19 April 2018

Sweetheart Soap

I'm beginning to realise that I'm not much of a 'girly-girl' when it comes to fragrances. Since I was little, I knew I would never be one to wear high heels or plaster on the make up, but I always assumed I would still appreciate most other female-orientated activities. However, working my way through Lush's catalogue has seen me find solace in the most unexpected fragrances and turn a nose up at the ones I thought I would have enjoyed. This soap was one such item.

Sweetheart is a limited edition soap that Lush released for their 2012 Valentine's Day range and has been described by the company as 'one of the most sensual soap creations to ever emerge from the Lush labs'. With a description like that, I was expecting great things and was disappointed to find that this soap was not very much to my liking. 

Firstly, the white chunk that greeted me when I peeled back the wrapper was rather disappointing. I know not to judge a product by it's cover, but it wasn't something I was immediately bowled over by. The design of this soap is a combination of white and pale pink but unfortunately my chunk didn't have any of the latter colour, making it rather boring to look at. 

With a sensual blend of jasmine, mandarin and vanilla, this is one of the lighter scented soaps - offering a soft and rather sexy aroma without being too overpowering. You can smell the mandarin straight away here and the jasmine is equally as strong, complimenting each other wonderfully. The addition of sandalwood gives this product a musky and slightly more sophisticated scent that helps to pad out the overall aroma of this soap.  
While I can appreciate the appeal of this fragrance, I think the sandalwood and jasmine is a little too strong and I think the mandarin note should have been intensified somewhat. 

Sweetheart is a very soft soap and the inclusion of both rapeseed and coconut oil means that it produces a rather oily foam in the shower. The soap is very easy to lather up and offers users a rich creamy gel to clean themselves with. This gel moisturises and nourishes the skin wonderfully and leaves a gentle sweet floral scent on your skin for a while after showering. 

Unfortunately, it's soft consistency and the abundance of lather it creates, means that this soap doesn't last very long and I found a 100g block only lasted me a little over two weeks. While I patted it down between uses, it's just one of those soaps that diminishes very quickly when wet.    

Although it's a very luxurious soap and a favourite for those who appreciate feminine fragrances, it didn't make enough of an impression to make me buy this again. I would much rather Lush bring back Willow Soap or Oh La La as I found them more to my liking. However, fans of Love Bird's Soap or anything in the Silky Underwear range, will no doubt appreciate the jasmine-orientated aroma here. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol,Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide,Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil,Vanilla Absolute,Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA,Tetrasodium Etidronate,Sodium Hydroxide,Hydroxycitronellal,*Limonene, *Linalool,Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410.

Vegan?: Yes.

20 February 2018

Melt My Heart Massage Bar

As a newfound traveller, I've developed a new perspective on the worthiness of certain cosmetics, and how you have to adapt your routines to match the places you visit and the lifestyle you lead. Having spent the last four months in very hot places, I have come to realise that body lotions are not the most effective way of replenishing your skin. Not only are they rather sticky in humid heat, and make you feel like you need a shower directly after using one, but they also pose the threat of leaking across the minimal clothing you're living in for the next few weeks. 

While you need to think about storage when you're somewhere hot, massage bars are the perfect travelling companions: fitting in the smallest spaces of your luggage and offering an intense moisturising session for your parched skin, after a day on the beach.

When I first sniffed Melt My Heart Massage Bar, I knew that this one would be coming with me on my next adventure - that is if the bar lasts from all of the times I've already used it so far! While not a direct replica, this Valentine's Day special shares its scent with the Jungle family - offering a strange, alluring and rather unique fragrance unlike anything else you've tried before.

All of the Jungle range can be described as possessing a strange, slightly soured fruity smell, coupled with an almost pine-like aroma alongside this. There is also a woody element underneath with a gentle earthy twang that grounds the soured fruity note a little and gives this fragrance slightly green-like qualities as well.  

In all fairness, this is probably the hardest scent to describe from Lush and it's one you have to experience for yourself, to decide whether or not you like it. This smell is definitely an acquired taste, and I find that people either love it or hate it. As I am in the former catergory, I couldn't wait to try this out on my skin. 

Priced up at £4.95, this is one of the cheapest massage bars on offer, and the size of it makes it one of the better value ones as well. Although a little thinner than some of Lush's regular bars, this is two thirds of the price, and therefore one that is worth stocking up on if you feel it works well for you.

