“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
This soap was one of the Christmas soaps for 2012, but I was able to pick up a 100g chunk at the end of the January sales last week. It was in the 'Last Chance To Buy' section and cost me about £4.
Lush describes this soap as a 'summer punch frozen in a winter garden'. It was originally designed to be a summer soap, which is evident in it's fruity, boozy smell and it's brightly coloured appearance. However, it also works as a autumn/winter soap with it's berry undertones. It is bright pink in colour, working to a darker colour at the top and has large chunks of various fruit in (orange, berries and a soft, green fruit that I can't identify). This soap works into a soft, bubbly lather and when you use it the lovely smell surrounds you. I find that this soap is good for use at any time of day as the smell is both refreshing and relaxing.
If you are still able to buy this soap in your local Lush, I would get there ASAP and nab yourself a chunk! Get it while it lasts!
Mr Punch soap
LUSH SAY ABOUT THIS SOAP
"Sunshine on a rainy day - that's the way to do it!"
"Here we come a wassailing with our summer punch soap of juniper berries, gin, blackcurrant absolute and lime oil.
What would happen if you left a bowl of punch from your summer garden party out on the lawn in the freezing winter? Well, Mr Punch would happen" that's what - a bowl of fruity punch frozen in time!
Lush as most people know is a company that make different toiletries and are firmly committed to creating eco friendly products. They are vehemently against animal testing and try to buy Fair trade ingredients and use natural ingredients where they can.
I love Lush as I really support their views re animal testing and find the staff in the shops to be enthusiastic, well informed and so keen to share the benefits and excitements of their products with you and they are NEVER pushy.
Every celebration is an excuse to create new fun products and each year at Christmas Lush bring out some old reliable popular festive products such as Snow Fairy and they also bring out some new and different ones too. This Mr Punch was one of the festive offerings this year for Christmas along with quite a few products and I bought mine in the 50% sale.
The soap is made in a punch bowl shape and it multi coloured. The main colour is a dull pinkish purple but within that are chunks of green, orange black and so many other colours. My piece is all those colours in a large triangular cake sliced piece. It is quite a stunning sight in full size but even my slice has chunks of different colours floating in the main colour.
"Chunks of boozy fruit soaps in suspended animation, waiting for you to unleash the melon, cucumber and fruity fragrance notes as you wash under warm water". The creation was inspired by British summer garden parties enjoying the fruit punches or Pimms.
There is a really lovely fruity smell that comes when using Mr Punch. It really is inspirational and does remind me of fruit punch. The juniper berries and juniper oil with blackcurrant absolute , lime oil and gin, yes gin is in this one and that is why it genuinely smells of fruit punch! Lush do a few of their products with alcohol in them and I have to admit that they do appeal to me. Calacas Shower jelly and Ponche shower gel are two others that come to mind that have alcohol in them and are personal favourites.
I love the creamy lather and although my chunk was quite a large cake slice with sharp edges initially it soon softened at the edges and became comfortable to use. In fact I cut mine into smaller chunks as the piece was so large and I prefer to change my soap scents often so cut mine up smaller bits. That way I can use a different smell each week and it is always fresh and new.
I noticed that this like many other Lush soaps has a particularly creamy lather, thick and quite luscious. It feels very moisturising on my skin and the wonderfully boozy fruity scent fills the air. I find this a really happy sort of smell in the middle of winter.
I notice in the ingredients that they include both rapeseed and coconut oil so that is why I feel so moisturised after using this.
Interestingly like a a lot of Lush soaps this also contain salt Sodium chloride is simply salt. Salt is stimulating, cleansing, antiseptic and astringent. It is softening for the skin and also apparently hydrates the skin when used in moderation. It is also full of minerals, softens the water and helps to de -grease the skin, removes dead cells yet it leaves the natural oils so that your skin is left feeling soft and moisturised yet clean.
This is a soap so there is obviously going to be some sort of lathering agent and this is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is a questionable chemical agent often found in bathing products but if you are concerned you need to check.
All Lush soaps are a bit more in price than you might buy a bar in other places but they do feel a bit more luxurious to use. I am not sure I would buy this at full price but the price I paid was fair enough. A very nice non calorific and alcohol free way of enjoying a boozy filled cocktail but this soap is one that I would buy as a gift or for a treat but not one for everyday use or putting in the family bathroom to share with all and sundry!
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Last time I ordered from Lush Online, I bought 100g of each of the Christmas soaps. One of them was the brand new soap for this year, Mr Punch.
This soap was originally designed as a summer soap, but was turned into a winter soap after a bit of tinkering. Said to be a 'bowl of punch from your summer garden party out on the lawn in the freezing winter', it certainly looks the part, being a deep red colour with chunks of fruity soap lodged inside. My slice looked very attractive and appetising!
Though originally conceived as a summer product, this soap to me has a definite autumn/winter feel, as it contains juniper berries, blackcurrant absolute, lime oil and gin. It smells amazing: fruity and alcoholic, it is lovely solid but when you wash your hands with it, it smells even better! I can't stop sniffing my hands after using this soap.
The soap is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of rapeseed and coconut oils. Lush no longer use a palm oil base for their soaps as it is bad for the environment and has led to the destruction of palm habitats.
Mr Punch doesn't seem to be used up quickly: my piece is lasting pretty well. It doesn't irritate or dry out my skin, either, which is good because I always put off applying hand cream because I want to smell the soap!
At £3.75 this is rather a pricey soap, but it is of extremely high quality and I thoroughly enjoy using it. Definitely recommended.