“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I went a bit mad in the Lush online sale and bought one of every item in the festive Retro collection. Most of the items were bath products, and there was only one soap. This soap was Bob Soap. It was around a few years ago in the standard Christmas range and was brought back as part of Retro Christmas this year. I have no idea what the name means: for some reason I keep thinking of Bob from Blackadder, but I'm sure this has nothing to do with the soap!
I have loads of other soaps to use up but I wanted to try this one straight away. I was attracted by the pretty glitter on the top, and also by the lovely scent. I unwrapped it from the cellophane and popped it in my soap dish.
The soap contains cinnamon, clove bud oil, sweet orange oil and black pepper: a refreshing, spicy mixture.
***Is it suitable for vegans?***
When I first got it my soap was dark green in colour, however as I've been using it I've noticed that the middle of the soap is dark red. The block as a whole as seen on the website is red and green. There was green glitter on the soap, particularly on the top, and this has worn down slightly as I've been using it although there is still some glitter there.
I can definitely detect the sweet orange in this soap and also the black pepper. There is a general spiciness which I assume is the cinnamon and clove oil. I realised this when I actually thought about the ingredients, however when I first smelled the soap I got one overwhelming impression and that was of Terry's Chocolate Orange! Not sure where I got this from as there is no chocolate in the soap but that's what it smells like to me!
Bob has the scent of sweet wild oranges mixed with spicy cinnamon, cloves and a dash of black pepper. It lures you in with reviving, fruity sweetness, and then gives you the push you need to get going when it's dark outside. Bob Soap will definitely get you singing.
I've tended to use the soap as a hand soap and find that it lathers up easily and releases the lovely scent. I was worried that the glitter would get everywhere but it rinses off easily. The soap does seem to turn the water slightly brown, however again this washed away easily. Despite lathering easily, it is lasting well and has hardly reduced in size at all.
I did try the soap on my body a couple of times, and found that it wasn't particularly moisturising but neither was it drying. I would continue to use it on my body if I didn't have several other shower gels and soaps to get through!
The scent doesn't last on the skin as long as I'd like, but since I use body lotion and hand cream anyway - which would mask the scent in any case - this isn't a big deal.
I have sometimes gone to wash my hands just for the sake of using this lovely soap, as the scent makes me feel happy and festive!
***Price and Availability***
The soap is priced at £2.85 per 100g which is normal for Lush soaps. It seems to be lasting well, and is good quality, so I think it is value for money.
***Would I buy it again?***
Yes! I was pleasantly surprised by this soap as I only really bought it for the sake of trying all the Retro Christmas products. However I've fallen in love with it and if it comes back next Christmas I will purchase it again to use as a hand soap and spread the love over the festive season!
When your chilly use Bob!
This perfect, pretty Christmas soap smells wonderful and leaves you feeling warm and spicy. Each chunk of Bob Soap is pretty and seasonal coloured with Christmas tree green and red and adorned with green and gold glitter. It is scented with Oranges, Cinnamon, cloves and Black Pepper.
I really like using Bob in the shower. It is great to use in the winter when it is cold. I find that Bob feels nice and smooth on my skin- the glitter doesn't make it feel funny of irritate the skin. I didn't find it to have that much lather but I could see where i had washed myself as a brown trail had been left. The trail was also left in the bottom of the shower but it was easy to wash away. I felt really warm after I got out of the shower.
For £2.35 per 100g i think that Bob soap is quite cheap. I find that if you cut up the soap into small but manageable pieces it will last for ages otherwise it wears down a lot quicker.
I am sat here with two chunks of this soap, a 100g bar that came in a gift box last year and another that has been half used and then returned to it's original Lush plastic bag. The green mess that it leaves over my body and my bath can still be seen on the sides of the bag, and i'm not really prepared to use this soap again in a hurry. This soap is glittery in appearance at first, and it does smell lovely - it has a sort of spicey, warm scent that has a hint of fruityness and is appealing to use in the long winter months. It's green colour does look pretty cool, both of mine do not have the redness in it as the picture shows but I guess that's just the luck of the draw. They are the 'ideal' christmas colours and I can see how it would be a popular christmas product. However I am finding with a lot of Lush's soaps, this bar goes incredibly quickly. It doesn't foam amazingly (I know that it doesn't nesacarily have to foam, but I do like that effect in a nice warm bath, you know?) and all it seems to do is run off your body and leave a green mess that hasn't really left you feeling clean or satisfied at all, and while all of this is going on about a quarter of the soap seems to have disappeared already! The glitter is only on the top layer of the soap, so doesn't last long (could be a good or bad thing). The one good thing is that the scent does linger on your skin afterwards, and as I said it is a nice seasonal scent. Not Lush's best I would say, they do better scrubby soaps, and definitely better christmas soaps.
From November onwards I stalk the counters of my local Lush looking for this stuff. It is my very favourite soap.
The smell is made up of oranges, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper according to the packet, although I must confess that all my uneducated nose could describe it as is "a lovely warm spicy smell". I've never been one to enjoy floral smells in soap - a spicy smell that actually makes me hungry while bathing suits me down to the ground. According to the Lush website it's also made from natural and organic ingredients.
The soap you can see in the picture here comes coated in a red wax however, and here is where our problems start. While the soap is all-natural, the wax is synthetic - used to keep the scent in I assume.
It gets EVERYWHERE. Leave your soap on the side of the bath and it will stick to it, leaving a mark when you peel your soap off that takes ages to clean. Be sensible and use a soapdish, and flecks of wax will STILL come off when you wash with the soap, and stick to the side of the bath.
It's not cheap either - I think when I last bought some in December it was being charged at £2.35 per 100g. A lump worth £3.00 or so seems to vanish to nothing within a couple of weeks, so it doesn't last as long as I'd like either.
Despite that, I do love my Bob soap, which means that my last real issue with it is that it's seasonal. If you want it, you need to search Lush between November and January - otherwise you may be out of luck.
Great for the holiday season / You'll leave the house smelling like a Christmas dessert / sweet oranges, cinnamon, cloves and a dash of black pepper /