“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Soap „
If possible please get a sample or a very small piece of this soap when thinking about purchasing it.
I went online and ordered a lot of LUSH soaps. I assumed I would enjoy this particular product because I enjoy the smell of coconut.
I was wrong .... very wrong. The soap does smell like coconut but not at the start. One has to really move it away from any other LUSH soaps that could be in the area because they mask one another's scents. Needless to say I was excited to be showering with my coco soap. I started the water and just ran it lightly over the water and prepare yourself ... this sucker will begin to melt / break up fast! I quickly turned off the water and began to use it.
First of all it does not lather very well -- one thinks they are getting lather but really the soap is just letting out *breaking up* a white milky substance. By this time the coconut smell is gone and it is overtaken by a lemony scent. That is what I was smelling when it came in contact with water. Another thing not only does it melt off quickly, you will also be covered in coconut flakes. One would assume it would feel nice or maybe assume its exfolating, but it is not ... it just feels yucky on your skin.
I had to stop my shower midway because the scent was overpowering and I was getting a headache from the scent. I took it out of the shower and placed it ontop of my shelf so it would not melt in the shower and the scent was overpowering my bathroom. :-/
I will not be buying this again - the smell , it not lathering , and breaking/ melting is what makes me NOT want to ever purchase this item again.
I love shopping in Lush but the soaps are usually something that I overlook. I only use soap for hand washing as I use other products for my face and body. The reason I love Lush so much is that they have such fun and funky products, but somehow soap still does not seem very exciting. However, I did snap up some of this I Should Coco soap as soon as I heard it was hitting the discontinued list, as I love coconut scents and wanted to give it a try. I Should Coco soap blocks are available from Lush stores on the high street, or online at www.lush.co.uk and costs £2.60 per 100g. They also used to come as part of the Sweetie soap stack gift, but this seems to have been replaced with a Rock Star and The Godmother soaps instead.
Lush say: "I Should Coco has tiny pieces of coconut to give you a gentle, exfoliating scrub, while orange and coriander oils tone your skin. Best of all, it smells like delicious coconuts. Go coconuts for our tropical soap."
The I Should Coco soap is a pretty and girly looking soap. It is mainly white with visible chunks of coconut throughout. There is a lovely pink layer to top it off along with a dense sprinkling of coconut sprinkles.
I am really fond of the scent of this soap, it has a nice natural coconut fragrance, but with a hint of sweetness as well. It smells nice and sugary but without coming across as too chemical or fake. The fragrance stays on the skin and lingers for a short while after washing with it, which is very pleasant indeed. In fact, if Lush did a fragrance of this I would snap it up straight away, the scent is right up my street and will please all foodie scent lovers.
The soap itself feels quite soft and creamy, and I had expected that it would go a bit soggy and wear down quickly. The chunks of coconut feel quite hard against the skin but have held the block together and helped it to retain its shape. They also give a nice scrubby feeling which should help exfoliate any excess dirt or dead skin away. I have noticed that over time the soap seems to become a little moist and squishy, even when placed onto a soap dish for any excess water to drip away. However, it has still stayed intact in its block and is sturdy enough to wash with properly, it just gives a little if you squeeze it too hard.
Because of the creamy texture and the high content of oils this creates a good foamy lather and my hands always feel soft and moisturised after using this soap, which is of great benefit now as the skin on my hands always dries out in colder weather. I have no need to apply hand lotion straight after washing like I do with harsher soaps, and I Should Coco cleans just as well to remove any dirty marks or for general cleansing.
The small 100g block that I bought has lasted for months and still has plenty of life left in it so this was an economical buy and has lasted even better than I had expected. The soap does become a little hard to hold as it gets to the small end stage, but you can always mash the end pieces from old soaps together to make use of them. This saves on waste and you also get a weirdly mutated monster soap at the end of it, which is cool in its own ugly way! The only other down side is that after lots of usage the lovely pure white colour of the soap turns into a manky dull grey. I suppose this is all part of the course of washing with it, but it's a shame that it looks a bit unattractive in its grey state.
The scent of this soap is gorgeous and I am very happy with how this soap cares for my hands as well as cleaning them. Washing my hands with this soap always leaves me feeling clean and my skin seems in better condition afterwards as they are cleansed and moisturized in one step. I would love to buy this product again but sadly there is no more of it after it was discontinued a few months back! A definite must if you can track it down online.
