“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
This is the first of many reviews of Lush products I will be reviewing over the coming year, so please leave me a comment if there is something you wish for me to include in my future details about their huge range of products.
Obviously I am a man and well... but it would be awefully sexist to say we can;t enjoy the many wonderous items from lush, afterall I need a bit of pampering too at times. Also as a practical side, if the soap is out and being used, i'll use it too, not just have many many many items out for me and the mrs'.
Well using the great site, hotukdeals, I was informed that after xmas they were doing behind the counter £!5 goody bags. Not advertised, but had to be requested. I told the Mrs to go in and get a couple, afterall it was to contain atleast £30-£50 worth of items, and knowing she likes the stuff, thats excellent value (and saves a couple of items over a few months being bought to total above and beyond that)
Well one of the items we got in our bags was a huge slice of cake, unfortuantely its not edible, afterall surely I hadn't eaten enough fruti cake over the xmas holiday????
Anyway I started to use the soap, a little strange with the two differnt parts to it, as the soap seemed to have a light white section that never seemed to be on the body for long until it was merged with the brown cake section.
Now I shower and I beleive it did a job of soap, cleaning the skin, but after that nothign else. The smell of it was alright, but to me could be sickly at times,the only good thing was having to completly ensure all brown soap was washed from every crevice so no brown marks got on the towel... I didn't want any false accusation ;)
Overall the soap is a soap, however I have seen many many better products from lush. This is one that I guess was nice to get with a theme for xmas, and would be nice on the side of the bath during Decembe, but other than that I certainly wouldn't pay for it as a dedicated purchase, and I wouldn;t bother using it if it was out on the side unless i was really in the mood.
I recieved a large piece of lush's christmas cake soap in a £5 lush grabbit bag I purchased after christmas. This is not really something I would buy again but then it is really just a christmas themed novelty soap. The soap is supposed to resemble a piece of christmas cake with a brown section and a white and yellow section.
The piece I recieved was missing the top part and so just a large brown chunk of soap. The soap came wrapped in white thin paper with a sticky label on the bottom describing the ingredients and the name of the soap. I'm not sure this is the best packaging because it seems like it could easily tear if it had got wet and been raining although this may of just been the packaging used because it was part of the grabbit bag I bought. I do not know what it would be like to purchase on its own.
The soap itself has a strong spicy smell to me it smells rather masculine which is abit offputting as I am female. The soap is useable though despite the unpleasent smell. The smell does fade slightly after use and I am currently using it as a hand soap. One problem I have noticed with this particular soap is that it leaves a brown residue on any surface like the sink. This makes your sink look abit mucky and therefore extra cleaning is needed around the sink. The soap does lather quite well and does make your hands feel quite soft. All in all a great novelty idea visually if you get a piece that actually looks like christmas cake but smell and colour are this products downfall.
Well, I HATE this product. If I am perfectly honest though, I HATE christmas cake also, so it was not really the product for me. I got it as a free sample and it is not something I would buy. It bewilders me why anyone would really want to smell like christmas cake??
Some of the slices do not come with icing on, mine did and it was sort of glued on. As a result it fell off pretty darn fast and I don't really see the point of that little chunk of icing, especially when so many other pieces do not have it.
If you LOVE xmas cake or fruit cake in general then I would recommend this, but be warned it really does smell like its name, and it is just not something I will ever buy. Nice idea LUSH, but NOT one of your better one's I am afraid...
I really like the idea of this Christmas Cake soap from Lush as a stocking filler or a secret santa present. It looks a little bit like Christmas cake and is quirky. However, in my opinion it does not really smell of christmas cake at all. It is quite an earthy smell, a little like bergamot, even though bergamot is not listed on the ingredients.
The smell is not that strong and it does not last on your skin. I found that it went as soon as I had dried, which I find is quite unusual for Lush products. The smell is usually really strong and lasts well. I think this is more of a novelty soap for the Christmas market and so they did not put as much effort into making it the best quality.
It lathers quite well and makes your skin really soft. However, when you rub it into your skin, it does look brown and yucky and a bit like dirt!
The soap looked a bit like old gunky mouldy soap. I know I am not selling it at all and that is because I would not recommend it. It is not a product that I would ever buy for myself or for a loved one that I cared about. But like I said, I like the idea of it as a secret santa just because it is quirky!
As well as being a chocaholic, I am also a big fan of cake. I particularly like Christmas cake, especially the one my husband's Grandmother makes us each year. I have hinted that she could make them all through the year, but no, apparently unlike dogs, they're just for Christmas.
With that in mind I was quite pleased when I opened a Lush Yuletide giftbox and there nestled among the popcorn and the crumpled 10% off voucher was a lump of Christmas cake soap.
