Product Type: Lush Bath / Shower
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The Grapes of Bath
Lush Sultana of Soap
Member Name: calypte
Lush Sultana of Soap
Disadvantages: soggy sultanas, and a mediocre smell
Sultana of Soap is a newbie to the Lush range, and while I agree with you that soap isn't the most exciting of products, I confess that of late I've enjoyed trying the different Lush offerings as they do manage to be that little bit more interesting than the standard Imperial Leather or Palmolive bar. Available in a range of bright colours and brighter smells, there should be something to suit everyone from Lush's range.
Okay, now that I've said that, SoS is neither bright nor heavily scented. It's a pale little block which smells of very little. However... like pretty much all of Lush's soaps (and everything else, really), SoS comes topped with... decoration. For instance, the Honey soap is finished off with a honey-comb type layer of 'wax'. Sandstone has a topping of compressed sand (apparently excellent for exfoliation, not so great for sitting on in the bath). The top of SoS is embedded with... raisins (and apricots and cranberries, apparently). Yes, little dried wrinkly dried grapes. Hmm.
Well, actually - it kind of depends. I've found with Lush soaps that the unwrapped blocks on display are topped with whatever; however, pick up a pre-wrapped block, and chances are it's not. Which really doesn't bother me, but be aware. The second Sultana of Soap bar I bought, for instance, had little 'bits' on the whole surface, more like raisin seeds than whole raisins. These were okay, actually - a little light exfoliation. The whole raisins? At first they're okay - provide a little exfoliation, in fact. However, after about 3 baths/uses, my soap had some very soggy sultanas - not pleasant! Worse, every now and then one would detach itself, and it's really not nice finding a brown raisin floating in your bathwater!! So my advice if you find yourself with a full 'topped' bar, is to pick the fruit off pretty quickly.
Adornments aside, the soap itself is actually quite pleasant to use. It's very creamy, and didn't dry my skin at all. It will dissolve relatively quickly (although not as quick as the Dove soap as I remember it...!), however, just through general use - I got less than half the washes (around six baths, I'd guess) than the block of more solid Sandstone that's still lurking bathside. I buy any soap for body use rather than face, unless it's specifically intended for the latter, although with this one I think it might be down to personal choice. The more I like a soap, the less likely it is to be downgraded to 'hand soap' - and this is kind of on the borderline.
Why? Well - dried fruit aside - the smell just doesn't excite me. It's not just 'soap' smell, but only very just. It's certainly not the fruity smell you might expect from the name/ingredients - the only 'smelly' ingredient I can spot is bergamot, which is something I usually like but isn't the main scent here. I'd describe it as very neutral, but sometimes I like that and sometimes I just don't. I'm not convinced I want to keep buying a soap that I need to be 'in the mood' to use! More to the point, if I've bought something nice to put in the bath - a bubble bar slice, for instance - I don't want the smell of that drowned out by something so bland as this. Which is an odd comment, but I find it happens: the SoS smell can overwhelm a subtle bath scent, and I just don't like the former enough to put up with that.
So... it's alright, but I'm not lovin' it. Bonus points for being so creamy-nice (it would make a lovely hand soap, that's just not why I bought it!); points off for the soggy sultanas and the smell, and just for being a disappointment from my favourite Lush - although it is still much nicer than more commercial soaps, so a middling three stars and a recommendation that you buy Honey, I Washed The Kids! instead.
Ingredients (from the Lush website):
Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Dried Apricots (Prunus armeniaca), Dried Currants (Ribes rubrum), Titanium Dioxide, Dried Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon), Olibanum Oil (Boswella Carterii), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate
Price: £2.20 per 100g (you pay per weight, the blocks are irregular sizes/weights - check the labelling of the prepackaged ones if you're unsure)
Available from Lush stores nationwide, or for online orders at lush.com - beware those postage charges, though!
Lush's own description: "Get fruity all over. Nutritious berries, rejuvenating olibanum & a sumptuously smooth lather."
Summary: Okay-ish, but just not good enough