Lush ring of roses -
I really love Lush products and reviewing them myself, I have reviewed a lot of lush products in the past and I must say I have a love-hate relationship with lush butter creams. I love the concept of mushing the buttery stuff all over my body and finishing with a bath scrub - but the reality isn't nearly as satisfying. They're spot on when they say that butter creams don't lather much because they're so full of moisturizers.
I really would have preferred a shower gel that would lather more on my skin if I am being totally honest but that is just my opinion. They are how ever really very moisturizing, but at the expense of leaving my skin feeling a bit waxy and shiny looking almost greasy. Its not an ideal sensation, but i can live with it. i enjoy the concept of slicing a bit off every time i want to use it - This was my instruction from the lovely ladies at lush.
i'm a big fan of rose scents in general, and this one does not disappoint It's very beautiful and true without a bit of that bad potpourri mature rose scent. it also has a bit of citrus in the background and is made with a tincture of larkspur-honeysuckle-marigold-cornflower.
Over all very nice but don't care much for dried rose leafs that are on the top. Probably wouldn't buy the product again if it was to every come back into the stores. Stick to shower gels if you like the lathering effect.
Ring of Roses
I think if you have read a few of my reviews you will know how much I enjoy a visit to my local Lush shop in the Westfield Centre in Derby. The people who work there are just so lovely, friendly and enthusiastic about the products they sell and can't wait to share the fun. They happily show you how things bubble and fizz in the shop and encourage you to try any of the lovely goodies in there. However I also keep my eye out for bargains on Ebay and from this auction site you can also get hold of Lush products that are limited editions and not available in the shop at all times. Sometimes I buy a bulk lot and get something in the pile that I haven't tried before. This is how I came to buy this Ring of Roses bath cream. I have had a few bath creams in the past and they have been very nice but the price puts me off. This was a bargain and so this was a bonus. I think I paid about £3 including postage.
This product looks like a pink soft soap, rather more solid than a body cream and comes in an oval transparent pot and not the usual black pots that many of their products come in. I suspect this one is not one that you can take back and exchange 5 for a face pack but I will take it back and ask when it is finished.
What is in that pot?
Inside the pot you will find a light creamy pink cream which is a real old fashioned rosy pink colour but it is the consistency of a soft soap rather than a thick cream. I found that I had to scoop a lump off and use that to wash with or bang the container until the entire lump came out and use that as a 'soap'.
What is a Butter Cream?
Well I wasn't too sure and had I just received this as a gift I would probably have used it as a body cream or moisturiser. In fact this is something you use in the bath or shower. You smear this creamy stuff all over your body when it is slightly damp and then leave it for a while before rinsing it off. This leaves you with a rosy scented moisturised body once you leave your bath or shower. You can put it in the freezer or fridge too if you want a very cold 'soap' but I prefer to use it at room temperature personally.
There aren't any suds so how does it clean?
There is a soapy base to this but obviously not much is in it as it really doesn't lather up much if at all in my view. It is more like smoothing a cream or lotion over your body then rinsing it off. If you are very mucky or fell you need to have some suds then I would suggest you wash with soap fist then smear yourself with this gorgeous goo and leave it to do its job before rinsing and enjoying the lovely rose scented aroma it leaves.
It is strange stuff in that itis made up of 20% soap and 80% moiturising goodies such as glycerine oils and butters.
If you have to use soap why bother with this?
I don't use soap on all my body just my bits that need a bit extra. On my main body I just use this as I really love the wonderful creamy feeling that I have after using this. It is packed full of cocoa butter, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, rapeseed oil and glycerine all of which soak into your skin when it is warm and wet and your pores are open and then it leaves it beautifully moisturised and smelling so wonderfully exotic.
Why call it Ring of roses?
I think the scent is very luxurious a subtle mixture of lemons and oranges with rose absolute which is a lovely exotic scent and reminds me of Morocco. In this creamy treat you will find the scent of rose absolute, larkspur, honeysuckle, lemon oil, marigold and cornflower infusion all of which combine to create a lovely subtle, rather old fashioned sort of rosy scent that you find in this cream.
What are the benefits?
I find this does make me feel clean even though there are no suds to speak of. In fact my skin feels really lovely and not itchy at all. Often after a bath or shower using some soap my skin feels quite dry and itches. After using this and drying myself I can smell a faint rosy aroma and my skin feels soft and comfortable.
Can you use it every day?
Well yes, I guess you could But I have found that I do like to have some bubbles in some of my baths and showers so I probably wouldn't choose to use it every time.
Can it be used for other things?
