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      14.06.2013 21:53
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      A zesty soap with a gentle action.

      KICKING LEMONADE:

      A chunk of this arrived in the post a week or so ago, along with a few other bits which I will no doubt review at some point, and I like it a lot. I generally do not use much traditional soap (no I am NOT a soap dodger) but I prefer to use oils and castille based stuff. I love lemons, I use load of them for cleaning, drinking, eating and in body products, so this one was very gratefully received. The name "Bohemian" appealed too, as it conjures up images of free spirited loveliness ....

      First impressions of this soap must be the mottled effect throughout, which was attractive but may remind some of curdled cake mixture. The scent hits your nose with a sweet kick and smells of proper lemonade, the type your granny would make in the summer and present in a big glass jug. It is refreshing and zingy and makes your mouth water.

      This piece weighed 100g and was wrapped for me. Perfect for a kitchen soap, this screams freshness.

      LEMON LUSHNESS:

      Lemons are very well known for their cleansing properties and have been used in all manner of "beauty" treatments all over the world. They restore the Ph balance to your skin and are fantastic for those with spots or greasy skin issues.

      The main active ingredient in lemon juice is citric acid. Lemons also removes dead skin cells, soften hard feet on the skin and are useful for bleaching purposes. Full of antioxidants, lemon juice stimulates skin collagen, promoting repair and fresh healthy skin growth.

      Pure lemon juice can be used for brightening nails, lightening blonde hair, removing blackheads, and when mixed with a good quality base oil, makes a effective conditioner for dull hair.

      I use lemons to make salt scrubs and candles, but I also love to drink fresh lemon juice in boiling water as a detox.

      EXPERIENCE THE ZING:

      Bohemian soap has a definite glycerine soap feel to it, meaning that it is not too creamy or cloying. I have used it everyday for a week and it has not shrunk very much at all. You do get a lather but not an over the top one. The soap contains rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and salt, all of which are beneficial to the skin. The scent lasts for a short while but I would not call it a long lasting one.

      This soap is very refreshing, particularly when you feel hot and sticky. The lemon content is very apparent and it smells fresh, not chemical. This is a solid soap which keeps its shape and appears to be long lasting, making it a decent enough buy in terms of value.

      I have left this soap in my kitchen as the scent is fresh and suits that environment. This has had a beneficial effect on my skin, because all too often I have been lazy and reached for washing up liquid to wash my hands with. I suffer from dry skin on my hands and using washing up liquid caused problems for me. Having this soap by the sink has enabled my hands to heal a bit and they are certainly in better condition now. I have found this soap to be non-drying, probably due to the glycerine content more than anything.

      This soap can be used as a solid shampoo, as the ingredients are remarkably similar to the base of Lush's solid shampoo bars. I have not tried this out yet but I intend to. I consider this soap to be quite gentle on the skin, and I love the scent.

      INGREDIENTS:

      As expected, not entirely natural, but certainly not as bad as some of the soaps at Lush and nowhere near as chemically laden as The Body Shop. Bohemian contains a decent quantity of natural products.

      The main chunk of the ingredients in this soap would be the various oils which are reacted with the lye (sodium hydroxide). This is a process that is used in all cold process soap making, and the chemical reaction that occurs neutralises the lye. The addition of glycerine is as a humectant, which assists in the retention of moisture in the skin. I am a bit sceptical of the Lush videos on Youtube entitled "How it's made" because if you look at the ingredients in this soap you will find lemon essential oil rather than juice. In the videos of their products, Lush are seen to pour in vast quantities of fresh fruits/juices/pulps etc when in reality they actually use dried fruits and extracts. I think that there may be some dishonest marketing going on here....!


      Quantitative Ingredients
      Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Water, Glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Lemon Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume

      *occurs naturally in essential oils

      SUMMARY:

      This is a lovely soap with a fresh, zingy scent. Great for waking you up or for use in the kitchen, this contains a few "bad" ingredients, but is better than most. It does not dry the skin and the scent does not linger, so it will not over-ride any other products that you use.

      Bohemian soap costs £2.95 for 100g at Lush stores or online.

      https://www.lush.co.uk/product/57/100g-SMALL-Bohemian-Soap

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        21.06.2012 19:01
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        A great lemon soap from Lush.

        A few weeks back my husband and I enjoyed a nice holiday. We stopped off at Lush at Liverpool Street train station on the way home and picked up numerous items. My husband spotted the 'Uplifted' gift set which had numerous items in including this 'Bohemian' soap from Lush. A 100g bar of this soap can be picked up in Lush stores and online for just £2.95 per 100g. This is great value for money for a delightful Lush soap but ours was slightly cheaper as it came within the gift set.