As with all of my massage bars, I tend to use this as an intense moisturising session once or twice a week. Using this every day would probably make your skin rather greasy, and it would prove far more expensive than a lotion if you were to use it in this way. 

Simply massage the bar across the skin - I tend to do so in a circular motion - and then use the palms of your hands to spread the oils and butters across the whole area. As the weather is warming up a little in the UK, I would not recommend that you hold this for too long as I found that it began to melt within seconds of contacting the heat from my body. Furthermore, massaging it between your hands and then applying it onto your skin yourself actually ensures that you don't use too much, thus extending the life of the product. 

As with most of Lush's massage bars, your skin is left slightly oily for a short time afterwards and I would recommend leaving it for 5-10 minutes before putting any clothes over the top. However, after this time your skin will look bright and radiant, and feel super nourished and supple. After using this a single time, I found that it completely eradicated some of the dry areas I had developed through peeling.

As to be expected, the scent lingers on your skin for a good hour or more after application, and the effects of the massage bar will last you through the entire day and into the night as well.  

While you can use this in the same manner as I did, you also have the option of giving or receiving a massage from/for someone you love, and I'm sure Melt My Heart would be even more magical if used in this way. As my partner is away travelling for the next few weeks, I have to resign to using this on myself - which isn't the most romantic of options, but certainly leaves my skin feeling good enough to celebrate. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Safflower Oil, Perfume, Dried Rose Petals, Orris Root Powder, Cypress Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Styrax Resinoid, Olibanum Resinoid, Violet Leaf Absolute, *Benzyl Cinnamate, *Cinnamal, *Cinnamyl Alcohol, *Geraniol, *Hydroxycitronellal, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

18 February 2018

Kiss Me Quick Washcard

Nowadays, Lush are keen to bring out as many different scented wash cards as they can possibly get away with. Easy to make and inventive at the same time, these first made an appearance at Oxford Street for their opening day, and have since been featured in nearly all of the seasonal ranges since then.

Working in the same way as soap does, these little cards are to be used in the shower - foaming up to create a lather that cleans your skin and leaves you smelling wonderful. While they act like a soap, the ingredients act more like a shower gel, so these cards are far less drying and much more appealing to me.

Kiss Me Quick was the name of the 29 High Street-scented wash card that came out during last year's Valentine's Day range. This year the name has remained the same but the design and the fragrance is different. While last year's definitely smelt better in my mind, this year's is still lovely, and the new design is far better this time around. 

Containing clove, mimosa and tonka, Kiss Me Quick is surprisingly a rather subtle smelling product. While you might expect the clove to be domineering here, you'll instead find a gentle and mildly spicy note that is really warming when used in the shower. Alongside this, the mimosa adds a delicate floral note while the vanilla absolute sweetens all three components and merges them altogether. 

While I would have liked the scent of this to be a little stronger, as I found that it didn't stick around on my skin afterwards at all, I did appreciate the gentle sweet nature of the fragrance, and how it strengthened when in contact with the heat of the water.

So why bother investing in a wash card to begin with?

Firstly, the size of this card means that this will slip easily into a purse or a side pocket of a bag/suitcase - making it a great travelling companion that wont weigh you down. Due to their format not allowing for any sort of spillages whatsoever, this solid rendition of a shower gel also guarantees to be leakage-free, and suitable to take on board a plane as part of your hand luggage.

Secondly, the lack of any active moisture means that the sheets are preservative free, which means that they should have a much longer shelf life, and are also able to be utilised much further when it finally does come into contact with water. Furthermore, they don't contribute to package waste in the slightest, making it far more environmentally friendly than their other shower counterparts. 

So in a sense, I do actually recognise their true worth as a product, and can honestly see the merit of using them in replacement of other liquid alternatives. However, I'm still not convinced that these could or will ever be able to rival the jelly and gel variations that Lush already do so well.

What is different about this wash card, when compared to previous renditions, is the fact that the base ingredient featured here is fresh apple pulp as opposed to melon. Known to contain antioxidants and vitamins that both nourish and refresh the skin, apples are naturally full of malic acid, which gently removes any dead skin build that may be causing your skin to appear dull and uneven, and adds radiance almost immediately.