I would say probably not. It looks like a moisturising creamy soft soap and does has soap ingredients so maybe best not to use as a moisturising lotion. Unlike the shower gels I would not think this would be any good as a shampoo or conditioner but I haven't experimented with these to see.
So would I recommend?
Yes. It is a lovely rather old fashioned scented and luxurious moisturising bath product but it is not esily available , if I see it again on Ebay I might get another tub as mine has now finished. As you use it in the bath or shower and get it out with wet hands some water is bound to get added to the pot and this keeps it soft and doesn't hurt it at all. You can tip out any excess. It is best not to let it get too hot as the oils and butters in the product will start to soften.
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Today is a sad day, I found out that Lush is discontinuing this soap.
This is an unusual product from Lush in that it is quite delicately fragranced, it contains larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflower, which all combine in a very subtle way. As you can see in the picture above it is a very light pink colour and overall a very feminine soap.
I like to use this in my soapdish in the bathroom because it isn't an overpowering fragrance. It also contains evening primrose oil so it's a very moisturising soap, that doesn't leave your hands dried out after use. True as other people have mentioned in their reviews this soap doesn't lather up as much as some other soaps that I have bought from Lush, but for washing your hands it is perfect.
I find this soap lasts quite a long time and although it's £2.95 per 100g (and 100g is the minimum you can purchase) I often cut the chunks into 50g and it lasts at least 2 weeks in the main bathroom. So I don't think this is a bad price for something that is handmade and comes from a company that has such excellent environmental credentials. I also prefer using this soap to the liquid soaps that you can buy because much less packaging is used and you can buy exactly the amount that you want to use.
It's a shame that this soap is being discontinued by Lush, but I have no doubt that it will appear online on their retro list at some point in the future. For the time being stock up with what is left in your local Lush store and enjoy it while you can!
I love shopping in Lush but the soaps are usually something that I overlook. I usually 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. The butter cream soaps caught my eye as they seemed a little bit different. This A Ring of Roses butter cream soap costs £3.45 for a 100g block. This item has been re-made into a new formula and I have tried both the old version and the new version.
Product description: "For rosy, soft and pliable skin. We rarely make a product which smells only of one flower, fruit, leaf or spice. We tend to make them more interesting. A Ring of Roses smells of sweet oranges and lemons, as well as genuine Turkish rose absolute. This skin softening, soothing body soap has the same fragrance as Amandopondo, but surrounded in an infusion of larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers, it smells completely different. Use it when you need calm for your skin and your mind."
A Ring of Roses does not look particularly exciting, but it does have a lovely rich pink colour to it. This is nice and feminine and would suit girls that love pink and pretty bath products. The new formula butter cream soap is solid and has a firmer consistency, so it is cut up into wedge shaped blocks. The older formula was a lot softer and the product would be packaged into a plastic tub using an ice cream scoop which was a fun touch.
This butter cream soap has a pleasant smell to it that is not your typical floral scent. I love the smell of Amandopondo, and this same fragrance is used again in this product. It is a beautiful combination of floral notes that are fresh and sweet, with a hint of fizzy sherbet which makes the scent really stand out. It's not at all dull or old-fashioned like some pure rose fragrances can be. It is quite a claming and refreshing scent, and I can really get a good strong hit of the fragrance when I'm washing with it, although it doesn't really last on the skin.
The old and the new formula version of this butter cream soap are slightly different but seem to have mainly the same properties. The only difference that I can really see is that the newer version has a more solid texture. The old version is much softer and after being exposed to water when using to wash, it can tend to go very sticky and gooey. This makes it difficult to use and not very pleasant when applying directly to the skin. The new formula holds it's shape better but is hard work to create any lather and to get it to spread over the skin. For both versions I had much better results using this with a bath puff rather than applying directly using my hands, as this just seemed to slip over my skin rather than transferring onto it. I had the best results when using this with my exfoliating gloves, as I just rubbed the butter cream soap onto the wet gloves and this helped it to create a lather. I found that it still did not foam up very much at all, and it does not go very far when spread over the skin. I had to use a large amount each time and reapply to the gloves several times during each use. This as a bit annoying as it is fussy to keep applying the soap and also wastes time.
On the positive side, my skin does feel nice and clean when I have used my A Ring of Roses butter cream soap and even though it's not overly bubbly it does have a soft and gentle feeling on the skin. As well as being a good cleanser it also helps my skin to feel soft and moisturised afterwards and it does not leave my skin feeling dried out. It contains both coconut oil and cocoa butter which are rich nourishing ingredients, and rose is excellent for sensitive skin.