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Yes, out of all the soaps I have ever used, Lush's I Should Coco wins. It is the champion of soaps and unlike any other. Putting on my best reviewing hat, I decided to employ some of my friends to assist me and invited the five Senses along for the ride.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Ears said she was trying really hard, but couldn't hear the soap so she sipped her tea quietly, before going off to an afternoon of seagulls squawking in the seaside sky.
Mrs. Tongue declined my invitation, insisting there was no way she wanted to help in a soap review and instead was looking forward to an afternoon of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream with a glass or two of Baileys.
The other three Senses arrived safely and after a fair bit of tea drinking and gossiping about Gillian McKeith in the jungle, we all got down to work.
Mrs. Eyes went to work first. She was very enthusiastic and droned on and on about how beautiful the I Should Coco soap is. Here's just a fragment of her review...
"The soap is a rectangular block. It is a beautiful bright white colour fading into a perfect pink at the top. This has real flakes of coconut on the top and the whole thing looks like an expensive painting."
Phew, she does go on, pretentious so-and-so...
Anyway, it was Mrs. Nose up next.
"When you first smell this soap, you are treated to a wonderful whiff, a sensual scent, a fabulous fragrance, a powerful perfume that makes you want to open your nostrils in a Kenneth Williams-esque gesture and inhale as much as possible."
She thinks she's a bit of a poet, our Mrs. Nose. Oh, and a Carry On fan. She forgot to mention it smells of coconut, that's the important bit.
So into the capable digits of Mrs. Hands for her tactile opinion...
"This feels gorgeous. The rough edges of the block soon become rounded after a couple of uses and it is simply a joy to use. The rough coconut pieces exfoliate and scrape off any stubborn dirt, while the smooth white part quickly become a creamy lather of rich, coconut bubbles. Your hands and skin feel soft and clean..."
At this point, Mrs. Nose interjects with "... and you smell deliciously of coconuts!"
Once they had all had another cuppa and gone home, I settled down at the computer and thought I'd better finish off this opinion with a few facts about Lush in general and this product in particular.
I ordered it off the website www.lush.co.uk and it arrived some five days later, as part of a £30+ order - meaning I didn't need to pay any postage and packaging. The soap itself was wrapped in a plain white paper bag sealed with a white label, which gives information about the soap and its contents.
When I first bought I Should Coco about 8 years ago, it only cost £1.50 for 100g but then went up to £2.51. Like all Lush products, it isn't tested on animals. This one is also vegan. It contains creamed coconut infusion (to soften the skin), dessicated coconut (to exfoliate it), orange oil (reviving), vetivert (toning) and coriander (to warm and refresh).
I last had a bar of this in October, but it doesn't seem to be on the Lush website anymore! I hope they haven't discontinued it. If they have, you can usually still buy the products from eBay and I'm sure Lush won't let this popular soap be off its catalogue for long.
The only other minor complaint I have is that a bar only lasts a couple of weeks. This is comparable with a similarly priced liquid soap, but it is a pain having to order from the website and wait for its arrival. Of course, if you've got a Lush shop in your area, this isn't any hassle for you. I think I really need to buy a couple of bars at a time, to see me through a month or so.
My kids love this soap too and regularly rave about it. My best friend, Allie got this soap before me and seeing it in her bathroom convinced me I needed some of my own. I have since bought some for my Dad - it makes a great gift too.
Oh and the Senses all loved it, completely, totally and without reservation ;-)
I love Lush and I have been gradually trying to work my way through their products. When I found out that one of their soaps, I Should Coco, was being discontinued earlier this year I rushed out and bought a piece before it vanished!
I Should Coco, as the name suggests, is a coconut soap. Visually it resembles a piece of coconut ice, being a very pale pink/cream colour with a layer of pink and white coconut shavings on top. I'm not always a fan of coconut scents, but this one is lovely - subtle, fresh and natural, a little like a pina colada cocktail but even nicer. It makes me think of the Caribbean. It is really a 'summer' soap, but it is quite nice to use in the winter as it helps deal with those winter blues!
The soap contains little shavings of dessicated and creamed coconut: these are spread throughout the soap as well as on top. The soap also has coconut oil, which is moisturising, as well as sweet orange oil to tone the skin. It is suitable for vegans.
