“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap / What it does: Nourishes „
I didn't think I would find myself reviewing Lush products but I was prompted to try one or two things that they make for three reasons. I've seen some interesting reviews on DooYoo recently for Lush items, I wanted to try something different and it seems that Lush make more natural products, albeit they are not chemical-free. So I plucked up courage and paid a visit to the Lush store in Doncaster. I must say that it wasn't such a traumatic experience as I thought it would be and the assistants were very friendly and helpful. I don't think they have many men in their shops as the products are not particularly male-oriented, but I think that there are some things that they sell which are entirely suitable for men. One of these is the Sea Vegetable Soap.
Lush sell their soaps by weight and the assistant kindly showed me how much a 100 gram slice would be. I was attracted to the Sea Vegetable soap because of its colour and the fact that it contains seaweed and sea salt. She explained that the soap would leave my skin feeling soft and smooth and that it was ideal if you suffer from rough skin.
INGREDIENTS AND THEIR BENEFITS:-
Seaweed contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and trace elements and is known to help nourish and protect the skin. It's claimed that seaweed can slow down the skin's ageing process, although I think it's probably a bit too late for me. Whether there's enough seaweed in the soap to make any noticeable and long- lasting difference to the skin is debatable but the fact that there is some in it has to be of some benefit. Sea salt is great for exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin cells, although I use a tea tree oil exfoliator which I have reviewed in the past, but the combination of the two in a bar of soap is a great idea.
As I've mentioned above, Lush products are not completely natural, however they do appear to contain less unnatural elements than a lot of other brands. The ingredients in this soap are:-
Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, Arame Seaweed, Lime Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume
Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, EDTA
(This list of ingredients is taken from the Lush website as they individually wrap the bars of soap and I couldn't find the details on the wrapping paper).
MY EXPERIENCE IN USING THE PRODUCT:-
The soap is quite a deep blue in colour - a lot darker than the photo at the top of this page - and has what can only be described as a darker and slightly harder crust on the top, although I wouldn't say that it's particularly abrasive. This 'crust' appears to be made up of the seaweed and sea salt, and you can actually see thin pieces of the seaweed throughout the bar of soap, like little veins. I'm still deciding the best way to use the soap - I've tried using a sponge and my hands to lather up my face (I've even tried rubbing the soap directly over my face) - but what I can say is that it produces a really good lather and feels rich and creamy. It also does exactly what the store assistant claimed - it leaves my skin feeling remarkably soft and smooth. I've not found the sea salt to be particularly course but I quite often get a slightly rough patch of skin on my forehead and this soap always leaves it feeling smooth. As yet, the soap hasn't gone soft at all, but I don't leave it in the water and it should , therefore, last me quite a long time.
It's difficult to describe the fragrance of the soap. There is something in it that reminds me a little of laying in the sun on a beach, but that may be just my imagination (or wishful thinking). There's definitely a slight flowery smell but also a spicy/citrus odour which will be the lavender oil and lime oil that the soap contains. Although I'm not particularly fond of the smell of lavender, the fragrance of this soap is very pleasant. What I do like about the smell is that it doesn't really linger on your skin, so you can use aftershave or EDT without worrying about getting a strange combination of fragrances. I think that if you used the soap in the bath or shower and covered your whole body with it then the perfume could last a lot longer.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE:-
Lush stores are to be found in most major towns and cities throughout the country and you can also buy their products from their website. This soap costs £3.10 per 100g and although this does seem to be a bit expensive, I think it's worth it for the benefits it gives. Standard UK delivery for items up to 20kg is £3.95 when buying from their website which is not too bad if you're purchasing a number of items - it would cost about that much for me to drive into town and park.
I was a little skeptical at first about the claims of Lush and their products, but after having used the Sea Vegetable Soap I'm very impressed indeed. This is one of the Lush items that I believe is suitable for both men and women and I will definitely buy this soap again.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful
I've been a fan of Lush for years, since I first noticed the store in Cambridge, and I remember being amazed as the had beautifully smelling products and all the colours, and I guess that is why I was so attracted to the first product I brought, Lush's Sea Vegetable Soap. I have to be honest, I am very picky about soap I use as I have used some really awful soaps, which have dried my skin out and make it so sore, but I felt that Lush using all natural ingredients for their products, that this would be a good choice for my skin.
The main thing drawing most people to the Sea Vegetable soap is the gorgeous colour, which I'm fascinated with! The colour is mainly a light blue, aquamarine is probably the closest colour, but it is such a bright and cheerful colour, like the sea colour near the beach on a hot tropical island, sounds perfect right?! The bottom of the soap slice was seaweed build in the soap, which is good for the skin as it helps nourishes and replenishes skin.
Lush is known for beautiful scents, the Sea Vegetable soap did not disappoint! It smells almost tropical, with sweet but with a slight salty smell, from the sea salt, but they work so well and give it a more tangy smell. I personally think it is my favourite smelling soap from Lush, but some people who might not enjoy strong smells, they might think it was a little overpowering, but most Lush stores will give you a chance to smell it for yourself.
The results of using the Sea Vegetable soap was that the soap is easy to use, and really lathers up really quickly, which then releases the beautiful tangy, tropical scent. The soap really makes the skin feel really clean and fresh, like a spring breeze, and the the soap makes m skin look really rejunivated and brighter, which is noticeably much better. The soap also is really careful towards my sensitive skin, and almost feels like moisturiser, and I would recommend the Sea Vegetable soap to all skin types, and to everyone.
