“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I have recently been trying some more of the Lush Soap range after falling in love with "Miranda" and decided to plump for Karma mainly due to its great reviews! As with all Lush soap when you buy them, you get a chunk, usually about 100g but you can ask for any size, a 100g block is currently priced at £3.95. Lush tell you to "breeze through the day with an air of good Karma surrounding you".
It is called Karma as it was inspired by a couple of hippies who spoke to it's inventor,Mark. He claims the smell was then aimed to "bottle the heady ambience of Kensington Market as he remembers it in the 60's". The soap in a deep rich red colour and smells heavenly. You can pick up notes of Orange and there is also a flowery fragrenace to this. When I popped this soap in my bathroom it filled the room with its sweet and spicy smell. The block contains countless natural extracts and oils. Karma contains:-
Sweet Orange Oil,
The soap lathers up well when used, but does use up quickly. I found my block was soon gone, but maybe that was because everyone was finding an excuse to wash their hands with it. I also used it in the shower though and found I could see the bar reducing in size just as I was using it. But apart form it not being long lasting the Karma soap is great. Smells fanatastic, lathers up well and when you have used it your skin feels nouriched and not dried out as with other 'standard' soaps. The orange and essential oil fragrance stays on your skin for a number of hours after use and then gently fades away.
Another wonderful soap from Lush!
KARMA SOAP FROM LUSH
Lush has this tagline for Karma soap:
"It is ALL about the fragrance. Breeze through the day with an air of good Karma surrounding you"
I have actually only reviewed one other Lush soap before despite reviewing many of their other products. I do usually have soap on the go even though I do use a lot of their jellies and bath and shower gels sometimes I just fancy a change.
As Lush say "They don't call us 'That crazy soap company' for nothing. It's all about the amazing ingredients we manage to cram into our bar soap."If you have never had the fun of actually visiting an actual Lush shop you have missed a real treat. The soaps are their biggest window dressing as they are made in huge trickles a bit like cheese. They then cut off chunks and wrap them in greaseproof sort of paper when you buy some. The soaps are wonderful colours and have very interesting textures and often different coloured bits inside them and very poetic or silly names.
This soap is a favourite of mine. It is one of the plainer looking ones but it is one of my favourite Lush smells. You can get Karma in a soap form, a bubble bar which is divine and also a cream which smells gorgeous and is lovely and moisturising. There is also a perfume available in various forms and I have the solid one. It is not one of the prettiest soaps nor does it have any textures or bits added. This soap is a plain orange colour and quite dark but with a clear look too, not all cloudy. The price is £3.95 for 100g and so it isn't the cheapest soap around.
The smell is wonderful. It smells of a mixture of orange and patchouli, a heady mix which is reminiscent of hippy days. The ingredients providing the scent are Patchouli oil which is heavy and musky, sweet orange oil which gives the strong orange aroma, then there is something called lavendin oil which is from a hardy type of lavender and has a sharper aroma, the pine oil also gives a strong aroma that balances the musky patchouli and sweet orange. Add to these we have lemongrass oil which gives the top notes of lemon which combines well with the elemi oil which comes from a fragrant resin and has a sharp pine and lemon-like scent. The overall effect is strongly orange with heady musky deep notes of patchouli which I absolutely love.
The feel of this soap is not as creamy as some of Lush's soaps. It feels pretty much like a normal soap. It has absolutely no palm oil in it as Lush are very against the destruction of valuable rainforests to plant palm oil. The main attraction to me of this soap is not the creamy texture not does it has any added exfoliants it is really one I buy for its lovely smell.
I have explained how Lush make huge truckles of soap well this has one disadvantage in my opinion as when you first bring your piece of soap home to use it feels quite sharp at the edged and it takes a few uses for it to get that nice rounded feel to the edges and then it feels nice rubbing it on your body to get clean. Initially it just feels a bit uncomfortable, like a crisp new shirt as opposed to one that has been washed a few times then ironed.
