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      20.07.2011 14:03
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      not what it cracked up to be

      After being dragged into Lush against my will a couple of years ago by my best friend, I have to admit I am now in love. I can't get enough of all the yummy products that they have to offer! I have tried various Lush soaps, ballistics and others.. tending to keep a basket of Lush goodies in my bathroom for a treat. I just keep buying them and leaving them for later as I hate the thought of having none left! This gorgeous soap caught my eye before and as it was limited edition - it was worth a shot. Not only did it catch my eye with its looks, but the smell is gorgeous too! I only purchased a 100g piece due to the amount stocking up at home and the fact I was a little tight on money. The bar cost me £2.95 which is quite cheap for a Lush product of its size. I was quite pleased that my piece of the soap happened to be quite nicely mixed with the pink and white.. sometimes it doesn't look too appealing in a small chunk! I also got a few almonds and cherries inside too which was nice. Originally I was a bit confused as to why there were cherries and almonds buried inside the soap, but a sales assistant told me the almonds were for exfoliating and the cherries - she wasn't even too sure herself. I think they just give it a bit more of a summery look! I have to admit, it is one of the most eye catching soaps by Lush. Most of the others seem a bit plain to me. The soap smells gorgeous. Very fruity, sweet and you can smell the almond and cherries too! I think its lovely for using on your hands as the smell lasts like a moisturiser or perfume. I wouldn't really wear it in winter as it is a bit too sweet, but for summer its perfect. Now you might decide to use your soap in the shower or bath, but I tend to keep mine for face and hand washing by the sink (personal choice). The reason being that shower gel and bath ballistics seem to make my skin feel more fresh and moisturised than a bar of soap - plus soap can be really fiddly! After using this to wash my hands, they did feel a bit gritty due to the almonds and other bits inside. The cherries just get annoying as they just fall out of the soap and go everywhere. I expected my hands to feel quite soft because of the exfoliation almonds but they just felt the same. I have to say, I did love the scent once my hands were dry and they did feel really clean which I liked. In my opinion, it is worth a try as you may enjoy it but I wouldn't really recommend it - only for the gorgeous scent.

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        24.05.2011 18:11
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        A lovely smelling soap and exfoliating crushed almond blend.

        I really like buying soaps from the body cosmetic store Lush as they are all unique and have high quality ingredients. They make me feel like I'm pampering myself and I love to indulge in them when I need some girly time. My most recent purchase at Lush was a large chunk of this Summer Pudding Soap. Lush soaps are sold in different sizes and shapes according to your preferences. I tend to opt for the smaller pieces as they are cheaper since the price is calculated by the soap's weight. However, with this Summer Pudding I did go for a rather large oblong chunk as I loved the smell of it very much! The soap has a rather feminine design as it's constructed of bright pink chunks which are encased in a fawn coloured mass. You can tell just from looking that the soap is comprised of two different textures. The pink part of the soap is glossy and shiny with a glazed exterior whilst the biscuit coloured section clearly has an uneven suface. It almost looks gritty or sandy. When you get the soap wet these two soap textures work in different ways. The pink parts of the soap lather up as a normal bar soap would. It has a slippery feeling and melts like a soft gel into your skin. The bubbles are fine and sloppy. The brown part of the soap does not lather up that well. Infact it seems to just melt into a strange thick porridge mix. It has a grainy feel and has obvious exfoliation qualities. This part of the soap feels more like a body scrub than it does a soap and I feel like when I use the Summer Pudding as a whole that I really am dealing with a two part routine. The 'porridge' part of the soap is made with ground almonds, Lush refer to them as being "scrubby" which is an apt description. They look like little flakes of kernel and crushed nuts. The soap also contains almond oil which has softening qualities for the skin. I'm not sure why this part of the soap won't bubble or lather. It just turns mushy. Once you've got the soap wet this brown section of the soap will stay quite soft and also melts away quite quickly. It's almost as soft as melted ice-cream or a dense moisturiser like cold cream. I've found myself using the soap more sparingly than I usually would to preserve it for longer. This part of the soap has a rather stale smell - almost like wet, moulding bread or mud. It's a very earthy smell of crushed almonds and one that you will either love or hate. The pink part of the soap is fragranced with glace cherries, buchu and citrus. It also contains softening coconut oil, juniperberry oil and gardenia extract for the colouring. The sharp fragrance of the pink part of the soap does overpower the scent from the other part of the soap. Overall I really like the fragrance of the soap as it's quite uplifting and definitely has a summery edge to it. The cherry fragrance is left on your skin after use. The soap is great at softening dry skin as you can use the ground almonds as a buffer to get rid of any old, flaky skin. It's really great at using on any patches of dry skin. I find it particularly soothing and helpful to use on my underarms as I sometimes have dry skin there caused by sensitivity to deodorant. The soap removes dry skin and also soothes the area. I find the soap fairly moisturising in general and enjoy using it all over my body but especially on my hands as I tend to get dry knuckles and this soap has really helped to soften and 'mend' them. I would recommend this soap but only on the grounds that you should know what you are getting when you buy it. I think it should be sold as a soap/body scrub mix so that people know what the product is capable of and how it actually works. I would definitely buy this Summer Pudding again as I think the smell is gorgeous and I really like the fact that I can exfoliate and clean myself at the same time! Lush sell this product online or in store. Check out their website for more information: www.lush.co.uk

