“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I was excited to hear that LUSH had released their christmas range becuase they usually have really nice shimmery sparkly stuff to get you in the christmas season, with all the traditional colours and smells.
I liked the look of this soap because of the giant "FATHER FROST" on the top. I think it looks quite purple in the LUSH TIMES and this picture too, but, in fact it is actually a dark midnight blue colour.
It smells gorgeous too. Very floraly; not christmassy at all! It has geranium, ylang ylang and rose in it so this is what gives it the smell of sumemr blossom.
I do think that £3.50 is quite expensive for this soap, especially as there are no special features on it - no sparkles, other colours, flowers, seeds, fruit or anything like that. So i don't particularly think it was very good for value.
However, i found that it did lather quite well, although the white "FATHER FROST" icing prevented it from doing so. I ended up picking it off.
I found my skin to be soft after use, which isn't anything new to be honest considering ALL of LUSH soaps do.
This soap doesn't have any particular special properties for special particular skin problems either, it is literally a case of what you see is what you get.
Lush's Father Frost soap was released as part of the store's limited edition Christmas range. Priced at £3.50 for 100g, it contained rose and geranium, ylang ylang, and coconut and rapeseed oils, was a lovely midnight blue in colour, and the large cake had a bearded frosty face on it in white - meant to represent Father Frost, of course.
This soap was inspired by a Russian fairy tale, as a lot of Lush's festive products seem to have been last year. Actually Father Christmas in Russia is known as GRANDfather Frost ('Dyed Moroz') - there's a bit of trivia for you!
I received a chunk of this soap in my grab bag after Christmas. I thought it smelled lovely, very fresh and floral, though the scent was slightly unexpected as for some reason I expected it to have a muskier, deeper smell. I always wash with a body puff and found that the soap lathered up really well using this.
Though the soap smells lovely, the scent doesn't linger on your skin after using it. This may or may not be a problem, depending on whether you would rather smell of perfume or body lotion than soap. My skin wasn't irritated by this soap, and it didn't feel dry, but neither did it feel particularly soft.
I have no real criticism of this soap: like all Lush soaps it is very good quality and you clearly get what you pay for, however, it is nothing special either and I would much prefer to use one of their other soaps or shower gels. I have since 'downgraded' this soap to use for handwashing purposes. I have noticed it is harder to get a lather on the soap when not using a body puff. However, it is lasting very well.
I would recommend Lush soaps in general, but not necessarily this soap in particular. If you do fancy trying it, it may be out next Christmas, but is no longer available from last year.
Part of the Lush Christmas range was this Father Frost soap. If you're lucky then you might still find them lurking in your Lush store, but hurry because Spring is on the way soon! The soap comes in one big block and then the staff slice you off a bit. You can get 100g for about £3.50, which seems quite dear for a bit of old soap, doesn't it?
What is the reason to get this then? The soap has a big jolly looking Santa on the middle of it, decked out in gorgeous white crystally bits. Though depending on where the staff slice, you might end up with an end bit or a face bit. This is a pity, it would have been nice to have individual soaps, each with his face on it.
The main soap colour is a deep violet colour, which will look great in any bathroom. It is firm to the touch, but when it meets water, it becomes more pliable. You can break off small parts or massage the bar directly into the skin.
As with all Lush goodies, the soap is packed to the hilt with ingredients that you might not have heard of. There are cranberries, sunflower and coconut oils and apple juice in this soap, though you will be lucky to get a whiff of any one ingredient. The soap is a fusion of smells and it is not that strong scented, lacking a distinctive aroma.
The ylang ylang oils help to sooth and balance skin and the delicate rose oils will also help relax you and leave the skin feeling softer. The downside is that the soap just isn't as exciting as some of the others on offer and the price isn't that appealing either. Visually striking, though one you can get by without.
I just luuurve Lush's Christmas ranges, they usually bring out lovely sparkly, shimmery stuff which smells just gorgeous! This year was a slight dissappointment as they haven't seemed to have brought out very many new lines, they have just brought out the usual Christmas favourites plus a couple of new ones. Their Father Frost soap is a new soap out this year and is a lovely purple colour. It smells absolutely divine - a floral kind of smell, which made me think of Christmas as it does invoke thoughts of cold, snowy, wintry nights. It's a shame though, that the smell does not linger long on the skin, and isn't a very strong smell.
In the past year or so, Lush have removed palm-oil from their soaps. I am fully supportive of their ethical reasons for removing it, but in doing so, in my humble opinion, they have totally ruined their soaps. Their once-creamy, frothy bars of gorgeousness are now lumps of something that reminds me of washing with a slimey , plastic lego brick. It's extremely frustrating trying to get some froth out of this soap, you have to rub it really hard over and over again just for it to feel something like a soap! The sales lady in Lush told me that it's not the soapy stuff in soap which actually cleanses the skin, it's all the other ingredients;well, this may be true, but I'm an old-fashioned gal who likes to wash in soapy, frothy soap! Although I really loved the smell of this soap, I won't be buying it again, it was too much like hard work to get it to work! In fact, although I'm a die-hard fan of everything Lush, since they have changed their soaps, I hardly bother to buy any of them now, and this one may just be my last, unless they find a replacement for the palm oil which actually works. Sorry Lush!!
This is what Lush has to say about their Father Frost soap:
A beautiful, indigo blue hand and body soap for good girls and boys.
This is a stunning new soap which looks like midnight and smells like a garden. If you've been good all year round, you may just be rewarded with a large piece of this Christmas soap made with apple juice and cranberries. It's inspired by Russian folk tales and has a beautiful mould of Father Frost on top. Pick up an entire round for a gorgeous, fragrant centre-piece this Christmas. Then cut it up and share it with your friends.
Their products are available online at www,lush.co.uk and available for mail order on 01202 668545.