“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
A while ago, I bought a Blossom gift set which contained a Sakura bath ballistic and a piece of 17 Cherry Tree Lane soap. The products share a scent, which is inspired by Japanese cherry blossom and is made up of mood-lifting orange blossom absolute, sensual jasmine, mimosa absolute and coconut oil. The soap also contains lemon oil to tone and tighten the skin. The soap is light cream in colour and is available to buy at a cost of £3 for 100g on the Lush site. If you buy it separately it comes in a normal rectangular block, but in my gift set it came as a circle of soap with a pretty flower pattern.
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
It's worth pointing out that Lush make all of their soaps without palm oil. Palm oil, a very cheap oil used in everything from food to cosmetics, is in huge demand throughout the world and this is leading to increased deforestation in countries such as Indonesia, meaning that indigenous people are being forced off their land and animals like orangutans are facing extinction. Lush decided to stop using palm oil in their soaps because of this, an ethical choice which I applaud. It's been pointed out to me that Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) which is found inside Lush soaps (as it is in most soaps) is also derived from palm oil. This isn't a good thing but then again I wouldn't put it past Lush to be looking for an SLS alternative as I write - it's a foaming agent and I reckon if there was an alternative they'd be using it. Avoiding the use of palm oil as a soap base in any case reduces the amount of it used.
***What is Retro?***
The Retro range is only available online or via mail order, as it is made up of products that have been discontinued from stores, but were deemed popular enough not to be discontinued completely. Retro products are often more expensive than the normal range of products, as they are made in smaller quantities, but there is some interesting stuff to be found among the products!
***Using my soap***
The soap smelled lovely while solid, really fresh and floral and spring-like. It really did smell like cherry blossom. The soap was easy to hold and lathered up really well on my shower puff. After washing I detected a light fragrance on my skin, although this didn't last once I'd dried and moisturised - in fairness I didn't expect it to.
I didn't notice any obvious toning effects from this soap, although my skin tends to be in fairly good condition anyway. Someone with oily skin may find that this soap makes a difference.
On the downside, the soap seemed to go down really quickly. My piece only lasted just over a week - although I was using it every day during this time, I would expect a piece of soap to last longer than this!
In summary, I really enjoyed using this soap. It really brought the scent of spring to my shower in the morning and helped to make getting up a bit less of a chore. However, l probably wouldn't buy it again as it just gets used up too quickly for me!
17 Cherry Lane is a soap which is sold at Lush Cosmetics stores. The image isn't a fair representation of what the soap I own looks like as it is all white in colour. This is a retro Lush product which means it has been discontinued and is no longer available in store. However, if you visit the retro section of their website you can pick it up from there. I didn't receive this from the website, I instead got it in a gift set which contained this soap and a bath ballistic.
For 100g of the soap it will cost you £3.00 which is fairly expensive for a bar of soap. However, in comparison to some of Lush's other soaps it is one of the cheaper options, and definately worth the money.
The soap is very simple and not too interesting to look at which is unusual for something created by Lush. I find it easier to cut my soap up into chunks when I have received it as it makes it far easier to use and also helps to make it last longer.
The smell of this soap is based on the Japanese cherry blossom scent. If you are a fan of Lush's bath ballistic 'Sakura' it is the same scent as this. They have used lemon oil which helps to tighten the skin, orange blossom to lift the mood and jasmine for a sensual fragrance that lingers. The scent of this is very fresh and floral and definately one for the girls. It is very subtle and not as in your face as some of the other scents Lush offer. It is definately one to look at if you want to smell nice but not too sweet. I have found people that don't like the scent of this soap at all, and obviously it's not to everybody's taste, however when ordering off Lush's website you could always request a sample of this soap.
It is very creamy in formulation therefore lathers quite easily. I find that to get the most out of it you're best off using a loofah as it really helps to lather it. The scent really stands out when applying to skin and overall it was a nice soap to use. The smell does last for a few hours after you've had your bath or shower and I'm pleased with this.
Unfortunately, I didn't find it as moisturising as some of the other Lush soaps, but I will repurchase this in the future simply because I like the scent of it and it is a decent product. Three stars is a fair rating as it is a pretty boring soap for the price you are paying, but the scent does stand out.
Note: This is a vegan friendly product.
Lush 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap
Description: Brand: Lush / Type: Body Soap / The inspiration for this creamy soap blew in from the East. Noriko used a traditional Japanese design of stylised cherry trees to decorate the top of each block.
Lush are one of my favourite places to shop because they create hand made cosmetic products from only natural ingredients. Not only do they never test on animals themselves but they also won't buy from suppliers who do.
