“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I made an order from Lush Retro recently and purchased a number of soaps, one of which was the Honey Waffle soap. Honey is meant to be very gentle and soothing and I liked the sound of it!
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***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!
***Waffling on about Honey Waffle***
This particular soap is a golden brown in colour and comes with a slice of Dorset honeycomb down the centre (though my small sample piece didn't have this). Geranium and ylang ylang oils provide a calming influence, while honey, as a natural antiseptic, is meant to soothe sore skin.
The soap is priced at £3.95, which is quite expensive for a Lush soap. However it looks and smells very luxurious - honey with a floral edge. It is creamy in texture and appearance and looks a bit like a chunk of toffee or caramel. Also, unlike some Lush soaps it doesn't wear down particularly quickly, despite its creamy nature.
I've used this soap mainly as a hand soap, but occasionally as a body soap as well. As a body soap, it lathers up well with a body puff and cleans thoroughly. I do love it as a hand soap, however. It is soft and creamy to the touch and is very gentle. Loads of hand soaps are quite drying, but this isn't at all - in fact it is quite moisturising, which is ideal in this fairly cold weather. Though I apply hand cream after washing my hands as a matter of course, I don't feel the immediate need to do so after using this soap, as it's so gentle. In addition, my hands remain scented with the lovely floral honey scent for a couple of hours.
I highly recommend this soap, but unfortunately it is about to be discontinued - if you are quick you might be able to grab some! If it wasn't about to vanish, I would buy some more to use as a hand soap as my hands are thanking me for it!
This product was part of the retro range that lush offers online, however i believe this soap has now been fully discontinued but im sure you can still find it in stores such as ebay.
the product contains honey along with a slice of actual honeycomb in the middle of the bar, the size of honey comb you recieve all depends on how big of a chunk you buy. The honey comb added a slight gloopyness to the bar which was nice.
It also contains essential oils of geranium and ylang ylang.
As with all lush products most of the ingredients are natural and if natural products they need dont excist they have safe synthetics, all free from animal testing.
My slice was part of a large birthday present full of lush lovelies, but the bar i recieved was abit mashed up and i was slightly upset.
This soap had a good loads of bubbles when rubbed with warm water, and applied nicely to the skin, it felt nice and helps to relax, however the smell was unbearable.
I assumed it would smell like honey nice sickly sweet cute bumble bee smell, and for the cost i hoped i would of been right, but it smelt vile, I used it twice in the vein hope i could get used to the smell while washing, but i couldnt, the after smell was relatively nice but when using it the smell made me want to vomit.
I love shopping in Lush and although soap might seem a bit boring, Lush always try their best to make it more interesting! I received a block of this Honey Waffle soap for my birthday last year, although I can see from checking the Lush wesbite that it is now discontinued.
Product description: "Honey is soothing, cleansing and smells sweet and lovely too; perfect for a decadent soap. We add a slice of honeycomb, too, right down the centre of each big block, so your slice may have a little chunk! We add in the gorgeous essential oils of geranium and ylang ylang to each batch to add a waft of tropical gardens and to help calm you down after a hard day. If you're feeling upset, give yourself a wash with this delightful bar. Inhale the sweet, calming fragrance and mountains become mole hills once more."
The Honey Waffle soap has a luxurious deep amber colour and has a big chunk of real honeycomb piece running through the middle of it. Mine had been cut into a nice neat block with a flat, rectangular shape that makes it easier to grip hold of. I did notice that to begin with when I first started using the soap it did not react well to being wet and would retain droplets of water on the surface of the soap, which then affected the texture. This sorted itself out after a few uses so maybe it was just a reaction to being stored for a while before use.
I've previously used Lush's Honey I Washed The Kids soap and the sugary sweet honey scent is one of my all time favourites. I had expected something similar from the Honey Waffle soap but it is very different in its own right. It has an underlying honey scent but is not overly sweet, and thanks to the addition of floral extracts and essential oils it has a much richer fragrance. The scent is very strongly concentrated and seems to perfume the whole of my (admittedly rather small) bathroom after just washing my hands with it!
The soap itself feels quite solid and has retained its firm texture right down to the last little scrap of soap I had leftover when the bar was reaching its end. I find that it lathers up really well and I get a lot of bubbles which helps to get my hands fully clean, but the soap bar can get very slippery and I often ended up dropping it into the sink or onto the floor by accident. The main problem that I have with this soap is that the piece of honeycomb has sharp edges, and they feel quite rough against the skin and it produces a scraping sensation when rubbing the soap bar between my hands to create a foam. This can sometimes feel uncomfortable and even a little painful.
