“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
Lush has to be one of my favorite places to shop and I could spend hours in there smelling all the lovely products and tend to leave with a large paper bag filled with the stuff. Having shopped there for some time now I have developed some firm favorites that I keep going back to time and time again but I also love to try out new products or simply ones that I have not tried yet. I was so happy to received some lovely Lush sets this year containing some of my favorites along with some I had not yet had the pleasure to try. Amongst my goodies was the Miranda soap. Whilst I was happy to receive the soap I was also a little apprehensive, I guess I am not much of a soap person, infact I think in all the years I have been a Lush customer I have only tried two or three of their soaps. Still, I was more than happy to give it a go, perhaps Miranda would convert me.
Firstly the soap looks absolutely lovely, it is very pretty and girlie. I was given a 100g "slice" of the soap, though I have seen it prestented as rectangular slabs in the past. The majority of the slice was light green in colour with chunks of different coloured fresh fruit throughout. Having examined the soap I think I have identified these peices of fruit as being Kiwis, cherries and Oranges, but I wouldnt be surprised if the fruit varied depending upon the batch, or the slice for that matter. As i mentioned before my Miranda soap was part of a gift set, it was mixed in with other products packaged in a lovely box of eco flo potato starch peices. The soap itself was not packaged and as far as I know this is the norm for Lush soaps. This is brilliant for the enviroment, as nothing needs to be thrown away or even recycled thus reducing your carbon footprint. Of course this also means there is nothing to store the soap in when it is sitting in your bathroom, although a simple soap dish easily solves this problem.
As with all Lush products, Miranda soap has not been tested on animals. It is also suitable for vegans. All Lushs solid soaps are used made using A palm oil free base.
"Miranda" soap is named after the Brazilian samba singer Carmen Miranda, who famously performed her songs whilst wearing hats and turbans covered in multitudes of fruit during the 40's and 50's. It stands to reason then that this soap should contain plenty of fruit. The soap contains whole fresh Kiwis, exotic fruit and essential oils such as ylang ylang, juniperberry and bergamot. Kiwis are packed full of vitamins, minerals which Lush claim are benefital to the skin. Whilst the essential oils are added for their fragrance and give a calming and uplifting experience.
I have used my Miranda soap in the shower a few times now. Each time I broke a chunk of the soap off and rubbed it into my shower puff. I was happy to discover that it created lots of lovely bubbles and washed my body well. It has a fruity fragrance with a floral hint, but if I am completly honest I couldn't single out any particlar fruit. It has a nice fresh, clean smell which didn't seem artificial to me, that being said I wasn't completly wowed by it and found it rather mediocre. The soap was easily applied and rinsed off. Just after using the soap my skin began to feel tight, dry, uncomfortable and generally just not very nice. Although my skin did feel super clean it wasn't soft or moisturised, nor was the fragrance noticeable on my skin. Each time I used the soap it took a couple of applications of one of my favorite thick body butters to replenish my skin. I wonder if this soap would be more suited to those prone to oily skin rather than my "normal/dry" skin.
Overall I was fairly disappointed with the Miranda soap and have not been converted to Lush's soaps. It left my skin feeling dry and whilst it did smell nice I felt it was rather mediocre and just didn't last long on the skin. For the past few days the Miranda soap has been sitting in its dish at the side of my sink and I have been fairly happy using it as a general hand wash but this is more down to the fact that I simply do not like wasting any products, particularly expensive ones. I wouldn't buy this soap again and therefore cannot really recommend it. I award it a rather generous two stars for smelling good, looking nice and for its lack of unnecessary packaging.
The Miranda soap is available in most Lush stores and online (online delivery charges may apply).
100g - £3.40
250g - £8.50
500g - £17.00
I always and only use lush soaps for several reasons; I love all of the essential oils used, the low soap content (meaning there are more lovely natural ingredients and they are much less drying), the absence of palm oil (which detroys the rainforests) and the gorgeous appearance of them! The colours do make a difference to the usual plain boring white soaps you can buy.
Miranda is named after Carmen Miranda, that wondrous dancing lady with a hat made of fruit! You can really smell the different levels of scent, from top notes of Kiwi to middle and base notes of Bergamot. The scent really lingers on your skin and is beautiful layered with a fruity Lush shower gel like Yummy Yummy Yummy.