Lush are not the cheapest place to shop but their products are so great that they feel like a treat and in my opinion, are well worth spending a little extra on (even better if you get them as a gift!)
They also carry out a lot of charity work and campaigns, both in this country and across the world. You can find more details of this on their website as well as product information (including ingredients), their Retro range and also locate your nearest store.
The Retro range is a selection of products which are no longer sold in stores. However, because customer still want to but them, they are available online instead, which is excellent as it allows you to purchase your old favourites.
100g of this soap will cost you £3 and is suitable for vegans. It is plain and white and doesn't look particularly special compared to some of the Lush soaps but does have a great fragrance that it quite delicious.
Although this fragrance is a lot like cherries, it also smells of orange oil which I love. It is extremely fruity and the scent clings to your skin after washing. The soap is quite soft and though it doesn't create a lot of lather, does feel like it is moisturising you all over as you use it.
There is also a slight hint of jasmine in the soap, which is very subtle, but definitely noticeable, which adds a slightly exotic and eastern scent which you are sure to enjoy if you like sweet and feminine fragrances.
This soap is my little sisters favourite, and one that she always has in the bathroom. I do have others in the Lush range that I prefer, which tends to mean that I forget about this one until I am in her house and then think "Oh, I forgot how good this was" so I have taken advantage of the special offers on the Lush website right now (buy products and get free treats!) and just ordered some - can't wait for the box to arrive now!
This is a lovely soap which cleans and leaves you feeling moisturised and uplifted by the sweet fragrance, why not give it a try and treat yourself now!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Lush website );
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Titanium Dioxide, Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Mimosa Absolute (Acacia decurrens), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Sodium Chloride, *Citral, *Limonene}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
A while ago I tried some products from the L'Occitane cherry blossom range and fell in love with the scent. As L'Occitane products are quite expensive however, I've been trying cherry blossom scented products from other brands to try and find something that matches up scent-wise, but not price-wise!
Lush make a cherry blossom scented soap called '17 Cherry Tree Lane' - the address from Mary Poppins apparently! - and being a lover of Lush and of cherry blossom, I knew I had to try it!
It's probably worth noting that this product is from Lush's Retro range, a range of products that are no longer available to purchase in Lush stores, however can still be purchased online at www.lush.co.uk
This soap is fairly plain and boring to look at being simply white, however as you can probably see from the picture, when first produced, this soap had a red and black cherry design on the top, so you may be lucky enough to receive a slice with these colours in it.
For people who are already familiar with Lush products, I would say that this soap smells exactly the same as their Sakura ballistic. If you're not familiar with Lush then this soap does have a cherry blossom scent, but it is very very floral - a lot more so than the L'Occitane or Body Shop cherry blossom ranges.
It's quite a sweet and gentle and also slightly powdery floral, and I do sometimes think it smells a bit old-fashioned, and unfortunately I do mean that in a 'my grandma would love it' kind of way. Saying that at other times, I just think it smells incredibly retro and even though I wasn't around in the 1950's, it's a scent that makes me think of that time, if that makes any sense!!
I think one of the best things about this soap is that it is incredibly creamy. It lathers well and the lather feels thick and luxurious against the skin.
After rinsing my skin is left feeling soft and supple and there's none of the tightness you can often feel after washing with soap. I have quite dry skin and this doesn't dry it further, nor does it irritate my eczema.
The subtle fragrance of cherry blossom is left on my skin after using this too, which is another plus point.
A 100g bar of this soap costs £2.95 from www.lush.co.uk. As mentioned above, you cannot buy this particular soap in Lush stores.
Overall, I thought this was a lovely soap. The scent didn't quite live up to the L'Occitane range, but it was still nice, and it lathered well and left my skin feeling lovely. If you're looking for a very floral, creamy soap, I would recommend this one, it's fantastic!
not exactly an exciting beauty product to buy is it? I mean it comes in liquid form or solid form, they all smell similar and do one job
boring really or so I thought. Yep you guessed it Lush have brightened my day once again and turned my bathroom into a sweet smelling cherry haven.
Having got bored of using the same old soaps I decided it was time to try something else and upon a visit to the nearest Lush shop I decided it was time to try something I hadnt used before and in this instance I was enticed by a soap called 17 Cherry Tree Lane. Not an exciting name by all means, but for anyone who is a fan of Mary Poppins then you will know that this is the address she breezes into to become a Nanny for Jane and Michael Banks.
Now Lush promise that their soaps but not only make you look clean but that they will make you smell clean and that the smell of fruit and flowers will linger and scent your body for a long time after use. Another benefit of Lush soaps is that they all contain many essential oils that are used to moisturise, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. Lush also state that their soaps are Vegetarian and Vegan meaning that they dont use anything animal related and they do not test them on animals.