The soap can be used with a shower puff or straight onto the skin. I tend to use it straight, as unlike some Lush soaps it does not lather up well on a shower puff - although it looks as though it should be crumbly (probably because of the pieces of coconut), it is in fact very creamy. Another good reason for using it on the skin is that the pieces of coconut provide a gentle exfoliation. This is handy for me as I like to exfoliate my skin regularly, and the soap is gentle enough to use every day (although I tend to alternate mine with other soaps and shower gels), although the exfoliating properties are not quite as strong as I'd like personally.
Even though the soap is exfoliating, it is actually fairly moisturising. I do have to use moisturiser, but then my skin is pretty dry so I am impressed when I get something that doesn't actually dry my skin out. I do find that I don't have to apply much moisturiser after using the soap.
As I said, I alternate this soap with others, so it's hard to say how quickly it would get used up if I was using it every day. It does seem to be lasting well, however, even though I rub my skin quite well in order to exfoliate it, which suggests that £2.60 for 100g is reasonable value considering the quality of the soap. Altogether it's a really nice soap and it's a shame it was discontinued. Lush are revamping their online Retro range (for in-store discounted products) and it's possible I Should Coco will turn up there - let's hope so!
+Should you coco ? I should+
The third of Lush soaps that I bought in my lush haul recently. I got this because of the smell, I love the scent of coconuts , it smells like the south beach !! And the name of this soap is 'i should coco' what a great name. I do love the name of lush soaps they are never boring.
What is it?
I should coco soap is a coconut smelling soap, it's a white soap with a pink top and bit of coconut on the top.
How good does it smell?
I know that not everyone likes the smell of coconuts but I love them, I hate the taste of coconuts but love the smell, weird right?! It smells good
Directions for use?
Same as any other soap, one bad point is the coconut bits are a bit annoying and rough on your skin. But it leaves your skin smelling really good, this is the one i tend to use in the shower.
Overall another great product from lush and I have to say I love it but this one isn't for everyone especially if you don't like coconuts.
On ciao / dooyoo . love lush!!
This is one of my favourite soaps from Lush, and I'm very dissapointing that it's now being discontinued. It's just been taken off their website, but you may still find some in your local store or you can purchase it in the 'Sweetie Soap Stack', if it's still available. It's £2.15 per 100g.
I Should Coco is a coconut soap. It is white and pink, and a very creamy soap. It has flecks of coconut on top of it, and it looks very decadent. The soap can be used on you hands, face and body. It creates a creamy lather and lasts a long while.
I've always found that my skin has been clean and soft after using this soap. I've had no trouble using it on my body and do not have an irritation to report, nor has it dried my skin out. The pieces of coconut in the soap work as a very gentle exfoliator, so it's great to use on thighs and your body when you don't want a harsh scrub.
It's smell is sweet, but not overpowering and it's not sickly either. As it's a creamy soap it has quite a soft consistency and it very easy to use and 'get some off' the bar. It also froths up enogh to create a good lather.
I Should Coco contains:
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Propylene Glycol, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lactic Acid, Synthetic Musk, Titanium Dioxide, Iridescent Glitter, Benzyl Benzoate, Colour 18050, Methylparaben.
I love this soap, and wish it wasn't being discontinued. I would really advise getting a chunk while you can!
I was disappointed to find out that Lush is discontinuing their I Should Coco soap as it's one of my favourites (pink, looks and smells like sweets, how could I resist?). They're still selling off the last of it though so get down to your local store while it's still available, or buy it online. It's also still available as part of the Sweetie Stack gift. It costs £2.60 per 100g and I find a little goes a long way so it's one of the better value Lush soaps. To get the best value, cut your block into smaller pieces so that you don't waste any if it sits in water.
I Should Coco is a pale pink colour and topped with brigher pink bits of coconut. It looks edible, and will make an attractive addition to your bathroom. The scent is extremely sweet and coconutty. In my opinion it's exactly like coconut ice, smelling sweet enough to make your teeth hurt if you ate it (not that you should of course, it's a soap). The scent is quite strong although not overpowering, and I find having a piece of this in your bathroom makes the whole room smell lovely.
The coconut bits are gently exfoliating so this is a good one for sensitive skin. Personally I like a bit more of a scrub so this isn't ideal as an exfoliator. It doesn't lather much but feels lovely and creamy on your skin. After use, my skin feels soft, clean and moisturised. There's no greasy residue left behind by it, but the scent does linger. If you don't want to smell of coconut ice afterwards, don't use this soap. It's strong enough and long lasting enough that it may interfere with your perfume, so take that into consideration when using this.
