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      23.08.2010 11:34
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      The Worst Lush Soap By Far.

      Over the last few weeks Ive been trying out loads of new Lush products mainly because I haven't in ages and I hate feeling like Ive missed out on something! Most of the Lush soaps Ive tried in the past have all been amazing and really worked well on my skin so Ive been trying out loads more recently to see if the whole range is as good. To spare any suspense this particular "Lush Spice Curls Soap" is absolutely horrible and by far the worst soap Ive ever used from Lush - or from any range for that matter and literally no-one in my house can bring themselves to use it which is strange for a Lush soap as usually there's no stopping people from using them. The worst soap Ive used by far and that's saying something!

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      I think this soap may have been discontinued recently but you may still be able to find it in Lush's "Retro" range for the same price it was originally. I recall paying around £3 - £4 for a 100g bar of this from the Lush store but check on the website (lush.co.uk) for their Retro range. I do not recommend you do but if your still wanting to try it that's the best place to look - I'm not surprised it's been discontinued in all honesty!

      To look at this is a really nice soap and it was the name of it that attracted me in the first place. Mine was already packaged when I bought it so I'm not sure if this one is cut off a massive block in store as it does have a distinctive shape but mine does look a lot like the picture being orange/brown in colour and in a bit curl shape. Looks wise it is very funky and just the type of thing Id expect from Lush but scent and use wise....Blergh!

      The point of the smell of this soap is to wake you up and leave you feeling fresh and awake for the day and to an extent it does that - as it nearly made me throw up - what better way to wake yourself up! This actually smells like a curry which I would never eat let alone wash myself with and the smell of peppers and paprika is far too strong for me as even the sweeter scent of cinnamon was overpowered and the whole thing just smelt vile. It does smell like you bathing in curry and the smell DOES linger which is by no means a good thing in this case. I would say the smell is far to masculine but even my brother wont use this because "its smells dirty Sal" and that's a direct quote LOL.

      Also using this isnt too great either as it doesn't lather up well and feels sort of grainy on your skin - not like its exfoliating but like its too harsh and makes my skin proper red. So I don't recommend it at all unless you like smelling like a balti restaurant. The worst soap Ive tried from Lush don't waste your money!!

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      x0 Salz 0x

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        29.07.2010 12:50
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        It's okay, and interesting one from Lush.

        This was probably one of the most interesting soaps I tried from Lush. It has now been discontinued, but this review may be helpful to some as there's still the odd pieces available through eBay. This soap used to cost in the region of £3 for 100g.

        Spice Curls is orange in colour, and very bright. It has a very earthy, spicy scent which is a far cry from many of Lush's candy/sweet smells. Some people amy hate it, others may adore it. I find it okay, although it's not my first choice in soap. I can pick out parprika and cinnamon amongst other things.

        The soap doesn't create a particularly large amount of lather, and you need to work it up quite a bit. This could be down to lush's new palm-free soap base, which has been accused of created less lather. The soap is very easy to work over your skin, and has always left me feeling quite soft.

        Spice Curls Contains:
        Water (Aqua) , Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera) , Ground Rice (Oryza sativa) , Kaolin , Sodium Hydroxide , Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) , Sodium Coco-Sulfate , Sodium Stearate , Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum) , Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus) , Spearmint Oil (Mentha viridis) , Organic Ground Paprika (Capsicum frutescens) , Cinnamon Powder (Cinnamomum cassia) , Ground Chilli , Ground Cayenna Pepper (Capsicum frutescens) , Sodium Chloride , *Cinnamal , *Coumarin , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume , Colour 15510.

        One big draw back to this soap is that the colour will stain a soap dish. As soon as I found this out I refrained from putting it directly onto my sink/bath, so cannot vouch for whether or not it stains those too, btu I would be very wary.

        I did like this soap, but I'm not sure if I'd buy it again. It was interesting, but I don't think it was a massive seller for Lush, so can understand why it's been discontinued.

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          25.07.2010 14:58
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          A perfect soap for winter, lovely scent, just perfect

          I love this soap! It is one of my favourite Lush soaps ever.