I opted for the 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap, which whilst it is a bright white chunk of soap it does contains a cherry and sometimes some golden coloured glitter and it smells of many different aromas due to the ingredients it contains but ultimately the cherry smell is quite evident as is the other citrus smells of orange and lemon.
Lush 17 Cherry Tree Lane is available in two different sizes and for the 200g bar you would expect to be paying around £4.35 and for a slightly smaller bar which is 100g it currently costs £2.35. So I opted for the100g of soap. Most Lush soaps range in size and shape meaning the bigger they are the more they will usually cost.
So what is contained within 17 Cherry Tree Lane to make it smell so delightful when using? Firstly we have Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum) which has a mass of properties when used for example it is very beneficial to the circulatory system and aids with blood flow, It boosts the immune system and cleanses the body and cleaning greasy skin and hair, as well as removing dead skin cells. Closely following we have Mimosa Absolute which is described as being relaxing and particularly good for sensitive and general skin care. Orange Blossom Absolute which appears in quite a lot of Lush products and it is used again to soothe sensitive skin whilst helping to restore a balance to dry or oily skin and boasts the wonderful orangey smell which emanates from the soap when using and finally we have Jasmine Absolute and it is known to help soothe dry skin and is one of the worlds most expensive ingredients. Now with most Lush products there is usually one ingredient which stands out from the rest and for me this time it is Cocoa Powder (Theobroma cacao). Apparently Theobroma Cacao is used in massage bars and soaps to act as a moisturising agent on the skin.
As always with Lush there is a whole list of further ingredients, which can be found on the Lush Website and if you do have sensitive skin and allergies it is always worth checking the content of any product.
Arriving home with my 100g of Cherry Soap the first thing I want to do is try it out. So after letting the tap in the bathroom run for a few seconds to warm up, the soap is out of its packaging and the first thing you will notice is that wonderful cherry and orange aroma which instantly hits you.
17 Cherry Tree Lane also produces a rich creamy lather within seconds of rubbing it between your hands and the lather. Now this soap also contains some brown sugar which I should have mentioned before and it is used as an antibacterial agent and if you look closely enough you can see the little granules glistening in the light alongside some of the golden glitter which I thought was the brown sugar. Now, even though this soap does create a luxurious lather it does wash off your skin very easily leaving a gorgeous smell of cherry and it is also non greasy so your hands and face dont feel like an oil zone. As mentioned I did use this soap on my face and my skin felt much smoother than it did before I used the soap, the problem with living in London is the amount of pollution and other kinds of dirt that attacks your skin often leaving it looking dirty and dry, so I would usually wash my face with water and then use a cleaner, toner and moisturiser to clean my skin, but this soap does a brilliant job and it didnt dry my skin out like most soaps do as I feared it would. I should also mention that you should avoid getting it in your eyes as it will sting! If you do decide to use it on your face, as with the rest of your body dont rub your skin dry, blot it dry using a soft, clean towel.
Now one of the main reasons I bought this soap was because it looks stunning in my bathroom but because it smells so lovely and I have to say the smell did linger for a good few hours after using and my skin felt much smoother.
I have now been using this soap for just over a month or so now and although I do not use it everyday, I still have over two thirds of the bar left to use, so for me it is also good value for money.
I personally love this product, it smells divine and it isnt as expensive as some of the soaps that I have bought and tried. My skin feels softer and fresher after using it and this product does not aggravate my skin like a lot of other perfumed soaps would do, so I would highly recommend this for people with oily/dry skin problems but also for those who like fresh natural ingredients in their products.
If you are not too sure then you can always visit the Lush website at www.Lush.co.uk is set out very clearly with headings to make your navigation throughout the site really easy. If you have never used Lush products before then I would suggest you click on the Find out more for more information about who Lush are, what they do, how they do it, their policies on animal testing, information for pregnant women and much more. On this website you are able to click on each product to see what ingredients they contain, how much they are and what sizes they are sold in.
The inspiration for this creamy soap blew in from the East / Noriko used a traditional Japanese design of stylised cherry trees to decorate the top of each block; buy a slice and your piece may feature a cherry, a sprinkle of golden glitter or a cocoa coloured tree branch / Weãve named it, appropriately, after the place where Mary Poppins turned up when she blew in on the east wind to take care of Jane and Michael Banks / To continue the theme, 17 Cherry Tree Lane is scented with our floral Sakura fragrance: mimosa, orange and jasmine blossom perfume your body when the soft lather touches it / (Noriko even put a spoonful of sugar into the mixture / )