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Lush Product Review – Sultana of Soap

You may have read my previous Lush product review https://livingfully2017.wordpress.com/category/health-and-beauty/ looking at the pros and cons of the Lush ‘Charity Pot’ cream. Following on from that, today I’ll be reviewing the Lush soap bar called ‘Sultana of Soap’.

If you are also interested in a bit of background info about the company Lush, its ethos and stance on things like animal testing (they are against it!), use of natural ingredients, etc, then you can also read my first post in this series, here: https://livingfully2017.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/lush-product-review-happy-skin/

Firstly, here’s how Lush describes this soap on their website: “This luxurious olibanum scented blend of organic jojoba, Fair Trade organic cocoa butter and bergamot oil smells divine and feels even more so. Fresh bergamot and olibanum combine, evoking the joy of freshly laundered sheets and the scent of sweet summer rain, while a sumptuous caress of creamy Fair Trade cocoa butter from small-scale producers in the Dominican Republic leaves skin cool, calm and impossible to resist. To feel silky smooth all over, adorn wet skin in a scoop of this hydrating body conditioner, and rinse away for lasting softness. The generous combination of organic jojoba oil and soft, creamy butters will very carefully hydrate and soothe the skin for when you want extra TLC. What a softy.

And here’s a few pictures of the soap bar that I bought:

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I had tried this product before, so obviously I liked it first time around. The soap as displayed in the shop that I purchased it from had only a few bars being sold in individual slabs like this one, wrapped in this lovely recyclable paper. If you’re familiar with Lush, you may already know that the soap displays generally look something like this:

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*Image courtesy of Google Images.

Giant squares or circles of soap (like a soap version of those cheese displays you get!) from which you can request a certain weight / price of soap to be cut. Therefore, prices will vary according to how much soap you request / require, and how accurately the shop assistant can weigh and cut it to size!  120g of the Sultana of Soap is priced at £4.20 (UK Price), and is possibly just slightly smaller than the bar I got.

Now, with regards to the pros and cons of this product, let me start with comparing a particular feature with the previous Lush product that I reviewed – the charity pot. Although I loved the charity pot, one of the main disappointments for me with that product was that it didn’t last very long, and seemed to evaporate from the tub. In contrast, the longevity of the sultana of soap has been one of its best features. I purchased my medium sized bar of the sultana of soap 5 and a half weeks ago, and have been using it every day, and sometimes several times a day. I use it in the shower, to wash my face, and hands, and I use it generously, and yet it is still going strong. Although it is now a lot smaller in size than when I first bought it, I can easily get at least one, if not two more weeks use out of it, using it on a daily basis! So, that is definitely a plus point for me. Even if you do buy a slightly bigger bar, you will be getting your money’s worth as it is quite long lasting.

Some other features of this product are that it lathers very easily and very well, is very soft and soothing to the touch, is very gentle on the skin, and has a light and refreshing scent to it, which comes from the bergamot oil (bergamot is also used in Earl Grey tea, however the scent of the soap is quite gentle and in no way overpowering or too strong).

The product contains dried currants (hence the name, Sultana of Soap!), and dried cranberries which are natural and gentle exfoliators for the skin. As you can see from the photos above of the bar I purchased, the main block of soap was very smooth in appearance, with the dried sultanas and cranberries being on either side of the bar. This means that you will mainly have this natural exfoliator on the outsides, but you can choose to just lather some soap into your hands and use it softly without any exfoliation if you wish, and as the soap gets used up it will become smoother and smoother in texture and appearance.

Depending on your own personal preference and the particular bar you get, you may find a downside to be the pieces of dried currants that fall off. However, if this is an issue for you, you can ask for a ‘middle bit’ of the soap to be cut for you so that you get a smooth bar of soap, and I’m sure the Lush staff will be happy to oblige.

For me, I personally liked the natural and gentle exfoliation, and I didn’t find the ‘falling sultanas’ to be too much of a problem as I kept a small container in the bath / shower, so that I could put them there and save any from going down the drain.

As I mentioned previously, I have very sensitive skin, and I also suffer from eczema, and need to be careful with the products that I use. Lush’s Sultana of Soap, however, has been very gentle and kind to me, I find the scent of the soap relaxing, the lather of the soap quite luxurious and creamy, and I have had absolutely no problems with it aggravating my skin, so much so that I have even used it on my face, which is something I have to be especially careful with in using soaps generally.

So, as for the final verdict, did I find it good value for money, and would I buy it again? Yes, and yes – however, unlike the Charity Pot, I will have to wait a bit longer before needing to replenish this product, as it does last quite a long time, which is a customer’s dream! 🙂 xx

Please see below for a list of ingredients:

List of ingredients

Natural Ingredients
Safe Synthetics

*occurs naturally in essential oils.

 

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Lush Product Review – ‘Charity Pot’ Hand & Body Lotion

Last week I wrote an overview of some new ‘Lush’ products I had purchased. You can read my overview, and more about the company and its ‘cruelty free’ and natural ethos, here.