          It is scented with ground paprika, cinnamon, fresh ginger root and cayenne pepper. It is a brick orange sort of colour which comes from the spices in it and looks like it has scrubby bits in which it does for exfoaliation purposes.

          This soap is perfect for exfoliation. It is scrubby but not too rough on those parts which you really need to exfoliate. Once you wash it off (your skin looks orange before you wash it off but don't worry, it doesn't stain your skin at all!), your skin is left feeling super smooth and smells of this lovely scent which is so hard to describe. It smells sweetly spicy. It is gorgeous and one of my favourite Lush.

          It doesn't create a lather when you are using it - so don't try and scrub really hard just to get a lather out of it! It does leave you feeling really clean and refreshed, it even makes my airways feel clear! It is definately a winter scent. It makes you feel all warm and cosy after a cold day outside.

          Another hit from Lush for me!

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          05.11.2009 20:41
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          A fantastic winter soap!

          This is one of those Lush soaps that fights for your attention in the shop and manages to be smelt above the others.

          The first thing you smell is the cinnamon - it's what will attract you to it in the first place.

          Once you pick up a chunk and take a whiff,your nose will start to tingle and feel warm - this warmth will spread through you and make you feel like it's summer outside even if it's snowing!

          If you buy a chunk and take it home you'll have people sniffing you on the bus and thinking to themselves ''My,they've been baking lovely buns or cakes or something!''.

          Once you run a bath or stand under the shower and rub a small piece onto wet skin,the scent of ginger will become a little more apparent.

          You'll feel as if you're surrounded by a giant,fluffy,toasty-hot blanket in the back room of a bakery! It warms and envelopes you in it's lovely scent.

          It lathers fairly well if you put some elbow grease into it,and gives a lovely clean - your skin will feel tingly and awake.

          Definately one for first thing in the morning to wake you up or for when you've got in from work and realise that you have a party to go to and need some motivation to go back out into the cold!

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          11.08.2009 20:45
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          It is worth a try!

          I love the range of Lush soaps. They have sweet ones, floral ones and this lovely spicy one. Spice Curls came out in summer 2008 although I think this is more of a winter soap. Sadly it has been discontinued now but it can still be found in some shops as it has only just come off the shelves. There is also ebay!

          The ingredients in this soap are:
          Ingredients; Water (Aqua) , Propylene Glycol , Rapeseed oil; Sunflower oil; Coconut oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera) , Ground Rice (Oryza sativa) , Kaolin , Sodium Hydroxide , Fresh Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) , Sodium Coco-Sulfate , Sodium Stearate , Cardamom Oil (Elettaria cardamomum) , Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus) , Spearmint Oil (Mentha viridis) , Organic Ground Paprika (Capsicum frutescens) , Cinnamon Powder (Cinnamomum cassia) , Ground Chilli , Ground Cayenna Pepper (Capsicum frutescens) , Sodium Chloride , *Cinnamal , *Coumarin , *Limonene , *Linalool , Perfume , Colour 15510.

          The Rapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil and Coconut Oil are used as a soap base instead of Palm oil. Sodium Hydroxide binds these oils together. This is because Palm Oil plantations are endangering the Orangutans in Asia. Lush recently ran a campaign to show people just how bad the situation was. All of Lush's soaps are now Palm Oil free.

          Propylene Glycol is a substance used in soaps to soften the skin and therefore balances the cleansing effect of the soap. Dried rice and Kaolin are put into the soap as an exfoliator. This scrubs of the dead skin cells to leave your skin brighter and fresher looking.

          Fresh Ginger Root, Cardamom Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cinnamon Powder, Ground Chilli and Ground Cayenna Pepper make this soap smell spicy and sweet. There is also a hint of mint from the Peppermint Oil. These spicy ingredients are warming whilst refreshing. They have great anti-depressant qualities and pain-relieving properties as it stimulates the circulation. It helps to detoxify the skin by cleansing and helping with circulation.

          I love this soap, it is lovely and warming on cold mornings. It is also good for waking you up. The exfoliation is not too much and the soap is just a bit scrubby. The lather is very orange which looks a bit strange when you wash with it but don't let that put you off. The smell is quite strong and so you can smell it on your hands for ages after you have washed them. I love this soap and have stocked up so I have enough for the winter!

