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      02.02.2013 15:21

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      A lovely creamy soap for all skin types.

      I bought this soap as part of a huge pick-me-up haul last week. I'd seen several Youtube beauty guru's reviewing it and most of them had only good things to say about it, so I picked up a 100g chunk.

      First of all, I would like to confess that I LOVE THIS SOAP! I use it as an exfoliator more than anything, because the oats in it are brilliant at removing dead, dry skin. I do think that at times, some of the oats can be a bit rough, but when this happens I just use my thumb to rub some of them off the bar. The soap smells gorgeous and homely, a creamy scent with a hint of honey. It is extremely nourishing and moisturising because when it is used in water, it produces more of a milky lather, rather than a bubbly lather.

      I would recommend this soap to anyone! It is so gentle that it can be used on any skin-type and it just makes you feel all cosy!

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      04.07.2012 09:24
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      A lovely smelling soft soap from Lush.

      My job makes my hands get rather dirty and so, when I'm at work, I'm constantly cleaning them which is a habit I then get into whilst I am at home too. I much prefer using soap than liquid hand wash to clean my hands and I always go to Lush to stock up my soaps. They're unusual but nice, are gentle and lovely for my hands, use natural ingredients and, above all, are not tested on animals.

      I do have my favourites when it comes to Lush soaps but I always like to try out new ones too and so on my most recent visit to Lush I came away with a block of Porridge soap. This soap doesn't particularly stand out when you're in Lush. Its beige and brown colour looks rather bland and dull next to the other vibrant and much louder appearing soaps. But I did pick this one up and was completely sold on the scent. A deep, sweet scent with a hint of chocolate and cinnamon. It always reminds me of a batch and freshly baked home made cookies although it isn't an overpowering smell that's sickly sweet. It's just very pleasant.

      The soap is quite messy to use although completely worth it! I find this soap is really soft and tends to melt in my hands if I'm holding it for too long. It does lather up really well with water though and produces a creamy but murky sort of lather. At first I did think my hands were so dirty they were turning the lather this colour although it appears that it's just the colour of the soap. As the name suggests this soap contains oatmeal which does a wonderful job at exfoliating my skin but, again, gets everywhere! If you've ever used Lush's Oatifix face mask you'll be familiar with the messy oats. I do tend to find these oats get stuck to the bottom of my soap dish and in the bottom of my sink after I've washed my hands with it although it's nothing a quick rinse won't sort out.

      The soap has lovely effects on my hands. The oatmeal really exfoliates my skin and leaves my hands looking brighter and healthier than before whilst leaving them feeling supple, soft and smooth. That lovely chocolatey scent remains on my hands for hours upon hours and whenever I go to tuck my hair behind my ears I get a quick whiff of it which makes me want to use it again! The soap leaves my skin feeling really moisturised and hydrated and doesn't dry out my skin in the least bit.

      This one of Lush's cheaper soaps too costing £2.95 per 100g. If you go into a Lush shop a shop assistant will cut you a chunk off in whatever size you want. Buying the soap online means you can pick between a 100g, 250g or 500g block.

      In short, Porridge is a really nice Lush soap which I will be sure to use again!

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      23.10.2011 12:30
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      Like Baby Bear's porridge - just right!

      Looks aren't everything

      It is fair to say that Porridge Soap is not the best-looking offering on the shelves of Lush. Amongst all the more colourful, funkier products, it looks somewhat drab. It isn't sparkly and it isn't glittery. It's a sandy brown colour, studded with flecks of oatmeal. In appearance it reminded me of a slice of that great Yorkshire delicacy, 'Parkin', a soft, sticky cake made with oatmeal and treacle. However, the moment I picked it up and had a sniff, I realised this was the soap for me. It really did smell like porridge, or more specifically it reminded me of the aroma of golden syrup melting into hot porridge. That immediately conjured up memories of the porridge my dad used to make for me when I was little and the flapjacks I used to bake at school in the days before cookery lessons became overly health-conscious. I have a fondness for sweet scents like this, which I always find comforting because they remind me of my childhood days, evoking a sense of well being.