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        05.05.2011 09:41
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        A nice soap that left my hands feeling cleansed and cared for

        I love shopping in Lush but the soaps are usually something that I overlook. I only use soap for hand washing as I use other products for my face and body. The reason I love Lush so much is that they have such fun and funky products, but somehow soap still does not seem very exciting. This Summer Pudding Soap costs £3.10 for a 100g block, and I was lucky enough to receive a massive piece of it in a promotional goody bag so decided to give it a try as it was a freebie. Product description: "It's a creamy soap that scents your body with Simon's fruity 'Berried Treasure' fragrance of buchu and citrus. We make it with scrubby ground almonds, softening almond oil, and cleansing lemon oil. You'll find it difficult to resist a slice of pudding. Noriko created our Summer Pudding; she was inspired by that staple of a British summer. Just like a real pudding, it's brimming with juicy cherries and a mouth-watering fragrance." The Summer Pudding soap is a pretty and unusual looking soap. It is made up of a pale coloured base, and has chunks of pink soap scattered within that. The base soap has a soft texture and a creamy feel to it, and it is full of little speckles that are actually ground almonds. The pink chunks are formed of a different type of soap, which has a more solid feel to it and is more like an ordinary block of soap. The contrast between these two sorts of soaps is interesting and it looks nice seeing it mixed in like that. The only bad thing I noticed about the appearance of the soap is that it ages if you keep the soap stored for a while before using it. I had this kept in my cupboard in one of the yellow paper Lush bags for a few months before I got round to using it. In this time the pale white coloured base soap had changed colour and deepened into a dark beige colour. There was nothing actually wrong with the soap, but the colour changed as it aged. This soap has a pleasant smell to it that is very warm and fragrant. It has a soft fruity scent to it that I couldn't pick out as being anything specific, so I just hink of it as a "berry" smell. It also has a nice light nutty smell from the coconut and almond oils. It is quite a strong and long lasting fragrance that stays on the skin and lingers for a short while after washing with it, which is very pleasant indeed. I really like the scent of the soap and think it's a lovely feminine fragrance that makes my skin and my bathroom smell great. This is perfect if you enjoy foody or fruity scents. I had a massive chunk of this soap and it is cut into a wedge shape from the main soap blocks that are formed into a large dome shape. Because it was so large it was a bit awkward to get a decent grip on it and it kept slipping out of my hands, but as the soap has worn down this has made it easier to handle. I have noticed as I've been using this soap that the pink chunks seem to wear down more quickly than the rest of the soap, which is a shame but doesn't really affect the performance of the soap. Because this Summer Pudding soap is made up of two different sections, it has several different properties. The main creamy section has a wonderful soft texture to it and gives off a lot of moisture, which is perfect for balancing out the exfoliating action of the ground almond particles. These small pieces scrub away at the hands to remove dirt and refresh the skin without being abrasive or uncomfortable thanks to the moisturising effects of all the nourishing oils in the soap base. The pink section helps the soap to foam up a little, but it does not create much of a lather overall, just a fine layer of foam that helps to move it around between the hands. Unfortunately I always end up with little pink marks around my sink, and the colouring from the soap does seem to stain a little if it isn't washed away quickly. I haven't ended up with purple hands though, so I just remember to be careful and rinse round the sink properly to remove any leftover drips or soap suds. My hands always feel thoroughly cleansed when I have used my Summer Pudding soap and even though it's not overly bubbly it does spread well. As well as being a great cleanser it also helps my skin to feel soft and moisturised afterwards which is great, as I often have to apply hand lotion throughout the day after using other soaps, but that's not the case with this one as it leaves my skin feeling cared for. My large block lasted me for a couple of months usage which I think is reasonable and works out to be good value, even though it may seem expensive to begin with for this sort of product. I think this is a lovely soap that works effectively and is very pleasant to use. Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Ground Almonds, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Glace Cherries, Perfume, Almond Essential Oil, Buchu Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Lemon Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 14700. *Occurs naturally in essential oils. This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!