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            04.07.2009 01:59
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            buy some before its gone

            Well seeing that I have been really naughty and neglected dooyoo for a fair few months. I thought I had better get back to doing a few review as I have missed it and hoping to find more time to write and read all these good reviews.


            What better way to get into the swing of things than to write a review on a lush product? I am a mega lush fan and have been trying a lot of different products this month and my favorite to date was deffo this one.


            Spice curls soap has been out for a far few months but I have never seen it before. I was on holiday in Cornwall and decided to have a quick look in their local lush shop and thats when the small hit me. I love the small of cinnamon and I quickly found out where the smell was coming from. I had never come across this soap in my local shop and when asking the retail assistant she told me that this soap was soon to be discontinued which was a shame. I bought quite a large slab and only paid £3.50. i couldn't wait to get home and have a proper bath to try it out.


            The soap is very strong smelling and made my cosmetic bag smell lovely. I had kept the wrapper in there as it still strong smelling. The soap is a very dark shade of orange and it quite hard. The lather is very generous and this soap lasts for ages. One of the good things about it was that it did not dissolve in the bath. I have the bad habit of leaving soap in the bath and it then appears soggy and rather smaller than before. This is not the case with Spice curl soap. It never dissolves and is still going strong after a few weeks use. The soap left my skin feeling really soft and smelling lovely. I had the odd whiff if cinnamon every now and again during my day which i found lovely. Everyone complements me on how nice I smell after using this. My children also use this soap and it makes their skin lovely and soft. This soap is no longer on the website so in order for you to get some before its deleted you may need to check out your local Lush store.


            Like a few others have said. This does stain your towels a bit if it is not washed off the skin correctly which is a bit annoying also I found the texture a bit strange and it felt gritty. At fist I thought it may have been some left over sand in my bag that had got on the soap but this was not the case. This is also an advantage though as it works as a body scrub too removing dead skin.


            This soap is one of my new favorites in my line of lush products and would recommend it.

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              05.06.2009 10:54
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              A fantastic soap that works well and smells delicious.

              Spice Curls soap is made by Lush who produce hand made products using natural ingredients. This particular soap seems to mainly be aimed at the ladies although I would definitely call this soap a unisex soap and my other half has no qualms about using this is I leave it in the bathroom or by the shower.

              The price is £2.69 per 100g (as of June 2009) and this is quite a reasonable price for the product that you receive.

              As all Lush soaps are produced in large blocks and then cut down to smaller sizes in store you may find that you will get just under or just over 100g and the price will be adjusted accordingly. Also, because of being cut from a block products may slightly vary in appearance and in texture due to being hand made. This soap has a very intricate design to it and because each piece looks different it normally has a little piece of the design on ever bar.

              All soaps from Lush are just wrapped in a single piece of paper with a sticky label (the paper can be recycled) advising you of the product, how much it cost, what it weighed and how to use it as well as showing you the ingredients included. This is great as it means no unnecessary packaging which is better for your bin & your environment!

              The bar is a paprika colour bar and it contains many different ingredients including coconut oil, paprika, fresh ginger root, clove bud oil, cinnamon powder, ground chilli, ground cayenne pepper & perfume and the many ingredients within this bar mingle and work very well together. It has a lovely spicy scent to it and lathers up pretty well when I use it with a shower puff, it makes my skin feel lovely, soft & smooth and does not dehydrate me at all.

              When you have finished with the soap try to store it somewhere relatively dry as like most Lush soaps it will just disappear if you drop it in the bath or leave in a patch of water for a little while.

              Overall I have nothing bad to say about this soap, it cleaned my body and my face even though I have sensitive skin and did not cause a breakout of any kind although be careful when using it on broken skin (I have eczema) as this may cause a little soreness.

              I would recommend this for both male & female use and I think that the price is very reasonable for what it is. I will be buying it again in the future and I'm sure Tom would agree that this is a very nicely scented soap. I am rating this soap 4/5 and really enjoyed it, I have knocked off one star because of the slight stinging I got when using it on my broken skin.