If you're familiar with Lush, you're probably wondering if this'll make a mess like so many of their products do. Luckily, the coconut pieces are very small and seem to either wash away or dissolve, so I've not been left with bits in my tub or sink and no clean up is always a bonus!
I went shopping with my brother on Saturday and he gave me a list of things to get for my sister-in-law from Lush. Before I start I would like to say that the staff in Lush are always helpful, when my brother arrived with his list a shop assistant came around with us ticking off the list and getting the next item. I thought this was amazing customer service especially as Lush is just a high street store and there wasn't a shortage of other customers. When we came to pay, as we had quite a lot of different things we got quite a few freebies popped into our bag and a small block of I Should Coco was one of them. I also recieved a block of I Should Coco last year from one of my friends so trying it again recently jogged my memory.
What Lush Say: "I Should Coco has tiny pieces of coconut to give you a gentle, exfoliating scrub, while orange and coriander oils tone your skin. Best of all, it smells like delicious coconuts. Go coconuts for our tropical soap."
Price: At £2.60 per 100g I Shouls Coco is at the cheaper end of Lush's range of soaps. Although the soaps are expensive I think they're definately worth the money, and the soap does go a long way. The last block I had was about 200g and it literally lasted about 4 months.
The Look: I have to say this looks good enough to eat, a very light pink almost white soap is topped with finely grated coconut in a slightly brighter shade of pink. It looks nice in the bathroom and before using it you can smell the coconut but it isn't too over powering.
Using: I used this initially as a hand soap, as I used to wash my hands a lot at work (in a kitchen) my hands were often quite dry. The coconut I think gave the soap it's exfoliating quality and it definately left my hands feeling very soft. The scent was a little disappointing when used though as it didn't linger. I did however use this in the shower as well and found that using it on a body puff created a much better lather and made a little soap go a long way, the scent was also more present using this method. I used quite a lot of I Should Coco on my legs as they were quite dry after going on holiday and my skin was definately more moisturised and softer after use.
Overall: I was impressed by the exfoliating effects of I Should Coco it really softened up my skin, it looks lovely and isn't too badly priced when you consider other Lush soaps. However, scent is very important when buying from Lush and although it could smell it whilst the soap was in bloack form once used it was almost non- existant.
I have been writing a hell of a lot of Lush soap reviews lately but I am finally nearly finished as this is the last but one that I have left to write about. This is the one soap I really wanted to try from Lush ever since I saw it in the "Lush Times" about a month ago mainly because this promised to be not only a soap but to exfoliate your skin as well and thats like a 2 in 1 for me and it would certainly make my shower routine much faster so you could say for this soap my expectations were so high. Luckily I was not disappointed - but I am now as Ive just read Lush are discontinuing this soap!! NOOOOO this is the best one Ive tried. =(. Hopefully they move it into their Retro range - I suggest stocking up on this before it goes forever.
A 100g bar of this soap will set you back around £2.65 from Lush stores and each bar is just a little bit different. As each 100g piece is cut of a really large bar everyone will end up with a slightly different shape and colour soap. Mine again does not look anything like the image with this review my bar is more white/cream than a pink colour and only has a few little flecks of pink on the top. I reckon this is more a soap for the girls though because of the quite feminine colours - it looks fab on my bathroom shelf anyway.
Im pretty sure you can guess what this mainly smells like just from the name of the product but is smells of coconut! Surprise surprise! But underneath the fresh, strong coconutty smell is a really sweet citrus tang which sounds so odd when you say it but in reality is actually quite nice. The two scents shouldnt work together but oddly enough they do and it just shows how inventive Lush are with their scents because Ive never smelt anything like this soap before. If you dont like coconut then really stay away because you will certianly hate this soap. The scent of this soap tends to last for ages on my skin and even longer in the air in my bathroom which is really nice its a much more subtle fragrance than you expect.
