“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I made an order from the Lush Retro range recently and purchased a number of soaps to try. One of these was the Mud Flats soap, as I thought it sounded interesting!
***What is Lush?***
Lush is a store that makes toiletries and cosmetics, using natural and organic ingredients where possible and minimising packaging where they can. It started out as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go, but this failed and the new store, Lush, opened in Poole, Dorset. Later branches of the shop opened in London and beyond, and there are now Lush stores all over the world. As well as in store, you can also buy products from the website, www.lush.co.uk. There are similar websites for many different countries including the USA, Japan and Germany.
Lush buy ingredients only from companies that do not test on animals. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians and many are suitable for vegans.
Lush say: "We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
"We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again."
***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!
***Mud Flats - doesn't sound very appealing does it?***
Well, this soap does contain rhassoul mud - in fact it is the main ingredient. This comes from Morocco and is a common skin treatment over there, being rich in minerals. I have actually visited Marrakech and experienced a hammam treatment which is luxurious and enjoyable. So I was intrigued by this aspect of the soap.
The soap also contains sea salt for purification, rose petal and lavender infusion for sensitive skin, rosemary and sage oil to detoxify and tea tree oil to tone the skin. All in all it sounds good.
When I first saw this soap I wasn't that impressed. It really did look just like a block of mud. It smelled like one too, but I wasn't that keen: the scent was sort of muddy and herbal and didn't have the refreshing quality that Lush's other rhassoul mud soap, Waylander Rhassoul, had. However I took it into the bathroom and proceeded to use it.
Really I was using this soap during the wrong season, as it is designed as a purifying soap to prepare your skin for exposure (i.e. in the summer!). I got in the shower and rubbed it over my body. It seemed to be slightly exfoliating - perhaps because of the sea salt. It didn't really lather up, but then it didn't seem to be that sort of soap. In fact it was rather like rubbing mud all over yourself.
After my shower I wasn't sure what to make of Mud Flats soap. I didn't feel as clean as I do normally and in fact the eczema on my skin seemed to be itching slightly. No other Lush product has ever irritated my skin in the slightest, so this wasn't a good sign. On the plus side, I couldn't smell the soap on my skin (a good thing since I wasn't keen on the scent) and my skin didn't feel dry, although it wasn't moisturised either.
Overall the soap lasted me about a week and a half. In fairness it would probably have lasted a lot longer if I hadn't been so anxious to use as much of it as I could each time. I wasn't really keen on it as it felt rather like washing with mud and not the luxurious experience I had with Waylander Rhassoul. I was glad to get back to my other soaps and shower gels!
Mud Flats soap was one of the first miracles I encountered by Lush.
(Unfortunately,now it seems to be Retro meaning it's only available through Mail-Order)
Mud Flats (the chunk I had) looked like a brick of mud - darker than in the picture shown.
It looked really un-impressive and not like something you'd want to clean your skin with - but Rhassoul mud isn't just any mud!
I bought some,took it home and began using it daily on my face (I know,soap isn't for the face - but I didn't have a cleanser at this point) and body.
Within about a week I noticed that my skin was much brighter and clearer and the spots I'd been getting were backing off and disappearing.
My skin was soft and lovely and it was all down to this soap!
The Rhassoul mud is the kind you're likely to find in body packs and lemon is notoriously good for troubled skin - especially spots.
Now that I have cleansers,I only use it on my face every now and again if I feel it's warranted.
Another thing I love about this is the scent - it smells muddy,yes. But there's also a lovely,herbal note to it mingling with the lemon scent. It's a really earthy smelling soap.
My chunk (100g) has lasted me for almost a year (it's probably going off now,to be honest) and there is still loads left.
I've been quite intrigued by this Lush Mud Flats soap but wasn't sure if I would like it since it's not really the type of soap I would initially go for. I like sweet scents and this one didn't really have anything of what I usually like in it but I wanted to try it for the skin benefits this soap was supposed to have.
One slice of this stuff is £2.45 from Lush shops and online. It's a mud coloured soap and some of its ingredients are: rosemary, salt, tea tree, sage and Moroccan clay. It's lemon scented and also has hints of other smells in it but I can't quite put my finger on it.
I do like to use mud and clay masks for my face as part of my face care routine so thought that since this soap had some mud and clay ingredients in it, that it might do a similar thing for my body.