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                24.02.2009 17:35

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                Overall, a pretty good soap with a nice spicy fragrance

                I received this soap in one of the Lush Gift Boxes for Christmas. The initial appearance of the soap (a sort of brick orange colour, not very exciting!) didn't really spark any interest from me, but on reading the information I was keen to give it a try. I love spicy scents, especially cinnamon and I was intrigued by the exfoliation idea. The soap is very rough as it contains ground rice. This makes it great for using on tougher areas such as legs, thighs, arms but not so great for the more delicate areas.
                As a soap it's not bad. It doesn't create a great lather, but it gets you clean, and the scrubbing effect makes you feel refreshed. The scent is great, nice and spicy and warm.
                The colour is a bit bright and if you leave it on a flannel or anything, it will stain so beware! As it's all natural it will probably wash out no problem, but I did leave a few bright orange splashes around the bathroom!

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                19.02.2009 19:15
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                not for sensetive skins and those who prefer light scents

                I received this Lush soap as a present from a friend as part of a gift bag she got me from Lush. I must say, when I first saw and smelt this soap, I wasn't too impressed. It's a very bright soap in a terracotta type of orange colour and the scent was very strong and spicy... Not something I'd go for and I definitely wouldn't have bought this for myself. It's available for £2.69 from Lush online and in their shops.

                I'm not really a soap person as I've got quite sensitive skin and I often find soaps too drying for my skin. Since I usually go for soft scents like flowers, fruit or sweet dessert smells, I didn't like this one when I first smelt it.

                The main fragrances and spices used in this soap are sunflower oil, ginger, clove, spearmint, ground rice, paprika, cinnamon, chilli and cayenna pepper. A lot of the ingredients are ground up into quite large bits so they can help act as an exfoliator.

                The scent is just way too masculine for me and I would not use this to wash my body with in the shower. I didn't want to waste it or at least give it one go before I decide I didn't like it and was going to give it away so I washed my hands with it.

                It didn't feel too smooth on my skin due to the ground up exfoliating bits and I did not like the smell of it on my skin at all! It's much too overpowering and manly for me to wear, even just as a hand soap. I don't like the scent of it and find it too offending to use again.

                This is one Lush product I'm definitely not a fan of and will not purchase again.

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                  19.02.2009 17:14
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                  Not my favourite Lush product ever

                  I have so many Lush soaps it's ridiculous. I don't even like soap that much I prefer shower gel and hand wash, but there's something about a Lush soap I can't resist! Spice Curls though, isn't actually a Lush soap I would have purchased for myself. I had smelled it in the shop and thought it was far too spicy and strong for my tastes, as I tend to like either fruity or floral scents. I did however receive a half-sized (50g) bar with an online order a few months ago. At first I didn't use it because I wasn't keen on the smell, but I then decided to give it a go because I'm not planning on buying any more soaps for a while, and wanted to get this one out of the way - saving my best ones until last sort of thing!

                  The soap is a deep orangey brown colour, and is fairly soft and malleable. I think though, the most noticeable thing about this soap is its scent. As the name Spice Curls suggests, this is a very spicy soap, and it contains a huge array of spices, including fresh ginger root, cardamom oil, clove bud oil, spearmint oil, ground paprika, ground chilli, cinnamon powder, and cayenne pepper. To be honest, it sounds more like a recipe for curry than the ingredients for a soap!

                  The scent to me is very masculine, and to me, the ginger and the spearmint are the scents that seem to be most predominant. I realise ginger and spearmint may sound a strange combination, but they actually go well together. The overall scent though is far too strong for my liking, and is not particularly something I want to smell like, which is why I chose to use this as a hand soap rather than a body soap.

                  After the first few uses of the soap, I realised that the texture seemed to be slightly gritty. I looked on the Lush website and discovered that the spices are ground down to a size that makes them be gritty enough to exfoliate the skin while it cleanses. It's because of this that I do think it is probably better suited as a body soap if you like the smell enough to use it that way.

                  As I've already mentioned, this is quite a soft soap, and I find that rather than lathering up it leaves a sort of orange layer on the skin which can then be rinsed away. It doesn't dry out the skin or leave it feeling tight, which is a plus point, and the smell does linger on your skin after use. I don't think it did anything particularly special for my skin- fair enough it was clean, but I can't say it felt particularly soft after use.

