“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I made a rather large order from Lush last year and rather cheekily asked if I could have a couple of soap samples. They sent me six! One of these was a piece of Bamboo soap, which normally retails for £3.15 for 100g on the website (it's not available in-store as it's a Retro product). The soap is a bright green colour; on the website it appears as a cylindrical shaped soap, to resemble actual bamboo, but the piece I got was rectangular.
***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***
Bamboo Soap contains cedar leaf oil, mimosa and cassie blossom, and bamboo shoots. It is suitable for vegans. The soap has a very fresh scent: although it doesn't really smell like Jungle conditioner, it did remind me of this simply because both scents are very fresh and natural. The cedar leaf oil makes it smell of a forest while the floral ingredients take the edge off the woody aspect of the smell. It wasn't the nicest soap I'd ever smelled, but the smell was fresh and pleasant.
I mainly used this soap as a hand soap. I found that it lathered very well indeed and it didn't actively dry out the skin on my hands, though it didn't moisturise either. The tiny pieces of bamboo shoot in the soap give it some exfoliating properties and I found it helped give my hands a thorough clean. I did try the soap on my body a couple of times, and found that it provided a gentle exfoliation although I generally prefer to use specialist body scrubs.
My little piece of soap is lasting absolutely ages, despite me getting a good lather out of it each time I wash my hands! Because of this it does seem like reasonable value for money.
Altogether, I do recommend this soap if you want something that's long lasting, fresh smelling, slightly exfoliating, and green! I probably wouldn't buy it for myself, simply because Lush make other soaps which I prefer, but it is a good one.
When Lush announced they were making a soap called Bamboo, I had to have it. Not because I like the scent of things bamboo made but because Panda is my nickname, lovingly given to me by my husband after my make up had run on our first date, giving me the panda eyes effect. Nearly 9 years on and he still calls me his panda so it was a Lush must have for me.
I purchased the soap from Lush mail order and it cost £3.15 for 100g. It does come shaped like a little piece of bamboo, it is like a little tube. It is bright green in colour and does resemble a bamboo shoot. I really liked the shape of soap, it was a nice change to the usual slabs Lush cut.
Scent wise, it doesn't blow you away. It is very subtle and smells of fresh forests. It is scented with cedar leaf, mimosa and cassie blossom. It isn't scented as highly as I would like and it doesn't overly smell like bamboo to me. It is a pretty scent though and is reminscent of walks in the forest.
When using, the smooth appearance of the soap starts to disappear to reveal the fine and scrubby pieces of bamboo used for exfoliation. The bits of bamboo are a nice touch and are scrubby and help to rid of dead skin but if you're inlucky and catch a scratchy bit, it does hurt.
Lather wise it doesn't lather at all which is disappointing. I prefer my soaps to lather but although the soaps doesn't lather, it does still leave you feeling very clean. It doesn't wear down easily either. After a month of use, I still had just over half left.
Sadly the scent doesn't linger nor transfer much on to the skin which was disappointing but after smelling how subtle it was dry, I didn't hold much hopes for it lasting on me.
A nice piece of soap but it isn't worth its price tag. Not an impressed Panda, I am afraid!
A few weeks ago while reading Dooyoo reviews I discovered the Lush Bamboo soup - a bright little bit of soap that I just could not resist. My boyfriend was there as well and I told him that this would be great for his upcoming trip to the Brazilian rainforest. You know; the whole jungle / bamboo cliché. To my surprise he just started to laughed and explained to me in his lovely yet patronizing way that just because I´ve seen bamboo in rainforests in Asia does not mean that you get bamboo everywhere.
Me being quite sure that I was right suggested a bet - if there is and I win he would have to buy me some of lush´s bamboo soap. We quickly googled it and turns out that there is indeed bamboo all over the Brazilian rainforest.
So, poor boyfriend not only had to go on a shopping trip with me but also buy me 100g of bright green soap. 100g set him back 3.15 pounds - which in my opinion is an obscene price for the tiny bit of soap we got. But that´s Lush for you - great stuff to extraordinary prices.
