“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap / Gender: for Men „
I received a good few Lush products over Christmas as gifts and slowly I have been getting round to using them, I have also decided that it is about time I started writing some reviews on them so I can muster up the money to replace the ones I liked.
One soap bar that I got from a friend really looked good to me and after using it was as good to use as it had looked.
The bar I refer to is the Icon soap bar, it is a very deep purple in colour and the scent from it is beautiful both before it is used and during use.
It lathers up to quite a creamy thick lather and the scent is as deep as its purple colour, the scent is best described as floral but there is a strong undercurrent of sweetness, a bit of a citrusy sweet tinge there somewhere.
It smells like no Lush soap I have ever come across before and it truly is gorgeous and the good thing is that this scent lingers on the skin after towel drying and also it is strong enough to fill the whole house after using it and it continues to fill the bathroom with the aroma just lying in the soap dish.
This soap also left my skin feeling silky soft and smooth and it is therefore definitely a soap I would use again but apparently it is no longer available and when it was it cost around £10 for a 100g bar.
It is a shame it seems to have disappeared but I am not sure I would have paid that for it anyway, no matter how good it is.
The only time I ever buy solid soaps is when Lush brings out something I just cannot resist buying, other than that I prefer the more hygienic liquid soaps from pump dispensers.
Lush Icon soap was a block soap that I was definitely tempted by because it had the most beautiful pure scent but when I saw that a 100g bar was going to cost me £11 the temptation eased somewhat.
Lush products are never cheap but I thought this was totally overboard and decided at first to leave it but a few weeks later I noticed the soap was on offer at a mere £5 per 100g bar so I made my move and I am ever so glad I did.
This soap has the most beautiful rich and pure scent, it is somewhat floral but it has a sort of citrusy undertone and it actually smells like a perfume rather than a soap. The scent transfers perfectly to the skin and lasts well too.
The soap is a hard block soap that does not go soft and lasts for ages, in fact it never seems to go down at all, which at a fiver a bar is a good thing and even better if you happen to have paid full price for it.
The soap left my skin feeling soft and fresh and not at all dry nor irritated and as I have sensitive skin I would imagine this would be the rule for others too.
This is certainly a soap I would recommend even at full price and one I will certainly buy again, I m even tempted to say it is the best Lush soap I have used.
Let me just say that I didn't actually buy this soap I went in and asked for a sample, because the price for this is £11.50 for a mere 100g!!!!!!!
It smells of oranges, bergamot and sandalwood, very spicy and intense. It is deep dark purple in colour and it has a golden sparkly sheen which when you use it rubs off on your skin. I personally used it before an evening out because it gave me a nice glow and the smell really enhanced the perfume I was wearing - Hypnotic Poison.
It is quite firm in texture but it did break very easily, however I only had a tiny wafer thin piece so a larger bar may hold together a bit better. There was not much lather but my skin felt really clean after using it.
I really did like this soap but I would not pay £11.50 for a measly 100g - not in a million years. I understand it probably has some really expensive oils in but come on £11.50 for a piece of soap!!
I really did like this soap but my local store would probably ban me if I went in every few weeks and asked for a sample! I keep putting it on my pressie list - for birthday, mothers day, anniversary - but so far no joy! It seems no one else wants to spend that sort of money on soap either, but Xmas is coming up so I will live in hope!!
Seriously though if you can afford it and you love Lush, give this a try and use it sparingly, for high days and holidays only.
This is the most expensive soap/bath product I have ever bought ! Retailing at £11.50 for 100g from Lush its just ridiculously expensive. I personally paid around £7 for it as I bougt it on Ebay and that is alot to pay for a bar of soap, there is no way would have EVER bought it from Lush for its full price. And the only reason I paid £7 was curiosity - what could be so marvellous about a soap that its worth £11.50 ?
This soap is called Icon and it is a very deep purple colour, it is from the Retro Lush range, which also adds to its price, because Retro Lush can be bought only from the Lush website, where you are charged nearly £4 in postage even if you buy just one bar of soap.
The scent of this soap is very unusual and I think a person would either like it very much or hate it. It is difficult to define what the fragrence is, to me it is a musty orangy floral frangrence, it is rather risch and should definitely be used in moderation, both its price and scent make this pretty much unsuitable as an everyday soap.
I believe the reason for the rich aroma and shocking price, is the vast amounts of oils which make this old smelling soap. The soap is pleasent and though I am only 20 years old, it makes me think of black and white romantic movies, particularly those set in wartime.
Personally, I think this soap is suited to either male or female, as whilst it smells slightly floral, it is not a girly smell, it is actually quite neutral.
This is a good solid soap, unlike many Lush soaps, it does not crumble everywhere when you use it, its lather is okay, though I do prefer a nice bubbly soap, which this is not.
Whilst I do like this soap, I wouldnt buy it again, it is not special enough ( in my opinion ) to be spending the £7 I did, let alone the £11.50 plus postage it sells for via the Lush website. I plan to stretch this bar and use it only occasionally, I think it would be fab to bath with just before going for a romantic meal, or spending the evening with someone special.
The ingridients in Icon, as given on the Lush website are -
Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Olea europaea)
Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia)
Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album)
Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis)
Myrrh Resinoid (Commiphora myrrha)
Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis)
Golden Lustre Sparkle
Icon is one of those deep, dark fragrances which is made with the most deliciously heavy essential oils with a light airy note of orange blossom dancing lightly on top / Imagine it scenting a Venetian palazzo upholstered in purple crushed velvet with dark portraits framed in gold leaf, the pungently scented darkness only broken by flickering candles / Theres something Byronesque about Icon; you could imagine it worn by dissolute young men staying up late to write poetry, and by their languid mistresses / Icons fragrance warms on the skin, many deep, heavy layers build up to make the whole scent, with light, high notes barely touching the skin / Then we put it in a deep purple soap! It shouldn't be allowed /