“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I've only recently discovered this soap however I really like it. It costs £3.45 per 100 gram bar which is rather steep in my opinion. It's more of a rounded cube than a bar actually. The cube is a caramel brown in colour with an undertone of orange, with noticeable flecks of black in it and as it is so soft (very squidgy to the touch), it is easy to chop up into smaller bits to make it last that bit longer although I personally use mine all in one go (if you go easy with it it will last for a few weeks). Packaging with this soap is minimal and it comes in the usual yellow Lush paper bag which ofcourse can be recycled.
The soap definetly smells of bananas, although it has a creamy smell to it aswell and the smell isn't excactly subtle, however it definetly isn't overpowering either. Because Lush use fresh, organic bananas, it doesn't have a horrible synthetic smell - it smells 100% natural and very refreshing. When the soap is dry it smells as strong as it does when it's wet which is quite unusual - i'd reccomend having a sniff before buying it incase you're not keen. If buying this online I would keep in mind that due to how soft it is it could easily melt while in transit so i'd reccomend buying in store, that way you are not only ensuring that you like the smell but you're also getting it as fresh as possible.
As I said before it's quite a squishy feeling soap, not solid like most. This is because of the natural bananas that it contains - it reminds me a bit of banana cake. The soap lathers up nicely and leaves me feeling fresh and clean, and after i've used it and i've dried off I feel really soft - much softer than any of the other Lush soaps have made my skin. The smell doesn't linger for long, i'd say an hour at the most and even when it is lingering it's not very noticeable, it's a very faint banana smell. The soap is quite moisturising but definetly not moisturising enough to be used as a moisturiser.
After using this I usually find that there is a bit of residue in the bath which is a browny sludge and a few black bits so I make sure to rinse it afterwards which isn't really too much of an issue. That and the price are slight disadvantages but apart from that I can't really fault it. Also, for any guys reading this, although the smell is quite sweet it definetly isn't 'candy' smelling, and it's subtle aswell so this is definetly a unisex soap.
Any of you who read my reviews regularly will know that I'm a massive fan of the shop Lush and I've been trying to sample almost every product they make. Last year I made a huge online order and bought several items from the Retro range, which I'm still working my way through. Banana Moon soap was one of these, as I wanted to try a number of banana products!
***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."
***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!
***Banana Moon Soap***
I ordered this soap online and it came wrapped in cellophane. The soap was a pale brown-yellow in colour and had little black bits in. I could detect the smell of bananas while the soap was still inside the wrapping. The soap is made with a base of rapeseed, sunflower and coconut oils, and contains organic yoghurt and fresh organic bananas. These are supposed to be good for the skin. The soap is suitable for vegetarians, but because of the yoghurt it is not suitable for vegans. 100g costs £3.25, which is expensive but I've come to believe that Lush soaps are worth the extra money.
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.
I always use a body puff with my soap and shower gel and this soap was no exception. I found it lathered up well and there was a lovely banana smell wafting from it. I found it to feel moisturising on my skin (though I still needed to use moisturiser) and it certainly didn't irritate it in any way. It seems to be lasting a reasonable amount of time.
The soap leaves a faint banana scent on my skin, which is very pleasant. I've been using it alongside the Gumback Express Shower Smoothie and Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion in order to layer a banana scent, and it works really well with them. Overall, a lovely soap to try if you like bananas!
I love this product! Although you cannot buy this in store, you can purchase it online or by mail order from Lush in their retro section. It is made with fresh organic bananas and yoghurt where as most other banana products only have the scent of bananas. It is so rich and creamy on your skin and makes you feel so soft and silky. The fresh ingredients give a gorgeous creamy banana smell which almost makes you want to eat it! I always keep a bar for washing my hands but like to take it in the bath and shower too. It does not dry your skin but instead gives them a treat and makes you smile inside. I keep extra supplies of this in my draw to make my clothes smell delicious. If you love the smell of banans, want creamy soft skin and want a product made from fresh, vegetarian ingredients that isn't tested on animals then this is a must have
The Banana Moon soap had been on my wish list of Lush products I wanted to try for some time, but I had never quite got round to buying it. A couple of months ago, I managed to get a bar from the swaps section of the Lush forum, and I adored it from the moment I got it, and that's partly the reason I saved it for so long - I felt it was too good to use!!
This soap is from Lush's Retro range. This is a range of products which have been discontinued and are no longer available in the shops, however are now available to buy online only.