      Breakfast in a soap

      The soap contains pinhead oatmeal to exfoliate dry skin. Lush tell us they "threw in a bit of orange juice for good measure." At first I wasn't quite sure what that was supposed to achieve, because I assumed orange juice could only be beneficial to the skin if you actually drank it, but a bit of internet research told me that citrus fruits applied topically can indeed improve the appearance of the skin. The application of citrus juice to the skin is believed to improve the production of collagen, which keeps the skin firm and smooth. It also assists in the exfoliation of dead skin cells and stimulates new cell production so, on the face of it, the combination of orange juice and oatmeal in a soap bar sounded like the ideal blend for an effective body scrub. Also citrus oil is a rich source of vitamin E, the anti-ageing vitamin, and its mild astringent properties can help clear up blemishes.

      Using the soap

      When I first used this soap it produced a rich, creamy lather but the exfoliating effects of the oats were not that noticeable. However, after using the soap a few times, the block seemed to get 'worn in' and I became more aware of its 'scrubby' qualities. Because the oats are not distributed evenly throughout the soap, sometimes you'll find that you get a very 'soapy' wash and sometimes a very 'oaty' wash. The degree of exfoliation you can achieve with this soap does vary therefore from one day to the next. Anyway, once my block of soap was 'worn in' and started to look as if there was more oats than soap, it provided a really invigorating body scrub, ideal for my own needs. I do not like body scrubs that aren't rough enough to feel as if they're doing their job, but this was really stimulating and the soap moisturised my skin sufficiently to prevent it from feeling too scratchy or uncomfortable. There was just the required amount of friction for me, although I imagine that someone with really sensitive skin might have found it a bit too harsh. The block of soap was firm enough to use like a massage bar, so I rubbed it in a circular motion around cellulite-prone areas. It glided easily over the skin. The soap produced a voluptuous cream, which was ideal for hand massage too, really great for kneading those achy muscles that afflict us all from time to time. (If you can find someone else to step into the tub and be your masseur, so much the better.)

      This soap made my skin feel beautifully soft and clean with no irritation. Unlike some soaps, which make my skin feel tight and dry, this seemed to add rather than strip moisture. For all its syrupy sweetness, there was no stickiness about it. Its effects on the cellulite situation seem quite encouraging too. I seem to have my dimply bits under control at the moment! Experts agree that regular massage is the key to draining toxins and thus combating cellulite, so perhaps it doesn't matter too much what product you use, as long as you stimulate the skin regularly. In my opinion, any product that encourages skin massage is a valuable addition to your skincare regime. If it feels nice, you are going to want to use it often and this is an absolute pleasure to use. Certainly the scrubbing and massaging did not feel like a tedious chore.

      Although Lush refer to this as 'breakfast in a bar' it's a soap I prefer to use at the end of the day because it is sweet and comforting and helps me to relax before bed. Ideally I would like to keep an unused block of this soap in a bowl on my bedside table, so that I could keep sniffing it, because the scent really is heavenly and I'm sure it would help me to sleep as soundly as Goldilocks before the 3 bears came back and woke her up. However, one disappointment is that the scent didn't linger on my skin for longer once I was out of the bath.

      Nice skin - shame about the mess

      The only real downside of this product is that it can be rather messy. Often the oats fall out and stick to your wet skin. (Let's just say, there are certain places where you don't want oats getting trapped!) The soap also leaves a fair bit of mess behind in the bath. After the water had drained away, it left what looked like a layer of regurgitated budgie seed in the tub. It is a bit of a nuisance having to clear it away, but there's no real way around that. Many Lush products do tend to leave a bit of debris but I certainly wouldn't let that put me off this otherwise lovely soap.

      Price: £2.79 per 100g.
      Ethics: Not tested on animals. Suitable for vegans.

      Verdict - Messiness aside, I love this soap.

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        11.02.2011 14:53
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        Runs out far too quickly, scratches your skin off, and makes a terrible mess

        About six months ago I took my 5 year old son into the Lush store to choose some soap. My children love Lush. He chose a slab of Porridge soap. It had a pleasant smell and lots of little porridge oats in it. The colour was a sort of muddy grey.

        I cut the slab in half, as I always do, and put it in the soap dish. The next day I was pretty horrified to find the soap bit melting out from beneath the porridge oats and the bottom of the soap dish full of the gunky remains. It had only been used once. Unimpressed, I decided to leave it in the soap dish to get used up. Needless to say it ran out very quickly and I was left with a pile of sludginess mixed with oats. My theory is there are far too many oats in it and not much soap, so the water simply washed away what little soap there was in it.

        In use, the soap was extremely scratchy. It wasn't a pleasant exfoliation at all - like rubbing your skin with coarse sandpaper.