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          26.08.2010 20:45
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          Not one I shall buy again

          ==Lush Summer Pudding Soap== This is the first time that I have used the Summer Pudding Soap because it is a relatively new addition to the ever growing Lush collection so I though t it about time I gave it a go. Unfortunately I don't think I shall be buying it again. The Summer Pudding soap costs £2.95 pence for a 100 gram block of the soap which is about the same price as an other soap from Lush but a fair bit more than other branded soaps. However usually with Lush it is worth paying that little bit extra to get a great product. He overall look of the soap is rather nice and the white main body of the soap is coloured with pink parts of soap and red glacé cherries too. Each block of soap will look slightly different from the last because of he fact that it is hand made. This Summer Pudding Soap is a little bit unlike other soaps as it has a light exfoliation to it. The ground almonds that are in the ingredients are what gives it the beads of exfoliation. The smell is okay and reminds me a little of window putty as the almond aroma gives this whiff. The sweetness from the berries gives it a lighter fragrance which on the whole makes it smell rather appealing. The soap is easy to use and works just as any other soap would be used. I did begin to use it in the shower but because of the heavier water flow the soap bar was melting away far too quick. However by the sink under the warm water it doesn't take too many rubs to get the soap bar to produce a fairly nice amount of fragrant bubbles. Not only are the bubbles plentiful and full of aroma, the feel of the soap studs against the skin is rather moisturising and has a creamy feel. However I am not overly keen on the graininess that comes from the almond pieces as using the soap to wash my hands with, I don't feel that my hands need any exfoliation but more moisturising! The soap is a tricky one as I find it a half nice to use and half not so nice. I think the price is okay and the smell is not one of Lush's best attempts but still rather nice. The use is easy and general my hands do feel nice and clean after use but a little scratched up and I possibly feel that the bar as a whole would be much better did it not have the almond grainy parts in. I think an average score of 3 out of 5 stars and a wary recommendation Many thanks for taking the time to read. I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.

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            21.08.2010 13:20
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            There's Better Lush Soaps Out There

            As Ive already tried so many Lush soaps and have quite a few still left in my bathroom I had made up my mind not to buy anymore until they had all ran out but this one did weaken my resolve. I was going to wait to buy it but when I heard it was limited edition and would be leaving the shelves soon I decided to treat myself to a 100g piece as it looked so lovely I couldn't pass up that opportunity could I? Well I wish I hadn't bothered to be honest because this is not the best Lush soap by a mile - in fact its probably one of the worst Ive tried so far. Useful Information: Price: £2.95 - 100g bar Stockists: Lush & lush.co.uk It may seem very expensive for a 100g bar and I have to admit I'm not totally sure its worth it but Lush soaps do last a very long time - even with loads of people using it so in a way it is worth the money. As when you buy this from the Lush store it is cut from a massive bar of soap each persons soap will look slightly different and be a different shape. Luckily I managed to get a bit of everything in my soap as it has all the cream pink and red colours with quite a few almonds and glace cherries buried inside. It does look exactly like a proper summer pudding and appearance wise it is worth buying it for that alone because it is one of the most visually pleasing soaps Lush make in my opinion. As I mentioned though its appearance will vary from piece to piece. The almond in the soap are basically designed to act as a natural and gentle exfoliator for your skin and to be quite honest I have no idea why the glace cherries are there so I guess its just for added appeal. There's no doubt about it though this soap does smell really nice which I think is a lot t do with the glace cherries as it does smell incredibly fruity but with a scent of almonds running through that - kind of like a proper summer pudding although even fruitier and sweeter. I think everyone will like the scent because although it is very sweet it isn't overpowering at all and lasts for ages n your skin afterwards so if you like it great because it does stick around. Try before you buy though I reckon as everyone has different tastes. But here comes the negatives as unlike most Lush soaps this did nothing for my skin when I started using it in the shower. As a rule I don't use soaps in the shower anyway because I find they dry out my skin and I don't feel as clean when using them but I do make an exception for Lush soaps because Ive found them all to be very good - until this one! It does lather up really well especially when using a shower puff but it didn't feel luxurious n my skin at all, my skin didn't feel really clean afterwards and I felt as if my skin was a little bit dried out. On top of that the soap melts quite easily meaning the glace cherries fall out and can clog up your plug hole which is very annoying when you have to clean it out afterwards. Also the almonds didn't exfoliate my skin at all - well I couldn't notice a difference in appearance or feel of it anyway so that to me means this was ineffective and simply wasn't as good as I expected. Ive since been using it as a hand soap and it does work very well for that but a cheap soap would work just as well and save me money as well. I wouldn't recommend this one as it seems it is limited edition for a reason and I think even hardcore Lush fans will be disappointed by this soap - the others in the range are so much better in my opinion and I don't recommend this one. Thanks For Reading x0 Salz 0x