Lush Sea Vegetable soap is only available at Lush, in store and online (www.lush.co.uk) and costs around £2.75 per 100g, well worth it!
I am a regular customer of the body cosmetic store Lush and one of their most interesting ranges is their handmade soap bars. There is a soap for every personality type and every nose! I chose this particular soap, the 'Sea Vegetable' soap, because it looked very unique and had a distinctive fragrance.
In appearance the soap has a bright tuquoise blue base. To me it looks like frozen sorbet as it has a slight shimmer to it's form. At the top of the bar there is what looks like the bottom of a rock pool! The crust of the soap is a dark verdant hue and threaded through this shadowy colour are pieces of slimy black-brown seaweed as well as chunks of stone-hard salt. The soap is very well designed and looks really fancy. I would not hesitate to give this to someone as a gift as a lot of work has clearly gone into making the bar.
The soap's fragrances are hard to define if you don't know the ingredients and I spent ages trying to identify exactly what the most obvious scent in this soap was. Eventually I realised that it was lime. The fragrance of citrus is so strong that it smells like a freshly cut piece of fruit or a intense cordial drink. The lime fragrance is very sharp and tangy. It gives impressions of holiday fun, warm, sun-drenched locations and cool icy cocktails.
There is also hints of lavender in the aroma. This is harder to identify but still quite strong. This is also another sharp and piercing fragrance and it works in conjunction with the citrus flavours to create a very unique blend of fruit and flowers. Although lavender is a floral scent there is nothing particularly feminine about it in this mix. Of course being themed around the sea this soap has to conjure up that seashore reality so the sea-salt and seaweed crust also release their own pungent fragrances. They smell like a seaweed strewn shoreline after the tide has pulled back. There is a smell of wet plant roots and dark, weathered woods. Very strong, ocean-tinged scents that instantly bring to mind the beach and salt waters. Overall, the combination of fragrances are spot on when it comes to having created a soap which gives a realistic impression of the sea and the coast. I would describe the fragrances as being suitable for both men and women. Infact I think men will probably love the slick, exotic smells even more than females. There is definitely something reminiscent of the Lynx brand about this soap!
The soap can be used with or without a sponge applicator. It tends to lather much better with a sponge though. The turquoise end of the soap lathers the most and creates a thick and fluffy foam. It creates a lot of bubbles compared to other Lush soaps. The other end of the soap can be used like an exfoliator as the sea salt lumps are tough and sharp. They will melt on contact with hot water though, but this takes time and there are layers of salt to get through. Using this edge of the soap still will create a very slight lather. As you use the soap pieces of seaweed melt out into the water and float around. It is not an extreme amount of mess but bare this in mind that you'll have to clean your bath out after use.
In terms of actual ingredients the soap is comprised of high quality oils like lavender and lime oils. These contribute to the perfumes. Lime is considered to be an uplifting scent and Lush also call it a "skin tonic". Lavender is said to have the opposite effect in aromatherapy terms and is meant to be relaxing on the mind. Lavender also has soothing, antiseptic qualities. Rapeseed and coconut oils are added to replace the overused palm oil. They are said to have moisturising qualities. The soap also has real coarse sea salt and seaweed which comes from the plant 'Fucus vesiculosus'. The seaweed is rich in natural vitamins and minerals.
I really love using this soap as it is so different from anything I've ever used before. The fragrance is totally individual and the appearance of the bar is pleasing to me. It creates a thick foam of fine bubbles, far more than I get from my usual supermarket soap and it provides a lovely experience by allowing me to smother myself in this creamy foam. I can't say that I notice any improvement in the condition of my skin when I use the soap though. I would not say it moisturised to any great degree. It does leave it's perfume on your skin though and this lasts throughout the day!
If you are a fan of oceans and beaches then you'd absolutely love this soap. As a personal recommendation I think this is a must have companion with the Big Blue bath ballistic. Overall, a great soap to use and really captures the spirit of the sea. Think warm balmy tropical seas though, rather than something like the freezing North Sea and you're there!
The soap costs £2.75 for 100g so can be quite pricey. You can choose the size you get though in store or online.
Soaps from Lush have become a sort of addiction for me lately and it seems I just want to try the whole range as quickly as possible and every time I go into the store I must buy at least one piece! This 'Sea Vegetable Soap' was the bar I was talked into buying last time but bearing in mind how long Id had my eye on it, it was about time I took it home and tried it. So when the Lush worker told me it was one of their most unique soaps - which makes it a best seller I was sold right away because the good Lush customers couldnt be wrong about this one could they? Thankfully they were bang on the money and this is quickly becoming one of my favourite Lush products from the entire range which is odd because I didnt think Id like it THAT much.
Price: 2.75 - 100g bar.
Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk
Other Info: 100% vegan, another 'exfoliating' Lush soap - down to the bits of sea salt contained in the bar - that is one of Lush's most unique bars which just happens to make it a best seller.
As every bar of Lush soap is cut from a massive block in the store everyones piece will vary slightly in colour, size and shape and mine looks nothing like the picture. I was attracted to mine in the first place because I thought it looked like a Cheeky Vimto - being blue and purple in colour but with the thick crust of sea salt and bits of seaweed on the top. The crust looks a little bit like mould and it can be cut off if you really dont want to use it but thats one of the best things about thsi soap in my opinion - it just looks a bit odd.