I read that this soap is particularly good for clearing up skin problems such as blemishes and spots and are even meant to help with bad foot odours.
I'm not suffering from any skin conditions in particular but thought that this soap might benefit me so that I can look as smooth and polished as possible for when I want to wear a backless dress or something. I may not have spots as such but I occasionally notice some little dry patches on my arms and legs so anything that can help make me look picture perfect would be great.
I've found that since using this that my skin feels very clean and I have indeed diminished any sort of blemishes I would have had. My skin just feels very smooth and has a nice healthy glow and look about it.
I will definitely be buying more of this stuff, especially in the next few months coming up to summer as I want to keep this healthy polished look throughout the summer.
This Soap from Lush called Mud Flats does not look or sound very appealing but in a very ordinary kind of a way, I liked it.
The smell is slightly herby and earthy. It also has lemon oil in it and this adds a little lift to a perhaps boring smell. The smell is not particularly strong and I expect strong scents from Lush so this was quite disappointing at first but it was in fact nice to use a posh decent soap that was not overpowering with its fragrance. The smell lasted for a short time on my skin but not as long as other soaps from Lush.
The soap was slightly grainy and so it exfoliated the skin well and my skin was so smooth afterwards that it almost glowed. This was particularly true of my legs after I had shaved. I think the mud in this soap must help with the condition of your skin as well.
This is quite a hard soap compared with many Lush soaps and does not crumble or dissolve easily when it comes into contact with water and so it lasts pretty well. It also does not go soggy in the soap dish.
This soap costs about £3, so in line with other Lush soaps on the market.
As far as Lush soaps go, I tend to buy the soaps that look the prettiest and smell the nicest. At the end of the day they're just soaps and although I have a couple of favourites, they're mainly favourites because I like the smell and not because they're any better than any other soap. However Mudflats is slightly different. I didn't buy this soap because it looks pretty (it doesn't. It looks like a lump of dried mud) or because it has an enduring scent (more on that later) but simply because its classed as "the purifying, cleansing herbal one" and I needed something purifying and cleansing. I've been lucky in that I've never suffered from spots much on my face but unfortunately over the last 2 years my upper back made up for this. After countless attempts at clearing it up with the usual chemist-bought alcohol-filled cleansers, I noticed Mudflats and thought it had to be worth a shot.
Mudflats is a brown soap made from rhassoul mud which Lush recommends for people who never dare wear backless dresses (i.e. me) or who never take off their t shirts (i.e. men) because of spots on their backs, or people who daren't take their socks off for fear of poisoning the atmosphere. The ingredients (see below) are reputed to cleanse and purify the skin, therefore killing off spots, or bad odours in the case of feet.
The smell is quite unusual and I wasn't keen on it at first but its grown on me. It smells a bit like the Polytar shampoo my dad used to use when I was a bairn! I found it quite a masculine smell initially but now I just find it cleansing and refreshing. Its a citrus smell with the herby undertones of sage and lavender.
Rhassoul Mud, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua), Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Rose Petal (Rosa centifolia) and Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) Infusion, Sodium Hydroxide, Fine Sea Salt, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Rosemary Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis), Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), Sage Oil (Salvia officinalis), Perfume *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool
* Occurs naturally in Essential Oils
Rhassoul mud is a clay mined in the Atlas mountains, which is reputed to remove grease, tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and sage is a natural cleanser. Lavender helps balance the skin while sea salt gently exfoliates. Citral, linalool and limonene give the soap its distintive smell.
A slab of this soap costs £2.50 from the Lush webside. I bought my slab in a shop and suspect it was bigger than what you get from the website as I paid in the region of £4 for it.
The soap comes wrapped in a piece of greaseproof paper, as with all Lush soaps, which is great as it means minimal packaging. It has a sticker with the name of the soap and the ingredients.
HOW TO USE
Depends what you want to do with it, really! I cut my last slab in half so I could keep one half by the kithcen sink for us to wash our hands with.
The soap is quite grainy to the touch but is very gentle and exfoliating. When I wash my hands after working in the garden or cleaning the cat litter tray, this soap makes me feel as if I've cleansed them thoroughly.