Because of having to use so much of this butter cream soap with each application, I worked my way through it very quickly. I managed to get only around 5 or 6 uses from each version which makes it quite expensive per use. I was disappointed that it did not last me for longer and don't think I will bother buying this sort of soap again as it's not good value for money and added to my other complaints with this product I can see there are plenty of better offerings out there that I would prefer to spend my money on.
If you like this butter cream soap then you may also enjoy these similar Lush products:
+ Turkish Delight body polish
+ Amandopondo bubble bar
+ Tisty Tosty ballistic bath bomb
Ingredients: Larkspur; Honeysuckle; Marigold and Cornflower Infusion, Rapeseed oil; Coconut oil, Glycerine, Water, Sodium Stearate, Cocoa Butter, Perfume, Evening Primrose Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Lemon Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Rose Absolute, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Citral, Colour 18050.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils.
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
I suffer with dry skin and at times it can be sensitive but mainly I want a product which can thoroughly moisturise and nourish my skin. Most products I come across will keep my skin moisturised for all of a few hours and it will just become quite dry again. Lush has been a wonderful store for me as it has a huge amount of products which manage to nourish my skin for more than a few hours. But this doesn't mean that all their products do!
I'm quite a fan of Lemslip buttercream and on a recent trip to Lush to pick up a piece of Lemslip they had just brought out a huge selection of pre-cut Ring of Roses buttercream. I'd previously had two samples of Ring of Roses and was quite impressed but never got round to buying an actual piece. As I had a 10% voucher I thought I'd treat myself as Ring of Roses as always looked lovely with the red rose petals gently laid on top of a candy pink piece of solid cream!
Ring of Roses is made up of cocoa butter, rapeseed oil and coconut oil. Cocoa butter is well known for its moisturising, nourishing properties which is used in plenty of cosmetic items. Cocoa butter reacts well with the body temperature and melts instantly on contact. Rapesseed oil and coconut oil are Lush's alternative oils to a palm oil base as they are far more environmentally friendly. They provide a good moisturising soap base which is ideal for the skin.
When I first picked up my piece of Ring of Roses I was expecting a strawberry, sweetlike aroma but I couldn't of been any further from the truth! Ring of Roses scent its actually quite citrusy with a fresh but soothing aroma. Lush use Sicilin lemon oil for its fresh lemon zest fragrance. It is known for being an antiseptic which is ideal for toning the skin. Sweet wild orange oil is added for its sweet but tangy fragrance. Sweet orange oil is known to balance and calm the mind, giving you a gentle boost. To soften the citrusy top note Lush use rose absolute to calm the overall fragrance down and to provide a calming fragrance. Larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflower infusion manage to give Ring of Roses a lovely floral fragrance which compliments the citrus notes.
Ring of Roses is incredibly easy to use and can be used just like soap even though it does have a much softer consistency and can be prone to melting if left out in the warm or direct sun. My only problem with Ring of Roses is the decoration. Rose petals are great for looking at and certainly provide Ring of Roses with a bit of luxury but by the time you get to use it the petals have turned a funny colour and need removing immediately - you may need to scrape them off gently! Ring of Roses needs to be used like a soap but you do need to be gentle with it as it does melt quite easily.
Using a softer type of soap or buttercream as it was originally known is quite a nice change in the shower as melts a lot easier onto the skin and Ring of Roses manages to provide a lovely uplifting fragrance which fills the whole bathroom making it a fragrance ideal for both morning and night.
Post shower and my skin feels nourished and is silky soft. Ring of Roses manages to moisturise my skin for hours which is exactly what I wanted. It provides a great fragrance which stays quite subtly on your skin for hours upon end which is nice and calming. One slice of Ring of Roses doesn't really last as long as a regular soap but it is far more moisturising which for a dry skin sufferer like me, it makes it worth every penny. Rose absolute is also great for sensitive skins and so far I haven't had a reaction from using it. I think for me the price puts me off slightly - lovely for a change and a treat but not something I'd use constantly.
What Lush say:
"For rosy, soft and pliable skin. We rarely make a product which smells only of one flower, fruit, leaf or spice. We tend to make them more interesting. A Ring of Roses smells of sweet oranges and lemons, as well as genuine Turkish rose absolute. This skin softening, soothing body soap has the same fragrance as Amandopondo, but surrounded in an infusion of larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers, it smells completely different. Use it when you need to calm for your skin and your mind."