        Lemon scents are something that I love and I didn't pay much attention when I saw this on the contents tag for the gift set, however, once on the last train home we opened it up and I was chuffed at just the smell of this product, before I even used it. This is a lemon scented soap and with a light smell to it. The smell it gives off is a lovely citrus one and it really does remind me of a fresh feeling and makes me feel confident that the soap is going to work well before I even use it in the shower. I will say that this is not an over powering lemon scent and I would like it if this soap had more of a scent.

        This is quite a solid soap and is not really squash-able at all. I have found that this soap melts away at a slower rate than some of the other soaps that I have used but this could just be appearance and not actually correct. This bar is a pale yellow sort of colour and it has lots of little bits within the soap. This gives it quite an interesting look and it is simple to see that this is not just a standard bar of soap.

        The ingredients for this soap are quite simple with the usual soap based ingredients as well as coconut oil, lemon oil, sesame oil and rapeseed oil. When this bar is used it melts and leaves a wonderful light film across my skin. As this soap is lacking palm oil there is not a massive amount of lather, however, I do find that this cleans my skin wonderfully and leaves me feeling soft and smooth afterwards, also, my husband loves my skin and says it smells delicious after using this soap. When I smell my own skin I can only smell a light fragrance and that really is quite a plain soap based one rather than one that smells like lemons or coconut oil.

        This soap is ideal for my dry skin that has some patchy eczema and works very well at leaving my skin feeling great. The quality of this soap is pretty good, as is the price, particularly for a Lush product. We received a chunk slightly larger than 100g (I weighed it at around 121g) and this has been used twice daily for around two weeks now and is only half gone, representing good value for money for the two of us, particularly as it is was slightly cheaper thanks to buying a gift set.

        If you are looking for a soap that doesn't leave a heavy fragrance on your skin then this is the soap for you. It is gentle on skin, particularly dry skin, does not dry skin out and overall works very well as a soap. In all I am going to give this a 5/5 as it was everything that I was expecting and didn't leave me smelling too much like lemons!

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        07.01.2011 21:46
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        OK-ish product but not really worth the money

        Just as promised, here is another Lush review! Thanks to my boyfriend's parents I am the proud owner of so much Lush products that I could open a shop and quit my part-time job selling these goodies. I am usually not a big fan of soap bars but Lush inspired me with their great scents to try them and I instantly felt in love. Having used Lush shower gel before I have to say that I'm not very convinced; it was rather runny and didn't produce that particular clean feeling that I need to wake up in the morning. The soap bars however are great, amazing scents, clean and fancy looking. Unfortunately they are also rather expensive so buying them myself is not possible right now. This Christmas gift re-stocked my Lush storage and introduced me to quite a few now fragrances.
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        The Bohemian soap does not look like much - an almost translucent, light yellow bar of soap that does not smell of much at first. However, close-up you can smell the lovely lemon fragrance that reminds me so much of summer, Italy and all those amazing things that I miss so much in the cold English winter. I was slightly disappointed by how light the smell was - I would have loved it to fill the whole room! You have to understand that I'm addicted to lemons; be in in lemon juice, lemon sweets, lemon bath products ... you name it, I love it!

        Most Lush soaps intensify their scents once they are wet so I had high hopes for my first morning with Bohemian. The fresh lemon-y scent sounded perfect for a little wake-up call in the morning and it sounded "clean" as well. Let me explain this a bit; I sometimes get the feeling that very intense smelling soaps and shower gels don't really clean my skin properly. Obviously this is just one of my little crazies but there you go - Bohemian smelled clean so I trusted it to be a great soap.

        Unfortunately I was not too keen on it. Unlike most other Lush soaps the bar is very hard and it is almost impossible to build up a decent lather. Even with rubbing it with loads of water it still is not satisfying and it takes a tremendous amount of scrubbing to get the clean feeling that I need. Ah well, I could forgive this if the fragrance would be better. It does smell absolutely lovely close-up but it is not one of those smells that fills your bathroom and lingers on your skin. Very disappointed as I would be tempted to wear a similar perfume if it was available.
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        This all sounds quite negative but don't be too discouraged by it; Bohemian is still a nice product and ideal for everyone that likes more neutral scents. If you were a light perfume you always have to be careful not to use overpowering soaps so this one would be perfect for you.
        I don't think I will by this soap for myself as it is with around 2.50pounds for 100gram quite expensive. It is one of the cheaper Lush products and unfortunately it is fairly uninspiring for its price tag.
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        Thank you for reading and rating my review!

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          15.02.2010 03:17
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          Lush Bohemian Soap - A lovely, invigorating bar of soap.

          Lush are a company I first started using late last summer. I fancied treating myself to something special after the disappointing let down of our non barbeque summer! It just so happened, we had recently finished decorating our bathroom. I therefore decided that I could have a special treat and add a luxurious feel to my bathroom at the same time and opted to purchase some gorgeous goodies from Lush.co.uk
          One of these goodies was a Lush Bohemian soap.