I always recommend Lush soaps to my friends and family ,and often buy htem as gifts for loved ones, as they are so luxurious without the ridiculous price tag!
There are two things that I love the most from Lush like most of us I have my favourite items. One of course is bath bombs and the other is soap. Course if you love Lush then eventually after your first bar of soap and first usage of a bath bomb and being amazed you do move on and try other things on offer instore, but me I've don't the rounds in the store. Over the years tried plenty of their fabby stuff out and now I'm at a stage where I have my favourite items.
A true Lush fan quickly goes off the sparkly stuff and the all singing dancing products. Our tastes become more mature and we start looking at what really is doing us good and what is the most economical. Me, nowadays I have a shopping list when I go in and now am very rarely swayed into new territory. I'm a shopper on a mission.
So while out shopping with my best mate in Lush she asked me what I wanted and I said nothing put ya purse away ya daft moo and she said tell me or I'll buy what I think. Made me stop in me tracks as she started filling a basket full of stuff so I told her, all I really want is a bar of Miranda soap, to which she twisted her nostrils as she was picking up and sniffing huge blocks of happy soap and demon in the dark lol She was busy pointing out that I needed to sniff and try new ones and I said NO I want me usual thank-you!
Why do I love Miranda Soap?
Well, I find it the most economical one and easy to use. Like Demon In The Dark is a hard soap and it lasts ages but it's not easy to use. Miranda is!
What Lush Say About Miranda....
'The juicy kiwi fruit one. We make Miranda with fresh, organic kiwi fruit because they are full to bursting of vitamin C and gently astringent on your skin. We add bergamot oil, the one which flavours Earl Grey tea, which is said to be good for skin conditions which are caused by stress, and because it smells of oranges. There`s toning ylang ylang, which is said to be good for firming the breasts always useful - and juniperberry oil, which is good for brightening up congested skin and for refreshing tired spirits and used to flavour gin. Definitely the soap with the mostest'.
Well mine was 100g at £2.45. Came in a squarish shape (cut off block) and wrapped in white paper with what it was labelled on the front. The soap can come in cream, lime green (mine) and had different colours running through it from time to time. Mine is just green.
The texture of the soap is smooth as silk. It's fairly hard but you can dent the soap if you push hard enough. It's like a glycerine soap after the first time you've used it.
The smell of the soap is lovely. Well it is if you like kiwi fruit and Bergamot Oil! To me it smells very natural and not at all fake. It smells of a yummy bag of sweets though doesn't smell yukky and young. The smell you lather up in is not the smell that delicately fragrances your skin when your finished.
As there are no bits in this soap there's no mess left in your bath or shower and it isn't too soapy which means when you drain bath out your left with filthy scum (particularly after shaving legs). Me, I'll use this in bath or shower I don't mind at all lol
I find this really moisturising and hydrating but not overly so. I like this for every day use and 100g will last me about 15 uses, opposed to a 100g of sultana soap that lasted me 2!
It lathers up well but not bubbles everywhere and it's great for shaving legs with! If you like soaps that lather up this probably isn't for you. This is more like when you rub it it drizzles natural oils over your skin and you can feel the softness of where you've touched your skin with it.
This is an understated soap in my book and much neglected. To me it's my top favourite soap as I can rely on it. It's economical and the fragrance is so yum! It gives me silk like skin and I feel really clean after using it and what's more I like to wash my face in this too and if it touches my hair (by accident when I'm washing my neck) it doesn't dry my hair out!
Highly , highly recommended! It's a lovely wee bit of luxury!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Carmen Miranda was one of my first lush purchases and it has become a favourite with all the family - it's the one which makes people come out of the bathroom sniffing their hands saying 'what is that soap?' (In a GOOD way!)
The main scents in the bar are juniper, bergamot, kiwi and Gardinia. The Kiwi is definitely the strongest of those, but they all work together beautifully - it smells like a fresh tropical fruit tart drizzled in cream - sweet, but vibrant.
The soap is very moisturising without being greasy - it doesn't leave a residue on the skin, but they do feel lots softer and less dry than with most soaps.