The other disadvantage to having chunks cut off a large piece of soap is that sometimes you get rather strange shaped pieces and at other times I have ended up with quite large chunks. The large chunk problem I dealt with by cutting it in half. I really don't like huge chunks of soap in my bath as I find them tricky to hold on to and use in the shower or bath.
So as this is a Lush soap does this mean there are no nasty ingredients?
Well you would have thought so but you do need to be aware that despite their claims to use only good things in their products sometimes this is not quite true.
In this soap this first ingredient after water is Propylene Glycol which is found in many cosmetics and toiletries and is a variation of the mineral oil found in automatic brake and hydraulic fluid and industrial antifreeze. Why on earth do they put this in their lovely soaps? Well this acts as a 'humescent' which means that it helps the skin to retain its moisture.
This product has some health warnings as it can be a skin irritant and can cause liver and kidney damage which is slightly alarming considering it is found in so many toiletries and cosmetics.
Sodium laureth sulphate is a surfactant or in other words the ingredient that actually cleans in the soap. It is an ingredient that is not always considered that safe. It can cause skin irritation and hair loss and even in extreme cases cancer so be aware if you are concerned.
Sodium hydroxide is a white, crystal like ingredient which is soluble in water. It saponifies the oils in this soap which are rapeseed oil and coconut oil. It is also known as lye and caustic soda and you cannot make soap without this as it is what causes the saponification of the oils and other ingredients.
Sodium stearate is another ingredient in this soap. It is a fine, white powder and is added as it is a stabilizer which means it stops ingredients separating. Flour acts like this when you mix eggs, sugar and fat a little flour stops them separating when making cakes. It is this ingredient that makes soap have the wonderfully soft and thick creamy bubbles. It has been used in soap making for years and is considered safe.
So it is as well to be aware if you have sensitive skin, eczema or the like then Lush may not be the answer to your problems. My step daughter gets eczema and cannot use many of the products from Lush including the bubble bars as it aggravates her condition. I also get eczema and need to be careful, some of the things cause me grief while others are fine I just keep an eye on those that do affect me and avoid them. That Is part of the reason why I alternate my products then I don't build up any reaction from long term use.
If you fancy trying some of Lush's soaps there are often people selling samples on Ebay and that is a very good way of trying a few different ones to see which you might like to but more of. I don't know whether they give samples away in the shop as I haven't ever asked for one but you can always try!
I do love this soap as the scent is quite luxurious and sort of retro and hippy but I find it very moreish and can't get enough. It is not the prettiest or most interesting of Lush's soaps it has a wonderful scent however you do need to be aware of some not quite so lovely ingredients.
I Have taken a star off for the nasty ingredients.
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I am not the biggest fan of solid soap because I find that it is quite harsh and drying on my skin but when I was in Lush buying myself some goodies I decided to buy some Karma soap as I am such a big fan of the Karma perfume. I thought since it was from Lush who use such good quality ingredients in their products then it might be more gentle on my skin.
You get quite a big block of soap for your money. It is £3.95 for a 100g block which okay might be expensive for a bar of soap but this is Lush we're talking about so I thought it was quite reasonable.
The soap itself has a lovely deep burnt orange colour. It is missing the glitter and weirdness of some of the other Lush soaps but this didn't bother me in the slightest.
You can smell the Karma scent even when the soap is dry and I was quite excited to use the soap if it smelt this strong before water had even hit it.
Karma contains orange, patchulli, lemongrass and lavender along with some other ingredients in the making of the scent. It is quite citrusy as you would imagine from the ingredients list but it also has spiciness to it. It is also supposed to be a unisex scent so you can share it with your boyfriend or hubby. It is a really lovely scent and I love the sweetness of the citrus combined with the spiciness and it is one that I find to be unique and unlike any other perfume.
I decided to try the soap on my body skin instead of just my hands as I wanted to completely envelope myself in the fragrance and layer it with my perfume. The soap lathered up brilliantly and I had loads of foam in which to wash myself with. I didn't use it on my face as I never use soap here but on my body it left my skin feeling clean and although I had been worried about it being drying I shouldn't have as it was actually left feeling really comfortable and actually hydrated.
