Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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The next best thing to actually seeing the Northern Lights?
Lush Northern Lights Soap
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Northern Lights Soap
Advantages: Deliciously scented soap, bright colour, lasts ages
Disadvantages: Scent and colour may not appeal to everyone
The Northern Lights soap was a limited edition soap for Christmas 2011, created by and only available at Lush. I bought it as I was trying to sample all of their limited edition festive products!
The soap was inspired by the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, which appears over the Arctic skies during the winter months. It's not particularly festive in itself, but could be so I guess in terms of association with winter and snow. The soap was designed to replicate the colours of the lights, with bright yellow, green and orange used create a bright soap with a big impact. The scent of the soap was the same given to the Australian Igloo Sugar Scrub - pine needle oil, cypress oil and lime oil. This scent was designed to replicate the scent of northern pine forests in Siberia and other cold Arctic places, and is a very fresh, reviving scent. Together, the appearance and scent of the product are meant to make you think you are standing in the middle of an Arctic forest with the Northern Lights overhead! The soap contains no animal-derived ingredients and is therefore suitable for vegans.
My piece of soap was bright yellow with a bit of green on top. When I say bright yellow, I mean it - it was so bright it was practically neon, and I half expected it to glow in the dark (it didn't). It certainly looked cheerful in my bathroom on cold dull days.
The soap took a bit of effort to lather up. This was much easier when using it as a body soap as I use a shower puff, but harder when using it as a hand soap. I experienced no problems using it as a body soap - it smelled fresh and pleasant and didn't dry out my skin - but I've got loads of shower gels to use up so I generally stuck to using it on my hands.
Though it doesn't lather up too well, this does mean that it lasts ages. I've been using a third of my 100g piece for a few weeks and it hasn't gone down by all that much, unlike some of Lush's creamier soaps. I don't find that it actively moisturises my skin though, so I do have to use hand cream afterwards.
This is a pleasant soap that at £3.25 is value for money compared to other Lush soaps as it lasts so long. It is unisex and could appeal to both men and women. The refreshing pine scent and bright yellow colour won't appeal to everyone, but this is a really nice soap if it's your kind of thing.
Summary: Refreshing pine scented soap from Lush