not because I don't like it,but because the scent on it is SO strong that you only need a little at a time.
This smells minty as heck and really suits it's name - it's dark and strong and really quite a manly soap - infact,it's probably the top soap I'd reccomend for men from Lush other than Mud Flats.
It's a gorgeous,deep green colour with different colours of green and black through it with a waxy black-green top which just reminds me of cheese so much. I'm not sure what it is or why it's there,but I'm sure it has it's purpose...?
I've taken to using this as a hand soap because it makes your hands feel so clean even after you've been doing something horrid that makes you feel sort of unclean even if you've been wearing gloves.
This really stands out for me amongst other Lush soaps just because it really is SUCH a bold scent - I really don't think anyone could have a mixed opinion on it - it's definately a Marmite type soap!
Purchasing a bar of soap from Lush is an experience like no other. Forget plastic, garish bottles of runny liquid soap, or blocks of waxy pre packed soap with synthetic smells bursting with preservatives, Lush soap is as pure and fresh as is possible and can be purchased straight from a huge soap cake if desired where the Lush assistant will happily slice a piece off to your desired size or you can buy it ready wrapped.
Priding themselves on being very eco friendly the team at Lush try to minimise the use of preservatives and packaging to the absolute minimum. The team are very proud of the fact that the majority of their hand made products do not contain any preservatives at all and are mostly vegan too. They test profusely for safety on humans and refuse point blank to purchase any ingredients from any organisations that have anything at all to do with testing on animals. This ethos sits well with me as I own two Beagles and I think everyone in the country is aware of the horrors the Beagle breed were exposed to in the name of science and beauty!
When you purchase soap from Lush dont expect fancy wrappers, ribbons and flash packaging. In fact when you come out of a Lush shop with one of their soaps wrapped in the *greaseproof* paper with the pretty green and yellow Lush logo you would be forgiven for thinking it resembled a block of cheese; however, depending on which soap you choose, the delight of unwrapping the soap from its protective bindings is a much more thrilling experience than a block of cheese could ever provide.
Lush soaps contain many little surprises like stars (Rock Star), Sand (Sandstone), Fig seeds (Fig and Leaves), soap fruits (Miranda), Seaweed (Sea Vegetable) and even Coconut (I should Coco).
As I mentioned earlier there are two ways to buy Lush soap. You can actually get the sales assistant to cut you a slice, slab or chunk from the huge soap cakes that they stock on the premises or you can buy pre sliced and wrapped chunks. Demon in the Dark currently retails at £2.10 per 100 gm but you can buy as much or as little as you desire.
Demon in the Dark soap is a gem of soap. Its deep Emerald green hue is interspersed with lighter jade green pieces giving it a somewhat marbled effect. The soap is then topped off by a thick layer of black wax and the overall effect is really stunning. Its so striking and eye catching that it almost seems a shame to use it.
Demon in the Dark is perhaps the most masculine of the entire Lush soaps; not only is the colouring more suited to the masculine taste but the strong, fresh fragrance will definitely appeal more to the male of the species.
This hard soap lathers really well to produce rich, dense foam and it releases the most gorgeous stimulating aroma.
Demon in the Dark is made with a generous helping of fresh apple juice and mint and is carefully blended with clove bud, spearmint and peppermint which will awaken and rejuvenate your senses with a bang; there is also just a hint of Gardenia in there too to slightly soften the sharpness without detracting from the freshness. Washing with this soap is an extremely minty and somewhat spicy experience and the addition of Clove Bud Oil lends a slightly Aniseed aroma to the mix to give an exhilarating and invigorating experience.
My husband loves to use Demon in the Dark after a game of Squash as he says it makes him feel really fresh and re-energised. I must say that hubby works up a major sweat when playing an arduous game of Squash but after he sluices and lathers with Demon he comes home smelling like Cupid and his squash bag smells good too .believe me thats no mean feat with his manky Squash shoes generally reeking and giving off a foul stench like a badly blocked sewer stuffed full of rotten eggs.
Personally I love to use this soap first thing in a morning when I have a shower. It really is the perfect wake up call as the clever mixture of clove and mint really are effective and the sharp scent of tangy apple surges right through the body like an electric prod. This soap is also particularly effective in hot, humid weather as it lingers on the body for absolutely ages and releases its fragrance in huge powerful waves of freshness. Of course like all Lush products the perfume also acts as a very effective air freshener and if left in the bathroom will keep it sweet for days on end.
The soap is very gentle on the skin and leaves my body feeling smooth and moisturised and I have had no adverse reactions to this product which is great considering the strength of aroma it gives out.
Demon in the Dark is definitely not a girly perfume and is perhaps best not used if you fancy a spot of canoodling as this is not a soft, romantic smell and is perhaps best suited for daytime.
It is a firm favourite with the man of the house here and an added bonus is that this soap seems to go on for absolutely ages. I bought this soap back in October and its still going strong today and that is with several uses per day so it definitely provides good value for money.
For freshness this is one little Demon that we definitely couldnt live without! Try it and get possessed.
Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerine, Mint Infusion (Mentha piperita). Apple Juice, Sodium Stearate, Mint (Mentha piperita), Spearmint Oil (Mentha Viridis), Clove bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Peppermint Oil (Mentha peperita), Sodium chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronated, Perfume, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia Jasminoides), Colour 42045
Price: £2.10 per 100 gm £4.20 per 200 gm