As some of you may know, I’m rather a big fan of Lush. But I am not blinkered. If something is bad, I will admit it and write a negative review about it. This is one such product. So all you anti-Lush folk (Lushites!) out there, you can sit back and smirk at this one! It’s not too often I criticise Lush. My favourite Lush products are the soaps. They are all vegetarian (and many are vegan), made from natural ingredients and not tested on animals at any stage. There are a huge variety of Lush soaps available, including some very unusual ones. Some include mud or sand in them, others have pieces of real flowers or fruit inside. Some are beautiful, others are just plain ugly. Some smell of honey or bananas, others of lemon or coconut, some seem to have a masculine scent and others a more feminine one. This one looks like cat sick – but without the fur balls. It smells of cat sick. It is generally not nice. Sorry. Lush red rice soap comes in huge round cheese-like slabs. It looks a bit like Edam and you need to remove the red wax before using it. You can get a piece cut off in the shop. (I can’t find it on the website so it might not be available mail order.) I bought £2’s worth in Lush at Birmingham. It is made with Camargue red rice which seems to be the main ingredient, as you can see bits of it in the soap and it is a kind of pinky-orange colour. The rice is supposed to be slightly abrasive to help scrub your skin, while the glycerin softens. It apparently contains tangerine, cassis and juniper berry – but I can’t detect any of those scents at all. To me, it smells very sweet, that sort of sickly sweet smell – which is possibly why it reminds me of cat sick. When you wash your hands with it, the smell sticks too. You can still get a whiff of it minutes afterwards and it has almost turned my stomach on several occasions. I certainly couldn’t face washing my
whole body with it – rice or no rice! I much prefer to smell nice. (Hey, we could demonstrate against this soap outside the shop with placards reading ‘SMELL NICE! NO RICE!’) So there’s not really much more I can say about it. It looks horrible – a weird colour with red and brown flecks in it. It pongs of eau de cat vomit and there is no way I ever want to buy or use this product again. There are loads of gorgeous soaps out here and a good proportion of them are made by Lush. I suggest you avoid this one and try some I Should Coco instead. Or wait until I review some other soaps and see if there’s one you fancy. Just don’t waste your money on this one.
Strange name, strange product. Interesting none the less. Although the suggestion from Lush is to use it on your hands when they need a good scrub (ie. when doing gardening or DIY), I have been using it in the shower. I didn't find that it is very exfoliating actually, you can't really feel it, but it does make your skin feel smoother, so it must be working. The smell is another unusual thing. With Lush you don't know what to expect next when it comes to the scents they use, but I'm usually pleasantly surprised. This time, well, I didn't really know how to respond to the fragrance. It is a bit clove-like and earthy. I have grown to like it though. It must be the mix of tangerine and juniper oils. I haven't found that the perfume lingers all that long after washing with it. This soap is very gentle, and good for irritated or dry skin. You can use it straight, without a sponge, and the handy thing is that the thick red wax covers 2 sides of it, and so it doesn't slip out of your hands! :) It definitely has a natural feel to it, as all Lush things do. Natural down to earth scent and ingredients. It isn't as frothy and foamy as some commercial products, but this is more YUMMY. oh, and I didn't get a big slice like the picture here on dooyoo suggests. It's more of a cube shape, with 4 sides of bare soap, so it's easier to use. (the price below is what I paid, but each block they cut for you is weighed & priced individually, so price varies a lot).
Red Rice soap is made with Camargue red rice, tangerine and cassis perfumes, juniperberry oil and a handful of salt / The rice works as a gentle body scrub to smooth you down then the glycerine helps to keep your skin soft