        I definitely won't be buying this soap again. The smell is quite nice but that's about all it has going for it in my opinion.

        It seems sometimes Lush get is gloriously right, but at other times they get it so disappointingly wrong. Perhaps I had a faulty bit?

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          18.01.2011 21:54
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          A Fabulous Breakfast Time Soap.

          When it comes to Lush products Ill try anything once - if it turns out to be rubbish I wont bother buying it again but more often that not I love the products so I end up going back time and again to try more. Soaps are one of the few things from Lush that I think I can safely say I have tried most of now and Im always amazed when I find a bar that I havent heard of before which is what happend a few weeks back with quite a few bars when I was browsing their website. One of the bars that caught my eye was this 'Lush Porridge Soap' which looked like such a weird idea but at the same time I couldnt believe no-one had thought of it before so a bar went zooming off to my basket and along with a few others it arrived a few weeks back - this one was the first one I tried and I think it will be one I buy time and time again.

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          Price: £2.79 - 100g bar.
          Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk
          Other Info: Like all Lush products none of the ingredients contained in this bar are tested on animals and the bar is 100% suitable for vegans. This bar in particular is specifically designed for those with sensitive skin although any skin-type can use and enjoy this. This soap promises to clean and gently exfoliate your skin at the same time so its like a handy 2in1.

          As with all Lush soaps dont start to worry if your bar doesnt look exactly the same as the picture with this review. As all bars are cut from a huge block in store all will slightly vary in shape, size and colour but hopefully every single piece should have the same effects. The bar I personally have is a light beige in colour and you can clearly see pieces of the porridge embedded in the block and on the outside - it does appear to be a very scrubby bar. Looks wise I would say this would be perfect for both sexes - it might not be a bright colour that would attract many peoples attention but its pretty striking nonetheless.

          When it came to using this soap I have to say I was quite surprised. I was expecting it to lather up into bubbles as a normal soap would but this one has a real difference. As soon as this bar comes into contact with warm water it creates this really milky kind of lather - that is more creamy than bubbly - which I think is something to do with the oats added to the bar and that milky substance is so creamy and thick it really does do wonders for my skin. Even though the lather isnt amazing a small amount seems to wash my whole body with ease and makes my skin feel amazing afterwards and while Im washing with this. The scrubbiness is a nice added touch and while Im not going to claim it is better than using an exfoliator it does a pretty effective job either way and my skin always feels so much better after using this.

          Now the smell of this one I think will have most people divided. I expected this to smell oaty but it actually smells like orange juice! This is the perfect breakfast time soap - definitely one for using in the morning - the citrus scent wakes me right up and its like having a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice in the morning - LOVELY! The smell lasts ages on my skin and lingers for ages after Ive dried off and carried on with my day - I dont even feel the need to apply lotion after using this soap so it is perfect for me. The best exfoliating Lush soap Ive found since 'I Should CoCo' and that is a lot to live up to. I cannot recommend this highly enough one of the best Lush soaps Ive tried - dont think many could top this.

          Thanks For Reading.

          x0 Salz 0x

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            04.10.2010 22:04
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            A amazing product, I will so be buying this again! Very highly recommended :)

            Porridge

            I love lush and I went in as the new christmas stuff was in, and I got quite a bit of that (which I will be reviewing soon) and I also got some of the products that are in the normal range that they have, including porridge. I have been meaning to get this soap for ages but I just didn't, but I am now really glad that I did.

            *About the product*
            As with all lush soaps you can get the staff to cut you a piece of the soap or you can buy them in 100g blocks from their site or you can buy them pre-cut in store, which is what I did. I got a small piece which is 0.135kg block, as I had not tried it before.

            They come wrapped in the lush wrapping with the ingredients on a stick and also the other information such as price, weight and about the product on the front.

            *My opinion on the product*
            I just LOVE this product is smells so good, I could just smell this soap all day! It obviously smells of porridge/oats and it contains the following ingredients (including four ingredients that are not natural but are safe synthetics):

            Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Pinhead Oatmeal, Fresh Organic Orange Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Labdanum Resinoid, Sweet Orange Oil, Sodium Chloride.

            I have tried the honey I washed the kids and the ring of roses soaps from lush and the only things about those two that I didn't like were that they dried my skin out and they are not very moisturising, but this one is so different.

            This soap does not leave my skin dry at all, it is really quite moisturising and it does not leave my skin tight, dry or in need of some extra moisture. I didn't need to put any body lotion on after using this product.

