“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I made an order from Lush Retro recently and purchased a number of soaps, one of which was the Gavernie soap. It sounded like a lovely refreshing soap and I am trying to sample all of Lush's soaps anyway so was delighted to choose a piece!
***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!
This Gavernie soap was designed to be tropical and refreshing and was named after a place in the Pyrenees, full of flowers and a waterfall. It has the rich green colour of a lagoon and is decorated with little flowers. The soap is suitable for vegetarians and contains sandalwood to soften skin and orange blossom absolute to revive.
I thought the smell of this soap was rather familiar, and after a while I realised why - it has the same refreshing scent as the Jungle solid conditioner (and a very similar green colour). It's hard to describe the scent properly - it isn't especially floral, or citrusy, and it isn't sweet - but it is a lovely refreshing evocative scent (and unisex too). I was pleased as I love the smell and put the soap out to use when the warmer weather arrived.
The soap lathered up really well and made my skin feel really clean. The flowers on the end came off while using it which was mildly irritating, but there weren't too many of them and they were confined to the edge of the soap so I could live with them. The soap had a lovely scent which I could smell in the bathroom after use and it lasted for a little while on my hands too, which was great. I mainly used the soap as a hand soap, and it didn't dry out my skin although it didn't moisturise it either. I felt really refreshed after using this soap, particularly in the hot weather!
The only real negative about this soap - apart from the flower bits - was that it seemed to disappear quite quickly. At a price of £3.60 for 100g this was disappointing and the soap is really quite pricey. However, I would consider buying it again - not on a regular basis, but occasionally - because I really did like it.
Lush Gavernie Soap
What is it?
Lush make soaps which are crammed with essential oils, herbs and fresh juices and it is always a great pleasure to me to select a different one to try. They make a nice treat and are fewer calories than chocolate or wine! Some I love and some I leave to others after my first purchase. This one captured my interest and imagination as it is nestled in the retro section of the website. For anyone new to Lush this means that being once very popular some products are withdrawn from the shops, but go on being produced in smaller numbers to satisfy the needs of loyal customers. This is because part of the appeal of Lush is to have an ever changing stock so that new and exciting products can appear to keep things new and fresh. Lush Gavernie soap is one such product from the retro section.
It is lagoon green and the surface is covered in dried petals which adhere to the bar like little pieces of confetti which have been gently moistened by morning dew. The bar is a similar colour to the Sea Vegetable soap they make, but the aroma is very different as is the composition of the soap.
What is the Meaning Of The Name Gavernie?
Gavernie is a tiny village in the high Pyrenees. Here you can walk to a majestic waterfall which cascades through 400m and is situated at the back of a glacial amphitheatre rising to over 3000 meters. The air is crisp and clean and the soap is named after the place to mirror the fresh lush grass and wild flowers which are found there. They also say it encapsulates the feeling of fresh long walks and deep breaths of mountain air.
The Main Ingredients
The soap obtains its smell from Lime Tree flowers, Cypress Oil, Frankinsense, Sandalwood, Violet leaf absolute and orange blossom absolute. The flowers contained within the crust of the soap are blue mallow, peony petals and cornflower petals. The soap is also made with gardenia extract, and the soap has coconut oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil to give it softening properties.
I was delighted to try this soap and the first thing I noticed was the strong aroma. At first I was taken back because it really is not the kind of girly soap I had imagined it might be. The smell is really what you would expect if you sat under a pine tree after the rain. The soap surface on one side has a flower strewn brownish crust speckled with some coloured petals and this to me looks and feels like leaf mulch you would see underneath a Cypress tree in the autumn. It is very different to anything I have ever smelt before and certainly is an acquired smell and one which may take a while to adjust to. The smell of Cypress and Frankincense really overwhelm the violets and orange blossom oils, although I am glad they added them or it would surely be a man's product.
In many ways it fits quite well when I use Badedas which I am very fond of as this is also a very foresty smell. As I have been using the soap I have really warmed to it and I am certainly considering it for purchase again in the future. It seems to be very moisturising too, and an added bonus it seems to wake me up in the morning when I use it and I feel really clean afterwards.
The side with the flowers really exfoliates well so it is good for any areas you wish to use this for, although as the soap is used some of the flowers do escape into the bath, and eventually the rougher crust reduces.
Aesthetically it looks lovely on the side of the bath and really looks like a piece of something you might have dived for off the coast.
However I don't think the smell would be too everyone's taste so it certainly needs a trial period.For this reason I can only give it 3* as it may be rather like marmite in that you will warm to it really quickly like I did, or hate it at the onset and wish you had left it to the retro corner.
100g is £2.94 from the website and the bar lasts a long time. As I am always in the bath it really does represent good value for money as I still have lots left after a month of daily use. Obviously not a cheap as bar soap from the supermarket but a treat for something a little bit special.