                  One other thing to note is that the soap tends to leave a horrible orange stain on your soap dish, which is a bit annoying as I find I am having to clean mine out every five minutes.

                  A 100g block of this soap costs £2.69 from Lush. Whilst that's about average for a Lush soap, as this one's so soft it does seem to wear down very quickly, so probably wont last too many uses.

                  Overall this soap wasn't really for me. The spicy smell was far too strong - and I'd say probably suited to Christmas more than any other time of year - and it really wasn't my tastes. It gets you clean and it's non-drying, which I think is about the best I can say about it.

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                    11.02.2009 01:52
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                    A much recommended Lush soap.

                    Lush Spice Curls Soap is one of my latest Lush purchases, well I say latest but in truth I have had it for a while and only recently began using it as I had so many others to get through. I like this soap a lot, it has a very lovely thick lather and it smells adorable.

                    The soap is a deep brown colour and this leads to the only problem I have with the soap and that is that if you do not rinse thoroughly it leaves a brown tinge on your skin that soon rubs off on your towels.

                    The smell is as strong as perfume and lasts very well on the skin even after towel drying, the scent is created by cinnamon and ginger mainly although there are other ingredients too. The ginger smell is very pleasant and made using this soap a real treat.

                    A 100g block of this fabulous soap will cost you £2.69 which is pretty much in line with most of Lush`s soaps. It had no adverse effects on my skin and left it feeling as soft as a babies bum and smelling great.

                    Definitely a Lush product I will buy and use again and I would be only too happy to recommend this to anyone!

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                    03.02.2009 20:56

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                    A great scrubby 2 in 1 product

                    A lovely warming soap, a good product for winter. I love products that have two purposes, it saves on packaging and saves space in the bathroom lol! First impression of the soap is it is very colourful and using the product it is very scrubby and has a lovely spicey smell.

                    The colour disappears as you use it as that was my main concern. It gives you a welcome boost in the morning. My skin is left tingling and I am left fresh as a daisy even with a hang over.

                    My skin is left smooth but I feel that you will need to use body lotion after using this soap as it can leave your skin dry. I am a huge fan of Lush and this is another fantastic product that they have pulled out of the bag. I am also impressed that it is not made a mess out of my bathroom as well.

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                    29.01.2009 17:41
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                    Maybe a man would like this coz it smells a bit of Old Spice Aftershave!

                    The name of this Lush soap, Spice Curls, is cute. Also the soap looks brilliant with it's very large curl in the centre. It was bought as a present for me and although I liked the name and the look, I was not so keen on the smell and so I will not buy it again. I think this is more of a masculine soap and perhaps men would prefer it. It has a masculine smell. It is very spicy - containing paprika, ginger, cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Despite all these spices, it did not smell edible, which I often think soaps can do if they have natural spices or herbs in them. The spices for my mind were just too strong.

                    This soap made my skin tingle a little and I did feel very clean afterwards. I did not find it very moisturising. Many Lush products make my skin feel really silky smooth and soft once I have used them but this dried out my skin a little bit.

                    It's orange colour and cool shape promise so much but in my opinion this soap fails to deliver on so many levels!

                    Definitely not one for me.

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                      16.01.2009 20:19
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                      lovely smelling soap which cleans very well

                      When I picked this lovely red soap up in my local Lush shop, I thought what a wonderful smell it was. It somehow reminded me of those stripy red and white clove sweets in Winter Mixture sweets, but thats probably because it has clove bud oil in! But my hubby thought it smelt of cinnamon and said it reminded him of a Christmas candle!
                      I used it in the shower and it was really exfoliating, in fact it felt like I had a handful of sand in with my soap! I used it on my face and immediately regretted it - it felt like it was on fire! When I checked the ingredients, I noticed there was ground chilli in it, so maybe that was why my skin protested, but then the skin on my face is very sensitive. Luckily, I'm not so sensitive everywhere else, and it felt perfectly fine. I felt very clean after using this, because of the exfoliating effect, and the smell lingered all day.
                      I think its a good value soap - it's £2.69 for 100g, although mine was a much bigger, square lump of it! I will definately buy this again, I thought it was lovely!

