Product Type: Lush fragrances
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Delicious toffee & honey goodness in a perfume!
Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Solid Eau de Parfum
Member Name: tina_teaspoon
Lush Honey I Washed the Kids Solid Eau de Parfum
Advantages: Beautiful & long-lasting scent, great value for money, less packaging than a bottle.
Disadvantages: Tins can be really tricky to open, product is very hard and can be difficult to apply.
Honey I washed The Kids is my all-time favourite Lush soap. It has an amazing scent which is bursting with toffee and honey goodness, and I find myself going to wash my hands throughout the day, purely so I can get my toffee fix without the calories!
Having just popped in to Lush to stock up on essentials (cleanser, toner, emergency bubble bar, emergency face mask, and a big slab of Honey I washed The Kids soap), I spotted a small display of little tins as I was waiting at the check out. At first I thought they were all temple and lip balms, but as I got closer, I discovered some of them were solid perfumes.
I had no idea what solid perfumes were, or how to go about using one, so I asked the lovely sales assistant, who informed me they work in exactly the same way as a standard liquid perfume, but by making it as a solid product, they can use less chemicals. Also as it is extremely concentrated, the product can be sold in a small tin rather than a large bottle, which saves on packaging and so is kinder to the environment.
The solid perfumes were priced at £5.10, which when you compare it to the standard price of a bottle of perfume, seemed an absolute steal.
If it's kind to the environment and a huge bargain, then it works its way onto my list of "essentials"! There were seven different scents to choose from:
The Olive Branch
and Honey I Washed The Kids!
I love the gorgeous blackurrant scent of The Comforter, but as soon as I saw they were also available in the Honey I Washed The Kids fragrance, there was no contest- I needed to have that scent in a perfume form!
The tins of solid perfume are fairly small. They contain 10g of product, which doesn't sound like very much- certainly 10ml of perfume wouldn't last me very long! However you only need to use a tiny amount of this per use, and I've found I've only made a small made a dent in mine after frequent use for a couple of months. My solid perfume was made in January 2010, and the use by date is May 2011, so you get over a year to use this product. I would guess that it might go dry after that time, and become difficult to use.
As soon as I got home, I was eager to try out my new "essential" perfume right away. The first problem I encountered was how to open the little tin. I have quite long natural nails, and was not about to risk breaking them trying to lever the little tin open. I've always had problems with these little silver tins. Once a friend send me a lovely cheer up present in the post, which included a sample of The Big Tease (some hair gel) in of of those metal tins. It had got dented during transit, and it was impossible to open. I did what I always do when I can't open something, and asked my Dad to do it for me! However he couldn't open it either. He ended up taking it into his workshop, clamping it in a vice, and then using a pair of pliers to forcibly remove the lid!!
I was starting to panic slightly that I was going to have similar problems with opening this tin (quite why I didn't think of this in the shop, I don't know! I have no doubt that I would have bought it anyway though, as Honey I Washed The Kids is too good a scent to walk away from, even I have to buy my own vice and pliers to be able to use it!). Not really wanting to turn up at my Dad's workshop so he could mishape my perfect precious tin, I had a look on the Lush forum, to see if anyone else had had a similar problem, and if there were any tips on how to open these pesky little tins.
Luckily for my ego and my sanity, there were several threads full of people complaining about how tricky it was to open the metal tins, along with this fabulous solution:
Place the tin in the palm of your hand. Place your other palm flat on top of the the tin, and twist the bottom hand anti-clockwise, with the top hand going clockwise. I didn't really see how this could possibly work, but I was very thrilled when I gave it a try and the lid slid off effortlessly, with no vice required and all nails left in tact!
On my journey home, I had been worrying slightly that I was setting myself up for a fall here. Honey I washed The Kids is such an utterly perfect scent- what if the scent of the solid perfume failed to deliver the exact same scent? Would it be strong enough? I did reason that at least the little tin would be very easy to carry about- I have a jam-packed handbag but one more tiny little tin isn't going to make any difference! So if I needed to reapply it during the day, it would not be the end of the world. As I (finally!) removed the lid and inhaled deeply, I was delighted to discover this was exactly the same winning combination of toffee and honey- it really did smell amazingly perfect!
I had assumed the texture of the solid perfumes would be similar to that of lip balms. However when I tried to rub my finger over the top of the perfume, nothing happened- no perfume transferred to my finger. It was a really hard texture, similar to the wax I have to use for polishing my boyfriend's car, but slightly harder. Once more, I consulted the gurus on the forum to see if there were any tips. Someone suggested putting it in your pocket and walking around for a bit to warm up the product. I gave this a try but it made no difference, it was still rock solid. Someone else suggested scraping a tiny bit out with a nail. Finally, an advantage to having long nails! I tried this and was able to lever out a small piece of the the solid perfume. I then put it on my wrists and rubbed it in with the other wrist. I found it harder than I had expected to rub this in- you could still see the streak of product across my wrist initially, so I rubbed harder for a few seconds. The product was not visible and finally my wrists smelled divine!
The smell lasts longer than I had expected, and I've found I don't need to top it up during the day (this is probably just as well, as the tin is so small it has a habit of getting lost in my black hole of a handbag!). I can apply it first thing in the morning before work, and by "hometime" it is only just starting to fade. I do reapply it if I am heading out somewhere straight after work, just because I love the smell and I like it to be strong enough for me to be able to smell it!
I think this product is amazing value for money. I have never seen a perfume for a fiver before in my life! It is hard to compare it accurately to a liquid perfume, but I feel it is at least the equivalent of a 30ml bottle in terms of how many uses you will get from it, possibly even 50ml depending on how generous you are with each application. It has the benefit of containing less chemicals and the packaging being kinder to the environment, which makes me feel less guilty about needing it as a treat. The only real downside is the tin can be a pain to open if you don't know about the twisting-palms-in-opposite-directions trick! Also the product is a little hard to apply- anyone with stubby nails would find this particularly difficult. I would prefer the texture to be slightly softer personally, although thinking about it, that would probably mean the product gets used up faster, as it would be harder to control the exact amount you wanted to use. Those two nagatives combined will lose the product one star. The scent is truly amazing and an extremely accurate copy of Honey I washed The Kids soap, so if you love the scent of that then you really do need to buy this perfume. I would definitely recommend the range of solid perfumes as a whole- they make a great alternative to standard liquid perfumes. I am very tempted to try The Comforter solid perfume, and fully expect it to work its way onto my list of "essentials" sometime soon!
Summary: A great value perfume, with a really beautiful smell!
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