Now let's make this clear. The piece of soap I have looks nothing like the picture above. That piece looks exactly like a piece of Christmas cake, complete with icing and marzipan, mmm! The soap in my pack doesn't acually resemble Christmas cake, or any other cake for that matter. It is a brown-y red lump and it is covered with white powder that looks a little bit like icing sugar.
The piece of soap does however smell like Christmas cake. I spent a good few minutes inhaling the smell which is quite spicy with a definite tang of almonds. Quite delicious! While showering with the soap it did give off quite a nice smell though unfortunately this didn't linger on me after I was dry.
**Using the product**
One thing that was a little bit off-putting about the soap is that when wet and rubbed in my hands it did give off a brown gunge which is not that appealing in a product to cleanse yourself. It also left brown marks in the soap dish when I put it down. However, when I rubbed it with a bath puff, or whatever you call those mesh things to scrub yourself in the shower, it did create quite a lot of creamy bubbles that were off white in colour rather than the unpleasant brown. The smell that wafted up in the warm air was quite pleasant and as far as I am aware I was quite clean when I stepped out of the shower.
**Price and availability**
I'm not quite sure how much this soap retails at as I got mine in a bargain grab bag and being a seasonal item it is no longer available to buy on the website or in shops. If you are desperate to get your hands on a piece it is currently selling on ebay from around 99p, with Buy It Now prices around £3.50 plus postage. Otherwise wait until next Christmas.. or just don't bother at all!
**Would I recommend it?**
No, not really. It does smell nice but the fragrance doesn't last. This might be ok if you don't want to go round stinking of Lush all day but I do like to be able to catch the occasional whiff of it across the day. It probably would have been nice if it did in fact look like cake but in reality it just looks like any old soap and I'm not at all keen on the idea of having brown gunge in my soap dish. Sadly, for me, another disappointment from Lush whereby the reality didn't live up to the promise.
As regular readers of my reviews will know, I do like Lush as a rule but I have to say their Christmas offerings this year were a bit of a letdown and the worst of all was this Lush Christmas Cake Slice Soap. I just had to buy a piece but so wish I had not bothered.
The soap looks exactly like a slice of Christmas cake and smells very similar to one, it has a rich spicy scent that really did remind me of Christmas. The trouble with this soap is that it lathers up into a horrid looking brown lather and the smell does not translate to the skin.
The scent of the bar or of my bathroom with the soap in it was nice but the scent of my skin after using it was not the same. The scent seemed to have become a bit musky and manly once used and I soon stopped using it.
It did not dry out my skin or cause irritation which is a good thing but it did go soft very quickly and left a horrid dark brown gunge in the soap dish, so it has good points and bad really but mainly bad in my opinion and certainly not one of the Lush products I will be buying again nor recommending to others!
I got this soap as a free sample and it smells exactly like christmas cake. I was glad to have it as a freebie over the festive period. It added a festive touch to the bathroom and was a bit of a novelty for my visitors.
How does it lather up to their other products? Well it doesn't really have any differentiating features to any other soaps. It looks like christmas cake, but your hands won't look or smell like christmas cake after using it. To be totally honest I've yet to find a Lush soap that has a different effect to generic soaps, they just all look pretty in your bathroom. They make a nice additional stocking filler though.
On the plus side, it is a soap which leaves your hands soft. Soaps that do this to your hands can be harder to find and with Lush you are guaranteed softer skin. There are better ways to spend your money in Lush than on their soap range.
The reviews for this soap seem to be pretty bad so I'm going to put my point across.
On the website, this soap looks like christmas cake (obviously) with marzipan and icing. However, I have had two slices and neither have the marzipan or icing. This is not surprising to me as lush soaps are hand-cut from a giant circle of soap. Therefore, it depends on which bit of soap you have.
My soap smells delicious, like a slightly more boozy version of Snowcake. It has a marzipan smell but with sherry, just like a christmas cake smells! I absolutely love the smell of this.
It lathers well enough I think. The lather is bright orange which seems a bit strange but it doesn't stain your hands or anything so it is fine.
The smell stayed on my hands for ages afterwards and I kept sniffing my hands afterwards. The soap has lasted me a few weeks and I like it so much that I have bought another block to last me until next christmas. Hopefully it will be back!
I received this soap as part of the "Christmas Present" gift set for Christmas this year and I decided to start using it first as it is Christmas-appropriate. I got a long slab of it, without the white part pictured, and not shaped like a cake slice either, just rectangular, which I think is a good thing as it is much easier to hold in the shower than a piece shaped like a cake slice would probably be!
It is mostly brown with black bits but has some coloured sections like pieces of fruit in a real cake, red and green and orangey. It smells like cake too - at first I didn't think I liked it but it has grown on me.