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The soap smells very refreshing with a strong scent of cedar wood oil and the intense scent of mimosa and cassie with refreshing citrus fragrances. This combination is absolutely lovely, especially because it is not girly sweet but can be used by everyone. Even though my boyfriend was a bit grumpy that he lost the bet he had to admit that even he liked the smell!
What´s so special about this soap are the little bits of bamboo shoot integrated in the soap. This gives it a very interesting texture and is great for removing dead skin or dirt. Every time I use this soap me skin feels great - just like it would after a peeling just without irritation my soft skin. Due to the small peeling effect it is also a great way to remove make-up in the evening.
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The 100g lasted surprisingly long and made even such annoying things like make-up removal a great treat for my skin and soul. I absolutely love the refreshing smell and will keep buying a little bit of the soap from time to time. If it wouldn´t be for the price this would certainly replace my standard soap at home.
You can buy the Bamboo soap at any Lush store or order online from www.Lush.co.uk for 3.15 per 100g. A highly recommendable treat for yourself and for your skin.
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Thank you for reading and rating my review - and "Don't feed it to giant pandas, they won't like it".
It's hard to believe it as I'm an addict now but this time last year I was a Lush virgin - since being introduced to Lush through reading opinions on Dooyoo I am now a regular visitor to the Southampton Store and am gradually making my way through a long list of products to try. Before I start I must apologise for this review being in the wrong place - the product I am reviewing is actually the Lush Carmen Miranda Soap and not the Lush Bamboo Soap as the category suggests. I normally purchase the bath ballistics and bubble bars but as I've built up quite a nice stock I decided to opt for something different this time, there were so many wonderful products begging me to take them home but in the end the Carmen Miranda soap won. Lush have an extensive range of hand made soaps to chose from, all contain only natural ingredients and essential oils and as such they only have a relatively short life - however once you've tried any Lush product once I'm sure you will love it and have no trouble using it up before the use by date. Lush products are not tested on animals are therefore suitable for use by vegetarians and vegans. Unlike most shops who sell their soap products in pre-wrapped bars Lush sell theirs by weight. The soaps are made in a large mould and are sold by the slice. Each variety of soap is displayed as a large block and each block contains an information label which advises the consumer of the price per 100g, the product name and ingredients. Prices vary but on average a 100g slice of soap costs around £1.70 - £2.00. I was attracted to the Carmen Miranda soap bar because of its attractive colouring a wonderful fruity fragrance. When you look at the Carmen Miranda soap on display you will note that the soap is primarily an opaque pale sage green colour, however on closer inspection you will notice that it does actually contain small patches of different colours - however once you have
used the soap it retains the sage green colour but the other colours disappear. The soap contains kiwi fruit, ylang ylang petal oil, myrrh and juniperberry oil and has a very intense fruity aroma, I love the smell but as it is quite "in your face" it may not suit everybody. The fragrance reminds me of blackcurrant and liquorice sweets - I can't imagine why as it doesn't contain blackberry oil or liquorice but I definitely think that it smells much more like blackberry and liquorice than of kiwis, having said that I love blackcurrant and liquorice sweets so I guess that is why I love this soap. Once wet the soap lathered really well and a little bit went a long way. The soap is mostly smooth, however as you use it you will become aware of a slightly abrasive surface underneath - however if you use it on a sponge you certainly won't find it irritating your skin. After I have used the soap I immediately feel totally refreshed and wide awake - I have also noticed that my skin felt instantly softer which is probably down to the kiwis as they are packed with Vitamin C. As the scent is strong it lingered on my skin for a considerable amount of time and left me feeling and smelling fresh and clean for a good few hours. As an added bonus I have noticed that whilst the bar is wet the fragrance becomes very apparent and fills the bathroom with a wonderful aroma too. The soap is considerably more expensive than a bar of Imperial Leather or something similar, however it is crammed with natural products and essential oils and is hand made - unlike the usual mainstream soap products that are available. Because of the essential oils and natural ingredients you will notice a marked improvement in the condition of your skin and as such I feel that the price can be justified. Unfortunately Lush products are only available from Lush, as my husband found out to his embarrassment, (he tried to purchase