          Bohemian soap is a lovely soft lemon colour with cream marbling running through it. It contains lemon oil and does smell of freshly squeezed lemons too.

          I always use this soap first thing in the morning when I go for my shower. It is a very rich and creamy soap, which glides comfortably across the body, leaving soft, luxurious bubbles on your skin. It contains essential oils, which does make it slippery when wet, but this also makes it great to use on your legs before shaving. I find that my razor slides quickly along my legs and I am left with smooth, rash free skin at the end of my shave. My skin also feels moisturised.

          Bohemian soap also has the added benefit of waking me up. I find the zesty, lemon smell quite invigorating and at the end of my shower I feel very clean and refreshed, not only in body but in spirit too. I am also glad to say that the lemon fragrance remained on my skin for a few hours. This doesn't usually matter to me as I would put a moisturiser on after my shower. The Bohemian soap left me feeling so moisturised though, that I did not feel the need to moisturise further.

          A 100g bar of Bohemian soap costs £2.70, which is very expensive. As a penny pincher, I would only buy this now as a birthday or christmas gift. Thankfully, it is my birthday next week, so I am expecting a box of Lush goodies any day now!

          Another plus for me with this and all other Lush products, is that they are not tested on animals. As a vegetarian, this is especially important to me. Needless to say, all Lush products are suitable for vegetarians and many, including the Bohemian soap, are vegan too.

          If you are looking for an extra special pampering treat, you can't go far wrong with Lush Bohemian Soap.

          Go on treat yourself - you deserve it!

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            13.01.2010 22:09
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            Would recommend it to anyone.

            Bohemian is probably one of the most simple soaps Lush sell. If you're not a fan of complicated heavy scents, or not keen on overly girly, sweet smells, you'll like this one. This scent is also quite unisex, so men can use it too.

            Price and packaging:

            This can be bought for £2.70 per 100g. When you buy it in the shop it comes wrapped in greaseproof paper with a label on telling you a bit about the product, how to use it and so on. So when you get home, you unwrap it and recycle the paper. Yay for low packaging!

            Smell and shape:

            Bohemian is usually cut in rectangles, but there are often unusually shaped pieces because it is hand cut. It smells, quite simply, of lemon. That's it. The only scent ingredient in this is lemon oil. It is, I hasten to add, a nice smell of lemon, not overly sweet and nasty. It's designed to clear your head and wake you up in the morning.

            How to use:

            Just as normal soap. I'd advise storing it unwrapped for a bit to let it dry out slightly, this will make it last longer.

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              17.09.2009 09:14
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              If you read my review about Sandstone Soap from Lush, you'll know that my parents bought me a gift set from Lush last month whilst I was performing in Little Shop Of Horrors. This gift set had two soaps in it, one of which was Bohemian, one of the few soaps from Lush I hadn't tried before.

              Lush say, "Bohemian soap is one of our simplest yet most beautiful creations; we make it for those with a creative streak to help them to realise their masterworks. Do you work late into the night then forget to get up in the morning and miss your deadlines? The lemon oil in Bohemian serves many purposes. It clears and refreshes the mind to help you get going in the morning. It is cleansing and toning for the skin so it really will keep artistic types clean even if you can't afford a hot bath very often."

              To me, this smells like the average lemon soap. Just any old lemon soap. Think of it like this, you go into a hotel and they have the cute little bars of soap sitting by the sink. You pick one up and give it a sniff (no? just me?!) and you get a slight whiff of lemon. Basically, it's not very exciting and it's not very strong. My bar also has a slight scent of popcorn because it was packed in popcorn in the box.

              Not only is it a very plain scent, but it's not exactly the best looking soap either. Now most of you probably don't care what your soap looks like, but I like to have nice looking soaps that will look nice in the soap dish, but hey, maybe that's just me! It's simply a pale yellow/off-white colour which turns white the more you use it. It's very cloudy looking, which sounds weird but it doesn't look like a glycerin or cream based soap, just cloudy looking. It's rather strange.

              I chopped the bar of soap up into pieces and took one into the bathroom to use as a hand soap. It wasn't bad. Decent lather, decent scent, didn't melt too quickly. It wasn't spectacular though. It did leave my hands nice and soft though.
              I'd heard that this soap was great for cleansing and toning skin, it's also meant to work wonders on breakouts (just like Sandstone), so I tried it on my face. After trying it on my face, my skin felt very tight and it was extremely uncomfortable. I can only assume that it didn't do anything for my skin because I didn't have much of a problem with my skin when I used it anyway.

              The scent only lasts on your skin for around 5 minutes which isn't too bad considering it isn't the most exciting scent.

              You can buy Bohemian at any Lush store or online for £2.61 for 100g.