The scent for this unlike most Lush soaps I think would be suitable for both men and women because I just think it would appeal to anyone. This actually does smell like the seaside but with lavender mixed in making it a very relaxing smelling soap - I love using this just before bed because the scent does linger on your skin for ages and help you drift off to sleep. Having said that its brilliant for those early mornings as well because the smell lasts for ages and you just keep getting little whiffs throughout the day.
Now Im always moaning that these so called 'exfoliating' soaps just arent as good as using a proper body scrub but in this case I think that statement would be wrong. The salt and seaweed at the top does make for a brilliant scrub and definitely helps dry patches of skin on my knees and elbows loads just as well as any body scrub Ive used in my opinion. This one doesnt lather up as well as some of the other Lush soaps but still a small amount makes more than enough lather to wash your whole body so I guess thats not a major issue for me. This soap cleans and exfoliates well so overall Im really pleased - the gorgeous smell is just a bonus and I think this has become my favourite Lush soap so far!
Highly recommended. Thanks for reading.
x0 Salz 0x
It's been a couple of weeks since my last review; the lull has been mainly down to the fact that I started back at University last week as well as making more of an effort to go to the gym and get regular exercise, so I haven't had as much time for Dooyoo recently. The other reason why it's taken me a while to get around to writing another review is that I've wanted to review this soap, Sea Vegetable, for a while now but have always found it difficult to describe. While I love Lush, this soap itself and using it, I've found it very difficult to properly put into words what it smells like, and didn't want to review it until I could. I still can't quite put my finger on its precise scent, but since my bar has been used up now and I am onto something else, I thought that I had better review it before I lose all memories of its smell.
Sea Vegetable is, unsurprisingly, meant to have a fresh sea-like smell, and Lush describes it as smelling a "bit like sitting at the beach next to someone applying suntan lotion", as well as having notes of lavender, lime and seaweed. I agree that it does have a fresh smell, and that I do definitely notice subtle scents of lavender and lime, and a bit of something else that I assume is what seaweed smells like. There is, however, another spicy edge to the scent, which makes Sea Vegetable smell familiar and delicious, but for some reason I haven't been able to put my finger on what spice it reminds me of. I've smelt each of the spices in my extensive spice collection and can't place which one I notice in the shower, and have looked at the ingredients on the Lush websites and can't find anything to hint at a spicy kick in there either. I just have to assume that the combination of the ingredients gives some sort of exotic spicy edge to the soap, and however it happened it is definitely a gorgeous smell which I love. I don't love the smell quite as much as that of Honey I Washed the Kids, my favourite Lush soap, but I do enjoy it all the same.
As well as having an attractive smell, Sea Vegetable is also nice to look at, with a deep, swirling green and blue colour which doesn't seem to fade with use. Neither the colour or the smell are overly feminine or masculine, as it isn't floral or fruity without being traditionally manly, so unlike many of Lush's pink and girly soaps Sea Vegetable is probably a soap that men and women alike would be happy to have in their bathroom. This soap lathers up fairly easily, and it cleans your skin without drying it out like many traditional soaps. I use it everywhere but my face and have always found my skin to be nice and soft after use, and don't ever bother using body butter after showers as my skin hasn't dried out and doesn't need it. Another think that I like about Sea Vegetable is that, unlike my current Lush soap Vanilla in the Mist, it doesn't melt quickly while in a warm shower and cause soap coloured water to cover the shower area below it, which is always a bonus for me.
Lush is a company from which I have been buying bath and beauty products for a while now, as I like their gorgeous smelling and looking soaps and other items, as well as the fact that they don't test on animals and clearly state all the ingredients for each product on their website. They often have information on their site which lets you know where a lot of their ingredients come from, so you can see exactly what you are putting onto your skin. Like with other Lush soaps, this soap's only packaging is a small amount of paper, so it's more environmentally friendly than most other soaps. I love Lush items and buy most of my bath and shower items from them, and will be happy to buy Sea Vegetable from them again in the future.
Sea Vegetable has been made for ages now, ever since I started using Lush several years ago.
All Lush soaps contain the revolutionary palm oil free base in order to protect the environment from further damage caused by plantations, if you look around there is plenty of information.
Now, soap. White, cleaning, leaves you stripped dry and tight skinned. This is not soap as we know it, rather a lovely toning, cleansing and protective slab of goodness that is both nice for men and women.
In the shops you will see a massive slab of the stuff, and several pieces cut off, it is normally bought in a 100g pieces which is plenty enough and will last you a while.
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Coarse Sea Salt, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Arame Seaweed (Eisenia arborea), Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Seaweed Absolute (Fucus vesiculosus), *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42045}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
Some of the ingredients are not particularly detectable, for instance I cannot smell the coconut a great deal.
The coconut oil is however is a wonderful product and features a lot on Lush products, probably because of the moisturising nutritious properties it has on the skin.
The lime oil is a natural antiseptic, toner and skin astringent to provide dull skin with shine.
Lavender is fantastic and a lovely natural product, gorgeous smelling and of course good for the skin, and is good for dermatitis, redness and can alleviate aches pains and swelling apparently!!!
To use, the product is very easy and does lather quite well in a sponge, body shower pouffe or just simply in your hands.
The lime, lavender and seaweed is lovely and I was sceptical about using a product with seaweed in it I need not have been because it smells fab, and feels like being on a beach or floating off into the ocean.