This is great for just leaving in the soap dish because I guarantee your whole family will be using this within hours of it being there - they will even be stealing it to use in the shower! I dont usually use soaps in the shower because I dont feel like the clean my skin properly and they also tend to leave my skin feeling dry and tight afterwards but this one doesnt at all. My skin always feels dead soft and smooth after Ive used this and it smells fantastic for hours afterwards. I even recommend that people with sensitive skin use this because even though it is scented it wont irratate or annoy your skin at all just clean it whilst softening it and making sure it looks super smooth. This makes my skin sooo much softer and smoother than any soap has before and you can definately feel the real coconut bits scrubbing away at your skin without causing it to go red! Highly recommended and I reckon everyone should rush and stock up on this before it leaves Lush stores!
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One of my favourite Lush products would be their inventive selection of soaps and I do have quite a few favourites. Recently I have heard bad news in regard to one soap in particular. One of my top 5 soaps, I Should Coco, is being discontinued and Lush have yet to confirm whether it will be making a visit to their retro section. When I found out the news I decided to stock up on the soap as apart from being a versatile soap it is also one of their cheaper ones making it easier on the pocket.
The picture on the Dooyoo catalogue really doesn't do the soap justice! The creamy coloured soap is topped with coconut shavings in shades of pink and is filled with the shredded coconut for exfoliation. It certainly is one the sweetest looking soaps Lush create. I Should Coco has the same basic recipe as another soap they created; Quinquereme of Ninevah which is available as a retro soap. I Should Coco to my delight was launched in 2001 and when it hasn't been cut into pieces it looks like a coconut crème dessert which is found in the poshest of patisseries!
If you expect I Should Coco to smell specifically of coconuts then you would actually be wrong. They do obviously include coconut but they also include vetivert and coriander (which I normally can't stand). However, these two ingredients provide excellent health properties. Coriander is a great detoxifier and vetivert helps tonify the circulatory system. But both are stimulants for the mind so using this soap will hopefully guarantee a calm and peaceful mind, definitely helpful after a stressful day at work. I Should Coco's sweet coconut smell works well combined with the duo of the above scents which give quite an earthy fragrance.
I can have quite sensitive skin (which has calmed down since being pregnant) and I Should Coco has a rich creaminess combined with the gentle shredded coconut which provides a very moisturising exfoliation. Post bath my skin is left feeling smooth, soft and most importantly nourished. I do however need to use a light moisturiser on my skin but if anyone has normal/ oily type skin then you probably won't have to use any body lotion/ moisturiser whatsoever which is a great timesaver!
I've found it hard to come across an exfoliating soap which actually works and if I do I find it too abrasive which affects my skin. I Should Coco is soft enough for anyone with sensitive skin which for me is ideal. The sweet but earthy scent manages to stay on your newly soft skin for hours. Some of Lush's soaps are fast melting but even though this is incredibly creamy I Should Coco actually lasts for quite a while even if you do use it frequently.
What Lush say:
"I Should Coco has tiny pieces of coconut to give you a gentle, exfoliating scrub, while orange and coriander oils tone your skin. Best of all, it smells like delicious coconuts. Go coconuts for our tropical soap."
Creamed Coconut Infusion (Cocos nucifera), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Desiccated Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Sodium Chloride, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050
It's vegan friendly :o)
It costs £2.60 per 100g which is the minimum amount you can buy but in store you can of course buy as much as you want and then you can easily cut it into perfect sized pieces. If buying online you will get a pre-cut slice.
I am so disappointed that Lush is discontinuing this soap after 9 years. It's such a shame as no doubt this is one of the best selling soaps available. I would definitely recommend that anyone who hasn't tried it then do so before it's gone and if anyone is an I Should Coco user they should stock up immediately before you have to trawl Ebay for it!
Well, after all these years I Should Coco is being discontinued.. This is the very first soap I ever bought from Lush when I was about 11 because it looks just like coconut ice candy bars. So last week I went and bought a huge piece of it while it's still around.
It's a creamy white soap with desiccated coconut on the pink and white top. The shredded coconut is good for giving yourself a nice exfoliating scrub while the soapy part lathers up fantastically. It's not a harsh scrub either as the coconut is so soft but it still feels like you're getting really clean. This is definitely one of Lush's better soaps. It's so creamy and really makes your skin feel soft after use.