My hands always feel thoroughly cleansed when I have used my Honey Waffle soap and it spreads well to get rid of any dirt or greasy marks. I sometimes find that soaps that are good at cleansing seem to strip my hands and leave the skin feeling in desperate need of lotion, but this one is a good all-rounder and cleans without being drying on the skin. It is nice and soothing and refreshing, although it does not really moisturise as well as the liquid or cream formula soaps.
I was extremely impresed with the longevity of this soap. Usually I get on pretty well with Lush soaps and they'll last me for two months or so before running out. This one lasted for double that and I got 4.5 months use from just one bar of soap. I don't know if its the different consistency or if the ingredients are more long-lasting, but I was pleased that it lasted so well and this makes it great value for money even though Lush soaps can appear a bit on the pricey side to begin with.
Overall, I'd say that this is a good soap that is cleansing and does the job it needs to do. However, I really disliked the hard scratchy feeling of the honeycomb even though it looked pretty neat to see the inclusion of whole natural ingredients. I really like the unusual scent but unfortunately I can't buy it again now even if I wanted to!
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Honeycomb, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Geranium Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Farnesol, *Linalool, Gardenia Extract
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
Since I think by now I must have tried all the soaps that Lush offer in their shops Ive been searching their 'Retro'range for products that I probably have never heard of. Soaps are the first thing I always look for when Im on Lush's website so that was the first thing I went searching for in the Retro section and this is the first one I sent whizzing to my basket 'Lush Honey Waffle Soap' simply because it is the first one to attract my attention and one of the few I knew I would love. Thankfully I wasnt wrong and since Ive started using this I have been very surprised at how brilliant it is - I cannot understand why it was taken off the Lush shelves - at least I can still get my fix online now!
Price: £4.20 - 100g bar.
Stockists: lush.co.uk - This soap is part of Lush's 'Retro' range so it isnt available in Lush stores only online.
Other Info: No ingredients contained in this soap are tested on animals - weirdly though I dont think this one is suitable for vegans - it doesnt say so on the website so if you ARE vegan and want to use this bar its worth asking a member of staff in a store as they should be able to tell you either way. I dont think it is because it contains honey.
As I say in all Lush soap reviews dont worry if yours doesnt look exactly the same as the image with this review - mine doesnt at all - because all soaps are cut from a large block so every single one will vary slightly in shape, colour and size - thats part of the fun. In the case of this soap my bar is actually a golden, orange colour rather than yellow and if your very lucky - YAY! I was - you will get a chunk of real Dorset Honeycomb embedded in the bar. This bar to me looks just like a honeycomb and reminds me of the 'Honey I Washed The Kids' bar which I adore so if this one was anything like that I knew it would be brilliant. Looks wise I think it will appeal to both men & women as the colour is quite neutral so its perfect for both sexes.
The scent of this soap honestly did shock me because it was nothing like I was expecting - I assumed it would be overlly, honey sweet and even though it does have a honey edge it is not by far the strongest scent. The Ylang Ylang + other essential oils are much stronger and Lush describe the scent as 'tropical gardens' which I think they have got totally spot on as its fruity/floral with a sweet, sugary edge - a lovely fragrance that lasts for hours on my skin even when Im out of the shower and dried off. The smell does get much stronger when you get it in the water so dont judge it when the soap is bone dry as the smell isnt very strong at all before you actually use it.
This is one of the few Lush soaps that I use both in the shower all over my body and as a simple handwash soap and it works a treat both ways. Using this in the shower is perfect because it lathers up brilliantly and rather than drying my skin out (like most ordinary soaps usually do) it has the total opposite effect and actually helps moisturise and soften my skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh and after using this I dont even need to apply lotion so its a massive time saver for me. And using it as a handwash soap is just as brilliant. I didnt actually know but Lush say that honey is one of the best antiseptics and has brilliant anti-bacterial properties so washing my hands with this helps them to be clean, smell great and free of germs so Im happy all round about this soap.
Yet another Lush soap that I have to give 5 stars to because I cant think of any problems I or anyone else would have with this. Its a soap with loads of added extras and Ive been using this nonstop and the bar has hardly gone down at all so even though its slightly pricier than the soaps people would normally go for I think in this case it is totally worth it. Highly recommended - I cannot believe this isnt available in the stores anymore!!
Thanks For Reading.
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Honey is a natural antiseptic beneficial for soothing sore skin / Honey Waffle is made with a slice of Dorset Honeycombe, geranium and ylang ylang essential oils to give it a waft of tropical gardens /