“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
I am trying to work my way through all of Lush's soaps, and one that I have sampled fairly recently is the Ooh La La soap. This was released on a temporary basis as part of the Retro range, a selection of products from past Lush which were popular enough to merit a second outing. I loved the gorgeous purple colour of this soap from the minute I saw it - created with the help of red grape juice - and liked the pretty lavender sprig on top too.
Retro products are normally a bit more expensive than non-Retro: this soap cost £5.50 for 100g, which I do think is rather pricey. It is suitable for vegans and is made with a base of rapeseed oil and coconut oil. Lush no longer make their soaps with a palm oil base, as the production of palm oil threatens rainforest habitats.
The soap is scented with lavender, honey and marigold infusion, and it also contains rosemary, olive and thyme oils, as well as lavender absolute. As you might expect, the overwhelming scent is of lavender, but the other floral and herbal aspects come out too. The scent is lovely -sophisticated and timeless, it reminds me of those toiletries you get at stately homes based on the ones used by Victorian ladies. Lush state that the soap has been inspired by a French boudoir and this definitely makes sense. It is meant to evoke the lavender fields of Provence.
The soap lasted a fairly long time in my soap dish. I used it both as hand soap and body soap: it didn't dry my skin out and left a faint lavender scent behind, which was very pleasant. The scent wafted around the bathroom too, and was lovely.
Despite the high price of the soap - and I've deducted a star for this - it is a really lovely product. It works well and the scent is amazing. If it appears again, I will certainly be repurchasing.
I received this as a birthday present from my daughter. She often gets me a little Lush something-or-other because she correctly gauges that I do not go into the shop much - but I like the stuff in the shop.
I expect that I am not unlike many other mothers who have put some self indulgence on the backburner - choosing instead to buy the 40p vegetable based supermarket soap rather than the deliciously fragranced and interesting looking chunk of the beautiful Lush soap. My concerns are primarily with the mortgage. I think about it and feel a bit sad sometimes.
This is why I love it when my daughter buys me some Lush soap. It is an act of seeing through my thrifty ways and giving me a piece of love (her love/self love).
The soap is a deep velvety purple-blue. One side of it has some dried (rose) petals encased in the surface layer. Otherwise it is smooth and silky to touch.
This soap is a vegan soap. It inclues the fragrances of lavender, honeysuckle, grape and thyme.
Using the Soap
I enjoy the moment when I have a deep, leisurely bath and use the Lush product . The soap does not lather in a frothy rabies-like manner but produces some sparse bubbles. The feel of the soap as you rub it on your skin is more creamy. It is more like a moisturiser texture. I find this quite pleasant. I usually have a little bit of bubble bath in the tub anyway - and regular soap can sometimes pop all of the bubbles that you have in there anyway.
When in the water, some of the petals are released. They have the appearance of the toenails of ancient persons as they swirl about in the tub. This amuses me a little. The soap also can leave a purple residue on the side of the bath - but this easily rinses off.
Using this soap, is definately a luxury experience. as it lathers, you can smell the subtle and sophisticated scents being released. The lavender is not an overpowering smell, it is somewhat muted by the honeysuckle essence and the more 'savoury' twang of thyme which makes bathing with it very enjoyable. When dried, I found my skin had a delicate frangrance and felt soft and clean - but not 'squeaky'.
I believe the soap costs around £3.50 for 100g. Whenever I ask my daughter how much the Lush products she buys me are, she just tells me 'expensive'. I like this. It makes a welcome change from the budget buy supermarket soap.
I think that Lush soap is among the most lovely soaps that you can buy and use. It is expensive - but it does not disappear quickly - so you have it around for a while.
For a long time I hated anything lavender scented, but I've started to warm to the fragrance and have begun to use a few lavender scented products. One of these products is Lush's Ooh La La Soap. I have bought quite a few Lush soaps online, going from only the description, and found that they didn't quite live up to expectations when they arrived. Due to it's lavender content, this is not one I would have considered having just read about it on the website, but when I smelled it in the shop I adored it immediately, so treated myself to a chunk.
Ooh La La is a beautiful shade of dark purple, and reminds me somewhat of the colour of the B Cocktail soap I used to love, but has sadly been discontinued. I was a little put off when I unwrapped this to find that one side was covered in a layer of dried lavender. The more I use Lush products with 'bits' in them, the more I hate them, so I sat and picked the majority of them off. It could have been worse though, as on the Lush website this soap is shown as being covered in a layer of rose petals.
As I said, I adore the fragrance of this. Yes, it has a lavender scent, but it's quite grown up and smells more luxurious than your average lavender scented bath product. Lush describe this as 'The sophisticated lavender one' and I think that pretty much hit's the nail on the head. As well as lavender the soap does contain honeysuckle, grape juice, rosemary oil and thyme oil. At first I wouldn't have particularly identified any of those fragrances in the soap, but now I see them on paper, I think I can detect a bit of the grape in there. Overall, this is a rich, luxurious scent, which is floral with a grown-up fruity edge.
Like many of the Lush soaps, this one doesn't lather all that well, although it's not the worst, and you can get a bit of lather from it. Because of the rich purple colour of the soap, the lather is pink and be warned it will stain your soap dish, the side of your sink or wherever you choose to keep it.
As you lather the soap, the rich lavender fragrance begins to come out. I find that the soap gets my skin clean and at doesn't leave any tightness or dryness after use. My skin felt soft and smooth and unlike a lot of fragranced soaps from other brands I've tried, the scent of this one stays on your skin for absolutely ages afterwards.
At £3.43 for a 100g bar, this is one of Lush's more expensive soaps.
This is definitely one of the better Lush soaps, and even if, like me, you are not really keen on lavender, I'd at least suggest smelling it in the shop because it really is something special. It is quite pricey but I would use it again, and I'd certainly recommend it to others.
This one has to be one of my favourite Lush soaps. There's something about it that's a little bit decadent, that makes having a shower a luxurious experience. It's smells of lavender but there are also subtle hints of honeysuckle, rosemary, grape and thyme in there.
It's really rich and foamy to use and makes the whole bathroom smell delicious. The rapeseed, sunflower, coconut, thyme, rosemary and lavender oils all make it really kind to the skin. I've got quite dry, sensitive skin, but this one is gentle and rich to use, without causing any skin irritation. I used to use a lot of body lotion, but since I've been using Lush soaps I haven't needed to use any at all.
At current price of £3.50 for 100g, you'll find you can easily pay £4 for a small bar. It's not the cheapest of Lush soaps, but I think for me that's offset by not having to buy body lotions.
I also love the funky purple colour!
Scented lavender soap /