It is wonderfully refreshing in its fragrance and perfectly balanced for men and women, a far cry from the usually floral or citrussy Lush products.
It certainly does tone and cleanse very well, with a refreshing feel afterwards. The sea salt layer is actually nice and will get rid of dead skin cells awith a slight exfoliation.
I recommend to both sexes as it gives a lovely refreshing clean, the sea colour is beautiful and it stores quite well and lasts an absolute age if you keep it dry between uses. £2.75 for a 100g slice.
When I was last on the west coast of Ireland, a lady came along and we watched as she collected the seaweed, having as much as she could carry in her arms, she placed it in the boot of her car and then returned to the beach to collect more. We were fascinated, so the next time she came back to her car we went to ask her what she planned to do with all that seaweed. She replied that she always washed and bathed in it. Close up, it was clear that she had the most beautiful skin and yet from the tales she recounted she should not have looked so very young and fresh.
I do not live anywhere near a beach, so the next best thing for me to try was Lush's SEA VEGETABLE SOAP.
On entering the Lush Shop, I went straight to this blueish greenish soap and picked it up and smelt it, closing my eyes the aroma was of the seaside, of the shore and yet there were citrus groves and a lavender bush nearby. The soap's crust is sea salt and so the picture is complete.
At £2.66 PER 100g, this soap was coming home and I couldn't wait to try it.
The sea salt crust acts as an exfoliator and the seaweed soap was a great cleanser and my skin felt great and nourished after use. I certainly found that my skin felt softer after use and I am giving the seaweed the credit for that.
I was clean and fresh, soft and scented and all this achieved using natural ingredients- what more could you ask?
This is a soap for both male and female use.
The price is the average for Lush products, which is expensive compared to your standard brands of soap- but you are not getting a basic soap - you are getting something special and it not only makes you feel clean and smooth, but it looks great in the bathroom.
I cannot think of any reason for you not to try it- unless of course you live near a beach and can collect your own fresh sea vegetable supplies.
I think I did well to avoiding buying anything from Lush for quite a few months, but when I saw the Fresher Box offer online - a limited edition box containing 8 Lush products for £10, I caved in and bought one.
In the box I bought, was a small (and I mean small) chunk of Sea Vegetable soap, which I have been using regularly since it arrived. The soap is one I have seen, but one that has never really appealed to me - possibly because of the name: 'Sea Vegetable' simply sounds a little odd to me.
The soap is a bright blue-green colour, like the sea I suppose, and has a darker 'crust' on top, which I think is probably seaweed. I think the picture Dooyoo have provided above is pretty accurate to the soaps appearance.
I was quite surprised how much I liked the scent of this soap. It contains sea salt, lime oil, lavender oil and seaweed, which give a very fresh scent. I think the most dominant scent is probably the lime, and I personally can't detect lavender in it at all - something I'm pleased about as it's not one of my favourite ever scents! It does have an 'ocean' sort of scent to it, and is strong without being overpowering. I would also say it's suitable for either a man or a woman, as it's neither too feminine or too masculine.
Some of the Lush soaps do not lather particularly well, but I was surprised with this one, as it gives a very thick, very creamy and rich lather that feels lovely against the skin. The scent really intensifies as you use it and the scent is very refreshing.
After using this soap I find that my skin is not only clean, but also left very soft and the scent lingers on my skin for quite some time afterwards. They say on the Lush website that some customers have found this has cleared up their eczema, but as an eczema sufferer myself, unfortunately I have not found this to be the case for me. On the plus side, however, the soap is not at all drying on my skin, which is a big plus point for me, as if I don't keep my skin hydrated it gets flaky and new patches of eczema form.
The soap costs £2.66 for a 100g bar which is about average for a Lush soap. As mentioned, I got mine in one of the 'Fresher box' gift packs they are currently selling and my chunk is very small, but has so far lasted a couple of weeks and I might manage another week out of it if I use it wisely, so hopefully the 100g bar will last a good while.
Overall, I am very pleased with this soap. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do, but I've been pleasantly surprised. It has a great fresh scent, isn't drying on the skin and has a scent suitable for men and women. A Lush product well worth trying if you ask me!
Product:- Sea Vegetable Soap
Purchased from:- Lush Shop
*****The Lush Shopping Experience*****
I was drawn to the Lush shop initially due to the aroma that was emanating from the shop and the bright array of colorful soap loaves (which looked like large cakes waiting to be sliced) which were displayed in the window.
Walking into a Lush shop is rather like being swept along on a scent filled journey with a montage of colorful creations in the background. Presumably what Willy Wonkas Chocolate factory would have been like If Roal Dahl had seen fit to create an apothecary for Mr. Wonka. I would not have been in the least bit surprised if I had seen Ooompa Loompas in Lush. Although admittedly this is due to my overactive imagination and my Husband didn't share my childlike wonder on account of the wonderful smells causing sneezing fits and causing his skin to itch. Although it is worth noting that the Hubby does suffer with countless allergies and atopic skin so only the most natural of products are of any use to him and upon reflection Lush was a definite assault on his allergic senses.
Amongst the beautifully displayed Soap Loaves my magpie like eyes instantly fell upon the Sea Vegetable Soap. I picked up a 100g Soap which was described as a Sea Vegetable Soap with Lime, Lavender and Seaweed and is sold as part of the Lush Soap range.