As for my back, I use the other half of the soap in the shower. I soak it then rub it between my hands before rubbing the lather on my back. It doesn't give off a lot of lather but its more than enough for the purpose. After showering my back feels deep cleansed and not even remotely greasy. And unlike some other cleansers it leaves the skin feeling moisturised, not dry.
I find this soap lasts longer than some of the other Lush soaps. I've had my current bar for over 2 months and there's still at least half left. I use it 3 times a week
The overall verdict: I now no longer suffer from spots on my back! Not sure I would have the confidence to wear a backless dress anyway but at least now I could if I wanted. I still use this soap regularly, to keep my back clear. I still get the occasional spot but its just one rather than an outbreak and I am convinved that this is down to Mud Flats.
Therefore if you suffer from spots anywhere on your body, I would highly recommend it. I can't comment on the fact that its good for foot odour as I don't suffer from that particular problem but as its worked so well for me with my spots, I would recommend giving it a go.
Now I love Mud Flats - this is the one I use on my face, a very big honour to have as I have the most sensitive skin in the world (probably!)
This has Rhassoul mud in (a type of clay I think) which is very soothing and seems to clam my skin down a great deal. It also contains rosemary and sage - also to calm the skin, sea salt to give a gentle exfoliation and tea tree to zap those spots. It smells quite strongly of the rosemary and sage but in a nice earthy sort of way, I also think there is a hint of citrus in here (I could be wrong).
This is a kind of dried earth colour - like it has had hot sun on it for a long while. It feels a little rough but not overly! This soap is quite firm but will tend to break up if it gets soaked in water so you do have to be careful unless you want loads of little bits every where.
I only use this on my face, the exfoliating action though good for the face really doesn't pass muster elsewhere, I need something really rough for the rest of me - I like to feel it is doing something! So I use sandstone every where else, but for the face there is no better soap - I guarantee it!
Mud Flats is basically a huge slab of mud...but in the form of a soft soap.
Made with Rhassoul mud and scented with a nice citrusy scent, Mud Flats is designed to help banish spots on your body (chest, back, arms and shoulders).
I bought a nice biggest chunk from my local store about 2 months ago after reading about it in the Lush Times. I had a big sniff at it and it smelt quite delightfully citrusy and fresh, slightly like Avobath (although I am informed that it's like Narcotick Shower Gel).
I cut my soap into small and manageable chunks as and when I need them so that's what I did with Mud Flats. During my bath I used my chunk to wash with and found it to be very nice and I enjoyed washing with it. After I washed with Mud Flats my skin was nice and soft and the spots on my chest were not as prominent. Plus not much soap was needed to wash with. I found that not much soap lather was made just a slight sludgy substance. After my wash i stored my soap in a metal Lush Body Butter tin.
I found the next time i washed with this soap it had gone very, very soft, a bit like sludge. I tried hard to wash with the chunk but bits were falling off and it was very difficult to handle. I kept trying to wash with it but after each wash the softer it got. I told one of the Sale Assistants about the softness of it and she said I could take it back for them to have a look at and to exchange. She said that each batch of soap had different constituencies meaning some may be very soft and some soft. I told her that I it didn't' matter as I had already used some.
I just guess that if you buy some Mud Flats it is a bit like pot luck whether it is going to be very soft or not!
Price- £2.50 per 100g.
I have an announcement to make...I am no longer a Lush virgin!
I regularly visit a nearby shopping centre (Meadowhall) which has a Lush store but I've never ventured inside - partly due to a fear of spending a fortune and partly because the other half wouldn't be too impressed waiting for me. Well, last weekend whilst traipsing round I spied a Lush stall. I was instantly attracted by the words 'FREE SAMPLE' so headed over to take a look...and quite literally walked away with a little bar of soap to try.
After reading countless dooyoo reviews about the glorious products that Lush have to offer, I was really excited about testing my goody. Stood at the bathroom sink I read the label on the sample. Oh...'Mud Flats'...not exactly a pretty, fancy name. The smell...a whiff of something almost masculine. And the presentation? Quite ugly really. Distinctly brown and as my hubby delicately stated 'It looks like a turd in our soap dish'. Well, at least it looks natural!
So I must admit I was initially disappointed. Of all the Lush products with beautiful fragrances, girly titles and colourful, attractive appearance, this is what I end up with. But hey, it didn't cost me a penny (for quite a generous portion I might add) so who am I to complain! I decided that despite my first thoughts I would still give it a whirl.
