“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
Who wouldn't want a soap smelling of Parma Violets? That's exactly how the Gratuitous Violets Soap from Lush smells. It was made available as a limited edition via the Retro section of the Lush website, and I snapped some up straight away. The soap is pale purple, or violet, as the name would suggest, and smells a bit similar to the Daddy O shampoo and Tuca Tuca fragrance (but it's more sweet).
Sweet violet leaf infusion makes up the bulk of the soap, helping to create the lovely violet scent. The soap base is made up of rapeseed oil and coconut oil - Lush no longer use palm oil as a soap base (although it is still present in small amounts in the SLS used) to help protect the environment, a praiseworthy stance. The soap also contains cananga oil, violet leaf absolute and cedarwood oil, and is suitable for vegans.
As mentioned, the soap is a lovely violet colour and it has a strong scent. It has a creamy texture and is really nice to use. I've used it as both a body and hand soap and find that it lathers up fairly easily with or without a shower puff. It also seems to be lasting pretty well. It isn't as softening or gentle as the Avowash soap I've also been trying recently, but it isn't harsh either.
I've mostly stuck to using this as a hand soap as I have other soaps and shower gels to use up. It doesn't dry out my hands but it does leave a lovely scent behind, which lasts half an hour or so. Washing your hands is a rather dull but necessary job, but this soap helps to make it a bit more fun.
The only thing I really don't like about this product is the price: at £3.95 it's a bit more than I would like to pay. However, apart from that, this is a really great soap.