*****Packaging & Appearance*****
The Soap is a beautiful Caribbean blue color with a top layer if sea salt and seaweed, the sea salt is in rather small granules and serves as just the right size to use as an exfoliant. The Seaweed pieces are small dark strands which can be quite sharp.
The Sea Vegetable soap really stood out to me firstly due to the intensity of the color, having a penchant for turquoise and the blue color spectrum the Sea Vegetable soap was invariably going to tempt me.
I love the appearance of this soap and this is in part due to the color, but the layer of sea salt and Seaweed also creates a rustic look which instantly created seaside connotations for me.
The Product was purchased and placed into a paper wrapping which was white with the lush logo repeated across it several times a label was then attached to it. Lush always ensures that all of their packaging is recycled and recyclable. Overall a very big thumbs up from me for Packaging and Appearance.
Once I was home, I ran a lovely hot bath and proceeded to take the soap out of its wrapping (which appeared to have a protective film - thus enabling the user to store the soap in the packaging for the duration of its use).
The Sea Vegetable soap beamed at me with a thousand beautiful turquoise and deep blue hues. I decided to use the Top Layer of sea salt first and use this as an exfolliant - as an exfoilliant the sea salt and seaweed layer definitely helped to scrub away those dead skin cells, although the seaweed strands at times were quite sharp.
After exfoliating, I turned the soap upside down and used the non sea salted side as a normal soap. I found that the soap wasn't particularly lathery and just sort of glided across my skin without any effect other than releasing a wonderful smell of Lavender and a hint of citrus which actually did create a seaside type scent.
The scent did remain for a few hours on my skin, which was now wonderfully dead skin cell free and surprisingly felt a lot firmer, although sadly I have to concede that the soap may be an excellent exfolliant but I was disappointed with the soapy effects or lack of.
Here's the science bit...
Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil, Course Sea Salt, Sodium Stearate, Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Arame Seaweed, Lime Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Citral,Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42045.
Lavender Oil is a wonderful all round essential oil, it has antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic and antifungal properties as well as being a hormone balancing, calming oil. Lavender can assist with oily skin and calm skin complaints.
Arame Seaweed is is a type of kelp. Harvested in Japan, Peru and the North Pacific Coast. Its blades grow in to wide leaves up to a foot in length. They are sliced in to long string like strands, cooked then sun dried. Seaweeds contain up to twenty times the levels of elements found in land plants. They are, protective, nourishing and moisturizing, rich in vitamins and are known in herbalism to be one of the best adaptogens. This means seaweeds will help correct any disorder present. Source:- www.lush.co.uk
There is an impressive array of natural ingredients, but this is interspersed with some chemical ingredients and for this reason I would advise that anyone with sensitive skin avoids the Sea Vegetable Soap and opts for one of Lush's more natural soaps. Lush is commendable in the fact that it has ethical principles and sticks to them and there is a definite commitment to using natural products as much as possible and chemicals only when necessary.
It is worth noting that Lush is also completely against animal testing and uses human volunteers to test their products.
*****Value for Money*****
I would consider the soap reasonable value for money as the 100g that I purchased has lasted me over a month and this is incorporating daily use. I wouldn't purchase the soap again as I felt that it was slightly drying although this may be in part due to the exfoliating top layer which I use pre lathering. I also prefer my soaps to provide a bit more lather for their money. But, the Ethical considerations of Lush products leads me to be inclined to purchase from them due to their credentials which I don't feel you have to pay over the odds for.
*****Company Info*****"Lush is a handmade cosmetics company headquartered in Poole, Dorset in the UK. There are more than 600 stores in 43 countries. Lush produce and sell hand-made products from face masks, soaps, bath ballistics, hand, hair and body lotions & treatments. The first Lush store opened on 1994 in Poole by husband and wife Mark and Mo Constantine.
Lush uses organic fruit and vegetables, essential oils, and safe-synthetic ingredients in all products produced In addition to not using animal fats in their products, they are also against animal testing and perform tests solely with volunteers instead. The original incarnation of what is now Lush was started in the 1970s when Mark Constantine, an herbal trichologist, and Elizabeth Weir, who had an interest in beauty therapy formed a company named Constantine & Weir. They began to develop recipes for bath and beauty products with the intention of selling them to other companies. The Body Shop, a UK-based company founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick contracted Constantine & Weir as one of their suppliers.
As The Body Shop grew, Anita Roddick made a bid for the Constantine & Weir company in which she bought the rights to many of the products that had been produced by C&W for The Body Shop. In 1988, Constantine started a new company called Cosmetics to Go. The company was primarily a mail-order business. The company went under in 1994.
However, new finance was injected from Peter Blacker, of British Ensign Estates, and his finance director, Andrew Gerrie, who now sits on the board of Lush. Later in 1994, they sent out a catalog to all previous Cosmetics to Go customers that included a contest for a customer to come up with the new name. A woman named Elizabeth Bennett from Edinburgh was the winner, having chosen the name LUSH". Source:- Wikipedia
Advantages:- Beautiful rustic product with beautiful colours and a great exfoliatiant
Disadvantages:- The sharp pieces of seaweed and the disappointing lack of lather.
One of my favourite Lush soaps, and a unisex one too is The Sea Vegetable. This has been very popular in Lush and has been around for a few years now.
It is a beautiful sea green colour just like the green you imagine on a desert island with palm trees and tropical fish, and each piece is cut for you so you can pick your size-great if you are trying for the first time. I love to take this one on holiday, and it certainly makes you feel in the sunshine seeking frame of mind! The Dooyoo photo shows it in a turquoise light, but it is much more green than this suggests.