Kiss Me Quick is again another novelty product for this year's Valentine's Day range, but that's not to say that it doesn't have its merits. Despite its size, it does produce a thick, creamy and very generous lather, so you need a very small piece if you wish to conserve it for as long as possible. Secondly, the wash card is rather moisturising on the skin as well, which is always a bonus for me.

Overall, this is not a product I feel like raving about or one I feel the need to stock up on. However, it was lovely to try something different than the naked shower creams I've been inundated with, and the scent was enjoyable while it lasted. A cute little release for fans to indulge in during the season of love.

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Apple Pulp, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Sodium polyacrylate, Clove Bud Oil, Mimosa Absolute, Tonka Absolute, DRF Alcohol, *Benzyl Alcohol, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Cinnamyl, Alcohol, Coumarin, Colour 73360, Colour 77499.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £2 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

17 February 2018

Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

I'll be honest and say that it took me quite a while to adjust to the Mother's Day range this year, most notably because I was rather bitter that Yummy Mummy Shower Cream hadn't made a reappearance. Although I still have a 500g bottle left to indulge in, it is normally this seasonal range that offers the scents that I most desire out of the five major releases each year. This year however, there has been a complete turn around and it's thrown me out of my comfort zone a little.

For this reason, I didn't twig that I really loved the smell of Incredible Mum Bath Bomb until I was sitting in the bath, watching it dissolve away before my very eyes. Only then did I realise that there was perhaps something special about this brand new fragrance and that I wanted to experience more.

As far as ingredients lists go, this limited edition doesn't exactly jump off the page as being anything special. Bergamot and ylang ylang oils, as well as orange flower absolute, suggest that its going to be somewhat floral. And it is. But this scent has far more character than you would initially expect it to. 

To me, Incredible Mum has a smell that could almost be described as possessing a violet note. There is something rather sweet and musky about the floral components that give me that impression. In fact, I love that all three ingredients are so well combined that it's difficult to smell each note independently. This creates a bath bomb that possesses a rich, comforting and very warming smell - nothing like you would expect from a bath bomb labelled as floral.

Even if you're not a fan of floral fragrances, I would highly recommend that you try this one out, as it's not your typical floral smell, and instead reminds me a little of the sweetness of Tuca Tuca Liquid Perfume. Although I've referenced the violet element twice now, those who dislike violet scents should still consider using one of these for certain.

In the water, Incredible Mum gets to work by sending out waves of beautiful, vibrant foam across the surface of the tub. Gorgeous yellows and oranges and pinks form into swirls and patterns as the bath bomb slowly dissolves into a stunning peach-coloured water. This is a bath bomb that you can enjoy whilst submerged under the water, as I found it took almost fifteen minutes to fully dissolve.

What you are left with is a tub full of softening water that wraps itself around your body and leaves it feeling smooth and soft to the touch. The scent lingers around the bathroom as you bathe and it leaves you with a huge smile upon your face. Decadence is the word I would use to describe the experience you get with one of these limited editions. 

While I wouldn't day that this bath bomb was the strongest I've had, it did remain present throughout my bath and lingered in the air for a long time afterwards. I didn't notice any fragrance on my skin afterwards, but I know others have noted this so it may well have been my weakened senses after a cold.

Overall, this is a lovely bath bomb from Lush and I really appreciate yet another brand new fragrance to enjoy. Although I would definitely buy another one of these again in the future, I would much prefer the scent to be made into different products, as a shower gel, massage bar or perfume would be an absolute luxury.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Bergamot Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene, Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol Lauryl Betaine *Limonene *Linalool Butylphenyl Methylpropional Coumarin Perfume, Colour 45350, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £3.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

16 February 2018

Jungle Soap

While I have been rather absent from the Lush community this year, the truth is that I’ve become far more interested in the global causes that Lush have been working on, and I’ve carried out quite a bit of research regarding some of the projects closest to my heart. 

One such cause that sparked my interest occurred last year, when I was asked to visit the Lush Kitchen for the release of their solid mouthwash tabs. Whilst exploring the factories, I stumbled upon a batch of Jungle Soap that was being made especially for a release in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines later that month. I was lucky enough to be given a piece to take home with me and was ecstatic that I finally possessed a Jungle-scented soap to indulge my skin with.

This particular limited edition  release was created to promote the conservation of the Indonesian Jungle - the main reason why I took this beautiful product with me when I visited Bali for six weeks at the start of the year. I saw it as only fitting that I carry this soap with me while I explore the very places that the product was trying to conserve.