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                        A gorgeous soap that has quickly become a favourite

                        When my daughter came back from shopping the other day she handed me a small bag of Lush goodies that she'd chosen for me as a thank you for watching my granddaughters' while she was out.

                        One of the items she'd picked out was a lovely looking brick red coloured bar of soap called Spice Curls. I needed soap at the time so decided to use this one instead of the bar of Dove I had ready to be unwrapped.

                        As soon as I opened the little bag containing Spice Curls I was aware of the very strong scent of this soap, it put me in mind of Old Spice aftershave a little although the smell itself is not the same but reminiscent. It has a very spicy aroma which smells Christmassy (because of the cinnamon) and also makes me think of exotic holidays I spent in India because the blend of spices is so wonderfully fresh smelling.

                        Mine was only a small 100g piece of soap so I decided to use it as a hand soap rather than risking it dissolving in a sea of bubbles in the shower or bath - although this wouldn't have happened now I think about it as the recent change Lush made to their soaps means you get very little lather from this or any other Lush soap.

                        The first time I used Spice Curls I was surprised at what a mess it left my sink in! The soap is a deep brown/terracotta colour, so are the (few) bubbles and so eventually was the inside of my sink. I suppose I should be grateful really that my skin wasn't marked with this rich brown colour, especially as I don't have a mirror in the bathroom at the moment and could easily have ended up walking out of the house with brown streaks on my face!

                        The already strong smell intensifies when the soap comes into contact with the water, and the aroma of the various ingredients becomes easier to separate from one another. The three main fragrances I could pick out were the cinnamon, ginger and paprika and I thought these all blended beautifully to create the wonderful spicy aroma that I was left with while washing. Perhaps it's a more masculine fragrance than I would usually choose and there is nothing floral about this soap at all, but all in all I think it has a wonderfully unusual smell which I really love.

                        The smell lingers nicely on my skin, I washed my hands at 7am this morning and can still smell the fragrance of the soap as I am sitting here typing this at 9.30am! It becomes more subtle as time goes on and rather than smelling so incredibly spicy it now has the sensation of a perfume with spice undertones, I can no longer pick out the individual smells but they have all mingled with one another to create a delicious aroma that I absolutely adore.

                        The cleansing properties of Spice Curl are second to none, my skin was spotlessly clean after using this soap and felt beautifully soft and nourished. Straight after washing I noticed the skin on my face looked a little shiny, but this soon died down and I was left with a smooth and radiant complexion - well, as smooth and radiant as 62 year old skin can be! There was no soap residue left on my skin and it was very easily rinsed away using just a few splashes of warm water. While this soap is not drying in any way, I still needed to use my usual moisturiser after cleansing as I suffer with dry skin at the best of times and this isn't particularly moisturising.

                        I must say Spice Curls is a very comforting soap to use, which is more than likely due to the warm and festive aroma. It isn't exactly refreshing, it has the sensation of slipping on your old favourite comfy cardigan and is certain to become a firm favourite simply because I love this kind of spicy smell and it's wonderful to find it in soap form.

                        My soap was a plain 100g (ish) rectangle which is a little disappointing now I have seen the lovely curly design of the one above! It seems to be lasting well leaving just a small smear of brown on my soap dish between uses, unlike a Lush soap I used earlier this year which seemed to dissolve by 10% every time I put it down! I think it will last an acceptable amount of time, although my Lush loving nine year old granddaughter is visiting tomorrow so it might not last as long as hoped!

                        I have just checked on the Lush site and a 100g block of this soap will cost £2.69 which is comparable to most of their lovely soaps. I would certainly pay this for such a lovely soap and will continue using it for a good while yet, although I think perhaps the warmness of it would be a little overwhelming in the summer.

                        Another thing the Lush site tells me is that there are actually little bits of ground spice in the soap which makes it work as a gentle exfoliator. I'm not sure how effective this is as I definitely did not notice any bits in my block of soap and while my skin felt well cleansed afterwards I wouldn't say there was any sensation of exfoliation, which I'm glad about really as I don't tend to get on very well with scrub type soaps.

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                        With a blend of ground paprika, cinnamon, fresh ginger root and cayenne pepper, it's no wonder we have called it a spice curl! Come out of the shower with a new zestful feeling!