In the soap is sea salt, lime and lavender, and together the fragrance they give is subtle but distinctive. One does not dominate the other and you end up with quite a lovely bouquet. It also contains seaweed absolute so it is not surprising it has that just washed up feel to it! Being palm oil free it contains coconut, rapeseed, and sunflower oils, which are moisturising and softening. The sea salt crust which covers the bar is deep cleansing, the lavender is calming, and the lime brightens the skin, and some customers have said it has cleared up their eczema which is quite a stunning claim. It does however have anti- inflammatory properties and is rich in minerals and vitamins
So what do I think? Personally I love the whole sea theme which runs through this bar, it really does make me think I have checked in for my holidays and am soon going to be swimming with turtles, but I think that is the colour and presentation of the product, as the lagoon shade is so suggestive of this you can't help but think that.
I think it has a sea smell about it- sort of old sailors' ropes and the upturned wooden boats which languish in Scottish coves, it isn't coconut or suntan lotion, and really reminds me of the seas edge in somewhere less luxurious than the Maldives. This is no surprise as the seaweed absolute contained within it comes from France on rocky shores. The soap looks like the murky picture you get underwater when something has just lifted off from the bottom like a manta ray.
Using the soap is quite an experience as it doesn't lather up terribly well. However it does clean brilliantly and using it is an absolute pleasure, because the sea salt exfoliates the skin, and the lavender soothes it, so you get out of the bath or shower and really feel scrubbed, but the skin is not crying out for moisturiser at all.
As for the eczema claim I don't have this condition but I do have dry skin on my legs. It certainly does not worsen using this, and if anything I need to use less creams afterwards. If you do have mild eczema it could be a good product to try, but those with moderate or severe forms of the disease would not be advised to try it unless they have checked with the doctor.
This soap is something that little bit different and appeals to both myself and my husband as the fragrance is unisex. It reminds me of a midnight rowing boat rocking from side to side on a deserted lagoon with only the moon for company. Just for the images it creates in my mind it would be enough for me to use it, but the fact that it also performs to perfection means it is outstanding. It's an escape-better than wine and only £2.54 for a sizeable chunk.
I'm not overly keen on soaps from Lush as I admit to not feeling totally clean unless I get "lather" Sea vegetable soap however is different, it lathers a little but something in it really leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.
Drop a big blue ballistic into the bath, lie back and imagine you're in a warm sea (it's not hard) then wash all over with the soap. The sea salt is brilliant for exfoliating and I like to rub the strands of seaweed over myself too. It really does smell as good as it looks, lime is the strongest smell with a hint of coconut teasing your sense of smell.
It's definitely not a girly soap, any guy no matter how tough would be happy with this smell. Definitely one for reviving and giving you a sense of "get up and go" hopefully in the direction of the seaside. Treat yourself to a little slice of paradise in your bathroom.
As I work my way through reviewing everything I've been ordering from the addictive Lush, the time's come to talk about their Sea Vegetable soap. And a gorgeous soap it is too.
Who are Lush?
Lush are, as they call themselves, the fresh handmade cosmetics company. They seem to have a base pretty much everywhere, and yet they still manage to pull off a down-to-earth, friendly and small image. And for a company like this, making homemade soap and the like, I think that's pretty much the image that earns them the fab reputation they've got.
Lush pride themselves on the fact that they test none of their products on animals. They even go so far as to say that they think the current testing certifications are unjust, since a company can be certified as not testing on animals and yet they can still buy non-animal-tested products from a company that uses animal testing on its other products. Hopefully I haven't lost you yet!!
Lavender's health benefits...
If you've ever used a lavender oil burner, or you've ever put drops of lavender essential oil into a running bath, or even if you've just had a lavender plant in your garden, you'll know it smells gorgeous for a start. It'll also work wonders if you're a little stressed out, because it works to calm you down and leave you feeling relaxed - and probably ready for bed.
What's sea vegetable?
Sea vegetable is one of the lines in Lush's 'ordinary' soaps range, and is made with lavender and lime oils, which add to the gorgeous smell of the lump you'll get. It's also packed with real salt crystals from the Atlantic Ocean - just scrub with the salt layer for a quick exfoliate, along with loads of arame seaweed which is perfect for nourishing your skin and leaving it smooth on the inside and out.
This is a gorgeous smelling soap and, although the top layer of rather scummy-looking seaweed and salt might be a little off-putting at first, stick with it and you'll find it's a fantastic soap to wash with. It lathers really well like the majority of Lush's soaps, but it does seem to go quite quickly..but if you're using it all over your body then it's going to get used up fast - any soap would!
However, it doesn't matter so much with this one that it gets used quickly, because it's definitely one of Lush's cheaper bars. A 100g lump, which is about four ounces if that sounds more familiar, costs £1.95, while double that amount strangely costs you double the price - funny that.
Getting the stuff to you...
A fair few of Lush's products are available in their many stores across the country and the world, but if you'd prefer to pamper yourself from the comfort of your own home (and perhaps avoid quite as much impulse buying!) then their web site is a must. Standard delivery isn't cheap at £3.95, and it will take 5-7 days to reach you, but then there are places that take a sight longer than that. This delivery option covers everywhere in the UK.
They also offer a range of other delivery options, depending on where you are and how much your order weighs. So if you're willing to shell out the extra pennies, you could have your stuff with you a little sooner than you thought.