The smell coming from the soap was quite intense and even after washing it off the scent lingered on my skin. Even a few hours later I could still smell it. The perfume is on the strong side especially for Lush and when used with the soap it does intensify it even more which is great for me as I love a strong scent.
The soap is really good at not just melting away after coming in contact with water and even though I have used it a good few times since getting it there is still loads of it left.
I would definitely recommend this soap to people especially if you like the perfume. I also think it would be good for those people who may like the perfume but not the strength as this scents the skin without being over powering.
I love shopping in Lush but the soaps are usually something that I overlook. I only use soap for hand washing as I use other products for my face and body. The reason I love Lush so much is that they have such fun and funky products, but somehow soap still does not seem very exciting. This Karma soap costs £3.95 for a 100g block, and I was lucky enough to receive some in a gift box so decided to give it a try.
Product description: "Top up your Karma quotient with a quick wash during the day. Karma soap combines our palm-free soap base with an incredibly invigorating Karma fragrance. Buy a big chunk, slice some off for the basin and the kitchen sink, then keep the rest for the shower. There's enough Karma fragrance in each bar to perfume your whole body each time you wash."
The Karma soap is a plain looking slab when compared to other prettier Lush items. This one has a deep orangey brown colour and is a little translucent. Since mine came as part of a gift selection, it had been cut into a nice neat 100g block with flat, rectangular shape that makes it easy to hold and use even when wet.
This soap contains Lush's signature fragrance that they call "Karma". This is one of their original early scents and is intended to be exotic yet wearable, and suitable for use by both men and women. The soap has quite a strong smell, and is a mix of spicy and fruity notes. The main scents are patchouli and citrus, and although I liked the sound of the fragrance, I wasn't actually too keen on the scent when I was using the product. It doesn't smell very clean or fresh and that is what I would expect from a soap. It's also not as sweet and feminine as my other favourite Lush products, so although I get that they are aiming something at a male market as well, it's not something that I'm keen on personally.
Lush's Karma range is quite extensive and if you like this fragrance then you can layer up the different products to get an even better long-lasting effect. It is available in the following items:
- Karma Komba shampoo bar - Karma bubble bar - Karma Kream body lotion - Karma soap - Karma solid perfume - Karma liquid perfume - Karma bath melt -
The soap itself feels quite solid 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 nicely and I get a lot of bubbles without having to use very much of the bar. I have used this only for washing my hands, as I'd prefer not to have the scent over my body. By using it in this way the 100g bar has lasted me for just over 6 weeks which is pretty good and makes the initial cost seem more reasonable.
My hands always feel thoroughly cleansed when I have used my Karma soap and it spreads well to get rid of any dirt or greasy marks. I was really pleased that when using this soap get squeaky clean hands, but it does not dry my skin out at all. 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 too harsh on the skin.
This is a good soap that is cleansing and does the job it needs to do. If it weren't for the off-putting scent I would definitely buy it again as it worked well, but I much prefer more feminine products and will probably avoid this on my future Lush shopping trips.
Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Gardenia Extract, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050.
* Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!
I have shopped at Lush for well over 10 years now, and in all that time I have never bought many bars of soap from there, the odd bar here and there, but even less so since they changed the recipe of it a few years ago, and so the reason I purchased this bar was to take a first step in the world of the Karma scent, to see if I liked it before purchasing the more expensive lotion or perfume.
I have this soap on the sink in the bathroom to wash my hands with, and at first I thought it was ok, nothing special but ok, but now after a few weeks of using it, the smell is now starting to make me feel really queasy. It used to be, that with Lush's soaps, you could unwrap a bar and it would instantly fill your bathroom with the scent, not so anymore, well at least not with this bar, which is very surprising given how strong a scent it actually is. As mentioned above, they changed the recipe a few years back to omit the palm oil which it had previously contained, and whilst I totally agree with the reason behind it, -"driving deforestation in countries like Indonesia, forcing indigenous people off their land and pushing animals like orangutans to the brink of extinction"- the lather is now alot less, and whilst I know you don't neccessaryly need a great deal of lather to get clean, it's still something worth noting if this is what you are used to. It's also a Glycerine based soap, which in general don't seem to lather as much anyhow.
