“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
My favourite store, Lush, recently revamped their Retro section and they now release a few products every couple of months on a limited edition basis. I think this is brilliant as it gives me the chance to sample different products from the store's past. One of the products I bought fairly recently was a piece of Canadian Maple soap.
I was drawn to the description of the soap: Lush state that it smells "sweet and delicious" with a "characteristic nutty-toffee aroma". To help produce this scent, real maple syrup was used to make the soap along with tangerine oil for a hint of citrus and benzoin resinoid for a comforting aspect. The bulk of the soap is made up of coconut oil - Lush no longer make their soaps with palm oil because of the destruction of palm forests to make this oil.
Unfortunately, the soap no longer comes in the interesting maple leaf shape and is a rather boring block of plain pale brown soap. Still, it's not how it looks, it's how it smells and feels - right?
Unfortunately, when I smelled this soap I thought it was absolutely disgusting. It wasn't a nice scent at all and in fact reminded me of plastic. It actually made me gag a little bit. It remained in my drawer for a while until, not wanting to use it in the bathroom, I relegated it to the kitchen. Sadly it smelled no better when wet, though it lathered up well, cleaned thoroughly and didn't dry out my skin.
I'm not the only one to hate this soap - judging by Lush's forum and Facebook page the majority of other people who bought this were similarly disappointed. The soap cost a whopping £4.15 for 100g so I was not impressed! My advice would be to avoid this soap like the plague. If you are really desperate to try it, message me as I still have half a piece left and would be only too glad to dispose of it!
If you would like to try some of Lush's limited edition Retro products (they aren't all as bad as this one!!) they are only available online at www.lush.co.uk.