The scent is gorgeous. It's a really natural smelling coconut scent (much better than the Body Shop's coconut products which I think smell a bit synthetic). The scent really lingers on your skin too and if you're a huge coconut fan you can find other Lush products with the same scents to get coconutty from top-to-toe (Try Trichomania shampoo and Coolaulin conditioner)
At £2.60 for a 100g chunk it's not a bad price for this yummy soap. It doesn't last just as long as some of the others because it does lather so well but it's definitely worth it for a really luxurious feeling soap. A personal tip is to cut off smaller chunks (say 30g pieces) from your larger chunk so that the whole bar doesn't get too moist sitting in the bathroom and start to melt away! (Another thing I like to do is put a piece in an open shampoo bar tin and set it on the radiator, voila a coconut scent room!)
I'm going to be really sad when I can't get this soap anymore but hopefully Lush will add it to their Retro range once it's gone from the shops. So if you're a fan like me then hurry and stock up on it now!
Overall a brilliantly creamy and moisturising soap that fills your bathroom with a tropical coconut scent that will linger on your skin all day! Yummy :)
I was given my piece of I Should Coco soap one Christmas. It came wrapped in a plastic bag - a biodegradable plastic bag. Obviously this is better for the environment, but it's not so good for long term storage, by the time I got around to using the soap the wrapping had gone slightly sticky and I had to cut it open to get it off the soap. If you do buy any product from Lush that comes in this packaging, I suggest you take it out as quickly as you can and transfer the product to a more permanent home. Normally when you buy soap instore you will get it wrapped in a piece of greaseproof paper printed with the Lush logo and sealed with a sticker that has the product name and ingredients on it. The plastic bags tend to be used more for mail/web ordered products, in my experience.
My piece of I Should Coco is a very pale pink shade with white/brown little pieces of coconut all over and through it. It smells very nice, sweet, but not overly girly at the same time, like the coconut it contains. It also contains sweet orange, coriander, and vetivert oils, but I can't say for sure that my nose can detect those. When I first unwrapped it and put it in my bathroom it made the room smell lovely, however it wasn't as strong or as long lasting an effect as some of the other Lush soaps have, it doesn't really produce much of a smell unless I'm using it now.
I Should Coco is lovely to use, however, it doesn't lather up as easily as other soaps and needs a bit more work. I think this is because there is so much grated coconut in it, that gets in the way of the soap. It is a little bit messy, because so many pieces of coconut come off every time I use it. As long as I'm not in a rush this is not a problem, however, as they don't stick to me or the bath and rinse away easily. I wouldn't use this on my hair though as the pieces would surely get tangled into it!
The pieces of coconut give a texture to this soap that makes it ideal for a gentle scrub. This is probably the most gentle of Lush's scrubby body products that I have tried, it's much softer and gentler than Porridge, for example. However it is surprisingly unmoisturising, and my skin does need lotion or body butter afterwards. It actually seems slightly drying on me. Looking at the ingredients list, however, this soap does not contain anything that would moisturise so this is not much of a surprise.
One thing I have noticed about this soap is that it seems to be wearing down faster than any of the other Lush soaps I have tried so far. This is probably because so much of it is coconut pieces and lots of those wash off every time it is used.
I would recommend this soap to fans of coconut and to anyone who finds Lush's other exfoliating products much too harsh. It is £2.60 for 100g, which is pretty low for Lush soap prices, however, it does seem to be wearing down quite quickly. I'm not sure how soon I would buy this again, there are more Lush soaps I want to try or re-buy first, but I do like using it and it is good value in my opinion.
I'd first bought Lush I Should Coco soap years ago, but when I saw it as part of the Lush Sweetie Soap Stack I decided to try it again.
The I Should Coco soap pretty much looks like coconut ice (with a cream & pink colouring to it) and has a similar kind of smell to it too, except that it also has a hint of citrus to it. Personally, I think I'd prefer it without the citrus undertones... but say with a hint of vanilla instead. Still, this is a sweet smelling soap and one not to be missed (unless you don't like coconut).
I'd forgotten just how coconutty (there goes that made-up word again, I've used it in many reviews!) this soap really is! It has a seemingly creamy base with a layer of actual grated coconut on top. However, when you start to use this soap you'll realise that the bits of coconut go all the way through this soap and don't just sit on the top. The coconut acts as an exfoliator, but not a harsh one at all. This soap is a gentle and mild exfoliating soap which doesn't irritate at all... at least it hasn't irritated my skin and mine is fairly sensitive (I go red at the drop of a hat!). I use I Should Coco in the bath and found it left my skin feeling smooth and soft. I primarily use the base of the soap for the smoother side of it, but the top of the soap will give slightly harsher exfoliation.