Shaped like a tree, this soap smells exactly as Jungle fans would expect - a strong bitter, fruity aroma that grabs your senses and refuses to let go. All of the Jungle range is dominated by a strange and alluring but equally soured and strange fruity smell. It's almost like a lemony-piney aroma but with a more rounded citrus edge to it. The inclusion of the cypress oil then gives the soap a very gentle woody aroma while the cedarwood adds a little aromatic, earthy, woody scent alongside it.

This scent family is definitely an acquired taste - it's one that takes you on a journey and lingers on your skin long after you've towelled yourself down. If you're a fan of Jungle, you'll appreciate this soap - if only to place it somewhere and use it to fragrance a room rather than in the shower. 

Despite its size, this soap lasted a long time for me. After using it solidly for six weeks, I found that it still had enough life to see me through the days and weeks I spent in London in between travelling. The design also meant that it was easy to massage over the skin and I didn't drop it once while I was showering.

Surprisingly, I found that this soap was perhaps the most generous soap that I have tried so far from Lush: it produced a thick but light and fluffy lather within mere seconds of coming into contact with the water. In addition, I could feel how smooth my skin felt almost instantaneously after using this, and this pleased me very much.

Much like most soaps from Lush, I didn't feel as if it moisturised me as well as a shower gel would. However, it definitely left me feeling crisp and clean, which was a much welcome feeling as I was often showering in places far from luxurious, or indeed particularly clean. Furthermore, the soap also dried quickly so I didn't have to contend with making a mess in the places we were staying, and it helped when I had to pack up every few days to move onto our next home.

Overall, taking Jungle Soap with me banished any worries I had about spillages; took up less space in my luggage; and proved far cheaper than taking a 500g bottle with me. This is definitely a soap that should see a more global release, and is one that I would buy again. I feel truly blessed that I was given the opportunity to have one of these, not least because you can never have too many Jungle-scented cosmetics.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Vetivert Root Infusion (Vetiveria zizanoides), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil; Sunflower Oil; Coconut Oil (Brassica napus; Helianthus annuus; Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Cedarwood Oil (Juniperus virginiana), Sodium Chloride, *Cinnamal, *Limonene, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Colour 42045.

Vegan?: Yes.

2016 Price: not available in UK.

Year Of Original Release: 2016.


13 February 2018

The Jester Reusable Bubble Bar

It's slightly disconcerting that it's taken me over a year to release that I have not reviewed this (new to 2016) Christmas product yet. In fact, this is one of the first products that I used when I received my haul in the post, back in September 2016. My standards are slipping, clearly.

The Jester Reusable Bubble Bar was not only fun to look at but had an incredible scent to boot. Sharing its fragrance with one of my favourite bubble bars, The Brightside, this limited edition offered a playful variation of the popular bestseller, for those looking at interesting and rather beautiful smelling stocking fillers for their loved ones.

Made using a combination of mandarin and tangerine oils, this limited edition offers a bright, refreshing, citrusy smell. For those who struggle to get out of bed during the colder months of the year, this wonderful fruity fragrance will wake you up gentle and caress you into being ready for the day ahead. The notes of orange and mandarin are beautifully paired together here and smell slightly like a bag of fruity sherbet, which is wonderful.

As with all reusable bubble bars, I found that this one wasn't as moisturising as a regular bubble bar - neither was it as colourful. The Jester produced a combination of yellow, red and pink under the running water, which combined together to create a pale orange colour in the tub. Given that The Brightside is so vibrant in the water, this seasonal release paled quite significantly in comparison.

While I could feel that the water felt mildly softer when I submerged myself underneath it, I didn't find that my skin reacted as positively as it would do for a regular bubble bar. Not only did the scent not linger on my skin at all after towelling myself down, but I needed to moisturise afterwards to soften my skin for the day ahead. While my body didn't feel parched or dry after getting out of the water, I didn't feel like the oils did anything to smoothen or replenish my skin. 

As I always say, when it comes to reusable bubble bars, I find that they are much more useful when paired with a bath bomb or bath melt. The colours produced are always far weaker than a regular bubble bar, as is the smell, so The Jester would go nicely with a fruity, citrusy bath bomb.
On the positive side, this limited edition produced a generous amount of bubbles and they stayed present for a good part of the experience. Furthermore, the smell didn't fade as quickly as they normally do with most reusable bubble bars, and therefore I was able to appreciate this wonderful smell for far longer than I envisaged I would.

