“ Brand: Lush / Type: Soap „
Lush North Pole soap
"This one is pole position to be minty favourite this Christmas" is tha tagline for this on the Lush website.
Lush as most people know is a company that make different toiletries and are firmly committed to creating eco friendly products. They are vehemently against animal testing and try to buy Fair trade ingredients and use natural ingredients where they can.
I love Lush as I really support their views re animal testing and find the staff in the shops to be enthusiastic, well informed and so keen to share the benefits and excitements of their products with you and they are NEVER pushy.
Every celebration is an excuse to create new fun products and each year at Christmas Lush bring out some old reliable popular festive products such as Snow Fairy and they also bring out some new and different ones too. This North Pole soap was brought out for Christmas along with quite a few products and bought mine in the 50% sale.
The soap is made in a pole shape as though the mould they used was a plastic gutter or down pipe. It is in two colours pink and white and the soap mine came from was mixed. It started pink and changed to white as the pole went on and some bits had pink and white. My piece is all white or really a creamy colour like real cream.
The white and pink parts have slightly different fragrances; the pink smells more like an After Eight mint with the rich smell of chocolate and mint, while my white bit has a more obvious minty scent a bit like a mint rock or candy cane.
The creation was inspired by sweets and minty bark brought back from Chicago by two of the Lush product creators.
I love the creamy minty smell of this one. Although my chunk was quite a large circular shape and the edges a bit harsh to start with it soon softened up and felt really luxurious to use. I notice that is has a particularly creamy lather, thick and quite luscious. It feels very moisturising on my skin and the minty scent fills the air .The effect is a very thick and creamy feel, rather like bathing in a minty cream.
I notice in the ingredients that they include both rapeseed and coconut oil so that is why I feel so moisturised after using this. Interestingly there is also Peppermint Oil, ,Cedarwood Oil,and Cypress Oil, which apart from the peppermint I have to be honest I was not able to detect when I smelled the soap.
Interestingly a lot of Lush soaps also contain salt Sodium chloride is simply salt. Salt is stimulating, cleansing, antiseptic and astringent. It is softening for the skin and also apparently hydrates the skin when used in moderation. It is also full of minerals, softens the water and helps to de -grease the skin, removes dead cells yet it leaves the natural oils so that your skin is left feeling soft and moisturised yet clean.
This is a soap so there is obviously going to be some sort of lathering agent and this is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is a questionable chemical agent often found in bathing products but if you are concerned you need to check.
All Lush soaps are a bit more in price than you might buy a bar in other places but they do feel a bit more luxurious to use. I am not sure I would buy this at full price but the price I paid was fair enough. A very nice minty creamy lathering treat but not one for everyday use or putting in the family bathroom to share with all and sundry!
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== Lush North Pole Soap==
One of my favourite shops that doesn't sell DVD's, books or video games is Lush and we have a nice branch of the shop in The Hague. I went in at Christmas this year to peruse the special offers and I admit I could stand in the shop all day and just breathe slowly in and out. I just love the smells. I usually end up buying something and this time was no exception. However, I received this bar alongside numerous others in a basket made up for me by my girlfriend this Christmas.
The North Pole soap comes in, believe it or not, the shape of a pole . It is striped pink and white and when you purchase a piece, which is cut off a large pole, you get a white block or a pink block. In my basket I got a piece of white.
The shop smells like rock or striped candy as the Americans would say. The recipe ingredients included are peppermint, cypress oil, rapeseed oil, coconut oil and cedarwood. The peppermint gives the soap a really minty smell, which makes it really fresh. You may think that this sounds really sickly and would be overpowering but I found it to be lovely smelling and really refreshing. The soap is really smooth and builds up into a nice lather when wet. It doesn't really moisturise the skin so people who suffer from dry skin might want to use a moisturiser afterwards. Saying that it does make your skin feel quite smooth and I didn't get any dry skin or irritations after using it and it left my skin feeling soft and relaxed.
The bar cost me 4 euros for a block or slice that weighed in at 125 grams, which is just over three pounds in the UK I think. At first I didn't know whether to lick it, bite it or use it to bathe as it smells so candy like, but like I said it is not too strong and not a sickly sweet smell. It is actually a really enjoyable smell.
It is part of the specialist range that Lush brings out for Christmas but I would not have a problem using this soap all year round and at any time.
I would recommend this bar to any soap or smelly lover and it is a really nice relaxing treat to give yourself to wash away the stress of everyday life. It's also very unique and the smell is unlike any other soap.
4 out of 5 stars for me.
Lush always release a number of limited edition products at Christmas, and soaps are always among them. This year, they have released something slightly different: a soap with two fragrances. The North Pole soap comes in pole form, and looks pretty impressive standing up in the window of the Lush store. It is striped pink and white and when you buy some (£3.25 for 100g) you get either a pink piece or a white piece. I ordered both in my last online order, and here I'm going to review the white version.
The white soap is designed to smell like candy canes and mint rock: to achieve this, peppermint, cedarwood and cypress oils have been used to create a refreshing minty fragrance. It's refreshing and uplifting without being sickly, and is quite subtle and grown up too. I think all the family would enjoy using this soap. The soap is suitable for vegans, and is made with rapeseed oil and coconut oil, which are more environmentally friendly than the palm oil commonly used to make soap.
The soap has a creamy texture and is pleasant to use. It lathers up well and leaves my hands with a soft minty scent. It isn't drying, but it isn't moisturising either so I have to apply hand cream afterwards. The soap doesn't seem to be going down too quickly, which is handy. Because it's white, it isn't the most interesting soap but it looks smart in an all-white bathroom!
Overall, I really like and recommend this soap. It's a pleasant all-round soap with a festive aspect, yet not so Christmassy that you couldn't use it all year round.
Lush produces handmade soaps which are not tested on animals. It is meant to be an ethical shopping experience but I have heard rumours which imply otherwise. I'm afraid I don't know any details yet so I would advise research for those with concerns.
The North Pole, white, soap has the scent of an old-fashioned sweetshop. It smells of peppermint, looks like snow, and is so lush on my skin and to the senses that I want to go back for another slice. Lush claim that one slice is not enough. They are right in a positive way but also I can apply a negative meaning to that because the soap doesn't go very far but more on this later. There is also a pink soap option which is designed to smell of mint chocolates.
Lush uses safe and natural ingredients. The key ingredient is the peppermint oil which is extracted from the mint plant. Lush describe the fragrance of a woody mint. The woody scent should come from the cedarwood oil. This would make it extra Christmas like but they haven't put enough in for the scent to come through. Using this soap makes me feel naturally cleansed and refreshed but I don't think it smells woody.
The soap lathers up very well but also disintegrates quickly. You mustn't get it too wet or you'll be chasing the dregs just to clean your armpits. Sadly, I don't smell of peppermint all day, maybe only the first couple of hours. I feel a bit annoyed that I must use it sparingly. It's expensive to buy when it's not long lasting.
On the plus side at £3.25 per 100g the North Pole soap happens to make a perfect present for vegans. I know a vegan and am very grateful to Lush that I can purchase a gift from them when the options seem quite narrow for vegan presents.
I would suggest this as a Christmas gift or for a festive treat after all that shopping. The North Pole soap is appropriate for this season.