This soap lathers quite easily although it doesn't produce a load of bubbles. Weirdly the lather is orange - which was slightly disconcerting at first - I looked like I'd been badly fake tanned, but it rinses off and it is kind of useful to be able to see which parts of me I've already soaped!
I think this bar will last quite a long time. I've used it several times and it's only shrunk a little. I try to keep it dry most of the time to avoid an orange soap dish. It doesn't do anything to my skin but that's alright as my skin is fine for the most part as it is. The scent lingers on my skin for a couple of hours I think, but isn't really noticeable unless I dig my nose into my arm.
It is nice but I'm not sure I would buy it myself. I'm not into smelling of cake all the time although it has novelty value and I will enjoy using it while it lasts.
This is one of Lush's products for Christmas 2008 so is only available whilst stocks last. It is £2.89.
The Christmas Cake Soap Slice is one of three Lush Christmas soaps this year, and the only one I've bought - so far. I saw the pictures of the full block of this, and it looked amazing - like a huge iced Christmas cake with pieces of red and green in it, and despite thinking the scent might be a little spicy for my tastes, I had to order a slice!
When my piece arrived, it did not have the white layer of 'icing' on the top, and the red and green blocks I had seen on the picture were nowhere to be seen either. Instead I had a dark brown soap, with little white bits flecked in it. In fact, when I first saw this, I actually thought the white bits were mould, but having now seen the whole block of soap up close, it turns out they're meant to be there and must be one of the ingredients!
The smell of this soap is lovely, and I needn't have worried about it being overly spicy (in the way Spice Curls is - I got a piece free with my order, and it's really too strong for me), this is a gorgeous scent, that really does remind me of Christmas.
Apart from their palm-free base of rapeseed, coconut and sunflower oil, which all the Lush soaps contain now, the soap also contains Almond oil, Vetivert Oil, Cederwood oil and Cinnamal, which comes from Cinnamon. The overall scent that this creates, is sweet and spicy, and it really does smell like a slice of Christmas cake.
When it came to using the soap, I was slightly disappointed. Since Lush stopped using Palm Oil in their products for environmental reasons, many Lush fans have complained that the soaps no longer lather up very well. Unfortunately, this is no exception. Rather than lather, I found that this soap left a sort of slimy brown film on my hands, and made no lather at all. When I rinsed my hands, I could see a trail of brown water being washed away down the plug hole, and yes, it came from the soap, I wasn't that dirty! I also noticed that it had left a horrible brown gunge in the bottom of my soap dish, which I wasn't too chuffed about!
I had heard someone talking about using Lush soaps with a shower puff to get more lather from them, so I decided to give that a try, and rubbed the soap onto the puff. I was surprised to find that this worked really well, and got lots of lather, however when I'd finished using it, I looked at the soap, and realised I had used about quarter of the bar with just one wash, so this stuff does wear down quickly, and so I've started using it for washing my hands again, as hopefully that way it will last longer.
The lovely scent does stay on the skin for quite some time after using this, and I have noticed now that the soap is worn down quite a bit, I can see bits of red coming through in the middle. It left my skin feeling OK and wasn't drying, but did not seem to make a huge impact on my skin really - not enough to be noticeable anyway.
A 100g bar of this soap costs £2.95 from Lush or online at www.lush.co.uk
In conclusion, I have mixed feelings about this. I do love the scent of this soap, but I feel that that is the only thing it really has going for it. It doesn't lather well, it leaves the soap dish covered in brown slime, and it wears away quite quickly. I'll still give it three stars, as I really do love the smell of it, and its non-drying, but I'm not sure I would buy it again, unless they changed the formula to one that gave a bit more lather.
Christmas Cake soap looks like a real slice of Christmas cake. It sells at £2.95 per 100g, but I was lucky enough to be in Lush when they were giving away free samples.
First, here are the ingredients:
Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Organic Aloe Vera Extract, Almond Oil, Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Sodium Chloride, *Cinnamal, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Gardenia Extract, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Titanium Dioxide.
The two dominant smells in this are the vetivert and the cedarwood. Vetivert oil has a smokey woody note and has a calming soothing effect and a healing effect on the skin. Sandalwood is woody and spicy and dispels anger and irritability.
It adds up to a woody aromatic smell that definitely has a masculine appeal. When my husband first used this I kept getting a waft every time he passed me, and I thought it was after shave. It's lovely! It's a nice refreshing soap to use in the shower, with a rich foam, but I would say with those aromatic smells, this is really a man's soap.
A great one for a little extra gift at Christmas, especially for someone who's stressed.