For those who wish to conserve their money as much as they can with Lush, this bubble bar can be used across 3-4 baths if you're only using The Jester by itself, or can be stretched even further if you're pairing this with another product alongside it. Having said this, I would still suggest that investing in The Brightside Bubble Bar would be a better choice.

Overall, I see this product as being no more than a novelty release - made for those looking for interesting stocking fillers for their loved ones. It's definitely cute to look at and children will find him simply adorable. However, The Brightside Bubble Bar is already superior in my eyes, and I'd much rather grab one of those next time. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerine, Lauryl Betaine, Tangerine Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Bergamot Oil, *Citral, *Linalool, Colour 47005, Colour 14700, Colour 45410. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2016.

Scent Family:
Brightside Body Lotion
Brightside Bubble Bar
Brightside Solid Perfume
Here Comes The Sun Naked Shower Cream
The Jester Reusable Bubble Bar

Sunrise Soap

12 February 2018

Heart Of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt

Sometimes it seems that the grass is the same on both sides of the field. You'll often find me complaining about the cold weather and how it affects my skin and leaves it parched and dry. Yet recently I've been complaining about all of the hot weather I've been experiencing abroad and how it too has affected my skin in a negative way. Ultimately, it seems as if I need to take more care of my skin, and one way that I can do this is by choosing cosmetics that nourish and moisturise my skin to the highest level possible.

Aside from being an absolute mouthful to say and remember, Heart Of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt was exactly what I needed after a two week stint in the very humid country of Sri Lanka. While bubble bars are already known for their wonderful moisturising properties, the fact that this release was also part melt is another reason why it won my heart over almost straight away. 
Sharing its scent with the classic Two Hearts Beating As One range, this Valentine's Day special is simply stunning to look at, and smells equally as enticing. The orange base crumbles under the tap like a dream, producing a rich and very vibrant shade of colour in the bath tub; the golden-tinted white surface is packed full of oils and butters, and serves as a bath melt to make this one of the most moisturising experiences I have had in the bath this year.

Containing floral elements from geranium, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang, the smell of this is a very potent one - certainly not suitable for anyone who opposes heady scents in the slightest. To put it simply, this bubble bar engulfed my bathroom within minutes of me using it in the bath, and the fragrance lingered in my house for a good few hours afterwards. 

Jasmine is definitely the most dominant note in the fragrance here - offering a potent and rather sickly sweet floral aroma that wraps itself around you in the bath tub. It is the level of jasmine present that pertains the heady and very sultry floral aroma. The inclusion of bergamot adds a subtle grassiness to the smell, while also offering a very small dosage of fruitiness as well. 
Alongside this, the geranium and the rose absolute add a gentle, cloudy component - one that complements the jasmine but grounds it very slightly. The  latter of the two expands the smell of this bubble bar melt so that once you notice the rose absolute in the mix, it's very difficult to ignore the fact that it is there.

For those who loved the shower gel that came out in the Lush Kitchen last year,  or indeed the bath melt from last year's Valentine's day range, this limited edition works magically with the scent and is perhaps the best rendition of the fragrance so far. While all three products have distinctive similarities, I'd definitely say that this bubble bar melt is closer to the bath melt than the shower gel - as I feel that the floral element is a little stronger in this product whereas the shower gel is a little fruitier overall.

What was impressive was how softening the water was. As to be expected with some of Lush's more powerful bubble bars/bath melts, I could feel how silky-soft the water was within seconds of the bubble bar being crumbled under the running tap. Furthermore, I could see a thin layer of oils being formed whenever I dragged my fingers across the surface of the water, and my whole body felt instantly moisturised upon climbing into the tub. 

After towelling myself down, I could feel how replenished my skin felt and was able to see a radiance in the mirror that hadn't been there before. At the risk of showing off a little, the bubble bar melt really helped to compliment my new-found tan and left a wonderful, sweet floral smell on my skin. This fragrance stayed with me a long time afterwards and I was able to smell it on my sheets the next day. 
Given its size, I would suggest cutting Heart Of Enlightened Expectation in half and using it for two separate experiences. Alternatively, you could slice it into even smaller chunks and use it alongside a bath bomb to cocktail scents whilst still receiving a super moisturising experience overall.