£3.30 per 100g
Larkspur; Honeysuckle; Marigold and Cornflower Infusion (Delphinium consilida; Lonicera caprifolium; Calendula officinalis and Centaurea cyanus), Rapeseed oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Glycerine, Water (Aqua), Sodium Stearate, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Perfume, Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Sodium Hydroxide, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Citral, Colour 18050
Ring of Roses
Last saturday I went in lush...again. I went in to get the celestial moisturiser but I also came out with two small american cream conditioners, some toner tabs, a snake oil scalp massage bar and the ring of roses body soap! I don't know how that happened. I did not come in for this product but I was standing in the queue and the soap bit was next to me and this soap was all pretty and pink and I just had to get it.
I got one of the pre packaged soap pieces instead of getting a new or smaller piece cut. I got a 116g of the soap and when I got home I cut it in to 8 small half inch pieces which are a great size as each one is good for about 4 showers.
It is a really nice pastel pink colour and it has some sort of pattern on the front but I don't know what as I got a random block piece. It says on the label that it contains honeysuckle, marigold, cornflower and evening primrose oil. And it also says on the label that you can use it at room temperature which is what I do and it also says that you can freeze it or chill it which I guess would keep it fresh longer and it would be good on a sunny day or for sun burn.
It does smell really nice, it is a very floral scent and you can really smell the evening primrose and the marigold flowers in it which is really nice and quite summery too. It is really quite moisturising too, it is a bit moisturising than the honey I washed the kids - so it leaves my skin really soft and smooth.
But there is only two things that I don't really like about this product. One is that it 'melts' or dissolves a lot easier than the honey I washed the kids and other soaps such as dove. It does not seem to last as long as them, but it is good for about 4 showers.
The second thing that is not that great about this product is that the scent does not last long on my skin once dried and out of the shower. The scent stays while in the shower but after about half an hour I can't smell it any more. I did a mini comparison of the honey I washed the kids and this soap. I used the ring of roses all over my body and then I just used the honey I washed the kids on my hands and seen as though we all wash our hands a lot I expected that the honey I washed the kids scent would stay on my skin less than the ring of roses, but I was wrong.
The honey I washed the kids scent stayed on for so much longer on my hands than the ring of roses on the rest of my skin, even though I washed my hands a lot after first using it! Which is great for the honey soap but not so great for the ring of roses as a comparison.
I bought it from the Market street lush which is really great but it is a really quite small lush. I bought it for £5.48 for 116g which is a bit expensive but it is probably going to last a while. And they don't have expiration dates so they do last a long time too.
*Really nice scent - very floral and summer but when it is used in the shower it becomes quite a lot more citrusy
*Summery and very moisturising
*leaves my skin soft, smooth and clean
*Made with lots of good natural ingredients
*Scent does not stay on my skin at all
*Dissolves/melts quite fast
*Not very cheap
Thank you for reading my review
A Ring of Roses Buttercream probably wouldn't have been first on my list for Lush purchases. However, I spent loads of money in Lush recently, and took along some yellow bags to reuse - so for one of those reasons ended up with a large slab to try for free. I love freebies so was rather excited by this!
Buttercreams used to be a sort of cross between shower jellies and soap, supposed to be soft and moisturising. I say used to be, because they have recently been reformulated to be more like straight soaps. Mine's definitely the buttercream formulation so I suspect they were trying to get rid of it!
A Ring of Roses contains larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflower plus evening primrose oil to "make your skin blossom". It is suitable for vegans and can be used in a similar way to shower jellies - at room temperature, chilled or frozen. I chose to use this product at room temperature, as I'm too much of a wuss to freeze it!
The product is pale pink in colour and smells of flowers - explained by the included scents of sweet oranges, lemons and Turkish rose absolute. It supposedly smells similar to Amandopondo, a bubble bar which I haven't yet tried. Added to the scent are larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers. Lush say that the product is designed to create "rosy, soft and pliable skin" and that it should be used "when you need calm for your skin and your mind".
I tried out the product in the shower and my first thought was how slippery it was! It went flying out of my hands and I had to chase it around the shower for a bit. When I finally caught up with it I rubbed it onto my shower puff and it lathered up, although not that well.
I found after using it that I didn't feel as clean as I normally do, and I put this down to the lack of lather. I did like the smell of the product, and I could smell it on my skin for quite a while after using it, which was a bonus. I did feel calm and relaxed and quite girly after using it.
I've been using this product for a while now, but not in the morning - only if I have a shower in the evening, which I've been doing quite a lot in the recent hot weather. It does the job fine, but I won't use it for my morning shower, chiefly because of the lesser clean feeling.
I would have said that I wouldn't buy this product again, but since it's recently been turned into a soap as opposed to a buttercream, I might consider it. It does smell nice so if you like the floral smell it might be worth checking out.
Ring of Roses costs £3.30 for 100g.