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              - cheap
              - decent lather
              - not a bad scent
              - readily available
              - doesn't melt away as soon as it gets wet

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              - scent doesn't last long on the skin
              - plain looking

              Overall, I've found that this is an okay soap for washing my hands after using the bathroom, but it's not one I'll be purchasing and I'll probably do a bit of a happy dance when it's all gone.

              Quick tip - if your chunk of soap is fresh, let it cure for a week or two. This means leave it out on a window ledge or something with no coverings. This will make the soap harder which will make it last longer. You can also store your soap in the fridge, this will do the same thing.

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                14.08.2009 07:48
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                A thumbs down from me, I'm afraid

                Yes, that's right ladies and gentleman, I'm writing yet another Lush soap review. After going a little crazy and purchasing virtually every soap Lush make, I must admit I'm getting a little sick of the things, and am trying very hard to get them all used up! It has been known for me to have three on the go at once - one for using in the bath and a hand soap in both the bathroom and kitchen. Well, Bohemian is my latest kitchen soap.

                I'm a big lover of citrus scents and as this is a lemon scented soap, it particularly appealed to me. Sometimes when thinking of the smell of lemons, a very sharp, zesty scent can come to mind. Bohemian, whilst having a definite lemon aroma, is not quite as sharp as you may imagine. The scent does have a little bit of a kick to it, but it smells fairly gentle for a lemon product and in fact it seems to have an almost floral undertone to it. I do like the smell of this soap, but the more I use it, the more I am of the opinion that it's maybe not as special as I initially thought when I bought it.

                Not surprisingly given it's ingredients, Bohemian is yellow in colour. It's a very pale yellow, and the soap has a slight translucency to it, which almost reminds me of cloudy lemonade.

                Some of the Lush soaps can have a quite soft and squishy feel to them, but I found Bohemian to be the exact opposite, being really solid and not in the least bit malleable.

                Lush now make all of their soaps using a palm-free base. This is a soap base specially formulated from coconut, sunflower and rapeseed oil. The reason for using this rather than the traditional palm-oil base, is that palm oil is so in demand that rainforests are being destroyed to create palm plantations. Whilst creating a new, environmentally friendly soap base is a commendable thing to do, unfortunately in a lot of cases it doesn't produce as much lather as your standard palm based soap.

                In fact, I actually found this very uncomfortable to wash with when I first started using it. I have been using this exclusively as a hand soap, and I could barely get any lather from it at all, and the rubbing on my skin trying to produce a lather coupled with the very solid nature of the soap actually left my hands feeling quite sore.

                I have since worked out, that the best way to get a lather from this soap, is instead of wetting hands and then rubbing the soap on, you should wet the soap and rub onto dry skin. This way seems to produce an, albeit minimal, lather, and enough to get the hands clean.

                Unfortunately when using this, the scent doesn't really come out very well, which is a shame. In fact, I've found that I can only really smell this soap close up.

                As I said, I've been using this in my kitchen. What I normally do is have an anti-bacterial hand wash for when I'm cooking or handling food, and then a solid soap to wash my hands with after cleaning. I always wear rubber gloves for washing up and cleaning, but they leave an awful rubbery smell on my hands, which I can never wait to get rid of!

                This soap does get my hands clean and leaves a fresh lemon scent on my hands, but unfortunately the scent is quite subtle and fades fairly quickly. On a more positive note, I have fairly dry skin which is prone to eczema, and this soap does not dry my skin out further.

                A 100g block of Bohemian costs £2.61 from Lush stores or www.lush.co.uk. Personally, I don't think it's worth the money.

                Overall, I think I would advise to avoid this soap. It smells OK but the scent is very subtle and although it's non-drying, it doesn't produce much lather or have any other great benefits for the skin. It's actually in my opinion a pretty poor soap, and certainly not the best one Lush have to offer.

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                28.03.2009 21:17
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                A great soap from Lush

                This is one of several Lush soaps that I received for Christmas. I was really excited to get it as I love all things lemon and was already a fan of Lemony Flutter and Lemslip, both lemon products from Lush.

                My piece was 100g and came wrapped in greaseproof paper printed with a pattern featuring the Lush logo, no unnecessary packaging! I put the paper in my sock drawer when I unwrapped the soap and now the drawer smells delicious (yes, I do like to eat slices of lemon actually) every time I open it.

                The soap itself is a pale yellow colour with a couple of silver stars on it. I'm not sure whether the stars were actually meant to be there, they may have come from another product. When I use it it lathers up pretty quickly and produces a good amount of foam, and the fresh scent of lemons that emanated from it is lovely. I don't think the smell lingers on my body really but I don't mind. The scent isn't as powerful as that produced by the lemon butter cream, Lemslip, but Bohemian is a lot cheaper and easier to use. I don't find this soap to be drying on my skin at all which is great.