A combination of natural/organic ingredients and 'safe' synthetics (where necessary) form the composition of all Lush products. I don't usually do ingredients in my reviews but as the content is the key to their products, I'll make an exception. So, reading the ingredients in more detail...
Rhassoul Mud, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Rose Petal and Lavendar infusion, Sea Salt, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Sage Oil, Glycerine, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.
The main ingredient of Mud Flats soap is Rhassoul Mud which is a mineral rich, deep cleansing clay that comes from mines located in the Moroccan Moulouya Valley. This offers an explanation as to the colour of the soap - and quite obviously, the name. The word Rhassoul derives from the Arabic verb 'Rassala' which means 'to be washed'.
You'll also notice that there is a distinct herbal element to the soap and Lush actually describe this product as 'the purifying, cleansing, herbal one'. The ingredients have properties that are really good for your skin. Aswell as the deep cleansing qualities of the mud, there's a detoxifying blend of Rosemary and Sage. An infusion of Lavendar is included to balance and help heal along with Tea Tree, while sea salt gently stimulates the skin. Lush claim that this soap is great to use in preparation for showing off your skin, so ideal to get your body ready for the summer!
My initial impression of a manly fragrance was quite wrong really. After more sniffing it becomes apparent that although it's not a girly, flowery scent, it's just very herbal and natural. There's a strong citrus element which contrasts nicely with the rich, earthy aroma of the mud content. I can detect the Tea Tree and Rosemary and Sage are also quite prominent. I can't really pick up even the slightest hint of the Lavendar (but maybe my sense of smell isn't refined enough to distinguish it) which does surprise me. Usually such a strong fragrance that can sometimes be too overpowering, on this occasion it seems to totally disappear into the background. Overall, the smell of Mud Flats soap is actually quite nice and I would describe it as being unisex. Hubby has decided that he likes it too, even though it looks like poo!
Using the soap I can instantly see that it doesn't lather up very easily - in fact even after a little more effort it still doesn't seem to produce many suds. I suppose it doesn't necessarily need to though and the lack of lather shouldn't suggest that it's not cleaning your skin. In fact it leaves skin feeling thoroughly cleansed. I've found that the suds that are produced are slightly disconcerting. Due to the nature of the soap and its content, it creates a pale brown coloured lather which feels almost too messy to wash with! Try to see past the colour though and consider the deep cleansing benefits of those ingredients.
Meanwhile, the fragrance of the soap during use is quite revitalising and refreshing - probably due to the citrus more than anything. I've found that it actually makes a pleasant change to the flowery fragrances that I would usually opt for. The smell is very subtle on the skin and doesn't linger for very long after use. Likewise in the bathroom. Whilst laid by the sink the soap emits a minimal aroma - noticeable but not strong. This is a good factor in my opinion as I think the scent would get up my nose a bit if it was too powerful.
Mud Flats soap is not particularly designed for any skin type. It's not a dry skin soap as it hasn't got any special moisturising properties but it's certainly not drying either. The texture of Mud Flats soap is very slightly grainy - this is the sea salt. It's not at all uncomfortable to use though and is nowhere near as harsh as an exfoliating scrub. I've used the soap on face, hands and body and it has a lovely 'polishing' effect like a very light exfoliation. I have to admit that it's not something I notice immediately after use but it certainly becomes apparent a while later. For example, if I thoroughly wash my hands with the bar before bed, it's not until the following morning that I can feel how much smoother they are. It's as if those nutrient rich ingredients absorb into the skin and set to work during the night!
As a facial soap bar I find it fantastic as I have an oily t-zone. The soap seems to cleanse the pores and reduce oiliness but doesn't dry or tighten my skin. If I happen to suffer from the odd spot, the Tea Tree Oil in the soap helps soothe and minimise redness due to its antiseptic qualities. So the soap even has healing benefits too!
Available at £1.95 for a 100g chunk, Mud Flats is quite reasonably priced compared to some Lush offerings. It seems to last a long time too, even with regular use. As I mentioned previously, my soap was actually a free sample but I would certainly consider visiting Lush to purchase a full sized version.
It may look a tad unpleasant but Mud Flats is a perfect example of why you shouldn't judge a book (or a bar of soap) by its cover.
An herbal, lemon scented, Rhassoul mud soap /