This is yet another impeccable release from Lush this year, making their Valentine's Day selection one of the best I have seen in a good many years. This is definitely a bubble bar melt that I have to be in the mood for, and I would suggest it is best used in the morning or evening time to wake you up a little as opposed to using before bed. If I had the finances to purchase more, I definitely would. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Cornflour, Laureth 4, Bergamot Oil, Geranium Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Rose Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil,Titanium Dioxide, Silica Calcium, Sodium Borosilicate. *Benzyl Benzoate, *Citronellol, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Perfume, Colour 15510, Colour 77491.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £4.50 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Heart Of Enlightened Expectation Bubble Bar Melt
Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt
Two Hearts Beating As One Shower Gel

11 February 2018

Tunnel Of Love Soap

As I was travelling nonstop since the beginning of this year, I had no time at all to read up on all of the new seasonal products that were coming out around that time. One of the biggest shocks that I faced when arriving home to all of my goodies, was the fact that there were so many soaps to comprehend with. It's hard to imagine Lush having the room to produce the regular soaps, let alone the three million (or so it seems) seasonal blocks that have come out since the beginning of January. 

While by far one of the most boring looking pieces of the lot, Tunnel Of Love Soap is easily one of the better smelling ones for sure. With a baby pink outer shell and a white heart threaded throughout each piece, it's not exactly the most original to look at, nor the most appealing if you were searching for something to buy a loved one. However, the wonderful smell will certainly bowl you over.

Supposedly sharing its scent with the limited edition Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb that came out during the Christmas season, this soap does not have the usual predictable rose-scented fragrance that you might expect it to possess. Having said this, I wouldn't say that the scent of the soap is a direct replica of the bath bomb. In fact, I would even argue that the smell of this soap is far stronger and much more appealing.

To my nose, I get two different notes at the same time. On the one hand, the orange and lime oils amalgamate together and create a sweet, fruity note that has the slightest hint of 'green' alongside it. This creates a scent that is very playful and youthful and possesses what I would describe as being almost a sherbety element. Alongside this, the rose water base creates a sweet but slightly damp-like floral component. It is this note that I think grounds all of the smells together, and also creates a juxtaposition that makes the fragrance of this soap so unique. 

When compared to Never Mind The Ballistics, this is definitely far stronger and more interesting, and lasts far longer on the skin after you've used the soap. While the soap itself is slightly reserved during storage, the scent comes out a lot more through the heat of the shower, and it does linger on the skin for a short while after you've towelled yourself down. 

What was interesting about this soap was its consistency. Having done a little research, I discovered that Lush created this soap to act a little like a FUN Bar as well as a soap. This is why Tunnel Of Love is a little softer than most other soaps, and why it creates more of a thick, oily lather than a soft, frothy one.  Although it cannot be broken off into pieces like FUN, it was definitely far softer in the water. While other soaps tend to kill any bubbles that are present in the bath tub, and dry out the water a little, I was able to use this one without facing these issues at all. 

Being a soap still means that I didn't find it to be as moisturising as any of Lush's creams or gels. However, I was impressed to find that my skin felt soft and seemed to look slightly radiant after using this in the shower. In fact, I was so impressed with how my hands felt after my initial use, that I decided to use this primarily as a hand soap, and have found that it is one of the best Lush soaps to do the job.

On the positive side, this soap lasts a lifetime. I have been using my 100g block for a good three weeks now and it has barely altered in shape at all. Having said that, it is a little stubborn at producing enough lather to clean your whole body with and this is probably the reason why it hasn't shrunk all that much.

As with Tender Is The Night Naked Shower Cream, the release of Tunnel Of Love has only made me hope that more products with this scent will come out in the near future. This fragrance works far better in soap format than it does as a bath bomb, and I can only imagine how wonderful this smell would work as either a massage bar or a shower gel.   

Quantitative Ingredients: Glycerine, Talc, Cornflour, Rose Water, Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Water (Aqua), Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Kaolin, Perfume, *Limonene, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Lime Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, *Citral, Colour 45410, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Vegan?: Yes.

2018 Price: £4.95 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2018.

Scent Family:
Never Mind The Ballistics Bath Bomb

Tunnel Of Love Soap