                Now this is a little weird, but I like to use Bohemian on my hair. I have very oily hair naturally and have a system to combat the oil, keep it clean, and dry it enough for it to be styled. I wash it every other day, use conditioner once every two weeks in winter and once monthly in summer, and only comb it once for every wash and avoid touching it when I'm not styling it. When I wash it I actually cleanse it three times. I rub soap on the roots and rinse it off immediately, then I use two different shampoos and rinse inbetween. I'll then condition the ends if they're getting too dry. This method only works with Lush soaps, others are far too harsh and end up making the roots feel awful and brittle, when I just need to make sure they are properly clean. So far Bohemian has been great for this.

                This soap seems not to be lasting as long as the others I have tried from Lush. Perhaps this is because it lathers comparatively easily so I end up using more by accident. I still think it is great value (current price:
                £2.54) because it smells so delicious and my hair seems to get on with it. It will be too expensive for some people's liking however.

                I would recommend this soap to all fans of lemon scent, and in particular to anyone who loved the scent of Lemslip but found the slipperiness of butter creams too impractical. I will definitely be buying it again.

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                  02.03.2009 10:57
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                  Lush, lemony loveliness

                  I was looking for a light fragranced soap from Lush to layer with other products and decided on a chunk of Bohemian. Out of the soaps on sale in Lush it was on the cheaper side, I got a large bar for around £3.00.
                  The smell is fresh and lemony, but not in an artificial lemon fragrance.
                  It is a pale coloured soap, with only a light lather, as it is a palm free soap base that is used.
                  I cut my chunk in half and gave half to my teenage son, who typically, has teenage spot prone skin, as the sales assistant had mentioned it was also great for troubled skin. He has been using it for about a fortnight now, still a sizeable piece of soap left and his skin is clearing up, without drying it out. His spots are diminishing and the oiliness on his face has gone, he is most impressed. He also likes the fact its not 'girly' no silly packaging. Its soap, it works (obviously thats from a male point of view!)
                  This is a great value soap for face and body, long lasting,fantastic smell, results, long lasting, ethical, natural, vegan.
                  As far as I can see - its all good for this one!!!

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                  12.01.2009 20:38
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                  A great simple soap

                  I got a chunk of Bohemian for my birthday. I chose it for because I hadn't tried it before and also because it smelled so yummy and fresh. As this was in the summer the strong citrus lemon scent really appealed to me.

                  Bohemian seems to be a really simple soap. It is a simple pale yellow and white colour with a simple lemon scent that is gentle and refreshing for the skin. It isn't as 'Loud' as some of the other soaps. Karma and Honey I washed the kids for example. Bohemians scent seems to fade into the background but the more I smelt it the more it smelt like one of them many scents that make 'the Lush shop scent'.

                  Lush describe Bohemian as a simple, yet beautiful soap that is perfect for those with a creative streak. The lemon oil in the soap serves many purposes. It clears and refreshes your mind after use and also cleanses and tones skins.

                  When I used this soap I found that it didn't lather too much but due to the soap base no Lush does any more. The lovely scent was released as the soap touched my skin and lingered there for a short while. It was lovely. The soap didn't shrink too much as some soaps do, so I think this one will last for quite a while.

                  I would defiantly buy this soap again as it is relatively cheap at £2.54 per 100g. It is also Vegan soap.I would use this soap all the time in the summer as the lemony scent will be a great wake up on hot sticky mornings. I would recommend Bohemian to students and creative people who need a good wake up and a kick up the bum!

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                    Another Lush goodie

                    Lush are a company which I had never heard of before until I read a few positive reviews about some of their different products on review sites. I really liked the sound of their products so I decided to have a look on their website to see if there was a Lush store near where I lived and luckily there were two in Glasgow. I travel into Glasgow most weekends to do some shopping and I was amazed that I had never spotted the two Lush stores on my frequent visits to Glasgow. I must walk around Glasgow with my eyes closed or something to have never noticed the bright green and yellow lush sign above the shop door. However when I entered the Lush store I was like a kid in a sweet store as there was lots and lots of products to choose from and some more appealing than others.

                    For those of you whom haven't heard of Lush before they are basically a company which produces bath and body products which contain pure essential oils and safe synthetics. One of the best things about Lush is the fact that they are really against animal testing and only use vegetarian ingredients in their products, so basically their products are quite safe for most people to use especially those whom have sensitive skin as there are no harsh chemicals in their products. Another thing about the Lush company is the fact that they use very little or no packaging with their products which is also good for the environment. I think that the way Lush manufacture, make and package their products is fantastic and more cosmetic companies should take a leaf out of the Lush book and do the same as there are far too many cosmetic products being tested on animals.