If you're in Northern Ireland and want your order in 4-5 days, the charge is £11.50. If you're on an island or highland and want it in 4-5 days, it's £12.00. Delivery is £10.95 in England, Wales and up to the centre of Scotland by 10am next day, or for a 24 hour service to the same places it's £6.95.
If my numerous reviews on Lush's products haven't got you hooked yet, then this will. Order this and a lump of coalface (see other review) and you'll love them so much you'll wish you'd never set eyes on dooyoo.
I am going to confess that I am a Lush virgin. Then one morning there was a huge crash in the hall and behind the door was a wee parcel addressed to Moi! I was my usual couldn't wait to see what was inside and out fell a bar of soap. But not just any soap, it was a lush bar of soap. Sea Vegetable to be exact. Didn't sound as appealing as the ones which I had read about on Dooyoo, but hey it was LUSH and it was free. It was free because Lush are opening a new store in Edinburgh and were inviting me as a lush times reader to come to the opening. Very nice of Lush and the have me on side already I had to look up the website for the price. For 100g it costs £1.90. Bit more than I would normally pay but hey it is this amazing Lush that I have read about. You can also get a 200g bar for £3.90. The soap in colour is an aquamarine to me. Means that is isn't quite green but not quite blue either. The bottom seemed to be covered with seaweed and salt. This made the bottom look rather dark and reminded me of an aquarium. Through the wrapper the soap smelled like normal soap to an extent and to be truthful, I hate the smell of soap and tend not to have it in the house. There was also a smell of lavender too. I was quite surprised to smell that in there. I read up on the soap on the website to help me understand how to use it. The salt and seaweed side is used to scrub your body and I presume the other side is for lathering over the skin in a nice soapy way. So it called for me to have a bath!! I had to try it our, much to my husband amusement. Will he still be amused when I spend all his hard earned cash in Lush? We'll have to see. So off I went and ran a bath. It took me quite a while to manage to open the soap. It was wrapped in a clear wrapping but it was very difficult to get into. Finally after my bath was nearly full, I got the wrapper off. The smell of soap hit me right away. In my opinion all soaps, doesn't matter what k
ind they are all smell the same. This soap was no different. I'm not sure what I was expecting it to smell like, but it smelled just like the normal run of the mill soap smell. I think to an extent I had hoped for a seaweed smell as I do like the smell of seaweed. But never mind, I had a freebie and the smell was no need not to try it. So in the bath we go. Me and the soap get to know each other. I had read somewhere that the bottom part of the soap with the seaweed and the salt would help the skin if you rubbed it on. I decided to give it a wee soak and the rub it all over. Started on my arm and the seaweed all fell in to the bath. I sat looking at all this seaweed floating around me in a bit of a disappointed way. So I turned the soap around and decided to use the other side. I rubbed the soap everywhere and then washed it off. No immediate effect, apart from a horrible smell. I was really disappointed and stuck in a bath of seaweed floating around me. I got on with reading my new Book which is a much better find than my new soap. I couldn't cope with the bits floating round me and my hour of peace and quiet was gone as I had to get out of that bath. So how did I get on afterwards I hear you ask! Well all I could smell all around me was this horrible soap smell. I asked hubby what he thought and he loved it. He said I smelled really nice. I knew we were totally different. My skin however looks lovely and seems to be perfectly fine after using soap for the first time in years. But I am glad that I didn't waste £1.90 on a soap I didn't like. I've read other reviews saying how good this soap was but I wasn't impressed and was slightly disappointed. My original excitedness at getting my free lush soap has disappeared. But I will try other ones before giving my full benefit of the doubt at how wonderful Lush soaps supposedly are. I think I'll stick to veg soup rather than Sea Veg Soap!
I love Lush products and out of all the things I have tried from there, the soaps are my favourite. My last order included a Carmen Miranda soap, which has now been discontinued. As I had read Allie (ajools)’s opinion on the Sea Vegetable soap, I decided to try that instead. A quick email to Lush and a few days later, the soap arrived. Opening a box from Lush is usually a wonderful experience for the nostrils, so I eagerly ripped this one and inhaled deeply. I immediately felt rather sick. Seasick, in fact. The smell stank out my bedroom all day – even when I had rehoused the soap in the bathroom. I had to thoroughly destroy all traces of the box and packaging before I felt better. Not a good start. When you first look at the soap, it looks like a mistake. It’s a strange lumpy block with bits of twig-like strands in it. It looks distinctly mouldy. Nowhere near as pretty as I Should Coco. This was not a promising beginning – but I persevered. The soap was placed in the bathroom and began to be used. The smell became much subtler and everyone in the house used it and approved. The kids liked it (even if it wasn’t their favourite), I liked it and my hubby-to-be (5 days and counting!) said it was the most like soap out of all the Lush ones – which is the nearest he gets to complimenting Lush stuff, let’s be honest here. The soap begins to look better after it’s been used a while and becomes rounder at the edges and less block-like. It is now a kind of square with rounded edges and looks rather nice. It is a beautiful blue-green colour and is lovely and smooth. Admittedly, there are still a few bizarre looking strands, but it looks pretty good. It’ll never win Miss. World though. Smell is always an important part of the Lush experience. This one is a fresh scent, probably what I would describe as a sporty, masculine smell. It is mainly lime bas