I mentioned that I would follow up with reviews of the individual products. I have now sampled all of them, so I will begin with a review of the ‘Charity Pot’, as pictured below, on the right (the tub of cream with the hedgehog lid).

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I chose this product after speaking with a shop assistant. After searching their website, I had initially thought of buying the Lush ‘Lemony Flutter’ cuticle butter. I had thought that it may be able to double up as a hand / body lotion, and was keen to try it especially because of the lemony, citrusy scent which I personally like. However, when I asked about this in the shop, the lady told me that because of the texture and consistency (it was quite thick and a bit coarser than a body cream or lotion would be), it probably wouldn’t be suitable to be used in that way. She did allow me to try it and showed me how to rub it into the cuticles, but thankfully I had asked about it before just buying it as it wasn’t really suitable for what I was looking for.

I asked about hand and body lotions or creams and in particular something that would be helpful for eczema. She said that the most suitable product was the ‘Dream Cream’, particular beneficial in treating eczema due to the oatmeal content. Another cream was the ‘Charity Pot’. I tried both of the creams, and chose the Charity Pot over the Dream Cream for a couple of reasons. Firstly it really appealed to me because of its scent, which is quite light, bright, sweet and soothing, and it felt a bit softer when applied. The Dream Cream, although lovely on the skin, did not have much of a scent or at least not one that particularly appealed to my personal tastes. The other motivating factor was the price. The Dream Cream was sold in a medium and large size at the price of £6.95 (100g) and £13.50 (240g) respectively. This seemed a little on the pricey side for me, so I opted for the Charity Pot.

Here’s what Lush says on its website about its rather appealing charity pot:

“Charity Pot is a hand and body lotion with a difference. 100% of the proceeds (minus sales tax, which goes to the government) are donated to independent, grassroots charities that support human rights, animal welfare and environmental protection. At the same time, you enjoy softer, hydrated skin (it’s a win win!)”.

Being a Charity Pot there is the additional option of buying a smaller sized tub of 45g, selling at £3.50, so this is what I decided to go for. There is also an even smaller 10g trial size tub which sells at just £1.00.

So, what did I think?

I must say, I’m a big fan of this little Charity Pot for the reasons explored above. However, I did find a couple of downsides. I’ll start first by sharing what I liked about the Charity Pot, and then explain what I didn’t like so much.

First of all, for a Lush product, I think the price is great and I like the additional option of a smaller tub size, especially if you are trying something out for the first time and want to test whether you like it or your whether it agrees with your skin or not (however, Lush also offers smaller free samples if you ask), or if you are buying it for a friend to try.

The cream is lovely, light, gentle with a nice fragrance and is easily absorbed by the skin. It smells lovely, and is soothing and I felt that it was helping my skin to settle, heal and repair itself as well as relieving itchiness and dryness.

In terms of ingredients, the Charity Pot contains 22 ingredients, including Fairtrade shea butter to nourish and hydrate the skin, rosewood oil which has antiseptic properties, moringa oil and ylang ylang oil. I will include a full list of ingredients at the end of this post.

Overall it felt lovely to apply this cream to my skin, and I did notice a significant improvement in the skin on my hands which had been quite aggravated previously. However, the skin on one of my fingers later became a bit ‘flared’ up but I can’t necessarily conclude that this was because of the product. I did use it on my face as well, and it has been gentle and soothing and hasn’t caused me any problems there.

Another positive thing is the little tubs that this cream comes in are very sturdy, in a nice mat black with a screw top lid. I can already see a use for mine for storing jewellery in.

Which leads me to the main downside….I don’t have to wait long to be able to use it for another purpose. Although I need to hydrate my skin very regularly due to having eczema, this is not the main reason that it hasn’t lasted long – the cream tends to evaporate quite quickly even in a tub with a screw top lid. I don’t think there’s any real way of getting around this, and I would say for me this was the biggest downside. I bought the Charity Pot last Friday, and it is Thursday now. I have literally the tiniest drop left which won’t last me beyond tonight or tomorrow morning, which is a real shame. However, I am glad that I bought a smaller size tub, and for £3.50 I can’t really complain as these days this is the average price for a sandwich or a coffee in some places, so all in all I am quite pleased.

Would I buy the Charity Pot again?

Yes! Definitely. I love it, it smells lovely and is soft and kind on the skin and feels great when applied. I would probably still go for the small size and remind myself that although it doesn’t last that long, it is a happy experience for my skin, I have a cute little recyclable tub at the end of it that I can use for storing small craft items or jewellery, and most of all, the money from the sale of Charity Pots goes to a good cause.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this review. If you have any thoughts you’d like to share on Lush or other cruelty free products, please comment below. And as promised, here’s a list of the ingredients, and a link to the website

https://uk.lush.com/products/charity-pot-0:

List of ingredients