            One thing I was unsure about before getting this product was that the actual soap does have lots of small chunks of oats in it and I thought it may be quite abrasive and harsh on my skin but it really wasn't. It is quite a soft soap, it is not really hard like the others and it is not really abrasive at all. It is slightly exfoliating but it is not harsh.

            Also another great point about this product is that it lathers up really easily, with some soaps and shower gels it is difficult to get them to produce a lot of bubbles, but it was not a problem with this, as it made quite a lot of gorgeous smelling cleansing bubbles!

            I got a small 0.135kg piece of soap and then to make it easier to use I cut it up into four smaller pieces which also make the soap last longer as you are not taking a whole big piece of soap into the shower with you. This piece cost me £3.58,which is a little but expensive for soap....but it smells so good and it is very moisturising, cleansing and slightly exfoliating, so its worth it in my opinion.

            The only things I don't like about this soap is that it 'dissolves' or gets worn down really easily, so it does not last very long and the scent does not last very long on my skin, but other than that it is amazing!

            Conclusions
            Good points
            *Not tested on animals
            *Smells so amazing!
            *Made with mostly natural ingredients
            *Lightly exfoliating, cleansing and lathers very easily
            *Great for sensitive skin
            *Does not dry my skin out
            *Does not make my skin feel tight
            *Lush!

            Bad points
            *Is worn down/dissolved easily
            *Scent does not stay on my skin for as long as I want it to!

            For more information: www.lush.co.uk

            Thank you for reading my review

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              13.09.2010 17:52
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              Best left for the 3 bears!

              My little sample of Lush Porridge Soap has been sat at the bottom of a very unloved brown paper carrier bag for quite sometime. You know what its like when you step into Lush, there are pitfalls at every turn all designed to help you part with your cash, yet leave you feeling Lush have done you a favour. The sales assistants smile like crocodiles awaiting their next tasty morsel and its not too long before the kerching of the till rings out loud and clear and you are £20 or so lighter.

              My Lush Porridge Soap was something I asked for a sample of during one such visit to the Lush shop. The very happy and chirpy assistant did actually listen to what I said for once, rather than flounce off to impress me with the contents of the entire shop. The result was not only that I did buy 2 items which caused me to wave goodbye to £8.50 ish in the process, but I also came out with quite a few handy samples, which I appreciated.

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              After finding my Lush Porridge Soap sample wrapped in its bright yellow paper bag, complete with slightly faded directions label, I thought it was about time I gave it a run for Lush's money instead of my own for a change. The piece I was very kindly given was quite sizable. It was around an inch square, which is positively enormous compared to many Lush samples they give out. In fact a full sized piece of this would only be 3 times as big, so I had plenty to try out.

              I recall that on the day of my visit I rather liked the soft natural aroma of the product and hoped it would still be as pleasant after its sad existence in the bottom of the Lush bag. When I rather clumsily managed to rip of half the directions label in the process of opening it I was a bit peeved, but the smell of the soap leaking out of the wrapping, soon put paid to that so I had a quick sniff to see what I thought of it.

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              Even after some weeks left wrapped in paper and nothing else I have to say it did smell rather good, it also looked pretty much the same as when I last saw it being slipped into the bag and sealed. For those of you who aren't at all tempted by the very boring looking piccy here, I can tell you that it looks more attractive in the flesh so to speak. The sample I had was quite a chunky heavy little bit of soap, it was a very light beige toned thing that you could easily mistake for some kind of health food bar.

              The health food bar comparison is due to the copious amounts of bits that are mixed into the soap. I know bits doesn't sound glamorous as a way to describe them, but then I am not one of your raving Lushistas who loves all things Lush and can see beauty in anything and everything they produce. My eyes are completely open when I think about buying these products, thats why I like to try a sample first to see if the product will work for me. These bits that the soap is full of are actually 'Pinehead Oatmeal' pieces. They have a kind of dark reddy brown tinge to them and the chunky look and wholesome colour heavily contributes towards the health bar look.

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              The smell of the Lush Porridge Soap seemed to be just as inviting as it was when I first clapped eyes on it in store. It was very wholesome and yummy smelling. Anyone who has ever mixed up a home made honey, lemon, oatmeal and natural yoghurt face mask will kind of know what I mean here. Its an almost good enough to eat kind of smell and has an almost soft caramel undertone that runs into it.