me a glittery bath ballistic from the Body Shop and nearly had a heated argument with the assistant who kept telling him that they didn't sell glittery bath bombs, whilst he insisted that they must do as I bought them there every week - it was only on Christmas day that it became apparent to him that I purchased mine from Lush and not the Body Shop - bless, I was very impressed that he'd tried so hard even if he did get it wrong). Don't despair if you don't have a Lush Store near you as you can order any Lush Product from the Lush website which can be found at www.lush.co.uk. I hope that you have all had a lovely Christmas and that you have a great New Year. Thank you for reading. Julie
My mum went on a holiday to Malaysia, as most parents do she bought some presents for us all. She knows I like soaps so she bought me some Lush bamboo soap. On my first impression I wasn?t that impressed to be honest. WHAT IS BAMBOO LUSH SOAP It?s quite different from normal soap bars. It?s made from bamboo shoots and comes in a green soap bar. LOOKS It looked like a green block. It seemed quite rough. It?s quite thick and many ways looks like a thick branch. It?s considerably bigger than your average soap bar, both in thickness and in length. It is also heavier compared to say a dove bar. SMELL It had a very noticeable, far eastern smell. It was quite distinctiveness, if you think of Vosene which has quite a distinctive smell. The Lush Bamboo soap bar smelt exotic, fresh. I am told by mum that it contains hints of exotic flowers like minmosa. There was a definite smell to this bar and one that was quite soothing. USE You use the bamboo soap like any other bar. It does however require that extra bit of rub to create that lather. However, after using this soap bar your skin does feel smoother, smells better and your skin more radiant. The Lush Bamboo soap contains calming ingredients like vetivert and styrax which helps to relive stress. It actually does relive stress because it has this calming influence on your body, which is perfect after a hard day?s work. IN COMPARISON This soap bar is totally different compared to the ?conventional? soap bars like Dove etc. It?s different in texture and it?s got this far eastern smell and feel to it. However, it works really well on your skin and you can smell the freshness throughout the day. It leaves your skin feeling revitalised, perfumed and fresh. It also lasts a long time which is really good considering the fact that I am yet to locate one. OVERALL I was very pleased with the soap bars that my Mum brought me back-they were diff
erent to say the least. I particularly liked the Bamboo lush soap bar, it was different in complexion but worked really well on my skin. I would definitely buy this product again.
This is the way we wash our hands, Wash our hands, Wash our hands, This is the way we wash our hands, On a cold and frosty morning. Recently the forum on the Lush website was discussing which products they wouldn’t mind being discontinued. As Lush has recently introduced a whole new batch of products, it was assumed that others would have to be dropped. I was surprised at the apparent hatred towards Bamboo soap, with lots of people naming it as one of their least favourites. As it was, the discontinued soaps from Lush are Red Rice (no great loss there), Pineapple Grunt (it’s okay, but I won’t shed any tears over its departure) and Ginger Man (I can live without it quite easily). But in case Bamboo faces the chop in the future, here’s my opinion to try to boost sales figures ;-) Lush Bamboo soap is made in a long cylindrical shape, not a big round block. It looks rather like a long thick sausage of green playdough. When you ask for your piece to be cut off in the shop or when you order a 100g bit from the website, it will arrive in a round piece, rather like the Banana Moon soap. This can be quite easy to use, as the edges are already rounded and it won’t take long before all the edges are smooth and perfect for washing with. Bamboo is a dark green colour, rather a pretty shade but nothing unusual. For any Lush fans with partners who aren’t keen, you might get away with passing Bamboo off as ‘something you bought from the supermarket’. It does look extraordinary, no bits inside it, it just looks like glycerine soap. For those out there who believe all Lush products are extortionate, Bamboo costs only £1.40 for 100g. I bought mine some two months ago from the Lush shop in Bath and it is still in daily use and looks as big as ever. Its smell is very hard to describe. I would say it’s a masculine scent – there’s certainly nothing pink, glittery
