“ Brand: Lush / Type: Body Soap „
Gradually I am aiming to work my way through almost every Lush product going including the soaps. To this end I purchased a few soaps from Lush Retro a while back and have been trying them out. The soap I'm reviewing today is called No 1 Seed.
This soap, as the name suggests, contains a variety of seeds to exfoliate including sesame, linseed and poppy seeds. The soap also contains fennel and essential oils such as coconut oil, linseed oil, cypress oil, galbanum oil and pine oil which stimulate and refresh. The soap is suitable for vegans and smells of 'the outside', a refreshing and natural scent - this is probably owing to the cypress and pine oils inside, although my dad said that the scent was like coal tar!
The soap isn't particularly attractive to look at. It is dark brown in colour and along one side it is covered in rows of small seeds, whereas along the other side, and actually inside the soap, are larger seeds. In fact the soap looks like something you might pick up on the forest floor!
I cut the soap in half to use, and the way I've been using it is as an exfoliator. I rub one of the sides on my legs or anywhere else I want to exfoliate. It is reasonably effective and having used it several times the soap doesn't seem to be going down in size particularly quickly. Sometimes it can be slightly scratchy on the larger side but I just use the side with the smaller seeds until the other side has worn away slightly. The seeds do come out of the soap but seem to be washed away down the plughole relatively easily.
The soap itself has a rich and creamy consistency and lathers up pretty well. It's perfectly possible to use it as a 'normal' soap for this reason although I tend not to as I have nicer smelling soaps and shower gels to use! It might be tricky to use it as a hand soap as the seeds are a bit harsh for normal handwashing.
Overall this soap is a decent soap and an effective exfoliator with a nice, fresh, natural smell. I think it would be particularly suitable for men who want to exfoliate as it doesn't have the feminine appearance and aroma common to a lot of exfoliators like Lush's Sugar Babe or Soap and Glory's Flake Away. For this same reason though, I won't be buying it again. I do prefer these feminine luxurious exfoliating products and would rather use one of those than this soap!
If you would like to purchase this soap it costs £3.75 from the Lush website and is only available from Retro Lush.