              I must admit that I really did enjoy the soft aroma and hoped it would linger when I got to use the soap. Having looked at the actual contents listed, it seems that there is the addition of orange which gives it that citrus kick I could detect, but there is also coconut oil which I missed and most of the ingredients seem to be of a natural source. There are a few synthetic ingredients there too, which strangely also lists perfume as one of those, but it doesn't go on to say what type.

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              Anyhow enough about how it smells, I need to get on to how it works and feels when you use it. Well firstly I have to say it feels rough, not just a little rough, but rough with a capital R. When I first tried to use the Lush Porridge Soap on my wet skin the soap bar was as solid as a rock and the scrappy oaty bits felt like a method of torture rather than a wonderfully soft exfoliating addition.

              I must admit I was rather shocked at how harsh the bits of Pineheaded whatsits were on my skin. I kind of hoped they would soften down once they had become water soaked and the actual soapy bit of the bar had moistened and softened up too. I have to say that they didn't soften at all. I found the oaty bits to be rather too chunky for my liking and they not only scratched my skin in a very unpleasant way, but they began to fall from the Lush Porridge Soap bar and make a dreadful mess all over the shower walls and floor.

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              I have to admit that at one point I thought about giving up with the product and just rinsing away the mess and using something else to wash with. However as the messy oaty bits were going to have to be washed away whatever I decided, I carried on with it and used up the whole chunk. This left a massive amount of messy oaty chips all over my skin that were too big to rub into the skin to any great effect without hurting. I found that very disappointing indeed.

              The one thing I can say is that the aroma of the product was simple and soft, it was much lighter than when the soap was dry which was rather a shame, but it was still rather pleasant. Once the bar had softened a little, although the oaty bits stayed firm, the actual soap mix did soften up well enough and could then be squished a bit to make it easier to rub in. The resulting lather was soft and creamy and very lightly moisturising. It wasn't a thick bubbly lather at all and so I turned off the water for a while to allow it to sink in to best effect.

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              Once I felt I had had enough of being bombarded with lots of painful oat pieces I rinsed it all off, which took a considerable amount of time as the oat bits seemed to cling like limpets to every surface of the shower. They were also awkward to wash away from my skin too. I felt this was all too much hassle for what seemed like very little gain at the time.

              Once finished with my Lush Porridge Soap I must admit I wasn't feeling very positive about it at all. Even after drying off I hardly noticed any difference at all and was rather cross at Lush for having caused all that mess for nothing. However I have to say that whilst drying my hair I accidently brushed my arm for a moment and thought 'ooh that feels rather soft'. On further inspection, I have to grudgingly admit my skin really did feel nice and soft, yet not greasy or oily and certainly not dry either.

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              To sum up my brush with the Lush Porridge Soap, as I really have waffled on for far too long already, I feel its an oddity. A curious beast that mixes a painful skin exfoliating experience with a soft and pleasant after effect. To be honest although I am rather liking the softness and total lack of dryness or greasyness (which can be the effect of some exfoliating skin washes) I am still not impressed by the ouch factor of the product when you use it.

              With the cost for this product being around £2.65 per 100g, I don't feel its cheap for what it is. As my inch square bit went in one use, I would say that as you only get a small bit for your money, (no more than 3 times the size of my sample) its not going to last all that long. In many ways I could see that as an odd bonus, as it feels so very painful when you use this that you might hope to use it all up quicker.

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              With all this in mind I can only rate the Lush Porridge Soap according to how I felt it performed and I have to say it was very hit and miss. I really didn't like the over rough texture of the product and feel its not suitable for those with problem skin or very soft thin skin as its very harsh due to those chunky Pinehead oatmeal pieces. Although Lush say that who it will suit!

              I would have much prefered these to have been ground into smaller pieces at least half the size that they are, as I feel this would have given a more comfortable experience over all. As such I can only rate this as a 3 star product, as I wouldn't want to big it up too much so that everyone rushes out to buy it unless they are sure they will enjoy using this rough soap. My advise would be to ask for a sample first and see how you go, as that way you can get the feel of this before splashing the cash.



              * Not forming part of my review but the Lush people say the following *

              Start your day with Porridge.

              Start the day the Goldilocks way with a helping or three of porridge oats.
              Ideal for sensitive skin; irresistible to everyone else.
              Oats are soothing for the skin, while orange juice is refreshing.
              Rise and shine with some delicious porridge.
              It's a nutritious breakfast bar.
              Porridge is a very gentle soap that really helps to care as it cleans.
              When the oats mix with hot water, they create a calming milk that softens your entire body.