It doesn't irritate my skin in anyway, but it really isn't very moisturising, and my hands do seem to be quite dry and cracked lately, I don't know if this can just be atributed to this soap as I do use other ones both at home and at work, but it certainly isn't helping to make them any softer at all.
I always class this scent as Lush's trademark scent, if someone said what does Lush smell like, well this soap is pretty much a good indication. I usually like spicy scents, and for the first few weeks it was fairly bareable, very strong, citrusy, a very warming scent, and also the smell of patchouli is very prominant for me, this is very much a love it or hate it scent. At first I never totally loved it but I never hated it either, I thought it was pleasant enough, and I loved that it scented my hands for a long time after using it, but that is now the thing that I am starting to dislike about it but purely because the scent is starting to make me feel sick, so I guess you could say that this is starting to become a 'hate it' scent for me now.
But's it proved one thing to me, that as I'm not really keen on it at all, I was wise not to waste my money or a much more expensive item from the Karma range. I would recommend anyone who is not sure wether they'll like this scent to do this as well, then if you do like it, well that's great, you go and stock up on everything else, and if you don't then you have thrown too much money down the drain.
It's fairly reasonably priced at £3.89 for 100g, I say reasonable, because it is a fairly solid soap that will last a long time and not fall to bits after just a few uses, but at the moment I'm kinda wishing it would as I hate throwing anything out, but I'm not sure how much longer I can put up with it!
Lush karma soap as some of you probably predicted, contains the fragrance of the famous lush scent karma.
Price - £3.89
Weight - 100g
Vegan - Yes
The fragrance - The scent of this soap smells just like the other karma fragranced products. It's a warming scent which is great for those lazy days or when in a hot bath. Pine oil and sweet orange oil make this unique and unisex scent so amazing. The fact it's a unisex scent is a great idea by Lush. If you do like the karma fragrance then this soap is a great addition to add to your product range.
Originally got this as a freebie and the scent has grown on me so much that I even bought the atomizer.
The experience - Over all it was a good soap to use and I found it a pleasure to use. It didn't lather up straight away but when you get it going its a great soap and the fragrance did linger for a short while after usage. Not one of my best Lush soaps as it's not as moisturising as soaps such as Lemsip but a great soap to have lying around when you're in the mood for that karma fragrance.
Before coming to the UK I have never heard of Lush and for my first year here I really could not understand the massive hype about it. In my opinion was overpriced, incredibly girly and simply not worth it. A birthday present of bubble bars and soups proofed me wrong and now I have to admit that I am a bit of a Lush addict. Unfortunately I am also a student so money is always tight and the Lush products are just so expensive. Birthdays and other holidays are the times that I stock up on Lush products to enjoy them throughout the year - I would rather not personally pay over 3 pounds for a tiny bit of soup.
This Christmas I got a huge Lush gift set (expect loads of reviews to come) with 10 different soaps and other goodies. The one I tried first was the Lush Karma soap - having heard about it from my friends it sounded like something I would thoroughly enjoy!
A few useful information before I tell you if I actually liked it or not. The bright orange soup costs a whopping 3.89 pounds per 100 gram which in my opinion is far too much! 100 gram is not very much and does not last very long. But anyway, you can buy it at any Lush store or order from Lush.co.uk. Karma is a whole range of products including perfume, bubble bars and I think body lotion as well. As most Lush products it is vegan and was not tested on animals. In my experience these labels are a clear indicator for a hefty price tag but at least it is worth it!
The main reason why people pay so much money for Lush products is in my opinion the often extravagant scent of the various soaps and lotions. Karma is a very strong fragrance with patchouli oil, pine and orange oil and lemongrass. Sounds like an odd combination but works surprisingly well. The soap does not smell of much when dry but as soon as it gets wet I was nearly drowned in a cloud of spicy lemongrass and lots and lots of orange. It is quite heavy and indulging so if you prefer light and flowery scents you are unfortunately wrong here. However, if you are into a bit of extravaganza you will probably love it! What I really dislike is that the scent does not stay on my skin for long, I can smell it for the first few minutes after showering but then it is quickly gone. But the bathroom smells so incredibly good now!
As a soap itself it is quite good, it lathers up very well but I have this irrational hate that the foam is slightly orange. Don't ask me why, I would just prefer it if it was white. My skin feels very moisturized and I have no reason (as with most other Lush products) to complain about it! A good soap for everyone that likes to shower with a soap bar. This is my main problem, I much prefer liquid shower gels to soap bars but for Lush I am willing to compromise.
One thing I would like to criticize is that the soap bar does not last long, 3 weeks is the maximum that I can get from it which, if you remember the price, is not much. The soap dissolves incredibly quickly in water and needs to be dried after showering if you want it to last.
My conclusion is that Karma is certainly not a scent for everyone but well worth a try if you like heavy frangrances. It is quite an investment but you do get quality for your money!
I dont mind admitting Im a bit of an addict when it comes to Lush soaps. Whenever Im near the store I just cant seem to help going in and buying a few different bars to try out at home - and then review for Dooyoo of course and I think by now I must have tried pretty much every single soap Lush make. This 'Lush Karma Soap' was one of my more recent purchases a few weeks back and Im still not 100% sure on why I bought it. I had an idea straight away that I wouldnt like the scent of this soap after reading Lush's description of it so I think I bought it to give it a fair go and see if I could maybe prove myself wrong. In reality I proved myself right because I DO NOT like this soap at all!
Price: 3.70 - 100g bar
Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk
Other Info: 100% vegan and this one is described as the 'marmite' of Lush soaps because the scent is not for everyone - but it is apparantly a grower so stick at it - if you can stomach it!
As this is a Lush soap everyones bar will appear slightly different in size, shape and colour as they are all cut from a massive block in the store - so dont worry if yours doesnt look exactly like the picture! Mine certainly doesnt! My bar is pretty much the same size and shape as the image but mine is a much lighter orange colour which straight away made me think this would smell of oranges - I almost wish it had have done. Not the most attractive Lush soap on the market but bright enough to catch your attention in the shop.
Now onto the smell. This soap actually smells quite nice before you start to use it which is why I was taken in at first, but it seems as soon as this comes into contact with water the smell turns vile! The scent for me is FAR to spicy and for me the lemongrass scents that are mixed in dont work with the spicy ones. It does smell like a balti restaurant - and a bad one at that. The smell of this is enough to make me gag as Im not a fan of spicy scented products and although this is one of Lush's 'signature' scents I dont want to smell it again EVER!
Other than that this is a decent soap. It lathers up very well and doesnt dry out my skin in the slightest but due to the smell I just cant bring myself to use it anymore and surprisingly the rest of my family agree. If it smelt nicer I would be giving this a really high rating as, as a bar of soap it is very good and I guess worth the money and if you like the scent of the Karma products I highly recommend this. However I cant stomach the scent so I wont be buying this again and for Karma virgins I warn you to stay away!!
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Lush is sometimes known as the 'smelly soap shop', and it's not difficult to see why - the place is full of interesting, brightly coloured and delicious-smelling soaps! One of these soaps is Karma, which I bought to go with the rest of the Karma range I've been trying out. At £3.70 per 100g it's slightly more expensive than some of the other soaps in the Lush range, but like all Lush products it's good quality.
Karma soap is deep orange in colour, though when the sun shines on it, it becomes sort of see-through and jewel-like. The soap comes in a ridged ring shape; when you want to buy some just pick up a pre-cut chunk or ask an assistant to slice some off for you. It is suitable for vegans and contains patchouli, sweet orange oil, lemongrass, elemi and pine - all the ingredients of the Karma scent. The soap is made with Lush's new palm-free base, and also contains such ingredients as rapeseed oil and coconut oil.
I always find that with different Karma products, different aspects of the scent dominate and with the soap I find it is the orange oil and lemongrass, although when you wash with it different parts of the scent come out on the skin, especially the patchouli and pine (I don't know what elemi smells like so can't really pick up on it!). The soap is suitable for use in the shower or bath, possibly in conjunction with other Karma products such as the bubble bar or Karma Komba, and can be layered up with the Karma Kream, Karma dusting powder or the perfume if desired. The soap has no exfoliating properties, but doesn't dry skin out, leaving it feeling reasonably moisturised. It lathers up well using a body puff but seems to last for ages. It can also be kept by the sink for handwashing purposes!
Altogether, this is a great soap that is up to Lush's usual standard. Karma is very much a 'love or hate' fragrance, and it does last on your skin, so don't buy if you don't like the smell - but otherwise, it's fab!
The universal law of karma focuses on peace and inner harmony. In the modern Western World, we tend to think of karma in the terms of "what goes around comes around". So, if you do something good, that has a positive effect on the world, then this will come back to you and something good will happen. Naturally, the same is said to happen with negative actions, but I don't think Lush is focusing on that aspect in the naming of this soap.
***Why choose Lush?***
If you've ever been past a Lush store, you will recognise it primarily by the strong, sweet mix of aromas begging you to come in!
I was very impressed to learn that all of Lush's products are handmade by their staff and rather sweetly have a sticker on it with a picture of the relevant team member!
The products which turn out not good enough to be sold are sent to charities such as 'Save the children,' rather than chucked out with the waste bins.
It is rare to hear of a company that cares so much for our planet, the people in it and the quality of the buyer's experience.
Karma is such a distinctive scent from Lush. It is created with a combination of the happy hippy scent patchouli, orange, lavender and lemongrass oil...and the mysterious 'perfume' - Lush's way of keeping a small part of the recipe secret!
I find the aroma very soothing and in some way it encourages me to de-stress and relax. And believe me, I am someone that needs constantly reminding!
The smell is pretty strong, so if someone in your house wasn't keen they may find it offensive, lingering around the bathroom. But I think Karma is quite a soft, pleasing smell that can be enjoyed by men and women.
I bought my Lush Karma soap from their website (www.lush.co.uk) but it will also be available from the 88 shops they own nationwide.
When I think of Lush products I picture products of strange shapes, or magnificent colours. Sometimes with glitter, coconut flakes or bits of ribbon, but not this soap.
With Karma soap they have stuck with simplicity and I am glad they have. There's no mess and it doesn't crumble off after use. This solid baby is a burnt orange in colour, which I think was again chosen well by our friends at Lush. It is almost like a wedge of cheese in shape, but has a raised area on the top.
This solid soap is very simple to apply:
1. Rinse hands or bar of soap with water
2. Rub gently into hands until a light lather is created
3. Rinse again with water
I suppose many of us nowadays are used to antibacterial hand washes and therefore the popularity of the hard stuff has gone downhill. In fact, I've heard that health and safety inspectors are trying to ban solid soap altogether, which I think would be a real shame.
The only disadvantage I found was that it really stung when I stupidly managed to get a bit in my eye. But as your kids probably aren't as clumsy as me I suspect this to be a soap suitable for the whole family with a lovely clean finish.
***The Lush Karma Range***
There is a whole selection of products with this lovely karma fragrance. None of them are particularly cheap, but I will briefly list them here anyway:
* Karma Atomiser (perfume)
* Karma Bubble Bar
* Karma Dusting Powder
* Karma Komba (solid shampoo bar)
* Karma Kream (moisturiser)
* Karma Solid Perfume
Compared to other soaps Karma is expensive at £3.70 for 100g, but I definitely think it's worth it, what with the smell being so comforting and all!
The soap's other highlights include being handmade, producing a clean finish and a beautiful aroma which lasts and lasts.
This soap is also vegan and none of the ingredients or the soap itself have been tested on animals! How good is that!? So really, I end up with no resentment for the price which I have paid.
I was given a Lush Karma soap as part of a Christmas present. I am a Lush regular but for some reason had never been tempted to buy this product. I normally go for fruity ones. Lush are against animal testing and support charities, conservation, animal welfare and humanitarian issues so you have helping people and the environment when you buy their products.
Karma soap is vegan friendly and costs £3.70 for 100g. The smell of Karma is described as fresh, earthy scents of pine, elemi and patchouli. As well as soap, you can buy it in a range of bubble bars, dusting powder, solid shampoo, moisturiser and solid perfume.
When I first opened the box, the smell of this soap really hit me. It is gorgeous. It made me think of early autumn walks in the woods when the ground is a bit damp. The soap that I received was circular with a smiley face on it which made me smile too when I saw it. It was a reddy brown in colour so a bit different from the usual brightly coloured things I buy from Lush. It lathered up well and the smell stayed on my hands for ages. I will definitely be buying this again.
Out of all the soaps in Lush, this one definately appeals to me the most. The Karma soap comes as a rusty orangy-red coloured cube which has been cut off the huge big round block by the staff. It is around £3.60 for a 100g block so most of the cut off blocks are priced around £5-6. You can ask them to cut off a smaller amount for you if you wish to.
This soap has a beautiful fresh smell. It's got hints of citrus orange and a slight spiciness to it but very clean smelling at the same time. I think it's one of the more popular scents in the range for that reason. You hands are left with a hint of the lovely smell which I really like. It lathers quite well and gives lots of highly scented frothy, foamy bubbles.
As much as I want to like this soap, I don't feel that it leaves your hands as conditioned as it could. They don't feel dry by any means, but I have used other soaps by L'occitane in the past which have both the smell and the conditioning properties in one. That said, it is so much better than other cheap soaps I've bought in the high street and it smells 1000 times better too!
I always seem to be tempted into Lush whenever I walk past it and I always have to go over and have a sniff of this stuff when I'm in there. It's a lovely product and I would think it appeals to both men and women of any age.
Lush recently had an offer for the January sales where if you spent £20 in store you got a 'grab bag' with a surprise mix of products also worth £20. I spent over £40 so I received two of these goodie bags.
When I found that I had got a free 100g piece of Karma Soap in both of my bags my initial reaction was, Meh... Karma soap... Whatever. Because despite the fact that Karma is considered the signature scent of Lush, id never been very impressed with it when I'd smelt it in the store.
The longer id had it at home the more I stared to like the smell, I felt like it was really starting to shine now that it was away from all the other strong smells of lush.
It has a quite strange smell and it has really grown on me, its like a spicy-orangey smell and kind of feels quite oriental.
Using it in the shower, its a good soap. I think it does a great job of cleaning my skin although it lacks the moisturising properties of some of the other Lush soaps that I've been using.
The scent is also a lot more subtle in the shower and I found that it didn't last particularly long on me, although it seems to last longer on my boyfriend. Which also brings me to the point that this is a very good uni-sex soap, smells great on men and woman.
Now I'm really glad that I got the karma soap in my grab bags because I know I would never ever have bought it for myself.
Karma is currently selling at £3.70 for 100g which I think is way too overpriced. But seeing as I love it now I'm pretty sure I will buy it for myself when my free pieces run out, but only if I'm feeling particularly rich.
I really like this soap! 'Karma' is Lush's signature fragrance, so they also sell it as a pure perfume, a bubble bar, a dusting powder, a shampoo bar a moisturiser and probably something else that I've forgotten!
This soap sells at £3.60 for a 100g, which might seem a lot, but when you look at the ingredients in it, it starts to seem like really good value! For example, Lush don't use palm oil in any of their soaps, because palm oil eats up rainforest land.
On to the smell, superficially, Karma is an orangey smell, but it has more depth than that. There's patchouli in it as well, and lavender and pine. It's quite a spicy, warming smell, so it's good for winter. On the other hand, because of the citrus element, it's a nice summer one too.
It lathers up well too, unlike a lot of Lush soaps. In summary, a lovely smelling soap really.