                    As I mentioned above there are lots of different Lush products to choose from which are mainly highly scented, brightly coloured and have really funky names. You really do have an awful lot to choose from when you enter a Lush store and could easily spend a small fortune, I normally set myself a limit of £30-40 maximum otherwise I could easily spend double or treble that amount in the space of a few minutes. Normally when I'm choosing a new Lush goodie to try out I am drawn to the products which are either bright pink or purple in colour; mainly because pink and purple are my favourite colours and they look all girly and feminine. As I have tried most of the pink and purple coloured Lush products in the range I have now started trying out other products which have nice scents which appeal to me. I mostly opt for the sweet and fruity scented Lush products which smell good enough to eat.

                    There are lots and lots of different products available in Lush stores or online, so you are sure to find a product which suits you. If you are unfamiliar with the sort of products Lush sell then I would advise having a look online as they sell solid and liquid shampoos, bath bombs, bubble bars, etc. Some of the Lush products however aren't available to buy in store; you have to buy these particular products online from the Lush website. The products which are solely only sold online at Lush are called Lush retro products and there are quite a few of them to choose from, some of my most favourite Lush products are from the Retro range.

                    Lush Bohemian is a soap which is a bright Lemon yellow colour with flecks of creamy white mixed through with it; I think that the colour of the soap is really vibrant and bright. The soap has the same sort of feel and appearance to normal soaps which you would purchase from the chemist to get washed with. The only apparent difference between the lush soap and other soaps is the fact that the Lush soaps are a lot bigger and are more of a rectangular shape. I think that the colour of the soap is relatively nice however this soap doesn't really stand out from all of the other soaps in Lush as they all seem to be more vibrant in colour and look nicer. However the appearance of the soap isn't really important as long as it cleans your skin and doesn't dry it out and irritate it is all that's important.

                    The piece of Bohemian Soap which I bought from the Lush cost me £2.60 for a 100g slice of the soap. £2.60 for the slice of soap is fairly expensive compared to some of the other Lush soaps and some of the others which are sold in the Lush Retro range.

                    Some people may think that £2.60 for a bar of soap is quite expensive considering you can purchase bars of soap priced between £0.40-£0.80 in the shops however I think that the price for the Bohemian soap is excellent and money well spent considering there are no harsh chemicals or preservatives in the ingredients list. Most other soaps contain an ingredient called Palm Oil, where as Lush doesn't add Palm Oil to their soaps, they have found an alternative ingredient to use because the Palm Oil is obtained from Palm Trees in the Rainforests and lots of Rainforest areas are getting damaged because manufacturers are wanting to get the palm trees for the palm oil. I think that using an alternative to Palm Oil is great and more cosmetics companies should start looking for an alternative to add to their cosmetics products like Lush.

                    Using the Bohemian soap couldn't be easier; all you have to do is basically use it like you would do with any other soap you would normally buy from the shops or chemists. One noticeable difference about the soap when wet is the fact that it is really slippery, and it produces a lovely thick and creamy lather really quickly. One of the main reasons the soap is as slippery is the fact that it contains essential oils and generally oils are quite slippery especially when your hands and the soap are wet. When washing with the soap the lather produced was really thick and creamy and it felt as if it was actually moisturising my skin as well as cleansing it. Normally when I have used soaps in the past I feel as if they are tightening and drying my skin out but I didn't get any of this feeling when using the Bohemian soap, which I think is due to the amounts of essential oils in the soap bar. I was so pleased with the soap that I decided to use it on my face, I would never use soap on my face but as Lush soap doesn't contain any harsh chemicals or synthetics I decided to try it out and to my surprise it was just as good as my facial scrubs and cleansers, and it didn't leave my face feeling greasy, oily, tight or dry. In fact it left my skin feeling silky smooth to the touch and not tight feeling either.

                    The fragrance which the Bohemian soap leaves on my skin is fairly bold and awakening; it has a really fresh and vibrant fragrance. The main fragrance in the soap is that of Zesty Citrus, which is a zesty lemon which has a really fresh and vibrant aroma. The Zesty lemon scent is the only fragrance which is noticeable when using the soap and I think that because of the fresh, vibrant aroma of this soap that it is best suited to use in the mornings as it is sure to wake you up because of the fresh citrus aroma produced.

                    After bathing you notice a huge improvement in the condition of your skin; it feels hydrated, smooth, and soft and smells gorgeous. Every time I have a bath or a shower I always apply a moisturiser to my skin as I feel that I need the extra moisturising; despite using moisturising shower creams, bubble baths etc. But with the Lush Bohemian soap I didn't even feel the urge to apply a moisturising lotion as my skin felt moisturised enough after soaking in the tub and washing with the Bohemian Soap. The fragrance which lingers on your skin is really bold and vibrant, and smells really fresh and awakening, I would say that the scent of the Bohemian Soap lingered on my skin for approximately 3-4 hours or so before it faded away completely, which is quite good considering some of the other Lush Soaps which I have used in the past lingered on my skin for a shorter length of time and had fainter fragrances.