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                14.05.2010 20:27
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                Well worth the money...Recommended!

                This soap smells amazing. Very sweet and porridge-like, although this can become sickly if you over smell it. Its very soothing though.
                The colour is a creamy brown and this is how you know it will be moisturising. Not only does it look moisturising but it also feels it too.
                The little seeds on top are for exfoliation and i find these exactly like Figs and Leaves soap - they prevent the soap from lathering up very well. This is the only downside, however.
                Once most of the seeds come off within the first couple of uses, the soap then actually lathers up a treat. You can even feel the moisturising and nourishing properties in it begin to feed your skin. The oats in this soap calm your skin whereas the orange juice is refreshing.
                A adore this soap and i will deffinately be buying another chunk once i have finished this one. Perhaps it may even be a larger one because i use it a lot. It works wonders on my sore, sensitive skin. A little goes a long way!

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                01.05.2010 11:02
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                Fab soap for winter mornings

                I was in Lush a couple of months ago looking at all the soaps, and I decided I should give one of them a try. I went for Porridge as the concept was rather interesting!

                Porridge Soap is based around the concept of, well, porridge. The cake in the shop has the word 'porridge' on top and looked good enough to eat. It was a cold day in January when I bought this soap, and I hoped it would remind me of the real thing - comforting and warming on a freezing morning!

                The soap is pale brown in colour and contains dark brown bits which turned out to be oats. Pretty authentic porridge then! The soap smelled absolutely delicious - sweet and rich, rather like syrup or molasses. Lush say that this soap is ideal for sensitive skin: the oats are soothing to the skin and the soap also contains orange oil to refresh.

                The soap might appear expensive, at £2.65 for 100g (my 158g piece cost £4.19), but I've been impressed with how long it's lasted. I've been using it for two or three months and still have nearly half of the piece left! I thought that the hundreds of little oats studded through the soap would mean it shrinking in size quickly, but that hasn't been the case at all.

                The oats do tend to get everywhere though, which can be annoying. It doesn't help that my shower has hardly any pressure so it's difficult to get rid of all the little bits. This did lead to an amusing misunderstanding - two of my flatmates were convinced we had mould in the shower for a while, and it wasn't until another of my flatmates, who is studying archaeology and is learning to identify different grains, noticed that the bits were in fact oats and remembered that I had some odd soap from Lush that they were convinced otherwise!

                How I use the soap depends on how I'm feeling. Sometimes I use the soap to exfoliate my whole body. I've started to use an epilator so exfoliating is pretty important. The oats are gentle enough to be used everywhere, yet do exfoliate well. At other times I lather up the soap with my shower puff and wash that way. The soap lathers reasonably well this way, although less well when used 'straight'.

                After I've used the soap, I always have soft and smooth skin. I've noticed it feels less dry than usual, although I still have to use moisturiser. My sensitive skin hasn't been irritated by the soap at all. I've noticed some reviewers over on the Lush site have successfully used the soap on their face, although I haven't tried this.

                Overall, I really love this soap and definitely recommend it. It's moisturising, exfoliating and long-lasting and smells yummy into the bargain. I probably won't buy it again just yet - I feel a soap based on the concept of porridge is more of a winter product and I should give something else a try for the summer. Also, I think in fairness to my flatmates I should use a soap that doesn't leave little bits all over the shower floor! However, come next winter I'll definitely get myself another chunk of this.

                Oh, and it's suitable for vegans too!

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                  09.04.2010 23:35
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                  A lovely smelling soap great for moisturizing and exfoliating!

                  After hearing quite a lot of reviews about the soaps in Lush, I decided i'd pop into the store whilst I had the chance. Picking a soap was quite hard as i'm not too keen on very over powering smells. However, after seeing this I decided to have a quick sniff (as weird as it sounds) and completely fell in love! This not so luxorius looking piece of soap smelt extraordinary! It really does smell like something you should be eating.. although that isn't something i'd recommend! :D

                  A Lush worker informed me that this piece of Porridge Soap had been hand made using real oats (which you will see if you look at the soap). The oats act as an exfoliator which gets rid of dead skin cells on the body. The soap is also very good for moisturizing, so you really do get 2 in 1. Not only this but it's also ideal for sensitive skin AND smells nice!