I must admit, that with the quite a few of the Lush Retro products (but not all) that I have bought I have been disappointed and could fully understand why they had been discontinued in the first place, but this was the total opposite - I loved it from the moment I received it, and couldn't understand why Lush would ever have stopped selling it!
When I received the soap, I noticed that it was not quite the same bright yellow colour it is shown as on the Lush website, and in fact is a sort of yellowy brown colour with little black speckles. I've since read other reviews on this product, which suggest that this is pretty much the norm. It's not the first Lush product I've bought that doesn't look much like its picture, which is quite annoying and something I wish Lush would sort out, but never mind, in every other way, this soap is gorgeous....
The soap contains organic yogurt and fresh organic bananas, but doesn't have the banana smell you might expect. Often I've found that products which are supposedly banana scented have quite an artificial smell to them, but this really does smell like bananas. I was surprised when reading the ingredients list that it does not contain more ingredients, as I think there is almost a citrussy edge to it somewhere, but perhaps that's just me! Either way, I love the scent!
Now, I mentioned above the little black speckles that this soap contains. I don't actually know what these are, I suppose they must be bits of banana, but I found there were quite a lot of them on the bottom of my soap. When I first used it, they did come off onto my legs, but they didn't stick to me and rinsed away easily. Now that the soap has worn down a bit, I find that there are fewer of these speckles visible, and I don't notice them so much.
Lush soaps have recently changed the soap base they use from palm oil, to a base of sunflower, rapeseed and coconut oil. This new soap base has come in for quite a bit of criticism from Lush fans because they say it doesn't lather as well as the old base did. I have also found this to be true with several of the soaps (the last one I used - Christmas Cake Slice was a prime example), so I was surprised that I actually get quite a good lather from this - more than enough to shave my legs with, which I was pleased about as I don't like spending money on separate shaving creams or gels.
Once I've used this, it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft, and that beautiful banana scent lingers on my skin for absolutely ages afterwards.
One of the main downsides I've found to this product, is that like many of the Lush soaps, it wears down quickly. After using it in the bath around three to four times, I would estimate that half of my 100g bar had been used up. I have now put it on the edge of the sink and use it for hand washing only, as hopefully this will make it last a bit longer.
A 100g bar costs £3.00 and this one can only be purchased online from www.lush.co.uk and unfortunately the postage and packing charge is more than the soap itself at £3.95, so I would advise buying as part of a bigger order, or seeing if you can get a forum swap like I did.
Overall, this is one of the nicest Lush soaps I have used in ages, and next time I place an order online, I will definitely get another bar.
This is one of the first things I tried from lush. It actually came in a crescent moon shape back then. I loved it as I love banana smells. I was so upset when it went but then it turned up on retro lush!
If you go onto the lush website and read the reviews, you may be put off. Most of the people say that their soap is a yucky brown colour with black hairs on top and that it smells nothing like bananas. I agree that the picture on the lush website is ridiculous. It shows a bright yellow soap. My chunk is not bright yellow. It is browny yellow and does indeed have black bits on top. These, I assume, are just the black bits from bananas. It reminds me of one of my favourite Mighty Boosh quotes, "are the black bits in bananas tarantulas eggs?" I think people should be happy with their brown soap as bananas are not actually bright yellow inside. Therefore, for a bright yellow soap, there would have to be nasty fake colours. Lush pride themselves on all natural ingredients.
The soap smells of actual bananas and not the fake smell they have in banana milkshake. I think this may have been the smell that people were expecting. The soap contains real bananas which are organic, which is even better. These are full of vitamins and are good for moisturising the skin. Yoghurt is also extremely good for your skin.
I think the soap smells lovely and fresh. It lathers quite easily and leaves your hands soft and fruity. I wash my hands with it a couple of hours ago and can still smell it on my skin. This soap is £3.00 for 100g and can only be ordered from the retro section of the lush website.
My first soap from Lush RETRO. I won a gift box back in April in a competition run by Lush to publicize Lush RETRO. Contained in the gift box were 8 RETRO goodies and this soap was included. I loved it from practically first sniff (the whiff of the popcorn that packed the box lingered on the soap for a while giving it a bit of a strange scent!)
Banana Moon- formally known as Big Banana Moon is a lovely fresh smelling soap. That is down to the tons off freshly mashed bananas, natural yogurt and essential oils that make up the giant truckles from which the soap is cut from. The soap itself is a beautiful Bright yellow with little specs of black/brown which I believe to be Banana seeds. Banana Moon is a very moisturising soap which is good for not-so good skin. It's fruity, quirky scent would make it perfect to use on small children.