                    One of the good things about the Bohemian Soap is the fact that it doesn't leave a murky mark, residue or a stain in and around the bath tub after you have used it. One of the other lush soaps which I used in the past left a stain in the bath as well as some coconut pieces which meant I had to scrub at it with some bleach to remove the stain. However I was quite pleased with the fact that I didn't have to repeat the process using this particular soap. There is only one problem with the soap and that is the fact that it leaves the bottom of the bath feeling very slippery and oily when you are using it which is partly due to the essential oils again.

                    As I mentioned earlier in this review the Bohemian soap contains some essential oils which are not only good for your skin; they are also good for you mind and well being as they have aromatherapy uses as well. The Essential Oils which are in the Bohemian soap are as follows ~

                    LEMON ~ Lemon essential oil is great for those whom suffer from greasy or oily hair or greasy oily skin. Lemon Essential oil contains antiseptic properties and it is described as being a naturally revitalising and uplifting essential oil

                    COCONUT ~ Coconut essential oil is a sweet smelling oil which has slightly creamy undertones. Coconut Oil is extremely high in antioxidants, and it helps to protect the skin from damaging and potentially harsh elements such as sun damage and chemical damage. Coconut Oil contains an anti ageing property which aids in keeping skin firmer looking and more toned. It is a great moisturising oil for cracked, dry or chapped skin and provides instant hydration and moisture to the skin.

                    I was fairly pleased with the results achieved by using the Bohemian soap; as it did leave my skin feeling noticeably firmer, softer and more hydrated after the first use and after continued daily use my skin felt even softer every day. The only thing which disappointed me about the soap was the fact that it didn't have as much of a strong aroma compared to all of the other soaps in the Lush range.

                    If you like the sound of Bohemian soap then you can purchase it online or in store from Lush. A 100g piece of the soap will cost you £2.60 and you should expect this soap to last you approximately 3-4 weeks if you are using it on a daily basis. The soap lasts really well and doesn't dry out and start to look really tired and old after a few uses, it retains its colour and its scent really well after each use.

                    More information about Lush and their range of products can be obtained from the website which is www.lush.co.uk

                    Alternatively you can obtain more information by the following methods ~

                    Unit 3,
                    19 Willis Way,
                    Fleets Industrial Estate,
                    Poole,
                    Dorset
                    BH15 3SS
                    United Kingdom

                    Telephone ~ (01202) 668545

                    E-mail ~ customer service@lush.co.uk

                    © Butterfly-Wings
                    2008



                    ~~~~~Review written my me and also posted on ciao~~~~

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                      30.08.2008 13:35
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                      A lemon scented soap for creatvie types

                      Lush is a company that does not test any of their ingredients or finished products on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians. This soap is particularly aimed at washing bohemians.

                      Nowadays a bohemian is generally considered to be someone who eats muesli and doesn't wear socks.

                      A true bohemian though is someone like myself who leads an untraditional lifestyle and is considered to be a marginalized and impoverished artistic type who lives in a large European city. A true bohemian is someone who is regarded as antiestablishmentarianist and is associated with unorthodox political or social viewpoints. These are often expressed through non-marital sexual relations, frugal living and dressing in an eccentric manner. Being a bohemian myself and a highly creative innovative thinker (as it says on my CV), this is a Lush product obviously aimed at sophisticated complex guys like me.

                      Bohemian soap is described on the website as "mind-clearing (& spot-clearing) lemon one". I will point out here that I no longer have spots. It is also said to be aimed at those with "a creative streak to help them to realise their masterworks".

                      It contains lemon oil that is supposed to help clear and refresh the mind first thing in the morning. The lemon oils should help cleanse and tone your skin. I must admit it does produce a refreshing fragrance in the shower and is especially uplifting in the morning after a night on the gin and tonic. The lemon smell is subtle rather than overpowering, but the soap is highly effective. If you've just had kippers on toast for breakfast, I recommend that you use this soap to get rid of any lingering fishy finger after effects. Or even if you don't like kippers but do have fishy fingers, you can still use this soap to freshen up your paws.

                      This Lush soap is not too creamy and seems to last longer than many of the other Lush soaps I've used (although being a bohemian I'm far from being a Lush connoisseur). Its fresh and natural ingredients include glycerine, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil and sodium chloride. The soap has a gentle lingering effect on the skin.

                      Since using this soap, or should I say whilst using this soap I have to admit that it did not solve my writers block nor did I produce any major works of art. The cubist reproduction that I've been working on still remains unfinished and I have countless blank canvases stored in the attack. I think it would be fair to say that Lush to some extent have exaggerated the beneficial effects this soap can have.

                      On a more serious note I was glad to read recently that Lush products are no longer made with palm oil. Instead they are now made with a palm oil free base. Palm oil production is one of the principle reasons for the vast clearance of tropical rainforests in places such as Borneo for the sake of growing the ubiquitous palm tree that produces the oil. Such destruction is threatening many rare species and the survival of one of our closest relatives: the Orang-Utan. If only more companies would follow this example.

