“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap / Suitable for: Face „
I was in the need of some more facial wash, and was also about to make my next order from Lush's Retro range, so it made sense to purchase this Queen of Hearts soap. You may know Lush as the smelly soap shop, as it produces some lovely soaps, but this one is the only one designed for use on the face - the others are too harsh. Lush does make some specialist facial cleansers which I like, so I thought I would give this a go.
So what makes this soap suitable for use on the face? Well, it is made with a base of fresh rose petal infusion, which is very gentle. Almond oil is moisturising while geranium oil is balancing and softening. Cocoa butter helps keep your skin soft and flexible while vanilla pod infusion as well as rose and violet absolutes add to the scent of the product. The soap is made with a base of rapeseed oil and coconut oil: Lush no longer use palm oil as a base in their soaps for environmental reasons (although some of the chemicals they use do contain a little palm oil), which I applaud. Basically, this soap is designed to cleanse your face without drying it out. As an added bonus, it is suitable for vegans as it contains no animal-derived ingredients.
My Queen of Hearts soap came packaged in the usual biodegradable plastic-style packaging Lush use, nestled in a cardboard box inside cushioning potato starch pieces. It was a rectangular piece of white soap and if I hadn't known what it was I would have assumed it was a normal piece of body soap, although a label with the product name and ingredients was affixed to it. When I opened up the packet I thought the soap smelled like a dentist's surgery - it's hard to describe, as it wasn't at all an unpleasant scent, but it was very fresh (and slightly floral), nothing like I'd ever smelled before. I cut it into two pieces first, and kept one by to use when the first had run out. It cut very smoothly and easily.
I normally use a cream cleanser and toner to remove makeup and cleanse my face at night (currently using the cleanser and toner from the Simple range which I have used successfully for years). For me, a face wash or facial soap is something to use in the shower in the morning. Therefore, I put this soap in my soap dish so that I could use it in the shower.
To use the soap, I wet my face in the shower and rub the soap between my hands to work up a lather. The soap doesn't produce a great deal of lather, but it is enough for my face. I then rub the lather over my face, making sure it covers every area of my skin, before rinsing off in the shower. I've experienced no skin irritation whatsoever while using this soap, and it doesn't sting my eyes either - but it does sting my nose! You know that horrible feeling when you get soap up your nose and it hurts? I have to really try hard to avoid this when using this soap, and take extra care around my nose!
My skin is sensitive and combination with oiliness on my nose and to a certain extent my chin and forehead. My cheeks (and occasionally my forehead and chin - my skin can be temperamental!) also get dry occasionally. I do find that this soap seems to dry my skin out slightly, although not to the extent that normal soap would by any stretch of the imagination. Applying moisturiser to my skin, which I do every morning, gets rid of the dryness and I've noticed that my skin seems slightly less oily throughout the day - I normally have quite a shiny nose but this has reduced a bit since using this soap. I don't get any dry patches and my skin doesn't suffer from any redness.
I wouldn't say that this soap is a miracle worker, it doesn't make my skin look radiant or completely even-toned or anything like that, but it does help to keep it in a good condition. The soap isn't designed to be exfoliating so if you want to exfoliate your skin you will have to invest in another product to use a couple of times a week.
I mentioned at the beginning of the review that I cut my original piece of soap in half before using it. It's taken me around three months to use up this half piece. It's impressively long-lasting and at this rate I estimate the full piece will last between 4 and 6 months (used once a day). Priced at £4.25, this seems like excellent value to me.
Overall, I highly recommend this Queen of Hearts soap. It's not the most perfect cleanser I've ever used on my skin, but it does a very good job and is excellent value for money. It is only available online as part of the Retro range, which is a selection of products discontinued from shops but too popular to get rid of completely. If you don't have access to the Internet you can ring up or send an order form, available via the Lush Times.