                  I paid roughly £2.65 for this 100g bar of soap. I feel that was quite a reasonable price, considering. What i also like about Lush cosmetics is that all the ingredients used are not tested on animals.. yet another advantage!

                  Talking of ingredients here's what the Porridge Soap is made of (according to the Lush website):

                  Water (Aqua), Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Propylene Glycol, Pinhead Oatmeal (Avena sativa), Fresh Organic Orange Juice (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus labdaniferus), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, *Limonene

                  *Occurs naturally in essential oils

                  Whilst using the piece of soap i found that the soap lathered up into a weird caramel sort of colour which was quite messy for the bath. As well as this i also found that the oats where also rather messy too. But once cleaned there was no trace of any mess so there wasn't too much to worry about.

                  After using the Porridge Soap I really could tell a difference, my skin was smooth and a lot softer which goes to show it does do what it says on the.. er.. bag?

                  I would definitely recommend this bar of soap to any Lush fans out there or just to anyone who enjoys sweet and lovely smelling soaps.

                  TIP: If you want your piece of soap to last longer, try cutting the soap into small sections. That way you don't have to take the whole block into the bath/shower with you.. and it lasts much longer that way.

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                    09.02.2010 23:36
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                    I'd definitely recommend this soap to everyone, but get one with the oats at the top.

                    Porridge soap is a soap that I'd previously smelt in the Lush store and thought... nah don't want it.
                    However after reading many reviews and watching many videos, plus the fact that sometimes when you're in Lush, the smells are so overpowering that sometimes you don't know what you're smelling anymore. I decided I would give it a go and buy a piece of Porridge.

                    Now I'm not sure about other stores but the one I go to seems to have two different types of this soap - One with a layer of oats at the top and one with oats all the way through. Having had a very stressful time in the past with a piece of I should coco with coconut all the way through, I decided to buy the one with just a layer of oats at the top.
                    The smell of this when I got it home was lovely, I almost kicked myself for not buying it sooner! It does smell of porridge, but a way sweeter version of porridge with a subtle hint of orange oil to it. Its so yummy I wish I could eat it!

                    This soap lathers up very nicely and its even better when I use my loofah, it feels very moisturising on my skin and Lush say it is very good if you have sensitive skin. I really wish the smell would last all day on me but for now ill have to make do with the two hours or so that it lasts for.
                    The only problem I had with this soap is that I was so excited when I got it that I jumped straight in the shower with it right away and it melted quite a bit because it was such a fresh, soft piece id bought. So id recommend letting this one cure for a week or two in your fridge to let it harden and last longer (That's if you have the patience and will-power of course lol)

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                    01.02.2010 21:30
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                    I like the shop Lush and like that you can nip in and get a chunk of Soap. The Soap is in large rounds, a bit like Cheese and although there is 100g Bars all wrapped in greaseproof paper, it you wanted a larger or smaller chunk then the staff will cut you a piece.

                    I had this in my cupboard for a while and only got round to using it this week. This was a square-ish lump which was quite wide and large enough as well. Looking at it it looked like it would be quite hard to use due to the size, and I imagined me trying to lather with this and the corner bits annoying me. It was a bit tough the first few times, but now the corners have started to rub away, and the Bar getting a bit more circular, then it has become easier to use.

                    The Bar is a medium brown colour with pieces of Oatmeal studded through it. This smells quite sweet, a bit salty and malty. It does smell a bit like Porridge with a splash of Milk and Honey. A bit more unusual scent, but a change from all the Floral and Fruit scents.

                    I think this chunk cost me £2.40 for the 100g piece, which is normal priced for a Bar of Soap from Lush.

                    I would buy this again as it has a nice scent. It's not a heavy scent, and it is quite moisturising as well. It doesn't seem to be drying either, and the smell lingers a bit on your skin as well. Not sure if you can still get this in the shops, but if so I would pick a Bar up again.

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                      19.01.2010 00:27
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                      Lovely moisturising soap that smells good enough to eat

                      This soap is a pale brown solid bar with oats running through it. Like all Lush soaps it may or may not be a regular shape, and comes wrapped in paper. It costs £2.65 for 100g, although the actual cost of your bar will vary as they're all different shapes and sizes. The ready wrapped pieces have a weight and price on them so you won't get a surprise at the checkout. Like all Lush soaps it's more expensive than a plain bar of soap, however they're infinitly more interesting and enjoyable to use, and I think better for your skin.