or girlie about this one. It smells slightly woody, rather like a man’s aftershave but it is very subtle, not an obvious smell. It doesn’t fill your bathroom with its fragrance at all, but it is discernible on your hands for a few minutes after washing. I think it is a very nice smell, although my favourites would be Alkmaar or I Should Coco, but it’s certainly up there somewhere. It washes well, lathers easily and a little goes a long way. It is ideal for washing your hands as its scent seems to eradicate any nasty whiffs and the little bits of bamboo shoots (felt as slight little bumps) are apparently good for removing stains and dirt. As with all Lush products, they are made from natural ingredients, essential oils and are not tested on animals. This one is also vegan. The smell comes from cedarleaf oil, mimosa and cassie blossom, but none of these are smells that I would know, so I can’t comment on the accuracy of this myself. Other ingredients include glycerine, vetivert oil and gardenia. Overall, I think the Lush Bamboo soap is a very good product and one which deserves to stay around for a long while to come. It is the cheapest soap Lush make, it is attractive looking (without any weird bits), has a pleasant smell and does the job it was intended for. *** Quick guide to which Lush soaps to buy *** For a real girlie girl ~ I Should Coco (sweet, pink, pretty and yummy looking) For your Gran ~ Alkmaar (pretty, flowery, looks normal) or Gavarnie (although she’ll probably put it in a vase and water it) For Lush virgins and potential converts ~ Bohemian (nice and normal looking, lemon scented) or Milko (ordinary looking, nothing offensive or daring) or Bamboo (see above) For old hippies ~ Karma soap (lots of patchouli) For fans of ginger ~ Ginger Man (before it runs out!) For fruity fans ~ Carmen Miranda (just wonderful) and Temptation (lots of
apple) For honey fans ~ Honey Waffle (lots of honey here) For those who are rather adventurous and like things a little different ~ Sea vegetable (lime, seaside smell, strange looking), Demon in the Dark (green and black, mint and apple, weird), Sandstone (lots of lemon and bits of sand, lovely but not conservative) or Middle Earth Turns To Rock (mud and pumice stone, but a rather beautiful smell) For cold mornings ~ Red Rooster (orange and cinnamon, lovely) For softer hands and body ~ Banana Moon (bananas and yoghurts, lovely and moisturising) *** Not recommended… (but feel free to make your own minds up) *** Sunny citrus (for fans of cheap washing up liquid smells only) Figs and Leaves (definitely an acquired taste) Utterly Nutterly (but then I don’t like nuts) Red Rice (cat vomit – need I say more!) *** The jury’s still out on…*** Pineapple grunt Extra Virgin Olive This opinion is Part One in a series of four. Look out for ‘This Is The Way We Clean Our Teeth’ coming next.
As a great fan of the Lush shops when I saw they had a new soap I had to try it. The Bamboo soap is deep green in colour and is produced in thick, round lengths. This is supposed to give the soap the appearance of a thick bamboo stem. I found that when the soap is new this shape makes it very difficult to use, as you can’t get a grip of the soap. For anybody with small hands this must be almost impossible to use and I suspect would need to be cut in half to make it useable. The soap does not produce hardly any lather, but does clean well. The fine pieces of bamboo in the soap act as a mild abrasive and clean off any stubborn dirt. This is not a gentle soap and I think that anybody with sensitive skin may find this soap a bit too rough and ready. The very strong scent of cedar leaf oil is a bit overpowering, but I do like this smell. I think if you used it over your whole body in a bath or shower you may get some comments about the smell from anybody you met for an hour or two. The soap does seem to wear down quite quickly and I have not found this with other Lush soaps. I always expect to pay extra for the Lush products, but they do normally last a long time. This soap is £1.40 for 100g. The piece I bought was about the size of an average family bar of soap and was £2.52. Overall although this soap is OK but it is not one that I would rush back to buy again. With so many wonderful soaps in the Lush shops this one is not at the top of my list of ones to buy again.
Bamboo shoots were used to make the base for this fresh green soap with the scent of a far eastern forest coming into bloom / Cedarleaf oil gives it a woody fragrance and tones the skin / There are hints of exotic flowers such as mimosa and exquisite cassie