When I used Banana Moon in my bath one night for the first time I was really impressed by it. The next day for some strange reason I sniffed my arm and its delightful scent had lingered. Use this soap and you will feel refreshed and clean and ready to be eaten.
another top lush product banana moon soap mmmmmmmm its made with ......fresh bananas what else it .
its flecked with the black bits you find in overripe bananas its got a very soft scent , so gentle and kind.
it foams up well and makes your skin really nice a top seller for all the family i think , it even makes my kids want to go in the bath for a change.
the price is fair to a must for all soap fans.
A lot of us pride ourselves on finding nice bubble baths and oils to put in our bath water. Although its important to me that my bath smells nice and I do like things a bit different to the norm, I also really like soaps that not only clean my skin, but look different and smell heavenly I find Dove and Lux nice but well
Im working my way through the Lush soaps at the moment and the company do a large range of soaps that are all that little bit different. Step into a Lush shop and your nose will be accosted with a mixture of smells, some fruity and some floral. The shops can be a little overpowering for some people unless you love strong scents and then youll feel its your birthday and youve gone to heaven!
On my last visit to the Lush store I was specifically looking for soaps and fancied something fruity. The soaps are stacked so high in the shop that they look in danger of toppling over, although you can have a piece sliced from the huge chunks that are present on counters scattered around the shop.
In the centre of the shop was a large dark yellow slab, covered in flecks of brown that beckoned me over to investigate it further. As I approached the slab a rich smell of banana pulled me ever closer and I was smitten. Lush state that only the freshest bananas are mashed and used to make Banana Moon, which of course explains its authentic aroma and I could almost believe I was on a tropical island sitting beneath a banana tree such was the glorious aroma that surrounded the slab.
Banana Moon can be purchased via www.lush.co.uk in two sizes. The larger size retails at £3.60 for 200g or if you feel thats a bit extortionate for a bit of soap there is the smaller 100g size which costs £1.80. After youve tried this and youve decided that its the soap of your dreams you can of course visit one of the many Lush stores around the country, and purchase a slab cut to the size of your choice if you like big bananas! The soap promises to leave your skin smelling like a fresh banana and the presence of natural yogurt in the ingredients will cleanse and tone as well as clean the skin as well as any other soap.
Banana Moon is cut from a cylindrical slab so that each portion is kind of a flat circular shape and has a perfectly polished appearance so unlike a lot of Lushs exfoliating soaps, this one is smooth and gentle on the skin. The smell of bananas is glorious though, and if the bar were not so firm to the touch I could quite easily imagine I had a ripe banana in my hand and try to eat it. Although there is a slightly soapy smell, the predominant scent is of fruit and is quite simply, tropical.
When Banana Moon is rubbed across the skin, a river of yellow droplets drip from the limbs when the soap comes into contact with the water. This river soon forms a rich creamy lather rather than a bubble covering, and within a few seconds the skin begins to feel moisturized and soft. The banana aroma intensifies as the soap is rubbed onto the skin and as it is quite strong it wont be long before your bathroom is filled with the smell of yellow fruit as the soap combines with the steam from the bath. All you really need is a bit of ice cream and whipped cream and you could have a banana split while youre languishing in the bath water it really does smell that good.
Banana Moon is gentle and as it has no angular edges the smooth rounded block caresses the skin as it is washed. It cleans as well as any other soap I have tried but added to its great cleansing properties there is of course the smell. I know I keep coming back to it, but I really have never smelled anything quite so authentic. After alighting from my banana bath my skin has a deliciously fragrant aroma and after drying myself my body feels soft, moisturised and of course Im feeling fruity! The smell lasts for ages too and I quite often catch a whiff of banana hours after using it.
I would recommend Banana Moon as a treat for young children who love the smell or taste of bananas, or anyone you know who is a lover of strong fruity scents. Lush now do a bubble bar called Little Monkey which would make a nice partner for the soap although if they are both used together Banana Moon would kill any bubbles from the bar. All that I need to persuade Lush to do now is to create a perfume to go with it
Banana Moon has been a huge hit in our house. Not only do I love it to bits, but my little monkeys do too and since discovering it last month Ive already purchased our second bar! Compare the price of a 200g bar of Banana Moon with the same sized Dove Bar in Boots and this little monkey is £2.70 dearer but Id gladly pay out that bit extra for a big banana in my bath.
