“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I love shopping in Lush but the soaps are usually something that I overlook. I only use soap for hand washing as I use other products for my face and body. The reason I love Lush so much is that they have such fun and funky products, but somehow soap still does not seem very exciting. However, I really like to try as many of the limited edition items as I can. This Cocktail Guest Soap is actually a product from Lush's sister cosmetics company, Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, and it made it's way onto the Lush store shelves for one Christmas season. This costs £3.25 for a 100g block, but is no longer available since the Be Never... side of the company shut down. Some of the products are being re-made and re-released in Lush stores, so keep your eyes peeled in the future as it could possibly make a reappearance.
Lush say: "Hand & body soap scented with seductive Cocktail fragrance. For your guests (or yourself). Lush has borrowed the Cocktail Soap from its more sophisticated sister, B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful, so we can dress up a bit fancier for Christmas. It's a passionate purple soap, scented with one of Mark's sexiest, sultriest floral fragrances. B is only allowing us to have Cocktail as a guest for the yuletide season so grab it now - and maybe B will let us have another guest for Easter."
The Cocktail guest soap is a pretty and sophisticated looking soap. It has a nice deep purple colour and is sprinkle with loads of sparkly glitter that is mixed into the soap as well. There is a raised "B" logo on the top of the soap and the circular shape is quite smart and well formed compared to the usual haphazard chunks that Lush soaps are cut into when buying from the bigger blocks.
This soap has a pleasant smell to it that is quite different to what you might expect from Lush. It's a strong and well-balanced fragrance but has a more grown up feel to it, and includes sultry and exotic elements such as ylang ylang, jasmine and sandalwood. The fragrance stays on the skin and lingers for a short while after washing with it, which is very pleasant indeed. There were other products in the B Never... range that had this fragrance, including a perfume and various bath products, so this would be nice if you could use them together and really layer up the scent to make it last even longer.
The soap itself feels quite solid and is very slippy which can make it hard to grip on to when you're washing with it. The small round shape of the soap block helps with this a little, as you can fit it inside both of your hands and try to stop it from escaping! I have noticed that when I'm washing my hands it takes me a little while of rubbing at the bar before I get a good lather, and it doesn't foam up a great deal. This means that I end up using quite a lot of it and I have worked my way through this soap in a fairly short amount of time.
My hands always feel thoroughly cleansed when I have used my Cocktail soap and even though it's not overly bubbly it does spread quite well. The glitter adds a bit of fun to what might otherwise be quite an ordinary product, and thankfully you don't end up with glitter all over your hands and sink after using it. Unfortunately what I did end up with was purple marks around my sink, and the colouring from the soap did seem to stain a little if it wasn't washed away quickly. I haven't ended up with purple hands though, so I just remember to be careful and rinse round the sink properly to remove any leftover drips or soap suds.
This is a good soap that is cleansing and looks great. It has a nice scent to it and is not what I would really think of as being a typical Lush product. There were a few minor problems as outlined above, which resulted in me docking a star from the overall score. I think that most people would like this soap and keep your fingers crossed for it to make a return back into the shops!
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed oil, Sunflower oil, Coconut oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Ylang Ylang Absolute, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Sodium Chloride, Iris Glitter, *Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 61585, Colour 18050.
*Occurns naturally in essential oils.
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Rather than being a Lush soap, this belongs to Lush's ('more sophisticated') sister shop B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful (please read my review of the store, which I was thrilled to find has received a crown!). B Cosmetics specialises in make up and perfume, and this gorgeous soap is part of the Cocktail perfume range.
Cocktail is my absolute favourite perfume in all the world and I am really writing this review to tell you all to keep well away from it - it is mine - hands off! It is really very upsetting that Lush have had Cocktail soap as a guest soap in all their branches, thus bringing it to a much wider audience, when really I'd like to keep it as a secret pleasure just for myself. Sigh.
Oh well. Scent is very difficult to describe in a review, so further than "lovely lovely lovely" I am struggling a bit. I can say that this is a feminine smell, but not in a girlie way, it is definitely grown up and quite heady and intoxicating. My 9 year old son hates it and won't kiss me goodbye when I go out wearing it. Ho hum, it is a small price to pay! However, the website describes the scent as being 'inspired by swathes of taffeta on a stunning ball gown' and by childhood memories of your mother going out all dressed up.
Cocktail soap contains Bergamot Oil , Jasmine Absolute , Rose Absolute , Sandalwood Oil , and Ylang Ylang Absolute - all grown up scents that contribute to the unique smell. It also does linger on the skin, so is great to use in the shower, you'll smell it on your skin all day long. Also good as a hand soap in the bathroom. Be warned, the gorgeous red purple colour does pool on the wash basin though.
At £3.25 per 100g block, Cocktail isn't the cheapest, but it is so luxurious that it is well worth the price. I'm stocking up whilst it is still around.