As a soap, it doesn't lather up particularly well, but I found it produced what looked a little like coconut milk, rather than lather. So in that respect it's quite a creamy soap, which isn't something I'd expect from something that also exfoliated.
There's only one bad thing I can really say about this soap and that's the coconut bits. While I really love coconut, I don't particularly like my bath to have bits of the stuff floating around in the water after I've used the soap and I get a bit worried that it might clog the drain. That and the little bits sometimes stick to you and then your towel when you've got out of the bath... But all this is just a side effect that I can put up with as I really do like what this soap does.
All in all, I'd recommend this soap. I doesn't leave my skin dry after use, but it does exfoliate without irritating and leaves my skin feeling nice & soft.
You can find Lush I Should Coco soap in Lush's high street shops or on the website (www.lush.co.uk). It is currently available at £2.60 for an 100g block (though the shops will cut you a bigger or smaller slice, if you wish) or as part of the Lush Sweetie Stack (along with Lush's Rock Star soap and Honey I Washed The Kids soap) for £7.95 (which works out cheaper than buying the 3 soaps seperately).
Creamed Coconut Infusion (Cocos nucifera), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Desiccated Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearate, Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Coriander Oil (Coriandrum sativum), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Sodium chloride, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I Should Coco soap is one of Lush' best selling soaps. It's quite feminine looking, but not in a fussy way. It comes in a simple white block with pink and white dessicated coconut bits on top.
It's one of the more boring looking Lush soaps and its smell is quite subtle and can be lost in a Lush shop which is full of loads of different smells jostling for your attention.
Once you've bought a slice and brought it home, though, you'll be glad you did.
It smells of coconut and, if you ask me, has a lovely hint of vanilla-y-ness to it.
You use it just like any other soap (it makes a lovely hand soap!) - it lathers up quite nicely and is a pleasure to wash with, foamy and soft.
The dessicated coconut makes a nice scrubby exfoliator.
The coconut scent lingers on your skin for a long while and is really cheery and uplifting.
It leaves your skin lovely, clean and fresh.
I still cannot believe that I had never heard of Lush until I started reading reviews on Dooyoo, I seriously feel like I have been living a sheltered life and missing out for so long without trying these items. Thanks to my good friend Nikki who bought me some as an early Christmas present and then gave me half of another to try, I still would be wondering what they are like. I have so far tried the Mmmm Melting Marshmallow Bath Melt; you've been Mangoed Bath Melt and I Should Coco soap. I now think I am addicted.
Lush have been around since 1994 (seriously people please tell me how I have missed these before) and produce hand made, natural Bath Bombs, Bath Bombs, Shower Jellies, Shampoo Bars and lots of other items. They produce mostly solid items to reduce packaging waste to save the planet. Lush only use animal products in less than 30% of their produce making their 'Lush' products Vegetarian and sometimes Vegan which the soap that I am reviewing is.
In my lovely paper bag off Nikki for Christmas was a lovely Coconut soap. When I opened the paper package I had a sort of light pink soap about the 3 inches in height, 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. I couldn't believe on the top of the soap was Coconut. Nikki had warned me that there would be Coconut on it but I wasn't prepared for the shavings that covered both the top and bottom of the soap.
On the Lush website they advise 'I Should Coco has tiny pieces of coconut to give you a gentle, exfoliating scrub, while orange and coriander oils tone your skin. Best of all, it smells like delicious coconuts. Go coco-nutty for our tropical soap'. And as for the smell, it was divine. I still can't get over just how lovely the smell of each item is. They just seem to be so distinct and fresh with each different one I smell.
So in the bath that night I tried the soap. I found it a bit hard to swoosh the soap around my hands due to the shape of it so I found that if I rubbed the soap over one palm it worked just as well. There was a lot of foam when I had finished rubbing it over my hand which was good as some soap I find don't actually foam at all. As I was rubbing the soap on my face the smell was lovely, it really made me want to eat it. Again the soap caused lovely foam whilst I was rubbing onto my face and it washed off really easy.
Drying my face I noticed that it did dry it out a bit but that was corrected with my Coconut Body Butter which Nikki also gave me. But for the smell which lingered after I dried my face and I could even smell it in the bathroom the day after. Nikki paid £2.60 for this soap and I certainly would again as the smell and texture just make it lovely.
The tiny pieces of coconut gently scrub your skin while the orange and coriander oils tone your skin /