It's an attractive looking soap, depending on which bit you get - however, even if you don't get any brightly coloured 'fruit' bits in it, it's still a very attractive green.
It costs £2.20 for 100g, which is average for lush soaps. Compared to most soaps, it's obviously expensive, so I'll just compare it to its lush peers. It is quite soft in consistency, so it does get used up a bit faster than most - I tend not to leave it in the shower as it can get a bit soggy. However, I was told to try leaving it in a freezer bag in the freezer for a few days before using it for the first time, so I'll try that and let you know how it goes!
The only other negative is how quickly you stop being able to smell it on your own skin - however, other people notice it. Looks like I'll just have to carry a chunk in my handbag for when I want a sniff!
My hips are swaying sexily as I saunter down the stairs. I twirl my hands this way and that, my chin held high,a romantic seductive twinkle in my eye. I pop my head around the living room door and wink seductively at the tall dark stranger sitting unsuspecting on the sofa. "AaaRiba" I twist the word over my tongue in a frenzy of excitement, inviting him to taste the delicacies on offer to him. He looks, he stirs. He looks puzzled and then he speaks..."Why have you got a bunch of bananas on your head?" Ok, so I couldn't manage the whole look (Haven't been shopping yet and was down to just banana's ) but the idea was good, planted in my head after using the lovely new soap that my darling husband bought for me today in exchange for the years fishing license that I purchased for him. Of course I have been to Lush. The soap that I purchased is Carmen Miranda. For those of you that don't know Carmen Miranda was a movie star. she secured a popular icon of the 40s as "the lady in the tutti frutti hat." She forever set the standard for the fun, sexy, wild and mischievous Latin woman. A good description of the soap I would say. The look... If you are one of those poor people who have never been to a Lush shop then firstly I have to say how sorry I am...No really, if you don't live near a Lush shop, they do have a really interesting web site where you can purchase a lot of the products that many of us on Ciao constantly rave about. If you are not familiar with lush products I must explain that they are sold by weight, cut off very large beautiful blocks of soap that adorn the sweet smelling shop.They are wrapped in paper (Lush are very environmentally aware and have recycle bins in the shop now for all the containers that they use to pot some of their products.) The paper of course is adorned with the very simple but very chic Lush logo.
I am informed, via the label, that my soap is made up of Kiwi and Juniper berries. Carmen Miranda is made up of different textures of soap, some shiny, some Matt.When the soap is cut you end up with what I would describe as a 'very sixties'design,psychedelic patterns in different shades of green. I have to tell you that this soap looks almost good enough to eat and I couldn't wait to get it home and pamper my tired, dull skin with it. The smell... Wow!......The smell is Divine. This soap puts an average bowl of fruit to shame.The smells in this bar are alive, they dance around your nose, begging you to take a bite, sample the pleasures that the delicious aroma.I smell fruit, I smell passion, I smell life. Not too sweet, thats important, I don't want to want to smell like a candy counter. It's not an overpowering smell in my opinion, nor is it a strictly feminine odour so I think I might have to hide it from everyone else in the house, not just my daughter Gemma. The feel.... When I wet the soap with warm water I wondered whether the beautiful aroma would decrease when it was worked into a lather. It didn't. The smell was just as strong, just as attractive, just as inviting and I really could not wait to get it onto my skin. I lay in the bath like the Queen of Sheba, surrounded by candles and sipping a glass of red wine...Pure heaven, pure luxury. The wasn't loads of lather from the bar, but it didn't feel greasy, which is even more important to me because I am one of those fussy people who cannot stand the look, feel or taste of anything greasy. Carmen Miranda soap felt wonderful on my skin, silky smooth and ever so sexy. I felt not only clean after using it, but thoroughly revitalized and refreshed.The smell lingered irresistibly on my skin. The price... The piece of soap that I bought was about 3 inches square, weighed 0.120 kg and cost me a very re
asonable £2 .34. The price of this soap is £19.50 per Kg. My opinion. Need I tell you ? I think it is obvious...I loved it. It was cool,fresh and really, really fruity. I think the thing is, when I pay a visit to Lush I am looking for a product that will make me feel pampered and special. This soap definitely lived up to my expectations in that department and I was more than satisfied with this product. So it seems is my husband, who is nuzzling my ear. He is now wearing that bunch of bananas, I'll leave where to your imagination.I'm off for an early night.... 'Carmen, the "Brazilian Bombshell" epitomized the spirit, vitality and essence of Latin culture.' That spirit and vitality is captured again in Lush Carmen Miranda Soap.