The Cocktail Guest soap was only available from Lush for a short period of time, but don't despair! You can still get it from Lush's sister shop Be Never To Busy To Be Beautiful - wow what a mouthful so will now be referred to as B!!
There are only three B stores as far as I know, one in Poole near the Lush head office and two in London - one is in Carnaby Street and the other in Covent Garden. Now I live in London so have been to both London stores but if you don't live near any you can always order online via the Lush website.
The soap itself is a bit more upmarket than what Lush usually has to offer - it does look really good, it is deep purple circle with a big B on. The smell - cocktail - is one of B's signature perfume scents, think flowery and musky (sort of like Chanel No. 5) the kind of thing they was much more popular in the fifties and sixties. I find it quite overpowering generally but as a soap it is much more understated.
It does look good sitting out in the bathroom and everyone who has passed through and used it have said how nice it is (but I always get that as all my soaps are Lush anyway!)
Go upmarket and try it - you will feel so posh!!
Great for sensitive skin! This soap has the most addictive smell and foams up beautifully when used in the shower. It contains bergamot, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang and lavender which combine to make something really luxurious. You won't need perfume after using this! Some of the Lush soaps smell great, but aren't so foamy as this one, so are better as hand soaps.
The best thing about Cocktail Guest Soap is that it doesn't contain that awful stuff sodium laurel sulphate, which is in most shower gels these days and is a skin irritant. Use this soap instead of shower gel and you'll find your skin feels clean and smooth but not itchy.
Another thing that's useful to know is that it doesn't contain parabens either. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer! If you want to use something that is kind to your skin without adding nasty chemicals, this is the one. I've also used it on my grandchildren. They both have sensitive skins, but were fine with this, and loved the sparkly bits. Unfortunately is is discontinued, so is no longer in the Lush shops, but at present is still on sale online, so it's worth a try ordering. Also it's worth keeping an eye on the retro section on the Lush website, where they sell discontinued favourites.
I believe that the Lush Cocktail Guest soap was introduced for the Christmas season, but either stayed or was re-introduced because of it's popularity. It is however to be discontinued soon, so like the Fairy Jasmine bath ballistic, which is also to disappear in the near future, I decided I would try the bar I bought last month now just in case it was amazing and I wanted to buy some more. I know if I left it a couple of months before trying it, then fell in love and couldn't get it any more, I'd be gutted! Yes, that's how sad my life is...anyway, moving on...
The main thing that attracted me to this soap was its gorgeous smell. Lush have a sister site, B, which can be visited by clicking the sparkly letter B on the Lush homepage. B sell mainly cosmetics and fragrances, and one of their fragrances is named Cocktail. This soap uses the B cocktail fragrance in it, which is an amazing blend of Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Lush describe this as being a sexy, sultry, floral fragrance, and I can only agree, it's definitely one of Lush's best. The scent is floral (but not in an overpowering, sickly way) but also a little bit exotic with the tones of sandalwood and jasmine coming through. It's hard to describe, but I think the combination of all the different oils come together to make a quite feminine and sexy scent - also if you like Lush's Fever massage bar I think you will like this, as although it's not exactly the same fragrance, I think they are similarities between the two. B actually sell this as a perfume, and I'm now really interested in buying it, because I love the smell of this soap so much!
So, other than it smells great, you should know that this is made with Lush's groundbreaking palm-free soap base. I have mentioned this in previous reviews, but basically most soap is made with a base of palm oil, and because of the demand for palm oil in cosmetics and as a bio-fuel, thousands of acres of forests are being torn down to make way for palm plantations. Lush have now developed a soap base made from rapeseed, coconut and sunflower oil and at the same time cut their annual palm-oil use by 250000 kg, so you can know that by buying this soap you are doing your bit for the environment.
As anyone who has bought soap from Lush before will know, it comes in a big block, from which you will get a piece cut off. The block is what's shown in the picture above with the big letter B on it. You're actual piece will probably just be rectangular as mine was. The colour of the soap is gorgeous, being a lovely dark purple.
I first started using this as a hand soap. I put it on the edge of my sink, and when I went into the room later on that day my bathroom was filled with its gorgeous scent - who needs air freshener! Although the soap feels quite solid and waxy to the touch, I found that it lathered up well and the lather was pink! One thing to warn you about though, is that it stained the side of my sink a purple-pink colour, and although it was easy to wash off, it did look a bit messy at first!
I loved how clean this got my hands without drying them out as other soaps have, so I have now started using this in the bath - it's far too good to be washing my hands with! I find it leaves my skin lovely and soft and is good at getting me clean as well - I used it to wash off fake tan the other day and it got rid of it no problem. The main advantage though, is the smell it leaves on my skin, it just smells lovely for hours after I've used it.
This soap costs £3.25 for a 100g block from Lush, so it is one of their pricier ones.
As I said, this one wont be with us much longer, so I will be heading to Lush to get myself another bar for when this one runs out, it is now joint first with I should Coco as my favourite Lush soap!
A passionate purple soap for special occasions /