                      The soap is a beige colour which little bits of oatmeal visible in it. It's not the most exciting looking of bars but don't discount it because of that. It contains orange juice for refreshed, clear skin, and oats which have two purposes here. Firstly the oats provide exfoliation. Secondly, when in contact with hot water, they produce oat milk which is wonderful for soothing and calming skin.

                      Despite the name I didn't think this smelt like porridge. It's sweet and treacly and delicious but not very like porridge to me. The scent is quite long lasting- I could smell it on my hands for a couple of hours after washing my hands.

                      The soap lathers well and is quite moisturising. I found it was suitable for using to shave my legs with as well. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth after use.

                      The oats are meant to be exfoliating. I found they vary between pieces. Most pieces I've used have had a nice gentle exfoliating effect, but the occaisional piece has been sharp and scratchy. I did find that this could be reduced by making sure the bar was wet enough though. The oats did make a bit of a mess in my bath but so long as you don't let them dry on to it, they're far easier to clean up than the glitter that's in so many Lush products.

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                        22.10.2009 13:56
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                        An amazingly sweet soap

                        Like many Dooyoo users, I used to be a total Lush addict. For some reason, however, I hadn't bought anything from them for a few months until a few weeks ago, when I found myself irresistibly drawn to venturing into its sweet smelling domain once again. What tempted me in was the Fresher's Box offer, which gave you eight Lush items for only £10. Of course, you couldn't just pick whatever eight items you wanted, but the choice was still pretty good: one facemask, one shampoo bar, two toner tabs, a moisturiser sample, a body scrub and two 50g pieces of soap. The overall savings wasn't immense when you consider that you only get small bars of soap, and the fact that toner tabs only cost 75p each anyway, but I thought that this would be a good opportunity to sample some products that I'd fancied for a while for a lower price. You may have guessed by now that one of the items I selected was a piece of Porridge.

                        Porridge is a soap that is unsurprisingly meant to smell like sweet delicious porridge, and I'd always been enticed when smelling its syrupy scent in the shop. My friend used this soap for a while last year, and whenever I was in her bathroom I loved using it to wash my hands as it left them smelling nice and sweet. I was therefore fairly enthusiastic about trying it as my shower soap, but for some reason hadn't tried it 'til I got the Fresher's Box.

                        Upon trying it on my body in the shower, I wasn't disappointed. The soap still had the strongly sweet scent that I had savoured on stays at my friend's, and definitely helped to wake me up in the morning. I found the inclusion of oat in the bar to be a nice touch, and enjoyed the gentle exfoliation they offered. I was worried that these would end up making a mess of the shower or clogging up the drain, but fortunately I've had no problems with them at all.

                        In conclusion, Porridge is an excellent soap, which smells amazing and works well. Despite the fact that its brown colour doesn't make it look particularly attractive, I love everything about it and would definitely buy it again in the future. If you're a fan of Honey I Washed the Kids or Rockstar, then you will probably like Porridge too, as they have similar sweetness levels, but it you prefer the more subt.le varieties then you may find this a bit overpowering. I would recommend smelling it in the shop before you buy it just to make sure it's for you, but if that's not an option, I would only suggest buying it if you are a fan of all things sweet. Porridge is available from Lush shops (of which there are many across the UK), or online from Lush.co.uk. This soap is sold by weight, but you must buy a minimum of 100g, which will set you back £2.56

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                          10.10.2009 21:28
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                          Brilliant,subtle soap!

                          I recieved a big chunk of this in my Fairy Tail Christmas Hat Box.

                          Porridge is a creamy light brown sort of colour with little bits of oats and something that looks like seeds peppered around it.

                          It smells like porridge only sweeter and a bit fruity(?) - and leaves you smelling lovely for hours. The scent isn't overpowering or anything like that,so it's good for people who perhaps don't like too much scent in their soaps.

                          It creates quite a nice thick,creamy lather,especially with a bath puff. However you apply it it feels so soft and thick and creamy as you rub it in - it really is luxurious and silky and one of those soaps you should use to relax and pamper yourself.

                          It's brilliant for sensitive skin and exfoliates very gently without leaving you red or sore. My skin always feels a bit less itchy after using this (I have skin problems) and the colour looks more even.

                          A chunk should last absolutely ages because you only need to use a small amount at a time to get a decent lather and a thorough clean.

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                        The very best way to start the day: a helping of porridge oats with lashings of delicious molasses / Ideal for sensitive skin; irresistible to everyone else /