I have been busy tarting up some of my feeble pathetic early opinions to give them that Dusk touch!! This was my first ever opinion and it was terrible! The Mission. Operation Smelly Skin!! I know some people are going to groan when they read this opinion. For some (mostly female) Lush products are a heavenly treat with an almost addictive nature whilst for others (mostly men) Lush is that stinky over priced shop whose products clog up their bathroom shelves and the indexes of recently written reviews of opinion sites. I am one of the former. I can not get enough of lush but unfortunately there is one slight problem. There is no Lush shop in Manchester. Instead I have to do holy pilgrimages to shops around the country. My last such pilgrimage was in Edinburgh in March of this year. The mission of that auricular visit was to find a soap as addictive and full of aroma as my believed Gingerman that had been discontinued in the UK a few months previous. What is Lush? For those who have been hiding under a stone for ten years Lush is a fantastic shop smelling innovative, fun and freshly made cosmetics and toiletries which are made of high quality ingredients and not tested on animals. They are most famous for their bath bombs but this review is on one of their newest soaps Carmen Miranda. Anyway once in the Princes Street store in Edinburgh I set about choosing my goodies. Once the bath bombs and the essential massage bar for fun with Duskman were selected it was the turn of the soaps. Lush soaps are presented in large blocks like cheese in the deli section of the supermarket and are cut and weighed the same way. While scanning over the different soap blocks my eyes settled on Carmen Miranda. Named after the calypso singer with fruit for a head dress Carmen Miranda is a lovely pastel green with different pastel colours marbled throughout. Sitting there it looked more like a chunk of nougat than soap. I picked it up and
s smelled it and decided that was the one to purchase. When I got home to the safety of Chez Dusk I leapt into the shower to test this new product. I unwrapped the packaging which to continue the supermarket deli theme is wrapped in paper with a sticker telling you what it is and the weight and price per kilogram and got ready to feel the Lush magic. The Smell The soap is supposed to be a fruity little number and it is. Although the main ingredient in the soap is fresh kiwi fruit it was hard to pin down the actual smell. It is almost too sweet. Duskman likened the smell to a chew bar. I just hope he does not take a bite out of it or me since I smelled good enough to eat. The Kiwi fruit is there because of its natural toning enzymes and is a gentle astringent Using the soap. When using the soap little black specks are revealed. No Lush should not be shut down for health and safety reasons they are not mouse droppings they are in fact seeds from the kiwi fruit used to make the soap. I am sure they are there for a reason. My guess is as an exfoliatior but I was really not sure about them at all. The soap in use The soap got me in a real lather as it produced nice soapy suds. The smelling when washing is not as strong as when it is dry and no way as strong as other Lush soaps. Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate, Perfume, Fresh Kiwi Fruit (Actinidia Chinensis), Ylang Ylang Petal Oil (Cananga Odorata), Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora Myrrha), Juniperberry Oil (Juniperus Communis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Bergamia), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia Jasminoides), Titanium Dioxide, Colour 18050 & 42045 Availability. Sorry this is only available in lush stores. For those of you who are nowhere near a store you can get it mail order via catalogue or over the web. The cost. I do not remembe
r the cost exactly but it was about £2. It is not the cheapest soap but a little goes along way. I think my block lasted me at least a month. Like all lush products this would be excellent as a gift as long as the person does not take it the wrong way and think you are being rude about their personal hygiene. Like all Lush products this soap is suitable for vegetarians. There is a website www.lush.co.uk which I can never get into (perhaps a good thing) Carmen Miranda has a lovely not too strung soap, looks nice and works well. However it will never replace my beloved Gingerman and I will keep searching to find a soap I can fall in love with and totally immerse myself in.
The deliciously feisty, zesty Lush fruit bowl of a soap, bursting with kiwis and refreshing essential oils /