I was so excited on my birthday because I knew I was getting £200 quid off me step-dad to get the Ghds I'd been gagging for, for months. I didn't actually expect anything else present wise to be fair lol I did get a few other things however but the presents I loved receiving the most were some that when I picked up the gift wrap was a familiar shape and the aroma was very telling as to where they came from!
I am a huge Lush fan. My Mother is not. At 63 she feels the place is very confusing and that it's overpriced so knowing my Mum had gone in all confused looking for things for me actually made me cry to be honest lol However I've noticed lately I've had a few Lush products from my Mum for no reason. Like out of the blue and although my Mum isn't tight as such she is careful (on pension) and don't buy me gifts for no reason. However I noticed that whenever she mentioned the shop she mentioned a store assistant helping her selecting things called Chris. I went in deliberately to see what the new attraction was and Chris is male! My Mums a strumpet and fell in lust with a guy in his 20's but I haven't complained lol I'm getting good stuff out it.
Well that was a while ago and I now know Chris aswell and have been in the store with my Mum a few times and so she asked him for a bar of soap and a couple of bath bombs for me for said birthday. All she wanted was them wrapped and to pay for them and he chose this as it's a new product in time for Christmas.
What Lush Say About The Product....
If you're planning to throw a huge Christmas party and you want to give everybody a present to take away with them, how about buying a massive great Christmas Cake Soap and slicing it up into hundreds of pieces to give all your guests? We also sell it in bar-of-soap slices, which we cut off the big Cake for you. It smells like cake and more - more like a slice of Christmas cake on a plate next to an open fire of fragrant, smouldering wood logs to keep the chill away. Soothing, smoky vetivert essential oil and organic aloe vera help your Christmas Cake Slice to keep your skin calm over Yuletide, even if everything else goes crazy.
The Appearance Of The Soap....
Well on the review photograph and on the website the photograph shows that the soap comes round like a massive cake and of course most of us will get just a slice! The base is multi coloured. Purple, red and green and the colours stay separate so look like pieces of fruit almost in jelly. Now again going back to the photograph the top part of the 'cake' is white and looks like icing on er a Christmas cake of course! However mine didn't come with a white layer on it for some reason, but never mind lol.
It is dense and a tiny bit sticky to the touch. It's not a creamy soap and is a bit shiny and translucent (although it isn't of course) and it feels like it's made of oils. It's easy to break off what you want but at the same time it isn't a fragile soap and it doesn't flake. However because it's oily a word to the wise. Do be careful where you store this one because it can and will melt and also I left mine in bathroom and it changed colour and went darker!
One for the ladies in my opinion and you'll either love it or hate it to be perfectly honest with you. This is a highly fragrant product, make no mistake about that. It smells to me of marzipan and it's very sweet indeed. Sniff the soap too much and if your anything like me you'll start to get queasy. It smells so strong and my Mum said that when she was on the bus coming home a lady asked her what she smelt off. My mum likes the fragrance of this alot. Me, I quite like it but it's an acquired taste.
Rubbish! I'd like to stop my review there really and say don't buy and have done with it. I've used a few Christmas special offerings over the past 3 or 4 years from Lush and I'm not impressed with any of them and this is no different. Long lasting it actually is. I pull a bit off my bar so I don't loose the majority of soap using it and one tiny piece is all that I need. It doesn't drain the essential oils too fast and you can see them as you apply it to damp skin mainly giving away a green oil.
The problem is that there is no lather at all from it. No bubbles and the soap feels like your dragging it over your body even though it is smooth in texture. It doesn't soften the skin, it's rubbish for shaving with (I cut my leg in several places) and after I had used it I felt like I needed another shower as I wasn't sure I was really clean due to everything I have just said but as well as that the soap stayed hard but was slimy and it kept slipping out of my hand!
My skin felt incredibly dried out and I have what I would class as fairly normal skin so I can't see this being any good to people with already dry skin.
The fragrance was quite different to how it smelt when sniffing the bar when I first got given it. It was very nice... for all of 10 minutes. It was not so strong as soon as I stepped out of the shower but as I say my body never held on to that smell at all after that time. I even got my ex bf to sniff me and he couldn't smell nothing at all!
I hate it. I mean I really do and in my view it's a complete waste of money unless you want to use it as a hand soap. Probably great on greasy skin due to the fact it dries skin up like a prune but who ever tested this out for Lush and decided it should be including in the range is a moron quite frankly. It's awful to try clean yourself with and there's no smell when used! I don't understand this product and I don't recommend it either!
The only benefit of this is that it isn't tested on animals and is a product that is handmade and as natural as you could hope for!
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Organic Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Cedarwood Oil (Juniperus virginiana), Sodium Chloride, *Cinnamal, *Linalool, Colour 42090, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Titanium Dioxide
*only occurs in natural oils.
£2.95 per 100g slice only in Lush.