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              19.08.2010 11:16
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              Yummy fruity soap, just wish it lasted longer

              In my latest order from Lush I decided to get a piece of their new soap Summer Pudding, I had been putting off buying a piece because I already have a huge stash of Lush soaps to get through, but since it is a new soap summer there is the chance it will be discountinued soon so I decided to buy myself a 100g piece. The cost per 100g is £2.95 which is the average price you will pay for a piece of soap from Lush. If you purchase in store rather than online you can choose the size you want eg. just a 50g piece or maybe even a 500g piece if its something you really like! However online you can only buy in blocks of 100g. The soap came in a clear plastic wrapping, if you buy in store it will most likely be in the Lush white wrapping. The soap itself looks devine, the majority is a creamy off white colour and it has big pieces of light red/dark pink throughout, it also has glace cherries through it ( although I am yet to find any cherries in my piece!). The white part is a very soft consistency and it has ground up almonds which are put in to make this soap an exfoliator. The darker bits are hard and more like you would expect a soap to be. The scent of this soap is absolutly devine! It is a sweet fruity berry scent, but it is not too sickly or over powering. I used the soap in a bath and was very impressed with its exfoliating properties, I often find that the nuts or seeds or whatever else is used in exfoliating soaps are quite harsh on the skin so I end up using them as a hand soap instead, but Lush seem to have got it perfect this time, its gentle but also does the job! The soap does not bubble, but it does make a lovely creamy lather and the beautiful fragrance of the soap fills the bathroom as it is used. I also found my batheroom smelled lovely for some hours after I had used the soap and it also clung to my skin nicely, again not overpowering, but very subtle. Now the downsides - this soap is not very economical. Already it is quite expensive for a piece of soap, but Lush is my little luxury in life so I am happy to pay that little extra especially since I know it is handmade, natural and the company is against animal testing, oh and of course because their soaps are absolutly devine. Unfortunatly with this soaps soft creamy consistency it just melts away as you use it, my soap will only get me 2, possibly 3 at a push uses in the bath because after my first use I am left with only half a bar! Also the harder piky red parts of the soap are not melting as quickly as the white bits so I am left with these sticking out of the bar which is a bit annoying. I always try not to leave soaps in the bath too long so they dont melt away, but with this soap so much melts onto your skin as you use it and it vanished pretty quickly, this may not happen so much if you used it in the however instead of the bath but I think either way its softness makes it one of those soaps that just doesnt stretch very far. A mild annoyance is when it comes to emptying the bath as you are left with lots of little almond flakes in the bottom, you also need to give the bath a good clean because you are left with a bit of a residue from the soap around the edges, and of course if you have cherries inyour piece you will also have to pick them up from the bottom of the tub! I really liked how my skin felt very soft and nourished after using this soap ( proberly due to all the different oils they have used in this bar ) and I just wish that it lasted longer because if it did I could see it being one of my favorite Lush soaps, but unfortunatly as it is it will be a very rare treat for me as I can not afford to pay £2.95 for a soap which will give me only 2 or 3 baths so it is not the best value soap! The full list of whats this soap contains, as taken from the Lush website is - Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Cocos nucifera), Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Glace Cherries (Prunus cerasus), Perfume, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina), Juniper Berry Oil (Juniperus communis), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 14700 I have rated 3 out of 5 stars because I love its scent and how it makes me skin feel, but it just does not last long enough ! Update - this soap is now discontinued, it was a summer special.

