Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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A Lady For A Lady.
Lush Lady Catrina Soap
Member Name: beautybabiex
Lush Lady Catrina Soap
Advantages: love it
Back with another Lush review - I think I've owned nearly every product so look out for many more! When it comes to Halloween, I just have to have every new product they release - because if I didn't then I've missed out (my money pot is never very full haha). The Lady Catrina soap is very different and colourful compared to some of their every day products so I purchased it along with the Calacas jelly which I have already reviewed.
=== The Meaning Behind The Soap ===
During a photography lesson a couple of weeks a go, I discovered that the name for this product was actually from an old tradition - not just picked from Lush's name hat. In Mexico they have a festival named 'The day of the dead' which is held over the 1st and 2nd of November (which should be named 'days' as it is over two days?).
Many people choose to dress as Catrina, a colourful female figure with a skeleton face which is based on a print by Jose Guadalupe Posada (I'll post the picture on this review).
As you can see from the image, Catrina is wearing a large purple hat covered in multi-coloured goodies. Lush have picked up on this and the hat is now what you see as the soap. Very clever - points to Lush for this one!
=== The Soap ===
When you see the soap in the shop, it stands out quite well due to its vibrant colours and shapes. The 'hat' is a dairy milk purple with different size and shape flowers on top. The flowers are in colours such as pink, blue, yellow, red, orange and green. All very bright and true to the original image it is imitating.
The only thing which bugged me was the cutting of the soap. I first of all got a plain purple piece with a tiny bit of green - I wasn't having any of this and made the sales assistant cut another so I had lots of colour. Fussy customers are always the most fun ones :)
=== Ingredients ===
Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, *glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Organic Agave Nectar, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Or to sum that up into normal human speak:
The product contains a lot of fruity fragrances such as lime to bring the hat to life. Organic agave nectar is also included which is a vegan alternative to honey (as I just found out through google) so this product is suitable for vegans - which I think most Lush products now are. Rapeseed oil and coconut oil are firm favourites of mine within this product as I find when they have been used in others they make my skin feel amazing.
=== The Fragrance ===
On first sniff at the shop, I thought the fragrance was very lime-y and it smelled really fresh and lovely. Although once I had brought the product home and used it on my skin, it smelt a lot more like jelly babies due to all of the fruity ingredients.
The scent doesn't really last long after you get out of the bath/shower but it lingers for a long time around my bathroom which I like, it means I don't have to use my normal room fragrance or candles - yay! Whilst in the bath/shower I find that the fragrance fills the air really quickly which is lovely and refreshing in the morning.
=== Using The Soap ===
When I use the soap, I tend to keep it more for my body than just hands or face - I have other soaps I prefer for every day use. Using it in the shower works best for me personally but you may enjoy it for your bath.
Lathering the soap up is fairly easy. I keep mine in the shower cubicle on a shelf and just take it down at the required time to use it. This means it is already a little dampened and I don't need to spend ages warming it up in my hands. I then smooth the soap onto my skin (I find it too fiddly to rub the soap onto a squishy (body puff)). The soap lathers up really quickly onto my skin and it doesn't drag or give the appearance of smearing into my skin. I love the way it turns almost cream like and allows me to smooth it further once I put the soap back down.
After hopping out of the bath, I felt so much more calm and refreshed which makes a first due to my stressful schedule.
Having used the soap about 4 times now, I still have a considerable amount left of the bar and I am pretty sure I will still be using it after Christmas at this rate!
=== Price & Availability ===
Lush price their products (in my opinion) quite reasonable for the quality and how long they last. I brought 100g because I didn't know if it was any good and didn't want to run before I could walk. This cost me £2.95 which is an average price for Lush especially considering it is a limited edition Halloween special.
=== Verdict ===
I will probably be popping back to Lush to stock up on more of this soap as I find it really good compared to others on the market and use it as a treat for myself in the shower. It soothes my aches away and makes me more relaxed than a glass of rose. I definitely would recommend this to anyone in need of a good 'pick me up' treat for bath time. I hope by the time my stash runs out there is another one similar for me to buy - I'd be pretty lost without it now!
Summary: halloween came too quickly this year :(