ed and the ingredients include lime oil and lavender oil. The name Sea Vegetable is an apt description; it definitely evokes memories of blocking streams on the beach with my Dad. (I’ve since grown out of that, he hasn’t.) As well as the sea colours of blue and green, it contains crystals of sea salt and those weird strands are actually seaweed. The website informs me that seaweed nourishes the skin, the lavender and lime oils are good for reviving dull skin and the sea salt crystals are ideal for scrubbing your skin. I can definitely vouch for it being a great soap to clean with and I haven’t had any problems with dry skin either. It costs £1.60 for 100g, which is a reasonable price. It looks like one bar could last a month or so, which is great value with us being a family of six. It’s also reassuring to know that it is vegan. Lush also doesn’t test on animals, using mainly natural ingredients, essential oils, plants, herbs and so on. A lot of celebs are as hooked on Lush as I am, the website lists several of them. Apparently, Kylie Minogue buys the Sea Vegetable soap too – so I can now say that I clean my body with the same stuff used by the Mini Pop Princess. I just wish my body looked as good as hers ;-) OVERALL I bought four Lush soaps recently – Banana Moon, Red Rooster and I Should Coco, as well as this one. Sea Vegetable was the most expensive of the lot (albeit by 20p!) at £1.60 for 100g. Rating the four soaps for appearance, smell and value for money, the Sea Vegetable one came 3rd ahead of Banana Moon but behind Red Rooster and I Should Coco. APPEARANCE = 7 out of 10 SMELL = 7 out of 10 VALUE FOR MONEY = 7 out of 10 Why not check out Lush soaps for yourself and see what you think. Visit your local Lush shop or order online at www.lush.co.uk
Don’t you just adore those pictures of gorgeous aquamarine oceans fringed with soft white sands and wafting tropical palm trees? Well, picture that sea, and that is exactly what a bar of Lush Sea Vegetable soap looks like! And imagine the smell of this perfect imaginary location, and that’s probably close to what the soap smells like too. Not only do Lush soaps smell gorgeous and work well, but they look so pretty too. It is so inviting, especially when you have guests, to have a pretty soap laid out in the bathroom, and Lush Sea Vegetable fits the bill perfectly. *****The Look***** Its colour varies from green, through azure blue and into aquamarine through the body of the soap, just like colours of the ocean. The top is crusted with sea salt and dark strands of dried seaweed, which doesn’t sound very nice, but actually looks very attractive. (There is a reason for them, apart from looks, as I will explain later.) As with all Lush soaps, you buy a piece that is cut from an enormous slab. I ordered a 100g piece from the website at www.lush.co.uk and it cost me £1.60. If you want to buy larger pieces you have to go into one of the shops (the website has a list of their locations) and they will cut you a piece the size you want. The look and shape of your soap may vary slightly. The soap I received was the same sort of shape as a slice from a bar of deli pate, if you know what I mean (I’m sure there’s a mathematical name for that shape, but I don’t know it!) It was kind of oblongish and about an inch thick. *****The Scent***** When you get the soap out of its plain white paper bag, the first thing you notice is the glorious scent. Sea Vegetable smells of the seaside! No, not pongy old donkey-smelling Weston-Super-Mare. Gorgeous, fresh, sunny Caribbean seaside. It contains extracts of natural Arame seaweed and seaweed absolute, a
nd crystals of Atlantic sea salt, which give that lovely fresh sea smell. It also contains lime oil and lavender oil, which add to the beautiful fresh outdoorsy notes of the scent. Seaweed absolute apparently nourishes the skin, whilst lime and lavender are great for reviving dull skin. The combination of them all smells utterly divine, but is neither feminine nor masculine, so it could be used by anyone. *****The Results***** The soap lathers very easily and the aroma is immediately apparent as you begin to use it. I usually rub the bar directly onto my skin in the first instance, to make use of the salt crystals and little pieces of dried seaweed. These added pieces act as exfoliants, which “polish” the skin as you wash, sloughing away dead skin cells and making the skin look brighter and fresher after your bath or shower. You can then rub the soap on a sponge, which produces a lovely, bubbly, creamy lather, which is good enough to rival any shower gel I have ever used. And it makes you feel squeaky clean. I have been using this soap for over a month now, and although my skin tends towards dryness, I haven’t felt that tightness that you usually feel after using soap. I suppose this must be because of the high concentrations of essential oils used in Lush soaps. They are quite moisturising. My daughter suffers from sensitive skin, and we haven’t had any problems with her using the soaps either (which is just as well, as she can’t seem to leave them alone, and adores all the pretty smells and colours!) The fresh scent lingers of the skin for quite a while after bathing and mingles very nicely with the lemon-scented Lush deodorant I have been using too. *****Value for Money***** My piece of Sea Vegetable soap has been used daily for the last two weeks, by most of the household. It has been used both for hand washing and baths and showers. I suppose
it has about halved in size in that time. So, for £1.60, it will wash a family of three for at least two or three weeks. I call that pretty good value for money. It certainly looks and smells much more expensive. It's a little bit of luxury for not a lot. I love the smell so much that – put it this way – if they made an aftershave in this flavour, any man wearing it would be in deep, deep trouble! Thanks for reading. © ajools 2002
Sea Vegetable looks like the ocean; it's deep blue with a crust of stimulating sea salt and arame seaweed pieces inside / Seaweed absolute nourishes the skin and gives it the scent of the seaside; lavender and lime oils add to its refreshing fragrance and