I'm not normally a soap fan - in act I haven't touched a single part of my face or bod with the stuff for over 20 years. But while in the Edinburgh Lush shop at the weekend, I was looking for something to take home for my nephew who loves his baths. He also loves bananas, so Banana Moon Soap seemed the perfect choice. Like all Lush soaps, this one is made in an enormous big bar, of which you purchase a slice. They have some ready-sliced, or you can ask for it by weight at a cost of £1.40 per 100g. I bought a big, fat piece for just under four quid and took it (along with my other Lush purchases, totaling FORTY QUID, despite my having spent £20 the week before in the B?ham store) back to my hotel. It was hot in my room, and I had a heavy night ahead (5 comedy shows stretching from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.), so what was needed was a cool shower. So I reached into my Lush carrier to choose one of the many goodies I'd bought. Should it be the Skinny Dip shower gel, the Tramp shower gel, or one of the massage bars? Trouble was, the Banana Moon soap was smelling so absolutely delicious and tempting. But it wasn't mine. Then again, perhaps I could just have a quick go with it, wipe it down afterwards, wrap it up again, and nephew would never know. Ah yes, cunning plan. It was out of its wrapper and in that shower with me 30 seconds later. Two things immediately strike you about this stuff. First, the smell. It really does smell like fresh bananas. Second, the feel of it in your hand. Unlike most soaps, it's actually quite malleable. Not to the extent that you could make shapes with it, like a balloon-bender, but it definitely 'gives' to the touch. Nice. It is also a rather strange colour. It's definitely yellow, but mottled and in parts brown, rust or even golden. But what does it wash like? Well, marvelously well, actually. It works up to a lovely lather in no time at all and veritably glides o
ver the skin. It leaves your body feeling very clean, very soft, and smelling faintly of bananas. It doesn't irritate in the slightest, and I do have very sensitive skin that is prone to coming out in a rash at the mere words sunshine/perfume/pollen. Whereas most soaps leave you with tight, squeaky skin, this one leaves you with a bod like pure velvet. It really is unlike any soap I've ever come across before. The reason for all this is, of course, due to the fresh Lush ingredients. Banana Moon soap is made of fresh mashed bananas (hence the brown mottled bits) and natural yogurt, both of which are, as you can imagine, very soft indeed. Any downsides? Well, I suppose you could say this is expensive for a soap, but I couldn't give a monkeys when the quality is so high. And the only other thing is that a soap dish is a must as it can get a bit squidgy and leave yellow-brown mush around the place. I continued to wash with Banana Moon soap throughout my holiday and had to go back to Lush to buy another one for my nephew. He adores it too and has never had so many baths as he has since my return. Marvellous stuff. Highly recommended for kids and banana loving adults everywhere.
I am a recent convert to liquid soaps, after hearing about all the germs that are harboured by your average bar. However, browsing the Lush website, I just had to try some of their soaps. I decided to buy three Lush soaps – Red Rooster, I Should Coco and this one, Banana Moon. Now this particular variety is actually my least favourite of the three, but it is still a very good product nonetheless. Lush suggest you don’t use soaps on your face, as they dry out your skin there. (They do make a special soap called Queen of Hearts Complexion soap especially suitable for the face though.) But Lush soaps are great for your hands and body, wherever you may get dirty! I chose to buy a Banana Moon soap, because I love bananas. However, if you are expecting a bright yellow soap that smells of artificial bananas like sweets, you will be disappointed. This is more of a browny yellow colour with dark flecks in and smells of old mashed bananas. Now this sounds revolting, but it isn’t. You know when you take bananas that are a bit too squishy and you mash them up? Maybe to make banana cake out of or something similar? Well, it looks and smells like that. You can tell it is made from real bananas by looking closely at the bar and sniffing it. The soap is made out of real bananas, which are apparently good for softening and moisturising skin – and as my skin is dry, this sounded a good choice for me. It also contains natural yoghurt (something else I love), which cleanses, tones and conditions. It works well as soap, as it lathers fairly well and cleans your skin nicely, without it feeling taut afterwards. It leaves a faint mashed banana smell on your skin, but it is very subtle and not overpowering at all. It isn’t a girlie smell in particular either; my son and fiancé use it and haven’t complained yet! It is a round bar, which is perfect for washing your hands as it sits in your pa