Lush has got to be one of my favourite shops - I know lots of people dont like the smell, but it has never bothered me. I mainly do my Lush shopping online as its quite easy and the delivery is quick (plus two children under three makes getting into town difficult!) Therefore just before Christmas I found myself on the Lush website - for Christmas presents you understand, but I also decided to treat myself.
Now I am normally a quite boring shopper. I have my favourite things and I stick to what I know I like. However I had seen the buttercreams in the 'Lush Times' ( a newspaper/catalogue that is produced by lush) which gets sent to my house, so I decided I wanted to give one a try.
Now I think that the products used to come in blocks, and Ring of Roses has rose petals on the top. This is the picture it gives on the website and I was expecting a chuck of this in my parcel. I was quite surprised however when it was elivered that it came in one of the black pots that alot of the Lush products come in, and with no rose petals. The pot was 100g and it wasnt quite filled to the top, but its quite well packed in.
Now the website promised me it was 'For rosy, soft and pliable skin. We rarely make a product which smells only of one flower, fruit, leaf or spice. We tend to make them more interesting. A Ring of Roses smells of sweet oranges and lemons, as well as genuine Turkish rose absolute. This skin softening, soothing body soap has the same fragrance as Amandopondo, but surrounded in an infusion of larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers, it smells completely different. Use it when you need to calm for your skin and your mind'. So I didnt really know what to expect. Screwing off the lid of the pot I was a bit taken aback by the smell, as in the pot its quite overpowering to say the least. You can definately smell the rose. However as you only use a small amount of the butter cream the smell is actually quite pleasant, but I still cant smell anything but Rose!
It is quite a creamy susbtance and really does remind me of the butter cream icing that I use when I make butterfly cakes, so I do think its aptly named. The packaging tells me that I could put it in the fridge or the freezer to make it more solid (i suppose more like a soap), but if I do this I know what would happen, I would be in the shower washing my hair and then I would realise that the Ring of Roses is down stairs, so I keep mine at room temperature in the bathroom.
So what are you supposed to do with it? Well basically you take a small handful out of the tub (which is quite easy at toom temperature) and rub it all over your body and then rinse it off. It goes quite creamy when you rub it in with water, not lathery like soap does. One small problem I find it that you really have to rub it in otherwise it stays in small blobs and you end up wasting it.
I can see from the ingredients list that it is going to be quite moisturising, it contains coconut oil (so allergy sufferers need to beware) and Evening Primrose oil which are both good for the skin. It does leave my skin feeling softer than normal soap does, and the softness lasts quite a while, as does the smell, as I can still smell a little rose scent every so often. As you only use a small amount everytime, so it has lasted quite a while.
The ingredients list still lists rose petals as an ingredient, but there are no rose petals in the pot. I can only assume that this is just the old ingredients list from before it was put it a pot. I am a bit dissapointed by the change, and do think they need to update thier website picture and information, however I can see the upside of this as there are no rose petals in my bath, which can be quite annoying I suppose.
But this doesnt deflect from the fact that this is a lovely product which leaves my skin looking and feeling fresh and soft, If you dont like the rose scent then this isnt for you, but you probably guessed that from the name. I like the scent and so I give it 4 stars (only because as I said it can be w abit wasteful) I would definately buy it again.
£3.30 for 100g
Ingredients are listed as Larkspur; Honeysuckle; Marigold and Cornflower Infusion (Delphinium consilida; Lonicera caprifolium; Calendula officinalis and Centaurea cyanus), Glycerine, Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Sodium Stearate, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Hydroxide, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Citral, Colour 18050, Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia)
Back from using another Lush product out of the Think Pink Gift Box, Lush Ring of Roses is a Buttercream to be used like soap in the shower for all over your body.
Price: Ring of Roses is £3.30 for 100g, I think this is pretty good value as that's quite a lot of product, and I've only used it once but you don't need much so I should imagine it's going to last a fairly long time.
What Lush Say: "For rosy, soft and pliable skin. We rarely make a product which smells only of one flower, fruit, leaf or spice. We tend to make them more interesting. A Ring of Roses smells of sweet oranges and lemons, as well as genuine Turkish rose absolute. This skin softening, soothing body soap has the same fragrance as Amandopondo, but surrounded in an infusion of larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers, it smells completely different. Use it when you need to calm for your skin and your mind."
Smell and Look: This smells very floral and roses are definately a big part of this! There are other scents in there too, almost fruity with oranges and lemons, it's not too over powering though which is nice. It looks lovely, and like many of Lush's products you could just leave it hanging around the bathroom for a nice scent and look. The colour is a very nice pink, which is bright, but not and there are dried rose petals on the top which makes it look really pretty. You smell of this for a couple of hours after using but it's quite a subtle scent so this is nice. It does look pretty intact but don't let this put you off using it, it makes a really good change from soap or shower gel.
Using: This soap goes quite a long way, however the only thing that let it down is that it's quite slippy, almost sloppy when wet, meaning you're likely to use it down the plughole, not good when it's so lovely! To use I just took abit of the buttercream in my hand and lathered it up, I reached out of the shower and left the rest of it on the windowsill as I noticed how smushy it got, especially when wet, I recommend doing this. It can be used all over your body and as I said before is a really nice product, lovely smell.
Overall: Another lovely product from Lush, not bad value but make sure it doesn't slip out of your hands in the shower as this is the only thing that let's it down. As with many Lush products it's the whole package, looks and smells so nice, and very nice to use. Treat yourself!
I'm still a huge Lush Junkie (Lushie, anyone?), so of course I headed straight to their after Christmas sale and picked up as much as I possibly could. I visited the sale a few times and now have enough Lush products to start my own wee shop from my bathroom, so I figured I'd justify my splurges by writing a review (hey, it'll hopefully be of some help to someone!). I'll be writing about Ring Of Roses Buttercream today. It's something that I'd always just walked past in store as I've been interested in the rose scent. Boy have i been missing out...
Lush says, "For rosy, soft and pliable skin. We rarely make a product which smells only of one flower, fruit, leaf or spice. We tend to make them more interesting. A Ring of Roses smells of sweet oranges and lemons, as well as genuine Turkish rose absolute. This skin softening, soothing body soap has the same fragrance as Amandopondo, but surrounded in an infusion of larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers, it smells completely different. Use it when you need to calm for your skin and your mind."
Now, this is where I get stuck. I don't think I've ever actually sniffed a rose, I couldn't tell you what a rose smells like and the same goes for larkspur, honeysuckle, marigold and cornflowers. I can however, tell you that this Buttercream smells very floral, but it's not your typical girly, grandma-ish floral scent, there's a slight spice in there, and there is a very obvious lemon scent too. I occasionally get a slight whiff of coconut, but it's not very strong and isn't mentioned in the description, so I could be imagining it. It's truly delicious though, and it gets better every time I sniff it.
Ring of Roses can come in two ways, it will either come as a slice in a flip top plastic box or it will come in one of the oval plastic pots and just be smooshed in there like a big mess. I got the smooshed one, but that's fine, I'm just going to smoosh it all over my body anyway! It's pale pink in colour (think strawberry milkshake) and is very creamy looking (surprising for a butterCREAM, right?).
To use this buttercream, you simply get some into your hands and rub it all over your body. You can use it in a shower puff too, whichever floats your boat. You don't get much of a lather from it, but your skin will feel squeaky clean and moisturised, so thats always great. The scent will even linger on your skin for an hour or two and if you leave a chunk of it on a little saucer or something in bathroom, you have an instant air freshener. Bonus!
After peeking at the ingredients, I found that there are 6 oils in it, one of which is coconut oil (I'm not imagining coconut scents afterall!). Don't let this put you off though, these oils are very moisturising, not greasy in the slightest.
Due to these oils, you don't really need to use much to get the desired moisture into skin, so this product will last you a long time too.
100g of this will cost you £3.30 which is very decent for such a lovely product that lasts such a long time. It can be purchased at any Lush store or counter and again online at lush.co.uk.
- delicious, complex scent
- no lather
I shall definitely be repurchasing this when I head back to Lush, but due the amount of Lush products I've purchased in the past few weeks, I highly doubt this will be any time soon!
Thanks a bunch for reading!
A divinely moisturising rose absolute creamy body bar!!!
Within the Lush shops selling their beautiful fresh and handmade cosmetic products, you will behold the glory of this pink round 'cake' topped with rose petals, get your piece which will be wrapped in thin waxy paper kind of stuff, and costs £3.30 for 100g.
Now personally I would rather buy one of these than a bath ballistic for just under the same price, as it is more than just a one bath wonder.
So I have mentioned the oh so pretty appearance of this creamy body bar, which its officail name is a buttercream. I have seen comments about it not cleaning properly on other sites, they perhaps do not realise it is not sold as a soap, it is a moisturising body bar and not a soap. It is to be used after cleaning yourself presumably with soap or your choice of product!!
Larkspur; Honeysuckle; Marigold and Cornflower Infusion (Delphinium consilida; Lonicera caprifolium; Calendula officinalis and Centaurea cyanus), Glycerine, Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Sodium Stearate, Water (Aqua), Perfume, Sodium Hydroxide, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Citral, Colour 18050, Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia)} *Occurs naturally in essential oils
Rose absolute is a fabulous thing. It is said that it has no equal in skin care for moisturising, firming, smoothing and repairing the skin. In so doing, it produces no irritation, being cooling, calming and soothing. Rose also has a positive effect on broken superficial capillaries etc and is thus ideal for mature, dry or sensitive skin!
Cocoa butter is a fantastic ingredient which melts at body temperature making it ideal for use in such as product type. It is heavily moisturising and great for sensitive skins too.
To use, well rub all over yourself like you would with a soap!!
I enjoyed the smell of this very much, of the natural rose scent, it was wonderful, after probably only using rose scented stuff before I could definitely tell the difference. The smell is interesting and multi dimensional giving the other ingredients in there, which makes it more interesting than simply a rosy smelling body bar.
I find the smell lasts when you have dried down then slowly ebbs away after an hour or so.
As for moisturising, well I think it is certainly very kind to skin, balancing and calming and whilst it does add an extra step to your bathing or shower ritual I say why on earth not slather yourself in lovely rose!! The bar lasts a good time if stored correctly, and whilst on the dear side (I believe rose absolute is expensive) as long as it is kept relatively dry it should not be a problem. If you do not keep it dry when not in use it will go cold and gloopy.
It does not slide off a great deal when in use but the bar gradually diminishes in size, what I mean is it is not that soft that you use loads at a time but leaves a light coating on the skin which is just right.
Worth trying if you have time for longish baths!!
I was surprised by this product.
You can get it in the Serenity gift box from Lush,
which is where I got it.
At first,I thought it was soap - even now that I've used it,I'm still not 100% sure what it is.
What I DO know,however,is that it's lovely.
Firstly,it's pink,as you can see,but not garishly so.
One of the ingredients is rose and,although you can smell that strongly,it's not an Old-Lady-Rose-Scent. It's refreshing and lovely and makes you feel quite feminine.
Secondly,it's so slippery and soft. You can tell as soon as you touch it that it will do good things for your skin,and you won't be dissapointed.
So,to use,I just rub it onto wet skin to create a sort of lather then rub in.
You can feel it turning your skin lovely and soft as you use it.
This is really good for leaving a good,strong scent on your skin for ages after and making you stop every now and then and go ''Ooh,I smell LOVELY!''
Last,but not least,it lasts for AGES!
LUSH RING OF ROSES butter cream.
Well onto the lush ring of roses, another of those lovely products given to me by my daughter as one of my moving in pressies.
What absolutely amazes me is the smell of these yummy products, as soon as i smelt this butter cream i could smell roses, and it reminded me of a hot summers day, when we visited one of the gardens in londons opening days, and could smell all the lovely perfume from the rose garden.
This product my daughter tells me costs no more than £3.50p and it is a product made from Lush, they handmake all their products so thats why they smell so yummy.
RING OF ROSES.**********
Its a butter cream that you can use to wash your body with, you can freeze it or keep it in the fridgeand what i like about it is the fact that it contains evening primrose oil which helps to make your skin blossom.
You dont need to use too much you simply smooth it all over your body and then rinse off afterwards.
I must admit that i could smell this on my skin for hours and i really did like the way it made my skin feel all smooth and silky, as well as having that fresh feeling just before going to my bed, it really is a lovely product.
I wouldnt be able to afford too much of their products but if anyones reading this in my family i would definetely like some of their products for Christmas hint hint.
I am converted and having been fortunate to have a received a whole basket full of these products as a kind moving in pressie from my daughter, i would definetely be using this until it all runs out.
The ring of roses i received was a pink colour and came inside a little tub with a snap on lid, so that presemably you can keep it fresh in the fridge for when you next require to use it.
This contained 80g of lovely fresh handmade cosmetics, and i will definetely be going to their web site to have a look for early Christmas pressies for my family and friends.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.
I received the Ring Of Roses Buttercream as part of the 'Think Pink' Boxset which is currently priced at £43.99.
100g purchased individually is currently £3.80 and is definitely worth every penny!
The product you received is slightly different to the picture shown as above and is supplied in a see through plastic tub (recyclable).
You can put the pot in the fridge, freezer or use it at bathroom temperature, however, I find the best way to use it is to actually make sure the pot is properly sealed and then drop this in to your bath to bob around for a little while, the warm water makes the product very easy to manipulate.
Ring Of Roses Buttercream is made up of 20% soap and 80% other items, oil, butter etc and you can really tell this when you use the product as it will help to cleanse, soften and moisturise your skin and I found this to be the case after just one usage and I only used a very small amount at the time too.
