Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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Lush Sea Vegetable Soap
Member Name: Loubielou22
Lush Sea Vegetable Soap
Date: 24/07/09, updated on 24/07/09 (181 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful rustic looking product with beautiful colours.
Disadvantages: The sharp pieces of seaweed and the disappointing lack of lather.
Product:- Sea Vegetable Soap
Purchased from:- Lush Shop
*****The Lush Shopping Experience*****
I was drawn to the Lush shop initially due to the aroma that was emanating from the shop and the bright array of colorful soap loaves (which looked like large cakes waiting to be sliced) which were displayed in the window.
Walking into a Lush shop is rather like being swept along on a scent filled journey with a montage of colorful creations in the background. Presumably what Willy Wonkas Chocolate factory would have been like If Roal Dahl had seen fit to create an apothecary for Mr. Wonka. I would not have been in the least bit surprised if I had seen Ooompa Loompas in Lush. Although admittedly this is due to my overactive imagination and my Husband didn't share my childlike wonder on account of the wonderful smells causing sneezing fits and causing his skin to itch. Although it is worth noting that the Hubby does suffer with countless allergies and atopic skin so only the most natural of products are of any use to him and upon reflection Lush was a definite assault on his allergic senses.
Amongst the beautifully displayed Soap Loaves my magpie like eyes instantly fell upon the Sea Vegetable Soap. I picked up a 100g Soap which was described as a Sea Vegetable Soap with Lime, Lavender and Seaweed and is sold as part of the Lush Soap range.
*****Packaging & Appearance*****
The Soap is a beautiful Caribbean blue color with a top layer if sea salt and seaweed, the sea salt is in rather small granules and serves as just the right size to use as an exfoliant. The Seaweed pieces are small dark strands which can be quite sharp.
The Sea Vegetable soap really stood out to me firstly due to the intensity of the color, having a penchant for turquoise and the blue color spectrum the Sea Vegetable soap was invariably going to tempt me.
I love the appearance of this soap and this is in part due to the color, but the layer of sea salt and Seaweed also creates a rustic look which instantly created seaside connotations for me.
The Product was purchased and placed into a paper wrapping which was white with the lush logo repeated across it several times a label was then attached to it. Lush always ensures that all of their packaging is recycled and recyclable. Overall a very big thumbs up from me for Packaging and Appearance.
Once I was home, I ran a lovely hot bath and proceeded to take the soap out of its wrapping (which appeared to have a protective film - thus enabling the user to store the soap in the packaging for the duration of its use).
The Sea Vegetable soap beamed at me with a thousand beautiful turquoise and deep blue hues. I decided to use the Top Layer of sea salt first and use this as an exfolliant - as an exfoilliant the sea salt and seaweed layer definitely helped to scrub away those dead skin cells, although the seaweed strands at times were quite sharp.
After exfoliating, I turned the soap upside down and used the non sea salted side as a normal soap. I found that the soap wasn't particularly lathery and just sort of glided across my skin without any effect other than releasing a wonderful smell of Lavender and a hint of citrus which actually did create a seaside type scent.
The scent did remain for a few hours on my skin, which was now wonderfully dead skin cell free and surprisingly felt a lot firmer, although sadly I have to concede that the soap may be an excellent exfolliant but I was disappointed with the soapy effects or lack of.
Here's the science bit...
Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Course Sea Salt, Sodium Stearate, Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Arame Seaweed, Lime Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral,Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42045.
Lavender Oil is a wonderful all round essential oil, it has antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic and antifungal properties as well as being a hormone balancing, calming oil. Lavender can assist with oily skin and calm skin complaints.
Arame Seaweed is is a type of kelp. Harvested in Japan, Peru and the North Pacific Coast. Its blades grow in to wide leaves up to a foot in length. They are sliced in to long string like strands, cooked then sun dried. Seaweeds contain up to twenty times the levels of elements found in land plants. They are, protective, nourishing and moisturizing, rich in vitamins and are known in herbalism to be one of the best adaptogens. This means seaweeds will help correct any disorder present. Source:- www.lush.co.uk
There is an impressive array of natural ingredients, but this is interspersed with some chemical ingredients and for this reason I would advise that anyone with sensitive skin avoids the Sea Vegetable Soap and opts for one of Lush's more natural soaps. Lush is commendable in the fact that it has ethical principles and sticks to them and there is a definite commitment to using natural products as much as possible and chemicals only when necessary.
It is worth noting that Lush is also completely against animal testing and uses human volunteers to test their products.
*****Value for Money*****
I would consider the soap reasonable value for money as the 100g that I purchased has lasted me over a month and this is incorporating daily use. I wouldn't purchase the soap again as I felt that it was slightly drying although this may be in part due to the exfoliating top layer which I use pre lathering. I also prefer my soaps to provide a bit more lather for their money. But, the Ethical considerations of Lush products leads me to be inclined to purchase from them due to their credentials which I don't feel you have to pay over the odds for.
*****Company Info*****"Lush is a handmade cosmetics company headquartered in Poole, Dorset in the UK. There are more than 600 stores in 43 countries. Lush produce and sell hand-made products from face masks, soaps, bath ballistics, hand, hair and body lotions & treatments. The first Lush store opened on 1994 in Poole by husband and wife Mark and Mo Constantine.
Lush uses organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils, and safe-synthetic ingredients in all products produced In addition to not using animal fats in their products, they are also against animal testing and perform tests solely with volunteers instead. The original incarnation of what is now Lush was started in the 1970s when Mark Constantine, an herbal trichologist, and Elizabeth Weir, who had an interest in beauty therapy formed a company named Constantine & Weir. They began to develop recipes for bath and beauty products with the intention of selling them to other companies. The Body Shop, a UK-based company founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick contracted Constantine & Weir as one of their suppliers.
As The Body Shop grew, Anita Roddick made a bid for the Constantine & Weir company in which she bought the rights to many of the products that had been produced by C&W for The Body Shop. In 1988, Constantine started a new company called Cosmetics to Go. The company was primarily a mail-order business. The company went under in 1994.
However, new finance was injected from Peter Blacker, of British Ensign Estates, and his finance director, Andrew Gerrie, who now sits on the board of Lush. Later in 1994, they sent out a catalog to all previous Cosmetics to Go customers that included a contest for a customer to come up with the new name. A woman named Elizabeth Bennett from Edinburgh was the winner, having chosen the name LUSH". Source:- Wikipedia
Advantages:- Beautiful rustic product with beautiful colours and a great exfoliatiant
Disadvantages:- The sharp pieces of seaweed and the disappointing lack of lather.
Summary: Not one of Lush's best products but great for buffing the skin.