lm nicely. We have been using this for about a week and by the looks of it, I would think a bar of it would last at least three weeks, probably longer – and with six of us in the house, that’s pretty good value! So far, the soap has kept its shape well and hasn’t gone mushy at all. I suggest you ensure it is kept on a dry surface as much as possible though to prevent this. It costs £1.40 for 100g and can be bought from their shops or online at their website. If you don’t fancy this one, I suggest you have a browse through their selection and try some others, because they have a really good range available. Personally, I prefer the Red Rooster (cinnamon and orange) and I Should Coco (coconut ice) varieties, so look out for future opinions on those. I still recommend the Banana Moon one though and give it the following scores… Appearance = 7 out of 10 Smell = 6 out of 10 Value for money = 8 out of 10
Today I am going to tell you all about Lush Banana Moon soap. That’s if you haven’t already heard of it or even used it that is. This will be my last Lush opinion for a while as I am in danger of boring you all with my Lush addiction, lol. I can’t say it will be my last opinion on Lush products ever of coarse, cos that would be too hard for me. I am an avid Lush shopper after all. (teehee) I might as well tell you that I originally bought this for my boyfriends Mum as a pressie. She has a tendency towards dry skin and I thought this might help! She gave it the thumbs up – in fact she raved about it and went and got some for a friend of hers, so I obviously wanted to try it as I thought may be I was missing something. I hate it when that happens!! ~~~~ How Much Does It Cost? ~~~~ This soap is weighed in grams so you just ask for the amount you want or you can just pick a piece that’s already been cut and wrapped. A bit like buying a lump of cheese only its soap and you can’t eat it, lol. It's £1.30 for 100g. I paid £1.95 for a good sized chunk of the stuff. It is a bit on the expensive side but sometimes its worth paying that little bit extra to pamper yourself isn’t it? ~~~~ Packaging ~~~~~ Well as with all Lush products the packaging is rather simple. This is packed is a little bit of wax paper and has a little sticker on it with the price and what it is. No need for boxes or whatever just nice and simple! ~~~~ How I Would Describe It ~~~~ You know the colour banana’s go when you’ve left one peeled and out in the open air? Well if you can imagine that, then you can generally get the idea of what colour this looks. The shape is sort of rounded and comes in long log like chunks – doesn’t sound very nice when I put it like that but it really is worth a try! It definitely has a whiff
of narna’s (banana’s) about it too but not over-powering at all, just a subtle aroma. ~~~~ What’s It Like On My Sensitive Skin? ~~~~ I suffer from bouts of eczema and my skin is very sensitive to soap of any kind but this is absolutely fabulous! Honest. It doesn’t make me break out at all and really soothes my skin and makes it nice and soft. It foams up nicely on my sponge and rinses off well, leaving a very pleasant aroma of narna’s, lol. It also contains yoghurt which also helps cleanse the skin and helps with the moisturisation. I love it. It lasts longer than my usual body wash, which is Dove if your at all interested. It works just as well too. I might add that for a soap it is expensive but compared to a body wash the cost is very competitive. A good body wash will normally set you back about 2 or 3 quid anyway! ~~~~ My Bottom Line (lol) ~~~~ Well I have to say for a soap I am very impressed indeedy. I would recommend it to you all – Men and Women! It’s not just a girly soap. My other half is quite happy to use this in the shower and rather pleased with how nice he smells afterwards too. It’s great to buy for yourself or for a present for someone. I was really impressed that it didn’t affect me like other soaps can – by that I mean, making me break out into a horrible itchy bout of eczema! I will definitely buy it again – or maybe the coconut one which is also for dry skin (the name of this escapes me at the moment, sorry). Anyway if you fancy a change then check it out. If you do decide to purchase some of this fab soap - use a soap dish with it as it can get a bit squidgy!! ~~~~ Where Can You Buy It From ~~~~ For those of you who haven’t yet heard of the Lush store then you may have one in your town centre and not even know it so have a good look around, you might be one of the lucky ones like me. If your no
t then you can buy over the net at www.lush.co.uk. They have an excellent web site which is updated regularly. Check it out I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. ~~~~ List Of Ingredients For Those Who Give A Hoot ~~~~ Sodium Palm Kernelate – Propylene Glycol – Natural Yoghurt – Fresh Banana’s – Sodium Stearate – Sodium Lauryl Sulphate – Perfume – Glycerine – Sodium Chloride – Titanium Dioxide – Tetrasodium – EDTA – Gardenia Extract (Gardenia Jasminoides) Cheers for reading and I hope you have found this a useful opinion :)
Ingredients: Sodium Palm Kernelate, Propylene Glycol, Natural Yoghurt, Fresh Bananas (Musa paradisiaca), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoide //