“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
Back with another Lush review - I think I've owned nearly every product so look out for many more! When it comes to Halloween, I just have to have every new product they release - because if I didn't then I've missed out (my money pot is never very full haha). The Lady Catrina soap is very different and colourful compared to some of their every day products so I purchased it along with the Calacas jelly which I have already reviewed.
=== The Meaning Behind The Soap ===
During a photography lesson a couple of weeks a go, I discovered that the name for this product was actually from an old tradition - not just picked from Lush's name hat. In Mexico they have a festival named 'The day of the dead' which is held over the 1st and 2nd of November (which should be named 'days' as it is over two days?).
Many people choose to dress as Catrina, a colourful female figure with a skeleton face which is based on a print by Jose Guadalupe Posada (I'll post the picture on this review).
As you can see from the image, Catrina is wearing a large purple hat covered in multi-coloured goodies. Lush have picked up on this and the hat is now what you see as the soap. Very clever - points to Lush for this one!
=== The Soap ===
When you see the soap in the shop, it stands out quite well due to its vibrant colours and shapes. The 'hat' is a dairy milk purple with different size and shape flowers on top. The flowers are in colours such as pink, blue, yellow, red, orange and green. All very bright and true to the original image it is imitating.
The only thing which bugged me was the cutting of the soap. I first of all got a plain purple piece with a tiny bit of green - I wasn't having any of this and made the sales assistant cut another so I had lots of colour. Fussy customers are always the most fun ones :)
=== Ingredients ===
Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, *glycerine, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Organic Agave Nectar, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Neroli Oil, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45410, Colour 45350
*occurs naturally in essential oils
Or to sum that up into normal human speak:
The product contains a lot of fruity fragrances such as lime to bring the hat to life. Organic agave nectar is also included which is a vegan alternative to honey (as I just found out through google) so this product is suitable for vegans - which I think most Lush products now are. Rapeseed oil and coconut oil are firm favourites of mine within this product as I find when they have been used in others they make my skin feel amazing.
=== The Fragrance ===
On first sniff at the shop, I thought the fragrance was very lime-y and it smelled really fresh and lovely. Although once I had brought the product home and used it on my skin, it smelt a lot more like jelly babies due to all of the fruity ingredients.
The scent doesn't really last long after you get out of the bath/shower but it lingers for a long time around my bathroom which I like, it means I don't have to use my normal room fragrance or candles - yay! Whilst in the bath/shower I find that the fragrance fills the air really quickly which is lovely and refreshing in the morning.
=== Using The Soap ===
When I use the soap, I tend to keep it more for my body than just hands or face - I have other soaps I prefer for every day use. Using it in the shower works best for me personally but you may enjoy it for your bath.
Lathering the soap up is fairly easy. I keep mine in the shower cubicle on a shelf and just take it down at the required time to use it. This means it is already a little dampened and I don't need to spend ages warming it up in my hands. I then smooth the soap onto my skin (I find it too fiddly to rub the soap onto a squishy (body puff)). The soap lathers up really quickly onto my skin and it doesn't drag or give the appearance of smearing into my skin. I love the way it turns almost cream like and allows me to smooth it further once I put the soap back down.
After hopping out of the bath, I felt so much more calm and refreshed which makes a first due to my stressful schedule.
Having used the soap about 4 times now, I still have a considerable amount left of the bar and I am pretty sure I will still be using it after Christmas at this rate!
=== Price & Availability ===
Lush price their products (in my opinion) quite reasonable for the quality and how long they last. I brought 100g because I didn't know if it was any good and didn't want to run before I could walk. This cost me £2.95 which is an average price for Lush especially considering it is a limited edition Halloween special.
=== Verdict ===
I will probably be popping back to Lush to stock up on more of this soap as I find it really good compared to others on the market and use it as a treat for myself in the shower. It soothes my aches away and makes me more relaxed than a glass of rose. I definitely would recommend this to anyone in need of a good 'pick me up' treat for bath time. I hope by the time my stash runs out there is another one similar for me to buy - I'd be pretty lost without it now!
I love Halloween and my favourite store, Lush, always releases some new products for the occasion. Last year, however, they went for something a bit different and decided to celebrate the Day of the Dead instead. Lady Catrina was a limited edition soap released for the occasion and I was delighted to see it back again this year!
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican festival celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November, in which family members gather to celebrate and remember those who have died. During the festival, Catrina figures are common: these are costumed female figures with skeleton faces, based on a print by José Guadalupe Posada called La Calavera de la Catrina. In the print, the skeleton is wearing a giant hat covered in flowers and this inspired the Lady Catrina soap, which is in the shape of a giant hat!
The soap as a whole is bright purple and the flowers are a variety of different colours including red, orange and blue. When you buy a piece of this soap (the smallest piece you can buy is 100g) you may get a solid purple piece, or if you're lucky you may get a bit of flower too. The bulk of the soap is made up of rapeseed oil and coconut oil. Lush no longer use palm oil in their soaps (though a little palm oil can be found in some of the chemicals used) as this oil is bad for the environment. The soap is suitable for vegans. Organic agave nectar is one of the ingredients: this is a vegan alternative to honey and helps keep skin soft. Lime and neroli oil help to create this soap's absolutely delicious scent. I utterly love it: it is refreshing and reminds me of jelly babies or fruit pastilles. The scent is possibly my favourite Lush scent ever and is the reason I am so happy to see this soap back this year. I should point out that when my dad smelled this soap he thought it smelled like toilet cleaner, but I completely disagree!
I use this soap as both a hand and body soap and it works equally well either way. It lathers up well with or without a body puff and doesn't wear down too quickly. It doesn't irritate my skin at all, and doesn't dry it out - in fact the agave nectar helps to keep it moisturised, though I still use moisturiser. The delicious scent infuses the whole bathroom and lasts on my skin for an hour or two after use. The beautiful jewel-like colours make the soap look lovely in any soap dish, particularly the purple which makes up the bulk of the soap and is my favourite colour.
The soap costs a very reasonable £2.95 for 100g which isn't bad at all for a Lush soap. I have stocked up on this soap as I really love it and want to be able to use it whenever I like all year round. I highly recommend Lady Catrina and urge you to get down to a Lush store before Halloween in order to sample it before it runs out! I also recommend watching the Day of the Dead video on the Lush website, which can be found at https://phoenix.lush.co.uk/halloween and is incredibly catchy.