Upon opening the pot you are met with a slight scent, nothing overpowering, not artificial at all, the scent does linger around in the bathroom after and I do find that this smells quite similar to the Lemslip Buttercream but that may just be me. I would suggest using this with a sponge or a scrubber of some sort as it's pretty slippery and it's quite expensive to waste by dropping bits in to the bath every minute!
This product is gentle enough to use on your whole body and I often suffer with dry skin on my face but I did not find that this caused me any problems and my partner commented on how soft my face was that evening (always nice to have a compliment!).
So all in all I would definitely recommend this product, if only for the beautiful smell that you get upon walking in to a Lush shop! (The smell is amazing, you'll know you've found it before you are even inside).
I used a 10% discount on my last visit to Lush and they threw in four bath ballistics as freebies (how fantastic - other half and I were fighting over who got them!).
As some of you may know from one of my previous reviews, I am a total newbie to everything that is Lush. I received a Lush Serenity gift box from my husband a sort while back and the next item that I tried was Ring of
Roses (and this is in no way related to the nursery rhyme!).
About the product
Ring of Roses is a buttercream. Even the word buttercrem makes this sound yummy.
Basically it is a posher (not sure if that's a word) form of soap, that has
more added extra's with less soap products added. According to Lush
it is about 20% soap and 80% added extras including oils and butters (hence the name buttercream) and lots of other little gems. See their website www.lush.co.uk for more information.
With the butter creams, you can use them at room temperature, freeze them
or chill them and this changes their texture.
For 100g it costs £3.80, mine was in a gift set which is 80g.
The pictures of this on their website and their catalogue the Lush Times,
show that this looks like a slice of cake which a very pink base with rolled
roses petals on the top. Mine came in clear plastic pot, and it looked like
it had been scooped with an ice cream scoop and put into the pot, without the roses petals, but none the less the deep pretty pink was still appealing
. I think the reason it is in the pot was to preserve it, because it would have gotten stuck to the popcorn that was used in the packaging to keep all my little items separated.
I have to give a separate heading for this, because the texture of this
can change depending what you do with it. In it's natural form at room temperature it is solid but smooth, and pliable so you can just scoop out the amount you want with you fingers.
When this buttercream is chilled it is more solid and you need a knife to cut
the amount off that you need. It still keeps that smooth silky texture to it.
Freezing it is quite funny because then it looks more like a frozen ice cream
or sorbet (it makes you think that it could be edible, or perhaps that was just me!), and it becomes a bit brittle and you can just break pieces off or use a knife.
What is in it?
The ingredient list for this one is huge, so for full details I would recommend you check their website. I have listed a few of the ingredients below
so you can get the feel of the types of ingredients they have included in this:
Evening primrose oil, rose absolute, coconut oil (lots of different oils),
cocoa butter, honeysuckle, larkspur and many more lovely natural ingredients.
How to use it
Use it in the shower or the bath on damp or wet skin and use it as you would a normal soap and rinse off.
What is it supposed to do for my skin?
Lush butter creams are designed to leave your skin cleansed, soft and
I found with this that your skin needs to be reasonably wet for the buttercream to melt. I was using this at room temperature.
I scooped out a walnut sized lump of this soft butter like putty, and started
rubbing it in a circular motion over my skin and it lathers up very lightly.
It was at this point that I could feel how soft this was on my skin, and because it doesn't lather up loads you get a more of a melted butter feeling as it soaks into your skin. I only needed to use a little bit at a time and it does go a long way.
The aromas that are released from this are divine. I felt as though I was sitting outside on a warm summers night in a garden that is in full bloom, and across the way was an orchard full of fruit.
There are high notes of rose infused with a delicate citrus lemon sorbet aroma, with a counter point of soft sweet smelling honeysuckle coupled with a marshmallow type fragrance.It gave me a sense of relaxation with these quite hypnotic aroma's.
Rinsing it off is easy, and even though it only contains around 20% soap it
left my skin feeling quite squeaky (literally) and clean. It looked like it left some kind of water replant film on my skin but this was not unpleasant.
My skin after patting dry felt abit softer, but not really much more softer than if I had just used my normal shower gel, which was a disappointment. The gorgeous aroma's that were released when using the buttercream faded quite quickly after drying. Unfortunately I did feel the need to use a moisturiser after using this, because it did make my skin feel tight.
Would I recommend it?
A little does go a long way with a Ring of Roses, so for the longevity of the product the price is quite reasonable. I wouldn't buy this for the properties of it claiming to leave my skin soft and moisturised, but I will buy it again for its cleansing and relaxing hypnotic aroma's.