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                05.08.2010 22:27
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                fun filled fruity soap

                I hate Lush! They make me want to eat their products! If you can get over the fact that the soaps look like cakes each time you walk in, then you should be able to pick yourself up some good value original looking and fantastic smelling soaps. It is one of my favourite shopping haunts and I love the soap section, which is awash with colour and aromas from all over the globe. The Summer Pudding is designed for body and hands and I guess if you're brave you could use it on the face too. The soap comes in blocks and 100g will set you back just under the three pound mark. The smooth surface looks like a piece of play plasticine with the marbelled colours blending in beautifully together. This makes the bathroom look bright and colourful too. The smell of this one is pretty darned fine. A delicious smell that captures the essence of summer. I got whiffs of cherries and lemons and juniper, which when mixed together make for a scrumptous fruity flavour. The smell is a big draw to the soap, as well as the visual, but we also want to know what it does for the skin. When I tried it as a bath soap, I found it produced a decent lather and left the skin smelling fruity too. The balance of oils in this soap helped keep my skin moist after the bath and the smell also stayed with me for a while after which I liked. There is a subtle sweetness in there, which is provided by coconut and almond extract, two my all time favourite flavours. On the downside, this could be a summer only product due to the name so it might vanish from shelves soon. A great gift idea though and good enough to eat.

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                  20.07.2010 21:58
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                  Not a great soap.

                  I am always eager to try out new products that Lush brings out, and the day this soap was introduced, I rushed out to purchase it. I am a big fan of their soaps, and nine times out of ten I am completely satisfied with them. I had a quick sniff, and didn't hesitate to pick this one up. This is Lush's Summer Pudding soap which is a new soap introduced this summer. The only retailer of Lush products is Lush themselves, so you can check out one of their many stores, or you can buy online at www.lush.co.uk. As for price, Summer Pudding soap retails at £2.95 per 100g, however they will cut you a bigger or smaller size in store dependant on what you would like. I went for a slightly bigger size which was around £3.50, as I thought it would last a little longer. For a bar of soap, this is obviously quite a lot of money, and I am aware that many people would not consider paying this, however Lush use all natural ingredients, and as this is suitable for vegans and of such a high quality, I assumed it would be worth the investment...how wrong I was! As you can see from the image, this soap is white in colour, and contains glace cherries, as well as pink parts within the soap. The pink parts are harder, whereas the white parts contain exfoliating ingredients. Inside this soap are two special ingredients, and the first is ground almonds. These help to exfoliate your skin and give the soap a more rough feel. There are also glace cherries included which help to give it a summery feel. All of these nice touches seemed great, however I faced many problems when using them within the shower/bath. Firstly, I thought it was great that I could exfoliate whilst using the soap, as it saved time and effort. This soap does exfoliate fairly well, however it was far too scratchy on my skin, and hurt when applied too hard. I did not like this at all, and it would not suit most skin types, especially if you suffer from sensitive skin. Also, the glace cherries just proved to be a nuisance when using the soap, as you would have to pick out large lumps of fruit, which was annoying and did not help in making you feel clean. The smell of this soap is both positive and negative. It does match its name and smell completely like a summer pudding dessert. It smells good enough to eat, however I just don't feel that it is the scent you should clean yourself with, and it was overall very strange. If you like super sweet scents, then you may like this one. A positive thing about this soap is that it is super creamy and easy to use, regardless of whether you are using just your hands or a loofah. It is not particularly moisturising, however it does not dry out your skin after use. I personally find that creamy soaps are always a plus, as it usually means they clean your skin much better. I have used this a number of times now, and I leave the soap in the shower for when I next need to use it. The soap has now become a horrible consistency, and all of exfoliating beads are sticking out, and it looks a little bit like porridge! Therefore I do recommend keeping this away from water when not in use, as it will slowly disintegrate! Overall, I am not happy with this soap, and it is definately not one of Lush's best. For the price paid, the quality was just not high enough. The exfoliation is a good touch, however it was just too much for my skin. Does not dry skin out, but did not give me that super squeaky clean feel after my bath. It is worth asking for a sample inside Lush stores if you would like to try it out, but don't expect much from it! Thanks for reading.

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