                      The soap costs £2.60 per 100g - expensive if you're a true bohemian.

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                        Well, after slating the awful Red Rice soap from Lush (the one that looks and smells like cat vomit), a few people asked about a Lush soap I would recommend. So here’s one for you – the completely inoffensive and rather wonderful Bohemian soap… As you may know, some Lush products are rather weird and wonderful. They don’t always look like you might expect them to. I mean, shampoos and bubble baths in solid bars, for example. Some Lush products smell strongly or are strange colours and textures. There are soaps with bits of flowers and pieces of fruit in. There are bath bombs with glitter and streamers in. There are even cubes of shower gel that you keep in the freezer. Completely bizarre. I think these differences are part of the reason why so many men are anti-Lush. I mean, my hubby’s pretty much a New Man. He cleans the kitchen, he looks after the kids and so on. But he won’t use anything from Lush, because it is different. When he found a lumpy stone my son had been hoarding (Why do ten-year-old boys do that?), he commented that it was indistinguishable from one of my Lush soaps. Blooming cheek. That is one reason why you have to be careful in what you buy, especially if your purchases are intended for the Lush virgin. I think if anyone’s first experience of Lush consisted of the Red Rice (‘cat vomit’) soap, the H’Suan Wen Hua hair treatment (works well, but stinks!) and the Demon in the Dark soap (it’s black and dark green and looks like an alien rock formation) – well, they wouldn’t be rushing back for seconds, would they? The Bohemian soap is perfect for new converts to Lush. Hey, I’ve even got my Mum some for her birthday. You see, as soaps go, this one’s a normal looking one. It’s smooth, shiny and made of glycerine. It’s a pretty light yellow colour and comes in fairly standard blocks of the stuff. It has no par
                        ticular lumps or bumps and even the white bits found inside look okay. It smells of lemon and is absolutely gorgeous. It’s not your lemon curd smell (stand up, Original Source!) or your average washing up liquid smell, it is just a nice light subtle fragrance. This is from the lemon oil that it is made from. The lemon is strong enough that you can smell it on your hands and body after using it, but it isn’t at all over-powering, you can’t smell it as you walk in the bathroom or anything. (Incidentally, if you want a stronger lemon fragrance, try the new Sandstone soap from Lush.) So it looks pretty, but it looks like an ‘ordinary’ soap. It has a beautiful fragrance, but not too much of it. It also cleans well, even some hard-to-shift stains (now I sound like an ad for washing powder!) and it is easily available from Lush stores or online from their website. It is very good value for money too. Lush seem to have a reputation for being over-priced, but I don’t think so. I went in the Body Shop this week and found their items generally more expensive than the Lush equivalents. A 100g bar of Bohemian soap will cost you a mere £1.50 or you can ask for a chunk to be cut off to your specifications (within reason) at a shop. I bought mine from the Lush shop in Bath for £2.48. It lasts a long time and as long as you leave it on a dry place in your bathroom, it will stay hard and not go mushy. I’ve been using mine for a couple of weeks and it has hardly reduced in size at all. Lush use natural ingredients, they don’t test on animals and everything is hand-made. All their products are vegetarian and most are vegan, including the Bohemian soap. Overall, I think this soap is excellent, it’s one of my favourites and I would highly recommend it – for both Lush virgins and regular customers.

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                          29.01.2001 01:42
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                          If you enjoy the sweet smell of lemons then the Bohemian soap is the one for you. This bright yellow soap is so refreshing that every time you use it, you can feel your whole mind and body wake up. When you buy this particular soap it feels very hard and you wonder if you will be able to get lather from it, but it does lather nicely, without too much froth. The hardness of the soap does mean that a bar lasts a long time. The soap looks like it has a mixture of white and yellow pieces in it and at first I thought this may cause it to break up as the bar got smaller, but this is not the case. The lovely smell of the soap fills the bathroom with the beautiful aroma of lemons that makes you want to use the soap. After using the soap you feel very refreshed and the fresh lemon aroma stays with you to keep you feeling clean and fresh, without being over powering. This is not a cheap soap, but costs £1.30 for 100g; this makes it about £2 - £3 for an average size bar, but if you can afford it, then it is really nice to spoil yourself.

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                          Bohemian is a lemon soap; it's lemon coloured and lemon scented and would not claim to have any complicated reason for existing other than its pure lemon-ness / However, one must not assume that there is anything ordinary about being a lemon soap / Lemons, native to India, have been used for centuries, nay millennia, for beautifying the skin / Lemon is refreshing, cleansing and toning and gently removes dead skin cells to brighten the complexion / Lemon oil, made from lemon peel, is said to help you to concentrate and think more clearly /